Hot off the press…Ten local women are being lauded for their leadership and community service as this year’s WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT honorees. They are: KIM EBERLEIN (Volunteer Leadership), SHEILA GREENBAUM (Social Justice), MARGARET ISRAEL (Health Education), SALLY KATZIF (Women’s Empowerment), VERONICA McDONNELL (Health & Arts), MERRY MOSBACHER (Community Betterment), PEGGY NELSON (Health Advocacy), BRENDA NEWBERRY (Civic Responsibility), MARIAN NUNN (Youth & Family), and VIDA ‘SISTER’ PRINCE (Multicultural Leadership). The Class of 2013 will be celebrated during an awards luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton on May 2. For reservations, call Sarah Thorowgood at 421-2005 or email

Cheers to JEANNE and BEN ‘BUD’ MILDER on their 70th wedding anniversary! Both native St. Louisans, the Milders married in 1943, while Bud was serving as military doctor at Chicago’s Billings Hospital. Following the war, the couple returned to St. Louis, where Bud resumed his ophthalmology practice and Jeanne performed and taught piano; while raising their four sons. In the following years, Jeanne helped inaugurate the music department at the newly formed St. Louis Community College, while Bud took up a second career as a poet, publishing seven books along the way. The couple, lifelong members of Congregation Shaare Emeth, currently resides at The Gatesworth.

A record crowd of more than 800 people filled the St. Louis County Library Headquarters to hear former VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE discuss his new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, in which the Nobel Peace Prize winner outlines six forces shaping the future of the planet. Among those spotted in the crowd were former Sen. JEAN CARNAHAN and former Gore chief of staff CHARLES BURSON and his wife, BUNNY. Gore’s appearance, as part of the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series, was a fundraiser for the Library Foundation’s early literacy programs.

It’ll be Hip to Be Square at SAINT LOUIS ZOO’s Zoofari 2013. HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS will headline the Zoo’s biennial creative black-tie fundraiser, to be held on Friday, June 21. The band is best known for hits like The Power of LoveIf This Is It and The Heart of Rock & Roll. For ticket information, call 646-4771 or visit

Longtime De Smet Jesuit principal GREG DENSBERGER has announced his retirement after 31 years of service at the high school. Densberger, whose retirement will be effective May 31, has agreed to stay on at De Smet to help president, FR. WALLY SIDNEY, with long-term strategic planning. The search for a new principal begins immediately.

One of the newest members of the LEGO Education Advisory Panel is Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School kindergarten teacher MARY MEADOWS. As part of the panel, Meadows will collaborate with LEGO on product development and design to elevate science, technology, engineering and math concepts in the classroom. Meadows, who also coaches Oak Hill’s LEGO League robotics team, was selected from more than 600 educators from across the country.

While Opening Day 2013 at Busch Stadium won’t be for another few weeks, the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS are already looking forward to Opening Day 2014, when Ballpark Village is expected to open to the public. An official groundbreaking took place last week, with plans calling for Cardinals Nation, a first-of-its-kind venue on three levels that will feature a two-story restaurant, retail store and Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as a Live! At Ballpark Village marketplace and the Budweiser Brew House.