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December 2014
December 1-31 Fantasy of Lights at Foundation Park in Centralia.  For more information call (618) 532-3214.
December 2-5 Holiday Luncheons at Cedarhurst, 12 noon.  Enjoy lunch in the historic Mitchell House, designed and built in 1936 by the father of museum co-founder Eleanor Mitchell.  The Mitchells remodeled the home in 1949 and entertained often in the expanded space.  The annual luncheons are one of the few times each year the home is open to the public, and it is festively decorated for the holiday season.  Reservations required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 2 Christmas Cookies & Candies at Rend Lake College Student Center, Room 103, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Create the perfect gift or treat to take to a holiday party.  Instructor Beth Mandrell will teach techniques to make quick, easy, and delicious Christmas cookies and candies.  The class is $12 per person plus a $10 supply fee.  For more information call (618) 437-5321, ext. 1714.
December 2 Christmas Theme Hair Bow and Tutus at Pinckneyville Murphy-Wall Campus, Room 113, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Instructor Erin Gale teaches how to create matching Christmas themed hair bows and Tutus.  The class is $10 per person plus a $22 supply fee.  For more information call (618) 437-5321, ext. 1714.
December 5 Live Nativity & Festival of Trees at United Methodist Children's Home, 5:30 p.m.  All proceeds benefit United Methodist Children's Home.  For more information call (618) 242-1070.
December 5 First Friday Story Time at Cedarhurst: Jingle Bells and Santa's Elves, 10 a.m.  Join under the tree in the Beck Family Center for pre-k story time.  Open to the public.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 6 A Mt. Vernon Christmas at the Mt. Vernon Market, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Come out and enjoy the Popcorn Stringing Contest, Cornhole, Facepainting, Ugly Sweater Contest, Roast Hot Dogs and S'mores, Kettlecorn and Hot Cocoa, Decorate the Community Christmas tree and so much more.  For more information Click Here or call (618) 242-3151.
December 6 S'more Stories With Santa at Veterans Park, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Enjoy stories read by Santa every half hour and snap photos with him and Mrs. Clause!  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
December 6 Christmas Night of Lights Parade in downtown Mt. Vernon, 5 p.m.  For more information Click Here or call (618) 242-3151.
December 6 Holiday Craft Fair at Veterans Park Community Building, 9 a.m.  Free event.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
December 6-7 Living Christmas Tree at Park Avenue Baptist Church, 7 p.m.  For more information call (618) 242-1882.
December 9 Winter Quarterly Dinner and Program at the Jefferson County Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  This program is TBD but will be either a musical presentation or speaker.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 11 Chocolate Festival at the Elks Lodge, 11 a.m.  The Jefferson County Historical Society's Chocolate Festival includes a chocolate contest, chocolate tasting, and bake sale.  Tasting and bake sale are open to the public.  For contest rules and and entry forms, Click Here  or for more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 17 Christmas Story Time at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Featuring classic Christmas tales.  Children who attend will receive a special bookmark and some take home activities to help fill those long hours until Santa comes.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
December 19-20 Christmas in the Park  at Veterans Park, 6-9 p.m.  Lights and live Christmas displays in the park.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
December 29-31 Annual Holiday High School Basketball Tournament at Centralia High School.  For more information call (618) 532-7391.
