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Violence Is Not the Answer 

Unless they've got the ball

SUN 11/21

There are bullies like T-Bone, who take your clothes while you're changing for phys. ed. and throw them in the gym, forcing you to retrieve them in your skivvies. Then there are on-the-field tough guys like the Rams' fearsome defensive end, Leonard Little, who make opposing quarterbacks soil their undies every time the ball is snapped. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Progressive Youth Connection (PYC) honors the latter variety of playground heavy in hopes of eliminating the former with the Third Annual Football Frenzy at the Bottleneck Blues Bar at Ameristar Casino (1260 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-940-4300). For $40 you get all you can grub and chug, blue and gold beads, and door prizes -- all while watching football and helping the PYC raise money to take the group's violence-prevention programs to area schools (314-963-8368 or for more information). -- R.L. Nave

Snowomen Unite!
And fix your equipment

Like many sports, skiing was once dominated by men (until they realized that ladies look better in tight pants -- just kidding, kind of). Anyway, no matter how the skiing suffragists got started, they're here to stay, and Jeannie Thoren is ready to prepare them for the upcoming snowy season at the Women's Ski and Snowboard Weekend at the Alpine Shop (440 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; call 314-962-7715 to register for the free events). At 6 p.m. Friday, November 19, check out all that's warm and comfy this season during the fashion show, and stick around afterward to learn about the Thoren Theory from Thoren herself; the theory helps women ski better through equipment modifications (visit for more). Then come back on Saturday and Sunday (November 20 and 21) to actually get your equipment customized. New clothes, fine-tuned equipment -- look out, Hidden Valley! -- Alison Sieloff

Sizzle and Swing

TUES 11/23

It didn't garner the attention that Mark McGwire's assault on Roger Maris' single-season record of 61 home runs did, but Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki's success this year at breaking the single-season hits record did draw attention to one of baseball's -- and St. Louis' -- all-time greats, George Sisler. Rick Huhn's new book, The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseball's Forgotten Great, chronicles Sisler's brilliant career and explains why, until now, the Browns first baseman (and his former record) had been more or less forgotten. Huhn signs copies of The Sizzler at 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Florissant (13995 New Halls Ferry Road; 314-830-3550). -- Ian Froeb

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