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YOUTH ORCHESTRA: The Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. Leon Burke, has started its 2009-2010 season.

This year's season will feature a variety of music, some of it coming back with Dr. Burke from his recent trip in South America, where he was conducting an International Youth Orchestra.

The Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is one of three performing branches of the Belleville Philharmonic Society.

The Youth Orchestra is open by audition to student musicians who have been playing for at least one year. For information, contact Julie Niesen, 622-0796.

OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS: The St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness group will host a St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day at Busch Stadium on Sept. 20.

The game begins at 1:15 p.m. and features the Cardinals against the Chicago Cubs.

Tickets are $21 and includes a free baseball cap with each ticket purchased. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 17.

To purchase a ticket or for information, call (314) 995-6220.

"ROUNDTABLE" MEETS: The "Roundtable," a group that meets monthly to discuss current events, will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 in the library at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St., Belleville.

This month, the topic will be health care reform facilitated by Sherry Haskins.

For information, call Lou at 791-0875 or Barbara or Jessie at 277-0743.

RED CROSS TRAINING: The American Red Cross will host the following:

* CPR/AED Training-Adult and Child plus CPR Training-Infant, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, or from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Metro East Service Center, 10218 Lincoln Trail Drive, Fairview Heights. The cost is $53. No walk-ins are accepted.

* First Aid Component Training class, 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Metro East Service Center, 10218 Lincoln Trail Drive, Fairview Heights. Designed for those with current CPR certification. Cost is $32. Bring your card to class.

Call 397-4600 or visit to register.


* Cardiology Consultants, Ltd. hosts a support group for defibrillator patients and their families. The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Centennial Room at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, 211 S. Third St., Belleville. For information, call 233-2969, ext. 4542.

* 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. The topic will be "Origination of Halloween." For information, call 235-9601, ext. 146.

* Starting Over, a widowed grief support group, will begin Tuesday at St. John United Church of Christ, 307 Clay St., Collinsville. The group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. through Oct. 13. It is a non-denominational, six-part support series for men and women of all ages who are adjusting to the widowed experience. For information or to register, call 344-2526.

* The next meeting for the Karla Smith Foundation support group for the family and friends of a loved one who died by suicide will be from 7 to 8:0 p.m. Thursday in the Peace Chapel, 10101 W. Main St., Belleville. Sessions are sponsored by the Karla Smith Foundation. For information, call 628-3129 or visit

MEMORIAL 10K: The Fred Winters Memorial 10K and 1-mile fun run/walk will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 at First Baptist Church, Highway 162, Maryville.

Participants must finish by 11:30 a.m. A free T-shirt will be given to those with a paid $20 registration due by Sept. 21.

Late registrations will be taken the morning of the race for $25.

Proceeds from the event will go directly to the Grace and Hope Ministries.

For information, e-mail

INCONTINENCE DISCUSSION: Dr. Michael Hermann, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and member of Memorial Hospital's medical staff, will conduct a Healthy Conversation about incontinence from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Health and Education Center, 706 E. Highway 50, O'Fallon.

He will discuss causes, symptoms and treatment options for those with urinary incontinence.

There is no fee, but advance registration is suggested. Call 257-5649.

FINANCIAL PEACE: The Journey United Methodist Church of Freeburg will host Dave Ramsey's "Financial Peace University" beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 for thirteen weeks.

Financial Peace University is a program that teaches participants how to make the right decisions regarding money.

Classes are at Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St., Belleville. The cost is $40 per family unit which includes Dave Ramsey's book, materials and an instructor.

To register, call Pastor Holly Wood at 233-6375.

HEALTH DISCUSSION: "Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2-3 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville.

The Rev. Craig Rennebohm, a Washington native, will be the keynote speaker. He will talk on "Walking the Talk: Turning Words into Actions as Caregivers & Companions of those Living with Mental Illness."

The cost is $30 for one day, $50 for both days (includes lunch). Registration is requested by Sept. 26.

For information, visit

ISSUES & EGGS: The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an Issues & Eggs breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Bellecourt Manor, 225 E. A St., Belleville.

Check-in begins at 7 a.m.

The guest speaker will be Mayor Mark Eckert. He will discuss effects of the current economy on the city's budget and the city administration's vision for 2009-2010.

