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Ralph Lauren. As described by Andr\u00e9\u00a0Leon Talley, \"A classic uniform - American at its best.\"

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\"Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015\" exhibit at Saint Louis Art Museum.

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\"Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015\" exhibit at Saint Louis Art Museum.

Ushering in the arrival of the highly anticipated \u201cReigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015\u201d exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum, fashion mogul Andr\u00e9 Leon Talley sat down with an audience to discuss all things fashionable. Talley first got his big break into the coveted fashion world through volunteering at an exhibit curated by Diana Vreeland at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has gone on to work with designer giants, including Karl Lagerfeld, Manolo Blahnik, Versace and more. LN gives you an insider\u2019s guide to the conversation with the former editor-at-large for Vogue magazine.

On Diana Vreeland:

On modern muses:

On personal style:

On opportunity:

On aspirations:

On Andy Warhol:

On Karl Lagerfeld:

On his favorite menswear item:

On the future of fashion:

\u201cReigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015\u201d is running from June 25 to September 17. Saint Louis Art Museum, One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, 314-721-0072, slam.org.

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Chris Akerlind

Earlier this week, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' resident lighting director, Chris Akerland, received a Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for his work on Broadways's\u00a0Indecent. Akerland is a long-time company member at OTSL and first worked on the theatre's stage in 1990's\u00a0The Marriage of Figaro.\u00a0

This is his second Tony Award, the first being for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for\u00a0A Light in the Piazza in 2005. He's also been nominated for five other Tony Awards from 1996 to 2014.

In addition, past OTSTL designer took home a Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play, The Little Foxes. Jane Greenwood has received 20 Tony nominations starting in 1965.

Watch Akerlind's acceptance speech here and Greenwood's here.

Learn more at\u00a0opera-stl.org.

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Dr. Joel Schuman MD, professor and chair, department of ophthalmology and professor of neuroscience and physiology of NYU School of Medicine recently received the Leslie Dana Gold Medal Award. This award, established in St. Louis in 1925, is based on eyesight research, instruction in ophthalmology, and conservation of vision. Dr. Schuman was selected by the Dana Medal Committee, headed by Dr. James Bobrow, professor of clinical ophthalmology and visual sciences at Washington University School of Medicine and honorary committee chair. Schuman is being recognized for his work to adapt CT scan, MRI and laser imaging techniques to create 3-D analyses of ocular structures. The award was presented at the Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired Visionary Gala held at the Palladium St. Louis on April 22.

Shannon Woodcock, president and CEO of HealthWorks! Kids\u2019 Museum St. Louis, has been selected as a 2017 Women of Distinction honoree by the Missouri Athletic Club. The award recognizes women who enrich their communities and contribute to the advancement of all women through their leadership, character and professional achievements. Woodcock has worked to advance health education in St. Louis for the past nine years. As executive director of the Delta Dental Health Theatre, she helped transform the theater into the new HealthWorks! Kids\u2019 Museum, which has hosted tens of thousands of children. She is also a faculty member of Washington University\u2019s nonprofit management program and was selected to participate in Focus St. Louis\u2019 Leadership St. Louis program. Woodcock was honored at Missouri Athletic Club\u2019s Women of Distinction Luncheon on April 7.

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Shannon Woodcock

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri recently held a luncheon to raise funds for reproductive healthcare and educational programs. The Women\u2019s Leadership Circle annual luncheon, \u201cCreating a Culture of Action,\u201d raised over $350K and was attended by the region\u2019s most philanthropic women and men. Also in attendance was St. Louis native Beau Willimon, creator of Netflix\u2019s House of Cards. The event was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 6.

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Joan Culver (board member), Beau Willimon, Heather Raznick (board member)

Due to an increase in demand for epilepsy procedures and services, St. Louis Children\u2019s Hospital is expanding its Pediatric Epilepsy Center. The hospital\u2019s recent investment in ROSA, Robotized Surgical Assistant, creates a 3-D map for surgeons to follow during a procedure and provides precise surgery assistance allowing less invasive procedures, smaller incisions with less bleeding, and reduced surgery and recovery time. The expansion also includes the addition of two epileptologists: Dr. Stuart Tomko, MD from Texas Children\u2019s and Boston Children\u2019s Hospitals, and Dr. Guerriero, DO, a Washington University physician and neurologist. DR. Guerriero will be spearheading the new ICU EEG program as well. Children\u2019s is also adding several EEG technologists to identify the source of seizures in patients using EEG equipment.

The Saint Louis Zoo was chosen as the \u201cBest Zoo\u201d per the 10Best Readers\u2019 Choice Awards contest sponsored by USA Today. The 20 nominated zoos were all accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and hand-picked by a panel of zoo and family travel experts. The USA Today website described the Saint Louis Zoo\u2019s appeal, such as its diversity of animals and free admission.

St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness (SLOCA) recentlyhosted its annual \u201cLiving Out Loud\u201d gala and auction. The event Emcee was KMOV\u2019s Laura Hettiger, and comedian and St. Louis native Greg Warren provided a special presentation and comedy routine for the more than 320 guests. The event also featured cocktails, appetizers, a gourmet dinner, silent and live auction, and the honoring of the Jorgensoen Family, the 2017 Teal Spirit Award recipients and founders of Families ROC Star 5k. Beverly Kinkade, survivor and SLOCA past president, received the second annual Volunteer Impact Award. The gala was held April 8 at Forest Hills Country Club in Chesterfield and raised more than $150,000. Proceeds fund grants for ovarian cancer research\u00a0and support SLOCA\u2019s educational programs and community awareness outreach.\u00a0

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Jorgensoen Family

Helping Hand Me Downs celebrated its fifth year of serving families throughout the St. Louis region with a Roarin\u2019 Twenties themed gala.\u00a0 The April 1 event was held at the Budweiser Brew House\u2019s Crown Room at Ballpark Village.

