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September 2015
September 2 Book Club: The Invention of Wings at Cedarhurst, 12 p.m.  Bring your lunch and join us to discuss this moving book by Sue Monk Kidd. Inspired by the true story of early-nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimké, Kidd paints a moving portrait of two women inextricably linked by the horrors of slavery. Free admission. Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 3 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.  This week features music by Del Rio Trio on the museum’s back patio, concessions by Bugsy’s Chicago Dog and a cash bar. Thursday Night Live will resume next summer, 5 to 8 pm each Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  For more information call (618) 242-1236

September 4 First Friday Story Time: Back to School at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Join us as we celebrate going back to school!  From yellow school buses to red apples it is an exciting time of the year! Free admission. Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236
September 4 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market in Downtown Mt. Vernon, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of food items and baked goods.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 4 Kingsmen Auto Club Cruise Night at Rend Lake College Marketplace, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  This free event is held the first Friday of each month, April-October.  Each month, features different classes of vehicles and giveaways. Two plaques each month for the featured vehicles at no charge.  There will be door prizes, live DJ and 50/50 drawings.  September is GM (Buick, Olds, Pontiac) & Orphan Cars Month.  For more information call (618) 244-7711.
September 4 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
September 5 Market Days Flea Market at Mt. Vernon Market, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and shop a wide variety of items from antiques, jewelry, children's items, crafts, specialty, rummage, and flea items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 5 Family Art Fun: Quilt Collage at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  Create a colorful quilt collage with a variety of materials.  Be sure to check out the Quilt exhibit while you are here! Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 7 Final Day Of Operation at Aquatic Zoo, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
September 8 Fall Quarterly Dinner and Program at Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  The Jefferson County Historical Society will host a fall quarterly dinner and program. Pre-registration is required.  $7/person.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
September 10-12 Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day.  One of only two events of its kind in the USA.  See nearly all new models of light sport aircraft on the same ramp.  Aircraft buyers from across the nation come to Mt. Vernon to test fly their prospects.  This event is free to attend.  For more information call (618) 242-7016.
September 10-12 Elmwood Speaks at Elmwood Cemetery, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Three  guided, historic tours of Elmwood Cemetery, written and enacted by actors of the Centralia Cultural Society.  Admission is $10.  For more information call (618) 532-2951.
September 11 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market in Downtown Mt. Vernon, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of food items and baked goods.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 11 Patriot Day Remembrance at Broadway Market in Downtown Mt. Vernon, 205 S. 7th St.  5 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Patriotic program with MVTHS band, testimony of Chaplin Dan Lovin's experiences of 9/11 aftermath and to honor first responders.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 11 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
September 11-13 Cedarhurst Art and Craft Fair at Cedarhurst.  The Cedarhurst Craft Fair is known for outstanding exhibitors who show, demonstrate and sell their original, quality crafts. The festival is a major tourism event that averages 8,000 visitors annually. It is the No. 1 tourist attraction in Mt. Vernon, drawing people from throughout the U.S. The fair features a food court, beer tent, a variety of children’s activities and live music by five groups throughout the weekend. Nominal admission fee required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 12 St. Mary's Autumn Fest at St. Mary's School Gym, 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.  Sponsored by St. Mary's Church.  5k, live entertainment, kid & pet walk, inflatables, reverse drawings, outdoor food vendors and beer wagon.  Fees vary.  For more information call (618) 532-6291.
September 15 Chat Session at Historical Village, 1 p.m.  Anyone interested in sharing stories or just listening to a historical discussion about Jefferson County is invited to participate.  Participants can bring photos, artifacts or other items to show and tell.  Registration is not required.  Discussion for, September is "The Korean and Vietnam Wars".  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
September 18 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market in Downtown Mt. Vernon, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of food items and baked goods.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 18 Movie In The Park at Veterans Memorial Park, 6:00 p.m.  Sponsored by Kingdom Seed Ministries, Inc.  Pack your chair, blanket and snacks, don't forget the family too and enjoy a free outdoor movie.  Showing "Heaven Is For Real".  Pre activities begin at 6 p.m., movie begins at 7:15 p.m.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
September 18 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
September 19 Rend Lake College Warrior Fest at Rend Lake College 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  A full line-up of events ranging from a car show & flea market to Scholarship giveaways and Children's activities.  There will be something for everyone in attendance at RLC's Warrior Fest '15.  For more information call (618) 437-5321.
