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St. Peters Rec Plex to host ‘Try Skating for Free’ class

Have you ever wondered if you could learn how to ice skate? The St. Peters Rec-Plex is hosting “Try Skating for Free” at the Rec-Plex North Rink on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Participating skaters can try the Rec-Plex’s Intro to Ice Skating class followed by 30 minutes of open skating with lights, music and games. Classes will be taught by certified Rec-Plex instructors. Skate rental is provided. To participate, register in advance at the Rec-Plex. Reservations are required as space is limited. The fall semester of Learn to Skate classes at the Rec-Plex will begin on Saturday, Sept. ...

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Local schools observe 9/11

Several West County schools participated in observance ceremonies for 9/11, in respect for those who lost their lives in the tragic attack on America 13 years ago.

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‘Illumination’ celebrates 100 years of St. Charles Parks and Recreation

The word ‘centennial’ can be used in relation to a 100-year anniversary, or signal the end of a 100-year period. For the St. Charles Parks and Recreation Department, both of these definitions apply; however, the first century is just the beginning. To celebrate the department’s 100-year birthday, the city is hosting Illumination, a three day festival (Sept. 12-14) in Frontier Park with concerts, carnival rides, 100-second games, a Model T car show and more; plus bonus concerts, food trucks and fireworks on Monday, Sept. 15. The theme of illumination will be pervasive throughout the event, both literally lighting up the ...

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Manchester Homecoming

Watercolor exhibit features local artist   As an extension of Homecoming 2014, Manchester Arts will sponsor an exhibit featuring the work of Manchester resident Bill Vivrett, a retired educator and active artist. The show, titled “The Good Ride: A Journey into Metaphor,” includes mainly watercolors created by the lifelong teacher, mentor and student of fine arts. Spanning more than 60 years, Bill’s education and art experience includes several years of teaching English and Studio Art to middle and high school students. After earning his M.A. in painting, Bill taught multiple sections of Arts Appreciation; and as an assistant professor of humanities, he ...

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Pillow Platoon provides ‘sweet dreams’ to deployed families

John Stoeffler, a former Army Infantry officer who served in Korea in the mid-1960s, always has had a heart for soldiers and their families. But it is thanks to the efforts of local volunteers that he’s able to do something about it. In 2008, Stoeffler and his wife, Linda, created the Sweet Dreams Picture Pillow Project to provide comfort to children whose parents are deployed. Digital images, provided by the military families, are transferred onto muslin using a high heat press. Linda then bastes and stuffs each pillow before turning it over for final sewing by one of nine volunteers, ...

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A place for remembering pets

There is a quiet oasis in West County where people go to remember and pay tribute to their late pets. Wildwood resident Dr. Dennis Eschbach, a pet chiropractor, has had 13 pets buried over about 20 years at Memory Park Pet Cemetery, located at 1457 Boly Lane in Twin Oaks. He and his wife have four more plots reserved for their current dogs. “We wanted a nice place to be able to visit them after they were gone,” said Eschbach, who described Memory Park as a “perfect, very calm and peaceful place that they keep up beautifully.” Memory Park was ...

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Artists called to paint St. Charles County Parks

Attention all Missouri and Illinois artists: the St. Charles County Parks Department and the Foundry Art Centre invite you to participate in the Paint Your County Parks competition. The art contest is free to enter with a deadline of Oct. 31. The goal of the competition is to expose the area’s vibrant arts community and highlight the beauty and benefits of St. Charles County Parks. First place will receive a $1,000 purchase prize for their work. Artists may use watercolors, oils, gouache or acrylics to paint a county park scene. The juror for the competition will be Janet Fons, whose ...

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A glowing success

The Wildwood Business Association (WBA) recently donated $4,480 to the Wildwood YMCA, the result of the WBA’s most successful Balloon Glow event to date. The annual Holiday Balloon Glow was originally scheduled for December; however, severe weather necessitated that the event be rescheduled for April. The end result was the highest attendance in four years and also the largest donations amount raised to date to benefit the Wildwood YMCA. Organizers credited the following sponsors for the event’s success: (Gold Sponsors) Living Word Church, St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, Cherry Hills Family Eye Care, Lakeside Exteriors, West Newsmagazine, The city of Wildwood ...

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