Tower Grove Park, one of only a handful of urban parks in the nation to be designated a National Historic Landmark, is hosting a lecture series on the first Sunday of each month through April 6. The first event is Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. when Michael Allen of Landmarks Association of St. Louis will discuss the park’s history. Lectures are free and located in The Stupp Center in Tower Grove Park near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Arsenal Street.

This weekend, The Black Rep's award-winning Professional Touring Company will present three free public performances of Porch Lies, Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters and Other Wily Characters. On Feb. 1 the performance is at 7 p.m. at the County Library Headquarters and on Feb. 2 and 3, the performances are at 2 p.m. at The Magic House in Kirkwood.

Congrats to Dominic Michael Salons, which were recently nominated for the 2008 Global Salon Award in recognition of excellence in salon ownership and contribution to the salon industry.

Happy anniversary to Sherwood Forest Camp, which celebrates its 71st anniversary this year. The camp, which helps children from disadvantaged families participate in year-round camp programs, was the first integrated camp in the Midwest. They’ll celebrate the milestone at the nonprofit’s annual gala April 5 at Kemp Auto Museum.

Wings of Hope, the Chesterfield-based nonprofit international relief organization, has opened its new headquarters and Medical Air Transport Center here, which includes a triage center, space for volunteer doctors, nurse, pilots and EMTs, and a place for families who are awaiting medical transport. The center is the largest medical referral and air ambulance system in the U.S.

The Miriam Foundation, which helps children with learning disabilities recognize and meet their potential, has established the Eleanore T. Kenney Scholarship in memory of the community volunteer and longtime executive director of the Miriam School in Webster Groves. Kenney worked as an advocate for children and was a pioneer in screenings and programs for children with behavioral and developmental disorders. She was Miriam School executive director for 20 years.

St. Louis couple Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz, happily married for 41 years, are sharing the secrets of a successful marriage in their new book, Golden Anniversaries: The Seven Secrets of Successful Marriage. He is dean of the College of Education at UMSL and she is president of Success Marriage Reflections. They conducted research and interviews with couples totaling more than 15,000 years of marriage across cultures and continents.

Another St. Louis author, Susan Mcbride, has recently published the latest installment of her popular Debutant Dropout Mystery series. Too Pretty To Die is now available at bookstores and online.

John Burroughs alum (class of ’92) Colin Creel has released his second book, Crossroads: Navigating Your Calling and Career. Creel is a teacher, administrator and swim coach at The Wesleyan School in Norcross, Georgia.

Westminster Christian Academy has unveiled its site plan for a new 70-acre campus at Maryville Center and South Outer 40 drives in Town & Country. The new campus will include a main school building, fine arts center with a 600-seat theater, media production center, and athletic complex with an ice-rink, lane swimming pool and several outdoor sport fields. The campus is expected to be completed in time for the 2010-2011 school year.

In other construction news, Alberici Construction has completed the new $8 million Saint Louis University Simon Recreation Center. The Lawrence Group oversaw the project’s design.

Start your engines…The second Art of the Automobile exhibit is on display now through April 30 at Kemp Auto Museum. The exhibit features an expanded selection of artwork by automobile artists Benedek Toh and the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Team in California.

Circle of Hope Bracelets, founded in 1999 by late jewelry designer Fran Lefrak Brown, has raised more than $2 million for cancer charities here in St. Louis and around the country. Lefrak Brown lost her battle with cancer in 2002, but the bracelets continued to be sold all over North America to help raise money for the cause. Recently the organization debuted a new Web site that allows visitors to purchase online.

In the news…Dr. Jay Pepose was one of three ophthalmologists quoted in the Jan. 20 issue of U.S. News & World Report in a story about implantable lenses.

The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis is offering $500 student internship scholarships to degree-seeking college students majoring in media communications. They are available to students living or attending college in the St. Louis area. For more information, call 636-230-1973.

Calling young writers! Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to submit original stories for KETC Channel 9’s 14th annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. The contest supports children’s reading and communication skills by encouraging them to express ideas through words and pictures. The contest will be judged by local teachers and librarians, and one winner from each grade level will advance to the national competition. Submissions must be postmarked by March 17, with forms available through KETC.