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HISTORY LIVES: The life of the man after whom St. Clair County was named will be discussed during "The Life and Times of Arthur St. Clair" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cahokia Courthouse State Historic site in Cahokia.

Cahokia Courthouse interpreter John Schmidt will present the program. Also, a brief historical overview of early territorial Cahokia and a tour of the courthouse will be included.

For information, call 332-1782.

BOOK SIGNING: Larry Matysik, former host of TV's "Wrestling at the Chase," will sign and discuss his third book, "Drawing Heat the Hard Way: How Wrestling Works," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Borders in Fairview Heights.

A Belleville native, Matysik is the protege of celebrated St. Louis wrestling promoter Sam Muchnick. Matysik also wrote "Wrestling at the Chase" and "Brody: The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling's Rebel," which has been picked up by a Japanese publisher.

Radio station KZQZ (1430-AM) will broadcast the St. Louis Nostalgia show live from Borders from 11 a.m. to noon. The store is at 6601 N. Illinois St.

WASHINGTON DISPLAY: The Bible that George Washington used during his first inauguration April 30, 1789, will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in downtown Springfield.

For information, visit

TURKEY TROT: The O'Fallon Knights of Columbus Special Olympics Turkey Trot, a one-mile fun run and a three-mile run, will be Nov. 14 at the O'Fallon City Park, Route 50, O'Fallon.

The starting time will be at 9:45 a.m. for the fun run and at 10:30 a.m. for the three-mile run.

Entry fee is $13. Checks should be made payable to O'Fallon KC Turkey Trot, Box 142, O'Fallon, IL 62269. Race day entries are $14.

Proceeds benefit Area 12 Special Olympics.

For information, call 632-5597.

1K RUN: A Columbus Day 1K Kid's run will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 at the O'Fallon Park.

The first 200 entrants will receive a "Columbus Day 1K Kid's Run" shirt. Proceeds benefit Area 12 Special Olympics.

The cost is $8. Checks should be made payable to O'Fallon K of C and mailed to K of C Kid's Run, P.O. Box 142, O'Fallon, IL 62269.

For information, call 632-5597.

COLORFEST TOUR: The Shawnee Trail Winery Colorfest Tour will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Collinsville Area Recreation District, 10 Gateway Drive, Collinsville.

Transportation will be provided to Von Jacob, Alto and Blue Sky vineyards.

The cost is $35 for CARD residents; $39 for those outside the district. The trip is for those 21 and older.

To register, call 346-7529 before Oct. 5.

CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER: The city of Chester's traditional Christmas on the River celebration will be Dec. 4-6. The theme is "Christmas at the North Pole."

The lighted Christmas parade will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 4, beginning at Chester High School and ending at the Randolph County Courthouse.

Floats are being sought for the parade. Call 826-1430 for information about the parade.

For information about other activities, call 826-4187 or 826-4311.

LINCOLN KITS: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's Lincoln Legacy Learning Kits are available free to any school or public library in Illinois through the state-wide inter-library loan system and Illinois historic sites.

Forty of these kits, targeted to grades five to eight, may be borrowed. Kits feature a curriculum guide, activity booklet, laminated images, reproduction artifacts, hands-on materials, books, posters and other items pertaining to the topic. The four kits are the Abraham Lincoln Biography Reading Kit; Mary Todd Lincoln Kit; Civil War Soldiers Kit; and Slavery in Illinois Kit.

Locally, kits are available from the Lewis & Clark Library System in Edwardsville and Rolling Prairie Library System in Decatur. Kits can also be checked out at the Illinois State Library, 300 S. Second St.; Old State Capitol State Historic Site, Sixth and Adams streets; Lincoln Home National Historic Site, 426 S. Seventh St.; and the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, Oak Ridge Cemetery, all in Springfield; and at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, S. Lincoln Highway Road, Lerna, Ill.


OPEN HOUSE: The Center for American Archeology is hosting an all-day, open house style event from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 24 at the center in Kampsville, for anyone who has attended the center.

Reservations are needed by Oct. 17 and can be mailed to Center for American Archeology, P.O. Box 366, Kampsville, IL 62053, e-mail or call 653-4316.

DYSLEXIA WALK: The 32-degree Masonic Learn Centers for Children will host a walk to help children with dyslexia at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Belleville center at the Scottish Rite offers instruction for children with the disorder. The walk is designed to raise money for the program, which is free to all students.

Walk participants are asked to register and seek pledges for walking either a three-mile or five-mile course.

Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children.

For information, call 235-3350 or 235-9392 and ask for the walk committee.

BENEFIT EVENT: A Locks of Love/Anna Carr Benefit will be Saturday at KL's (formerly Fat Kat & Sue's) in Venedy.

The auction begins at 7 p.m. There will be gift baskets and other items to bid on, including the chance to cut the hair of people willing to donate their hair for the cause.

All proceeds will be divided between Locks of Love and Anna Carr of Okawville, a 20-month-old struck by a car and was seriously injured. Proceeds will help pay for her medical care.

