It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Energizer Bunny! The FOREST PARK BALLOON RACE takes place Sept. 20, and more than 70 huge balloons will take to the St. Louis skies. The day-long festivities start at 1 p.m. and include live music, sky divers and of course, the giant Energizer Bunny balloon.

    The high life…CLAYTON ON THE PARK, the new premier senior residence on Bonhomme Avenue, will celebrate its grand opening Sept. 20. The transformed high-rise features 208 designer apartments, a fitness center, spa and restaurant.

    THE FRIENDS OF THE SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY LIVER CENTER is pulling out all the stops for its annual DENIM AND DIAMONDS gala Sept. 20. Not only is it featuring entertainment from country music artist LYAL STIRCKLAND, but it’s also auctioning off a fully equipped 2008 Toyota Prius, a guitar signed by Toby Keith and Willie Nelson, an autographed David Beckham jersey and a chocolate lab puppy from Sievers Kennels. For more information about the event, which supports research efforts for the treatment and cure of liver diseases, visit or call 576-3078.

    Attention do-it-yourselfers! The 28th annual BUILDERS HOME & REMODELING SHOW returns to America’s Center Oct. 3 through 5. More than 500 booths from 240 exhibitors will showcase the latest and greatest in home improvement. Guest speakers and special attractions include DR. LORI, an art historian and certified fine art and antiques dealer who will appraise your items while you wait, and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis’ Building Products Warehouse Sale, featuring truckloads of new and used home improvement merchandise at deeply discounted prices, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 5. Tickets start at $4, and discount coupons are available at Schnucks. For more information, visit

    When many St. Louis Public School teachers headed back to their classrooms this month, they did so knowing they’ll have to spend hundreds of dollars out of their own pockets thanks to a decrease in funding that has left their classrooms lacking in even the most basic supplies. But thanks to MAXINE CLARK of BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP INC., St. Louisans can now log on to and make a donation that will get right into the classrooms of St. Louis Public Schools. Clark heard about the Web site, met with its founders, and soon helped expand the program to St. Louis. Donors can make gifts of any size and choose the specific classroom project they’d like to support. More than 800 projects from teachers in the greater St. Louis area are expected to be funded this year, which means more than 20,000 students will be positively impacted.

    They’ll be partying in the streets of Midtown Sept. 27 when Grand Center hosts DANCING IN THE STREETS, a day of performances from more than 50 dance companies on four outdoor stages throughout the district. More than 25,000 people attended the event last year. Headlining this year is NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH STILTS INTERNATIONAL, amazing stilt walkers whose costumes and agility will thrill audiences during their first-ever trip to St. Louis.

    Happy anniversary to THE THOMAS SAPPINGTON HOUSE in Crestwood, which celebrates its bicentennial Oct. 4 and 5. The house was built by Thomas Sappington in 1808 for Mary Ann Kincaid before their marriage. It is believed to be the oldest brick house in St. Louis County. During the anniversary weekend, there will be displays of period crafts on the grounds of the historical house, and free tours can be arranged between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. The tea room will be open for lunch both days. For reservations or more info, call 842-2505.

     Speaking of birthdays, to commemorate its 10th anniversary, the DONALD DANFORTH PLANT SCIENCE CENETER will open its doors for a community-wide event celebrating science in St. Louis on Sept. 28 from 1 to 6 p.m. The Danforth Center and its community partners, including the Saint Louis Science Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis Public Library, will be on hand for a fun-filled day of scientific activities, cultural performances, food and entertainment.

    DR. GEORGE DUELLO has opened MASTERS INSTITUTE OF IMPLANTS AND PERIODONTICS in Creve Coeur. His second office includes a state-of-the-art, in-house lab. This year marks Duello’s 25th year in private practice in St. Louis.

    THE MONSANTO FUND presented the MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM with a $150,000 check recently to support the George Washington Caver exhibition that will open Nov. 29. The exhibit, organized by the Field Museum in Chicago, Tuskegee University in Alabama and the National Park Service, reveals the fascinating life and scientific achievements of Carver, slave-turned-scientist.

  Congratulations to DAZZLE BOUTIQUE on its one-year anniversary. Dazzle, located in Frontenac, offers gifts for all occasions.