Former First Daughter JENNA BUSH HAGER is coming to St. Louis next week. She’ll be the featured guest at MARIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL’s inaugural fundraising event, Marian Inspires!, to be held Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Busch Mansion. Hager, the daughter of President GEORGE W. BUSH and First Lady LAURA BUSH and a TODAY Show correspondent, will discuss the valuable role education plays in the future success of young women in today’s society.

This month, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE is giving back by partnering with the AMERICAN RED CROSS and two local charities, SSM CARDINAL GLENNON CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER and the SAINT LOUIS ZOO. Through Feb. 28, the ‘Saks Loves Your Cause’ initiative will give 5 percent of purchases made with the Saks credit card to benefit one of the three organizations, as selected by the customer. So, shop ‘til you drop!

As part of its centennial celebration, the CITY OF CLAYTON has launched an essay competition among young adults, encouraging them to share their predictions about the city’s future. Members of the Clayton Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council are inviting Clayton school students to answer the question, What do you think Clayton will be like in 100 years? One student from each grade level will be selected to win a $100 prize, and winning entries will be included in a time capsule to be opened in 50 years. Entries are being accepted through March 15. For more information, visit

With the start of spring training just days away, here’s something that will get you in the mood for baseball: Playwright and performer RALPH KALISH will star in his one-man show, Winning History: The Branch Rickey Story, about the fabled St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers general manager best known for signing Jackie Robinson in 1945. Rickey, who also played for the St. Louis Browns, lived in St. Louis for many years and still has family in Ladue. Show dates at The Gaslight Theater are Feb. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24. For tickets, call 725-4200 ext. 10 or visit

Louie, Louie…Our own LOUIE of the ST. LOUIS BLUES is in the finals of Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game Awards as ‘Most Awesome Mascot.’ Show your support for Louie and the Blues by voting online, Voting ends Feb. 8. The Hall of Game Awards airs Feb. 11.

Former KTVI Fox 2 reporter JILL FARMER has made her debut as an author. In her book, There’s Not Enough Time…and other lies we tell ourselves, Farmer shares her struggle with time, productivity and efficiency issues, and tips on how to turn those challenges into living a more meaningful life. Farmer, who also is a certified master life coach and speaker, lives with her husband, JOHN, and their two daughters in Creve Coeur.

Personal trainer and The Biggest Loser’s BOB HARPER recently brought his tried-and-true methods to St. Louis to work out with members of the local chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. The VIP workout took place at The Fitness Edge in Creve Coeur, where owner MIKE JAUDES has held court since 1984.