Articles from ‘July 2016’ Issue

Missouri Botanical Garden Offers Sensational Summer Nights Happy Hours Thursday Evenings Through Labor Day

This summer, spend your Thursday evenings at the Missouri Botanical Garden for Sensational Summer Nights. The Garden will be open Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day for visitors to enjoy garden-style happy hours.

Guests can experience the garden with all their senses. Flora-inspired cocktails and light food will be […]

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 […]

A Very Unique YMCA In Our Own Backyard

Nestled in the eastern Ozarks, there’s a place that believes in family-friendly fun and bonding, where the mountains of southern Missouri meet the bright blue sky, and people of all ages are playing, relaxing and exploring – away from the ordinary. Meet YMCA Trout Lodge, a year round resort located 90 minutes south of St. […]

ARTful Happenings July 2016


Through July 21
Exhibition featuring works by 10 award-winning artists from 2015 exhibitions; Art Saint Louis, 1223 Pine; for info, visit www.artstl.org.

Through September 11
St. Louis Art Museum; exhibition admission fee; for info, visit www.slam.org.

July 5-29
Mixed media by Gloria Douglas and quilte by Mike […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

This Summer, Try Something
ARTfully different…

Laumeier Sculpture Park understands that even summer can get long and boring for teens. The solution? Teen Pizza & Art Night! On July 15, from 7-9:30 p.m., the 13-17 year-old crowd can enjoy an evening of creative expression and fun activities at the Kranzberg Education […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Summer Sinus

Q: My wrist has been hurting and my hand is numb and tingles. Could I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

A: What you described are indeed symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnels are conduits of bone and connective tissues that encase the bundles of nerves and tendons in the […]

Coalition Report

Alicia Lloyd,
Clean Water Policy Coordinator
Missouri Coalition
for the Environment

Summer’s here! Find out what you need to know about your watershed before diving in!

Summer brings sunshine, warmth, and ample opportunities to explore and enjoy Missouri’s bountiful waterways and lakes. As you’re making plans to get out on your favorite canoeing or swimming spot, it’s a great time […]

Create an Awesome Brain – The Functional Medicine Way

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

I commonly hear these concerns from patients: “I can’t focus”, “I am so forgetful”, “I have brain frog”. If you are one of those people be assured there are solutions for you. Functional Medicine is perfect in this situation because it addresses the root cause of symptoms and can improve your […]

Creating Moments of Joy for Older Adults

By Denise S. Pott, LCSW
Assistance Home Care

I have a friend who, at 77 years of age, is afraid to retire. Its not that he has financial worries or insurance concerns; he’s afraid of boredom. He says “I don’t want to just sit in front of the TV”. Many people share my friend’s concerns and are […]

Dare To Grow A Wild Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

I have a new hero in the world of loving and working with gardens, Mary Reynolds. She is an Irish garden designer whose new book and a movie based on her true fairytale story of winning a gold medal in 2002 at the world’s most prestigious garden show, the Chelsea Flower Show […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Neighbor to Neighbor Mosquito Control

Missouri is on alert for Zika virus, even though no cases have originated here yet. Our local authorities are ramping up measures to protect our region, collaborating across city, county and state lines. But even working together, they can’t do it alone.

Dealing with tiny flying bugs takes more than […]

Farm To Table: Growing For The Greater Good

By Crystal Stevens

One of the joys of growing food for the community is educating others about the importance of eating local for both our own health and the health of the environment. All of the local farmers in this region educate their communities either through example, through internship programs, through school field trips and through […]

Geisert’s Farm To You Market

Geisert’s Farm To You Market features locally and regionally produced products, focusing on clean labels, natural and organic ingredients and great taste!

