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PEACH PICKING: Pick-your-own peaches is now open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily at Eckert's Belleville farm, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville.

The cost is $1.59 per pound. For information, call 233-0513, ext. 6.

BACKPACK ATTACK: The YMCA of Southwest Illinois will host its first Backpack Attack, a community-wide school supply drive that will collect basic school supplies to be distributed to local schools for youth in need.

Each branch of the YMCA of Southwest Illinois will serve as a collection site.

The school supply drive runs through Aug. 7. For information, call 233-9485.

SPORTS PHYSICALS: Appointments are still available for sports health physicals offered Wednesday and Aug. 5 by Athletes Advantage, the sports medicine program at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.

Sports physicals will be available by appointment from 1 to 3 p.m. in the hospital HealthPlex north of St. Joseph-Breese along Jamestown Road. The cost is $30.

For information or an appointment, call 526-5630 or e-mail

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT: St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese hosts an Alzheimer's Association support group that meets at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Senior Renewal area of the hospital HealthPlex.

Sessions are open to anyone caring for a person with dementia at home or in a nursing home, or who has a family member or friend with Alzheimer's or a similar disease.

There is no charge. For information, call 526-5486 or 526-5699.

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

* 4-7 p.m. Monday, Central Christian Church, 1420 Illini Drive, O'Fallon. Blood drive is in the multi-purpose room.

* 3-7 p.m. Monday, senior building, 213 N. Prairie St., Bethalto.

* 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Second Baptist Church, 2100 Illinois Ave., Granite City. Blood drive is in the lower level multi-purpose room.

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Gateway Regional Medical Center lobby/conference room, 2100 Madison Ave., Granite City.

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Hitz Memorial Home, 701 Bell St., Alhambra.

ALZHEIMER'S PROGRAM: "Knowing the Signs," a free program offered by the Alzheimer's Association, will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Sycamore village, 225 Castellano Drive, Swansea.

Registration is required. Visit or call (800) 272-3900.

DIVORCED/SEPARATED SUPPORT: 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.

There will be a discussion of issues that surface after a separation or divorce.

For information, call 235-9601, ext. 146.

SUMMER LECTURES: Lindenwood University, 2600 W. Main St., Belleville, is offering a summer lecture series.

The first lecture will be by Tony Cecena, owner of Cecena's Jewelry, on Monday. He will talk on "Owning Your Own Business -- The Pros & Cons."

Lectures are held from 5 to 6 p.m. in room 216 of the main building.

WALK MS: The Gateway Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host the annual Walk MS on Aug. 22 at the Family Sports Park in O'Fallon.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Participants can choose between a 1-mile or a 2.5-mile walk.

For information, visit

DIABETES CLASSES: Outpatient Nutrition Counseling Services at St. Elizabeth's Hospital is offering four "Diabetes Conversation Map" classes to be from 6 to 8 p.m. each Thursday in August in the hospital's cafeteria conference room.

Classes are limited to eight to 10 people. The cost is $45 for all four classes if prepaid at the first session. For individual classes, the cost is $15 per participant, per session, and $10 for each additional guest.

The sessions are led by a registered dietitian. To register or for information, call 641-5498.

TITANIC MUSEUM: "Titanic: Treasures from the Deep," a new mobile museum featuring artifacts recovered from the wreck site, will be in Fairview Heights July 30-Aug. 2 at St. Clair Square.

The tour highlights the story of the Titanic, its passengers and the dedication to preserve the ship's memory.

There will be more than 50 authentic items, including pieces of the ship and personal artifacts of Titanic passengers such as blue-enameled gold cufflinks and a tie pin with gems.