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Schedule of Public Meetings for the City of Wildwood - Week of September 24, 2018
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Pop-Up Events Brought to You by the City of Wildwood

Information about upcoming 2018 Pop Up Events is always posted on the City's website (www.cityofwildwood.com), as well as on our social media pages - Facebook (www.facebook.com/cityofwildwood), Twitter (twitter.com/cityofwildwood), and Instagram (instagram.com/cityofwildwood).

Pop Up Event on September 22, 2018, Featuring the Tony Viviano Band

2018 Farmers Market in Wildwood

Public Plaza @ 221 Plaza Drive
Market is Open this Saturday, September 22, 2018

The City's Farmers Market is located at 221 Plaza Drive, near the new Stonecrest of Wildwood, with plenty of convenient parking nearby. The market opens at 8:00 a.m. and concludes its day at 12:00 p.m. (Noon), through October 6th. The Wildwood Farmers Market is a great place to grab the freshest produce, baked goods, drinks (teas, juices, etc.), farm-raised meat and eggs, as well as hand crafted gifts, jewelry and art. Please be sure to ‘like’ the new Facebook Page, so you can keep up to date with information about the market, features of the participating vendors, and much more! The link is - WildwoodFarmersMarket.

Wildwood BBQ Bash - September 28 through 30, 2018

Wildwood BBQ Bash Presented by St. Louis Home Fires

The 14th Annual Wildwood BBQ Bash presented by St. Louis Home Fires is scheduled for September 28, 29, and 30, 2018.  2018 is the Bash's 10th year in Wildwood and its second year to be held at St. Louis Community College - Wildwood Campus. Use the links below, to find all of the information you need to know before you go!

IMPORTANT: No pets, except service animals - No coolers -  No glass containers - No weapons  or firearms -  No Tobacco/Vape Use - Lawn chairs welcome, but consider you may need to transport them on a shuttle bus. Please bring cash as it may be required for some purchases.

Location:
St. Louis Community College - Wildwood Campus
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, Missouri 63040-1168

Map to Event Location

Event Hours:
Friday - 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 4:30 p.m. - Shuttle buses begin to operate at this time (check Know Before You Go page for location details)

5:00 pm BBQ Bash grounds open to the public!
6:00 pm School of Rock (on Mari de Villa Main Stage)
7:00 pm Superjam (on Mari de Villa Main Stage)
10:00 pm Bash grounds close to public for the night

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - Shuttle buses will be in operation at this time (check Know Before You Go page for location details)

10:00 am BBQ Bash grounds open to the public
11:00 am Opening Ceremonies (on Mari de Villa Main Stage)
12:45 pm Sean Coray (on Mari de Villa Main Stage)
1:30 pm Devine Dance (during first band break) (on Mari de Villa Main Stage)
4:00 pm Kingdom Brothers (on Mari de Villa Main Stage)
6:00 pm Chicken Wing Eating Contest (during second band break)
7:00 pm Kids Que Awards (on Mari de Villa Main Stage)
7:30 pm Dr. Zhivegas (on Mari de Villa Main Stage)
9:00 pm Fireworks presented by Three French Hens

Dr. Zhivegas back on stage, after fireworks

11:00 pm Bash grounds close to public for the night
12:30 am Shuttles end for the night

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. - Shuttle buses will be in operation at this time (check Know Before You Go page for location details)

10:00 am BBQ Bash grounds open to the public
12:00 pm Eskimo Brothers (on Mari de Villa Main Stage)
3:00 pm BBQ Bash comes to an end!
3:30 pm Award Ceremony

For our hearing impaired visitors: St. Louis Community College's Professor of Deaf Communication Studies, Eric Driskill, and students in this field of study, will provide sign language interpretation of Bash activities taking place on the Mari de Villa Main Stage throughout the entire weekend.

Come to the Mayor's Coffee
They're Educational and Fun!
City Hall - Community Room - 16860 Main Street
No October Coffee ... See You in November

Coffee With the Mayor - First Thursday of Each Month
Graphic for Wildwood 2020

“Wildwood 2020”

Mayor Bowlin announced his vision plan for the City of Wildwood during the City Council Work Session held on Monday, October 9, 2017.  The plan was developed based on input from residents and other stakeholders, and calls for improving residential experience and a renewed focus on the City’s original plans, said Mayor Bowlin. 

“I’m very committed to things that benefit our residents and businesses, and there’s so much we can do to make Wildwood even better for them. My plan incorporates ways to make that happen with optimal cost efficiency,” said the Mayor. The plan includes several proposed projects that will benefit residents in all eight wards, along with implementation guidelines that include resident participation and input. 
 
