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  NOVEMBER 15, 2017                           DEFENDING LIBERTY AND JUSTICE

     To say that Alan Dershowitz is a man of opinions is like declaring that water is wet!

     Many Americans are familiar with Dershowitz for his various television appearances defending civil liberties and for his high-profile legal work representing individuals like Claus von Bulow, Anatoly Sharansky, Muhammad Ali, Mia Farrow, the Chicago Seven, and O.J. Simpson. However, he has also been a full-time law professor at Harvard for almost four decades — since he was 25.

     “I was brought up in an immigrant family right after the Holocaust, and that’s all we [discussed] in my family — justice and injustice,” Dershowitz said in an interview with the St. Louis Times. “My father, who didn’t graduate high school, constantly talked about defending the underdog and being active on behalf of important causes. He was an uneducated man with a small store on [New York’s] Lower East Side, but he had a passion for justice. So it was the most natural thing in the world for me to not only want to be a lawyer but to be a civil liberties lawyer.”

     One of the things that concerns Alan Dershowitz deeply is that Americans do not seem to take seriously the premise that, in our legal system, individuals are “innocent until proven guilty.”

     “I think, in reality, most people presume that people who are brought to trial are guilty. That’s why the defense attorney has to turn it around and prove innocence, even though in theory the defense doesn’t have to prove anything. One of the great failings that I think of in terms of myself is that I haven’t been able yet — even though I try very hard by writing books and by being on television and by being in the public arena — to persuade people how important the presumption of innocence is, how important that everybody be defended zealously. I just don’t believe I’ve succeeded. I think the O.J. Simpson case proves that we haven’t yet finished our job of educating the public. Many still don’t think that people they believe are guilty should even get a defense. We’re hearing that today with people charged with terrorist attacks: ‘Why do you have to give them a defense? They’re guilty!’ We simply haven’t succeeded yet in educating the American public to the importance of a defense.”

            A number of years ago Harvard granted Professor Dershowitz a sabbatical year off, and he spent it writing about his passions, civil liberties and the law. In fact, within the space of a few months, he saw three new books — Shouting Fire, Supreme Injustice, and Letters to a Young Lawyer — released by three different publishers. At the time he came to St. Louis to discuss his books at the Jewish Book Festival.

     Shouting Fire is the most important book I ever wrote,” Dershowitz declared in our interview. “I’ve devoted 40 years of my life to fighting for rights, and this is a reflective book about where rights come from, what role they play in a democracy, and whether they change with times or whether they’re stagnant. And it couldn’t have come out at a better time because the basic thesis of the book is that rights grow out of wrongs, that rights grow out of experiences, and the experiences of September 11 are transforming in how we think about rights. September 11 made me rethink...from Ground Zero all of my approaches to rights. Fortunately, the book was just in typed form when September 11 occurred, so I had a chance to do a lot of revision and add a few chapters.”

The book “deals with all kinds of issues that relate directly to our response to terrorism and how we may have to accommodate changing rights to new realities of terrorism,” Dershowitz noted. “I think Shouting Fire is my most provocative book. It has a lot of very provocative chapters about how to think about rights. For myself, I don’t think rights come from nature; I don’t think they come from God; I don’t think they come from anything outside of human experience...and human experiences sometimes change quite dramatically. It’s really a book for its time, I believe, and I really hope it will start a big debate about rights.”

When Alan Dershowitz was a young man, he spent a year early in his legal career as a Supreme Court clerk for Justice Arthur Goldberg, and the Supreme Court has been close to his heart ever since. But he has felt that the venerable Court was sidetracked by politics, and, in his inimitable style, he has taken on “The Brethren” in Supreme Injustice.

     “For me, [the Supreme Court] was always an institution that was so important and so fundamental to our system of checks and balances that when they did what they did, I became outraged.... [But] my book is not about who won the election or who should have won the election; it’s really about the ignoble role played by the Supreme Court. It’s so hard for a teacher who tries to persuade his or her students that the law is a matter of principal and not politics to read this case and teach this case without becoming very cynical. So, I thought it was my duty as an insider, as somebody who knows how the Supreme Court works and who knows many of the Justices, to blow the whistle. I know what went on in the Court. I’ve spoken to sources, and I felt an obligation to perform the unpleasant duty of pulling the curtain back and revealing the Wizard of Oz. Really, my thesis is that had the shoe been on the other foot, had Bush been behind by a few hundred votes and had he needed the recount, the five Justices would not have stopped the election in this way — that it was a partisan political decision.”

