March 15-17: Theater performance
Liberty High School Theatre will present “Little Women: The Musical” on March 15, 16, and 17. This musical is based on the famous novel by Louisa May Alcott and will be performed at 7 p.m. each evening in the Liberty High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for students and tickets will be available at the door.
March 16: St. Patrick’s Day dance
Get out your best green attire for St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre’s St. Patrick’s Day Dance from 7 – 10 p.m. Enjoy live music by Fanfare, a band who plays a little bit of everything from today’s hits to Motown, R&B, classic rock, disco, pop, country and jazz. Couples, individuals and groups are welcome. Although no special dress is required, guests are encouraged to dress up in their best green, Irish and St. Patrick’s Day themed wear. Tickets are $7 per person at the door. Show a St. Peters Resident Privilege Card or a Cultural Arts Centre membership card at the door and receive a discount of $1 off admission. Bringing your own food and snacks is encouraged. Soda will be available for purchase. St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is located in the west wing of St. Peters City Hall at One St. Peters Centre Blvd. in St. Peters. For more information, call 636-397-6903, ext. 1624, or visit www.stpetersmo.net/arts.
March 24: Theater auditions
Auditions for “Tarzan, the Musical,” are set for March 17 and March 24, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Open to students in grades 4 –12, the auditions will be held at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall) at 100 North Main Street in O’Fallon. Performances of “Tarzan, The Musical,” will be held at City Hall 7 p.m. on June 1, 2, 8 and 9 with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays. To prepare for the audition, auditioners should begin by downloading the “’Tarzan, the Musical’ Audition Packet” which is posted on the O’FallonTheatreWorks website, www.ofallon.mo.us/parks&rec/ofallontheatreworks and follow the packet’s directions to register for an audition time. (Walk-ins are welcome at the auditions but may have to wait for an open time slot.) The audition packet contains all the necessary forms to be filled out, details of what to bring and how to prepare for the audition, copies of sheet music, monologues, dance information, rehearsal dates and information about free audition prep workshops. For questions about the auditions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 24: Adult Easter egg hunt
Enjoy an egg-citing evening for ages 21-and-up at O’Fallon’s Adult Easter Egg Hunt from 6:30-10 p.m. Last year’s Adult Easter Egg Hunt sold out, so this year’s party is being held at CarShield Field at 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard in O’Fallon. Along with prizes for finding Easter eggs, the event features live entertainment, food trucks and adult beverages. Advance registration swag includes a prize pack and a commemorative glass. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring a flashlight and an Easter basket for collecting eggs. The cost is $20 per person. Register with your email for the Adult Easter Egg Hunt (program 410202-A) at www.ofallon.mo.us/parks&rec. Or, sign up at the Renaud Spirit Center at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, or the Parks and Rec Administration Office at 400 Civic Park Drive. Volunteers are needed to assist throughout the event. To volunteer, contact O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services at 636-379-5408 or email@example.com. For information about volunteering, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/volunteer.
April 5: Hippy Hoppy Toad Day
Hop on out to Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for Hippy Hoppy Toad Day. Hosted by the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department and the St. Charles City-County Library, this free, unique celebration of frogs promises to be a TOADally awesome time. Children and their families will enjoy meeting Peggy Archer, local author of “A Hippy-Hoppy Toad,” a story inspired by her adventures with tiny frogs while hiking through Quail Ridge Park. Participants will take a guided storybook walk around the lake with library staff and volunteers reading the featured book. They’ll learn about and get to see live frogs, make crafts and hear from Missouri Naturalists Ann Earley and Bob Siemer, who will present a short slideshow about the hoppy amphibians. Light refreshments provided by Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. The event is free, but registration is requested. For more information about the Hippy Hoppy Toad Day or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2Fg8uAK or call the parks department at 636-949-7535.
April 7: Historic cooking program
Learn how to cook the old-fashioned way with interpreters at The Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance. Join Terry and Nancy Sorchy with The Ox Bow Tavern Living History Group from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Hands-On Heritage: Hearth Cooking program. You’ll blend fresh ingredients with traditional hearth cooking techniques to prepare your own 19th century-inspired meal. Each participant enrolled in the program will get a unique, hands-on cooking experience using the hearths in our historic Engeldew House on site. After the food is prepped and your meal has finished cooking in the hearth, you’ll sit down to savor the historic dish you prepared. This cooking program is intended for ages 10 and up and is $20 per person. Limited spots are available. To make a reservation for Hands-On Heritage: Hearth Cooking, call the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at 636-949-7535.
