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Coming to Florissant Civic Center A timeless tale turned Broadway hit, The Secret Garden is coming to the Florissant Civic Center stage. Based on the famous novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden is a beautiful coming of age story filled with wonder and surprise. Mary, an eleven-year-old living in British India, is forced from her home by tragedy. She finds herself in Yorkshire, England, on the estate of her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven. What ensues is a compelling mixture of love, suspense, and rebirth in which the raw power of nature gives way to miracle and magic. The Secret Garden opened on Broadway in 1991 and won over audiences, claiming three Tony and three Drama Desk Awards. It was written by Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist and playwright Marsha Norman, whose dialogue and lyrics have been featured in musicals such as The Color Purple and The Red Shoes. Norman’s words are complimented by the intricate and beautiful score written by well-known composer Lucy Simon. The music and lyrics combine to create one of the most powerful theatrical experiences

of all time. Director Stephanie Merritt says, “The music is both beautiful and challenging. Vocally, the show demands range and difficult harmonies. In some cases, the ensemble is divided into as many as nine vocal parts. The payoff for all of that hard work is music that connects in a deeply emotional way.” Nate Jackson is the show’s musical director. The message of The Secret Garden is ultimately one of hope. Even in the coldest winters of our lives, we are still “wick”— alive, if dormant —and with a little care from our loved ones, the spirit of life will re-emerge and blossom. The talented local cast includes the following: Mary Lennox is Lauren Berkowitz; Archibald Craven is Tim Callahan; Ben Weatherstaff is John Robertson; Dickon Sowerby is Danny Grumich; Colin Craven is Casey Mead, and Martha Sowerby is Courtney Labelle Jackson. “The Secret Garden is very professional quality at a very affordable price,” says Director Stephanie Merritt. “The music is beautiful, and although our actors and musicians are all volunteers, they are experienced performers and many

have studied music and theater. Many have performed with professional theater and opera companies, and several have received “best performance” awards and nominations for their work. I know See THE SECRET GARDEN page 2

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your guide to good news and events like the City of Florissant’s Baseball Playoffs the latest business happenings in North County like Hazelwood’s city manager’s retirement

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THE SECRET GARDEN from cover the audience will be very impressed with the quality of the performances.” In fact, Stephanie says she has been inspired by her cast members. “The actors have really delved into their characters. They’ve worked hard to make each moment real and each behavior something that the character would do. This gives them incredible instincts about how their characters would react to a situation. Sometimes even their mistakes turn out to be happy accidents—mistakes that worked so well that I decided to keep them and make them part of the show!” The Secret Garden is produced by the Hawthorne Players and opens at the James J. Eagan, Florissant Civic Center Theatre on Friday, August 2 and runs through Sunday, August 11 (Friday and Saturday performance at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. To make reservations call the theater box office at 314.921.5678. Hawthorne Players were recently awarded the Best Performance Award for a Small Ensemble Musical from St. Louis Arts for Life for last season’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company.

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Mayor Thomas P. Schneider announces that he is taking a serious approach to controlling mosquitoes this year. The City of Florissant has increased its efforts in fogging for mosquitoes. We will be running our foggers all week, Monday thru Friday, throughout the season … weather permitting. However, we ask that all residents help us in our efforts to keep down the breeding cycle of mosquitoes by following these important tips: • Remove items that may hold standing water or

drain water • Fill or drain any low places in yard. • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed to discourage adult mosquitoes from hiding. • Empty plastic wading pools once a week, store inside when not in use. • Maintain backyard pools and have them cared for while on vacation. • Wear repellants (read all instructions carefully). • Residents are our best defense against biting mosquitoes and spread of disease. • Other suggestions: Many products are available to purchase at local hardware stores to use in and around your yards. Thank you in advance for your assistance. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Florissant Health Department at 314.839.7654.


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American Red Cross Offers Discount on Babysitter Courses The American Red Cross is offering a 20 percent discount through the end of this month on babysitter courses for August. The course gives teens and young adults an opportunity to learn the ropes of babysitting and inch a bit closer to financial independence. • Saturday, August 3: Babysitter’s Training, ID #: 02201607. 8:30am-4:30pm (1days). St Charles County Service Center, St Peters, MO. Cost: $85. • Saturday, August 31: Babysitter’s Training, ID #: 02201620. 8:30am-4:30pm (1days). St Louis Area Chapter, Saint Louis, MO. Cost: $85. To receive the discount, register using coupon code INDY200913 (case sensitive) when registering online at redcross.org/takeaclass or by calling 800.REDCROSS. The Babysitter’s Training course will give youths, 11-15 years old, the skills and confidence to become better babysitters. They will learn how to safely and responsibly care for children and infants, and handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents. Caregiving skills take prospective young sitters from feeding to diapering and playtime to bedtime routines. Participants also develop leadership, decision making and problem solving skills and learn how get started in their own babysitting business. Take-home tools include a compact emergency reference guide, a CD-ROM featuring games, songs, and recipes, and a babysitting client organizer. All courses are subject to cancellation without notification. Advance registration is required.

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St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project For the third year in a row, St. Louis Community College is teaming with Better Family Life Inc. to offer St. Louisans with misdemeanor warrants an opportunity to move past these issues through the 2013 St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project. The Amnesty Project was established in 2002 as a one-day event to help citizens clear their records of outstanding traffic-related warrants. The program has expanded to include all misdemeanor warrants, and this year, for the first time, outstanding child support cases. However, the child support warrant relief hours will take place only at the Better Family Life Cultural Business and Education Center. The program at STLCC will be conducted over three days, and allow individuals to resolve outstanding warrants with more than 33 city and county municipalities at three campuses from 7am - 7pm: • Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Student Center at the Meramec campus, 11333 Big Bend Road. • Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the gymnasium at the Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road. • Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts at the Forest Park campus, 5600 Oakland Ave. The Amnesty Project provides participants the

chance to resolve situations that may be preventing them from getting or keeping a job or moving ahead in their lives and thus, build more productive futures for themselves and their families. Participants will be assessed a $10 processing fee to cover all warrant vouchers. STLCC representatives also will be on hand to discuss educational opportunities available to participants. The Amnesty Project is part of Better Family Life’s annual Family Week. Their goal is “Back to the Basics – Faith, Family and Neighborhood.” The Child Support Warrant Relief program will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17; Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Saturday, Aug. 31, from 7am - 7pm at Better Family Life Cultural Business and Education Center, 5415 Page Blvd. For more information, visit www.betterfamilylife.org or call 314.381.8200.

