Articles from ‘June 2015’ Issue

15th Annual Pond-O-Rama Pond & Garden Tour Set For June 27-28

The St. Louis Water Gardening Society members offer a wide variety of private spaces for the 15th annual Pond-O-Rama pond and garden tour June 27 & 28, including sensational waterfalls and new pond options. There are 45 gardens on the two-day tour, many of which will offer new views and new ideas. The ponds and […]

5th Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour Set For Sunday, June 14

By Terry Winkelmann, Sustainable
Backyard Tour, Founding Director

It’s almost here! The grassroots event you’ve been waiting for all year is just weeks away. The Sustainable Backyard Tour celebrates its fifth year on June 14 2015.

What’s a sustainable backyard, you ask? Well, that depends. There are certainly many ways to live more sustainably, celebrating and protecting Mother […]

9th Annual Celebration of St. Louis Beer Featuring 33 Local Breweries Returns to Forest Park June 12 & 13

Join thousands of St. Louis beer lovers in Forest Park on June 12th and 13th for the annual outdoor celebration of local beer and local breweries called, The St. Louis Brewers Guild Heritage Festival. This year’s Heritage Festival will feature over 100 beer styles brewed by 33 local breweries (33!) as well as some incredible […]

A Word To The Wise: You Make Me So Angry!

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

If only it were that easy. If only we could blame all of our problems and our unhappiness on others- it sure would make our lives easier, wouldn’t it? We could then walk around, focusing our time and energy on other more important things, like how to figure out more […]

Are You Aware of the New Changes in Medicare Benefits?

By Michael Cohen

Medicare Alone Is Not Enough! Medicare Supplement insurance is available for those of us who are 65 and older. When was Medicare started? In 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill for the start of Medicare. Medicare pays only for Plan A which covers part of your stay in the hospital. The […]

ARTful Happenings June 2015


Outdoor installation; Contemporary Art Museum; 3750 Washington; for info, call 314-535-4660 or visit www.camstl.org.

June 5 – August 28
Opening reception, 6-8 p.m.; COCA Millstone Gallery, 524 Trinity Avenue; for info, visit www.cocastl.org.

June 6-July 23
Opening reception, 6-8 p.m.; Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine Street; for info, visit www.racstl.org.

June 19-July […]

ArtFul Living: Summer in St. Louis is Synonymous with Performances

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts
Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Local parks offer free concerts; the Shakespeare Festival enlivens Forest Park for the 15th year, followed by the Muny’s marvelous season. Circus Flora again brings family fun to Grand Center under the Big Top through June 28 with its wonder-filled performances. These St. […]

Ask The Herb Lady: Herbal Remedies For Constipation & Allergies

With Cathy Schram

Q: I have a problem with constipation. If I have a bowel movement three times a week, I feel lucky. What can I do to help?

A: Constipation is a serious problem in our society. Having only a few bowel movements per week is very unhealthy. At lease once a day is normal. If […]

Coalition Report

By Alicia Claire Lloyd,
Clean Water Policy Coordinator
Missouri Coalition
For The Environment

It’s All Connected: Pollution in Small Streams Leads to Big Problems

Missouri is a river rich state. From “the Big Muddy” Missouri River to the nationally designated “Wild and Scenic” Eleven Point River, Missouri is home to extremely valuable water resources for industry, agriculture, swimming, fishing, and […]

Constipated Cats: A Common Conundrum

By Teresa Garden, DVM

My clients are often surprised to learn that constipation is a common problem in middle aged or older cats just as in people. How would you know if your cat is constipated? Symptoms are straining in the litter box, crying out in the box, or leaving hard pellets in the box or […]

Dine Under The Stars At Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Enjoy a Lavish, Full-Course Meal with Seasonal Produce and Family-Style Accompaniments from Bixby’s

Bixby’s, the beautiful restaurant on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, offers a communal-dining experience at the 15th annual Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. On selects nights, guests can dine at a beautifully adorned community table and enjoy a full-course meal with […]

Easy Summer Meals & Snacks

By Kari Hartel, RD, LD

Program Coordinator, Cooking Matters, Operation Food Search

With summer in full swing, the warmer temps and sticky St. Louis humidity can discourage people from getting in the kitchen to cook up healthy, affordable, made-from-scratch meals and snacks. However, rather than reaching for convenience foods, let’s look at some ideas for tasty, delicious […]

Hangry? Find the Cure at the Green Dining Alliance Crawl!

By Allison Macon, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Programs Committee

We’ve all been there. It’s that moment – perhaps it’s after work, during work, could be any time really- when you need to EAT. It can sneak up on you. You’re being a perfectly nice and happy person and then you’re “Hangry.” That’s “Angry” plus “hungry,” folks, a […]


June 2
Look Good, Feel Good
Presented by Iris Salsman and Deborah Zorensky, MS, RD, LD, CCN, 7pm. The classroom at The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 7647 Delmar Blvd. Attendance is free, but please register. How do you feel about yourself in terms of weight, looks and health? Are you noticing that your energy level […]

Have Fun Learning To Green Your Home

By Jean Ponzi

The 14th annual Green Homes Festival returns to St. Louis on Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a new location: the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park. Admission is free.

This family-friendly festival showcases affordable, practical options for sustainable living combined with positive ways to maintain the health […]

It’s Not Just Calories That Make Bellies Fat!

By Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC
Dr Banerjee’s Wellness Centre

Dear Seeker of Health & Fitness, Have you had any of these in your life? Injury, pain, surgery, infection, illness, divorce, financial stress, job stress, poison ivy, giving birth, irritable people, starvation diets, the menstrual cycle, eating junk foods, drugs and medication, excessive cold or heat, staring […]

Lantern Festival Summer Exhibit Opens At Missouri Botanical Garden

Tickets are on sale for the Missouri Botanical Garden’s summer exhibit “Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined” presented by Emerson. The event runs May 23 through August 23. Following critical acclaim and rave reviews from visitors during the 2012 Festival, the Garden has commissioned 22 new sets to once again offer visitors the opportunity to see an […]

Medical Thermography of Metro St. Louis Celebrates 7 Years In Business

Medical Thermography of Metro St. Louis is celebrating being in business for 7 years! This is as exciting for us as it is for the clients that we see each year. Linda Spradling, owner of Medical Thermography of Metro St. Louis, has experienced starting a business where very few people understood or had even heard […]

Publisher’s Corner

God’s Little Sixth Acre

I, like so many other people, live in a very modest suburban home. We have about a sixth of an acre lot in Webster Groves. My wife and I love to garden and work in the yard. We pride ourselves in trying to create the most sustainable and eco-friendly home and garden […]

Raised Bed Gardens: Gardening Made Easier & More Productive

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

A raised garden bed can make gardening easier to access and more productive. Most often raised garden beds are used to grow vegetables and herbs, but flowers and other plants can be grown. Four things are needed for a raised bed garden: an above ground container, rich soil, plants and a gardener. […]

Reflexology – Great For Your Body, Mind & Spirit

By Natalie Flores,
Licensed Massage Therapist

Have you ever experienced a Reflexology session? While other major U.S. cities have many reflexology centers all over town, St. Louis has been a little slower to embrace this healing modality. Until Now. Holistic Health & Fitness in Shrewsbury has created a dedicated reflexology space with specialized seating created just for […]

Seasonal Allergies Are Upon Us In June

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Allergies occur in our pets when their immune system is reacting to chemicals or compounds that have entered the body by any number of pathways. Your vet may use the term ‘ATOPY’, to describe recurring allergic responses by your family pets. These compounds, referred to as ‘allergens’, can enter the body […]

St. Louis Local Foods Challenge Takes Off In June

By Crystal Stevens

The importance of eating local is crucial to the future of food. With the rise in health and environmental concerns due to toxic pesticides, monoculture, and the many miles food travels, we are in dire need of a shift in the way humans hold reverence for food. Now more than ever, people are […]

Storm Damage, Tree Paint and Other Tall Tree Tales

By Phil Berwick
Living Tree Care

I am often asked to look at a tree that’s close to a house, with an owner concerned that it might fall on the house in the event of a storm. Most of the time, when I have inspected and not seen a hazard, I will explain that if their […]

Summer Craft & Specialty Beer Guide

Where Beer Is Brewed & Enjoyed In The St. Louis Area

2nd Shift Brewing

4 Hands Brewing Co

AB InBev

Alpha Brewing Company

Augusta Brewing Co

Cathedral Square Brewery

Charleville Brewing Co.

Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co

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

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Doing Your Work Before You Get “Hitched”

Be sure to check the “Happenings” section of this month’s HP for information on a single’s event “Pickup in Isle 5” at the Town & Country Whole Foods on June 11th. Now accepting inquiries for a new, Relationship Oriented – Group Therapy class now forming […]

The Story Of Megan*

Megan and her husband were, by most standards, very healthy. They ate a diet high in vegetables and lean meats. They exercised every single day. And, they loved to travel. Several years ago, Megan began to notice that she became fatigued more easily and more frequently than before. She went to numerous doctors. She spent […]

Understanding And Making Peace With Emotions

By Vera Gabliani, Ph.D.

Every day I talk to girls and women about their painful experiences of feeling overwhelmed by life and their emotions. What most women have in common is the belief of being defective or not good enough in some way. In truth, our lives and our emotions are not the real issue. The […]

Whitaker Music Festival Ready For Summer Fun at Missouri Botanical Garden

The Whitaker Music Festival returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden for the 22nd year, offering a ten-week lineup of free Wednesday evening outdoor concerts! Pack a picnic supper and enjoy the beauty of the Garden grounds in summertime bloom as you listen to the grooves and rhythms of an eclectic rotation of artists. Concerts will […]

Whole Body Vibration Helps Ease Pain And Improve Health

By Janie Oelke & Myriam Boter, NCLMT

Worldwide research from over 100 Universities has found that almost everyone can benefit from using the Whole Body Vibration Machine (WBV) for either exercise, physical therapy or massage. Fortunately, this technology is now “vibrating” all over the world because it really works to improve the many health challenges people […]

Why Do Most Of Us Need Nutritional Supplements?

By Amy Davis, M.D.

I am commonly asked from my patients, “Can I get all the nutrients I need from food?”
In an ideal world, eating organic, whole, fresh food, would provide all the nutrients our bodies require to function optimally. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we still fall short. Some of the reasons for the nutritional […]

Your Hose Called… It’s Taking The Week Off

By Abby Lapides Elliott

You want to be a good gardener, have gardens overflowing with blossoms, gardens your family can be proud of. But alas, you’re super busy and watering is the last thing you have time for. Don’t despair, there are lovely plants that do well with less watering, and even plants that prefer dry […]