Spotlight: Fans, Roses & Flex Farms

    HEC Media’s Spotlight program airs every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Channel 11, and showcases St. Louis’ finest contributions to art, education, and culture. In this week’s episode meet two artist from the Laumeier Virtual Art fair taking place this weekend, hear from the St. Louis super fan The Towel Man and from author Larry Olmsted about how being a sports fan is good for you heath, see roses that never wilt, learn about the hydroponic Food farm at Operation Food Search and what it means for the community, enjoy The 442s performing from the Sheldon stage.

    Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair Artists
    Meet print maker Madeleine Wiering and drawing artist Haley Clancy Inyart. The Art fair takes place virtually May 7 – May 10th at

    Fanfare for Sports Fandom: How Being a Sports Fan Is Good for Your Health
    Ron Baechle AKA the Towel Man is a St. Louis Blues Super Fan. He’s performed his goal counting ritual at almost every Blues home game since 1990. But, could that actually be good for his health? Scientific research cited in New York Times bestselling author Larry Olmsted’s book “Fans” says yes – it can also make him happier and more understanding. We learn more about the many positives of sports from Olmsted – from helping in the global peace process to healing people after traumatic events. As it turns out, research shows sports can even help non-sports fans.

    Metal Petals
    Delicate. It’s not usually the first word that comes to mind when you think of iron sculptures. But that’s exactly the image you get when you see the handcrafted metal roses created by Dan Crabtree and Scott Delorme at Crabtree Forge in Lebanon, Illinois.

    Operation Food Search – Hydroponic Food Farm donation
    Operation Food Search (OFS), a non-profit hunger relief organization, recently received two Flex Farms, which are fully self-contained hydroponic growing systems that will enable OFS to grow fresh, affordable produce. The vertical indoor farms cost $5,000 each and were donated to the nonprofit by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Missouri and Fork Farms, an agriculture technology social enterprise based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. OFS is the first St. Louis organization to receive Flex Farms, which are currently located in 26 states and Canada. The Flex Farms will makes it easier for St. Louis communities to access healthy foods and live healthier lives.

    The 442s
    Hear the 442s from the Sheldon Stage. Learn more about live from the Sheldon here.

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