Why is it that two people can mercilessly pound each other in the ring with an impartial witness standing by, but you go to jail when you punch the guy on the cell phone in the express line? Is it the gloves? 'Cause we'll get the gloves if necessary.
Anyhoo, the Midwest's finest amateur pugilists (including Melvin Chandler, pictured) square off at the Family Arena (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles) at 7:30 p.m. in the 2005 Budweiser Saint Louis Golden Gloves championship finals, and much more than common shopping courtesy is on the line. Seventeen novice- and open-class championships are contested this year, and event organizers expect about 150 boxers from 30 area clubs and 11 weight divisions (from 106-pound junior flyweights to the over-200-pound heavyweights) to throw leather in three two-minute-long round bouts. Winners in the open class go on to represent St. Louis at the National Golden Gloves Tournament in Little Rock, Arkansas, where teams representing 31 other cities will duke it out with our boys and girls.
Tickets range from $11.50 to $16.50 and may be purchased at the Family Arena's box office or through any MetroTix outlet. For more information call 314-534-1111. -- Guy Gray
Fire trucks are hot
It's OK to admit it -- we've all fantasized about sliding down that pole, feeling the incredible rush as the lights flash and the sirens sound (um, we're talking about the "I'm a firefighter" fantasy, of course!). Find out everything you always wanted to know about firefighting at the Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum's free Fire Truck Festival (634 South Broadway; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), as bucket-brigade and fire-safety demonstrations by city firefighters enlighten you. Plus you can enjoy free rides on "Big Red," an antique fire truck, and tour the museum's toy fire trucks and collectibles exhibit (which is on display through August 21; museum admission is $0.50 to $4). For more information visit www.eugenefieldhouse.org or call 314-421-4689. -- Amy Helms
The Secret of Success
Golf is more than just a sport
There you are, sitting in your cubicle, overhearing the wildly personal conversations of your coworkers, wondering, "Why can't I have a nice office, with a wood desk, some bookshelves lined with myriad How To... business books and, most important, a door?" (Did we just shout that out loud?) Life would be nicer with an office -- oh yes, it would be grand. So it's decided: You need to get a promotion, and fast! But how? In many sectors of business, the real work gets done on the golf course (unless, of course, you are lucky enough to work in the newspaper sector, where most work gets done over shots of Patron. Ah, but we digress...). Unfortunate newsflash: You don't know how to play golf. That's why from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. you should drop by the Eagle Springs Golf Course in the North County Recreation Complex (2575 Redman Road; 314-355-7277) for the free annual golf and merchandise show -- complete with free golf clinics hosted by PGA pros! Finally, a working cubicle slob like you can afford the extravagance of golf lessons! And take solace in this: Even if there's no cush office on your horizon, at least you'll get some peace and quiet on the links. -- Alison Sieloff
Park & Pooch
Just in case you haven't picked up on your dog's hints, Bark in the Park is coming up. The annual party for people and dogs takes place at Queeny Park (550 Weidmann Road, Ballwin; www.hsmo.org/bark) and features dog activities (bobbing for bones and agility courses), people activities (vendors' booths and a silent auction) and, of course, the Dr. Doolittle Walk for both dogs and people. Admission is $30 in pledges, with funds going to the Humane Society of Missouri's Dr. Doolittle Fund, which provides treatment for homeless animals. Get out and have fun between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., rain or shine. -- Paul Friswold