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assistance league 021717

Mission:

\u201cOur formal mission is to identify, develop, fund and deliver services to specific children and adults within the St. Louis community, and meet underfunded, necessary needs that aren\u2019t being met elsewhere. Our goal is to find those niches where needs are not being met and may not be getting a lot of attention,\u201d Kathy Reese, president of Assistance League St. Louis, says.

History:

\u201cLast year, we served more than 50,000 individuals in the St. Louis community. I like to think of that as filling more than the standing-room-only section of Busch Stadium,\u201d shares Reese. \u201cIt\u2019s now our 29th year, and we continue to touch a lot of lives.\u201d

Community Impact:

Assistance League addresses community needs through numerous, diverse programs. \u201cWe focus on key areas, including education,\u201d Reese explains. \u201cWe service 27 area schools and approximately 6,000 children in Operation School Bell, which delivers age-appropriate books, socks, underwear and uniforms to school children. We provide athletic shoes and socks to 30 elementary schools, and serve 3,300 schoolchildren a year [through Steps to Success].\u201d The organization found additional opportunities to aid kids whose families were experiencing a medical crisis. \u201cWe also provide teddy bears to emergency personnel through 26 agencies,\u201d she adds.

As more community needs became evident, Assistance League built a program around situations of every nature. \u201cAssistance League Outreach is a part of our organization where we respond immediately to community needs,\u201d Reese comments. \u201cSay there\u2019s a flood in the area, or homeless people are moving into an apartment for the first time. We can provide, on a one-time basis, furniture and bedding. It gives us flexibility [to meet new needs as they arise].\u201d

Reese feels particularly passionate about Project ROSE, a program serving four area women\u2019s emergency shelters. \u201cROSE stands for \u2018Raise Our Self-Esteem.\u2019 ROSE allows us to support our ASK (Assault Survivor Kits) program which provides assault victims with clothing and personal care items\u201d she shares. \u201cMany of these women are homeless, and when they report, the police take their clothing. Sometimes, that\u2019s all they have.\u201d

She believes what sets Assistance League apart from other like-minded organizations is its participatory effect on members. \u201cWe perpetually look for opportunities to serve, and all of our volunteers are hands-on,\u201d Reese says. \u201cIf we\u2019re going to provide uniforms, we [are the ones] measuring the kids, putting them in new clothes and providing entertainment during the process. We are unique in that regard.\u201d

\"John

John O'Leary

What/When/Where:

12th Annual Authors Brunch

Sat., April 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Atrium at Edward Jones

\u201cAuthor John O\u2019Leary, who wrote On Fire, is an inspirational speaker from St. Louis. His mom, also an author, is our second speaker,\u201d Kathy Reese, president of Assistance League St. Louis, says. \u201cJohn is nationally known, and we\u2019re lucky to have him. It\u2019s a terrific opportunity to start the day and live inspired.\u201d

How to get involved: Event details, along with opportunities to donate and volunteer, can be found online at alstl.org or by calling 636-227-6200.

A VOLUNTEER\u2019S PERSPECTIVE: Lynne Turley

Lynne Turley learned of Assistance League through her husband\u2019s firm, which worked with the organization briefly, and was instantly drawn to its proactive environment. \u201cWe moved to Minneapolis for a few years, and I made a point to find a chapter there. As soon as I [learned] we were returning, I knew I wanted to get involved,\u201d she says.

Turley not only found an assembly of women engaged in their communities but also gained valuable friendships. \u201cIt\u2019s a group of diverse women, who are all hands-on,\u201d she describes. \u201cWe\u2019ve got a good process in place. Progress is made in an orderly way. The membership has an opportunity to learn what\u2019s going on [in our communities], ask questions and give comments and thoughts.\u201d

Following in this spirit, the Authors Brunch is set to inspire. \u201cLook forward to a sellout crowd, wonderful speakers and great food,\u201d Turley claims. \u201cEverybody comes away being entertained and informed.\u201d Turley has found numerous ways to stay involved in her community, through serving on the Friends board at the Saint Louis Art Museum and as a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood to actively volunteering at STAGES St. Louis, where she is a board member.

Assistance League provides opportunities for people to serve in a capacity that suits them. \u201cIf you enjoy working with children, we provide shoes, uniforms and books. If you enjoy working on events, we have two [major] fundraising events. If you like working in retail, Fantastic Finds is a resale shop totally staffed by volunteers,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s a lot of fun and very fulfilling.\u201d

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LSS 021717

Lutheran Senior Services (LSS), a nonprofit senior living and services network, is committed to its Christian mission of older adults living life to the fullest. Furthering this 158-year St. Louis-based organization is the new chief operating officer (COO), Gary Anderson.

\u201cGary\u2019s forward and innovative thinking has already impacted LSS greatly,\u201d John Kotovsky, president and chief executive officer of LSS, says. \u201cIn his time here, he has led the delivery and navigation of clinical and post-acute care services. This has helped us establish an industry-leading system of measuring quality metrics for increased success in our care centers and assisted living communities.\u201d

Anderson joined LSS in 2014 and, since then, has served as the vice president of clinical effectiveness and chief nursing officer. During that time, he developed the LSS Practice Operations Index, measuring the quality of care for LSS\u2019 residents while reducing lengths of stay and hospital readmission rates for REACH short-stay rehabilitation guests.

\u201cWhen discussing our next COO, Gary was a unanimous choice because his skills and passion aligned perfectly for the present and future needs of LSS,\u201d Kotovsky notes.

In his new position, Anderson will be responsible for the operations of nine continuing care retirement communities, one assisted living community, 11 affordable housing locations and a comprehensive range of home and community-based services.

