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Free Admission To Botanical Garden For Residents Wednesday And Saturday Mornings

Missouri Botanical Garden

If you’re a resident of St. Louis City or St. Louis County, you can get into the Missouri Botanical Garden for free if you get there early enough on Wednesday or Saturday.

Residents of St. Louis and St. Louis County get free admission to the Garden on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

You have to get there before noon. The deal is off if there is an event with a special admission fee. Garden hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation. It is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.

 The Garden encompasses 79 acres of horticultural displays offering something for everyone including Chinese GardenEnglish Woodland Garden,Ottoman Garden and Victorian District.

The  Climatron conservatory houses a vibrant tropical rainforest, while the adjoining Temperate House is home to a multitude of Mediterranean species. The Japanese Garden covers 14 acres, making it one of the largest Japanese strolling gardens in North America.

The Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed on Christmas day). Numerous tour options are available for adults, students, families and children.  

Narrated tram tours are available from April through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays departing every hour on the hour and 9:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. weekends departing every 40 minutes. Tickets are $4 for adults and children over the age of two. Children two and under are free when seated on a lap.

The Missouri Botanical Garden features flower shows, live music and special events throughout the year.  Check out the Garden’s online event calendar to see what’s coming up.

 

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 Jan. 31, 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 Jan. 24, 2015.

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

8 Free And Cheap Things To Do In St. Louis This Weekend

 

Eagle-Watching is free in the St. Louis area

Eagle-Watching is free in the St. Louis area

Looking for some fun things to do this weekend in The Lou? If you’re like us, you want those things to be cheap or even FREE! Never fear, cheap St. Louis is for real. We’ve found 8 free and cheap things to do in St. Louis this weekend. We know there are more but these will keep you busy enough.

  • Mardi Gras – Snowman Softball Tournament: Saturday and Sunday, January 17 and 18 at Forest Park Central Field. Benefitting the Police Athletic League, the Snowman Softball Tournament features more than 100 teams in two divisions facing off in a bid for the Bud Light PAL Trophy. 

  • Soulard’s Annual Trivia Night: Saturday, January 17 in the Franklin Room, 816 Allen Ave.   Test out your trivia knowledge at Soulard’s Annual Trivia Night. Proceeds from this event will be benefiting the safety and beautification efforts in historic Soulard. 

‘Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse’ At Florissant Civic Center Theatre

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre

The Omaha Theatre Company presents “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” this weekend at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre in the James J. Eagan Center in Florissant. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16 and 2 p.m., Saturday Jan. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 18. Tickets are $7; group rates are available.

Here’s a synopsis of the play:

“Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger.

When he confiscates her prized possession, a purple plastic purse that plays music, joy turns to misery.

Lilly, who is used to being the brightest and loudest mouse around, will also have to get used to sharing the spotlight with her new baby brother in this charming adaptation of Kevin Henkes’ award-winning children’s book. Gripped with anger after losing her purse, Lilly draws a mean portrait of Mr. Slinger and hides it in his book bag.

When she gets her purse back and opens it outside of school, she finds a surprising note: ”Today was a difficult day. Tomorrow will be better.” Suddenly wracked with guilt, Lilly sets out to make up with her teacher, but villainous bicycle-riding bullies, a spotlight-stealing baby brother and the dreaded “uncooperative chair” will test our heroine’s resolve.

Free: Loop Ice Carnival January 16-17 In St. Louis Loop Neighborhood

Loop Ice Carnival in St. Louis

Loop Ice Carnival in St. Louis

 


 

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January used to just be a cold month to lived through as you waited for spring to pop. But with such exciting events as the  Loop Ice Carnival in St. Louis’ Loop Neighborhood and eagle-watching, January has its own brand of fun to offer. This year it’s (already) the 10th annual version of the Loop Ice Carnival. Dates are Jan. 16-17, 2015. There’s a fee for the Friday night Snow Ball at the Moonrise Hotel but the Saturday activities are FREE (this is a charge for entering the 5K and 10K Frozen Buns Runs).

Tickets for the Snow Ball begin at $25 and includes two drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres. For more information contact the Moonrise Hotel. At the event which runs from 7 to 11 p.m., an  “Ice King” and “Ice Queen” will be crowned based on creative, cool attire. Revelers age 21 and up outfitted in icy white attire can enjoy cool cocktails, creative cuisine, icy hot music and a few unexpected surprises at the Ball.

