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ome of my earliest memories are of my mother reading. I can picture her immersed in a good book, eating her lunch, while my sister and I played. Every week, rain or shine, we walked the mile or so to our local public library. We were allowed to bring home four new books to savor all week long. My mother is still a ferocious reader and, even at the ripe old age of 91, she reads every day: Either from her Kindle or, most often a hard cover book. It’s really no surprise that my sister and I are both book Karen, age 2 lovers, or that I married a man with a bigger library then mine! Frankly, Britt and I have too many books, but we have read almost every one; some two or three times. Not a birthday or Christmas goes by that we don’t buy each other some more! Our tastes are very diverse, but we both enjoy spy novels, science related books and classic literature. It’s a pleasure owning a good book – until you have to move. We are in the process or relocating to a bigger house and that requires packing all those books. At last count we were up to 10 boxes! So as soon as this magazine goes to press, I will be back packing up my library. (Oh, but it will be so much fun to re-discover those books all over again as I unpack them!) Our April issue of the magazine is once again packed with events and timely information about what’s happening in southern Illinois. Our cover features Inflatable Fun, a local business, based in Herrin. Please thank our advertisers for their support and use the coupons that they offer. Everyone at Little, Egypt Family Magazine wishes our readers and supporters a very Happy Easter. The trees and flowers are blooming after a long cold winter and I just know it’s going to be a lovely spring!

Editor’s Pick: We get asked to review a lot of products each month. Those we do not feature in the magazine can be found on our Facebook page for as part of the numerous giveaways we hold. (www.facebook.com/ Littleegyptfamilymag.) A product that the staff particularly liked was the Monkey Mat™. It’s ultracompact and comes in an easy zip, clip ‘n go pouch - perfect for moms with a busy lifestyle! The Monkey Mat® is a clean, portable surface you can take everywhere! Whether for life in full swing or just monkeying around, the Monkey Mat® is the perfect solution to protect you and your babies from any questionably clean surface. From airport and hotel floors, to picnics on damp grass, camping, or a muddy sideline at a soccer game – think Monkey Mat®. We will be giving one away this month, so please check www.facebook.com/littleegyptfamilymag for details. For more information on the Monkey Mat™, please visit their website at www.monkeymat.com.

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Little Egypt Family Magazine Editor/Publisher: Karen Hammond Cell 270-559-5840 Office 270-415-9400 www.littleegyptfamilymag.com Contributing Writers: Carol Block, Laurie Davala, Rick Epstein, Lynda Grey Houck, Christopher Knight, Jamie Lober, Tammy Samples and Rebekah Savage. Calendar of Events: Tell our 80,000⃰ +readers about your event, class, group, church or service! Send an email to karen@littleegyptfamilymag.com or call the office at 270-415-9400. Calendar Editor: Kristin Taylor Art Director: Angie Kimbro Advertising: Want to advertise your business in the magazine? Have a question regarding ad rates, billing or your account? Contact our advertising department at 270-415-9400 or by email karen@littleegyptfamilymag.com Advertising Account Executives: William Decker, Evette Jernigan, Sam Waters Subscription and Distribution: Want to subscribe or receive a copy of the magazine by mail? Need a back issue? Want to add a location to our distribution? Please call our office at 270-415-9400 or email karen@littleegyptfamilymag.com Mission Statement: Purchase Area Family Magazine & Little Egypt Family Magazine are committed to providing free, accurate and timely information to readers in Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois and all its communities. Our goal is to educate, inform, and enhance family life. We endeavor to support our communities by providing balanced and informative articles, together with the area’s most comprehensive and inclusive calendar of events. ⃰ Based on an industry average of 4 impressions per copy.


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FAT H E R H O O D F O D D E R 5 Tips on Telling Bedtime Stories by: Rick Epstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

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ur cover feature this month is Inflatable Fun, the number one provider of inflatable entertainment in southern Illinois! Located in Herrin, the business has been steadily growing and expanding over the past twelve years. Owner Andrew Camarato was born and raised in Herrin and is a 1988 graduate of Herrin High School. I spoke to him recently about how he got started in the business. “I spent 14 years in Dallas, Texas,” Camarato told me. “I graduated from college, and worked in the I.T. and program management fields. After working for corporate America for a decade, I decided that I needed a change. I really wanted my two children to grow up in the town I grew up in; close to my brothers, parents, and grandparents.”

preneurial businessman for a father, the idea became a reality. My Dad actually started the business: He made the initial inventory purchases and I handled the sales and delivery end. To begin with it was just a part time job that I did on weekends. But, as the years passed, the business kept growing. By 2009, I decided to commit myself to managing Inflatable Fun on a full time basis.”

So why did Camarato decide to start an inflatable rental business? “In Texas every kid’s birthday party you go to has an inflatable,” he explained. “When we moved back to southern Illinois, we asked the question, ‘where do you get a bounce house around here?’ It appeared there was a market to start this type of business. As I have an entre-

Bounce houses, water slides, and so much more! In the past renting an inflatable meant a bounce house or a slide, but the industry gets more sophisticated each year and now the selection is enormous! Inflatable Fun not only has traditional inflatables but also interactive carnival-style games, a dunk tank, a game show style trivia rental, a ‘sno-cone’ machine and water slides! “Our water rides are some of the most popular units we offer,” Camarato told me. “We now have six and they stay rented much of the time. There is no better way to entertain kids than a water slide on a hot summer day!” Inflatable Fun has a diverse inventory that offers a wide selection of colors and themes. It includes a monster truck, princess

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castle, pirate ship, Noah’s Ark, friendly dragon, birthday cake, and a tropical island, just to name a few. For older teens and adults they offer interactive inflatables such as the new 65 foot obstacle course, a gladiator arena, and a bungee run. Safety is our first priority! Inflatable Fun strives to change the perception many people have of the inflatable industry. “Safety, cleanliness, professionalism and customer service are our focus,” said Camarato. In fact Inflatable Fun makes safety their first priority at every event they attend. Strict guidelines are always followed to ensure all participants are kept safe while using their equipment: Inflatables are not set up in strong winds and extra precautions are also taken on days where there is a mild wind: Stakes and sandbags are mandatory when setting up outdoors. If weather prevents Inflatable Fun from setting up in a safe environment, the company policy is to always work with the customer to either reschedule or refund the rental deposit in full. “We don’t take your money if we don’t get

to do any work!” To operate legally in the state of Illinois, the Department of Labor schedules annual inspections of all inflatable units. They also certify that mandatory insurance coverage is in place and that all company employees have passed criminal background checks and random drug screens. “As a parent, you deserve to know that your child is playing on equipment that is licensed and insured,” said Camarato. “When renting an inflatable, never hesitate to ask if you can view an operator’s certificate of insurance. It’s for your own safety and peace of mind.” Why choose Inflatable Fun? “I’m a local, independent, small business owner, born and raised in southern Illinois,” said Camarato. “Inflatable Fun is not a franchise, it is my investment in this area and it is my livelihood. I take pride in the service we provide and the condition of the units we deliver. My customers come first! No matter what the entertainment event, we

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are committed to being on-time, reliable, and delivering a quality product. We work seven days a week and when we aren’t delivering to customers, we are drying wet water slides, cleaning dirty bounce houses, washing muddy tarps and sanitizing slides! We maintain our equipment above and beyond what a customer would expect.” “We’re very fortunate to see a lot of repeat business. Our rentals are affordable and our customers come back time and time again. We give you, the customer, the most value for your money. For approximately the same cost of a one-hour party at an indoor facility, you can have all day fun, for as many kids as you like, in the comfort of your own back yard!” Inflatable Fun only purchases and rents commercialgrade units that are made in the USA. “We invest in quality manufactured inflatables,” stated Camarato. “They cost us more to purchase, but they are stronger, safer, and more durable.”

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Inflatable Fun for any occasion! • Schools: School carnivals, End-of-year Fun Day, After-Prom, Project Graduation, After-school program, perfect attendance parties, Back-to-School events, Fund Raisers • Churches: Vacation Bible School, Fall Carnivals, Trunk-or Treat, Lock-ins, New Year’s Eve, Wednesday night Youth Group, Fund Raisers • Families: Birthday parties, reunions, wedding receptions, picnics, cook-outs, campouts, adoption celebration, • Corporate: Grand openings, company picnics, customer appreciation days, advertising, Christmas parties • And more!: Class reunions, civic events, fund raisers, veterans homecoming, car shows, ball league opening day


How do I reserve an inflatable? Visit www.inflatable-fun.net and use the “Contact Us” tab to make a request. Or send an email request directly to gobounce@gmail.com Call them at (618) 942-8700. Coming soon: online reservations – save time and do it yourself online! v

“I’m a people-person. I love what I do. I have literally watched kids grow up on my inflatables year after year. I see kids that played on our bounces in first grade now using our inflatables at project graduation. It’s amazing!” - Andrew Camarato, Owner

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by: Rick Epstein

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ell me a story about The Green Man Goes Trick-orTreating.” When my daughter Sally was 3, that’s what she’d demand every night at bedtime for about a year. The Green Man is a weathered bronze statue of a soldier that stands on a big rock about two blocks from our house. I’d tell Sally bedtime stories in which the statue comes to life and has adventures with her. Sometimes Sally’s older sister Marie would join us, and sometimes I’d tell Marie a separate story about something else. Telling stories while lying in my bed, in the dark, with a child snuggled against each shoulder, is about as cozy as

home life can get, and I recommend it. And you don’t have to be a talented raconteur to pull it off. I’m not, but I have developed a few helpful techniques:

1. Never Invent What You Can Steal A good easy recipe is to insert the child into a nursery classic to create “Sally and the Three Bears” or “Marie and the Billy Goats Gruff.” Or you can borrow millions of dollars’ worth of characters from Disney, Warner Bros. or anyone else, use them in the dark of night for the amusement of your kids, and all the high-priced legal talent in the world can’t make you pay a penny in licensing fees. (If anyone asks, you didn’t hear it from me.)

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2. Let the Listener Participate Give the child a speaking part, let him provide some detail, and invite him to decide which way the story will go when you get to a turning point. But if you give away too much creative control, a kid can shut your story in a big box, padlock it, drop it into the sea and then complain that it’s not going anywhere. One night I was trying to tell Marie a story about naughty beaver children who clogged-up a toilet with paper towels, but she blocked my every move. She knew what I was up to and wouldn’t even let me get my beavers into the bathroom. I think the toilet was an object of mystery for Marie, and she didn’t want to anger it. When you have an audience of one, you have to respect her sensibilities. I sent the beavers outside to gnaw down lifeguard stands.

