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The North County Recreation Complex will host the first of three spring flea markets on Saturday, March 17.

Twice as Nice By Shelly A. Schneider

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Deborah Bohnert, recreation supervisor at the North County Recreation Complex, is gearing up for the year’s first Twice as Nice Flea Market. On average, the events feature about 40 vendors, and shoppers can find everything from clothing to antiques. “People will clean out the closet and bring just about everything,” she said. “One man brought his paintings, and we’ve had specialty coffees, jewelry, candles and some craft items, too.” The flea markets date back to Bohnert’s stint as a park ranger in Spanish Lake. “It kind of fell off,” she said. “Two young ladies who worked here picked it up and started it (at the North County Recreation Complex) and did quite well with it. Again, it fell off when they moved to different locations. When we turned the ice skating rink to a gym, I found the files and thought this would be a great way to engage the public.” Vendors may not bring big items, like refrigerators, for example. “People are looking for a bargain,” she said. “There are no weapons allowed, or ammunition of any sort, and no automobiles.” The fee for vendors is $15 per table, and they may reserve as many tables as they need. “That’s a bargain,” Bohnert said. “Most places charge $20 and all you get is a table. We’ll give the vendor a chair for the $15 price, too.” The flea market runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (vendors start setting up at 7 a.m.). The flea markets are free to the public. “Please reserve your table no later than Friday, March 16 for the March 17 flea market,” Bohnert said. “Please call 314.615.8839 or visit www.stlouisco. com/parks for more information.” Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

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The remaining two spring flea markets will be held April 21 and May 19. “We take the summer off because we get so busy with the swimming and the day camp,” Bohnert said. “We’ll start it back up in September.” The North County Recreation Complex is located at 2577 Redman Road in unincorporated St. Louis County (between Highway 367 and Old Halls Ferry Road). “We’ve undergone a major renovation,” Bohnert said. “It was an ice skating rink, and that was turned into an area for basketball, volleyball and a walking track.” The building is 36 years old, and has served many residents over the years. “We have new offices, which are on the south end of the building,” Bohnert said. “We have a new community room and a multi-purpose room that we rent and a fitness room that features exercise classes of all types. We’re going to get fitness equipment. That’s all the more reason to see what we’ve got to offer. Our fees are so reasonable. Come in and play basketball for the day for $4, our exercise classLearn & Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Movie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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es are just $5, and walk-ins are welcome.” The North County Recreation Complex is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Other upcoming programs include Little Hoopsters 2 (basketball for children ages 4-7). The Family Fishing Derby will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. May 12. See TWICE AS NICE page 4

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How Much God Loves Us Editor’s note: Community News is proud to feature a monthly column by Rance Thomas, Ph.D., professor, ordained elder and president of North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice.

Those who do not believe the truth of God’s words are truly missing out on God’s blessings and goodness. Many Christians say they believe, but when trouble or difficulties strike their faith weakens or is lost. Others who commit various sins may believe that they are unworthy of God’s goodness, mercy, and forgiveness; however, God promises to be with us at all times and that He will not allow anything or anyone to separate us from His love. God did not promise us that we would be immune from trials and tribulations, but He promised that He would see us through them. In fact, Christians experience many of the same troubles, illness, injustices, and difficulties as non-Christians. In other words, the rain falls and the sun shines on all of us equally. In fact, in Romans 5:6-9, the Scriptures tell us that in His love, mercy, and grace, He saved us from our sins even though we were

still sinners. God realized that we were imperfect and could not be totally sinless, and that we could not be saved by laws. Therefore, He provided a way for us to still be saved. God created us to have fellowship with Him and be His Rance Thomas, Ph.D. companion. Since He is perfect and sinless there was no way we who are imperfect and sinful could become His companion. Left to our own devices, we would all be lost, because we are all sinners and cannot avoid evil and the evil one all the time. Since God loved us so much and wanted our companionship, He bestowed his grace upon us by sending His son, Jesus Christ, into the world to die for us and to atone for our sins. Because of His great love for us, He made this sacrifice even though we were undeserving of his mercy and forgiveness. What a wonderful gift! He bestows this gift freely and gladly upon everyone who accepts Jesus Christ at His son and savior. What this means for us is that even though we sin at times, we have some means of being forgiven and continue our journey of faith. Faith is a journey for the vast majority of us, and there are many perils along the way. At times, we stumble and fall, but because of God’s grace, we are able to straighten up or get up and continue on our way with the assurance that God is still with us and that He still loves us. All we have to do is accept Jesus as our savior and believe in God’s promises and His commitment to us. This sounds so easy, but it is extremely difficult to do at times. Therefore, during these times, we need to pray and remind ourselves of God’s commitment to us. Of course, we can remind ourselves by reading God’s word. At times, we might even remind God of His promises to us in our prayers.

Metro St. Louis Cinderella Project The Community Council of St. Charles County has collected thousands of new and gently worn dresses for the past three months throughout the St. Louis area. This amazing collection of dresses has been assembled at a beautiful boutique in Mid Rivers Mall. Deserving highschool girls who are referred to the Cinderella Project by metro area high schools counselors have selected their free dresses. Now that the VIPs (very important prom-goers) have made their selections, the Cinderella Boutique will open to the public and all remaining gowns will be sold for $29. Choose from long, short, poufy and slinky dresses sizes 0-26. All dresses at the boutique will be sold for $29. The Boutique is located at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters on the upper level near JC Penney. The Boutique sponsor this year is Solutia and the boutique hours of operation are The boutique will be open on Fridays 4-8 pm, Saturdays 10-6 and Sundays noon-5 through March 25. For more information visit www.CinderellaSTL. com The Metro St. Louis Cinderella Project is designed to promote confidence and selfesteem in junior and senior high school women. We help make prom dreams come true for many girls who may otherwise miss their prom because of their family's financial situation. The Cinderella Project is an annual program of the Community Council of St. Charles County, a 501c3 organization. Promoting the collaborative partnerships of the nonprofit, public and private sectors, Community Council of St. Charles is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

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YWCA Hosts Couch 2 5K Training Programs for Circle of Ferguson Twilight 5K Begin Soon! To encourage health, wellness and experiencing the challenge of to teams of 10 or more. Registration is available online at www. Women completing a 5K (3.1 mile) race, two training programs are being Awards and prizes will be presented to top for the Live Well Ferguson 5K Twilight Run/Walk. The race finishers; medals will be presented to the first 1,000 finishers. The Luncheon offered course is timed by Big River Running. is May 19.

