Apr
21
5:00 PM17:00

St. Mary Auction "Remember When"

Join us for the Annual St. Mary Parish Auction as we "Remember When" and celebrate 150 years of memories at St. Mary School. This will be a fun filled evening with Silent and Live Auctions, Gourmet Dessert Auction, Heads/Tails games, Casino Games and Dancing with the Presswoods!

$25.00 per person/$200 for a table of 8

5:00pm............Doors Open
5:30pm............Gourmet Dessert Silent Auction
6:00pm............Dinner
9:00-11:00pm...Casino Opens and Dancing with The Presswoods

Contact the Parish Office at 532-6291 for ticket purchasing and to reserve a table.

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Apr
24
10:00 AM10:00

IDOT Informational Meeting about Highway 161 "Crooked Creek Bridge Replacement Project"

IDOT has agreed to the City’s request to have an Informational Meeting with the City at Centralia City Hall where we can continue our discussions and concerns regarding the Crooked Creek Bridge Replacement located on Highway 161, about 1 mile west of Centralia. The construction is scheduled to begin Spring 2019.

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Apr
26
to May 3

BPW Leadership University with the Centralia Chamber

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Join us for a four-week leadership program on Thursday mornings, April 12 - May 3, from 8:00am to 10:00am.

Through this four-class curriculum, you will learn:

  1. How to communicate clearly and effectively.
  2. Different leadership styles and techniques.
  3. How to negotiate to maximize your needs.
  4. Ways to lead your team to success!

This program is for future leaders and current leaders. You may want to hone your leadership skills or send a future supervisor to be more prepared to lead.

To register: email Marcus Holland or call 618-532-6789.

$100 for all four courses. (Breakfast is included!)

We can invoice you to pay by check or credit card.

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The Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Centralia Business & Professional Women's Club and the Illinois Federation of Business Women's Clubs to provide the Leadership University to our Chamber Members.

Classes are taught by BPW leaders and members. The curriculum is prepared for state and regional trainings and seminars - and we are working together to provide it to you!

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Jun
30
to Jul 4

4th of July Carnival at Fairview Park

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When:

June 30, 2018 – July 4, 2018 all-day

Where:

Fairview Park
1055 West Broadway
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Contact:

Centralia Tourism : American Legion

618-533-7623 : 618-532-5910

This 5 day celebration features a carnival, games, food vendors, beer garden, cake walk, parade and a fireworks display in the park.  On July 4th, the Veterans Parade is held on Broadway at 10 a.m. and fireworks begin at dark in Fairview Park.

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Jul
4
10:00 AM10:00

4th of July Parade on Broadway

When:

July 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Where:

On Broadway starting at the RR Tracks

Cost:

Free

Contact:

Veteran Affairs Committee

618-533-7623

Annual Events

Veteran’s parade on West Broadway starting at the RR tracks and heading west on Broadway ending at Fairview Park.  Enjoy an awards ceremony, recognition and celebration activities in the park.  Those wishing to participate in the parade may contact Butch Mathus at 618-533-5602 or Kala Lambert at 618-533-7623.  Entry forms are available below and on the City of Centralia Website.

 

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Jul
20
to Jul 21

Central City Lions Festival

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When:

July 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Where:

Lions Club
141 North Harrison Street
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Contact:

Central City Lions Club

618-532-7767

Event website

This two day festival offers live music, food, beverages, raffles, cake wheel, poker stand, inflatables, and Wamac’s Lil’ Toot Train. Hours are 5pm to midnight both Friday and Saturday nights.

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Jul
28
to Jul 29

Outboard Power Boat Races at Raccoon Lake

NBRA / ODA present Outboard Power Boat Races - July 28 & 29, 2018 at Raccoon Lake in Centralia, Illinois. Races start at 1:00pm both days. Admission is $2 and free for children 12 and under. Concessions available!

INFORMATION: Alan Owen 618-322-1160

DIRECTIONS: Stay on 161 and turn north on Country Club Road.