The one-of-a-kind event in the St. Louis area offers a variety of activities on Saturday including:

  • Live ice carving demonstrations by Ice Visions
  • Putt-Putt Pub Crawl–9 wild and crazy holes of golf; pick up a scorecard at the Pageant or Cicero’s
  • Temporary tattoo scavenger hunt–collect 15 free tattoos at stores, then pick up a prize at the Pageant Theatre)
  • Game booths
  • $1,000 Ice Cube Giveaway (collect ice cubes from nine store in the Loop; 1,000 will have a one-dollar coin inside; more than 9,000 will have chocolate coins in them)
  • Cosmonauts On Ice–sample vodkas and cocktails at a Moonrise Hotel Rooftop station
  • Ice Breaker–test your strength with a sledge hammer on an ice block
  • Ice slides
  • Frozen Turkey Bowling
  • A music igloo with DJs and video mixing
  • Snowball race
  • Moonrise Rooftop Skate–skateboarding demo
  • Human dog sled races
  • “Penquins,” stilt walkers and jugglers
Frozen Buns Fun Run At The Loop Ice Carnival in St. Louis

Frozen Buns Fun Run At The Loop Ice Carnival in St. Louis

The 5K and 10K Frozen Buns Runs begin at 10 a.m. at Blueberry Hill where awards will be made after the races.

See the entire schedule of Loop Ice Carnival events.

In addition, dozens of unique stores will offer price specials.

 

2015 Eagle Watching Events In The St. Louis Area

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Baby, it’s cold outside but if you’re an eagle, you won’t mind. In fact, eagles love cold weather and  cold wet weather even better. So if you’re into eagle-watching, bundle up and head out! Eagles flock to the areas of the river where the water is not frozen so there are opportunities for visitors to see eagles in their natural habitat in the St. Louis area.

To help you find eagles, you can download the FREE Eagle Watcher’s App to have the latest eagle information on your smartphone or tablet.

Check out a list of eagle-viewing hot spots in the St. Louis area. Among the best areas to eagle watch:

  • Melvin Price Dam near Alton, Ill.
  • Riverlands Audubon Center in West Alton, MO.
  • The Great River Road from Alton to Pere Marquette State Park.

If you’d like some help in your pursuit of eagles, consider one of the following  FREE programs that help you learn more about eagles and see them live and in action:

Alton (Illinois) Visitors Center

The World Bird Sanctuary will present a live bald eagle for the public to view up close from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays during January at the Alton (Illinois) Visitors Center. Dates are: Jan. 17, 24 and 31. While you’re there, pick up an official All Around Alton Eagle Watcher’s Guide and set off along the Great River Road to see eagles in their natural habitat. You can also see a rehabilitated raptor and learn how to spot bald eagles at the Audubon Center at Riverlands in West Alton, MO.
Eagle Days at Chain of Rocks Bridge  

This is the area’s big eagle event. The popular Eagle Days will be held at the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan.  17 and 18 high above the Mississippi River. The bridge is south of I-270 off Riverview Drive and was once part of legendary Route 66. It’s a great place for viewing bald eagles as they “fish” in the open waters south of the bridge.

The program includes live eagle programs, exhibits, activities, videos and guides with spotting scopes. An educational program will feature a live eagle and a warming tent will have various activities. Lewis and Clark history demonstrations will also be held at  both Bridge entrances.

The Missouri Dept. of Conservation website says: “This is a unique opportunity to watch them (eagles) fish, ride ice floes, soar overhead and roost in nearby trees. . .”

Viewing scopes will be set up on the bridge for visitors to get close-up views of eagles as they cruise the area around the bridge and dive for fish. Trained volunteers will be on hand to help visitors use the scopes and get the most from their viewing.

The bridge parallels U. S. 270 along West Chain of Rocks Road between Riverview Dr. in St. Louis, MO and Illinois 3 in Madison County, IL.

Visitors are urged to bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Eagle Days, sponsored by Trailnet, is produced by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

 

Programs at Audubon Center at Riverlands

Another great place to view eagles is the Audubon Center at Riverlands where visitors can watch eagles from the comfort of the center through its massive two-story circular bay windows overlooking the river. Spotting scopes for eagle viewing are at the center which is off a back water area of the Mississippi River across the bay from Ellis Island where eagles like to roost in the winter on a strip of trees.

