Community Calendar Page

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Community Calendar

Monday, February 6th

We all know that at some point we must begin planning for the end of our lives.  Making plans for your estate and end-of-life decisions allows you to take control of your affairs, protect your loved ones, and feel a sense of security in an uncertain world. University of Illinois Extension is offering a 4-seminar series where we hope to make some of these seemingly burdensome tasks simple, comprehensive, and accessible.  These sessions will be held the first four Mondays in February (February 6, 13, 20 and 27) at the Wayne County Extension Office, and are free to attend. During the seminar series we will hear from local professionals who will provide information and advice in the following areas: Hospice/Advanced Directives; Funeral Preparation; Investment and Financial Planning; Identity protections and vehicle titling; Legal documents and obligations; Insurance; and Banking. Monday, February 6, 2023: Session 1 – Investments/Planning and Wills, Power of Attorney and other legal documents. Monday, February 13, 2023: Session 2 – Secretary of State/Identity & Vehicle titles & Funeral Preparation. Monday, February 20, 2023: Session 3 – Banking, Tax and Accounting. Monday, February 27, 2023: Session 4 – Insurance and Hospice Care. This program is FREE for all attendees.  Registration is recommended, but not required. Register at https://go.illinois.edu/Wayneendoflifeseminar. If you have questions, call the Extension Office at 618-842-3702. This class is for all members of the public and not restricted to Wayne County residents. University of Illinois Extension does not endorse any of the above speakers. This event is information only and speakers will not be offering their services at the event. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact the event coordinator. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs. 

Wednesday, February 8th

The Illinois Elks Children’s Care, a not for profit charity will be holding a Free Orthopedic clinic for children in Flora, IL on  February 8, 2023. If you need further information, please contact our office at 1-800-272-0074. Office hours are 9:00 am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

Fairfield Community High School will have an orientation night on Wednesday, February 8th at 6pm in the east gymnasium. All eighth graders who will be attending FCHS in the fall of 2023 and their parents or guardians are encouraged to attend. The event will give students a chance to meet with teachers and ask questions about the various classes available to them next year. The eighth graders have received a visit from the FCHS Guidance Department and were given a folder of information regarding classes and how they request to take the classes for the school year 2023-2024. Students may return their folder on this night or into their eighth grade teacher. All folders will be picked up on the following dates: Center Street and New Hope Grade School on Monday, February 13; Jasper Grade School on Tuesday, February 14; and Geff Grade School on Friday, February 17. For questions, or to obtain more information contact Mrs. Lori Robson or Mrs, Meghan Pearce in the FCHS Guidance Office at 847-9046.

Friday, February 10th

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Business & Industry will be hostin an OSHA 10 General Industry two-day class. Class will run from 9am-5pm on Friday, February 10th & Friday, February 17th at Bob Boyles Hall. Cost is $147 per person, and includes all materials, books, and OSHA card. Enrollees will receive their OSHA card once the class is complete and passed. The class will be taught by Ted S. Marshall, Authorized OSHA Program Trainer. To register call 847-9132 or 847-9162. Bob Boyles Hall is located at 2 Frontier Drive on the campus of Frontier Community College.

Saturday, February 11th

From the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Comedy Central, CMT, SiriusXM, Bob and Tom and more, RENO COLLIER will be headlining the LIVE stand up comedy show at Willow Creek Venue on Saturday, February 11th! Reno has toured with the legendary Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy and he also has his own Comedy Central Presents special! As a former P. E. teacher, Reno will have EVERYONE rolling with laughter! Join us for a fun night full of food, drinks and lots of belly laughs! You won’t want to miss out! Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. VIP : $35; VIP with a meal: $50; General Admission: $25; General Admission with a meal: $40. Meals need to be purchased ahead of time! Tickets must be purchased on www.willowcreekvenue.net. Must be 21 & over to attend!

Saturday, February 11: Geff Ruritan monthly breakfast for the Community will be served from 7-9 am.  Menu: Sausage patties, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage gravy and biscuits. pancakes, milk, chocolate milk, juice & coffee.  This is a serve yourself – all you can eat.  Cost is by donation and everyone is welcome.

Monday, February 13th

The monthly breakfast of the Mill Shoals Ruritan Community will be Monday, February 13 at 8:30 am. Scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon,sausage and biscuits & gravy and drinks will be served. Cost is by donation and everyone is welcome.

