Here’s a look at local events in the area!
American Red Cross Blood Drives:
Tue, Sept. 23:
Community Drive, Webber High School NOON-5PM
Community Drive, Centralia Moose NOON-5PM
Weds, Sept. 24:
Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School, Centralia 2PM-6PM
Thu, Sept. 25:
Community Drive, Okawville High School 10AM-4PM
Thurs, Oct. 2:
Crossroads Community Hospital, Mt. Vernon 6:30AM-6:30PM
Mon, Oct. 6:
Community Drive, Hoffman Village Hall 2PM-7PM
Community Drive, Nashville Grade School 3PM-7PM
Fri, Oct. 10:
District #12, Breese 2:45Pm-7PM
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.
October 11: Despicable Me 2 – 2PM
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
September 25: Open Flu Shot Clinic – Carlyle
There will be an open flu shots clinic at the Carlyle VFW from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
September 27: Homeless Hike – Mt. Vernon
Lifeboat Alliance Homeless Hike at 1717 Jefferson in Mt.Vernon. Registration 7:45am-8:45am, Walk/Run at 9am. Pre-register for $20 by Sept 8 for guaranteed tshirt. $25 after Sept 8.
September 28: Chicken Dinner – Marydale
St. Teresa, Marydale Chicken Dinner on Sunday, September 28, serving from 11 AM until 5 PM. Adults are $10 while children are $5. There will be carry-outs available and a quilt raffle. Homemade breads, desserts, dressing–just 6 miles north of Carlyle on Route 127.
September 28: Gospel Choir – Greenville
Southern Illinois Homecoming Gospel Choir will be in concert at the First Christian Church in Greenville, at 6:00 p.m. Featuring over 80 singers and musicians, Southern Illinois Homecoming Gospel Choir, under the direction of John and Judy Roberts, presents a wonderful evening of southern gospel music capturing the excitement and enthusiasm of the highly popular Gaither Homecoming experience. If you enjoy the traditional hyms and classic gospel songs presents in the Gaither style, then you will surely enjoy Southern Illinois Homecoming Gospel Choir.
October 1: Flu Shot Clinic – Sandoval
The First National Bank of Sandoval in conjunction with Marion County Health Department will be sponsoring a flu shot clinic on Wednesday, October 1st from 9 a.m. until noon at The First National Bank of Sandoval, 302 N. Main Street in Sandoval. Those covered by Medicaid or Medicare Part B presenting their card will be free. All other will be $35.00. Another community service brought to you by The First National Bank of Sandoval and Marion County Health Department.
October 1: Flu Shots – Clinton County Health Department
The Cliton County health Department is offering flu shots beginning October 1st, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Health Department, 930A Fairfax Street in Carlyle. The cost of the vaccine is $30.00 for in-county residents and $35.00 for out-of-county. Senior citizens who are covered by Medicare Part B need to bring their cards and Medicare will then be billed. No appointments are necessary. Walk-ins only. Please call the Health Department at 594-2723 for any more information needed.
October 3: “Fall into the Arts” – Centralia
Save the date! The Centralia Cultural Society is holding “Fall Into the Arts” It will be from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 3rd. It will be held at the Community Arts Center 1250 E. Rexford in Centralia. There will be cocktails, soda, an assortment of appetizers, and a sampling of Tammy’s Famous Cheesecakes. For more information 532-2951.
October 3: 5th Annual Kingsmen Auto Club Cruise, Mt. Vernon
Rend Lake College Marketplace in Mt.Vernon from 6-9pm. This cruise will feature Chevrolet (’58 & newer) & Corvettes. Door prizes, 50/50 drawing, DJ Hot Rod Nights & more, call 244-7711 or 242-6279.
October 4: Fall Festival – Albers
St. Bernard’s Fall Festival Schedule will be held at Lehrter Park in Albers, IL. There will be Food (Burgers, Fries, Soda) served at 9:00 AM, Country Store from 11AM-6PM. Fall children’s activities and vendor fair at 11 AM, bags tourney from 1PM-6PM, Car, 4×4, Jeep & Tractor Show: 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Par 3 Challenge: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Pork Sausage Dinner/Sandwiches Available: 11:00 a.m., Beer & Wine Stand: 4:00 p.m.
October 4-5: Heritage Festival, Mt. Vernon
Jefferson County Historical Village, 10am-4pm both days. Free admission, donations are welcome!
The Village will host this annual festival featuring demonstrations and old-time crafters, as well as costumed docents providing tours. Food and drink will be available for sale and the event will include musical performances. Call 246-0033.
October 5: Fall Dance – Okawville
Okawville Community Club’s Fall Dance will be held on Sunday, October 5th. Music by the Heritage Band from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. The admission for the dance is $5 per person or $10 per couple. There will be smoked pork chops, fish, side dishes, desserts, soda, tea, coffee, and beer will be sold. Serving will begin at 11 a.m.
October 10: Witches Brew – Mt. Vernon
Families are invited to a unique fun fall event in the sculpture park at Cedarhurst. Professional storyteller Bobby Norfolk will entertain different age groups on the back porch of the Mitchell Home with spooky and entertaining tales for all ages. Call 242-1236.
October 11: Christian BBQ – Mt. Vernon
4-7pm at Central Christian Church in Mt.Vernon. $10 donation for adults, $5 for children 10 & under, music provided by Central Christian Church Praise Team, silent auction too! Christian Counseling & Family Servicesis a non-profit agency, call 242-4185 ext 31 if you have questions.
October 10-11, 17-18: JC Jets Haunted Fundraiser – Mt. Vernon
Lost Souls of Idlewood Bridge! 4 Nights Only! October 10, 11, 17 & 18. Ticket Sales Open at 6:30pm to 10:00pm and are $8, First Fright Starts at 7pm. Little Scare Both Saturday Afternoons 4pm-6pm only $2 per person.
Directions: Take Rt 37 North of Mt.Vernon about 5 miles, turn right on Old Salem Rd…continue north .5 to Idlewood Rd and turn right over the one lane wooden bridge, turn north in the 3rd drive. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
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: 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 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
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.
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