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TALENT SHOW: Caseyville Chamber of Commerce will present its first "Turn Up the Talent" talent show at 11 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Caseyville Park.

Those interested in participating can register by calling 344-1234, ext. 208, or e-mail

GARDEN TOUR: University of Illinois Extension master gardeners will host a tour of Glik Park Gardens, 12525 Sportsman Road, Highland.

The tour will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be a focus on the labyrinth.

For information, call 650-7050 or e-mail

MUSICIANS WANTED: The Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra is seeking a French horn player, two percussionists and string players on all instruments.

The orchestra will meet from 7:45 to 10 p.m. Thursdays.

Also, the chorale is accepting new singers in all voice ranges. The chorale rehearses from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. Mondays.

For information, call Robert Howard at 234-8079 or visit

MOTIVATIONAL LECTURE: Writer Maria Karagianis will talk on "Making Meaning: Seven Steps to Creating a Life Worth Living" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts at McKendree University in Lebanon.

Karagianis spent 13 years as a staff writer and political reporter for the Boston Globe and also write for the Rand Daily Main in South Africa and attended Harvard Divinity School. She is currently the director of U.S. Operations for Anatolia in Greece.

Admission is free and reservations are recommended by calling 537-6863.

EVENING DANCE: Main Street Community center will host a dance at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville.

The theme is "School Days." The cost is $6 per person and includes cake, coffee and iced team with entertainment by Bob Tyler. Bring an appetizer to share.

Advance reservations with payment is required by today at the center.

For information, call 656-0300 or e-mail

AUDITIONERS WANTED: Outreach Mission Church is seeking actors, singers and dancers for a tryout on Saturday at the church, 6205 62nd and State streets, East St. Louis.

Those auditioning must be 15 years or older. For information, call (314) 369-1529.

RIVER CELEBRATION: Pere Marquette State Park will host "It's Our River Day Celebration" on Saturday at the park.

The day begins at 8 a.m. at the Visitor Center with a video on the river system. After the video, there will be a hike to one of the overlooks. Bring binoculars.

Activities for children include fishing from 10 a.m. to noon, a fishing simulator set up, hot dogs and chips from noon to 1 p.m., and an electro fish demonstration at 1 p.m.

5K TRAIL RUN: The Watershed Nature Center 5K trail run and one-mile trail walk will be Oct. 3.

The 5K trail run and mile walk begins at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Watershed Nature Center.

Registration fees are $10 for children, $15 for 5K for those registered by Sept. 18 or $20 on race day. The mile walk is $10 by Sept. 18 and $15 on race day.

For information, visit or call 692-7578.

WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE: Women of Excellence, an event for ages 14 and older, will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the community room at 2903 Waverly, East St. Louis.

There will be raffles, prizes and discussions on drugs, alcohol, sex, peer pressure, relationships and more.

For information, call 580-5754 or e-mail Larita Rice at or contact Doris Billops at 250-4780 or

Childcare is available.

ORCHARD WALK: The Illinois Trekkers will host its annual Eckert's Orchard Walk on Saturday.

Registration is from 8 a.m. to noon at the main tent. The fee is $3 and children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

For information, contact Shirley Martin at or Gary Staley at

Eckert's is at 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville.

"CIRCUIT RIDER": The "Circuit Rider," a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle designed and built in honor of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, will arrive Tuesday at the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site, 315 W. Gallatin, Vandalia.

The motorcycle can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sept. 26.

YOUTH ORCHESTRA: Student musicians who have been playing for at least one year are invited to audition for the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

The 2009-2010 season has started. For information, call Julie Niesen at 622-0796.

CHARITY GRAPESTOMP: Black Diamond Vineyards will host its annual charity grapestomp beginning with registration at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The competition begins at 12:30 p.m. There will be food, prizes and free wine tasting and tours.

Admission is $2 per person and $1 for the stomping. Bring lawn chairs.

Proceeds benefit the Brain Injury Association of Illinois.

The vineyards is at 3501 Black Diamond Road, Nashville.

For information, call 336-5700 or visit

CHILI COOK-OFF: Lebanon's Winter Wonderland will host its annual chili cook-off Sept. 26. and are looking for chili chefs.

For information, call 363-0323. Money from the cook-off is used to sponsor the light show.

VENDOR FAIR: The Swansea Chamber of Commerce will host a vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Thompson Civic Center, Swansea.

Parking and admission is free. For information, visit

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: Triumphant ministries, a para-church youth ministry, will conduct its annual Leadership Academy this Friday and Saturday at Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital, 129 N. 8th St., East St. Louis.

The academy is conducted in a workshop format for adults ages 18 to 21. It addresses workforce issue and life skills specific to the age group.

For information, call the Rev. Ohala Ward at 979-1657 or (314) 865-4453.

POETRY READING: Poet B. H. Fairchild will read from his work at 7 p.m. Sunday in the bookstore at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The event is free. For information, call Emily at 650-2132 or e-mail

SQUARE DANCE: Anyone interested in square dancing can still register for the Dandy Dancers' basic square dance course through Monday.

The cost is $50 per person and no square dance experience is required. Call 566-8752 or 632-5596.