     In writing Supreme Injustice, he says he had two goals: “One, to hold the Court accountable for what it did, to make sure the public realizes that the Court did something terrible, and, second, to have an impact on the next justices who are appointed, to make sure the President, whether it’s a Democrat or a Republican, can’t get away with appointing politicians to the Court — to really think about appointing people who are above politics, who are outside of politics. So, I believe the next time this book will become influential is when the next vacancies occur on the Supreme Court. If that were to happen we may have a resignation by the Chief Justice — I think people will go back and read this book and use it in the confirmation hearings to make sure we don’t get political people on the Court.”

     Alan Dershowitz wasn’t always perceived as a person of brilliance, destined to succeed. In fact, in elementary school and high school, he barely made C’s, and he was only able to enter Brooklyn College after testing proved his potential.

“My mother used to say that she always wanted me to be a B student. But I never got a B in my life. I went from being a C student in high school to an A student in college,” Dershowitz observed. “Brooklyn College was a very good school, and it had excellent professors who really encouraged argument and conversation and discussion, and I was really good at that. So, teachers began to recognize my abilities and to encourage me. I just loved college. It was a wonderful experience, eye-opening. Nobody told me what I had to believe. I could think for myself, and I took full advantage of it. And I became an even better student in law school because law school suited me very naturally.”

     He grew up with his one brother in New York City. His mother was a bookkeeper, and his father owned a store. He lived what he calls a “lower middle-class life” as a child. “There was always food on the table, but not always meat.... I grew up as an Orthodox Jew. I grew up kosher and going to synagogue and praying three times a day, and that was a very important part of my upbringing because it gave me discipline, and it also gave me a lot of knowledge.”

     Though Dershowitz has continued to teach full time at Harvard he has been responsible for some remarkable legal victories during his career in law. However, he maintains that his teaching duties come first. “I never miss classes. Students don’t remember the last time I cancelled a class. I’m a very hands-on teacher. I have lunch with every single student in my first-year class. I invite them all to my home for dinner. I supervise papers. And I’m very active in the day-to-day life of the law school.”

     “But I’m efficient. When I have a case, I work late at night doing it; I don’t let it interfere with my teaching. I take a very limited number of cases. Over my lifetime I have handled a lot of cases, but at any given time, I’m usually only doing a couple of cases.”

An examination of Dershowitz’s legal victories seems staggering, especially considering he was teaching full-time while practicing law. He has successfully represented individuals such as Dr. Benjamin Spock, F. Lee Bailey, Harry Reems, John DeLorean, Kenny Rogers, Senator Alan Cranston, Jim Bakker, and Beatle John Lennon — in a case he says he wishes he had lost. “I was one of the lawyers in [Lennon’s] deportation proceeding. If we had lost, they would have deported him to England, and he wouldn’t have been shot on the streets of New York. He’d be alive and well in England today.”

     “The case that’s been most gratifying for me was the Sharansky  case where I had to go to the Soviet Union to argue for the freedom of dissidents at a time when going to the Soviet Union and defending dissidents was a very risky activity. Of all the cases I’ve done in my lifetime, probably helping to get Anatoly Sharansky out of jail is the most satisfying.”

     “One of the least important cases in terms of precedent or law was the O.J. Simpson case. The only reason that got publicity was because of who he was and the racial elements. The von Bulow case, on the other hand, was important legally. It established a very important precedent. It also helped educate the American public that appeals aren’t just won on technicalities, that you really can win an appeal and produce justice because the jury the second time around acquitted him, so it wasn’t just a technicality. It really meant the difference from convicting an innocent person and letting him get on with his life.

     In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dershowitz remains concerned about the public attitude. “Americans are too willing to give up important liberties in order to secure safety. [But] if we give up too many of our liberties, basically the terrorists have succeeded because that’s what they want in some ways. They want to show that we’re a repressive nation. For example, this business about putting people on trial in secret military tribunals was a great success for the terrorists because they’re able to argue, ‘Look at the hypocrisy of America.’ We criticize other countries for putting people in military tribunals, and now we’re prepared to try people secretly and in military tribunals.

     Opinions? Yes, Alan Dershowitz has plenty of them. However, what has really distinguished his legal career is his willingness to go to bat to defend other’s rights to their opinions, no matter how divergent they may be from his own. That willingness to defend individual rights and his dynamic legal mind has led to his being characterized as the winningest appellate criminal defense attorney in U.S. history. Not bad for a C student who barely got into college.

