Need a mid-semester pick-me-up? Of course, you do. We all do. It’s no longer the beginning of the semester, so, let’s be honest, all the excitement and enthusiasm is long gone. Unfortunately the end of the semester is too far to start the countdown. So everyone is currently being dragged down by this mindless, tedious mid-semester despair. Here are five ways to support your community, enjoy the New Year, fight your gloom and feel better about life, in general.
There’s a reason it’s called Fat Tuesday, so why not set aside your diet during Mardi Gras? In St. Louis, one of the most popular celebrations is in Soulard. Tues. Feb. 21 is the Lumiere Place Light Up the Night Fat Tuesday Parade. It is the tenth year of the classic Fat Tuesday parade in downtown Soulard. This popular parade begins at 7 p.m. at the corner of Washington and Broadway and runs through downtown St. Louis. It is guaranteed to be a night of beautiful, illuminating colors, sights and sounds! Let the fun continue with the after party located at the Stadium Sports Bar and Grill in Lumière Place.
2. Eat more!
College students are always looking for ways to eat more healthily. New dining hall or not, eating pizza and hamburgers every day gets old quickly. Here is a solution: a local produce co-op. The co-op offers fruits, vegetables, salads, diary, snacks, candy, seasonal foods and much more. For example, an organic and local fruit snack basket is $5 for three Gala apples, three oranges, three pears and three tangerines. All you have to do is order online then pick up your food once a week at the specified location. The closest location to Maryville is Manchester, Mo., which is only 10 minutes away. You can eat an assortment of fruits and vegetables, support your local farmers and save money at the same time!
3. Listen to music.
CAB is hosting “Dueling Pianos” where two piano players will battle playing songs requested from the audience. Come Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. to watch some goofy, stressed-out piano players, listen to great music and eat free food. This live performance will be in the Donius University Center.
4. Spend a day at the park.
Have you heard of Laumeier Sculpture Park? Right off of Highway 270, the park is popular for showcasing sculptures outdoors instead of in a traditional museum. The goal of the park is to allow people to experience art and nature simultaneously. The park has events and exhibits throughout March that would be perfect for an interesting and unique weekend activity with some friends. If you aren’t interested in seeing the art, then you can enjoy the beautiful park. Take a friend, enjoy the beautiful winter-but-more-like-spring weather and admire the curious sculptures. Laumeier is an excellent escape from the everyday stress of college.
5. Learn to de-clutter.
Being presented in the University Auditorium Feb. 21 at noon, “The Story of Stuff: An Inside Look at Our Consumerist Society” reveals the connections between social and environmental issues, uniting everyone in the project to create a healthy, more sustainable world. Allison Cook will speak about how all of the “stuff” in our lives affects our homes, our community and our world. Sounds like a downer? Maybe, but the facts you’ll learn about preserving the environment will definitely boost your morale. For more information, contact Cook at (213) 507-4713 or email@example.com.