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Sep
13
to Sep 16

Elmwood Speaks

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When:

September 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – September 16, 2018 @ 8:30 pm

Where:

Elmwood Cemetery
710 Gragg Street
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

$10.00

Contact:

City of Centralia or Centralia Cultural Society

618-532-7623 or 618-532-2951

Join the City of Centralia’s Parks & Cemetery Advisory Committee along with The Centralia Cultural Society for “Elmwood Speaks”.  A historic tour of Elmwood Cemetery, enacted by actors of the Centralia Cultural Society. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 618-532-2951, tours fill quickly.

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Schwartz Apple Festival

When:

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where:

Schwartz Orchard
1942 Copple Road
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

Free

Contact:

Schwartz Orchard

618-532-8058

Enjoy a fun filled day of activities at Schwartz Orchard including games, straw maze and face painting.  Baked goods, mums, pumpkins and apple cider available.

 

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Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Celebrate Centralia

When:

October 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where:

Downtown Centralia
300 East Broadway
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

Free

Contact:

Gayla Harting

618-533-7623

Email

A festival of Art, Wine and Music featuring local artists, musicians, food vendors, and award winning wineries & vineyards from the area as well as craft breweries.

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Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Centralia Parade and Fall Festival

When:

October 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where:

Downtown Centralia
100 S Locust St
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Contact:

Centralia Halloween Parade Committee

618-533-7623

Event website

The Fall Festival is located in downtown Centralia and will begin at 9:00 A.M on October 29, 2016.  It features a Craft Fair at the Centralia Recreation Complex, free children’s games and activities, Flea Market, Chili Cook-off, Miss and Mister Pumpkin contest, Car Show, Best Dressed Pet Contest, local Entertainment and, of course, delicious food.  For more information about making entry into the any of these events please visit www.centraliahpff.org.

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Nov
21
to Dec 31

Fantasy of Lights at Centralia Foundation Park

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When:

November 21, 2018 – December 31, 2018 all-day

Where:

Foundation Park
600 North Pleasant Avenue
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

Free

Contact:

618-532-3214

Annual Events

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Presented by the Centralia Foundation, Fantasy of Lights is a holiday tradition you won’t want to miss.  Take a drive through Foundation Park to experience twinkling candy canes, golfing Santa, or Rudolf catching some rays.  Don’t forget to visit 600 N Pleasant for more Christmas displays and the challenge of finding “Wanda”!  Open from 5:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night at no charge.  Don’t miss Santa who will be at his cottage on Friday’s and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..  For even more fun, make plans to ride the “Little Obie” train through the park on certain evenings during the month of December.

 

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Nov
30
3:00 PM15:00

Downtown Centralia Christmas Stroll

When:

November 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Where:

Downtown Centralia, IL
100 S Locust St
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

Free

Contact:

City Hall

618-533-7623

Enjoy a Christmas Shopping Stroll in Downtown Centralia on November 30th from 3pm-7:15pm. Participating merchants will display an ornament inside their store for shoppers to locate and have their card stamped. Cards may be found in any participating business downtown and inside the Illinois Theatre. When you find all the ornaments needed your card should be returned to Illinois Theatre for a drawing at 7:15pm. Other activities include horse drawn carriage rides, store specials, an opportunity to meet with Santa, Carolers and other musical performances, Christmas music from the Carillon, hot cocoa and Girl Scout treats, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, refreshments and much more to come. Meet your downtown merchants and do some holiday shopping at the same time! Please contact Kala Lambert at 618-533-7623 for additional information.

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Dec
1
11:00 AM11:00

Lunch with Santa at Recreation Complex

When:

December 1, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where:

Centralia Recreation Complex
115 East 2nd Street
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

$5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children

Contact:

Centralia Recreation Complex

618-532-3214

Enjoy lunch with Santa at Centralia Recreation Complex.  Get your tickets early for that special holiday cheer you won’t want to miss.

