In preparation for the LADUE NEWS SHOW HOUSE next month, dozens of BRIGHTSIDE ST. LOUIS volunteers recently spent the day at 15 Washington Terrace in the Central West End, trimming, pulling weeds, taking down old shrubs and performing general clearing of the property. The group, under the direction of Show House landscape chair JUDY MOSKOFF, included horticulturist JUSTIN SCHMITT and Washington University students belonging to the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. The Show House begins Saturday, Oct. 15 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 30. Look for more information, including ticket prices and charitable beneficiaries, in upcoming issues of LN.

WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT is now searching for its 2012 class of honorees. Do you know a woman who has made an outstanding or extraordinary contribution as a community volunteer? Nominations are currently being accepted online, A hard copy of the nomination form also is available by sending a SASE to Women of Achievement, c/o MAC Meetings and Events, 801 N. 2nd St., Suite 302, St. Louis, MO 63102. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 13, 2012. Honorees will be feted next year at a May 17 luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton.

More than 30 local organizations that work to combat poverty in our area are looking for volunteers, and representatives from each group will be available at a volunteer fair this weekend in Richmond Heights. The COMMUNITY AGAINST POVERTY (CAP) coalition is hosting the Sept. 18 fair at The Heights (8001 Dale Ave.). Participating agencies include Beyond Housing, Doorways, Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Lydia’s House, National Council of Jewish Women, Operation Food Search, Ready Readers and Saint Louis Crisis Nursery.

More than 700 St. Louisans commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by joining March to the Arch, a movement started by former military drill sergeant BO DROCHELMAN. In 2002, Drochelman began walking from his West St. Louis County home to the Gateway Arch in honor of 9/11 victims. The event has grown to become a tradition, and participants have included family members, friends, neighbors and complete strangers—all in tribute of the lives lost that day. Drochelman tells us that Sunday’s 20-plus mile walk took approximately nine hours to complete. “It felt fantastic—it made my year!” he says. “It really rejuvenates me, to see an elderly gentleman salute the flag as I walk by, or hearing people honking from their cars. It really shows me that this is the greatest country in the world.”

A shopping event next weekend in the Ladue Marketplace will benefit SITEMAN CANCER CENTER. The Sept. 24 ‘Shopportunity’ event features a day of shopping and door prizes at eight Ladue boutiques: Cha, Giddyup Jane, Mister Guy (Men’s and Women’s stores), Pink Magnolia, Sallie Home, Vie and Alixandra Collections. Fifteen percent of sales proceeds will be donated to Siteman.