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Fort Massac’s Trash Blast is Friday

The 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.

Poppy roadblock is Saturday

The ladies auxiliary of American Legion Post 306 in Metropolis will hold a poppy roadblock from 9 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. Everyone is encouraged to donate.

Massac County HCE hosting annual meeting on Sunday

Massac County Home and Community Education (HCE) will host its annual meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, at the Lutheran Church of the Cross pavilion, 2601 North Ave., Metropolis. This year’s theme is “Change Is to Grow, Grow Is to Become.” The guest speaker will be Carol Harms, Illinois Home and Community Education (IAHCE) district director. Awards will be presented to: HCE members with 50-plus years of membership, HCE members who reported volunteer hours from the previous year and HCE scholarship winners from Massac County and Joppa high schools. HCE members who passed away in 2019 and 2020 will be honored during a memorial time. All members and guests are welcome to attend.

American Legion seeks volunteers

American Legion Post 306 of Metropolis will place flags on veterans’ graves in Metropolis on Saturday, May 29, in observation of Memorial Day. Because this year’s observance will be done as a group, all volunteers are asked to first meet at the legion hall, at 321 Market St., at 7 a.m. The American Legion Post Ladies Auxiliary will serve a breakfast — bacon, eggs and all the trimmings — to those helping place flags on some 1500 graves. In addition, families with private cemeteries can pick up flags for their veterans at the hall. For more information, call the American Legion after noon at 524-2043.

Bald Knob Cross hosting Blessing of the Bikes

Bald Knob Cross of Peace, in partnership with the Lord’s Paheece chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association, will host the annual Blessing of the Bikes from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, May 23, with a brief service at noon. Bald Knob Cross is located in Alto Pass. For more information, visit www.baldknobcross.com or at www.facebook.com/baldknobcross.

SCC hosting Saints’ Kids Summer Camps

Shawnee Community College will host 13 in-person summer camps this year, beginning on June 4. The printable registration form and online registration, along with more details on each camp, can be found at shawneecc.edu/community-services/kids-camps. Registrants are encouraged to fill out the entire form either online or by print/mail options sending payments to Shawnee Community College, ATTN: Stacy Simpson, 8364 Shawnee College Rd., Ullin, IL 62992. Registration and fees are due at least one week before the camp start date. For more information or to register, contact Simpson at 618-634-3375 or stacys@shawneecc.edu.

HerrinFesta Italiana begins Sunday

HerrinFesta 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.

Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission gathering is May 29

The Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission will host its annual Memorial Day gathering at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Veteran’s Park in Mound City. This year’s speaker will be Dr. Curt Fields portraying Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Federal Forces at Cairo, circa 1861. The presentation will be followed by an old-fashioned preservation picnic at the Rawlings Reservation home, 315 S. Fourth St., Mound City.

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