Arrow Rock, here we come

The city of O'Fallon is planning a trip to Arrow Rock Nov. 14. The motor coach will leave at 8 a.m. from the Civic Park parking lot and return by 8 p.m. 

The tour includes the Arrow Rock State Historic Museum, Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham’s home, a one-room jail, lunch at the J. Huston Tavern, a live performance of Sanders Family Christmas at the Lyceum Theatre and more.

Cost is $90 for O'Fallon residents and $100 for non-residents, which includes round-trip motor coach transportation, a guide, lunch and dinner, theater tickets, admissions, taxes and gratuities.

The deadline to sign up for the trip is Oct. 14. For more information or to register, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/ParksandRec or call 636-474-2732.

Pet expo comes to St. Charles

The St. Louis Pet Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the St. Charles Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza. 

Animals are welcome to attend this free event. Proof of current age-appropriate immunizations (if applicable) will be required. And, dogs must be on a non-retractable lead.

A special appearance by Shorty Rossi, star of Pit Boss on Animal Planet, and his pit bull, Hercules, will take place. There will also be more than 165 pet-friendly exhibitors and rescue groups, live demonstrations, giveaways and prizes, discounts on pet products and more. There will also be a talent contest and costume contest. Low-cost immunizations and microchipping will be offered.

For more information, visit STLPetExpo.com or join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/stlpetexpo, email expo@stlpetexpo.com or call 800-977-3609.

Rock ‘n’ Roll goes corporate

Five of St. Louis’ best corporate bands, which include members from the St. Charles County region, are gearing up for an annual rock and roll rumble to raise money for United Way. The United Way Battle of the Corporate Bands 7 is scheduled for 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 12 at the Old Rock House, 1200 S. Seventh St., St. Louis.

Tickets will be available at the door for a minimum donation of $8. All proceeds benefit United Way of Greater St. Louis and stay in our 16-county region.

Bands include Not for a Billion from Daugherty Business Solutions, the Expressions from Express Scripts, Pro Bono & the Non-Billables from Fleishman-Hillard, Heaters from Laclede Gas and Driven to Excess from Safety National. The winner of the annual battle is the band that raises the most money for United Way of Greater St. Louis.

For more information, call 314-421-0700 or visit www.stl.unitedway.com.

Dancing in the street

O’Fallon’s Street Dance and Fall Fest will take place from 5–10 p.m. Oct. 12 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Civic Park.

The street dance will take place on Civic Park Drive. The Sunset Amusement will perform first and covers from Adele to ZZ Top. At 7 p.m., Contagious will take the stage, recreating a high-energy club atmosphere with lights and special effects. Vendors will sell festival food and beverages.

The Fall Fest will include vendors with indie craftwork, shabby chic-style furnishings, original art and photography, house and garden specialties, fall and holiday decorations, jewelry, unique fashion accessories, and pumpkins and flowers. Festivities include live music, family-style entertainment, kids’ crafts, plus festival food and beverages.

For more information or for a full schedule of events, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/FallFest or call 636-379-5614.

Art Fest coming soon

The Bella Arts Fest in St. Peters will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 13 at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre and City Centre Park. Painters, photographers, sculptors, woodworkers and other artists will have artwork on display, and will be for sale.

Participants can browse the artists’ booths and check out their artwork for sale. The artists will set the prices of their artwork and there will be many affordable options for people wanting to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork for their homes or as gifts.

Artists will be on hand to teach participants about their work and answer questions.

There will be demonstrations throughout the day presented by Don Thebeau and the Flower Petaler, and artist Jerry Thomas.

Bella Arts Fest will feature art demonstrations, entertainment and kids’ activities throughout the day.

For more information, visit www.stpetersmo.net and click on the Bella Arts Fest logo, or call 636-397-6903.

Paint as a voice

The Truth, Compassion, Tolerance, International Art Exhibition will take place from Oct. 12-22 at the St. Peters Culture Art Center, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd. The open ceremony will take place from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 11.

The works in this exhibit were created by a group of artists who have significant achievements in their respective artistic and professional areas. Through practicing Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong involves self-improvement through the practice of meditation and slow-moving exercises and through living according to the principle of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance,” they have attained health in both body and mind, acquired profound understandings of the truth about art, life and the universe. This universal principle is the corner stone of human ethics and the source of freedom and peace.