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The John Burroughs School 4211 robotics team advanced as the only St. Louis team to qualify for the FIRST* Tech Challenge World Championships held at Union Station in St. Louis April 26-29. This year\u2019s robot competition, VELOCITY VORTEX, involved more than 4,600 teams competing worldwide. Students and their mentors designed, built and programmed a CAD-designed and laser-cut aluminum robot that uses sprockets, gears, motors and sensors. Teams use WiFi-controlled phones to move their robots. The Burroughs team competed throughout the state and region to earn its place at the world championships.

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Angelo Benoit, Dylan Fox, Ben Stegeman (team captain), John Woodruff, Amaan Banga, Adam Banga, William Hylen, Adnaan Raza, Andy Zhang, Ben Wei and Hannah Stroup

The first annual Battle of the Badges BBQ was held on Saturday, May 13 in downtown Clayton to raise funds for Backstoppers and Responder Rescue. Teams of local fire and police departments served up BBQ to over 300 people, with side dishes provided by Weber Grill Restaurant. Attendees voted on their favorite meat in each category: Creve Coeur Police Department received 1st place for pork butt; Clayton Fire Department received 1st place for ribs; and Clayton Police Department received 1st place for chicken. Creve Coeur and Clayton Police Departments donated their $100 monetary awards to Backstoppers, and Clayton Fire Department donated their award to Responder Rescue. The City of Clayton will present Backstoppers with a check for $4,112.28 and Responder Rescue with a check for $4,012.28 from ticket sales and monetary awards. The event was sponsored by Weber Grill Restaurant and SSM Health.

Participating Teams:

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis\u2019 production of Follies was the top winner at the fifth annual St. Louis Theater Circle Awards. Follies, which kicked off The Rep\u2019s 50th\u00a0anniversary season, won seven awards, including Outstanding Production of a Musical. The awards ceremony was held March 20 at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts on the campus of Chaminade College Preparatory School.

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Join us as we honor these nine deserving local charities and non-profits and announce this year's winners at the 2017 Ladue News Charity Awards, presented by Centene Corporation. Read all about these groups and their missions in the June 2, 9 and 16 issues of\u00a0Ladue News.

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Alive, Inc.

Camp Rainbow Foundation

Center for Head Injury Service

College Bound

Concordance Academy of Leadership

Humane Society of Missouri

Nurses for Newborns

Rainbow Village

St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association, Inc.

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What: LN Charity Awards

Where: Palladium Saint Louis

When: 6 to 8 p.m. June 15

Price: $30

Details: Only a limited number of tickets are available. A portion of every ticket purchased in advance will be donated to your choice of one of these charities.

Purchase tickets here.

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Ashley Green

\"Brian

Brian Carlson

\"Cory

Cory Timblin

\"Matthew

Matthew Groves

\"Retta

Retta Leritz

\"Evan

Evan Sowers

Butler\u2019s Pantry welcomes Ashley Green as its new director of human resources. In this role, Green is responsible for recruitment, training and development, performance management and benefits. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the industry and received a bachelor\u2019s degree from McKendree University and a master\u2019s from SIU-Carbondale.

Castle Contracting welcomes Brian Carlson as project director to oversee the delivery of prime contracts for civil construction projects and pursuits, focusing on design-build and other alternative delivery opportunities. Carlson was previously the senior project manager for 14 years at Millstone Weber, LLC. He is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America and DBIA Mid-America Regions, he received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology \u2013 Rolla, and he earned certification as a Master Drainlayer for St. Louis city and county.

The Missouri Chapter of American Public Works Association (APWA) has chosen Dale Houdeshell, director of public works for the City of Clayton, as the recipient of the 2016 D Squared Award. This award is the highest honor by the Missouri Chapter of APWA and recognizes individuals who exemplify excellence and dedication in serving the public and the public interest through outstanding achievements and performance in the field of Public Works. Houdeshell, an Army veteran, has more than 30 years of experience in public works and has served the City of Clayton for three years.

West County Center in Des Peres announced the opening of five new stores and changes to existing retailers. The new stores are Vans, AKIRA, Cell Doc, Goss\u2019up Pasta and Classic Dogs & More. In addition, Helzberg Diamonds is expanding and remodeling their location, Kay Jewelers is remodeling their store, and Fusion Kitchen in the food court has expanded their menu and changed their name to Falafel & Grill.

For the ninth consecutive year, Build-A-Bear Workshop has been named to the 2017 Best Companies to Work For list, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. Selection and ranking are based on employee ratings of workplace culture, the level of trust towards leaders, pride taken in their jobs and the camaraderie experienced with co-workers. Build-A-Bear Workshop ranked number 76 out of 100 companies.

Lush Cosmetics reopened their store at St. Louis Galleria with more square footage and 10 consultation stations in the shop\u2019s center. Lush offers handmade cosmetics and essential oils which are not tested on animals, as well as unique vintage pieces of furniture. \u00a0The store re-opened on March 24.

Gershman Mortgage welcomes Cory Timblin, PHR, SHRM-CP as its new human resources manager. Timblin has over 15 years of experience in human resources, most recently serving as the human resources manager for Kellwood Company. She received her bachelor\u2019s degree from University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master\u2019s of management/human resources management from University of Phoenix. She also holds a professional human resources (PHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and SHRM-Certified Professional distinction. She is currently president-elect on the board with the National Human Resources Association \u2013 St. Louis Affiliate.

