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ARTICLES LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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Our January Cover Kid is Lilia Gordon St. Louis Jewish Parents Magazine features St. Louis kids on our cover every issue. Photo by Spoonful of Sugar Photography.

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Don’t Touch, Baby Bites 12 Stand Up And Fight 16 Thank You Cards 22 Applying for Jobs 28

DADDY & ME DR. JESSE KAVADLO 40

COMMUNITY

Yasher Koach! Employment Opportunities Welcome New Advertisers Thank You

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If You Give a Kid a Cookie NUTRITION NUGGETS DR. KATHY MORA 32

Calcium - Part One FROM THE DOCTOR

“BABY” BUSINESSES 26

Concerning Coughs By Kirstin Campbell, M.D. FUN-DERFUL SUMMER MOMENTS

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Summer at Washington University VOICE OF GENERATION J

Pressure By Anya Tullman

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JANUARY CALENDAR 42 Jewish, Secular, & School/Synagogue Events JEWISH HOLIDAY EXPLAINED

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Asara B’Tevet NEWS & BOOKS

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Eyes Open By Jennifer Baer Lotsoff, MSW

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Parent Moments PLAYROOM 14 Fun Facts: Internet Lingo Word of the Month: Ice skate PLUS: Chess • Jokes • Adeena’s Review

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While delivering magazines throughout December, I heard “You have a Merry Christmas” over and over again. Finally, after 100 Christmas wishes, 1 person wished me a happy Chanukah. I was so excited that I stopped, said thank you, and made a comment on how I was impressed that she knew to say that. Turns out that SHE was also Jewish. (I felt silly.) After the second set of ~100 Yuletide greetings, I was again wished a Happy Chanukah. This time, I said, “Thank you. I hope you have a happy Chanukah too.” She replied with, “Oh, I am not Jewish. I just picked up your magazine earlier in the month and read the Jewish Holiday Explained article. That is how I knew what to say. I love reading that article each month. It gives me information about things that I want to know about, but am uncomfortable asking anyone.”

STEPHANIE BERK, PH.D.

We then started discussing the concept of “different, but equal”, and how the more people learn about different cultures and religions, the more respect and equality can be given. If a non-Jewish person knows about Chanukah, it does not mean they should become Jewish. But, it opens up the chance for more questions, and acceptance of the differences. It isn’t a QUESTION of tolerance, but the ANSWER that education and knowledge destroys fear and ignorance.

Stephanie Berk, author of “How to Potty-Train Your Dragon Child”, is a mother of 4 boys. She has a degree in Human Development & Family Studies from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from University of Connecticut, a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Language Acquisition from Haskins Laboratory/Yale University, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuroimaging from Washington University.

I believe that we should not accept that someone tolerates us, but instead that we have done our best to help others see that we may have different views, but that we respect that they have their views, and we deserve respect for having ours. In this way, we can move forward as one set of intelligent humans, that differ in wonderful ways that are understood by others. I found that December is one of the best months to start teaching this concept to my children. Come March/April, I will be able to see if my children still get upset when they are asked what the bunny is going to bring them, or if they are confidently able to explain that some of their friends will be getting chocolate and jelly beans, but they are going to be eating home-made, chocolate-caramel covered matzoh, and why.

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Anya Tullman Sophomore Ladue High School

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THE VOICE OF GENERATION J OUR GENERATION - OUR FUTURE

PRESSURE by Anya

Tullman

Go to school. Do your homework. Get straight A’s. Join a club, or better yet, start your own. Play three sports a year. Become varsity captain of all three teams. Apply early decision to a highly competitive school. Be accepted into said highly competitive school. Afford four years of higher education at said highly competitive school. Hence, PRESSURE. [continued pg 10]

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[Voice of Generation J, Cont. from pg 9]

I am a sophomore at Ladue High School. I am a tennis and lacrosse player, a writer for my school newspaper as well as an outside newspaper, and, among other things, a member of the Sparkle Effect, an all inclusive dance and cheer team for students with disabilities. I am enrolled in all advanced classes, and spend at least five hours a night reading from my AP World History textbook, or studying for a pre-calculus test. Sometimes both. Still, I cannot help but to stop and ask myself, is this enough?

“They say high school should be the best years of your life, so I intend to let myself have some fun.”

Attending such an outstanding and resourceful high school as Ladue, determined students like myself are often reminded of the pressures to succeed. But what does success look like? MerriamWebster Dictionary defines success as “the correct or desired result of an attempt.” To apply this to my situation, I can interpret that the attempt is high school, and that my teachers believe that the result is college, and eventually a stable job that I feel passionate about. And I would agree with my advisors, if only I knew what my passion was. At Ladue, I have observed that the majority of students know exactly what they want to be: a doctor. Now, my father is a neurologist at Missouri Baptist. I have always admired his determination and longed to follow in his footsteps. Naturally, I decided to join MCAT, a club for students aspiring to go into the medical field. On the first Thursday in September, I walked into the first meeting of MCAT

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and, scanning the room for a familiar face, took a seat next to a classmate in my advanced chemistry class. After a few minutes of small talk, the president of the club greeted everyone, and then gestured towards a young man in a lab coat, who introduced himself as a medical student from Washington University. He then spent the next 75 minutes complaining about the rigorous and merciless process of being accepted into medical school, the sleepless nights studying for careerdepending exams, and eternal shifts as a resident, with minimum pay and unfair treatment. Safe to say that I questioned medicine as a calling the moment I exited the room. A few weeks ago, my Facebook account blew up as high school seniors announced their early acceptance to desirable colleges such as Duke, Northwestern, and Cornell Universities. The atmosphere at school changed, as rumors spread throughout the student body about individuals who were accepted, rejected or deferred. Some rejoiced, and others mourned the loss of what they considered a perfect future. As this was also the week before final exams, my stress level spiked to an all time high. It was during this time that my older cousin Noah, a sophomore at Wash U, provided some insight for me that helped to relieve my tension. “Anya, as you know, I was denied acceptance to Cornell, the school of my dreams,” he said. “I was also cut from Wash U’s soccer team. These rejections


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were both very difficult for me to overcome. I felt like I wasn’t smart enough for Cornell, not fast enough for the soccer team. However, I did not let rejection ruin my college experience. Since the beginning of freshman year, I have joined both a student and business fraternity. I feel successful, and more importantly, I feel happy. I am searching for my passion, what lights my fire, and I think I am close to finding it.”

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CHILD DEVELOPMENT

BABY

DON’T TOUCH, BABY BITES One of the most common concerns expressed by mothers is that strangers will try to touch their babies. (It is interesting to note, that far fewer fathers report strangers trying to touch the baby when the baby is with them.) There is very little research available on how often a baby actually gets sick from the germs of someone who touched them, however, every parent of a newborn is told that handwashing is crucial before touching a baby. Even the nurses and doctors wash their hands before touching a newborn.

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There ARE additional reasons for why mothers do not want strangers reaching for their babies. From looking at Psychology studies, bloggers, medical studies, and other available resources, the top 5 reasons for why mothers report not wanting strangers to touch their adorable babies are:

1. Fear of germs being passed to the baby, such that the baby gets sick.

2. Intrusion of mother’s personal space.

3. Instinctual feeling of danger 4. Intrusion of baby’s personal space.

5. Takes time and attention

away from the task mom set out to do. (Time is a precious commodity for a mom with a little one.)

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What are good ways of getting strangers, or even other children to stop trying to touch a baby? Typically, a new mom’s first response is typically disbelief that a stranger would just reach out and try to touch someone else’s baby, and although 85% of moms report that they would really like to slap the stranger’s hand away, and say, “What would make you think you should do that?”, very few moms actually respond physically. Here are some polite ways to fend off the often well-intended approaches at baby:

✔ If the baby is in a stroller, put a stroller cover over the baby, so that people can not easily reach in.

✔ If the baby is being worn, cross your arms over the baby, and step backwards, when you see it coming. You can politely say, “I would prefer if you did not touch him/her.”

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✔ There are also signs that you can put on the baby’s stroller or carrier that are cute and humorous, such as “Don’t touch, Baby bites!” This will give you enough time to either move away or tell the person that you would rather the baby not be touched.

✔ You can also put little mittens on the baby, like the ones to keep him/her from scratching the face, such that people are not reaching out to touch the little hands that go right into the baby’s mouth. Although it is annoying and often times aggravating, most people are drawn to baby humans and animals. Evolutionarily, there is an advantage for the young of any species to be cute and vulnerable looking. Most strangers are not reaching out to the mom and baby to do harm. Most just want to help or share their experiences, forgetting what it was like when they were a mom of a little one.

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This year, the Metro Theater Compan y brought their production of The Miraculous Jour ney of Edward Tulane, a book by Kate DiCamillo, to life. I was lucky enough to catch this play with my third grade class and it was fantastic! The story is about a china rabbit, Edward, gifted to a little girl named Abilene, and the journey that he ends up taking.

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The production took place at the Miss ouri History Museum’s Lee Auditorium. The seats were very comfortable and we had a wonderful view of the stage. The set had multimedia aspects, including a projector, prop s and great lighting. The costumes were extraordinary beca use of the simplicity and fluid changes the actors made in orde r to transform into a new character. Jenna Wasserman, Mirowitz 3rd grader, said, “The play was really cool because there was only 5 actors switching parts.”

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I totally agree with Wasserman. The actors were perfectly on target and I could visualize the char acters jumping from the pages of the book. I loved how they took quotes from the book and added them to the play . It painted the picture for the scene to come.

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The most amazing fact I discovered was that they used seven copies of Edward. I didn’t learn that until after the play when the cast asked the audienc e how they thought Edward changed costumes so quic kly. That question and answer session was very helpful for kids to understand how theater works. “I thought the play was an imaginati ve rendition of the book. It took the magical elements of DiCamillo’s work and proved an impressive visual,” Mor ah Lizzie Berkowitz, Mirowitz 3rd grade teacher. This state ment is also quite true. Overall, I would rate this play and experience a 100 on a scale of 1-10!


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STAND UP AND FIGHT When can a child stand up for him/herself? When should a parent step in?

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arents are the first voices for their children. They spend months trying to figure out what the nonverbal baby wants and needs. Parents protect and nurture the children until they can be independent adults. However, there are numerous times in a child’s life when parents wonder if it is okay to let the child start standing up and fighting for him/ herself. Sometimes it is when the child wants a toy that is being monopolized, and other times it is because there is

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another child who is being aggressive. While it might be easier for the parent to always step in, most parents recognize that this will not lead to the child becoming an adult who is able to take care of challenging situations on his/her own. Providing children with tools to use in these situations is one of the best things parents can do.