3. Take a Familiar Pet and Make It Talk Our neighbors’ dog Cinnamon is the only surly Irish setter I ever met. Besides snarling at me whenever I go outdoors, he thinks we run a restaurant. Our trash cans are the all-you-can-eat buffet and our yard is the rest room. I could make the kids squeal with mirth just by solilo-

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quizing in a growly voice about the tasty trash treats he’d find in the course of a midnight raid. (In the morning, the kids would awaken to find our lawn strewn with garbage, and it was like discovering Santa’s cookie crumbs on Christmas morning – corroboration of a magical world.)

4. Fight to Keep Your Stories Lean A detail or characters inserted frivolously into a bedtime favorite can’t be easily deleted next time and your story will end up with more useless decoration than the uniform of a South American dictator. A case in point is The Green Man Goes Trick-or-Treating. I let Sally have too much input and soon the Green Man was going door-todoor with a vast entourage of superfluous characters, which included Whitey the Talking Cat, Quacky the Talking Duck, SpongeBob, Pinocchio, President Obama’s daughters and The Bad Boys (two nameless boys who throw rocks at anything they see and can absorb an infinite amount of scolding without improvement). Then, as the Green Man and his associates went foraging across town, Sally would want to add stops to his itinerary. But I caught on to this early and managed to hold it firm at 11 visits. Sallie got to specify what kind of candy they collected at each place, and she was as serious about it as if she were selecting her first wedding gown.

5. When a Story Bogs Down, Have Someone Turn Invisible This always loosens up a story, but don’t over-do it. One night I turned everyone invisible, and they ran around bumping into each other. It was a cute piece of business, but the idea of invisible people trying to see each other made Marie’s head hurt and she demanded that I try something less strenuous. Even though anyone can entertain a child or two at bedtime, a few amateurs have made it big. A.A. Milne used to amuse his son Christopher Robin with tales of the lad’s teddy bear, and during World War One a British soldier named Hugh Lofting sent the first Dr. Dolittle stories home to his kids. My own bid for fame and fortune is almost ready: The American Dog series will include: “Meet Cinnamon,” “Cinnamon’s Night Out,” “Cinnamon Never Learns” and finally “Cinnamon Choked by Neighbor.” We could market it with a stuffed animal, heavily accessorized. Publishers, call my agent. v

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by: Jamie Lober

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Shaking in my Hands Parkinson’s Disease Awareness

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ccording to the National Parkinson Foundation, 50,000 to 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed each year. This is in addition to the one million people currently learning how to live with the condition. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons defines Parkinson’s disease as ‘a progressive disorder that is caused by degeneration of nerve cells in the part of the brain called the substantia nigra which controls movement’. These nerve cells die or become impaired, losing the ability to produce an important chemical called dopamine.

“Parkinson’s disease normally starts out with a small tremor, usually in one hand, and over the course of years spreads to the leg on the same side,” explained Dr. Joseph Ashburn, neurologist and director of stroke services at Baptist Health Paducah. “Eventually the tremor crosses to the other side and involves the other hand and leg. As it worsens, those affected find that they have difficulties initiating movement. Eventually the tremor gets worse and you might have difficulties taking big steps and it becomes hard to coordinate your hands.”

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Diagnosis Unfortunately, the symptoms of Parkinson’s can strike at any age. “Most are those diagnosed are over 50,” said Dr. Ashburn but you can have it at much younger ages.” When a doctor notices a tremor, he may tell you that it could be Parkinson’s: It takes time to eliminate other potential causes and settle on that diagnosis. “Diagnosis is based on a good history and physical exam, but the rule of thumb is progression,” said Ashburn. You can also expect a comprehensive neurologic exam, blood work and images: Not necessarily to look for Parkinson’s, but to look for illness and diseases with similar symptoms that are preventable and treatable. Almost all Parkinson’s gets worse over time and it is hard to find an exception to that rule. “Over time you can have difficulties with your autonomic nervous system, so you might get lightheadedness standing up or difficulties controlling the bowel or bladder,” said Ashburn. “Other symptoms include sleep difficulties, or sleep disorders where you act out your dreams and depression.” Actual diagnosis is based on having two of the three primary symptoms in the absence of other neurological signs upon examination; no history of other possible causes of Parkinsonism; or responsiveness to Parkinson’s medications like Levodopa.

Treatment To treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease doctors use a variety of medications that may help increase the levels of the chemical dopamine in the brain. “We can offer fake or synthetic dopamine,” said Ashburn. There is also a surgery called deep brain stimulation where the doctor places a probe deep in the brain and hooks it up to a battery in the chest. The surgery is almost curative for Parkinson’s and very effective. “The patients who seem to do the best are active and get involved in dance, yoga, bicycling or swimming,” said Ashburn.

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Do not be discouraged if it takes awhile to get an action plan. “It takes anywhere from 5 to 10 years to be diagnosed,” said Marcia Viets, chair of the Parkinson’s support group in Paducah. (The support group alternates between Lourdes and Baptist hospital.) It can be very helpful to get connected to a local support group. “The people I see getting involved, and really gaining knowledge about their disease, seem to do well,” said Ashburn. “We meet every Wednesday morning at Western Baptist at 9:30 a.m. and at Lourdes at 10 a.m. The group has been going for 32 years!”


said Viets. Viets was a caregiver of her husband who had Parkinson’s for 27 years and helps others by sharing information and experiences. “I find that it is important for patients to exercise everyday because otherwise they become stiff and are not able to do normal things on their own,” said Viets. The role of the caregiver cannot be underestimated. “It is not a ten-hour a day job; it is a 25 hour a day job,” said Viets. The group firmly believes there is help out there. “If you are not happy with your doctor and are not getting someone who is interested and answers your questions, get a second opinion,” said Viets. “Everyone should have a family doctor and a neurologist who will consult with them. Don’t just get your information from the internet as a lot of the information online is not valid,” advised Viets.

Surgery may be the key The future is promising for patients with Parkinson’s. “I think the silver bullet is with the surgical deep brain stimulation,” said Ashburn. “It is getting better and better, and technology is moving more quickly than medications at this point. The side effects are minimal compared to medications,” Eventually scientists hope to discover the cause of Parkinson’s disease. Right now, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons named theories involving oxidative damage, environmental toxins, genetic factors and accelerated aging as potential causes for the disease.

Don’t jump to conclusions Remember, just because you have tremors does not mean that you have Parkinson’s. “There are a lot of disorders that have tremors associated with them,” said Ashburn. “Tremors can occur when someone tries to use their hand and writing becomes difficult, or taking a fork or spoon to the mouth for instance. In Parkinson’s it is when the hand is at rest on the leg that the tremor comes out.” Conditions that mimic Parkinson’s are called Parkinsonism. It is important that families become aware that Parkinson’s is a real issue in our community and do what they can to help others. “It is more prevalent now than it ever has been,” said Viets. For more information visit The National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Strokes webpage at www.ninds. nih.gov/disorders/parkinsons_disease/parkinsons_disease.htm. Or attend one of the support groups in your v area.

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EVENTS CALENDAR We make every effort to ensure accuracy of information in this calendar; however, changes and cancellations may have occurred since publication. We recommend that you verify all information. Items may be submitted by e-mailing Calendar@littleegygptfamilymag.com.

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APRIL 1 4th Annual Edible Book Festival from 3:00pm - 6:00pm at the First Floor Rotunda, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University. A celebration of words, foods, and creativity Edible entries should play with literary titles and stores, and prizes will be awarded for Best In Show, People’s Choice, Punniest, Least Edible, Most Edible, Best Book Structure, and Best RSO Submission. For more information, please see www.lib.siu.edu/edible-book-festival APRIL 2 APRIL 3 Gather friends and family at the Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 S., three miles south of Cypress, for a relaxing evening with fellow nature enthusiasts to enjoy the film "Bees: Tales From the Hive". After the film there will be an opportunity for questions, discussion, and your tales. 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. For more information call 618.657.2064. APRIL 4 First Friday Story Time: April Showers in the Beck Family Center at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m. Sit under the indoor tree for a variety of fun stories that celebrate the spring season! Free admission. No registration required. For more information call 618.242.1236. The annual conference of the Illinois Network for Women in Higher Education, at SIU Carbondale from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The conference theme is "Catapulting 21st Century Leadership: Career Creation in the Context of Your Life" and features keynote speaker Lt. Governor Sheila Simon; a video presentation by Dr. Arin Reeves, author of The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders; and breakout sessions on negotiation, leadership, giving, branding and presentations. For more information or to register, visit www.dce.siu.edu/index.php/ conferences/325-inwhe. Free public astronomy observation hosted by the SIU Carbondale Physics Department on the Neckers rooftop observation deck. 8-9:30 p.m. Visible this evening: Jupiter, Orion's Nebula, and the Moon. Children accompanied by adults are welcome. The Spring Sing- New York City, John A Logan College, 07:00 p.m. Join the united voices of the John A Logan College Choral and Chamber Ensembles as they take you on a musical tour of the Big Apple. General admission tickets are $5. Book Sale for Friend Members or $5 Fee Friday, April 4 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Carbondale Library.

