Hoofing it…Two St. Louis boys have earned World Medals for the U.S.A. during the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF IRISH DANCING in Glasgow, Scotland. 12-year-old MICHAEL HALL of Webster Groves and 17-year-old MATT BECKERLE of St. Louis returned home winners last week after competing against 8,000-plus dancers from three dozen countries. Michael and Matt, from MAYER SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE, were selected during the Midwest Regional Irish Dance Championships last November to represent the state of Missouri, as well as the country, on the world stage!

    Former First Lady LAURA BUSH, whose highly anticipated memoir hits shelves next month, is taking her book tour to St. Louis. Mrs. Bush will appear at St. Louis County Library headquarters May 20 to discuss Spoken from the Heart. Tickets for the event ($90) include admission for two, a pre-signed copy of the book and a one-year Library Friends’ Pageturner membership. Proceeds benefit the Library Foundation’s teen centers and related literacy programs. Tickets are available for advance purchase in person at the library.

    We are delighted to announce LN’s 2010 Charity Awards finalists: St. Patrick Center, Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital, Voices for Children, Family Support Network, Women’s Safe House, Give Kids A Smile, Caring for Kids, National Council of Jewish Women and Sunnyhill. We look forward to announcing our winners in the June 18 issue, and salute all Charity Award applicants for the amazing work they do in our communities!

    Ladue News entertainment editor Debbie Baldwin is now making her mark on the small screen: She’s the newest addition to the Great Day St. Louis lineup on KMOV Channel 4. You can see and hear her unique take on the latest in celebrity gossip and movie releases every Friday at 10 a.m.

    COCA cabana’s ‘KenTacky Derby’ takes place on Derby Day, May 1, at Palladium St. Louis. One key auction item: VIP tickets to next year’s Kentucky Derby, courtesy of NBC. The evening’s entertainment is being kept under wraps as a surprise treat for the 450 guests expected to be in attendance.

    SAINT LOUIS CRISIS NURSERY found itself on the receiving end of a very generous donation from CENTENE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. The agency got a $500,000 gift from the company to fund a new city location in South St. Louis. The new 6,000-square-foot facility on Gravois will replace the current Forest Park Hospital School of Nursing location and is scheduled to open for business in a few weeks. 

    HOWARD PARK CENTER has been awarded a $75,000 grant from MISSOURI FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH. Founded in 1971, Howard Park in Ellisville works to meet the developmental and educational needs of children and their families, with specific attention to youngsters with special needs. 

    Congratulations to SUNNY SCHAEFER, who was recently honored for impacting the lives of impoverished families through her role as executive director of Operation Food Search. The recognition came during the GIRL SCOUTS OF EASTERN MISSOURI’s third annual Girls & Women of Distinction Awards Reception.

    TV guide…If you plan on tuning in Sunday to the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, check out the hardware on the Milestone Award for country duo BROOKS & DUNN. The award was designed by THOM KOHN of The Diamond Shop in Clayton.