\u201cWe look forward to his even deeper involvement within the strategy and mission of LSS,\u201d Kotovsky says. \u201cGary\u2019s expertise, heart of service and vast knowledge of senior living and care is an incredible asset to LSS.\u201d

Anderson has more than 30 years of experience in health care, having started out in the senior living industry as a dining services employee. He then entered nursing school, eventually completing his formal education at the University of Missouri with a master\u2019s degree in health care administration. It\u2019s a common thread of the servant-leadership at LSS, as Kotovsky himself was a dishwasher in his early years at another LSS community, Laclede Groves.

\u201cWhen I visit our communities, such as Mason Pointe, I am amazed by the talent and frequently comment on how the future CEO or COO of LSS could already be working here,\u201d Kotovsky says.

Already familiar with an organization that spans Missouri and Illinois and is ranked as 14th largest nonprofit senior living provider, Anderson intends to hit the ground running, with an additional focus on LSS\u2019s newest addition, Mason Pointe, in Town and Country. Offering assisted living, memory care, 24-hour long-term care, and REACH short-stay rehabilitation, Mason Pointe is soon growing with plans to include independent living.

1150 Hanley Industrial Court, St. Louis, 314-968-9313, LSSLiving.org

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\"The

The Millinery Shop, 1879-86 (oil on canvas) by Edgar Degas

Degas, the famous Impressionist painter widely known for his portrayal of dancers, nudes and racetracks, is coming to the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) with a new focus on his artwork \u2013 a focus seemingly as important to the artist as other categories covered, yet one relatively unknown: hats.

\u201cThere\u2019s never actually been a show on Degas and the importance of millinery in his work,\u201d Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art at SLAM, says. \u201cI came to the museum in 2010 and had been thinking about Degas before then, but the museum acquired a major Degas painting back in 2007 that definitely motivated me to make this exhibit happen.\u201d

The show originates here in St. Louis and is in partnership with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. \u201cMy co-curator from San Francisco, Esther Bell, and I have traveled extensively around France and America since 2014, looking at art and securing loans for the exhibition,\u201d Kelly explains. \u201cWhen these works first exhibited, they were seen as shocking because of their realism. [The public] was used to seeing idealized versions of women, but Degas\u2019 works are notable for their realistic portrayals. If you look at the original critical reception and the attitude on pastels, the women [portrayed] were compared to monkeys, sort of anemic. Today, these are considered pretty pictures showing beautiful colors and composition. At the same time, we\u2019ve sort of lost that radical charge associated with Degas\u2019 works.\u201d

The subject of hats may seem blas\u00e9 by today\u2019s standards, but as this exhibit sets out to prove, that is far from the case. \u201cIn the 19th century, Paris millineries were seen as elite workers in the fashion industry. They were [considered] more prestigious than even dressmakers, and their hats were considered works of art,\u201d Kelly claims. \u201cProminent writers described milliners as true artists. During the exhibition, we look at a number of prominent milliners, including Jeanne Lanvin, [whose designs] were considered couture even before she founded the fashion house named after her.\u201d

Kelly has co-authored a catalog to pair with the exhibition that shares its name, Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade, which details the artworks and importance of hatmaking during that period. \u201cThis is the first time many of these works have been seen in America,\u201d Kelly says. \u201cIt\u2019s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view them.\u201d

Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade Symposium

April 21 & April 22

\u201cProminent art and fashion historians [encourage us to] think in detail about the hats themselves, the women who bought them and the way buying hats became an important part of women finding their independence,\u201d Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art, says.

Saint Louis Art Museum, One Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, 314-721-0072, slam.org

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When shopping for an engagement ring, sometimes the ring that shines as bright as your love just doesn\u2019t exist \u2013 at least, not yet.

At Genovese Jewelers, Joe Genovese and his staff are able to create the perfect custom piece, bringing your vision to life.

\u201cIn most cases, a customer will come in and say they like a certain part of one ring and a different part of another,\u201d Genovese says.

Creating that one-of-a-kind ring starts with a rough sketch that is taken to one of the store\u2019s in-house computer-aided design professionals. The designer will draw up the requested design and then forward it to the customer for approval. Once the rendering is approved, a wax model is produced, allowing the customer to come in, see and feel their custom creation.

\u201cThis gives them a good idea of the size and feel of the piece,\u201d Genovese says.

From there, the wax is converted into the precious metal of the customer\u2019s choice, and the ring goes through a series of polishings \u2013 a process done entirely in-house.

As the biggest jewelry store in St. Louis, Genovese Jewelers can offer the largest selection of inventory at the best prices, says Genovese.

Although white metal has been the trend for some time, Genovese says he\u2019s starting to see a shift back

to yellow gold for engagement rings. He also notes the popularity of the halo style and the growth of simple styles.

\u201cThe ornate, vintage style is slowing down,\u201d he says. \u201cMany women want a thin band with the largest center stone.\u201d

He also notes the trend of stacked rings, where the wedding band doesn\u2019t necessarily match the wedding ring. Oftentimes, he says, they\u2019ll add two or three bands before the wedding \u2013 creating a truly unique look.

Genovese also noted that it\u2019s expanding its Novia designer line with engagement rings \u2013 featuring more than 40 pieces, with more to come.

\u201cWe\u2019ll be launching that in the next couple of months,\u201d Genovese says. \u201cThe response to it has been great so far.\u201d

Since 1981, Genovese Jewelers has been turning customers into friends through its passion for beautiful, handcrafted jewelry and focused service excellence.

Genovese Jewelers, 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314-878-6203, genovesejewelers.com

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Winters in St. Louis are a roller coaster of temperatures and weather conditions. This winter, we\u2019ve seen everything from ice and snow to beautiful 70 degree days. These types of fluctuations can bring damage to area homes.