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Dec
27
to Dec 29

Centralia Holiday Tournament

When:

December 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am – December 29, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Where:

Centralia High School
2100 E Calumet St
Centralia, IL 62801
USA

Cost:

Admission Charged

Contact:

Centralia High School

618-532-7391

Event website

The Centralia Holiday Basketball Tournament, first held in 1942, is a three day tournament held between Christmas and New Years featuring teams throughout the nation and attracting over 6,000 spectators each year.

Home of the Orphans – Winningest Team in the Nation

 

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Apr
14
to Apr 15

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus at Central City Lions Park

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Thanks to the sponsorship of the Central City/Centralia Lions Club, Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, America’s Favorite Big Top Circus is coming to Central City, IL on Saturday and Sunday, April 14th & 15th, 2018 to the Central City Lions Park located at 107 S. Morrison St. with scheduled performances on at 2:00 & 4:30 p.m. both days.

SAVE MONEY by purchasing your tickets in advance at the following locations: Village Hall of Central City, IL, City Hall of Centralia-Water Billing Dept., Centralia Township in Centralia, IL, Rick’s Ace Hardware in Centralia, IL, and the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia, IL. Prices for advance tickets are $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for seniors (65 and over) and children ages 2 to 12, children under 2 are always free. On show day tickets will be $13.00 for adults and $8.00 for seniors/children.

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Apr
10
4:00 PM16:00

Family Fun Night at Spero Family Services

SPERO FAMILY SERVICES HOSTS “FAMILY FUN NIGHT”  ON TUESDAY, APRIL 10TH
 
MT. VERNON, IL - Join us for an evening of fun, food and games at our ‘Family Fun Night’ on Tuesday, April 10th from 4:00pm-6:00pm in the parking lot of Spero Counseling & Wellness Center on 107 Shiloh Drive in Mt. Vernon.  


This is a FREE event for the entire family!  We will have games, prizes, food, face painting, FREE Lazer Tag, and MORE! There will also be a balloon release to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Family Fun Night is hosted by the community based programs of SPERO Family Services including Spero Counseling & Wellness Center, Bright Start Childcare, YouthBuild of Jefferson and Marion Counties, Best Beginnings, and Family Foundations. This event is our way to give back to the community and provide a free, safe night out for families.
Spero Family Services serves children, youth, and families throughout Southern Illinois. Our mission is to provide hope, help and healing in a Christ centered environment. If you would like to learn more, please visit www.sperofs.org
 

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Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Trivia Through Time at Centralia Cultural Society

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Trivia Through Time - Past Century - Saturday, April 7 @ 7:00pm

Doors open at 6:30pm. $10 per person / 8 maximum per table. Stragglers welcome.

$150 prize for "Beat the Geeks". A chance to win $15 per round, otherwise cash goes to the Geeks! $10 for mulligans. The Geeks don't get mulligans.

$250 for Best Themed Table - sponsored by Lowell Jeffries. Come dressed in your favorite decade and decorate your table for a chance to win!

BYOB, your own snacks and drinks. Call 532-2951 to reserve your table.

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Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

William Dunn, MD, will speak to SSM Health Cancer Support Group

The special speaker at the March meeting of the Cancer Support Group is William Dunn, MD, a radiation oncologist.  Dunn completed medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina and completed a residency at McGill University.  He is certified by the American Board of Radiology (Radiation Oncology).  Dunn will discuss radiation treatments along with the new modalities of treatment offered at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital.

On a monthly basis SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital hosts a Cancer Support Group.  This Cancer Support Group gives cancer patients, families, and friends an opportunity to discuss their feelings about cancer and the changes it brings to their lives. It offers an opportunity to learn more about the disease.

Learning about treatments and more fully understanding diseases and diseases process can be empowering.  This Cancer Support Group provides attendees the opportunity to learn and share their concerns and feelings regarding cancer. 

The Cancer Support Group is for those who have been diagnosed with cancer, their families, and friends.  All are welcome but please contact Nancy Mollohan at 618.436.8554 to reserve your seat.

