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Many people see nonprofits only as charities – the last hope for individuals in need.

While many do offer a helping hand to select groups, in reality, with more than 12,000 nonprofits in the St. Louis metropolitan area, you’re impacted by their incredible, heartfelt work each and every day, regardless of your situation.

Whether you’re getting in a workout at the YMCA, visiting one of St. Louis’ most popular attractions, or enrolling your child in Boy or Girl Scouts, you’re benefiting from organizations dedicated to making our region an amazing place to live.

If your children attend public school in the state of Missouri, you’ve probably heard of a little thing called MAP testing. In fact, you’re probably in the midst of this testing right now. But even though it rolls around every spring, a lot of parents remain unclear about what MAP testing really measures, why local school districts take it so seriously and how to best help their kids prepare for the test.   

The Facts about MAP Testing

There’s no denying that Gwyneth Paltrow lives a charmed life. The Academy Award winning actress -- who was once engaged to Brad Pitt – makes millions as a movie star, raises two children and still finds time to dispense high-end beauty, fashion and cooking advice to the rest of the world in her blog Goop.

She was also named People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman of the Year in 2013.   

Moms, if you’re anything like me, you’re a busted-up hot mess.

Having children has knocked off our equilibriums, put pressure on our joints, and altered our abilities to focus. Not to mention, it lowers our alcohol tolerance, causing us to fall off our chairs after one mojito (or maybe that’s just me). So it’s no wonder we’re constantly falling, tripping or losing our balance.

Your family can follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto when The Wizard of Oz comes to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in May. Journey to the magical land of Oz with these beloved characters live on stage as they seek out their heart's desires from the Wizard, but watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys! 

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