Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Spero Trick or Trot and Kids Monster Dash

Beginning at Spero Mt. Vernon Main Campus this professionally timed 5K walk/run race takes you around the quaint neighborhoods surrounding our main campus. Over 100 men, women, and children compete in their own age category. Overall winner and winners for each age and gender category. Costume contest, Monster Dash kids run, and many other family attractions add to this race to make it one of the best Mt. Vernon has to offer.

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Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Centralia Dog Park Grand Opening

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Join us for the Grand Opening of our Dog Park. This Park is on the northwest corner of the old Evers Field football field. Come as early as 9 am if you would like to register your dog(s) to be frequent visitors to this Park. You can easily register early by visiting Kim Enke at City Hall. Remember, dogs need to have received both distemper and rabies vaccinations to use the Park, this is for the safety of other dogs and their owners. Questions? Call 618.533.7636

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Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Dreamality Gainzaw Massacre

Dreamality GAINZSAW Massacre will be our 5th event and 2nd full powerlifting event hosted here at Dreamality Athletics in Centralia, IL. We will be celebrating 1 year in service with a bang with offering: squat, bench, deadlift, and a bodyweight bench challenge. We will be having full meals during the whole day for spectators and competitors. You will have the option of doing select events or all of the events during sign up. This event will be broken down into age brackets consisting of: teen (13-19), junior (20-25), submaster (26-49), master (50+), and open (all ages, will be scored overall weight lifted and WILKS) This event will also be scored male and female, and also by overall weight lifted and by your bodyweight - pounds lifted or WILKS score. Prizes will be given for the following: best squat, bench, deadlift, overall total and total reps per bodyweight on bench for the male and female sides for each division. We will also be giving awards for the best WILKS score total in each division on the male and female sides (you must do squat, bench, and deadlift to be eligible for this). We will be giving every finisher for whatever they enter in something to go home with for coming and supporting our event, so if you do not win a main prize just remember you will be going home with something! Doors will open at 9AM for competitors and spectators. Weigh ins for the meet will be Friday, October 19th from 5PM-8PM and Saturday, October 20th from 9AM-11AM. Rules clinic will begin at 12PM with warmups for squat starting right after and the first lift to begin at 1PM. Ticket deadlines will be October 13th for online sales, any late registrations we will take all the way up to 11AM on event day but prices will be $35 for general and $50 for VIP. Online ticket purchases for spectators end on the 19th of October but you may purchase at the door for the same price of $5. Feel free to come into the facility to register for the event as well starting now until event day (11AM). We are in the process of getting vendors and companies to come to the event to party with us! Feel free to suggest, and feel free to also wear a Halloween costume if you are competing or spectating! If you have any questions feel free to call us at the gym at 618-944-9182 or call Drew Sherman on his cell at 618-231-7046. We will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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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
9:15 AM09:15

Career Fair at Kaskaskia College

The Marion, Clinton, and Washington Counties of Career and Technical Education (CTE) System and Kaskaskia College will be combining efforts to host the annual Career Fair on Friday, November 30, at Kaskaskia College from 9:15am to 12:45pm.

Businesses are invited to have a FREE display booth at the Career Fair. Remember, hands-on activities are always more engaging for the students!

  • Exhibitors will have booths in the gymnasium.
  • Students will be participating in team building and leadership activities.
  • CTE programs at KC will be providing tours and presentations.
  • Keynote Speaker, Lindsey Jensen

Please contact Diane Keortge at 618-548-6385 or diane@roe13.org to register.

 

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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
8
5:30 PM17:30

Kaskaskia College Winter Gala

    Plans Underway for Kaskaskia College Winter Gala Slated for December 8

 It is with great anticipation and excitement that the Kaskaskia College Foundation and fundraising committee is planning to “Play Among the Stars” at our upcoming Winter Gala. 

The Kaskaskia College Foundation, staff and faculty are finalizing plans for the Gala scheduled for December 8th at Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston from 5:30 to 11:00 p.m.  100% of proceeds raised from this event will directly benefit Kaskaskia College students.

 The event is sure to be a night to remember, filled with great entertainment, fantastic food and good company, all while raising much needed dollars for the Kaskaskia College Foundation After-School College Program and the Kaskaskia College Student Special Assistance Fund.   The evening will include a silent auction, Oral auction, and 50/50 raffle.

