Congratulations to MICHAEL LAUREN DEVELOPMENT for earning the 2010 HBA Homer Award for its custom ‘Elegant Cottage Style Home’ in Clayton. THE LAWRENCE GROUP served as architect. Other Homer Award winners include CUSTOM LANGENECKERT HOMES (Paradise Valley Estates custom home), and MOSBY BUILDING ARTS (Affton Quilting Studio and Chesterfield mother-in-law apartment remodels). The 2010 Homers, touted as the ‘Oscars’ of the local residential building industry, will be presented at a Sept. 22 awards ceremony.

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     Things will be blooming at the Saint Louis Science Center next month. SCIENCE FLORA, staged by The Garden Club of St. Louis and Ladue Garden Club, is an official Garden Club of America exhibition, and will be held Sept. 24 and 25. The show features flower arrangements and photography, and a lecture by Missouri Botanical Garden’s DR. PETER RAVEN. Admission is free.

    There’s a new community garden project dubbed ‘Silver Hair and Green Thumbs’ by MID-EAST AREA AGENCY ON AGING (MEAAA). The gardens, located at MEAAA’s West County and Ochs-University City senior centers, are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and feature tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries and flowers. In addition to providing fresh produce and flowers for the centers’ residents, the bounty is shared with Meals on Wheels.

    The lineup of authors has been released for this year’s St. Louis Jewish Book festival, the largest of its kind in the country. Headlining the event, which runs Nov. 7 to 18, is legendary Hollywood movie mogul and author JERRY WEINTRAUB, whose producer credits include The Karate Kid (old and new) and Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen. Weintraub will discuss his best-selling memoir, When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead, co-written with RICH COHEN. He and Cohen will sign copies of the book following the Nov. 7 presentation. For tickets, call 442-3299 or visit

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian T.J. STILES will be in town to discuss his latest biography, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. The book, which earned the 2009 National Book Award for Non-Fiction and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, chronicles the rise of Cornelius ‘Commodore’ Vanderbilt, one of the richest men in American history, and the role he played in creating modern capitalism. Stiles’ Sept. 15 appearance takes place at St. Louis County Library headquarters.

    Acclaimed music educator PATRICK JACKSON has been named the new conductor of The Com munity Music School of Webster University (CMS). Jackson, the longtime director of Kirk wood High School’s orchestra, officially begins his part-time duties at CMS this month. Earlier this year, Jackson and his student orchestra made their debut at Carnegie Hall.

    The Saint Louis Club has a new GM: MIKE BRADY has taken the reins at the venerable dining club after serving as assistant GM for 12 years. Founded in 1964, the club is a Platinum Club of America, ranked among the top 5 percent of all clubs in the U.S. by Club Leaders Forum Report.