take a hike! | Start 2024 off by getting outside and enjoying nature. The Shaw Nature Reserve’s Hiking Club is issuing a 40-hike challenge. All are welcome to join the club and the challenge, which offers hikers the flexibility to choose their own routes. Participants who log 40 hikes will receive a custom patch.

going to the dogs
The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles is celebrating our furry friends with a new exhibit. Wag! features dog-friendly artwork, portraits of pups at St. Charles Animal Shelter, art activities for pets and their human companions, and a special display of bowls created by regional artists, which are available for purchase with the proceeds benefiting the shelter. You and your four-legged friend can check it out through March 23.


zoo news
The Saint Louis Zoo welcomed several bundles of joy recently. Amur tigers Reka and Maxim had three cubs—the first successful tiger births at the zoo in more than 10 years. The Jungle of Apes also received a new resident as Sumatran orangutan Rubih gave birth to her first baby.

Avid readers and collectors won’t want to miss The J’s Winter Used Book Sale. From Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, patrons can browse thousands of titles as well as miscellaneous audiobooks, DVDs and collectables. For more information, visit jccstl.com/programs/used-book-sale.

Nine local historically Black fraternities and sororities competed to give back to the United Way of Greater St. Louis through the Charmaine Chapman Society’s Divine 9 challenge. With more than $385,000 raised overall, the winners were Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Phi Alpha, bringing in $154,940 and $104,610, respectively.