Here she is…Wife and mother-of-four DR. CARRIE HRUZA of Ladue can add another title to her name: MRS. MISSOURI 2010! Hruza was crowned winner after earning the highest marks in the interview, swimsuit and evening gown categories during the March 27 pageant in Branson. She is an optometrist at Southwest Eye Center. As Mrs. Missouri, she plans to promote the importance of annual eye exams for diabetic patients, who risk losing their vision if eye disease is detected too late. Hruza now goes on to compete in the Mrs. America pageant, held in Arizona in September.

    Fashion designer ISAAC MIZRAHI will headline next month’s 35th anniversary Opera Theatre gala at the new Centene Plaza in Clayton. Mizrahi is also working behind the scenes, directing and designing A Little Night Music, which joins The Marriage of Figaro, Eugene Onegin and The Golden Ticket for OTSL’s 2010 lineup.

    Meanwhile, the FOX THEATRE has once again secured another stellar lineup for its 2010-2011 U.S. Bank Broadway Series. The season opens with Shrek The Musical, followed by South Pacific, 9 to 5: The Musical, Next to Normal, Jersey Boys and 2009 Tony Award-winner Billy Elliot The Musical.

    The SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and music director DAVID ROBERTSON will soon embark on a four-city, five-concert tour of California. Stops during the trip (April 14 to 18) include performances in Los Angeles, Palm Desert, Davis and San Francisco, and will feature the orchestra’s debuts at both Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A. and Mondavi Center on the University of California-Davis campus.

    Ever experience déjà vu? The famed ‘San Marco II’ horses that once graced the lobby of the former Adam’s Mark Hotel downtown now greet visitors to Chesterfield City Hall. The twin bronze horses created by LUDOVICO DE LUIGI each weigh a ton and stand 9 feet tall. The installation, the latest by CHESTERFIELD ARTS, will be dedicated at a public ceremony April 22.

    Two student teams from JOHN BURROUGHS SCHOOL have been selected as regional winners in the 2010 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program, the world’s largest K through 12 student science competition. The competition challenges students to imagine ideas for future technologies. One of the winning projects, ‘Electro-Boot,’ is a portable, electricity-generating device that allows wearers to harness energy with every step they take. It was conceptualized by 12th graders SUPRIYA HOBBS, MARVIN MACK and CAROLINA RAMOS. The second project, by ninth graders XAVIER BLEDSOE, ADAM HOTALING, VICKY LIU and MELISSA ZHANG, is called ‘Metaredd.’ It’s a lifesaving device in the form of a wristband. National judging will be held in May.

    To say that the KIRKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA’s trip to CARNEGIE HALL went well would be an understatement. More than 300 family and friends made the trip last week to see the students perform during the 2010 Instrumental Musical Festival. Kirkwood was one of only three music groups selected to perform, and we’re told that orchestra members received a standing ovation after each of their four pieces. Longtime orchestra director PATRICK JACKSON was said to be ‘walking on air’ following the performance.

    Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the QUEST AWARDS recipients from the Missouri Professional Communicators: JOHN BECK, JEANNETTE COOPERMAN, ROBERT DUFFY, SUSAN McGINN, CAROLYN MARTY, PATRICK MURPHY, ALVIN REID, LEISA ZIGMAN and Lifetime Achievement Award honoree AVA EHRLICH. All will receive the Virginia Betts White Quest Award, which recognizes professional ethics and excellence in communications, during an April 17 luncheon.

    Last call! We’re still accepting entries for LN’s annual Mother’s Day Look-A-Like contest through Monday, April 12. The winning photo earns one lucky mom a full-service package from DOMINIC MICHAEL SALON, which includes a haircut, blow dry, manicure, pedicure and makeup application! Send us a photo of mother and child(ren), complete with names, phone number and the local community you live in. We’ll publish as many photos as space allows. All of them will appear on our Web site. Send photos to Meredith Bush, 8811 Ladue Road, Ste. D, 63124 or via email to For return of mailed photos, please send a SASE.