Whether a homeowner is facing a fire, water damage, mold or damage caused by a storm, ULTIMA Disaster Restoration is ready to hit the ground running to restore its clients\u2019 properties. With decades of experience in disaster restoration, the ULTIMA crew is able to respond to any size job at any time of the day.

President Steve DeRossett says this time of year he and his team see a lot of water damage caused by broken or leaking pipes that went unaddressed. This can range from minor to major damage from water that has soaked into flooring or even the walls.

\u201cAs the weather changes and things start to warm up, mold is also very reactive,\u201d he says. \u201cMold can present itself as a small spot on a baseboard, or it can take over an entire room or home. Even if mold doesn\u2019t occur, unaddressed water damage can result in brittle drywall and other serious problems down the road.\u201d

ULTIMA can provide emergency water extraction with powerful truck-mounted, state-of-the-art equipment. Technicians perform an infrared camera inspection, followed by structural drying. ULTIMA also offers help for reconstruction services to restore the property to its pre-loss condition.

Though a common misconception is that homeowners can remove mold themselves, DeRossett says it takes a professional to properly identify the source and type of mold growth for removal. In addition to damages from water and mold, DeRossett says ULTIMA has had several calls lately for fires.

\u201cWe\u2019ve had recent fire losses ranging from houses filling with smoke to someone running a fryer in their kitchen that caught fire,\u201d he says.

For ULTIMA, fire damage restoration is a multiphase process. Upon arrival on the scene, ULTIMA employees will conduct an inspection of all affected areas. Even if the fire was contained to one area, damage may have occurred in other areas by way of smoke and heat through ventilation or open doors and windows. Once the space is ventilated, the restoration and recovery process can begin with a plan that will eliminate odors and damage, restore salvageable property and minimize any additional deterioration of property.

DeRossett emphasizes that ULTIMA is a \u201cnew brand, but is not brand-new by any stretch of the imagination.\u201d The company has taken the time to secure the resources to tackle any type of job, so when disaster strikes, ULTIMA employees don\u2019t have to scramble to get the tools they need to assist.

\u201cWe can handle anything,\u201d he says. \u201cEven if it\u2019s 1 a.m. and we get four or five calls in a row, we can handle that. We handle everything from the initial emergency-services phase all the way down to reconstruction. It\u2019s about the whole process.\u201d

DeRossett says his goals for 2017 are to bring awareness to the bistate area that ULTIMA is available to help whenever needed.

\u201cAs a company, our goals are to grow the right way,\u201d he says. \u201cWe want our brand to be synonymous with words like \u2018premier\u2019 and \u2018top-shelf.\u2019 We welcome the challenge and opportunity for ULTIMA to prove to folks that we are a trusted partner, whether residential or commercial.\u201d

\u201cWith the tagline of \u2018Our People \u2026 Your Property \u2026 One Passion,\u2019 ULTIMA is a clear stand out in the highly competitive disaster restoration industry,\u201d DeRossett says. \u201cWith owners, insurance adjusters and the technology to move insurance claims along, ULTIMA is rapidly making its professional footprint on the St. Louis region.\u201d

St. Louis, 888-999-2610, ultimarestoration.com

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The year 2017 marks a big anniversary for Ready Readers. It is the 20th year the nonprofit organization has spent readying tomorrow\u2019s children for a life of learning. \u201cWe\u2019re celebrating throughout all of 2017,\u201d executive director Lisa Greening says. \u201cEvery month, we\u2019re doing something special.\u201d

In 1997, Pat Simon and a small group sought to make an impact by getting children excited about books prior to starting school. \u201cSimon and three others began reading at preschools and giving away books,\u201d Greening shares. \u201cWe now have a staff of seven and 495 trained volunteers, who read every week to almost 10,000 preschool children from low-income communities in St. Louis and attend 179 early-childhood centers. We also provide professional development for teachers.\u201d

Although words in general can be learned through conversation, big words often are drawn from books. \u201cIf you can\u2019t read, you can\u2019t learn. It\u2019s essential in today\u2019s world to be able to read, learn and think,\u201d Greening explains. \u201cNinety percent of language is acquired by age 5. It has to start day one of a child\u2019s life.\u201d

Ready Readers, 10403 Baur Blvd., Suite H, Olivette, 314-564-8070, readyreaders.org

Do you like to read to children?

Become a Ready Reader volunteer.

Read high-quality children\u2019s literature every week for 30 minutes to the same classroom of preschool-age children in the St. Louis community.

For information about volunteering, visit our website at readyreaders.org or contact Diane Sinclair, Ready Readers volunteer program director, at diane@readyreaders.org or 314-825-8751.

A special thanks to the members of the 2016 Ready Readers Literacy Society, who have generously provided leadership gifts to advance our program.

