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Five things to do this weekend: Bargain hunt, drumline competition, 5k run/walk


Some weeks, one needs a little help from one’s friends. This is one such week, and the suggested activities all originated from others in the newsroom.

Garage sale

Billed as the “World’s Largest Garage Sale,” this event at Fairmount Park promises 300 — yes, 300 — sellers in one place. We don’t have any idea what will be for sale, but there’s sure to be something we want. Early birds enter at 7 a.m. Sunday for $10; those who sleep in a bit can stroll in for $5 (children under 12 get in free). Head to http://www -largest-garage-sale-spring-2015 for more info.

Drumline competition

Mid Continent Color Guard Association’s Drumline and Winter Guard Competition is Saturday at O’Fallon Township High School, 600 S. Smiley St. Teams from around the area and several other states will be on hand to compete. It will only cost adults $7 and students and seniors $5 to see drummers and color guard members show off their unique skill sets. Children under 5 get in free.

Second annual Royal Run 5K Run/Walk

Run a 5K, and help send children in foster care and group homes to a healing week at Royal Family Kids camp.

Go to to learn about the organization that wants to “create life-changing moments for children of abuse.” The run starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Optimist Park, 510 N. 3rd Street, in Belleville. All ages are welcome, and medals go to the top three racers in each group. Race day registration costs $20 for those 10 and under; and $30 for the rest of us. Go to to find out more.

Trivia night

The Four Hearts Foundation is dedicated to helping families keep their furry members healthy and help provide spay and neuter services. The foundation is hosting a trivia night, with 10 rounds of questions for $10 a person, to help fund their mission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 5420 Old Collinsville Road in Fairview Heights; the game starts at 7. It’s a cash bar, but bring your own food and treats. Reserve a 6-to-8 person table by calling 618-960-4984. Go to for more information.

Who’s up for a lark?

It’ll likely be more owls than larks, but we do love a nice hike amid some birdsong. Add in some folks who know how to find and identify things that call out in the night, and we’re having fun and getting an education all at once. Start off at The Nature Institute at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2213 South Levis Lane, Godfrey. Register at; they’re suggesting a $10 donation. Just in case the wild owls don’t cooperate; Treehouse Wildlife Center will bring their own as well.