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Kindergarten call-in registration

Alhambra Primary School will hold kindergarten call-in registration the week of Feb. 20-23.

If you have a student turning 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2018, he or she is eligible to enroll in kindergarten in the fall of 2018. If your child will be a kindergartner at Alhambra Primary, call 618-488-2200 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (If you live north of Interstate 70, your child should register at Alhambra Primary.)

Any family registering a student will need to provide a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate and proof of residency by the visitation date. Kindergarten visitation is scheduled for Alhambra Primary on Friday, May 4. If a student is not registered, he or she will not be involved in kindergarten visitation.

Community Club meeting

The Alhambra Community Club welcomes new residents of Alhambra to attend the Monday, Feb. 26 meeting at 5:30 at Maedge’s Restaurant. The evening begins with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, followed by a prayer.

Those who wish to eat, order and pay for their own meals. Following the meal, there will occasionally be a guest speaker or the business meeting with the secretary and treasurers report.

The Community Club has helped the community in many ways this past year. The club has donated money for people with devastating health issues, families that have lost their homes due to fire, helped with feeding the hungry, helped the school with items the teachers needed, gave out a $500 scholarship, helped with Christmas projects and Easter Egg hunts, as well as helped residents at the nursing homes.

The club meets once a month on the fourth Monday, and the meetings are usually over by 8 p.m. Call Winnie Schoen at 618-488-7169 or just come to to Maedge’s on meeting Monday and enjoy the fellowship and the fun.

Salem UCC news

Volunteers from Salem United Church of Christ in Alhambra help at the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry’s food pantry once a month, usually during the week. The pantry has need of volunteers on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 8:45 a.m. until noon. Contact Rick Porter at 618-978-8765 if interested in helping.

There are sausage links and back bones from the sausage supper for sale. Contact the church office at 618-488-3215 or Louie Knackstedt 618-488-7782 if interested.

New Douglas

Lutheran church spaghetti dinner

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 205 N. 7th St. in New Douglas, will hold its annual spaghetti dinner and bake sale fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17. Dining will be in the Parish Hall. Carry-out meals will be available. The menu for the all-you-can-eat meal includes spaghetti with red or white sauce, salad, bread, drinks, and dessert. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10, and kids 4 and under eat free. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children.


Hospital Auxiliary book sale

Over 36,000 used books and other items, including DVDs, CDs, books on CD, records, puzzles, games and sheet music will be featured at the 16th annual Used Book Fair and Bake Sale, sponsored by the Auxiliary at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

The sale will be held Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 15-18, at the Breese American Legion, 575 N. Main St.

Hours will vary by day as follows: from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, with half-price after 3 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, with half-price all day; and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 18, with $3/bag until 10:30 a.m. then everything free until closing with packing up beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Admission will be charged the first day only - $6 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., then $3 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with free admission the remaining three days.

Bake sale items will be available Friday, Feb. 16, only, from 10 a.m. until sold out.

For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 526-5351 or judy.schrage@hshs.org.


Madison County HCE to hold “Winter Warm Up”

The Madison County Home and Community Education moved its Winter Warm Up to Saturday, Feb. 24, with registration check-in starting at 8:15 a.m. It will be held at Senior Services Plus, located at 2603 N. Rodgers St. in Alton.

This is a good opportunity to do an interesting craft-making, including greeting cards, beginner crochet, special art classes, iris paper folding, jewelry making, making a terrarium in a glass, etc.

New classes added to the schedule this year are acrylic floral painting on canvas, winter scene on canvas, and introduction to tole painting and decorative sign painting.

Registration is $10 and includes lunch. Checks should be may payable to MCAHCE should be done by Feb. 15 and sent to Claudia Harju, 729 Linden Place, Alton, IL 62002. Additional fees may be charged for class for supplies.

For registration information including classes, times and fees contact Claudia at 618-433-1907.


UCC news

Activities happening this week begin on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. with yoga class. Another class will be on Friday, Feb. 9 at 9 a.m., and Faith Countryside Worship will be at 10 a.m. on Friday.

There will be no Confirmation on Sunday, Feb. 11. Worship at 10:15 a.m., followed by the Appreciation Dinner at 11:15 a.m.

The United For Others meeting is at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13.

Feb. 14 begins the season of Lent, with Ash Wednesday worship will be at 7 p.m. Choir practices will follow.

St. Gertrude’s observes “Random Acts of Kindness”

Members of St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Grantfork are given the option of participating in Random Acts of Kindness week Feb. 11-17. To participate, just write your name and address and drop it in the collection basket. At the end of Mass, take one of the papers out of the basket and do a kindness for the person whose name you have drawn.

Some suggested act of kindness might be to send a card, do a small chore for them (sometimes elderly people have trouble doing small things such as replacing light bulbs), offer to take them to lunch, or for those who no longer drive, they may greatly appreciate going to the cemetery to put flowers on graves for Easter. You may also prefer to get a gift certificates or bake something.

Call Gail Ohren 618-830-1384 for further information.

Glen Carbon

GOP group to hold candidate’s forum

The Conservative Women’s Coalition will be hosting a “Meet the Candidate Night” on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the IHOP restaurant, 4233 S. Illinois 159 in Glen Carbon.

Speakers will be Ben Stratemeyer, Republican candidate for 54th State Senate District; Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton, Republican candidate for 56th State Senate District; Mike Babcock, Republican candidate for 111th Illinois House District; Wendy Erhart, Republican candidate for 112th Illinois House District; and Dwight Kay, Republican candidate for 112th Illinois House District.

Each candidate will given time to speak along with a question/answer session will be held. Candidates will also have yard signs and literature available.

Free refreshments will be served. An optional dinner will be available for purchase at 6 p.m. The public is invited.

For further information, contact Linda Campbell at 618-980-4133 or Kim Farkas at 314-402-4543.