We all know that at some point we must begin planning for the end of our lives.  Making plans for your estate and end-of-life decisions allows you to take control of your affairs, protect your loved ones, and feel a sense of security in an uncertain world. University of Illinois Extension is offering a 4-seminar series where we hope to make some of these seemingly burdensome tasks simple, comprehensive, and accessible.  These sessions will be held the first four Mondays in February (February 6, 13, 20 and 27) at the Wayne County Extension Office, and are free to attend. During the seminar series we will hear from local professionals who will provide information and advice in the following areas: Hospice/Advanced Directives; Funeral Preparation; Investment and Financial Planning; Identity protections and vehicle titling; Legal documents and obligations; Insurance; and Banking. Monday, February 13, 2023: Session 2 – Secretary of State/Identity & Vehicle titles & Funeral Preparation. Monday, February 20, 2023: Session 3 – Banking, Tax and Accounting. Monday, February 27, 2023: Session 4 – Insurance and Hospice Care. This program is FREE for all attendees.  Registration is recommended, but not required. Register at https://go.illinois.edu/Wayneendoflifeseminar. If you have questions, call the Extension Office at 618-842-3702. This class is for all members of the public and not restricted to Wayne County residents. University of Illinois Extension does not endorse any of the above speakers. This event is information only and speakers will not be offering their services at the event. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact the event coordinator. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs. 

Friday, February 17th

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Business & Industry will be hostin an OSHA 10 General Industry two-day class. Class will run from 9am-5pm on Friday, February 17th at Bob Boyles Hall. Cost is $147 per person, and includes all materials, books, and OSHA card. Enrollees will receive their OSHA card once the class is complete and passed. The class will be taught by Ted S. Marshall, Authorized OSHA Program Trainer. To register call 847-9132 or 847-9162. Bob Boyles Hall is located at 2 Frontier Drive on the campus of Frontier Community College.

 Saturday, February 18th

On Saturday, February 18th the Albion Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Murder Mystery Dinner at the EC Senior Citizens Center. Tickets cost $50 each, or $375 per table. Doors open at 5:45pm, mystery starts at 6:30pm. Dinner will be provided. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 618-302-4655.

Hope Ministries of Geff Food Pantry will be distributing to the community on Saturday, February 18 from 9:00 until 11:00am.

Sunday, February 19th

The Fairfield FFA Alumni Annual Scholarship Lunch will be held on Sunday, February 19th at the Fairfield Rural Fire Department from 11-?.  Lunch includes Pork Chop, Potato, Green Beans, Dessert and Drink for donation.  All proceeds will benefit Fairfield FFA  Alumni Scholarship Fund

Monday, February 20th

We all know that at some point we must begin planning for the end of our lives.  Making plans for your estate and end-of-life decisions allows you to take control of your affairs, protect your loved ones, and feel a sense of security in an uncertain world. University of Illinois Extension is offering a 4-seminar series where we hope to make some of these seemingly burdensome tasks simple, comprehensive, and accessible.  These sessions will be held the first four Mondays in February (February 6, 13, 20 and 27) at the Wayne County Extension Office, and are free to attend. During the seminar series we will hear from local professionals who will provide information and advice in the following areas: Hospice/Advanced Directives; Funeral Preparation; Investment and Financial Planning; Identity protections and vehicle titling; Legal documents and obligations; Insurance; and Banking. Monday, February 6, 2023: Session 1 – Investments/Planning and Wills, Power of Attorney and other legal documents. Monday, February 20, 2023: Session 3 – Banking, Tax and Accounting. Monday, February 27, 2023: Session 4 – Insurance and Hospice Care. This program is FREE for all attendees.  Registration is recommended, but not required. Register at https://go.illinois.edu/Wayneendoflifeseminar. If you have questions, call the Extension Office at 618-842-3702. This class is for all members of the public and not restricted to Wayne County residents. University of Illinois Extension does not endorse any of the above speakers. This event is information only and speakers will not be offering their services at the event. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact the event coordinator. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs.  

Tuesday, February 21st

The Blue Point Free Will Baptist Church is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., in The Link – Gymnasium.  To schedule an appointment, go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor: BLUEPOINT OR CALL 1-800-RED CROSS. The church is located 8 miles south of Flora or two miles north off of 161 Extension on the Blue Mound Road. Contact Connie McGrew at 618-839-1981 or Ernie Lewis at 618-838-6708. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, February 22nd

Drones in Public Service will be held on Tuesday, February 22nd, and Wednesday, February 23rd, from 5-8PM at the Fairfield Fire Department. This class is intended for Police and Fire. To sign up call 847-9162.

Thursday, February 23rd

Drones in Public Service will be held on Wednesday, February 23rd, from 5-8PM at the Fairfield Fire Department. This class is intended for Police and Fire. To sign up call 847-9162.

Saturday, February 25th

On February 25th, the Bluford Ruritan Club will host their monthly Breakfast. All you can eat, Sausage, Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Grits, Coffee, Orange Juice, Milk & Water. Cost is by donation. 

