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

The 2017 concert season starts tonight, weather permitting!!! There are some great music groups scheduled this summer, and it all begins tonight, 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 Stree,t in front of City Hall! The music will be enjoyable along with the complementary snacks and drinks!! Parking is available on Main Street and in the public parking garage. For more information, call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.


2017 Farmers Market in Wildwood

*** This Saturday, May 20, 2017 ***

New Location - In Front of City Hall - 16860 Main Street

The City’s Farmers Market officially opened its 2017 Season last Saturday, May 13th. The market will now be open every Saturday, through the fall, starting at 8:30 a.m. and continuing till 12:30 p.m. Returning managers of the market, Rene’ and George Sackett, continue to promote a “producers only” type of facility, with an emphasis on locally-grown, produced, or made products being offered. The intent of this type of "producers only" market is to foster an atmosphere that provides its customers with items they can trust using in their homes and produce they can feel good about eating! 
 
As always, the Wildwood Farmers Market continues to be the location where you can obtain the freshest produce, baked goods, and other items of interest in west St. Louis County and many of the vendors from past years are here again. Along with those vendors who have served you, and many residents, for the past eight (8) years, new participants are here in 2017 as well. Along with the vendors, there are always refreshments, food, and music to round out the atmosphere and create a great and fun place to visit.
 
So, remember, to visit the Wildwood Farmers Market, every Saturday through the fall, with plenty of convenient parking right next to it. Come on out and meet the market managers and make it a morning in Wildwood. Please feel free to contact the market managers, Rene’ and George Sackett, at marketmaster@wildwoodfarmersmarket.org, with any questions or suggestions, and visit www.wildwoodfarmersmarket.org for updates throughout the season.

FROM THE MARKET MANAGERS (May 19, 2017 - Update)

A reminder that we hold the market rain or shine. Please make plans to visit the market and support the vendors each week, even in the rain!

This is the week to come and “meet the meat vendors”. Stock up your fridge and freezer for the upcoming holiday weekend and summer grilling season. Talk to the folks that raise the animals. We will have a variety of beef, pork and chicken cuts available from a number of different local, farm vendors.

Enjoy local, seasonal, just picked produce, farm fresh eggs, honey, plants for your yard and garden, hand blended teas, herb and spices and Great Harvest Bread.  New this week is Rick Jordan, Chocolatier. Rick is one of the area’s only bean-to-bar chocolatiers and will be demonstrating and sampling the bean-to-bar process. Rick will have a delicious variety of his unique, handmade confections for you to purchase.

This season we are continuing the Author Fest on the third Saturday of each month. This week meet authors Braxton DeGarmo, Suzette Hopkins, Vicki Lesage and Ellen Meyer. Talk to them about their work as an author, purchase their books and get them signed as well. A variety of authors will be joining us throughout the season.


To keep up with the weekly vendor list and most recent market report, check out our website and Facebook page. We try to post the most recent update on vendors and produce Friday nights and Saturday mornings.

Thank you for your support and see you at the market!
The Sackett’s
Wildwood Farmers Market on Main, Market Managers


<<< Bicycle Recycling Event >>> 

It’s that time of the year again! Garages and basements are getting cleaned out and you find that bicycle that no one rides any longer! What should I do with it you ask? Well, on May 20, 2017, at Wildwood City Hall (16860 Main Street), between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon), the City of Wildwood and BicycleWorks will take that bicycle off your hands! BicycleWorks  is a great organization to work with! They take bicycles and bicycle parts that you might consider worthless or junk and turn them back into working bicycles! The organization provides an area for “at risk” youths to develop skills, interact with peers and caring adults, and safely challenge the limits of their abilities. They learn how to repair bicycles and, at the same time, earn a bicycle for themselves!! I’m sure you are going to find a bicycle that is simply taking up space, tires have gone flat, the chain might be broken, the gears are longer work …. WHATEVER!! Bring the bicycle to Wildwood City Hall, on May 20, 2017, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 (noon), and give it a second life!!!  It doesn’t matter how old it is or what brand!! Questions? Call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.


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

Come to the Coffee - They're Educational and Fun!
City Hall - Community Room

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 has completed the addition of the new section to the City’s website, which will provide regular, and always available, updates on new projects throughout the whole of 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. Please see next article below.

 "Current Developments and Zoning Reviews"
New Section on City's Website

Using the new Current Developments and Zoning Reviews Section of the City’s website, you can now follow along with all of the proposed projects being considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. This page allows you access to the latest information regarding a proposed project, from the beginning of the process to its completion. In this one convenient location, you can now access information about the status of different projects, descriptions of them, the maps of where they are located, the dates of past and future meetings, and meeting materials and minutes. You can also determine the City Council Ward where a project is located, along with the contact information for the appropriate elected officials representing it. This information will be regularly updated, with the most recent information, and always available for you to view. If you can’t find the information you are looking for in this section, this page also provides you with the email address and telephone number of the City Team Member who can assist you. You can find the Current Developments and Zoning Reviews Section on the City's website at: www.cityofwildwood.com/zoningreviews.

RECREATION EVENTS AND OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES >>>

May 2017 Pop Up Events by the City of Wildwood

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.

Help Update the 
City’s Action Plan for Parks and Recreation!

