What’s being billed as the gala event of the summer takes place under the big top later this month: CIRCUS FLORA’s signature Flora Dora annual fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 31, under the big top adjacent to Powell Hall. Guests will be transported back to the sights and sounds of ancient Persia, and treated to a three-course dinner and only-night-only circus performance. Event co-chairs are RICHARD AND KATHIE WINTER.

Proceeds from the evening benefit Circus Flora’s outreach programs, including the year-round Clowns on Call program in two area hospitals, as well as the Share the Circus ticket donation program and the annual Community Circus Camps.  For information about gala tickets and a limited number of ‘late night’ tickets, call Susan Mintz at 289-4043 or visit circusflora.orgLadue News is a proud media sponsor of this year's Flora Dora gala.

To celebrate the 800th birthday of the city’s namesake, LOUIS IX, the SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM has announced a special exhibition, Louis IX: King, Saint, Namesake, to open Aug. 29 and run through Nov. 2. The free, two-gallery exhibit will highlight exceptional art from the reign of Louis IX and later works inspired by him. Highlights from the first gallery include pages from the famed Morgan Library Picture Bible, a stellar example of Gothic manuscript illumination believed to have been commissioned by the king himself. The second gallery, which focuses on the life and legacy of Louis, features works of art depicting the celebrated 13th-century monarch from the 17th, 19th and 20th centuries. Louis IX’s birthday was commemorated on April 25.

A major announcement from last month’s ARTrageous Gold Ball: Craft Alliance has changed its name to CRAFT ALLIANCE CENTER OF ART + DESIGN (CACAD) to better reflect its mission. The organization, now in its 50th year, serves approximately 60,000 people a year. It works to reveal the power of craft through programming that uncovers its unique qualities, as well as its evolving role and potential for innovation.

THE SHELDON has unveiled the lineup for its 2014-2015 concert season, which features the likes of jazz pianist CHICK COREA, singer/songwriter MARTY STUART, Grammy Award-winning singer SUZY BOGGUSS and THE DIZZY GILLESPIE AFRO CUBAN EXPERIENCE. The season includes The Sheldon’s six signature series: Jazz at The Sheldon, Fantastic Folk, Sheldon Classics, Saturday Matinees, Coffee concerts, and Peter Martin Music: Live. Tickets will be available by subscription beginning May 12. Call 533-9900 or visit TheSheldon.org for more information.

GATEWAY TO HOPE has announced the recipients of its 2014 Caplin-Schuh Visionary Awards. They are BOSOM BUDDIES, FRIENDS FOR LIFE and MISSOURI PROFESSIONALS MUTUAL. The awards, named after Gateway to Hope co-founders DRS. DAVID CAPLIN and MARLYS SCHUH, honors those who have pioneered innovation, fostered the spirit of hope and empowered positive change in the lives of breast cancer patients. Honorees will be recognized during the organization’s fifth annual KaleidoHope gala on Sept. 27 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

An eighth-grader at Ladue Middle School has been recognized as an outstanding volunteer. SARAH EISENMAN was one of only two youth volunteers in the state to be awarded The Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Sarah delivered more than 1,000 donated books and created a reading room for HavenHouse St. Louis, which provides accommodations for those who travel to St. Louis for medical treatment. As an honoree, Sarah received $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in national recognition events. Way to go, Sarah!