Archive for July, 2016

Laumeier Sculpture Park Launches 40th Anniversary Year with Large-Scale Sculpture Installation

Laumeier Sculpture Park announced the recent installation of Alexandre da Cunha’s Mix (Americana), 2013 in honor of the Park’s 40th Anniversary year. The large-scale artwork was gifted to Laumeier’s Permanent Collection by the Brazilian artist and CRG Gallery, New York, following exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) as the fifth MCA Plaza […]

40th Anniversary Activities At Laumeier Sculpture Park

Laumeier will kick off its 40th Anniversary festivities with a free, outdoor performance of musical selections in celebration of the Park on Saturday, July 16, at 11:00 a.m. in the Public Plaza outside the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center. The event features Dr. James Henry with Vocal Point, Dr. Gail Fleming with Melodia and Vaughans […]

ARTful Happenings August 2016


July 29-October 12
Summer exhibitions, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington; for info, visit www.pulitzerarts.org.

August 2-30
Opening reception Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m.; The Gallery of University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar; for info, visit […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky,
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

The Hot Arts Scene Is What Makes Summer in St. Louis Cool

As Laumeier Sculpture Park continues to celebrate its 40th Anniversary year, a large-scale sculpture was recently installed. Alexandre da Cunha’s Mix (Americana), 2013, was gifted to Laumeier’s Permanent Collection by the Brazilian artist and CRG Gallery, New York, […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Chlorella: The World’s Most Nutrient-Rich Food

Q: What is Chlorella and can it be taken daily?

A: Chlorella is quite possibly the world’s most nutrient-rich food. It contains more than 20 different vitamins and minerals and provides an abundance of naturally occurring beta carotene. It is also one of the highest natural sources of chlorophyll, […]

Back To School Pet Basics!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Students are racing back to school during August and September each year. Whether you are heading to junior or senior high school; or, onward to college, there are considerations regarding pet management, and more.

First of all, note that many times, changes in our home schedules may directly impact our pets. Your […]

Bixby’s Announces Extended Summer Hours With $7 Bottomless Cocktail Special

Check Out Bixby’s New Look

Bixby’s, located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, will stay open until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays this summer. Take advantage of the restaurant’s extended weekend hours with Bixby’s Bottomless; guests enjoy bottomless cocktails for $7.

Savor the weekends with friends and family, sipping refreshing drinks and experiencing […]

Cardiometabolic Health – The Functional Medicine Way

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

An estimated 47 million people in the U.S. are living with cardiometabolic disorders, putting them at an increased risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Risk factors include hypertension, high fasting blood sugar, abnormal lipids, abdominal fat, high triglycerides, lack of exercise and smoking. The more risk factors you […]

Coalition Report

Melissa Vatterott,
Food and Farm Coordinator, Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Increasing Opportunities for Local Food Production in St. Louis

During the week of August 8th – 13th, the nation celebrated National Farmers Market Week. Farmers markets are a great resource for supporting local farmers and providing communities with access to locally grown food. When you buy from […]

Cool, Refreshing, & Easy Healthy Summer Snacks

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

Summer is in full swing and the typical Midwest heat and humidity are back with a vengeance. During this sticky summer season, you probably don’t feel like firing up your stove to cook. Instead, why not whip up some of these cool, refreshing, and easy […]

Do You Need To Take Supplements If You Eat A Good Diet?

By Dr. Adam Hughes

It’s a common argument: “You don’t need to take supplements if you eat a good diet.” Although a good diet is foundational to good health, supplements play an instrumental role in various health conditions.

People who don’t understand the value of supplements think they exist only to profit off of “suckers for snake […]

Earthworms Castings

By Jean Ponzi

Birds In Concert

White wings flash silently over our heads.

It’s a moon-eyed Barn Owl, swooping just above the crowd. She flies between the gloved arms of calm volunteers stepping up and down the amphitheater rows. We gasp with delight, while we’re singing with the band:

Clean water, clean water
Everybody needs clean water
Joyful music is a […]

Green Buildings: Better for Learning and Playing!

By Jennifer Thomas,
USGBC-MGC Marketing Committee

In 2013, the Green Schools Quest was launched by the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter. This annual project-based challenge encourages public and private schools in Missouri and Southern Illinois to devise and implement creative, effective, and no- or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools. Each participating school is paired with […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

August 6
Live, Love, Latch! Parenting Conference Kicks Off National Breastfeeding Month
The local celebration of National Breastfeeding Month kicks off on Saturday, August 6, 2016 with “Breastfeeding and Parenting: Making It Work!” The full-day breastfeeding and parenting conference, which is designed for new, expectant and breastfeeding mothers, as well as interested fathers, partners, grandparents and other […]

Improving Senior Nutrition: “Let’s Have Lunch”

By Denise S. Pott, LCSW

Assistance Home Care

Despite living in an area that offers so many meal options, the fact is that many seniors do not get adequate nutrition. It is estimated that up to one million homebound seniors are malnourished. This can lead to decreased weight and strength, lessened immunity to disease, confusion, and disorientation. […]

Insect and Other Garden Friends & Their Benefits

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

If all the creatures that are part of our gardens, there are some that do extra work. Called beneficials, they are the insects, spiders and birds that act as predators or parasites to keep bad insects in check. Some beneficials also help with pollination and decomposing garden matter.

