• Community Calendar

    Here’s a look at local events in the area!

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    American Red Cross Blood Drives:
    Fri, Oct. 24:
    Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon 11AM-5PM
    Odin HealthCare Center NOON-4PM
    Mon, Oct. 27:
    Mt. Vernon High School 9AM-3PM
    Tues, Oct. 28:
    Community Drive, Damiansville Elementary 3PM-7PM
    Thurs, Oct. 30:
    Casey Middle School, Mt. Vernon 10:30AM-3:30PM
    Mon, Nov. 3:
    Kaskaskia College, Centralia 10AM-3PM
    Tues, Nov. 4:
    Kaskaskia College, Centralia 10AM-3PM
    Iuka Grade School 3PM-7PM
    Wed, Nov. 5:
    St.Marys Hospital, Centralia  11AM-4PM
    Dix Community Building 2PM-6PM
    Mon, Nov. 10:
    American Legion, New Baden 2PM-7PM
    Tues, Nov. 11:
    Opdyke Baptist Church 3PM-7PM
    Wed, Nov. 12:
    Ashley Community Building, 2:30PM-6:30PM
    Rend Lake College NOON-4PM
    Sun, Nov. 16:
    St. Theresa Catholic Church, Salem 8AM-1PM
    Mon, Nov. 17:
    American Legion, Aviston 2PM-7Pm
    Tues, Nov. 18:
    American Legion, Beckemeyer 3PM-7PM
    Moose Lodge, Vandalia NOON-6PM
    Wed, Nov. 19:
    VFW Hall, Carlyle 1PM-6PM
    Thurs, Nov. 20:
    American Legion, Centralia 11AM-6PM
    Fri, Nov. 21:
    Sandoval High School 11AM-4PM

    American Red Cross Office (217) 536-9383

    To Schedule a Donation Appointment, Call (800) RED-CROSS Or Visit redcrossblood.org.

    Granada Classic Kid’s Matinees:
    Free admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Showings at the Granada Theatre, North 9th Street, Mt. Vernon.
    November 8: The Wizard of Oz – 2PM

    First Friday (Monthly): Free haircuts for Veterans – Centralia
    There will be free haircuts for Veterans the first Friday of each month. It will be held at the American Legion Post 446, 117 South Poplar, Centralia from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Presented by American legion Post 446 & Kaskaskia College Cosmetology Department.

    Last Tuesday (Monthly): Foster Parent Informational Meeting
    Are you interested in becoming a foster parent or do you just want to learn more about the requirements?
    If so, please come to the Mt.Vernon DCFS Office at 321A Withers Drive in Mt.Vernon on the last Tuesday of every month between 4pm & 7pm or call Vivian Robinson at 244-8400. Make a Difference in the life of a child

    October -November: Flu clinics – Clinton County
    The Clinton County Health Department will have flu shots available from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at all four remaining HSHS St. Joseph-Breese Health Fairs  - Wednesday, October 15th, at Germantown Legion on Tuesday, October 28th, at Carlyle KC, Tuesday, November 4th, at Trenton 1st United Methodist Church, and Friday, November 21st, at the hospital HealthPlex.

    October 17: The Happening: Oktoberfest Sculpture Walk, Mt. Vernon
    Take a walk through the Sculpture Park at Cedarhurst stopping along the way to learn about different art sculptures and sample a variety of seasonal spirits. After the walk, gather on the museum’s back patio for live music, snacks and a cash bar. 7:30 PM. Must be 21 to attend, call 242-1236.

    October 18: Trivia Contest – Sandoval
    St. Lawrence Knights of Columbus Trivia Night at 7 PM. Cash prize for winning team. Team entry is $80 with up to 8 per team. Concessional available starting at 6PM. BBQ, nachos, chips, soda, beer.

    October 18: Warrior Fest – Ina
    Rend Lake College Campus, Ina
    9am- Craft & Flea Market; 9am-Noon..Children’s activities will feature an open house, a petting zoo, inflatables and big trucks; 10am- Car Show in the east parking lot, registration is $10, dash plaques for the first 125 participants. Judging at 11am, trophies at 2pm. The Fall-themed event will also feature hay rides, video gaming, hand & chair massages, food and drinks. Call Erin at 437-5321 ext 1714 for more.

    October 18: Benefit – Radom
    There will be a benefit for Marion Szopinski on Saturday, October 18th. It will be held at the Malawy’s Tavern in Radom, IL. The fun will begin at 2 p.m. There will be a Bucket Raffle, 50/50, Flea Market. The live action starts at 6 p.m. There will be chili, hot dogs, polish sausage, and brats. The proceeds to help offset medical expenses & equipment. The entertainment will be donated by Rockin Rich.

    October 23-26: Rummage/Bake Sale – Breese
    There will be a rummage and bake sale at St. Dominic Parish, Parish Center in Breese on October 23, 24, 25, & 26.
    Thursday, October 23- 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Friday, October 24- 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, October 25- 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (all items 1/2 price)
    Sunday, October 26- 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ($2 brown bag sale)
    Homemade baked goods and lunch available all 4 days.

