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September 9, 2020

Feeding kids during COVID-19

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New Director of Child Nutrition at Riverview Gardens School District discusses the challenges of keeping students fed during the coronavirus pandemic By Charlotte Beard On July 1, the Riverview Gardens School District welcomed Shannon Ebron to its team as Director of Child Nutrition. “I’m really excited to serve the Riverview Gardens School District community,” states Ebron. “I’m really happy to be here.” Ebron received recognition from the Chef Ann Foundation and Danone North America for her contributions in adjusting to the challenges of food service during COVID-19 – providing meals curbside and on the bus. Ebron has shared her experience of being a food service professional during COVID-19 and how it has changed the food service operations for school districts. Before transitioning to Riverview Gardens, Ebron served two years as Assistant Director of Nutrition for the Fox C-6 School District. She shared that her greatest responsibility at the previous district was

menu planning and nutrition analysis of the meals. With that role required management of allergy data, calorie and carb counts, and collaboration with the district’s nurses. According to Ebron, in her new role for Riverview Gardens she is responsible for all aspects of the district’s nutrition department. She shares that Fox C-6 gave her the exposure she needed while supporting the head director in that district. Ebron stated, “I’m responsible for everything – menu planning, financial management of the department, (various) HR responsibilities (hiring team members), sourcing the products that we serve, (kitchen) equipment purchases and (maintenance) – all aspects of running the nutrition services operations every day. Fox C-6 prepared me (in) the networking aspects. My former director (at Fox C-6) was good See ‘FEEDING’ page 2

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‘FEEDING’ from cover at networking and knowing various child nutrition professionals, and she introduced me to a lot of people. So, I feel like I have a lot of knowledge about food and equipment. I feel (that) I have a really good support network now that I’m director here at the Riverview Gardens School District.” Ebron is fortunate to have already been exposed to serving during the pandemic. “The transition started for me at Fox C-6,” stated Ebron. “One thing that changed my day-to-day activities was (that I began to) serve more in a production role. I really had the ability to get close to my team members because I was working with them more closely at one site instead of being dispersed at many school buildings. We centralized our food production down to two sites. So, it was great because I built relationships with my team members and I feel like I am having the same experience here at Riverview Gardens School District. We centralized our food production here for the school year to two sites, and we are currently distributing our meals through bus route service, so we partner with our First Stu-

dent transportation here for the Riverview Gardens School District. We’re delivering meals via bus route.” Ebron shared that being involved in the bus routes during COVID-19 has helped her learn more about the Riverview Gardens School District. “The transition (in) the pandemic I feel has made us closer,” stated Ebron. “It has given me the opportunity to know my team members better and (enable me) to affirm the work that they do every day.” Ebron stated that the school district is still serving the same menu they would have if students were not being home schooled. “We’re fortunate to have a centralized kitchen site that has automated packing equipment,” stated Ebron. “So, we are still able to serve the entrees and follow the USDA nutrition guidelines for our meals. We are still serving fresh fruit and I’m looking to incorporate more fresh vegetables into our meals.” Ebron shared that she feels she can increase the access to food in the Riverview Gardens School District. She stated that once “we get past the pandemic” she

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wants to start a fresh food and vegetable program. “(There is) a grant program offered through the USDA that would allow us to serve at least two fresh vegetables snacks per week,” stated Ebron. “I’ve had the opportunity to implement this program at another school district (where) I was employed. I really want to bring that program here to help address food insecurity. I also want to look at bringing in after school meals and snacks. (In addition), I noticed there is an opportunity to add more flexible equipment here – maybe more modular equipment to help hold our (hot vs. cold) meals in the cafeteria sites.” According to Ebron, one of her other great responsibilities in the previous district where she served was social media management for its nutrition services department. “I really want to put more nutrition information about our meals on the (district) website. I really see that there’s an opportunity to share nutrition analysis about our meals – calories, carb counts, and other information.”

