Join Ladue News this holiday season in bringing hope and joy to others. Now through Monday, Dec. 23, LN’s Holiday Wish List Drive will collect items for FOOD OUTREACH. The volunteer-based organization, which provides nutritious meals, as well as nutrition counseling to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS or cancer, serves more than half a million meals to 2,100 clients each year. Every winter, Food Outreach sees an increase in clients since utilities and other household costs start kicking in, according to executive director GREG LUKEMAN, who adds, “With the recent cuts to the food stamp program, it’s becoming a bigger challenge to feed everyone who comes to our doors.” At Food Outreach, individuals can order as many as two medically appropriate meals a day, every day. The meals help clients get the full benefits of their treatment regimens, Lukeman says. “Our clients have limited or no income, making it next to impossible to eat nutritious meals without Food Outreach.”
Collection bins are available at Ladue News (8811 Ladue Road in the Colonial Marketplace). Wish List items include canned food items like tuna (in water), turkey, chicken, salmon, corn, green beans, mixed vegetables, mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks and peaches. Also needed: electric can openers, blenders, toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo) and gas cards (for meal home-delivery program).
A Saint Louis University professor of pediatrics has received a top national teaching award for significant contributions to medical education. DR. STUART SLAVIN is one of four educators nationwide to be honored with the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award from the Association of American Medical College, which represents all accredited medical schools in North America. In his 26 years in academic medicine, Slavin has demonstrated a passion for medical education and curricular design. He most recently spearheaded a plan to restructure SLU’s four-year medical school curriculum so that students have more time to explore which specialty they intend to pursue during residencies.
A conservation biologist and arid lands ecologist who has worked more than 40 years to create a sustainable future for the wildlife and people of the Sahara is the recipient of the 2013 Saint Louis Zoo Conservation Award. JOHN NEWBY is a conservation fellow of the Zoo’s WildCare Institute and CEO of the Sahara Conservation Fund, the first and only organization committed to protecting the biodiversity of the desert region. Newby was presented with the award during the 22nd annual Marlin Perkins Society dinner. Other honorees recognized at the event include longtime zoo supporters MARION and VAN-LEAR BLACK (Individual Award), FIRST BANK (Corporate Award), and CLIFFORD WILLARD GAYLORD FOUNDATION (foundation award).
A gathering of local authors, artists and small business owners will take place in Ladue this weekend: RICK and MARCY WILLIAMS of Ladue Pharmacy and Deer Creek Café are celebrating Small Business Saturday by honoring home-grown talent. On Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 am to 4 pm, authors and artists will be available to sign their work, and entrepreneurs will be on hand to talk about their products. Among those scheduled to attend are local authors DAVE and JANIS MURRAY (Graham and Jet Get Wet), PENNY SCHNEITHORST (Milestones and More), and JULIE DESLOGE DUBRAY and JUNE ARTHUR HERMAN (Goodnight St. Louis). The event will be held at Deer Creek Café.
A Ballwin mom is the author of a new children’s book. ANDREA ARCO-MASTROMICHALIS has written Wally McBap Needs A Nap!, a story about the importance of naptime from both a child’s and adult’s perspective. The author, who also owns a marketing communications firm, says her oldest son struggled with naptime, and this is her way of sharing the story with an exaggerated, humorous look. The book also includes tips for getting children to take a nap.