It’s been a long time coming, and in a few days, CARDINAL NATION will finally get to christen BALLPARK VILLAGE, the 10-acre master-planned development designed around Busch Stadium. The $100-million first phase of Ballpark Village will make its public debut on Thursday, March 27, with an opening ceremony and a free concert featuring the band Third Eye Blind. The following day, facilities such as Cardinals Nation, Budweiser Brew House, FOX Sports Midwest Live! and others will be open for lunch. A weekend of festivities continues, including fireworks over Busch Stadium on Saturday, March 29, and a Ballpark Village Family Fun Event on Sunday, March 30. The Cardinals’ season opener is Monday, March 31; Opening Day is Monday, April 7.

There’s been another string of births at the SAINT LOUIS ZOO. Zoo officials recently announced the birth of a female baby Coquerel’s sifaka, an endangered lemur species from Madagascar. Kapika, which means ‘peanut’, is the fourth baby for 12-year-old mom Almirena from the Los Angeles Zoo and 16-year-old dad Caligula from Duke Lemur Center. Sifakas have long, powerful, frog-like legs. When clinging to the trunk of a tree, they can kick off with their legs and lpe more than 30 feet to another tree. The sifaka family, including Kapika’s siblings, is now available for viewing at the Primate House.

You’ll also find a newborn black and white female colobus monkey at the Primate House. Born Jan. 14, Binti’s birth is particularly significant as the 26-year-old mother is the oldest colobus monkey known to ever give birth in an accredited AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) zoo.

Looking for a great find? The ST. LOUIS MUSEUM STORES GARAGE SALE takes place this Saturday, March 22, at the Saint Louis Zoo. A collection of close-out, clearance and almost-one-of-a-kind items from the zoo, as well as participating gift shops like Campbell House Museum, Endangered Wolf Center, Humane Society of Missouri, Saint Louis Art Museum, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The sale takes place at The Living World from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission is free.

A 10-year-old Kirkwood girl is headed to London next month for the World Irish Dance Championships. TESSA KASMAN is the youngest ever dancer to represent the state of Missouri at the world championships. Tessa, a student at Tillman Elementary, already has won competitions across the country. While she’s only been dancing for three and a half years, she practices seven days a week, according to proud teacher MEGHAN TORNO of Mayer-Torno School of Irish Dance. 

KIRK HANSER and JOHN McCLELLAN, more commonly known as the Hanser-McClellan Guitar Duo, have just returned from Europe, where they performed concerts and taught music in France and Germany. Last month, the musicians taught at the Zobel Gitarrenschule in Germany, the Bordeaux Conservatory and the Paris Conservatory, making them the only guitar duo to have been extended an invitation to teach at the prestigious Paris school in its more than 200 years of history. Hanser is on the guitar faculty of Washington University and St. Charles Community College. McClellan is coordinator of classical guitar studies at Webster University. The duo has been ensemble-in-residence at Webster University since 1998.