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RELAY FOR LIFE: The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will be from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday at Edwardsville High School in Edwardsville.

This is an overnight event where teams raise money prior to and at the event to fight cancer. Area cancer survivors unite to walk the first lap and are then joined by family, friends and co-workers. A luminaria ceremony begins after dark to honor both cancer survivors and those who lost the battle with cancer.

An opening ceremony/survivors' victory lap begins at 6 p.m., followed by a caregivers lap, survivors reception at 7 p.m. and the luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m.

There will also be a Relay for Life event beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and running through 6 a.m. Saturday at O'Fallon Township High School. A survivors reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by the opening ceremony/survivors victory lap at 7 p.m. and the luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m.

WINE TASTING: Silver Creek Mill will host a free wine tasting from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Farmers Market at Silver Creek Mill in Mascoutah.

Other activities include a yoga class at 8 a.m., coffee bar, homemade pastries and pies, flowers and lunch served from 10 a.m. to noon.

Proceeds from the store and farmers market support programs that help adults with developmental disabilities live full lives.

To help with the market, to have a vendor booth or donate produce to the market, call Jennifer Lowry at 566-0094.

CATSUP BOTTLE FESTIVAL: The annual World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival will be July 12 and contestants are needed for the Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup contest. The deadline to enter is July 3.

Contestants must be between the ages of 3 and 6 on July 12. The contest begins at 11:30 a.m. on the Big Tomato Main Stage at American Legion Post 365 in Collinsville.

Children will be interviewed and asked to perform on stage. They will need to state their name, age, answer a question or two and recite their own catsup bottle fun fact. There will also be a talent demonstration.

Entry fees are $20 and preregistration is required.

Visit for an entry form and more information, or call or e-mail pageant coordinator Angie Abernathy at or 344-7986.

SEWING CLASSES: The Belleville Sewing Center is offering summer Kidz Sewing classes.

Classes are:

* June 24 -- placemat purse

* July 10 -- T-shirt pillow

* July 22 -- circular wrap skirt

For information, call the Belleville Sewing Center at 233-0311.

ACCORDION DISCUSSION: Marty from Southwestern Illinois College will entertain and discuss the accordion at 2:30 p.m. today in the dining room at Cambridge House of Swansea, 3900 Sullivan Drive, Swansea.

For information, call 234-8910.

GARDEN TOUR: The Madison County Extension Education Foundation will host its 2009 Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The tour features nine gardens in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon.

Tickets are $12 if purchased in advance at the University of Illinois Extension, 900 Hillsboro, Edwardsville; Garden Kingdom in Glen Carbon; The Bank of Edwardsville main location, Alton, Highland and Maryville Road in Granite City; Creekside Gardens in Collinsville; First National Bank in Holiday Shores, Hamel, Bethalto and Staunton; and Fetter's Garden Center in Troy. Tickets are $15 the day of the tour.

For information, call 650-7050.

SUMMER FESTIVAL: The wineries of the Heartland Rivers Wine Trail are hosting the first Summer Solstice Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Each participating winery will feature festival activities such as live music, local entertainment, wine tasting and culinary treats.

Wineries participating are Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery at Carlyle; Crooked Creek Winery in Centralia; Forsee Vineyards and Winery in Coffeen; Genkota Winery in Mt. Vernon; Mary Michelle Wiery at Pere Marquette Park; Orchard View Winery in Alma; Piasa Winery in Grafton; Schorr Lake Vineyards in Waterloo; Springers Creek Winery in Edwardsville; Vahling Vineyards in Stewardson and Villa Marie Winery in Maryville.

For information, visit

CAR WASH: Collision Plus Auto Body Repair Center in Swansea will sponsor a car wash for the cheerleaders of Althoff Catholic High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 8 Fullerton Road, Swansea.

Money raised will go toward uniforms and equipment.

MUSEUM REOPENS: The U.S. Senator Paul Simon Museum will reopen on National Road Festival Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its new location, State Farm Office (rear), 540 Edwardsville Road, Troy.

A grand re-opening will be later in the fall.

PLAY AUDITIONS: The Monroe Actors Stage Company will host auditions for "The Diary of Anne Frank" at 7 p.m. Saturday and Monday at Capitol Theatre in Waterloo.

Roles are available for two teenage girls and one teenage boy, four men and three women.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Those younger than 18 must have parents sign a permission slip, available at

For information, call 281-4631 or visit

ITEMS WANTED: Personal care items are being sought to deliver to Jefferson Barracks Hospital in July.

The auxiliary of Trenton VFW Post 7983 will have collection boxes marked with flags at the IGA and Dollar General stores in Trenton.

Donated items include toiletries, shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, cards, workbooks, games, caps, T-shirts (large and extra-large), socks and stationery.