Healthy Planet Happenings

Through December

Help Bag Hunger This Holiday

Whole Foods Market stores are teaming up with Share our Strength® and local food pantries to help alleviate hunger this winter. Shoppers at Whole Foods Market can purchase a Bag Hunger™ grocery tag to donate to the store’s designated local pantry or shelter. The Midwest region of Whole Foods Market will then match up to $25,000, to be donated to hunger relief programs. The Bag Hunger program runs through Friday, December 31.


Through December

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

Wander through the Zoo’s dazzling winter wildland, and enjoy thousands of colorful lights and seasonal sounds Fridays through Sundays, November 26-December 12 and nightly, December 17-23, 26-30, 2010 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. You’ll be enchanted by snowflakes fluttering, prairie dogs popping, a penguin colony illuminating, a glowing cheetah lurking, life-size African elephant and giraffes gleaming, a festive train chugging and a gingerbread village delighting.  Shop Holiday Zootique for a variety of unique gift ideas, and receive a 10% discount on any purchase; Zoo Friends members receive a 20% discount. Admission to Wild Lights is $5 per person; $4 for Zoo Friends members (no passes). Children under two are free. Reservations are not required. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.stlzoo.org/wildlights . Groups of 15 or more may receive a group rate by calling (314) 781-0900, ext. 4709 in advance.


December 4

Green Living Expo at Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum presents the Third Annual Green Living Expo! An exciting afternoon filled with vendors and activities designed for the whole family, and all of it is FREE. Saturday, December 4 from noon to 4pm, enjoy eco-friendly shopping, featuring local vendors, locally produced, and organic products. You’ll find recycled goods, local food products, hand-made items, and information from local companies that can help you make the change to a greener lifestyle. In addition to shopping, you can enjoy a performance by our Teens Make History theatre troupe entitled, How Wise? inspired by skits created by the group Black Survival St. Louis for the first Earth Day in 1970. There will be a special screening of the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary, Running with Wolves at 1pm. This year’s Green Living Expo was inspired by our current exhibit, Home Lands: How Women Made the West. From ancient pueblos to modern suburbs, women have shaped the Western landscape through choices about how to sustain home, family, and community. Home Lands: How Women Made the West brings together women’s history, Western history, and environmental history to show how women have been at the heart of the Western enterprise across cultures and over time. Historical artifacts, art, photographs, and biographies of individual women will lead visitors through four distinctive Western environments created and inhabited by women.For more information about the Green Living Expo on Saturday, December 4, at visit www.mohistory.org,  or call 314-746-4599. The Healthy Planet magazine is a proud sponsor of this event.


December 4


9:00 am – 6:00 pm We’re throwing a big party to say thank you, to all our loyal customers! Don’t miss this opportunity to receive 20% off all purchases. Featuring: live music, aromatherapy, massage, craniosacral therapy & complimentary seasonal food & drink. Held at Cheryl’s Herbs. For more information contact us at 314-645-2165 or visit www.cherylsherbs.com.


December 4


A reimagining of a traditional German festival. Carriage rides, demonstrations by a local blacksmith, food stalls, music performances and booths selling handmade goods by local artisans. Saturday Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place whatever the weather conditions. Greg Freeman Park at the intersection of Kingsbury and Des Peres avenues, Skinker-DeBaliviere, St. Louis, MO 63112.


December 4

Cookie Walk

Love homemade Holiday Cookies but no time to bake?  Come to the annual UMW COOKIE WALK, Saturday, December 4th, 9 – 11 a.m. located at United Methodist Church of Green Trails, 14237 Ladue Rd., Chesterfield.  Holiday cookies, candy and other treats will be available for $7 per pound.  Come early for the best selection. Every pound sold helps fund missions for women and children, locally, natinally and around the world.


December 5

Holiday Business Expo

Presented by Soul Esteem Center, 9:30-1:30. Come browse and do some holiday shopping. Refreshments, networking, and stay for the seminar “The 7 Mirrors of Relationship” by Rev. Phylis Clay Sparks. At The Soul Esteem Center, 105A Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. 314-576-5508.


