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When Allie was diagnosed with autism at 4 years old, she was nonverbal, was not potty trained and had such bad sensory issues that she couldn\u2019t even brush her teeth. She didn\u2019t interact with her siblings or play the way most children do with toys.

Through a caseworker, Allie\u2019s mom, Gabrielle Wilhelm, learned of Sunnyhill. Allie\u2019s been working with Sunnyhill\u2019s Behavioral Analysis Services for nearly two years, and her mom says she\u2019s seen so much progress.

\u201cAllie is a completely different child,\u201d Wilhelm says. \u201cShe\u2019s grown so much since Sunnyhill started working with us. Before, she wasn\u2019t brushing her teeth and would scream. Now, she\u2019ll want to go in the bathroom and do it herself. She\u2019s starting to make decisions on her own.\u201d

Sunnyhill models behaviors that are appropriate for Allie and has taught her family how to redirect her and assist her when she has a sensory meltdown. Allie is now counting, talking, interacting with her siblings and is potty trained.

\u201c[Sunnyhill] has helped our whole family, not just Allie,\u201d Wilhelm says. \u201cI can\u2019t imagine our lives without them. We had no idea what to do. We\u2019re so grateful.\u201d

As for the future, Wilhelm knows Allie will continue to improve and learn.

\u201cWe have hope for her for the future that she\u2019ll continue to grow. That\u2019s our ultimate goal \u2013 give her the best life possible,\u201d she says.

To continue to help kids like Allie and other individuals, Sunnyhill is hosting a fundraiser called Sippin for Sunnyhill from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten. The evening will consist of an open bar with more than 30 beers, appetizers, a liquor raffle, a silent auction and the Sunnyhill Grand Prix Hot Wheel Race. To learn more and purchase tickets, email amoore@sunnyhillinc.org or call 314-845-3900.

314-845-3900, sunnyhillinc.org

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Watching a child grow brings parents indescribable joy. Parenting is never easy, though, and when your child struggles to communicate their wants and needs verbally, it can be difficult to distinguish if they are simply encountering some challenges with speech or if they need help with a speech disorder. \u201cEarly intervention is most important,\u201d Sheri Mistretta, executive director of Walker Scottish Rite Clinic at Maryville University, explains. \u201cIf you diagnose and treat early, before secondary conditions and behaviors arrive, it\u2019s a smaller [issue]. Just like anything else in life, the earlier you get at it, the faster you can get it resolved.\u201d

The Clinic devotes itself to improving speech for children at an early age. \u201cWe treat children, ages 2 through 6, who present with a variety of articulation and language concerns,\u201d speech and language pathologist Ellie Richter says. \u201c[They might] say certain things or have a list of words they know. We teach them how to speak using speech sounds and how to communicate with the people around them. We work with the children\u2019s parents, and/or teachers as necessary, to tailor their therapy towards their age, social and academic expectations.\u201d

Families are often referred to Walker Scottish Rite Clinic, where a screening appointment is first set up to determine if further evaluation is needed. Formal and informal screening tools are used to look at the child\u2019s articulation and language skills. \u201cWe were introduced to Walker Scottish Rite through Mercy Hospital,\u201d Mario Guerrero says. \u201cIt [had been] really hard to find a therapist [who was] qualified in both Spanish and English for our daughter, Kamila. The fact that she\u2019s learning two languages is harder.\u201d

Richter began seeing Kamila when she enrolled in the KidTalk Spanish program. \u201cKamila originally came to the Clinic and wasn\u2019t talking very much,\u201d Richter describes. \u201cShe\u2019s been with us a year now, and [at age 4], her long-term prognosis is good. She\u2019s made significant progress in both languages [and is] increasing her confidence.\u201d

Kamila\u2019s transformation over the course of a year has proven remarkable. \u201cHer mom and I are able to understand her better,\u201d Guerrero says of his daughter\u2019s progress. \u201cShe has better social skills with her friends. Before, she was able to say only one or two words. Now, she\u2019s able to talk in complete sentences.\u201d

Therapists are all Hanen certified, focusing on parent interaction through crossover education at home. \u201cWe want [these children] to be fully integrated and [we] teach skills needed to participate in the real world,\u201d Richter says.

The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic continues to find ways of expanding to better serve the community\u2019s children. The charity organization bridges the gap between state-funded programs, which require severe symptoms for qualification, and children with possible delays.