Of the close to one […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: A Healthy Planet Starts Here

By Tom Braford

We in the Heartland are known as big-hearted people, caring a lot about each other and the state of our region, environment and economy. We may occasionally bicker but when the chips are down, we step up.

Given our relatively good wage to cost-of-living ratio and cheap fossil fuel powered energy, we might also […]

Living In Harmony with Nature at Innsbrook

By Cassandra Langley

Life in harmony with nature drives every aspect of the community of Innsbrook, a quiet and peaceful haven located just 30 minutes west of Chesterfield. One look around Innsbrook and you know right away you’re in the midst of nature’s playground.
The Innsbrook environment is designed to maximize your ability to relax, reconnect and […]

Medical Acupuncture on Heart Meridian: Portals of Entry for Squirrels and Dragon

By Simon Yu, MD

I saw a 63-year-old man, Stephan, with his wife, for nocturnal urination problems and elevated PSA of 23. Multiple prostate biopsies were negative for cancer. His wife also told me that he had a sudden heart attack ten years ago while playing sports. He was resuscitated in the field, by emergency response, […]

Now Is the Time to Switch to LED Bulbs

By Nick Frisella, Metro Lighting

According to ENERGY STAR the average U.S. household has more than 40 sockets for light bulbs. LED bulbs use 70-90% less energy than incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs also create 70-90% less heat than incandescent which means they are safer to operate and can lower your cooling bill in the summer months. […]

Pancreatic Enzyme Therapy For Pets

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Digestive enzymes are essential in the conversion of food to meet the energy needs of the body. They also function as catalysts in many biochemical processes. Enzyme deficiency is caused by either a specific organ functioning at less than optimal level or there is a lack of availability of the proper nutrients […]

Publisher’s Corner: A Summer of Heat, Unrest and Life Cycles

Powerful summer storms knocked out electricity to so many in our area recently. Not a good time to go off the grid as temperatures in our house rose to over 80 degrees. But a heavy duty extension cord run from a kind neighbor across the street allowed us to run a fan and a light […]

Rewild Your Child

By Crystal Stevens

Unfortunately in today’s fast paced world, which relies heavily on technology and electronics, nature time for both children and adults is dwindling. The average American child spends half as much time outside as kids 20 years ago did. According to research from Childwise, “Children aged 5-12 spend six and a half hours in […]

Rise Up Festival Celebrates Revitalization in St. Louis, August 20

Rise is proud to announce our fourth annual Rise Up Festival taking place on August 20th, 2016 in the city of St. Louis on Washington Avenue, from 15 th Street to 17th Street. The festivities will start up at 2 PM and continue on into the evening until 11 PM, remaining free for all to […]

Simple Ways To Change Up Your Commute And Improve Air Quality

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

When we head out the door for work, school, or to enjoy a night on the town, most of us don’t think twice about jumping into our cars and the negative impact solo-commuting has on our air quality. More cars on our roads means more emissions in our air […]

Storm Damage Prevention Using Properly Installed Steel Cabling On Old Large Trees

By Wendell Phillips (Phil) Berwick,
Certified ISA Arborist

I happened to be in Gulfport Mississippi, the day after a large section recently ripped out of a 500-year-old ‘Live Oak’, named the “Friendship Oak” on the Southern Mississippi University campus.

It might have been avoided with proper installation of two or three steel cables. There were two poorly installed […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Fitness

By Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

You’ve probably seen people practicing T’ai Chi on TV, in a movie, or even locally, in a park or at the botanical garden. You know it’s a slow moving, graceful exercise that is supposed to be beneficial. You may have heard that at advanced levels it is a formidable martial […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Happiness Begins & Ends With You

Upcoming Seminar: Anxiety & Depression: A New Approach to Finding Relief
Check the “Healthy Planet Happenings” section for details
Now Accepting Insurance

Just about everyone has heard the saying, “No one can make you happy but you”. We hear these sorts of platitudes so often, that they seem to go […]

The Business of Beer Is Booming!

The business of beer is brewing up many success stories in the St. Louis area. There are nearly 50 craft breweries currently, according to Troika Brodsky, Executive Director of the St. Louis Brewers Guild. Brodsky points out the growth in just the past two years by bullet pointing this beer boom.

2nd Shift Brewery is opening […]