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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 4 Holiday Make It - Take It at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 5:00 p.m. Cost is $20.00, Vendor/Partner Expo & Hors d' oeurves from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Craft Event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at hospital switchboard or online at crossroadshospital.com.  For more information call (618) 241-8510.
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 239th Marine Corps Ball at Rend Lake Resort, 6 p.m.   Marines in the local area will be celebrating the 239th birthday of the Marine Corps.  This celebration will be open to all family members and all branches of service.  For more information call (618) 629-2211.
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 12 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 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 I 57/64 Artists Holiday Open House at Local Artists Studios, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Visit local artists studios and discover some of the region's best artists during the Holiday Open House Event.  For more information call (618) 242-1236, or visit www.enjoymtvernon.com.
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 15 MVTHS Scholar Bowl Presents Trivia Night at Mt. Vernon High School Cafeteria 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Adults $15, Students $10. All proceeds help the scholar bowl team go to ACE Quiz Bowl Camp.  For more information call (618)-246-5930.
November 16 I 57/64 Artists Holiday Open House at Local Artists Studios, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Visit local artists studios and discover some of the region's best artists during the Holiday Open House Event.  For more information call (618) 242-1236, or visit www.enjoymtvernon.com.
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 23 Chow Family Museum Gift Shop Holiday Open House at Cedarhurst Gift Shop, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Great Selection of Gifts!  Unique jewelry, Scarves, Reversible jackets, Coats, Handbags & Wallets, Christmas ornaments, Wood, Glass Pewter, Ceramics, Scrimshaw and Gift items for kids.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
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 2 Christmas Cookies & Candies at Rend Lake College Student Center, Room 103, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Create the perfect gift or treat to take to a holiday party.  Instructor Beth Mandrell will teach techniques to make quick, easy, and delicious Christmas cookies and candies.  The class is $12 per person plus a $10 supply fee.  For more information call (618) 437-5321, ext. 1714.
December 2 Christmas Theme Hair Bow and Tutus at Pinckneyville Murphy-Wall Campus, Room 113, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Instructor Erin Gale teaches how to create matching Christmas themed hair bows and Tutus.  The class is $10 per person plus a $22 supply fee.  For more information call (618) 437-5321, ext. 1714.
December 5 Live Nativity & Festival of Trees at United Methodist Children's Home, 5:30 p.m.  All proceeds benefit United Methodist Children's Home.  For more information call (618) 242-1070.
December 5 First Friday Story Time at Cedarhurst: Jingle Bells and Santa's Elves, 10 a.m.  Join under the tree in the Beck Family Center for pre-k story time.  Open to the public.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 6 A Mt. Vernon Christmas at the Mt. Vernon Market, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Come out and enjoy the Popcorn Stringing Contest, Cornhole, Facepainting, Ugly Sweater Contest, Roast Hot Dogs and S'mores, Kettlecorn and Hot Cocoa, Decorate the Community Christmas tree and so much more.  For more information Click Here or call (618) 242-3151.
December 6 S'more Stories With Santa at Veterans Park, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Enjoy stories read by Santa every half hour and snap photos with him and Mrs. Clause!  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
December 6 Christmas Night of Lights Parade in downtown Mt. Vernon, 5 p.m.  For more information Click Here or call (618) 242-3151.
December 6 Holiday Craft Fair at Veterans Park Community Building, 9 a.m.  Free event.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
December 6-7 Living Christmas Tree at Park Avenue Baptist Church, 7 p.m.  For more information call (618) 242-1882.
December 9 Winter Quarterly Dinner and Program at the Jefferson County Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  This program is TBD but will be either a musical presentation or speaker.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 11 Chocolate Festival at the Elks Lodge, 11 a.m.  The Jefferson County Historical Society's Chocolate Festival includes a chocolate contest, chocolate tasting, and bake sale.  Tasting and bake sale are open to the public.  For contest rules and and entry forms, Click Here  or for more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 17 Christmas Story Time at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Featuring classic Christmas tales.  Children who attend will receive a special bookmark and some take home activities to help fill those long hours until Santa comes.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
December 19-20 Christmas in the Park  at Veterans Park, 6-9 p.m.  Lights and live Christmas displays in the park.  For more information call (618) 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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