 Reprinted from the St. Louis Times



Pyramid Home Health Services

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Michael Malone, P.O Box 1927, Pyramid Home Health Services, 800-699-1746,



Alzheimer’s Association Missouri Chapter

Alzheimer’s Association Missouri Chapter has an opening for The Vice President of Programs. This position provides leadership and strategic direction for the development, implementation and evaluation of quality programs and services. Based in St. Louis, with frequent travel, working occasional evenings and weekends. Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, Health Care Management or related field required; Master’s preferred. 7+ years’ progressive experience with program delivery / development / management. 5+ years’ experience managing staff & volunteer. Demonstrated history of clinical services delivery, quality program evaluation, strong public speaking skills and an understanding of volunteer management. Please click here for the detail of the job description

Susan Feng,, Alzheimer's Association, 314-432-3422,



Montessori Moments in Time Program

Memory Care, what does this mean? We think it means; to enrich the lives of our community, residents, families and employees through extraordinary experiences. The Montessori Moments in Time Program is designed to capture our residents' special moments at any given time, validate them, and help them live fully in those moments. This is accomplished through the following five directional paths: Life Engagement, Dining Experience, Team Promise, Family Connections and Health & Wellness. We have based our program on Naomi Feil's Validation Theory: People who are in the late stages of life might have unresolved issues that drive behaviors and emotions. Reciprocated communication of respect which communicates that others' opinions are acknowledged, respected and heard and that they are being treated with genuine respect as legitimate expression of their feelings rather than marginalized or dismissed. This is our Memory Care.

Stephanie Renz,, Assisted Living at the Meadowlands,




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,   



Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Lutheran Senior Services

Free health screening with a faith community nurse.  Insurance information is not needed. Measure your blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, and pulse. This free service is offered at Lutheran Senior Services – The Village at Mackenzie Place. 8520 Mackenzie Road - Affton, MO 63123 Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call

314-884-7909 for times and more information

Melita Hodzic,, LSS, 314-884-7909



Wednesdays - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 5:00 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,   



Stonecrest at Clayton View Partners with the APA

It's Doggone Adorable! Stonecrest at Clayton View teams with the APA to bring its residents some cuddly medicine through anecdotes and research.  It's well-known that pets can help people of all ages reduce stress, loneliness, depression, lower blood pressure and more. However, as a person ages, they often can no longer sufficiently care for a pet on a daily basis. As part of its “Vibrant Life” program, Stonecrest at Clayton View has recently teamed with the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) to find a way that animals, specifically puppies and kittens, can be a part of the extended family at Stonecrest and enrich the lives of their residents. This past February, Uber partnered with the APA and brought a few puppies for 15 minutes of cuddles to Stonecrest at Clayton View, the newly opened residential care community located in Richmond Heights, through its #UberPuppies project. This sparked an idea with the staff at Stonecrest, as some of their employees had occasionally brought their own dogs in for a day here and there, but nothing on a regular basis.  To learn more of this story, please contact us.

Annemarie  Schumacher,  Stonecrest at Clayton View




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



Dr. Michael Travis, Pine Lawn Dental

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, 


Des Peres Hospital

Orthopedic Seminars at Des Peres Hospital If hip or knee pain and chronic stiffness are keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, you owe it to yourself to learn more about your surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Board-certified surgeons, nurses and therapists who specialize in orthopedic care. Join us at an upcoming seminar with an orthopedic specialist:

Simone Valle,  Des Peres Hospital (Tenet Healthcare),




November 16 – 7:00 p.m.

St; Louis County Library Headquarters

November 17 – 12:00 p.m.

Washington University Eric Newman Education Center

November 17 – 2:00 p.m.

St. Louis University Education Union Building

November 17 – 6:00 p.m.

Consumers Council of Missouri at The Den

Free public presentations by Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, author of "An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back." She’s also the editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, a former NY Times journalist, and a Harvard-trained internist. All events are free; some require RSVPs, as information follows. Thursday November 16 at 7:00 p.m., STL County Library Headquarters, 1640 Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis MO 63131. No tickets or RSVPs needed but please arrive early.  Friday November 17 at 12:00 p.m. – Eric P. Newman Education Center, “Great Room B”, on the campus of the Washington University School of Public Health, 320 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis MO 63110. RSVP to Leah Kemper at

Friday November 17 at 2:00 p.m. – Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics. SLU's Education Union Building, 1312 Carr Lane, St. Louis MO 63104. Interview by Jason Keune MD, at 2:00 p.m. followed by an open reception for her with a book signing until 4:00 p.m. No tickets or RSVPs required. Friday November 17 at 6:00 p.m. – she’ll be the keynote speaker at a benefit for Consumers Council of Missouri ( at The Den, 711 N. 13th St., St. Louis 63103. RSVPs requested but not required.

