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September 2014
September 3 Cedarhurst Book Club: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, 12 noon.  The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and participate in this lunchtime discussion of a book with an art-related theme.  Most of us know or think we know who Ernest Hemingway was - a brilliant writer full of macho swagger, driven to take on huge feats of bravery and a pitcher or two of martinis - before lunch.  But beneath this man or myth, or some combination of the two, is another Hemingway, one we've never seen before.  Hadley Richardson, Hemingway's first wife, is the perfect person to reveal him to us - and also to immerse us in the incredible exciting and volatile world of Jazz-age Paris.  Open to the public.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 4-6

Midwest LSA Expo at the Mt. Vernon Airport.  Midwest LSA Expo. Inc. specifically created the event to educate aviators about all facets related to the LSA industry including the many different aircraft types, available engines, and LSA performance; promote the sale of LSA’s, the use of LSA aircraft for flight training and in rental fleets; and promote economic development in the southern Illinois region.  For more information call (618) 242-7016.

September 5 Gallery 223 Art Exhibit at Rare Chophouse 4 p.m.  For more information call (618) 315-1928.
September 5 First Friday Story Time: Orchard Fun, 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.
September 5 Cedarhurst Art & Craft Fair Preview Party, 5 p.m.  Artists will be open for shopping from 5 p.m. to dusk; food concessions will be available and the beer tent will be open!  The Soulard Blues Band from St. Louis will play the Entertainment Tent from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  Tickets for the Preview are $10.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 5-7 Country Treasures Craft shows of Belleville at the Times Square Mall during mall hours.  Wonderful handmade items from around the area: primitives, country, vintage items, antiques and much more. Free admission.  For more information call (618) 214-3443
September 6 Market Days Flea Market and Vendor Fair at the former Armory, 205 S. 7th Street, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Flea market includes crafts, antiques, furniture, household items, baby clothes, kid's clothes, art, food, tools, collections, and more!  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 6 Moon Beam Lane with guest Ronnie Vaughn performing on the deck at GenKota Winery 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Come hungry as Lil Buddies BBQ will be cooking at GenKota all evening. No admission.  For more information call (618) 246-9463.
September 6-7 Cedarhurst Art & Craft Fair.  This annual fair is celebrating its 38th year with outstanding exhibitors who show, demonstrate and sell their original, quality art.  The festival is a major tourism event for southern Illinois and averages 8,000 visitors annually, drawing people from throughout the U.S.  Enjoy the local vendor food court and music entertainment throughout the weekend.  Nominal admission fee required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 6-7 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
September 7 Meghan Barrow performing at GenKota Winery.  The very talented Meghan Barrow will be performing on the deck at GenKota Winery from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. No admission.  For more information call (618) 246-9463.
September 9 Fall 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.
September 11 Annie Oakley Impersonation at the Jefferson County Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  Retired history teacher Barbara Kay returns to the Village to portray Annie Oakley.  Free event but donations are welcome.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
September 12 Movie Night in the Park - "Frozen" at Veterans Park, 7:15 p.m.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
September 13 Eye of the Needle performing at GenKota Winery 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.  Eye Of The Needle, a Great Camel tribute band, will perform at GenKota accompanied by a terrific light show. Free Admission. For more information call (618) 246-9463.
September 13-14 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
September 14 GenKota Jamz 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. Come and hear great music by some of the areas best musicians.   Free Admission.  If you are a musician and would like to play at GenKota visit GenKota Winery musicians page or contact John Metcalf.  For more information call (618) 246-9463.
September 15 Computer Workshops for Adults at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, time not yet determined.  There will be free computer workshops at the library this fall.  For more information call (618) 242-6322 Ext. 2.
September 19 American Legion Spaghetti Dinner for Hooah Healing at American Legion Hall Post 141, 5 p.m.-Close.  The Cost is $4 for Children 10 years old and under, $6 for adults.  For more information call (618) 616-4382.
September 20 Bringing It Back performing at GenKota 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. GenKota Winery is bringing back Great Folk Music! Free Admission.  For more information call (618) 246-9463.
