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West Newsmagazine 3-7-18

Local news, local politics and community events for West St. Louis County Missouri.


32 I SUMMER CAMPS & OPPORTUNITIES I CAMP! June 4-8, 2018 • 9:30am-3:30pm Daily • Clayton HS Campus NOW REGISTERING PRIZES! • CONTESTS! • SPECIAL EVENTS! Percussion Students in Grades 6-12 9th Annual Percussion & Drumset NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AND CERTIFIED FACULTY IN ALL AREAS OF PERCUSSION: DRUMSET • MARCHING SNARE TAIKO • MARIMBA AFRO-CUBAN • TIMPANI Visit for E-Brochure, Registration and Contact Info Carol Bowman ACADEMY OF DANCE 2018 SUMMER DANCE Ballerina Camps Ballet • Pointe • Modern • Lyrical Jazz • Tap • Hip Hop • Tumbling Preschool through Advanced • Evening Classes • Ladies Dance 636-537-3203 #16 Clarkson Wilson Centre • Chesterfield Camp Westminster Experience Adventure. Sharpen Skills. Build Character. Experience Adventure. Sharpen Skills. Build Character. WEEKLY CAMPS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JUNE GRADES K–9 • 30+ CAMPS • BOYS & GIRLS REGISTER BY MARCH 31 FOR AN EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE Summer camping resources Great American Backyard Campout Families who camp all the time and families who are looking to camp for the first time may want to mark their calendars for Saturday, June 23, this year’s date for the Great American Campout. Every June, on the fourth Saturday, thousands of people across the nation gather in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks for the Great American Campout. The event is sponsored by the American Wildlife Federation to encourage people of all generations to get outside and connect with the natural world. The program is designed to teach kids about the wonders of nature and inspire their interest in spending more time outside. To learn more, visit Participating in the Great American Backyard Campout – or planning your own family camping trip – is a great way to teach your children about camping before sending them off to a camp of their own. Not to mention, it’s a unique chance for one-of-a-kind family memories! Explore camps online The West Newsmagazine 2018 Summer Camps & Opportunities Directory, now online at, is a simple way to discover the great variety of summer programs in West County and beyond. Browse descriptions of numerous specialty camps, day camps and resident camps, plus links to camp websites, signup and contact information. features an online directory of camps throughout the U.S. and Canada and, for the older high school kids or those home from college for the summer, the site features a database of summer @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM camp job openings. Parents and children looking for a camp to attend can search by camp type, camp activity and state/province. Those looking for a summer camp job can search for openings by state and also can submit a resume for distribution to camps currently hiring staff. Get back to nature Parents who are interested in learning more about ways to share nature with their kids will find helpful tips from nature advocate Richard Louv in his book, “Vitamin N.” Louv, author of The New York Times bestseller “Last Child in the Woods,” uses “Vitamin N” to promote the benefits people of all ages reap when they take time to look up at the stars or take a walk in the woods. The comprehensive guidebook provides inspiration for everyone eager to get back to nature, and includes hundreds of activities for children and adults, numerous informational websites, informative essays and practical advice for connecting with the natural world. Ridgefield Arena Where loving horses begins! 1410 Ridge Road • Wildwood (636) 527-3624 Boarding ~ Sales ~ Year Round Lessons Shows ~ Clinics ~ Camps Call to reserve your spot! Camp 1: June 11-14 Camp 2: July 9-12 Camp 3: July 16-19 Camp 4: July 30-August 2 Advanced Camp: June 18-21 Come See Our Shows April 28 & 29, June 2 & 3 September 22 & 23 SUMMER UNPLUGGED SUMMER CAMP 2018 10% OFF REGISTRATION Offer Ends Mar. 31, 2018

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM By JONATHAN DUNCAN There are few things that Joe Fresta enjoys more than playing hockey and helping others in need. Fresta, an avid hockey player, fell in love with the game in his youth while playing on a frozen pond in St. Louis’ Clifton Park. Later in life, he battled testicular cancer not once, but twice. Afterward, he said he felt he should do something to help those who may not be blessed with the resources to battle the disease like he had. Enter the Steinberg Winter Classic. Created in 2012, the weekend of hockey raises money for the Cancer Care Foundation, a 501[c][3] organization that provides assistance with doctor visits, transportation costs to and from chemotherapy and radiation treatments, pharmaceutical expenses, child and/or sibling care, emotional therapy and nutrition consultation. “It just came to me that I could do it to raise money for families who are fighting cancer,” Fresta said. Two years after founding the Steinberg Winter Classic, Fresta decided to add the Legends of Hockey dinner as an extra fundraiser. “When you have a diagnosis of cancer, it’s stressful enough and, a lot of times, if you have a financial situation on top of it, it’s a life-changing situation for these folks,” Fresta said. “A lot of time what happens is somebody gets sick with this and they get too sick to work and they get let go or they have to stay home and take care of a loved one and they can no longer work and then they get let go. So, what happens then is the bills start to pile up.” Fresta said he was fortunate to have a support system and resources available to him that helped him beat the disease. “I was very fortunate to have the financial wherewithal to deal with the expense and not have to worry about that part of it and I also had a great support system of friends and family,” Fresta said. When he started the Classic, he consulted with oncologists and social workers to identify where the proceeds would be best used. They told him there was no real help being provided to cancer families then and that most funds were being put to research to find cures. His decision was made. “At the end of the year, we write out two checks from our Cancer Care Foundation,” Fresta said. “One goes to Siteman Cancer Center to help families and the other goes to Mercy Health and that money goes directly to help those people.” Each year, the dinner features a bonafide legend of hockey. This year, that’s St. Louis Blues legend “Iron Man” Garry Unger. Hockey commentator Darren Pang will serve as the master of ceremonies. Unger will talk about his superb career with the Blues, the trade that sent him to the Detroit Red Wings for Red Berenson, as well as his Iron Man consecutive game streak. “Darren has been with me since day one and he has a far reach in North America. We have him, sort of, as host and emcee with whoever the Legend is that year,” Fresta said. “Garry Unger has been a fan favorite for years and hasn’t been around a whole lot since he left St. Louis, so a lot of people are excited to kind of find out what he’s been up since his days here in the ‘70s. It’s going to be March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I SPORTS I 33 Garry Unger returns to St. Louis for Legends of Hockey dinner Garry Unger during his days as St. Louis Blues captain a great night.” Tickets still are available for the March 18 dinner, though Fresta predicts a sellout. Seats are $200 per person and tables are available with seating for four, six and 10 guests. The dinner is held at Flemings Steak House, 1855 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. For more information on the dinner or donating, visit or call (314) 320-8019 for dinner reservations.