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DAYTRIP Getaway: The Beauty of Highland

Keyda’s Korner

Keyda Walks Like an Egyptian at the St. Louis Science Center

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Inside July Vol. 1 Number 9

Features

11 Keyda’s Korner: Lost in Egypt

Come walk like and Egyptian with Keyda and Heather Duncan of the St Louis Science Center!

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Metro East Parent N.P.O. of the Month Call For Help Incorporated has been helping Metro East Women and Children for 30 years!

17 Metro East Athletes Compete at Nationals How did our kids stack up against the best in the country? Pretty Darn good!

Departments

6 Letter from the Publisher 9 Voice of Generation “I”

Extra, Extra... 10 Tooth Talk with Dr. Angie 13 Stand By Me: David Robinson’s monthly contribution. 21 Garrett Peek: Black Music Appreciation Month

13 Daytrip your way to the Beauty of Highland!

29 ...ask the trainer: William Miller

27 Highland’s Art on the Square is Coming!

32 Dr. Almeda Lahr-Well’s explains why a gifted child is a child with special needs!

There is plenty going on in one of the Metro East Area’s Hidden Gems!

Amazing Artwork for you to stroll along with in Highland!

30 Pilot for the Day!

Two Metro East Area brothers become Pilot for the Day at Scott Air Force Base!

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letter from the publisher...

Robert Ludwig

My son for the first time in his academic life is going to summer school. Not because he failed anything, only because he is required to at his new high school in order to have a free period for his Freshman year. At first he balked, like most fourteen year old kids would, but now he absolutely loves it. He is meeting new friends at his new school, getting acclimated to the rigorous coursework that will be required of him at SLUH, but most importantly, summer school is preventing the brain drain that too often occurs during summer months when children do not exercise their minds for such a long period of time. The days of children needing the summer off to help in the fields are over, as well as the days of the nuclear family where there is a mother waiting in the kitchen in high-heels, a pearl necklace, and an apron, asking the Beav what he wants for lunch. As a single parent of a very active child my summers have been mostly spent chauffeuring my son from one camp to the other, spending money that we did not necessarily have. But my only options were even more expensive daycare or having DCFS called on me for leaving a child at home on his own. Thankfully, I never had to resort to the latter, but I was fortunate. There are many parents out there that are not as fortunate. There are many parents that cannot afford summer child care or camps. I hear on talk radio and television constantly about how single parents should get off government assistance and find a job to support their families, yet in the same breath they wish to cut off government programs to help with childcare. To me, a single parent, I know how hard it is to raise a child on your own and how expensive it is to do so. There are studies that indicate that the lack of adult supervision during the summer months is a direct correlation to children and the use of drugs and alcohol. The summer months are also a breeding period for children getting involved with gangs and crime. Children are left unwatched by adults more in the summer months than any other months, especially pre-teens and teens, those who are the most at risk. But as I stated before, the worst part of summer months is the lack of brain stimulation our children get from not being in school. The constant exercise of the most important muscle is key to their success as well as the success to our society and country. More and more countries are going to the year round schedule in school, an idea that has yet to be adopted here in the States. While teaching in Japan I learned the benefits of a year round school schedule, while I taught child after child that was more proficient in math and science than American students of the same age. Students lose almost two months of math and science that has to be retaught to them in the following school year. So I ask you, what is the true benefit of our children being off of school during the summer? It is not econmically, socially, and educationally benificial to them, parents, and our country that is continually falling behind the rest of the world in academics and the worlds best job opportunities. I am not talking about getting rid of vacations totally. Some schools across the nation have adopted the twelve week school session to be followed by two weeks vacation year round. Two weeks of studies is a lot easier to make up than two months. Two weeks of daycare is a lot cheaper than two months. And two weeks of insanity is a lot easier to recoup from than two months. Think about it...

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Voice of Generation “I” by Xavier Ludwig

My father and I watched an episode of “What Would You Do?” last week in which a Spanish speaking mother was criticized for not be able to speak “proper” English at a restaurant with her bilingual speaking daughter. The people involved were all actors with the premise of seeing what people would say to the actor that was belittling the mother in front of her child. Luckily, other people did get involved, quickly taking the defense of the mother and child, but many others just stood there and watched. Some even encouraged him or joined in with the jokes and ridicule of the mother, not caring that her young daughter was there witnessing the whole event. Unfortunately for me these scenes seemed all too real at some of the abuse that my mother and I have endured throughout the years. My Mother is a beautiful woman that was born in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. She has tried to tell me stories of her childhood, but most are too painful and too unspeakable. After the United States abandoned the South Vietnamese to the Communist of the North, life became more unbearable to those who fought for independence along with the Americans. My Grandfather and Grandmother were both imprisoned in camps, leaving my mother and her six brothers and sisters to fend for themselves for the three years they were gone. I try to imagine what they all went through during her childhood, but thankfully I cannot. My mother was Page 9

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only six years old at the end of the war, her oldest sibling was just a few years older. She and her family yearned for a better life, away from the death and destruction of Vietnam, they wanted more than anything to come to the United States. In 1988 her family escaped Vietnam, going through Laos and eventually ending up in a refugee camp in Thailand. There they waited for three years until my greataunt was able to sponsor them to come to America (She had come over immediately after the end of the war). The day my family landed in Los Angeles was the happiest day of their lives. Each member of my mother’s family began learning English, already knowing Vietnamese and French, and within a few years each became a United States’ citizen. Each of the seven brothers and sisters have graduated from school and started their own business. Each is living the American Dream and is very successful. This brings me back to last week and the episode of “What Would You Do?” Even though my mother and her family is proficient in the English language, each speak with an accent, a very distinct accent that is sometimes hard to understand if you are not around them often. The older siblings even more so than the younger. And when they are together, not being in a conversation with others that do not speak their language, they speak to each other in their mother language. Too many times while we are together in public they speak to each other in Vietnamese only to be ridiculed and scorned by so called true red-blooded Americans, just like what happened on “What Would You Do?” But most of the times, living in Tennessee, there was no one to come to the rescue of my beautiful mother and her friends and family, or to my rescue as a young child having to witness the persecution of them without the ability to stop them. Too many times I have endured racial jokes and stereotypes that would not be tolerated by any other race, yet they think it is ok because we are Asians. You could

not imagine the insults I have endured while playing sports simply because I am the only Asian playing in a basketball tournament out of hundreds of athletes. I have heard too many times that I was fast for an Asian, or a good basketball player for an Asian. I am not sure what that means, nor do I want to. I actually had a teacher tell my father that I was only good in math and science because I was Asian, not taking into account that I stayed up most of the evening studying for the test. Somehow we are supposed to be genetically superior to those subjects. Maybe this is because every Asian in the movies is fit to meet this stereotype, just like African Americans were fifty years ago in the movies in a not so kind way. Please remember this next time you call me “Jackie Chan” or “Fried Rice” as I dribble around you in a basketball game. And please remember that unless you were born of a Native American tribe, you do not speak the language of America. There is no official language of the United States, this was purposely left out of the constitution because of the many different cultures that existed then and today in this great country that gave my mother and her family refuge. I am sure that I will get many emails on this, as I usually do when I write something that is outside the scope of those who embrace intolerance. Please do, I welcome the debate. But please remember that I am old enough to say something, or possibly do something, to those who ridicule my mother and her family for speaking broken English. At least she can speak English, have you ever watched “Swamp People” of “Jersey Shores”? She also knows three languages, how many do you know? So the next time you see someone scorn or ridicule someone because you think their English is not up to their standard, “What Would You Do?” You may email Xavier with any questions to: xavier@metroeastparent.com


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with Dr. Angie A healthy, balanced smile is not only about esthetics, but about life, death and proper function. ...

