The 10th anniversary season for INNSBROOK INSTITUTE MUSIC FESTIVAL kicks off with two simultaneous concerts June 11. A performance at Innsbrook Resort will feature Andrés DIaz, Natasha Paremski and others; at The Sheldon, violinists Gilles Apap and Chee-Yun and pianist Grace Fong perform for a ‘virtual’ Innsbrook encounter. The event, modeled after the Aspen Music Festival, is the brainchild of Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s DAVID HALEN and Innsbrook’s ED BOYCE in an effort to offer artists and audience members a top-notch musical experience in a less formal, intimate setting.

Score! Kudos to St. Joseph’s Academy junior NICOLE ESSER, who was recently informed of her perfect 36 score on the ACT college placement exam. Proud parents are JOSEPH and MARIA ESSER of Eureka.

Washington University has received one of the largest gifts in its history: $60 million from JOHN McDONNELL and the JSM CHARITABLE TRUST. Most of the money—$48 million—is unrestricted and will create the McDonnell Academic Excellence Fund to seize new initiatives, faculty recruitment and other opportunities. McDonnell is the son of the late James S. McDonnell, founder of McDonnell Aircraft (later McDonnell Douglas). John McDonnell led the company through the early ‘90s and oversaw its merger with Boeing in 1997.

The next time you visit MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN, check out the newly renovated Spink Pavilion. The historic building, built by founder HENRY SHAW originally to serve as the Garden’s main entrance, has been enhanced with a three-season awning, new windows and lighting, and other energy-saving features to promote sustainability.

Women helping women is behind the new RUNG BOUTIQUE in Rock Hill. The not-for-profit resale shop, which carries professional and business attire, donates 100 percent of its net profits to the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis in support of local women’s charities. Owner ALI KINDLE, the granddaughter of Enterprise Holding’s JACK TAYLOR, says she’d like her boutique to represent a cycle of support for women’s causes, whether customers are making a donation—or a purchase.

The new ‘Encore! Stars Shine at the J’ season is in full swing at the Carl & Helene Mirowitz Per forming Arts Center and Marvin & Harlene Wool Studio Theater at the Jewish Community Center. A collaborative project between Contemporary Productions’ STEVE SCHANKMAN and JCC board chair MICHAEL STAENBERG, the series is presented cabaret-style with state-of-the-art sound, lighting and production elements. Upcoming performances include local favorites KIM MASSIE and ERIN BODE.

Congregation Temple Israel in Creve Coeur is honoring longtime spiritual leader RABBI MARK SHOOK during ‘A ReMARKable Weekend’ June 4 and 5. The rabbi, who is well-known for his work in the interfaith community, is retiring after serving the congregation for more than 30 years. Festivities include a special Shabbat at the Temple and a gala dinner in honor of Shook and his wife, CAROL.

In St. Charles, St. John United Church of Christ pastor REV. DR. RICHARD ZUCH is preparing to spend more than four months traveling to religious sites in Rome, Assisi, Jeru salem and beyond as a participant of this year’s National Clergy Renewal Program. The church is one of 149 congregations in the U.S. to support a minister in the program that encourages pastors to engage in a period of intentional reflection and renewal.

KODNER GALLERY in Ladue, in conjunction with KETC Channel 9, is hosting ‘Estate Planning for Collectors,’ a workshop that teaches how to maximize the financial and philanthropic value of art and collectibles. MICHAEL MENDELSOHN of Briddge Art Strategies and CHRIS JACOB of Cadeau will be the featured presenters at the June 3 event. The event is free, but space is limited. Call Jessica LaBozzetta to RSVP at 512-9671 or email