The Insider: 11.1.23

a purr-fect read | Everybody loves an underdog—especially if it’s a cat! St. Louis Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences and the Novel Neighbor are hosting St. Louis children’s book author Kate Klise for a discussion and signing of her book How Mr. Silver Stole the Show—the true story of a stray kitten who wandered into the pedigreed St. Louis Cat Show and won. The event is Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Daniel Boone Branch and will include special visitors from Animal House Cat Rescue and Adoption Center.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis needs your help! The theater company recently had to streamline its 2023-24 season, and it needs to raise a projected $2.5 million to continue the second half of productions. To encourage support, it has launched the “Rally for The Rep’’ campaign. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit

Calling all artists!
In celebration of its 120th anniversary, Grant’s Farm is planning to create a permanent mural celebrating the iconic landmark. It’s looking for local artists for design submissions. The winner will receive $5,000, and Grant’s Farm will pay for all materials necessary to install the mural. Two runners-up also will receive $1,000 each. The deadline for submission is midnight on Dec. 15. To learn more, visit

Get in the seasonal spirit with Hearth & Soul’s holiday window reveal on Nov. 13. Titled Believe, this year’s display is inspired by the whimsical Christmas classic Elf.

WIN Warehouse has launched its annual Operation Toy Deploy. The holiday giveback campaign provides nonprofits with brand-new children’s books, games, toys and more. In past years, 23,000 toys were distributed to 15,000 children, serving nearly 4,000 local families. Organizations that would like to participate in gift distribution can apply to join WIN’s member network.

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