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    JUNE 15, 2017

 PAR Excellence

     If you search the internet for famous quotes, you'll find that Roseanne Barr has said: "There's a lot more to being a woman than being a mother, but there's a hell of a lot more to being a mother than most people suspect." Researching the four-time Emmy-winning actress and comedienne, you come to realize there's much more to Ms. Barr than may be apparent.

     Born in Salt Lake City in 1952, this waitress turned Golden Globe winner got her start in standup comedy and became world famous playing the Connor family matriarch in the sitcom Roseanne. Co-starring St. Louis-native John Goodman as Dan Connor, the show portrayed the typical blue-collar American family and was a huge hit running from 1988 to 1997. Her work on television and stage as a comic earned her a reputation as “the voice of working class America.” At one point, Entertainment Today called her “America’s funniest disturber of the peace.”

     Unfortunately, some people remember her as the crotch-grabbing, screeching performer of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at a 1990 baseball game. Of that traumatic event she has said to interviewer Chaunce Hayden in Steppin’ Out magazine: “I just got real nervous and didn’t do well. Fear can make you look really stupid, and I got really scared. I didn’t know what else to do.”

     In fact, the seasoned 64-year old has struggled with stage fright and writer’s block and more serious concerns for much of her life. A severe head injury from an auto accident left her unable to finish high school. Her 1994 autobiography, My Lives, explores her experience with multiple personalities or what is now known as disassociative identity disorder.

     But through it all, she has worked doggedly at her craft, at understanding herself and the world, and it appears that, now in mid life, she’s landed right side up.

     The woman, who for the post-Barbara-Billingsly generation may be television’s most famous mom, says family is what it’s all about.

     “My balance comes from my kids and from nature — things that are real. I have five kids and two grandkids, and a couple of son-in-laws and a mother, nieces, nephew, sister, and brother. I have a big, big family and that’s my life. It’s cool.”

“For a while [my life] was stuck in some big show business reality, but I’m out of that. I don’t want to be in it. I’m glad I do again have a real life.” 

     And she’s begun making kids “edutainment” videos. “I think kids need to laugh more now than maybe ever, because the world’s crazy. The kids that I talk to and that are in my family…live with a lot of stress at young ages. It’s important for kids to have some coping skills, including laughter, which is a great skill, as is the skill of being able to think for yourself. That’s real important and I’m into showing that as much as I can for kids.”

     Her debut children’s DVD, “Down on the Doughnut Farm,” features such songs as “No Monsters Allowed” and “Peanut Butter and Jellyfish,” the latter about a sea monster named Fred who likes to eat peanut butter and jellyfish sandwiches.

She sings and plays multiple characters in the live-action videos, written and produced with the help of her adult children and other friends. One of the songs, a bluesy tune called “I’m Gonna Tell on You,” she even wrote herself. “It’s real cute. I’m really proud to be a songwriter. It really turns me on. I just sort of feel it and sing it.”

     When she set about launching her creative business, Full Moon and High Tide Productions & Studios, she asked her family to join her. “I said, ‘I want you to quit your jobs and help me build this business for our family that can be here after I’m gone.’ I kind of raised my own staff — my ideal staff. They’re all real good. I sure am proud of them.” Among her children and their spouses she counts an animator, writer, editor, and director. Her grandchildren and youngest son co-star in the videos.

“The truth is I’m really having a blast doing what I’m doing. I’m working with my own children; I’m doing what I love with people I love; we’re making videos in our own studio that I’m proud to show to my little grandsons. And we’re all just having a good time. That counts for a lot. That counts for everything actually.”

     And yet, as much fun as she’s having in her safe haven, Barr can’t turn away from the world.

     Barr is the only woman in the top ten of Comedy Central’s ranking of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. “When I started out, I had something to say about [the lives of] working class women. And I burned to say it, and I went everywhere I could to say it, and it caught on. For a while I got caught up in keeping it going. I’m back to burning to say something.” Her new stand-up act talks about her conviction that too many Americans “are all doped up and high on fear. TV’s dope and music’s dope and everything’s just a big distraction to keep you from noticing what’s going on [in the world]. So I’m talking about the world and the way it’s crazy and just making fun of it.”

     “That’s my job — to clear away the distraction and talk about it and make fun of it.” She admits her humor is “kind of dark” but says “people are liking it.”

     “I started doing this act right after 9/11 and it’s taken years of me working that message to get it to where people will laugh at it. When I go out and get a good response, it just feeds me. I feel like it’s a battery to me. I just love being able to perform live in front of people and have them applaud and laugh and roar…. It makes me feel so good. Because that’s what I am. I’m a standup comic. I’m not an actress or a producer. I’ve done that, but I’m a writer that performs her stuff. I’m really turned on by that again.”

Living and working in California, she finds particular reason to despair of government. “Before, the big thrill was to pull one over on people. Now, the big political thrill is to put it right in peoples’ faces and say ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ It’s just all crazy. I feel like if we don’t wake up and do something about it, we won’t be here much longer.

     Has she thought about getting into politics herself? “No! It’s fun to talk about it and write about it, but I sure wouldn’t want to be in it. I don’t know how people do. There’s something wrong with them,” she says with her familiar low laugh. “They’re all crazy, and we’re all crazy for electing ’em.”

