Ready, set, shop! We want to hear from you, St. Louis! Where do you like to shop? Whether it’s downtown Clayton, Ladue’s Colonial Marketplace, downtown Kirkwood, or everywhere else in-between, we’re sure you have your favorites! Tell us where and why—send us an email (email@example.com), post it on our Facebook page (facebook.com/laduenews). or tweet about it on Twitter (@laduenews). The best responses will be featured in our Aug. 29 ST. LOUIS SHOPS special section and will be entered into a drawing for a special Ladue News gift bag.
Congratulations to the ARTS AND EDUCATION COUNCIL's 2015 St. Louis Arts Awards honorees. Each year since 1992, recipients have been singled out for their legacy of artistic excellence, and for enriching St. Louis’ arts and cultural community. Among those being honored: Regional Arts Commission’s JILL MCGUIRE (Lifetime Achievement in the Arts), Ameren’s TOM VOSS and WARNER BAXTER (Corporate Leadership in the Arts), KEN and NANCY KRANZBERG (Excellence in Philanthropy), SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS (Excellence in the Arts), DENISE THIMES (Excellence in the Arts), Third Degree Glass Factory’s JIM MCKELVEY and DOUG AUER (Arts Innovators), and Parkway Central High School’s WINIFRED CROCK (Art Educator of the Year). The honorees will be feted during a ceremony on Monday, Jan. 19, at The Chase Park Plaza.
Make plans for a harvest festival at Eckert’s Millstadt Fun Farm to benefit the HARVEY KORNBLUM JEWISH FOOD PANTRY. The seventh annual Feed the Pantry-Feed the Soul event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. The family-friendly event includes access to all activities at the farm, plus a country-themed mini amusement park, a petting corral, tractor rides and more. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for children up to 12 years old (children 2 and younger are free). Guests also are asked to bring a donation bag of groceries. For tickets and other information, call 993-1000.
Look for a bigger and better SIGN OF THE ARROW shop when it reopens at its new location this month. The nonprofit retail store specializing in needlepoint and other gift items is moving one block west from its location to 9814 Clayton Road (next door to Pink Magnolia). The new store, which has more than 3,000 square feet for additional retail, workroom and storage space, will be up and running beginning Aug. 11. A grand opening celebration is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 9:30 a.m.
Sixteen-year-old student author MATTHEW PEARLMAN is out with a new book: Backstage and Behind the Stage: What a Teen Reporter Learned from Rock Stars & Performers features Matthew’s interviews with more than 35 headliners, including KELLY CLARKSON, NELLY, CARLOS SANTANA and THE EAGLES. Matthew, a student at Valley Park H.S. and the author of two other books, enjoys hockey, basketball and martial arts. He also volunteers as a mentor to at-risk students. Proceeds from his book sales benefit anti-bullying charities.
Town & Country’s DEBORAH GROSS has been crowned as the new Ms. Senior Missouri. Gross, who tapped-danced her way to victory with 12th Street Rag, was crowned last month during the pageant at the Florissant Civic Center. She moves on to represent Missouri at the Ms. Senior America competition in Atlantic City this fall. The pageant celebrates women 60 and older and the vital role they play in the community.