Noon Wednesday, Nov. 7, is the deadline to appear in next week’s “Around Town” listing. We must receive your event in writing with a contact phone number for questions. Due to the large number of submissions, nonprofit events are run only one time in print, will be edited and appear in the week before the event date.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail to: Highland News Leader Around Town, Belleville News-Democrat, 120 S. Illinois St., P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. Questions, call Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.
Wednesday, Nov. 7:
First Mid Bank & Trust Annual Christmas Stocking Drive — Now through Nov. 30. Stockings can be picked up at either Highland First Mid branch. Fill the stocking with toys or goodies for a child age 12 or under and return it to the bank by Nov. 30. Stockings donated and distributed by HACSM.
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Madison County Transit Information and ID Session — 1 to 4 p.m. MCT Edwardsville Station. MCT staff members will be available to answer questions, provide information and take photos for those who qualify for an MCT Free Ride or Half Fare ID. 618-797-4636 or mct.org
Thursday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 11:
SIUE’s Department of Theater and Dance presents ‘Chicago’ — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8-10, 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Dunham Hall Theater, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville. Performances of “Chicago” by John Kandler, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. General admission: $15 for adults, ages 18 and older; $12 for SIUE faculty, staff and retirees, seniors age 65 and older, non-SIUE students and children under 18. SIUE student admission is free with valid identification. 618-650-2774.
Chicks with Sticks — 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. Troy United Methodist Church, Room 241, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy. Knit and crochet items for different charities and for fellowship. 618-677-7501.
Friday, Nov. 9:
Fuller Dome Gallery Opening Reception — 7 to 9 p.m. Center for Spirituality and Sustainability, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville. Featuring an exhibition of Buckminster Fuller’s art print portfolio entitled “Inventions: Twelve Around One.” Fuller’s daughter, Allegra Fuller Snyder, and his granddaughter, Alexandra May, will be in attendance. siue.edu/religion or fullerdome.org
Highland Middle School Veterans Day Assembly — 1:15 to 2:35 p.m. Highland Middle School, 2813 IL-160, Highland. HMS is celebrating Veterans Day and would be honored to have guests.
SBDC One-on-One Counseling Sessions — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trenton Education Center-Kaskaskia College, 520 E. Broadway, Trenton. Local and regional business owners/entrepreneurs are invited to meet the staff of the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East. Day includes a workshop at noon. Private 30-minute meetings with an SBDC counselor are available by appointment by calling 618-650-2929.
Saturday, Nov. 10:
Grantfork United Church of Christ Sausage Supper — 3 to 8 p.m. Grantfork United Church of Christ Educational Building, 206 S. Locust St., Highland. Homemade pork sausage, mashed potatoes and milk gravy, sauerkraut, green beans, applesauce, bread, homemade pie. Cost: Adults $10; Children ages 6-12 $5; Under 6 Free. Carryout available (adult price only).
Youth Arts Expo — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Highland Masonic Lodge, 721 Ninth St., Highland. Young artists will showcase their emerging talents with the public. Includes visual artists, musicians, vocalists, dancers, actors and writers in grades six through 12. Free admission. highlandartscouncil.org/youth-arts-expo
Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament — 7 p.m. Edwardsville Knights of Columbus Hall, 7132 Marine Road, Edwardsville. Doors open 6 p.m. Buy-in charge $50, includes two beverages. There is a $10 optional best hand. Must be 18 years of age or older. First prize $500 with cash prizes to second and third place finishers. ilfop.org/UpcomingEvents.aspx
Sunday, Nov. 11:
Veterans Day Parade — 2 p.m. St. Paul Catholic Parish (starting point), 1412 Ninth St., Highland. Staging of parade starts at 1:30 p.m. Parade will travel west on Main Street to the square. Followed by ceremony to honor veterans.
Highland-Pierron Fire Department 7th Annual Fire Prevention Breakfast — 8 a.m. to noon. Highland-Pierron Fire Department, 241 Illinois Route 143, Pierron. Cost: $8 per plate; kids ages 5 and under eat free. Past and present military service personnel can eat free. In addition to breakfast, there will be a showing of apparatus and rescue equipment, kids obstacle course, bicycle giveaway and more.
Monday, Nov. 12:
Marine Historical Society Meeting — 7 p.m. Marine Township Senior Citizen Building, 101 W. Silver St., Marine. Open to the public.
Tuesday, Nov. 13:
Red Cross Blood Drive — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kaskaskia College, Shattuc Road, Centralia. redcrossblood.org
Free Legal Services for Veterans — By appointment. Madison County Law Library, lower level of Madison County Courthouse, 155 North Main St., Edwardsville. Thirty-minute appointments are available to veterans in need of legal assistance by contacting Lauren Jansen at email@example.com or 618-296-4472.
Madison County Transit Information and ID Session — 10 to 11 a.m. Township Senior Center, 420 E. Main. St., Collinsville. MCT staff members will be available to answer questions, provide information and take photos for those who qualify for an MCT Free Ride or Half Fare ID. 618-797-4636 or mct.org
Wednesday, Nov. 14:
Veterans Starting a Small Business in Illinois Seminar & Speed Networking Event — 3 to 6:30 p.m. SIUE’s Lukas Annex in the Cougar Pavilion of the Vadalabene Center, Circle Drive, Edwardsville. Event is open to all entrepreneurs, particularly veterans in the metro-east. Topics include learning how to develop a viable business plan, registering business with state and/or local agencies, exploring financing options and more. 618-650-2929. Online registration: http://bit.ly/VetSmallBiz
Enduring Freedom Celebration — 7:30 a.m. Kaskaskia College, 27210 College Road, Centralia. KC is proud to honor the service of those who have given their time and energy in the service our our country. Free biscuits and gravy will be served 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center. A special program will be held in the Jane Knight Auditorium starting at 9:30 a.m. Free and open the public. 618-545-3177.
Thursday, Nov. 15:
Spanish Language Workshop: Starting a Small Business in Illinois Seminar — 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fairmont City Library, 444 Collinsville, Fairmont City. Topics include business planning, business entity formation, financing your startup and registering your business. 618-650-2929. Online registration: http://conta.cc/2DUlc82