Green news…The Downtown St. Louis Partnership and St. Louis Car Sharing Cooperative have launched WeCar, a membership-based program that reduces reliance on personal automobiles for people who live or work downtown. Members pay a $35 fee and are given a pass code that will grant them access to any of nine Toyota Priuses parked in a designated lot downtown. Rental fee to use the car is $10 an hour. It’s perfect for people who live downtown and would like to take Metro or the bus to work but need the flexibility during the day to attend meetings or run errands. Reservations for a car can be made in advance online. The program is offered through Enterprise Rent-a-Car and modeled after a similar program launched earlier for students and staff at Washington University.

After years as a parent volunteer at Old Bonhomme Elementary School’s library, Jody Feldman says she was simply meeting a need when she wrote The Gollywhopper Games, a puzzle book for children. Feldman has a journalism degree from University of Missouri and worked in advertising before becoming a full-time author. The book is available on

Beginning April 27, visitors to the Missouri Botanical Garden will be treated with a sculpture exhibition by the late renowned artist Niki De Saint Phalle, known around the world for large mosaic and painted sculptures. Nearly 40 of these will be on display at the Garden through Oct. 31.

Congrats to Washington University law students Andrew Nash and Samir Kaushik, who won the prestigious D.M. Harish Memorial International Law Moot Court Cmpetition held in Mumbai, India. They defeated teams from around the world on their way to the championship and faced a team from Cornell University for the tile. In addition, Nash took individual honors, winning second best oralist in the competition.

The BBC stopped by St. Patrick Center and McMurphy's Grill as part of its five-part documentary series about unique aspects of life in America. St. Patrick Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The Explorers Club St. Louis Chapter has started a community-wide speakers bureau, available to help educate the public on its effort to advance field research, scientific exploration and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the exploration instinct. Members are available to speak before school groups and organizations interested in the extensive research and travel of its members, who include Dr. Mabel Purkerson, professor emerita of medicine at Washington University, Cynthia Peters, volunteer for Caudwell Xtreme Everest medical expedition to Everest Base Camp, and John Wall, a licensed airline transport pilot. For more information on the club, visit

Beauty expert Sylvie Chantecaille, creator of the exclusive French cosmetic line that bears her name, will make a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus on April 12.

Congrats to the recipients of Saint Louis Crisis Nursery’s annual Hugs & Kisses awards: Shea O’Toole, Woman of the Year; Don and Gretchen Gerber, Philanthropists of the Year; Dana Brown Chartitable Trust, Organization of the Year; and Centene Corporation, Distinguished Corporate Citizen. Each will be honored at the 2008 Razzle Dazzle Ball April 5.

Celeb Sighting…None other than Lynn Redgrave will be in St. Louis for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ gala fund-raiser March 29.

Book it! Assistance League of St. Louis hosts its annual Author’s Brunch April 12 at the St. Louis Women’s Club at 9:30 a.m. Speaking this year will be historical fiction writer Susan Vreeland, author of the 2007 bestseller, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and St. Louis native and mystery writer C.R. Compton. For more information, call 453-9055.

Readers, get ready! The 59th annual Greater St. Louis Book Fair, sponsored by MACY’S, First Bank and West County Center, takes place May 1 through 4. Thousands of hardcover books, paperback books, records, cassettes, CDs, DVDs and more will be for sale at one of St. Louis’ largest charity events. Proceeds benefit the Nursery Foundation of St. Louis and other local charities.

Calling all volunteers…On a mission to alleviate poverty in St. Louis, the Jewish Community Relations Council is inviting community members to work toward that goal. In a Community Against Poverty event on March 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, St. Louisans can learn about more than 30 social service agencies who need volunteers of all skills and interests.