For more information, please contact Ryan Thomas, City Administrator, at (636) 458-0440, or visit the following link - Cityofwildwood.com/708/Wildwood-2020.

Don't Forget ... Public WiFi is Available
at Wildwood City Hall

Public WiFi is available at Wildwood City Hall. The Network Name is Wildwood/Guest and no password is required. This new service will improve your ability to access agenda items during meetings on your smartphone or other WiFi-enabled device.

Wildwood City Council
and Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings
! Streaming Live !

It's been over a year now since the City began video streaming City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission meetings, which can be viewed live or thereafter. Please click the link below to visit the City's Livestream Page, where you can both link to live meetings, or view past recorded meetings: http://www.cityofwildwood.com/703/Livestream.

High-Speed Internet to the Rural Areas of Wildwood

The City's Rural Internet Access Committee (RIAC) met on July 30, 2018 and discussed the progress the two (2) providers that currently offer high-speed internet access service to the rural areas of Wildwood have made over the past few months. These providers, Bays ET and Wisper ISP, are both actively adding new capacity and increasing speeds to their respective networks. Along with these improvements to the networks, reliability efforts have also been redoubled by both providers. If you have not thought about obtaining internet access from one (1) of these two (2) providers over past concerns about service, reliability, and speeds, you may want to check back with them and hear about the improvements they have made for Wildwood residents. Bays ET and Wisper ISP can be contacted at the following telephone numbers: Bays ET (serves the south half of the City) -  (636) 334-9353 and Wisper ISP (serves the north half of the City) - 1 (800) 765-7772.

Wild Horse Creek Road Bridge Replacement
Project is Nearing Completion

The City of Wildwood began its bridge replacement project on Wild Horse Creek Road, at Pillman Creek, the first week of August.

As many know, a portion of Wild Horse Creek Road has been closed, but, with it now well ahead of schedule, the roadway's opening may now be as early as October 1, 2018.

Please click on the following link for all of the details about detour routes and thank you for your cooperation during this construction period. It is very much appreciated. Link - Wild-Horse-Creek-Road-Bridge-Replacement.
Babler State Park - October 2018 Programming

<< CITY RECREATIONAL EVENTS and 
EXCITING ACTIVITIES >>

FREE Senior Adult Writing Workshops

Attention men and women, ages 60 and above, please come join in the fun and be a part of an interactive, well-organized course that includes your peers and new acquaintances.The first workshop was held on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The follow-up workshop to this introduction is called “Writing & Designing Your Complete Memoirs” and will be an eight (8) week set of sessions, starting on Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., in the Community Room. Follow up classes will be Thursday, October 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 8, 15, and 29. For more information, or to register, go to https://wildwoodmo.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=252 or call Amanda at (636) 458-0440.

Tour de Wildwood - October 7, 2018 - Sunday

2018 Tour De Wildwood - Sunday, October 7, 2018

Ride a section of Historic Route 66, visit Babler State Park and Rockwoods Reservation Conservation Area, and enjoy the beautiful fall leaves as you ride the low-traffic roads through the hills of Wildwood. The ride starts and ends at Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri, 63040.


7:00 a.m. - Ride Day Registration
8:00 a.m. - Long route (50 miles) departs
9:00 a.m. - Short route (28 miles) departs
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - FREE Traffic Safety 101 Class (details at the link above)
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch (at start/finish area) Please note the lunch trailer will CLOSE promptly at 1:00 p.m. Please plan to arrive at the finish line before 1:00 p.m., if you want to enjoy the lunch! Lunch prepared by PM BBQ.
12:30 p.m. - BIKE GIVEAWAY - Every ride registration is a ticket for the bike giveaway drawing; raffle tickets will also be available for purchase on ride morning

Don't forget your to purchase a Tour de Wildwood 2018 jersey. They will be on sale at ride registration.


Questions? Call Gary at (636) 458-0440.

Wildwood Art Festival - October 20 and 21, 2018

Wildwood Art Festival - Coming this Fall

The City will be hosting its annual Art Festival, on October 20th & 21st, along Main Street in its beautiful Town Center Area. Mark your calendars for a weekend full of food, wine, music and, of course, amazing artwork to purchase. To date, over fifty (50) artists have committed to the event. More details will be provided closer to the event dates.

Hike and Seek for 2018 - City of Wildwood

Participate in the Junior Trailblazer Program

Know any kids in the 5 to 13 year age range who would love to get out and enjoy some of Wildwood's trails? Then check out the City's Junior Trailblazer Program! This fun program will have kids (and their families) getting out and getting fit (don't tell them they will learn some things as well). Check it out here: http://cityofwildwood.com/trailblazer.

