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March 2015
March 1 Chamber Music Series: The 442's with special guest Erin Bode at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  What happens when you combine two outstanding members of the world-class St. Louis Symphony with two of the city's finest jazz musicians from the Erin Bode Group:  You get The 442's, an exciting new acoustic instrumental quartet named for the modern standard tuning of 442 Hz.  See them perform at Cedarhurst!  Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for non-members, $5 for students.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 3 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in March, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the five Tuesdays in March is $50.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 3 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.
March 4 ABC's and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst 9 a.m.  Every Wednesday in March, children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time paired with a different art activity each week.  Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more.  Parent or guardian attends class with their child.  Registration cost for the four Wednesdays in March is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 4 Cedarhurst Book Club:  Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune at Cedarhurst, 12 p.m.  What goes on behind closed doors, especially when those doors are of the gilded variety, has fascinated novelists and journalists for centuries.  The private lives of the rich and famous are tantalizing, especially that of Huguette Clark, one of the biggest, eccentric, rich fishes out there.  It is brought to life in this book by investigator and author Bill Dedman and Clark's descendant, Paul Clarke Newell Jr. Deceased for more than two years, Clark owned nouveau riche palaces in New York, Connecticut, and California.  A Heiress, Clark disappeared from public view in the 1920s.  What happened to her and her vast wealth?  Answering this question is the book's mission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 6 First Friday Story Time: Let's Fly a Kite at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Windy days are here! Join us as we read tales about kite flying beneath the tree in the Beck Family Center for this free story time activity.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 6 Cash Bash for Lifeboat Alliance at Holliday Inn, 5:15 p.m.  Cash bar begins at 5:15 p.m., Silent Auction begins at 5:30 p.m., and Dinner begins at 6 p.m.  The cost is $20 for dinner, $650 for a corporate table, and $58 raffle ticket. For more information call (618) 244-4088.
March 10 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in March, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the five Tuesdays in March is $50.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 10 Spring Quarterly Dinner at Jefferson County Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  $7 per person.  The Jefferson County Historical Society will host a spring quarterly dinner and program.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
March 10 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.
March 14 Kids Day at CedarhurstWonderful Watersheds: Where does water go? at Cedarhurst, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Please join University of Illinois Extension, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, and the Great National Great River Research Center in East Alton for a special Watershed Kid’s Day.  Special exhibits will feature activities for families and school age children that highlight water and watersheds. Families will have an opportunity to learn where their water goes while having fun together.  Participants can move through the exhibits at their own pace.  Students can visit and work with the ‘Enviroscape’ model that demonstrates watersheds under several rural and urban settings.  There will also be an operating floodplain model that demonstrates the flow of water after heavy rains and snow. There are several  hands on activities that will help participants understand water and watersheds  area.  Activities will include creating a water cycle bracelet, drawing the water from your home to local watersheds, participate in a story about who polluted the Big Muddy and see how watersheds are like the veins in our bodies using full size drawings plus more.  There will also be several take home materials available.  Activities planned.
  1. Watershed Model-20-30 minute activity
  2. Floodplain model-20-30- minute activity
  3. Water cycle bracelet-15 minute activity
  4. Follow water from your home to local watersheds- 15 minute activity
  5. Watersheds are like veins in your bodies-20-30 minute activity
  6. Special Presentation: Who polluted the Big Muddy? -30 minute activity at 2:00 p.m.  For more information call (618) 242-0780.