December 31 New Year's Eve Gaming for Adults at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6 p.m. - 2 a.m.  Join us for a fun, inexpensive way to celebrate the New Year with board games, card games, role-playing games and miniature games.  Snacks and soft drinks. No alcohol allowed, no children.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
December 31 New Year's Eve Celebration at Cedarhurst, 6 p.m.  Dinner catered by Cindi Peterman and live entertainment by St. Louis' Downtime Productions will ensure a grand send off to 2014 and a hearty welcome to the New Year!  Tickets required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
January 2015
January 2 First Friday Story Time:  Arctic Animals at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Brrrr!Learn about polar bears and penguins as we celebrate winter during this free story time for pre-k students and their parents.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
January 3 Family Art Activity:  Winter Birch Trees at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  Learn how to paint your own winter wonderland at this free family event.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
January 7 Book Club:  Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered at Cedarhurst, 12 p.m.  Biography, history, and memoir are woven together in Dianne Hales' lyrical biography of Lisa Gherardini, the real woman captured in Leonardo da Vinci's early sixteenth-century masterpiece, Mona Lisa.  Hales paints a vivid history of the dramatic, often violent Renaissance Florence in which Gherardini lived; a town populated with scheming politicians, warring religious factions, and artists boasting rock-star popularity.  Intertwined with this tale is Gherardini's personal biography as a daughter, a merchant's wife, a devoted mother, and a family matriarch- a story that provides counterpoint to the epic, male-dominated history of the age.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
January 10 Lose-To-Win at YMCA of Jefferson County, 10 a.m.  Receive two months free membership at YMCA and Rend Lake fitness center's 2 month weight loss program. Compete for prize money.  Cost is $25.  For more information call (618) 242-5345 or (618) 242-7500.
January 17 Illinois Creoles, French Canadians, and Louisiana Cajuns (and Their Fiddling) at Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Dennis Stroughmatt, a master musician and an expert on French-American folkways, explains the historical and cultural similarities and differences among three of those groups:  Illinois Creoles, French Canadians, and Louisiana Cajuns.  Stroughmatt performs fiddle tunes representing these three communities and compares their traditional fiddle repertoires and playing styles.  This event is free but donations are welcome.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
January 17 Members Preview Reception at Cedarhurst, 6:30 p.m.  Cedarhurst members are invited to be the first to view new exhibitions, including the Scholastic Art Awards in the Main Gallery and Beal Grand Corridor, and graphite drawings by local artist Andy Mast at the Shrode Art Center.  Admission is free to members, $5 non-members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
January 18-February 28 Scholastic Art Awards:  at Cedarhurst, 1 p.m.  Open to the Public.  Junior and senior high school students from 25 counties, including 330 schools districts, have an opportunity to enter the juried Scholastic Art Awards competition, an important aesthetic and educational program that serves as beacon representing Cedarhurst's long-running support for local and regional public schools.  Visit to view the talent of today's young people.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
January 18-February 28 Unbridled:  Graphite Drawings by Andy Mast  at Cedarhurst, 1 p.m.  Open to the Public.  The graphite drawings of Opdyke-Belle Rive artist Andy Mast, who draws his Unbridled inspiration from the Amish community in which he lives.  Mast is a self-taught artist whose work is inspired by a unique culture and minimalist life-style, specifically horses and the integral role they play in his farming community.  To further expand upon Mast's work and Amish Community, photographer Nick Wheeler, owner of Once Upon A Lifetime Photography, Mt. Vernon, will use photos to document Mast's family farm, art studio, and land.  These unique images will be exhibited alongside Mast's graphite drawings to help viewers gain a deeper understanding of the world that inspires him.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
January 21 Family Performing Arts Series: One World Taiko at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  All ages will enjoy the heart pounding beats, dynamic movement and rhythmic grooves of this ensemble.  One World Taiko's music is drawn from Japan's tradition of lively festival drumming along with their own creative rhythms, arrangements and choreography.  Admission is $5 non-members, $4 members, Children 2 and under free.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
January 30 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie and popcorn. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
January 31 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
February 2015
February 3 Cedarhurst After School Art Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in February, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each week.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in February is $40.  10% discount to Cedarhurst members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 6 First Friday Story Time: Will you be my Valentine? at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Celebrate with stories about love, hearts and hugs!  Pre-k students and their parents are welcome to join us under the tree in the Beck Family Center for this free story time activity.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 6 Cedarhurst Member Mardi Gras at Cedarhurst, 6:30 p.m.  Witness the Cedarhurst Performance Hall transform into Bourbon Street for this special membership party celebrating Mardi Gras!  Join us for New Orleans style food and drink, then dance to live music by the Soulard Blues Band.  Extra carnival activities include palm readings and caricature drawings.  Also this year, the Chefs are Back! Join Dr. Daniel Hoffman and Doug Hoffman for cooking demonstrations in the Cedarhurst Kitchen.  Free for members of Cedarhurst.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 7 Celebrity Waiter Fundraiser for the Amy Center at Holiday Inn, 2 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Admission is $40.  Dinner, silent auction and music by "Bringing It Back".  For more information call (618) 244-2100.