September 13-21 Ina Fall Festival.  Featuring a 5K run/walk on Saturday, September 13; Youth Night-free concert on Wednesday, September 17; Country Opry on Thursday, September 18; inflatable rides, cake walk, and concert on Friday, September 19; town wide rummage sales and craft fair, parade, inflatable rides, free concert, and pageant on Saturday, September 20; and community church service in the Ina Community Building on Sunday, September 21.  For more information call (618) 437-5305.
September 18 - December 11 Brehm Story Hours for Little Ones at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library.  2's & 3's meet every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.  Little Readers meets every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
September 20 Community Health Fair hosted by The Medicine Shoppe at Holiday Inn Ballroom and Atrium 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. With Guest Speakers Eric Black and Dr. Asbery.  There will be food booths, information booths, free giveaways, and cash retail booths.  Healthy cooking demonstrations begin at 9 a.m. Health Screenings are Available.  For more information call (618) 242-8776
September 20 One Room School Reunion at Jefferson County Historical Village, 1 p.m.  We welcome your photos and memories.  We will have a time of remembering and sharing of experiences.  Help preserve the legacy of one room schools.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
September 20 Wolfstock Music Festival 2014 at Bob Troutt's Farm, 14525 North Old Union Ln. in Mt. Vernon.   Wolfstock is a music festival featuring some of the best talent in Southern Illinois.  Grab a lawn chair and come enjoy a great show in a beautiful setting.  Gates open at 1 p.m.  For more information visit wolfstock.mvn.net, or Wolfstock 2014 Facebook page.
September 20-21 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
September 21 Ironclad Art: The Motorcycle at Cedarhurst.  This family-friendly event will celebrate its 10th year as classic, vintage and unique motorcycles gather against the backdrop of the outdoor sculpture park at Cedarhurst.  Many local and regional motorcycle enthusiasts participate in this annual event to recognize the motorcycle as a sculptural objet and a vehicle for self-expression.  Bike registration is $10.  Local food concessions will be available.  View admission is free and open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 21 Bud Summers at GenKota 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Singer songwriter Bud Summers will be performing at GenKota.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-9463.
September 21-27 Banned Book Week at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library.  Stop by and checkout a banned book "they" don't want you to read.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
September 22 Book Talk by Vanessa Mulvaney at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m.  There will be a book signing and talk by local author Vanessa Mulvaney about her new novel, "The Spider Tree, a work of fantasy/historical fiction.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
September 25 Book Talk by Rusty Watson at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m.  There will be a book signing and talk by local author Rusty Watson about her new novel, The Idler, a historical fiction book set on a whaling ship. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
September 26 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and movie starts at 7.  Free popcorn and bottled water.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
September 26-28 Over the Rainbow: Quilting Workshop with Freddy Moran at Cedarhurst.  Freddy's unbridled love of color is contagious!  Her quilts have appeared in national and international publications, and she was featured as one of six artists on the "Artists in Residence" HGTV special.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 27 Family Art Fun at Cedarhurst: Creating with Clay, 3 p.m.  Bring the family to take part in a guided make-n-take art activity in the Shrode Art Center.  Open to the public.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 27 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m.  Board games, card games, miniatures games, and role-playing games.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
September 27-28 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
September 28 GenKota Jamz 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Doors open at 12 p.m. Come and hear great music by some of the areas best musicians.   Free Admission.  If you are a musician and would like to play at GenKota visit GenKota Winery musicians page or contact John Metcalf.  For more information call (618) 246-9463.
October 2014
October 3 First Friday Story Time: Boo to You! at Cedarhurst, 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.