     One profession this idealistic, and ultimately hopeful, woman does admire is journalism. “I like to stick my nose into other people’s business, so being a reporter would have been a good choice for me. I would have really liked to have done that,” she says wistfully. My mother too, always said she would like to do that.”

     In the spirit of “anything’s possible” and “it’s never too late” that seems always to illuminate the shadows of her life, she is “thinking about doing a talk show on the radio.

     Talk shows aren’t exactly new for this groundbreaking comic, who attempted to bring her unique style of interviewing and commentary to the small screen in 1998 with The Roseanne Show. It lasted two years. Another foray into television in 2003 ended before it really began. While hosting a cooking show called Domestic Goddess and simultaneously shooting a reality show about hosting a cooking show, she fell ill. After she had an emergency hysterectomy, both shows were shelved.

     With her son, the family business, and the occasional stand-up performance, she barely has enough time to read her beloved true-crime novels, watch Court TV, play Solitaire, visit art museums, and still meditate. And she credits the practice of meditation with enabling her to get past the stage fright, focus on writing, and begin performing in front of live audiences again. Born Jewish, Barr and her sister began studying Kaballah with a teacher when they were ten and twelve years old, respectively. Over the years that ancient tradition has come to mean ever more to her.

     Describing what scholars call the “traditional mystical explanation of the Torah,” she says, “basically, it’s the Sermon on the Mount. It’s what Jesus actually taught without a bunch of other guys coming in and adding to it, without any church, without anybody making any money. There’s a higher world than this one, and you’ve got to treat people like you want to be treated. It’s also about how you can learn to quiet down your head and listen — be in nature and be a good person — instead of all this crazy drugged-up outer behavior. It kind of fits into the whole thing I’ve gone through in my life for many years now. Just calming down, listening.”

     “If you’re lucky, and I feel lucky, your consciousness and awareness sort of deepens as you get older, into more things than just trying to stay hot so that somebody will have sex with you. You actually see the world as a smaller place, not a bigger place.”


By Jason McKinney / Reprinted from St. Louis Times




Homewatch Caregivers is pleased to announce that Felix Kadirov has joined the company as the new Director of Marketing and Community Outreach. He can be reached at

Maria Gianin,, Homewatch Caregivers, 314-412-6098,



A Mother's Touch In-Home Health Care

Now looking for mature & dependable CNA's & Home-Maker Aides. Serving St. Louis City / St. Louis County / St. Charles / St. Peters Area / South St Louis City. Call now.

Barbara Jackson,, LLC, 314-733-5100,



Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Mary Queen and Mother Center
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire a Director of Nursing for its Mary Queen & Mother Center skilled nursing facility. Responsible for coordinating, directing, staffing, controlling, and evaluating a 24 hour program of Nursing Service to meet the needs of the residents. Directs all Nursing activities to ensure quality care for all residents. Must be a graduate of a professional nursing program with a current Missouri state license. Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations governing extended care facilities including knowledge of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process and Medicare regulations including Prospective Payment System (PPS). Minimum five (5) years nursing experience in long term care. Competitive salary and good benefits. E-mail resume to  Complete a job application on our web Mail resume to 7601 Watson, Rd, St. Louis, MO 63119. 

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254,



Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Mary Queen and Mother Center
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire a Full-time Nurse Manager for the Mary Queen & Mother Center skilled nursing facility. Assists the Director of Nursing in coordinating, directing, staffing, and evaluating the 24 hour operation of Nursing Services in order to meet the nursing needs of the residents. Current Missouri registered nursing license, or current Missouri licensed practical nursing license (under the direct supervision of registered nurse), At least five (5) years experience in long term care nursing. Knowledge of regulations pertaining to long term care and medical records. Competitive wages, great benefits.  E-mail resume to or mail to 7601 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO; complete application on web  Fax 314-961-1934 

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254,



Gray Matters Alliance

Gray Matters Alliance is seeking an Outside sales representative. We provide products and services to keep seniors safe and connected. This position will market to professionals in the senior market. There will also be times that marketing to the families of loved ones will be needed. This position is straight commission and because of this you have the ability to set your own hours. Position will primarily be in the STL and surrounding areas. Outside sales experience required. Experience in the senior market preferred. Please send resumes and/or questions to:

Vicki Spraul,, Gray Matters Alliance, LLC, 314-266-2678,



Cardinal Ritter Senior Services
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is looking to hire a part-time LPN for evening shift to work at Mother of Perpetual Help Assisted Living facility. Oversees the provision of quality care given by the CMTs, ML1s and CNAs. Possess good assessment skills and be able to recognize any symptoms that indicate a significant change in a resident’s condition. Effective communication with physicians and family members regarding the health and welfare of all residents. Must be a licensed nurse in good standing. At least two years previous work experience in Long Term Care. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Complete an application on our website at, or send resume to or come to 7601 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119 to complete an application in person. 

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254,


Cardinal Ritter Senior Services
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is looking to hire full and part-time RNs, LPNs, CMTs, CNAs, and Med Level 1 Aides to work in its Skilled Nursing facility and Assisted Living facility. We offer competitive wages and an excellent benefits package. Complete an application on our website at, or send resume to or come to 7601 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119 to complete an application in person. 

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254,



June 20 and July 12 – 6:00 p.m.

Des Peres Hospital
Conquer Your Knee Pain If knee pain and chronic stiffness is keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, you owe it to yourself to learn more about non-surgical and surgical options for treatment. Join us on June 20 at 6:00 p.m. with Donald Bassman, MD or July 12 at 6:00 p.m. with Matthew Bradley MD to register or for more information, call 855-290-9355.

