The Ste. Genevieve VFW at 852 Memorial Hill will host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 2.
The La Guignolee singing group meets at the American Legion Post 150 at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, to warm up a little, then heads to the three nursing homes in town. La Guignolee will then stop at: Cafe Genevieve (Flash Cafe building) at 6:30 p.m.; American Legion Post 150 club room; Valle High School gymnasium at 7 p.m.; the Anvil restaurant at 7:10 p.m.; the Old Brick House restaurant at 7:20 p.m.; Buddy’s Place at 7:35 p.m.; the Centre for French Colonial Life at 8 p.m.; the Bolduc House at 8:15 p.m.; Audubon’s Grill and Bar at 8:45 p.m.; the American Legion at 9 p.m.; the Point at 9:30 p.m.; Elks Lodge at 10 p.m.; Zell Jaycees at 10:30 p.m.; Knights of Columbus Hall at 11:15 p.m.; and the Legion at midnight.
GUIGNOLEE WATCH PARTY
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.
FIRST DAY HIKE
Hawn State Park will be among the Missouri State Parks participating in the First Day Hike on Wednesday, January 1. In its ninth year, the annual event is part of America’s State Parks First Day Hike effort which gives people the opportunity to start off the year with an outdoor hike at a state park. The hike at Hawn State Park will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. and begins at the Whipering Pines trailhead.
The eighth annual Frosty Brewfest and Spirits event is on tap, again showcasing the best regional brews, on Saturday, January 25, at Crown Valley Winery in Ste. Genevieve. Local breweries and distilleries join together to sample their seasonal and fan-favorite beers and spirits. Event includes live music, catered lunch and cold drinks available for purchase as well. The event will take place outdoors, but a fire pit and heaters will be available. General admission tickets are $35 in advance and allow access from noon to 4 p.m. and a souvenir tasting glass. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event for $45.
The Downtown Ste. Genevieve organization’s annual Chocolate Walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 1. Tickets currently are on sale and cost $15 in advance, $20 last-minute.
Audubon’s Grill and Bar will host a fundraising community dinner on Tuesday, January 21, to benefit the Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve’s scholarship program for students at both local schools.
WEATHER SPOTTER CLASS
The Ste. Genevieve County Office of Emergency Management and the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department will be hosting a weather spotter’s class in March. The National Weather Service will be instructing the course, which is being offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday March 10, at the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department lower level conference room. The health department is located at 115 Basler Drive. The course is free but space is limited. Registration is required and can be made by calling 883-7411.
Health & Wellness
TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS
Tai Chi for Arthritis, an easy-to-learn, safe and effective exercise program that improves health of the mind and body, is being offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Progress Sports Complex, starting on January 7. Registration fee of $50 is required before the first class and must be paid to the Ste. Genevieve County Extension Office. For information, contact the Ste. Genevieve County Extension office at 573-883-3548. The class is being taught by certified instructor, Bethany Bachmann, University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist. Class limited to 12 people.
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.
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.