Auditorium, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, 400 N. Pleasant Avenue, Centralia, IL 62801

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Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Best of Broadway at Centralia Cultural Society

"The Best of Broadway" March 24th, 2018 @ 7:00pm - performances by "U Can Dance Performers."

 *** salsa, fox trot, waltz, mamba***

$15.00 per person, BYOB, Appetizers will be served in the Gallery.

After show entertainment provided by The Presswoods.

Pre-paid reservations may be made by calling 532-2951. A Limited number of tickets will be available at the door. 

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Mar
21
12:00 PM12:00

Chamber Monthly Luncheon - For Members

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We will be at FAIRWAYS RESTAURANT at GREENVIEW this month!

We will begin at 12:00pm. Stay for the Ribbon Cutting of the new McKenna Hall at Fairways immediately following the meeting.

FEATURED PRESENTATION: Centralia Cultural Society, Cindy Jones.

MARCH SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS: Peoples National Bank

RSVP 532-6789 or carol@centraliachamber.com

$10 per person. Pay at the door - cash or check. If you RSVP and are unable to attend, you will be invoiced for the $10, unless you cancel 24 hours in advance.

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Mar
5
9:00 AM09:00

NExT Wellness Program New Session Starts March 5

NExT wellness program offering new session March 5

 

Simple and practical tips and tools for nutrition and exercise,
impacting thousands of southern Illinois residents since 2010

 

CENTRALIA, IL (February 19, 2018) SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia continues to collaborate with the Felician Wellness Center and the Centralia Recreation Complex to offer healthy lifestyle opportunities.  Nutrition, Exercise and Training, referred to as NExT, is an established and successful program.  Thousands of individual lives have changed, for the better, since the program’s inception in 2010. 

 

The NExT Program class meets twice per week for six continuous weeks.  Each two hour session includes one hour of classroom time to discuss nutrition, how the body functions and healthy lifestyles.  The Program emphasizes portion control as a means of weight loss and control.  The second hour is the time to move; participants are shown multiple activities and proper safe movement which is appropriate for their individual needs.  The instructors offer one-on-one time. 

 

Although the program usually results in weight loss, the primary goals are to promote behavior changes and to give participants the resources and knowledge needed to meet their personal goals for health and wellness. Above all, the NExT Program is entertaining, informative, and there are many opportunities to network with others who may have similar experiences.

 

The Felician Wellness Center, located in the Conference Center at the Centralia Recreation Complex, offers a new session of the NExT Program approximately every two months with morning, afternoon and evening sessions.  An upcoming series begins March 5th. 

 

To demonstrate measurement of Program successes, a free health assessment is given at the beginning of the Program and again at the end of the Program.  To register, call 618.532.6427.  The NExT Program fee is $30; for those with special circumstances, financial assistance is available.

 

The Program is taught by certified Wellness Coaches from SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital.

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Mar
2
to Mar 4

"Beauty and the Beast" at Centralia High School

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DATES: March 2-4, 2018

 

Showcase on Stage will be performing Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Centralia High School this spring. Tickets are $5. Advance sales will be done through Ludus Ticketing Service or by calling 618-532-7391 x. 1146. Tickets purchased online via credit/debit card will have an additional service fee.

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Feb
10
7:00 AM07:00

Centralia Elks Breakfast to benefit Marion County Coalition Against Drug Use

 Centralia Elks Lodge #493 is hosting a Pancake, Sausage, Eggs, and Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast on Saturday, February 10 from 7:00am to 12:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 each and $4.00 for kids 6 & under. Carryouts are available. Proceeds to benefit Marion County Coalition Agaist Drug Use. Coalition "Hidden in Plain Sight Room" available for tours. Bake sale by the Lady of the Elks.

Centralia Elks Lodge #493 is hosting a Pancake, Sausage, Eggs, and Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast on Saturday, February 10 from 7:00am to 12:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 each and $4.00 for kids 6 & under. Carryouts are available. Proceeds to benefit Marion County Coalition Agaist Drug Use. Coalition "Hidden in Plain Sight Room" available for tours. Bake sale by the Lady of the Elks.

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