Archive for March, 2016

ARTful Happenings April 2016


Through July 2
Photographs by Alfred Stiegletz and colleagues; International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum; 3415 Olive; for info, call 314-535-1999 or visit www.iphf.org

April 1-May 8
Opening reception, 6-8 p.m.; Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar; for info, call 314-725-1177 or visit

April 8

Artful Living: St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Fresh Art… Spring Has Sprung

Although the winter has been less harsh than some years, we still welcome daylight savings time, daffodils, and fresh art. Spring has sprung!!

Laumeier Sculpture Park presents Gigi Scaria: Time, April 16-August 14. Aptly named, the multimedia exhibition encompasses photographs, films and sculpture inside the Whitaker Foundation Gallery […]

Ask The HERB LADY: What To Do About Spring Allergies?

With Cathy Schram

Q: I can tell spring is coming. My allergies are already acting up. Any suggestions?

A: Happy Spring! The trees are budding, the grass is green and the spring flowers are blooming. You can smell it in the air. But of course that may not be such great news for the allergy sufferers. The […]

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Hosts Spring Planting Festival May 1 & 2

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company is excited about its biggest festival of the year. The 16th annual Spring Planting Festival at Bakersville Pioneer Village near Mansfield, Missouri, is Sunday and Monday, May 1 and 2. The event that started with a small gathering of gardeners in the year 2000 has grown to 10,000 attendees each […]

Be A Compliant Pet Owner!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

The onset of spring reintroduces exposure to many new challenges to our beloved pets as they begin to explore our yards and woodlands. Thereby, it turns out to be a usual time for a majority of pet owners, to receive reminders for our pets’ annual examinations and routine health care. I […]

Call For Sustainable Yards For Backyard Tour June 12

The Sustainable Backyard Tour returns for the sixth year on Sunday, June 12.

A free, grassroots, self-guided tour of residential yards (front and back!) throughout St. Louis city and county, the tour showcases a range of green living practices, including low-impact lawn care, composting and using recycled materials, organic gardening, chicken and beekeeping, gardening with native […]

Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Sunset Hills

Saturday, April 16 come for FREE FAMILY FUN! Join in on celebrating the beauty of nature at a family fun event for all ages! The celebration kicks off at 9:30 am on Saturday April 16, 2015 and will be held at the Sunset Hills Community Center, 3915 South Lindbergh.

As in prior years, the Earth Day […]

Celebrate Spring During “Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis”

April 2-3 At The Missouri Botanical Garden

Kick-off spring and celebrate the Missouri Botanical Garden’s seasonal openings during the “Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis” weekend April 2-3. Activities include the seasonal reopenings of the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden, Tower Grove House, Café Flora and tram rides. The newly renovated Brookings Exploration Center and the […]

City of Chesterfield Celebrates 25th Annual Earth Day Festival April 30 at Chesterfield Mall

The Chesterfield Earth Day Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! This festival is one of the region’s largest Earth Day events and offers a convenient recycling drive-thru, eco-friendly and up-cycled products, information exhibits, plus cultural entertainment! The Chesterfield Citizens Committee for the Environment will host the 25th Chesterfield Earth Day Festival on Saturday, […]

Coalition Report

By Haley Larson
Missouri Coalition for the Environment Intern

Legislative Update: Help Stop Polluter Protection Bills & More

The 2016 legislative session ends in May. We are supporting local agriculture bills while opposing polluter protection bills and more. Senate Bill 894 will shield the owner of a nuisance from legal action if the owner is complying with a […]

Earthworms’ Castings: Anna the Wolf

With Jean Ponzi

We have a very special guest in our home. This individual nurtured her kind back from the very brink of extinction.

She’s a Mexican gray wolf named Anna.

The humans who work at the Endangered Wolf Center tell Anna’s tale. They know it because she lived in their midst, right out in west St. […]

Easing the Toxic Stress of Food Insecurity

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

A recent special report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “The Crisis Within – How Toxic Stress and Trauma Endanger our Children,” cites a child’s exposure to toxic stress as being linked to asthma, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and stroke later […]

FSM (Frequency Specific Microcurrent) Therapy: The House of Wonder by a Quack

By Simon Yu, MD

In 2011, I wrote an article on FSM (Frequency Specific Microcur-rent) therapy based on a lecture by Dr. Carolyn McMakin, chiropractor, presented at the ACAM (American College for Advancement in Medicine) medical conference. In late 2015, I was re-introduced to FSM. Then within four months, I attended a FSM seminar for a […]

Functional Medicine Just Makes Sense

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

When I first started practicing medicine an excellent physician was one who used scientific evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preference to care for patients. The primary doctor was expected to be thorough and knowledgeable in all the body systems. The last 15 years this comprehensive model has been replaced by the […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

April 7
Warrior Goddess Training Workshop
Based on the book. Facilitated by Esther Scharf, MSW, LCSW. 10 Weeks, Starting April 7, 2016. 10:30 am – 12:00 noon and/or 1:00 – 2:00 pm. The Classroom at The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 7647 Delmar Blvd. Cost: $200 for the series, due at first class. Join Esther Scharf, MSW, LCSW and certified meditation teacher, for […]