Simone Valle,, Des Peres Hospital (Tenet Healthcare), 314-966-9695,



July 12 at 10:00 a.m.

The Villages of St. Peters
Officer Melissa Daus from The St. Louis Police Department will be speaking about seniors getting scammed. This presentation is meant for seniors, caregivers, and the children of seniors. Space is limited so make your reservation early to: Lori Guilliams at 314-471-3757.  Hosted by The Villages of St. Peters, 5400 Executive Centre Pkwy., St. Peters, MO.

Lori Guilliams,, The Villages of St. Peters, 314-471-3757,



August 19 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fabick Nature Preserve
Fenton Trail Mix Challenge: Saturday, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Come tackle this 2 mile course at Fabick Nature Preserve, sponsored by Commerce Bank. This course may sound easy at first, but with the steep hilly terrain, wooded trails, and of course the obstacles set up along the way, this run will "Challenge" even the best of runners. Top 3 male and female finishers will be announced. Ages 12 and older will be allowed to participate.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



Mondays, to August 28 – 9:00 a.m.

Monarch Levee Trail
Each Monday until August 28 at 9:00 a.m. join us for a leisurely bike ride on the Monarch Levee Trail. Immerse yourself in a leisurely bike ride on the paved Monarch Levee Trail. The route starts at the trailhead in the athletic complex located near the football fields. Distance will be determined by the group on the day of the event. Helmet required. Flat repair kit, water and snacks recommended. This is event is free.

Mary Klauke,, City of Chesterfield, 636-812-9510,



CenterPoint Hospital
Prompted by the alarming increase in opioid overdoses and the legalization/medicalization of marijuana across the U.S., CenterPointe Hospital held its Spring Conference 2017 on Addiction and Treatment Modalities on May 4th at the scenic Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters. The esteemed presenters were Azfar Malik MD, Chief Medical Officer of CenterPointe Hospital; Raafia Malik, MD, Medical Director of The Changing Pointe Addiction Treatment Center at CenterPointe; and Donald Bohnenkamp, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University. The conference was well-received by an audience of 250 participants, representing a wide range of healthcare professionals, community leaders and educators. The conference provided an overview of addiction treatment and interventions, discussed underlying psychological conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma and bipolar disorder, provided an overview of cannabis, as well as a discussion on its effects on major psychiatric illness.

Debra Morgan,, CenterPointe Hospital, 636-477-2157,



Despite extensive flooding and local road closures, volunteers from the St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) collected more than 1,350 home health items donated to the nonprofit organization on Saturday, May 6. Seventy-seven volunteers, five board members, eight staff and three dogs helped collect 1,354 home health equipment items from 309 people who donated equipment at 14 designated Walgreen’s parking lots and, also, at St. Louis HELP’s warehouse in Olivette. The event took place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cumulative value of the donated equipment is $345,539, said Laura Cannon-Singer, who founded the nonprofit organization known as St. Louis HELP in 2008. The group cleans and revitalizes used home health equipment for free loans to people suffering from accidents, illness or disability.

Jeff Dunlap,, St. Louis HELP, 314-409-5203,



Mondays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hylton Point
You are invited to participate in a weekly free wellness screening. Screenings for individuals over 55 include: blood pressure readings, weight check, blood sugar readings, as well as prayer and spiritual support by a Lutheran Senior Services Parish Nurse. Every reading is taken by a Wellness Kiosk with print outs available to take to your doctor. Don't miss this free resource today. Hylton Point Apartments, 933 Belt Ave, St. Louis, Mo 63112. Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call Savanna to make an appointment 314-367-7697.

Savanna Little,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-367-7697,



Tuesdays - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

LSS Rose Hill House
Take control of your health and take control of your life. Wellness Kiosks are specialized computers operated by our Parish Nurses. The kiosks measure blood pressure, weight and blood glucose levels. With our LSS Registered Parish Nurse on hand in the kiosk, you can stay on track with your health. This free service is now being offered at LSS Rose Hill House, Affordable Housing for seniors, every Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located at 225 West Rose Hill Avenue in the beautiful heart of Kirkwood, MO. Call 314-822-4928 for your appointment today.

Vanessa Fakes,, LSS Rose Hill House I & II, 314-822-4928,



Wednesdays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Village at Mackenzie Place
Free Health Screening with a Parish Nurse. Insurance information not needed. Measure your blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, and pulse. This free service is offered at Lutheran Senior Services at The Village at Mackenzie Place, 8520 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123. Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 314-884-7909.

Melita Hodzic,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-884-7909



Thursdays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hilltop Manor
Hilltop Manor, a Lutheran Senior Services senior community is offering free wellness screenings with a Parish Nurse. Screenings include blood pressure readings, blood sugar screenings, and pulse and weight checks for all seniors 55+. A Parish Nurse is also available for prayer, spiritual support and resources. Many who are already taking advantage of this program are aware of the positive benefits it brings to their health. Please pass this on to any family or church members, friends or home health aides that may be interested. Call Michelle Herrick, Service Coordinator, for your appointment. Every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 636-938-6442, 11 Hilltop Village Center Drive Eureka, MO 63025.