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APRIL 5 Book Sale from 8:00 - 3:00 pm at the Carbondale Library. Johnson County Junque Jamboree, Vienna town square, Vienna, Illinois. Shop for vintage, antique and other collectibles. Starts at 7:00 a.m. Call 618-658-2215 for more information. Market Days Flea Market and Vendor Fair at the former Mt. Vernon Armory, 205 S. 7th Street, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Flea market includes crafts, antiques, furniture, household items, baby clothes, kid's clothes, art, food, tools, collections, and more! For more information call 618.242.3151. Rend Lake College Golf Outlet "Super Demo Day" at Cherry Creek Driving Range at the Rend Lake Marketplace, 10 a.m. For more information call 618.242.3001. ENTICE Wildlife Basics for Early Childhood Educators from 9:00 a.m.3:30 p.m. at River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook IL. This workshop for educators of grades prekindergarten through three will provide you with the information and resources that you need to successfully teach about and observe wildlife. We’ll focus on the life history of common wildlife species, and we’ll go on a hike to look for wildlife and their signs. You’ll receive training in using basic equipment. We’ll also discuss developing wildlife habitat on your school grounds. Contact Valerie Keener, valerie.keener@illinois.gov , 217.524.4126 for more information. Annual Gem and Mineral show at the Pavilion of Marion. Come see Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays and shell crafts. 5K Trail Run at Touch of Nature. In Makanda. Call 618.453.1121 for more information. BBQ, Boots, Bourbon, and Beer at Walker's Bluff. Walker's Bluff Winery, 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, 10:00 am - 11:00 pm. Join us for an all day celebration of our two-year anniversary at The Tasting Room. There will be beer and bourbon tastings available throughout the day and of course don't forget to wear your favorite boots! Our BBQ will be a dish that you won't want to miss out on. Live entertainment will be provided. APRIL 6 Live Entertainment at Walker's Bluff Winery. Ryan Schambach will be playing live in the tasting room from 7pm-10pm. Half Price Book Sale from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Carbondale Library. Spend an afternoon sipping award-winning wines and tasting delectable chocolates in the Tuscan Sun Pavilion. Wine-Whisperer, Karen Hand, will take us on a tour of the vineyard and the cellar where Blue Sky’s premium wines are crafted, and then she’ll guide us in a short session on wine tasting. We’ll sample 4 chocolates and 4-8 wines and talk about how to pair food and wine. Cost is $15/person in advance ~ $20/person at the door. Contact 618.995.9463, bsvevents@gmail.com for more information.


APRIL 7 APRIL 8 APRIL 9 APRIL 10 Amazon Adventure will be the subject of a free public program. Passengers on Amazon River cruises enjoy access to the Peruvian Pacaya-Samiria Reserve and explore three different habitats for the best chance of spotting rare wildlife! Daily excursions included pre-dawn birding, school visits in local villages and even piranha fishing. Presenter Barb McKasson will show pictures of the wildlife encountered on her cruise on the upper reaches of the Amazon River in Peru this February, plus some of the culture in the area. Barb is the long-time chairperson for the Shawnee Group of the Sierra Club. The program will be held at 217 East Main Street in Carbondale on Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 pm. It is FREE and open to the public. Parking and entrance are at the rear, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church (Monroe and Marion Streets.) Dennis Stroughmatt Performs Fiddle Music at the Jefferson County Historical Village, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a lively performance of fiddle music and stories. Free event. For more information call 618.246.0033. APRIL 11 The Rose of Lima Annual Fish Fry from 4-7 p.m. St Rose of Lima Parish Center, 315 E 3rd St. Metropolis will be Serving Catfish, choice of potato, hush puppies, cole slaw, white beans, dessert and drink. Carry outs available by calling 618-524-8202. A donation will be given to C.O.P.E. Admission for adults is $10, children 12 under, $5. For more information, contact Lisa Pullen at 270.853.5440. PAP Presents – I Am the Woman I Am Because… – A Ladies Event at the Marion Cultural & Civic Center. 7:00 p.m., tickets are $20.00

Rive to River Run. From Mississippi River to Ohio River – Daylight to dusk. A road race for teams of 8 runners, each runs 3 legs of approx. 3 miles for a total distance of 80 miles. Visit: www.river2river.net Join us for a day in nature. Enjoy guided field trips to see unique birds, wildflowers, reptiles, plant communities, and more in the worldrenowned La Rue – Pine Hills Research Natural Area from 9-12p.m. Massac Marines, French and Indian War period reenactors present a living history program in Fort Massac, Metropolis. 10-4:30, call 618524-9321 for more information. Metropolis Spring Spectacular from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Metropolis Area Merchants join together to welcome Spring and offer special discounts and prize drawings. Participating merchants will be listed as soon as they become available. The Easter Bunny will visit with children from 1-3 p.m. APRIL 13 2nd Annual "My Princess and Me" Dress Up Tea! 2:00 -4:30 at the Pavilion of Marion. Come Dressed as your favorite Fairy tale Prince or Princess or ( if you are reigning pageant queen, wear your tiara and sash!). Dance at Cinderella's Ball! Enjoy entertainment, games, songs and dancing with Cinderella, Belle, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. Hosted by the Fairy Godmother in partnership with the Southern and Shawnee Sweetheart Pageant. MAO Titleholders invited to attend with your Princess. Tickets $20 children under 12; $25 for adults. On sale now at the Pavilion office and by mail from Linda Byassee, 517 s. Court, Marion, IL 62959. For information contact the Pavilion office 618.993.2657. Cedarhurst Music Series: Axiom Brass, 7:30 p.m. Praised for their "high level of musicality and technical ability" and for their "clean, clear and precise sound", the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music. Concert tickets are $20, Cedarhurst members $18, or $5 for students with valid ID. For more information call 618.242.1236.

APRIL 12 Classic Kids' Matinee: "The Love Bug" at the Granada. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and movie starts at 2 p.m. Free admission! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drawing for a free kids' birthday party at Froggeez before the movie! For more information call 618.740.0707. ENTICE Introducing Early Childhood Students to Nature Workshop from 8:30 a.m. - .3:30p.m. at Western Illinois University Quad Cities Campus, 3561 60th Street, Moline IL. You can make a lifelong difference with your early childhood students by introducing them to the wonders of the natural world! How do you do it? Where should you go? What tools do you need? What are the liability issues? These questions and many more will be answered during this workshop targeted to educators of grades prekindergarten through three. We’ll go on a nature hike and will feature the Field Trip Pack from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Contact Valerie Keener, valerie.keener@illinois.gov , 217.524.4126 for more information. Southern Illinois Roller Girls Double Header at 05:30 pm. The Southern Illinois Roller Girls take on the Cape Girardeau Roller Girls and the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby at the Pavilion of the City of Marion. Tickets: $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free! Bobcat FUN at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, 8588 Route 148 Marion, from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Learn about the secret lives of these small cats that are often found on the Refuge. Free Again Wildlife Rehab will be presenting a live bobcat. Call 618-997-3344 for more information. Antique Tractor Show. Tractors from several surrounding states line Main Street, Tractor driving contests, trophies and food. Call 618.683.5637 or Visit www.mainstreetgolconda.org for more information. Annual Quilt Show and Table Settings. $5.00 for viewing, or $25.00 if Luncheon and program included. 618.833.8745 or email hileman14@ frontier.com for quilt information or 697.2653 for Luncheon and program reservations.

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EVENTS CALENDAR Merlot and a Masterpiece at Walker's Bluff General Store from 3:00 pm - 05:00 pm. Come create 2 canvas masterpieces while you sip on a glass of wine with cheese and crackers at the Walker's Bluff General Store. Cost is $35/person and prepayment is required. Located at 14400 Meridian Road- Carterville, IL 62918. Call 618.965.9900 for more information.

APRIL 15 Public Astronomy Observation (Lunar Eclipse) from 2:00am - 3:30am Free public astronomy observation hosted by the SIU Carbondale Physics Department on the Neckers rooftop observation deck. Early morning Lunar Eclipse observation. Mars and Saturn also visible. Children accompanied by adults are welcome.

John A Logan Community Spring Band and Choral Concert at 2:00 pm. The John A Logan College Community Band and Chorus will present their Spring Concert at O'neil Auditorium. This band and chorus is composed of students and citizens throughout the southern Illinois region. Admission is Free! Located at 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL. Call 618.985.2828 Ext 8287 for more information.

APRIL 16 Vascular Screenings at Carterville Community Center, 120 N Greenbriar Rd., Carterville, Il, starting at 10:00 A.M.

WBVN Presents – ACTS 3, 3:00 p.m. at the Marion Culture and Civic Center. Tickets are $10.00. Four Course Dinner with Paired Wine and the Peach Barn Cafe at Hedman Vineyards. Reservations needed and vegetarian alternatives with advance notice. 618.893.4923. www.peachbarn.com APRIL 14 Extreme Couponing at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn the coupon basics and ways to save money. Free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by John A. Logan College’s Family Literacy Program and is made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for adult literacy.

Metropolis Garden Club Annual Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (or until the plants are gone.) Located at Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St.The plant sale is open to the general public. The club meets monthly September through May. New members are always welcome. For information, call 618.524.9393.

Baptist Health and Life Line Screenings partner to find vascular disease and other conditions so they can be treated before becoming life-threatening. Screenings are priced individually or in a package. Use code PBHP001 at 877-237-1383 or website to receive five screenings, plus a disease risk assessment for $209 or the stroke and vascular package for $139. APRIL 17 Downtown After 5 Taste of Mt. Vernon in downtown Mt. Vernon, 5:30 p.m. Tour recently renovated buildings and enjoy cuisine from Mt. Vernon restaurants. For more information call 618.242-6866. California Zinfandels from 6:30-9 p.m. at Lincoln Heritage Winery, 772 Kaolin Rd., Cobden, Il. Course includes comparative blind tastings of Zinfandels from Lodi, Paso Robles, Sonoma, and Napa. A discussion on the effects of terroir will be included. Wines, a complete syllabus, the Aroma Wine Wheel, and scoring sheets will be provided. Cost is $40 and includes snacks. Instructor: Bonnie Cissell, owner of Lincoln Heritage Winery. APRIL 18 United Way 2nd Annual Bingo Night. Begins at 6:30 p.m. – games start at 7 p.m. at Metropolis Community Center, West 10th St. For a family friendly evening out, the Massac County United Way will be providing the entertainment at the Metropolis Community Center. Games are 50 cents per card, per round. Winners will not leave empty handed, and prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Concessions will also be available. APRIL 19 Washington Park, Metropolis, 10am. Easter Egg Hunt is free and open to all children The Legendary Drifters perform at the Marion Culture and Civic Center at 7pm. Tickets for VIP – $50 and Reserved $25 Hummingbirds! Get ready for the spring migration of the jewels of the sky, hummingbirds, by preparing your yard or garden for their arrival. The right habitat will supply these hummers with enough food resources and nesting opportunities that they will make their home in your neighborhood. Come to the Cache River Wetlands Center 8885 State Route 37 South, three miles south of Cypress, from 1-3p.m. Contact Molie.Oliver@illinois.gov, 618.657.2064 for more information. APRIL 20-EASTER Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Golden Egg Hunt at Walker's Bluff Winery from 8:00 am - 11:00 am. Breakfast followed by an Easter Egg Hunt. Children are limited to 5 eggs and the Egg Hunt is throughout the morning. There is no set time for the hunt. Baskets will not be provided. We encourage you to bring your camera and have your picture taken with our bunny as well. Reservations are Required by calling 618.956.9900. Adults are $12.99, 4-12 years of age $6.99 and children 3 and under are free. APRIL 21 APRIL 22 The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease (River Room) at Shawnee Community College from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia, it's time to learn the facts. It is important to understand the types of dementia in order to seek treatment when it is available and to plan for the future. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk

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factors, disease stages, treatment, and much more. This is a free event. Instructor, Darrell Coons, Illinois Outreach Coordinator for Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter. APRIL 23 APRIL 24 Public Astronomy Observation (Lunar Eclipse) from 3:00pm – 5:00pm Free public astronomy observation hosted by the SIU Carbondale Physics Department on the Neckers rooftop observation deck. Early morning Lunar Eclipse observation. Mars and Saturn also visible. Children accompanied by adults are welcome.

