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Lifestyle briefs for March 12

PACHYDERM CLUB: What would it be like to work at a giant U.S. Agency like the Environmental Protection Agency? Club member and former EPA employee Harlan Gerrish will tell you at the next meeting of the Metro East Pachyderm Club. The meeting begins at noon Friday at Amore’s Ristorante, 1050 Eastgate Drive, O’Fallon. Information: Laura, 618-978-2018 or

RACIAL HARMONY: The community is invited to participate in a Metro-East Interfaith Partnership, “Peace through Dialogue — Discussion of Racial Harmony” from 10 a.m to noon Saturday at St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Information: 618-530-4304.

“FOREVER AND ALWAYS”: Local author Melissa Simmons will read and discuss her book “Forever and Always” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Glen Carbon Centennial Library, 198 S. Main St., Glen Carbon. The fiction book is about a woman who loses her husband in an accident and learns to survive and even thrive after her loss. Register: 618-288-1212 or Help Desk.

COMIC BOOK SHOW: B, sell and trade collectible comics, cards, toys and action figures at the St. Louis Comic book show from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Shrewsbury American Legion Post, 7300 Lansdowne (south of I-44 between exits 282 and 283, at corner of Murdoch Cut-Off Road), Shrewsburg, Mo. Explore 40 tables of collectibles. Refreshments available. Admission: $2. Free parking. Information: 314-544-2812.

ST. LOUIS STOMPERS: The St. Louis Jazz Club presents St. Louis Stompers Classic Jazz Band from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Doubletree Hotel, 1973 Craigshire Road, St. Louis. (From I-270 exit on Page Ave. go East 1 block, turn right at Concourse Drive, go 1 block, thenr ight onto Lackland Road, continue on Lackland Road, past Craig Road intersection to 1973 Craigshire Road, the Doubletree Hotel is on the right.) Music by the St. Louis Stompers Classic Jazz Band. Tickets available at the door. Free parking. Food and beverages available for purchase. Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members, free students with valid ID. Information: 314-972-8298 or 618-234-5117 or

ARMENIAN GENOCIDE LECTURE: A free lecture on the 100-year commemoration of the 1915 Armenian Genocide will be presented by the Lincoln Place Heritage Association, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Lincoln Place Community Center, 822 Niedringhaus Ave., Granite City. Following the lecture, there will be time for questions and comments, and refreshments will be available before and after the lecture. Information: 618-451-2611.

MAKERSPACE MONDAYS: Crafters, inventors and anyone interested in trying new things are invited to join the Collinsville Memorial Library Center for this weeks project “Popsicle Bridge” (recommended for children at 6 p.m. Monday at 408 W. Main St., Belleville. Sign up by calling 618-344-1112.

RECUITING BAND MEMBERS: Laurene Taylor, director of the Monroe County Rhythm Band, is recruiting members for a new sister band in the Belleville area. Singers, rhythm and instrumental players are encouraged to join. If you have never played an instrument before, this would be a good opportunity to learn. The first practice will take place at 2 p.m. on March 26 at the Smithton Community Center. Information: Laurene, 618-939-7560 or