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festivals Fair St. Louis July 3-5 | Forest Park Since 1981, the Fair Saint Louis Foundation (formerly the Veiled Prophet Fair Foundation)—in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the National Park Service— has hosted a spectacular celebration featuring live music, educational activities, air shows and spectacular fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend.

 The name Fair Saint Louis acknowledges that this free event is produced by Saint Louisans as a gift for Saint Louisans and their guests from all over the world. This year’s performers include: The Band Perry, Gavin Degraw, Bonnie Raitt, The Fray and much more! http://www.fairsaintlouis.org/


Japanese Festival Labor Day Weekend | Missouri Botanical Garden Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. Since 1977, the Missouri Botanical Garden has produced the annual Japanese Festival in conjunction with the Japanese Activities Committee, a coalition of several Japanese-American organizations that provide art, dance, food and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/things-to-do/events/signature-events/japanese-festival.aspx

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St. Louis Art Fair September 5, 6 & 7 | Clayton, MO The Saint Louis Art Fair (SLAF) is a free, three-day celebration of the visual and performing arts. The Art Fair will be held in Clayton’s central business district. The main focus is an easy-access juried exhibition of gallery quality fine art and craft with exhibiting artists. The Art Fair presents live performances, hands on activities for children, and showcases some of St. Louis’ top restaurants. The Art Fair collaborates with over 20 local not-for-profit arts organizations giving them the opportunity to generate earned income and access to over 130,000 potential patrons. http://www.culturalfestivals.com/saint-louis-art-fair/history-of-the-fair.html

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concerts Twilight Tuesdays Ameren Concert Series Dates Vary | Missouri History Museum The Missouri History Museum’s popular outdoor concert series returns with a spectacular spring lineup! Grab your blankets and lawn chairs, pack your picnic basket, and come hear some terrific music under a beautiful Forest Park sunset. Dates vary, so visit http://mohistory.org/twilight-tuesdays for the full summer schedule.


Kirkwood Summer Concert Series Dates Vary | Kirkwood Station Plaza Downtown Kirkwood’s annual summer concert series kicks off in May from the performance platform at Kirkwood Station Plaza in Downtown Kirkwood, located at 120 South Kirkwood Road across from Kirkwood City Hall. Select Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. http://www.downtownkirkwood.com/events/summer-concert-series.aspx

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Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series Dates Vary | June 3 - August 12 | Faust Park Each season, the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce hosts a Summer Concert Series in Faust Park. For ten weeks beginning in June, thousands of spectators come out to the park to enjoy live music and entertainment under the stars. Faust Park opens at 5:15pm for seating and concessions are available beginning at 5:30pm. All concerts are from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Beer, wine, soda, water, popcorn and candy are available for purchase along with area restaurants offering food at affordable prices, so no need to bring your own! Food trucks will be at the summer concerts. http://ccoc.publishpath.com/summer-concert-series

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Des Peres Summer Concert Series Dates Vary | Des Peres Park The City of Des Peres presents a free summer concert series on the second Friday of June, July and August. All concerts are held in Des Peres Park, 12325 Manchester Road, 63131. Bring your lawn chairs and coolers with your favorite snacks and beverages. Glass bottles are not permitted. Concessions will be available courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 313. http://www.desperesmo.org/index.aspx?NID=427

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volunteer Missouri Botanical Garden The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home, and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids. For over 154 years, the Garden has been an oasis in the city, a place of beauty and family fun— and also a center for education, science, and conservation. Garden volunteers are special people. They care. They have a sense of commitment to something greater than their own personal needs. They have a direct impact on achieving the mission and goals of the Garden. Volunteers provide the Garden with a resource of talent that is unavailable in any other way. The Garden values this contribution and hopes to offer each volunteer a satisfying, productive, and rewarding experience. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/about/additional-information/volunteer.aspx


Missouri History Museum The Missouri History Museum seeks to deepen the understanding of past choices, present circumstances, and future possibilities; strengthen the bonds of the community; and facilitate solutions to common problems. Every day, volunteers at the Missouri History Museum help make the history of our community more accessible. Putting their talents to work at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park and the Library and Research Center, volunteers are essential to the work, which began in 1866. Volunteers greet visitors, conduct tours and programs, staff the Museum Shop, assist with research, help preserve artifacts and much more. http://mohistory.org/volunteers volunteer


United Way Read to kids. Plan an event. Plant a garden. United Way’s Volunteer Center is the St. Louis region’s main resource for volunteering. They have a variety of programs, projects and resources to meet your needs. The United Way connects people to quality opportunities to serve, build capacity for local volunteering, raise awareness of the value volunteers bring to our communities and mobilize volunteers to effectively and efficiently meet local needs. http://www.stlvolunteer.org

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Big Brothers Big Sisters The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is “to build trusting and enduring relationships that encourage and support young people.” Relationships have the power to transform lives. Big Brothers Big Sister’s mission is shared by their Bigs, donors, partners, teachers, principals, friends, employees, board members and parents. Each of these groups plays such a powerful role and is there with Big Brothers Big Sisters engaging and connecting around the Little to change their life. Big Brothers Big Sisters make it possible for their Littles to live and learn in positive, opportunity rich environments. http://www.bbbsemo.org/#.