Birding Blitz Southernmost Illinois Teams compete to see and hear the most species of birds in a 24-hour period, while raising money for conservation in southernmost Illinois. Counties for birding are Jackson, Williamson, Saline, Gallatin, Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Pulaski and Massac. Prior to the Birding Blitz competition, teams gather pledges for each bird species recorded. Pledge donations are used to help support wetland restoration efforts in the Cache River watershed. See web site for information, registration and pledge forms. Contact Joe Merkelbach, Southern Illinois Audubon Society for lapin4623@aol.com, 618.684.6605 or Rhonda Rothrock, woodthrusheola@hotmail.com.

Facebook for Seniors from 4-6 p.m. at the SCC Metro Center, 5385 Industrial Park Rd., Metropolis.

Fish Tales from 9-2pm at the Pounds Hollow Recreation Area. This fun filled day camp gets kids outside to enjoy fishing. Kids ages 8-12 will learn how to fish, how to be safe outdoors, plus enjoy crafts and activities. Adult must accompany child and each family will need to bring a picnic lunch.

Shawnee Community College course for people who use Facebook to connect with family and friends all around the world. Learn the basics of using this program to share news and photographs with those you choose to connect with on this internet-based social network. Cost: $10.

APRIL 27 Come celebrate Earth Day at Carbondale Community Arts. There will be a garden party and chair-auction fundraiser at SIU’s Stone Center. Find out more at http://www.CarbondaleArts.org

APRIL 25 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and movie starts at 7p.m. Free popcorn and bottled water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a kid. For more information call 618.242-6322.

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Nature Concert in Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a musical journey digging into the deep roots that nature has to offer you with the original music and groovy actions of WildHeart. Take a peek at their mini backyard zoo, too! This Parent's Choice and Emmy Award winning family group of conservation educators and entertainers focuses on bringing the heart of the wild to the heart of the child. The event will be held inside if there is inclement weather.Free. For information call 573.290.5218

UPCOMING EVENTS Native Wildflower Sale on SATURDAY, MAY 17 from 8 am until 3 pm at the Town Square Pavilion, 100 North Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois (near the intersection of US 51 North and Hwy 13 West.) Large selection of plants native to southern Illinois – hardy, beautiful, pollinator friendly, and low maintenance. Most plants priced at $3 and $6.

APRIL 26 Arbor Day Celebration at Veterans Park, 10 a.m. Fun filled day of family activities plus free hot dogs and drinks. Free event. For more information call 618.242.6890. Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m. Board games, card games, miniatures games, and role-playing games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 618.242.6322. Riveting documentary films and community discussions. Last Saturday of the Month. September-October; February - May. 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library. "Medora" follows Medora, Indiana's varsity basketball team over a season, capturing players' stories on and off the court as the town fights for economic survival. WBVN Presents – Ragamuffin –The true story of Rich Mullins at the Marion Cultural & Civic Center. All Tickets are $10.50. Second Annual Southern Illinois Quilt Show at the Herrin, IL Civic Center from 12-5PM. Splashin’ Saturday: The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta and Doc Spackman Triathlon. Founded by SIU art and design professor emeritus Richard Archer in 1973, the Great Cardboard Boat Regatta sets sail every year on SIU’s Campus Lake, and is the inspiration for other cardboard-boat races held all around the globe. This year’s regatta is scheduled to depart once again Saturday, April 26 at the Campus Lake boat dock. Members of Alpha Chi Sigma will serve as the regatta’s admirals. Anyone may enter. Competitors are allowed to use only basic building materials, the most obvious being corrugated cardboard. No motors or engines are allowed. Competitions include several racing divisions, as well as awards for artistic value— boats are fashioned as tanks, Volkswagen Beetles, and other strange but wonderful creations. Watching is free and open to the public. All entries are welcome; for a copy of the rules or more information, email CardboardBoatRegatta @siu.edu or search for the event on Facebook.

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Miss Illinois Scholarship Pageant – JUNE 9 – 14, 2014 at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. Tickets are available for each night as well as packages for all week, Miss Events, and Teen/Pre-teen events. For this event there are three ticket packages available: The Miss Illinois 2014 Full Event Week Package – Tickets for each night at MCCC – $150, The Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen/Preteen Package – Tickets for Preteen Prelim, Teen Prelim, Teen/Preteen Final – $70 and The Miss Illinois 2014 Package – Tickets for Both Miss Illinois 2014 Prelims, and Miss Illinois 2014 Final – $75 Movies in the Park will be TWO FRIDAYS A MONTH STARTING IN MAY AND LASTING THROUGH OCTOBER. Various family friendly movies will be shown throughout the season at Fort Massac State Park. Concessions are available. Don't forget to bring your chairs and blankets for seating. Come out and join us for some free family fun!Fort Massac park is located on I-24 exit 37. Make a left turn and go approximately 3 miles the park is on the left. Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss Tour Concert in Murray, KY. Willie Nelson and Family will be joined by Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas) for a concert in Murray, Kentucky. The concert in Murray will be staged at the CFSB Center (formerly Regional Special Events Center) on THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014, at 7:00 P.M. The Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss concert in Murray will also feature special guests The Devil Makes Three. Check out ticket information at www.ticketmaster.com

Multi-day Events/Activities Medieval Artistry at the Marion Carnegie Library on WEDNESDAYS STARTING ON APRIL 2 TO APRIL 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Children ages 812 will have fun making medieval crafts. Every Wednesday the Tweens will make their very own piece of armor. The crafts are as follows: April 1– Sheild • April 9-Body Armor/Crest • April 16-Helmet • April 23– Catapult • April 30– Celebration. Registration is required for the whole course and can be completed in the Children’s Department. Spring Musical: Little Shop of Horrors at Rend Lake College Theatre. APRIL 3 - 5, 2014 at 7 p.m, APRIL 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. Tickets $12.00. Please call Call 618.437.5321, Ext. 1467 for more information.

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games with our Recreation staff at the LIFE Community Center. Prices are $15 for residents and $18.75 for all others. Winter and Spring Dates: APRIL 25, AND MAY 30.

Annual Juried Student Show on APRIL 4 - APRIL 27, 2014 from 1 pm - 4 pm at the Crisp Museum, Cultural Arts Center at SEMO University’s River Campus, 518 S. Fountain Street. This exhibition showcases the creative talents of Southeast’s Department of Art students. Awards will be presented in a number of categories including Best in Show, Distinguished Merit Award and Purchase Awards. This is a significant show for Southeast students, showcasing selected works that have been created within the past year. Many of the works on view will be available for purchase. This is a free event. For more information call 573.651.2260

Over in the Moe, Jacob Juntunen’s new drama will look at the final hours before Joan of Arc’s burning at the stake. The show runs Thursday through SUNDAY, APRIL 3 THROUGH APRIL 6 at the SIU Theatre. Tickets are $16 for adults and senior citizens and $6 for students.

Dogwood-Azalea Festival from APRIL 10 - APRIL 13, 2014 in Charleston. The dogwoods and azaleas are the stars of this annual festival the 6 mile Dogwood-Azalea Trail when Charleston glows with the beauty of magnificent dogwoods and azaleas at peak bloom. The festival features other exciting events including home tours, candlelight tour, plant sale, arts and crafts bazaar, a parade (one of the area's largest), an old-fashioned ice cream social, art show, piano concerts (featuring 16 pianists), carriage rides, and more! Many activities charge a fee. For information call 573.824.5404 Anna Arts Center Spring Arts Festival, Judged Art Exhibit, Paint the Town at Anna Arts Center, 125 W. Davie St. Anna. APR 5 – Paint the Town Anna, 11am to 3pm. Come transform the asphalt parking lot into an outdoor canvas for hundreds of people of all ages to gather to Paint the Town. This is a unique community art event. Come participate in the arts together, as families and individuals. The focus of the event is the painting of four-foot squares on the parking lot. If it rains, the squares will be in the Center Stage gallery building across the street. 618.833.6525 for reservations at $15 per square. APR 6 – Art Reception and awards, 2-4pm. Enjoy a night out with no worries! Parents' Night Out iS ONE FRIDAY PER MONTH from 6-10pm. Your child will enjoy swimming, pizza, and