UMB Bank announced it has hired Fritz Gebhard Jr. as vice president, commercial banking in St. Louis. He is responsible for managing existing client portfolios while building new business relationships in the community. Gebhard has more than 13 years of experience in banking and financial services, most recently as vice president, commercial banking at Cass Bank. He graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor\u2019s in economics and from Webster University with a master\u2019s in business administration.

Dielmann Sotheby\u2019s International Realty is pleased to announce its new agents: Richard Hefler, Brian Sluka, Anne Ray, David Spellman, Shelley Roach, Meghan Putnam and Beth Schultz.

RedKey Realty Leaders St. Louis announced key leadership team members. Nate Johnson, president of Real Estate Solutions, joined as director of agent development. Shawn Kelsey, a RedKey agent and associate broker since 2015, will now lead the brokerage efforts for the firm\u2019s West County location.

Judevine Center for Autism expanded its Craig Road location to make room for a new clinic for applied behavior analysis and speech/language therapy. The clinic, \u201cRoots on Craig,\u201d opened last December. It includes designated areas for gross motor needs, sensory needs, reading, younger children structured play, and older client work and recreation stations.

Castle Contracting welcomes Matthew Groves as project director. Groves will help lead solar project pursuits and assist with the national expansion of the company\u2019s CastleGPS service, which provides industry-leading subsurface utility investigation and mapping to construction projects. He previously served in management roles at Byrne & Jones and Saint Louis University. He graduated from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg with a bachelor\u2019s in computer-aided drafting and from Lindenwood University with an MBA. He is a member of the American Public Works Association and Young Executives of SITE Improvement Association.

A west coast inspired bridal boutique, Juno Bridal, recentlyopened in the Central West End. The shop is owned by St. Louis native, Claire Ketterer, and features exclusive designers with southern California styles. Designers include Daughters of Simone, Truvelle, Daalarna, Theia, Olia Zavozina and Alyssa Kristen.

Castle Design welcomes Retta Leritz to its team of interior designers. Leritz, a St. Louis native, worked in New York City for popular fashion names and was trained in interior design with a background in illustration and product development. Her designs have been published in House Beautiful, Southern Living and Domino magazines.

Central Trust Company is pleased to announce the hiring of Evan Sowers, MBA as executive vice president and market executive for its St. Louis location in Clayton. His primary role is to lead the St. Louis office to deliver world class customer service, fiduciary administration and investment advice to clients and prospects. Sowers has more than 17 years of experience in the industry, earned his MBA in Finance, Accounting and Investment banking from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis announced the appointment of Cassady Caldwell to the position of executive director. Caldwell has held several positions with the no-kill organization since 2014, most recently as director of shelter operations.

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\"Dr.

Dr. Barrett Mosbacker

\"Lauree

Lauree Peterson-Sakai

\"Dr.

Dr. Grace Lee

\"Laura

Laura Kaiser

\"Sherry

Sherry Sissac

\"Chelsea

Chelsea Watson

\"Will

Will Witherspoon

\"Dr.

Dr. Larry Johnson Jr.

\"Pat

Pat Sly

\"Jill

Jill McGuire

\"Mike

Mike Roberts

The Women\u2019s Foundation of Greater St. Louis (WFSTL) recently announced new appointments to its board of directors:

New board president, two year term:

Reappointments:

New board members:

The Westminster Christian Academy board of directors has chosen Dr. Barrett Mosbacker as Westminster\u2019s next head of school, effective June 1, 2017. Mosbacker has 28 years of Christian education experience, with the last 10 years as the superintendent of Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Alabama. He also founded Covenant Day School in Matthews, North Carolina, and served as headmaster at Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Dr. Mosbacker holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master\u2019s from Covenant College.

VOYCE announced that Lauree Peterson-Sakai of Wells Fargo Advisors, has joined its board of directors. In her role at Wells Fargo Advisors, Lauree develops and manages risk-based compliance programs centered on elderly clients. She also serves on the board for Memory Home Care Solutions. Lauree holds her Series 7, 63 and 24 financial licenses. VOYCE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a high quality of life for the estimated 22,000 people living in long-term care in its service area in Eastern and North Central Missouri.

Dr. Grace Lee has been hired as the principal of Hixson Middle School in the Webster Groves School District, effective July 1. Lee is currently the assistant principal at Parkway Northeast Middle School. Prior to that, she taught English language arts in Parkway and was a social worker in Jennings. She holds a doctorate and master\u2019s degree in educational administration from Lindenwood University, a master\u2019s in social work from Washington University and a bachelor\u2019s degree in middle school education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

SSM Health named Laura Kaiser as the new president/CEO, effective May 1. Kaiser has more than 30 years of experience in health care, including improving upon clinical quality and patient satisfaction, operational performance and growth, and facilitating health care integration. For the past five years, she has served as executive vice president/COO at Intermountain Healthcare. Prior to that, she spent 15 years at Ascension Health in several leadership roles. In her new role with SSM Health, Kaiser will be instrumental in guiding the organization\u2019s transition to a value-based model of care. She is replacing William P. Thompson, who will retire at the end of April after 37 years of service.

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC), announced the promotion of Sherry Sissac as deputy director. Sissac will report directly to executive director, Felicia Shaw, helping to establish programs and policies to drive growth, and the strategies to advance RAC as a critical player in the region\u2019s cultural economy. Sissac has nearly 30 years of experience in brand building and business development. She served as RAC\u2019s director of marketing and external affairs and successfully launched the STL Arts App, and she leads the region\u2019s Arts & Economic Prosperity Economic Impact Report. Sissac is a St. Louis native and spent years as news anchor and public affairs producer for KDNL television.