February 7 Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Home Show at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Featuring vendors for any stage of home building, remodeling or decoration.  Admission is $2 for adults and free for children under 12.  For more information call (618) 242-5725.
February 8 Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Home Show at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Featuring vendors for any stage of home building, remodeling or decoration.  Admission is $2 for adults and free for children under 12.  For more information call (618) 242-5725.
February 10 Cedarhurst After School Art Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each week.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in February is $40.  10% discount to Cedarhurst members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 13-15 Midwestern Herb and Garden Show at Times Square Mall, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.  3 days filled with exciting informational classes and over 40 vendors with live plants, herbal teas, soaps, bath products, garden decor, and so much more - Something for everyone!  Free event.  For more information call (618) 842-7108 or visit www.midwesternherbandgardenshow.com
February 14 Mardi Gras at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Come celebrate Mardi Gras with free red beans and rice and Dixieland Jazz.  Red beans and rice will be served at noon, Tom Baker's Dixieland Band will play at 1:30 p.m.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
February 15 2nd Annual Jim Ford's Bridal Expo  at Centralia American Legion, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Vendors will be showcasing merchandise for all your wedding needs.  The style show begins at 2 p.m.  Admission is $2.  For more information call (618) 532-1113. 
February 15 Scholastic Art Awards at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  Each year Cedarhurst hosts the regional competition and presents awards for outstanding artworks created by students in southern Illinois.  Several pieces will go on to national competition in New York, and Cedarhurst's Administrative Counselors will present a scholarship award for the best senior portfolio.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 17 Cedarhurst After School Art Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each week.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in February is $40.  10% discount to Cedarhurst members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 18 & 25 Crochet Class for Beginners at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Learn to crochet a simple scarf, bring your own hook and a skein of yarn.  You must attend both classes. Free. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
February 18 & 25 Knitting Class for Beginners at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Learn to knit a simple scarf, bring your own needles and a skein of yarn.  Free.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
February 19 Nancy Allen and the Trail of Tears at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Local author Shirley Roney will give a presentation on her book "Nancy Allen and the Trail of Tears", she will also do a book signing.  Admission is free.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
February 20 Presidio Brass at Jane Knight Auditorium Kaskaskia College, 7:30 p.m.  Adult admission $21, Under 18 admission $10.  Musical performance.  For more information call (618) 545-3223.
February 21 Chris Vallillo Performance at Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Returning well-known folk singer and songwriter Chris Vallillo performs a variety of folk songs.  This event is free but donations are welcome.  For more information call (618) 246-0033. 
February 21 Family Art Activity: Amazing Mask! at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  Get creative and make your own mask to take home using a variety of materials at this free family fun event.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 21 Cheeseburger in Paradise  at Holiday Inn, 5 p.m.  Admission is $40.  Victory celebration for United Way of South Central Illinois.  For more information call (618) 242-8000.
February 21 An Evening of Jazz with the Matt McCallie Orchestra at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  Personality, passion , charisma, talent, and excitement exude from the Matt McCallie Orchestra who will entertain at the 2015 Evening of Jazz.  Skilled musicians with college degrees from some of the country's top music programs will perform for guests at this evening filled with fun, food, and dancing.  Bring your friends for a night on the town at Cedarhurst!  Tickets are $35 non-members, $30 for members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 21-22 Home Garden and Business Expo at Centralia Recreation Complex, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.  Adult admission $1, Children under 12 free.  70+ vendors, live demonstrations, concessions, door prizes and drawings.  For more information call (618) 532-6789 or toll free (888) 533-2600.