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Operation Bright Side Operation Bright Side as been dedicated to cleaning and “greening” St. Louis since 1982. From graffiti removal to Project Blitz to the daffodils that sprout their blooms all around town, Brightside St. Louis is the city’s oldest and most comprehensive notfor-profit cleaning and greening group. There are many opportunities to volunteer with Brightside – from taking The Litter Pledge and downtown plantings to alley cleanups and planting daffodils along our area’s streets for the blooms we all anticipate in the Spring. If you have an interest in making the city more beautiful than it already is, Brightside needs your help. http://www.brightsidestl.org

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St. Louis Foodbank The St. Louis Foodbank had been feeding people for 35 years. It began its service to the community in 1975. Today, the Foodbank continues to be an organization that relies on the generosity of others to make a difference in the lives of those in need of food assistance. Since that time, they have grown to become the Bi-State region’s largest non-profit food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need. http://www.stlfoodbank.org

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St. Louis Children’s Hospital St. Louis Children’s Hospital volunteers create a difference in the lives of patients, families, visitors and staff everyday. Volunteers can be found throughout the hospital, delivering packages and mail to patients, greeting visitors at the Information Desks, bringing comfort and distraction to patients and their siblings through play and improving the overall hospital experience for all of our guests. http://www.stlouischildrens.org/ways-give/volunteering

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American Red Cross From blazes and blizzards to floods and fires, the Greater St. Louis Region fulfills the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. For 97 years, the St. Louis Red Cross has provided comfort, care and necessities to those affected by disaster. On the scene following tornadoes, floods and power outages, the Greater St. Louis Region also responds to an average of three house fires every day. We provide immediate assistance for food, shelter, clothing and emotional support. From serving meals to disaster victims to helping with blood drives, volunteers contribute throughout the St. Louis community. Red Cross volunteers teach CPR and help soldiers arrange travel home for the birth of a child. They help them prepare for disaster and recover from the aftermath. http://www.redcross.org/mo/st-louis/about

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St. Louis Zoo Located on 90 acres in beautiful Forest Park, the Zoo is home to more than 600 species of animals, many of them rare and endangered. It is one of the few free zoos in the nation. The Saint Louis Zoo welcomes enthusiastic volunteers who have a love for animals and a passion for serving the people of our community. Zoo volunteers arrive from a diversity of backgrounds, and bring a variety of experience, knowledge and skill to the Zoo’s operations. Of course, no prior experience is necessary -- we’ll teach you what you need. Whether you have just a few hours each month to spare, or are looking for a new avenue in life, there is a home for you at the Zoo. http://www.stlzoo.org/give/volunteer/

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The Saint Louis Art Museum The Saint Louis Art Museum collects, presents, interprets, and conserves works of art of the highest quality across time and cultures; educates, inspires discovery, and elevates the human spirit; and preserves a legacy of artistic achievement for the people of St. Louis and the world. The Saint Louis Art Museum is continually looking for individuals to help them better serve the community. Volunteers have the unique opportunity to support the arts while learning new skills and meeting people with similar interests. When you volunteer, you not only lend your time and expertise, you also give back to a beloved St. Louis cultural institution. https://www.slam.org/AboutUs/volunteer.php

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The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Guild is a volunteer organization committed to providing support for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Through this volunteer group, men and women of all ages join to contribute their time towards the growth and success of opera in St. Louis. Since 1976, volunteers have played a vital role in the creative life of Opera Theatre. Guild volunteers work side-by-side with artists, company members, and staff. Our Festival Season runs during May and June, but we need enthusiastic volunteers all throughout the year! We welcome your involvement, no matter what your time commitment. http://www.opera-stl.org/support/volunteer/

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Forest Park The1,300-acre park offers something for everyone — amazing destinations and institutions that challenge the mind, a Dual Path system that invites both leisurely walks and intense workouts, quiet places to picnic and read, and a variety of popular festivals and events — all set in the background of a city oasis, a place to escape. Join the 1,180-plus passionate Forest Park volunteers who help make this one of the best public parks in the world, in the Forest Park’s volunteer program, Forest Park Forever. http://www.forestparkforever.org/volunteer/

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Salvation Army “Doing The Most Good” is the Salvation Army’s mission - to feed, to clothe, to comfort, to care - to rebuild broken homes and broken lives. By walking with the addicted, we can lead them to recovery. In fighting hunger and poverty, we can feed and nurture the spirit. More than 3.4 million people of all ages volunteered their time, talents, and resources to assist The Salvation Army’s work last year. Their volunteers are critical partners in helping the Salvation Army fulfill their promise to America of “Doing the Most Good.” http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer

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3 Little Birds 4 Life 3 Little Birds 4 Life’s passion is giving young adults with cancer the experience of living as if they were never diagnosed. There are so many ways you can help 3 Little Birds 4 Life and the people they assist. From helping grant the wishes of those suffering from cancer to volunteering your time or donating, there’s always a way you can make a difference! http://3littlebirds4life.org