Michelle Herrick,, Lutheran Senior Services, 636-938-6442,


First Thursday of the Month

Health Resource Center
Saint Louis University’s Health Resource Center and the Geriatric Education Center (GEC) are offering a free comprehensive geriatric assessment clinic for people 65 years of age or older, on the first Thursday of every month at the Health Resource Center located at 1408 N. Kingshighway Blvd #213, St. Louis, MO, 63113. A comprehensive assessment is more extensive than a screening appointment. The appointment is approximately two hours in length and includes assessments by medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and nutrition and social work professionals. To schedule an appointment please contact the SLU Geriatrics Division Office at 314-977-8462. 

Kathy Leonard,, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, 314-977-8848,


Healthline In-Home and CDS
Do you are someone you know have Medicaid that would like to remain in the comfort of their home but need help with daily living activities? If you answered yes, then contact us now for a free consultation Healthline In-Home and CDS, 636-386-8323. This is an alternative to going to a nursing home and allows for you to stay in your home where your heart and love is.

Lacey Moore,, Healthline In-home and CDS, 636-386-8323


Memorial Day is a great reminder to check on VA Survivor Benefits.  This is the perfect time to alert elderly, surviving spouses of wartime veterans that they may be entitled to a Survivors Pension with an added amount for Aid and Attendance from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The money can be used for an in-home care, incontinence supplies, medical alert devices and more. To qualify, the surviving spouse will need to meet the following criteria; veteran must have served at least 90 days on active duty, at least one day during wartime, Persian Gulf War veterans must have two years of active duty, with an honorable discharge.  A doctor must confirm a need for assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, transportation, and meal preparation. A limited income and assets in relation to medical expenses is also required. (A home and car are exempt.) Veterans Home Care has more than 14 years of experience successfully helping veteran families apply for and receive the pension. To learn more, call toll free 888-314-6075. Home care agencies who wish to partner with Veterans Home Care and deliver quality care to veterans and their surviving spouses, may also call to join our nationwide network.

Janet Jennewein,, Veterans Home Care, (313) 514-2444,


While practicing general dentistry for many years, Dr. Michael Travis of Pine Lawn Dental has noticed an unfortunate trend with his clientele. Many people struggle to find transportation to and from the office, and instead choose to only call for an appointment when they have an emergency dental need. Treating these emergency situations is very costly, and could easily be avoided with annual preventative care. Recognizing a great need for this care, We Care Mobile Dental was created by Dr. Travis and is currently serving over 40 independent, assisted and skilled living facilities. We accept most major dental insurances as well as Medicaid. Please contact us at 314-246-8090 to schedule an appointment, or visit our website at and let us bring our services and teledentistry technology to your facility to provide prevention education and preventative procedures to you or your loved ones. 

Meghan Travis,, We Care Mobile Dental, 314-276-8090,



SSM Health at Home

Heal at home after an injury or illness with SSM Health at Home. Whether you need help managing a chronic health condition or you need rehabilitation after surgery, SSM Health at Home offers a variety of services to help you recover in the comfort of your own home. Our home care services include: -Skilled nursing care -Home health aides and nurse assistants -Occupational therapy -Physical therapy -Medical social work -Speech-language therapy -Nutritional counseling -Palliative care -Chronic disease and symptom management Talk to your physician about your home health options.

Catherine Zielinski,, SSM Health at Home, 800-265-0100,



June 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Foresight is 20/20 The community is invited to a presentation hosted by the Adult Day Center at the J on June 15 at 7pm, at which Denise M. Kalos, MS, COO of AFFIRMATIVhealth, will share cutting-edge science and research about memory loss and cognitive impairment, including links to early stage Alzheimer’s. Kalos will present whole-body, holistic approaches to the treatment of symptoms of cognitive impairment, and she’ll share tips anyone can use to improve their cognitive health. AFFIRMATIVhealth was created to bring a precision medicine approach to improve cognitive health for those affected by early stage Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. This program is free but RSVPs are requested: 314-442-3248 Location: The J’s Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur. Everyone is welcome.

Ashley Stockman,, Jewish Community Center - Adult Day Center at the J, 314-442-3245,



June 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Please join us for a free continental breakfast at the St. Ann Community Center on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, at 10 AM. We invite you to a Pre-planning educational seminar in a relaxed, informal environment. We will answer your questions, address your concerns and show you how easy it is to start planning your funeral pre-arrangements. Please reserve your spot today at 314-739-1133

Desiree Friedrich,, Alexander, White, Mullen Funeral Home and Mount Lebanon Cemetery, 314-739-1133,



June 23 – 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

CenterPointe Hospital Gym
CenterPointe Hospital Behavioral Health Breakfast Lecture: Art Therapy in a Domestic Violence Setting. Presenters: Rosemary Pratt, ATR and Ebony Williams, ATR. Join us Friday, June 23, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at CenterPointe Hospital Gym, 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63304. RSVP:  No cost for this session

Sheila Hunt,, CenterPointe Hospital, 636-335-6150,



July 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Free Presentation for Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefits, Presented by Attorney Michael Barron, Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Executive Senior Services in the Chesterfield Mall - Executive Senior Services location on the lower level near Dillard's. Learn about the Pension and the new requirements for qualifying. Space is limited so please RSVP to Judy at 314-650-2714.

