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HNL 091218 Around Town

Noon Wednesday, Sept. 12, 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 are run only one time in print, will be edited and appear in the week before the event date.

Email: 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, Sept. 12:

Ticket Sale: Polar Express Train Ride — 9 a.m. Online at Purchase tickets for the Polar Express Train Rides starting Nov. 16 and continue running on selected dates through Dec. 30.

Homeless Veterans Stand Down Project — Now through Sept. 20. Kaskaskia College, 27210 College Road, Centralia. The AmeriCorps, Veteran and Military students are collecting items for this project. Donation can be brought to the main campus, any extension center, or the Crisp Center. Items needed include soap, razors, toothpaste, new socks, new underwear and new T-shirts. For more information, call 618-545-3073 or 618-545-3075.

Art Exhibit: ‘Architecture Meets Sculpture’ by Brad Eilering — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays - Saturdays, 12 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29. Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. Visit or call 618-462-5222 for more information.

Thursday, Sept. 13:

Carlyle Courthouse Square Farmers’ Market — 4 to 7 p.m. 8th Street between Franklin and Fairfax streets, east side of Courthouse Square, Carlyle. Includes homemade soap and wine, baked goods, eggs.

Madison County Genealogical Society meeting — 7 p.m. Edwardsville Public Library Community Meeting Room, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville. Presentation: “Tale of Two States - Kentucky and Illinois.” Presented by Eddie Price. Guests always welcome.

Cow Pie Bingo — 5 p.m. Highland Square, 1115 Broadway, Highland. Fundraiser to support Highland School Band programs. Barbecue, music and more. For tickets: or 618-660-6661.

Friday, Sept. 14:

Free Fall Classic Series ‘Jumanji’ — 7 p.m. The Lory Theater, 810 Main St., Highland. Visit for a list of the entire series.

Fall Book Sale — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Marine Library, 202 E. Silver St., Marine. Library offering a plastic bag of books just $2.

Highland Fish Fry — 4-7:30 p.m. VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carryout. 618-654-6367.

Troy VFW Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Troy VFW Post 976 and Auxiliary, 123-A W. Market St., Troy. Cod, catfish, jack salmon, baked fish, chicken strips, shrimp. Dine in or carry out. 618-667-8387.

Friday, Sept. 14 & Saturday, Sept. 15:

City Wide Garage Sales — 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday - Troy addresses only. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday - Troy addresses and Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy. Visit for an interactive map.

Hops and Color Beer Tasting — 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Highland Downtown Square, 914 Main St., Highland. Advance tickets are available online at and cost $20. Tickets $25 at the door. 618-304-9610.

Saturday, Sept. 15:

Collinsville Culver’s Cruise Car Show Series — 5 to 8 p.m. Collinsville Culver’s, 100 United Drive, Collinsville. Classic and collector vehicles, food, music, drawings and more. 618-344-8780.

Street Art Festival — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Downtown Square, 948 Main St., Highland. Art, activities, food, games and more.

Madison County Home and Community Education annual Summer Cool Down event — 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Senior Service Plus building, 2603 N. Rodgers Ave., Alton. Participants can choose between multiple art classes for a small fee. Registration is $10 and includes a boxed lunch. Email for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 16:

‘Election Day 1818’ Illinois Bicentennial Celebration — 3 to 5 p.m. Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial, 3012 1st St., Kaskaskia. Celebrate the first state election. Visit for more information.

Monday, Sept. 17:

‘Suicide: The Ripple Effect’ — 6:30 p.m. Hillsboro Junior High School, 909 Rountree, Hillsboro. The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who tried to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Hines now uses his own experience to help others. Free tickets can be reserved online at Eventbrite.

Tuesday, Sept. 18:

$2 Movies at the WIldey: ‘Meet the Fockers’ — 7 p.m. Wildey Theatre, 252 North Main St., Edwardsville. Tickets only available the day of the show one hour before showtime.

Marine Unit of Home and Community Education Association meeting — 7:30 p.m. Marine Senior Citizens building, 101 W. Silver, Marine. Lesson for Living: “Mercy, Mercy, What is MRSA?” Presenters: Shirley Dietz and Mary Lou Strong.

Metro East Small Business Development Center counseling sessions — 10 a.m. to noon. Highland City Hall, 1115 Broadway, Highland. Appointment recommended. 618-650-2929.

Friday, Sept. 21:

Troy Family Summer of Fun — 6 to 10 p.m. Tri-Township Park, Pavilion 10, 410 Wickliffe St., Troy. Free food. Free entertainment.

Friday, Sept. 21 & Saturday, Sept. 22:

Latzer Library Craft Supply Exchange — 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Latzer Memorial Public Library, 1001 9th St., Highland. Craft items can be dropped off for the exchange during library hours through 15. For more information, 618-654-5066.

Tuesday, Sept. 25:

Fall Floral Door Decorations class — 6 to 8:30 p.m. Trenton Education Center, 520 E. Broadway, Trenton. Cost: $12.50 plus $35 paid directly to instructor for supplies. Pre-registration required. Registration code: COED 5031 TR01E. To register: 618-545-3475 or 618-545-3255.

Wednesday, Sept. 26 & Thursday, Sept. 27:

AARP Driver Safety Course — 1 to 5 p.m. Trenton Education Center, 520 E. Broadway, Trenton. Cost: $15. Pre-registration required. Registration code: LLI 7608 TR01D. To register: 618-545-3475 or 618-545-3255.

Saturday, Sept. 29:

Bradford National Bank Color of Money Color Run — 8 a.m. 100 E. College Ave., Greenville. Cost: $25 in advance; $30 day of race. There will be a 5K run and a one-mile fun run. Visit for more information or to register.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 11 & 18:

Creative Card Series class — 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kaskaskia College Greenville Education Center, 209 North 3rd St., Greenville. Learn card making and scrapbooking techniques. Costs: $30 for the class plus $10 to instructor for supplies. Pre-registration required. Registration code: COED 8045 GR01E. To register: 618-545-3465 or 618-545-3255.

Thursday, Oct. 4 through Thursday, Oct. 18:

Yoga Class — 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays through Oct. 18. First United Methodist Church, 310 S. 2nd St., Greenville. Cost: $25. Pre-registration required. Registration code: LLI 7400 GR04D. To register: 618-545-3465 or 618-545-3255.

Friday, Oct. 5:

Music Trivia — 6 to 9 p.m. St. Jacob Activity Center, 108 N. Douglas St., St. Jacob. Music trivia by Big Papa G. Trivia starts at 6:30 p.m. Get tickets by Sept. 5 for a $10 discount on a table of eight. After Sept. 5, $160 per table or $25 per player. Proceeds will go to scholarships for students in the Troy, Maryville, St. Jacob and Marine areas.