March 17 Ghost Towns Of Jefferson County Chat Session at Jefferson County Historical Village, 1 p.m.  The Jefferson County Historical Society will continue it's monthly chat sessions in the Schweinfurth Museum building at the Historical Village.  The March topic will be "Ghost Towns of Jefferson County".  Over fifty ghost towns are listed in Jefferson County Illinois alone such as Bakersville, Divide, Idlewood, Lynchburg, Marlow, Rome, Williamsburg, etc.  The discussion will consist of reasons why these towns disappeared such as; was it due to railroads or highways going through or closing of Post Offices.  Participants at the chat session are invited to share stories of their relatives who lived in these towns and how they and their family came to live in Jefferson County.  Whether the families came 100 years ago or last week, everyone is invited to join Lucy Baker in this discussion.  Refreshments will be served.  Participants can bring photos, artifacts or other items to show and tell about, or can just come to ask questions or listen.  These meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month until the end of May and then they resume in September.  Anyone is invited to attend.  Registration is not required.  Participants do not need to be a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society to attend, or be a native of Jefferson County.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
March 17 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in March, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the five Tuesdays in March is $50.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 17 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.
March 19 Edric the Hatchling Gryphon at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Local author Eric Williams will give a presentation on his book "Edric the Hatchling Gryphon", he will also do a book signing.  No admission. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
March 19 The Star-Spangled Banner and the Struggle that Forged Two Nations at Jefferson County Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  The War of 1812 contributed significantly toward defining the identities of the United States and Canada.  The many songs composed during the war and its aftermath--including our own national anthem--express a broad range of Native American, White American, British, and Canadian perspectives.  They demonstrate that perceptions of war and its repercussions can vary widely, depending on one's experiences of them.  Skilled guitarist and singer Lee Murdock performs several of these songs and provides commentary about them based on his extensive research.  This event is free but donations are welcome.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
March 21 Molly Brown Portrayal at Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Retired teacher and Jefferson County Historical Society member Sharon Nichols will provide a lively portrayal of Molly Brown, who survived the Titanic in 1912.  This event is free but donations are welcome.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
March 21 Chamber Music Series: Yoonie Han, piano at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  Praised for her "musical imagination and feel for complex textures" (Washington Post), South Korean pianist Yoonie Han has won top prizes in distinguished international competitions and the highest accolades for her performances in major concert halls around the world.  See her perform at Cedarhurst!  Tickets are $18 for museum members, $20 for non-members, $5 for students.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 24 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in March, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the five Tuesdays in March is $50.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 24 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.
March 26 Herb Gardening at C.E. Brehm Library, 6:30 p.m. Theresa and son Josh Greene will share their secrets to growing, harvesting and drying a variety of herbs.  Please register by March 25, 2015. For more information call (618)-242-0780.
March 27 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie and popcorn. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
March 27 Becoming A Successful Market Vendor at Mt. Vernon Visitors Center 200 Potomac Blvd. Mt. Vernon, IL, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Anyone interested in becoming a market vendor & current market vendors welcome!  This workshop is for both beginners and experts. This free workshop includes topics on promoting your business, improving booth "street appeal" customer service, public health & more. For more information call (618) 242-3151.
March 27 Greg Johnson The Tornado Hunter at Jane Knight Auditorium Kaskaskia College, 7:30 p.m.  Admission is $15 for adults, $8 children.  Greg Johnson is a professional storm chaser who will share video of his experiences and provide advice on staying safe in extreme weather situations.  For more information call (618) 545-3223.
March 28-29 Experience Watercolor with Spencer Meagher at Paint St. Louis Studios, 1926 Allen Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Spencer will take students through a step-by-step process of layering and glazing washes to create luminous effects in a variety of landscape and floral paintings.  The cost of this workshop is $295.  For more information call (314) 773-4112.
March 28 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; Board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
March 30 First Aid Camp at Rend Lake Marketplace, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Open to youth and adults. Cost is $4 per person. Leslie Harmon-McKenzie, EMT/EMS Coordinator from Rend Lake College will lead this hands-on educational camp. Participants will be trained in basic first aid and adult, child, and infant CPR. Participants will leave that day with certification cards in CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Lunch and afternoon snack will be provided. Dress comfortably for the day. For more information and to register call (618) 242-0780.
March 31 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in March, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the five Tuesdays in March is $50.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 31 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.