February 24 Cedarhurst After School Art Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in February, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each week.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in February is $40.  10% discount to Cedarhurst members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 26 Chili Luncheon Fundraiser at St. Mary's Parish Center, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Annual chili luncheon fundraiser for the Jefferson County Historical Society; pork tenderloin sandwiches, chili, drinks, dessert, and bake sale.  The cost is $7 per ticket.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
February 26 African American History Month Community Celebration at Casey Middle School gymnasium, 6 p.m.  Each year Cedarhurst partners with teachers  in Mt. Vernon City Schools, District 80 to create a cohesive art curriculum celebrating African American art and artists.  The 2015 program will highlight Step Dancing and feature the men of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  The program culminates with a community-wide celebration of African American History Month that includes a display of student art achievements and step performances.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 27 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie and popcorn. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
February 28 Kiwanis Pancake & Sausage Day at Veteran's Park Rolland Lewis Building, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.  $7 in advance $8 at the door, children $3 in advance $4 at the door.  All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage.  Carry-outs available.  For more information call (618) 237-1220.
February 28 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; Board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
February 28 Members Preview Reception at Cedarhurst, 6:30 p.m.  Cedarhurst members are invited to be the first to view new exhibitions, including Watershed Cairns in the Main Gallery, Photography by students and faculty from SIU-C in the Beal Grand Corridor, and selections from the Fine Art and Craft Competition at Shrode Art Center.  Admission is $5/person, free for Cedarhurst members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 2015
March 1 Chamber Music Series: The 442's with special guest Erin Bode at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  What happens when you combine two outstanding members of the world-class St. Louis Symphony with two of the city's finest jazz musicians from the Erin Bode Group:  You get The 442's, an exciting new acoustic instrumental quartet named for the modern standard tuning of 442 Hz.  See them perform at Cedarhurst!  Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for non-members, $5 for students.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 3 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in March, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the five Tuesdays in March is $50.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 4 ABC's and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst 9 a.m.  Every Wednesday in March, children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time paired with a different art activity each week.  Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more.  Parent or guardian attends class with their child.  Registration cost for the four Wednesdays in March is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 4 Cedarhurst Book Club:  Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune at Cedarhurst, 12 p.m.  What goes on behind closed doors, especially when those doors are of the gilded variety, has fascinated novelists and journalists for centuries.  The private lives of the rich and famous are tantalizing, especially that of Huguette Clark, one of the biggest, eccentric, rich fishes out there.  It is brought to life in this book by investigator and author Bill Dedman and Clark's descendant, Paul Clarke Newell Jr. Deceased for more than two years, Clark owned nouveau riche palaces in New York, Connecticut, and California.  A Heiress, Clark disappeared from public view in the 1920s.  What happened to her and her vast wealth?  Answering this question is the book's mission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 6 First Friday Story Time: Let's Fly a Kite at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Windy days are here! Join us as we read tales about kite flying beneath the tree in the Beck Family Center for this free story time activity.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 10 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in March, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the five Tuesdays in March is $50.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 10 Spring Quarterly Dinner at Jefferson County Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  $7 per person.  The Jefferson County Historical Society will host a spring quarterly dinner and program.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
March 17 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in March, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the five Tuesdays in March is $50.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 19 Edric the Hatchling Gryphon at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Local author Eric Williams will give a presentation on his book "Edric the Hatchling Gryphon", he will also do a book signing.  No admission. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
