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Phil Keaggy

Guitar great to appear in Roxana

7 The Grand Reef SeaWorld's newest attraction

10 Bright Eyes

Is this the farewell tour?

13 X-Men

EAC features comic books

14 "Legally Blonde" Musical kicks off Muny's season

19 "Judy Moody" You can pass on this one

24 The Lo-Cal Cafe

Eating healthy in downtown Edwardsville

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What’s Happening Friday June 24___________

Columbus Park, Florissant, Missouri, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. • PrideFest St. Louis, Tower Grove Park, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Midwest Mountain Bike Festival, Scott County Park in eastern Iowa • Wyld Stallyns & Walk of Shame, Helen Fitzgerald’s, St. Louis, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m • Steve Leslie, Hilton at the Ballpark, St. Louis, 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. • Louis Michael, Jim Manley & Mark Friedricks, Jimmy’s On the Park Cafe-Bistro and Bar, St. Louis, 8 to 11 p.m. • Dirty Muggs, Casino Queen, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. • Paint the Earth, Trainwreck Saloon at West Port, St. Louis, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. • Dueces Wild, Crown Valley Tievoli Hills Resort, Clarksville, MO, 2 to 6 p.m. • Street Entertainment - Juggling Jeff, West Port Plaza, St. Louis, 6 to 8 p.m. • Oliver Johnson, Crown Valley Wooden Nickel Winery and Saloon, Litchfield, 2 to 6 p.m. • Killing Vegas, Sybergs on Dorsett, Maryland Heights, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. • Garry Schiera, Copia Urban Winery, St. Louis, 8 to 11 p.m. • Charles Glenn Duo, Crown Valley Brewery, St. Genevieve, 3 to 7 p.m.

• Romeo and Juliet Presented by Saint Louis Ballet, The Touhill, University of Missouri St. Louis, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. • Norman Brown & Richard Elliot, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m. • Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me A Tenor,” Directed by Mark Bacus, Dunham Hall Theater, SIUE Campus, 7:30 p.m. • Back In The Saddle, State Street Music Festival, Jerseyville, 11 a.m. to ? • St. Louis Cardinals vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Busch Stadium, St. Louis, 6:15 p.m. • A Conversation with Ben Franklin, The Magic House, St. Louis, 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. • Children’s Art Class: On the Table, Edwardsville City Park, Edwardsville, 9 to 10:30 a.m. • Fishing Derby, LeClaire Lake, Edwardsville, 10 a.m. • Alton Block Party, Third Street, Alton, 4 to 10:30 p.m. • Legally Blonde, The Muny in Forest Park, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. • Disney’s 101 Dalmations, The Robert G. Reim Theatre at the Kirkwood Civic Center, 11 a.m. • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: Don Giovanni,The Virginia Jackson Browning Theatre at Webster University, St. Louis, 1 p.m. • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: The Death of Klinghoffer, The Virginia Jackson Browning Theatre at Webster University, St. Louis, 8 p.m. • Romeo and Juliet Presented • Fiesta in Florissant, Knights of by Saint Louis Ballet, The Touhill,

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University of Missouri St. Louis, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. • Norman Brown & Richard Elliot, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m. • Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me A Tenor,” Directed by Mark Bacus, D u n h a m H a l l Th e a te r, S I U E Campus, 7:30 p.m. • Back In The Saddle, State Street Music Festival, Jerseyville, 11 a.m. to ? • St. Louis Cardinals vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Busch Stadium, St. Louis, 6:15 p.m. • A Conversation with Ben Franklin, The Magic House, St. Louis, 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. • Children’s Art Class: On the Table, Edwardsville City Park, Edwardsville, 9 to 10:30 a.m. • Fishing Derby, LeClaire Lake, Edwardsville, 10 a.m. • Alton Block Party, Third Street, Alton, 4 to 10:30 p.m. • Legally Blonde, The Muny in Forest Park, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. • Disney’s 101 Dalmations, The Robert G. Reim Theatre at the Kirkwood Civic Center, 11 a.m. • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: Don Giovanni, The Virginia Jackson Browning Theatre at Webster University, St. Louis, 1 p.m. • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: The Death of Klinghoffer, The Virginia Jackson Browning Theatre at Webster University, St. Louis, 8 p.m. • Fiesta in Florissant, Knights of Columbus Park, Florissant, Missouri, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. • PrideFest St. Louis, Tower Grove Park, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Midwest Mountain Bike Festival, Scott County Park in eastern Iowa

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Phil Keaggy A great guitar player you've probably never heard of By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge

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hil Keaggy is out walking the trails in a park near his home in Nashville, Tenn. According to Keaggy, this time alone out walking gives him a chance to clear his mind. It is a moment of peace and solitude for a man who has successfully managed to navigate a career in the fast-paced world of the music industry spanning more than 40 years. Keaggy will return to the area with special guest SHEL at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) on Wednesday, June 29 at the Roxana Nazarene Community Center in Roxana. Named one of the “25 Most Underrated Guitarists” by Rolling Stone Magazine alongside such musical icons as Prince, George Harrison, Kurt Cobain, Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Keaggy is undeniably one of music’s most talented and admired guitarists. In addition to being nominated for a Grammy Award and inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007, he was voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers for three years in a row. Keaggy was born on March 23, 1951 in Youngstown, Ohio, the ninth of 10 children. He grew up in a home filled with music, but it was on his 10th birthday when his brother, Dave, returned home with a Sears Silvertone guitar that something very special began to happen. The result of that gift was a career in music, deeply influenced by his strong Christian faith, that has spawned over 50 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental; eight releases with the band, Glass Harp; as well as a solo career lasting more than 30

years. In 1970, Keaggy’s band Glass Harp, with childhood friend John Sferra on drums and Dan Pecchio on bass, recorded their self-titled first album. Glass Harp gained more popularity in the Ohio area, opening for the Kinks and Yes, as well as performing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. The band also recorded two more albums entitled “Synergy” and “It Makes Me Glad.” A year later, Keaggy experienced one of the most memorable moments of his life. “I was on stage in January 1971 playing with Glass Harp, and there was this little girl sitting in the front row,” said Keaggy. He said the girl came back the next night, and the next. On the third night he crawled over the people who were sitting in front and introduced himself. A little over two years later, Keaggy married that girl, Bernadette, in the summer of 1973. The following year, the couple moved to upstate New York and joined a Church community called Love Inn. By 1972, Keaggy decided to take his career in a different direction and recorded his first solo album, “What A Day” in January 1973. Keaggy said that because he’s spent most of his years as a solo artist, he’s quite comfortable with that and loves the creative freedom it brings. However, he said he still enjoys going out on tour with the band and recording albums with them. “I play six performances a year with the band. They’re good friends of mine. I’ve known John (Sferra) since 1965 when we were both in eighth grade together and Daniel (Pecchio) since high school,” said Keaggy. “I think people in the area will be happy to see us because we don’t get out of Ohio very often.” The concert in Roxana is just one stop on a tour that criss-crosses the country from Kentucky to California, Colorado to Illinois, and Wisconsin to New York, North Carolina and Florida, to name a few. A lifetime spent in the music biz could easily burn a lesser musician out, but not Keaggy. His enthusiasm for his craft bubbles over as he describes upcoming projects, such as his newest studio album, “Interdimensional Traveler,” a jazzy album with Jack Giering on keyboard and bass and John Sferra, of Glass Harp, on drums. “It’s an instrumental project with John and Jack,” said Keaggy. The trio also has a new album coming out called “Cosmic Rumpus,” which he describes as a R&B meets jazz sound. Keaggy said making the album felt like they were kids playing in the sandbox. “It’s a blast. Just a fun album,” he said. Keaggy is also keen to talk about his newest vocal album too, which he says really gets back to the blues roots of gospel music. True to those roots, he said he felt led to create an album that tackles the specifics of Jesus’ teachings, particularly regarding helping brothers and sisters in need. “We live in a time where people are really hungry for the truth of the gospel. It’s an

important message,” he said. Keaggy describes the album as being done in a “very bluesy, soulful way.” In addition to performing and recording his own work, Keaggy is also a much sought after studio guitarist and producer. He has produced albums and songs for such artists as Cheryl Bliss, Keith Moore, Phil McHugh, Third Season, Rachel Lanier, Gianna Jesson and Kevin Gould. Keaggy’s faith is always at the forefront of his life and his music. He is both a Christian and a musician – it is impossible to separate the two. Both areas of his life flow together in a seamless harmony that brings both glory to God and creative fulfillment for Keaggy. “I always know that I’m a Christian because of God’s amazing grace. I’m a guitarist who’s foremost a believer of Jesus. I’m very mindful that the very breath that I breathe comes from Him. I can’t look at anything that is good without realizing that God is at the forefront of it. He loves all people, and we all need to be dependent on Him and on other people.” Keaggy clearly has a passion for people and a thirst for spreading the message of the gospel through his music, which varies from genre to genre. It is impossible to pin him down as having a specific “style.” Instead, he simply loves making music, be it on the guitar, with a band or without, instrumental or vocal. He is simply doing what he loves and using his gift the best way he knows how. Keaggy said it is exciting to see such a diverse range of new Christian artists making a name for themselves, whether they’re with a Christian music label or not. “A lot of people aren’t with a label. The main thing isn’t landing a deal. I think 95-percent are indie artists. I think it’s a cool thing. It gives artists more freedom,” he said. “The sky is the limit and somebody is really going to be touched by it if you stay true to your convictions.” Keaggy definitely knows a thing or two about making a living from music. But is it still possible for new Christian artists to achieve – and maintain – a career such as he’s had? Keaggy is philosophical. “My son is in a pop rock group, not a Christian group, but he is a believer. If someone wants to be a Christian artist, there are absolutely no guarantees for success on an earthly level. But if you’re willing to work, God may open some doors. That’s success as far as I’m concerned – putting your gifts to work.” Hear Phil Keaggy perform along with special guest SHEL at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) on Wednesday, June 29 at the Roxana Nazarene Community Center in Roxana. Tickets cost $35 for Gold Circle, which includes “meet and greet” with the artist at 6:30 p.m., as well as seating in the first three rows. General Seating costs $22. Tickets may be purchased from Alton Exchange, Home Adams Parkway in Alton; Sonshine Unlimited, 4025 Pontoon Beach in Granite City and online at www.itickets.com. For more information, contact 618-670-3394 or visit www. philkeaggy.com.

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People People planner As the official start to summer nears and area residents begin to plan their vacations, the Casino Queen announced today that its RV park is open for the 2011 season. Located directly across the Mississippi River from the Gateway Arch, Casino Queen’s RV park is not only perfectly situated, but also is loaded with amenities that enhance the RV experience, and it’s all just steps away from the action, entertainment and exceptional dining offerings inside the casino. Facing the beautiful downtown St. Louis skyline, the full-service RV park provides convenient amenities, including hook-ups to cable television and internet, bath and laundry facilities and a convenience store. With RV vacations being 26 to 74 percent less expensive than other types of vacations on average, according to PFK Consulting, Casino Queen’s RV park is a great destination to experience the RV life while being able to expand the vacation by visiting some of the St. Louis area’s hottest attractions. MetroLink serves the Casino Queen, giving RV vacationers easy access to Busch Stadium, Laclede’s Landing, the Gateway Arch and the St. Louis Zoo, to name a few. “The RV park is just another example of how we work to provide our patrons with fun and exciting ways to get more out of their entertainment dollars,” said Jeff Watson, general manager of the Casino Queen.  “Each year, many RV travelers return to the Casino Queen knowing they’ll get a great value for their vacation.” The RV park will be open May 28 through September 5. To make reservations, call 1-800-777-0777. Casino Queen is located at 200 South Front Street in East St. Louis, Ill.,

Magic House offers free Wednesdays This summer, Wednesdays are wonderful at The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum. Thanks to a generous grant from Cepia, makers of ZhuZhu Pets, families will be admitted to The Magic House free of charge every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 9 p.m. now through August 31. “Wonder-Full Wednesday Nights” will enable a family (up to two adults and four of their own children) to enjoy the museum’s hundreds of hands-on exhibits as well as the traveling exhibit Alice’s Wonderland for free. Visitors will be admitted to the museum until capacity is reached. Reservations are not required. “Children are at the core of everything that we do and St. Louis is fortunate to have such a rich resource to foster creativity as the Magic House” stated Russell Hornsby, CEO of Cepia, LLC, “It’s a privilege to give back to the community to make it easier for everyone so they may enjoy the wonder of this museum that is dedicated to all children.” Headquartered in St Louis, Mo., Cepia LLC is a privately held company that manufactures toys and games for children of all ages. The company was founded on the premise that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Ingenuity, creativity, playfulness, and passion are the heart of Cepia and everything it creates. Cepia’s toy building

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enterprises include: ZhuZhu Pets(R), Kung Zhu(TM), ZhuZhu Princess(TM), ZhuZhu Babies(TM), ZhuZhu Puppies(TM) and their newest venture, DaGeDar(TM). ZhuZhu Pets(R) is has received top honor Toy of the Year recognition in five countries, including 2010 Toy of the Year, Most Innovative Toy and Best Girls Toy at the 2010 TOTY Awards in the U.S.  All toys from Cepia LLC are sold globally through national chain retail outlets and independent toy stores. For more information, please visit www. cepiallc.com , www.zhuniverse.com, and www.dagedar.com. The Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, one mile north of Highway 44 in historic downtown Kirkwood, Missouri.  Summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Friday 9:30 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. Parking is always free at The Magic House.  For more information, please call (314) 822-8900 or visit The Magic House online at www. magichouse.org.