By Dr. Rance Thomas

Wearing masks and social distancing helps the common good Since we are facing an upturn or rise in the Covid-19 virus in the St. Louis Metropolitan and the Metro East areas, we are still in a position that demands that we follow the health experts’ recommendations. These include wearing face mass, maintaining social distance (remaining six-feet apart), and washing our hands frequently. However, some individuals are still not following these guidelines. This is even true when they are required to wear masks in order to enter certain stores, such as Schnucks and Walmart. Some wear the masks until they get inside the stores, then they lower them from over their nose and sometimes over both their nose and mouth. Further, some ignore the social distance guidelines as well. It is very difficult to understand why they ignore these requirements. However, I am certain that some do not realize that they are not only endangering others but themselves as well. That is, masks not only protect others, but also protect the wearers as well. As a result, it is very difficult to understand their behavior. As a sociologist, in analyzing human social behavior, it is understandable that some are rebellious and feel that they cannot be told what to do. Others tend to mistakenly believe that they are immune from the virus, and as some have stated nationally their freedom or constitutional rights are being taken away.

Others do not take the virus seriously. They do not realize that many of our rights have already been taken away for the common good. For example, we cannot drive when we have consumed a certain amount of alcohol, and we are also required by law to wear seat belts. There are many more rights that have been taken away including not smoking or carry weapons into certain buildings. Further, we cannot falsely yell “fire in a theater,” and we must have a driver’s license to legally drive a vehicle, etc. These are just a few things that we must do or not do by law to avoid being held accountable in a court of law. With respect to gatherings in large crowds, this can be explained by human beings as social beings and need social contact with others. Since those who do this in opposition to the recommendations or mandated guidelines find it very difficult to remain isolated for long periods of time, they tend to feel a strong desire to associate with others. We see some examples of this in bars, night clubs, parks, beaches, etc. This is especially true in America, because we feel we have more freedom than individuals in many other countries. Further, many of these other countries demand stricter obedience than we do and individuals tend to obey them. We are not the largest country in the world, we have by far the largest number of Covid-29 cases and the largest number of deaths from this

virus. This is even truer if we look at the rate per population. In spite of the loneliness and isolation, we need a national policy demanding that individuals obey these guidelines for the common good. These policies must not only be mandated, but they need to be enforced as well. If we do not do this, we will have a very difficult time gaining and maintaining control of this virus. It is very important that we do. In fact, the health experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the situation will get worst if we do not demand stricter adherence to these guidelines. They tell us the virus infection rate will climb significantly during the fall and winter months when individuals will be forced to stay indoors due to the weather. Let us all think about the common good and the safety of ourselves and others. Dr. Rance Thomas is Professor Emeritus of Sociology/Criminal Justice and co-founder and President of North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice. 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.


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Kids celebrate their commitment to ending cancer with an enormous car parade Kids on a mission to create a world without cancer will convene on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. for a celebratory car parade to kick off the Pedal the Cause Kids Challenge sponsored by Ameren. The parade will begin at St. Louis Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Center in Town and Country and end at the Pedal the Cause Honor Field at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Revelers will include kids who are participating in the Kids Challenge, as well as kids who are actively being treated for cancer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and are in the Pedal the Cause Ride for a Child Program sponsored by Clayco. “Like our main event, the Pedal the Cause Kids Challenge will look different this year,” says David Drier, Executive Director of Pedal the Cause. “Although our youngest participants will be completing a physical challenge on their own on Sept. 26 and 27, we are excited for the opportunity to come together in a safe way so these kids can share their

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excitement for curing cancer with the community. In a hard year, this is just the kind of celebration and emotional boost we all need right now.” The car parade will include over 60 vehicles of kids and their families, escorted by the Chesterfield Police Department. The Monarch Fire Department will be on hand to celebrate with fire trucks at the start of the parade. This year, Pedal the Cause Inspired will build on the organization’s ten-year history of riding and raising funds to support novel ideas in cancer research. Last year’s record-breaking donation of $4.74 million brings the total funds donated by Pedal the Cause since 2010 to $29,077,611. This money has funded 156 cancer research projects at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, creating breakthrough discoveries, innovative treatments and cures for cancer patients.

