Oh, bring us a figgy pudding…’Tis almost here: LN’s HOLIDAY DESSERT RECIPE CONTEST! Our expert panel of food-testers is searching for the best holiday treat. The winner receives BAGELS FOR A YEAR from ST. LOUIS BREAD CO. Bring your favorite pie, cake or a batch of cookies (or other smaller treats) and the recipe on Monday, Nov. 19, between 8:30 a.m. and noon to our office, 8811 Ladue Road, Suite D. Come ready to be photographed, along with your creation. Winners will be announced in our Nov. 30 issue.

A portrait of GEORGE WASHINGTON that used to call St. Louis home now resides at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Portrait of George Washington by artist William Clarke is dated 1800, and may have been painted as a memorial to the Founding Father. It was donated by ELEANOR FOSTER of Chesterfield in honor of her late husband, CHARLES, who was a knowledgeable art collector. The painting previously was on long-term display at the Smithsonian and now has been incorporated into the Gallery’s extensive George Washington collection.

Score! Whitfield alum MARGARET ELLIS (’09), a senior on DePauw University’s field hockey team, has broken the university’s career goals record. The milestone took place in the DePauw Tigers’ 4-1 win over Kenyon College on Oct. 27, when Margaret scored her record-breaking 72nd goal. Later in the game, she earned her fifth hat trick of the season and 10th of her career.

Congratulations to students and staff at ST. GERARD MAJELLA in Kirkwood. The school is $50,000 richer after being named a 2012 Champion in U.S. Cellular’s ‘Calling All Communities’ campaign. The nationwide contest awards money to deserving schools that garner the most online votes. We’re told that the school’s passionate parents rallied the community to help secure the votes.

The KIRKWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY’s ‘Letter from Santa’ program is in full swing. For a $6 donation to the Friends of the Kirkwood Public Library, Santa will write a personalized letter with the help of a pre-filled questionnaire that tells of the recipient’s favorite class or most recent accomplishment. For more information, call 831-5770 or email KPLFriends@kirkwoodpubliclibrary.org. All requests must be received by Dec. 17.

A sad farewell to longtime Busch Stadium organist ERNIE HAYS, who passed away Oct. 31 at the age of 77. A St. Louis native, Mr. Hays began playing the piano at age 7. His career with the Cardinals began in 1971, when the team installed an organ in the stadium. He also played for the football Cardinals, the St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Stars and Steamers soccer teams. He retired from the Cardinals in 2010 after 40 seasons.

A bison, a grizzly bear and a tall statue of Thomas Jefferson are just some of the discoveries along the way in a new children’s book about a journey to the top of the Gateway Arch. To the Top!, the latest from local author Amanda Doyle (with illustrations by TONY WATERS) follows Ella, her little brother, Jake, and their grandpa as they explore the monument and learn about its history.