It’s almost here…The 2012 WILLIAM BERNOUDY LADUE NEWS SHOW HOUSE officially opens next Friday, Oct. 5. But here’s your chance at a sneak peak: An Opening Night Cocktail Party will be held at the Show House in Town & Country on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 each ($50 for patrons 35 and younger). Proceeds from opening night, as well as the entire Show House run (through Oct. 21), benefit four area charities, including Angels’ Arms, Animal Protective Association of Missouri, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’sMedicalCenter and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. The LN Show House committee is chaired by STACEY GOLTERMANN, and includes TANIA BEASLEY-JOLLY, ALAN E. BRAINERD, MILLIE CAIN, KATIE HOLTON, MARK HOWALD, LISA MALONE, JUDY MOSKOFF, JUSTIN NANGLE, VICKI PICKLE, HELENE SAYAD, JULIE SCHUSTER, TRACY SPORRER and TED WIGHT. For tickets, call 269-8836.

A sculpture by world-renowned British artist ANDY GOLDSWORTHY has been commissioned by the SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM to anchor its new expansion space. Stone Sea will be located in a new courtyard that joins the museum’s Main Building and the new East Building, set to open next June. The artist will be hard at work this fall installing the sculpture, a series of 24, 10-foot-high arches constructed of roughly cut Missouri limestone.  

 The Art Museum also has announced at partnership with BON APPÉTIT MANAGEMENT COMPANY following its June 2013 East Building Grand Opening. Bon Appétit will oversee at 100-seat restaurant and a 60-seat café in the new expansion space, as well as tend to the museum’s catered events.  

The Champagne will flow, and plenty of ‘shoe treats’ will be on-hand as SAKS FIFTH AVENUE prepares to christen its designer shoe collection, 10022-SHOE, and unveils its newly remodeled store. Named after the store’s New York flagship shoe salon, 10022-SHOE will feature items from iconic designers like Fendi, Manolo Blahnik, Prada and Valentino in its 3,457-square-foot space. Exclusive sneak peeks begin later next month, and a grand opening will be held Friday, Oct. 26, beginning at 10 a.m.  

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY has announced its plans to open a campus in Ghana. The campus, the first independent American campus inGhana, will be located in the nation’s capital,Accra, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. Opening date is set for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The 34th Annual Fashion Show Boutique & Luncheon to benefit SSM CARDINAL GLENNON CHILDREN’SMEDICALCENTER takes place Friday, Oct. 5, at The Ritz-Carlton,St. Louis. The boutique opens at 10 a.m., and is followed by a luncheon and fashion show. Glennon Cards ($50 each) will be available for purchase at the event, which entitles the cardholder to 20 percent off on all boutique purchases that day, as well as  20-percent discounts at more than 275 participating stores, restaurants and spas from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Save the date for STAGES ST. LOUIS’ signature gala, Applause!, which will be held Friday, Nov. 9, at The Ritz-Carlton. The black tie affair includes auctions, dinner, and (of course) fabulous musical entertainment.

The SAINT LOUIS ZOO is being lauded for its national and international conservation programs. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has honored the Zoo with the 2012 International Conservation Award. The top award, which recognizes exceptional efforts toward habitat preservation, species restoration and support of biodiversity in the wild, went to the Zoo and its partners for the Grevy’s Zebra Trust. Found only in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia, there are fewer than 2,500 Grevy’s zebras left, and the population is threatened by loss of habitat and access to water, illegal killing disease and drought. A second recognition for the Zoo came in the form of the Edward H. Bean Award, one of the AZA’s most historic honors, for its ‘Propagation, Head-start and Conservation Program for the Ozark Hellbender.’  

Local author and recipient of LN’s Most Dynamic People of 2012 SUSAN MCBRIDE has a new book out titled In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Guy, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After 40. The autobiography, which chronicles McBride’s successful fight against breast cancer, will go on sale beginning Oct. 2, to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Best-selling crime fiction novelist DENNIS LEHANE is coming to St. Louis next for a discussion and book-signing of his latest novel, Live by Night. His Saturday, Oct. 13, appearance at ST. Louis County Library headquarters begins at 7 p.m. Lehane’s previous work includes Gone, Baby, Gone, Mystic River and Shutter Island.  

Also, look for renowned Chocolat author JOANNE HARRIS to appear at County Library headquarters on Oct. 16. The author will discuss and sign copies of her latest book, Peaches for Father Francis, the third in the Chocolat series.

A good reason to start your fall cleaning: An electronics recycling drive to benefit REBUILDING TOGETHER takes place Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Chesterfield Mall parking lot. TVs and other electronics will be recycled at no charge. Shredding and recycling of cardboard and papers also is available for a $5 donation per box. Rebuilding Together provides free home repair for low-income and elderly homeowners so they may remain safely in their homes.