Thank you

This post is months in the making and comes on the heels of much internal debate. After 3+ years of community events and building resource pages, I’m going to step away from Fun for St. Joe Kids. It has been my love letter to the city, my lifeline as a new resident, my encouragement to families, and has connected me to all of you. I’m so grateful for all it has meant to me.

I’ve come to realize we often are faced with decisions that aren’t black and white, but sometimes must choose between two very good things. I hate that all of you that have taken the time to reach out and tell me how great Fun for St. Joe Kids is will be disappointed by this decision, and yet I’m really excited to be more present with my family and dive deeper into other projects.

And while this event calendar is going offline, I have good news. The Uncommon Character calendar of events is a really great resource for events around the city. I’ve linked to it on the homepage and here. And for now, the other resource pages will remain up and available for your use.

I’ve loved building this site, I love what’s happening in this city, and I love all of you for letting me be part of your lives for a little while.

♡ Ashley Dawson

Choosing to Love

If you’ve followed along on this site for awhile, you may know this already. My family is not from St. Joe. We moved here 3 years ago. We have lived in some wonderful places, and we were excited to move to St. Joe. It’s brought us closer to family, and we’ve seen so many positive things happen in the short time we’ve lived here. A big part of why I spend my time and money working on and maintaining this website is because I believe this city has so much to offer, and I can see a spirit of hard-work and ingenuity in the local businesses that I want to help promote. We already have wonderful amenities and when we support our local businesses, they continue to grow and even more businesses and spaces for families to have fun are created.

It would be easy to spend my time thinking about what we don’t have as a city. It would be easy to look at the gaps that exist. But that isn’t what I want for St. Joe. And there are people pouring their time and money into this town to make it a better place, so the least I can do is share their vision and support them in their efforts. This looks like a lot of things. My husband and I go on dates in town, trying out restaurants we haven’t been to before and revisiting old favorites. We shop for home decor in stores instead of online whenever we can. We attend programs at our various libraries in town. We talk to people who are recent transplants and talk up how great the trail system is or how much we love Parties on the Parkway. We root for the Mustangs and the Griffons, and we go to high school football games on Friday nights.

I wanted you to know that despite what can sound like a chorus of naysayers about this town, we can choose to love it. Because what makes St. Joe great isn’t any one thing, but all of us. And when I look at our city I see people that work hard for what they have, people who are kind and generous to their neighbors, kids that are brimming with creativity, and a beautiful history that deserves to be part of a prosperous future. Will you join me? Join me in loving our city out loud, because I believe there are more of us that believe this is a great place to live than there are those that don’t.

Vacation Bible School 2019

Wesley UMCMay 20-24, 5:30-8p, PreK-6th grade

Abundant Life CenterJune 3-6, 5:30-8:30p

Riverside Baptist Church: June 3-7, 6-8p

Copeland Baptist Church: June 6-11, 6-8:30p

St. Paul Lutheran: June 10-14, 9a-12p

Wellspring Community Church: June 10-13, 5:15-7:30p

Ashland United Methodist: June 17-21, 6-8p, 2y-8th grade

Wyatt Park Baptist Church: June 17-21

Restoration Church: June 18-21, 6-8p, 5-12y (register through Facebook messenger)

McCarthy Baptist Church: June 24-28, 5:30-8:30p, completed K-6th grade

Grace Evangelical Church: June 24-28, 6:30-8:30p

Clair Church: June 27-29

Central Christian Church: July 7-10, 6-8p, preK-6th grade

St. Francis Xavier VBSJuly 8-11, 5:30-8p

Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church: July 8-12, 4y-6th grade

First Baptist Church of St. Joseph Missouri: July 8-12

Word of Life ChurchJuly 8-12, 6-8:30p, 3y-5th grade

Community Christian Church: July 14-18, 6-9p

Renew Church: July 15-19, 5-8p

Green Valley Baptist Church: July 28-Aug 1, 2019

Don’t Miss This: August

The summer is wrapping up, but there is lots of fun still to be had. Here you’ll find some events that require advance sign-up or tickets purchased, or are just too cool not to plan for in advance. Check the calendar for TONS of other events.

