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June 2015
June 1-August 14 Water Walking Session at Aquatic Zoo, 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  $2.00 Daily Mondays-Fridays.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
June 1 Computer Workshops for Adults at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 4 p.m.  There will be an "intro to Computers Workshop" must take the intro to computers before taking the upcoming "intro to email" workshop.  Registration is required due to limited space.  For more information please call (618) 242-6322 ext 2.
June 2 Tuesday Night Bingo at American Legion, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Come out and play bingo every Tuesday night of every month. For more information call (618) 242-4561.
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 5 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
June 5 Polly Launay at Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  Local violinist, Polly Launay, will delight the audience with a variety of musical selections including Cole Porter and George Gershwin.  Free to the public.  Donations are appreciated.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
June 5 Kingsmen Auto Club 6th Annual Cruise Night at Rend Lake College Marketplace, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  This free event is held the first Friday of each month, April-October.  Each month, features different classes of vehicles and giveaways. Two plaques each month for the featured vehicles at no charge.  There will be door prizes, live DJ and 50/50 drawings.  June is Ford & Convertible Month.  For more information call (618) 244-7711.
June 6 Market Days Flea Market at Mt. Vernon Market, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and shop a wide variety of items from antiques, jewelry, children's items, crafts, specialty, rummage, and flea items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
June 8 Session 1 Swimming Lessons at Aquatic Zoo, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.  40 Minute Classes for two weeks Monday - Thursday.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
June 8 Computer Workshops for Adults at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 4 p.m.  There will be an "intro to Email workshop" must take the intro to computers before taking the  "intro to email" workshop.  Registration is required due to limited space.  For more information please call (618) 242-6322 ext 2.
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 9 Tuesday Night Bingo at American Legion, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Come out and play bingo every Tuesday night of every month. For more information call (618) 242-4561.
June 10 Awesome Art with Mrs. Van Kampen at C.E. Brehm Library, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Grades K-2 will be making awesome art at the library again this summer.  Registration begins June 1.  For more information call (618)-242-6322 ext 4.
June 11 Awesome Art with Mrs. Van Kampen at C.E. Brehm Library, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Grades 3 & 4 will be making awesome art at the library again this summer.  Registration begins June 1.  For more information call (618)-242-6322 ext 4.
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 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
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 15-July20 Read to the Rhythm at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Kids Grades K through 7 are welcome every Monday from June 15th through July 20th to participate in summer reading.  Registration begins June 1 -June 15 in the children's department. The public school with the highest percentage of students signing up will receive the 2015 Read to the Rhythm Banner to display in their school. This week: "Tune into a Good Book-READ" by Richard Landry. For more information call (618) 242-6322 ext 4.
June 15 Reading with Sam at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 12:00 p.m.  Our furry friend Sam and his owner, Ms. Sharon, will be here once again to read with children in grades K-4.  Ms. Sharon will be presenting a program on therapy dogs and welsh Corgis.  Sign up after the program for a time to read with Sam.  Attend this program to get first choice of time slots.  Sam will visit us on Mondays from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
June 16 Tuesday Night Bingo at American Legion, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Come out and play bingo every Tuesday night of every month. For more information call (618) 242-4561.
June 17 Awesome Art with Mrs. Van Kampen at C.E. Brehm Library, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Grades 5-7 will be making awesome art at the library again this summer.  Registration begins June 1.  For more information call (618)-242-6322 ext 4.
June 18 Awesome Art with Mrs. Van Kampen at C.E. Brehm Library, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Grades K-2 will be making awesome art at the library again this summer.  Registration begins June 1.  For more information call (618)-242-6322 ext 4.
June 18 Read with a Grandma at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  In conjunction with Foster Grandparents Stop by the Children's Department Thursdays to read with a Grandma or hone your reading skills by reading to our Grandma.  No registration required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
June 18 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The public is welcome to enjoy music by The Galihers on the outdoor patio, vinyasa yoga with Lindsey, cash bar, concessions by Bugsy's Chicago Dog, demo by metalsmith artist Hunter Creel, and art-related programs each Thursday evening throughout the summer at Cedarhurst.  Admission is free.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 19 Annual Golf Outing at Greenview golf course in Centralia, 8 a.m.  Cost is $80 per player.  Teams or Individuals.  For more information call (618-244-2100.
June 19 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
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 20 Climb Out of the Darkness at Veterans Park, 10:30 a.m. Mt. Vernon will host its own Climb out of the Darkness as part of the world's largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses such as postpartum depression, anxiety, and psychosis.  As part of the climb, survivors all over the world "Warrior Moms" are organizing to climb, hike or walk at a local mountain or park to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness and stigma of maternal mental illnesses.  For more information call (618) 731-8256.
June 20 10th Anniversary Secret Garden Tour at Daffy-Dill Garden Club, Salem IL, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.  A total of five gardens and five "Pretty Drive By" plus a vendor fair, and live music are included in the ticket price of $5.  Tickets are sold the day of the event in Bryan Memorial Park.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
June 22 Read to the Rhythm at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Kids Grades K through 7 are welcome every Monday from June 15th through July 20th to participate in summer reading.  Registration begins June 1 -June 15 in the children's department. The public school with the highest percentage of students signing up will receive the 2015 Read to the Rhythm Banner to display in their school. This week: Movie; Peter and the wolf and popsicles outside. For more information call (618) 242-6322 ext 4.
June 23 Tuesday Night Bingo at American Legion, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Come out and play bingo every Tuesday night of every month. For more information call (618) 242-4561.