December 5

Transformational Breathwork

Facilitated by Shelby Corson, LMT, Certified, Transformational Breathwork Facilitator, 1:00-3:00pm, The Studio at The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 7647 Delmar Blvd. Cost:  $60. Transformational Breathwork is a breathing process that helps to open restricted patterns of breathing, integrate and clear the subconscious mind and help you connect more fully with higher forms of consciousness. In this workshop, you will: Be introduced to the power of breath, Experience an introductory breath session, Learn how to correct restrictive breathing patterns, Learn techniques for increasing your energy level and sense of well being, Gain tools to manage stress, connect with source and actively participate in your own healing. For information and registration, call 314.725.6767.


December 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18 & 19, 2010

Nuclear Power:

Dirty, Dangerous and Expensive

Airs on KDHX Digital Ch. 980 in the City of St. Louis: 12/06 & 12/13 8:30 pm, 12/08 & 12/15 7 pm, 12/11 & 12/18 12:30 pm, & 12/12 & 12/19 6 pm.  To view online, go to http://kdhxgreen-time.blip.tv/  and search for episode 355.  Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear tells of the insoluble problem of nuclear waste.  He exposes the falsehood that nuclear power does not contribute to global warming.


December 11

How Past lives Affect the Present

with Rhonda Lefheit, 10:00am-noon, The Studio at The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 7649 Delmar Blvd., Fee $25. Please register by December 8, 2010, Past life exploration reveals many benefits when it comes to self-awareness and sould growth.  This class will explore the hows and whys. Learn how past life traumas (also known as samskaras or soul wounds) can affect your present life, health, relationships, careen and emotions. Appreciate gifts and strengths that you developed in past lives. Expand your understanding of karma (law of cause and effect) and how it manifests in your life. Discover the spiritual benefits of past life exploration.  For more information, call Rhonda at 314.644.0641. To register, call The Center at 314.725.6767.


December 14

Bone Up on Bone Health

7:00-8:00pm at The Healing Center. What do calcium supplements, dairy products and osteoporosis drugs all have in common?  They do not fix the causes of poor bone health.  This class if for those who have concerns about the health of their bones.  Natural therapies will be discussed. Call today to sign up for the class, space is limited.  314-727-2120. We will meet at The Healing Center, 734 DeMun in Clayton.


December 14

Integrating Alternative Medicine with Conventional Medicine

FREE Monthly Seminar and Discussion – Integrating Alternative Medicine with Conventional Medicine – Learn how to build your immune system and take charge of your health. If you are suffering from chronic conditions, you’ll learn why you don’t have to live with your “incurable” symptoms anymore. Topics covered include: Cancer, Heart Disease/Stroke, Diabetes, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, ADD/ADHD, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Food Allergies, Nutrition, and many more. You should come to this discussion also if you feel, “My Doctor said everything is fine! Then why do I feel so lousy?” Second Tuesday each month at 6:30 pm at our healing clinic – Prevention and Healing, Inc., Dr. Simon Yu, M.D., Board Certified Internist, 10908 Schuetz Road, St. Louis,  MO  63146, Weaving Internal Medicine with Alternative Medicine to Use the Best Each Has to Offer. Call to verify meeting date and reserve your space at 314-432-7802. See patient success stories at www.preventionandhealing.com.


December 16

Recycled Arts Workshop:

Holiday Gift Wrap and Decor

7 – 8:00 pm, $10. At Whole Foods Market Brentwood location.It’s a craft till you drop workshop! The Upcycle Exchange will provide mountains of interesting supplies and materials, and demonstrate how to turn them into festive, eco-friendly gift packaging, embellishments and decorations. Bring along paper grocery bags, large sheets of newspaper, leftover postal wrap, or any other large paper surfaces that you’d like to jazz up for use as wrapping paper. Also feel free to bring any old holiday wrapping supplies/small decor elements that you’d be willing to share and swap! For more information call 314-968-7744.


December 20, 22, 25, 26, 27 & 29 and Jan. 1 & 2

The Myth of Nuclear Deterrence

Airs on KDHX Digital Ch. 980 in the City of St. Louis: 12/20 & 12/27 8:30 pm, 12/22 & 12/29 7 pm, 12/25 & 01/01 12:30 pm, & 12/26 & 01/02 6 pm.  To view online, go to http://kdhxgreen-time.blip.tv/  and search for episode 356.  Host Don Fitz and guest Bill Ramsey discuss plans for construction of nuclear weapon components in Kansas City and its negative effects on Missouri.


