The Balloon Glow will happen on Friday, Sept. 16.
The events are free and open to the public.
You’ll find plenty of choices. Here are a few:
Free: Griffin & The Gargoyles Perform At St. Louis Zoo’s Jungle Boogie Friday
Moonlight Ramble: Saturday Night/Sunday Morning In Downtown St. Louis
Free: Family Read Night With Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson Saturday At St. Louis County Library
Free: 5th Annual Gateway Dragon Boat Festival At Creve Coeur Lake Tomorrow
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Fanfare will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at Windjammer Point in Lake Saint Louis.
The band plays Motown, R&B, disco, pop, country, standards and jazz and big band.
The concert site is off of Wharf Street, south of Veterans Memorial Parkway, Lake Saint Louis.
The St. Charles Municipal Big (Jazz) Band will perform 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, in Frontier Park along the Missouri River in downtown St. Charles.
The concert organizers say the public should bring lawn chairs.
The jazz band also will play on Sept. 4 at the park.
The Seventh Annual Family Read Night offers St. Louis families a treat on Saturday. Popular book authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, authors of the Starcatchers young adult series will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh in Ladue.
The side-splitting duo behind the bestselling Starcatchers young adult series return with the fifth installment, “The Bridge to Never Land.” A new adventure begins as two brave kids set out on a quest and discover that the legend of Peter Pan is not fiction after all.
Books will be available for purchase and signing from Barnes & Noble.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.
On-site registration opens at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 with pre-ride activities and a “vendor village.” Ride options include a short 9-mile and a long 19-mile route. Both finish with a party at Soldiers Memorial.
Registration prices are $30, adult; $10, age 5-12; free, children, age 0-4 and includes site-access wristband, t-shirt, rider support and snacks and entry to the after-party. A premier rider package is also available. The event takes place rain or shine; helmets are required.
The event is held by Hostelling International USA Gateway Council.
The Yessir band will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, at Faust Park in Chesterfield. The park , north of Olive Boulevard, is about a mile east of Clarkson Road.
The band plays a variety of popular music.
The concession stand for concerts opens at 5:30 p.m.
Looking for something different to do this weekend?Then head to Creve Coeur Lake on Saturday for the 5th annual Gateway Dragon Boat Festival.
The spectacle is free to watch. Participants/paddlers must be on a dragon boat team.
Dragon boats are 40-foot long boats decorated with a dragon head in the front and a dragon tail in the rear and powered by 20 paddlers, at least eight of whom must be women. A drummer at the front of the boat beats out the rhythm for the paddlers to match.
The races begin at 9 a.m. The top 12 teams will paddle in the final four races of the day. The fastest three qualifying teams will paddle in the final race of the day and could win the coveted traveling trophy. An awards ceremony will held at approximately 2 p.m.
The teams pay $1,000 to participate with proceeds benefiting Operation Family Help—a new Signature Healthcare Foundation initiative to assist families of patients with financial challenges by providing services such as therapy, equipment or transportation.
The Gateway Dragon Boat Festival is presented by Signature Healthcare Foundation with sponsors Signature Medical Group, Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. Tarlton, Savvis, Ranken Jordan Pediatric Hospital, Rhodey Construction, Synergetics, Inc., Monsanto and Dave and Busters.
Need an oil change? The price at Tom Bess Automotive, 4922 Macklind Ave., is hard to beat. It’s just under 20 bucks. A change of five quarts of oil will cost you $15.99. With the $2 disposal fee and $1.51 tax, that’s $19.50 out the door.
You can make an appointment or stop by to see if they have time to do change your oil then. Unfortunately, there are no weekend or evening hours. Tom Bess Automotive is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. It’s at 4922 Macklind Ave. You can call 314-353-9936. There’s no website.