Healthy Planet February 2018 Happenings

February 3
Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival
The annual Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival returns in 2018 on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to the whole family at no cost. What makes winter so special for maple lovers? For about six weeks, from mid-January to the end of February, nature cooks up its own sweet delights within sugar maple trees as the sap begins to flow, ready to be tapped for making sugar and syrup. One of the biggest draws of the Maple Sugar Festival is the chance to try out the finished products. Tasting the sugar and syrup is always popular with attendees of all ages. Kids will especially delight in trying a pioneer favorite—sugar on snow, a toffee-like treat created when warm maple sap mixes with the cold snow. New this year, the festival will offer off-site parking exclusively with free shuttle service to and from the event. Parking locations will be located at Pond Elementary, 17200 Manchester Road, and the St. Louis Community College Wildwood Campus, 2645 Generations Drive. Onsite parking will be reserved only for those with disabilities. MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation is located off Highway 109 in Wildwood. For additional information on the Maple Sugar Festival, call 636-458-2236.

February 3
Arizmendi Ecovillage Orientation and Training Program
Saturday, February 3, from 1 to 5pm, followed by a launch party from 5 to 8pm. For more information: www.ArizmendiEcovillage.com, read the article on page 5, or email braford@sbcglobal.net.

February 4
T’AI Chi Ch’uan Classes
T’ai Chi, when practiced regularly, has been said to improve relaxation, concentration, coordination, flexibility, postural alignment, and both physical and mental balance or centering. If some or all of this sounds intriguing to you, then we’d like to introduce you to the St. Louis T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association, a not-for-profit organization has been offering classes in the art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan since 1979. To learn more about T’ai Chi Ch’uan, call 314-961-1355 or please visit the web site at www.taichistlouis.org. Beginner class starts Sunday, February 4 at the Monday Club in Webster Groves. (The first class is FREE!).

February 9
Trailnet is 30! Come Celebrate!
In partnership with Break Room Concerts, Trailnet is kicking off our 30th Anniversary year with a fun night of music, by Anthony D’Amato. Friday, February 9, 2018, The Break Room at ShowMeCables, 115 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd. Doors at 7:00 pm. Performance starts at 8:00 pm. $40 includes – beer, wine, cocktails (proceeds benefit Trailnet). It’s an exciting time for Trailnet and St. Louis. Join us for this concert and be a part of the movement to take St. Louis to the next level for active transportation. Trailnet, 411 N. 10th Street, Suite 202, St. Louis, MO 63101, (314) 455-6329, trailnet.org. Get your tickets at http://breakroomconcerts.com/anthony-damato-2/

February 10
Organic, Herbal Tea Tasting
With Naturopathic Doctor, Jamila Owens-Todd at Union Studio, 1605 Tower Grove Ave., 63110. 12-1:30pm. Free Event. www.rootberryleaf.com.

February 10
Beekeeping Workshop
Whether it is in your own backyard, apartment rooftop, small community garden or farm, beekeeping can fit in anywhere. Find out first hand what it is all about at: Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association, 11th Annual Bbeekeeping Workshop, Saturday, February 10th, 2018 — 8:00a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri. More information and registration at www.easternmobeekeepers.com.

February 11
Free Family Day: Sculptures in Vogue at Laumeier Park
Laumeier Sculpture Park’s Free Family Days provide families with a chance to bond while encouraging observation, imagination, curiosity and creativity. Activities are designed to be simple enough for ages 4 and up to enjoy, yet complex enough that more experienced young artists can take their projects to another level. Families have fun exploring new media and concepts while finding inspiration in Laumeier’s artworks and the natural environment. Sunday, February 11, 2:00–4:00 p.m. in the Kranzberg Education Lab at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri. Free, all ages. 314.615.5278 or visit www.laumeier.org for more info. Supported by Karen and Mont Levy and a grant from the Windgate Foundation.

February 13
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.

February 13
Sustainable Lighting
Examine transparency and optimization disclosures as well as documents that meet materials credits requirements for LEEDv4 and other building challenges. Information will be delivered through the lens of lighting fixtures. WHEN: February 13, 5:30 – 7:30 pm FULL DETAILS & REGISTER: www.usgbc-mogateway.org/calendar

February 14
Materials Transparency
Learn how material transparency relates to green building and socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing. Identify ways transparency documents can be used to inform material choices that contribute to a healthier built environment. WHEN: February 14, 8:30 – 10:00 am. FULL DETAILS & REGISTER: www.usgbc-mogateway.org/calendar.

February 17
Endangered Species Project CD Release Party
Saturday, Feb. 17 at 12 noon. The Stage at KDHX, 3524 Washington Avenue. Tickets at KDHX.org.

February 21
MDC Tree Health Seminar at Powder Valley Nature Center
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is presenting a Tree Health Update Seminar tailored for tree-care professionals and advanced enthusiasts on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 1-4 p.m. at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood. The seminar will offer the opportunity to learn more about current tree health problems and emerging threats that are likely to affect trees in Missouri during the next few years. Topics covered will include both common tree diseases and invasive insects. The seminar will be presented by MDC’s state forest entomologist and pathologist. The program is free, but advanced registration is required by going to https://goo.gl/gJ6XfF, or call 314-301-1500. Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is located in southwest St. Louis County at 11715 Cragwold Road, just north of the intersection of I-270 and I-44. Free parking is available but limited; carpooling is recommended if possible.

February 22
Sustainable SITES
This full day workshop will examine the concepts and goals of sustainable and regenerative land design via the Sustainable SITES Initiative. WHEN: February 22, 9 am – 4 pm. FULL DETAILS & REGISTER: www.usgbc-mogateway.org/calendar

March 3
Herbs & More
20th Anniversary Sale
Mention The Healthy Planet magazine and get 15% of your entire purchase. See ad on page 3. Morethanherbsonline.com. 636-207-6673.

March 3
Science & Sustainability Open House Weekend
Go Behind the Scenes of the Missouri Botanical Garden at the Science and Sustainability Open House. Saturday March 3 and Sunday March 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., south St. Louis. Free. Join us during the first weekend of March as two of the Garden’s rarely seen areas will be open to the public. At the Monsanto Research Center, you can meet our scientists and learn what they do, how they do it and why. Visit one of the largest herbarium collections in the world, with specimens gathered from around the globe and dating back to the 1700s. View rare, classical, and illustrated botanical texts, some over 400 years old and still used today. Learn how the Garden works to conserve plants locally and around the world. At EarthWays Center, you can get help with building energy efficiency, water waste reduction, or options for rainscaping and using native plants. Meet the EarthWays team and learn about the more than 20 programs they coordinate with the community. Learn what environmental education classes and programs the Center offers for students and adults and hear about the Green Business Challenge and how it helps organizations adopt sustainable practices. The buildings are across the street from each other. You can park at the Garden or at either of the two sites–then walk to both places. Free and open to the public. www.mobot.org; (314) 577-5100, 1-800-642-8842 toll free.

Do you have an event listing? Please email it to JBL44@aol.com by the 15th of the month for the following month’s edition. Free events or events for non-profits are run at no charge. If you charge for your event, we will charge you $25 for 40 words or less. For more information, please call 314-962-7748.