Fun, Free ~ St. Louis/St. Charles MO ~ Events, Resources, Programs ~ May 2021

This information is updated weekly.  www.recreationcouncil.org/anytime-activities
Click on this link to see our SUMMER PROGRAM LISTING

Recreation Council and Partner News…

Financial Assistance for Internet Connection:  The Emergency Broadband Benefit through the FCC will provide a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible families and households who are struggling to stay connected during the COVID19 pandemic. Eligible households can also receive a discount of up to $100 for the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.  Learn more about the program and see if you qualify at FCC – Broadband Benefit. FCC’s Lifeline is an ongoing FCC funding program to reduce internet and mobile fees for qualified families. 

NEW RESOURCE: Craftibility Foundation: Our mission is to teach children of all abilities to learn to be comfortable & show empathy towards adults with special needs and the elderly population through arts & crafts projects.  Our Inclusion Club partners neurotypical youth with an adult with a disability to teach monthly craft projects.  Currently, we offer VIRTUAL services but will move to in-person again as it becomes safe to do so. www.craftibility.org

City of St. Louis ADA Transition Plan, Virtual Public Meeting, May 18th at 4 PM. We invite everyone to a virtual meeting to discuss the ADA Transition Plan and plans to find and eliminate problems that individuals with disabilities have using the City’s facilities including buildings, parks, streets and sidewalks) and programs including social services, tax payments, hiring for City jobs, etc. Register Here. If anyone needs accommodations, please contact the Office on the Disabled by phone at (314) 622-3686, or by May 15th. If you would like to view and/or take the on-line survey before the meeting, it can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stladasurvey.

Great Circle Parent Cafés, These free workshops are a place where parents share their experiences and challenges while learning from their peers. Cafés are spaces where parents can speak honestly with each other, build a support network with other parents and work “upstream” before family issues reach the crisis level. To find out more about Parent Cafés or to learn how to sign up for one in your region, click HERE .

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MH AwarenessMay is Mental Health Awareness Month: View available Missouri Mental Health resources, including helpful links, helplines, and general information HERE

EventBrite Virtual Events: (not all are free) May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US, making it an apt time to take stock of your overall wellbeing. Use this curated Collection of virtual wellness and fitness events to find an activity that can help you take action on improving your health. Event Listing

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Free Events and Activities…

St. Charles Events are in PURPLE-(SCC)
St. Louis Events are in GREEN-(STL) – More STL Events HERE
Virtual Events are in ORANGE

EVERYONE is welcome at all events!!

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beale-diggityBeale Street Concert Series: No Diggity (SCC), Wednesday, May 12 from 6-8pm at Streets of St. Charles, 63303: Free Beale Street Concert Series the 2nd Wednesday of each month May-October! Food and beverages provided by the wonderful restaurants at Streets of St. Charles! Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show! We ask that you please wear your mask and social distance at this event. www.thestreetsofstcharles.com/events ~ Information

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Food Trucks at Creve Coeur Park (STL),  Wednesdays, May 13, 18
STC Park Concerts
Check the Spring/Summer Activity Guide for more information. 

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MaplewoodMaplewood Stringfest and Taste of Maplewood (STL) May 14-15 at 7326 Manchester Road, 63143. Enjoy this two-day outdoor festival that will draw foodies, shoppers, and music lovers to enjoy the bites, sights, and sounds of our beloved city. All of your favorite local shops, restaurants, and watering holes will be set up outdoors under sunny skies to serve you safely. Tickets are not required for this event. Check the event websites for more information. www.midcountychamber.org/programs-events/tom/

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lights outLights Out Night Sky, (SCC), Saturday, May 15 from 7-8:30pm at Broemmelsiek Park, 1615 Schwede Road, Wentzville, MO 63385. Join our rangers as they give a demonstration on how light pollution effects star gazing and our local wildlife. Bring a chair and blanket so you can star gaze after the presentation. Register online Here or 636-949-7535 to reserve a spot.

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maifestMaifest German Spring Festival (SCC), Sunday, May 16 from 2-6pm at New Town in St. Charles, MO (map) ~ This one-day festival to celebrates the arrival of Spring and the rich German heritage in St. Charles County. The festivities will include food and craft vendors plus live German Entertainment. Visitors ages 21 and older can opt to purchase a wristband to sample alcoholic drinks at the festival.  Other activities provided for all ages to participate. www.midwestmaifest.org

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Check into these FREE events coming in May…

STL = St. Louis; SCC=St. Charles; Virtual

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RESOURCES Previously Listed and left here for your convenience…

Recreation Council Voucher Program…Our popular funding program for individual of all ages who have a developmental disability is open now for applications.  If you or your family member living in St. Louis or St. Charles, Missouri need assistance paying for your recreation program including summer day camp, summer overnight camp, adult adventure and travel programs, or another recreation program that interests you, click here to get more information, www.recreationcouncil.org/applications, or call us at 314-726-6044 to reach your area coordinator.

Harbor Unlimited, Camp Lighthouse, FAMILY special needs camp, all ages, May 31-June 3, 2021, Cost: $100 per person. Camp application is due by MAY 17, 2021. This family special needs disability summer day camp is nothing like the ordinary summer camp. entire families can come together as we do crafts, water activities, horsemanship, rock climbing, tree climbing or zip-lining, and adaptive water skiing. Camp takes place at Strong Tower Ranch in Wright City, MO with a capstone waterski event at Lake St. Louis. Snacks, lunch are provided. 

Varsity Tutors, PLUS ~ Virtual summer camps and classes for youth through high school age. Keep your student engaged all summer with 100’s of fun classes taught by an instructor by ZOOM.  For just $19 per month, you can enroll in as many small group classes as you’d like. Remember that our large group classes are always FREE and are open to all ages.  Click Click Here for information: www.varsitytutors.com

The Arc, Weekly CONNECT Meetup Events, CONNECT is a program at the St. Louis Arc that empowers individuals with disabilities to lead an independent life using individualized and community supports. This program is ideal for adults (25+) interested in moving out on their own and needing minimal support in order to be successful.  The CONNECT Meetup group is free to join and their events are free to attend. Click here to join the Meetup group and RSVP for events in order to receive the Zoom links. If you need a device to connect to these groups, apply to get your own tablet through the Recreation Council’s E-Connect initiative – Apply for Recreation Council Tablet Program

St. Charles Community College Classes for Students with Disabilities: Looking for a class tailored to meet your special needs? Try your hand at cooking, sign language, painting, drawing, photography, making dog treats, or creating a dream board in the LifeSkills class.  Classes cost $69-$129 and are Recreation Council Voucher eligible for those who have Regional Office or DDRB services.  Registering now for Jan-April 2021. Check out the class options for 2021 here: Information Here

Covid Vaccine Information: Visit this site to get the most current vaccination information – www.covidvaccine.mo.gov/map ~ Schedule an appointment with Mercy Hospital HERE~ To register for a mass vaccination event, click HERE

Missouri Resource Guide: The Department of Social Services has developed a guide to assist Missourians in finding resources to meet their basic living needs, access support services, and prepare for their career pathways. The resource can be accessed at the following link: www.mydss.mo.gov

IDD Help, Resource Center – In addition to being able to contact us by phone and/or email, you and those you serve will now have the option to chat, in real time, with an IDDHelp Community Connector. The Chat feature is live Monday through Friday, from 9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. Visit www.iddhelp.org