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April 10, 2014 

Fairview Heights rapper Nick Menn and his friends in the band Doorway are putting on the second annual Hero Inside Day on Saturday at Moody Park in Fairview Heights.

The family friendly activities will be held from noon to 9 p.m.

Three of Menn's friends died of heroin overdose or heroin-related suicide in less than a years. Hero Inside Day is an effort to get people talking openly about the heroin problem, just as they do with alcoholism and drug abuse.

Hero Inside Day activities include live music, a car show, a Wiffle Ball tournament, St. Louis Rams cheerleaders, children's activities, food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Admission is free.Donations will go to the Brandon Duren Fight Against Heroin Foundation.

For more information, visit

Circus is coming

The Culpeppeer & Merriweather Circus will bring all the magic of the Big Top to Millstadt on Wednesday.

Bring the family to Liederkranz Park beween 9:30 and 10 a.m. to watch the raising of the Big Top tent, then stay for a free walking tour of the circus grounds. You can meet circus performers, animals and learn about the history of the circus and interesting facts.

Then come back for one of two 90-minute performaces -- 5-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Advance tickets, available at Millstadt Pharmacy, Casey's and Millstadt IGA, are $6 ages 2-12, free for under 2, $10 for adults. Tickets at the show are $13 for adults, $7 for 2-12. To purchase advance tickets with a credit card, call 866-BIG-TOP6.

Performers include Miss Simone on the single trapeze; Miss Paulina's proud "Big & Little" prancing ponies; the Arlise Troupe on their wild and crazy motorcycles; Natilie's American Eskimo Ecapades; Miss April and her Rola Bola; Miss Georgia displaying flexibility to the extreme; and Trey Key's jungle cats Soloman, Delilah and Francis.

The cirucus visit is sponsored by the Millstadt Commercial Club.

'Hansel & Gretel'

Missoula Children's Theater, with the help of about 60 local children, will present the musical "Hansel & Gretel" at 8 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at O'Fallon High School's Milburn campus.

Reserved-seat tickets are on sale at the Kary Cavins Community Center through 5 p.m. today and at the auditorium box office one our before each performance. Tickets are $5.

Times are tough for modern-day Hank and Gretchen until they dream themselves deep into the woundrous world of Hansel and Gretel. The production is Missoula's original musical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale of a journey, a secret and a grand adventure. You'll meet Rascals darting from tree to tree, sweet little Wallybirds munching cookie crumbs left as a map on the forest floor, Gingerbread Men, a colorful cottage made of candy and cakes, and, of course, the Wildood Witch.

'Our Town'

The Monroe Actors Stage Company will continue its run of the classic Thornton Wilder drama, "Our Town," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Capitol Theatre in Waterloo.

Set in fictional Grovers Corners, N.H., it's the tale of a simple life in a simple town where nothing special happens and where no one special has ever lived. But as you will discover, the people turn out to be very special indeed.

Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for students and seniors. Call 618-935-7469 or go to

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