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American Cancer Society presents “Bark for Life.” A fundraising even that will honor the care giving qualities of our canine “Best Friends.” Registration begins at 8am at the North Shelter House in the Mt. Vernon Park. Opening Ceremony is at 9am and contests begin at 9:30am. Including: Best Dressed, Best Trick, Owner/Canine Look-a-like, Music, Food, Vendor Fair with pet and human related products, demonstrations and much more. You can pre-register through Tyler Toyota. For questions call Cheryl at 618-244-6664 or Tavia at 618-998-9898 option 3.
Hostas Presentation will be at 6pm at the City Meeting Hall in DuQuoin. Learn how to plant, care for, divide and arrange hostas in your garden. Presentation is free and open to the public. Please register by calling 618-357-2126.
Don’t Doubt the Drought Teleconference will be at 1:00pm at the Perry County Extension Office. This program will discuss growth expectations in 2013 on lawns newly planted trees, shrubs and evergreens. How will the drought impact our flowering plants, flowering shrubs and ornamental trees. Fee is $5 to attend. Please call 618-357-2126 to register.
Don’t Doubt the Drought Teleconference will be at 6:30pm at the Jackson County Extension Office in Murphysboro. This program will discuss growth expectations in 2013 on lawns newly planted trees, shrubs and evergreens. How will the drought impact our flowering plants, flowering shrubs and ornamental trees. Fee is $5 to attend. Please call 618-687-1727 to register.
Backyard Campout This ranger-led program allows you to try your hand at putting up a tent, building a fire and then enjoy outdoor treats. Campfire singing and wildlife film. 8pm-10pm at the Rend Lake Visitor Center outdoor classroom. For more information call 618-724-2493.
Rend Lake Beach Blast will be held at South Sandusky Beach from Noon-4pm on Saturday. Free family fun in the sun with games and water safety activities. For more information call 618-724-2493.
Glen O. Jones Kid’s Fishing Derby at Glen O. Jones Lake in Equality. Bring a pole and your favorite bait and fish all morning. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in different fishing categories. Children will sign up by age. Registration begins at 7:30am and lunch will be provided at noon. For more information call 618-273-3042.
Lake Glendale Fishing Derby will be Saturday at Lake Glendale. Fun fish and water activities including a casting contest. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in different categories.
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Max Hoopster Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will be held at the Times Square Mall in Mt. Vernon. Register your team online at www.macker.com or contact the Mt. Vernon Tourism Department for more information.
Kid’s Fishing Derby will be at Crab Orchard’s Prairie Creek Recreation Area on Saturday from 8am-Noon. The Kid’s Fishing Derby is a free event hosted by the Refuge and many local sponsors. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend the day together on the Refuge fishing. The Derby is for kids 12 and under. Registration begins at 8am. Lunch will be provided for participants and their families. For more information call the Crab Orchard Refuge Visitor Center at 618-997-3344.
1St Annual Danny Holmes Memorial Run Registration begins at 12:30 at Cherry Street Pub in Herrin. First Bike out at 1pm Last Bike in at 6pm. $15 per hand/$20 per couple. Best Hand wins $100. All proceeds will benefit M.D.A. Music by Ramblin Dan DJ & Karaoke, Food, Auction Items, 50/50 drawing and more.
23rd Annual “Chuck” Garnati Golf Day at the Pine Lakes Golf Course in Energy 18 hole scramble, 6 person team. Sign up early, space is limited. Entry fee: $75 per player, $450 full team, must accompany application. Includes 18 holes of gold, cart, lunch & prizes. All proceeds will benefit programs for abused and neglected children. For more information call 618-997-1301 ext. 205.
Relay for Life of Jefferson County at the Mt. Vernon High School Track and Field. The journey to end cancer starts with a single step. The American Cancer Society invites you to take that step by joining the global Relay For Life movement. For more information on join the event, starting a team or make a donation visit www.relayforlife.org/jeffersonil or on facebook at Relay for Life of Jefferson County, IL.
Whooo Knows About Owls? The Rend Lake Visitor Center invites you to see the predators of the night up close and personal as Bev Shofstall from the Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation Center as she introduces you to some of the owls currently at the center and discusses their natural history; why they have cam to the rehab center; and their predatory nature. For more information call 618-724-2493.
Rend Lake Fireworks Festival brought to you by the Benton/West City Chamber of Commerce and the Corps of Engineers celebrates our Nation’s Independence with one of the finest fireworks shows in Southern Illinois. Fireworks will be shot from the Rend Lake Dam area at 9:30pm. Gates open at 4pm. Kids’ activities, music and food vendors will be available at the Spillway Event Area from 4pm-11pm. Note: the main dam road will be closed to all thru traffic beginning at approximately 9pm and will remain closed until approximately 20 minutes following the fireworks show.
Living Color Living United 5K…A fun run raising awareness and funds for the support of issues in our community. United Way focuses on improving the education, financial stability and health of the people who live around you. This is not a timed race. Walkers and runners are welcome. Living Color Living United promotes a healthy lifestyle by urging the community to get out, get active and live united! Register online at www.uwsci.org/color or call 618-242-8000.
Crab Orchard Community Days will be celebrated on Saturday beginning with a parade at 9am. Events and activities will follow throughout the rest of the day with a talent show at 6pm. The Neurkorns Gospel singing will begin at 7pm at the Crab Orchard School gym. The parade theme this year is “Past to Present”. Anyone wishing to enter a float, band, vintage care, truck, tractor or any other entry, please call Jane Whitehead at 618-982-2521 or 618-694-6092. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org
27th Annual Southern Illinois Women’s Health Conference will be at John A. Logan College in Carterville. It is a day designed for women to learn about the health issues that affect their lives. It offers women a day to focus on their health and well-being by providing a keynote, breakout sessions, health screenings and exhibits. The $45 registration fee includes breakfast, conference bag with giveaways, lunch and door prizes. Preregistration is required. For more information call 618-985-9210, 618-985-2828 ext. 8604 or visit www.w4hw.org
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