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July 6, 2016

‘No one should have to age alone’ Learn & Play


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Community Voices


By Odie Smith

Submitted photo Rosemary, a resident of Delmar Gardens, with Allen, a volunteer with Senior Connections. “There’s really nothing that can replace the feeling that I get when I arrive, our eyes connect, and Rosemary yells out, ‘Well, hi there cutie!’” Allen said.

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Senior Connections pairs volunteers with seniors, and builds friendships along the way By Sara Hardin “Simple acts of tender mercy will eventually tilt the earth on its axis, and slowly, the world will be changed.” This is the philosophy of Dr. Suzsanne Singer, who in 1999 founded Senior Connections, a program that pairs volunteers with seniors in need of companionship. Singer, who passed away at the age of 88 in May 2013, founded Senior Connections with the intent to create meaningful connections between seniors and relational volunteers to combat the feelings of loneliness and depression that aging sometimes brings. Ask any relational volunteer; however, and they will simply identify as a friend. “I don’t think of myself anymore as just a volunteer. We’ve established a friendship that’s built on trust and care and respect for each other,” said Alvia Chambers, a relational volunteer with Senior Connections since April 2012. “Early on, I would tell people ‘I’m going to visit my friend at the nursing home through this program.’ Now it’s just, ‘I’m going to visit my friend.’ It’s been a very rewarding, warm relationship. I miss when I’m not able to see her, and it’s the same way with her. I just love her. I will continue to visit her for the duration of whatever time we both have here.”

After struggling in 2013 to break into enough funding for the program, Senior Connections found a new home with Lutheran Senior Services in 2014. Traditionally, Senior Connections has assisted seniors in senior communities. Now, with support from LSS and the Boeing Employee Trust, the program hopes to broaden its mission to find more volunteers and help homebound seniors. “We really feel that no one should have to age alone,” said Sandra Roeder Singer, Volunteer Coordinator for Senior Connections. “Our volunteers have a real passion for doing this, partly because the need is so great, and partly because it is an incredibly rewarding experience. Senior Connections is all about the relationships that are formed across different races, cultures and ages. It’s about serving someone who is vulnerable and very much in need, and often marginalized by virtue of being old. They may have no family, or they may have no family who visits for various reasons. It revolves around the relationship, and that is what Dr. Suzsanne Singer’s work was focused on.” Because the need for companionship for seniors is so high, Senior Connec-

tions hopes to see its model of volunteer training adopted across the country. Since there was no previous existing model for training companions for seniors before Dr. Suzsanne Singer founded the program, Senior Connections has created its own mold for helping volunteers face the See ALONE page 2

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July 6, 2016 • Community News – St. Louis County •

Vol. 95 No. 27


In This Issue... Town 3 Around Girl Scouts donate

$281,000 worth of cookies to USO of Missouri and more.


School Hazelwood West alumna awarded Copper and Brass scholarship and more.

9 Business New Christian Hospital

president marks first day and more.

10 Sports Local sports with Gary B. & Play 11 Learn Featuring recipe and crossword.

12 What’s Happening 14 Classifieds 16 Movie The bold making of “Swiss Army Man”

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Conquering interview phobia By Odie Smith Do you know what a phobia is? Most of us have one (or more). The word phobia is a clinical term for fear. Whether it is fear of flying in an airplane, public speaking, failure or many other things; we have something that causes us to experience fear. Let us address a phobia that is common to most, if not all of us, during the course of our employment history; it is interview phobia. After we have identified the type of job we desire, prepared ourselves for the job, obtained that perfect resume for the position that we desire and received contact from the employer for an interview, the next step is “The Interview.” We now must anticipate what the interview process will entail. How do we prepare ourselves for the interview? What should we wear? What time should we arrive? How should we greet the interviewer? What questions will the interviewer ask? How should we answer the questions? What questions are appropriate for

us to answer and to ask? Will we make a good first impression?” Oh, my, “Interview Phobia” is setting in! Well, I have good news, we do not have to succumb to this fear; there is hope. Although an employment interview is your chance to display your professional experiences and skillful qualities, it is also an important time for you to present your exterior assets. If we look and feel our best when we arrive to the interview, then the interviewer will observe a very impressive applicant. It is most important that every applicant appear professional on paper and in person, because the interviewer’s first impression must be a noteworthy impact. Your interviewing appearance should be as though you are ready to go to work at the job that you are interviewing for. Your appearance is also highly important because it can be a deciding factor when the employer selects an applicant for the position. You want to impress him or her so much that you want the interviewer to consider immediately in offering you the job.

Therefore, our greatest asset to conquering our “Interview Phobia” is confidence in who we are. This confidence will show in our appearance and attitude.

“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” - Blake Lively Odie Smith is the Executive Director and Founder of Nu Beginnings Employment Organizers, a 501(c)3 employment ministry. In 2011 Odie and his wife Daval established Nu Beginnings Employment Organizers, an organization working with individuals in Missouri, Illinois and other communities in the United States by offering employment assistance and professional career guidance. The opinions expressed in this column are the columnist’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

ALONE from cover challenges that are often accompanied with getting older. However, according to relational volunteer Roberta Kilstrom, sometimes the most helpful thing you can do in the face of aging is to laugh about it. “[Senior Connections] has just brought me a lot of joy,” said Kilstrom, who has been a relational volunteer for seven years. “Most people I talk to often say the same thing. It gives back in surprising ways. It’s really about friendship. You’re not there to fix anybody, just be there emotionally with them. It’s really surprisingly personal and positive. There are things about getting older. If you can laugh about them, it somehow helps.” The program currently boasts over 1,500 served and more than 100 volunteers in 60 different communities -- but the need is still great. “The 7,000 seniors who may have no visitors are Submitted photo figures for St. Louis City and County,” said Sandra Harold Williams, relational volunteer and retired state employee (left) with Mike Davis (right). They’ve built their Roeder Singer. “We’re looking for opportunities to relationship over chess and other games for six years. talk to churches and other organizations to raise awareness, to find volunteers and to raise funds and other kinds of from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Lutheran Senior Services in Brentwood. support. There are lots of ways that people can serve.” To find out more about Senior Connections and how to volunteer, The next Senior Connections quarterly training session is Aug. 6 visit, or contact Sandra Roeder Singer at or 314-446-2526. • Community News – St. Louis County • July 6, 2016

Red Cross urges blood donations to maintain summer supply The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer. Blood donations often decline in the summer months, especially around summer holidays when donors are less available to give. The need for blood doesn’t decrease though – every two seconds, someone in the U.S. requires blood or platelets. In fact, a recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors showed that nearly half knew someone who needed blood or they needed blood themselves. “Donating blood helps save lives and can affect people you know and work alongside every day,” said Scott Nethery, whose seven-year-old daughter Audrey requires frequent transfusions. Audrey was born with Diamond Blackfan anemia, a rare condition where her body doesn’t make enough red blood cells. “I am so appreciative of the individuals whose blood is within my daughter at this very moment. Without blood, my little angel would not be with us today.” Donors of all blood types are needed now. Schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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Upcoming blood donation opportunities Florissant 7/6: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., North County Blood Donation Center, 3533 Dunn Rd 7/7: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., North County Blood Donation Center, 3533 Dunn Rd 7/7: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Louis County Library, 195 S New Florissant Road

