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Better Grades - 10 Ways You Can Help!


Choosing After-School Activities

Make sure your child is ready to learn and achieve at school with these 10 smart tips on what you can do at home to prepare them for success.

How to make smart choices, judge how much is too much, and deal with lack of commitment once an activity is chosen.


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Top 5 Free Back to School Apps Every Parent Needs! Parents with children love the Life360 Family Locator App. They can check the app’s map on their phone and have peace of mind knowing their kids are in a safe location, heading to the predetermined destination or heading home. Life360 also has a 24/7 Live Advisor in the event that a family member is not available. Now parents can know their children always have someone to talk to during an emergency. In the event of an emergency, the Life360 Family Locator App has a built-in panic feature. This feature will automatically send a phone call, email, text message, and your GPS Tracking coordinates to everyone in your family connected to Life360. Immediately they will know exactly where you are and receive a phone call. If they are at work and have their phone shut off, they will instantly receive an email and can quickly check their phone. The panic feature can bypass downed phone lines providing a lifeline to all of your family members. Life360 is your safety tool. Cozi, a family organizer and to-do list app, is the best way for families to manage a busy lifestyle while keeping everyone in the loop. The handy features include a family calendar, shopping lists and family journals. Using the Family Calendar feature, you can add or edit an appointment, soccer game or dance recital entry. Updates affect your whole family’s account, so everyone in your crew knows what’s going on. Set reminders so your kids don’t miss an important event, filter appointments by each individual or view the entire family’s schedule at once. Maybe it's not the shopping you dread during back-to-school season, but the challenging task of getting your kids back in the schoolwork mindset. After swimming in pools and sleeping till their hearts’ desire all summer, homework is the last thing on your kids’ minds. That’s why the myHomework app is helpful—it helps your kids (and you!) get back into the school routine, ensuring all homework assignments and tests are prepared for. MyHomework serves as a digital planner and homework tracker, so your kids can go paperless while tracking every single assignment, test or presentation that comes their way in one place. All they have to do is plug in the due dates. By using the Calendar tab, they can sift through individual days of the week and see what they’re in for. Download eBooks and audiobooks from your library directly to your Android device! OverDrive Media Console gives you on-the-go access to eBooks and audiobooks from your public, school, or college library. More than 18,000 libraries worldwide offer best-selling and classic titles via OverDrive, so use the ‘Get Books’ feature in the app to find a library near you. Do you struggle to understand your child’s homework? Does your child need to practise their spelling and times tables? Are you looking for inspiration for projects and assignments? The School A to Z app is an essential tool for every parent of school-aged children. Produced by the NSW Department of Education and Communities, the School A to Z app brings together a wealth of resources to help parents to understand and support their child’s homework.

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Robert Ludwig

I rarely get to go out and actually meet the families that Metro East Parent Magazine actually reaches within our area. Either I am cooped up in my office working, or playing chauffeur to my son who is so active I do not know how parents with more than one child copes with the demand of active children. But this week I got to meet hundreds of families who not only read Metro East Parent Magazine, but utilize it for the exact reasons that I intended when I first started the magazine just a short ten months ago. I was astounded by the responses that I received from the many parents I met.

I was able to work side by side with the Illinois PTA in the “Back to School Bash� in which we gave over a thousand backpacks to school children in Metro East Area. Carolyn McCarty and Desiree Tyus, along with many, many others, worked tirelessly on the project to help countless children of our area. There could never be enough said for what these ladies and the many other volunteers did. At the event I was able to speak to parent after parent who not only read Metro East Parent Magazine, but would not have learned of this event and many others in the area if not for the magazine. Families showed up from all four counties of the Metro East Area that learned about the event from our magazine. You could never know how that felt to me and my staff to sit there and listen to the praise that was bestowed upon us and the magazine that day. It was a humbling experience for all of us and we thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts. For the last ten months we have worked hard in bringing the best that the Metro East Area has to offer. We feel that we are blessed to work with so many incredible businesses, schools, organizations, and parents to bring you the latest news and upcoming events within our area. It wasn’t until I got out and actually met face to face with these families did I realize how much we have succeeded, and how much more hard work we have ahead of us. It is our goal that every parent, grandparent, or anyone else that is instrumental in raising a child utilizes Metro East Parent to make their job just a little bit easier. But we need your help in achieving this goal. If you know of an event we can add to our calendar, please let us know. If you know of a teacher, a community leader, a parent, or organization that we should know about, please do not hesitate to contact us. If there is anything that you wish to see in the magazine, or not see in the magazine, please let us know. If you enjoy Metro East Parent, please pick up another copy for your friends and family to help spread the word. If you are a business owner, school, church, or any other establishment that wishes us to add your location as a drop off point for the magazine, call us and we will gladly do so. The more we as a community can support each other, the more we can feel that we are a community. Again, thank you so much for helping make Metro East Parent Magazine the #1 resource for families in the Metro East area. Robert Ludwig, Publisher 618-407-5281

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Choosing After-Schoo

How to make smart choices, judge how much is too much, and deal with lack o by Evelyn Beck How can you help guide your children to the most enriching after-school activities? It helps first of all to think about the options. In 2005, according to estimates from Child Trends DataBank, the most popular after-school activity for children was sports, with 31 percent of children participating in sports-related programs outside of school hours. Other popular choices included religious activities (20 percent), arts (18 percent), scouts (10 percent), community service (8 percent), academic activities (7 percent), and school clubs (6 percent). To identify local opportunities for your child, ask at school and inquire at places such as swim centers, arts centers, museums, recreation centers, colleges and universities, and churches. Sometimes the choice for an appropriate outside activity comes from your own goals for your child. For example, if you want to use time after school to fill a gap in what is offered by the school, you might consider music lessons. If your child is struggling in a particular subject, tutoring might be a good idea. If your child needs to burn off energy or needs to be more physically active, you might want to look into an activity such as karate. But the after-school activities that are the most fun for children usually emerge from their own interests. Be careful about urging your child toward some interest that you harbor or letting them bend to peer pressure.

“Ask yourself whether your child really loves this activity,” advises social psychologist Susan Newman, author of Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day and The Book of No: 250 Ways To Say It—and Mean It—and Stop People-Pleasing Forever. “If the activity is not something the child is even moderately good at, it can have a negative effect on his self-perception.” So listen to your child. Look in particular for persistent expressions of interest rather than something a child mentions once or twice. Figure out what sparked the interest. Was it a friend? Was it seeing the activity? Then ask yourself whether your child is physically old enough for the activity or what the benefits will be. If a child doesn’t express a particular interest vocally, look for other clues. “We know our children better than anyone else,” says Newman. “As a parent, you have some [indication] of what your child might be interested in or where his strong suits are.” For example, for a child who is always doodling, you might suggest art lessons. For a child who keeps trying to reach the basketball hoop, mention the basketball team. For the child who loves to argue, propose debate. For the child who wants to be involved in multiple activities, force him to prioritize. Or if your child jumps into activities and then quits, allow such experimenting but don’t invest in the necessary equipment right away. For

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Make sure your child is ready to learn and achie by Evelyn Beck Parents who want to help their children succeed in school must strike the proper balance. They should be involved—but not too involved. They should set limits—but allow freedom. They should encourage their kids to excel— but not expect perfection. However, it’s not as hard as it might sound to help your kids enjoy their academic experience. Here are 10 tips from experts on how to make this year a great one for your family. 1. Create a routine. “Kids benefit from having structure in their home life,” says Michael Popkin, PhD, author of Helping Your Child Succeed in School and founder of Active Parenting Publishers. He recommends getting up at the same time each morning, eating a nutritious breakfast, and instituting a positive bedtime ritual that includes 20 minutes of reading (up to middle school). “As the kids get older, they can take turns reading with you,” he says. “Let it be interaction time. They can ask questions and discuss what they’re reading and talk about other ways a story might end.” 2. Prepare for the morning the night before. Avoid morning chaos by eliminating the need for last-minute decisions. A bad morning practically ensures a difficult day at school. So accomplish as much as possible before bedtime, such as helping your child choose what clothes to wear and gathering all needed school materials in the same “launching spot.” Having a backpack prepared with all essentials also helps foster self-confidence. “Teachers view our kids as poor students if they always forget critical items they need to bring,” says Stacy DeBroff, author of The Mom Book Goes to School and founder of the website Mom Central. “It affects teachers’ perceptions of our kids as dedicated learners.” And those attitudes in turn influence student performance. 3. Help your child get organized. Organization extends beyond assembling the next day’s materials. Kids need help developing a system for storing and retrieving items so that they feel in control of their success. DeBroff suggests using color-coded folders each year so that a child can easily connect a color with a subject and thus find material quickly. Helping children keep backpacks uncluttered and storing all school items in a safe place can also train children to develop organizational habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.