Judy Erslon,, Executive Senior Services, 314-650-2714, 



July 13 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Please join us for a lecture and Heirloom Discovery Day on Thursday, July 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The question "What am I going to do with all of my stuff and what is it worth?" will be answered. Full day program will include a light breakfast, lunch and the appraisal of one item by a certified personal property appraiser. Cost for the full day is $75 and tickets can be purchased on or by calling Legacy Appraisals at 314-412-6098. Seating is limited to 15 guests. 

Maria Gianino,, Legacy Appraisals, 314-412-6098,



July 27, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Free Presentation – “When Should I Start Taking Social Security?” Presented by Tony Sandifer, CLU, hosted by Executive Senior Services at the Chesterfield Mall location--on the lower level near Dillard's. Thursday, July 27th at 6:30 p.m. Learn options available in order to optimize your Social Security retirement income benefits. Broaden your understanding, before you set the date of your retirement. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jean at 314-392-5468.

Judy Erslon,, Executive Senior Services, 314-650-2714,



August 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Free Presentation – “Living Safely at Home - Costs and Benefits” Presented by Lynn Potts with Promise Home Works, Tuesday, August 1st at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Executive Senior Services and located in Chesterfield Mall at the Executive Senior Services Mall location on the lower level near Dillard's. Promise Home Works offers practical solutions to prevent injuries and keep you at home longer and safer by utilizing the expertise of occupational therapist-designed and certified aging-in-place solutions.

Please RSVP to Judy at 314-650-2714 as space is limited.

Judy Erslon,, Executive Senior Services, 314-650-2714,



August 29, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

Free Presentation – “Medicare Fraud: Can it be Stopped?” Presented by Judy Erslon, Executive Senior Services Tuesday, August 29 at 1:00 P.M. Located at the Executive Senior Services in Chesterfield Mall on the lower level near Dillard's. What does Medicare Fraud cost? Billions in wasted taxpayer funds. Learn about Medicare Fraud and Waste, and join our efforts to stop it. Please RSVP to Judy at 314-650-2714 as space is limited.

Judy Erslon,, Executive Senior Services, 314-650-2714,



Home Instead Senior Care
Home Instead Senior Care offers free online CEU's at  Below is the list of approved Boards. If your state or national board is not listed, please verify with your board or association regarding acceptance of one of the providers listed below before applying for CEUs. • American Occupation Therapy Association (please note: AoTA does not offer CEUs for every webinar. Please check the individual webpage of each event to confirm that AoTA CEUs will be offered for a particular webinar). • Association of Social Work Boards • California Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors • California Board of Registered Nursing • California Board of Behavioral Sciences • National Academy of Certified Care Managers • National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards • National Board of Certified Counselors • National Commission for Health Education • Society of Certified Senior Advisors 

Laura McCoy,, Home Instead Senior Care, 636-477-6025,



June 22 and July 20

6:30 p.m. at Chesterfield Amphitheater
Don’t miss our wonderful Orchestra Music Series this summer! All performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free of charge. Fixed seats are available, but feel free to bring a blanket or a chair for lawn seating. Concessions will be available all night long. We are also a tobacco-free facility. No glass is allowed.   Performing May 18th is the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, based in Chesterfield, and comprised of 75 professional and amateur musicians devoted to their music. For more details, visit Performing June 22nd is the Gateway City Big Band, a non-profit performing organization that brings quality symphonic and chamber music to the St. Louis community. For more details, visit  Performing July 20th is Washington University's Orchestra which includes 75 musicians performing repertoire from the Baroque to modern period. For more details, visit

Lisa Bobrzynski,, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727,



June 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Schafly's Bottleworks On June 22, 2017, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the St. Louis Banjo Club will provide a free evening of lively music played on "America's fun instrument- the four-string banjo". Sing along and listen to 10 banjo players playing the songs you know. Schafly's is located at 7260 Southwest (at Manchester), St. Louis, MO 63143. For more information, call 314-842-3185 or visit our website: Table seating and full cash bar. Full menu for food purchase. Did we mention the music is free? Don Dempsey, St. Louis Banjo Club, 314-842-3185,

Don Dempsey,, St. Louis Banjo Club, 314-842-018,


June 24 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

RiverChase of Fenton
Head to RiverChase to kick off the 2017 pool season. On June 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. the first 250 RiverChase members will help us celebrate the beginning of summer and will receive a special giveaway. While you swim the day away also enjoy games, activities, concessions and live music by DJ Divine. Fun for the entire family presented by Ideal Pediatrics and Ryan Fico State Farm. Free for members. Regular admission fees apply for non-members.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



June 28, July 26 and August 16 - 6:00 p.m.

RiverChase of Fenton
Preschoolers, ages 3 to 5 years, join us once a month this summer at 6:00 p.m. for a fun and exciting night that includes exploring, crafting, story time and a snack. Our nature and wildlife expert, Jill Wider, will introduce you to the wonderful, wild side of nature! Each month will focus on a different theme ranging anywhere from pollinators, to "what is wild vs. pet?" to birds, frogs, and "becoming a nature detective." Fee: $10 per child (Parents are free) Additional dates: June 28, July 26, and August 16.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



June 29 to July 1

Join St. Louis Public Radio for the finest offerings of the bustling St. Louis theatre scene at the Grand Center Theatre Crawl. Rotate through venues in Grand Center to get free access to 22 local theatre groups in short performances. Your starting venue will be emailed to you on Thursday, June 29. After the first performance you may travel freely through Grand Center to the other venues. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 30 and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 1st. Registration will close on Wednesday, June 28 at 12:00 p.m. For more info, find Grand Center Theatre Crawl 2017 (@GCTC17) on Facebook, or #GrandCenterTheatreCrawl on Twitter. A Part of the Kitchen Sink Series Sponsored by Mosby Building Arts.