Programs for Seniors - City of Wildwood - 2018

CITY OF WILDWOOD - 2018 Programming for Seniors

The City of Wildwood is excited to offer several FREE programs for Wildwood resident seniors (non-resident seniors will pay just $5.00 per class), Age 60+, in 2018!  A variety of programs will be offered. In January, the City kicked off senior yoga and fitness classes. These classes are offered on alternating Fridays, starting at 11:00 a.m. The senior's fitness class is held at the Wildwood Family YMCA, while the senior yoga class is at Wildwood Yoga & Wellness. Again, these classes will continue throughout 2018, again on alternating weeks. Participants do not need to be members of the Wildwood Family YMCA or Wildwood Yoga &Wellness to participate in these programs.

Starting on August 30, 2018, a Creative Writing Class for Seniors will be offered, called “Introduction to Writing Your Memoir.” This introductory class will be followed by an 8-week series of classes called, “Writing and Designing Your Complete Memoir Book,” starting on September 13th.  These classes are free for seniors to attend, but please register at the following link: www.cityofwildwood.com/programs. Additional information about these classes can be found at the link as well or below, in the provided detail description.

Starting in mid-September, an additional fitness class, along with a new water fitness class will be offered at the Wildwood YMCA. Please follow the link to see the schedule for all of the senior classes that are being offered. Pre-registration is required, even though the class is free. To register for a class, go to www.cityofwildwood.com/programs.

Pavilion Rentals
Get Into the Great Outdoors

Fall is officially here. Get outside, while you still can to enjoy the beautiful colors and cooler temperatures. The City of Wildwood has three (3) beautiful park pavilions available for your upcoming events, but register A.S.A.P., they fill up fast! 
 
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.

Wildwood History Book Cover

Third Chapter of Wildwood History Book Available
@ City Hall

The City's Historic Preservation Commission and the Wildwood Historical Society have added another chapter to the Wildwood History Book, which covers the era from 1860 to 1919. The Civil War had a major effect in Wildwood, given the many families involved it in some fashion. Come on by City Hall to pick up a copy. Limit one (1) book per family.


<< COMMUNITY AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS >>

Fahr Greenhouse - Homestead Saturdays - September 22 and 29, 2018 and October 6, 2018
Fahr Greenhouse - Homesteading Today
Wildwood Historical Society

WILDWOOD HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S UPCOMING EVENTS

The Wildwood Historical Society has a number of events planned throughout 2018. Again, the Society's Museum is OPEN on Monday mornings, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or by appointment. For questions or more information about this great organization, please contact Sandra K. Becker-Gurnow, President, at 314-374-3159. 

  
> October 16 - Antique Review and Appraisal 
 
> December 16 - Christmas OPEN HOUSE, with Appetizers and Desserts, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wildwood Historical Society - Early Churches Book - $20.00
Wildwood Family YMCA - Kids Night Out - Beginning in this September

Kids Night Out at the Wildwood Family YMCA

THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2018, FROM 6:30 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.

Kids, ages 5 through 12, can enjoy the YMCA and a full evening of fun: swimming, games, sports, dinner, crafts, and friendship. Concessions will be available for purchase. Kids, please wear gym shoes and bring a swimsuit and towel. Families don't need to be YMCA members to enjoy this program. The YMCA must have a minimum of ten (10) kids registered by 6:00 p.m. the Friday before to host this event. $20.00 per child, $15.00 for YMCA members, $5.00 sibling discount. Register at gwrymca.org or at call (636) 458-6636. Upcoming events will be Saturday, September 22, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 10 :00 p.m., and Saturday, December 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to10:00 p.m.

Sips and Soil Speaker Series - September 25, 2018 by the Wildwood Family YMCA
LIVING WORD CHURCH - Bolgatanga BBQ @ Wildwood BBQ Bash

Bolgatanga BBQ at the Wildwood BBQ Bash

The Wildwood BBQ Bash, September 28 through 30, 2018, is bigger and better than ever this year! The event will be held at the St. Louis Community College - Wildwood Campus - and Living Word Church will sponsor a Bolgatanga BBQ Booth (#46) on Friday, Sept 28, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 11:00 a.m.to 8:00 p.m. All proceeds go to The Ghana Project, www.helpghananow.com. Stop by Booth #46 and support The Ghana Project.
Wildwood Family YMCA - Preschool Enrichment

YMCA Preschool Enrichment
Morning and Afternoon Options Still Available

The Wildwood Family YMCA is now enrolling friends, ages 3-5, for its Preschool Enrichment Program held  Monday through Friday, August 14, 2018 - May 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to -12:00 p.m. or 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Y! The program will feature swimming, gym time, outdoor garden education, crafts, story time, show & tell, outside play, interest centers, sensory stations, and family events, along with offering 2, 3 and 5 day attendance options. Sign up in person at the Y Welcome Center. Immunization records will be required. If you have any questions, please contact Tiphanie Johnston, at tiphanie.johnston@gwrymca.org, or call (636) 458-6636.