Julie and Kevin Beattie

Renee and Andrew Bell

Cathy and James Berges

Jean Birmingham & Thomas Pickel

Martha and Jim Bogart

Velma Boyer

Pat and Mark Burkhart

Maxine Clark and Robert Fox

Rebecca and Jeffrey Cook

Jeanne and Ken Crawford

Nancy and D.J. Diemer

Ann and Jim Dillon

Ryan Easley

Sue and Irl Engelhardt

Alison and John Ferring

Linda and Steven Finerty

Audrey and Bruce Fleissig

Nancy and Walter Galvin

Diane and Joe Garea

Alyson and Gregg Garland

Debbie and Larry Glynn

Evelyn Goldberg

Susan and Paul Goldberg

Maxine and Marvin Goldman

Lisa Greening and Sam Blumoff

Tong and Peter Guo

Donna and David Henderson

Lynn and Rick Hill

Angela and Harry Holiday III

Lisa and David Holley

Sandy Jaffe

Wendy and Neil Jaffe

Nancy Kalishman

Jennifer and David Kaslow

Beth and Larry Lenke

Pam and Ken Lester

Susan and Steven Lipstein

Mary Michel

Jessica and Andy Millner

Judy Miniace

Ranjana and Jeffrey Morgan

No\u00e9mi and Michael Neidorff

Peggy and Andy Newman

Helen and Jamie O\u2019Connor

Sheila and Bob Oliveri

Kim and Charlie Peters

Cindy Petzoldt

Judy and Paul Putzel

Julie and Eric Ralph

Marilyn and Gary Ratkin

Mary and Dan Riew

Lisa Ring and Gregory Storch

Linda and Paul Rohde

Lucinda and Paul Santiago

Katie and Steve Schankman

Christina and Brad Schlaggar

Sally and Perry Schoenecker

Shirley Sher

Pat and Paul Simons

Nancy Siteman

Julie B. and Tim Stern

Mary and Joe Stieven

Terri and Steven Stout

Leslie Stupp

Patricia Taylor

Laura and Matt Villa

Michelle and Grant Williams

Lana and Rick Wright

M. Lynn and Darrell Yearwood

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This year is going to be big for Katie\u2019s Pizza & Pasta Osteria. The well-known Italian restaurant is expanding, with a second location coming to Town and Country.

Katie Collier, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Ted, says the duo had always envisioned multiple locations when they opened the flagship restaurant in Rock Hill.

\u201cWe have always had a mindset of expansion,\u201d she says. \u201cWe wanted to have multiple locations and grow the brand.\u201d

For the past two years, the Colliers have been looking all over St. Louis for the perfect spot. They looked in the Central West End and in Creve Coeur, but nothing clicked.

\u201cWe needed a very specific spot with an unusual amount of square footage,\u201d Katie Collier says. \u201cWe wanted space for a big patio, a garden and great parking. It was hard to find that.\u201d

After months of looking, they found the perfect spot: 14173 Clayton Road in Town and Country.

\u201cIt\u2019s a great space,\u201d Katie Collier says. \u201cIt won\u2019t look the same [as the Manchester Road flagship], but the feel will be the same.\u201d

Collier says she and Ted learned a lot since they opened their Rock Hill location.

\u201cWe never expected to be as busy as we are,\u201d she says. \u201cThis new location will have more seating and will offer the same menu as the Rock Hill location.\u201d

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Though both locations will offer the same menu at the same time, the menus are constantly changing. Katie Collier says the menu for spring will be premiering in April.

The Colliers hope to open the Town and Country location in late May, as of right now.

In the meantime, they\u2019ve also launched a company called Vero Pasto, which focuses on meal kits. They\u2019re currently building a center in Creve Coeur to house the company.

\u201cVero Pasto features our pizza and pasta. You can order online, and we\u2019ll send you kits with our dough and fresh pasta that we make in-house,\u201d Katie Collier says. \u201cIt\u2019ll be different recipes every week, so you can order \u00e0 la carte or sign up to be part of the club.\u201d

They\u2019re hoping to launch the meal kits in the next few months.

\u201cThis is just another great way for us to reach more people and expand the brand,\u201d Katie Collier says. \u201cWe have a lot of other things in the works for this year, and we can\u2019t wait to announce those soon!\u201d

9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314-942-6555, katiespizzaandpasta.com

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The conclusion of a marriage is not an easy decision to reach, but when you know it\u2019s best for you and your family, you then face the difficult task of choosing someone to protect you in a court of law. \u201cWhat you want in the case is most important,\u201d Sam Hais of Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. says. \u201cA lawyer should guide you initially based on what you want from the case, from custody to economic issues, etc. Focus on what you really want.\u201d

His wife and fellow attorney, Susan Hais, launched Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. in 2003, devoting the practice entirely to family law to best benefit clients. \u201cWe\u2019ve been around a long time,\u201d Susan says. \u201cSam was a judge for 26 years. He brings to the table the kind of evenness that judges should have, where they can look at both sides of things. I have a long history of trying and settling cases. I think it\u2019s important to represent men and women when each comes to you. We have a lot of experience with our family court judges, so we know how they feel about a great variety of issues.\u201d

Even with such diverse experience to consider, a few simple rules of thumb can benefit you as you begin your search for a divorce attorney. \u201cFirst, do not say anything to your spouse and get some advice before discussing it,\u201d Susan recommends. \u201cGet the necessary papers \u2013 the mortgage, bills, tax returns \u2013 to understand things and take notes on what\u2019s happening in your home to report to an attorney.\u201d

Choosing a firm devoted entirely to family law may prove critical to ensuring your needs are properly ascertained. \u201cYou can\u2019t dabble in this kind of work,\u201d Susan says. \u201cYou need to understand its nuances. When an emergency situation arises for a client, we generally know what to do because we\u2019ve certainly encountered similar situations in the past.\u201d

The difference can be seen when the firm readies itself to go to bat for you with a high level of experience to hit that home run. \u201cWe have a whole network of people that we use to build a case,\u201d Susan shares. \u201cIf you need a psychological or custody-evaluation, tax assessment or other financial inquiries, we have people we rely on and trust whom we\u2019ve worked with for years, including private investigators.\u201d

Ultimately, the choice of a divorce lawyer comes back to one important notion. \u201cThe real question is simple: Do you like them? Do you trust them? Will they protect you?\u201d Susan says. \u201cIf you don\u2019t have a good feeling, it\u2019s never going to get better \u2013 but it could get worse. You need somebody who will listen to you as an individual. We believe clients are never just a file and should never be treated as a cookie-cutter case. It\u2019s a difficult time. So, endeavor to be kind.\u201d

222 S. Central Ave., Suite 600, Clayton, 314-326-4885, hhg-law.com

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Marta\u2019s Boutique has been a passion of founder Marta Gaska\u2019s for more than 34 years. The family-owned business just keeps growing, with locations in Ladue and Ellisville.