December 21

Winter Solstice Gathering

Presented by Jen Loui. Winter Solstice Ceremony – A Time of Change & A Return To Light. 7:00pm. The Studio at The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 7647 Delmar Blvd., Love Offering. We will create a circle of fire and light, look at the mythology of ancient peoples and welcome the spirit of regeneration with our drums.  Commit to a new round of growth as the shortest day of the year fades into night and the power of the land ignites the journey toward Spring.


December 31

World Peace Day

Please join us for the 25th anniversary of the annual World Peace Day Celebration on Dec. 31, 2010, 6 a.m. at Central Reform Congre-gation, 5020 Waterman (at Kingshighway) in St. Louis’ Central West End? The musical lineup this year is stellar: you’ll rock with the Gateway to Agape Choir, love the guitar & vocals of Tim Mead, be transported into ethereal realms as Margaret Waddell performs the chants of Hildegard of Bingen, and journey into the space of the heart on the waves of ambient sound as Margaret joins with Patti Pellerito, Bradford Smith, and Raven Wolf C. Felton Jennings working magic together with Tibetan singing bowls, flutes, saxophone, didgeridoo, and voice.  Doors open at 5 a.m., so you can come and walk the labyrinth, kindly donated by Labyrinth Enterprises and installed by Judy Hopen, (aka The Angel of Peace). You’ll be enchanted by the glowing luminarias lining the walkways to the entrance, and enjoy the warm welcome by Rabbi Randy Fleisher, and the perspective shared by Earth Angel, Jean Ponzi. The focus of this year’s meditation, led by event organizer Jeannie Breeze is practicing “the presence”, learning the art of hearing with the ear of the heart. JOIA Percussion ensemble will once again open the event with bells and wrap up the event with their exuberant drumming. A potluck breakfast follows the service: bring already prepared fare (no pork please); coffee, tea, plates & utensils are provided. This Universal Faith Service, generated by InnerMission for World Peace, is always free and open to ALL, though a love donation is invited to support the event. Please visit our new web site at www.wpdaystl.com for full information, or contact Jeannie Breeze at 314-601-3789, or jbreeze46@aol.com. This wonderful celebration has long been considered one of St. Louis’ most popular New Age events. Please join us! For a list of observances across the nation visit www.quartus.org  and click on World Healing Day. The Healthy Planet is a proud sponsor of this event.


December 31

First Night St. Louis

Ring in the New Year with a ‘Fantasea’ of Artful Wonders at First Night – St. Louis

St. Louis’ largest, most creative New Year’s Eve celebration takes revelers to an underwater world of visual and performing arts and activities for all ages. Grand Center Inc. presents “Fantasea,” a  First Night® – St. Louis celebration Dec. 31 within the many venues and on the streets of Grand Center, St. Louis’ treasured arts district.  See Grand Center transformed into an underwater playground with “Fantasea,” an expression of the mysterious and playful beauty of underwater life through dance, music, visual art, theater and family-friendly activities. Typically drawing 15,000 to 20,000 people, First Night® – St. Louis boasts six hours of nonstop entertainment and activities, the majority of which are indoors, sprinkled among the many Grand Center venues. Outside, Grand Boulevard is closed to traffic between Lindell and Delmar boulevards to make way for two stages, lively street performers, and visual and community art installations tying together the entire festival.  In popular tradition, First Night guests have the opportunity to creatively make a wish for the New Year or burn a regret. Also a crowd favorite, the celebration culminates twice with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. for the young ones (or the young at heart) and a grand finale at midnight.  Admission buttons to FIRST NIGHT® – St. Louis go on sale in December and are $4 for children and $8 for adults in advance (check www.firstnight-stl.org for locations) or $5 for children and $10 for adults on the night of the event.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available. Also check www.firstnight-stl.org or www.grandcenter.org for updates.  Grand Center is the arts and entertainment district located in Midtown St. Louis. It is home to more than 30 arts organizations that demonstrate the depth and diversity of the city’s cultural life. The district hosts more than 1,500 cultural events and welcomes over 1.5 million visitors annually. Grand Center’s artistic renaissance began with the restoration of Powell Symphony Hall and the Fabulous Fox Theatre and continues today with the growing vitality of commercial and residential development, the addition of more cultural institutions, galleries and dining establishments as well as serving as the home for two of the area’s premiere large scale cultural events, the annual Dancing in the Street festival and First Night – St. Louis®. Visit www.grandcenter.org for more information.