2020 St. Louis Women of Achievement announced, awards celebration to be broadcast Sept. 14 Women of Achievement has announced the 2020 Women of Achievement – a selection of 10 extraordinary volunteers from the St. Louis metropolitan region. The St. Louis Women of Achievement Award, which was founded in 1955, is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women. The 10 honorees were originally scheduled to be recognized at the 2020 Women of Achievement Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton on May 12, and later on Sept. 15, but the luncheon was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the honorees are being recognized in an hour-long awards celebration broadcast on Nine PBS on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. A recording of the program will also go online on Women of Achievement’s website (woastl.org) after the broadcast. The 2020 Women of Achievement: Susan Balk — Impactful Leadership Debbie Caplin — Pet Therapy Advocacy Carlene Davis — Lifetime Service Susan Gobbo — Multicultural Enrichment Jennifer Hillman — Creative Philanthropy Susan Hockensmith — Compassionate Welfare Sherrill Jackson — Health & Education Toni Renee Jordan — Change Agent Susan Katzman — Women’s Empowerment Joan Lipkin — Arts & Social Justice The 65th Women of Achievement Awards Celebration’s mistress of ceremonies is Carol Daniel of KMOX, and the celebration was filmed at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in advance of the Sept. 14 broadcast. The celebration includes this year’s honorees walking the red carpet, receiving their awards, and presentations by Women of Achievement President Marian Nunn (Class of

2013), Luncheon Chair Joni Karandjeff (Class of 2008), and presenting sponsors KMOX, Ladue News and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The awards celebration also includes additional segments highlighting the history of Women of Achievement, its role in the St. Louis area, and acknowledgement of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. A heartwarming portion of the program is individual segments dedicated to each honoree. The segments include interviews with honorees’ volunteer colleagues and/or family members, and draw attention to each honoree’s years of volunteer service and the impact of that service and leadership. “We are delighted to partner with the Nine Network to air the 2020 awards in this new, transformative format,” said Women of Achievement President Marian Nunn. “This year’s Women of Achievement are not only creative and true leaders, but also flexible as we continued to adjust our plans during the pandemic. Now, with this wonderful broadcast support of Nine Network, even more people will know the contributions of these incredible women.” Women of Achievement honorees are selected from nominations from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis region through voluntary contributions, volunteer leadership and a significant breadth of a volunteer career. Women of Achievement considers nominees with significant volunteer impact in areas such as, but not limited to, education, arts, health and human services, youth and family, philanthropy, social justice and advocacy. The chair of the 2020 Women of Achievement Awards Celebration is Joni Karandjeff (Class of 2008) and the vice chair is Elizabeth Mannen (Class of 2017).

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What do you mean “Boxed?” Since March of 2020, many things have changed as we continue to navigate through the effects of COVID-19. Events having large gatherings of people have taken on a different look, so has the Taste in Ferguson. You have always enjoyed great food from an array of vendors at the Taste in Ferguson event. Well you still can this year! You are going to enjoy their same great food individually packaged and served in a large box. Instead of coming to the Savoy and walking up to the food vendor’s tent, you will be driving up to the Savoy and receiving a large box filled with 15 delicious freshly prepared sample size servings from our local food vendors. Hence, the Eighth Annual Taste in Ferguson will be served “Boxed!” This year’s Taste event has a dual purpose. As always, The Robbie McGartland and Samantha Lipka Memorial Scholarship Funds will continue to provide scholarships to our local grade school and high school youth. Your support will also be helping local food vendors. Many of them have faced challenging times this year and unfortunately, a few core restaurants have had to close their businesses. In past years, food vendors provided most of their food for free. This year a portion of each ticket sold will be coving their food cost.

Food vendors this year are: Paul’s Market, Red’s, Mann Meats, Adam’s Smokehouse, Drake’s Place, Just Chicken, Helfer’s, Papa Murphy’s, Amore Pizza, Pho Long, Sam’s Club, Cupcake Fetish, Soul Coffee Roaster and Made. by Lia. Event Food Box pick up will be Sept. 13, from 4-6 p.m. at the Savoy Banquet Center at 119 S Florissant Road in Ferguson. There are three levels of tickets: • Taste Sampler Box: $35 with samples from every vendor includes a soda or water. • Taste Sampler Box Plus: $50 with samples from every vendor includes a soda or water plus special gift. • Taste Sampler VIP Experience: $125 with samples from every vendor, unlimited beer, wine, soda & water, special gift, reserved parking behind the Savoy and music to enjoy. Limited tickets will be sold. The VIP Experience begins at 3 p.m. on Sept. 13. Social distancing requirements will be followed. Tickets are on sale at Paul’s Market, Robinwood Automotive, Saturday mornings at the Farmers Market and online at thetasteinferguson.com.