March 19 The Star-Spangled Banner and the Struggle that Forged Two Nations at Jefferson County Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  The War of 1812 contributed significantly toward defining the identities of the United States and Canada.  The many songs composed during the war and its aftermath--including our own national anthem--express a broad range of Native American, White American, British, and Canadian perspectives.  They demonstrate that perceptions of war and its repercussions can vary widely, depending on one's experiences of them.  Skilled guitarist and singer Lee Murdock performs several of these songs and provides commentary about them based on his extensive research.  This event is free but donations are welcome.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
March 21 Molly Brown Portrayal at Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Retired teacher and Jefferson County Historical Society member Sharon Nichols will provide a lively portrayal of Molly Brown, who survived the Titanic in 1912.  This event is free but donations are welcome.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
March 21 Chamber Music Series: Yoonie Han, piano at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  Praised for her "musical imagination and feel for complex textures" (Washington Post), South Korean pianist Yoonie Han has won top prizes in distinguished international competitions and the highest accolades for her performances in major concert halls around the world.  See her perform at Cedarhurst!  Tickets are $18 for museum members, $20 for non-members, $5 for students.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 24 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in March, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the five Tuesdays in March is $50.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 27 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie and popcorn. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
March 27 Greg Johnson The Tornado Hunter at Jane Knight Auditorium Kaskaskia College, 7:30 p.m.  Admission is $15 for adults, $8 children.  Greg Johnson is a professional storm chaser who will share video of his experiences and provide advice on staying safe in extreme weather situations.  For more information call (618) 545-3223.
March 28 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; Board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
March 31 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in March, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the five Tuesdays in March is $50.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 2015
April 1 ABC's and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst 9 a.m.  Every Wednesday in April, children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time paired with a different art activity each week.  Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more.  Parent or guardian attends class with their child.  Registration cost for the five Wednesdays in April is $50.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 3 First Friday Story Time: Spring has Sprung! at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Mother earth is shedding her winter coat and getting ready for Spring!  Join us under the tree as we read stories celebrating the warm weather.  Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 4 Rend Lake College Golf Outlet Demo Day at Cherry Creek Driving Range, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Representatives from all major golf brands will do club demonstrations.  Free range ball, storewide sales.  For more information call (618) 242-3001.
April 7 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in April, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in April is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 11 Family Art Activity:  April Showers at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  April showers bring May Flowers!  Bring the family and join us as we create flowers with a variety of mixed-media at this family fun event.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 12 The Blues Brothers Revue at Jane Knight Auditorium Kaskaskia College, 8 p.m.  Performers Wayne Catania and Kierson Lafferty imitate the Blues Brothers.  Backed by a powerhouse band, witness a show full of laughter, dancing, and foot stomping fun.  $25 adults, $14 children.  For more information call (618) 545-3223.
April 14 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in April, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in April is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 14 Deadline for Creativity Redefined entries at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m.  Participants in this year's Creativity Redefined! community art exhibition must submit entries by 5 p.m. to Carrie Gibbs at the Shrode Art Center.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 16 Downtown After 5 Tour and Taste of Mt. Vernon at Elks Lodge #819, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Adults $10, Children 10 and under free.  Take a self-guided tour of renovated downtown buildings, try cuisines of local restaurants and enjoy good music.  For more information call (618) 242-6866.
April 16-17-18 15th Annual Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show at Holiday Inn, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday.  Admission is $12 Thursday, $22 Friday & Saturday, children under 12 free.  Come and enjoy great music by great steel guitar players and  singers.  For more information call (618) 214-1864 or (618) 927-3158.
April 18 Afternoon Tea at Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Admission is $12 for Historical Society members, $15 for non-members.  This event will be an elegant, relaxed experience.  In addition to a selection of teas and coffee, an abundance of finger sandwiches, sweets and scones will be served.  All proceeds raised from this event will go towards programming and upkeep at the Jefferson County Historical Village.  To make reservations, purchase a ticket, or for more information call (618) 246-0033.
