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Free: Hip-Hop Singer To Talk About Hip-Hop, Social Change, Education

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli a hip-hop singer, will discuss his music, social change and education in an event at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Missouri History Museum.

The event will be in the Lee Auditorium. The museum will provide space for an overflow crowd in the AT&T Foundation multipurpose room and the MacDermott Grand Hall. Nappy DJ Needles will provide the soundtrack for his talk.

Kweli has recorded albums since 1998.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.


Free: Painter To Discuss His Missouri Landscapes

Bryan Haynes, a painter who focuses on Missouri landscapes, will discuss his career from the 1980s to the present in a lecture at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Missouri History Museum. The event will be in the AT&T Foundation multipurpose room.

A new book,  “New Regionalism: The Art of Bryan Haynes,” features his paintings.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.



Free: Missouri History Museum Presents Two Lectures About St. Louis

St. Louisans interested in some high points and low points of the city’s 250-year history have a choice of lectures at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Missouri History Museum.

St. Louis statue on top of Art Hill in Forest Park

• Thomas Madden, professor of Medieval history at St. Louis University and director of its Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, will detail the life of Louis IX, the French king and Roman Catholic saint, for whom St. Louis is named. He will speak in the AT&T Foundation multipurpose room.

A cave scene

• Robert Criss, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University, will discuss the opportunities and troubles caves under the city brought to St. Louis. He will speak in the Lee Auditorium.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.



Free: Missouri History Museum To Present Program Recalling 1904 World's Fair

St. Louis 1904 World's Fair

St. Louis 1904 World’s Fair

The Missouri History Museum will present a boy’s recollection of St. Louis’s 1904 World’s Fair on at 2 p.m.Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in the MacDermott Grand Hall.

The program will repeat at the same time each Tuesday in April.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.


Hop To It: Breakfast With Bunny This Weekend At Saint Louis Zoo

Breakfast with BunnyThere’s still time to take the little ones to breakfast with the Easter bunny at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Breakfast with Bunny will be held at 9 and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday as well as Saturday, April 19. Sign up soon, though. Some time slots are already sold out.

The event will be held at the Zoo’s McDonnell Center at River Camp. There will be a breakfast buffet with costumed characters. Kids can also pose for a photo with the Bunny. There’ll be surprises for all–a gift for children and free parking for adults.

Admission is $22 per adult and $20 for children ages 2 to 12; children under 2 are free.

Reservations are required and are limited. Call 314-646-4897.

The St. Louis Zoo is located in Forest Park.


Free Rascals Easter Egg Hunt At T. R. Hughes Ballpark

Rascals Easter Egg HuntThe River City Rascals will hold a FREE Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 12 at T. R. Hughes Ballpark, 900 T. R. Hughes Blvd in O’Fallon, MO. Some 8,000 Easter eggs will be scattered around the park for children age 1 to 12 to gather.

The egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. but families are advised to be there when the gates open at 10 a.m.

Kids ages 3 to 12 can sign up for the Lil Rascals Kids Club. Sign-up is free. Those who sign up will be entered in a raffle for prizes and will receive:

  • a free admission ticket to all 2014 Rascals Sunday home games
  • a free snow cone
  • invitations to Kids Club activities
  • attendance prizes.

This is the team’s second annual egg hunt. It’s sponsored by State Farm-Lori Adams.


Free: Author To Discuss His Book About Saxtown Ax Murders

Nicholas J.C. Pistor, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, will discuss his book “The Ax Murders of Saxtown” at noon Thursday, April 10, 2014, in the AT&T Foundation multipurpose room of the Missouri History Museum.

The book is about the murder of the Stelzriede family who were hacked to death in 1874. The three adults and two children died in the German immigrant hamlet of Saxtown, IL, near Millstadt. Authorities never found the murderer. The sheriff arrested eight suspects but later released them.

The Society of Professional Journalists is presenting the program.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.



Art Fair At Queeny Park Ends Today

If you haven’t made it to the Art Fair in Queeny Park, you have one last chance. The annual event winds up today.

The event which features 140 juried artists from at least 20 states is held in the Greensfelder Recreation Center in St. Louis Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Road, Manchester so there is no need to worry about the weather. Parking is free.

Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 3 p.m. there will be a free drawing for a $100 prize the winner can spend at any artist’s booth. You must be present to win.

A Children’s Art Discovery Adventure will be held from noon to 4 p.m.

Among the works exhibited are clay and ceramics, digital art, drawings and print, fiber glass, jewelry, mixed media, oil and acrylic photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood.

The Greater St. Louis Art Association presents The Art Fair at Queeny Park. Admission to the fair helps fund  the group’s annual college scholarship program. You can download a $1 coupon off the admission price to the fair here.


Final Day for Free St. Charles Home Show

Builders St. Charles Home ShowIf you haven’t made it to the 10th annual Builders St. Charles Home Show, today is the day to go.

It’s the last day so you’d better hurry. The best news:  Admission is FREE.

Approximately 250 exhibitors will be showing off their products and services. Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri producers the show.

Hours on Sunday are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is being held at the St. Charles Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, a short drive from St. Louis.

The Sunday schedule includes:

  • Scott Mosby of Mosby Building Arts will discuss the cost saving and benefits of a bath remodel at noon.
  • Joe Washington will discuss creating outdoor living spaces on a budget at 1 p.m.
  • Jeff Holper will discuss taking your lawn back from moles and voles at 2 p.m.
  • Joe Washington will tell you how to plant the right plant in the right way at 3 p.m.
  • Andrea Hughes will discuss upcycle, recycle, restore at 4 p.m.

Free: Boomer And Beyond Expo At Queeny Park

Mid East Area Agency on Aging's Boomer and Beyond ExpoThe Mid East Area Agency on Aging is sponsoring a FREE Boomers & Beyond Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at St. Louis Queeny Park,550 Weidman Road & 1675 South Mason Road.

The event will feature more than 100 booths with information on products relating to healthcare, education, finance, exercise, travel, and other lifestyle activities. Also featured: free health screenings, a classic car exhibition and hourly attendance prizes.

The event is free and open to the public.