MR. MAROON: The annual Mr. Maroon Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Belleville West High School, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville. Tickets: $5. All proceeds go to the Belleville West Junior class prom.
GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP: Learn to build gingerbread houses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23 at Eckert's County Store, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Cost: $12 per gingerbread house. Information, 618-233-0513.
TOY DRIVE: Southwestern Illinois College's Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., is holding a holiday toy drive today through Dec. 13. Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the College Activities office, Main Complex Room 1246. Suggested items include board and card games (all ages); DVDs (family movies); books (children's and tween's); sports gear or equipment; plane/car models; arts and crafts kits; perfume/bath gift sets; diaries; radios; ear buds; cameras; mittens, gloves hats, blankets; hair accessories, purses or wallets; etc.
Please bring only new and unwrapped items. All donations will be given to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois. For more information, contact College Activities at 618-235-2700, ext. 5561.