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Considering Opening a Business?

SCORE and the City of Wildwood have joined forces to offer an informational workshop on "How to Start and Operate a Successful Business." This workshop is free of charge and will offer strategies to assist you in determining if it's time for you to follow that dream. For more information and to register, click on this link: www.www.cityofwildwood.com/SCORE, or see the flyer provided below. 

Score and Wildwood - How to Start and Operate a Successful Business

Do You Know What Day is Coming Up?! 
PUPPY PARTY DAY!!! Excited...? WE ARE!

Cherry Hills Veterinary Hospital will be hosting this pup-tastic event on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
The hospital will have raffles to raise funds for Home 2 Home Canine Orphanage, Puppy Gift Bags to give away, Slice of the Hill food truck, and more! 
            
This day is for dogs of all ages! Puppies, 6 months and younger, will be let loose to romp and run around! This event is a great opportunity to let them burn off some energy and socialize with people and other pups. We have a large, fenced in backyard, so we can release the hounds! Bring family, bring friends...this'll be an event you won't want to miss. Can you handle the cuteness?!?! Let's find out!!!
                                             

We hope to see a whole heap of happy puppies! See you there! For more information, please click or call: www.cherryhillsvet.net or 636-458-3353


Wildwood Arbor Day - Be Brave 5K Run/Walk -
An Evening Event - April 28, 2017!


Hello Wildwood!!! This is your personal invitation to participate in the 3rd Annual Wildwood Arbor Day - Be Brave 5K Run/Walk on the evening of April 28, 2017!! Notice the name of the event has changed slightly from the previous two (2) years of being called the Wildwood Arbor Day Tree Hugger 5K. While the run/event is still meant to acknowledge Arbor Day and Wildwood's reputation of loving trees, this year organizers are donating all proceeds to the Special Olympics of Missouri!! Everything else remains the same!!! The Arbor Day - Be Brave 5K Run/Walk is a fabulous family event!! Sign the entire family up and start your weekend off with a great Friday evening run or walk!!! Enjoy music, with a DJ from Allegro Entertainment, feast on pizza and salad, after your run or walk, and enjoy the refreshments!!!
 
The run starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.and finishes at LaSalle Springs Middle School (3300 State Highway 109). Participants will travel on the asphalt Hamilton-Carr Trail, the Al Foster Memorial Trail, and a very short distance on a regular roadway. Runners/Walkers will travel alongside the Meramec River and cross a 194 ft. bridge, at a time when the sunset should be perfect. And don’t forget ... the tunnel!! The course is marked. Awards will be given three (3) deep, in ten (10) year age groups, and to the top three (3) overall male and female runners. The overall winner in the male and female categories will win a fabulous gift card to a local plant nursery!! After all, the event is about Arbor Day!! Oh, did we mention the shirts given to all registered runners??? THEY ARE FABULOUS!!! Those who preregistered before April 7, 2017 are guaranteed a shirt in their chosen size, but there should be enough for everyone!!! We are not kidding!!! You will want to register for the run/walk, just to get a shirt!!! The main goal, however, is just to have fun and raise money for a great cause!!! So, how do you get registered?? There are several ways:

  1. The recommended way is online at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/26139  or,
  2. Get an paper application from the City of Wildwood (at City Hall or we will e-mail you one) or,
  3. At the race site between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

This is a great 5K, a tremendous way to begin the weekend, a very nice family event, delicious food and drink, good music, acknowledges Arbor Day and the beautiful trees in our City, and all proceeds benefit the Missouri Special Olympics. Come on!! Enjoy an evening among the trees!!!!  You will love it!!! Guaranteed!! Questions or more information? Call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440 or via e-mail at Amanda@cityofwildwood.com or gary@cityofwildwood.com.  

Public WiFi Now Available at Wildwood City Hall

Public WiFi is now available at Wildwood City Hall. The Network Name is Wildwood/Guest and a password is not required. This new service will improve your ability to access agenda items during meetings on your smartphone or other WiFi-enabled device.

Come to the Coffee - They're Educational and Fun!

Coffee with the Mayor Bowlin - February 2, 2017

Town Center Project Updates

The Town Center Area is changing with the many new projects that are underway within its boundary. In the last addition of the Wildwood Gazette, all of these projects were briefly described and identified on a map in terms of their individual locations in this area. The projects are primarily residential in nature and will offer buyers a range of options in terms of sizes, designs, and locations. Overall, the number of new dwellings that are available at this time already exceeds three hundred (300) in total. Many different developers are also involved in these residential projects, which provides anyone looking for a new home ample choices in Wildwood.
 
The City’s Department of Planning is working on a new section for the City’s website to provide regular, and always available, updates on new projects throughout the whole of Wildwood. While that construction on this section is nearing completion, the Department has been asked by one of its e-news readers to provide more regular updates on these new projects breaking ground in Wildwood. Regardless of the advancements to the City's website, if you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Planning at (636) 458-0440.  

Stonecrest Senior Center

Stonecrest Senior Center is a privately-operated assisted and memory care facility authorized by the State of Missouri for up to 95 units. The building, which is under construction at this time, will be three  (3) stories in height and have a total square footage of 75,000 square feet. Access to the property is via Plaza Drive. One (1) of the requirements associated with the rezoning of this property was the inclusion of commercial spaces available to the public for the future business that will be located there (on its east side of the building, facing the City’s small public plaza). These commercial spaces will house future businesses that complement the senior care center, but also Wildwood residents and visitors to the area.

The Villages of Bright Leaf

Wildwood's largest residential development to date, in Town Center, has commenced site preparation, which will lead to grading and construction. This development is located between Taylor Road and State Route 109, on the north side of State Route 100. Given its prominent location along this heavily-travelled arterial roadway, the area will change in appearance. For more information about this development, please click on www.cityofwildwood.com/brightleaf.


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DEA NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY 
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017

The City of Wildwood Precinct is participating in the 13th National DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day that is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017. Expired, unused, unwanted, or found prescription medications may be dropped off at the City of Wildwood Precinct, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., at WILDWOOD CITY HALL – 16860 MAIN STREET.

Electronics Recycling and Shredding Event - May 6, 2017 - 8:00 AM to Noon
Plein Air Art Event by the City of Wildwood - May 6, 2017

RECREATION EVENTS AND OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES >>>

Trails In Motion Film Festival at the B & B Theater

Here’s another invitation to everyone in Wildwood!! The 3rd Annual Presentation of the Trails in Motion Film Festival is taking place on Friday, April 21, 2017, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the Wildwood B & B Theater!!! Several films will be shown, with each delivering stories of incredible runs and what it took to prepare for the adventures! The films are quite good and the audience is usually filled with adventure runners offering tremendous camaraderie!!! There are tickets still available, but don’t wait until the last minute! The event usually sells out!! If you have not already done so, get your tickets online at: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=44544. So get your tickets, drop by the Wildwood B & B Theater, early on April 21st, to get a good seat and enjoy some refreshments and some great outdoor films! Who knows, you might win an attendance price too!!! Questions? Call Gary at 636-458-0440 or e-mail gary@cityofwildwood.com. See  you at the theater!!!

Upcoming Pop Up Events 

There will be two (2) Pop Up Events held next week. The first is on Wednesday, April 26th and we will be celebrating National Audubon Day.  If you have a photo, taken in Wildwood, of a bird or birds, send it to us! We’ll feature all submitted photos and have a Facebook vote to determine the winner. The winning photograph will be featured on the City’s website and social media accounts. Photo entries can be emailed to:kathy@cityofwildwood.com or by posting on your own social media pages and tagging the City. Join this fun Pop Up Event!
 
The second Pop Up Event will be celebrating Arbor Day.  The City is having a 5K Run/Walk on the evening of Friday, April 28th.  This is a wonderful family event. Registration is open and all participants will receive pizza, salad, and entertainment following the race.  
 
Questions on all Pop Up Events can be directed to Kathy Arnett at kathy@cityofwildwood.com or via telephone at 636-458-0440 x135.


Upcoming Pop Up Events by the City of Wildwood
Wildwood Creative Writing Basics - Workshop for Seniors

Swimming Pool Passes for the 2017 Season

The summer and its wonderful warm weather will be here before we know it! Suddenly, you will be looking for the opportunity to spend the day at the pool. Residents of Wildwood have two (2) wonderful prospects at their fingertips!! The Cities of Ballwin and Ellisville have again agreed to provide family memberships to their pool facilities at their resident rates! The details are:
 
City of Ballwin:
North Pointe Family Aquatic Center
335 Holloway Road
Ballwin, MO  63011
 
Family Membership Rate:      
$190.00 (if purchased prior to April 30, 2017)
$210.00 (if purchased May 1, 2017 or after)
 
Memberships available as of February 1, 2017 at:
 
The Pointe at Ballwin Commons
#1 Ballwin Commons Circle
Ballwin, MO 63021
636-227-8950
 
Please note, there are only a limited number of family pool memberships available
at the North Pointe Aquatic Center. Purchase your family membership early, if you
wish to use their facility this summer.
 
