Groceries with a view…the toney TOWN & COUNTRY CROSSING has opened, and tenants include WHOLE FOODS MARKET, TARGET, GO! SPA, NATIONAL CITY BANK and NAPOLI 2UE, the sister location of the popular Clayton eatery, Cafe Napoli. The stores front a 3-acre lake, the largest water feature of any St. Louis retail development.

Noted local pain specialist Dr. ANTHONY GUARINO has recently published a book on back pain management, BREAKTHROUGH STRATEGIES IN LOW BACK PAIN MANAGEMENT: A HANDBOOK FOR RECLAIMING YOUR LIFE. Guarino is the director of the Washington University Pain Management Center at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and has helped thousands of patients manage chronic pain of all types.

Bravo! SHOOTING STAR PRODUCTIONS, a nonprofit theater company for young performers, recently wrapped its performance of Beauty and the Beast. The show was directed by Shooting Star co-founder MARTY STROHMEYER and local performers included: Jamey Powell and Scott Smith (Kirkwood High School), Lauren Westlake (Visitation Academy), Lauren Lenke (Villa Duchesne) and Adam Weber (De Smet Jesuit High School).

TRAILNET, a nonprofit that promotes active living in St. Louis through outdoor activities, has won a national award for its effort to preserve the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge. The ROUTE 66 PRESERVATION FOUNDATION presented the organization with its prestigious Cyrus Avery Award.

Brainiacs in Beantown…Six St. Louis area high school students involved in the AMERICAN JUNIOR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE participated in the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Boston. The trip was funded through a grant from the Monsanto Fund. Participating were: Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School seniors CODI DYE and ROBIN HURD and juniors DARNELL CAGE and ERIC MILLS; Lutheran North junior ETHAN HAYNIE; and St. Louis University High freshman ETEFIA UMANA JR.

A new face at Arts and Education Council…CYNTHIA PROST will assume the role of president of the ARTS AND EDUCATION COUNCIL, succeeding JAMES WEIDMAN. Prost is currently executive director of Cultural Festivals, an organization that includes the Saint Louis Art Fair, Saint Louis Jazz and Heritage Festival, and The Big Read.

Going green…CROSSROADS COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL is well on its way to becoming the first LEED-certified K through 12 school in Missouri. The school has launched a $5.5 million capital campaign to fund a building addition and renovation of its campus, which is planned to earn platinum-level LEED certification.

In the spotlight…A.E. SCHMIDT BILLIARDS is featured in the summer issue of O At Home magazine, which tells of the company’s donation of a custom-made, wheelchair-accessible pool table to VICTORY ONE, a residence for low-income seniors in Harlem, N.Y.

The MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN dedicated the DORIS WATERS HARRIS LICHTENSTEIN VICTORIAN DISTRICT recently, an historic area of the Garden that encompasses Victorian elements enhanced through the generosity of Doris and David Lichtenstein.

Congrats to recent Webster High School grad JODIE SCHUTT, winner of the MISS TEEN MISSOURI PAGEANT, who will represent Missouri in the national pageant. Schutt suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was a child but made a full and miraculous recovery. She will begin her studies at the University of Kansas, where she plans to study medicine.

Kudos to WOLKEN FAMILY DENTISTRY, which recently awarded its annual Wolken Dental Science Achievement Scholarship to VIKRAM CHAKRAVARTHY during a recent graduation ceremony at Clayton High School. The award is presented by Dr. Steve and Joan Wolken in gratitude for the excellent education the school provided their six children.