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A new free mobile application for smartphones is designed to provide visitors with convenient access to detailed state park information. The app is currently available for the Apple iPhone and is coming soon for Android smartphones. Innovative features within the app are sure to enhance any visit to a Missouri state park or historic site.
”Our amazing state parks are timeless in what they offer and these new mobile applications will make sure today’s visitors have the latest technology to easily access information about them,” said Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks director.
The free Lite version of the Pocket Ranger™ Mobile Tour Guide enables you to find a state park by location or activity. Features such as the Trails menu in the individual park pages make it easy for hikers and bikers to view a list of available trails. With a quick glance at each trail’s description, you will even find the app helpful in finding a trail to match your ability.
The spectacular scenery at any of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites provides you with plenty of opportunities to snap a photo. With the app’s social networking feature, you can easily share these photos with family and friends and post a message to have them join in the outdoor fun. Additional features of the app include a direct link to the park’s reservation site so you can make arrangements for an overnight stay or extend your vacation. Along with this feature, you will appreciate having access to useful information such as weather alerts, operational times and park events at your fingertips.
Additional features are available by upgrading to the Pro version with a portion of these profits going to Missouri State Parks. By purchasing the Pro version, you can have an even more dynamic visit by recording trails and marking waypoints during an outdoor excursion so you can go back to that favorite fishing spot time and time again. With the friend finder feature, experience the comfort of knowing where your family and friends are within the park. Feel even more secure with the alert feature of the app, which notifies select contacts in the event of an emergency.
The Pocket Ranger™ Mobile Tour Guide can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Android’s Market, or directly at StateParkApps.com. Download your Official Guide for Missouri State Parks & Historic sites today.
For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com or contact the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).
performs at 9:15 p.m. Saturday at Soldiers Memorial between 14th and Tucker and Market and Pine. Here’s what the Celebrate St. Louis website says about Keb” Mo’:
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Keb’ Mo’s music is a living link to the historic Delta blues that traveled across the expanse of America. Mo’s music is pure, post-modern expression of the cultural journey that transformed America’s perspective on the blues.
A local band performing at 8 p.m. will be the opening act.
Then at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, Bare Naked Ladies performs, also at Soldiers Memorial. A local live band will be the opening act performing at 8 p.m.
Here’s what the website says about the group:
The Barenaked Ladies are no ordinary rock band. In the early 1990s, they took North America by storm, producing three multi-platinum albums. This top-selling, award-winning band’s frenetic blend of high-energy, melodic-pop, and spontaneous repartee are sure to bring a party to downtown St. Louis!
Stone Hill Winery has announced a new addition to its summer fun lineup–Vineyard Days, Aug. 6 & 7. The free event gives visitors for an educational look at mechanized vineyard equipment and the techniques behind the winery’s grape-growing success and, ultimately, its winemaking success.
For Stone Hill’s first Vineyard Days, state-of-the-art mechanized vineyard equipment will be displayed on the winery grounds. Visitors can get an up-close look at the harvester, as well as other specialized equipment used in day-to-day vineyard operations.
Also on display will be informational panels filled with images and technical details of not only harvest but the year-round vineyard maintenance required for a successful one. Staff members will be available to explain grape-growing and harvest fundamentals, answer questions about the equipment and even operate the equipment to offer a realistic view of how things actually function in the vineyard.
Vineyard Days will take place at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7.
Mike and Janelle, a rock’n blues duo from New Haven, Missouri, will provide live music at the event.
The St. Louis County Library Foundation and Subterranean Books present award-winning St. Louis suspense writer Scott Phillips for a discussion and signing of “The Adjustment” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Subterranean Books.
According to a library news release:
Scott Phillips, the critically acclaimed author of “The Ice Harvest,” returns to true noir form, illuminating the birth of the postwar American criminal.
World War II is over, but that doesn’t mean things are getting better for PR man Wayne Ogden or any of the returning vets. The town of Wichita, Kansas—built around the industry of Collins Aircraft and its wealthy founder, Everett Collins—is not how they remember it. Against the background violence committed by the returning soldiers trying to make an adjustment back into civilian life, Wayne attempts to destroy his former mentor and take down Collins Aircraft—the once fabled company that provided planes to Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and Wiley Post. All along the way he is haunted by poison pen letters, anonymously sent, that carry threats alluding to his black market work as a supply sergeant in the Quartermaster Corps. As the letters reveal more and more of Wayne’s secretive wartime past, his plan to destroy Collins and his company takes an increasingly darker turn that leads to blackmail, extortion, and murder.
Scott Phillips is also the author of three of the most highly acclaimed crime novels of recent years. His debut novel, “The Ice Harvest,” was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the California Book Award, a Silver Medal for Best First Fiction, and was a finalist for the Edgar Awards, the Hammett Prize and the Anthony Award. It is now a major motion picture from Focus Features. “The Walkaway” and “Cottonwood“ continued his success, with The New York Times calling Phillips’ writing “wicked fun.”
Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit www.slcl.org.
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