Acid erosion, also known as dental erosion, is the irreversible loss of tooth structure due to acids from the foods or drinks that we ingest weakening and destroying the teeth. Dental erosion is the most common chronic disease of children ages 5–17, although there is generally widespread ignorance of the damaging effects of acid erosion. This is particularly the case with erosion due to fruit juices, because they tend to be seen as healthy. The most common cause of erosion is by acidic foods and drinks. Numerous clinical and laboratory reports link erosion to excessive consumption of drinks, especially fruit juices (citric acid), soft drinks and carbonated drinks (carbonic and phosphoric acid), energy drinks, sports drinks and wine. Acidic drinks and foods lower the pH level of the mouth causing the loss of the minerals in the tooth structure. Frequency, rather than total intake of acidic juices, is seen as the greater factor in dental erosion. Infants using feeding bottles containing fruit juices (especially when used as a comforter) are therefore at greater risk of acid erosion. Milk does not contain acid, but it does contain lactose which causes acid breakdown of the teeth because the bacteria in the mouth convert the sugars in our food and drinks into acid. These bacteria, which naturally live in the mouth, eat sugars and food particles that are left when you eat and then create a sticky, acidic substance that clings to the teeth. This buildup eats through the enamel, as well, but in small areas, rather than affecting all the teeth at once which is commonplace for the pattern of dental erosion. When a person has a more acidic body, their saliva is less able to buffer the effects of acid erosion. An average of 7% of the population have a higher risk of tooth damage from dental erosion because of frequent contact of stomach acid to the teeth due to diseases/disorders such as acid reflux, anorexia and bulimia.

Signs of dental erosion include: • Cutting edges of the front teeth appear more transparent • Yellowish tint of teeth due to the loss of enamel revealing the more yellow dentin layer underneath • Change in the shape of the teeth • Divots on the chewing surfaces of the molars

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Fillings appear to be getting “higher” because the tooth structure is eroding away Cracking of the teeth Sensitivity to hot, cold or sweets

Some of these symptoms are similar to those of bacterially induced disease (cavities), but an absence of known intake of sugar in the diet can help differentiate. Both disease processes require diagnosis and treatment by a dentist. However, far too many people ignore this advice and try reducing their symptoms with sensitivity reducing toothpastes. These products are often recommended by dentists after proper diagnosis and can be helpful in treating the effects, but not the underlying cause of the disease. • Preventive and management strategies include the following: • Treat the underlying medical disorder or disease. • Modify the pH of the food or beverage contributing to the problem, or change the lifestyle to avoid the food or beverage. • Decrease abrasive forces. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and brush gently. Do not brush immediately after consuming acidic food. • Rinsing with water is better than brushing after consuming acidic foods and drinks. • Drink through a straw • Use a remineralizing agent such as amorphous calcium phosphate (available through dental offices) • Apply fluoride gels or varnishes to the teeth • Eat cheese, which has been proven to raise the pH and neutralize the effects of the acid • Use a neutralizing agent such as antacid tablets. • Consult with your dental team for the necessary repair of damaged teeth You can help prevent dental erosion by making the proper decisions to decrease the acid in your mouth. Please talk to your dental health care professional or send your questions to askdrangie@yahoo.com. For more information on OSA call 618/476-XRAY Dr. Angela Tenholder, DMD,FAACP smileologydental.com

Dr. Angie is a 1994 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. Her office is in Millstadt, Illinois and she is opening an office in Columbia, Illinois early 2013. You can find more information about her and her practice at www.smileologydental.com. MetroEastParent.com

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ave you ever wanted to travel back in time to see how they lived thousands of years ago. Well now you can at the St Louis Science Center until September 2nd at the Lost Egypt Exhibition! You can see how they built the mermaids, how they lived, what they ate, and how they died. I got to spend the day with Uncle Robert and Heather Duncan, my own personal tour guide of the Lost Egypt Exhibit. She showed me so many things about the Egyptians and introduced me to Annie. I first learned about Annie at the entrance of the Exhibition. Heather made me and Uncle Robert walk like an Egyptian as we walked across the big map of Egypt to find where they found Annie. We then watched videos on how the Egyptians lived when they built the Great Pyramids. We learned how they ate, and what they ate when we dug up bones of animals and everything that went on a kitchen table.

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s r But the most awesome part of the day was when we got to meet Annie. Annie was a young girl, not much older than me, but older than a three thousand years old. She was beautiful, and whoever buried her made sure that would stay that way forever. Not much is known about Annie, not even her name. That is why they call her Annie, for anonymous. But here she is,

in St Louis Science Center. for all of us to come visit her. Heather also taught me to write my name in ancient Egyptian they call hieroglyphics. Can you write your name in pictures? On the next page you can to use hieroglyphics to write a secret note to your friendships. I got to meet new friends like Elise from Creve Couer. Together we built old pots

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out of shards we found. Heather then showed me how sandstorms can cover up and uncover more great pyramids and cities where we can find more people like Annie. Annie is only there until September 2nd, so hurry out to see her. You will have so much fun learning about the Egyptians, but make sure to walk like an Egytian when you cross the great map!


Find out more about Egypt and have fun with all the games on egypt.mrdonn.org

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Please come out to support the

American Cancer Society by participating in a

Relay for Life event near you!

2013 American Cancer Society Metro East Relay For Life Schedule Date

Event

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July 12 & 13 July 19 & 20 July 26 & 27 August 2 & 3 August 23 & 24 September 13 & 14 September 13 & 14

Highland East St. Louis Belleville Clinton County Troy Bond Monroe County

Glik Park Ralph Jordan Stadium Belleville West High School Central High School Tri-Township Park Bond County Fairgrounds Gibault High School

Celebrate...Remember...Fight Back For more informaon, contact the Maryville ACS office at 618-288-2320 #3 MetroEastParent.com

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N.P.O. of the Month

CALL FOR HELP Inc. E

very two minutes in the United States a woman is sexually abused, every six minutes within Illinois. One in every four women and one in every six men have been sexually abused in their lifetimes, mostly before their eighteenth birthday. These numbers are staggering, yet it may be even more appalling if every abuse case was detected and reported. For thirty years Call For Help has helped thousands of these abused women and children in the Metro East Area by providing shelter, legal assistance, and a gentle ear and a warm shoulder to rely on. “98% of sexual assault cases go unpunished, and less than 3% of offenders ever see jail,” stated Mindy Stratmann-Sebol, Program Director of the Sexual Assault Victims Care Unit of Call for Help Incorporated. “We are here to help all victims, even those that wish for anonymity.” Call for Help’s Sexual Assault Victims Care unit responds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to victims of rape, incest, molestation, harassment or other sexual assault. Specially trained advocates arrive at the hospital or police station to assist the victim with police interviews and in navigating the medical and legal systems.

In addition, Call for Help provides adult and child victims with counseling and therapy at no charge to help them overcome the trauma of sexual assault. “We try to be involved with every aspect of the process for the victims, from legal assistance to counseling,” said Stratmann-Sebol. Call For Help assists in Stalking Orders, Civil No Contact Orders, and Restraining Orders to help shield the victim from thier abuser. They also provide a safe haven for abused women and mothers that seek shelter in a private secluded home away from the abuser. But most of all, Call For Help is there to help educate the public on child sexual abuse.

What Is Child Sexual Abuse? Child sexual abuse is any form of sexual activity between a child and a person older than the child. Incest is any form of sexual activity between a child and family member. Abuse may take the form of touching, fondling, penetration, exposure or pornographic exploitation. MOST child sexual abuse is non-violent. A child will know the abuser in 95 to 98% of the incidents. In those cases, the abuse may continue over a long period of time. The abuser builds up trust and then plays on the child’s fear and confusion to keep the secret from others. The child may not be able to resist due to dependency on the adult or lack of knowledge; bribery or threats are often involved.