October 4 Market Days Flea Market and Vendor Fair at the former Armory, 205 S. 7th Street, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Flea market includes crafts, antiques, furniture, household items, baby clothes, kid's clothes, art, food, tools, collections, and more!  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
October 4-5 Heritage Festival at the Jefferson County Historical Village, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days.  The Village will host this annual festival featuring demonstrations and old-time crafters, as well as costumed docents providing tours of the Village.  Food and drink will be available for sale.  There will be a church service at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Mt. Olive Church.  Event includes musical performances.  Free event but donations are welcome.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
October 7 Book Talk by Hugh Wilson at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m.  There will be a book signing and talk by local author Hugh Wilson about his new novels Poison and Wine and Dust to Dust, the first two books in a supernatural fiction series set in New Orleans.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
October 9 Organ Donor Drive at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.  There will be a drive to sign up people with the Illinois Secretary of State's Organ Donor program.  For more information call (618) 242-6322
October 10 Mt. Vernon FFA Scholarship BBQ at Mt. Vernon High School Cafeteria, 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  This event is to help the Alumni raise money for Scholarships for graduating seniors.  The cost is  $8 in advance and $9 at the door.  For more information call (618)-231-5699
October 10 Witches Brew at Cedarhurst.  Families are invited to a unique fun fall event in the sculpture park at Cedarhurst.  Professional storyteller Bobby Norfolk will entertain different age groups on the back porch of the Mitchell Home with spooky and entertaining tales for all ages.  Nominal admission fee.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 11 Cedarhurst Concert Series: Elisabeth von Trapp, 7:30 p.m.  For Elisabeth von Trapp, "the sounds of music" are part of her earliest memories.  Born and raised in Vermont, Elisabeth is the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music.  Singing professionally since childhood, Elisabeth has enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center.  Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for non members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 11 Celebrate Centralia Art, Wine and Music Festival, 3 p.m.  Featuring art exhibits, wine garden, and music.  For more information call (618) 533-7623.
October 11-12 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
October 16 20 Day Trips In and Around Shawnee National Forest at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m.  Authors Larry and Donna Mahan will present a program about their new book "20 Day Trips In and Around Shawnee National Forest".  They will also show and discuss pictures from their trips.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
October 17 The Happening: Oktoberfest Sculpture Walk at Cedarhurst, 7:30 p.m.  Take a walk through the Goldman-Kuenz Sculpture Park at Cedarhurst, stopping along the way to learn about different art sculptures 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 17-19 Mt. Vernon Fall Fest in beautiful downtown Mt. Vernon.  This festival includes three full days of events, including refreshment tent, live entertainment with nationally known bands, a parade, carnival, huge children's area, car show, pumpkin contest, chili cook off, food and crafts vendors, and much more!  Featuring Little Texas Saturday night. Little Texas tickets available at mvfallfest.eventbrite.com. For more information call (618) 242-3151.
October 17-18 Balloons Over Mt. Vernon at the Mt. Vernon Airport.  Featuring 15 balloons!  Gates will open on Friday, October 17th for the United Way Balloon Glow.  There will be lots of family fun activities while waiting for the balloons to inflate.  Then, on the morning of the 18th, just after sunrise, the balloons will fly over Mt. Vernon.  The event will conclude with a celebration flight.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
October 18 Free Grant Workshop at Jefferson County Historical Society, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.  Join Clark "Bucky" Halker, Ph.D., Director of Company of Folk, for a free workshop on how to search for and write a successful grant.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
October 18

Downtown Car Show and Cruise in at Fall Fest in downtown Mt. Vernon.  The Car Show will be located on 9th Street in conjunction with the Mt. Vernon Fall Fest, and features Downtown Mt. Vernon Development Cruise Night & Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show plus recreational vehicles of all types, entertainment, food, demonstrations, and a 50/50 drawing.  The Car Show will have various models from "Classics" to "Modern".  For more information call (618) 242-6866.

October 18 Little Egypt Fly-in at Mt. Vernon Airport.  Young Eagles airplane rides and hot air balloons.  Event is in conjunction with the Mt. Vernon Fall Fest.  For more information call (618) 242-7016.
October 18-19 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
October 19 Wizards Basketball at Hamilton County Senior High School Gym, 12 noon.  Fun-filled family basketball show.  For more information call (618) 244-2100.
