Bravo to the ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA on its 40th anniversary! Founded by maestro LEONARD SLATKIN, the 100-member orchestra consists of young musicians (age 12 to 22) from more than three dozen schools in the region. The youngsters are gearing up for celebratory performances, including a Nov. 27 invitational rehearsal for parents, alumni and members: Slatkin himself will conduct the Billy the Kid suite, as he did during the orchestra’s inaugural performance Dec. 4, 1970.    

    How sweet the sound…Six Central West End churches are getting together to perform a Nov. 13 concert at Central Reform Congre gation. In addition to CRC, there are Second Presbyterian Church, First Church of Christ Scientist, First Unitarian Church, Corner stone Institut ional Baptist Church, Trinity Episcopal Church and Therese of Divine Peace, which make up ‘Our Holy Ground,’ a collaborative group of neighborhood churches. This year’s concert features Jewish choir director MARC MIR of Paris, France, who will combine the voices and music of all six churches into one choir.    

    Sweet deal…The staffers at PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY OF SUNSET HILLS are sorting through more than 1,600 pounds of goodies after making a deal with their young patients: The clinic paid $1 for every pound of leftover Halloween candy turned in. The candy will be sent to overseas troops, along with cards and pictures signed by the children.

    A dip in revenue has made the city of Clayton up its hourly parking meter rate to $1. The city has also doubled the fine for expired meter violations to $10. Officials estimate that the changes will generate an additional $393,000 in the coming year.

    Do you cringe when you hear or read a grammatical faux pas? WILLIAM BRADSHAW of Chesterfield feels your pain. The former minister, English instructor and college president is out with his latest book, The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors. Bradshaw says that as a college freshman, his grammar and writing were so poor that his English professor once suggested he drop out of school!

    Transitions…JAMES CARRINGTON is new president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Carrington, director of Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing at Oregon State University, assumes his new role in May, replacing interim director PHIL NEEDLEMAN.

    World renowned research geneticist and pediatrician DR. LARRY SHAPIRO of Washington University School of Medicine is the newly elected board chair of the Association of Academic Health Centers. The nonprofit AAHC seeks to improve the nation’s healthcare system through education, patient care and research.

    A fond farewell to Saint Louis Science Center’s DOUG KING, president/CEO since 1995. King is leaving at the end of this year to head Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Under his leadership, SLSC has grown to become the fourth-largest of its kind in the country.

    St. Charles firefighter JEFF TWYMAN got quite a surprise recently. Among the items destroyed by an August fire at his home was the boxing trophy he won at the Guns ‘N Hoses event in 2001. Twyman received a replacement trophy a few days ago when he showed up for what he thought was a support meeting for a children’s camp. This year’s Guns ‘N Hoses to benefit The BackStoppers takes place Nov. 24 at Scottrade Center.