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Missouri History Museum Program Portrays Effort To Establish Sumner High School In St. Louis

Sumner High School

Sumner High School

The Missouri History Museum is offering a presentation on the civil rights efforts of African Americans and others in 1875, including the effort to build Sumner High School for blacks in a segregated school system.

The last three performances are 11 a.m. July 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. Aug. 1.

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

 

Missouri History Museum Program Portrays Effort To Establish Sumner High School In St. Louis

Sumner High School

Sumner High School

The Missouri History Museum is offering a presentation on the civil rights efforts of African Americans and others in 1875, including the effort to build Sumner High School for blacks in a segregated school system.

The event will occur Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug. 1, 2015, in the museum’s lower level.

The dates are:

• This week –– 11 a.m. July 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. July 25.

• Week of July 27 — 11 a.m. July 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. Aug. 1.

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

 

Emerson FREE Family Night At St. Louis Magic House Children’s Museum On Friday

Emerson FREE Family Nights at The Magic House in St. LouisMagic House lovers, get ready!  Emerson FREE Family Nights is coming back around this Friday–July 17, 2015.

Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum holds Emerson Free Family Nights  from 5:30 to 9 p.m., on the third Friday of each month.

On Emerson FREE Family Nights,  a family  of four can enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the Museum at no charge courtesy of Emerson. Two adults in each family plus up to four of their own children are admitted free on these nights. Reservations are not required.

Here are the rest of the FREE family nights for 2015:

August 21, 2015
September 18, 2015
October 16, 2015
November 20, 2015
December 18, 2015
A hands-on children’s museum, the Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis. (Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.) It features dozens of interactive exhibits for children of all ages and several special events throughout the year.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Orbitz, Nickelodeon and Family Fun Magazine have lauded the Museum’s hands-on exhibits and educational programming.  Zagat named The Magic House the nation’s top family attraction with the most child appeal.

 

 

Cheap: Bluegrass Concert At Suson County Park

 

George Portz and His Friends of Bluegrass to perform at Suson County Park.

George Portz and His Friends of Bluegrass to perform at Suson County Park.

Bluegrass band George Portz and his Friends of Bluegrass perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 11 at Suson Farm at Suson County Park, 6073 Wells Road, St. Louis.

The acoustic band, from Shiloh, Illinois, includes Ranger Dave Montgomery, David Dalton, Zach Hardesty and Kathie Pohlman who hail from both sides of the river. It specializes in bluegrass, country, Cajun and Irish music.

Check out the band’s schedule for the rest of the year.

The live bluegrass musical concert is presented by St. Louis County Parks and Recreation.

Tickets, available at the gate, are $5 per person for ages 12 and up.  Children 11 and under are free.   Parking is FREE.

Concessions are available at the park at a reasonable price.  Concert-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the concert under the stars.

Cheap: Cajun Concert On The Hill At Stone Hill Winery

Brett Denais & T-Rouge perform at Cajun Concerts on the Hill at Stone Hlll WineryIf you love Cajun and Zydeco music, head to Stone Hill Winery in Hermann where the winery’s Cajun Concert on the Hill is on all this weekend, July 10-12.

Brett Denais & T-Rouge, a Cajun and Zydeco band from the bayous of Louisiana, will be featured with three days of toe-tappin’ Bayou music.

Cajun dancers from Louisiana will perform authentic Cajun dances, and mouth-watering Cajun food–incuding jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee, fried catfish fillets, Andouille sausage with peppers and onions–will be available for purchase.

Hours are 6-10 p.m., Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  You can buy tickets online or at the door. A one-day pass is $12; a two-day pass is $22 and a three-day pass is $30.

Hermann, MO is an hour and a half west of St. Louis.

Free: ‘Let Them Eat Art’ Bastille Day Tribute in Maplewood

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Maplewood's Let Them Eat Cake Bastille Day CelebrationCelebrate Bastille Day (okay, it’s a few days earlier than the actual holiday) with ‘Let Them Eat Art,’  Maplewood’s FREE whimsical tribute to the French holiday, from 6 to 11 p.m., Friday, July 10.The event, held in historic downtown Maplewood features live art demonstrations, entertainment and food & drink specials sold streetside by Maplewood’s award-winning restaurants.
Here’s just a glimpse at what will be going on:
        • A sampling of the STL 250 Cakes courtesy of the STL 250 Cakelovers who will be kicking off the festivities with a Cakewalk parade down Sutton Blvd. at 6:30 p.m.
        • At  6  p.m., Farshid Ethniko performs on the Sutton Mainstage at 2731 Sutton and, headliner, The Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Experience performs from 9 to 11 p.m. 
        • Entertainment includes the St. Louis Hoop Club, Dream Seekers Dream Interpretation, Belly Dancing, Impish Grin Face Painting and Tarot Card Reading at Mystic Valley.
        • Live music around town with Elliot Ranney, Kecia Davis, Kevin Bilchik, Bryan & Lola, Phatz Jango and Miss Julibee.
        • Food and drink specials from Maplewood’s award-winning restaurants including wine tastings at Vom Fass and chocolate tastings at Kakao Chocolate! Check out the vendors here
        • Activities with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and CAM (Contemporary Art Museum)
        • Dan the Pancake Man
        • Kid-friendly food at Bolyard’s Meats and Provisions

Free: Healthy Eating Store Tour At Town & Country Whole Foods

Healthy Eating Tour at Town & Country Whole FoodsWant to learn more about eating healthy? Then sign up for the FREE Healthy Eating Store Tour that will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Town & Country Whole Foods Store1160 Town and Country Crossing in Town & Country, MO.

The  hour-and-a-half tour features Marcia Whelan, Marketing & Community Relations Specialist and Dr. Dan O’Leary, D.C., Strotheide Chiropractic.

