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Table of Contents 4. Publisherâ€™s Note
FutureScape 8.The Future of Entrepreneurship Health & Wellness 10. Stress-Buster? Or Just a Fad? 14. Invention Provides Dignity 18. Stop Heroin
24. Jeff and Susan Sams
30. Unleashing the Benefits of Reading to Pets 32. Little Free Library
Home Sweet Home
36. Ask the Expert-All Things Fall 40. Closet Design Top 10 Trends
48. Autumn Original
58. Cedar Lake Cellars
68. Keeping it Simple
70. The Future is Bright for St. Charles Community College 79. Langenberg Speaker Series at Lindenwood University
88. Rising Star-Abigail Stahlschmidt
90. Universal Ambitions
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Publisherâ€™s Note Hello Friends, Fall... the season of change. Most people seem to fear change, but I have, on a very personal level, decided to embrace change. As sure as the leaves will fall and the daylight hours shorten, there will be change throughout life. One thing that helps us through change is being rooted in community... it is so vital for our internal well-being! We at the Magazine embrace change, and remain rooted in our community. Please join us for our two signature community events this Fall: Romancing the Runway on Sept. 27-28, and Beyond the Best business awards Oct. 23. I hope over these 11 years, in some small way we have made an impact on your life and changed you! Please continue to come as our Reader and stay as our Friend. Happy Fall! And be the Change! Thomas P. Hannegan Publisher & Founder, StreetScape Magazine
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Tell Me a Story | June 16 - July 28, 2017
Boogie Stomp! | August 25, 2017| 7:00 PM
Whether implied or spelled out, many artworks have epic tales to tell despite the limited imagery they are allowed. With 58 works from over 50 different national and international artists, this narrative-based exhibition truly has a story to tell.
Context II | August 4 - September 15, 2017
For the second year, the Foundry Art Centre presents an all-media exhibition focusing on the written wordĘźs role in the visual arts.
Quilt National 2017 | October 6 - December 1, 2017 This internationally-juried exhibition, curated by The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, joins the Foundry Art Centre once again for its renowned biennial collection of Art Quilts by contemporary fiber artists.
Two Pianos. One Stage. The Story of 100 Years of American Music.
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2nd Thursday | June - October, 2017 | 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM The Foundry Art Centre proudly presents 2nd Thursdays: Living Art, a series of free art-making events that highlights the importance of art to each person's well-being and the unlimited possibilities that nature supplies to be creative!
Art and Literary Festival | August 26, 2017 | 9:30 AM 5:00 PM | Come experience the first festival that will include local authors, artists, musicians, arts and crafts, etc.
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About four-and-a-half years ago, I fell in love.
Not with a woman—I was (and am) already in love with the best wife anyone could ever have. Donald may have his Melania, and Barack may have his Michelle, but despite not running the free world, I beat them both. I have my Megan. Seriously, if you have not met Megan McKissen, you should go to OPO Startups and get to know her. No, four-and-a-half years ago I fell in love with a place. Lloyd and Harry’s on Main Street in St. Charles, specifically. If you haven’t been to Lloyd and Harry’s, you should know that it has a specific type of charm—assuming you define “charm” by the amount of fried food and beer you can buy with a small wad of dollar bills. Which happens to be exactly how I define charm. The first time I visited Lloyd and Harry’s, Megan and I were actually living in Florida and hated it. We both grew up in the west (Arizona and Utah) and moved to the swampland outside of Palm Beach for a job. We quickly learned we were not Florida people. The same day we purchased our home in the swamps, a recruiter called me about a job in Chesterfield. When I was 13 years old, my dad traveled for his job and worked in Festus on and off for a year. My brother and I spent a few weeks with him during the summer, and two equally spectacular things happened during those few weeks: 1. I attended my first Major League baseball game in Busch Stadium. 2. For the first time, a girl saw past my epic mullet Dustin’s (then known as Dusty) inner beauty, and asked for his phone number. Needless to say, I had very positive memories of the St. Louis area.
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The job was in Chesterfield, but—although I enjoy outlet malls as much as the next guy—we wanted to live somewhere with a little more history. After my last interview for the job, I drove over to St. Charles and headed to Main Street.
That’s where I saw the sign outside of Lloyd and Harry’s advertising (at the time) 99-cent cheeseburgers. To understand the appeal of Lloyd of Harry’s, you should know Megan and I have three children. Translation: A lot of kids means I love cheap food. Those scrawny $9.99 organic, free-range Whole Food chickens will not do for the McKissen family. We need our chickens to be the Costco variation, the kind that apparently pass their time on the Green Mile by doing constant pushups. So, when I got the bill for a cheeseburger, onion rings, and a Pabst that came out to $5 and change, I knew I had found our new home. Thankfully I got the job, and we headed to Missouri in such a rush that I think we “forgot” to pay the tolls on the Florida turnpike. We love St. Charles, and life here has been better than we have even imagined. I eventually left my job and started a public relations and marketing business, and Megan was hired to be the Community Manager for OPO Startups. We’ve also become very engaged in our community, and through that engagement I’ve learned that we are, demographically speaking, somewhat of an anomaly: We are a young family who could have chosen to live anywhere in the region, but chose St. Charles. In fact, technically speaking, I am a millennial, though on the very oldest end of that demographic.
Written by Dustin McKissen The first time I heard the word “millennial” was in a company meeting in 2005. In the 12 years since, as far as I can tell, the stereotype of a millennial has remained unchanged. They are still living in their parents’ basement. They still feel entitled. They are still the root of all evil. Except, the stereotype wasn’t always true in 2005—and it definitely isn’t true now. In the United States, the median age for first-time motherhood is 26. That’s older than the median age for first-time motherhood used to be, but still, if you are 26 years old in 2017, you were born in 1991. Want more evidence millennials are aging? As a millennial myself, I am old enough to remember the year the average first-time mother was born. It was the same year I started seeing D.J. Tanner in Full House in a slightly different way than before. It wasn’t full attraction yet, but it wasn’t unlike the feeling I got when I saw my receipt at Lloyd and Harry’s. The point is that millennials are getting older. And when communities have a conversation about what they can do to attract millennials—and that conversation is happening in St. Charles County—what they are sometimes really having is a conversation about what they can do to attract a 23-year-old. Now, there is nothing wrong with a 23-year-old. We were all 23 once. However, a 23-year-old isn’t a fully formed human being. When I was 23 I was rubbing Rogaine® on my upper lip in an attempt to grow a moustache, and I drove a salvage-title Hyundai Accent that I literally had to lean forward in when driving up a hill, just to make sure it kept moving.
Translation: At 23 years old, my economic value to the community was limited. A conversation about millennials and a conversation about 23-yearolds has some overlap, but it is not the same conversation. Many millennials on the older end of the demographic are getting closer to their late 30s—and according to the Kaufman Foundation, the average age of a first-time founder of a company with at least a million dollars in annual revenue is 39. Which brings me back to St. Charles County and the future of entrepreneurship in our community. Right now, there is momentum in this county to create more startups. Statistically speaking, the founders of those startups are likely to be in their 30s (at least), and they are likely to have a family. That isn’t just a statistical fact—I see successful first-time entrepreneurs every day at OPO Startups. Most are millennials, most have children, most are married, and most are homeowners. They chose to build their businesses and families here, in part because the low cost of living gives them the opportunity to take risks. If communities want to attract aspiring entrepreneurs, they need to be inclusive, diverse places with fun things to do. However, they also need to be safe, affordable, and supportive. The presence of those qualities in this community has been a big part of my early entrepreneurial success. We may never be a hub for venture capital, and that’s okay. We can still be a launching pad for risk takers. Because in a place where you can still buy a cheeseburger, onion rings, and a PBR with a wad of dollar bills, anything is possible. ¤
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We can always count on the latest toy trend or “fad” to make an appearance at least once a year, blowing up social media and dominating the store shelves. There have been many good fads that have come and gone: Yo-yos, the Rubik’s Cube, Pet Rock, Pogs, Gak, and Beanie Babies to name a few. Becoming a well-known toy fad has its perks; every child wants one and many get them. The children plea, adults supply, and the sales soar. For some, the latest craze of Fidget Spinners and Fidget Cubes fall into this category. Joel Best, of CNN News, categorizes these gadgets as “this year’s leading toy fad.” It is not surprising that children have been able to get their hands on these items so easily. With Fidget Spinners and Cubes available for as little as $3 and $4, parents do not have to worry about breaking the bank. Children can happily spend a small portion of their birthday money to score this popular item and still have change to burn. But what about the claims that Fidget Spinners and Fidget Cubes are not just a toy; they are an anxiety and stress-reducing tool, and helpful for those with ADHD?
U.S. News reports, “Nearly 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 have received an ADHD diagnosis.” With ADHD prominent in the U.S. and stress an ever-present problem, the potential for Fidget Spinners and Fidget Cubes to be the answer can seem very inviting. Director Julie Schweitzer of the UC Davis MIND Institute’s “Attention, Impulsivity and Regulation” program,” offers that there is a lack of evidence showing the health benefits of this latest go-gogadget. For starters, Fidget Spinners were not developed by a medical professional or anyone in the mental health field. According to Ryan Bort of Newsweek Magazine, the Fidget Spinners were actually developed by chemical engineer Catherine Hettinger in the 90’s, but did not hit their stride until now.
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Just a Fad? Clinical Psychologist Scott Kollins from Duke University also cited that there are other toys and games that make similar claims, but that there is “basically no scientific evidence that those things work across the board." He also cautions, in an interview with Newsweek Magazine, that treatment for anxiety and ADHD is not as simple as buying a toy. Treatment options for struggles related to anxiety and ADHD are a therapeutic process, not a quick fix. In addition, schools are also beginning to ban these “helpful” toys. With a pervasive population of Fidget Spinners and Cubes in the classroom, students are finding themselves more distracted than focused. There is also concern that those with gadgets are a distraction to the students around them. This is quite the irony, given that these tools boast of their laser-focused attention capabilities. So, what can we take away from the Fidget Spinner/Fidget Cube trend that’s sweeping the nation? It certainly pays to do a little digging. It may not pay out what the toy market is making from this fad, but peace of mind and full confidence in a product is worth a lot more. Eventually, this fad will fade and with it, all the claims that it can solve the world’s stress, anxiety and ADHD. Fidget Cubes and Spinners will slowly find their way into the bottom of toy boxes, dresser drawers, and under the bed with the dust bunnies. Like the Yo-yos, Rubik’s Cubes, Pet Rocks, Pogs, Gak, and Beanie Babies before them, Fidget Spinners and Fidget Cubes will eventually hang up their hats and join the fad Hall-of-Famers. Don’t worry, it will not be long before a new toy steps in to fill their shoes and we will have the opportunity to worry, wonder, and research all over again. ¤
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Health & Wellness
Written by Dr Christy Jenkins Photo Courtesy of Jim Pruett; City of St. Charles
Dr. Christy Jenkins received a Proclamation from Mayor Sally Faith of St. Charles and from Mayor Len Pagano of St Peters for implementing June 24th as "Health Day" in St Charles/St Peters. On that day each year, the community will unite collectively to support the fight against disease and will focus on a healthy lifestyle. From 1-2pm, all businesses and citizens are urged to buy and/or sell only healthy items.
and becoming a statement about what we in America “stand for.” To contact Dr Christy Jenkins: DrJenkinsBCND@nathealthsol.com 636-724-5605 | www.nathealthsol.com
“We need to saturate our communities with healthy options,” said Dr. Jenkins, of Naturo Health Solutions in St Charles. “And by emphasizing prevention and early disease detection, we can have a healthier community. Healthy peoYour Leader in Home Health is Now Serving Saint Charles! ple are more productive, more stable financially, and make better decisions Caring, attentive, in general,” she added. The goal of Dr. Jenkins is to spread her efforts around the country so that June 24 will become a nationally recognized “Health Day,” providing an opportunity for awareness and education about how our lifestyle and diet affects our health and well-being…
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EAT-RITES SN-2 Designed for those with hand issues making it hard to hold onto a utensil.
Since he was a young child creating airplanes and landing strips with Legos, Harold Hogarth has used his mind and his gift for building outside the box to create helpful inventions. “I’m a natural. I can go into a factory, see how it works and go into my garage and build it,” said Hogarth, who credits his father for a lot of this talent. “I make a lot of the stuff and I have stuff made for me locally.” His first invention came in high school. “I was a kicker for the football team, and I could never get anyone to go out and hold (the football) for me to practice,” said Hogarth. So Hogarth, who grew up in California, decided he would figure out a way to create a product that would hold the football for him. In 1969, at the young age of 17, Hogarth brought his idea to the toy company Mattel. While the company was very nice, and told him his invention was wonderful, they passed on the idea. Mattel executives explained to Hogarth that the company made mostly dolls and his product would only sell a few thousand. “They told me to come back if I ever re-invented the spoon or fork, because I would definitely have something there,” said Hogarth. Over the years, Hogarth has created many inventions. “If I find a need or I see a need, I will try to make it…some have been very good, and some very bad,” said Hogarth.
EAT-RITES “FIRST TIME EATERS” UTENSILS Great in restaurants for keeping the utensil on their wrist.
a phone call from his 93-year-old father, also named Harold Hogarth. His father’s hands were crippled, he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and he was unable to feed himself. “He told me I really needed to come up with a spoon or fork so I can feed myself,” said Hogarth. “He said when you can’t feed yourself, it’s time to check out.” Hogarth’s father passed away just three days later. It was the start of a new invention that had more meaning and passion than the rest. Hogarth wrestled with different ideas and designs for eating utensils for a couple of years. He was working at a foundation at the time, and didn’t have the funds to create the product. So, he contacted some high school friends from California and asked if they wanted to work together to develop this unique eating utensil. His friends jumped at the chance and they formed a corporation—Eat-Rite Utensils. The group of entrepreneurs enlisted the help of occupational therapists at Delmar Gardens to create a design that would be functional for older residents who had difficulty feeding themselves due to arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, or stroke. “They were really a part of the design mechanism to get it right for those people in need,” said Hogarth. “They helped us get the right angles and grips on the utensils…they were really good working with me.”
Hogarth had a problem with frogs getting stuck in his pool filter. Instead of looking for a product online, Hogarth attacked the problem on his own—with a speaker grill. He cut and painted a speaker grill to cover the filter which allowed the water to still flow through to the filter, and it also provided a stepping stone for the frogs to free themselves if they got stuck.
Hogarth and his buddies were able to come up with several different designs of Eat-Rite Utensils. The Eat-Rite SN-1 was designed for adults who are re-learning how to feed themselves through rehabilitation. According to its website, the SN-1 Adapted Utensil Set features a 45- degree bend in the shaft of the utensil and a single hexagon shaped finger hole to lock in fingers during use, which will prevent the utensil from spinning or slipping.