\u201cFree services are a critical part [of the Clinic] because speech language therapy can be cost-prohibitive and often isn\u2019t [fully] covered by health insurance,\u201d Mistretta says. \u201cWe literally saw and served 777 children last year alone. We\u2019ve already served hundreds this year, with 106 children on the waiting list \u2013 and that\u2019s heartbreaking. If we could triple our manpower, we could do so much more.\u201d

Walker Scottish Rite Clinic at Maryville University, 650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, 314-529-9200, srclinic.org

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Wild Heart Boutique in Edwardsville, Illinois, has been open for only a few weeks, but it\u2019s already being warmly received by the Metro East and St. Louis region. The boutique offers a product line that\u2019s West Coast-influenced, with everything from casualwear to cocktail dresses.

Founder and owner Brooke Lynch graduated from high school in Bethalto, Illinois, and moved to Los Angeles to go to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She got as much as she could out of LA and the Fashion Institute before moving back to the Midwest to figure out her next venture. She ended up working for her father in sales, but knew she wanted to get back to fashion.

\u201cI moved back out to LA and met this woman who convinced me I needed to open my own store,\u201d she says. \u201cI was discouraged from that idea over the years because it can be hard to make it, but she taught me tricks and skills to be successful at what I love.\u201d

Since her whole family is from Edwardsville, Lynch opted to open up shop there.

\u201cIt\u2019s a great location in a growing community,\u201d she says. \u201cIt all kind of fell into place.\u201d

On Sept. 2, the boutique opened up off state Route 157. Since then, Lynch says everything has been going well.

\u201cThe feedback has been really positive,\u201d Lynch says. \u201cI had one woman tell me that women in this area are hungry for a place like this. I was also told my prices are extremely affordable for the quality I\u2019m offering.\u201d

Visitors to Wild Heart have ranged in age from 18 to 80, Lynch notes.

\u201cI don\u2019t really think style has an age on it,\u201d she says. \u201cYou can look beautiful at any age.\u201d

Wild Heart offers casual wear, business casual, cocktail dress rentals, plus sizes, shoes, handbags, accessories, jewelry and more. Lynch says she\u2019s had a lot of visitors in the store looking for something to wear to a wedding \u2013 a huge market in the Midwest. Offering a dress rental service has been a draw for customers, too.

Lynch describes the style of the boutique as \u201ca little different from Midwest boutiques,\u201d since her style is very driven from the West Coast. She says it pairs dressy with casual.

Lynch also works with her customers to put outfits together if they need guidance.

\u201cI want to help build that confidence people have when they\u2019re confident in what they\u2019re wearing,\u201d she says.

2121 State Route 157, Edwardsville, 618-307-5155, shopwildheart.com

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In today\u2019s world, 77 percent of people who are released from prison reoffend in a three- to five-year time frame. That makes it the third-largest social issue in the United States, right behind poverty and disease.

St. Louis-based Concordance Academy of Leadership is working to battle this problem. Concordance Academy was created to address reincarceration and its many associated social problems. It is the first holistic, integrated and evidence-driven model in the country that engages the public, private and academic communities in providing quality services tailored to reentering prisoners.

Led by former Wells Fargo Advisors CEO Danny Ludeman, Concordance Academy has quickly become a leader in the movement to reduce reincarceration. The numbers behind this issue drive Ludeman to educate the St. Louis community.

\u201cThere are roughly 100 million people in this country who are affected by mass incarceration,\u201d he says. \u201cThat includes people who are currently in prison, who were formerly in prison and their immediate family.\u201d

To bring awareness to reincarceration and its associated social problems, Concordance Academy is hosting its second annual gala Oct. 22 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The evening will feature a cocktail hour, dinner and a concert featuring country-music singer Brett Young.

\u201cOne of the primary purposes of this gala is to get the word out about a horrendous issue that a lot of people aren\u2019t aware of,\u201d Ludeman says. \u201cIt is also to ask for support. Support is monetary, but we also need volunteers to rally around these people when they come home, and we need employers to hire these individuals. We want to change perceptions about this population, and remind the community that we are all created in God\u2019s image.\u201d

Concordance Academy\u2019s goal is to dramatically lower reincarceration rates, first in St. Louis, then across the state of Missouri, and eventually nationwide.