June 24 Awesome Art with Mrs. Van Kampen at C.E. Brehm Library, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Grades 3 & 4 will be making awesome art at the library again this summer.  Registration begins June 1.  For more information call (618)-242-6322 ext 4.
June 25 Read with a Grandma at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  In conjunction with Foster Grandparents Stop by the Children's Department Thursdays to read with a Grandma or hone your reading skills by reading to our Grandma.  No registration required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
June 25 Awesome Art with Mrs. Van Kampen at C.E. Brehm Library, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Grades 5-7 will be making awesome art at the library again this summer.  Registration begins June 1.  For more information call (618)-242-6322 ext 4.
June 25 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The public is welcome to enjoy music by The Presswoods on the outdoor patio, vinyasa yoga with Lindsey, cash bar, concessions by Agave Mexican Restaurant, and art-related programs each Thursday evening throughout the summer at Cedarhurst.  Admission is free.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 26 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
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.
June 27 Anti Slavery Movement In Black And White at Historical Village, 2 p.m.  In the mid-nineteenth century, Illinois played a prominent role in the anti-slavery movement.  It is important to understand the differences between those who were anti-slavery and those who were radical abolitionists.  The discussion will also focus on how Illinois viewed the Underground Railroad.  Presented by Jeanne Schultz-Angel.  Admission is free but donations are appreciated.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
June 29 Session 2 Swimming Lessons at Aquatic Zoo, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.  40 minute classes for two weeks Monday - Thursday.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
June 29 Read to the Rhythm at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Kids Grades K through 7 are welcome every Monday from June 15th through July 20th to participate in summer reading.  Registration begins June 1 -June 15 in the children's department. The public school with the highest percentage of students signing up will receive the 2015 Read to the Rhythm Banner to display in their school. This week: "Hooked on Science" by Jason Lindsey. For more information call (618) 242-6322 ext 4.
June 30 Tuesday Night Bingo at American Legion, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Come out and play bingo every Tuesday night of every month. For more information call (618) 242-4561.
July 2015
July 1 Cedarhurst Book Club: Savage Harvest at Cedarhurst, 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and join us to discuss this unique book by Carl Hoffman. In 1961, while on an expedition to collect pieces for his fathers Museum of Primitive Art, Michael Rockefeller and his traveling companion were plunged into the warm waters off New Guinea. Did he surviveand how? Read the book and come and discuss the story! Free admission. Open to the Public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
July 2 Read with a Grandma at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  In conjunction with Foster Grandparents, stop by the Children's Department Thursdays to read with a Grandma or hone your reading skills by reading to our Grandma.  No registration required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
July 2 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Enjoy live music by Bringin it Back on the back patio and concessions from Smokin Ts. Patriotic mojitos will be on special at the cash bar.  Thursday Night Live features a variety of local musicians and food concessions, fitness activities, informative programs and a cash bar 5 to 8 pm each Thursday throughout the summer.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
July 3 First Friday Story Time: Beach Time at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Join us under the tree as we read stories about the sand, waves, and creatures that make the beach a fun place! Free admission. Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
July 3 Fridays Food and Art at Broadway Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
July 3 Kingsmen Auto Club 6th Annual Cruise Night at Rend Lake College Marketplace, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  This free event is held the first Friday of each month, April-October.  Each month features different classes of vehicles and giveaways.  Two plaques each month for the featured vehicles at no charge.  There will be door prizes, live DJ and 50/50 drawings.  July is Tri-5 Chevy & Rat Rod Month.  For more information call (618) 244-7711.
July 3-5 Aluminum Overcast B-17 Tour at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport.  Join us for an unforgettable experience aboard one of the few remaining airworthy B-17's in the world.  Watch history come alive when you climb aboard EAA's Aluminum Overcast.  Stand in the footsteps of a waist gunner or sit in the bombardier's seat and relive history by experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in one of the most vital and magnificent aircraft of World War II.  For more information call (618) 242-7016.
July 4 Salute to Freedom at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Free July 4th celebration featuring one of the few remaining airworthy B-17's in the world "Aluminum Overcast", live entertainment, kids zone and concessions with fireworks at dusk.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
July 1-5 4th of July Celebration at Fairview Park, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Carnival, games, fireworks, food vendors, beer garden.  For more information call (618) 532-5910.
July 4 Veterans Parade at Fairview Park, 10 a.m.  Veterans parade will run from Broadway railroad tracks to Fairview Park in Centralia, IL.  For more information call (618) 533-7623.
July 4 Bluegill Music Festival at Rend Lake Dam, 10:30 a.m.  All ages welcome, kids age 6 & under free.  General admission parking free, vip parking $10.   Two on site general stores.  Bands include Eli Young Band, Locash, Clayton Anderson, Murphy 500, Eli Tellor, Mockingbird Sun, John Spicer, Old Salt Union, Athena, The Bankesters, Mipso, F-150, Mocking Bird Hill, Heartlyn Rae, Cadillac Jones Band, We Got It Covered, The Hollerboys and Taylor Kearney.  For more information call (314) 384-9263.
July 4 Free Entry for Active Military & Veterans at Aquatic Zoo, During regular pool hours.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
July 6 Read to the Rhythm at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Kids Grades K through 7 are welcome every Monday from June 15th through July 20th to participate in summer reading.  Registration begins June 1 -June 15 in the children's department. The public school with the highest percentage of students signing up will receive the 2015 Read to the Rhythm Banner to display in their school. This week: "Music & Movement" by April Tennyson. For more information call (618) 242-6322 ext 4.
