Opportunities December 2018

As we grow closer to the end of the year, it is a great time to reflect on our successes and the other things that we can learn from. I believe that it was Søren Kierkegaard who said that Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Speaking of living life forward, there are some great ways to get out and live a beautiful life in St. Louis this month!
Of course, I have a few suggestions for you to enjoy it. I hope that you’ll join me!
All the best. -Nate
December 6-9
This evening will also be a good night to head over to the Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park. You will be able to enjoy the magical lighting displays by car or if you’re in the mood, you can jump on the carriage for a ride. You can also stroll through the Saint Louis Zoo’senchanting holiday wonderland and enjoy 500,000 twinkling lights, illuminated animal displays, seasonal sounds and all kinds of festive fun at Wild Lights.
Also, you can head downtown to The Stifel Theatre, as they host A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage! It is a fresh take on the timeless classic that gives the audience a completely new way of experiencing the storyline as portrayed by real actors who maintain the integrity and spirit of each Peanuts character.
On Friday, the 7th, you can join the amazing organization, Paraquad, at their inauguralGarden Gallery exhibition, “ACCESS,” which will feature artists in the St. Louis area who are addressing ideas of accessibility in two- or three-dimensional works of art at the Bloom Café, Paraquad’s social enterprise restaurant.
Also, on Friday, you can geek out at the St. Louis Science Center and learn the real science behind science fiction and mingle with others at First Fridays. It features a different theme, hands-on activities, pub-style trivia, engaging presentations, photo ops for showing off your costume, and food and drink specials.
Of Course, you have to check out First Fridays in Grand Center where all the museums and galleries are free until 9pm!
If you are looking for something to do on Saturday, the 8th, you can check outUrban Chestnut’s Wintermarkt, where you will be able to enjoy a traditional German market at their Midtown Brewery & Biergarten. You’ll eat, drink, and be Merry with over 30 venders on hand to help you welcome the holiday season, complete with live music, firepits, and more!
Perhaps you would enjoy a stroll around theAnheuser-Busch Brewery for their 33rd annualBrewery Lights display on Saturday. You and the family can take a ride on the Brewery Express Train, play festive games, check out the Kids Zone and watch nightly screenings of holiday movies on the outdoor big screen.
Also on Saturday, the 8th, you can head over to The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles to create some holiday magic inSanta’s Workshop! Decorate some tasty winter treats and assist Santa’s helpers in making your very own holiday-themed project. Make sure you’ve been nice this year as Santa will be taking pictures with all the good little girls and boys!
You can join the tree huggers and beer chuggers on Saturday at: Forest ReLeaf of Missouri’s 7th Annual Young Friends pub crawl, this year, Crawl the Grove, is back and better than ever! Four fantastic bars in The Grove along Manchester will be hosting the crawl, each offering drink specials to all attendees! It kicks off at Urban Chestnut at 12:30!
On Saturday night, you can head over to the St. Louis Science Center for The Nightchaser 5 year Anniversaryfeaturing Francois K, DJ Alexis Tucci, Hal Greens and many more!
I would definitely be there, but Cardina and I will be downtown at a great fundraising event, the Winter Royale Gala for the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis.
All month long, you can saunter around The Missouri Botanical Garden as they host to their annual Garden Glow where you can celebrate the season with a million dazzling lights in the beautiful garden.
All month long, you can saunter around The Missouri Botanical Garden as they host to their annual Garden Glow where you can celebrate the season with a million dazzling lights in the beautiful garden.
On Sunday, you might enjoy heading over to Webster Groves for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ presentation of A Christmas Story. Don’t miss out on the live presentation as Ralphie tries to convince his parents to buy him a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas.
Sunday will be a great day to head out to Chesterfield to The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House as it will be transformed into an enchanted land! Escape the cold and experience Winter Jewels at the Butterfly House. Visit a fierce dragon and noble nights at the Castle, discover tropical jewel-toned butterflies and fairy gardens in the Conservatory, and meet new friends in the Gnome Forest.
December 10-16
On Tuesday, the 11th, you can check outCOCA‘s upcoming bizSESSION Creativity Unbound: The Need for Urban Experimentation, Gabriella Gómez-Mont will draw from her experiences leading the award-winning experimental arm and creative think tank of the Mexico City government—to address how we can reframe the role of government, citizens and businesses to encourage social, economic and political inventiveness for our urban futures.
