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March 2019

 

 

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March 3 -17, 2019

Living lands and Waters

Alternate Spring Break 2019

Memphis, TN....

 

In 2019 we will be working in Memphis, TN where students will traverse the river on foot and in boats while working closely with our crew and fellow students. Living Lands & Waters hosts several week-long cleanups (Monday through Thursday) where students have the opportunity to meet the infamous Chad Pregracke and his boisterous crew of river rats. During our 2018 program the students rocked it and removed 38,153.5 lbs of garbage from the Mississippi River banks!!

 

2019 ASB Dates:

Week 1: March 3rd – 8th

Week 2: March 10th – 15th

Week 3: March 17th – 22nd

 

 

Click here for more information

March 7 thru 10, 2019

St. Charles Convention Center

Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers

St. Charles Boat Show....

 

 

Click here for more information

March 12, 2019

Lock and Dam 11

Mississippi River....

 

Lock 11 will re-open for navigation on Tuesday, 12-March-2019.
 

 

Source: Reprinted from USACE Rock Island District Navigation Notice 9451

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Big Muddy Speaker Series

Missouri River Communities and History

Big A's On the Riverfront, St. Charles, Mo.......

 

 

Reprinted from Big Muddy Speaker Series Facebook... click here

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Timber Creek Bar and Grill, O'Fallon, Mo

Captain Tim Is Playing........

 

 

Tim will be playing at Timber Creek again next Thursday, March 14, from 7-10 pm, so if you're looking for something fun to do, and some good food and drinks, put it on your calendar and come on by!

 

Timber Creek Bar and Grill... click here

Home of the world's most comfortable bar stools

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Big Muddy Art Auction

Benefit for Missouri River Relief

Columbia, Mo.........

 

 

 

Click here for more information

March 14 - 22, 2019

World Wide Marine Training

2019 Course Schedules

Grafton, Lake Ozarks, St. Louis........

 

For over two decades, World Wide Marine Training, LLC provides mariners the tools for increased income potential, lucrative career opportunities and the enjoyment of simple pleasures of life on the water. We support this lifestyle through U.S. Coast Guard approved courses with personalized instruction by professional mariners. Superior graduate performance and a proven track record in mariner credential assistance, speaks of our commitment to student success. Whether you are a seasoned, professional mariner, or a new seaman exploring opportunities, we make sure your questions are answered, career goals addressed and expectations met.

Contact us today and achieve your mariner lifestyle goals…our friendly and attentive staff look forward to helping you!

 

 

Click here for website and more information

Reprinted from World Wide Marine Training

Friday, March 15, 2019

Missouri Department Of Conservation

MDC:  Paddlefish Snagging Season Begins March 15........

 

Paddlefish are an ancient species that can grow upwards of seven feet in length and weigh over 100 pounds.  They are named for their large, paddle-shaped snouts, and their ancestors were swimming during the reign of the dinosaurs.

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation is reminding anglers that paddlefish snagging season for the Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake, Table Rock Lake and most other Missouri waters will run from March 15 through April 30.

 

The paddlefish snagging season for the Mississippi River will run from March 15 through May 15.  There will also be a fall snagging season from September 15 through December 15........

 

Click here to read more from the Missouri Department of Conservation website. With Photo.

 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Dresser Island Hike with Columbia Bottom Staff
Missouri Department of Conservation


Mar 16 • Saturday • 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
(Ages 7 and up)
Reservations begin February 16
Grab your binoculars or camera and join us for our most popular hike of the year! Chances are high for spotting eagles, pelicans, swans, and more. Most surface is level, but crosses areas of heavy rock and riprap (Not suitable for young children). Meet at Dresser Island access off Highway 94 in St. Charles County. For directions call 314-877-6014 Monday thru Friday.

 

Reprinted from St. Louis Region Conservation Connections email
 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Missouri Department of Conservation

Mark Twain Lake

Fishing Skills: Basics of Fly Tying

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Mark Twain Lake - M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor

If you have ever wanted to learn about tying flies but never had the opportunity, now is your chance! Join the Missouri Department of Conservation for a fun filled morning learning the basics of tying flies. Three flies will be tied and more if time allows! All supplies will be provided, except reading glasses. Please bring those if needed. The hooks can get awful small! Registration is required. Anyone 15 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please look for the Discover Nature signage when entering the parking lot.
 

 

Reprinted from MDC.. click here

 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Missouri Department of Conservation

Mark Twain Lake

Fishing Skills: Basics of Fly Tying

Register by March 15

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Mark Twain Lake - M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor

If you have ever wanted to learn about tying flies but never had the opportunity, now is your chance! Join the Missouri Department of Conservation for a fun filled morning learning the basics of tying flies. Three flies will be tied and more if time allows! All supplies will be provided, except reading glasses. Please bring those if needed. The hooks can get awful small! Registration is required. Anyone 15 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please look for the Discover Nature signage when entering the parking lot.
 

 

Reprinted from MDC.. click here

 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Saint Patrick's Party

Yacht Club of St. Louis



Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 12 PM – 5 PM

 

Reprinted from Yacht Club of St. Louis Facebook.. click here

 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Missouri Department Of Conservation

St. Louis Lake Fishing Hotspot Program Rescheduled........