July 10 20th Annual UMCH Charity Golf Classic at Green Hills Golf Club, 11 a.m.  Check-in is 10 a.m.  The cost is $400 per 4-person team.  For more information call(618) 242-1070 ext. 234.
July 7-30 Summer Art Camp for Kids at Cedarhurst.  Earth, Water, Air, and Fire will be the themes for the 4-week art camp. Each week coordinating classes will offer a variety of activities in different mediums for ages 1˝ to 18.  Weekly fee required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
July 9 Read with a Grandma at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  In conjunction with Foster Grandparents, stop by the Children's Department Thursdays to read with a Grandma or hone your reading skills by reading to our Grandma.  No registration required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
July 9 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Join us for Open Mic Night on the museums back patio, led by marambist Chris Roode and concessions from the Rend Lake College Culinary School. Dance instructors Dan and Neth Huebbel will give swing dance lessons as well. Thursday Night Live features  a variety of local musicians and food concessions, fitness activities, informative programs and a cash bar 5 to 8 pm each Thursday throughout the summer.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
July 10 20th Annual UMCH Charity Golf Classic at Green Hills Golf Club, 11 a.m.  Check-in is at 10 a.m.  $400 per 4-person team.  For more information call (618) 242-1070 ext 234.
July 10 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
July 11 Market Days Flea Market at Mt. Vernon Market, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and shop a wide variety of items from antiques, jewelry, children's items, crafts, specialty, rummage, and flea items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
July 13 Read to the Rhythm at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Kids Grades K through 7 are welcome every Monday from June 15th through July 20th to participate in summer reading.  Registration begins June 1 -June 15 in the children's department. The public school with the highest percentage of students signing up will receive the 2015 Read to the Rhythm Banner to display in their school. This week: "Animal Tales Animal Avengers". For more information call (618) 242-6322 ext 4.
July 16 Read with a Grandma at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  In conjunction with Foster Grandparents, stop by the Children's Department Thursdays to read with a Grandma or hone your reading skills by reading to our Grandma.  No registration required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
July 16 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. This week features music by Daniel Lemay on the museum’s back patio and concessions by Rare Chop House. Dance instructors Dan and Neth Huebbel will give line dance lessons. Thursday Night Live features  a variety of local musicians and food concessions, fitness activities, informative programs and a cash bar 5 to 8 pm each Thursday throughout the summer. For more information call  (618) 242-1236.
July 17 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Ask about our discount for full season reservations. Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
July 17 Movie Night at Aquatic Zoo, 7 p.m.  Admission is $5 per person.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
July 17-18 Central City Lions Fest at Lions Club, 5 pm. - 12 a.m.  Join us at the Lions Club, 300 S. Morrison St. Centralia, IL for live music, food, beverages, raffles, cake wheel, poker stand, kids area with inflatables and little toot train rides. This event is free. For more information call (618) 204-9710.
July 17-19 EAA Airventure Cup Race at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's Back!  The countries' fastest cross country air race.  Meet the racers & see the planes all day Saturday.  Kids experience EAA Young Eagle flights. Cheer on the racers as they depart for the finish line in Wisconsin on Sunday morning.  This event is free to attend.  For more information call (618) 242-7016.
July 17-25 Jefferson County 4-H Fair at Jefferson County 4H Fairgrounds, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.  Various exciting activities throughout each day at various locations including Pet Shows, showmanship contests, auctions, tractor driving contests, crop show, horse show, performance show, animal parade, award presentations and much more.  For more information call (618) 242-0780.
July 18 Friendship Autographed Quilt Display and Program at Historical Village, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Karen Simmons will give a short talk followed by a discussion at 2 p.m.  The public is invited to bring quilts with them to show and tell.  Please bring your quilts to the Prairie Historian Room inside the Schweinfurth Museum.  The Jefferson County Antique Iron Club will be on the grounds to display their Antique Tractors.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
July 18 Antique Tractor Show at Historical Village, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Members of Jefferson County Antique Iron will display their antique tractors on the grounds of the Village for public viewing. Come with the family and view a variety of antique tractors and take a tour of the Historical Village.  Refreshments will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public but donations are appreciated.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
July 18 Superhero Saturday at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m.  The library will present a marathon of superhero movies; Come dressed as your favorite superhero.  There will be a prize giveaway for best costume.  Free popcorn, sodas, and bottled water.  Movie times are 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.  For more information call (618) 242-6322 ext 205.
July 18 Family Art Fun: Printmaking at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  Join us as we learn to make prints of things that crawl and fly in the forest! Using artist John Dilnot as inspiration, we will create colorful prints of bugs and butterflies! Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.  
July 18 King City Dirt Riders Hill Climb  at Dirt Rider Lane 13700 E. Idlewood Rd, 6:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Gate opens at 3 p.m.  Motorcycle and ATV hill climb for youth and adults.  Adult admission $10 kids free.  For more information call (618) 244-2538.
