Metro-East Living

Sunday briefs

Dandy Dancers square dance lessons

The Dandy Dancers will offer Introduction to Square Dance classes, beginning at 7 p.m. Monday at Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road in Fairview Heights. Classes will continue for 15 weeks. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Joe Obal at 618-632-5596 or Kate Garrison at 618-566-8752 or email

Grants to help kids learn about Lincoln

Schools can apply for grants to help cover the expense of a visit to Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, thanks to the Winnick Family Foundation. Grants are for grades 4 through 12 in public and private schools with low-income enrollments above 30 percent. Museum admission is included. To apply, visit Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 15. For more information, call 217-558-8929 or email

Support group for addiction deaths

Heartlinks Grief Center at Family Hospice hosts a monthly support group meeting for parents and adult siblings (18 and older) grieving the death of a child or sibling due to addiction. Meetings are held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at 5110 W. Main St. in Belleville. For more information, call 618-277-1800.

Friends of the Poor Walk at Shrine

The St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville. It will end at noon with prayer and a picnic lunch. The Prairie Travelers will provide musical entertainment on the amphitheater stage. All proceeds go directly to serve the poor. Register on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. Bring pledge sheets, which can be downloaded at For more information, call 618-394-0126.

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower fall hours

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays during the fall. The address is 435 Confluence Tower Drive. “Fall is one of the best times to visit the Confluence Tower,” said Deanna Barnes, Hartford project manager. “We have great views.” Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens 62 and over, active military and veterans and $4 for children 12 and under (free for 2 and under). Group rates available for 12 or more people. Call Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at 618-465-6676.

Family Caregiver Support Group

The Family Caregiver Support Group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Community Care, 222 Goethe St. in Collinsville. It is for family members caring for loved ones with any type of disability. Sessions are held on the second Wednesday of each month. A light dinner is served. Complimentary care for loved ones is available with a reservation. Call 618-344-5008.

DAR presentation on Gold Star

The Whiteside Station Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will make a presentation titled “Gold Star Mother’s Day Remembered” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive in Waterloo. Speakers include Claudia Asselmeier, LuAnn Mattern, Marge Lindhorst and Sue Watters. They will explain the meaning of the Gold Star and how it impacted Monroe County during different wars. Free admission. Donations appreciated. For more information, call 618-514-1628 or email to

Hard Road Theatre directing applications

Hard Road Theatre Productions is accepting director applications for the 2017-18 season. Anyone interested in directing a show can find an application form at or the Facebook page. The deadline is Oct. 1. For more information, send an email to Hard Road is a non-profit theater organization committed to providing the greater Highland area with high-quality, affordable, live theater productions.