Be a part of goodwill and good cheer! LN’s Holiday Wish List Drive for NURSES FOR NEWBORNS continues through Monday, Dec. 24. The organization, which helps at-risk young mothers and their babies stay healthy, as well as offering other means support to their families, is experiencing even greater need this holiday season. Suggested donation items include boys’ and girls’ clothing (infant to size 8), toys (newborn to age 8), non-perishable food, diapers, infant formula, baby wipes and grocery/Walmart/Target gift cards. Collection boxes are available at our offices, 8811 Ladue Road (Ladue and 170), Suite D. For the complete Wish List, visit

LN fashion photographer WESLEY LAW has not only been busy hanging out with the most stylish St. Louisans, he’s also been hard at work on a large-scale photo series called Baled, which recently was featured on NPR. Law gained behind-the-scenes access to the Goodwill Outlet Store downtown, where he captured thousands of leftover items from Goodwill stores nationwide consolidated into bales as high as 5-feet tall and more than 7-feet wide. The bales—some made entirely of plastic toys, others piled high with clothes and blankets—are being transported to other parts of the country and around the world. Law says every object has its own storyline, and he hopes to eventually be able to document each bale’s journey to its destination.

Hurray for MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY! A new U.S. News & World Report study ranks Maryville University in St. Louis as the No. 1 ‘over-performing’ college in the nation. The first-of-its-kind analysis from the venerable publication considered data from its Best Colleges 2013 report, then took peer assessment and compared it to actual rankings. Maryville, under the leadership of president MARK LOMBARDI, entered the National Universities category of U.S. News rankings in 2012. It also is highly ranked by Forbes and Kiplinger’s magazines as a best value.

The ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY’s newly restored Central Library is now officially open to the public. The Cass Gilbert-designed landmark now features a stainless steel and glass canopy and water feature in the atrium (Locust Street entrance), as well as a new 250-seat auditorium and fully restored foyer, historic rooms and plazas.

Former VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE will be stopping in St. Louis in February to kick off the 10th anniversary season of the St. Louis County Library Foundation’s ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series. Gore will discuss his new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. The Saturday, Feb. 9, event at library headquarters begins at 7 p.m. Each ticket package comes with a pre-signed copy of the book. For ticket info, visit or

The St. Louis region’s first comprehensive outpatient bone marrow transplant center is now a reality at SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL. The Center for Blood and Marrow Transplantation allows some cancer patients to return home during treatment, instead of experiencing a lengthy hospital stay. Among the program’s first transplants: center director and SLUCare physician DR. FRIEDERICH SCHUENING, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. 

This holiday season, THE MAGIC HOUSE hopes to have 100 needy families come across the same joy and hands-on learning experienced by other visitors to the popular children’s museum. The Magic House is seeking donations for family memberships of up to a year. It has partnered with CITY ACADEMY and CIRCLE OF CONCERN to distribute the memberships to 100 needy families in the area. For more information on how to donate, visit