For the last several years, SIU has shined a bright light on the works of pioneering African American playwright August Wilson, whose Tony Award-winning Golf Radio runs Thursday through Sunday, APRIL 24 THROUGH APRIL 27 in McLeod, SIU Theatre. Segun Ojewuyi will direct. Tickets are $16 for adults and senior citizens and $6 for students. Local theater legend Christian Moe will direct a new play, Jon Robin Baitz’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama Other Desert Cities, APRIL 4 THROUGH APRIL 6 AND APRIL 11 THROUGH APRIL 13 at the Jackson County Stage Company. For tickets or more information (including open audition times), contact the box office at (618) 549-5466 or (800) 8383006 or see the Stage Company’s website at www.StageCompany.org Teen Poetry Contest THROUGH APRIL 17TH AND EVENT IS APRIL 29TH, at the Carbondale Library. Aspiring Poets in the Carbondale area, enter the library’s 6th annual Teen Poetry Contest to showcase your talents and win CASH prizes! Contest is open to all Teens (ages 12-19, or grades 7-12) Willy Wonka Junior, APRIL 4-5, 2014, at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, 7:00pm. The Marion Junior High School choir presents Willy Wonka Junior. Contact 618.997.4030 for more information. Free Tax Preparation! For assistance in preparing tax returns, families who earn less than $50,000 and individuals who earn less than $25,000 annually qualify for free tax preparation counseling. Volunteers will help individuals file both federal and state taxes. Located in Marion, Illinois at the Man-Tra-Con Corporation,.3000 W. DeYoung St, TUE & THU, 5:00pm - 8pm Saturday 8am – 11am, by appointment only. "I Pity the Fool" Baseball Tournament. APRIL 11, 2014 - APRIL 13, 2014 at Ray Fosse Park, 07:00 pm. 7 and under will use a pitching machine while 8u-13u will be open divisions. Cost is $375 per team. Registration is available at www.extrainningz.com. Located at 500 E DeYoung StreetMarion, IL 62959, call 618.993.3494 for more information. Primitive Pottery Course at Touch of Nature from APRIL 12, 13, 19 & 29, 2014 at Touch of Nature- Upper 40 Cabin from 09:00 am - 04:00 pm. Join us for a 4-day course on how to create pottery using ancient techniques! Chris Dunn, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics, will teach methods of pottery that have been employed by ancient potters in prehistoric times. Registration fee of $75 must be paid to make a reservation. APRIL 11-13: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Super Circus Heroes, at the SIU Arena. Showcasing wonders from the marvelous to the magnificent, every day is extraordinary in this actionpacked super circus, filled with superhuman athleticism, power and pageantry that will have Children Of All Ages discovering their own superhuman strength. Amazing elephants, horses, camels and more alongside astonishing acrobats, awe-inspiring aerialists and some overthe-top clowns that will have audiences in stitches? of laughter of course! Come join us in celebrating the bravery, courage and honor that lives inside all of us at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Super Circus Heroes - far from ordinary, beyond extraordinary! Join us one hour early on the arena floor for the All Access Pre-show! Meet your favorite performers, get autographs, try on costumes and learn new moves at a dance party. Then, go BEHIND the curtain for an up-close look at our amazing animals! All this and more is free with your ticket! Contact: SIU Arena Ticket Office, 1-877-SALUKIS Family-Style Story Times: TUESDAYS AT 10:00 AM FEB. 11-APRIL 8 & APRIL 22-29 (No Registration) at the Carbondale Public Library. Partners In Reading: THROUGH APRIL 24. Each child may sign up for 1 hour/week. Wednesdays or Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 or 4:30-5:30 at the Carbondale Public Library.

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‘Making Music’ with the Belletones: Kids of all ages! Saturdays at 10:00 am APRIL 19 & MAY 17 (No Registration) at the Carbondale Public Library. Blue's Junk & Primitives Spring Market at Creal Springs, just off Rt 166, next to the City Hall, April 26-27, 2014, 9am to 5pm. Admission of a canned good, or $1. Call 618.922.1130 for more information. APRIL 5-13: Master the Law School Admission test by attending the LSAT Preparation Course at Southern Illinois University. The LSAT Prep course will meet on two consecutive weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, from April 5-13. Materials used in the class are designed for the current LSAT test and include in-class and home study materials. A full-length practice LSAT will also be given. Register online at dce.siu.edu, or call Continuing Education and Outreach at 618.536.7751. APRIL 24-26: Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn. Featuring some of the finest steel guitar players in the world, who have played on the recordings of some of the greatest country music hits of all time! They will be accompanied at the show by some of the industry's best players! For more information call 618.927-3158, 618.267.0696, or 618.967. 4635. Spring Fling Skeet Shoot, APRIL 25-27, 2014 at the World Shooting and Recreation Complex, 1 Main Event Lane, Sparta IL. Call 618-2952700 for more information. Yoga for Beginners starting on THROUGH TUESDAY, MAY 27 at 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration and yoga mat are required. You must be over 18 to participate. Limit to 20 people. Free and open to the public. Located at Marion Carnegie Library. Zumba THROUGH FRIDAY MAY 9 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. Registration is required and you must be over 18. Limit to 25 people. Free and open to the public. Located at Marion Carnegie Library. Fundraiser Walk for Multiple Sclerosis. APRIL 26-27, 20214. Registration at Noon, Walk starts at 1 pm at 1365 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, Il. Join other walkers in this signature fundraising event of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in routes of either 1 and 3 mile options. For more information call 314.781.9020 or visit www.gatewaymssociety.org. Community Baking Day in Frohna, MO. Baking starts at 9:30 am to approximately 3 pm at Saxon Lutheran Memorial, 296 Saxon Memorial Drive. This is a wonderful way to start the month as the Saxon Lutheran Memorial holds it community baking day the FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM MARCH THROUGH NOVEMBER EXCEPT FOR OCTOBER (because of Fall Festival). The aroma of fresh baked goods, the company of friends and neighbors, and the sharing of recipes and helpful hints are the perfect ingredients for a Saturday morning. For information call 573.824.5404 Spring Art Classes at Cedarhurst, THOUGH MAY 31. Each season Cedarhurst offers adult classes in a variety of mediums for artists of all skill levels. Classes also include Art Time, and after-school program for local students and the ABC's and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers early childhood development classes. Call 618.242.1236 for fees and registration information. Parents' Night Out at the Life Community Center, 2500 W. Sunset Drive, Carbondale. Enjoy a night out with no worries! Parents' Night Out is one Friday per month from 6-10pm. Your child will enjoy swimming, pizza, and games with our Recreation staff at the LIFE Community Center. Prices are $15 for residents and $18.75 for all others. WINTER AND SPRING DATES: MARCH 28, APRIL 25, AND MAY 30. Youth Open Swim at the Life Community Center, 2500 W. Sunset Drive, Carbondale. MARCH 10, 12 AND 14 from 1-3 pm. Regular admission fees and pool rules apply. Visit www.cpkd.org for more information. American Red Cross Lifeguard Training at the Life Community Center, 2500 W. Sunset Drive, Carbondale. Participants who successfully complete this course receive certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard

Training, First Aid, and AED/CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Class will meet 30 – 36 hours. Participants must attend all scheduled meetings. Must be at least 15 years old by the last day of class. Fee: $175.00, $25.00 nonrefundable deposit due upon registration. The remaining $150.00 is due upon successful completion of Pretest. SESSION 3: APRIL 25-MAY 2 (TIMES VARY PER DAY). SESSION 4: MAY 2-9 (TIMES VARY PER DAY). Call 618-549-4222 for more information. Family Vacation Night. This FREE program is held on the FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH and is brought to you by individuals and agencies who are concerned with the strength of families in the area. Educational and fun activities are presented at each meeting, along with a snack. Free fun for the entire family! APRIL 7, 2014 Kids in Wonderland Shawnee Health Service, University Mall, 618-985-8322. MAY 5, 2014,Gross Science Big Brothers Big Sisters, Science Center, 618-457-6703. First Friday Arts in Cape Girardeau. Take in some culture at the listed locations on the FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH from 5pm-9pm as they feature talented artisans. Take advantage of the shuttle bus available to travel from gallery to gallery. This event is Free. For more information call the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau at 573.334.6702 or 1.800.777.0068. Guided trail rides. Giant City State Park. Departs 9 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM, 3:30 PM, 5 PM. Hour ride - $45/person; half-hour ride - $30/person. For more info or to register, contact 618-529-4110 or GiantCityStables.com. FIRST FRIDAY ARTS IN CAPE GIRARDEAU. Take in some culture at the listed locations on the first Friday of every month from 5pm-9pm as they feature talented artisans. Take advantage of the shuttle bus available to travel from gallery to gallery. This event is Free. For more information call the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau at 573.334.6702 or 1.800.777.0068.

Ongoing Events & Notices Kids Eat FREE! EVERYDAY: Benton KFC- Kids 3 years and under eat FREE from buffet with an adult buffet purchase Carbondale Golden Corral- Children 3 and under eat FREE from the buffet with the purchase of an adult meal Carterville Hardee's- $1.99 Kids Meals DuQuoin Hardee's- $1.99 Kids Meals Eldorado KFC- Kids 3 years and under eat FREE from buffet with an adult buffet purchase Mother Earth Cafe and Bakery- Kids 12 & Under Eat free with adult meal purchase- dine in only Harrisburg Hardee's- $1.99 Kids Meals China Buffet- Kids under 2 years, eat free from buffet, Ages 10 and under 1/2 price KFC- 4 years and under eat from buffet for $1.93 Ponderosa Steak House- 0-3 eat FREE, 4 yrs.-7 years eat for $4.29, 8 years12 years eat for $5

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Whittington Gibby's On the Green- Kids 3 and under eat free, 12 and under eat half price from buffet

Herrin Girolamos Pizza- 11AM-1:30PM - Kids under age 5 eat FREE from the buffet with an adult buffet purchase, Kids ages 5-12 are $4.99 each

SUNDAYS Carbondale Garfield's Restaurant & Pub-TWO kids eat for $.99cents from the kid's menu per adult entree purchase

Hardee's- $1.99 Kids Meals KFC- Kids 3 years and under eat FREE from buffet with an adult buffet purchase Marion Hardee's- $1.99 Kids Meals Ryan's- Kids age 2-3 eat for $1.99, Kids 4-7 eat for $3.99 Wendy's- 4PM-CLOSE $1.99 Kids Meals McLeansboro Dairy Queen- FREE kid's cone or Dilly Bar with Kid's Meal Murphysboro Hardee's- $1.99 Kids Meals Shawneetown Rudy's Barbeque- 11AM-2PM - 6 years and under kids eat FREE with an adult buffet purchase, 1 kid per 1 adult meal (Dine-In ONLY)-EXCEPT Saturdays Vienna Family Pizza- Child size pizza available West Frankfort Hardee's- $1.99 Kids Meals

Steak-n-Shake- FREE kids meal for every $8.00 spent Tequila's Mexican Restaurant- Kids under 12 eat FREE meal with purchase of an adult meal. 1 kid per 1 adult meal Carterville Quiznos- Kids eat FREE with an adult combo purchase DuQuoin Don Tequila- Kids eat FREE with purchase of an adult meal Harrisburg El Ranchito- Kids under 12 years eat FREE with purchase of 1 adult meal per child Tequilas Mexican Restaurant- Kids under 12 eat FREE meal with purchase of an adult meal. 1 kid per 1 adult meal Marion La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant- Kids eat ½ price Steak-n -Shake- FREE kids meal for every $8.00 spent Tequila's Mexican Restaurant- Kids under 12 eat FREE meal with purchase of an adult meal. 1 kid per 1 adult meal Quiznos- 1 kid eats FREE with each adult combo purchase Murphysboro Sergio's Mexican Restaurant- $.99 cents kid’s meal with a purchase of a soft drink West Frankfort LaFiesta Mexican Restaurant- Kids 10 years and under eat FREE with purchase of an adult meal MONDAYS Carbondale Burger King- 3PM-8PM $1.99 Kid’s Meal Harrisburg Burger King- $1 off Kids Meal and they get a free ice cream Marion Burger King- $1.99 Kids Meal Walt's Pizza- Kids eat FREE 2 children per table (Dine-In ONLY) Murphysboro Sergio's Mexican Restaurant- $.99 cents kid’s meal with a purchase of a soft drink TUESDAY Anna McDonald's- 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Benton/ West City Applebee’s- ALL DAY! - Kids eat for $.99 2 per adult McDonald's- 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Carbondale Applebee’s- ALL DAY! - Kids eat for $.99 2 per adult

