June 2015 Around Town 1


For over 25 years, Jazzercise classes were held in a church on Woodsmill Rd.  Kim Truka, owner and certified Jazzercise Instructor, has opened a new Jazzercise Fitness Center at 13399 Olive Blvd, in Woodchase Plaza. “Now we can offer our students the best accommodations and the most convenient class times,” Truka says.

Last fall, Jazzercise, Inc. unveiled a new look, a new voice and new class offerings. The company recharged its brand identity to reflect the calorie-crushing intensity of its workouts and confront the misconception that Jazzercise hasn't evolved from its meteoric rise in the 1980s. The new brand expression is edgy, intense, hard hitting and modern, mirroring what customers experience in class today.

Today, Jazzercise is a pulse-pounding, bass-dropping fitness program that gets results…fast. It’s a calorie-torching, hip-swiveling dance party workout with a hot playlist to distract from the burn. Customers can incinerate up to 800 calories in one 60-minute class. There are a variety of classes to choose from including Strike, Fusion, Interval, Core, Strength and Dance Mixx. With constantly changing moves, new beats, a variety of workouts and calorie-crushing intensity, customers can expect to feel results after three classes and expect to stick with it.

“Our new space helps reflect the edge, energy and intensity of our classes. We’re reaching out to a new audience with a bold new message:  You think you know us but you don’t,” Truka says.

For a class schedule, go to Jazzercize.com or call 636.552.9910 or (800) FIT-IS-IT.


David Barford, a 20-year resident of Chesterfield, has been nominated by his peers for the Outstanding Philanthropist Award for his efforts to co-found Global Learning Exchange Initiative (GLXi), a nonprofit organization which is bringing quality education to children in Guatemala. Outstanding Philanthropist is one of the categories of awards presented every year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at their National Philanthropy Day Honors Program in November.

Barford is best known as a successful business person in the field of technology and telecommunications. His philanthropic work has gone largely unrecognized, which is highlighted as one of the reasons for his nomination. The nomination states that he is deserving for the "meaningful actions he has taken to support the youth of Guatemala and the thoughtful, even quiet, manner in which he is doing it."

Barford and Ray Kollar co-founded GLXi in 2012 in an effort to empower people in developing countries through education that includes technology, quality teaching materials and teacher training. They are piloting the program in Guatemala because of Dave’s experience there. “My passion for Guatemala goes way back to 2006 when my children and I started doing mission trips to the Mayan Highlands to dig water wells,” Barford says.

GLXi’s early focus is on literacy because it is the key indicator for success for individuals, communities and countries. Board members of the nonprofit developed an innovative literacy curriculum built on research-based teaching practices, sophisticated technology and engaging children’s literature. After one year, test results indicate that first-graders in the GLXi program were reading at a level almost equal to third-graders who were not in the program.

Results of the Outstanding Philanthropist nominations will be announced in November. 

About Global Learning Exchange Initiative:

Global Learning Exchange Initiative (GLXi) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to empower a new generation of people in developing countries to create sustainable opportunity through literacy and continuing education. They are currently operating in Guatemala.

To find out more, please visit their website:  GLExchange.org


Bob Hardcastle – better known as “Hardy” – is a former SIUC Saluki baseball player and coach, and a member of the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. His book, College Baseball and Other Shenanigans, chronicles his storied college baseball experiences during his freshman year in 1959 at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Bob Hardcastle is the host of “Money Talk” radio on KTRS 550AM in St. Louis, airing Sundays 8-9 a.m. In addition to his baseball novel, Hardcastle is the author of three insightful books on investment and finances and is also the president of Delta Investment Services in Chesterfield.

College Baseball and Other Shenanigans

By Robert Hardcastle

ISBN: 0990863417



Orangetheory Fitness, the energizing group interval fitness concept that is sweeping the nation, will open its newest location in August in Chesterfield at 1674 Clarkson Rd in the Drew Station center. Currently, the studio has a tent and table set up outside the location and is offering discounted rates to its founding members.

Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory Fitness’ heart-ratemonitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Led by skilled instructors, participants use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, SBT Suspension Training and free weights, burning an average of 900 calories per class.

“Whether you participate in the Challenge or join to experience the best 60-minute workout in the country, you’ll get toned, lose inches and gain energy,” says Ellen Latham, fitness expert and creator of the Orangetheory Fitness workout. “The success of our program speaks for itself when you see our contestants and members.

By design, the Orangetheory workout uses heart-rate-monitored interval training and short bursts of exercise to maximize the Orange Effect – which adds extra caloric burn for up to 36 hours after the workout. Participants burn an average of 900 calories per 60-minute class, hailed by the New York Times as an effective new plateau-busting workout.

To learn more about Orangetheory Fitness, visit the location anytime between 11 a.m – 7 p.m., 7 days a week, visit OrangetheoryFitness.com or call the Chesterfield studio directly at 314.384.9025.


May’s Mystery Picture is a close-up of the red bike sculpture located at the central entrance to the Chesterfield Commons shopping area. 

A special thanks to all of our readers who took the time to write; keep those guesses coming! Congratulations to the following readers whose names were drawn from the pool of correct guessers: Susan Tiffany, Lois O’Brien, Bill Lukas, Gerard Lamoureux, Rich Levy and Bonnie Turner.


Each month a Mystery Picture will be included at the end of Around Town. The Mystery Picture is a photo of something in Chesterfield; the picture may depict a close-up view or be taken from a unique vantage point. The answer to “What is it?” will be included in the next month’s issue of Chesterfield Lifestyle, along with a new Mystery Picture to solve. Readers are encouraged to submit one guess per month to LMullen@LifestylePubs.com. The first readers to submit an email, correctly identifying the subject of the Mystery Picture, will be given the opportunity to have their name included in the next month’s issue. Chesterfield is home to many hidden treasures, and we want to encourage you to always be exploring and discovering new things around town!