September 19 22nd Annual Military Fly-In  at Rend Lake College Air Field, 12 p.m.  Registration at 11 a.m.  Open fly, fly what you bring. Entry fee for pilots are $10.  AMA Membership required to fly.  Concessions on site with prizes and trophies on Sunday.  For more information call (618) 214-1759.
September 19 Saturday Morning Coffee Hour: "What happens when we are given an artifact?" at Historical Village, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.  Please come out every third Saturday of the month for a relaxing break and join us at the Schweinfurth Museum building for coffee, tea, and pastries.  You will have an opportunity to meet new and old members, meet the members of our board, view our new 2015 exhibits, learn what goes on behind the scenes and witness informative demonstrations.   
September 19 Barbara Kay as Martha Washington at Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Martha Washington’s strength and compassion during the Revolution gave our soldiers hope. Ms. Kay, a retired history teacher from St. Louis, portrays Martha who played a vital role in the formation of this country. Martha not only served as a partner and balance for her husband but also as a guide for future First Ladies. Her intelligence, courage, and gracious personality have made her one of the most respected women in American history.  Free and open to the public but donations are appreciated.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
September 19 King City Dirt Riders Hill Climb  at Dirt Rider Lane 13700 E. Idlewood Rd, 6:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Gate opens at 3 p.m.  Motorcycle and ATV hill climb for youth and adults.  Adult admission $10 kids free.  For more information call (618) 244-2538.
September 19 Wamac Fest at Wamac City Park, 3 p. - 12 a.m.  Live music, games, kids area with inflatables, bocce ball, washers tournament, beer garden, beer poker stand, food, little toot train rides.  Free to attend.  For more information call (618) 532-1138.
September 20 22nd Annual Military Fly-In  at Rend Lake College Air Field, 9 a.m.  Registration at 8:30 a.m.  Only military aircraft will be flown this day.  Entry fee for pilots is $10.  AMA Membership required to fly.  Concessions on site with prizes and trophies on Sunday.  For more information call (618) 214-1759.
September 25 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market in Downtown Mt. Vernon, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of food items and baked goods.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
September 25 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie, popcorn and bottled water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
September 25 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
September 25-27 Making a Grand Entrance at Cedarhurst. Quilt Workshop with Kathy Kansier.  Kathy is a quilt teacher, quilt show judge, and AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser. She has received many notable awards and honors and has taught classes nationally and internationally. Her workshop will focus on the art of quilting doorways, archways, and other unique entrances. She teaches regularly at The Quilt Sampler – Springfield, Missouri’s largest quilt shop. For more information call (618) 242-1236 Ext. 249
September 26 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
September 27 Ironclad Art: The Motorcycle at Cedarhurst, 1 p.m.  This family friendly event uses the outdoor sculpture park at Cedarhurst as an exhibition area to recognize the motorcycle as a sculptural object and a vehicle for self-expression. Bike registration runs from 9 am to noon and registration is $10/bike. Free spectator admission.  Open to the public.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
September 26 16th Annual Illinois Wine & Art Festival at the Southern Illinois Art & Artisan Center at Rend Lake in Whittington, IL, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  This outdoor festival will feature the work of 40 artisans with live demonstrations and 15 wineries.  Enjoy live music on-stage all weekend and great food from local eateries.  For more information, call (618) 316-1838.
September 27 16th Annual Illinois Wine & Art Festival at the Southern Illinois Art & Artisan Center at Rend Lake in Whittington, IL, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  This outdoor festival will feature the work of 40 artisans with live demonstrations and 15 wineries.  Enjoy live music on-stage all weekend and great food from local eateries.  For more information, call (618) 316-1838.
