8 Unique Pet Gift Ideas from the APA

Christmas is fast approaching, and you may still be searching for that special something for Fluffy or Fido. Don’t  worry- the APA has you covered. With this list of fun and unusual gift ideas, you’re sure to spoil your pet without breaking the bank. 1. Airplane Cat House ($26, fab.com)

It’s no secret that cats love to pretend they’re invisible inside cardboard boxes.

Crossroads Presbyterian Acoustic Christmas to benefit MRH’s Weekend on Wheels

From the 40 South News event calendar, Crossroads Presbyterian Church is hosting a Maplewood Richmond Heights High School event to support MHR’s Weekend on Wheels program to benefit underprivileged kids in the MRH school district. This year’s Acoustic Christmas event is “Film and Fusion: The Hope of Christmas.”
It will be Saturday, Dec. 14, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Crossroads. http://youtu.be/a9V-N-wNf88

Film and Fusion will blend visual and performing arts in an evening that showcases local artists–and celebrates our Maplewood community in image and song. Film and Fusion artists will use diverse artistic media to highlight our shared human need for hope. Admission cost is one canned good.

Brentwood Optimists sell Christmas trees, hope their spot will stay

The Brentwood Optimist Club tree lot next to Gene Del Printing, at 9019 Manchester Road, is well-stocked for another season. All proceeds go to promoting area youth organizations, including scholarships to selected Brentwood High School students. The tree lot has been there since the early 1980s, according to members in the trailer at the lot Thursday. Before that it was next door, before Gene Del Printing was built.

The building to the east, that housed the previous Brentwood Lanes, is for sale, and the members hoped that the new owner allows them to keep the tree lot.

Madosky Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center sponsoring annual food drive

The 2013 holiday season marks the 17th year that Dr. William Madosky is sponsoring his Annual Holiday Food Drive, according to Madosky. For the entire month of December, drop off any non-perishable food items (i.e. canned meat, fruit, soup, stew, veggies and beans, or dry goods such as cereal, oatmeal and pasta) at the Madosky Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center at 2175 South Big Bend Boulevard, in Richmond Heights. “There is nothing worse than being hungry and not having enough food,” Madosky told 40 South News by email. “I match, can-for-can, all food donated, which is then distributed to families in the Maplewood area. I view this food drive as part of my responsibility to the community where I live and work.”

Peanut butter, jelly, rice among foods most needed by Salvation Army

Maplewood Salvation Army Major Kris Wood recently told 40 South News that demand for food at the weekly food pantry continues to increase. It’s open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 7701 Rannells Avenue. He said they can especially always use food that families can get multiple meals out of. “We’re always looking for things like peanut butter and jelly, because anything that’s going to last more than one meal is going to be beneficial,” Wood said. He said rice and cereal are other foods that can extend beyond one meal.

Animal Protective Association offers holiday cards and cookbook

Ring in the spirit of the season with APA holiday cards! With beautiful, custom-designed artwork by artist Laura Jackson, they make the perfect greeting for loved ones. 10 cards cost only $15, and all proceeds benefit the pets and programs of the APA. And just in time for your big family gatherings, the APA cookbook has arrived! Chocked full of delectable goodies, this manual of mouth-watering treats contains more than 150 recipes of appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, and even dog treats, the APA cookbook is sure to please any palate.

Operation Christmas Child seeking donations of toys, school supplies

Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, sends gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children overseas, according to a press release from Operation Christmas Child. Individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Donations are being collected at two South County locations and one West County location in mid-November.