7/9: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., North County Blood Donation Center, 3533 Dunn Rd 7/10: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Florissant Church of Christ, 16460 New Halls Ferry Rd

7/13: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., North County Blood Donation Center, 3533 Dunn Rd 7/14: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., North County Blood Donation Center, 3533 Dunn Rd

St. Louis 7/8: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Culvers Crestwood, 10200 Big Bend Rd 7/9: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Believers Temple Word Church, 2115 Chambers Rd 7/11: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., South County Blood Donation Center, 9230 Watson Rd. 7/11: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Lucas UCC, 11735 Denny Rd. 7/12: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Cushman and Wakefield, 721 Emerson 7/12: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Louis County Library - Grant's View Branch, 9700 Musick Rd

Girl Scouts and customers donate $281,000 worth of cookies to USO of Missouri


Members of Girl Scout Troop 3539 stand with Sgt. Maj. Jon David Jerome and Gunnery Sgt. Jeremiah Fisher of the United States Marines, and some of the 70,400 packages of cookies donated by Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri to the USO of Missouri.

Combining their entrepreneurial efforts with the generosity of their customers, Girl Scouts in eastern Missouri donated more than 70,400 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the USO of Missouri as part of this year’s Troop to Troop Program. More than 15,000 additional packages than last year’s contribution, the donation is valued at more than $281,000. The Troop to Troop program invites customers to purchase cookies to be donated to the USO of Missouri. The initiative is a convenient option for community members to support military troops who might be stationed far from home, and for customers who would like to support Girl Scouts despite dietary or allergy restrictions. Members of the armed forces throughout the area will enjoy the cookies in the coming months. “Service members look forward to Girl Scout

Cookies every year,” said Christine Trotter, Development Director for the USO of Missouri. “The cookies help build interaction between the troops while they share a box—the sweet treat is definitely not the standard military MRE [Meal Ready to Eat].” Community service is a main tenet of Girl Scouting. Troops use proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the largest girl-led enterprise in the country, to fund unique and impactful service projects, as well as badgeearning activities and field trips. Girl Scouts also learn five essential skills by participating in the program—goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics and people skills, which will help them throughout their lives. Many Girl Scout alumnae trace their first leadership and entrepreneurial experience back to selling Girl Scout Cookies.

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July 6, 2016 • Community News – St. Louis County •

Operation Food Search seeks volunteers for eighth annual Saturday Jubilee Food Drive Operation Food Search, the region’s largest distributor of free food for the hungry, seeks group and individual volunteers for its July 30 Saturday Jubilee, a region-wide food drive to restock its distribution center and shelves for its 330 community partner agencies this summer. Approximately 1,000 volunteers are needed to assist in staggered shifts from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., greeting customers and collecting donations at 150 of the organization’s grocery store partners in the city of St. Louis, and in St. Louis,

St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin Counties in Missouri and in St. Clair and Madison Counties in Illinois. Grocery partners include Dierbergs Markets, Schnuck Markets, Straub’s Markets, Walmart Stores and Price Chopper. Groups and individuals interested in volunteering during Saturday Jubilee should contact volunteer manager or 314-726-5355 X 21. For a complete listing of Saturday Jubilee collection sites please visit

Hummingbirds gone from feeders? They’ll be back

A ruby-throated humming bird perched at a feeder.

Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

The ruby-throated hummingbird with blurred wingbeats and the ability to hover in the air is a fascinating visitor to flower gardens and home bird feeders. But each summer they seem to mysteriously vanish from some yards. They will return, says Larry Rizzo, Missouri Department of Conservation natural history biologist. “Many people see ruby-throated hummingbirds in spring when they are migrating,” Rizzo said. “Even more common is seeing them at feeders from late July through late September when young are fledged and joining the population and fall migration gets underway, so birds from the north move in. But during the height of nesting season, from mid-May through late July, the birds are often scarce and not visiting feeders. It’s just an indication you don’t have nesting hummingbirds close by.” If weeks have gone by without a hummingbird

sighting, he recommends taking the feeder down for now. But hummingbird feeders should go back up by mid-July. “Birds will reappear by the first of August,” Rizzo said. A reminder, creating hummingbird “nectar” for a feeder requires four-to-five parts water to one part sugar. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves into solution. Do not use or add a red dye to the nectar. In late summer and fall, keep an eye out for Rufous hummingbirds that are sometimes seen migrating through western Missouri from July through November. Anna’s hummingbirds and a few other western species sometimes migrate through Missouri, too. Hummingbird feeders can be kept up into late autumn to provide food for any late-migrating or unusual species.

Local Author Spotlight: Robert Lampros

Robert Lampros is an author of Christian poetry, essays, and fiction who grew up in Chesterfield where he currently lives. He attended high school at John Burroughs School, and earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Washington University. His books include “Fits of Tranquility,” “Illuminating Sidewalks,” “Om-Bork,” “Afternoon,” “Eleven Floors,” “What Is Sacred” and “Last Year’s Resolution.” “Last Year’s Resolution” is a novel about Edmund Stovender, a famous author who falls in love with Marie, a journalist who calls him for an interview just before the performance of his hit play. Their lives accelerate through an epic adventure testing their faith, strength and love for each other, as they discover that their story might pivotally influence the fate of the world. • Community News – St. Louis County • July 6, 2016

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By Cindy Moore

Moore On Life

Flying high Have you ever been stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic idling in neutral while breathing in some SUV’s toxic exhaust fumes? Some reports say we spend as much as three months of our life in traffic. Has the thought ever crossed your mind that things would be much easier if only we lived like the Jetsons and had personal flying transportation? Well think no more because the Jetson era is coming. It is estimated that in the year 2017 we will have flying cars available. Just think of all the problems these vehicles could solve: Avoiding the morning school madness. How much easier would it be to drop the kids off at school–literally? Whizzing over the parking lot and merely opening the escape hatch while shouting these important reminders, “Don’t forget to hand in your math assignment and to tuck and roll before your hit the pavement!” Less deer accidents. It is estimated these hooved creatures are the cause of approximately 1.5 million accidents per year. Soaring up in the atmosphere would help greatly, except for the occasional seagull being sucked into the engine.

