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Recreation Council News…

FY 2020 Overnight Summer Camp and Adventure Application is now available at

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. Adults who have not used the overnight voucher program in past fiscal years will NOT be funded.  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.

FY 2020 Community Recreation Voucher Details will be available by March 1, 2020. We are still working out details for all our remaining programs.  You may submit the application pages, but you won’t be able to request funds until we know for sure how our funding will work.  We are making a lot of changes this year and the posted application doesn’t list all the programs yet.  We are asking for registration information this year, so you’ll have to wait until you are ready to enroll to request funds anyway.

Here’s a few fun, free events and resources in our area…

These events and resources are posted at

Moon Walk, Friday, February 15 from 6:30-8pm at Brommensiek Park, 1795 Highway DD, Defiance, MO 63341. Learn several facts about the moon and the night sky. This is a great family outing that will include a short lecture, games, and an interpretive hike under the stars. Dress appropriately for the weather. Register Here

Disability Awareness Convention, Saturday, February 16 from 12 noon-6pm at Maryland Heights Community Center, 2300 McKelvey Rd, 63043.  This free convention features a day of information, entertainment, crafts, games, food, social programming, entertainment, vendors, and more. Information sessions every 30 minutes.  Dance Party from 6-8pm. ~ See flyers at

 “Lila, Life of a Missouri Slave,” Sunday, February 17 at 1:15 pm & 3:15 pm in the Old Peace Chapel at The Historic Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Hwy. F, in Defiance. Learn about the history of slavery on the Missouri frontier with cultural preservationist and interpreter Angela da Silva, as she performs.  Admission is free. or 636-798-2005.


Looking Ahead to March…


Check out these FREE Education Opportunities…

Safe Circle Coalition Social Event, Saturday, February 16 from 11am-2pm at Westport Social, 910 Westport Plaza Dr, 63146.  Ages 18 and older are invited. Contact Jessica Naslund at Safe Circle for more information: 314-932-1105 ~  See flyer at

United Services, Today’s Topic Discussion Group: Behavior, February 19 and 20 from 9:30–10:30 a.m. in our conference room at United Services, 4140 Old Mill Parkway, St. Peters, MO 63376.  Our behavior analysts will discuss methods of understanding children’s behavior and techniques to address common issues. 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!

Down Syndrome Association Technology Class, Friday, February 22, from 7-9pm at the DSAGSL Office.  Welcoming individuals with Down Syndrome who want to learn how to use apps, technology, video modeling and more that you can use at work, school, or home.  RSVP to ~ FREE!

Be Heart Smart, FREE Workshop sponsored by Community Living: Tuesday, February 26, from 4:00-5:00 pm at Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital, 6 Jungermann Circle, MOB #1, Suite 117, St. Peters, MO 63376.  Learn from Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital doctors and staff about how to be “heart smart.” These classes are organized in partnership between Community Living and BJC for our caregivers and volunteers.  RSVP by Monday, February 25. To Lauren Hall at (636) 387-5501 or

 NEW POSTING: An Evening with Russell Lehmann: Triumph, Overcoming the Odds, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – Doors open, 7:30 p.m. – Presentation and Q&A, 8:30 p.m. – Dessert reception and book signing at Maryville University Auditorium (Get Directions).  Special guest Russell Lehmann tells his story about living with Autism. Russell is an award-winning and internationally recognized motivational speaker, poet, author and advocate whose words have reached over 20 million people worldwide. His goals in life are to erase the stigma and stereotypes that come with having a disability, and to make this world a better place by spreading hope, compassion, awareness, acceptance, belief and tolerance. RSVP required:  This event is FREE and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Please RSVP by March 8th.

The Right Stuff, a Workshop ONLY for Adults with Disabilities, Thursday, March 21 from 1-3pm FREE!  David Hingsburger, a nationally known speaker, service provider, and advocate, will conduct this workshop on the rights of people with disabilities.  Caregivers CANNOT ATTTEND the workshop.  Caregivers may be present in the building if necessary, but will not be allowed to enter the room.  Space is limited and you must register at or call 636-922-8233.  See information at the bottom of the flyer below:

 Autism Fair 2019, Saturday, March 23 from 8:30am-1pm at Spencer Road Branch of the Library in the Community Commons. Dr. Natasha Marrus is a psychiatrist specializing in autism diagnosis and treatment. Enjoy several break out sessions and resource tables to learn more about services in our area.  FREE, but you must REGISTER HERE See flyer at

Community Resources and Opportunities…

Group Dog Walk, every Saturday Morning at 9 am. 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, and 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: ~ We hope to see you on Saturday!

Mall-Walkers Group, daily at Mid Rivers Mall.  Our doors open at 7 am daily for Mall Walkers. You’re welcome to get exercise in the comfort and warmth of our center. If you walk the upper level three times around, the total distance is approximately one mile. If you walk the lower level twice around, the distance is approximately one mile.

St Charles County’s Youth Activity Park is now FREE!!! Come out to this amazing park to climb our 30-foot indoor rock wall, play foosball, table tennis, air hockey, ping pong, and all your favorite video games with your friends for FREE!  Outdoor areas include a small and large bowl for skateboarding fun, a paved bike/walking path, a sand volleyball court, half-court basketball, an open play area, and pavilion-type shelter for picnic fun. The park is open from 12 to 8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 12 to 10 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday! For more information call the park at 636-561-4964 or go to


Recreational Partners: Programs to Explore…(cost may be involved)

Down Syndrome Association Rock out!! Saturday, March 23 from 12 noon-4pm at The Tin Rood St. Louis, 100 Clark Ave, 63102. Cost: $5 ~ Enjoy a day with 5 bands, raffles, t-shirts, food, drinks, fun, and more.  See flyers at

St Peters Bus Tours and Day Trips. Escorted trips include motor coach transportation, and admission to the scheduled activities. Meals are also included with planned stops at restaurants unless otherwise stated. Most tours are narrated.


Recreation Council Information…

FY’2020 Voucher Application will be available on March 1, 2019: You will use this application to request funds for programs occurring between July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.

 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,

2019 Summer Opportunities Guide is now available: Click on this link to get the pdf version of our popular summer guide listing 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. –scroll down to the Summer Guide Link

Guide to Leisure Services-2019 Edition: The St. Charles County Guide to ongoing leisure programs and services is newly updated and available at this link: -scroll down to the Leisure Guide Link


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