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St. Charles County's event calendar for the week of May 9

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• The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department will present free Movies in the Park again this summer. The entire family will enjoy watching the stars shine on a giant inflatable screen at a different park on the second Friday of each month, from May through August. Grab a blanket and lawn chair and head out to your favorite St. Charles County park. These popular movies begin approximately 30 minutes after sunset. Popcorn is free; soda and candy are available for purchase. No glass allowed in the park, please. Here’s the 2018 lineup: 8:30 p.m., May 11 at Klondike Park in Augusta – “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”; 9 p.m., June 8 at the Heritage Museum near St. Charles – “National Treasure”; 9 p.m., July 13 at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville – “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; 8:30 p.m., Aug. 10 at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie – “Heavyweights”. Movies in the Park are weather dependent; even high winds may delay or cancel the event. If the weather is questionable, check stccparks.org and click on the “Rainout Line” app on the right side of the page for up-to-date information about program status or call 636-707-0011.

• The next St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre bus tour will be "The Orient Express" on May 15. Learn some of the customs, beliefs and traditions of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and other Asian cultures in St. Louis. The bus departs from the west parking lot of St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., at 9 a.m. and returns at approximately 5 p.m. This tour involves a lot of walking. The cost is $83 and includes transportation, lunch, admissions and gratuities. For more information on this and future trips, visit stpetersmo.net/arts or call 636-397-6903, ext. 1624. To register, visit stpetersmo.net/Rec-Connect or call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400.

• St. Charles County will host the bi-monthly series #SCCMore Speaker Series, which is designed to encourage residents to learn about programs and services provided by St. Charles County Government and to “see more” of what the county has to offer. Speakers are St. Charles County elected officials and county staff, who will address topics of interest to county residents. All programs will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at various libraries in the St. Charles City-County Library District. Next up in the series will be “St. Charles County: Past, Present and Future" with county executive Steve Ehlmann, on May 15, at the St. Charles City-County Library Kisker Road Branch, 1000 Kisker Road, in St. Charles. The discussion includes current and upcoming road projects, the Gateway Green Light program, future technological advances for transportation and more. Be sure to bring your questions and take advantage of this timely and informative discussion. The #SCCMore Speaker Series is free, but registration is requested. To register, call or e-mail St. Charles County community relations manager Molly Dempsey at 636-949-7900, ext. 3724, or mtdempsey@sccmo.org. For information on future #SCCMore Speaker Series programs, visit sccmo.org/SpeakerSeries.

Skate, ride and play the night away this summer at the Youth Activity Park, in Dardenne Prairie. The park stays open until midnight, every third Friday in May through September, so bring your skateboard, scooter, BMX bike and your friends to join in the fun. Youth and adults can enjoy extreme-sports under the stars on the state-of-the art 33,000-square-foot skate/bike course on May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, and Sept. 21. The concrete course is equipped with nighttime lighting, has beginner, intermediate and advanced bowls, a street course, a snake run and is the largest outdoor skate park in the Midwest. Other park amenities include an indoor rock wall, game room and the YAP Café. Admission is $8 for youth ages 17 and under and $10 for adults. Youth must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian and helmets are required for all participants. In the event of inclement weather, the park will close at 10 p.m. For more information or to register, call the park at 636-561-4964.

• The Missouri Butterfly Monitoring Network (MBMN) is looking for citizen scientists who want to help create an accurate count of the butterfly population in St. Charles County. Join Tad Yankoski, director of the MBMN and Entomologist at the Butterfly House, in Chesterfield, for a short training session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 18, at the Broemmelsiek Visitors Center in Broemmelsiek Park, 1795 Hwy. DD, near Defiance. No prior knowledge of butterflies is required; beginners are welcome. As a butterfly monitoring volunteer, you will be trained on how to identify the 25 most commonly encountered butterfly species; how to select, create and monitor a route; and how to upload the data to the North American Butterfly Monitoring Network. The butterfly monitoring training session is free, but pre-registration is requested. To register, call the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at 636-949-7535 or visit

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