Summer is here, and you know what that means, LN readers: We invite you to officially welcome summer with Elegant Entertaining Made Easy, LN design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD’s annual daytime soiree at NEIMAN MARCUS. On Thursday, June 21, learn the art of preparing sophisticated and creative table settings, whether you’re entertaining formally or poolside, and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres from BUTLER’S PANTRY. The event, to be held at Neiman Marcus Gift Galleries, Level One, begins at 10:30 a.m. There is no admission fee, but reservations are required. Call Ryan Engel at 994-5022 to reserve your space.

A group of young St. Louis musicians is slated to appear on a national broadcast of National Public Radio’s From the Top program next week. The CAMERTON STRING QUARTET, featuring REBEKAH HECKLER, JULIA SON, SEAN BYRNE and NOMIN ZOLZAYA of the Community Music School of Webster University, will appear on the show Saturday, June 16, at 7 p.m. The program, hosted by renowned pianist, CHRISTOPHER O’RILEY, is known for showcasing the nation’s best young classical musicians.

Two local nonprofits have been recognized by a Washington-based think tank as having programs proven to impact college completion. COLLEGE BOUND and BOYS HOPE GIRLS HOPE are two of 10 organizations across the country singled out by the Educational Policy Institute following a six-month study.

Ladue H.S. soon-to-be senior JAMES LOOMIS III is headed to Washington this summer to serve as a U.S. Senate page. ‘Jimmy’ was nominated by Senator CLAIRE MCCASKILL’s office and selected by the Senate Majority Leader for the job. Following his summer internship at the Capitol, he’ll be working on Senator McCaskill’s campaign leading up to the election.

A new public sculpture from the ST. LOUIS ARTISTS’ GUILD will be officially dedicated next week at Clayton’s Oak Knoll Park. La Famiglia by sculptor SILVANI CENCI was donated by the David S. Millstone Foundation. The dedication ceremony takes place at the park from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13.

The first-ever Rock the Forest event will take place Saturday, June 16, to benefit REBUILDING TOGETHER ST. LOUIS, an organization that repairs the homes of low-income residents. The event, at Sherwood’s Forest Nursery and Garden Center in Des Peres, will feature music, live and silent auctions and other offerings. For tickets, call 918-9918 or visit

We wouldn’t lie to you about this…Behavioral economist and bestselling author DAN ARIELY will be in town June 20 for a discussion of his book, The (Honest) Trust About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone— Especially Ourselves. He’ll appear at St. Louis County Library headquarters beginning at 7 p.m.

Kudos to RESITO PECSON of twigs & MOSS. His line of book covers, Sayitwithbookcovers, has been named Best New Product (Lifestyle Category) at the recent National Stationery Show in New York City. Pecson’s creation, which features personalized quotations on book bindings, was chosen out of 800 exhibitors at the annual trade show, one of the largest of its kind in the world.