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Online you will find a 50/50 raffle and your donations are always welcome. Come on out, pick up “The Taste in a Box” and enjoy some great food in the comfort of your own home all while supporting our local youth and food vendors. For more details and the latest updates visit thetasteinferguson.com. The Taste in Ferguson fundraiser event was created for raising scholarship money in memory of Robbie McGartland and Samantha Lipka and to hold an annual event to showcase the Ferguson Community. Since its inception in June of 2013, The Taste in Ferguson has grown in popularity and continues to flourish even more each year. It has become the premier food event in the city of Ferguson with over 1,000 people in attendance. In addition, the event has started attracting many attendees, vendors and sponsors from outside of the community. Over the last seven years, through the generosity of many, The Taste in Ferguson has raised $200,000 for the Robbie McGartland & Samantha Lipka Memorial Scholarship Fund. All the

money raised has benefited local youth and their families with scholarships for high school seniors attending college from the Ferguson­ Florissant School District, other local high schools, as well as scholarships for grade school students attending Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School. Several local youth camps and organizations have also benefited from the proceeds. These scholar-

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St. Louis Area Foodbank needs support Hunger impacts people in every corner of the country, including hundreds of thousands of our neighbors in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. The St. Louis Area Foodbank has seen a 40 percent increase in the amount of food it distributes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why the St. Louis Area Foodbank joins Feeding America food banks nationwide this September to take part in Hunger Action Month and inspire people to take action and bring attention to the reality of food insecurity in America. This year’s campaign comes at a critical time when the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt millions of people living paycheck to paycheck. Due to staggering unemployment rates, Feeding America estimates an additional 17 million people could be food insecure in 2020 as a result of this crisis, bringing the total up to 54 million people. “Hunger Action Month is an opportunity to show that when we work together, we can have a huge impact on the lives of kids, families, and seniors facing food insecurity in the bi-state region,” said St. Louis Area Foodbank President and CEO, Meredith Knopp. “As the past few months have demonstrated, hunger can truly affect anyone. We’re all one life event away from needing assistance. However, we’ve also seen that anyone can affect hunger. Whether you are five or 95, we can use our collective energy to improve the lives of people in our community. We invite you to join us this September to fight hunger and feed hope throughout the region,” Knopp concluded. The St. Louis Area Foodbank has many activities planned to engage the community in hunger relief and awareness building, including:

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STL Chefs Against Hunger - Every September, the foodbank partners with local restaurants for STL Chefs Against Hunger, a month-long campaign where restaurants create a special dish and donate a portion of the proceeds. This year, due to the struggles faced by the restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, the foodbank is creating a “foodie-raffle” to help feed hungry neighbors and support local restaurant partners. For every $10 donation to the Hungry for Change campaign, donors will receive one chance to win a restaurant gift card (and provide 40 meals to area families). http://stlfoodbank.org/chefsagainsthungerstl/ Step Up to the Plate - Along with Cardinals Care, the foodbank is teaming up with Royals Charities and Harvesters Food Bank in Kansas City the to fight hunger in our communities. Through September 23, funds will be raised, with a combined goal of $30,000 ($15,000 per team) to help those facing food insecurity during these unprecedented times. http://Cardinals.com/hunger Round Up, Fight Hunger - Walmart and Sam’s Club customers and members now have the option to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar in stores, clubs and online at http:// Walmart.com and the Walmart app. All the donated change in the foodbank’s 26-county service territory stays local. Go Orange – Orange is the national color of hunger awareness. Throughout September, the foodbank encourages everyone to take a selfie wearing something orange, holding something orange or standing next to something orange and post their photos on social media using the hashtag #HungryForChange to raise awareness. “We need your help now more than ever,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Hunger in this country existed long before COVID-19, but the pandemic has thrust more and more of our neighbors into food insecurity, and food banks are responding to a sustained, increased demand. With support of the community, together we can end hunger one helping at a time.” September marks the thirteenth year the Feeding America network has organized this annual call to action. To learn more about the St. Louis Area Foodbank and other ways you can get involved for Hunger Action Month in the bi-state region, please visit STLFoodbank.org/HAM or HungerActionMonth.org. You can also join the conversation by posting photos or stories to social media with #HungerActionMonth, @STLFoodbank and @ FeedingAmerica.