Aggravating weather conditions. How irritating is it to come out after a long day’s work to find your car completely covered in a thick blanket of snow? Instead of freezing your patootie off in the cold while painstakingly scraping Old Man Winter’s spew from the exterior, clearing off that pile would be a snap by engaging the warp speed option of your aircraft to blow it off. Eliminating driving difficulties. The road is a problematic place to be especially with uncertainties like four-way stops. This challenge is a complete mystery to most and few know how to maneuver it. No one wants

to face embarrassment by entering the intersection out of turn. I have heard of four cars coming to a complete standstill and not willing to budge until they all ran out of gas because no one dared commit to entering the box first. The roundabout also creates such insecurity; people will circle it for hours spinning around in a panic unaware of how to exit. Then there’s that age-old problem of the backseat driver. Yet another issue solved with the escape hatch. “Remember to tuck and roll!” The future looks bright! Cindy Moore is the mother of three superlative kids, servant of two self-indulgent felines and wife to one nifty husband. Her ficticious occupation? Archeological Humorist: someone who unearths absurdity and hilarity in strange and unusual places including public restrooms, the lint filter, and church meetings. Most recently, she excavated a find in her neighbor’s bird feeder. The opinions expressed in this column are Cindy Moore’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

St. Louis HELP opens women’s center offering free loans of prosthetic breasts, bras and wigs The St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) has opened The Women’s Center to offer free loans of wigs, bras and prosthetic breasts for women who are victims of breast cancer. “The Women’s Center mission is to help women who have suffered from cancer, related treatments or surgery keep their dignity and self-esteem with free loans of crucial items,” says Laura Cannon-Singer, executive director of the nonprofit St. Louis HELP organization. The Women’s Center recently opened at St. Louis HELP’s home health equipment warehouse at 9709 Dielman Rock Island Industrial Drive in Olivette. “All items in The Women’s Center are in excellent condition; otherwise, we would not make them available,” says CannonSinger. It is situated in a privately screened-off area near a restroom, and is staffed by a St. Louis HELP female volunteer. The center is equipped with a conversion chart for sizing prosthetic breasts and prosthetic support bras for correct use. St. Louis HELP collects, cleans, reconditions and revitalizes gently used home health equipment and then loans it for free to anyone who needs it for as long as they need it. Cannon-Singer founded the organization in 2008. In addition to The Women’s Center, the warehouse contains hundreds of home health equipment items including manual and electric wheelchairs; scooters; walkers, crutches, canes; hospital beds; portable commodes; elevated toilet seats; lift chairs — and more — all freely loaned by St. Louis HELP at no cost or obligation. The Women’s Center is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. by appointment only. Call 314-567-4700 to schedule a visit. “The Women’s Center is a new service for St. Louis HELP and we are extremely proud to provide it,” Cannon-Singer says. Every year, St. Louis HELP assists more than 5,500 people and their caregivers by providing the home medical equipment they desperately need. Much of that equipment is donated by people to St. Louis HELP because they know it makes a positive difference in other peoples’ lives. “In 2015 we loaned 5,570 health equipment items for free to people suffering from illness, injury or a disability -- they didn’t have the medical equipment they need because they can’t afford it or insurance won’t cover it,” says Laura Cannon-Singer. All equipment donations to St. Louis HELP are tax deductible. “We collect about 11,000 items of donated home health equipment annually,” Cannon-Singer says. “We revitalize it for loans or recycle it all. If any equipment is not good enough for your grandmother to use, we won’t loan it out,” she says.


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July 6, 2016 • Community News – St. Louis County •

Maryland Heights launches new informational website for Maryland Park Lake District A new website to provide the public and the news media with accurate information regarding development in the 1800-acre Maryland Park Lake District (the District) has been launched by the city of Maryland Heights. Information on the site includes the latest news, a fact sheet with frequently asked questions and answers on a range of key issues, a timeline of the development process including upcoming public meetings and workshops, a collection of planning studies and background documents, a history of the development area, a map and photos. The new website can be found at “Much has been discussed and reported publicly over the years about the District, including a great deal of inaccurate information, and we want the public to be fully informed as this process moves forward and gains more attention,” said Jim Krishke, City Administrator for the city of Maryland Heights. “We are being upfront and accountable with our information. This website will be updated regularly as new information be-

comes available.” On June 30 the city announced the proposals it has received from potential developers for the District and the next steps in the development process. The District will be a mixed use destination development featuring 30 percent open and green space. Development of the District is critical to ensuring the city continues its position as a regional employment and recreation center. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined that most of the property in the District is not flood plain and may be developed for commercial, industrial or residential uses and qualifies for federal flood insurance. “We understand that there are organizations opposed to developing the District,” Krischke added. “Once we have a chance to carefully review all the proposed plans received, we will reach out to these groups to seek ways to incorporate their opinions into the development plans.”

Hazelwood picks Recycle Day prize winners for Recycling Pledge Card Campaign

Photo courtesy city of Hazelwood At a recent city council meeting, Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson (left) assisted Green Committee chairman Ron Darling (right) with a Recycle Day prize drawing for the city’s Recycling Pledge Card Campaign.

In a concerted effort to encourage residents to recycle more, the City of Hazelwood has been partnering with its volunteer adhoc Green Committee in implementing a Recycling Pledge Card Campaign and hosting a Recycle Day and other community clean-up activities. At a recent city council meeting, Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson and Green Committee chairman Ron Darling held a Recycle Day prize drawing and picked the winners from a pool of residents who turned in their pledge cards. Hazelwood’s Green Committee launched its 2016 Recycling Pledge Card Campaign back in March as a way to incentivize residents to recycle and use their recycling carts more often. A flyer introducing the program was mailed to all residents in Hazelwood along with the city’s newsletter and Parks and Recreation Activity Guide. Three prize drawings were announced, including the one for Recycle Day which just occurred. The third, and final prize drawing, will take place right after Harvestfest. “Our goal with the Recycling Pledge Card Campaign is to urge more residents to make a commitment in 2016 to recycle more and put their recycling carts to good use. It involves educating them about the importance of conserving our natural resources and diverting reusable trash away from our landfills,” Hazelwood Green Committee chairman Ron Darling said. “Residents are being asked to fill out a pledge card and turn it in at city hall or one of our recreation centers. By doing this, they are automatically entered to win a prize from our Green Committee.” For the past six years, Hazelwood has sponsored a Recycle Day event at the St. Louis Outlet

Mall. Each year, residents have been urged to get rid of the clutter in their homes by bringing unwanted recyclable items to the event. The total amount collected was 34.25 tons. To help remind residents about this year’s Recycle Day event, a postcard was mailed to every household. Darling estimates that eight out of every 10 drivers who went through the line brought the postcard with them or said they left it on the kitchen table and would drop it off at city hall later in the week. “Not only was the postcard a great marketing tool, but it also helped reinforce our message about making a commitment to recyle with the pledge card,” Darling added. The Recycle Day prize drawing included prizes for both adults and children. Two sets of two tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals game on July 19 were given away for the adults, courtesy of Republic Services. The Hazelwood residents who won these prizes were Brian Bivin and Gwen Neighbors. For the children, two free day admission passes to Hazelwood’s White Birch Bay Aquatic Center were awarded. The child winners included Tyson White and John Frank. The Green Committee plans to accept recycling pledge cards from residents at Hazelwood’s Harvestfest on Sept. 10. Residents can also pick-up recycling pledge card forms from city hall, as well as from Civic Center East and the Hazelwood Community Center. Plans are to conduct the third, and final prize drawing during the city council meeting on Sept. 14. All residents who have submitted their pledge cards up to that date, and haven’t been chosen as previous winners, will be included in the drawing. • Community News – St. Louis County • July 6, 2016

Hazelwood West alumna awarded Copper and Brass scholarship Hazelwood West High alumna Carly Walkup was recently awarded The Copper and Brass Servicenter Association (CBSA) scholarship through the CBSA Educational Foundation. Walkup who graduated from West High on June 4, will be attending Northwestern University in the fall and will major in communication sciences and disorders. CBSA scholarships are awarded based on a student’s academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need. While attending West High, Walkup maintained



a 4.2 grade point average (GPA) while participating in marching band, varsity lacrosse and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. During her senior year, Walkup was promoted to drum major which allowed her to strengthen her leadership abilities as underclassmen looked to her for direction. CBSA is a community of copper and brass service centers, mills and platers working together to promote the use and growth of opportunities for copper and brass mill products.

