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~ 31/07/06

The Saint Louis Area Food Bank needs your help on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

25 to 40 volunteers are needed each shift to help build 3,000 food boxes that will be delivered on Friday to people who have been affected by last week’s power outages and extreme heat. Volunteers have already been secured to deliver the assembled food boxes. 

Volunteers will be asked to place specific food items assembly-line style into specially prepared boxes for distribution to families in need.  This task will involve a lot of activity with your hands, so, please bring work gloves from home if you have them and be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you won’t mind getting dirty.  Volunteers will be working indoors at the Saint Louis Area Food Bank’s Warehouse located at 1451 Page Industrial Court in Olivette.

If you can help during one or more shifts, please respond promptly to stlcares@stl.unitedway.org so that we can provide the Food Bank with one comprehensive list of volunteers.  As the first shift begins tomorrow morning, your response by 6:00 this evening would be deeply appreciated.  Please distribute this request for volunteers to your friends, family members, co-workers and to your networks. 

This is an immediate need for volunteer assistance. If you need directions to the warehouse, please use Mapquest.com or contact Brett Moeller (for directions only) at the Food Bank at (314) 423-6100, ext. 107.

Thank you,

Rick Skinner
United Way Volunteer Center

St. Louis Cares
A program of the United Way Volunteer Center
and proud affiliate of the national Hands-On Network
Project Registration Hotline:  (314) 539-4283
E-mail Address:  stlcares@stl.unitedway.org

Thank you for supporting the United Way.

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Now this sounds like a hoot!!! Get it?? Hoot? Harry Potter… Hedwig the Owl??? er.. Nevermind.

MONDAY, AUGUST 14 @ 6:00pm
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
$5 admission, Free for members – Tickets available at the door

For lovers of books and lovers of music, Harry and the Potters and special guest Draco and the Malfoys will stop in St. Louis as part of their national Summer Reading and Rocking Tour 2006 to perform wizard rock: songs about books (the Harry Potter books, of course). Check out their myspace page and put Monday, August 14, on your calendar for this all ages show!

For more info, visit www.contemporarystl.org

Scott

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On Thursday, August 10, stop by a participating DQ® location and buy a Blizzard® Treat. All proceeds will be donated to our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO). The goal is raise over $2 million on this one day.

Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. Each year the 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. For more information, visit www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org.

Scott

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~ 30/07/06

A big thank you to the Network of South Asian Professionals for their efforts to make the July RCP at Moulin an amazing cultural experience! The evening consisted of traditional dance demonstrations, a mhendi artist, and a great mix of music! Check out the pictures from the event on the RCP site.

Another big plus on the evening was the new space of Moulin and sister restaurant, Vin de Set. Even though the temperature hovered around 100 degrees, people were drawn to Vin de Set’s breathtaking views from the 4000 foot rooftop bar!  If you did not make the event, I highly recommend a visit for dinner, especially during “Live on the Levee” where you have a perfect view of the fireworks display!

Scott

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From our friends over at VersusMedia:  

VersusMedia announced today the launch of its latest project, ProductionArmy.com. This new tool for independent filmmakers offers indie film buffs the exclusive opportunity to participate in the production process. For a donation (as low as $5), fans can receive something in return-a thank you in the film credits, a memento with the movie logo (mug, shirt, hat), or even the opportunity to be an extra in a film. Donations can be made directly through the website. Additionally, fans can learn more about films while they’re still in production, view trailers and clips from the movies, and discuss films in forums.

“Fledgling filmmakers” often need financial support for their projects. In the past, they have asked friends and family to donate money to help the cause. Now, ProductionArmy.com offers filmmakers not only a platform to obtain financial aid, but also advertising. By posting images, actor bios, and film updates, independent filmmakers can give their fans a closer look at the inner workings of movie making, while enticing them to donate money in return for an experience they won’t get anywhere else.

VersusMedia, which unites filmmakers with musicians, has a strong following in the independent film industry, and has collaborated with over 1,500 filmmakers worldwide.

For more information on how you can join the Production Army, visit www.productionarmy.com. Watch as the site and services continue to build out over the coming weeks.

VersusMedia
http://www.versusmedia.com

Scott

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~ 29/07/06

My four-year-old daughter and I are women of passion. We tend to talk in terms of “love” and “hate,” especially when it comes to food and clothing. The other day we were out with acquaintances, and my daughter mentioned— quite passionately of course—that she “hated bugs.” Her playmate looked aghast, and the mate’s mother cut off my bug-hating child saying indignantly “We don’t use the “h” word. That’s a bad word for us.” 

Her attitude was a bit insulting, but I instinctively said, “I’m sorry,” and moved the conversation to neutral territory. Since then I’ve noticed that many friends have classified the word “hate” as a taboo word on par with the usual four-letter curse words. I find this latest and greatest form of parental censorship a tad over the top.  The logic seems to be that “hate” is too ugly a word for our little ones, and that they can’t possibly grasp what they are saying. I disagree. “Strong dislike, loathing,” is the definition of hate, and I think kids definitely get those concepts.

