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FREE Country Nights Concert At Ballpark Village November 28

Upcoming concerts include:
Ballpark Village is located at 601 Clark Ave., St. Louis.

Gateway Arch Will Have Extended Hours Thanksgiving Weekend

Gateway Arch in St. LouisThe Gateway Arch will have extended holiday hours Thanksgiving weekend. Hours on  Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29 will be  9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to take a “Journey to the Top” tram ride and visit the Museum of Westward Expansion during their visit. They can also enjoy the Arch movies “Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West” and the award-winning “Monument to the Dream.” Tram and movie tickets can be purchased in advance.

“The Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse offer local residents and out-of-towners alike a distinctly St. Louis way to enjoy the holiday weekend,” said Ann Honious, Chief, Museum Services and Interpretation, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

Also during Thanksgiving weekend, “Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse” events will be underway on Friday and Saturday.

A noontime holiday concert will feature a performance by the St. Louis Irish Arts on Friday, November 28 and a performance by St. Louis Confluence Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, November 29.

The Old Courthouse is located at 11 North Fourth Street in downtown St. Louis. These events are FREE and reservations are not required. A complete schedule of Historic Holiday Traditions events, including more about the Holiday Balls hosted by NPS, can be found online. 

The Arch Parking Garage at 200 Washington Ave. in downtown St. Louis will permanently close to the public December 1 as part of the ongoing CityArchRiver 2015 renovations to the Gateway Arch Grounds. Visitors can find a list of preferred parking locations in downtown St. Louis.

The Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse are part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, located on the riverfront in downtown t. Louis. The Gateway Arch is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the winter months.

The Old Courthouse is open daily year-round from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Most programs are FREE of charge and open to the public. Programs and events at the park are made possible by support from the Jefferson National Parks Association, and Bi-tate Development Agency.


Last 2014 Emerson Free Family Night At The Magic House is Dec. 19

St. Louis Magic House Children's Museum

The last  Emerson Free Family Night  of 2014 will be held at the Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum on December 19, 2014.

Admission to the museum is FREE on that day!

The Magic House holds Emerson FREE Family nights every third Friday of the month from 5:30 to 9 p.m. On these nights a family (maximum  two adults and four of their own children) can enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the museum at no charge through the generosity of Emerson. Reservations are not required.

The Magic House is a hands-on children’s museum. It is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis. (Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.) The museum features dozens of interactive exhibits for children of all ages as well as a variety of special events throughout the year.

Don't Want To Cook? These Restaurants Will Serve Thanksgiving Dinner

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If you’re the cook and you’re looking for an alternative to putting on the big Thanksgiving feast, you’ll be happy to know several St. Louis area restaurants will be serving Thanksgiving dinner on November 27.

Here’s a sampling of the restaurants that will be featuring Thanksgiving dinner, a look at what they’ll be serving and prices:

Boston Market. On Thanksgiving Day you can get the Thanksgiving Day Meal, featuring turkey breast, two sides, cornbread and a slice of apple or pumpkin pie for $11.99. Oven to Table is a meal for 12 for $99.99. It includes  a whole roasted turkey, several sides, rolls and two whole pies. You’ll need to heat the meal before serving. Hot & Ready, the catered buffet style meal, can be ordered for delivery. A la carte items available too.

Cracker Barrel You can get Cracker Barrel’s Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner as early as 11 a.m., on Nov. 27. Price: $10.99, adults; $5.99, children. The meal includes turkey breast, cornbread dressing (stuffing), turkey gravy, sugar-cured ham, choice of vegetable, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, biscuits or corn muffins, pumpkin pecan streusel pie with whipped cream and beverage. You can order Thanksgiving To-Go until Dec. 1, $59.99. You can also order pies and ham for take-out. 24-hour advance notice is required.

Golden Corral. The Thanksgiving buffet includes turkey, ham, fried chicken, roast beef, meatloaf, steak and shrimp plus more than a dozen side dishes including stuffing, potatoes, casseroles and corn on the cob. This “Endless Buffet,” (you can go back for more) is $12.99.

Lone Star Steakhouse. Here you can get a traditional holiday meal for $16.99. Dessert, pumpkin cheesecake with caramel sauce, is extra ($6.99).

McCormick & Schmick.The restaurants, known for seafood and steaks will be serving a roasted turkey dinner. Price varies by location and is $24.99 to $28.99, adults; $9.99 for children 12 and under. Meal includes butternut squash bisque or walnut mixed greens salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread stuffing, seasoned vegetables, apple squash casserole and cranberry sauce. Dessert (pumpkin pie) is $2.99.

Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s and Home Town Buffet. The chains willnserve dinner until 7 p.m. Included in the choices: oven roasted turkey breast, baked honey-glazed ham, roast beef, sirloin steak and the traditional sides. Desserts: pumpkin pie, ice cream, apple cobbler, and more. Drinks are included. The meal is all you can eat. The price is $12.99 at most locations with a special price for seniors.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. A traditional three-course turkey dinner with a starter, entrée and dessert is $36.95, adults; $12.95 for children 12 and under. Price may vary by location.

Half-Price Happy Hours Extended At St. Louis Area Steak N Shakes

Steak 'n Shake Half-Price Drinks

Steak ‘n Shake restaurants are making happy hour a little happier. They are extending the hours of their great half price deal–both in the afternoon and in the wee hours of the morning– when you can get their shakes by an hour each.


That means that any day from 2-5 p.m. or  2-5 a.m., you can get a real milk shack for 1/2 price at Steak N Shake at the restaurants’ half-price happy hours.


That’s a happy hour everyone can enjoy!


To find a Shake N Steak near you, click on the “Store Locator” box at the top right of the home page.


