Kudos to Ladue H.S. junior JAMES LOOMIS III, who was recently selected as a 2011-2012 Discus Award Winner. The recognition honors ‘allaround’ high school students in 10 key attributes, including academics, arts, athletics, community service, work and other categories. James says he became interested in politics and community service at a very young age. In the fifth grade, he successfully petitioned the Ladue City Council to implement a recycling program, after being inspired by the documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. James is now in the running for a Discus Award scholarship.

If you are the parent of a child who suffers from severe food allergies, there is a way to help find a cure. The Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure takes place in Creve Coeur Park on Saturday, Oct. 29. The event, sponsored by the FOOD ALLERGY & ANAPHYLAXIS NETWORK (FAAN), is held to increase awareness and raise money for research and education. Last year’s event raised more than $26,000, and organizers anticipate that this month’s walk will be an even bigger success. More than 12 million Americans, including 3 million children, have a food allergy, which is the leading cause of anaphylaxis— a serious allergic reaction that can be lifethreatening.

A 150- to 200-year-old Torah scroll that survived the Holocaust is being welcomed and rededicated at TEMPLE EMANUEL in Creve Coeur. The scroll originally belonged to the Jewish community of Trebon in the Czech Republic. An Oct. 21 Sabbath Evening of Celebration begins at Temple Emanuel at 7 p.m.

Students at Saint Louis and Washington universities will join together on Halloween weekend to ‘Trick or Treat for Change.’ This is the third year for the event, which benefits HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. Student volunteers will be going door-to-door to collect donations in support of the organization’s goal of raising $3,000 in one day. Students will visit area neighborhoods, including Chesterfield, Kirkwood, Ballwin, Brentwood, Webster Groves, Ellisville, Warson Woods and Clayton on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. Look for the green club T-shirts!

Let’s hear it for the Maestro! The St. Louis Symphony’s DAVID ROBERTSON has been honored as a ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French Republic’s Ministry of Culture. Established in 1957 and ratified as part of the ‘Ordre national du Mérite’ (National Order of Merit) by President CHARLES DE GAULLE, the award recognizes significant contributions to the arts and literature. The award and medal were presented by MARIEANNE TOLEDANO, the cultural attaché of the consulate General of France.

The BACH SOCIETY OF ST. LOUIS is kicking off its concert series on Oct. 23 with Mozart’s Requiem. The concert at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church will be performed by the Society chorus and orchestra, joined by the 2011-2012 Young Artists, under the direction of longtime conductor A. DENNIS SPARGER.

Ready, set, shop…the 2011 Key to the Cure charity shopping weekend at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE is underway. The store has partnered with GATEWAY TO HOPE and SITEMAN CANCER CENTER and will donate a portion of weekend sales (through Oct. 23). In addition, a limited edition Key to the Cure T-shirt designed by ELIE TAHARI is available all month, with 100 percent of the $35 purchase price going to local charities.