One of his most important inventions, however, came after a phone call from his father. On July 17, 2013 Hogarth received
“We tried to make it as natural as possible; for the last 50 to 70 years they have been eating the same way. Our (utensils) have
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Harold W. Hogarth, CEO Eat-Rite Utensils
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EAT-RITES SN-1 Designed for patients recovering from strokes.
several ways to hold it to get it to work,” said Hogarth. The SN-2 allows the individual to “hold” the utensil without the need to grip it. Designed to place the hand in a natural downward position, it enables individuals with grip-related challenges to eat normally. Hogarth said the product brings dignity back to those who are physically challenged and allows for more independence. “When you can’t feed yourself, you don’t want to be spoon-fed like a baby,” said Hogarth. For those who cannot bend their fingers the Eat-Rite SN-3 Adapted Utensil allows the person to “hold” the utensil while the fingers are in a forward position. “If you can’t move your fingers it slides right onto the hand and you can still feed yourself,” said Hogarth. Each one of the special-needs utensils also has a detachable wrist band to keep the utensil from falling to the floor, as well as to provide support and stability for the hand. While eating in a local restaurant, Hogarth came up with another market for the special utensils—children. After watching a child across the restaurant repeatedly throw his silverware on the ground, he decided to expand the collection to include utensils for the child learning to eat. The special utensils help children adapt to eating properly with a regular fork and spoon when older. His first customer was his four-year-old granddaughter, who took to the utensil quickly. The children’s version of the Eat-Rite Utensil was a life-changing product for a Las Vegas grandmother. Cindy Parrish has a fouryear-old grandson with Down syndrome. When she found the Eat-Rite Utensil online she had to try it for his upcoming visit.
With a short window of time before her grandson Brycen arrived, Parrish contacted the company to see how fast the item could be shipped. “One of the manager’s lived in Las Vegas and he just dropped it off at my house—with no charge,” said Parrish. Brycen used the utensil to feed himself for the first time. “We’re not to cereal yet, but he’s so proud of himself,” said Parrish. “It’s hard to resist feeding him.” His coordination became so much better with the utensil that he has graduated from the special tool and uses a regular spoon now. “I so appreciate the company and how they went the extra mile to accommodate me,” said Parrish. “I am more than thrilled with the result...this was life altering for him. I hope everyone learns about this life-altering utensil.” For more information about the company, or to order an Eat-Rite Utensil visit www.eat-rite.us. ¤ Fall 2017
Health & Wellness
Fall Written by Eryn McAlister
If you suffer with seasonal allergies, and believe me I do, then you know that every season seems to have its own unique irritants. While some people seem to be able to go through life without so much as a sniffle (like my husband), I seem to spend each season with a stuffy and runny nose.
I reached out to Dr. Ben Conoyer with Midwest ENT in Saint Peters to seek out some more information on fall seasonal allergies. The good news is that tree and grass pollens are worse in the spring, usually March through June. The bad news is that in the late summer and fall, weeds and mold allergies pick up. Dr. Conoyer told me “if you have these allergies, you can check the local weather forecast to find if allergy counts are high.” On days when allergy counts are higher, try to limit your outdoor exposure. Mold allergies can be especially troublesome. Mold spores can blow for hundreds of miles in a day and easily become airborne when weather fronts move in. Outside, mold likes to grow on the north side of buildings and trees. Inside, mold likes to grow when moisture makes its way into our homes. How to combat this? Dr. Conoyer suggests using a dehumidifier to reduce the chance of mold growth. He also notes “molds can also be found growing on indoor plants.” Having mold resistant plants can also help reduce mold growth. Yard work can also trigger outdoor allergies. “Mowing the grass is essentially using a large fan blade that kicks up allergens”. Dr. Conoyer suggests using a mask when mowing or raking leaves to lessen the impact you may feel. Or, better yet, have someone who doesn’t suffer from seasonal allergies (like my husband) do the work while you hang out inside!
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that’s not reality for most of us, or even all that desirable. So many fall activities like hiking, fruit picking, and bonfires require us to be outside to enjoy them. While you can send your family out onto the patio to enjoy the fire pit while you watch from the conditioned air behind the living room window, that doesn’t really make for the ideal fall family moment. So how can you enjoy being outside in the cooling fall temperatures and lessen your reaction to outdoor allergens? There are three categories of medications that you can try: steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, and decongestants. Steroid nasal sprays have been shown to be very effective in treating nasal allergies, but generally need to be used daily to maximize effectiveness. Antihistamines are great at providing relief from sneezing, sniffling and itching, but don’t relieve nasal congestion. Decongestants offer relief from stuffiness and reduce nasal mucus, but won’t do anything to quell sneezing, sniffling, and itching. There are some medicines that combine an antihistamine and decongestant in one medicine (usually this is signified by adding the letter “D” after the brand of the antihistamine). You can find out more about which medicine might be best for you by talking to your doctor. There are other, non-medicinal ways to curb your allergies that you can try as well. Essential oils may be able to help you reduce your allergies. You can apply them topically, ingest them orally,
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or inhale them through a diffuser. Chamomile oil has anti-inflammatory properties and may be able to reduce your nasal congestion. Eucalyptus oil may help prevent inflammation and allow air passageways to remain open. Tea tree oil may be able to help reduce allergens and irritants in your home. Oils can also have a soothing effect because of the pleasant smell and feeling of cooling and comfort they can provide. You may also benefit from changing your diet to a moderately low fat, high complex carb diet, drinking more water, and using herbal supplements. Some of the herbs that may help ease your allergies are Angelica sinensis as an antihistamine, Euphrasia officinalis as a decongestant, Silybum marianum as an anti-inflammatory, and Achillea millefolium as a decongestant. As with any holistic treatment plan, you should talk to your doctor first and be knowledgeable of the pros and cons of any path you choose to take. The best advice? Be smart in your exposure to allergens by limiting time outdoors when pollen is at its peak, by changing the HEPA filter in your heating system regularly, and by wearing a mask when you rake leaves and do other yard work. And when your allergies do flare up, treat them with whatever works best for you. You may never be able to spend all day, every day outside with no allergies, but with the right treatment plan, you can increase your enjoyment of the outdoors and all of the fun that it can provide. ¤
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"Kyle" as a young, happy child.
"Kyle" with his siblings
NEW HOPE & HELP FOR FAMILIES & ADDICTS
In January 2016, *Maria got a call no mother wants to get. Her son, *Kyle, had sent a Facebook message to a family friend stating he was going to commit suicide. But the friend hadn’t seen the message right away. And by the time she called Maria, it had been days since the message was sent. As Maria and her ex-husband rushed to their son’s home, frantically calling with no answer and not sure what they would find when they got there, Maria was terrified she may never see Kyle alive again. It was only by chance that they even knew where to find their son, a heroin addict, who had increasingly isolated himself from friends and family in recent years. He had started drinking in his teenage years and experimented with other substances while in high school. But it was after his car was hit by a train when he was in college, and he was prescribed opioids for pain, that his addiction took hold – and didn’t let go. This bright, caring, good-hearted man who once had a promising future and a whole life ahead of him, eventually lost everything to the grip of heroin. Kyle had somehow survived overdoses in the past, and Maria had floated the idea of an intervention several times over the years but didn’t have the support of other family members and friends. And since Kyle was an adult by the time he was in the throes of his addiction, he was free to make his own decisions, which meant Maria could only pray and hope he survived long enough to get help. When they arrived at Kyle’s home that January day, they found him alive. But there were empty heroin capsules scattered all over the floor and blood everywhere. He had tried, unsuccessfully, to cut himself and overdose in the days after he sent that Facebook
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message. And he had placed a long suicide note on the table, which gave them insight into just how far into the darkness his addiction had taken him. They took Kyle to the ER of a local hospital, where he was placed in detox. But he didn’t have insurance, so it wasn’t long before the hospital was ready to let him go, even though he was still experiencing intense withdrawal symptoms after two weeks. One of the nurses told Maria she’d never seen a case as bad as her son’s. It was a miracle he was still alive. And Maria knew in her heart that if they put him back out there, he would go right back to using and the next call they got, he would be dead. In the weeks and months following Kyle’s suicide attempt, Maria found herself in a battle to save her son’s life. Her days were spent convincing the rehab facility he was in that his life was worth more than the cost of the bed and calling every rehab center she could find, trying to find one that would take him without insurance. Through it all, convincing Kyle to stay in treatment was a daily challenge. Through Maria’s efforts, Kyle did get help and the chance to break free from heroin. They found a bed for him in a 6-month rehab program in Kansas City. And though convincing him to stay there involved a whole new level of struggle in the first six weeks, he successfully completed the program and has been clean for a year and a half. Though many may still think of heroin as an urban problem, stories like Kyle’s spiral into heroin addiction after taking prescription opi-
(SURRT) program, which proactively reaches out to addicts and their families to provide resources. The SURRT program, which officially rolled out in March of 2017, is all about saving lives. SCCAD first responders provide free intranasal Narcan for family members of addicts when they go out on a call, so the family can intervene quickly in case of future overdose. They also give a folder full of information and resources for getting treatment to every patient on every call they go out on, since they’ve found that addicts are most open to intervention when they’re in that 24–48 hours following an overdose and still at high risk for death. With that in mind, they also created a form they use as part of the program where they get contact information and permission to follow up with the patient after the initial crisis to get them the help they need. The SURRT program has been very successful so far, offering new hope and help for addicts and their families. In just the first three months of the program from March to June 2017, they gave out 90 folders, had 44 consents to get into the program and 31 connected with treatment. And only two completely declined the help offered. Cassidy and her team are bringing the conversation about the heroin epidemic in St. Charles County more into the open with the #StopHeroin program. And with programs like SURRT making resources more available, there can be new hope that addicts and their families will get the help they need. It’s a huge step toward changing outcomes for the better. Cassidy states, “Getting clean for good takes a lot of work for the addict, but it can happen. We don’t want people to feel ashamed if they’re struggling or they relapse. We want to be there for them, so we can help.”
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If someone you love is struggling with heroin/opioid addiction, please contact: Lisa Cassidy at the SCCAD - 636-344-7600 – for a list of available resources. ¤ centerpointe_turning_SS_05_17.pdf 1 5/5/17 * Names have been changed to guard anonymity.
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ates and Maria’s struggles to get him the help he needed are playing out in families across our region. For families with a loved one who is addicted and spiraling out of control, not knowing what resources are out there or where to turn for help makes a heartbreaking situation even more difficult. Lisa Cassidy, a St. Charles County Ambulance District Paramedic, has been in the field and seen the heartbreak heroin addiction brings. And, like her fellow first responders, Cassidy was deeply troubled by the exponential rise in overdose calls and deaths since 2008. While attending C.R.U.S.H. meetings, a collaborative, multi-agency initiative started in 2015 by St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar to fight the heroin epidemic, she started wondering how the SCCAD could do more. That desire to do more led Cassidy to start the SCCAD’s #StopHeroin initiative in 2016.
The initiative’s first goal was to raise awareness. They started small with a change to their uniforms that placed a #StopHeroin logo on the back of their t-shirts. And Cassidy says the response they got was amazing. “People were walking up, telling us their stories and telling us they’re glad people are talking about this, because it’s been swept under the carpet for so long.” To shed even more light on the problem, Cassidy and her colleagues also started giving presentations to high schools, middles schools and various organizations throughout the area. They created a powerful, realistic video reenactment of an overdose call, which they share at presentations and on their website. And Cassidy created and coordinates the Substance Use Recovery Response Team
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Health & Wellness
Written by Amy Armour Photos Courtesy SSM Health Breast Care Laura Corirossi performed a self-breast exam every morning in the shower. On November 3, 2016 Corirossi rolled over in bed, and felt a lump the size of a marble in her breast.
“I was frantic and I got in to see my primary doctor the next day,” said Corirossi, 56. Corirossi’s life changed that morning as she started tests immediately with a mammogram and ultrasound. A biopsy the following week confirmed her fears—triple negative breast cancer. The cancer was very aggressive, between stages I and II. She met with breast surgeon Aislinn Vaughan, MD with SSM Health Breast Care. “She has a great bedside manner, but she tells it how it is,” said Corirossi. “You know she cares about her patients. You leave the office knowing what’s going to happen.” Within 30 days of her diagnosis, Corirossi underwent a double mastectomy and started chemotherapy just weeks later. “Luckily, we found it early and it had not spread to my lymph nodes,” said Corirossi. On June 1, Corirossi completed her last round of chemotherapy and her final breast reconstructive surgery was on July 17. She is now cancer-free. “Everyone I was treated by was caring and kind and wonderful,” said Corirossi. “They do their jobs with grace, compassion and professionalism.”
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According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States currently, including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment. The ACS estimated that about 40,610 women will die from breast cancer in 2017. Death rates from breast cancer dropped from 1989 to 2007. Since 2007, breast cancer death rates have been steady in women younger than 50, but have continued to decrease in older women. “These decreases are believed to be the result of finding breast cancer earlier through screening and increased awareness, as well as better treatments,” said Vaughan. Vaughan said health insurance does still cover yearly mammograms in women, despite all the controversies about whether women should start mammograms at age 40, and whether they should have them every year, as opposed to every two years. “Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 is the most proven way to reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer,” said Vaughan.
However, there is some controversy over how often mammograms need to be performed and at what age women should start with mammograms. Vaughan said there is no one guideline,
but SSM Health Breast Care recommends annual mammograms starting at age 40.
“There is no controversy that this is the best way to reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer. The controversy comes into play as to whether that benefit (less risk of dying from breast cancer) is worth the downsides of mammography,” said Vaughan. “Those downsides include the anxiety of being called back for more imaging if something is seen on a screening mammogram, and sometimes having a biopsy for what turns out to be a benign (non-cancerous) finding. Most of us who care for women with breast cancer believe that the benefits outweigh the downsides.” Vaughan said there are some organizations that believe they don’t, and recommend starting at an older age, and/or doing mammograms every two years, rather than every year. There are several common misconceptions about breast cancer that Vaughan wants to debunk. “Some women believe that they are not at risk for breast cancer if they don’t have any family history of it,” said Vaughan. But the reality is that most women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have family history. “However, women with family history of
breast cancer may be at higher risk of developing breast cancer than the average woman,” said Vaughan. Vaughan also shared that biopsies do not make cancer spread, and choosing or having a full mastectomy instead of a partial mastectomy (lumpectomy) does not improve survival. According to Vaughan, the most common breast cancer at this time is Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC). Other types include Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, or DCIS. There are many other less common types besides those: metaplastic, medullary, tubular, papillary. Vaughan said typically the first step after diagnosis is to meet with a surgeon to learn more about the surgical options, the different doctors, and treatments that might be involved in their care. “SSM Health has breast cancer nurse navigators who help patients during their biopsy and after they get results to get into a surgeon,” said Vaughan. “They also help run a support group for survivors.” There are also organizations created specifically to help women fighting breast cancer. The Karen Weidinger Foundation, a breast cancer support foundation in St. Charles, can help women with many donated items and sometimes financial support. “Gateway to Hope also helps women with breast cancer throughout St. Louis and in particular helps women who don’t have insurance and don’t qualify for insurance, or are having trouble making their monthly insurance premium payments,” said Vaughan Once a patient has been diagnosed and started treatment, knowing how to help a family or friend facing cancer can be difficult. Corirossi said her children would call her constantly, send a funny text or just let her know they were thinking of her. “Knowing that they’re there and they love you (helps so much),” said Corirossi, who still wears a necklace from her daughter that features an elephant which signifies strength. Providing an extra set of ears during appointments and check-ups is also a big help for patients. “Listen to them. Be an extra set of ears, as the information can be complicated, and comes at them quickly,” said Vaughan. After learning she was cancer-free, Corirossi struggled with life after cancer. “One of the hardest parts is getting your mind wrapped around that you are cured and that every pain doesn’t mean you have cancer again,” said Corirossi. To help, Corirossi said she takes advantage of support groups and attends events like the Cancer Survivor Dinner which is put together by the staff at SSM Health Cancer Care in St. Charles County. 300+ people attend the annual event in June which celebrates cancer survivors with dinner and a fun night out. ¤
The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2017 Current year estimates • About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. • About 63,410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed. CIS is noninvasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer.
