Happy birthday to ELLY STEINBACH, who recently turned 90 years young and celebrated with 90 of her nearest and dearest at a party thrown in her honor at Westwood Country Club.

In the spotlight…congratulations to LN contributor LARRY SWEDROE of BUCKINGHAM ASSET MANAGEMENT, who recently published another book in his popular ‘The Only Guide Book You’ll Ever Need’ series. In the latest, The Only Guide to Alternative Investments You’ll Ever Need, Swedroe and co-author JARED KIZER take readers through the world of alternative investments, including real estate, commodities, fixed annuities and more.

Happy anniversary to lovebirds JIM ASHWELL and SUE ESTES ASHWELL, who will celebrate their 40th anniversary this month. There were married Aug. 31, 1968, at Webster Groves Christian Church, and for 25 years have made their home on Deer Creek Woods in Ladue. Jim recently retired after 30 years practicing law, the same year Sue retired from St. Louis County Family Court. The couple have two children, Elizabeth (LHWS ’95) and Michael (LHWS ’01).

When the SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA decided to perform Howard Shore’s LORD OF THE RINGS SYMPHONY, there was just one little problem—the vocals are written in the Elven languages created by J.R.R. TOLKIEN. Luckily, Washington University library assistant and musical language coach PAUL HAHN is also an amateur Tolkien expert. Hahn has been busy translating the Elven words and will teach the chorus two different dialects of Elvish for its season-opening performances Sept. 19 and 20.

Books for a cause… Throughout August, BORDERS is partnering with CARDINAL GLENNON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL in a literacy drive. A special store display encourages shoppers to purchase certain books for donation to be used by the hospital’s young patients. In addition, the bookstore will donate 5 percent of the total sales from these books to the hospital through Aug. 31.

For the second consecutive year, two WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY scientists are receiving grants funded by the MARCH OF DIMES MISSOURI CHAPTER to help further their research. DR. ANTHONY FRENCH received a grant to continue his work on preventing fetal infection with cytomegalovirus (CMV) a leading infectious cause of birth defects. DR. DAVID ORNITZ will continue his study of life-threatening lung disorders in newborns.

When the NEW JEWISH THEATER takes the stage this season, it will be at Clayton High School. Renovations at its JCC theater will soon yield a brand-new studio theater. The season opens Sept. 10 with Chaim’s Love Song.

In other moving news, ATRIUM GALLERY will leave 4729 McPherson Ave. in October for new and improved digs right across the street. In preparation, the gallery is liquidating some of its inventory through its ‘Choose One’ exhibition now through Sept. 21.