Gaska attributes the boutique\u2019s success to a loyal customer base and its brands. One such brand is Joseph Ribkoff, which the boutique has carried for more than 20 years. Customers will have the chance to check out Ribkoff\u2019s spring line before it hits stores, at a trunk show on Feb. 8 at the Ladue location and another Feb. 9 at the Ellisville location, both from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

\u201c[Joseph Ribkoff] is an amazing company to work with,\u201d Gaska says. \u201cTheir staff and customer service is amazing, which is what I thrive on. They take care of their clients like they know them personally.\u201d

Gaska says that Ribkoff\u2019s styles are \u201cendless\u201d and that his designs work on every age group. She also notes that all of his pieces are machine washable, and they pack and travel \u201cunbelievably well.\u201d

\u201cThere\u2019s new excitement for every season,\u201d Gaska says. \u201cThis spring\u2019s line features a lot of nautical-inspired pieces and a lot of bright colors.\u201d

Gaska emphasizes that the spring line features many pieces that would be excellent statement pieces for someone\u2019s wardrobe. When customers come to the store, the boutique\u2019s stylists can show them how to wear the pieces in a variety of ways.

\u201cOur stylists are incredible and can help you put outfits together,\u201d Gaska says.

She notes that Ribkoff\u2019s fabrics always match, so if customers find something in the spring line that they like, they will probably find an accompanying jacket in a later line that matches.

Marta\u2019s Boutique offers two trunk shows a year for Joseph Ribkoff: one in the spring, and one in the fall. These trunk shows give the customer the opportunity to preview the entire line, not just the select pieces the boutique might carry. A representative from Joseph Ribkoff also will be on hand to answer any questions.

\u201cTrunk shows detail a full line,\u201d Gaska says. \u201cIf a line has 100 pieces, we might buy only 50 [to carry in the store].\u201d

After the trunk show, Gaska says she\u2019s looking forward to putting the cold weather behind her and moving forward into spring.

\u201cJanuary and February are tough in retail, but if you visit our stores, you\u2019ll see that the boutique is starting to bloom in color already,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s the perfect time to add a spring piece or two and get excited to move into spring.\u201d

Marta\u2019s Boutique, 8827 Ladue Road, 314-721-3056; 1352 Clarkson Clayton Center, 636-227-8831

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The Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute will begin recognizing faculty leaders with the introduction of its inaugural leadership award, named for Dr. K. Lynne Moritz, at the Institute\u2019s Spring Fling on April 26.

The Institute is an educational center providing psychoanalytically oriented, professional training and educational courses. It aims to support healthy development of the mind and emotions \u2013 something it\u2019s been doing for nearly 63 years.

One of the Institute\u2019s first graduates was Moritz. At the time she arrived at the Institute, there were skeptics that could have deterred her from integrating a wave of research that is true to this day: An adult caring for a child can influence the structure of a child\u2019s brain as it matures. Moritz was an early believer and devoted her full attention to research and the needs of her patients.

Over the years, she has served as an adjunct associate professor and lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis and served as clinical professor of psychiatry at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Moritz served as president of the Eastern Missouri District Branch of the America Psychiatric Association. She has also served as president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society, president of the American Psychoanalytic Association and medical director of the Institute.

The current executive director, Cathy Krane, has nothing but praise for Moritz.

\u201cShe has been and continues to be a leader in psychoanalysis locally, nationally and even internationally,\u201d Krane says. \u201cIt\u2019s wonderful to have worked with her for so many years. I can say firsthand that she\u2019s an incredible leader.\u201d

Krane says this award will be introduced at this year\u2019s Spring Fling \u2013 co-chaired by Shannon Bagley and Deanna Taylor, with honorary chairs Jim and Joan Schiele \u2013 but will not have its first awardee until next year\u2019s event. The leadership award will promote the traditions of the Institute and its leaders, and Krane says she hopes it will encourage new leaders to come forward and make an impact on the St. Louis community. It is to be awarded annually.

Moritz says she\u2019s \u201cthrilled\u201d that the Institute has created this award and named it in her honor.

\u201cI am deeply moved by this recognition from my peers and the chance it gives us all to make a difference for young colleagues,\u201d she says.

At this year\u2019s Spring Fling, taking place at Third Degree Glass Factory on April 26, the Institute and event attendees will honor Moritz for her work, and the award will be officially named for her.

\u201cShe definitely represents what we\u2019re hoping for with this award: a true leader,\u201d Krane says. \u201cIt\u2019s wonderful to have it named after her.\u201d

8820 Ladue Road, Third Floor, St. Louis, 314-361-7075, stlpi.org

WHAT/WHEN/WHERE:

Ninth Annual Spring Fling

6 to 9 p.m. April 26

Third Degree Glass Factory

To purchase tickets, visit stlpi.org/spring-fling-2017. To learn about sponsorship

opportunities, call 314-361-7075 ext. 326.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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The story began in February 2011, when representatives from seven local Christian schools sought to make Christian education accessible to all who desired it. When those representatives realized it would take an additional revenue source to make this a reality, the idea behind opening a resale shop was born.

After they spoke with individuals in Michigan and New Jersey who experienced success with a similar concept, Ditto Family Resale opened on Manchester Road in May 2012. After Ditto\u2019s first year in business, the shop was able to pay back startup loans. By its second year, it was able to give each member school a small distribution. This past fiscal year, Ditto was able to donate $15,000 to each of the original seven member schools: Central Christian School, Covenant Christian School, Kirk Day School, Promise Christian Academy, South City Community School, Twin Oaks Christian School and Westminster Christian Academy.

