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African Community Health Fair Focuses on Community Access to Wellness and Self-care
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, July 14, 2019 - Community access to wellness and self-care is the focus of the African Community Health Fair 2019 scheduled at Progressive Emporium & Education Center at 1108 N. Sarah Street from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, July 20, 2019.

The event will offer a range of free health tests and screenings including blood pressure, pre-cancer, STD and pregnancy and many others. Organizers say the fair provides a vital service, particularly for those who don't have regular access to health care. This year's theme is the same one used for the past three years - "Do You Love Yourself Enough to Choose Good Health?"

"The health fair promotes increased awareness of health risk to families in the community and also direct access to health education and holistic education options," said event co-organizer Veronica Banks. A few participating organizations include Places for People, Black Healer's Collective, Williams & Associates, Washington University, St. Louis Alzheimer's Association, Busy Hands Home Health, Planned Parenthood and many more.

This year the Siteman Mammogram Van was secured for under-insured and uninsured women over 40. Free screenings. Screenings will be offered on Friday, July 19th between 12 to 5 p.m., on the street adjacent to Progressive Emporium at North Sarah & Finney. Interested women must pre-register by calling 314-747-7222 or 800-600-3606 (press option 2).

As in past years, this year's health fair places emphasis on cultural arts featuring Ojo the Storyteller, exhibits by St. Louis African American Frederick Douglass Museum, featured artist Gundia Lock Clay, North St. Louis Arts Council, performances by the St. Louis-based group Ngoma in Motion, demonstration by Zumba King, hits played by DJ Willpower as well as several emerging St. Louis Black authors.

Tower Grove Farmers' Market Is Great Place to Shop and Picnic
Farmers Market at Tower Grove Park
The Farmers' Market, located just west of Center Cross Drive in the heart of Tower Grove Park, is a favorite place to find fresh produce from local farmers, Saturday mornings from 8am to 12:30pm through mid-November and Tuesday evenings, 4 - 7pm through early October. (L-R) On a warm Tuesday evening, June 25, Pat and Jay Howie, from Howie Farms in Villa Ridge, MO, enjoyed sharing information about their experience at the market. Jay noted that their farm is mainly poultry, but he brings in honey, peach salsa, tomatoes and other produce from local farmers within 150 miles of St. Louis. Shoppers can find a wide selection of vegetables and fruit, such as the special tomatoes and blueberries from Yoder's Produce Farm, Opdyke, IL, and other specialties such as pet food, tea, pasteries, soaps and crafts. Food trucks and beverages are also available for purchase for families and friends to enjoy a picnic in the park. Visit Tower Grove Farmers' Market for more information.

Civic Progress, Regional Business Council Invest $1,040,000 to Rebuild Communities
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - Members of Civic Progress and the Regional Business Council, whose companies represent more than 125 of the region's leading businesses, have announced $1,040,000 in new funding for several local organizations aimed at strengthening the area's underserved neighborhoods.

In addition, another $1,200,000 worth of in-kind contributions will be made in this summer's Operation Clean Sweep neighborhood revitalization project. These investments represent the ongoing partnership of business leaders and community organizations to make a tangible impact in the advancement of the region through rebuilding communities, economic development and increased access to educational opportunities.

Organizations receiving funding today include: The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Better Family Life, Inc., STL Youth Jobs, The Little Bit Foundation, North Side Community School, St. Louis County Library/St. Louis Public Library, Beyond Housing, and KIPP St. Louis. These programs were selected because of their proven ability to equip participants with the skills, opportunities and support necessary to drive positive change in their own neighborhoods.

"As business leaders, we know how important it is to take good care of our communities - it's a privilege and a responsibility. By teaming up to invest in these impactful educational and economic initiatives, we're tapping into the resources of 125 businesses to make real and sustainable change for people and communities that need a little extra support to thrive. We're happy to invest in these community groups because they have a proven track record of caring for people and driving positive change in their neighborhoods," said Suzanne Sitherwood, chair of Civic Progress and CEO of Spire.

"The organizations we're investing in today are making a tangible difference in the lives of many St. Louis area residents. Bringing skills and opportunities into underserved neighborhoods is one of the most powerful ways to achieve our region's highest potential and break the cycle of poverty," said Greg Twardowski, chairman of the Regional Business Council.

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