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  • Amish Strawberry Festival

    Visit the Illinois Amish Heritage Center. Visit an early IL Amish home. Enjoy sheep shearing, spinning, wool dyeing, caneing, quilting, and other exhibits. Head out to the countryside. Watch for buggies on the roads, clothes on the line, home gardens, and Amish farmers in the fields. Stop and shop at Beachy's Amish grocery store for noodles, cheeses, jams and much, much more. Bring a hearty appetite, as we'll enjoy an Amish home meal served family-style, in an Amish home. Visit the Strawberry Fest activities and market at the Otto Community Center. Observe more crafting, and shop for unique items. Conclude our Amish Day with a visit to Arthur to do some last-minute Strawberry Fest shopping. Stitch and Sew is a wonderful shopping stop for quilters, but there are also furniture and quilt shops, a bakery and fudge shop, and more. This trip is Activity Level 2 (see Acitivity Levels below). Ages 18+ Saturday | June 5 | 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (Check in at 6:45 a.m.) Parkway Admin Building - meet in the parking lot. No Refunds after May 5 $129 | Gold Card Program does not apply. All tours are led by Linda Koenig from Gateway Tours and meet at the Parkway Admin Building at 455 N. Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Trip Activity Level Guide This scale is a guide to indicate the approximate activity level of a trip. If you are unsure if a trip is right for you, please call or text us at 636-891-6644. Level 1 - Easy: Minimal walking required. Terrain is typically flat with no stairs or incline Level 2 - Moderate: Light walking required. Occasional incline and/or stairs and possible uneven terrain Level 3 - Active: Moderate walking required. Frequent incline and/or stairs and possible uneven terrain
  • Financial Workshops

    Please join us for these financial workshops so you will be ready! Each session will focus on a different investment, and give an in-depth education on the subject. You can choose a particular session to attend, or you can attend the entire series. This is an amazing opportunity you won't want to miss! All classes are presented by Cindy Whitman, Financial Advisor. Date Workshop Description March 16 or 23 Healthcare in Retirement The greatest risk to your life savings in retirement is your health. This workshop will discuss planning for expected and unexpected health issues. We will learn about Medicare options, supplements, and long term care options. Best suited for men and women over age 55. April 6 Estate Planning Basics Everyone needs an estate plan, regardless of their age or the size of their estate. Come learn about wills, trusts, POAs, beneficiaries, TODs, medical directives, and more. For men and women of all ages and life stages. April 20 Investing Risks: Determining Risk All types of investments have some level of risk. All investors need to learn their particular tolerance for risk as well as their need for risk to reach their financial goals. Join us as we learn about all types of risk, how to determine your risk tolerance and needs, and how risk plays a role in your financial planning. For men and women of all ages and life stages. April 27 Women and Retirement: How is it Different? Retirement brings different challenges for women for several reasons. This workshop will discuss these reasons, how to be aware, how to plan differently, and more. Best suited for women over age 50. May 4 Social Security: Understanding Your Options Choosing the best option for social security can be very confusing, especially considering you only have one chance to make this decision. We will learn the different choices for turning on your social security benefits and how to determine which choice makes the most sense for you. Topics will also include working during retirement and widow/widower benefits. Best suited for men and women age 60 and older who aren't already taking social security. May 11 Basics of Investing for Women Join us as we learn the basics of investing, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, risk tolerance, investment pyramid, and more. This class is geared towards the learning style of women, and taught from a female perspective. This class is also an introduction to the upcoming summer "financial workshops for women" series. For women of all ages and life stages. Ages 18+ LOCATION: Cutter & Company Financial Service, 15415 Clayton Road, Ballwin, MO 63011 6:00-7:30 p.m. $15 | $7.50 Gold Card | $12.75 Silver Card Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced. Gold Card members (district residents ages 60 and older) receive a 50% discount for this class. The discounted rate will automatically be applied at checkout. You must have a Gold Card issued in your name to receive the discounted rate. If you do not have a Gold Card and would like to request one, complete an online request form. For any questions, please call us at 636-891-6644. Silver Card members (residents outside of the Parkway and Rockwood districts ages 60 and older) receive a 15% discount for this class. The discounted rate will automatically be applied at checkout. You must have a Silver Card membership to receive the discounted rate (you will not receive a physical card). If you are not registered for a Silver Card and would like to register, complete this online request form. Note: the Silver card does not provide free/reduced admission to Parkway or Rockwood High School sponsored events.
  • Financial Workshops