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Seek Help. This tool gives parents the ability to teach children a multi-step strategy that can grow with them. If another child is being aggressive, following the “using his/her WITS” approach provides a route that is active and ultimately leads to the child getting help from the adult, when needed. By working with the child on each of the steps, the parent still has a role as an involved guide, such that should s/he need to speak with the teacher, it is from a knowledgeable position. Parents often ask: At what age can my child be expected to stand up for him/herself. Developmental Psychologists assert that the first time children “talk back” to a parent or throw a temper tantrum because they did not get what they wanted, they demonstrate that they CAN already stand up for themselves, at least in certain contexts and with particular people. By providing children with a toolbox of strategies, including Use Your WITS, role playing, and direct instruction as to what is appropriate, children can positively affect their own environments from early ages by learning conflict resolution skills.

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Young Israel of St. Louis: 1940s to Today As the spiritual home for 160 St. Louis families, Young Israel has established itself within the community as a warm and welcoming presence on Delmar Boulevard. Young Israel is proud to be a Religious Zionist and Modern Orthodox Synagogue. The congregation focuses on personal and spiritual growth for the entire family, hosting regular weekday and Shabbat minyanim (services), youth services and programs, adult education classes, Scholar-In-Residence programs, and social events. Young Israel of St. Louis has had a proud history in St. Louis for over 7 decades! It began shortly before World War II by a group of committed young community members. At the time, these dedicated core members established services, youth groups, and community fundraising activities. Six decades later, the congregation gained a new, successful leader: Rabbi Moshe Shulman, who is in his tenth year of service at the synagogue. Rabbi Shulman and recently instituted President Jonty Felsher work together with 22 board members to keep the congregation running smoothly.

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SPOTLIGHT

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Contact

Email Rabbi Shulman: info@youngisrael-stl.org (314) 727-1880

Ages

The Shabbat Youth Groups: Preschool through Pre-K K through 2nd Grade 3rd to 6th Grade


A Thriving Community As a congregation, Young Israel places high premium value on the importance of communal unity and lifelong Jewish education. Additionally to the strong partnership Young Israel has with Epstein Hebrew Academy, Rabbi Shulman also makes sure to bring youth and adult education into the rooms of the synagogue through uniqueto-St. Louis classes including twice a week Beit Midrash chavruta (partner) style learning, Navi (Prophets) classes given by Rabbi Shulman, and a variety of other weekly speakers. Members and non-members alike enjoy the nearly daily advanced biblical classes which cater to a wide audience of educational needs regardless of skill set. A highlight for many families is the V’Shinantam Parent Child Learning Program. Children join their parents for an hour of learning, stories, music and prizes every Saturday night through the winter months, to enhance their love for Torah and Judaism. On Shabbat, Young Israel has youth programming that accommodates the needs of parents with children, from toddlers through middle school. Young Israel also partners with and hosts many events throughout the year with two youth groups: Bnei Akiva and NCSY. The youth programming helps families participate more fully in the congregation, and it also allows young members of the larger St. Louis community find a religious home for themselves. While always a multigenerational congregation, a large and growing population of young families have continued to move to St. Louis over the past several years. These families put the “young” back into Young Israel.

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Community Voices

From the Rabbi: “My vision for Young Israel,” explains Rabbi Shulman, “is that we build a ‘spir itual family’ - a Synagogue where families of all ages and walks of life can find spiritual grow th - intellectually through Torah learning, spir itually through prayer, and communally through acts of kindness and chessed, and doing so together as a family. It is importa nt to me that all families feel welcomed at Young Israel, and that at all ages - from young children to senior adults - find spiritual growth and inspiration here. My passion is teaching Torah. My passion in Israe l and religious Zionism. My passion is the Jewish people. As the spiritual lead er of Young Israel, I try to engage the community in my passions, and continu e to build a vibrant Young Israel com munity that is a warm, inviting, and inspiring Jewish communal home for St. Lou is.”

From the young families and out of towners: “As a newly married native New Yorker, coming to a small midwestern community was a big change of pace,” said Sabrina Gornish. “Young Israel was the shul (synagogue) my husband grew up in, so for him it was a homecoming, but for me it was a long way from the comforts of home. We were one of the first from my husband's "generation" to move back to the community. The Shul wasn't exactly booming with young married couples and there was no real organized youth program. Over the past eight years, as our family has grown, the Young Israel family has grown too. We can now say we have tons of young couples and families and our circle of friends has grown by leaps and bounds. The youth program is the biggest it's been since our arrival. My daughter looks forward to going to shul every shabbos to see her friends and attend Shabbos morning youth groups - and get her lollipop from Rabbi Shulman.”

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“The Young Israel community is one of the most warm communities that I've ever encountered. There's a welcoming feeling from the moment you walk in,” said David Spektor, who alongside his wife Malky moved to St. Louis in June. “ It's a hidden gem for young couples. The young couple community in St. Louis, and specifically at Young Israel itself, is much larger than expected, which made it easy to settle in and create a solid social circle.”

From the next generation: “Soon after I was first introduced to observant Judaism, I went to shul on Friday night for the first time. I remember going to Young Israel that night and picking up a siddur (prayer book) for the first time in my life,” said Sarah Casteel, a local St. Louis teen who now attends school at Stern College in New York. “I sat next to someone I had met once or twice, and she helped me and directed me through the service. I had no idea what any of the songs or prayers meant, or even what a siddur was, and someone I barely knew went out of her way to make me feel like I was meant to be there. It didn't take more than a few months for me to feel like I had been part of the Young Israel community my entire life.” “Simchat Torah night at Young Israel is great! My kids get so excited to dance with their friends, teachers, and family,” said Heather Doeuk, who moved to St. Louis from Manhattan eleven years ago. Doeuk and her husband Jonathan have the pleasure of raising their three children as part of the Young Israel community.

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THANK YOU CARDS Scenario: Your 11 year old just had his birthday party. He only invited 20 classmates and friends to his party, but it seems like he got a mountain of gifts. The idea of playing with the gifts is exciting, but when you mention writing thank you cards, his eyes glaze over. He clearly does not want to write these. He asks, “Do I have to write the thank you cards? Can’t I just thank my friends when I see them?” The history of thank you cards is very interesting. It seems that the earliest thank you notes were messages on slips of papyrus in the Chinese and Egyptian cultures. Once paper became more accessible in the 1400s, the Europeans started exchanging notes as a trendy new way of social expression, not too dissimilar from “tweeting” today. Of course, the hand-written notes were delivered locally and were a great excuse to get together.

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In the 1850’s, greeting cards and notes were introduced in America. What was exciting was that postage stamps had been launched in the 1840s, and this was a perfect way to send cards with artwork and notes of appreciation. Social etiquette made writing thank you notes a cultural norm. With the increasing accessibility of personal computers, and the perceived diminishing “free time”, hand-written notes are being replaced by electronic ones. Digital cards


are a quick (and trendy) way to send the notes with speed, and less focus on good handwriting. However, even though the new way is as revolutionary as was the postage stamp, the reception of e-cards is not as positive. In a survey of people ages 18- 75 years, there were definite age cohorts in the acceptability and views of thank you cards. - Ages 18- 29 year olds did not see a reason for thank you cards, but appreciated a thank you text, email, or tweet. - Ages 30- 49 year olds thought that thank you cards were an indicator of respect and politeness, but they understood that often the cards would come late. - Ages 50- 75 year olds thought that thank you cards were a must, because not only did they indicate respect, but they were also used as an indicator of whether the gift was received and opened. So what should parents do today? The current teachers of etiquette suggest that writing and sending thank you notes is still a must. The length of the message is not as important as the fact that effort was made. The tips they stress are TIMING, and MESSAGE. Receiving a thank you card within one month is an acceptable time frame. While it is better to send one late, than not at all, it loses quite a bit in significance. The message itself, does not have to be long and involved. It just needs to be sincere. Tips for making Thank You card writing easier: - Write 3 cards per night as part of daily homework. - Give a “prize� after half of the cards are done, and another prize after all of the cards are done. - Sit with your tween to keep them company, while they write them.

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JENNIFER BAER LOTSOFF, MSW Jennifer Baer Lotsoff is the PJ Library Coordinator in St. Louis and has worked in the non-profit sector for nearly twenty years. Born in Memphis, she holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University. Jennifer works with professionals and lay leaders to build a vibrant Jewish community by encouraging collaboration through creative, fun experiences. With programs in secular and Jewish spaces, Jennifer encourages all community organizations to use the vehicle of PJ Library books to meet families wherever they are on their Jewish journey. Jennifer is a passionate connector of ideas, people, and institutions, and she credits her kids for bringing daily doses of humor to her life and endless crumbs to her car.

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Eyes Open I’ve started taking hot yoga classes after a five year lapse. Let’s just say I’m a little rusty. Midway through class we get to lay down and catch our breath in a pose called Savasana. The instructor reminded us to keep our eyes open, saying that shutting them would be similar to trying to escape or run away. Since it was pretty darn hot in the the room and the class, 90 minutes total, still had about 45 minutes left, part of me was thinking, “you bet I’d like to escape.” I figured that while running certainly comes in handy if you’re evading a lion, bolting from general life situations that are a bit difficult is less than ideal. I stayed in class, eyes open, and made it to the end. I don’t know how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have fared in a hot yoga class, but he was definitely someone who didn’t shut his eyes when faced with a difficulty or challenge. Every third Monday in January is MLK Day, a time when we remember the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; a vision for people of every religion, culture, and socio-economic level to create and live in a world without violence, poverty, racism, and war. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. not only kept his eyes open even when

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he was threatened by those who opposed him, some could say he ran TOWARD those in need, actively pursuing justice, or tzedek. His message is like a wake up call, imploring us to see that things could, and should, be different. Teaching our kids about MLK Day and what it stands for can be complicated, but the PJ Library blog (www.pjlibrary.org/BeyondBooks/PJBlog.org) offers some great tips. If you have a preschooler, I hope you can join us for the a “Small Hands, Big Difference” program on Monday, January 16th, 10:00 at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School. It’s a hands on, interactive program to give our youngest social activists the opportunity to see the impact they can have in fostering social justice. A circus performance by students from Mirowitz and Ferguson (Peace through Pyramids) will be at 11:30. I’m grateful for the Savasanas that come my way, opportunities to stop and take a breath. Hopefully I’ll be able to greet the challenges ahead with my eyes wide open — especially if a lion is coming…..


