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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.
Madison County courts to participate in National Adoption Day
EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County Circuit Court will draw attention to National Adoption Day with a program this Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Judges Janet Heflin, Sarah Smith and Maureen Schuette will be presiding over 15 or more adoptions that day as part of an effort to call attention to the needs of many children in foster care who wait three or more years before being adopted. An estimated one in five children will “age out” of foster care without ever being adopted.
Special invitations have been sent to post adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents as well as caseworkers and their supervisors.
Chief Judge David Hylla will open the proceedings in Courtroom 327 at the Madison County Courthouse, 155 N. Main St., Edwardsville at 10 a.m. The courthouse will open at 9:30 a.m.
Tom Cinque, from DCFS will be performing a magic show for children and refreshments will be provided.
All those interested in the adoption process are encouraged to attend.
— From the Illinois Business Journal
Alton Main Street to kick off the holiday season at the 22nd Annual Tree Lighting in Downtown Alton
ALTON – On Friday, Nov. 18, Alton Main Street will play host to the 22nd Annual Community Tree Lighting at Lincoln-Douglas Square.
Events begin with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on the trolley at 6 p.m. The free festivities including caroling, cookies and hot cocoa will continue until 6:45 when Mayor Brant Walker flips the lights on the tree, which is provided by the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club. Families are encouraged to bring their cameras.
Carols will fill the air throughout the evening provided by many area Girl Scout Troops and the JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps), and The Rev. Mike Adams of Lifehouse Church will bless the tree. Other speakers include Alton Main Street President Debby Edelman, Rotary Club President Gary Ayres and Salvation Army Lts. Bryan & Teri Ellison, who will be kicking off the red kettle, “Tree of Lights” campaign.
The public is encouraged to help the less fortunate by bringing canned food donations to the event, which will be constructed into a giant “Castle of Cans” to benefit the food pantry at the Salvation Army. You can also drop off non-perishable food donations in advance into collection boxes in the lobbies of Alton City Hall, the Alton Police Department, either of the Alton Fire Stations or It’s Raining Zen at Mineral Springs Mall any time before 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.
Between the hours of 5:30 and 7:30, free trolley transportation will be provided between Lincoln-Douglas Square and the Riverbender.com Community Center, located at 200 W. Third St. Following the Tree Lighting, the public is invited to the Community Center’s Holiday Open House to play games, do crafts, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and warm up with refreshments indoors until 10 p.m.
Sponsors who have made the event possible include: Riverbender.com, The Telegraph, WBGZ Radio, AdVantage News, Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club, Simmons Hanly Conroy, Alton Memorial Hospital, Argosy Casino, Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Salvation Army, OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center, Phillips 66, Illinois American Water, Ardent Mills, Paul Lauschke & Associates, Roberts Motors, Robert "Bob" Sanders Waste System, Crown Vision Center, CNB Bank & Trust, Firehouse Bar, Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, Alton Rehab & Nursing Center, Sam's Pawn Shop and Halpin Music Co.