 Chicago’s very own John Vincent will showcase his talent by performing the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash and many more musical legends.   Dinner will include roast beef with port mushroom sauce, herb roasted chicken breast, oven roasted red skin potatoes, mixed vegetables, salad, and dinner rolls.

 Tickets are available for $75.00 per person.  Tables of 8 are available for $575.00.   For more information or to purchase tickets please call 618-545-3256, 618-545-3069 or 618-545-3223 or go online at:  https://tix5.centerstageticketing.com/sites/kaskaskia/.  At press time, there are four available corporate sponsorships remaining at $1500 per sponsor.  Corporate sponsorship receives a table of 8, a dedicated server, marketing publicity and corporate logo listed on all advertising, table programs and auction booklet.  If you wish to become a corporate sponsor, please contact Cydney Richardson at 545-3256.

 If you wish to donate an auction item, please call 618-545-3182.

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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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Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

BPW Style Show & Vendor Fair

Centralia BPW -- Style Show & Vendor Fair
This will take place at McKenna Hall on the golf course grounds. The style show will feature fashion from local business and independent vendors. Also shop several local vendors, including myself, Flower Girl. It's a great time to shop early for Christmas.

You will need a ticket to attend. Tickets on sale now....contact for more info.

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Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Celebrate Centralia

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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

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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
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
1
6:00 PM18:00

Breast Cancer Awareness presentation at Centralia Cultural Society

Merrilee Brandt, MD, to give FREE community health presentation on breast care health

 Breast Cancer Awareness Month presentation Monday, October 1, in Centralia

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CENTRALIA, IL – Most breast changes are not cancer, yet the fear of breast cancer can loom over women like a dark cloud in an otherwise blue sky. The best possible scenario is to remain cancer free; and while nothing can guarantee that happy state, there are things women can do to stack the odds in their favor.

Also, women should remember that breast cancer, when diagnosed early, is becoming more and more treatable through advanced procedures and therapies.

Dr. Merrilee Brandt, a board-certified surgeon with SSM Health Medical Group, will be giving a FREE community health presentation on Breast Care Health on Monday, October 1, from 6–7:30 pm at the Centralia Cultural Society (1250 East Rexford Street). Mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends can enjoy a FREE evening focused on fun and learning more about the latest technology and resources in women’s breast health.

Registration is required. Interested individuals should call 1-888-257-6098 to register as seating capacity is limited. Food and refreshments will be provided, and attendees have an opportunity to receive giveaways and win special door prizes.

Beyond a healthy lifestyle, women should be vigilant about any changes in their breasts, according to Dr. Brandt. “Breast cancer really is evolving from a terminal disease to a chronic or curable condition,” she says. “And breast health is becoming better understood so that women can take the most appropriate steps to reduce their cancer risk.”

Obviously, age and family history are beyond a woman’s control, and both these factors affect breast cancer risk. However, women can maintain a healthy weight, be tobacco free, exercise regularly, drink no more than one alcoholic beverage per day, and eat a healthy, low-fat diet.

“These lifestyle factors have been shown to help decrease breast cancer risk, and they’re also good for the cardiovascular system and brain,” Dr. Brandt notes. “Really, these basic steps are the foundation on which women– and men – can build a long and healthy life.”

Dr. Brandt has a special interest in women’s health. Dr. Brandt stays up-to-date on breast health research and treatments by regularly attending the Northwestern University annual breast cancer symposium and bringing back learnings to advance women’s health programs at SSM Health in Southern Illinois.

As noted earlier, most breast changes are not cancer, but a monthly self-exam starting at age 20 and an annual mammogram starting at age 40 are proactive ways to ensure that any abnormalities are found early, when they are most treatable.

More information about Dr. Brandt, and cancer care services at SSM Health in Southern Illinois, can be obtained by visiting www.ssmhealth.com/cancer

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Sep
28
to Sep 30

"Grease" at Centralia Cultural Society

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The Little Theater Players present the live stage performance of "Grease". The show dates are September 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 at 7 pm with doors opening at 6:30 and September 23 at 3 pm with doors opening at 2:30. Tickets are being pre sold and can be purchased by calling 532-2951. Tickets must be prepaid and there will be no refunds. There will be a cash bar available as well as candy and soft drinks for purchase. Tickets are $12 for all. Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Grease" the movie in style with this live stage performance! Tickets will also be available at the door each night.

