With fall’s cool breeze and colorful leaves come some of St. Louis’ most family-friendly adventures. LN recently spoke with Amanda Doyle, local mom and author of 100 Things to do in Saint Louis Before You Die, about packing up the kids and heading out for some fall fun.
The simplest fountains include only a waterproof container and pump. Add water and power for instant effect. Go one step farther by adding a float valve, a device that tops up the water automatically by operating a valve on a garden hose. Last month’s column provided simple instructions for a small self-contained water feature.
Ring in the Fourth of July St. Louis-style at one of these community celebrations.
Once Upon a Time…There was a home on 4 acres in Eureka. Bob and Holly Berthold had lived there for almost 20 years with their two dogs, who were brothers from the same litter. When both dogs passed away, the Bertholds found the peace and quiet…well, just a little too quiet.
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!
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.”
A deep love of art, animals and teaching make Mariann Menges a sought-after art teacher. Where else can students of all ages arrive for art lessons and have the rare opportunity to be taught in a zoo-like setting? Where else can students pet, feed and draw seven live animals that include two box turtles, a rabbit, hamster, toad, dog and ‘Little Guy,’ a 47-year-old talking parrot who speaks two languages and sings opera?
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
On April 12, Queeny Park will be transformed into a giant hunting ground when the LLS Bunny, along with his helpers, hides a grand total of 60,000 eggs for area kids to find.
Brook and Amy Dubman were just barely more than kids when we started seeing them on TV commercials: They've practically grown up before our eyes. The brother-and-sister team are co-owners of Carol House Furniture—and because of those commercials, they’re two of the most recognizable business people in town.
Once Upon a Time…Rita Wells and her husband, David, were looking for a new kitten. They had always been ‘cat people,’ and had nurtured a pair of Tonkinese cats for almost 20 years. Rita, who retired as the Saint Louis Art Museum’s director of retail sales a few years ago, visited Animal House Fund several times, and in the process, got to know the rescue’s director, Brandyn Jones. “You’re not allowed to just walk in and adopt on the spur of the moment; it’s a process. She really wants to place them carefully,” she says. “And one day Brandyn called and said, I have your cat! She just came in.”
When Don and Julie Marsh think about all the house- and yard-work they no longer have to worry about, they laugh. Don, a longtime journalist and a St. Louis Public Radio host, and Julie have two adult children, Bill and Julia. And while the couple doesn't have any pets of their own, they describe the area as pet-friendly—a convenient perk for times spent pet-sitting ‘grand-dogs.’ The couple moved to the Central West End some three years ago only to discover how convenient city living can be. “You can’t not go,” says Julie of all the nearby eateries. “It’s almost silly to make dinner!”
What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2014? Perhaps you’d like to up your design game by experimenting with a new color palette for a fresher and more youthful look. If your answer is yes, check out these furnishings and interiors with strategically placed touches of happy, vibrant pink set against a background of white. For those who prefer a more sophisticated look, try pairing saturated pink with soft gray. And don’t overlook the importance of variations in texture; velvet, unshorn lamb’s wool, and shag rugs all add interest to rooms done up in these simple color schemes.
We all look forward to the New Year and the practice of making promises to ourselves to hopefully better our lives in one or more ways. Those are noble goals, indeed! But even more noble and gracious would be to honor our beloved pets by committing to those New Year’s resolutions that will help to guarantee their health and well-being, as well. Let’s look at some of the ways we can do so:
All of a sudden it’s nearing the end of December and thoughts of New Year’s resolutions dance in our heads. Before we enter 2014, however, let’s reflect on what the past year has given us on local stages.
Once Upon a Time…Jackie Yoon and her 15-year-old son, Brendan, were looking for a new family pet. Three years before, they had lost their rescued Rottweiler to cancer, and it took about six months of searching before they came across a lab mix named Bunny at Gateway Pet Guardians.
Once upon a time…there was a Rhodesian ridgeback/beagle mix puppy running the streets of East St. Louis. His life was changed one day in 2011, when Blues forward Alex Steen and a team of volunteers working with Stray Rescue of St. Louis found him and brought him back to the shelter. On the way, Steen stopped by his car dealer Bomarito Audi, where he introduced the pup to sales manager Joe Wolk.
Customers of Dierbergs Markets and Budweiser participated in the Be a Bud promotion to raise more than $27,000 for Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Budweiser contributed $1 for every 30-pack of its brand sold at Dierbergs, and customers gave donations at check-out. The money will go toward Stray Rescue’s emergency medical care fund. Pictured: Randy Grim, Stray Rescue dog Gigolo, Robert Etter, Tom Doyle and Laura Padousis
Over generations, Halloween has been adopted by American culture as a holiday of costumes and scary critters. Spiders, owls and other creepy crawlers all have come to be associated with this special night of horrors.
Once Upon a Time…the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) took in Tillie, a Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix. Tillie had lived with a family, but they had to give her up because of their child’s allergies. Meanwhile, Teel Ackerman, who had recently lost a dog, was looking for a new pet to keep her active and walking. “When he died, I wasn’t going to get another dog; but then I thought, the dog keeps me going—I walk him everywhere, and it’s good for me.”
Dogs and cats can suffer allergic conditions much like we humans do. As fall approaches, pet owners need to be alerted to allergy symptoms and methods to control and treat pet allergies. Humans typically express allergic conditions through their lungs, called their primary ‘shock organ.’ The shock organs in pets are, first and foremost, associated with symptoms involving their skin and external organs like their eyes and ears, as well.
A 7-room, 2-bedroom, 2 full and 1 half bathroom terrace home in the Central West End is listed for $1,995,000.
Once Upon a Time…Carolyn Grove was looking for a new dog, several months after her previous dog had passed away. “I decided that I needed another rescue dog, because I needed and incentive to get up and walk. Otherwise, I’m a couch potato,” jokes Grove, a longtime interior designer.
Petting a stingray. Watching a Broadway show. Taking a simulated flight. These are just a few of the unique experiences retirees take part in as they volunteer at local institutions.