Healthy Planet Happenings

February 1
Pasta Bowl 2016 To Benefit Operation Food Search
In celebration of the anniversary milestones of LoRusso’s Cucina and Operation Food Search, LoRusso’s is hosting PASTA BOWL 2016 the evening before Super Bowl on February 1st at LoRusso’s at 3121 Watson Road on the Hill, commemorating its 30th anniversary and Operation Food Search’s 35th. At PASTA BOWL, diners will enjoy a family-style feast of 3 different pastas from recipes submitted by restaurant customers. All guests that evening have the opportunity to vote on their favorite recipe, and the winning recipe will then be featured on LoRusso’s menu. The PASTA BOWL dinner is $65 per person, plus gratuity, and includes wine, appetizers, salad, and dessert. Reservations may be made by calling (314) 647-6222 or by emailing pam@lorussos.com. For more information, visit www.LoRussos.com.

February 3
Look Good, Feel Good
Presented by Iris Salsman and Deborah Zorensky, MS, RD, LD, CCN. 7:00pm – 8:30pm. The Classroom at The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 7647 Delmar Blvd.. Attendance is free, but please register. How do you feel about yourself in terms of weight, looks and health? Are you noticing that your energy level has decreased over the years? Are you experiencing aches and pains in your knees or elsewhere? Do you cringe when you hear words like obese? Do you avoid mirrors or shopping for clothes because you don’t like the size you are in? Have you cut back on how often you go out because you don’t like how you feel or look? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to learn how you can ReClaim your health and your shape. Deborah and Iris have both been following anti-inflammatory diets for many months and both have released many pounds and welcomed their new found health and energy. We would like to share our stories with you and introduce you to some life-changing options. Deborah is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and has her Master’s Degree in Allied Health with an emphasis on nutrition. Iris Salsman is a veteran dieter. Over the years, she’s lost and gained enough weight to make at least three people. After trying every program on the market, she finally got a handle on what it takes to permanently change her lifestyle and become healthy and thin (yes!) once and for all. And she’s willing to share her journey and lifestyle with you in an entertaining, informative manner. Please call The Center at 314.725.6767 to register.

February 3, 10, 17 and 24
Let’s Do Lunch: Homemade Food, Good Company and Conscious Conversation
Wednesday Afternoon from 12pm to 1:30pm. Price $20/per person. Food is ready at 12pm and focused group conversation starts at 12:30. Topics cover range of issues across the continuum of holistic health: Community Health; Physical Health; Mental/Emotional Health; and Spiritual Health. Visit www.rememberingyourself.org for more information on topics and speakers. Call 314-322-1944 to reserve space and for location. Space limited.

February 3, 10, 17 and 24
Community Meditation: Let’s practice together & create shared intention.
Wednesday 7:30 to 8:30pm. Price $10/per person. Visit www.rememberingyourself.org for more information. Join us for this ongoing community meditation practice. Call 314-322-1944 if you have questions.

February 6
Can Nukes Be Safe?
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 02/06 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 02/08 at 8:00 p.m. Fission reactors produce very expensive energy, require a huge amount of water, and have risks that are seriously understated. Don Fitz and Bob Criss explore the “peaceful atom” as a cover for nuclear weapons, what thorium reactors would be like, and the elusive potential of fusion power.

February 6-7
Hot! Hot! Hot! activities run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with steel drum music, a toddler sandbox, crafts and face painting. Activities are included with regular admission, and will be held in the exhibit hall, Emerson Theater and Lopata Learning Lab. In addition to Hot! Hot! Hot! offerings, guest can explore the Butterfly House’s 8,000-square foot conservatory featuring more than 1,000 butterflies in free flight. The conservatory offers visitors the chance to step into the tropics without leaving Missouri with winter temperatures between 80-85 degrees. The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park at 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, Mo., accessible from Interstate 64 at exit #19B. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays). The last ticket is sold 30 minutes prior to closing each day. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (ages 65 and over) and $4 for children (ages 3 to 12). Children ages 2 and under and Missouri Botanical Garden members are free. For more information, visit www.butterflyhouse.org or call (636) 530-0076. Follow the Butterfly House on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thebutterflyhouse. The Butterfly House is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

February 7
Transformational Breathwork
Facilitated by: Shelby Corson, LMT, Certified Transfor-mational Breathwork Facilitator. 1:00-3:30pm. The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 7649 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. Follow-up Community Breathing will be 7:00-8:30pm, $35.Thurs., February 18, 2016. For information and registration, call 314.725.6767.

