St. Louis recently welcomed two senior cyclists who rode the 3,000 or so miles from Seaside, Ore., to University City to build awareness for HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. Among those making the journey was 75-year-old BOB FRICK, a Washington University alum who now resides in California. He and fellow cyclist, 70- year-old LEN HOLMES, made the trip to raise funds for Habitat East Bay (in the San Francisco Bay area). The men, who left the West Coast on June 11, ended their ride Aug. 18 at Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis’ build site in University City, where five homes are scheduled to be completed in early December. LN recently spoke with a local family who will soon be moving into their Habitat home. Their story begins on p. 19.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, St. Louis will join 10 other U.S. cities to beat the Guinness World Record for the most soccer balls ever dribbled by a group at one time. The event, to take place at Saint Louis University’s Hermann Stadium, benefits AMERICA SCORES, a youth development program for underserved elementary school students that incorporates soccer, poetry and service. Last year, St. Louis made history at the first annual Great St. Louis Soccer Dribble when 428 people came together to set the Guinness World Record. However, the United Nations later defeated the record by having 2,068 dribblers in the Gaza Strip. America SCORES St. Louis has called upon other SCORES sites across the country to take back the world record this year. For more information, visit

The second annual Sept. 11 Interfaith Memorial in Music takes place on Sunday, Sept. 9, at The Sheldon, and will feature renowned soprano CHRISTINE BREWER, jazz pianist PETER MARTIN, soul artist BRIAN OWENS and the DICKSON STRING QUARTET. The concert is presented by ARTS & FAITH ST. LOUIS, a group that aims to promote harmony by establishing an ongoing relationship between local arts and faith communities. For more information, visit

Make your cookie count…a ‘PRESIDENTIAL COOKIE BAKE OFF’ will take place during Kirkwood’s Greentree Festival. Everyone is encouraged to vote for either FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA’s White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies or ANN ROMNEY’s M&M Cookies. Voting takes place Sept. 14 through Sept. 16 during the festival at the McArthur’s Bakery booth located near the Kirkwood Park entrance near Geyer Road and Adams Avenue. Cookies are $1.50 each and sales benefit the Wounded Warrior Fund.

Missouri Baptist Medical Center’s DR. NICHOLAS KOUCHOUKOS has been honored with the prestigious 2012 Antoine Marfan Award by the National Marfan Foundation (NMF). The award recognizes the doctor’s global leadership in cardiovascular surgery and his accomplishments in pioneering surgical technique to improve aortic and valve surgery for patients with Marfan syndrome. Kouchoukos also was a recipient of the 2009 Hero with a Heart Award from the NMF at its Heartworks Gala.

Former Cardinals manager TONY LA RUSSA will appear at a book-signing and discussion of his new memoir, One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season. His Sept. 28 appearance at St. Louis County Library headquarters (7 p.m.) will be a ticketed event. Each $35 ticket admits one and includes a copy of One Last Strike (or $50 for two people and one book). Proceeds from the event benefit the St. Louis County Library Foundation.