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of commitment once an activity is chosen. example, if your child decides she wants horseback riding or guitar lessons, borrow or rent or buy used items until you see a deep commitment. And for the child who resists involvement in any activities at all, don’t push too hard. “Some children are loners and quite content being by themselves,” says Newman. “Pushing your child to get out and do something is going to make him miserable. Just keep suggesting possibilities.” Activities and College Admission Whatever you choose, don’t overdo it. “What’s happened today is that parenting has become this competitive sport and the trophy is to get your child into a good college,” Newman says. “To that end, children are overscheduled and they have absolutely no down time. For some children, this works fine, but for the majority, the pressure is intense and they’re exhausted and their academics suffer. In going for the top college prize, parents erroneously think the more activities, the better their child will look on applications, and that’s not what colleges are looking at anymore, if they ever were.” A single, lasting commitment to one activity is more impressive, she says. And activities that detract from academic performance will end up hurting the child’s chances later on. Newman particularly warns against overinvolvement in sports, citing recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics that children take the summer off from a sport and that they not play on two teams in

the same sport so as to avoid serious injury. Overscheduling can affect your family life, too, so consider the demands on your own time. Keep in mind what will be expected of you when your child begins a new activity. This will include time and transportation, obviously. But it can also mean volunteering, fundraising, and coaching. One way to let children try out different interests without too much commitment is to enroll them in summer programs. Many of these activities, which can run as short as a week, can be a good way to explore different interests during a time of year that’s free from the pressure of school demands. Another activity—and one that’s free—is to let your child volunteer at a local agency. Usually, child volunteers must be at least middle school age. Organized volunteer programs can be fun and enlightening for children while helping them develop a commitment to community service.

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eve at school with these 10 smart tips on what you can do at home to prepare them for success. 4. Provide a quiet place for homework, but let your child work alone. A regular time and a good workspace to complete homework are essential, and homework should be a household priority. On the other hand, remember that the work is your child’s responsibility, not yours. “Keep the house quiet during homework time, but don’t stand over your child while he or she is doing homework,” Popkin says. “Be available to help. But you don’t want to make it a ‘Let’s sit down and do our homework’ process.” Remember that homework provides important information about student comprehension to teachers, so you do your child a disservice if you correct answers. If you feel that you must help, point out mistakes but let your child figure out how to fix them. 5. Limit distractions. Television, computers, and video games can be a huge competitor for your child’s attention, especially when it comes to homework, so limit these activities, at least on school nights. But the problem with these kinds of diversions extends beyond the way they waste time because they also create a mindset in children that makes school seem boring. “TV encourages children to be passive recipients of information and trains their brain to pay attention to rapidly changing, highly stimulating information,” says Robert Needlman, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. “As a result, kids tend to turn off and tune out from less highly stimulating information, such as someone reading to them or a teacher talking to them.” 6. Encourage intellectual curiosity. Engage your child in dinner-table conversations. Share your own interests, such as what you’ve learned recently about gardening or playing the piano. Talk about current events. Nourish your child’s curiosity about the world, and you will instill a love of learning. “When my child was young, we would take family walks and play a game in which one of us would be a legislator and one of us would be the president and one of us would be a representative from the other house,” Needlman says. “Somebody would propose legislation such as ‘I propose we should have extra dessert.’ Then we’d debate it.” 7. Allow free time. Every child needs time to unwind, so be sure that at least part of each day is free of responsibilities. In particular, don’t oversched-

ule your child with too many afternoon activities. “After a long day at school, if you’re zipping off for trumpet lessons or soccer practice, there’s suddenly very little downtime,” DeBroff says. “You have to make sure your children have pockets of time to replenish their energy.” Opportunities for unstructured play, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, protect children’s emotional development as it helps them manage stress and become resilient. The absence of such free time creates unnecessary anxiety. 8. Build relationships with teachers. “Open the lines of communication,” says DeBroff, who suggests writing a letter to the teacher at the beginning of the year about what motivates your child and possible areas of difficulty. She also suggests asking the teacher how things are going and being open to hearing about problems. And don’t criticize teachers, especially in front of your child. “Make teachers more ready to put in extra effort when stumbling blocks appear,” she says. “If teachers feel they are getting criticized by parents or getting disrespectful attitudes from children, it really affects how the kids are doing.” 9. Focus on effort rather than grades. Show confidence in your children’s abilities but don’t ask too much of them. “If you’re always raising the bar, they never feel quite good enough,” says Popkin, who advises starting with strengths. “If they get a report card and they’ve got A’s and B’s and also one C, don’t just jump in on the C. Start with a focus on what they did well. Then talk about how they feel about the C and whether that represents good effort for them or if they need to work on it.” 10. Learn how to step back. When evaluating your child’s overall performance, be careful not to let your own ambitions take over. “When parents get too involved, by definition kids are miserable,” Needlman says. Resist the urge to micromanage your child’s education. School is your child’s job, not yours. Stop worrying about whether your child is doing well enough to get into a good college. The result of such pressure is that children feel like failures. “A child that might have been a really happy average student and would go on to be perfectly successful in life might become an unhappy average student or an unhappy above-average or excellent student struggling to deal with depression and anxiety.”

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Voice of Generation “I” by XAVIER LUDWIG

“To live for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.” ~Robert M. Pirsig I get asked at least a few times a week what I want to be when I grow up, and until recently I always responded the same way: a doctor. I was predestined before birth to be exactly that, with no input in my future at all. But that has all changed within the last year, and it is making my parents absolutely crazy. My father has always told me that his job, his number one priority, is to make my life better than the one he had. Both he and my mother struggled in poverty as a child, and some as adults. Both did not have the luxury to attend the best schools, be involved in that many sports, and took what life gave them. I am proud to say that both have achieved so much from modest beginnings. It was their goal, their dream, for me to be so much more than they could ever achieve. It was their dream for me to attend the best schools, to be able to be as active in sports, and enjoy my social life as much as possible. It is also their dream for me to be in a profession that would allow me to live a comfortable life and not have to struggle in my life the way they had to. I was to be the only child so that they could afford such a life for me. My father comes from a family of six children and my mother had seven children in her family. They knew the cost it took to raise so many Page 9

children, and only planned for me. So when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would always respond the way I was expected to. But today I am not so sure. I just turned fourteen years old, and started my freshman year in high school. To be honest, I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. There are so many options ahead of me, there is no way I can give someone an honest answer. I do know I want to have a life of service. Whether that is to follow my faith and become a youth minister or priest, or follow my passion in sports and become a coach or teacher to help others like my coaches and teachers have helped me. Through this column I have found a passion in writing and know that I can reach thousands with a stroke on the keyboard, and maybe I can help a few get through their struggles by writing about mine. Through my hours of volunteering I have learned the many ways that anyone can make an effect in another’s life, whether through medicine or a Red Cross worker helping those who just lost everything through a fire or tornado. Through the classes I have taken this summer I have found that I have a newfound interest in computers, and learned how I can utilize that knowl-

edge in helping others. In my Health class I have learned the many different challenges that teens face today, and also learned that there are needs in many areas to help teens like me face those challenges. Again, the options are endless. But the one thing I do know that is that I am only fourteen, and I have a whole life ahead of me to try and figure out exactly what I want to be. Today I just want to enjoy being a teenager and find myself, and not worry what I am going to be ten years from now, or twenty years. My father finally followed his dream last year when he started this magazine, and I wouldn’t dare tell you how old he is. I do know that I have to find my own dream and follow it, not the dreams that my parents dreamed for me, or the life they laid out for me since birth. I cannot be guided by wealth or glory, only my heart. For that is the one thing that I my parents did teach me, is to be me and follow my heart. And who knows, maybe my future is in medicine as they have planned for me, but if it is it will be my dream on my terms.

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with Dr. Angie

Why is Preventative Dentistry Important? It’s Time for Back To School Exams Did you know that every year 51 million hours of school are lost by children due to dental related illness? Almost 60% of children, ages 5 to 17, have cavities – making tooth decay five times more common than asthma among children of this age. Dental exams are required for children entering kindergarten, second and sixth grades. While those exams satisfy the school requirements, they are not enough to ensure children have healthy teeth. Dentistry has been moving in a preventative direction for the last few years. Dentists and researchers have been working hard to solve small dental issues before they become large dental issues. Dentists try to accomplish this is by having patients come in for regular check-ups and cleanings.

Why is Preventative Dentistry Important?: • avoid pain • avoid infection and swelling • avoid the need for medication – i.e. antibiotics, pain management drugs, anti-inflammatories • avoid more costly restorative needs • The smaller the cavity the less tooth structure needs to be removed • Less time lost at work or school Research has continued to develop new techniques to discover cavities when they start, before they get too large. One of these new techniques is an intra-oral camera which detects cavities before we can see them with our eyes or other tests, which is beneficial to the patient because many times these small restorations don’t require anesthetic. I am often asked, “Why should I get this filling done if it is so small and isn’t bothering me?” The simple answer is if you repair a cavity when it is small you don’t have to remove as much tooth structure to restore the cavity; therefore saving more of your tooth as well as time and money.

During your exam we look for many things, such as small cavities, signs of oral cancer, clenching and grinding, the need for orthodontics or a sleep study, fractures in teeth and/or larger cracks that can cause pain and could lead to root canal therapy and crown. Annually, your dentist should perform an oral cancer screening which is very important in catching cancer in its early stages. When children come in for their 6 month visits, decay can be caught earlier and we can avoid the amount of time lost at school. No parent wants to see their child in pain especially if it can be prevented. Brushing twice daily and flossing once daily is very important in helping maintain good oral hygiene and preventing cavities. It is important for parents to monitor their children’s’ oral hygiene habits to make sure they are doing it correctly, and to get them to their dentist regularly. But getting your child to the dentist can be easier said than done.

