Recreation is for EVERYONE

Fun, Free Events…

Holiday Storytelling, Fri, Dec 7; Wed, Dec 12; Fri, Dec 14 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the First Missouri Capitol State Historic Site, 216 South Main Street, Saint Charles, MO. Enjoy a special reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with musical accompaniment in the historic Chauncey Shepard residence. Readings happen every 15 minutes. This event repeats every Wed and Friday until December 21.  Seats are first come, first serve.  636-940-3322 ~ https://mostateparks.com/event/76851/twas-night-christmas-readings

St Charles Community College Symphonic Orchestra Concerts  December 6 from 7:30-9:30pm in the Fine Arts Theater of the Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, MO 63376.  These nights showcase what our students have learned this semester. Everyone is invited to attend and no reservations are necessary to enjoy these evenings of wonderful music. www.stchas.edu/events/

Santa Visits the Library Dec 4-11, 2018 from 6-7:30pm at St. Charles City-County library locations.  Santa is coming to the library! Enjoy a story, songs, and candy canes, then talk to Santa about what you would like him to bring you from the North Pole. Parents, bring your camera to capture the magic of your child’s Christmas wishes. Families welcome. Registration required. www.youranswerplace.org/ecalendar

St. Peters Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony, Friday, December 7 from 10-11am at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre at City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. St. Peters, 63376. Join the St. Peters Veterans Memorial Commission in commemorating our heroes, their families, and friends.  The ceremony is free to the public and refreshments will be provided. The guest speaker is Maj. Gen. Cassie Strom, U.S. Air Force (Ret.). For more information, visit stpetersmo.net.

O’Fallon Pearl Harbor Day, Friday, December 7 at 7 pm, at the Krekel Civic Center (in Civic Park), 305 Civic Drive in O’Fallon. In commemoration of the 77th anniversary of the bombing of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the O’Fallon Veterans Commission will host a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony  Mayor Bill Hennessy will deliver welcoming remarks for the ceremony. For more information, contact Conan Stott at 636-379-5550 or cstott@ofallon.mo.uswww.ofallon.mo.us/

Decorate St. Peters Police Department Christmas Tree, Friday, December 7 from 6-8pm at the St. Peters Justice Center, 1020 Grand Teton Drive, St. Peters 63376, visitor parking is across the street in the Mid Rivers Mall parking lot. Everything you need to make an ornament will be supplied, plus enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, all for free. Make your own ornaments and help decorate the St. Peters Police Department’s tree. This event is recommended for ages 3-12, however, all ages are welcome. No reservations are needed. For more information, call 636-278-2244, ext. 3550.

Handbell Concert, Dec 7, 2018, Holiday Concert “Traditions of Christmas”, 7:30 PM, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Veterans Memorial Parkway, O’Fallon, MO 63366. Join us as we present our annual Christmas program of handbell music, called “Traditions of Christmas”, under the direction of guest conductor Ruth McDonnell.  The Nutcracker ballet, Christmas TV specials, and favorite holiday movies are a part of holiday traditions. This year’s program includes songs from traditional Christmas shows like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “The Nutcracker,” and “The Grinch who Stole Christmas.” The concerts are free and open to the public. For more info, call 636- 272-4505, www.gatewayringers.org

Augusta Candlelight Christmas Walk, Friday, December 7th & 14th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Historic Augusta, MO.  Over a thousand luminaries light the way as visitors wander through the historic town visiting shops and galleries.  Hop on board the free antique trolley to quickly get around town or use it to join-in the scavenger hunt featuring fabulous prizes. Experience the quiet, peaceful nostalgia and small-town charm to get into the holiday spirit. Bring the kids and your camera because Santa is coming to town.  Enjoy a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride through the crisp winter air, then warm yourself around the bonfire while savoring freshly roasted chestnuts. Afterwards, enjoy Christmas caroling in the historic Ebenezer church. www.augusta-chamber.org

The Grinch, Movie Night for Adults, Friday, December 7 from 7-9pm at Cedar Lake Cellars, 11008 Schreckengast Road, Wright City, MO 63390. Join us for a special showing of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas in The Barrel Room! Bring your friends, enjoy the movie, and sip your drink of choice from The Barrel Room’s full bar! Select Smokehouse items will also be available for purchase. The movie starts at 7:00 p.m. and seating is first come, first served, but you can call and reserve a seat.  This is a free event. All guests must be at least 21 years of agehttp://cedarlakecellars.com/event/holiday-movie/

