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H1N1 PRESENTATION: First United Presbyterian Church, 1303 Royal Heights Road, Belleville will host a presentation on the H1N1 virus at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Registered nurse Barb Whittaker will give the program.

For information, call the church at 233-0295.

FOOD DRIVE: An end of summer food drive will be at Dr. Dan Khampraseut's office, 530 Fullerton Road, Suite B, Swansea through Dec. 31.

Donations of 10 canned goods, other non-perishable food items, or $20, can be dropped off during business hours. Donations will go to the Violence Prevention Center. Those who donate will receive a gift of health pass from the office, which entitles donors to a consultation, exam and x-rays (if needed).

The office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. The office is closed from noon to 2 p.m. for lunch; it is also closed Saturday and Sunday.

For information, call their office at 233-3324.

DIABETES CLASSES: Outpatient Nutrition Counseling Services at St. Elizabeth's Hospital is offering four Diabetes Conversation Map classes to be from 6 to 8 p.m. each Monday in October in the cafeteria conference room at the hospital.

Classes are limited to 8 to 10 people. The cost is $45 for all four classes if pre-paid at the first session or $15 per person, per session and $10 for each additional guest.

The class is led by a registered dietitian. To register or for information, call 641-5498.

TRAIL WALK: The Watershed Nature Center 5K train run and 1-mile trail walk will be Saturday at the center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville.

The 5K trail run and 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, $20 5K and $15 for the mile walk.

For information, visit or call 692-7578.

FARM DAY: Fall Farm Day will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Willoughby Heritage Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville.

Visitors can visit with farm animals, take part in scavenger hunts, listen to bluegrass music, purchase and paint pumpkins and gourds, try antique tools and enjoy a pig roast.

Admission is free. There is a charge for refreshments and the pumpkins and gourds.

Rock the Barn, a barn dance with modern country hits, will be from 7 to 11 p.m. The cost is $5 per person and $20 maximum per family.

DYSLEXIA WALK: The annual Southern Illinois Walk for Dyslexia will be Saturday at the Masonic Learning Center, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville.

The walk benefits children with dyslexia.

All money raised goes directly to supporting the children in the program.

For information, call the walk committee at 235-3350.

RED HAT SOCIETY: The Big Spring Hens & Chicks Red Hatters are inviting other members of the Red Hat Society to attend a Red Hatters Day in Hermann, Mo., on Thursday.

The cost is $10 per person and participants must be a member of a registered chapter or a paid member of the Red Hat Society to attend.

For information, e-mail or call (573) 252-4467.

FIRST-AID CLASS: An American Red Cross First Aid and Safety class will be at 6 p.m. Monday in the Heritage Room at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.

Participants will learn how to recognize an emergency and provide basic care.

The cost is $20 with the option of purchasing the school and community first-aid and safety textbook.

For information or to register, call 594-8261, 532-3511 or e-mail

SHARE WALK: The annual Share Walk to Remember will be at 9 a.m. Oct. 10 at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, 5000 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights.

Registration is at 8 a.m.

The cost is $20 and registration is available by calling Kaci at 391-5372 or e-mailing

There will be a memorial prayer service, balloon release, one-mile walk and refreshments.

Proceeds benefits local National Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support.

GOLF TOURNAMENT: The annual Metro East Car Dealer charity golf tournament will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Arlington Greens in Granite City.

Money raised benefits cancer victims and research.

For information, call Ronnie at 447-7253 or e-mail

BLOOD DRIVES: Blood drives will be at the following:

* 2:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Market Basket, 447 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville.

* 4-7 p.m.. Tuesday, Central Christian Church, 1420 Illini, Belleville. Drive is in the multipurpose room.

* The blood drive scheduled for Wednesday at St. Paul's Catholic Church has been canceled.

Blood is drawn by Central Illinois Community Blood Center.


* 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 film, "Loving Connection Part III" with a discussion to follow, will be shown. Call 235-9601, ext. 146.

* The Pulmonary Rehab Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Hospital's Health Education Center, 706 E. Highway 50, O'Fallon. There will also be a vendor fair for respiratory patients and their families, featuring the Visiting Nurses Association, Evers Pharmacy Group, Puritan Bennett-Helios and other local medical equipment companies. For information, call 257-5560.