Bethesda Barclay House GM Nathan Torno toasts the 125th anniversary of Bethesda Health Group as part of the Bethesda Days celebration. Other activities for the event included a tree-planting ceremony and remarks from Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger.
Make plans to attend the St. Louis International Children's Film Festival this summer. Two former St. Louisans are the featured guests: Brad Schiff (Coraline, The Boxtrolls) and Shawn Krause (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Up).
Most of us now know that the migratory monarchs are in danger. A December 2013 census confirms the smallest population ever in the overwintering forests of central Mexico. Only seven small colonies were located, with coverage of 0.67 hectares, compared to more than 18 hectares of wintering adults measured in 1996. This drop is precipitous and disastrous for the species. According to monarch specialist Chip Taylor, director of Monarch Watch in Kansas, the current rate of decline will result in monarchs losing genetic viability in only a year or two. Monarchs are symbolic of all pollinators, including honeybees and native moths, which also are suffering from environmental change and serious population decreases.
As is often said, kids don’t come with an instruction manual. But for parents of kids with autism and developmental disabilities, Easter Seals Midwest provides a team of therapists and volunteers ready to help.
St. Louis is in the midst of a yearlong celebration in honor of the 250th anniversary of its founding. One of the most delightful reminders of this milestone is the community-wide stl250 Cakeway to the West display. Each and every one of these 4-foot-tall centerpieces gives tribute to St. Louis rich history, as well as offers a glimpse into what’s ahead for our fair city and its citizens.
The latest cover of Opera News features four of five performers slated for next month’s Sing for Siteman benefit concert. Stephanie Blythe, Theo Lebow, Daniel Brevik and Tobias Greenhalgh grace the cover of the magazine’s June 2014 edition, along with fellow artist Elizabeth Futral.
Under the stars in Forest Park, the lights will soon go up on another memorable season of musicals created exclusively for The Muny’s storied stage. “There really is nothing like it in the world,” says Muny executive producer and artistic director Mike Isaacson.
There are virtually endless ways for youngsters to have a memorable summer break in St. Louis. Mark your calendar for these family-friendly festivities, and get ready for some fun in the sun!
Nothing says summer like a festive outdoor fete. Lucky for us, St. Louis has a full slate of art and entertainment under the summer sun and stars—many with the welcoming perk of free admission. So, as the season starts to heat up, be sure to save the date for these festival favorites.
Students in Robin Wellman’s second-grade class at Keysor Elementary School worked with classroom parent Katie Wirth to create and present a poster of their artwork to Kirkwood Mayor Art McDonnell. The poster included drawings of the students’ interpretations of notable Kirkwood sights. The Mayor says he will hang it in City Hall.
On a recent sunny spring afternoon at Parc Provence, a resident was helping arrange flowers from the greenhouse when she had an idea: She would make a beautiful bouquet for her daughter’s visit. This is the type of special experience Parc Provence aims to enjoy with residents every day. “We try to create moments of happiness,” says administrator Tracy Cecil. “We celebrate the residents; we celebrate their life successes; and we celebrate who they are.”
In the seven-month period of the World’s Fair, more than 20 million people visited what was being called the “Future Great City of the World.” Today, St. Louis remains a melting pot of diverse cultures.
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis will be hosting a Spring Coffee Dinner on Saturday, May 17. The event will feature Kaldi’s Coffees in all menu courses created by the culinary team of The Ritz, led by executive chef MELISSA LEE. There also will be a special appearance by Kaldi's own FRANK MCGINTY, along with paired coffee cocktails and Urban Chestnut Beers. The dinner begins at 6 p.m, with tickets priced at $150 per guest. The dinner is the first in an ongoing new series of seasonal dining events to be presented by the hotel. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Space is limited, and early reservations are recommended (call 719-1433 or email email@example.com)
Schnucks is now a household name in St. Louis—in the most intimate sense of the word—stocking area pantries with the sustenance of their everyday life. But it started out as just a single confectionery store, founded by Anna Schnuck in 1939. “It was the end of the Depression, and our family was struggling,” says Anna’s grandson, current company chairman Scott Schnuck. “It was her way to make a contribution to the family and make ends meet. It was something she knew she could do—she was a great cook, and liked to be with people.”
Ballet, jazz and hip-hop to clogging, flamenco and modern dance will take centerstage during the 15th annual St. Louis Dance Festival Showcase from May 2 to 4 at the Edison Theatre at Washington University.
From the ice cream cone to hot dogs, hamburgers and even iced tea, the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis has long been lauded for many firsts of the food industry. While those claims mostly are myths, as local author Pam Vaccaro explains in her book, Beyond the Ice Cream Cone: The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World's Fair, St. Louis certainly served as an international stage for the jumping-off point of these food items' popularity during that memorable early 20th century spring and summer.
Oceano Bistro in Chesterfield is going through some more changes. It's been announced that the restaurant has been purchased by an investor group and will be reopening on Friday, May 9, as Bishop's Post. The moniker is a combo of the names of managing partner BEN BISHOP and Chesterfield pioneer Justus Post, who once owned the land the eatery sits on. Chef DAVE ROOK, who recently took over the Oceano kitchen, will remain in the post of executive chef. The new menu is described as being classic, traditional fare. The Clayton Oceano Bistro was not affected by the sale and will remain as-is.
In the late 19th century, France was amid an epic transformation: Its lush, natural landscapes were rapidly altered by the impact of industrialization and tourism. All the while, artists and photographers of the time were capturing this significant shift in its national identity. As St. Louisans celebrate the 250th anniversary of their own French heritage, they can explore this period of historic art and change in the expansive new exhibit, Impressionist France, on view through July 6 at Saint Louis Art Museum's new East Building.
Armed with a degree in horticulture from Southeast Missouri State University, Jim Graeler started out as “a guy with a pickup truck and a shovel,” taking lawn-care odd jobs throughout the city. Today, he and his family are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their thriving full-service landscaping company: Chesterfield Valley Nursery.
Fran Levine wants to learn a whole lot more about St. Louis History, and she is counting on all of us to be her teachers. In April, Levine takes over as the new president of the Missouri History Museum, leaving a similar post at the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors. She was born a ‘Connecticut Yankee,’ to borrow from Twain, who spent a short time studying at what she calls “a little hippie college” in Maine. But after her dad gave her some sage advice, she knew it was time to move on. “My father came to tell me ‘how the cow ate the cabbage.’ He told me if I was going to do what I wanted to do with my life, then I needed to move West.”