Missouri celebrates history this summer Everywhere you look in Missouri, you’ll find history, art and culture. Missouri looks to the future while honoring the past. At hundreds of festivals this summer, celebrate the people and events that have made Missouri great. At the Woolery Memorial PowWow, learn about our nation’s early inhabitants, whose strong traditions carry on to this day. Visit Sedalia, July 15-17, to attend this authentic, intertribal American Indian gathering. All aspects of tribal culture are represented, from food to dances to arts and crafts. Traders offer pottery, silver jewelry, paintings and other items for purchase. Celebrate the many cultures that occupy our planet, August 19-21, at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival—the oldest annual festival in Kansas City. The festival brings the world right to you, with crafts, dances, food and drink from more than 50 nations; each country sharing its history and traditions. On the other side of the state, the Festival of Nations gives visitors the chance to travel around the world in just a few square-blocks. This beloved St. Louis event features dozens of food booths, a full schedule of performances, and an “international market,” selling beautiful jewelry, clothes, toys and other items. In St. Joseph, the annual Trails

West arts festival runs August 19-21. The theme of this year’s fest is “Civil War: Divided Loyalties,” marking the 150th anniversary of the local battle between the Blue and the Gray. Local, regional and national performers take to the stage each day; more than 60 artists display their works; and fun art activities for the kids are scattered throughout the festival grounds.

Ranger-led tours of Arch grounds offered In an effort to raise awareness of the outdoors and the importance of exercise, especially among children, the National Park Service is helping Americans stay healthier by offering free outdoor activities for individuals, families and groups. Bike-with-a-Ranger – Take in the sights around the Gateway Arch on a free Ranger-Led Bike Tour.  Rent a bike (fee required) or bring your own and pedal six miles round-trip along the Mississippi Riverfront Trail, while you learn about the natural river features and how people began to change the river in the 1800s.  Every Saturday 8:30-11:00 a.m. ( w e a t h e r p e r m i t t i n g ) t h ro u g h September 3, 2011  Reservations must be made in advance by calling 877-982-1410 Wa l k - w i t h - a - R a n g e r – J o i n a National Park Service Ranger for a free Walking Tour of the Gateway Arch grounds.  Tours start at the north leg of the Gateway Arch.  They will vary each day and include topics such as:  History of the Park Grounds, Construction of the Gateway Arch, Colonial St. Louis and the Mississippi River.  Daily 10:30 -11:30 a.m. (weather permitting) through September 5, 2011 Reservations for groups must be made in advance by calling 877-982-1410 Summer hours:  Memorial Day - Labor Day 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. All programs are FREE of charge and open to the public.  For more information about programs and exhibits, please call the park at 314-6551600.

Alton Farmers & Artisans’ Market open for season The Alton Farmers & Artisans’ Market kicked off June 4 and will run from 8 a.m. to noon every

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Saturday thereafter through midOctober. The market is located in the parking lot at the corner of Henry Street and Landmarks Boulevard. A wide selection of locally-grown seasonal fruit and vegetables is available, including heirloom varieties and organically grown crops. Along with produce, shoppers will also find plant materials, grassfed meat, local honey, fresh bread and other baked goods, and a large assortment of hand-crafted artwork. The location provides plenty of onsite parking. The Alton Marketplace Association sponsors and organizes the market, which has been in operation for approximately 17 years. “We have been increasing the customer base and recruiting more great vendors than ever before,” said Sara McGibany, Executive Director, “Our participation has doubled over the past few years; around seventy vendors took part during the 2010 season, and we are always looking for more.” Anything that is homegrown or at least 50 percent handmade is welcome to be sold at the market, and anyone interested in being a vendor is encouraged to call Alton Marketplace at 463-1016. The market is a fun, easy, and responsible way for citizens to shop for healthy food. Fruits and vegetables are at their freshest and most nutritious when purchased locally, and the most environmentally, economically and socially responsible way to purchase your food is through local growers at the Farmers’ Market. The Community Cultivators will provide the nature craft activities, and the Jacoby Arts Center will provide the “Arts in the Park” activities. Starting in July, Senior Services Plus will be distributing Senior Nutrition Coupons at the Market, which are vouchers for $21 worth of free produce to seniors 60+ who fit income guidelines. The event’s vendor registration form is available for download

on the “Events” page of www. AltonMarketplace.com. For more information, please contact Sara McGibany, Executive Director of Alton Marketplace, at 618-463-1016 or Bob Sancamper, Head Farmer, at 618-372-3018.

Butterfly House hosts bird house contest Building is for the birds! Bird lovers ages 5 and over will have the opportunity to construct a bird house and enter it to win a permanent home at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Participants are challenged to create an eco-friendly bird house for native Midwestern birds. Bird houses can be functional or decorative and must be constructed of non-toxic materials that can withstand the outdoors. Contestants will find useful information by logging onto www. epa.gov/glnpo/greenacres/ wildones/handbk/wo26bird.html. Twenty native Missouri birds are listed, including wren, chickadee, purple martin, bluebird and wood duck, along with suggested bird house construction dimensions and features listed for each species. Entries will be judged on their quality of construction, style and organization, and attention to theme. One winner will be selected per age bracket (youth, ages 5 to 12; teen, ages 13 to 17; and adult, ages 18 and over). Wi n n i n g e n t r i e s w i l l b e announced on Wednesday, Aug. 24 and placed on permanent display on the Butterfly House grounds. Drop off completed entries and entry forms on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. For complete contest information and to download an entry form, visit www.butterflyhouse.org.

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People People planner Meramec Caverns offers lantern tours The spotlight is on fun every Friday and Saturday night during June at Meramec Caverns.  That’s when visitors can take guided, handheld lantern tours of the largest single cave formation in the world.   The tour offers enlightening insights into the natural beauty and fascinating history of Meramec Caverns.  The 80-minute specialty tours begin at 7:30 p.m. from the Meramec Caverns welcome center in Stanton, MO, located only one-hour southwest of St. Louis’ Gateway Arch.     Reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-573-4682283. Tour tickets are priced at $12 for children 5-11 and $24 for adults.   Glowing lanterns highlight the amazing geological specimens inside the cave.  Along the tour, visitors will meet a cast of historical characters including the infamous Jesse James, a Civil War soldier, a member of the Osage Indian tribe, and pioneer women who share stories of adventure, folklore and the history of Meramec Caverns.  During the tours, renowned flutist David Little Eagle of the Taino Band of Arawak Cherokee will perform on Native American courting flutes made of red cedar. Prior to the special evening lantern tours, visitors can spend a fun-filled day at other Meramec Caverns attractions including the exciting, new Caveman Zip Line; boat rides along the Meramec River and panning for gold at the Meramec Mining Company children’s area.  The restaurant serves delectable home-style meals and the snack bar offers 28 flavors of ice cream and the perennial favorite from Granny’s Candy Store - homemade fudge.  For details, directions and an FAQ about Meramec Caverns, click on www.AmericasCave.com or call 1-573-HOT-CAVE (1-573-468-2283).

many are indeed “finger friendly,” at the “Kid’s Corner.” On July 30 and 31 from 9a.m. to 5 p.m., several members will help children (12 and under) learn how to pot a succulent seedling as a gift to take home. Before they go on public display, over 800 cacti and succulents will compete for top HSCS show honors. Member exhibitors bring their best specimens for judging in over 150 categories. Visitors can compare the prize winners with other entries and sale plants when the show opens on July 23. Succulents grow throughout the world, while cacti are native only to North and South America. To learn more about these diverse groups of plants, consider joining the Henry Shaw Cactus  and Succulent Society, an affiliate chapter of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. Those who join during the show will receive a discount on select plant purchases, along with monthly club newsletters and other benefits. For more information, visit www.hscactus.org/show or contact HSCSS President Mike Hellmann 618-656-1803. The Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society show and sale is included with Garden admission of $8; St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission o n We d n e s d a y a n d S a t u rd a y mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and under and Garden members are free. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North & South exit. Free parking is available on-site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. For general information, visit www.mobot.org or call (314) 5775100 (toll-free, 1-800-642-8842). 

In the spirit of tourism, the Alton Regional CVB will be hosting the Great Rivers Tourism Cruise on the evening of Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Travel back in time aboard the Spirit of Peoria paddlewheel boat for a relaxing evening river cruise, floating along the Mississippi River between Grafton and Alton. Strolling musicians will entertain passengers. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served along with a cash bar. “The Mississippi River is one of the greatest assets of our region as a tourist destination, and the ambience of the Spirit of Peoria paddlewheel boat truly takes passengers back in time to those early river days,” said Brett Stawar, president of the Alton Regional CVB. “It only seems fitting that we celebrate tourism with a taste of our river heritage that draws visitors to our destination time and again.” The Spirit of Peoria paddlewheel boat is one of the few authentic paddlewheel driven boats in the country. Based in Peoria, Il., the boat cruises along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers between St. Louis and Peoria from May through October. The 2011 cruising schedule includes several daytrips between St. Louis and Grafton on the Mississippi River, and Grafton and Florence, Il. on the Illinois River. The Great Rivers Tourism Cruise will be a special engagement for the Spirit of Peoria, cruising the waters between Grafton and Alton. The cost of the cruise is $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit regional tourism promotion and development. To reserve your boarding pass, call the Alton Regional CVB at (618) 465-6676. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St. in Downtown Alton. For more information, contact the Alton Regional CVB at (618) 4656676 or go to www.VisitAlton.com.

Jersey County Fair River cruise planned offers plenty of fun MoBOT plans cactus in Alton What says summer time better than tractor pulls, pig races and Full steam ahead! Join the Alton sale Regional Convention & Visitors a smashing demolition derby? Cacti and succulents of all shapes and sizes will be available for viewing and purchase at the annual Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society Show and sale, July 23 through July 31. Choose from thousands of plants appealing to varied tastes and experience levels, with prices starting at $1.50. Ask questions and get growing tips from society members. Attend one of four workshops to learn about seasonal plant care, potting and more. Show and sale hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 24 through July 31. The event is included with Garden admission. Novice gardeners can begin to grow their cacti and succulent collections with a variety of inexpensive and easy-to-carefor plants. Collectors and serious enthusiasts will enjoy browsing many unusual and hard-to-find varieties. Henry Shaw Cactus Succulent Society (HSCS) members will be on hand to offer information, and each visitor will receive a generalized plant care sheet with their purchase. On July 30 and 31 at 11a.m., 1p.m. and 3p.m., experienced HSCSS members will lead workshops on “Potting Your New Plant,” “Summer and Winter Care” and “Plant Information via the Internet.” Children delight in the magic of succulent plants and can learn that

Bureau (CVB) and the friends of tourism on an evening cruise aboard the majestic Spirit of Peoria paddlewheel boat. Cruise the waters of the Mississippi River on this authentic paddlewheel boat on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Boarding will begin at 6 p.m. at the Loading Dock in Grafton, located at 400 Front St.

