Noon Wednesday, March 27, is the deadline to appear in next week’s “Around Town” listing. We must receive your event in writing with a contact phone number for questions. Due to the large number of submissions, non-profit events may run only one time in print, will be edited and appear in the week before the event date.
Email: [email protected]. Mail to: Highland News Leader Around Town, Belleville News-Democrat, 120 S. Illinois St., P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. Questions, call Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.
Wednesday, March 27:
▪ Easter Basket Drive — Through April 8. First Mid Bank & Trust is collecting filled Easter baskets for less fortunate children in the area. Empty baskets can be picked up at either First Mid branch in Highland. Fill the basket with goodies for children ages 10 and under and return it by April 8. Baskets will be distributed by Highland Area Christian Service Ministries. 618-654-1111, option 1.
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Thursday, March 28:
▪ Chicks with Sticks — 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Troy United Methodist Church, Room 241, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy. Knit and crochet items for different charities and for fellowship. 618-677-7501.
▪ Triad CUSD#2 Kindergarten Registration – Henning Elementary — 5 p.m., Henning Elementary School, 520 US-40, Troy. Parents will complete registration and residence. Information presentations will be held. Childcare provided – reservations in advance are required. 618-667-5401. tcusd2.org
▪ Triad CUSD#2 Kindergarten Registration – Silver Creek Elementary — 5 p.m., Silver Creek Elementary School, 207 N. Dewey St., Troy. Parents will complete registration and residence. Information presentations will be held. Childcare provided – reservations in advance are required. 618-667-5403. tcusd2.org
▪ Triad CUSD#2 Kindergarten Registration – Marine Elementary — 5:30 p.m., Marine Elementary School, 725 W. Division St., Marine. Parents will complete registration and residence. Information presentations will be held. Childcare provided – reservations in advance are required. 618-667-5404. tcusd2.org
▪ Triad CUSD#2 Kindergarten Registration – St. Jacob Elementary — 5:30 p.m., St. Jacob Elementary School, 305 Jacob st., St. Jacob. Parents will complete registration and residence. Information presentations will be held. Childcare provided – reservations in advance are required. 618-644-2541. tcusd2.org
▪ Madison County Urban League 42nd Annual Recognition and Awards Dinner — 5:30 p.m. Lewis & Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. Recognizing those who have been instrumental in improving the lives of others through service and dedication to the community and paying tribute to emerging young leaders. Cocktail reception, formal dinner. Master of Ceremonies: Bob Wills. Tickets are $65, or $500 per table of eight. For tickets: 618-463-1906.
▪ Live History Performance: ‘Elizabeth Keckley: White Man’s Gold, The Seamstress’ — 6 p.m. Breese Public Library, 530 N. 3rd St., Breese. Performed by Marlene Rivero, who will focus on Keckley, using her biography as a seamstress, friend and confidante of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. All ages welcome. Free event. 618-526-7361 or breeselibrary.org
▪ Book Club at the Library — 6:30 to 8 p.m. Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library, 1001 9th St., Highland. Discussion: “Radium Girls” by Kate Moore. facebook.com/events/376081216474571
▪ Highland Garden Club Meeting — 7 p.m. Korte Recreation Center, 1 Nagel Drive, Highland. Program: Short business meeting followed by Make-n-Take with Grimm and Gorly Florists. Pre-registration required.
Friday, March 29:
▪ 2019 Spring Health Fair Pre-Registration — 1 to 8 p.m. St. Joseph’s Hospital, main lobby, 12866 Troxler Ave., Highland. Registration event for the April 23 health fair. stjosephshighland.org/fair
▪ Stitchin’ in the Stacks — 2 to 4 p.m. Fridays. Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main, Glen Carbon. If you like to knit, crochet or embroider, gather and socialize with others who share your interest and pick up a few tips and tricks as you work your own creations. Bring your supplies. Self-directed program; no instructor. 618-288-1212 or glencarbonlibrary.org
▪ Wine, Appetizers & Entertainment at Poppy’s — 4 to 7 p.m. Poppy’s Inc. dba Widmer Floral & Greenhouse, 1619 Papin St., Highland. Wine tasting and appetizers. Cost: $10. No reservations needed. 618-654-6465.
▪ Highland Fish Fry — 4 to 7:30 p.m. VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carryout. 618-654-6367.
▪ Community Link Glo Bingo — 7 p.m. Breese American Legion, 575 N. Main St., Breese. Doors open 6 p.m. Cost: $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door. Includes six bingo cards, glow dabber and glow hat. Additional cards $5. Cash prizes. Cash bar – bring your own snacks. Must be 18 or older to attend. Reservations: 618-526-8800.
Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31:
▪ ‘Shrek the Musical’ presented by Highland High School — 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Highland Elementary Auditorium, 1800 Lindenthal, Highland. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students. Available at the door. facebook.com/events/373185046870343
Saturday, March 30:
▪ Kaskaskia College ‘Kicking Cancer’ Team Rummage Sale — 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. KC Gymnasium, 27210 College Road, Centralia. All proceeds will be donated to the Marion County Relay for Life and American Cancer Society. 618-545-3101.
▪ 3rd Annual March for Meals 5k/1 Mile Run/Walk — 8 to 11 a.m. Bond County Senior Citizens Center, 1001 E. Harris Ave., Greenville. Proceeds support Bond County Meals on Wheels Program. facebook.com/events/335650077085880
▪ Free Tax Preparation for Local Residents — 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays through April 6. Six Mile Regional Library, 2001 Delmar Ave., Niedringhaus Building, Granite City. Available for families with household income of $55,000 or less in 2018. 211helps.org
▪ Free Tax Preparation for Local Residents — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April 13. Lewis & Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. Available for families with household income of $55,000 or less in 2018. 211helps.org
▪ Metro East Model Railroad Club Open House — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Old Town Hall/Fire House, 180 Summit St., Glen Carbon. See trains running on 18-by-27-foot HO scale layout. Free and open to the public. 618-476-9228, 618-531-1589 or trainweb.org/memrc
▪ Cluckin’ for a Cure Chicken ‘n Beer Dance — 5:30 p.m. Highland K.C. Hall, IL-143, Highland. Live music, raffles, silent auction, door prizes, 50/50 drawing. Music starts 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, available on eventbrite.com, and $30 at the door. Unlimited chicken and beer. Bring your own sides. Benefits Team Bryce and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. facebook.com/events/2222445934674804
Sunday, March 31:
▪ LarryPalooza — 12 to 8 p.m. Madison County Fairgrounds, 2025 Park Hill Drive, Highland. Live music 1 to 7 p.m. Silent auction, food, ice-cold beer and more. Tickets: $15. Proceeds will be donated to Larry’s Family Foundation. facebook.com/events/2265069243737365
Monday, April 1:
▪ JOY Singers Rehearsal — 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through April 1. First Baptist Church, 2709 Poplar St., Highland. 618-654-4145.
▪ Graduate Admissions Open House and Graduate School Research Symposium — 2:30 to 4 p.m. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Meridian Ballroom, One Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville. Prospective students will learn about SIUE’s more than 100 master’s programs, post-baccalaureate certificates, specialist degrees, doctoral degrees and cooperative doctoral programs. siue.edu/graduate-admissions/visits
Tuesday, April 2:
▪ Grief Support Group — 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through April 9. St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Francis Conference Room, 12866 Troxler Ave., Highland. Support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one. To learn more or to register, 618-651-2980 or [email protected]
▪ International Women’s Organization — 7 p.m. Eden Village, Community Room, 200 S. Station Road, Glen Carbon. Program speaker: Valeria Zeda Pinto, SIUE student from Bolivia, gives a window into the lifestyle, diversity, traditions and extraordinary nature and geography of Bolivia. Refreshments served. All are welcome.618-406-0259, 618-830-5804, 312-399-0694 or 618-931-0041.
Wednesday, April 3:
▪ Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Centralia City Hall, 101 S. Locust St., Centralia. Includes 60-minute workshop, “Social Media Best Practices,” presented by Mnichell Stockman of Techknow Solutions at 12 p.m. Staff from IL SBCD for the Metro East at SIUE will available to talk confidentially with business owners and entrepreneurs on a range of topics. 618-650-2929.
▪ Greenville University Career & Intern Fair — 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Greenville University, Crum Recreation Center, 425-499 N. Elm St., Greenville. More than 50 recruiters for students and community members. Come in professional attire with several copies of your résumé. Free admission. 618-664-6655.
Friday, April 5:
▪ Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy Friday Night Funshops — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 5. Liberty Middle School, 1 District Drive, Edwarsville. Fun activities for two age groups. Kids in grades 3-4 will put their paleontology skills to the test to unearth the fossils hidden in the IMSA dig sites. Kids in grades 5-6 will become archaeologists and uncover the secrets of ancient cultures. Pre-registration is required by April 1: imsa.edu/site_section/funshops
Saturday, April 6:
▪ Faith Countryside Apartments Indoor Garage Sale — 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Countryside Center, 1331 26th St., Highland. Household items, home decor, jewelry, craft supplies, furniture, books, puzzles and more. Funds raised will be used to help pay for special trips, crafts, decorations, holiday dinners, birthday parties for the residents.
▪ St. Louis Classical Guitar Society Concert Series: Irina Kulikova — 8 to 10:30 p.m. Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis. Irina Kulikova has traveled the world performing concerts since the age of 12. She brings to St. Louis the rare beauty of her tone and enchanting presence on stage. stlclassicalguitar.org