The City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs that appeal to almost anyone. This fall, Park and Recreation is once again offering their S.T.A.R (Speical Therapeutic Activities in Recreation) program, which is a series of events for anyone with development delays, mental and physical disabilities, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, emotional difficulties and hearing or visual impairment. All S.T.A.R events are organized by Recreation Coordinator Stacey Welter.
Fall S.T.A.R programs include an Evening Hike, the Haunted Hall of Horror, a Barnyard Dance and a Christmas with Friends activity day.
All events are from 6-8p.m., include a snack and drinks and require registration two days prior to attending the event.
The Evening Hike is new this year and will be hosted on Sept. 19 at the Osage Centre. Anyone wishing to come should meet at the Osage Centre and together they will go out on a trail, have a nature scavenger hunt and then go back inside for some hot chocolate and snacks.
The Haunted Hall of Horror will be held on Oct. 18 at the A.C Brase Arena. Members of the S.T.A.R program will meet at the 4-H Exhibit Hall and walk there together in a group. Participants will have an opportunity to go through the haunted house before it officially opens and be scared by zombies, ghosts and whatever other creatures lurk in the night. Participants are welcome to dress up if they so desire.
The Barnyard Dance is for anyone who loves to dance. It will be held on Nov. 7 at the 4-H Exhibit Hall. This event will have a country theme including hay bales and country music.
The final S.T.A.R activity for the year will be a Christmas with Friends event where participants can create Christmas crafts and cards as well as decorate some cookies for the holidays. Although Santa will not be present, this activity should be a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. This event will be held on Dec. 5 at the A.C. Brase Arena.
The main audience for these S.T.A.R events is an older crowd, many who reside in group homes, but the S.T.A.R program is open to all ages, and children and young adults are welcome to attend. Event attendance varies from 40 to 100 people.
For registration and more S.T.A.R event information contact Stacey Welter at (573) 339-6340.