ever-popular Demolition Derby. For nine days straight, tractors will be roaring, carnival lights will be glowing, food stands will be tempting and families will be having fun during the 142nd Jersey County Fair, which will be held Saturday, July 9 through Sunday, July 17, 2011 at the Jersey County Fairgrounds on US 67, north of Jerseyville. Every year, the fair grows with new exciting events, and this year is no exception with the addition of the high flying acrobatics of the extreme Freestyle Motocross Jump FMX series. The nation’s elite will be facing-off in a jump-off competition on Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. in the grandstands. Monster trucks will take centerstage on the fairgrounds this year on Thursday and Friday, July 14 & 15, when the Hall Brothers Racing Team presents Ramunition and Raminator. The award-winning Racing Team will display its award-wining trucks from 5 p.m. to10 p.m. for the public to view for free. Taking center stage for the seventh year straight, the National Tractor Pullers Association will be revving up the crowds on Saturday, July 16 beginning at 6 p.m. This year’s pull will feature three classes: 4WD Trucks, Super Farm Tractors and Super Stock Open Tractors. Stick around after the NTPA pull for three more local classes. They include: 12,000 lb. Open Farm Stock, 15,000 lb. Farm Stock and 21,000 lb. Farm Stock. Tickets are $13 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. All of the other fair favorites will return again this year. Families and friends will line State Street to watch the Jersey County Fair Parade on Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. This year’s parade grand marshals will lead the parade down State Street as participants express this year ’s theme, “Reach for the Stars.” Following the parade, local talent is sure to impress judges and grandstand audiences Tuesday, July 12 at 8:15 p.m. during the

Fairgoers at the 142nd Annual Jersey County Fair can reach for the stars with this year ’s star-studded fair line-up. New this year, Freestyle Motocross has been added to the grandstand fanfare, leading the way for more great entertainment, including the Hall Brothers Monster Trucks, return of NTPA Grand National Pulling Circuit and the

rev-up fans Friday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. Classes will include 8,000 lb. Pro Stock Diesel Trucks; 5,500 lb. Classic Tractors; 1,800 lb. Mini Rods; and 9,500 lb. Limited Pro Stock. Following the ITPA, the locals will be ready to entertain as they pull in the following four classes: 4WD Stock Truck Pull, Super Stock 4WD Trucks, Open Stock Diesel 4WD Trucks and Open Street Stock Gas 4WD Trucks. Grandstand and infield tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Finally, the dirt will be flying on Sunday, July 17, 2011 as the fair comes to a close with the everpopular Demolition Derby at 6 p.m. Fans of all ages can cheer on their favorite drivers and watch until the last car is left standing. Come out early because the grandstands are always full for the fair’s closing event. Grandstand and infield tickets for the Derby are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Throughout the week, other exciting events will be held. Harness races will take the track on Saturday, July 9 at 1p.m. Children can explore fun rides during all-night carnival rides, which begin Tuesday, July 12 and continue through Sunday, July 17 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Armbands for all-night rides will be $20 each. A free petting zoo will offer up-close animal experiences starting Tuesday evening from 6 - 10 p.m. Local farmers and young exhibitors will continue the fair ’s livestock show tradition. General gate admission is $2 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Parking is free. Grandstand event pricing varies. Gates open Tuesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. An ATM will be available on the festival grounds. For more information on event pricing or general fair information, visit www.JerseyCountyFair.com or call 618-498-5848.

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Religion Smiling in the face of adversity When my grandchildren were small, they all loved having books read to them. The same is true of my great grandchildren. Little Aly, not quite two, has learned to be quite adamant about her requests. For example, she picks out a book, returns with it, says, “sit” and then “read”. Her demand makes us smile and we comply because it is a chance to ‘snuggle’ and to share a mutual pleasure…that of reading. I suppose the fact that in the past I have read so many Dr. Seuss books that when I found a page of various quotes entitled ‘simple inspirations’ my eye was caught by the one from Dr. Seuss. The quote is “Don’t cry because i t ’ s o v e r. Smile because it happened.” At first glance, it seems a very simple request. As a child, you might have been playing with friends when it was time to go home. Often whining and crying and even begging follows the request to “Let’s go”. Now I’ll readily admit that for a child, logic doesn’t rule and emotions win out. But if we are honest, we often behave the same way. We are forced by circumstances to change our way of life or perhaps even relocate our place of living. Jobs change and sometimes that necessitates moving to a new location and that can mean leaving family and friends. And it can be

Doris Gvillo very painful. If we were to follow the advice offered by Dr. Suess, we would focus on the joy and satisfaction we had derived from our present position, instead of bemoaning the fact that change is coming. I’d be the first to admit that such a suggestion could be very hard. I like stability and am a little fearful of drastic change. I recall when my husband had his first heart attack and was told to curb his activities. As a farmer who loved his profession, this meant he had to make some changes. Something had to go and so he elected to keep crop farming but give up raising livestock. He wasn’t a happy man, but as time passed, he began to focus on how fortunate he was that he could do ‘most’ of what brought him such satisfaction and pleasure. He was able to smile in spite of the changes he had to make. Having lived most of my life on a farm, when it became apparent that as his health deteriorated further change was immanent, I will admit I was fearful. Fearful of losing him and also fearful of just what the future held. It was quite awhile before I could ‘smile’ because I was able to see that while life wasn’t what it had been, it was still good and what had ‘happened’ in the past

would always be a part of our lives. I have a granddaughter who is very focused on looking on the ‘bright side’ and she often shares her insights with me. About a year ago a friend of hers was in a bad accident. This young person had to be cut from the automobile and everyone feared for a long and devastating hospitalization and worried what her future might be. However, she was home in a bit over a week, and while she had a long healing process ahead of her, she kept dwelling on how bad things were. One of Katie’s calls was to raise the question of why this whole episode couldn’t be looked at in a positive manner. She wondered why everyone wasn’t giving God thanks that while the car was a total wreck, the young individual was going to be fine. Now I realize no one is going to ‘smile’ because the accident happened, but I could understand what my granddaughter was saying. In fact, I shared some feelings I had regarding the loss of my husband and her grandpa. Those last few days he was hospitalized in the ICU unit and we knew things were critical, all I could pray is that God would heal him so he could come home and we could resume our lives even though some things would be curtailed drastically. Well what we planned wasn’t

what was in God’s plan and “Yes, we cried because it was over.” Now as I look back on these days and I look at photographs of Bill those last months, I see just how painful his life must have been and how he kept going because of us. God’s plan wasn’t the plan of our family. We wanted him home, healthy, and sharing the future with us. But it wasn’t to be. And you know that while his death will always leave a tremendous hole in my life, I am certainly able to ‘smile’ at all the joy I had in this long adventure called ‘marriage’. Whether it is a delightful, funfilled day, a lifetime shared, an illness never anticipated, or any ‘change of plans’ that can cause pain, we really do have a choice. As Dr. Seuss suggests we can “Cry or we can smile because it happened.’ Smiling in the face of adversity is hard. Sometimes it takes a time of healing before we can smile again. But our attitude does affect how we live and also how we interact with others. There is the saying “I didn’t promise you a rose garden.” I’ve heard that said many times in my long life. And as we move through all the stages of life, we find, as we look back, that there are times of trial and pain and also times of rejoicing and joy. I personally believe we do

ourselves and others with whom we associate a great disservice when we spend all our times b e m o a n i n g o u r t ro u b l e s a n d relating them over and over again to all who will listen. Yes, we have suffered. There is no denying the pain that comes with life. But often the very thing that brought us so much joy in times past is what causes the pain. So will we spend our time reliving the pain and sorrow or will we ‘pick up the pieces’ and smile at all that has blessed us in the past? I agree with Dr. Seuss. I don’t want to spend my time crying because something is over, but rather smiling because it was part of my joy in life. Seems odd to me that I am finding something Dr. Seuss said agreeing with what my journey in faith has taught me. But it seems so. Life may not always be easy but it can be ‘good’ And remember there is one promise that we can always rely upon. As Jesus commissioned the disciples he made this promise. “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” In spite of what life may bring us, that pledge that we are never alone should bring a smile… maybe a weak one…but definitely a smile. Doris Gvillo is a member of Eden United Church of Christ.

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SeaWorld's newest attraction By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge Twenty years ago, a trip to Orlando, Fla., meant Disney World, Epcot Center and SeaWorld. Life was simple. At Disney World, you got to meet Mickey Mouse, throw up on the Tea Cups and/or Space Mountain, and pose for pictures in front of Cinderella’s castle. At SeaWorld, the routine was pretty much the same. Wander through the shark aquarium, pose for pictures with the dolphins and finish it all off with a soaking during the Shamu show. My how times have changed! These days, SeaWorld has spawned (excuse the pun) a series of under-water and above-land theme parks sure to excite and delight all members of your family. At Discovery Cove, an allinclusive tropical retreat, guests have the chance to spend the day swimming with dolphins, snorkeling in a sea of tropical fish, lazing by the beach or hand-feeding exotic birds in the aviary at the resort’s various experiences on offer. Now, Discovery Cove has just opened the Grand Reef, an allnew 2.5 acre area, with close to a million gallons of water featuring multiple levels of exploration, from shallow waters to deeper swimming adventures and white sandy beaches, to snorkeling among canyons inspired by reefs from around the world. Visitors just need to get their feet wet to enjoy The Grand Reef, or they can choose to go deep. Step into tranquil, shallow waters kept at a comfortable 77 degrees to discover a below-the-surface world teeming with sea life. The reef contains approximately 10,000 animals, representing 125 different species of fish, rays and sharks. If you’re feeling braver, snorkel

in deeper waters as thousands of exotic fish and graceful rays swim around you. Surprises abound. Families can seek discoveries along the water’s edge or cross a bridge to see sharks swimming below. Play hide-andseek with thousands of beautiful fish, from small colorful wrasses to large spotted eagle rays. Further out in the reef, stunning habitats create the feeling of swimming right alongside venomous lionfish and sharp-toothed reef sharks, each safely behind glass. Try to put the theme from “Jaws” out of your mind as you experience exciting new views of sharks that allow non-swimmers to gaze down from above. Meanwhile, snorkelers can gaze through 10foot-tall panoramic windows into a habitat filled with zebra, nurse and blacktip and whitetip reef sharks. Follow paths and bridges to the reef’s islands and hidden grottos as you delve into the reef from above, around and below. Those looking for an even more exhilarating adventure can take part in the SeaVenture, an innovative underwater walking tour, that allows guests – wearing dive helmets - to get an upclose look at lionfish and sharks (safely behind massive panoramic windows) and experience one-onone touches with unique animals and schools of fish and gentle rays swimming by. First, you climb down a ladder and set foot on the reef floor where you will immediately come eyeto-eye with sharks through a full, 8-foot-tall, 21-foot long panoramic window. During the journey, you’ll encounter velvety rays, exoticlooking lionfish hiding under a dock – and even touch a star fish or sea urchins found along the way. The adventure ends with schools of fish feeding around the divers with the massive open reef as the backdrop.

This tropical paradise has been created using a unique technology to ensure the reef’s man-made coral maintains its vibrant colors. Each piece of coral – most weighing a ton – is inflatable. When filled with air, the coral sections float to the surface for easy maintenance and cleaning. In total, the reef will have 90 pieces of the colorful coral in four different sizes.

The recipe for creating the Grand Reef’s crystal clear water, of which it takes about 140 tons of salt to make, is a closely guarded secret. Discovery Cove is a full-day experience. Amenities include meals, snacks and beverages throughout the day’s adventures, towels, wet suits and swim gear, plus a pass for unlimited admission* to either SeaWorld

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or Aquatica in Orlando or Busch Gardens in Tampa to be used surrounding a Discovery Cove visit. Guests can upgrade to the Ultimate package which includes admission to all three sister parks for an additional fee. Advanced reservations are required. Seasonal rates for Discovery Cove’s Dolphin Swim Day Resort Package start at $199 (rates for Day Resort Package without dolphin swim experience and guests ages 3-5 start at $129). Prices vary seasonally. For reservations or more information, visit http://www. discoverycove.com DiscoveryCove. com or call 1-877-434-7268. * SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens passes must be used consecutively with the Discovery Cove visit – either before, after, or a combination of both for a period of 14 days. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates 10 parks across the U.S. including SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va.; Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando; Sesame Place near Philadelphia, Pa.; and water parks Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg. 

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Travel Travel briefs Marker to honor The King TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Country Music Trail will dedicate a marker to Elvis Presley on Thursday in Tupelo. Tupelo is already home to a Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Presley’s honor. Elvis Aaron Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Miss. He died at Graceland in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977. The maker will be dedicated at 3 p.m. at the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum. Appearing on the country charts over 50 times, Presley’s music pushed traditional country towards the modernizing Nashville Sound. Elvis would record the country songs he loved throughout his career.

