Hospital auxiliary to hold used book sale
The Auxiliary of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland will have a used book sale Aug. 2-4 in the Ungacta Conference Center at the hospital. Hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2 (preview admission $2), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 (free admission), and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4 (fill a bag for $3). For more information, call the gift shop at 618-651-2592.
Hospital auxiliary seeking former members
The HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary will be celebrating it 50th Anniversary in October and is seeking any and all past members. If you, or anyone you know was an auxiliary member for St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland, call Sandy at 654-2417 or Delores at 654-2073 at your earliest convenience.
Muny Express set for last trip of summer
With just one Friday night performance remaining at the Muny in Forest Park, the new Madison County Transit Muny Express bus service from Highland, St. Jacob and Troy has proven to be a show-stopper.
Just in time for the Muny’s milestone 100th season, MCT introduced the new service from these communities to every Friday night show at the Muny earlier this summer. The new bus service picks-up at three park and ride lots on U.S. 40 and drops off directly in front of the Muny.
After six shows, ridership on the new Highland route rivals the existing Muny Express routes in Alton and Edwardsville. The Highland route had its best showing for the July 13 Muny performance of “Jersey Boys” with 141 boardings. The remaining show, “Meet Me in St. Louis” on Friday, Aug. 10, promises to bring a similar crowd. Pick-up times for the MCT Highland Muny Express are:
MCT Highland Park & Ride Lot, 12291 U.S. 40, at 6:47 p.m.
St. Jacob Park & Ride Lot, 10670 U.S. 40, at 6:52 p.m.
MCT Troy Park & Ride Lot, 200 W. U.S. 40, at 7 p.m.
Passengers on the MCT Muny Express enjoy an affordable and relaxing, round-trip ride without the hassles of driving, fighting traffic, and searching for a place to park. Buses arrive in front of the Muny 30 minutes before show time and leave for the return trip 20 minutes after the final curtain, from the same location.
Passengers riding the Muny Express can purchase an MCT Express Round Trip pass upon boarding for only $5. The pass allows passengers to ride to and from the Muny for one fare, eliminating the hassle of paying twice. Passengers are also able to purchase a one-way ride for $3.50 (adults 13 and older); $1.75 for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and children ages 5-12. Children under five ride free. Fares are paid at the time of boarding. Groups of 30 or more should contact MCT in advance to guarantee seating.
For details on this or any other MCT service, email email@example.com or call 618-797-4636.
Parks & Rec to host free movie in the park
Bring your family, friends and a blanket for a free movie and fun under the stars on Friday, Aug. 10 behind the Korte Recreation Center.
The Highland Parks & Recreation Department and Blake Schrumpf State Farm Insurance will show the movie “Cars” (rated PG) at 8 p.m., and there will be free popcorn and drinks provided for all who attend.
Families with children 8 years old and under are welcome to come out at 7 p.m. to make it a fun drive-in experience. Bring a box(es) large enough for your child(ren) to sit in, and organizers will provide the other supplies needed to personalize your cardboard car.
Jesse White announces Mobile Unit coming to Highland
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, in cooperation with Weinheimer Community Center, is offering drivers a chance to renew their driver’s license or vehicle registration renewal sticker, obtain a duplicate or corrected license, or obtain an Illinois identification card. White’s mobile unit will be available at the Weinheimer Community Center, located at 1100 Main St. in Highland, on Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“I am pleased to work with the Weinheimer Community Center to bring my office’s services directly to the people,” said White. “This is another example of how my office continues to use technology as an ally to improve upon the delivery of services to Illinois residents.”
An applicant renewing a current Illinois driver’s license or identification card need only present a current valid driver’s license or identification card. If the applicant is applying for either a duplicate or corrected driver’s license or identification card the applicant must present two forms of identification. To find out what documents are considered acceptable identification, call 217-782-7044 or visit the Illinois Secretary of States website at cyberdriveillinois.com.
‘VBS Challenge’ awards to be handed out at PB&J
It’s “VBS Challenge” awards time at this Friday’s Peanut Butter & Jam Festival on the Highland Square. All children who attended vacation Bible school at any of the eight participating Highland-area churches (First Congregational, First Baptist, Family Bible, EvUCC, Hope Lutheran, St. Paul’s, Mosaic, or Highland Hope UMC) will receive special recognition for their participation in these exciting and vital Christian summer programs. The festival runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Something extra-special awaits those children who attended multiple VBS programs. So, kids, bring your stamped passports with you for verification and get ready for a great surprise. If you misplaced your passport, you can get a replacement from any of the above-mentioned participating churches during office hours.
The “VBS Challenge” is sponsored by the Highland Area Ministerial Alliance — a group of pastors who work in cooperation with one another to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the community through special programs, services, and activities.
Library event to focus on ‘Monsters in Literature’
Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library in Highland, in association with professor and author Joshua Woods, will examine “Monsters in Literature” during a special event from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 in the library’s Community Room.
The discussion will be a quick survey through the most significant monsters in Western literature, from ancient myth, through medieval and early modern eras, to our day and age.
Register at www.libraryworkshops.com.
Learn how to best use social media
Constantly worried about your social media presence? Need to reach more people? Want to grow your personal business or organization through social media presence?
Then join social media “mad scientist” and mass communications expert Jennifer Hodges for an in-depth look at the when, where and whys of posting content socially in 2018 during a special event on Aug. 13 at Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library in Highland.
Hodges will lead “Social Media Science Lab Time” from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library. Attendees of the workshop will learn the true scientific methods being using, tracking and focusing their voice on modern social media networks.
The workshop is perfect for anyone – from the entrepreneur and small business owner to the gregarious foodie or proud parent who simply wants to gain more views, likes and shares on their social media platforms.
Register at www.libraryworkshops.com.
Church to hold ‘Rock A Block’ on the Square
Apostolic Revival Church will have its annual “Rock A Block” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 on the Highland Square.
Come out and enjoy free food, drinks, games, bounce houses, caricature artist, face painting, bicycle drawings, free backpacks stuffed with school supplies (first 200 kids, ages 5-11) and live music.
Registration to be in the bicycle drawing ends at 1 p.m., and the drawing will be at 1:30 p.m.
‘Cake Pop Workshop’ set at library
Get prepared to impress your friends, family, and even yourself. In this workshop you will find easy instructions that will help you master methods to create these unique sweet treats. The class will go over texture of crumbled cake and good ratios of frosting to cake, along with candy coating, melting instructions and how to dip your cake bites.
The class will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Louis Latzer Memorial Library in Highland.
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, Aug. 6: Cheeseburger on bun, relish plate, baked beans, creamy potato salad, luscious fruit dessert.
Tuesday, Aug. 7: Taco salad, Mexican corn, cornbread, strawberry fluff.
Wednesday, Aug. 8: Shepherd’s pie, baked Lima beans, dinner roll, Swedish pears.
Thursday, Aug. 9: Fried shrimp, hush puppies, crunchy bacon cole slaw, fruit crisp.
Friday, Aug. 10: Breaded chicken patty on bun, lettuce and tomato, broccoli and cauliflower salad, hash brown casserole, ice cream.