Healthy Planet Happenings

Through December
Wild Lights At The Zoo
This year we’re glowing brighter than ever, with more than 1 million lights. So, don’t miss our walk-through wonderland of light-up animals, where you can visit Penguin & Puffin Coast and the Insectarium. Holidays at the Saint Louis Zoo? Brilliant. Select Nights Nov. 30–Dec. 30 5:30–8:30 p.m.
For more information, visit stlzoo.org.

Through December
Wild Wreaths @ Green Door Gallery
Wild Wreath artist, Pat Tuholske, has been invited as guest artist for November and December at Green Door Art Gallery 21 N. Gore in Old Webster Groves. Pat’s wreaths will be for sale during the holiday season. View and purchase Pat Tuholske’s wild wreaths online at Willow Rain Herbal Goods www.willowrainherbalgoods.com.

Through December
Celebrate the Holidays At Missouri Botanical Garden
Celebrate the holiday season with over one million dazzling lights! Powered by energy-efficient LEDs and offset by energy produced by a Missouri wind energy farm, Garden Glow transforms the Missouri Botanical Garden into a colorful holiday wonderland unlike any other in the St. Louis region. Delight the entire family with s’mores, festive drinks, delightful photo opps, and the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show. Plan your visit at mobot.org/glow.

December 1, 8 and 15
Urban Chestnut WinterMarkt
Usher in the holiday season with a “traditional” European/ German WinterMarkt at Urban Chestnut’s Midtown Brewery & Biergarten. WinterMarkt will take place Dec. 1st, 8th, and 15th from 12pm – 4pm. Each week will feature 30+ local artisans and purveyors on hand for holiday shopping, food, beverages, firepits, and live music. The event is family-friendly and FREE to attend. Eat, drink, and be merry!

December 1
Introduction to Beekeeping
Bees play an important role in agriculture as pollinators of flowering plants that provide food, fiber, spices, medicines and animal forage. Beekeeping can be a hobby, a secondary business, or a full-time vocation. It is a relatively inexpensive hobby that provides a sweet bonus each year. Is beekeeping right for you? Come and learn how to attract native pollinators and honeybees by planting a pollinator-friendly garden and constructing a nesting habitat for native pollinators. Introductory information on getting started with beekeeping and honeybee products of the hive. Course meets the curriculum requirements for STLCC’s Continuing Education Master Naturalist program. $29. Sat., Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-noon St. Louis Community College-Meramec. Register at stlcc.edu/ce | Search for NATR:733 F02 .

December 4
Join MDC Wild Webcast to learn about Eagle Days events
Join the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Wild Webcast on Bald Eagles and Eagle Days Tuesday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. to learn about bald eagles in Missouri and MDC’s free Eagle Days events and other eagle-viewing opportunities around the state. MDC Resource Scientist Janet Haslerig and MDC Eagle Days Veteran Dan Zarlenga will share their expertise about bald eagles in Missouri and the perennially popular MDC Eagle Days events around the state. Register for the free MDC Wild Webcast on Bald Eagles and Eagle Days at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZT7.

December 8-9
Holidays In Historic Ste. Genevieve
Celebrate the holiday season in charming Ste. Genevieve this year! On Dec. 8-9 experience the 34th annual Holiday Christmas Festival featuring a traditional Christmas parade on Saturday morning and more than 20 free performances of seasonal music presented in beautiful historic churches and the Welcome Center throughout the weekend. Enjoy a stroll through more than 25 local shops and art galleries to experience true holiday hospitality and shopping bargains. The Felix Valle State Historic Site hosts ‘Le Reveillon’ on Sunday, December 9 showcasing French colonial period Christmas customs, decorations, music and food. On New Year’s Eve make reservations for dinner and you might see the wandering minstrels, the La Guignolee singers, who help summon in the New Year. For more information, contact the Ste Genevieve Welcome Center at 800-373-7007 or online at www.VisitSteGen.com.

December 11
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 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 14-January 5
MDC encourages birders to help with Audubon Christmas Bird Count
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages experienced birders to become citizen scientists by helping with the National Audubon Society’s 119th Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5 – including about 20 counts in Missouri. The CBC is an annual bird census where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere count birds over a 24-hour period between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. CBCs gather data on winter bird populations to track their long-term trends. Each CBC has a coordinator that assigns portions of a 15-mile diameter count circle to participants to count all birds seen and heard. Learn more at audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count. Missouri hosts about 20 CBCs. If interested in participating, contact the CBC organizer listed on the website for each specific area.

December 31
33rd Annual World Peace Day
Bright and Beautiful Beings! Children of Infinite Possibilities! NOW IS THE TIME! Please join us for the 33rd annual World Peace Day Celebration, December 31st, at 6 a.m. at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman in St. Louis’ CWE. Now is the time for many things. Faith, Hope, Charity… clarity of purpose, courage of our convictions, patience, and dedication. For complete information see article on page 3 of this edition.