October 21 Folk Music Concert featuring Bringing It Back at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m.  Bringing It Back is a musical group dedicated to reintroducing the memorable folk songs from 50's & 60's groups such as: Peter Paul & Mary, New Christy Minstrels, Kingston Trio and Bob Dylan. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
October 24 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and movie starts at 7.  Free popcorn and bottled water.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
October 25 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m.  Board games, card games, miniatures games, and role-playing games.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
October 25 Fall Festival & Craft Fair in downtown Centralia.  Kiddie parade, chili cook off, craft fair.  For more information call (618) 532-3214.
October 25 88th Annual Halloween Parade in downtown Centralia.  For more information call (618) 532-5602.
October 26 Children's Halloween Party at historical village.1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Children age 5 and up are invited to participate in a Halloween party complete with games, crafts and snacks. Cost is $5/person and pre-registration is required.  For more information call (618) 246-0033
October 25-26 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
October 28 History, Mystery and Hauntings of Southern Illinois at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m.  Bruce Cline, paranormal investigator and ghost historian will present the Archives of the Little Egypt Ghost Society and the Gaslight Ghoul Club.  Come and hear the uncovered secrets behind some of Southern Illinois' most famous ghost stories and legends, from the Old Slavehouse, the Rose Hotel, to the Woodlawn Sarcophagus and beyond.  Come early.  For more information  call (618) 242-6322.
October 29- November 5 Crochet Class at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library,1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Learn to crochet a simple scarf.  Space is limited.  For more information call (618) 242-6322 Ext. 2.
October 29- November 5 Knitting Class at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Learn to knit a simple scarf.  Space is limited.  For more information call (618) 242-6322. Ext. 2.
October 31 Mt. Vernon Teacher's Conference at Mt. Vernon Township High School, 8 a.m.  For more information call (618) 244-8040.
October 31 Books For Treats at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Children ages 3-10 must be present to receive a book.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
November 2014
November 1 Members Preview Reception at Cedarhurst, 6:30 p.m.  Cedarhurst members are invited to view new gallery exhibitions, including "We Have Met the Enemy And They Is Us": Newspaper Cartoon Art from the Collections of David L. Applegate, The Art of Greely Myatt, Shrode Photography Competition and Exhibition, and Peanuts...Naturally.  Non members may purchase tickets for $5.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 1-2 Mt. Vernon Knife Show at Veterans Park Community Building.  Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Buy, sell, trade factory, antique, and hand made knives.  For more information call (618) 242-4514.
November 2 - December 31 "We Have Met the Enemy And They Is Us":  Newspaper Cartoon Art from the Collections of David L. Applegate at Cedarhurst.  Applegate's collections encapsulate, in a casual and unpretentious manner, many of the great stories of American life from the 20th Century.  Main Gallery admission is free for members, $5 for non members.   All admission is free each Thursday.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 2 - December 31 The Artwork of Greely Myatt at Cedarhurst.  Myatt, well versed in contemporary art and exhibition, references abstract expressionist Barnett Newman, the gashes of Lucio Fontana, Dan Flavin's lights, and cartoon speaking bubbles.  For him, the act of conversation is important - not just the words.  Open to the public.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 2 - December 31 Shrode Photography Competition and Exhibition at Cedarhurst.  The annual juried competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older living in southern Illinois, south of Interstate 70, including Charleston, IL.  Fee required to enter competition.  Exhibition viewing is open to the public.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 2 - December 31 Peanuts...Naturally at Cedarhurst.  During the 1950s and 1960s, Charles Schultz Peanuts characters explored aspects of the natural world with wonder and delight.  Their cockamamie understanding of the world around them afforded many opportunities to introduce readers to fun facts about the natural world.  Open to the public.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 5 Cedarhurst Book Club: Caveat Emptor by Ken Perenyi, 12 noon.  The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and participate in this lunchtime discussion of a book with an art-related theme.  Growing up as a working-class kid in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Perenyi never dreamed of becoming an art forger.  However, when he stumbled upon The Castle, a large crumbling estate in his neighborhood, he found himself in the middle of the New York avant-garde art scene.  Honest, gripping, and astounding, Caveat Emptor reveals the ironies latent to the art world, while telling the dramatic story of how Perenyi managed to pull it off.  Open to the public.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 5 Crochet Class at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Learn to crochet a simple scarf.  Space is limited.  For more information call (618) 242-6322. Ext. 2.
