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Mood Swings Band: Free Jungle Boogie Concert At Saint Louis Zoo

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Mood Swings BandThe FREE Jungle Boogie Friday night concert series at the Saint Louis Zoo continues Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 with a concert by Mood Swings, a cover band.

Jungle Boogie concerts are performed from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

The series presents a variety of music–rhythm-and-blues, pop, rock, jazz and more–among the animals through August 29.

As always, admission to the zoo is free.


Check out the Jungle Boogie schedule for the rest of the season:

America Chevy Dealers sponors Jungle Boogie.

Prairie Farms sponsor the zoo’s extended hours on the weekends this summer. Through September 1, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday summer hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Labor Day, Sept. 1, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission to the Saint Louis Zoo, located in Forest Park, is FREE.




Shark Week At St. Louis Zoo

Shark Week at the Saint Louis ZooFrom a Saint Louis Zoo press release:

Celebrate Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo Saturday, Aug. 9 through Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. All land sharks are welcome to join in the fun!

Come to the Zoo dressed as a shark that week, and get into Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by Mercy Kids for free! Swimming among the stingrays are bonnethead, white-spotted and brown-banded bamboo sharks. Paying customers to the exhibit will be awarded an “I survived Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo” sticker, which will earn them 10% off at Ray’s Bar & Grill and Tropical Traders gift shop. Upon exit from the Cove, kids will receive an activity sheet to take home.

On Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, from 12 noon to 3 p.m., take a tropical trip to the Caribbean with Lenny Frisch, a steel drum band playing live music outside Caribbean Cove. Also on the weekend, kids can join in shark-themed games and activities.

On Friday, August 15, flit your fins at the Jungle Boogie presented by Mid America Chevy Dealers concert featuring Griffin and the Gargoyles, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

Make a pit stop at Ray’s Grill next door to the pool for a shark dog special. Adults can refresh themselves with a “Shark Attack” drink or a Land Shark lager.

Interpreters will be floating around the Zoo to enlighten guests about Shark Week and spin tales about their toothy friends.

Brag about your bravery for years to come by purchasing an “I survived Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo” T-shirt.

The sharks at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are small, shy and docile fish and pose no danger to humans. They range from two-and-a-half to four feet in length that prey on small fish, crabs, and invertebrates.

The Saint Louis Zoo is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission to the Zoo is free. Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is $4 for non-members. Members at the Family Level and above may use theirAnywhere Plus passes for admission. Children under age 2 are free. Admission is free to all from 8-9 a.m. in summer.

Visitors dressed in shark costume receive free entry to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove during Shark Week, August 9-15, 2014, but those over the age of 13 must comply with the Zoo’s adult costume policy as posted on the Zoo’s website.


Save $5 With Muny Opera St. Louis Coupons From Schnucks Or Pepsi Deal

"Grease" at Muny Opera St. LouisWant to enjoy a Muni Opera St. Louis performance (live outdoor theatre performed in beautiful Forest Park) and save a few bucks?

Just stop at your local Schnucks Super Market and pick up a coupon for $5 off the Sunday performance. This week’s show is  Grease which opens Thursday, July 31, 2014. It runs through Aug. 8.

It’s the first performance of Grease! since 2007. According to the Muny’s description: “Packed with explosive energy, Grease takes you back to a simpler time as “bad boy” Danny and “the girl next door” Sandy fall in love all over again.”

Or you can print the Pepsi promotion coupon on the Muny website, also good for $5 off a Sunday night performance.

You can also see a Muny production FREE any day of the week there’s a performance. Just sit in one of the 1500 seats in the last nine rows of the theatre. If you want a free seat, though, you should know seating there is on a first come, first served basis. The gates to the free seats open at 7 p.m. each evening but ines for the free seats begin forming as early as 4 p.m.  Arriving early can be fun, though.  There’s  pre-show entertainment in the Lichtenstein Plaza, behind the free seats.

The coupon is good for seats in Terrace A and Terrace B for Sunday night only.  You can get up to 10 tickets with the coupon on any combintion of Sunday shows. You must redeem the coupon at the Muny box Office in Forest Park which is open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fine print: Offer may not be combined with other offers. Original coupons only. In case of rain tickets may be exchange for another Sunday performance (subject to availability) or refunded. Valid until capacity is reached. Coupon expires Aug. 12.