Why do People hate the Dentist? As dentists we see people every day that come into the office and say “I hate coming here !“ Why do so many people dislike going to the dentist? One of the main reasons is many people wait until they have a problem or are in pain before they come to the office. People may have a tooth bothering them for months, but will wait until the tooth is causing them so much discomfort they can’t sleep or eat. At this point there is obvious need for dental treatment – which can be painful and costly. I understand why many people don’t like the dentist. But by maintaining your regularly scheduled preventative appointments, along with good oral care at home, issues will be caught before they develop into an emergency trip to the dentist. These measures can help ensure a healthy mouth, and minimize the anxiety associated with a trip to the dentist.

For more information call 618/476-XRAY Dr. Angela Tenholder, DMD,FAACP

Dr. Angie is a 1994 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. Her office is in Millstadt, Illinois and she is opening an office in Columbia, Illinois early 2013. You can find more information about her and her practice at

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BACK(PACK) TO SCHOOL DAY Vendors from local businesses & organizations offering information and giveaways Kids activities including face painting, bounce house and YMCA climbing wall Backpack full of school supplies Physicals Complimentary hot dog, chips and drink

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Belleville West High School The event is open to children K-8 and their families from the Belleville grade schools (public and private). Participating schools: Belleville School District #118, Belle Valley School District #119, Harmony-Emge School District #175, Signal Hill School District #181, Whiteside School District #115, Zion Lutheran Grade School and all Catholic grade schools - Blessed Sacrament, Cathedral, St. Teresa, SMSA, and Queen of Peace. Page 11

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Students from Althoff Catholic, Belleville East, and Belleville West High Schools came together to help fill backpacks to be given out at the 4th Annual Back(Pack) to School Day to Belleville area grade schoolers. More than a hundred students showed up in the early morning on their summer vacation to volunteer for the task, and did so in lightning speed. The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce is giving out the free backpacks for Belleville grade schoolers for both private and public schools at Belleville West High School on August 7th from 5 - 7 PM. The evening will also be filled with local vendors, games, bounce houses, and the YMCA climbing wall! Students can also get their school and sport physicals for $15 that evening as well. Hotdogs, chips, and drink will be handed out for free to participants as well. See the flier on the adjourning page for more information.


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very year Mom packs up the car with me and my brother and sister to go visit Uncle Robert and Xavier in Centralia in August to go to the BalloonFest! Come on, what kid doesn’t like big balloons! There are always so many things for kids to do besides look at all the balloons. There are rides, crafts, face-painting, lots of good food, live music, a lot of cool cars at the car show, and oh yeah, did I mention balloons! And to top it all off there are incredible fireworks at night! Centralia is just a short ride away, but we usually spend the weekend to see the Balloon Race, and watch as kids and really big kids (that would be the parents) build a boat out of cardboard and try racing it down the lake. Most of them do not make it all the way, and that is fun watching them try! Oh yeah, did I mention the BalloonFest has Balloons! There is a kid’s activity center for kids of all ages to have fun, learn about balloons, and you can even take a ride up in one of the balloons. Yes, there are balloons!

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by Tara Hilmes, Owner of Wee-Peats Kids Resale

   The cost to send kids back to school is rising.  While many families struggle to make ends meet, their pocketbooks will get even slimmer in the coming months as they prepare for the new school year.     According to a survey done by National Retail Federation, Back-to-School spending in 2012 averaged $688.62 per student, which is up 14% from the previous year. Back-to-School costs are rising as more schools face budget cuts and institute more fees for services.  The dollars add up quickly as parents pay rising classroom and sports fees, buy classroom essentials like notebooks, calculators, and Kleenex, and outfit their kids with new clothes for the upcoming year.   Parents should think outside the box when it comes to backto-school shopping this year. There are easy ways to save money while shopping for Back-to-School. • Spread out your shopping over time • Shop often • Make a list and stick to it • Shop at home! Use what you already have instead of buying new for things like pencils, binders, and backpacks • Shop without your kids to avoid “pressure purchases” • Avoid impulse buys • Visit your local children’s resale store to pick up clothing essentials New clothes don’t have to break the bank. If you choose to shop resale, back to school clothes can be affordable. Parents

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Ukulele: The Pefect Alternative By Guest Columnist Patrick McQuaid, Co-owner of Melodic Rhythms

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There is sand in your toes, a warm breeze smelling of saltwater, and the sound of waves gently washing up on the beach. Then magically a sound starts to begin. It gets louder and louder as you walk down the path, and then you see a man playing what looks like a tiny guitar. What could it be? It is the Ukulele. Hopefully this has set the scene in your mind for an amazing little instrument that has as of recent years been making a comeback. Don’t let the Ukulele’s diminutive size fool you, it is a very versatile instrument. From Hawaiian songs to jazz and even pop music, the Ukulele can be employed by a musician to lighten a song and to expand a song’s tonal variety. The Ukulele, or the “Uke”, was first created in Hawaii in the late 1800’s. It was an adaptation of similar instruments brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants. It is a small acoustic instrument typically made of wood, with four nylon strings instead of the typical six on a guitar. There are four different sizes and they are, in order from smallest to largest; soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. Due to these size differences, each will have a slightly different sound, or “voice”, that it produces. The overall voice of a Ukulele is very light and warm. Who would a ukulele be a good choice of instrument for? Well anybody who has already had experience playing on strings, but also this instrument is an excellent choice for beginner players, and more specifically for young children. The Uke’s smaller size makes it the perfect choice to start a young child on. When a younger child starts on an instrument like a guitar, there can be many difficulties to overcome that many times prevent the child from continuing the learning experience. The size of a standard guitar can be much too large for a child to play comfortably, and the neck can be too large for the child’s hand to be able to wrap around. Another very large issue with a guitar is the type of strings that are used. A guitar typically has

hand strength of a child might not be sufficient enough to press the strings down reliably. Also steel strings can be quite rough on the fingers and cause quite a bit of pain to the beginner. This can be the case for an adult’s hands, with a child, it can be enough discomfort to make them want to quit playing altogether. Within the past ten years or so the Ukulele has seen a quite a resurgence, and by the looks of things will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This instrument may be small, but the possibilities for musical creation with it are endless. Go pick one up, beginner models are extremely affordable, and a quick internet search will find many many good sources for information. Like always though, some are good and some are bad. Happy strumming!

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Question: What has twenty five heads, fifty hands, and sings like an American Idol? Answer: The Madison County Children’s Choir. “Making music connects the mind, body, and soul of the child. Research shows that music makes connections in the brain and increases a child’s capacity to learn, to grow, to create. Making music, regardless of your age or ability, improves your mind and your life” says Dr. Harvey Chiles, founder and director of the MCCC. The Madison County Children’s Choir (MCCC) is one of the offerings of the Arts Academy of Illinois (www.artsacademyil. com) Open by audition to any young person in 3rd through 8th grades, the choir practices on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm beginning August 21, 2013. Auditions are by individual appointment to accommodate the busy schedules

of today’s parents and last approximately fifteen minutes. There is no sight reading and children may sing a song of their own choosing. Auditions began July 25 and will continue through August 20th. Chiles has studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Indiana University. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University (Florida). He is a former music educator, public school administrator and college professor. Chiles is also the staff musician at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Rosewood Heights, Illinois Developing a child’s mind and their ability to work independently and in cooperation with others is the foundation of the Madison County Children’s Choir. The administrative offices are in Edwardsville but the programs are all community based. The site in Rosewood Heights has been in operation for a year and a second site is opening in Maryville this fall. “Our

focus is on teaching” states Dr. Chiles. “We do not sell instruments, sheet music, or retail merchandise. We teach and our energies are focused 100% on the students’ growth and enjoyment through the arts”. Children who participate in the MCCC will experience the pleasure that comes from singing and the energy that can only be created by a singing group. In addition to the MCCC, the Arts Academy offers training in piano, voice, and drama to students of all ages. In the fall, instruction in guitar, cello, and dance will be added. A seminar called Around the World Music for early childhood educators, parents, and children from birth through eight years old will be offered in September also. If you would like to schedule an audition, have questions about the Madison County Children’s Choir, interest in the seminar or other offerings call Dr. Chiles at 314-322-6806. You can find them on the web at ( or on Facebook at The Arts Academy of Illinois.

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Having set routines and a place to study at home will make it easier for your child to be organized and successful at school. • Set up a well-lit, quiet place with a good work surface to do homework. Try to keep this place dedicated to homework and free of other clutter. • Establish a regular homework time. This will help your student to complete assignments on time. • Discourage distractions such as television, radio, the Internet or phone conversations during homework time.