April 8: Square dance open house
This is a free event to introduce non-dancers to the fun world of square dancing. Come with a partner, come with a group, or come alone. Your first two lessons are free 2 – 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 801 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. Call 636-978-6857 for more information or visit www.stpeterssquares.com.
April 14: Touch-A-Truck
The Messiah School Community in Weldon Spring, Missouri is busy preparing for its first Touch-A-Truck event scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event brings together parents, faculty, staff and the community for a day of fellowship, climbing, exploring, and learning. Should you have any questions, visit www.mlslions.org/touch-a-truck or https://www.facebook.com/events/401797173565656/.
April 20-22: Augusta Plein Air Art Festival
Events at the Augusta Plein Air Art Festival include art exhibit and sale at Harmonie-Verein/Legion Hall April 20 – 28 open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. A pop-up gallery in Washington takes place from April 20-23 at Neighborhood Reads Bookstore. On April 20, Day 1 of two-day oil or acrylic workshop with Nyle Gordon costs $170 per person, limit 15 artists. Check in at Harmonie-Verein at 8:30 a.m., workshop takes place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. On April 20 there will also be a pastel workshop with Michele Wells for $85 per person, limit 15 artists. Check in at Harmonie-Verein at 8 a.m., workshop takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Also on April 20, Montelle Winery Paint Out from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Noboleis Vineyards Quick Paint from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. On April 21, Day 2 of two-day oil or acrylic workshop with Nyle Gordon costs $170 per person, limit 15 artists. Check in at Harmonie-Verein at 8:30 a.m., workshop takes place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Also on April 21, Lake Creek Paintout takes place from 10 p.m. – 2 p.m. At the Harmonie-Verein/Legion Hall, a plein air demo with Larry Rudolech takes place from 4 – 6 p.m., The Theme “People & Places of Augusta Missouri” judging takes place at 5:30 p.m. and a dinner with symphony concert hosted by Augusta Heritage Foundation will take place with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. and St. Louis Chamber Concert at 8 p.m. sponsored by Gallery Augusta & Halcyon Spa. Tickets: Dinner & VIP Concert Seating are $65/person, concert only $15, at the door $20. Purchase tickets online at augustaheritagefoundation.org. On April 22, Morning in Augusta Paintout takes place from dawn – 11 a.m. at Silly Goose and Defiance Ridge Vineyards Premier Artists Paint Out takes place from 1 – 5 p.m. Reservations are required for dinner. For more information contact the chamber at 636-228-4110 or 314-369-6804, and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 28: Black tie gala
The Child Center, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides services to children victimized by abuse and neglect in Northeast Missouri will host its annual gala to raise much-needed funds to continue fighting child abuse. The annual black-tie gala themed “Game on! It’s time to end child abuse”, will be held at The Christy Banquet Center in O’Fallon and will include drinks and appetizers, a three-course dinner, an impressive live and silent auction, and entertainment by The Ralph Butler Band. The Child Center, Inc. will also recognize their award winners for 2018 during the Gala. Honorary Chairpersons, Britt & Sheila Stender; Volunteer of the Year, Amy Hawkins; Supporter of the Year, Dan & Lisa Mudd; and Funder of the Year, Children’s Trust Fund. Sponsorships are available starting at $300 and individual tickets are $100. To become a sponsor, donate an auction item, or to learn more about attending the event, please visit www.thechildcenter.com/gala or contact Lisa Zweifel at 636-332-0899 or email@example.com.
April 28: Monarch Mania
Parkview Gardens Florist and Greenhouses will host a talk called “Monarch Mania” at 10 a.m. Parkview Gardens is located at 1925 Randolph (across from Blanchette Park) in St. Charles. For more information or to RSVP, please call 636-946-7641.
May 6: “What About Your Mother’s Quilt?” talk
Ann Hazelwood, author of the Colebridge Community Book Series and East Perry County Book Series, as well as an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser, former president of the National Quilt Museum and textile appraiser for the Antique Road Show-St. Louis version, will be at Parkview Gardens Florist and Greenhouses from 1-3 p.m. for “What about Your Mother’s Quilt?” talk. She will give firsthand knowledge and care advice about those precious quilts in your family – so bring your quilts in. Ann will also have her newest book, “For The Love Of Quilts,” the first book in the “Wine Country Quilts Series” available. Parkview Gardens is located at 1925 Randolph in St. Charles (across from Blanchette Park). For more information, please call 636-946-7641.