April 2015
April 1 ABC's and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst 9 a.m.  Every Wednesday in April, children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time paired with a different art activity each week.  Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more.  Parent or guardian attends class with their child.  Registration cost for the five Wednesdays in April is $50.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 2-May 7 Brehm Story Hours for Little Ones at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.  "2's & 3"s meet every Thursday for story time.  Caregiver attendance is required, registration is not required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 2-May 7 Little Readers at C.E. Brehm Library, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Little Readers meet every Thursday to hear stories for the more mature listener. Caregiver attendance and registration is required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322 ext 4.
April 2 Evening Story Time at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m.  For those who can't make it during the day for story time, join us for an evening story time,  We'll have stories to hear and crafts to make.  Caregiver attendance is required. No registration necessary.  We hope to see you there!  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
April 3 First Friday Story Time: Spring has Sprung! at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Mother earth is shedding her winter coat and getting ready for Spring!  Join us under the tree as we read stories celebrating the warm weather.  Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 3 Interstate 57/64 Artists Open House at King City Books, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  For more information call (618) 315-6774.
April 3 Independent Artists' Studio Open House Celebration at The Mitered Corner, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  You are cordially invited to attend our open house celebration where we will be exhibiting recent art paintings, ceramics, and jewelryFor more information call (618) 242-3151.
April 4 Auxier-Creek Forge at King City Books, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  John and Beth Lovin will demonstrate broom tying on natural handles and hand forged iron handles.  For more information call (618) 315-6774.
April 4 Art Demonstration at King City Books, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Artist Spencer Meager will be demonstrating fine art painting.  For more information call (618) 315-6774.
April 4 Rend Lake College Golf Outlet Super Demo Day at Cherry Creek Driving Range, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Free activities for attendees, such as free driving range balls, free fittings, free hotdogs and soft drinks.  There will also be big savings on clubs, balls, apparel, and much more.  Participants can also visit representatives from 10 major golf brands on the driving range including Adams, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, Srixon, Taylor Made, Titleist, Tour Edge, and Wilson. For more information call (618) 242-3001.
April 7 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in April, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in April is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 7 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.
April 9 Brehm Story Hours for Little Ones at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 9:30 - 10 a.m.  "2's & 3"s meet every Thursday for story time.  Caregiver attendance is required, registration is not required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 9 Little Readers at C.E. Brehm Library, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Little Readers meet every Thursday to hear stories for the more mature listener. Caregiver attendance and registration is required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322 ext 4.
April 11 Gourd Workshop at King City Books, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Debbie Wilson will do a hands-on workshop for creating pigs from gourds.  All ages are welcome to this free workshop.  For more information call (618) 315-6774.
April 11 Gourd Art at King City Books, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Nina Peacock will demonstrate ways to create beautiful artwork from gourds and will also demonstrate making jewelry from metal.  For more information call (618) 315-6774.
April 11 Family Art Activity:  April Showers at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  April showers bring May Flowers!  Bring the family and join us as we create flowers with a variety of mixed-media at this family fun event.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 12 The Blues Brothers Revue at Jane Knight Auditorium Kaskaskia College, 8 p.m.  Performers Wayne Catania and Kierson Lafferty imitate the Blues Brothers.  Backed by a powerhouse band, witness a show full of laughter, dancing, and foot stomping fun.  $25 adults, $14 children.  For more information call (618) 545-3223.
April 12-18 National Library Week at C.E. Brehm Library.  Once again there will be our Annual Drawing for the Library's semi-famous Movie Night Buckets (all the snacks you need for a night of movie watching at home".  You enter the drawing at the circulation desk by checking out a book or other item starting April 12th.  The first fifty to enter will receive a free Red library book bag.  Entries will be taken until April 18th. Only one entry per person per day please.  Drawing will be held on April 21st.  Only one prize per family.  Remember you can check out movies from the Library to go with your Movie Night Bucket.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 13 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.
