A good deed…12-year-old SOPHIA RACETTE recently decided that she’d like to make a difference on her birthday. Rather than receive gifts, she asked friends and family to donate to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help find a cure to Type 1 diabetes. Racette’s first cousins, NICHOLAS LOHMANN and ZACHARY SCHAEFER, both suffer from the disease.

    Congrats to DR. ELIE AZRAK, a cardiologist in private practice, who was elected president of the ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN MEDICAL SOCIETY. The organization represents physicians in the St. Louis area. Other officers include DR. SAM HAWATMEH, president-elect; DR. THOMAS APPLEWHITE, vice president; DR. ROBERT BRENNAN JR., secretary; and DR. DAVID POHL, treasurer.

    Art aficionado JAN GREEN BERG has written another art book for children. Through the Gates and Beyond chronicles The Gates, the famous 23-mile art installation in New York’s Central Park by artists CHRISTO and JEANNE-CLAUDE. Green berg co-wrote the book with SANDRA JORDAN.

    This week several St. Louis business people traded the boardroom for the classroom in hopes of raising awareness about TEACH FOR AMERICA, a national corps of recent college grads who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. STEVE LIPSTEIN, CEO of BJC Healthcare; JEFF SMITH, State Senator; WARD KLEIN, CEO of Energizer; and ELLEN SHERBERG, publisher of the St. Louis Business Journal, were all at the head of the class during the organization’s annual awareness week event.

    Feel like a movie marathon? AMC THEATERS is offering movie-goers the chance to see all five films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in one day! On Saturday, Feb. 21, AMC Chesterfield and AMC West Olive will offer passes to all five films for $30. Upon arrival, guests will receive the pass and a large popcorn with unlimited free refills. Eleven hours later, they’ll be ready to watch the awards telecast the next night on TV!

    It wasn’t only the human residents of southeast Missouri who were impacted by the recent ice storm. Their pets also are feeling the brunt of still-widespread power outages. As a result, the HUMANE SOCIETY OF MISSOURI is asking for donations of dry dog food, dry and canned cat food, blankets, towels and newspaper to help animal victims of the ice storms. To donate, call 951-1542.

    In other pet news, the annual Mardi Gras pet parade takes place Feb. 15 in Soulard. Each year more than 8,000 pets take to the streets in support of OPEN DOOR ANIMAL SHELTER, a Missouri no-kill shelter. The fun starts at 1 p.m. at the corner of Menard and Allen. The required $10 registration fee benefits the nonprofit. For more information, visit begginpetparade.com.

    New hotspot…Bodley-Buck, LLC, the group that now owns and operates J. BUCK’S restaurants in Clayton and downtown, has announced it is adding a performance venue to its downtown location. The JOE BUCK SHOWROOM is built to accommodate live music and special events and will debut Feb. 21 with a concert by ERIN BODE. There is space for 200 concert goers, and tickets are $20 per person or $75 with a four-course dinner.

    Kudos to MICHAEL and CAROL STAENBERG, who will be honored by JAZZ ST. LOUIS for their support of youth jazz education at the organization’s annual fund-raising gala,

JAZZ’LL DAZZLE. The gala is April 5 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.

    In the spotlight…Congrat u lations to KEN ASTON of Wildwood, who was named  HENDRICKS & PARTNERS’ No.2 broker based on commission revenue. The company is the largest firm in the country that specializes exclusively in multi-family brokerage.