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation has rescheduled the St. Louis Lake Fishing Hotspots Program to Friday, March 22nd at 7 pm.  It was originally slated to be held on February 22nd.  The special presentation will be held at the Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood.

 

The St. Louis region has plenty of lake and pond fishing opportunities, including rainbow and brown trout during the winter, and channel catfish and largemouth bass during the warmer months.  There are better than 80 public lakes within an hour's drive of the Gateway Arch, however, many anglers may not know about them.

 

The MDC is inviting anglers in the St. Louis region to learn about these little known fishing hotspots with MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Kevin Meneau, the manager of the urban fishing program.  Attendees will be advised of these locations, as well as the regulations that pertain to them........

 

Click here to read more from the Missouri Department of Conservation website.  With Photo

Saturday, March 23, 2019

St. Louis Area Waterways

Volunteers Sought For Confluence Trash Bash........

 

The 11th Annual Confluence Trash Bash is coming up, and volunteers are being sought to help out with the cleanup efforts.  Over the years, volunteers have cleaned up over 150 tons of trash and around 6,700 tires from St. Louis area waterways.

 

The Confluence Trash Bash will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019.  The cleanup is sponsored by the Great Rivers Greenway, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Missouri American Water and the Missouri Department of Conservation Stream Team.

 

Participants may choose from the following locations to check in, receive a free bagel breakfast and T-shirt from 8 - 8:45 am:

 

○  Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strodtman Rd, St. Louis, MO 63138
○  Creve Coeur Park, 2160 Creve Coeur Mill Road, St. Louis, MO 63146
○  Chesterfield River's Edge Park, 17089 North Outer 40 Rd #140, Chesterfield, MO 63005 (Open to ages 16 and older only; head into Bike Stop Cafe for breakfast and registration)
○  Florissant Sunset Park, 2300 Sunset Park Drive, Florissant, MO 63031
○  Bridgeton Government Center, 12355 Natural Bridge Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044
○  Hanley Hills City Hall, 7713 Utica Dr., St. Louis, MO 63133
○  Overland Wild Acres Park, 2500 Ashby Road, Overland, MO 63114
○  Dellwood Recreation Center, 10266 W. Florissant 63136
○  Greenwood Cemetery, 6439 St. Louis Ave. 63121

 

Click here to read more from riverbender.com.  With Audio.

 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Confluence Trash Bash

The Annual Cleanup Of The Rivers and Creeks Within The Confluence Area


8:00am-Noon
 

The Confluence Trash bash is the annual cleanup of the rivers and creeks within the Confluence area in north St. Louis and St. Louis County. Volunteers can choose from multiple locations as their starting site and will be assigned to specific areas to clean. All are welcome, no experience is necessary

 

Volunteers can choose from multiple locations as their starting site, after which they will be assigned to specific areas to clean.
•Check-in and FREE breakfast is 8-8:45am.
•Announcements: 8:45-9:00
•Clean-up: 9:00-Noon

 

Click here for more information... click here

 

 

Reprinted from MDC.. click here

 

Upcoming Event.... March 23, 2019

Missouri Department of Conservation

Water Quality Monitor Training

Moberly, Mo.........

 

MDC plans Volunteer Water Quality Monitor training in Moberly March 23

Register by March 13 to attend this training and contribute to preservation of Missouri’s streams.

MOBERLY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) works to sustain healthy forests, fish, and wildlife and relies on citizen science, private landowners, and community engagement to further these efforts. That’s the idea behind Missouri’s Stream Teams, and the Volunteer Water Quality Monitor program.

“Clean, safe, usable water is essential to all life,” said MDC Stream Team Coordination Biologist Amy Meier. “Protecting the health of our streams and watersheds takes a collaborative network of dedicated, educated citizens all working together to understand and raise awareness about water issues, prevent water pollution, and improve health.”

The Stream Team Program, sponsored by MDC, the Missouri Department of Natural Resoureces (DNR), and the Conservation Federation of Missouri, offers workshops across the state each year to train volunteers on how to help collect and develop baseline data on streams throughout Missouri. This data is used to establish long-term trends and locate streams in need of professional follow-up monitoring by DNR.

The Stream Team Program will offer a volunteer water quality monitoring introductory workshop Saturday, March 23, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Municipal Building Conference Center, 204 N. Clark St. in Moberly.

This training is free and open to all ages, though attendees younger than 18-years old must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and preregistration is required by March 13. To register for this training, visit mostreamteam.org. For questions or more information about this training, contact Molly Vannoy at (573) 526-1156, or email streamteam@dnr.mo.gov.

 

Help MDC and conservation partners through citizen science and contribute to protecting water quality in Missouri’s streams. Register today to attend the next Volunteer Water Quality Monitor Training Workshop in Moberly

 

Reprinted from Missouri Department of Conservation e-mailing

Upcoming Events... Saturday, March 23, 2019

Springtime Boating Traditions

Annapolis Maritime Museum Hosting The Burning Of The Socks........

 

 

 

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, the Annapolis Maritime Museum will be hosting a waterfront bonfire, where they will be burning their socks in a celebration of spring, the start of boating season and maritime culture.

 

The event is kicked off with the recitation of a poem, "Goodbye to winter, only deck shoes we wear!  Though the socks we are burning leave a stink in the air!"

 

According to Alice Estrada, executive director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, there is nothing more authentic and unique to Annapolis than the tradition of burning socks that began in Eastport........