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Living with Multiple Sclerosis during the coronavirus pandemic

People living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are understandably concerned about their health outcome if they acquire COVID-19. The National MS Society understand this and conducted a study of patients living with MS who acquired the virus. Current evidence suggests that simply having MS does not increase the risk of dying from COVID-19. However, the possible long-term consequences of having MS may make people more susceptible to having a severe case of COVID-19. The risk of having to go to the hospital rises with age, progressive MS and higher levels of disability. Certain groups of people with MS may be at an increased risk of becoming severely ill or dying with COVID-19. The following groups should take extra care to minimize their exposure to the virus: • People with progressive MS • People with MS over the age of 60 • People with higher levels of disability (for example, an EDSS score of 6 or above) • People with diseases of the heart or lungs

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• People with obesity (body mass index of 30 or higher) tional MS Society, Gateway Market. Learn more about ways to protect yourself and boost She has extensive experience in non-profit management and appreyour immune system by visiting the National MS web- ciates the impact philanthropic orgasite at nationalmssociety.org/coronavirus-covid-19-in- nizations are making in our commuformation. You can also learn about current research nity. She is a native St. Louisan and studies examining the impact of the virus on those liv- graduate of Saint Louis University. ing with MS. The opinions expressed in this Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the column are the columnist’s alone central nervous system that disrupts the flow of infor- and do not reflect the opinion of the mation within the brain, and between the brain and the owners or staff of Community News. body. The National MS Society’s vision is a world free of MS and our mission is to stop MS in its track, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. To support our work, please visit nationalmssociety.org/donate Your gift will help fund cutting-edge research, drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education, and provide programs and services to help people with MS move their lives forward. www.SeniorsHelpingSeniors.com/StLouisCentral Christie Derbin is the President for the Na-

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The events listed in this section are the latest updates as of press time, please check with individual sites for the most up to date cancellations and reschedule info.

EVENTS Sept. 19: Creative lab and open mic

North County Writing & Arts Network creative lab and open mic takes place at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Text or email to attend for meeting link and guidelines to 314-210-4774, nocowan@yahoo.com or join on MeetUp.

RECURRING EVENTS 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 cban-

askavich@jfcs-stl.org.

Weekdays: Tax filing program volunteers

Seeking greeters, appointment schedulers, and tax preparers to assist older adults in the St. Louis County Tax Filing Program. Training and mileage reimbursement is provided. For more information and to start the volunteer application process, contact the County Older Resident Programs and ask for Mike Nickel at 314-615-4021.

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.

Come, join and take off those extra pounds. T.O.P.S.=Take Off Pounds Sensibly has meetings on Monday nights at 7 p.m. (weigh in begins at 6:35 p.m.) 9135 Shelley Avenue, Overland, MO 63114. (Entrance is in the back on East Milton). TOPS is a very inexpensive way to lose weight. You may visit a meeting for free. Any questions please call Dan Agee at 314540-5223.

Mondays: Choral Arts Singers practice

Choral Arts Singers resume practice on Mondays, at 7 p.m. at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd. in Lake St. Louis. New singers are welcome. Auditions are not required. See www.concertarts.org.

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: 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. For a limited period the Chapter will pay for one (1) year membership for new members.

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 cpiece@caastlc.org for additional information.

Tuesdays: A cappella singers

The Gentlemen of Sound are looking for men who like to sing or want to learn. They practice Tuesdays at Lady of the Pillar school at 401 S. Lindbergh from 7 – 9 p.m. They try to do public events monthly. Always looking for new members. Come by or call Charlie at 314-954-1121.

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.lifepointministries.church/celebrate-recovery 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 stlouischordinals.org.

Tuesdays: Vietnam Veterans 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 314-9212132. Chapter will pay for one (1) year membership for new members.

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2nd Tuesday Sept.-June: Showme Stitchers:

Show-me Stitchers is the local chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. We meet on the second Tuesday, Sept.-June at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 14088 Clayton Road, Chesterfield, MO. Learn needlepoint, embroidery, cross stitch, and more.

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.

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 314921-2316.

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 314-660-1813.

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.

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, 314994-3300. 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.


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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: checks

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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.

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Women’s

chorus

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 www.cityvoiceschorus.org.

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

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 www.stpeterschurch.org

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.

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

Sundays: meeting

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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 www.jenningsdodads.org.

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

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 4445 located on 17090 Old Jamestown Rd. between Sinks Rd. and Lindbergh starting noon Sept. 15 thru Nov. 17; and in the spring, Feb. 2 thru March 8 rain or shine. Great meat prizes awarded.

Sundays: AMVETS meat shoot

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2 p.m., Life Care Center of Florissant, 1201 Garden Plaza Dr. For more information, call 314-831-3752.

