Fun, Free Activities ~ St. Louis/St. Charles, MO ~ September 2020

Recreation Partner News...

Kerry Magro

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LunchLearn
Register at this link: Aging With Dignity

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Fun Events for this week…

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Don’t yet feel comfortable going to an event in person? Create your own fun by doing the ‘LIFE OUTSIDE CHALLENGE” ~ You only have until September 30 to complete the challenge.  There are 40 activities to choose from – you do 20 of them and you earn a bag full of goodies (Live Life Outside tote bag, reflective snap bracelet, packet of native wildflower seeds, water bottle, greenway map).  Plus, 5 people will be drawn randomly to win a bigger Picnic Prize Pack, with a picnic basket, blanket, outdoor speaker and $50 in gift cards for local takeout! Join here: www.greatriversgreenway.org/life-outside. Check out this super EASY list of things you do to join in the fun:  

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Lake Saint Louis Outdoor Concert: A.D.D.
(Rock, Pop Hits, Variety), Saturday, Sept 26 from 7-10pm at Windjammer Point,
 (map). Enjoy a night of great music and dancing! Bring your chairs, food, and beverages (no glass allowed) to hear the rock sounds of A.D.D Information at: www.mo-lakesaintlouis.civicplus.com

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Friday Music and Saturday Movies, Sept 25 & 26 beginning at 6:30pm at Nine Mile Garden, 9375 Gravois Road, Affton, MO 63123. (In-Person, please observe mask and distance guidelines) The family fun begins here! On Friday, enjoy outdoor music withVoodoo Blues Band, and come back on Saturday,  for our outdoor movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.  Food and drinks from your favorite local trucks make the night complete. www.9milegarden.com 

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bandDrive-In Concerts and Movies, Sept 25, & 26 at Ballwin BallPark, 1 Ballpark Drive, 63021, FREE EVENT – No Registration Necessary – The City of Ballwin Parks and Recreation Department is happy to partner with the Ballwin Athletic Association to present the 2020 Fall Drive-In Concert and Movie Series. Vehicles will be parked in designated parking spots and attendees can sit on the passenger side, outside next to their vehicle. More information at: www.ballwin.mo.us/Events

  • Fri, 9/25 Concert from 7-9pm: Boomerangs
  • Sat, 9/26 Movie from 6:30 – 8:30pm – Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Fri, 10/2 Concert from 7-9pm – Showdown
  • Sat, 10/3 Movie from 6:30 – 8:30pm – The Addams Family (2019 Animated Version)

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home show
Builders Home & Remodeling Show, September 25-27, Recurring daily Friday 10:00AM-7:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM at St. Charles Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza, Saint Charles, MO 63303. The Builders Home & Remodeling Show is the perfect place to go to prepare for those fall and winter home projects. Browse the latest home improvement products and services for your home, yard and garden. FREE admission and parking. 314-994-7700 ~ Website

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bingo noVirtual BINGO, ~ CANCELLED ~ was scheduled for Sept 26. So sorry but our hosts are going out of town and can’t have fun with all their favorite bingo players! “BINGO Brianne” and “Dauber Dan” will return for Halloween BINGO on Saturday, October 31 at 3:30 p.m.  Costumes are encouraged! Click here to RSVP.  

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frontierDaniel Boone’s Death Bicentennial, Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM at Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park, 1868 Highway F, Defiance, MO 63341. Join the parks department in commemorating the life of one of America’s great frontiersmen. To honor Daniel’s memory, the site will host an event offering demonstrations that represent Daniel and the Boone Family, such as land surveying, black powder shoots, woodworking, fiber making, and more. Meet Daniel and Rebecca Boone and listen to the couple recall tales of their past.  636-949-7535 ~ Website ~ Free

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BirdsRanger Guided Bird Walks, ON-SITE & IN PERSON ~ free, but Registration is Required, Sunday September 27 at 8am at Quail Ridge Park, Wentzville, MO 63385. Join us for an early morning one-mile walk to find and identify local birds with one of our County Park Rangers. All ages and experience levels welcome. This event repeats on Oct 25, Nov 29, and Dec 27.

