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“Cram the Cars” seeks donations for HACSM food pantry

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“Cram the Cars” seeks donations for food pantry

In recognition of February being National Canned Food Month, HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois are teaming up with several community organizations to “Cram the Car” with non-perishable food items for the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry.

Help with the fourth annual “Cram the Cars” and drop off your non-perishable food items at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland at the Main Lobby or Medical Office Building Lobby, or at any one of the below organizations:

▪  Steve Schmitt Inc. GMC, Buick and Chevrolet, 12631 Illinois 143 in Highland

▪  Tri Ford Inc., 12610 Illinois 143 in Highland

▪  Faith Countryside Homes, 100 Faith Drive in Highland

▪  Highland Health Care Center, 1450 26th St. in Highland

▪  San Gabriel Memory Care, 2509 Frank Watson Parkway in Highland

Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted the entire month of February. On March 1, HSHS Home Care and Hospice will “cram the cars” with the donated items before delivering them to HACSM.

Some non-perishable items that the HACSM could use are pancake mix and syrup, jelly, canned fruit, pasta sauce, cereal, granola, sugar-free fruit, low-salt vegetables, large boxes of oatmeal, as well as any other non-perishable items. Canned fruits and vegetables are a good source of important nutrients. Select canned fruit that is packed in 100 percent juice or water and low-salt canned vegetables for a healthier lifestyle.

For more information about the canned food drive, contact Andrew Wilmes, outreach representative for HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois, at 217-994-4124.


Highland kindergarten call-in registration

Highland Primary Schools 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. To register a student who will be attending kindergarten at Highland Primary, call 618-654-2107 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during that week. (If you live south of Interstate 70, your child should register at Highland 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 Highland Primary on Friday, May 4. If a student is not registered, he or she will not be involved in kindergarten visitation.

HMS presents “Peter Pan”

Highland Middle School students will present the play “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.” at 7 p.m. on both Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10 in the Highland Elementary School auditorium, 1600 Lindenthal Ave. in Highland.

Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.” is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up… with no flying required! The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs and a story featuring one rousing adventure after another.


Community Chorus St. Patrick’s Day event

Get a head start on your St. Patrick’s Day festivities by celebrating all things Irish at the Heartland Community Chorus’s St. Paddy’s Party with Mrs. Murphy and the Gang on Saturday, March 3 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lindendale Park Ballroom.

Enjoy the luck o’ the Irish with lavish appetizers from Urban Farmhouse and music by the Irish Aires and the Heartland Community Chorus.

In addition to the delicious food and lively music, there will be a raffle for tickets to see Celtic Women at the Fox Theatre on June 13. Master of ceremonies for the night will be Irishman Bill O’Sullivan.

This rollicking good time will benefit the chorus’s efforts to bring quality choral music to Highland and the surrounding communities. Guests will have the opportunity to help Build an Orchestra during the Fund the Need appeal.

Tickets are $25 each, or gather eight of your favorite people to buy a table for $200. To purchase your tickets go to heartlandcommunitychorus.com or call Sheila at 618-409-0374.

Lions Trivia Night

The Highland Lions will have a trivia night on Saturday, Feb. 17 at at the Evangelical United Church of Christ, 2520 Poplar St. in Highland. Doors open at 6 p.m., an trivia starts at 7 p.m.

Popcorn and drinks will be available, or you can bring your own food and drinks. Alcohol is not allowed.

Prizes will be awarded for first and second place.

Cost is $15 per person and tables of can have eight to 10 people. The Reservation deadline is Feb. 10. Call 618-779-3815 or 618-402-7555 to RSVP.

County Fair Indoor Garage Sale

The Madison County Fair Association is hosting an indoor garage sale open to anyone wanting to rent tables.

The sale will be held at the Expo Hall on the Madison County Fairgrounds at Lindendale Park in Highland from 1 to 7 p.m. on March 8 and and 8 a.m. to noon on March 9.

Tables, which will be supplied, are available for $10 each (limit four per vendor). Call Donna Zobrist at 618-520-5006 to rent tables or for more information. Deadline to rent tables is Feb. 23.

City News

New City Hall office hours

Highland City Hall has new office hours.

The new hours, which went into effect on Monday, Feb. 5, are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

City Hall is located at 1115 Broadway.


DAR to learn about “Pollinator Gardens”

The Silver Creek Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a meeting on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 10.am. in the auditorium of the Latzer Library. The program, “Pollinator Gardens,” will be presented by Dr. Michele Schutzenhofer from McKendree University.

More information on the Silver Creek Chapter and DAR, is available on the chapter website: ildar.org/chapters/silvercreek or by calling 618-667-8660.


Senior Menu

Faith Countryside Homes invites all seniors 60 and older to join them for their fun, food and companionship community meal program. Meals are served Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, in the Countryside Community Center, 1331 26th St. Reservations for the upcoming week should be made by 1 p.m. this Friday. Call 618-651-3293. The cost is $3.50 per person.

Monday, Feb. 12: Stuffed shells with sauce, Italian blend vegetables, garlic toast, side salad with dressing, fruited gelatin.

Tuesday, Feb. 13: Pork chop with mushroom gravy, buttered rice, Dutch cabbage, dinner roll, pumpkin crumble.

Wednesday, Feb. 14: Roast turkey, baked sweet potato, Parmesan herbed cauliflower, bread, banana split cake.

Thursday, Feb. 15: Baked ham, au gratin potatoes, carrots and onions, bread, glazed applesauce cake.

Friday, Feb. 16: Oven-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable medley, bread, pie of the day.