Lifestyle briefs for 5/7/15

DAY OF PRAYER: The public is invited to join others to celebrate the National Day of Prayer at noon Thursday in the courtyard of the St. Clair County Building in Belleville.

MAY FRIENDSHIP DAY: Church Women United’s Friendship Day will be observed Friday at St. John United Church of Christ, 2901 Nameoki Road in Granite City. Registration at 11:30 a.m. will be followed by a noon salad potluck. A program on “Journey of the Caregiver” starts at 1 p.m. with speakers Carol Ann Worthington and Lisa Johnson of Home Health Care and Hospice at Gateway Regional Hospital in Granite City.

GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES: Lincoln Place Heritage Association and Six Mile Regional Library District will present “Local History and Genealogy Resources” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Local History Room of Six Mile Regional Library, Niedringhaus Building, 2001 Delmar Ave. in Granite City. Librarian Mary Meyer will present. Space is limited to 25 people. For reservations, call 618-451-2611.

ZUMBATHON: The American Heart Association has a Zumbathon from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar Ave. in Granite City. The fundraiser is being co-sponsored by Gateway Regional Medical Center. Donation is $10. For more information, call Ramona Vital at 618-798-3018.

WOMEN’S ROLLER DERBY: Confluence Crush Roller Derby will present “Heroes vs. Villains” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East in Belleville (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). Action will include bouts between the CCRD Heartbreakers and Dark River Roller Derby of Quincy and CCRD Smitten Kittens against the BombQueens of Northwest Missouri. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door (free for children younger than 8). For more information, visit

LAUMEIER ART FAIR: Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis will present its annual Art Fair on Mother’s Day weekend with local food vendors, a wine garden, live music and 150 juried artists showing work in 10 categories. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 12580 Rott Road. Admission is $10 for ages 12 and up or $5 for ages 6-11. Other activities include an Art of the Vine wine-tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Art of the Ale beer-tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Mother’s Day Brunch from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Sunday (extra charges). Tickets available at

MOTHER’S DAY FESTIVAL: Eckert’s Country Restaurant and Farm in Belleville has a Mother’s Day Festival from 10 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with home-cooked meals, live entertainment, free wagon rides and a children’s play area with inflatables, carnival and pony rides, etc. (some fees apply). Eckert’s is at 951 S. Green Mount Road in Belleville. Strawberry treats will be available in the bakery, custard shop and restaurant. For more information, call 618-233-0513.

DINE IN FOR DYSLEXIA: A Dine In for Dyslexia fundraiser is from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday at Ravanelli’s, 1214 Central Park Drive in O’Fallon. Ten percent of purchases will be donated to the Children’s Dyslexia Center — Southern Illinois. Raffle tickets for baskets cost $1 or 6 for $5 (or your height for $20).

COMMUNITY GARDENING: O’Fallon Garden Club is seeking volunteers for Get in the Garden Days, a weekly series of work days at O’Fallon Community Garden at State and Smiley streets. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays. Volunteers will clean, prepare for planting, weed, mow, compost and fertilize. Tools provided; bring your own work gloves. For more information, visit

WOMEN’S LUNCEON: Collinsville Area Christian Women’s Connection invites all women to attend an “Unaware Luncheon” from 12:15 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gateway Center, Interstate 55 and Illinois 157 in Collinsville. Treena Wicoff will entertain with a comical drama on how life just happens sometimes while people are unaware. Tickets costing $15 will include a meal, beverages, program and gratuity. To make a reservation, call Barbara at 618-344-7967 or Mavis at 618-307-5779.

DINING OUT FOR A CURE: A Dining Out for a Cure fundraiser is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Steeleville Dairy Queen, which will donate a percentage of proceeds to the Randolph County Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. The relay will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 13, starting at Cohen Recreational Complex in Chester. Fore more information, visit

VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENT: Collinsville Memorial Library Center invites gamers ages 18 and younger to a Mario Kart 8 Tournament at 6 p.m. May 14 at 408 W. Main St. in Collinsville. Entrants can test their racing skills and try to win prizes. Participation is free, but registration is required. Sign up by calling 618-344-1112 or by visiting the main library desk.

EXPLORE THE MISSISSIPPI: Audubon Center at Riverlands in West Alton, Mo., is sponsoring a Family Campout May 16-17 with kayaking, archery, team-building games, campfire-cooking competitions and an outdoor movie after dark. To register, visit or call 618-462-6979. All-inclusive price of $50 for a family of four ($10 for additional people). Bring a tent, sleeping bags, water bottle, camping chairs and other supplies. A Riverlands Paddle Festival for kayaking/canoeing will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 at the Missouri Riverlands Way Pavilion.

KIDS TRIATHLON: The Third Annual Dorchester Kids Triathlon starts at 7:30 a.m. June 20 at Dorchester Swim Club, 801 S. 74th St. in Belleville. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Dyslexia Center and Dorchester Swim Team. Register at (by June 14 for a discount and guaranteed T-shirt). Fees will be considered a donation if weather requires triathlon to be canceled. Day-of sign-in opens at 6 a.m. For more information, call Chad Rollins at 618-394-1345.

STEPHENSON HOUSE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: The Stephenson House is looking for volunteers to work in the gift shop, serve as historical interpreters and help with dressmaking or sewing, special events, fundraising and grant writing. For more information, call RoxAnn Raisner at 618-692-1818.

YOUTH AUDITIONS: Auditions for the Looking Glass Playhouse’s Youth Show, “The Little Mermaid,” are at 1 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 301 W. St. Louis St. in Lebanon. Ages 6-18 should be prepared to sing 16 measures of an upbeat Broadway tune and do a cold reading from the script. There will also be a short dance audition. Performances are June 25-28. For more information, call Jason Johnson at 618-406-3148 or go to