Healthy Planet Happenings

September 3, 4, 5
Japanese Festival At Missouri Botanical Garden
Join the Missouri Botanical Garden in celebrating the culture and traditions of Japan when the annual Japanese Festival returns to St. Louis! This year marks the 40th Anniversary and the Garden will commemorate by offering even more sensational programming to delight the crowds. From traditional music to martial arts, bon odori dancing to bonsai, thunderous taiko drumming to Tea House Island tours, the three-day Labor Day weekend is filled with sights, sounds and experiences for the entire family. The 2016 Japanese Festival is Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday, September 5 (Labor Day) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults ages 13 and over and $5 for members; member children (ages 12 and under) are free. Visit www.mobot.org/japanesefestival for details.

September 7 & 14
FREE Square Dance Classes
For Baby Boomers, Empty Nesters, and all Looking for great Exercise and Mental Stimulation – Square Dance lessons (sponsored by Singles & Doubles Square Dance Club) begin on Wednesday, September 7th,2016, at Christ Lutheran Church, One Selma Ave,(at Lockwood)…near Webster Groves H.S.in Webster Groves, 7:30 PM – 9:30 pm. We will continue meeting weekly on Wednesdays. Come join us! The first 2 classes on 9/7 and 9/14 are free, then the cost will be $5/class. Both couples and singles are welcome. No experience required… wear casual clothes… learn a little each week. Try Square Dancing for the health of it! Contact Susan 314-909-0393; sbasquaredc@hotmail.com OR Eunice 636-861-6943; egray12@charter.net.

September 10
Family Workshop: Monarch Mania
Check out our monarch caterpillar friends as they prepare to transform into beautiful butterflies! Learn about the process of metamorphosis and how to help these important pollinators. Then, create your very own monarch-inspired artwork! Laumeier Sculpture Park’s multigenerational Family Programs are a wonderful way for family members to spend quality and creative time together. Children—along with a parent, grandparent or caregiver—explore new artistic media, develop a meaningful bond and create memories to last a lifetime. Registration fee includes one adult with one child; children must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday, September 10, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. at the Kranzberg Education Lab at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri. $40, adult with child ages 4 to 12. Call 314.615.5278 or visit www.laumeier.org for more information.

September 10, 12
Socialized Medicine in Denmark
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 09/10 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 09/12 at 8:00 p.m. Don Fitz, Dr. Johan Andersen and Mimi Signor discuss the connection between health care and the larger social welfare system in Denmark. The cost of Danish health care is much less than in the US and its citizens live longer. It may be time for Americans to demand the right to free health care.

September 12
Wildwood Green Arts Announces First Session of Ceramics Classes
Non-profit brings together art, nature and community. Wildwood Green Arts has completed renovations on its ceramics studio and will begin hosting classes on September 12, 2016, on site at the arts center’s location at 2906 Ossenfort Rd. The center’s founder, Doug Gilberg, envisions many more classes in the future, ranging from photography to bee-keeping and wood-fired baking, but sees ceramic classes as the core of the center’s art instruction. With 13 wheels, three kilns and several veteran ceramic artists available to teach, opportunities for novice and intermediate students are extensive. Six week classes will include all materials (clay, tools, glazing and firing) and open studio time outside of set classes for $235 per student. Individuals may enroll in classes online at the center’s website. “The arts center and our classes are designed to offer adults an opportunity to develop their craft while creating a sense of community, supporting our collective interest in nature, the arts and each other,” Doug says. Wildwood Green Arts is a designated 501c3 non-profit organization, supporting a community of passionate artists who provide a space for curious individuals to explore and develop their creativity. Doug Gilberg serves as executive director. www.wildwoodgreenarts.com.

September 13
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. Patient stories at www.preventionandhealing.com.

September 13, 14, 20, 21
Volunteers Needed for Annual Biking and Walking Counts
For the fifth year in a row, Trailnet and Great Rivers Greenway are participating in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. This count is very important for our region because it measures the results of biking and walking investments and helps better plan future projects. We need YOU to help us count people walking and biking at locations throughout St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. Volunteers commit to using a pen and paper (we’ll email you a standard counting form) to count at one street location from 5-7pm on Tuesday, September 13, Wednesday, September 14, or both days. Only one person is needed per count location, but feel free to bring a friend, family member, neighbor or pet for counting company and safety in numbers. In case of rain, counts will be done the following week on September 20 and 21. Volunteers are especially needed to count in St. Charles County, North St. Louis County, Mid St. Louis County, South St. Louis County and North St. Louis City. Counts in all areas of the St. Louis region help to paint a more complete picture of where people are using walking and biking routes and where better planning for new routes and encouragement and education programs are needed. Once you have completed the count, scan or take a picture of the form with your phone and email your completed counting form to taylor@trailnet.org, or drop the paper copy in the mail to Trailnet Attn:Taylor 411 North 10th Street., Suite 202 St. Louis, MO 63101. All volunteers who submit a completed counting form are eligible to win an Apple iPad! Optional volunteer training will be held on September 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Trailnet’s office (411 North 10th Street., Suite 202 St. Louis, MO 63101). To sign up as a counting volunteer call 314-932-4904.

