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FALL PICNIC: The International Hospitality Program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will host its annual fall picnic, "A Global Gathering," at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cougar Lake Recreation Area at the university.

After the potluck, The Slapper's Country Western Dance Club will demonstrate and teach line dancing. Joyce Warren is the caller. There will be games of cricket, soccer and volleyball.

For information, call 931-0041, 633-2520 or 656-0548.

ROTARY CLUB: A group of local business people have begun to organize a new Troy-area Rotary Club. The club will bring together leaders from Troy, Maryville, Marine and St. Jacob.

An informational lunch meeting will be at noon Friday at Pizza Man Restaurant, 611 Edwardsville Road, Troy.

For information, contact Highland Rotarian Holli Martin at holli@hype-creative.com or call 654-7748.

GARDENING PROGRAM: The Four Seasons Gardening program, sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension, will host a three-part fall series. The first topic is on tree maintenance and will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at 621 South Belt West, Belleville, and again at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at 900 Hillsboro, Edwardsville. Both sessions will be presented via web conferencing.

The seminar focuses on proper maintenance and care and includes color slides.

Other topics include poisonous plants Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, and bonsai Oct. 13, 15.

The cost is $10 per session. Advance registration is requested by Monday.

For information, call 650-7050 or 236-4172.

FIRST NIGHT: The Grand Center Arts and Entertainment District is hosting First Night-St. Louis, a New Year's Eve celebration, on Dec. 31.

The theme is "Wonderland," an imaginary place of delicate beauty or magical charm.

Proposal submissions for installation works, moveable sculpture, banners, performers, poets, dancers, singers, musicians, storytellers, street performers and others are being sought. The proposal deadline is Oct. 1 and should be sent to First Night Saint Louis, Grand Center, Inc., 3526 Washington Ave., second floor, St. Louis, Mo. 63103.

For information, call Rachel Beatty at (314) 289-1517 or e-mail rbeatty@grandcenter.org.

BOOK CLUB: Main Street Community Center will host the Center Book Club meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday.

The book for discussion is "Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurier.

Center evening book club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday and will discuss "A Daughters Love" by John Guy.

For information, call 656-0300.

SQUARE DANCE: The Dandy Dancers Square Dance Club will host a class to learn how to square dance.

The 10-week course is from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and begins Monday at New Christian Fellowship Church, 10090 Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights.

The course is $50 per person.

To register, call Mike and Kate Garrison at 566-8752 or Joe and Marilyn Obal at 632-5596.

Experienced dancers can assist in class and/or plus workshop for $2 per person.

ART CLASSES: Carolyn Karasek, artist, is offering art classes for ages 6 to adult and art themed parties for children in the fall.

Classes and parties are at the American Frame and Art Supply in Fairview Heights.

Registration is from 3 to 7 p.m. today and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

DANCE CLASSES: The O'Fallon Parks and Recreation District is sponsoring ballroom, Latin and imperial swing dance classes at the Katy Cavins Center, 308 E. 5th St., O'Fallon.

The six-week classes begin Tuesday.

Ballroom level 1 dancing is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and imperial swing and Latin dancing is from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

To register, call 624-0139, ext. 5102 or register the night of class.

For information, call 345-1976.

LIBRARY EVENT: The Edwardsville Public Library will host a Date with Dewey evening from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19 at the library, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville.

There will be appetizers from Bella Milano, wines from Crushed Grapes, and jazz music by Rick Haydon, Reggie Thomas and Jeff Campbell.

An auction of vintage library chairs that have been decorated by local artists will occur, plus a silent auction for several gift baskets.

Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the library. For information, call the library at 692-7556.

LAW ENFORCEMENT DAY: The Lenzburg Police Department will host a Law Enforcement Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Lenzburg Community Park, 215 N. Charles St., Lenzburg.

There will be law enforcement units on display and several classic cars. There will also be a vehicle extrication display by the Lenzburg Fire Department, plus the O'Fallon underwater search and recovery team display, St. Clair County Sheriff's reserve posse, Scott Air Force Base military working dogs and more.

Food and refreshments will be for sale and a kids can enjoy a carnival with games, booths and face painting.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets. For information, call 475-3347.

SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS: St. Elizabeth's Hospital Mother Child Center is offering free on-site child safety seat inspections from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Belleville Fire Department building, 1125 S. Illinois St., Belleville.

Technicians will be available to ensure seats are installed correctly. Refreshments and treats will be available for children.

For information, visit www.buckleupillinois.org.

ARTILLERY SAFETY: This year's Artillery Safety School, "Firing Into the Night," will feature a 1700s cannon shot after dark.

The event will be Saturday and Sunday at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher.

The event features re-enactors moving, loading and firing artillery pieces from the 1700s. Various period artillery companies will participate. Visitors can observe the activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, preparations will be made to fire the fort's 6-pound cannon.

For information, visit www.ftdechartres.com.

FAMILY FESTIVAL: Tapestry of Community Offerings Family Festival rally will be Friday and Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m. at Camp Ondessonk, 3760 Ondessonk Road, Ozark.

TOCO offers tree house camping, tent camping and bunks inside Camp Ondessonk's St. Noel Retreat Center.

Tickets are $45 for adults and children 12 and younger are free. Advance reservations are required for tree house and family camping.

For information, visit www.tocofestival.com or call 580-0303.

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