Mark McCarty, parent and Ditto board president, says its main focus early on was to bring the shop to life and turn a profit for the schools. Now, it\u2019s grown to so much more.

\u201cWe are constantly renovating and reinventing ourselves,\u201d he says. \u201cSales are growing and we\u2019re contributing more and more to schools annually. We\u2019re so pleased.\u201d

The 11,000-square-foot showroom features donated clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, furniture, home goods and more. It\u2019s a place for the entire family, offering a variety of new and gently used items ranging from upscale to everyday.

Deborah Shields, Ditto\u2019s general manager, says its customer and donor base started with member school families, but quickly grew.

\u201cWe now have shoppers and donors from all over the St. Louis region,\u201d Shields says. \u201cAnd a growing donor base means an even greater selection of new and new-to-you finds for Ditto\u2019s customers.\u201d

Ditto\u2019s selection is also growing, Shields notes, due to several local clothing and home d\u00e9cor stores that donate excess and out-of-season items to Ditto. \u201cCustomers come running when they hear about these new arrivals,\u201d she says. Increased awareness of the importance of recycling is also important to Ditto\u2019s donors and customers, Shields explains. \u201cOur donors can feel comfortable knowing that nothing donated to Ditto ever goes to waste. What we cannot sell or use, we donate on to other businesses and charities.\u201d

Once a month, Ditto hosts a \u201cBargain Basement\u201d event where the shop opens its large basement and offers even more items at even deeper discounts.

\u201cWe have customers who come in and purchase box loads of items,\u201d Shields says. \u201cIt\u2019s been an incredibly popular event with our customers, and the husband-and-wife team who run it have developed great friendships with our \u2018Bargain Basement\u2019 regulars.\u201d

Ditto accepts donations anytime during store hours, and tax receipts are always available. Ditto also hosts a complimentary furniture pickup once a month within a 30-mile radius of the store, which is helpful for customers who need help transporting larger donation items.

When the fiscal year is through, the board divides the profits equally among the member schools. An eighth member school, Heritage Classical Christian Academy, joined Ditto this past year. In addition to these member schools, the Ditto board has selected a nearby public elementary school to receive some of the year\u2019s profits, too.

\u201cWe want to support our local public schools, too, in addition to our private schools,\u201d McCarty says. \u201cIt was part of our original plan, and it will continue from here on out.\u201d

In May, Ditto will be celebrating its five-year anniversary. The Ditto team is working on something to commemorate the milestone, though it hasn\u2019t been fully decided yet.

\u201cWe want to celebrate the fact that we are growing and finally getting out not only to our [private school] community but to the local community as well,\u201d McCarty says. \u201cLast month was our biggest month we\u2019ve ever had.\u201d

Since the store is staffed mainly by volunteers and a small number of paid staffers, Ditto is always looking for more volunteers.

\u201cThere\u2019s always so much work to be done here,\u201d Shields says. \u201cIf someone is retired or just wants to stay busy, this store is a great place to be. We have a lot of great people here who love working together, and you know you\u2019re doing something for a great cause.\u201d

Ditto Family Resale, 10027 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314-394-2026, dittostl.com

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DITTO FAMILY RESALE SUPPORTS THE FOLLOWING LOCAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS:

Central Christian School

700 S. Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63105, centralschoolstl.org

Mission Statement: Central Christian School partners with families to prepare children by instilling a passion for God, a love of truth and a zeal to serve.

Covenant Christian School

2145 N. Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO 63131, ccsstl.org

Mission Statement: Covenant Christian School glorifies God by enabling students to learn to the best of their academic abilities, equipping students with biblical wisdom and discernment, and nurturing the whole child in developing godly character and relationships in a grace-filled environment.

Heritage Classical Christian Academy

1694 Smizer Station Road, Fenton, MO 63026, heritageclassical.org

Mission Statement: We challenge our students through the academic model of classical Christian education. We disciple our students when we humbly follow Christ and encourage them to do the same. We inspire our students to hear their calling and live courageously as they step into the world.

Kirk Day School

12928 Ladue Road, St. Louis, MO 63141, kirkdayschool.org

Mission Statement: Our purpose is to assist Christian parents in the nurture of covenant children, educating them in a Christian world and life view, according to the truth of God\u2019s word, equipping them to be disciples of Christ, impacting His world.

Promise Christian Academy

13250 S. Outer 40, Town and Country, MO 63017, promisestl.org

Mission Statement: By blending academics with faith and multiple therapies into each school day, Promise Christian Academy builds an on-ramp for life for its students with special needs. Because we believe that God does not make mistakes, we affirm the innate value of every child. Our work is to discover and cultivate each student\u2019s potential.

South City Community School

4926 Reber Place, St. Louis, MO 63139, sccommunityschool.org

Mission Statement: To cultivate the love of learning.

Twin Oaks Christian School

1230A Big Bend Road, Ballwin, MO 63021, twinoakschristianschool.org

Mission Statement: Twin Oaks Christian School glorifies God in assisting Christian parents by providing excellence in education to covenant children that they may know and understand God\u2019s word and world while hearts are nurtured in preparation for service in His kingdom.

Westminster Christian Academy

800 Maryville Centre Drive, Town and Country, MO 63017, wcastl.org

Mission Statement: Westminster Christian Academy honors Jesus Christ by providing an excellent education, rooted in biblical truth as interpreted by the Westminster Confession of Faith, for the children of Christian parents. Faculty and staff enable students to discover and embrace a biblical view of the world and integrate that view into every area of life.