October 2015
October 2 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market in Downtown Mt. Vernon, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of food items and baked goods.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
October 2 First Friday Story Time: Trick or Treat Boo! at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Join us as we celebrate this spooky time of year!  From goblins to ghosts, it is sure to be a frightfully good time! Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 2 Kingsmen Auto Club Cruise Night at Rend Lake College Marketplace, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.  This free event is held the first Friday of each month, April-October.  Each month, features different classes of vehicles and giveaways.  Two plaques each month for the featured vehicles at no charge.  There will be door prizes, live DJ and 50/50 drawings.  October is Chevrolet ('58 & Newer) & Corvette Month.  For more information call (618) 244-7711.
October 2 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
October 3 Market Days Flea Market at Mt. Vernon Market in Downtown Mt. Vernon, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and shop a wide variety of items from antiques, jewelry, children's items, crafts, specialty, rummage, and flea items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy fresh selection of healthy food items, barbecue, fair food and baked goods from our various food vendors.  Vendor space is still available.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
October 3 Toys for Kids Fundraiser at Mitchell Museum Performance Hall, 5:30 p.m.  The theme is Denim and Diamonds.  Live music, auctions, DJ, appetizers and dessert buffet.  Admission is $30.  For more information call (618) 315-0170.
October 3-4 Heritage Festival at Historical Village, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  The Jefferson County Historical Village will host its annual Heritage Festival the first weekend of October.  Demonstrations and old-time crafters will be on the grounds, as well as costumed docents to provide tours of the Historical Village.  Food and drink will also be available for sale.  There will be a church service at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Mt. Olive Church.  Musical performances are scheduled throughout both days.  Free and open to the public but donations are appreciated.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
October 6 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Four week registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 7 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost for the four Wednesdays is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 9 Fridays Food and Art at Mt. Vernon Market in Downtown Mt. Vernon, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Listen to live entertainment and shop a variety of items.  Sit under the covered picnic area and enjoy a fresh selection of food items and baked goods.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
October 9 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
October 10 Apple Festival at 1942 Copple Road Centralia, IL 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Orchard fun-filled day including games, straw maze, face painting, baked goods, mums, pumpkins, apples & cider.  For more information call (618) 532-8058.
October 10 Celebrate Centralia at Downtown Centralia, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.  A festival of art, wine and music featuring local artists, musicians, food vendors and award winning wineries and vineyards from the area as well as craft beverages.  Free to attend.  For more information call (618) 533-7622.
October 10 Cedarhurst Concert Series: Alon Goldstein at Cedarhurst, 7:30 p.m.  Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence, dynamic personality, artistic vision and innovative programming. He has played with the Israel, London, Radio France, and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, and Vancouver symphonies. Tickets are $18 or $20 for non-members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 13 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Four week registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 14 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost for the four Wednesdays is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 14 Everything In Place at Southern Illinois Art & Artisan Center, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Sketches, journals, preparations.  Illinois State Museum traveling exhibit.  For more information call (618) 629-2220.
October 16 Witches Brew at Cedarhurst. This community event invites families to spend a fun fall evening in the sculpture park.  A professional storyteller will entertain different age groups on the back porch of the “spooky” Mitchell House. Nominal admission fee.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 16 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
October 16-17 Dark Moon Haunted Trail Sponsored by Dark Moon Haunted Entertainment at 12372 E Idlewood Rd. Mt. Vernon, IL 7 p.m.-10 p.m.  Take a stroll through the cemetery as you pass through ratville & be transported to medieval times.  If you survive the sword and other scary things in the night, you will make it out. Admission is $8. Proceeds benefit the J.C. Jets. For more information call (618) 214-9103.  
October 16-18 Mt Vernon Fall Fest 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, Paw Fest contests, kids area with lazer tag, carnival, pumpkin contest and vendors.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
October 16-18 Balloons Over Mt. Vernon and Fly-In at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. Sunday.  Admission is free.  For more information call (618) 322-4652.
October 17 Cruise In at Fall Fest in Downtown Mt. Vernon, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Where automobile enthusiasts come to show off their hot rods.  For more information call (618) 242-6866.