On the tour the two will point out and discuss healthy eating options in every department. 

The tour is free but advanced reservations are required because of space constraints. To make a reservation, call 636-527-1160.

Missouri History Museum Program Portrays Effort To Establish Sumner High School In St. Louis

Sumner High School

Sumner High School

The Missouri History Museum is offering a presentation on the civil rights efforts of African Americans and others in 1875, including the effort to build Sumner High School for blacks in a segregated school system.

The event will occur Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug. 1, 2015, in the museum’s lower level.

The dates are:

• This week –– 11 a.m. July 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. July 18.

• Week of July 20 — 11 a.m. July 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. July 25.

• Week of July 27 — 11 a.m. July 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. Aug. 1.

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

 

Missouri History Museum Program Portrays Effort To Establish Sumner High School In St. Louis

Sumner High School

Sumner High School

The Missouri History Museum is offering a presentation on the civil rights efforts of African Americans and others in 1875, including the effort to build Sumner High School for blacks in a segregated school system.

The event will occur Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug. 1, 2015, in the museum’s lower level.

The dates are:

• This week –– 11 a.m. July 8 and 9,  and 2 p.m. July 11.

• Week of July 13 –– 11 a.m. July 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. July 18.

• Week of July 20 — 11 a.m. July 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. July 25.

• Week of July 27 — 11 a.m. July 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. Aug. 1.

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

 

FREE: Fair Saint Louis Kicks Off Today, July 2, 2015

 

Fair Saint Louis 2015--America's Biggest Birthday Party

Fair Saint Louis 2015–America’s Biggest Birthday Party

Fair Saint Louis–aka America’s Biggest Birthday Party–returns to Art Hill in Forest Park.

The FREE three-day Fourth of July celebration featuring family fun, fireworks and local and national bands kicks off at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 2, 2015.  The big finale fireworks display happens at 10 p.m., Saturday, July 4.

Special attractions and events this year include:

  • STEAM exhibit featuring  interactive family entertainment that encourages science, technology, art, engineering, and math educational activities for kids
  • Wake Challenge watersports show
  • Zip line over the Grand Basin
  • Fireworks displays each night
  •  2015 Freedom 4 Miler & Family Fun Run on the morning of the Fourth
  • 133rd annual VP Parade on the same day
  • Headlining Main Stage performers.

Evening Main Stage schedule:

  • Thursday, July 2, Natalie Stovall and the Drive, Parmalee, and Chris Young
  • Friday, July 3, ; Blondie and Melissa Etheridge
  • Saturday, July 4, Morris Day and the Time, and Kool & the Gang.

Download a mobile app on your iPhone or Android phone to get the latest information on the festival before you arrive.

Here’s the Fair Saint Louis schedule from the organization’s website:

 

Thursday, July 2

5 p.m., Fair Saint Louis opens (Interactive Zone open until 8 p.m. and the zip line open on Lagoon until 10 p.m. Cost: $10 per ride.

5 p.m., Color Guard – Budweiser Main Stage

5:30 p.m., Natalie Stovall and The Drive – Budweiser Stage

7 p.m., Parmalee – Budweiser Stage

8:45 pm., Chris Young – Budweiser Stage

10 p.m., Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Edward Jones fireworks

10:30 p.m., Fair Saint Louis closes

 

Friday, July 3

Noon, Fair Saint Louis opens (Family entertainment in the Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone including the new STEAM exhibit and the Pro Plan Performance Dog Team continues until 7 p.m.; Interactive Zone open until 8 p.m.; zip line open on Lagoon until 10 p.m.;  $10 a ride.)

12:30 p.m., Chris Clark (bicycle stunt performance) – east of the Budweiser Stage

1 p.m., Pro Plan Performance Dog Team – Family Festival Zone

1:30 p.m., Noah Guthrie – Budweiser Stage

3 p.m., The Mowgli’s – Budweiser Stage

3:15 p.m., Pro Plan Performance Dog Team – Family Festival Zone

4:15 p.m., Boeing Salute to the Troops– Budweiser Stage

4:45 p.m., American Authors – Budweiser Stage

6 p.m., Pro Plan Performance Dog Team – Family Festival Zone

6:30 p.m., Blondie – Budweiser Stage

8:30 p.m., Melissa Etheridge – Budweiser Stage

10 p.m., Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Edward Jones fireworks

10:30 p.m., Fair Saint Louis closes

 

Saturday, July 4

7 a.m., Freedom 4-Miler and Family Fun Run in partnership with the St. Louis Sports Commission

9:45 a.m., 133rd Veiled Prophet Parade

Noon, Fair Saint Louis opens  (Family entertainment in the Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone including the new STEAM exhibit and the Pro Plan Performance Dog Team continues until 7 p.m.; Interactive Zone open until 8 p.m.; zip line open on Lagoon until 10 p.m.;  $10 a ride.)

12:15 p.m., Chris Clark (bicycle stunt performance) – east of the Budweiser Stage

12:45 p.m., KBeeta – Budweiser Stage

2:15 p.m., Dirty Muggs – Budweiser Stage

3:45 p.m., MC Lyte – Budweiser Stage

4:45 p.m., Chris Clark (bicycle stunt performance) – east of the Budweiser Stage

5:15 p.m., Tony! Toni! Toné! – Budweiser Stage

7 p.m., Morris Day and The Time – Budweiser Stage

8:45 p.m., Kool & The Gang – Budweiser Stage

10 p.m. Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Edward Jones fireworks

Transportation

Plan ahead. There will be NO street parking in Forest Park or surrounding neighborhoods.

Lots within the park charge $20 per car. You may find free parking at nearby lots at Washington University and Forest Park Community college. Shuttles will run in the park and from nearby Metrolink stations.

Check out maps of the park, directions and information on parking here.