Jamaica luring more tourists from South America KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s tourism chief says the island is hammering out deals with South American tour operators and airlines to bring thousands of new tourists to Jamaica over the next six months. In a Tuesday statement, Edmund Bartlett said a deal to begin flights from Brazil to Jamaica later this year is being finalized with Brazilian tour operator CVC. Pacts have also been forged to launch flights from Chile and Colombia to the Jamaican tourist mecca of Montego Bay. Financial terms of the deals have not been disclosed. Bartlett announced Sunday that a $10 increase in the head tax paid by incoming airline passengers will result in stronger campaigns to draw visitors from emerging markets. He says Russian tourists will be targeted next.

Exhibit to give hands-on archeological experience INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kids can explore recreations of a pharaoh’s tomb, China’s terra cotta warriors or a sunken ship beginning next week at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The new exhibit, “Treasures of the Earth,” will give children hands-on experience in simulated archeological digs. In the simulations, visitors can explore a mysterious tunnel in the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Seti I in the Valley of the Kings, piece together and virtually paint remains

of terra cotta warriors buried in China, or take a virtual dive in the Caribbean to explore the shipwreck of a vessel commandeered by the convicted pirate Captain William Kidd. The exhibit’s grand opening is June 11, with a late-night sneak preview June 10.

"Avatar" gets top billing at Seattle museum SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle music and popular culture museum is banking on fans of the Oscarwinning film “Avatar” to populate a new exhibit on how director James Cameron brought Pandora and its inhabitants to the big screen. The exhibit at the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame opens at noon Saturday after a Friday event featuring Cameron, some of the movie actors, and Richie Baneham, who won the Academy Award for best visual effects. Museum associate curator Brooks Peck says the goal is to educate and entertain, but not go so deeply into the “Avatar” world that it resembles an amusement park. It will be the first of its kind to showcase artwork and props from the blockbuster film.

Wildlife Refuge,” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the creation of the wildlife refuge. The exhibit opens June 25 in the Bell Museum’s Jaques Gallery and will continue through Sept. 4. The Bell Museum is Minnesota’s official natural history museum where more than four million specimens support ongoing research and teaching at the university.

Replica of Elvis’ favorite coaster in Wisconsin GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A replica of Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster is proving to be very popular in Green Bay. Officials say the Zippin Pippin roller coaster at Bay Beach Amusement Park generated more than 14,000 riders over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Mayor Jim Schmitt says that is more than double the average ridership level needed to meet the city’s projections for the new wooden roller coaster. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that about 2,000 riders daily on average are needed to reach the city’s goal of 200,000 throughout the season. It opened May 21. The city spent about $3.5 million to re-create the wooden roller coaster that operated for decades in Memphis, Tenn., and was wellknown as Elvis Presley’s favorite amusement park ride.

Minnesota museum presents arctic refuge exhibit Naked Circus part MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Bell Museum of Natural History at the of new Resorts in University of Minnesota is opening a new exhibit on Alaska’s Arctic Atlantic City National Wildlife Refuge. The exhibit, “Arctic Sanctuary: Our Collective Refuge,” features large format photographs and text by wilderness landscape photographer Jeff Jones and writer Laurie Hoyle. Their book, “Arctic Sanctuary: Images of the Arctic National

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) — Resorts Casino Hotel, which raised some hackles this year with a bare-derriere billboard to promote a show, is taking things even further in a bid to win back business. The casino’s new owners held a grand reopening to unveil the skimpy new flapper costumes that

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got them sued this year by female cocktail servers fired after being deemed not sexy enough wearing them. And the casino announced it will host a nightly adults-only Naked Circus in a parking lot tent starting in July. Actually, it is only mostly naked, much like New York’s Naked Cowboy, but you get the idea. “It’ll be as naked as the law allows,” said Resorts co-owner Dennis Gomes, who is fast gaining a reputation in the casino industry because of his willingness to push sex to promote his brand and generate publicity and buzz. H i s s o n A a ro n G o m e s s a i d the female performers will wear pasties and G-strings. Dennis Gomes says it all is designed to win back millions of dollars in business the casino lost under previous owners that nearly closed it late last year. Resorts posted a $5.3 million operating loss in the first quarter of this year, but Gomes and coowner Morris Bailey, a New York real estate investor, are pumping large amounts of promotional cash into the casino to try to rebuild its customer base after buying it last December at a steep discount. The Naked Circus show, which will start on the July 4th holiday weekend, will be one of three daily circuses that Resorts will host in Atlantic City, the secondl a rg e s t U . S . g a m b l i n g m a r k e t after Las Vegas, Nevada. The casino also unveiled its new flapper costumes, which cocktail servers will wear from now on. They are the costumes that resulted in a lawsuit from 15 servers fired in March after an outside panel hired by Resorts deemed them insufficiently sexy in the new garb. The lawsuit is pending. The black-fringed flapper dresses, worn with black fishnet stockings, are extremely low-cut in the back. Billboards that Resorts put up around town and on the side of its building show two models wearing

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — DiamondJacks Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg reopened recently 36 days after the Mississippi River flood forced the resort to close, The Clarion-Ledger reported. DiamondJacks, which suffered no water damage, will reopen at 3 p.m. The casino’s 400 employees received full pay and benefits during the shutdown, according to a news release. T h e C l a r i o n - L e d g e r re p o r t s that Mayor Paul Winfield, along with city tourism officials and DiamondJacks executives will celebrate the reopening during a news conference at 11 a.m. at the resort. DiamondJacks is the last of Vicksburg’s five casinos to reopen as a result of floodwaters. Grand Station Casino, which was closed for remodeling prior to the flood, reopened earlier this month. Rainbow Casino reopened in May and Ameristar and Riverwalk casinos remained open throughout the flood.

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Bright Eyes lead singer Conor Oberst performs at The Pageant on June 6.

Closing the book on Bright Eyes? June 6 appearance could be the finale in St. Louis

By SARA HALL For The Edge Love them or hate them: these are often the two default reactions for those who have listened to the music of indie rock band Bright Eyes. Although Bright Eyes may not be as popular with all people, their fans more than make up for any disapproval from others in zealous appreciation. Judging from the more-than-enthusiastic crowd reaction at the their June 6 concert at The Pagaent sold-out performance, the band’s return was more than welcome. Bright Eyes was first formed in 1998 after lead singer Conor Oberst left his former band, Commander Venus. In the beginning stages of Bright Eyes, Oberst was often deemed to be the Bob Dylan of the moody teenage generation. With Oberst’s interesting vocal quality and the band’s unapologetic song lyrics that are often infused with political influences, people began to pay notice. Since then, Bright Eyes has garnered even more popularity. Their last tour was in 2005, and fans have been anxiously awaiting new material from the band. The crowd roared as the spoken intro for the concert’s opening song,

“Firewall,” began. Oberst had a lively stage presence, engaging with the audience and reaching down to touch the hands of fans throughout many of the songs. Older fan favorites, such as the band’s most famous song, “Four Winds,” and “Falling Out of Love at This Volume,” a song that Oberst said is over 15 years old, received an especially notable response. The crowd seemed to enjoy the nostalgic reminder of the band’s musical roots. Oberst said he often draws on his own life and experiences for the lyrics of his songs, as present in songs like “We are Nowhere, and It is Now,” a song about being a traveling musician, and “Hot Knives.,” a song he said was inspired by infidelity. Bright Eyes also performed new songs, such as the positive “Beginner ’s Mind” and the percussion-heavy “Jejune Stars,” from their latest acclaimed record, "The People’s Key." Oberst has previously said "The People’s Key" will be the band’s last album. Oberst has said he was influenced by the suicide of a

close friend when creating "The People’s Key." The lyrics are poetic, sounding as if they come straight from Oberst’s diary, complete with his raw emotions. Not all of the songs performed were as dark. The band’s older song “Bowl of Oranges” inspired sweet sentiment within the crowd. As they played “Poison Oak,” with its lyrics such as “And I never thought this life was possible/You’re the yellow bird that I’ve been waiting for,” the band provided a pure hope for the crowd that they seemed to absorb. The band closed with “Ladder Song,” a new song with haunting piano parts that almost serve as a throwback to their early roots. For their encore, Bright Eyes performed old songs like “Lover I Don’t Have to Love” and “Road to Joy,” which incorporates the well-known sounds of Bethoven’s 5th Symphony, and upswept the crowd in a frenzied energy. Even if Bright Eyes decides to revoke their decision to retire the band, their concert provided a sense of closure that fans can accept.

Gateway Festival Orchestra plans summer series The Gateway Festival Orchestra will launch its 48th season of free Sunday-evening concerts July 10 with Various Variations, a program exploring the use of variations by a handful of composers from the Baroque period through the 20th century. James Richards, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will conduct the performance, which will open with Johann Pachelbel’s famous Canon in D. Scored for three violins and basso continuo, the piece consists of a simple, instantly recognizable melody — which has been widely adapted for film, television and popular music — played in 28 variations over a short repeated bass figure. The program will continue with “Andante” from Symphony No. 104 by Franz Joseph Haydn and “Theme and Variations” from Orchestral Suite No. 4, “Mozartiana,” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. John Sorsen, a student

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at Pattonville High School, will serve as euphonium soloist for Variations on Carnival of Venice by Jean-Baptiste Arban. Next will be “Allegretto” from Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven and “Theme and Variations” from Karel Husa’s Vier Kleine Stucke. Concluding the concert will be “Allegro energico e passionate” from Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Performances will continue July 17, 24 and 31. All concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. in Brookings Quadrangle, located just west of Brookings Hall, near the intersection of Brookings and Hoyt drives. The public is encouraged to bring lawn seating. For further information, call (314) 569-0371 or visit www.gatewayfestivalorchestra.org. Concert in G Minor (July 17) The season will continue July 17 with Concert in G Minor. The program will open with Fugue in G minor (“Little G minor”) by Johann Sebastian Bach, followed by “Air” from

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Edward Grieg’s Holberg Suite. David Gillham, associate professor of music at the University of Missouri—St. Louis and member of the Arianna Quartet, will be soloist for Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Concluding the program will by “Sentimental Sarabande” from Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten and Symphony No. 40 in G minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Classical Collection (July 24) The July 24 program, titled Classical Collection, will begin with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Natalie Ferree, a 2011 graduate of Lafayette High School, will be soloist for Bassoon Concerto in F, Op. 75, by Carl Maria von Weber. The program will continue with “Overture and Excerpts” from Beethoven’s ballet Creatures of Prometheus. Concluding the program will be Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, “Classical.”

West by Northwest (July 31) The season will conclude July 31 with West by Northwest, featuring works inspired by the music of Turkey, Rumania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Austria. The program will open with the overture to Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, a comic opera written in the written in the Turkish “janissary” style. Next will be Rumanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók, followed by Brahms’ Hungarian Dances No. 1, 4 and 5, and Strauss’ “On the Beautiful Blue Danube.” Concluding the program will by Symphony No. 8 in G Major by Antonín Dvořák. The Gateway Festival Orchestra was established in 1964 by conductor William Schatzkamer, professor emeritus in piano in Washington University’s Department of Music in Arts & Sciences, and other local musicians, in part to provide summer employment to members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.


Music Tuning in Frankie Valli to appear at The Fox Fox Concerts presents Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons at 8 p.m. on Oct. 29. Tickets are $79.50, $69.50, $59.50 and $49.50 and are available at the Fox Box Office or by calling 314/5341111. Order tickets online at www. metrotix.com. The real original Jersey Boy, Frankie Valli, is a true American pop icon. His incredible career with The Four Seasons, as well as his solo success has spawned countless hit singles. With unforgettable tunes like “Sherry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December ’63 - Oh What A Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and of course, “Grease,” Vallihas sold over 100 million records worldwide. His latest success, Jersey Boys, is the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical based on the lives and career of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Don’t’ miss the original Jersey boy in a rare concert appearance performing all his legendary hit songs!