October 17 N.A.A.C.P. Community Fall Festival & Christmas Basket Donation Program at Veterans Park, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Community outreach event showcasing local talent.  For more information call(618) 316-9459.
October 17 Members Preview Reception at Cedarhurst, 6:30 p.m.  Cedarhurst members are invited to view new gallery exhibitions, including Bruno and Mary Moser’s Collection of Ceramics, John Utgaard’s ceramic artwork, the Shrode Photography Competition and Exhibition, and an installation of work by kids in Cedarhurst’s Art Time program. Non members may purchase tickets for $5.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 18 New Exhibits Open at Cedarhurst, 1 p.m.  Main Gallery: Bruno and Mary Moser Ceramics Collection.  Bruno & Mary Moser have collected studio pottery since they bought their first piece as a honeymoon souvenir in 1962 at Kellogg Pottery in Michigan. Their once humble collection has grown to over 900 individual objects by more than 160 artists to date. Beal Grand Corridor: Artist John Utgaard has always had vivid dreams, and they motivate much of his work as a ceramic artist. “Wet clay records the work of our hands and reflects the softness of our bodies as well as the plasticity of our thoughts,” he says.  Regenhardt Gallery, Shrode Art Center: The annual Shrode Photography Exhibition is a juried competition open to all artists 18 years of age and older living in southern Illinois, south of Interstate 70, including Charleston. Artists compete with photographic film and digital photography to win more than $1,000 in cash prizes. Beck Family Center Gallery: Clay artwork by the Cedarhurst Clay Club will be displayed.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 20 Chat Session at Historical Village, 1 p.m.  Anyone interested in sharing stories or just listening to a historical discussion about Jefferson County is invited to participate.  Participants can bring photos, artifacts or other items to show and tell.  Registration is not required.  Discussion topics change monthly.  Free and open to the public.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
October 20 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Four week registration cost is $40.  Family Art Fun: Clay Fall Leaves Stop raking your yard and join us as we celebrate the fall season!  We will be creating beautiful leaves out of clay. Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 21 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost for the four Wednesdays is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 23 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
October 24 Solo Artist Dee Ann Schnautz at Historical Village, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Dee Ann Schnautz is a solo artist who has been sharing her blend of traditional, progressive and southern gospel music with the local church and weekend audiences for nearly two decades. Based in the Southern Illinois area, she travels by invitation to offer encouragement and hope to others through the ministry of music. Free and open to the public but donations are appreciated.   For more information call (618) 246-0033..
October 23-24 Dark Moon Haunted Trail Sponsored by Dark Moon Haunted Entertainment at 12372 E Idlewood Rd. Mt. Vernon, IL 7 p.m.-10 p.m.  Take a stroll through the cemetery as you pass through ratville & be transported to medieval times.  If you survive the sword and other scary things in the night, you will make it out. Admission is $8. Proceeds benefit the J.C. Jets. For more information call (618) 214-9103.  
October 23-25 Potter’s Council Conference at Cedarhurst.  Cedarhurst is proud to host Ceramic Boundaries: Opened, the 2015 Potter’s Council Conference. Pre-registration and fee required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 24 Family Art Fun: Clay Fall Leaves at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  Stop raking your yard and join us as we celebrate the fall season!  We will be creating beautiful leaves out of clay. Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 25 Children's Halloween Party at Historical Village,1:30 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.  Children 5 and up will make Halloween crafts, play games, and make Halloween-themed snacks.  Space is limited to 15 children.  Pre-registration is required. Cost is $5 per child.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
October 27 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Four week registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 28 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost for the four Wednesdays is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 30 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie, popcorn and bottled water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
October 30 Oktoberfest Sculpture Walk at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m. Take a walk through Cedarhurst’s sculpture park, stopping along the way to study different sculpture and sample a variety of seasonal spirits. After the sculpture walk, gather on the museum’s back patio for live music, snacks, and a cash bar. Must be 21 to attend. Nominal admission fee.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
October 30 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
October 31 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
November 2015
November 2 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Come out and enjoy games of all kinds; board games, role playing games and miniature games.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Free event. For more information call (618) 242-6322.
