A 5-foot bejeweled peacock sculpture is local jewelry artist DIANE KATZMAN’s latest showpiece for charity. The peacock was created to benefit COLLEGE BOUND, to raise awareness of the compelling need for greater equity in education. The stones and feathers on the sculpture represent the hopes and dreams of College Bound students and their families and the community. The peacock made its debut this week at Neiman Marcus, and will be on display throughout the holiday season. This Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 p.m., the store is hosting a ‘peacock party’ with refreshments and treats. Katzman also will be offering attendees the opportunity to create their own piece of jewelry.

VARIETY THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY has announced its allocation of more than $4.5 million to support 14,000-plus local children living with disabilities. The announcement came this week during the Champions for Children Summit at The Chase Park Plaza in which St. Louis’ own CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER was named as this year’s Champion for Kids.

Congratulations to JENNIFER SMITH, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Washington University, who is one of only eight nationally to be selected as an Eisenhower USA Fellow. As part of her fellowship, Smith will spend a month in India next summer to work on an intensive professional program, examining how higher education can be used to nurture innovation. Eisenhower Fellowships, chaired by Ret. Gen. COLIN POWELL, is a nonprofit that seeks international understanding and leadership through the exchange of information, ideas and perspectives among leaders worldwide.

A different take on this month’s presidential election? Historian ROBERT MERRY of The National Interest will be in town for a book-signing and discussion of his latest book, Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians. Merry profiles the presidents he calls ‘Men of Destiny,’ and explores how and why they succeed and fail. His Thursday, Nov. 29, appearance at St. Louis County Library headquarters begins at 7 p.m.

The U.S. CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE will stop in St. Louis this weekend as it makes its journey to Washington. The tree was harvested Nov. 2 in the White River National Forest near Meeker, Colo., and will arrive here on a custom-decorated Mack Pinnacle model truck driven by former U.S. Senator BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL. The tree’s journey carries a message of sustainable forestry, as well as an invitation to assist in raising funds for the Forest Restoration Challenge. The tree will be on display outside the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t forget to stock up on your baking supplies this weekend for LN’s HOLIDAY DESSERT RECIPE CONTEST. The winning sweet-treat maker, as determined by our ‘expert’ panel of judges, receives BAGELS FOR A YEAR, courtesy of St. Louis Bread Co. Submit your favorite pie, cake or a batch of cookies (or other smaller treats), along with the recipe, on Monday, Nov. 19, between 8:30 a.m. and noon to our office, 8811 Ladue Road, Suite D. Come ready to be photographed with your dessert. Winners will be announced in our Nov. 30 issue.