Kirkwood Holiday Walk On Saturday

Kirkwood Holiday WalkThe annual Downtown Kirkwood Holiday Walk takes place Saturday, November 22, 2014.

This walk for the entire family features  activities for children, holiday shopping, free entertainment and refreshments. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will arrive  by Amtrak train at 9:30 a.m. at the Kirkwood Train Station, 110 E. Argonne.

After his grand entrance, Santa will pose for photos and accepted letters addressed to him from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mrs. Claus will captivate young listeners with her holiday stories beginning at 10 a.m.

The Lucille Rapp Tumblers and Dancers will perform at 2 p.m. and The Statesmen Singers will carole from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also from the train station, visitors can catch the Holiday Trolley for a free ride around historic Downtown Kirkwood from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adults can get a jump on their holiday shopping at downtown Kirkwood’s unique specialty stores-many of which will feature free refreshments and special offers.

During the Downtown Kirkwood Holiday Walk, Youth in Action (YIA) a nonprofit community service organization, will accep donations for Make-A-Wish Foundation at the train station. Cash donations will be collected. While they last,  cookies from McArthur’s Bakery and hot chocolate will be available. Kirkwood Kiwanis will also be serving free grilled hot dogs near the historic Kirkwood Train Station.

At Kirkwood Farmers’ Market, the Gingerbread Shoppe and Christmas Tree Lot will sample their special holiday candies and baked goods and offer a preview of their natural decorations and Christmas trees.

The Holiday Walk is coordinated by Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District with support from BRiC Partnership, LLC and McArthur’s Bakery.

Flipside: The Patty Page Story At Florissant Civic Center

Patty PageFlipside: The Patty Page Story will be presented at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre in the James J. Eagan Center,#1 James J. Eagan Dr., Florissant. 

The show is produced by KMP Artists, Austin, TX.

Flipside takes audiences on a  journey to 1965 in a place that used to be the KTUL Radio Station. Written from interviews with Page, this show features 28 of her greatest hits, including Tennessee Waltz, (How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window, and Mockingbird Hill.

Tickets are $28 for adults; $26 for seniors and students.

Cheap Food In St. Louis: $2 Subs At Subway Through December 31

$2 subs at Subway Looking for cheap food in St. Louis? Just in time for the hectic holidays, Subway is celebrating “Holiday Customer Appreciation” with two $2 subs. Now through December 31, 2104, you can enjoy a six-inch meatball sub or a six-inch cold cut sub for just $2. Order two and you have a 12-inch sub for just four bucks.

As usual, the deal is good at participating locations only. And, there’s an additional charge for extras.

There are several Subway locations in the St. Louis area.

Free Holiday Craft Show By Treasure Chest Shows In St. Charles

Holiday Craft Show in St. Charles


A FREE Holiday Craft Show and Expo, hosted by Treasure Chest Shows LLC, will be held  this weekend at the St. Charles Conference Center, One Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, MO.  Hours are noon to 7 p.m.,  Friday, November 21; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, November 22  and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,Sunday, November 23.  Parking is also free.

The show is the only three-day holiday show in St. Charles County. It is in its seventh year and will feature thousands of items hand-made by local artisans and crafters, gifts and more.

Among the items you will find:

  • Home decor items
  • Seasonal items such as wreaths, table decorations, wall hangings, and stockings.
  • Hand-formed dough ornaments made by Santa’s Helper
  • Handmade family ornaments, and personalized ornaments by Personalized Creations
  • Hand-turned wooden salt and pepper mills
  • Cheese and cracker trays
  • Wooden toys
  • Placemats, handmade decorative dish towels
  • Hand towels embroidered with a design for every season
  • Flavored olive oils from Olive Oil Market Place
  • Jellies, jams, and fudges from Arndt’s Fudgery
  • Dips and mixes by All Stars Dips
  • Salsa from Jasbo’s
  • Items made from polished rocks and geodes
  • Tanks and planes made from bullets
  • Hand-made head bands, bows, tutus and accessories for girl
  • Doll furniture, clothes and accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Glass beads
  • Gem stones
  • Crystals, silver
  • Purses
  • Leather belts
  • Phone cases and wallets
  • Ladies clothing including items from Ecuador and Peruvian sweaters
  • Hand poured candles by Burning Expressions
  • Tie-dyed clothing
  • Hand-made gift cards
  • Hand knitted scarves
  • Quilts
  • Night lights.

Vendors include A Little Something, NoMan Necklaces LLC, AAA Women Works Inc., Hip Klips, All Quacked Up!, Just Headbands, Dollightful Creations, All Occasions Embroidery, Pampered Chef, Cutco Cutlery, Thirty-One Gifts, Scentsy, Juice Plus, Usborne Books and My Pillow.
Gift Certificates and door prizes that are donated by the artisans, crafters and vendors are given away throughout the weekend.

Annual Holiday Art Show At Norton's Fine Art & Framing

Holiday Art Show At Norton Gallery“Smaller is Better,” the annual holiday art show an sale at Norton’s Fine Art & Framing,  will take place from 5 to 8 p.m, Saturday, November 22. The gallery is located at 2025 Big Bend Blvd. in Maplewood.

The event is free as is parking.

This will be an all media, juried group show by advanced, local artists.

The event is billed as a “holiday show of small art for holiday budgets.” Those who attend will be able to meet participating artists that night. More than 20 twenty artists will display a wide range of media and subjects.

Works on display will include:

  • Oils
  • Still Lifes
  • Figuratives
  • Graphite
  • Acrylics
  • Landscapes
  • Expressionist
  • Originals
  • Pastels
  • Watercolors
  • Photography
  • Abstracts

In fact there are no restrictions on subject or media.

Maplewood is a suburb just west of St. Louis.