Kickin’ it up a notch…The legendary ROCKETTESrecently spent time with patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where the performers taught youngsters their famous strut kick and read them stories. The Rockettes also visited the facility’s children’s play area and demonstrated a short tap-dancing step from the group’s12 Days of Christmasroutine. The appearance is in advance of the group’s all-newRadio City Christmas Spectacularproduction, which comes to Peabody Opera House Nov. 8 to 17. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the hospital. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit

Trick or treat…The deadline for sending in your favorite pictures for our HALLOWEEN PHOTO GALLERYis quickly approaching. We’re looking for some of the best children’s photos from last Halloween to fill the pages of our Oct. 26 issue. We’ll publish as many photos as space allows. All of them will appear on our website. Submissions are due Friday, Oct. 12. Email your photos to Lisa Watson,lwatson@laduenews.comfor consideration.

Actress and St. Louis nativeANNIE WERSCHINGis spearheading efforts for a college scholarship to benefit local students. The24star was in town recently to establish a Southeast Missouri State scholarship in honor of her parents, the late FRANK and SANDY WERSCHING, who graduated from Southeast in 1965. The Werschings owned the St. Charles Theatre and Opera House in the mid-‘70s and made significant contributions to the local arts community through the years.

The actress, who played FBI special agent Renee Walker opposite KIEFER SUTHERLAND on the hit show 24, will appear on ABC’s upcoming mid-season premiere of Body of Proof. The scholarship she established will aid St. Louis students who wish to study theater at Southeast’s River Campus. A reception to benefit the the Wersching Scholarship fund will be held Friday, Oct. 26, at the Central West End home of MARY STRAUSS. For tickets, call (573) 651-2259 or visit

Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter TONY KUSHNERis the recipient of the 2012 St. Louis Literary Award. Kushner, best known for penning the Pulitzer Prize-winningAngels in America, will be honored by the Saint Louis University Library Associates on Oct. 23 at the university’s Busch Student Center, followed by a cocktail reception at the Pere Marquette Gallery. For more information, call 977-3100.

Friday, Oct. 12, isWORLD FOOD DAY; and St. Louis will become the center of a global effort to aid Tanzanian children living with chronic malnutrition. Under the leadership of Goodwill Ambassador to Tanzania DOUG PITT (the honorary chair of St. Louis World Food Day), one-hour meal-packaging sessions will be held at John Burroughs School from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the goal of completing 200,000 meals for Tanzania in a single day. Thousands of people are needed to package rice/soy protein meals in this community-wide effort. A registration fee ($10 for students/$20 for adults) will partially offset the costs of ingredients, material and meal shipments.

Put it to good use…A medical equipment donation drive will be held Sunday, Oct. 14, to benefitST. LOUIS HELP(Health Equipment Lending Program). If you have manual/power wheelchairs, scooters, canes/crutches/walkers, shower chairs and other medical equipment, stop by the Congregation B’nai Amoona parking lot in Creve Coeur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to drop off your items.

The recent nationwide multi-media forum, The Cardinal and Colbert,featuring St. Louis native TIMOTHY CARDINAL DOLAN, talk-show host STEPHEN COLBERT, and the REV. JAMES MARTIN, has another local connection: De Smet Jesuit grad TIM LUECKEwas chosen to create the official artwork for the Sept. 14 event at Fordham University. Tim, a senior at Fordham majoring in visual arts, is the son of KEN and CINDY LUECKE. By chance, the elder Luecke attended Kenrick-Glennon Seminary during the same time as the now-Cardinal Dolan.