Monday, February 27

We all know that at some point we must begin planning for the end of our lives.  Making plans for your estate and end-of-life decisions allows you to take control of your affairs, protect your loved ones, and feel a sense of security in an uncertain world. University of Illinois Extension is offering a 4-seminar series where we hope to make some of these seemingly burdensome tasks simple, comprehensive, and accessible.  These sessions will be held the first four Mondays in February (February 6, 13, 20 and 27) at the Wayne County Extension Office, and are free to attend. During the seminar series we will hear from local professionals who will provide information and advice in the following areas: Hospice/Advanced Directives; Funeral Preparation; Investment and Financial Planning; Identity protections and vehicle titling; Legal documents and obligations; Insurance; and Banking. Monday, February 6, 2023: Session 1 – Investments/Planning and Wills, Power of Attorney and other legal documents. Monday, February 27, 2023: Session 4 – Insurance and Hospice Care. This program is FREE for all attendees.  Registration is recommended, but not required. Register at https://go.illinois.edu/Wayneendoflifeseminar. If you have questions, call the Extension Office at 618-842-3702. This class is for all members of the public and not restricted to Wayne County residents. University of Illinois Extension does not endorse any of the above speakers. This event is information only and speakers will not be offering their services at the event. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact the event coordinator. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs.  

Thursday, March 2nd

The Mount Vernon Elks 819, Centralia Elks 493, Fairfield Elks 1631, Salem Elks 1678 and McLeansboro Elks 1882 Lodges in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on Thursday, March 2, 2023. The clinic is from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and is by appointment only. To make an appointment call the Illinois Elks Children’s Care office at 1-800-272-0074 between the hours of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. There are no charges for any services at this clinic. The Elks will hold the clinic at the Neuromuscular Orthopaedic Institute office of Dr. Alan Froehling. The office is located at 302 Broadway Street, in Mount Vernon. No medical referral is necessary for the clinic but physicians are welcome to refer patients to the clinic for a specific reason or second opinion. School nurses are welcome to refer children and families to the clinic. The clinic is an ideal time to have a child reviewed for bone and joint development.

Friday, March 3rd

Come join Wayne City’s Cub Scout Pack 185 for our 8th Annual Soup & Chili Dinner Fundraiser beginning at 6PM on Friday March 3rd, at the Wayne City Community Building. The menu will consist of various soups, chili, salad, dinner rolls, and a variety of cakes baked and decorated by the Scouts and their family. We will also serve tea, lemonade, & coffee. Scouts will be seating, taking orders, and serving all guests! Everyone is welcome to attend! Carry out available! Cost is by donation, and all proceeds go to Cub Scout Pack 185 to fund their 2023 Scouting activities and awards. 

Saturday, March 4th

On Saturday, March 4th the Albion Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Vendor Market & Bridal Show at the Country Financial Hall & ECHS Gym. Vendor Market runs 8am-3pm. The Bridal Show will run from 1pm-4pm, with the Fashion Show starting at 2pm.

The Mt. Erie Elementary School PTO will be holding their annual auction and dinner fundraiser Saturday, March 4, 2023. This year’s event will be held at the elementary school. The dinner starts at 5:00 with the auction beginning at 6:00. The meal features a spread made by the delicious April Greifzu Catering, and will include pulled-pork sandwiches, cheesy potato casserole, green beans, and a dessert. Mt. Erie students will all selling meal tickets in advance for the price of $12 for adults, and $7 for children 10 and under. The auction will begin at 6 pm with Alex Atwood auctioneering. Mt. Erie PTO and students would like to thank all the generous local businesses who have donated awesome items to this year’s auction. Money raised from this year’s auction will be put towards picnic tables for our playground, trips, activities, and school supplies for all students. Make sure to mark your calendar and help us reach our goal!

Thursday, March 9th

Wayne City Unit School District Unit #100 is conducting their Kindergarten Screening and Registration on March 9th & 10th. The registration will be held at the Wayne City Baptist Church from 8:30am-3:00pm each day. Eligible children are those who will be 5 by September 1st, 2023. The screening process checks for kindergarten readiness and typically takes 5 to 10 minutes. This is also an opportunity for you and your child to meet and greet their teachers. Please call Mrs. Tesia Maxey at 618-895-0357 to set up your appointment today! Please bring copies of immunizations records, dental and eye exams, and a school physical if available at this time.

