Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center on 2013 Pond-O-Rama Tour
The St. Louis Water Gardening Society’s Pond-O-Rama will include an important part of Missouri history in its 2013 pond and garden tour—the Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center in St. Charles. The museum exhibits, which tell the story of the great westward exploration, attempt to recreate a realistic view of life along the great Missouri river in the 1800. It includes a waterfall and stream designed by Todd Rundquist and built by his company, West Winds Earthscaping LLC.
The 13th annual Pond-O-Rama will be held Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23. There are 48 private ponds and gardens on the tour—22 on Saturday and 26 on Sunday. In addition, there are six commercial locations that may be visited on either day or at any time. This is a self-directed driving tour; the ticket booklet contains location addresses, driving directions and maps.
This is the first time the museum will be a part of Pond-O-Rama. Normally an admission fee is charged at the museum and nature center, but that fee will be waived for anyone showing a Pond-O-Rama ticket booklet on either of the tour days or for 30 days afterword.
Festival Moves Back to Forest Park, Addition of New Breweries
For beer lovers looking to toast St. Louis’ rich brewing tradition this summer, the St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival – presented by the St. Louis Brewers Guild – will return to Forest Park June 14 & 15, bringing together thousands of adults to enjoy a variety of local beer styles and cuisine from St. Louis’ finest restaurants. Now in its seventh year, the festival will feature several new elements, including:
- A return to the Central Fields in Forest Park.
- Entries from over 20 local breweries.
- Partnership with the St. Louis Brewers Guild.
Continuing the festival’s beer garden-style atmosphere, with beers arranged by style underneat two open air tents, the Forest Park’s Central Fields will provide an ideal location, enhanced by green space, plentiful parking and a unique atmosphere.
The St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival will continue to bring St. Louis brewers large and small together in one unique space. “This is a great way to experience St. Louis beer culture and tradition. It’s an opportunity to learn about different beer styles while being able to enjoy a good time with friends and family in Forest Park,” said Florian Kuplent of Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. Stephan Hale, the head Brewmaster of The Schlafly Tap Room, said “The Saint Louis Brewers Heritage Festival is a grand occasion, celebrating everything that is great about St. Louis, its beer and local breweries. The brewers look forward to this gathering for a chance to try each others’ beers, see so many dedicated supporters, and make new friends. The wide variety of beer styles is exciting for everybody, giving the opportunity to embrace the goodness of all things beer in such a convivial setting. Kumbaya indeed.”
Said Anheuser-Busch brewmaster Pete Kraemer, “The festival is a special event where brewers from across the region come together to celebrate our craft and shared passion for beer. Festival-goers will have a chance to sample a variety of styles, along with some of the new experimental recipes we’ve been working on.”
by Leah O’Donnell
Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor
Start a new tradition by visiting St. Louis’ one-of-a-kind Italian pastry shop, Piccione Pastry. Just one bite of the “made from scratch” Italian desserts offered here and the tradition will become one to share with family, friends, co-workers, out of town guests, and of course a frequent treat for yourself. Piccione Pastry is located in the Loop at the corner of Delmar Boulevard and Skinker. The shop has a fresh urban décor while offering a taste of Italy and the history of the Loop. More than forty different Italian pastries are available, making the only challenge; which one (or two, or three) to try first. Have no fear; the incredibly friendly staff at Piccione Pastry is happy to assist with making selections and even pronouncing these Italian named sweets.
Piccione Pastry is a tribute to the Italian heritage of St. Louis and the family history behind the name “Piccione”. Richard Nix Jr., President of Butler’s Pantry, creator of Palladium St. Louis, and operator of Bixby’s Restaurant, along with his wife Elizabeth, named the pastry shop after Richard’s grandmother, Grace Viviano Piccione. His grandmother owned the Varsity Theater on Delmar Blvd. And the Piccione family lived and worked on Delmar for years. Nix’s father and mother opened the original Butler’s Pantry on Delmar in 1966. The celebration of the Piccione history is displayed in photos on the walls of the pastry shop. New England Culinary Institute graduate, Executive Chef Martin Lopez, oversees Piccione Pastry. “He has taken our vision and made it a reality,” said Nix about the contribution of Lopez. His 26 years of experience and worldly travels help Chef Lopez create authentic Italian recipes for all to enjoy.
Article courtesy of the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership
As temperatures rise you’re more likely to see walkers, runners and bikers on the roads. Dumping the gym for the great outdoors seems like the right thing to do, but some risks are involved this time of year. Exercising on poor air quality days has been linked to health problems and may put pause to some trips outside. However, don’t give up outdoor exercise instead; try to focus on ways to harness the benefits of an outdoors work out while minimizing the risks of air pollution.
According to the Mayo Clinic, when exercising, individuals typically inhale larger amounts of air and breathe this air more deeply into the lungs. Individuals are also likely to breathe through the mouth when exercising versus the nose. This process bypasses the nasal passages which filter airborne pollution particles. Outside Online stated that, “breathing polluted air triggers inflammation and oxidative stress that increases your risk of asthma, stroke and heart failure.”
A 2010 study in the Netherlands reinforced that with estimates that the air pollution effects of switching from a car to a bike for short daily trips in polluted cities would subtract between .8 and 40 days from the average life span. However, supplementary results in that same study showed that the additional exercise would actually extend the average lifespan between three and 14 months. These results show there are benefits of working out even though there are negative side effects of air pollution.
by Dr. Adam Hughes
Supporting chronic health conditions is complex; there are many pieces to the puzzle. If the body and its parts don’t work in unison, an array of health problems can occur. These problems have a drastic effect on the individual’s health especially if suffering from a chronic health condition. The traditional medical model treats chronic conditions on a sign and symptom basis, which often leads to an improper diagnosis of the problems source. Alternative medicinal practices aim to treat the body as a whole, and find the source in order to correct it. With many chronic conditions, the stomach can be the source of the problem, which is why evaluation is necessary, regardless of where physical symptoms are felt.
The stomach has important responsibilities in maintaining overall body health. 90% of people, who have GI dysfunction, have it because their stomach is not functioning properly. Among the stomach’s responsibilities, regulating the flow of hydrochloric acid is one of its most important duties. Hydrochloric acid (HCL) helps break down and dissolve food by activating enzymes. Enzymes must break down food so that it can be digested and passed into the blood stream. Through the blood, the body absorbs nutrients and maintains normal function.