Saturdays: Yoga

Yoga returns to Calvary UCC at 2501 Hartland Avenue, on Saturdays from 10:30-11:30. Masks and social distancing are required in the building and participants should bring hand sanitizer with them. For further information call Angela at 314-801-8594.

Saturdays: Toastmasters meeting

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: 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

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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

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Normandy Early Learning Center receives state license ahead of schedule Normandy Schools Collaborative’s Early Learning Center (ELC) is now a state-licensed early childhood education provider. The ELC received its Missouri license on Aug. 14, five months ahead of the scheduled date in 2021. The ELC is licensed to serve up to 189 students in its pre-kindergarten program. “We are thrilled to receive our state license ahead of schedule,” said Dr. Crystal Hunter, director of early learning at the Normandy Early Learning Center. “With COVID-19 and building construction behind schedule, this was a very difficult process; however, we have a great team who all worked very hard to achieve this recognition.” The ELC, which opened for its first year of learning in August 2019, started the process to obtain the state license when staff moved into the new facility. District and ELC staff first worked with the local fire marshal and sanitation inspector from Jefferson City, Mo., to ensure all necessary requirements were met. Then, the

state performed a comprehensive paperwork review and classroom observations. “Through the licensing process all aspects of safety are examined,” said Dr. Hunter. “Every sink is checked for proper temperature control; each classroom is measured for square footage minus furniture to ensure enough room for students to move safely. All equipment is counted by the piece and inspected, and playground equipment is measured for safety.” “Obtaining state licensing is a tangible example of Normandy Schools Collaborative’s commitment to providing high-quality early childhood education for our community,” said Marcus C. Robinson, Normandy Superintendent of Schools. “We want every family in the Normandy footprint to feel confident in sending their child to the Normandy Early Learning Center.” ELC staff had to go through multiple background checks, and specialized professional development. “Students and staff washing hands and the sanita-

Photo courtesy Normandy Schools Collaborative Students at the Normandy Early Learning Center work with building blocks in the classroom of the district’s newest school. The school’s early childhood program recently earned its state license.

tion process of items in the classroom were observed. These practices have really helped our staff understand and prepare for the opening of our school during the COVID-19 pandemic,” explained Dr. Hunter.

STLCC Foundation receives funds to establish endowed scholarship for health care careers The St. Louis Community College Foundation has received a contribution from BJC HealthCare to establish the Valerie Bell and Kelvin Westbrook Endowed Scholarship for Health Care Careers. The gift was made to recognize Kelvin’s longstanding board service to BJC HealthCare and to support the vision of Valerie and Kelvin to improve opportunities for young people. This scholarship fund is established by BJC HealthCare in honor of Valerie Bell and Kelvin Westbrook and will encourage and inspire deserving students to earn a degree in a health care career path at St. Louis Community College. It covers tuition and books for a year and will fol-

low the selected student to graduation if that student remains in good standing. “We are honored and humbled by BJC’s generous gift to the STLCC Foundation to assist students pursuing careers in health care professions,” said Jeff L. Pittman, Ph.D., STLCC chancellor. “Increasing accessibility to scholarships increases opportunities for our students to enroll and persist in a health care career pathway, particularly during this pandemic. We are grateful for BJC’s generous investment in our students and in transforming today’s students into tomorrow’s health care professionals.” STLCC now trains the vast

majority of nurses and allied health care workers in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The College’s Center for Nursing and Health Sciences is home to approximately 900 students in nursing and 13 other high-demand health science professions. The college recently expanded the capacity of its nursing program by more than 50 percent. The emergency medical technician and ultrasound technology programs have also expanded to meet demand. Rich Liekweg, CEO of BJC HealthCare, said the scholarship fund will enhance STLCC’s ability to train quality healthcare professionals as well as increase diversity in the medical profes-

