Old Hollywood glamour will be front and center this week at The Sheldon for 'Notes from Hollywood,' the Jan. 14 concert featuring Maestro LEONARD SLATKIN to benefit CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF ST. LOUIS. The concert will feature an evening of chamber music from some of Hollywood’s most notable film composers like John Williams, Ennio Morricone and Leonard Bernstein. The event host committee includes honorary chair PRIS MCDONNELL and co-chairs MIRAN HALEN and MARY STRAUSS. For tickets, call the Chamber at 941-6309 or MetroTix, 534-1111.
Welcome home to ANNE ALLRED, the new face behind the anchor desk at KSDK. Allred, a Villa Duchesne grad and Ohio State University alum, started her reporting duties this week alongside longtime Channel 5 anchor Mike Bush. Allred most recently co-anchored the morning news at WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston. While she was away, Allred tells LN she missed the friendly people of St. Louis the most. “There is a great sense of community and I realized how rare that is once I moved away.” A close second on her ‘miss list?’ “Straub’s chicken salad!”
The 2012 recipient of the distinguished St. Louis Award is DR. WILLIAM DANFORTH, who is being hailed for his commitment to the region, specifically for the success of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The award, established in 1931, honors a “resident of metropolitan St. Louis who, during the preceding year, has contributed the most outstanding service for its development.”
SIMONE and JAKE BERNSTEIN, sibling co-founders of the national volunteer movement, VolunTEENnation, have another feather in their cap: The Bernsteins have earned Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 distinction under the Social Entrepreneur category. Simone launched StLouisVolunteen.com while a student at Clayton H.S. Last year, the current St. Bonaventure University sophomore and her brother, a student at Clayton, took their efforts nationwide. Since its launch, some 7,500 young adults have found volunteer opportunities through the Bernsteins’ website.
Kudos to North Kirkwood Middle School sixth-grader ABBEY PAINTER, who recently was honored as the ‘Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy’ by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Abbey, a former patient at Missouri Baptist, designed a mobile library book cart so that young patients at the hospital can check out books. She later became involved with Healthy Kids Express and led a sock drive to help children in need. Abbey is the daughter of BRYAN and KRISTEN PAINTER.
Classes have resumed on the DeMun campus of THE WILSON SCHOOL in Clayton, following an electrical fire that forced students and staff to relocate last spring. In addition to fire damage repairs, the school underwent renovation as part of its Centennial Campaign, including an updated front entrance and a state-of-the-art Innovation Room. The Wilson School marks its 100th anniversary this year.