 

Click here to read this news story from eyeonannapolis.net. With Photo.

 

March 29, 30 2019

Con Trios Yacht Club Ice Breaker

Alton Best Western Premier Hotel........

 

 

It’s a costume party: “Wild, Wild West”. The party starts on Friday night, March 29 with a an excursion to Ragin Cajun Piano Bar, A Scavenger Hunt Saturday afternoon in Alton, and the banquet Saturday night, March 30 at the BW Premier.

We have special guests 2 Chixx providing music for dancing Saturday night!

And there’s always an after-party in the Hotel bar The Great River Tap & Grill for karaoke.

It’s sure to be a great time for all! 

 

Denny Moore

 


April 2019

 

 

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April 2019

Grafton Ferry Scheduled to Re-Open

Confluence of Mississippi and Illinois Rivers .......

 

 

The Grafton Ferry is a seasonal Ferry operating form April through November,

 

For more information... click here

April 2, 2019

Neighbor Nights

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center

Mississippi River at Alton, IL....

 

Neighbor Nights is a community event series at NGRREC held on the first Tuesday of select months throughout the year. Neighbor Nights is a great time for you, our river neighbor, to come and learn more about the great rivers of the world, the watersheds that feed them, and the communities that use them. It’s also an opportunity to participate in public tours of our LEED certified field station, get behind-the-scenes laboratory access, or enjoy hands-on activities. Limited free food and beverages will be provided.

We are excited to announce that Schlafly Beer will be partnering with NGRREC for our 2019 Neighbor Night series! This means that, while you hear from NGRREC staff about their work and learn about river-related topics, you can enjoy free Schlafly beverages. Both Schlafly Beer and NGRREC are committed to environmental sustainability, so the partnership was a natural fit. And, we can’t wait to bring this partnership to you!

Each month offers something different and highlights a unique project led by one of our researchers, educators, or conservationists, so make sure to check out this year’s topics and come see us for a few of your favorites!

 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019...... Grassland Bird Nest Survival
 

 

 Reprinted from NGRREC...Click here

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Hawg Pit Reopening

Illinois River at Grafton, IL .......

 

Photo courtesy the Hawg Pit

 

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 10 AM

Hawg Pit Barbecue Barn, Inc
821 W Main St, Grafton, Illinois 62037

 

Reprinted from the Hawg Pit Facebook Page... click here

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Open House /Chili Bash

Duck Club Yacht Club.......



 

Bringing back an old event. A day for ANYONE to come check out our beautiful grounds! Maybe become a new social member. There may be a few other cool things added to this event! Stay tuned!

 

Reprinted from Duck Club Yacht Club Facebook .. click here

 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Missouri Department of Conservation

Bush Conservation Area

Wetlands For Kids Day.......

 

Kids of all ages and their families can learn about these unique places during a day of fun and engaging activities.

St. CHARLES, Mo.—– You can call them water filters, or flood buffers, but many unique plants and animals call wetlands home. On April 6, you’ll call them fun.

The annual Wetlands for Kids Day celebration is set for Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. Wetlands for Kids Day is hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU). The event, supported by grants from Purina Pro Plan and Robert and Cynthia Reeg, is free for both kids and adults.

Wetlands for Kids Day is designed to help families have fun discovering nature while also learning about why these vital habitats are so important to Missouri.

Activities will include more than 20 education stations and touch tables where visitors can learn about wetland wildlife firsthand. There will be a chance to see live birds of prey, courtesy of the World Bird Sanctuary. A live reptile and amphibian station will provide a close-up look at these wetland inhabitants. Kids can explore the Duck Wing Maze while learning to identify ducks by wings and plumage along the way. They can also crawl through a simulated beaver den. Visitors will be able to examine the myriads of often unseen invertebrate creatures that inhabit our waters.

Other stations include fish tasting, DU Laser Shot, and a rod-and-reel casting station for the little ones.

Each child who attends gets a free subscription to the MDC Xplor: Adventures in Nature magazine for kids. They will also receive a DU Greenwing membership and a subscription to Greenwing magazine.

In keeping with its watery theme, Wetlands for Kids Day will be held rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to come no matter the weather as there will be activities both indoors and out. Food will also be available for purchase during the event.

To learn more about Wetlands for Kids Day on April 6, call 636-441-4554. The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is in St. Charles on Highway D, about two miles west of Highway 94.

For more information on other upcoming events, go to https://goo.gl/VFvW6T

 

 

Reprinted from Missouri Department of Conservation emailing

 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Missouri State Highway Patrol

News Release

 

EMPHASIS: Spring Aboard The 2019 Boating Season!

Lieutenant Colonel Eric T. Olson, acting superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the Patrol will participate in the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA) Spring Aboard campaign. Developed by NASBLA, and produced under a grant administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the annual Spring Aboard campaign informs and motivates boaters to prepare for the boating season by providing information on how to enroll in a boater education course. The campaign emphasizes enrollment in approved courses which meet the national boating educational standard.

“Missouri's many rivers and lakes offer a variety of boating opportunities," said Lt. Col. Olson. "Please do your part: Spring Aboard and take a boating safety class. Join us in our mission to promote safety on our waterways.”

The Spring Aboard campaign encourages boaters to register for a certified boating educational course during the week of March 17-23, 2019. Forty-nine states and U.S. territories require some form of boater education.

