Three great ways to spend Friday night (May 30)

May 29, 2008

I was at our gate talking to a neighbor today when I realized summer is officially here: The first rivulets of sweat ran down my bra when I was doing absolutely nothing except standing in the sun.  I’m sure the happiness will wear off quickly, but for today it feels great.  Our water-loving plans are made for tomorrow, and for tomorrow evening (May 30) we’ve got three great options, all outdoors:

  1. Olivette summer concert series in Stacy Park: A friend from Olivette sent out a notice that her neighborhood is ground zero for a summertime series that kicks off with games an inflatables at 5 p.m., followed by snowangeldust from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  The series continues June 8 and 15 and July 13 and 20, with Bob Kuban Brass, The Ultraviolets, The Smash Band and  Sh-Boom.  The flyer says there’s plenty of parking, but according to my sources that depends on your definition of “plenty,” so you probably want to come early.  Bring picnics or purchase food on site.  For details, call Olivette Parks and Rec at 314.991.1249.
  2. Jungle Boogie at the Saint Louis Zoo:  This annual series needs little introduction — it’s a summertime classic.  This week’s band is Motown group Arvell and Co.; music is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the central plaza.  Jungle Boogie continues throughout the summer (nearly each week; check the schedule online for details).
  3. Parents as Teachers end-of-year picnic:  At pavilion #2 in Forest Park, one of my favorite early-childhood education programs is celebrating another successful year with a boatload of activities for kids, from parachute games to tie-dye spraying.  The event runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and includes a bike-fitting workshop (but you have to call ahead for that at 314.454.5437.  Helmets will be available for $8, or you can bring your own).   They’ll provide popsicles,  but it’s BYO for other foods and beverages.
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