Trends in incidence • In recent years, incidence rates have been the same in white and African American women. Breast cancer is more common in these women, compared to women of other races/ethnicities.
Trends in deaths • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Only lung cancer kills more women each year. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37 (about 2.7%). • Death rates from breast cancer dropped from 1989 to 2007. Since 2007, breast cancer death rates have been steady in women younger than 50, but have continued to decrease in older women. All statistics are from the American Cancer Society’s Website. For more information and statistics about all types of cancer, visit the American Cancer Society’s website, www.cancer.org.¤
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM LEARNING CENTER
The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center (HMLC), a department of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, opened in May 1995 and was realized through the vision and generosity of many community leaders and Holocaust survivors. The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center houses a 5,000 square foot core exhibition that provides a chronological history of the Holocaust with personal accounts of Holocaust survivors who immigrated to St. Louis. Photographs, artifacts, text panels, and audio-visual displays guide visitors through pre-war Jewish life in Europe, the rise of Nazism and events during the Holocaust between 1933-1945, post-war events including the Nuremberg Trials, and Jewish life after the Holocaust.
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In memory of Gloria M Goldstein
The HMLC sponsors temporary exhibits, public lectures, a monthly-film series, teacher-training workshops, and an annual Yom HaShoah community commemoration. The HMLC also houses a comprehensive video library with more than 500 titles and an oral history project with approximately 150 testimonies that are available to educators and the public. For more information, visit jfedstl.org/direct-services/hmlc/
Written by Linda Stroud
Dan Reich, Curator and Director of Education at HMLC, strongly believes that if people can see how the events leading up to the Holocaust unfolded and how many people of that time stood by and did nothing as the Jews were increasingly ostracized and dehumanized, they’ll realize how important it is to speak up when we see similar behaviors in our society today.
Reich states, “One of the primary lessons from the Holocaust is to not be a bystander. That’s a lesson that is as appropriate now as it was then. If you see something going on, and you’re in a position where you can speak out, you have a responsibility to speak out. The Holocaust could not have happened without collaboration and bystanders who allowed it to happen.” Through the presentations at the HMLC, visitors clearly see how the Holocaust was allowed to happen. And in this place where history and human experience collide, empathy and understanding grow. Visitors come to more fully understand how the progression of hate and incremental changes in laws and thinking over a period of years ended so tragically for millions of Jewish people – not only those who died, but also those who survived but carried the memories of those traumatic events with them. For the St. Louis survivors who shared those painful memories so others could understand, and the museum visitors who are given the opportunity to see the human side of the Holocaust, it may be difficult to delve into that history to learn the lessons. But Elie Wiesel, a well-known Holocaust survivor, once said, “We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else.” In other words, allowing ourselves to be deeply touched by those events is an important part of doing better, being better, and never allowing it to happen again. Though decades have passed and life has gone on, the valuable lessons from that time do resonate today… and never letting it happen again can begin with each of us. ¤
Written by Amy Armour Photos Courtesy of the Sams Family "My parents never sat back and hoped for the best, they work their hardest to ensure their business succeeds, their customers are happy and their employees are taken care of," said Brendan Sams. "It's because of them that my sister and I have the drive and dedication, we know we can accomplish anything we set our minds to."
Jeff and Susan Sams take partnership to an entirely different level. You could say that Jeff and Susan Sams are one of those great love stories you've read about. The St. Charles couple has been happily married 27 years, and working together for over 32 years, growing the company from a one-man cleaning business to a 30plus employee company serving both Missouri and Illinois. In their spare time, the couple devotes time, money and energy into giving back to the community that has given them so much in return. So what is the secret to their success? The couple met at Francis Howell High School after Susan transferred her junior year from Chicago. They started out as friends, and ended up dating the summer after her senior year in 1985. The Sams have been married for 27 years, and have two children: Danielle, 21, and Brendan, 19. Danielle is currently pursuing a career in Real Estate Investments and Interior Design. Brendan is pursuing a Health Science degree at the University of Missouri- Columbia and is member of the Mizzou Army ROTC program. Brendan and Danielle are passionate and driven young adults, something that they've learned from watching their parents grow their business over the years.
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Jeff Sams started his business—Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs—at the young and ambitious age of 18. Just out of high school, Jeff started cleaning apartments, and running the business out of his parent’s home. His parents were a huge support and one of the reasons they are a successful company today. His first clients consisted of mostly family and friends, and his services expanded when he started cleaning carpets.
into its own space. As the company continued to grow over the years, it moved to different locations in St. Charles County, currently operating at 1602 N. Fourth Street in St. Charles. Thirty-two years later, the company boasts over 30 employees, and 22 fleet vans, serving the St. Louis metropolitan area and parts of Illinois. Even though Susan worked in the corporate world, she helped in any way she could from preparing and attending trade shows, marketing, going on small jobs with Jeff; as well as, attending school for her Business Management and Marketing Degree from Webster University. After their son was born in 1998, Susan and Jeff decided to take the risk and she quit the corporate world to start working at Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs full-time. “[We] were [both] working 24/7 and it seemed like we needed to do the next step, and take the exciting risk and quit my corporate job to work full time for the business,” said Susan. The couple quickly found their own roles within the company. At the beginning, they worked long hours to do whatever it takes to run the business. Susan handling the human resources, phones, scheduling, marketing and advertising while Jeff focused on the hands-on operations in the field. As the company grew and employees were able to take on different responsibilities to support the demand of services, Susan was able to focus more on advertising, marketing, and networking. “I had a niche at what I did with running the company and she has her niche with doing the marketing and networking,” said Jeff. “If we both would have continued to work on the operations side it wouldn’t have worked,” said Susan.
“I cleaned the carpet one day and saw how I could make a difference in someone’s house and it grew from there,” said Jeff. After a couple of years in his parents’ house, Sams Carpet Cleaning and Repairs moved
Jeff said all of the specialized services sets them apart from the competition, as well as the extensive training of employees. The Sams team is more than employees, they have become family, with many employees working for the company for 20+ years. The fast and efficient responsiveness to the community is also a strong testament of the company’s honest
and trustworthy service. “We’re very involved with our customers and we’re very involved in the relationship with our customers,” said Susan. “We want a relationship with our customers for life.” From a spilled glass of wine to the aftermath of a teenage party to the water restoration at a company, Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs has the ability to tackle any size problem. “We're there for our customers when they need us most, they know they can rely on Sams,” said Susan. The Sams are also there for the community, as giving back is a trait each of the Sams hold dear. Jeff was board member for the nonprofit Community Living Inc. (CLI) which helps the developmentally disabled. In his six years on the board at CLI, Jeff has loved seeing the differences CLI has made with its participants. He continues to serves on the CLI financial committee. “They have a great teen program where teens can go somewhere after school... they actually have a life for themselves,” said Jeff. Jeff is also involved in professional associations like Home Builders Association and St. Louis Apartment Association. Over the years, Jeff ’s passion to give back to many different nonprofit organizations including the St. Charles Goodfellas, which raises money for local children’s charities, and he is a member of the Men’s Club at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Susan was involved with the Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce for eight years, serving on the executive board and past Chairman of the Board. She received the Athena Leadership award in 2015 and she is currently mentoring a young businesswoman as a board member for Athena. “I love the passion of working with small businesses like ourselves and building those relationships and helping those businesses succeed. I also love collaborating and connecting, networking with other entrepreneurs and business owners in our community,” said Susan who also was a part of the St. Charles County Vision Leadership program in 2012. As a company, Sams sponsors a lot of charity functions for a variety of nonprofits, from Youth in Need to Community Living to Kids with Cancer to Susan G. Komen and Connections to Success. Susan also has a passion to help young students cultivate and learn their strengths. She is a part of the Career Exploration Alliance Program which works with all of the school districts in St. Charles County to provide job shadowing internships, externships for teachers, and mentoring programs. She also mentored and judged for the DECA program. “It’s wonderful to see the drive these students have and to help them to pursue their careers," said Susan. Susan is involved with the CAPS (Center of Advanced Professional Studies) program which brings on experiential hands-on learning to high school juniors and seniors before entering college. Susan checked out the program in Kansas City with other fellow professionals and school administrators. The CAPS program involves businesses and educators working together to provide opportunities for students to engage in potential careers in many professional STEAM, advance manufacturing, and entrepreneurial fields. “The goal of the program is to get more students hands-on experience, real life experiences doing projects for small/medium size businesses and being able to be in a professional setting and take what they learn from high school and expand on it to technical schools, college, or right into the workforce,” said Susan. The Sams advice for small business entrepreneurs—have perseverance, be adaptable to change, build relationships, never stop learning and be there for your community. “You’ve always got room to grow,” said Jeff. “Get involved and educate yourself. Always learn and believe in what you do.” "Be totally involved in the community that you are passionate about to make a difference," said Susan. "Don't sit back and let others do. We take pride in our community involvement and we wouldn't be where we are today without the support of our community, our awesome team of employees, our friends and our families." ¤
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Administrative Office & St. Charles Unit 1211 Lindenwood Avenue St. Charles, MO 63301 (636)946-6255 Club hours 2:30-8:00pm
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Club Membership Who: Children & Youth ages 6-18 years Membership: $25.00 per Member, per year. Fee may be covered by Aetna and Missouri Cares health plans.
Benefits Included: PowerHour (homework assistance) Reading Program with 1:1 Tutoring STEM Leadership Clubs Digital Literacy and Career Development Art Recreational Activities Khan Math Academy Healthy Lifestyle Programs Daily meals
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For more information call (636)946-6255.
A Survivor I would like to introduce you to Aaron. He believes he is 27 years old but is unsure of his exact age or birthday. Aaron was picked up on December 12, 1988, at a gas station in China. He was all by himself and was taken to an orphanage. Since no information was left, the orphanage gave him a birthday of 12-12-88, the day they picked him up. He was adopted at 13 by U.S. missionaries. He lives in the Foundations of Love Home.
Foundations of Love (FOL) is a local non-profit organization in St. Charles County. They strive to give adults, like Aaron, a stable place to live while helping them maintain their dignity. FOL provides a traditional home environment for three men. They serve as advocates while collaborating with the community, businesses, and service providers to help enhance the quality of their lives.
Written by Kimberly Rupert Photos Courtesy of Foundations of Love
In addition to providing a home, they grant wishes twice a year through their Wishing Well Program. The primary objective is to fulfill wishes for low-income adults with developmental disabilities in an effort to enhance their quality of life and their living environments. Many of these wishes are items we take for granted in our everyday lives (alarm clock, towels, clothes for work, etc.). Since the inception of the Wishing Well program in December 2011, over 500 wishes have been filled for low-income adults with developmental disabilities in St Charles County. Foundations of Love is always looking for donors, sponsors, and volunteers. For more information on Foundations of Love, please visit: FOUNDATIONSOFLOVE.ORG. Â¤
Twenty-four Community Living clients who participate in the organization’s direct support services programs received the gift of life-changing technology on Friday, June 30th. . During an event held at the Community Living offices in St. Peters, the clients were presented with over $14,000 worth of technology devices, including iPads and iPhones, laptops, desktop computers, tablets and Google Chromebooks. The items were purchased through Community Living’s Technology Fund, which was established in 2016 to provide assistive and adaptive technology devices to individuals with disabilities that are served by Community Living. In recent months, Community Living issued a call for applications, giving clients the chance to apply to receive the devices. “For our clients, these devices represent life-changing tools with the power to enhance life and job skills, make communication easier and provide an endless array of educational opportunities,” said Christine Rutherford, Director of Development. “We are truly thrilled to be able to use dollars contributed to our Technology Fund to provide this array of tech items to our clients that need them most.” Mike Wood, a participant of Community Living, uses the Proloquo2Go application on his iPad. Proloquo2Go is a symbol-supported communication app to promote language development and grow communication skills.
Andrew Clark opens his gift bag, Andrew received an iPhone 4 through the Technology Fund.
Caleb Hodges, checks out his new iPad Pro and OtterBox. Of the $18,000 raised for Community Living’s Technology Fund, $3,000 provided technology for Community Living’s programs and over $14,000 provided technology items through an application process to participants who utilize Community Living’s services.
John Ditch, Director of Information Systems for Community Living, hands Felicia Forrest a Strap Stylus and Tab Grabber. This item will allow Felicia the opportunity to have an interactive experience with a tablet without having to hold the item.
John Ditch, hands Antwan Johnson a laptop. “I was happy to be a part of the initial video for the Technology Fund,” Mr. Ditch said. “Today is an exciting day to see this come to fruition.”
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Funds raised for this initiative were generated in a variety of ways, including the receipt of a grant from the St. Charles Rotary Club and donations received from Give STL Day, a spring mail appeal and by donors attending Community Living’s 2016 Legacy Ball gala event. Last year, donations from the Technology Fund were used to purchase technology devices for a handful of clients, with a portion of funds being set aside for the recent call for applications. A total of 24 applications were received and Community Living was able to grant each of the requests. Among the clients receiving technology devices during the event was 13-year-old Elijah Rutherford, a participant in Community Living’s SOAR (Social Opportunities and Recreation) program, which provides year-round enrichment and social activities for teens with developmental disabilities. Elijah, who struggles with writing, received a Google Chromebook with a speech-to-text feature designed to help him complete written school assignments more quickly, allowing him to keep up with his peers when computers aren’t accessible in the classroom. Fellow SOAR participant 17-year-old Antwan Johnson was also the recipient of an electronic device at the event. Recently accepted into the Adult Life Preparation Program at St. Charles Community College, Antwan received a laptop that can be used in class and at home for school assignments. Also receiving a device at the event was Jana Uldrych. Jana is legally blind and utilizes Community Living’s Independent Living Assistance services. After her computer broke a couple of years ago, Jana was unable to afford to purchase another computer with vision software designed to help her read independently. Following today’s event, she is now the owner of a new laptop computer which features the vision software she needs. “So many of us view technology as simply a way to do our work or to stay connected to friends and family,” said Barb Griffith, President/CEO. “But, for the individuals that received devices today, technology is a critical part of life, and something that they truly rely on.” Community Living client Mike Wood is a recent technology device recipient whose life was changed after he received an iPad Air through Community Living’s Technology Fund last fall. When the fund was initially established, Mike was among the first clients to receive a tech device. Mike has severe autism and is also non-verbal, and he was getting frustrated with his inability to communicate. His speech therapist recommended the use of an iPad Air with Proloquo2Go symbol-supported communication to help him “speak.” The technology, which would have been tough for Mike to afford on his own, has opened up a new world of possibilities for communication. In less than a year, Mike has learned how to operate the iPad and has familiarized himself with symbols that help him communicate. He has progressed quickly, and is now able to differentiate between yes and no responses and can combine symbols to communicate his opinions, wants and needs. “Mike is all smiles when he’s using this technology to speak,” said Cindy Borgerding, Individual Program Coordinator for Community Living. “It’s awe-inspiring to watch how proud he is of himself and how far he’s come as he works to increase his communications skills.” For more information on Community Living’s many programs designed to enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities, visit www.communitylivingmo or call (636) 970-2800. About Community Living Community Living works to enrich the lives of people with disabilities so they can achieve their highest potential. We do this by providing children and adults with services and programs to allow them to live, learn and work in our community. In turn, they make our community inclusive, diverse and a better place to live. For more information about Community Living, visit www.communitylivingmo.org. ¤
Unleashing the Benefits of
Reading to Pets
Written by Linda Stroud | Photos Courtesy of St. Charles Chapter of Love on a Leash & Five Acres Animal Shelter
There’s nothing sweeter than the interaction between children and pets. Add in reading and you have an unbeatable combination that goes far beyond the obvious cuteness factor. And two local organizations are bringing children, pets and reading together to unleash the benefits of reading to pets.
when the child needs to take some extra time sounding out a word. And the sweet expressions on their faces make it clear there’s nowhere else they’d rather be at that moment. They just listen quietly, love unconditionally, and offer warm, snuggly encouragement to each reader.
