FIRST-EVER MAYFEST IS THIS WEEKEND!
Make plans to check out Downtown Kirkwood's first-ever MAYFEST this weekend. It started last night with a kick-off concert and continues tonight with FAMILY FUN:~ Bike & Dine Twilight Bike Ride:
Registration for the bike ride is 6:30-7:00 p.m., at the Market. Group ride departs at 7:00 p.m. Adults, $5. Kids 10 and under, $3. The route is about four miles long, beginning east of Argonne. A police car will lead the ride.~ Babaloo:
Enjoy walking through the luminarias and Babaloo's performance, at 7:30 p.m., in the Farmers' Market greenway. Babaloo is sponsored by Lass and Laddie.SATURDAY:~ The Market opens at 8:00 a.m.~ Kirkwood Garden Club Plant Sale
at the Train Station.~ Artists in Bloom Art Show,
Station Plaza, 10:00 a.m., to 5:00 p.m.~ Entertainment at Station Plaza:
Maple Jam Band (10:30 a.m.), Lucille Rapp Dancers & Tumblers (1:30 p.m.), and Step 'n Out Band (2:30 p.m.).~ Sales and special offers and tent sales throughout downtown. Click here to see the list.
|ENERGY AUDITS: WINNERS!!|
THANK you to Barbara Sommer and Ann Tucker, who correctly answered the question "In what year did Kirkwood Electric open for business?" They both answered 1901, so they both win a free energy audit. Stay tuned for more information on this new tool - details to come in the near future.
FREE TENNIS LESSON TOMORROW: SATURDAY, MAY 19!
"Meet the Tennis Staff" day at the courts! Saturday, May 19, 3:00-4:00pm, on the Tennis Courts in Kirkwood Park. FREE 30-minute lesson followed by a 30-minute Q&A for all who attend. No registration required - just show up.
CARDIO TENNIS! NEW SESSION TIMES ADDED!!
This is a GREAT, heart-pumping workout involving high-energy cardio drills and a little bit of tennis! Limit 8 players. Six classes each session, held on Court #10. Next session starts June 4 - two times: Monday/Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 a.m., OR 6:00-7:00 p.m. Cost is $45 for residents, $65 for nonresidents. Call 822-5855 or register online at
WOMEN'S TENNIS LEAGUES - FORMING NOW:
Eight-week league play teams are forming now for a new session that begins June 5. Women's league teams meet on Tuesday evenings, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Players with a USTA rating of 2.5 to 3.5 are welcome. Cost is $60 for residents and $85 for nonresidents. Call 984-6966 or register online at the link above.
| NEWS FROM MoDOT |
ARRIVE ALIVE: MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH As the weather continues to warm up, more motorcycles will be taking to the roadways in Missouri. Motorcycles are smaller and more agile than cars or trucks, so for other drivers on the road, they may be more difficult to spot, especially from the side. Raising awareness among Missouri drivers and riders alike reduces the risk of serious injury and fatalities on our roadways. So MoDOT asks all motorists to "Watch for Motorcycles" this summer. Here's some more information.
|KIRKWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY HAPPENINGS |
SUMMER READING KICK-OFF PARTY TOMORROW!!
Saturday, May 19, 10:00 a.m.-Noon. Stop by the library for the beginning of summer reading fun. Festivities include:
~ Magic House Bubble Exhibit
~ Make a Jump Rope
~ Decorate or Tie Dye a Pillow Case
~ Face Paining
~ Ice Cream from Cold Stone Creamery
~ Video Games in Teen Room
~ Ruffy the River City Rascals Mascot
~ Kirkwood Police Department
If you can't come by on the 19th, you can STILL register for Summer Reading online. Kirkwood Library = READING FUN!
FOR ALL AGES:
~ PRESENTATION OF KIRKWOOD ROOTS MAP:
Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. The Missouri History Museum has donated the map from the Kirkwood Roots exhibit, which explored the historic African American communities in Kirkwood, to the Kirkwood Public Library. The presentation will feature speakers, including Thomas Sleet, from MoHist, who developed the initial concept for the exhibit, and a viewing of the main video from the exhibit. Please join us in celebrating the addition of this important historical item in its new home.
~ Weekly Story Times: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.
~ Books for Babies: Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. For children 6-24 months.
~ First Steps Storytime: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. For early 2s.
The Kirkwood Public Library is located at 140 East Jefferson in downtown Kirkwood. For additional information or to register, call 821-5770, or email Deb Barry at:
|OAK BEND COUNTY LIBRARY HAPPENINGS|
Please Note: We provide the Oak Bend Library listings in Friday Happenings for the benefit of Kirkwood residents who live near Oak Bend Library. Not all Kirkwood residents live within the Kirkwood Public Library (KPL) District. However, ALL Kirkwood residents are encouraged to obtain a FREE Kirkwood library card, check out materials from KPL, and attend KPL programs and events.