Ed Weisbart MD,, Physicians for a National Health Program,




December 4, 5, 6

Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, the Dementia Capable Care team has partnered with National Task Group (NTG) on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices to bring the NTG’s New National Model Training Curriculum Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia to St. Louis at a reduced cost for Missouri-based agencies and providers. The 2-day foundation or 3-day train-the-trainer workshops will be held on December 4th, 5th and 6th, 2017 at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur. The cost is $125 for the 2-day and $175 for the 3-day training. Please follow this link to find more details and to register for the training. For questions regarding the training, please contact Anna Zelinske at 314-726-2606 ext. 113 or

Anna Zelinske,, Productive Living Board, 314-726-2606,


December 8 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

CenterPointe Hospital

CenterPointe Hospital Behavioral Health Lecture & Holiday Luncheon Topic: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): An Effective Treatment for Depression Presenter: Satish Kulkarni, MD Date: Friday, December 8, 2017 Time: Registration & Luncheon begin at 11:00 a.m. Lecture begins at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: CenterPointe Hospital Gym 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway St. Charles (Weldon Spring), MO 63304 RSVP: 636-477-2157 or

Sheila Hunt,, CenterPointe Hospital, 636-345-6150,


Randa Handler’s Classroom PDF Books

Are you a school teacher looking for a mainstream way to talk diversity and tolerance? Free PDF files of Randa Handler's books are available for your classroom. Teachers have shared online how they've found her books helpful, through reviews and 'lesson plans'. Even though picture books, their high word count (about 2500) targets early readers. Handler is an international journalist, publicist and publisher. In 2003, her publishing efforts launched an educational series of children’s books with Miss America 2000, Claire’s Adventures, that are still being used as ‘lesson plans’ by elementary school teachers. She has released five children’s books to instill in kids an appreciation of differences. Cubbie Blue and His Dog Dot (Book One), and What’s Up with Mike? (Book Two), a fantastical series populated with multi-ethnic characters. The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter, a fun book that explains why Thanksgiving is more than Turkey Day and introduces a similar celebration in Japan; If I Were King, is a fun animal tale about a feisty zebra trying to find her turf. One of her most popular children’s books, Boy Who Spoke to God, attempts to open dialogue about different religions with early readers using a fairy tale setting and multicultural characters.

Randa Handler,, Ravencrest Publishing, 4 Diverse Books,




November 17 – 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

November 18 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

November 19 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

St. Charles Convention Center

We are presenting the 10th annual Treasure Chest Holiday Expo at the beautiful St. Charles Convention Ctr. starting Friday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 19, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Over 200 booths filled with Unique Gift Items, one-of-a-kind Arts & Crafts, Gourmet Goodies, Holiday and Home Décor, Toys, Books, Games, everyone's favorite product vendors and so much more! Special events, raffles and door prizes throughout the weekend! Free admission and free parking. Join us for our Holiday Shopping Extravaganza.

Janice McBroom,, Treasure Chest Shows,




November 18 and 19

On November 18 and19, the seven Hermann area wineries will host the Holiday Fare Wine Trail, a celebration of good food and good wine. Sip and sample holiday foods paired with wines along the trail. Participating wineries; Adam Puchta, Bias, Dierberg Star Lane, Hermannhof, Oak Glenn and Stone Hill. The $30 ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass. Purchase tickets in advance online at or call the Hermann Welcome Center at 800-932-8687.

Patty Held,, Hermann Wine Trail, 800-932-8687,



November 18 and 19

Lindbergh Senior High School

It’s the largest in the area with 480 booths.  Looking for ways to get into the holiday spirit? Check out the Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair Fall Show on November 18 and 19 at Lindbergh Senior High School, 5000 South Lindbergh Blvd. The Fair has been featured in Southern Living and Midwest Living Magazines. It showcases local and national artisans including jewelers, photographers, woodcutters, candle makers...unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list. 100% of the proceeds are returned to community projects and programs, as well as eradicating polio around the world with Rotary International and The Gates Foundation. Rotary’s motto is "Service Above Self." Thanks to crafters and shoppers for always making this event a huge success! Contact:, or 314-729-2121

Lori Scarlett,, Crestwood Sunset Hills Rotary, 314-729-2121,



December 6 – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The Missouri History Museum

Maturity and Its Muse, in partnership with The Missouri History Museum, proudly presents The Silver Stages Series: Gateway Harmonica Club, playing your favorites:  a variety of Golden Oldies, Ethnic Music, Show Tunes, Big Band with a variety of harmonicas (chromatic, bass, and chord), at The Missouri History Museum.  Admission is free. Doors Open at 10:00 a.m. and performance is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Handicapped Accessible.  For additional information please contact Lynn Hamilton 314-420-1444  

lynn Hamilton,, Maturity and Its Muse, 314-420-1444



November 17

Autumn View Gardens of Creve Coeur Holiday Boutique on Friday, November 17,

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., located at 11210 Schuetz Rd., St. Louis, MO.  The holiday shopping season will be here before you know it. This event will offer unique boutique items, jewelry, personal care items, astonishing accessories and delicious specialty desserts.

