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Free: Old Webster Christmas Open House On Sunday


Get an early start on Christmas this year at Old Webster’s Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011.

You’ll find hundreds of gifts and decorating ideas in Old Webster (a section of Webster Groves, Mo.), and you may even encounter a strolling Santa and carolers.  Get around on a free trolley that will be running through the area or enjoy a free carriage ride. The neighborhood’s independent merchants offer unique gift items, and many will have refreshments and free gift wrapping for shoppers.

Free For Vets, Active Military Personnel: Lunch At Texas Roadhouse On Veterans Day


If you’re a veteran or active military personnel, Texas Roadhouse wants to buy you lunch on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.

Participating restaurants are offering vets and military folks can choose a free entree from a list of 10 on the “Veterans Day Lunch Menu” and also receive a free soda, iced tea or coffee. The deal is good from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for dine-in only and is good for active, former or retired military only. It does not include spouses or children. Proof of service is required.

Free For Vets, Active Military: Meal At Chili's On Veterans Day

Chili’s wants veterans and active military personnel to report to their restaurants on Veterans Day.

The company is offering vets and military personnel a free lunch (or early dinner) on Friday, Nov. 11. The deal is good from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. With proof of military service, they can choose a lunch combo of either Margarita chicken tacos, Santa Fe chicken wrap, Oldtimer with cheese, Margarita grilled chicken, chicken crispers or Cobb salad.

Free For Vets, Active Military: A Meal With Purchase Of Another At TGIF On Friday



T.G.I. Friday’s is honoring veterans and active military personnel on Veterans Day tomorrow, Nov. 11, 2011 with a free meal.

Vets and active military members will get a free entree when they buy another entree.

The deal is good Friday only. Proof of service will likely be required.

Free For Vets And Active Military: Slurpee At 7-11 On Veterans Day

7-Eleven stores will give veterans and active military personnel the Slurpee salute tomorrow.

To celebrate Veterans Day on 11/11/11, the stores will be giving vets and active military members a free small Slurpee.

In addition, during the month of November, you can donate a dollar to support an Operation USO care package.

Indian Trails Branch Library To Show The 39 Steps On Monday, Nov. 14

The 39 Steps

The Indian Trails branch of the St. Louis County Library will show the early Alfred Hitchcock thriller The 39 Steps at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14.  The branch is at 8400 Delport Drive at Midland Boulevard, Vinita Park.

The movie is about a man wrongfully accused of murder who finds himself on an adventure of excitement, danger and romance.

The branch will service light refreshments.

Free: Lunch Or Dinner For Vets, Active Military At The Olive Garden On 11/11/11

Veterans and active military personnel can enjoy a free lunch or dinner (from a menu offering six items) at the Olive Garden on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.

Proof of military service is required. Accepted forms: U.S. Uniform Services Identification card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Veterans Organization card (American Legion or VFW), DD214 certificate, Veteran Identification Card (VIC) or photo in uniform.

The offer is good for dine-in only and does not cover drinks and gratuity.

Save $10 On A $50 Purchase At Sappington Farmers' Market With Coupon Today

With food prices climbing almost daily, every deal helps.

Sappington Farmers’ Market is again offering $10 off a $50 or more purchase with coupon today only. The market is at 8400 Sappington.

The $10 off coupon is in several local publications or you can get the coupon here.

The fine print: you can’t use the coupon on milk products, liquor, gift certificates or case items.

Free: Dinner For Military Members At Golden Corral Nov. 14

Golden Corral restaurants want to honor the military for all it does.

So the company has declared Nov. 14 Golden Corral Military Appreciation Day.  On that day Golden Corrals will serve free dinners to current and past members of the military. The deal is good from 5 to 9 p.m.

Find a Golden Corral near you.

Thanks to Kate at Tucson On The Cheap for the tip!

Free: Star Trek Lecture At The St. Louis Science Center Tonight

Ever wonder what life on other planets would look like?

Dr. Andy Howell, professor of astrophysics, University of California Santa Barbara, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network,  explores the principles of evolution and how life would adapt to environments found on other planets at 7 p.m. tonight at the St. Louis Science Center.

The presentation is free but reservations are recommended because seating is limited. The event, which will be held in the Saint Louis Science Center May Hall, is recommended for adults.

Dr. Howell’s talk is part of the Star Trek Lecture Series which will be held on the second Thursday of every month during Star Trek: The Exhibition which runs until May 28.

To find out more information or to make reservations, contact the Reservations Department, 314-289-4424.

Tickets for Star Trek: The Exhibition for non-members of the Science Center are $17.50 for adults; $15.50 for seniors and $13.50 for children ages 5-12.

During First Fridays on the first Friday of each month, special non-members rates (valid from 6-10 p.m.) are $14 for adults and seniors and $12 for children 5-12. And parking is free for First Friday events.