May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Locust Street Fair

  • 100-200 Locust Street Centralia, Illinois (map)
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Locust Street / Downtown Centralia, IL  62801 / 618-533-7623

Crafters and artisans, food vendors, and antique car show,  historic presentations and tours; this event is fun for the whole family. 10 am - 2 pm

Admission: Free

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Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

Juneteenth Celebration at Laura Leake Park

Juneteenth Laura Leake Park, 500 N. Maple/Centralia, IL 62801 /  618-533-7623 The annual "Juneteenth" celebration is held the third Saturday of June each year.  Between 11 am - 2 pm, enjoy complimentary food and refreshments, specialty sandwiches available for purhase, bingo, games, and sign- ups for various fun competitions.   Admission: Free

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Jul
2
to Jul 4

July Fourth Celebration and Parade

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4th of July Veterans' Parade Downtown Centralia to Fairview Park / Centralia, IL  62801 / 618-533-7623 This patriotic parade begins at he intersection of West Broadway and South Chestnut Street and travels west on Broadway, ending at Fairview Park's south entrance (0.74 miles).  The parade consists of vehicles and pedestrian traffic and include veterans,m service members, families of service members, veteran o military support organizations and/or individuals wishing to display their support. 

Festivities at Fairview Park include a three day carnival, food vendors, and a fireworks display later that day at dusk.   Admission:  Free Annual Carnival & 4th of July Celebration Fairview Park | W. Broadway & Brookside Ave. | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-532-5910 The carnival will have entertainment, games, bingo, craft fair, beer garden and fireworks, entertainment for all ages. This patriotic event is held in the City's Foundation park. Visit Our Website Admission: Free Admission

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Jul
19
to Jul 20

Central City Lions Fest

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Central City Lion's Festival Lion's Park | S. Morrison St. | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-532-7767 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. Visit Our Website Admission: Free Admission

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Sep
12
to Sep 15

Elmwood Speaks

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Elmwood Speaks Centralia Cultural Society / 1250 E Rexford /  Centralia, IL  62801 / 618-532-2951

The events on September 12, 13, and 14 begin at 5 pm. On the final day, Sunday September 15, the event will be held solely at the Centralia Cultural Society and will begin at 2 pm.  

A historic tour of Elmwood Cemetery, written and enacted by actors of the Centralia Cultural Society. Tickets:  $15

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Oct
12
4:00 PM16:00

Celebrate Centralia

  • 200-300 East Broadway Centralia, Illinois (map)
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Celebrate Centralia Carillon Park Downtown Centralia | 316 E. Broadway | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-533-7622 A festival of Art, Wine and Music! Local artisans, musicians, crafters, wineries, craft brewers and food vendors . . . for a festival around the Carillon in downtown Centralia. Visit Our Website Admission: Free Admission

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Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

93rd Centralia Halloween Parade and Fall Festival

  • 100-200 Locust Street Centralia, Illinois (map)
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93rd Annual Halloween Parade & Fall Festival & Craft Fair Centralia Recreation Complex & Downtown | 115 E. Second | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-533-7623 This is an all-day event packed with special events for the whole family.  The Fall Festival is held during the day with a children's parade, chili cook-off, Miss & Mister Pumpkin Contest, mini train rides, best dressed pet contest, craft fair, games for the kids, food and car show.  This evening parade is an event in itself.  It is older than the Macy's parade and features floats, marching unites, horses, old fire trucks, costumed characters, school bands and more.  Visit Our Website 

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Nov
27
to Dec 31

Fantasy of Lights at Centralia Foundation Park

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Fantasy of Lights Foundation Park | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-532-3214 From Dusk to 11:00 p.m. drive through the Park to enjoy thousands of light and scenes created with seasonal lights such as twinkling candy canes, golfing Santa, or Rudolph catching sme rays.  Enjoy Santa's House, he is present Friday and Saturday evenings 6-8 pm to visit with children and adults.    Visit Our Website Admission: Free Admission

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Dec
6
3:00 PM15:00

6th Annual Downtown Centralia Christmas Stroll

  • Locust and Broadway Centralia, Illinois (map)
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Downtown Centralia Christmas Stroll Downtown | 100 S. Locust| Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-533-7623 Enjoy a Christmas Shopping Stroll in Downtown Centralia.  Includes a ornament hunt where participating merchants will display an ornament inside their store for shoppers to locate and have their card stamped.  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, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, refreshments and much more to come.
Admission: Free

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Dec
26
to Dec 28

Centralia High School Holiday Basketball Tournament

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Annual Holiday High School Basketball Tournament Centralia High School | 2100 E. Calumet | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-532-7391 High school teams throughout the nation participate in this prestigious event.  This three day tournament features sixteen teams and attracts over 6,000 spectators each year.  Visit Our Website Admission: Admission Charged

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Apr
24
5:30 PM17:30

"Attracting and Retaining Workforce in Rural Communities" presentation at SCIGA

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The April 2019 meeting of the South Central Illinois Growth Alliance is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24 at the Kaskaskia College Lifelong Learning Center.  The Kaskaskia College campus is located at 27210 College Road in Centralia. Dinner will be at 5:30 pm with the meeting to follow.

