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Play (Snow) Ball!

Bring gloves and mittens

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This being winter in St. Louis, a softball tournament is a dicey proposition. With the chilly temperatures (and subzero windchill factors) this week, it's possible that the ground could be blanketed with snow in no time.

But in the name of fun, RiverChase of Fenton (990 Horan Drive, 636-343-0067) has organized a Softball in the Snow Tournament for the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, January 24 and 25. Get a team together, pay the $110 tournament fee (that's per team, or $12.22 a player), and take your chances. Maybe things will warm up and you'll play in shirtsleeves in brisk, fall-like weather. Or maybe you'll be layered in parkas and scarves, with a mitten on your non-glove hand, fielding line drives in a sideways, face-stinging sleet. The bottom line is, it doesn't matter what the weather will be like (although they might have to change the name to "Softball in the Sun"); this is St. Louis, and spring training is still more than two months away. People will show up to play, and people will show up to watch. -- Paul Friswold

These Shoes Are Made for Walking

SUN 1/25

If you're like us, you have a recurring nightmare in which you wake up half-frozen to death in Siberia with only a snowsuit, a CIA map of the area, a compass and a pair of snowshoes. You spend most of the dream (and what precious little energy you have left) flopping about clumsily, because you never learned to snowshoe. You curse Missouri for having such a small annual snowfall; otherwise you probably would have learned how to use the shoes, and you might've been able to make it to that secret KGB communication station and call for help (or order pizza). Fortunately, the good folks at the Alpine Shop know of this overwhelming concern, and so they've teamed up with Winter Trails (the largest snowshoe festival in the United States) to offer a class on snowshoeing. The class will be held out at Hidden Valley Ski Resort (17409 Hidden Valley Drive) from 1 to 4 p.m. and costs $15 (a small price to pay for something that could one day save your life). Advance registration is required; call 314-416-4374 or consult -- Guy Gray

Cards, Hawks, Rams & Blues
Know 'em all or lose

MON 1/26

So you know Lou Brock's lifetime stolen-base total (938) and Bernie Federko's nickname for his jockstrap (Balzac). Your sports-trivia knowledge will be put to the ultimate test at the inaugural Sports Trivia Championship benefiting the St. Patrick Center. Savvis Center (14th Street at Clark Avenue, 314-802-0194, 5 p.m.) becomes an arena for mnemonic battle when competitors endure ten rounds of hard-core trivia questions. The list of athletes appearing at this one is staggering: Ozzie Smith, Jackie Smith, Stan Musial and many others will sign autographs for a charity donation ($100 to compete, $10 to watch). -- Byron Kerman

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