\u201cIt\u2019s important that while our goal is to lower reincarceration rates, we also want to do more than that by helping people live joyful and productive lives,\u201d Ludeman says.

The Academy\u2019s curriculum includes education and job readiness, employment, substance use, mental health, cognitive and relationship skills, housing and life in the community. Six months prior to release, the Academy assesses each enrollee academically, cognitively and socially to create a customized plan for that individual.

\u201cHope is probably lacking more for this population than for any other population in the country,\u201d Ludeman notes \u201cSt. Louis has the opportunity to lead the nation in solving this problem once and for all.\u201d

To learn more, visit concordanceacademy.com or call 314-444-1126.

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When a disease affects 10 percent of the population, rallying around prevention and research is key. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and its St. Louis chapter are committed to educating the public about how to stop diabetes and support those living with it.

Each year, the St. Louis chapter hosts a gala to raise funds and spread awareness. This year\u2019s gala will take place on Oct. 22 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Area director Michael Marek says the evening will consist of a VIP cocktail reception, a general cocktail reception, dinner, a program, a live auction and live music.

\u201cPeople often ask me, \u2018If I support the ADA, where does the money go?\u2019\u201d Marek says. \u201cWe have four areas we\u2019re always working toward.\u201d

The first is research, which the ADA funds. He notes that the ADA currently invests $700 million in 4,500 research projects, many of which are taking place at Washington University in St. Louis.

\u201cToday, people are living longer, healthier lives thanks to research,\u201d he says.

The second aspect is advocacy, ensuring that people have equal opportunities to education, recreation, employment and more. The third is health care excellence. Marek notes that the association will help meet the demands for health care by providing health care officials with the information they need to better provide quality care for people with diabetes. The fourth area is total wellness.

\u201cWe\u2019ve always been on the front lines of education and prevention,\u201d Marek says. \u201cWe want to provide easy-to-understand health information to help prevent diabetes and live better with it.\u201d

Starting with this educational aspect early on is important. The ADA hosts a camp for kids ages 7 to 17 at Trout Lodge in Potosi each June to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about managing their diabetes and, of course, to have fun.

\u201cThis is a medically safe environment for these campers, and we have a team of medical professionals there all week monitoring the children,\u201d Marek says. \u201cThe whole team \u2013 endocrinologists, nurses, dietitians, social workers \u2013 supports these children so their parents can have that peace of mind. These kids grow and become more independent with their diabetes care. Each activity they participate in is tied back to managing their diabetes.\u201d

The ADA doesn\u2019t turn away any family who can\u2019t pay for camp, and many of the campers come from underserved families.

\u201cWe provide scholarships and financial assistance for camp, because a lot of these kids wouldn\u2019t be able to go otherwise,\u201d Marek says. \u201cEvery time the kids return from camp, the smiles and experiences they get \u2026 You can\u2019t put a dollar sign on that.\u201d

During the Oct. 22 gala, a portion of the live auction called Fund the Need will take place, where attendees can raise their paddle for a designated dollar amount that will be restricted to fund the camp.

To learn more, visit diabetes.org.

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For nearly 29 years, Expressions Furniture has been the premier custom furniture store in St. Louis. The locally owned store offers a boutique feel that sets it apart from larger chain furniture stores. Owner Anne Tipton says there\u2019s truly something for everyone, because everything is customizable.

\u201cWe have hundreds of fabrics displayed on the wall, which really helps our customers visualize what a custom piece of furniture will look like,\u201d Tipton says. \u201cIf they need another perspective, we will come to their home and offer our design services. We want our clients to feel invested in the design process and guide them to creating a look that is truly their own.\u201d

It\u2019s not just upholstery Expressions can customize. Beautiful wood pieces, rugs, bedding and window treatments are also made to order.

We are a great resource for our customers and are all about being as individual as our customers are,\u201d Tipton says.

Every August, Expressions redoes its showroom, gearing up for a new season of looks and trends. Tipton says that she\u2019s excited about what the store has to offer this fall and that customers can find all the latest trending styles and fabrics in the redone space. She notes that the store carries everything from traditional looks to contemporary looks, with everything in between.

\u201cWe have some very fun Kate Spade rugs and accessories to accessorize the beautiful furniture [in the showroom],\u201d she says.

A big trend right now is Crypton fabric, Tipton says. This fabric is durable and wearable, and she says it\u2019s great for pieces of furniture that get a lot of traffic or for families who worry about spills and similar complications from the little ones.