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Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, As a retired educator and passionate local volunteer, I understand the importance of schools to the communities they serve. Strong schools mean strong communities. That is why I strongly support Prop A and serve as Co-Chair of Ferguson-Florissant School District’s Tax Levy Campaign, an initiative that will be on the August 6th ballot. The district, just like the rest of us, was hit hard by the greatest recession since the great depression of the 1920’s and 30’s. Cuts in state funding and lower property tax revenue caused by falling home values combined to reduce the income available to the District. Before asking voters to approve a tax rate increase, the district tightened its own financial belt. It cut $5 million from the 2013-2014 budget without laying off a single employee. If approved, Prop A Tax Levy will be used to support programs, an adequate level of teachers and staff in order to maintain student achievement.

Ferguson-Florissant has a history of careful money management. But without additional revenue, the district can no longer retain the programs and teachers necessary to insure that students continue to receive the education they need and deserve. Ultimately, it is a matter of a concern for students and their future. Ferguson-Florissant remains fully accredited by the state of Missouri, and we want to keep it that way. Keeping Ferguson-Florissant strong is critical to our children, to our property values and to the economic viability of the communities the district serves. Sincerely, Dr. Rance Thomas Rance Thomas, Ph.D. is an educator, a retired professor emeritus from Lewis and Clark Community College. He also is the co-founder and president of North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU) and has served and continues to serve on the board of numerous civic organizations including a Catholic High School Advisory Board.

PETA is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for fatally burning a dog who was chained to the gate of a house in north St. Louis on July 10. Animal abusers are bullies and cowards. Many are repeat offenders, and they often take their issues out on members of all species—including humans. The FBI has found that a history of cruelty to animals regularly appears in its records of serial rapists and murderers, and it uses reports of cruelty to animals when gauging the threat potential of suspected and known criminals. The American Psychiatric Association identifies cruelty to animals as one of the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorders. It’s vital that animal abusers receive intervention—including counseling and a ban on contact with animals—to prevent their violence from continuing. To give information, contact Martin Mersereau, Director Emergency Response Team, Cruelty Investigations Department, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510, 757.962.8232. This case is also a reminder of why animals should never be left outdoors unattended. Please, protect animals by allowing them outdoors only under constant supervision and always notifying authorities immediately if you witness or suspect cruelty. For more information, visit PETA.org.

Craft Alliance Debuts the Wonders of Paper with New Exhibit, Paper Trails The latest exhibit at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport features the wonder of Paper brought to you by Craft Alliance. Paper Trails is currently open at The Meeting Place Gallery in Lambert’s Terminal 1 Bag Claim. The exhibition, which runs through October 21, features the work of six nationally known artists who create sculptures out of hand-made paper. The exhibit is part of Lambert’s Art and Culture Program which is supported by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. Paper has become a ubiquitous part of everyday life, a utilitarian object taken for granted. The artists in Paper Trails, however, alter common perceptions of paper by using innovative papermaking

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techniques to communicate their ideas in unique and challenging ways. The regional artists in this exhibition are Jennifer Baker, Joan Hall, Tom Lang, Marie McInerney, Megan Singleton, and Jo Stealey. Megan Singleton and Joan Hall both create works that utilize forms from plant and sea life. Their art makes social and political statements about how we treat our environment, touching on the fragility of our planet and raising our social consciousness. Jo Stealey and Jennifer Baker approach their artwork as a narrative, making the viewer stop and investigate further. They also recall the natural world through the forms and shapes of their pieces. Marie McInerney and Tom Lang find inspiration and direction for their work from the rhythms of everyday life. Aware that life presents challenges and obstacles, they create work that challenges the viewer to respond. Paper Trails leads us down a path of delight and discovery. In a world full of computer technology, paper continues to transform and impact everyday lives, and to be a major source of communication and expression. The Meeting Place Gallery at Terminal 1 Bag Claim is located at the passenger pick-up waiting area at the C Concourse exit, across from the Black www.rickniblettphotography.com American in Flight mural, east of Bag claim 1. Accessible to non-ticketed visitors.

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Baseball Playoffs Mayor Thomas P. Schneider is pleased to announce that the City of Florissant and the North County CYC District hosted the 2013 Archdiocese City/County Youth Baseball Playoffs that began on Saturday, July 20 and concluded with the 11th/12th grade championship game on Sunday, July 28. All games were played at both Koch Park and St. Ferdinand Park. Participants that played range from 5th grade through 12th grade. The North County CYC District parishes that organized this event were St. Ferdinand, Sacred Heart, St. Rose-Philippine Duchesne, St. Sabina, St. Angela Merici, St. Norbert, St. Martin de Porres, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and St. Ann- Normandy. A special thank you to Rick Moehlenkamp, chairman of the North County CYC District, Paul Bober, vice chairman, Rick Ulrich, past chairman and all of the North County CYC District Parishes that have volunteered their time to help with the set-up/ cleanup, registration of players, scorekeeping and field set-up before and after the games. Baseball is alive and well in Florissant. In addition to CYC, we also host American Legion Baseball and an Adult League at Koch Park field #1.

Riverpalooza 2013 August 03, 2 – 8pm At Yacht Club of St. Louis, 205 Lake Village Drive, Saint Charles. Admission: Free. More info at 314731-3795.Don’t miss this free RIVERPALOOZA 2013. Celebrate the boating lifestyle on the Mississippi River with live music, food and drink specials, and a free raffle with awesome prizes. Get a team together and participate in our River RaftUp Contest. Tie your boats together on the river in front of the Yacht Club and whichever team has the most boats in their gauntlet at 6pm wins the grand prize. Hitch a ride to shore on our courtesy shuttle and receive a complimentary welcome cocktail. Don’t have a boat? Come by land and enjoy a great party on the shores of the Mississippi.

