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CHARLES COUNTY FALL NEWSLETTER: Call for featured articles– Did you enjoy attending a recreation program this summer? Would you like to be featured in the St. Charles County edition our Recreation Council Fall Newsletter?  If so, send a picture of yourself participating in your recreation program and a few sentences about your experience.  Email to

Community Strong Day of Play, September 7, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at O’Day Park, 1000 O’Day Park Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63368 (map). We are excited to provide permission to play for all ages from 0-99. To inspire a culture of health and well-being in St. Charles County. Day of Play will feature family friendly games, live music for dancing, wellness education, and healthy food trucks to celebrate how we can all move one step closer to a healthier life through a playful mindset. Tickets are not required, but signing up will help us prepare for the number of visitors attending. Register at The Recreation Council will be there assisting people with disabilities to participate in adapted activities.

 Watch Carissa each week on “Wednesday Wellness” at – this week’s wellness tip is on connecting with your neighbor in a world that seems to be divided.


Fun, Free Events and resources in our area…

Story of a Butterfly: August program at your local library, August 15, 23, 26, 29, 30 at 10am, August 19 at 6:30pm. Young children will learn about metamorphosis and the butterfly life cycle, the parts of a butterfly’s body, and learn how its survival needs are similar to and different from those of plants and other animals. Event is held at various library branch locations: Website

Mountain Bike Night Ride, Thursday, August 15 from 8-11pm at Matson Hill Park. 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 challenging rides 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. Check the RainOut Line at 636-707-0011 or for any weather or trail related changes or cancellations.   Repeats Friday August 30 at Klondike Park

Storybook Walk, Friday, August 16 from 1-3pm at Veterans Tribute Park near Weldon Spring.  Children of all ages and their families are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors, get active, and read at the Storybook Walk. This free event will begin with guided readings around the lakes of the acclaimed children’s book “Chicken in Space” by Adam Lehrhaupt and “Night Animals” by Gianna Marino. After the ¾ mile walk, guests will be able to participate in a variety of free children’s festivities, crafts, and light refreshments provided by Fresh Thyme Markets under Shelter #3.  Register Here

Lake St. Louis Waterski Show and Music On The Lake, Friday August 16 from 6-9pm at Jefferson Point (Map) Join us for our final community night of the season!! We will start with out with our talented skiers putting on a spectacular Ski Show at 6pm. For Concessions we will be joined by food trucks by The Tamale Man and Gringo Jakes’s Palateria for our sweet treat! Cash only.  Admission is FREE!!!  Facebook Event Page

New Town Movies, Friday, August 16, Woodstock, The Documentary – movie begins at 8pm at New Town Amphitheater on Rue Royale, 63301. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and your own snacks and drinks for an outdoor movie on a lovely summer evening. Movie begins at dusk. ~  Mark your calendars:   Friday, August 30, The Incredibles 2 – Join us for Kids-Drive-In-Night where kids come to the movie on their favorite wheels and park on the hill.

Dardenne Prairie Summer Concert & Food Truck Rally, Friday, August 16 from 7-10pm at City Hall Park, located at 2032 Hanley Road, Dardenne Prairie 63368. These free outdoor concerts have provided a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you out there this summer.

Storybook Walk, Friday, August 16 from 1-3pm at Veterans Tribute Park near Weldon Spring.  Children of all ages and their families are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors, get active, and read at the Storybook Walk. This free event will begin with guided readings around the lakes of the acclaimed children’s book “Chicken in Space” by Adam Lehrhaupt and “Night Animals” by Gianna Marino. After the ¾ mile walk, guests will be able to participate in a variety of free children’s festivities, crafts, and light refreshments provided by Fresh Thyme Markets under Shelter #3.  Register Here

Festival of The Little Hills, August 16-18, 2019.  Recurring daily 4:00PM-10:00PM Friday, 9:30AM-10:00PM Saturday, 9:30AM-5:00PM Sunday, at Frontier Park/Main Street 230 S. Main St., Saint Charles, MO 63301. The largest festival of the year, activities include over 300 craft booths, with some demonstrations by crafts people and artisans. Also includes numerous food & beverages booths along with live music and other entertainment and Kids Corner. For Entertainment, shuttles, & more. Website ~ 636-940-0095