And don’t forget you can always attend the Muny for free!  At every Municipal Opera performance there are approximately 1,500 free seats in the last nine rows of the theatre that are free. They are available on a first come, first served basis. The entrances to the free seating area are at the top of the theatre seating area. The free seat gates open at 7 p.m. each evening.

Christopher Reilly of “Alive” had this to say about the Muny’s performance of The Addams Family:

“Creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, all together ooky, the Addams Family has taken up residence on the Muny stage for a madcap romp that’s sure to put a tortuous tickle in your funny bone. The strong cast is headed by Rob McClure as Gomez, and from the opening defibrillating number—“When You’re An Addams”—through its finale, you’ll be zombified into submission with non-stop gags, guffaws and gut-busting grotesqueries.”

The final Muny production of the season will be Hello Dolly, Aug. 11-17.

Free: Citygarden Hosts Lunch -Time Concerts

Citygarden in downtown St. Louis will host lunch-time concerts Wednesdays through Aug. 20, 2014, except for a concert on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The Mo E Trio will perform at the July 23 event. The concerts start at 11:45 a.m.

Other concerts will be on:

• July 30 with the Farshid Etniko band.

• Aug. 7 with DJ Nune.

• Aug. 13 with Acoustik Element.

• Aug. 15 with Root Diggers.

• Aug. 20 with the Bottoms Up Blues Band.

Citygarden is along Market and Chestnut streets between 8th and 10th streets.


Starlight Concert Series To Close In University City's Heman Park

ucity logo06192014University City’s Starlight concert series in Heman Park will close on Monday Aug. 4, 2014 with a performance by Rico.

The concerts which start at 6:30 p.m. will be on the south side of the park reachable via the Midland/Shaftsbury entrance.





'Pajama Jam' With Eric Litwin At St. Louis County Library

Eric Litwin to appear at St. Louis County LibraryYoung visitors planning to attend the St. Louis County Library Foundation’s “pajama jam” with children’s book sensation Eric Litwin are invited to wear their pajamas to the event.

On tap that evening: music, dancing, and storytelling as Litwin performs some of his children’s songs and reads from and sign his new picture book “The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nuthouse.”

The event which is FREE and open to the public will be at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1, at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Barnes & Noble will sell copies of Litwin’s books at the event.

Here’s what the St. Louis County Library has to say about Litwin and his work:

“Meet the hilarious Nut family—stars of a new series from the creative genius behind the #1 New York Times bestselling Pete the Cat books!

“It’s bedtime at the Nut House, but Hazel and Wally Nut aren’t ready to settle down just yet. Instead they’re bouncing, wiggling, and howling at the moon, and it’s up to Mama Nut to guide and wrangle her lovable and rambunctious little ones into bed. Litwin’s expert use of repetition, call-and-response, and clever rhyme offers an unforgettable interactive reading experience inviting readers young and old to join in and have fun.”

Litwin has been described as “a guitar strumming, book writing, harmonica blowing, song singing, folksy, fun type of guy.” He is the author of the first four Pete the Cat picture books making him a New York Times bestselling author. He has sold more than 1.5 million books. They have been  been translated into seven languages. Litwin has sone won 15 state and national awards including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award.  He has also recorded award winning music CDs. He is also a speaker on interactive literacy and music and the co-creator of The Learning Groove, which offers parent and child music classes and preschool music curriculum.

St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series hosts free family events with authors and musicians. Sponsors include Commerce Bank, Companion, and the Sara Guth Costigan Memorial Fund.

Melissa Neels Band To Perform Free Whitaker Music Festival Concert At Missouri Botanical Garden

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Melissa NeelsThe Melissa Neels Band performs Wednesday night at the FREE annual Whitaker Music Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

One of the only female lead guitarists in St. Louis, Neel’s style resembles Bonnie Raitt, with whom she credits as her number one influence. The Melissa Neels Band blends high energy blues/rock, playing cover songs and original music written by Melissa.

Free admission to the Garden begins at 5 p.m. with last entry at 9 p.m.

The outdoor concerts in the beautiful setting of the Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw in south St. Louis, run through Aug. 6.

