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PET BLESSING: The annual Blessing of the Pets will be performed at 2 p.m. June 14 in the gazebo at the east entrance of Tri-Township Park in Troy by the Rev. Gerry Proctor, interim pastor of Friedens United Church of Christ.

People are invited to bring pets (or photographs) and join together in song and prayer, giving thanks for God's creation and affirming their role as stewards of his creatures. Pets should be on a leash or in a crate. Triad High School junior Jarrett Hendrickson will provide music. A love offering will help support Granite City Animal Protection Agency, a no-kill shelter.

The shelter also needs leashes, collars, carriers, kennels, bleach, brooms, litter, towels, blankets, pet toys, chew bones, paper towels, water hoses, disposable gloves, laundry detergent, heavy duty buckets and office supplies. For more information, call 931-7030 or visit the Web site at

ART CONTEST WINNERS: Six students received awards in the Belleville Area Human Society Art Contest. They are Kinsey Gamboe, Wolf Branch Elementary School, Pawsome Award; Jess Potts, Central Junior High School, Pawsome Award; Coral Caraballo, Our Lady Queen of Peace, First Place grades K-1; Louise Comerford, Blessed Sacrament School, First Place grades 2-3; Kendall Butler, Blessed Sacrament School, First Place grades 4-5; and Lauren Dermondy, Wolf Branch Middle School, First Place grades 6-8.

'ONE ACTS' AUDITIONS: Fine Arts Theatre Company will host auditions for its fall season from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13 and 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 15 at Woodland Elementary School in Edwardsville.

The play "The One Acts," a combination of three short comedies, will be performed Aug. 28-29. The musical "Wonderland," a funky, modern version of "Alice in Wonderland," will be performed Oct. 16-17.

Roles are available for all ages. Each auditioner should be prepared to do a one- to two-minute monologue and 16- to 18-bar song of his choice. To reserve a spot or get more information, call 980-8524.

CHEERLEADING CAMP: The O'Fallon Township High School Cheerleaders will host a Summer Cheer Camp for boys and girls on June 25 in the school's main gym.

Times are 9 to 11:30 a.m. for pre-kindergarten through second grade ($30 includes a T-shirt); and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for grades 3-9 ($50 includes lunch and a T-shirt). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit the Web site at

SINGERS SOUGHT: The Belleville Sounds of Harmony barbershop chorus will sponsor a guest night at 7 p.m. June 16 at Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 50 Long Acre Drive in Fairview Heights.

This 25-member chorus has won Most Improved Chorus and Most Entertaining awards in recent state competitions. For more information, call Bill Stock at 233-0198.

DANCE CLASSES: The O'Fallon Parks and Recreation District is sponsoring ballroom, Latin and imperial swing dance classes at the Katy Cavins Center, 308 E. 5th St., O'Fallon.

The six-week classes begin Tuesday.

Ballroom Level I is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by Imperial swing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

To register, call 624-0139, ext. 5102. For information, call 345-1976.

RECIPES WANTED: Senior Services Plus in Alton is collecting recipes from the community to compile in a cookbook.

Proceeds from the cookbook sales will benefit the Meals on Wheels program at Senior Services Plus.

The deadline for submitting recipes in June 15. For information or to submit a recipe, contact Senior Services Plus at 2603 N. Rodgers Ave., Alton, IL 62002 or call 465-3298 or e-mail Lana Bertschi at

CHEERLEADING CAMP: The Girl Scouts of River Bluffs Council is hosting a Leaps and Bounds, a cheerleading and jump rope program for girls in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

The clinic will be from 1 to 3 p.m. June 19 at Southwestern Illinois College. Registration is $15 and includes Girl Scout registration.

For information or to register, call 692-0692, ext. 125 or e-mail Registration deadline is Monday.

COOKBOOK SALES: The Xi Chi sorority of O'Fallon is selling a personalized cookbook to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Books are sold by members of the organization and are available for $10.

For information, call Fran Harris at 632-1803.

DESIGNS WANTED: The Sierra Club and the Alton Marketplace Association are asking youth in sixth through high school seniors to submit designs for the 2009 River Coloring book, "The Watershed and Me," a region-wide environmental art contest.

Entry forms are available at contest guidelines 2009.pdf.

Entries must be done in marker, crayon, colored pencils, or ink only.

SPEAKER SERIES: Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville, is offering an Evening Speaker Series, "Cavalcade of Ideas."

The first, from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, will be given by Morris A. Taylor, SIUE associate professor, public administration and policy analysis, on "Homeland Security: Are We Really Safer and still Free?"

Presentations are free. For information, call 656-0300.

ART APPLICATIONS: The Highland Arts Council is accepting applications from visual artists to participate in the annual "Art in the Park," an outdoor art fair to be Oct. 9-11 in Highland.

This is a juried competition, exhibition and sale.

For information, call 654-3721, or visit

FREE ADMISSION: Through Aug. 31, purchase one child's admission at Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden or Emerson Children's Zoo will receive one free child's admission at the other park.

For information, visit or

SURFING CONTEST: Surfers and bodyboarders from throughout the region will compete at 1 p.m. June 27 at Splash City Family Waterpark in Collinsville as part of the national WaveLoch Flow Tour. Qualifiers will compete to win $25,000 at the finals in Alabama.

Collinsville is the only city in Illinois with a FlowRider wave machine, which is designed to simulate a perfect, never-ending surfing wave. The competition is open to anyone 48 inches or taller.

Registration is $25 for Collinsville Area Recreation District residents, $30 for non-residents or $15 for Splash City season-pass holders. Spectators also are welcome. For more information, call Rick Robbins at 346-7529, ext. 13.