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Everyone will feel better if transportation to and from school is addressed well before the start of the school year, particularly if your child is walking, riding his bike or taking the bus. WALKING OR BIKING Chart out a route to school or to the school bus stop. • If your child is going to a new school, take a dry run a few days before school starts. • Go over the rules of stranger awareness and traffic safety. Warn your child to always walk with a friend, and to avoid vacant lots and places where there are not a lot of people. • Be sure your child has your daytime phone number (including area code) and address, as well as the number of another familiar adult. • Scout out safe houses in the neighborhood where your child can go in case of an emergency. TAKING THE BUS • Remember to get the new bus schedule! • If your child will be taking the bus for the first time, discuss the bus route and bus safety rules with her. DRIVING • If you will be driving your child, have a backup arrangement with another parent in case you are delayed for some reason. • Confirm carpool arrangements in advance and make sure your child knows who will be picking him up before and after school. • Become familiar with your school’s traffic safety rules, drop-off and pick-up procedures.


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Most after-school care arrangements must be made months ahead, frequently in the winter or spring before your child starts school. As the school year approaches, however, it’s a good idea to confirm your plans. • Make sure your child knows where he is going after school. • Double-check on your care plans and communicate with the provider a few days before school starts. • If your child will be home alone after school, establish safety rules for locking doors and windows, and for answering the door and the telephone. Make sure she knows to check in with you or another adult when she arrives at home.

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Highland Historical Society Presents:

Homestead Harvest Days H

omestead Harvest Days has evolved over the last 26 years from a farm history show to a family friendly event. The usual historical farming features are still happening but the added twist of Craft & Flea Market, Silent Auction, vintage fire engines, live entertainment, Living History Camp with 8 time periods represented, home cooked food and tour of the Pet Milk Museum and the Homestead, Parade of Power and tractorcade will provide “something for everyone”. Free pony rides, petting zoo, pedal tractor pull and corn pile fill out the venue for families. The 26th annual show is September 6-8 with most activities on Saturday and Sunday from 8-5pm. Admission is $5 for adult and children are free. The Homestead is located south of Highland, IL at 1464 Old Trenton Road. The web site is New this year will be the Swap Meet, demonstrations by the Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps on Saturday and a Camp Meeting style church service on Sunday at 8AM. The Swap Meet will be held in the area near the gas engine pavilion. Attendees are encouraged to bring that piece of equipment or machinery they have been wanting to sell. A small fee based on the area used will be assessed by chairman Matt Hamilton. For further information call 618-806-9453 after 3:30pm or register the days of the show. Members of the Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps of St. Charles, MO will be camped in the Living History Area on Saturday. The members, age 10-18 will demonstrate the life of the U.S. Army field musicians for the period 1804-1810. Their uniform, “distinguished by red wool coats and bear skin crested round hats” are patterned after that time period says Jen Berry, LCFDC Event Coordinator. The corps was established in 1992. They will perform throughout the day beginning with the posting of colors, flag raising, at 9AM. The mission of the group is to encourage the development of young fifers and drummers and promote a greater understanding and appreciation for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Page 25

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Other members of the Living History Camp will demonstrate the way of life of our early soldiers and settlers. The time periods represented are from the 1700’s through the Civil War. Representatives of WWII will also have an equipment display. An old fashioned Camp Meeting church service will be featured on the Homestead lawn on Sunday morning at 8AM. It will be complete with preacher, old hymns and live music reminiscent of those days. The tractors, steam engines, threshing machine, gas engines, horses & mules plowing and shingle mill, saw mill stone crusher, corn picker, sheller, and binder will be demonstrating during the show. Potatoes will be dug and available for attendees from Gerry’s Potato Patch. And the black smith will be working throughout the show and fresh ground wheat flour will be available. Our gas engine display has outgrown the Gas Engine Pavilion and will overflow into the surrounding grounds. Engines of all sizes and purposes will be pounding out their work. The demonstrations show the many uses these engines had on farms. Returning this year is The Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois who will have a camp on the north side of the barn. The potter will be doing pottery displays. There will be a demonstration of from wool to loom shawl. They invite you to watch and ask questions. You are encouraged to come early on Saturday and Sunday so you won’t miss a single event. Home cooked breakfast, lunch and supper and desserts are available on the grounds. The Parade of Power is on the grounds Saturday at 4:00 and Sunday at 3:30. A tractorcade through Highland is Sunday at 9AM. You are always welcome to bring a tractor or piece of equipment for display. Just come out and stop at the registration booth. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER FOR THE CRAFT/FLEA MARKET CALL 618-654-6781.

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he Caseyville Park will be hosting their second annual Frontier Days on Saturday September 14th from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday September 15th from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. The event will feature re-enactors in period style clothing and camps plus a tepee or two. “We’re living life like it was 200 years ago” said re-enactor Bob “Many Hats” Daniel, one of the organizers of the event. The re-enactors will be demonstrating a wide variety of skills, from leatherworking, bow & arrow, rug making, tomahawk throwing, and fire starting with flint to music from the time period as well as cannon firing. There will also be furs on display for children to touch and learn about animals as well as an area set aside for visitors to try their hand at throwing a tomahawk. In addition, there will be kettle-cooked food throughout both days. The Caseyville Park is providing people a glimpse into the past. “I’m excited about the event” says event organizer MK Dashke. “It’s a fun way to look back at history.” The event is free to attend. Re-enactor goods, food and drinks are available for purchase. Caseyville Park is off Rt. 157; turn west on Harbor Street for parking or on Reynolds St. for handicap parking, or just follow the signs. Any reenactors wishing to participate should contact Many Hats at 314.920.2697. Visitors can view the Village website at for directions or more information.

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Potty Talk with Dr. Steph

by Dr. Stephanie B. Berk

Starting school season brings complete changes of schedule with much to get used to for children and adults. It doesn’t seem to matter if you have school age children and are potty training a younger sibling, or you are potty training your first child, school time reminds everyone that summer is ending. If you planned on potty training your child this summer, and it didn’t happen, don’t worry. There is no “perfect” time to potty train, so just find a new target time to start the process, and send in questions as they arise, like the ones below. (Please include your child’s age.)

Q. A.

Our son uses cloth diapers. I heard by using them we can potty train early. Is that true?

I wish that I could assure you that cloth diapers make the potty training process quicker or earlier. However, there is no study that shows this to be true. Often, babies who are in cloth diapers have a parent who stays home and that parent starts the process earlier. But that doesn’t mean they successfully potty train sooner. When the child is ready, he/she is ready. If you start before then, regardless of diaper type, potty training doesn’t go smoothly or successfully. Cloth diapers have many benefits, but earlier potty training is not a realistic one, unfortunately.


My daughter will not use the potty at my parents’ house when she is there at night (They babysit while I work.), but she will at my house. What can we do? We have bought the exact same potty stool for my parents’ house that we use at home, but she continues to have accidents??? Help.


This is actually 3 questions in one, and they are great, normal questions. The first question is: why won’t my child use the same potty routine at my parents’ house as in mine? The second question: Should nighttime be different than daytime? The third: For how long should accidents happen? I am going to answer the first question here, and answer the others next month. Having the same potty at

your parents’ house is perfect for consistency. That was a very smart choice. Now there is more still to be considered. I don’t know how old your daughter is, but you need to find out what the bedtime routine is. It is okay if its different from yours, as long as it is the same every day there. If your daughter eats dinner with your parents, suggest that they take her to the potty before dinner, and 20 minutes after dinner. Suggest to your parents that drinks are finished about 45 minutes before bedtime routine starts. This way, after her teeth are brushed, her pajamas are on, and she has used the potty one last time, there should be very little left in her to have accidents with during the night. Make sure your parents are taking her to the potty as soon as she wakes up in the morning. These tips will make it easier to establish a routine that will minimize accidents until she is fully potty trained.

Potty-training a child can be an overwhelming and frustrating task for parents and caregivers. It doesn’t have to be. Instead, with the 3 C’s and the 3 Pro’s, it can be a rewarding and positive experience. This book provides a day by day schedule in Chapter 4, that tells you what to do and say to your young child. This second version of How to Potty-Train Your Dragon/Child provides an expanded chapter on night-time potty-training, and some other additions based on consumers’ feedback. About Stephanie – Stephanie is a mother of 4 young boys, with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from University of Connecticut, a post doctoral fellowship at Yale, and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Washington University in St Louis. She has taught university classes on child and adolescent development, cognitive psychology, and the linguistics of American Sign Language and Deaf culture. When not doing research or teaching at Washington University, she gives classes on potty training based on her book, How to Potty Train Your Dragon/Child. Page 31