My child knows about accepting people’s differences. She understands that being annoyed with someone or loathing someone’s outfit doesn’t equate to hating someone. She knows this because I let her use the word “hate” and explain it to her when she has used it improperly, or when she is carrying the drama a bit far. By cutting out the word “hate” from a child’s vocabulary, are parents really improving the little one’s ability to respect, to love, and be open-minded? I get the concept of teaching young ones that it’s not okay to tell people, “I hate you!” However, deleting the word from vocabulary altogether just seems like a doomed and misguided attempt to stifle the possibly inappropriate expression of ugly emotions that we all feel on occasion. Childhood is still the time to make mistakes and learn, right?

Expressing negative emotions in a healthy way challenges the best communicators, which kids obviously are not. Making “hate” entirely off limits won’t keep a kid from expressing his “strong dislike, loathing” in other ways. Even more important, this forced verbal omission is at odds with kids developing a real understanding and acceptance of the true spectrum of human emotion—and the intended and actual effects of expressing emotions respectfully or otherwise. For a child to feel he or she has the power to choose and use whatever word best fits a given circumstance is key to enabling kids to transform themselves into respectful, powerful, and relevant communicators when they grow up.

Deb

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Celebrate River City Professionals’ 4th birthday and help kids succeed in school by bringing school supplies for KidSmart – Tools for Learning to the Aug. 15 RCP happy hour at Atomic Cowboy. More than 80,000 children in the St. Louis area cannot afford school supplies, that’s enough kids to fill the new Busch Stadium twice! KidSmart provides free school supplies to more than 30,000 of these area kids in need. Pencils, paper, markers, crayons, and glue are the supplies needed most.  For more information about KidSmart visit www.kidsmartstl.org or call 314-291-6211.

Scott

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~ 26/07/06

Food Outreach lost power on Wednesday,and it was dark until late Sunday afternoon. We are looking for volunteers on Wednesday and Thursday between 9:30AM – 4PM to help us cook and pack meals. If you can only come for one hour, that will help! We are also seeking monetary donations that can be made by calling 314.652.FOOD (3663) ext. 22, or mailing a check to 3117 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103. No donation is too small.

We need help cooking and packing meals because we had to discard thousands of meals due to the power outage. The blast freezer with frozen prepared meals and meats stayed frozen for three days, but the temperature skyrocketed above freezing overnight on Saturday.

Board Member, Sam Orlando, Jr. helped us save thousands of dollars by allowing us to use an Orlando Catering’s refrigerated van throughout the duration of the outage. We saved the refrigerated food that we were going to use to make boxed lunches; a dinner; and Saturday’s cook and pack. We also saved cheeses, biscuits, and produce.

For the first time ever, Food Outreach had to cancel a Monday Hot Lunch. All day Monday, clients, volunteers and staff threw away food but also prepared nearly 2,000 meals, which clients can get today! We are seeing more clients than normal because they also had to throw away food, and many on food stamps have already used their July allotment.

Food Outreach provides nutritional support and enhances the quality of life of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. The past few days have been challenging, but Food Outreach will see to it that clients get the food they need to stay healthy. For more information, visit www.foodoutreach.org.

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Three Courses… 22 Restaurants… $25… Restaurant Week, a vital part of over 25 major cities’ annual event schedule, returns to downtown St. Louis the week of Monday, August 7 through Saturday, August 12. Following last year’s success, many of downtown’s finest dining establishments will once again take part in this fabulous food event.

There will be no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch – patrons will simply attend the restaurant of their choice and select from a special 3-course dinner menu for $25 per person, plus tip, plus tax. Participating restaurants will also offer special pricing on the Michelob family of beers.

Downtown St. Louis Restaurant Week will be a splendid opportunity to rediscover a long time favorite or experience one of St. Louis’ hot new eateries. Reservations are highly recommended! Fore more information and the list of participating restaurants, visit www.downtownrestaurantweek.net.

But just to make it more interesting, Synergy St. Louis is offering a $50 gift certificate to Kitchen K to be used durring Downtown Restaurant Week to one lucky RCP member! Just send an email to info@rivercityprofessionals.org with your contact info to enter the drawing to be held on July 31st. The winner will be notifed via email and the gift certificate will be mailed by Synergy St. Louis.

Scott

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In partnership with United Way of Greater St. Louis, Saint Louis Bread Co. is encouraging its customers in the St. Louis market to volunteer in local communities and build better, stronger neighborhoods during a “Season of Kindness”.

Each bakery-café will host a breakfast, information session and bread-breaking ceremony at its location prior to volunteers’ participation in a project. Volunteers must register first before participating in a project. 
 
People seeking information about volunteer opportunities or wishing to register for a volunteer session can visit their local bakery-café or visit United Way’s website,
www.PledgeUnitedWay.org.

Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. Ten to 15 pre-registered volunteers will meet at the Saint Louis Bread Co. at 17132 Chesterfield Airport Rd. in Chesterfield, Mo. At St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, volunteers will do yard work and mulching while children are attending camp.

Saturday, Aug. 19, times to be determined. Second Annual United Way–St. Louis Cares Servathon. Ten to 15 pre-registered volunteers will meet at the Saint Louis Bread Co. at 116 N. Pine St. in downtown St. Louis. They will join a team of 200 to 300 pre-registered volunteers to paint murals at an assigned public school in the city, assemble back-to-school kits at an agency, and paint and clean at various schools and agencies serving area youth. Activities will take place throughout the City of St. Louis and tentatively in association with several United Way member agencies.

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