Facts: • 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18.

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• The typical child sexual abuse offender has 117 victims before apprehension.


Indicators of Sexual Abuse Following are possible warning signs that a child is being sexually abused: • Young children may exhibit these symptoms: Return to younger behavior; have nightmares or other sleep disturbances; cling or whine; tell sexual stories; display sexual behaviors or use sexual language beyond their age; fear a specific person or place; masturbate excessively; lack concentration; are agitated, irritable or aggressive; display unusual shyness; have sudden behavioral changes; complain of stomach aches, headaches or nausea with no medical explanation; have frequent genital or urinary tract infections; perform poorly in school; draw disturbing or unusual pictures. Older children may exhibit these symptoms: Depression; suicide attempts or suicide ideation; withdrawal from friends and family; poor self-image; engagement in substance abuse; runaway or have aversion to going home; have sudden behavioral changes; complain of stomach aches, headaches or nausea with no medical explanation; inability to get along with friends or siblings; shy away from opposite sex; become seductive, promiscuous or engage in prostitution; develop eating or sleeping disorders.

What Can Parents Do to Prevent Sexual Abuse? • Inform the child that no one (friend, relative or stranger) has the right to touch them in their private areas. Use correct names for body parts. • Give the child the right to say “NO” to unwanted touches and kisses. Don’t force the child to kiss or hug anyone the child does not want to kiss or hug.

What to Do If Your Child Is Abused 1. Believe the child. Children do not lie about sexual abuse. 2. Tell the child it is not their fault. 3. Praise the child for telling you. 4. Get medical attention for the child. 5. Encourage the child to talk about the abuse with an appropriate support person (counselor, therapist, etc.) 6. Report the abuse! Sex offenders are repeat offenders. Like every organization in the State of Illinois that relies on grant funds in order to survive, Call For Help is feeling the budget crunch these past few years. In order to help circumvent the money lost Call For Help will be hosting a benefit concert Rock Out Against Rape (ROAR) on July 20th at the Swansea Improvement Hall, 301 Service St., Swansea. Tickets are only $10 with the proceeds going to help area women and children.

ROAR will have local bands rocking out all night long.

• Tell the child to inform you whenever anyone makes them feel uncomfortable or asks to keep a secret that makes the child uncomfortable. • Give the child permission to tell another adult (teacher, counselor, etc.) if someone has confused or frightened them. • Include sexual abuse information when talking about other safety topics such as crossing the street or stranger danger. • Let the child know you believe what they are telling you. MetroEastParent.com

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Metro East Area Athletes Compete on the National Stage at

Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville at the USA Track and Field Nationals

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etro East Area young athletes competed recently at the National United States of America Track and Field Championships at Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville on June 23. Among the competition athletes from across the nation competed in a four day event to honor the top athletes in the country from age 7-17. Metro East Area athletes took home 37 medals for the four day competition. Wish these athletes well for the upcoming Junior Olympics in Greensboro, North Carolina on July 23!


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Garrett Peek is the founder of Melodic Rhythms in Belleville and Breese Illinois. Melodic Rhythms is a lesson studio that offers private lessons for all instruments with professional teachers and tutoring for all grade/high school subjects. Go to www.MelodicRhythms.com for more information. Garrett will answer all questions emailed to him at Gpeek@hotmail.com There are many musical instruments sitting unused in attics and closets. Most have been almost completely forgotten about. I’m sure many that are reading this right now have suddenly remembered about the trumpet or flute that is collecting dust and taking up space in their home. These instruments do not have to just continue to sit. They can be put into the hands of young students that are wanting to learn how to play but have no means to acquire such an instrument. That is the goal of the St. Louis based organization Play It Forward. Founded by Samantha Fisher and the creators of STL Sound Magazine under the umbrella of the John V. Rudebeck Foundation, Play It Forward collects donations and puts musical instruments into the hands of the kids that have no other means to receive them. The donations range from new and used instruments to monetary donations. Play It Forward has been very successful in spreading the joy of learning music to the less fortunate. They have given trumpets, keyboards, drums, flutes,

clarinets, and any other instrument that they can get their hands on to local school programs that have been hurt by budget cuts, needy individual students, and orphanages. Recently, Play It Forward was contacted by a local orphanage that wanted a keyboard so the music teacher could perform with the students. Play It Forward did not have a keyboard on hand at that time but hoped that the community would come through and that someone would have a similar keyboard to donate. The community responded. At the St. Louis Blues Music Festival, Samantha and the rest of Play It Forward were surprised with a gift from St. Louis singing legend Kim Massie. Kim presented Play It Forward with the keyboard they were so desperately seeking. The keyboard was just sitting around not being used by Kim so she wanted to give it to Play It Forward hoping that they could find a good home for it. She was unaware at the time that there was a local orphanage just hoping for such a donation. Samantha accepted the keyboard and brought it to the orphanage. The music teacher and orphans were very thrilled

to receive such a nice gift that they could use to create music. If you have an instrument that is just sitting around, I implore you to contact Play it Forward and donate that instrument so that a student in need will be able to experience the joy of music. The Play it Forward website www.PlayItForwardStL. org also accepts monetary donations via PayPal and has a listing of all the events around the Metro-East and St. Louis area that are sponsored Play It Forward Donation events. Picture an underprivileged student who’s struggling with learning and social skills, so insecure that he barely talks. Put an instrument into this child’s hand for the first time and he finds his passion, his purpose, and his voice. His teachers are also given a way to finally reach this child. Imagine a child prodigy guitarist who cannot afford an instrument nor music lessons and is given a guitar and opportunities for guitar lessons to nurture their innate gift. These are just a few of the real life Play It Forward success stories. Samantha Fisher (Play It Forward)

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ask the trainer... Guest columinsts, William Miller of Dynamic Fitness Management will answer any and all questions emailed to him at wmiller@dfmfit.com and place some of the more pertinant answers in his column every month. My friend tried a 30-day diet and lost 18 pounds but the Internet says that is unsafe. How long should it take me to lose 20 lbs? - Jenny K, Belleville

Unfortunately there is no one clear-cut answer to this question. The number of factors that can, and will, weigh in on determining the rate at which you could or should lose weight is overwhelming. Factors that will play a roll include but are not limited to: starting weight and body fat percentage, food choices, meal schedule, sleeping habits, exercise habits, stress, hormonal factors and genetic predisposition. The list goes on but in the interest of brevity I will try to focus on the simplest possible answer.

The American College of Sports Medicine put forth a recommendation of a 1 to 2 pound per week weight loss rate as being ideal. This weight loss range shows up in most reputable sources as being the best and safest rate. With countless ads claiming their weight loss program will shed a pound or more per day this can seem like a small number, and for people who need to lose in excess of 100 pounds this can seem like an extremely small number. But the scientists and researchers that are the driving force behind the 2-pound per week rate had a lot more than profit in mind when they made this claim, something the crash diet marketers may not be able to say in honesty. Whether its on T.V. or in real life, odds are you have seen someone who has lost a large amount of weight quickly and within an equally short amount of time they have put the weight right back on. One of the most amazing aspects of the human body is its resiliency. Our bodies have a tendency to fight to stay the same from one day to the next. One of the effects this has on people trying to lose weight is that their bodies literally get comfortable being obese, and will actually try to stay that way. Losing weight within the recommended safe limits allows the body and all the systems that keep it running to accept the changes gradually and help ensure they are permanent. This weight loss rate will also allow the skin that has been stretched around the excess body fat to stay firm on the new smaller you. In spite of what some ads claim, the only truly proven way to lose weight and keep it off is a healthy diet that consists of a wide variety of natural, unprocessed foods and regular, varied and vigorous exercise. Stick to this method of weight loss and then make it your method for maintaining that weight once you hit your goal. You will never have to concern yourself with a crash diet or safe rates for fat loss.