February 9
In September 2013, Chicago adopted a benchmarking ordinance for building energy use, hoping to raise awareness of business and residential energy usage. Kansas City created a similar benchmarking ordinance targeting large buildings in the metro area by offering programs and technical assistance. During this seminar, Kathryn Eggers of Chicago, Program Coordinator at Elevate Energy, and Jennifer Gunby, Kansas City Community Energy Program Manager, discuss their work educating about and promoting the benefits of the benchmarking ordinances. They will also share the outcomes thus far. WHEN: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 pm WHERE: Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau, Suite 200 63103 FEE: Free for USGBC-MGC Members and Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members Register www.usgbc-mogateway.org

February 9
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
Transformative Healing for those who are Grieving
A group session with sound, crystal and aromatherapy. Cleansing, healing, nurturing in a safe group of similar souls. Complete Wellness Center. 7pm. $15. 10807 Big Bend, Kirkwood, MO 314-822-7900.

February 13, 15
Energy Storage
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 02/13 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 02/15 at 8:00 p.m. Why might we be skeptical of claims that there is enough fossil fuel to last for centuries? Don Fitz and William Pickard look at why wind and solar power would have difficulty providing sufficient energy, especially due to the “intermittency” challenge. They explore pumped storage plants.

February 16
This seminar will explore Washington University’s innovative Green Rehab Experiment. This multi-disciplinary applied research project aims to chart a path towards net-zero energy performance for 100-year-old, multi-family buildings within market constraints, while transforming the interiors to meet contemporary housing demands. Outcomes are measured through the comparison of control (standard specification) and experimental (high-performance) buildings with the goal of improving building and occupant performance. WHEN: Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 3:00 – 5:00 pm WHERE: TBD FEE: $30 for USGBC-MGC Members; $45 for Non-members. Register at www.usgbc-mogateway.org.

February 16
Free Monthly Wellness Support Group
Free Monthly Prevention and Healing Support Group. This month’s Speaker: Rev Phylis Clay Sparks, Soul Esteem Center. Topic: Stress Relief. Learn specific exercises and meditations that minimize stress and improve your 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. – 8:00 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 16
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. Patient Success Stories at www.toothbody.com.

February 20
Ferguson Indoor Farmers Market
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t stop the Ferguson Farmers Market from continuing year-round. The venue has changed for the winter months, but you can still find plenty of the same vendors and great items. The following markets will take place the third Saturday of the month on March 19 and April 16. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 33 N Clay Ave, Ferguson, 63135. A variety of local farmers, crafters, and businesses make up the vendors at Ferguson Indoor Farmers Market. For February, the current vendors include: Bohlen Family Farm, Circle B Ranch, Doggie Wanna Cookie?, Dietz Farm, EarthDance Farms, El Chico Bakery, Great Harvest Bread, I Love Ferguson, American Association of University Women, Hanh & Sons, Trail Lodge Tea, Just Omelettes (get breakfast here), Ferguson Eco-Team, Mr. B’s Salsa & Hot Pepper Products, Queen Bee Boutique. If you’re interested in having your own vendor booth, please contact: Maria at maria@earthdancefarms.org.

February 20
Residential Energy Efficiency and Our Homes
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 02/20 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 02/22 at 8:00 p.m. Sierra Club members Laura Neuman-Howe and Jeff Howe discuss energy efficiency upgrades in their home with host John Hickey. They look at energy efficiency effects on utility bills and rebates and assistance that are available to home owners. How can you make your home more efficient?

February 21
Free Family Day At Laumeier Sculpture Park
Laumeier Sculpture Park’s Free Family Days provide families with a chance to bond while encouraging observation, imagination, curiosity and creativity. Free Family Days provide participants of all ages with structured activities for creating art using a variety of materials. Families have fun exploring new media and concepts while finding inspiration among Laumeier’s natural environment, temporary exhibitions and the Permanent Collection. Sunday, February 21, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. at the Kranzberg Education Lab at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri. Free. Call 314.615.5278 or visit www.laumeier.org for information.

February 25

Get hands-on help benchmarking your building energy use with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. For best results, bring a few details about your building, including the square footage, main uses of space, and number of occupants. You will also need at least 12 months of historical energy use data. WHEN: Wednesday, February 25 from 4:00 – 6:00 WHERE: 7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143 FEE: Free to all REGISTER: www.usgbc-mogateway.org.