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First Things First: Happy Holidays from your City of Kirkwood staff and Council!

What's on the agenda in Kirkwood this week and next? Well, it's a short week at . Most offices will be closed this Friday and next Monday (Dec. 23 and 26) for the Christmas holiday. For full details about the Ice Rink, and holiday sanitation collection, please visit the home page of the City's Website.

FREE VALET PARKING THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY IN DOWNTOWN KIRKWOOD:

Last minute shoppers and diners are VIPs - Very Important Parkers - when they visit Downtown Kirkwood on December 22 and 23.  From 12 noon to 9:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 22, and Friday, December 23, visitors to downtown Kirkwood may have their vehicle valet-parked from the historic Kirkwood Train Station.  "VIPs" may leave their vehicle with a professional valet after 12 noon, at the centrally located Kirkwood Train Station and then enjoy the festive decorations and holiday lights while walking to their shopping and dining destinations. Many downtown Kirkwood stores have extended their hours for holiday shopping on Thursday evenings. The valet service will be a convenient option for those attending happy hours and dinner gatherings on Friday evening.  Vehicles must be retrieved from the valet service by 9 p.m.  The free valet parking service is courtesy of the Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District.

Other notes and reminders:
1)  Recycling Reminders:  We are still having some problems with recycling cart placement. Here's a quick reminder: Leave three feet around the cart, on all sides, so the City’s new trucks can get to your cart. Place carts at least FIVE feet away from vehicles. On narrow streets, please do not park cars directly across from other vehicles on collection days, to allow trucks to get through. ALSO: The Scheidegger Recycling Depository is open 24/7, so if you have any large recyclables (cardboard) or just an abundance of materials due to the holidays, please take it all to the Depository (350 S. Taylor). Thank you!

2) Styrofoam Recycling News:  We hate to start the new year with bad news, but our Styrofoam recycler, Midwest Recycles, has informed us that effective at the end of this month, they will no longer collect Styrofoam from the Scheidegger Recycling Depository. That means you only have until Dec. 30 to take any Styrofoam you have at home or in your business (including all that stuff from opening packages at Christmas) to the Recycling Depository. Meanwhile, we will search for other ways to recycle this material.

 3) Fitness Stuff: Need to depart with any unwanted pounds accumulated over the holidays? Kirkwood Parks & Recreation's next Boot Camp session begins Jan. 2: Monday through Thursday, 5:45-6:45 a.m., Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road, $129 for residents. Call 822-5855 for other details. ZUMBA dances on in January as well: On Monday nights, 6-7 p.m., and Saturday mornings, 9-10 a.m., at the Community Center. $30 for residents for the session or $7 per class drop-in rate. Meanwhile, Open Volleyball (drop-in) is ongoing on Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. Fee is $3 per session with an evening limit of 36 players (no session 12/25 or 1/1). 

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