Healthy Planet Happenings

Through March 22
Orchid Show at Missouri Botanical Garden
“Orchids and Their Pollinators” The annual Orchid Show offers visitors a once-a-year opportunity to see a rotating display of hundreds of orchids from the Garden’s expansive permanent living collection amid a tropical oasis inside the Orthwein Floral Display Hall. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Orthwein Floral Display Hall. Garden admission plus $5; free for Garden members. Visit www.mobot.org.

January 31 – February 1
Orchid Society of Greater St. Louis Orchid Show & Sale
New cultivars and old favorites are shown and sold by the area’s top growers who are on hand to give plant care advice and share information about their organization. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beaumont Room, Ridgway Visitor Center. Missouri Botanical Garden. Included with Garden admission. www.osogsl.org.

February 3
Successful Aging Symposium At Aberdeen Heights Senior Living
Yes, you can exercise and get healthy at any age! Aberdeen Heights Senior Living in Kirkwood, MO knows the importance of remaining active and focused on wellness. At a special Successful Aging Symposium from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Aberdeen Heights is bringing together exercise and nutrition specialists to help older adults get — and stay — healthier. Keynote speaker is national health and fitness correspondent Heather Hawk, of St. Louis. Hawk is a well-known spokesperson and fitness advisor for numerous organizations in the health and fitness industry and has been a special fitness and wellness correspondent on multiple programs such as Discovery Health, Lifetime, ESPN, ESPN 2, HSN, and QVC. Having been involved in fitness activities since the age of 15, Heather’s passion is to educate and motivate all ages on the numerous benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Free balance assessments for seniors and healthy eating tips by a registered dietitian also will be part of Aberdeen Heights’ Successful Aging Symposium. Of particular interest will be a panel discussion including two Aberdeen residents — one who always has made health and wellness a priority and one who is learning to get on the road to health and wellness as an older adult. Aberdeen Heights Senior Living is located at 575 Couch Avenue in Kirkwood, MO. For more information please call Aberdeen Heights Senior Living at 314.909.6000.

February 6
Food Outreach Trivia Night
7th Annual Trivia Night, 50/50 Raffle, Scratch-Off Lotto Tree, VIP Tables, Prizes and more! Questions? Contact Jesssica Healey at Jessica@foodoutreach.org or 314.652.3663 ext. 118.

February 7
St. Louis Harmony Chorus: A Cappella 101
with Special Guests The Tonightengales, from the Grand Center Arts Academy, HEAT, 4th Place International Medalist Quartet, The Stereotypes, award winning male a cappella ensemble from Washington University, Executive Sweets, a quartet made up of members from St. Louis Harmony Chorus. February 7, 2015 at 8pm, Florissant Civic Center Theatre, 1 James J. Eagan Dr., Florissant, MO 63033. Order Tickets online at www.florissantmo.com. $20/adult, $18/senior 62+/full time student, $12/child 12 & under, $14/group of 10 or more. Questions? Check out www.stlharmony.org.

February 7
Doorways Annual Gala Fundraiser
RED HOT, will be held Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis and will feature Dr. Zhivegas. Gala hours are 6pm to midnight. Ages 21 and up. The 2015 gala co-chairs are Glenda and Al Wiman. To purchase tickets, visit www.doorwaysRED.org. For sponsorship information please contact Jim Timmerberg, phone: 535.1919, ext 3123 or e-mail: jtimmerberg@doorwayshousing.org.

February 10
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 10
7:30-8:30 PM. What is inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s strategy for self-protection. All healing and all immune system responses are inflammatory processes. But, the class is called “Reducing Inflammation,” why would you want to do that? Well, acute inflammatory processes are needed to fight infection and heal woulds. Chronic inflammatory conditions like arthritis or bloating can lead to diminished functioning and is a drain on the body’s energy level. Medications can suppress inflammation, but they do not address the root causes. At this class we will discuss identifying and resolving the causes of chronic inflammation. Presented by Dr. Rebecca Gould DC. Cost: Free. Held at The Healing Center, 734 De Mun Avenue in Clayton. For details or to register call Dr Rebecca Gould 314-727-2120 or register online via HealingSTL.com or Meetup/HealingSTL.

February 10
Apply to be an EarthDance Apprentice
Join us for a free informational session about the EarthDance Farm & Garden Apprenticeship at Schlafly Bottleworks Tuesday, February 10th, from 6-7:30pm. Hear from former apprentices & learn about the program’s benefits. (For example, we accept AmeriCorps Awards & VA education benefits, & your participation can count as college credit.) You can apply via our website earthdancefarms.org/what-we-do/grow-farmers/become-an-apprentice. Applications are due Sunday, February 15th at 12pm. What is the Farm & Garden Apprenticeship? You might be looking for a career in farming, or simply interested in learning more about where your food comes from & how to grow it. The program (9.5 hours/week from April-October for $700) offers weekly classes on topics from methods of propagation to food preparation, field trips to local farms, a share in our Community Supported Agriculture, networking opportunities with leaders of the local good food movement, & the chance to make good friends down in the dirt. Questions about the program? Contact Apprenticeship Coordinator Tori Dahl at apprenticeship@earthdancefarms.org or call us at 314-521-1006.

