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CWE Farm hosting slow flow yoga Mondays in August

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What I first noticed when I participated in last Monday evening’s Vinyasa yoga class at the CWE Farm was the sweet smell of the garden and the absolute quiet—except for the sound of the birds and occasional insect (not the biting kind), and the hum of a few cars on the 5000 block of Waterman.

Urban Farmer Arthur Culbert, far right, founder of the CWE Farm, and summer intern Katie Patton, seated far left, scheduled the hour-long slow flow classes for Monday evenings during the month of August.  Classes are led by a yoga instructor named Sheri, above, and continue Monday, August 7, 14, and 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

From Katie Patton:

What to bring: A mat, water, towel, smile, and donation of any size.
What to expect: We will first warm up the joints and prepare for practice, and then move into vinyasa flow. “Vinyasa” means “to place in a special way,” so the postures connect to each other as in the sun salutations. Great for beginners and practitioners of all ages.
Requirements: Must be able to transition from sitting on the ground to standing.
Parking: Street parking is available on Waterman west of Kingshighway.
Weather: In the event of inclement weather we will post to the Facebook page one hour before cancelling the event.

Following yoga practice, participants are invited to keep the good vibe going by spending as much time strolling through the garden as they’d like.

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photo courtesy of Arthur Culbert

Upcoming at the CWE Farm, 5057 Waterman: In September, Culbert is planning a series on food, herbs and health with “a great young botanical alchemist.” I’ll post the information when it becomes  available.

CWE North Business Community Improvement District & Left Bank Books Foundation present BookFest St. Louis

(June 26, 2017 — St. Louis, Missouri) On Sept. 23, 2017, St. Louisans can celebrate literature and literary arts at the first annual BookFest St. Louis, proudly presented by the Central West End, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation.

BookFest St. Louis will host a diverse mix of locally and internationally renowned writers, with appearances by award-winning authors including Sherman Alexie, Ann Leckie, George Hodgman, Charlie Jane Anders and more.

Attendees will enjoy panels highlighting the best of contemporary literary fiction, mystery, poetry, memoir, science fiction, young adult fiction and history. Family-friendly programming for children and middle readers will kick off the festival Saturday morning in cooperation with the St. Louis Public Library – Schlafly Branch. Throughout the day, attendees will also be able to purchase books, listen to live music and visit booths hosted by other St. Louis arts and literary institutions.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Education Events, Sightings    “We are so proud to be able to bring this event to life, and to be able to work with the incredible team at Left Bank Books to welcome so many interesting and important authors to our neighborhood,” says Kate Haher, executive director of the Central West End CID. “Our neighborhood has such a rich cultural history, as well as an incredible active contemporary arts scene, and BookFest St. Louis will be a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase that to book lovers from the neighborhood, the city and throughout the region.”

Left Bank Books, St. Louis’ oldest independent bookstore, has called the Central West End home since 1977 and hosts over 200 author events annually, creating a nationally recognized reputation. It is located at the Central West End’s Writer’s Corner, where busts of St. Louis authors Kate Chopin, T.S. Eliot and Tennessee Williams (pictured) pay tribute to the neighborhood’s literary legacy. The bookstore created the Left Bank Books Foundation in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) with a mission to promote and increase education, literary and cultural activities in the St. Louis area.

“It was a natural fit for us to bring our mission of curating an intelligent and culturally diverse selection of books together with our deep commitment to the Central West End and St. Louis for this festival,” Left Bank Books co-owner Kris Kleindienst says. “When Kate approached us, we jumped at the chance to formalize what has already been a shared commitment to the arts and this neighborhood’s literary heritage that we have worked so hard to grow over the last 48 years.”

Sherman Alexie headlines the event and will also begin the festival with a keynote address on Friday, Sept. 22, celebrating the release of his newest memoir, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.” Alexie will discuss his prolific career as a Spokane-Coeru d’Alene writer in nearly every genre, including the 10th anniversary of the National Book Award-winning young adult novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Additional details about this ticketed event will be available soon.

Please refer to for more information about the festival.

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About the Central West End North Community Improvement District

The CWE Business Community Improvement District (NCID) was formed in 2010 in accordance with the Community Improvement District Act, a Missouri statute. The mission of the NICD is to enhance the District and the businesses it represents through a combination of physical improvements and promotional activities. Activities of the NCID are made financially possible through a 1 percent retail sales tax within the district, situated along the North Euclid Avenue commercial corridor from Lindell Boulevard to Washington Boulevard.

Learn more about the NCID and its activities at

Two opportunities to meet candidates for 28th Ward Alderman

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St. Louis Young Democrats invite you to attend their 28th Ward Alderman Special Election Endorsement Meeting on Tuesday, June 20 at 7 p.m.

Llwelyn’s Pub (side room), 4747 McPherson

*Open to the public, only members as of 6/6/17 can vote.

Candidate Forum (60 mins)
– Shayn Prapaisilp, VP – Intro (5 mins)
– Candidate Intros (15 mins)
– Young Democrats 3 questions for each candidate (20 mins)
– Audience Q & A (20 mins)

Candidates Leave//General Discussion (30 mins)

St. Louis Young Democrats will endorse a candidate for the 28th Ward Special Election taking place July 11, 2017.  During the endorsement meeting, candidates who completed the Young Dems Endorsement Questionnaire will have an opportunity to seek the organization’s endorsement and speak to membership.

The Democratic Central Committee has nominated Heather Navarro as the Democratic Candidate in the race. Since there is not a Democratic Primary in a Special Election, we invite Independent Candidates who identify as Democrats to seek endorsement, in addition to the Democratic Candidate.

Members that are in good standing by 6/6/17 will have an opportunity to vote using an electronic ballot. Here is a link to the Young Dems voter guide.

Follow the event on the Young Dems Facebook page.

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CWEnder Brian Elsesser sent an invitation to an Aldermanic Forum at Link Auditorium, 4505 Westminster Ave. (at Taylor Ave.), above, on Sunday, July 9, (election is July 11).

The Link Auditorium is turning up the heat on the 28th Ward Aldermanic candidates right before the election.

Aldermanic Forum at Link Auditorium
Sunday, July 9, from 1 to 3 p.m.
4504 Westminster Ave. (at Taylor)

Moderated by Ayesha Khan

Heather Navarro
Jerome Bauer
Steve Roberts
Celeste Vossmeyer

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.