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Breese scavenger hunt
    The Breese Scavenger Hunt will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, beginning at 7 p.m. at Bent Oak Golf Course in Breese.
    Put together a team of four for an exciting night. Your team will solve clues which will lead you to various businesses around town. The first team to make it back to the clubhouse at the end of the night with all of the clues is the winner. Cash prizes for first, second and third place finishes. $10 per person. 
    Sign up your team on Facebook @Breese Scavenger Hunt or email breese This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Glo Bingo
    A Glo Bingo hosted by Holy Garden of Prayer Church in Carlyle to benefit its youth department will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Carlyle on Saturday, Nov. 17. Doors open at 6 p.m., bingo starts at 7. 
    $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. Price includes six bingo cards, glow dauber and glow hat. $5 for six additional bingo cards. 
    Over $1,000 in cash prizes. Cash bar, bring your own snacks, 50/50, silent auction. Must be at least 18 years old to attend.
    For advance reservations call or text Kim Bassett at (618) 704-8256 or Kelly Kalmer at (618) 604-1018.

Christmas parade Nov. 24
    Santa comes to Breese when the Breese Chamber of Commerce holds their 19th annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 24.
    Lineup starts at 5 p.m. and the parade starts at 6 on Main Street, starting by City Hall and traveling to Northside Park. Visit with Santa at the park and enjoy the fireworks after the parade.

Dueling Pianos 
    Hidden Lake Winery at 10580 Country Road 400 E. in Aviston is hosting a Dueling Pianos show on Friday, Nov. 16 to benefit Hospice of Southern Illinois. Tickets are $35 each or $250 for a table of eight. Doors open at 7 p.m. with pianos beginning at 8 p.m. after an acoustic performance. To purchase tickets, visit or call (618) 235-1703. 

Free Thanksgiving dinner
    Carlyle Christian Church is inviting all of Clinton County to a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carlyle Christian Church, 1025 Lake Road, Carlyle. 
    This meal is open to anyone — if you find yourself alone on Thanksgiving Day or if you just don’t want to cook, dine in or carryout meals will be available at the church starting at 11 a.m.
    Do you know someone who could use a smile and a hot meal that day, but is homebound? Members of Carlyle Christian Church will also deliver within the county limits for free that day. To request a delivered meal, call 594-3489 with name, number of dinners, Clinton County address, and a good call back phone number on or before Sunday, Nov. 18 by noon.
    This will be the seventh year Carlyle Christian Church has held this event.
    Good food, good company — come share in the blessings from our Lord!

Affordable Care Act enrollment event at Highland hospital
    On Saturday, Nov. 17, certified application counselors will be available by appointment only at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland to help individuals and families sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Individuals and families have from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 to enroll. This event is open to anyone served by HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland.
    Those interested in attending should call (618) 526-5381 to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be offered in one-hour increments.
    When preparing for the event, bring Social Security numbers as well as first and last name for all people enrolling, proof of Illinois residency (Illinois driver’s license), employer and annual household income information (paycheck stubs, W-2).
    For more information about the marketplace, visit www.get or call 866-311-1119.

Holiday program and concert Nov. 18 at CCHS
    Celebrate the holiday season a little early this year at the Clinton County Historical Society Museum in Carlyle. On Sunday, Nov. 18, the Society is hosting a holiday program and open house from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be museum tours of Judge Sidney Breese’s 1866 home, Christmas cookies and desserts and a special musical performance by flutist Jennifer Wilhelms at 2 p.m.
    Wilhelms’ program “Echo on the Breeze” features music with ties to Illinois. She will perform a varied repertoire including American songs, jazz and classical compositions, recently written works and traditional Christmas carols. In addition, she will discuss the ways in which her musical selections connect to the state.
    Wilhelms grew up in Effingham. She crafted this program as a tribute to her home state and to educate audiences about the role Illinois has played in the lives of several prominent musical figures. 
    She lives in Chicago where she is professionally active as a flutist, teacher and writer. She holds a Ph.D. in music performance from New York University.
    Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Outpatient lab hours
    Effective Nov. 12, the outpatient lab hours at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese will be changing.
    The new hours for the outpatient lab are: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday; closed Sundays and holidays.
    “HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is committed to improving our services to our patients and community members,” said Justin Cox, laboratory director at the hospital. “By adjusting our hours slightly, we can redirect resources to times of higher volume to better serve our patients.”

Vendor Craft Show
    First United Methodist Church in Trenton will host the 2018 Holiday Vendor Craft Show on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    There will be more than 50 tables of vendors/crafters, a silent auction and bake sale. Food will be available.

Edward Jones open house
    A holiday open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at Edward Jones Aviston branch. It is a celebration of clients, friends and community.
    The event is hosted by Aviston branch team Amy and Megan. Cookies, punch and holiday treats will be provided.

Scouting for Food Drive
    The annual Scouting for Food Drive collection in Breese will be on Saturday, Nov. 17.  Residents should place food items on their front porch by 10 a.m.  Donations should be canned or boxed items only.  Not accepted donations include frozen or refrigerated foods, glass containers, opened packages, repacked items and homemade foods.  All donations will be given to the House of Manna food pantry in Breese.

Germantown notes
    The annual Scouting for Food Drive collection in Germantown will be on Saturday, Nov. 17.  Please be generous as this is the biggest food drive of the year for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.
    Regular weekly trash/recycle pickup is Friday, Nov. 16.  During Thanksgiving week trash pickup will be on Saturday, Nov. 24.
    And thank you to all our veterans. We honor all who have served and those who continue to protect us today.

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