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Play At Missouri History Museum Recalls Story of Free Black Woman After Louisiana Purchase

EstherEsther, a free black woman, found her world changed enormously because of the Louisiana Purchase.

Linda Kennedy stars in a play about her life at the Missouri History Musuem at 2 p.m. Saturdays through the end of February. The performance will be in the MacDermott Grand Hall of the Museum. The next performance is Feb. 28, 2015.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Play At Missouri History Museum Recalls Story of Free Black Woman After Louisiana Purchase

EstherEsther, a free black woman, found her world changed enormously because of the Louisiana Purchase.

Linda Kennedy stars in a play about her life at the Missouri History Musuem at 2 p.m. Saturdays through the end of February. The performance will be in the MacDermott Grand Hall of the Museum. The next performance is Feb. 21, 2015.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Missouri History Museum To Mark End Of St. Louis’s 250-Year Anniversary

Closing celebrationWithin a few days St. Louis will turn 251 and its celebration of the first 250 years will be over.

The Missouri History Museum will hold events Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14, 2015, and Feb. 15, 2015, to mark the end of its year-long exhibition exploring the 250 years. The events will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the museum.

Events that will start at 10 a.m. both days are:

• A scavanger hunt in the 250 in 250 exhibit. Participants can register to win a package of 250 in 250 souvenire mechandise.

• Make and Takes, an opportunity for children to make birthday cake collages and birthday crowns.

• The making of a Lego cake with Bricks 4 Kidz.

• The spinning of the Sprout and About prize wheel.

• The continuous showing of the “Portrait of St. Louis at 250 Years” film.

• Face painting by Impish Grin Face Art.

Two events will start at 1 p.m. both days –– The GoodEye Photo Booth and cupcake decorating.

Events only on Saturday are:

• Music by Mark-O-Polo at 10:30 a.m.

• A showing of the movie “Shrek” at 12:30 p.m.

• A performance of “Esther,” a play about a free black woman trying to cope with changes the came with the Louisana Purchase, at 2 p.m.

Events only on Sunday are:

• Poetry in Motion movement workshops with folk artist Mama Lisa, starting at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

• Music by Celia at 11:30 a.m.

• An opportunity to see and touch animal biofacts starting at noon.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.
 

 

Play At Missouri History Museum Recalls Story of Free Black Woman After Louisiana Purchase

EstherEsther, a free black woman, found her world changed enormously because of the Louisiana Purchase.

Linda Kennedy stars in a play about her life at the Missouri History Musuem at 2 p.m. Saturdays through the end of February. The performance will be in the MacDermott Grand Hall of the Museum. The next performance is Feb. 14, 2015.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

Free, Cheap Things To Do In St. Louis This Weekend

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Events for the weekend of February 6, 2015:

Maple Sugar Festival

Come to the Maple Sugar Festival and learn how maple trees are tapped and how early settlers boiled sap over open fires. The fun happens 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road in Wildwood. The event is FREE.  It’s sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Visitors can taste delicious syrup, sugar on snow taffy, and pure maple sugar. And, they can learn to do all of this right in your own backyard!

No reservations are necessary. Parking will be available at Rockwoods Reservation and off-site via shuttle bus.

 

Soulard Mardi Gras Continues With Dogs, Taste

Soulard Mardi GrasSoulard Mardi Gras  continues this weekend with the Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard Saturday and Sunday and the Beggin’ Pet Parade and the PetSmart Wiener Dog Derby on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Between now and Fat Tuesday Soulard, Mardi Gras features many events–and many of them are FREE!

Other upcoming Soulard Mardi Gras events include:

Check out all the Soulard Mardi Gras events.

Delta Dental Winter Zoo Fun At Saint Louis Zoo

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Delta Dental Winter Zoo is fun at the Saint Louis Zoo in the middle of winter.

It’s a day of  FREE activities, games and crafts with the kids on Sundays, Feb.  8 and 15, 2015. The activities will be available from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Delta Dental’s Tooth WizardSM and his sister Tooth FairySM will star in the Land of Smiles® stage show in Anheuser Busch Theater in The Living World building at 11:30 a.m. each week. In addition to teaching good oral health habits, Land of Smiles will educate children on the benefits of eating healthy foods and active play 60 minutes a day. Each child attending the show will receive a free “smile bag” containing dental health supplies to help put them on track for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Movin’ All Around the Land of Smiles activity, by Delta Dental, will take place in The Living World at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. on Feb. 15).

Watch a video on the Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in Punta San Juan, Peru; enjoy Humboldt penguin and takin keeper chats and enrichment activities; and listen to live music each week.

