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Lifestyle briefs for 3/19/15

COMMUNITY POLICING PANEL: Racial Harmony continues its All Lives Matter series with a panel discussion on Our Community and the Law as part of a monthly dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at 10025 Bunkum Road in Fairview Heights. Panelists include U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen R. Wigginton, St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly, Fairview Heights Chief of Police Nicholas J. Gailius, Belleville Chief of Police Bill Clay and O’Fallon Chief of Police Eric Van Hook. Complimentary food and beverages. For more information, call 618-234-0508 or email

VETERANS AFFAIRS HELP: Parkway Gardens in Fairview Heights sponsors a What You Need to Know seminar for veterans and spouses on how to get help from Veterans Affairs, including those who have been turned down before from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at 379 Fountains Parkway. Refreshments will be served. Seating limited.

O’FALLON SCHOOL CANDIDATES: The next meeting of the Metro East Pachyderm Club features candidates for O’Fallon School District 90/203 boards. The meeting will begin at noon Friday at Amore’s Ristorante, 1050 Eastgate Drive in O’Fallon. Optional lunch buffet or ordering begins at 11:45 a.m. For more information, visit or call Laura at 618-978-2018.

ST. BALDRICK’S FUNDRAISER: St. Baldrick’s will raise money for children’s cancer research during a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Maryville Fire Department, 300 N. Donk Ave. People will get pledges from sponsors and shave their heads. Volunteers are also needed. For more information, call firefighter Daniel Greenemay at 618-410-8850 or visit

DUNHAM’S AFRICAN VILLAGE: Katherine Dunham Museum in East St. Louis will celebrate the reopening of The African Village from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1005 Pennsylvania Ave. Self-guided tours. Light refreshments.

MAKERSPACE MONDAYS: Crafters, inventors and anyone interested in trying new things are invited to gather at Collinsville Memorial Library Center for this week’s Makerspace Mondays project, Thor’s Hammer, which is recommended for teens. The session is at 6 p.m. Monday. The center is at 408 W. Main St. To register, call 618-344-1112.

MARCH FOR HEROES: Tom Qualls Foundation for People and Animals is sponsoring a Let’s March On campaign for police, firefighters, active military and veterans. Qualls is asking for prayers to protect them and raising money to give them teddy bears and flags. A get-together is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28 at 6103-6105 North Park Drive in Washington Park. Free hot dogs and bread. Donations of pet food and building materials also appreciated. For more information, call 618-722-0348.

COMEDIAN PAULA POUNDSTONE: Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis presents comedian Paula Poundstone at 8 p.m. March 28 at Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd. in St. Louis. She is a regular panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show, “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me.” Tickets are $34.50. For more information, call 314-533-9900 or visit

KIDS COOKING CLUB: Children in the Cook-a-Book Club at Glen Carbon Centennial Library will discuss a food-centered book each month and cook afterward. Those in third through fifth grades will meet at 10 a.m. and those in sixth through eighth grades will meet at 1 p.m. March 28 at 198 S. Main St. in Glen Carbon. Copies of books are available in the Youth Library. Registration required and available online. For more information, call 618-288-1212 or visit

DRUM AND BUGLE EXHIBITION: The Ainad Shriner’s Drum and Bugle Corp Spring Exhibition is at 7 p.m. April 11 at Scottish Rite Auditorium, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West in Belleville. It will benefit Shriner Charities, Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center and the Belleville West band program. Entertainment by Belleville West Jazz Band. Tickets cost $12 for adults or $6 for students (6 and younger are free). They can be purchased by calling the Ainad Shriners at 618-874-1870, Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center at 618-235-3350 or Belleville West at 618-222-7500.

5K RUN/WALK: First Baptist Church of Fairview Heights sponsors a Now I Can Know 5K run, walk, kids fun run and health fair April 11 at Moody Park, formerly Longacre Park, in Fairview Heights. The run begins at 8 a.m. followed by the health fair 8:30 a.m. The run registration fee is $20 through March 28. The health fair is free. To register, visit, call 618-397-4720 or email

MANE EVENT FUNDRAISER: The fifth-annual Semi-Formal 50s Night Mane Event fundraiser to raise money for Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center is April 11 at Aviston American Legion with dinner, live and silent auctions and a dance. Doors open at 4 p.m. followed by dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For tickets, call Barb at 618-604-9559 or Kay at 618-334-0885.

YOUTH CONCERTO COMPETITION: Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra has its 17th Annual George N. Tuerck Concerto Competition from noon to 4 p.m. April 11 at Belleville Philharmonic Society Hall, 116 N. Jackson St. in Belleville. Winners will be chosen from the following categories; string, brass, wind, and other instruments (harp, percussion, piano). Students must be no older than 11th grade. Application deadline is March 28. Form available at For more information, email or call 618-222-9218.

COUNTRY MUSIC TRIBUTE : The Optimist Club of Belleville presents a tribute to country music legends Ray Price, Connie Smith, Hank Williams Sr., Norville Dollar, Patsy Cline and George Jones from 7 to 10 p.m. April 18 at Catholic Knights and Ladies of Illinois, 2600 N. Illinois in Swansea. Tickets are $20. Food and drink available for purchase. Silent auction and 50/50. For more information, call 618-235-3310.

U2 TRIBUTE CONCERT: The next show in the Jack Schmitt Chevrolet of Wood River Concert Series features Elevation, the “greatest U2 tribute on the planet.” The band performs at 8 p.m. April 18 at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville (doors open at 7). Tickets cost $22. The theater is at 252 N. Main St.

BOXMASTERS CONCERT: The Wildey Theatre offers a concert by The Boxmasters, an American roots band with Billy Bob Thornton. Show time is 8 p.m. April 22. Tickets cost $40. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The theater is at 252 N. Main St.