YWCA Metro St. Louis will host its annual Circle of Women luncheon at noon on Thursday, April 19 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, located at 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd. in St. Louis. The luncheon leverages the power of individuals to make a meaningful difference in the lives of women, children, youth and their families. The fundraiser supports YWCA landmark programs that focus on housing for women on the move, early learning, sexual violence and crisis intervention, life skills training, race equity issues, and youth and teen development. “Supporting the continuum of care that our YWCA offers is important for stabilizing and empowering thousands of women, teens and their families each year,” said Circle of Women Steering Committee Chair Judith Griffin. Adrian Bracy, YWCA CEO said, “The Circle of Women luncheon will help ensure that financial resources are there to meet the needs of the 17,000 people in our communities who depend on our landmark programs. St. Louisans are known to be philanthropic and we especially look to women in our community to support the empowerment of other women.” To learn more, contact the YWCA Development department at 314.531.1115.


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The Ferguson Couch 2 5K (C25K) and the Beyond Housing 24:1 C25K begin this month. Both programs are free and open to runners and walkers. The programs focus on developing endurance to complete a 5K within two months. The Ferguson C25K begins at 6 p.m. on March 19 at Forestwood Park, located at 806 Ferguson Avenue. To join the program, contact Pat Shelton at patshelton60@ The Beyond Housing C25K begins at 9 a.m. on March 24 at St. Vincent Park, located at 7391 St. Charles Rock Road. To join the program, contact Marius Johnson at 314.882.6550 or Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels will take to the streets of the City of Ferguson on a USATF certified course for the only twilight run/walk event in North St. Louis County. The 5K and one-mile races start and finish at Plaza at 501, an outdoor entertainment area at the intersection of Florissant Road and Suburban Avenue. The post-race festivities include a concert, vendors and specials at local restaurants. Race fees are $20 through mid-April. There is a $5 discount for participants 19 years of age and under. Special rates are offered

Live Well Ferguson 5K supports youth scholarships for summer programs at the Emerson Family YMCA. Race sponsors include Christian Hospital, Emerson, Ferguson City Walk, Live Well Ferguson, Big River Running, Wellspring Church, the City of Ferguson, Emerson Family YMCA, Pearce Neikirk Realtors, Mobile Eye Care Solutions, Great Rivers Greenway, Blue’s ArtHouse Graphics and Web Design, Ferguson Brewing Company, Michelob Ultra and many more.


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Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

Teen Writing Workshops at County Library

Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics is the core education program of the Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter. This free program provides a thorough overview of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease while including information about research, treatments and how to get a diagnosis. This program forms the foundation for all other education programs, and everyone is encouraged to

Author Angela Sage Larsen will conduct a series of teen writing workshops at St. Louis County Library branches (schedule below) in March and April. The program is geared toward writers, aged 12-18 and registration is required. To sign-up, call 314 994-3300. Angela Sage Larsen is the author of the Fifties Chix series for tweens and teens, which features a group of girls who travel through time from the 1950s to the present. Her workshop has been presented at schools, book fairs and other libraries. Ms. Larsen shares the “seven golden keys” to creating believable characters in fiction. The workshop is part of the library’s Art @ Your Library series, now in its third year. Art @ Your Library offers exciting and interactive programs to introduce kids to the arts. All 20 SLCL branches will feature programming around a different creative topic every other month. In March and April, the theme is “Celebrate Writing.”

attend before participating in other programs. The next Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics will be held from 6:30-8 p.m., on Tuesday, March 20, at the Garden Villas North, located at 4505 Parker Road, Florissant, MO 63033. Preregistration is required. Register online at, or call 800.272.3900.

You Don't Need to Be Irish to Be Lucky at The Shrine on St. Patrick's Day! Old St. Ferdinand Shrine will host its annual St. Patrick's Lunch/Dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (unless the food is gone earlier) on Saturday, March 17. Home-cooked corned beef, potatoes, cabbage and cornbread will be prepared by Irish shrine members. An entire dinner plus drink and dessert costs only $7. Sandwiches are available for $3 and children eat for $4. For those on their way to or from other events or in a hurry, take-

out is available. Tours of the Shrine will be offered during the event as well as special book fair pricing of $4 per bag. The gift shop will also be open. Feed your mind and your stomach at the same time. For more information contact the shrine at 314.837.2110 or visit www.oldstferdinandshrine. com.

Teen Writing Workshop Schedule: Thursday, March 22: 6:30 p.m. Lewis & Clark Branch 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63136 Saturday, March 24: 2 p.m. Natural Bridge Branch 7606 Natural Bridge Rd, St. Louis, MO 63121

AMVET POW/MIA Traveling Exhibit at the James J. Eagan Center Mayor Thomas P. Schneider recently announced the Amvet POW/MIA Traveling Exhibit and the Jefferson Barracks POW/MIA Museum would be on display at the James J. Eagan Center from March 12–31. The event will also honor soldiers from Florissant.

Schneider invited area residents to come and “honor those who have served our country, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Educate future generations about the price paid for the freedom we enjoy in America the beautiful.” For more information contact the Parks Department at the James J. Eagan Center at 314.921.4466.

Monday, April 2: 6 p.m. Bridgeton Trails Branch 3455 McKelvey Rd., Bridgeton, MO 63044 Saturday, April 14: 2 p.m. Headquarters 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131 For more information please call 314.994.3300. Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks’ notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300, or visit


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Families may use their own equipment and bait at the complex’s lake. A state fishing license is required, and advanced registration is requested

(call 314.615.8840 to register). The cost is $5 per person. One of Bohnert’s favorite events is the ice grass sledding at Sioux Passage Park. That event will be held Memorial Day weekend. “You sit on a block of ice with a carpet or folded up towel,” she said. “This is for adults. It’s a late-night event with snacks provided. On June 16 we’ll have a dinner and ice grass sledding…the beautiful sunset is included!”

