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Last 2014 Emerson Free Family Night At The Magic House is Dec. 19

St. Louis Magic House Children's Museum

The last  Emerson Free Family Night  of 2014 will be held at the Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum on December 19, 2014.

Admission to the museum is FREE on that day!

The Magic House holds Emerson FREE Family nights every third Friday of the month from 5:30 to 9 p.m. On these nights a family (maximum  two adults and four of their own children) can enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the museum at no charge through the generosity of Emerson. Reservations are not required.

The Magic House is a hands-on children’s museum. It is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis. (Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.) The museum features dozens of interactive exhibits for children of all ages as well as a variety of special events throughout the year.

Kirkwood Holiday Walk On Saturday

Kirkwood Holiday WalkThe annual Downtown Kirkwood Holiday Walk takes place Saturday, November 22, 2014.

This walk for the entire family features  activities for children, holiday shopping, free entertainment and refreshments. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will arrive  by Amtrak train at 9:30 a.m. at the Kirkwood Train Station, 110 E. Argonne.

After his grand entrance, Santa will pose for photos and accepted letters addressed to him from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mrs. Claus will captivate young listeners with her holiday stories beginning at 10 a.m.

The Lucille Rapp Tumblers and Dancers will perform at 2 p.m. and The Statesmen Singers will carole from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also from the train station, visitors can catch the Holiday Trolley for a free ride around historic Downtown Kirkwood from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adults can get a jump on their holiday shopping at downtown Kirkwood’s unique specialty stores-many of which will feature free refreshments and special offers.

During the Downtown Kirkwood Holiday Walk, Youth in Action (YIA) a nonprofit community service organization, will accep donations for Make-A-Wish Foundation at the train station. Cash donations will be collected. While they last,  cookies from McArthur’s Bakery and hot chocolate will be available. Kirkwood Kiwanis will also be serving free grilled hot dogs near the historic Kirkwood Train Station.

At Kirkwood Farmers’ Market, the Gingerbread Shoppe and Christmas Tree Lot will sample their special holiday candies and baked goods and offer a preview of their natural decorations and Christmas trees.

The Holiday Walk is coordinated by Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District with support from BRiC Partnership, LLC and McArthur’s Bakery.

Free Holiday Craft Show By Treasure Chest Shows In St. Charles

Holiday Craft Show in St. Charles

 

A FREE Holiday Craft Show and Expo, hosted by Treasure Chest Shows LLC, will be held  this weekend at the St. Charles Conference Center, One Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles, MO.  Hours are noon to 7 p.m.,  Friday, November 21; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, November 22  and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,Sunday, November 23.  Parking is also free.

The show is the only three-day holiday show in St. Charles County. It is in its seventh year and will feature thousands of items hand-made by local artisans and crafters, gifts and more.

Among the items you will find:

  • Home decor items
  • Seasonal items such as wreaths, table decorations, wall hangings, and stockings.
  • Hand-formed dough ornaments made by Santa’s Helper
  • Handmade family ornaments, and personalized ornaments by Personalized Creations
  • Hand-turned wooden salt and pepper mills
  • Cheese and cracker trays
  • Wooden toys
  • Placemats, handmade decorative dish towels
  • Hand towels embroidered with a design for every season
  • Flavored olive oils from Olive Oil Market Place
  • Jellies, jams, and fudges from Arndt’s Fudgery
  • Dips and mixes by All Stars Dips
  • Salsa from Jasbo’s
  • Items made from polished rocks and geodes
  • Tanks and planes made from bullets
  • Hand-made head bands, bows, tutus and accessories for girl
  • Doll furniture, clothes and accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Glass beads
  • Gem stones
  • Crystals, silver
  • Purses
  • Leather belts
  • Phone cases and wallets
  • Ladies clothing including items from Ecuador and Peruvian sweaters
  • Hand poured candles by Burning Expressions
  • Tie-dyed clothing
  • Hand-made gift cards
  • Hand knitted scarves
  • Quilts
  • Night lights.


Vendors include A Little Something, NoMan Necklaces LLC, AAA Women Works Inc., Hip Klips, All Quacked Up!, Just Headbands, Dollightful Creations, All Occasions Embroidery, Pampered Chef, Cutco Cutlery, Thirty-One Gifts, Scentsy, Juice Plus, Usborne Books and My Pillow.
 
Gift Certificates and door prizes that are donated by the artisans, crafters and vendors are given away throughout the weekend.

Annual Holiday Art Show At Norton’s Fine Art & Framing

Holiday Art Show At Norton Gallery“Smaller is Better,” the annual holiday art show an sale at Norton’s Fine Art & Framing,  will take place from 5 to 8 p.m, Saturday, November 22. The gallery is located at 2025 Big Bend Blvd. in Maplewood.