Journey to Bethlehem, December 7, 8 and 9, 2018 from 6-9PM at Harvester Christian Church, 2950 Kings Crossing, St. Charles, MO 63303.  Journey to Bethlehem is a FREE event for the entire family. It is a live, outdoor telling of the Christmas story complete with the sights and sounds of the first century. You’ll be immersed in the story and celebrate the birth of Jesus as you encounter shepherds, angels, Roman soldiers, and Magi on your way to Bethlehem. Finish the night with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies!  Outdoor journeys depart throughout the evening. Sign language interpreters available.  journeytobethlehem.com

Live @ the Library: Holiday Performance, Monday, December 10 from 7-8pm at Spencer Road Library Branch. Enjoy old-time Holiday music played on the mandolin and guitar by this very talented duo. The Buckhannon Brothers are well known in the midwest for their commitment to preserving traditional old-time mandolin music that is indigenous to Missouri and the Midwest region.  All ages welcome ~ Register at www.youranswerplace.org/ecalendar

Saint Louis Zoo Sensory Friendly Wild Light Night, Monday, Dec. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The Saint Louis Zoo will host a sensory night for individuals on the autism spectrum and others who may benefit from a sensory friendly experience.  The night will mirror the traditional ‘Wild Lights’ experience, but the evening will offer quiet areas and trained zoo staff to assist families.  https://www.stlzoo.org/events/calendarofevents/wildlights#close

St Charles Municipal Band Holiday Concert, Tuesday, December 11 from 7-9pm at Lindenwood’s Scheidegger Center, 2300 West Clay St, St. Charles 63301. Come out for an evening of wonderful holiday music. The Concert Band will open the concert at 7 PM after a short intermission at 8 PM the Big Band with vocalist will close out the evening entertainment.  There is plenty of parking all around the Center with full handicap access. The Holiday Concert is free with no tickets required.  Santa Claus has promised a visit to greet children of all ages. www.stcharlesband.com/

Owl Prowl, Friday, December 14, 2018, from 6:30 pm – 8 pm at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Highway D, St. Charles, MO.  Whoooo’s there? Missouri owls, that’s who! Discover nature and explore the fascinating lives of these winged nighttime hunters. Following a short indoor program, participants are invited to take a short walk along a nature trail to look and listen for owls. Dress for the weather. FREE but you must register. 636-441-4554 or Conservation Departments events website

More Free Classes at Busch Conservation Area, Register at 636-441-4554 or www.mdc.mo.gov/events

  • Photographing Nature, Saturday, December 15 from 7-8am.  Bring your camera to learn some new photography techniques and capture some shots of nature in action.
  • Drawing in Nature, Saturday, December 15 from 9:30-11:30am.  Add your creative touch to the sights of nature.  Bring your art supplies and enjoy a day of drawing/painting the beauty of our world.
  • Night Hike, Saturday, December 15 from 5:30-8:30pm. Join our group hike on the 3 ½ mile hiking/biking trail to hear the sounds of coyotes and owls.
  • Those Crafty Trees, Thursday, December 20 from 10-11:30am.  First you’ll learn about the thousand kinds of trees that populate over 14 million acres of forest land in Missouri.  Stay to do a craft project you can keep or give as a gift.

Santa Search Party, Saturday, December 15 from 9:30-11:30am at Indian Camp Creek Park, 2679 Dietrich Road in Foristell. (Cost is $1 per person) This event will be fun for all ages.  Come play our game of finding the most elves, presents, and characters hidden along the park trails. Bring your cell phone to snap a pic of them. Pre-registration is required at www.stccparks.org or call 636-949-7535.

Meet Santa’s Reindeer, Dec 15 & 16, 2018 from 3-5pm at FIRST MISSOURI STATE CAPITOL STATE HISTORIC SITE 200 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO, (636) 940-3322.  You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen-now get the chance to meet some of their antlered brethren up close! The reindeer flight instructor has brought some of his special friends direct from the North Pole as a special surprise for Christmas Traditions visitors. Join him in the backyard of the historic site as he regales you with funny stories about his reindeer pals. You will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to meet and take photos with these beautiful animals. https://mostateparks.com/event/76846/meet-santas-reindeer

Mountain Bike Night Rides, Fridays, Dec 14 and 28 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Bangert Island, 1704 S. River Road, St. Charles, MO 63303.  Grab your bike, a bright flashlight, your helmet, and 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. These challenging rides are best for experienced cyclists who enjoy off-road cycling.  www.stccparks.org or visit the park activity page

