SOILS AND CROPS
“Biology and Control of Select Invasive and Noxious Weeds in Missouri” will be featured at the University of Missouri Extension’s 90th annual Soils and Crops Conference on Thursday evening, February 20, at the VFW Hall on Veterans Drive in Ste. Genevieve. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Missouri Century Farms and Soil and Water Cooperator of the Year will be awarded beginning at 6 p.m. Invasive and noxious weeds on public and private lands pose risks to livestock and native animals, threaten biodiversity and native plant species, damage land and natural resources, and cause economic hardship for farmers, ranchers, and municipalities. The presentation will cover identification of state listed noxious weeds and upcoming invasive weeds with information on control methods for each species. The topic will be presented by Gatlin Bunton, field apecialist in agronomy for the University of Missouri Extension. Those attending the conference will enjoy a dinner sponsored by area businesses and prepared by the Ste. Genevieve VFW Hall. RSVP to the University of Missouri Extension Office, 573-883-3548 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 14, to ensure a meal.
WOMEN’S HEALTH FAIR
Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) will host its 21st annual Women’s Health Fair at the hospital on Saturday, February 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event — this year entitled Leap into Health with 2020 Vision — is free and open to the public. It will include activities and information for women of all ages. The Ste. Genevieve County Community Center will introduce participants to Barre Fitness at 9 a.m.; Regine Politte, MSN, FNP-BC, will discuss diabetes management at 10 a.m.; health coach Maria Rottler will talk about wellness and preventive care at 11 a.m. To close out the fair, a physicians roundtable will provide the latest information on vaping.
Attend one or all of the speaker presentations to be eligible for a $20 gift card awarded after each presentation. There will be free blood pressure and pulmonary function tests given and free flu shots. For a $15 charge, health screenings will be available for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides. For best results, 12-hour fasting is recommended. Call 573-883-4488 to schedule a time slot from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The fair will have many vendor booths that include skin and facial professionals, hair stylists, massage therapists, home decor, do-it-yourself experts, and many community businesses and organizations. Crown Hospice will return with its photo booth, and the Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Partners will provide chicken salad sandwiches. Tours will be offered of the new medical office building, which will be completed by early spring. For more information about the 2020 Women’s Health Fair, contact Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital at 573-883-7729.
TOUCH A TRUCK
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.
FARM BILL WORKSHOP
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) farm bill workshop is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, in Meeting Room A of the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center’s Progress Sports Complex, 1300 Progress Parkway, Ste. Genevieve. Workshop highlights include: information about NRCS programs related to water and energy efficiency; navigating and participating in these programs, and understanding the do’s and don’ts; examples of energy and water efficiency projects and the estimated savings on all types of farm operations, including dairy, swine, poultry, irrigated crops, controlled environment agriculture and grain-drying; energy audits and the process for having one completed. Presenters include local NRCS staff, Bethany Reinholtz of the engineering and consulting firm GDS Associates, and University of Missouri Extension specialists Karen Funkenbusch and Kendra Graham, who will share program information specific to beginning farmers, veteran farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, and farmers with disabilities. NRCS water quality and energy efficiency resources will be provided as well as technical one-on-one assistance. A light snack will be served. The workshop is free, but attendees are asked to register in advance. To register, contact Stacy Arnold at 888-778-3265 or Stacy.Arnold@mobot.org. This workshop is supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A National Weather Service spotter training class will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department at 115 Basler Drive. The class offers the opportunity to learn about the science behind tornadoes and other types of severe weather. This will be an interactive session aimed at teaching participants about weather and how to help the National Weather Service in the community. Call 573-883-7411 to register.
Audubon Gill and Bar hosts community Tuesdays with 10 percent of all proceeds from 4 p.m. to close donated to a local organization. The February 11 event will benefit Project Graduation, and March 3 will benefit French Heritage Festival.
LIONS CLUB BREAKFAST
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 www.stagneselementary.org to register.
JOUR DE FETE
The Jour de Fete Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, at Cafe Genevieve. This marks a new time and date for meetings for the committee, which still is seeking officers.
Ste. Genevieve Project Pioneer will meet with the French Michaud and Placit families and the German Oberle and Operle families at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, at the Ste. Genevieve County Library located in the Ste. Genevieve Community Center building on Highway 32. Research and photos may be presented at this meeting. Meetings will continue on the second Saturday of each month through July. The schedule for the year includes: a deadline for the majority of submitted information by the the May meeting, pictures by early June, and final information on the families by mid-July. After that, only corrections will be accepted. Anyone who wants to check family information already entered in the books may do so by asking for the family book at the library during their business hours. For more information on Project Pioneer, go to stegenevieveprojectpioneer.org
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.
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 email@example.com.