Photo courtesy Normandy Schools Collaborative

Obama Elementary teacher receives Emerson Gold Star Grant for STEM project

Brunetta Blackshear, third grade teacher at Barack Obama Elementary School, is the recipient of an Emerson Gold Star Grant. Blackshear was presented the $2,500 grant by Emerson Executive Vice President Patrick Sly during a surprise assembly at the school May 27. A 2015 Emerson Teacher of the Year for the Normandy Schools Collaborative, Blackshear plans to use

the grant to teach students geometry by using doodling techniques. As part of the award, the school will also receive $2,500 for another project of their choosing. Shown here with Blackshear (second from right) is Barack Obama Elementary Principal Netra Taylor-Nichols (from left), Normandy Superintendent Dr. Charles J. Pearson and Patrick Sly.

Girl Scouts, Hazelwood School District teaching girls to be money smart

Photo courtesy Hazelwood School District Girls in the Hazelwood School District summer Quest program are learning to be smart with money during the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Money Management program.

Hazelwood School District partners with Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (GSEM) for a summer program to teach girls how to be smart with money. This summer, girls attending Hazelwood Central Middle, West Middle, and Southeast Middle schools Quest programs are participating in the GSEM Money Management program. Money management is one of three focus areas, including STEM and health, that GSEM has identified as necessary for girls to become successful leaders of tomorrow. “Money management is part of our core values at GSEM,” said Rebecca Dersch, outreach program specialist.

The “earn, save, spend” theme of the money management program equips girls with the tools necessary to make wise financial decisions. “We are working with the girls on an activity called “Needs vs Wants”, which will help them to identify items that are a necessity, verses items that are not,” said Dersch. During the Needs vs Wants activity, girls were instructed to sort a group of photos containing products for daily use. They then identified each item as a need or want. Over the course of summer, girls will continue to explore activities that encourage saving, budgeting, and money management skills.



July 6, 2016 • Community News – St. Louis County •

New student enrollment begins July 11 in the Hazelwood School District The Hazelwood School District will begin enrollment for new students on July 11 for the 2016-2017 school year. Enrollment will continue throughout the summer. The first day of school is Aug. 10. Parents/guardians can enroll Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the HSD Administration Building (The Learning Center) at 15955 New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant. No appointment is needed. Families must reside in the district to enroll. Items needed for enrollment include:

• Original state-issue birth certificate for the student • Current immunization records for the student • Transcript for students in grades 9-12 or • Most recent report card for students in grades K-8 • Discipline record from previous school, grades 6-12 • Current drivers’ license or state ID for the parent/guardian • Proof of residency For more information, please call 314-9535141 or to complete an enrollment packet, visit us at

Ritenour names new principal at Buder Elementary The Ritenour School District is pleased to an- and emotionally, said Superintendent Dr. Chris nounce the appointment of Jennifer Singleton as Kilbride. principal of Buder Elementary, “Ms. Singleton’s high level of effective July 1. energy and child-centered foSingleton, who has been cus make her a strong leader Buder’s assistant principal since who will continue to raise the 2011, will replace Dr. Terrance bar of excellence for the enPeterson, who was named printire Buder community,” Dr. cipal of Hoech Middle School. Kilbride said. She began her tenure in RitenA lifelong learner, Singleton our 12 years ago as a language is pursuing a doctorate in curarts teacher, a reading specialist riculum and instruction from and Summer Academy director Saint Louis University. She at Hoech. While there, she was earned two master’s degrees selected as a Diamond Circle from Lindenwood University: Teacher. Prior to her positions at Photo courtesy Ritenour School District one in educational administraHoech, she spent three years as Jennifer Singleton has been appointed as prin- tion and another in education an elementary teacher in Puerto cipal of Buder Elementary. with an emphasis in reading. Rico. She earned a bachelor’s in bibSingleton’s dedication to the Buder community lical studies from Lincoln Christian University and thorough knowledge of instruction will help and another in elementary education from Illinois students continue to grow academically, socially State University.

FFSD Board Of Education receives governance team honor

Photo courtesy Ferguson-Florissant School District FFSD Board of Education President Donna Thurman (center) accepts the MSBA 2016 Governance Team Award. With Thurman (from left) are MSBA Immediate Past President Mona Coleman, FFSD BOE Assistant Secretary Courtney Graves, FFSD BOE member Connie Harge, MSBA Executive Director Melissa Randol, and former FFSD BOE member Paul Morris.

The Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education is among 16 Missouri school boards to receive the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s (MSBA) 2016 Governance Team Award. The prestigious award is based on a school board’s outstanding commitment to ongoing professional development in areas such as student achievement, school law and finance, board operations and contemporary issues in education. The award also recognizes the board’s commitment to regional and statewide leadership, and to active participation in legislative advocacy for public schools and the students they serve. In order to receive the Governance Team Award, school boards had to meet the following criteria: • All seven board members have completed the

“Essential” certification from MSBA. • The school district is accredited. • At least two board members have attained the “Advanced” level of certification from MSBA. • At least one board member has attained the “Master’s” level of certification. • At least a quorum of the board and the superintendent attended the 2015 MSBA Annual Conference and a regional meeting during the past year. • A representative attended the 2016 MSBA Legislative Forum. • The district had representative participation in MSBA’s Delegate Assembly. The 2016 Governance Team Award winners were recognized during MSBA’s recently held Leadership Summit at the Lake of the Ozarks. • Community News – St. Louis County • July 6, 2016

New Christian Hospital president marks first day Rick Stevens started his first day as the president of Christian Hospital the same as all new employees – attending the all-day new employee orientation. As president, Stevens is responsible for leading all aspects of Christian Hospital as a provider of critical and quality health care services in north St. Louis County. “I look forward to meeting staff in the coming days and weeks, and to becoming engaged in the North St. Louis County community as presi-

dent of Christian Hospital,” says Stevens. “I’m very excited to be here and I am committed to building on the hospital’s clinical excellence and continuing our mission of helping people enjoy life by improving their health.” Stevens joins Christian Hospital with more than 20 years of health care experience, most recently serving as chief administrative officer at St. Luke’s Hospital and vice president for California Pacific Medical Center, an affiliate Submitted photo of Sutter Health.