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2012 North County Incorporated Annual Awards At the North County Incorporated Annual Breakfast on Friday, May 18, 2012, NCI will once again present awards to those individuals who have shown a strong commitment to the North County region through their business, civic, and humanitarian acts. The organization needs your help in identifying these key individuals. Awards will be presented in four categories: Business Development: An individual, organization, or business whose efforts positively impacted the economic development and business climate of the North County area. Community Development: An individual, organization, or business whose efforts positively benefited youth, residents, civic organizations, or others through selfless acts. Their contribution needs to be beyond the individual’s employment responsibilities, or a

business/organization’s mission and scope of work. Public Service Award: An outstanding individual elected, appointed, or employed by a public body whose long time service has had a positive impact on the community and/ or public body they serve. Elmer Belsha Leadership Award: An individual whose long-term commitment to North County Incorporated and the North County area has had a positive impact. The individual nominated must reside, own, or work for a business, organization, or institution located within the North St. Louis County region. Entries must be 18 years of age, and nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, March 16. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Online Forms are available at

Hazelwood Finance Director Retires after 33 Years of Service After 33 years of dedicated service to the City of Hazelwood, Finance Director Donnie Burns retired on March 2. She leaves behind an impressive legacy that includes receiving the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the past 13 consecutive years, and being presented with the City’s Above and Beyond Award. Burns started her employment with the City of Hazelwood as a payroll clerk on August 29, 1978. She was soon promoted to finance supervisor on July 9, 1979, and then to finance director on July 1, 2000. In 1995, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “When I came here 32 years ago, I met Donnie as I walked into the city’s finance department,” said Ed Carlstrom, Hazelwood’s city manager. “She was the payroll clerk at the time. But she was the most experienced for possibly being a finance director for the City of Hazelwood. We sat down in my office and discussed the position and the great opportunities available to her if she accepted it. The enormous impact she has made to our community will be felt many, many years after her retirement.” Carlstrom added that Burns has a tremendous amount of history that has benefited the city of Hazelwood. “We’ve worked together on a lot of projects involving annexations, economic development, and strategic planning. Both of us have a sense of working with numbers. We knew Mayor Matthew Robinson (left) holds a city proclamation given to retired Finance Director Donnie Burns (center) who also they had to mean something because we needed them to promote Hazelwood as a great received a proclamation from the state of Missouri Senate held by City Manager Ed Carlstrom (right). place to live, work, and play,” Carlstrom said. Since Burns began working for Hazelwood, city revenue has increased from $3.7 million to $31.6 million and the City’s assessed value has increased from $69.8 million to $543.6 million. Also, she has worked enthusiastically to provide financial information explaining the effect of various tax and annexation elections. Some of her other accolades include serving as Secretary, Treasurer, 1st and 2nd Vice President and President of the St. Louis Area Government Finance Officers Association, and serving on the Board of Directors of the State Government Finance Officers Association.


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Applied Scholastics International 40th Anniversary Celebration On Saturday. March 24 Applied Scholastics International will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a ceremonial “ringing of the bells” atop the Spanish Lake campus to set forth the goals for the advancement of education and literacy in the coming decades. It will be a festive event with live entertainment, toursof the campus, free workshops, and a lavish banquet. There will be representatives and dignitaries from 20 countries attending. It promises to be a spectactular event.

Our friends and colleagues int he Saint Louis community are graciously invited to attend this event to help commemorate our success thus far. This event is reserve seating only - to make reservations to attend please call Gladdys Macdonald at 314.355.6355 extension 2056. Applied Scholastics is a network of educational groups and centers working to improve education the world over. The campus and international headquarters at Spanish Lake, Missouri, was opened in 2003.

WYSE Team Off to Another Good Start in State Event The 2012 Trinity Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Team finished runner-up last month in the first round of the annual state competition. Trinity scored 479 points. Seniors winning individual awards were: Sarah Dawson (1st place in math), Connor Walsh (1st place in computer science and 2nd place in chemistry), Matt Colonna (1st place in engineering graphics), David Reddan (2nd place in engineering graphics), Jeff Guerrant (3rd place in engineering graphics), Mike Hilmes (2nd place in English), Rachel Hunt (3rd place in math). Juniors winning individual awards were: Anna Duban (3rd place in physics),) Kyle Walsh (3rd place in math), Nolan Walsh (2nd place in computer science). Trinity advances to the sectional round March 9 at Florissant Valley Community College.

Ferguson-Florissant Names RaShawn Johnson the 2012 Teacher of the Year RaShawn Johnson, a reading teacher at Berkeley Middle School, is the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s Teacher of the Year. A small cadre of administrators gathered together this afternoon to make the announcement and the teacher’s day. Her principal, Steve Lawler, was key to the surprise. “Mrs. Johnson,” Lawler announced from the hallway, just cracking the door to her room, “Can you come outside for a moment? I need to talk to you about something.” She walked outside and into an ambush.

“Mrs. Johnson, you are the district’s Teacher of the Year,” Dr. Art McCoy, superintendent, announced with a wide smile. “I want you to stay encouraged and know that you are one of our best and brightest.” He admires how she connects with her seventh- and eighthgrade students. “You teach some of the most exciting lessons that I have ever seen in the district,” McCoy said. “It’s good to see our students know so much about depth of knowledge.” Hearing that, this teacher – who has a love for reading and writing – was at a loss for words.

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All that surfaced in the excitement was, “Thank you,” followed by, “Thank you again.” “I’m in shock,” exclaimed Johnson. “I can’t teach for the rest of the day.” Principal Steve Lawler said the accolade is well deserved. “She is obviously a wonderful teacher,” Lawler said. “The thing that is most telling is the positive attitude she shows everyone and especially the kids. She helps them develop self-esteem and confidence. She is both creative and dynamic.” Johnson has taught in the district six years but has 13 years of experience as an educator.

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Dr. Art McCoy, superintendent; RaShawn Johnson, Teacher of the Year and reading teacher at Berkeley Middle School; and Steve Lawler, principal, enjoy a moment together.

She has also taught in the Normandy School District. Her love for children and education started at home. “My family has a legacy of educators on my father’s side, so it was fitting that I would follow in their footsteps,” she said. Johnson is notorious for wearing costumes and creating murals, posters and games to engage her students. She also believes in practicing what she preaches. For example, when she challenged her students to enter the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest sponsored by North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice in Janu-

ary – she entered the competition herself – and won in the adult category. Others have recognized Johnson’s excellence in the classroom as well. “The St. Louis American” newspaper saluted her as one of its 2008 Excellence in Education Awardees. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Fontbonne University and master’s degree in education curriculum and instruction at National Louis University. She also holds an Ed.S in administrative leadership from Walden University.

