Ladue-Frontenac 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, Apr. 16.
- The City of Ladue’s City Council will meet on Monday at 4 p.m.
- Ladue Middle School 8th graders are doing MAP testing on Monday, so parents should make sure they get plenty of sleep and have a healthy breakfast before school.
- Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teachers are invited to an Educator Reception at the Ladue Barnes & Noble on Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary coffee and sweets, plus raffles, giveaways and 25 percent discounts. For more information, visit the Barnes & Noble website.
- The City of Clayton’s Plan Commission and Architectural Review Board meeting is cancelled for Monday.
- There’s a public budget meeting in University City on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mt. Gideon Church on Etzel Avenue.
Tuesday, Apr. 17.
- Tuesday is the last day to file your 2011 state and federal taxes.
- The City of Ladue’s Public Works Committee will meet at City Hall on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.
- If you’re a fan of poetry, head to the St. Louis Artists’ Guild in Clayton on Tuesday for a special event celebrating St. Louis poets. The event is part of the National Poetry Month celebration and members of the Literary Arts section are scheduled to read poems written by famous poets who were born in or lived in St. Louis. The event, entitled Still I Rise: A Celebration of St. Louis Poets, is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 314-727-6266 or email email@example.com.
- The University City Public Library’s Readings in History Book Group is meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to discuss Sam Kean’s The Disappearing Spoon: and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements. Copies of next month’s selection will also be available. The book group is open to everyone. For details, visit the library’s website.
- In Ladue, the St. Louis County Library Headquarters is hosting authors Maddie Earnest and Liz Fathman on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The authors of Missouri Harvest: A Guide to Growers and Producers in the Show Me State will discuss their book and farming in Missouri. For more information, visit the library’s website.
- If you’re researching your genealogy, or if you just have an interest in the Civil War, you might want to check out the class being held at 4 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters on Tuesday. Students will learn how to use the St. Louis County Library databases to facilitate their Civil War research. Students are encouraged to bring any basic information they might have about a Civil War soldier. For more information, visit the library’s website.
Wednesday, Apr. 18.
- Have you ever been to Istanbul, Turkey? You might get your chance on Wednesday, thanks to the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is sponsoring a seven-night, nine-day trip to Istanbul. The cost of $2299 per person includes round-trip airfare from New York to Istanbul, hotel, meals and more. You can learn the details and more at the orientation meeting on Wednesday at 5:30 at the Center of Clayton.
- Consider yourself a wine connoisseur? You might be interested in checking out April Wine Wednesdays at J. Buck’s in Clayton. On the 18th, J. Buck’s is featuring Sokol Blosser Evolution #9 and Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website.
- Do you or someone you know need help learning about web email accounts? You’re in luck: there’s a beginner class that will teach you what you need to know at the University City Public Library on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Classes are free and don’t require registration. Visit the library’s website for more information.
- It’s Suspense Night at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters in Ladue on Wednesday. This year’s Suspense Night will feature authors Reed Farrel Coleman, Sara J. Henry, Duane Swiercynski and Frank Bill. For more information, visit the library’s website.
- “Go Big or Go Home!” That’s Texas native and jewelry designer Katy Briscoe’s motto. She’ll be at Saks Fifth Avenue at Plaza Frontenac on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a trunk show featuring her exquisite jewelry collection. For more information, visit Plaza Frontenac’s website.
- The Ladue Middle School orchestra will perform a concert at Ladue Horton Watkins High School on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Visit the district’s website for details.
- The City of University City’s Board of Adjustment will meet on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. For details, visit the city’s website.
Thursday, Apr. 19.
- If you’re a golf aficionado, you’ll be interested in knowing that the Clayton Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a golf outing, presented by Brown Shoe Company, on Thursday at 3 p.m. The cost is $30 for both members and non-members, and it’s open to all skill levels. There will be a cocktail party at the 19th hole, and you can register online, even as late as Thursday morning.
- Meet Alan Spector, author of University City Schools: The First 100 Years at the University City Public Library on Thursday at 7 p.m. Spector will discuss his research on the history of the U. City educational system. He’ll also sign copies of his book. For more information, visit the library’s website.
- If (or someone you love) you need help learning how to use Google or other search engines, along with other ways to use the internet to your benefit, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a free Internet II class at the St. Louis County Headquarters on Thursday at 2 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, visit the library’s website.
- The Ladue Horton Watkins High School band will perform a concert on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the high school. For more information, visit the school district’s website.
- The City of University City’s Historic Preservation Commission is meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. For details, visit the city’s website.
Friday, Apr. 20.
- The Clayton Community Theatre will present The Foreigner by Larry Shue beginning on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Washington University South Campus Theatre. For more information, visit the Theatre’s website. The show will run through Apr. 29.
- Do you like to keep up on the latest in technology? If so, you might want to check out the Headquarters Computer Club’s Tech Talks on Friday at 10 a.m. at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters. The club discusses interesting computer and tech-related topics in a relaxed setting. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, visit the library’s website.
- Students in the Ladue School District will have an early release day on Friday for a faculty professional day. Check with your child’s school for details.
Saturday, Apr. 21.
- Have you seen the John Barhydt exhibit at the Gateway Gallery in Clayton yet? If not, Saturday might be your chance. The exhibit, entitled Passageways, features Barhydt’s “photographic statements” and guest artist Michael Anderson’s heavily textured landscape paintings. The show will run through May 18.
- Are you teaching your kids how to be smart about money? If you’d like a little help, check out the Money Smart Kids READ event at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters on Saturday at 10 a.m. Kids ages 3 to 7 will be treated to a financial literacy-themed story and will get to take home a free book. For more information, visit the library’s website.
- The University City Movies in the Parks series kicks off at sundown (approximately 8 p.m.) on Saturday at Heman Park. This week’s selection is American Graffiti. For more information, visit the organization’s website.
Sunday, Apr. 22.
- In Ladue, the Artist Presentation Society is featuring violinist Christian Fato and his wife, pianist Victoria Fatu, in concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Ethical Society of St. Louis. The pair will perform Sarasate, Debussy and Bartok. Visit the Artist Presentation Society’s website for more information.
- The Ladue High School prom is on Sunday. Parents can check with the high school for details.
- The St. Louis Earth Day Recycling Extravaganza is returning to University City for the second year as part of the 23rd annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival. On Sunday, you can bring your obsolete gadgets and basement clutter to be recycled, reused or repurposed instead of ending up in landfills. Visit the University City website for more details and a list of items that will be accepted and then get busy with a little spring cleaning.
Want to see your Ladue-Frontenac, Clayton-Richmond Heights or University City event featured in this column? Email Patch reporter Angela Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org with your event information.