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Chili's- ALL DAY! - Kids eat FREE with purchase of an Adult Meal Denny's-4PM-10PM: Two children's meals from the kids' menu are FREE with the purchase of one adult meal. Fazoli's- 5PM-8PM - $.99 kids meal with purchase of an Adult Meal (Drink is not included) Lone Star Steakhouse- ALL DAY! Kids 12 and under eat FREE from the kids menu. Limit 2 free kids meals (one per child) per adult entree purchased. (Dine-In ONLY) McAlister’s Deli- 5PM-8PM - Kids eat FREE with purchase of an Adult Entrée McDonald's- 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Carterville McDonald's- 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal DuQuoin McDonald's- 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Eldorado McDonald's- 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Harrisburg McDonald's- 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Herrin McDonald's- 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Ina McDonald's- 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Johnston City McDonald's - 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Marion Applebee's- ALL DAY! - Kids eat for $.99 2 per adult Backyard Burger- 5PM-8PM- Kids 12 and under eat FREE meal with purchase of an Adult Meal Bob Evans- 2PM-CLOSE -Kids 12 and under eat FREE. One child per adult. Fazoli's-5PM-8PM- Kids 12 & under eat for $1.99 with an adult purchase McAlister's- 5PM-8PM -Kids eat FREE with purchase of adult meal McDonald's- 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Metropolis McDonald's - 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Murphysboro McDonald's - 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Pinckneyville Courtside Grill- ALL DAY!- 2 kids 12 and under eat FREE per adult McDonald's- 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal Thompsonville 1 topping personal pan pizza with purchase of 1 12 inch or larger pizza Vienna McDonald's- 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal West Frankfort McDonald's - 3PM-8PM - $1.99 Happy Meal WEDNESDAY Anna Sonic - $1.99 Kids Meals

Carbondale DiMaggio’s- Kids eat FREE with purchase of adult entree or 14"pizza Moe's Southwestern Grill- After 5PM - Kids eat FREE with each adult meal of $7 or more Sonic- $1.99 Kids Meals DuQuoin Sonic- $1.99 Kids Meals Harrisburg Sonic- $1.99 Kids Meals Marion Sonic- $1.99 Kids Meals Metropolis Sonic- $1.99 Kids Meals West Frankfort Sonic- $1.99 Kids Meals THURSDAY Marion Ryan’s- Family Night 5PM-8PM- Kids 11 years and under eat for $.99 Don Sol- $.99 kids meal with 1 paid adult meal SATURDAY Carbondale Denny's - 4PM-10PM -Two children's meals from the kids' menu are FREE with the purchase of one adult meal. Steak-n-Shake- ALL DAY- FREE kid’s meal for every $8.00 spent Marion Steak n Shake- ALL DAY- Kids Eat FREE. One free kid's plate per $8 spent Zumba Starting FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 THRU FRIDAY MAY 9 at 5:306:30 p.m. at the Marion Carnegie Library. Registration is required and you must be over 18. Limit to 25 people. Free and open to the public. Yoga for Beginners starting on TUESDAY, MARCH 25 THRU TUESDAY, MAY 27 at 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Marion Carnegie Library. Registration and yoga mat are required. You must be over 18 to participate. Limit to 20 people. Free and open to the public. The Ivas John Band plays at John Brown's on the Square, 1000 Tower Square Plaza, Marion, on the 1ST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Show starts at 8:30pm and runs till approx. 12:30am. This is a free event. NAMI, Jackson County – 1ST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, NAMI Meeting. 7-8:30; Our Savior Lutheran Church, 700 South University Ave., Carbondale, IL. Call 1.800.346.4572 for more information. NAMI, Metropolis – 1ST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, NAMI Meeting. 7-8:30; St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry Street, Metropolis, IL Email namimetropolis@yahoo.com for more information. Join the School of Music for a free lunchtime concert on the FIRST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH in the first floor rotunda of Morris Library at SIU in Carbondale from 12-1:00 p.m. The Morris Library is located at 605 Agriculture Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901

Lego Club. Marion Carnegie Library, Children’s Department. Monthly on the FIRST AND THIRD MONDAY, , 6 – 7:30 pm. Ages 6-12. Call 618993-5935 for more information. Grown ups’ Night Out at the Science Center in Carbondale. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. All ages welcome, but must be potty-trained! Drop your kids off for a night of fun. This is the THIRD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Call 529.5431 or email si.sciencecente r@gmail.com to reserve your spot

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EVENTS CALENDAR Free Concert and Dance with Donnie Rush Falknor “The Dinner Singer” performing hits of the 50’s and 60’s. EVERY WEDNESDAY from 5:00-7:00 PM, at the American Legion Hall in Marion. Call 618.922.5540 for more information.

Free Concert and Dance with Donnie Rush Falknor “The Dinner Singer” performing hits of the 50’s and 60’s. EVERY WEDNESDAY from 5:00-7:00 PM, at the American Legion Hall in Marion. Call 618.922.5540 for more information. Lego Club. Marion Carnegie Library, Children’s Department. MONTHLY ON THE FIRST MONDAY, 6 – 7:30 PM. Ages 6-12. Call (618) 993-5935. Brown Bag and Book Discussion Group. Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main St., CARBONDALE. WEEKLY ON MONDAYS, NOON – 1 PM. Just bring a lunch and one book to discuss. Call Mary Stoner at 618-4570354 ext. 314.

17) at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jeri Palmer, from LEAA, will be hosting a beginners painting class at the Marion Carnegie Library. . Students will be introduced to color theory, taught how to apply acrylic paint, and will be able to paint their own design. Registration is required and can be completed in the Young Adult Department. For ages 12-19. Students should bring a pencil, paper, and a picture they may want to paint. *FREE* Free monthly electronic/computer recycling. America’s Central Port (Formerly Commissary Parking Lot), Seventh and A streets, Granite City. 10 AM SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH FEBRUARY – NOVEMBER. Call 314-382-1650 or www.witsinc.org. Teen Games. Marion Carnegie Library, McCoskey Room. WEEKLY ON SATURDAY, 1 – 4:30 PM. Yu-Gi-Oh cards, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, and other games. Ages 12-19. Call 618-993-5935. Teen Games. Marion Carnegie Library, McCoskey Room. WEEKLY ON SATURDAY, 1 – 4:30 PM. Yu-Gi-Oh cards, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, and other games. Ages 12-19. Call (618) 993-5935.

Senior Citizens Program. Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main St. FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 9:30 – 10:30 AM. Doughnuts and coffee are provided. Each month has a different theme. Contact Mary Stoner at 618-457-0354.

Zumba & Zumba Toning Classes-Tishaunda Fitness Contact 618-6384180 for more information or www.tishaunda618.zumba.com. $5 per class or $30 for a VIP pass – unlimited Zumba for a month First Time Free! At 718 Market Square Street in Metropolis. SATURDAYS 10:30-12 and MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS at 6-7:30 p.m.

Games Group. Marion Carnegie Library, Teen Department. WEEKLY ON SATURDAYS FROM 1-4:30 pm. Games include cheese, checkers, and more. Open to teens of all skill levels. Call (618) 993-5935.

LET’S WRITE! POETRY WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS (4th—8th Graders). Saluki Writers Project (led by SIU English Grad Students) at the Carbondale Public Library. Thursdays 4:30 – 5:30 pm, APRIL 3, 10.

National Alliance on Mental Illness educational and sharing-and-caring meetings. Our Savior Lutheran Church, 700 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale. FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. 7 PM. Contact 800346-4572, 217-522-1403, jacksoncounty.nami.org or il.nami.org.

Educational

Story Hour. Marion Carnegie Library, Event Center. WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAY, 10 -11 AM. Stories, snacks and activities for pre-school age children. Call 618-993-5935. Shawnee Quilters Guild Work Days. Marion Carnegie Library. FIRST THURSDAYS OF EACH MONTH. 9 AM. Bring lunch. $20 for annual dues. Contact Gail Braeutigam at 618-684-3950. Shawnee Quilters Monthly Meetings. First Baptist Church, 406 S. Division St., Carterville. THIRD THURSDAYS OF EACH MONTH. Pre-program begins at 10 AM; refreshments at noon; meeting and program at 12:30 PM. $20 annual dues. Contact Gail Braeutigam at 618-684-3950. Story Hour. Marion Carnegie Library, Event Center. WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAY, 10 -11 AM. Stories, snacks and activities for pre-school age children. Call (618) 993-5935. Open Computer Help. Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main St., Carbondale. 9 AM – 2 PM. Open to public. Get help with technology issues, including how to use your computer, cell phone or tablet; see how to use your email or Facebook; assistance with downloading ebooks and audiobooks; practice on our computers or bring your own. Contact wschoof@carbondale.lib.il.us. Shawnee Quilters Guild Work Days. Jackson Count Extension Center, Murphysboro. FIRST FRIDAYS OF EACH MONTH SEPTEMBER – MAY. 10 AM Bring lunch. $20 for annual dues. Contact Gail Braeutigam at 618-684-3950. Video Game Hour. Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main St., Carbondale. 3:30-4:30 PM FRIDAYS. Free. For youth 5th grade and older. Includes video games and popcorn. Contact 618-457-0354. Family Swim. LIFE Center pool, 2500 W Sunset Drive, Carbondale. WEEKLY ON FRIDAY EVENINGS. $5 per family up to four people; additional people $1 each. An adult family member must accompany youth; siblings must be at least 21 to qualify as an adult. Call 618-549-4222. Beginners Painting Class for ages 9-12 will be starting on THURSDAY, APRIL 10 THRU THURSDAY, MAY 15 (NO CLASS ON THURSDAY, APRIL

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Need help with math and science? Free tutoring will be available at The Science Center of Southern Illinois for Kindergarten-12th graders who need assistance with science and mathematics. All tutors are qualified student volunteers from SIUC. Meetings are EVERY WEDNESDAY from 3-5pm. All tutoring is free, but registration is required to ensure that there are plenty of tutors. Direct any questions to Jaime at jaimesykes@siu.edu. The Science Center of Southern Illinois, University Mall, 1237 E. Main., Sp 1048, Carbondale. Admission $4/person; infants 2 and younger free. Senior citizen and military discounts available. Annual family memberships ($65) includes admission for up to eight family members, various discounts, free admission to more than 300 museums in the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Closed Monday-Tuesday; 11 AM – 5 PM WednesdayThursday; 11 AM – 6PM Friday-Saturday; Noon – 5 PM Sunday. Contact si.sciencecenter@gmail.com, 618-529-5431 or www.yoursciencecenter.com. Sylvan Learning Center, 402 E. Plaza Drive, #3, Carterville. 618-985-4519.

