Here’s a ‘tweet’ for fans of TWITTER, the social networking and micro-blogging phenomenon: Twitter creator/chairman/co-founder JACK DORSEY is returning to his native St. Louis to speak at Webster University next Friday, Sept. 18. He’s being honored as the university’s ‘Success to Significance 2009 Person of the Year.’ The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at webster.edu/jackatwebster. Business Week recently named Dorsey, a ‘95 grad of Bishop DuBourg HS, as one of technology’s ‘best and brightest.’
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL SAINT LOUIS has a new executive director. RICK DILDINE officially assumes responsibilities for the newly created post later this month. He most recently served as managing director of About Face Theatre in Chicago. The Festival is marking its 10th anniversary season next spring with a production of Hamlet.
Even if you can’t make the concert, you can support FARM AID’s mission of helping family farmers thrive. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, participating local restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to ‘Fresh from the Family Farm,’ a fundraiser to benefit Farm Aid. Food from family farms will be on the menu at eateries such as The Crossing, Annie Gunns, Pi, The Terrace View, Acero Ristorante and Pasta House CWE. Farm Aid, the all-day music and food festival, comes to St. Louis at the Verizon Wireless Amphi theater Oct. 4, and features headliners WILLIE NELSON, NEIL YOUNG, JOHN MELLENCAMP and DAVE MATTHEWS.
St. Louisan ROBERT ELLIS, a retired master sergeant in the Army Reserves, can legitimately claim that he has spent more time with SADDAM HUSSEIN than any other American. For eight months in Baghdad, the former Army nurse was responsible for keeping the deposed Iraqi dictator not only alive, but well. Ellis’ memoir, Caring for Victor: A U.S. Army Nurse and Saddam Hussein, chronicles the author’s experience and complicated relationship with Saddam (known by his code name, Victor), as well as other profound events that helped shape his life. Ellis and co-author MARIANNA RILEY will be at St. Louis County Library Headquarters Monday, Sept. 14, to discuss the book.
Have a seat…SECOND SITTING CONSIGNMENTS in Kirkwood is commemorating its 15th year in business by giving back. The ‘Chairs 4 Chair-ty’ fundraiser for ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease highlights the handiwork of 25 local artists who donated their time and materials to create art from assorted chairs provided by Second Sitting. All chairs will be on display through mid-October at locations throughout St. Louis, including Seeger-People, 4 Muddy Paws, 61 Roadhouse, and The St. Louis Artists Guild. The chairs will be auctioned off at a November gala at Westborough Country Club.
Missouri’s first-ever Down Syndrome center for adults will ‘sport’ a familiar name. The ALBERT PUJOLS Wellness Center for Adults with Down Syndrome at St. Luke’s Hospital will open in November. The Cardinals’ first baseman designated a $70,000 award from the Major League Baseball Players Trust to help open the nonprofit clinic, which will have a multidisciplinary team of specialists on staff to address the unique needs of adults with the condition.
There’s plenty of buzz these days about TIME FOR DINNER, a meal assembly service in Brentwood that was recently profiled on CNN. The company, launched five years ago by partners PAGE OHLIGER, KAREN ROCCO, AMY STANFORD and CAROLYN WILSON, was touted as an example of a thriving local small business despite a slumping economy. We’re told a chance encounter at a women’s conference with CNN Money correspondent RICH SLOAN led to this summer’s featurette.
Know of a deserving family? HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF ST. CHARLES COUNTY is seeking applications from families that would like to be considered for an existing Habitat home in the city of St. Charles. Once selected, the prospective owner will be required to complete 350 ‘sweat equity’ hours, helping volunteers in the actual renovation of the home. To qualify, a family must currently live in substandard housing, meet income guidelines, and be residents of St. Charles County for at least one year prior to application date. An application form is available online, habitatstcharles.org. Deadline to apply is Sept. 30.
Ever find yourself lost in a maze of aisles at your local hardware or convenience store? St. Louis-based AISLE411 has launched a voice recognition product location service that helps shoppers find items on store shelves faster and easier. Ace Hardware stores are among the first to feature Aisle411 in St. Louis. Shoppers who call a toll-free number from their mobile phone will receive a product’s location within seconds, free-of-charge.