Autor: Scott

~ 21/11/10

Tis the season! As the year comes to a close, River City Professionals brings back one of the most exciting and unique ice-breaker activities, the White Elephant Gift Exchange! This is a not-to-miss event taking place at the Saint Louis Science Center on 12/14 that is sure to have the room a buzzing with activity.

The rules are simple:

It is a Holiday tradition! The idea is simple and gets the room moving and mingling. Most people trade upwards of 10 times just to meet as many people as possible! The rules are:

1. Take that old hula dancer salt shaker that you got from Uncle Al last year, tape your business card to it and wrap it (business card under the wrapping).

2. Bring it to the December River City Professionals networking happy hour. We will put it in the pile and give you a claim ticket with a number.

3. At 6:30 pm, we will call people up in groups of 10 by numbers to grab a gift. DON’T OPEN IT YET.

4. After everyone has a gift (still unopened) we will start the trading. You will have 15 minutes to work the room, trading and meeting people. Make the most of the opportunity! Last year people were trading upwards of 10 times!

5. After the 15 minutes, an announcement will be made and you can open your gift. Your next task is to look at the business card and find the person who gave it to you and get the story behind the gift!

Be creative, be tasteful (PG-13 gifts) and have a story to tell! Also be sure to come early so we can start promptly at 6:30.

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Autor: Scott

~ 08/11/10

Welcome to November! This month on 11/16, RCP heads to U City to visit the brand new Ginger Bistor (6665 Delmar). As we do every November, RCP is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern MO in an effort to collect much needed items for the Littles served by the organization. This year, we will be collecting books! Specifically, we are looking to collect new, hardcover children’s books but if you have good condition used books, we welcome them. Ideal items would be chapter books (titles featuring minorities, sports or the Junie B. Jones, Goosebumps or Mary-Kate and Ashley series).

Other suggestions are:

Suggested Titles:
- For the Love of Autumn by Patricia Polacco
- Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
- The Lucky Star by Judy Young
- Mrs. Muddle’s Holidays by Laura F. Nielsen
- My Chicoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers
- Owney, the Mail Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby
- Titanicat by Marty Crisp
- Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katina, Friendship, and Survival by Kriby Larson and Mary Nethery
- Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
- Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelso and Rosemarie Brennan

Suggested Authors:
- Patricia McKissack
- Sharon Draper
- Sharon Flake
- Books from the Mark Twain Book Award winners or nominees (

Reference Books & Periodicals:
- The World Almanac® for Kids 2011 Classroom Kit (
- American Girl
- Sports Illustrated for Kids
- Highlights for Kids
- Ranger Rick
- Jack and Jill
- Boys Life
- Newsweek for Kids

If you have any questions about donations, please contact April Baker at

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