Metro-East Living

Sunday briefs

St. Teresa class reunion

The Class of 1966 at St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis will hold its 50th reunion next weekend. It will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at The Weingarten on Illinois 15 (cash bar) and continue with the main event Saturday at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, including a cash bar beginning at 6 p.m. and buffet dinner at 7 p.m. The reunion will end with Mass at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by brunch at the Shrine restaurant. For more information, call 618-416-4132 or 618-281-8868.

Girl Scout Gold Award

Belleville resident Amelia Schmitz has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Her project was called Signal Hill School: Strong Minds. Strong Bodies. Strong Character. It expanded the school’s character education curriculum through assemblies, announcements, reflection cards and bulletin-board displays. Amelia is a Belleville West senior who attended Signal Hill. She is the daughter of Mark and Kit Schmitz.

Dyslexia fundraising walk

The Children’s Dyslexia Center — Southern Illinois will hold its annual walk-a-thon on Oct. 1 at the Scottish Rite Bodies building, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West in Belleville. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 10, followed by the walk. Sponsors and volunteers are also needed. The nonprofit organization is celebrating the start of its 15th year. More than 70 tutors have been trained, and they have taught 16,590 lessons to 206 children. Today, 27 students receive free services. For more information, call 618-210-3475 or visit

Feed the Hungry outreach

The New Shining Light Feed the Hungry Outreach, 740 Broadway in Venice has been expanded to include five days of free meals a week. Hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sundays. No paperwork or ID is required. Anyone who is hungry is welcome. For more information, call 618-530-2347, 618-558-1945 or 618-798-1677.

Alzheimer’s art fundraiser

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will benefit from a fundraiser on Oct. 5 at Painting with a Twist, an art and social studio at 3760 Green Mount Crossing Drive in Shiloh. People can take a Van Gogh Tree class for $35 with half of proceeds going to the charity. Times are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. To register, call 618-206-6500. Each month, Painting with a Twist franchises all over the country hold fundraisers as part of the company’s Painting with a Purpose program.

Italian sports car exhibit

Italian Fest is over, but people can still view an exhibit called Italian Sports Cars: Built for Speed through Oct. 22 at Collinsville Memorial Public Library. It includes a tabletop tour of Italy’s Motor Valley, where Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other cars are made, as well as information on Ferrari World theme park and the carbon-fiber research that led to Lamborghini’s new U.S. research center. The exhibit is sponsored by Italian Film Festival U.S.A. and the library.

90-Plus Club has new meeting place

The 90-Plus Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Olympika Bar and Grill, 127 North Belt West, in Swansea.