\u201cIt\u2019s perfect for busy households that don\u2019t want to have to do leather but still want that durability,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s a big movement that\u2019s going on right now.\u201d

Expressions has an exclusive on a new line of bedding that just arrived, and Tipton says it\u2019s fabulous.

\u201cThe pieces are created by mixing 100-year-old linens with new linens, and it is absolutely gorgeous,\u201d she says.

Little details like this make shopping at Expressions a unique and worthwhile experience.

\u201cWe\u2019re personalized and take the time to work with our customers one-on-one,\u201d Tipton says. \u201cPeople walk in and know right away that Expressions is different from any other store in town. [Customers] are inspired and energized the moment they walk in the door. It\u2019s a one-of-a-kind furniture store, and the best part is it\u2019s a locally owned family business.\u201d

7817 Clayton Road, Clayton | 314-567-6200 | expressionsfurniturestl.com

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One St. Louis school redefines education with an innovative program based on nurturing different types of learning. New City School bases its teachings on the theory of multiple intelligences, which details eight abilities worthy of development: musical-intelligence; spatial; linguistic intelligence; logical-mathematical; bodily-kinesthetic; interpersonal; intrapersonal; and naturalist intelligence. \u201cWe were founded in 1969 primarily to stabilize the Central West End neighborhood,\u201d the new head of school, Alexis Wright, states. \u201cA group of area residents, along with their children, met and discussed the possibility of opening a school. It\u2019s a remarkable story of their unique vision [to unite] children [of diversity], and I think they have remained true to that founding idea.\u201d

Hailing from New York City, where he served as dean of children\u2019s programs and head of school at Bank Street College of Education, Wright connects with the mission of his new home. \u201cNew City School has been an anchor in the Central West End. Its bold vision, strong commitment to academic excellence, a rigorous education program and diversity really appealed to me,\u201d he says.

This hands-on approach introduces children to different branches of creative thinking by exposing them to new skills, as exemplified in the school\u2019s unique library. \u201cThe use of the multiple-intelligences theory as a basis for our curriculum enhances the strength of our academic program. It allows for children to [use] a range of strengths and talents to learn and grow,\u201d Wright explains. \u201cWe\u2019re proud that this is the world\u2019s first multiple-intelligences library, designed with creative input from Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University, who developed the theory. It\u2019s ultimately a space that encompasses different ways for children to interact with the written word.\u201d From an amphitheater for storytelling and acting to an exploratorium for images and activities, the library proves an extension of the classroom with both a full-time librarian and multiple-intelligences specialist on hand.

The school also uses city resources, such as the local food pantry or community garden, which fourth-graders take an active role in maintaining. \u201cWe get to utilize the urban area for teachable moments,\u201d he shares. \u201cA large part of our curriculum is based around community \u2013 seeing how important it is and expanding one\u2019s community outside of the classroom.\u201d

Diverse to its core, the school brings in students from 52 ZIP codes, uniting communities found all over. \u201cWe\u2019re approaching our 50th anniversary, which obviously is a significant milestone,\u201d Wright says. \u201cI want us to remain strong and at the forefront of elementary school education for the next 50 years. We have an important role to play in the St. Louis area and beyond.\u201d

5209 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis | 314-361-6411 | newcityschool.org

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Each year, a powerfully beautiful scene is set in St. Louis\u2019 Forest Park. Red, yellow and white lanterns light the night sky as hundreds gather for one important cause: creating a cancer-free world. Money raised from this annual event goes to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the organization which continues to fund groundbreaking research in the fight against cancer. \u201c[In the next half hour], 10 people will be diagnosed with cancer, and three people will have lost their battle with it,\u201d says the St. Louis corporate walk chair for Light the Night Walk, Frank D\u2019Antonio. \u201cI came to work with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for hope\u2019s sake. We hope to eliminate all of the yellow lanterns [which represent those who have died] and to only have red and white lanterns at our walk someday for survivors and supporters.\u201d

D\u2019Antonio was drawn to help after hearing numerous stories about family and friends battling cancer. The market president at Aetna Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois asked himself and his wife, \u201cWhat if we had the opportunity to do something about this \u2013 make a difference \u2013 and we didn\u2019t take it?\u201d He became a huge advocate for LLS and its mission. \u201cTo me, the worst thing a parent has to face in the world is losing a child. When I feel what these kids [with cancer] are going through and see their outlook on life [along with] their parents, it\u2019s truly an inspiration. One of the motivations to go to Light the Night is to celebrate those stories, which inspire and motivate others,\u201d he shares.