Missouri law requires everyone born after January 1, 1984, who operates a vessel on Missouri lakes to possess a certified boating safety education card and photo ID. This includes personal watercraft operators.

Boaters have the opportunity to sign up for a certified course in a classroom or take an online course by visiting the Patrol’s website at https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/WP02Web/app/safetyEdClasses. The classroom courses provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol are free, but registration is required and the boater ID card costs $15.


A class in the St. Louis area:

 

   Weldon Spring.... 04/06/2019.... Troop C Headquarters
   891 Technology Drive, Weldon Spring, MO 63304

   Phone:  (636)300-2800 04/06/2019

   Test Date / Time:  8:00AM - 4:00PM

U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicate that of the boating crashes where the level of operator education was known, 80.6% of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator had never received boating education instruction. In contrast, only 19.4% of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator possessed a nationally-approved boating safety education certificate.

Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others. Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It!!

 

Reprinted from Missouri State Highway Patrol... click here

 

Monday - Friday, April 8 - 12, 2019

U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers

MRC Schedules High Water Inspection Trip........

 

The Mississippi River Commission will be taking their annual high water inspection trip along the Mississippi River from April 8 through April 12, 2019.

 

There are four public meetings scheduled to take place aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi in four selected towns along the river.  Members of the commission will meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents to hear their ideas, issues and concerns.

 

The meetings are open to the public, and interested parties are encouraged to add their input on things affecting the water resources infrastructure needs in the Mississippi River Valley, such as flood control, the Mississippi River and Tributaries project and other water resources issues.

 

The meetings will be held:

 

○  April 8 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Port of Hickman, Ky.
○  April 9 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Memphis, Tenn. (Beale Street Landing)
○  April 10 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Port of Rosedale, Miss.
○  April 12 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Baton Rouge, La. (City Dock)

 

Upcoming Event......April 13, 2019

Missouri Department of Conservation

Free Paddlefish Snagging Clinic

Warsaw, Mo........

 

 

Registration for clinic begins on March 5

Warsaw, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free paddlefish snagging clinic on Saturday, April 13, at the Warsaw Community Building, 181 W. Harrison St. The clinic is offered in two sessions, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required and opens on March 5. Workshops have a limit of 24 persons per session. They are open only to first-time participants.

Paddlefish are also called spoonbill because of their long, flat, paddle-line rostrum. They feed on tiny zooplankton they filter from the water. But they grow into one of Missouri’s largest fish. It’s not uncommon for anglers to catch paddlefish weighing 50 to 80 pounds, and they can weigh up to 140 pounds or more.

Participants will learn about paddlefish conservation programs, techniques for snagging paddlefish, and methods for preparing the meat for cooking. A highlight, clinic participants will also get to go paddlefish snagging for two hours on Lake of the Ozarks.

Missouri’s paddlefish snagging season opens March 15 and closes April 30. Prime places for paddlefish snagging in Missouri are upper reaches of Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake and Table Rock Lake. Paddlefish are also found in the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and some of their tributaries.

To register for the clinic, call 660-530-5500 beginning at 8 a.m. on March 5. For more information about paddlefish snagging in Missouri, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZqT.
 


Photos: Registration opens at 8 a.m. on March 5 for MDC's free paddlefish snagging clinic on April 13 at Warsaw. The clinics will include instruction on paddlefish conservation programs, snagging techniques and gear, and preparing the meat for cooking. Also included is two hours of snagging on Lake of the Ozarks.

Missouri Department of Conservation photos

 

Reprinted from Missouri Department of Conservation e-mail

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Washington River Festival & Missouri River Cleanup



 

That's right, it's here! Our first cleanup of the season is on the calendar and registration is now open. We are coming back to Washington, MO to celebrate our river through music, food, art activities and a good old fashioned Missouri River Clean-up.

Missouri River Clean-up: 9:00 a.m. to noon
Washington River Festival: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Clean-up registration is now open here: https://www.riverrelief.org/sign-up/

Full event details are on our event website here: https://www.riverrelief.org/event/washington-river-festival-and-missouri-river-clean-up-2019/

The cleanup will take place at Rennick Riverfront Park in Washington, MO on Saturday, April 13th, 2019. Volunteer sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m.

At 9:00 a.m. boats will begin ferrying teams of volunteers to locations along the Missouri River for a couple of hours to gather trash for later disposal. The cleanup will run from about 9:00 a.m. to noon, which is the perfect time to join in the festivities at the Washington River Festival.

We will also be hosting a River Festival the same day as the clean-up that will run from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The wonderful Gloria Attoun-Bauermeister, with the help of the amazing Washington River Festival Committee, has been putting this all together to support and benefit Missouri River Relief. This festival is a celebration of the river and Washington's ties to it

 

Reprinted from Washington River Festival and Missouri River Cleanup Facebook .. click here

 

Tuesday - Friday, April 16 - 19, 2019

Monday - Friday, April 22 - 26, 2019

Living Lands and Waters

Student Workshops on the barge in Alton, IL........

 

Photo courtesy Living Lands and Waters

 

Get ‘em while they’re hot!! We still have TWO spring student educational workshops available!

We’re headed back to Alton, IL to host student educational workshops in our “floating classroom!" We’d love to bring your students aboard and give them a conservational lesson of your choice, and even host a river cleanup! Click the link below to learn more or sign up.

