Partner News for People with Disabilities…

Summer Splash, Adapted Waterski Event (STL) Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27. MDWSA was created for the betterment of adaptive water skiing for those with physical and developmental disabilities, visual impairments, and special needs. We provide a safe, fun and extremely memorable water ski experience. Register soon since skiing slots are limited. Volunteers are neededSign me up for Friday July 26 or Saturday July 27 – only 2 slots left

Harbor Paralympics (SCC), Saturday, July 20 from 9AM-12 noon at O’Fallon Renaud Center, 2650 Tri Sport Circle, O’Fallon, MO 63368. Join Harbor Unlimited and get ready to support Team USA in France by learning a bit more about sports to watch in the upcoming Olympic Games!  You can try wheelchair basketball, sit volleyball and some adaptive track and field events as well. This event is designed for families who have a member with a disability. Come have fun with us. FREE, but register here

Beep Baseball National Tournament (SCC), Spectators are welcome and admission is FREE! July 21-28 at Slyman Bros SLYSA Complex, 3901 Huster Road, St. Charles, MO 63301 (map). MindsEye’s BeepBall Program adds a spin on baseball that allows people of all visual abilities to compete. Players are guided by sound, not sight. The sound of the beeping ball, buzzing bases, and cues from the pitcher. All BeepBall athletes are blindfolded except for the sighted pitcher and outfield spotters. This makes the game a unique opportunity for people of all visual abilities to play together. Athletes from across the country come to St. Charles to play this amazing game. Bring your lawn chair since seats on the bleachers are limited. Information

ARTventure 2024: Art Walk with Sunnyhill (STL), Thursday, July 18 from 4:30-7pm at Regional Arts Commission at City Foundry STL, 3745 Foundry Way, St. Louis, MO 63110. We’re thrilled to unveil the 2024 Sunnyhill Art Gallery, which will showcase artworks created by members of our community. One of the highlights of ARTventure 2024 is the chance to meet our talented artists who will be wearing self-created tie-dye shirts. Event is FREE to attend but you must RESERVE A TICKET for entry. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT.

Golf the Galleries (STL): The Sheldon Art Galleries presents the 7th annual Golf the Galleries interactive exhibition, now through August 11, 2024, sponsored by UMB Bank. The playable, artist-designed, nine-hole mini golf installation will again be in the Sheldon Art Galleries space and is designed to be inclusive, family-friendly and accessible. Cost is $12 for adults and $10 for childen. Information

PACK Dance Company Specialized Dance Class: This adaptive dance program offers universally accessible dance taught by occupational therapy students and trained adapted dance instructors. We are in the Central West End at 465 Taylor Avenue, 63108. This class is for children with disabilities, ages 4-18 and meets on Saturdays from 11:30-12:30 starting August 17. Pack Dance offers scholarships if the cost of the program is a barrier. Contact arica@packdance.org or call 314-546-1477 for information. Cost is $100-$160 for 6-12 week sessions.

Camp Barnabas Early Bird for Summer 2025: Register by August 31, 2024 and you receive a $200 price break. Register Here

ADA Celebrations in July

ADA Program at the MO History Museum (STL), Tuesday, July 23 from 10am-2pm at the MO History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112. Thirty-four years after being signed into the law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) continues to protect the rights of people with disabilities. Join us for a panel discussion, performances, and resource tables that reflect on the achievements and advancements made since ADA’s enactment, explore its profound impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities, and address ongoing challenges and areas for improvement in ensuring equal rights and accessibility. Performances by Recreation Council board member, Katie Banister, and talent show winner, Liam Williamson.  Free, but please register

Disability Rights and the “Breaking of Chains” (STL): Friday, July 26 at 10 am at Eden Seminary,   Each year Paraquad celebrates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990, with a special celebration. Join us at Eden Theological Seminary to celebrate the life of Rev. Harold Wilke, a disability rights advocate, and hear from guest speakers, Philip Dietch, Lori A. Becker, and DeMarco Davidson. Information

FREE Activities for Everyone…

Art Hill Film Series (STL), Friday, July 19 from 6-11pm at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park. Bring your lawn chair to enjoy outdoor music, food trucks, a cash bar, and other pre-show events begin at 6pm. The featured film will be shown at 9pm. On July 19, see Meet Me in St. Louis”. NO tickets are required. Information

