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* Next Chapter Divorced and Separated Support Group will meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 2620 Lebanon Ave., Belleville. The topic will be a discussion of issues that surface after a divorce or separation. Call 235-9601, ext. 146.

* Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons and the St. Clair County Mental Health Board will sponsor a new grief support series for adults. This weekly support group will meet Thursdays, beginning Thursday for eight weeks at PSOP, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Reservations are required. Call 234-4410, ext. 7031.

* H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Provide Encouragement), a new social gathering offered to anyone who has lost a spouse, will meet Thursday at the Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville. For information, call 288-9500.

* The Missouri Osteoporosis Foundation will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at The Heights, 8001 Dale, Richmond Heights, Mo. Missouri Baptist dietitian Claudia Humphrey will talk on "Supplements, Herbals and Over-the-County Remedies." For information, call Alice at (314) 894-9040.

* The next meeting for the Karla Smith Foundation support group for the family and friends of a loved one who died by suicide will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Peace Chapel, 10101 W. Main St., Belleville. Sessions are sponsored by the Karla Smith Foundation. For information, call 628-3129 or visit

BLOOD DRIVES: Central Illinois Community Blood Center blood drives will be:

* 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, blood mobile, Quad area, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Route 157, Edwardsville.

* 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Waste Management, 5920 Gateway Industrial Drive, Belleville. Drive is in conference room.

* 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Frieze Harley Davidson, 1560 N. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Drive is on the blood mobile.

An American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the O'Fallon Kiwanis Club will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Public Safety building, 285 N. Seven Hills Road, O'Fallon.

To schedule an appointment, call 632-1953.

CONTEST WINNERS: The Belleville Area Humane Society recently held an art contest to educate students about humane animal care. The theme this year was "All Paws In for the Animals." Winners are:

* Grades K-1 -- Coral Caraballo, first grade, Our Lady Queen of Peace, first place; Claire Garris, kindergarten, Cathedral Grade School, second place; Amy Wenzel, first grade, blessed Sacrament School, third place; Morgan Gindler, kindergarten, St. Theresa Grade School, Faith Turner of Jefferson School and Hayden Monroe of Washington School, honorable mentions.

* Grade 2-3 --Louise Comerford, third grade, Blessed Sacrament School, first place; Joan Johnston of Wolf Branch Elementary School, second place; Grace Wenzel, third grade, blessed Sacrament School, third place; Priva Patel, third grade at Roosevelt School, Ellie Buescher, third grade at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Dorothy McGlynn, third grade at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Katelyn Scott, third grade at Cathedral School, Cole Junker, second grade at Mascoutah Grade School and Bella Dico, third grade at St. Mary/St. Augustine Grade School, honorable mentions.

*Grade 4-5 --Kendall Butler, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, first place; Madelyn Perez, fourth grade, Our Lady Queen of Peace School, second place; Ellen Sever, fourth grade, Our Lady Queen of Peace, third place; Jenna Brown, fifth grade, Holy Childhood School, Lola Whitney, fifth grade at Roosevelt School, Victoria Anderson, fifth grade at Holy Childhood School, Maia Cerney, fifth grade at Henry Raab School, Madeline Stinson, fifth grade at St. Theresa School, Kailey Bischoff, fourth grade at Signal Hill School and Lamont Ellis, fourth grade at Douglas School, honorable mentions.

* Grades 6-8 -- Lauren Dermondy, eighth grade, Wolf Branch Middle School, first place; Mary Grace Lewis, sixth grade, St. Theresa Grade School, second place; Anthony DiGiovanni, sixth grade, St. Mary/St. Augustine Grade School, third place; Aaron Runneck, eighth grade, Central Junior High, Mica Soellner, seventh grade, St. Theresa School, Madi Breunig, sixth grade, St. Mary/St. Augustine School, Brittany Champaigne, sixth grade, Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Stephen Richardson, sixth grade, Douglas School, honorable mentions.

* The PawAwsome Awards -- Jesse Potts, eighth grade, Central Junior High School and Kinsey Gamboe, first grade at Wolf Branch School.

SUMMER FESTIVAL: The Carlyle Case-Halstead Library will present the annual Summer Festival, "Your Body -- For Life" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Carlyle Elementary School, 951 6th St., Carlyle.

There will be St. Louis Science Center exhibits, YMCA climbing wall, displays, lectures, refreshments, Mad Science experiments, puppet show, crafts, activities and games and prizes.

The event is free.

INVESTMENT PROGRAM: Edwardsville Public Library will host an investment program at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville.

Cory Loew will give information designed for retirees and those close to retirement.

The program is free. Refreshments will be served. For information, call the library at 692-7556.

AWARD NOMINATIONS: Nominations are being sought for the Rosemary Berkel Crisp Award. The award is given by Women for Health and Wellness, Inc., in honor of its co-founder, Rosemary Berkel Crisp.

The nominee should be a woman committed to healthy families and healthy communities; and who has contributed to the advancement or support of others or her community through her volunteer efforts or personal contributions.

The winner will be recognized at the Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference on Sept. 19.

Nominations are due by July 27 and may be made by an individual or an organization. For information and a nomination form, call 985-9210 or visit

BOYZ TO MEN: The Boyz to Men "Brothers break'n out and Stepp'n Up" 2009 conference is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Katy Cavins Community Center in O'Fallon.

The conference was planned by Pastor Willie D. Brown.

FIRST-AID TRAINING: The American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter will host a First Aid Component Training class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Metro East Service Center, 10218 Lincoln Trail Drive, Fairview Heights.

The class is designed for persons with current CPR certification and trains lay responders to recognize and respond to an emergency.

Participants must present a current within one year CPR card to class. The cost is $31.

For information or to register, call 397-4600 or visit and register online in the "Take a Class" section.

BLOOD-PRESSURE CHECKS: Free blood pressure checks are offered from 8 to 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Heritage Room at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.

The screening is free and there is no dietary restriction.

G.L.E.N. AWARDS: Homeowners, businesses, subdivisions, churches and schools within the village of Glen Carbon can enter the 2009 G.L.E.N. Awards contest.

The contest recognizes the efforts of those who enhance the community with flower and/or vegetable gardens and landscape. Nine winners will be selected.

To make a nomination, pick up an entry form from the village clerk's or download one at Forms need to be returned by June 20 to the village clerk's office, 151 N. Main, Glen Carbon, Ill. 62034.

LUNCH WITH DOCTOR: Dr. Matt Bayes of Center for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine will present "Physical Activity and Aging" at the Lunch with the Doctor program at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mascoutah Senior Center, 227 N. Market St., Mascoutah.

For reservations, call 566-8758.