Susan Press,, Autumn View Gardens Assisted Living of Creve Coeur,




November 30

Join VOYCE on November 30, 2017 for the Annual Caregiver Awards Luncheon. The Caregiver Awards Luncheon honors exceptional caregivers and lifetime achievers within the long-term care industry. Show the community you support quality long-term care: Sponsorships due August 31, 2017. Recognize your exceptional employees or volunteers: Nominations due September 30, 2017. Purchase early bird tickets: Discount tickets available through November 7, 2017. Don't miss out on the long-term care event of the year! Last year, 600 attendees honored 100 nominees from 54 organizations.

Michelle Rowe,, VOYCE, 314-918-8222,



December 2 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Pattonville High School

Huge Holiday Craft Fair at Pattonville High School; 2497 Creve Coeur Mill Rd, Maryland Heights on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More than 230 crafters and vendors all in one place, meeting all your holiday shopping and decorating wishes. This annual craft fair has been supporting the PHS Band Programs for more than 30 years.  Crafters return year after year due to the great success and customers love the large variety and accessibility to handcrafted items that cannot be found anywhere else. Here is what they have to say: “Job well done it was a great experience. I would rate your fair in the ranking of Lindbergh. Thanks a bunch.” Penny Price. We are happy to announce Penny Price turned from consumer into a new vendor this year. “We have been coming for eight or nine years, tons of traffic, nice, advantageous and very flexible. We thoroughly enjoy seeing our repeat customers who enjoy our special variety of handcrafted items.” Susan and Karin Oelzen. Come and spend the day shopping with us, for that special something for that special someone.

Renea Koski,, Pattonville Band Boosters, 314-803-4162,


Mercy Outpatient Ostomy Clinic

Mercy Hyberbarics and Wound Care has started an Outpatient Ostomy Clinic at the Studt Avenue location. The clinic offers education and support services aimed at improving the quality of life for patients who have had or are going to have ostomy surgery. The goal is to help prepare patients to adapt to life with their ostomy and return to their normal activities as soon as possible. Mercy Outpatient Ostomy Clinic is staffed by certified ostomy care nurses and nurses specially trained in the care and management of an ostomy. We provide a full range of services for patients with an ostomy, as well as fistula wound management. The clinic is located at 11700 Studt Avenue, Creve Couer, MO 63141 and is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 314-989-1181 to set up your appointment today.

Lisa Hezel,, Mercy Hyperbarics and Wound Care St. Louis,




Barnes-Jewish County Hospital Hospice House

Evelyn’s House helps ‘make every moment count’ at end of life. New BJC hospice house in Creve Coeur offers compassionate care for adults, teens, children and families.  Evelyn’s House, the new BJC hospice house, located on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, MO, is open and accepting patients. With 16 beds, the spacious 18,000-square-foot ranch style house, offers a full array of services and support for adults, children and their families. Features include:  16 private guest suites for adults, teens and children, walkout patio from every suite, Hospice-specialized care team, family gathering spaces with overnight accommodations, dedicated music and expressive therapy rooms, family kitchen and café, meditation room and gardens, kids and teen activity room, with a salon and spa. For more information call 314-996-8100 or visit

Cara Lotspeich,, BJC Hospice, 314-273-0759,



Welcome Neighbor Yard Signs

Since 2002, Bilingual International Assistant Services has provided services for older immigrants, refugees and under-served native born citizens. Relying primarily on grants and donations for sustainability, the agency is selling "Welcome Neighbor" yard signs for $10 as a fundraiser. Signs may be obtained at our office, 1329 Macklind Ave, or delivered to mid-St. Louis County locations. For information, please contact Gail Thomas, 314-645-7600 ext. 100. To view the sign, click on:  

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



Promise Home Works

Promise Home Works, a veteran-owned and VA Certified Contractor, has achieved accreditation status by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and was awarded the contract as the official installer for VA ramps in the St. Louis and surrounding area.

Lynn Potts,,  Promise Home Works, 314-494-4940,


YMCA Trout Lodge

Trout Lodge is located only 90 minutes south of St. Louis, YMCA Trout Lodge is a country-style resort and conference center located on 5200 acres with a 360-acre lake. Trout Lodge has many fun & educational adults-only programs for those who like to travel and meet other lifelong learners, with something for every activity level. Whether in a group, as a couple or yourself, you will have an amazing time exploring new adventures and making new friends. Recent programs include a trip to Elephant Rocks State park, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, zip line and much more. There will also be plenty of time to kick back and relax along the banks of the lake. Rates include lodging, meals and all scheduled activities. To receive a complete list of 2017 activities, go to, click on "Stay", click on "Adult Programs" and click on the 2017 Adult Program Guide. Or you can simply call 888-FUN-YMCA and ask for a booklet be mailed to you. Happy exploring.

