A mad, mad world…Mad Men star and St. Louis native JON HAMM will be the guest of honor at COCA’s upcoming COCAcabana gala May 2 at the organization’s headquarters. Hamm was thrilled to lend his name and time to the organization that provides arts opportunities to more than 50,000 St. Louis children and adults each year. Tickets begin at $250 and are available at 725-1834 x105, or by visiting http://cocastl.org/cocacabana">cocastl.org/cocacabana.
A fond farewell…after 25 years, DONNA LAMARCA is retiring and ANNEX TWO will close its doors, much to the dismay of its many loyal clients! The Creve Coeur shop has become a fashion mainstay for well-heeled St. Louisans over the years. LaMarca bought the business when it was just 15 years old, and has nurtured it through countless fashion trends and economic situations.
A tasty plan…CARE IMPROVEMENT PLUS will host a free farmer’s market for seniors April 21 at La Quinta Inn in Hazelwood at 10 a.m. The event will include free produce and tips on proper nutrition and fitness. For more information, call 866-683-2056.
Joy ride…Happy Birthday to Lady, who recently celebrated the arrival of her 13th year with a joy ride around Ladue with her owner, Charlie Matthews.
Kudos to ST. MICHAEL’S HOUSES, a ministry of The Church of St. Michael & St. George, which recently presented BEYOND HOUSING with a generous $20,000 donation to be used to rehab a house in Pagedale. Once completed, the house will serve as an affordable rental home to a family in need. St. Michael’s Houses, whose mission is to provide equity funding for low-income persons in need of housing, has partnered with Beyond Housing for more than 20 years and contributed to the development of more than 75 homes.
Party for a cause! The AMERICAN HEART ASSOCI ATION’s annual ‘Heart Ball’ will take place on Saturday April 25 at the Four Seasons Hotel. The black-tie gala raises funds to support the organization’s vast programming, which includes everything from preventing childhood obesity to training office workers to use CPR or automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). The event is being chaired by Carol Uetake-Shapiro and Dr. Larry Shapiro, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at Washington University. For ticket information, call Carol Burcke at 692-5617.
Bloom where you’re planted…The historic Samuel Cupples House on the campus of SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY is hosting its third annual ROOMS IN BLOOM event, which invites members of the St. Louis Florist Network to showcase their talents by decorating the 42-room Victorian mansion with floral works of art. The festivities begin with a kick-off reception at 5:30 p.m. May 14 and continue until May 17.
Runners, take your marks… When the thousands of runners gather at the starting line for the SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE June 13, NBC news host and correspondent HODA KOTB and the women of KSDK will be among the masses. The ladies are serving as honorary chairs for the event, which raises funds to support breast cancer research.
Mark your calendars for the annual WEBSTER GROVES HERB SOCIETY SALE, which takes place at 8:30 a.m. April 25 at the First Congregational Church of Webster Groves. Dozens of of herb varieties will be for sale…basil, oregano, mint, geranium, heirlooms, exotics and more, as well as herbal products. Proceeds benefit the organization’s local projects, which include maintenance of herb gardens, scholarships to local horticulture students, and donations to area schools and organizations.