Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean there will be a lack of entertaining festivals in the upcoming months. Get out your calendar and schedule your itinerary to enjoy one of these St. Louis events.
- Winter Jazz Festival
Get ready to listen to the smooth tones and cool tunes of the 2019 Winter Jazz Festival scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19. The fun begins at 7 p.m. at the 600-seat Grandel Theatre at 3610 Grandel Square. You’ll be entertained to the max at the second-annual fest with a lineup of international artists such as John Patitucci, William Lenihan, Brian Blade, Mo Egeston, and many more. Tickets are currently on sale with general admission, including service charge, at $29.75 per person.
- 2019 St. Louis Winter Whiskey Tasting Festival – V1
Warm up at the 2019 St. Louis Winter Whiskey Tasting Festival – V1. This tasty drink fest is just for adults and is sure to take the chill off the winter temperature and soothe the winter doldrums. The taste-a-thon is being held on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Molly’s in Soulard located at 816 Geyer Avenue. Multiple brands will be available for your tasting pleasure along with food and music. General admission is $31.48, including fees, and comes with limited tickets. Specialty packages are available.
Whether you’re out and about driving around town on business or pleasure, doing so with peace of mind is the goal for Toyota. With their ToyotaCare program in place, you can drive with confidence any time you’re behind the wheel.
It doesn’t matter if you’re driving across town, across the street, or across the state. With ToyotaCare along for the ride, you never have to worry about being stranded on a busy highway or quiet back road in the event your vehicle breaks down.
Benefits of ToyotaCare
The ToyotaCare program is available for anyone who buys or leases a new Toyota. The program is no cost to you for the maintenance plan. It’s designed with driver convenience and safety in mind, providing coverage wherever you may be when traveling throughout the United States.
You can take to the highways and byways feeling secure in the knowledge Toyota has your vehicle covered for either two years or 25,000 miles. With the program, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art service facilities and professional technicians to handle normal maintenance checks to keep your vehicle running at peak performance.
When it comes to vehicle safety, the main things that impact driving conditions are the tires. Consider the following information for a safer journey wherever the road may take you.
Just like how your shoes connect you to the pavement, so, too, do the tires on our vehicles. This means the tread needs to be in good condition to grip the surface and avoid slipping and sliding the same way the soles of our shoes operate.
According to Consumer Reports, once the grooves measure at 1/16 of an inch deep, the tire is considered bald, which means the grooves no longer work at maximum capacity to eject water accumulating under the tread. When this happens, the vehicle can hydroplane and may not respond correctly to your attempts to control the vehicle via the steering wheel.
The potential for hydroplaning increases the faster your vehicle is traveling on wet roads. Add threadbare tires to the situation, and the risk of hydroplaning is greater. With increased speeds, water accumulates under the tires, leaving little to no traction as the vehicle skims over the wet surface.
This isn’t to say, though, that new tires will always prevent hydroplaning. It can happen at 40 mph in the right conditions. Bald or threadbare tires simply increase the risk.
Along with lack of vehicle control during hydroplaning, bald tires also decrease traction when braking in wet or snowy weather conditions. On a wet road, tires with degraded tread can take several to come to a stop. In snowy conditions, threadbare tires can also affect acceleration. Since the tire tread has degraded and doesn’t have the grip of healthy tires, it can take longer to achieve an appropriate speed.
A new year is always a good time to make resolutions. One that remains at the top of the list is taking care of one’s health. With access to state-of-the-art equipment at a local St. Louis gym, you can turn your resolution into a successful accomplishment.
- Fit City
Regardless of which day of the week fits your schedule to best implement your exercise and workout regimen, Fit City is available. Open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., you can unwind, lower your stress level, and get in shape at your convenience.
To see what the gym has to offer, take advantage of the free day pass to access the equipment, relax in a tanning bed, unwind in the sauna, and replenish with a protein shake from the smoothie bar. Fit City also has a Kids Zone available Monday through Saturday with experienced staff to keep children entertained while you focus on your exercise regimen.
- Anytime Fitness
When joining Anytime Fitness, you become part of a community of like-minded individuals whose goal is to help you succeed. As the name implies, Anytime Fitness is open for business 24/7 with around-the-clock security for its members at thousands of gyms.
Each center has the latest equipment such as treadmills, free weights, stair climbers, rowing machines, ellipticals, kettlebells, and more to get you toned. You’ll also have access to in-depth classes including yoga, zumba, and cardio plus team workouts and personal trainers.