Happy Birthday to MARGARET KOHLHAUFF, a lifelong St. Louisan who is celebrating the big 1-0-5! The birthday girl, a resident of Tower Grove Manor, was feted last week by family and friends. Ms. Kohlhauff graduated from McKinley High School and later worked as secretary and bookkeeper for local businesses. We’re told she takes no prescription medications, seldom requires a doctor’s care and only uses a walker for minor support. Here’s to many more, young lady!

There are still a few spots left for this Saturday’s ‘Grill with Bill,’ an exclusive grilling class for LN readers at 2 p.m. by 1904 Steakhouse Steak House executive chef BILL OSLOOND. If you’ve ever wondered how to best prepare the choicest steak cuts for your barbecue, this class is for you! Steak, sides, dessert, and takehome recipes and seasonings are included in the $55 per person fee. Call or email 1904 manager Derrick Colquitt at 388-7630 or derrick.colquitt@rivercity.c om to reserve your spot.

Local lighting pro RANDY BURKETT is headed to Washington next month to attend the official dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. His firm, RANDY BURKETT LIGHTING DESIGN, has spent years designing the lighting that will illuminate the memorial in the National Mall. The Aug. 28 dedication takes place on the 48th anniversary of King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

Kudos to local author IRENE HANNON who recently won national praise for her romantic suspense novel, In Harm’s Way. Hannon was the recipient of a RITA award, known in the industry as the ‘Oscar of romantic fiction.’ Hannon, of Des Peres, is the author of more than 35 novels. Her husband, TOM GOTTLIEB, serves as deacon at Church of the Annunziata in Ladue.

On shelves now…The Dave Store Massacre is the latest from RON EBEST, an award-winning journalist and associate professor at St. Louis Community College. Described by critics as a dark comedy unlike a Coen brothers movie, the book is about a Wal-mart-type retailer in small-town Jackson, Mo.

There’s a new piece of art gracing the lawn at Lambert Airport: Sensacion de Vuelo is a 10- foot-high steel sculpture by celebrated Mexican artist LEONARDO NIERMAN—a gift to St. Louis on behalf of the people of Mexico. The artist, as well as Mexico’s Under Secretary of Foreign Relations, ambassador JULIAN VENTURA, were among those present at the sculpture’s unveiling earlier this month. The artwork is located west of Terminal 2, near the International Arrivals lobby.

But who needs the airport when ST. LOUIS has been named the Best Large City for a weekend getaway? That’s according to the latest AAA Best of the Midwest poll. In addition to best city, St. Louis also topped the following categories: Best Small Hotel (Moonrise), Best Art Museum (Saint Louis Art Museum), Best Children’s Museum (The Magic House), Best Fine Dining (Tony’s) and Best Casino (River City).