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August 14, 2019

Putting ‘super’ in superintendent

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COMMUNITY VOICES By Dr. Misty Collier Farr. Pg. 2 Aug. 31: 24th Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival returns Labor Day Weekend. Pg. 5

Northwest News Sept. 27: A Tasty Event is About to Take Place in Maryland Heights. Pg. 6


Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart (sitting front, center) with GALACTIC students and staff in her office.

Photo courtesy Hazelwood School District

Hazelwood School District Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart has been recognized as National Superintendent of the Year By Charlotte Beard Every year the National Association of School Superintendents (NASS), which represents and advocates for education leaders nationwide, bestows upon one individual from around the country the honor of National Superintendent of the Year. This year NASS’ semi-finalists included one superintendent from each of the following states: California, Arizona, and Massachusetts. However, the recipient of this year’s honor is Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, Superintendent of Hazelwood School District (HSD). She will be officially honored in September at the NASS IgnitED Conference in Washington, D.C. “Dr. Collins-Hart is a champion for stu-

dents and continuous improvement,” said Jon Roach, NASS Executive Director. “Her commitment to collaboration and mutual support in her district proved she is a leader with a demonstrated vision of building the next great generation of American students.” Sonny Da Marto, NASS Assistant Executive Director adds, “If you look at what Dr. Collins-Hart has done within her district and community and what she is focused on, you’ll see why she is the type of school leader that our students really need.” At this year’s HSD Convocation on Aug. 6, Collins-Hart stated in her speech, “We will be that district that with transitions continues to be the model for the country of what we do

to help students who need us most, and continue to accelerate those students who will do well with or without us.” Since the beginning of Collins-Hart’s leadership in July 2016, HSD has launched a strategic plan that includes new and innovative educational programming and parent and community involvement. In addition, the district expanded its Early Childhood Education program by offering free full-day preschools as well as launched a school-based health center. “In terms of equity, we know we have some work to do,” Collins-Hart shared with the 2,200 district employees at the convocation. See ‘SUPER’ page 2

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August 14, 2019 • Community News – St. Louis County •

‘SUPER’ from cover “We have to look at our policies, our practices and our processes that may unintentionally disproportionately negatively impact some students. We began that this year. We looked at the language in our code of conduct. We looked at our institutional practices. We removed language that might have a young person start their day off bad, not because of anything they did but because of what they wore or what they look like. That does not mean that we’re not going to address it. It just means that it’s not going to be a distraction from learning. Those are the kinds of processes that we are looking at this year and we are well on our road to equity. I can say because of that work – I’m HSD proud.” Prior to Collins-Hart becoming the educational leader for the second largest district in St. Louis County and seventh-largest district in Missouri, she served as superintendent for Proviso Township High School and District 209 in Forest Park, Illinois; Pre K - 12 districts in North Carolina; and assistant superintendent in Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools in North Carolina, and the Lawrence Public Schools in Kansas. “People I respected and admired encouraged me to become a school administrator,” Collins-Hart stated. “They helped me pursue the positions and supported me along the way.” Her leadership reaches beyond the educational affiliations such as the

American Association of School Administrators and the National Association of Black School Educators. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority member serves in various roles in the community. She is a member of the Christian Hospital Board, the North County Incorporated Board of Directors, Valley Industries Board of Directors, and the Kiwanis Club of Florissant. Collins-Hart, who started her career as a teacher, has a doctorate in educational policy and leadership from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and a master’s degree in educational administration and curriculum and instruction, and a master’s degree in English Education – both from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. In addition, she has a bachelor’s degree in English education from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. The 2019 NASS National Superintendent of the Year is among many honors the HSD superintendent has received. Some of her honors resulting from her leadership and service in the community are: Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Apple Teacher of the Year Award; National Alliance of Black School Educators 2015 Ida B. Wells Risk Taker Award; Top Ladies of Distinction 2014 Women in Leadership Orchid Award; and Outstanding Photos courtesy Hazelwood School District Administrator Award for 7th Congressional Nettie Collins-Hart stands with students at the Back to School Community Fair July 27 at CenDistrict of Illinois. Mark Behlmann, HSD’s Board President tral High School. states, “I was delighted when the National Association of School Superintendents named Dr. school district, and our community in the national spotCollins-Hart the 2019 Superintendent of the Year. Not light. On behalf of the board of education, I would like only is this recognition a tremendous accomplishment to congratulate Dr. Collins-Hart on this outstanding for our superintendent, but it will also put our students, achievement.”


By Dr. Misty Collier Farr

A shot in the dark It seems like just yesterday I was writing about protecting yourself from sunburn (this summer) and here we are getting ready to send our babies back to school, effectively ending summer. August brings us many things. August is referred to as the dog days of summer. Did you know that has nothing to do with pets? Apparently, the star Sirius (known as the dog star) appears at sunrise in the month of August. Aug. 3 is National Watermelon Day, Aug. 5-11 is National Smile Week, and the entire month of August is Immunization Awareness Month. The terms immunization and vaccination are used interchangeably. We typically tend to associate vaccinations with children and back to school, but they’re actually a lifetime thing. Chickenpox, MMR, and Tdap vaccinations are typically administered early on in life, HPV vaccinations are administered between the ages of 9 and 26 (dependent upon

gender), while shingles vaccinations are recommended for healthy adults age 50 and beyond. Trust me, even mild cases of shingles are excruciatingly painful; I’ve witnessed it firsthand. The pneumonia vaccination can be complex because it is recommended for all adults over 65 (through two dosages that are given a year apart) but is also recommended for those under 65 with certain risk factors and all children under two. Flu vaccinations are ever-evolving and should be administered annually. So, as usual, consult with your physician and/ or pharmacist to determine which vaccinations you need. I know that there are anti-vaxxers out there that disagree wholeheartedly, my husband being one of them, but immunizations just make sense. Most importantly, they help to halt or slow the spread of disease and become cost-effective because they can help to prevent lost time,

wages and productivity due to illness. To make things easier, state law now allows for pharmacists to vaccinate patients as young as seven, which means that a trip to your local pharmacy can get you the vaccinations you need. So, happy August and happy vaccinations! Dr. Misty Collier Farr received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She currently serves as the Pharmacy Manager of the Walmart Florissant store and as Vicechair (Chair-elect) of the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., and The Links, Inc. 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. • Community News – St. Louis County • August 14, 2019

