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updated: 8/25/2022 1:27 PM

'Insect Day' Aug. 27 is at War Bluff Valley
"Insect Day" will take place Saturday, Aug. 27 at War Bluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 228 Bushwack Road in Golconda. The event is sponsored by the Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society. The event starts at 3 p.m. with workshops and field trips, an insect zoo, and insect crafts and activities. A potluck dinner is at 6 p.m. The main dish and drinks will be provided, and guests are asked to bring a dish to share. Following the potluck will be a raffle, "Insect Open Mic," and RognboB, playing the gospel of goof and rowdy folk music with a southern Illinois twist. Event is free. Info: call or text (618) 534-7870, or email

Big names coming to legislative summit
A southern Illinois Regional Legislative Summit attended by U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth and local legislators will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 25 at American Legion Post 647, at 900 S. Jefferson Ave. in Du Quoin. This is meant to be an informative discussion among federal and Springfield leaders, local elected officials and business leaders. Tickets are $20 and include lunch from the Tipsy Pig. In-person panelists so far are Duckworth, state Sen. Terri Bryant, state Reps. Paul Jacobs and Patrick Windhorst; and representatives of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and southern Illinois congressman Mike Bost will also be available. Sign up at

Learning in Retirement offers four fall classes
Southern Illinois Learning in Retirement will offer four classes during its fall term beginning Sept. 12. Beth Lordan will teach "Film from Short Stories," Kay Carr will teach "A Brief History of Colonial America (to 1763)," Dick Matthews will teach "The History of the English Language," and Walter Metz will teach "World Geography and International Cinema." Classes are held at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Carbondale. Course descriptions and schedule details are at SILIR membership is open to anyone 50 or older; annual dues are $25. Contact Jackie Welch at (618) 536-7751, or email

Elks offer children's orthopedic clinic
The South District Elks Lodges in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children's Care Corporation will sponsor a free children's orthopedic assessment clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at Marshall Browning Hospital, 900 N. Washington St. in Du Quoin. The clinic is by appointment only. Dr. Alan Froehling from Mt. Vernon will be the clinician. For an appointment, call the Illinois Elks Children's Care office at (800) 272-0074. There are no charges for any services at the clinic.

Registration open for SI Made Expo
Registration is now available for interested businesses and employers to sign up to become a vendor for the Southern Illinois Made Expo. The Southern Illinois Made Expo was created to highlight businesses and destinations operating throughout the region. This year's event is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16 at the Marion Pavilion. Businesses based in southern Illinois can visit to learn more. The deadline to register is Sept. 14.

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