April 14 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in April, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in April is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 14 Deadline for Creativity Redefined entries at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m.  Participants in this year's Creativity Redefined! community art exhibition must submit entries by 5 p.m. to Carrie Gibbs at the Shrode Art Center.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 14 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.
April 15 Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program - Grant Writing Workshop at Jefferson County Extension Office, 1:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.   The Regional Rural Development Centers in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has developed workshop materials and resources focused on improving the funding success rate of applicants to USDA AMS grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP)Illinois, through the NCRCRD and University of Illinois Extension, is participating in this project and offers the following training programs to assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to secure AMS resources to further the provision of local foods. REGISTER ONLINE:  https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=11736 There is no charge to attend, but preregistration is required. For more information please visit cvnghgrn@illinois.edu  or call (217) 782-4617.
April 16 Brehm Story Hours for Little Ones at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 9:30 - 10 a.m.  "2's & 3"s meet every Thursday for story time.  Caregiver attendance is required, registration is not required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 16 Little Readers at C.E. Brehm Library, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Little Readers meet every Thursday to hear stories for the more mature listener. Caregiver attendance and registration is required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322 ext 4.
April 16 Byrd and Street; A Folk and Americana Concert at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library 6:30 p.m.  Byrd and Street, four-time nominees for Texas Music Awards (2009, 2012, and 2014) and three-time Kerrville Festival New Folk finalists, will perform a concert of Folk and americana music.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 16 Downtown After 5 Tour and Taste of Mt. Vernon at Elks Lodge #819, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Adults $10, Children 10 and under free.  Take a self-guided tour of renovated downtown buildings, try cuisines of local restaurants and enjoy good music.  For more information call (618) 242-6866.
April 16-17-18 15th Annual Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show at Holiday Inn, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday.  Admission is $12 Thursday, $22 Friday & Saturday, children under 12 free.  Come and enjoy great music by great steel guitar players and  singers.  For more information call (618) 214-1864 or (618) 927-3158.
April 18 Beginning Genealogy at C.E. Brehm Library, 1 p.m.  Interested in researching your family history but don't know how to begin?  Linda Clark will show you the basics of Genealogy and talk about some of the many resources available in the library's Genealogy Department.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 18 Acrylic Painting and Pastels at King City Books, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Rusty Watson and husband Ron Watson of Down Memory Lane Studio will demonstrate acrylic painting and pastels.  For more information call (618)315-6774.
April 18 Afternoon Tea at Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Admission is $12 for Historical Society members, $15 for non-members.  This event will be an elegant, relaxed experience.  In addition to a selection of teas and coffee, an abundance of finger sandwiches, sweets and scones will be served.  All proceeds raised from this event will go towards programming and upkeep at the Jefferson County Historical Village.  To make reservations, purchase a ticket, or for more information call (618) 246-0033.
April 18 Cedarhurst Music Series: Goldstein, Peled, Fiterstein Trio at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  Bound by their Israeli roots, pianist Alon Goldstein, cellist Amit Peled, and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein formed the trio in 2005.  Performances reflect the special gifts of the artists as soloists and their marvelous sense of ensemble and love of chamber music.  See them perform at Cedarhurst!  Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for non-members, $5 for students.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 20 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.
April 21 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in April, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in April is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 21 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.
April 23 Brehm Story Hours for Little Ones at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 9:30 - 10 a.m.  "2's & 3"s meet every Thursday for story time.  Caregiver attendance is required, registration is not required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 23 Little Readers at C.E. Brehm Library, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Little Readers meet every Thursday to hear stories for the more mature listener. Caregiver attendance and registration is required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322 ext 4.