Ahmed Alalem recently faced that fear when his son, Yousef, was diagnosed at the age of 7 with B-cell lymphoma, also known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Shortly after arriving in the States, Alalem took his son in for a checkup because his stomach had become distended. \u201cYou couldn\u2019t imagine what it was like to hear the news \u2026 Just the last thing we expected. \u2018Your son is sick,\u2019\u201d he says.

Despite his young age, Yousef proved incredibly patient throughout treatment. \u201cThe nurses would say, \u2018We haven\u2019t seen a young boy take the needles and poking and medicines that taste bad [without complaint].\u2019 We\u2019ve been really blessed. Thank God for the people who helped us get through this,\u201d Alalem shares. \u201cWe felt at home in the hospital. They were like family to us. I would like to thank the doctors and nurses [who helped my son]. Now, Yousef is back to his normal activities and going to school. Through their kindness, care and support, they are changing people\u2019s lives.\u201d

Personal stories, such as Yousef\u2019s, remind people of the true impact cancer has on many lives. With at least 154 different types of blood cancer, the challenge to create a cancer-free world can seem futile at times. Yet, consider Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), which is the most common type of childhood leukemia. In 1964, the survival rate for this form of blood cancer was a low 3 percent \u2013 and today, the survival rate has jumped to 91 percent. These tangible results show that significant improvements can and do happen.

D\u2019Antonio notes that this year\u2019s Light the Night Walk has set a goal of raising $1.1 million. \u201cThe walk starts at sundown, but there are many festivities before that,\u201d he says. \u201cThe love [people will see] there will be unbelievable. A celebration of hope is something that will truly have a positive impact on the community. I think there will be a lot of cheering, some crying \u2013 but overall, a celebration \u2026 For those continuing the battle, for those who have lost the battle \u2026 and for those who have won.\u201d

Become a part of LLS\u2019s Gateway Chapter by visiting lls.org/gateway or calling 314-590-2230.

Light the Night Walk

Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. | Forest Park \u2013 Central Fields | Register online at www.lightthenight.org/gat

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From left to right:\u00a0Meghan Lamping, Zofia Sowers, Mariquita Barbieri, and Angie Drumm

Meet four Carmody MacDonald law firm leaders \u2013 each with a different story, each at the top of her game \u2013 with a combined legal experience of nearly 50 years.

Zofia Sowers practices family law, specializing in complex property litigation and high-conflict custody matters. Her experience and diverse background give her the ability to connect with and understand clients during stressful times in their lives.

Meghan Lamping is in the litigation group and focuses her practice on probate and trust litigation. She is a true advocate for clients \u2013 their problems become her problems.

Mariquita Barbieri concentrates her practice on M&A, tax and restructuring businesses, and has a proven reputation for helping clients develop strategies and solutions to achieve their goals.

Angela Drumm concentrates her corporate practice in the areas of finance and real estate, and she strives to mitigate risks for clients by providing real-world legal advice without over-lawyering, leaving business decisions to the client.

Drumm believes that Carmody MacDonald is a great place to work because \u201cattorneys are given the autonomy early in their careers to determine their practice-area specialty.\u201d Therefore, each woman partner has created a meaningful and satisfying career by aligning her skills and passion with her area of expertise.

Carmody MacDonald creates an environment where each attorney provides value. By promoting the next generation of attorneys within the firm, Carmody MacDonald\u2019s partners are successful, authentic and innovative entrepreneurs cultivating new clients and serving as leaders in the firm and the community.

120 S. Central Ave., Suite 1800, St. Louis, 314-854-8600, carmodymacdonald.com

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At one point in her 30-year career, Susan Hais took other types of cases outside of domestic-relation cases. Although it was selectively done, she began to worry that if her attention was elsewhere, her family-law clients would suffer because of it. If their lawyer was taking both domestic relations and other types of cases, Susan was worried it might give the domestic-relations clients a lesser degree of expertise by the firm.

That\u2019s when she moved into practicing family law exclusively.

At Hais, Hais & Goldberger, husband-and-wife team Sam and Susan Hais believe in doing one thing and doing it well. Their firm represents individuals in dissolution-of-marriage cases, legal separations, paternity cases, motions to modify child custody or support, proceedings to enforce existing decrees, child-relocation cases and family-law appeals.

