It’s a milestone year for SING FOR SITEMAN, the annual event that brings together a group of world-renowned artists from OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS to perform for one night only to benefit SITEMAN CANCER CENTER’s Discovery Fund for cancer research. The fifth annual benefit concert on Monday, June 9, will be held at a new venue this year: the 730-seat Performing Arts Center at John Burroughs School. Opera stars STEPHANIE BLYTHE, RENÉ BARBARA, SUSANNAH BILLER, PATRICK CARFIZZI, LEVI HERNANDEZ, SEAN PANIKKAR and ELIZABETH ZHAROFF will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed pianist CAROL WONG, who also serves as the concert’s artistic director. Co-chairs for the evening are KIM EBERLEIN and CHERI FROMM. For tickets, call 961-0644 or visit opera-stl.org/SingForSiteman. Ladue News is a proud media sponsor of Sing for Siteman.
The ENDANGERED WOLF CENTER is celebrating a small victory in its campaign to protect one of the most critically endangered mammals on the planet. Two pairs of Mexican wolves have been released in an ongoing effort to increase the wild population of the endangered animals. The release of two female wolves (one was born at the Center, the other is the daughter of a male wolf born at the Center) into the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area in Arizona was conducted in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Staffers of the Center traveled from St. Louis to Arizona to serve as ‘pen-sitters’ in preparation for a successful wild release. With only 85 Mexican wolves known to exist in the wild, the historic release earlier this month provides a vital opportunity to introduce new genetics into the endangered population. The only other captive-born Mexican wolf was released into the wild in 2008.
A local nonprofit dedicated to supporting and finding forever homes for dogs is hosting a photography exhibition of rescued animals and their rescuers this weekend. MOTLEY DOG is presenting I’m a Rescuer on Saturday, April 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. at SOHA Studio + Gallery. The exhibit is the brainchild of local photographer JACOB LOAFMAN, who photographed rescued animals from more than 45 homes in the St. Louis area. Proceeds from art sales will benefit local rescue organizations. To RSVP for the event, visit SohaStudioandGallery.com.
Choteau’s landing, the 1904 World’s Fair and Charles Lindbergh’s monumental flight are just a few of the great moments celebrated in the new children’s book, Happy Birthday, St. Louis! The book is the latest from author CAROLYN MUELLER, a native St. Louisan who also penned Bubbles the Dwarf Zebu: A Story About Finding a Home at the Saint Louis Zoo, and local illustrator ED KOEHLER. Happy Birthday, St. Louis! is available at local bookstores.
CIRCUS FLORA’s very first Pop-Up Circus will make an appearance next weekend in University City. The circus will set up its tent at UNIVERSITY CITY CHILDREN’S CENTER (UCCC) on Saturday, April 26, beginning at 3 p.m. The event will feature aerialists, unicyclists, jugglers and clowns, among others. A children’s workshop is also planned in which Circus Flora performers will share some of their tricks. The event is free of charge, but reservations are requested, uccc.org/circus. Circus Flora’s 28th-season production, The Pawn, opens May 29.
It’s official! Ladue News is launching its search for the 2014 LIL’ ONE! Is your little tot the one? We’re searching for our next angel-faced ambassador to be our youngster of the year!
The grand-prize winner will star in an upcoming fashion shoot, as well as be featured in the pages of LN throughout the year. Submissions will be accepted through Facebook, ending on May 5. Voting ends on May 6 at 5 p.m. To enter, visit facebook.com/laduenews.