August 2-4 – Stewartsville Festival

August 2 – Cartwheels and Cupcakes @ MEGA Gymnastics

August 2 – Family Movie Night @ Grace Evangelical Church

August 3-5 – Tax Free Weekend

August 3 – Cooking Class at AKMA Cafe

August 3-4 – 49th Annual St. Patrick’s Mexican Fiesta

August 4 – Chiefs Family Fun Day

August 4 – Back to School Day! @ Life Church

August 4 – Back to School Weekend with Ricardo Hurtado

August 9 – Boys LEGO Ninja Camp at MEGA Gymnastics

August 9 – Minecraft Show-and-Tell at East Hills Library

August 10 – Movie Night at East Hills Shopping Center

August 11 – 2nd Annual Safety Bash at JCPenney

August 12 – Youth Coaches Clinic at EmpowerU

August 16 – Natural Grocer’s 63rd Anniversary

August 17-19 – Trails West Festival

August 21 – Moms for Life Kickoff Party

August 23 – 3D Pens at the Library (sign-up required by August 20)

August 23 – Early Literacy Celebration & Hot Dog Party

August 25-26 – Sound of Speed Airshow

August 25 – Renovation’s 5th Annual City Block Party

August 31 – September 1 – JoeStock Music Festival

4th of July Fun

Independence Day Activities & Events

City of St. Joseph fireworks display
– 15 minutes after dark on July 4
– on the riverfront
– good places to watch from: Remington Nature Center & Heritage Park Complex
– be prepared for detours, as road construction is on-going in that area

St. Joseph Mustangs post-game fireworks
– July 4 at the conclusion of the game
– at Phil Wel
– Veterans and active military receive free admission to the party deck

City of Maryville display
– 4th of July, at dusk
– Mozingo Lake Recreation Park

City of Cameron
– 4th of July, festivities all day, fireworks after dark
– Rotary breakfast at 7am
– band concert, a pet show, antique car show, bbq contest, a walk and run, baby show, pedal tractor pull, parade and of course fireworks

– parade at 10am
– games & activities all day
– street dance 6-10pm
– fireworks start at 9:45pm

Don’t Miss This: June

June is hopping, and some events require advance sign-up or tickets purchased, or are just too cool not to plan for in advance. So here is the list of those events – check the calendar for TONS of other events. I’ve linked them up to Facebook events when possible, but you can always find more details on our event calendar.

Recurring events in June include: Summer Movie Express, Summer Reading events at St. Joseph Public Library and Rolling Hills Library, Imagine Eleven Concert Series, Mustangs gamesVacation Bible Schools, and summer camps.

June 1 – National Donut Day, celebrate with Big Sky Donuts
Rock the Park

June 2 – Herp-O-Rama at Remington Nature Center
– Bishop LeBlond Track & Field Clinic and Sunset Relays
Past & Present Car Show at Wyeth-Tootle Mansion

June 3 – Imagine Eleven Concert Series
Hope Over St. Joe

June 7 – Summer Fishing Clinic

June 8-9 – Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival

June 10 – Imagine Eleven Concert Series

June 12 – Mother Son Rodeo at Chick-fil-a

June 14 – Parties on the Parkway

June 15 – Juneteenth
Andrew County Fair on the Square
– Sounds of Summer Concert Series

June 16 – Juneteenth
– Andrew County Fair on the Square
Family Fun Day at Orrick Acres
1K Family Fun Color Run

June 17 – Juneteenth
– Imagine Eleven Concert Series

June 22 – Sounds of Summer Concert Series

June 23 – YMCA Parkway Run

June 24 – Imagine Eleven Concert Series

June 26 – Libraries Rock! Photo Contest Awards Night

June 29 – Sounds of Summer Concert Series

June 30 – Annual Pony Express Re-ride

June 31 – Imagine Eleven Concert Series

Vacation Bible School 2018

Dates in RED are from 2017. When updates are available, I will post them and change the font to BLACK and link to websites whenever possible. Events are listed in date order. 

