Lifestyle briefs for May 22

Military Prayer Service

Prayer Service for past and present military and families and friends will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Lutheran Church, 6606 W. Main St. in Belleville. Light refreshments to follow. For more information, call 618-234-5117 or visit

Spaghetti Dinner

A spaghetti dinner to benefit the USO will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Collinsville Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville. Chef Joe Viviano’s family recipe will be served with red and white sauce, salad with creamy Italian dressing and toasted Italian bread. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children 6-12, free for those under 5.

Golf Benefit

The annual Amy Center Golf Benefit is June 3 at Greenview Golf Club in Centralia. The Amy Center serves abused children and their non-offending family members. Registration is at 8 a.m.; shotgun start at 9; lunch at the 19th hole. $80 fee includes breakfast snacks, lunch, green fees, golf cart and two drink tickets. For tickets and sponsorships, call 618-244-2100 or go to

Vacation Bible School

St. Clare Catholic Church in O’Fallon will hold a vacation Bible school with the theme “Barnyard Roundup: Jesus Gathers Us Together” from July 18-22 for children ages 4-10. Register by June 1. Registration forms are available at or at the parish office, 1411 Cross St. in O’Fallon.`

Optimist Club Meeting

The Optimist Club of Belleville will meet at noon Tuesday at Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson St. in Belleville. Chris Gibson will speak on “Student Mentors for Autistic Classmates. Guests welcome.

Area Blood Drives

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will sponsor blood drives at the following times and locations:

2-6 p.m. Monday at Foley Dental Group, 2016 Vadalabene Drive, Maryville.

2-6 p.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1300 Belt Line Road, Collinsville.

4-6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville.

Grief Counseling

Green Mount Catholic Cemetery in Belleville is offering grief counseling sessions once a month, beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday at the cemetery chapel. For more information, please call the office at 618-234-4858.

Mental Illness Classes

A National Alliance on Mental Illness Family-To-Family Education Class is being formed. It will include 12 weekly sessions, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at LINC in Swansea. Free, but seating is limited so families must register. Call 618-798-9788 or email to More information is also available at

Alzheimer’s Support Group

The Alzheimer’s Association In the Moment support group will meet from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Oak Hill, 623 Hamacher in Waterloo. It’s open to caregivers, friends or family members of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Family Hospice representative Jane Edgar will discuss ways to reduce caregiver stress. Literature and other resources will be available, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Julia at 618-939-3488, ext. 1248.

St. Mary’s Hospital Reunion

A St. Mary’s Hospital Reunion will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11 at Luna restaurant and bar, 1411 Highway 50 in O’Fallon. The restaurant serves pizza, pasta and wings and offers a buffet. To RSVP, call Girthia Payton at 618-274-1891, Nancy Smith-Barnes at 618-271-0919 or Joyce McKinney at 618-271-7004.

East St. Louis Old Grads Picnic

Old Grads of East St. Louis Senior High School will hold its first picnic reunion on June 11 at O’Fallon Family Sports Park. All classes that have already celebrated 50-year reunions are invited. The cost is $5. Bring a covered dish, drinks, lawn chairs, etc. Send checks payable to Old Grads to 30 Cedar St., Millstadt, IL 62260 by Friday so the committee will know how much meat to order. Indicate your class and year, including January or June; telephone number and email or mailing address. For more information, call Judy at 618-476-3635.

Make-A-Wish Seeks Volunteers

Make-A-Wish is looking for volunteers in Madison County and surrounding areas to help grant wishes for local children. Bilingual volunteers fluent in English and Spanish are especially needed. Make-A-Wish Illinois is hosting a free training session for wish-granting volunteers in Maryville from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 14. Locations are provided upon registration. To attend the training, potential volunteers must complete the volunteer application and online training in advance. To reserve a spot, contact Cicely Tatum at or 312-602-9413.