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Ages: 5 to 6 Years, 6 to 7 Years A long-lasting friendship develops between Larnel, a young African-American, and Mrs. Katz, a lonely Jewish widow, when Larnel presents Mrs. Katz with a scrawny kitten.

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Concerning Coughs

BY KIRSTIN CAMPBELL, M.D. Kirstin Campbell, MD, is a Washington University pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She received her undergraduate education at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and is a graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine. Kirstin completed her residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She is board certified in Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her interests include healthy living for children and families, emergency preparedness, and medical ethics. She has a 6 year old son and enjoys cooking, running, and time with friends and family.

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We all do it. You hear the cough in the grocery store and instinctively move away. But if you have a child living under your roof, chances are that cough is going to catch you, some way, some how. Recent studies suggest over the counter cough and cold medicine can do more harm than good in young children. So what’s a parent to do? If you’re finding it tough to listen to your child struggle through the night, it’s worth giving these home remedies a shot.

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1) HONEY

2) VAPOR RUB

Recent studies tell us honey is safe and effective to help soothe a cough in children over 1 year. It has natural antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, and helps coat the throat. More evidence supports the use of buckwheat honey, but any kind should help. You can give children ages 1 to 4 a half teaspoon. Give a full teaspoon for kids age 5 years and older. Avoid using in babies under 1 year because of the risk of botulism poisoning.

The key ingredients in vapor rubs (usually menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oils) produce a cooling sensation, allowing air to flow through the nasal passages better for children ages 2 and older. As a result, used at night, it can help kids and parents sleep more soundly. Camphor and eucalyptus oil can be toxic if ingested, so be sure to follow directions carefully.


3) SALINE DROPS/ SPRAY Saline drops, nasal sprays and nose wipes containing saline are becoming more and more popular. In infants and young children, place nasal saline drops in the nose and then use bulb suction or another nasal suction device to relieve congestion. Saline sprays are available for children older than 6.

4) HUMIDIFIER

5) KEEP DRINKING

6) ELEVATE HEAD

Dry air can make a winter cold feel much worse. Humidified air helps loosen secretions in the nasal passages. If you don’t have a humidifier, try steaming up the bathroom or having your child take a warm bath or shower before bed.

Hydration is key. Encourage kids to drink lots of water if they are over the age of 1. Under 1 year, continue breastmilk, formula, or premixed electrolyte solutions (such as Pedialyte) if needed.tructed by your doctor.

In older children, add an extra pillow to prop the head an extra few degrees from the foot of the bed. Elevating the head helps relieve congestion by allowing the nasal passages to drain more easily. DO NOT add bedding to an infant’s crib or pack and play because of the increased risk of SIDS. If you try these methods and your child needs additional help, don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician. ‘Tis the season for strep throat and all kinds of other viruses that may require medical attention. So, encourage lots of handwashing and teach proper cough covering techniques early!

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CHILD DEVELOPMENT

TEEN

Tips For Applying/Getting a Job:  Politely introduce yourself to the owner or manager, either in person or via email.  Ask for applications from each potential employer. (Make a copy of the paper ones, just in case something happens to the original, or for practice, such that the one that is submitted is neat and correct.)  Get your references ready. Often times a teacher or guidance counselor is asked to be a reference, but they are busy. The more time they have to write your letter or know about a phone call, the better.  When filling out an application, neatness is important. Scanning the application and turning it into a document you can type on, and print out finished, can be helpful. (*Try not to leave any sections blank. At least put “N/A” for not applicable.)  Check your application for spelling and grammar errors. Ask someone else to look it over.  Try to provide evidence that you are reliable and punctual.  Use action words, and include your honors/awards.  After submitting your application, check your phone and email regularly. If potential employers try to reach you, respond in a timely fashion.

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Applying for Jobs Throughout history, teens have been seasonally employed, be it working in the fields for their family, or working during the summer, when school is out. Being a part of the “work force” is a great way to learn responsibility, try out different potential career paths, figure out social-business etiquette, and earn some money.


This past decade has seen a huge change in the types of jobs that teens can get, ranging from the traditional summer camp counselors to becoming successful, young entrepreneurs. With the internet, many teens can now work for large, far-away companies, from their own homes. With all of these opportunities, still relevant are: What Job Should My Teen Apply For? And How Does My Teen Get That Job? NOW is the time of year to figure out what type of summer job you, or your teen wants. The parent might want the teen to work at a local hardware store, but the teen might prefer to be a camp counselor. These are very different jobs, and the likelihood is, is that the teen will be more successful if it is a job that s/he wants to be doing. Here are some talking points: How many hours per day? How many days per week? Does s/he want to be indoors/outdoors? What are the teen’s main interests? How social is the teen? What jobs are s/he excited about trying? With a short list of potential ideas, you can look at options in your radius. You can also check out teen job sections of sites such as monster.com, and snagajob.com. (*Any job found online, should be parent-checked, even though the site is reputable.) Try to find at least 5 potential jobs to apply for. With list in hand, here is a compilation of “To Do Tips” for teens, gathered from employers, human resource companies, and others who work specifically with teens.

What about the interview?? Assuming that your application and references are well-received, the interview often comes next. Here are some simple, but important suggestions.  Dress appropriately and professionally. Often a suit is not required, but slacks and a nice, collared shirt (or skirt and nice top) are appropriate. Even if the job is for a camp counselor, this shows the interviewer that you have respect. Obviously you would not go to camp in interview attire.  Research the business before you arrive for the interview, such that you are knowledgeable, and can ask relevant questions.  Make eye contact. During the interview it is important to make eye contact, listen attentively, and speak clearly.  Put your phone/electronics away, silenced. It is perfectly okay to mention to the potential employer that although you have a cell phone, you know that there is a time and place to use it.  Bring a folder with your application and resume. Although, the interviewer has likely already seen it, showing preparedness is important.  At the end, remember to thank the interviewer. (If you don’t have his/her email address, you can ask for his/her card.)  After the interview, follow up with a thank you email or card. Make sure s/he knows that you can be reached via email, should there be any further questions. If you do not get your top choice, it is okay. Keep trying until you get a fit. The great thing about being a teen is that you have a lot of time to find your adult-career!

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NOTE FROM EDITOR: We are fortunate to have several amazing sleepaway camps that St Louis children go to each summer. This month’s highlight is Washington University Summer Experiences

 Summer Experiences students arrived to campus and hit the ground running this past summer! They expanded their horizons and were immersed in the pre-college experience at Washington University, alongside students from across the United States and around the world.  High School Summer Scholars dove in to their undergraduate courses with gusto. They learned alongside Washington University undergraduates in a variety of courses in the humanities, math, sciences, and social sciences. In our most popular institute, the Pre-Medical Institute, students practiced basic medical techniques in their clinical skills sessions and learned about the many different fields of medicine through guest lectures by faculty and physicians from the Washington University medical community. Outside of the classroom, all of our high school students participated in a variety of college readiness seminars. Topics included: networking, independent living, resume writing, and diversity and inclusion. Our students also took trips to Six Flags and City Museum, as well as enjoyed pizza study breaks, movie nights, and games of capture the flag.  Middle School Summer Challenge students expanded their critical thinking skills in a challenging and innovative environment while commuting from home. Especially popular was The Writers’ Workshop, where students explored a variety of genres, including both creative and argumentative writing. Students created poems, short stories, and even practiced their interviewing skills. To quote one of our students from this summer, “I’ve been really surprised by how much I feel like people want me to succeed in my classes.

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I learned way more than I imagined. It’s fun taking classes that instructors are passionate about along with students that are equally as passionate. By far, my favorite thing has been the friendships that I’ve made with people that have backgrounds that are different from my own.” (Garrett, 2016 High School Summer Scholar)


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NUTRITION NUGGETS

Calcium Part 1 KATHY MORA, PhD

Doctorate in nutritional science and epidemiology from the University of Arizona, and masters degree in nutrition and fitness from Florida State University. Clinical background in diabetes, part of clinical team as pediatric diabetes educator. Former nutrition and exercise physiology instructor at St. Louis University, Pima Community College, and Florida State University. Recent project officer on public health research evaluation projects around childhood obesity prevention. Experience as media and nutrition consultant promoting and providing healthy recipes on TV. Dedicated long distance runner, passionate proponent for physical education in children, and mom of two children who happily eat vegetables!

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No bones about it; calcium is essential at any age. Bones contain 99% of the calcium in our body, but the 1% of calcium in circulation is CRUCIAL. Calcium in the blood stream is necessary for heart and skeletal muscle contraction, proper nerve functioning, and forming blood clots.

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Maintaining the blood calcium level (the 1%) takes priority over the bone calcium or bone building. With poor dietary calcium, the bones release calcium from storage to maintain the blood calcium level. As a consequence, bone density is lower and risk of fracture is higher with poor dietary calcium. While your body is an amazing machine, calcium is a complicated nutrient. You probably know to eat foods high in calcium, but your body does not absorb 100% of the calcium you eat and therefore, not all the calcium in your diet is available for your blood and bones. This is known as bioavailability, or the degree to which your body can absorb and use a nutrient. Calcium bioavailability is higher or lower depending age and need. Calcium needs are very high for infants, young children, and adolescents, and moms who are pregnant or breastfeeding*. Older adults also have high needs, yet they have diminished ability to absorb the calcium, thus making this population particularly high risk for low bone density. Did I mention that calcium is a complicated nutrient? FIRST, there a limit to the amount of calcium you can absorb at one time! SECOND, bioavailability of calcium also depends on how much calcium you eat throughout the day. At most, your body can absorb 500 mg of calcium at one time, so the trick is to

eat high calcium foods multiple times throughout the day to maximize absorption and availability. However, if you are not eating enough calcium, the absorption will increase, as a protective measure to help reach what your body needs.

Best sources of calcium: milk,

yogurt, cheese (The lactose and vitamin D in dairy foods helps increase calcium absorption.)

Poor sources of calcium: Greek yogurt, cottage cheese

Choose calcium fortified brands of: cottage cheese, orange juice, and milk alternatives, such as almond, soy, coconut, etc.