For each event, the library coordinates with Love on a Leash volunteers to bring in the appropriate number of dogs for the number
The St. Charles City-County Library has been offering a “read to dogs” program for kids since 2007. The program is designed for children ages 6-12, and according to Maggie Melson, Youth Services Manager for the Library District, the program has been and continues to be very popular. In its current form, Tale Waggers: Read to Dogs, the library has partnered with trained therapy dogs from the St. Charles chapter of Love on a Leash to create a welcoming environment where self-conscious early readers can build confidence. Melson points out that learning to read can be a stressful experience for early readers. Reading is a skill that takes time and practice to build. In a classroom setting, children may feel pressured to perform. And reading out loud, in front of their peers, can be especially challenging and embarrassing for a child. “You know how you talk normally, but when a child is learning to read, their speech can be stilted, which feels unnatural. Allowing them an opportunity to read and practice reading while petting a dog is relaxing for them. It calms them and they don’t feel judged,” Melson says.
of children. This allows each child to read with one or two dogs without having to wait too long for their turn. The kids can either bring favorite books from home or choose from a selection provided by the library. When the children arrive, they’re given crafts to do while they wait. When their turn to read comes, they can take a minute to pet the dog they’ll be reading to, then settle in to enjoy a story together. The children are registered by their parents through the “Calendar & Registration” tab under “Classes & Events” on the library’s website - youranswerplace.org - or with the help of staff at their local branch. Many of the branches offer the program, though some offer it more frequently than others based on the level of interest in their area. The program is free for families in the community, with or without a library card. And though registration is encouraged to help the library plan for each event, walk-ins are also welcomed.
That calming, non-judgmental support for the kids is so important. It makes practicing a challenging new skill feel safe and even fun. The dogs don’t correct mispronunciations. They don’t get impatient
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The program helps children in the community learn to be better, more confident readers. But the hope is that they might also learn that reading is fun. Melson remarks, “For the library as a whole, we want kids to come and want to read. School teaches them to read. Our goal is to help them learn to love to read… to read for enjoyment.”
Books with Bingo Five Acres Animal Shelter, located on Pralle Lane in St. Charles, has also implemented a formal reading program for children and the animals in the shelter. But in their case, the benefits extend beyond just the early readers. Children benefit from the boost to their self-confidence that comes from participating in ‘reading to dogs’ programs, but puppies, older dogs, and cats also benefit – especially when they’re living in a shelter while waiting to be adopted. Five Acres has been around since 1973. With a mission of saving as many animals as possible, they take in dogs and cats who have been surrendered by owners who could no longer keep them for one reason or another. They also work with local animal control facilities and overcrowded shelters in Missouri and other parts of the country to transfer animals that are facing euthanasia. Once new animals come in, the Five Acres staff will love and care for them until they find another family for them to join. Five Acres consists of three buildings: a beautiful old barn that belonged to the Pralle family and two newer buildings, which more than doubled the number of dogs and cats Five Acres could take in and save. The newer canine and feline buildings were both designed by Ruth Scheidegger, a long-time, generous supporter and advocate for the shelter, with maximum comfort for the animals in mind. In these new spaces, the cats have room to roam and plenty of ‘condos’ for relaxing, and the dogs each have their own indoor and outdoor spaces, unless they’re sharing with a sibling. Even with the expansion and improvements to the facilities in recent years, there’s a certain level of stress involved for animals living the shelter life while waiting for their forever homes. Human interaction is important for all the animals, but dogs especially need companionship. Todd Jones, Executive Director at Five Acres Animal Shelter remarks, “You’ve got to keep their spirits up, so they don’t get into the doldrums of shelter life.” The staff at Five Acres does everything they can to give each animal one-on-one attention and minimize the doldrums and stress for their furry guests. They utilize foster homes whenever possible. They’ve created play groups for the dogs. Volunteers walk the dogs regularly and even take them on ‘staycations’ to the park or other fun excursions off-site. They’ve even had a more informal ‘read to the animals’ program in recent years. But even with these efforts to provide as much love and attention as they can, they are limited by the number of available volunteers compared to the number of animals. Having a child act as a Jr. Volunteer through the Books With Bingo program provides an opportunity for another level of human interaction. It calms the animals, helps them get comfortable being around children and trusting humans in general, and it provides a bonus bright spot in their day. That extra dose of attention from the Jr. Volunteers is welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated. The children can bring books from home or choose from a selection of books donated to the shelter. They, and their parents, are always welcome to read to and interact with the cats, of course, but the dogs are most involved in the more formal program. Parents and their children will go through an orientation, then a Five Acres volunteer will escort one of the dogs to the conference room and story time can begin. And it’s sure to be beneficial for both the child and the animal who gets that extra dose of love. To inquire about volunteer opportunities, fostering rescue animals, or Books with Bingo, please visit fiveacresanimalshelter.org or contact Kate Wall, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. ¤
Written by Eryn McAlister | Photos Courtesy of Captain Doug Raines CCFR
One of the great things about living in any area is the sense of community that the area provides. Without the feeling of community, we just exist alongside those who live near us. But with the feeling of community, we have the pleasure of living with those around us. Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) wants to do more than provide life-saving help when needed, they want to be members of the community. To that end, they have started their Community Outreach program. The members of the Community Outreach program organize a variety of community events such as regular movie nights at the fire stations, and the Gifts for Kids toy drive. All of these activities are done as a volunteer service by CCFR team members. One of the new ways that they are engaging the community is through the little free library that they have set up at station #3 at 511 Willott Road in Saint Peters. The idea came to Captain Doug Raines when he saw that some friends of his had put one up in their neighborhood in O’Fallon. Captain Raines worked with the community outreach team and with the St. Charles City-County Library to make the idea become a reality. The little free library that they built matches the CCFR fire trucks with a red and white color scheme and diamond plating on the roof. Little free libraries are small book repositories where anyone can come grab a book, drop off a book, take a book to keep, or donate a book. This library was started thanks to the generosity of the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation and has doubled in size with books donated from the community with about 100 books total in the library.
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The idea behind the libraries is to remove as many obstacles as possible to people accessing books. With no library cards required, no due dates, and no fees, little free libraries are a great way for anyone in the community to access books at times and locations that are convenient for them. When asked what the goal is for the little free library, Captain Raines said “Our biggest goal is an extension of our community outreach. We are always trying to be in the community and help benefit the community whether it be through programs we have set up to help families in need or through programs like the little free library.” The little free library is unlocked and open 24 hours a day. The library is checked daily to ensure that there are enough books and that the library is presentable. Captain Raines noted “We’re not trying to replace the library, but trying to supplement the library in getting books into the hands of those who want to read.” This partnership between CCFR and the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation brings together two organizations with the same goal, to increase the enjoyment we have of living in a wonderful community. You can find out more about little free libraries on their website at littlefreelibrary.org or on their facebook page at facebook.com/littlefreelibrary and you can find out more about CCFR at facebook.com/centralcountyfire. ¤
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Written by Amy Armour Photos Courtesy of Sts Joachim and Ann Care Service
Most families call an apartment, a house, or condo a home. Several individuals have made a home in the most unlikely place— under a bridge in St. Charles County. A group of men and women have set up camp underneath a highway bridge, utilizing the beams to hang their jackets, clothing and sleeping bags. Old, worn out sheets have been hung to separate living spaces. A blanket covers the hard concrete floor to protect bread and food from the outdoor elements. Discarded sofa cushions and a broken down futon act as a bed from the unforgiving ground. Amid the makeshift home, a bible rests on the ground, a sign that faith has not been forgotten. Sonnet has lived on the street for the last three years. Most recently she took shelter in a tent popped up under a bridge in St. Charles County. “I wish the general public understood that it could be you. One bad choice can change your life,” said Sonnet. “Just acknowledge the fact that we are human.” These homeless community members are looking for work, and flying signs begging drivers for assistance in the interim. These men and women struggle for the most basic needs—food and shelter. Many visit the Salvation Army for hot meals, and Showers of Blessing for a weekly shower. Often the only other food they receive is from the Sts. Joachim & Ann Street Outreach case manager. This ‘home’ is In Plain Sight of hundreds of cars that pass by this bridge on a daily basis. Yet, many still believe there are no homeless in St. Charles County. To reveal the reality of homelessness in
stroom or truck stop to clean up. Her favorite photos, however, are of her friends sleeping. Sleep is a brief respite for those living on the streets.
our community, Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service launched its In Plain Sight – Homelessness Exposed project in April. The project provided homeless members of the community with a disposable camera and a mission—to tell their story from the street. “People pass them every day, but one of the biggest questions I am asked is - “are there really homeless people in our area?” We want to shine a bright light exposing homelessness in our area, and provide an outlet for these members of our community who are not hiding, but are In Plain Sight. We also hope this project will raise funds to directly assist the homeless members of the community find safe and affordable housing,” said Pam Struckhoff, director of program services at Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service. Photographers had seven days to tell their story through pictures before returning the camera to the Care Service. The photographers received a t-shirt with ‘photographer’ emblazoned on the back, a $10 fast food gift card and a backpack stocked with toiletries for their participation in this innovative and eye-opening project. Sonnet took photos of her living space— under the bridge—and the places she travels for food and showers. Her bright orange tent tucked into the corner of the bridge shows the reality of her only shelter. Taking a shower is not a simple task, but requires Sonnet to travel to a park re-
“It’s the most peaceful time—for a short time,” said Sonnet. “It’s a break from reality; especially when you are sober—that’s why a lot of people turn to drugs and alcohol.” Hundreds of photos were developed and a team of community judges narrowed it down to the top 20 photos which are on currently on public display at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre until August 20. Visitors of the display have the opportunity to vote for their favorite photo via a donation while taking a self-guided auditory tour that explains the backstory of the photo. In Plain Sight will culminate with an evening event on August 19 that will include a live auction of the portraits at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. The top three winning portraits will receive a beneficial prize based on their individual needs. Additional photos from the homeless photographers will be available as a travelling display to local venues, churches and community agencies following the auction. Local sponsors of In Plain Sight – Homelessness Exposed include Barnes-Jewish St. Peters & Progress West Hospitals, Ameren Missouri, Calvary Church, Behlmann Automotive – Troy, the Annual Catholic Appeal, Winning Technologies, and Mercy. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Karen Grant, Director of Development, at (636) 441-1302, ext. 263. Tickets can be purchased online through https://.InPlainSight.live or by phone. ¤
l l A s g n i h T ! l l a F Written by April Moxley Photos courtesy of Mike McManus 36 StreetScape Magazine
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Autumn of 2017 is shaping up to be the best year yet for consumers as they transition their home décor from colorful florals and whimsical yard art to the organic looks of pumpkins and gourds, bittersweet and bundles of corn. Earthy tones of autumn leaves in a variety of hues that will render Mother Nature speechless are available in single stems, garlands, pendants and premade wreathes. And once our floral artist, David, gets his hands on this product he starts creating “Fall” while we are still selling “Summer”. It’s rarely too early to ask for something ahead of its season here at April’s. What will make this such a great decorating year for our harvest homes is the fact that galvanized materials have worked their way into every single detail. And what could be more natural than a distressed steel bucket (a look formerly recognized as an outdoor material) perched on your hearth and overflowing with leaves and pumpkins. Chances are it will coordinate beautifully with at least some of your surrounding ornamentation.
So if you are ready to experience fall colors that last longer than the actual season, come see us at April’s on Main. Feel free to bring us your own special containers and let us fill them with nature’s glory. (Visit our stores at 220 & 222 North Main in St. Charles. Stay tuned to our FB page for updates) ¤
In preparation of this article I strolled through the store snapping pictures for inspiration of some of the items we currently have on display that have incorporated that steely look. I’m not done yet. But to name a few... accent tables, tractor bar, containers, clocks, picture frames, bottles, lanterns, kitchen accessories, angel wings, coffee table and countertop trays, corner shelf unit, orbs, canisters, figurines and cutting boards. Oftentimes, our furniture and other home accessories need to take a back seat to create an appropriate stage for seasonal trends. But with the influence of the industrial look, all things ORGANIC, mixed metals, burlaps, seedy glass bottles, lime waxed wood tables and cabinets our homes have become much simpler to showcase the holidays…even if those holidays require sparkle. Galvanized metals come in all stages of finish from shiny to dull and dress up just as easily as they dress down.
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Closet Design Written by and Photos Courtesy of Heidi Sowatsky SWAT Design Team |Decorating Den Interiors
with lots of bling make a statement. Lights also can be incorporated into the shelving for specific task lighting. 4. Larger closets also allow for multi-functional spaces, including the addition of a beverage center. We have seen small refrigerators, coffee pots, and microwaves in the closet space. Why not enjoy your morning beverage right there in the “closet” while getting ready?
When I bought my first house I thought that good closet organization was a well thought out system of shelves and hanging space; something that kept everything organized, but not something that had any style beyond the style of the clothes that were hanging there. Princess Mia’s closet in Princess Diaries 2 (2004) showed me just how fabulous closets could be! She had a space for everything and exclaimed “I have my own mall!”
Today, fabulous closets are popping up all over the area as homeowners deck out their existing closets or convert spare bedrooms into dressing rooms. The most popular way to get a large stylish closet in an existing home, is to convert a room that sits empty most of the time. The space has the potential to become so much more than a closet when you start to incorporate some of the latest trends. 1. Larger spaces provide the opportunity for a floating chest of drawers in the middle of the room. These islands can replace or supplement a dresser in the bedroom. 2. A seating space in the closet makes putting on shoes and socks easier. Sometimes that is a chair, bench or ottoman. If the space allows it, a window seat with storage is a great idea too. 3. Lighting that moves beyond just an overhead light. In larger feminine spaces, chandeliers
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5. Women aren’t the only ones with large wardrobes anymore, so plan on having separate his and hers spaces in the closet. Each space can have its own character, too, reflecting the individual style of the user. 6. A special place for shoes is a requirement in most closets today.
TOP 10 It makes it easier to see all of your shoes, and it makes a great visual statement too! Shoe walls with identically spaced shelves don’t take up much depth so they can usually be fit into narrow spaces.
7. Closets are getting more colorful, including wallpaper, patterned rugs, and paint. The cabinetry also is getting more colorful, with an increase in the number of two-toned cabinetry. Shelving and cabinet options go beyond just white and cherry, and are much more fun when you combine a couple of finishes.
8. Window treatments are another great way to add color if your space has a window. Roman shades, shutters, and draperies are making an appearance in closets. 9. To keep clothes dust free in these larger open spaces, think about putting cupboard doors on select portions of the closet. Glass doors allow you to see the clothes while protecting them from dust, and closed doors give the space a neater appearance.
10. Murphy beds are making a comeback! With the loss of that spare bedroom, a murphy bed can quickly turn that dressing room into a guest bedroom when needed. Closets can be just as exciting as the clothes that are in them. After all, what’s the fun of an amazing clothing collection if you don’t have a fabulous space to keep it? If you are thinking about upgrading your closet or converting a bedroom so you can also “have your own mall,” give SWAT Design Team a call for some help. Even if you don’t have a spare room, you can still incorporate some of these latest trends. ¤
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5 Essential Steps
Get your finances in order.
Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.
Find a house you can afford.
As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.
Hire a professional.
Written by Kyle Hannegan, Real Estate Consultant
While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.
Do your homework.
Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.
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Think long term.
Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future. ¤ KHannegan@BHHSselectSTL.com
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An Elegant Sisterhood
Ms. Missouri Senior America contestants including Virginia Leitner, the 102 year old candidate. On July 9th, 2017, the Florissant Civic Center played host to eight contestants, Missouri Pageant Alumnae, family, and a variety of onlookers attending the Ms. Senior America Pageant. The pageant, celebrating its 28th year, seeks to recognize women that have reached the “age of elegance,” which Missouri Pageant Alumni Club President Sharon Houston defines as “age 60 or older.” Each contestant must perform in four categories: evening gown competition, talent portion, an interview with the judges prior to the Pageant’s beginning, and a recitation of the contestant’s personal life philosophy in 35 seconds or less. The contestants this year were: Jackie Johnson, Suzette Allinger, Karin Krakover, Virginia Leitner, Sandi Wright, Linda Stewart, and Ann Wallace. Among the many talented and elegant ladies competing, there was one that stood out for her adventurous spirit and wealth of life experience. At 102-years-old, Virginia Leitner did not shy away from any of the Pageant’s responsibilities or competition categories. Her reliable driver could be counted on to take her to and from the necessary events and activities, as Leitner desires to be actively involved on a regular basis. A self-proclaimed painter, Leitner presented some of her paintings to the judges in the competitions’ talent portion and openly shared each painting’s story.
Davis, like those before her, will serve a one-year term during which time she will perform in various showcases, parades, and other charitable functions. Davis will go on to compete in the Ms. Senior America Pageant held in Atlantic City in October. Only one contestant will take home the crown, however all contestants will be eligible to join the Missouri Pageant Alumni Club (Missouri Cameo Club). The Club was established in 1989 as a non-profit organization born out of Senior America Inc. of New Jersey. According to Dr. Al Mott, Senior America Inc. was formed to create pageants that “motivate seniors to lead active, productive lives, and provide the opportunity for them to use their wisdom and talents to enrich the lives of others.” After five successful pageants in Missouri, the Missouri Pageant Alumni Club (Missouri Cameo Club) was born. Any woman who participates in the state Pageant is invited to join the club. The club proudly boasts 80 “elegant” members who meet on the first Thursday of every month. The MPAC members continue to utilize their gifts and talents long after their Pageant participation. Within this group, the members perform in various showcases for nursing homes, retirement communities, community events and more. Funds received from the showcases go toward showcase costs and charitable donations.
Suzette Allinger, Judy Davis, Virginia Leitner left an impression on the minds President Sharon Houston is not shy about her pasSandi Wright and hearts of those who she came in contact with. sion for this organization or its members. Houston’s Missouri Pageant Alumni Club President Sharon explanation of club meetings more closely resembles Houston marveled over her courage to compete and a family reunion. “It’s really more of a sisterhood,” she shares, “it’s a gathhow involved she is at the age of 102. Although Virginia did not ultimately ering of all incredibly talented women from all walks of life.” For more take home the title of Ms. Missouri Senior America, her crowning glory information regarding the sisterhood of Ms. Missouri Senior America or to continues to be her long life and energetic lifestyle. However, this year, the participate as one who has reached the “age of elegance,” you may contact crown, trophy, and title of Ms. Missouri Senior America was awarded to Pageant Directors Susan Pellegrino 314-640-5789 or Helene Siegfried Judy Davis, with first runner up Sandi Wright of St. Louis and second run314-997-1716. ¤ ner up Suzette Allinger of Creve Coeur. 60 StreetScape Magazine
Fall into Fun!
As you start the transition from Summer to Fall, it’s the perfect time to clear your calendar for some great events. From live music on an outdoor patio or winery to some of the largest annual events, it will not take long to fill your evenings and weekends. To get you thinking about the possibilities, here are TEN fun late Summer and Fall ideas to get you started!
Written by Elizabeth Phelps Photos courtesy of Saint Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau
1. Live Music
Summer and Fall are the perfect times to get out and enjoy some live music. The StreetsFest Concert Series, Music on Main, and the Symphony will be finishing out the season with final concerts in August and September. On August 16, Music on Main will have the Delta Sol Revival and on September 20, Butch Wax & The Hollywoods. Head to Frontier Park to hear the St. Charles Community Big Band on August 13 and September 3 and the Saint Charles Municipal Band every Thursday evening through August. Head on over to the Streets of St. Charles on September 13 for Trixie Delight.
2. Food Trucks in Frontier Park
Looking for something different for dinner? How about the opportunity to choose from 20+ delectable food trucks, visiting with friends, listening to great live music, and hanging out along the banks of the Missouri River? You’ll get your chance on August 15 and October 17. For more event information, please visit www.stcharlesparks.com
3. Festival of the Little Hills These little hills will be
alive with crafts, live music, street performers, lots of food, and activities for the little ones. Founded in 1969, this festival has grown into a three-day event that offers visitors and residents the opportunity to explore Main Street, Frontier Park, and all the Festival has to offer. It’s a “can’t miss” event, August 18, 19, and 20. For more information visit www.festivalofthelittlehills.com
4. Art & Culture Offerings
The Foundry Art Centre has a full calendar of events including two new exhibitions: Context II will run through September 15. This is an exciting all-media exhibition that will focus on the written word’s role in the visual arts. And then opening on October 6 is the return of Quilt National--a great opportunity to explore the world of Art Quilts by contemporary fiber artists. This show expands the boundaries of traditional quilt-making by utilizing the newest materials and technologies. On the 2nd Thursdays through October, the Foundry Art Center gives you the opportunity to bring your family in for a free, hands-on experience to explore your creative side. For more information on Foundry Art Centre events, visit: www.foundryartcentre.org
5. Mosaics Fine Arts Festival
From September 15-17, Main Street St. Charles will play host to the 23rd annual MOSAICS Fine Arts Festival. This festival offers free, family-friendly community arts that provide art appreciation, live entertainment, children’s art activities, and the opportunity to explore, appreciate, and better yet, buy art from more than 90 juried artists. For more information on MOSAICS, go to www.stcharlesmosaics.org 62 StreetScape Magazine
6. Historic Missouri Wine Country
St. Charles County is home to nearly a dozen award winning wineries. Fall is the perfect time of year to sit in the vineyards, explore the Katy Trail, stay at a beautiful bed and breakfast or a cabin in Klondike Park, or discover the unique shops in Defiance and Augusta. It’s also time for the annual Augusta Harvest Festival! On September 15 & 16, head south on Highway 94 to explore Augusta for live music, picnics in the vineyards, and lots of fun at harvest time. For more Harvest Festival information, visit www.augusta-chamber.org
We hope you have your lederhosen on order! September 22, 23, and 24 will find Frontier Park filled with German spirit, music, food, activities, and of course, beer. Don’t miss this St. Charles tradition 31 years in the making. For more information, visit www.saincharlesoktoberfest.com
8. Fall Festivals & Halloween Fun Your month
of October will fill up quickly with these fun opportunities. On October 7, Frenchtown will host Witches & Warlocks Night Out, dress up your furry friend for Dogtoberfest in DuSable Park on October 14, then head out to the Daniel Boone Home on October 21 for Spirits of the Past. The Main Street Merchants invite you to explore Main Street during Pumpkin Glow on October 27 and 28 and then head back on Halloween for Trick or Treat on Main. You can also join the St. Charles Parks Department for Halloween Hoopla in Frontier Park. For more information, go to www.discoverstcharles.com
9. Legends & Lanterns,
a “Spirited” Journey through Halloween History: This Festival brings the historical, hysterical, and high-spirited characters of both history and lore together to interact with guests on Main Street. Do not miss the more than 20 legends of Halloween, Hayrides through History, or Morbid Curiosity! October 21-22 & 27-29 on Main Street and in Frontier Park. For more information, go to www.discoverstcharles.com
10. Catch the Trolley
Finally, if you haven’t climbed aboard, don’t miss a new fun way to Discover Saint Charles. Get a ride on the Trolley Monday thru Saturday from 11:30am to 9:30pm and Sundays from 11:30am to 7:30pm. For more information, visit www.stcharlestrolley.com These are just a few of the great events happening in the weeks and months ahead. For more fun ideas, visit www.discoverstcharles.com
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Branson is one of the top family vacation destinations in the country. With more than 100 live shows, world-class family attractions and plenty of outdoor adventure, there truly is something for everyone. Fall is a great time to sample everything the Ozarks has to offer. The changing colors of leaves on the trees provide a nice backdrop for so many scenic views. The weather in the fall is perfect for many activities, including golf.
One man is largely responsible for the Branson area’s emergence as one of the best golf destinations anywhere – Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops Founder and owner of Big Cedar Lodge. Morris is a passionate conservationist, with nature’s bounty lovingly incorporated throughout Big Cedar Lodge resort. The marina, shooting academy, spa, restaurants, pools, bridges, caverns, restaurants and walking paths mesh seamlessly with the lush, rolling Ozarks terrain. The golf courses are so good that two of them – Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock – are played annually as part of the PGA TOUR Champions Legends of Golf each spring. “The best par 3 course in the world,” says World Golf Hall of Fame member Gary Player about Top of the Rock, which includes Arnie’s Barn (yes, it’s been moved here from Latrobe, Penn.), gardens, waterfalls, the Ancient Ozarks Natural History
The Branson/Lakes Area is the fastest-growing golf destination in America, likely the world. Three courses have opened in the past four years, and another three are planned to debut in the next three years. That’s the golf development equivalent of driving a car 100 mph+ in a 25-mph zone. And they’re not just any courses. They’re mind-blowers, with recently opened ones designed by Nicklaus, Fazio and Player. A Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw layout is under construction and plans to open in 2018, with two more by Tiger Woods announced in April of this year, his first-ever public courses. There are whispers that one of the pending courses could be considered for another high-profile golf tournament (there’s already one in the destination). Think PGA TOUR and USGA-type competitions, and you’re plugged into the rumor mill. 64 StreetScape Magazine
Museum, and the Lost Canyon Cave (a golf cart tour of which is included in the green fee!). There is no other golf resort like it in the world. The new and planned courses join an existing collection of good to great ones in the Branson area. They include delightful Thousand Hills, a Bob Cupp design that
in belies the first impression its par-64 routing invokes. Sinewy, excellent Branson Hills Golf Club, where the state amateur championship was held, is a hearty, gorgeous golf test. Don’t omit playing LedgeStone Country Club or Pointe Royale Golf Village when in Branson. Both public access, the former is a rollicking routing over hill and dale, where hole names fittingly advise golfers of what’s to come – The Slot, Temptation, Deception and The Plunge, to name a few. The latter is where many Branson entertainers live and play. The diversity and complementary nature of Branson-area courses ensure a variety of interesting, fun choices awaiting players. And the after-golf options are so many that you’ll want to build time into your getaway itinerary to explore the live music shows and family fun attractions. Late fall is also the beginning of the Christmas season in Branson. November 1 marks the start of dozens of Christmas shows, holiday light displays and much more. As Christmas approaches, Branson turns into a winter wonderland with numerous events, festivals and a blanket of holiday decorations. Branson is truly a magical place to be during the Christmas season.
Written by and Photos courtesy of Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau
Just to name a few accolades, Branson has been recognized as one of the best Christmas destinations in America by NBC’s Today Show (Best Holiday Travel Deal); USA Today, A&E Network, Travel Channel and The Wall Street Journal. It’s time for an Ozark Mountain Christmas celebration, and Branson’s star performers are ready to share the holidays with you and your family in November and December. With dazzling, star-filled Christmas shows, many of Branson’s entertaining families celebrate the reason for the season in a variety of song and dance – Branson showcases the holiday’s finest talent. Branson also features two Christmas Parades. The Annual Adoration Parade Celebration takes place the first Sunday in December and wends its way through the downtown and waterfront district at dusk. It is a chance to stop and reflect on the beauty of the Christmas story that still inspires the world today. Branson celebrates keeping Christ in Christmas on this special night. No one is in the limelight and no particular organization or business is promoted, only an overwhelming outpouring of love from our community and celebration as we come together to honor the story of Jesus’ birth. Another parade, fittingly named “Most Wonderful Time of Year” parade, is dedicated to Mr. Christmas himself, the late Andy Williams. Folks from around the country will gather at the Branson Landing for a beautiful daytime Christmas parade. This event features a full line-up of Branson’s star entertainers, floats, classic cars, live performances and Santa Claus, himself. Enjoy live, onstage performances with Branson entertainers in front of the Branson Landing fountains immediately following the parade.
Who doesn’t love a beautiful Christmas tree, radiant day and night with the warmth and joy of the season? The already amazing holiday season in Branson is even better as the community transforms into “America’s Christmas Tree City.” Many cities have a single iconic Christmas tree. Branson has the largest variety of wonderful and unique Christmas trees found anywhere! Discover over 100 dazzling trees – in addition to music shows, shopping, family fun and downhome cooking – making Branson an even more tree-mendous holiday destination! Pick up the Branson Christmas Tree Tour map and find four different types of trees displayed during Ozark
Mountain Christmas: traditional, natural, creative, and dancing lights. Be sure to tag your photos with #ExploreBranson. Of course, a trip to Branson during the holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Silver Dollar City. Christmas gets even brighter with the NEW Christmas in Midtown Light Spectacular this year at Silver Dollar City, adding 1.5 million lights, bringing the park total to 6.5 million lights! Plus An Old Time Christmas presents ‘Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade, led by the most famous reindeer of all, with musical lighted floats and dozens of costumed characters. The festival also features two original musical productions: It’s A Wonderful Life and A Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Ranked as one of the world’s top holiday events, the park dazzles with the acclaimed 5-story special effects Christmas Tree and an all-encompassing light-and-sound show on the Square. With dozens of star-filled Christmas music shows, Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City and a glittering array of drivethrough light displays, there’s more “yule” do. A visit to Branson will create beautiful memories and new Christmas traditions for your family. Visit ExploreBranson.com/Christmas for holiday happenings. ¤ Fall 2017
Pangea to New Town Written by Amy Armour | Photos courtesy of Pangea
By the time she was 10 years old Jessie Gilroy was pouring through her mom’s old cookbooks in search of new recipes. “I started cooking when I was really little. I’ve just always loved cooking, and I can’t imagine doing anything else,” said Gilroy, who trained to be a chef at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Miami. As a little girl, she dreamed of opening her own restaurant one day and that dream will be realized this fall when Pangea opens its doors in New Town this September. “This is definitely a dream. I feel like a won the lottery because it’s something that I never thought would happen,” said Gilroy. The 2,500-square-foot space is located in the heart of New Town in St. Charles at 3245 Rue Royale. The restaurant seats 64 in the main dining room with 11 seats in the bar and additional seating on an outdoor patio during the summer. A friend of Gilroy’s father told her about the available building in New Town and she fell in love with the space—and the community. “I just loved it. I love New Town,” said Gilroy. “It feels like you’re in another place.” After training professionally at Le Cordon Bleu, Gilroy completed an externship at Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill in St. Louis. She was offered a job and remained there for a few years before moving to the Tavern Kitchen and Bar West. Her chef experience also included working for Peacemaker Lobster & Crab and the Sidney Street Café. “I love the fact that it’s something different every day. I never get bored and I never stop learning,” said Gilroy. Pangea, named after the original supercontinent, will of66 StreetScape Magazine
fer an eclectic menu featuring diverse types of foods from around the world. Gilroy will offer diners a cohesive menu of many different styles, flavors and influences in a casual, fine dining atmosphere, “which means you don’t have to dress up,” she said. “You can mix and match different types of food. I truly believe that all food goes together,” said Gilroy. The chef of 10 years describes her menu as comfort food mixed with “fancy” food. Some of the recipes include a scallop dish with a very Ethiopian influence. Her foie gras (duck liver) and waffles are a combined flavor from France and Asia, with a little of Italy mixed in. “Everybody loves waffles,” said Gilroy. “Some people are scared of foie gras and some people love it... it’s delicious. If you like waffles, you’ll love foie gras and waffles.” Gilroy will also serve a bone marrow tart with lemon preserves and a tomato jam. A duck breast gyro is also on the menu. Gilroy plans on purchasing fresh, local pork from area farms for some of her dishes. While her recipes are unique, she believes the menu is very approachable and will encourage diners to try new things. “I think they’ll have a great meal and try something they haven’t tried before,” said Gilroy “I just want to serve good food, provide great service and help people have a great experience while having a delicious meal that’s affordable.” Check out the Pangea on Facebook; Twitter @pangeaworldfusion; and Instagram. ¤
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The BEST thing about this recipe is you mix the actual pie ingredients in one bowl! I like to add just a little more black pepper and a little less poultry seasoning, but that’s just a preference. I also like to make my own crust, which is super simple, because I like to get a bite of crust in every bite, but you can certainly buy the premade crusts or even use canned biscuits if you like. I’ve tried all and the homemade crust is so much better! This recipe is perfect to make ahead and freeze, or just stick in the fridge for a day or so until you are ready to bake. I served a Spinach salad with warm bacon dressing and my meal was complete! I don’t serve bread with this dish since there is a crust.