And the Center has great FREE events to help you see eagles:

Eagle and Trumpeter Swan Season Visitors can learn about eagle watching hot spots, eagle and swan watching, how to spot them, where to look and what brings the eagles and swans to Riverlands and Alton each year.  Visitors can then visit downtown Alton to see ice sculptures and enjoy more family activities.

Raptor Saturdays: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7, TreeHouse Wildlife Center will be at the Center with a rehabilitated raptor that visitors can see unclose and personal. It could be an owl, hawk or falcon.

Eagle Watch Sundays:  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 18, 25 and Feb. 1and 8 the World Bird Sanctuary will hold a meet-and-greet with their live eagles. Visitors can learn about eagle watching—how to spot eagles, where to look and what brings the eagles here each winter.

Audubon Center at Riverlands is at 301 Riverlands Way inside the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, MO. The center is just 30 minutes north of downtown St. Louis.

 

Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park

The Bald Eagle Days program at Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, IL, offers a unique tour of eagle country led by Scott Isringhausen, interpreter at Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, Ill., with stops along the way at some of the best eagle haunts.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at Pere Marquette with a short video before the observational drive. Visitors will learn how to distinguish immature bald eagles from mature ones, what eagles eat, why they spend winters in St. Louis and much more.

The program is free, but reservations are required–calL 618-786-3323. Participants are advised to dress warmly and come with a full tank of gas.

The park is on Illinois Route 100 along the Great River Road.

The program is offered on the following dates: Jan. 16, 26, 28, 30; Feb. 3, 4, 6, 24, 26 and March 2.

 

World Eagle Day

Save the date for the big eagle celebration at the World Bird Sanctuary.  It happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 as the WBS celebrates eagles from around the world. Visitors can learn about eagles through fun activities and presentations throughout the day. It’s a FREE event.

The World Bird Sanctuary is at 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road in St. Louis County. It can be reached via Interstate 44, Outer Road West and Lone Elk County Park.

 

 

Free MLK Celebration At UMSL’s Touhill On Monday

Martin Luther KingThe University of Missouri- St. Louis and the St. Louis community honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a FREE program Monday, January 19. The event, which begins at 10 a.m., will be held at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri, St. Louis campus.

Speakers, musicians and performers will remember the Dreamer and continue to keep that dream alive.  Children ages 5 to 16 are invited to participate in a special program that will be held rconcurrently with the event.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. The Touhill Performing Arts Center is located at One University Boulevard on the UMSL campus.

 

 

Missouri History Museum Offers Weekend Of Events About Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Missouri History Museum offers a weekend of programs tied to the birthday holiday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader assassinated in 1968.

They are:

• Storytelling in the Museum, a weekly program, will have a King theme. Storytelling aimed at two to five year olds will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in a gallery and the same time  Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in the Schnucks Learning Center. The museum offers hands-on crafts and other activities between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at various place in the building.

• MLK Family Celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The first 200 children to arrive at the museum will receive a King-themed storybook. The museum will serve hot cocoa and light refreshments. In addition to the storytelling activities, the museum offers at 10 a.m. Saturday Mama Lisa Presents King Family Kids that revisits life in the 1960s in Atlanta from a child’s point of view. At the same time children can participate peach-inspired art projects. Parents can to stop at a table of the Anti-Defamation League to get advice on having conversations with their children on complex or difficult topics.

• The screening of “Jim Crow to Barack Obama” at 1 p.m. Saturday in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose room. The documentary explores changes in race and racism in the last 100 years.

• A Place to Call Home Game at 1:30 p.m. at the Utopia and The Missouri Immigrant Experiences exhibits. Participants can pick up an identity of a St. Louis immigrant and follow that person’s story at activity stations at the exhibits. The event continues at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays through February.

 • “Esther,” a play about Esther, a free black woman, dealing with a world that changed enormously because of the Louisiana Purchase. The event is at 2 p.m. in the MacDermott Grand Hall.

• Kevin Powell, an activist, writer and president and cofounder of BK Nation discusses “Dr. King, Michael Brown, #Ferguson and the Future of America” at 2 p.m. in the Lee Auditorium. He will reflect on King’s legacy and recent protests.

• The last showing of “I May Not Get There with You,” a multimedia presentation of the speeches and moments in the last year of King’s life, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in the Lee Auditorium.

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 Jan. 17, 2015.

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