Plant sources of calcium: kale,

collard greens, Swiss chard, spinach, broccoli, bok choy, seeds, and nuts. (However, calcium bioavailability varies by plant source because of the fiber, phytate, and oxalate that bind and interfere with calcium absorption.) Plant-based calcium sources are important for those who do not consume dairy products, however there are great differences in the amount of calcium across the plant sources. You have to eat larger portions from plant -based sources and increase frequency of these foods to maximize the calcium absorption and to consume adequate amounts of calcium. For

example, to obtain the same amount of calcium equivalent to 1-8 fluid ounce glass of milk, you would need to eat 5.5 cups of lima beans, 4.8 ounce plain non-fat yogurt, 1.3 ounce Swiss cheese, 2.8 ounce can of sardines, ½ block of tofu with calcium, or 7/8 cup of cooked collard greens. The bottom line: it is important to eat enough high calcium foods everyday to support healthy bone growth and maintenance across all life stages. Your bones know- calcium rules! And, don’t forget- it’s not only your bones that need calcium, your heart and skeletal muscles need calcium, too. The good news is that calcium is provided from a wide variety of foods, there are tasty choices for everyone. * Although need is high, too much milk will stop the body from absorbing iron, which is also necessary for proper development.

References Thompson & Manore (2015). Nutrition: An Applied Approach. Pearson Education, Inc. USDA 2012, National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25. Weaver C, Proulx W, Heaney R. 1999. Choices for achieving adequate dietary calcium with a vegetarian diet. Am J Clin Nutr. 70(suppl); 5435-5485. Weaver C, Plawecki K. 1994. Dietary Calcium: adequacy of a vegetarian diet. Am J Clin Nutr. 59(suppl); 1238S-12415S.

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Oops, perhaps I should not have shrieked when my 4 year old told me that he put all of the utensils back in the drawer, after cleaning them with his tongue- licking them until they were “clean”. Oops, I shouldn’t have accused my toddler of being grumpy, when he was just complaining that I had forgotten to change his diaper all morning. Oops, I can’t believe I told my teenager that he was never going to get into any college with grades less than an A-. (Growing up, my grades weren’t great, and I got into college.) Oops, perhaps I should not be cleaning up the toys before my child is actually done playing with them! Oops, I can’t believe I gave my baby 4 infections on fingers and toes from cutting the nails too short. Oops, I can’t believe that I needed a checklist to remember all of the equipment my child needed for her ice hockey game! You would have thought it would be easy enough to not forget the skates! Perhaps I should stop telling my 5 year old that he is a “little fart”. Now he tells people, “My dad says that I am a little fart, because I am a bad boy.” Oops, perhaps I should not have told my 9 year old to stop complaining about the beeping noise he said was in the car, by saying, “The noises are all in your head! Stop talking about them.” When I got to work, I realized that the noise was really a battery running low in something that was in my car’s trunk! Oops, perhaps I shouldn’t have said something outloud when I watched an unattended toddler wander into a restaurant’s kitchen area where there were knives, hot things, and unsuspecting adults moving quickly. The mom told me that I was rude. Oops, perhaps there is something to consider when even your daughter says to you (when you wake her up for school), “Wow, you are on time today!”

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This holiday remembers the beginning of the chain of events that resulted in the destruction of the Temple and exiles that happened afterwards. G-d sent prophets to warn Israel about an attack that would occur, but the Israelis did not listen to the prophets. Then on the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tevet, in 336 (425 BCE), the Babylonian emperor, Nebuchadnezzar II sent his armies, and laid siege to Jerusalem. G-d delayed the destruction to give the Jewish people another chance to repent, but still they did not heed. 30 months later, the city walls were breached, and the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled.

WHAT DO WE DO?

This holiday is a minor fast day. No food or liquid from sunrise to sunset. We say extra prayers, repent, and treat the day as a composite day of mourning. Currently, some Jewish people say kaddish for the victims of the Holocaust.

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DADDY

& ME

It starts with a cookie. Take your child to the supermarket, you know, to get the staples—milk, bread, eggs. Or, if it’s my house, pickles, pasta, and peanut butter. And there they are: the free cookies. Hard to turn down once the kids know they’re there. So pink. So frosted. So sweet. And they seem to make them so happy. Then it escalates: goodie bags with each party. Pretty much mandatory. Sure, for your own kid’s party you can swap candies for tchotchkes. But we all know it’s not the same thing. And you wouldn’t want to disappoint them. Cake, and more, for everyone, every birthday. Coming soon: every half birthday. The parties accumulate. Special events. Holidays. Halloween, of course. The Jewish holidays, at least the ones that don’t require fasting. But then, the spectacle

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of sweets once the fast is over. After band concerts. The end of the semester. The beginning of the semester. When guests come over. To bring to a host’s house. Friday night. Weekends. Eventually, weekdays. If there’s nothing in the house, try baking supplies. Did you know that chocolate chips are made of chocolate? We were so good about limiting desserts with our first child. By the third, not so much. But I don’t want to indict myself as a parent, or any other parents out there. As much we’re told or we tell our kids otherwise, it’s not just a matter of will power. Of saying no. Of persistence. The No’s accumulate, accelerate, and multiply. They turn us into full-time prohibitionists, of ourselves and others, which isn’t fun for anyone. It becomes impossible to take children anywhere—supermarkets, sure, with the most tempting treats placed kids’-eye level at the checkout to thwart a clean escape. But it’s every store— shoe


stores! Hardware stores! Children’s clothing bundled into candy-laden superstores! Movies. Skating. Parks and attractions. Vending machines and junk food everywhere, even in schools. Childhood obesity has been rising for years, and it’s not because millions of children, or parents, suddenly lack sufficient will power. It starts with a cookie, but then you realize it’s systemic. It’s political. My poor, sweet cookies—what have they done to you? Michelle Obama tried to limit access to snacks and, in some quarters, was ridiculed for it. So what is the solution? It’s not a rhetorical question—please tell me! It’s not just political. It’s worse: it’s philosophical. Parents often repeat two truisms about their kids: “I just want my kids to be healthy.” And, “I just want my kids to be happy.” Sometimes, it’s hard for them to be both. Sometimes, we can only have one.

In the meantime, I don’t have an answer, just sympathy and the knowledge that we’re not alone. For now, I’m stuck with No, or Later, which usually means No, or at least defers it a little longer. And my kids have to understand that they can’t have a cookie every time they want one, even if it’s there, even if it’s free. That’s not a trivial realization for a kid, either. Even now, as an adult, as a parent, it’s hard for me to accept that I can’t have a cookie any time I want one. Sometimes, I have to wait until my kids are asleep.

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Sunday Ice Skating at Steinberg Skating Rink

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1/1 10am The largest outdoor ice skating rink in the Midwest, offering public skating all day, everyday, including all holidays. We are always open no matter what the temperature. Skate admission is valid for all day.

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FOREST PARK VARIES, $5-7.

Missouri Botanical Gardens 1/1 9am-4pm Founded in 1859, the 79-acre Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and an oasis in the city of St. Louis. 4344 SHAW BLVD, 63110 FREE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12. $8 FOR ADULTS.

Keeper Talks

Jewish

1/1 9am-10am Meet outside the Wildlife Hospital at 9 am and join our keepers as they feed and water our birds. Learn what they are, how they got here, and what they all eat.

Schools & Synagogues

WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY FREE

Jewish Heroes Exhibit 1/1-1/5 9am-4pm Come see this unique exhibit celebrating the lives of Jewish individuals who mad significan impact on the world.

CALENDAR

JEWISH FEDERATION, KOPOLOW BUILDING, 12 MILLSTONE DRIVE, 63146 FREE

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Monday

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St Louis Science Center

1/2 9:30am-4:30pm One of the top five science centers in the US, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. The complex includes a 4-story OMNIMAX Theater and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. 5050 OAKLAND AVE, 63110 FREE

Sensory Story Time 1/2 6:30pm Geared to families with children ages 3-9 who are on the autism spectrum or who have multi-sensory needs. The program provides a soothing environment for children to enjoy a story and other fun activities. ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY HEADQUARTERS BRANCH FREE, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. CALL 314-994-3300

Open Jump 1/2 10am-3pm Who can jump higher or find their way through the obstacle course first, the kids or the parents? PUMP IT UP, ST CHARLES, 3691 NEW TOWN BLVD, 63301


Tuesday Temple Tots

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1/3 10am-11am Bring a snack and join us for a free playgroup for children up to the age of 3, accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver. UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION, 13788 CONWAY RD

Toddler Tuesdays

Wednesday Baby N Me

MO HISTORY MUSEUM, 5700 LINDELL BLVD, 63112 FREE

Tuesday Tails 1/3 10:30am-11am Visit the Animal Protective Association (APA) of Missouri for a free story time for preschoolers and help foster their love of animals. 1705 S. HANLEY ROAD, 63144 FREE

Knit Wits at Covenant Place 1/3 1pm-2pm A free public viewing session is scheduled for every Friday night when skies are clear, year 'round.

MILFORD AND LEE BOHM SOCIAL HALL, LOWER LEVEL OF COVENANT HOUSE II, 8 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DRIVE FREE

Pipsqueak Class

Baby N Me

1/6 10am-11:30am

Bring your stroller, make some friends and have some fun. Hamorah Cheri (Parent Educator Specialist) is the facilitator. Go for a walk, have a light snack and let your little ones visit.

Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. You are welcome to stay for Shabbat.

SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS.

Baby & Me

All about Penguins. Engaging our youngest visitors and their families in historic objects and museum settings by using traditional and contemporary storybooks. Children will also enjoy a hands-on craft or other activity. Ages 2-5.

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Friday

1/5 9:15am-10:30am

Children ages birth to 3 yrs and their caregivers. Each weekly session includes light refreshments and socializing followed by activities focusing on creative and cognitive development.

1/3 10:30am-11:15am

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Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. You are welcome to stay for Shabbat.

314-569-0048

Storytelling at the Museum

Thursday

1/4 9:15am-10:45am

1/3 9am

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 $5 PER ADULT/CHILD PAIR, FREE FOR WCHOF MEMBERS. ONE ADULT PER CHILD REQUIRED.

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1/4 9:30am-11am Geared toward parents/caregivers with infants and children who aren’t yet walking, classes are taught by Lisa Cohen. Each class is free and open to all families in the STL Jewish community. You are welcome to attend any or all class meetings. Special guest speakers and discussions too. CONGREGATION TEMPLE ISRAEL, #1 RABBI ALVAN D. RUBIN DR. FREE

Wine Down Wednesday 1/4 6pm Join all of us every Wednesday for fabulous guest instructors and wine! DIMVALOO ACTIVE LIVING, 8813 LADUE RD., 63124 314.824.8224. For

more information call our store or visit us on-line www.dimvaloo.com

Teen Open Gym 1/4 8:30pm-9:50pm Open gym is for children and adults ages 13 and up, wanting to practice gymnastics, cheer or parkour. Includes use of floors and trampolines. Waiver must be signed by parent if under 18 years old. Waivers available online at www. teamcentral.org. TEAM CENTRAL, 2675 METRO BLVD, 63043 $8 PER TEEN.