    October 25: Fall Festival & Craft Fair, Centralia
    Downtown Centralia. Kiddie parade, chili cook-off, craft fair & more, call 532-3214

    October 25: Halloween Parade – Centralia
    Downtown. Call 532-5602

    October 25: 5K Color Walk/Run for Alzheimer’s Awareness – Mt. Vernon
    Mt.Vernon Health Care Center’s 2nd Annual “Every Mile a Memory” 5K Color Walk/Run for Alzheimer’s Awareness. 8:30am Registration at Veteran’s Park in Mt.Vernon. Race begins at 9am for ages 12 & up, Kids race begins at 8:30am. Call 242-1064 for more information.

    October 25: Wild Bunch Reunion – Centralia
    Corey Stevens & The Wild Bunch 45th Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 25th at the Centralia American Legion. Blues singer Corey Stevens will make a triumphant return to his hometown to perform at the “Wild Bunch” Reunion. Tickets are available at Straith’s Jewelry $15 in advance. There will only be 150 tickets to be sold.

    October 26: Kid’s Halloween Party – Mt. Vernon
    Jefferson County Historical Society from 1:30-3:30pm. Any child age 5 & up, admission is $5.  Sure to be a good time! Making Halloween Crafts, Playing Halloween Games and making Halloween Snacks. Space is limited call 246-0033.

    October 26: Chicken and Pork Roast Dinner – Germantown
    The Germantown American Legion will be holding a Chicken and Pork Roast Dinner on Sunday, October 26th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be a dance with music by the Renditions starting at 2 p.m.

    October 31-November 1: Indian Artifact Show – Effingham
    FRIDAY: 4 PM – 8 PM, SATURDAY: 9 AM – 4 PM
    Friday Set up time: 3 PM
    THELMA KELLER CONVENTION CENTER
    EXIT 160, INTERSTATE 70 & 57
    EFFINGHAM, ILLINOIS
    Dealer Table Fee: $40, Display Table Fee: $25
    To reserve tables contact: Bruce Miller: 618-423-9097 or 618-292-9097
    Email: hbmartifacts@ruralcommail.com

    November 1: Rob Foltz Benefit – Salem
    Salem Moose Lodge, 2PM-11PM. Accepting any donations to help with medical expenses.

    November 6: Pray Centralia Event – Centralia
    Community Prayer event at Greenview Christian Church in Centralia. Multi-denominational event featuring multiple pastors and music.  Child care available.

    November 8: St. Theresa Turkey Trot 5K/Run Walk – Salem
    Bryan Memorial Park, Salem. Free goodie bag to first 200 participants that bring a non-perishable food item.

    November 8: Fundraiser for Friends of Murray Center – Beckemeyer
    ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFET of Walleye, Smoked Pulled Pork, Chicken Strips, Mini Shrimp & sides. The event will be from 4-7 pm on Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at Buxton’s Banquet Center in Beckemeyer, IL. Tickets are just $9 for adults & carryouts and $6 for children 12 & under. Come support the Friends of Murray Center and enjoy an incredible meal!

    November 8: 239th Marine Corps Ball – Franklin County
    Rend Lake Resort…Social hour at 6pm, Ceremony at 7pm. Dinner shortly after. Tickets are $25 or $40 a pair. There will also be a silent auction and various raffles and giveaways.

    November 8: Friends of Murray Center Fundraiser – Beckemeyer
    Come out to our fundraiser on Saturday, November 8th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Friends of Murray Center. It will be held at the Buxton’s Banquet Center located at 191 Railroad St. Beckemeyer, IL 62219. Don’t miss out on the all you can eat buffet prepared by County Rhodes! There will be Walleye, Smoked Pulled Pork, Chicken Strips & Mini Shrimp, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Applesauce, Baked Beans, Steak Fries, & Drinks. Just $9.00 for adults/ carry outs & $6.00 for children. Come support the Friends of Murray Center and enjoy an incredible meal!

    November 8: Fair Trade Show – Mt. Vernon
    First United Methodist Church, 1133 Broadway Mt.Vernon from 9am-4pm Plowsharing of St.Louis brings a variety of crafts, coffee, packaged food items, jewelry, clothing, Christmas items, toys, books and much more. Proceeds go directly back to the people who make the crafts. Admission is free, lunch will be available, call 242-1030.

    November 9: St. Theresa – Turkey Dinner and Fall Bazaar – Salem
    St. Theresa – Roast Turkey Dinner and Fall Bazaar – Sunday – November 9, 2014 from 11am til 1:30pm. MENU: Roast Turkey & Dressing – Real Mashed Potatoes & Gravy – Green beans with Bacon & Onions – Sweet Potatoes – Creamy Cole Slaw – Noodles – Cranberry Sauce – Rolls & Butter – Homemade Desserts – Iced Tea & Coffee Adults: $12 – Children under 13: Free – Carry Outs Available ALSO: BIG RAFFLE – QUILT RAFFLE – 50/50 DRAWING – COUNTRY STORE Dinner will be held in St. Theresa of Avila School Gym, 190 Ohio St., Salem, IL.

    November 15: Turkey Trot 5K – Mt. Vernon
    Check in at 7am at the UMCH Main campus in Mt.Vernon, race at 8am. All proceeds benefit the United Methodist Children’s Home, call 242-1070.

    November 15: Trivia Night Fundraiser – Mt. Vernon
    Mt.Vernon High School Cafeteria, 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Adults $15, Students $10. All proceeds help the MVTHS scholar bowl team go to ACE Quiz Bowl Camp. Call 246-5930 for more info.

    December: Fantasy of Lights at Foundation Park – Centralia
    All month long.

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