Archive for March, 2013

Air Racers, The World’s Fastest Motorsport, Roars Onto The Giant Screen At The Saint Louis Science Center’s OMNIMAX® Theater

Air Racers, a breathtaking exploration of the fastest race in the world, is now showing in the OMNIMAX ® Theater at the Saint Louis Science Center. Air Racers provides a unique insight into the legendary Reno National Championship Air Races. Narrated by Paul Walker of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, the documentary film takes […]

ARTful Happenings April 2013


Through April 12
Presented by threewalls (Chicago) and Luminary Center for the Arts; 2644 Cherokee; for info, visit www.theluminaryarts.com.

Through April 13
Hunt Gallery, 8342 Big Bend; for info, call 314-968-7171.

Through April 18
Juried works documenting travel; Framations Gallery, 218 N. Main in St. Charles; for info, call 636-724-8313 […]

ArtFul Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts
Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Art & Tweed Bike Ride, April 13

While in Milwaukee last summer, I headed out for a nice walk along beautiful Lake Michigan. There’s a great park area that edges the lakefront there, the kind of space that invites walking, reading, Frisbee-tossing and any […]


With Cathy Schram

Dealing With Constipation Naturally

Q: I know that I am not eliminating on a regular basis and I often need the help of laxatives. What can I do to improve this situation?

A: Constipation is a serious problem in our society. A lot of people believe that regularity means having a bowel movement once a […]

Balancing Hormones For Patients With Thyroid Conditions

by Debbie Haikal, RN

It is estimated that 80% of the population has some form of hormonal dysregulation or imbalance. Hormones are chemical messengers within the endocrine system that play a significant role in the regulation of body functions. Hormone imbalances and thyroid conditions are at epidemic levels- this means that for many women, their present […]

Celebrate “Common Place” at St. Louis Earth Day Festival April 21

Gather in St. Louis’ favorite common place for this year’s Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 21st from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Muny Grounds of Forest Park. At the 24th annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival, enjoy three stages of entertainment, learn about sustainable products and services offered by local businesses, meet […]

Chesterfield Amphitheater To Host 22nd Annual Earth Day

Entertainment, Recycling & Eco-Friendly Products & Much More

Start making plans now to attend the 22nd Annual Earth Day event in Chesterfield to be held at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. The Chesterfield Citizens Committee for the Environment will host the event on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Festival will be at the […]

Coalition Report: Grow Your Eco-Revolution

by Kathleen Logan Smith
Director of Environmental Policy Coalition For The Environment

Nature has transformative powers. Sprouting cucumbers, blooming squashes, and sweet ripe tomatoes transform kids into veggie-lovers, neighbors into friends, and neighborhoods into communities while building healthy bodies, healthy soil, healthier economies, and stronger ecosystems. Growing food exemplifies the wisdom of taking care of oneself and […]

Connie’s Green Grocery… Organic Produce Delivered to Your Home or Office!


by Jason & Jessica Asher

We are a local, family-owned and operated business that delivers fresh organic produce to your front door.

Eating healthy is very important to us and we know that it can be difficult and inconvenient to find a variety of fresh organic produce in our area. Our service makes it more […]

Could Your Dog Have Diabetes?

by Teresa Garden, DVM

Diabetes is a common endocrine disorder in dogs. The disease develops when beta cells within the pancreas are destroyed via an immune-mediated process. This results in impaired insulin secretion from the pancreas. Genetics and other diseases may be implicated in causing diabetes. Breeds at increased risk are German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Samoyeds, […]

EarthWorms Castings

by Jean Ponzi

Shopping for a Better World

I first pulled the Better World Shopping Guide out of my purse in a grocery story in 2007 – and it immediately changed my buying habits.

I had a first-edition copy for a radio interview with author Ellis Jones, a sociology Ph.D. who has applied the book’s motto, “Every Dollar […]

Eco-Friendly Eating

by Kari Hartel, RD, LD
Program Coordinator, Cooking Matters, Operation Food Search

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd and always serves a good reminder that we need to be nourishing our bodies while also taking care of our planet. Of course, we shouldn’t be thinking about how our eating habits affect the world around […]

Edible Native Flowers: From The Garden To Your Table

by Cindy Gilberg

Our gardens are ready to burst forth with all their bounty and soon we can enjoy fresh-picked edible crops. Take eating local a step further and explore native edible plants, including edible flowers. Edible flowers rank high on the list of eye-appealing additions to gourmet dishes and add color and subtle flavor to […]

EPA Recognizes Metro Lighting With 2013 Energy Star® Excellence In Retailing Award

St. Louis company, Metro Lighting, was honored recently by the U.S. Environ-mental Protection Agency (EPA) with the national 2013 Excellence in Retailing Award for Lighting. The award is given to organizations for their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in significant cost savings. Award winners like Metro Lighting, Sears, Lowes […]

Five Dangerous and Pervasive Green Myths

by Gail Griswold-Elwyn,
President, Rethink Renovations

Although a variety of polls illustrate that environmental consciousness is at an all-time high around the country, there is still a resistance to change. Driving this resistance is bad information; outdated, now-irrelevant facts have become cultural truisms. Below are the 5 most pervasive myths about an eco-friendly lifestyle—and the real information […]

Get A 5-Year Guarantee On Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs

By Kim Reiss

Sounds crazy, right? “What’s the catch?,” or maybe the fine print is so fine (and confusing) that you’re sure you’re being duped.