I want to gain some muscle but I do not want to gain a bunch of weight to do it, so what can I do? - Eric G. O’Fallon

Throw away your scale. Not really, donate it maybe, or at least recycle it. If you are not a wrestler, bodybuilder or MMA fighter and if you are at a point in your fitness life where you are comfortable enough with the amount of fat that you carry that you no longer have any goals that revolve around fat loss then you have no need of concerning yourself with weight. You can begin to use other more effective and more accurate tests to monitor your progress.

We trainers, in order to accurately track the progress of our clients, must recognize that your weight is the sum of all your parts. It is the combined weight of your skin, organs, bones, hair, muscle, body fat, water and even all the bacteria that reside in and on your body. Differences in hydration levels alone can account for more than a pound of weight in either direction from day to day. Using weight as the sole measure of your fitness level works relatively well if you have a lot of weight to lose, say 20 pounds or more. Once you get within striking distance of your goal it will be far more beneficial and far less infuriating to use body fat percentage or just how you feel about the way you look as a way to judge your short-term successes. My advice for this is simple; lift progressively heavier weights as necessary to gain the muscle. Eat plenty of protein as necessary to support the increases in strength necessary to lift the ever-increasing weight. Check the mirror every few days to see if you have gained the muscle you desire, if not keep progressing to heavier weight until you do.

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6/6/2013 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Aspiring Air Force pilots must be in perfect health, but two brothers with a permanent illness bypassed the qualification process and became pilots for a day. Clayton, 18, and Zachary Reece, 15, were born with Cystic Fibrosis, which resulted in frequent lung infections that are treated with antibiotics and other medications, became pilots for a day May 31, through the Pilot for a Day program. This program brings chronically ill children to the base for a tour, as well as a chance to ride in one of the Wings of Hope aircraft. “I think this program is great,” said 1st Lt. Braden Eagar, 458th Airlift Squadron executive officer and organizer of the brothers’ visit. “It gives an opportunity to those who are sick to have an awesome experience.”

One breakfast, lunch or dinner meal per person for anyone who is fully dressed in a cow costume on July 12, 2013. “Cow costume” requires effort to be fully dressed like a cow from head to toe. Customers who arrive with partial attire will receive one free entrée. Breakfast meal includes breakfast entrée (Chicken Biscuit; Chick-n-Minis™ [3-count]; Chicken or Sausage Burrito; Chicken, Egg & Cheese on Sunflower Multigrain Bagel; or Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit), hash browns and small beverage. Breakfast items may not be served at all locations. Lunch or dinner meal includes entrée (Sandwich, Cool Wrap,® Nuggets or Chick-n-Strips™), medium Waffle Potato Fries™ and medium beverage. © 2013 CFA Properties, Inc. Chick-fil-A,® Chick-fil-A Stylized,® the Chick-fil-A Cows,®Cow Appreciation Day,® Cool Wrap,® Chick-n-Strips,™ Waffle Potato Fries™ and Chick-n-Minis™ are trademarks of CFA Properties, Inc. July ’13 • MSC-531

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The tour continued with a visit to Combat Arms Training and Maintenance and the 375th Security Forces military working dogs kennels where they got a demonstration of what the military dogs are used for. The family was then treated for lunch at the Scott Club before heading over to Hangar 1 to be taxied down the runway in a C-21 and “saved” by the 375th Civil Engineer Squadron firedepartment firefighters. The Wings of Hope program pilots concluded the tour for the family by flying them south, up the Mississippi River near the Arch then back to Scott in a Piper P-31.

“My heart goes out to anyone with a sick child, and anything we can do to ease their stress is great,” Eagar said. Even after the hours of daily treatments, procedures and the constant fight to breathe, the brothers still remain positive.

Clayton said, “We can’t exactly keep up with the other kids, and it gets hard to breathe, but other than that there isn’t a whole lot that can stop us.”

Lauren and Nancy, the brother’s parents, said their success with dealing with the illness is from leading a normal life and forgetting that genetic disease affects their children whenever possible. The Pilot for a Day program is Team Scotts way to help.

Lauren, father of the boys, said, “We are very impressed with the quality and the character of everyone we have met today. Everyone should see what everyone here does.”

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A Gifted Child Is A Child With Special Needs By Dr. Almeda Lahr-Well, Founder, President & Director of Lahr-Well Academy in Edwardsville, Illinois Contrary to popular belief, children with special needs are not just those children who have difficulty excelling. All people have “special” needs. Your needs are different from your spouse’s needs. Your neighbor’s needs...to your right...are different from your neighbor’s needs...to your left. So, why does society “assume” that only those children who are educationally “challenged” are children with “special” needs? Gifted children provide many challenges at home as well as in the traditional, educational system. Society, in general, believes that a gifted child will excel, with superior academic performance, in regular or accelerated classes. However, that is not likely to happen as spontaneous combustion. It requires a village of people to help the gifted child achieve at his or her pace. My mother wrote the original Right to Read program for the state of Illinois. When my husband and I had our children, I knew that kindergarten teachers preferred that children not be reading when they entered kindergarten. I was to discover later that this wasn’t because teachers wanted to hold children back. It was because teachers had so many children entering kindergarten who had not yet been exposed to the letters of the alphabet...let alone exposed to actual reading...that the discrepancy between a reader and a non-alphabet child could pose insurmountable problems. So I intentionally did not teach our children to read before kindergarten. Then when our first child was tested in December of her kindergarten year, she tested at the fourth grade reading level. All of a sudden, my husband and I had “a problem.” Our problem wasn’t that our child was reading at such a high level. Our problem became: “Now, what do we do with/for this child?” I reflected on my parents’ experience with my older brother. With an IQ over 140, and entering high school, a teacher suggested double-promotion. Almost instantaneously, other teachers said, “It will destroy him to double promote him.” My parents decided to not have him double-promoted, and then I can remember their repeated conversations about what a mistake that was. My husband and I supported a double promotion for that first child...which happened to turn out very well. However, over the years, I have heard other stories where parents were not as fortunate. So, what is to be “done” with a gifted child? Obviously...a gifted child’s “special” needs should be met. Parents can learn how to challenge children at home...while also keeping a watchful eye on formal, academic training. Should you homeschool, you have more extra-curricular opportunities in Metro St. Louis than you could ever use. Should your child attend school in a traditional environment, you could ask his or her teacher to

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Email us at calendar@metroeastparent.com with the details and we will be happy to place it in there for you! Also, there are more events online at our new interactive website MetroEastParent.com! July 1 10am - 10:20am Fun for Ones @ Edwardsville Library 11am - 12pm Lego Story Time @ Columbia Public Library Come build a love of books. We will share stories and Legos 1pm - 3pm Kids Movie Matinee @ Edwardsville Library 5pm - 8pm Chick-fil-a - Family Night @ Green Mount Commons, Belleville Featuring 99 cent kid’s meals and a family friendly activity 5:30pm - 7:30pm The Summer Jubilee of 2013 Inter-Generational Summer Program @THE BELLEVILLE PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA The Summer Jubilee of 2013 InterGenerational Summer Program All Musicians ages 9 to 99! Let’s have a Blast with two months of Incredible, Exuberant, Stress-free Music that will keep your Family Together and your Toes Tapping! Join us, Monday evenings 5:307:30 p.m. June 10 through July 22, 2013 At the Philharmonic Hall, 116 N. Jackson, Belleville Concert will be held on Saturday July 27, 2013; Ice Cream Float Party Follows! No auditions! But you must be able to read music and have at least two years instrumental experience. July 2 9:30am - 10:15am Kids Art Programs @ The Magic House 9:30am - 10:30am Tales for Tots @ Chick-fil-a Belleville 11am - 12pm “Honest Abe” @ Columbia Public Library

