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Highland police offering free self-defense course for women

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Police offering free self-defense course for women

The Highland Police Department will be offering a 2  1/2 -hour self-defense class for women from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Highland Community Church, 2307 Broadway in Highland

Sponsored by the National Self-Defense Institute, the class is designed for women ages 16 and older and covers basic self-defense tactics and self-awareness information. It is designed to teach women how to prevent a possible attack and provides effective self-defense options should an attack occur.

The class is free of charge, but is limited to 30 female participants.

To register, you must contact the Highland Police Department at 618-654-2131. Registration deadline is Feb. 25 by 6 p.m. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian also enrolling in the class.

This class will be the only offering this spring, and it will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Arts Councils gets grant from Monsanto

The Arts and Education Council announced last week receipt of $25,000 in renewed support from the Monsanto Fund for a grant program to provide arts in rural communities across the bi-state region.

Since its inception in 2007, the Monsanto Fund Rural Community Arts Education Program has provided more than $200,000 in arts funding to bring artists and entertainers into classrooms and performance venues so adults and children living in the rural communities surrounding the St. Louis metropolitan area have greater access to performing, visual and literary arts.

Organizations that received funding in 2017 were the Highland Arts Council; Looking Glass Playhouse in Lebanon; Raintree Arts Council in Clarksville, Mo.; Sullivan Area Arts Council in Sullivan, Mo.; The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts in Lebanon; and Warren County Fine Arts Council in Wright City, Mo.

Jaycees to have Valentine’s Day Dance for youth

The Highland Jaycees will be sponsoring a Valentine’s Day dance from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 at the Weinheimer Community Center in Highland. Admission for fourth and fifth grade students is $7 or only $5 if they bring in a donated item. For more information, contact Sarah Sloan at 618-882-8478.

JOY Singers to begin spring practice

The JOY Singers will start 2018 spring concert season on March 5. The get-together will begin at noon with a luncheon at the First Baptist Church of Highland, 2709 Poplar St. Following the luncheon, music will be distributed and rehearsal will begin around 1:30 p.m. Rehearsals will continue at the church every Monday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. through April 2.

The JOY Singers are a group of senior adults who perform at local nursing homes and other venues within the Highland area. The group has two concert seasons. This spring season will feature music from the ’50s, as well as some patriotic songs. Fall season will be mostly Christmas.

Concerts will be mainly on Mondays at 2 p.m., from early April through late May.

New members are always welcome. Requirements to join are a passion for singing and a friendly disposition. If you choose to join, you will be asked to purchase a JOY Singers polo shirt to wear to the performances. Shirts cost $17. Come to the luncheon and first practice to see if JOY Singers are for you.

For more information, call the church office at 618-654-4145 or email at fbcoffice@fbchighland.org.

Church News

Combined Ash Wednesday services at First Baptist

All are welcome to Ash Wednesday worship on Feb. 14, at the First Baptist Church of Highland, 2709 Poplar St., as the members of First Baptist, Evangelical United Church of Christ, and First Congregational Church celebrate the beginning of the Lenten season with a special service. In addition to the sermon, the service will feature a special choir piece performed by the combined choirs of the three churches and the applying of the ashes at the conclusion. The service will begin at 7 p.m.

Clubs

League of Writers to meet

The Highland League of Writers will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19 in meeting room No. 2 at the Korte Recreation Center in Highland. Anyone interested in writing is invited to attend. Pick up tips from published authors. Bring your ideas, plots, or thoughts, up to several pages for a friendly critique. Poetry, memoirs, magazine, anything written are welcome. You can also come just to hear the member readings. There are no dues, fees or assigned topics. Meetings are normally the first and third Monday each month. For additional information call Chuck Schwend at 618-887-4797 or email schwendcharles@yahoo.com. Visit the club at charlesbschwend.com/the-highland-league-of-writers.

Food

K of C Lenten fish fries start today

Knights of Columbus Council 1580 will have its first Lenten fish fry today, Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Knight of Columbus Hall, 12454 Illinois 143 in Highland.

Cod plates are $10. Also on the menu are sandwiches, crab Rangoon, shrimp, chicken tenders and baked fish.

Carry-outs will be available, and free delivery is offered to shut-ins by calling 618-654-9049.

The fish fries will continue every Friday through the Lenten season.

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. 19: Meatloaf, baked potato, cauliflower with cheese sauce, bread, fruit crisp.

Tuesday, Feb. 20: Salisbury steak, buttered egg noodles, steamed Brussels sprouts, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Wednesday, Feb. 21: Herbed pork roast, baked sweet potato, peas, dinner roll, angel food cake with fruit.

Thursday, Feb. 22: Crispy chicken sandwich, tater tots, lettuce and tomato, oatmeal cookie, fruit cocktail.

Friday, Feb. 23: Fried fish, vinegar dressing cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, bread, frosted peanut butter cake.

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