EVENTS – ST. CHARLES COUNTY

July 22: Cardboard box race
You and a teammate can have a great time and might even win a prize at the annual Cardboard Boat Race at Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center at 403 Civic Park Drive (in Civic Park) in O’Fallon from 4 – 6 p.m. The Cardboard Boat Race is part of the fun on “Shipwrecked Pirates Day” at the pool, with pirate-themed games and prizes from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at no extra charge. To join in the fun, build a manually-propelled boat for two people from corrugated cardboard and duct tape. Getting help with building your craft is OK and decorations and creativity are encouraged. You do not need to out-paddle the competition to win a prize at the race. In addition to the “Fastest Boat,” awards will be presented for the “Best-Decorated Boat” and the “Titanic Award.” Besides building your boat, be sure to pre-register for the race, but hurry, the deadline to enter is Thursday, July 19. (Your boat does not have to be finished for you to register.) The entry fee is $13 for O’Fallon residents and $16 for non-residents. Use your email address to register online at www.ofallon.mo.us/parks&rec for the Cardboard Boat Race, course number 110113-A. Or call staff at 636-474-2732.

July 26: Conservation meeting
A local working group charged with identifying local priority resource concerns and providing input about program criteria to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will meet at 9:45 a.m. at the USDA Service Center at 160 St. Peters Centre Blvd. in St. Peters. The working group is comprised primarily of representatives of various local, state and federal agencies with knowledge of natural resource concerns. Specifically, the group will help prioritize selection criteria for NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications in St. Charles and St. Louis counties. The meeting is open to the public and will include time for comments from residents of the represented county. While final decisions will be made by NRCS leadership, local input is requested. Anyone needing accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact Shawn Keller at 636-922-2833 Ext. 3 seven days prior to the meeting. Please RSVP at 636-922-2833 Ext. 3 if you are planning to attend the meeting. For more information, contact Renee Cook at 636-577-3016.

July 31: Art exhibit
“Expressions of Five” art exhibit at the Lillian Yahn Gasllery in the St Charles County Arts Council in WingHaven runs now through July 31.  The exhibit features paintings, multimedia, sculpture and jewelry. For information, call Bruce Howard at 636-699-0579 or visit www.stcharlesart.org.

Aug. 1: Pickling class
University of Missouri Extension Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Emily Barbee, has partnered with Thies Farm and Greenhouses to offer a pickling class from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thies Farm and Greenhouses at 3200 Green Bottoms Road. Registrants will learn safe preservation methods to produce the highest quality canned foods. There will be hands-on experience with new recipes using the latest research, and registrants are asked to bring a quart-size canning jar with lid to go home with a jar of freshly canned pickles. Call 636-447-2230 to register; cost is $10. Class size is limited.