The cost is $20. The event is hosted by the Government Affairs Committee.

For reservations, call 233-2015 or e-mail

GARDEN INITIATIVE: The Collinsville Area Recreation District received an Illinois Rain Garden Initiative grant for $500 from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's office to design and construct a wetland rain garden at Willoughby Heritage Farm and Conservation Reserve.

CARD is seeking donations of soil and various plants to complete the work on the garden. Needed plants include button bush, swamp milkweed, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia, lizard's tail, blue flag iris, Virginia blue bells, Virginia water leaf, horsetails, jewel weed and sedge palm.

For information, call Carol Frerker at 346-7529.

SENIOR CITIZEN ACADEMY: The Fairview Heights Police Department will sponsor its annual Senior Citizen Academy for citizens 55 and older.

The academy will be in the afternoons for six weeks, beginning Sept. 17 at the Fairview Heights Police Department, 10027 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights.

A one-hour informational program will be presented at 1 p.m. each week, followed by a half-hour break. A snack will be provided. The break will be followed by a second hour-long program, and sessions end at 3:30 p.m.

Topics covered could include identity theft, scams, traffic safety, reporting a crime, drug awareness, neighborhood watch and elderly abuse.

The program is free and is not limited to Fairview Heights residents. To register, call Tina Bangaru at 489-2100.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED: The Nicaragua Christian Education Foundation is seeking teams of 60 volunteers for each of eight sessions to help pack meals to feed children in the developing world.

Volunteers will prepare 100,000 meals. The event will be Sept. 17-19 at the NiCE Foundation Warehouse, 1405 Walnut St., Highland.

A series of two-hour packing sessions, each beginning with a 15-minute overview of Feed My Starving Children's work around the world, will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17; from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1-3 p.m., 3:30-5:30 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18; and from 9 to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

To sign up for a volunteer shift, call Bill at 288-6078 or 420-6977 or e-mail

ENROLLMENT OPEN: The St. Paul Mother's Day Out Program is enrolling children for fall classes. Limited openings are available for children who are ages 2 to 4 by Sept. 1.

Classes meet from 9:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is at the church at 115 W. B St., Belleville. For information, call 355-1058.

SOCIAL GATHERING: Helping Others Provide Encouragement is offering a new social gathering for anyone who has lost a spouse.

The group will meet monthly at lunchtime.

The first will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville. The cost is $13, payable at the luncheon.

Reservations should be made by Monday to 288-9500.

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

* 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Saint Anthony's Health Center, 1 St. Anthony's Way, Alton. The drive will be in the conference room by the emergency room.

* 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, quad area of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Route 157, Edwardsville.

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS: Free blood pressure checks will be offered from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Heritage Room at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.

Screenings are free and there are no dietary restrictions.

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross blood drive will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Breese American Legion, 575 N. Main St., Breese.

Bring photo identification. For information, call 526-5439.

RE-SELL-IT SALE: Mothers of Multiples in Metro East & St. Louis will host its semi-annual Children's Re-Sell-It sale from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 at the Metro East Lutheran High School gymnasium, 6305 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville.

There will be baby item and equipment, toys, books, movies and clothing in sizes from infant to 12/14.

CHALLENGE 12 GRADUATION: The 2009 Challenge 12 graduation will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Southwestern Illinois College's Programs and Services for Older Persons, 201 N. Church St., Belleville.

The graduation is hosted by the Center for Racial Harmony.

FUNDRAISER BEGINS: St. Paul's Lutheran School's seventh grade student are selling St. Paul's Community Discount cards this year. The cards are $7 and are good through Aug. 31, 2010.

Money raised will go toward the eighth grade graduation trip to Washington, D.C.

For information, call the school office at 667-6314.

OPEN HOUSE: The annual open house at the Henry White Research Farm will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the farm, Route 158/West Centreville Avenue.

There will be wagon ride tours of the farm's wetlands plus prairie, nut trees, ponds and master garden area.

Refreshments will be served.

There will be children's activities with animal petting and birds from the Wildlife Sanctuary at 11 a.m.

A fishing derby begins with registration at 9 a.m.