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28 I EVENTS I May 24, 2017 MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE @MIDRIVERSNEWS MIDRIVERSNEWSMAGAZINE.COM The 2017 Challenge Walk MS takes place on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 in Cottleville. local events ARTS The Rachel Rueweler Art Exhibit is from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. from Friday, June 2-July 14 at the Renaud Spirit Center [RSC], 2650 Tri Sports Circle in O’Fallon. Rueweler is a retired teacher who spends her time traveling and painting. This is her first show in the area. The Cultural Arts Center Gallery is open and free during regular business hours in the RSC. For details, visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com. • • • The Foundry Art Centre hosts 2nd Thursdays: Living Art from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, through October, at the Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Saint St. Charles. This series of free artmaking events highlights art as a cultural, physical or mental necessity. Visit www. foundryartcentre.org/2nd-thursday or call (636) 255-0270. BENEFITS 1st Financial Federal Credit Union hosts a Community Blood Drive from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26 at their Wentzville branch at 1232 Wentzville Parkway. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins also are welcome. A valid photo ID is required. To set up an appointment or for more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code FFFCreditUnion. • • • Challenge Walk MS: St. Louis is from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 at St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. This two-day, 31-mile walk benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, with a fundraising goal of $230,000. Those living with multiple sclerosis will gather together at the front and lead the charge. For more information, visit www.main.nationalmssociety.org. • • • Anna’s Flying Pigs is holding a barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at Legacy Park, Hwy. N near Fifth Street next to Cottleville City Hall. Features slow-smoked pulled pork, pulled chicken, ribs and brisket. Proceeds benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. FAMILY & KIDS Foundry Art Centre’s Free Family Fun Day is from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 at 520 North Main Center in Saint Charles. Explore the Foundry Art Centre’s number-centric exhibition, “The Nth Degree.” Activities include the Japanese art of origami, a paper airplane contest and a tessellation station where kids make artistic patterns with geometric shapes. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (636) 255-0270 or visit www.foundryartcentre.org. • • • The Immaculate Conception Church of Dardenne Parish Picnic is from Friday, June 2 to Sunday, June 4 at 7701 Hwy. N in Dardenne Prairie. Features kids’ games, carnival rides, live music, beer garden, concessions and more. For more information, visit www.icdparish.org. • • • The St. Peters Police Rangers 370 Lakeside Fishing Derby is from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, June 3 at 370 Lakeside Park, 1000 Lakeside Park Drive in St. Peters, as part of Family Fun Day. Families can fish along the 140-acre lake for a chance to win prizes. Entry fee $5 per person. Register in person at the St. Peters Rec-Plex at 5200 Mexico Road, by phone at (636) 939-2386 ext. 1400 or online at www.stpetersmo.net/rec-connect. • • • A Kite Festival is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at 370 Lakeside Park, 1000 Lakeside Park Drive in St. Peters, as part of Family Fun Day. The event takes place at the marina parking lot at 370 Lakeside Park. Kite-building kits are available free of charge to the first 200 participants. Volunteers will help put the kites together or participants can bring their own kites. • • • A Family Bike Ride and Health & Wellness Event is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at 370 Lakeside Park, 1000 Lakeside Park Drive in St. Peters, as part of Family Fun Day. Bring bikes to ride the 4.5-mile trail around the lake. A limited number of adult-sized bikes are available for rent at the park. To encourage bike safety, the St. Peters Community Health and Wellness Committee distributes up to 100 free bike helmets to kids at the event. • • • St. Charles Parks & Recreation presents Pirates and Mermaids with the River City Rascals at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 at CarShield Field, 900 TR Hughes Blvd. in O’Fallon. Partake in a themed treasure hunt before the baseball game. On-field promotions, music, and games. Purchase tickets at www.rivercityrascals. com/tickets/individual. Use promo code STCPARKS2017 for discounted tickets. • • • “Once Upon a Storytime” is presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 to Saturday, June 10, with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Event is held at O’Fallon City Hall, 100 N. Main Street. The humorous show, retelling fairy tales, is for all ages, even the very young. The following weekend is “Shrek the Musical, Jr.” Tickets are available in advance at the Renaud Spirit Center. Call (636) 474-2732 with questions. • • • Sign up for Family Camping Night from 6 p.m. Friday, June 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10 at Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive W. in O’Fallon. Learn outdoor skills and tent set-up. Features a hot dog cookout, storyteller, campfire songs and s’mores. Families must bring tent, sleeping bags and potluck dish. To register or for more information, call (636) 474-2732. • • • Lake Saint Louis hosts a showing of See EVENTS, page 31
