Lifestyle briefs for 5/14/15

“MOCKINGBIRD” DISCUSSION: Barnes & Noble invites customers to take part in a special “To Kill A Mockingbird” book discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday at its store in St. Clair Square, 6510 N. Illinois in Fairview Heights. For more information, call 618-624-4361.

SENIOR MEN’S SPORTS GROUP: Guest speakers for the next Senior Men’s Sports Group meeting are Zach Rakowski, coach of the Belleville Hilgards Post 58 Senior American Legion baseball team, and Don Wallis, Illinois State American Legion baseball chairman. The meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the PSOP Building, 201 N. Church St. in Belleville. R.S.V.P. at 618-234-4410, ext. 7016.

SHELTER OPEN HOUSE: Partners for Pets of Troy is expanding its animal shelter. People can take a “sneak peek” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 936 Lower Marine Road in St. Jacob. All donations will help with construction costs. For more information, visit

FIRE TRUCK SHOW: Pumpers and Pistons is holding its first Fire Apparatus and Antique Truck Show, featuring fire apparatus, commercial and specialty trucks and fire responder, police, military and recovery vehicles. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Transportation, 3015 Barrett Station Road in St. Louis. Co-sponsored by Gateway Fire Historical Society and American Truck Historical Society. Free admission. For more information, contact Ron Herman at or 314-308-5699.

FLAG RETIREMENT: American Legion Post 1255 will conduct its 14th annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at 201 Eiler Road in Belleville. James T. Pratt III, colonel U.S, Army retired, will be master of ceremonies with participation by Boy Scout Troop 54 of Smithton, Sons of the American Legion and members of Post 1255. Food and drinks available for purchase.

CLOTHING GIVEAWAY: Trinity United Church of Christ will give away all seasons and sizes of clothing for men, women and children, as well as shoes and accessories. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 47 N. Douglas Ave. in Belleville. For more information, call Eileen Hoag at 618-444-3030.

DIXIELAND JAZZ CONCERT: St. Louis Jazz Club will present a concert by Union Dixie Jazz Band from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Concord Farmers’ Club, 10140 Concord School Road in St. Louis (doors open at 1:15). Bring your own food. Beverages available for purchase. Free parking. For more information, call 314-972-8298 or 618-234-5117 or visit

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE: Oaklawn Cemetery Association Board of Trustees will hold their annual Memorial Day Service at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Oaklawn Cemetery on Oaklawn Road in Glen Carbon. It will include a reading of the names of all veterans buried at Oaklawn.

RIFLE CLUB OPEN HOUSE: Weihl-Hawkings Rifle and Pistol Club, formerly known as Caseyville Rifle and Pistol Club, invites the public to an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The club is on North County Road in Mascoutah. For more information, call 618-980-9038.

“SHREK” AUDITIONS: Hard Road Theatre will hold “Shrek” auditions for adults (17 and older) at 7 p.m. Tuesday and for children (10 to 17) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Elementary School, 1800 Lindenthal Ave. in Highland. Adults should come prepared to sing 32 measures of a Broadway-style song (accompanist provided; no recordings), read scenes from the script and learn a short dance routine. Children should visit to see a list of required music and songs. They also might be asked to read from the script. Performances will be May 22 to Aug. 3.

OPTIMIST NIGHT AT WEINGARTEN: The Optimist Club of Belleville invites the public to a fundraiser from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at The Weingarten, 1780 E. State Highway 15 in Belleville. Wine and food available for purchase.

“SUPERSTAR” AUDITIONS: Clinton County Showcase has auditions for “Jesus Christ Superstar” at 1 p.m. May 30 at the Avon Theater, 525 N. Second St. in Breese. At least 24 men and 12 women are needed. Early auditions may be scheduled on May 27 by appointment only. Prepare to sing about 32 measures a-cappella of a song reflecting the type of character you want to play. Singers of all styles and levels welcome. Dancers also needed. For more information, call Rob Otrembiak at 618-882-3305.

BUSCH STADIUM FUNDRAISER: Highland Animal Shelter will get a portion of proceeds from ticket sales for the Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game at 6:15 p.m. May 30 at Busch Stadium (Ozzie Smith bobblehead promotion night). Tickets cost $40. All seats in Sections 231 and 232. For more information, call Tina at 314-477-5157 or Gary at 314-761-9615. Cash or check only.

CATSUP BOTTLE FESTIVAL: The Catsup Bottle Festival will move to Collinsville’s Woodland Park on Pine Lake Road this year, thanks to a partnership with Collinsville Area Recreation District. The festival is July 12 with ketchup tastings, hot dogs, tater tots, smothered-in-ketchup eating contests, hula-hoop competitions, a Little Princess Tomato Pageant and classic car show. For more information, visit

ROTARY CRITERIUM: Organizers are announcing that Edwardsville’s Rotary Criterium is Aug. 15. It’s a fast-paced and entertaining afternoon and evening of high-speed professional bicycle races, free kids races, a children’s art tent and live music in downtown Edwardsville. The 7-mile-loop course on closed-off streets has seven challenging turns. For more information, visit