April 18 Cedarhurst Music Series: Goldstein, Peled, Fiterstein Trio at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  Bound by their Israeli roots, pianist Alon Goldstein, cellist Amit Peled, and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein formed the trio in 2005.  Performances reflect the special gifts of the artists as soloists and their marvelous sense of ensemble and love of chamber music.  See them perform at Cedarhurst!  Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for non-members, $5 for students.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 21 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in April, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in April is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 24 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie and popcorn. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 24 Family Performing Arts Series:  Wulfe Brothers at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  Join us for a musical journey from the Revolutionary War through the Persian Gulf Crisis.  The Indomitable American Spirit is celebrated in patriotic music that will fill your heart with renewed pride in this great nation.  Admission is $5/person, $4 for members, Children 2 and under free.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 25 10th Annual LCPL J. Kyle Price Memorial Ride at Chapman Sports Complex, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Registration is 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Dinner and Entertainment begins at 4:15 p.m.  The cost is $25 for the full event which includes ride, dinner and entertainment.  Dinner only $10, Shirts $15. Celebrate the life of LCPL J. Kyle Price with the 10th anniversary of our ride.  This year we are welcoming to our community Kyle's Marine brothers from Lima Battery who served with him deployed in Iraq in 2006.  The ride will also honor Lima Battery's fallen CPL. Ben Desilets, CPL. Julien Woodall and Kyle's recently deceased grandfather TSGT Robert Wall.  Don't miss this year's featured entertainment "The Whistle Pigs" following the ride.  The ride begins at Chapman Sports Complex in Woodlawn, IL, Centralia, IL, Salem, and ends at Waterkotte Harley Davidson.  Join us to honor all those who serve.  For more information call (618) 978-4738 or visit www.jkpmemorialfoundation.org.
April 25 Arbor Day Celebration at Veterans Memorial Park, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Everyone is invited to this family friendly outdoor event.  Come and enjoy free food, crafts and activities, tree climbing, petting zoo, weather radio programming and more. For more information call (618) 242-6890.
April 25 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; Board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 25 The Sinking of the Lusitania at Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Hear about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania from the perspective of on of the survivors.  Although this event didn't lead immediately to the US entering World War 1 it was one of the factors leading into the United States' involvement.  Returning performer Barbara Kay will provide an engaging performance that will educate the audience about this event and its consequences.  This event is free but donations are welcome.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
April 28 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in April, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in April is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 2015
May 2 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie and popcorn. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
May 2-3 Jefferson County Historical Village & Museum Opening Weekend at Jefferson County Historical Village, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.  The Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum open for the 2015 season.  Each weekend through October the Village and Museum are open for guided tours.  Free event.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
May 5 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in May, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in May is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 6 ABC's and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst 9 a.m.  Every Wednesday in May, children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time paired with a different art activity each week.  Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more.  Parent or guardian attends class with their child.  Registration cost for the four Wednesdays in April is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 6 Cedarhurst Book Club:  The Idler at Cedarhurst, 12 p.m.  Cedarhurst features one of its own during the May Book Club program:  Museum member, artist, and docent Rusty Watson.  Watson writes the story of Jeremiah Watts, who in a drunken stupor signs a seaman certificate and suddenly finds himself aboard the Ann Alexander, a rickety whaling ship.  While aboard this ship, he begins a transformation as he gains maturity and begins to resolve his authority figure issues.  This story is drawn from his journal and love letters covering the years he spent aboard the Ann Alexander.  For more information call (618) 1236.
May 9 How to Succeed on Broadway at Jane Knight Auditorium Kaskaskia College, 7:30 p.m.  A musical salute: Cast of 10 will perform most popular songs from the latest Broadway hits.  Admission is $25 for adults, children $14.  For more information call (618) 545-3223.
