The Redbirds go green…This season, with the help of St. Patrick Center and Downtown St. Louis Partnership, the St. Louis Cardinals will begin recycling all paper, aluminum and plastic products in and around the ballpark. New employees hired to help with the effort will come from the St. Patrick Center’s job program, which helps homeless men and women get back on their feet through employment.

Music to their ears…congrats to nine acclaimed young cellists from the St. Louis area who recently performed with internationally renowned soprano Christine Brewer at Cellofest 2008 in The Sheldon Concert Hall. The young cellists were Max Geissler, Monica Godbee, Melanie Goldstein, Haley Jacobson, William Kass, Richard Mazuski, John McAfee, Henry Myers and James Perretta, all students of Symphony cellist Catherine Lehr and Kenneth Kulosa.

Fore! Aron Katzman and his two sons, David and Andy, recently came in second at the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament in Palm Springs. They were cheered on in the crowd by Aron’s wife Jeanne and daughter Laurie. The gala following was headlined by Liza Minnelli.

Congratulations to St. Louisan Cynthia Kagan Frohlichstein, whose book, The Perils of the Peanut Butter Kid, was the first-place winner in the children’s fiction category at the 2008 Community Contest of the Missouri Professional Communicators.

Roses are red…Gov. Matt Blunt recently named Walter Bargen our state’s first official poet laureate. Bargen lives in Ashland, Mo., has published 12 volumes of poetry, and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s in English from the University of Missouri-Colombia.

Kudos to Epworth Children and Family Services, which has been awarded a $500,000 Capital Challenge Grant from the Kresge Foundation. The grant will be used to help fund facility upgrades to Epworth’s main campus in Webster Groves. Epworth serves 1,900 youth and their families by providing residential, day treatment and foster care services.

A local gem…Anabeth Weil, Forest Park project coordinator and founder of the Flora Conservancy, has created a new pocket-sized book to celebrate Forest Park’s rich history and help raise funds to implement the park’s Master Plan. The book includes fold-out photos and historical factoids from the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo and other park institutions. Weil will sign books at the Tulip Festival in the Jewel Box April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kudos to Dr. Jay Pepose, who recently participated in the ‘Changing 100 Lives in 100 Minutes’ program, which helped underserved people in 100 cities across the country improve their eyesight. Pepose was among a select group of ophthalmologists to implant crystalens® cataract-lens implants free of charge. The procedure, which is not usually covered by insurance, can drastically improve eyesight.

Happy birthday to Ruth Ellen Musick O’Donnell Blomberg, who recently turned 100 years young! Ruth Ellen is a resident at The Gatesworth.

Spring in your step…Dance St. Louis recently announced a major dance event to take place Memorial Day weekend. The Spring to Dance Festival will allow audiences to pay only $10 to see the best of dance from around the Midwest, including The Joffery Ballet of Chicago and Dancing Wheels of Cleveland. Performances will take place at the Touhill Center and feature solos, duets and ensembles ranging from flamenco to contemporary. Local dance companies MADCO and St. Louis Ballet will also perform. Tickets are available through the Touhill and Dance St. Louis.

Happy 50th anniversary to the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, which marks its milestone birthday with a gala April 13 to honor the men and women of the organization who promote mental health through psychoanalytic education, treatment and investigation.

Congrats to local culinary whiz Julia Usher, who received a nomination for a prestigious James Beard Award for her column ‘Prep School,’ published in Sauce Magazine.