Healthy Planet Happenings

December 1
Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes renowned Missouri nature photographer Matt Miles
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center will welcome accomplished Missouri nature and wildlife photographer Matt Miles for a special presentation on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Miles, who recently published the book Missouri Wild and Wonderful, will share some of his spectacular photographs on the video wall in Powder Valley’s auditorium as he discusses his experiences during 20 years of photographing outdoor Missouri. Miles will also be available to autograph his new book, Missouri Wild and Wonderful, featuring his photography work. Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is located in Kirkwood at 11715 Cragwold Road, near the intersection of I-270 and I-44. For more info, call 314-301-1500.

December 1-8
A Photo Exhibition to Benefit EarthDance!
New Zealand: The Majesty of the South Island. Beautifully framed photography featuring work from a photography trip and workshop to New Zealand will be sold to support EarthDance Organic Farm School at Bullivant Gallery from December 1-8, 2017. During the opening reception on December 1, EarthDance staff will be on hand to talk about the organization and to serve farm fresh appetizers with veggies from the Farm. Opening Reception, Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:30PM – 8:30PM. Open Gallery, Saturday, December 2, 2017, 11:30AM – 2:30PM. By Appointment December 4-8, 2017. For more information about Bullivant Gallery, visit bullivantgallery.com.

December 2, 4
Endangered Species Act
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 12/02 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 12/04 at 8:00 p.m. How has the Endangered Species Act helped bald eagles? John Hickey, Caroline Pufalt, and Richard Orr discuss how protecting species helps Missouri tourism. They ask what the endangered hellbender is, where it lives and what it needs to recover. They look at the water quality on the Ozark and Jacks Fork Rivers.

December 3
Tea Sampling At Traveling Tea
Pu-erh, dark tea made exclusively in the Chinese province of Yunnan, has been made for centuries and recently popularized in America and the world through media like tea blogs, food articles, and even fictional books like Lisa See’s, “Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” Reserve your place now for this special sampling session. Sunday 12/3/17 1-4:00pm. Traveling Tea, 2707 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood. Seating limited to 8 guests. Please call 314-647-8832 or visit www.traveling-tea.com.

December 8
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Class
USGBC-MGC’s full-day LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED Green Associate exam. Skilled instructors will provide an introduction to LEED, discuss methods of sustainable project delivery and green building principals, and offer test taking tips. Subject areas covered include: Introduction and Core Concepts, Location & Transportation, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Test Taking Tips, and Practice Exam. Course includes access to an online practice exam to assist in exam preparation at the conclusion of the course. WHEN: Friday, December 8, 2017, 9:00am-5:00pm WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden’s Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110 FEE: $200 / USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members; $250 / Non-members REGISTER: www.usgbc-mogateway.org/calendar.

December 9
Family Workshop: Shapes of the Season at Laumeier Sculpture Park
Get into the holiday spirit with handmade clay ornaments! Roll clay slabs, use cookie cutters or create your very own shapes; add fascinating texture and detail to make personalized ornaments for your tree. Nibble on cookies while you work for some extra holiday cheer! Laumeier Sculpture Park’s multi-generational Art Workshops 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, December 9, 2:00–4:00 p.m. in the Kranzberg Education Lab at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri. $45, adult with child ages 4 to 12. Call 314.615.5278 or visit www.laumeier.org for more information.

December 9, 11
Employer-Provided Health Care in Small Businesses
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 12/09 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 12/11 at 8:00 p.m. Don Fitz, Pamella Gronemeyer and Lew Prince discuss providing health insurance in their companies. How did the premiums and benefits change over the years? Could they predict increased costs? Can companies afford insurance for part-time employees? Where should US health care go now?

December 10
Entrepreneurs Encourage Health-Conscious Holidays With Free Natural Health Fair
A group of local wellness entrepreneurs will host the Natural Health and Gift Fair, a free event encouraging St. Louisans to pause during this busy season and focus on healthier holidays and living, while gifting it for loved ones, too. The Natural Health and Gift Fair is being held on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Rooftop Church’s Community Center (lower level) from 10am to 3pm. People of all ages may attend for free, though donations are welcomed and will support Oasis International, an organization that helps refugees in St. Louis build new lives. Attendees will have access to products and services related to all aspects of healthier living: nutrition, essential oils, chiropractic care, cosmetics, skincare, home cleaning, massage, fitness, health coaching and more. Adults may purchase books, soaps, honeys, oils, jewelry and other handmade items as gifts. Kids can stop by the DIY station to create teacher gift bags for a small fee. Several short health classes will also be offered during the event. “I know it’s more common to think about health after the holidays”, remarks the event spearhead and author of Digested – eating healthier made easier 3 ways, Natalie Gensits. “But I want to encourage better health during the craze, when it’s even more important and in a way that makes holiday shopping a little simpler. This is about making healthier choices year-round, not just when it’s convenient. Then what comes with better health are greater joy and, eventually, simpler lifestyles.” A vendor list, class offerings and more details about the Natural Health and Gift Fair will be continually updated on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/355342461603081/ and Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/natural-health-gift-fair-tickets-40100720334, where you can also RSVP or register for your free tickets. Rooftop Church is located at 9217 Gravois Road. About Digested – eating healthier made easier 3 ways Digested – eating healthier made easier 3 ways confirms our need and responsibility to eat healthier so we can rally for less disease-laden and more joy-filled futures. This small but brimming book delivers inspiration to eat healthier and all the tools needed to do it — simplified information about food labels, allergy symptoms related to food, a shopping list, a kitchen tools list, tips for planning and preparing meals and 3 different strategies to take, depending on current eating habits. http://www.digestedbook.com

December 12
Weaving Integrative Medicine with Internal Medicine
FREE Monthly Seminar and Discussion – Weaving Integrative Medicine with Internal 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 of each month at 6:30 pm at our healing clinic: Prevention and Healing, Inc., 10908 Schuetz Road, St. Louis, MO 63146. Seminar led by Dr. Simon Yu, M.D., Board Certified Internist. Weaving Integrative Medicine with Internal 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.

December 30-Jan. 1
New Year Eve Celebration At Trout Lodge YMCA of the Ozarks
Unplug, reconnect and enjoy time together as a family at the last event of the year at Trout Lodge, our family-friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring a dance party with fireworks and much more. Or book an overnight or weekend stay to enjoy great activities like zip lines, arts and crafts & more. To book your getaway and to see what’s coming in 2018, visit www.troutlodge.org or call 888-FUN-YMCA.

December 31
World Peace Day – Calling All Angels
Join with hundreds of other lightworkers and peacemakers at 6 a.m., Sunday, December 31st, as we celebrate “Calling All Angels”, the 32nd annual World Peace Day, held at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman (at Kingshighway) in St. Louis’ Central West End. Doors open at 5 a.m. so you can buy raffle tickets or bid on a silent auction for amazing prizes, or enter the sanctuary for silent prayer and meditation. As always, a potluck breakfast follows the service (no pork or shellfish, please). This Universal Faith service is always free and OPEN TO ALL! For more information please contact Jeannie Breeze at 314-601-3789, email me at jbreeze46@icloud.com or message me on Facebook. www.wpdaystl.com.

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