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David Wolf brings a very engaging program with audience participation as he portrays “Honest Abe.” Recommended for ages 7 and up. This program will be held in Metter Park if weather allows. Please bring a blanket to sit on 1pm - 2pm Teen Magic Workshop @ Edwardsville Library July 3 8am - 1pm Volunteer Work Day @ Willoughby Heritage Farm These volunteer days are for outdoor work. Be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing and use your discretion in the cold of winter or the heat of summer. Contact CARD for more details at (618) 346-7529. 10am - 11am Morning Play Date @ the Contemporary Art Museum Bring your preschool-age children to the Contemporary Art Museum for a play date full of fun activities. Parents will enjoy complimentary coffee and baked goodies while kids take part in artist-led activities, storytelling, toddler yoga, music workshops and more. Free. 10 to 11 a.m. Designed for ages 2 to 5 with a parent or caregiver. Free 1pm - 2pm Professor Longhair Magic Show @ Edwardsville Library 5pm - 7pm Whitaker Music Festival 2013 @ Missouri Botanical Garden The Whitaker Music Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden presents a ten-week lineup of free Wednesday evening outdoor concerts! Pack a picnic supper and enjoy the beauty of the Garden in summertime as you listen to the rhythms of an eclectic rotation of artists. Concerts will be held on Wednesdays, June 5 through August 7 at 7:30 p.m. Free admission begins at 5 p.m. and last entry is at 9 p.m. The

Children’s Garden remains open with free admission from 5 to 7 p.m. 5:30pm - 8pm Family Game Night @ Belleville Public Library Family Game Night will be held in the meeting room of the Main Library on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30 PM – 7:45 PM. All ages are welcome. Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Attendance is free. Call Michele at 234-0441 for more details. 9pm - 10:30pm B-I-N-G-O @ Chick-fil-a Greenmount Commons Come and play Bingo for your chance to win Chick-fil-A food and merchandise. This event is offered every other Wednesday July 4 Independence Day Celebration @ Ellisville This annual event in Bluebird Park includes a 5K Run/Walk, Kids Dash, live music and a popular fireworks display. The 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids Dash begins at 7:30 a.m. The Kids Dash is for ages 11 and under. Live music will be provided by Smash Band beginning at 7 p.m. with fireworks to follow. More information: www.ellisville.mo.us 7am - 12am 4th of July Celebration @ American Legion Park, Columbia IL Fabulous fireworks, food & drinks! 10am - 10:30pm St. Charles Riverfest Frontier Park, 222 S. Riverside Drive, St. Charles MO 10:30am - 11:30am 4pm - 7pm Highland Farmers Market Where you see food, farmers, and friends! 7pm - 8pm Laserium, the Original Laser Light Show @ Saint Louis Science Center


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The Saint Louis Science Center has brought back Laserium, the original laser light concert, for a limited time at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Watch as a master Laserist conducts a symphony of vibrant laser light set to music. Music selections include well-known classical tunes, classic rock instrumentals from the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and others. This “blast front the past” is playing at the Planetarium for a limited time. Feel free to bring a pillow to relax and enjoy the show! Show times are 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and 7 p.m. on Thursdays. For tickets, call 314-289-4424, or visit www.slsc.org/laserium for show availability and more information. 8pm - 10pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park Bring a picnic, a blanket, and your neighbors and friends to one of Edwardsville’s most treasured summer events - 7 weeks of arts entertainment and activities in Edwardsville City Park – Absolutely FREE! July 5 8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends @ Saint Louis Zoo 4pm - 8pm Fitness Fun Friday@ The Magic House Bring your family to The Magic House for Fitness Fun Fridays where kids can stretch their muscles and their minds. Visitors don pedometers and find out just how much they move while playing throughout the museum. Each month features a different theme and fitness experience. Children can earn FREE admission by taking a fitness challenge online. And the first 100 families to register online for Fitness Fun Friday each month receive a backpack filled with health-related educational material and fitness equipment, including a pedometer and jump rope, sponsored by Centene. 5pm - 8pm Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series presented by Chevy Music Showcase @ St Louis Zoo Bring the whole family for a free concert in the center of the Zoo. The Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7pm - 8pm Laserium, the Original Laser Light Show @ Saint Louis Science Center See July 4 for Details 7pm - 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville We are excited to host our second annual Summer Concert Fest, featuring fifteen weekends of live music on Friday and Saturday nights. The live music will take place in the plaza area, outside the Country Store from7pm - 9pm. This free event is perfect for all ages. We will have kid’s activities and custard as well as grilled food and wine/beer available for purchase. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a beautiful evening with family and friends. If it rains, the concert will be cancelled. 8pm - 9:30pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park See July 4 for Details July 6 7:30am - 12pm Old Town Market @ Belleville Corner of 1st and West Main Street Stop by the Belleville Old Town Market and see what’s in season for dinner this week! Catch the morning’s pick of fresh, flavorful produce grown by local farmers. Peruse the booths of local artisans for one of a kind treasures for yourself or to give as gifts. Shop outdoors and enjoy the sunlight while you get to know your local growers and run into friends or meet new ones! Open every Saturday May through November16th, rain or shine 8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends 9am - 10:30am Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park See July 4 for Details 9am - 12pm Despicable Me 2 Craft Workshop for Kids @ local Home Depot stores At this free hands-on workshop, kids ages 5 to 12 will make crafts themed after the movie Despicable Me 2. All participants will receive a free Kids Workshop Apron and certificate of achievement. They’ll also get a sense of pride and accomplishment! All supplies are provided. 9 a.m. to noon at local Home Depot stores. To register and find the workshop nearest you, go to www.homedepot.com/workshops

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11am - 4pm Holistic Fair @ Holistic Journey 106 E. Main St, Belleville First Saturday of every month, our Holistic Fair features our service providers here to answer any questions and provide mini-services. $1/min Chair, Foot massage and Reiki, $20 Readings, Ear Candling or Detox Foot Bath, $25 Aura Photos 7pm - 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville See July 5th for Details July 7 8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends @ St Louis Zoo 10am - 5pm World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival Collinsville, IL The 15th annual World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival is set for Sunday July 7 in Collinsville. This year’s festival celebrates the 65th birthday of the Largest Catsup Bottle water tower landmark. 2:30pm - 3:30pm Lego Club @ O’Fallon Public Library 6pm - 8pm Music @ Metter Park Outdoor concert featuring Tools of the Trade (50’s, 60’s, Pop, Rock, Country, Folk & Blues). Brats, hotdogs, soft drinks and beer available for purchase. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. http://www.columbiaillinois.com/ calendar.aspx?EID=2582 July 8 Art Camp with Kate! @ CARD 1pm - 3pm Kids Movie Matinee @ Edwardsville Library

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5pm - 8pm Chick-fil-a - Family Night @ Green Mount Commons, Belleville Featuring 99 cent kid’s meals and a family friendly activity

6pm - 8pm Bunko Night @ Eckert’s Country An old-fashion game for all ages. Play Bunko at Eckert’s Country Restaurant on the second and fourth Monday of each month. $5 per person includes game, prizes, beverages, and snacks. Open to the public. No reservation required. For more information call Eckert’s Country Restaurant at (618) 233-0513 x 3. July 9 9:30am - 10:30am Tales for Tots@ Chick-fil-a Green Mount Commons Belleville Story-Telling; coloring and playtime with new friends 9:30am - 11:30am Tuesday FUN @ Watershed NatureCenter

1591 Tower Ave. Edwardsville, IL Happy Bird Day- *Goose game *Bird Bingo *Edible bird nests Fee: $10 / members $8 per day. For kids entering 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. Pre-registration required by preceding Friday for each workshop. To register, mail your name, phone, email, and fee or go online WatershedNatureCenter.com under donate tab. 1pm - 2:30pm Technology Class @ O’Fallon Public Library Employment Center (Upstairs) 1pm - 2pm Teen Dr. Who Party @ Edwardsville Library

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11am - 1pm Clydesdale Camera Day @ Anheuser-Busch Tour Center Bring your camera for an up-close and personal visit with a world-famous Budweiser Clydesdale. This unique opportunity allows visitors to view and take photos with a Clydesdale. This event is held weather permitting on the first Saturday of each month. Stay for a free tour and samples in the Hospitality Room.