Charles. More info at 636.669.3000, www.stcharlesconventioncenter. com. The St. Louis Gift Show is one of the oldest wholesale order writing and Cash N Carry shows in the country. Buyers from around the United States can browse over 100 exhibitor booths offering thousands of products from around the world. Festival of the Little Hills August 16-18, 4 – 10pm Friday, 9:30am – 10pm Saturday, 9:30am – 5pm Sunday At Frontier Park and Main Street. More info at www.festivalofthelittlehills.com. The largest festival of the year, activities include over 300 craft booths, with some demonstrations by crafts people and artisans. Also includes numerous food and

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St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundations Helps Protect At-Risk Children Saint Louis Crisis Nursery proudly announced today that St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation donated $5,000 to support the agency’s child abuse prevention programs. The funding will be utilized for Crisis Nursery’s SOS For Kids program, which provides emergency care to children whose families are living in poverty. The SOS for Kids program not only provides immediate access to safe care, but also assesses all children at-risk and targets further services for those that struggle with: • Unresolved trauma due to violence or abuse (witnessing violence in home) • Diagnosis of ADHD, ODD or PDD • Developmentally/educationally delayed • Challenging behaviors (disruption of activities, clinging or compulsively seeking affection and attention), aggressiveness, uncooperativeness, over-sexualized behaviors, bedwetting • Destructive or antisocial behavior (being

beverages booths along with live music and other entertainment and Kids Corner. Music on Main August 21, 5 - 7:30pm At 100 N. Main St., Saint Charles. Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month (May-September) from 5 7:30pm in the 100-200 blocks of N. Main St. Bring your lawn chairs to this free outdoor concert. Food and drink available to purchase. Music this month by Miss Jubilee. Recycled Kids Consignment Sale August 21-25 At St. Charles Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles. More info at 636.669.3000, www.stcharlescon-

constantly withdrawn and sad) • Poor relationships with peers (easily bullied or bullying other children) • Lack of self-confidence • Inability to react with emotion or develop an emotional bond with others Saint Louis Crisis Nursery is an independent not-for-profit agency that provides a shortterm, safe haven for more than 7,000 children a year, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. The Crisis Nursery provides care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at five nursery sites, serving families throughout the greater St. Louis, St. Charles, Southern Illinois and surrounding regions. The Crisis Nursery also provides ongoing outreach, support and follow-up care to families. Parents in need of support can call Crisis Nursery’s helplines at 314.768.3201 or 636.947.0600.

ventioncenter.com. Recycled Kids is the original St. Charles County / St. Louis Metro area children’s consignment sale. Starting out in the basement of an O’Fallon home more than 14 years ago, Recycled Kids has grown to become the premier consignment sale in the area, offering the greatest selection of top quality, gently used, children’s clothing, toys and equipment. Race for the Rivers & Festival August 24, 11am - 5pm At Historic Frontier Park. Info at www.racefortherivers.org/thefestival.php. Be on hand at Frontier Park when the paddlers arrive Saturday afternoon for the Race for the Rivers Festival. All are

welcome to come out and enjoy live music, great food and familyfriendly, hands-on environmental educational displays and activities—including a custom canoe and kayak show. The festival serves as the perfect place to keep tabs on the leader boards as you mingle among the racers and peruse outdoor gear from local vendors; not to mention, it’s a prime spot to watch the racers cross the flying finish line at day’s end. Want to get involved? Have more time than money? VOLUNTEER! The Race for the Rivers Festival needs you. Contact info@racefortherivers.org.

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Lewis & Clark Fife & Drum Corps August 3, Noon - 1pm Come watch the corps march and play on Main Street at 230 S. Main St., Saint Charles. For info call 314.601.4758 or go to www.lewisandclarkfifeanddrum.com.

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NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in Their Thirties The 2013 NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties campaign will recognize leaders who are making a significant positive impact on North County through their profession and/or community involvement and are in their thirties. The 30 leaders chosen will be honored at the NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties reception and luncheon. The public is invited to attend this event on Friday, September 27 at Norwood Hills Country Club at 11:30am. Reservations are required; the cost is $40 per person. If a company is interested in sponsoring this event and supporting North County’s young leaders, sponsorship packages are available. To make a nomination, reservations, or sponsor this event contact the NCI office at 314.895.6241 or go to www.NorthStLouisCounty.com for more information.

2013 Scholarship Bowl The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 2013 Scholarship Bowl on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 6 - 9pm, at AMF Dick Weber Lanes, 4575 Washington St. in Florissant. The proceeds from the Scholarship Bowl fund the Chamber’s scholarship program which annually awards scholarships to area high school seniors. The following students each received a $1,000 scholarship in 2013: Lauralyn Rosenberger, Hazelwood West High School; Haley Schuster, Hazelwood West High School; Monica Wilson, Incarnate Word Academy; Desoto Dickson Jr., Trinity Catholic High School; and Melanie Ann Moore, Hazelwood West High School. Strike Sponsors to date are Emerson Family YMCA, Hazelwood School District, Incarnate Word Academy, ITS Computers, Life Care Center of Florissant, Neighbors Credit Union, Pulaski Bank, SSM DePaul Health Center, Stygar Florissant Chapel and Cremation Service, and The Lipton Group. Lane Sponsors are Catering To You Banquet Center, Christian Hospital, City of Florissant, Attorney JoAnn Donovan, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Northwest HealthCare, St. Catherine Retirement Community, Trinity Catholic High School, Village North Retirement Community & Health Center and White Auto Body, Inc. Frame Sponsors are Ferguson-Florissant School District and Lutheran Senior Services at Hidden Lake; and Pizza Sponsor is McClain Chiropractic Health & Injury. The cost for individual bowlers is $25 per person, which includes three games, shoes, two drink tickets and pizza. A team of six bowlers is $150. For more information on sponsorships or to register to bowl, call the Chamber office at 314.831.3500 or visit www.greaternorthcountychamber.com

Hazelwood City Manager Retires After 34 Years of Service to Community After running the day-to-day operations for 34 years, Hazelwood’s City Manager Edwin G. Carlstrom has announced his retirement and will be stepping down from his position on Friday, July 26. Carlstrom has worked with several City Councils, mayors, and department heads over the past three decades, giving him the distinction of currently being the longest tenured city manager in the state of Missouri. The Hazelwood City Council honored him recently for his 34 years of dedicated service to the community by presenting him with a special proclamation declaring Friday, July 26, as “Edwin G. Carlstrom Day” in the city. Carlstrom was also given the privilege of starting the City’s Fourth of July fireworks display this year. Under his leadership, the City of Hazelwood has not only tripled in size from fivesquare miles to 16 square- miles, but also the population has doubled to more than 25,703. In addition, Hazelwood’s assessed valuation has grown from $60 million to $548 million, ranking the community as the 12th largest in comparison to the other 92 municipalities in St. Louis County. As City Manager for Hazelwood since 1979, Carlstrom has proven himself to be an effective leader with substantial expertise in the areas of general administration, economic development, intergovernmental relations, land-use planning, budgeting and infrastructure planning and improvements. “Over the many years I’ve known Ed Carlstrom, while serving on the City Council and as the Mayor of Hazelwood, he has demonstrated his skills as a consummate government official with a strong commitment to public service,” Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson said. “The city and our residents have always ranked as top priorities in his efforts to make our community a better place to live, work, and play.” Some of Carlstrom’s noteworthy accomplishments include the following: • Proposed a multi-year Capital Improvement Plan, which included building a new City Hall/ Police Station Complex, a new Civic Center East, Fire Station, and Maintenance Facility in order to accommodate the City’s growth in population.