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Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to be a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a 151 year old national movement that serves 4.2 million youth with 51,000 trained professional staff members at some 4,000 clubs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and military bases around the world. Volunteering is a great way for the community to get involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis! There are a variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from 1 - 2 hours/week to one-time special events. Below is a list of the different volunteer opportunities that are currently available. https://www.bgcstl.org/join-the-club/volunteers.aspx

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Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club The Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1960 by Martin L. Mathews and the late Hubert “Dickey” Ballentine. Initially, the Club was designed to provide structured recreational activities to neighborhood youths. Today, the Club’s goals are more focused and comprehensive and serve more than 40,000 young men and women, ages 5-18, throughout the St. Louismetropolitan area. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club. Without the thousands of individuals who lend their time and talents each year, the Club could not continue its important youth service mission. Providing specialized service opportunities is a key to the success of the Club’s volunteer program. http://www.mathews-dickey.com/index.html

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The Humane Society The Salvation Society is committed to creating lasting relationships between people and animals through their adoption programs. They further support that bond by making available world-class veterinary care, and outstanding pet obedience and behavior programs. The animals thank you for your support. The Humane Society of Missouri Volunteer Program helps fulfill the organization’s mission. Their volunteers are committed to furthering that mission by supporting Humane Society staff, programs and events, which are dedicated to providing humane treatment, improved quality of life and placement into forever homes for the animals in our care. http://www.hsmo.org/volunteer/

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just for kids Camp KangaZoo Leap into the action this summer and be a Camp KangaZoo camper! Camp takes place right among the animals on Zoo grounds. Campers entering 1st - 6th grade can choose to attend one or two week-long sessions throughout the summer. Camp sessions occur Monday - Thursday during the day and overnight Thursday until Friday morning. Camp KangaZoo t-shirt, group photo, snacks, Thursday pizza dinner and Friday morning breakfast are included. www.stlzoo.org/education/programsforindividualsfami/campkangazoo/


Yucandu Summer Art Camp Camps available for children in grades K-12th. Yucandu (pronounced yū-‘kendū), is an interactive art store for adults and children. Yucandu provides individuals starting at kindergarten, the opportunity to explore their creativity— no appointment necessary! Surrounded by unique shops and restaurants, Yucandu’s location lends to spending an hour or a day in Old Webster. Materials available throughout the studio range from artist-quality paints and adhesives to vintage dictionaries and hardware. http://yucandu.com/wp/camps/

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Astronaut Training Camp Participants in the Astronaut Training Camp will experience activities similar to NASA astronauts and engineers in training. They will compete in rocket design and launch challenges, experience two simulated space missions, and participate in hands-on activities including a lunar colony that they will design, build, and inhabit! http://www.clcstlouis.org/our-programs/summer-camps

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COCA Summer Arts Camps Camps available for students ages 3-18. COCA offers some of the most creative camps around, providing campers with the opportunity to learn and experience new things, build their skills and – most importantly – have fun! Your kids and teens will find many ways to express themselves – through poetry, dance, drama, sculpture, songwriting, videography and much, much more. COCA campers will experience an instructive and encouraging environment with professional artist-instructors who care about both their craft and their campers. Whether you’ve been with us for years or are coming to COCA for the very first time, we’re confident you’ll find the right camps for your kids and teens. http://www.cocastl.org/

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Camp Shakespeare Shakespeare Festival St. Louis offers unique summer arts opportunities at locations across St. Louis. Registration for 2014 Summer Shakespeare Camps for ages 8-19 is now open! http://www.sfstl.com/in-the-schools/summer-camps/

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Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis Summer Camp Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis offers a structured environment providing age appropriate activities for youth that includes a nutritious breakfast and lunch. Our summer campers are exposed to a variety of learning and participate in ďŹ eld trips, social recreation, and cultural activities on-site and in the community. Our summer camp offers young people what they need and want most: trained professional staff who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves; and interesting, constructive activities that channel youth energy into challenging pursuits. Summer will truly be a fun and dynamic experience that will spark creativity, engagement, and exploration through an individualized, structured learning experience. http://www.bgcstl.org/programs-services/SummerCamp.aspx

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Vetta Summer Camp There is something to be said for longevity, and the Vetta Summer Camps have been serving families for 20 years. Each year we try to make our camp a little different and a little better, while maintaining the confidence and trust of our customers that their children will have fun and be safe. Our Summer Camp Program is set up with all of the fun activities of a gym class, plus much more: Lazer tag, inflatable water slides, inflatable obstacle courses, and awesome field trips! http://www.vettasports.com/page/summer-camp-manchester#.U43_Bc294wR

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Summer Science Blast Camps at Saint Louis Science Center We offer the cure for the “common camp� with its Summer Science Blast program. The summer line-up includes a variety of stimulating science sessions for everyone from preschoolers to teenagers, sure to keep kids excited about learning all summer long. http://www.slsc.org/summer-camps

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Summer opportunities