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Pasadena Parkway and Pine Lawn Community Park Project completion celebrated with ribbon cutting Gateway Design Studio, LLC – a professional planning, landscape architectural and environmental design firm located in St. Louis – was one of the key partners on hand at the ribbon cutting event for the recently completed Pine Lawn Community Park project. The event commemorated the completion of both Pine Lawn Community Park and Pasadena Blvd. Parkway – a new walkable environment along Pasadena Blvd. The highlight of the project is the transformation of vacant, derelict buildings into the 3.3-acre Pine Lawn Community Park – a new neighborhood park and hub The recently completed Pine Lawn Community Park. for community activity that includes a playground, walking paths, and a multipurpose field. The project to Missouri. also includes the transformation of a half-mile stretch Park highlights include: of Pasadena Blvd. into a new walkable environment with sidewalks, street medians and a roundabout to • An ADA-accessible six ft. wide walking trail and ramps slow down traffic and increase safety for residents and students at the nearby Barack Obama Elementary • The all-inclusive playground designed School. The new neighborhood park is situated across by GDS and NuToys Leisure Products from Beyond Housing headquarters in Pine Lawn. • Picnic benches Both are the result of Heart of Pine Lawn/Northwoods – a $5.6 million project and collaboration be- • Park benches/trash receptacles tween the two cities, community development orga- • Graffiti-proof coatings on the playnization Beyond Housing, and the Metropolitan St. ground equipment, park furniture and Louis Sewer District’s (MSD) Project Clear. Through monument sign a Rainscaping Large Grant, the Metropolitan St. Louis • A dedication plaque at the founder’s cirSewer District’s MSD Project Clear initiative contribcle which tells the history and story of uted $3.1 million to the project. The 24:1 Community the Pine Lawn community. Land Trust funded the remaining $2.5 million. Important safety features were incorThe Heart of Pine Lawn/Northwoods beautification and water management project was funded by porated in the design/plans in order to MSD Project Clear, 24:1 Community Land Trust, and keep kids and families safe while using NeighborWorks America, and managed by Beyond the park: Housing. • 35 ft. high vandal-proof lighting and Beyond Housing bought out all the properties light poles throughout the park to prowhich were abandoned, unsafe and in poor condition vide a “Moon Lighting” effect and inin order to create this new park. The project started in creased security from dusk to dawn. 2014 as part of MSD’s Project Clear initiative, which • Painted steel bollards along Pasadena allows communities to receive grant money to help Boulevard to protect the playground mitigate and control storm water runoff within cerarea. tain areas of the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Gateway Design Studio, LLC (GDS) was the Land- • Use of low deciduous shrubs and open deciduous canopy trees for visibility. scape Architect for both the Pasadena Blvd. road improvements and the community park (all part of ProjCommenting on the recently completed ect Clear). GDS provided concept plans, construction project, Gateway Design Studio Owner/ documents and construction phase oversight for both Principal R. Patrick Worzer, ASLA notes, projects, and worked with the following proj- “We are pleased to have had the opportuect team to implement the project – KPFF Engineers nity to team with BH and the other con(civil/site); G & W Engineering (civil/site/electrical); sultant team members to provide a vision Fingerhut Consulting (owner rep); EM Harris (gener- for this new park space within the north al contractor); NuToys Leisure Products (playground St. Louis County 24:1 Community. This consultant); and Focal Pointe (playground contrac- park represents a positive result of various tor). stakeholders working together impacting In addition to the landscaping, GDS utilized trees and improving the Pine Lawn and Northacquired from Missouri Releaf program. The park woods neighborhood for the benefit of its includes a bio-retention basin designed as part of the residents and their families.” MSD Project Clear program with plant material specHe adds, “The Pine Lawn Community ified as per MSD’s requirements. Many trees, shrubs, Park project reflects our continued planornamental grasses and perennial flowers were select- ning and design commitment of provided to be drought, urban tolerant and primarily native

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ing “Vision, Sustainability and Purpose.” We look forward to future collaborative project opportunities to make a difference in our community!”


Aound Town

August 14, 2019 • Community News – St. Louis County •

Flooding prevents sunflower plantings at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Staff at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Columbia Bottom Conservation Area (CA) in Spanish Lake will not be able to plant sunflowers this year for viewing or dove management due to extraordinary flooding conditions this past spring and summer. Columbia Bottom CA has spent substantial periods under water since March of this year. This has made it impossible to plant or maintain any sunflower plots, as has been done in previous Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation years. The area is still currently Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake has been flooded since March of this closed. As soon as the water has year. Due to extraordinary flooding conditions, MDC crews were not able to plant any suncompletely receded, work crews flowers plots for viewing or dove management this season. have assessed damage, and enacted repairs and cleanup, the area will reopen to public access.

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Plaque dedication to honor late former Florissant City Councilman to take place in Florissant

The city of Florissant along with Old Town Partners will be hosting a dedication to unveil a plaque in honor of the late Harold “Hal” Schuchmann, former Florissant City Councilman from 1963 to 1975. This will be the 40th Walk Through History plaque in honor of someone who has made a valuable contribution to the city of Florissant. The ceremony will be held on Aug. 28 at 5:45 p.m. on rue St. Francois and Boone Street on the south side of the street. Schuchmann was a United States Army Veteran and Washington University graduate. He served as a Florissant City Councilmember from 1963 to 1975 and was an advocate for the development and building of the existing city hall building and both of the civic centers. He was also instrumental and served on the Board of Freeholders in 1963 and was a part of drafting the city charter. Schuchmann served as the Lord of Valley of Flowers Court for many years where he participated in the judging of the Queen and her Court. Schuchmann in 1980s served as an alderman and mayor of the city of Town & Country where he later resided. Throughout his career Hal received numerous awards from the city of Florissant, other municipalities, Missouri Municipal League and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Following the plaque dedication, the fourth Wednesday Night Out (WNO) will begin at 6 p.m. Festivities will be hosted by Alex Vogt State Farm Insurance, Bunkers Tavern, Citizens National Bank of Florissant, Kay Bee Electric and Stems Florist. The theme is “Dancing, Art & Water in the Streets” from 6 to 9 p.m. between 201- 302 rue St. Francois (beginning at Stems Florist). There will be music, food, drinks, games, raffle basket, prizes and fun for the entire family. • Community News – St. Louis County • August 14, 2019