Written by Sandi Caro
It’s no secret Fall is my favorite season to cook a great meal and entertain, but, because like many of you, it’s probably my most busy season. Fewer things make me happy than a good comfort meal when there’s a chill in the air, but there isn’t always time to make a four-course meal with all the various activities going on. Believe it or not, there are many meals you can make ahead, freeze, pop in the oven, that still taste yummy and will make your guests or family think you have slaved in the kitchen for hours! One of my favorite make-ahead go to meals is homemade chicken pot pie. I choose this meal often because it’s one dish, full of flavor, and bubbly hot when served. I like to serve it with a salad, but you don’t have to since it’s loaded with vegetables! Recently, I knew we had a busy week coming up, so I prepared some of these lovely pies in my ramekins. You can also use a normal casserole dish, I just chose these to keep it individual. I kept it real simple by purchasing a rotisserie chicken from Costco instead of cooking my chicken like I typically do. This recipe has been in my family for many years and I’ve had several versions of pot pie over the years and this still remains my favorite. 68 StreetScape Magazine
If you’re looking to simplify some of your meals for the busyness Fall may bring, give this recipe a try. It’s simple and there won’t be hours in the kitchen after a long day trying to get a good meal on the table. Enjoy your fall y’all and happy cooking! ¤
Chicken Pot Pie
2 cups cooked chopped chicken 1 cup chicken broth 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 cup of milk 1 can mixed vegetables Pepper to taste Salt to taste if you like 2 tsp. Poultry seasoning Combine all ingredients and pour into greased casserole or individual ramekins.
1 cup of milk 1 cup self rising flour 1 stick melted butter Mix and pour over ingredients. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until crust is brown.
Dr. Barbara R. Kavalier President of St. Charles Communituy College 70 StreetScape Magazine
The Future is Bright for
St. Charles Community College
Written by Amy Armour | Photography by Michael Schlueter
Last summer, St. Charles Community College (SCC) welcomed its fourth president in college history—Dr. Barbara R. Kavalier. With more than 30 years of experience in higher education, Kavalier has held a variety of leadership roles at some of the most successful community colleges in the nation. Kavalier began her community college experience with the Dallas County Community College District, where she was employed for more than 20 years. She has held previous presidencies at Navarro College in Texas and San Jose City College in California. She served as a faculty member for the doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership at San Diego State University, was a Visiting Scholar at The University of Texas at Austin, and served for many years as an adjunct faculty with the Dallas County Community College District. Dr. Kavalier received a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a nationally recognized researcher, author and presenter on key issues in higher education and has published two books, The Entrepreneurial Community College and The Hiring Game. Kavalier received the prestigious recognition as the first Senior Roueche Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the Houston Endowment’s Jesse H. Jones Fellowship and an Edmund J. Gleazer Scholar. Kavalier is channeling her decades of experience and education to bring continued growth to St. Charles Community College. During her first year as President, the college completed the search process needed to fill two key leadership positions: Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. John Bookstaver, and Chief Information Officer, Chad Shepherd. “The faculty, staff, and administrators at St. Charles Community College signify the soul of our academic enterprise. Consequently, the recruitment, selection, and development of employees represent a key aspect of positive change,” said Kavalier. “These extraordinary individuals have already left an indelible fingerprint on the organization and will continue to advance innovation and effective practices needed to meet the needs of our students.” One of her first assignments as a the new SCC President focused on finding a permanent home for the Nursing and Allied Health program, which had been leasing space from Lindenwood University. “When I arrived in August, 2016, the tentative plans focused on remodeling one of our existing buildings to accommodate this important program,” said Kavalier. “The plan proved a challenge in that it did not provide the additional square footage needed for growth or to meet the demands of business and industry.” With support from the SCC Board of Trustees, the college decided to purchase One Academy Place in Dardenne Prairie. The facility includes the addition of 60,000 square feet and more than 10 acres. “We now have room to significantly expand our Nursing and Allied Health programs and our Workforce and Technical training/programs to meet the growing demand for well-trained graduates,” said Kavalier. SCC will host a dedication ceremony this fall, on September 13 for the new building. “In addition to SCC’s focus on enhancing and expanding STEM programs and Workforce and Technical programs, we are excited about growing our online offerings,” said Kavalier.
This fall, SCC students will be able to complete their Associate Degree with an emphasis in business administration, banking/finance, or marketing—fully online. “With the rapidity of change in technology, higher education most likely will discover new approaches for engaging students in learning,” said Kavalier. “Advances in virtual reality and the growing demand for students’ attention creates opportunities to innovate and reimagine the traditional classroom and how technology contributes to learning.” SCC’s annual enrollment is approximately 16,000 students. While Kavalier said many SCC students are interested in obtaining the general educational requirements needed to transfer to a four-year institution; the college is seeing an increase in the number of students who are interested in one-year certificates that lead to a well-paying job. “One of our most popular programs is nursing, where we typically have a wait list of students to get into classes,” said Kavalier. Kavalier said students seem to be more financially savvy and many are focused on obtaining an affordable education, close to home. “As such, the community college is well-positioned to meet their needs today and in the future,” said Kavalier. The fall semester begins on Aug. 19, and includes an expanded and enhanced program of distance learning courses called, SCC Online. “For students attending classes on our main campus, I would encourage them to check out some of our innovative offerings, including our Honors Program, Fine Arts, Computer Science, and Global Study opportunities, as well as a variety of student clubs and activities,” said Kavalier. “We also have focused efforts on developing courses and programs for the life-long learner, from literacy to personal enrichment classes.” Kavalier also has an open door policy with students—and she welcomes them to stop by her office. “When I have a chance to visit with new students, I always encourage them to identify a major or career path as soon as possible, to find opportunities to engage in campus life outside of the classroom, to become familiar with the wonderful support services we offer such as our ACE Tutoring Center, and to develop good study habits,” said Kavalier. “I also encourage them to stop by my office if they ever have a question or just want to visit about their educational goals.” Kavalier said St. Charles Community College has a bright and exciting future ahead. “With the purchase of our new building at One Academy Place in Dardenne Prairie, we have the opportunity to expand many of our programs and services,” said Kavalier. Some of the new programs that will be developed include: Pharmacy Tech, Medical Coding/Billing, Medical Assisting, Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Applied Engineering/Integrated Technology. “We are also identifying strategies for better meeting the needs of all the communities in our service area, including forming partnerships with key education and business entities in Lincoln County and beyond,” said Kavalier. For information about St. Charles Community College call 636-9228000 or visit www.stchas.edu ¤
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Jerry Scheidegger (center with scissors), president of Midwest Bank Centre’s St. Charles Advisory Board, prepares to cut the ribbon opening the bank’s second full-service branch in St. Charles County on May 16. Located at 1820 First Capitol Drive in the City of St. Charles, the new location is a partnership with Lindenwood University within its University Commons mixed-use development. More than 100 people gathered for the opening, including (standing, from left) Assistant BankCentre Leader Thom Thompson; St. Charles Advisory Board member Gary Shaw; St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith; Philip Stupp, chairman of the bank’s holding company; Midwest Bank Centre Chairman and CEO Jim Watson; Bill Kral, bank president-St. Charles County; Scheidegger, also a member of the bank’s legal board; St. Charles Advisory Board Member Dale Poslosky; Lindenwood University System President Michael D. Shonrock, Ph.D.; St. Charles Advisory Board Member Charlie Bennett; St. Charles Director of Community Development Bruce Evans; St. Charles Advisory Board Member Steve Lang; and St. Charles Director of Economic Development David Leezer. Photography by Schlueter Photography
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Personally, to say I am honored to be part of this organization is a huge understatement,” said Williams. Through a vigorous multi-stage process, organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue, net assets, membership account retention, and membership dollar retention. This year's competition drew numerous entries from chambers throughout the United States and Canada. To ensure the fairest competition, applicants are grouped into five categories based on annual revenue, membership, area population, and several other factors. Chambers compete based on meeting key performance criteria on the ACCE Annual Operations Survey. Applications are scored by peer chamber executives to determine finalists. Winners are selected from among finalists based on an in-person interview before a panel of experienced chamber professionals. “It took all of us to bring this trophy home and reflecting upon our great membership, we are collaborative, resolvers, leaders, connectors and advocates, said Lowder. “The structure of our Chamber brings out the best in all of us.” ¤
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Custom rims and tires, the latest audio/video equipment, and pushing the limits in customizing vehicles is a world all too familiar to Cool Touch founder Eric Schwab. This environment was exciting and cutting edge but it all came to a screeching halt when the shop caught fire in late 2009. Forced to find another job quickly, Eric took a position with a local trucking company working in the Safety department. While this job paid the bills, it wasn’t fulfilling the passion he had left behind, which pushed him to make a move. While continuing to work at the trucking company, Eric and his wife, Veronica, had the idea to get in touch with a window tinter Eric previously worked with and together they started Cool Touch Window Tinting. The drive to make this new venture work had Eric and Veronica moving full steam ahead. Veronica saw the vision Eric had and together they made the first big purchase for the business with a vinyl plotter and a digital printer. With the addition of this equipment it became obvious they were quickly outgrowing the garage of their home which was serving as headquarters for Cool Touch Window Tinting. The search was underway for a building! Since Eric was also holding down his full-time job with the trucking company, he saw the potential on a daily basis for the need for vehicle graphics. The printer that was purchased was just the tool he needed to open that window of opportunity. Thankfully, Eric and Veronica found a building off Central School Road by October 2010 where Cool Touch Window Tinting blossomed into a company that not just tinted windows but also produced vehicle graphics and sold custom rims and tires along with audio/video equipment. Business was booming, but keeping up with so many products and services earned Eric the title of “Jack of all Trades” by many of his customers. It didn’t take long for the pair to see the potential in the vehicle graphic part of their business, and in 2013, they made the strategic decision to focus on this part of their business. Trading the Jack of all Trades title in, Eric became more driven than ever to become a master in vehicle graphics.
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The next step in their newly-focused business was to grow their team with knowledgeable people under a new name, Cool Touch Graphics. They brought on a salesperson and graphic designer and really hit the ground running. Momentum was building and they soon added someone to run production and install the graphics. A few years went by and their 1600 sq ft building was becoming too small to handle the large vehicles they were installing graphics on. In March 2015, they moved to a new 4000 sq ft building that could support their full-service graphics business. What started as a graphics business that produced small decal packages has grown into a business that offers logo design, graphic design, marketing materials (design and production), window and wall graphics, full wraps on any size vehicle or trailer and a variety of signage. Eric and Veronica now have a staff of 12 people and just this year has expanded their space to 8000 sq ft. Cool Touch Graphics has made a name for itself locally as a high-quality graphicbusiness and has
proven they are a player in the vehicle graphics industry. They have earned the respect of companies from markets as far west as Kansas City and will be venturing into the Nashville market later this year. The story of Cool Touch Graphics is just getting started and Eric and Veronica are excited to see what lies in the future for their company. You can keep up with all the exciting things going on at Cool Touch Graphics by following them on Facebook and Instagram. ¤ https://www.facebook.com/CoolTouchSTL/ https://www.instagram.com/cooltouchgraphics/
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In 1955, Henry F. Langenberg and a few others started something called The Discussion Club. And over the following 62 years, the Discussion Club became something of an institution which held the distinction of being St. Louis’ premier interactive speaker series. The Club hosted events where St. Louis area leaders and business owners could come together, share a meal, and discuss issues facing the community. And they brought in prominent speakers who spoke on topics like limited government, entrepreneurial and cultural issues, as well as the free market and traditional values. It was a formula that served the community and worked well for decades. But when Henry’s son took over as Board Chairman in 2014, he and other Board members realized it was time to freshen up the format for younger generations - students and young professionals - in the greater St. Louis area. They started looking into how the group could continue, but broaden its reach. And in 2017, The Discussion Club found a new home, took on a new name, and is poised to move solidly into the future. The Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University has taken the reins. And they are rising to the challenge of furthering the vision of The Discussion Club’s founders all those years ago. Now known as the H. F. Langenberg Memorial Speaker Series, the events will continue to enlighten and inform a whole new audience. Dr. Howard Wall, Director of the Hammond Institute and a Professor of Economics in the Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship at Lindenwood University, sees this as an opportunity to not only keep the spirit of the now dissolved Discussion Club alive, but to also increase awareness and extend the reach of programs the Hammond Institute offers. The Hammond Institute has been hosting events that spark debate
and engage the community since its founding in 2013. With a mission to foster free enterprise and civil and religious liberty through the examination of market-oriented approaches to economic and social issues, they’ve brought in a wide range of speakers to get the conversations going and get people thinking. But Wall says, “It’s a little different from other schools who bring in a speaker with a one-sided view and they’re shouted down. We don’t have any of that going on here. What we really like to do is have people with opposing views come in and have panels. We’ve done that a lot. The Q & A is the most important part.” That formula has been very successful so far and has prompted spirited, yet respectful, debate. In recent years, the Hammond Institute has hosted speakers and panel discussions through its three Centers of interest – Ethics, Economics and Entrepreneurship – highlighting topics such as free speech and inclusion, how policies affect racial polarization, and the cost of crime in our society. And there is an event scheduled for September on the topic The Causes of Mass Incarceration with Douglas Husak, Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. Wall points out that the Langenberg Speaker Series will have a more narrow focus of addressing economics and history from the free-market, classical liberal perspective of individual, constitutional freedoms and limited government that fits within the broader scheme of greater dialogue on a wide range of topics. The Hammond Institute plans to host two events per year – one per semester. The events will be held at the Missouri Athletic Club – West Clubhouse and will feature speakers representing opposing views, discussion, and refreshments, all at no cost to attendees. On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Michael Munger, Director of Undergraduate Studies and the PPE Program at Duke University, will present the inaugural program for the Langenberg Speaker Series, Tomorrow 3.0: The New Sharing Economy. Doors will open at 5:30 pm. The program will begin at 6:00. To view upcoming events, please visit the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise online at www.Hammond.Institute. ¤ Fall 2017
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“Work together. Your project will be better,” said Mrs. Campbell, my Kindergarten teacher. My classmates and I were working on a painting project where each of us were given a small pot with different colors of paint. We were doing a landscape (well, if you can call grass, trees, a hill and the sun a landscape). We started working but soon found out that we had to actually talk about who was doing what before producing this masterpiece. And, the birds had to be blue or red or black, the sun yellow, the trees brown. All of these elements had to be set in the right place. The sun couldn’t be below the trees. The hill couldn’t be on top of the birds. We had a plan and we worked together to make it happen.
