St. Louis native ANDY COHEN (Clayton H.S. ’89) is this year’s special guest at COCAcabana 2011: Color Ball, COCA’s fundraiser on April 29. Cohen is Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning senior VP of programming and development. He oversees the network’s hit shows like Top Chef, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Shear Genius and The Millionaire Match maker. For tickets call 725-6555 or visit

    Acclaimed clinical psychologist and New York Times bestselling author DR. WENDY MOGEL will be in St. Louis March 28 to discuss her just-released book, The Blessing of a B Minus, which focuses on how to be an effective parent of teenagers. The event, sponsored by Jewish Comm unity Center and MICDS, takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the J’s Staenberg Family Com plex in Creve Coeur. Tickets are $10 each, $15 per couple. Call 442-3191 or visit

    Tickets for ‘A Gathering Place,’ JUNIOR LEAGUE ST. LOUIS’ first-ever kitchen tour, are now available. The self-guided tour takes place April 2, and highlights seven of the most spectacular and innovative designer kitchens in town. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting

    GRAND CENTER INC. is out with its list of 2011 Visionary Awards honorees. They include JUANITA HINSHAW (President’s Award), NOEMI NEIDORFF (Major Contributor to the Arts), HELEN GANNON (Lifetime Achievement), BARBARA HARBACH (Successful Working Artist), YVETTE WOODS (Out standing Arts Educator), KATHLEEN SITZER (Out standing Arts Professional), and DAIL CHAMBERS (Emerging Artist). The honorees will be feted during a May 17 ceremony at The Sheldon.

    Kid got talent? THE MUNY is holding auditions for children (ages 7-13) this Saturday, March 5, and for teens (ages 14-18) on Sunday, March 6. The auditions will be held at SLUH’s Performing Arts Center, 4970 Oakland Ave. For requirements, call 361-1900 or visit

    This September, CHESTERFIELD MONTESSORI SCHOOL is launching an adolescent program for seventh and eighth graders. The program, which will also be open to students outside of the school, will feature an academically rigorous curriculum combined with real-world experiences, including running a small business to connect with the community and outdoor work to study nature and the environment.  For details visit

    Disaster struck Pakistan last August, when devastating floods left one-fifth of the country underwater. Although much of our attention has turned from this natural disaster, there still is a way to help in the country’s rebuilding efforts. PLOWSHARING CRAFTS, at 6271 Delmar Blvd., is holding its annual Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event March 16-19. Every rug sold during the event will contribute to impacting the lives of rug artisans by providing jobs with dignity to help them rebuild their lives. Some 300 rugs, each handmade in Pakistani homes by fairly paid adult artisans, will be available for sale.

    Historian MINSOO KANG is out with a new book, Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination, his account of human being’s long, uneasy fascination with the robot. Kang is associate professor in Euro pean history at UMSL.  LN