Metro-East Living

Leave food donations by your mailbox Saturday, enter a cute kid in Catsup contest

The winners of the 2016 Little Princess Tomato & Little Sir Catsup: Lucas Frey, age 4, of Highland, Illinois and Remi Sapp, age 6, of Granite City.
The winners of the 2016 Little Princess Tomato & Little Sir Catsup: Lucas Frey, age 4, of Highland, Illinois and Remi Sapp, age 6, of Granite City.

United States Postal Service food drive

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service, will be Saturday, May 13. To participate, residents can leave a sturdy bag with non-perishable food items like canned soup, rice and cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery. Letter carriers will collect the donations while they deliver the mail and take them to local food banks. Information:

Contestants for Brooks Catsup contest

Event organizers are seeking contestants for the The Little Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup Contest, which will take place at the 19th annual World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival on July 9, at Woodland Park, Collinsville. Participants must be between the ages of 3-6 years. There are no residency requirements. The entry fee is $20 and children must pre-register to participate. Information:

Non-profit donation event

Metro-east residents can support non-profits at Give STL Day, a 24-hour online giving event Thursday, May 11. Online at the website,, donors can give money to different regional non-profits. The event features prizes and drawings throughout the day.

Last year, Give STL Day raised $2.15 million dollars through 14,500 individual gifts to 913 nonprofits. This event is sponsored by The St. Louis Community Foundation and many others.

Auditions for ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Take A Bow Showcase is having open auditions from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 15, and 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at St. Mary’s School, 1706 W. Main St., Belleville. Dozens of roles are available for children through adults. The audition Monday is for teens and adults only. From 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, children from the ages of 4-12 are invited to audition. From 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, the audition is for teens and adults.

Attendees are asking to bring sheet music for a song of their choice, theatrical resume and headshot. An accompanist will be provided. Accommodations may be made for those who cannot audition on those days. There are also theatrical support positions available. “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed on July 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. and July 30 at 2 p.m. at the Belleville East Performing Arts Center.

East St. Louis class of 1947

As long as two members of the Class of 1947 remain, there will be a class reunion of the East St. Louis High School, organizers say. This year, eight surviving members of the class are expected to celebrate with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 18, at 49 Woodhaven Court in Belleville. Previous luncheons were held at Fischer’s, which has since closed.

The class is also welcoming children and surviving spouses of the 1947 graduates. For more information or to make a lunch reservation, call Louis Houston McDaniel at 618-234-3938 or Shirley Applegett Cuff at 618-288-6059 by May 15.