Friday, February 01, 2008

February 2008 Events

Black History Month Guest Authors & Speakers
Sunday, Feb 10
Authors @ Your Library presents: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Central Library
1301 Olive
Downtown St. Louis
2:00PM - 4:00PM
The St. Louis Public Library invites you to join us in Central Library's Great Hall as we celebrate Black History Month 2008 with renowned Harvard Professor, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as our keynote speaker. Throughout his life Dr. Gates has struggled to overcome the psychological effects of racism. He is a passionate supporter of a multicultural approach towards education and he is considered one of the most powerful academic voices in America. The charismatic Harvard Professor is recognized for his extensive research of African American history and literature and for developing and expanding the African American study program at Harvard University. Left Bank Books will provide his books for booksigning. The first African American to earn a Ph.D. at Cambridge University in England, Dr. Gates has dedicated his career to bringing African American culture to the public. He has written and produced some of the most comprehensive African American reference materials in the country. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Dean of the Department of African and African American studies at Harvard University.

Monday, Feb 11
Big Brothers Big Sisters Speakers Series presents: Michael Eric Dyson
Busch Student Center
St. Louis University

Black History Month Events

The St. Louis Public Library is hosting guite a few events for Black History Month. Check it out: For Kids & Teens

St. Louis County Library also has a whole host events for the entire month. Check it out here.

Carver Days at the Missouri Botanical Garden (family)
Saturday-Monday, February 16 through 18
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A three-day weekend of family fun with a focus on George Washington Carver, one of America's great scientists and educators.

Activities include:
Story-telling with KMOV-TV anchor Vickie Newton. Saturday, 11 a.m.
“The ABC’s of George Washington Carver,” where children may ask questions of this famous man. Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m.
“Listening to the Still Small Voice,” an award-winning one-man live performance about Carver’s life. Sunday and Monday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Throughout the weekend:
Visit the “Jesup Wagon,” Carver’s movable school where kids are invited to explore and experiment in Carver’s footsteps.
Ride the free shuttle to the Carver Garden (weather permitting).
Eat Carver-inspired sweet potato and peanut dishes, available for purchase in Sassafras.
Activities are included with Garden admission.
Visit us online for more information.

GenNext Service Opportunities
Saturday, February 16

Cardinal Ritter Senior Services
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
7609 Watson Rd.
Webster Groves, MO
Volunteers will visit with residents from Our Lady of Perpetual Health assisted living center. Volunteers will also serve lunch and refreshments.
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services provides home health services and housing for the elderly.
A thank-you event will immediately follow at CJ Muggs in Webster Groves

Edgewood Children's Center
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
330 N. Gore
Webster Groves, MO
Volunteers will do arts and crafts with the kids, make Valentines together and play board games. If the weather is nice, volunteers can also play outdoor games.
Edgewood Children's Center provides services for children with severe emotional, behavioral and communication disorders, particularly those with autism or Asperger's Syndrome.

Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis Chapter
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
9374 Olive Blvd.
St. Louis, MO
Help this agency prepare for an upcoming special event and other projects around the office.
Alzheimer's Association provides services and support to individuals affected by Alzheimer's and their families and care partners.

United Way's GenNext program invites people in their twenties and thirties to strengthen the St. Louis community by participating in meaningful volunteer opportunites, learning from influential leaders and networking with a diverse group of peers. GenNext is a great way for young professionals to get involved in the community while advancing their careers.

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Young Friends Coffee Evening
Wednesday, Feb 27
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Missouri Botanical Garden - Ridgway Center
Join the Missouri Botanical Garden ’s Young Friends for an evening of coffee tasting, a cupping demonstration, The Birth of Coffee photo exhibition, and the Storybook Classics orchid show, where over 800 winter-blooming orchids are displayed in an indoor paradise.The event is free but reservations are required by calling (314) 577-9432.
For more information, visit

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