Water Waddlers Drop-In Swim 1/4 10:30am-12pm Have some fun in the indoor tot pool with your little one! For kids up to age 6 with a caregiver. Caregiver must remain in the pool with the child. Up to 25 children will be admitted per day. LODGE OF DES PERES, 1050 DES PERES RD, 63131 $5/CHILD, ADULTS ARE FREE

BNAI AMOONA, 324 S MASON RD, 63141 FREE

anita@bnaiamoona.com

Ladies' Knight 1/5 6:30pm-7:30pm Open to women of all ages; the perfect class to learn and improve. Taught by IM Irene Sukandar and WGM Katerina Nemcova

CHESS CLUB AND SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF ST LOUIS, 4657 MARYLAND AVE, ST LOUIS, MO 63108

50 Years of Blood, Sweat and Cheers - Blues Tribute at Central Library 1/5 10am-9pm Step into the Great Hall on Central’s Second Floor and immediately feel like you’re inside the Arena, complete with a 75x32 foot ice rink floor, original dasher boards from the Arena, a Glenn Hall statue replica, goalie net, season ticket holder holiday cards from the Salomons. Then go to the 3rd floor and feel like you are in the locker room. ST LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY, CENTRAL, 1301 OLIVE ST., 63103 FREE

Healthworks! Kids Museum 1/5 9:30am-4:30pm Here at HealthWorks!, we believe in giving children and caregivers the tools and knowledge to shoot for the stars, and be better tomorrow than they were today! HEALTHWORKS KIDS' MUSEUM ST LOUIS, 1100 MACKLIND AVE, 63110 FREE

SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS. 314-569-0048

First Friday Shabbat Dinner 1/6 5:45pm-8:30pm Shabbat services and a yummy, fullcourse kosher Shabbat dinner.

TRADITIONAL CONGREGATION, 12437 LADUE RD 63141 $15/PERSON (BUT NO CHARGE FOR FIRST-TIME GUESTS OR KIDS UNDER 6)

RSVP to 314-576-5230 or tradcong@sbcglobal.net

First Fridays 1/6 6pm Join us for a full Friday evening Shabbat service for all generations. Those celebrating a birthday this month are invited on the bema for a special birthday blessing and treat! Following the blessing, children ages 7 and under and an accompanying adult leave the Sanctuary for a special program in the preschool. CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD CONTACT DEBBIE BRAM AT 314.692.5308 OR DBRAM@SESTL.ORG

"Disco Swim 1/6 8pm-10pm The 1970s await you and your family at The Pointe. Enjoy games, lights and music that will bring you back to the grooviest decade of all time at this night swim. THE POINTE, BALLWIN PARKS & REC FREE TO POINTE MEMBERS, $4 FOR VIP RESIDENTS AND $5 FOR REGULAR ATTENDEES.

Owl Prowl at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area 1/6 6:30pm-8pm Being in the woods at night is an adventure. Ever wonder about the animals that are hooting it up every evening? Come learn about owls, what makes them such good nighttime hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. For families. 2360 HIGHWAY D, ST. CHARLES, MO 63304 FREE

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TE Tots

Open Play at the J

1/7 9am-10am

1/8 10am-11am

1/9 10:30am-11:30am

Meet outside the Wildlife Hospital at 9 am and join our keepers as they feed and water our birds. Learn what they are, how they got here, and what they all eat.

Join us at Temple Emanuel for a Jewish-themed music and movement program for children 6 months to 3 years with an adult

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and non-members.

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Make a Crate Toolbox Workshop for Kids 1/7 9am-12pm

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Kids and a parent can make a crate toolbox and paint it their favorite color. Use the toolbox for keeping anything from art supplies to toys neat and portable. Receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, certificate of achievement and commemorative pin.

TEMPLE EMANUEL, 12166 CONWAY RD, 63141 FREE AND OPEN TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

Aish Hebrew School and Adult Sunday School 1/8 10am-12pm At Aish, our kids love coming to Hebrew school because we teach them to love Judaism. We combine a rich learning environment with fun and enthusiasm.

THE HOME DEPOT FREE

457 N. WOODS MILL RD., CHESTERFIELD, MO 63017 AFFORDABLE TUITION

Open Swim With Waves

Sunday Chess Classes

1/7 12pm-7pm

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At the Indoor Aquatic Center at The Lodge, you can simmer in the warmth of the 104-degree whirlpool spa or drift along the gentle surf of the 84-degree wave pool, which doubles as a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool.

Beginners to advanced level classes for both kids and adults

1050 DES PERES RD, 63131 VARIES $1- $10

Meet Me in St Louis 1/7-1/8 8am-7pm Hundreds of top male and female gymnasts compete for 1st place, coming in from states across the country.

DOUBLE TREE HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER, 16625 SWINGLEY RIDGE RD, 63017 FREE ADMISSION

starting from 1 pm

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 FREE FOR MEMBERS. FIRST TIME TO THE CLUB IS FREE, SO NON-MEMBERS GET IT FREE ONCE.

49th Annual Gateway Speedskating Championships 1/8 8:30am-2:30pm The Gateway Championships will be run as an ABILITY meet with awards given based on the ability groupings. In this format skaters will be grouped by ability, taking into account skater times, ages, and size to provide for a safe, fun racing experience for all.

CALENDAR

111 S. GEYER RD, 63122 FREE FOR SPECTATORS

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Keeper Talks

WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY FREE

Schools & Synagogues

Sunday

St. Louis Jewish Parents

JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

Sensory Story Time 1/9 6:30pm Geared to families with children ages 3-9 who are on the autism spectrum or who have multi-sensory needs. The program provides a soothing environment for children to enjoy a story and other fun activities. ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY HEADQUARTERS BRANCH FREE, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. CALL 314-994-3300

Open Jump 1/9 10am-3pm Who can jump higher or find their way through the obstacle course first, the kids or the parents? PUMP IT UP, ST CHARLES, 3691 NEW TOWN BLVD, 63301

Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s 1/9 8am-5pm Remember Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, and Hot Wheels? Stories of kids who played with these toys, adults who bought them, child-rearing experts who judged them and people who invented them reflect rhythms of American life. 5700 LINDELL BLVD, 63112 FREE


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Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Temple Tots

Baby N Me

Pipsqueak Class

Baby N Me

1/10 10am-11am

1/11 9:15am-10:45am

1/12 9:15am-10:30am

1/13 10am-11:30am

Bring a snack and join us for a free playgroup for children up to the age of 3, accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver.

Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. You are welcome to stay for Shabbat.

Bring your stroller, make some friends and have some fun. Hamorah Cheri (Parent Educator Specialist) is the facilitator. Go for a walk, have a light snack and let your little ones visit. BNAI AMOONA, 324 S MASON

Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. As always, you are welcome to stay for Shabbat.

UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION, 13788 CONWAY RD

Toddler Tuesdays 1/10 9am Children ages birth to 3 yrs and their caregivers. Each weekly session includes light refreshments and socializing followed by activities focusing on creative and cognitive development.

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 $5 PER ADULT/CHILD PAIR, FREE FOR WCHOF MEMBERS. ONE ADULT PER CHILD REQUIRED.

Knit Wits at Covenant Place 1/10 1pm-2pm A free public viewing session is scheduled for every Friday night when skies are clear, year 'round.

MILFORD AND LEE BOHM SOCIAL HALL, LOWER LEVEL OF COVENANT HOUSE II, 8 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DRIVE FREE

Winter Practice Session 1/10 1pm-8pm Come out to the Purina Event Center with your dog to practice agility, obedience and conformation. Winter practice sessions will occur on select Tuesdays and Thursdays. 300 CHECKERBOARD DR, GRAY SUMMIT, MO 63039 $10 PER PERSON.

SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS.

RD, 63141 FREE

anita@bnaiamoona.com

314-569-0048

Open Play at the J

Baby & Me

1/12 10:30am-11:30am

1/11 9:30am-11am Geared toward parents/caregivers with infants and children who aren’t yet walking, classes are taught by Lisa Cohen. Each class is free and open to all families in the STL Jewish community. You are welcome to attend any or all class meetings. Special guest speakers and discussions too. CONGREGATION TEMPLE ISRAEL, #1 RABBI ALVAN D. RUBIN DR. FREE

Stories @ STAGES 1/11 10am - 2nd session at 1 pm Preschool and early elementary age children are invited to experience their favorite classic kids' stories in a whole new way. Features an interactive reading, and performances by STAGES artists, followed by dramatic play activities. Story: Snowballs by Lois Ehlert.

1023 CHESTERFIELD PARKWAY EAST, 63017 FREE, BUT RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, STAGESSTLOUIS.ORG

Wine Down Wednesday 1/11 6pm Join all of us every Wednesday for fabulous guest instructors and wine! DIMVALOO ACTIVE LIVING, 8813 LADUE RD., 63124 314.824.8224. For

more information call our store or visit us on-line www.dimvaloo.com

Teen Open Gym 1/11 8:30pm-9:50pm Open gym is for children and adults ages 13 and up, wanting to practice gymnastics, cheer or parkour. Includes use of floors and trampolines. Waiver must be signed by parent if under 18 years old. Waivers available online at www. teamcentral.org. TEAM CENTRAL, 2675 METRO BLVD, 63043 $8 PER TEEN.

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers. JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

Storytelling at the Museum in Spanish: Dia de nieve! 1/12 10:30am-11:15am In Spanish, Engaging our youngest visitors and their families in historic objects and museum settings by using traditional and contemporary storybooks. Children will also enjoy a hands-on craft or other activity. Ages 2-5. MO HISTORY MUSEUM, 5700 LINDELL BLVD, 63112 FREE

SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS.

314-569-0048

Open Jump 1/13 10am-3pm Who can jump higher or find their way through the obstacle course first, the kids or the parents?

