Metro-East Living

Your musical child can join Belleville’s new youth orchestra

The 2016 Fall Involvement Fair on campus at McKendree University.
The 2016 Fall Involvement Fair on campus at McKendree University.

Belleville Junior Youth Orchestra

Belleville Harmonic Society has started a Junior Youth Orchestra for students aged 9 to 12 years. An open house for families to enroll in the orchestra and meet director Angelina McLaughlin-Heil will take place from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at the Philharmonic Hall, 116 N. Jackson St., Belleville. Different stringed instruments will be available for students to try at this event. The cost to participate in the orchestra for the school year is $70.

Lifesavers blood drives

The American Red Cross will have blood drives at 17 different St. Louis area locations Aug. 4-5 and Aug. 7. In the metro-east, there will be a blood drive from 2-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at the Shiloh Senior Center, 7 Park Drive. On Saturday, Aug. 5, another blood drive will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Dawnson’s Fitness Center, 1815 Delmar Ave., Granite City. To schedule an appointment or view the full listing of locations, go online to The sponsor code for these events is: LIFESAVER.

Auditions for ‘Robert’s Here’

Auditions to perform in the drama, “Robert’s Here,” will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Avon Theater, 525 North 2nd St., Breese. The show is about a family that moves into an abandoned house that contains a spirit. It will be performed Oct. 13-15 and Oct. 20-22. Contact Sean Thomas, the director, with any questions. 309-368-0456.

McKendree University Involvement Fair

McKendree University is inviting local businesses and organizations to participate in its annual Involvement Fair. The fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. It features informational tables for local groups to showcase their products or services to students, faculty and staff. The cost to participate in the event is $35 and the deadline to register is Aug. 14. Information: or 618-537-6856.

Heidi Wiechert: 618-239-2500, @BND_HeidiW