the state of the ARTS

Solving Complex Problems Requires Periodic Re-assessment of the Purpose As I continue my series of articles about visual arts, I am reminded of my previous professional career and the skill set necessary for success. Here I discuss the fourth lesson from the National Arts Education Association’s citing of the 10 Lessons the Arts Teach from the book “The Arts and the Creation of Mind” by Eisner, E., chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How it Shows (pp. 70-92). 4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds. In a prior career as a marketing professional, I frequently had to change gears mid-stride to complete a project. Alterations were necessary and change was required to achieve the best outcome. Through these experiences I have learned to anticipate and, more importantly, embrace change and uncertainty. I don’t believe my marketing experience to be especially unique. Either as an adult in the working world or as a parent in the domestic arena, we are all faced with complex situations that require problem solving. Common phrases similar to, “It would have been so easy if only X didn’t happen,” or, “I had it all planned out, but then…” are commonly uttered statements. We have learned through experience how to weigh options, anticipate possible outcomes, and make a decision based on our best judgement. Equally important, we reflect and evaluate our decisions to guide future choices. Quite often everything turns out fine; it might not turn out as we expected, but it’s okay nonetheless. This is real life. The French coined the phrase, “C’est le vie” which means, “Such is life!” This phrase is common even in U.S. to describe the uncertainty and flux in life. You can be certain your child’s life will have unexpected situations. Your best tactic is to hone your child’s skills to deal with ‘un-expectations’, but how? How do you teach your children skills that allow them to be adaptable in the real world? Would you be surprised if I suggested ART? Hopefully not! Of all the subjects our children learn in school, art is one of the few subjects that promotes unpredictability and exploration on the road to completion. If your child were writing a story, twists and turns would present themselves in the plot that would need to be addressed once he or she had begun. In art we have an idea of our subject matter or an idea of the art process, but we seldom have the vision to know how it will turn out. During the process of creating art, students often find themselves dealing with colors that mixed unexpectedly, unwanted marks that have to be somehow blended into the picture, or clay that won’t support another part of the sculpture. This experience is one of discovery, compromise, experience, and logic all working together to reach a somewhat uncertain completion point. Maybe

we discover a new color we want to use, or halfway through a work of art, we suddenly get a spark of insight and our direction becomes clear. Most subjects in the school curriculum simply don’t allow for this to happen. The process of visual art uses conceptual thought processes linked with a variety of materials and motor skills to arrive at the point of completion that is not fixed. The Take Away… Prompt your children to draw, paint, and create art! Frequently! Several things will happen. First, they’ll discover what works best with the mediums they’re using and get more enjoyment out of them. Secondly, the more they create art, the more they’ll become confident and willing to explore or challenge themselves. They can learn to be comfortable while they explore options, rather than feel overwhelmed. Children also learn they can have an uncertain, blank piece of paper or just a ball of clay and be confident with their ability to manipulate it into their vision. They are learning the life skill that they can receive a project idea and formulate the pieces to make it come together. Through art, children are learning to deal with the ‘un-expectations’ that will surface. It’s empowering to know that you’re adaptable and that in turn fosters self-confidence. Remember: art is teachable. And with practice, you can become as affluent in your artwork as you became with your ABC’s, with the added benefit of some awesome life lessons!


Sue Hezel

Sue Hezel is the owner of pen2paper art studio in Columbia, IL. Sue teaches the eduArts method, founded by Mona Brookes, to children ages 3 to 103 at the studio and offsite. At pen2paper art studio, a dozen professional artists teach a variety of art instruction, from photography to clay sculpture, and every kind of drawing or painting class.

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ask the trainer... Guest columinsts, WILLIAM MILLER of Dynamic Fitness Management will answer any and all questions emailed to him at and place some of the more pertinant answers in his column every month. Should I be taking supplements? - Jenny K, Belleville

Merriam-Webster’s website defines a supplement as something that completes or makes an addition. Inherent in that definition is the answer to your question. For anyone involved in or considering beginning a healthy, fitness filled lifestyle I always advise to do so without supplementation of any kind if you can help it. Make every attempt to fulfill all of your nutrition needs with a well-rounded diet that consists of unprocessed natural whole foods. If you are unable to meet all of your dietary needs due to your lifestyle, work schedule, budget or any other reason then and only then can you begin to consider supplements as a possibility to make up for the dietary needs you are failing to get from real food. Once you have genuinely tried everything and failed to make your diet complete you may decide you are ready to begin supplementation.


The answer to this question really depends on a number of factors. First would be where you are in your fitness career, whether you are just starting on your journey to wellness and have lots of pounds to shed or if you are a seasoned athlete who is trying to get to the next level will have a tremendous impact on your nutrition needs and what type of supplementation is necessary. Another huge factor in determining how to supplement your diet is what your individual goals are. Are you trying to lose weight or gain weight? If weight loss is your goal almost every supplement store in the U.S. will have some type of stimulant available to speed up your body’s functions. Some of these stimulants are very powerful so I advise you ask a doctor if your heart is strong enough to take these types of drugs. Also be sure and test your tolerance to the drugs before you dive head long into the suggested dosage. If gaining mass is your goal you will not suffer from a lack of selection to help you get the extra protein you need either. The specifics of what you need to get will still vary slightly. I recommend getting a personal trainer to help you out with the actual supplements you should use. By using a trainer for nutrition and supplementation advice you can make sure that your nutrition compliments and supports your personal workout regimen, not to mention many of them can get you discounts at your local supplement stores.

kind of Supplements should I be taking? - Eric G. O’Fallon

A personal message from your trainer: I have a lot of passion for the industry that I work in. Every day I see the changes that people make in their lives and it makes me proud to do what I do. But there is a disturbing trend in this country that I feel compelled to address. With our country reaching an all time high obesity rate, topping out over 30% and overweight Americans account for nearly 70%, we need to realize this is a full-blown epidemic. A recent study by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson foundation predicts that the obesity rate in Illinois would exceed 50% by the year 2030. In 2007 the Congressional Budget Office released a summary that said an obese American spends an average of $1,360 more per year on health care than a person of normal weight.

That is an additional $40,800 spent on healthcare over the course of 30 years. Bear in mind this is just the monetary figures, it says nothing of the pain and misery that comes from the ailments that money is used to treat. We live in a society of specializations. In our country the plumber calls the mechanic to fix a car and the mechanic calls the plumber to fix the pipes. The days of the all in one handy man are quickly becoming a thing of the past. You do what you do and you do it well, but the rest of life’s tasks you pay someone with that specialty to handle for you. Hiring a specialist to fix a car that you will probably have less than 5 years makes perfect sense to American’s. You only get one body in this lifetime, it is your only connection to the world around you and there is no second chance, there are no used body dealerships to replace it when it breaks down. Yet for some reason hiring a specialist to teach you how

to eat properly and workout your body safely is an alien thought to the vast majority of us. A quality fitness professional will teach you how they perform their craft. Very few mechanics will teach you how to do the repairs yourself next time you break down, they simply fix it and wait for you to come back next time. Investing in some time with a good trainer or coach will allow you to learn everything necessary to take care of your body for the rest of your life. Most people have as little knowledge of proper biomechanics as they do about their car’s transmission. An investment in learning how to take care of your body will pay dividends in many ways. The benefits psychologically, physically and financially make that investment one of the greatest and most profitable you can make in this lifetime. Take some time and truly learn how to take care of your body, it is the only one you will ever get.

About William I was born and raised in the Metro East. After graduating from Belleville East I joined the Marine Corps. Upon returning I attended SWIC and then KU where my academic focus was on Psychology. Since college I have dedicated my career to learning everything I could about becoming the best personal trainer I can be. I currently work for DFM as the Director of Personal Training in the Fairview Heights Club Fitness location. William Miller NFPT, CrossfitL1, USAW L1

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The Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois (VPC) provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence in Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair Counties in Illinois. These services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, an emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, art therapy, police and court advocacy services, and prevention and education in the community. For additional information, please feel free to visit our website at You may also contact VPC at our hotline number 618-235-0892 or -800-924-0096. For over 34 years, the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois (VPC) has provided services to victims of domestic violence in St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph Counties in Illinois. These services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, an emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, police and court advocacy service and prevention and education in the community. The mission of VPC is to work for the elimination of domestic violence in individual lives and society as a whole. In order to achieve that mission, the agency’s Prevention and Education Department provides services in the community to

deliver programs aimed at teaching the dynamics of the issue of domestic violence, as well the skills necessary to identify when someone has been abused or knows of someone that may be at risk of being abused. One of the premier programs offered is providing specialized presentations in various schools throughout the Metro-East area from preschool level through the university. Students in the primary grades are taught that Hands Are Not for Hitting, while middle and high school students work on identifying the characteristics of a healthy relationship. All programs are offered free and provided by trained domestic violence staff. Programs are also available for the workplace including healthcare professionals, social service agencies, commercial businesses, churches, community or civic groups that want to learn more about the issue of domestic violence, and what the community can do to help end the cycle of domestic violence and protect the victim.

If you are interested in any of the above-mentioned programs, please contact Debra Mize at 618-236-2531 ext.111, or via e-mail at

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Have an event you would like to see in Metro East Parent Calendar?

EMAIL US AT with the details and we will be happy to place it in there for you! Also, there are more events online at our new interactive website!

In order to try and accomodate all who have submitted events we changed up the calendar this month. We will no longer publish the descriptions of each event, only the name of the event. You may go onto the Metro East website to read all of the descriptions of each event listed here in the print issue.

