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Community Calendar (Dec. 4 Edition)



A presentation on understanding addiction and how the brain is affected by addiction will be presented at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, in meeting rooms A and B at the Progress Sports Complex on the campus of the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center. Brandon Costerison, MO-Hope project manager with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will be discussing these topics along with an overview of the benefits of Narcan administration in the event of an opioid overdose. The program is free and open to all age groups. Narcan will be available for distribution.


A lunch-and-learn on domestic violence is being offered from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, at the Progress Sports Complex, 21390 Highway 32, with Mary Ann Robertson, MA, LPC, from the Safe House for Women — A Step At a Time Counseling. The town hall forum will include an interactive environment to raise awareness to the process and characteristics of domestic abuse. RSVP to 573-883-0668 for lunch and seating.

Special Events


The Ste. Genevieve County Library will host a pajama story time with Santa from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 6. Events at 6 include ornament stations, chimney toss, snowman putt-putt, letters to Santa and coloring contest. Santa will arrive at 6:30, with story time to begin at 6:40. Photos with Santa will follow the story time. Hot cocoa bar and snacks also planned.


A Christmas with the Travis Lee Band show will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, at the Grayhawk Clubhouse. Admission is free; RSVP to the Travis Lee Band via Facebook.


Hope Church, 30 Triangle Drive in Ste. Genevieve, will host a Birthday Breakfast for Jesus from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage or bacon, beverages. There will be activities for children and a silent auction. Tickets are $5 and may be obtained by contacting Hope Kids Daycare at 573-535-4326.


The 35th annual Holiday Christmas Festival will take place on Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, in Ste. Genevieve. Saturday events include the Christmas parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday; the Lions Park Spectacular at noon; Christmas crafts at the Orris from noon to 2 p.m.; concerts at various venues at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and the Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. at the Welcome Center. Le Reveillon at the Felix Valle House State Historic Site will be 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday’s schedule features concerts at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and the concluding concert by the Ste. Genevieve Municipal Band Symphonic Wind Ensemble at 4 p.m.


Visitors can catch the spirit of a French Christmas at Felix Valle House State Historic Site from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, for the celebration of Le Reveillon.

The annual event highlights the music, food, customs and decorations of an early 1800s French Christmas celebration. Visitors can taste traditional foods including a yule log cake, called buche de Noel, and listen to historic music from hammered dulcimer player Rick Thum. The Felix Valle House State Historic Site is located at the corner of Second and Merchant streets in Ste. Genevieve. For more information, call the site at 573-883-7102.


The 26th annual Miracle of the Lilies re-enactment will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at Immaculate Conception Church in Kaskaskia, Illinois. In the re-enactment, women sing a hymn in Native American language and place lilies at the statue of Mary, honoring a legend in which a poor Native American wanted to join the women of the congregation in honoring Mary but had nothing to bring. She noticed lilies blooming through the snow and ice and gathered some to take to the church as a gift.


An old-fashioned country Christmas show with music, comedy, a light show and a Nativity will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, at the heated Minnith Pavilion. Concessions and Christmas goodies available. For more information, visit


Our Lady Help of Christians, located at 13370 Highway 32 in Weingarten, is hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 14. Menu includes biscuits and gravy, mini sausages, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, fruits and breads. Appearance by Santa Claus expected. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Carryouts available. For information, call Pat at 573-883-6539.


The Ste. Genevieve County Community Center will host its annual Santa’s Bash and Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 14. The bash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. offers free activities for kids such as crafts, games, photos with Santa Claus, a balloon artist from Way Cool Balloons will return. The Christmas Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature vendors from various companies selling holiday gift items.


The Ste. Genevieve County Fair Board’s seventh annual Christmas at the Fair event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. The event includes photos with Santa for $5, a gift for children 11 and under (while supplies last), children’s games and activities, a bake sale, and more. Donation of two canned goods is good for free games or $1 off the picture with Santa. Concessions will be available.


Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary,  19620 Crown Ridge Road in Ste. Genevieve, will host the Holiday Lights Tour from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 21. Participants can see what the tigers do after dark, as the sanctuary grounds will be lit up by hundreds of holiday lights. Activities include decorating cookies, a hot chocolate bar and holiday crafts. Tickets are $10 per person (children 3 and under are free) and must be purchased prior to arrival and for a specific date. Visit our, to purchase tickets. For information, e-mail or call 573-883-9909.


French Colonial America will host a La Guignolee Watch Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, at the Centre for French Colonial Life, 198 Market St. Included in the free festivities are: Dennis Stroughmatt performing in concert, period games, food and drink, Stroughmatt performing with La Guignolee at both the Bolduc House and the Centre for French Colonial Life.

Support Groups


Begin Again is a widow social group that meets four times a year. Widows come together to socialize, network and play bingo. Its next event is the Christmas dinner, 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, in the Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital cafeteria. The cost is $8 per person; RSVP at 573-883-7729 by December 6. The evening includes food, fun and music. Information is available if someone is having a difficult time with a lost loved one.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Lake Forest Community Center. For information, call 314-402-9963.


Parkinson’s Pals meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Education Conference Room at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, 800 Ste. Genevieve Drive. Parkinson’s Pals is a support group for those with the condition, family members and friends, and anyone who would like more information about Parkinson’s Disease. For details, contact Teddy Ross at 618-210-7371 or Maria Rottler at 573-883-0621 or


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department, 115 Basler Drive, for weigh-in and a program. For information, call 573-883-5582.


The Cancer Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital. For information, call 573-883-7735.


Celebrate Recovery meets at 6 p.m. each Wednesday at Hope Church, 30 Triangle Drive. Dinner is served from 6 to 6:30 p.m.; large group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; small groups meet from 7:30 to 8 p.m. For information, call 573-883-8984.

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