We’ll also be hosting local student educational workshops at Illiniwek Forest Preserve in East Moline, IL! Educators Mike and Meghan cover topics including the importance of pollinator habitats, invasive species, and plastic pollution in our waterways. This is a land-based only event. Click the link below to learn more or sign up....

https://www.livinglandsandwaters.org/what-we-do/education/

 

Reprinted from Living lands and Waters Facebook... click here

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Spring City Wide Litter Clean-up

Alton, IL........

 

 

Details

Please join this biannual effort to clean up the streets of our beautiful community!

Pick up free gloves & bags, and get directions to the areas that need the most attention at these Registration Stations:
• Downtown – 200 W. 3rd Street (corner of 3rd & Belle St.)
• Middletown – Hellrung Park (entrance at 7th & Central Ave.)

Groups are departing at 9am from the following locations:
• Upper Alton – Sherry's Snacks (2500 College Ave.)
• North Alton - Joe K’s Restaurant (2530 State St.)

OR…just clean up your neighborhood & deposit the litter in your own trash & recycle bins!

Reprinted from Alton Main Street Facebook... click here

Saturday, Sunday....April 27, 28, 2019

Grafton Loading Dock Flea Market....

 

 

Details

We are ready for the start of a great season here in Grafton, IL. Look for us outside in front of the Loading Dock with our great farmhouse decor, arched windows and fun metal signs and animals, and so much more .. all at great prices.
 

Reprinted from Grafton Loading Dock Flea market Facebook... click here


May 2019

 

 

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Neighbor Nights

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center

Mississippi River at Alton, IL....

 

Neighbor Nights is a community event series at NGRREC held on the first Tuesday of select months throughout the year. Neighbor Nights is a great time for you, our river neighbor, to come and learn more about the great rivers of the world, the watersheds that feed them, and the communities that use them. It’s also an opportunity to participate in public tours of our LEED certified field station, get behind-the-scenes laboratory access, or enjoy hands-on activities. Limited free food and beverages will be provided.

We are excited to announce that Schlafly Beer will be partnering with NGRREC for our 2019 Neighbor Night series! This means that, while you hear from NGRREC staff about their work and learn about river-related topics, you can enjoy free Schlafly beverages. Both Schlafly Beer and NGRREC are committed to environmental sustainability, so the partnership was a natural fit. And, we can’t wait to bring this partnership to you!

Each month offers something different and highlights a unique project led by one of our researchers, educators, or conservationists, so make sure to check out this year’s topics and come see us for a few of your favorites!

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019...... Microplastics in Fresh Waters
 

 

 Reprinted from NGRREC...Click here

May 17-18, 2019

OkoumeFest...21st Annual Small Boat Rendezvous
Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, Maryland....

 

Mark your calendars, wooden boat lovers and builders: Chesapeake Light Craft will present its 21st annual small boat rendezvous on Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 2019.

"Okoume" is the plantation-grown African hardwood used in tens of thousands of CLC's build-your-own-boat kits. OkoumeFest features an open house with technical seminars on Friday at the CLC plant in Annapolis, and on Saturday an on-the-water rendezvous at Matapeake State Park on Kent Island. This event is RAIN OR SHINE. Please note that if thunderstorms are detected nearby we'll bring the boats off the water
 

 Reprinted from clcboats.com.. click here

 

May 11, 2019

National Great Rivers Research Center
RiverWatch Spring 2019 Workshop Alton....

 

When
Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT

Where
National Great Rivers Res. and Educ. Center
One Confluence Way
Alton, IL 62024

Contact
Charlie Blake
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
618-468-2784
cablake@lc.edu

 

 

RiverWatch Spring 2019 Workshop Alton

The Illinois RiverWatch Network is a statewide, non-profit, volunteer stream monitoring program. Volunteers are trained and certified as “Citizen Scientists” to monitor and protect a local stream. Upon completing training and becoming certified, volunteers adopt a stream site and examine indicators of water quality like stream habitat and the diversity of macroinvertebrates. This workshop will take place at the address above.

This workshop is primarily for adults (18+) and 4-H members. Kids under the age of 18 are allowed to attend with an adult chaperone, and are not required to register, but do need to be noted on their chaperone's registration form.

Special instructions for 4-H members. 4-H members must select "payment by check" and list their organization as their 4-H group so that the Illinois 4-H office can pay your registration fee.

Registration and Payment Deadline. Registration and payment must be made by one week before the event to secure your seat and materials for the workshop. Anyone registering or paying after this date is not guaranteed admittance.

Payment Refund Policy. Workshop registration payments are fully refundable (-2% processing fee if paying by credit card) if refund is requested by one week before the event. Refunds requested within one week before the event WILL NOT be granted.
 


 

 Reprinted from National Great Rivers Research & Education Center... click here

 

Upcoming Events.... May 16, 2019

Mississippi River at Downtown St. Louis

Riverboats at Gateway Arch

Billy Peek Blues Cruise........

 

 

www.gatewayarch.com
(Always sells out early, get your tickets early!)
Always a great time cruising up/down the river for the "Blues Cruise"! Cash bar, concessions available. Boarding time 8:00pm. Info, tickets call (877) 982-1410 or online ticket booking at www.gatewayarch.com. (Events link below):

https://tickets.gatewayarch.com/webstore/shop/viewItems.aspx?cg=cat&c=RBC

www.billypeek.com

 

Reprinted from www.gatewayarch.com

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Vessel Safety Check

Grafton Harbor at Confluence of Mississippi and Illinois Rivers....

