Highland News Leader

Highland area club meetings for the week of March 25

Highland Garden Club to discuss purple martins

The Highland Garden Club will meet Thursday, March 26, in the upstairs meeting room at the Korte Recreation Center beginning at 7 p.m. John Miller of St. Louis, a member of the Purple Martin Conservation Association, will review tips to attract and manage a colony of purple martins. He will also have housing samples to show and hand-out literature available. This should be an excellent program to put everyone in the mood for spring.

Club members and anyone else interested in learning more about purple martins are invited and encouraged to attend.

The Highland Garden Club meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of each month, except in November, when it meets on the third Thursday. The mission of the club is: “To plant the seeds of knowledge, cultivate friendships, grow in our appreciation of nature, harvest ideas, and preserve the beauty of our community.” Anyone interested in learning more about the Garden Club should call membership chair Chris Miller at 654-4725.

Highland League of Writers

The Highland League of Writers will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 6 in meeting room No. 2 at the Korte Recreation Center in Highland. Anyone interested in writing is invited to attend. You can come just to hear member readings, or read your own words for a friendly critique. There are no dues, fees or assigned topics. Meetings are normally the first and third Monday of each month. For additional information, call Chuck Schwend at (618) 887-4797 or email www.schwendcharles@yahoo.com. Visit the group at www.charlesbschwend.com/the-highland-league-of-writers/.

International Women’s Organization

The International Women’s Organization (IWO) will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 in the Community Room at Eden Village, 200 S. Station Road in Glen Carbon. (Look for blue sign out front of the Information and Administrative Office. You may also park on the side of road next to blue sign. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

The featured speaker will be Charlotte Farmer, who is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Before coming to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Farmer studied international business management. She will share, through a PowerPoint presentation, some of the beautiful historic sights, cultures and traditions of her country. Farmer loves to travel and will also share some of the adventures she had while living in Italy for four months in 2012-2013. There will be a question-and-answer session following her presentation.

IWO provides cross-cultural opportunities, educational programs and social activities for American and international women of the metro-east area. Women gather and share life experiences; network; learn about other cultures and traditions; build new global friendships; and help create international understanding. IWO is a sister organization to the International Hospitality Program at SIUE and is affiliated with the SIUE Center for International Programs.

For additional information, call Esther at (618) 406-0259, Emma at (618) 954-8844, or Joyce at (618) 931-0041.

Gateway East Artists’ Guild

The Gateway East Artists’ Guild will meet on Wednesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. in the PSOP/SWIC Building in downtown Belleville, 201 N. Church St.

The program for the evening will be by botanical artist Jody Williams, who will demonstrate the materials and techniques specific to botanical art with a focus on watercolor painting. She will discuss what makes botanical art distinct from flower painting, still life, and scientific illustration sharing examples of her own work along with others from catalogs of recent botanical art exhibitions.

There will also be a monthly membership art competition and refreshments. Go to www.geag.net/ to learn more about the group’s activities.

Highland Historical Society

The next meeting of the Highland Historical Society will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 at the John Wildi Masonic Temple, 721 9th St. in Highland. Members will be shown the lodge’s historical collection and museum.

Highland Area Women’s Connection

The Highland Area Women’s Connection invites all ladies and gentlemen to its “Spring Fashion Show Guest Night” at Highland Community Church, located at 2307 Broadway in Highland, on Tuesday, April 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The two-hour program will feature a performance of the Highland Community Chorus and a “What’s New for Spring” fashion show from Basket Case Boutique in Lebanon.

The speaker is Connie Harris, an author from Joliet, Ill., will present “Painted Colors of Hope.”

A full dinner will be catered by Gutzler’s Butterfly Patio, located in Troy. In addition, enjoy tasty desserts from Anton’s Catering located in Breese.

No membership is required. All women and men are welcome. On-site, complimentary child care for younger children is available, with advance notice. Reservations are required for the dinner and childcare. For reservations, call Sharon at (618) 920-0008 or email highlandwomensconnection@gmail.com.

Cost for this event is $13 per person, which includes the program and dinner, and it is payable at the door.