_____________________________________________FOR KIDS:~ Monday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. Whiskers and Tales. Need practice reading? Come practice reading to a dog or a cat! The mission of Whiskers and Tales is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of certified pet therapy teams as literacy mentors. All ages welcome. No registration required.
~ Tuesday, May 22, 10:30 a.m. Discovery Time: By the Sea. Join us as we learn about the ocean through stories, songs, and hands-on experiences. Ages 3-6. Registration required.
Wednesday, May 30, 7:00 p.m.:
TAG. Join the Oak Bend Teen Advisory Group. Be involved in planning library activities and resources just for teens. Snacks provided. Registration requested.
St. Louis County Library will be closed on Monday, MAy 28, in observance of Memorial Day.
The Oak Bend Library Branch of St. Louis County Library is located at 842 S. Holmes Avenue. For more information or to register for programs, call 314-994-3300.
|PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
Arborist David Slane, who serves on Kirkwood's Urban Forestry Commission and is a dentist in his spare time, demonstrated for the children of St. Peter School how to climb a tree without damaging it. He regularly gives these demonstrations for school children in Kirkwood. Thanks, David!
SPRING HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION, June 16:
Saint Louis County will host a hazardous waste collection event, on Saturday, June 16, from 8:00 a.m., until 3:00 p.m., at South County Mall. For more information, including a list of acceptable materials, visit their Website.
THE KIRKWOOD CITY BLOG: ALL ABOARD!
This week we blogged about Shakespeare and National Women's Health Week. Have you scheduled your yearly dental and health exams? Read about it here!
CITY OFFICES CLOSED MONDAY, MAY 28: City Hall and most City offices will be closed on May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. There will be NO sanitation collection on Memorial Day, and all routes are delayed by one day all week.AQUATIC CENTER OPENS FOR THE SEASON:
SATURDAY, MAY 26HOTDOG DAYZ OF SUMMER!
Kirkwood Police and Parks & Recreation staff are once again teaming up to reach out to Kirkwood and Oakland children and families on Fridays with hotdog lunches and games. The first Hotdog Friday will be June 15, at Meacham Memorial Park, corner of Meacham and Orleans. In June, the other dates are: June 22, Walker Park (Turtle Park), corner of Washington and Taylor; and June 29, North Middle School, 11281 Manchester Road. All Hotdog Fridays will run from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.COMPREHENSIVE ZONING CODE REVIEW - May 22:
The topic for next week's review (Tuesday, May 22, 7:30 a.m.) will be: COMMUNITY UNIT PLANS and LIGHTING REGULATIONS. For anyone interested in the process so far or in attending the Zoning Code Review meetings, visit this page on the City Website for full details.
KIRKWOOD HISTORICAL SOCIETY JUNE MEETING
Please join us June 4, at 10:00 a.m., at Mudd's Grove, 302 W. Argonne, for coffee and pastries, followed by our program: "Betsy Ross, Seamstress Extraordinare - the Life She Led and the Part She Played in the Revolutionary War," presented by Susan Russ.ART AT THE STATION
Art at the Station presents the work of oil painter Roy St. John, May 29 through July 2. Opening reception is Thursday, June 7, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Artwork may be viewed when the station is open for passengers. For more details, visit us at: www.kirkwoodareaarts.org.
OASIS is a pioneer in the field of successful aging, offering programs of higher learning, healthy lifestyles and civic engagement for people, age 50+.
~ OASIS has a new summer catalog (June - September) hot off the presses. Call us at 314-539-4556 to receive your free summer catalog packed with activities or visit us at: www.oasisnet.org/stlouis, and click on the locations link to the left and then click on Kirkwood to learn what OASIS is offering in Kirkwood this summer.
Saint Louis County's CORP (County Older Residents Program) offers socialization services designed to give older adults the opportunity to share good times with a neighbor or meet new people. For more information, call 314-615-4516.
|SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE...|
For the second week in a row, I apologize in advance for any typos you find in this edition. My proofreader returns on Monday so the next edition should be error-free.
My daughter came by today to take me out for an ice cream cone, and since I had been busy scribing away all day, I had no idea that it had warmed up as much as it had. My phone tells me it is 84 degrees out there right now, and KMOV says we are headed for a 90-degree day tomorrow. AND THE POOL DOESN'T OPEN FOR ANOTHER WEEK! Yikes!!
Which reminds me: If you haven't already done so, please be sure to go get your ID Card or Season Pass for the pool at the Community Center early next week. As the week moves closer to Saturday and the holiday, the lines will grow very long.
Finally - there will be NO EDITION of Friday Happenings
next Friday as your editor will be on vacation. If there's time, I will send an abbreviated version out on Wednesday with just some highlights. Otherwise:
Have a great weekend - see you on Friday, June 1!
Beth von Behren
Public Information Officer/Editor