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Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Dinner Show at Fairways Restaurant

“Join us for an evening of Live music. Dinner will include Appetizers, an Italian Salad, Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken, Baked Potato, and California Blend, followed by Dessert.

Cost is $50.00 per couple for non-members, $30.00 per couple for members, and Singles rates are $28 for non-members and $18.00 for members.”

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Sep
21
to Sep 22

Wamac Fest

September 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – September 22, 2018 @ 11:45 pm

Wamac City Park, 100 South Wabash Avenue, Centralia, IL 62801

Cost: Free

Contact: Wamac City Hall, 618-532-1138

Join the fun in Wamac City Park for Wamac Fest, a TWO day festival with live entertainment, food, sport competitions, kids games, pony rides, inflatables, cake walk, crafts and beer garden.  Enjoy music from Denmark and The Epics on Friday night and Tim Elmore and Repeat Offender on Saturday!

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Sep
21
11:00 AM11:00

Blood Drive at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital

Blood Drive – Donors Needed

 

WHAT:           Every other month a blood drive is held at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia, in the hospital Auditorium.   All presenting donors will receive a free five dollar meal ticket redeemable at the Pleasant Avenue Café’ located at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Donors will also receive either a $5 gift certificate to Amazon or to Subway.    

                       

WHEN:           Friday, September 21, 2018 beginning at 11 am and ending at 5 pm  

                        Registration is not necessary but appreciated; register by calling 618.436.6450 or online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org with sponsor code 10552.

 

WHERE:         SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital

                        400 North Pleasant Avenue

                        Centralia, Illinois 62801

                        Auditorium

                       

WHY:              Medical facilities are in constant need of blood and blood products.  Donations save lives.  Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour.  Donation by the numbers:

      • 1 pint (a typical donation) can save 3 lives

      • 1 in 4 people will require a blood transfusion in their lives

      • 38,000 + blood donations are needed every day in the US  

      • 4.5 million + require a blood transfusion

      • Starting at age 17 and stopping at age 79, one person could donate 46.5 gallons of blood if s/he donated every two months

      • 10-12 pints of blood is in the typical adult

      • Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood

      • Type 0 negative can be transfused to all blood types

      • 38% of the US population can donate blood but ….

less than 10% actually donate

      • Blood cannot be manufactured, it can only come from donors

 

WHO:              Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org).  A photo I.D. is required. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days or 8 weeks since the last donation.  Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.  For more detailed information on donor eligibility, visit http://www.bloodcenter.org/donate-blood/donating-blood/donor-eligibility.aspx   

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Sep
13
to Sep 16

Elmwood Speaks

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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Sep
11
3:30 PM15:30

"Developing the Creative Economy" Chamber Workshop

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Developing the Creative Economy

Join us for this FREE workshop!

Developing the Creative Economy was designed for community leaders and economic development professionals who want to tap into the creative talent in their communities to build viable businesses, adding to household income for the entrepreneur and increasing economic activity in the community. The program helps community leaders expand economic and entrepreneurial development by developing a culture that appreciates and supports the creative talents of residents, including those living in low-resource households. Creative entrepreneurs include artists, designers, musicians, boutique retailers, specialty food producers and other creative enterprises.

The workshop is built on the premise that a community should focus on “informal grass roots, street-level, pop-up micro-activities, each of which may be short-lived, but which adds up to a continuous stream of events and experiences in a market-place of endless information which sharpens the producers’ and makers’ skills and buyers’ appetites.” (Howkins 2001, 2013)

Presented by Pamela S. Schallhorn, M.A., Educator, Community & Economic Development, from UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION in Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington counties.

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Sep
4
3:30 PM15:30

"Five Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Youth in Rural Communities" Chamber Workshop

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Five Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Youth in Rural Communities

Join us for this free workshop!

The exodus of young people between the ages of 21 and 37 from their rural communities is a nationwide trend and has been occurring for almost a decade. A recent study revealed that as many as 81% of young people surveyed would prefer not to live in their local communities as adults. (Howley 2010)

Five Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Youth in Rural Communities was developed by Pam Schallhorn in 2015 to assist community leaders and others in developing formal plans to reverse this trend.

Presented by Pamela S. Schallhorn, M.A., Educator, Community & Economic Development, from UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION in Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion, and Washington counties.

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