A collaboration of youth organizations is hosting an afternoon of interactive leadership training The inaugural Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) will be on Aug. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. in Bellerive Hall at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Youth attending YES will learn leadership skills and obtain the training and support they need to make positive changes in their schools and communities. Participants will also generate suggestions to improve policies effecting youth in the region. YES is free to all teens 13-19 years old. “I have many experiences with youth summits. My main hope is that this summit will spark an interest in policies that affect youth to empower them to become active members of their communities,” says Tony Merritt II, a sophomore at Webster University and an alum of both the MU Extension 4-H Youth Futures College Readiness Program and the Ferguson Youth Advisory Board. Mr. Merritt graduated from McCluer High School in 2018. One hundred teens are expected to attend YES from school districts across the St. Louis region. Organizers are providing transportation to help participants travel from their home communities to UMSL and back. Participants will have the opportunity to select training on one of the following leadership topics: Skills for Success; Creative Thinking & Decision Making; and Dealing with Conflict. Policy suggestions will center on Educational Access & Equity; Diversity & Inclusion; Housing; and Law Enforcement & Community Engagement. At the conclusion of the summit, the teens will present their policy suggestions to a panel of decision makers to help ensure their work results in action. Supporters and sponsors of the 2019 Youth Empowerment Summit include UMSL School of Social Work, Youth Violence Prevention Partnership, Missouri Foundation for Health, The Vine at St. Stephen’s, Ferguson Youth Initiative, Emerson Family YMCA, The Principia School, Playtime Recreation, St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature, the Thomas Dunn Learning Center, Urban Strategies’ Southeast Ferguson Youth Fellowship, Future in Action, Youth Achievers Foundation and MU Extension – St Louis County 4-H. For more information about YES and how to register, please visit

24th Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival returns to Laclede’s Landing for Labor Day Weekend St. Louis’ historic Laclede’s Landing is once again gearing up for the region’s largest, one-of-a-kind Blues music events of the year. Coming on the heels of the widely popular Blues at the Arch, a free concert series featuring local, regional and nationally renowned Blues acts, the Big Muddy Blues Festival provides a platform for a wide range of artists who represent extensions of the Blues genre, such as, Soul, R&B, Rock, Gospel and Jazz, attracting an eclectic audience with the intention of celebrating St. Louis as one of the best Blues scenes in the world. This year’s festival will be no exception, and it takes place Aug. 31 from 2 – 11 p.m., with a powerhouse of Blues entertainment packed into a single day that will be free for all to enjoy. Now in its 24th year, the Big Muddy Blues Festival will showcase nine hours of world-class musical entertainment with seven bands hitting the main stage on the cobblestone streets of Laclede’s Landing while boasting the Gateway Arch and Big Muddy itself as the iconic river backdrop for the event. On the day of the festival, attendees are welcome to bring folding chairs and blankets. Pets, coolers, grilling equipment or outside food/drinks; however, will not be permitted. Purses and backpacks will be checked when entering the main stage area. With a $5 minimum donation upon arrival, attendees can receive a $5 off beverage coupon to be redeemed at any participating restaurant throughout the day. The Landing offers several options for parking with more than six parking lots/garages in the area, as well as the Laclede’s Landing MetroLink Station that conveniently delivers visitors right to the Big Muddy Blues Festival without having to deal with the hassles of traffic or parking. For additional details on the Big Muddy Blues Festival, visit www.

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Gateway Arch National Park celebrates 50th Anniversary of Apollo with ‘Gateway to the Stars’ Gateway Arch National Park continues the 10th season of its successful Gateway to the Stars program on Saturday, Aug. 17 with a special presentation highlighting the 50-year anniversary of the moon landing as well as telescope viewing of the moon and planets. At 8 p.m., Washington University scientist Dr. Ryan Clegg-Watkins will present “50 Years Since Apollo,” a look at the past, present and future of exploration of the moon. This program will be held in the Education Classroom, located on the lower level of the Arch Visitor Center. Following the presentation and weather permitting, telescope viewing led by volunteers from the St. Louis Astronomical Society will take place at the Arch’s west entrance plaza until 10 p.m. The nearly full moon, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible. The sky needs to be at least partly clear for telescope viewing to take place. Attendees should call 314-655-1708 the afternoon of the event for an update on the weather. The indoor presentation will take place rain or shine.


Northwest News

August 14, 2019 • Community News – St. Louis County •

Northwest Views: Local celebrity brings light to challenges of living with multiple sclerosis By Christie Derbin Charles Glenn has been in the public eye for years, but especially in the last few months during the Stanley Cup playoffs. St. Louisans and even hockey fans across the U.S. got to know Charles and learn of his struggles with multiple sclerosis (MS). Charles, who has served as the national anthem singer for the St. Louis Blues Hockey Team, has been very open about

the fact that he has MS and is retiring early due to it. It strikes me as incredibly brave for Charles to be so open about living with this chronic condition and in doing so, bringing light to the disease. More people know what MS is and understand that even though a person may look great on the outside, they are dealing with a lot of symptoms like fatigue, impaired vision, movement, cognitive function – and more, on the inside. Not all people experience these symptoms specifically, but unfortunately retiring early is all too common for people living with MS. Charles was recently honored at the National MS Society’s On The Move luncheon where he received the Man of Courage award for his efforts in strengthening our local community. He shared his motto during the event, “While You Can.” His message is particularly inspiring for anyone – living with MS or not. It’s an attitude that we should all do what we can, while we can, to live our best life possible. Although Charles is retiring as the national anthem singer for the St. Louis

Blues Hockey team, he is still an active performer. If you want to hear him sing the national anthem again head to the Bike MS: Gateway Getaway start line on Sept. 7! He will be performing during the opening ceremony at 7 a.m. Bike MS: Gateway Getaway is a two-day bike ride that starts and finishes in Godfrey, Illinois. Participants can select from routes that are 25 – 100 miles in length each day. All funds raised through Bike MS bring the National MS Society one step closer to a world free of MS! To register for Bike MS: Gateway Getaway, please visit And then, spend the next several weeks training and fundraising for a cure! Christie Derbin is the Executive Director for the National MS Society, Gateway. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management and finds true meaning in mission-inspired work. She is a native St. Louisan and graduate of St. Louis University. 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.

