Day 2 of another busy weekend (Oct. 5)

October 2, 2008

I had been hoping to come across a public event marking this week’s Muslim celebration of Eid al Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, but I never managed to find one to blog about. However, on Sunday (Oct. 5) at the Saint Louis Art Museum there’s the next best thing: the Annual Islamic Culture Day, presented in partnership with AL-Mu Minun Islamic Center. Families are welcome to come to the Islamic and African galleries to learn about the art and do hands-on projects inspired by the animals in the collection (one of the thing they’ll be talking about, no doubt, is how mosques have such incredibly intricate and beautiful decoration but no representations of people). There will also be Islamic-influenced refreshments. You’ll probably want to register in advance to attend this free event, by calling 314.655.5444.

The art museum also has its usual free Sunday family activities, and this month’s theme is quite intriguing: Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month and Myth-Understanding. It’s part of an international initiative to make us aware of art by and for people with vision loss. Each Sunday at 1 p.m. there will be tours specially designed for those with vision loss (the month is sponsored by Art Education for the Blind), focusing on artwork about mythology in cultures from Egypt to China to the Pacific Islands. The hands-on children’s activities also revolve around folklore and take place in the main hall, as usual, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Another arts organization kicks off its season of free educational events Sunday too, with COCA’s Free @ 3 Community Days. This month’s activity, “Picturing Stories,” is geared for kids age 6 to 12, in connection with a Millstone Gallery exhibit. Children will make a collage that tells a personal story. You can call COCA at 314.725.6555 to reserve a spot of make us of the new e-mail registration system: Just send a message to freeat3@cocastl.org giving the names and addresses of those attending.

And finally, don’t forget Ottoberfest at the Saint Louis Zoo this weekend and next (Oct. 4-5 and 11-12).  It’s a free celebration of German heritage and otters — don’t ask me the connection! — with German food, polka music and otter-related activities for kids age 2 to 10.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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