July 18 Blues and Brews Outdoor Concert at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of live music and flavorful brews at Cedarhurst! Local music sensation American Lion will open the evening, followed by headliner Kim Massie and the Solid Senders of St. Louis, Missouri. Must be 21 to attend. Nominal admission fee.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
July 20 Session 3 Swimming Lessons at Aquatic Zoo, 6 p.m.  40 minute classes for two weeks Monday-Thursday.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
July 20 Read to the Rhythm Awards Program at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. for last names beginning with A-M.  1 p.m. for last names beginning with N-Z.  The public school with the highest percentage of students signing up will receive the 2015 Read to the Rhythm Banner to display in their school.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
July 22 & July 29 Knitting Class at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Beginners knitting class where good standing patrons of Brehm Library learn to knit a simple scarf.  Must bring knitting needles and a skein of yarn.  Registration is required due to limited space.  Must attend both sessions.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
July 22 & July 29 Crochet Class at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Beginners crochet class where good standing patrons of Brehm Library learn to crochet a simple scarf.  Must bring crochet hook size H, I or J and a skein of yarn.  Registration is required due to limited space.  Must attend both sessions.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
July 23 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Enjoy music by one-man band Dale Arning on the museum’s back patio. Concessions from the Rend Lake College Culinary School. Shrode Art Center Director, Carrie Gibbs will facilitate an Art Chat about the Creativity Redefined exhibit; dance instructors Dan and Neth Huebbel will be give cha cha lessons in the Performance Hall. Thursday Night Live features  a variety of local musicians and food concessions, fitness activities, informative programs and a cash bar 5 to 8 pm each Thursday throughout the summer. For more information call (618) 242-1236.
July 24 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
July 24 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie, popcorn and bottled water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
July 25 Musical Performance by Bringin It Back at Historical Village, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.  A group of eight musicians dedicated to bringing back the folk music from the fifties and sixties.  Inspired by the New Christy Minstrels, Bringing It Back utilizes three acoustic guitars and an acoustic bass to showcase the music of Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, and many other iconic folk singers.  This group will take you down memory lane and you might find yourself singing along with the songs that we all grew to love.  Free and open to the public but donations are appreciated.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
July 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.
July 25 Night at the Museum Family Fundraiser at Cedarhurst, 6:30 p.m.  Discover Cedarhurst at night with after-hours access to intriguing exhibits, exclusive demonstrations and hands-on discovery — with a late-night snack, movie and light breakfast to round out the experience! This family event will be an unforgettable experience!  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
July 29 Knitting Class at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Beginners knitting class where good standing patrons of Brehm Library learn to knit a simple scarf.  Must bring knitting needles and a skein of yarn.  Registration is required due to limited space.  Must attend both sessions.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
July 29 Crochet Class at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Beginners crochet class where good standing patrons of Brehm Library learn to crochet a simple scarf.  Must bring crochet hook size H, I or J and a skein of yarn.  Registration is required due to limited space.  Must attend both sessions.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
July 30 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The Beaucoup Bottom Band’s acoustic trio will be playing on the museum’s back patio and concessions by the Jack Russell Fish Co.  A Gallery Talk with art collector Bruce Feldacker is also scheduled in the Main Gallery.  Thursday Night Live features a variety of local musicians and food concessions, fitness activities, informative programs and a cash bar 5 to 8 pm each Thursday throughout the summer.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
July 31 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
August 2015
August 1 Market Days Flea Market at Mt. Vernon Market, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and shop a wide variety of items from antiques, jewelry, children's items, crafts, specialty, rummage, and flea items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
August 4 National Night Out at Veterans park, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  America's night out against crime featuring food, games and much more.  For more information call (618) 242-0215.
August 6 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Local musicians Bringin’ it Back will play on the museum’s back patio; concessions this week are from Agave Mexican Restaurant and the cash bar will feature a margarita special! Thursday Night Live features a variety of local musicians and food concessions, fitness activities, informative programs and a cash bar 5 to 8 pm each Thursday throughout the summer. For more information call (618) 242-1236.
August 7 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Ask about our discount for full season reservations. Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
August 7 First Friday Story Time: When a Line Bends at Cedarhurst , 10 a.m.  Join us under the tree as we discover the many shapes that make up our world. Free admission and open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
August 7 Kingsmen Auto Club 6th Annual Cruise Night at Rend Lake College Marketplace, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  This free event is held the first Friday of each month, April-October.  Each month, features different classes of vehicles and give aways.  Two plaques each month for the featured vehicles at no charge.  There will be door prizes, live DJ and 50/50 drawings.  August is Street Rod & Race Cars Month.  For more information call (618) 244-7711.
August 8 Ice Cream Social at Historical Village, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Join us for an old-fashioned ice cream social with ice cream and homemade cake in the Historical Village Museum. Carryouts are available.  All proceeds raised go towards upkeep of the Jefferson County Historical Village.  Entertainment will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The Historical Village will be open for tours as well.  The cost is $5/ticket  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
August 8-9 Indian Hills Duo Scramble at Indian Hills golf club.  Couples Scramble.  For more information call (618) 244-9697.
August 8-9 Hydroplane Boat Races at Raccoon Lake, Centralia, IL.  High speed powerboat races.  Only $1 admission.  For more information call (618) 532-1160.
August 13 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  This week features music by Meghan Barrow on the back patio and concessions by Rare Chop House. Local artists will also be demonstrating their work on Artists Row. Thursday Night Live features  a variety of local musicians and food concessions, fitness activities, informative programs and a cash bar 5 to 8 pm each Thursday throughout the summer.  Fore information call (618)  242-1236.
August 14 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a  variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
August 15 Musical Performance by RBR Trio at Historical Village, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  A popular local musical trio that plays jazz, blues, soft rock, Brat Pack tunes, show tunes, and old standards.  This trio includes Mt. Vernon’s own: Rolland Mays, Brett Gibbs, and Roger Coatney.  All of these musicians have an extensive musical background.  For More information call (618) 246-0033.
August 15 Mt. Vernon Area Friends of NRA at Holiday Inn, 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Fundraising for the future of the shooting sports, youth shooters programs, education, ladies programs, grants, etc. Registration fee is $35.  For more information call (618) 242-1004.