Thank you for so many submissions and please keep them coming! Thu., Aug 1, 2013 Bond County Fair @ Greenville 9:30am - 10:15am Kids Art Programs @ the Magic House 10am - 11am Write Your Own Story @ Main Street Community Center 10:15am - 11:15am Mad Science Preschool Fun @ St. Louis Carousel 4pm - 7pm Highland Farmers Market 6pm - 8pm Movie Night @ Collinsville Library 6pm - 8:30pm Swiss National Day Celebration @ Highland 6:30pm - 7:30pm Jr. Friends @ The Glen Carbon Library 7pm - 8pm Laserium @ St Louis Science Center 7pm - 9pm MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Grafton Memorial Park 7pm - 9pm WATER SKI SHOW @ Godfrey 8pm - 10pm Alton Muny Band Concerts @ Alton 8pm - 10pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park 8:15pm - 10:45pm Mary Poppins @ The Muny

1pm - 3pm Ice Cream You Scream Grandparent’s Delight @ National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows 4pm - 6pm Barn Quilt Hanging @ Hecker 4pm - 7pm First Day Family Fun Festival @ Gateway Center 4pm - 8pm Fitness Fun Friday @ The Magic House 6pm - 10pm Update From Mars @ Saint Louis Science Center 6:30pm - 8:30pm O’Fallon Township Prince & Princess Contest @ Milburn Campus Auditorium 7pm - 8pm Laserium, the Original Laser Light Show @ The St. Louis Science Center 7:30pm - 10pm Young Frankenstein @ Highland Elementary Auditorium

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Sat., Aug 3, 2013 Healing Novena Celebration @ National Shrine Our Lady of the Snows Bond County Fair @ Greenville Immanuel Lutheran Church Rummage Sale @ Waterloo Mascoutah Homecoming & August Fest Hydroplane Boat Races (NBRA Nationals) @ Centralia Raccoon Lake St. James Church Parish Picnic @ Millstadt 7:30am - 12pm Old Town Market @ Belleville 8am - 12pm Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market 8am - 12pm Goshen Market @ Edwardsville 8am - 3pm Lupus WolfRide GranFondo @ Columbia 8am - 12pm Trash and Treasures Village Yard Sale @ Maeystown 8:30am - 9:30am YOUTH TRIATHLON @ Highland 9am - 3pm Healiing Day of Reflection “COMING OUT OF THE DARK” @ National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows 9am - 12pm Heartland Prairie Restoration Days @ The Nature Institute - Godfrey 9am - 1pm Hoofbeats Horse Show @ Waterloo 9am - 4pm Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet @ Gateway 9:30am - 11am Beat the Heat Treats’ Mommy and Me Cooking Class @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville 10am - 4pm Archeaology Day @ Cahokia Mounds

10:30am - 11:30am Family Workshop @St. Louis Art Museum 10:30am - 11:30am Saturday Storytime @ Maryville Community Library 11am - 1pm Clydesdale Camera Day @ Anheuser-Busch Tour Center 11am - 4pm Holistic Fair @ Belleville 11am - 8pm Street Art Festival @ Highland Downtown 1pm - 3pm Summertime Snacks Kid’s Cooking Class @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville 2pm - 5pm Towboat Tour @ National Great Rivers Museum 3:30pm - 7:30pm St. Francis of Assisi Parish Picnic @ Aviston 4pm - 8pm St. Anthony’s Picnic @ Lively Grove 5pm - 8pm Comedy Night @ Troy 6pm - 7pm 2nd Annual Quarter Auction @ Tri-Township Library 6pm - 10pm MEHS Quarter Auction Fundraiser @ Metro East Lutheran High School 7pm - 9pm Southern Gospel Monthly Concert Series @ Bethalto Church of God 10am - 5pm St. Patrick’s Chicken Dinner @ Tipton 12pm - 1pm Pottery Workshop @ Cahokia 2pm - 4:30pm Young Frankenstein @ Highland Elementary Auditorium 6pm - 8pm Music at Metter @ Columbia 7pm - 9pm Alton Muny Band Concerts @ Alton 7:30pm - 9:30pm Bobby’s Summer Concert Series @ Bobby’s Frozen Custard

Mon., Aug 5, 2013 Bond County Fair @ Greenville 6:30am - 10:30am Military Mondays @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons

5pm - 8pm Family Night @Chick-fil-a – Greenmount Crossing Rd 7pm - 8:30pm Coventry Crafters @ Edwardsville Library 8:15pm - 10:45pm West Side Story @ The Muny

Tue., Aug 6, 2013 Bond County Fair @ Greenville 9:30am - 10:15am Kids Art Programs @ The Magic House 5pm - 8pm Family Nights @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 8:15pm - 10:45pm West Side Story @ The Muny

Wed., Aug 7, 2013 Actors Attic Repertory Festival @ Columbia Middle School ST. CLAIR COUNTY FAIR @ Belle-Clair Fairgrounds 8am - 1pm Volunteer Work Day @ Willoughby Heritage Farm 9am - 10:30am BINGO! @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 9am - 1pm Book Sale @ Tri-Township Public Library 9:30am - 11:30am Free Concert for Children @ Piper Palm House 11:45am - 12:45pm Free Summer Concert @ Citygarden 4pm - 7pm Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market 5pm - 7pm Back(Pack) to School Day @ Belleville West High School 5pm - 8pm National Sandwich Month @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount 5pm - 7pm Whitaker Music Festival 2013 @ Missouri Botanical Garden 5:30pm - 8pm Family Game Night @ Belleville Library 7pm - 9pm Expressions - A Musical Experience @ Alton High School

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7pm - 10pm Party in the Park @ Prairie du Rocher 8:15pm - 10:45pm West Side Story @ The Muny

Thu., Aug 8, 2013 Actors Attic Repertory Festival @ Columbia Middle School ST. CLAIR COUNTY FAIR @ Belle-Clair Fairgrounds 10am - 11am Write Your Own Story @ Main Street Community Center 4pm - 7pm Highland Farmers Market 6pm - 8pm Movie Night @ Collinsville Library 6pm - 8pm GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS @ Alton 7pm - 9pm Grafton’s Music in the Park 7pm - 9pm WATER SKI SHOW @ Godfrey 8pm - 10pm Muny Band Concerts @ Alton 8pm - 10pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park 8:15pm - 10:45pm West Side Story @ The Muny

Fri., Aug 9, 2013 Actors Attic Repertory Festival @ Columbia Middle School Gateway Dulcimer Music Festival @ National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows ST. CLAIR COUNTY FAIR @ Belle-Clair Fairgrounds 8am - 7pm The Jungle Boogie Concert Series @ St. Louis Zoo 11:30am - 1pm Peanut Butter & Jam Festival @ Highland 1pm - 3pm Ice Cream You Scream Grandparent’s Delight @ National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows 3pm - 11pm Big Gig @ Alton Riverfront Amphitheater 6pm - 9pm Troy Family Summer of Fun! 7pm - 9pm A Night at the Museums @ Waterloo 7pm - 9pm Dog Days of Summer @ Waterloo Bandstand 7pm - 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms 7:30pm - 10pm Sprint Your Way to a 5k @ Edwardsville High School 7:30pm - 10:30pm TGIF @ Splash City 8pm - 9:30pm Muny Band Performance @ Highland Downtown Square 8:15pm - 10:45pm West Side Story @ The Muny 8:30pm - 10:30pm Movies in the Park @ Drost Park

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1pm - 4pm Family Day @ St Louis Art Museum 4pm - 9pm BUTTERFLY SUMMER FESTIVAL @ Godfrey 7pm - 10pm Alton Hauntings Tour @ First Unitarian Church 7pm - 10pm Cheap Date Night at the Planetarium @ St. Louis Science Center 7pm - 10pm Rock the Spectrum: An Autism Speaks Benefit Concert @ Wildey Theatre 7pm - 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville 8pm - 2am Overnight Ghost Hunt @ YMCA of Alton 8:15pm - 10:45pm West Side Story @ The Muny

Sun Aug 11, 2013 Actors Attic Repertory Festival @ Columbia Middle School ST. CLAIR COUNTY FAIR @ Belle-Clair Fairgrounds 7am - 11am Pancake Breakfast @ Columbia Masonic Lodge 8am - 8pm BUTTERFLY SUMMER FESTIVAL @ Godfrey 1pm - 3:30pm ‘Basics of Fruit Preserves’ Cooking Class @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville 1pm - 4:30pm GATEWAY BRIDAL SHOW @ Gateway Center 2pm - 4pm Cabaret Showcase Youth Productions Presents Big The Musical @ Wildey Theatre 7pm - 9pm Alton Muny Band Concerts @ Alton

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Tue Aug 13, 2013 Actors Attic Repertory Festival @ Columbia Middle School 9:30am - 10:15am Kids Art Programs @ The Magic House 9:30am - 10:30am Tales for Tots @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 12pm - 2pm Collinsville Area Women’s Connection @ Gateway Center 5pm - 8pm Family Nights @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 6pm - 9pm Triad Bands Fundraiser @ THS Knights Stadium 6:30pm - 8:30pm Concerts in the Park @ Godfrey

Wed Aug 14, 2013 Actors Attic Repertory Festival @ Columbia Middle School American Thresherman Show @ Pinckneyville 8am - 1pm Volunteer Work Day at Willoughby Heritage Farm 9am - 10:30am BINGO! @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 4pm - 7pm Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market 5pm - 8pm National Sandwich Month @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 9pm - 10:30pm B-I-N-G-O @ CHick-Fil-A Green Mount Crossing