\u201cIt\u2019s good to develop an area you\u2019re good at,\u201d Susan says. \u201cThe more you do those kinds of cases, the better you understand them. You know the most recent cases and understand what different judges do.\u201d

Working in family law, an attorney develops certain methods for assessing cases and can give strong advice, Susan says.

\u201cYou can\u2019t do that if you don\u2019t do this on a day-to-day basis,\u201d she says.

Custody cases are a big part of what Susan handles, and she says bigger practices often aren\u2019t set up to be kid-friendly. Susan says at Hais, Hais & Goldberger, the firm doesn\u2019t discourage people from bringing their children in.

\u201cFamily-law cases are cases that often involve emergencies,\u201d she says. \u201cPeople have my cellphone number, and I\u2019ll have them come in even if I\u2019m busy. We want to handle things as quickly as we can.\u201d

Sam also notes that it\u2019s often their job to educate newer judges who have been assigned to a domestic-relations case, since such judges may not have any experience in that area yet.

\u201cOne thing they have to face is being a new family-court judge without having any family-court experience,\u201d he says. \u201cThat\u2019s where the lawyers come in. It\u2019s a solemn professional responsibility to educate the court in a way that\u2019s dispassionate and accurate of what the law is; otherwise, there\u2019s a tremendous risk of injustice.\u201d

Susan says the lawyers they\u2019ve chosen are very sophisticated people who deal with family law on a day-to-day basis. When lawyers sign up with Hais, Hais & Goldberger, mentoring is ongoing.

\u201cWe collaborate with other lawyers, and everything is shared,\u201d Sam says. \u201cThings are done in the most-responsible type of way to see that the clients get the highest and most professional form of legal services.\u201d

Hais, Hais & Goldberger, 222 S. Central Ave., Suite 600, St. Louis, 314-326-4885, hhg-law.com

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There\u2019s just something about jazz that gets your feet to tapping and fingers to drumming. It makes you want to sway to the rhythm and get swept up in its diverse sounds. What better way to incorporate the invigorating qualities of jazz into your life than through your child\u2019s education? Jazz St. Louis presents that unique opportunity through educational programs, like WeBop, an 8-week lesson plan introducing children, ages 3 to 5, to the world of jazz.

\u201cThe focus isn\u2019t on teaching the mechanics of music. It really is more of a social development program,\u201d Phil Dunlap, director of education and community engagement at Jazz St. Louis, explains. \u201cThe 45-minute classes serve the purpose of strengthening the bond between child and caregiver.\u201d

This multi-purpose exposure to the music genre creates a partnership between child and caregiver as together they learn different forms of expression. \u201cThis [Fall] term, the ABCs of Jazz will cover specific jazz concepts, including swing, the blues and improvisation,\u201d he says. \u201cWe will explore those concepts through the music of important individuals, such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Each week will feature different music and artists.\u201d

A new term brings a new focus with it. The 2016 spring term highlighted specific artists to give children a lesson in some of the jazz greats. \u201cThe kids get to add lyrics to a song by a jazz artist, which really connects all the concepts [we\u2019re teaching] together,\u201d Dunlap says. \u201cLast term, the students added the ABCs to a John Coltrane song.\u201d

Students work through a storybook based on the new term\u2019s theme. Beginning and ending with a song, every day incorporates music designed to encourage participation and self-expression. In the middle of the lesson, an opportunity to create and explore each child\u2019s favorite form of expression arises. \u201cDuring Move, each child gets to pick how they want to move. The song and movements that follow are reflective of that choice,\u201d Dunlap explains.

A pianist and teacher lead each class, with the exception of a couple of weeks. \u201cThe [band weeks] are always fun, cool weeks,\u201d Dunlap says. \u201cThe instruments and musicians chosen make up a standard jazz quartet, with piano, trumpet, bass and drums. The live band takes over the classroom and follows the same [lesson plan].\u201d Two out of the eight weeks promise interactions with the live quartet, giving children a feel for how the music they\u2019ve been learning about can all come together.

