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The National Science Foundation has awarded $49,957 to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in support of School of Engineering’s Nima Lotfi’s, PhD, work to advance mechatronics and robotics education by pioneering a more cohesive curricular approach across the nation. Lotfi is an assistant professor in the SOE’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. As a teacher-scholar in the SOE’s mechatronics and robotics engineering program, he has witnessed the area of study’s dynamic growth and notes the need for collaborative development of educational materials. Pictured: SIUE School of Engineering’s Nima Lotfi, PhD, (back) and his students Nedret Ramic (middle), a mechanical engineering graduate student, and Pratik Lamsal, a senior mechanical engineering major, assemble a large drone.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $49,957 to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in support of School of Engineering’s Nima Lotfi’s, PhD, work to advance mechatronics and robotics education by pioneering a more cohesive curricular approach across the nation. Lotfi is an assistant professor in the SOE’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. As a teacher-scholar in the SOE’s mechatronics and robotics engineering program, he has witnessed the area of study’s dynamic growth and notes the need for collaborative development of educational materials. Pictured: SIUE School of Engineering’s Nima Lotfi, PhD, (back) and his students Nedret Ramic (middle), a mechanical engineering graduate student, and Pratik Lamsal, a senior mechanical engineering major, assemble a large drone. Provided

Noon Wednesday, Oct. 10, is the deadline to appear in next week’s “Around Town” listing. We must receive your event in writing with a contact phone number for questions. Due to the large number of submissions, non-profit events are run only one time in print, will be edited and appear in the week before the event date.

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Wednesday, Oct. 10:

Copper Dock Sip ‘n Shop Vendor & Craft Fair — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Copper Dock Winery, 498 White Oak Lane, Pocahontas. Shop various vendors. Drink and dinner specials available. Attendance prizes. No entry fee to shop. facebook.com/events/539138736527205

St. Clair County Genealogical observes Family History Month — 6 p.m. Belleville Public Library, second floor, 121 E. Washington St., Belleville. Teri Bromley’s talk, “Cemetery Myths and Symbolism,” ranges from tombstone placements to cemetery traditions, trees and stone carvers to tombstone designs and symbols. Free and open to the public. stclair-ilgs.org

D.W. Gregory’s ‘Radium Girls’ — 7:30 p.m. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dunham Hall, 50 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville. This first performance opens SIUE’s Theater and Dance Department’s 2018-2019 fall season. The production continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 11-13 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. General admission: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, non-SIUE students with valid ID and SIUE faculty and staff. SIUE students are free with valid student ID. 618-650-2774.

Highland Historical Society General Membership Meeting — 7 p.m. Latzer Homestead, 1464 Old Trenton Road, HIghland. 618-654-1101.

Thursday, Oct. 11:

Get Rich on Wisdom Open House — 7 p.m. LeClaire Christian Church, 1914 Esic Drive, Edwardsville. GROW with the Edwardsville Unit of the Madison County Association for Home and Community Education. There will be a short meeting, refreshments and a presentation on “Creating a No-Waste Kitchen” by Barbara Crowder and Stephanie Robbins. 314-757-6573.

Madison County Genealogical Society meeting — 7 p.m. Edwardsville Public Library Community Meeting Room, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville. Presentation: Monuments and Mysteries in Woodlawn Cemetery by Mary Westerhold, Archival Research Manager at the Madison County Historical Society Archival Library. Guests are always welcome.

Chicks with Sticks — 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. Troy United Methodist Church, Room 241, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy. Knit and crochet items for different charities and for fellowship. 618-677-7501.

Friday, Oct. 12:

Comedy Improv: ‘Whose Laughing Anyway?’ — 8 p.m. Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at jacobyartscenter.org/tickets or at the door. Cash bar, parking available. 618-462-5222.

Friday, Oct. 12 & Saturday, Oct. 13:

Wild Horse & Burro Event — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wild Horse and Burro Off-Range Corral, 22295 Sheep Farm Road, Ewing. Approximately 100 animals. Event to include sale-eligible animals. 866-468-7826 or BLM.gov/whb for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 13:

LuLa Lounge Grand Opening — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. LuLa Lounge, 215 East Market St., Troy. Ribbon cutting 11 a.m. Food trucks on site.