World,” and “Rainy Days and Mondays.” Tickets for all the above concerts will be on sale on March 2, 2011 at the Powell Hall Box Office, online at www.stlsymphony.org, or by phone at 314.534.1700. The Powell Hall Box Office is located at 718 North Grand Boulevard in Grand Center.

unexpected concerts headlining in May and June perfect for everyone from Michael Jackson fans to those who want to go retro with the Rat Pack, or who want to relive the No. 1 sounds of the ’60s and ’70s with the music of the Carpenters and Neil Sedaka. Live at Powell Hall | Yesterday Once More: A Musical Tribute to the Carpenters with the St. Louis Symphony Music arranged Jim Brickman Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. $65 - $30 Travel back to the ’70s with the St. Louis Symphony. Relive a time when the Carpenters were the bestselling group of the decade. Don’t miss this beautiful musical tribute to the Carpenters, which will feature some of the most famous ballads and classics from the Carpenters backed by the St. Louis Symphony including: “Ticket to Ride,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Top of the

Stone Hill Winery to host Cajun Concert Aye-eeee! Stone Hill Winery is gearing up for the 22nd annual Cajun Concert on the Hill, set for July 8, 9 and 10. Recording artist Ed Gary and the Louisiana Cajun Aces will make the 800-mile trek from the bayous of Louisiana again this year to perform the three-day concert. Over the past two decades, this ever-popular concert has evolved into the summertime event of the season, drawing thousands of

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Thursday, June 23 Matt & Kim w/The Thermals, Autobot from Flosstradamus, 8 p.m., The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo. Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me A Tenor,” Directed by Mark Bacus, Dunham Hall Theater, SIUE Campus, 7:30 p.m. Edwardsville Municipal Band, Edwardsville City Park, Edwardsville, 8 p.m. Music in the Park, Grafton, 8 p.m. Thursday Night LIve, Madison and High Streets, Jefferson City, 6 p.m. Dirty Muggs, Helen Fitzgerald’s, St. Louis, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Rich Mahogany, Trainwreck Saloon at West Port, St. Louis, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Brian T. Curran, Jazz & Blues Concert, West Port Plaza, St. Louis, 5 to 7 p.m.

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Diz Strohman Big Band, featuring vocalist Stephanie Strohman, On The Hill Golf Pub, 58 S. Rte. 157, Edwardsville, 618-656-9774, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me A Tenor,” Directed by Mark Bacus, D u n h a m H a l l T h e a t e r, S I U E Campus, 2 p.m. Jim Manley & Mark Friedricks, Jimmy’s On the Park Cafe-Bistro and Bar, St. Louis, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pat Liston of Mama’s Pride, Cleo’s, Edwardsville, 7 to 11 p.m.

Monday, June 27 Soulard Blues Band, Broadway Oyster Bar, 9 p.m., St. Louis Behind the Line, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 4:30 p.m. Karaoke, Sybergs on Dorsett, Maryland Heights, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Wednesday, June 29 Keith Urban, Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo. Tom Hall, Iron Barley, South St. Louis, 6:30 p.m. Brian Curran, Broadway Oyster Bar, 5 p.m. Steve Ewing Duo, Helen Fitzgerald’s, St. Louis, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Lucky Dan and Mike, Morgan Street Brewery, St. Louis, 6 to 9 p.m.Thursday, June 16 R i c h M a h o g a n y, Tr a i n w re c k Saloon at West Port, St. Louis,

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Edwardsville Municipal Band, Edwardsville City Park, Edwardsville, 8 p.m. Music in the Park, Grafton, 8 p.m. Thursday Night LIve, Madison and High Streets, Jefferson City, 6 p.m. Dirty Muggs, Helen Fitzgerald’s, St. Louis, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Charmed & Dangerous, Jazz & Blues Concert, West Port Plaza, St. Louis, 5 to 7 p.m. Spin The Bottle, Trainwreck Saloon at West Port, St. Louis, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Friday, July 1 Eddie Vedder, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.

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Saturday, June 25 Norman Brown & Richard Elliot, The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo., 8 p.m. Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me A Tenor,” Directed by Mark Bacus, Dunham Hall Theater, SIUE Campus, 7:30 p.m. Back In The Saddle, State Street Music Festival, Jerseyville, 11 a.m. to ? Wyld Stallyns & Walk of Shame, Helen Fitzgerald’s, St. Louis, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m Stev e L e s l i e , H il t o n a t t h e Ballpark, St. Louis, 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. Louis Michael, Jim Manley & Mark Friedricks, Jimmy’s On the Park Cafe-Bistro and Bar, St. Louis, 8 to 11 p.m. Dirty Muggs, Casino Queen, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Paint the Earth, Trainwreck Saloon at West Port, St. Louis, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dueces Wild, Crown Valley Tievoli Hills Resort, Clarksville, MO, 2 to 6 p.m. Oliver Johnson, Crown Valley Wooden Nickel Winery and Saloon, Litchfield, 2 to 6 p.m. Killing Vegas, Sybergs on Dorsett, Maryland Heights, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Slam, Twisted Bull Saloon, St. Louis, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Garry Schiera, Copia Urban Winery, St. Louis, 8 to 11 p.m. Charles Glenn Duo, Crown Valley Brewery, St. Genevieve, 3 to 7 p.m.

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A tribute to the X-Men Edwardsville Arts Center showcasing comic book collection By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge

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cott Croft has been collecting X-Men comics since he was 10 – 550 of them to be exact. Until now though, he never realized quite how many he had until he saw them all neatly displayed on the wall of the Edwardsville Arts Center’s new gallery on the campus of Edwardsville High School.

Now, everyone can enjoy the fruits of Croft’s collecting efforts thanks to the EAC’s new exhibit “SHINKT! X-Men: The Collection”, which is now open in the main gallery, 6165 Center Grove Road in Edwardsville. The exhibit will run through July 15 alongside “What now?... : Skateboards and Paintings” by Nathan Motsinger in the student gallery. Croft, who owns Heroic Adventures, a board game and comic store in Edwardsville, has managed to collect every single issue of the X-Men comic series. Impressive doesn’t being to describe it. Row after row of pristine, plastic-covered comic books stands out from the gallery’s gleaming white walls in a rainbow of bright colors. Croft said what began as a hobby when he was 10 just kept growing. Eventually, he started hunting out earlier issues that he didn’t have to complete his collection. “It’s very dynamic to see it all on the wall like this,” said Croft. According to Croft, he never fully appreciated how big of a collection he had until now. Previously, he always kept the comics safely stored in boxes at his house. When he acquired a new issue, he simply filed it away with the others. “I realized how massive it is when I had to move it. It’s puts it in perspective,” he said. The idea for the exhibit came about after a

conversation with Steve Hartman, president and creative director of Creativille Inc. and vice president of the board of directors for the Edwardsville Arts Center. Croft got to thinking about the idea of exhibiting his collection and the idea went from there. Of course, it didn’t hurt that interest was high due to the release of the latest blockbuster installment of the X-Men film franchise (which by the way, is excellent in this writer’s opinion). “I have this elaborate collection that’s available for display and they took me up on the offer. They thought it was a nice mesh with the new movie coming out,” said Croft. With so many exciting comic book heroes to choose from, what drew him to the XMen? Afterall, Superman is, well, super. And Spiderman is just plain cool with all that scurrying up and down buildings lithe as a cat and shooting webs. What was it about XMen that attracted Croft’s interest enough to continue collecting after all these years? “When I was a kid, I liked the idea of having a group, a team, coming together to make a whole.

There’s a lot of characters to choose from,” he said. And who is his favorite member of the XMen team? “Wolverine, but everybody likes him,” said Croft. “My next favorite is Nightcrawler. He’s kinda cool. Very interesting to look at.” Croft said he was always a big reader as a kid. He particularly liked fantasy and science fiction books. The combination of reading an exciting story paired with such vibrant images sealed the deal for this comic fan. “Seeing them in colorful pictures at age 10 was very interesting,” he said. He has been hooked ever since. Another favorite is “The Avengers,” which he said appeals for the same reason as the X-Men. “It’s a different roster. You’re constantly getting introduced to new characters.” As an old-school comic book collector, Croft is hopeful this exhibit will also help to perpetuate traditional paper comic book reading. He said the comic book industry now is still attempting to find its place in the fast-paced digital world. “Ironically, it’s in a state of uncertainty with the advent of digital. Hopefully, once you’ve read a digital copy, you’ll migrate to the stores and pick up a real copy,” he said. He cited the struggles that the music industry has had with the increase of digital, and the book industry’s attempts to keep up. Digital aside, Croft said that creatively, the comic industry is stronger now than ever. “There’s been a lot of progress with the

artwork,” he said. The rising popularity of graphic novels will definitely have a knock on effect on the comic book industry, according to Croft. He said he thinks that a benefit of graphic novels is that they introduce more kids to the literary side of the comic industry. He said he thinks that if someone could harness the crossover potential of books and comics, it would be a great thing. Croft said he thought that if J.K. Rowling were to do a graphic novel of the Harry Potter series, it would be a massive industry hit. Croft said he hopes this exhibit will help to reintroduce the comic book, and reading in general, to a new generation of kids. A father himself, with a 13-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son, Croft is keenly aware of the importance of getting kids interested in reading. Not just digitally, but physically as well. “The idea of actually holding something concrete in your hands. It’s the difference between seeing something on screen and seeing it on paper,” he said. Running concurrently with X-Men, is an exhibit from Nathan Motsinger entitled “What now?...:Skateboards and Paintings.” The exhibit features a collection of the 24-year-old artist’s work, both on skateboards and traditional canvas. Motsinger also runs Manual Art Skateboards, a hand-painted skateboard deck company. For more information about Motsinger, visit www.natespaints. com. The Edwardsville Arts Center Gallery is located on the campus of Edwardsville High School, 6165 Center Grove Rd. in Edwardsville. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or a list of upcoming exhibits, call 655-0337 or visit www. artforedwardsville.com.

Above, Scott Croft with one issue of the "X-Men" inside the Edwardsville Arts Center. At left, a figurine of X-Men characters. Photos by Marci WintersMcLaughlin.

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"Legally Blonde" Broadway musical will kick off The Muny's 2011 season By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge

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s a, ahem, natural blonde, I naturally have a deep loyalty and affection for my fellow blondes of this world. After all, we blondes often get a bad rap and have to stick together.

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For decades we have endured countless jibes belittling our intelligence while at the same time putting up with just as many rib-nudging jokes concerning our other, um, attributes. We blondes railed against this disparaging stereotype and fought back. Now, being blonde is all about being powerful, as well as sexy. In 2001, we blondes found our very own Joan of Arc in the form of Elle Woods in the 2001 hit flick, “Legally Blonde.” This perfectly-highlighted heroine rose above society’s blonde expectations to become a smart, successful and strong woman beating the boys of Harvard at their own game. It was a watershed moment in the annuals of blonde history. Now, that same story has been translated onto the stage in a new musical of the same name. “Legally Blonde,” The Muny’s 2011 season opener, will run from June 20-26. This hit Broadway musical based on the blockbuster movie follows the brilliant career of Elle Woods, the blonde sorority sister who decides to go to Harvard Law School to prove how “serious” she really is. Packing up her pink computer and her tastefully accessorized toy Chihuahua, she heads east to redesign some tacky ivory towers, make new friends and win her very first murder trial. A snappy, sassy evening of musical fun! Actress Lauren Ashley Zakrin plays the role of Elle Woods. Zakrin was a finalist on the MTV reality show, “Legally Blonde: The Search for the Next Elle Woods.” She went on to be the Elle Woods understudy in the first national tour of “Legally Blonde,” where she

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played the role more than 60 times. After closing the “Grease” tour as Sandy Dumbrowski, Zakrin joined the first national tour of “Wicked” to be in the ensemble and the Glinda understudy. Lisa Howard plays Paulette, Elle’s best friend and favorite manicurist. Howard has worked in many regional theaters including The Muny, the Carousel Dinner Theatre, and the Barrington Stage Company. She performed in the original Broadway casts of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” at Lincoln Center. Native St. Louisan Nikki Snelson will reprise her Broadway performance as aerobic queen, Brooke Wyndham, a role she originated. Snelson made her professional debut at The Muny, and last appeared there as Annie in “42nd Street” (2009). Other Broadway roles include Winnie in “Annie Get Your Gun” with Bernadette Peters, and “Sweet Charity” with Christina Applegate. Tickets are available at The Muny Box Office in Forest Park seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., online at www.muny.org or by calling (314) 534-1111 and charging tickets to MasterCard, American Express, Discover or VISA. There is a convenience charge added to the ticket price on MetroTix phone and online orders. Ticket prices are: Center and Side Boxes, $68; Terrace A (Rows A-M), $48; Terrace A (Rows N-Y), $40; Terrace B (Rows A-M), $29; Terrace B (Rows N-Y), $19; and Terrace C, $10. Coupons are available in the St. Louis Post Dispatch and at area Schnucks locations for $5 off closing night (Sunday) tickets in Terrace A and B. There is a limit of ten (10) tickets per coupon. Coupons may be redeemed only at The Muny Box Office in Forest Park. For information, call (314) 361.1900, or visit the website at muny.org. To charge tickets by phone, call (314) 534-1111. “Legally Blonde” is presented by Emerson.


