3-MILE WALK: The Illinois Trekkers will host 3-Mile Thursday walks starting at 6:30 p.m. today and April 18 and 25 at the Sports Park, 301 Obernuefemann Road, O'Fallon. Meet at Pavilion No. 1 at the main entrance to the park. For more information contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLANT SALE: The Premier Plant Sale of the Area Agency on Aging is the perfect place to get inspired and to pick up some vegetable seedlings ready to plant. The sale will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Big R -- Rural King Parking Lot, 2801 N. Illinois, Swansea. Garden lovers will find perennials, fruits and vegetables and popular favorites. Proceeds will go toward improving accessibility for seniors in their homes. Information at 618-222-2561 or www.answersonaging.com.
WOMEN VETERALS FAIR: Southwestern Illinois College is partnering with the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs to host an Illinois Women Veterans Fair beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, at Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., in the Liberal Arts Complex Conference Center. Guest speakers for the event include Maj. Gen. Barbara Faulkenberry, vice-commander of the 18th Air Force, Scott Air Force Base; Erica Borggren, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs; and Kelly Dickenson, women's veterans coordinator of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. For details, visit womenveterans.illinois.gov.
ST. BALDRICK'S DAY: A St. Baldrick's Fundraiser Head Shaving Event is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Maryville Fire Department, 300 N. Donk Ave., Maryville. Maryville Fire Department has joined the effort to help raise awareness about childhood cancer. For additional resources on childhood cancer or to learn more about the St. Baldrick's Foundation, visit StBaldricks.org.
HABITAT RESTORATION: Watershed Nature Center will hold a Habitat Restoration Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Efforts will focus on control and removal of invasive plant species, replanting and general site maintenance. Bring gloves, a water bottle and tools such as pruners and clippers. Register by contacting 618-692-578 or email@example.com.
PLANETARIUM IS 50: The St. Louis Science Center invites you to join the party celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium with a new exhibition, special programs, laser shows and retro prices for star shows. The party begins with a Blast-off Weekend, Saturday-Sunday, and continues April 21. During this time you can enjoy:
* Gateway to the Universe, a new exhibition in the Planetarium
* 1963 prices for star shows -- 50 cents.
* LASERIUM laser shows (limited engagement).
* Space-themed movies in the OMNIMAX Theater.
* Science with the Symphony: Voyager -- The Golden Record (April 15 -- free performance). Performance starts at 7 p.m. Reservations are encouraged because seating is limited. Call 314-289-4424.
* 50 years of Astronomy with Professor Charels Schwieghauser (April 16 -- free presentation).
* Astronomy Day (April 20 -- free activities).
* Free commemorative magnets (while supplies last).
CHAMBER CHORUS: The St. Louis Chamber Chorus will give the fifth concert of its 57th season at 3 p.m. on Sunday at South Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 7th St., at Shenandoah in Soulard, St. Louis. It's called "Musicians Wrestle Everywhere." Tickets: $28 general admission; $10 students. Purchase tickets at www.chamberchorus.org, call Linda Ryder at 636-458-4343.
EMERGENCY FAIR: An emergency preparedness fair will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Collinsville American Legion Hall, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. Disaster preparedness educator Eddy Weiss from chasing4life.org will speak at 2 p.m. The fair features speakers and demonstrations, prizes, vendors, fire truck, blood drive, face painting, clowns, emergency tips for kids, face painting, clowns and hot dogs, sandwiches, chips, cookies for sale. Information: 618-972-2810.
BUCK ROAD CEMETERY: A Buck Road Cemetery planning and information meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Glen Carbon Senior Community Center, 191 N. Main St., Glen Carbon. The Center is behind Village Hall. All lot owners, caretakers and the public are invited. A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. May 19 at the cemetery in Maryville.
CRAFT MANIA: An all-day crafting event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St., Belleville. Scrapbookers, card makers, jewelry makes, sewing enthusiasts and other crafters are welcome. Cost: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $30 with lunch and $25 no lunch; or 9 a.m.-11 p.m. $35 with lunch and dinner and $30 no meals. Reservation deadline is Sunday. Sponsored by the St. Paul Adult Mission Trip. Information contact Diana Haar at 618-398-9002 or firstname.lastname@example.org; 618-233-3303.
Walk & Run for Wishes -- Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois for the 7th Annual Walk & Run for Wishes event at 8 a.m. runner check-in; 9 a.m. run begins; 9 a.m. walker check-in; 10 a.m. walk begins on Saturday, at Longacre Park, 92 Long Acre Drive, Fairview Heights. Registration is open on-line at www.walkrunwish.org. Participants can obtain registration forms and more information by contacting Adam Shukwit at 800-978-9474, email@example.com. Day of run registration is available beginning at 8 a.m. Runner registration $25 per adult; walker registration $20 per adult (18 & older), $10 children (17 & younger).
MYSTERY DINNER THEATER: The Leu Civic Center presents "Murder at the Department Store" at 6:30 p.m. at the Ag Building in Scheve Park, Mascoutah. Doors open 6:15 p.m. Entertainment startS at 6:30. Cost $25 per person or $45 per couple, includes dinner and mystery dinner. All guests will need to register by . Proceeds to benefit the Leu Civic Center. Information: Patty or Beth at 618-566-2175.
"CELEBRATING THE '70s": The Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob Chamber of Commerce will hold its 20th annual action April 26 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. The event will feature the three towns' mayors and their spouses participating in their own version of the Newlywed Game. In addition to the auction, there will be a bucket raffle, 50/50 raffle, food, refreshments. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased at www.troymaryvillecoc.com of by calling 618-667-8769. Tickets not available at door.
BENEFIT DINNER: Team Cooking Up a Cure will host a fundraising dinner to raise money for the Randolph County Relay for Life at 6 p.m. at the Sparta Lion's Club, 200-299 W. Belmont St., Sparta. Dinner includes salad, dinner roll, checken breast, red potatoes, green beans, dessert. 50/50 drawing, silent auction, luminaria sales. Tickets $25 per person an dmust be purchased before April 27. Ticket information or donations call FElicia Owen at 618-615-7626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"LATE NIGHT CATECHISM": This one-woman show, filled with hysterical audience interaction, musical highlights, wacky prizes, non-stop laughs and the irrespressible irresistible Sister will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 10 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. De Mazenod Drive, Belleville. General admission seats $30. Register online at snows.org/LNC or call 618-397-6700 ext. 6292 or 314-241-3400 ext. 6292.