Reader’s Delight! Jewish Book Festival Kicks Off November 5

Cool fall weather is a clear signal to go indoors and do indoorsy stuff—like reading a good book. If you’re looking for a great read, and some insight from the author him or herself, the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival will start on November 5. The annual event has been introducing readers to noted Jewish authors for nearly forty years. All lectures by participating authors … Continue reading Reader’s Delight! Jewish Book Festival Kicks Off November 5

Perfect Harmony: The River Blenders Chorus

Since 1978 the River Blenders Chorus has performed for audiences far and wide. The group sings barbershop harmony and has been a member of Sweet Adelines International since their inception. Although that may sound a little “old-timey,” let me assure you that the River Blenders have taken the art of barbershop harmony to a whole new level. The group’s next performance, entitled “The Bedrock Road … Continue reading Perfect Harmony: The River Blenders Chorus

Fair Trade Market: Holiday Shopping for a Cause

The Manchester United Methodist Church (UMC) will host its 15th Annual Fair Trade Market, the largest of its kind in the nation, over two weekends in November. The event will feature globally-crafted items, holiday gifts and international foods. Fair Trade is a movement that provides farmers and artisans, most often from Third World countries, with a “living wage” for their products. To be considered for … Continue reading Fair Trade Market: Holiday Shopping for a Cause

Jelly Roll Hogan: Eureka’s Most Notorious Gangster

Italian gangs, more specifically the Mafia, get all the underworld glory. So do the cities of New York and Chicago. Who hasn’t heard of Don Vito Corleone, or Al Capone? Of the Gambinos or the rat-a-tat-tat of a machine gun shot from a car hurtling down, fittingly, Wacker Drive? Or the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre? But did you know that the famous massacre on Cupid’s … Continue reading Jelly Roll Hogan: Eureka’s Most Notorious Gangster

Vintage Market Days: Everything Old is New Again

Now in its third year, Vintage Market Days has become a favorite bi-annual event for thousands of area residents. Held each Spring and Fall in Chesterfield, this “upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market” features original artwork, antiques and vintage furniture, clothing, jewelry, crafts, home décor, outdoor furnishings, live music, a food court, plants and much more. This franchised pop-up market originated in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2011, and … Continue reading Vintage Market Days: Everything Old is New Again

Rx to relieve stress: Pet a cat at Mauhaus

There are any number of ways to reduce stress in your life. Yoga, meditation and exercise are just a few. Or you can pet a cat. The New York Times, Social Work Today and WebMD.com have all reported in the past about the benefits of interacting with felines. Stroking a cat’s back will chill you out since the act produces oxytocin, a hormone that reduces … Continue reading Rx to relieve stress: Pet a cat at Mauhaus

Eureka’s Invasion of the Scarecrows

For the fourth October in a row the city of Eureka presents their annual Scarecrow Festival, featuring hundreds of whimsical creations made from reclaimed materials and displayed throughout the town. Each scarecrow has its own unique personality and its own story. The festival is the brainchild of local resident Barb Scheer, who recalls, “in 2013 I went on a girl’s trip to California and we … Continue reading Eureka’s Invasion of the Scarecrows