I’m pleased to report that with the use of a new product – Myke, short for mycorrhizae – they truly guarantee every newly planted tree or shrub for FIVE YEARS. I was […]


April 3
Green Fair at StLCC Florissant Valley
10:30am-1:00pm. St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley 7th annual Green Fair. The Green Fair will take place outdoors in the Quad area of the Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road in Ferguson. In the event of inclement weather, the Green Fair will take place in the Student Center […]

Healthy Life Resources

With Chaplain Paul


Carly Simon had a hit song that was on the charts for a long time titled “Anticipation”. As a love song, it had a great appeal. Some of the lyrics are:

We can never know about the days to come
But we think about them anyway, yay
And I wonder if I’m really with […]

Humane Society Summer Classes: Cool Fun in the Summertime

(shhhh….parents, it’s fun with a purpose!)

by Suzanne K. Gassner

SHHHHHH… summertime and the living is easy, at least for the kids. With extra time on their hands, this is a wonderful opportunity for children to gain some insight into our animal friends and learn how they can help make the world a better place for pets…and […]

Neels Pharmacy Is Compounding Specialist For People & Pets Alike

by Jon P. Frieda

Neels Pharmacy was established in 1932. Over eighty years and four generations later, our pharmacy has never changed hands. We are a family business and we strive to treat all of our customers and patients like family.

Recognizing a need for custom compounded prescription medications for humans and animals, Neels Pharmacy has established […]

Oral-Systemic Connection: Fix The Cause, Not The Symptom

By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN (Certified Clinical Nutritionist)

A dental journal article described, at length, the Oral-Systemic connection, i.e. the influence the teeth and gums have on the whole body (the “system”) and vice-versa. It referred to the overwhelming attention this topic is receiving in both the dental and medical literatures.

As an example, the common knowledge in […]

Publisher’s Corner

Let’s All Be Good Scouts For The Planet

Every day is Earth Day. That is a great mantra to live by. Buy I am glad we have one day set aside to celebrate the planet that sustains us. The big question is will we sustain the Mother Earth in return. I have to laugh a bit […]

Recycling Is Growing a Greener St. Louis!

St. Louis-Jefferson SWMD Grants Make Good Business Sense

Metropolitan Square, the largest office building in St Louis, used a St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) grant to launch a workplace composting program in 2011. Tenant design firm HOK teamed up with on-site property manager Jones Lang LaSalle to educate other tenants and integrate organics recycling […]

Rude Awakening: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

By Simon Yu, MD

If you have chronic medical problems with many unexplainable symptoms and if you have been told you have an incurable medical condition and if you wake up in the morning feeling constantly overwhelmed with a sense of impending doom and a sense of hopelessness, consider reading Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s book, Change […]

Springtime Preventative Health For Your Pets

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

It’s just about springtime and we are all excited about leaving our winter cocoons and blossoming into backyard explorers, often joined by our beloved pets, either dog or cat.

The first issue regards updating your annual examinations and immunizations. Each veterinarian will host their own healthcare program for your pets, so take […]

St. Louis Composting Celebrates International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) With a Heaping Helping of Community Events May 7-11

Whether experienced or aspiring, St. Louis Composting encourages gardeners from across the bi-state area to join in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 5-11, 2013! This year’s theme is “Compost… Nature’s Way to Grow!”

Planned activities span the globe with events scheduled across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe and Australia. Compost-ing […]

Supplements: Friend or Foe?

by Julie Evans-Vitale

Recently there’s been talk that vitamins and antioxidant supplements may do more harm than good. This is both true and false. The deciding factor being the type of supplements: whole food or synthetic.

A whole food supplement – one made from real food sources – is distinguished by the ingredients listed on the label. […]

The Fermenation of St. Louis Wine & Beer Making

Back in the day, sometime before 1986, we used to be known as Wine-Art of St. Louis. There was a change of ownership and name and we became Bacchus & Barleycorn, Ltd. In those days you could get a gallon jug for less than a buck. 1991 brought another change of ownership when Koelle Paris […]

The Garden as Art and Art in the Garden — Love it Slowly

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

There is an intimate connection between sculptures, gardens, landscape and people at the two block long Citygarden in downtown St. Louis. The interplay of nature in woodland area, grassy hills, steep rock walls, grass, water, and sky with the hard surfaces of sky scrapers, red abstract lines of metal, a giant hollow […]

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company: A New World — Old World Beer Divergency

UCBC is an unconventional-minded yet tradition-oriented brewer of craft beer located in the city of St. Louis, MO. It is our ambition to be a consistent and meaningful contributor to the vibrant craft beer culture and general community of St. Louis.

In January 2011, we began brewing our beers, which are available around the St. Louis […]

USGBC Growing Green Awards Honor Those Transforming the Community and Built Environment

by Katie Rietz,
Growing Green Awards Committee Co-Chair

On March 28th the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council held their fifth annual Growing Green Awards banquet at the Palladium to announce and celebrate 2013 winners. Nearly 200 attendees joined to celebrate the accomplishments of all the nominees. Winners and nominees are outstanding individuals […]

Your DNA Could Save Your Life

The Agape Lifecourse, April 20, 2013, inspires participants
to take control of their health naturally.

Several years ago, Eddie Weller D.C., found himself facing a life threatening illness. After developing a heart arrhythmia in his 30’s, Dr. Weller visited specialists looking for a cause and a treatment. He underwent countless tests yet no one seemed to be […]