Thu Aug 15, 2013 Actors Attic Repertory Festival @ Columbia Middle School American Thresherman Show @ Pinckneyville 10am - 11am Write Your Own Story @ Main Street Community Center 4pm - 7pm Highland Farmers Market 6pm - 8pm FREE Movie Night @ Collinsville Library

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6pm - 8pm ‘Guest Chef: Carol Schlitt - 30 Minute Meals’ Cooking Class @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville 6pm - 8pm Collinsville Memorial Library Center Thursday Night at the Movies 7pm - 9pm WATER SKI SHOW @ Godfrey 8pm - 10pm Alton Muny Band Concerts @ Alton 8pm - 10pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park

Fri Aug 16, 2013 Actors Attic Repertory Festival @ Columbia Middle School American Thresherman Show @ Pinckneyville Centralia BalloonFest Freeburg Homecoming Party at the Beach @ Pontoon Beach Spassfest @ Germantown 8am - 7pm The Jungle Boogie Concert Series @ the St. Louis Zoo 10am - 4pm Ceramic Show @ Gateway Center 4pm - 12am Columbia Daze 5:30pm - 9:30pm Free Family Night @ The Magic House 6:30pm - 9:30pm Muuurder in Maaaay-bury! the machine shop @ Pere Marquette Lodge 7pm - 10pm Adult-Only Luau at Splash City jakel 11.29.12 7pm - 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville

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Sat Aug 17, 2013 Actors Attic Repertory Festival @ Columbia Middle School Freeburg Homecoming Party at the Beach @ Pontoon Beach Spassfest @ Germantown American Thresherman Show @ Pinckneyville Centralia BalloonFest 7am - 9pm Annual Olden Days Festival @ Dow 7:30am - 8:30am MS Walk @ O’Fallon Community Park 7:30am - 12pm Old Town Market @ Belleville 8am - 12pm Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market 8am - 12pm Goshen Market @ Edwardsville 8am - 7pm Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends 9am - 8pm ART FESTIVAL @ Swansea 9am - 4pm BELLEVILLE FLEA MARKET @ Belle-Clair Fairgrounds 10am - 4pm Ceramic Show @ Gateway Center

10am - 4pm Odds & Ends Sidewalk Bazaar @ Alton 10:30am - 11:30am Saturday Storytime @ Maryville Community Library 1pm - 4pm Family Day @ St Louis Art Museum 4pm - 7pm Summer Block Party @ Alton 5:30pm - 10pm 3rd Annual Waterloo Optimist CBR Bull Ride @ Waterloo 7pm - 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville 8pm - 10pm McPike Mansion Night Tour @ Alton

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2pm - 4pm BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK! @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 4pm - 7pm Highland Farmers Market 4pm - 8pm Junior Idol Auditions @ Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce 6pm - 8pm FREE Movie Night @ Collinsville Library 6pm - 8pm GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS @ Alton 7pm - 9pm WATER SKI SHOW @ Godfrey 8pm - 10pm Alton Muny Band Concerts @ Alton 8pm - 10pm Arts in the Park 2013 @ Edwardsville City Park

Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:30am - 10:30am Senior Citizen’s Day @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 8am - 1pm Volunteer Work Day @ Willoughby Heritage Farm 9am - 10:30am BINGO! @ Chick-Fil-A @ Green Mount Commons 12pm - 1pm ‘End of Summer Garden’ Lunch and Learn Cooking Class @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville 2pm - 4pm BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK! @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 4pm - 7pm Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market 5pm - 8pm National Sandwich Month @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 7pm - 9pm Wine Dinner @ Pere Marquette Lodge

Fri Aug 23, 2013 Midwest Salute to the Arts @ Fairview Waterloo Homecoming 8am - 7pm The Jungle Boogie Concert Series @ St. Louis Zoo 2pm - 4pm BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK! @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons

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6pm - 2am American Cancer Society Relay for Life @ Tri-Township Park 7pm - 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville

Sat Aug 24, 2013 ALL Day: Macy’s Shop for A Cause Check out website for more information. Midwest Salute to the Arts @ Fairview Heights Waterloo Homecoming Harvest Thyme Festival @ Carlyle Honey Crisp Weekend @ Eckert’s Farms (All Locations) Little Pig Cook-Off @ Beckemeyer St. Paul’s Kirchenfest @ Highland Wild Saturday @ St Louis Science Center 6am - 9am Illinois Center for Autism Walk / Run / Ride at Dawn 7:30am - 12pm Old Town Market @ Belleville 8am - 12pm Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market 8am - 12pm Goshen Market @ Edwardsville 8am - 2pm St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Flea Market and Book Sale @ O’Fallon 9am - 10am Nature Story Hour @ Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge 9am - 5pm RIVERSIDE FLEA MARKET @ Loading Dock - Grafton 10am - 1pm Celebrate the Watershed Nature Center 10:30am - 11:30am Saturday Storytime @ Maryville Community Library 11am - 4pm Fairy Tale Tea with Cinderella @ The Magic House 11am - 6pm Knights of Columbus Barbeque @ Troy VFW 11am - 8pm St. Patrick’s Church Picnic @ Grafton 12pm - 12am Jim Knapp Memorial Little Pig Cookoff @ Beckemeyer 1pm - 4pm Family Day @ St. Louis Art Museum Page 39

2:30pm - 4:30pm Free Movie: Where The Wild Things Are @ Wildey Theatre 4pm - 12am St. Teresa’s Picnic @ Belleville 5pm - 7pm Free Movie: Jaws @ Wildey Theatre 7pm - 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville 7pm - 9pm Summer Rhythm & Music Series @ Lindenwood University-Belleville 7:30pm - 10:30pm ‘Ghosts & Gravestones’ Haunted Cemetery Tour @ Alton

Sun Aug 25, 2013 Midwest Salute to the Arts @ Fairview Heights Harvest Thyme Festival @ Carlyle Honey Crisp Weekend @ Eckert’s Farms (All Locations) St. Paul’s Kirchenfest @ Highland 9am - 5pm RIVERSIDE FLEA MARKET @ Loading Dock - Grafton 11am - 3pm Peach Festival @ Pere Marquette Lodge 11am - 6pm St. Patrick’s Church Picnic @ Grafton 1pm - 3pm Free Movie “Newsies” @ Wildey Theatre 7pm - 9pm Alton Muny Band Concerts @ Alton

Mon Aug 26, 2013 DOG DAY @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 6:30am - 10:30am Military Mondays @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 10am - 11am Paleo Preschool @ St. Louis Science Center 5pm - 8pm Chick-fil-a - Family Night 6pm - 8pm Bunko Night @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville

Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am Tales for Tots @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons

5pm - 8pm Family Nights @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 6pm - 7:30pm ‘Guest Chef Dinner: Mickey Kitterman’ Cooking Class @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville

Wed Aug 28, 2013 8am - 1pm Volunteer Work Day @ Willoughby Heritage Farm 9am - 10:30am BINGO! @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 9am - 12pm Career Fair @ SWIC 4pm - 7pm Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market 5pm - 8pm National Sandwich Month @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 9pm - 10:30pm B-I-N-G-O CHick-Fil-A Belleville

Thu Aug 29, 2013 4pm - 7pm Highland Farmers 7pm - 9pm WATER SKI SHOW @ Godfrey 8pm - 10pm Alton Muny Band Concerts @ Alton

Fri Aug 30, 2013 Midwest Wingfest @ St Clair Square 6pm - 10pm The Great Godfrey Maze 7-9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville

Sat Aug 31, 2013 Jersey County Victorian Festival @ Jerseyville 7:30am - 12pm Old Town Market @ Belleville 8am - 12pm Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market

8am - 12pm Goshen Market @ Edwardsville 9am - 4pm ST. LOUIS ANTIQUE FESTIVAL @ Belle Clair Fairgrounds 10am - 5pm Barnyard Olympics @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville 10am - 10pm The Great Godfrey Maze 1pm - 4pm Family Day @ St Louis Art Museum 1pm - 2pm The Mighty Ducks @ Wildey Theatre 2pm - 4pm FIRE SAFETY DAY @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 3pm - 4pm Free Movie: Remember the Titans @ Wildey Theatre 5pm - 8pm CHICK-FIL-A KICKOFF GAME @ Chick-Fil-A at Green Mount Commons 7- 9pm Summer Concert Festival @ Eckert’s Farms Belleville

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Schedule Of Schedule ofEvents Events Friday, August 16

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6 am ................................ Gates & Limited Concessions Open 6:30 a.m. ................................................. BALLOON RACE* 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. .......... Church Service (Under Picnic Tent) 9:00 a.m. ..................................Craft Fair & All Concessions Open 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. ...“The Haney’s” Gospel Music (Under Picnic Tent) 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ..................... Cardboard Boat Building (West of Catfish Pond) 11:00 – 5:00 p.m. ...... Entertainment Under the Picnic Tent 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 pm .......................... “Backline Epiphony” 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Past Balloon Fest Idol Winners Perform 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m... “Elvis Tribute” – Leonard Pennypacker 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. .... Free Children’s Activity Area Opens 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. .................. Corvette Club Car Display 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. .............. Cardboard Boat Races (Catfish Pond) 6:00 p.m........................................ FINAL BALLOON RACE*

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Bring your enthusiasm, lawn chairs, blankets, flashlight, cameras, film & sunscreen!