The event is free as is parking.

This will be an all media, juried group show by advanced, local artists.

The event is billed as a “holiday show of small art for holiday budgets.” Those who attend will be able to meet participating artists that night. More than 20 twenty artists will display a wide range of media and subjects.

Works on display will include:

  • Oils
  • Still Lifes
  • Figuratives
  • Graphite
  • Acrylics
  • Landscapes
  • Expressionist
  • Originals
  • Pastels
  • Watercolors
  • Photography
  • Abstracts

In fact there are no restrictions on subject or media.

Maplewood is a suburb just west of St. Louis.

Camera Sale and FREE Creve Coeur Camera Expo

Creve Coeur Camera

Creve Coeur Camera‘s twice a year sale and free expo has an exciting new offering. Buy a camera for $199 or more this week (before 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 22) and you get a “Mega Deal.”

  • Free 8 GB memory card (16GB card with any DSLR purchase)
  • 100 4 x 6 prints per month for three months

If your purchase is over $299 and you have approved credit, you can also get 12 months financing.

The sale is held at all Creve Coeur Camera stores all this week. The  FREE expo is held at the Creve Coeur store, 11615 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, November 21, 2014  and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014.

The two days are filled with seminars covering topics including night photography, nature photography, studio lighting, sports photography and macro photography.

Manufacturer’s reps will be on hand to show you the latest models of cameras and lenses and answer your questions. Learn about the latest from Go Pro, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Canon, Sony, Sigma and others.

Seminar topics include:

 

  • Nature, Landscape, Travel Photography
  • Commercial Photography
  • Studio Strobes
  • Digital Night Photography
  • Indoor Sports Photography
  • Macro Photography
  • Lenses: How to Choose
  • Secrets of Beginning Portraiture
  • GoPro Tips, Tricks and Techniques
  • Canon Printers: From Capture to Print
  • Wedding Photography

You can preview the entire schedule of workshops.

On Saturday you can even have a free lunch of  hot dogs, drinks, chips and pop corn courtesy of Creve Coeur Camera.

Peter Baumgarten, Olympus photographer based on Manitoulin Island Ontario, Canada, will be the keynote speaker. Sponsored by Olympus, Baumgarten has developed photography and graphic design courses for high schoolers. His work has been published in Digital Photography  and Canadian Geographic.

Baumgarten will speak at 1:30 p.m. on Friday about “Photography by Path or Paddle” when he discusses and showcases the challenges  and joys of outdoor wilderness photography. At 6 p.m. that evening he will speed on “Photography for the Extreme Enthusiast” when he highlights the images and inspirations that have made him an
“extreme enthusiast.”

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Baumgarten will repeat the “Extreme Enthusiast” talk and at 2:30 p.m. he reprises his “Photography By Path or Paddle” talk.

Country Nights Concerts At Ballpark Village

Tickets are $11 in advance or $15 on the day of the event.
Upcoming nights feature:

Homecoming show with BorderlineBrian Bax Band AND Dustin James Clark and Stone Mountain Railroad, Friday, November 28. FREE admissio

Canaan Smith, Friday, December 5 FREE admission

Whiskey Myers, Friday, December 12. FREE admission

Ballpark Village is located at 601 Clark Ave., St. Louis.

FREE Family Night At The Magic House This Friday

St. Louis Magic House Children's Museum

The next Emerson Free Family Night at the Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum is Friday, November 21, 2014.

Admission to the museum is FREE on that day!

The Magic House holds Emerson FREE Family nights every third Friday of the month from 5:30 to 9 p.m. On these nights a family (maximum  two adults and four of their own children) can enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the museum at no charge through the generosity of Emerson. Reservations are not required.

The last FREE Family Night at the Magic House of 2014 will be held December 19,2014

The Magic House is a hands-on children’s museum. It is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis. (Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.) The museum features dozens of interactive exhibits for children of all ages as well as a variety of special events throughout the year. Check out this special event coming up later this month:

  • Magic Tree House® Thanksgiving Lunch with Jack and Annie, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 26. Families can go back in time to the first Thanksgiving at the museum’s Magic Tree House® Thanksgiving Lunch with Jack and Annie. Don a pilgrim hat you make yourself and enjoy a delicious and healthy Thanksgiving lunch inspired by the first Thanksgiving. Families will learn more about the first Thanksgiving and the  foods that were served and even take home a copy of the recipes used at the meal. Kids can also meet and greet Magic Tree House® characters Jack and Annie and experience a time-traveling adventure at the Museum’s Magic Tree House® Exhibit where they can  experience life as a pilgrim while they climb Plymouth Rock, dig for clams on the beach, help prepare the feast in a Pilgrim house and set the Thanksgiving table. Cost: is $20 per person for non-members and includes all-day admission to the museum. Reservations are required.

