Local students will get to put Shakespeare’s idea that “all the world’s a stage” into practice thanks to a new collaboration. The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), a national nonprofit, is bringing its JumpStart Theatre program to town through a partnership with Stages St. Louis. JumpStart helps teachers launch theater programs at their schools. Stages executive producer Jack Lane recently joined the board of trustees for EdTA’s fundraising arm, the Educational Theatre Foundation.
There’s no slowing down for Harold and Virginia Schreimann of Creve Coeur! The two recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary; they were high school sweethearts and were married right here in the StL. They enjoy staying active by volunteering with various organizations, including Washington University and Care & Counseling. The Schreimanns spent their big day with family, including their three daughters and nine great-grandchildren.
Washington University oncologist Dr. John Dipersio garnered a $6 million Outstanding Investigator award from the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. DiPersio, deputy director of Siteman Cancer Center, will use the funding for leukemia research.
Made For Freedom, a locally based jewelry and accessory company founded by St. Louisan Dawn Manske, is selling gifts that give back to women in need. Proceeds from each item— everything from earrings and cuffs to purses and scarves— help former victims of human trafficking earn a living.
Available at madeforfreedom.com
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Need an excuse to sport that special reindeer pullover from Aunt Edna? Tag along for the World’s Largest Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl, held Dec. 16 in Clayton and The Loop. Enjoy drink specials, a souvenir T-shirt, photos with Santa and more. The event benefits five local charities.
If you’re looking for a family day trip to mark the season, head to Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville. The Budweiser Clydesdale breeding farm is holding its first-ever Holiday Lights Festival, Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 30. It features twinkling lights, holiday gifts and photos with the horses.
Light up the holiday season at Garden Glow, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual light installation, Wednesdays through Sundays until Jan. 3. Hundreds of thousands of colorful bulbs adorn the Climatron, Tower Grove House and other popular features.