A region-wide cakewalk, a Valentine’s Day ‘Burnin’ Love’ festival at Forest Park, and a giant heart sculpture in the Grand Basin are some of the highlights on tap for ST. LOUIS’ 250TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION in 2014. This week, before a gathering of the city’s civic and community leaders, the new nonprofit, stl250, announced some of the key events to commemorate the city’s founding by Pierre Laclede in 1764. The 2014 celebration will be co-hosted by Mayor FRANCIS SLAY and St. Louis County Executive CHARLIE DOOLEY. Stl250 co-chairs are Ameren’s TOM VOSS, and his wife, CAROL; with ERIN BUDDE as the organization’s executive director. Stay tuned, LN will have more details about the semiquincentennial milestone in the coming weeks!

Former Emerson executive BOB COX has been announced as the interim president for the Missouri History Museum, where he’ll function as CEO and oversee the museum’s leadership team. Cox, who most recently served as senior VP at Emerson until he retired in 2011, will serve part-time in his new capacity until a permanent, full-time president is in place.

Congratulations to community leader and philanthropist MARILYN FOX, for receiving an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Washington University. Fox, along with fellow honorary degree recipients, including Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club co-founder MARTIN MATHEWS, were honored during the university’s 152nd Commencement last month.

More praise for the grand redesign of the ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY’s Central Library downtown: It is the recipient of the 2013 Library Building Award from the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association. The prestigious national award honors excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries.

Ladue H.S. senior and national chemistry whiz RUNPENG LIU is competing for one of four spots on the U.S. International Chemistry Olympiad team. Runpeng, recognized as one of the top 20 chemistry students in the country, will spend two weeks at an intensive chemistry study camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, where the top four students will be named as members of the team at its conclusion. If he makes the cut, Runpeng will head to Moscow next month to represent the U.S. at the 45th International Chemistry Olympiad.

Godspeed to the ST. LOUIS ROWING CLUB, which has three teams in Oak Ridge, Tenn., this weekend to compete for the nationals. Advancing to nationals are: JIMMY FRANCIS (who is making his third appearance), TOM KENDRICK and BJ FRANCIS, all of Ladue; and CHARLIE LEBENS of Whitfield and ANDREW GRANT of Parkway Central. In the Boys Lightweight division, the team consists of: BRANDON FENTON (Parkway Central), PATRICK PAPPALARDO (Chaminade), JOHN DUNCAN (Ladue), JEFF PERKINS (Ladue) and LEAH ROTHBERG coxswain (Ladue). ABBY LANE (Incarnate Word), ISABELLA BENDUSKI (Ladue), PAIGE HIBBARD (Ladue), MAGGIE BERRA (Visitation) and ALEX WATKINS (Clayton) make up the Girls 1st Varsity 4. During last week’s regionals in Cincinnati, the club medaled in 16 of 23 events, including five gold medals.

Are you a proud member of the HOLE-IN-ONE club? Tell us about it! Send us an email about your spectacular stroke, and we will consider it for publication in our June 21 golf special section. Email Julia Christensen at jchristensen@laduenews.com with your story by Thursday, June 13.