 


 

 Reprinted from Grafton Harbor Facebook page... click here

 

May 20-22, 2019

The Inland Marine Expo
The Dome @ America’s Center....

 

The Inland Marine Expo isn’t just a tradeshow, it’s a homecoming for the hard-working and dedicated inland community. Make plans to catch up with your brown water family at IMX2019.

 

IMX2019 is proudly produced by The Waterways Journal, which has served as the news journal of record for the towing and barge industry on the inland waterways of the United States. From CEO's to deckhands, the Journal is the trusted news source for over 16,000 readers.

At IMX2019, you can expect three days of networking, new ideas and collaboration!
•With two exhibit days, you'll be able to connect with over 250 exhibitors who cater to the inland and intercoastal commercial marine industry.
•Learn from top industry experts and nationally recognized speakers and stay current on regulatory issues by attending education sessions, training opportunities and new product/ service showcases.
•Join us for networking events around St. Louis to reconnect with friends and build new relationships within the inland community.
 

 Reprinted from Inland Marine Expo Facebook page... click here

 

Saturday, Sunday...May 25, 26, 2019..

Twain on Main Festival
Mississippi River at Hannibal, Mo....

 

Reposted from Twain On Main Facebook.. click here


 

May 25, 26, 27, 2019.. Memorial Day Weekend

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort
Palisades Bar & Grill Grand Reopening....

 

My River Home- Memorial Day Celebration- Crabfest, live music all weekend-specials May 25-26-27


 

May 31 - June 2019

Lake of the Ozarks

APBA Offshore Champion Series....

 

    Details
    2nd race of the World Championship Series

 

Reprinted from Lake Of The Ozarks - APBA Offshore Champion Series... click here


 


June 2019

 

 

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June 1 thru July 3, 2019

Starved Lock and Dam Closure

Illinois River

 

Starved Rock & Marseilles Lock and Dam – Bulkhead Recess Installation
• Partial Closure scheduled June 1 through July 3 and July 8 through Aug. 16
- Locks operational from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a 70-ft width restriction and no ability to
Pull unpowered barges.
• Full Closure scheduled Aug. 16 through Aug.30
 

 Reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers... click here

Saturday, June 1, 2019

2019 River Road Run and Toy Drive For Children’s Hospital

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

 

It’s that time of year where we gather our friends and family for run up the great river road in our hot rods

 

 

Reprinted from

2019 river road run and toy drive for children’s hospital Facebook page... click here

 

Upcoming Events... June 7 - 9, 2019

Mississippi River at Hannibal, Mo

Corps of Discovery Keelboat Encampment........

 

Photo courtesy Hannibal, Mo 200 Bicentennial

 

Time & Location
‎Jun‎ ‎07‎ ‎9‎:‎00‎ ‎AM – ‎Jun‎ ‎09‎ ‎9‎:‎00‎ ‎PM
Hannibal, Hannibal, MO 63401, USA

About the Event
The Corps of Discovery re-enactors will bring their keelboat to Hannibal in honor of the early explorers, Lewis & Clark, who were at the forefront of westward expansion. The keelboat will be docked on the riverfront, and the volunteers will be camped nearby. This exhibition includes daily demonstrations of life as it was in 1803, including the ceremonial raising and lowering of the flag each day. An artifacts tent will feature furs, skulls, and other artifacts like the original Corps sent back to Thomas Jefferson. Join us for this hands-on demonstration of history! Learn more here

 

Reprinted from Hannibal, Mo 200 Bicentennial.. click here
 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Big Fish Ball

Westin Chicago River North

 

 


Add June 11 to your calendar and join us! It's our 14th annual Big Fish Ball, Friends' signature fundraising event that supports our mission to improve and protect the Chicago River system for people, plants and animals.

This year's fun, colorful, summer party on the river is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11 at the Westin Chicago River North, 320 N. Dearborn St., Chicago from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event includes the opportunity to engage with amazing river wildlife, sip some delicious cocktails, enjoy a three-course dinner plus a chance to win incredible raffle packages and bid on silent auction and live auction prizes. Be a big fish so you and future generations can have a healthier and cleaner river!

The Big Fish Ball promises to be a wonderful night as Friends celebrates our 40th anniversary this year and all of the successes to date. A magical river cruise, available for an additional fee, will cap off this memorable evening.

Tickets are on sale now at http://bit.ly/BigFishBall2019. For sponsorship opportunities, table purchases and raffle donations, please contact Kim Olsen-Clark at kolsenclark@chicagoriver.org.

 

 

Reprinted from Friends of the Chicago River e-mailing

 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kaskaskia River Run 2018 ( Boating Event)

Kaskaskia River / Mississippi River

 

 

Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 11 AM – 6 PM

Kaskaskia River Marina/Campgrounds
1 HARBOR POINT DRIVE, New Athens, Illinois 62264


We are excited to announce that this year All donations made will be going to Shiners Hospital for Children.


!!PLEASE SHARE!!