November 3 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 4 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 4 Cedarhurst Book Club: The Painter at Cedarhurst, 12 p.m.  Bring your lunch and join us for a lively discussion of this book by Peter Heller, in which Heller portrays an artist with “the heart of a killer.” Though renowned and well off, with a top gallery in Santa Fe, painter Jim Stegner is haunted by grief and guilt. He served time for shooting a dangerous man who made lewd remarks about Jim’s blossoming daughter, who later died under circumstances he can’t bear to think about. Seeking peace in the glories of land and sky and the Zen of fly-fishing, Jim has just settled into a small house in the Colorado wilderness, where he’s painting with great intensity. Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 6 First Friday Story Time: Give Thanks at Cedarhurst 10 a.m.  Join us under the tree in the Beck Family center as we learn about Thanksgiving and everything to be thankful for! Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 6 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
November 7 Lifeboat Alliance Family Shelter Homeless Hike at Lifeboat alliance, 9 a.m.  5k walk/run Registration is from 7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. and is required by October 22 to guarantee a t-shirt.  Cost is $20.  For more information call (618) 244-4088.
November 7 Herrin Massacre at Historical Village, 2:00 p.m.  Twenty-four men were killed in Williamson County and on the streets of Herrin, Illinois over a two-day period in June of 1922. It was the largest mass murder of nonunion labor in the history of America.  The event would become known as the Herrin Massacre.  This presentation by historian Scott Doody (author of the Herrin Massacre), and geospatial scientist Steven Di Naso, covers the events of April through June of 1922, the June 22nd, 1922 event known as the ‘The Herrin Massacre,’ and the discovery of the long forgotten graves of the Herrin Massacre victims, more than 90 years later.  Free and open to the public but donations are appreciated.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
November 7 Cedarhurst Concert Series: Amara Piano Quartet at Cedarhurst, 7:30 p.m.  Touring to critical acclaim throughout the United States, audiences across America greet the APQ's diverse programming blend and symphonic sound with enthusiasm. Now with over 100 years of combined experience brought to their performances, the Amara Piano Quartet is poised to become a name recognized world-wide in the circles of chamber music excellence. Tickets are $18 for members and $20 for non-members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 7 JC Jets Gun/Cash Raffle at Bubba's Place Nason, IL 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.  50/50 raffle, food, music, cash bar.  All proceeds benefit the JC Jets, an independent group of adult olympians working toward special olympics and community awareness.  For more information call (618) 237-1857.
November 7-8 Mt. Vernon Knife Show at Veterans Park Rolland Lewis Building, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Buy, sell, trade antique, custom and factory production knives of all kinds.  Admission is $3.  Children under 10 free.  For more information call (618) 242-4514.  
November 10 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 11 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 13 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
November 17 Chat Session at Historical Village, 1 p.m.  Anyone interested in sharing stories or just listening to a historical discussion about Jefferson County is invited to participate.  Participants can bring photos, artifacts or other items to show and tell.  Registration is not required.  Discussion topics change monthly.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
November 17 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 18 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 19 - 21 UMCH Festival of Trees at The Granada, 8 a.m.  Auction to raise money for United Methodist Children's Home.  For more information call (618) 242-1070.
November 20 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
November 21 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Free kids movie, popcorn and bottled water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
November 21 Cedarhurst Concert Series: Juilliard String Quartet at Cedarhurst, 7:30 p.m.  Founded in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet was the first ensemble to play all six Bartok quartets in the United States, and its performances of Schoenberg’s quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet literature. The Quartet’s recordings of the Bartok and Schoenberg Quartets, as well as those of Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven won Grammy Awards, and in 2011 the Quartet became the first classical music ensemble to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Tickets are $18 for members and $20 for non-members.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 22 Flower Shop Holiday Open House at Area Florists & Gift Shops, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Annual holiday open house.  For more information call (618) 244-0567.
November 24 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Registration cost is $40.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 25 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
November 27 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
November 25-December 31 Fantasy of Lights at Foundation Park Centralia, IL 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Holiday lights display, free train rides, visit Santa at his cottage Friday & Saturdays.  For more information call (618) 532-3214.
