News Briefs

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with Rep. Meier
    Please join Rep. Charlie Meier for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at The Meier Farm (13597 Railroad Road, Okawville) on Friday, June 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. ($35 per person or $60 per couple).
    RSVP by May 28. For more information, call or email    Diane at (618) 604-4377 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Scouts to hold barbecue
    The Aviston/Albers Boy Scouts will hold a barbecue this Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Aviston Parish Center (old school).

Plant sale
    Clinton County Master Gardeners will host their annual plant sale this Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to noon at North Side Park next to Hannah’s Playground in Breese, under the pavilion. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your gardening questions and help you select annuals, perennials and vegetables.

Speed’s Stampede
    Speed’s Stampede, a benefit for Speedy Benhoff, is Saturday, June 9 at Beckemeyer BCDC Park, noon to midnight.  Silent and oral auctions, bags tourney (618-578-8698), coed softball tourney (618-578-0938), kids games, raffles, 50/50, food, bake sale, live music.

Rod and Gun Club 2018 memberships
    Rod and Gun Club in Breese is accepting 2018 memberships at a cost of $25 per year.
    Membership forms are available at Motomart or Foppe’s BP gas station in Breese.
    For additional information call Marty Sussen (781-4372) or Bill Calvert (526-4251).

Wesclin golf scramble
    The Wesclin golf team benefit golf scramble begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Governors Run Golf Course in Carlyle.
    Cost for the four-person scramble is $200 per team and includes golf, a meal, soft drinks and water.
    Sponsors and businesses can help support the golf team with a $100 hole sign sponsorship.
    To register a team or for additional information call Pat Tauschek (618-979-2992), Mark Wessel (618-972-2028) or Ray Kauling (618) 304-7299.

SWIC offers free high school equivalency preparation classes
    If you left high school without earning a diploma and feel that now is the time to earn one, let Southwestern Illinois College help you get ready. The Adult Education and Literacy department will offer free high school equivalency preparation classes in St. Clair, Madison and Randolph counties in June.
    Daytime preparation classes will meet Monday through Thursday, June 4 to 27, from 9 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., at the following locations: 
    • SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave.
    • SWIC Red Bud Campus, 500 W. South Fourth St.
    • SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Rd.
    • East St. Louis Community College Center, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd.
    A mandatory preregistration and orientation session is required.
    Learn more about upcoming classes and schedule a preregistration appointment by calling (618) 235-2700, ext. 5525, or toll free in Illinois at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5525.

Open enrollment for Germantown Firefighter Cadet Program
    Germantow Fire Department is announcing open enrollment for its Germantown Firefighter Cadet Program (formerly known as Explorer Post 240).
    The program is open to all boys and girls ages 14-21 in Clinton County. Sign up on Sunday, June 3 from noon to 2 p.m. at the fire department.  The goal of the cadet program is to introduce young adults to the world of fire and rescue while instilling the values of public service and creating a sense of pride in themselves, the community, and the country.
    If any questions, call Bill Rathmann 618-402-9702.

Museum reopened
    The Clinton County Historical Society Museum, located at 1091 Franklin Street in Carlyle, has reopened.
    Phase 1 of the exterior renovations by Vahlkamp Builders is completed.
    Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month, and other times by appointment (call 594-7907).
    Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The next open house is on Saturday, June 2, and the next meeting is on Monday, June 4.

Nut “N” Butt Q
    Germantown Kernel Nut Club will host the fifth annual Nut “N” Butt Q at Schoendienst Park on May 19, rain or shine.
    Several local backyard teams will compete again this year for the coveted BBQ Championship belt. Come out and enjoy some delicious barbecue, cold beer, live band, and activities for the kids.
    Tasting begins at 1 p.m. and will continue until all is gone.

