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Recreation Council News…

Here’s an excerpt from the Mental Health America newsletter on ADHD and the benefits of recreation: 

ADHD: Sports and Extracurricular Activities, Article by: Kathleen Smith, PhD

“Thirty minutes to a full hour of physical activity per day can make a huge difference in anyone’s mental and physical health, but especially for a child with ADHD. A child with ADHD who is regularly active may sleep better and experience fewer emotional outbursts at home and school. They may see benefits from the structure and organization of being part of a team and learning the rules of a new game or activity. Kids can also learn communication and social skills, increase coordination skills, and build up their self-esteem by being part of a sport or other activity. And because people with ADHD are at increased risk for developing depression, activities that involve exercise can lower their risk for depressive symptoms.” Read full article at: https://www.psycom.net/adhd-sports-extracurricular-activities/

The St. Charles County office is closed May 20-31, 2019. If your question requires an immediate answer, contact our St. Louis office at 314-726-6044.

 

Fun, Free Events and resources in our area…

 St. Charles Community College Free Music Performances, Join us for performances by our talented musicians and singers. Performances are free and open to the public. No reservations are required. 636-922-8399 ~ https://www.stchas.edu/student-life/arts-entertainment/music-concerts

  • 5/16/19 — Musical Theatre Workshop Performance – 7:30-9:30pm
  • 5/17/19 — Musical Theatre Workshop Performance – 6:30-8:30pm

Mountain Bike Night Ride, Friday, May 17 at Indian Camp Creek Park from 8-11pm. Grab your bike, a light, and hit the trails at night! Join St. Louis Area Mountain Bikers (SLAMB) and Gateway Off-Road Cyclist (GORC) for a new season of night rides in a St. Charles County park each month. These challenging rides are open to experienced cyclists and take place on Friday nights. 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. Check the Rain Out Line at 636-707-0011 or flyer ~ www.stccparks.org for any weather or trail related changes or cancellations. This seasonal program repeats on various Fridays from May-October at different park locations. May 17 Event Details

 Wentzville Days, Fair and Music Festival, May 17-19, 2019 in Historic Downtown Wentzville between Allen and Main Streets. Join us daily for carnival rides, vendors, craft booths, a children’s activity area, and lots of bands jamming out to welcome spring. Go here to get details on all the amazing events planned for this weekend festival:  www.wentzvillemo.org/departments/parks_and_recreation/index.php

 SCCAD Safety Day at The Meadows, Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis, 20 Meadows Circle Dr, Lake Saint Louis, Missouri 63367.  Kick off EMS Week with your SCCAD Paramedics and other first responders in the community. Emergency vehicles of all types will be on display at the Meadows Clocktower plaza, and there will be all sorts of fun activities for kids and families. Build a first aid kit, learn hands-only CPR, take advantage of important health screenings, and much more! All activities are completely FREE www.facebook.com/events/328529904503761/

Celebration of Heroes, Saturday, May 18 from 9am-1pm at Lift Disability Network office at The Summit STL Church, 927 E. Terra Lane, O’Fallon, MO 63366,  Join us for yard games, meet local first responders, and see city vehicles.  Participate in the blood drive to save lives.  Information at www.liftdisability.net/missouri/

 Gateway Ringers Spring Concert “Carnival of the Animals”, Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 4 PM at Wentzville United Methodist Church, 725 North Wall Street, Wentzville, MO 63385.  Join us for this handbell concert of music about animals from familiar children and bible songs to beloved Disney classics.  The concert is sure to be entertaining for people of all ages. All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, contact info@gatewayringers.org or visit our website at http://www.gatewayringers.org/

Sestercentenial Celebration and Children’s Festival, May 18-19 along Historic Main Street in St. Charles. Join us to celebrate 250 years of history with a parade, a Stroll Down Memory Lane  featuring large scale photo back drops that feature the people, places, and moments in time, living History reinacted by rubbing elbows with Mary Sibley, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Archer Alexander, Louis Blanchette, and other key figures and groups that played a part in the past 250 years, and discover a Tale of Three Cities, historic demonstrators, catch an old-fashioned baseball game, and more. Parade: Saturday, May 18 at 10am.  Sestercentennial ~ The Children’s Festival runs concurrently with the celebration.

O’Fallon Public Works Fair, Wednesday, May 22 from 10am-2pm at Ozzie Smith Sports complex, 890 TR Hughes Blvd, 63366.  Enjoy seeing the big trucks and specialized equipment used to provide City services, such as a street sweeper, recycling truck, snow plow, paint striper and more. Demonstrations include working models of the City’s water treatment plant and the Enviroscape water pollution model. Enjoy free rides on the City train, safety awareness games for kids, giveaways, booths with emergency preparedness handouts and the chance to talk to City staff. A free hot dog lunch with chips and water will be available. www.ofallon.mo.us/Events-Calendar

Irish Fest, May 24-26, 2019, Recurring daily, Friday: 5:00-11:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM-11:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-5:00PM at Frontier Park, 222 S. Riverside Dr., Saint Charles, MO 63301. Irish Vendors, Food/Drink, Live Music, Children’s Area and more.  The largest FREE Irish Festival in the Midwest! https://mrifsc.com/

Cobblestone Nationals Car Show, May 27, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Fast Lane Classic Cars, 427 Little Hills Blvd., Saint Charles, MO 63301.  Free!  The 31st Annual Cobblestone Nationals will take place on Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2019. Located at Fast Lane Classic Cars, the show will run from 9:00 to 5:00. Spectators are encouraged to stop by for fun, food, and entertainment! Our shows are always fun for the entire family. 636-940-9969, www.fastlanecars.com

 

Events coming in June…

 

Resources…

 United Way’s Community Needs Survey: https://umsl.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dbeHhQITVYtLns9 ~ United Way of Greater St. Louis serves 16 counties in Illinois and Missouri with a population of nearly 3 million people. We support more than 160 partner agencies in helping as many people as possible live their best lives.  To support this effort, we are conducting this Community Needs Survey with residents across our service area. Your participation in this survey will help us better understand our community’s challenges, needs and priorities. THANK YOU for participating!!

