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May 7, 2014 

Royal kids fun

Young princesses and knights need to find their gowns and armor and make plans now to attend the second annual She and Me, Joust & Tea from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Hope Church in Belleville.

The event is geared towards boys and girls 10 and under. Expect a fairy-tale atmosphere with games, sword and wand decorating, as well as other crafts, storytime, a joust just right for youngsters and a mini dessert bar.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes and each will go home with their own tea cup and saucer and favors. Cost is $10 and children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP by calling 277-1800.

Funds raised from event will benefit Family Hospice's Heartlinks Grief Center in Belleville so it can continue to offer group therapy for children and families, as well as other programs.

Senior Celebration

Just as Belleville turns 200 in 2014, Programs and Services for Older Persons is turning 40.

That's all the more reason to attend the German-themed birthday party at PSOP's annual Senior Celebration.

The party will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at PSOP, 201 N. Church St. in Belleville.

Participants can dance to the music of The Country Western Band, be wowed by a magician and enjoy free table games.

A German lunch of bratwurst or hot dog, sauerkrau, spaetzle, applesauce and a beverage for $4.

The Big Boss Blues Band will perform outside. Bring a lawn chair if you plan to sit outside.

Free parking is available at B and Jackson streets.

For more information, contact PSOP at 618-234-4410. Raffle tickets, $1, are available in advance; call Nancy Bauer at 618-234-4410, extension 7020.

Coffee concert

Two accomplished local pianists, Dr. Stephanie Owen and Gill Berbin, will perform four piano duets at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Belleville Philharmonic Hall, 116 N. Jackson St., Belleville.

The duets are by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelsosohn and Rachmaninoff.

Coffee and dessert will be served.

To reserve a seat, contact Kay Bowman at

Walk with us

Put on your walking shoes and join the Illinois Trekkers Walking Club on 3-mile Thursday Walks at 6:30 p.m. today and May 15, 22 and 29 on the grounds of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

Registration is at 6:15 p.m. at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Hotel, 442 S. DeMazenod Drive, Belleville. There is a $3 fee.

* A Walking Tour of Downtown Belleville starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial on the southeast corner of the Public Square.

The tour is 16 blocks long and lasts about 90 minutes. Cost is $10 per person, 12 years old and up. Funds benefit the Belleville Historical Society.

Reservations are required; call 618-236-7841 or go to

* The Lebanon Cedar Cruisers walking club will hold a 5K and 10K volksmarch in Highland.

Start at the Plaza Square downtown between 8:30 and 11 a.m. Participants must finish by 1 p.m. The fee to walk is $3. Pets are welcome but must be leashed and owners are responsible for cleanup.

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