May 12 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in May, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in May is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 16 Southern Illinois Music at Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Local musician Bill Reynolds will lead the audience through a historical journey of music in southern Illinois dating back to the Civil War.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
May 17 5th Annual Coin Show at Centralia Recreation Complex, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  The coin show will feature 40 dealer tables to buy and sell U.S. and world coins and paper money.  This event is Free.  For more information call (618) 533-4200.
May 19 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in May, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in May is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 23 Aquatic Zoo Water Park Opening Weekend at Aquatic Zoo Water Park, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  2015 Season Opening Day.  Season Passes Available.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
May 23 Members Preview Reception at Cedarhurst, 6:30 p.m.  Cedarhurst members are invited to be the first to view new exhibitions.  amain Gallery: Representing Labor: The Collections of Barbara and Bruce Feldacker and the St. Louis Mercantile Library.  Beal Grand Corridor: Urban Myths: The Art of Christopher Brennan.  Dioramas by John Dilnot in the Beck Family Center, and community canvases in Creativity Redefined! at the Shrode Art Center.  Admission is $5/person, free for members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 24 New Exhibits Open to the Public at Cedarhurst, 1 p.m.  Four fantastic shows will delight Cedarhurst patrons through the summer months.  Representing Labor: The Collections of Barbara and Bruce Feldacker and the St. Louis Mercantile Library, Urban Myths: The Art of Christopher Brennan, Artist John Dilnot uses clipped illustrations of birds and moths to create beautiful dioramas within wooden boxes, and The Community-wide exhibit Creativity Redefined.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 26 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in May, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in May is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 28 Thursday Night Live Kickoff! at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m.  The public is welcome to enjoy music on the outdoor patio, and art-related programs each Thursday evening throughout the summer at Cedarhurst.  Admission is free.  Food and drink concessions are available each week.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 30 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; Board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
May 30 Family Art Activity: Insect-o-mania! at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  Join us as we create six and eight-legged friends with wire and model magic!  It's a free, fun family activity at the Shrode Art Center.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 2015
June 4 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The public is welcome to enjoy music art-related programs each Thursday evening throughout the summer at Cedarhurst.  Admission is free.  Food and drink concessions are available each week.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 5 First Friday Story Time: In The Garden at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Join us as we read stories under the tree that celebrate planting and working in the garden.  Admission is free. Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 9 Summer Quarterly Dinner at Jefferson county Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $7 per person.  The Jefferson County Historical Society will host a summer quarterly dinner and program.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
June 11 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The public is welcome to enjoy music and art-related programs each Thursday evening throughout the summer at Cedarhurst.  Admission is free.  Food and drink concessions are available each week.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 12 Relay For Life of Jefferson County IL at Mt. Vernon High School Track & Field, 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Community based fundraiser to promote awareness for cancer education, research and patient services.  This event is free.  For more information call (618) 998-9898. Ext. 3.
June 18 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The public is welcome to enjoy music and art-related programs each Thursday evening throughout the summer at Cedarhurst.  Admission is free.  Food and drink concessions are available each week.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 19 Movie in the Park at Veterans Memorial Park, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Pre-activities at 6 p.m., movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Free family event for all ages including crafts, activities, food and free tree giveaway.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
June 20 8th Annual LCPL J. Kyle Price Memorial Bass Tournament at Wayne Fitzjerrel Sailboat Harbor, First boat out at safe light.  Honor the life of LCPL J. Kyle Price by celebrating one of his favorite pastimes, fishing.  This memorial bass tournament boasts cash prizes & players for the top 4 teams as well as a $750 Big Bass sponsored by Waterkotte Harley Davidson.  You will also receive a tournament t-shirt and a free lunch for you and your family.  There will be raffles, 50/50, and a great time on the lake.  For more information call (618) 978-4738 or visit www.jkpmemorialfoundation.org.
June 25 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The public is welcome to enjoy music and art-related programs each Thursday evening throughout the summer at Cedarhurst.  Admission is free.  Food and drink concessions are available each week.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 26 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie and popcorn. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
June 27 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; Board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.

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