The Wayne City Unit School District #100 is conducting Child Find/ Preschool Screenings for ages birth to 5 years old children who are not yet enrolled in public schools and who are not kindergarten eligible for the 2023-2024 school year. The screening checks each child’s hearing, vision, speech, language, and coordination skills. This will give parents a better idea of how their child is progressing at a young age before he/she begins school. This screening program is free and parents will receive immediate feedback on how their child is developing. Pre-K personnel will also be present to explain their program and other services available in the area. Screenings will be held at Wayne City Baptist Church on March 9th and 10th from 8:30am-2:30pm each day. The screening procedure takes about 45 minutes, and appointments must be made. Parents/Guardians should call Tesia Maxey at 618-895-0357 to make an appointment or to get more information. Remember! This service is free to children living in the Wayne County area, but appointments are needed. 

Friday, March 10th

Wayne City Unit School District Unit #100 is conducting their Kindergarten Screening and Registration on March 9th & 10th. The registration will be held at the Wayne City Baptist Church from 8:30am-3:00pm each day. Eligible children are those who will be 5 by September 1st, 2023. The screening process checks for kindergarten readiness and typically takes 5 to 10 minutes. This is also an opportunity for you and your child to meet and greet their teachers. Please call Mrs. Tesia Maxey at 618-895-0357 to set up your appointment today! Please bring copies of immunizations records, dental and eye exams, and a school physical if available at this time.

The Wayne City Unit School District #100 is conducting Child Find/ Preschool Screenings for ages birth to 5 years old children who are not yet enrolled in public schools and who are not kindergarten eligible for the 2023-2024 school year. The screening checks each child’s hearing, vision, speech, language, and coordination skills. This will give parents a better idea of how their child is progressing at a young age before he/she begins school. This screening program is free and parents will receive immediate feedback on how their child is developing. Pre-K personnel will also be present to explain their program and other services available in the area. Screenings will be held at Wayne City Baptist Church on March 9th and 10th from 8:30am-2:30pm each day. The screening procedure takes about 45 minutes, and appointments must be made. Parents/Guardians should call Tesia Maxey at 618-895-0357 to make an appointment or to get more information. Remember! This service is free to children living in the Wayne County area, but appointments are needed. 

Saturday, March 11th

The Wayne City High School History Club Trivia Night will be held on March 11, 2023. Doors will open at 6pm, Trivia begins at 7pm. Cost is $100 per team, with up to 10 members per team. There will be free snacks and doorprizes. All proceeds go to the WCHS History Club.

Saturday, March 25th

On March 25th, the Bluford Ruritan Club will host their monthly Breakfast. All you can eat, Sausage, Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Grits, Coffee, Orange Juice, Milk & Water. Cost is by donation.

Saturday, April 1st

On Saturday, April 1st the Albion Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on the Edwards County Courthouse Lawn.

The New Hope General Baptist Church located at 449 County Road 1800 East, Fairfield, IL is offering two scholarships for the 2023-2024 school year. One $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is currently or will be enrolling in a four-year university and one $500 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is currently attending or will be enrolling in a two-year college or technical school for the 2023-2024 school year. Potential candidates must be graduating high school seniors who attend New Hope Church or a church in the Union Grove Association, and/or a graduating senior from Wayne County Schools or current university/college/technical school students. Scholarship packets are available at Union Grove Association Churches, Wayne County High Schools, and Frontier Community College. The deadline for submitting an application is April 1, 2023. For more information, you may call (618) 599-2036. 

Saturday, April 22nd

On April 22, the Bluford Ruritan Club will host their monthly Breakfast. All you can eat, Sausage, Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Grits, Coffee, Orange Juice, Milk & Water. Cost is by donation. 

Friday, April 28th

The Village of Wayne City has scheduled the Spring Town wide rummage sales for Friday & Saturday, April 28th & 29th.  Call the Village Hall by Tuesday, April 25th at 895-2241 to be put on the sales list. These will be available at the office & at local businesses on Wed the 26th.

Saturday, April 29th

On Saturday, April 29th the Albion Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding City Wide Yard Sales. The sales will take place city wide, and run all day long.

The Village of Wayne City has scheduled the Spring Town wide rummage sales for Friday & Saturday, April 28th & 29th.  Call the Village Hall by Tuesday, April 25th at 895-2241 to be put on the sales list. These will be available at the office & at local businesses on Wed the 26th.

Thursday, May 4th

The Village of Wayne City has scheduled the town wide clean up day will be the following Thursday, May 4th. A list of items that can and cannot be picked up are available at the Village Hall. All items must be curbside. If you have any questions feel free to call the Village Hall.

Saturday, May 27th

The Flora Masonic Lodge is planning to hold their 2nd Annual Donation Auction on Saturday, May 27, 2023. The auction will be held at Charlie Brown Park, and will start at 10 a.m. All proceeds will go to the Shriners Hospital to support children in need. For more information contact 618-843-3815