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

* 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Hospital, 4500 Memorial Drive, Belleville.

* 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Granite City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3500 Century Drive, Granite City (bloodmobile in parking lot).

* Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Anderson Hospital, 68 State Route 162, Troy (classrooms 1 and 2).

* 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Cope Plastics, 4441 Industrial Drive, Alton (lunchroom).

* 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Troy Women's Club, 209 S. Main St., Troy.

RED CROSS TRAINING: American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter will offer a Lay Responder First Aid and CPR/AED instructor course from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17-18 and 20 at the Metro East Service Center, 10218 Lincoln Trail Drive, Fairview Heights.

Participants must attend all three days. They must be at least 16 years old, pass each section of a written exam pre-course session with a score of at least 80 percent and be competent in CPR/AED-Adult and Child, CPR-Infant and first aid. The cost of the course is $230.

To register, call Gina at 314-516-2742 or visit www.redcrossstl.org.

KNEE DISCUSSION: Learn about a safe, effective, non-surgical treatment for knee replacement at noon Wednesday at The Four Points by Sheraton in Fairview Heights. Lunch will be provided.

Another seminar will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at Fiona's Family Restaurant in Edwardsville. Dinner is provided.

The seminars are presented by Associated Physicians Group.

For information, call 866-915-9022 or visit www.associatedphysicians.com.

PENTECOSTAL ACTIVITIES: The Pentecostals of Troy, 312 S. Main St., Troy, will give away school supplies at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 during its Back To School Service. Prayer will be offered for students, faculty and staff.

Dave Stonesifer will worship and pray with residents and staff of Elmwood Nursing Home in Maryville at 10 a.m. Aug. 11.

The church has two Home Friendship Groups. Troy I meets every Tuesday night, and Troy II meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

In the future, the groups will offer a six-week program on the movie "Fireproof."

For more information, call 667-6054 or visit www.pentecostalsoftroy.org.

SUPPORT GROUP: The next meeting of the Karla Smith Foundation support group for family and friends of people who have committed suicide will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Peace Chapel, 10101 W. Main St., Belleville.

For more information, call 628-3129 or visit www.karlasmithfoundation.org.

ALZHEIMER'S PROGRAM: The Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis Chapter will present a free program on "Understanding Behaviors and Improving Communication" from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at Clinton County Senior Services, 519 N. Main St., Trenton.

The program will help caregivers understand their loved ones' strengths and needs, as well as ways to maintain their independence. Topics include improving communication skills and managing challenging behaviors.

Advance registration is required at (800) 272-3900 or www.alzstl.org.

CLOTHING GIVEAWAY: Trinity Presbyterian Women's Association in Sparta has opened a "free store" to help people cope with the struggling economy. The Clothes Closet gives away good used clothing to people in need.

The store also distributes sheets, bedspreads, blankets, dishes, books, toys and knickknacks. All items are donated.

The store is at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 301 West Broadway, Sparta, and is open from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Donations are appreciated. They should be marked "The Clothes Closet" and left in the church basement.

For more information, call 443-3134 and leave a message.

DIABETES PRESENTATION: St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese is offering the Keys-4-Life Diabetes program to help people deal with high blood sugar.

It includes presentations by a registered nurse and certified athletic trainer, blood-pressure and weight checks, eight weeks of access to the HealthPlex indoor exercise facility and a final evaluation.

The cost is $60. Participants must be cleared by a physician. They can continue to use the exercise facility for $30 a month after the program ends.

For more information, call Certified Diabetes Educator Barb Voss at 526-5743, e-mail her at bvoss@sjb.hshs.org or visit www.stjoebreese.com and go to the HealthPlex link.

FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES: First Baptist Church Maryville will host its annual Yard Give-Away and School Supply Distribution for families in need from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Children will get new backpacks filled with school supplies. Families can receive gently used household items.

Items will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Children must be present with proof of Madison County residency for school supplies.

Donated items can be dropped off Thursday and Friday at the church, 7110 State Route 162, Maryville. Cash donations to purchase school supplies also are welcome.

For more information or to volunteer, call the church office at 667-8221.

SUPPORT GROUP: Hope (Helping Others Provide Encouragement) is inviting widows and widowers to a lunchtime gathering called the Dog Days of Summer at HOPE. The group will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville to support one another in a social setting.

The cost is $13. R.S.V.P. by Monday at 288-9500. HOPE is sponsored by Irwin Chapel of Granite City and Glen Carbon.

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