Healthy Planet Happenings

February 1 & 3
Passive House: The Idea
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 2/01 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 2/03 at 8:00 p.m. In 2013, St. Louis saw the construction of its first Passive House, a home that does not require central heating. It is so well designed, insulated, airtight that it uses 90% less energy than similar buildings. Ralph Wafer and Gary Steps discuss how they designed the home with the owners.

February 5, 12, 19, 26
‘Language of Love’ at Piccione Pastry
Piccione Pastry, St. Louis’ only Italian pastry shop of its kind, will host free “Language of Love” events every Wednesday in February from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The shop will partner with married couple Kaetlyn Macauley and Francesco Velocci of Gusto Gourmet Creamery, the makers of Piccione’s in-house gelato and sorbet. Guests can enjoy authentic Italian pastries while learning about the Italian culture. 6197 Delmar Blvd. in the U. City Loop. Piccionepastry.com. 314-932-1355.

February 5, 19, March 5 & 19
Olivette in Bloom Presents a Free Gardening Lecture Series
Just when winter is getting old, Olivette in Bloom offers a series of free evening lectures to inspire you for the gardening season. Wed. Feb. 5, 2014 7:00 PM The Dirt on Soil. Connie Goss from the St. Louis Master Gardeners Speaker’s Bureau. Wed. Feb. 19, 2014 7:00 PM Vegetable Gardening, Stephanie Littlefield from Garden Heights Nursery. Wed. March 5, 2014 7:00 PM Container Gardening, Sue Bird from University Gardens Nursery. Wed. March 19, 2014 7:00 PM Designing a Perennial Garden, Allice Mitchell from the St. Louis Master Gardeners Speaker’s Bureau. Location: Old Bonhomme School, 9661 Old Bonhomme Rd., St Louis, MO 63132. Classes are free, but space is limited so please reserve your place as soon as possible. Email us at: contact@olivetteinbloom.org. Or call: Jan Fitzgerald, 314-991-4954

February 7
Brian J. Huntley, key leader of the post-Apartheid transformation of plant conservation in southern Africa is an internationally respected conservation scientist with more than 45 years of field research and management experience in a number of African countries. On Friday, February 7 at 2 p.m., Huntley will speak at the Missouri Botanical Garden describing the long history of botanical exploration of southern Africa, the trials and triumphs of discovery, and the remarkable personalities and plants contributing to what is now regarded as one of the “magnificent seven” botanical gardens of the world. Copies of Brian Huntley’s recently published book, “Kirstenbosch: The Most Beautiful Garden in Africa” will be available for signing following the lecture. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Garden Conservancy whose mission is to preserve exceptional American gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public. This mission is accomplished by working in partnership with individual garden owners as well as public and private organizations. The Conservancy provides horticultural, technical, management, and financial expertise to sustain these fragile treasures. It helps ensure long-term stewardship of these natural assets, which are essential to the aesthetic and cultural life of our communities. Go to www.gardenconservancy.org to learn more. For general information, visit www.mobot.org or call (314) 577-5100 (toll-free, 1-800-642-8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/missouribotanicalgarden and http://twitter.com/mobotnews.

February 8 & 10
Passive House: The Building
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 2/08 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 2/10 at 8:00 p.m. Ralph Wafer and Anthony Garavaglia discuss details of constructing the first Passive House in St. Louis. Attention to detail was critical for achieving Passive Building Standards for minimizing heat gain in summer, minimizing heat loss in winter and holding air infiltration to near zero.

February 8
Acugraph Screening Day
With Dr. Brian Harasha, Saturday February 8, 2014 , 10:00am – 4:00pm, The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 7649 Delmar Blvd. No Cost. Dr. Brian Harasha will be offering Free Meridian Therapy Screening exams.  We are excited that Dr. Harasha is sharing this new technology that can analyze and assess the balance of your meridian energy system.  The screening takes just 10 minutes and you will go home with a short print-out showing where you are in balance and where you are out of balance and how your health may be influenced by your unique meridian energy profile.  The screening will be first come first serve and involves the Acugraph screening device and a probe set on 12 major meridian points (located on hands/wrists foot/ankle – for 3 seconds each.  The computer then analyses the results. Call The Center to schedule an appointment. 314.725.6767.

February 11
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; seating is limited, arrive early, 314-432-7802. See patient success stories at www.PreventionAndHealing.com.

