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January 16, 2014 

Twelfth Night Ball

Because of the thread of inclement weather on Jan. 4, Prairie du Rocher rescheduled it's Twelfth Night Ball to Saturday.

You can still waltz back into the 18th century when La Guiannee Societe, dressed in their 18th-century finest, dances amid the candlelight and draped decorations. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, but they are not required.

Cousin Curtis and the Cash Rebates, an oldtime string band, will play for waltzes, schottisches, polkas, reels and square dances. A caller will give brief instructions before the dances.

The ball is from 8 a.m. Saturday to midnight at the American Legion Hall, 508 Henry St. in Prairie du Rocher. Admission is $10.

A highlight comes at 9 p.m., when cake is served. In a tradition handed down from the earliest settlers of Prairie du Rocher, a piece of cake is offered to all gentlemen in attendance. The cake has four beans hidden inside; the first to find a bean becomes the King of the Ball. The remaining beans define the court. The lucky men then choose their ladies.

The American Legion offers a cash bar and several wines especially selected for the ball by Lau Nae winery.

Bring your own wine glasses or use one of a few commemorative glasses that will be available for sale at the door.

Home Show

HGTV Network's John Gidding is one of the special guests during the Gateway Home Show this weekend at the Gateway Center in Collinsville.

Show hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 at the door for adults; children get in free. You can save $5 by purchasing tickets at (promo code nd15).

Gidding, host of the popular "Curb Appeal" and "Curb Appeal: The Block," will be on stage at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday to offer design tips and will share secrets from behind the scenes on his shows.

Other special guests are Chef Warren Caterson; Master Gardener Lisa Dean, who will help you turn your garden into a haven for butterflies; and University of Illinois Extension Naturalist Ned Siegel, who will give a presentation on rain gardens.

There will be expert seminars on Choosing a Contractor and Home Energy Performance.

For a complete schedule and list of home products vendors, go to

Diva Night

It's time for some shopping to shake the winter blues.

Get out your boa and head to January Diva Night from 5 to 8 p.m. today in downtown Belleville. Register at Green Forest Vapor Shop, 106 E. Main St. for $5 per person. Shop your little heart out. Then party at the Lincon Theatre, 103 East Main, and watch "Rock of Ages," starring Tom Cruz, Alex Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones at 8 p.m. It's sponsored by the Greater Belleville Chamber and Belleville Main Street.

The Mane Event

Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center has its fourth annual benefit, The Main Event, on Saturday at Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston.

Featuring a Roaring Twenties theme, the formal dinner, dance and auction benefits the Germantown center that offers therapeutic riding sessions for people with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury and others with special needs.

A barrel of booze and guns will be raffled. Gun raffle tickets are available at the Aviston and Carlyle locations of Aviston Lumber for $5 per chance.

Doors open at 4 p.m. Dinner is served from 5 to 7 p.m. The live auction begins between 7 and 7:30 p.m., when the silent auction ends. Music and dancing is from 8 to midnight.

Tickets are $30 per person and are presale only; call 604-9559. No tickets will be sold at the door.

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