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Wrap up earth-friendly holiday presents at the 14th Annual Green Gift Bazaar
ALTON — People can celebrate Small Business Saturday by gathering in Downtown Alton at the Green Gift Bazaar.
Alton Main Street is teaming up with the Sierra Club and the YWCA to continue the tradition of “going green."
The 14th annual Green Gift Bazaar, featuring dozens of eco-artisans and green vendors, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the YWCA of Alton, located at 304 E. Third St. in Alton.
There is no entry fee to shop at the Green Gift Bazaar, and you'll receive sale info for a wide assortment of downtown retailers and restaurants to encourage shopping local. Free holiday craft activities will be provided to keep kids entertained. Live entertainment will be provided by multi-instrumentalist Nancy Lippincott. Free gift wrapping will be available on-site, not only for gifts purchased at the bazaar but also for any items purchased at locally-owned stores.
Lunch and snacks will be available on site for shoppers, and people can bring their non-working holiday lights to be recycled.
A limited number of vendor booths are still available. To register, visit the “Events” page at www.DowntownAlton.com.
Emanuele Fontanini to visit Shrine Gift Shop Nov. 27
BELLEVILLE — The Shrine Gift Shop at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows will welcome Emanuele Fontanini from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27.
She is one of the fourth-generation of family members now leading the celebrated House of Fontanini in Bagni di Lucca, Italy. The Shrine Gift Shop is one of only 20 retailers nationwide where members of the Fontanini family will appear in 2016.
The Shrine Gift Shop will offer the limited 2016 Personal Appearance Tour figurine, Antonia from the Fontanini Heirloom Nativity, exclusively by Roman Inc. Collectors can also have pieces that they purchase autographed, along with two pieces from their own personal collection.
For more information, call the Shrine Gift Shop, (618) 394-6230, or from St. Louis, (314) 241-3400, ext. 6230.
Tickets on sale for Taste of Downtown on Thursday, Nov 17
ALTON - Alton Main Street will serve up local flavor at the Taste of Downtown, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Argosy Casino’s Music Hall.
Tickets are on sale at the Alton Visitors’ Center (200 Piasa St.) or at Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge (112 W. Third St.). Only 350 tickets will be sold.
For $15, guests will sample a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts from many of their favorite dining establishments under one roof. Live entertainment will be provided by Ralph Butler & Gigi Darr. (Guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID in order to board the casino.) All proceeds from the fund-raiser will help Alton Main Street advance the organization’s goals to improve and promote the downtown historic district.
Highlights of the menu thus far include: plum sriracha pork belly tacos and autumn spice cake from Journey at Argosy Casino Alton; potato and cheddar pierogis - savory dumplings with bacon, onion, sour cream from Great Rivers Tap & Grill; kale salad with spiced chickpeas and sun-dried tomato vinaigrette from The Old Bakery Beer Company; Italian sub sliders with volpi salami, mortadella, capicola, homemade pepperoni, and fontinella cheese, plus Italian meatballs and toasted ravioli from Princivalli's Café; artisan bread from Edible Art Bakery in the following flavors: - parmesan truffle, garlic herb, garlic cheddar and everything, roasted butternut squash soup and chocolate dipped strawberries from Lewis and Clark Community College Catering Services and Bill Roe Tavern Salad from Mac's Time Out Lounge.
For more information, visit www.DowntownAlton.com or to order tickets by phone call the Alton Visitors’ Center at (618) 465-6676.
TV chef participates in 16th annual AMH Diabetes Fair on Nov. 5
ALTON – A television chef will share healthy recipes as part of Alton Memorial Hospital’s 16th annual Diabetes Fair on Saturday, Nov. 5.
The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the hospital’s Beeby Wing lobby and cafeteria. The Diabetes Fair is part of National Diabetes Month. To register, call (800) 392-0936. Pre-registration will guarantee you a free boxed lunch, courtesy of Firehouse Subs, in the cafeteria beginning at 11 a.m.
The featured event will be a presentation by celebrity chef Tiffany Derry (left), from the Bravo Network’s “Top Chef.” Her appearance is sponsored by Novo Nordisk. She will give her presentation in the cafeteria meeting rooms beginning at 9:30 a.m. Space is limited, and free tickets will be available after entering the fair.
Everyone who comes to hear her will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Target gift card.
Fair visitors can visit a wide assortment of booths that offer the latest information about diabetes medications, treatment and equipment available.
A1C screenings and foot screenings will also be offered in the AMH Wound Care Center. There are no advance appointments for the screenings, but visitors can pick up tickets for a screening time after entering the fair. Blood pressure screenings are available along with the A1C screenings.
Other free screenings available, with no appointments required, are vision screenings by Dr. James Lieber of the Godfrey Lions Club, and hearing screenings by Dr. TK Parthasarathy.