Dillon Charleville,, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622,



Bright Star Care

Please visit our website to read about our Caregiver Judy and her efforts to help our Veteran's and Military families by supporting USA Cares and the Honor Glow.

Keep up the amazing work Judy and Thank-you.

Lori Scarlett,, BrightStar Care, 314-984-8650,



CenterPointe Hospital Chief Executive Officer

CenterPointe Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Susan Mathis, was awarded a Beyond the Best Award during an awards banquet with over 400 community leaders in attendance. Susan Mathis is an RN, MSN, who has spent her career in the Behavioral Health field. For the past 25 years, she has held Behavioral Health senior leadership positions in prestigious organizations. She is regarded as an innovative and effective leader and change agent with excellent interpersonal and communications skills. Susan is highly skilled in motivating and mentoring management teams and staff to achieve objectives and results. She has demonstrated flexibility and success in the challenging and ever-changing healthcare environment. Susan was in the COO role at CenterPointe from 2005 to 2015. She was promoted to CEO of CenterPointe Hospital in January 2016. Susan earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from St. Louis University. Susan is an Adjunct Faculty member at Maryville University, Goldfarb College of Nursing and UMSL. She is a member of the Maryville University School of Nursing Advisory Board. Congratulations to Susan Mathis, CEO, CenterPointe Hospital, for receiving this prestigious and well deserved award

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



Senior Lifestyle Corporation Essence Aromatherapy Program

The Essence Aromatherapy Program developed by Senior Lifestyle Corporation has won a Best of Best national award for its breakthrough approach to the care of people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease from Argentum, the U.S. trade association for senior center operators. Based in Chicago, Ill., Senior Lifestyle owns and operates The Sheridan at Creve Coeur, The Sheridan at Laumeier Park and The Sheridan at Chesterfield.

Teresa Schroeder,, 314-721-2828



Senior’s Home Care

November 28 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Free Family Caregiver Training Tuesday, November 28, 2017; 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. This opportunity provides tools to use when caring for a loved one. Topics include: monitoring and handling medications, incontinence care, home safety, proper body mechanics to protect yourself from injury, Alzheimer's/dementia awareness and handling caregiver stress. The class is taught by a Seniors Home Care registered nurse. Seating is limited, so call 314-962-2666 today to reserve a spot!

Ted Ryan,, Seniors Home Care, 314-962-2666,



Grace Chapel Ministries

Help restore respect for life by making a tax deductible donation of $10 for a shirt that has a slogan " I'm Alive. Let Me Survive " These T-shirts will be distributed to seniors, children, and adults who live in " high crime " areas We believe that " As a man thinks, is the way he acts". We must change attitudes. More policemen, more laws, more jails, stronger sentences won't do it. Minds have to change. The more people are seen wearing this T-shirt, the more the slogan will become a mindset. Contact Grace Chapel Ministries at 314-995-5013.

larry brown,, Grace Chapel Ministries,




Contact for Upcoming Dates

A new kind of support group is being offered that brings one component to the table some of the others don’t; an expert in Dementia who will also help you troubleshoot challenges you are having with care and management of a loved one with the disease. For the complete list of days and times please email Have someone on your side every step of the way so your loved one can stay at home. Sponsored by Angela Haas BA, CSA, CDS, CDP Dementia Expert and Dementia Survivor

AngelA Haas,, 314-277-0851



First Saturday of the Month at 10:30 a.m., 3rd Monday of the 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



First Bank

First Bank offers tips for seniors to protect themselves from elder financial abuse.  Experts call elder financial abuse the “crime of the 21st century”.  Seniors need to protect themselves from financial exploitation and abuse. To help seniors protect themselves, First Bank offers these tips:  Don’t be threatened or intimidated. Never let yourself get rushed into a deal.  Plan ahead to protect your assets and to ensure that your wishes are followed.  Check references and credentials of anyone who wants to work in your home.  Do not allow people working for you to have access to or information about your finances.  Never give personal information to anyone who phones you.  Consult with a financial advisor or attorney before signing any document you do not understand.  Never pay a fee or taxes to collect “winnings”.  Feel free to say “no”, after all, it is your money.