A Tasty Event is About to Take Place in Maryland Heights The much anticipated “Taste of Maryland Heights” makes its debut on Sept. 27 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Biergarten at SportPort International. This event promises something for everyone. For $25, you can sample the area’s favorite restaurants, indulge in cold beverages, take in the sweet sounds of the very popular band “Fanfare”, and even catch a captivating tug of war tournament between the city’s own heroes: Maryland Heights Fire Department vs. Maryland Heights Police Department. Round up your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy this tantalizing event showcasing amazing restaurants and bars. To secure your tickets and tables, go to Take advantage of the pricing specials: buy 10 tickets,

get two free – or use promotional code: TASTY to receive $5 off your admission tickets (good through Aug. 20). Ample parking is provided around the SportPort venue, along with up-front handicap parking. Participating restaurants include Paul Mineo’s Trattoria, Syberg’s Restaurant, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Hollywood Casino & Hotel, Casa Juarez Mexican Town, Companion Baking, Johnny’s West, Amerisports Bar & Grill, The Brew House, Bristol Seafood Grill, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes and many more! Don’t miss out on your chance to taste: Lobster Ravioli in a sherry cream sauce, Italian Meatballs in a homemade meat sauce, Pulled Pork Sliders, Lobster Salad, Tacos, Wings, Specialty Drinks, Spirits, Wine, Beer and much, much more! The event will run rain or shine, and is made possible by the city of Maryland Heights, Westport Plaza, Commercial Bank, The Sarah Community, Quality Auto STL, LLC and Welsch Heating and Cooling. Volunteers are needed for the event; you will receive a free t-shirt and half-price ticket for participating. Please contact the chamber office to volunteer or get more information at 314942-2110 or • Community News – St. Louis County • August 14, 2019



Jim Butler Kia donates 2020 Kia Soul to local cancer charity Pink Ribbon Girls Jim Butler Kia, a St. Louis-area Kia dealership and part of the Jim Butler Auto Group, donated a 2020 Kia Soul to Pink Ribbon Girls (, a charity that helps individuals who are battling breast and gynecological cancers by providing free direct services of healthy meals, housecleaning, rides to treatment and peer support. Started and headquartered in Ohio, Pink Ribbon Girls opened its St. Louis area operation in October 2018. The St. Louis operation serves individuals within a 40-mile radius of St. Louis City. Michele Sowers, a breast cancer survivor, wife of Jim Butler Kia President Brad Sowers and catalyst for this donation, offers a very personal viewpoint. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. When I was approached by two friends who volunteer for Pink Ribbon Girls and learned more about the group’s mission, I was inspired to contribute. I cannot imagine going through treatments and daily chores without the daily help of my husband, kids and friends. This cause is very personal to me,” she said. “Pink Ribbon Girls is honored and humbled by the results of our first out-of-state launch in St. Louis, initiated less than a year ago,” said Heather Salazar, CEO/ President of Pink Ribbon Girls. “The St. Louis area always embraces those in need, and Jim Butler Kia’s donation is one more example. We’ve been blown away by the amount of corporate and individual support

we’ve received in such a short time frame. There is clearly a need for Pink Ribbon Girls services in Missouri and Illinois, and we’re thrilled to be able provide meals, rides to treatment, house cleaning and peer support to families who need it most.” “This generous donation from Jim Butler Kia will help us to significantly reduce our transportation expenses,” added Submitted photo Cory Smallwood, St. Lou- (From left) Brad Sowers stands with Michele Sowers, Heather Salazar and Cory Smallwood. is Regional Director. “It’s critical to our mission that we can efficiently deliver approach, is a natural addition to the cancer-related nutritious and delicious meals for the entire family di- causes we support in the area.” rectly to the doors of our clients in order to make their lives easier.” “Jim Butler Auto Group annually supports “Making Strides Against Cancer,” an American Cancer Society fund for breast cancer research, information and support,” said Brad Sowers, co-owner and president of Jim Butler Auto Group. “Pink Ribbon Girls, with its one-to-one helping

Operation Food Search receives donations of food and cash from businesses CANstruction, a design/build charity competition, recently donated more than 25,000 pounds of non-perishable food to Operation Food Search (OFS) valued at over $42,000. The collected cans represent enough for OFS to feed 6,305 people for one day. Nine teams from St. Louis area architectural and engineering firms designed and built structures entirely out of cans that were then donated to OFS. The structures were built and displayed for one week at Submitted photo the Saint Louis Science Center around the theme “Pollinators”. Hastings+Chivetta Architects hosted the build. OFS also recently received $30,000 from Bank of America. OFS will use this grant to support its summer meals program, which ensures that children 18 years of age and younger continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The Bank of America funding will enable OFS to expand its partnerships in St. Louis County, St. Louis City and surrounding counties with a goal to increase child participation rates. Since the program began in 2012, OFS and community partners have served more than 350,000 meals. This summer the agency has a goal to serve a total

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of 100,000 meals throughout the St. Louis region. “Hunger negatively impacts education, health and the economic vitality of our state both now and for future generations,” said OFS’s Executive Director Kristen Wild. “Our program works thanks to the participation of companies like Bank of America because they recognize childhood hunger is a regional issue that needs to be eliminated.” Wild added that, according to Feeding America’s 2019 Map the Meal Gap Report, 241,830 Missouri children live under the shadow of hunger including approximately 125,580 children in the St. Louis metropolitan area.


What’s Happening

August 14, 2019 • Community News – St. Louis County •

Send your event to and we'll print it! EVENTS Aug. 14: Mammogram van

Siteman Cancer Center, in partnership with Christian Hospital and The Salvation Army’s Pathway to Health program, is offering mammograms to women age 40 and over at The Twillman House at 11840 Bellefontaine Rd. in Spanish Lake. Mammograms are available at no cost to women who qualify. Appointments are necessary and begin at 8:15 a.m. To schedule an appointment, call 314-747-7222 or 800-600-3606 (press option number two).