These works show both the cruel persecution of the practitioners of Falun Dafa by the Chinese Communist Party and the working out of the age old moral principle that evil will be punished. In this exhibition, participants will see that when justice, freedom, respect, and human rights are challenged by evil, ordinary people can become extraordinary.

For more information, call 636-397-6903 or visit www.stpetersmo.net.

Ahoy! Pirate-themed 5K, treasure hunt

There will be a “Pirates on the Run” 5K trail run and one-mile treasure hunt Oct. 13 at Therapeutic Horsemanship, 332 Stable Lane in Wentzville. The pirate-themed event will include the 5K trail run starting at 5 p.m., a 1-Mile Treasure Hunt starting at 5:30 p.m., and face painting, storytelling, and activities for children participating in the event.

The 5K will be timed by Fleet Feet Sports. Prizes will be awarded to the top three 5K finishers in 12 different categories.

Registration for the 5K is $25. The treasure hunt costs $15 per person or $50 per family (four or more). Online registration for the event and more details are available at Therapeutic Horsemanship’s website at http://www.thstl.org. Advance registration is requested as space is limited.

All proceeds from the event benefit Therapeutic Horsemanship, a nonprofit that provides equine-assisted physical, occupational, and speech therapy services to children and adults with disabilities in the greater St. Louis area.

For more information, contact Shannon Walters at 636-332-4940 or swalters@thstl.org.

Holiday tea with Sir Winston

Did you know that Westminster College in Fulton was the site of Winston Churchill’s prophetic “Iron Curtain” speech? The city of St. Peters is hosting a trip Nov. 8 for a tour of the campus and explore the life and times of Sir Winston Churchill. The bus will leave at 9 a.m. from St. Peters City Hall and will return at approximately 4 p.m.

A stop at the Interstate 70 Kingdom City rest stop to view the bronze Missouri Fire Fighters’ Memorial, which is identical to the one donated to New York City after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will take place. A lunch buffet will be served on campus before participants explore the historical artifacts of Westminster College.

Participants will explore the 12th Century Church, left in ruin by a German bomb in WWII and rebuilt on Westminster College campus. Under the church, is a museum filled with artifacts from the life and time of Sir Winston Churchill.

Participants will also visit the sculpture which celebrates the fall of the Berlin Wall, created from eight massive sections of the actual Berlin Wall. And, attend the Memorial’s Victorian Christmas Celebration & Kettledrum Tea.

Cost is $65 per person and includes motorcoach transportation, gratuity, tour guide and lunch.

For more information or to register, call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400 or go online to www.stpetersmo.net/rec-connect.

Activities planned at conservation area, shooting range

August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area and Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 2360 Highway D in Defiance, have various activities planned throughout October.

The conservation area events include Poisonous and Venomous Things Discovery Table from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 20 for all ages (this event does not require reservations and is a come-and-go-as-you-please event); Lewis Hike — Fall Colors from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27 for adults; and Color My World from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 27 for ages 8 and up.

The shooting range events include Discover Hunting: Goose Clinic from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 10 for ages 11 and up; Basic Trap from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 for ages 14 and up*; Discover Hunting: Sight-in from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Oct. 20 for ages 11 and up with a parent or adult; and Basic Handgun from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 7:30-9:30 a.m. Oct. 27 for those ages 13 and up.

Reservations are required for all events.

To read a description of these events, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/areas/cnc/busch, www.mdc.mo.gov/areas/ranges/busch or call 636-441-4554.

*Those ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Fall is upon us

The St. Charles County Parks Department is offering a free fall harvest picnic from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the historic 1830s homestead at Towne Park, 100 Towne Park Drive, off Highway 61 near Wentzville. St. Charles County Parks staff will cook a batch of old-fashioned apple butter and apple cider. Children will be entertained by playing period games and making corn husk dolls and corn cob darts.

The former “Pink Plantation” homestead will also be open for tours.

For more information, visit www.stccparks.org or call 636-949-7535.

A trip is planned to Nauvoo, Ill.

The city of St. Peters is planning a trip to historic Nauvoo, Ill., Oct. 22. The bus will depart at 7 a.m. from St. Peters City Hall, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd., and will return at approximately 7 p.m.

Nauvoo was settled by the founder of the Latter-Day Saints movement, Joseph Smith, and his followers. The town served as the religious, governmental and cultural center for the LDS (Mormon) Church from 1839 to 1846. This tour will allow participants to visit the LDS visitor’s center, sculpture garden and the restored 1846 temple.

