This year’s Homecoming will be the 20th anniversary since the Homecoming was reinstated. Over that time, the Alhambra Jaycees, Firemen & Legion Park Association, and the Alhambra Firemen have worked each year to make the homecoming better.
Rides will be a big hit with the kids again this year. Armbands may be purchased each evening for $20 each and will allow the wearer to ride the rides for the entire evening.
Mouse races will be a new event, and the first race begins after the parade and will be viewed next to the beer tent.
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Parades will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. Contact Greg Nihiser at (618) 946-3432, if wishing to enter a float in the parade. (Editor’s Note: the dates of the homecoming were mistakenly left off Thursday’s print version of the News Leader.)
Dance to the beat of Blacktop Boulevard on Friday night from 8 p.m. to midnight, and on Saturday, Agent 99 will rock the park from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Food will be plentiful with choices of fried chicken, pork steaks, burgers, brats, French fries and hot dogs. Quench your thirst with soda, water or beer.
Volunteers are needed. If new to town this is a great way to meet new people. Call Patty at (618) 580-4469 or Donnie (618) 581-3799 for further information.
Harris Cemetery Services
Memorial Day Services will be held at Harris Cemetery on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m.
Harris Cemetery is located approximately ½ mile south of Illinois Route 140 on Alhambra Road. It is operated by the Harris Cemetery Association and is not affiliated with any church. The public is invited to attend.
Hitz salad luncheon
Hitz Home Auxiliary will hold a salad luncheon at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 5 in the common area of Hitz Memorial Home, 201 Belle St. in Alhambra. Cost is $6, and lunch will include chicken salad, little ham and turkey sandwiches, taco salad and many more salads. Entertainment will follow the luncheon. There will also be a quilt drawing and drawing for prizes at the end of the event.
On Monday, June 8, there will be a blood drive at Alhambra Township Park in the Firemen & Legion Hall from 3 to 7 p.m.
Donors will be asked for a valid photo ID. Alhambra 4-H members have volunteered to help with this month’s blood drive.
Dog vaccinations will available at the Alhambra Fire Department on Saturday, June 13 from noon to 1 p.m. Dogs need to be on a leash.
Salem Church VBS
Vacation Bible school will be held June 7-11 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Power.” Children will embark on the coolest adventure of the summer, with Bible learning, team building, songs and tasty treats. There will be lots of activities, and it will be a wonderful way to teach little ones the glory of God. Children ages 3 years old to grade 5 are welcome. Young people from grade 6 to high school are welcome to come be a member of the crew. Parents are welcome to join in the special nightly closing at 8:10 p.m. Registration forms are available outside the church office.
Flags will be put up before the Homecoming by the First Baptist Youth Group and on Flag Day (June 14) by the Village Board members. Anyone wishing to help keep the flags flying may drop a dollar or two off at the Village Hall. Any amount will be appreciated and used to repair flag holders and flag poles.
The end of the school year moves closer with the final day being on May 29.
Students enjoyed the fourth annual “Cruisin’ with Character” mini-marathon on May 7 at the Alhambra Township Park. Students and teachers had been training since last January for the 13.1 mile run. They have run one mile each week until the day of the mini-marathon.
Parents, grandparents, pre-K and older brothers and sisters came out to the park to cheer on their runners. Signs, posters, clappers and chants could be heard as each runner ran past to show their support.
Third-grader Brooke said, “My favorite part was when I heard people calling out my name and cheering me on.”
Second-grader Grant said he likes the crowd cheering at the end of the run the most.
At the finish line, students were awarded a medal and got their pictures taken with the school mascot, Lulu the Leopard.
Refreshments of oranges and bananas were donated by SuperValu for this event.
Pennies have been collected and turned in for Leaps of Love, and the children presented a check for $200 to Traci Reichmann for this organization that helps support families and children with childhood brain tumors and late affects of childhood cancer.
The Alhambra Community Club met on Monday, May 18 at Maedge’s Restaurant.
Vice president John Ernst presided over the meeting, with 21 members being present.
Sterling Schoen introduced the guest speaker, Laverne Bloemker. They both spoke on the work they have done to revamp Vincent Cemetery.
The meeting called to order with prayer and pledge.
Under old business, it was reported that microphones have been purchased and will be used at the next meeting.
Ashlie Ernst reported on the details for the scholarship the club will be offering.
Cakes will be needed for the cake walk at the homecoming.
Pat Hinton and Lorene Knackstedt will buy the candy for the homecoming. They will have a $100 budget. Members will ride in the parade on a float this year.
It was voted to give Vincent Cemetery $100 a year to help pay mowing expenses.
A $50 donation will go to the Jaycees for the Fourth of July Fireworks.
The club received a $200 donation from AG Communications.
A cake in honor of Vernon Otto’s birthday was enjoyed by everyone.
Happy anniversary on May 26, Tom and Martha Seest; May 28, Roger and Janelle Reilson; June 1, Laverne and Marilyn Korsemeyer, Joe and Deanna Dauderman, Marcus and Sarah Doubet and Steve and Jane Roper; June 2, Michael and JoBeth Winet and Karl and Rita Smith.
Happy birthday on May 28, Jeff Hurst, Vicky Hooks and Ed Noeth; May 29, Dean Reckmann and Emma Otto; May 30, Derek Reckman; May 31, Debra Reckmann and Nancy Heidbrink; June 1, Tristan Watson, Gayle Cruthis, Kirby Knackstedt and John Sanders; June 2, Joe Dauderman, Blake Ernst and Sandy Ahlmeyer; June 3, Randy Horner and June 4, Ember Brosin.
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