SAINT LOUIS CRISIS NURSERY, a nonprofit that provides 24-hour care for children of families facing a crisis or emergency, has opened a fifth center in Wentzville on property provided by SSM St. Joseph Health Center. The new center will help prevent child neglect and abuse in St. Charles County by providing a safe and healthy environment for children while their parents work through stressful issues.

Dads in the kitchen…Kudos to LADUE MIDDLE SCHOOL DADS CLUB, which prepared a class breakfast for eighth-graders prior to their class trip to Six Flags.

Congrats to more than 300 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE doctors who were recently named to ‘The Best Doctors in America,’ based on surveying doctors around the country.

Good news for ANGEL’S ARMS, the nonprofit that provides a home for siblings in the foster care system until a forever home can be found. It has once again received a $10,000 grant from the SAIGH FOUNDATION. The funds will allow the organization to purchase a fifth home and renovate the existing homes.

Kudos to BOOGALOO and other Maplewood businesses that have planned a Backstoppers benefit in response to the recent shooting tragedy in their community. The restaurant is hosting a pig roast Aug. 13. Cost is $30 a person, which buys a mojito and a plate for meat, sides and vegetarian options. A portion of the evening’s bar proceeds will also be donated to Backstoppers.

Music to our ears…BB’S JAZZ, BLUES AND SOUPS, in conjunction with several local and nationally known musicians, will host ‘St. Louis State of Mind,’ a musical benefit for INDEPENDENCE CENTER Aug. 17 from 4 to 10 p.m. Musicians performing include NIKKO SMITH, KIM MASSIE, MAE WHEELER, BOTTOMS UP BLUES GANG, CRYIN’ SHAME and others. Cost to attend is $15 at the door. Independence Center provides programs and services to assist adults with mental illness to live and work in the community.

A face-lift for WESTBOROUGH COUNTRY CLUB…Members have overwhelmingly approved a multi-million dollar plan to extensively renovate the club. Plans include upgrades and improvements to the golf course, renovation and expansion of the clubhouse kitchen, expanded outdoor dining, enhancement to the entry drive, and a new state-of-the-art fitness center and pool building.

This fall OWL, The Voice of Mid-life and Older Women, will recognize 12 outstanding women with its Women of Worth award. Honorees include: ROSEMARY TERRANOVA, director of Family and Children’s Services for St. Louis County; BONNIE SOLOMON, retired VP of Delmar Gardens Enterprises; ELLEN BRASUNAS, head of Senior Connections; ANN DUNN, founder of St. Louis Academy for Girls; SUSAN FADEM, journalist; the HON. APRIL FORD-GRIFFIN, St. Louis alderwoman; BETTY MANLIN, longtime volunteer; AMANDA MURPHY, founder and CEO of Missouri Health Advocates Alliance; LANA PEPPER, arts advocate and founder of Shakespeare Festival; MARCIA MCNEIL PFEIFFER, president of Florissant Valley Community College; JOAN QUICKSILVER, public relations consultant and longtime volunteer; BEA RENNA, co-founder of OWL; MARY ALICE RYAN, president of St. Andrews Resources for Seniors; and RUTH SMITH, president and CEO of the Human Development Corporation. The awards will be presented Oct. 16 at the Missouri Athletic Club.

As the kids head back to school, KIDSMART reminds us that more than 80,000 students in St. Louis cannot afford basic school supplies. Each year the nonprofit holds a ‘Push for Pencils’ drive to help provide children in need with the tools necessary to succeed in school. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and office buildings throughout the area are encouraged to host supply drives through Aug. 31. The most needed supplies include pencils, crayons, markers, glue, scissors, spiral notebooks, backpacks and loose-leaf paper. For more information, call 291-6211.

Flip-flops for the troops…KTRS Radio and five area malls (Chesterfield, Mid Rivers, South County, St. Clair and West County) are accepting brand-new men’s flip-flops in size eight and above to be donated to injured servicemen during treatment at U.S. military medical facilities. The drive is the brainchild of KTVI Fox 2 meteorologist CHRIS HIGGINS, who is currently on active duty for the Air Force in the Middle East. During a radio call-in show with KTRS personality Mark Christopher, Higgins mentioned the great need for easy slip-on shoes that injured soldiers can wear during hospital stays. The malls will collect sandals through Aug. 15.

Ladue resident and kids’ game inventor STUART MONTALDO is at it again, launching free online computer games that are entertaining and educational. Visit and check out the games and other cool stuff Montaldo has created for kids, parents and teachers.