Lifestyle briefs for Nov. 5


Elza Ibroscheva, chairman of mass communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will present a public lecture, “If Women Ruled the World: Reflection on the Intersection of Women, Politics and the Media around the Globe,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in meeting Room A of Morris University Center on the SIUE campus. She received the William and Margaret Going Endowed Professorship Award.


The 25th annual Slovak-Fest will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Lucas Lutheran Church, 7100 Morgan Ford Road in St. Louis. Food will include chicken paprikash, stuffed cabbage roll and traditional Slovak pastries and baked goods. Larry Hallar’s Two Star Final will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Joe Polach and the St. Louis Express will perform from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is free.


Hospice of Southern Illinois will sponsor “Honor Flight: The Movie,” a tribute to World War II Veterans, at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sparta VFW. A short program honoring all veterans will precede the movie from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Veterans and the public can attend at no cost, but you must reserve a seat by calling Lisa Phillipson at 618-235-1703 or emailing The VFW will provide free light refreshments.


Kevin Stein, Illinois poet laureate and the Caterpillar Professor of English at Bradley University in Peoria, will be at Collinsville Memorial Library Center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. He will discuss his writing process and inspirations and wrap up with a question-and-answer session. Stein’s newest collection is “Wrestling Li Po for the Remote.” The program is free. Register in advance at the main desk or call 618-344-1112. The library is at 408 W. Main St. in Collinsville.


The 22nd anual Festival of Trees will be held Dec. 2 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. Unlimited food and cocktails will be available for guests mingling in the 40,000-square-foot “winter wonderland” with holiday music. Decorated trees and wreaths will be auctioned. Proceeds will benefit the Miner’s Institute Foundation to restore and reopen the historic theater. For information about tickets and sponsorships, call Rose Judge at 618-346-8750 or Kelly Jefferson at 618-530-8558.


The public is invited to paint fall leaves, a pumpkin or an owl with artist Carolyn Karasek at a Fall Painting Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 at The Yellow Barn, 4901 Lake Del Mar in Swansea. The cost is $40 for a 16-by-20-inch canvas. Snacks will be provided; bring your own bottle. Call 618-593-8794 to sign up.


Veteran White House correspondent Peter Maer, who grew up in Granite City, will share memories of “My Journey from Granite City to the White House” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Meridian Ballroom at Morris University Center on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus. The SIUE graduate will describe how his hometown roots guided his reporting. Tickets can be purchased at the Morris University Center Welcome Desk, or 618-698-4253. Tickets are free for SIUE students.


Collinsville author Megan Kelley will sign copies of her books from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Six Mile Regional Library, 2001 Delmar Ave. in Granity City. She has self-published and written for Harlequin Romance. For more information, call 618-452-6244.

Backpack donations

Donations of warm clothing, jackets, hygiene products, towels, blankets, snacks and other items are being sought for the latest Backpacks for the Homeless Drive in Belleville. Your donations will help the area’s homeless as colder weather approaches. Bring your donations to the TOCO Shop, 825 W. Main St., Belleville, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily through Sunday.


Central Illinois Numismatic Association’s annual Autumn Coin Show will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Northfield Center, 3210 Northfield Drive in Springfield. There will be 70 dealer tables. Admission is $1 (free for members and children under 16). A free youth coin auction will take place at 1 p.m.


The 25th annual Perry Biggs Memorial Fiddle Contest and Bluegrass Show will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at Patoka Civic Center. Country singer Brenda Cook will perform at 5 p.m., followed by the Worthington Family at 5:30 p.m., a Fiddle Contest at 6:15 p.m., the Mississippi Mudpuppies Cajun Band at 7 p.m., a tribute to Perry Biggs by Cleon Biggs, Kathaleen Portz and Jack Busby at 8 p.m., more of the Fiddle Contest at 8:15 p.m., George Portz & his Friends of Bluegrass at 8:45 p.m. and a jam session at 10 p.m. Food will be sold from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults or $3.50 for children. No entry fee for fiddle contestants. Patoka is 15 miles south of Vandalia, off Interstate 70.


St. Clair County Assessor Jennifer Gomric-Minton will speak at a meeting of the Metro East Pachyderm Club at noon Friday at Amore’s Ristorante, 1050 Eastgate Drive in O’Fallon. Optional ordering from the menu or buffet begins at 11:30 a.m. The meeting is free and open to all citizens interested in how the county arrives at its property tax assessments.