We want to hear from you as we look at how we cover Columbia neighborhoods

Dear Readers:

We’re taking a break this summer from updating the Missourian Neighborhood News blog, in part to look at whether this is the best way to showcase neighborhood news for Columbia. We’ll be asking a similar question about the monthly newsletters we e-mail to people who sign up for them.

If you have thoughts on this or ideas about how we can improve, please be in touch. As the editor overseeing the Missourian’s neighborhoods coverage, I’d like very much to hear from you. Some of the things on my mind: Should we include the obituaries of people from your neighborhood in newsletters or on the blog? Should we include your submissions to MyMissourian.com?

Send me an e-mail at brixeye@missouri.edu. I’m in and out of the newsroom until June 27, when I’ll be back full time, but I am reachable by e-mail.

Thanks for your help with story ideas and information about your neighborhoods this year.


Elizabeth Brixey

City editor, Columbia Missourian

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Parkade Elementary to host Spring Festival




Parkade Elementary is hosting its annual Spring Festival from noon to 3 p.m. May 21.

The school has been hosting the Festival for more than 10  years as a way for teachers and students to have fun together.

“As teachers, it’s fun to have the students see us in a more fun environment, and it’s fun for us to see them in that environment,” said Emily Noelker, learning specialist and PTA member at Parkade Elementary.

The festival is opent to students, families and community members.

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Pilates for Every Body provides monthly boot camp




Pilates for Every Body, 4200 Merchant St., Suite 105, provides a monthly boot camp in the Village of Cherry Hill.

Jenn’s Pilates Boot Camp is a 10-day program designed to get participants into shape using intensive Pilates classes. Boot camp sessions run Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:20 a.m.

According to the Pilates for Every Body website, Pilates is an exercise system developed by Joe Pilates to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve overall health. Activities in the 10-day program include mat exercises and some use of special equipment.

Aside from the boot camp, Pilates for Every Body offers classes for golfers and Mini-lates, a Pilates class for children ages 6 and older.

The next boot camp will begin June 13 and run through June 24. To sign up, visit the Pilates for Every Body website.

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Mothers Morning Out runs Summer Fun Camp




The Fairview United Methodist Church’s Mothers Morning Out program will run two Summer Fun Camp sessions during the month of June. The first camp session will run from June 13 to June 17, and the second session will be from June 20 to June 24.

Both sessions will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The camp will include water and sand activities, arts and crafts, music, dancing and snacks, according to the church.

Sign up for Summer Fun Camp at the church’s website.

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Fairview youth group does Rent-A-Youth month




The Fairview United Methodist Church youth group is at it again.

The group is trying new methods of fund-raising for its summer mission trip to Cincinnati for a Week of Hope volunteer event. Right now, the group is holding Rent-A-Youth month, which will last the entire month of May.

If you rent a youth, you can employ members of the youth group to do tasks such as babysitting, painting and lawn work.The proceeds will go directly to funding the July trip.

To rent a youth, call Linda Adams at  (573) 445-2832.

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Rock Bridge’s Niyonzima Etienne named Gates Millennium Scholar




Rock Bridge High School senior Niyonzima Etienne was named one of the 1,000 nationwide recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarship will pay for Etienne’s undergraduate education at Missouri State University, where he plans to earn a degree in construction management.

According to the program’s website, the scholarship can be used at the university of the recipient’s choice, and is awarded based on academic achievement, community service and leadership potential.

Niyonzima Etienne

Etienne, who was born in the Congo, was a refugee in Tanzania until he moved to the U.S. with his family in 2007. When he came to Columbia, he spoke no English. But he was a quick learner, and soon wanted to teach English to other African refugees in the area.

In an interview with Etienne earlier this year, he said the three needs of refugees that must be met for them to have successful lives in the U.S. are English language skills, transportation and employment. Etienne began teaching refugees English in his living room every week. He also travels to churches and hospitals with them to act as a translator. In February, he was helping 10 families.

Earlier this year, Etienne was named one of six distinguished finalists in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The program honors middle and high school students for outstanding community service.

Upon receiving a construction management degree, Etienne hopes to employ refugees to help build structures in their communities. Etienne will graduate from Rock Bridge on May 21.

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Meet your neighbor: Ted Glasgow, four-time Mr. Missouri winner

Ted Glasgow talks about the ads he has been featured in. Photo By Kathryn Landis




Ted Glasgow’s smile is infectious, but his physique may be a little intimidating. He’s a body builder, originally from East St. Louis, who has won the Mr. Missouri title four times.

He got his start in 1976 at a competition in Springfield.

“It was in an air-conditioned hotel, and they didn’t have a stage or anything like that,” Glasgow said. “There were no weight classes, no music, and we did our posing routine.”

At 5 feet 8 inches, 189 pounds and 53 years old, Glasgow is still competing.

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