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SHOWCASE AUDITIONS: Auditions will be at 1 p.m. Saturday for the Clinton County Showcase's "Everybody Loves Opal."

Auditions will be held at the Avon Theater, 535 N. Second St., Breese.

For information, call director Glenn Netemeyer at 588-7130 or visit

Performances will be Oct. 16-18, 23-24 and 26.

SWIC WORKSHOPS: Southwestern Illinois College is offering Saturday noncredit workshops:

* ACT Prep Workshop, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.. Saturdays, Sept. 5-19. For ages 16 and older. Cost is $127.

* Microsoft Excel Basics, 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 12-19. Fee is $38.

* Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 9-30. Fee is $39.

* Advanced Cake Decorating, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Sept. 5-12. Ages 14 and older. Fee is $39.

* Japanese Cooking, 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Ages 14 and older. Class will prepare sushi. Fee is $10.

* The Plot Thickens, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Fee is $20.

* Wildlife Photography, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 9-30. Fee is $39.

For information, call 235-2700, ext. 5393 or (866) 942-SWIC.

ACTORS WANTED: The Itty Bitty Touring Company is seeking actors of all ages for its holiday tour of "Hansel & Gretel and the Ginger Witch."

They will perform the play at area senior apartment communities, nursing homes and community centers during the latter part of November and early December.

Auditions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Nichols Center in Belleville.

For information, call 398-2695 or

MUSEUM CLOSED: The Children's Museum in Edwardsville will be closed from Sept. 6-19 for annual cleaning and exhibit maintenance.

It will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

For information, visit or call 692-2094.

SCAVENGER HUNT: A downtown Belleville scavenger hunt to benefit Relais Bonne Eau, the community Hospice home in Edwardsville, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 12.

Registration is from 2 to 3 p.m. Food will be served at 5 p.m. by Hicks BBQ Company and entertainment is provided fro 5 to 8 p.m.

The cost is $25 for ages 12 and older, $10 for ages 5 to 11; 4 and younger are free.

The cost includes a T-shirt, dinner and attendance prizes. Teams can consist of up to eight members.

For information, contact Ellen at 222-5905 or

D.A.R.E. RIDE: The Trenton Police Department will host its annual "D.A.R.E. to Ride to the Lake!" on Sept. 12.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. Riders will have five routes to choose from to Sportsman's Lake and back or Carlyle Lake and back.

All routes are marked and have food and water stops along the way. SAG support is supplied by the Cyclery of Edwardsville.

Proceeds from the ride support the Trenton D.A.R.E. program and a college scholarship program that was started to help youth continue their education.

The cost is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the ride.

For information, visit and click on the D.A.R.E. Ride tab or call Officer Chris Joellenbeck at 224-9226.

DANCE CLASSES: The Personal Enrichment Department of Lewis and Clark Community College is sponsoring Ballroom, Latin and Imperial Swing dance classes for teens and adults.

Classes are in the Crystal Gardens Ballroom, 1230 University Drive, Edwardsville.

Sessions begin Sept. 13 and 14 and is $37.50 per person.

Ballroom (beginning level) is from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by level II ballroom from 2 to 3 p.m. and Imperial Swing from 3 to 4 p.m. Sundays; advanced ballroom from 7 to 8 p.m. and Latin (tango, rumba, salsa, meringue) from 8 to 9 p.m. Mondays.

Call 468-5750 to register or call 345-1976 for information.

DANCE CLINIC: The Edwardsville High School varsity and JV dance teams will host their annual dance clinic from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 at Liberty Middle School, Edwardsville.

Check-in begins at 9 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., the girls will perform for their parents.

The clinic is open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The entry fee is $25, which includes a T-shirt, snack, goodie bag and entrance to the football game. Registration deadline is Wednesday.

For information, call Julie at 304-1241.

CONSIGNMENT SALE: A recycled kids children's consignment sale will be Sept. 12-13 at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Route 13 and 159, Belleville.

This is a children's clothing (size 0-16 and juniors), toy, furniture and baby equipment consignment sale. Contributors earn 70 percent of sale price.

For information, visit

ART CLASSES: American Frame & Art Gallery is sponsoring art classes for children and adults and part parties for children from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at American Frame and Art Supply, 5205 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights.

For information, call 939-9495 or 593-8794.

BEREAVEMENT GROUP: The Compassionate Friends of Madison County will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, 2249 South State Route 157, Edwardsville.

The group is for bereaved parents and their families following the death of a child of any age by any cause.

For information, call Lois at 656-4359 or Jean at 659-0369.

COFFEE TALK: Main Street Community Center will host Judge Barbara Crowder as their Coffee Talk speaker at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

Reservations are not required and there is no agenda. Those attending can hear about future city plans, building projects in the area, current programs, changes and more. For information, call 656-0300.

KIWANIS CLUB: The Collinsville Sunrise Kiwanis Club will meet at 9 a.m. Sept. 11 in front of City Hall at the flag pole for a "Freedom Walk."

The walk is held in honor of first responders. At 9:11 a.m., the group will be at the flag pole at Webster School in Collinsville to listen to music from the students and to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The group will then proceed west on Church Street, north of Seminar and then east on Main Street, concluding at The Oatman House Tea Room.

For information, call 659-9151.

TREKKERS SERIES: The Illinois Trekkers final walk in their summer series will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville.

Registration is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. The walk will go along the Richland Greenway, through several parks and back through the new streetscape downtown.

Registration is $3 and children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

For information, call Sue or Packy at 236-9521.