Boots, Blue Jeans & Boogie: Holiday Edition, Friday, December 14 @ 7:00-11:00 pm at Cedar Lake Cellars in Foristell, MO. Join us in The Barrel Room on Friday, for a holiday-themed night of country music, line dancing, and more! Wine, beer, spiked holiday drinks (hot chocolate, caramel apple sangria and eggnog!), and select Smokehouse items will be available for purchase from The Barrel Room’s full bar. Gather your friends and get ready to party – cowboy style. Dress to impress – there will be prizes for the best Christmas-inspired western wear! This is a free and open event and you may reserve a seat by visiting our website. All guests must be at least 21 years old. www.cedarlakecellars.com

Ugly Sweater Party for Adults, Saturday December 15 from 7-11pm at Cedar Lake Cellars in Foristell, MO. Bring your friends and enjoy music, games, contests, and more! Wine, beer, spiked holiday drinks, and select Smokehouse items will be available for purchase. This is a free and open event – walk-ins are welcome! The party starts at 7 p.m.  FEATURED HOLIDAY DRINKS: Spiked Hot Chocolate, Eggnog & Caramel Apple Sangria.  CONTEST CATEGORIES: Ugliest Sweater, Best Couple, Most Festive.  The winner in each category will receive a Cedar Lake Cellars gift basket! This is a free event and open event. All guests must be at least 21 years of agewww.cedarlakecellars.com

Ongoing Holiday Events…

Life-Size Gingerbread House, on display until December 23 at the Ameristar Casino in downtown St. Charles. With over 950 pounds of gingerbread, 400 pounds of powdered sugar, 350 sugar cookies, 500 gumdrops, 10 gallons of molasses, and 10 gallons of white chocolate the amazing culinary and facilities teams at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles brought this giant gingerbread house to life! Great place to take some holiday photos.  Interested groups may reserve a time to dine in the house with a $50 donation that goes to Center for Hearing and Speech in STL. www.ameristarstcharles.com/whats-new/events/ or watch the video of the house being built at https://www.facebook.com/BoydCareers/videos/781429045532479/

Holiday Toy Train Display, now until January 31 at the Heritage Museum, 1630 Heritage Landing, St. Peters 63376.  Bring the whole family out to marvel at our popular train display.  This year features extended tracks, new scenes to highlight landmark St. Charles buildings, the Polar Express, and Frosty’s Winter Wonderland.  Admission is FREE! We are open 10am-5pm Wed-Sat and Noon-5pm on Sunday.  While you’re visiting, stop in to try your hand and target shooting using the amazing Hunting Simulator. Learn more at www.sccmo.org/658/Heritage-Museum 636-255-6000.

Christmas Traditions, now until December 24.  This month-long FREE celebration of Christmas on Main Street in Historic St. Charles, 63301. The festival runs Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to the 80 plus characters who are always “making seasons bright”, enjoy caroling, chestnut roasting, storytelling, Santa parades, candlelight processions, gingerbread village, krampusnacht (the “naughty” characters of Christmas), ice block parties, reindeer, and more to enjoy while you’re in St. Charles for Christmas. Website ~ 636-946-7776

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops, through Dec 24 at Bass Pro Shop in St. Charles, MO.  The west end of Bass Pro has been transformed into a holiday delight!  FREE children’s crafts, visits with Santa, and activities, plus wonderful holiday displays.  See the schedule of events at www.basspro.com

Wentville Holiday Night Lights (NOT FREE – fee charged per car/person), opening Friday, Nov 23, at Rotary Park, 2577 W Meyer Road, Foristell, MO 63348. Drive-through over a mile of holiday light displays, visit with Santa on Saturdays in December, schedule a sleigh ride on Mondays and Wednesdays, or go on walk-through night of Dec 3rd to stroll without your vehicle ~ www.wentzvillemo.org – see page 10 of the FunTimes program guide.

O’Fallon Celebration of Lights, (NOT FREE – fee charged per car/person), opening Friday, Nov 23 at Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Dr, O’Fallon, MO 63366.  Drive-through enjoyment of 100’s of holiday light displays, specialty rides by train, sleigh, or carriage, walk-through night on Dec 11 which includes a visit with Santa and fireworks ~ www.ofallon.mo.us

Craft Fairs – Listing of Fairs in and around St. Charles, St. Louis, and Illinois:   www.stlcraftfairs.com/shoppers.html

Looking Ahead…

Resources…

Helping Children with Disabilities Enjoy the Holidays: The holidays can be overwhelming for our sensory kiddos. Leaps and Bounds has posted their “Surviving the Holidays” blog on the website for helpful tips on making the holidays a little less stressful!  http://www.leapsandboundskids.com