Aug. 14: 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.

Aug. 15: Fundraiser event

Operation Food Search, a nonprofit hunger relief organization, will hold its third annual Party for Packs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at OFS’s headquarters located at 1644 Lotsie Blvd. The cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. OFS’s Friends Board, a diverse group of young professionals vested in feeding the community’s hungry, is presenting the event which features a variety of local food and drink tastings. There will be a silent auction, as well as raffle tickets available for purchase. Proceeds from Party for Packs will support Operation Backpack, which provides weekend meals to food-insecure kids throughout the school year.

Aug. 16: Food Truck Knight

Knights of Columbus Duchesne Council #2951 and the city of Florissant will be co-sponsoring a Food Truck Knight on from 5 to 9 p.m. on the lot near the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine located at 50 rue St. Francois. The trucks will serve until 8 p.m. and there will be life music until 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit local nonprofit charities including the TEAM Food Pantry. Patrons are also encouraged

to bring non-perishable food items for collection barrels that will be on site.

Aug. 16: 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.

Aug. 17. Peach festival

Calvary United Church of Christ is celebrating 90 years of ministry in the community with an Ole Fashioned Peach Festival from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. There will be live music, outdoor activities, food and, of course, peaches and ice cream. Other peach products will be available for sale. Coordination of event under the direction of Executive Chef Elizabeth Schuster of Tenacious Eats. For questions or directions call 314-429-7464, Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Aug. 17-18: Genealogy classes

Genealogy classes take place Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at #4 Sunnen Dr., Suite 140 in Maplewood. Call 314-647-8547 to register.

Aug. 21: 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.

Aug. 24: Art exhibit

SPARC, a curation of St. Louis based artists showcasing their work in the nature of art as activism, blackness as spirituality, and the global, collective, creative revolution ignited by the movement and Spirit of Ferguson featuring: Artdivo, Brock Seals, Kflakko, Kyla Hawkins, taylorthemirror, Yusef and more. The show will run through Aug. 24. This event is made possible through the support of Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis and funding from the Incarnate Word Foundation. Regular Hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays 12 – 5 p.m.

Aug. 27: Caregivers conference

A Caregivers Conference is being held from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., in the Christian Hospital Atrium at 11133 Dunn Rd., to provide support and resources to those who assist with transportation, shopping, personal needs, meal preparation, housekeeping, paperwork, medication, companionship or safety supervision. The conference is presented by AARP Missouri Real Possibilities, Christian Hospital Auxiliary and Christian Hospital Foundation. Cost is $10 per caregiver and/ or attendee and includes registration, lunch and valet parking. A wide variety of resource and information booths will also be at the conference. Registration is required as seating is limited. Register online or learn more about sponsorships or hosting a resource booth at caregivers or call 314-653-5162.

Aug. 28: 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.

Aug. 30: Chicken dinner

Chicken 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.

Sept. 14-15: Holistic fair

Internal Spirit Holistic Fair takes place at Machinists‘ District 9 Hall at 12365 St. Charles Rock Rd. in Bridgeton Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 admission. This is a two day metaphysical/holistic fair with lectures, alternative healers, gems, crystals, jewelry, astrologer, aura and chakra photos, animal communicator, psychic/mediums and more. The first 50 guests each day will receive a gift bag. For more information visit http://www.

Sept. 20-21: Table and tailgate sale

At Blessed Savior Lutheran Church at 2615 Shackelford Road in Florissant there will be an indoor table sale and outdoor tailgate sale from 7 a.m. to noon both days. Suggested donation of $15 per table for table sale and $15 per three adjacent parking spots for tailgate sale (you will have to provide your own tables). Call the church at 314-831-1300 for more details and to sign-up.

RECURRING EVENTS Any time: Tours at Old St. Ferdinand Shrine by appointment #1 Rue St. Francois St., Florissant. Donations accepted. Docents needed. 314-921-7582, Vicki Wittman Email:

Weekdays: Food pantry volunteers needed

The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry is in need of ongoing adult volunteers to sort food, stock shelves

and shop with clients. Two-to-four hour shifts are available, Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. To learn more or to join this fun group, contact Chelsey Banaskavich at 314-513-1674 or

Weekdays: Volunteer drivers

The St. Louis County Older Resident Programs need volunteer drivers who live in St. Louis County to give a few hours during the day to provide transportation to and from doctor’s appointments for our senior residents of St. Louis County that lives near you! No weekends and mileage reimbursement is available. Call today at 314-615-4516.

Mondays: TOPS meeting

Come, join and take off those extra pounds. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) has meetings on Monday nights at 7 p.m. (weigh in begins at 6:35 p.m.) at 9124 St. Charles Rock Rd. You can visit a meeting for free. Any questions please call Dan Agee at 314-540-5223.

Mondays: Choral Art Singers

Choral Arts Singers resume practice on Mondays, at 7 p.m. at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd. in Lake St. Louis. This session will include performance at St. James Cathedral, Chicago on June 25. New singers are welcome. Auditions are not required. See

Mondays: City council meetings

City of Pine Lawn holds regular city council meetings at city hall at 6250 Steve Marre Ave. in Pine Lawn on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.

Mondays: TOPS

Come, join and take off those extra pounds. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) has meetings on Monday nights at 7 p.m. (weigh in begins at 6:35 p.m.) at 9124 St. Charles Rock Rd. in St. Louis County. TOPS is a very inexpensive way to lose weight. You can visit a meeting for free. Any questions please call Dan Agee at 314-540-5223.

Mondays: Workshop meetings

City of Pine Lawn holds regular workshop meetings at city hall at 6250 Steve Marre Ave. in Pine Lawn on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.

Mondays: A cappella singers

All men who like to sing are invited to come sing with us, The Men of Harmony. We practice every Monday night at 7 p.m. at 5500 Parker Road which is the first house on Uthe Lane. We sing four-part harmony a capella (without accompaniment). We sing some traditional songs, as well as show tunes and more contemporary music. We do perform for the public at various functions. Persons interested can come right on in or for more information call Al at 314-993-6134.

Mondays: Korean War Veterans Association meeting

If you had military service in Korea between Sept. 3, 1945 and the present you are cordially invited to a meeting of Chapter 4, North County Korean War Veterans Association. Meetings take place at the VFW Post 4105 at 410 St. Francois in Florissant on the second Monday of the month, starting at 7 p.m. For more information contact Walter Kaiser at 314-921-2132.

