A fond adieu to Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) director PAUL HA, who will soon depart for Cambridge, Mass. Ha has been selected as the new director of Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) List Center for the Visual Arts. Ha arrived in St. Louis in 2002 to oversee the construction and opening of CAM’s new facility. He has since successfully positioned the museum as a national and international leader in contemporary art, as well as secured more than $40 million in funding and a $5 million endowment. A search committee has been formed to name a replacement for Ha, who begins his new post in December.

The ARTS AND EDUCATION COUNCIL has unveiled its 2012 St. Louis Arts Awards honorees. They are: LINDA KENNEDY of The Black Rep (Lifetime Achieve - ment in the Arts), JOAN LIPKIN of That Uppity Theatre Company (Arts Innovator), MABEL DORN READER FOUNDATION (Excellence in Philanthropy), CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST. LOUIS (Excellence in the Arts), jazz pianist PETER MARTIN (Excellence in the Arts) and NOVUS INTERNATIONAL (Corporate Support of the Arts). The Art Educator of the Year category will be announced at a later date. An awards dinner is planned for Jan. 23, 2012, at The Chase Park Plaza.

Calling all LN bakers! Fall is here, and we’re searching for our town’s best homemade GOOEY BUTTER CAKE. The winner of the best cake will receive FREE BAGELS FOR A YEAR from SAINT LOUIS BREAD CO.! All we need is a batch of your best gooey butter, along with the recipe, delivered to our offices (8811 Ladue Road, Suite D) on Sept. 26, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each submission will be taste-tested by our panel of judges, including River City executive chef JOHN JOHNSON. Results, recipes and photographs will be published in our Oct. 7 issue.

Still crazy after all these years? Are you and your significant other celebrating a MILESTONE WEDDING ANNIVERSARY this year? If you said “I do” 25, 30, 40 or 50 (or more) years ago, send in a photo from your wedding day and one taken recently by Oct. 3. Look for our special gallery feature in LN’s Oct. 14 issue. Email photos to Meredith Bush, mbush@laduenews.com, or send to Wedding Milestones, 8811 Ladue Road, Suite D, St. Louis, MO 63124.

A special holiday treat is coming to Peabody Opera House: MOSCOW BALLET’s Great Russian Nutcracker will be performed at the new venue Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The production, set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, tells the story of a girl who falls in love with a Nutcracker Prince. For ticket information, visit peabodyoperahouse.com.

The 26th season of STAGES ST. LOUIS celebrates the American composer. The lineup includes Tony Awardwinning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music (another Tony Award Best Musical winner), George and Ira Gershwin’s My One and Only and Disney’s Aladdin. Stages’ 2012 season begins June 1.

HOWIE SHER of Clayton wants you to be nuts about his new culinary offering: What-A-Ya Nuts?! is a new brand of nut cluster snacks containing “all-natural and allpronounceable” ingredients—all in an attempt, says Sher, to help people “snack in sanity.” Fun flavors include Jalapeño Hysteria, Maple Cinnamon Madness, Cracked Parmesan Pepper, and Stark Raving Chocolate. What-A-Ya Nuts?! is available at Schnucks and Straub’s, as well as a few specialty shops.

Just in time for fall planting season, BRIGHTSIDE ST. LOUIS (formerly Operation Brightside) has introduced its new Midwest Mix, a collection of six daffodil varieties selected by the Greater St. Louis Daffodil Society for their outstanding performance in the Midwest region. Midwest Mix, which includes 30 bulbs, was created to commemorate Brightside’s 30th anniversary. Proceeds from flower sales benefit the organization’s cleaning and greening initiatives. For more information, call 772-4646 or visit brightsidestl.org.