The City’s Action Plan for Parks and Recreation was adopted in 2007, so it’s time to revisit the plan and make sure the goals it identifies are still the direction the City wants to go. There will be a number of opportunities to provide your input and assist in this update process. The first will be an interactive booth at the first Music on Main concert event on Friday, May 19th. While enjoying your free hot dog, kettle corn, and snow-cones, stop by the area right in front of City Hall to provide feedback on what parks and trails you use and what some of your favorite features are.  Keep your eye on this newsletter for additional ways to get involved throughout the summer!

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. The club's next event is:

  • CANCELED - 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.

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. Although the 10:00 a.m. session is full at this time, the 1:00 p.m session still has availability, so please register soon! Both sessions will be the same in terms of content. A parent or guardian must stay with the child during the program. Please register online at:  www.cityofwildwood.com/programs

Green Rock Trail Challenge  

If you haven’t heard, the 2017 Wildwood Green Rock Trail Challenge is set to take place on June 3, 2017!! This is the 15th year for the Wildwood Green Rock Trail Challenge, and while the event has suffered several weather cancellations over its history, it fills to capacity quickly every year. The reason for the popularity is simple ….. it’s the perfect opportunity to understand green space, learn about available outdoor and trekking activities, experience one of the most beautiful trails in the City of Wildwood, meet a bunch of great people, and enjoy a fabulous lunch after an enjoyable hike!! If the Green Rock Trail Challenge sounds interesting to you, make note of the following details:
 
Event:                   2017 Green Rock Trail Challenge
Date:                     June 3, 2017
Location:              Muckerman Shelter
                              Greensfelder Park
                              4515 Hencken Road
                              Wildwood, MO  63069
Time:                     Assemble at shelter by 7:30 a.m.
                              Busses depart shelter at 8:00 a.m. sharp
 
The hike is approximately 6.5 to 7 miles (depending on when you start your GPS). Participants will meet at the Muckerman Shelter in Greensfelder Park at 7:30 a.m., enjoy a light breakfast (bagels, snack bars, drinks), then board a bus for transportation to Rockwood’s Reservation. Hikers will take the Green Rock Trail back to the Muckerman Shelter in Greenfelder Park where a great lunch will be waiting for you! Oh! Was it mentioned this is a free event! That’s right, it’s a free event, but all participants must be registered!!

Only 150 participants can be managed for the Green Rock Trail Challenge !! Registration is based on a first come, first served basis. Once 150 hikers have registered, a waiting list will be started. Please note, registered participants rarely cancel, so make sure you register NOW!! Click on the following link and you will be taken to the registration site:
 
https://wildwoodmo.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=107
 
If you have questions, call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.

Story Telling through Paint & Pen - City of Wildwood - First Session - June 13, 2017

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
Get 'Into' 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.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS >>>

Kids Unplug and Reconnect with Others at YMCA Camp

As our friends at the Wildwood Family YMCA say, amazing things happen when kids unplug and reconnect with others! Y Summer Day Camp provides a fun, safe experience for kids ages 3-14 to learn new skills, build self-confidence, and make lasting friendships.

The Y offers dozens of camps for all interests, including traditional outdoor camps, a huge variety of sports camps, aquatics camps, preschool camps and tween and teen camps as well as themed camps for every interest -- like cheer & poms, outdoor adventure, cooking, theater, science, Six Flags, fitness, art and so much more! Most camps offer swimming and, for ages 5 and up, field trips! There is also Fun Club Before & After Extended Care and Fun Club After Camp Swim Lessons for an additional fee.

The Wildwood Y holds 11 weekly camp sessions May 30–August 11. Full-day and some half-day camps available. Click here to view the YMCA Camp Brochure. Register at http://bit.ly/2pplsUy.
Kids Unplug and Reconnect with Others at YMCA Camp
Wildwood Historical Society - Giving is in the Bag

Woods Road Bridge Replacement Project

The City’s contractor, Gershenson Construction, is underway with the bridge replacement project on Woods Road. The project will replace the existing, substandard bridge, with a new structure consisting of two (2) 12-foot driving lanes, along with an 8 foot sidewalk separated from the driving lanes by a concrete barrier wall. Woods Road is CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC at the bridge location and will remain closed until AUGUST 15, 2017. Detour signs and other advance warning signs will be in place during construction.  
 
Rockwoods Reservation opened the Glencoe Road bridge on Sunday, April 30, 2017. For more information, please click this link: www.cityofwildwood.com/675/Woods-Road-Bridge-Replacement.

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/.

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.


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.

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.

Breton Woods Sales Event - May 23, 2017

1171 Breton Woods Court | Wildwood, Missouri 63005

Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 3.5 | 4,180 sq. ft.

Open House Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.!
$50.00 Gas Card Drawing!


*This home is sold, however there are 6 lots available still in Breton Woods! Please join the realtor for a tour of this outstanding Miceli Home, a chance to see Breton Woods Subdivision, and enjoy some free wine and cheese!

SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS AND OPPORTUNITIES >>>

Plastic Pot Recycling

Recycle your plastic garden pots, cell packs, and trays. Just follow these easy steps and landfill space is preserved for the future:

  • Collect your plastic gardening containers, such as cell packs, pots and trays.

  • Empty soil, rocks, and plant material out of all containers.

  • Remove metal hangers or other foreign materials.

  • Plastic plant tags should be nestled inside pots.

  • Take them to a collection point, which are many, including Lowe's Home Improvement Centers and many local nurseries throughout the region. Please click this link for more information on St. Louis Area nurseries that provide this service - www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/gardening-in-st.-louis/plastic-pot-recycling.aspx.

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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