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An unknown source once said, \u201cDo not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.\u201d That privilege is given the highest regard at Mari de Villa, a retirement community nestled within Town and Country. From excursions and day trips to on-site events to care catered around the individual, residents are treated like family members.

Fred Wiesehan, CEO of Mari de Villa, alongside his wife, Mary Kay, and their children, takes great pride in providing an environment that enriches the lives of its residents. A part of the community since 1960, the traditions of Mari de Villa continue on through the Wiesehan family, which lives on campus and provides steadfast devotion to guests and their families. \u201cIt\u2019s what sets us apart,\u201d Wiesehan says. \u201cThis is our only location. We want to be hands-on and have families feel comfortable, knowing there is management on-site. Our employees know we\u2019re here as well. It all blends to make that family type of atmosphere, which is of strong importance to us.\u201d

He understands this kind of environment must be built on a solid foundation. \u201cThe bottom line of any health care community such as ours is care,\u201d says Wiesehan. \u201cAs care needs increase, we meet them. There\u2019s no need to move from Mari de Villa, given all the levels of care that are available.\u201d

Each area and building of the campus is dedicated to providing a certain level of care for its residents, ensuring a smooth transition for guests as they continue the aging process. Independent living villas are offered at Villa Estates, with luxurious amenities to suit every lifestyle. The Villa West and Villa East units provide 24-hour skilled nursing care, including memory care.

\u201cWe are on 21 acres, and all of our events are [hosted] on-site,\u201d Wiesehan shares. \u201cWe have patriotic barbecues on the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day; an Oktoberfest; and Thanksgiving and Christmas Day brunches. Resident families are encouraged to attend all of the Mari de Villa events. We strive to make all our guests, including those who require more attention, feel like part of our family. We create a sense of community at Mari de Villa, and that sense of community extends to Town and Country, and [other] St. Louis communities. We spearhead the City of Town and Country patriotic parade, called \u201cOur Town \u2013 Our Country,\u201d where floats, celebrities and marchers proceed down Clayton Road, which is lined by the hundreds with flag-waving crowds. We host the lighting of the Town and Country community Christmas tree. Hundreds of people attend, including Mari de Villa residents and their families, plus Town and Country residents. This year, Cardinals Hall of Famers Red Schoendienst and Ozzie Smith and the mayor of Town and Country joined my wife and I in flipping the light switch. The evening was complete with live music, live reindeer and Santa, arriving by train with gifts for all the children in attendance. The whole community comes out for it. Events like this make our guests residing at Mari de Villa feel a part of the [larger] community.\u201d

On-site activities include water aerobics, bridge, fitness and wellness classes, and guest-speaker lectures. In addition, trips to local attractions, museums and wineries, to name a few, are made available to residents. \u201cThe thing that sets us apart is [our ability to] offer a continuum of care,\u201d Wiesehan explains. \u201cOn New Year\u2019s, we had a gentleman raise a toast and announce he had lived in his villa for 26 years. He was excited to be transitioning into the Villa West building, where we provide 24-hour care. He\u2019s excited because he knows us and the kind of care we can provide.\u201d

Residents trust the family of Mari de Villa to help them thrive as they age, appreciating the nuances in care while building activities and events around different lifestyles. \u201cWe welcome the opportunity to tour families through Mari de Villa. Whether they\u2019ve had loved ones stay here in the past and are familiar with Mari de Villa, we encourage you to come and see the changes and enhancements made over the past few years; or whether you are touring for the first time, we feel strongly that you will be pleased by what you see,\u201d Wiesehan declares. \u201c2016 was a wonderful year, and now, we\u2019re ready to head into a fabulous 2017.\u201d

Mari de Villa, 13900 Clayton Road, Town and Country, 636-227-5347, maridevilla.com

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STAGES St. Louis 30th anniversary Applause! gala event at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton, Missouri on Nov 11, 2016.

A talented group of local teens will be performing the Midwestern premiere of The Theory of Relativity this Feb. 10 to 12.

STAGES St. Louis\u2019 Performing Arts Academy features an advanced-level program for serious student performers who wish to prepare and pursue a collegiate or professional career in musical theatre. This group, the STAGES Triple Threat TEENS, is made up of 18 boys and girls who come from all over the St. Louis area to share their passion for the stage.

Tali Allen, STAGES\u2019 director of education and outreach, says The Theory of Relativity has only been performed a few times, since it\u2019s a relatively new show. When she heard about the show at a music-directing program at Goodspeed Opera House, Allen knew it would be the perfect show for her Triple Threat TEENS.

\u201cIt\u2019s an ensemble piece, which is what I really wanted for them,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s an interweaving story about the characters\u2019 individual lives and how much they\u2019re all connected to each other. The show drives the theme that in spite of diverse life experiences, we are all connected, and united, we are an undeniable force.\u201d

Triple Threat TEEN Hannah Haedike says The Theory of Relativity is a unique kind of show.

\u201cNo matter who you are or what you\u2019ve gone through in life, there\u2019s a song, a line or a scene that everyone will be able to connect to while watching this show,\u201d she says.

Allen says the TEENS have grown incredibly close working on this show together.

\u201cThey\u2019ve grown as friends and as performers,\u201d she says. \u201cIt really shows in rehearsals, and it makes their performance so much more powerful.\u201d

Proceeds from the show will help fund the TEENS\u2019 trip to New York, where they\u2019ll be staying in the theater district, visiting The Juilliard School, seeing shows and taking classes. Any additional money raised will go toward scholarships for the Triple Threat TEENS program. Call 314-821-2407 or visit stagesstlouis.org to purchase tickets.

