The SAINT LOUIS ZOO’s ongoing 100-year celebration will the subject of the first exhibit to be held at the newly renovated Elephant House. Zoo tennial, a walk-through exhibit of archived photos and videos, can be seen starting May 15. A $2.5 million makeover, made possible by a gift from St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, has transformed the 90-year-old hippo, rhino and elephant house into ‘Peabody Hall.’ 

    Yet another impressive lineup is in place for the 2010-2011 ST. LOUIS SPEAKERS SERIES, including Newsweek’s FAREED ZAKARIA, author ELIZABETH GILBERT, Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and Presi dential Medal of Freedom recipient BEN CARSON, Time magazine’s PEGGY NOONAN, journalist LISA LING and environmental activist ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. The series culminates with a debate between Republican strategist KARL ROVE and Democratic powerbroker HOWARD DEAN April 19, 2011.

    The NBA’s all-time leading scorer and Hall-of-Famer KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR has been tapped as host of illumination10, the annual gala benefiting SITEMAN CANCER CENTER. Abdul-Jabbar recently announced his own battle with chronic myeloid leukemia last November. Some 600 guests are expected at the May 15 event at the Chase Park Plaza. 

    St. Louis pediatrician DR. PATRICIA WOLFF‘s ongoing efforts to fight childhood malnutrition in Haiti is the focus of a documentary showing in Clayton next month. The ST. LOUIS LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS is hosting the May 8 presentation at Center of Clayton (961-6869 for reservations). The film, produced by local award-winning documentary filmmakers FRANK POPPER and LORI DOWD of Avatar Studios, highlights the work of Wolff and others in promoting the therapeutic food known as ‘Medika Mamba’ or the ‘Peanut Butter Miracle,’ an enriched peanut paste that can help the country’s severely malnourished population.

    Internationally acclaimed singer and stage actress STEPHANIE REESE will make her way here next month to perform at a benefit for GAWAD KALINGA/KALUSUGAN USA, a medical outreach involving hundreds of Filipino doctors in St. Louis. Reese recently completed her first solo concert at Carnegie Hall. Proceeds from the May 8 performance at The Sheldon will help provide care for the approximately 300,000 people displaced by recent typhoons in the Philippines.

    A Mexican orphanage is the beneficiary of a ‘VIP Gala’ being planned by Wydown eighth grader SARAH CASTEEL. The May 7 event at Byrd boutique in Clayton supports the orphanage Sarah and some of her classmates will be visiting for two weeks this summer. She says she’s putting it together not only to help the orphanage, but to give young girls their first opportunity to attend a charity fundraiser, complete with silent auctions, ‘fab swag’ and the support of several major sponsors. 

    Former St. Louisan and recruiting expert ERIC HERRENKOHL is out with a new book, How to Hire A-Players, for anyone looking to find, hire and keep quality employees. He’ll lead a May 4 discussion on the topic at the Ladue Crossing Barnes & Noble beginning at 7 p.m.

    St. Louis authors ANNE MILFORD and JENNIFER GAUVAIN are holding a launch party for How Not to Marry the Wrong Guy, their self-help guide to living happily ever after. After countless interviews with women, the book was self-published more than a year ago, only to be picked up by Random House, which is rereleasing it next week. Milford and Gauvain—who, by the way, are happily married to great guys—will discuss and sign copies at Pudd’n Head Books in Webster Groves on May 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.