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Community Calendar (Oct. 30 Edition)



The Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary/Partners organization will have quilting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following days: Monday, November 4; Tuesday, November 5, and Wednesday November 6. All quilters are invited to help quilt baby quilts to be sold in the hospital gift shop. Lunch will be served all three days, and quilting takes place on the lower level of the hospital in the education room.


The next meeting geared toward filling the three vacancies on the Jour de Fete Committee will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, at Cafe Genevieve with elections for vacant board positions.

Special Events


First Baptist Church, 101 Basler Drive in Ste. Genevieve, will host a trunk-or-treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, rain or shine for children in sixth grade and younger.


The Laboure Exchange on Center Drive in Ste. Genevieve will be hosting “Escape Laboure,” an escape room experience, on three nights this week. It will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31; Friday, November 1; and Saturday, November 2. Tickets are $10 per person and groups of six are preferred. A new escape will be scheduled every 20 minutes. Reservations will receive priority and may be made by calling 573-883-7200.


Fort de Chartres State Historic Site in Randolph County in southwest Illinois will host the annual Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous and Woodswalk on Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3. The free event features 18th and early 19th century camp life and activities. Volunteer re-enactors portraying soldiers, trappers, traders and Native Americans will gather at the rendezvous. They will trade goods, buy supplies, and some will take part in a muzzleloader woodswalk, a shooting contest that requires them to walk through the woods and fire flintlocks at pop-up targets. The rendezvous is fun both for the participants demonstrating frontier life from the era of 1700 to 1820 and for visitors spending an autumn day wandering among the tents, campfires and the historic French colonial fort. The Winter Rendezvous is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 2, and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, November 3. The event is hosted by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, with additional support from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. For more information on the event, visit the website at For general site information, phone 618-284-7230. Fort de Chartres is located at 1350 Illinois Route 155, four miles west of Prairie du Rocher, Illinois.


The Felix Valle House State Historic Site will host holiday activities on Saturday, November 9. The site will be a stop along the annual downtown Ste. Genevieve Cookie Crumb Trail. Hosted by the Downtown Ste. Genevieve organization, participants follow the trail to participating locations in downtown Ste. Genevieve collecting cookie samples along the way. Participants will also receive a Cookie Crumb Trail recipe book. Event proceeds will benefit local families in need, just in time for the holidays. Tickets are now available. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event, and may be purchased by visiting From 1 to 5 p.m., local historian Bob Mueller will give a holiday program demonstrating how to create historic natural holiday decorations. Participants will create their own unique holiday adornment to take home during this interactive program. The Felix Valle House State Historic Site is located at the corner of Second and Merchant streets in Ste. Genevieve.  For more information about the event, call the site at 573-883-7102.


The fifth annual craft and vendor fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, at the Bloomsdale Knights of Columbus Hall, 175 Jersey Lane in Bloomsdale. More than 40 booths, most being local vendors, will offer items for sale. Food will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Bloomsdale.


Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, 19620 Crown Ridge Road in Ste. Genevieve, is hosting Coffee with Cats from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 10. Participants can enjoy coffee, tea, snacks, conversation and a tiger tour. Got a question about the cats or what it is like to work here? Now is your chance to ask those questions and talk to the staff over a cup of coffee, which is provided by Villainous Grounds of Perryville. Reservations are required. Tickets are $30 per person. Call 573-883-9909 or email to make a reservation.


The Vincentian Marian Youth’s annual ladies-only fall ball will be 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, at the DuBourg Centre in downtown Ste. Genevieve. Event includes dinner, dance and silent auction. Tickets are $30 per person or $200 per table. Call 573-883-7200 for information.



Options for Women, 615 Kiefer St. in Ste. Genevieve, will offer a variety of classes for parents, grandparents, guardians, foster parents and the general public. Class registration is required, and class size is limited. Please call for availability. All classes are free. Classes meet for one-hour weekly. Classes begin the week of November 4, and include: infant care and toddler care; anger management; love, sex and lasting relationships; nutrition; and more. For information, call 573-883-1088.


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will be offered this fall at the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department on Basler Drive. The class is free and open to adults and teens. CERT educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Participants will receive a free CERT backpack. Class dates and times are: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, November 2; Friday, November 9; and Friday, November 16. Class size is limited. Call 573-883-7411 to register.

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