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Meramec Bluffs, Meet CityGarden

An elegant little urban playground nestled in the heart of downtown St. Louis, CityGarden features delightful art installations and well-manicured landscaping to delight the senses. Our residents took a leisurely tour of the place, and had a chance to sample the avant-garde hamburgers at Bailey’s Range restaurant while they were in the neighborhood! Click below […]

Fun in the Sun…Without the Sun! Rain Sends the Meridian Village Luau Indoors

A perfectly timed deluge sent the organizers of this year’s Meridian Village luau scrambling to relocate at the last moment…but between the musical stylings of the Ocean Trio Band and some top-notch work by the dining services team, the luau couldn’t have been any more of a success. Click below to see images from the […]

What Christians Do: Mel West Leads the Charge in Helping the Developing World

An afternoon spent talking with Lenoir Woods resident Mel West isn’t nearly long enough. You could listen to him talking about his career for hours and walk away with the impression that you’d barely scratched the surface. “I was in Atlanta a few months ago to help celebrate house number 800,000 for Habitat for Humanity,” […]

No Password Required to Get into the Hidden Lake Speakeasy

The joint was swinging all afternoon long as the Riverbend Brass brought their big band sound to Hidden Lake’s first-ever Speakeasy. Fortunately, bathtub gin wasn’t on tap for the event, but champagne sure began to flow…at least until the “cops” showed up to bust the revelers for breaking Prohibition. Click below to see photos from […]

Heel, Toe, Do-Si-Do: Boot Scoot Boogying on the Bluffs

If you hear the sounds of shuffling cowboy boots and country music coming from the multipurpose room at Heisinger Bluffs, you know it’s probably Donna Linnenbrink from the Show Me Bootscooters running another of her six-week line dancing courses. Click below to see photos from one of her recent classes. (And click here to check […]

Jim and Sharon are Lutheran Royalty, and They’re Not Even Lutheran

You may not know Jim and Sharon Clayton, but those in St. Louis’ Lutheran community probably know their son, John. “John used to be a broadcaster on KFUO AM,” says Jim. With KFUO being the radio arm of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, the Claytons are the next best thing to being Lutheran royalty […]

Family Ties: Emma Bonnot Cares For Her Family… and For Yours

“Family means so much to me,” says Emma Bonnot. And she’s not just talking about her own family. A mother of four, a grandmother of eight, and a great-grandmother of six (so far), Emma spends some of her free time helping other people’s families as well through the Afghans for Angels ministry. “I love to […]

The Urge to Embellish: The Illinois State Museum’s Talk on Art and Furnishings

“In our house when I was growing up,” said Jim Zimmerman, director of art and history for the Illinois State Museum, “my parents decorated with Danish modern furniture, which has a very simple, very spare style. That’s sort of the point of Danish modern furniture. But after a week, a pillow appeared in our living […]

Dick Doherty Dances: High Times at Concordia Village

“I had my 90th birthday in 2012, and we partied for a week or two,” says J.R. “Dick” Doherty. “I like to dance. Especially with the young kids. I like their kinds of dances.” If you can picture a nonagenarian pop-and-locking, then you can get a good idea of Dick Dougherty’s larger-than-life personality. “I’ve had […]

Hometown History: Kathie Shreves Has Watched Columbia Grow Up and Out

A longtime Columbia resident, Kathie Shreves has seen her adopted hometown change a lot over the years. “I was working at Hickman High School back when it was the only high school,” she says with a laugh. The secretary for the guidance office, Kathie was there when the school went through integration in the 1960s […]