November 2015 Around Town 1



Attention Chesterfield Lifestyle readers: in celebration of our “Furry Friends” issue this month, readers are encouraged to email Publisher Denise Sundvold at for a chance to win an invite for you and your pet to attend a complimentary “Yappy Hour” at Treats Unleashed, in Chesterfield, on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Treats will be provided for your furry friend. Send your email today with the subject line “Yappy Hour.”

Calling Teen Athletes for JCC Maccabi Games Text-a-thon 
and Competition

The JCC Maccabi Games®, an international athletic competition for Jewish teens, is coming to St. Louis in 2016, and the J is actively recruiting athletes (ages 12 – 16) to compete in more than a dozen sporting events next summer.

“We anticipate about 1,200 teens will come from across the country and abroad to compete in a dozen different individual and team events at venues across the St. Louis area,” says Fanchon Auman, 2016 Games Director. “We want a big St. Louis delegation to welcome our out-of-town guests.” Aumen says the goal is 250 athletes and two events were held, in October, to help hit that number.

Team and individual tryouts for sports will take place at the Marilyn Fox Building in Chesterfield on November 15 and November 22. Athletes must try out for baseball, basketball, dance, flag football, soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball. Tryouts are not required for golf, table tennis, tennis, or track & field, but athletes must pre-register and attend an information meeting.

There are many other opportunities to Get in the Games in 2016, from hosting out-of-town athletes, to sponsoring, to serving on one or more of a dozen committees it will take to plan and execute this thrilling event.

“This is a phenomenal event to support. We can help anyone who is interested find a way to get involved,” Auman says, “and it will take more than 1,000 volunteers to make the Games happen.”

“The JCC Maccabi Games has played an integral part in my life, and is the highlight of my year, every year,” says Dave Roberts, 2016 Games Overall Co-Chair and Coach. “Maccabi has established itself as the foundation of my Jewish identity, and it has provided me with lasting friendships, strengthened my Jewish values, and presented a platform for mentorship. Having the opportunity to continue to serve and represent our community as a member of Team St. Louis is a distinction I respect and value. Maccabi is a tremendous program.”

More information about the JCC Maccabi Games is available online, at,


Parkway West Middle School, in Chesterfield, was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School. West Middle is among only ten schools across the state to be named 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The Blue Ribbon Schools program is designed to identify schools where all students are performing at high academic levels in a safe, creative, and challenging environment. The honor is from the United States Department of Education.

Congratulations to Parkway West Middle School students, teachers, and parents for this achievement and national recognition.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Receives $1 Million Investment

An organization that has supported Girl Scouts for decades has further demonstrated its commitment to impacting the landscape of our communities by investing $1 million to develop today’s girls into tomorrow’s leaders.

The generous gift to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will advance its mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. $750,000 will be invested in Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s permanently restricted endowment, while $250,000 will fund the new Community Troop Program, allowing more girls to receive the traditional Girl Scout troop experience.

“Our homes, communities and businesses need strong leaders,” says Bonnie Barczykowski, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri CEO. “Investing in girls is an investment in the future. This gift will make an immense difference in the lives of today’s girls and for generations to come. We are so grateful for this support. More girls will now have the opportunity to develop the skills to achieve their dreams.”

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, said, “Helping the young people in our region is so important, and our investment illustrates our confidence in the work and efficacy of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. Today’s girls will determine the future of St. Louis and the surrounding areas, and through the work of Girl Scouts, we expect a bright one.”

About Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri: Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. To join, volunteer or donate to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, call 800.727.GIRL or visit

Monsanto Fund Awards Grant to Girl Scouts 
of Eastern Missouri

Girl Scouts participating in the FIRST® robotics program just got a little more help, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has more than 250 girls participating in FIRST® this year. Working in teams, the girls complete challenges by designing, building and programming robots that perform simple tasks based on real-world issues. The grant will support this year’s 43 teams by helping with robotics kits, registration fees, team transportation and more. The cost of a team participating for one year can range between $1,000 and $9,000– depending on the level of competition.

The Pink Programming Pandas, a team of eight girls in fourth, fifth and sixth grades, is now in its second year participating in FIRST® Lego League, a subset of FIRST®. Last year, the team received first place in project presentation. Team co-coach Leslie Steinmeyer said the team got financial help from Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, which provided them with a robot, field kit, and participation and competition fees.

“The girls have learned so much,” Steinmeyer says. “They’ve learned how to work together and keep trying after they’ve made mistakes. Last year, if their program didn’t work, they learned to troubleshoot and try again. At competition, they were up against more experienced teams, and came out in fourth place out of 24 teams—that just made their confidence skyrocket.”

The Council’s participation in FIRST® showcases its commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), one of its three programmatic focus areas. The organization also collaborates with top businesses and organizations in the area to provide premier STEM programming for its girls.


October’s Mystery Picture is a close-up of the wheel of the bicycle that is part of the “Make Your Mark” mural project on the levee wall along Edison road in the valley.

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:

Margaret Albrecht          Mary Kane

Patty Brisoth                    Sinie Lacour

Maribeth Church             Ginger McCartney

Mark Hanis                    Lois O’Brien

Laura Houck                   Don Wolf

Brendon Jette                  Leon Zickwick

Pure Barre Brings Popular Workout Technique 
to Chesterfield

Residents of West County St. Louis can now lift, tone, burn at Pure Barre’s newest franchise location in Chesterfield. Studio owner Lauren Matteson is excited to bring Pure Barre, the nation’s largest and fastest growing barre concept, to Chesterfield, located at 1740 Clarkson Road which opened September 10, 2015.

Since it began franchising in 2009, Pure Barre has exploded in popularity and introduced its innovative and effective technique in over 325 studios across the United States. Using small isometric movements, Pure Barre is a 55 minute full-­body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abs and arms and burns fat in record-breaking time.

The Pure Barre technique works each muscle group to fatigue, then stretches them back out to create long, lean physiques without bulk. The technique is low-­impact, making it safe and ideal for clients of all ages and fitness backgrounds.

“I have watched Pure Barre positively affect the lives of so many in Columbia, Mo, where my first Pure Barre studio that has been open three years is located. I couldn’t be more thrilled nor honored to bring my passion to my hometown of Chesterfield,” said Matteson.

“We are thrilled to open our newest studio in St. Louis-Chesterfield and bring the excitement and results of Pure Barre to its residents,” says Sloan Evans, CEO of Pure Barre. “The continued growth of Pure Barre studios across the country is a testament to the workout’s ability to quickly transform clients’ bodies, and we couldn’t be happier to bring this experience to the St. Louis-West County area.

For more information on Pure Barre St. Louis-Chesterfield please contact 636.591.4499. “Like” Pure Barre St. Louis -­ Chesterfield on Facebook for updates on client specials, classes and to “meet” the Pure Barre Chesterfield team. To sign up for classes, visit


An error was made in the “Demystifying Mammography” article in last month’s issue.  It is recommended that woman over 40 get a clinical breast exam by your physician or healthcare provider ANNUALLY—NOT EVERY THREE YEARS.


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 The first readers to submit an email, correctly identifying the subject and location 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!