Mondays-Thursdays: Volunteers needed

Community Action Agency of St. Louis County is in need of volunteers to stock shelves, sort food shipments and pack bags for Food Pantry Clients Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Two to four hour shifts are available. If you are interested, please contact Cheryl Piece at 314-446-4440 or for additional information.

Tuesdays: Chair Zumba

Chair Zumba every Tuesday from 2:15 – 3 p.m. at The Bridge At Florissant at 1101 Garden Plaza Dr. (Parker @ Arlington). For more information call 314-831-0988.

Tuesdays: Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery Tuesday meetings take place at 6 p.m. with a Saturday Bible Study at 9 a.m. at LifePoint Church at 424 Graham Rd. in Florissant. For more information visit www. or call (men) Steve D. at 636-634-6582 or (women) Denise W. at 530-417-6151.

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: Vietnam Association meeting


Chapter 794 Vietnam Veterans Association meets on the third Tuesday of each month at VFW Post 4105 at 410 St. Francois in Florissant. Meetings start at 7 p.m. For more information contact Walter Kaiser at 314-921-2132.

Tuesdays: TOPS 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, at the Bellefontaine Neighbors Community Center at 9669 Bellefontaine Rd. Those interested in membership are invited to attend. • Community News – St. Louis County • August 14, 2019 Every Tuesday: Bingo Evening at Florissant Elks Lodge #2316

Doors at 4:30 p.m., games begin at 6pm, Florissant Elks Lodge #2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. For more information, call 314.921.2316.

Wednesdays: Bingo

Bingo takes place every Wednesday at American Legion Post 338 at 9655 Midland Blvd. in Overland. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information contact Chairman Ed Hilleman at 314-6601813.

Wednesdays: Bingo

Life Care Center of Bridgeton, at 12145 Bridgeton Square in Bridgeton, welcome all to Community Bingo every last Wednesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Light refreshment will be served. Please RVSP at 314-298-7444 with the month you will attend and number of people attending.

Wednesdays: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets from 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at St. Andrews United Methodist Church at 3975 N. Hwy 67 in Florissant. For more information contact Norma at 314-306-4731.

Wednesdays: Are you interested in losing weight?

Check out TOPS #361 Florissant group of supportive ladies. Meetings are on Wednesday mornings beginning at 9:15 a.m. at Florissant Church of Christ, 16460 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. If interested, please contact Shirley at 314-895-3528 for more information.

Every Wednesday: Bingo Morning at Florissant Elks Lodge #2316 Florissant Elks Lodge #2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. Doors at 7:30 a.m., games begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 314.921.2316.

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. Every 1st Wednesday of the Month: Stroke Support Group

3-4 p.m., Center for Senior Renewal, Detrick Building 1st floor, 11133 Dunn Rd. For more information, contact Jamie Stevens at 314.653.5331.

Thursdays: Bingo

Community Bingo at the Bridge At Florissant, at 1101 Garden Plaza Drive (intersection of Parker and Arlington) takes place on the third Thursday of each month starts at 2 p.m. There will be snacks and prizes. For more information call 314-831-0988.

Thursdays: Quilting guild

Every third Thursday of the month the Flower Valley Quilting Guild meets at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church at 123 Carson Road in Ferguson.

Thursdays: Blood pressure checks

Free blood pressure checks monthly at Life Care Center of Florissant at 1201 Garden Plaza Dr. (off Parker Rd.) in Florissant every third Thursday of the month. Call 831-3752 for more information.

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

Fridays: Fish fry

A fish fry takes place every Friday at American Legion Post 338 at 9655 Midland Blvd. in Overland from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information contact Chairman Ed Hilleman at 314-660-1813.

Every Friday: Our Lady of Fatima #4429 Knights of Columbus Bingo 6:45 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 1216 Teson Rd. in Hazelwood. For more information call 314.731.9330.

Every 3rd Friday of the month: Bingo 2 p.m., Life Care Center of Florissant, 1201 Garden Plaza Dr. For more information, call 314.831.3752.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery

For 25 years Celebrate Recovery has been helping everyday folks find freedom from whatever difficulty you are experiencing in your life. This Christ-centered, 12-step program is based on the Beatitudes. We meet every Friday at 6:15 p.m. for dinner ($5); 7 p.m. large group meeting; 8 p.m. Small groups sharing; 9 p.m. dessert at First Christian Church of Florissant at 2890 Patterson Rd. in Florissant. For more information call 314-837-2269 or visit or Facebook page Celebrate Recovery-FCCF.

Saturdays: Yoga

Come check out the benefits of yoga at Calvary UCC, at 2501 Hartland Avenue, on Saturday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call Angela at 314801-8594 for more information.

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Toastmasters mee-

Everyone is welcome to attend Toastmasters Saturdays 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Normandy United Methodist Church at 8001 Natural Bridge Road (across from UMSL). For more info call 314402-7025.

Saturdays: 12-step program

Celebrate recovery with “12 steps to Freedom.” Are you looking for a safe place to share your hurts, hang- ups or habits? This Christ centered program is based on the Beatitudes and

meets at LifePoint Church Florissant at 424 Graham Rd. in Florissant. The group meets from 1 - 4:30 p.m. with lunch at 1 p.m. Donations are appreciated. There is a large group worship/lesson at 2 p.m., open small share groups – gender specific – at 3 p.m. There is also a newcomers group also to help you choose which class is best for you. The group closes its time with fellowship/coffee-dessert from 4 - 4:30 p.m. For more information visit or contact Ministry Leader Steve Daughety at 636 634-6582.

Saturdays: Free walk-in clinic

Salam Clinic at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ at 1425 Stein Road at West Florissant in Ferguson is a free walk-in clinic open Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The clinic is jointly sponsored by the Muslim Community of St. Louis (MCSL) and St. Peter’s United Church of Christ to provide basic adult medical screening, treatment and referrals free of charge for the uninsured. For more information or if you would be interested in volunteering, please call 314-521-5694 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday or visit

Saturdays: Clothing sale

On the second Saturday of each month Bethany-Peace UCC at 11952 Bellefontaine Rd. in St. Louis County hosts a clothing sale from 9 - 11 a.m. For sale are used clothing and shoes, some household items, books and toys. Fill your bag for $1.