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Trinity Science Students Shine

At the annual Battle of Burets Chemistry contest held February 29 at Florissant Valley Community College, two teams of Trinity Catholic High School students competed against 12 other high schools. Each pair of students had to perform a chemistry experiment in a certain time limit. Seniors Matt Colonna and Jacob Mask and sophomores Katie Driskill and Meghan O'Donnell represented Trinity. Both teams finished in the top three of the contest competing against Kirkwood, Visitation, Villa Duchense, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Clayton, MICDS, Pattonville, Westminster, Francis Howell North and Parkway West.

Titans Design Winning Bridge in SLU Engineering Competition Each year St. Louis University sponsors a Bridge to Engineering Awareness in St. Louis Competition for students currently enrolled in high school in the metropolitan St. Louis area. The competition is a group based project opportunity in which students use their innovation to build a bridge to compete against other groups throughout the St. Louis area. The object of the competition is for a team of students to construct a supported road based bridge out of balsa wood that has the highest load/weight efficiency ratio prior to failure. The Trinity Catholic High School Titan Team #1, consisting of Mike Anderson, Tommy Koerper and Dillon Porzel won first place out of 22 teams. Their bridge, while weighing less than two ounces, had a load carrying capacity of 37.1 pounds prior to failure. Professional engineers and professors from SLU judged the competition. Trinity also had the highest number of students participating including Tyler Mask, Matt Scheidker, Nick Sonntag, Jelani Days, Joe Anger, Justin Wroblewski, Justin Krafft, Tanner Effinger, and Fausto Tommasi.

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Jamestown Elementary School Celebrates Read Across America with Cat in the Hat In celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, kindergarten through third-grade students at Jamestown Elementary School in the Hazelwood School District welcomed a special visitor, the Cat in the Hat. Nearly 230 students participated in an assembly in association with National Education Association’s Read Across America. The celebration began with a reader’s theatre production of “Green Eggs and Ham” featuring a team of first and third-grade readers. As the Daniel Awodeyi, a first-grade student at Jamestown Elementary School in the Hazelwood narrators read the classic tale, School District, participates in a reader’s theatre production of “Green Eggs and Ham.” Each time the words ‘box’ and ‘fox’ were read aloud, Awodeyi held up the props to add emphasis students held up props as key to the story. words were read aloud – box and fox, house and mouse, and boat and goat. Next, the audience played a trivia game, “Who Wants to be a Seussionaire?” Working in teams, students answered multiple-choice questions from books such as “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Cat in the Hat” by responding with one, two or three fingers in the air. After the game, the Cat in the Hat made his appearance, In celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, kindergarten through third-grade students at Jamestown Elementary School in the Hazelwood School District enjoyed a visit from the waving to a chorus of cheers. Cat in the Hat. Chris Guinther, president of the The NEA website explains that Read Across Missouri National Education Association, inAmerica is an annual reading motivation and troduced the students to the Cat in the Hat. She awareness program that calls for every child in encouraged the students to read, to do their best every community to celebrate reading on March to become good readers, and to ask for help from 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. adults as they learn to read. She also asked the Seuss. Read Across America also provides NEA students to take a reading pledge. Together, the members, parents, caregivers, and children the children repeated the pledge after Guinther as resources and activities they need to keep readthe Cat in the Hat looked on. ing on the calendar 365 days a year.

Tommy Koerper, left, and Dillon Porzel construct their bridge for the competition.


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Middle Pick: “Max’s Castle” Word play is fun, and there’s plenty of letter sparring in “Max’s Castle,” an ingenious book by Kate Banks about an inventive boy named Max. When Max retrieves some old blocks from under his bed, his big brothers do what big brothers sometimes do – they poke fun at Max, especially when they find out he’s hiding a block in his pocket. Benjamin and Karl tell him he’s too old to play with baby toys, but Max shows them PDQ that blocks are AOK. He begins to build a castle where walls become halls, and simple items in his room become fantastical objects that captivate his brothers’ attention. Soon they want to be part of Max’s building project too. Of course a castle has to have a moat, then the boys need a boat, and before long they’re tussling about who will be king? Naturally there’s a dark dungeon, a dragon and a guard. The adventure continues, and words lurk within other words as the story unfurls with playful illustrations by Boris Kulikov. You’ll have to put on your thinking caps on to figure out some of the word puzzles, but by the end all the pieces will fit and you’ll see how the words stack up for a blockhead who wins his brothers over.

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Community News is proud to offer our readers “Book Buzz.” This column will feature great books for children in three categories: Youngest Pick: early childhood to the first or second grade, Middle Pick: elementary school children, and Oldest Pick: middle school children. Enjoy! Reprinted with permission, Missourian Publishing Company. Copright 2012.

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“The Cabin in the Woods” Horror films, especially those that feature teenagers making incredibly bad judgments while running for their lives, are so common and predictable that they are almost a joke in Hollywood. “The Cabin in the Woods,” a new film co-written and produced by Joss Whedon, actually applies some logic and reason to this worn-out storyline. Here, pretty co-eds Dana (Kristen Connolly) and Jules (Anna Hutchison) head off for a getaway with their friends, unaware that they are under observation from the moment they all leave the house. The girls, along Photo courtesy of Lionsgate with the athletic Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Marty (Fran Kranz) and scholarly Holden (Jesse Williams), are hoping for a good time, but other people have plans for them. As the five friends settle in for the evening, the trouble starts. A poorly-timed walk in the woods and an examination of what is down in the cabin’s basement set off a fatal chain-of-events that seem almost impossible to escape. If anyone walks away from the carnage, they will bear the emotional scars for the rest of their lives. While this plot sounds incredibly familiar, Joss Whedon, the man behind such popular television shows as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” pulls back the curtain to show the real reasons that bad


Hemsworth from “Thor” and Fran Kranz from Whedon’s “Dollhouse” series. Kristen Connolly also is impressive as the young girl who finds her inner strength among the chaos. Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford help round out the cast as two office workers who also play a part in understanding the bloody madness that occurs. This horror film is definitely a cut above the rest of the pack and a lot of fun to boot. “The Cabin in the Woods,” rated R, is scheduled to open on Friday, April 13. things happen to teenagers in this movie genre. While the action may seem horrific and senseless to the victims, there’s an odd kind of logic and order to the whole thing. Whedon’s script tackles such familiar horror concepts as the old man who shows up as the proprietor of a convenience store of gas station. This scary individual always offers up a warning of sorts and, if the young people would just listen to what he is saying, they would live to have long and happy lives. Instead, they pay the ultimate price for laughing at someone that they think is off his rocker. “The Cabin in the Woods” also boasts a top-notch cast, including Chris


