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Chesterfield, West County malls open Thanksgiving night

Five St. Louis area shopping centers – Chesterfield Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, St. Clair Square, South County Center and West County Center – will open their doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. Select department stores including Macy’s and Sears, as well as some specialty stores will be open at 6 p.m.; JCPenney opens at 5 p.m. Additional stores will open throughout the evening and into the early morning. Shoppers are encouraged to visit the malls’ websites for a complete list of stores opening times. • Chesterfield-Mall.com • ShopMidRiversMall.com • StClairSquare.com • ShopSouthCountyCenter.com • ShopWestCountyCenter.com “Shoppers are always looking ...

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Caring and Sharing: No Hunger Holiday

More than a few homes don't get the Thanksgiving celebration others are so fortunate to enjoy. But the volunteers of No Hunger Holiday are out to change that – and they're asking the community to help. The organization's annual "turkey drive" takes place Thursday, Nov. 20 to Monday, Nov. 24.

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Health Capsules: Walking at work

Walking at work Besides providing the physical benefits one might expect, working at a walking workstation can give mental health a boost, too. Faculty and students in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) recently evaluated 180 people who were working on computers either while seated, standing, cycling or walking. Researchers looked at workers’ levels of boredom, task satisfaction, stress, arousal and performance in each workstation scenario and found those working at walking workstations had better satisfaction and arousal and less boredom and stress than those at sitting and standing workstations. Comparatively, those at the cycling workstation ...

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Selvidge Middle, among local schools, to pay tribute to veterans

Small U.S. flags lined the driveway at the entrance to Selvidge Middle School in Ballwin on Nov. 11. and many of those entering the building were clearly well beyond their school years. Inside, an atmosphere of celebration blended with the courteous and respectful attitude of the school’s students and faculty members as they paid tribute to veterans of U.S. Armed Forces on Veterans Day. And, yes, there also were tears as the emotion of the occasion caught up with more than a few – both young and old – attending. This year was the ninth Veterans Day observance at Selvidge. ...

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Caring and Sharing: Operation Christmas Child

In November, 12 locations within the greater St. Louis area will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child – the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. This annual Christmas project is a favorite for many residents, families, churches and groups, who want to help spread the season’s joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and notes of encouragement. St. Louis Area OCC Coordinator Vicki Stamps describes Operation Christmas Child as “a fun project that makes a tangible difference in the life of a child facing difficult circumstances.” Utilizing local drop-off sites, ...

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Caring and Sharing: Warner’s Warm-Up, Toys for Tots

The Ballwin Police Department is a donation location for both “Toys for Tots” and “Warner’s Warm-Up.” Collection boxes are located in the front lobby of the police station in Vlasis Park at 300 Park Drive. Items may be dropped off any time, as the lobby is open 24/7. “Toys for Tots” is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve Unit that strives to collect and distribute new toys to unprivileged children in the area. New, unwrapped toys will be collected through Dec. 18. “Warner’s Warm-Up” collects new or gently used winter coats that are then distributed by ...

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Caring and sharing: Mosby Building Arts kicks off annual toy drive

When it comes to happy kids around the holidays you can never start too early! Mosby Building Arts has begun their collection for the annual St. Louis Children’s Hospital Toy Drive and they aim to fill one of their box trucks with toys for the children. From now until mid-December, Mosby is collecting toys, culminating in a Stuff the Truck event on Dec. 13 from 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at the Mosby office, 645 Leffingwell Ave. in Kirkwood. Stuff the Truck will feature live broadcasts of both Mosby radio shows – Scott Mosby’s KMOX broadcast of “The Mosby Building Arts Home ...

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