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sions to better serve patients throughout the region. “Kelvin Westbrook is one of BJC’s longest serving board members, retiring as board chair in December 2019. Together, Kelvin and Valerie have devoted so much of their time and energy to helping to improve health care and education in our region,” said Liekweg. “BJC is pleased to be able to reflect both of their passions with the establishment of the Valerie Bell and Kelvin Westbrook Endowed Scholarship for Health Care Careers.” At STLCC, more than 59 percent of students receive financial assistance, with unmet student financial aid topping $40 million. A respected attorney and civic volunteer, Bell is passionate about public education. She is a former member of the St. Louis Community College Foundation Board of Directors. She is a current member and past chair of the board of the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation. Westbrook is president and CEO of KRW Advisors, LLC. KRW Advisors provides strategic and general business and consulting services to companies in telecommunications, media and other industries. He serves on the boards of several public companies. Westbrook has provided valuable insight into helping STLCC grow its commitment to developing trained health care professionals

for the region. Bell and Westbrook, who married after meeting at Harvard Law School, will select the scholarship recipient with recommendations from the student’s academic program lead. They will meet the first scholarship recipient, as well as attend the student’s graduation or pinning ceremony. Recipients must meet the following criteria: 1. Be currently enrolled at STLCC and pursuing a degree in a health care career pathway. 2. Complete a scholarship application. 3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be in good standing. 4. Demonstrate unmet financial need as determined by the financial aid office under the standard federal needs analysis formula. 5. Preference will be given to students of color. 6. Recipient will be required to send a note of thanks to the donor as a condition of receiving the award and agree to meet with the donors at a mutually agreed upon time. Students must complete a scholarship application and submit other materials as required to the financial aid office. Applications are available on the STLCC Foundation Scholarship website.


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Ingredients: 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas 1 ½ teaspoon olive oil 2 medium zucchinis, chopped 2 plum tomatoes, chopped 1 medium red onion, chopped 1 each green and red bell pepper, chopped 2 jalapeno peppers, with seeds, mince 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed 4 scallions, green and white parts, minced ¼ cup chopped cilantro (plus 4 sprigs for garnish) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 ½ cups grated pepper jack cheese ¼ cup fat-free sour cream Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place corn tortillas on baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes or until crisp. While tortillas are in the oven, heat a large, nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add oil. Once hot, sauté zucchini, tomatoes, onion, peppers, corn and scallion for 4 minutes. D rain excess liquids through a mesh strainer. Return vegetables to pan. Stir in cilantro and salt.

Onto each of 4 baked tortillas, sprinkle 3 tablespoons of the cheese and 1/8 of vegetable mixture. Top each with another baked tortilla. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and vegetable mixture. Top with remaining baked tortillas. Serve each “tower” with 1 tablespoon sour cream, and if desired, fresh cilantro. Nutrition facts: 460 Calories, 18 grams fat, 60 grams carbohydrate, 18 grams protein, 29% DV calcium

Visit www.stldairycouncil.org and check out our “Dairy + Plant-Based Diets” under “Our Resources.”

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Remembering Chadwick Boseman

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.

On Aug. 28, actor Chadwick Boseman passed away at the age of 43. Best known for playing T’Challa, the heir to the technologically advanced kingdom of Wakanda, in 2018’s “Black Panther,” Boseman had been battling colon cancer for years. The news of his death quickly flashed across social media as fans and colleagues paid tribute to the fallen actor. A few days later, Marvel Studios and ABC honored him with a special tribute and the network television debut of “Black Panther.” Before making his indelible mark in the MCU, Boseman turned in an impressive performance as Jackie Robinson in 2013’s “42.” This film focused on Robinson’s struggles after he broke baseball’s color barrier as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Boseman personified the legendary athlete’s battle against hatred and prejudice on and off the field. Harrison Ford had some great moments opposite Boseman as Branch Rickey, the President and General Manager of the Dodgers who made Robinson part of the team. Boseman continued to portray real-life figures on the big screen. In 2014’s “Get on Up,” for example, he played James Brown, the leg-

Panther, so T’Challa took over that role while looking for the person responsible for his father’s death. The “Black Panther” movie also offered a deeper look into the Kingdom of Wakanda in Africa, home to one of the largest deposits of the rare metal Vibranium. Boseman, in character as T’Challa, returned home to assume the throne of Wakanda, but dark secrets from his father’s past came back to haunt him. One of ‘Black Panther’ photo courtesy Marvel Studios. those secrets involved Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. endary singer and performer. Directed by Jordan), a cousin of T’Challa, who challenged Tate Taylor (“The Help”), this biopic focuses him for leadership of Wakanda. on pivotal moments Brown’s in life, showing Chadwick Boseman was outstanding in his humble beginnings as well as his triumphs “Black Panther” and he reprised his role in and tragedies. Although the story was told in both “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: out-of-sequence flashbacks, Boseman’s perfor- Endgame.” In between the Marvel movies, he mance as the “Godfather of Soul” was praised even portrayed Supreme Court Justice Thurby both critics and audiences. good Marshall in 2017’s “Marshall.” At the Arguably, Boseman will be best remem- time of his death, he was preparing for “Black bered for playing the title role in “Black Pan- Panther 2.” No matter if he was playing a king, ther,” which was a lead in to “Avengers: Infinity Thurgood Marshall or Jackie Robinson, BoseWars.” His character first appeared in 2016’s man was a consummate actor and an inspira“Captain America: Civil War” and showed how tion. He left behind a solid body of work and his father, King T’Chaka of Wakanda, perished he will be missed. in an explosion. T’Chaka had been the Black