During the tour, participants will take a wagon ride to the Mississippi River and back, while the guide shares interesting stories from the past. After a lunch of roast beef, potatoes, beans, salad, dessert and beverage, participants will visit the historical sites in town. Places to see include the blacksmith shop, brickyard, Browning Gun Shop, bakery print office, post office, general store and Joseph Smith’s home. The tour will conclude with a visit to Baxter Winery, the oldest winery in Illinois.

Cost is $65 and includes transportation, guide, lunch, admission and gratuities.

For more information or to register, call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400 or go online to www.stpetersmo.net/rec-connect.

Making a one-of-a-kind piece

Express & Impress, art show and competition, will take place Oct. 12-Dec. 3 at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd. The show encourages artists to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of work depicting either expressionist or impressionist style.

The show is open to both youth and adult, amateur and professional artists. Prizes will be awarded in the categories of drawing/painting, photography and miscellaneous/sculpture.

The opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 12.

For more information, call 636-397-6903 or visit www.stpetersmo.net.

BOO! Take a haunted tour

The city of St. Peters is planning an Angels and Demons tour Oct. 12 around St. Louis. The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. from St. Peters City Hall and will return at approximately 4:30 p.m.

On the tour, guide Linda Koenig will share stories of local haunting, unusual happenings, miracles and even a real-life exorcism. We will stop at the Shrine of St. Joseph, St. John the Apostle, the College Church, the Pink Sisters, Bellefontaine and Calvary Cemetery and lunch will be served at the Bissell Mansion.

The cost of the tour is $70 which includes transportation, guide, lunch, admission and gratuities.

For more information or to register, visit stpetersmo.net/rec-connect or call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400.

Show off your work

A juried exhibition encouraging the broadest range of personal styles and applications of the liquid medium is coming to the Foundry Arts Centre. The exhibit will be called “Watercolor II: Paper & Pigment” and will take place Dec. 21 through Feb. 1.

This show is open to works painted in transparent watercolor on paper or paper derivative. No digital art, photography, prints or reproductions. All work must be suitably framed and have all hardware ready for hanging. The deadline to turn in artwork is Nov. 2.

Carol Carter will be the juror for this exhibit. Carter received her MFA from Washington University. She received her MAA-NEA Fellowship in Painting and Works on Paper in 1994. In 2002, her work was chosen for the cover of New American Painting magazine and in 2003, the U.S. Embassy sponsored a solo exhibition of her work at the Teatro del Centro de Arte, in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Artists may submit up to three works for a non-refundable processing fee of $35. Foundry Art Centre members may submit up to three works for a non-refundable processing fee of $24. Work may be submitted through the Foundry Art Centre website at www.foundryartcentre.org.

For more information, call 636-255-0270.

O’Fallon Fall Fest 5K celebrates 10 years

The 10th Annual O’Fallon Fall Fest 5K will take place at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 13. The 3.1 mile race will begin and end at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 N. Main St.

Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served after the race, with an awards ceremony beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m.

O’Fallon’s Fall Fest 5K has divisions for 10-and-under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+, the Baby Stroller Division (male and female), Athena, for females weighing 150 pounds or more, and Clydesdale, for males weighing 205 pounds or more. There will be a fall costume contest that is open to all participants.

Participants can register online at www.fleetfeetstl.com. Cost is $18 per person through Oct. 10.

Or, register in person through Oct. 12 at O’Fallon’s Parks and Recreation Administrative Office, 400 Civic Park Drive. The hours are 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. weekdays. Cost is $18 per person through Oct. 12.

Race Day registration is $20 per person and will take place on site from 6–7:15 a.m.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Fall Fest 5K race. Contact Volunteer Services at 636-379-5507 or volunteer@ofallon.mo.us.

For more information about the race, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/FallFest5K for maps.

Trip planned this fall

The Dardenne Prairie Parks and Recreation will host a senior event trip this fall.

The trip is to Josephine’s Tea Room on Dec. 5. Cost is $57 and includes transportation via a deluxe Mid-American Motorcoach, lunch and shopping at Josephine’s, taxes and gratuities.

Full payment is due by Nov. 10.

Each trip has a minimum of 30 participants.

For more information or to register for either trip, call 636-755-5308.