FACEBOOK.COM/MIDRIVERSNEWSMAGAZINE MIDRIVERSNEWSMAGAZINE.COM May 24, 2017 MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE Vito’s in the Valley issues a call to St. Charles: Come join us at our table By EMILY REDINGTON Anchoring a quiet shopping center near Edison Avenue and Long Road, Vito’s in the Valley is conveniently close to home, but world’s away in terms of taste, authenticity, atmosphere and experience. And, according to Jessica LaFata, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Giovanni, it’s time for St. Charles County residents to get in on the action. “We want people who live in St. Charles County to know our name and be part of our family,” Jessica said. The food at Vito’s is highly reflective of Gio’s mother, whose Sicilian background brings unique flavor profiles to the Italian-focused menu. At Vito’s, family confidently intersects with exceptional food and great expectations. Jessica believes the restaurant’s happy hour can compete with just about any in the St. Louis area. “Frankly, you can’t beat the price for our quality and quantity,” she said. Vito’s in the Valley Offered seven days a week from 4-6 p.m., Vito’s happy hour features drinks [wine, craft and domestic beer, and speciality drinks] as well as tapas specials. Included are Vito’s hand-tossed, 10-inch pizzas, a customer favorite, and Arancini, a classic Sicilian specialty of deep-fried saffron risotto balls filled with meat, mozzarella and peas. Happy hour noshes and libations can be enjoyed in the bar area or on Vito’s expansive patio. A quiet retreat amidst the congestion and crowds of the Valley, the patio is surrounded by plants native to Sicily. Hibiscus, oleander and Sicilian palms dot the spacious outdoor oasis, which can seat up to 75 people. In October 2016, Vito’s decided to add another element to its already outstanding culinary arsenal; the LaFatas began serving lunch. Jessica said they designed the lunch menu to be fast, fresh and affordable. For those on the run, Vito’s offers an Express Lunch Special that includes one of four 138 Chesterfield Towne Centre • Chesterfield • www.vitosinthevalley.com • (636) 536-3788 Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday; 4-9 p.m., Sunday Happy hour: 4-6 p.m., daily Wednesday Pasta Special Buy 1 get 1 Free *with purchase of 2 beverages • Includes Salad STEAK • SEAFOOD • CHICKEN • PASTA Fathers’s Day Brunch Reservations accepted 1/2 Off Wine Bottles with 2 entrees on Tuesday 104 Triad Ctr. West • O’Fallon, MO Dine by Dusk 4-5:30 Tues-Thurs Pasta/Chicken/Sirloin Special May 26, June 9 & June 23 6-9 pm - Live Music • Charlie Mann live on June 13 Happy Hour | 4-6 daily 636.272.7474 • www.ClaytonsRestaurant.com Hours: T-Th 4-9pm • F-S 4-10pm starters, followed by a choice of select homemade pastas, paninis or hand-tossed pizzas. “We want people to be able to get quality food at an exceptional value.” Jessica said. “Yet that doesn’t mean a whole lot to those on their lunch break if we cannot execute their order in a timely manner, so we designed the menu accordingly.” Vito’s also has the ability and the passion to host private events, including rehearsal dinners, showers, graduations and corporate parties. “Every customer affects our family because they are helping us achieve our dream of running our restaurant,” Jessica said. “And those who ask us to host their special event are inviting us to be part of their history. That is a responsibility we do not take lightly. “We understand the significance and impact such interactions can have because we experience it every day with our customers. We are truly honored by that request and, as owners, Gio and I personally do everything we can to make our I 29 Giovanni and Jessica LaFata, owners of Vito’s in the Valley guests’ events truly special.” “We try to make the planning as seamless as possible for our customers. One phone conversation can get everything set up and we will work to fit our guests’ budget. We are honored to be local and feel our service, level of care and passion helps us stand out.” And, of course, there is the food, which Jessica said is made so consistent and true to Gio’s mother’s recipes that customers can depend on deliciousness whether they dine at lunch, happy hour, dinner or for a special event. Indeed, St. Charles County, the word is out and you are invited to Vito’s table. JUICY PINEAPPLE, DELICIOUS SPONGE CAKE AND CHERRIES ATOP FRITZ'S VANILLA FROZEN CUSTARD. Enjoy great desserts, patio seating and music... Bring family and meet friends at Fritz’s!