Friday, the 14th is the opening for Facing a new performance by Caitlin McCommis, produced by theTesseract Theatre at .Zack. Wilda has modeled her life after that of her grandmother: to be fearless and adventure down the same dirt roads. When she’s diagnosed with a debilitating illness, the vision of her future gets ripped away as she’s welcomed to a club that she never asked to be a part of. But when another club member goes through a crisis, Wilda is forced to look her worst nightmare in the eye.
Also on Friday, you can head over to University City as COCA will be performing The Little Dancer: Livre Vivant. This year, the story comes to life in a new and fanciful way! Young ballerina Mary falls asleep reading her favorite book and to her surprise, she wakes up inside the book where she meetsDegas’ The Little Dancer, and the pair take off on an exciting journey through the streets of Paris. You can also catch the show on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, the 15th, I can hardly wait to take the girls to The Grandel Theatre to check out The Metro Theater Company and their renditionWonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure! It is part theater, part rock concert and it features an eclectic mix of everything from classic rock to ska and punk as 7-1/2-year-old Alice chases through Wonderland in search of her own inner musical voice.
Saturday will be one of your last chances to check out the fresh new staging and reimagined scenery of Les Miserables as it makes its return to theFabulous Fox on Dec 11-16.
Also on Saturday, experience the beloved 1990s box office hit, Home Alone on the big screen with the SLSO performing John Williams’ charming and delightful score live. See what antics eight-year-old Kevin McCallister comes up with when he is accidentally left behind from family vacation.
Later on Saturday night, you’ll find me and my beautiful bride at the Ferring Jazz Bistro, checking out the jazz / R&B keyboard styling of Robert Glasper
On Sunday, you might find us at the Touhill Performing Arts Center to enjoy The Nutcracker as it fills the mainstage with spectacular sets & costumes led by the professional company of Saint Louis Ballet.
December 17-23
A good time is certainly available on Monday, Dec. 17th, as you can head over to the 550 Music Center in University City for The 442s Holiday Spectacular. They will joined by Christine Brewer, Peter Martin, Erin Bode, Brian Owens, Montez Coleman, plus other surprise special guests!
On Tuesday, the 18th, join the fine folks over at Techartista in the Central West End for their monthly book club. Read, expand your mind, make connections and discuss topics relating to business, entrepreneurship and creative thinking as this BYOB affair is open and free to all. This months book is: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou.
On Friday, the 21st, you can check out the Next Generation Theatre Company’s performance of It’s a Wonderful Life in Florissant at the James J. Eagan Theatre 
The Fabulous Fox Theatre will be host toRudolph the Rednosed Reindeer Musical on Saturday, the 22nd.
On Sunday, Powell Hall in Grand Center will be host to Mercy Holiday Celebration, which sure to make your season merry and bright! Gather for a performance filled with festive sounds of the season with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Santa Claus!
Also on Sunday, the 23rd, you can head to Cherokee Street to Off Broadway to check out some amazing local musicians at the St. Louis Blues and Soul Revue.
December 24-30
On Wednesday, the 26th, you can head over to the Missouri Botanical Gardens to celebrate Kwanzaa Festival of First Fruitswhere you’ll enjoy an afternoon of storytelling, craft and jewelry displays, and authentic African drumming and musical performances.
Thursday, the 27th might be a good day to head over to theFabulous Fox Theatre to check out Anastasia, which is a romantic and adventure-filled new musical inspired by the beloved films.
On Saturday, the 29th, you might want to check out the Caffeine and Chrome event at Gateway Classic Cars where you can bring your collectable car or just check out the others in the
Make your way over to .Zack on Saturday night for the 20th anniversary celebration of Phat Buddha Productions with a diverse lineup of performances. You’ll enjoy the afro-house styling of Hot House Sessions, along with the rap music of Scrub and Ace Ha & Fresco Kane, the rock rhythms of Decadent Nation, and the funk/rock jams of Brother Francis and the Soultones.
On Sunday, the 30th, you can enjoy an afternoon of culture, performances and tradition during the Saint Louis Art Museum‘s annual Kwanzaa Celebration.
Monday, aka New Year’s Eve, you can skate in the New Year at Steinberg Skating Rink in beautiful Forest Park. There will be party favors, noisemakers & 27,600 square feet of frozen fun!
As you can see, there are plenty of great ways to enjoy St. Louis over the next month. I hope that you have a lovely holiday season, and a safe and prosperous new year! Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything that I can do for you.
All the best. -Nate
Here is the latest Housing Report for your review. Median sale prices are up 2.9% from October of last year, while the number of listings continue to drop. Let me know if you have any questions. We are also hosting the Keys to Homeownership seminar next month on the 15th of January. If you know of anyone that can benefit from the information, we’d love to see them! Thanks!
Nate K. Johnson
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