Missouri Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Poster & Bookmark Contest: Entry deadline is December 14, 2018. All across the nation, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is celebrated each March. Every year a group of Missouri organizations (Missouri Association of County Developmental Disability Services (MACDDS), The Arc of Missouri, & People First of Missouri) along with the MoDD Council produce a poster & bookmark celebrating inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in everyday life that will be displayed by schools, libraries, and other community organizations throughout the state. The group of organizations listed above is hosting a contest for an original design for the 2019 poster & bookmark from people with a developmental disability. A prize of $500 will be awarded to the artist whose design has been chosen. Entry form and designs from previous years are available on the MODDC website www.moddcouncil.org

MPACT Workshophttp://www.missouriparentsact.org Wednesday, December 12 from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, TOPIC: Special Education, What I Need to Know. Location: Hope High School, 307 West Pitman, O’Fallon MO 63366

United Services, Today’s Topic Discussion Group: Sensory Processing, December 18 and 19 from 9:30–10:30 a.m. in our conference room at United Services, 4140 Old Mill Parkway, St. Peters, MO 63376.  Join our occupational therapists who will explain and share strategies related to sensory integration.  Join us for child-focused discussion every month with our experienced staff. We would love for you and any other family members to come to the discussion!  www.unitedservicesforchildren.org/

MO State Services Navigator Website: www.mo.servicesnavigator.org ~ Get instant access to programs and services in one easily searchable online system. Search for what they need by keyword, location and service. Every program and service on the system has been linked to mapping directions for your convenience.

DMH Director’s Creativity Showcase 2019: Calling all artists with disabilities – get out the paints and brushes, drawing pencils, and cameras!! The annual Directors Creativity Showcase is sponsored by the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) to showcase the artistic talents of people served by the Missouri Department of Mental Health.  The artwork is an inspiration to all who participate and all who experience these creations. To enter the art contest, please refer to the packet of information below. Entries accepted from now until January 25, 2019. www.missourimhf.org/

St Charles County-MO, Alert Me Citizen Safety Service:  St. Charles County wants to make sure you are alerted about emergencies, road construction, and more. SCCMO AlertMe, powered by Everbridge, distributes notifications about these critical issues to subscribers. It’s easy to sign up. Visit the SCCMO Alert Me registration site, enter your contact information, and select the categories and contact preferences of your choice.

ART ON THE SPECTRUM, Art Classes for AGES 6-12, & 13-18, at the Foundry Art Center. Cost: $180 / 4 weeks ~ all supplies will be provided. This class is a specially designed program for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder/ADHD. Students are provided the space and opportunity to be creative through various art-making activities. Guided by an art instructor and assisted by an experienced special education teacher, students will be encouraged to use a variety of media including graphite, soft and oil pastels, colored pencils, and paints. Contact Natalie Schloss in Studio 5 –natalieschloss.art@gmail.com for more information.

Easterseals Midwest PEERS Social Skills Program Next session begins January 15, 2019.  This 14-week program is designed for motivated individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Individuals learn real-life skills for connecting, building and maintaining friendships, then work on homework with their family to practice the skills learned. Classes are available for children in grades 3-5, 6-12, and adults. Class cost is $1,000 and EMAP funding is accepted.  For more information and to see if you qualify, contact the Admissions Department at 314-432-6200 or by email, admissions@esmw.org

Group Dog Walk, Saturday, December 1 (and every Saturday Morning) at 9 am. It’s gonna be nice outside this weekend, so meet us at the corner of Watkins Glen Dr. and Elkhart Lake Rd. 63304, in the Park Charles South Subdivision, for a Free Fun Dog Walk.  Everyone is invited to walk. Bring your family and friends. Meet The WOOF PACK. We started the weekly Friendly Free Dog Walking Group in early April 2018, and have been steadily growing in popularity and numbers each week. We have over 50 dogs that have walked with the group. For more info please visit our website at: www.woofpackwalk.com ~ We hope to see you on Saturday!

Recreation Council Information…

Just in case you missed seeing this: Our St. Louis Offices have MOVED: The St. Louis County and City offices of the Recreation Council are now located at 11 Worthington Access Drive, Suite E, Maryland Heights, MO  63043. Your St. Charles office has remained in the same location and continues to serve St. Charles residents at 60 Gailwood Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376.

FY’2019 Voucher Application: We’ve started a waiting list for FY’19 funds, but send your request anyway and get on the waiting list.  This application covers programs happening through June 30, 2019: www.rec4scc.wordpress.com

  • Voucher Program Details: Click HERE to educate yourself
  • List of Programs NOT funded: Click HERE for the list of DDRB funded programs

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