A tornado relief concert will be held at The Sheldon on Wednesday, May 18, to benefit the American Read Cross. Hosted by KMOV meteorologist KENT EHRHARDT, the concert will feature acoustic folk musicians JOHN HIGGINS and CHARLIE PFEFFER, the ST. LOUIS STOMPERS and jazz pianist CAROLBETH TRUE, among others. Proceeds will help local victims of the area’s recent tornadoes and floods. For ticket info, call 533-9900, 534-1111 or visit thesheldon.org.

    Next month, some of the world’s top athletes, including our town’s LAUREN HERRING, will be in San Francisco to take on the 31st annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. She and about 2,000 others will test their endurance in several heats, including a one-and-a-half mile swim from Alcatraz island to the shore, an 18-mile bike race and 8-mile run through San Francisco. Herring is president/ CEO of St. Louis’ IMPACT Group.

    ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL is the recipient of more than $5 million from the estate of EDITH WOLFF. The gift, establishing the Alan and Edith Wolff Endowment Fund, represents the largest charitable bequest in the hospital’s history. 

Whitfield School junior DAVID RUBENSTEIN has been selected as one of 79 participants nationwide to participate in the 2011 Students and Teachers As Research Scientists (STARS) program. For six weeks this summer, David will be working with biologists, chemists, engineers and other researchers at Fisher Lab at Saint Louis University, focusing on muscle biology.

    The CHASE PARK PLAZA has announced a partnership to recycle its guest room soaps and other bottled amenities to help stop the spread of preventable diseases. Soaps collected daily from The Chase’s 338 guest rooms will be shipped to Orlando-based nonprofit Clean the World, the largest global recycler of hotel amenities. The items will be shipped for distribution around the world. The Chase anticipates collecting approximately 2,920 pounds of soap and 2,178 of bottled amenities each year.

    The rooftop of MOONRISE HOTEL has new solar panels, generating enough power to light and turn the hotel’s landmark moon replica, as well as power operations of the Rooftop Terrace bar. The 60-foot canopy of solar panels is the latest in Moonrise’s efforts to practice sustainability. Other practices include a property-wide recycling program and the use of eco-friendly soap and other products to clean rooms and linens.

    VAKKAR hair salon in Ladue is offering a free haircut and style to any breast cancer patient or survivor who makes an appointment for the next two Mondays, May 16 and May 23. Owner DAVID JOHNSTON says this is his way of reaching out to women in the community who are affected by the illness. In addition, his staff will offer tips on how to manage hair during and after chemotherapy treatments. For more info, call 991-1616.

        The ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY and SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY CANCER CENTER have teamed up to create a new music therapy program for patients undergoing treatments at the facility. Under the direction of a soon-to-be-hired music therapist, participating symphony musicians will get train ing to help them turn their performance art into powerful therapy.  LN