You’ll find history, local lore and sweeping views of the Missouri landscape at the Old Courthouse Rotunda as it features the works of area artist BRYAN HAYNES on exhibit. TREES/WATER/SKY—A Walk through Missouri showcases sketches and original works by Haynes, who is based in St. Albans. The exhibition runs through Oct. 20, and is free and open to the public. On a related note, look for Haynes’ new book, New Regionalism: The Art of Bryan Haynes to be released in October.
An MIT-bound Ladue teen has been awarded a gold medal from the recent International Chemistry Olympiad in Russia. As LN earlier reported, RUNPENG LIU and three others competed as members of the U.S. team that earned a total of two gold medals and two silver medals during the contest. Runpeng will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.
Nine-year-old HANNAH OHMS of Chesterfield is headed to Carnegie Hall to perform in a ‘Winners’ Recital’ following her silver-medal finish at the recent World Piano Competition in Cincinnati. Hannah’s 7-year-old sister, ABIGAIL, was awarded honorable mention in the contest. The girls, who attend Wild Horse Elementary School, are the daughters of CHERRY and COLLIN OHMS. Their piano teacher is MARLITA WEISS.
Construction is underway on the new RAINTREE SCHOOL in Town & Country. Scheduled to open this fall, the Reggio Emilia-inspired Forest School will serve approximately 70 children ages 2 to 6. The $2.3 million facility will have 6,800 square feet of learning space, including four classrooms, an art studio, teaching kitchen and nature-based playground. Raintree, currently located in Ballwin, is Missouri’s first Forest School, which uses outdoor education as a means to develop independence and self-esteem in young children.
Lift for Life Gym founder (and 2011 LN Dynamic Person honoree) MARSHALL COHEN has written a memoir titled Rough Cuts. The book tells of Cohen’s struggle as a youngster with attention deficit disorder who later battled depression, as well as his vision for establishing a gym for inner-city children. The gym now serves more than 400 kids. In addition, Lift for Life Academy, which Cohen opened in 2000, has a current enrollment of 575 students.
Former St. Louisan WINIFRED McCAFFREY is out with her latest book, Meet Me in St. Louis, which chronicles the travels of the author’s alter ego, Mary. Readers first meet Mary as an 11-year-old living in St. Louis during the height of the Great Depression, and follows her through multiple continents.
This weekend, the Jewish Family & Children’s Service is hosting the sixth annual open house to benefit the HARVEY KORNBLUM JEWISH FOOD PANTRY. The open house at the pantry’s new facility at 10601 Baur Blvd. in Creve Coeur takes place Sunday, Aug. 18, and is open to the public. Admission to the event is a bag of groceries.