August 15 Members Preview Reception at Cedarhurst, 6:30 p.m.  Cedarhurst members are invited to be the first to view new gallery exhibitions, including The Cedarhurst Biennial, 26th Annual Gathering of Quilts, and Snuggle and Snooze: Quilts for Children. Non-members may purchase tickets for $5.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
August 16 Exhibitions Open at Cedarhurst, 1 p.m.  Main Gallery: The Cedarhurst Biennial is a prestigious competition representing the diversity of contemporary artwork being produced by artists in the Midwest.  Beal Grand Corridor and Regenhardt Gallery at Shrode Art Center: The 26th annual Gathering of Quilts showcases the wonderful textile talents of quilters of all ages.  Beck Family Center: In conjunction with the 26th annual Gathering of Quilts, the family center gallery will feature quilts made for children. Each year’s exhibit centers on a theme or pattern chosen by members of the Cedarhurst Quilters, who then work throughout the year to construct youth-themed quilts for the gallery.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
August 20 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The Presswoods will be singing on the museum’s back patio and the Frosty Mug will offer concessions. Thursday Night Live features  a variety of local musicians and food concessions, fitness activities, informative programs and a cash bar 5 to 8 pm each Thursday throughout the summer.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
August 21 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a  variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
August 21-23 Balloonfest at Foundation Park, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.  Annual hot air balloon festival featuring 40 balloons, races, glows, tethered balloon rides, main stage entertainment, craft fair, children's activity area , games, cardboard races, car show and fireworks.  Corner of N. Pleasant & E. McCord in Centralia, IL.  For more information call (618) 532-6789.
August 22 Girls Scouts of Southern Illinois Dancing With Our Stars at Holiday Inn, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Dinner, auction and dancing entertainment.  For more information call (800) 345-6858.
August 27 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  This week features music by Jeff Bradley and Tim Whiteford on the museum’s back patio and concessions by Jack Russell Fish Co.  will be in the grand corridor. Thursday Night Live features  a variety of local musicians and food concessions, fitness activities, informative programs and a cash bar 5 to 8 pm each Thursday throughout the summer.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
August 28 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
August 28 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie, popcorn and bottled water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
August 28-September 7 DuQuoin State Fair at Duquoin State Fair Grounds.  A venue to showcase Agriculture in Southern Illinois with nightly grandstand entertainment, carnival and lots of Free Entertainment.  Parking is $7 for parking lot, $12 for inside of Fairgrounds parking.  For more information call (618) 542-1515.
August 29 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.
August 29 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie, popcorn and bottled water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
August 30 Bed Turning at Cedarhurst, 1:30 p.m.  A queen-size bed is set up and layered with about 40 quilts. An informative lesson about the history of quilts and how they are made is given. Then one by one, each quilt is held up as their personal stories are told. Coffee and refreshments provided. This program is free and open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 2015
September 2 Book Club: The Invention of Wings at Cedarhurst, 12 p.m.  Bring your lunch and join us to discuss this moving book by Sue Monk Kidd. Inspired by the true story of early-nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimké, Kidd paints a moving portrait of two women inextricably linked by the horrors of slavery. Free admission. Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 3 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.  This week features music by Del Rio Trio on the museum’s back patio, concessions by Bugsy’s Chicago Dog and a cash bar. Thursday Night Live will resume next summer, 5 to 8 pm each Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  For more information call (618) 242-1236

September 4 First Friday Story Time: Back to School at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Join us as we celebrate going back to school!  From yellow school buses to red apples it is an exciting time of the year! Free admission. Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236
September 4 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 4 Kingsmen Auto Club 6th Annual Cruise Night at Rend Lake College Marketplace, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  This free event is held the first Friday of each month, April-October.  Each month, features different classes of vehicles and give aways. Two plaques each month for the featured vehicles at no charge.  There will be door prizes, live DJ and 50/50 drawings.  September is GM (Buick, Olds, Pontiac) & Orphan Cars Month.  For more information call (618) 244-7711.
September 5 Market Days Flea Market at Mt. Vernon Market, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and shop a wide variety of items from antiques, jewelry, children's items, crafts, specialty, rummage, and flea items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 5 Family Art Fun: Quilt Collage at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  Create a colorful quilt collage with a variety of materials.  Be sure to check out the Quilt exhibit while you are here! Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 7 Final Day Of Operation at Aquatic Zoo, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
September 8 Fall Quarterly Dinner and Program at Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  The Jefferson County Historical Society will host a fall quarterly dinner and program. Pre-registration is required.  $7/person.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
September 10-12 Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day.  One of only two events of its kind in the USA.  See nearly all new models of light sport aircraft on the same ramp.  Aircraft buyers from across the nation come to Mt. Vernon to test fly their prospects.  This event is free to attend.  For more information call(618) 242-7016.
September 10-12 Elmwood Speaks at Elmwood Cemetery, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Three  guided, historic tours of Elmwood Cemetery, written and enacted by actors of the Centralia Cultural Society.  Admission is $10.  For more information call (618) 532-2951.
September 11 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 11-13 Cedarhurst Art and Craft Fair at Cedarhurst.  The Cedarhurst Craft Fair is known for outstanding exhibitors who show, demonstrate and sell their original, quality crafts. The festival is a major tourism event that averages 8,000 visitors annually. It is the No. 1 tourist attraction in Mt. Vernon, drawing people from throughout the U.S. The fair features a food court, beer tent, a variety of children’s activities and live music by five groups throughout the weekend. Nominal admission fee required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 12 St. Mary's Autumn Fest at St. Mary's School Gym, 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.  Sponsored by St. Mary's Church.  5k, live entertainment, kid & pet walk, inflatables, reverse drawings, outdoor food vendors and beer wagon.  Fees vary.  For more information call (618) 532-6291.