June 15, 2019
Meeting Point will be next to the Old Riverhouse which is currently shutdown in the main channel. ( Plenty of trailer parking for boats in the parking lot) There is Also A ramp in Evansville Next to Waterstreet if wanting to meet along the way.) The Run will take off at 11am.
The Run will go all the way to the Sandbar on the Mississippi With a DJ Playing music all day... So Bring your BBQ Grills, Volleyballs, Games, ETC.

Please be Responsible and Obey the No wake zones as the Run will go through many of them & Also the Lock & Damn Rules. We are hoping for another great turnout and weather again!

If you or your company is interested in Donating please reach out to me. All donations that will be made will have your company logo on the back of the shirt.

All Tshirts Sold 100% of Donations will be going to Shriners Hospital for Children.

--More info on the Tshirts coming soon---

More details on the event will be posted to event page and website as they come in.
Please also visit www.KaskaskiaRiverRun.info

Also like our Boating page on Facebook Kaskaskia River Boat crew
 

 

 Reprinted from Kaskaskia River Run Facebook page... click here

 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Mississippi River At Alton, Illinois

Amphitheater Hosting Steve Miller, Marty Stuart........

 

Officials recently made the first concert announcement for the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater's 2019 concert season.  The Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart will be coming to Alton in June.

 

The legendary performers will be performing at the Amphitheater, which is a short walk from the Alton Marina, on June 21, 2019. 

 

The show is described as "An Amazing Evening of Original American Music - Classic Rock Meets Classic Country".  Tickets will go on sale on Friday........

 

Click here to read this news story from altondailynews.com.  With Photo and Audio.

Click here to visit the Liberty bank Alton Amphitheater website for more information.

 

Saturday, June 22, 2109

Dragon Boat Festival

Creve Coeur Lake, Maryland Heights, Mo

 


Register for the 13th Annual Gateway Dragon Boat Festival on June 22, 2019 for teambuilding and fitness fun! Featuring great food trucks, music, kids activities and more. Proceeds benefit Operation Family Help, providing financial assistance to people with medical needs

 

 Reprinted from Dragon Boat Festival Facebook... click here

Save The Date.... Saturday, June 22, 2019

Pool 26 River Crawl

Proceeds Benefit the Greater Missouri chapter of the Alzheimer's Association

 

 

 

More information coming soon

 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Missouri Department Of Conservation

Bullfrog & Green Frog Season Begins ........

 

June 30 at Sunset - Oct. 31, 2019

 


July 2019

 

 

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Save The Date.... Saturday, July 6, 2019

Grafton Fireworks

Pool 26 at the Confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi River

 

 

 

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort
Fireworks Display....

 

 

 

 

 

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort Fireworks Display


 

 

Save The Date... Saturday July 6, 2019

Froge's Bar & Grill

Portage des Sioux, Mo

 

Reprinted from Froge's bar & Grill Facebook ... click here

 

July 8 thru Aug 16, 2019

Starved Lock and Dam Closure

Illinois River

 

Starved Rock & Marseilles Lock and Dam – Bulkhead Recess Installation
• Partial Closure scheduled June 1 through July 3 and July 8 through Aug. 16
- Locks operational from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a 70-ft width restriction and no ability to
Pull unpowered barges.
• Full Closure scheduled Aug. 16 through Aug.30
 

 Reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers... click here

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort
Poker Run....

 

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort Poker Run


 

 

Saturday...July 27, 2019

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

Benefit for the 2019 Blessing of the Fleet

Grafton Harbor

 

 

 

BENEFIT for the Blessing

Grafton Harbor at 1pm, on July 27th, 2019 

 


August 2019

 

 

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Upcoming Events..... Aug 3, 2019

Reggae on the River

Two Branch Island

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River......

 

 

Click here for more info

 

Aug 16 thru Aug 30, 2019

Starved Lock and Dam Closure

Illinois River

 

Starved Rock & Marseilles Lock and Dam – Bulkhead Recess Installation
• Partial Closure scheduled June 1 through July 3 and July 8 through Aug. 16
- Locks operational from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a 70-ft width restriction and no ability to
Pull unpowered barges.
• Full Closure scheduled Aug. 16 through Aug.30
 

 Reprinted from the US Army Corps of Engineers... click here

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

Blessing of the Fleet

August 17, 2019

 

 

Ahoy to all our seaworthy friends...

I am Rick Flier, President if the Blessing of the Fleet STL and it's time again this year for our celebration of the 62nd year of our organization and the gala events that keep the spirit alive and well throughout our boating community.
As in the past few years, under the leadership of Darryll and Maureen Weil, we are contacting our great friends and businesses to see if donations for the BENEFIT for the Blessing, taking place at Grafton Harbor at 1pm, on July 27th, 2019 would be possible.


The Blessing parade will start at 1pm, on August 17th, 2019 with lead boats leaving from The Yacht Club of St Louis and heading downstream, and leaving from Alton Marina and heading upstream, to join at the Our Lady of the River shrine at 2:15pm for commencement of the ceremony. As always, decorated boats will be judged as they pass by the judge's stand - the theme has yet to be determined but notification will be made to everyone as soon as that has been established. Your generous donations and support have helped keep the heartbeat alive and active and hopefully we can count on you to help this year as well.

Sincerely,
Rick Flier
President
Blessing of the Fleet, Inc.
314-829-0600

 

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Saturday, August 31st, 2019

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort
Summer Bike Rally....