Lowell Daniels,, Grand Center Arts District, 314-289-1500,


Friday, June 30, 2017

THE HERO opens in St. Louis on Friday, June 30th, at Landmark's Plaza Frontenac Cinema! THE HERO stars the legendary Sam Elliott as an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from writer/director Brett Haley (I’ll See You In My Dreams). Lee Hayden (Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy. THE HERO is a beautiful and poignant celebration of life and the legacies we all leave behind. Visit the Theatre's website for showtimes and to purchase tickets:

Mark Schulte,, The Orchard, 314-266-1103,



July 21 to 23

Pallottine Renewal Center
Pallottine Renewal Center in Florissant is hosting a Staycation Weekend from Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23 that offers participants the opportunity to explore the rich history, regional culture, great dining and unique entertainment experiences that north St. Louis County has to offer. “Staycationers” will relax and retreat with overnight hospitality at Pallottine, with time to enjoy the 83-acre countryside campus. Venturing out on a chartered tour bus, participants will sample a “Taste of North County” visiting area eateries such as Ferguson Brewery, Cannoli’s Restaurant and Hendel’s Restaurant. A tour of historical and natural landmarks includes stops at Ft. Bellefontaine, the Taille De Noyer House and St. Ferdinand Shrine. On Saturday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m., Pallottine will host a concert by the MO Bottom Project, followed by a reception. Cost for the Staycation weekend is $235 per person, all inclusive. Admission to the MO Bottom Project concert on July 22 is free; $10 free will offering is suggested. For a complete schedule of events and to register, visit or call 314-837-7100. 

Jenny Beatrice,, Pallottine Renewal Center, 314-837-7100,



July 22 – 8:30 p.m.

RiverChase of Fenton
Experience Christmas in July at the RiverChase outdoor pool, sponsored by Ideal Pediatrics. On Saturday July 22 guests will get to enjoy Sammy J. Balloon Creations, a movie, and possibly a visit from Santa. How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be showing on the big screen starting at approximately 8:30 p.m. Please enter through the pool gate. Free for Members / $5 for non-members.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



August 12 – 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and August 12 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

District 9 Machinist Hall
Let's Go To The Hop! Ladies. Pull out those poodle skirts! Gentlemen. Grab those leather jackets! Join Team Show Off for the kick-off event of the Show Off Auto Show weekend in St. Louis, MO. It's the Show Off Sock Hop. We're doing the Mashed Potato, the Hully Gully and the Twist. So, come on baby, grab your tickets. Your $20 ticket includes admission to the sock hop, music, dancing, an all you can eat burger bar, an all you can eat dessert bar and a fun walk down memory lane. This all takes place on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Advanced ticket purchase is required due to limited space. Tickets will not be available at the door. Get your tickets today by visiting our website at The day after the sock hop we'll see you for the 7th Annual Show Off Auto Show and Pin Up Model Contest with classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, pin ups, school supply giveaway, "LifeSavers" blood drive, indoor and outdoor vendors and so much more. That's Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Spectator admission is free. All of the events take place at District 9 Machinist Hall, 12365 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Louis, MO, 63044.

Tracy Neal,, As You Go Events, 636-492-1750,


September 5 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

RiverChase of Fenton
Join us as we have a night of fun with our furry friends at the 5th Annual Doggie Dunk on September 5th. Proof of updated vaccinations, DHLPP and rabies required before entering the pool. Special thanks to Olde Towne Fenton Veterinary, Hospital Bentley Animal Hospital, and Ryan Fico State Farm. This event will be held rain or shine (thundering/lightening cause for cancellation). 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You will not be able to enter until designated time.  $10 per dog and handler, $7 per additional dog, max. 2 dogs per handler, $3 per each additional human.

Angie Meyer,, RiverChase - City of Fenton, 636-343-0067,



Monday, September 25, 2017

Join us on Monday, September 25 at Glen Echo Country Club for our 14th Annual Golf Tournament. We offer 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch prior with a cocktail hour afterwards, followed by dinner and a silent auction. Please contact Marsha Heine at 314-383-4765 or for more details.

Marsha Heine,, Mother of Good Counsel Home, 314-383-4765,



June 21 – 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The St. Louis Bridge Center, a nonprofit organization, will host a full day of bridge activities to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association on June 21, 2017. The goal is to raise more than the $40,000+ raised last year. Open and novice bridge games will be held at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A free bridge lesson will be offered at noon. Events also include a dinner raffle and an extensive silent auction, and are open to all.

Sharon Sweet,, St. Louis Bridge Center, 314-569-1430



June 22, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

You are invited to join Mid-East Area Agency on Aging at our Grand Opening of the Ferguson Senior Resource Center on June 22nd at 10:30 a.m., located at 1050 Smith Avenue, 63135. Celebration includes music, refreshments and speakers. Meet St. Louis County Executive, Steve Stenger, and Ferguson Mayor, James Knowles. The Ferguson Senior Resource Center will be serving a nutritious lunch time meal. Please make lunch reservations by calling Jessie at 314-867-5661.