The Arts Artistic adventures Sheldon to pay tribute to Mary King The Sheldon Art Galleries presents Mary King: A Selected Retrospective, June 17 – August 13, 2011 in the Bellwether Gallery of Saint Louis Artists.  Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Noon – 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, Noon – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and one hour prior to Sheldon performances and during intermission.  Admission is free.  For more information on the exhibition visit the galleries’ website at www. thesheldon.org/galleries.asp.   Born in St. Louis, painter, sculptor and ceramicist Mary King studied art history at Barnard College in New York with Julius Held and took classes with Meyer Shapiro at Columbia University in the 1950s.  King also took classes with Philip Guston and Hans Hoffman.  In New York, King met and became friends with Elaine and Willem DeKooning, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock and other members of the post-war arts community who frequented the Cedar Bar and the Club on 14th Street.  In St. Louis, where she moved in 1958, King was art critic for the St. Louis Post Dispatch from 1964-1983.  The exhibition provides a selective overview of the artists’ career from the 1950s to the present.  She has worked in painting, drawing, ceramics, welded steel, and has made proposals for architectural projects and public sculpture.  Some of the ideas for outdoor installations have become the mainstay of her unique garden –a garden of ideas.   Of particular stre n g t h a re h e r p o r t r a i t s o f friends and family members, which are frank and penetrating as well as graceful.  Energy is a dominant characteristic of all her work, whether romantic, erotic or celebratory.  The subjects found in King’s work are very personal and reflect her interest in the development and expression of the self, as well as how we interact with, and find meaning in, the landscape.  Mary King Sculpture Garden Tour:  Wednesday, June 29, 2 – 4 p.m., rain or shine.  Tour the artist’s private sculpture garden and hear from the artist about her inspiration for the installations that she created.  $25 per person, advance reservations required.  Reserve by June 20.  Call Becky Gunter at 314-533-9900 x18 for reservations and more information.  The not-for-profit Sheldon Art Galleries exhibits works by local, national, and international artists in all media.  Over 6,000 square feet of the galleries’ spaces on the 2nd floor are permanently devoted to rotating exhibits of photography, architecture, jazz art and history, and children’s art.  A sculpture garden, seen from both the atrium lobby and the connecting glass bridge, features periodic rotations and installations, and the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery on the lower level features art of all media.  The Sheldon actively supports the work

of St. Louis artists in all mediums and features a dedicated gallery with museum-quality exhibits by St. Louis artists, past and present.  Financial Assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  Support is provided by the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council.

attended by over 6.5 million people. Successful productions have been mounted worldwide, with a revival on Broadway in 2006 and National Tour in 2010. STAGES, in partnership with Fleming’s Restaurant, will host Retro-tini events for the young professional on the first Friday

evening of each production. The Retro-tini includes a ticket to the show and an invitation to a postshow gathering with beverages and appetizers, immediately following the performance, held at Fleming’s Restaurant, located at 1855 South Lindbergh, Saint Louis, MO, 63131. All for the low price of $35.

Muny tickets available Single ticket sales for the 2011 summer season at The Muny are now under way at the Forest Park box office. Tickets may be purchased The Muny in person, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Tickets can also be purchased online, at all MetroTix outlets, or charged by phone at (314) 534-1111. A service charge is added to all MetroTix orders. For more information, call (314) 361-1900, or visit www.muny.org. The 2011 Season will kick off with the Muny premiere of “Legally Blond” (June 20 – 26). Next, the Cole Porter favorite “Kiss Me, Kate” (June 27 – July 3) will grace the stage. Following will be the Muny and St. Louis premiere of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” (July 6 – 14), opening Wednesday, and featuring two extra performances. Tapping its way across the Muny stage next will be “Singin’ in the Rain” (July 18 – 24). Rounding out the season will be “Little Shop of Horrors” (July 25 – 31), “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (August 1 – 7), and the season finale, “Bye Bye Birdie” (Aug. 8 – 14). Group tickets are on sale now, with great seats available each nigh Discount rates are available for groups of 20 or more by calling the Group Sales Department at (314) 361-1900, ext. 308.

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The Arts Arts calendar Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: D o n G i o v a n n i , T h e Vi r g i n i a J a c k s o n B ro w n i n g T h e a t re a t Webster University, St. Louis, 1 p.m. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: The Death of Klinghoffer, The Virginia Jackson Browning Theatre at Webster University, St. Louis, 8 p.m.

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Thursday, June 23 Fox Performing Arts Foundation: St Louis Teen Talent, The Sheldon, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: The Death of Klinghoffer, The Virginia Jackson Browning Theatre at Webster University, St. Louis, 8 p.m. A Chorus Line, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 11 a.m.

Sunday, June 26

Romeo and Juliet Presented by Saint Louis Ballet, The Touhill, University of Missouri St. Louis, 2 p.m. A Chorus Line, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 2 p.m.

Friday, June 24 Romeo and Juliet Presented by Saint Louis Ballet, The Touhill, University of Missouri St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. A Chorus Line, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 11 a.m.

Monday, June 27 Behind the Line, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 25

Tuesday, June 28

Romeo and Juliet Presented by Saint Louis Ballet, The Touhill, University of Missouri St. Louis, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Children’s Art Class: On the Table, Edwardsville City Park, Edwardsville, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

A Chorus Line, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29 A Chorus Line, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 2 and 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 30 A Chorus Line, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 1 Kiss Me Kate, The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. A Chorus Line, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 8 p.m. Disney’s 101 Dalmations, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 11 a.m.

Concert, The Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, 7 p.m.

Friday, July 8

The Little Mermaid. The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

The Little Mermaid. The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Let Them Eat Art, Historic Downtown Maplewood, 6 to 11 p.m.

Thursday, July 7

Saturday, July 9

The Little Mermaid. The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

The Little Mermaid. The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6

Saturday, July 2 Kiss Me Kate, The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. A Chorus Line, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 4 and 8 p.m. Disney’s 101 Dalmations, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 11 a.m.

Sunday, July 3 Kiss Me Kate, The Muny, St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. A Chorus Line, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Disney’s 101 Dalmations, Robert G. Reim Theatre, St. Louis, 11 a.m.

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“The Hangover Part II”

It’s hard to imagine a worse attempt at cashing in a second time. Seriously, it feels like the script was pieced together with the help of Mad Libs, with only slightly different and raunchier details replacing those that helped the original “Hangover” from 2009 become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. But so much of the allure of that first film was the novelty of the premise, the unpredictability of the adventures, and the sense that we, too, were wandering in a daze, helping solve the mystery of the debauched night before. Giving the people what they want is one thing. Making nearly the exact same movie a second time, but shifting the setting to Thailand, is just ... what, lazy? Arrogant? Maybe a combination of the two. That’s essentially what director Todd Phillips has done. This time, Ed Helms’ mild-mannered dentist, Stu, is the one getting married at a resort in Thailand, his fiancee’s family’s home country. Although he insists he doesn’t want a bachelor party, he, Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) still manage to wake up in a stupor in a squalid Bangkok hotel. RATED: R for pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images. RUNNING TIME: 101 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.

“X-Men: First Class”

The prequel to the “X-Men” trilogy is one of the best Marvel Comics adaptations, packed with action, humor, retro 1960s style that’s both campy and sexy and a revisionist history lesson that puts the super-powered mutants at the center of the Cuban missile crisis. Bryan Singer, who directed the superior first two “X-Men” flicks, returns as a producer and idea man, and Matthew Vaughn, another filmmaker adept at blending smarts and action (“Stardust,” “KickAss”), was wisely recruited as director and co-writer. The young cast led by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender is no match for Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and the rest of the grand ensemble Singer enlisted for the first “X-Men” in 2000. Yet McAvoy’s playful energy and unshakable nobility and Fassbender ’s slow-burning wrath and unflinching pragmatism nicely prefigure Stewart’s august Professor X and McKellen’s dogmatic Magneto. Kevin Bacon’s a blast as a mutant bad guy aiming to start a nuclear war. With January Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne and Nicholas Hoult. RUNNING TIME: 130 minutes. RATED: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.

“Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer”

Here’s the kindest thing we can say: The kids sure do work awfully hard. They mug and they mope. They run around and jump up and down. They throw themselves headlong into pratfalls and vomit gags with equal elan. If only the material were worthy of such dedication. Instead, director John Schultz’s adaptation of the popular children’s book series by Megan McDonald is a shrill, shallow cacophony of individual antic moments without much narrative momentum. Little kids — we’re talking really little kids — might find it a pleasant diversion, with all that perky noise and incessant motion. For everyone else, it’ll be death. Australian newcomer Jordana Beatty stars as the title character, a young girl in idyllic suburbia who’s psyched to share the summer with her closest friends. But then, one

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by one, they get dragged away to more exotic destinations. So she’s left with her younger brother, Stink (Parris Mosteller), and their Aunt Opal (Heather Graham), whom they’ve never met. But hey, what do you know? Aunt Opal is one of those wacky aunts, the kind who like to do art projects in the middle of the living room and make elaborate feasts that destroy the kitchen. The kind you only see in movies. RATED: PG for some mild rude humor and language. RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One star out of four.

“Super 8”

This is the rarest of things this time of year: a summer blockbuster that’s completely earnest and irony-free, not filled with cheeky pop-culture references or cheesy product placement. The effects, while spectacular, also happen to be germane to the plot, and they have an intimate, tactile quality, rather than seeming too glossy or removed from reality. So all you’re left with is ... story. And strong performances. And well-developed characters. And a believable emotional arc. And genuine thrills. And that’s apropos, given that it’s a love letter to the man who skillfully wove together all those elements in inventing the modern blockbuster. J.J. Abrams has crafted a loving, meticulously detailed homage to Steven Spielberg, who’s one of the film’s producers — specifically, the director’s work from the late 1970s and early ‘80s — but it never feels like a rip-off, and it certainly never lapses into parody. As writer and director, Abrams effectively conveys a mood — a mixture of innocence, fear and ultimately hope — that Spielberg managed to create again and again. He also captures a familiar sense of childhood loneliness — a need to escape and belong — and the adventures that can spring from that yearning. And the kids at the center of this small-town, sci-fi thriller (Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths and Elle Fanning), many of whom had never appeared in a feature film before, are total naturals and bounce off each other with effortless, goofy humor. RATED: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use. RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.

“The Trip”

Director Michael Winterbottom’s travel chronicle mostly delights as the filmmaker follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a restaurant-review trek. It’s a continuation of the riffing Coogan and Brydon did on their real personas in Winterbottom’s “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story” as the two friends prattle, trade insults, do hilarious impersonations and generally try to one-up each other. The result is occasionally repetitive and borders on tiresome now and then. Yet Coogan and Brydon have such rapport that it’s easy to digest their brand of affectionate chatter laced with mildly mean-spirited ribbing. Playing a loose version of himself, Coogan takes an assignment to review restaurants in a resort area of rural northwest England, bringing along pal Brydon. The meals themselves, and particularly Coogan and Brydon’s reactions to the delicacies they consume, drag on a bit. The film often is at its best when the two are on the move, passing the driving time with hysterically funny re-imaginings of Hollywood costume-drama dialogue or speculating about the Brits who came before them while visiting historical landmarks. Winterbottom punctuates their trip with gorgeous shots of the rolling countryside. RATED: Not rated but contains adult themes and some sexual content. RUNNING TIME: 111 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.


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In this image released by Relativity Media, Garrett Ryan, left, and Jordana Beatty are shown in a scene from “Judy Moody and the not Bummer Summer.”

No thrill points for "Judy Moody" By CHRISTY LEMIRE Associated Press Here’s the kindest thing we can say about “Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer”: The kids sure do work awfully hard. They mug and they mope. They run around and jump up and down. They throw themselves headlong into pratfalls and vomit gags with equal ilan. If only the material were worthy of such dedication. Instead, director John Schultz’s adaptation of the popular children’s book series is a shrill, shallow cacophony of individual wacky moments without much narrative momentum. Little kids — we’re talking really little kids — might find it a pleasant

diversion, with all that perky noise and incessant motion. For everyone else, it’ll be death. Sorry, but it’s true. The best children’s movies function on multiple levels to keep audience members of various ages entertained, or at least contentedly occupied. “ J u d y M o o d y, ” w h i c h a u t h o r M e g a n McDonald co-wrote with Kathy Waugh, doesn’t even bother with that. It has a single-mindedness of focus that can’t even be described euphemistically as admirable. Australian newcomer Jordana Beatty gives it her all, though, as the titular character, a young girl in idyllic suburbia who’s psyched to share the summer with her closest friends. But then, one by one, they get dragged away to more exotic destinations (one goes to circus camp; the other, Borneo).