Narrow Gauge Brewing Company at Cugino’s hosts a pre-opening event

Photo courtesy city of Florissant Pictured (from left) are head brew master Jeff Hardesty, co-owner Ben Goldkamp, Florissant Mayor Thomas Schneider, councilman Jeff Caputa, councilwoman Jackie Pagano and co-owner Dave Beckham

On June 15 Narrow Gauge Brewing Company at Cugino’s held a pre-opening event to introduce one of its kind brewery in Florissant. The event was attended by over 60 people. Partners and cousins Dave Beckham and Ben Goldkamp opened Cugino’s on May 18, 2004

and have been going strong ever since. Dave and Ben have made this place into a second home for the many relatives that come in daily and the many customers who feel like family to them.

Advertiser Profile: ‘Quantity Time’ – an old-fashioned idea By Russ Patton, owner of Byerly RV We hear so much about quality time. But it’s the quantity of time we really want. As quality usurps quantity there is so little time to enjoy the freedom that makes America the envy of the world. I knew a family that didn’t have a lot of “quantity” measured by money and things. But every summer when Carter Carburetor closed down for three weeks, the family would pack up everything into their Byerly trailer and head out. Over 20 years, they visited Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, the Everglades, Mesa Verde, Mackinaw Island, the Calgary Stampede and more. Campgrounds weren’t like they are now, but the Warrens traveled in relative luxury in their 1954, 16foot, Byerly Mansion. Today we don’t have to rough it. New RVs and Campgrounds make traveling a breeze. But, what an experience! You can’t explain the feeling of the warmth of the sun on the top half of your body while the bottom shivers from the cold of the glacier you are standing on. You can’t understand “improvise” until you build a s’more campfire from nothing more than nitrogen rich

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dried up cow pies! You can’t explain the relativity of comfort until you’ve bathed in a Colorado stream with icicles hanging from the overhanging vegetation. You can’t really “feel” America until you’ve walked the walk, shared the vistas and hit the road. You can see the old original Byerly trailer on display at our lot in Eureka. Check us out at and visit us on Facebook. Byerly, the Center of the RV World.


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Sports you see with Gary B... Rascals looking to turn things around The River City Rascals play professional baseball in the West Division of the Frontier League at the CarShield Field in O’Fallon. The month of June was not very nice to the team as they only won 12 of their 24 games. The All-Star break (July 11-14) will give the team a bit of time to regroup. Several players; however, are producing and are among the leaders in the league in their respected categories. Outfielder Alexi Colon has played 20 games this year and has cracked six home runs. Catcher Mike Jurgella has 19 runs-batted-in during his 30 games behind the plate. Another catcher Josh Ludy is ranked seventh in average hitting at a .350 clip. Rascal’s second baseman Jason Merjano has 44 hits with a .310 average. NEXT HOME GAMES: • July 15, 16 and 17 against the Schaumburg Boomers. All games are at 6:35 p.m. with Sundays at 4:05 p.m. For more info go to * Play to a different beat to the drum

Go to the Dome to see former NFL players play flag football Former St. Louis professional football player Isaac Bruce is organizing one last chance for fans to see some of the great athletes that played hard on the gridiron during their career. Dropping a few teammates that will participate with Bruce from the ‘Greatest Show on Turf ’ include Kurt Warner, Torry Holt, Ricky Proehl, Az Hakim, Mike Jones with Coaches Dick Vermeil and Mike Martz coordinating their team. The event will take play at the Dome in downtown St. Louis on July 23 with kick off at 2 p.m. and gates opening at 12:30. Premium tickets will be available to enter early and get autographs from the squad. Proceeds from the Legends of the Dome event will benefit the Isaac Bruce Foundation that is committed to continuing to make an impact in the St. Louis Community. To see more of the players that will participate, go to the website below. For more information go to * Unique opportunity UMSL alumni team up with the Cardinals The University of Missouri-St. Louis have organized

again a great time to meet former students and professors from the school. If you are an alumnus, you need to be at this party. The game will be on Sept. 9 with first pitch at 7:15 p.m. It may be early to snatch up this opportunity but there will be a limited amount of tickets available. With your purchase you get a private party room to enjoy hotdogs, sodas and a limited edition Cardinal hat with the alumni group. Submitted photo After that, you sit in the stands The limited edition Cardinal in a certain section to enjoy a po- hat that will available at tential victory of the Cards over UMSL alumni night at Busch the Milwaukee Brewers with Stadium. friends or new friends. UMSL will be acknowledged on the field prior to the game. Go to for all the details. Tell them Gary B sent you! * See old friends AND a ballgame Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, has hosted many radio shows from Health to Sports to Baby Boomer news. He was the EMCEE of the River City Rascals and St. Louis Swarm basketball team inaugural seasons and broadcasting for the indoor football teams over a decade. Has been writing sports since 1999 for the paper.

Gary B. will be broadcasting the “STL Health and Wellness LIVE” show every Saturday from 9-11 am on 590 The Fan and © 2015 Seniors Helping Seniors. Each office is independently owned and operated. All trademarks are registered trademarks of Corporate Mutual Resources Inc. Not all services are available in all areas.

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Recipe: Make summertime snacking nutritious, delicious For many, summertime is synonymous with outdoor adventures and on-the-go activities, ranging from biking and hiking to swimming and tennis. Choosing smart snacks that are simple to make, packed with nutrition and taste great can help power you up without slowing you down. “Creating DIY snacks with real foods, like Montmorency tart cherries, nuts and seeds, gives your snacking habits an upgrade. Not only do ingredients like these offer endless variety in flavor and texture; their nutri-

ent density will also make your snacks work harder for you,” said Matthew Kadey, registered dietitian and author of “Rocket Fuel: Power Packed Foods for Sports and Adventure.” Montmorency tart cherries, which are grown in North America, are packed with anthocyanins – natural compounds that provide their ruby-red color, distinctive tart taste and potential health benefits. For those bolstering their exercise regimens this summer, there are added reasons to take a look at tart cherries.

Tart Cherry, Dark Chocolate and Cashew Granola Bars Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Servings: 10 Recipe courtesy of Kristina LaRue of

Studies have shown that Montmorency tart cherry juice may help reduce strength loss and aid recovery after extensive exercise. “Try whipping up a batch of Cherry Mojito Popsicles,” Kadey said. “These cocktail-inspired popsicles are a refreshing way to work both recovery-boosting tart cherry juice and protein-laced Greek yogurt into your post-workout routine.” For more recipes and to find out more about Montmorency tart cherries, visit

Tart Cherry Mojito Pops Prep time: 15 minutes | Freeze time: 6 hours | Servings: 6 | Recipe courtesy of “Rocket Fuel” by Matt Kadey, RD Ingredients: 11/4 cups plain Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons honey 1 lime, zest only 11/4 cups Montmorency tart cherry juice 1 lime, juice only 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves 2 tablespoons light rum (optional) Directions: Stir together yogurt, honey and lime zest. In separate bowl, stir together tart cherry juice, lime juice, mint and rum, if desired. Spoon two alternate layers of yogurt and cherry mixture into each mold. Insert sticks into molds and freeze until solid, about 6 hours. To unmold pops, run mold under warm water for a few seconds, being careful not to thaw pops. Store in freezer for up to 2 months.

