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Lifestyle briefs for 3/15/15

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE: St. George Knights of Columbus Council 10311 will have a community blood drive from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the meeting room at 317 E. Maple St., Meeting Room, New Baden. To donate, contact Lewis Deutschmann, 618-588-4491 or and use code 10466 to locate the drive. Sponsored by Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: This support group for family caregivers caring for loved ones with any type of disability meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesay at St. John’s Community Care Adult Day rogram, 1015B Century Drive, Edwardsville. Sessions are the third Wednesday of each month. Information: 618-656-7090.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS DEFIBBERS: Prairie Cardiovascular sponsors a support group meeting for defibrillator patients and their loved ones at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Millennium Room, SIHI building at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital campus, 340 W. Lincoln St., Belleville. Free. RSVP to 618-233-6044 ext. 4531.

CONFLUENCE TRASH BASH: Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District and Missouri American Water, sponsor the annual Confluence Trash Bash from 8:30 a.m to 1 p.m. March 21. Area residents have removed more than 5,000 tires and more than 61 tons of trach and scrap from area streams and rivers to date. Volunteers can choose from several locations to check-in at 8:30 a.m., including the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge; Big Muddy Adventures, 10950 Riverview Drive, St. Louis (will travel by canoe to cleanup); and the McKinley Bridge Bikeway, 5 Branch St. in St. Louis. At noon, participants will return to their selected lunch location for a celebration and free lunch. Prizes will be awarded to volunteers who find the weirdest, biggest and most expensive trash. KSHE radio will be onsite to provide entertainment and report on all unusual items found. Information: 314-436-9090.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING: Those interested in volunteering with Medical Reserve Corps. are invited to a training from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 23 at Madison County Health Department, 101 E. Edwardsville Road in Wood River. The registration deadline is Monday. Participants will learn about the Madison County MRC, Public Health 101, Incident Command System, Strategic National Stockpile and Family Preparedness. To register: Cathy Paone, 618-296-6096,

EMERGENCY TIPS: Carla Heise, director of Monroe County Ambulance, offers a session on what you can do during an emergency situation before help arrives at 7 p.m. March 25 at Morrison-Talbott Library, 215 Park St. The program also reviews the equipment EMTs use when called to an emergency. To register: 618-939-6232 or

WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER: First Clover Bank Green Team offers a Wine Tasting Fundraiser on April 10 in the LeClaire Room at N.O. Nelson Complex, 622 Troy Road in Edwardsville to benefit the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. Wines are from Bin 51; food is from Belle Milano. Attendees can sample from a selection of more than 65 wines, spirits and beers. Purchase tickets: Marge Brown, 618-656-6122 or

MOTHER’S DAY OUT: Fall classes are forming for Mother’s Day Out at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 West B St. in Belleville. Limited openings are available for children 2 through 5 years old. Classes meet from 9:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. To enroll your child, call 618-355-1058. For information, go to StPaulUCC.or or on Facebook at St. Paul Mother’s Day Out.