Save the date…If you ever wanted to sneak a peek at some of our area's toniest kitchens, don't miss the first-ever HEART OF THE HOME Ladue/Frontenac kitchen tour. Not only will you view dream kitchens, but all proceeds from the Nov. 18 event go to JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION. Event co-chairs are LAURA ROEDER and LAURIE THEISS, honorary chair is radio personality JOHN CARNEY. For tickets, call 729-1846 or

Our town's trampoline champ, HENRY BAER, just returned from Portugal after representing the U.S. in a trampoline competition. The WhitÂ-field eighth grader ranked 20th in the contest overall. He and his synchronized trampoline partner Nick Piontek brought home the gold from the Pan American Championships earlier this year.

It's beginning to look a lot like…LN's Kids at Holiday Time Photo Gallery! That's why we're looking for pictures of youngsters celebrating the season—lighting the menorah, opening presents, sitting with Santa. Send in a photo of your child (ren) by WednesÂ-day, Nov. 3, complete with names and hometown, and we'll publish as many as space allows in our Nov. 19 issue. All will appear on our website. Send to: Meredith Bush, Ladue News, 8811 Ladue Road, Suite D, 63124 or email

The Muny has named MIKE ISAACSON its new executive producer. Only the third person to serve in that post since The Muny was founded in 1919, Isaacson will officially begin with the 2012 season. Isaacson has produced more than 15 Broadway musicals, plays and revivals, including Red, Legally Blonde, The Musical and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Current executive producer PAUL BLAKE is retiring.

The ST. LOUIS CIVIC ORCHESTRA in ChesterÂ-field has a new face, but trombonist JIM SAWYER's reputation precedes him: He was most recently a member of the Hollywood Studio SymphÂ-ony, where he performed on such motion picture scores as The Legend of Zorro, Titanic, Ratatouille and Avatar. The orchestra kicks off its season Oct. 30 with an all-Russian concert.

Washington University's new engineering complex has been named in honor of longtime university supporters STEPHEN and CAMILLA BRAUER. University officials promise Brauer Hall will be a "beacon for energy efficiency" and a hub for new ideas.

Fontbonne University's campus library now bears the name of JACK C. TAYLOR, in honor of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car founder, who has supported the university through generous gifts.

Shaw Park's new Tree Top Playground will be dedicated this weekend. The nature-themed jungle gym is an inclusion playground, designed to be accessible for children of all abilities.

Your chance to meet and greet Miss America, CARESSA CAMERON takes place Oct. 21 at Marta's in Ellisville, when the boutique hosts a holiday fashion show and breakfast featuring Cameron.

For 28 years, OPERATION BRIGHTSIDE has worked to restore and beautify St. Louis neighborhoods. Now it is turning to the community for help in winning a $250,000 Pepsi grant. Vote for Operation Brightside by visiting RefreshEverything. com/OperationBrightside.

Congratulations to St. Louis' own WUNDERLICH FIBRE BOX COMPANY on its 150th anniversary! In continuous operation since 1860, the company is now run by ROBERT WUNDERLICH SR. and son ROBERT JR., the family's fourth and fifth generation! The company manufactured barrels for its first century and now produces corrugated shipping containers.