There’s plenty of buzz surrounding an exclusive CWE party to celebrate SAINT LOUIS BALLET’s 10th year. The March 31 reception at the home of MARY STRAUSS will have artistic director GEN HORIUCHI, choreographer CHRISTOPHER D’AMBOISE and artist SOKVANNARA SAR as guests of honor, as well as a performance by the ballet company. Saint Louis Ballet’s spring offering, Tribute to New York featuring choreography by D’Amboise, will be at The Touhill April 2 and 3. For tickets, visit

    Who doesn’t love brownies? We at LN sure do! Our spring reader recipe contest is on, and we’re looking for the perfect made-from-scratch brownies. If your brownies take the cake, drop off a batch (and the recipe) at our office, 8811 Ladue Road, Suite D, St. Louis, Mo. 63124, on Tuesday, March 29, from 8 a.m. until noon. Our expert panel of judges includes LN Cooks columnist and River City executive chef JOHN JOHNSON and Spicy Bits writer MATT SORRELL. What’s in it for you, you ask? The top baker gets a $150 gift certificate to the new 1904 Steak House at River City Casino, offering some of the area’s best dry-aged steaks, lobster and an extensive wine list.

    We applaud this year’s WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT who will be feted at a May 10 luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton. The 2011 class includes LISA BOYCE (Youth Enrichment), KAREN CASTELLANO (Community Service), MARGO DELOCH (Humanitarian Concerns), DIANE KATZMAN (Creative Philanthropy), BECKY KUEKER (Volunteer Leadership), LISA NICHOLS (Youth Dedication), PAM TODER (Women’s Health), DR. CORINNE WALENTIK (Health Leadership), CAROL WEIR (Senior Health Advocacy), and FRAN ZAMLER (Community Better ment).

    Renowned sculptor and John Burroughs grad TOM FRIEDMAN will be in town next month to receive the school’s Outstanding Alumnus Award. In conjunction with the award, there will be an exhibition of Friedman’s work in Burrough’s Bonsack Gallery April 8-13, with a public opening reception on April 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. The artist is known for creating works of art from common household items like toothpicks, toilet paper, pencils and pasta. He attended Washington University to pursue a degree in graphic illustration, and also earned a Master of Fine Arts sculpture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SAINT LOUIS has been designated as the largest producer of LEED Certified Platinum single-family detached homes in the country, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Habitat in St. Louis is celebrating its 25th year, and has set a goal of building 50 houses a year by 2015. So far, volunteers have built 300 homes in the community, making Habitat one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis.

    A study that will focus new treatments for malaria is being spearheaded by the CENTER FOR WORLD HEALTH & MEDICINE at SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY and China’s Guangzhou Institutes Biomedicine and Health. Considered a disease of poverty, malaria is a devastating problem in China, Africa and in other parts of the developing world. There are 300 to 500 million cases of the disease every year.

    And many more…Happy 100th birthday to CHARLOTTE PASSANISE, who recently celebrated in grand style with family and friends at Garden Villas Retirement Community in Town & Country. Charlotte was born March 7, 1911 and was delivered by a doctor who arrived by horse and carriage at her family’s Maplewood home. We’re told the birthday girl keeps fit by bicycling in the Villa’s fitness center and walking a mile a day down the halls to say hi to friends.  LN