ILLUSIONISTS PERFORM: The Spencers Theatre of Illusion will make an appearance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, McKendree University, Lebanon.

Kevin and Cindy Spencer combine theatrical elements with illusions.

Reservations are recommended and tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors ages 60 and older and $8 for students with identification.

For information, visit or call 537-6863.

PRESCHOOLER EVENT: "Day Out with Thomas 2009: The Hero of the Trails Tour," presented by HIT Entertainment, will visit Granite City twice this month.

The event offers preschoolers and their families to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine. The ride is approximately 25 minutes. Other events include arts and crafts, storytelling and video viewing.

Thomas the Tank will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10-11 and 17-18 at 570 Niedringhaus Ave., Granite City. Tickets are $18 plus tax. Call (866) 468-7630 or

WURST TOUR: Real American Experiences is offering a Wurst Tour of Illinois on Oct. 17.

The train will travel to five towns to visit sausage shops and bakeries.

The trip departs from 4666 Lansdowne, St. Louis, at 8 a.m. and returns to St. Louis at 5 p.m.

Reservations can be made by sending a check for $59 to RAE, Inc., 4351 Holly Hills Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63116. For information, call (314) 752-3148 or visit

SALSA CONTEST: The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce will host a salsa contest at its annual chili cook-off Oct. 10.

The contest is $5 per jar of salsa. Entries must be at the Freeburg Recreation park by 4 p.m.

For information, call Sheila at 977-9378 or Jackie at 691-8316.

FOREST TALK: Pere Marquette State Park will offer a talk on Forest Foraging from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lodge in Grafton.

A talk will be given on the wild edible foods found in the park followed by a hike to identify these plants.

Wear walking shoes. Also, learn about the natural history and wildlife of the park at 2 p.m. There will be a hike along one of the parks trails. Bring binoculars.

Meet at the Visitor Center at 2 p.m. The hike lasts about two hours.

For information, call 786-3323.

HAUNTED HISTORY TOURS: Antoinette's Haunted History Tours is beginning its haunted tours this year.

Tours for the Entity Express are $45 per person Friday and Oct. 9, 16, 23, Nov. 6 and 13. Hours are from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Other tours are:

* Witching Hour Tours, $45 per person, Friday, Saturday and Oct. 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 29-31 and Nov. 6-7, 13-14. Hours are from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

* Eating with the Entities dinner tours, $60 per person, Saturday, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 29, 30, Nov. 1, 7, 14. Hours are from 6 to 10:30 p.m.

For reservations, call 462-4009 or visit

CIRCUS TICKETS: Tickets for the Kelly Miller Circus are available for $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 2 to 11. Children younger than 2 are free.

The circus performs at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

Only advance tickets are sold at this price. Prices increase to $14 for adults and $7 for children on the circus day.

Tickets are available at TheBANK of Edwardsville, Pizza Man, Tri-Township Park office, A&R Paints and Crafts, all in troy, the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob Chamber of Commerce in Troy; Kurt's CARSTAR, Shell Community Federal Credit Union and at the village hall, all in Maryville; Renee's Gourmet Catering in Collinsville and at the village of St. Jacob.

For more information, visit

FALL JAMBOREE: A fall jamboree will be Wednesday through Oct. 11 in Brownstown.

There will be live music. The event is hosted by the Association of Christian Truckers.

For information, call 427-3737.

ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Reinhardt's in Millstadt is hosting its 20th anniversary party Saturday beginning at noon at the restaurant, 201 W. Madison, Millstadt.

There will be barbecue and celebrity bartenders at 2 p.m. Tips will be donated to JDRF.

Music is provided by Lil's Gone Country from 1 to 5 p.m., and Scott Miller band from 7 to 11 p.m.

Attendance prizes will be awarded.

For information, call 476-9944.

COSTUME PARTY: Trinity Disco will present a Halloween costume party at their disco dance from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Trinity Services, Inc., Silver Creek Mill, 606 South Jefferson, Mascoutah.

Karaoke starts at 7 p.m.

Admission is $2 and refreshments will be served.

For information, call 566-4200.

BLOOD DRIVE: The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at their office in Glen Carbon.

To make an appointment, call 692-8300 or e-mail

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: Washington Park chaplains and administration will sponsor a candlelight prayer vigil march at 6 p.m. Saturday at the House of Prayer to All Nations Church, 5501 N. Park Drive, Washington Park.

The vigil begins at 7 p.m. at Hoptan and ends at 10 p.m. at the church.

WINE FEST: The Knights of Columbus Council 6625 will sponsor the second Wine Fest from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo Park on Route 159 in Maryville.

Admission is $10 and includes a souvenir etched wine glass and five tasting tickets.

There will be entertainment, raffle, music and food.

For information, call Frank at 288-6625.

PET VACCINATIONS: A pet vaccination clinic is offered from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Cahokia Park, 212 Cahokia Park Drive, East St. Louis.

Vaccinations are offered for dogs and cats and range from $10 to $23 or $50 for all vaccinations for each animal. Three-year rabies vaccinations are available for $40.