Kiener Plaza Downtown Movie Night: “Hitch” (STL), Thursday, July 18 from 5-8pm at Kiener Plaza, 500 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63101. Bring your blanket or chair to enjoy our outdoor movie “Hitch” as well as STLMade food trucks and pop-up bars. Mark your calendar for August 15 to see the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Information

BARK Ranger Event at the Gateway Arch (STL), Sunday, July 21 from 10-11am at The STL Arch National Park, St Louis Riverfront, St Louis, MO, 63102.  Bring your dog out to this month’s Puppuccino Crawl. The event is FREE for you and your furry friend. Event repeats 3rd Sunday of the month. Information

National Ice Cream Day (STL), Sunday, July 21 from 10am-1pm at the MO History Museum. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at the 1904 World’s Fair exhibit and learn about the birthplace of the ice cream cone. To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the 1904 World’s Fair, our first 120 visitors will receive a free scoop of Clementine’s ice cream, and 50 visitors will receive an exclusive National Ice Cream Day T-shirt. This event will feature an ice cream–themed craft and play area for little ones, and a story time. Information

MO History Museum Family Fun Days (STL), Visit the History Museum in Forest Park every Wednesday and Friday in June and July from 10am-1pm for a variety of family activities, including crafts, performances, and scavenger hunts. Fridays include Storytelling in the Museum and Cuentos en el Museo programs at 10:30am, followed by a 2-hour drop-in craft workshop. Come back on THURSDAY evenings for exhibits, pop-up activities, concerts, and lectures on various topics. MO History Calendar of Events

HullabaZOO (STL), Thursday, July 25 from 10am-2pm at the St. Louis ZOO in Forest Park. Learn more about Grevy’s Zebra and enjoy the popular Bubble Bus. Specialty themed food or drink is available for purchase. Repeats July 11 to learn about beetles.  Information

Outdoor Music and Events in St. Louis…

Kiener Plaza Downtown Summer Nights (STL), Thursday, July 25 from 5-8pm at Kiener Plaza, 500 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63101. Bring your lawn chair and picnic dinner to enjoy outdoor music, STLMade food trucks, pop-up bars, and DJs music by Nico Marie Information

Ellisville Concerts in the Park (STL), Thursdays, July 18 & 25 from 7-9pm at Bluebird Park Amphitheater, Ellisville. Bring your own blanket or chair and enjoy outdoor music. Vendors will be available for food purchases. July 11 music by “Showdown.” July 18 music by “The Whiskey Drifters.” July 25 music by “ARW Abby Road.” Information

Laumeier Finally Friday Series (STL), Fridays, July 19, 26 from 4-8 pm at Laumeier Sculpture Garden, 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri 63127. Each Friday this summer, you’ll find food and beverage vendors onsite at the Park from 4-8 pm. Grab a drink and a bite to eat and celebrate that it is finally Friday. Event repeats weekly with various food trucks. Information

Florissant Music Under the Stars (STL), Saturdays, July 20, 27 at St. Ferdinand Park in Florissant. Enjoy an evening listening to live music under the stars. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets. A variety of food trucks will be available but bring your own beverages. Event starts at 6pm, music begins at 7pm. Admission to concerts is FREE. Event repeats weekly in August. Information

Chesterfield Music Under the Stars (STL), Saturday, July 20 from 7pm at Chesterfield Amphitheater with music by Turn Back Time CHER tribute band. Doors open at 6pm for this free concert. Pack a blanket, drinks, and snacks (no glass) to enjoy a lovely evening outdoors. Information

Carondelet Summer Concerts (STL), July 14, 21, 28 at Carondelet Park at 3900 Holly Hills Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63116 (map), and July 15, 22, 29 at Bellerive Park at 5570 S. Broadway, 63111 (map). Join us from 6-8pm for outdoor music by local musicians, food trucks, and activities. List of Musicians HERE

Lafayette Park Outdoor Concert (STL), Monday, July 15 from 6-9pm at the Lafayette Park Gazebo, 2023 Lafayette Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104 (map). On July 15, enjoy the music of Soulard Blues Band; On July 29 enjoy music of The Antics Band. Event repeats with multiple dates in August with different musicians. Information