(Inflatable Activities from Noon-4:00 pm / All activities are FREE with paid admission)

Saturday, August 17

3 p.m.....................................................................Gates Open = PORTABLE RESTROOMS Craft Fair – Food Concessions Open 3:30 p.m....................................................Opening Ceremony PICNIC TENT Showcase Centralia High School Marching 4:30 – 7 p.m .......................... “Fat Wallet” (Under Picnic Tent) 5 p.m (approx). ......................................Balloonist Enter Park 6 p.m....................................................... BALLOON RACE* 6 - 9 p.m. ................... Tethered Balloon Rides* (Tentative) CATFISH 7:30 p.m................................................. BALLOON GLOW* POND ANNOUNCER 8:15 – 8:40 p.m. ..........................“Jamie Nattier” (Main Stage) 8:40 - 10 p.m. ..........................................“Walkin’ Tourism with Cash” Info & Johnny Cash Tribute (Main Stage) Chamber 10 p.m.............................................................TentFIREWORKS CONCESSIONS




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Sunday, Augu 8:40 p.m. – 10:00

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. . 10 a.m. – 2:30 2:30 p.m. – 4:0 4:00 p.m. - 7:0 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. . 6 - 9 p.m. ........... 7:30 p.m............. 8:15 p.m. – 8:40 p (Inflatable Activities from

6 a.m. ................... 6:30 a.m. ............ 9 a.m .................... 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ...

Saturday, Aug 10 p.m................

4:30 – 7 p.m ......... 5 p.m (approx). .... 6 p.m.................. 6 - 9 p.m. ........... 7:30 p.m............. 8:15 – 8:40 p.m. ... 8:40 - 10 p.m. ...... 3:30 p.m............... 3 p.m....................

Friday, Augus


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$3.00 per day Children 6 & under FREE

No refunds • 3 Day Passes $6.00

right on Gragg

Please Note: Be prepared to walk a considerable distance within the park and on grassy areas.


St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Staff

$3.00 per day*


s $6.00

6:00 a.m. Gates Open (Limited Concessions Open) RACE* 6:30 a.m. ................................................. BALLOON 6:30 a.m. BALLOON RACE* 9 a.m ................................. Craft Fair & All Concessions Open 9:00 a.m. Craft Fair & All Concessions Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ......................Children’s Activity Area Opens 10:00 am – 4:00Activities p.m. from Noon-4:00 Children’spm Activities Open (Inflatable / All activities are(Free FREEwith withpaid paid admission) admission) 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. ........ Inflatable Activities from Noon-4 pmthe Picnic Tent Entertainment Under 2:30 p.m. .................................. BalloonTent) Fest Idol 10 am –107a.m. pm –Entertainment (Under the Picnic

2:30– p.m. 4:00 p.m. ..................................“Jamie Nattier” 10:00 am 2:30 –p.m. Balloon Fest IDOL 2:30 p.m. 4:30 -p.m. Nattier” 4:00–p.m. 7:00 p.m.“Jamie ..................................... “Fertile Soil” 4:30 pm –– 7:00 “Fertile Soil” 12:30 4:00p.m. p.m. ....................................... Car Show/Display 12:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Car Show / Display 6 - 9– p.m. ..................... Tethered Balloon Rides* (Tentative) 6:00 p.m. 9:00................................................ p.m. Tethered Balloon Rides* (tentative) GLOW* 7:30– p.m. BALLOON 7:30 p.m. BALLOON GLOW* 8:15 p.m. – 8:40 p.m. ...............“The Presswoods”: Ian & Alan 8:15 p.m. – 8:40 p.m. “The Presswood’s”: Ian and Alan (Main (Main Stage)Stage) 8:40 p.m. 10:00– 10:00 p.m. p.m. “Supe” Granda Daredevils) 8:40–p.m. ......... “Supe”(Ozark GrandaMountain (Ozark Mountain withDaredevils) Larry Boydwith (Head East) and(Head His Backline Stars” Larry Boyd East) (Main Stage) and His Backline Stars (Main Stage)

Sunday, August 18

Sunday, August 18 Gates & Limited Concessions Open 6 am ................................

6:00 a.m. Gates Open (Limited Concessions open) 6:30 a.m. ................................................. BALLOON RACE* 6:30 a.m. BALLOON RACE* 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. .......... Church Service (Under Picnic Tent) 8:00 –9:00 9:00 a.m. a.m...................................Craft Church Service Fair (Picnic & AllTent) Concessions Open 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ...“The Craft Fair & AllGospel Concessions 9:00 Haney’s” MusicOpen (Under Picnic Tent) 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. “The Haney’s” - Gospel Music (Picnic Tent) 10:00 a.m. –am 2:00 ..................... Cardboard Boat Building 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Cardboard Boat Building Begins (WestPond) of Catfish Pond) (West of Catfish

11:3011:00 – 5 pm Entertainment (Under Under the Picnic Tent)Tent – 5:00 p.m. ...... Entertainment the Picnic

11:30 a.m. 2:00 –p.m. Epiphony” 11:30– a.m. 2:00 pm“Backline .......................... “Backline Epiphony” 2:00 p.m. – 3:00- 3:00 p.m. p.m.“Past BalloonFest FestIdol IdolWinners Winners Perform 2:00 p.m. Past Balloon Perform 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.p.m... “Elvis Pennypacker 3:00 -p.m. – 5:00 “ElvisTribute” Tribute” – Leonard Pennypacker 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Children’s Activity Area Opens – (Free withOpens paid admission) 12:00 p.m.p.m. – 4:00 .... Free Children’s Activity Area Inflatable Activities from Noon-4 pm 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. .................. Corvette Club Car Display 12:30 p.m. p.m. .............. CorvertCardboard Club Car Display 2:30– –4:00 3:15 p.m. Boat Races (Catfish Pond) 2:30 p.m. 3:15 p.m. Cardboard Boat Races Pond) 6:00 –p.m ........................................ FINAL (Catfish BALLOON RACE* 6:00 p.m. Final BALLOON RACE* *All balloon events & times are tentative due to weather conditions

(*All balloon eventstrademark are subject the weather conditions) *Balloon Glow is a registered of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival

*Balloon Glow is a registered trademark of Albuquerque Balloon Festival.

on Country Club Road to Gragg Street

 Additional Parking Available at The Old High School Lot (Free) 1000 E. 2nd Street. Shuttle Running To Park from 3-11 p.m. Fri. & Sat. only. $1.00 per person (Round Trip).

Centralia, Illinois Foundation Park

(618) 532-6789 Toll Free: (888) 533-2600

Please: No Pets, No Alcohol, No Coolers, No Bicycles/ Skateboards/In-Line Skates in the park

St. Mary’s Hospital

Fun Filled Family Weekend!

FOR INF INFORMAT ORMATIION: Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Office

Foundation Park - (North Gate) Enter off Gragg St. rn left on Counvia Rt. 51 or from Hwy. 161 East turn North agg St...Watch


Saturday, August 17 & Limited Food Concessions Open 6 a.m. ......................Gates


Funeral Home Admission:

n left on Gragg

Saturday, August 17

Bring your enthusiasm, lawn chairs, blankets, flashlight, cameras, film & sunscreen!

Family FOR INFORMATION: Greater Centralia Weekend! Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Office


Craft–Fair Food Open 3:00 p.m. Gates Open Craft– Fair & Concessions Concessions open 3:30 p.m....................................................Opening Ceremony 3:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony “Centralia High School Marching Showcase” Centralia High School Marching Showcase 4:30 – 7:00 “Fat Wallet” (Picnic Tent) 4:30 – 7 p.m .......................... “Fat Wallet” (Under Picnic Tent) 5 p.m (approx). ......................................Balloonist Enter Park 5:00 p.m. approx. Balloonists Enter Park 6 p.m....................................................... BALLOON RACE* 6:00 p.m. BALLON RACE* 6 - 9 p.m. ................... Tethered Balloon Rides* (Tentative) 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Tethered Balloon Rides* (tentative) 7:30 p.m................................................. BALLOON GLOW* 7:30 p.m. Balloon Glow* 8:15 p.m. “Jamie Nattier” (Main Stage)(Main Stage) 8:15––8:30 8:40p.m. p.m. ..........................“Jamie Nattier” 8:40 p.m. “Walkin’ with Cash” (Johnny Cash 8:40–-10 10p.m. p.m. ..........................................“Walkin’ withTribute) Cash” (Main Stage) Johnny Cash Tribute (Main Stage) 10:00 p.m. Fireworks 10 p.m. ............................................................ FIREWORKS

Fun Filled Family

ADMISSION: $3.00 Per Day Children 6 & Under FREE No Refunds • 3-Day Passes $6.00

Be prepared to walk a considerable distance within the park and on grassy areas.

PARKING: $3.00 per day

Please: No Pets, No Alcohol, No Coolers, No Bicycles/Skateboards/In-Line Skates in the park

Metro East Parent August 2013  

Metro East Parent August 2013

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