Ingredients: 1 cup chopped raw cashews 1/2 cup chopped raw almonds 1/2 cup dried Montmorency tart cherries 1/2 cup puffed rice cereal 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks 1/8 teaspoon sea salt 1 tablespoon whole golden flaxseeds 1/4 cup brown rice syrup 1 tablespoon almond butter

Transfer bar mixture to prepared baking dish. Using extra sheet of parchment paper, press down on mixture to form it to pan, ensuring there are no spaces in mix. Bake 15 minutes; allow bars to cool completely in pan on wire drying rack. Place in fridge or freezer for faster cooling.

Directions: Heat oven to 325 F; line 8-by-8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. In bowl, mix all dry ingredients together. In small bowl, stir together syrup and almond butter until combined and gently fold into nut mixture until completely incorporated.


Remove parchment paper with cooled bars from pan and, using serrated knife, slice into 10 even bars. Remove parchment paper from bottom of each bar. Wrap each bar individually with plastic wrap. Place wrapped bars in airtight container and store on counter for up to 5 days, or in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Crossword Puzzle Theme: Great Poets ACROSS

1. Angry walk 6. Bell and Barker, e.g. 9. Fields and Basinger 13. Donny’s singing sister 14. *T.S. Eliot poem, “____ Wednesday” 15. Loosen laces 16. Glorify 17. *Theodor Geisel, ____ Dr. Seuss 18. Daughter of a sibling 19. *Wordsworth or Shakespeare 21. *He hears America singing 23. Pig’s digs 24. Discharge 25. Exchange for money 28. Grey, of tea fame 30. Like oxen put together 35. Second-hand 37. Saintly glow 39. Theater play 40. Ancient Scandinavian symbol 41. Pinch to save 43. F.B.I. operative 44. Nathaniels, to their friends? 46. Fencing weapon 47. Fail to mention 48. Swell 50. Unforeseen obstacle 52. Pub offering 53. *Cyrano de Bergerac had a big one 55. Cathode-ray tube 57. *Famous Russian poet 61. *”The Canterbury Tales” poet 65. Ernest, to mommy 66. Tarzan’s mom 68. Famous nurse Barton 69. Decorate 70. *____ McKuen, poet and songwriter 71. *”The Waste Land” poet 72. Lubricant 73. ATM extra 74. Slow on the uptake DOWN 1. Eurasian duck 2. It made Danny DeVitto a star 3. Word of mouth 4. Paper plants 5. The smallest, at the clothing store 6. “Howdy, ____!”

7. Pose a question 8. Medieval oboe 9. Make with needles 10. Individual unit 11. Flexible mineral 12. “____ but not heard” 15. Like the States 20. Nursemaids in India 22. Battleship game success 24. Oval 25. *”Auld Lang Syne” poet 26. “Round up the ____ suspects!” 27. Yiddish shrew 29. Garden ____ 31. Jason’s vessel 32. ABBA’s “_____ Mia!” 33. Not your grandmother’s mail 34. *”Divine Comedy” poet 36. Like Mariana Trench

38. Bad luck predictor 42. *”Do I dare to eat a ____?” 45. Like RMS Titanic 49. Person of interest, acr. 51. Honored with presence 54. Chow down voraciously 56. Ballerina’s skirt fabric 57. Ring like a bell 58. Pakistani language 59. Prig or snoot 60. Engage for service 61. Surrender territory 62. Jealous biblical brother 63. *”____ & Psyche” by Robert Bridges 64. Goes with interest 67. *”The Raven” poet See answers on page 13


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Send your event to and we'll print it! Events July 6: Karaoke

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

July 8: Splish Splash Summer Bash

At the annual Splish Splash Summer Bash for Florissant youth, grades 5-8 will enjoy pizza, soda, games and lots more from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Koch Park Aquatics Center. Admission will be by ticket only, $5 for residents, $7 for nonresidents. Tickets may be purchased at JFK Community Center and the James J. Eagan Center. The Child’s 2016/2017 resident cards must be shown to receive the resident rate. For more information call the JFK Center at 921-4250 or the JJE Center at 9214466.

July 8: Chicken fried steak or meatloaf

Chicken fried steak or meatloaf dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-8316121.

July 9: Flea market

Flea market at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Richard at 314-837-7057.

July 9: Breakfast

Breakfast at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 8 to 10 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

July 10: Introduction to bridge

In an effort to promote and expand the game of duplicate bridge in the St. Louis area, the St. Louis Bridge Center is pleased to announce that it is hosting its “Social Meets Duplicate” game at 1 p.m. The game, which will be free of charge to social bridge players, will be preceded by a brief explanation of the peculiarities of duplicate bridge, e.g., bidding boxes, pre-dealt hands, hand records, etc. Afterwards, an American Contract Bridge League sanctioned game will be played with each bridge partnership composed of one social bridge player and one experienced duplicate player. If needed, the Bridge Center will be glad to provide the duplicate player for the partnership. More information and the game schedule can be found at

July 11: Texas hold ‘em

Texas hold ‘em with a $10 buy in and prizes at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois starts at 5 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314831-6121.

July 13: Karaoke

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

July 13: Public meeting

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host a public meeting to discuss the study for the proposed replacement of the Interstate 270 Bridge over the Mississippi River. The public meeting will be held in an open-house format from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Ann MacDonald Center at 11410 Old Halls Ferry Road in Florissant. The public is invited learn about the project

and provide comments. Exhibits will be on display. Staff will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. Representatives from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), a key partner in this study, also will be available. The meeting will be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance should contact Karen Geldert at 618-346-3157.

July 14: Charity golf tournament

United 4 Children announces their Annual charity golf tournament will be held at the Norman K. Probstein golf course in Forest Park at 6141 Lagoon Drive. This important event raises over $50,000 to help children who are atrisk develop and thrive regardless of their fragile environments. Golfers will join us beginning at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start, followed by 18 holes of golf and an awards banquet at the club house. Tickets are $125 per player. Check out to register.

July 15: North County Gala

The 16th Annual North County Gala, an outstanding dress-up event sponsored by the cities of Florissant, Ferguson, Bridgeton, Hazelwood, Maryland Heights and St. Ann, will be held at the James J. Eagan Center from 7 – 10 p.m. featuring the 18-piece band, The Sentimental Journey Dance Band. Outstanding attendance prizes will be raffled, “Dance Angels” will be present, delicious appetizers will be served, and beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase. This year, let’s celebrate our great nation with the theme “Stars & Stripes Forever.” Tickets are $15 for residents and non-residents. Tickets can be purchased in the Senior Office in Florissant City Hall. Call the Senior Office, 314-839-7605, for more information. No ticket sales at the door.

