Washington University has awarded filmmaker KEN BURNS with its 2012 International Humanities Medal. During a Nov. 16 ceremony at the university, Burns was presented with the award, along with a $25,000 cash prize, for having a significant impact on American society with his contribution to the arts. The event featured a preview of three Burns films yet to be seen: The Dust BowlThe Central Park Five and The Roosevelts. Prior to the presentation, Burns led an informal discussion about his work with students and faculty. Burns is best known for his 1990 debut, The Civil War, as well as 1992’s Baseball, a documentary which featured Washington University professor GERALD EARLY as a consultant.

WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT is currently seeking nominations for its 2013 class of honorees. Do you know someone who is making a difference in the community through her exceptional volunteer work? Now is the time to nominate her! Visit woastl.org by Friday, Jan. 5, to submit the name of a worthy nominee. The 10 women selected from the nominations will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, May 2, at the Ritz-Carlton. The 2013 luncheon chair is JOAN NEWMAN and co-chair is SUSAN SHERMAN.

St. Louis-based humanitarian organization WINGS OF HOPE has expanded its operations to Burma. The program involves partnering with several organizations in the Southeast Asian nation (also known as Myanmar) to deliver healthcare to rural areas. Twice-nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Wings of Hope has the philosophy of teaching citizens to reach a level of self-sufficiency.

The first-ever MARINE CORPS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION black-tie awards dinner in St. Louis will recognize three local executives for their support of the foundation and military families. The honorees are: DAVID FARR (chairman/CEO of Emerson), GEORGE ROMAN (Boeing VP, state and local government relations), and BILL DEWITT III (president of St. Louis Cardinals). The Dec. 7 event takes place at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. For more information, visit mcsf.org.

A Wicked-ly good cause…The national touring company of Wicked is hosting ‘A Wicked Wonderland’ to benefit two causes: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and STAGES St. Louis. The Monday, Dec. 17, performance at Sheldon Concert Hall begins at 7 p.m., and is followed by a VIP reception. For tickets, call 534-1111 or visit metrotix.com. (Wicked also is playing at the Fox Theatre Dec. 12 through Jan. 6).

There’s something new for bicyclists in the DELMAR LOOP: More than a dozen colorful, whimsical bike racks have been installed along the famed route. The painted steel stands, featuring everything from musical notes in front of Blueberry Hill to a film reel at the Tivoli, were designed and installed under the leadership of JOE EDWARDS and created by St. Louis-based Engraphix.

Help create joy for others this season by participating in LN's holiday collection to benefit NURSES FOR NEWBORNS. The organization is experiencing greater need this year to help local families feed and clothe their children. Suggested items for donation include baby formula, diapers, boy/girl toys (newborn to age 8), clothing (preemie to size 8), non-perishable food items and grocery gift cards. Collection boxes are available at our offices, 8811 Ladue Road (Ladue and 170), Suite D. Items will be collected through Monday, Dec. 24. Thank you for your generosity!