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Yeggs

John Hanna

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‘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.

Moore On Life I guess it’s time to retire my fuzzy leg warmers and platform heels because 2020 has reigned in a new trendy accessory. Yes, face masks are here for who knows how long and because of this, the fashion conscious public demands they be stylish. I suppose if we are going to be forced to wear these uncomfortable face-diapers then at least they need to make a statement. Newlyweds are on board. Couples about to be married are now having them custom-made to match their formal attire; lacy for the bride and silky black for the groom. This makes me wonder if the customary kiss will be allowed at the end of the ceremony with face coverings blocking the process. I’m thinking…no. “You may now kiss the…err…you may now head bump the bride…gently.” Other people are using the occasion to displaying messages. Kind of like a personal face billboard. Cute phrases are popping up like: “Keep your distance” or, “What day is it?” My personal favorite is: “Not here to rob anyone.” Some daring individuals are even posting political statements on their masks. These people are asking for a face punch and have very few brain cells left in their collection; either that or they have lined the inside of their mask with a metal plate. Kids are having fun with them. Moms are sending their little ones off to school with masks sporting their favorite cartoon or super hero character. Unfortunately, little Timmy will most likely come home with a brown paper lunch bag – over his face with eyeholes cut out. Mom: “Timmy! Where is the face mask I put on you this morning?!” Timmy: “I traded it with Benny for Cheetos.” Mom: “Well trade it right back from him tomorrow!”

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In style Timmy: “I can’t. He traded it with Becky for a rock.” Yeah, not gonna work. When my kids were that age I couldn’t get them to keep their pants on let alone expect them to wear a suffocating face shield all day. So I’m joining in with the chic people. I make sure my mask matches the outfit I have on that day. When I leave a building, I pull it down under my chin. I call it my chin hammock. I feel so fashionable and up-to-date. It looks great with my sassy mullet. Cindy Moore is the mother of three superlative kids, servant of two self-indulgent felines and wife to one nifty husband. Her ficticious occupation? Archeological Humorist: someone who unearths absurdity and hilarity in strange and unusual places including public restrooms, the lint filter, and church meetings. Most recently, she excavated a find in her neighbor’s bird feeder. The opinions expressed in this column are Cindy Moore’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

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48. Sound setup 50. “CliffsNotes,” e.g. 52. Fifth note 53. Genuflecting joint 55. “____ he drove out of sight...” 57. *Back to what? 60. *____ weather 64. Cell dweller 65. Tokyo, pre-1868 67. Out of the way 68. Be needy 69. Sticky stuff 70. Conical dwelling 71. Heidi’s shoe 72. Asian capital 73. Move furtively DOWN 1. Famous Steffi 2. Do over 3. Twelfth month of Jewish year 4. Locomotive hair 5. Canadian capital 6. Cry of glee 7. *Wagon “cushion” 8. Last letter, to Homer 9. Standard’s partner 10. Crucifix 11. Change for a five 12. Funny Poehler’s funny friend 15. Himalayan kingdom 20. Relating to genes 22. Unit of electrical

resistance 24. Boo-boo wrap 25. *Next spring’s flowers 26. To the left, on a boat 27. Safari hat 29. Fonzie: “Sit ____ ____!” 31. Top of the Capitol 32. *Fall bounty 33. Prenatal test, for short 34. *Pumpkin garden 36. Not far 38. Big rig 42. Stitch again 45. Vietnam river 49. Lennon’s widow 51. *Celebrant’s bagful 54. Lament for the dead 56. Artist’s tripod 57. Exchange for money 58. Greek muse of history 59. Before Kong 60. Any time now 61. #70 Across, alt. sp. 62. Biblical paradise 63. Stink to high heaven 64. Broadband access overseer 66. Unidentified John

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