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• Added a $5.7 million, state-of-the-art water park facility, known as White Birch Bay Aquatic Center, next to the Hazelwood Community Center in White Birch Park. Also, installed and upgraded Musick Park Sprayground which features a multi-colored lighting system that makes it safe for children to play in the water. • Used critical economic development tools to bring key investment and growth to Hazelwood. Created a thriving business-friendly environment that has sustained more than 1,000 businesses, including 12 Fortune 500 companies, six Fortune 1,000 companies and 10 corporate headquarters. • Spearheaded efforts to bring one of Missouri’s largest outlet, value retail shopping and entertainment destinations, valued at $300 million, known as the St. Louis Outlet Mall (formerly St. Louis Mills) to Hazelwood which opened in November 2003. Implemented TIF, TDD, CID, as well as negotiated fire service and community policing. • Retail corridor enhancement partnering with a neighboring community and securing a $2.8 million federal grant. Construction began in Fall of 2003. • Faciliated Enterprise Zone Designation by partnering with six other local governments, which was approved by Missouri legislators in September 2003. • Successfully passed a $15 million street bond issue in 2004 by a 64-percent margin. • Construction started in 2004 to redevelop 220 acres for advanced technology businesses, utilizing Chapter 353. • Offered economic incentives for IBM to locate a $70 million computer server farm to Hazelwood. • Successfully attracted new aerospace and biotechnolgy firms to the community. • North County Incorporated presented him with its 2010 Public Service Award. In May 1974, Carlstrom received his Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in the Urban Administration Program. Prior to accepting his Hazelwood position, he served as the executive director of the Southwest Nebraska Council of Governments, which represented 24 local units in a six-county area, and later became the city manager of Marceline, Mo. Looking back over his 40-year career, Carlstrom says the most difficult time as a city manager and for Hazelwood itself was when the Ford plant closed in 2008. “Thousands of people lost their jobs, many of whom lived in the Hazelwood area. I just felt it was my responsibility, as a local government official, to help provide greater employment opportunities for those in North County and other parts of the St. Louis area,” Carlstrom said. “The City Council, mayor and myself also faced some difficult decisions on how to replace the tax revenue stream we lost from Ford in order to keep our city financially solvent.” Carlstrom’s retirement plans include spending more time with his grandchildren and start playing music again. He also likes to golf, hunt, and fish.


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School Resource Officer Bill Signed into Law Missouri schools will have an option to create an even safer environment for young people thanks to legislation signed into law Thursday. Sponsored by state Rep. Sheila Solon, HB 152 allows school districts to authorize and commission school resource officers. Solon said the Blue Springs School District, which currently is participating in a trial program, has benefited immensely from having trained law enforcement who can appropriately handle any criminal activities that may occur on school premises, at school activities, and on school buses. Now, with the signing of HB 152, all Missouri school districts will have the opportunity to benefit from having trained peace officers on premises. Under the bill, school officers may conduct

any justified stop on school property and enforce any local violation that occurs on school grounds. They also have the authority to stop, detain, and arrest for crimes committed on school property, at school activities, and on school buses. The bill also contains a provision that requires the Missouri State Training Center for the D.A.R.E. Program to develop the curriculum and certification requirements for school resource officers. The training must include operations within an educational environment, intruder training and planning, juvenile law, and any other relevant topics. With the governor’s signature, the bill is now set to become law on August 28 of this year.

STLCC to Participate in Missouri Completion Academy St. Louis Community College has been selected to participate in the Missouri Completion Academy September 10-11 in St. Louis. The academy is designed to provide institutions and their leaders with strategic planning support as they work toward large-scale, highimpact strategies to improve completion rates on their respective campuses. Activities will focus on internal planning and provide opportunities to share best practices in such areas as reducing time to degree, tackling developmental education and implementing flexible strategies for ensuring student success. The academy is supported in part by funding from Complete College America and organized by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Russell noted that STLCC was chosen based on a proposal that reflected extensive use of data to inform policy decision, as well as its focus on policies and procedures to improve degree and

certificate attainment. Other academy participants will be East Central College, Jefferson College, Harris-Stowe State University, Linn State Technical College, Southeast Missouri State University, Moberly Area Community College, Northwest Missouri State University and Metropolitan Community College. Complete College America is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to work with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or colleges degrees, and to close the gaps in college attainment for low-income and underrepresented minority populations. Complete College America is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Lumina Foundation for Education.

Trinity Rolls Out 1to1 iPad Mini Initiative

Trinity Catholic High School is one step closer to completing the roll out of its 1to1 iPad Mini Initiative as the devices were distributed to the students July 9 - 11. Each student and at least one parent were required to attend a distribution/orientation session that lasted about 45 minutes. The session featured a presentation by Trinity’s Technology Coordinator Dan Reardon and then the distribution of the devices to the students. The final phase of the roll out will take place in August when all Trinity students will be using an iPad Mini in the classroom and the shift in education at Trinity will continue to evolve. Throughout its first decade, Trinity was dedicated to remaining state of the art in technology and that commitment will not change as the school begins its second decade with the 2013-2014 school year. www.stcharlesc onventioncente r.com/kidsblo ckparty

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Student Uses Training He Learned at School to Help Save a Life When Travorus Barnes, a sophomore at Hazelwood Central High School, took a lifeguard training class at HCHS, he did not expect to ever have to use the skills he learned to help save a life. While swimming with friends at a local swimming pool recently, Barnes pulled a man out of the water after he had been knocked unconscious attempting to dive into the pool. Barnes said he was swimming when someone alerted people at the pool that a person was at the bottom of the pool. “I got out of the pool and went to the other side to see what was going on,” said Barnes. “I saw him at the bottom of the pool and instinct just kicked in. I jumped in to get him.” Barnes said the lifeguard training class taught him to stay calm and not to panic. “I learned in class the most important thing is to stay calm. I also learned that when you are pulling a person out of water, you have to keep their head above the water. That’s all I was thinking about. I just wanted to make sure I kept his head above the water,” said Barnes. Barnes said after he pulled the man out of the pool, other people came to his aid and began to perform CPR until paramedics could arrive. “I’m happy he didn’t die and I was in the right place at the right time,” he said. “God was there. Everyone was pretty scared, but I knew what to do and I was able to do what I needed to do to be helpful. If something like that had happened to me, I would hope someone would do the same for me. “Everyone there was telling me I did a good job. It made me feel like I was a hero. I was surprised that I wasn’t scared while it was happening. But, I was nervous because I wasn’t sure if he was playing around and would try to push me away when I got to him. My mom was very proud of me. She said she was thankful I had taken the class.” He said when he was taking the class he knew he was learning important information, but never expected to have to use the skills he learned. “I knew I was learning important skills, but you always hope you don’t have to use them. You don’t think you actually will; that kind of stuff happens to other people. I was glad I was able to use what I learned and be successful,” he said. Barnes offered the following advice: “If you have the opportunity to help someone, take it. Don’t be afraid to do the right thing. And most importantly, stay calm.”

