Maryanne Kuzara, a former video editor who holds a PhD, never thought she’d be spending this part of her career making shoelaces. But that was before she became acquainted with boyfriend Mike Killian through Facebook. 

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The St. Louis County Library Foundation presents bestselling author Daniel Levitin for a discussion and signing of “Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of our Lives” on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. 

Past Webster-Kirkwood Times Features

In two months, local and state voters will face a full ballot of primary candidates for the Nov. 3 race for U.S. President. Democrats will have the largest field from which to choose in the March 10 primary.

What? You haven’t heard of Wattpad? Let the loquacious Michelle Oyola tell you all about this internet phenom headquartered in Toronto, Canada. It’s a platform designed for aspiring writers to publish short stories, poetry and non-fiction. 

They were the little train tracks that could. Could do what? The Kirkwood-Carondelet rail line once routed freight around St. Louis City and also delivered a U.S. President to his home, which is now the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in Grantwood Village.

It’s an unlikely scenario: hotel tycoon befriends nuns and together they build a cultural center for a major Midwest city. Allen Carl Larson has put this story together and he’s had the documents to authenticate the tale for almost five decades.

If you are among the untold thousands of twice-bitten St. Louis-area football fans who still seek a team to root for — four years after the Rams returned to Los Angeles and three decades after the Cardinals winged off for Arizona — you might want to stop in some Sunday afternoon at 8169 Big …

Fun for the entire family awaits at Downtown Kirkwood’s Holiday Walk on Saturday, Nov. 23. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., activities for children, holiday shopping, free entertainment and refreshments will make this day a festive way to begin celebrating the holiday season.

A Missouri American Water project on Marshall Avenue in Webster Groves should be completed no later than early December. The work has caused ongoing traffic problems and concerns for the safety of children attending Avery Elementary School on North Bompart Avenue.

The “White Rat,” aka Whitey Herzog of Sunset Hills, is back. The beloved manager of the 1980s St. Louis Cardinals is teaming up with Rainbows for Kids to help families dealing with the crisis of children facing serious illness and related health issues.

A landmark in Kirkwood, the United Missouri Bank building (UMB), may be on the chopping block. As the Times went to press on Wednesday evening, the Kirkwood Planning and Zoning Commission was slated on Nov. 6 to take up a plan for a 178-unit high-rise apartment complex for the bank site.

If you’re “gonna take a sentimental journey,” you could hardly do better than two upcoming open houses at the Kirkwood Train Station this month. Local architect Donald Hussman will give a presentation on the past, present and future of Kirkwood’s railroad icon.