STAGES St. Louis, 1023 Chesterfield Parkway East, Chesterfield, 636-449-5775, stagesstlouis.org

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No matter where life leads, a thirst for a passion-filled existence can remain strong. At The Gatesworth, a senior community in Ladue, residents are encouraged to foster that spirit of yearning and turn it into feelings of fulfillment. For resident Judith Stix, that passion took the form of writing poetry.

\u201cI had an aunt with great taste in poetry, who was a good reader. She knew what suited a child\u2019s imagination and would read to me,\u201d Stix recalls. \u201cI [also] had wonderful English teachers in high school, and studied poetry and literature in college. I did not begin to write until I was in my early 20s, though.\u201d

When asked why she didn\u2019t pick up a pen to write her own materials before then, Stix replies, \u201cI can\u2019t explain it because it\u2019s a paradox. I really believe you have to be touched by a muse. [Before then, there was] no muse! No touch!\u201d

When the staff at The Gatesworth learned of her talents, they created a venue for her to share her works. \u201cI have, on six different occasions, given a whole program on my poetry,\u201d Stix says. \u201cThe Gatesworth has arranged a stage, with a chair and table to make it look like a study. They\u2019ve got a lapel microphone for me as well. And for the last three evenings I\u2019ve read [my poems], the resident program director, Kathy Davis, has printed programs.\u201d

Stix selects specific poems for each reading, creating a different theme for her audience to enjoy. \u201cMy last theme was \u2018In Praise of Woman.\u2019 All of the poems were about women and divided into subcategories, from prehistoric [figures] to recent,\u201d she shares. \u201cOne was on Helen of Troy, [while] the most recent was a short elegy for my friend, Candy Lee, who died this past year. Several poems were elegies on friends.\u201d

Her creative outlet has allowed Stix to pay tribute to the friends she has made through The Gatesworth community. \u201cThis is a place that fosters lively interest. It is a place where people are aware and interested in current events,\u201d she states. \u201cI eat with a group of women in the morning that I\u2019ve named the Sisterhood. They are very interested in going out to plays and to the symphony regularly.\u201d

When crafting a written work, Stix doesn\u2019t rely on convention to convey meaning or expressions of importance. \u201cI don\u2019t rhyme in any obvious way. I usually try to establish a pattern of rhythm,\u201d she says. \u201cI use a lot of color often to [mark] many drafts as I look for the best word and sound, and to keep track of the rhythm.\u201d

Cultivating and celebrating her interest in writing poetry aren\u2019t the only joys her residency at The Gatesworth has brought her. \u201cI\u2019ve been at The Gatesworth for seven years and found a great interest in the wildlife found at the two ponds. I\u2019m very fond of the ducks and dragonflies,\u201d she notes. \u201cI even saw an immense turtle once!\u201d

What it all comes down to, though, is the sense of community and collaboration that The Gatesworth fosters. \u201cThe Gatesworth has a wonderful staff that has given a lot of thought to how things work best,\u201d Stix declares. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot of communication [ \u2026 and] stimulation.\u201d As Stix can attest, clearly, this is the perfect place to bolster one\u2019s vitality and find encouragement in expression.

The Gatesworth, One McKnight Place, Ladue, 314-993-0111, thegatesworth.com

Read an excerpt from Sweet Length of Days, a book of poetry written by The Gatesworth resident Judith Stix. This poem appears last in her chapbook.

\u201cMate\u201d

My ark

My voyage

My rainbow

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Every 80 seconds, a woman dies from cardiovascular disease.

It\u2019s the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

Statistics like these are what drive the mission of the American Heart Association and its local chapter. The American Heart Association\u2019s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Its members work to combat these statistics because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

As a part of the national Go Red for Women movement, the St. Louis chapter will host its annual Go Red for Women Luncheon on Feb. 3 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. One of the focuses of the Go Red campaign this year is to \u201cKnow Your Numbers.\u201d

Board member Dr. Toniya Singh says there are five numbers all women should know to take control of their heart health. These numbers are total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index (BMI). Knowing these numbers, she says, can help women and their health care providers determine their risk for developing cardiovascular disease.

Some red flags to look for in heart health are a BMI more than 25, blood pressure higher than 120/80, blood sugar higher than 100 and cholesterol higher than 200.

Luckily, Singh says, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

\u201cWe recommend avoiding saturated fats in excess,\u201d she says. \u201cHaving a diet that\u2019s a good mix of polyunsaturated fats, proteins and carbohydrates in moderation is good.\u201d

Singh also recommends keeping an eye on your salt intake, along with avoiding processed food and sugary soft drinks.

\u201cIt\u2019s important to understand your symptoms and know your numbers,\u201d she says. \u201cIf you have risk factors, family history or smoke, getting yourself to a health care provider is especially important. Many women develop fatigue and shortness of breath but think nothing of it. Pay attention to what your body is telling you.\u201d

On a personal level, Singh says the American Heart Association is near and dear to her heart.

\u201cSince I\u2019m a cardiologist, this is my life\u2019s work,\u201d she says. \u201cThere are so many things we can do in terms of improving people\u2019s knowledge about the things they can do to prevent heart attacks or strokes.\u201d

Education is the biggest aspect of this, she says.

\u201cWe need to educate people about risk factors, provide communities with things like more parks and walking paths, and prevent children from getting into smoking and sugary drinks,\u201d she says. \u201cI believe strongly in the mission of the American Heart Association because it makes a difference in people\u2019s lives and the quality of their lives.\u201d

American Heart Association, 460 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 314-692-5635, heart.org

Enjoy a silent auction and health screenings at this luncheon, which teaches you how to be heart-healthy and how to help others to do so as well.

Call 314-692-5661 or email El Rogers at el.rogers@heart.org to learn more.

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