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Save 20 Percent Off Certain Purchases With Coupon From Borders

Just in time for Father’s Day, you can use this coupon for 20 percent off a current price lower than 20 percent off list price at Borders. You may have to have a Borders Rewards card to take advantage of the coupon.

Snap Photos This Weekend For View From The Park Photo Contest

While you’re out and about this weekend, don’t forget to get some photos of the  Gateway Arch (AKA the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial) or its surrounding area so you can enter  the “View From The Park,” a photo contest sponsored by the Jefferson National Parks Association.

Entries can be of the inside or exterior of the Arch or of anything else within the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial boundary. The park boundary includes the Arch grounds, Luther Ely Smith Plaza and the Old Courthouse.

You have until  11:59 p.m.,  July 31, 2011 to enter.  Entries must be submitted in digital JPEG format. Each file must be no larger than 140 ppi and no larger than 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels tall.

Winners will be announced on August 15  and the winning images will be displayed at the Arch from Aug. 15-Sept. 15, 2011.

The contest has two categories–one for adult photographers, both amateur and professional, and one for youth ages 15 and under.

Within those categories there are competitions in three themes: nature, landscape and architecture.

Prizes in the adult division are:

1st Place: Kodak EasyShare digital photo frame, a large canvas print of winning image and four tickets to the top of the Arch

2nd Place: $75 gift certificate for photo processing or equipment

3rd Place: The Gateway Arch: An Architectural Dream, a documentary coffee-table book

Get the photo contest entry form here.


Looking For Free Things To Do In St. Louis This Weekend? Start Here.

The weekend is rolling along but you still have today and tomorrow to line up for some free fun. St. Louis has an abundance of freebie things to do this weekend. Here’s a sampling:


Free Bike Rodeo and Safety Day at Simpson County Park on Saturday.

Wine tastings from Adam Puchta Winery.

St. Louis Shakespeare Festival Winds Up This Weekend.

Free music at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann on Saturday.

Free Preschool Dance Party At St. Louis County Library on Saturday.

Free Nature Photography Workshop at the Arch on Saturday.

Free music at Montelle Winery in Augusta this weekend.

KMOX sponsors St. Louis Uncorked in downtown St. Louis on Saturday.



St. Louis Shakespeare Festival Winds Up This Weekend.

Dads get into the Magic House Free on Father’s Day (Sunday).

Free music at Montelle Winery in Augusta this weekend.


Save On Weekend Fun With St. Louis Family Attractions Card

With summer in full swing, don’t forget to pick up the free St. Louis Family Attractions Card.  The card saves you all kinds of money because it allows you to visit dozens of St. Louis area attractions at significant savings.

The Family Attractions Card is one of St. Louis’ best kept secrets.  It can save you up to $1,000 in entrance fees, meals and lodging in St. Louis this year. All you have to do is go to the site and print out the free coupons. If you can’t or don’t want to print them, just go to any Dierbergs, Shop ‘n Save or Schnucks and pick up the Family Attractions Card brochure at the customer service counter.

Here’s just a sample of the savings you’ll find at the following attractions:

  • St. Louis Science Center: Buy one adult OMNIMAX® ticket and receive one child’s OMNIMAX® ticket free. Fine print: Not valid for groups. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit four. Expires Jan. 31, 2011.
  • Missouri History Museum: $2 off per person on epecial exhibition admission price.Fine print: Limit two per coupon. Cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or discounts. Expires Dec. 31, 2012
  • Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House of the Missouri Botanical Garden: Buy one admission and get a second admission of equal or lesser value free.Fine print: Not valid for special admission rate events. Not valid for groups or with any other discount or offer. One coupon per customer. Expires Jan. 31, 2012.
  • St. Louis Cardinals: Receive 50 percent off select seats to any Wednesday home game during the 2011 regular season. To redeem, visit Fine print: Offer not valid for Party Suite tickets.  Offer based on availability. Additional blackout dates may apply. Expires Sept. 21, 2012.
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: Buy one admission and receive a second admission of equal or lesser value free. Not valid for special admission rate events. Fine prints: Not valid for groups or with any other discount or offer. One coupon per customer. Expires Jan. 31, 2012.
  • Grant’s Farm: Save 15 percent on a total merchandise purchase. Fine print: Offer good one time only and may not be used with any other discount. Valid for 2011 operating season.

For the coupons and more deals click here.