Bike Safety Rodeo, Saturday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Youth Activity Park, 7801 Hwy. N, in Dardenne Prairie. Bring your bike and a helmet and learn how to ride safely. Children ages 4-15 will learn the rules of biking, as well as bike control, handling skills, hand signals and balance. The event is free. Pre-registration is requested, but walk-ups are welcome. To register, call 636-949-7535 or visit

Traditional Music Day, Saturday, August 17 from 11am-3pm at Boone Historic Site, 1868 Highway F, Defiance, MO, US 63341.  If you’re a folk music lover, or just want to learn more about the history of music, then this free event is for you! Visit The Historic Daniel Boone Home and learn about traditional music. Fiddlers and other musicians are on site performing selections from today and various historical eras. All ages are welcome; registration is not necessary. Website ~ 636-798-2005

New Town Concert, Saturday, August 17 “Contagious” (Favorite Hits) from 7-10pm at the New Town Amphitheater on Rue Royale, 63301.  Bring your lawn chairs, snacks and drinks to enjoy a free outdoor concert with music by El Scorcho (Old-School Rock Hits) ~ Mark your calendar for August 24- “Accolade Band” (Hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s & today)

St. Charles Parks Food Truck Events, Tuesday, August 20 from 5-8pm at FRONTIER PARK, 500 South Riverside Drive, 63301. Mark your calendars for our popular Food Truck events! Enjoy live entertainment as you indulge in a variety of delicious food options that will be available by several different food truck vendors. Bring your family and friends out for a relaxing evening in the park! Live music, delicious food and satisfying beverages all night!  Mark your Calendar: Tuesday, October 15 @ Frontier Park, 500 South Riverside Drive, 63301

Music on Main, music by the Jimmy & the Chets, Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 5-7:30 PM in Historic St. Charles, 100 N. Main St., Saint Charles, MO 63301. Bring your lawn chairs to this free outdoor concert. Food & Drink available to purchase. This event repeats on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (May-September)  ~

SCCC Food Truck Frolic, Music, and Movie, Friday, August 23 from 5:00 pm-9:30 pm in the Red Parking Lot. Whether you’re looking for a great way to spend an evening, or a food lover eager to taste a delicious mix of the best food trucks in St. Louis, Food Truck Frolic is a series of events that will offer something for everyone!  Music by Kevin Babb and movie, “Ugly Dolls” beginning at dusk.

Race For The Rivers Festival, Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 11am to 5:00 PM at Frontier Park, 500 S. Riverside Dr., Saint Charles, MO 63301. Celebrate the Race for the Rivers and support clean water education, restoration, and recreation! The 35 mile race begins in Washington, MO and ends in Frontier Park.  The Festival is the last leg of the race when you can welcome canoeists to come ashore and enjoy good food, great music, and information about how to encourage and enjoy healthy rivers.  Website ~ 636-498-0772

Take Your Time: Cycle, Bike, Wheelchair and Scooter Ride, Saturday, August 24, 2019, from 5 p.m.—7 p.m., on the Busch Greenway bike trail in St. Charles. (map)  ~ In partnership with the Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis, the Missouri Department of Conservation is offering a bike, cycle, wheelchair and scooter ride. This is a FREE program tailored to persons with disabilities, their families and friends, and anyone else interested in a leisurely ride. Individuals wishing to walk the trail are also welcome! The paved Busch Greenway bike trail is wooded and partly shaded and approximately 1 mile. For riders who wish to go further, the trail connects to the Katy Trail. Riders can go the distance they feel comfortable with and at their own pace!  All riders MUST have a working bike/cycle/wheelchair/scooter and support accompaniment (if needed) on the ride, a bike helmet and drinking water. It is also strongly recommended that you bring bug spray since the trail is wooded. Please note that there are no restrooms at the trail so plan accordingly. Directions: From highway 64/40 go South on highway 94. Take an immediate left at the stoplight by the commuter parking lot. Follow for about 1 mile to the Duckett Creek Sanitary District sign (not the stop sign) and go left and follow to the bike trail parking lot. There will be volunteers to assist with getting your bike/cycles out or off of your car. For more information about the ride, please call Marilynn Motchan, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, at (314) 322-9592, or Carol Callahan with the Recreation Council at (636) 477-7704.

