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Community Calendar (Jan. 29 Edition)

Special Events


The 2020 Eagle Fest will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday,

February 1, at the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam, 4800 Lock and Dam Road, in Modoc, Illinois. In addition to eagle-watching, the World Bird Sanctuary will have presentations at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; an Edible Animal presentation will be given by Animology at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tours of Lock and Dam will also be available. Local food trucks will be on site for breakfast and lunch. Parking will be in the upstream day-use area with trams available to take in the activities available throughout the project. The event is free to all — leash-trained dogs welcome for the hike. For more information, call 618-284-7160 or e-mail KaskyL&


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. Among the confirmed participating stops so far: 109 North Main Gallery and Studio, Aududon Grill and Bar, Belle Ever After Boutique, Common Grounds Coffee House, Harold’s Famous Bee Co., Lewsi Winery, Main Street Inn, Queen Anne’s Lace Boutique, Rosie’s Posies, Rustik Sand Kandles, LLC, Sassafras Creek Originals, Show Me Shop, St. Vincent DePaul Christmas Room and Collectibles, Steiger Jewelers, Sweet Things Sweet Shop.


The Felix Valle House State Historic Site will be hosting a program on chocolate at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 1. The program will highlight the impact chocolate has had on our collective food history, while emphasizing the influence of French culture. The free program will be presented in the Matthew Ziegler Art Gallery at the Shaw House, located at 200 Merchant St. in Ste. Genevieve. For more information about the event, call the site at 573-883-7102.


The 2020 Ste. Genevieve Queen’s Ball will be take place on Saturday, February 1, at the VFW Hall on Memorial Drive. There is a change in the hours for the dance this year. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the dance will conclude at 11 p.m. This being a leap year, a queen will be chosen in the traditional manner. The band, Cash Rebates, will again call the dances and provide dance instructions.


The Ste. Genevieve County Community Center is hosting a free touch-a-truck event for the whole family from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Emergency vehicles and heavy equipment will be on hand to climb on, sit in and touch. Bounce house and games for the kids also will be available.



The 76th annual Lions Club Breakfast is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, February 16, at the Valle School cafeteria. The event includes home-style sausage patties, eggs, milk, juice, coffee and all-you-can-eat pancakes with a large plate. Large plate is $8 and small plate is $6. Carryout available.


The St. Agnes Trivia Night and Chili Dinner is set for Saturday, February 22, at the Bloomsdale Knights of Columbus Hall. The chili dinner is open to all from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ($7 adults, $4 kids over 2) and includes all-you-can-eat chili, toppings and hot dogs and a dessert. Trivia begins at 7:30. Trivia registration includes the chili dinner and one round of drinks. Visit to register.1.

Support Groups


The Ste. Genevieve Pastoral Alliance is offering a community support group for those with friends or family members who are struggling with addiction. The first meeting is 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, at the Silversmith’s House, 150 S. Main St. in Ste. Genevieve. For information, call 573-560-2838. The nondenominational group strives to provide support, hope, encouragement and acceptance to family members affected by a loved one’s substance dependence.


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.


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.



The Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Partners/Auxiliary will have quilting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following days: Wednesday, January 29; Thursday, January 30; and Friday, January 31. All quilters are invited to help quilt baby quilts that will be sold in the hospital gift shop. Quilting takes place on the lower level of the hospital in the education room. Lunch will be served each day.

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