PUMP IT UP, ST CHARLES, 3691 NEW TOWN BLVD, 63301

Kids Night Out 1/13 6pm-9:30pm Enjoy a night off while the kids have a night out, enjoying pizza, swimming at The Pointe’s Indoor Pool, games, crafts and more. Be sure to pack a swim suit and towel. Preregistration is required. THE POINTE, BALLWIN PARKS AND REC REGISTER: WWW.BALLWIN. MO.US. VIP $10, REG $12

Open Swim With Waves 1/13 4pm-8pm

Ladies' Knight 1/12 6:30pm-7:30pm Open to women of all ages; the perfect class to learn and improve. Taught by IM Irene Sukandar and WGM Katerina Nemcova

CHESS CLUB AND SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF ST LOUIS, 4657 MARYLAND AVE, ST LOUIS, MO 63108

At the Indoor Aquatic Center at The Lodge, you can simmer in the warmth of the 104-degree whirlpool spa or drift along the gentle surf of the 84-degree wave pool, which doubles as a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool. 1050 DES PERES RD, 63131 VARIES $1- $10

Havdalah Candle Dipping 1/12 7pm-9pm The Havdalah candle is a beautiful symbol in the ceremony that marks the end of Shabbat. Join us at Perennial’s brand new upcycling studio to learn candle making techniques using recycled wax. Participants will craft multi-wick candles and other Havdalah accessories. All supplies and light refreshments provided. 3762 S. BROADWAY, STL 63118 $10

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Early Childhood Engagement

1/14 10am-11:30am As Cold As Snow: Exploring winter with animals. Programs geared for families with children ages one month to five years old. Siblings are welcome.

Secular

SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS. 314-569-0048

Totally Tot Shabbat at Kol Rinah 1/14 11am-11:45am Wiggles are welcome at this joyful, interactive service led by Tammy Arnow and Sarah Beth Waxman! We will explore the Shabbat prayers with our hearts, bodies, and souls.

Jewish Schools & Synagogues

Open Jump

1/15 10am-12pm

Who can jump higher or find their way through the obstacle course first, the kids or the parents?

At Aish, our kids love coming to Hebrew school because we teach them to love Judaism. We combine a rich learning environment with fun and enthusiasm. 457 N. WOODS MILL RD., CHESTERFIELD, MO 63017 AFFORDABLE TUITION

Keeper Talks 1/15 9am-10am Meet outside the Wildlife Hospital at 9 am and join our keepers as they feed and water our birds. Learn what they are, how they got here, and what they all eat. WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY FREE

1/16 10am-3pm

PUMP IT UP, ST CHARLES, 3691 NEW TOWN BLVD, 63301

Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s 1/16 8am-5pm Remember Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, and Hot Wheels? Stories of kids who played with these toys, adults who bought them, child-rearing experts who judged them and people who invented them reflect rhythms of American life. 5700 LINDELL BLVD, 63112 FREE

Small Hands ... Big Difference

Super Hero Training

1/15

starting from 1 pm

1/16 10am-11:30pm

Beginners to advanced level classes for both kids and adults

They may be little, but your preschoolers can make a BIG difference! Bring our community’s youngest social activists together for an opportunity to answer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s challenge that we “do something for others.” Join us for a morning of songs, social action, a PJ Library story walk and the chance to get a little messy too.

THE POINTE, BALLWIN PARKS AND REC $6 FOR VIP RESIDENTS. $8 FOR REGULAR ATTENDEES.

Sensory Saturdays 1/14 9:30am-10:15am 2nd Saturday monthly, children with sensory or special needs and their families will be met by trained Zoo staff when they enter from The Living World at the North Entrance. They will then go downstairs to Monsanto Education Gallery. The Gallery’s goal is to provide unique opportunities for children, age 0 to 8, and their caregivers to explore the wonders of the natural world together and discover ways to extend love of nature to their everyday lives. STL ZOO $2-$3 PER PERSON

CALENDAR

Aish Hebrew School and Adult Sunday School

Sunday Chess Classes

Ages 2-5 years: Improve your super hero skills through Flash’s Obstacle Course, Spiderman’s web fight and Captain America’s shield toss.

The Loop Ice Carnival 1/14 10am Day full of icy fun for all ages. Features live ice carving demonstrations, more than 50 ice sculptures, ice slides and ice games for kids, jugglers, fire performers, stilt walkers, photo opportunities, a Zip Flyte Zipline, Cosmonauts on Ice and lots more. 6504 DELMAR BLVD, 63130 FREE

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829 N HANLEY RD, 63130 FREE

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WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 FREE FOR MEMBERS. FIRST TIME TO THE CLUB IS FREE, SO NON-MEMBERS GET IT FREE ONCE.

Watch Out for Flying Kids 1/15 7pm-9pm MLK Day Program on Confronting Conflict and Building Community. Author Cynthia Levinson introduces us to the world of social circus-a movement. It brings kids from different worlds together to perform remarkable acts on a professional level. JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

SAUL MIROWITZ JEWISH COMMUNITY SCHOOL, 348 S MASON RD, 63141 FREE


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Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Temple Tots

Baby N Me

Pipsqueak Class

Baby N Me

1/17 10am-11am

1/18 9:15am-10:45am

1/19 9:15am-10:30am

1/20 10am-11:30am

Bring a snack and join us for a free playgroup for children up to the age of 3, accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver.

Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. You are welcome to stay for Shabbat.

Bring your stroller, make some friends and have some fun. Hamorah Cheri (Parent Educator Specialist) is the facilitator. Go for a walk, have a light snack and let your little ones visit.

Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. As always, you are welcome to stay for Shabbat.

UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION, 13788 CONWAY RD

Toddler Tuesdays 1/17 9am Children ages birth to 3 yrs and their caregivers. Each weekly session includes light refreshments and socializing followed by activities focusing on creative and cognitive development.

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 $5 PER ADULT/CHILD PAIR, FREE FOR WCHOF MEMBERS. ONE ADULT PER CHILD REQUIRED.

Knit Wits at Covenant Place 1/17 1pm-2pm A free public viewing session is scheduled for every Friday night when skies are clear, year 'round.

MILFORD AND LEE BOHM SOCIAL HALL, LOWER LEVEL OF COVENANT HOUSE II, 8 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DRIVE FREE

Bald Eagle Days 1/17 8:30am Informative programs about bald eagles. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature bald eagles, what eagles eat, why they spend winter months in the area and more. There will be a short video presentation followed by an observational drive to view the wintering bald eagles. Please dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. PERE MARQUETTE STATE PARK, 13112 VISITOR CENTER LN, GRAFTON, IL 62037 FREE, BUT RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, 618-786-3323. FOR ALL AGES.

SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS.

314-569-0048

BNAI AMOONA, 324 S MASON RD, 63141 FREE

anita@bnaiamoona.com

Baby & Me

Open Play at the J

1/18 9:30am-11am

1/19 10:30am-11:30am

Geared toward parents/caregivers with infants and children who aren’t yet walking, classes are taught by Lisa Cohen. Each class is free and open to all families in the STL Jewish community. You are welcome to attend any or all class meetings. Special guest speakers and discussions too.

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers.

CONGREGATION TEMPLE ISRAEL, #1 RABBI ALVAN D. RUBIN DR. FREE

I Like to Move It, Move It! 1/18 10am-11:30am For ages 2-6, Little ones can learn how animals use different parts of their body to function and survive in the wild. They'll also listen to a story and make a craft. Reservations are required. POWDER VALLEY CONSERVATION CENER, 11715 CRAGWOLD RD, 63122 FREE

Wine Down Wednesday 1/18 6pm Join all of us every Wednesday for fabulous guest instructors and wine! DIMVALOO ACTIVE LIVING, 8813 LADUE RD., 63124

314.824.8224. For more information call our store or visit us on-line www.dimvaloo.com

Teen Open Gym 1/18 8:30pm-9:50pm Open gym is for children and adults ages 13 and up, wanting to practice gymnastics, cheer or parkour. Includes use of floors and trampolines. Waiver must be signed by parent if under 18 years old. Waivers available online at www. teamcentral.org.

JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

50 Years of Blood, Sweat and Cheers - Blues Tribute at Central Library 1/19 10am-9pm Step into the Great Hall on Central’s Second Floor and immediately feel like you’re inside the Arena, complete with a 75x32 foot ice rink floor, original dasher boards from the Arena, a Glenn Hall statue replica, goalie net, season ticket holder holiday cards from the Salomons. Then go to the 3rd floor and feel like you are in the locker room. ST LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY, CENTRAL, 1301 OLIVE ST., 63103 FREE

Ladies' Knight 1/19 6:30pm-7:30pm Open to women of all ages; the perfect class to learn and improve. Taught by IM Irene Sukandar and WGM Katerina Nemcova

SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS.

314-569-0048

Healthworks! Kids Museum 1/20 9:30am-4:30pm Here at HealthWorks!, we believe in giving children and caregivers the tools and knowledge to shoot for the stars, and be better tomorrow than they were today! HEALTHWORKS KIDS' MUSEUM ST LOUIS, 1100 MACKLIND AVE, 63110 FREE

Water Waddlers Drop-In Swim 1/20 10:30am-12pm Have some fun in the indoor tot pool with your little one! For kids up to age 6 with a caregiver. Caregiver must remain in the pool with the child. Up to 25 children will be admitted per day. LODGE OF DES PERES, 1050 DES PERES RD, 63131 $5/CHILD, ADULTS ARE FREE

Suson Farm Fridays 1/20 10:30am-3pm Suson Park animal farm display. Most breeds of farm animals are represented for urban dwellers to see and enjoy, from the draft horses that helped plow our soil to examples of the modern cattle breeds. 6073 WELLS ROAD, 63128 FREE

CHESS CLUB AND SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF ST LOUIS, 4657 MARYLAND AVE, ST LOUIS, MO 63108

TEAM CENTRAL, 2675 METRO BLVD, 63043 $8 PER TEEN.

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TE Tots

Open Play at the J

1/21 10:30am-11:30am 2nd session from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

1/22 10am-11am

1/23 10:30am-11:30am

Join us at Temple Emanuel for a Jewish-themed music and movement program for children 6 months to 3 years with an adult

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers.

Secular

4344 SHAW BLVD, 63110 $3/CHILD UNDER 12.

Historic Soulard Market 1/21 7am-5pm The market has hot food, bakeries, produce, flowers and even a pet shop. The market is open year round 730 CARROLL STREET, 63104

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Keeper Talks

TEMPLE EMANUEL, 12166 CONWAY RD, 63141 FREE AND OPEN TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY

Aish Hebrew School and Adult Sunday School 1/22 10am-12pm At Aish, our kids love coming to Hebrew school because we teach them to love Judaism. We combine a rich learning environment with fun and enthusiasm. 457 N. WOODS MILL RD., CHESTERFIELD, MO 63017 AFFORDABLE TUITION

1/21 9am-10am

Sunday Chess Classes

Meet outside the Wildlife Hospital at 9 am and join our keepers as they feed and water our birds. Learn what they are, how they got here, and what they all eat.