 

 

 

 

Free: Ameren Missouri Festival Of Lights At St. Louis Union Station

Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights at  St. Louis Union StationSlip into the holiday spirit a little early at the Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights and the lighting of the towering Salvation Army Tree of Lights in Aloe Plaza.

The area around Union Station takes on a festive air as this holiday kick-off event. Here’s what to expect: live entertainment, children’s activities, ever-popular food trucks. Before the event is over, Santa arrives—by train, of course.

Don’t be tempted to leave early. A spectacular holiday fireworks display caps off the event at dusk.

Indoor activities begin at 3 p.m. with the outdoor festivities starting at 4 p.m.

The Muny Kids Touring Troupe opens the event inside Union Station.

Vic Porcelli of Fresh 102.5 hosts the main stage entertainment happening at Aloe Plaza across from Union Station in Aloe Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. In the plaza, visitors will also find the Salvation Army Tree of Lights.

Here’s the entertainment line-up for the Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights:

  • Muny Kids Touring Troupe
  • Grand Center Performing Arts Choir
  • St. Louis Dance Project performance of the Nutcracker
  • Salvation Army Brass Band
  • Kingsbury Place Singers from the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association
  • Rosati Kain High Theater Group
  • Cast of Bravo’s “Thicker Than Water.”

Other entertainment includes sports and corporation mascots, tracklesstrain rides, a juggler and the Rams Play 60 school bus. Food can be purchased from  food trucks along Chestnut Street bordering the Aloe Plaza.

Author Carolyn Carter will  announce the winner of the Christmas in St. Louis Coloring and Essay Contest and will present the winners with her book “The Prince Charming Starter Kit”.

Mayor Francis Slay will light up St. Louis at approximately 6:25 p.m. with a holiday fireworks display. Following the fireworks, festival participants can follow Santa inside to Union Station for more holiday activities.

Win a Union Station prize package

Visitors who get the McD App from  McDonald’s St. Louis and  show it on their smartphone during the Festival of Lights and throughout Holiday Magic at Union Station are eligible to enter to win a New Year’s Eve prize package at Union Station. The package includes overnight accommodations for four, dinner and VIP accommodations on the Polar Express, a real train ride to the “North Pole” where participants read from the popular book of the same name.

Special guests at the Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights will include:

  • Reindeer from Show Me Reindeer, LLC
  • St. Louis Cardinals Fredbird
  • Tiny Tim from Fabulous Fox production of The Christmas Carol
  • Ameren’s Louie the Lightening Bug
  • CVC Snowflake
  • Cardinal Glennon Rally Squirrel
  • St. Louis Library’s Theo
  • Children’s Hospitals Snerdlihc
  • St. Louis Blues Louie
  • St. Louis Mayor Slay
  • Santa Claus

St. Louis Holiday Craft Shows

St. Louis Holiday Craft Fairs‘Tis the season! While it’s not exactly that season just yet, it is the season for St. Louis holiday craft shows. Here’s a sampling of the shows that are happening this weekend (check back often as we’re constantly updating this list).

These events are happening Saturday, November 15:

Holiday Happenin’ Craft Fair. The Maplewood United Methodist Church will hold a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 7409 Flora. In addition to crafts and baked goods, there will be a quilt silent auction.

Third Annual Craft Fair. Shop more than 50 vendors on two levels at this fair at North County Community Church, 7410 Howdershell Road, Hazelwood. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items include hand-crafted jewelry, hand-drawn custom portraits, wood crafts, scarves, origami, Pampered Chef, Uppercase Living, Partylite, Simply Said, Mary Kay and Tupperware.

Holly Jolly Holiday Boutique. Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping at the Duchesne High School’s 2nd Annual Holly Jolly Holiday Boutique. The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2550 Elm St.,St. Charles and features gifts, specialty items, crafts and a variety of well-known products.

Town & Country Holiday Boutique. This craft show is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longview Farm House, 13525 Clayton Road. Each room of the house will be filled with one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry, scarves, children items, holiday décor and gift items for all ages.  This is the sixth year for this event. Complimentary cookies and drinks will be offered, and there are free raffles for prizes.

 

Discount Tickets, Some FREE Hot Country Nights At Ballpark Village

Tickets are $11 in advance or $15 on the day of the event.
Upcoming nights feature:
David Nail on November 21.

Homecoming show with BorderlineBrian Bax Band AND Dustin James Clark and Stone Mountain Railroad, Friday, November 28. FREE admission

Canaan Smith, Friday, December 5 FREE admission

Whiskey Myers, Friday, December 12. FREE admission

Ballpark Village is located at 601 Clark Ave., St. Louis.