Signs of the season… The fifth annual GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST kicks off this weekend at Plaza Frontenac. This year, some of St. Louis’ top chefs will create their edible interpretations of beloved storybook tales. The houses will be on display Nov. 19 through Dec. 4, and shoppers are invited to vote on their favorite house or purchase raffle tickets to win one of their own. Proceeds from the event benefit LYDIA’S HOUSE, which is working in partnership with L’ECOLE CULINAIRE and PLAZA FRONTENAC.

Also this weekend, THE MAGIC HOUSE unveils its Thanksgiving-themed Magic Tree House Exhibit, based on the bestselling children’s book series. The limitedengagement exhibition allows visitors to step back in time and onto Plymouth Rock and help prepare the feast in a Pilgrim house. Other time-traveling features include a trip to a field hospital to help Clara Barton during the Civil War and a visit to a oneroom school house to experience life as a pioneer.

The SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER has named its new president and CEO: He’s BERT VESCOLANI, the former director of the John Ball Zoological Gardens in Grand Rapids, Mich. He also previously served as senior VP for Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. Vescolani was selected following an extensive national search to replace DOUG KING, who resigned last December.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport director RHONDA HAMMNIEBRUEGGE is flying high: Lambert is the winner of an Airport of the Year Award for its security from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Hamm-Niebruegge herself was honored with an Airport Director Award for her response during the tornado that struck the airport last spring. Lambert’s federal security director BILL SWITZER also was recognized as Best Security Director at this month’s ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

RICK DILDINE, executive director of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, has been announced as director of the MFA Arts Management and Leadership Program at Webster University. In addition to his ‘Shakesperean’ duties, Dildine’s new role has him overseeing a two-year program that provides students with internship opportunities with our town’s leading arts organizations. Training programs include classes on how to keep an arts organization viable in this day and age.

LN was able to take a sneak peek inside the newly remodeled Museum Shop at the SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM, which is being unveiled to the public this week. Highlights include a new ribbon wall and glass façade, new fixtures and displays to highlight the shop’s one-of-a-kind jewelry and glass collections. A Member Sale takes place Nov. 18. Happy shopping!

Saint Louis Aspergers is now a part of ST. LOUIS ARC. The partnership means that St. Louis Arc will offer new opportunities to benefit families affected by Asperger’s syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. St. Louis Arc provides support and services to more than 3,000 area adults and children with developmental disabilities.