Giving the Rockettes a run for their money, the St. Louis Strutters returned to The Muny stage this week, appearing in 42nd Street (through June 21). The Strutters are a chorus line of 12 tap dancers, ranging in age from 51 to 77! The girls are in high demand, performing almost 100 shows a year, with a percent of proceeds donated to local charities.
Way to go…Cardinal Ritter Prep High School seniors Darnell Cage and Glenda Jeffries are Gates Millennium Scholars, receiving grants from one of the nation’s largest and most successful minority scholarship programs. The two grads will receive full tuition, Darnell at University of Missouri to study mechanical engineering, and Glenda at the nursing program of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
Time to get your art on…The St. Louis Galleria Art Fair debuts this weekend, bringing together an eclectic mix of artists from across the country who will collectively display more than $15 million in art. The juried fine art show will transform the mall into an outdoor art gallery on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to
Speaking of fine art, Renoir, rather a Renoir, is making itself at home in Shaw Park. As part of an annual renewable loan in preparation for its expansion, the Saint Louis Art Museum has placed Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Venus Victorious in the Clayton park’s Centennial Garden. The 6-foot bronze sculpture is displayed on a platform between the ice-skating rink and the swimming pool. Venus, a longtime fixture in the Museum’s Sculpture Terrace, was among Renoir’s later works.
The Saint Louis Zoo is looking for your favorite photographs of family and friends enjoying the zoo, for inclusion in its 2010 Centennial Exhibit. The project, part of its ‘Zootennial’ Celebration, is designed to reconnect St. Louisans to history. On July 17, Aug. 14 and Sept. 26, visitors are encouraged to bring in their favorite photographs taken at the zoo. During designated times, zoo staff will scan photos (near the Sea Lion Basin) to appear in the exhibit’s digital memory wall.
Radhika Jain, a student at John Burroughs School, has scored perfect marks on both the ACT (36) and SAT (2400). Radhika, an incoming senior, will act as co-editor of the student newspaper and continue to participate in the Burroughs delegation to the Hague International Model United Nations. She is also a member of the Dance Varsity team.
Newly retired Clayton High School German teacher Glenn Cody has been honored with a permanent endowment to promote world language and culture in the school’s curriculum. Named the Herr Cody World Language Endowment, the fund will enable language teachers to be more creative in introducing students to the global community. Cody, a teacher for 31 years, will retire to his farm in Michigan.
Our salute also goes out to the Greater St. Louis Science Fair participants, several of whom earned scholarships from Monsanto Fund. The top three winners were: Clayton senior Yiran ‘Mack’ Su (first place), Parkway West senior Marilyn Piccirillo (second place), and Rockwood Summit senior Courtney Hender son. More than 1,500 projects from 250 public and private schools were presented this year.
Lights, camera…Zoe! The ladies on ABC’s The View were talking-up 2000 Ladue High School grad Zoe Goldberg earlier this month. Zoe, who plays Kelly Ambrose in a video from The Onion News Network, was featured during the show’s ‘Hot Topics’ segment. Zoe is the daughter of Leslie Rickard of Olivette and Gary Goldberg of Phoenix, Ariz.
Make a wish…CWE’s Maryland Plaza fountain could be your passport to ‘the good stuff.’ Through October, Maryland Plaza shoppers will receive a ‘lucky coin’ from participating neighborhood retailers. Each coin represents a chance to win prizes during monthly drawings. The grand prize winner, to be picked in October, will receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Even if you don’t win, you can still make someone else’s day: Real coins thrown into the fountain are donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri.