Monday, February 1, 2010

Calendar of Events

The Big Read
Foundry Art Centre
The 2010 BIG READ, featuring Mark Twain’s classic novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Events include book discussions, live theatre, music, film screenings, concerts, an essay contest, lectures, field trips, interactive art projects and culminate with an ice cream social and raft building contest. The Big Read is sponsored by the Foundry Art Centre and St. Charles Community College Library. For a full list of events, go to the Foundry’s website and download the schedule.

Friday, February 5
Peter Martin Music: The Duo featuring Dianne Reeves
8 p.m.
The Sheldon
Peter Martin Music, a new concert series by St. Louis' own, jazz pianist Peter Martin. He brings jazz home to St. Louis with this exciting new series featuring Martin on piano along with special guests. The first in the series will be The Duo, featuring four-time Grammy® Award winner Dianne Reeves.
For info, call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or go to The Sheldon website.

February is a month of celebration for Mardi Gras lovers, and everyone who likes a good time. Check out the family celebration in Frenchtown, and all the activities offered during the month at the St. Louis Mardi Gras.

Saturday, February 6
Frenchtown Mardi Gras Parade
3 p.m.
The Frenchtown District of St. Charles is hosting an alcohol-free, family friendly Mardi Gras parade from Sundermeier RV Park to Transit, left on 2nd Street, Left on Clark, and ending at the Foundry Art Centre.

Saturday, February 6-Thursday, February 18
Mardi Gras, St. Louis style
Various times/events
St. Louis is one of the premier Mardi Gras celebrations, second only to New Orleans. The Soulard neighborhood comes alive with spectacular events for all. The big day, Saturday, February 13, is the River City Casino Grand Parade, but there’s plenty to do before then, beginning with the Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard on February 6 and 7, the Beggin’ Pet Parade, the wiener dog derby, the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball and lots of music featuring St. Louis’ best, plus bands from New Orleans. For a full schedule, go to the St. Louis Mardi Gras website.

Wednesday, February 10
6-9 p.m.
Primrose Farm, St. Charles Park District
Learn how to make cheese and see each stage of the processing from whole milk to culturing, pressing and aging.
$20 per resident. Advanced reservations required. Call the St. Charles Park District at 630-513-6200 for registration details.

Friday February 19-Sunday, February 21
Working Woman’s Survival Show
Fri. 11 am-8pm, Sat., 10am-8pm, Sun, 11-5pm.
Saint Charles Convention Center
More than 350 exhibitors present products, workshops, financial tips, fashion shows and fun for a perfect girls’ day out. For detailed information go to the Working Woman’s Survival Show website.
Adults $8.50, 6-11 yrs. & 60+ $6.50, 6 & under free.

Friday, February 12
Mom and Son Pottawatomie 500
6:45-8:30 p.m.
Pottawatomie Community Center
A fun-filled race themed night for moms and sons. Dancing, games, refreshments and a special memento for each son. Look for the Daddy and Daughter event in March.
$11.50 per resident. Advanced reservations required. Call the St. Charles Park District at 630-513-6200 for registration details.

Wednesday, February 24
Music as Medicine
1-2:30 p.m.
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Learn about the power of music for the restoration, maintenance and improvement of mental and physical health. Offered in partnership with OASIS.

Thursday, February 25-Sunday, February 28
St. Louis Builders Home and Garden Show
Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
America’s Center and Edward Jones Building
St. Louis
The Builders Home and Garden Show is actually 5 complete shows in one - Lawn and Garden, Pool and Spa, Kitchen & Bath, Interior Design and Building Products. Enormous feature gardens, local and national celebrity speakers and family fun areas. More than 600 exhibitors, here’s the place to get ideas for your spring home and garden projects.
Adults: $9;Children 6-12: $4; Children 5 and Under: Free

Written by Myra Vandersall

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