Greg Severin,, Lents and Associates, 314-968-3060



The Medical Family Therapy Program at St. Louis University

The Medical Family Therapy Program at Saint Louis University is conducting a study to see if an interactive group can help individuals improve memory and mood. Participants take part in a variety of fun activities such as music recall, art projects, historical events, life storybooks and more! The group is facilitated by a faculty member and graduate students. The participant must have a confirmed diagnosis of dementia. Participants (both the individual and caregiver) have a chance to receive up to $30 in Target gift cards throughout the study. The study runs once a week for 14 weeks at The Center for Counseling and Family Therapy (3700 Lindell Blvd. Ste 1100). To participate or simply for additional information, please contact the Primary Investigator, Max Zubatsky, at 314-977-2496 or

Max Zubatsky,, Saint Louis University, 314-977-2496,



Second Wednesday each Month

Brentmoor Retirement Community

Do you have a loved one with dementia? Are you looking for some activities or outings for them? Do you need a break yourself? Do you need questions answered concerning what is happening with your loved one? How about a memory cafe activity and discussion? Come Join Comfortcare HomeCare St. Louis and VITAS Healthcare for an engaging and relaxing activity, game, craft and music (Name that Tune and Karaoke). Sing those old songs with your loved ones or paint a picture. Each month has a different theme and activity, All the activities are customized for those with Dementia such as Alzheimers, Frontal Temporal etc., ranging from the early stages to late stage. Feel free to bring them along. We will also discuss any concerns with Dementia care and how to overcome them. Events held the second Wednesday each month at 2:00 p.m. at Brentmoor Retirement Community, 8600 Delmar Blvd # 1200, St. Louis, MO 63124. Free to attend, RSVP is required 314-965-6900

Angela Haas,, ComForCare St. Louis, 314-277-0851



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,



Fourth Wednesday of the Month

Alzheimer’s Association Office

The Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter is now offering a Fronto-Temporal Dementia Support Group on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The support group will meet at the Alzheimer’s Association office located at 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132. This is a free group for caregivers of someone who has Fronto-Temporal Dementia, Pick’s Disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, or Corticobasal Syndrome. A caregiver support group is a safe place to learn, offer and receive helpful tips, and meet others coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. Before attending, please call the facilitator to confirm the group is meeting at its usual date and time, and to check for specific directions to the meeting location. Group Facilitators: Ashley Blattel, 636-262-0163.

Lindy Noel,, Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter, 800-272-3900,



Morrissey Hall at Saint Louis University

Are you a caregiver of a loved one with dementia and looking for a group or activity for them to engage in? The Medical Family Therapy Program at Saint Louis University is now running social groups for those with mild to moderate dementia. The purpose of the group is to help improve cognition and memory in those with dementia, while helping them engage with others in a group format. The first group will look to start in mid-May. Groups are usually 75 minutes long and are twice per week over seven weeks. They take place in Morrissey Hall at the Center for Counseling and Family Therapy. For further details or to sign up, please contact Max Zubatsky at 314-977-2496 or email at

Max Zubatsky,, Saint Louis University, 314-977-2496,

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A Mother’s Touch in Home Health

"Taking Care of Your Loved Ones with A Mother's Touch" Services Provided In-Home Health Care, Consumer Directed Services(CDS), Care Companions, Medicaid, and private pay accepted

Barbara Jackson,, A Mother's Touch In-Home Health Care, LLC, 314-733-5100,



Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care

November is a traditional time for recognizing the service and commitment of those who have served their country as a member of the Armed Services.

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care wants to enlist former military personnel from across the Greater St. Louis region to serve as volunteers to assist in providing care and comfort for hospice patients who are themselves Veterans. (Patients who are Veterans often find it easier to communicate with a fellow Veteran.)

FYI, Medicare guidelines require all hospices to have a team of volunteers providing day-to-day administrative and/or direct patient care services in an amount that equals at least 5% of total patient care hours of all paid hospice employees and contract staff.

Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word.

Thomas Derr,, 215-620-7723



Detring Home Healthcare

We are in search of caregivers on a continual basis. We are looking for caregivers who have a minimum of one year experience who can pass a background check and be willing to work 1-3 hours up to 24 hours depending on the job. 1-3 hour jobs pay $12 an hour, 24 hour jobs pay $175 to start. We highly favor those caregivers who are dependable and reliable and who are consistent to do the job. 4 hour or more pays $10 an hour. We work best with those caregivers who show us that they are committed to their job performance, and open communication is high on the list. We like caregivers to accept positions 15-20 minutes from jobs and are willing to submit photos of drivers license and social security card by email so that we can run background checks before actually going through the hiring process. We are committed to our caregivers and work so that they may thrive. Benefits are something we value offering within the year. Please call 314-534-8434 if you are interested in filling out an application.

Lynne Detring., Detring Home Healthcare, 314-435-1009,



A Mother’s Touch In-Home Health

If you need a companion for couple of hours a week or even everyday.  I have the perfect companion for you. If you need some to run errands, clean house and cook meals for special diet. We have someone just for you.  No need to look any further.

