August 2013, Central/West County, North County, Parks, South County, Volunteer Opps

Parking In August

It’s Not Too Late to Complete Your Summer Bucket List!

School will be starting soon but it’s not too late to get the most out of your summer with St. Louis County Parks! Visit our website at www.stlouisco.com/parks to print off a copy of our August Summer Bucket List. Learn about all of the fun things your parks have to keep your kids active, healthy and happy!

Give Back to Your Community by Volunteering in St. Louis County Parks this Summer         

Parks - fun naturallySt. Louis County Parks relies heavily on volunteers to help maintain our beautiful parks and facilities. Opportunities are available for those who love the outdoors, history buffs, retired military personnel and those who just want to give back to the community. For more information about volunteering visit www.stlouisco.com/parks/vol, e-mail sbell@stlouisco.com or call Sue Bell at 314-615-8865. Below are a few of the volunteering opportunities that St. Louis County Parks offers. Most programs are designed for individuals 16 years and older, although 12-15 year olds may participate with an adult.

Gardening in St. Louis County Parks

Volunteer Gardeners meet once a week from 8am-11am and work alongside Master Gardeners and County Parks Horticulture staff. Runs through October. To volunteer, email sbell@stlouisco.com or call 314-615-8865.

Mondays          Creve Coeur Park
Tuesdays         Jefferson Barracks Laborers House, Faust Park, Conway House
Wednesdays   Queeny Park, Barn off Mason Road
Thursdays        Museum of Transportation
Fridays              Faust Park Carousel
 

10/10 Bikes Program

Due to the popularity of our 140 miles of trails and successful 30/30 Hikes program, St. Louis County Parks is adding a 10/10 Bikes program to encourage our Citizens to participate in a healthy, active lifestyle recreational opportunity.

To get a list and detailed information about the 10 trails that are 10 miles long, visit www.stlouisco.com/parks.

Feature St. Louis County Park Events in August

There are many special events and programs offered throughout the month of August. To learn more about these and many of the other programs and events that are held in St. Louis County’s 70 parks, recreation complexes and cultural sites, check out our 2013 Spring/ Summer Activity Guide located on our website at stlouisco.com/parks. Watch for our new 2013 Fall/Winter Activity Guide coming soon!

FEAST in the Park Food Truck Events

This summer, Parks has partnered with FEAST magazine to launch their FEAST in the Park food truck events which will run through September. Events will run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (bands only play until 7:00 p.m.) and will feature approximately 14 different food trucks, including beer and wine from Edg-Clif, and live music from local bands. Trucks will offer a variety of cuisine including sushi, gyros, burgers, toasted ravioli, fish tacos and cupcakes, just to name a few! Families are invited to bring chairs and blankets (no coolers, please) and use all of the amenities that the park has to offer. Visit www.stlouisco.com/parks for a full schedule.

  • Summer Concert Series, Tuesdays in August, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Faust Park

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a summer evening concert on the lawn of Faust Park. Small coolers are allowed and concessions will be available for purchase. Learn more on page 17 of the Activity Guide.

  • The River Between Us: Cultural Traditions, Thursday, August 8, 6 – 8:00 p.m.   Laumeier Sculpture Park

Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis and Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans, are co-organizing an exhibition, “The River Between Us,” that will physically and metaphorically link these two Mississippi River communities. The series of indoor and outdoor commissioned works responds to the remnants of the past as they impact the future. Join us in an exploration of the historical and cultural links between these two river cities.

  • Elmwood Day, Saturday, August 10, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., King Park

Come out to this family-friendly neighborhood party and join the Elmwood community as it celebrates its annual Elmwood Day Festivities including games, activities and music. Come to King Park and join in the fun. Festivities run all day. Call (314) 615-8788 for more information.

  • Yappy Hour, August 15, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Laumeier Sculpture Park  

Bring your dog to Laumeier for an evening of fun. You and your four-legged friends may visit vendor booths and enjoy fun competitions, demonstrations and live music on the museum terrace. Concessions are available. Admission is free. Learn more on page 14 of the Activity Guide.

  • Full Moon Paddle, August 16, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 – 10 p.m., Creve Coeur Park

Enjoy a rare opportunity to paddle a canoe on Creve Coeur Lake after hours by the light of the moon. $25 fee includes canoe rental, all-you-can-eat hot dogs, beverage, and a bonfire complete with marshmallows to roast. Paddling sessions are available at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Meet at Tremayne Shelter. Advance registration required by calling (314) 615-8472.

  • Full Moon Bike Ride and Walk, Friday, August 16, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Creve Coeur Park

Explore the trails of Creve Coeur by lake or by foot. Cost is $5 per person and includes a bonfire with marshmallows and hot dogs. Participants must bring a flashlight; bikers must have a mounted light on their bike. Helmets required for ages 16 and under. Meet at Tremayne Shelter. Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-8472. Learn more on page 18 of the Activity Guide.

  • Junior Master Gardener, Saturday, August 17, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Queeny Park

This program is modeled after the highly successful Master Gardener program for adults. It offers horticultural science, environmental science education, leadership skills and life skills development through fun and creative activities. Participants will learn about planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting a garden, as well as compost formation and recycling back to the soil. This is a hands-on experience, which involves a community service project donating to the Feed My People food pantry. Advance registration required. Call 314-615-8482.

  • Gadgetry for Seniors: Learn to be Tech Savvy, Friday, August 23, 9-11 a.m., Greensfelder Recreation Complex

Keep up with the kids. Bring your iPad, phone or other Apple iOS device for hands-on training with our computer expert. You’ll learn all you need to know about email, passwords, networks, internet connectivity and settings. Learn how to find, download and understand the “apps” you can’t live without. Space is limited. Advance registration required by calling (314) 615-8472.

  • Poker Paddle, Friday, August 23, 6 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and 8:30 – 10 p.m., Creve Coeur Park

For ages 10+. A great evening of fun on the lake. Paddle on Creve Coeur’s 320-acre lake to collect cards and get the best poker hand to win prizes. Afterwards enjoy a beach party with free music and food you can buy from the popular food trucks. No carry-in food allowed, but you may bring beverages. Bring your own chairs, Frisbees, beach balls and umbrellas. All registration fees are on a per person basis. If you are renting a canoe you will need to register for two people. Meet at the Tremayne Shelter. Advanced registration required at alpineshop.com or 314-775-2142.

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