Caregiver Support Group ... Living Word Church in Wildwood

Are you caring for a family member or friend? Living Word Church, 17315 Manchester Road, in Wildwood, will begin a “Caring for the Caregiver” support group. The group will meet the first and third Thursdays of each month, beginning October 4, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.livingwordumc.org.  

LaSalle Retreat Center's Pumpkin Festival - October 7, 2018
Wildwood Area Lions Club - Dropbox - Wildwood City Hall

Wildwood Area Lions Club
Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids - Drop-Off Box @ City Hall

The Wildwood Area Lions Club has a drop-off box at Wildwood City Hall (16860 Main Street, 63040) for used eyeglasses and hearing aids that are provided to others that cannot access them for a number of reasons. Don't throw them away, donate, and help others in need. 

The Wildwood Area Lions Club was chartered by Lions International and is a non-profit organization by the State of Missouri since June 23, 2009. Lions Clubs support the Wildwood Area by providing assistance through actions and monetary funding. Lions International  has 1.35 million members in 205 countries and regions worldwide. The international foundation has awarded more than $700 million for humanitarian service projects worldwide and provides disaster relief, youth programs, and help to combat disabilities, where needed.
Bethel Exercise - Mondays and Thursdays (9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a..m.)

<< PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS >>

Operation Wild Lands 2018 at Al Foster Memorial Trail

November 8 through November 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

We need your help to restore native habitat on the Al Foster Memorial Trail! Volunteers will remove invasive bush honeysuckle in this conservation area along the Meramec Greenway in Wildwood, Missouri. Your assistance will help improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, and create a healthier environment for all. Corporate groups and school groups looking for volunteer projects are encouraged to contact us to be a part of our Thursday through Saturday workdays! Contact us at 314-835-9225 or info@openspacestl.org.

Volunteers will meet at the Al Foster Memorial Trailhead. The trail is located near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Washington Avenue, in the Glencoe Community of the City of Wildwood. Parking is available at the trailhead.


We will provide necessary tools, gloves, snacks, and water for this event. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Youth ages 15 and up are welcome to join with the accompaniment of a parent or guardian.


This event is sponsored in part by: 

The Open Space Council, www.openspaceSTL.org.
Great Rivers Greenway, www.greatriversgreenway.org.
St. Louis County Parks, www.stlouisco.com/parksandrecreation.
Missouri State Parks, www.mostateparks.com
City of Wildwood, www.cityofwildwood.com.

Survey on Affordable Housing Options in St. Louis County

The St. Louis County Executive recently formed an affordable housing task force, which consists of various community stakeholders, to develop recommendations on the establishment of an affordable housing trust fund in St. Louis County. A trust fund would ensure a stable funding source to assist those County residents most in need of affordable housing in our area.

 
To gather input on community needs and priorities related to affordable housing, the task force has created two (2) surveys, one for residents and one for organizations. Please click on the provided link and participate in this important survey ... your opinion matters and it will assist in helping others find stable and good housing. Click HERE to take St. Louis County’s Affordable Housing Survey! www.stlouisco.com/housingtrustfund.

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.

Park and Trail Memorial Program

The City of Wildwood is pleased to offer a Park and Trail Memorial Program intended for residents to honor and commemorate the memory of a loved one or close friend. The City is offering three (3) different options that can be placed in a number of different active or passive park/trail locations in the City. Please click on the link for more information: www.cityofwildwood.com/725/Park-and-Trail-Memorial-Program.

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AND
 OPPORTUNITIES >>


The Shoeman Water Project Shoe Drive Continues

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. 

American Flag

Ameren Missouri
Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

Residential programs are available to customers and can be viewed by clicking on the following link: www.ameren.com/energy-efficiency/residential/hvac/.

For 2018, Let's All Shop, Dine, and Unwind in Wildwood 

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, just click on this link: cityofwildwood.com/businessdirectoryii.aspx. Information on Wildwood businesses is provided, including contact numbers and their respective specialties. Also, click on the provided link that follows to visit the Wildwood Business Association's website for participating businesses as well - www.wildwoodba.org. Shopping locally always makes a lot of sense and everyone wins. Thank you!

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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