Community Calendar (Feb. 12 Edition)

Blood Drives

SGCMH

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, 800 Ste Genevieve Drive, will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 13.

VALLE SCHOOL GYM

A blood drive will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28, at the Valle Catholic School Gym. Those who donate will get a voucher for a free t-shirt. To schedule an appointment, e-mail Carrie Gegg at [email protected] or online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org. Use code “10152” when scheduling online.

Special Events

FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Heavenly Hope is bringing a food truck to Ste. Genevieve County — in the parking lot of the former Lucent/BiltBest building, 175 S. Tenth Street — on Saturday, February 15, to distribute boxes of food for those in need. Distribution starts at 9 a.m. People must be 18 or older and living on their own, must be present to receive food and only one person per address may receive food. For information, contact Heavenly Hope at [email protected] or 636-465-9178. Event presented by Heavenly Hope and Southeast Missouri Food Bank. Ste. Genevieve County Health Department also will be on hand at the event.

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 [email protected] by Friday, February 14, to ensure a meal.

FOURTH FRIDAY ART WALK

The first Fourth Friday Art Walk of 2020 will take place this month, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 28, at galleries and art spaces in downtown Ste. Genevieve.

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. Those attending one or all of the speaker presentations will 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.

ECOLE DU SOLDAT

The annual Ecole du Soldat (School of the Soldier) in Ste. Genevieve is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26. This weekend event features artisans and craftspeople of the era as well as lectures on the history and life activities of the French Colonial period in the Mississippi Valley and Illinois country.  Re-enactors will be present to demonstrate and talk about French Colonial and militia life.  On Saturday afternoon, a public heritage auction of discovered “desirables” — memorabilia, collectibles, ‘accoutrements,’ utensils, and ‘watch’a-may-call-its’ — will take place. The weekend will include lectures and children’s activities. For more information, visit www.visitstegen.com.

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.

ADULT PROM

Crown Valley Winery is hosting its third annual Adult Prom on June 6, 2020. People are invited to wear Roaring Twenties attire, celebrating the end of prohibition. Experience the decade of gangsters and flappers, sequins and feathers with a Great Gatsby-themed prom. Hors d’oeurves, cocktails and all that jazz kick off at 7:30 p.m. Must be 21 and older to attend. Must show valid identification with admission

Educational

WEATHER SPOTTER

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.

Fundraisers

COMMUNITY TUESDAYS

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.

TRIVIA NIGHT

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.

Organizations

ART WALK MEETING

A meeting of businesses that would like to participate in the February Fourth Friday Art Walk and future Walks will take pace on Tuesday, February 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Centre for French Colonial Life (the old Ste. Genevieve Bank building at Second and Market).  Anyone businesses interested in serving as an art space for the events are invited to attend. Even those that don’t usually show art can invite a guest artist to set up an exhibit during the Art Walk. (The Art Walk committee may be able to help businesses find an artist.)

JOUR DE FETE

The Jour de Fete Committee will make up its monthly meeting (canceled due to the weather earlier this month) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, at Cafe Genevieve.

DEMOCRATIC CLUB

The Ste. Genevieve County Democratic Club will have its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 19, at the Steelworkers Union Hall (950 S. Gabouri St.). A brief business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a guest speaker at 7 p.m. The guest speaker for February will be Kathy Ellis, candidate for Congress in Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District. A food drive will take place to support a local food pantries. All are welcome. Contact [email protected] for more information.

FARMERS MARKET

The Ste. Genevieve County Farmers Market will have a planning meeting for anyone interested in participating in the 2020 season. The meeting will take place at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center meeting room 2, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday February 24. The meeting is open to anyone in the county interested in selling locally grown produce and value-added items. A few of the topics to be discussed are: the market dues, memberships, and regulations. A special invitation is extended to the county youth, participating in FFA and 4-H programs, to sell produce and value-added items without a vendor booth fee. The farmers market board of directors want to encourage these young entrepreneurs to practice their marketing and farming skills.

SGCMH QUILTING

The Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary/Partners will have quilting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following days in February: Thursday, February 27, and Friday, February 28. Quilting is on the lower level of the hospital in the education room. Lunch is served both days. All quilters are invited to help quilt baby quilts to be sold in the hospital gift shop.

Support Groups

PARKINSON’S PALS

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 protected]

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

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.

TOPS LAKE FOREST

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.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

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.

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