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artGreat Rivers Biennial Art Exhibit, now through October 8, 2020. Reserve your FREE tickets to view the fall/winter exhibitions in-person at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis featuring St. Louis-based artists Kahlil Robert Irving, Tim Portlock, and Rachel Youn. Location: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108, (314) 535–4660. Please observe social distancing and mask requirements when attending. ~ www.camstl.org 

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screen on the greenSt. Charles Outdoor MOVIE NIGHT, Double Feature: Hocus Pocus at 6:30pm and Ghostbusters at 8:30pm, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 at Blanchette Park, 1900 Randolph, 63301.  Guests are encouraged to bring along face masks and hand sanitizer. Please note that no outside food or drinks allowed into this event since your favorite movie snack, soda, hot chocolate and beer will be available for purchase at the concession stand.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket for seating. www.stcharlesparks.com/programs/

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bike-nightNight Bike Ride, Friday, October 2 from 6:30–9:30 pm at Broemmelsiek Park, Wentzville, MO ~ ON-SITE & IN PERSONRegistration Required ~ Grab your bike, a light, and hit the trails for an off-road adventure at night.  These challenging rides are open to experienced cyclists. All riders must wear a helmet and have a light (600 lumen or greater is recommended). Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Please call the Rain Out Line at 636-707-0011 for weather or trail related changes or cancellations. Repeats on Oct 16, Nov 13, 27 and Dec 29 at various parks.

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celebrate fallCelebrate Fall, Saturday, October 3 from 5:30-8pm at Foundry Art Center, 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles, MO 63301. Join us for an outdoor concert with LIVE music BY Almost Famous, playing pop and dance music through the decades. Outdoor seating space available, bring your own lawn chairs! There will be plenty of space to social distance.  www.foundryartcentre.org/celebrate-fall

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LOOKING AHEAD…Check for registration requirements for the event you want to attend:

Resources…

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varsity tutor FREE VIRTUAL CLASSES AT VARSITY TUTORS: Information Here ~ Enjoy a wide variety of FREE classes.  Learn about things like neuroscience, space travel, algebra, art, world travel, animals, science, and languages.  ALL the LARGE group classes are FREE!!!  We aren’t sure how long this opportunity will be around, so find a class you think is interesting and jump in – the water’s fine! No one asks you how old you are or why you are taking the class unless you offer to tell them. You’ll never be too old to learn something new.  

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IDD help
IDD Help, Resource Center – NEW chat feature on the website. 
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

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RocknJump
Learning Centers
are cropping up all over St. Louis and St. Charles and many of them include a recreation component. Although virtual learning may be the best option for some schools this fall semester of school, the social and recreation needs of youth with disabilities is becoming even more important.  CLICK HERE to see  the list of leisure and Learning Centers we’ve found.  These are inclusive community providers, so if your child has high support needs, contact the Recreation Council to discuss options. These programs are eligible for Community voucher funding through our CARE funds.  NOTE: You may not use Recreation Council funding and DDRB in-home funding for the same week at these recreational learning centers. 

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Tablet ClassSamsung Tablet Workshop: Tech Talk, an In-Person class to teach adults with disabilities how to use their Samsung 8 tablet.  Did you receive a tablet for Christmas, a birthday, or through the Recreation Council E-Connect Tablet Initiative? Do you need more help figuring out how to use it? Join Willows Way at this FREE Project HEART (dates to be arranged) at the Willows Way Office in St. Charles County, There are 8 in-person seats available for ST CHARLES COUNTY RESIDENTS with DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, but everyone is welcome to attend virtually through ZOOM.  Call Elizabeth Tappmeyer, the Project Heart Coordinator, at (636) 757-0517 or email her at elizabetht@willowsway.org to inquire about classes.
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locked doorHere are some links for some events around the metro area (not necessarily free, but definitely fun):