Help Wanted: A Million+ Pollinator Gardens

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

If bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators could put an advertisement out for the help they need, it would read: “help wanted – desperately needed pollinator gardeners”. Pollinators need us now more than ever to help them thrive and survive. In response to this need, groups of individuals and organizations dedicated […]

Herbal Medicine: A Natural Therapy

By Crystal Stevens

Herbal medicine is the branch of the healing sciences that deals with the therapeutic properties and active constituents and their physiological effect on the body. This system, of natural therapy has been tried and tested for generations and has survived into the present time despite the vast increase in the manufacture and use […]

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy For Pets

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the medical use of oxygen as a drug at a level higher than atmospheric pressure. The patient breathes 100% oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber. This allows the blood to deliver 15-25 times more oxygen to tissues and organs of the body. This promotes faster and more efficient […]

Neels Pharmacy: Family Owned/Operated Since 1932 Specializes in Compounding & Complementary Remedies

By Jon P. Frieda, MBA

In today’s ever adapting field of healthcare, Neels Pharmacy has remained as one of the oldest independent pharmacies that has never changed hands. Hello, my name is Jon Frieda. Over the last 84 years much has changed around St. Louis with regard to the fluidity of pharmacies and pharmacy care. As […]

Publisher’s Corner: Earth Day Every Day!

Nineteen years ago at the Earth Day Festival in Tower Grove Park, our first edition of The Healthy Planet magazine was introduced to the public. Granted it was a friendly crowd that gave us a very warm reception. I set up a table next to a guy selling t-shirts and handed each person a copy […]

Raised Beds Make Gardening Easy

Article Courtesy of St. Louis Composting

One of the most frustrating things gardeners face in the St. Louis area is clay soil. It is gooey in the spring and solid in the summer. For some reason weeds don’t have an issue developing in it, but fruits, vegetable plants and landscape ornamentals loathe it.

You can dramatically improve […]

SEE WATER: Watershed Cairns and Riverwork Project Reflects Artfully on Our Rivers and Waterways

By Anne Murphy, Communication Specialist St. Louis Artists’ Guild

We live at the confluence of two rivers – the Missouri and the Mississippi. The Mississippi River is third largest watershed in the world and one of the world’s busiest rivers. It floods and recedes. It changes course. It gives life – and takes it away. Every […]

Solid Waste Management Recycling News

The St. Louis – Jefferson Solid Waste Management District is a regional agency that was created in 1993 to assist the public, private and nonprofit sectors in establishing and expanding waste reduction and recycling. The District includes the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. For more information visit […]

Some Easy Ways To GO GREEN!

By Nick Frisella (Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Director – Metro Lighting)

Make the Switch To LED
Installing an LED bulb is the quickest, easiest way to save energy — and money. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LED lights convert most of the energy they use into light rather than heat. Why? They consume about 85% less electricity and last […]

Something for Everyone at an Earth Day Celebration That is Uniquely St. Louis!

It’s springtime in St. Louis! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and we’re ready to head outdoors. The warmer months are when St. Louis is most alive. Whether you enjoy an active lifestyle or art fairs and concerts in the park are more your scene, from spring to fall, you will find plenty […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Good Couples Work: Checking Your Own Relationship

Now Accepting Insurance

Do you know what all that pain, angst and resentment is really about between couples? It revolves around three important factors. It is the absence of listening, the presence of reactive behavior and the vacancy of empathy towards our loved one who is […]

Three Perennials That Will Make Your Annuals Worry

By Abby Elliott, Owner, Sugar Creek Gardens

Put planting annuals every year behind you. Years of research and testing by plant scientists and hybridizers have created perennial jewels that display excellent hybrid vigor, exceptionally long-blooming periods, and spellbinding exotic blooms. And the best part–they return every year. These beauties will replace your annuals with season-long vibrant […]

Trees Work! Campaign Focuses On Trees and Forests

Trees work for your health.
Trees work for your family.
Trees work for your wallet.
Trees work for the environment.
Trees work for your community.
Trees work for the economy.

Did you know that being around trees lowers your blood pressure and pulse rate? But that’s not all! Kids perform better on tests and have reduced symptoms on ADHD after spending […]

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

By Becky Finch, Growing Green
Award Committee Chair

On March 31st, partners and friends of the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council gathered for the annual Growing Green Awards celebration at the MOTO Museum. Guests spent the evening reflecting on the organization’s 15 year anniversary and celebrating the nominees and winners of the 2016 […]

YMCA Camp Lakewood Can Be “Your Camp” Too!

YMCA Camp Lakewood’s summer overnight camp for boys & girls ages 6-17 of all abilities is located 90 minutes south of St. Louis and provides a well-rounded experience for campers by getting them outdoors having fun, making new friends and learning new skills. With a 360-acre lake, 5,200 wooded acres, caves, creeks and more, there […]