For those who truly want to know where their food comes from, check out Geisert’s Farm to You Market in Washington, Missouri. Well known Natural Pork Producer, Todd Geisert and his wife, Katie, have […]

Healthy Planet Guide To Resale Shops

Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique
St. Louis’ premiere designer clothing consignment store centrally located in the heart of St. Louis County.  We offer coveted designer brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch and more.  Recognized as: Best Place to Get a Deal on Dior – Alive Magazine
“We Heart STL Best of […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

July 2, 4
A Local Look at Energy Efficiency
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 07/02 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 07/04 at 8:00 p.m. Residential energy efficiency can play a key role in reducing demand for electricity. Host John Hickey discusses energy efficiency measures for homes with Jim Jordan and Stephen Mahfood. […]

Healthy Planet Summer Beer Guide

2nd Shift Brewing

4 Hands Brewing Co

4204-Main Street Brewing Company

AB InBev

Alpha Brewing Company

Augusta Brewing Co.

Bastard Brothers Brewing Company

Big Muddy Brewing

Cathedral Square Brewery

Charleville Brewing Co.

Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co

Deslogetown Brewery

Earthbound Beer

Edg-Clif Brewing Company
Edg-Clif Farms and Vineyard is proud to announce our new Craft Beer line made on site by Edg-Clif Brewing Company. Stop in this summer […]

Living Building Challenge: A Tool for Transformative Thought

By Hope Gribble, Education & Green Schools Manager,
U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Inspirational. Harmonious. Restorative. Regenerative. Beautiful. Living Buildings aim to provide much more than shelter. They are designed and built to a performance standard that “calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s […]

Medical Acupuncture on Gallbladder Meridian: Therapeutic Illusion on IBS and Autism

By Simon Yu, MD

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and changes in the pattern of bowel movement. Your doctor may diagnose IBS based on limited tests and review of your clinical symptoms. The stool test for ova and parasites are almost always negative.

The causes of IBS are not clear. However, […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske,

Beyond the Thorn… a Bramble Bounty

Humans have a primal connection with the Bramble. For thousands of years, we have harvested Black Raspberries, Gooseberries, Blackberries and Rose Hips for food and medicine. Our ancestors made good use of the thorny hedges to keep out unwanted visitors and ill-natured intruders.

In ancient Europe, creeping under a […]

Publisher’s Corner: It’s Official, I’m Old!

Well it’s official, I am now a senior citizen, and eligible for all that entails as of July 28 when I turn 65. Other than Medicare I am still looking for the perks of getting old. I have so much more wisdom than I did when I was in my 20s but what I have […]

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 […]

Saint Louis Science Center Opens GROW, an Interactive Agriculture Exhibit

Guests will Explore the Many Stories of Food Production

Sit in the driver’s seat of a giant combine like those used on a farm. Dig deeper in soil and learn how to plant your own backyard garden. Use headphones to listen to the sounds of a bumblebee hive and witness the action inside the hive live […]

St. Louis Brewers Guild’s Troika Brodsky Talks Beer & Brewing In St. Louis

Just a week after the 10th Annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival’s successful debut on the St. Louis Arch grounds, St. Louis Brewers Guild’s Executive Director Troika Brodsky is still busy promoting the beer scene in St. Louis.

“Beer is booming and there has been a ton of growth right here locally as we have seen […]

SUMMER HEAT Concerns For Your Pets!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Summer time draws all of us out to be more active, exercising through yard work, or walking and jogging around our special haunts. It is important to understand a few points regarding our pets’ well being.

Heat stroke is one of the primary concerns we have this time of year. It can […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

A Roadmap to Lasting Love

Insurance Accepted!

That is your heart telling you that you want? What would you like to be different in your life this year as it pertains to love and relationships? Contrary to the scenes that play out in many wonderful romance movies, great relationships don’t just drop from […]

The Positive Air Quality Impacts of Idle Reduction

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

Do you idle your personal vehicle in drive-thrus, parking lots or drop-off zones? Consider this: Idling vehicles emit 20 times more pollution than a car traveling at 30 mph. And the pollution released from vehicle idling includes air toxics, which are known to cause cancer, respiratory and reproductive effects, […]

Webster University Sustainability & Butterfly Energy Works presents Collaboration in Our Community: A Summer Lunch & Learn Series

Join Webster University Sustainability and Butterfly Energy Works Wednesdays from 12pm-1pm this summer to learn about strategies and solutions being created and used right here in our local community to improve environmental, social and economic sustainability. These events are FREE and box lunches will be provided. After the final session on August 10th, attendees will […]