4pm - 5pm Fun and Furry Reading Program @ O’Fallon Public Library Check out our new “Fun and Furry Reading Program”. Our new friends Norm and Izzy will be here every third Monday afternoon from 4:00 - 5:00. So if you like dogs and just need a little more practice reading, check out our new program. Norm, Izzy, and their owners are from C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs, INC. Signup to insure a time with the dogs.

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10:30am - 11:30am Family Workshop @ the St Louis Art Museum Each of these child-centered workshops combines a playful visit to the galleries with an art activity. Adults participate and create along with children — no experience necessary Preregistration is required.

6:30pm - 7:15pm Evening Family Story Time @ O’Fallon Public Library We will listen to stories, play games, sing songs and have a great time together July 10 8am - 1pm Volunteer Work Day @ Willoughby Heritage Farm See July 3 for Details. 11am - 12pm Tales to Tails @ Columbia Public Library Therapy dogs Millie and Bella will be available to help kids practice reading out loud. They’re excellent listeners! Make an appointment by calling 281-4237 or by stopping by the library. 1pm - 2pm Yoyo-ology with Ian Cole @ Edwardsville Library 5pm - 7pm Whitaker Music Festival 2013 @ Missouri Botanical Garden

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7am - 8pm Tour de Belleville Bike Ride

12pm - 2pm Adult Movie Matinee @ Edwardsville Library

8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends @ Saint Louis Zoo

4pm - 5pm Chess Club @ O’Fallon, Public Library Like to Play Chess? Join our chess club. We meet the 2nd Thursday afternoon from 4-5 pm. For ages 9 and up.

8am - 7pm The Jungle Boogie Concert Series at the Saint Louis Zoo See July 5 for Details

4pm - 7pm Highland Farmers Market Where you see food, farmers, and friends 6pm - 8pm FREE Movie Night (ALL AGES) @ Collinsville Memorial Library 7pm - 8:30pm Concert in Bluebird Park @ Ellisville Everyone is invited to enjoy a free concert in Bluebird Park in Ellisville. Performances are on the amphitheater stage, and concert goers are asked to bring their own seating. Tonight’s band: The Funky Butt Brass Band. More information: www.ellisville.mo.us 7pm - 8pm Laserium, the Original Laser Light Show @ Saint Louis Science Center See July 4 for Details 8pm - 9:30pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park See July 4 for Details

6pm - 9pm Troy Family Summer of Fun! FREE! Tri-Township Park 409 Collinsville Rd, Troy, IL 62294 Performance by “Zydeco Crawdaddy’s” and Movie: “Madagascar III” 6:30pm - 9pm Contemporary Indian Art Show @ Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site 30 Ramey Street Collinsville, IL 62234 Reservations required, call 618-344-7316. Fee:$$. 7pm - 9pm A Night at the Museums – Waterloo @ Monroe County History Museum 724 Elaine Drive. Waterloo IL 62298 The Discover Historic Waterloo committee has planned a series of Second Friday events to celebrate Waterloo and focus on our local history, businesses and community. http://www. waterloo.il.us/ 7pm - 8pm Laserium, the Original Laser Light Show @ Saint Louis Science Center See July 4 for Details

July 12 Fireman’s Picnic @ Lebanon West St. Louis Street with the hub of activities being at the Fire Station/City Hall. Parade at 6:00 PM

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7:30pm - 10:30pm TGIF at Splash: $5 @ Splash City Family Waterpark Live music, lots of giveaways, full use of the waterpark, high-fives all around; yeah, these Fridays at Splash City are pretty awesome. $5 per person to enter from 7:30-9: 30pm. Live music by Love Me, Leave Me 8pm - 9:30pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park See July 4 for Details July 13 $5 Admission to Splash City from 3-7 @ Splash City Cowabunga, dude! Don’t miss your chance to party like a surfer! Night Magic Entertainment DJ will be spinning your favorite summer tunes from1-6pm, show how low you can go to win prizes in the Limbo Contest at1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 5:30pm, and don’t miss the Beach Ball Explosion at 4:30pm. Plus you’ll get to watch some of the best Flowboarders in the area compete during the Surf ’s Up Competition from 3-7pm! Please note: Flowrider will be closed to the public during the Surf ’s Up competition. Regular admission from 11am-3pm $5 admission per person from 3-7pm Surf ’s Up! Participants compete in expert, amateur, or junior divisions for prizes with the expert division vying for prize money. Participants can compete in bodyboard or standup events. Competition entry fee includes admission to the water park. Register that morning at Splash City. If you love the FlowRider—either riding or watching—you don’t want to miss this day. Age categories: female, all ages; juniors up to 17 years old; men, 17-29; masters are 30 yrs+ Amateur divisions: $25, each additional division is $5 (Season pass holders receive $10 discount); expert divisions: $35, each additional division is $35. LOCAL FLOWBOARDERS: Get $5 off of registration fee if you live in the Metro East or STL Fireman’s Picnic @ Lebanon On West St. Louis Street with the hub of activities being at the Fire Station/City Hall. Parade at 6:00 PM Wild Saturday @ St Louis Science Center On selected Saturdays, learn more about local wildlife rescue efforts from area animal organizations and interact with live animals! The featured group this Saturday is World Bird Sanctuary with their armadillo, Russell. 7:30am - 12pm Old Town Market - Belleville See July 6 for Details 8am - 12pm Habitat Restoration Day @ Watershed Nature Center Our monthly efforts focus on invasive control and removal, replanting, and general site maintenance. Bring gloves, a water bottle, and tools like pruners and clippers, if you have them. Please register by contacting Watershed Nature Center at 618-692-7578 8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends @ Saint Louis Zoo

7pm - 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville See July 5th for Details July 14 8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends @ Saint Louis Zoo July 15 3rd Take Home Craft Begins @ Edwardsville Library 9:30am - 10:30am Wilderness Walk @ Watershed Nature Center Free, open to the public. Registration requested for groups of 10+. Looking to boost your health and well-being in 2013? Whether you naturally enjoy spending time outside or need a little prodding to get you out the door, there is little refuting the benefits and effects of nature. Join us every third Monday to explore the trail and take in the beauty of the season. Bring your curiosity, questions, and keen eye for observation. For additional information, please contact the Watershed, 618-692-7578 11am - 12pm Lego Story Time @ Columbia Public Library 1pm - 3pm Kids Movie Matinee @ Edwardsville Library 4pm - 5pm Fun and Furry Reading Program @ O’Fallon Public Library

9am - 5pm 18th Annual Contemporary Indian Art Show @ Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site The Contemporary Indian Art Show is a jured show and sale of fine art by Native American artist.

5pm - 8pm Chick-fil-a - Family Night @ Green Mount Commons, Belleville Featuring 99 cent kid’s meals and a family friendly activity

8pm - 9:30pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park See July 4 for Details

7pm - 8pm Animals Underground @ Columbia Public Library Just what lies beneath our feet? You will get up close and personal with some amazing animals.