Silver Creek Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution meeting — 10 a.m. Latzer Library, 1001 9th St., Highland. Carla Baublitz, marketing manager for Excel Bottling, will present a program on the company’s bicentennial soda. 618-667-8660.

Danita Sings Motown — 7 p.m. Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Danita Mumphard performs Motown Records’ greatest hits. Tickets are $12 and available for purchase at jacobyartscenter.org/tickets or at the door. Cash bar, parking available. 618-462-5222.

Come Alive Fest — 12 to 4 p.m. Wilson Park Centennial Pavilion, 2900 Benton St., Granite City. Live Christian music, food, games and a craft for the kids. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 13 & Sunday, Oct. 14:

Art in the Park — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Lindendale Park, Highland. Art from over 60 artists, artist demonstrations, food, activities, youth art exhibit and more. highlandartscouncil.org

Sunday, Oct. 14:

Royal Cruisin’ Car Show — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 12454 Route 143, Highland. Classic hot rods, music, vendors and family fun. KC Hall open for food and drinks throughout the day. facebook.com/events/233795370651284

Marine Lions Pancake and Sausage Breakfast — 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Marine Lions Hall, 406 E. Division St., Marine. Breakfast features whole-hog sausage and includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, coffee, tea and juice. Carryouts available. Donations are $8 for adults, $3 for children ages four through 12, children three and under eat free, and all carryouts $8.

Monday, Oct. 15:

Kaskaskia College Fall Choir Concert — 7 p.m. Jane Knight Auditorium, 27210 College Road, Centralia. Featuring the Kaskaskia College Concert Choir and KC Blues, under the direction of Professor Lynda Marshall; the Vandalia High School Choir under the direction of Thomas Fulton. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Oct. 16:

Marine Unit of Home and Community Education Association meeting —7:30 p.m. Marine Senior Citizen Center, 101 W. Silver, Marine. Lesson: “Creating a No-Waste Kitchen” by Mary Gross and Shirley Dietz. Hostesses are Eva Suhre and Donna Brendel.

$2 Movies at the Wildey: ‘The Amityville Horror’ — 7 p.m. Wildey Theatre, 252 North Main St., Edwardsville. Tickets only available the day of the show one hour before showtime. Cash or check only. All seats general admission.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 & Tuesday, Oct. 30:

‘Understanding Medicare’ Class — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Trenton Education Center, 520 E. Broadway, Trenton. Registration fee is $25 plus $10 material cost. Registration number: COED 5496 TR01E. 618-545-3255 or 618-545-3475.

Wednesday, Oct. 24:

Coffee and a Movie: ‘The Lady Vanishes’ — 9:30 a.m. Wildey Theatre, 252 North Main St., Edwardsville. Mini pastries and coffee catered by 222 Artisan Bakery starting at 9:30 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling the Parks Office and then mailing payment. The cost is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. The movie begins at 10 a.m. Admission includes one pastry, popcorn, coffee and soda. The registration deadline is Oct. 17. 618-692-7538.

2nd Annual Bark ‘N Brew — 5:30 to 8 p.m. Gateway Center, One Gateway Drive, Collinsville. A dog-friendly “Yappy Hour” with good food, local brews and networking. Cost: $15 per person, includes food and drink sample tickets. Cash bar available. gatewaycenter.com/event/bark-n-brew

Thursday, Oct. 25:

St. Jacob Township Flu Immunizations — 3 to 6 p.m. St. Jacob United Church of Christ Heritage Hall, 207 W. Main, St. Jacob. Free flu immunizations will be given to residents 18 years and older. Also available will be a free eye screening provided by the Lions Club of Illinois. Proof of residency required. For more information, 618-644-4519; 618-644-9319; 618-644-3981; 618-920-5003; 618-644-5459 or 618-644-8174.

Saturday, Nov. 10:

3rd Annual Arts in Action: Youth Arts Exposition — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Highland Masonic Lodge, 721 9th St., Highland. Currently seeking young artists to participate – visual artists, musicians, vocalists, dancers, actors and writers in grades six through 12. If interested, contact Shannon at dramamamamall3@gmail.com or 618-334-8033.

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