February 14
features diverse and extraordinary female musicians and singers whose performances are both spiritual and contemporary arousing our deepest emotions and instincts. Aska Kaneko, an internationally known Japanese violinist/composer and member of the group Gaia Cuatro is teaming up with Jasnam Daya Singh (Weber Iago), a Brazilian pianist and composer as the featured artists. Joining them are Amy Camie, professional harpist and award winning recording artist and Ruth Latchison Nichols recognized as one of the leading Gospel singers in the region. All of these spectacular artists share a commitment to internal harmony and universal peace through the vehicle of music ranging from classical to jazz, new age to gospel and contemporary forms of sacred music. 8:00 PM Ethical Society of St. Louis,9001 Clayton Rd. St. Louis, MO 63117. Cost: $25. 314-721-6556.

February 17
Free Monthly Wellness Support Group
Free Monthly Prevention and Healing Support Group. This month’s presenter is Michael Rehme, DDS. The topic is Biological Dentistry including a discussion on Defining Biological Dentistry. Biological means life and health enhancing. Biological Dentistry has one aim: to support and promote total health with healthier teeth, gums, and mouth. Teeth and mouth are connected to the Whole Body through bones, blood, lymph, fascia, emotions, food, water, air, and more. Come and learn the numerous ways your mouth can be related to your overall health and well being. 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 17
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 18
Olivette in Bloom…
…is sponsoring a free lecture series on gardening this spring. If this could be listed in your calendar, it would be great. Green Thumb 106: Olivette in Bloom Presents a Free Gardening Lecture Series. Olivette in Bloom offers a series of free evening lectures to start the year and inspire you for the new gardening season. Wed. Feb. 18, 2015 7:00 PM – Welcoming Wildlife. Learn how your garden can become a haven for beneficial wildlife with Claire Linzee of Linzee Gardening. Wed. March 11, 2015 7:00 PM – Spring Pruning. March is a great time to prune. Join us as Master Gardener, Jasmine Fazzari, demonstrates proper pruning techniques. 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. Register Online at www.OlivetteinBloom.org. Email us at: contact@olivetteinbloom.org. Or call: Jan Fitzgerald, 314-991-4954.

February 21
Gateway Greening Community Garden Summit
Gateway Greening, a non-profit organization that educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture, will host its 6th annual St. Louis Community Garden Summit on Feb. 21, 2015. The event will take place at Saint Louis University High School from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Both community and backyard gardeners are encouraged to attend the summit which will give participants the chance to network with other gardeners and those working in sustainable practices across the region, and hear presentations from national experts on community gardening, horticulture and community development. Pre-registration for the event is underway now at www.gatewaygreening.org/summit. The cost is $12 for community gardeners and $22 for members of the general public. The 2015 event will feature a keynote address titled “Growing a Network of Deeply-Rooted, Self-Reliant and Resilient Community Gardens” from Michael Buchenau, Executive Director of Denver Urban Gardens (DUG). In addition to the keynote address, the 6th annual Summit will include a panel discussion titled “Growing Food for a Community in Need.” For more information on the 6th annual Community Garden Summit or for information on Gateway Greening and its programs, visit www.gatewaygreening.org or call 314-588-9600.

February 21-22
Hermann’s Chocolate Wine Trail
is a romantic Valentine’s getaway for many couples. When winter settles over Wine Country, thoughts turn to chocolate, the food of love. Chocolate Wine Trail has become a romantic tradition for many couples, who warm up a winter weekend with luscious chocolate and wine pairings at seven stops along the beautiful Hermann Wine Trail. Chocolate Wine Trail is one of five annual events hosted by the Hermann Wine Trail, which hugs the Missouri River for 20 scenic miles between Hermann and New Haven. Next up is the Wild Bacon Wine Trail the first weekend of May. The $30 per person ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass. Participants also may enter a drawing for a $30 gift certificate from each winery and a one-night stay at a Hermann B&B. The ticket price does not include transportation to wineries or additional wine tasting. Wine Trail tickets may be purchased online at HermannWineTrail.com or from the Hermann Welcome Center, 800-932-8687. Advance purchase is required. A word to the wise—tickets always sell out early for this popular event.

February 21, 23
Residential Energy Efficiency
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 02/21 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 02/23 at 8:00 p.m. For low income homeowners, reduction of energy bills can be critical for affording medications or food. Jessica Freiberger and Connie Taylor discuss residential energy efficiency. They ask why “healthy homes” are important and how home retrofits can provide local jobs.

February 23
6:30-8:30pm. Join us and discover an optimal health program that will help you to reach your healthy weight goals. Our program has over 30 years of safety and success and is the only health optimization program that comes with a free health coach to help you reach your goals. At this meeting you will also meet others who have lost weight with and kept it off with our program and get all your questions answered. Cost: Free. Held at DePaul Hospital May Community Education Center, 12303 DePaul Drive parking lot #3, Bridgeton, MO 63044. For details or to register call Dr Rebecca Gould 314-727-2120 or register online via HealingSTL.com or Meetup/HealingSTL.

February 28 & March 1
Do you want to reduce stress and anxiety in your life? Learn to meditate! As stress is reduced through meditation, our mind and body function with more effectiveness which can lead to better health, vitality, and happiness! Primordial Sound Meditation is a meditation program developed by Dr. Deepak Chopra. This weekend class will be held February 28 & March 1 at the Mercy Center, 2039 North Geyer Road, St. Louis, MO. Learn how to enjoy the benefits of meditation! Light refreshments will be served. Contact Shirley Stoll for more information and/or registration. 800-796-1144 or shirlstoll@gmail.com.