February 11 Deadline
New trends are emerging locally and nationwide on converting standard residential lawns into more sustainable landscapes. Interested landowners may need assistance however, in navigating these new strategies. For a limited time, Missouri Botanical Garden is offering RainScaping Prize Drawings valued at $350 to $1,000 and a RainScape Rebates Program valued at up to $2,000 per landowner. The loss of water quality in the St. Louis Region is due to many factors including run-off during storm events from impervious surface areas, yard waste, pet manure, invasive species, trash and road salt. These factors can lead to increased water pollution, sedimentation, and infrastructure and property damage. However, homeowners can help through landscaping practices that help capture rain where it falls instead of allowing water to run off-site. Various techniques, called rainscaping, can be used to help solve drainage problems, facilitate healthier streams, increase aesthetic appeal, improve property values, and attract wildlife. Interested parties are invited to fill out a survey at www.mobot.org/rainscaping by February 11, 2014 for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to the Shaw Nature Reserve Spring Wildflower Market; 10 flats of GT-38 Deep Cell Plug Native Plants and site visit from DJM Ecoscapes valued at $1,000; plant material for a shade or full sun rain garden by Horstmann Brothers valued at $400; 10 man hours of labor for either a landscape/rain garden design or labor towards installing rainscaping or invasive species removal from Simply Sustainable Landscaping valued at $350; any rain barrel in stock up to 150 gallons valued up to $449 from Rainwater Harvesting Supply Company, LLC; or a rustic natural stone bench, installed from Luna Landscaping, LLC valued at $450.00.In addition, landowners in 19 participating St. Louis municipalities are eligible to take part in the RainScape Rebates program. This voluntary program financially assists landowners in the Deer Creek Watershed wishing to landscape their yards to improve stormwater management. Residents in the appropriate municipalities may download a RainScape Rebates application form at www.deercreekalliance.org or pick up a hard copy application form at a participating city hall starting November 15, 2013. The application deadline for the third round of funding is February 12, 2014.

Eligible cities include Brentwood, Clayton, Creve Coeur, Crystal Lake Park, Des Peres, Frontenac, Glendale, Huntleigh, Kirkwood, Ladue, Maplewood, Olivette, Richmond Heights, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury, Town & Country, University City, Warson Woods and Webster Groves. The RainScape Rebates Program is partially funded by Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Great Rivers Greenway, Missouri Department of Conservation, the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation, and US EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (subgrant number G11-NPS-15), under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.Today, 154 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display. With scientists working in 35 countries on six continents around the globe, the Missouri Botanical Garden has one of the three largest plant science programs in the world and a mission to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life. The Missouri Botanical Garden is striving for a world that can sustain us without sacrificing prosperity for future generations, a world where people share a commitment to managing biological diversity for the common benefit.

February 15 &17
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 2/15 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 2/17 at 8:00 p.m. Through cooperation and conservation Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage has been able to dramatically reduce its environmental impact. Co-founders Tony Sirna and Rachel Katz describe how the ecovillage meets all of its power needs through renewable energy.

February 18
Free Monthly Wellness Support Group
Free Monthly Wellness Support Group. Come and enjoy an evening of fellowship, learning opportunities in Medical Spiritual Information and exercises to strengthen your journey in managing your plan of care and treatment. Support Group Leaders: Dr. Simon Yu, M.D. and Chaplain Paul R. Johnson, M.Div. When: Third Tuesday each month (with an occasional exception) 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, 314-432-7802. For more information, read the article on our web site at www.PreventionAndHealing.com titled “New Medicine, New Biology: Spiritual Wellness, Spiritual Assessment, and Spiritual Care.”

February 18
Connecting Your Health Between Your Teeth and Body
FREE Monthly Seminar and Discussion. Connecting Your Health Between Your Teeth and Body. You may not realize it, but your teeth and gums may be making you ill or weakening your immune system. Hidden infections. Unresolved illness. Find out what may be happening between your teeth and body and what to do about it. Discover how infection and illness transfer between the teeth and body. Understand how biological dentistry focuses on your overall health. Learn about what dental materials are compatible with wellness, mercury-free, tooth-colored fillings,the impact of dental procedures, how certain dental procedures can influence your body, and nutritional therapy that supports a healthy mouth. Third Tuesday Each Month, 6:30 pm at the Holistic Dentistry office of, and presented by, Dr. Michael Rehme, D.D.S., C.C.N. (Certified Clinical Nutritionist), 2821 N. Ballas Rd, Suite 245, St. Louis, MO 63131. A Healthy Choice for Dental Care. Call to verify seminar date and reserve your space at 314-997-2550. See Patient Success Stories at www.toothbody.com.

February 21
Colon Cancer Awareness Trivia Night Benefiting Siteman Cancer CTR
Friday, February 21,2014 at Royal Orleans (2801 Telegraph Rd. St. Louis, MO 63125). The doors open at 6:00pm and trivia begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20 per person or $200 for a table of 10 and that includes the 2 drink tickets per person! You can bring your own snacks and we’ll have many other exciting contests throughout the night! Silent auction, too. For more information please call 618-580-1692 or email kfoxsmom@gmail.com.

February 22-23
Primordial Sound Meditation Weekend Class
Does your list of resolutions for 2014 include reducing stress and anxiety or leading a healthier lifestyle? Learn to meditate and help make this resolution a reality in your life! As stress is reduced through meditation, our minds and bodies function with more effectiveness, creating health, vitality, and happiness! Primordial Sound Meditation is a meditation program developed by Dr. Deepak Chopra. This meditation class will be held February 22 & 23 at the Mercy Center, 2039 North Geyer Road, St. Louis, MO. Learn how to enjoy the benefits of meditation! Contact Shirley Stoll for more information and / or registration. 800-796-1144 or email shirlstoll@charter.net.

February 22 & 24
Community Building at Dancing Rabbit
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 2/22 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 2/24 at 8:00 p.m. At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage the cornerstone of building is cooperation and sharing space. Tony Sirna and Sharon Bagatell discuss the importance of small homes, Passive House standards, net zero energy, strawbale building,cob building,timberframing and earthbag construction.