Find more information about the following resources at:  www.rec4scc.wordpress.com/resources-2/

 

Here are a few youth day camp ideas (Cost is involved unless noted)…

 Find out more about the following YOUTH camps at www.rec4scc.wordpress.com/special-events-2/

 

Overnight Summer Retreats for Adults and Families…

EASTER SEALS MIDWEST Trout Lodge Weekend Getaway, May31-June 2, 2019 – COST: $150!!!!!!  Only 2 slots left for adults ages 18-25+.  Staff ratio is 1:4, personal and community navigation skills needed for successful participation.  Enjoy a variety of activities from swimming to fishing to crafts, ropes course, and more.

 Camp MO-Val Adventures in Community, June 2-7, 2019: www.campmoval.org/camp ~ Union, MO 63084, 636-583-2730. Cost $485 – Week-long retreat for adults with disabilities. Plenty of spaces for the men’s cabin.  Women’s spaces are filling fast. Supervision is 1:5 ratio.  Call today to register for your slot.

Camp Wartburg, Shepherding Sheep Adult Retreat, May 26-29 & May 29-June 1, 2019: http://campwartburg.com/ ~ Call for cost: 618-939-7715 – 3 day overnight retreat for adults with disabilities

LIFT Breakaway Summer Family Retreat: www.liftdisability.net/breakaway/mo-breakaway  Cost: $300 per person – Week-long retreat camp for all ages, youth minors require adult family member to attend with them.

Breakaway Scholarship Giveaway! Lift-Missouri will have a drawing to give a $100 scholarship to one person/family who has registered for camp by May 24th. Call for information: 314-390-1881.

 

Recreation Council Information…

Voucher Application is available at www.rec4scc.wordpress.comSt. Charles County voucher funding application is available for programs happening between July 1 and February 28, 2020 – Application ~ Tell us your recreation plan and we will work together to see how much funding we can work out. Contact our office if you want to talk over your plan before submitting your application: 636-477-77804 or carol@recreationcouncil.org ~ Please remember that the residency documents you submit with your application must have the APPLICANT’S name and address on it.

Adults Day Trips with the Park Departments:

Over age 18 and outgrown traditional overnight camps? Try a day trip offered by the municipal park departments in St. Charles County. Head to Fairmont Park to see the horse races, a Cardinal’s baseball game, stage productions across the area, a fireworks cruise in July, Lincoln’s home in Springfield Illinois, peach and apple picking, music and theater productions, Meramec Caverns, Amish Country, Herman MO, the Muny, Historic Car Museum in Fulton, Skyline dining on the Mississippi River, and more.

2019 Summer Opportunities Guide is available at our website and at www.rec4scc.wordpress.com and scroll down to the Summer Guide Link. The popular publication lists summer programs and resources for people with disabilities in St. Louis and St. Charles. Call us at 636-477-7704 if you need a paper copy mailed to you.

Congratulations to EMERGE EVERYONE on winning the Recreation Council’s Outstanding Program Provider of the Year Award.  Fitness participants Morgan Mummert and Michael Vogt presented the award to Ben Serangeli and Jason Davis of Emerge Fitness Training Center.  Emerge Everyone holds a class on Saturdays for people with disabilities tailored to meet their fitness needs.  See more at www.emergefitnesstraining.com/emerge-everyone/

Morgan, Michael, and Jason

 Voucher Application is available at www.rec4scc.wordpress.comSt. Charles County voucher funding application is available for June 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020 – Application ~ Let us worry about the fiscal year! We are working to eliminate the funding break in the middle of summer, and finding ways so you don’t have to plan 15 months ahead for spring and summer of 2020.  Tell us your recreation plan and we will work together to see how much funding we can work out. Contact our office if you want to talk over your plan before submitting your application: 636-477-77804 or carol@recreationcouncil.org ~ Please remember that the residency documents you submit with your application must have the APPLICANT’S name and address on it.

 Overnight Camp Funding for adults is being eliminated: Funding for adults to attend special needs overnight camp is being phased out over the next 2 fiscal years for those who have been using the program. Children will continue to be funded for 3 years of camp until they graduate from high school. Contact our office if you are an adult and want to discuss new opportunities for overnight adventures.

 Adventures for Adults: Here are a few ideas to get adults socializing in our community: Attend a park-sponsored day trip. Join a club that meets regularly throughout the year, like gardening club, square dance club, or Kiwanis. Or try an overnight adventure trip to places like Chicago, Indianapolis, or Branson. If you want to meet with Recreation Council staff to talk about ideas you have to attend inclusive adult leisure activities in our community, contact us. 636-477-7704, carol@recreationcouncil.org

2019 Summer Opportunities Guide is available at our website and at www.rec4scc.wordpress.com and scroll down to the Summer Guide Link. The popular publication lists summer programs and resources for people with disabilities in St. Louis and St. Charles. Call us at 636-477-7704 if you need a paper copy mailed to you.

 

Be in the Know…

IDD Help: Once place to get information on services for people with developmental disabilities. 1-877-256-2202 ~ www.IDDHelp.org ~ or www.facebook.com/IDDHelp

MO State Services Navigator Website: www.mo.servicesnavigator.org ~ Access to programs and services in one easily searchable online system.

 

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