Pedal the Cause proudly welcomes three new professionals to their board of directors:

Parkway Schools named Chelsea Watson as its deputy superintendent with a unanimous vote by the board of education. Watson is a lifelong Parkway student, alumnus and educator. Her roles include the assistant superintendent of student services since 2012, Parkway Middle School principal, and teacher at Wren Hollow Elementary. Her accomplishments have resulted in enhancing student character education, improving the district\u2019s relationship with the Special School District, consistent registration procedures and reviewed discipline practices focusing on student needs. Her new position is effective July 1, replacing Desi Kirchhofer, who accepted the superintendent position at Northwest School District.

Mathews-Dickey Boys\u2019 & Girls\u2019 Club announced its new board members:

Kids in the Middle announced four new advisory members which assists the agency with their mission, events and fundraising.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis announced the selection of seven new members to its board of directors:

Gateway Center for Giving announced the election of three leaders to its board of directors:

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) recently announced two newly elected board members:

VOYCE welcomes former KSDK meteorologist, Mike Roberts, to its board of directors. Roberts left KSDK in 2016 after 37 years in meteorology to pursue his passion for helping seniors remain comfortable and live independently in their own homes. He is now the director of client services at Home Care Assistance of St. Louis and is a volunteer with Mercy Hospice.

Epworth Children & Family Services\u2019 governance board is pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Michelle D. Tucker, senior vice president at Bank of America, as its new CEO, effective April 3. Tucker has been with bank of America for 20 years and oversees local philanthropic giving, community outreach, and sponsorship strategies. She is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt professional and has received numerous awards, including the YWCA Leader of Distinction Award and the Urban League\u2019s Women in Leadership Award. She earned an M.A. in Business from Webster University and B.A. in English from SIU-Edwardsville. Tucker is also involved with other charitable organizations in the area.

Make-A-Wish Missouri announced two new additions to its governing board:

Barnes-Jewish Hospital announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors:

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LN contributor Julia Cain

Last Thursday, St. Louis became the envy of the fashion world for a brief moment as hometown girl and international supermodel Karlie Kloss debuted her new fashion line in collaboration with Express. The Pageant transformed into an exclusive runway show, complete with servers delivering delectable bites, from mini deep dish pizzas and barbecue pulled pork sliders to Ted Drewe\u2019s famous custard and Klossies, gluten-free cookies designed by none other than Kloss herself.

Upon entry, each attendee received a light-up bracelet, which made for a spectacular light show as the night progressed. The keepsake bands changed colors in time with DJ and entrepreneur Hannah Bronfman\u2019s turntables. The Karlie Kloss X Express Collection, featuring iconic tees and blazers alongside statement bombers and flowing maxi dresses, set to inspire as it hit the runway, modeled by 15 influencers, including LN contributor Julia Cain. These unconventional models and contest winners empowered with stories of how they seek to live their best lives.

Kloss also invited graduates of her summer program, Kode With Klossy, a free camp where 13 to 18 year-old girls learn how to code, to watch front and center as the show unfolded. Guests were treated to a special musical surprise as international pop star Charli XCX took to stage, performing such hits as Iggy Azalea\u2019s \u201cFancy\u201d and her own megahit, \u201cBoom Clap.\u201d Shop the style and watch a runway recap at express.com.

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St. Louis Speaker Series

As the St. Louis Speakers Series celebrates its 20th anniversary, it is preparing to welcome a stellar lineup of some of today\u2019s most celebrated and influential personalities to take the stage at Powell Hall. Officially kicking off on Oct. 10, and presented by Maryville University, the 2017-2018 Series will offer seven evenings of thought-provoking discussion and lively entertainment, highlighted by a presentation featuring former President Bill Clinton. The complete list of presenters in order of appearance includes:

\u2022 Oct. 10, 2017 - David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010-2016)

\u2022 Oct. 24, 2017 \u2013 Jeffrey Toobin, Supreme Court expert and esteemed legal analyst

\u2022 Dec. 5, 2017 \u2013 Jane Pauley, television journalist and author

\u2022 Jan. 23, 2018 \u2013 Robin Wright, Middle East expert, award-winning journalist and author

\u2022 Feb. 20, 2018 \u2013 Rick Steves, author, television host and European travel guide

\u2022 March 20, 2018 \u2013 President Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States

\u2022 May 1, 2018 \u2013 Paul Nicklen, award-winning National Geographic photographer

Tickets for the 2017-2018 St. Louis Speakers Series are available now by visiting www.StLouisSpeakersSeries.org or by calling 314-534-1700. As in years past, the series is being sold by subscription, with subscribers guaranteed admission to hear all seven dynamic speakers. Subscriptions for the entire series range from $295 - $435. All presentations will begin at 8 p.m. and each is followed by a spirited Q&A period during which the speaker addresses questions from the audience.

The 2017-2018 series will get underway with a presentation by David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. As the youngest British Prime Minister in two centuries, Cameron led a transformation of the U.K.\u2019s economy through his work to remodel the Conservative Party with a modern, compassionate agenda. In 2016, Cameron resigned following the U.K. vote to leave the European Union.

On Oct. 24, Jeffrey Toobin will grace the stage at Powell Hall. Best known for his books, The Oath and The Nine, which chronicled the inner workings of the Supreme Court, Toobin began his career clerking for a federal judge and later served as an associate counsel to Lawrence Walsh during the Iran-Contra affair and Oliver North\u2019s criminal trial. He has since provided legal analyses on high-profile cases for CNN and The New Yorker. His book on the O.J. Simpson murder case was adapted as a television series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and aired in 2016 as the first season of FX\u2019s American Crime Story, winning numerous Emmy awards.

