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Students share ‘Academic Snapshots’

On Jan. 18, fifth- and sixth-grade students from Twin Oaks Christian School gathered to present “Academic Snapshots” – brief presentations to parents and friends highlighting what they’ve learned so far this year.

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Entries sought for FOCUS photo contest

Manchester Arts is calling for entries into its FOCUS 2018 photography contest and exhibition. The contest is free to enter and open to all residents of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

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Love is in the air

Everyone wants to make sure the special someone in their lives knows how much they care. Here are some easy and fun ways to prove that he or she is No. 1 in your book.

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STEM: It’s all in a day’s work

“Why not show young girls how and why STEM-related knowledge plays a major role in her own profession, admittedly the type of work in which men still dominate?” wondered Ballwin Police Det. Jessica Ovca. That question launched the West County department's first-ever STEM in Police Work event on Saturday, Jan. 20.

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New Year’s resolutions: easily made, but hardly kept

If you’ve already launched an effort to make some changes in your life in 2018, you’re definitely not alone. A survey conducted in December by online polling firm YouGov found that more than 60 percent of Americans have at least one personal goal they plan to strive for in the coming year.

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Professional services for lashes, brows and skin

After noticing that many lash extension products on the market contained harsh chemicals like formaldehyde and latex, Wink iBoutique became the first lash and brow bar of its kind in St. Louis to offer an exclusive brand of lash products. With more than 17 years of experience in the beauty industry, boutique owner Christina Passanise created the exclusive line in response to the poor quality of other commercial products. “I started the hunt for a formula that would be more natural and gentler on the eyes,” Christina said. In addition to using an exclusive brand of extensions, trained technicians also ...

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Unique boutique thriving in new showroom

In 2003, Sarah Corrigan and her mother, Mary Kay, felt there was a demand in the community for a unique décor, gift and floral boutique. Soon after, they joined forces to start The White Hare, offering distinct home accessories, gifts, and an extensive, top-notch floral selection with custom floral design services. Their store has grown quickly over the years, moving three times to larger spaces. Most recently, the store moved into its “forever home,” a 13,000-square-foot showroom in Cottleville. The renovated, two-story space features a design center, a more expansive shopping space and a larger selection of furniture with price ...

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A taste of Sicily close to home

Vito’s in the Valley is close to home but worlds away in terms of taste, authenticity, atmosphere and experience. At Vito’s, family intersects with exceptional Italian food and great expectations. The unique flavor profiles at Vito’s reflect the Sicilian heritage of co-owner Giovanni LaFata. “Our executive Chef, Jedidiah Borja, does a fantastic job staying true to our family’s recipes while still incorporating items that we like to call ‘traditional with a twist,’” Giovanni said, citing the Bruschetta Frittes and Whiskey Shrimp as a couple favorites. These items can be found on the Vito’s Happy Hour Menu, offered seven days a ...

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Expert window treatments and superior service

Shopping for custom window treatments? Victor Shade – celebrating its 110th year in business – is a fourth-generation, family-owned company that brings experience and expertise that cannot be matched. When Scott Segall, president of Victor Shade, learned his uncle was selling the business his uncle’s grandfather had started back in 1908, he seized the opportunity to purchase it and become his own boss. Proud that the more than a century-old company remains in the family, he enjoys working hands-on with his staff and customers, following each project through from beginning to end. Victor Shade is a window treatment company, specializing ...

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