Healthy Planet Happenings

June 4
Green Homes Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden
See pages 5 & 24 of this issue for complete details.

June 4, 6, 2016
Did Levees Cause Flood of 2015-16?
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 06/04 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 06/06 at 8:00 p.m. The St. Louis area was hit with record-setting floods from the end of 2015 through the beginning of 2016. Were the high waters caused more by rains or levees built up and down the rivers? Don Fitz and Bob Criss discuss how levees help, how they fail, and what happens when they fail.

June 5
Innsbrook Nature Chautauqua
Missouri nature lovers are invited to visit Innsbrook for its first Nature Chautauqua on Sunday, June 5, from 1-3 pm. Chautauquas are lifelong-learning and community-building events appearing all across the country at scenic rural resorts. They have a rich history dating back to the early 20th century of bringing educational opportunities and cultural enrichment to rural communities that nourish the body, mind, and spirit. The June 5 program will feature topics on living, learning, and playing in harmony with nature. Local author and Webster-Kirkwood Times editor Don Corrigan will speak about the natural treasures and environmental challenges across Missouri as profiled in his numerous books. Next will be an ornithologist from the World Bird Sanctuary who will help us to recognize all the different raptors that call Missouri home, including Bald Eagles, and how we can maintain a healthy habitat for these majestic birds. Our final guest speaker will be a certified paddle sports instructor from the Alpine Shop who will provide an introduction to kayaking just in time for summer fun in the water. This event is offered by the Innsbrook Nature Group and there is no cost to attend but guests must register in advance to attend at Innsbrook Resort’s Aspen Conference Center at 1 Aspen Circle, Innsbrook, MO 63390. For more information visit online at ibknature.com or email info@ibknature.com.

June 7
A Look at School Buildings with Resilience in Mind
Educational Facilities are asked to serve our communities in many ways. Operational from early morning to late at night, providing 21st century learning opportunities, physical and mental health and well-being, community experiences within the arts, sciences and competition sports, and shelter and rescue from natural and manmade disasters. This in-depth seminar will look at how school buildings are designed to by physically, socioeconomically and ecologically resilient to acute and chronic adversities. June 7, 3:00 – 5:00 pm WHERE: TBD FEE: $30 for USGBC-MGC Members, $45 for non-members REGISTER: www.usgbc-mogateway.org.

June 8
Slow Food St. Louis presents documentary “In Search of Balance”
Join Slow Food St. Louis Wednesday June 8 for a showing of the new documentary “In Search of Balance.” “In Search of Balance” explores a vision of health, science and nature that recognizes the importance of the interconnections between us, the food we consume, how we produce that food and the natural world at large including the mysterious, invisible world of the human microbiome. Location: Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood, MO 63143, Wednesday June 8, 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. The cost is a suggested donation of $5.00. For more information visit www.slowfoodstl.org. SloWednesdays is sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill and Schlafly Bottleworks.

June 8, 15, 22 & 29
Whitaker Music Festival
June 8: Free evening outdoor concert featuring alt rock and reggae by the Steve Ewing Band.
June 15: Free evening outdoor concert featuring bluegrass rock and country by Clusterpuck.
June 22: Free evening outdoor concert featuring funk and soul by Grooveliner.
June 29: Free evening outdoor concert featuring swing, jazz, rhythm and blues and blues by the Saint Louis Social Club.
Lawn seating; bring chairs or a blanket. Picnicking is permitted after 5 p.m.; pack a picnic or purchase food and beverages on site. No pets, barbecue grills or smoking. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. Free admission after 5 p.m.; last entry at 9 p.m. Cohen Amphitheater lawn. Sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation. Visit www.mobot.org for more information.

June 11
St. Louis Brewers’ Guild Heritage Beer Festival
See page 16 in this issue for details.

June 11, 13
Clean Energy: Business & Labor
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 06/11 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 06/13 at 8:00 p.m. How will Set the PACE St. Louis save money with the energy efficient retrofit project at the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC)? Host John Hickey discusses how old buildings can be upgraded in a cost effective way with Byron DeLear and Tim Murray. What training do union workers receive?

June 12
Sustainable Backyard Tour
See page 5 of this issue for complete details.

June 14
Free Seminar: The Unresolved Thyroid
Want to Learn more about Natural Ways to support Low Thyroid Function and Autoimmune Thyroid? Come to our Free Seminar on June 14th at 6:30. Call 314-646-0013 to RSVP!

