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Sunday briefs (8/2/09)

CANCER PROGRAM: St. Elizabeth's Hospital will host a program about skin cancer in older adults at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mascoutah Senior Center.

Dr. David Haymes of New Dimensions Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery will speak on "Skin Cancer Aging."

The cost of $3 per person includes lunch. Reservations are required by calling 566-8758.

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

* 3-7 p.m. Monday, YMCA gym, 284 N. Seven Hills Road, O'Fallon.

* 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Memorial Hospital, 4500 Memorial Drive, Belleville, on the bloodmobile.

* 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Berean Baptist Church, 200 E. Hamilton St., Bunker Hill.

SPORTS PHYSICALS: The last sports health physicals of the summer offered by Athletes Advantage will be Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.

The sports physicals, for students who plan to participate in school athletic programs, will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. in the hospital's HealthPlex. The cost is $30.

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

ANNUAL PAGEANT: The Miss Southern Illinois Scholarship Association will host its annual pageant Aug. 15 in Marion.

The pageant is open to girls ages 5 to 17. For information, call Judy at 997-2998.

MEMORY WALK: The Alzheimer's Association's Memory Walk will be Sept. 26 on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 9 a.m.

To register, call (314) 801-0440 or visit

FIRST AID TRAINING: The American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter will offer the following:

* First Aid Component Training class, 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Metro East Service Center, 10218 Lincoln Trail Drive, Fairview Heights. Participants must present a current (within one year) CPR certificate to be eligible for the class. The cost is $32.

* CPR/AED Training-Child and CPR-Infant plus First Aid class, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Metro East Service Center, 10218 Lincoln Trail Drive, Fairview Heights. The cost is $57.

Participants must pre-pay in order to take a class. No walk-ins will be accepted. To register, call 397-4600 or visit

SCHOOL REGISTRATION: Mascoutah Community Unit School District 19 will have registration for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

New and returning students can register from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 10-11 at the building they will be attending. Students with last names beginning with A-M will register Monday; students with last names beginning with N-Z will register Aug. 11.

Proof of residency is required for all students.

HOSTS NEEDED: The World Heritage Student Exchange is seeking local families to be hosts for high-school exchange students. The students are proficient in English, 15 to 18 years old and here for the 2009-2010 school year.

For information, call Jim at 233-4393 or (800) 888-9040 or visit

CHORALE AUDITIONS: Here is the schedule for Masterworks Chorale and Children's Chorus:

* Adult Chorale auditions will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. To schedule an time, call Christa Jenkins at 628-9989.

* Children's Chorus and Youth Chorale auditions will be from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 18. To schedule a time, call Becky McGrady at 257-2761.

* Masterworks Children's Chorus summer camp is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10-14 at Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville. The cost of $100 includes lunch. Visit for information.

PLAY AUDITIONS: Open House Theatre in New Athens will host auditions for the mystery-comedy "Spooks Alive" at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the multi-purpose Senior Center, 208 Kaskaskia St., New Athens.

Roles are available for seven male and eight females of varying ages. There will be cold readings from the script.

Dancers and singers are also needed to perform a 30-minute pre-show.

For information, call 222-2712 or e-mail

STUDY PARTICIPANTS: The American Cancer Society will sign people up to participate in its Cancer Prevention Study-3 at the Clinton County Relay For Life at 7 p.m. Friday at Central Community High School in Breese.

The study will enroll a half-a-million people from across the United States. It will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer, and will further efforts to eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.

Participants must be between 30 and 65 years old; never have been diagnosed with cancer; and be willing to make a long-term commitment, which means filling out follow-up surveys at their homes periodically.

Visit for information.