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Five Things to Do: Kindness starts with biscuits and gravy

This weekend, let’s renew those resolutions. You know, the ones where we promised ourselves more time with nature, more comic book reading and more biscuits and gravy. What kind of resolution foolishness did you think we were talking about?

Be kind to yourself...

Enjoy biscuits and gravy, pancakes, sausage, eggs, potatoes, and cornbread — cornbread, for breakfast? — from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Germantown American Legion Post 325 at 1105 Sycamore St. in Germantown. All donations from the annual breakfast support BackStoppers, an organization that assists the spouses and dependent children of emergency workers who have died or suffered a catastrophic injury on the job.

... and to others

Mother Nature, be she ever so beautiful in her splendor, can be ever so difficult to our frail human bodies and the structures we build. Volunteer this weekend through the United Way at flood relief and warming centers. AmeriCorps needs folks with basic computer and phone skills to call affected families to fill out questionnaires — they’ll provide a quick orientation and training, you just ask the questions. They’re also preparing in case volunteers are needed at warming shelters to register guests and provide linens and other basics for the cold nights. To learn more about these and other opportunities, go to

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You don’t need the fortune of Oliver Queen or even Bruce Wayne to get into the comic book convention, but bring the wallet anyway so you can get plenty of reading material to take home. The convention promises comics from the golden age through today, along with collectibles from dealers across the country. It’s from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia St. in Collinsville. Admission is free; go to for more information.

Take a walk

Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, join the Illinois Trekkers for a 5K or 10K around the grounds, rain or shine. For more information, go to Cost is $3 per person.

For the birds

▪  The Alton Visitor Center offers a look at an American Bald Eagle nice and close. The meet and greet is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St., Alton. While there, get an official guide to seeing eagles in their natural habitat on the Great River Road. For more information, call 800-258-6645. Call 800-258-6645 for information on $5 eagle shuttle tours, which includes a stop at the Alton Visitor Center.

▪  The TreeHouse Wildlife Center opens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 23956 Green Acres Road in Dow for bald eagle watchers and others. Call 618-466-2990 to learn more.

▪  Check out the birds of winter, including eagles as well as trumpeter swans and ducks, at the Audubon Center at Riverlands, at 301 Riverlands Way in West Alton, Mo., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 636-899-0090 for details.