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Santa gives back this holiday season at Gateway Classic Cars
O’FALLON, Ill. — Gateway Classic Cars will join forces Saturday, Dec. 3, with Firetruck O’ Toys, a charitable organization, to help make children’s wishes come true this holiday season.
Visitors to Gateway can join in by bringing a new unwrapped gift to stuff the fire truck full of gifts. The location is 1237 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. With the donation, people gain free admission to the event, which features more than 100 classic cars, vendors, hors d’oeuvres, face painting, live portraits, pianist selection and more. Guests will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa.
Saturday’s events are planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Specific events through the day:
11 a.m. - Looking Glass Corvette Car Show (Expo Hall A)
12 p.m. - Presentation to charity and press conference (under TVs)
1 p.m. - Performance by O’Fallon Township High School Drumline (under TVs)
2 p.m - Pianist ends (showroom holiday music, starts 10 a.m.)
Fire Truck O’Toys is a St. Louis nonprofit committed to donating toys to children in area hospitals. The goal is to deliver 5,000 toys to five St. Louis Children’s hospitals for the holidays.
Attendees get to experience one of the world’s largest show rooms offered by Gateway Classic Cars, which also has locations include Louisville, Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Tampa, Houston, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas Fort Worth and Milwaukee.
The showroom is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. The Saint Louis headquarters facility consists of 196,000 square feet of space showcasing classic/collector/exotic cars and trucks.
‘White Christmas’ Sing-Along returns to the Wildey on Dec. 17
EDWARDSVILLE — The Friends of the Wildey Theatre will present the annual “White Christmas” Sing-Along at the historic theater in downtown Edwardsville on Saturday, Dec. 17.
The Friends of the Wildey will host two showings of this 1954 classic film (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) on Dec. 17. Guests will have the opportunity to see the movie as it was meant to be enjoyed, on the Wildey’s big screen and are encouraged to sing along to timeless holiday favorites such as “Snow,” “Sisters,” “Count Your Blessings,” and of course “White Christmas.”
Audience members can also participate in Christmas movie trivia for prizes prior to both shows. Trivia begins in the auditorium at 1:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. matinee and 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. All guests will receive a free goodie bag filled with special props to use during the movie.
Tickets for the event are $15 for adults, $10 for high school students and younger and are available online at www.wildeytheatre.com or by calling (618) 307-1750.
All proceeds benefit the Wildey Theatre.
SWIC to host homeschool informational meeting
BELLEVILLE - The Southwestern Illinois College Running Start program will play host to an informational meeting for homeschool students and their parents interested in the accelerated program.
The meeting will take place Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Liberal Arts Complex Room 2311-2313 at the SWIC Belleville Campus. Current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are welcome to attend.
Running Start allows highly qualified students to earn a high school diploma while simultaneously earning an associate of arts or associate of science degree from SWIC.
Alton-Godfrey Rotary Community Christmas Concert to be presented Dec. 4
The Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club will help brighten the Christmas season in the River Bend with its Fifth Annual Community Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. at the Ann Whitney Olin Theater in Hatheway Hall at Lewis and Clark Community College.
The vocal groups scheduled to perform are the Greater St. James Baptist Church Choir, Inspire Middle School Choir, Roxana High School Honors Choir and the Godfrey Methodist Church Choir. The concert will conclude with an audience sing-along featuring the assembled choirs.
Gary Ayres, president of the AGRC, says the club is grateful to the groups that have agreed to be a part of the concert to support the Rotary scholarship fund, which awards $9,000 in scholarships annually. Each month during the school year, the club honors two students from Alton High School, Marquette Catholic High School, and Mississippi Valley Christian as students of the month. Rotary has awarded a college scholarship at the end of the school year to one of the student of the month qualifiers. The current scholarship award is $6,000. In addition, AGRC awards a $3,000 scholarship annually to a Lewis and Clark Community College student who is pursuing a degree in one of the industrial arts.
Tickets for the concert, which are $10 each, are available from Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club members, Norton-Rain Insurance on State Street in Alton, and will be available at the door on the day of the concert.