City of Ellisville:
The Edge Aquatic Center
At Blue Bird Park
225 Kiefer Creek Road
Ellisville, MO  63021
636-227-7508
 
Family Membership Rate:
$148.00 (if purchased February 27, 2017 through May 26, 2017)
$165.00 (if purchased after May 26, 2017)
 
There are unlimited Family Memberships available at the Edge Aquatic Center. As noted, memberships  at The Edge Aquatic Center will be available beginning on February 27, 2017.

 
Proof of residency will be required at the time you purchase your family pool memberships. If you have questions about the proof of residency requirements, please call the respective facility at the telephone numbers provided above.

If you have general questions, feel free to call the Department of Planning and Parks at 636-458-0440.

University of Missouri Extension - Horticulture Workshops
University of Missouri Extension - Nutrition and Wellness Workshops

WILDWOOD CAR CLUB - UPCOMING EVENTS

This warm weather of late has me itching to drive the old Fords. Wildwood Car Club has a busy year ahead. Our first events for 2017 will be as follows:

  • Saturday Evening, April 22, 2017,  6:00 p.m. - Dinner at Wildwood Pub & Grill, College Avenue, in Wildwood
  • Sunday May 21, 2017, 12:00 p.m. (noon) - Picnic in Glencoe, with the WF&P Narrow-Gauge Railway, at Glencoe City Park.

 Further Down the Road (pun intended):

Fund Raiser - Display Car Show on July 16, 2017, at the Wildwood Historical Society. The museum will be open that day and food will be available for purchase. More details to follow shortly!


Wildwood Founder’s Day Car Show, Parade, and Cruise in Town Center, Saturday, August 26, 2017. More details to follow shortly!

There are other events in planning and coming this year and I will send more information, flyers, etc. as they become available. Please mark these above events on your calendar. Spring is near! For more information, please contact Dr. John Gragnani at jgrag@sbcglobl.net.

2017 Wildwood Concert Series
A New Name and Place for this Year - "Music on Main"

The 2017 concert season is almost here!!! There are some great music groups scheduled this summer, and it all begins on May 19, 2017, with the Fabulous Motown Revue!!! The Fabulous Motown Revue will play all your favorites and take listeners through the history of its unique sounds. The music starts at 6:45 p.m. on Main Street (in front of City Hall)! The music will be enjoyable along with the complementary snacks and drinks!! So mark May 19, 2017 on your calendar to spend an evening with the best of rock and roll!! For more information, call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.

Bike Rodeo - May 20, 2017 @ B&B Theater

May 2017 Early Childhood Recreation Program

Registration is open for the May Early Childhood Recreation Program, which will be a Petting Zoo!  On May 24, 2107, Cindy’s Zoo will be bringing several kinds of animals for the kids to pet and learn about! This program will be held in the Wildwood Dog Park, which is on the opposite side of the parking lot of the playground and pavilion, at the new Community Park (the current entrance to Community Park is off of Highway 100). As you are driving west on State Route 100, the entrance is immediately on the right, just to the west the State Route 109 overpass. This program is for 2-5 year olds and will take place on May 24th with a choice of a 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m session. Both sessions will be the same.  A parent or guardian must stay with the child during the program. Please register online at:  www.cityofwildwood.com/programs

Celebrate Wildwood - August 25 and 26, 2017 

The 2017 Celebrate Wildwood Event will be here before we know it! This year, all of your favorite features of years past will take place in an action-packed two (2) days: Friday, August 25th and Saturday, August 26th! The location of the event has changed slightly this year due to construction in Town Center. The entire two-day event will take place on Main Street  - as a street festival!  Of course, look for your favorite parts of the event to be back – the Founders’ Day Parade, Founders' Car Show, Art Festival, concerts, children’s activities, and an abundance of delicious food and drinks!  So come out and celebrate our City with us!  We hope to see you there!

Pavilion Rentals - It Is Time to
Start Thinking About the Great Outdoors

With Spring here, families and friends gather to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. Looking for an outdoor venue to hold your celebration?  The City of Wildwood has three (3) beautiful park pavilions available for your upcoming events. 
 
Anniversary Park and Old Pond School Park have great outdoor pavilions available for your families and friends to join you on your special celebrations. The pavilions at Anniversary Park and Old Pond School hold up to thirty (30) people. The parks have playground equipment and also provide picnic tables.

The City's new Community Park has a pavilion, with convenient restrooms a part of it, that seats over one hundred (100). Nearby is the all-inclusive playground and the great outdoors!
 