\u201cThe program is very interactive. Kids are always moving, always participating \u2013 and music is involved in every aspect of each class. It was created by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, where teachers attend training. We do a lot of work with them through various programs and it is my desire for Jazz St. Louis\u2019 educational programs to have something for all ages,\u201d Dunlap says. \u201cIdeally, kids can start with us in elementary school and stay with us all the way through high school\u2026maybe even college graduation.\u201d

Learn more about Jazz St. Louis by visiting The Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz at 3536 Washington Ave. or calling 314-571-6000. To register for WeBop, visit jazzstl.org.

WeBop at Jazz St. Louis. 2016 Fall Term: The ABCs of Jazz

September 28 to November 19. Registration now open at jazzstl.org.

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The Ryan Tradition is celebrating a 50-year legacy of excellence in real estate service. The luxury real estate team has sold more than $936 million in St. Louis real estate sales since 1991, and it isn\u2019t showing any signs of slowing down. In addition to John Ryan, team members Aimee Simpson, Andrea Morgan and Neil Ryan \u2013 all licensed agents with diverse talents \u2013 complete the group. With 75 years of combined experience, they are equipped to serve buyers and sellers in every aspect of the sale or purchase process in all segments of the central corridor market.

New on the market is the highest-priced home to date: 1700 South Warson Road in Ladue is for sale at $10.75 million. This is the first time the property has been for sale, and at 30,000 square feet of living space and 32 rooms, it\u2019s one of the most-extraordinary St. Louis properties.

Ryan says the home was the most-noteworthy new construction project in St. Louis when it was being built. It is situated on more than 4 acres and is accessed via a private drive off of Twin Springs Lane. \u201cThe home was built in the tradition of a grand St. Louis home,\u201d Ryan says.

The design is French influenced. Architect Scott Krejci designed it in the manner of a French ch\u00e2teau, thus its name, Ch\u00e2teau Deux Sources.

The house features six bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a six-car garage with two employee apartments above it, and 16 fireplaces. Wine lovers will enjoy a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, and the lower level features the perfect space to entertain, with brasserie party room featuring a 21-foot bar and dance floor, as well as billiards and game rooms, a bowling alley, a racquetball court, a glass-enclosed spa, a salon and theater room with seating for 16. \u201cThis home was designed for large-scale entertaining, including hosting charitable events,\u201d Ryan says. \u201cAt the same time, it\u2019s also a very comfortable and livable house.\u201d

All entertaining areas overflow to beautiful outdoor spaces, Ryan says. Outside features included terraces, gardens, a pool, a pool house, a tennis court, a rose garden and koi pond.

Ryan says other noteworthy aspects of the home include the custom carpeting made for the living room, which is the same make as the White House\u2019s Oval Office. He also notes that the house has geothermal heating and cooling, with 18 zones for comfort and efficiency.

\u201cWe\u2019re very fortunate to work with these specialized kinds of properties,\u201d Ryan says.

To see the listing for this magnificent home, click here.

9651 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 314-993-8000, theryantradition.com

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Ditto Family Resale is a nonprofit started by a group of local Christian schools in 2011. Profits go directly to these schools to offset rising tuition costs and assist families who could otherwise not afford a private Christian education. Member schools include Central Christian School, Covenant Christian School, Heritage Christian Academy, Kirk Day School, Promise Christian Academy, South City Community School, Twin Oaks Christian School and Westminster Christian Academy.

Ditto is a resale store for the entire family. Store manager Deborah Shields says, \u201cThere\u2019s something for everyone.\u201d

She adds that the store\u2019s 11,000-square-foot showroom features new and gently used clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and kids, jewelry, home goods, decorative items, furniture, linens, books, toys and more.

\u201cEverything in our store is donated,\u201d Shields says. \u201cWe get a wide variety of items, including many that are one-of-a-kind. Every day there are new treasures!\u201d

Ditto has a small paid staff, but to keep operating costs low, they rely on a steady stream of volunteers to assist with receiving and processing donations. Volunteers include parents, grandparents and students from the eight member schools, as well as loyal volunteers in the community.

Shields says this year Ditto was able to give $105,000 to the member schools. An additional $1,000 will be donated to a local public school yet to be named.

\u201cKeeping with St. Louis education, we want to support our public schools too,\u201d Shields says.

The store accepts donations every day during business hours (Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) No appointment necessary. Items Ditto can\u2019t sell are donated to other charities so that nothing goes to waste. Ditto also offers complimentary pickups for furniture donations the second Saturday of every month.

To learn more about Ditto, visit dittostl.com, \u00a0call 314-394-2026 or stop by at 10027 Manchester Road.

