One in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. And less than 10 percent of breast cancer is hereditary—rather, it is sporadic cancer or related to an individual risk, notes St. Luke’s breast surgeon Dr. Patricia Limpert. “Unfortunately, the public has a skewed opinion about whether they are at high-risk for breast cancer. Because you don’t have a family history of breast cancer does not mean you have no risk.”
Students sewing costumes, building sets and even filling the director’s chair are common occurrences at Visitation Academy. Its middle and upper schools’ theater program, led by drama and speech teacher Marty Strohmeyer, allows young women to take the reins in four annual productions. “We believe in entrusting them as leaders—if you trust them, they are going to trust it and go with it,” Strohmeyer says.
To kick off the Saint Louis Art Museum’s new exhibit, Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia, George Nuku led a ceremony in the museum’s East Wing to prepare the space for the sacred objects that will be on display. Atua are a concept embedded in ancient Polynesian culture, and these sacred artworks are believed to be deities and the spirits of ancestors.
Next year marks 60 years for the Women of Achievement Award, the longest-running program in St. Louis whose sole mission is to honor and recognize volunteer service and leadership by local women. Nominations are now being accepted.
Cordell Whitlock, Art Holliday
Whenever I want to experience the beauty of my favorite season within the confines of the city, I make my way to Forest Park and marvel at the surroundings--the jewel-hued treetops, the awe-inspiring architecture and the magnificent monuments.
Iconic St. Louis has released its first-ever St. Louis Skyline die-cut card. The card was created and designed by Mary Strauss and illustrated by Chris Kilcullen; proceeds benefit Landmarks Association of St. Louis.
Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of St. Louis’ most spectacular gems. The Loli family of St. Louis picked a perfect fall day to explore and enjoy the sights, all while showing off some very stylish and playful looks.
Having a child with a learning disability of any kind is a struggle. Between diagnosis, doctors appointments and treatments, school work can get lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, several area schools cater specifically to students with learning disabilities, which means youngsters can focus on their education and stay on track to success.
At Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, teachers work closely with students during learning experiences inside and outside the classroom to create globally-minded citizens. “Our teachers get to know the kids, their abilities and their potential," says head of school Elizabeth Miller. "It’s more than knowing the teacher-student ratio. It’s about the relationships they build with the child—that’s what is meaningful.”
Story: Eteocles and Polyneices, sons of the late King Oedipus of Thebes, each dies in battle on opposite sides of the civil war fought in Thebes. Their uncle Creon, now ruler of Thebes, declares that Eteocles shall be honored as a patriot and given a proper burial, but that Polyneices’ body will be left in the streets to be preyed upon by carrion birds and animals.
Story: Ten people arrive at a mansion on Soldier Island off the coast of Devon, England. Two of them are the newly hired domestic help of a mysterious “Mr. Owen,” who instructs them to prepare his home for a number of guests who are to arrive on the same day.
A local plastic surgeon is helping make a difference in the lives of cancer patients: Dr. Brock Ridenour and his plastic surgery and professional skin care center are offering complimentary removal of radiation marks.
Bravo to longtime master of the arts and the dean of Webster University's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, Peter Sargent, the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Webster Groves Arts Commission.
Wrinkles range from tiny, fine lines to deep creases, and there is a dermal filler for just about every type.
You don’t have to own your home to make a personal statement with its interior spaces. Peek inside this Central West End rental; with commanding views of the Forest Park and the city beyond, the apartment evokes a sense of sophisticated urban living.
Ste. Genevieve du Bois
It's one of the 10 most haunted places in America, according to TIME magazine. The Queen Mary—now a full-service hotel and entertainment venue—is docked at Long Beach, California, and remains a fabulous and eerie visit back in time.
Supporters, and state and local officials recently attended the grand opening of SouthSide Early Childhood Center. The new building is twice the size of the previous facility, and includes 10 classrooms, a multipurpose room, resource library, kids’ ‘kitchen’ and preschool garden, state-of-the-art meeting and conference rooms, and a natural playground.
A couple months ago, my editor approached me about one of those new painting-while-drinking-wine classes that have recently dominated everyone’s social media newsfeeds. My mission was to visit the new Pinot’s Palette in Webster Groves. The thought of doing something artistic while drinking wine, and then writing about it sounded like something just this side of nirvana, so, of course, I signed on.
Cynthia Prost President Arts and Education Council
Nicole Madden, Sophia Cargas, Siena Cargas