In December, the St. Louis Speakers Series will welcome television journalist and author Jane Pauley. Pauley is currently the anchor of CBS Sunday Morning. She is best known for her 13-year tenure on NBC\u2019s Today, followed by 12 years as co-host of Dateline NBC. Her bestselling memoir, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue, made public her diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Pauley also penned a second book titled Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.

The Speakers Series will continue in January 2018 with a presentation by Robin Wright. As a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International School for Scholars, Wright has received numerous awards for her reporting for The New Yorker and other publications. She is also the author of many books on the Middle East. The most recent, titled Rock the Casbah, was named the best book on international affairs by the Overseas Press Club.

Rick Steves will take to the Speakers Series stage in February 2018. In addition to authoring numerous European travel guides, Steves is the host of the public television series Rick Steves\u2019 Europe and a public radio show called Travel with Rick Steves. He advocates for independent travel, encouraging Americans to become \u201ctemporary locals\u201d by visiting cozy villages away from popular tourist routes, in addition to seeing major cities.

On March 20, 2018, St. Louis Speakers Series attendees will appreciate the highlight of the season as they hear from former President Bill Clinton. Under Clinton\u2019s leadership as the 42nd President of the United States, the nation enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest peacetime economic expansion in U.S. history, which featured the creation of more than 22 million jobs.

The 2017-2018 St. Louis Speakers Series will conclude in May 2018 with a presentation by Paul Nicklen. An award-winning National Geographic photographer, Nicklen uses his camera to reveal the nature of the changing polar regions due to climate change. His work also includes serving as an interpreter and translator of scientific information about environmental challenges.

Presented by Maryville University, the St. Louis Speakers Series is sponsored by PNC Bank, Nine Network of Public Media, St. Louis Public Radio, the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Polsinelli. Individual speakers are sponsored by the Elizabeth L. Green Charitable Foundation, Emerson, the St. Louis Cardinals, MonetaGroup and Ladue News.

For more information about the 2017-2018 St. Louis Speakers Series, visit StLouisSpeakersSeries.org.

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Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS) students held their annual Ladue Dance Marathon on February 4, raising over $44,000 for the Children\u2019s Miracle Network Hospitals. The participating students spent months on fundraising efforts, and they celebrated with music, dancing, games and philanthropic activities. Patient families, or \u201cMiracle Families,\u201d also attended the event to share their stories. The Ladue Dance Marathon has raised nearly $127,000 over the past four years. All funds remain local and go to Children\u2019s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon to help pay for new patient programs, equipment and facility renovations.

Operation Food Search (OFS) was recently granted $30,000 from the PNC Foundation to support its Cooking Matters programming. The initiative offers two classes, Cooking Matters for Parents and Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals, in which participants gain the needed skills to plan, shop and cook healthy affordable meals for young children. OFS is working with various partners to recruit program participants and aims to create a healthy food environment for children ages birth to five.

\"Mary

Mary Gladys, Loving Hearts Early Learning Center

The Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund to help continue the support of its ArtSmarts program. ArtSmarts serves 22 underserved schools in the city of St. Louis and North St. Louis County which have severely limited art programs. Through the program, each school brings classes of up to 30 students (grades 5-12) to the Craft Alliance gallery and studios three times during the academic year. The students experience an exhibition tour led by a docent and a two-hour hands-on class with a professional artist. \u00a0The grant from the Monsanto Fun will help support ArtSmarts programming for schools within the St. Louis Public Schools.

\"Andriana

Andriana Chuchman

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis announced soprano Andriana Chuchman as the 2017 Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Prize winner for extraordinary artistic potential in early-career artists. She will receive a $10,000 grant to support her continued artistic and professional development. Chuchman sang the doule role of Boonyi Kaul and India Ophuls in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jack Perla and\u00a0 Rajiv Joseph\u2019s Shalimar the Clown during Opera Theater\u2019s 2016 Festival Season. She has also performed in operas across the nation and in Canada.\u00a0

Renaissance Financial hosted an awards banquet on January 13 and recognized several of its advisors. Memberships and awards by Securian Financial Services, Inc.

\"Jenifer

Jenifer Russell

Jenifer Russell, the community life services director of Friendship Village Chesterfield (FVC) was recently awarded the prestigious lifetime achievement award from VOYCE, an organization which honors exceptional work in caregiving and person-centered care.\u00a0 For 22 years, Russell has served the residents of FVC and is described as being dynamic, energetic, and the chairwoman of fun by spreading cheer, decorating for events and holidays, and managing diverse activities, classes, outings and plays.\u00a0 VOYCE annually selects individuals recognized by their peers and supervisors, and the 2016 award recipients were chosen from more than 300 long term care communities, home care providers, hospice agencies and adult day programs across a 21 county service area.

Officer Doug Manninger of the Creve Coeur Police Department was recognized as the 2016 Police Officer of the Year by the Creve Coeur-Olivette Chamber of Commerce. Manninger became the department\u2019s crime prevention officer in January of 2016 and worked to educate citizens, students and businesses on crime prevention strategies. He also coordinated programs such as DARE, Rape Aggression Defense, West County Citizens Police Academy, active shooter training, identity theft presentations, personal safety and business security. Manninger has also worked to improve trust and relationships between the police department and Creve Coeur community by coordinating events such as Creve Coeur Night Out, Neighborhood Watch Halloween Party and Trivia Night, and the first Coffee with a Cop. He arranged fundraisers for BackStoppers and the Special Olympics, and he has increased the department\u2019s online presence with crime prevention tips and information via Facebook and twitter.