September 14
Harvest Dinner Celebrates “Park-To-Table”
Food At Tower Grove Park Includes Food Foraged And Grown In Urban Park
Tickets are on sale now for the first-ever Harvest Dinner at Tower Grove Park, a new event celebrating food that is grown and foraged in the 289-acre park. Dinner will feature a menu prepared by Chef Heather Stone of Taste, and will be held in an outdoor garden at the Park. The evening will include a walkthrough of the vegetable garden with the Park’s Horticulture Supervisor, Steve Hogenmiller. Tickets are $160 each and may be purchased at https://tgpharvestdinner.eventbrite.com or by calling (314) 771-4484. Each plate of the five-course menu will feature food grown in Tower Grove Park, including fresh herbs, radishes, squash, paw paws, beets, and eggs from the Park’s chickens. Paw Paw trees, persimmons, and other edible fruit trees grow throughout the Park. The Park’s flock of Cochin chickens grew this past year with a gift of four unique heritage breed chickens from celebrity gardener P. Allen Smith. Proceeds from the 2016 Harvest Dinner will benefit the operations of Tower Grove Park. Seating is extremely limited and the event is expected to sell out quickly. Please visit towergrovepark.org to learn more.

September 15
Green Schools Quest Registration Deadline
The Green Schools Quest challenges public and private schools in Missouri and southern Illinois to devise and implement, with the help of green mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools. Each school participating in the Green Schools Quest will be encouraged to form a Green Team. Teams may be a single classroom, a student club, a grade level, or an entire school. Each team will select a low or no cost sustainability-related project to begin in October 2016 and conclude in March 2017. A Green Mentor will be assigned to each Green Team to assist with project planning and implementation. The school registration deadline is September 15! Learn more & register at www.usgbc-mogateway.org/green-school-quest.

September 17, 19
Did Levees Cause the Flood of 2015-16?
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 09/17 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 09/19 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.

September 17
Arbormeisters homebrew + craft beer festival
Forest ReLeaf of Missouri is pleased to present the 3rd Annual ArborMeisters Homebrew + Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, September 17 at Creve Coeur Park from 1-5pm. The Festival features over 60 varieties of beer with one common theme – trees! Homebrewers and craft brewers alike will get creative in incorporating at least one tree ingredient into their brews. Attendees will vote on their favorite to crown the 2016 ArborMeisters Homebrew Champion! All of this happens in the unique setting of Forest ReLeaf’s CommuniTree Gardens Nursery featuring over 25,000 trees! ArborMeisters is sponsored by Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum and Brewers True Value. All proceeds support Forest ReLeaf’s mission of ‘Planting Trees, Enriching Communities.’ Forest ReLeaf is a 501©3 that has been providing free trees to communities across Missouri since 1993. This year’s Festival will feature local favorites including Urban Chestnut Brewery, Earth Bound Beer, O’Fallon Brewery, Granite City, Garage Brewers Society, STL Hops, St Louis Brews, Little Hills & St Charles Home Brew Clubs, samples from Villa D’Antonio Winery and more! Duhart will be playing live, local music and Completely Sauced will be ready to feed attendees! Tickets are available at www.moreleaf.org/events and are $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP. All attendees receive unlimited samples from 1pm until 5pm and an ArborMeisters tasting glass. VIP tickets receive preferred parking, early entry and an ArborMeisters gift bag. Come and eat, drink, and plant a tree!

September 20
Greening Your Community – Saving the Planet One Garden at a Time
Join a discussion on how gardens can be used as a tool to care for our planet, help communities in need, and address climate change. Featuring keynote speakers Mike Roberts, former meteorologist for KSDK News Channel 5, multiple Emmy Award winner, and adjunct instructor at Saint Louis University and Sylvester Brown, Executive Director of the Sweet Potato Project. The Keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion on creating your own native or community garden. WHEN: Tuesday, September 20, 6:45 – 9:00 pm, WHERE: The Ethical Society of Saint Louis, 9001 Clayton Road, 63117 FEE: Free, but registration is required. REGISTER: http://bit.ly/Garden092016.

September 20
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.

September 25
Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo
Come celebrate the first weekend of Autumn at our 32nd Expo, 10 am to 4 pm at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road, Webster Groves, MO 63119. More than 50 exhibits offering information, healthy and green products, services and more. Live music, drawings, samples, and much more. See article on our homepage. For information call 314-962-7748 or visit www.thehealthyplanet.com.