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Bohjalian’s New Novel Has it All Art, history, romance, and murder intersect in A Light in the Ruins, by a gifted storyteller: Chris Bohjalian. A plethora of novels precedes Bohjalian’s newest—must-reads that include Midwives, and page-tuners like The Double Bind, Secrets of Eden, Skeletons at the Feast and, most recently, The Sandcastle Girls. A Light in the Ruins has intriguing dual narratives set in Tuscany during World War II and in the same locale a decade later. The book opens in 1955 with a bloodthirsty murder. The victim, Francesca Rosati, is the daughter-in-law of an aristocratic family who lived in a hillside villa during the war. It was an estate with a prized Etruscan tomb of great interest to the Germans, who wished to pilfer the tomb’s treasures, and later committed atrocities there. Serafina Bettini, the detective assigned to the Rosati slaying, well remembers the war. An Italian partisan, she nearly lost her life resisting the Germans. Her body bears the unsightly scars of the burns that nearly killed her. Initially the detective is baffled by Francesca’s grisly murder, but when another Rosati woman has her heart carved from her body, Seraphina thinks the crimes might be linked to someone who knew the Rosatis during the war. In those years, the head of the family, the Marchese, a nobleman, did what he had to do to protect his land and family, sometimes cooperating with the Germans more than his countrymen thought necessary. When the Marcheses’ 18-year-old daughter Cristina falls in love with a German soldier her father is powerless to end the love affair. As the Allies invade Italy, the noose around the neck of the Nazis tightens, and the once affluent Rosatis become prisoners in their own home. As the narrative shifts back and forth in time, the murderer methodically prepares to do away with another Rosati. He speaks to readers in a chilling voice, ramping up the tension as cars careens off Tuscan roads and a body lays inert in a tomb that once offered shelter to injured partisans. A gifted storyteller, Bohjalian provides his fans with yet another engaging book—one with broad appeal and a murder mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the end. Reprinted with permission. Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2013.

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While moms want to make sure their kids eat a healthier lunch at school, it’s not always easy packing lunches that are good for them. Food and lifestyle expert Evette Rios has five easy tips to help families pack a healthier lunch, and turn a good lunchbox into a great lunchbox: 1. Subtract the fat. Remove unnecessary fat with fat-free deli meats – your kids won’t know the difference. 2. Avoid temptation with snacks. Children who eat a poor Photo courtesy of Getty Images quality breakfast or lunch may give Give them a choice and involve them, but guide in to temptation, so offer healthier snacks like nuts and dried fruit, or sneak 20 per- their choices. Let them cruise the produce aisle cent of your kid’s daily fiber into the lunchbox and pick out the fruit they want to eat. Show your by packing a Nature Valley granola bar or Fiber children how to cut veggies into bite-sized pieces that they can dip into a favorite sauce. Also, have One bar. 3. It’s not juice if it’s not 100 percent. If you them make trail mix with low-salt nuts and dried are going to serve juice make sure its 100 percent fruits, and portion it into single serving bags. When shopping for healthier ingredients to fruit juice. 4. Don’t be afraid to give them a sweet treat. feed your family, Rios recommends looking Instead of a candy bar or cookies, try packing for the Great for You seal on Walmart produce Go-GURT® Portable Lowfat Yogurt. With a fun available in stores now and on select Great Value tube and smooth, creamy texture, these treats are and Marketside products beginning this fall. “As specially made to freeze and thaw by lunchtime. part of their healthier food initiative, Walmart 5. If kids help select it or cook it, they'll eat it. is making it easier than ever to make healthier food choices. This seal lets you instantly identify food options that are both great for you and affordable,” said Rios. Get more ideas for great school lunches at www.walmart. com. You can also download the free Walmart mobile app that lets you create grocery lists and get coupons at www.walmart. com/mobile.


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Movie

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By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG-13

It’s ironic that in a summer overflowing with big-budget blockbusters and bombs, The Way Way Back has emerged as a “must see” film. Reminiscent of those classic movies from the 1980’s, this coming-of-age story resonates well with audiences of all ages and genders. Young Liam James shines here as Duncan, a 14-year-old whose world has been turned upside-down. His divorced mom (Toni Collette) married Trent (Steve Carell), a man who thinks he can bully Duncan into becoming a man. This young man simply wants to stay with his The Way Way Back photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures real dad, but that seems unlikely at special in him. this point. Putting himself in Oscar contention, Sam Rockwell Stuck at Trent’s house on the beach for the summer, steals the show as Owen, the man-child who is stuck Duncan deals with his loneliness as best he can, but in the 1980’s. His life revolves around the summer finds a true mentor in Owen (Sam Rockwell). The months and his water park, but he is in danger of losowner of the local ing the one person that he really water park, Owen loves, Caitlyn (Maya Rudolph). Who needs giant robots or turns into the faRockwell tends to play boisterther figure that masked riders when there is a ous characters, but neither his biologihis Owen real heart film like this in theaters? cal dad nor Trent and soul. could ever hope to Allison Janney is be. Owen helps his young protégé break out of his shell absolutely hilarious, though, as Susanna’s and teaches him how to have fun. single mom Betty. Delivering a steady Funny and heartbreaking, The Way Way Back is a stream of one-liners, Betty is man-hunreal charmer. Newcomer Liam James captures the angry and looking for anything male that’s guish and anxiety of the teen years beautifully in the breathing and has a pulse. Janney tends to lead role. While ignoring his step-father, Duncan has play rigid, authoritarian types, but by leta sweet summertime romance with Susanna (Annating her hair down, she turns in an awardSophia Robb), the girl-next-door who sees something worthy performance.