Saturdays: Grief support

On the fourth Saturday of each month, grief support meeting “A Way With Words Ministry” meets at 12:30 p.m. at Community Christ Fellowship, rear, at 121 Williams Blvd. in Hazelwood, 1/4 mile south of Hwy 270 off Florissant Rd. There are a variety of topics monthly. You are not alone. Come help your heart heal with others. For more information call 314-605-3949.

Every Fourth Saturday’s Writer’s Workshop

10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Baden Library, at 8448 Church Rd. For more information call 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 in February and March in the spring and every Sunday in October through the second-to-last week in November in the fall - rain or shine. Great meat prizes awarded. Sundays: AMVETS meat shoot Sundays in September through April, AMVETS Post 55, located on 8842 Natural Bridge Rd. in Bel-Ridge will be hosting meat shoots with practice beginning at 11 a.m. and rounds starting at noon. Shooters must be 18 or older and will shoot #9’s with no bull barrels or scopes and 675 minimum chokes. The shooting area is indoors and food and drink are available in the club room. For more information,

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contact 314-630-2671 or 314-330-7269.


Sundays: Jennings Do-Dads meeting

Every Monday-Friday: Evening Front Desk Volunteers Needed

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 SUDOKU answers from page F-1

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

1st 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 121124, 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: ferdfetsch@

Every third Tuesday of every month: Grief Support Group sponsored by DePaul Hospital 11:30am-1pm, Maryland Hgts. Comm. Ctr., 2300 McKelvey Rd. For more information, call 314.344.6873.

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

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Sports you see with Gary B... Stanley Cup winners get new facility to practice in Maryland Heights The Centene Community Ice Center (CCIC) is located at 750 Casino Center Drive (near Hollywood Casino) with the 277,000 square feet facility featuring four ice rinks for all ice sports, a strength and conditioning center and skills development areas.

The center includes spaces for public skating, training and special events for athletes of all abilities. The facility will be the official practice home of the 2018/2019 Stanley Cup Winner St. Louis Blues National Hockey League team. In addition to the hockey development facilities, an event center with 2,500 seats will support local university and other ice sport programs. A covered outdoor rink will offer an inviting atmosphere for the general public to skate in the winter months and enjoy community events like concerts, festivals, and markets in the warmer months. The facility’s community grand opening celebration is set for Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. followed by an entire day and evening of activities. For more information go to * Cool place

Women’s Volleyball team earn academic honors at UMSL The University of Missouri-St. Louis volleyball team has been selected as a recipient of the 2018-19 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award, as announced by the organization. Additionally, the Tritons were named to the AVCA’s Team Academic Honor Roll, which signifies a top-25 combined team GPA among Division II schools. The team recorded a combined GPA of 3.71 during the 2018-19 academic year. A total of 142 DII schools were honored with the Academic Award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, to hon-

or collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. * Grades first, sports second Rascals continue their winning ways The defending West Division champion River City Rascals baseball club plays in the Frontier League with home games at the friendly confines of the CarShield Field in O’Fallon. The team swept their doubleheader to highlight last week’s play over the Windy City ThunderBolts winning both games by a score of 2-1. Infielder Zach Lavy delivered the walk-off single in the home half of the 10th inning of the opener for the exciting finish. Reliever Jason Zgardowski (21) earned the win, retiring all six hitters he faced. Lavy’s blast in the bottom of the fifth gave the Rascals the lead for good in the nightcap. Andrew Vernon allowed a leadoff double in the top of the seventh, but retired the next three hitters in order to earn the save. FYI…when teams play a doubleheader in the Frontier League, each game is only a regulation, seven inning contest. If you are at the doubleheader Aug. 21, stop by the open air suite down the first base line and come by and say HEY to me, Gary B and I’ll give you a ‘shout out’ in my Aug. 28 sports article. For more info go to * Quality hits leads to two victories 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, among many other activities. I am currently hosting a Health show on 97.1 FM, ‘Prime Time Health’ www. It broadcasts Saturday nights at 8 and Sunday mornings at 9. • Community News • August 14 , 2019


Power-packed lunchbox ideas

Chinese Mandarin Pasta Salad Bento Box




Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all the digits 1 through 9.

Prep time: 20 minutes | Servings: 1

Ingredients 16 ounces rotini pasta 6 mini sweet peppers, sliced 3 mandarin oranges, peeled and segmented 3 green onions, sliced 2 cups baby spinach, chopped 1/2 cup matchstick carrots 1/2 cup sesame ginger dressing 1/4 cup chow mein noodles

1 kiwi, peeled and sliced 1/2 cup steamed edamame Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water. In large bowl, mix pasta, peppers, oranges, green onions, spinach, carrots and dressing. Toss to coat well. Top with chow mein noodles. Place in lunchbox with kiwi and edamame.

Turkey Taco Salad Bento Box Prep time: 10 minutes | Servings: 1

Ingredients 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce 1/4 cup cooked turkey meat, seasoned with taco seasoning 2 tablespoons shredded cheese 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered 2 tablespoons guacamole 1 ounce tortilla chips

Directions: Assemble taco salad with lettuce, taco meat, cheese and tomatoes. Place in lunchbox with guacamole and chips.