Stephanie Patrick,, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, 636- 207-0847



Monday, June 26, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Please join us for a panel program illuminating stories of resilience and strength. 

“RESILIENCE and STRENGTH - What We Can Learn From Refugees”, Monday, June 26, 2:30 p.m., Missouri History Museum, lee Auditorium.  This event is FREE. June 26 is the UN-designated International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Bilingual International Assistant Services will lead this panel program that illuminates stories of refugees, resilience in the face of the unthinkable, the importance of telling refugee stories, and the lessons we can learn from them. For information, contact, 314-46-4599 or Ron Klutho 314-645-7800;

Ellen Sherman,, Bilingual International Assistant Services, (314) 645-7800,



Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please join us for the Summer Speaker Event at Pallottine Renewal Center.  “Spirituality in the Second Half of Life” with Carla Mae Streeter, OP, Professor (emerita) of Systematic Theology and Spirituality at Aquinas Institute of Theology.  Professor Streeter will lead a morning of reflection.  The session is $25 with lunch included. This time of reflection will explore how, with the perspective and wisdom of age, one can deepen their relationship with God, enhance personal prayer and find forgiveness. Pallottine’s other offerings throughout the summer include mornings of reflection, day-long workshops and an overnight retreat. The center is located at 15270 Old Halls Ferry Road, Florissant, MO 63034. To learn more about the series and to register, visit or call 314-837-7100.

Jenny Beatrice, jennybeatrice@outlook,com, Pallottine Renewal Center, 314-372-1586,



Revised Opening Date of July 31

Americare, developers of the new Mattis Pointe Senior Living in South County, has announced revised plans for the campus opening following a fire that destroyed the assisted living building, which was under construction. The company plans to open the second building on the campus, which was untouched by the fire, on time July 31st. The building will temporarily offer both assisted living and memory care services in each of its two separate neighborhoods, until the assisted living building is completed. The second building on campus, originally slated as memory care, will now be operating as both an assisted living and memory care residence. The building’s unique “double” design, has two separate, self-contained 16-unit neighborhoods that share a serving kitchen, and is an ideal design to provide services to both clienteles in their own separate space. Mattis Pointe Senior Living is located at 4962 Mattis Road in St. Louis. When complete the campus will include a 30-unit assisted living community as well as two 16-unit memory care assisted living buildings. For more information call 314-222-1122.

Kelley Upham,, Mattis Pointe, 314-431-2003,



September 7 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Burns Recovered and Neiman Marcus will present, More Than A Fashion Show, benefitting Midwest Children’s Burn Camp (MCBC) from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The fifth annual event raises funds for children surviving serious burn injuries, helping them find hope and build confidence to cope with their bodies. Neiman Marcus will host the elegant evening of cocktails, light bites, fashion, and special presentations from young burn survivors who will share their stories of triumph over burns. “Most of these kids have been through months or years of medical treatment. Many are left with severe scarring,” says Sheri Sherman, event co-chair. In August, the camp will celebrate its 21st year of creating fun and friendships for burn-injured kids. "Burn Camp is a week of conquering fears, learning determination, and building self-esteem, - but mostly it’s just fun” adds Sherman. For information or tickets to attend the event as well as sponsorship information contact Burns Recovered at or 314.997.2757. 

Lynn Huelsmann,, Burns Recovered, 314-997-2757,



September 13 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Aloha Mini-Golf and Shaved Ice
The 2nd Annual Putt-Putt tournament hosted by Debra K. Schuster & Associates will be jointly hosted this year with Care Choice Care Management. This event is free to the public and is to thank our clients, friends and colleagues with an opportunity for fun and networking so join us on Thursday, September 13, with a rain date of Friday, September 14, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Aloha Mini-Golf and Shaved Ice, 13502 Big Bend Rd., St. Louis MO 63122. Net proceeds are being donated to the St. Louis Chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, in honor of the inspiration and creator of this event, Lisa O'Dell. We welcome additional sponsors - anyone interested should contact Debbie Schuster at 314-991-2602 or Maria Miskovic at 636-288-1764. A great time is guaranteed for all.

Debra Schuster,, Debra K. Schuster & Associates, 314-991-2602,



September 16 – 5:45 p.m.

Crestwood Community Center
Burns Recovered presents its 12th annual trivia night, benefitting our largest and most successful program, Midwest Children's Burn Camp (MCBC) on Saturday, September 16 at Crestwood Community Center. Doors open at 5:45 and trivia begins at 7 p.m.  The cost to participate is $25 per person or $200 for a table of 8. For more information or to reserve your table, visit or call 314-997-2757. 