 

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort Summer Bike Rally


 

 

September 2019

 

 

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Neighbor Nights

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center

Mississippi River at Alton, IL....

 

Neighbor Nights is a community event series at NGRREC held on the first Tuesday of select months throughout the year. Neighbor Nights is a great time for you, our river neighbor, to come and learn more about the great rivers of the world, the watersheds that feed them, and the communities that use them. It’s also an opportunity to participate in public tours of our LEED certified field station, get behind-the-scenes laboratory access, or enjoy hands-on activities. Limited free food and beverages will be provided.

We are excited to announce that Schlafly Beer will be partnering with NGRREC for our 2019 Neighbor Night series! This means that, while you hear from NGRREC staff about their work and learn about river-related topics, you can enjoy free Schlafly beverages. Both Schlafly Beer and NGRREC are committed to environmental sustainability, so the partnership was a natural fit. And, we can’t wait to bring this partnership to you!

Each month offers something different and highlights a unique project led by one of our researchers, educators, or conservationists, so make sure to check out this year’s topics and come see us for a few of your favorites!

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019...... Dragonfly Conservation
 

 

 Reprinted from NGRREC...Click here

Friday - Sunday, September 13 - 15, 2019

Quincy Antique Outboard Show
Pool 21 of the Mississippi River at Quincy, IL

Click here for more information

 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

River Riot 2019
Froge's Bar & Grill

Portage des Sioux, Mo........

 

Reprinted from River Riot Facebook... click here

 


October 2019

 

 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Neighbor Nights

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center

Mississippi River at Alton, IL....

 

Neighbor Nights is a community event series at NGRREC held on the first Tuesday of select months throughout the year. Neighbor Nights is a great time for you, our river neighbor, to come and learn more about the great rivers of the world, the watersheds that feed them, and the communities that use them. It’s also an opportunity to participate in public tours of our LEED certified field station, get behind-the-scenes laboratory access, or enjoy hands-on activities. Limited free food and beverages will be provided.

We are excited to announce that Schlafly Beer will be partnering with NGRREC for our 2019 Neighbor Night series! This means that, while you hear from NGRREC staff about their work and learn about river-related topics, you can enjoy free Schlafly beverages. Both Schlafly Beer and NGRREC are committed to environmental sustainability, so the partnership was a natural fit. And, we can’t wait to bring this partnership to you!

Each month offers something different and highlights a unique project led by one of our researchers, educators, or conservationists, so make sure to check out this year’s topics and come see us for a few of your favorites!

 

Tuesday, October 1...... Swarovski Waterschool Student Engagement
 

 

 Reprinted from NGRREC...Click here

Saturday, Sunday.. October 5th & 6th, 2019

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort
Rat Rally....

 

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort Summer Rat Rally


 

 

Saturday.. October 12th, 2019

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort
Customer Appreciation Day....

 

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort Customer Appreciation Day


 

 

Saturday.. October 26th, 2019

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort
Halloween Party....

 

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort Halloween Party


 

 


November 2019

 

 

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Neighbor Nights

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center

Mississippi River at Alton, IL....

 

Neighbor Nights is a community event series at NGRREC held on the first Tuesday of select months throughout the year. Neighbor Nights is a great time for you, our river neighbor, to come and learn more about the great rivers of the world, the watersheds that feed them, and the communities that use them. It’s also an opportunity to participate in public tours of our LEED certified field station, get behind-the-scenes laboratory access, or enjoy hands-on activities. Limited free food and beverages will be provided.

We are excited to announce that Schlafly Beer will be partnering with NGRREC for our 2019 Neighbor Night series! This means that, while you hear from NGRREC staff about their work and learn about river-related topics, you can enjoy free Schlafly beverages. Both Schlafly Beer and NGRREC are committed to environmental sustainability, so the partnership was a natural fit. And, we can’t wait to bring this partnership to you!

Each month offers something different and highlights a unique project led by one of our researchers, educators, or conservationists, so make sure to check out this year’s topics and come see us for a few of your favorites!

 

Tuesday, November 5...... Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
 

 

 Reprinted from NGRREC...Click here


December 2019

 

 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Neighbor Nights

National Great Rivers Research & Education Center

Mississippi River at Alton, IL....

 

Neighbor Nights is a community event series at NGRREC held on the first Tuesday of select months throughout the year. Neighbor Nights is a great time for you, our river neighbor, to come and learn more about the great rivers of the world, the watersheds that feed them, and the communities that use them. It’s also an opportunity to participate in public tours of our LEED certified field station, get behind-the-scenes laboratory access, or enjoy hands-on activities. Limited free food and beverages will be provided.

We are excited to announce that Schlafly Beer will be partnering with NGRREC for our 2019 Neighbor Night series! This means that, while you hear from NGRREC staff about their work and learn about river-related topics, you can enjoy free Schlafly beverages. Both Schlafly Beer and NGRREC are committed to environmental sustainability, so the partnership was a natural fit. And, we can’t wait to bring this partnership to you!

Each month offers something different and highlights a unique project led by one of our researchers, educators, or conservationists, so make sure to check out this year’s topics and come see us for a few of your favorites!

 

Tuesday, October 1...... Monitoring Sediments and Nutrients in the Mississippi River

 

 Reprinted from NGRREC...Click here

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