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POPPY DAY: VFW Post 1739 will conduct its Poppy Day drive Friday and Saturday at various stores in Belleville.

Proceeds from the drive assist disabled veterans and veterans in distress, and help veterans hospitals.

ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS: The Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra will host auditions for all orchestral sections. Auditions will be Wednesday at St. Louis Community College at Meramec.

Auditions are by appointment and can be made by calling Beverly at 314-727-4374.

ALL THINGS CHOCOLATE: Christian HomeCare Services, Inc. announced that the annual All Things Chocolate event will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Hidden Lakes Winery in Aviston.

A silent and live auction will be offered. The silent auction ends at 3:30 p.m.; the live auction begins at 4 p.m.

Music from Acoustic Feedback will be from noon to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance by calling 537-9590 or at the door.

OPEN HOUSE: University of Missouri at St. Louis observatory will host an open house at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Richard D. Schwartz Observatory, off Florissant Road and Rosedale Drive, St. Louis.

Participants will be able to see Jupiter, Ring Nebula, Alberio and Hercules Cluster.

The event is free. In case of inclement weather, the open house will be at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30.

MEMORY WALK: The Alzheimer's Association's 2009 Memory Walk will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. For information, visit or call (314) 801-0440.

MEMORIAL 10K: The Fred Winters Memorial 10K will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26 beginning and ending at First Baptist Church, Highway 162, east of Anderson Hospital, Maryville.

A 1-mile fun run/walk will be available.

The entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 from 7 to 8 a.m. on the day of the race.

Proceeds will go to Grace and Hope Ministries, which was established by Cindy Winters, widow of Fred Winters, to give seminary scholarships.

E-mail for a registration form.

GOVERNMENT BARBECUE: The 2009 government officials barbecue will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the St. Clair County courthouse in Belleville.

The cost is $40 per person and covers the cost of one member and one government official.

The event is sponsored by the Bank of Belleville.

Reservations should be made by Sept. 10. Call 233-2015.

ADOPT-A-PET: Benld Adopt-A-Pet is having an adoption event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the O'Fallon PetsMart, 1570 W. Highway 50, O'Fallon.

There is a reduced adoption fee of $50 for cats, kittens, adult dogs and most puppies.

All available animals are spayed/neutered, have all shots and have had worm treatment.

COUNTRY CONCERT: Tickets are on sale for the annual country concert and dance to benefit the Good Samaritan House, a homeless shelter for women and children.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Knights of Columbus, 4225 Old Alton Road, Granite City. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

For information, call 876-0607.

BUILD A BIKE: Wishing Well Ministry will host a back-to-school and build-a-bike program Sunday at the ministry, 204 John Street, State Park Place.

There will be giveaways for children's school supplies, toys, stuffed animals and more.

POPEYE PICNIC: Artists, photographers and sculptors can register with the Mississippi Valley Art Guild to display at the Popeye Picnic in Chester on Sept. 12-13.

There is no fee to register, display or sell.

To register or for information, call 615-3419 by Wednesday.

MUSIC CONTEST: A finalist round of the Original Music Contest will be at 8 p.m. Saturday in the lower level of V & H Recreation, 732 N. 4th St., Breese.

Music will be performed by The Jumpstarts, Bud Summers and Rusty Nails.

A jam session follows the contest.

DANCE CLASS: A basic beginner line dance will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Programs and Services for Older Persons, 201 N. Church St., Belleville.

The cost is $15 for six weeks.

For information, call Carol at 473-2146 or 791-7273 or Melissa at 234-4410, ext. 7042, or e-mail