“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much. ” ~Helen Keller
a subject, the more the individual has to justify, and then fine-tune, their views. There are more ways to add numbers than just one way. You can look at history from the vantage point of the victors…or that of the vanquished. Kids can understand that science is a combination of proven facts and more fluid theories, which sometimes blow the “facts” out of the water.
Watching the news, one wonders whether some of our world leaders would have benefitted from Mrs. Campbell’s class.
Winning at sports is augmented by cooperation. While there will always be those genetically superior individuals powering any team, they can’t succeed without teammates. The left and right wingers in soccer aren’t usually the stars but the centers can’t score without their help. The pitcher in baseball gets a lot of attention but the catcher calls the throws (Yadi, Yadi, Yadi!!). Even in long distance running, a sport that you might think would be all about the individual, teammates are needed to both act as “rabbits” setting the pace and “pushers” who impel the leaders forward.
normal for most four- and five- year-old children, especially at our school, where so many of our students are first born or “onlies.” Of course, these youngsters quickly learn that they are really just planets revolving around the new center of their solar system - their Kindergarten teacher.
mer mayor of New York City, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Elon Musk Title: of Tesla fame, all have their desks out in the middle of their enterprises, in plain sight of their employees. They’re part of the team. Work is becoming less and less vertical and more and more horizontal in nature.
The Kindergarten teacher’s responsibility really is “awesome”… as in “overwhelming,” not as in “amazing.” Fulfilling this responsibility isn’t easy. It requires both sophisticated classroom management skills and a firm grasp of technique. However, by the end of their first year in formal schooling, most children understand that there is more to gain by getting along and cooperating with their peers and adults than working against them.
Nobel prizes in the sciences are being awarded to teams in contemporary times, as opposed to the Jonas Salks and Albert Einsteins of the past. And these teams quite often come from around the world. Thanks to digital networks, scientists now share and “cooperate” to understand and master the material world.
Shop hot, new bestsellers arriving each week. Getting ahead the work world, especially ingems. today’s globalized corporate Many children coming into Plus, Kindergarten discover are still under the impression used, rare & inout-of-print environment, requires teamwork. There is a reason Michael Bloomberg, forthat the world orbits around their (totally) awesome personalities. This is
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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Sharon Anderson Wright was only a child when she got involved in the family business. She is now the president and chief executive officer of the 45-year-old company, Half Price Books. “I helped install the first store when I was kid, so it’s always been a part of my life and a way of being,” said Anderson Wright. Half Price Books was founded by her mom Pat Anderson and Ken Gjemre in July 1972 in a converted laundromat in Dallas, Texas. “We buy and sell everything printed and recorded except yesterday’s newspaper. Half Price Books sells new and used books, magazines, comics, records, CDs, DVDs and collectible items,” said Anderson Wright. “Our target market is really anyone who loves books, music and movies at a great price, which we hope is everyone!”
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Since then, the chain has grown to 124 locations in 17 states (www.hpb.com/stores), including a brand new location in St. Charles opening this August. Pat passed away in the mid-1990s and her daughter Sharon Anderson Wright has served as president and CEO since then. Anderson Wright’s husband, Ken, is the president of Bookmark, the company’s real estate division. Her sister, Ellen O’Neal, serves as chairperson of the board. Ellen’s son, Brady, is the vice president
year. One of her children is already planning for the third generation to take over the business. “My daughter hopes to take over the company one day,” said Anderson Wright. Half Price Books has continued to grow each year. The bookstore will open a new location in St. Charles, 2107 Zumbehl Road, on Aug. 17. “We’ll have special grand opening discounts throughout the weekend,” said Anderson Wright. “In addition, we will give away 100 tote bags with $5 gift cards to the first 100 people in line each day, with one lucky booklover winning a $100 gift card each day.” In addition to the new locations, Anderson Wright said the company will continue to work on growing its online and wholesale businesses, expanding the products developed and looking at opportunities for alternative stores. To find out about the latest happenings at Half Price Books sign up for the email list at www.hpb.com/join. ¤ Fall 2017
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Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne RSCJ was recognized and honored with a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame at an induction ceremony held on June 23, 2017 at the Walk of Fame in The Delmar Loop. This was a special year celebrating the 200 Year anniversary of when St. Philippine Duchesne arrived in the New World. Accepting the award was Sister Maureen Glavin, RSCJ (Head of School at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, (which is Mother Duchesne’s first school in the new world) and Sister Sheila Hammond, RSCJ (Provincial of the United States-Canada Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart). The star and bronze plaque were unveiled to the cheers of approximately 200 RSCJ Sacred Heart alumni, families and friends. Mr. Joe Edwards, founder of the Walk of Fame, read the inscription on the plaque, followed by remarks by Sr. Hammond and Sr. Glavin. Bill Herbert’s ragtime quintet provided joyous tunes preceding the event. St. Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ was born on August 29, 1769 in Grenoble, France. Rose Philippine Duchesne was drawn to a life of religious service. She led five Religious of the Sacred Heart nuns to the St. Louis area in 1818, settling in the then frontier town of St. Charles, where Duchesne opened the first free school west of the Mississippi. A woman of boundless energy, she also opened convents, schools, and orphanages in Florissant and St. Louis. At The age of 72, she traveled to Kansas to help establish a school for the Potawatomi tribe, and her piety inspired the name “Woman Who Prays Always”. Canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 1988, St. Philippine Duchesne lies enshrined in St. Charles on the campus of the Academy of the Sacred Heart. The St. Louis Walk of Fame is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide a showcase for the cultural heritage of St. Louis and to advance the knowledge, awareness and appreciation of creative St. Louisans and their achievements and contributions. It is presented with the support of the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. There are 150 sets of stars and plaques set in the sidewalks of The Loop, it is open 24 hours a day and
is free to the public. It is located at 6504 Delmar in The Loop, St. Louis, MO 63130 and St. Philippine Duchesne’s star is at 6241 Delmar in The Loop. Great St. Louisans honored include Tennessee Williams, Chuck Berry, Miles Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Stan Musial, T.S. Eliot, Tina Turner, John Goodman, Bob Costas, Josephine Baker, Yogi Berra, Betty Grable, Jack Buck, Maya Angelou, Lou Brock, Shelley Winters, Charles Lind-
bergh, Nelly, Vincent Price, Joseph Pulitzer, Grace Bumbry, Cedric the Entertainer and now St. Philippine Duchesne. For more information about the Academy of the Sacred Heart visit www.ash1818.org For information about the St. Louis Walk of Fame visit www.stlouiswalkoffame.org And more information about the Regional Arts Commission go to www.racstl.org ¤ Fall 2017
Mr. Handyman of Central St. Louis County has a new female majority owner and is now serving your area! Mr. Handyman knows how important it is to keep your home and business running smoothly. After all they’ve got busy lives and run a family business just like some of you. They also know that property maintenance and repair needs are not always predictable. When you need help, you need it now! From the first call to the finished job you’ll experience professional treatment with Mr. Handyman. Mr. Handyman is a nationwide network of professional repair and maintenance service providers. Every technician is an insured employee. And you’ll recognize them by their clean, marked and wellstocked vans and professional uniforms. Mr. Handyman, a Dwyer Group Co., has served nearly 1 million customers across North America since 1996, including homes, businesses, rentals, apartments and condos. Whether you need repairs, maintenance, improvements or remodeling, one call does it all. Guaranteed! Request service online at mrhandyman.com/central-stl or call (636) 238-8804 and talk to Jennifer, Tammy or Lowell.¤ 84 StreetScape Magazine
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Rendezvous Café & Wine Bar is a locally owned and operated coffee shop, café, and wine bar, serving O’Fallon and St. Charles County for the past 10 years. Its inception was brought about by the owners, Tom and Steph Thomson, and their extensive travels throughout Europe. Everything they loved about Europe is reflected in the décor and the style of the food and wines. They offer the comfy “coffee house” feeling in the Café, and the outdoor patio seating that is seen extensively throughout Europe. The building was erected in 1933, making it one of the older structures in the O’Fallon area, and brings with it the European feel of older buildings found there. “We kept as much of the original aspects of the building intact as we could,” says Tom. “The history behind the building is an important part of O’Fallon’s past.”
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Rendezvous offers approximately 400 different wines from around the world and over 30 Micro beers, as well as a full bar. Their Wine Club offers two bottle or four bottle monthly selections. This is a great opportunity to learn about different wines. Each wine comes with tasting notes and a recipe to pair with the wine. The Wine Club is also a great way to meet new friends, attend private events for Wine Club Members only, and receive discounts on select events and tastings. The menu includes breakfast, soups and salads, appetizers, tapas, pizzas, gooey butter cakes, and their special cupcakes. The vast majority of the food is cooked and prepared on premise and is unique to the café. There are also monthly specials for coffee, appetizers, salads, sandwiches and cupcakes. “Our patrons are our best advertisement. Some of them come in daily or several times a week and bring their friends and family. We have had at least seven couples who met at Rendezvous, had their wedding showers, their rehearsal dinners and/or receptions there.”
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The many events offered include wine, spirits and beer tastings, as well as wine- and beer-paired dinners, O’Fallon Out Loud Comedy Club, painting classes, cooking classes, and music. Check the website for all of the current events: www.rendezvouscafeandwinebar.com The Banquet Room seats approximately 65 people for private parties, small wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, and business meetings. Rendezvous also offers catering to schools, businesses and other venues. ¤
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A love of art has been passed down a generation at the LaGallerie in St. Charles. What started as in-home art parties grew into an art gallery which has been a beacon of culture in Historic St. Charles for the last 25 years. The company was started by the late Peter Passiglia who started his career in the art industry with in-home art parties. Passiglia and his wife Joyce would bring several oil paintings in different frames to groups of potential buyers. Eventually, he and his wife decided to take the leap into the art gallery world, opening his 900-square-foot gallery at 812 South Main Street in St. Charles in 1993.
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“Some folks buy art on cruise ships and we can most certainly stretch those paintings for our customers,” said Dawn. “We have a wide variety of frames too.” Kathy worked for LaGallerie with Dawn’s father when he opened the gallery. She was the first employee hired. “When my father passed away, we got back in touch and I’m so glad we did! People love her. She has this outstanding personality,” said Dawn. “She can talk to everyone.”
When Passiglia passed away in 2015, his daughter Dawn Painter took an early retirement as an operations manager for American Airlines to take over the family-owned business. With a degree in business from Lindenwood Univsersity and growing up with parents immersed in art culture, the decision to take over the gallery was simple.
In addition to the variety of paintings and prints, the gallery also sells several unique lines of home accessories. From mirrors and sconces to European vases and Christmas ornaments to fun signs and items for pet lovers, the shop offers all types of décor to fit each home’s distinctive personality.
The art gallery features original oil paintings, abstracts and Giclée prints. Giclée, discovered in the early 1990s, is a process of reproducing fine art by archival, high quality inkjet printers. Dawn said the Giclée prints are a gorgeous and affordable way to purchase an excellent piece of art.
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Dawn’s favorite artist right now is Ray Simonini. “[I like] his wonderful farm animals including pigs, sheep, rooster, and cows,” she said. Dawn is also a fan of local artist John Stoeckley's pen and ink drawings. Stoeckley, who is known for his drawings of stadiums and universities, had his exhibit at the gallery earlier this year. Stoeckley took his exhibit on the road this summer, but his art will be back on display at LaGallerie later this year. The gallery’s newest artist is Deiter Mueller. “He lived in Brazil for years as a shoe designer for Nine West. He has painted some beautiful images from his time in Brazil,” said Dawn. “(He’s) a very talented artist.”
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The gallery has an on-site framer, Kathy Grooms, with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. She can share her vast knowledge to help clients choose the perfect frame for each individual art piece. She can also take customers’ existing art and create an impeccable frame to showcase the piece.
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A Rising Star...
Written by Gayle Gallagher Photography courtesy of: Modeling-Marshall Meadows, and Barclay Hughes; Performance-Marshall Meadows, and Joseph Giddens; Turntable cover artwork by Gayle Gallagher Filming Turntable-Marshall Meadows;
Stahlschmidt When you first see Abigail Stahlschmidt, whether in the pages of a magazine, an ad online, or performing in concert, you recognize immediately that she is pretty and talented. However, the true beauty in this young woman is that she is smart, fun, and truly cares about other people. When Abby and her sister were young, their parents wanted to make sure they played musical instruments, so Gabrielle took piano lessons and Abby started playing the violin when she was only four years old. “My sister and I had a natural talent for music. We were in theatre productions, and being on stage, being in orchestra and choir, really got me in front of people performing, so it just became much more natural.” Around the age of fourteen, Abby shifted from playing violin in an orchestra to playing with a worship band, which gave her the opportunity to learn music other than classical, and the opportunity for her to add the violin to various genres of music. “It was like a total different world had been opened up for me. Rather than having the sheet music in front of me, I was able to think about ‘what do I like, what would I like to contribute to this?’” Abby’s ability to improv on the violin opened doors to her, allowing her to play with bands from various genres, and also lead her to the realization that what she really wanted was to come up with her own music, write her own songs, and have musicians back her up. “I love playing with other people. I will always love collaborating and will continue to do that, but being able to write and perform original songs and have your own identity and your own voice as an artist is even more special.” When Abby was thirteen, she was discovered by photographer Lance Tilford who recommended her to a local modeling agency. Because of her performance background, 88 StreetScape Magazine
Abby found that modeling came naturally for her. She is now signed with five other agencies across the country. "I think having been on stage so much, it was like ‘oh, this is not weird for me to have a camera right in front of my face’.” Abby works with modeling agencies across country and travels all over the U.S. modeling for department stores, designers, corporations, and magazines; has been featured in many runway fashion shows and TV commercials; has graced the covers of magazines and appeared in numerous fashion spreads. She is currently the face of Mary Kay’s perfume “Clever" throughout all of South America. "I love being on set shooting for a particular campaign. It's exciting when so many people are coming together to create the finished product. On those kinds of shoots the photographers, models, hair and makeup artists are from all over the world. It’s just mind-blowing being able to experience that much culture! “A successful shoot really does come down to the people. Whenever you get to meet people who are passionate about what they do, and invested and willing to do what it takes to make a project come together, that’s when it’s the most fun.” In addition to modeling, Abby has acted in short films and various projects for local filmmakers. She had a cameo in the feature film “Four Color Eulogy” (Pirate Pictures/Archlight Studios), which features a couple of her songs on the soundtrack. In February, Abby once again teamed up with the award-winning team at Pirate Pictures to create a music
video for her song “Turntable”. The video and the song were released in May on iTunes, Spotify, and social media outlets. “Turntable” is also in regular rotation on radio station KFAV 99.9 FM. Abigail was honored to have the music video premiere July 16th on the big screen at the Tivoli Theater as part of the St. Lous Filmmaker's Showcase. In addition, the video is now playing on The Country Network (TCN). “ ‘Turntable’ was the first real project where I was able to come out with new music, my own music. The visual aspect of the music is really important too. We’re already talking about ideas for the next music video.” Abby also released a violin cover of Prince's "Purple Rain" which features her on an electric violin called the "Viper". The video reached over a half million views online within a couple of months, and she is now endorsed on the "Viper" by Mark Wood of Wood Violins. All of this has lead Abby to Nashville where she is pulling together a team to help her build the music side of her career. She is currently putting together her band. “Having those core people, those core instruments that define your sound is really important as an artist.” Musically, Abby’s style has varied throughout the years. “I have been a lot of places as far as style, which I guess really contributes to who I am now as an artist. I started out in classical music, but I have also always loved fiddling, and when I hear a song that has a cool fiddle solo in it, I get really excited! “I still love so many aspects of other music styles. I love some of the rock elements of the Tran-Siberian Orchestra Tribute stuff that I have done, and I want to be able to pull together elements of that and bring it into a country show. I wouldn’t necessarily be "down-home" country because I didn’t grow up on grits and gravy, but at the same time I do love the organic instruments – I love mandolin, I love slide guitar, I love fiddle (obviously), and I love the story-telling aspect of country music.
