We applaud Villa Duchesne senior KATHERINE GODAR and her ‘Feed St. Louis’ program, which has netted more than 874 pounds of food and more than $2,400 in cash to help the hungry. We’re told that Katherine’s inspiration came from her school’s Christmas basket collection last December, but that she also realized that people go hungry throughout the year, not just over the holidays. Since then, she’s been collecting food from family, friends, neighbors, and even by standing outside her neighborhood supermarket. In fact, St. Louis Area Foodbank staffers now come to her home on a bi-weekly basis to pick up multiple barrels of food!

    Bravo to GEN HORIUCHI, who is marking his 10th year as Saint Louis Ballet’s artistic director. Next month, the company will present its spring season with Tribute to New York featuring choreography by CHRISTOPHER D’AMBOISE. Perform ances will be held April 2 and 3 at The Touhill. In addition, there’ll be a private reception and benefit hosted by longtime supporter MARY STRAUSS at her CWE home with Horiuchi, D’Amboise and artist SOKVANNARA SAR as guests of honor. For tickets or information, call (636) 537-1998 or visit stlouisballet.org.

    Kudos to Whitfield School senior HANNAH GREEN, who was recently honored as a Distinguished Finalist by The Prudential Spring of Community Awards program for ‘Hannah and Friends,’ a project she created for the residents of Henry Crown Center for Senior Living. Its goal is to make blankets and knit scarves for children at Shriners Hospital and other needy youngsters. 

    The recent union of PLACES FOR PEOPLE (PfP) and COMMUNITY ALTERNATIVES means expanded mental health care services to St. Louisans in need. The enhanced Places for People will serve some 1,500 clients and provide outreach to an additional 2,400 people, offering housing support and education and treatment programs. The organization’s newly appointed executive director is JOE YANCEY, formerly of Community Alternatives. He follows retiring PfP executive director FRANCIE BRODERICK, who is leaving in August after 21 years of leadership.

    Attention, moms and dads! Is your child a budding athlete, ballerina or rock star? We’re looking for photos of kids doing what they love, to be featured in our April 8 issue. Send in a photo of your child and his/her name and hometown by Wednesday, March 30. We’ll publish as many photos as space allows, and all of them will appear on our website. Please send photos to: Kids on the Move, Attn: Meredith Bush, Ladue News, 8811 Ladue Road, Suite D, St. Louis, MO 63124, or email mbush@laduenews.com.

    Baseball historian, journalist and St. Louis native JAMES S. HIRSCH will be in town March 24 to discuss his latest biography, Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend. He’ll appear during a book signing at St. Louis County Library headquarters. Hirsch also authored the bestselling Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter, which served as the basis for the film of the same name starring DENZEL WASHINGTON. Hirsch is a Mizzou grad who considers himself a diehard Cardinals fan.

    A heaping helping of national praise once again to our own DOMINIC BERTANI, owner of Dominic Michael Salons. The latest issue of Beauty Entertainment magazine not only features him on the cover, but also singles out Bertani’s flagship salon in Clayton as a ‘hot spot,’ ranking it No. 15 of the country’s Top 100 salons.

    A series of free seminars conducted by local interior designers aims t