Congrats to OLD BONHOMME students MEIRA CASSORLA and ALYSON YAWITZ, whose drawings were selected to illustrate stories in Grannie Annie Vol. 3, an anthology of family stories written by young people.

Bravo to Nerinx Hall student KATY NOETZEL, whose performance of a sonnet and scene from Shakespeare earned her a spot as a semi-finalist in the 2008 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City. To get to the national level, students had to compete in their own schools and then again at a regional event.

Greetings from China! DR. PETER RAVEN recently presented a lecture to students at ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY in the Zhejiang Province of China. The lecture was called ‘Sustainability for China and the World.’ He was in the area for the biennial Flora of China Joint Editorial Committee meeting.

Fore! The COUNTRY CLUB OF ST. ALBANS was recently selected as the site of the 2008 USGA Men’s State Championship Sept. 23 through 25, 2009. The tourney will be played on the club’s Lewis and Clark course.

Shopping for a cause! COLDWELL BANKER GUNDAKER is hosting a Shopping Extravaganza to benefit HABITAT FOR HUMANITY May 31 at 10 a.m. at its office in Chesterfield, 111 Chesterfield Towne Centre. More than 20 merchants—offering items ranging from jewelry and art to home and fashion accessories—will participate, with a percentage of all purchases benefiting the housing organization.

Don’t forget your pets! When you are getting your greens at this year’s CLAYTON FARMERS’ MARKET, be sure to pick up some ‘Kittykatnipkibble’ and ‘Billiken Bones’ for your four-legged friends. Proceeds go to scholarships for city schoolchildren and SLU’s department of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Congrats to CITY ACADEMY, which is one of only two schools in Missouri to receive a grant from THE LAURA BUSH FOUNDATION FOR AMERICA’S LIBRARIES. City Academy received the maximum award of $6,000 to expand, update and diversify its library collection. The foundation awarded more than $1 million in grants to 190 schools this year.

Leading the way…the SAINT LOUIS ZOO has received a LEED Silver Certification for its William R. Orthwein Jr. and Laura Rand Orthwein Animal Nutrition Center, which will provide food storage, preparation and delivery to the Zoo’s 22,800 residents. Sustainable design concepts, such as glazed windows, high-efficiency HVAC systems, and misting systems designed to cool rooftop equipment and improve efficiency, helped the building achieve its certification.

Reality TV star BRODY JENNER (son of Bruce Jenner) hosted a party recently at AMERISTAR CASINO’S HOME nightclub. Guests (especially single ladies) packed the club, hoping to rub elbows with the cast member of the MTV show The Hills.

TOM SCHWEIZER, local small-business and not-for-profit coach, has recently published Best Practices for Not-For-Profits, aimed at helping nonprofit executive directors work cohesively and stay on track with their organization’s mission. This is Schweizer’s first book and the result of years of experience as both a coach and executive at area nonprofits.

CARYN BURSTEIN, president of CLB INTERIORS, was recently named the winner of the Sub-Zero/Wolf contest for the ‘Best Kitchen in St. Louis.’ The kitchen was in a Frank Lloyd Wright-style residence in Clayton, where Burstein combined the convenience of Western living with the beauty of Eastern culture to create a feng shui space. The award was presented by ROTH DISTRIBUTING at a special ceremony held by Sub-Zero/Wolf.