Lifestyle briefs for 5/10/15

BLOOD DRIVES: A Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center blood drive is from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at Glen Carbon Centennial Library, 198 S. Main St., Glen Carbon (“bloodmobile” in parking lot). Schedule appointment at

SUPPORT GROUPS: St. John’s Community Care, 222 Goethe St. in Collinsville, offers support groups for:

▪ Rhose dealing with dementia and memory loss at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Sessions are the second Tuesday of each month. Call 618-344-50083.

▪  Family caregivers caring for loved ones with any type of disability from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Sessions are the second Wednesday of every month.

Complimentary care for loved ones available with reservation. For more information, call 618-344-5008.

COMPUTER CLASSES: The next class in the Digital Thursdays series sponsored by Six Mile Regional Library District is from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Pontoon Beach Administration Building, Board Room, 1 Regency Parkway in Pontoon Beach. The topics is Intro to Gmail and PC Survival Skills. Valid library card required. Call 618-452-6238, ext. 303, to register. Limited seating.

GARDENING WORKSHOP: Master Gardener Laurie Skinner will lead a Stand Up and Garden Workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Glen Carbon Centennial Library, 198 S. Main St. She will demonstrate how she continues and enhances her gardening experience without having to bend, kneel or stoop. She also will discuss growing vegetables and flowers without the hassles of rabbits, weeds and slugs by planting in gutters and hanging planters on fences and trellises and from deck or balcony. Register online at

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS: Glen Carbon Centennial Library offers a free Digital Photography Class at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to help people move away from “pre-set” functions and use manual settings on digital SLR cameras. Handouts and the opportunity to practice learned skills will be provided. Bring camera. Register at

5K AND FUN RUN: Boy Scout Troop 40 offers a Superhero 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run at 9 a.m. May 30, starting at Klucker Hall in Shiloh. Participants are encouraged to wear superhero costumes. Free pancake breakfast and facepainting. For more information or to register, email

GARDEN TOUR: The Gardens in Bloom Tour will allow the public to stroll through eight outstanding gardens in the Swansea area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6. People can get gardening ideas, take photographs and chat with homeowners and master gardeners. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 on tour day. For more information, call 618-939-3434 or 618-344-4230.

ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS: The Belleville Optimist Club recently sponsored an essay contest. The winners were Victoria Marie Bertucci, first place; Michael Colin Carty, second place; and Joseph Early, third place. Also submitting an essay was Esmeralda Lopez Sima.

CITIZENSHIP CLASSES: Southwestern Illinois College will offer English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes for people who want to improve their English-speaking skills or prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam. Call 618-235-2700, ext. 5363, about ESL classes or 618-235-2700, ext. 5363, about Citizenship classes.

Belleville campus:

▪ ESL Evening — 5:45 to 9:10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 13 to June 29

▪ ESL Academic — 5:45 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 14 to June 30

▪ ESL Daytime - 9 to 11:50 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 1 to July 23

▪ Citizenship — 9 to 11:50 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, May 18-22

▪ Citizenship — 9 to 11:50 a.m. Fridays, July 10 to Aug. 7

Sam Wolf Campus in Granite City:

▪ ESL Evening — 5:45 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 14 to June 30

▪ ESL Daytime — 9 to 11:50 .m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 1 to July 23

STEPHENSON HOUSE CAMPS : Stephenson House in Edwardsville offers two summer camps for children in third through fifth grades. Diggin’ History will focus on archeology and include an archaeological dig. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 17-19. Mrs. Lucy’s Academy for Young Ladies will allow girls to see what life was like in the 1820s. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 15-17. The fee for each camp is $85. Preregistration required. Snacks and drinks provided. Participants bring their own sack lunches. Call 618-692-1818 or visit