Patch Picks: March 5-11
Here's what's happening in and near Ladue, Clayton and University City.
University City Patch teams up with neighboring Patch sites each week to round up events and happenings in the area. Here are our picks for this week.
Monday, March 5
- If you’re interested in genealogy and black history, you might want to check out the author event featuring Julie Winch at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters in Ladue on Monday at 7 p.m. Winch, also the St. Louis Library’s 2012 Black History Month present historian, will discuss her book, The Clamorgans: One Family's History of Race in America. The event is presented by the St. Louis County Library Special Collections Department. For more information, visit the library’s website.
- If you haven’t seen it yet, take some time to stop at the University City Public Library on Monday to see the Teresa Wang: A Tale of Love exhibit featuring new oil paintings from the local artist and educator. Visit the library’s website for more information.
Tuesday, March 6
- If you’ve got a preschooler who loves a good story, head to the Ladue Barnes & Noble on Tuesday for Tuesday Morning Story Time with Trish. This week’s selection is Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor. Storytime starts at 10 a.m.
- Teens might be interested in meeting author Lauren Oliver on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters, where she will discuss and sign copies of her book, Pandemonium. For more information, visit the library’s website.
- In University City, the Mayor’s Task Force on University City’s Bike and Walkability meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled.
- The St. Louis Artists’ Guild in Clayton is offering a country western two-step dancing class on Tuesday. While this will be the last class in this session, a new session begins on March 13. Members pay $120 tuition and non-members pay $150 for the seven-week class. For more information and to sign up, visit the St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s website. Also happening Tuesday at the Guild: Fine Arts Section.
Wednesday, March 7
- The University City Public Library is holding a computer class for those who need help with creating and managing web email accounts. The beginner-level class is free and doesn’t require registration. Visit the library’s website for more information.
- Do your kids want to try their hand at writing and illustrating? The St. Louis County Library Headquarters in Ladue is hosting a special Art @ Your Library class for kids ages 5 to 7 on Wednesday. The group will read It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw, and then will create their own book in a similar style. Kids will each make two pages, one to take home and one to leave for the display book being put together for the children’s area. Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the library’s website.
- In Clayton, the Architecture Section, a regional resource “for the examination, critique and exhibition of architecture as a fine art in the context of a sustainable approach to the built environment,” will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. It’s free to participate in the group. For more information, visit the Guild’s website.
Thursday, March 8
- If you’d like to see a live taping of a nationally syndicated talent show, consider a quick drive to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis on Thursday. You’ll be in for a treat with a free live taping of America’s Got Talent, featuring judges Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and host Nick Cannon, along with new judge Howard Stern. St. Louis auditions will continue through Saturday before the show moves to Texas. For more information and to get your free tickets, visit On Camera Audiences online.
- In Ladue, the Ethical Society is hosting a discussion, sponsored by Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice. The event, entitled Help for Hungry Children at Home and Abroad, will touch on the physiological effects of malnutrition and how kids in Haiti are being helped with “peanut butter medicine,” as well as how Operation Backpack provides supplemental food for St. Louis kids. Show up at 6:30 p.m. for coffee. The program begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice’s website.
- The University City Green Practices Commission will meet on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. For more information, visit the city’s website.
Friday, March 9
- Want to learn to speak Chinese? Samuel United Church of Christ in Clayton is opening a Chinese Class for the community. Taught by professional Chinese teachers, there will be classes for both children and adults. Friday is the opening date for the spring class. There’s a $25 registration fee. For more information, call 314-727-9540 or email email@example.com.
- If you’re a tea-lover (and/or an art-lover), you might also love to visit the Craft Alliance in University City on Friday for the free opening reception of the Hot Tea: 13th Biennial Teapot Exhibition from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 50 artists have been invited to show their non-traditional teapots made from clay, metal, glass and fiber. Don’t worry if you can’t make it on Friday, though—the exhibit will be available at the Craft Alliance until April 22. For more information, visit the Craft Alliance’s website.
- Baseball legend and author Cal Ripken, Jr. will be at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. for 2012 Family Read Night. Ripken will present his new series for young readers that focuses on building self-esteem and overcoming bullying. Ripken will offer a brief on-stage interview, followed by a book signing. Note: Ripken will be signing books, but not memorabilia. For more information, visit the library’s website.
- The Mid-County branch of the St. Louis County Library in Clayton is holding an Internet II class on Friday at 9:30 a.m. Students will learn to use Google and other internet search engines to find information, among other things. Classes are free, but registration is required. Visit the library’s website for details on required prerequisites and registration.
Saturday, March 10
- If you’d like a night out on Saturday, head to Jimmy’s Café on the Park in Clayton to hear the Ted McCready Duo’s performance from 8 to 11 p.m. Visit the café’s website for more information.
- Want to be prepared for any disaster? The St. Louis County Library Headquarters is holding a disaster preparedness class for neighborhoods on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. The free event will feature a presentation called Map Your Neighborhood Orientation from Greg Hempen, PhD, a geophysicist and expert in earthquake and disaster preparedness. For more information, visit the library’s website.
- If you’re in need of a good concert on Saturday, head to University City for a show. The Pageant is featuring Needtobreathe’s The Reckoning 2012 Tour with special Guest Ben Rector. The show offers general admission tickets only. Prices start at $21. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit Ticketmaster’s website.
Sunday, March 11
- It’s time to “spring ahead!” Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, so be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour.
- Artist and photographer Rose Eichenbaum will offer a discussion and portfolio critiques at COCA in University City on Sunday at noon. The cost is $15 for photographers and photography enthusiasts 17 years of age and older. For more information, visit COCA’s website.
- If you love Jane Austen, you’ll want to be at the University City Public Library on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. for a lecture with internationally recognized Jane Austen scholar Joan Klingel Ray. Ray is also a professor of English and President’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado. She will discuss Austen’s Sense and Sensibility as a “problem” novel. The free event is presented by the St. Louis Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America. For more information, call 314-752-3752.