July 15: Pork steak dinner

Pork steak dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

July 16: Flea and farmers market

Florissant Old Town Partners will sponsor the annual Flea and Farmers Market at the Knights of Columbus grounds at 50 St. Francois Street in

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Old Town Florissant from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fifty vendors will be selling produce, antiques, vintage, collectables, furniture and nice household type items. For more information call 314837-0033 or visit

July 17: BBQ lunch

The Overland Historical Society is having a BBQ from 12 – 3 p.m. at the corner of Lackland Rd. and Gass Ave. in Overland. In addition to a great meal, docents will be available for tours of the 1850’s log house and barn. Please call 314-429-0815 for additional information.

July 20: Karaoke

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

July 22: Spaghetti with meatballs or chicken Alfredo dinner

Spaghetti with meatballs or chicken Alfredo dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

July 27: Karaoke

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

July 29: All-you-can-eat chicken dinner

All-you-can-eat chicken dinner, dinein only, at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314831-6121.

Aug. 14: Charity fundraiser

Hatz 4 Hearts will host its Second Annual Charity Fundraiser-supporting cancer patients. This charity fundraiser will be held at Voce located at 212 South Tucker in St. Louis. The partnership continues, Siteman Cancer Center, will be providing mobile screenings on site (in front of Voce). Women who qualify will receive a mammogram at no cost. The Sisters Saving Sisters screening campaign is scheduled to

kick off at 1 to 5 p.m. We are encouraging women to get screened and “be in the know” regarding breast health. This year’s event features on of St. Louis’s own, Dirty Muggs, who will be performing diverse and eclectic music from their set list. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. We are asking the community to donate new hats or headwear for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Tickets for this event are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. You may also find out more information about Hatz 4 Hearts at

Recurring Events Mondays: A cappella singers

Men of Harmony a cappella singers meet at Salem Evangelical Free Church at New Halls Ferry at Pohlman Road at 7 p.m. Not church affiliated. Group is always looking for new members. Call Al at 314-993-6134 for more information.

Tuesdays: Choir rehearsals

The St. Louis Chordinals, a women’s a cappella chorus, rehearse every Tuesday evening from 7 - 9:30 p.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church at 12397 Natural Bridge Rd. in Bridgeton (next to the Bridgeton Government Center). For more information call Linda at 314-839-3495 or visit

Tuesdays: TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly)

From 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. located at John F. Kennedy Center/Henry Koch Ctr., Howdershell Rd. at Charbonier Rd., Florissant. For more info contact Paul or Connie McConnell, 314-831-5476.

Every 4th Tuesday of the month: Fort Bellefontaine Memorial American Legion Post 335 meeting

6:30pm, Fort Bellefontaine Memorial American Legion Post 335, 800 Chambers Road in Bellefontaine Neighbors. Those interested in membership are invited to attend.

Every Tuesday: Bingo Evening at Florissant Elks Lodge #2316 Doors at 4:30pm, games begin at 6pm, Florissant Elks Lodge #2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. For more information, call 314.921.2316. • Community News – St. Louis County • July 6, 2016 Every 1st Wednesday of the Month: Stroke Support Group 3-4pm, Center for Senior Renewal, Detrick Building 1st floor, 11133 Dunn Rd. For more information, contact Jamie Stevens at 314.653.5331.

Thursdays: Women’s chorus meeting

Every Thursday City Voices Chorus, a women’s chorus singing four-part a cappella harmony, meets at Church of the Good Shepherd at 1166 S. Mason Rd. in St. Louis. Members come from the entire bi-state region. Call Marcia at 636-274-0723 for more information or visit

Every Friday: Our Lady of Fatima #4429 Knights of Columbus Bingo

6:45pm, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1216 Teson Rd. in Hazelwood. For more information call 314.731.9330

Every 3rd Friday of the month: Bingo

2pm, Life Care Center of Florissant, 1201 Garden Plaza Dr. For more information, call 314.831.3752.

Last Saturdays: Writers Workshop: 10am - 1:30pm, Baden Liberary, 8448 Church Rd., 314.388.2400

Sundays: Meat shoot

Come and enjoy the meat shoots at American Legion Post 444 located on 17090 Old Jamestown Road between Sinks Rd and Lindbergh starting at noon until dusk every Sunday - rain or shine. Great meat prizes awarded.

Every Sunday: Tours at Old St. Ferdinand Shrine

#1 Rue St. Francois St., Florissant, 1 – 4pm, through October. Donations accepted. Docents needed. 314.921.7582,

Sundays: Jennings Do-Dads meeting

The Jennings Do-Dads hold meetings every third Sunday of the month (except June which is the second Sunday and no meeting in December) at 1 p.m. at Classics Bar & Grill at 11601 West Florissant Avenue. Those interested in membership are invited to attend. For more information visit

Church Tuesdays & Thursdays: Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church GriefShare Support Group Tuesdays from 2 - 4pm and Thursday from 6:30 - 8:30pm, 11645 Benham Rd., 314.741.3737

Health Every Mon. & Tues.: Healthy Meal Replacement (HMR) Program Orientation

Mondays: 6–7pm Tuesdays: Noon– 1pm SSM DePaul Wellness Center. Attend a free orientation to learn: the Five Success Variables needed to lose weight, different diet options available and how important physical activity really is. Please call to register at 1.877.477.6954.

Every Monday-Friday: Evening Front Desk Volunteers Needed

4-7pm, Christian Hospital, 1225 Graham Rd. in Florissant. For more information, please contact Lee Shields at 314.653.5032.

2nd Tuesday of Every Month: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Meeting

Meeting to be held at Sarah Care of Bridgeton Adult Day Center 11977 St. Charles Rock Road, Suite 121-124, Bridgeton, MO 63044. Join our Support Group for Mutual, Emotional Support and Education. You are not alone. For information, contact Deborah Mabrie

at 314-291-5210 or Ferd Fetsch at 314291-3021 Email: dbland@sarahcare. com

SSM.DOCS to register or for more information.

Tuesdays: Alcohol and Drug Information Meeting

Classes available on strength training, nutrition and smoking cessation, 314.344.6177

Christian Hospital Building 2, Suite 401, 6:30 – 8pm, 314.839.3171, free and open to the public.

Every third Tuesday of every month: Grief Support Group sponsored by DePaul Hospital

11:30am-1pm, Bridgeton Trails Library, 3455 McKelvey Rd. For more information, call 314.344.6873.

Wednesdays: STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group 6:30 - 7:30pm, 314.839.3171.

Sundays: Alcoholics Anonymous Group 109

11th floor conference room at Christian Hospital, 10am, 11133 Dunn Road.

Diabetes Basics:

314.344.7024 for info or 314.344.7220 to enroll.

Crisis Nursery:

Committed to preventing child abuse and neglect, the Crisis Nursery provides short-term, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. Care is available year-round and serves families throughout the greater St. Charles region. 24-hour helpline: 314.768.3201. Or 636.947.0600, www.

