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Yes, Virginia, Christmas is on its way! With Thanksgiving still two weeks off, it seems odd to start with Christmas tree lightings so soon.
But they’re coming alright.
The first one seems to be Taubman Prestige Outlets’ First Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. Taubman is one of St. Louis’ two new outlet malls in suburban Chesterfield. The ceremony will feature holiday entertainment from Muny Kids,TeamSTAGES and Ashleyliane Dance Company, children’s art activities, a special appearance by Santa Claus and other holiday surprises.
24 Hour Fitness® is honoring U.S. military servicemen and servicewomen in observance of Veterans Day, but the freebie is for everyone. All guests can have complimentary workouts at 24 Hour Fitness® clubs nationwide Nov. 8 to Nov. 11.
Guests can enjoy full access to all 24 Hour Fitness clubs and amenities, including a wide variety of state-of-the-art equipment, energizing Group X® classes, basketball courts and swimming pools. (Amenities vary by location.)The offer is for those at least 18 years of age. Valid identification is required.
In the St. Louis area 24 Hour Fitness® clubs are located in Kirkwood, Chesterfield, St. Charles and Arnold. Find the 24 Hour Fitness nearest you.
This is one of our all-time favorite St. Louis Festivals. Faust Heritage Festival in Faust County Park in Chesterfield, is a chance for kids and adults alike to learn about life during the pioneer days. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
This event is held in the The Historic Village where 19th century homes will be lively with period dressed staff and will demonstrate traditional arts and crafts such as blacksmithing, rope making, pottery firing, carving and other historical arts and crafts.
There will also be food vendors and hands-on activities for children. They will be able to make rope, do crafts, play games, participate in garden projects and ride the carousel and take a hayride.
Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for kids age 4-12 and free for kids three and under.
For more information, go to the website or call 314-615-8328.
Looking for some cheap fun for the kids to do for Halloween?
Check out these cheap make-it take-it events this week at Michaels:
- Thursday, Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m., Halloween visor/mask
- Friday, 6-8 p.m., clay pot decorating
- Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., duck tape pail or tote.
Purchase of the visor, clay pot and pail or tote is required. The events are suitable for children age 2 and up.
In the St. Louis area, Michael’s stores are located in Ballwin, Brentwood, Chesterfield, Des Peres, Fenton, Florissant, O’Fallon, St. Charles, St. Louis and Wentzville.
Want to eat out and save some bread?
Use any of the following coupons and you can get a free item or a discounted price on the food you buy:
CHEVY’s–Now through Sunday save $5 on a $20 or more food purchase at Chevy’s Fresh Mex through Sunday, Sept. 30. In the St. Louis area there are Chevy’s in Olivette, Hazelwood and St. Charles, MO.
BURGER KING–Buy one chicken sandwich, get another free at Burger King from the company’s Facebook page.
BOSTON MARKET–Get a free family dessert with a family meal purchase at Boston Market through Oct. 17. In the St. Louis area, there are Boston Markets in Richmond Heights and Fairview Heights, Ill.
CHILI’S–Get free chips and Queso at Chili’s through Sunday when you join the restaurant’s email club. In the St. Louis area, there are Chili’s in Kirkwood, Florissant and St. Louis.
DENNY’S–Get 20 percent off your entire purchase at Denny’s through Sunday.
EINSTEIN BROTHERS BAGELS–Get a free bagel with beverage purchase or a Buy One Lunch Sandwich, Get One Free through Sunday.
HOULIHAN’S–Get $10 off a $30 or greater purchase at Houlihan’s through Sunday. In the St. Louis area there are Houlihan’s in Brentwood, Chesterfield and Creve Coeur.
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE–Get $5 off two entrees and buy one, get one free lunch entree through Oct. 25. (Facebook required) In the St. Louis area there are Outback Steakhouses in Hazelwood, St. Charles, South County, Ellisville, O’Fallon and Swansea, Ill.
SMOKEY BONES–Get $5 off a $15 purchase at Smokey Bones through Sunday. In the St. Louis area, there is a Smokey Bones in Fairview Heights, Ill.
WAFFLE HOUSE–Get a free waffle at Waffle House through Sunday.
WHITE CASTLE–Get a free 16-ounce coffee with any purchase at White Castle through Oct. 31, 2012.
Looking for things to do in the Lou this weekend?
You won’t have to look far. The list is almost endless–and most of them are free.
Here’s a sampling:
Kids can bring a grandparent in to the Old Spaghetti Factory for a free lunch or dinner (with purchase) on Grandparents’ Day, Sunday, Sept. 9.
Fine print: Limit one free grandparent meal per entrée purchased. Dine-in only. Call ahead as seating may not be available. Some locations have limited lunch service, so call for hours of operation.
Plus, grandparents.com is giving away two $50 gift certificates in honor of Grandparents’ Day. The giveaway end Sept. 7.
There are two Old Spaghetti Factory locations in the St. Louis. One is at 727 N. First St. in Laclede’s Landing. The other is at 17384 Chesterfield Airport Road in Chesterfield.
The Butterfly House in Faust Park is seeking volunteers.
Volunteers are needed to become docents who give presentations about butterflies, Butterfly Ambassadors who welcome guests, take tickets and perform various other duties and gift shop volunteers to help stock the shelves of the gift shop and help customers with their purchases.
Shift hours and time commitments vary by position. For more information, visit butterflyhouse.org, call 636-530-0076, ext. 12 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faust Park is located at 15185 Olive Boulevard , Chesterfield, MO
Faust County Park in Chesterfield in suburban St. Louis County opens a window into the past this weekend at the Faust Historic Village Open House.
The village, in Faust County Park, will be open from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26, 2012.
During the free open house, several of the buildings will be open for tours including:
- The 1850s Conway House, home of Dr. Frederick and Lavinia Bates with a period herb garden and outdoor kitchen
- The circa 1848 log cabin of Ludwig and Salome Mertz, with a dye and insect repellent garden, German vegetable garden, smokehouse, outhouse and woodshed
- The Davis House which originally was a two-story log cabin with its detached wash house and smokehouse.
Guides dressed in period costumes will be on hand to answer questions.
The Historic Village represents a cross-section of architectural styles and building materials spanning the decades of 1840 to 1900. The houses at the Historic Village were saved from demolition at other locations and brought to the park.
Among the homes: a modest log cabin and brick cottage built by German immigrants to larger and sophisticated two-story homes, built by established landowners, partially furnished with period pieces.
For more information, call 314-615-8328 or visit the St. Louis County Park’s website.
Experience life as it was a century ago at the Faust Historic Village Open House in suburban St. Louis County this weekend.
The village, in Faust County Park, will be open from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19, 2012. The event is free and open to the public.
During the Faust Village open house, you can tour the 1850s Conway House, home of Dr. Frederick and Lavinia Bates and its period herb garden and outdoor kitchen.
You can also tour the circa 1848 log cabin of Ludwig and Salome Mertz, a dye and insect repellent garden, German vegetable garden, smokehouse, outhouse and woodshed and the Davis House which originally was a two-story log cabin with its detached wash house and smokehouse.
Guides in period dress will be available to answer questions.
The Historic Village spanning the decades of 1840 to 1900 represents a cross-section of architectural styles and building materials as varied as the population of St. Louis County in the 19th century. All of the houses of the Historic Village were moved to Faust Park to save them from demolition.
The homes vary from a modest log cabin and brick cottage built by German immigrants to larger and more sophisticated 2-story homes, built by established landowners. They are partially furnished appropriate to the period.
For more information, call 314-615-8328 or go to the St. Louis County Park’s website.