Mater Dei to have “Knight at the Races”
Gather your family and friends for Knight at the Races on Saturday, Jan. 20 in support of the Mater Dei music program. Held at the Mater Dei Lampe Commons, gates open at 6 p.m. and races begin at 7 p.m. The Jazz Band will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets ($35 per person) include appetizers, open bar, “funny money” for wagering, and chances to win prizes. The evening will also include additional raffles. For a reservation form, visit materdeiknights.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Church to have trivia night
St. Nicholas Parish, 401 E. State St. in Pocahontas, is sponsoring its fourth annual trivia night on Saturday, Feb. 3. Doors open at 6 p.m., with trivia starting at 7 p.m. Cost is $100 per table. Teams consist of eight people, maximum. Snacks and alcohol are permitted. There will also be a silent Auction, 50-50 drawing, and prizes will be awarded. For reservations, call Annette Bleisch at 618-669-2303 or 618-910-2424. For more information or any questions, contact Colleen Lozier at 618-558-1284.
Church selling homemade tamales, salsa
The Pentecostals of Troy, 8965 Illinois 162 in Troy, will be taking orders for homemade, authentic tamales and salsa until Jan. 28. Tamales will be chicken or pork, $15 per dozen, $8 per half-dozen. Hot, medium or mild salsa is available for $8 per quart or $4 per pint. Pick up is Feb. 3, beginning at 11 a.m. You may email your order to email@example.com, or call 667-6054 and leave a voice message with your order. For more information, visit the online church at pentecostalsoftroy.org, “Like” The Pentecostals of Troy on Facebook, or follow @PentecostalTroy on Twitter.
Partners 4 Pets spaghetti dinner
Partners 4 Pets will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from r to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 106 N. Border St. in Troy. The menu includes rich, delicious meat sauce made from from scratch, crisp salad, garlic slathered bread, drinks and dessert. A vegetarian will also be option available. Cost is $8 adults for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under.
Shimkus seeks Valentines for service members
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, is once again asking constituents to participate in his annual “Valentines for Heroes” program. The congressman’s district offices will collect Valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
“Thousands of Valentines have come into my offices every year since we began ‘Valentines for Heroes,’” Shimkus said. “Elementary and middle school classes, church youth groups, home-schoolers, senior citizens and constituents from every part of the district have been overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present.”
This year, Valentines will be accepted at Shimkus’ offices until Feb. 9 and will then be distributed to local VA and military facilities before Valentine’s Day.
Valentines may be dropped off or mailed to Congressman John Shimkus at any of his district offices at 15 Professional Park Drive, Maryville, IL 62062.
Constituents should return signed Valentines without addressing them to a specific person; without signing their last name or including their address; and without sealing them in individual envelopes. All Valentines are reviewed for content and appropriateness before distribution, and constituents can call the congressman’s Maryville office at -618-288-7190 with questions.
Leef Township meetings for 2018
Leef Township meetings are at 7 p.m. at the Leef Township Building meeting room. Most meetings will be held at 8 p.m. Meeting dates include Tuesdays, Feb. 7, March 7, June 6, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, and Nov. 7, all at 8 p.m. The April 10 will be at 7 p.m., with annual meeting following at 8 p.m. The May meeting will be held on April 25, due to a scheduling conflict. The July meeting to be held on June 25, and the meeting on Dec. 5 will start at 6 p.m. for a Christmas pot-luck following the meeting.
VIP Student of the Month for January is Sophia Fleming for outstanding leadership.
This year’s spelling bee champion is Ellie Kampworth, and the runner-up is Olivia Adolph.
Family movie night is Friday at Rec Plex
The New Douglas Township Rec Plex, 310 S. Main St., will host a Family Movie Night on Friday, Jan. 19.
Family Movie Nights are sponsored by community families who invite all their friends and neighbors to come see a movie they choose. There is no charge, but organizers do ask for donations for the popcorn provided. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult or family member 18 or older. Additional family movie sponsors are needed.
The movie will be “Cars 3.” The movie will start at 6:30 p.m., so families are asked to be seated by 6:20 p.m.
Village Board meetings for 2018
The regular meetings of the Alhambra Village Board of Trustees will be held at the Alhambra Village Hall, 602 W. Main St. in Alhambra, at 7 p.m. The meeting dates for 2018 are as follows: Mondays, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.
Township meetings for 2018
The regular Alhambra Township Board of Trustees meetings will be at the Township Center, 101 E. Main St. in Alhambra, on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 13, March 13, April 10 (annual meeting starts at 7 p.m., followed by regular meeting), May 8, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 4 (date moved up).