Center for Senior Renewal:

Day treatment programs for older adults dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, loss and early signs of dementia, 314.653.5123.

Nutrition Education:

SSM DePaul registered dieticians can help you make sure your diet is right for you, 314.344.6157.

Christian Hospital Recovery Center:

Outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults, 314.953.8100.

Volunteers Needed at Christian Hospital: Call 314.653.5032 Nicotine Anonymous

Nicotine Anonymous is a 12 Step Program, free and available to all seeking recovery from nicotine addiction based on principals of AA. Only requirement is a desire to stop using nicotine. Voluntary contributions are accepted. For further info call 314822-2066 or visit

Look Good…Feel Better

SSM Cancer Care at DePaul Health Center, 12303 DePaul Drive. Radiation OncologyBridgeton. Attend a great makeup session sponsored by the American Cancer Society. A licensed cosmetologist teaches a session of scarf tying, shows a parade of hats, and provides each participant with a makeup kit. Light refreshments are served. Info: 314.344.6090.

SilverSneakers Senior Wellness Program at the Maryland Heights Centre

A fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events. A Silver Sneakers membership includes access to the city’s Fitness Centre with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and circuit training. Membership is available at little or no cost through your health plan. To find out if you are eligible, visit or call 314.738.2599.

Smoking Cessation Classes:

Free ongoing 8-week sessions, 866.

SSM DePaul Wellness Center:

Free Mammogram Screenings:

SSM Health Care free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance. Appointments at 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis, 636.947.5617

Speaker’s Bureau:

SSM speakers available for organizations, clubs, community and church groups for up to one hour free of charge, 636.949.7159

Ongoing Support Groups Sundays: Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

6:30 - 8pm, 7401 Delmar Ave. in University City, 314.993.5421.

First and Third Tuesdays: Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 12:30 - 2pm, 320 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.968.3477.

Third Saturdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group At Delmar Gardens North, 4401 Parker Rd., Florissant, 9am, 314.355.1516, Helpline 800.272.3900

Last Saturdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group:

Mother of Good Counsel Home, 6825 Natural Bridge, St. Louis, 10:30am 314.383.4765

Last Tuesdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group

Missouri Veterans Home, 10600 Lewis & Clark, St. Louis, 1pm, 314.340.6389

Wednesdays: Weekly Cancer Survivor’s Support Group

H.W. Koenig Medical Building at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 3 - 4:30pm, free, 636.755.3034

12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Information:

Wednesdays: New Choices NarAnon Family Group at Zion Lutheran Church 12075 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, 7:30 – 9pm,

What’s Happening

Thursdays: Grief Share Support Group

Church of the Nazarene, 1309 N. Elizabeth Ave., Ferguson 6:30 - 8pm,

Mondays & Thursdays: Breathe/ for people with pulmonary disease

Graham Medical Center, 1150 Graham Rd. Suite 104, 11am - 12pm, $30, 314953-6090

Wednesdays: STEPS phrenia Support Group


6:30-7:30pm, 314.839.3171.

Calcium Scoring Heart Scan Program

SSM DePaul Health Center. This program uses advanced (CT) imaging to scan the arteries around the heart and measure or score the amount of calcium present in the plaque deposits. This screening, in combination with other heart disease risk factors (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, etc.) can help determine an overall picture of your current heart health and your risk for developing heart disease. Call 314.344.6030 to learn more about the heart scan program or to schedule an appointment. SSM St. Joseph Health Center & Hospital West Auxiliary Non profit organization assisting the hosp. by holding fund raisering activities, being of service to patients, famiSUDOKU answers from page 11


lies, employees & physicians and acting as good will ambassadors to community. We welcome new member. Call Barb Hutchinson 636.947.5466.

The Barnes St. Peters Hospital Auxiliary is looking for New Members

If you would like to become a member please call 636.916.9664.

Gateway to Hope Program

The Gateway to Hope Program arranges care for individuals diagnosed w/breast cancer who are either uninsured or underinsured and reside in MO. Gateway to Hope serves as a breast cancer lifeline for those who do not qualify for government sponsored programs & are unable to afford treatment. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed w/breast cancer & cannot access treatment call Gateway to Hope at 314.569.1113 or

Every Wednesday Take Pounds Sensibly Group


Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 414 S. Church St., St. Peters. Weigh-ins at 8:30 a.m. Business mtg at 10 a.m. Call 636.397.1727 or 636.272.4995 for more info.

Every Tues. 6:30–8 p.m. Chemical Dependency Mtg. Christian Hospital. 314.839.3171.

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“Swiss Army Man”

By Steve Bryan

The bold making of ‘Swiss Army Man’ Reminiscent of Tom Hanks and his “Castaway” volleyball, the dark comedy “Swiss Army Man” features a young man named Hank (Paul Dano) who also is stranded on a desert island. Instead of athletic equipment, though, Hank finds companionship with Manny, a dead man, played by Danielle Radcliffe. The corpse may not have Harry Potter’s magical abilities but it proves to be a useful survival tool. So how does a film with a fresh and outrageous plot like this get made? When reached by phone, “Swiss Army Man” producer Miranda Bailey said a colleague had been pitching her some pretty standard projects. In her words, she said she wanted to do “something different.” That turned out to be a script by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, who are known simply as the Daniels. “He said ‘I have this one that’s by the guys who directed the video for ‘Turn Down for What.’ So my eyes kind of perked up because I know that video,” Bailey explained. “But it’s this movie where there are two guys and one of them is dead.” Bailey received the script that night and read it. She came into her office and talked with producing partner Amanda Marshall: “I was like ‘Hey, so we are doing this other project, and this is what it is.’ And she is like ‘Are you crazy? What? [The Daniels] have never directed a movie before; they’ve done really, really weird short films. This is not easy.’” Marshall did read the script and got on board with it, so they took a meeting with the Daniels.

“They are meeting with everyone at that point. And everyone at that point is like ‘Yeah, we want to work with these guys,’ but everyone was way too afraid to do that movie. I was like ‘Listen, I’ll do it. We’ll do it. We’ll find financing partners, we’ll help you get a great cast and we’ll make this movie.’ So that’s kind of how it happened,” she said. During production, Bailey said she got Manny to be

more of a tool, a real Swiss Army Man kind of tool. They still had to find the right person to play the useful corpse. “Paul Dano had wanted to work with [the Daniels], so Paul Dano signed on. And then it was all about who would be the next guy, and we knew we would need someone who had some international pull, but also someone was creative and a good physical actor,” Bailey added. “We were in discussions with other actors who wanted to be in the movie, but they didn’t necessarily want to rehearse.” She also points out that to produce a film like “Swiss Army Man” requires a really creative team: “The Daniels already are very, very involved in all of the special effects in everything they do. That’s what they are known for doing; they are known for being very creative with practical and special effects in their music videos. It would be a different scenario if these were directors that were pretty traditional to begin with. It couldn’t have happened.” “Swiss Army Man” currently is playing in local theaters. “Swiss Army Man” photos courtesy of Cold Iron Pictures Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.

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