April 23 Explore Your Future at Jefferson County Extension Office, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Explore Your Future is a one-day program consisting of four facilitated interactive sessions that help individuals who are 55+ envision the next phase of life including pursuing civic involvement, lifelong learning and encore careers.  Explore Your Future is an interactive learning experience that helps you identify:
  • What has influenced me? Reflect on what means the most to you in your life
  • Who am I now? Through self-assessment, you’ll identify where you are now in life
  • How can I realize my dreams? Align your values, passions and gifts to identify what’s next
  • How do I create an engaged life? Guides you in creating a vision and practical plan for making your future meaningful and rewarding
We can help you discover, understand, and plan for the next stage of your life.  Registration is $20, which includes lunch. Register by Friday, April 3, 2015.  For more information call (618) 242-0780.
April 23 Abby's Road; A Tale of Adoption Book Talk and Signing at C.E. Brehm Library, 6:30 p.m.  This book tells the story of a couple through their days of infertility treatments and adoption.  It is told with gentle (and sometimes not-so-gentle) humor from the perspective of a nerdy father and his loving and understanding wife.  Join Mike and Esther as they go through IUI's and IFV's, as they search for an adoption agency, are selected by a birth mothe, prepare their house, prepare their family, prepare themselves and then wait for their daughter to be born a thousand miles from home.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 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.
April 24 Family Performing Arts Series:  Wulfe Brothers at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  Join us for a musical journey from the Revolutionary War through the Persian Gulf Crisis.  The Indomitable American Spirit is celebrated in patriotic music that will fill your heart with renewed pride in this great nation.  Admission is $5/person, $4 for members, Children 2 and under free.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 25 10th Annual LCPL J. Kyle Price Memorial Ride at Chapman Sports Complex, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Registration is 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Dinner and Entertainment begins at 4:15 p.m.  The cost is $25 for the full event which includes ride, dinner and entertainment.  Dinner only $10, Shirts $15. Celebrate the life of LCPL J. Kyle Price with the 10th anniversary of our ride.  This year we are welcoming to our community Kyle's Marine brothers from Lima Battery who served with him deployed in Iraq in 2006.  The ride will also honor Lima Battery's fallen CPL. Ben Desilets, CPL. Julien Woodall and Kyle's recently deceased grandfather TSGT Robert Wall.  Don't miss this year's featured entertainment "The Whistle Pigs" following the ride.  The ride begins at Chapman Sports Complex in Woodlawn, IL, Centralia, IL, Salem, and ends at Waterkotte Harley Davidson.  Join us to honor all those who serve.  For more information call (618) 978-4738 or visit www.jkpmemorialfoundation.org.
April 25 Arbor Day Celebration at Veterans Memorial Park, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Everyone is invited to this family friendly outdoor event.  Come and enjoy free food, crafts and activities, tree climbing, petting zoo, weather radio programming and more. For more information call (618) 242-6890.
April 25 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; Board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 25 The Sinking of the Lusitania at Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Hear about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania from the perspective of on of the survivors.  Although this event didn't lead immediately to the US entering World War 1 it was one of the factors leading into the United States' involvement.  Returning performer Barbara Kay will provide an engaging performance that will educate the audience about this event and its consequences.  This event is free but donations are welcome.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
April 25 Watercolor Landscapes at King City Books, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Debbie Wilson will teach all ages to paint small 5"x7" watercolor landscapes.  Free to attend.  For more information call (618) 315-6774.
April 28 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in April, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in April is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
April 28 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.
April 30 Brehm Story Hours for Little Ones at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 9:30 - 10 a.m.  "2's & 3"s meet every Thursday for story time.  Caregiver attendance is required, registration is not required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 30 Little Readers at C.E. Brehm Library, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Little Readers meet every Thursday to hear stories for the more mature listener. Caregiver attendance and registration is required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322 ext 4.
