You might be getting old if…Former Missouri First Lady and U.S. Senator JEAN CARNAHAN has penned a new book, A Little Help from My Friends…and Other Hilarious Tales of Graying Graciously. The book is a collection of 30-some essays that discuss everything from malls, manners and makeup to birthdays, bras and beauty secrets. One of the highlights is a list called ‘You Might Be Getting Old If…’ in which the 77-year-old author suggests that waiters automatically serving you decaf coffee and grocery clerks offering to help you carry one tiny sack are definite signs.
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE is celebrating 60 years in St. Louis by getting a makeover. The first phase of a major renovation begins next month in the Women’s Contemporary Apparel, Shoes and Handbag departments, with completion expected in October. The second phase, to begin in the fall, will consist of renovating the Men’s, Beauty and Jewelry areas. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in March 2013 to coincide with the store’s milestone anniversary.
A rare 1931 edition of The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer will be one of the highlights of this year’s GREATER ST. LOUIS BOOK FAIR. Proceeds benefit the Nursery Foundation of St. Louis, a multicultural learning center that provides quality childcare for preschoolers regardless of their family’s ability to pay. The event takes place April 26 to 29 at West County Center in the Ballas Road garage adjacent to Macy’s. Admission is free, except on April 26 for preview night ($10).
A local charity is among 20 across the country to be honored at a Pentagon ceremony, as well as a White House meet-and-greet with FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA and DR. JILL BIDEN. Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas Spirit Foundation (CSF), is being recognized for its efforts to deliver more than 100,000 real Christmas trees since 2005. Attending the ceremonies in Washington will be foundation chair NIGEL MANLEY and assistant director AMY MILLS.
Former Secretary of State MADELEINE ALBRIGHT will be in town next month for a special St. Louis County Library Foundation fundraiser, as well as a book-signing and discussion of her new memoir, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948. Proceeds from the May 5 event ($55 includes admission for two and a copy of the book) benefit the Foundation and the library’s Genealogy Collection. The evening, which will include an onstage interview with St. Louis Public Radio’s DON MARSH, begins at 7 p.m.
As part of the grand opening festivities of WEBSTER UNIVERSITY’s East Academic Building, the university’s public art initiative partnership with LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK is now official. An 8-foot-tall bronze sculpture, Jene Highstein’s Window 1/3, is currently on loan to Webster, and has been installed on campus near the new building.
Looking for a glimpse of what local fashion designers have in mind for the rest of the year? PRONTO Fashion Show 2012 (prontofashionshow. com) will be held April 28 at Joe Buck’s downtown. The lineup includes fashions by Ola Style, Haus Designs by Sierra Moses and Lucky Penny Couture. The show, hosted this year by local TV personality GILBERTO PINELA and chaired by CARLOS SUAREZ, is an annual event that supports up-and-coming fashion designers and entrepreneurs.