June 14
Tour of Danforth Plant Science Center
Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Opening in early 2016, the new 75,000 sqft building addition focused on providing open, flexible, and collaborative spaces to support growth in research. The project is currently seeking certification under LEED BD+C: New Construction (v2009). WHEN: Tuesday, June 14, 5:30 – 7:30 pm WHERE: Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N. Warson Road (63132) FEE: Free for USGBC-MGC Members and Full-time Students; $20 for Non-members REGISTER: www.usgbc-mogateway.org.

June 14
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 online at www.preventionandhealing.com.

June 18
Planting for Pollinators Class at Earthdance farms
10:30am-12pm. Would you like to learn more about attracting butterflies and native bees to your yard? Or how pollinators play an important role in agricultural ecosystems? At this free event, join Deanna English (2015 Apprenticeship Alum and Nature Educator at the Litzinger Road Ecology Center) for an interactive class on native plants and their pollinator partners. During this workshop, Deanna explains, “we will talk about the important role that gardeners and farmers play in supporting the unique biodiverse region we and our other non-human kin call home. Once we have a little background, we will head out on the farm to explore EarthDance’s native plantings and see what we can discover.” Register by email: Rachel@earthdancefarms.org.

June 18
Free Arboretum & Nursery Tours
Forest ReLeaf offers free, monthly arboretum and nursery tours featuring over 25,000 trees, demonstration rain garden, wild flower garden, greenhouse and arboretum with over 150 native species and cultivars. Tours are held the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10:00 am, at Forest ReLeaf’s CommuniTree Gardens nursery, 2194 Creve Coeur Mill Road, Creve Coeur Park, Maryland Heights. To learn more about Forest ReLeaf go to moreleaf.org. Upcoming dates: June 18, July 18, August 20, September 17, October 15. For more information contact Wendy Schlesinger, Development and Marketing Manager, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, 314-533-5323, wendy@moreleaf.org, www.moreleaf.org.

June 18
Permanent agriculture exhibit, “GROW” Opens At St. Louis Science Center
The agriculture exhibit will highlight the journey of food from farm to fork through 40 interactive exhibits, demonstrations and events. GROW is the first permanent exhibit of this size in the United States focused solely on agriculture. The exhibit will help visitors gain a deeper understanding of our food supply and the vital role we all play in the stewardship of our food. Admission to GROW is free, but there will be some paid programming and activities. More information about GROW may be found at slsc.org/GROW.

June 18
Free Coffee & Conversation: Harvest & Preserve
Join Laumeier Sculpture Park’s Master Gardener Yvette Luedde as she provides harvesting techniques for the preservation of herbs, fruits and vegetables. Visit Kim Yasuda’s Hunt + Gather, 2012, garden while learning how to dry and store your heirloom seeds for next year. Laumeier’s Conversation Series provides informal learning opportunities through discussion about new artworks in the temporary exhibitions or legacy artworks in the Permanent Collection. Conversation Series events encourage participants to share ideas and ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere. Saturday, June 18, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kranzberg Education Lab at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, St. Louis, Missouri. Free. Call 314.615.5278 or visit www.laumeier.org.

June 18, 20
Can Nukes Be Safe?
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 06/18 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 06/20 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.

June 21
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.

June 21-23
Sustainability Institute for Educators
This three-day institute will guide participants through the Whole-School Sustainability Framework, a system framework that is organized into three components for creating the conditions necessary to journey toward whole-school sustainability: organizational culture, physical place, and educational program. Stephanie Barr, co-author of the Whole-School Sustainability Framework, will keynote the institute. WHEN: June 21-23, 8 am – 4 pm WHERE: Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, 101 N Warson Rd, 63124 FEE: $150, including breakfast and lunch. Scholarships are available REGISTER: www.webster.edu/sie.

June 25 & 26
Pond-O-Rama Pond & Garden Tour
For complete details see page 7 of this issue.

June 25 & 26
The annual Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society Plant Show and Sale will celebrate their 74th year by offering thousands of unusual as well as standard specimens of cacti and succulents on June 25 and 26. Cacti and succulents of all sizes and shapes will be available for viewing and purchase. Choose from thousands of plants appealing to varied tastes and experience levels, with pricing starting at $1.50.The cactus society’s two-day show will be located in the Ridgway Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The show and sale are included with Missouri Botanical Garden admission of $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Missouri Botanical Garden members are free. For general information, visit www.mobot.org or call (314) 577-5100 (toll-free, 1-800-642-8842).

June 25, 27
Energy Storage
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 06/25 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 06/27 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.