Invitations are in the mail for one of St. Louis’ biggest events of the year: the Sneak Peak @ Saks to benefit SITEMAN CANCER CENTER takes place Oct. 25 at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE. The event will offer attendees an exclusive peek inside the store’s new main floor featuring 10022 Shoe, Saks’ signature ladies shoe salon, as well as a redesigned accessories and handbags department. For more information, call 935-5511. Event co-chairs are MILLIE CAIN and ALAN E. BRAINERD.
Four new musicians will be joining the ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. They are: principal viola BETH CHU, section viola DI SHI, first violin HELEN KIM and contrabassoon ANDREW THOMPSON. Thompson is from St. Louis and is the seventh St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra alum to join the Symphony.
This fall, St. Louis-area STARBUCKS stores will once again hold its annual MUSIC FOR LIFELONG ACHIEVEMENT INSTRUMENT DRIVE (MFLA). From Oct. 1 through Nov. 4, participating stores will serve as dropoff locations for used and new musical instruments that will be refurbished and distributed to local students who otherwise would not be able to afford them. MFLA is based at The Sheldon. Visit supportmfla.org for more information.
A newcomer to the St. Louis fitness scene is making waves with its eco-friendly approach. NATURALLY FIT is now open in Clayton on 8029 Clayton Road. Founder KIMBERLY KELLER-JOHNSON offers specialized classes like piloxing (a combination of Pilates and boxing), yoga and zumba on recycled cork floors, as well as outdoor fitness programs and nutritional plans.
Here she is…The newly crowned Ms. Missouri Senior is VERONICA HILYARD of University City. Hilyard is an active volunteer at Maryville University and chairs its School of Education’s Leadership Council. She is a lifelong educator, serving in public and parochial schools in Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Missouri. For the pageant, Hilyard performed Puccini’s aria, O Mio Babbino Caro, to the audience’s delight. She is married to HARLEY SMITH and has lived in St. Louis for more than 30 years. She goes on to compete in the Ms. Senior America pageant in Atlantic City in October.
Love a good literary find? The JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER’s Used Book Sale is just around the corner. The sale, featuring more than 30,000 books, begins with a Preview Day on Sunday, Aug. 26, with the $10 admission going toward underwriting the event’s expenses. There is no cost to shop for the remaining days of the sale, which runs through Aug. 30 at the JCC’s Staenberg Family Complex (Arts & Education building) in Creve Coeur.
Got Bieber Fever? We’ve been told that two tickets to pop star JUSTIN BIEBER’s soldout St. Louis concert will be raffled off to benefit the ST. LOUIS BLUES 14 FUND, a charitable trust to positively impact the health and wellness of local youth. For a chance to win the prized seats (section 103, row A, seats 9-10), visit scottradecenter.com to purchase raffle tickets for $10 each. Fans may purchase more than one raffle ticket. The winner will be announced on Friday, Aug. 31.
Bestselling romance novelist and Shakespearian scholar ELOISA JAMES is coming to St. Louis to sign and discuss her latest book, The Ugly Duchess. James’ popular memoir, Paris in Love, chronicles the year she lived in Paris following a struggle with breast cancer. Her Sept. 4 appearance at County Library headquarters begins at 7 p.m.