St. Louis’ own EMILY PULITZER has been awarded one of the 2011 National Medals of Arts and Humanities by PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. Pulitzer’s “contributions as a curator, art collector and philanthropist (who) has dedicated herself to connecting art and viewers through her generosity…” were cited as some of the reasons why she is deserving of the honor. Other National Medal of Arts recipients honored at the White House this week included actor AL PACINO and poet RITA DOVE.

If all goes as planned, the CITY OF CLAYTON will have its first-ever dog park sometime this year. Mayor LINDA GOLDSTEIN says the city is currently considering a park on land recently acquired as part of a flood plain remediation plan. The almost 2-acre property is in the former Haddington Court subdivision, located off Clayton Road just west of Brentwood Boulevard. We’ll keep you posted.

Dancing…for a good cause! The biennial Dance Marathon at JOHN BURROUGHS SCHOOL that had 500 student shaking their groove thing has raised more than $23,000 to build a school in Cambodia. The cowboythemed event started at noon on Feb. 3, and had students staying for the duration until midnight, passing the time with dodge ball, potato sack races and a pieeating contest, among other things.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY and the YMCA are looking for volunteers interested in helping young St. Louisans improve their reading skills. The YMCA Community Literacy program trains volunteers to help children who are reading below grade level. Currently, there is a six-month waiting period for those who have requested tutoring. Applications for the YRead volunteer program are available at all County Library branches. For more information, call 994-3300 or visit

Award-winning historian JULIE WINCH will be in town to discuss and sign copies of her book, The Clamorgans: One Family’s History of Race in America, as part of the Black History Month celebration at St. Louis County Library. Winch’s book traces the Clamorgan clan to the family patriarch, Jacques Clamorgan, a French adventurer of questionable ethics who claimed to have bought up huge tracts of land around St. Louis. Clamorgan bequeathed his property to his mixed-race, illegitimate heirs, setting off almost two centuries of litigation. Winch’s March 5 appearance at County Library headquarters begins at 7 p.m.

A reminder…a book signing and cocktail reception featuring MAUREEN DUNKEL, curator and owner of the upcoming Diana, The People’s Princess exhibit, takes place next week in the Central West End. Hosted by MARY STRAUSS at her Westmoreland Place home, proceeds from the event will help St. Louis-area foster children attend Southeast Missouri State University. The Wednesday, Feb. 22, event begins at 7 p.m. Each guest will receive an autographed copy of Dunkel’s book, My Decade with Princess Diana. For tickets, call 573-450- 6340 or visit If you can’t make the reception, VIP tickets to the exhibit (Feb. 23-26 at America’s Center) also are available through the website. ‘Like’ LN on Facebook for a chance to win passes to view the exhibit. Our exclusive interview with Maureen Dunkel begins on p. 26.