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As obesity rates in the United States continue to increase, physicians like Washington University School of Medicine\u2019s Vladimir Kushnir, MD, work to combat the numbers.

Kushnir specializes in gastroenterology, the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.

He believes that while surgery is the best treatment for patients who are severely obese, it\u2019s often very invasive and irreversible. For patients who aren\u2019t severely obese and are looking to lose 20 to 40 pounds, intragastric balloons are an option.

\u201cThe balloons are a minimally invasive weight-loss procedure,\u201d Kushnir says. \u201cTo get a balloon placed, you undergo an outpatient procedure, and the balloon is in place for six months.\u201d

He says the saline-filled balloons occupy space in the stomach and allow the patient to feel full.

\u201cThe balloons work best when they\u2019re used in conjunction with lifestyle and dietary therapy,\u201d he says. \u201cAfter the balloon is removed, patients meet with a dietitian and a behavior coach to change their habits and lifestyle so they can maintain their weight loss.\u201d

Since weight-loss surgery comes with the downsides of permanent alterations to the body and time off work, balloon therapy can be a better choice.

Washington University Physicians will soon offer a procedure called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty. This procedure reduces the size of the stomach by creating a sleeve using a set of sutures. Washington University will be the only center in the region to offer this procedure.

To learn more about nonsurgical weight loss, visit barnesjewishwestcounty.org. The hospital offers free information sessions twice a month, and those who are interested and are candidates can register on the website.

314-362-2652, barnesjewishwestcounty.org/nonsurgical-weight-loss

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Strong families make a strong community. That\u2019s a conviction shared by Gregg Berdy, MD, and Jason Main. Berdy, partner in Ophthalmology Associates, and Main, certified sommelier and owner of The Wine Merchant, will co-chair Epworth Children & Family Services\u2019 14th annual Wine Dinner and Auction on Nov. 12 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.

\u201cEpworth\u2019s services strengthen children, families and, by extension, the entire community,\u201d Berdy says. Main, who has served as the dinner\u2019s sommelier and resident wine expert for many years, agrees. He calls the Wine Dinner and Auction a \u201ccornerstone event for St. Louis wine collectors and enthusiasts. Even better, it\u2019s a chance to profoundly affect the lives of thousands of families in need.\u201d

The event is a unique opportunity to experience hard-to-find wines, expertly paired with cuisine designed to showcase each bottle. Main works closely with Ritz-Carlton executive chef Melissa Lee each year to create a menu unlike anything else offered in the region.

A new feature of this year\u2019s wine dinner will be a pre-event wine tasting on Sept. 28 for registered event sponsors and table captains. They will receive an invitation to a complimentary wine tasting at The Wine Merchant, where they can select wines from different regions of the world to pair with each course at their wine dinner table.

Since its founding more than 150 years ago, Epworth has grown and expanded with the help of funds raised at the wine dinner. Originally an orphanage in the Civil War era, Epworth is a child-welfare agency now operating on three campuses, yet the agency and its services are far more community-faced than campus-based. Epworth works throughout the St. Louis region, including at a North County Drop-In Center for homeless youth, to bring health, housing, education and employment resources to more than 10,000 individuals where they live, work and go to school.

In 2015, wine dinner proceeds helped Epworth teach essential life skills to more than 400 children in foster care, prevent child abuse and neglect in 465 families by teaching parenting skills and providing support, and shelter more than 200 youth experiencing crisis or homelessness. Since there\u2019s an ever-increasing need for the services Epworth provides, the organization continues to grow to meet those needs. Last year, Epworth staff made more than 3,800 contacts with homeless youth on the streets and provided more than 4,000 lessons to youth in area schools to build character, prevent violence and bullying, and increase social and emotional learning.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. on Nov. 12 for the 14th annual Wine Dinner and Auction, with a cocktail hour and silent auction kicking off the evening. The Wine Merchant and many local distributers, restaurateurs and collectors have opened their cellars to donate rare and premium wines for a specialized wine auction, which will take place during the five-course dinner. The evening will wrap up with a live auction, tax-credit paddle raise and dancing to the Tim Cunningham band.

Sponsorship, table and ticket-sale information is available by calling 314-918-3401 or visiting epworth.org/wine-dinner-and-auction.

110 N. Elm Ave., Webster Groves, 314-961-5718, epworth.org

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