Steve Carell also deserves mention for turning in a performance with real edge. His character on TV’s “The Office” is a fumbling authoritarian, but the role he plays in The Way Way Back is far more menacing. It’s a character that shows what the actor can really do. A film that should not be missed, The Way Way Back boasts a great cast and solid performances from all the leads. Who needs giant robots or masked riders when there is a film like this in theaters? The Way Way Back, rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual material, and brief drug material, currently is playing in theaters. 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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Gary Baute National Hockey League Stanley Cup in St. Peters July 31 Brandon Bollig is 2005 graduate of Francis Howell North High School and was a part of the NHL champion team Chicago Blackhawks. The NHL lets each member of the winning team get custody of the cup for one day and Bollig was gracious enough to share it at the Rec-Plex complex. He played at the complex as a young hockey stud and is the first St. Louis area native to be on a Stanley Cup winner. It will only be there for ONE day: Wednesday, July 31. To get the time of the display go to www.stpetersmo.net *Super cool Where Are These Rascals’ Players Today The River City Rascals, your professional baseball team from O’Fallon, have had many players wear the uniform since their inaugural season of 1999. Several have gone to the BIG SHOW. Here is a list of some of the ‘boys of the summer’ The following is a list of River City Rascals part of the Frontier League Alumni in Affiliated Baseball. Major League Baseball Joe Thatcher – River City 2004-05 – San Diego Padres (National League) AAA Josh Kinney – River City 2001 – Tacoma, Pacific Coast League (Mariners) Justin Christian – River City 2003-04 – Memphis, Pacific Coast League (Cardinals) AA Gary Moran – River City 2010-11 – Mississippi, Southern League (Braves) Keenan Wiley – River City 2010 – Mississippi, Southern League (Braves) A Brandon Cunniff – River City 2011-12 – Lynchburg, Carolina League (Braves) Steven Evans – River City 2013 – Kannapolis, South Atlantic League (White Sox) Alex Smith – River City 2012 – Tampa, Florida State League (Yankees) ROOKIE LEAGUE David Haselden – River City 2012 – Bristol, Appalachian League (White Sox) Kinney and Christian have both played in the majors but are AAA at this point. *Remember them when St. Charles Chill Hockey Squad Signs Three Local Players The St. Charles Chill professional hockey club of the Central Hockey League (CHL) club has signed the first three players in team history. Forwards Jordan Fox and Kyle Kraemer as well as defen-

seman Tony DeHart will be on the team for the inaugural season. “We are extremely excited to add three players of this caliber to our team,” said Chill head coach and general manager Jamie Rivers (pictured with me). “The fact that all three players are from this area is a testament to the quality of hockey being played in and around St. Charles.” Fox, 28, is entering his eighth professional season having played the last two seasons for the Nottingham Panthers in England. The Kirkwood, MO native is a 5-foot-10, 195-pound center who has played in 424 games professionally. Kraemer, 28, enters his fourth season professionally and is from St. Louis. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound forward had played four seasons at Northeastern University prior to turning professional. DeHart, 23, is a fifth-round draft pick (125th overall) of the New York Islanders from the 2010 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft and is a 6-foot-2, 202-pound defenseman. *Put that ice down at the Family Arena Watch The Rams In Training Camp For FREE Make sure you look for me, Gary B, and say ‘Hi’ at the next Rams event. I will be in my Ram’s camouflage shirt working with the Security group again this year. Bring your camera and take a picture with me, and I will put it on this page! I’ll be ready to take a picture with you on any of these days: Wednesday, July 31 at 3:30pm; Thursday, August 1 at 5:30pm; Friday, August 2 at 3:30pm; Saturday, August 3 Scrimmage at 12:30pm at Edward Jones Dome; Monday, August 5 at 3:30pm; Tuesday, August 6 at 3:30pm; Saturday, August 10 at 3:30pm; Monday, August 12 at 3:30pm; Thursday, August 15 at 3:30pm; Friday, August 16 at 11:15am; Monday, August 19 at 3:30pm; Tuesday, August 20 at 4pm, or Wednesday, August 21 at 3:30pm. For more information about training camp, please visit the Rams’ website at www. stlouisrams.com. For up-to-date practice schedules, call the training camp hotline at 314.982.7267. Rams Park is located north of I-70 off Earth City Expressway (Hwy. 141) *A new year of excitement Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted SportsRadioSTL.com, among many other activities. Currently he broadcasts a radio show on 590 ‘The Man’ and 1380 ‘The Woman.’

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Just A Pinch Recipes — Coconut Cakes

Citrus Coconut Cake Having a few friends over and looking for an easy, flavorful dessert everyone will love? This Citrus Coconut Milk Cake is so moist and jam-packed with citrus flavors it’s perfect for a summer gettogether. If kumquats are hard to find, you can substitute oranges to maintain the fabulous citrus taste. See step-by-step photos of Maggie’s recipe plus thousands more from home cooks nationwide at: www.justapinch.com/citruscake. You’ll also find a meal planner and coupons. Enjoy and remember, use “just a pinch”...

For Cake 2 cups cake flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 1/4 cups sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon orange juice Zest of 1 lemon Zest of 1 orange 3/4 cups pureed kumquats (remove seeds, do not peel) 3 ounce packet of instant vanilla pudding mix 4 large eggs, room temperature 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut 1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened 5 tablespoons butter, unsalted 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract For Glaze 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons orange juice 2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar 3 tablespoons coconut milk 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

shredded coconut. Pour batter into Bundt pan and bake on center rack for 35-45 min, or until a toothpick comes out barely clean. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. For Glaze: Combine lemon and orange juice and whisk in confectioner’s sugar. Whisk in vanilla and coconut milk. If the glaze is too thick add coconut milk 1/2 a tablespoon at a time; if it is too thin add confectioner’s sugar 1/2 a tablespoon at a time .Glaze should be the consistency of table syrup. Once cake has cooled, drizzle glaze over cake. www.justapinch.com/citruscake

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Chocolate Almond Coconut Cake Simply superb! Georgia gal Diane Hughes’ moist and tasty Almond Joy Cake is, indeed, pure joy. Not only does this cake boast the trifecta of chocolate, toasted coconut and almonds, but it’s also a cinch to make! (Shhh... Your guests will never know that this decadent recipe started with a boxed cake mix!) Don’t let the notion of a layer cake intimidate you. This recipe is simple enough even for a beginner baker... and delicious enough for the fanciest of meals.See step-by-step photos of Diane Hughes’ Almond Joy Cake recipe and thousands more recipes from other hometown Americans at: www.justapinch.com/almondjoycake. For the Cake 1 box coconut supreme cake mix 3 large eggs 1 stick butter, melted 1 1/3 cups milk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla flavor Frosting 2 cups toasted flaked coconut 1 1/2 cups toasted sliced almonds 1 stick soft butter 2/3 cup cocoa, unsweetened 3 cups powdered sugar, plus additional if needed 1/3 cup milk, plus additional if needed 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoon pure vanilla flavor

“This takes a coconut milk cake and citrus-izes it!” ~ Maggie Schill, Jacksonville, FL (pop. 821,784)

Directions Mix all cake ingredients in large bowl and beat 2-3 minutes. Pour into 2 9-inch layer pans; bake in preheated 350° oven for 28 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes on wire rack, then turn out onto racks and cool completely. For Frosting: Beat soft butter and cocoa until well combined; add milk, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add additional sugar and milk, if needed (1 teaspoon at a time).