The final concert in the Whitaker Music Festival is on Aug. 6 when the Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience performs. For years, Gene Dobbs Bradford is known for his hard-driving harmonica playing and soulful blues vocals.  His latest project, the Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience, is a fusion of blues, rock and funk; guaranteed to satisfy your soul.


Whitaker Music Festival concerts are held outdoors on the lawn of the Cohen Amphitheater, just west of the Climatron®dome. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The concert series is the only time of year when picnicking is allowed on Garden grounds. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic supper, baskets or coolers; no barbecue grills, fireworks, sparklers or pets. Picnic fare and bar items will be available for purchase on site.

The Garden is a tobacco-free campus; smoking or electronic smoking devises are not allowed anywhere, indoors or outside, and visitors will be asked to extinguish or discard tobacco items. Soliciting is not permitted.

Free water refills will be available at “hydration stations.”

The Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden also remains open late until 7 p.m. on concert evenings, with free admission after 5 p.m.

The Botanical Garden is accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.


Free: Chesterfield Summer Concert Series

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Rockin' ChairThe Chesterfield Summer Concert Series in Faust St. Louis County Park continues on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 with Rockin’ Chair, a reunion of members from 70′s regional bands Mesa and Nickels, the show celebrates the music of Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, the Band, the Allman Brothers Band and groups that were later formed by their members.

Summer Concert Series in Faust Park offers FREE live music and entertainment under the stars. Faust Park opens at 5:30 p.m. for seating with concessions available beginning at 5:30 p.m. The concerts are from 7-9 p.m. Beer, wine, soda, water, popcorn and candy are available for purchase along with area restaurants offering food at affordable prices.  Food trucks will be at all the concerts.

The remaining concerts in the series are:

Aug. 5: The Encore Band. Known for high quality sound and vocals, cutting edge music technology, amazing musicians and the variety of songs they play, the Encore Band plays hundreds of songs, covering all music genres and styles, from contemporary songs heard on radio today to country, 50′s and 60′s, disco to Motown, jazz, swing and the standards.

Aug. 12, Billy Peek. Billy Peek has toured with Chuck Berry and was the lead guitarist with Rod Stewart for over five years and four albums.

Free Electronic Recycling 8/2/14

RecycleGot an old computer you’re like to get rid of? A broken microwave or air condition you’d like to ditch?

If so, gather them and any other electronics that are just taking up room and drop them off between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Aug. 2 at Hixson Middle School, 630 S Elm Ave. Midwest Recycling will be there to take the unwanted items off your hands. This FREE electronic recycling event is co-sponsored by the city of Webster Groves. 

Persons dropping off items should use the Ambrose Way entrance from S. Elm Avenue to get to the Moss Field parking lot of the school.

There is no charge for the drop-off. Items can be non-working and include:

  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Keyboards
  • Laptops
  • Hard Drives
  • Cell phones
  • Pagers
  • Radios
  • Scanners
  • Speakers
  • VCRs
  • DVDs
  • Fax machines
  • Answering machines
  • Televisions
  • Stereos,
  • Furnaces
  • Water heaters
  • Air conditioners
  • Microwaves,
  • Power tools
  • Kitchen appliances

Smoke detectors, glass lamps, batteries, light bulbs and  fluorescent tubes will not be accepted.

Midwest Recycling is registered with the EPA and is Level 4 Certified with the Missouri Department of
Natural Resources. Midwest Recycling has a zero landfill policy. This event is open to Webster Groves
residents and non-residents, schools, churches and businesses. For information, contact Midwest
Recycling or 636-931-3930 or visit the City of Webster Groves website

Midwest Recycling reserves the right to refuse service.

1/2 Price Cheesecake At The Cheesecake Factory

Cheesecake Factory

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First National Ice Cream Day, now National Cheesecake Day. Can life get any better?

To celebrate, the Cheesecake Factory has a sweet deal for you: 1/2 price for any slice of cheesecake in the place. The deal is good on any of the factory’s 30-plus flavors including the new lemon meringue cheesecake.  (Some restrictions apply.)

In St. Louis there are two Cheesecake Factories–one at the Galleria in Richmond Heights and one at Chesterfield Mall in Chesterfield.