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May 29, 2014 

You can rock out for a good cause -- renovating Collinsville's historic Miner's Theatre -- at a benefit concert featuring four area bands.

"Rockin' for the Miner's" is from 7:30 to midnight Saturday at American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia in Collinsville. Tickets are $10 ($5 for children 12 and under) and are available at the door or in advance at the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce, 221 W. Main St. and at

The bands are:

* The VCR's, a St. Louis-based band dedicated to the music of the 1990s.

* Pro Bono & the Non-Billables, a rock band made up of co-workers from St. Louis public relations firm FleishmanHillard, organized to play for big charity events. Collinsville residents may be more familiar with the band as Spaghetti Western, the name the band uses when not playing for charities.

* Quarter Draw Band, a Madison County-based band that plays everything from rock 'n' roll to southern-fried boogie, greasy blues, even a bit of honky tonk country.

The Jammin' Ringtonz, a five-piece mostly acoustic band from the Edwardsville area.

All proceeds will benefit the Miner's Institute Foundation, which is working to restore the historic theater, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

There also will be a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, a cash bar and food available for purchase.

The event is sponsored by Scott Credit Union.

Church picnic

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville will hold its annual picnic Friday through Sunday on the church grounds.

The Robert Perry Band, The ACR Band, Rockin' Horse Band and ThurderRoad will provide the music. Carnival rides, a variety of food and beverages and raffles are all part of the action.

The church is at 207 Vandalia St.

Public Safety Day

The St. Clair County Sheriff K-9 Unit will hold a Public Safety Day in memory of Deputy Lamond Reid.

It starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at Belleville West High School, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West in Belleville.

Here's the schedule:

K-9 competion, 10:30 a.m

Barbecue competition, noon

Firemen's muster, 1 p.m.

Kids activities, noon-5 p.m.

Car show awards, 3 p.m.

Vehicle extraction demonstration, 3:30 p.m.

K-9 demonstration, 6:30 p.m.

Other attractions include music; Illinois State Police motorcycle demonstration, rollover simulator and fingerprinting; and a helicopter display.

Admission is by donation. No outside food or drinks will be allowd.

Proceeds benefit Childre with Cancer and the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department K9 Unit.

Dolls and toys

Everybody will want to come out and play Sunday when the 30th Doll, Toy and Teddy Bear Fair and the 28th Dollhouse and Miniature Show fill the Belle-Clair Exposition Center in Belleville.

The shows will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $5; 12 and under free. Early buying at 8 a.m. costs $10.

The room will be filled with toys, dolls and teddy bears from more than 50 dealers at 120 tables. Doll appraisals will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. for $3 per doll. Doll stringing will be done onsite and "The Dolly's Dressmakers Show" will be presened at 1:45 p.m. A silent auction will be held, with proceeds going to Wounded Warriors.

Parking is free and the food bar will be open.

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