It’s been announced that the FOX THEATRE will undergo a massive ceiling restoration—the biggest undertaking since its original 1981 restoration overseen by MARY STRAUSS. This means that entire auditorium will be scaffolded from floor to ceiling to allow for a complete cleaning, touch-up painting and fabric repair. The theater will be closed to performances following the run of Anything Goes (which ends June 9), and will reopen in early September to kick off its 31st Broadway Season.

Jilly’s takes the cake…again! In a Food Network Cupcake Wars episode that debuted last weekend, chef CASEY SHILLER of Jilly’s Café and Cupcake Bar wowed with cupcake creations such as the Cuban Coffee (coffee chip cake filled with toffee dulce de leche and topped with espresso swirl buttercream, café con leche crunch and a sweet Cuban coffee syrup pipette), described as “a perfect cupcake” by one of the judges. The Miami South Beach Wine and Food Festival-themed episode is Shiller’s second win on Cupcake Wars, and his third overall appearance on the show, alongside his assistant, Jilly’s executive chef DANA HOLLAND. Shiller tells LN that while the show's time constraints never get easier, knowing where the ovens are, how they bake and getting used the cameras as a repeat contestant are a definite plus. "When Dana and I walked into the room, we felt comfortable from minute one." 

Here’s a party to smile about: BJC HOSPICE is looking for volunteers ages 9 to 15 to get together for a ‘card-making’ party to help bring smiles to patients with terminal illness. Parties are offered on Saturdays (June 1, 15 and 29; July 13 and 27; and Aug. 3 and 10) from 10 a.m. to noon at the BJC Home Care Services building at 1935 Beltway Drive. Volunteers need to bring a pair of scissors, all other card-making supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required by emailing

Elephant update: The SAINT LOUIS ZOO’s new baby elephant now has a name: PRIYA. Following a naming campaign, more than 53,600 votes were received, with 29.4 percent of votes favoring the name that means ‘dear’ and ‘beloved.’ Priya was born April 26 to 42-year-old mom Ellie and 20-year-old dad Raja. Priya will make her public debut at a later date.

Longtime journalist, volunteer and LN contributor ALICE HANDELMAN is the recipient of the 2013 Honoree Award of the Women’s Auxiliary for the Jewish Aged (formerly the Auxiliary JCA). The award recognizes Handelman’s years of service to the JCA and the elderly in the community. Handelman, a public relations consultant, also is past president of Women of Achievement, Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging Foundation. She will be honored June 11 during the Auxiliary’s spring luncheon at The Cedars of Town & Country Plaza restaurant.

Miriam School recently threw a 99th birthday party for longtime supporter and community philanthropist LUCY LOPATA. Ms. Lopata, who became a member of Miriam in 1954, served as the school’s president from 1965-66. She and her late husband, STANLEY, co-founders of Carboline Corporation in the 1940s, have impacted the school’s growth over the years through their support. LN wishes Ms. Lopata the best as she begins her 100th year!