“It’s about finding that specific sound that is ‘you’ - maybe it’s defined by some of the instruments you have in your band, as well as the sound of your voice. The fiddle playing, too, which I want to be a real defining factor to my music.” Throughout all of her experiences, Abby has realized that she wants to use her talents for more than just playing shows and making money. “I want it to have more of a purpose than just performing. I want to have a specific organization that I help fund, and for me something that is very important is not only raising awareness of human trafficking, but also helping the young girls and guys that have been affected by that, and helping young women who have been in abusive relationships – helping them get out of that, helping them get back on their feet again, and helping them to realize that there is better out there for them. "I realize that with everything I've been given comes a responsibility to give back. I want to be more than an artist. I want to be a voice for inspiration and change... even just through the way I live. I truly believe 'to whom much is given much is required'. With all the negativity in the world, I hope to be a positive role model, and an artist that parent's don't
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The new benchmark for a movie studio’s success is whether they can build an “extended universe” of connected films that meshes with television and other properties. The pinnacle of this is, of course, Marvel Studios, which is credited with beginning the “MCU” (Marvel Connected Universe) and inspiring rivals to do the same. Marvel has taken it to game-changing levels, but they weren’t really the first to do this “shared universe” thing.
In a world (said with deep baritone and lots of reverb, just like in the trailers!) where movies must be events rather than individually satisfying stories, we must move toward constant connectivity among brands, a synergy that rarely works critically (um, remember Alien vs. Predator?) but is good for a decent return on investment, considering the international market.
Until the juggernaut of Wonder Woman, Warner Brothers had been roundly lambasted for its ham-handed efforts under director Zack Snyder to create a continuous universe among its countless heroes and villains. Now, it’s Universal’s turn for a drubbing after two failed attempts to force-feed its classic monster legacy to a skeptical public. The result? The village of viewers has torches lit and are burning down the castle. This summer’s The Mummy got critically unwrapped, and 2014’s Dracula Untold had no bite. 0-2, Universal. Thing is, Universal already had a “connected” universe. Back in the 40s, they practically created the idea by pairing Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man in various films together, part serious and part camp. They even reprised the characters with Abbott & Costello for a slapstick romp or two. Disney, owner of the Marvel behemoth, also had a very connected universe for decades, combining its flagship characters in comics, animated series, video games and other media. Heck, if you really want to dig deep, the gods and monsters of old Greek, Roman and Norse mythology were mashing up their heroes all the time.
Captain Jack Sparrow and La La Land meet up next summer in Pirates of the LA Freeway. The Wayward Critic reviews movies, television and culture at large; follow new and current reviews on Facebook and OldMillstream_spr17.pdf 1 3/2/17 4:54 PM Twitter (@waywardcritic).
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Now comes word that producers of the James Bond films want to create a Bond universe. Bring it on! I won’t rest until we see the ultimate smackdown between Bond, Batman, Captain America, Sherlock Holmes, and Godzilla. ‘Zilla gets his own “shared universe” with King Kong in 2019, one of the reasons Kong was so righteously up-sized in his last outing, Kong of Skull Island, which ended with the teaser of Godzilla and his frenemies Mothra, Rodan and King Gidorah. Hey, if Donald Duck and Daffy Duck can play together on screen in a shared universe (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), then anything goes. M
If we truly love this notion of a connected universe—seeing our favorite characters working together, teasing stories that cross between the mediums of film and television and gaming—then why limit it to heroes, gods and monsters? Can’t we mash up the movie worlds of, say, Jane Austen characters (didn’t Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy do a mash-up with zombies already?) and the Transformers—maybe vs. Tyler Perry’s Madea? We’ve mashed up the genres of Gen-X emo angsty/arty film with kaiju, as seen in the brilliantly bonkers Colossus, with Anne Hathaway (well worth the VOD rental). Can’t the cast of TV’s The Big Bang Theory go head-to-head with the cast of Galaxy Quest? 90 StreetScape Magazine
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PERFORMING ARTS INCUBATOR GROWING ARTISTS AND HOSTING HISTORY Written by Nikki Peters, MAC, PLPC | Photos courtesy of Jason Gray
The Historic Cadillac building in St. Louis, originally opened in the 1900’s as a car and tire parts store, has now found a new purpose and function. This four-story property at 3224 Locust Street now houses the “Cadillac” of work and performance spaces, according to its website, kranzbergartsfoundation.org. Born out of a passion for the arts and creativity in St. Louis communities, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation has developed the building into a “performing arts incubator” called .ZACK, which gives artists and organizations the resources it needs to grow and thrive. .ZACK is named for one of the Kranzbergs' grandchildren and is part of a movement toward creating an organic theatre district in Grand Center. The Kranzberg Arts Foundation also manages the Kranzberg Arts Center, The Grandel, The Dark Room at the Grandel, and the Marcelle Theatre. The Foundation has been striving since 2006 to provide local artist opportunities “to perform and showcase their work” and in doing so the outcome will be a “premiere arts and entertainment destination... This building provides an opportunity for artistic conversations and a greater appreciation for the artistic diversity in the city of St. Louis.” In a recent statement, Ken Kranzberg reflects that, “Local artists need professional spaces in which to show their talents and hone their crafts, and these are the things that drive people to live and work in the city.” .ZACK not only provides tools that artists need to flourish and thrive, but the space also provides a unifying opportunity for artists to come together and share in their creative journeys together. .ZACK provides the professional space needed for city patrons to explore their creativity and pay homage to the rich artistic culture of the city. The remodel of the 40,000 square-foot building was designed by U-Studios. The space was created as part of the vast vision of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, whose strong belief is that artists and cultural communities “represent the heart and soul of the city,” according to an article by the St. Louis Business Journal. .ZACK offers an opportunity to not only share artistry and resources, but also provides an event and theatre space. What the Performing Arts Incubator offers to its participants is a ready-made facility suitable for administrative use, performance arts, building projects, and special events all in one place. The lobby is equipped with a bar, box office, and elevator access. The Kranzberg Foundation describes the space formerly operated as Plush Nightclub as now home to .ZACK’s theatre--ready to seat an audience of 200, or 130 guests at round tables, equipped with a full lighting kit and state-of-the-art audio equipment. This space can also function as an event space, suitable for wedding ceremonies or small receptions. The functionality of the space allows for event attenders to embrace the artistic happenings in the city while the available resources provide the performing arts with the canvas and brushes needed for creative expression.
The St. Louis International Film Festival took notice and even hosted portions of their event in this space. The second and third floors of .ZACK house retail and commercial office space. Sophie’s Artist Lounge and Cocktail Club, a gathering space for both the public and resident artists, and Music Record Shop are located on the second floor, and third-floor residents range from Socially Jen and Co., Kelly and Associates LLC, and StoryTrack, to the Music Record Shop offices and online inventory. Performing Arts Incubator resident organizations share co-op office space fully equipped with printing and wi-fi capabilities, bathrooms, desks, a meeting space, and even a kitchenette. Should the organizations require facilities to build and create, the performing arts incubator at .ZACK has that covered too. A scene shop is readily accessible with building and paint rooms, a laundry sink, both a table saw and miter saw, and .ZACK can even do the heavy lifting with an 8’x15’ freight elevator on site. Trying to find the necessary space to store completed works and newly built sets post-construction is also a hassle-free process. Every organization participating in the performing arts incubator has their own 15’x20’ storage unit exclusively for their creative needs. The fourth floor ballroom, boasting exposed brick and large floor to ceiling windows, accommodates as many as 300 standing or 200 people seated. This private event space has been dubbed the “Urban Ballroom.” Guests have plenty of space to mingle or dance to live music on the spacious dance floor. This area also features a full bar. Catering options are available on-site courtesy of David Kirkland Catering who also operates the on-site “Turn” restaurant. Capable of seating 60, the restaurant can also be used for a small reception venue or for a time of mingling and appetizers. If delicious food and drinks are unable to relax guests, the fourth floor also boasts its own spa, complete with sauna and rain shower and breathtaking views of the city. .ZACK presently has thirteen creative arts occupants in its space. The vast majority of the tenants represent non-profit organizations including Artists for a Cause, Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, Ignite Theatre Company, JPEK CreativeWorks Theatre, Insight Theatre Company, R-S Theatrics, Specdrum, Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, Tesseract Theatre, Theatre Lab, TLT Productions, St Lou Fringe and Harvey Lockhart’s “Heal Center for the Arts.” Participating organizations in the .ZACK space contract tenants for one year and then re-evaluate to confirm that the partnership is still mutually constructive. Ken Kranzberg offered in a statement to St. Louis Business Journal that “Nancy and I have always felt that one of the most important things St. Louis has to offer is its cultural vibrancy.” .ZACK ensures that artists will have a place to grow and nurture their creative places, to bring colorful culture to the city, and to deepen the city’s love for the arts. For artists and other organizations interested in the arts incubator services offered by .ZACK, they can contact the Director of Communications and Programs, Robert Harris, at (314) 533-0367 ext. 104 or email email@example.com. ¤
The 8th Annual Summer Kickoff Party May 18, 2017 â€˘ Quintessential Dining â€˘ Photos by Michael Schlueter
The 8th Annual Summer Kickoff Party was held on May 18th at Quintessential Dining in Saint Charles. This event benefits SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Pediatric Specialty Services at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital-Lake Saint Louis. With everyone's support, $57,150 was raised. Thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees.
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Uncorked: A Cause for the Paws
May 21, 2017 • Foundry Art Centre • Photos by Michael Schlueter
Over 300 supporters of Five Acres Animal Shelter, one of the largest no-kill shelters in the St. Louis region, helped celebrate the 10th annual “Uncorked: A Cause for the Paws.” Uncorked is the largest fundraiser and most important fundraiser for Five Acres as it helps support operational needs of the Shelter. In addition to tasting different local foods, wine, beer and spirits and bidding on auction items, guests listened to the up-and-coming Country Music trio, Runaway June. The event raised over $68,000 for Five Acres.
A. Rotary St. Charles Noon Day Club in Support of Five Acres Animal Shelter from left to right: Lia Roth Support dog, Lia Roth-Tart, Harry Tart, Dianne Garrison, George Garrison, Mike Sommer (standing), State Representative Chrissy Sommer (standing), Basil Zarkadis (standing), Chris Hoffman, Wayne Hoffman, Joyce Zarkadis B. Andy Garrett and Todd Jones C. Runaway June D. Brook Dubman, Chad and Stephanie Tracy, Dani and Kris Pals E. Standing left to right: State Representative Chrissy Sommer, David Barkey, Mayor Sally Faith, Basil Zarkadis, Mike Sommer (in back of Basil), Angela Barkey, Joyce Zarkadis, Wayne Hoffman (in back of Joyce), Chris Hoffman F. Uncorked at The Foundry Art Centre G. Amber, Kristie, Ruth Anne and Brian Scheidegger and Dana Widemer H. Andy Garrett and Todd Jones address the guests
Society Care to Learn Glimpse the Past to Brighten Kids Futures June 2, 2017 • Busch Family Estate • Photos by Michael Schlueter
On Friday, June 2nd, 150 guests were invited to "Glimpse the Past to Brighten Kids’ Futures," a historic benefit to support Care to Learn at the Busch Family Estate. Honorary Chair, Jim Edmonds, shared, “I grew up blessed and my children have been blessed. However, there are students today who struggle and they need our support. Care to Learn provides the support. Care to Learn provides the basics so children can stay in school. It is a great organization, making a big difference in our schools and I am glad to be the honorary chair of this important event.” To learn more, please go to www.caretolearnfund.org
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124th Convention of the Missouri State Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood
June 23 - 25, 2017 • St. Charles Convention Center • Photos courtesy of Denise Fahrenholtz, Heidi Bethel, Carolyn Schneider, and Julie Wolpers Using the theme ‘Bee’ the One to Grow with P.E.O., more than 1,000 delegates, volunteers, and guests from across Missouri attended the annual convention. Mila Lowry presided over the meeting and Karen Neylon was installed as the 2017-2018 president. Kate Kupstas served as general chair.
Attendees discussed P.E.O. educational & philanthropic projects including: P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund; P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship; Cottey College; P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education; P.E.O. Scholar Awards; P.E.O. STAR Scholarship; and Missouri P.E.O. Outreach Fund. Attendees also participated in a walk on Main Street; honored 50-year members and 50- 75-& 100- year chapters; and, remembered those who joined “chapter eternal” in the previous year.
There are 329 chapters in Missouri with more than 12,200 members. Women who are interested in joining a local chapter or applying for loans, grants or scholarships can visit www.peointernational.org.
A. Mary Powers B. 2017 – 2018 Officers of Missouri State Chapter (from l): Mila Lowry, Immediate Past President; Danel Burch, Vice President; Susan Matthews, Organizer; Karen Neylon, President; Heidi Harris, Secretary; and Lynn Anne Switzer, Treasurer C. Geri Schmitz, Glenda Hemphill and Mary Young D. Rachel Patrick and Jennifer Pitcher E. Chapter GX, St. Louis F. Golden Girl” Phyllis and Mike Garrett G. Membership Committee (from l): Sheryl Harms, Jeanne Thomas, Deb Butler, and Patti Wootten H. Missouri P.E.O. Outreach Fund (from l): Chairman, Nancy Gillard; recipient, Melissa Wilson; Byanna Wilson; sponsor, Marcelletta Buckman I. Past State Presidents (from l): Ginny Oliver, Lee Curnow, Julia Barry, and Janet Steury J. Lynda Kalb K. Vocal Edge, (from l): Jason Fahey, Paul Spooner, Eric Holyoke, Joel Currier, Drew Osterhout; and Christopher Frey L. 2017 Convention Planning Board Officers (standing from l) Diane Bernard, Lynne Griffin, Laurie Fahey, Kate Kupstas; (seated from l) Alberta Wandling; Heidi Harris; and Miriam Hallazgo
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