September 15 Chat Session at Historical Village, 1 p.m.  Anyone interested in sharing stories or just listening to a historical discussion about Jefferson County is invited to participate.  Participants can bring photos, artifacts or other items to show and tell.  Registration is not required.  Discussion topics change monthly.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 18 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a wide variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Ask about our discount for full season reservations, vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 19 Rend Lake College Warrior Fest at Rend Lake College 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  A full line-up of events ranging from a car show & flea market to Scholarship giveaways and Children's activities.  There will be something for everyone in attendance at RLC's Warrior Fest '15.  For more information call (618) 437-5321.
September 19 Barbara Kay as Martha Washington at Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Martha Washington’s strength and compassion during the Revolution gave our soldiers hope. Ms. Kay, a retired history teacher from St. Louis, portrays Martha who played a vital role in the formation of this country. Martha not only served as a partner and balance for her husband but also as a guide for future First Ladies. Her intelligence, courage, and gracious personality have made her one of the most respected women in American history.  Free and open to the public but donations are appreciated.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
September 19 King City Dirt Riders Hill Climb  at Dirt Rider Lane 13700 E. Idlewood Rd, 6:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Gate opens at 3 p.m.  Motorcycle and ATV hill climb for youth and adults.  Adult admission $10 kids free.  For more information call (618) 244-2538.
September 19 Wamac Fest at Wamac City Park, 3 p. - 12 a.m.  Live music, games, kids area with inflatables, bocce ball, washers tournament, beer garden, beer poker stand, food, little toot train rides.  Free to attend.  For more information call (618) 532-1138.
September 25 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 25 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie, popcorn and bottled water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
September 25-27 Making a Grand Entrance at Cedarhurst. Quilt Workshop with Kathy Kansier.  Kathy is a quilt teacher, quilt show judge, and AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser. She has received many notable awards and honors and has taught classes nationally and internationally. Her workshop will focus on the art of quilting doorways, archways, and other unique entrances. She teaches regularly at The Quilt Sampler – Springfield, Missouri’s largest quilt shop. For more information call (618) 242-1236 Ext. 249
September 26 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.
September 27 Ironclad Art: The Motorcycle at Cedarhurst, 1 p.m.  This family friendly event uses the outdoor sculpture park at Cedarhurst as an exhibition area to recognize the motorcycle as a sculptural object and a vehicle for self-expression. Bike registration runs from 9 am to noon and registration is $10/bike. Free spectator admission.  Open to the public.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 26 16th Annual Illinois Wine & Art Festival at the Southern Illinois Art & Artisan Center at Rend Lake in Whittington, IL, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  This outdoor festival will feature the work of 40 artisans with live demonstrations and 15 wineries.  Enjoy live music on-stage all weekend and great food from local eateries.  For more information, call (618) 316-1838.
September 27 16th Annual Illinois Wine & Art Festival at the Southern Illinois Art & Artisan Center at Rend Lake in Whittington, IL, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  This outdoor festival will feature the work of 40 artisans with live demonstrations and 15 wineries.  Enjoy live music on-stage all weekend and great food from local eateries.  For more information, call (618) 316-1838.
October 2015
October 2 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
October 2 First Friday Story Time: Trick or Treat Boo! at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Join us as we celebrate this spooky time of year!  From goblins to ghosts, it is sure to be a frightfully good time! Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 2 Kingsmen Auto Club 6th Annual Cruise Night at Rend Lake College Marketplace, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  This free event is held the first Friday of each month, April-October.  Each month, features different classes of vehicles and giveaways.  Two plaques each month for the featured vehicles at no charge.  There will be door prizes, live DJ and 50/50 drawings.  October is Chevrolet ('58 & Newer) & Corvette Month.  For more information call (618) 244-7711.
October 3 Market Days Flea Market at Mt. Vernon Market, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and shop a wide variety of items from antiques, jewelry, children's items, crafts, specialty, rummage, and flea items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
October 3 1st Annual Toys for Kids Fundraiser at Mitchell Museum Performance Hall, 5:30 p.m.  The theme is Denim and Diamonds.  Live music, auctions, DJ, appetizers and dessert buffet.  Admission is $30.  For more information call (618) 315-0170.
October 3-4 Heritage Festival at Historical Village, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  The Jefferson County Historical Village will host its annual Heritage Festival the first weekend of October.  Demonstrations and old-time crafters will be on the grounds, as well as costumed docents to provide tours of the Historical Village.  Food and drink will also be available for sale.  There will be a church service at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Mt. Olive Church.  Musical performances are scheduled throughout both days.  Free and open to the public but donations are appreciated.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
October 6 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Four week registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 7 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 9 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Come out and watch live artist demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items from antiques, handmade jewelry, children's items, crafts and  specialty items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
October 10 Apple Festival in Centralia, IL 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Orchard fun-filled day including games, straw maze, face painting, baked goods, mums, pumpkins, apples & cider.  For more information call (618) 532-8058.
October 10 Celebrate Centralia at Downtown Centralia, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.  A festival of art, wine and music featuring local artists, musicians, food vendors and award winning wineries and vineyards from the area as well as craft beverages.  Free to attend.  For more information call (618) 533-7622.
October 10 Cedarhurst Concert Series: Alon Goldstein at Cedarhurst, 7:30 p.m.  Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence, dynamic personality, artistic vision and innovative programming. He has played with the Israel, London, Radio France, and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, and Vancouver symphonies. Tickets are $18 or $20 for non-members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 13 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Four week registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 14 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 14 Everything In Place at Southern Illinois Art & Artisan Center, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Sketches, journals, preparations.  Illinois State Museum traveling exhibit.  For more information call (618) 629-2220.
October 16 Witches Brew at Cedarhurst. This community event invites families to spend a fun fall evening in the sculpture park.  A professional storyteller will entertain different age groups on the back porch of the “spooky” Mitchell House. Nominal admission fee.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 16-17 Dark Moon Haunted Trail in 12372 E Idlewood Rd. Mt. Vernon, IL 7 p.m.-10 p.m.  Take a stroll through the cemetery as you pass through ratville & be transported to medieval times.  If you survive the sword and other scary things in the night, you will make it out. Admission is $8. For more information call (618) 214-9103.  
October 16-18 Mt Vernon Fall Fest at Downtown Mt. Vernon, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.  Free annual fall celebration featuring live entertainment, parade, car show, pawfest contests and vendors.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
October 16-18 Balloons Over Mt. Vernon and Fly-In at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. Sunday.  Admission is free.  For more information call (618) 322-4652.
October 17 Cruise In at Fall Fest in Downtown Mt. Vernon, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Where automobile enthusiasts come to show off their hot rods.  For more information call (618) 242-6866.
October 17 Community Fall Festival & Christmas Basket Donation Program at Veterans Park, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Community outreach event showcasing local talent.  For more information call(618) 316-9459.
October 17 Members Preview Reception at Cedarhurst, 6:30 p.m.  Cedarhurst members are invited to view new gallery exhibitions, including Bruno and Mary Moser’s Collection of Ceramics, John Utgaard’s ceramic artwork, the Shrode Photography Competition and Exhibition, and an installation of work by kids in Cedarhurst’s Art Time program. Non members may purchase tickets for $5.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 18 New Exhibits Open at Cedarhurst, 1 p.m.  Main Gallery: Bruno and Mary Moser Ceramics Collection: Bruno & Mary Moser have collected studio pottery since they bought their first piece as a honeymoon souvenir in 1962 at Kellogg Pottery in Michigan. Their once humble collection has grown to over 900 individual objects by more than 160 artists to date. Beal Grand Corridor: Artist John Utgaard has always had vivid dreams, and they motivate much of his work as a ceramic artist. “Wet clay records the work of our hands and reflects the softness of our bodies as well as the plasticity of our thoughts,” he says.  Regenhardt Gallery, Shrode Art Center: The annual Shrode Photography Exhibition is a juried competition open to all artists 18 years of age and older living in southern Illinois, south of Interstate 70, including Charleston. Artists compete with photographic film and digital photography to win more than $1,000 in cash prizes. Beck Family Center Gallery: Clay artwork by the Cedarhurst Clay Club will be displayed.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 20 Chat Session at Historical Village, 1 p.m.  Anyone interested in sharing stories or just listening to a historical discussion about Jefferson County is invited to participate.  Participants can bring photos, artifacts or other items to show and tell.  Registration is not required.  Discussion topics change monthly.  Free and open to the public.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
October 20 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Four week registration cost is $40.  Family Art Fun: Clay Fall Leaves Stop raking your yard and join us as we celebrate the fall season!  We will be creating beautiful leaves out of clay. Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 21 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 24 Solo Artist Dee Ann Schnautz at Historical Village, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Dee Ann Schnautz is a solo artist who has been sharing her blend of traditional, progressive and southern gospel music with the local church and weekend audiences for nearly two decades. Based in the Southern Illinois area, she travels by invitation to offer encouragement and hope to others through the ministry of music. Free and open to the public but donations are appreciated.   For more information call (618) 246-0033..
October 23-24 Dark Moon Haunted Trail in 12372 E Idlewood Rd., Mt. Vernon, IL 7 p.m.-10 p.m.  Take a stroll through the cemetery as you pass through ratville & be transported to medieval times.  If you survive the sword and other scary things in the night, you will make it out. Admission is $8. For more information call (618) 214-9103.
October 23-25 Potter’s Council Conference at Cedarhurst.  Cedarhurst is proud to host Ceramic Boundaries: Opened, the 2015 Potter’s Council Conference. Pre-registration and fee required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 24 Family Art Fun: Clay Fall Leaves at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  Stop raking your yard and join us as we celebrate the fall season!  We will be creating beautiful leaves out of clay. Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 27 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Four week registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 28 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 30 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie, popcorn and bottled water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
October 30 Oktoberfest Sculpture Walk at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m. Take a walk through Cedarhurst’s sculpture park, stopping along the way to study different sculpture and sample a variety of seasonal spirits. After the sculpture walk, gather on the museum’s back patio for live music, snacks, and a cash bar. Must be 21 to attend. Nominal admission fee.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 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.
November 2015
November 2 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.
