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LIBRARY FILM: The Belleville Public Library will host a preview of the new Ken Burns film, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Using archival photos, personal memories and stunning cinematography, the film chronicles the growth of the national park system through the stories of the people who helped save them from destruction.

The library is at 121 E. Washington St.; call 234-0441 for a reservation. Refreshments will be served. The film will debut at 7 p.m. Sunday on KETC-TV.

MAKE APPLE BUTTER: Instruction in the art of making apple butter will be offered today and Saturday at the restored 1859 rock mill in Maeystown.

Members of the Maeystown Preservation Society will demonstrate various apple peeling and stirring methods in preparation for the annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 11.

Apple peeling will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and apple stirring is from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.

Those interested in helping to peel apples or donate two hours of stirring time can call David Braswell at 458-6660.

AUDITIONS: Auditions for the Looking Glass Playhouse production of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon.

Those auditioning will be asked to perform cold readings from the script. Production dates are Nov. 12-15, 19-22.

For information, call the director, Patrick Donnigan, at (314) 616-3140.

PHOTO CONTEST: The deadline to submit entries for the Cahokia Mounds North American Indian photography contest is Oct. 1. Contest judging and award presentations will be held Oct. 17.

Entries may be black and white or color prints. The entry fee is $10 per photo (maximum of two photos), payable to Cahokia Mounds Museum Society. Entry forms are available at, or at the Interpretive Center.

For information, call 346-5160 or visit the website.

FASHION SHOW: A Rescues & Runways fashion show will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Rock Springs Park, Nature Center in O'Fallon.

This fashion show features models with the latest fall looks from maurices.

The fashion show benefits pets in need of a home from Spencer Kennel O'Fallon. Admission is free.

BENEFIT RIDE: Bikers Against Diabetes (B.A.D.) will host a ride and at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Route 66 State Park in Eureka, Mo.

Check-in time is from 9 to 11 a.m. and the ride begins at 11 a.m. A festival will open at noon. There will be a bike show, music, bike games, food, vendors and more.

For information, call (888) 342-2383, ext. 6830 or visit

SIMON MUSEUM: The U.S. Sen. Paul Simon Museum will celebrate the life of Paul Simon beginning at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 at 542 Edwardsville Road, Troy.

A dedication of the museum at its new location and book signing by Robert E. Hartley will be held at 11 a.m.

A social and luncheon follows at the Tri-Township Library, 209 S. Main St., Troy.

The cost is $25 per person for the social and luncheon. For information, call 667-1364 or 520-1144 or visit

HAUNTED TOUR: A haunted Main Street tour will be held Oct. 2-3 in Collinsville.

A guided basic walking tour is $10 or $12 at the door. The walk is about one hour with docents.

Other tours are available, such as a behind-the-scenes guided tour at the Miner's for $10; a wrap-up featuring scary stories by Ron Adams for $5, a seance at Oatman House Tea Room for $5 and a Miner's Theatre Haunted Overnight for $40.

For information, call the Collinsville Historical Museum at 344-1834 or stop by at 406 W. Main St., Collinsville.

TOUR DE COAL: The Coal Country Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Tour de Coal bicycle ride on Saturday at the Benld City Hall/Civic Center, 201 E. Central St., Benld.

The ride is for riders of all ages and abilities. It is held in conjunction with the annual fall festival held at the Benld City Park. Rides of 15-miles, 30-miles or 63-miles are available.

Registration is from 7 to 9 a.m. a.m. at the Benld City Hall/Civic Center the day of the event. The cost is $20 per person or $50 for family of three or more.

Visit For information, call (217) 839-4888 or e-mail

MEAT RAFFLE: A meat raffle will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Post 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville.

Chili will be offered along with pork steaks, ribs, t-bones, ribeyes, bacon, chicken breast and more. The cost is 50-cents to $1 per chance. For information, call 538-5445.

SCHOOL FESTIVAL: A fall festival will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at North Elementary School, 5600 Godfrey Road, Godfrey.

There will be a fish fry, pony rides, dragon train rides, inflatables and entertainment by Ronald McDonald, Alton Steppers and local musicians.

Admission is free and games and rides are 25-cents. Proceeds will fund Accelerated Reading, Mini Art, field trips and school spirit-building events.

WALK FOR POOR: The annual National Society of St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk will be held Saturday, with a rain date of Sunday.

Funds raised will be used locally in direct service to the poor.

The walk will begin with registration from 7 to 10 a.m. at Althoff Catholic High School, 5401 W. Main St., Belleville.

Walkers can choose a lap around the school's track or any part of a 3-mile route that begins and ends at the school. For information, call 394-3568.

SCHOLARSHIP FUND: The Belleville Township High School Class of 1959 has created a scholarship fund for a qualifying senior from Belleville West or Belleville East to attend Southwestern Illinois College.

The class would like to present the first check at its Saturday night reunion dinner on Oct. 3.

The account has been set up through the college foundation. The group needs to raise $15,000 to endow a $500 annual scholarship. To donate, checks can be made payable to BTHS District 201 Class of 1959 Scholarship and mailed to Southwestern Illinois College Foundation, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, IL 62221.