Our program for the evening will be Ms. Pamela Schallhorn, M.A. from the University of Illinois Extension.  Pamela will be presenting “Attracting and Retaining Youth in Rural Communities”.

This presentation will serve as the kick off for two exciting initiatives at the South Central Illinois Growth Alliance.  At our March meeting the group agreed to move forward with a long term strategic plan, and a survey to gain insight into the needs and motivation of millennials. Committees were formed to work on both of the initiatives.  If you were not present at the March meeting and would like to join one of the committees please let me know.     

If you plan to attend this month’s SCIGA meeting PLEASE RSVP  by email, to crichardson@kaskaskia.edu.

 

For those of you that travel 161 to campus please be aware that 161 is closed just east of Shattuc road.  Please allow for extra travel time.  Information on the detour and bridge project can be found at  www.161detour.com

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Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

LTP Annual Trivia Night at Centralia Cultural Society

LTP annual trivia night on April 13!! Starts at 7:00 doors open at 6:15. 8 person teams maximum $10 per person. Also available $10 Mulligans. If you don't have a team but want to play come on in we'll either set you up with a team that has space or let you play on your own!

All Proceeds will benefit the Centralia Cultural Society. BYOB snacks and drinks!

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Apr
11
to Apr 20

"I Hate Shakespeare" at Centralia Cultural Society

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The Centralia Cultural Society and Little Theatre Players present "I Hate Shakespeare" Teen play produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. This is a comedy which runs through a myriad of both comedic and tragical Shakespeare plays. The show will run April 11, 12, 19, 20 at 7 pm and April 14 at 2 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door. $10 for general admission, $8 for patrons and youth 12 and under.

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Apr
7
2:30 PM14:30

Sacred Music Concert at Trinity Lutheran Church

The Centralia Cultural Society presents our annual Sacred Music Concert at Trinity Lutheran church in Centralia. April 7, 2019 at 2:30pm.

Tickets will be sold at the door. $10 General Admission and $5 for youth 12 and under. This is a combined concert with Centralia Philharmonic Orchestra, Bronze Expressions Handbell Ensemble, and Kaskaskia Concert choir, Community Chorus and Childrens Chorus.

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Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

KC Music Trivia Night at Centralia Elks

Music Trivia Night hosted by the KC Sports Association and the KC Athletic Department.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and trivia will start at 7:30 p.m.

The Trivia Night will begin at 7:30 p.m. and teams are now being sought! Price is $20 per person or $150 per table with 6-8 people participating per table. All participants can bring in their own snacks and a cash bar will also be available. Must be 21 to attend.

Cash prize for the top team will be awarded. Also available will be silent auction items and a 50/50 drawing.

Sponsors for the evening are also being sought at $100 and all sponsors will be included in the evening’s program.

For more information or to put a team in for trivia, please contact Cathy Karrick, Coordinator of the KCSA at 618-545-3182 or ckarrick@kaskaskia.edu.

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Apr
6
5:00 PM17:00

New Horizon Christian School Family Fun Dinner & Auction

We have changed the format of our spring event this year! Family Friendly!! Bring your kiddos for a night of fun while supporting NHCS!
Dinner 5-7
Raffles, silent and live auctions throughout the night as well as a cake walk!
Quarter Auction begins at 7! $5 Paddles. Lots of items for kids too!
A special thank you to Centralia Jr High for allowing us the use of their gym!

Check back for sneak peaks of some auction items!!!

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Apr
3
11:00 AM11:00

Free Training with Small Business Development Center

The City of Centralia in conjunction with Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) are pleased to bring a valuable small business resource to Centralia, ‘SBDC Day’.

On Wednesday, April 3, local business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the region are invited to meet the SIUE Small Business Development Center Staff and participate in one-on-one counseling sessions from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at City Hall, 101 S. Locust Street Centralia, IL 62801

Staff from SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE will be available to talk confidentially with business owners and entrepreneurs on a range of topics including, but not limited to

• Business financing

• Marketing assistance

• Social media strategy

• Business plans

• Expansion opportunities

• Buying and selling a business

• State and federal regulations

• Exporting and international trade

The SBDC Day runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a 60-minute exclusive workshop, “Social Media Best Practices”, starting at 12 p.m. (noon), presented by Michell Stockman of Techknow Solutions.

SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE Director, Jo Ann Di Maggio May, finds these open house events an effective way to connect with the local business community. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and business owners to discover the valuable business resources that the SBDC has to offer.

Attendees wanting to meet privately with a SBDC counselor are encouraged to request a 30-minute appointment by calling (618)650-2929.

“We always enjoy SBDC Community Days and truly appreciate Economic Development Director, Rose Aldag- McVey and the City of Centralia serving as our host,” said Di Maggio May. “It truly takes a team effort to help small businesses to survive and thrive.”

Di Maggio May and her staff plan to hold at least seven SBDC Days in 2019.