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Sports You See... With Gary B. Sign up for Cottleville St. Patrick’s Day Run 9 a.m. Saturday March 17 Be a part of history in the 4.35 mile run or walk or run the 1 or 2 mile course. To get more information go to You can also go there to be a Sponsor or put a float in the festivities. Want to Volumteer? Email Judy The 4th annual St. Patricks parade will begin at St. Charles Community College and down Hwy N through the town. Grand Marshalls include Former Rams great Coach Hanifan, Rams’ offensive guard #73 Adam Goldberg and Scott Connel Channel 5 Meteorologist. Yours truly will EMCEE the program wearing his Sherlock’s Steak and Seafood St. Patrick’s green shirt and black Country Gentleman hat, (pictured with Mike Holmes part owner of Sherlock’s) Go to to get a quick glimpse of last year’s parade. ~~~This Saturday Rascals Hire New General Manager Worked for NBA Team Congratulations to the newest member of the River City Rascals’ family, Executive Vice President & General Manager Dan Dial. Dial recently worked for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies over the last two seasons and is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. Prior to his stint in Memphis, the Sikeston, Mo. native spent one season with the Texas Legends (NBA-DL). “I am very excited and humbled by the opportunity to become a part of the River City Rascals organization,” Dial said. “I want to thank ownership for having faith in

me, and I look forward to becoming a part of this team and community. We have lots of great things planned for the fans during the 2012 Rascals season!” Dial’s day-to-day responsibilities with the team include helping to oversee a new and improved concession takeover. The Rascals will operate the concessions in-house for the first time since 2006, hoping to lower prices and introduce a large variety of new menu items at T.R. Hughes Ballpark. Assisting Dial with the change will be Assistant General Manager Jody Sellers and Food & Beverage Director Maureen Stranz. Sellers joins the staff with 10 years of minor league baseball experience, most recently worked for the Memphis Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A affiliate. Stranz worked for Aramark Sports & Entertainment, the Rascals’ previous concessions vendor, for the last five seasons in O’Fallon. Managing Partner Steve Malliet welcomed the Rascals newest member with open arms. “We’re extremely excited to have Dan on board,” Malliet said. “His experience in the NBA will be very beneficial to our efforts in 2012 and beyond.” ~~~Welcome to O’Fallon Former Executive of Rascals Becomes Consultant Over Half a Decade with the Team As reported Dan Dial will take over the Executive Vice President & General Manager position for the River City Baseball team. Holding that position was Chris Franklin who is pursuing other opportunities. “I would like to thank the Rascals’ fans, ownership, partners, staff and entire organization for the opportunities and experiences I’ve been provided over the last five and half years. In getting to know Mr. Dial, I’m confident the Rascals will continue to move forward in a positive direction under his leadership. I’ll look forward to introducing him to our community partners and Rascals family.” Opening day is set for 7:05 p.m. on Friday, May 18, versus the Rockford RiverHawks. ~~~Good luck, Chris


“Over the Fence” The Healthcare Industry Loves Me The medical profession is keeping us older folks alive longer. Some of the younger generations have indicated they don’t like paying for it. They don’t come right out and say we should die off sooner, but one gets that impression. I’m okay with that. Perhaps I would feel the same if I were still young and healthy and tired of paying Medicare withholding. When I retired, I had more time to watch daytime TV. Daytime programming is flooded with all manner of advertising aimed directly at senior citizens. I saw ads for everything from cholesterol pills to burial insurance. “The Soaps” should be renamed “The Pills.” They’re

a new hospital. The CEO was probably adding a South sea vacation home. Some claimed the president’s healthcare committee proposition was a form of socialism and spurned it. Medicare wasn’t included although it’s basically similar. Few detractors brought that up, however. Perhaps they had parents or grandparents on Medicare. Helping them pay their medical bills might have meant trading their Cadillac Mastadons for used Chevy Skimpalongs. Out of pure rebellion, I buy nothing advertised on TV aimed at senior citizens. If I’m forced to buy pills, I demand generic. I won’t buy a cemetery plot. I won’t even donate my body to medical science. I’ll have it cremated and my ashes laced with defoliant to be sprayed over a private golf course used by healthcare executives. That’ll show ‘em! The healthcare industry blames each other and everything else for rising costs, including the increased number of senior citizens who are being kept alive longer. This blame game includes the old standby called entitlements, which generally means, “Hey, I shouldn’t have to pay for such and such!” It appears everybody wants health care but nobody wants to pay for it. The ones that still have healthcare insurance fear they’re also paying for someone that doesn’t have it. The ones without insurance fear they won’t receive health care. The people without medical insurance who are sick receive hospital treatment anyway because hospital money-monger-lawyerdoctor geniuses fear lawsuits if they refuse treatment. Am I getting billed for untold extras my Medicare plement didn’t pay for to pay for someone else? Isn’t this like the new health care proposals that were spurned? It looks as if the only way I can get even and make younger generations happy is to die. If I do, rest assured some golf greens are going to turn brown.

sponsored by everything from Lisinopril for reduced blood pressure to Cialis to raise it again with relentless sex. They don’t offer a sex partner but maybe someday… The point is the healthcare industry seems happy we older folks are living longer. Those of us on Medicare appear favored over younger folks who are often without healthcare insurance. But support is where you find it. Satan might buy your lunch in the dining car if he knows the train is headed for a collapsed bridge. It looks as if everyone connected with the healthcare industry is in on this. Of course, too much was still not enough for some hospitals. After billing Medicare for tens of thousands for treatment, they often sent further billings to the patients demanding thousands more. Then patients obtained Medicare supplements to pay for whatever Medicare didn’t pay for. Soon hospitals changed gears and billed patients for what their Medicare supplements didn’t pay for unless patients could afford supplements with premiums higher than their mortgage payments. The hospital I used for cancer treatments was adding another building. The healthcare corporation that owned it was adding


