All things All-Star…Gold Medal gymnast SHAWN JOHNSON is hosting this Sunday’s All-Star Charity 5K & Fun Run downtown. Johnson, the four-time medalist at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, will kick-start the downtown event. She’ll be joined by baseball greats LOU BROCK, ROLLIE FINGERS, BROOKS ROBINSON and VINCE COLEMAN to cheer on participants. Proceeds from the race will be shared by three charities: Stand Up To Cancer, Prostate Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL and People magazine’s ‘All-Stars Among Us’ campaign is recognizing St. Louisan JULIEANN NAJAR for serving her community in extraordinary ways. NAJAR, who started sending packages to troops in 1968 during the Vietnam War, founded ‘A Soldier’s Wish List’ in 2004. The organization holds fund-raisers and collects donations to create care packages for soldiers overseas. Najar and 29 other winners across the country will be honored during the All-Star pregame ceremony.
Home run king and St. Louis native RYAN HOWARD of the Philadelphia Phillies is hosting a private party at Lumen on the eve of the big game. The ‘party with a purpose’ will raise funds for the Ryan Howard Family Foundation. And we hear Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee DMC of RUN-DMC will be taking the mic!
If it’s the gear you want, check out THE CARDINALS TEAM STORE PRESENTED BY NIKE at Ballpark Village. In addition to exclusive All-Star wear, special autograph sessions with LOU BROCK, WILLIE MCGEE, BOB GIBSON, OZZIE SMITH, REGGIE JACKSON, STEVE CARLTON, TONY GWYNN and others can be found at the store July 11 through 13.
Fancy meeting you here…On his way to the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, ERIC KIRBERG of St. Louis ran into singer/songwriter ELVIS COSTELLO! The artist was boarding his connecting flight in Dallas, Texas, en route to the four-day festival, where he performed with his band, The Sugarcanes. Costello sat and posed for the camera and even pulled out pictures of his 2-year-old twins with jazz artist DIANE KRALL. Kirberg, of local roofing company Kirberg Company, was making the trip with wife Stephanie and son Cole.
Clayton HS senior TIANXIN KU is this year’s recipient of the Wolken Family Dental Scholarship. Tianxin maintained a 3.9 GPA, excelled in honors and AP classes, and scored a 33 on the ACT, despite caring for her ailing mother, who passed away this spring. Tianxin will attend Washington University this fall and plans to pursue medicine. The $1,000 annual Wolken scholarship is presented in gratitude for the outstanding education received by the six Wolken children, all Clayton grads.
Save the date…Author and St. Louis native GINGER EMAS is holding a release party for what’s being touted as the best girlfriend book of the year. Emas’ latest, Back on Top: Fearless Dating after Divorce, has been all the rage in a number of cities, including Atlanta, where a launch party sold 200 books in one hour! The St. Louis party is slated for Friday night, July 16, at Portabella Restaurant in Clayton. Bring your BFFs!
Journalist JEFF FISTER is out with a new book that’s sure to take many a St. Louisan down memory lane. Counting Chickens: Tales of Raising 8 Kids (and 4 Hens) in the City of St. Louis is drawn from Fister’s nearly two decades of columns in the West End Word newspaper. ‘City living’ topics covered include dealing with panhandlers and red light cameras and encountering wild coyotes in Forest Park. He’ll be joined by one of his hens, ‘Yellow,’ at a signing at Left Bank Books in the Central West End July 20.
Location, location, location…HOTEL INDIGO St. Louis is now open for discriminating travelers (and stay-cationers) in the Central West End. The 127-room boutique hotel on Lindell Boulevard is located at the former Bel Air West Motel site, which opened in 1958 as the city’s first motel. The property, recently included on the National Register of Historic Places, underwent a $10 million renovation by THE ROBERTS HOTEL GROUP.