November 3 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 4 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 4 Cedarhurst Book Club: The Painter at Cedarhurst, 12 p.m.  Bring your lunch and join us for a lively discussion of this book by Peter Heller, in which Heller portrays an artist with “the heart of a killer.” Though renowned and well off, with a top gallery in Santa Fe, painter Jim Stegner is haunted by grief and guilt. He served time for shooting a dangerous man who made lewd remarks about Jim’s blossoming daughter, who later died under circumstances he can’t bear to think about. Seeking peace in the glories of land and sky and the Zen of fly-fishing, Jim has just settled into a small house in the Colorado wilderness, where he’s painting with great intensity. Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 6 First Friday Story Time: Give Thanks at Cedarhurst 10 a.m.  Join us under the tree in the Beck Family center as we learn about Thanksgiving and everything to be thankful for! Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 7 Lifeboat Alliance Family Shelter Homeless Hike at Lifeboat alliance, 9 a.m.  5k walk/run Registration is from 7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. and is required by October 22 to guarantee a t-shirt.  Cost is $20.  For more information call (618) 244-4088.
November 7 Herrin Massacre at Historical Village, 2:00 p.m.  Twenty-four men were killed in Williamson County and on the streets of Herrin, Illinois over a two-day period in June of 1922. It was the largest mass murder of nonunion labor in the history of America.  The event would become known as the Herrin Massacre.  This presentation by historian Scott Doody (author of the Herrin Massacre), and geospatial scientist Steven Di Naso, covers the events of April through June of 1922, the June 22nd, 1922 event known as the ‘The Herrin Massacre,’ and the discovery of the long forgotten graves of the Herrin Massacre victims, more than 90 years later.  Free and open to the public but donations are appreciated.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
November 7 Cedarhurst Concert Series: Amara Piano Quartet at Cedarhurst, 7:30 p.m.  Touring to critical acclaim throughout the United States, audiences across America greet the APQ's diverse programming blend and symphonic sound with enthusiasm. Now with over 100 years of combined experience brought to their performances, the Amara Piano Quartet is poised to become a name recognized world-wide in the circles of chamber music excellence. Tickets are $18 for members and $20 for non-members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 7 JC Jets Gun/Cash Raffle at Bubba's Place Nason, IL 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.  50/50 raffle, food, music, cash bar.  All proceeds benefit the JC Jets, an independent group of adult olympians working toward special olympics and community awareness.  For more information call (618) 237-1857.
November 7-8 Mt. Vernon Knife Show at Veterans Park Roland Lewis Building, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Buy, sell, trade antique, custom and factory production knives of all kinds.  Admission is $3.  Children under 10 free.  For more information call (618) 242-4514.  
November 10 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 11 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 17 Chat Session at Historical Village, 1 p.m.  Anyone interested in sharing stories or just listening to a historical discussion about Jefferson County is invited to participate.  Participants can bring photos, artifacts or other items to show and tell.  Registration is not required.  Discussion topics change monthly.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
November 17 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 18 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 19 - 21 UMCH Festival of Trees at The Granada, 8 a.m.  Auction to raise money for United Methodist Children's Home.  For more information call (618) 242-1070.
November 21 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie, popcorn and bottled water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
November 21 Cedarhurst Concert Series: Juilliard String Quartet at Cedarhurst, 7:30 p.m.  Founded in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet was the first ensemble to play all six Bartok quartets in the United States, and its performances of Schoenberg’s quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet literature. The Quartet’s recordings of the Bartok and Schoenberg Quartets, as well as those of Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven won Grammy Awards, and in 2011 the Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Tickets are $18 for members and $20 for non-members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 22 Flower Shop Holiday Open House at Lena's Flowers & Things, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Annual holiday open house.  For more information call (618) 244-0567.
November 24 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 25 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 25-December 31 Fantasy of Lights at Foundation Park Centralia, IL 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Holiday lights display, free train rides, visit Santa at his cottage Friday & Saturdays.  For more information call (618) 532-3214.
December 2015
December 1 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 1-4 Holiday Luncheons at Cedarhurst 12 p.m.  The public can enjoy a luncheon 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/Tickets required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 2 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 4 UMCH Live Nativity at United Methodist Children's Home, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  This is a free event.  For more information call (618) 242-1070.
December 4 First Friday Story Time: Snowmen at Night at Cedarhurst.  What do snowmen do at night? Come find out as we celebrate the winter season with books about snow and Christmas! Free admission.  Open to the public.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 5 Lunch with Santa at Centralia Recreation Complex, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Enjoy lunch with Santa.  Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the door.  For more information call (618) 532-3214.
December 8 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 8 Winter Quarterly Dinner and Program at Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  The Jefferson County Historical Society will host a fall quarterly dinner and program. Pre-registration is required.  $7/person.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 9 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 10 Chocolate Festival at Elks Lodge, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  The Jefferson County Historical Society’s Chocolate Festival includes a chocolate contest, chocolate tasting and bake sale.  Contest categories include cakes, cookies, brownies, candy, and “heritage” recipes.  For contest rules and entry forms, contact the Historical Society office.  Tasting and bake sale are open to the public.  $5/ticket.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 12 Family Art Fun: Winter Sparkle! at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  The world is better with glitter! Join us as we create holiday ornaments inspired by winter and nature. Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 15 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 15 Chat Session at Historical Village, 1 p.m.  Anyone interested in sharing stories or just listening to a historical discussion about Jefferson County is invited to participate.  Participants can bring photos, artifacts or other items to show and tell.  Registration is not required.  Discussion topics change monthly.  Free and open to the public.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 16 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 22 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 23 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 28-30 Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament at Centralia High School, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.  Three day basketball tournament featuring 16 teams attracting over 6,000 spectators each year.  This is a free event.  For more information call (618) 532-7391.
December 29 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time 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 month. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 30 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  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 and 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 is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 31 New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  Join Cedarhurst to ring in the New Year! An elegant dinner and live entertainment will ensure everyone who attends ends 2015 on a high note. Tickets required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.

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