1pm - 4pm Family Day @ St Louis Art Museum 1pm - 2pm Seeding Saving Basics @ Edwardsville Library

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For more information: (618) 233-2015 9:30am - 10:30am Tales for Tots @ Chick-fil-a Green Mount Commons Belleville Story-Telling; coloring and playtime with new friends 9:30am - 11:30am Tuesday FUN @ Watershed Nature Center See July 9 for Details 1pm - 3pm Teen Gaming Tournament @ Edwardsville Library 4:15pm - 5:15pm Cultural Adventure Club @ O’Fallon Public Library You are invited to SEE THE WORLD on every third Tuesday at 4:15! We will learn about other cultures and traditions through games, guest speakers, crafts, and an occasional snack. For 2nd grade and up. 7:30pm - 10pm Shriner’s Circus @ Belle-Clair Fairgrounds The 47th Annual Shriners Circus returns to Belleville thereby making up for the rained out performances on June 1 & 2. The new dates for the circus at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds will be Tuesday, July 16 & Wednesday, July 17. The performances will be at 7:30 PM each night with gates opening one hour early. Tickets purchased at Hucks, Moto Marts, Scott Credit Union and Schnucks or received by a Shriner

for the June 1 & 2 circus performances will be honored at this circus. However, if you are not able to attend the new dates for July there will be no vouchers for a future circus. Starting June 27 tickets will be available at all Hucks, Moto Marts, Scott Credit Union and Schnucks in the Metro East (Belleville area) for purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate each night. The Shriners of Southern Illinois would like to thank you for your patience and support while we worked through the scheduling of the circus. For more information about the circus go to SoILshrinercircus.com or ainadshriners. org/circus.php. July 17 8am - 1pm Volunteer Work Day @ Willoughby Heritage Farm See July 3 for Details. 9am - 12pm Family Fun Fair @ Edwardsville City Park Enjoy a morning of fun, free activities for kids at the Edwardsville City Park, sponsored by local Edwardsville organizations. Activities in the Bandstand 9:15 - Main Street Squares & Dance Fitness 9:45 - Bubblegum Blowing Contest 10:15 - Martial Arts Demonstration 10:45 - Hula Hoop Contest 11:15 - Watermelon Eating Contest 11:30 -

Sunflower Seed Spitting Contest Activities in the Yard *Times will vary Sack Races by Age Group 3-legged Races Parent/Child Egg Spoon Race Bean Bag Toss Croquet Hopscotch Blanket Bingo Free 7pm - 8pm Education for Alzheimer’s or Other Related Dementia Caregivers @ Columbia Rehab & Nursing Columbia Rehab & Nursing invites you to attend their Hospice of Southern Illinois and Alzheimer’s Association sponsored family education classes. Bring your loved one with you for live entertainment, activities, and social fun while you are at the 7:30pm - 10pm Shriner’s Circus @ Belle-Clair Fairgrounds The 47th Annual Shriners Circus returns to Belleville thereby making up for the rained out performances on June 1 & 2. The new dates for the circus at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds will be Tuesday, July 16 & Wednesday, July 17. The performances will be at 7:30 PM each night with gates opening one hour early. Tickets purchased at Hucks, Moto Marts, Scott Credit Union and Schnucks or received by a Shriner for the June 1 & 2 circus performances will be honored at this circus. However, if you are not able to attend the new dates for July there will be no vouchers for a future circus. Starting

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On the web at: creative-childrens.com June 27 tickets will be available at all Hucks, Moto Marts, Scott Credit Union and Schnucks in the Metro East (Belleville area) for purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate each night. The Shriners of Southern Illinois would like to thank you for your patience and support while we worked through the scheduling of the circus. For more information about the circus go to SoILshrinercircus.com or ainadshriners. org/circus.php. 9pm - 10:30pm B-I-N-G-O @ Chick-fil-a Belleville Greenmount Commons Come and play Bingo for your chance to win Chick-fil-A food and merchandise. This event is offered every other Wednesday July 18 9:30am - 10:15am Kids Art Programs @ The Magic House

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4pm - 7pm Highland Farmers Market Where you see food, farmers, and friends 5pm - 8pm Downtown Diva Night @ Main Street Belleville 6pm - 8pm FREE Movie Night (ALL AGES) @ Collinsville Memorial Library Center Please join us every Thursday evening in the Community Room for movie night. Admission is FREE and popcorn and soda are $1.00! We show new releases as well as well-loved classics. For schedule of movies and ratings 7pm - 8pm Laserium, the Original Laser Light Show @ Saint Louis Science Center See July 4 for Details 7:30pm - 10pm Shriner’s Circus @ Belle-Clair Fairgrounds The 47th Annual Shriners Circus returns to Belleville thereby making up for the rained out performances on June 1 & 2. The new dates for the circus at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds will be Tuesday, July 16 & Wednesday, July 17. The performances will be at 7:30 PM each night with gates opening one hour early. Tickets purchased at Hucks, Moto Marts, Scott Credit Union and Schnucks or received by a Shriner for the June 1 & 2 circus performances will be honored at this circus. However, if you are not able to attend the new dates for July there will be no vouchers for a future circus. Starting June 27 tickets will be available at all Hucks, Moto Marts, Scott Credit Union and Schnucks in the Metro East (Belleville area) for purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate each night. The Shriners of Southern Illinois would like to thank you for your patience and support while we worked through the scheduling of the circus. For more information about the circus go to SoILshrinercircus.com or ainadshriners. org/circus.php. 8pm - 9:30pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park See July 4 for Details July 19 8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends @ Saint Louis Zoo 8am - 7pm The Jungle Boogie Concert Series at the Saint Louis Zoo See July 5 for Details

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5:30pm - 6:30pm Free Family Night @ The Magic House Some of the best things in life are free! The Magic House holds Emerson Free Family Nights every third Friday of the month from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. These special nights enable a family (no more than two adults and four of their own children) to enjoy more than 100 hands- on exhibits in the museum at no charge through the generosity of Emerson. Reservations are not required. At The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum, 516 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood. More information: www. magichouse.org


7pm - 10:30pm 2013 Summer Youth Musical Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS @ Belle Valley School The show features adorable puppies, a delightful score, lovable characters and an unforgettable villain, and will be presented July 19 and 20 at Belle Valley School. 7pm - 8pm Laserium, the Original Laser Light Show @ Saint Louis Science Center See July 4 for Details 7pm - 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville See July 5th for Details 8pm - 9:30pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park See July 4 for Details 8:30pm - 10:30pm Dive-In Movie @ Lodge of Des Peres Everyone is welcome at the 8th annual Dive-In Movie at the Lodge of Des Peres. Enjoy the outdoor leisure pool after hours and watch a family movie while you float in one of the tubes! Food and drinks will be available at the concession stand. Tonight’s feature: Happy Feet 2. Cost is free for members and $5 for non-members. 8:30-10:30 p.m. at the Lodge of Des Peres. More information: www.desperesmo.org In case of inclement weather, call the weather hotline on the day of the event at 314-835-6102 to see if the event has been cancelled. July 20 7:30am - 12pm Old Town Market - Belleville See July 6 for Details 8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends @ Saint Louis Zoo 8pm - 9:30pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park See July 4 for Details 10am - 4pm Electronics, Appliance & Battery Recycling @ Columbia Department of Public Works - Parking Lot Drop off location - accepting everything related to computers or electronics, household batteries, TVs, audio equipment, holiday lights & decorations, phones, lawn equipment, hot water heaters, appliances (including microwaves, stoves, refrigerators, air conditioners) and more. Click on WITS website for a complete list of accepted items.