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A Saint for Every Occasion Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I figured the card companies have yet to pick up on that one, but I was wrong. There’s a greeting card for just about any occasion. Know what else? There’s a saint for just about every occasion. A couple of days ago it dawned on me how little I knew about St. Patrick, or any of the saints for that matter. After a little research at the History Channel’s website, I discovered that St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. At the age of 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who had attacked his family’s estate. He escaped six years later, and began the road to priesthood. Following his ordination, he was sent to Ireland to minister to Christians in the country, and to convert the Irish, most of whom practiced a nature-based pagan religion. He did not, contrary to popular tales, drive all the snakes out of Ireland. Patrick is one of only 1,286 saints, representing 1,159 topics. Most countries have patron saints, as do many of the states in the USA and many cities. Friday, if you’re so inclined, you can celebrate Angelico. He is on the calendar of saints for March 18, along with four other saints. Angelico is Dominican, and he is considered the patron saint of artists. Some saints have more than one cause associated


with their name. Most of us are familiar with St. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. A carpenter, Joseph is considered the patron saint of carpenters. While trying to sell our house in Quincy many years ago, I discovered Joseph was also the patron saint of house sellers, so I purchased the small plastic statue and buried him near the flowering cherry tree in our back yard. (A word to the people who bought our home… I tried but couldn’t find the small St. Joseph statue I buried last spring.) Joseph is also the patron saint of Korea, Mexico, Florence, Italy, Viet Nam, Austria and Belgium. In addition to countries and cities, Joseph is also the patron saint of cabinetmakers, confectioners, engineers (good news for my husband!), families, fathers, people in doubt, travelers, and working people. Whew! That’s one busy saint. But what about mothers? And how about journalists? Boys, girls, children of all ages? Are their patron saints for them as well? Of course! As a matter of fact, there is probably a patron saint for just about anything you can imagine. “Shelly, I’m a chimney sweep. There can’t be a patron saint for me!” But there is! In fact, occupations are a favorite cause, or patronage. Carriage makers are included, as are beekeepers and button makers, bus drivers and even spelunkers. Attorneys take heart. You might be

the subject for jokes on Earth, but somewhere in heaven is a saint just for you. There are also patron saints for just about anything that ails you, including throat illnesses, gout, headaches, bowel disorders (I’d hate to be that saint!), loneliness, feet problems and gall stones. Shoot, there are separate saints for those bitten by snakes, dogs or insects. Think there is nothing special about you? Nothing to warrant a patron saint? Posh. There are patron saints for breast feeding, saints against lightning and against burglaries, and even saints against eruptions of Mount Etna. “But Shelly,” you’re thinking, “I’m just a girl from a rural area. There can’t be a saint for me!” How wrong you are. I’m not joking here, folks. There is a patron saint specifically for girls from rural areas! So again, Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and happy almost St. Angelico Day. You have your pick of saints to talk with and ask help from. Not a bad idea in today’s world, really. Excuse me while I find the patron saint of migraines. We’re on our way to a birthday party tonight, and I have a feeling I might need the migraine saint before the night is through.

Add Healthy Fresh Produce to Family Dinners (Family Features) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Enjoy these dishes with the whole family, and find more healthful recipes at

Roasted Beet-Fresh Chilean Blueberry Salad with Maple Vinaigrette Makes: 4 servings Ingredients: - 6 medium beets (red, golden, Chioggia – about 6 ounces each) - 1 cup walnuts - 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice - 1 tablespoon maple syrup - 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard - 1/4 teaspoon salt - 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper - 1/2 cup canola oil - 1 package (5 ounces) gourmet mixed salad greens, thoroughly washed - 1 cup fresh blueberries - 1 package (4 ounces) goat cheese, crumbled

minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Cool completely on wire rack (about 15 minutes). 4. Whisk together lemon juice, syrup, mustard, salt, and pepper in small bowl. Add oil in slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. 5. Peel beets; remove stem ends. Cut beets into 1/2-inch

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Trim beet stems to 1 inch; gently wash beets. Wrap individually in aluminum foil; place on jellyroll pan. 2. Bake at 400°F for 1 hour or until tender. Transfer to wire rack, and let cool, wrapped in foil, 30 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, decrease oven temperature to 350°F. Bake walnuts in single layer on jellyroll pan 5 to 7

Fresh Grapes-Pear-Almond Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Makes: 8 servings • Prep. Time: 20 min • Bake Time: 1 hr, 25 min • Cook Time: 12 min Ingredients: - 4 medium sweet potatoes (3 1/2 pounds) - 3/4 cup sliced almonds - 1/4 cup butter - 1 Red Bartlett pear, chopped - 1/2 cup halved grapes - 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar - 1 tablespoon honey - 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Directions: 1. Place potatoes on aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425°F for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until tender. 2. Heat almonds in nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 5 to 7 minutes or until toasted. Remove from skillet. 3. Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears and grapes; sauté 2 to 3 minutes or until pear is tender. Stir in brown sugar, honey, and cinnamon. Remove from heat.

4. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; scoop pulp into large bowl, leaving shells intact. Add pear mixture to pulp in bowl; gently stir until blended. Spoon mixture into shells. Place on baking sheet. 5. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Top with nuts. Recipe from the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association

wedges; gently toss with 1/4 cup vinaigrette. 6. Arrange greens on serving platter. Top with beet mixture, blueberries, cheese, and walnuts; serve with remaining vinaigrette.


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Mar. 16: Fish Fry 4-6 p.m. at Bellefontaine United Methodist Church, 10600 Bellefontaine Rd., St. Louis, MO 63137. Entrees, Catfish, Fried and Baked Cod and Chicken Nuggets. Dinner includes any two side dishes. Single entree $7, double entree, $8.50, children under 6 years old free, phone 314.867.0800.

Apr. 7 and every 1st Sat. of the month all year long: Basement/ Breakfast/Tailgate Sale At Northside Christian Church, 9635 Hwy. 367 (Lewis & Clark Blvd.), St. Louis, MO. Pancakes & sausage or 2 biscuits & gravy, juice & coffee. Times: Basement/ Tailgate is 8 a.m. - Noon; Breakfast is 8-10:30 a.m. Breakfast is $4. A double parking spot for tailgaters is $10. Info 314.868.5722.