Faust Park Summer Concerts (STL), Tuesdays, July 16, 23, & 30. Gates open at 5:30pm, bingo at 6pm, concerts from 7-9pm. Faust Park is at 15185 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO, 63017. Enjoy live outdoor music featuring talented local musicians, plus a kid’s zone, and special activities. July 16 with music by “Wild West”; July 23 with music by “Klose Kuarters”; July 30 with music by “F.I.R.E.”. Concessions and food trucks will be available for food and drink purchases. Event repeats in weekly August 6 & 13 with different musicians and activities. Information

Downtown STL Lunchtime Live Music (STL), Wednesday, July 17, 24, & 31 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Downtown Post Office Plaza, 801 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63101. Food trucks will be available for food and beverage purchases. Event repeats weekly with different musicians. Information

MO Botanical Garden Whitaker Music Festival (STL),  Wednesdays, July 17, 24, & 31 at MO Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110. The open-air Whitaker Music Festival welcomes local musicians for these free concerts in the garden. Last concert is July 31. Information

Party on the Westport Plaza (STL), Thursday, July 18 from 4:30-7:30pm at Westport Plaza. Admission is free, all ages are welcome, and the venue is dog friendly. Music by “The Big Rigs” playing country and americana tunes. Event repeats monthly with different musicians. Information ~ Westport Events

Grant Historic Site Concerts (STL), Thursday, July 18 from 7-8pm at Grant National Historic Site. Enjoy music of “The Root Diggers,” an old-time string band that plays a blend of Ozark and Appalachian music. Bring a chair or blanket. There are no concessions available on site. Bring a chair or blanket and your favorite food and beverages. Repeats monthly with different musicians. Information

Ferguson Summer Concert Series (STL), Friday, July 19 from 7-9pm at The Plaza, 501 S. Florissant Rd 63135 (map). Admission to each concert is FREE! Bring your own lawn chair, coolers are welcome. Enjoy music by Dr. Zhivegas, as well a roving Caricature Artist.  Information

Kiener Plaza Downtown Summer Nights (STL), Thursday, July 25 from 5-8pm at Kiener Plaza, 500 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63101. Bring your lawn chair and picnic dinner to enjoy outdoor music, STLMade food trucks, pop-up bars, and DJs. July 11 with DJ music by DJ Mahf. July 25 with DJ music by Nico Marie Information

Recreation Council Information…

Summer Voucher program for St. Louis COUNTY: St. Louis County parents who have school-aged children with developmental disabilities, did you know you can apply for the Recreation Council’s Summer Voucher program? The Summer Voucher program will assist in paying for half of one Summer program or care (parents must be working) up to $1,000. For more information, please call Sue Fleming at (314)726-6044, ext. 101. You may find the application for the Summer Voucher Program on our website at www.RecreationCouncil.org/applications  ~ Application

Summer Guide: 2024 Recreation Council Summer Opportunities Guide
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Miscellaneous…

TAKE THE SURVEY – Help chart the future of outdoor recreation in St. Louis! One of our goals at River City Foundation, the parent organization of Big Muddy Adventures, River City Outdoors, and Terrain Magazine, is to expand outdoor access in our hometown and make the outdoor community inclusive, safe, and welcoming for all. To do so, we want to hear about your opinions when it comes to outdoor activities, experiences, barriers, and opportunities. The linked survey, which should take you 5-10 minutes to complete, is crucial to this task. We thank you in advance for your participation and look forward to reading your responses. Together we will make a difference! TAKE THE SURVEY

Missouri State Parks Beach Chairs Available for Use:  Missouri State Parks strives to provide accessible outdoor recreation for all. Beach chairs can help visitors access designated swim areas that may not be suitable for traditional wheelchairs. Missouri State Parks currently has 18 beach chairs in place across the state. This program is sponsored by Missouri State Parks. For detailed accessibility information for each Missouri State Park and Historic Site visit www.mostateparks.com/page/105811/beach-chair-program

Summer Heat Tips: With the summer heat upon us, make sure to stay safe, well fed, and well hydrated. Here are some resources shared by the MO Department of Health and Senior Services: St. Louis Area Foodbank ~ Missouri Food Banks ~ Feeding Missouri ~ Cooling SheltersUtility Assistance