TRIAD EXPO: A Spring Community Expo will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. April 4 at Triad High School, 703 U.S. 40 in Troy. Activities include refreshments sold by Triad Band Parents; drawings and visits by Fredbird from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and Izzy the Grizzly from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Both mascots will be available for pictures, so bring cameras. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.troymaryvillecoc.com or call 618-667-8769.
BOOK SIGNING: Author James M. Rubush will be available to sign copies of his book, "Reforming the Economy: Rebuilding America" from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the O'Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza in O'Fallon. Rubush explores ways to balance the budget and pay off America's debt without raising taxes or cutting spending. Information, contact Terry Cordingley at 888-361-9473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE EASTER DINNER: Share Easter Dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Easter Sunday at the St. Vincent de Paul Cosgrove's Kitchen, 3718 State St., East St. Louis.
ART AUCTION: The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art and Design and Friends of Art invite the public to their Annual Art Auction on April 4 at Lewis and Clark Community College's Edwardsville campus at 600 Troy Road. Preview is at 6 p.m. followed by bidding at 7 p.m. Admission is free to students and people who donated pieces. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, email email@example.com or call Dianne Lynch at 618-377-8622.
QUARTER AUCTION: St. Clare Church will host a Quarter Auction Party and Shopping Fair at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at St. Clare Church, 1141 Cross St. in O'Fallon. It's a fundraiser for the church's Youth Group. The evening begins with the shopping fair, featuring 17 home party vendors at 6 p.m. Raffles, attendance prizes, games. Bring quarters and your own snacks. Admission is $25 per table of 10 in advance; $4 per person at door. Purchase an all-in paddle for $25 per person. For table RSVP call 618-632-3562 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday.
PACHYDERM CLUB: David Keene, president of the National Rifle Association, will speak at a meeting of the Metro East Pachyderm Club at 5:30 p.m. April 5 at the Double Tree Hilton Collinsville, 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville. Tickets a $27 per person, includes dinner, tax and service. For ticket information contact Mary Gray at 618-632-6360 or Robin Springer at 618-624-6983.
WOW LUNCHEON: All women are invited to attend the WOW Luncheon from 12:15 to 2 p.m. on April 9 at Gateeway Center, I-55 and Highway 157, Collinsville. Tickets: $13, includes meal, beverages, program and gratuity. Guests are Carla Hall owner of The Mane Attraction with her spirng collection of "Up to the Minute" fashions and Jaclyn Rowe, a television personality will share how she "Released the Lies and Retained the Promises." Sponsored by Collinsville Christian Women's Connection. Reservations necessary by calling Barbara at 618-344-7967 or Mavis at 618-346-1331.
"MUSIC MAN" AUDITIONS: Alton Little Theatre's Summer Showcase Youth Musical "Music Man" will be performed in late July. Auditions are scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 12 and 1 to 4 p.m. April 13 at the theater, 2450 Henry St. in Alton. Performers ages 13-17 should come prepared with 24 to 32 bars of a Broadway musical solo (accompanist provided). There also will be cold readings from the script and a short dance. Contact Director Liz Enloe at 618-791-5343 or email@example.com.
HOYELTON RUN/WALK: The Seventh Annual Hofbraufest 5K Run/walk will take place on July 13 at Hoyleton Community Club Park (take U.S. 64 to the Okawville exit and Illinois 177 to Hoyelton). Raffles, prizes, free beer and food available after the race. Starting time is 8 a.m. for the 5K run/walk and 9 a.m. for the youth half-mile run (10 and under) and open mile run. Fees range from $10 to $30 with discounts for early registration at www.active.com. Free T-shirts. For more information, call Bud Barnett at 618-322-3770 or visit www.hoyletoncommunityclub.com.