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Community members celebrated the 2013 Hannukkah Celebration at Schnucks Ladue Crossing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, with Hannukah music performed by the H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy choir, storytelling and free gifts for children. Claudette Kirk, The DESCO Group property manager, also presented a check to Epstein headmaster Rabbi Avi Greene.
From trips to camps and days spent enjoying the sunshine, summer is the best time of year for kids. We asked the third-graders at Reed Elementary in Ladue what they’re doing this summer, and here are some of their responses. Good times ahead!
Yours truly was honored to be a judge at a chili cook-off, part of the annual Fall Festival at Reed Elementary School in Ladue, on Oct. 14. This was the first year for the cook-off, which took the place of the long-running pie-baking contest, and 14 chili masters stepped up to compete. Custom-carved pumpkins from CJ Sanders were given out as prizes for categories such as Best Pork Chili, Best Beef Chili and Best Vegetarian Chili. At the end of the day, JALAIN FELLMAN took the overall top honors with her creation, dubbed Blazing Saddles.
The charitable needs of our community are neverending, but these local organizations provide ways to make a difference—from a teddy bear to a $20 million donation.
All in the family…An exhibition by a group of St. Louis siblings is on display at The Old Orchard Gallery in Webster Groves through May 7. Brothers and Sisters, A Family of Artists features the works of JEANNE McGAULEY CONWAY, PATRICK McGAULEY, PEG McGAULEY DIETZ, ELLEN McGAULEY WATT and JOSEPH McGAULEY, all raised in Richmond Heights by JACK and MARGARET McGAULEY, who moved to St. Louis in 1952 with their eight children. The artists’ media range from sculpture and oils to watercolors and photography.
Seeing stars…A hometown crowd applauded JENNA FISCHER (Nerinx ’91) as she accepted this year’s Cinema St. Louis Award, honoring her contributions to the art of film. Fischer was in town to promote her latest movie with CHRIS O’DONNELL, A Little Help, which premiered at the 19th annual St. Louis International Film Festival.
Reed Elementary School teacher Tom Hadfield goes shopping.
GOVERNOR JAY NIXON’s efforts in securing special coverage for autistic children in Missouri has earned him Cardinal Glennon’s highest award for child advocacy. The Guv officially receives the Crystal Wagon Award during a Sept. 17 dinner at the Saint Louis Club.
Musically inclined…Two REED ELEMENTARY students are among the winners in the fifth annual COMP (Creating Original Music Project) contest held across Missouri. JONATHAN PADGETT and JACK ROTH were chosen for their original instrumental piece, ‘JJ Jam,’ and performed the composition last weekend at the COMP Festival on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. More than 100 entries were submitted this year, and Jonathan and Jack were among 31 students honored.
Hollywood A-listers JIMMY FALLON and JENNIFER HUDSON are coming to St. Louis for the 22nd annual BOB COSTAS Benefit for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Fallon, host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and a Saturday Night Live alum, is headlining the event. The musical entertainment will be provided by Hudson, the former American Idol finalist who went on to win an Academy Award for her performance in Dreamgirls and starred in the box office hit Sex and the City. Tickets to the April 17 event at the Fox Theatre are available by phone, 577-5605, or online at glennon.org.
A 60-year-old Colonial brick home in Ladue is the subject of this year’s ‘real home critique.’ The homeowners, who have a 3-year-old son, have lived in the Ladue Wood home since 2006. They have rehabbed the house extensively, including adding a new kitchen, installing wood floors, converting a sunroom into a play room and finishing the lower level.
Shriners of North America has appointed DOUG MAXWELL as president and CEO.
When…YouthBridge Community Foundation presented $390,000 to local children’s charities St. Louis Artworks, HavenHouse St. Louis and Good Shepherd School for Children? The ceremony occurred in conjunction with the nonprofit’s name change from YouthBridge Association to YouthBridge Community Foundation. Pictured: Rex Reed, St. Louis Artworks executive director Priscilla Block and YouthBridge co-executive director of operations and development Norm Moenkhaus.
Coming attractions…The FOX THEATRE has announced the line up for its 2008/2009 U.S. Bank Broadway Series. Highlights include SPRING AWAKENING (winner of the 2007 Tony Award for best musical), Disney’s MARY POPPINS, Oprah Winfrey’s THE COLOR PURPLE, Fox Theatrical’s own LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL, CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY and A CHORUS LINE. Off-series shows include Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Stomp, Hairspray, Riverdance and Rent, which will star two of the original Broadway cast members in lead roles, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp.
For the first time in its 17-year history, the St. Louis Arts Awards, presented by the Arts and Education Council, will bestow its Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award to an architect: world-renowned architect Gyo Obata. The ceremony on Monday, Jan. 28, will take place at the Chase Park Plaza. “Architecture is an art form, and what Gyo Obata has done in architecture over the years is significant,” says Arts and Education Council president Jim Weidman. “Not only has Gyo lived in the city for a long time and designed many of the buildings across town, he has also done it successfully worldwide.”