For more information, please contact Amanda or Gary at 636 458-0440 or via e-mail at amanda@cityofwildwood.com or gary@cityofwildwood.com. Additionally, pavilion reservations can be completed online at: www.cityofwildwood.com/pavilions.

The Garden Society of Wildwood - Come and Join the Fun

The Garden Society of Wildwood (GSW) is comprised of members from the West County Area interested in sharing and increasing their knowledge of gardening, both flowering and vegetable. Members typically meet in the morning on the second Monday of the month. Meetings can be comprised of outside presenters, site visits, or member speakers, some of whom have reached Master Gardener status.

The objectives of the GSW are three fold: (1.) to protect, beautify and learn about the environment, (2.) to enjoy the friendship of fellow gardeners, and (3.) to collectively provide charitable support to local non-profit organization(s) involved in gardening. New members and guests are always welcome.

If you would like more information, or would like to see our list of meeting activities for 2017, please visit our Facebook Page "The Garden Society of Wildwood" or contact Fran Komar at fkomar@wildblue.net.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS >>>


MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
Asks Public Not to Plant Invasive Bradford Pear Trees
The invasive Bradford Pear Tree can cause problems for Missouri native plants and animals.

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri  – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages homeowners and landscapers to avoid planting Callery pear trees this spring.

Better known as Bradford pears, the Callery pear tree is an invasive species known to multiply quickly and crowd out Missouri native plants. While it’s been a popular landscaping tree for decades, cultivated forms have spread aggressively throughout the state. “Different varieties of Bradford pear trees were planted close to each other, which allowed them to cross pollinate and take over natural areas,” said Forestry Field Program Supervisor Russell Hinnah. “But they’re also a poor landscaping choice because they don’t do well in storms, often losing limbs or splitting apart.”

Stopping the spread means selecting alternate trees for yards and forested property. “The best plan is to select a native species to Missouri, and there are several great options,” said Hinnah. “Serviceberry trees produce similar showy white blooms in the spring and have small red fruits that attract wildlife.” Eastern Redbuds and Missouri’s state tree, the Flowering Dogwood, are also good alternatives. The Redbud Tree grows quickly with eye-catching lavender flowers in the spring. Dogwoods do best in shady areas, but can be somewhat difficult to grow.

To learn more about native trees that are great for landscaping, visit MDC’s website at https://mdc.mo.gov/trees-plants/tree-care. “Missouri’s Urban Trees” booklet (http://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZwB) is a great guide for finding the right tree for the right place.


Woods Road Bridge Replacement Project
- City of Wildwood -

The City’s contractor, Gershenson Construction, is about to begin a project to replace the first bridge west of State Route 109, on Woods Road. The project will replace the existing, substandard bridge with a new structure consisting of two (2) 12-foot driving lanes, with an 8 foot sidewalk separated from the driving lanes by concrete barrier wall. Construction is scheduled to begin on April 24, 2017, weather permitting. Woods Road is scheduled to be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC at the bridge location beginning at 7:00 a.m., on MAY 1, 2017, and will remain closed until AUGUST 15, 2017. Detour signs and other advance warning signs will be in place during construction.  
 
Rockwoods Reservation is expected to open the Glencoe Road bridge that is currently closed near its south entrance prior to May 1.  If the Glencoe Bridge is not completed, the Woods Road closure will be delayed as necessary, so that both bridges are not closed at the same time. For more information, please click this link: www.cityofwildwood.com/675/Woods-Road-Bridge-Replacement.


The American Heart Association's Heartsaver CPR AED

This course provides the knowledge and skills that may help save a life. The skills learned in this course will help you recognize cardiac arrest, get emergency care on the way quickly, and help the person until more advanced care arrives to take over. 
 
COURSE COVERS • Adult CPR and AED Use • Adult Choking • Child CPR and AED Use • Child Choking
 
The Heartsaver course is intended for anyone with little or no medical training who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. This course also fulfills the requirements for lay persons who are required to take CPR training as a job or regulatory requirement. 
 
To register for an upcoming City of Wildwood CPR/AED course please go to our website @ www.cpr-n-more.com/calendar and complete the online registration and make your payment via PayPal's secure payment site. You do not need a PayPal account to make a payment. The cost of this CPR class is $25 per participant.

The 1st Annual Little Saint Nick Foundation Book Drive

The Little Saint Nick Foundation is collecting books for children and teenagers in the St. Louis Area. Please place all book donations in the book donation box in the lower level vestibule at Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street. (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or in the evening, when the building is open for public meetings). *Note*: Only new and gently used books will be distributed to the children and teenagers.
 
For questions or any inquiries please email aghalittlestnick@gmail.com or call (636) 891-4531. Check out our website at littlestnick.org!
 
