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Clayton Chamber Presents Turkey Orientation Meeting and More This Week

Plus get details on April Wine Wednesdays at J. Buck's and learn how to participate in a golf game presented by Brown Shoe Company.

Clayton-Richmond Heights 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.

Tuesday, April 17.

  • Tuesday is the last day to file your 2011 state and federal taxes.
  • If you’re a fan of poetry, head to the 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 jetlandon@yahoo.com.
  • The ’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 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, April 18.

  • Have you ever been to Istanbul, Turkey? You might get your chance on Wednesday, thanks to the . 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 .
  • Consider yourself a wine connoisseur? You might be interested in checking out April Wine Wednesdays at 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 at 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 on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Visit the district’s website for details.

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 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.

Friday, Apr. 20.

  • The 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.

Saturday, Apr. 21.

  • Have you seen the John Barhydt exhibit at the in Clayton yet? If not, Saturday might be your chance. The exhibit, titled "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 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, April 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 in Clayton. The pair will perform Sarasate, Debussy and Bartok. Visit the Artist Presentation Society’s website for more information.
  • 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 Clayton-Richmond Heights, University City or Ladue-Frontenac event featured in this column? Email Patch reporter Angela Atkinson at angela.atkinson@patch.com with your event information.

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