Do you like them apples? Then, LN’s FALL RECIPE CONTEST is for you! We’re looking for the tastiest apple-inspired desserts. So if you a tried-and-true recipe for apple pie, or a can’t-miss apple turnover, join our contest for a chance to win the Grand Prize: a Thanksgiving Dinner for 10 to 12 people from THE ART OF ENTERTAINING ($225 value). Drop off your apple dessert, along with the recipe, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, between 8:30 a.m. and noon at our office, 8811 Ladue Road in the Colonial Marketplace. Come prepared to be photographed with your entry. Results and top recipes will be published in our Sept. 13 issue.

A ground-breaking exhibition on THOMAS JEFFERSON currently is on display at the MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, which attracted more than a million visitors while on display at the Smithsonian, explores one of the most difficult topics in American history and how it played out in Jefferson’s world at Monticello. The exhibit features more than 280 museum objects, works of art, documents and artifacts found through archeological excavations at Monticello, including Jefferson’s personal chess set and books. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello runs through March 2014, and is free and open to the public.

It was a successful summer for many St. Louis institutions, including THE MUNY, which ended its 95th season with increased sales and attendance over last year. The Muny reports that in addition to an uptick in new season ticket sales, attendance for 2013 was the highest in six years. They’re also setting records at the SAINT LOUIS ZOO, where membership hit an all-time high in July with almost 53,000 members—11 percent more than July 2012.

Speaking of the ZOO, a rare and important birth has taken place: A female okapi calf was born in mid-June, weighing 52.8 pounds. One 1 month of age, the calf, Umeme (Swahili for ‘lightning’), has already doubled her weight. The okapi, or ‘forest giraffe,’ is one of the world’s rarest animals in captivity, with only 94 of these in 23 American zoos. In the wild, the okapi can be found in the dense rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they are likely endangered due to both hunting and political crises in their native land. Umeme, along with her parents Manala and Jabari, can be found most days at the Zoo’s Red Rocks area.

LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK has publicly kicked off its capital campaign by announcing that it will begin construction on a $4-million building and public plaza, and renovate the property’s 1917 Estate House. The Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, named in honor of one of the park’s co-founders, will provide exhibition, performance and event space. Construction will start next month and completion is expected in fall 2014. Laumeier has raised $8.2 million of its $10 million campaign for growth.