First Responders Day and Outdoor Concert, Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 6-7pm at New Town Amphitheater. Come join in on the fun at the Amphitheater for the First Responders meet and greet, where Fire Trucks and Medical Helicopter will be on display, along with the St. Charles PD K-9 unit. Stay for the music of Accolade Band from 7-10pm with hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today.  A tribute to our First Responders will be performed during the concert. ~ “Accolade Band”

O’Day Park Raptors and Reptiles Nature Day, Sunday August 25 from 2-4pm at O’Fallon’s newest park, 1000 O’Day Park Drive, O’Fallon, 63368. (map) World Bird Sanctuary will be presenting Reptiles & Raptors, a close-up look at the unique animals that surround us. Interactive fun for the entire family, except Fido. No dogs allowed, due to federal bird protection regulations. 2 p.m.: Reptales (featuring Reptiles and Raptors); 3 p.m.: All About Raptors (Raptors only, with a surprise finale!)

Ranger Guided Bird Hike, Sunday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Veteran’s Tribute Park, Bring your binoculars, and a field guide! We’ll take a short walk in the park to see how many birds, we can identify along the way. Materials also will be available to borrow on, a first-come, first-served basis. All ages are welcome. For information or to register, call 636-949-7535 or visit and watch for updates on our facebook page at for other free Pop-Up Ranger programs at a park near you.


Events coming later in August…

Travel outside St. Charles for a day trip:

World’s Fair Heritage Festival, Aug 16-18, 2019 from 5-9pm at World’s Fair Pavilion 1904 Concourse Dr, St. Louis 63112.  The St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival is a FREE annual event celebrating the 115th anniversary of the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park and the very talented St. Louis community of today! This St. Louis event features top STL Restaurants and food trucks, live local musical performances, historical exhibitions, an artist village with live art displays, performing artists and a business expo supporting innovative ideas and small business, Enjoy a Ferris Wheel ride with a unique and beautiful view of St. Louis. Facebook Event Page

Blessing Of The Fleet And Parade Of Boats, Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 1-3pm at Portage Des Sioux, MO. Decorate your boat (fee may be required) and join us on the Mississippi River, or view the parade from land. Non boating spectators are invited to watch from the Shrine and neighboring Mike’s LaRosa Cabana Bar / My River Home Marina where courtesy boat docks are available. Other locations to watch the parade pass by are Grafton HarborLoading DockAlton or Learn more

Festival of Nations, August 24 from 10am-6pm at Tower Grove Park, 4257 Northeast Drive, St. Louis 63113. The region’s largest multiculture celebration features more than 40 booths, non-stop dance and music, arts and crafts, and an international bazaar with unique gifts from around the world. Facebook Event Page


Caregiver Workshop, Thursday, August 15 from 7:00-7:45 pm at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital,, 6 Jungermann Cir, Medical Office Building #1, Suite 117, St. Peters, MO 63376. Sponsored by Community Living, these short sessions, we tach you stress management and relaxation techniques from Barnes-Jewish St. Peters staff. At this session, we will focus on ways to set healthy boundaries in our lives. Note: These sessions will be offered through October on the third Thursday of the month. RSVP by Wednesday, August 14th to Lauren Lauren Hall at (636) 387-5501 or

Yoga in the Park, EVERY SATURDAY until September from 8 to 9 a.m. at Veterans Tribute Park, 1031 Kisker Road, in Weldon Spring.

BCI Seeking Golfers for Tournament: Boone Center, Inc. (BCI) is seeking golfers, sponsors, and donors for its annual golf tournament on Monday, October 7. The event will honor the late Jim Lang who served on BCI’s board of directors for 10 years and was its president when he passed away unexpectedly last September. Golfers may register online at   BCI is also seeking corporate sponsors, with sponsorships ranging from $250 to $5,000. For more information, visit or contact Niki at or 636-875-5244.

Find more information about the following resources at:

Recreation Council Information…

Voucher Application is available at –St. 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 ~ 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 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.


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