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Annual Wetlands for Kids Day
Wetlands for Kids Day Aquarium - Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation
Annual Wetlands for Kids Day
ST. CHARLES, MO, (, March 23, 2014 - The annual Wetlands for Kids Day event is planned for Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. Wetlands for Kids Day is hosted by MDC and Ducks Unlimited.

Wetlands for Kids Day is designed to help families discover the nature and importance of wetlands with enjoyable activities that relate fun with these vital habitats.

The activities include more than 20 stations where visitors can learn about wetland creatures first hand. There will be a chance to see real birds of prey, thanks to the World Bird Sanctuary. A live reptile and amphibian station will allow a close up look at these wetland inhabitants. Kids can explore the Duck Wing Maze while learning to identify ducks by wings and plumage along the way. They can also crawl through a simulated beaver den.

Retriever demonstrations are popular with visitors who enjoy watching the dogs perform on land and water. Other stations include free fish tasting, air-rifle shooting, archery, Ducks Unlimited Laser Shot, and a rod-and-reel casting station.

Each child who attends gets a free subscription to the MDC Xplor: Adventures in Nature magazine for kids. They will also receive Ducks Unlimited Greenwing membership and a subscription to Puddler Magazine. All kids who come to the event will also receive a free tree seedling from the Conservation Department.

In keeping with its watery theme, Wetlands for Kids Day will go on rain or shine. In the event of wet weather, the event will be moved indoors. Food will also be available for purchase during the event.

To learn more about Wetlands for Kids Day call 636-441-4554. The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is located in St. Charles on Route D, about two miles west of Highway 94.

Parking Garage Renovations Get Underway at City Hall
ST. CHARLES, MO, (, March 23, 2014 - The 37-year-old garage beneath City Hall is showing its age - fallen concrete and cracked walls, for example, have rendered a number of parking spaces unusable. But thanks to voter approval of a $3.8 million bond issue in 2013, the public parking facility at 200 North Second Street will get a much-needed facelift.

John Zimmerman, assistant director of Public Works, said the garage renovation project, which began March 18, is weather-dependent. They hope to begin structural repairs no later than the end of the month.

Zimmerman indicated the garage will be closed in its entirety for the project balance of approximately six months due to issues of public safety. "In doing so, we'll also have the ability to reopen the garage sooner," he said. "At this writing, we're projecting a mid-August completion date."

Based on bid specifications, the proposed structural rehabilitation will address repairs to post-tension structural steel elements, concrete slab and column spalling, as well as asphalt and membrane surfaces.

"Stairwells are also in need of major repair and redesign," Zimmerman added. "Some stairwells are unprotected from the elements, and years of rain, snow and ice have discolored the stairs, chipped paint off concrete and rusted handrails and their anchors."

During the garage renovation, the City will offer free shuttle transportation, which includes a variety of day and night-time services (see schedule provided below). In addition, maps highlighting the shuttle route and alternate parking locations are available in both hard-copy and electronic formats (hard copies available at City Hall, 200 N. Second St., and Tourism, 230 S. Main St.).

SCC to Host That '80s Run and Health Event April 26
ST. CHARLES, MO, (, March 23, 2014 - Leg warmers, neon colors, and big hair will rein supreme at the totally new themed That '80s Run and wellness expo, formerly titled Run. Live. Learn. The 22nd annual event is set for Saturday, April 26, on the St. Charles Community College (SCC) campus and the streets of Cottleville. It is a morning of recreation, health, education and fun that now includes an awesome '80s twist.

"The new theme was a no-brainer for the committee because the college was founded in 1986," said Heather McDorman, vice president for marketing and communications and co-chair of the event. "These are still competitive, timed races, but the new '80s theme will encourage runners to bring out their friends to have a laugh while they get in a nice run in a beautiful setting."

Participants are encouraged to dress in '80s clothes or as their favorite '80s pop icon. Precision Health Group will play rock and pop favorites from the era and other '80s fun includes a themed photo booth, custom throwback winners' medals, neon headbands, custom chip-timed bibs, neon dry-tec T-shirts in three color choices (for registrations received by April 11) and special surprise awards. "This will undoubtedly be one of the most colorful and crazy events we've had on campus," McDorman said.

The 10K and 5K races begin at 7:30 a.m., and the 1-Mile Fun Run starts at 9:15 a.m. near the entrances to the Red and Green parking lots on campus. Each event will feature age group awards. All individual fun run finishers will receive ribbons.

To add an educational edge to the event, one runner will win a $1,000 scholarship to SCC. Entrants in the 5K and 10K races (ages 18 and older) will be automatically entered into a drawing for the scholarship.

The entry fee for the 1-Mile Fun Run is $15; late registration after April 11 is $20, including race-day registration. Entry for the 10K and 5K races is $25; late registration after April 11 is $30, including race-day registration. The entry fee includes a neon-colored dry-tec T-shirt, refreshments and tickets into prize basket drawings. Participants may register online, by mail or in person for one of the run events. Online registration is available through the event website,

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