April 30 RBR Jazz Trio at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. Debbie White will teach about the preferred plants of hummingbirds as well as their placement in your garden area.  Information will be provided about the overall habitat of hummingbirds, where they live, and how we can help them survive.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
May 2015
May 2 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie and popcorn. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
May 2-3 Jefferson County Historical Village & Museum Opening Weekend at Jefferson County Historical Village, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.  The Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum open for the 2015 season.  Each weekend through October the Village and Museum are open for guided tours.  Free event.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
May 5 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in May, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in May is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 5 Planting a Hummingbird Garden at C.E. Brehm Library, 6:30 p.m.  Debbie White will teach you about the preferred plants of hummingbirds as well as their placement in your garden area.  Information will be provided about the overall habitat of hummingbirds, where they live, and how we can help them survive.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
May 5 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.
May 6 ABC's and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst 9 a.m.  Every Wednesday in May, children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time paired with a different art activity each week.  Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more.  Parent or guardian attends class with their child.  Registration cost for the four Wednesdays in April is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 6 Knitting Class at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 1 p.m. - 3 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.
May 6 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.
May 6 Cedarhurst Book Club:  The Idler at Cedarhurst, 12 p.m.  Cedarhurst features one of its own during the May Book Club program:  Museum member, artist, and docent Rusty Watson.  Watson writes the story of Jeremiah Watts, who in a drunken stupor signs a seaman certificate and suddenly finds himself aboard the Ann Alexander, a rickety whaling ship.  While aboard this ship, he begins a transformation as he gains maturity and begins to resolve his authority figure issues.  This story is drawn from his journal and love letters covering the years he spent aboard the Ann Alexander.  For more information call (618) 1236.
May 7 Brehm Story Hours for Little Ones at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 9:30 - 10 a.m.  "2's & 3"s meet every Thursday for story time.  Caregiver attendance is required, registration is not required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
May 7 Little Readers at C.E. Brehm Library, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Little Readers meet every Thursday to hear stories for the more mature listener. Caregiver attendance and registration is required.  For more information call (618) 242-6322 ext 4.
May 9 Poker Run at Waterkotte Harley Davidson, 11 a.m.  HOOAH Deer Hunt For Heroes Fund Raiser.  Come on out and help us raise money so that we can continue to provide outdoor activities to wounded soldiers.  The outdoors is the perfect environment to rehabilitate mentally and physically.  Help us give back to those who have given so much for our freedom.  For more information call (618) 616-4382 or (618) 315-0649.
May 9 How to Succeed on Broadway at Jane Knight Auditorium Kaskaskia College, 7:30 p.m.  A musical salute: Cast of 10 will perform most popular songs from the latest Broadway hits.  Admission is $25 for adults, children $14.  For more information call (618) 545-3223.
May 11 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.
May 12 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in May, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in May is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 12 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.
May 13 Knitting Class at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 1 p.m. - 3 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.
May 13 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.
May 14 Evening Story Time at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m.  For those who can't make it during the day for story time, join us for an evening story time,  We'll have stories to hear and crafts to make.  Caregiver attendance is required. No registration necessary.  We hope to see you there!  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
May 16 Cure PSP 5k Run/Walk at John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL, 8:30 a.m.  Registration fees are $20 before April 25th, $25 after April 25th.  Trophy to top overall male and female runner, Medals to top three male and female runners in each age group.  For more information  go to curepsp5k@gmail.com or register online at www.ilcurepsp5k.kintera.org.
May 16 Southern Illinois Music at Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Local musician Bill Reynolds will lead the audience through a historical journey of music in southern Illinois dating back to the Civil War.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
May 16 Crappie Fishing Tournament at Lake Cove Resort, Whittington, IL 6:30 a.m.  Lake Cove Resort and Lake Zone Bait & Tackle will host Bass Pro Shops Crappie Master Fishing Tournament.  For more information call (660) 351-4187.
May 16 Kid's Fishing Rodeo at Lake Zone Bait & Tackle, Whittington, IL 8 a.m.  registration, contest 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  This free event is for kids 15 and under.  Prizes will be awarded to all.  Don't forget your pole & bait.  For more information cal(660)-351-4187.
May 17 5th Annual Coin Show at Centralia Recreation Complex, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  The coin show will feature 40 dealer tables to buy and sell U.S. and world coins and paper money.  This event is Free.  For more information call (618) 533-4200.