\"Rich

Rich Sames and Officer Doug Manninger

\"Michael

Michael O\u2019Meara

Michael O\u2019Meara, managing director-midwest of Raymond James & Associates (RJA), has been named as the RJA 2016 Complex Manager of the Year. O\u2019Meara was recruited to the firm 11 years ago to open the first RJA branch in St. Louis and now oversees the Midwest, including 11 offices in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Southern Illinois. He is recognized as a perennial leader in all metrics of manager performance, particularly in recruiting.\u00a0 The award was presented recently at the firm\u2019s annual branch managers\u2019 conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Beyond Housing was recognized with the Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence by The Missouri Community Forestry Council and Missouri Department of Conservation. The award recognizes projects that demonstrate a sustained effort to care for the trees of Missouri. Beyond Housing focuses on renewing and building the 24:1 Community, the 24 municipalities of the Normandy School Collaborative (district) in north St. Louis County. Community forester Doug Seely was added to its staff in 2016 and has led efforts to conduct routine maintenance of trees that have been neglected for years, hosted training workshops for community leaders and forestry companies, and hosted two tree planting projects in an effort to improve and maintain the community\u2019s trees.

Saint Louis Crisis Nursery was recently awarded $70,000 from Shop \u2018N Save in support of their commitment to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and providing emergency intervention to families in crisis. Shop \u2018N Save president, Randy King, stated that the Nursery is one of their charities of choice because they see the dollars working in our communities and their associates and customers can become personally involved.

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Edward Jones and its associates contributed more than $976,000 to the Arts and Education Council (A&E) in 2016. Associates volunteered on the campaign committee to raise more than $609,000 from the home office and more than $42,000 from the branches. Edward Jones then matched its associates\u2019 contributions with a corporate gift of $325,000. A&E\u2019s annual campaign benefits nearly 70 grantee organizations with financial support, professional development opportunities and incubation services. Edward Jones has supported A&E for 38 years and invested more than $9 million in arts and arts education throughout the bi-state region.

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Michael Fross, Cynthia Prost, Irasa Downing, Annette Meyer and Jim Weddle

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Dr. Scott Spurgeon

Riverview Gardens School District administrator, Dr. Scott Spurgeon, has been nominated for the 2016-17 national LifeChanger of the Year Award. This award is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation and recognizes the best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the nation who are making a difference in students\u2019 lives. Spurgeon has worked in education for over 25 years and joined Riverview Gardens in 2013. His efforts include creating partnerships with organizations such as Whirpool to meet student needs and helping graduating seniors secure college scholarships. The attendance and graduation rates have also increased to 84% and 85%. Fifteen individuals will be selected as winners and will receive a cash award to be spilt with their school. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2017.

The Miriam Foundation was awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation for its Middle School expansion project. The funds will be given toward the $4,000,000 capital project when Miriam raises the balance of funds needed to complete the project. $2 million has been committed by many friends of Miriam, and the remaining $1.5 million is to be raised by January 2018 to receive the Mabee award.

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The Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF) and Hibbs Homes donated $4,180 to Marygrove, an organization providing a safe living environment for children and youth while addressing their mental health needs. The donation will be used to help with a kitchen renovation in Arbor House, one of the six therapeutic foster homes at Marygrove. HBA executive vice president, Celeste Rueter, and HBCF contributor, Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes, presented the donation to Meghan Mueller, grants manager for Marygrove.

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Celeste Rueter, Meghan Mueller, and Kim Hibbs

The Monsanto Fund awarded an $8,000 grant to the SoulFisher Ministries to help support its Educate Now to Achieve Later (ENAL) 2017 Summer Initiative. The summer program consists of eight weeks of academic tutoring and enrichment programs for 40 at-risk elementary students. The program is provided at no cost to families, as many of them have one or both parents currently incarcerated. Students are provided with positive adult role models and are given opportunities to foster leadership skills and goal-setting. This is the second year Monsanto Fund has supported this initiative to curb summer learning loss for these students.

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Dr. Tom Williams

Dr. Tom Williams, superintendent of the Kirkwood School District (KSD), will retire at the end of the school year, effective June 30, 2017. Williams\u2019 eight-year tenure included several achievements which benefited the district. A $33.5 million bond issue added classrooms, provided safety measures, three elementary gymnasiums and new science classrooms at both middle schools. Tuition-free, full-day kindergarten was implemented in 2012, and Williams launched the KSD Task Force to strategize eliminating the achievement gap for African-American students. The Board will determine next steps in the search for a new superintendent.\u00a0

The Electrical Connection has been named an Arcus Awards finalist by the St. Louis Regional Chamber for its corporate citizenship. The Electrical Connection is a partnership of International\u00a0Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1\u00a0and the\u00a0St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical\u00a0Contractors Association (NECA). They are being honored for several initiatives to improve the communities in which its contractors and electricians serve. Examples of their community efforts include their support of the Ferguson, MO and rural St. Francois County \u201cShop with a Cop\u201d programs, and sponsoring the lighting of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Other finalists include Accenture, Anders, Emmis St. Louis, Gateway to Innovation and Mastercard. The Arcus Awards honors companies, organizations, or institutions who make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive\u00a0place to live, work, and invest for all people.

Trailnet and the American Planning Association Missouri Chapter (APA Missouri) received a $60,000 grant through the APA\u2019s Planners4Health initiative, with the goal of creating stronger, healthier communities.\u00a0 The partnership of these two organizations focuses on educating planners and public health professionals on the health impacts of street design. Their Plan4Health initiative involves pop-up traffic calming demonstrations throughout the city of St. Louis, with results such as permanent crosswalk improvements and beautification projects. Trailnet and APA Missouri will use the grant to share knowledge and resources on building coalitions with public health professionals, and to integrate public health into local and regional planning practices.