Mar. 23: Fish Fry - Dine in or Carry out 4 –7 p.m. Cod, Jack, Catfish Nuggets. Sandwiches $4.75 - Includes your choice of fish & dessert/drink. Dinners $8 - Includes your choice of fish, 2 sides (spaghetti, coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni & cheese) and dessert. Soda extra. Coffee/ lemonade for dine in only. At Immanuel Lutheran Chapel, 11100 Old Halls Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63136, 314-741-4700. Every Friday through Mar. 24: Lenten Fish Fry 3:30 to 7 p.m. at 50 rue St. Francois next to the Old St. Ferdinand

Events Thru Mar. 31: The Amvet POW/ MIA Traveling Exhibit The Amvet POW/MIA Traveling Exhibit and the Jefferson Barracks POW/MIA Museum will be on display at the James J. Eagan Center now-March 31. The event is titled “A Prmoise Made A Promise Kempt Tributed to POW/MIA.” The event will also honor soldiers from Florissant. Please come and “Honor those who have served our country, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Edu-

cate future generations about the price paid for the freedom we enjoy in America the beautiful”. For more info contact the Parks Department at the James J. Eagan Center at 314-921-4466. Mar. 11, 18 & 25: Meat Shoots Knights of Columbus Duchesne Council 2951 Noon until Dusk at 50 St. Francois St., 63031. Mar, 16, 17, 23, 24 & 25: Alpha Players present “ You Can’t Take It With You” All shows at 8 p.m. except Mar. 25 is at 2 p.m. At the Florissant Civic Center Theater. For tickets call 314.921.5678. Mar. 17, Apr. 21 & May 19: Twice As Nice Flea Market 8 a.m. -3 p.m. Clean out the closet, basement, bring in the antiques or sell your handmade crafts. Admission is free. There will be concessions for sale. Advance registration required. Fee is $15 per table. 314615-8839.

Mar. 18: Our Lady’s Inn Angel Gala 5:30 p.m. at Kemoll’s 42nd Floor “Top of the Met.” Cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner. $125 per person. Proceeds benefit Our Lady’s Inn maternity homes. Info: Jessica Faltus at 314.351.4590. Mar. 19: Spanish Lake Town Hall Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the gym at Trinity Catholic High School, 1720 Redman Rd. in Spanish Lake. Mar. 23, 24, 30, 31: Our Savior Lutheran Proudly Presents: Melodrama 2012 Bulldog Saves the Day 6:30 p.m. on Mar. 23 - Dessert Night $10. 7 p.m. on Mar. 24, 30, 31 - Dinner & Show, Adults $21, Children 2-12 $10. Dinner Menu: Roast Beef, Fried Chicken, Potato Casserole, Green Beans, Glazed Carrots, Salad, Rolls. Tickets are now on sale at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2800 West Elm, St. Charles, in the gymnasium from 9-11 a.m. and after late service. Call Sandy Tremmel for tickets 636.447.0733 or San4776@aol. com. Mar. 24: “Soup”er Scrapbook Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Held by the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary #2012 at 50 rue St. Fancois, Florissant, Mo. Price is $25. For more info contact Chris Herbert at 314.837.5526. Mar. 24: Tacky Ball Fundraiser 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront, 315 Chestnut Street in St. Louis. Dinner, live auction, raffle and dancing. Proceeds benefit Support Dogs. Info: 314.997.2325

Mar. 24: Accessible Play Trivia Night 6:30 p.m. at JFK Community Center, 315 Howdershell Road, Florissant 63031. Cost is $120 per table of 8. Info: Gary Behlmann 314.831.3264, email or visit www.

Mar 31: Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic Trivia Night Teams compete to win great prizes benefiting the WRC, There will be Prizes, 50/50, Mulligans, Door Prizes,Raffle Baskets,Gift Shop. Cost: $20 per person and includes beer and soda. At St Martin of Tours, 610 West Ripa, St Louis MO, 63125. Doors open at 6 p.m. Game starts at 7 p.m. Contact: Emily at 636-677-3670 to reserve a table or go to All proceeds benefit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic-a non profit organization dedicated to helping injured and orphaned wildlife return to the wild. Mar. 30: Legislative Town Hall Meeting 6:30 p.m. Hosedt by Hazelwood School District PTA Council. At HSD Learning Center, 15955 New Halls Ferry Rd. For more info call Diana 314.953.5054. Mar. 30 - Apr. 1: Missouri Archaeological Society At the Holiday Inn Southwest and Viking Conference Center, St. Louis, Mo. $10 registration fee. Info: 417.836.3773 or email lhaney@ Apr. 1: Spring Vendor and Craft Show 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Machinist Hall, 12365 St. Charles Rock Road in Bridgeton. Crafters and home-based businesses, including: Avon, Gold Canyon, Scentsy, Thirty-one gifts, and Pampered Chef. Info: Apr. 7: Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m. at Zion United Church of Christ, 5710 N. Hwy 67 – 2 blocks west of Jamestown Mall. Info: 314.741.1590 or www.zionucc1. org. May 19: Live Well Ferguson 5k Twilight Run/Walk Fees are $20 thru mid-April – $5 discount for ages 19 and under. Contact Marius Johnson 314.882.6550 or

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Sept. 22: Jennings High School Class of 1972 Reunion To be held in St. Charles, Mo. We need your current contact information. Please call 636.583.9778 or email Sept. 28-30: The Ferguson High School Class of 1957 They are planning a 55th reunion for Sept. 28, 29 & 30, 2012. Please contact Lynette (Dolce) Sona at 314-838-1751 or sewlyn39@juno. com or Susan Krueger at 314-5220475 or for more information. The committee is looking for the following classmates: Bill Joe Atkisson, Nancy Ann Blackburn, Margaret Ann Brewer, Walter J. Britton, Betty Jean Butler, Jack Clarke, Evelyn Constantine, Alice Dueing, Ruth Ellis, James Graham, Wilbur Hampton, Louis Meyer, Jr., Loretta Miller, Edward Muckerman, Gail Phillips, Janet Phillips, Joe Polivick, Jr., Nancy Proctor, Nancy Ray, Dolores Richardson, Janie Richardson, Kathleen Roth, Judith Schaefer, Charlene Schmidt, Roberta Steel, Carolyn Tate, Mary Ann Waldschmidt, Ron Warzeniak, Camille White. Inviting All Florissant Senior Citizens To Join One Of The Bingo Clubs With The City Of Florissant!! Please contact the Florissant Senior Office for more information at 839-7604. • Monday Club: Meets every Monday for Bingo from 11:30-2:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring a sandwich coffee and tea are available. Interesting day trips to St. Louis Area locations are also scheduled. • Florissant Older Adult Club: Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 11-1:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring your lunch! Bingo, Trips, Speakers and special events are planned. • Wednesday Club: Meets every Wednesday for Bingo from 11:302:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring a sandwichcoffee and tea available. Interesting day trips to St. Louis Area loca-