November 5 Knitting Class at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Learn to knit a simple scarf.  Space is limited.  For more information call (618) 242-6322. Ext. 2.
November 7 First Friday Story Time at Cedarhurst:  Gobble, Gobble!, 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.
November 8 Fair Trade Show at First United Methodist Church, 1133 Broadway, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Plowsharing of St. Louis brings a large variety of crafts, coffee, packaged food items, jewelry, clothing, scarves, Christmas items, baskets, toys, books and many other items that are made all over the world by underdeveloped countries.  The proceeds go directly back to the people who make the crafts to help them make a living for their families.  This event is wheelchair accessible and lunch will be served.  Admission is free.  For more information call (618) 242-1030.
November 8 8th Annual Continental Employee Toy Ride at Continental Tire, 11:30 a.m.  Registration is at 10:30 a.m.  For more information call (618) 244-0397.
November 8 Grandpa Charlie: A Civil War Blacksmith at the Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Through an interview-type program, Sid Milliner and Bob Pemberton will lead the audience through the trials and tribulations encountered in trying to keep the Yankees on the move.  Sympathize with Charlie as he shares physical and emotional trials he experienced being away from family and friends.  Free event but donations are welcome.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
November 8 Cedarhurst Concert Series: Duo Sonidos, 7:30 p.m.  Duo Sonidos brings together the talents of violinist, William Knuth and guitarist, Adam Levin.  The duo is at the vanguard of the guitar chamber music world, forging relationships with contemporary composers with the mission of expanding the duo repertoire.  Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for non members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 15 Specialty Fair & Toy Box Tag Sale at Veterans Park Community Building, 9 a.m.  Featuring specialty items and gently used toys.  Free event.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
November 15 United Methodist Children's Home Turkey Trot 5K.  Check in is at 7 a.m. a the UMCH Main Campus, and will start at 8 a.m.  All proceeds benefit United Methodist Children's Home.  For more information call (618) 242-1070.
November 15 Beginning Genealogy at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 1 p.m.  Linda Clark will show you the basics of Genealogy and talk about some of the sources of information available in the library's Genealogy Department.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
November 15 Family Art Fun at Cedarhurst: Wire Sculpture, 3 p.m.  Bring the family to take part in a guided make-n-take art activity at Cedarhurst's Shrode Art Center.  Open to the public.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 18 Become A Citizen Scientist at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6 p.m.  Laurie George of the U of I Extension Service will present a program on becoming a Citizen Scientist.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
November 20 Family Reading Night 2014 at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Join with families all across the state of Illinois in celebration of family reading!  We will be selling pizza once again.  Come and listen to stories.  There will be door prizes and drawings.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
November 21 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and movie starts at 7.  Free popcorn and bottled water.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
November 22 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m.  Board games, card games, miniatures games, and role-playing games.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
November 22 Cedarhurst Concert Series: Johannes String Quartet, 7:30 p.m.  The Johannes brings together the first American to win the Paganini Violin Competition in 24 years, Soovin Kim; a Concert Artists Guild Competition winner, Jessica Lee; the Principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, C.J. Chang; and the former Principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Peter Stumpf.  Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for non members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 23 Holiday Open House at Area Florists, 12 noon - 4 p.m.  Local florists will host a holidays open house, featuring special pricing, door prizes, and refreshments.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
November 29 Craft Vendor Fair at Woodlawn Grade School, 10 a.m.  This event is sponsored by Omicron Alpha Chapter Delta Theta Tau.  Proceeds go to local scholarships.  For more information call (618) 246-3012.
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 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 Christmas Parade in downtown Mt. Vernon, 5 p.m.  For more information call (618) 237-2387.
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 entry forms, or for more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 12 S'more Stories With Santa at Veterans Park, 6 p.m.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
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) 244-0403.
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.

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