On Sunday, February 15, join the Zoo for the best family Mardi Gras celebration in town. Delta Dental Mardi Gras includes mask making, beads, live music and more. Turn your child’s wagon or stroller into a Mardi Gras parade float, and join in the parade through the Zoo at 3 p.m. led by the Zoo’s costumed characters and Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles characters.

Admission to the Zoo and Winter Zoo activities is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities and games are designed for kids aged 2-10. No reservations are needed. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Winter Zoo is sponsored by Delta Dental of Missouri, Prairie Farms Dairy and FM NewsTalk 97.1.

For more information about the Saint Louis Zoo, visit www.stlzoo.orgwww.facebook.com/stlzoo,www.twitter.com/stlzoowww.youtube.com/stlzootube.

 

World Bird Sanctuary Offers Free ‘Keeper Talks’ Saturday, Sunday

Keeper Talks at World Bird Sanctuary

Learn more about birds like where they come from and what they eat at a Keeper Talk at the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park this weekend. The keepers give the “talk” each Saturday and Sunday as they do the morning feedings.

Keeper talks and parking are FREE as is admission to the World Bird Sanctuary. Meet at 9 a.m. opposite the wildlife hospital.

The Sanctuary is near the intersection of Interstate 44 and Route 141 in Valley Park just west of St. Louis. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m; closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission and parking are free.

The attraction features live displays of bald eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, vultures, parrots and reptiles and free seasonal shows, nature trails, educational programs and picnic pavilions.

 

Award-Winning Author To Kick Off Black History Month At St. Louis County Library

 

Award-winning author Tavis Smiley to kick off Black History Month at the St. Louis County Library

New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley will kick off the St. Louis County Library‘s Black History Month celebration at 7 p.m., February 7 at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Smiley will discuss and sign his latest book “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.” The program is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The library says this about Smiley and his work:

“From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Tavis Smiley—broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate and philanthropist—has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show “Tavis Smiley” on PBS, as well as “The Tavis Smiley Show” from Public Radio International (PRI). He has written 18 books, including the New York Times bestseller “The Rich and the Rest of Us.”

In his latest critically-acclaimed book, “Death of a King,” Smiley presents a dramatic chronicle of the12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King’s life, revealing the minister’s trials and tribulations—denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country’s black middle class and militants, and assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics—all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.

Smiley’s “Death of a King” paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King’s life—one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.”

Missouri History Museum To Present Film Festival About Africa, U.S.

The Missouri History Museum is presenting a film festival focusing Africa and race relations in the United States this weekend. The museum will show the movies in the Lee Auditorium.

The event starts at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, with the screening of “My Favorite Thing,” a short documentary about children in Eithiopia.

Other movies in the program that starts at 10:30 a.m. are:

• “A Goat for a Vote,” a movie from Kenya.

• “Cholo,” a movie from Tanzania.

• “The Ball,” a short documentary from Kenya.

A discussion follows at noon in the AT&T multipurpose room.

Movies mainly about the Unite States shown starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 are:

• “Colors: Bangin’ in South Carolina.”

• “The Vow.”

• “In His Own Home.” A question-and-answer session with Malini Schuelle, the director of this movie, follows its presentation.

A discussion about race relations begins at 6:30 p.m.

Movies starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, are:

• “See Me Now.”

• “Deeper than Black.”

• “Cape of German Hopes.”

• “Money 1955: The Emmett Till Murder Trial.”

A discussion about “Identity, Cultural Heritage, and Skin Color and Tone” will occur between 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. It will be before the movie about the murder of Emmett Till.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

 

 

Play At Missouri History Museum Recalls Story of Free Black Woman After Louisiana Purchase

EstherEsther, a free black woman, found her world changed enormously because of the Louisiana Purchase.

Linda Kennedy stars in a play about her life at the Missouri History Musuem at 2 p.m. Saturdays through the end of February. The performance will be in the MacDermott Grand Hall of the Museum. The next performance is Feb. 7, 2015.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

World Bird Sanctuary Offers Free ‘Keeper Talks’ Saturday, Sunday

Keeper Talks at World Bird Sanctuary

Learn more about birds like where they come from and what they eat at a Keeper Talk at the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park this weekend. The keepers give the “talk” each Saturday and Sunday as they do the morning feedings.

Keeper talks and parking are FREE as is admission to the World Bird Sanctuary. Meet at 9 a.m. opposite the wildlife hospital.

