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BEATY MEMORIAL: The first Beaty Memorial Run/Walk/Ride will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Horner Park in Lebanon.

A flag raising ceremony opens events at 8:45 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m. for walkers and ride courses and at 10:15 a.m. for runners.

There will be music by Shaky Dave along with food, drinks and games after the races. A silent auction is also planned.

The event honors the memory of Karen and Bobby Beaty. Beaty and her 11-year-old son, Bobby, were murdered in Alabama in April 2009.

The cost is $20.

For information, call Laurie at 670-7624, Joe at 806-8885 or Cindy at 604-5468.

CHURCH WALK: Church Walk, an interfaith, six-week summertime program, is underway. The program features six churches or community outreach organizations hosting the event. Participants meet in the parking lot of the church and are led on a mile round-trip walk about the neighborhood.

After the walk, participants meet in the church sanctuary to listen to a brief oral history of the church, followed by a tour of the facilities.

This year, walkers will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Home & Community Care/Faith in Action at 222 Goethe Ave., Collinsville.

Other walks will be June 15 at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 901 S. Main, Caseyville; June 22 at First Assembly of God, 1105 Belt Line Road, Collinsville; June 29, St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ, 307 W. Clay, Collinsville; July 6 at St. John Lutheran Church, 7201 W. Main, Maryville; and July 13 at Overflow Worship, 2002 Mall St., Collinsville.

For information, call Dana at 344-2526.

PRINCE & PRINCESS: The Prince and Princess contest, sponsored by the O'Fallon Woman's Club, in conjunction with the Miss O'Fallon Scholarship pageant, will be July 24.

The contest is open to boys and girls who are 4, 5 or 6 years old before April 30, 2009. The child must live within O'Fallon Township School District 203 and not previously served as an O'Fallon Prince or Princess.

Each contestant is required to sell tickets for the Hope Chest, which will be given away July 25 at Curtain Call II. The boy and girl who sell the most tickets will be crowned O'Fallon Prince and Princess at the Miss O'Fallon Scholarship pageant. Winners will each receive a 16-inch bicycle and each contestant will be given gift certificates to Centerfield Park.

Proceeds from the sale of tickets go to the Children's section of the O'Fallon Public Library.

For information, call 632-5530.

YOUNG CHEFS: Young Chefs Academy in O'Fallon is offering the following:

* Summer KinderCamps ages 4-6, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday-June 11. The cost is $100 and covers everything.

* Summer MiniCamps for ages six to 14, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday-June 11. The cost is $125 and covers everything.

* Summer MiniCamps for ages 11-17, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-June 11. Cost is $125 and covers everything.

* Summer Mini-Camps for ages four to 17, 9 a.m.-noon, 10 a.m.-noon or from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday-June 11. Costs vary on the specific camp.

For information, call 632-2665.

POKER RUN: The first Morgan Westerman Memorial Poker Run will be June 13 in Paderborn to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Registration is from noon to 1 p.m. at Karban Knotty Pines in Paderborn. The cost is $10 for the first hand and $5 for the second hand. The ride features free food for all participants, music, 50/50 raffles and more.

For information, visit

SWIMMING LESSONS: Splash City Family Waterpark in Collinsville is offering swimming lessons for children ages 18 months to 11 years, Mondays through Thursdays at the park.

Three sessions of lessons are offered. The first begins Monday. Fees range from $18 to $45.

For information, call 346-7529.

CAR WASH: The Belleville East Marching Lancers will host three car wash fundraisers at area Advance Auto Parts stores.

The first will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 4203 N. Belt West and 924 Carlyle Ave., both in Belleville, and at 5520 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights.

Other car washes will be in July and August.

ICE-CREAM WALK: Illinois Trekkers is hosting an ice-cream walk Saturday with registration from 8 a.m. to noon at the Mascoutah Visitors Center, 200 E. Main St., Mascoutah.

Registration fee is $3 per person. For information, call Delores at 632-4164.

ICE-CREAM SOCIAL: Trinity-St. Paul Lutheran School is hosting an open house ice-cream social from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The open house will be at the St. Paul Center, 6961 W. Frontage Road, Worden, and at the Trinity Center, 219 W. McGaughey, Worden.

Registration information will be available. The event is free.

For information, call 633-2202.

SUNSET WALK: A Sunset Walk FASTT for Autism will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the O'Fallon Community Park, West Highway 50, O'Fallon.

Registration is at 6 p.m.

All proceeds will go to support the Foundation for Autism Services Today & Tomorrow.

MORTGAGE BURNING: The Glen Ed Pantry will host a mortgage-burning celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the pantry building, 125 5th Ave., Edwardsville.

Walk-throughs and refreshments will be available. Special events are planned at 3 p.m., with officials from both Edwardsville and Glen Carbon attending.

For more information, contact Diana Wurth at 288-3594 or

JUNIOR IDOL: The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce will host auditions for the annual Junior Idol competition from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, 216 E. A St., Belleville. There is a non-refundable $10 fee.

Those auditioning will be asked to sing a cappella for the judges.

Finalists will perform at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the chili cook-off. For information, call 233-2015.

FUNDRAISING EVENT: The Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit organization that raises money for St. Louis Children's Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Childrens Medical Center, will be the beneficiary for monies raised at the O'Fallon Wal-Mart through June 17.

A yard sale is also planned for June 19-20 at 521 Brentmoor Drive, Troy, and a makeshift jail cell will be in front of the Wal-Mart on June 27-28 for store managers.

SCRAPBOOK MANIA: The Shiloh Eagles will host a scrapbook mania from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Shiloh Eagles, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh.

The cost of $30 includes lunch, a goody bag, attendance prizes and more.

For information, call Karen at 277-2850.

DTV OUTREACH: The FCC and the Belleville Public Library will sponsor a DTV Outreach demonstration from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the library, 121 E. Washington St., Belleville.

An FCC field representative will be available to demonstrate how to connect a converter box to the television, the correct way to program it and how to fix reception problems. For reservations, call the library at 234-0441.