December 2015
December 1 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 1-4 Holiday Luncheons at Cedarhurst 12 p.m.  The public can enjoy a luncheon in the historic Mitchell House, designed and built in 1936 by the father of museum co-founder Eleanor Mitchell. The Mitchells remodeled the home in 1949 and entertained often in the expanded space. The annual luncheons are one of the few times each year the home is open to the public, and it is festively decorated for the holiday season. Reservations/Tickets required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 2 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 4 UMCH Live Nativity at United Methodist Children's Home, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  This is a free event.  For more information call (618) 242-1070.
December 4 First Friday Story Time: Snowmen at Night at Cedarhurst.  What do snowmen do at night? Come find out as we celebrate the winter season with books about snow and Christmas! Free admission.  Open to the public.   For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 4 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
December 5 Lunch with Santa at Centralia Recreation Complex, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Enjoy lunch with Santa.  Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the door.  For more information call (618) 532-3214.
December 5 Musical Performance at Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Jenna Johnson, Solomon Apostol and Laura Schmersahl are coming together for a special performance designed for the Jefferson County Historical Society.  These three talented performers will delight the audience with a variety of music using vocals and musical instruments that include a clarinet, keyboard, guitar and saxophone.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 5 Mt. Vernon Christmas in Downtown Mt. Vernon, 205 S. 7th St.  2 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Christmas event including S'more Stories, Stories with Santa and much more.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
December 5 Christmas Parade Downtown Mt. Vernon, 5 p.m.  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
December 5 Holiday Craft Fair at Veterans Park Community Building, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Over 40 vendors.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
December 8 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 8 Winter Quarterly Dinner and Program at Historical Village, 6:30 p.m.  The Jefferson County Historical Society will host a fall quarterly dinner and program. Pre-registration is required.  $7/person.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 9 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 10 Chocolate Festival at Elks Lodge, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  The Jefferson County Historical Society’s Chocolate Festival includes a chocolate contest, chocolate tasting and bake sale.  Contest categories include cakes, cookies, brownies, candy, and “heritage” recipes.  For contest rules and entry forms, contact the Historical Society office.  Tasting and bake sale are open to the public.  $5/ticket.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 11 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
December 12 Family Art Fun: Winter Sparkle! at Cedarhurst, 3 p.m.  The world is better with glitter! Join us as we create holiday ornaments inspired by winter and nature. Free admission.  Open to the public.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 13 Children's Christmas Party at Historical Village, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Children ages 5 and up will make Christmas crafts and snacks and play Christmas-themed games.  Space is limited to 15 children.  Pre-registration is required.  Cost is $5 per child.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 15 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 15 Chat Session at Historical Village, 1 p.m.  Anyone interested in sharing stories or just listening to a historical discussion about Jefferson County is invited to participate.  Participants can bring photos, artifacts or other items to show and tell.  Registration is not required.  Discussion topics change monthly.  Free and open to the public.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
December 16 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 18 Friday Night Magic at Asgard Keep, 1001 Olin Ln, Mt Vernon, IL 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.  Come out for card games and good times every Friday evening.   Cost is $5-$15.  For more information call (618) 315-6190.
December 18-19 Christmas In The Park at Veterans Park, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Lights and live Christmas display.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
December 22 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 23 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 28-30 Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament at Centralia High School, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.  Three day basketball tournament featuring 16 teams attracting over 6,000 spectators each year.  This is a free event.  For more information call (618) 532-7391.
December 29 Cedarhurst’s After School Art Time Program at Cedarhurst, 3:30 p.m.  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in after-school art classes that focus on a different medium and lesson each month. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 30 ABC’s and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years are invited to visit Cedarhurst to participate in a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. Monthly themes will be explored through music, poetry, movement, art and more. Parent or guardian attends class with their child. Registration cost is $30.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
December 31 New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Cedarhurst, 7 p.m.  Join Cedarhurst to ring in the New Year! An elegant dinner and live entertainment will ensure everyone who attends ends 2015 on a high note. Tickets required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.

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