The Sanctuary is near the intersection of Interstate 44 and Route 141 in Valley Park just west of St. Louis. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m; closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission and parking are free.

The attraction features live displays of bald eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, vultures, parrots and reptiles and free seasonal shows, nature trails, educational programs and picnic pavilions.

 

 

FREE: AAA To Host Travel Show At Kemp Auto Museum

AAA Travel ShowFind out what’s new in cruises and tours at the AA Travel Marketplace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31 at the  Kemp Auto Museum. The event is FREE and open to AAA members and non-members alike. Attendees will receive a FREE gift from AAA. 

AAA travel agents will be on hand offering  showtime booking offers with major savings on popular land and cruise vacations.   The show is offering big savings and a special bonus with every booking.

Participants will also be able to attend seminars from AAA’s preferred travel partners.

Participating travel providers include:

    • Pleasant Holidays®
    • Trafalgar®
    • Azamara Club Cruises®
    • Alexander + Roberts
    • Celebrity Cruises®
    • AAA Member Choice Vacations®
    • Holland America Line®
    • Insight Vacations®
    • Rocky Mountaineer®
    • Royal Caribbean International®
    • Uniworld® Boutique River Cruise Collection®
    • And many more

Kemp Auto Museum is located at 16955 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, MO in west St. Louis County.

 

Orchid Show At Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden's annual Orchid ShowNeed a mid-winter pick-me-up? Plan a visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden where its annual Orchid Show kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 31. It runs through March 22.  The Garden is at  4344 Shaw Blvd., south St. Louis. Tickets are $5 (age 2 and under, free) in addition to regular Garden admission ($8 adults; $4 St. Louis City/County residents; free children ages 12 and younger).

View orchid flowers and their amazing pollinators as you stroll through a lush display to discover hundreds of rarely seen orchids from the Garden’s collection Victorian gazebo, pollinators of all shapes and sizes, and hundreds of orchids.
Grodske's Gold

According to a Garden press release: “At every turn, orchids burst from the landscape with bright, bold colors. Approximately 500 orchids are on display at any one time, including CattleyaLaeliaEncycliaOncidium and Paphiopedilumalong with many other varieties. Spanning a wide range of sizes, colors and scents, these orchids are displayed as they would be found in their natural habitats, with terrestrial orchids at ground level and epiphytic orchids suspended atop tree branches. Hundreds of other tropical plants and ferns help set the verdant scene.

“Orchids have specific relationships with their particular pollinators and conservators fear the loss of the pollinator will likely result in the loss of the orchid in the wild. As a result, many orchid conservation projects also focus on the conservation of their pollinators.

“Early study of orchid flowers revealed their complexity in form and specialized mechanisms for attracting insect pollinators. Charles Darwin was one of the first scientists to observe the pollination of orchid flowers by insects and speculated that many flowers resemble insect pollinators.  He suggested that pollinators are attracted to the flowers because of this similarity.  Since pollinators can be very scarce, orchids must have some way to attract animals inside their flowers and the flowers must remain open long enough for a pollinator to find it. Therefore, conservation of orchid species must also include steps to protect their specific pollinators.

“Throughout the year, Missouri Botanical Garden horticulturists care for the collection behind the scenes in the private greenhouse range. Temperatures inside greenhouses are manipulated to force the winter bloom of as many plants as possible for the annual Orchid Show. Orchids are grouped by watering needs and different fertilizers are used depending on the season. Spent blooms are replaced with new ones on a daily basis, shifting the look and landscape of the show throughout its run.

“After visiting the 2015 Orchid Show in Orthwein Hall, visit Monsanto Hall located on the second floor of the Ridgway Center, where contemporary American painter and founder of the “Orchid Alliance Project – Bridging Art and Science,” Patricia Laspino will be showing recent paintings in a solo exhibition entitled “Orchids in the Realm of the Sublime.” Laspino’s provocative large scale oil paintings will highlight orchiOrchid Sprayds found in some of the 35 countries and six continents where the Garden is actively engaged in research. The artist will unveil two new paintings created specifically for the Garden representing orchid species found in South Africa and Madagascar.”

“The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

“The Missouri Botanical Garden focuses its work on areas that are rich in biodiversity yet threatened by habitat destruction, and operates the world’s most active research and training programs in tropical botany. Garden scientists collaborate with local institutions, schools and indigenous peoples to understand plants, create awareness, offer alternatives and craft conservation strategies. The Missouri Botanical Garden is striving for a world that can sustain us without sacrificing prosperity for future generations, a world where people share a commitment to managing biological diversity for the common benefit.”