Exhibits

Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum, 1411 North 27th St., Mt. Vernon. 10 AM – 4 PM SATURDAYS and 1 – 4 PM SUNDAYS. Free. Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia. Call 618-246-0033. Union County Museum, 117 S. Appleknocker St., Cobden. 1-5 PM SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS. Free. Operated by the Union County Historical & Genealogy Society. Call 618-893-2865. Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the Horseman Collection at Cedarhurst. FEBRUARY 23-MAY 11. This exhibition will feature 40 artists and 67 works of American Scene and Modernist paintings from the 1930s and 1940s, on loan from the collection of St. Louis art collectors John and Susan Horseman. Gallery admission is $5 per person, Cedarhurst members free, all admission free each Thursday. For more information call 618.242.1236. 24th Annual New Work by Students, Faculty and Staff, Department of Cinema and Photography, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale at Cedarhurst. FEBRUARY 23-MAY 11. This year's show will spotlight the


originality and creativity of students and faculty. Free gallery admission. For more information call 618.242.1236.

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Shrode Fine Art and Craft Competition at Cedarhurst. FEBRUARY 23-MAY 11. The annual regional competition is open to artists age 18 and older living in southern Illinois, south of Interstate 70, including Charleston, IL. Fine art and craft artists have the opportunity to submit their work and a professional artist/juror selects the art for the exhibition. Artists compete to win over $1,000 in cash prizes. Free gallery admission. For more information call 618.242.1236.

Elm Street Southern Baptist Church

Art Time Projects: Art Rocks! at Cedarhurst. FEBRUARY 23-MAY 11. Afterschool Art Time students study and learn about a variety of different art mediums and artists throughout the school year. The exhibit will showcase student projects made in response to the (Fall 2013) Main Gallery exhibit, Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock & Roll Photography. Free gallery admission. For more information call 618.242.1236. THROUGH FEBRUARY 9 - Beck Family Center - Closed for Renovations. The Beck Family Center is a resource enjoyed by thousands of families each year. Because of its popularity, regular maintenance is needed to keep the center in top condition. Please excuse us while we take this short exhibition period to care for the family center.

Farmers’ Markets

Vienna Farmers’ Market. Vienna City Park. OPEN WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS 7 AM – noon.

Religious Services & Meetings: Aldersgate United Methodist Church

1201 N. Fair St., Marion -618-997-6065 • www.marionaldersgate.org SUNDAYS – 8:30 AM Blended Worship Service; 9:30 AM Sunday School for all ages; 10:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service. Nursery is provided during both worship services for kids up to 3 years old. WEDNESDAYS – ACTION (All Church Things in One Night) begins with a meal at 5:45 PM and is followed by Adult Small Group Studies; Friendship Club (through 3rd Grade); CLICK (4th and 5th Grades); Sixth Grade Connection; and Wednesday Night Life (7th-12th Grades).

Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship

105 N. Parrish Lane, Carbondale - 618-529-2439 - www.cuuf.net SUNDAYS - 10:30 AM Service; 10:30 AM Children's Religious Education and staffed Nursery; 11:30 AM Coffee Hour in the Commons

Christ Community Church

473 W. Harrison Road, Murphysboro – 618-684-359 • ccc-si.com SUNDAYS – 10 AM Worship

Community Christian Church

1150 Country Club Road, Metropolis – 618-524-8694 • www.cccmetropolis.com SUNDAYS – 9 AM Sunday School; 10 AM Worship; 6 PM Worship WEDNESDAYS – 6 PM Bible Study

Cornerstone Church

9835 Old Bainbridge, Marion – 618-997-7884 • cornerstonesi.org SATURDAYS – 5 PM Worship SUNDAYS – 9 AM and 10:45 AM Worship

Cornerstone Church

17466 Route 37, Johnston City - 618-997-7884 • cornerstonesi.org SUNDAYS – 10 AM Worship

Grace United Methodist Church

220 N. Tower Road, Carbondale – 618-457-8785 • www.gumc.net SUNDAYS – 9 AM Contemporary Worship; 10:10 AM Sunday School; 11:15 AM Traditional Worship. Nursery available at both services and Sunday school.

7373 Old Highway 13, Carbondale – 618-521-6271 www.hopechurchcarbondale.com SUNDAYS – 9:30 AM Adult Bible Study; 9:30 AM Children’s Sunday School; 10:30 AM Worship Service 1907 Elm St., Murphysboro – 618-687-1043 • www.elmstreetchurch.org SUNDAYS – 9:15 AM Sunday School; 10:30 AM Service; 6 PM Service WEDNESDAYS – 7 PM Service

First Baptist Church of Marion

401 West Union St., Marion – 618-997-9386 • www.fbmarion.org SUNDAYS – 10 AM Worship; 6 PM Worship WEDNESDAYS – 6 PM Worship

First Baptist Church

401 N. 15th St., Murphysboro – 618-687-1769 • www.fbcmurphy.org SUNDAYS – 8:15 AM Fellowship with coffee and doughnuts; 9AM Life Groups/Sunday School; 10 AM Worship WEDNESDAYS – 5 PM Dinner; 6 PM Youth Group; 6 PM Adult Bible Study

First Christian Church

306 W. Monroe St., Carbondale – 618-457-6817 • fcc-carbondale.org SUNDAYS – 10:30 AM Worship with Children’s Church and Nursery provided

First Church of God

1409 Broeking Rd., Marion -618-993-6369 • www.marionfcog.org SUNDAYS – 9:00 AM Sunday School; 10 AM Worship; 6PM Enrichment Hour WEDNESDAY – 6:30 Worship

First Presbyterian Church

310 S. University Ave., Carbondale – 618-549-2148 • www.firstprescdale.org SUNDAYS – 9:30 AM Worship; 10:30 AM Fellowship; 10:45-11:45 AM Adult & Children’s Christian Enrichment

First United Methodist

214 W Main St., Carbondale – 618-457-2416 • www.fumc-cdale.org SUNDAYS – Early Service: 8:15-9:15 AM Early Service; 9:30-10:30 AM Sunday School for all ages; 10:45-11:45 AM Late Service with Children's Church (4 years old - Grade 6)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

1801 Westminster Drive, Marion – 618-993-3649 • gslcmarion.com SUNDAYS - 7:45 AM service; 10:15 AM service with staffed nursery available for children through age 3

Lighthouse Assembly of God

670 Airport Road, Metropolis – 618-524-2256 • lighthouseag.org SUNDAYS – 9:30 AM Christian Education; 10:30 AM Morning Worship; 5:15 PM Corporate Prayer; 6 PM Evening Worship WEDNESDAYS – 6:15 PM Corporate Prayer; 7 PM Worship

Marion Church of Christ

1705 E DeYoung St., Marion - 618-993-5534 • www.marionchurchofchrist.com SUNDAYS – 9:30 AM Bible study; 10:30 AM Worship; 6 PM Worship WEDNESDAYS – 7 PM Bible study

Marion First United Methodist Church

208 W. Main St., Marion - 618-993-5421 • www.marionfirst.org SUNDAYS – 8:30 AM Informal Worship; 9 AM Coffee Spot Fellowship; 9:30 AM Sunday School; 10:30 AM Traditional Worship

Mt. Horeb Church

906 Pearl St., Metropolis • 618-524-3018 • www.mthorebexperience.org SUNDAYS – 9AM Sunday School; 10 AM Worship; 10 AM Children’s Church (1-9 years old); 5:30 PM Mt. HYPE (Youth Group for 6-12th grades) WEDNESDAYS – 5:30 PM Fellowship Meal; 6:30 Bible Study THURSDAYS – 9 AM Zumba (Free)

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EVENTS CALENDAR Murphysboro United Methodist Church 1500 Pine St., Murphysboro – 618-687-2317 • www.murphysboroumc.com SUNDAYS – 9 AM Service with children dismissed about half way through for Children’s Church; 10:10 AM Sunday School for all ages; Communion Sunday is the FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH

Neighborhood Bible Fellowship 1218 W. Freeman St., Carbondalee – 618-549-7649 neighborhoodbiblefellowship.org SUNDAYS – 10 AM Breaking of Bread Service; 11 AM Teaching Service/Children's Sunday School

New Hope Church of God 2201 W. Main St., Marion – 618-993-3363 • www.newhopechurchmarion.or • SUNDAYS – 9:30 AM Sunday School; 10:30 AM Worship and children are dismissed for Children’s Church WEDNESDAYS – 6 PM Fellowship with coffee, drinks and desserts: 6:30-7:15 PM Whiz Kidz (ages 4-11); 6:30-7:15 PM Teen Bible Study (ages 12-19); 6:307:15 PM Adult Bible Study; 7:20-8 PM Adult Choir Practice

New Zion Missionary Baptist Church 803 N Robert A Stalls Ave, Carbondale- 618.457.7075 Rev Darryl K Cox, Pastor SUNDAYS – Sunday School- 9:30am, Morning Service- 10:45am Weekly prayer service/Stewardship class: WEDNESDAYS- 6:30pm

Ohio Valley Baptist Church 714 Filmore St., Metropolis – 618-638-0901 • www.ohiovalleybaptist.org SUNDAYS – 10 AM SUNDAY SCHOOL; 11 AM Worship; 6 PM Worship WEDNESDAYS – 7 PM Worship

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Olivet Free Will Baptist Church 409 North Marion Street, Carbondale- 618.549.3374 SUNDAYS – 9:30 AM - Sunday School; 11:00 AM - Worship Service WEDNESDAYS - 6:00 PM - Midweek Service

