Fort Massac’s Trash Blast is FridayThe University of Illinois Extension office will hold its next trash blast at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis from 9-11 a.m. Friday, May 21. Volunteers are needed to help clean up the litter early spring floodwaters carried into the park. Participants will need to wear a mask and bring their own water. The event is limited to 50 people. Register online at go.illinois.edu/FMSPTrashBlast. For more information, contact Kim Rohling at kimrohli@illinois.edu.

Human Rights Authority meets ThursdayThe Egyptian Regional Human Rights Authority of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at the Union County Counseling office, 204 South St., in Anna. Cases tentatively set for this month’s agenda include complaints involving alleged violations of the laws, regulations and other mandates that protect the rights of persons with disabilities. If you believe the rights of a person with disabilities are being violated, you may report this at the meeting or contact the authority’s Disability Rights Manager, Kim Conway, at 618-833-4897. All complainants’ names are kept confidential.

Poppy roadblock for SaturdayThe ladies auxiliary of American Legion Post 306 in Metropolis will hold a poppy roadblock from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 22, at two intersections in Metropolis: North Avenue and 12th Street and Metropolis and 12th streets. Members will also be at Big John Grocery and Save-A-Lot. All proceeds received will be used for veteran’s benefits, both locally and at the Marion VA facilities. Everyone is encouraged to donated.

New Beginnings hosting Coffee and Donut Drive-Thru on WednesdayIn celebration of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, New Beginnings will host a Coffee and Donut Drive-Thru from 8-10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19, in the parking lot of the Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St. Those 65 and over are invited to grab free coffee and a donut and learn about Massac Memorial’s New Beginnings program. For more information, call 618-524-7370, ext. 2171.

MCDAC meets WednesdayMassac County Drug Awareness Coalition (MCDAC) meets the third Wednesday of every month at 8 a.m. in person in the Metropolis City Hall council chambers and also via Zoom. Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is Wednesday, May 19. MCDAC is a group of volunteers determined to provide leadership, education and resources in order to build and sustain communities of knowledgeable citizens who make healthy and safe choices through the reduction of substance abuse. For more information or the meeting link, contact MCDAC director Holly Windhorst at 618-316-4472 or massacdrugawareness@gmail.com.

HerrinFesta Italiana begins SundayHerrinFesta Italiana is scheduled for May 23-31. Founded in 1991, celebrates the rich Italian heritage in Herrin, Illinois. The event features Italian food, family fun, an array of contests for every family member and a fine arts and crafts exhibit to spotlight the creative talents of regional artists and craftsmen. For more information, visit www.herrinfesta.com.

Arrowleaf conducting surveyArrowleaf is conducting a stakeholder survey for its Rural Community Opioid Response Program (RCORP). Anyone who lives or works in Pope County is asked complete the survey, which will evaluate the organzaiton’s efforts in prevention, treatment and recovery services in relation to these disorders, as well as determine the current knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding substance use disorders and opioid use disorders. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6MLWLMH.

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