This leaves her pretty much all alone to run through the elaborate competition she’d devised for the group: a series of crazy activities that earn the participants an arbitrary number of “thrill points.” Sometimes, bonus thrill points are at stake; sometimes, they can be subtracted. This is not an exact science. Whoever has the most at the end of the summer, wins. Maybe it’s cute on the page. Here, it just seems like a hassle. Even describing it is a hassle. Then, her parents inform her they’re heading to California for a little while, leaving Judy and her younger brother, Stink (Parris Mosteller) alone with their Aunt Opal (Heather Graham), whom they’ve never met. So the summer that Judy hoped would be “double-rare” (her word for good) instead looks like it’ll be a

bummer. But hey, what do you know? Aunt Opal is one of those wacky aunts, the kind who like to do art projects in the middle of the living room and make elaborate feasts that destroy the kitchen. The kind you only see in movies. Graham, to her credit, doesn’t overdo the zaniness and plays the character with a loose, hippie vibe. So Judy learns how to stop worrying and love the summer. But the character is drawn so thinly, she just comes off as a narcissistic, whiny brat. And that’s a problem, since we’re supposed to like her. Instead, she makes you want to yell, “Come on, kid, it can’t be that bad. Go get a paper route or something.” Oh, wait — this takes place in the present day. Never mind.

"Super 8" worth your time By ROBERT GRUBAUGH Of The Edge I was a victim of my own enthusiasm. And those that know me well will find that particularly entertaining. The quality of Super 8 had been a non-stop topic of discussion at work. We were intrigued by the Spielberg element and what monster J.J. Abrams was really concealing behind his movie’s enigmatic ad campaign. Then I heard it described as ‘stunning’ by a co-worker who’d seen an early screening. And Lisa Schwarzbaum termed it as one of the best summer movies of the last decade. How could I not love it? As it turns out, Super 8 is a good movie that I liked very much. I just blew my expectations out of proportion. It could never have lived up to them. Also, Spoiler Alert, crucial story

details are revealed below. Set in a small Ohio town in the summer of 1979, "Super 8" is a tribute to many of the cherished things that both Abrams and Spielberg enjoyed during their childhood. Times were simpler then and kids had free reign over how they spent the hot months. In this case, our heroes are middle school kids like Charles (Riley Giffiths), a loud, chubby amateur moviemaker who employs his friends to help with his “visionary” work. Preston (Zach Mills) is a timid worrier and he does wonderful work in crowd scenes and filing cameo roles. Martin (Gabriel Basso) is the leading man with a penchant for under-acting. He’s also an expert at vomiting on cue and gets to use his skill several times throughout the movie. Cary (Ryan Lee) is full of arcane knowledge and is the group’s

special effects artist. He totes a bag of fireworks everywhere he goes and absentmindedly fingers a Zippo lighter often. Their leading lady is Alice (Elle Fanning, already famous for being Dakota’s little sister), a girl from school whose inclusion in the production initially bothers Joe (Joel Courtney), our main character and an expert at doing monster makeup and building miniatures. Joe is conflicted because he has a secret crush on Alice. She’s cute and kind, but her dad (Ron Eldard) is also partly responsible for a terrible accident that killed Joe’s mom prior to the events depicted on-screen. The plot didn’t impress me all that much. The story concerns a freak train collision that the kids witness late one night after sneaking out to do some night shooting with Charles’s Super 8 camera. The crash reveals a government

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Family Focus Men's crafts evolve through the years NEW YORK (AP) – Crafts for men have come a long way since the days when “Popular Mechanics” advised returning World War II soldiers in the rustic arts of whittling and leather tooling. A compendium from the magazine’s postwar archives, “Man Crafts” (Hearst Books, 2009), celebrates male-geared hobbies of yesteryear. It reads like last year’s cheeky book by Amy Sedaris, “Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People” (Grand Central Publishing). “It’s meant more as an amusement and a fond look back, more than anything else,” says Jacqueline Deval, a Hearst Books vice president, although the instructions in “Man Crafts” are legitimate. The book throws into contrast how different things are today. Some of its nostalgic hobbies remain popular among women and men, although there might no longer be a market for tin-can candle holders and tin serving trays. But a quick glance at Etsy.com, an online avenue where people sell handmade goods and oldtimey collectibles, also turns up men making soap, glass works and knitwear. Men designing T-shirts and other clothing. Men creating electrical gadgets and making art journals. And men brewing beer. According to the American Homebrewers Association, based in Boulder, Colo., nearly 750,000 people brew beer at home at least once a year in the United States. One of them is Mitch Larsen, of Lincoln, Neb., who likes the challenge of crafting a great-tasting beer. “It’s science-y,” says Larsen, 41. “There’s a lot that goes into making good beer. You can make beer with a kit at the store, but it’s not going to be good beer.” Good beer, according to Larsen, requires reading and research, talking with other home brewers, lots of taste testing and making unfortunate mistakes. “It’s a creative outlet for me becaus e I f o r m u l a t e m y o w n recipes,” says Larsen. Joshua Zimmerman’s creative outlet is tinkering with small electrical projects. The 28-year-old, fourth-grade teacher in Milwaukee makes Altoid tin USB chargers and flashlights, and small robots from toothbrush heads and solar battery chargers. His creations usually can be made with a few bucks and a few parts, often from recycling old electronics. “I spend way too much time on researching this stuff for my own amusement,” Zimmerman says. He simplifies ideas he finds online, assembles them in kits, and sells them from his online shop, Brown Dog Gadgets, and at Etsy. He also posts the instructions for all of his projects, most of which take under an hour for a novice and require a little metal soldering. Many of the men who sell handmade wares on Etsy gravitate to the site’s “geekery” category, which includes practical jokes and quirky crafts, says Emily Bidwell, who works in merchandising for the online site, based in Brooklyn, N.Y. A recent perusal found more than 72,000 “geekery” items for sale, including “zombie gnomes” and a “Tera Energy Superconducting Linear Accelerator” ray gun (both made by men). Men’s crafts often fall into that comical, playful category, says Bidwell, or can be more traditional

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look like brass or pewter. It’s a trick many hotels use, she says, to softly amplify light. MINIMIZING DARK PIECES “Instead of big, dark wood pieces of furniture,” Burnham says, “try something lighter and airier, like a glass-topped piece with a metal base.” That allows you to see the floor, drawing attention to a light-colored rug or pale wood flooring. In decorating a wood-paneled living room in a Tudor house, Burnham “kept all of the antique pieces and old sofas, but we recovered everything in different fabrics that were all white to offwhite. It completely changed the room,” she says. “It was friendlier, modern and lighter.” Gorder recommends doing the biggest pieces in a room, such as sofas and love seats, in

light colors. Then she advises bringing in brighter or deeper shades for smaller pieces of furniture. USING ILLUSION Some design choices don’t increase the actual light in a room, but they make the space feel sunnier. Cotton and linen fabrics in soft colors evoke cool summer breezes and sunny days at the beach, while “heavier fabrics, like velvets or brocades or even chenilles, sort of weigh a room down,” Burnham says. Gorder agrees: Using sheer and cottony fabrics in pale shades, such as “light smoky purples that are barely there,” she says, “lightens and brings a sense of joy, and with that emotion comes a sense of lightness.” Another trick Gorder uses:

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fruit parfait, Lo-Cal daily side or a tossed salad. At a cost of $6.49, this meal was perfect for a mid-week working lunch. Even better, the fat and calorie content, which are clearly labeled on every item on the menu, came in at 9 grams of fat and 409 calories. Perfect. What I really loved about this restaurant was how fresh and simple the food appeared, as well as how good it tasted. As I watched my waitress bringing out plates of food, everything looked bright and colorful – always a good sign when you’re looking for something healthy – and very appetizing. Some customers may not fully appreciate certain items such as the side of beets I noticed on the specials board. Remember, this is not the place to go if you’re looking for a greasy patty melt oozing with masses of cheese and bread dripping with butter. The food is excellent, fresh and wonderfully simple. It’s also pretty exciting from the look at some of the other menu items on offer. I noticed some really yummy sounding items such as the Garlic and Herb Wrap (350 calories, 6 fat grams) made with salsa, green peppers, red onions, mushrooms, broccoli, and chicken and egg whites for $6.49. Another tempting option was the Taco Salad (410 calories, 8 fat grams), which includes ground turkey, black beans, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, fat free cheese and avocados served in a whole grain shell for $6.99. On the day of my visit, I overheard diners

at the next table enthusiastically praising this item. I’ve made a mental note to give it a try at my next visit. However, the food isn’t about losing weight. It’s about being healthy, and for some, that actually means gaining weight. My bean-pole husband falls into this category. At 6-foot 2-inches and with a super-fast metabolism, he’s constantly trying to put on weight. Luckily, the restaurant’s “Makin’ Muscle Corner” is perfect. This section of the menu offers equally healthy options that are loaded with protein such as chicken, complex carbs in the form of brown rice or black beans, and lots of fresh veggies. The only difference is that the fat and calorie counts are higher. As the title states, items in this section are for “makin’ muscle.” A handy disclaimer lets you know that these items are not intended for a weight-loss program. For dessert, there’s “Only 8” frozen yogurt, which describes itself as “America’s healthiest frozen yogurt.” I can’t give an honest account of this though as I didn’t try it during my visit. As good as all of this is, what really sets Lo-Cal Café apart from other eateries is its commitment to helping customers make health a priority. It does this by offering to create personally-designed meal plans for customers to help them stick to their healthyeating goals. Owner Evonne White, a self-described “former overeater,” who has

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Above, the Lo-Cal Cafe at 138 N. Main St. in downtown Edwardsville. At left, a Honey Mustard Chicken Panini with veggie cup. Photos by Krista Wilkinson-Midgley.

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PT Medical secretary/biller needed for doctors office. Must have prior exp. in physicians office setting, medical billing Motorcycles 220 knowledge. Knowledge in Medical Manager system is a plus. FREE! Honda 1988 GL 1500 Alton, IL: 8-10 neat appearing, Contact office @288-0879 Motorbike: if interested contact hard-working CARPET SHAMPOOERS, to fill immediate posi- Help Wanted mrs.avan.smith@gmail.com tions. Call today: 618/974-9224

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ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS & 2011 HS Grads $15 base-appt, FT/PT schedules, sales/svc, no exp nec, all ages 17+, conditions apply 618-223-6184 Dental Assistant Our busy dental practice is seeking the expertise of an experienced dental assistant for a full time position. If you are interested in maximizing your talent, educating and adding to the total care of patients, then we are the dental team for you. Resumes with references to PO Box 604 Highland, IL 62249 DIRECT SUPPORT PERSON Provide living assistance to people w/ disabilities w/ programs, meals, hygiene, errands & cleaning. Midnight shifts available in Granite CIty, or Collinsville. Req. HS Dipl./GED + pass criminal/driving checks(co vehicle). $8.25ph Paid holidays, sick/vacation & ins. Apply online @ www.cuinc.org or @ Challenge Unlimited, 109 Corporate Dr., Swansea, IL. 62226 EOE.

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Alhambra Care Center, Inc is looking for a motivated, caring and dependable F/T Evening RN. Interested applicants apply in person at 417 E. Main St., Alhambra, IL 62001.

Sales Positions

Carrier Routes 401 CARRIER NEEDED! Rt 59-Newspaper carrier needed in the area of W Vandalia St, Abner Pl, N Main St, Hillsboro Ave in Edwardsville. There are approximately 34 papers on this route. The papers need to be delivered by 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and by 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. If you are interested in this route, please call the Intelligencer at 656-4700 ext. 40.

Furniture

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Misc. Merchandise

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1-Dozen GH full body goose decoys; 20 Giant goose shells; 18 Standard Goose shells; 2 Hunting ladder stands. 692-6112 2 ounce Benjamin Moore Paint Samples, 25 cents, in stock only “while they last” HURRY INTO Buhrmester’s 656-0490 4 23” DeVino Mallet Chrome rims with tires, excellent condition. $1,200.00 618/604-5051 Clara and The Prince Nutcracker Ballet Collector Plate $20. 656-7317. Couch, loveseat, ottoman. Tan Micro-Suede $400. Will text pictures. 618-343-1804.

