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PAPER CRUSADE: The Ainad Shriners of Southern Illinois will host its 25th annual paper crusade throughout Southern Illinois.

A special-edition newspaper will be distributed. All of the net proceeds from the paper crusade will go to Shriners Hospitals.

Nobles with their red fezzes will be on street corners and entrances to businesses distributing the informational papers. Donations will be taken.

LIBRARY EVENT: The Edwardsville Public Library will host an "Ask the Expert" program from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at the library, 112 S. Kansas St.

Andy Gibbs, of The Cyclery, and an officer of the Edwardsville Police Department will discuss "Stayin' Alive on Your Family Bike Ride: Bike Maintenance and Safety." The program is free.

PERSONALIZED COOKBOOKS: The Xi Chi sorority of O'Fallon are selling a personalized cookbook to benefit St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.

The book is filled with 300 recipes and cooking hints. Each recipe features the donor's name in the community.

The books are available now for $10 per copy, with proceeds going to St. Jude's.

For information, call Fran Harris at 632-1803 or e-mail bootscutie@hotmail.com.

FARM AID: Restaurants across St. Louis will be participating Tuesday in Farm Aid's "Fresh from the Family Farm" restaurant fundraiser.

Participating restaurants will feature food from family farms on the menu during the fundraiser, and will donate proceeds from the event to Farm Aid.

The event is sponsored by Sauce Magazine and Metromix. The fundraiser is one of several events that will lead up to Farm Aid's all-day music and food festival Oct. 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Mo.

SUPPORT GROUPS:

* 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. There will be a discussion of issues that surface after a separation or divorce. For information, call 235-9601, ext. 146.

* The Brain Injury Support System for Southern Illinois will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at LINC, Inc., 120 E. A St., Belleville. Resource information will be available. For information, call Barbara at 616-1700.

BELLEVILLE TRADITIONS: In honor of National Assisted Living Week, Sycamore Village in Swansea will host "A Taste of Belleville Traditions" from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Sycamore Village, 225 Castellano Drive, Swansea.

For $2 each, food from Big Mamma's, White Cottage, Mallo's Bakery, Marco's on Main and others can be sampled.

For information or a reservation, call 222-2571.

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

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Gateway Regional Medical Center, lobby conference room, 2100 Madison Ave., Granite City.

* The blood drive scheduled for Friday at Governor French Academy has been canceled.

CERT TRAINING: Community Emergency Response Team training is being offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 26 and from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Heritage Hall at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St., Belleville.

Participants must attend all three sessions and will receive a certificate once training is completed.

For information or to register, call 277-0743.

GROWING FRUIT: University of Illinois Extension master gardeners will discuss growing small fruit in the garden from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Godfrey Village Garden, 6810 Godfrey Road, Godfrey.

Master Gardener John Schlafter will lead the discussion.

For information, call 650-7050 or e-mail madison_co@extension.uiuc.edu.

RAIN BARRELS: Alton Marketplace, the Sierra Club and Lewis and Clark Community College are partnering with Prairie Rain Harvester, Inc., to offer locals the opportunity to purchase discounted, recycled rain barrels.

Residents can purchase rain barrels for $65 each, including tax. Orders must be placed by Wednesday. Rain barrels will be available for pickup at the Mississippi Earthtones Festival between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at Alton's Riverfront Park in downtown Alton.

Online orders can be placed with a credit card at www.PrairieRainHarvester.com/earthtones. For information, call (217) 621-1273.

DIABETES PRESENTATION: Board-certified nephrologist Matthew Koch will present "Diabetes and the Kidneys" at 6 p.m. Monday during the Diabetes Support Group meeting at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.

He will focus on kidney disease including the relationship of diabetes, diagnostic lab tests, treatments and prevention.

For information, call Barb Voss at 526-5743 or e-mail bvoss@sjb.hshs.org.

AUTISM TRAINING: The Illinois Center for Autism will offer a training series on "Make Friends, Make it Appropriate, Make It Work."

This eight-week course is designed to support individuals with Higher Functioning Autism, Asperger's, Non-Verbal Learning Disorders and ADHD. It uses a step-by-step approach that includes modeling, coaching, reinforcement and opportunities for implementation.

The series is dedicated to two age groups, ages 15 to 19, and adults, ages 20 and older. The adolescent/young adults group will meet Tuesdays and the adult group will meet Thursdays. Both groups meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The cost is $400 and class size is limited to 10 participants. The first class begins Sept. 29.

For information, call 398-7500 or e-mail training@illinoiscenterforautism.org.

COFFEE TALK: Richard Walker, an Edwardsville alderman, will be the guest for September Coffee Talk at 9 a.m. Friday at the Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

He is working with local historians to document the "living history" of the Wildey Theatre.

For information, call 656-0300 or e-mail info@mainstcc.org.

WORSHIP SEMINAR: Training Resources, Inc. announced that worship author and teacher Tom Kraeuter will lead a seminar on worship Saturday at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville.

The seminar is open to anyone interested in learning more about worship or desiring a stronger relationship with God.

Tickets are available at www.worshipseminar.com.

SHREDDING TIME: Shredfest, an event where the public is invited to bring outdated documents to be shredded, will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Southwest Bank, 2 Carlyle Plaza Drive, Belleville.

The shredding will be performed by Cintas Service Partners. There is a limit of two boxes or bags per person or company.

For information, visit www.mysouthwestbank.com/shredfest.

5K RUN/WALK: The Simmons law firm is sponsoring the first "Miles for Meso" 5K run and walk at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 in Alton.

The run/walk will raise money for mesothelioma research, a rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

For information, visit www.milesformesothelioma.org.

RED CROSS TRAINING: The American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter will host the following:

* Standard First Aid with CPR/AED Training (Adult), 6-10:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Metro East Service Center, 10218 Lincoln Trail Drive, Fairview Heights. Cost is $54. Pre-payment is required.

* CPR/AED Training-Child and CPR-Infant plus First Aid, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Metro East Service Center, 10218 Lincoln Trail Drive, Fairview Heights. Cost is $57. Pre-payment is required.

To register, call 397-4600 or visit www.redcrossstl.org and register online in the "Take a Class" section.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: St. Paul United Church of Christ hosts a monthly discussion of current events at the church.

The Roundtable meets from 10 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month in the library at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 W. B St., Belleville.

The topic this Saturday is health care reform facilitated by Sherry Haskins.

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

BLOOD DRIVE: An American Red Cross blood drive will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Millstadt Consolidated School, 211 W. Mill St., Millstadt.

Bring a photo ID. For information, call (800) GIVE-LIFE.

STARTING OVER: Starting Over, a six-part support series for men and women who are adjusting to a widowed lifestyle, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays beginning Sept. 20 through Oct. 25 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. DeMazenod Drive, Belleville.

The topic Sept. 20 is "Dealing with the Reality of Being Widowed"; Sept. 25,: "The Grieving Process and Loneliness"; Oct. 4, "Moving from Grieving to Healing, from Isolation to Connectedness"; Oct. 11, "Reconciliation with Myself, Others and with God"; Oct. 18, "Having Faith that There is Hope"; and Oct. 25, "Getting On with My Life: Personal Growth and New Relationships."

Cost is $20. Call 632-3899 or 772-8391 or 824-6516 or 233-0446.

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