By Dixie Terry
The month of October is winding down, with the last day, Oct. 31, bringing Halloween, which will be celebrated on Saturday or Sunday in all area towns, with a multitude of ghosts and goblins dropping in for trick-or-treat.
Club 60 at the Marion Senior Center will hold their Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 29, at their lunch time gathering, 11 to 12 noon.
At the Marion Carnegie Library, wear a costume on Saturday, Oct. 30, 1-3 p.m., and visit each department for treats from each.
Oct. 26 will be celebrated as National Pumpkin Day. Oct. 30 is Frankenstein Day. Oct. 27 is Black Cat Day.
Oct. 26 will be Make A Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of community service. Said Tom Brokaw, on volunteering; “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”
Finally, Fall is beginning to change its foliage from green to scarlet, gold and brown, but very slowly. As I look out my kitchen window, the deep woods beyond my back yard remain green. However, as I drove to church on Sunday, I saw several trees in Johnson county that were changing into their Fall wardrobe.
On Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., a Halloween Extravaganza will be held at Shryock Auditorium on the SIU-C campus. The renowned organist, Marianne Webb Reuter, will provide outstanding music, mixed with fun events. Masks are a must, with wearing a costume being an option. This event is free and for all ages.
The Farmers’ Market held on the parking lot of the Marion Senior Citizens Center, will continue through November, each Wednesday and Saturday morning, with Fall produce, baked goods and crafty creations. Stop by!
On Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., a “Celebration of Freedom,” a salute to all veterans, will be held at the Anna Arts Center, with a dinner catered by “The Kitchen on Lafayette.” This will be free for veterans and $10 for others. RSVP by Oct. 26 by calling 1-904-625-1109.
On Nov. 12-13, “Polka Dot,” a musical, will be performed by youngsters at the Anna Art Center.
Nov. 12-27 will find an art exhibit by area grades 4-12 at the Anna Arts Center. Submission of artwork is free, with a reception set for Nov. 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m. There will be awards in several categories.
A fundraiser for Cherie Almaroad, of Goreville, will be held on Nov. 6, 4-8 p.m., at the Goreville School cafeteria, with a spaghetti meal and a live auction, by Robin Harper-Whitehead. Desserts are needed, as well as gift baskets. Donations for Cherie can be made at Southern Trust Bank. Cherie is now undergoing chemo/radiation treatments for “Globlastoma Multiforme.”
The Lake of Egypt Association of Property Owners” has a collection site for aluminum cans at the old firehouse on Lake of Egypt Road. The cans are to be bagged and placed in the caged bin. All proceeds go to the Marion Elks for their 4th of July fireworks display on the Lake of Egypt.
The Johnson County Home and Community Education (HCE) of the University of Illinois Extension continues to collect tabs from aluminum cans, as a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville. Give them to HCE members or leave the tabs at the U. of I. Extension Office in Vienna.
If what to do with your pumpkin, after the Fall holidays, poses a problem, keep in mind that the wild critters will take care of them, if you dump them in a local field or woods.
Speaking of wildlife is a reminder of a raccoon seen on Facebook, hanging precariously from a tree above the pen of our daughter, Nancy’s German Shepherd, Ruthie, who would have made mincemeat of Mr. Coon, had he dropped in.
The 12th annual chili cook-off will be held by the Marion Elks on Saturday, Nov. 13, at their lodge on South Market Street, with a public tasting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will provide “Clothes for Kids” for the Fowler-Bonan Foundation; the Rotary Ipad project; and The Lighthouse Shelter. For information, contact 618-534-5622; 618-889-6358; or 618-751-2831.
I wish I had known the Goreville students were selling mums. That is what our local newspaper is for—-spreading the news.
For those interested in genealogy, “Finding Your Roots” is again being seen at 7 p.m. each Tuesday on WSIU-TV.
Glenn and Phyllis Webb enjoyed having her nephew, Patrick and Julie Dotson of Indiana, as their lunch guests last Friday. Joining them for a nice visit were Natalie and Jim Dougherty.
On Saturday, Jim and Natalie Dougherty enjoyed having their son, Justin, and his son, Connor, of Evansille, visit them, with Glenn and Phyllis joining them for lunch.
Birthdays! Oct. 26–Jeff Morrow, Dustin Robertson, Max Falmier, Cody Maze! Oct. 27–Rich Schuhardt, Nickolas Bowns, Debbie Howard, Mike Whitehead, Payton Sopczak! Oct. 28–Terry Lambert, Nancy Davis, Wendy Sadcewiez! Oct. 29–Jane Butzler, Katelyn Bailey, Debbie Housewright, Lauren McCree, Jean Todd! Oct. 30–Tricia Bailey, Andrew Pearson, Trenton Potocki! Oct. 31–Marilyn Tite, Kim Manier! May you all have many more!
Congratulations to Andrew and Kelli Phelps on their October 29 wedding anniversary!
State Senator Dale Fowler will hold a “Regional Listening Tour” on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 6-7 p.m. at Cafe Bloom on the Benton Square, with a town hall meeting. To attend, register at IL.SenateGop.org/FowlerRLT.
The Eagle House Ministries will again host a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 25. To order meals for in-house dining or to be home delivered, call 618-658-0099. This is free.
Volunteers from the Lick Creek Pentecostal Church are volunteering this week at the Goreville Ministerial Alliance Thrift Shop. Next week’s volunteers will be from the Tunnel Hill Community of Christ Church. Stop in and take home bargains galore!
The John A. Logan College AutumnFest will be held on Nov. 13-14 at the Oasis Entertainment Center, the former Marion Star Centre Mall, with crafters, food and entertainment, all with a holiday theme.
The Veterans Day Service of the Daniel Chapman Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, will be held on November 11 at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the Vienna Carnegie Library. All veterans are urged to attend and the public is also welcomed.
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Have a great remainder of the week!