Lynn Huelsmann,, Burns Recovered, 314-997-2757,



Representative Derek Grier Plans Donation

As lawmakers returned to the State Capitol for a special session to bring jobs to the state, Rep. Derek Grier plans to donate the daily living expense allowance given to legislators to Memory Care Home Solutions. Grier will give his legislative per diem, which amounts to $113.60 per day of session, to the non-profit organization that provides in-home support and training for people caring for loved ones with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease at no cost. Grier hopes this will raise awareness of the importance of ensuring vulnerable seniors receive the care they need. “These are taxpayer dollars that are better served going to an organization that does a world of good for older Missourians who are suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory loss. My hope is that we will be efficient in our work during the special session, but if our work drags on I want it to directly benefit seniors who need and deserve our support,” said Grier, R-Chesterfield. Memory Care Home Solutions provides programs to families and caregivers at no cost. We truly appreciate Rep. Grier’s donation and assistance in furthering our mission, said Lisa Baron, founder and executive director of Memory Care Home Solutions

Jennifer Poythress,, Reed Public Relations, 615-645-4324,



Nazareth Living Center

This fall, Nazareth Living Center in south St. Louis County will begin demolition of one of its oldest buildings, Gleason Hall, to construct a new assisted living facility. The new building will open in late 2018. The construction follows the completion of three major construction projects on the campus: a new assisted living/memory care facility, 50 new independent living apartments, and a renovation and expansion of its McGovern Commons skilled nursing facility. Demand for the new apartments and memory care facilities has been extremely high, with almost all of the independent living apartments sold.  Some residents are pleased to be moving in after being on a waiting list for more than two years. Chief Executive Officer Ron Mantia says the high demand reflects the need for more senior services in the region, and urges seniors considering moving to retirement communities to explore their options now and if necessary get on waiting lists so that they don't have to make such major life decisions in crisis.

Stephanie Stemmler,, Nazareth Living Center, 636-938-3218,



The Sheridan at Laumeier Park Assisted Living/Memory Care Community

Holly Lane has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for The Sheridan at Laumeier Park Assisted Living/Memory Care Community, a newly opened 84-unit assisted living/memory care community at 12470 Rott Road in Sunset Hills, MO.  Lane has seven years of experience in the medical services field. The Sheridan at Laumeier Park is one of three senior living communities in metro St. Louis either being built or recently completed by Senior Lifestyle Corporation, a closely-held national owner, operator and developer of senior housing based in Chicago, Ill. The other Sheridan communities are in Chesterfield and Creve Coeur

Teresa Schroeder,, 314-721-2828


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First Saturday of the Month at 10:30 a.m. and 3rd Monday of the month at 3:00 p.m.
Miracles in Progress Stroke Support Group meets the 1st Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. and the 3rd Monday every month at 3:00 p.m. Join us at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, 14561 North Outer 40, Chesterfield, Missouri. We also meet at Mercy Hospital Washington please call 636/394-0968 for days and times.

Cam Compton,, Miracles In Progress Stroke Support, 636-394-0968



Third Wednesday of the Month

Bethesda Health Group

Join us to discuss the challenges that come with caregiving and find solutions in a supportive group setting. The third Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Bethesda Health Group, Inc., 1630 Des Peres Road Ste. 200, St. Louis, MO 63131.  This is open to all caregivers. Caregiving can be immediate physical care or long-distance care provided to family, friend, or loved one. All caregivers have concerns and insights to share; we welcome all types.  The group is presented as a free service of Bethesda Hospice Care. For more information or questions, please feel free to contact the Bethesda Bereavement Team at 314-373-7025. Leslie Schaffer, LMSW, Kelly Haner, LMSW, Bereavement Coordinator Bereavement Assistant or  

Kelly  Haner,, Bethesda Hospice Care, 314-373-7025,

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Lutheran Senior Services Volunteer Money Management

Paying bills, balancing a checkbook, or reading mail can become challenging for many reasons. Lutheran Senior Services Volunteer Money Management is looking for volunteers age 21 and older to help older adults manage these financial tasks. Volunteer Money Management is currently available in the greater St. Louis area, St. Charles County, and Jefferson County, as well as the Illinois counties of St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe. Knowing that the bills are paid and the checkbook is balanced gives many people peace of mind. We receive many requests for Volunteer Money Management services and there is always a demand for additional, caring people to become involved. Two hours a month is needed to help an older adult in your community remain independent. This free program is an interfaith partnership between Lutheran Senior Services, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and AgeSmart Community Resources. For details, please call Laural at 314-446-2474 or visit our website at

Laural Crue,, Lutheran senior Services, (314) 446-2474,



Heartland Hospice
Are you looking for ways to make a difference in people's lives? Consider becoming a hospice volunteer and bringing bring joy, happiness, caring, and compassion to patients and families. Volunteers build relationships as they talk, play games, read, or do other activities. We also have opportunities to help in the office with administrative or creative projects. Students can earn community service hours. Veterans can connect with other veterans. 

Pat Miklosey,, Heartland Hospice, 618- 206-5748,


Are you organized and good with numbers? Paying bills, balancing a checkbook, or reading mail can become challenging for many reasons. Lutheran Senior Services Volunteer Money Management is looking for volunteers age 21 and older to help older adults manage these financial tasks. Volunteer Money Management is currently available in the greater St. Louis area, St. Charles County, and Jefferson County, as well as the Illinois counties of St. Clair, Madison, and Monroe. Knowing that the bills are paid and the checkbook is balanced gives many people peace of mind. We receive many requests for Volunteer Money Management services and there is always a demand for additional, caring people to become involved. Two hours a month is needed to help an older adult in your community remain independent. For details, please call Laural at 314-446-2474 or visit our website at

Laural Crues,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-446-2474,



Currently seeking Volunteer Ombudsman to speak up for quality long-term care and visit residents living in long-term care communities. Volunteers are trained and then visit residents once a week. Ombudsman volunteers solve problems and serve as an advocate for residents. Contact Becky White at or 314-919-2406 for more information or to apply to volunteer. 

Becky White,, VOYCE, 314-919-2406,

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