Eckert’s Farm and chef Loryn Nalic of Balkan Treat Box are collaborating on a farm-to-table dinner Oct. 12. The special event will include four courses of dishes featuring the farm’s homegrown apples or apple cider. Guests will also get to enjoy a tractor ride around the farm and a pick-your-own apple experience. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The 44th annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival is Oct. 18-28! Presented by the St. Louis County Library, the festival features performances by nationally renowned storytellers as well as writing workshops, dance performances, puppetry, songwriting tutorials, ghost stories, folklore and more. A complete schedule of events is available at

Fans of local music won’t want to miss the second annual Pines Fest on Oct. 14 at The Big Top. Headlined and hosted by The Mighty Pines, the event also will feature performances by Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, The Burney Sisters, Saint Boogie Brass Band, Brothers Lazaroff, Moon Valley and Emily Wallace. Tickets are available via Metrotix.

Don’t miss Kids’ Night at The Fabulous Fox Theatre! Purchase an adult ticket for the Nov. 29 performance of ‘Twas the Night Before … by Cirque du Soleil, and receive a free kid’s ticket. For more information, visit

an eye on ai
Washington University has received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The funds will support the Artificial Intelligence Advancements and Convergence in Computational, Environmental and Social Sciences (AI-ACCESS) program, which aims to train new investigators at the intersection of AI, environmental science and social science.