Go green! Our town’s GATEWAY GREENING is the winner of a $50,000 grant from the TODAY Show’s ‘What Do You Care About TODAY?’ contest. The organization was chosen as one of four finalists for its City Seeds Urban Farm, a downtown St. Louis project that produces affordable, locally grown food on land provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation. Its farmers are clients receiving services from St. Patrick Center. The prize was announced live on the TODAY Show last week.
The SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA is the beneficiary of a $2 million endowment gift from one of its biggest fans: the late MABEL DORN REEDER, symphony patron whose namesake foundation bestowed the gift. The Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair will be awarded based on merit to an SLSO musician every five years.
The NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS (NEA) has awarded CIRCUS FLORA a $10,000 grant for its encouragement and support of artistic creativity. Executive director JOEL EMERY calls the honor “a remarkable stamp of approval from the NEA.” The funds will go directly to the artistic fees for this year’s production of Ingenioso, which wrapped late last month.
Local professional counselor MEG SELIG (Ladue H.S. ’62) is out with a new self-help book, Changepower! 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success. Selig, who calls herself ‘semi-retired,’ teaches a class on habit change at St. Louis Community College.
On the road again…St Louis author ANITA HENEHAN has released Tales from the Road, the follow-up to How to Run Away from Home After 50. Henehan and her husband PAUL lived in Ladue until 2000, when they sold their home and hit the road in a motor coach. Aside from documenting their travels on the road, Henehan also enjoys volunteering as a tutor at an early childhood school. She’ll have a book-signing July 17 at Golden Grocer in the Central West End.
Ever wonder how some of the world’s top fashion designers translate their creativity into the kitchen? The new American Fashion Cook book features more than 100 recipes, including ISAAC MIZRAHI’s Mushroom Truffle Spaghetti, NICOLE MILLER’s Tortilla Soup, CAROLINA HERRERA’s Pommes Toupinel and CYNTHIA STEFFE’s Apple Crisp. The book is available exclusively at Neiman Marcus.
Clang! Clang! Clang! Next time you’re downtown, check out the new ‘trolleys’ that connect attractions, restaurants, stores, hotels and stadiums. The service by Metro features buses wrapped to look like trolleys.
Did you know that one of America’s best restrooms can be found in St. Louis? America’s Best Restroom Contest, sponsored by Cintas Corporation, has named THE FOUNTAIN ON LOCUST’s restroom a finalist, thanks to the downtown spot’s hand-painted murals, ornate fixtures and designer mirrors. Online voting runs through Aug. 31 at bestrestroom.com.
A group of local high-school students has just returned from a 23-day ‘civil rights tour’ through much of the country’s Eastern and Southern regions to meet with politicians, members of the clergy and others who have brought about change in their communities. Supreme Court Justice RUTH BADER GINSBURG, former New York City mayor ED KOCH, Congressman JOHN LEWIS and Senator CLAIRE McCASKILL were among the luminaries who met with the group. Stops on the CULTURAL LEADERSHIP-sponsored trip included Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Montgomery and Selma, Ala. and the Mississippi Delta.
Point, click, shoot…Attention, newlyweds! LN is putting together its annual honeymoon album and we’d love to feature your special trip! Send us your fave honeymoon photo, along with the couple’s names, wedding date and honeymoon destination and what made it the ideal spot. Email photos by July 21 to Meredith Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org.