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Leaves are beginning to fall, but the list of “things to do” picks up.

Fun things to do continue to mount up, so take advantage of these diverse events happening in our area. 

Tuesday, September 20. St. Louis County Library will host a series of Pop Art Workshops with New York artist Michael Albert, the author of “An Artist’s America.” The workshops will be held at seven SLCL branches. Albert is best known for creating collages out of cereal boxes, a method called “cerealism.” The workshops, recommended for ages 7 and up, will offer kids the chance to make their own cereal box collages.The workshop begins at 1 p.m. at the Library Headquarters, 1640 Lindbergh Blvd. Call for registration at 31-994-3300 or visit www.slcl.org to see other branch schedules.

Wednesday, September 21. A new Nordstrom will open at the St. Louis Galleria, 1155 St. Louis Galleria, on Friday, September 23. However, before that, the upscale department store will host a Grand Opening Gala on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $75 and proceeds will benefit COCA, Contemporary Art Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis Art Museum. Click here to purchase tickets or call 314-5152. Ticket price includes valet parking, fashion modeling, shopping, music, dinner and dessert buffet, cocktails, and other entertainment.

Thursday, September 22.  “Let's Give Burn the Boot!” a fashion show to benefit the Missouri Children's Burn Camp will feature boots, shoes, accessories and fall designs at Saks Fifth Avenue, One Plaza Frontenac, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Designer Salon. Saks will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from merchandise bought at the store throughout the day to the burn camp. Models for the runway fashion show will be campers, counselors and firefighters. The evening will open with a complimentary wine reception with light appetizers and desserts from several local restaurants and caterers, including Brio, Deer Creek Coffee, Lafayette Fire Company No 1, McCormick & Schmick's, The Ritz-Carlton, Sugo's Spaghetteria, and Trattoria Branica. Among other goodies, beauty consultations, including a nationally known makeup artist from New York, will give flash makeovers. The event will feature a raffle with several unique and unusual items. Ticket prices start at $60. Info at 314-997-2757, www.saksfifthavenue.com or email to brsg@sbcglobal.net.

Thursday, September 22. Saks Fifth Avenue, One Plaza Frontenac,will present “Fit for the Cure” from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Receive a complimentary fitting in a Wacoal or b.tempt'd bra from a Wacoal fit specialist.  For every woman who participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen For the Cure for breast cancer research and community outreach programs.  Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt'd bra purchased.  Those with an $80 Wacoal purchase will receive a leopard print tote. Also, Wacoal will make a minimum guaranteed donation of $250,000.  Appointments encouraged. Call 314-567-9200 ext. 5328, or visit www.saksfifthavenue.com.

Friday, September 24. High school students who plan to pursue higher education can get a head start by attending a workshop at six St. Louis County Library branches. The workshops, “College & the Real World: A Workshop for Teens,” feature author and youth motivational speaker Grant Baldwin. The workshops are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. Teens and parents of teens are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. The Headquarters Workshop will be held at 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. at 10 a.m. For information on the other branch times, call 314-992-4400 or visit www.slcl.org.

Friday, September 24. The second annual Starcatchers Society Gala Dinner will be held at 6 a.m. at the St. Louis Library County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.  KMOV anchor/journalist Vicki Newton will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Proceeds from this event will benefit a new children's library at the Headquarters Branch. Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Bragg will be the special guest speaker. Ticket info and auction items. The Library Foundation will also award the second Sidney Johnson award to local teen Lora Hakanson. The award recognizes library service by a teen and is in memory of Lewis & Clark staff member, Sidney Johnson, who was killed in 2007. Call 314-993-4400 or visit www.slcl.org.

Friday, September 24.  The Eileen Fisher store at Plaza Frontenac will hold a “Color by Design Fall Event.” Eileen Fisher partners with the Women's Funding Network (WFN) to support funds for women and girls across the nation. Ten percent of proceeds benefit the Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis, a member of WFN.  To learn more about this initiative, please visit www.eileenfisher.com/WFN  Online customers, please enter 525900 at the checkout.  Discount valid on event day only.  Shoppers will receive $25 off event day purchases with a minimum $50 purchase of $50. For more information, call 314.983.0975 or visit www.eileenfisher.com/WFN.

Friday, September 24, and Saturday, September 25. Who doesn’t like a bargain? Would you like to sell items from your home that you no longer need? The City of Olivette is sponsoring an All-Olivette Garage Sale weekend on Saturday September 24th & Sunday September 25, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Garage sales will be held at homes all over Olivette.  To participate, call the Olivette Community Center, 314-991-1249, or send an e-mail to opr@olivettemo.com. Get a map of participating homes at Stacy Park and the Community Center after 8:30 a.m. on each day of the sale.

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