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Robert Pattinson adds ‘The Batman’ to his list of franchises


Movie: By Steve Bryan

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.

anding a key role in a popular franchise may provide a career boost to actors and actresses. Sylvester Stallone, for instance, became a star thanks to “Rocky,” reprising the lead role in subsequent sequels as well as the “Creed” spin-off. Between cinematic title fights, Stallone also played John Rambo in the “First Blood” series of films. The actor reprises Photo courtesy the character once again in the upcoming “Rambo: Last Blood.” When talking about franchise actors, Rob- in the long-running “Harry Potter” series, ert Pattinson has been just as fortunate as the story focused on the Tri-Wizard TournaStallone if not more so. He is slated to star ment where students from different schools in “The Batman,” a solo adventure for the of magic compete for top honors. Cedric, a Caped Crusader and an entry into the DC member of the Hufflepuff house, is chosen to Extended Universe (DCU). Pattinson will represent Hogwarts in this rather dangerous put on the cowl left behind by Ben Affleck, competition. Christian Bale, Michael Keeton, Adam West Though he is initially relieved that Cedand others. “The Batman” is slated for a June ric is the school’s champion, Harry’s also is 2021 theatrical release. mysteriously selected to compete. Diggory Pattinson is no stranger to the power of and the others are skilled young wizards, but franchises, though. In 2005, the actor played Harry doesn’t know as much magic as them. the key role of Cedric Diggory in “Harry Pot- There are forces working against both Harry ter and the Goblet of Fire.” The fourth film and Cedric and, suffice it to say, the Tri-Wiz-

ard tournament doesn’t end well for anyone. Cedric’s fate also influences the other entries in the franchise. Pattinson’s work in that franchise led to even better things. In 2008, he took on the role of Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” series. Based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer, the film follows Bella Swan, a human girl who meets Edward, a member of a vampire family. Unlike other literary vampires, Edward and his family drink only animal blood. Jacob, who can shapeshift into wolf form, also has feelings for Bella and the three of them form a romantic triangle. The “Twilight” series gave Pattinson even more exposure and taking on the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in a solo DCU outing makes sense. Ben Affleck, Pattinson’s immediate predecessor, didn’t seem to have a real handle on the character, but Pattinson has the chops to do well here. The DCU has enjoyed great success with the solo “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman” films, so this franchise actor is on track to help make “The Batman” a hit.




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Crossword: Back to School

‘Yeggs’ is a comic series about Robert and Bill, two rabbits who have opened their own egg franchise in the Midwest (St. Louis area). We follow their day to day lives, watching as they go about the hectic task of preparing for their one big day every year. Along the way they have adventures filled with fun, comic doings and pathos.

By Cindy Moore

Moore On Life It says on the calendar that as a world we must come together and devote our time, energy and resources to pay homage to the most worthy and deserving in our society. Of course, it’s International Cat Day. “Hey kitties,” I yell at my two fur wads. “It’s International Cat Day!” The skinny one awoke from its hourly slumber and said, (Yes, my cats can talk; can’t they all?) “Will there be a big parade where all of the dogs on earth bow and toss bouquets of catnip as we go by on our golden tufted thrones?” “No,” I say, “But you did get a big mention in Wikipedia.” The fat one lifted his head up from licking himself and balked in disgust then said, “Hmmph. When it’s rightly deemed Intergalactic Cat Day, give me a nudge otherwise rub my underbelly and bring me more kibble. Oh, and do make sure it’s fishy-flavored kibble and that there are no leftover beef-flavored ones lingering about because, not only is it International Cat Day, it’s also Thursday – salmon day.” Years ago when I saved these abandoned strays, I thought I’d be bringing in two grateful orphans whose remaining days would be spent repaying their rescuer with undying gratitude. Not so much. I carried the sassy beasts into their new home. They took a brief look around then turned to me and said, “It’s sufficient for our needs. You may stay, but only on trial basis. Keep the noise to a minimum and make sure breakfast is served

promptly at eight… with a smile.” From then on it’s been like walking on egg shells. I always have to watch my words. “Here babies, I brought you some nice leftover prime rib in a doggy bag.” “A doggy-what?!” the fat one cried, “I’d rather slurp up the hairball I just hacked on the carpet!” Then there was the time I tried to teach them to stop scratching on the furniture. I just completed their training and said, “Good boys. I guess you really can teach old dogs new tricks.” They both hissed at me then clawed up my new throw pillows. “That does it!” I yelled. “You’re both in the doghouse!” My husband’s favorite recliner turned into a pile of shredded bird-nesting material. I would have stopped them, but I had to run to the store. It was Thursday – salmon day.

He who rules

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, he 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.

ACROSS 1. “American Graffiti” director 6. *”High School ____” with Michael J. Fox 9. Chutzpah 13. *Beside, in Shakespeare class 14. Actor Lowe 15. “Melting Pot” island 16. Lazybones 17. General Services Administration 18. Prominent 19. *Opposite of wide ruled 21. *Like Core 23. Husk of corn 24. *Ballpoint type 25. Pet rock or Beanie Baby 28. Foal’s mother 30. Put on a pedestal 35. Flock’s echo 37. *Human Biology focus 39. *Divide by two 40. Plural of focus 41. #28 Across girlfriend? 43. Iranian coin 44. Resembling a serpent 46. “Cogito, ____ sum” 47. Taro plant 48. Radiant 50. Taj Mahal city 52. *Even, in Poetry class 53. *Ginsberg’s lit class staple 55. *Students’ docs

57. *What Miss Othmar said 60. *Lunch box companion 64. “Tippe____ and Tyler Too” 65. International Monetary Fund 67. Physicist of exclusion principle fame 68. *First-year undergrad 69. Luftwaffe’s WWII enemy 70. Arch of ____, Rome 71. Lincoln coin 72. I do this with my little eye 73. Hoity-toity sorts DOWN 1. Nonclerical 2. Ctrl + Z 3. Unit of life 4. Anoint 5. Watch Hulu, e.g. 6. Spur on 7. ABBA’s 1975 hit 8. *Olden schoolhouse math tool 9. Steal 10. *Type of sax in band 11. Bank holding 12. 1960s altered state inducer 15. Catch in a net 20. “Up for ____” 22. *Smallest whole

number 24. F in FBI 25. *Financial aid acronym 26. In the midst 27. Hot rod sticker 29. *Traditional learning method 31. Container weight 32. Omit 33. Avoid, as in taxes 34. *Thornton of “Back to School” fame 36. Goddess of victory 38. Slang for safecracker 42. Not Ionic or Corinthian 45. Name of God in the Old Testament 49. Extinct flightless bird 51. Virtuosos 54. Sounds like a helicopter 56. “The rain in ____ falls mainly in the plain” 57. Ending with hard or soft 58. *Soon, in Shakespeare class 59. Rat during bubonic plaque epidemic, e.g. 60. Questionable 61. *Drivers Ed “classroom” 62. *Afterschool gettogether 63. Gene Simmons’ band 64. Chlorofluorocarbon 66. *Geography class prop SEE ANSWERS ON PAGE 9

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