tions are also available. Health Mar. 15, May 17 & June 5: Blood Drive Christian Hospital and Northwest HeathCare are teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive. March 15 & June 5 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Detrick Building Atrium. May 17 from 12 - 4 p.m. at Northwest HeathCare. For more info or an appointment call 1.866.236.3276. Mar. 27: Diabetes Alert Day Free Screenings We can’t say this enough: 1-in-5 Americans are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Left untreated, diabetes can be deadly. In the early stages, symptoms are subtle and often go unnoticed until the damage has been done. Now you have no excuses. We’ll make it easy for you to get screened on Diabetes Alert Day with two locations and extended hours. So get screened!Call 314-747-WELL (9355) to register. Location: CH Diabetes Institute, 11155 Dunn Road, Suite 101N. Christian Hospital Campus, Professional Building 1 (Hwy. 367/I270 interchange) 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Location: Northwest HealthCare, 1225 Graham Road, Florissant. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Apr. 12: Christian Hospital’s 8th Annual “Hats off to Women” The Key to a Woman’s Healthy Heart. In the Christian Hospital Atrium – Detrick Building. 5:308:30 p.m. Screenings and 6-9 p.m. Lectures. Free blood pressure, glucose & cholesterol screenings will be available. For reservations call 314.747.9355 or 1.877.9355.

al match. Volunteer positions are available in many different areas. You’ll meet a variety of interesting people while making a difference in our community. Applications are available at in the Volunteer Office, located off the hospital’s main lobby. For more information, call the Christian Hospital volunteer office at 314-653-5032. St. Chatherine Retirement Community Events

3350 St. Catherine St., Florissant. To RSVP to events call 314.838.3877 Mar. 15, 22 & 29: Tai Chi for Seniors - FREE classes 10:30 a.m. Reduce stress, strengthen joints, develop balance and coordination.


Mar. 30: Project Hands 2 p.m. Volunteers needed to knit, crochet, and quilt for various children’s organizations the last Friday of every month.

how to better manage diabetes and enjoy a healthier life. Cost: Free. In H.W. Koenig Medical Building at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West. Register: Call 636-625-5447.

Every Monday* and Friday: FIT TO GO Exercise - FREE classes 1 p.m. Classes are led by a personal trainer with the use of weights and resistance bands that will be provided! Be prepared to GET FIT! *Make up classes will be held Wed., Mar. 7 and Mar. 21.

Mar. 27: Gentle Flutters Share 7-8:30 p.m. Families grieving the loss of a pregnancy or infant in the western portion of our community now have a Share support group option that is closer to home. Gentle Flutters Share of St. Joseph Hospital West is a new group that meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Turning Pages on Main Bookstore in Troy. Cost: Free. In the Turning Pages Bookstore, 450 Main St., Troy, MO 63379. Register: Call 636-625-5442

SM St. Joseph Hospital West Healthy Happenings Mar. 27: “Smoking Cessation” with Don Young, Smoking Cessation Expert 6:30-7:30 p.m. Diabetes Support Group. Hear from experts to learn

Mar. 15: Disaster Bingo with the Red Cross 9:30 a.m. Learn valuable life saving information while winning prizes! Complimentary Breakfast 9 a.m. Mar. 15: Entertainment by Nostalgia John 1 p.m. Music from 1955. Refreshments served. Mar. 22: St. Louis Zoo Presents New Baby Animals 9:45 a.m. See the animal up close and personal. Complimentary Breakfast 9 a.m. Mar. 27: A Stroll Down Memory Lane 10:30 a.m. Gary Bennett Entertains. Happy Hour 11:30 a.m. Followed by Complimentary Lunch.

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March 14, 2012

Connecting Kids with Nature

By Dan Zarlenga, MDC

Educators, youth leaders and parents will learn about "Nature Deficit Disorder" and outdoor experiences that reconnect children with nature. The disconnection of today’s children from the natural world is a growing concern among parents, educators and mental and physical health professionals throughout the country. “Nature Deficit Disorder" is a condition identified by author

Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods and has been linked to troubling current childhood trends such as the rise in obesity, attention disorders and depression. To help address these concerns, the Gateway Children’s

Nature Connection, a coalition of St. Louis-area organizations that share a mission of helping parents reconnect children with nature, is sponsoring the “No Child Left Inside Conference” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at the J.C.

Penny Conference Center on the campus of the University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL). The theme of the conference is “Growing Up Denatured: It’s Time for Kids to Go Back Outside.” It is open to professional educators, youth leaders and parents of young children interested in providing outdoor experiences that reconnect children with nature. The conference will explore benefits children derive from spending time in nature and the outdoors, including reduced stress, an increase in curiosity, creativity and problem-solving abilities, and improved physical and emotional health. Participants will discover the latest research on the issue, learn ways to address and prevent the effects of Nature Deficit Disorder, and take home ideas and activities to excite and motivate children to get outdoors. Keynote speaker will be Sherri Griffith, a professor of Early Childhood Education at Central Methodist University. There will also be a special presentation by environmental musician and educator Curt Carter of the Land For Learning Institute. An optional post-conference

field trip will be offered the following day, Sunday, April 1, from noon to 4 p.m. Participants will visit selected sites for demonstrations on practical application of material covered in the Saturday conference. The registration fee for the conference is $39, which includes a box lunch. The fee for the optional post-conference field trip is $20. For more information or to register, contact UMSL Senior Coordinator of Continuing Education Jim Jordan at 314.516.7250. A detailed schedule of activities and online registration can be found at http:// catalog/ by searching “no child.” Charter members of the Gateway Children’s Nature Connection sponsoring the conference include: Missouri Department of Conservation, Doris L. Schnuck Children’s Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, Saint Louis Zoo, Raintree Learning Community, Missouri Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks, Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial Park and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville School of Education.

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