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The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery recently celebrated the grand opening of their Ferguson Outreach Center inside the Ferguson-Dellwood Community Resource Center. Mayors, councilmembers, local community leaders and supporters joined Crisis Nursery CEO, DiAnne Mueller, to celebrate the opening. The Crisis Nursery Ferguson Outreach Center will provide families with crisis counseling, community referrals, home visitation and parent education groups. The center is located at 1433 Stein Rd., Ferguson.

\"Stephanie

Stephanie Hall, DiAnne Mueller, Toni Burrow, and Rev. Patrick Chandler

The 30th\u00a0annual Budweiser Guns \u2018N Hoses boxing event provided a record donation of $653,000 to The BackStoppers. The event, held November 23, 2016 at the Scottrade Center, hosted its largest turnout with 18,038 guests in attendance. The blue team was victorious over the red team in an 11-5 decision. Six emergency responders who lost their lives in the line of duty were honored that evening. BackStoppers is a nonprofit organization that assist families of first responders who die in the line of duty. The donation was presented to The BackStoppers with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

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It's that time of year again: time for the annual LN Lil' One contest!

Our 2017 pint-size ambassador will star in an upcoming fashion shoot to grace LN's pages in our May 12 issue.

The 2017 LN Lil' One contest is open to U.S. residents, children between the ages of 2 and 4 years old, who live in the Ladue News delivery area. Must be two years old by March 23, 2017 and must not turn five years old before May 12, 2017.\u00a0

Contest entries will be accepted between March 15 and 5 p.m. March 22. Contest voting will begin March 23 at and end March 31. Winner must meet requirements. Officers, employees and associates of Lee Enterprises, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Suburban Journals, Ladue News, the DMS Group, STLtoday, and/or Second Street Media are not eligible to claim the prize.

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On Friday, March 17, singer-songwriter Matthew Mayfield will perform at The Pageant, with the promise to mix up the songs on his current and previous records and be completely in the moment \u2013 letting the music take him wherever it needs to go.

Eleven years ago, Mayfield had his debut performance at The Pageant with Switchfoot. The 32-year-old Birmingham, Alabama native has been writing songs since the early age of 10. With influences like Johnny Cash, Lemmy from Motorhead and Slash, Mayfield is known as an unpredictable artist, wanting to bring a dangerously honest element to his music. His latest LP, RECOIL, released last year, cuts deep with vulnerable songwriting where Mayfield focuses on the good, bad and ugly of the world around him. Mayfield claims that RECOIL is his most honest record to date.

St. Louis is the second show in Mayfield\u2019s roughly two-month tour, with shows that extend to Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Why was making RECOIL harder than your previous LP, Wild Eyes?

I was in a really bad place in my personal life before I started writing RECOIL. It was my first case of writer\u2019s block. I\u2019ve never experienced that in my whole career. I would pick up a guitar, and I felt like a brick. But I figured that I would work through it, and all these songs started spilling out. Some of them were up tempo and hopeful, and some of them were vicious and raw. There is a lot of vulnerability in the songs. But I think the best music is always the most honest.

How long did it take you to make the record?

It was the fastest record I\u2019ve ever written. I\u2019d say a little over a month. And I had about 15 songs for the record and we ended up with 11. It was a really cathartic process. I wanted to write all the time - middle of the night, all night, the middle of the day. It\u2019s like the levee finally broke and all this stuff started spilling out, and it really helped me get through what I was going through. It was extremely therapeutic. I\u2019m really happy that we did it, and I\u2019m really proud of this record.

How would you describe your song-writing process?

It usually starts with a melody for me. I could be driving down the highway in my car, and I\u2019ll just sing in my phone recorder. Or I\u2019ll be playing the guitar and something will pop up. And I\u2019m like, I need to remember that. I usually wait to find a melody I really like and settle on it before I put lyrics on top of it.

What continues to push you to create music?

It has always been inside of me. I knew when I was 8 or 9 that I wanted to be a full-time musician in a rock band. Now, looking back on those younger years, I think a lot of about how I\u2019ve changed, but at the same time, I am still that little kid. I still love rock \u2018n\u2019 roll just as much. And I\u2019ve never wanted to do or be anything else, and I feel very fortunate.

What kind of experience do you hope people have when they listen to RECOIL?

My hope is that people will believe me. That is always my hope - whether it be making a record or performing. My rule is that I tell all the producers that I\u2019ve worked with to push me to be better, challenge me on the songwriting side. And then, push me to deliver. If you don\u2019t feel like I am giving you all my heart, and you can\u2019t believe me when I\u2019m in there singing, then make me do it again until you do.

You are about to begin this tour, what can people expect from your performances?

We are going to be doing a little bit of everything. We will be playing a lot of the songs on RECOIL, a handful of my favorites from the back catalog, and then some other tunes that I haven\u2019t played in a long time that I miss. I\u2019m looking forward to playing my new stuff the most because it has gotten the least amount of stage time.

What are you most excited for ahead in your music career?

I\u2019m excited to do this tour. And then, getting back on the horse and writing more. I never like to force it. It is something where you need to trust your instincts. You need to sort of stumble upon it. That is the most exciting thing - when the spark becomes fire, and you write it down and play it, and you love it.

Matthew Mayfield will play at 8 p.m. Friday, March 17 at The Pageant as part of \u201cThe Heart Go Bang Tour\u201d with Blue October\u00a0(matthewmayfield.com)

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Women of Achievement is pleased to announce the 2017 Women of Achievement honorees\u2014a selection of 10 extraordinary volunteers from the St. Louis metropolitan region. Founded in 1955, the St. Louis Women of Achievement Award is the oldest, ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and volunteer leadership of women. The recipients will be recognized at the 2017 Women of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday, May 16 at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the luncheon runs until 1:30 p.m. This year\u2019s luncheon chair is Gin Wachter and the vice chair is Phyllis Langsdorf.