Aging Expo
    AgeSmart is hosting an Aging Expo on Friday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex in O’Fallon. Transportation is being provided by Southern Bus & Mobility. Pickup will be 8 a.m. at the Senior Center, 630 Eighth St. in Carlyle, and will return at 1:30 p.m. Call 594-2321 to add your name to the transportation list.
    Over 90 vendors will be available as well as free breakfast, giveaways and health screenings. Join Fredbird and Elvis impersonator Steve Davis for this event.
    Please note that the veterans’ representative is now available by appointment at the Senior Center. This is no longer a walk in and wait service. Call (618) 548-6929 to schedule an appointment. Phone calls will be returned and appointments can be made. A representative is at the Senior Center on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

Camp Invention July 9
    Camp Invention will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 9 at Okawville Grade School.
    Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the future of innovation and STEM. Program activities are led by experienced, local educators and inspired by the world-changing inventors who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
    Participants are presented with fun, hands-on activities that encourage creative problem-solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship and curiosity.
    For information contact director Judy Hevner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (618) 960-1155.
    Register at or 800-968-4332.

Red Cross blood drives
    Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve this May to help the American Red Cross meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
    Upcoming blood donation opportunities in May in Clinton County:
    May 22: Beckemeyer, 3-7 p.m., at the American Legion Hall.
    May 22: Carlyle, 2-6 p.m., in the gym at St. Marys Catholic Church.

Aviston Block Party
    The Aviston Community Improvement Club will host the Aviston Block Party on Saturday, June 9. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and will include Yard Olympics, food and drinks, kiddie rides, and the Orr & Rolens band.

Vision and hearing vans
    Sight and hearing are two of the main goals of Lions Club International.  The New Baden Lions Club will host the state hearing and vision vans on May 17.  These vans are equipped with the technology and staff to provide hearing and vision screenings. This free event is open to the public. 
    The vans will be parked in the Zion UCC parking lot from noon to 4 p.m. Stop in and have your hearing and vision screened on that day.

Golf Scramble/Golf Ball Drop to benefit S.A.F.E.
    S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) will host its 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, June 4 at the Colonial Golf Course in Sandoval.
    The 4-ladies, 18-hole scramble starts off with coffee and rolls at 8 a.m. Tee off begins at 9 a.m. 
    The cost is $55 per player with an early bird registration of $50 before May 28. 
    Hole sponsorships are also available for $50. 
    In conjunction with the S.A.F.E. Golf Scramble, a Golf Ball Drop Raffle is being held. Ticket are $10 each with only 300 tickets sold.
    Golf balls will be dropped at the Colonial Golf Course on June 4 with the winning ball receiving half of the proceeds.
    Contact S.A.F.E. to purchase raffle tickets at 618-533-0475.
    For more information on the golf scramble, call Heather at Colonial Golf Course at 618-247-3307.
    Mail golf entries and/or hole sponsorships to S.A.F.E., P.O. Box 225, Centralia, IL 62801.
    Proceeds of both events benefit victims of sexual violence and their families. S.A.F.E. provides services in 11 counties, including Clinton County.

Sisters of Swing 9-Hole Ladies Golf Tournament
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois will host their annual Sisters of Swing 9-Hole Ladies Golf Tournament on Monday, June 4, at The Orchards Golf Course in Belleville. All funds raised will be used to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties.
    Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Registration fee includes green fees, cart, breakfast, lunch and awards reception. Special golfing contests, raffle prizes, and flighted cash prizes will be featured, along with specialty vendors to enjoy shopping both before and after play.
    To register or for sponsorship information call the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ office at (618) 398-3162.  Eagle sponsors are Chelar Tool & Die, Holland Construction, Reiniger’s Jewelers and Renner Funeral Homes.
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois has been helping children realize their full potential and build their futures since 1980. The services provided are essential in meeting the needs of our community’s youth by matching positive, caring role models to mentor and guide them through the challenges they face in today’s society. Services are for children in St. Clair, Madison, Monroe and Clinton counties.
    We are always looking for volunteers. How can you help? Contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ office at (618) 398-3162 for information. Check out our website

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