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Lifestyle briefs for 4/19/15

BLOOD DRIVES: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center blood drives are from:

3-7 p.m. Thursday at Lebanon Lions Club, 123 East Dee, Lebanon.

3-6 p.m. Thursday at St. Jacob Elementary, 304 Jacob St., St. Jacob.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Alton Square Mall, Store 102 (lower level) by Macy’s in Alton.

3-7 p.m. Saturday at Walgreens, 5939 Belleville Crossing St., Belleville.

4-7 p.m. April 27 at Christ Church, 339 Frank Scott Parkway East, Fairview Heights.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 28 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, 340 W. Lincoln, Belleville.

2-5 p.m. April 30 at Governor French Academy, 219 W. Main St., Belleville.

DINNER THEATER: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Western Catholic Union will present a Die Laughing Dinner Theater production of “Redneck Wedding” at McCormick Center, West Harrison and South Second in Belleville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $40, which includes appetizers, dinner, wine, beer and soft drinks. Proceeds will benefit the society’s feeding ministries. For more information, call Joe at 618-394-0126, ext. 13, or Pat at 618-799-8505.

RELAY FOR LIFE: A meeting for people interested in participating in Relay For Life of St. Clair County East is at 7 p.m. Monday at Reifschneider’s Grill & Grape in Freeburg. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Residents in surrounding communities also are welcome. Volunteers needed. For more information or to register, contact Amanda Kernan at 618-288-2390 or or Rhonda Pour at 618-531-0521 or

GIFT BASKET FUNDRAISER: Boy Scout Troop 40 in Shiloh will raise money at Ravenelli’s, 1214 Central Park Drive in O’Fallon. Ten percent of proceeds go to the troop, and people can bid on gift baskets from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday.

SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS: Memorial Hospital in Belleville will offer free skin-cancer screenings from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Suite 250 of its Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center. Screenings can help people discover pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions. Screenings are conducted by plastic surgeons and dermatologists on the hospital staff who are volunteering their time. To schedule an appointment, call 618-257-5649.

ROTARY SERVICE AWARD: The Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club will honor Joan Sheppard of Godfrey with the Gordon F. Moore Service Above Self Award at a banquet Thursday, beginning with social time at 5:30 p.m. at The Commons at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey. She has served many community organizations. The cost is $50. Proceeds will support the club’s Student of the Year scholarship and a new Industrial Arts Scholarship. To make reservations, call Steve Tassinari at 618-466-5474, CNB Bank and Trust at 618-465-5656, Norton and Rain Insurance at 618-462-4455, Carrollton Bank at 618-467-1700 or Liberty Bank at 618-462-7000.

EARTH DAY RECYCLING: The Mission Integration Committee at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital will host a recycling drive for electronics and clothing from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (furniture accepted the second day) on the parking lot of the Prairie Heart Institute Building A, 340 W. Lincoln St. in Belleville.

MILITARY FAMILY CONFERENCE: The Supporting Military Families in Restoring the Soul conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Faith Family Church, 704 N. Green Mount Road in Shiloh. Sponsored by Operation Honor. The keynote speaker will be Ed Tick, author of “War and the Soul.” To register or get more information, visit or 618-277-0232.

HUMANE SOCIETY GALA: Metro East Humane Socie will hold its 30th Anniversary Celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St. in Edwardsville. Founder Ledy VanKavage will speak. Silent auction, dinner and awards program. Tickets cost $30 ($50 per couple). To make reservations, call 618-656-4405 or send an email to

KIDS BUILDING CONTEST: Bricks 4 Kidz and the Kid Friendly Network will host a Brick Builderz Contest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2 at St. Clair Square mall (lower-level center court) in Fairview Heights. The cost is $10 for ages 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13 or $15 for ages 14 and over. The entry deadline is Friday to receive a free T-shirt. For more information, visit or

ROTARY CLUB EXPANSION: Rotary International is expanding in the metro-east. The new Metro East Rotary Club is looking for inspired and energetic leaders. Meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Esic Baptist Church, 1000 University Drive in Edwardsville. For more information, contact Scott Jackson at 618-655-0656 or or visit