The SBDC for the Metro East assists entrepreneurs as well as existing business owners operating in the nine- county Metro East region of Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Washington, Monroe and Randolph. It enhances the region’s economic interests by providing one-stop assistance to individuals by means of counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures and existing small businesses. SBDC’s in Illinois are funded, in part, through a cooperative agreement among the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a service to the community. To learn how these no- cost services may help your business venture, contact the Metro East SBDC at (618) 650-2929 orsbdcedw@gmail.com.

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Apr
1
to Apr 5

City of Centralia Spring Cleanup Week

City Wide Spring Cleanup Week-April 1 st through April 5th, 2019

The City of Centralia would like to announce that this year’s spring city wide cleanup event is scheduled for Monday, April 1 st through Friday, April 5 th , 2019.

This curbside pickup service is provided by the City of Centralia Public Works Department. Participation is limited to single-family residences, town homes, condominiums and apartments that do not exceed four units per building. All items are to be placed on the curb by 6 a.m. on the assigned pickup day.

Any item(s) not longer than 5 feet or more than 50 pounds left at the CURBSIDE at any of the above defined residential units will be picked up except for the following:

1. Yard waste, including grass clippings, leaves, brush and tree material

2. Household refuse/garbage that should be put out for normal collection

3. Large quantities of rocks, concrete and construction materials including roofing materials, siding and lumber (small amounts will be taken, no more than a 5 gallon bucket)

4. Tires or cans of paint

5. Large automobile parts such as engines and transmissions

6. Lawnmowers or small engines which still contain gasoline or oil

7. DO NOT mix with trash to be picked up on normal collection days and DO NOT pile items on top of other items. Crews WILL NOT sort through material. If an unapproved item is on top of an approved item, your items will not be collected.

*Please Note: the City is continuing to accept white goods such as freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, dryers, etc. Residents are also asked to place smaller items in a container such as a box or a bag.

Please consider recycling any cardboard, glass, aluminum and paper products at Clean & Green’s Recycling Center located on West McCord Street.

All items must be at the curb (not in the alley) by 6:00 a.m. on your normal garbage pickup day. Even if your garbage pickup is in your alley, these items are to be placed curbside. The route WILL ONLY BE COVERED ONCE, NO EXCEPTIONS. This is a service provided by the City of Centralia. The City requests each resident’s cooperation in this project.

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Mar
30
5:00 PM17:00

Amy Center "Celebrity Waiter Dinner"

The Amy Schulz Child Advocacy Center Celebrity Waiter Dinner is March 30th from 5-11pm at the Doubletree in Mt. Vernon. Music is provided by The Presswoods and Dinner is served at 6pm, $45 a person (10 seats at a table). The Doubletree is located at 222 Potomac Blvd, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. 

The Celebrity Waiter Dinner consists of local "Celebrities" who serve friends at themed tables for fun and to show support of The Amy Schulz Child Advocacy Center. This night consist of a Dinner, Music, Dancing, Costumes, Games, Silent Auction and lots of Laughter. You pick your own Theme of dress and games to raise money. As always, you are welcome to join the Amy Center Theme. This year the Theme is "The 50"s". Come out and enjoy yourself, bring a friend or two and help to Make The Voice Of a Child Stronger.

The "Amy Center" helps children from 3-18 years old who have been sexually abused, physically abused or been a witness to a crime of abuse.

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Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Free Health Presentation by Dr. Srinet, ENT, at Salem Holiday Inn Express

Dr. Prateek Srinet, Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), SSM Health Medical Group, will be giving a FREE community health presentation titled “Sinus Disease and Surgery: Breaking the Myths” on Thursday, March 28, from 6–7 pm at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites (102 Holiday Lane) in Salem. Local residents (18 years and older) are invited to attend this FREE community health presentation to learn more about sinus disease and the misconceptions regarding treatment –including surgery.

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Among the topics that Dr. Srinet will speak about include:

·         What is sinusitis?

·         Medical and surgical treatment options

·         Minimally invasive sinus surgery

·         Newer advances in sinus management

 

Registration is required. Interested individuals should call 1-888-257-6098 to register as seating capacity is limited. Food and refreshments will be provided.

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Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

"Dancing Through the Decades" Light & Lens Club / Ballroom Dancers at Centralia Cultural Society

March 23rd 7:00pm "Dancing Through the Decades"  sponsored by Light & Lens Club featuring ballroom dancers with "You Can Dance" performers of St Louis. Tickets are $15. ea. tables of 8 available. Refreshments included, BYOB. call for reservations or open seating night of the performance if available.

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Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Centralia Candidates Forum

The Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce will host a City of Centralia Council and Mayoral Candidate’s Forum on Thursday, March 21 at the Centralia Recreation Complex conference building.

Candidates seeking election for City Council are William C. Smith, Nicholas Heath, David Sauer, and Robert Smith. The write-in candidate that registered with the county election officials for Council is: William Harrell.

Mayoral Candidates seeking election are: Vernell Burris, Bryan A. Kuder, Thomas J. Henegar, and Howard Jones.

Questions from the audience will be presented in written form only. Media representatives will pose the questions to each candidate. The forum is free and open to the public.

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