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Patch Picks: Events and Happenings Mar. 12 - Mar. 18

Here's what's happening in and near Ladue, Clayton and University City.

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, Mar. 12.

  • The ’s Lee Institute is hosting speaker R. Marie Griffith, PhD on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Griffith will present a lecture entitled Religion, Sex, and Politics: An American History. A reception will follow. Visit the Lee Institute’s website for details.
  • Also in Ladue, ’s Danforth Chapel will host a live, a capella concert on Monday at 7 p.m. featuring Yale University’s premier all-male a capella group, The Yale Alley Cats. There’s a suggested donation of $10. For more information, see the event listing at St. Louis Jewish Light.
  • The is hosting The Trail of the Spellmans author Lisa Lutz on Monday, when she will present the long-awaited fifth installment of her bestselling series about an eccentric family of private investigators. For details, visit the library’s website.
  • In Richmond Heights, the Police & Fire Pension Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday at the . For more information, visit the city’s website.
  • The ’s City Council will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. For more information, visit the city’s website.

Tuesday, Mar. 13.

  • The ’s Board of Aldermen will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Visit the city’s website for more information.
  • Author Jeffrey Ricker will be at the in Clayton on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. reading, discussing and signing copies of his November 2011 book, Detours. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s website.
  • The in Ladue is hosting Moonwalking with Einstein author Joshua Foer at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, visit the library’s website.
  • The is offering a free Organic Vegetable Gardening Workshop on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at , located at 7126 Bruno Ave. in Maplewood. For more information, visit the garden club’s website.
  • The City of University City’s Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the boardroom. Visit the city’s website for details.

Wednesday, Mar. 14.

  • Learn to cook something new in Frontenac this week. is hosting Cookbook Club at its store at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The class costs $75 including the book. For more information, visit Plaza Frontenac’s website.
  • If you’re into fashion, you’ll be thrilled to know that at Plaza Frontenac is hosting a CHANEL Spring and Summer 2012 Trunk Show, beginning on Wednesday. The show will run during normal store hours through March 18. For more information, visit Plaza Frontenac’s website.
  • In University City, the will meet at the at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. This round table will consider consolidation and development of new economic development and entrepreneurial incentives for the community. For more information, see the event’s open invitation.
  • The is offering a free Intro to Word 2007 class on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The class is designed for beginners and no registration is required. For more information, visit the library’s website.
  • The Richmond Heights Chamber of Commerce will meet on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. for .
  • The City of University City’s is happening on Wednesday beginning at 7 a.m. at Centennial Commons. Visit the city’s website for details.

Thursday, Mar. 15.

  • The is holding a Community Planning Meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at . The meeting, sponsored by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, is an effort to coordinate housing, transportation, the environment and economic development planning across the region. For more information, visit the city’s website.
  • In Frontenac, some fashion icons will be hanging out at on Thursday—or at least their designs. In the upper level, you can check out the Ralph Lauren Black Label Event, including special samples available only on Thursday. A Lauren rep will be on hand to help you update your wardrobe, and champagne and appetizers will be served. On the main level, you’ll find the Konstintino Trunk Show in the Jewelry Department.
  • The St. Louis County Library Headquarters in Ladue is hosting When the Killing’s Done author T.C. Boyle on Thursday at 7 p.m. For details, visit the library’s website.
  • The is holding a Family Book Club for elementary age kids and their  parents on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Register to get a copy of the book, Boxcar Children Special Series #7: Pet Shop Mystery by Bertrude Chandler Warner. Visit the library’s website for details.
  • Summer day camp registration begins in Richmond Heights on Thursday. For more information, visit the city’s website.
  • The Historic Preservation Commission will meet on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. For more information, visit the city’s website.

Friday, Mar. 16.

  • Grab the kids and head to in University City on Friday at 7 pm. For a very magical evening featuring “evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry.” Treasured Stories by Eric Carle will feature three of his most beloved titles, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See; and Papa Get The Moon For Me. For tickets and more information, visit COCA’s website.
  • Friday’s the last day of school before spring break for , and students. MICDS students will return to school on Tuesday, Apr. 3., but their teachers will be back on Monday, Apr. 2 for a professional day. John Burroughs students will be back on Monday, Apr. 2. Ladue students will be back in class on Monday, Mar. 26.
  • The St. Louis County Library Headquarters in Ladue is hosting Heart & Soul author Kadir Nelson at 7 p.m. on Friday. For details, visit the library’s website.
  • In University City, the will offer free legal services by appointment only at Centennial Commons from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 314-615-0931 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sunday, Mar. 18.

  • In Clayton, Spring Break Camps begin on Mar. 19, so if you haven’t registered yet, do so now. You can register online at the Clayton Parks and Recreation website.
  • Want to loosen up on Sunday morning? Head to lululemon athletic, on the second level of , for a free yoga class at 11 a.m. All ages and levels are welcome. Bring a mat, towel and a water bottle. Sample mats available if you don’t have your own. For more information, visit Plaza Frontenac’s website.
  • The Sunday Williams-Sonoma technique class this week is focusing on Sweet and Savory Tarts. Learn to make savory tarts (such as quiche) and sweeter tarts (such as fruit tarts). Plus, explore different types of crusts and learn to work with each. For more information, visit Plaza Frontenac’s website.
  • If you’re in need of a spiritual detox, head to the on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. , a non-profit orgnazition, is presenting a class entitled Spiritual Detox. For more information and to reserve your free seat, visit the Kabbalah Centre’s website.

Want to see your Ladue-Frontenac, Clayton-Richmond Heights or University City event featured in this column? Email Patch reporter Angela Atkinson at angela.atkinson@patch.com with your event information.

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