Barbara Jackson,, A Mother's Touch In-Home Health, Care, LLC, 314-733-5100, 



Preferred Hospice

Preferred Hospice is seeking volunteers who want to make a difference in someone’s life by providing a hospice patient with a one on one friendly visit. Volunteering is a rewarding experience and gives you an opportunity to give back to someone what you may have received at some time in your own life. If this is of interest to you please contact me and I can answer any questions you have. Sincerely, Tracy 301 Sovereign Blvd Ste 206 Ballwin, Mo. 63011 636-527-9330

Tracy Sweazey,, Preferred Hospice Northeast,




Ah! Moments Imagination Studios

If you are interested in bringing the arts and community together, please contact us. Our nonprofit art outreach program is seeking not only volunteers to help in our art sessions, no art experience needed, but also individuals wishing to play a more active role in helping the program plan its activities. See our website for more information about us or call Dennis Jones anytime at or 314-368-4551.

Dennis Jones,, Ah! Moments Imagination Studios,




Anodyne Podiatry

Anodyne Podiatry is prepared to provide specialized foot care in your home.  Our clinicians are health professionals, providing preventative care to improve comfort and mobility.  A medically trained clinician provides care assistance, assessments in areas of concern, and with your physician develops an individualized treatment plan.  Anodyne Podiatry home foot care provides in-home nail care, preventative care, and follow-up care of the feet.

Megan Hollandsworth,  Anodyne Podiatry,




Risk Reduction for Alzheimer’s Disease Study

Washington University School of Medicine

Volunteers needed for the rrAD (Risk Reduction for Alzheimer's Disease) study. We are testing to see if what's good for the heart is good for the brain. If you are between the ages of 60-85 years old, have high blood pressure, and are concerned about your memory, you may be eligible. We are testing several strategies that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease in individuals at risk for the disease when compared to usual care. There are other criteria to be eligible. Please call Adriana Martin for more information at 314-273-1355.

Adriana Martin,, Washington University School of Medicine,




Bethesda Health Group

Can you spend an hour or two each month taking a resident or two, pushing them in a wheel chair outside to a lovely patio area to enjoy the fall weather? Can you imagine the feel of a gentle breeze, watching the leaves rustle and then fall to the ground… and the enjoyment that would bring to someone who is not able to get outside on most days? Can you reminisce about raking leaves and enjoying bonfires? If you answered yes to any of those, contact one of the Volunteer Coordinators at a Bethesda community and schedule a visit today to explore being a volunteer! Please contact Leslie Simon at Bethesda Meadow, Darla Neely at Bethesda Dilworth, or Jan Keale, at Bethesda Southgate.

Jeff Waldman,, Bethesda Health Group, 314-800-1908,



Compassus Hospice Care

The Heart of Hospice is Volunteers. We need you. Share your passion, time and talent. At Compassus Hospice Care we are dedicated to compassionate care at the end of life when families need it most. As a valuable part of the Compassus team, volunteers provide companionship, caregiver support, administrative assistance, bereavement support and more. Interviews are now being scheduled. Contact Karen Riley, Volunteer Coordinator at 314-731-4700 or email:

Karen Riley,, Compassus Hospice, 314-731-4700,



Jewish Family & Children’s Services Olivette Food Pantry

The food pantry plans to feed 6,500 people this month. The food pantry, located in Olivette, needs adult volunteers (18 and older), to help Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. To inquire, please contact Chelsey at 314-513-1674 or

Chelsey Banaskavich,, Jewish Family & Children's Service,




Wentzville Assisted Living Community

Wentzville area - looking for part-time work? I am searching for someone to sit with an elderly resident at an assisted living community during lunch and/or dinner to encourage and assist with meals. Resident has Parkinson's and Dementia and needs assistance with meals. If interested, please contact Sue by email at Please let me know what days and meal times you would be available, experience working with the elderly and pay requirements. Might be perfect for a retiree or student as supplemental income.

Sue Richardson,, 314-550-7475



St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program

Non-profit St. Louis HELP loans reconditioned wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, crutches, scooters, shower chairs, tub benches, grab bars, pediatric equipment and other medical equipment to anyone absolutely free. Call St. Louis HELP at 314 567 4700, or see the website The Overland Farmers Market is at 2512 Woodson Road. See website

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



Lutheran Senior Services

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



Mobile Manicurist Today

Mobile Manicurist Today travel delivering care-filled nail services to homes, hospitals, seniors assistance living, nursing homes, offices and special events. Along with our disposable manicure and pedicure kits (which include disposable gloves, nail files, cuticle pusher, nail buffer, pumice pad & foot bath liner for worry free nail care service), our travel nail technicians provide the towels, folding footrests, petite folding tables, lap mats, floor mats, pedicure basin. Let’s discuss your individual or group mobile nail care needs. We’d love to answer your questions & explain in greater detail how our mobile nail service works, based on your individualized needs. Once we know what you need, in most cases all we’ll need you to provide, is access to water & we bring everything else.

Pamela Adams,  Mobile Manicurist Today,

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