Celebrate St. Louis’ 250th birthday in style with THE BIGGEST BIRTHDAY BALL, sure to be one of the biggest social events of the year! The ball, to be held at the Missouri History Museum on Sunday, Feb. 16, will treat guests with a feast for the senses, featuring cocktails and a sampling of local fare, musical and cultural performances, and exhibits that reflect St. Louis’ past and present. The Biggest Birthday Ball is presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, with Ladue News as a proud Silver Sponsor. For tickets, visit stl250.org.

Other signature events for St. Louis’ 250TH birthday weekend (Feb. 14 to 17) include Burnin’ Love, an outdoor kickoff party on ‘Heart Hill.’ The event on Friday, Feb. 14, will feature live musical performances, fire dancers, fireworks and a Guinness World Record attempt for 250 local couples to get engaged simultaneously. On Saturday, Feb. 15, St. Louis City Hall will be the scene of a historical reenactment of the founding of the city. Also, all weekend long, the History Museum will host The Biggest Birthday Bash, featuring free interactive exhibits and activities for families, as well as live music and food from local vendors. For more information about all events, visit stl250.org.

The ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY has announced it 2014-2015 season, and the lineup is nothing short of impressive. Opening Weekend (Sept. 12 to 13) will feature DAVID ROBERTSON conducting Vaughn Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. In addition, the Symphony will perform many audience favorites like Ravel’s Bolero, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The season concludes with the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus performing Verdi’s Aida for the first time ever on May 7 and May 9. The upcoming season also marks a few milestones, including ROBERTSON’s 10th anniversary as music director and DAVID HALEN’s 20th season as concertmaster, as well as the 135th anniversary of the Symphony’s founding.

Let’s go Blues! Ten St. Louis Blues players, representing six countries, will be headed to Russia for the Winter Games next month. DAVID BACKES, T.J. OSHIE and KEVIN SHATTENKIRK will don the red, white and blue for the U.S.A.; ALEX PIETRANGELO and JAY BOUWMEESTER will play for Canada; ALEXANDER STEEN and PATRIK BERGLUND, for Sweden; VLADIMIR TARASENKO will represent the host country; JAROSLAV HALAK, for Slovakia; and VLADIMIR SOBOTKA for the Czech Republic. In addition, coach KEN HITCHCOCK and owner TOM STILLMAN will be making the trip.

The ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY is highlighting its celebration of Black History Month with a visit from Washington Post reporter and author WIL HAYGOOD. Haygood’s book, The Butler: A Witness to History, was the inspiration behind the acclaimed motion picture starring FOREST WHITAKER and OPRAH WINFREY. Haygood will appear for a keynote address at the Central Library on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. In addition, a screening of Lee Daniels’ The Butler takes place on Thursday, Feb. 6, in the auditorium, and is open to the public.

An English professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis has been honored with a prestigious Irish studies position. Renowned poet EAMONN WALL is a native of Country Wexford, Ireland, and is the Smurfit-Stone Corporation Professor in Irish Studies at UMSL. He was recently named as the 2014 Charles A. Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University for the spring semester. During his stint at Villanova, Wall will teach an honors poetry writing workshop and an Irish-American fiction seminar. Former holders of the Heimbold Chair include luminaries from the Irish arts such as PETER FALLON, JUSTIN QUINN and MARY O’MALLEY.