The books will be distributed to children and teenagers at: Progress West Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Mercy, St. Luke's Hospital, Crisis Nursery - St. Louis, Kingdom House, Ready to Learn, Kids Smart, Covenant House, The Little Bit Foundation Missouri, Children's Home Society of St. Louis.

Spring Storm Preparedness Tips from Ameren Missouri

April began the spring storm season, so preparedness is on everyone's priority list. At Ameren Missouri, when severe weather threatens, Ameren relies on Quantum Weather, a unique weather forecasting system in partnership with Saint Louis University's (SLU) Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.  Quantum Weather, another part of Ameren Missouri's reliability initiative, can pinpoint severe weather activity on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. The detailed information from this pioneering system improves reliability for customers. It enables Ameren Missouri to respond and restore power more quickly following damaging storms, and improves efficiencies through better utilization of its restoration crews. Quantum Weather is the first-of-its-kind weather monitoring and response system in the country.  
 
Add storm preparedness to your priority list, and please visit AmerenMissouri.com to check out the detailed tips on Ameren’s Outage Center pages:

  • Report an outage and sign up for Ameren Alerts to receive updates, after you've reported your outage to Ameren
  • Check out the Outage Map to see how many customers systemwide are experiencing outages, and where   
  • Items to include in assembling your Storm Kit
  • Tips for being prepared at home, outside the home, and at work
  • What to do During an Outage
  • Learn how Ameren works to restore your power

 Concrete Street Slab Replacement Program
2017 Work Season

Since the incorporation of the City, each year, Wildwood has been replacing concrete slabs in many of the residential subdivisions. This program provides preventative maintenance and helps to maintain property values in these locations. The locations of work for the 2017 Work Season can be found at this link: http://www.cityofwildwood.com/676/2017-Street-Slab-Replacement/.

E-Newsletter – An Excellent Way To Be ‘In the Know’

The City of Wildwood would like to thank all of the subscribers to the e-newsletter for your interest in receiving it and hopes you find this weekly publication to be very informative and interesting.  It has been a major goal of the City to enhance citizen communications and input, and it hopes the e-newsletter has been an effective communication tool. However, the City is only reaching a small portion of the population and would like to reach many more of our citizens.  While not everyone wishes to receive yet another weekly e-mail, it is likely many citizens are unaware that the City’s weekly e-newsletter exists. Therefore, the City is asking for your assistance in sharing this opportunity to stay informed about Wildwood.  The following link will take you directly to the Subscription Section of the City Website: www.cityofwildwood.com/list.aspx. Through this link, you can subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter, as well as sign up for Traffic & Weather Alerts, News Flashes, and many other City notifications.
 
The City would also ask that you forward this notice to friends and family, or share through social media sites, and let’s see if we can grow our subscriber base and keep the citizens of our great community well-informed.

SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS AND OPPORTUNITIES >>>


Meridian Waste Service – Reminder

If you had canceled your yard waste pick up service during the winter months, and wish to resume it, please contact Meridian Waste directly at 314-291-3131.  


Save Gasoline by Shopping and Dining Locally

With so many options for shopping, dining, and personal needs, please think of Wildwood first. The City is home to a large number of businesses and professionals, who offer a range of products, dining, and services, which are the best in the region. Local owners are at these businesses and provide a personal touch to all they do and invest in Wildwood each and every day. For a listing of these businesses, please visit the City’s website at www.cityofwildwood.com and click on the drop-down menu for ‘Business Resources’ and then click on 'Business Directory.’ Information on Wildwood businesses is provided, including contact numbers and their respective specialties. Shop here and everyone wins.


The Shoeman Water Project Shoe Drive Continues at

Wildwood City Hall

Thanks to everyone who has donated shoes, boots, and sandals to the Shoeman Water Project over the years.  Donation boxes are located at City Hall, 16860 Main Street, both on the 1st and 2nd Floor Foyers.  We appreciate everyone’s support of this worthwhile organization.  To learn more about the Shoeman Water Project, visit www.shoemanwater.org/.


American Flag Disposal

The City of Wildwood accepts retired American flags for dignified disposal.  Please bring worn flags to City Hall, 16860 Main Street, and leave them with the receptionist. All flags collected will be relinquished to the Boy Scouts of America for proper disposal. US Flags should never be placed in the trash. 

Editor's Note: Thanks to all our subscribers for your patronage of the e-newsletter. If there are topics or information the City can add to the e-newsletter, or is missing something at this time you would like to see, please let me know by e-mailing joe@cityofwildwood.com

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