May 18 Lizards and Snakes and Spiders Oh My at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m.  Rebecca, Amber, and Jessica Hicks of Petacular Pet Store will introduce and explain how to care for a variety of unusual pets such as a Columbian Red Tail boa, a Chilean Rose tarantula, an iguana, and many more.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
May 19 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in May, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in May is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 19 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.
May 21 Citizens Utility Board; How utility changes will effect you at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 2 p.m.  Scott Allen of the Citizens Utility Board will present information concerning Ameren's Smart Grid, municipal aggregation, and various utility bill topics.   For more information call (618) 242-6322.
May 23 Aquatic Zoo Water Park Opening Weekend at Aquatic Zoo Water Park, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  2015 Season Opening Day.  Season Passes Available.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
May 23 Members Preview Reception at Cedarhurst, 6:30 p.m.  Cedarhurst members are invited to be the first to view new exhibitions.  Main Gallery: Representing Labor: The Collections of Barbara and Bruce Feldacker and the St. Louis Mercantile Library.  Beal Grand Corridor: Urban Myths: The Art of Christopher Brennan.  Dioramas by John Dilnot in the Beck Family Center, and community canvases in Creativity Redefined! at the Shrode Art Center.  Admission is $5/person, free for members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 24 New Exhibits Open to the Public at Cedarhurst, 1 p.m.  Four fantastic shows will delight Cedarhurst patrons through the summer months.  Representing Labor: The Collections of Barbara and Bruce Feldacker and the St. Louis Mercantile Library, Urban Myths: The Art of Christopher Brennan, Artist John Dilnot uses clipped illustrations of birds and moths to create beautiful dioramas within wooden boxes, and The Community-wide exhibit Creativity Redefined.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 26 Cedarhurst After School Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Every Tuesday in May, students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month.  Registration cost for the four Tuesdays in May is $40.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 26 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.
May 26 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.
May 28 Thursday Night Live Kickoff! at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m.  The public is welcome to enjoy music on the outdoor patio, and art-related programs each Thursday evening throughout the summer at Cedarhurst.  Admission is free.  Food and drink concessions are available each week.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 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.
May 30 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; Board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
May 30 Family Art Activity: Insect-o-mania! at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  Join us as we create six and eight-legged friends with wire and model magic!  It's a free, fun family activity at the Shrode Art Center.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 2015
June 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 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 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-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.
June 18 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The public is welcome to enjoy music and art-related programs each Thursday evening throughout the summer at Cedarhurst.  Admission is free.  Food and drink concessions are available each week.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 19 Movie in the Park at Veterans Memorial Park, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Pre-activities at 6 p.m., movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Free family event for all ages including crafts, activities, food and free tree giveaway.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
June 20 8th Annual LCPL J. Kyle Price Memorial Bass Tournament at Wayne Fitzjerrel Sailboat Harbor, First boat out at safe light.  Honor the life of LCPL J. Kyle Price by celebrating one of his favorite pastimes, fishing.  This memorial bass tournament boasts cash prizes & players for the top 4 teams as well as a $750 Big Bass sponsored by Waterkotte Harley Davidson.  You will also receive a tournament t-shirt and a free lunch for you and your family.  There will be raffles, 50/50, and a great time on the lake.  For more information call (618) 978-4738 or visit www.jkpmemorialfoundation.org.
June 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 and art-related programs each Thursday evening throughout the summer at Cedarhurst.  Admission is free.  Food and drink concessions are available each week.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 26 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie and popcorn. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
June 27 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; Board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
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 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 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 4 Salute to Freedom at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Free July 4th celebration featuring entertainment and concessions with fireworks at dusk.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
August 2015
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 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.
September 2015
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. Vernin to test fly their prospects.  This event is free to attend.  For more information call(618) 242-7016.
October 2015
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.
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