Watch the Wiffle
As a simple marvel of physics, the Wiffle ball surely ranks with the lever and the inclined plane. The ball's holes make it swoop and dip like a thing possessed, turning any beer-bellied backyard hurler into the next Carl Hubbell. Like the helmeted Luke Skywalker flailing around with his lightsaber, players in the 2005 Spring WiffleTour.com Wiffle Ball Tournament, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lower Buder Park (north of I-44 and east of Highway 141 in Fenton), will attempt to master the flutterings of the white plastic orb for fun, glory and trophies. Registration for teams is closed, but spectators are welcome. The organizers are also planning a May tournament in St. Charles; see www.wiffletour.com or call 314-392-3786 for more. -- Jason Toon
Miso's Got Sauce
And a tent and a couple of DJs, too
OK, so we hate to even mention this band name in these pages for fear of provoking Mr. Night's hesher rage, but up until now G. Love & Special Sauce was the only entity we knew about that celebrated sauces. But this week, there's a different kind of sauce celebration going on at Miso on Meramec (16 North Meramec Avenue, Clayton; 314-863-7888 or www.misolounge.com). Head to the pan-Asian restaurant/lounge after work for the unveiling of four "elemental" sauces during the "Miso Is ALIVE" party. These dips -- dubbed Earth, Air, Water and Fire -- must be something else, because they are being introduced to St. Louisans with all the fanfare of a VIP tent (in the parking lot near Miso), DJ Scott McMurray, ALIVE Magazine cover models and other local celebs. This rain-or-shine outdoor party, which features free apps and drinks, runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.....but the fun ain't over then: Head inside for DJ Gary Mac and other saucy specials until 1 a.m. -- Alison Sieloff
Apartment dwellers, rejoice! After being ignored by all those fancy house tours, leave it to the Maplewood Show Home and Gardens Tour to finally include how the other half lives. Sure, you can see a swanky home and some flashy gardens on the tour (Saturday and Sunday, April 23 through May 8), but the show-stopper is the apartment above Minion's Café (7322 Manchester Boulevard, Maplewood). Tickets are $12 to $15 and available through www.blacktie-stlouis.com. -- Paul Friswold
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