    Please join us for these financial workshops so you will be ready! Each session will focus on a different investment, and give an in-depth education on the subject. You can choose a particular session to attend, or you can attend the entire series. This is an amazing opportunity you won't want to miss! All classes are presented by Cindy Whitman, Financial Advisor. Ages: 18+ Many people have questions about tax saving investment options. Discover strategies including tax free income, tax deferred income, RMD options, tax free wealth transfer, and more. For men and women of all ages and life stages. Presented by Cindy Whitman, Financial Advisor Date Workshop Description November 17 All About Mutual Funds and ETFs Join us as we learn about mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs), including how they are managed, structured, costs, and more, January 19 Basics of Investing for Women Join us as we learn the basics of investing, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, risk tolerance, investment pyramid, and more. This class is geared towards the learning style of women, and taught from a female perspective. For women of all ages and life stages. January 26 Basics of Investing Interested in learning the basics about stocks, bonds, diversification, and investing strategies? Join us for this workshop to learn about these subjects and more. For men and women of all ages and life stages. February 2 Retirement Planning, The Building Blocks Retirement planning is a detailed and confusing process that many people don't think about until it's too late. This workshop will go through the building blocks to put in place as you navigate toward retirement. Best suited for men and women who are between 2 years and 10 years from retirement. February 9 Retirement Income Planning: Replacing the Paycheck Losing a paycheck is one of the most stressful concerns people have as they approach retirement, or are living in retirement. Join us as we learn about retirement income strategies and how to figure income gaps, withdrawal rates, reliance rates and more. Best suited for men and women who are less than 2 years from retirement or who are currently retired. February 16 Tax Free Investing Strategies Many people have questions about tax saving investment options. Discover strategies including tax free income, tax deferred income, RMD options, tax free wealth transfer, and more. For men and women of all ages and life stages. LOCATION: Cutter & Company Financial Service, 15415 Clayton Road, Ballwin, MO 63011 6:00-7:30 p.m. $15 | $7.50 Gold Card | $12.75 Silver Card Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced. Gold Card members (district residents ages 60 and older) receive a 50% discount for this class. The discounted rate will automatically be applied at checkout. You must have a Gold Card issued in your name to receive the discounted rate. If you do not have a Gold Card and would like to request one, complete an online request form. For any questions, please call us at 636-891-6644. Silver Card members (residents outside of the Parkway and Rockwood districts ages 60 and older) receive a 15% discount for this class. The discounted rate will automatically be applied at checkout. You must have a Silver Card membership to receive the discounted rate (you will not receive a physical card). If you are not registered for a Silver Card and would like to register, complete this online request form. Note: the Silver card does not provide free/reduced admission to Parkway or Rockwood High School sponsored events.
  • Historic Cahokia and Cahokia Mounds

    Tour the historic Cahokia Courthouse. Next visit the 1799 Holy Family Church and Museum, tour the 1810 Jarrot Mansion, the oldest brick home in the state of Illinois. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the Shrine Restaurant at Our Lady of the Snows. Visit Cahokia Mounds, one of only 22 United Nations World Heritage sites in America. This site was the center of the largest civilization ever in North America until the late 1700's. The Mississippian Culture, peaking around the year 1200, built nearly 140 mounds on this site. Sixty-three remain, including the 100' tall Monks' Mound. Visit the excellent interpretive center here, and maybe stroll among some of the mounds. This trip is Activity Level 2 (see Acitivity Levels below). Ages 18+ Friday | April 23 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Check in at 8:15 a.m.) Parkway Admin Building - meet in the parking lot. No Refunds after March 23 $95 | Gold Card Program does not apply. All tours are led by Linda Koenig from Gateway Tours and meet at the Parkway Admin Building at 455 N. Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Trip Activity Level Guide This scale is a guide to indicate the approximate activity level of a trip. If you are unsure if a trip is right for you, please call or text us at 636-891-6644. Level 1 - Easy: Minimal walking required. Terrain is typically flat with no stairs or incline Level 2 - Moderate: Light walking required. Occasional incline and/or stairs and possible uneven terrain Level 3 - Active: Moderate walking required. Frequent incline and/or stairs and possible uneven terrain
  • Touchstones to our Past

    Tour (mostly riding) the beautiful Bellefontaine Cemetery. Established in 1849, the cemetery sprawls over 327 acres in North St. Louis. See the gravesites of William Clark, Adolphus Busch, Thomas Hart Benton, and many other notables. Admire the large family mausoleums, learn the history of the rural garden cemetery movement, and hear lots of interesting stories. Tour (mostly riding) the 1857 magnificently-landscaped Calvary Cemetery. Visit the gravesites of William Tecumseh Sherman, Tennessee Williams, Dred Scott, and others. Learn about many burial customs and traditions. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Bissell Mansion. Enjoy yet another rural garden cemetery, New Mount Sinai, the largest Jewish cemetery in the region. See the large family mausoleums of the St. Louis department store magnates, and learn about Jewish burial customs and traditions. Tour Jefferson Barracks National Military Cemetery, one of the largest military cemeteries in the U.S. Over 150,000 service persons and their spouses are buried here, among the rolling hills and rows of white marble headstones. This trip is Activity Level 2 (see Acitivity Levels below). Ages 18+ Wednesday | May 12 | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Check in at 8:30 a.m.) Parkway Admin Building - meet in the parking lot. No Refunds after April 12 $79 | Gold Card Program does not apply. All tours are led by Linda Koenig from Gateway Tours and meet at the Parkway Admin Building at 455 N. Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Trip Activity Level Guide This scale is a guide to indicate the approximate activity level of a trip. If you are unsure if a trip is right for you, please call or text us at 636-891-6644. Level 1 - Easy: Minimal walking required. Terrain is typically flat with no stairs or incline Level 2 - Moderate: Light walking required. Occasional incline and/or stairs and possible uneven terrain Level 3 - Active: Moderate walking required. Frequent incline and/or stairs and possible uneven terrain