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Labor Day may be good Valentine film

The pie making scene in  Labor Day w with Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, rivals that of the pot throwing scene in Ghost.

The pie making scene in Labor Day w with Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, rivals that of the pot throwing scene in Ghost.

By Sandra Olmsted

In writer-director Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, the slowly unfolding story doles out romantic and dramatic tensions in digestible bites. Although told from the perspective of  13-year-old Henry (Gattlin Griffith), the story focuses on his mother Adele (Kate Winslet) heartbreak, depression, and withdrawal from society. At first, her wallowing in seems to be about being divorced from Henry’s father Gerald (Clark Gregg), but a deeper reason for Adele’s sadness drove the weak Gerald away. Although Hollywood rarely makes this once popular genre of film, the Woman’s Picture, Reitman may revive it with Labor Day.

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North County Girl Returns to Civic Center Stage Where She Made Debut

barbiea2Laura Barbiea, a St. Louis area native whose first performance was at age 3 at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre, will make her debut performance as a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union that represents nearly 50,000 actors and stage managers, on the same stage when she appears with TheatreworksUSA in a production of The Teacher from the Black Lagoon January 16-23.

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Alton – Audubon Eagle Festival Saturday, Jan. 4

On Saturday, Jan. 4, the 2014 eagle watching season will officially kick off with the Eagle Festival.

The Audubon Center at Riverlands at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary will be one of the hosts of the festival from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The center will have eagle viewing walks and vendor displays previewing upcoming activities and events happening throughout the season.

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Eagle Watching Season Along the River Road in Full Swing in January

Free Eagle Watching Guide Available

Cold winter days can be a great time for an unforgettable eagle watching adventure.  Every January, experts anticipate hundreds of American Bald Eagles will migrate to the region, many reclaiming their winter nests along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway from Alton to Grafton and Pere Marquette State Park.

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Florissant Native Derek Anthony at Yacovelli’s Dec. 26 to Promote New CD

Florissant native Derek Anthony will have a CD release party Dec. 26 at Yacovelli's.

Florissant native Derek Anthony will have a CD release party Dec. 26 at Yacovelli’s.

Florissant native Derek Anthony will be at Yacovelli’s Restaurant on Dec. 26 for a CD release party. His new CD, “Cowboy Way,” will be released in December. Anthony will play songs from the new CD, greet fans, and have copies of the CD to sell.

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Brewery Lights Up for New Walking Tours, Driving Tours Still Available

The buildings of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery are adorned with thousands of lights for the 28th year. The display can now be enjoyed in a new walking tour beginning at the Brewery Tour Center and winding through the brewery campus.

The holiday lights experience is open every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 28 from 6-9 p.m. Guests can enter through the entrance to the Tour Center, located at 1200 Lynch Street.

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