1/22

WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY FREE

Girl Talk 1/21 1pm-3:30pm Inspiring, informative, and fun afternoon for mothers and girls ages 11+. Interactive sessions and health experts will help give girls the tools and resources to make healthy, empowered decisions. ST LUKE'S HOSPITAL, 222 SOUTH WOODS MILL RD, 63017 FREE

starting from 1 pm

Beginners to advanced level classes for both kids and adults

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 FREE FOR MEMBERS. FIRST TIME TO THE CLUB IS FREE, SO NONMEMBERS GET IT FREE ONCE.

Farm to Table Vilna Experience 1/22 2pm Farm to Table Vilna Experience is centered around The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook by Fania Lewando, proprietor of a popular vegetarian restaurant in Vilna, Lithuania. Features cooking demonstrations and a discussion of 1930’s Vilna culture and music that will recreate the feeling of Jewish life in the 1930s. CROWN CENTER

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CAFE, 8350 DELCREST DR., 63124 SEATING IS LIMITED. RSVP TO ANDREW GOLDFEDER AT AGOLDFEDER@JFEDSTL.ORG OR 314-442-3711.

Anna's Taste of Soup 1/22 5:30pm-7pm Warm up at Traditional! Meat soups, veggie soups, bread for dunking and dessert! TRADITIONAL CONGREGATION, 12437 LADUE RD, 63141 JUST $12/PERSON, $48 HOUSEHOLD MAX, KIDS UNDER 5 ARE FREE!

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Great Green Adventures: Winter Color Walk

Kids will find color in the Garden, even though there may not be many plants blooming. They'll search out common, and some not so common, colors in January. Ages 6-12.

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JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

Sensory Story Time 1/23 6:30pm Geared to families with children ages 3-9 who are on the autism spectrum or who have multi-sensory needs. The program provides a soothing environment for children to enjoy a story and other fun activities. ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY HEADQUARTERS BRANCH FREE, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. CALL 314-994-3300

Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s 1/23 8am-5pm Remember Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, and Hot Wheels? Stories of kids who played with these toys, adults who bought them, child-rearing experts who judged them and people who invented them reflect rhythms of American life. 5700 LINDELL BLVD, 63112 FREE


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Baby N Me

1/25 9:15am-10:45am

1/26 9:15am-10:30am

1/27 10am-11:30am

Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. You are welcome to stay for Shabbat.

Bring your stroller, make some friends and have some fun. Hamorah Cheri (Parent Educator Specialist) is the facilitator. Go for a walk, have a light snack and let your little ones visit.

Come join us at Shirlee Green Preschool to socialize, share music, enjoy a snack, and gentle activity. As always, you are welcome to stay for Shabbat.

Baby N Me

1/24 10am-11am Bring a snack and join us for a free playgroup for children up to the age of 3, accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver.

Toddler Tuesdays 1/24 9am Children ages birth to 3 yrs and their caregivers. Each weekly session includes light refreshments and socializing followed by activities focusing on creative and cognitive development.

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 $5 PER ADULT/CHILD PAIR, FREE FOR WCHOF MEMBERS. ONE ADULT PER CHILD REQUIRED.

Tuesday Tails 1/24 10:30am-11am Visit the Animal Protective Association (APA) of Missouri for a free story time for preschoolers and help foster their love of animals. 1705 S. HANLEY ROAD, 63144 FREE

Knit Wits at Covenant Place 1/24 1pm-2pm A free public viewing session is scheduled for every Friday night when skies are clear, year 'round.

MILFORD AND LEE BOHM SOCIAL HALL, LOWER LEVEL OF COVENANT HOUSE II, 8 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DRIVE FREE

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Pipsqueak Class

Temple Tots

UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION, 13788 CONWAY RD

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SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS.

314-569-0048

Baby & Me

BNAI AMOONA, 324 S MASON RD, 63141 FREE

anita@bnaiamoona.com

Open Play at the J

1/25 9:30am-11am

1/26 10:30am-11:30am

Geared toward parents/caregivers with infants and children who aren’t yet walking, classes are taught by Lisa Cohen. Each class is free and open to all families in the STL Jewish community. You are welcome to attend any or all class meetings. Special guest speakers and discussions too.

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and nonmembers.

CONGREGATION TEMPLE ISRAEL, #1 RABBI ALVAN D. RUBIN DR. FREE

Wine Down Wednesday 1/25 6pm Join all of us every Wednesday for fabulous guest instructors and wine! DIMVALOO ACTIVE LIVING, 8813 LADUE RD., 63124

314.824.8224. For more information call our store or visit us on-line www.dimvaloo.com

JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

HealthWorks! Kids' Museum 1/26 9:30am-4:30pm Infectiously contaminating kids and the community to have fun, learn and make great life choice... Let the epidemic begin with you! 1100 MACKLIND AVE, 63110 AGES 3+, $7 PER PERSON.

314-569-0048

Ice Skating at Steinberg Skating Rink 1/27 10am The largest outdoor ice skating rink in the Midwest, offering public skating all day, everyday, including all holidays. We are always open no matter what the temperature. Skate admission is valid for all day. FOREST PARK VARIES, $5-7.

Japanese Painting and Calligraphy 1/27 10am-4pm More than 2,600 objects of Japanese art spanning three millennia. Different subject matters and styles reflect various religious and secular aspects of Japanese culture and society that flourished on the archipelago from the 14th century to the late 20th century.

ONE FINE ARTS DRIVE, FOREST PARK FREE

Teen Open Gym

Ladies' Knight

1/25 8:30pm-9:50pm

1/26 6:30pm-7:30pm

Open gym is for children and adults ages 13 and up, wanting to practice gymnastics, cheer or parkour. Includes use of floors and trampolines. Waiver must be signed by parent if under 18 years old. Waivers available online at www. teamcentral.org.

Open to women of all ages; the perfect class to learn and improve. Taught by IM Irene Sukandar and WGM Katerina Nemcova

CHESS CLUB AND SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF ST LOUIS, 4657 MARYLAND AVE, ST LOUIS, MO 63108

TEAM CENTRAL, 2675 METRO BLVD, 63043 $8 PER TEEN.

Open Jump

Science Storytime presented by Ready Readers

Who can jump higher or find their way through the obstacle course first, the kids or the parents?

1/25 10:15am-11:15am

SHIRLEE GREEN PRESCHOOL AT CONGREGATION SHAARE EMETH, 11645 LADUE ROAD, RM 8 FREE TO MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS.

1/26 10am-3pm

Water Waddlers Drop-In Swim 1/27 10:30am-12pm Have some fun in the indoor tot pool with your little one! For kids up to age 6 with a caregiver. Caregiver must remain in the pool with the child. Up to 25 children will be admitted per day. LODGE OF DES PERES, 1050 DES PERES RD, 63131 $5/CHILD, ADULTS ARE FREE

PUMP IT UP, ST CHARLES, 3691 NEW TOWN BLVD, 63301

Enjoy an interactive reading of a science themed story, followed by a related hands-on activity. A different book is featured each week. ST LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER, 5050 OAKLAND AVE, 63110 FREE

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MifgaShabbat at Kol Rinah

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1/28 10:30am-11:45am For 1-5th grade students led by Rabbi Scott Shafrin and Sarah Beth Waxman. This learning service focuses on giving young Jews the opportunity to practice their prayer skills aand learn tefilah choreography, liturgy, tunes and more.

Led by Shelley and Jeff Dean, a program that introduces Jewish songs to children’s young souls. High-energy singing, praying, and playing with guitars, drums, shakers, tambourines, and more.

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829 N HANLEY RD, 63130 FREE

Schools & Synagogues

1/29 10am-12pm

1/31 10am-11am

FREE indoor playtime for kids 5 and younger with an adult. Snack included. Families are welcome to stay for the Early Childhood Tot Shabbat each week at 11:30am. Open to members and non-members.

Bring a snack and join us for a free playgroup for children up to the age of 3, accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver.

1/29 1pm - starting from 1 pm Beginners to advanced level classes for both kids and adults

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 FREE FOR MEMBERS. FIRST TIME TO THE CLUB IS FREE, SO NON-MEMBERS GET IT FREE ONCE.

10th Annual St Louis Jewish Community Blood Drive

Free Admission Mornings for STL City/County Residents 1/28 8am-12pm Enjoy free admission to the Garden on Wednesday and Saturday mornings before noon. Proof of residency is required.

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Temple Tots

1/30 10:30am-11:30am

Sunday Chess Classes

1/28 11am-11:45am

1/29 10am-4pm

Hot Hot Hot! at The Butterfly House Kids can shake off the cold weather with a tropical-themed celebration. Activities include tropical-themed games and crafts that will make them go absolutely buggy, as well as live steel drum music to dance to, face painting and a toddler sandbox.

Emilie Brockman,314-442-3267, ebrockman@jccstl.org

Sensory Story Time 1/30 6:30pm Geared to families with children ages 3-9 who are on the autism spectrum or who have multi-sensory needs. The program provides a soothing environment for children to enjoy a story and other fun activities. ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY HEADQUARTERS BRANCH FREE, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. CALL 314-994-3300

Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s 1/30 8am-5pm

Jewish Community Mental Health Awareness Program

Remember Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, and Hot Wheels? Stories of kids who played with these toys, adults who bought them, child-rearing experts who judged them and people who invented them reflect rhythms of American life.

1/29 2pm-3:30pm

1/28 10am-3pm

JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR FREE

Come out and donate!

CONGREGATION YOUNG ISRAEL, 8101 DELMAR BLVD, 63130 FREE

MO BOTANICAL GARDENS, 4344 SHAW BLVD,63110

5700 LINDELL BLVD, 63112 FREE

A program to raise awareness of mental illness in the Jewish community, break the stigma, and discuss the challenges. Free and open to all members of the Jewish community. JCC STAENBERG COMPLEX, 2 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DR

FAUST PARK, 15193 OLIVE BLVD, 63017 INCLUDED WITH REGULAR ADMISSION.

WANT TO LIST YOUR EVENT HERE? EMAIL US AT:

INFO@STLOUISJEWISHPARENTS.COM

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Open Play at the J

457 N. WOODS MILL RD., CHESTERFIELD, MO 63017 AFFORDABLE TUITION

Rhythm n’ Ruach at Kol Rinah

Tuesday

Aish Hebrew School and Adult Sunday School

At Aish, our kids love coming to Hebrew school because we teach them to love Judaism. We combine a rich learning environment with fun and enthusiasm.

829 N HANLEY RD, 63130 FREE

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UNITED HEBREW CONGREGATION, 13788 CONWAY RD

Toddler Tuesdays 1/31 9am Children ages birth to 3 yrs and their caregivers. Each weekly session includes light refreshments and socializing followed by activities focusing on creative and cognitive development.

WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME, 4652 MARYLAND AVE., ST LOUIS, MO 63108 $5 PER ADULT/CHILD PAIR, FREE FOR WCHOF MEMBERS. ONE ADULT PER CHILD REQUIRED.

Tuesday Tails 1/31 10:30am-11am Visit the Animal Protective Association (APA) of Missouri for a free story time for preschoolers and help foster their love of animals. 1705 S. HANLEY ROAD, 63144 FREE

Knit Wits at Covenant Place 1/31 1pm-2pm A free public viewing session is scheduled for every Friday night when skies are clear, year 'round.

MILFORD AND LEE BOHM SOCIAL HALL, LOWER LEVEL OF COVENANT HOUSE II, 8 MILLSTONE CAMPUS DRIVE FREE


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COMMUNITY

WE WELCOME OUR NEW ADVERTISERS! Please make sure to stop in, or send them a note saying hello and thank you. Without our Top-Notch advertisers, this magazine would not be possible.

We again welcome

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Washington University Summer Experience

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We also greatly appreciate all of our advertisers! Please join us in patronizing their businesses.  Jewish Federation of St Louis  St. Louis Children’s Hospital  Shanon Forseter, OBGYN  Marty Levison & Sherri Welner, Coldwell Banker, Gundaker  Milder Musical Arts  Organizing Magic  Affordable Health Insurance, Alayna Lerner  Personal Care Cleaners  Childproofers  Lynne Prywitch, Goodies for Guests  The Coffee Guy  Shana Watkins  Bounce U: Chesterfield, St. Louis  Sophia’s Jewelry Studio  Center for Jewish Learning  A2Z Selfie Company  Laurie’s Shoes  The Law Office of Daniel Battan  An Olive Ovation  PJ Library  Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School  Tap Snap

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 Creve Coeur Dentistry  Rhymes Contracting  Shaare Emeth  Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool  The Magic House  Camp GUCI  Camp Ramah  Camp Sabra  Herzl Camp  Joe Liebmann of Lou Fusz  Mack Daddyz  Tips on Trips and Camps  The Law Offices of David A. Rubin, LLC  Gifted Counseling St. Louis  B’nai Amoona  Passport to Israel  Cub Creek Camp  JPAT  Classic Aire Care  Pinnacle Cleaning Services  Mad Science  Oppland Fundamentals Basketball Camp

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THANK YOU Many readers have asked me how I was able to start the magazine. As we come close to having published the magazine for 24 consecutive months, there are some people without whom, the magazine would not have been possible. Thank you to the following people for all that you have done! (If you enjoy the magazine and you see these people, please feel comfortable thanking them!) Brian Goldman Andy Oberman Yana Hotter Jen Lotsoff Jayne Langsam Andrew Rehfield and Federation Superstars Liessa Alperin Marty Levison St Louis Children’s Hospital Jesse Kavadlo Jodi Granok Talia Bender Terry Bloomberg Mish Shoykhet Chris Miller Shana Watkins

Find out how to make your child’s brain work for them SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY Wilfred J Krenn MA, LPC 314-254-3222 www.giftedcounselingstlouis.com

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We deliver! Please call Julie @ 314 517-6239 or 314 469-6682/ email @ jwinograd@charter.net

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Young start-ups help our community’s economy. Look here monthly to see what is new!

The Center for Mindfulness & CBT Innovative mental health and wellness center treating children, adolescents and adults using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We offer Mindfulness and Mindful Yoga classes for the general population, as well as for those with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. We have Mindfulness classes for children and families, as well as group therapy for children & adults with Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, such as hair pulling & skin picking, as well as eating disorders. Dr. Laura Chackes lchackes@mindfulstl.com 314-561-9757 www.mindfulstl.com The Center for Mindfulness & CBT

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We are one of the fastest growing Chambers in Missouri! We are a Chamber without borders. We provide unique opportunities to do business and build relationships. If you have any questions or are interested in the Chamber, give us a call!

Brian Goldman, President/CEO

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Come learn, play and build in our discovery center, which is stocked with LEGO bricks and other building toys. We run birthday parties, classes, and camps centered around robotics and video game design. stlwest@snapology.com 314-717-1794 10028 Manchester Rd, 63122 snapology stl west

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Tree of Life Pediatric and Family Chiropractic Helping young mothers & families to empower their children who struggle to reach their potential. For the comfort of children with special needs & convenience of families, we are a house call based practice.

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PLNK STL A total body, 50 minute workout with a focus on targeted muscular strength building and conditioning. High intensity. Low impact. The only workout to combine strength, endurance, cardio, balance, and flexibility in each and every movement. Your joints stay protected, your spinal alignment improves, your mind is engaged, and your body’s pushed to its limits. This isn't your mom's pilates. info@plnkstl.com 314-395-4366 www.plnkstl.com plnkstl

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Kidzxplor Kidzxplor is a new revolutionary web and app-based service that connects kids to local class providers. Kidzxplor opens the doors to discovery by offering a membership that syncs children to a multitude of different classes and activities including art, music, dance, fitness, mind, open plays, cooking, and many, many more- all for one flat-fee per month. Drop into the best St. Louis children’s class providers and discover your child’s passion conveniently and economically. info@kidzxplor.com www.kidzxplor.com kidzxplor kidzxplor kidzxplor

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When a loved one dies, managing final affairs can be a daunting task, especially while still in mourning. We are here to help you navigate through this overwhelming process by organizing and managing everything from account closures, like utilities and credit cards, to canceling lawn service and gym memberships. We focus on the process so you can celebrate your loved one's legacy. Erin Schneider erin@conciergebereavement.com 314-492-1118 www.conciergebereavement.com

Many of you have visited our children’s boutique, Lu Lu Belle in Naples, FL owned by St. Louis couple Charlie and Linda Kilo. We have now opened a store in Ladue bringing the same personalized service & brands - most of them unique to St. Louis for girls & boys newborn & up. Come in for a fun-filled experience for Grandparents, Parents & kids. We look forward to meeting you! Mon-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm. Expanded hours by appointment.

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Our delicious plant­-based foods are fresh, 100% natural, preservative­free, and made from scratch in small batches. Our savory hand­crafted dishes range from pastas, rice dishes and hearty soups to breads, salads & desserts. Local and organic ingredients when possible, and many dishes are gluten-free. Two convenient retail locations: 64 Weldon Parkway in Maryland Heights, and 11252 Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur. Everything comes packaged in BPA-free, reusable and recyclable containers, and all you do is heat them. Best of all, they taste fabulous! 314-942-8900 Facebook.com/fredandrickys 64 Weldon Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 11252 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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Nia, a holistic movement practice, blends dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts into a mind-body-emotion-spirit experience. Practiced with soulful and enlivening music, it is safe for all ages, body types, and fitness abilities. Weekly classes available! Neshama Roash (314) 570-1493 neshama@niaawakening.com www.nianow.com/neshamaliora

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Ajaene’s $5 Jewelry Store Caters to the fashion needs of anyone who desires to add a little pizzazz to any outfit without spending a lot of money. Every piece is only $5! You can’t beat that! Order online, host a jewelry party with friends, or call me! We want to help you look EVEN better at a very reasonable price.

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We Rock the Spectrum Inclusive indoor playground with autismfriendly equipment, where the slogan is “A place where you don’t have to say I’m sorry.” The staff includes volunteers and occupational therapy students, all given tools to diffuse a disagreement or frustration, encourage play and keep children safe. Infants up to kids age 13 can play at their leisure for $12 per child and $10 per sibling. Packages are also available. A nonprofit, My Brother Rocks the Spectrum Foundation, helps needy families cover the cost.

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We believe that answers to concerns and the solutions to problems often lie within the families themselves. Our Child Development Specialist will coach your family while building a foundation for the child’s future. ABC supports families with children from birth through high school. Developmental screenings and bilingual sessions also available.

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With backgrounds in Medicine, Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis I offer treatment to adults and the elderly experiencing emotional difficulties. I provide treatment with psychoanalytic psychotherapy, which is a type of talk therapy focusing on people’s deep emotions. I can help people experiencing problems with disabling symptoms such as fears, anxiety, depression, sadness, panic, phobias, anger, violence, stress or impulsivity in their personal life, family, relationships, intimacy and work.

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314) 241-7391 info@hwstl.org hwstl.org hwstl 1100 Macklind Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Tamara Netsch (owner) 314-942-3055 www.shineboutiquestlouis.com ShineBoutique 9811 Clayton Rd, STL 63124

Heather Cushing, Owner 314-701-4100 info@abcparenting.com abcparenting, llc ABCParenting.XYZ

HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum St. Louis HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum St. Louis has the distinction of being the only free-standing children’s museum in St. Louis that is dedicated solely to health education. It is completely accessible to those of all abilities and showcases a unique model of health edutainment through hands-on, interactive exhibits and live engaging presentations. Our goal: To infectiously contaminate children of all ages to learn, have fun and make great life choices. We Make Health Fun!

Jewelry, clothing, gifts, accessories, monogrammed items, and free gift wrapping. Come see us!

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Peach is redefining the way women and teens shop for intimates & basics while working to fix the problem of 80% of women wearing the wrong size bra! I specialize in 1:1 fittings using 10 points of measure in your home, my home, or virtually one-on-one. And, you don’t even need to take your shirt off! I will work with you until we discover your Bra-Ha™ moment. Need basics such as tanks, cardigans, and panties? Discover our Simply Soft basics that are so soft you will never want to wear anything else. Call or email today to set up your fitting or host a trunk show. Fittings are always free.

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Ben Fox, Life Coach What stops you from living your dreams? Money? Time commitments? Fears and doubts? We internalize many messages from society, family, and friends about who we are supposed to be and how to spend our time, and this often conflicts with what we truly want. Even if we know our utmost desires and plan to achieve them, doing so alone is isolating and seems insurmountable. As a life coach, the presence I offer will allow us to co-create a future of your choosing. Together, we will discover what blocks you from your dreams and transform how you are in the world. Ben Fox  914-523-3843  befox18@gmail.com 

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Coat-A-Kid's mission statement is to provide new coats, hats and gloves to kids in need in the St. Louis area, with the only stipulation being that of true need. Kids with coats will go to school on the coldest of days. Coat-A-Kid believes that education is one path to end the cycle of poverty. Keeping kids in school also provides them with meals that may be their only meals for the day. Each coat is put on the child, one by one, by our all-volunteer staff. We have zero paid employees, donated space and financial services. We buy brand new, warm coats, hats and gloves with the donations that we receive.

PO Box 31632, St Louis, MO 63131 314-566-6238

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