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National Zookeeper Week The Saint Louis Zoo will celebrate the profession of zookeeping during National Zookeeper Week. On July 25, enjoy keeper chats and animal enrichment activities from 9:30 a.m. until 12 noon throughout the Zoo. See web page. 8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends @ Saint Louis Zoo 6pm - 8pm Music @ Metter Outdoor concert in the park featuring the Sofa Kings (Acoustic mix of Blues, Country, Folk, Rock & more). Grilled brats, hotdogs, soft drinks and beer available for purchase. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. July 22 Monroe County Fair – See July 21 for Details 11am - 12pm Laughing Matters @ Columbia Public Library Juggling, mime, magic, and other nonsense! This program will be held in Metter Park if weather allows. Please bring a blanket to sit on! 5pm - 8pm Chick-fil-a - Family Night @ Green Mount Commons, Belleville Featuring 99 cent kid’s meals and a family friendly activity July 23 Monroe County Fair – See July 21 for Details 9:30am - 10:15am Kids Art Programs @ The Magic House 9:30am - 11:30am Tuesday FUN @ Watershed Nature Center See July 9 for Details 7pm - 8:30pm Teen “Exit 12” Finale Concert @ Edwardville Library Juyl 24 Monroe County Fair – See July 21 for Details 8am - 1pm Volunteer Work Day @ Willoughby Heritage Farm – See July 3 for Details. 11am - 12pm Tales to Tails @ Columbia Public Library Therapy dogs Millie and Bella will be available to help kids practice reading out loud. They’re excellent listeners! Make an appointment by calling 281-4237 or by stopping by the library. 1pm - 2pm Jay and Leslie Comedy Show @ Edwardsville Library July 25 Monroe County Fair – See July 21 for Details

9:30am - 12pm Animal Enrichment & Keeper Chats @ Saint Louis Zoo In celebration of National Zookeeper week, enjoy keeper chats and animal enrichment activities from 9:30 a.m. until noon. See web page 9:30am - 10:15am Kids Art Programs @ The Magic House 12pm - 7pm Back to School Bash @ Regency Conference Center O’Fallon Regency Conference Center O’Fallon Come check out all of the AWESOME kid/familyfriendly services and resources located RIGHT HERE in our local area – for FREE! Entertainment, demonstrations, hands-on activities, exhibitions, cool giveaways, special guest appearances, and much more!) You don’t want to miss out on all the F-U-N! PRE-REGISTER TODAY at…http://tinyurl. com/IL-So-BASH OR by calling 618-792-4570 / 618-628-4769On-site Registration available at the door. Backpacks and supplies will be distributed one (1) per child ages 5-12 while quantities last, as follows: Attendees pre-registered on-line or by phone in order received; Attendees registered at the door; Unclaimed backpacks and supplies as of 6pm from pre-registrations to attendees on-site that have not receive a backpack and supplies. 4pm - 7pm Highland Farmers Market Where you see food, farmers, and friends 6pm - 8pm FREE Movie Night (ALL AGES) @ Collinsville Memorial Library Please join us every Thursday evening in the Community Room for movie night. Admission is FREE and popcorn and soda are $1.00! We show new releases as well as well-loved classics. For schedule of movies and ratings, please visit website at http://www. collinsvillelibrary.org/ or call 618-344-1112. 6pm - 10pm Homecoming Troy Tri-Township Park 409 Collinsville Rd, Troy, IL 62294 An evening of family fun! For more information: www.troymaryvillecoc.com 7pm - 8pm Laserium, the Original Laser Light Show @ Saint Louis Science Center See July 4 for Details 8pm - 9:30pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park See July 4 for Details July 26 Monroe County Fair – See July 21 for Details 8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends @ Saint Louis Zoo 8am - 7pm The Jungle Boogie Concert Series at the Saint Louis Zoo See July 5 for Details


5pm - 11pm Homecoming Troy Tri-Township Park 409 Collinsville Rd, Troy, IL 62294 An evening of family fun! For more information: www.troymaryvillecoc.com

per adult/child pair and $5 per additional child. One adult per 4 children is required. Reservations are recommended. Call 314-289-4424. More information: www.slsc.org

8am - 7pm The Jungle Boogie Concert Series at the Saint Louis Zoo See July 5 for Details

5pm - 8pm Chick-fil-a - Family Night @ Green Mount Commons Featuring 99 cent kid’s meals and a family friendly activity

7pm - 8pm Laserium, the Original Laser Light Show @ Saint Louis Science Center – See July 4 for Details 7pm - 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville See July 5th for Details 7:30pm - 10:30pm TGIF at Splash:$5 Splash City Family Waterpark Live music, lots of giveaways, full use of the waterpark, high-fives all around; yeah, these Fridays at Splash City are pretty awesome. $5 per person to enter from 7:30-9: 30pm. Night Magic DJ taking your requests. 8pm - 9:30pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park See July 4 for Details July 27 Monroe County Fair – See July 21 for Details Wild Saturday @ St Louis Science Center On selected Saturdays, learn more about local wildlife rescue efforts from area animal organizations and interact with live animals! The featured group this Saturday is World Bird Sanctuary with their armadillo, Russell. 7:30am - 12pm Old Town Market - Belleville – See July 6 for Details 8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends @ Saint Louis Zoo Weekend summer hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday summer hours, Monday-Thursday, are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to web page.

July 30 9:30am - 10:15am Kids Art Programs @ The Magic House 9:30am - 10:30am Tales for Tots - Chick-fil-a @ Green Mount Commons Belleville Story-Telling; coloring and playtime with new friends 9:30am - 11:30am Tuesday FUN @ Watershed Nature Center See July 9 for Details July 31 8am - 1pm Volunteer Work Day @ Willoughby Heritage Farm See July 3 for Details. 5pm - 7pm Whitaker Music Festival 2013 @ Missouri Botanical Garden The Whitaker Music Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden presents a ten-week lineup of free Wednesday evening outdoor concerts! Pack a picnic supper and enjoy the beauty of the Garden in summertime as you listen to the rhythms of an eclectic rotation of artists. Concerts will be held on Wednesdays, June 5 through August 7 at 7:30 p.m. Free admission begins at 5 p.m. and last entry is at 9 p.m. The Children’s Garden remains open with free admission from 5 to 7 p.m. 9pm - 10:30pm B-I-N-G-O @ Chick-fil-a Greenmount Commons Come and play Bingo for your chance to win Chick-fil-A food and merchandise. This event is offered every other Wednesday

8pm - 9:30pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park See July 4 for Details 10am - 12pm Discovery Day! - Prairie Insects and Wildflowers @ Watershed Nature Center Free monthly event for all ages - Discovery Days! every fourth Saturday Registration requested. To register, please contact Watershed Nature Center, 618-692-7578 or email watershed@cityofedwardsville.com . 1pm - 4pm Family Day @ St Louis Art Museum 5pm - 11pm Homecoming Troy Tri-Township Park 409 Collinsville Rd, Troy, IL 62294 An evening of family fun! For more information: www.troymaryvillecoc.com 7pm - 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville See July 5th for Details July 28 Monroe County Fair – See July 21 for Details 8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends @ Saint Louis Zoo July 29 10am - 11am Paleo Preschool @ Saint Louis Science Center Paleo Preschool, the perfect program for your young paleontologist! Each session will include a unique, private program with the dinosaurs. Paleo Preschool is designed for children ages 3-5 years old and takes place in the Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab and Dig Site. Cost for members is $5 per child/ adult pair, $2.50 for each additional child. Cost for non-members is $10

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July 23 - 28, 2013 TuesDay Senior Citizen day w/ Bingo i.T.P.a. Truck & Tractor Pull WeDnesDay disablity awareness day M.O.W.a. Sprint Series Racing ThursDay Public Safety day Combine demolition derby FriDay agriculture awareness day Car & lawn Mower demolition derbies saTurDay Military appreciation Miss Madison County Queen Pageant Jr. Miss Madison County Pageant Parade of Princesses UMP Stock Car Racing

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