Highland News Leader

Alhambra news for the week of June 1

Alhambra Community Club Scholarship winner: Alhambra Community Club member Louie Knackstedt presents a check to Cami Ernst, the winner of this years Community Club Scholarship.
Alhambra Community Club Scholarship winner: Alhambra Community Club member Louie Knackstedt presents a check to Cami Ernst, the winner of this years Community Club Scholarship.

Alhambra Homecoming is June 3 & 4

Alhambra’s annual homecoming will be held at the Alhambra Township Park on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4.

This year’s festival marks the 21st homecoming since being resurrected by the Alhambra Firemen-Legion Park Association, Alhambra Volunteer Fire Department and the Alhambra Jaycees in 1996.

Clay County Amusements is returning to provide the carnival rides and games and, as in previous years, you will be able to purchase ride armbands for $20 each both nights. Let your kids ride all night, while you listen to the awesome bands that lined up for this year.

Agent99 returns to take the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday night, and Jennifer Thompson and Harvest Drive Band will be rocking the park starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday night. You won’t want to miss listening and dancing to either of these exciting bands this year while you enjoy some cold beverages and great food.

Some new food items are being introduced this year to an already great food menu. There will still be fresh fried chicken, fish, and fries and savory barbecue pork steaks, plus burgers, bratwurst, and hot dogs. Organizers will be adding fried chicken livers/gizzards and breaded mushrooms to the menu. Quantities of the new food items will be limited, so make sure you get to the food stand early to get your share. Bottled soda, water and beer will also be available for purchase on the park’s handicap-accessible grounds.

The parade will step off at 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on the parade, contact Greg Nihiser at (618) 946-3432. This year’s theme is “Star Spangled Parade.”

Gaga ball will also be back this year by popular demand. Gaga Ball is a free game offered by the First Baptist Church in Alhambra. Look for this year’s gaga ball pit to be set up inside the hockey rink.

Organizers are also looking for any local businesses and organizations to run vendor stands to aid them in raising money for themselves. For more information on getting a space for a vendor stand, contact Jill Gorenz at 488-6465 or via email at jillgorenz@yahoo.com.

For other general homecoming information, contact Don Maine at 488-7368 or via email at alhjc2@gmail.com.

Village Consumer Confidence Report

The current Consumer Confidence Report that provides detailed information from 2015 regarding water quality for consumers using Alhambra water is now available electronically at http://ccr.alhambraillinois.com. If you would like a paper copy, call the village hall at 618-488-3505 or stop by and a copy will be made available to you.

Alhambra Care Center

Residents of Alhambra Care had a very busy, fun time during Nursing Home Week. A prom with dresses provided by the Church Store in Staunton. Everyone dressed for the “Las Vegas” night prom.

Another fun event was the Joy Singers that came to the home to sing and visit. They not only sing, but have cute actions with the songs and some costumes.

The Amazing Gospel Singers provided everyone with another day of incredible music.

Everyone is invited to stop by Alhambra Care and visit with some amazing people.

First Baptist Church Bible School

First Baptist Church of Alhambra will hold its annual Bible school for ages 2 through sixth grade Sunday, June 12 through Thursday, June 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “COW a Bunga Farm — Growin’ with Our Faithful God.” For further information, call 488-3025, Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Salem UCC Vacation Bible School

Salem United Church of Christ in Alhambra will have vacation Bible school on June 5-9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each day. The VBS is for children 3 years old to fifth grade. Those in sixth grade to high school are invited to join the crew. This year’s theme is “Cave Quest.” It will show kids to follow Jesus through dark times with memorable Bible learning activities. They will be reminded how much Jesus loves them. This will include songs, teamwork games, yummy treats to make and eat, science “stuff.” Parents are asked to send children in play clothes, as some of the projects may get messy.

Register now, forms are available outside the church office, 1117 W North St. in Alhambra. Phone 488-3215. Sign up early, so plenty of supplies can be purchased. Children of every faith are invited to participate.

Dog Vaccinations

Dog vaccinations will be given at the Alhambra Fire Department on Saturday, June 11 from noon to 1 p.m. Pet owners are asked to have their pets on leashes.

Special Occasions


Happy anniversary to these happy couples. June 2, Michael and JoBeth Winet, Karl and Rita Smith; June 5, Clarence and Gladys Herzog; June 6, Bud and Marlene Payne; June 7, Bruce and Dawn Schmidt; June 8, Randy and Tina Koch, Reagan and Amber Wendler; June 9, Earl and Betty Steiner and Todd and Jen Brooke.


Happy birthdays everyone. June 2, Joe Dauderman, Blake Ernst and Sandy Ahlmeyer; June 3, Randy Horner; June 4, Ember Brosin; June 5, Gladys Herzog, Camille Rakers, Wade Bruhn and Claire Robinson; June 6, Megan Gause and Kent Knackstedt; June 7, Danielle Porter; June 8, Lauren Seminism, Joan Frank and Victoria Allen; June 9, Kyle Reiman and Greg Riepshoff.

To submit items to the Alhambra News, email riepshoff@yahoo.com or call 488-7603 or (618) 910-9215.