For the first time in almost four years, the lights are on at the PLANETARIUM at the SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, a state-of-the-art LED system has been installed that displays the building’s iconic shell in stunning colors on a nightly basis. The new system uses 70 percent less energy and requires little or no maintenance.

Don’t be a mean Grinch this holiday season, share your smile—and your holiday bounty—with St. Louisans in need! Bring a bagful of canned items like tuna, chicken, corn, green beans, mixed vegetables and peaches to LADUE NEWS this Friday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. to get your photo taken with LN elves and a chance to be featured in an upcoming issue. Donations benefit FOOD OUTREACH, an organization serving free, nutritious meals to those with HIV/AIDS or cancer. The organization, which serves 2,100 St. Louis-area residents a year, also seeks electric can openers, blenders, toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo) and gas cards for its meal home-delivery program. Items will be collected at Ladue News in the Colonial Marketplace (170 and Ladue Road) through Monday, Dec. 23.

The CITY OF CLAYTON now has another tool for residents and visitors alike: a new mobile app that guides users to the city’s dining, shopping and entertainment destinations. Every Clayton merchant has a complimentary listing on the site, which include contact information, hours of operation and other business details. The free app is available in the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

Do you know a woman who exemplifies community service through voluntary contributions and volunteer leadership? WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT currently is accepting nominations for its 2014 class of honorees. Nominations may be submitted online, with full details Nomination forms are available online at, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Women of Achievement, c/o MAC Meetings and Events, 801 N. 2nd St., Suite 320, 63102. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 13. The 2014 class will be honored during a May 15 luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton.

Congratulations to Women of Achievement Class of ’74 honoree KATIE WRIGHT, who has received yet another accolade for her lifelong work as an educator. Wright recently was inducted into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of education honor society Kappa Delta Pi for her service and for exemplifying the society’s ideals and excellence in education.

Watch out, world! RAJA is turning 21! The SAINT LOUIS ZOO’s bull elephant is celebrating his big day on Friday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. in River’s Edge. Zoo staffers have prepared giant presents filled with the birthday boy’s favorite things like cereal, melons, bananas and popcorn. Well-wishers are invited to cheer Raja on, as well as sign a super-sized birthday card and participate in other festivities. 

In honor of her grandfather’s 90th birthday, a 9-year-old Ladue girl decided to go big—bigger than the pair of socks her mom suggested she get for ‘D-dad’ as a present. Instead, CAMPBELL PERKINS organized a walk in honor of her D-dad, who has Alzheimer’s disease. On Nov. 23, more than 65 people showed up on the MICDS track in chilly weather to support Campbell, whose goal was to raise $1,000 to benefit the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION ST. LOUIS CHAPTER. Campbell planned the event on her own, creating and distributing flyers, securing donations and even selling ‘Dollars for D-dad’ bracelets. She also convinced local businesses to donate food and drinks for participants at the event. By the way, Campbell not only surpassed her monetary goal, she surpassed it to the nth degree, raising almost $9,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Campbell is a student at Churchill Center & School. Kudos to you, young lady!