3-Piece Hooker solid oak entertainment system $600. 618623-8759. Dog Pens (2) 5x8x6 one piece 4 Drawer oak file cabinet $100. welded frame w/chainlink$100each. 656-0221. 618-593-8662. Alan White Signature Series, over-stuffed, celery color, sofa, club chair $800OBO. For additional information 618-6238759. Butcher Block table, needs refinishing $20. 406-0899. Triple dresser and mirror $10. 406-0899.

NEW Waverly 10pc king comforter set $75. 656-7317. Round Glass-top TABLE w/wrought-iron base, 2 chairs: good-condition. $50/OBO. 618/447-7861 Solohitter portable BATTING STATION, $250 value, selling for $75.00. 618/288-9894

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Sales Reps needed. Inside sales. Day’s pay plus commission. Mon-Fri. 8:30am-4:30pm Call 618-650-7708.

Appliances

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GREAT USED APPLIANCES: 4200 Hwy. 111, Pontoon Beach 618-931-9850. Large Selection — Warranty

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1986 Samick Baby Grand. Serial #IMFG0377/SG-140AF $2000/OBO. More-details, call CARRIER NEEDED! Rt 52 — Newspaper carrier 618-623-8759. needed in the area of Adams St, Gremer Ave, Halleck Ave, Hillsboro Ave, St. Andrews Pl, E Vandalia St. in Edwardsville. There are approximately 29 papers on this route. The papers need to be delivered by 5:00 p.m. Monday thru FriWhile you may have day and by 8:30 a.m. Saturmissed one good deal in days. If you are interested in The Intelligencer this route, please call the IntelliClassifieds Merchandise gencer at 656-4700 ext. 40. Ads, there are many more becoming available all the time!

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COMING SATURDAY JUNE 25TH 8:00AM—NOON League of Women Voters YARD SALE 344 SUNSET DRIVE, Grandview Subdivision EDWARDSVILLE Kitchen Items, Furniture Books, Costume Jewelry, Plants, Toys/Games Many other bargains.

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2 Adorable kittens need loving home, Free. Call 618-409-7480 2.5YO Lopped Ear Rabbit. Male, neutered. “A Child’s Pet”. 633-2647.

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Apts/Duplexes For Rent

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Apts/Duplexes For Rent

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1 Story 2 bdr 1.5 bth 1 car gar. w/opener, 24 Pearl Ct, Pontoon Beach(behind GC Credit Union) $550mth. No pets 377-8834

Collinsville: 1Bdr $450; 2Bdr $550 plus deposit, both incld w/s/t, heat. Laundry facility on premises. No pets. 345-6697.

2 BD 3rd flr Apt. - Luxury plus! Rehabbed brick warehouse on 3 quiet acres dwntn Edwville. $750 + dep. Avl 8/1. No pets 270 W. Union 692-9119

Glen Carbon: 2 BR, loft family room, off-street parking, W/D hookup. $650 incl. W/S/T, lawn care. No pets. 618/344-1838.

Commercial Space For Rent 720 Attention Dentist: Office in Edwardsville, complete with mechanical. Available Oct. 1st. Please call for details, Meyer Realty 618-656-1824

Wanted To Rent

Homes For Sale

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Custom home on private wooded cul-de-sac lot in Meridian Woods. Glen Carbon. $899,000 618/402-2990 For Sale By Owner - Ranch House in Hamel, 3BR, 1BA, 1,400 sq. ft., large corner lot $129,500 (618) 910-8717

Homes For Sale

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OPEN HOUSE SAT.-SUN. 2-6: 201 STURBRIDGE BLVD., GLEN CARBON IL $295K 618/288-3479 4BR, 4BA; lg kit w/granite, appliances included, Mstr BR on m/f., lg Mstr BA w/spa, new roof, beautiful landscaped fenced yd, ingrnd sprinkling system, lg deck. Edwrdsvle School District.

Homes For Sale

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House for sale 2br 1ba cp cntrl h/a, rear deck, wooded vw 319 M St. 85k 530-1854

Lots For Sale

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735 SUN RIDGE ESTATES 2+ Acre Lots, Edwardsville HAMEL: 2 Bedroom Duplex w/ FSBO 3 bedroom, 1 bath all OPEN SUN., 1-3 (618)541-8799 Call for special prices 2 Bdrm apt in Glen Carbon. garage and opener. No steps, SUMMER RENTAL: small house, brick maintanence free. Call Woods, wildlife and a wrap- 618/792-9050 or 618/781-5934 W/D hookups. $740 per month. great for seniors. 656-7337 or fenced yd.; 2-10 wks; 2 lg. dogs. 656-0681 $157,500 must see! around porch welcome your House for sale by owner travelAvail. Aug. 1st. 618-975-0975 791-9062. Wooded 2.85 ac. Home Site ling would be ideal. (904)824- FSBO: LeClaire, Edw., 2 bdr, 1 family to this new 4 BR 4 BA 2 BDRM apts available in Edw. Immediate Occupancy: 1 & 2 9318. Email gail@salantai.com bath, hardwood fls, bsmnt, country home on 6 ac. Bethalto All utilities. Edw. schools .5 mi to Gov Pky 4 mi SIUE $575 to $650, No pets. Deposit Bedroom apartments. W/S/T garage, fenced corner lot, new area/E’ville Schools. $289,900. 285k OBO 972-0948 required. Call 618-520-2813. paid. 50 Devon Court., Edw. appliances. $109,000; 540-421656-7337 or 791-9062 3883 Adorable cottage. 2 BR 1Bth apt, Troy: Close to hiFSBO: Modern ranch w/update way access, off street parking, Like New 2 Bdrm 1.5 Bth, bsmt, desirable Edw. location. 3 Bd, 2 on-site laundry. No smoking, no deck, gara. All applncs, W/D. Great for couple or single perBA, open floor plan. Finished pets $600/mo. 618/975-0670 son. Lease, sec. ck & dep. basement. $185,000. Call Joe 2 BR apt., $580/mo. ,Maryville, Homes Non-smoking, no pets, $895mo. at 618-779-4698. WST, stove, refrig. Newly 656-2922. For Sale 805 MERIDIAN WOODS remodeled, off street parking. Move in Special Custom home sites in private, 10 minutes from SIUE. Now Cross-Town or Cross-Coun1st Month 1/2 off gated setting. Glen Carbon. available. 618-288-3286. 4 bedroom & 2 bath home near Holiday 2 BR, 1.5 Bath Glen Carbon try: EdwardsvilleHomes.com. 618/402-2990. 2BR Townhomes 1.5BA, W/D in Shores Lake. Bank Owned. Home Buyers Relocation SerCottonwood Sub., w/d hookunit. I-255/Horseshoe Lake Rd. Call Eric Iman at 314-882-6708 ups, Garden APTS & TH, Newly vices. Exclusively for buyers! area.15 min to St. Louis & SIUE. 656-5588, 800-231-5588 Renovated, starting at $625 No pets. No smoking. (618)346-7878 $650/mo. 618.931.4700. www.osbornproperties.com 3 BR 2 BA apt.: dwntn Edw. NICE 2 bedroom apt, large Newly remodeled. No smokrooms, walkin closet, coin-op ing/pets. $950/mo. $950 dep., laundry. 10 minutes to SIUE. $45 credit check. 618/978-5044 $525/mo. 618-560-4761. Accepting applications for 1 Quiet residential neighborbedroom unit in Edw. Fridge, hood. 2 BR; all appliances stove, window AC’s furnished. incl. wshr/dryer; w/s/t. 618-466-8296 or 618-530-6939. Garages available. $750/mo. APTS/CONDOS/HOUSES Call 618-343-4405 or go to: COLLINSVILLE/MARYVILLE www.maryvilleilapartments.com 1 bed $425-$475 Quiet, 2 bed, 1.5 bath, Conve2 bed $475-$1250 Yard Sales 1099 Yard Sales 1099 Yard Sales 1099 niently located Montclaire area 3 bed $900 townhouse. Full kitchen, w/d SHILOH hookup $675/mth. 288-7802 2 bed $500 9 OLD ORCHARD LANE RAINED OUT YARD SALE HARTMANN RENTALS GLEN CARBON LAST WEEKEND! FRIDAY, 6/24—5PM-8PM 344-7900 SATURDAY, 6/25—8AM-2PM FRIDAY, 624 THURSDAY, 5PM-8PM Roommates 712 for Photos & details FRIDAY, 8AM-NOON 1206 OAKLAND AVE., 2PM-7M www.HartRent.info 2922 STAUNTON RD. EDWARDSVILLE SATURDAY, 6/25 24/7 recording 345-7771 Lot of Collectibles, Clothes, EDWARDSVILLE 8AM-12NOON SEEKING ROOMMATE, (NORTH OF MAPLE GROVE, Books, Old-style Phone, Vin“Earthlite” Massage Table Available Now! 3 Bdrm Town- Edwardsville—near SIUE— SOUTH OF GOSHEN) tage Lamp, Lots More! Hot Stone Kit w/50 Stones home-$1260 2 Bdrm Duplex- male/female: own bathroom, Drums, Guitars, Band Rain or Shine Hot Towel Cabinet $1030. 2 Bdrm townhome- washer/dryer, internet/cable equipment, Household items, Massage Chair $825. Ask about our Crazy available/Garage. References New overstock T-shirts, (Grasshopper) Bicycle Specials & Look N’ Lease. Cer- required. $450/month, $200— Free kittens to good home! Mattress/Box Springs tain Restrictions Apply. 618-692- deposit(Available August) 217Table/Chairs, Bakers Rack 9310 www.rentchp.com 721-8238 MUCH MORE!!!!

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Houses For Rent

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1 Bdr 1 car gar w/fenced yard, Collinsville. AC, w/d hookups. $575 plus utilities. No pets / nonsmoking. 618-345-2797. 1, 2, & 3 BR Maintenance-free Homes & Villas New construction

DOLCE PROPERTIES www.dolceproperties.com 618/972-5415 2 BD 1 BA in Edw, remodeled bath & kitchen, lrg fenced yard, W/D included. Unfinished basement. 618-304-3638. 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Car garage, Washer, Dryer, Stove, Refrigerator, $1500/mo Call 530/4044 3/4 BR 2BA in Meridian Hills 1850sf, 2+ car gar, bsmt, fenced Wshr, frig, stove, dshwshr, $50 background ck, $1450/mo 618/594/7623 4BR, 3 BA home in great Edw. neighborhood! New/Nice! 3-car gar, large fin. bsmt. & yd. $2,100/mo./OBO 618-581-1999

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Apts, Duplexes, & Homes Visit our website www.glsrent.com 656-2230 PARADISE FOR RENT: 3BR 3BA STUNNER, see thru gas fireplace, inground pool, 3 stall wood horse barn, 1.5 car detch gar, 2 car attch gar, 2 horses stay on property. Edw. Schls. In town with horses! 1mi. west of I-55 & 143 on 143. $2600/mo. Agent owned. 618-407-5300 www.hiddentrailsranch.com

Staunton: Clean mobile home. 2BR, 2BA, carport, refrigerator, stove. Very Nice. $475/mo. (618)637-4444

Apts/Duplexes For Rent

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1 excellent 3BR, 1200 sq.ft. TH: Collinsville, near 157/70; 12 min. to SIUE, FP, DW, W/D, ceiling fans, cable, sound walls, offst. prkng. Sm pets OK, yr. lse. $780/mo. 618/345-9610 give AM/PM phone. 1 & 2 Bdrm apartments & townhomes conveniently located. Most utilities paid. NO deposit w/1 year lease. 618-931-0107. 1 BDR lofts,1bdr dup. CREDIT CHECK. No pets, no smoking $550mo. $550dep; $585mo. $585dep. 656-8953. 1 bedroom apt in Worden, IL. Coin-op. laundry in bldg. Dep & Refs. required 314-808-8444. 1 Bedroom, NICE, stove, refrigerator,washer/dryer. Edge of Edwardsville.: large lvng/dng area, fireplace, all utilities paid. partially furnished. $685/mo (618)656-9200 1 Bedrooms (single occupancy). $350-$450 monthly, plus utilities and deposit. No pets. 288-5618. 1 BR, nice large apts, Edwardsville. No pets. Avail. Immediately. $550/mo.+ dep. W/S/T included. References. 692-4144

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