“...I love chocolate and coconut together.” ~Diane Hughes, Valdosta, GA (Pop. 78,262)

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In 2 small pans, spread coconut and nuts and toast to a pretty light brown color, stirring often. Do not burn. Place one cake layer on a plate and spread with about a cup of frosting. Generously sprinkle with coconut and almonds. Put on next layer and frost top and sides with remaining frosting. Sprinkle coconut around the top edge and along bottom. Sprinkle remaining nuts inside coconut circle on top. Submitted by: Diane Hughes, Valdosta, GA (Pop. 78,262) www.justapinch.com/almondjoycake © 2011 Just A Pinch Recipe Club. Used by Permission.

Directions Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9-10 inch Bundt pan. Set aside. In sauce pan add coconut milk and butter. Heat the coconut milk, slowly, until butter is completely melted. Take off heat and cool. In a bowl sift flour, instant vanilla pudding, salt, and baking powder. Set aside. In another bowl, cream eggs and sugar. Beat on high for 2 min. Beat vanilla into egg mixture. Add kumquat puree, lemon zest, orange zest, lemon juice, and orange juice to the egg mixture. Beat until incorporated. Slowly beat coconut milk into egg mixture. Add flour mixture to egg mixture in thirds completely incorporating the flour mixture before adding more. Mix until just incorporated. Fold in

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Send your event to editor@mycnews.com and we'll print it! Events Now – August 7: Parents and Kids Ages 6 and Under ONLY At Koch Family Aquatic Center, Mondays/Wednesdays from 9:45 – 11am. 314.921.4250 -4466. Daily Admission or pool pass membership required. Now: Meals on Wheels Needs Volunteers Meals on Wheels, North County needs volunteers to work a few hours a week. The all-volunteer program delivers hot nutritious meals Monday through Friday to approximately 150 people generally limited by medical conditions. The service allows some of our residents to live at home who might otherwise have to make other arrangements. Volunteers usually drive once a week and deliver meals on one of 23 dif-

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ferent routes in North County. It takes about an hour and a half and drivers are usually done by 12:30. For more information call 314.953.6800. August 3 & 10: Join Samantha’s Gift Provide comfort items to BJC Hospice patients and their families. Children between the ages of 9-15 years old make cards for patients. BJC Hospice. 1923 Beltway, St. Louis. Bring a pair of scissors and help from 9:45am – noon. Reservations are a must and kids can sign up for as many classes as they would like as long as their is still room. Each session is worth 2 service hours. Email at marsha.shanker@sbcglobal. net to make reservations. August: Fatima Knights of Columbus Creative Memo-

ries: A Day of Cropping, Organizing and Preserving Precious Photos 9am – 8pm, $25 per person, 636.939.9383 August 1-3: Family FunGrand Opening of Mobil On the Run 4132 North Highway 67, Florissant, 10am. Register to win great prizes like Cardinals baseball tickets, iPad, a full year of free car washes and free gas. Bring your camera and enjoy expected special guests on August 2: Fredbird – 11am, St. Louis Rams Rampage - Noon, St. Louis Blues Louie – 1pm, Clydesdale – 3pm August 2: Steak Night Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105 from 4pm - 7pm. Please join us, all profits go to support Veterans. August 3: Flea Market St. Ann Assisted Living (10441 International Plaza Dr) community Flea Market, 7am noon, Info: 314.423.1254. Tables are $20. Set up from 6 - 7am. Reserve table: 314.304.1580 August 3: God First Church Golf Tournament At Golf Club of Florissant, 50 Country Club Lane, Florissant. 314.741.7444. Registration 7am. Lunch 1pm. Four person scramble. www.godfirstchurch. org August 3: Bowling for Breast Cancer Fundraiser Help local woman fight her cancer at 7pm at Hazelwood Bowl, 210 Fee Fee Hills Road, Hazelwood. Email for info: pnk@prodigy.net August 6: Happy Hour Entertainment by The Kitchen

Sink Band, 11am. Complimentary Lunch. 3350 St. Catherine St. (near the Eagan Center) RSVP 314.838.3877. August 9 -11: Reunion Celebration Mark Twain Elementary School in Florissant Reunion Celebration in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the school. All students, teachers, parents, administrators, and friends from 1963-1981 are invited. RSVP is necessary for most events. To learn more and reconnect with some old friends, visit the website at www.marktwainelementary.net or contact them through email at marktwainel@gmail.com or on facebook at www.facebook. com/groups/marktwainel August 10: Flea Market Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105 from 8am - 1pm. Tables are $10. Contact Nick for table reservations 314.503.1303. August 10: Veteran’s Breakfast Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105 from 8am - 10am. Please join us, all profits go to support Veterans. August 10: St. Louis Chordinals Trivia At Machinist Hall, 12365 St. Charles Rock Rd., Bridgeton, 7 pm, doors open 6:30 pm. Cash prizes to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place teams plus attendance prizes and 4-part harmony. Soda and popcorn provided, and teams are encouraged to bring food and table decorations (alcoholic beverages permitted). Tickets $12 per person, 8 to a table. Tickets and table reservations: 314.428.8307. August 10: Ferguson-Floris-

sant School District Back-toSchool Fair For students and their families from 10am - 1pm at the District’s Administration Center, located at 1005 Waterford Dr. in Florissant. August 14: Free Harmonica All-Star Show 7pm. At the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Rd. Performers are professional players attending the 50th Anniversary Convention of SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) . No tickets required: just contact 636.532.1032 or wedpmshow@ gatewayharmonicaclub.org to register and get free parking pass for hotel lot. August 15 and 29: Free ADHD Seminars 7 – 8pm, 11710 Old Ballas Rd. Ste. 205, Creve Coeur. Saint Louis Neurotherapy Institute. 314.983.9355. www.stlneurotheraphy.com August 16: Spaghetti Dinner Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105 from 5pm - 8pm. Please join us, all profits go to support Veterans. 314.503.1303 August 16: Kids Get Free Harmonica Lesson from the Pros 9 - 11:30am. At the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Rd. Ages 7 and up. Program includes free harmonica, free song book, free lunch and free lesson plus entertainment by professional harmonica players. Limited enrollment; reservations required. Contact 314.302.3219 or kids@ gatewayharmonicaclub.org to make reservations and get free parking pass for hotel lot.


