St. Louis — Celebrate Latinx culture in St. Louis at the Dia de los Muertos Festival, Saturday, November 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 6, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. 

More information is available at https://mohistory.org/dia-de-los-muertos.

The public is invited to join the free celebration which features beautifully decorated family altars representing a variety of Latin American cultural traditions, live music and dance performances, an art display, food and drink vendors, face and arm painting for kids, storytelling in Spanish, a procession through Forest Park, and a number of other activities for the whole family.

The festival’s highlight — a colorful, quarter-mile-long procession through Forest Park — takes place at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, November 5.

The festival is presented by the Missouri History Museum in collaboration with Hispanic Festival Inc., Mexicanos en St. Louis, STL Juntos, Latinx Arts Network & Juntos We Read.


Saturday, November 5

11 am—7 pm | Altar viewing

11 am—7 pm | Art display

11 am—7 pm | Outdoor food and drink vendors – Purchase tacos, baked goods from El Chico Bakery, Peruvian empanadas, alfajores, street corn, hot dogs, and non-alcoholic beverages

11 am—5pm | Make-and-take crafts including calavera (skull) masks and family photo frames

12—4 pm | Face or arm painting (kids free, adult tickets are $12)

12—4 pm | Souvenir printmaking to celebrate loved ones

1 pm | Cuentos en el museo (Spanish storytelling)

1-4 pm | Outdoor music by Inti Llajta and DJ Eric

2 pm and 4 pm | Dance performances by Our Lady of Guadalupe Dancers

5:30 pm | Procession begins (.25-mile walk through Forest Park)

Sunday, November 6

11 am—5 pm | Altar viewing

11 am—5 pm | Art display

11am—5 pm | Outdoor food and drink vendors – Purchase tacos, baked goods from El Chico Bakery, Peruvian empanadas, alfajores, street corn, hot dogs, and non-alcoholic beverages

11am—5 pm | Make-and-take crafts including calavera (skull) masks and family photo frames

12—12:30 pm | The Basics of Día de los Muertos presentation with folklorist Cynthia L. Vidaurri (join us to view this virtual program in the Lee Auditorium)

12—4 pm | Face or arm painting (kids free, adult tickets are $12)

12—4 pm | Souvenir printmaking to celebrate loved ones

1 pm | Cuentos en el museo (Spanish storytelling)

1—2 pm | Outdoor live music by Mariachi Nuevo Azteca

2 pm and 4 pm | Dance performances by Alma de Mexico

Día de los Muertos is an annual holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other Hispanic cultures. The annual Día de los Muertos Festival at the Missouri History Museum is a high-spirited event that shares the rich history and traditions of Hispanic/Latinx culture and this holiday by highlighting contributions made by Hispanic artists, musicians, dancers, artisans, and chefs. 

For more information visit www.mohistory.org/dia-de-los-muertos. The Missouri History Museum is located at 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, in St. Louis; 314-746-4599.

Tips for Dads Teaching Their Kids How to Drive Safely

It’s a rite of passage for most kids – learning to drive. And it’s a nerve-wracking time for parents, especially dads. After all, it’s our job to ensure our kids are safe behind the wheel. So here are a few tips to help you teach your kids how to drive safely.

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Be A Good Role Model

If you want your kids to drive safely, you need to be a good role model. That means obeying all the traffic laws, not speeding, not texting while driving, and so on. You need to set an example for your kids, so they know what it means to drive safely.

Be Patient

Learning to drive can be stressful for both you and your child. So it’s essential to be patient throughout the process. Remember, they’re still learning, and making mistakes is part of that process. So try not to get too frustrated with them and stay calm throughout the lessons.

Teach Them The Basics

Before you even get in the car, sit down with your child and go over the basics of driving. This includes turning the lights, using the turn signals, adjusting the mirrors, etc. Once they understand everything, you can start working on more advanced concepts like parallel parking and merging onto highways.

Start Slow

When you’re first teaching your child how to drive, try to cover only a little ground at a time. Start with basic concepts and then build up from there. You can always add more lessons later as they become more comfortable behind the wheel.

Practice, Practice, Practice

The best way for your child to learn how to drive is by getting out there and practicing as much as possible. So go out with them often and let them get some experience behind the wheel. The more they practice, the better they’ll become at driving. You can take them to an open parking lot to practice things like turning, parallel parking, etc.

Show Them How To Change A Tyre

One of the most important things you can teach your child is how to change a tire. This is a valuable skill that can help them if they ever have a flat tire. So show them how to do it and ensure they understand the process.

Teach Them What To Do In Case Of An Accident

No one wants to think about accidents, but they do happen. So it’s essential to teach your child what to do if they’re ever involved in one. This includes turning off the engine, staying calm, and calling for help. By teaching them what to do ahead of time, you can help them stay safe in the event. You can also walk them through the steps they must take after the accident, like contacting an attorney, exchanging insurance information, etc.