St. Joseph Catholic Church 600 N. Russell St., Marion - 618-993-3194 www.stjosephmarion.org SATURDAYS – 5 PM Mass SUNDAYS – 8 AM Mass; 11 AM Mass MONDAYS-THURSDAYS – 7:45 AM Morning Prayer; 8 AM Mass FRIDAYS – 11:45 PM Midday Prayer; 12:10 PM Mass

Seventh-day Adventist Church 2434 Taylor Road, West Frankfort, IL - 618-937-1221 • www.wfsdac.org SATURDAYS – Bible Study at 10:00 am, Worship Hour at 11:00 am Mid-week service on TUESDAYS at 6:00 pm

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 315 E. Third St., Metropolis – 618-524-9006 • strosemetropolis.com SUNDAYS – 8:30 AM Mass MONDAY-FRIDAY 8 AM Mass

University Baptist Church 700 S Oakland Ave., Carbondale – 618-457-0323 • www.ubaptist.org SUNDAYS – 9 AM Coffee Fellowship and Libraryl 9:30 AM Classes; 10:45 AM Worship WEDNESDAYS – 9:30 AM Morning Bible Study; 7 AM Mid-Week Service

The View Church 1201 S. Giant City Road, Carbondale – 618-351-0841 • www.theviewchurch.com SUNDAYS – 10:20 AM Contemporary Worship Service


Vine Church 1445 S. Wall St., Carbondale – 618-351-8463 • www.vinechurch.net SUNDAYS – 9 AM, 11 AM, 5:30 PM Worship Services

Walnut Street Baptist Church 218 W. Walnut St., Carbondale – 618-457-0479 • www.walnut-street.org SUNDAYS – 9 AM Sunday School; 10:15 AM Morning Worship; 12:30 PM Korean Worship; 6 PM Evening Worship WEDNESDAYS – 5:45 PM Dinner by Reservation; 6:30 PM Adult Bible Study; 6:30 PM Youth Bible Study; 6:30 PM Children in Action (Grades 1-6); 6:30 PM Mission Friends (4-5 year olds); 7:15 PM Choir Rehearsal

great community for moms to connect and support each other throughout pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and motherhood. Holds regular meetings, playdates, film screenings, and special events throughout the year. Contact www.facebook.com/groups/sibirthnetwork or Amanda Wingerter at amandawingerter@gmail.com. The Women’s Center, 610 South Thompson St., Carbondale – 800-3342094. Helps sexual assault and domestic violence survivors by providing a 24-hour crisis hotline intervention (618-529-2324), emergency shelter, food, supplies and transportation; individual and group support, counseling information, referrals, education; case management, legal, medical, and personal advocacy. All services are free confidential. http://thewomensctr.org/. v

Service Organizations Cambria Food Pantry, 302 S. Richart, Cambria – 618-985-6409. Open 8 AM-noon THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. Community United Pantry, 130 West Illinois, Carterville – 618-9853171. Open 9 AM-noon TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS. Friends of Giant City is a not-for-profit group that supports Giant City State Park and is funded by membership donations. Annual dues begin at $5for students and seniors and go up to $100 for organizations. Membership includes newsletters, volunteer activities, annual meeting and programs, education programs. Contact friendsofgiantcity@ gmail.com or www.giantcity.org. Good Samaritan Food Pantry, 700 S. Oakland, Carbondale – 618-4570323. Open 9-11 AM MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS. Grace Baptist Church, 202 E. Oak, West Frankfort – 618-932-2140. Open 9-11 AM THIRD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH. Hospice of Southern Illinois Inc. – 305 S. Illinois St., Belleville. 618-2351703; 7325 Marine Road, Edwardsville. 618-659-7900; 204 Halfway Road, Marion. 618-997-3030. Care for patients and families facing terminal illnesses includes specialized pain and symptom management, regularly scheduled visits by Hospice team, on-call support available 24 hours a day, emotional and spiritual support, assistance with financial questions, and volunteer services. Keep Carbondale Beautiful’s Adopt-A-Spot Program, Carbondale. Individuals or groups commit to clean litter from their designated area at least once a month while Keep Carbondale Beautiful provides trash bags, annual Certificate of Appreciation, and recognition sign posted in area. Contact Valerie Rasp at keepcb@midwest.net or 618-525-5525. Legal Self-Help Center, Carbondale Public Library, 405 W. Main St., Carbondale. Hours 9 AM – 9 PM Monday-Thursday; 9 AM – 6 PM FridaySaturday; 1-6 PM Sunday. Free center focuses on simple divorces, child support/child visitation, domestic violence orders of protection, landlord/tenant matters, links to free legal resources. Charges associated with printing some documents. Contact Jackson.illinoislegalaid.org. Marion Ministerial Alliance, 103 East Calvert, Marion – 618-993-8419. Open 8:30-11:30 AM TUESDAYS. Murphysboro Food Pantry, 906 N. 14th St., Murphysboro – 618-684-8258 Salvation Army, 906 Tower Square, Marion – 800-993-5854. Open 9-11 AM TUESDAYS-THURSDAYS. Shepherd’s Closet, 704 West Boyton, Marion – 618-993-8694 Southern Illinois BirthNetwork – 618-559-5948. Promotes motherfriendly maternity care throughout Southern Illinois and provides a

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COMMUNITY NEWS

by: Tanya A. Jones, Ed.D

Ready, Set, Learn! Is your child ready for school?

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oday society is gaining a greater appreciation of the value of the early years and its later impact on adult success. Educators understand better how young children develop and how to best support early learning. Although typically developing children follow predicable patterns, each child is unique and develops at a different rate. Children need a variety of real life experience interacting with people and objects in order to construct knowledge. Using their five senses, talking and listening, moving, interacting with peers and adults, experimenting with objects, being exposed to new and different things are all ways in which children learn. Having a loving and safe environment is crucial too. Children, just like adults, learn by being motivated, through repetition, imitation, and with lots of praise and encouragement.

Researchers and scientists also understand the impact of the first five years of a child’s life and how nurturing and care are critical to lifelong development and success. Through sophisticated technology, science has provided proof that early experiences influence brain development by establishing the neural connections that provide the foundation for language, reasoning, problem solving, social skill, behavior and emotional health that are vital for school success and a happy life. Mothers have known for ages that cuddling their babies does not spoil them; that baby talk is not silly; and that singing songs, reading books are all important and essential to helping their child grow to be a mature, and contributing member of the community. Nurturing through simple experiences and interactions are the key to future school success and lay the foundation for school readiness.

What is School Readiness? “In Kentucky, school readiness means that each child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the child’s success. Families, early care and education providers, school staff and community partners must work together to provide these early learning experiences in the home, child care environments or preschool that promote growth and learning to ensure that all children in Kentucky enter school eager and excited to learn”. (http://kidsnow.ky.gov)

Parents and caregivers need to remember that there are five developmental areas for school readiness: • • • • •

Health and physical well being Language and communication development Social and emotional development. Cognitive and general knowledge Approaches to learning

Parents, family members, guardians and child care agencies can all participate in preparing young children for school by turning daily activities into teachable moments. Parents do not have to be experts to help their child learn and be ready for school. Time and a positive attitude are all that are required! Here are some examples of how to capitalize on daily routines. 30 • April2014 www.littleegyptfamilymag.com


1. Parents and families should make sure their children are healthy; get a good night sleep regularly and to the extent possible; and visit a family doctor and dentist. Encouraging good eating habits along with physical exercise and family fun will promote a healthy lifestyle. Trips to the park or walks in the neighborhood will support good health, strength, stamina and set a good example. With the epidemic of overweight children, establishing good habits early are essential for prolonged health. 2. Children need to be able to listen and express their needs and wants. The old saying “Children should be seen and not heard” should be put to rest! Research has shown us those children that have many opportunities to talk and listen to adults gain language skills. Adults should ask “open-ended questions” such as “why, how do you know?” Introduce children to new words to expand their vocabulary and respond to their (many) questions. Talking to children about every day events (e.g. preparing dinner, folding the laundry, shopping at the grocery story, reading stop signs, cleaning the bathroom) are excellent opportunities to stimulate their thinking, introduce vocabulary words and have purposeful conversations. Conversation with children

helps them learn appropriate volume, tone and grammar. Communication that is primarily commands (e.g. “sit down, come here, pick that up, and be quiet”) is not helpful for teaching language development. 3. Parents can support social/emotional development by expressing confidence in their child. Spending time by playing games, watching movies together or helping the child handle frustration, disappointments and their temper appropriately will provide the social regulation to understand how to be in a group, understand rules and practice effective means of expressing emotions. Young children can learn how to make simple requests, share, ask for help and get along with peers. 4. Asking children simple questions about the weather, nature, or bugs may inspire a love of science. Old game favorites such as Memory, Candy Land or singing “One Potato, Two Potato” will support number learning and other thinking skills. The song “Roll Over” or “Ten Little Monkeys” are popular and also help with math. Using positional words in conversation (e.g. behind, next, in, first, second, above) or math words— (e.g. middle, shortest, smallest, the least, most, full) build math vocabulary

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and basic math skills. Sorting socks or matching items will help children learn their colors and patterns. 5. Parents and other caretakers should strive to promote a sense of curiosity and initiative in children. Helping children work through problems, stay on task, be persistent and try new things will assists them in school. A child who can pay attention, control impulsive behavior and relate appropriately to others may be able to take advantage of the learning opportunities in school and more easily master the three “Rs” later. So why spend time preparing young children for school? It’s important! School readiness’ influence extends beyond the first few months of kindergarten. Children with higher levels of school readiness at age five are generally more successful in grade school, are less likely to drop out of school and earn better wages as adults (Duncan et al., 2007). Parents should remember that they are their child’s first teachers and they should continue to contribute to their child’s success by also participating in the school community. When parents are active in their child’s school, schools are better equipped to be ready for children too. Parents, caregivers and early childhood professionals each play a role in preparing young children for school. The quality of the efforts from the first five years “plays” out for many years. v

Duncan, G. J., Dowsett, C.J., Claessens, A., Magnuson, K., Huston, A. C., Klebanov, P., Pagani, L. S., Feinstein, L., Engel, M., Brooks-Gunn, J., Sexton, H., & Duckworth, K., (2007). School readiness and later achievement. Developmental Psychology, 43(6), 1428-1446. Isaacs, J.B. (2012). Starting School at a Disadvantage: The School Readiness of Poor Children. Washington, D.C., The Brookings Institute

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