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August 17: Country/Gospel Free Harmonica Concert Showcases Big Stars 10am - Noon. At the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, 9801 Natural Bridge Rd. “How Sweet the Sound” program includes Buddy Greene, Charlie McCoy, Jimi Lee, Steve Baker, Todd Parrott and Phil Duncan. No tickets required: just contact 636.477.0354 or satamshow@ gatewayharmonicaclub.org to register and get free parking pass for hotel lot. August 22: Veterans Benefits for Seniors Sponsored by Veterans Home Care, Complimentary Breakfast. 9am. 3350 St. Catherine St. (near the Eagan Center) RSVP 314.838.3877. August 25: Free Square Dance Night At Florissant Valley Christian Church, 1325 N. Highway 67, 7 - 9pm. 314.839.2134 August 27: Happy Hour Comedy Act “Camping with Marge” 10:30am, Complimentary Lunch, 3350 St. Catherine St. (near the Eagan Center) RSVP 314.838.3877. August 28: Citizen Police Academy Course Starting August 28 thru October 16 from 6:30-9:30pm. Florissant Police Station. For

more information call Officer Andy Haarmann at 314-8306042 August 30: Chicken Dinner Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105 from 5m to 8pm. Please join us, all profits go to support Veterans. 314.503.1303 September 6: 11th Annual Charity Golf Scramble At the Golf Club of Florissant. Benefiting the Backstoppers of St. Louis & Responder Rescue. For more information call 314.486.6305 September 9: Valley Industries First Annual Golf Outing At Spencer T. Olin Golf Course, Alton, Ill. Four-person Scramble, Flight A, B, and C, with optional Skin Game. Registration 11:30am, lunch at noon, shotgun start at 1pm. $125 per person/$500 per team includes lunch, dinner and cart. www. valleyind.net or 314.731.771. Mondays: Karaoke at DeLeo’s Cafe & Deli 2782 North Hwy 67, Florissant, 8 - 10:30pm, 314.839.3880. Mondays: Free Line Dancing 6:30pm, beginners welcome, RSVP 314.838.3877, St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. Mondays and Wednesdays:

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Seniors: Exercise with Melanie FREE. Classes are led by a licensed Physical Therapist. 1 pm. 3350 St. Catherine St. (near the Eagan Center) RSVP 314.838.3877

Third Tuesdays: Alzheimer’s Association At Lutheran Senior Services at Hidden Lake, 10 – 11am, 11728 Hidden Lake Dr., St. Louis, 314.292.7504

able year-round and serves families throughout the greater St. Charles region. 24-hour helpline: 314.768.3201. Or 636.947.0600, www.crisisnurserykids.org

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, vicray01@aol.com

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 314-291-3021 Email: dbland@ sarahcare.com ferdfetsch@sbcglobal.net.

Groups at Christian Hospital To register call 314.747.9355

Bridgeton Trails Library Branch Programs: 3455 McKelvey Rd., St. Louis, 314.994.3300. Story Time: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. 9 months to 2 yrs. Room 1 (Lap Time); Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–5. Room 2; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–5. Room 1. Florissant Senior Citizens’ Bingo Clubs: 314.839.7604. Last Saturdays: Writers Workshop: 10am - 1:30pm, Baden Liberary, 8448 Church Rd., 314.388.2400 Health August 1 and 15: Blood Pressure Clinic 10am, 3350 St. Catherine St. (near the Eagan Center) RSVP 314.838.3877, Refreshments served.

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June 3 – Oct. 7: EMT-B Course At Christian Hospital open to the public. The Emergency Medical Technician—Basic (EMT-B) course is designed for students interested in providing patient care to their community. This is the entry-level course required to work on an ambulance. The cost is $1,500. Register online at http://www. christianhospital.org/EMSAcademy. For more information, contact Shannon Watson at 314.653.5271.

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Twinkies and Bill Gates Some folks are thrilled now that Twinkies, albeit smaller, are returning to the market shelves. Admittedly, the food police aren’t happy because they claim these sugar blasts contain enough preservatives to keep road kill fresh during a heat wave. Nevertheless, I was happy to see increased employment opportunities. Due to my angst when I see large companies swallowed up by larger ones and the jobs sent to starving countries, I often suggest the Federal Trade Commission should change its name to the Federal Raid Commission, but perhaps I’m too harsh. However, this apparently wasn’t the case. Unlike some American Corporations that export jobs, I don’t think Twinkies are baked in Asian sweatshops...yet. When a large business becomes top-heavy with too much management that often morphs into poor management, I’m of the opinion that it deserves to go under. As with the Twinkies, someone else will fill that

hole in the market, if indeed, this is what happened. However, there is an opposite end to this spectrum of corporate dysfunction. A case in point might be Bill Gates, the mastermind that invented Windows and became extremely wealthy. I’ve been using various generations of his invention for many years. Each time my PC became obsolete to the point of technical oblivion, I buy a new one with another new and improved version of Windows. Being painfully computer challenged, it only took me until the new machines became old machines along with innumerable mistakes, freeze-ups and crashes until I could use the new and improved Windows program without having a hissy fit and throwing the infernal machines through a window...a real window. One replacement was a laptop with Windows Vista, both of which became obsolete before I got home with them. Anyone I spoke to about this so-called new and improved version thought the Windows people should have been drawn and quartered. I soon agreed. Last week, that laptop finally died along with years of stored items that probably number in the thousands. Rather than try to have it repaired, I bought a new and improved laptop that turned out to have the new and improved Windows 8. It seems to have about as much user friendliness as a malfunctioning ejection seat has when a fighter pilot www.sarahcare.com/bridgeton

runs out of fuel. Some things are hard to understand. One of the most successful enterprises in the world pays herds of Techies to improve something that didn’t need it because they had already spent several years fixing the bugs. Then they invent a new and improved product requiring more years of bug fixing that enrages heaven knows how many customers who were forced to relearn something they didn’t need or want. Perhaps this falls under the renowned category of “Job Security” or perhaps, “Built-in Obsolescence.” Worse yet, the good old reliable Microsoft Word isn’t available. We are forced to pay for “Microsoft Office,” something I have even less use for than an ant has for an aardvark. It also puts the perspective of “Fair Trade” on the level of American manufacturing competition with China. I’m not against those Techies keeping their jobs. Fortunately, had Bill Gates been the run-of-the-mill Captain of Industry that invaded corporate America like a plague, he would have already laid off hundreds of employees and sent their jobs to starving countries. Perhaps he realized American workers are the consumers who buy most of his products. I’m sure his Techies buy plenty of Twinkies too. However, I would advise Bill to find a hiding place when I’m having a Windows 8 hissy fit. Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines. He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts.

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