Teaching your child how to drive can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Following these tips can help your child learn how to drive safely and confidently. Just remember to be patient, take things slow, and let them practice as much as possible. Soon enough, they’ll be on the road driving themselves!

How To Take Nothing For Granted On The Roads

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You’re only ever as good a driver as your last time on the roads. This is important to remember, and it’s also a good maxim to carry as you age, because as we get older our reflexes begin to slow and our bad habits begin to express themselves more readily.

This isn’t to deride your driving performance, of course, we’re sure you’re more than capable. But it’s also good to hold ourselves to account when we can, because we are the only variable we have control over on the roads.

It’s especially important for new drivers to learn this, because taking anything for granted while driving can, unfortunately, lead us to miss essential observational cues that may result in accidents. While this lawyer in Mcallen, Texas can help you format the best defense if the issue wasn’t your fault, it’s true to say that preparing ourselves for each drive is a good way to avoid unfortunate circumstances.

So – why is it best to take nothing for granted on the roads? Let’s consider that below:

Don’t Trust In Other Drivers

Other drivers may seem quite stable and safe in front of you, but you can never tell what might happen in someone elses’ car, or to it. For instance, the person you’ve been behind for forty miles on the freeway may seem sensible and capable of driving well, but what if they suffer a medical emergency, or miss a cue in front of them? Even if you would respect the person behind the wheel, we can never truly predict how they’re going to behave now. This is important to remember, and it will help you avoid becoming complacent.

Never Assume They’re Going To Let You Out

If you generally let people out of their turns, or allow people to join the queue, or slow down when approaching a junction, not everyone will. We can never assume others have the same values as you, or won’t try to run that red light, or might not try to weave between your vehicles on a motorcycle. The more you can understand that, the more become a patient driver, not for the benefit of others, but to protect yourself and everyone else in your car.

Assume Anything Can Happen

The roads are well-formatted for the most part, and have consistent markings in line with competent traffic codes. But the truth is that roads are large outdoor constructions with many hunks of two-tonne (or more) metal riding around at high speeds. Anything can happen, be that a deer jumping out into the road, a teenager not looking correctly when trying to cross, someone behind you who thinks overtaking on a hill is a good idea, or perhaps your own vehicle, operational until now, might blow a tire. Assuming anything can happen in that way will help you only plan to drive when you’re well rested and observant, and you’ll never over-distract yourself with music that may be too loud, or allowing your friends free reign in your vehicle with no ground rules.

With this advice, we hope you can avoid taking anything for granted on the roads.


St. Louis — All aboard for the Sleigh Shed, St. Louis’ newest seasonal pop-up cocktail experience.

This season the Train Shed restaurant at St. Louis Union Station is transformed into Sleigh Shed, a glittering holiday destination with creative cocktails and delicious dining. 

Gather your friends and experience a wonderland of whimsy, decorated from top to bottom with the bling and baubles of the season. Sleigh Shed is ready for its close up on your Insta page. 

The holiday hot spot at Union Station opens on November 4 and continues through New Year’s Eve. Sleigh Shed will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Celebratory cocktails at Sleigh Shed include:

Rudolph’s Reserve:

Zafra Masters Reserve 21 year Rum

Blood Orange Cordial


Cocktail Punk Smoked Orange Bitters

Sleigh All Day:

Bruzco Mezcal

Cava de Oro Blanco Tequila

Suau Orange Brandy

Pineapple Gum Syrup

Lime Juice

Cocktail Punk Peach bitters

Resting Grinch Face:

Light Rum

Toasted Coconut Syrup

Rio Red Grapefruit Cordial

Lime Juice


Vanilla Vodka

Cherry Heering

Creme de Cacao

Half & Half

Caramelized Fig Syrup


Santa’s Red-Eye Fix:



Giffard Vanilla Liqueur

Simple Syrup

Heavy Cream


Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa

Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur

Peppermint Bark Cream Liqueur

With traditional Christmas colors, dripping icicle lights and elaborate, festive table and bar decor, the excess of the holidays is on full display at Sleigh Shed. 

Sleigh Shed is located at St. Louis Union Station alongside the lake where holiday fire and light shows set to music will play throughout the day and evening. Guests can enjoy the other yuletide offerings at St. Louis Union Station, including rides on the 200-foot-tall St. Louis Wheel, visits to the St. Louis Aquarium, a holiday market in the outdoor plaza and tickets to The Polar Express Train Ride — a beloved holiday tradition.

The celebration can continue through the night with lodging at the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton. More hotel and attraction information and links are at www.stlouisunionstation.com

No reservations are accepted at Sleigh Shed. Private dining experiences are available for groups of 10 or more. Contact info@trainshed-stl.com for group arrangements. 

In addition to the festive cocktails, a full lunch and dinner menu also is available at Sleigh Shed through the season. 

Learn more at www.Trainshed-STL.com. Follow the holiday fun on social media @trainshed-stl.