Wesley UMC: June 1-3, PreK-6th grade

Christ Lutheran Church, Wathena: June 4-8

Turning Point Church of the Nazarene: June 4-8

Abundant Life Center: June 11-14

Wellspring Community Church: June 11-14

Life Church: June 11-14

First Baptist Church of St. Joseph: June 11-15, preK-6th grade

Wyatt Park Baptist Church: June 11-15

Wyatt Park Christian Church: June 11-15

Ashland United Methodist Church: June 18-22, 2 years – junior high

Renovation Church: June 18-21, 3 years – 5th grade

St. Paul Lutheran: June 18-22, 3 years old – 6th grade

Restoration Church: June 20-22,

Grace Evangelical Church: June 25-29

St. Francis Xavier: June 25-29, Preschool-4th grade

Strong Tower Baptist ChurchJuly 8-12

Faith United Church: July 9-13

Word of Life Church: July 9-13, 4 years – 5th grade

Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church: July 9-13, preK-6th grade (register before June 18 to guarantee a shirt)

Community Christian Church: July 15-19, 3+

Riverside Baptist Church: July 16-19, ages 4-12

Central Christian Church: July 16-19, K-6th grade (register by July 10)

Our Lady of Guadalupe: July 23-27,  ages 3-8

Renew Church: July 23-27

Copeland Baptist Church: July 22-26

Brookdale Presbyterian: July 23-26, 3 years old – 6th grade

Green Valley Baptist Church: July 29-Aug 2, 4 years old – 6th grade

Journey Baptist Church: July 22-26, 4 years old – 6th grade

Three Angels Seventh Day Adventist: August 6-9, ages 2-12

Don’t Miss This: April

It’s been a bit since I put together a Don’t Miss This post, but better late than never!

I’ve compiled some of the best events happening in April so you can plan ahead and not miss a single minute of fun with your family. These are special events that don’t happen every week, require advance registration or tickets, or are extra-special. You can find  details about all of these events by visiting our homepage and scrolling to the date of the event. I’ll link to an event page whenever possible.

April 7 – First Saturdays Downtown

April 12 – Conscious Discipline – Parent Night

April 12 – St. Joe Fit Kick-off!

April 13-15 – Lions Club Pancake Days (see calendar for details)

April 14 – Helping Kids Face Challenging Times

April 14 – Family Fun Time, Rhyme Time!

April 14 – Music at the Mansion (see calendar for details)

April 14 – St. Joseph Christian School Family Fun Night (prospective families welcome!)

April 14 – Bishop LeBlond Sunset Relays All-Comers Track Meet

April 16 – Instrument Petting Zoo

April 17 – Children’s Fair

April 20-25 – St. Joseph School District Spring Art Show

April 21 – Fit-Tastic Family Fun Day

April 21 – Stunt Dog Experience (see calendar for details)

April 25 – MWSU Block Party

April 26 – Infant & Toddler Screenings

April 28 – Farmer’s Market OPENS! (located at East Hills Mall, Dillard’s parking lot)

April 28 – Royal Family Kids Variety Show

April 29 – Praise Dance Festival

Don’t Miss This: February

I’ve compiled some of the best events happening in February (even a couple at the end of January) so you can plan ahead and not miss a single minute of fun with your family. Enjoy! You can find details about all of these events by visiting our homepage and scrolling to the date of the event. I’ll link to an event page whenever possible.

January 27 – SUPER Science Saturday!

January 27 – Ukulele Beginners Workshop

February 3 – MWSU Mystics Dance Team Kids Clinic

February 3 – Love is in the Air

February 6 – African American Read-in

February 6 (recurring event) – Purls of Wisdom Knitting Class for Kids

February 7 (recurring event) – Etiquette Class

February 11 – American Girl Doll Club

February 13 & 14 – Eric Litwin: Bringing Literacy and Music Together

February 19 – Play Day: Peter Pan! Never Grow Up!

February 26 – Harlem Globetrotters