The 2017 Class of Honorees includes:

Claire Applewhite \u2014 Educational Enrichment

Christine Buck \u2014 Youth Dedication

Adrienne D. Davis \u2014 Arts Advocacy

Marlene Hammerman \u2014 Social Justice

Rosemary Hanley \u2014 Youth Services

Margaret Hopkins \u2014 Community Betterment

Kathy Lambert \u2014 Social Enterprise

Elizabeth Mannen \u2014 Volunteer Leadership

Colleen Kelly Starkloff \u2014 Human Welfare

Asha Zimmerman \u2014 Caring and Compassion

Joni Karandjeff, the president of Women of Achievement, notes that volunteers are the \"unsung heroes of our community.\"

\u201cThe strength and longevity of the region\u2019s nonprofit organizations and programs rely heavily on dedicated volunteers,\" she says. \"We take pride in honoring some of these outstanding unsung heroes\u2014women volunteers who have dedicated their time, energy, and leadership to helping the community in tremendous ways and inspire others to do the same.\u201d

Gin Wachter, the chair of this year's luncheon, says the event will be a special way to honor and highlight the awardees.

\u201cSurrounded by family, friends, past Women of Achievement, and those affiliated with each honoree\u2019s nonprofits and charities along with the general public, the feeling in the room is joyous and delightful,\" she says. \"In addition to a delicious lunch and awarding the honorees, we also feature a dynamic 30-minute video about the volunteers and their history of service, which really hits home the message that helping others makes an enormous impact in our community.\u201d

Women of Achievement honorees are selected from nominations from the St. Louis metropolitan area, including Metro East Illinois, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the betterment of the St. Louis region through voluntary contributions, volunteer leadership and a significant breadth of a volunteer career. Women of Achievement considers nominees with significant volunteer impact in areas such as, but not limited to, education, arts, health and human services, youth and family, philanthropy, social justice and advocacy.

Luncheon reservations are $60 per person and can be made online at www.woastl.org/luncheon-reservations or by contacting Women of Achievement at 314.896.4962 or woastlouis@gmail.com.

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The Missouri Historical Society is hosting a series of community forums to share its progress on the Soldiers Memorial Revitalization Project and unveil latest plans for core exhibits and building renovations. During these public forums, the organization hopes to engage the community in dialogue about the most recent plans for this important local project.\u00a0

The community forums are open to all St. Louis Metropolitan residents. The Missouri Historical Society is also reaching out to local veterans groups to encourage their members to attend.

2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22

AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room at the Missouri History Museum

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23

AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room at the Missouri History Museum

5:30 p.m. Monday, March 6

Atrium at the Old Post Office

9 a.m. Saturday March 18

Soulard American Legion, BK Post 422

In 2015, the Missouri Historical Society, which operates the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, took the reins for the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis through a long-term agreement with the City of St. Louis. The Missouri Historical Society is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation of the historic structure to create a state-of-the-art museum facility that honors military service, veterans and their families. The revitalized Soldiers Memorial Military Museum will feature more than double the amount of exhibit space, and a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and programming that are both reverent and relevant to veterans, military families and the larger St. Louis community. Soldiers Memorial is scheduled to reopen to the public in 2018.

For more information, visit mohistory.org/soldiersmemorial.

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Around 400 exhibitor booths will be set up in the St. Charles Convention Center for attendees to find almost anything they desire at the St. Louis Working Women's Show. From Feb. 24 to 26, visitors can participate in activities such as sessions with Painting Art Studio and Mason Mani Craft Studio, and be a part of a 5K run/walk.

Bartenders from Masters of Mixology will create innovative cocktail recipes and show participants how to make them at home. The Wine Garden and Cuisine on the Green will provide a variety of food and wine. A Dillard's fashion show will take place on the main stage, and on the cooking class stage, The Missouri Pork Association will present Chef Martin as he cooks up Mexican fare with hints of European inspiration.

Vendors will be selling an expansive array of items for kitchen, beauty and fashion needs. Cutco Cutlery, Damsels in Distress, The Letter Lady, body and bath products from Anita\u2019s, Cabela\u2019s, Diba footwear and Easy Living Products will be available. There will also be booths featuring handmade children\u2019s clothing, books and footwear.

If you find yourself in the mood for something sweet, vendors like Milo\u2019s teas, Cake Pops, Blue Owl\u2019s fried pies, Nothing Bundt Cakes of Chesterfield, Dave\u2019s Coffee Cake and more.

Fashionistas will be excited to find beauty and jewelry booths to search through. Snappy Chicks and Snaps and Lilla Rose Hair are just a glimpse at the unique, sparkling finds at the show. As a special treat, Robert Govero, a highly regarded stylist and artistic director, will host a presentation on the show\u2019s main stage.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., actress and singer Janine Turner will make an appearance. She is best known for her role as Maggie O'Connell in\u00a0Northern Exposure.

In addition, dentistry, hospital, vacation, vision, hearing and other service areas will have representatives on hand to help with any questions guests have about recommended practices or upcoming trips.

Throughout the weekend, Gilligan\u2019s Island Game Shows, presented by The Missouri Lottery, will give guests chances to win lottery tickets and prizes. There will also be a Mardi Gras bingo presented by Goodwill with prizes like shopping bags, T-shirts and more.

These guest speakers, vendors and activities just scratch the surface of all that is planned for the three-day St. Louis Working Women\u2019s Show.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guest speakers and presentation times vary. Admission is $9.50 for adults and $7.50 for seniors over 60 and children ages 6 to 11. A two-day wristband pass is also available for $13. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of, or in advance at wwssonline.com.

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