Benefit dinner theater planned

Massac County High School's Esports Club will host a benefit dinner theater show, titled "A Comedy You Can't Refuse," from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Metropolis Community Center, located at 900 W. 10th St. in Metropolis. The Italian-style dinner will be catered, and the evening will feature giveaways, 50/50 drawing, silent auction, picture props and more. Shawnee Studios Agency will provide the show. Tickets are on sale for $25 now or $30 at the door the day of the event. To purchase a ticket, email

Wetlands center to host stroll

Cache River Wetlands Center, located on Ill. 37 south of Cypress, will host a "Stroll in Section 8 -- Woods Nature Preserve" from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. The public is invited to join the staff for a stroll beyond the boardwalk. Participants will have a new perspective of this wet habitat and rendezvous with the state champion water tupelo tree. Individuals should be prepared to walk in wet conditions. For more information, call 618-657-2064.

Benefit supper is Sept. 5

St. John's Church annual chicken and dumpling supper is set for Thursday, Sept. 5 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the church, located at 6201 Waldo Church Rd. Freewill donations will be taken. Proceeds will be given to charity. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Lighthouse to host special service

Lighthouse Assembly of God Church, located at 670 Airport Rd. in Metropolis, will host a special service honoring all area law enforcement, fire, EMT and emergency management officers serving Massac County on Sunday, Sept. 8. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at noon. Following the service, a special dinner will be served. Everyone is invited to attend. The church will also honor retired Sheriff Ted Holder and recognize Massac's new Sheriff Chad Kaylor. Rev. Fred Leeds, chaplain with the Illinois State Police and the Fraternal Order of Police, will be the keynote speaker. For information, call 524-2256 or go to

Old Cars and Coffee event set

Southern Illinois Region/Ohio Valley Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America will host "Old Cars and Coffee" from 7-9 a.m. Saturday on Superman Square in Metropolis. The public is invited to cruise in and bring their own coffee and lawn chair for a morning of fellowship.

Illinois Separation petition drive set

Illinois Separation is holding a rally for their petition drive from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday at Hogg Hollow Winery, located at 48 E. Glendale Rd. near Golconda. The Illinois Separation, known as TIS, is a grassroots effort seeking to separate the majority of Illinois from the Chicago area. The group seeks to enact county conventions to restore Illinois by drafting and voting on a new constitution. Petitions for all Illinois counties will be available to sign, along with blank petitions to take home to collect from other citizens. For more information, call Steve Hogg at 618-521-0307 or contact Collin Cliburn at

Monday Night Live cancelled

Due to the Labor Day holiday, there will be no Monday Night Live at the Metropolis Community Center on Sept. 2. Just Friends is scheduled to perform on Sept. 9.

Retired teachers to gather

The Pope/Hardin Retired Teachers meeting will be held at the Elizabethtown Golden Circle at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The program will be presented by Richard Frankenfeld, director of outreach of the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois. Frankenfeld will discuss the recent developments concerning pensions and proposed legislation that may affect them. He will also give an update on the TRS financial situation. Any retired teachers in the area are welcome to attend. Lunch is provided at the center if arriving early.

Retirees to meet Sept. 2

Retired employees from AlliedSignal/Honeywell will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2 at Waffle Hut, located off I-24, Exit 3 on Old Cairo Road.

Quilters gather on Monday

Massac County Quilters will meet at 9 a.m. the first Monday of each month at the Metropolis Community Center at 900 W. 10th St. Workshops or demonstrations are held monthly. Anyone interested in quilting is invited to attend. For information, call 270-558-5596.

Caregivers support available

The Season of Honor: Caring For the Caregiver Support meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the atrium classroom at Baptist Health Paducah on the second floor of Medical Park 2. This is a support group to connect caregivers of loved ones through common experiences, emotional encouragement and spiritual support. For more information, call 270-415-7695 or 270-442-2728.

Gamblers Anonymous meet

Gamblers Anonymous meets every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 100 E. Fifth St. in Metropolis. Attendees are encouraged to enter from the south side of the church.

Grief support group available

Lourdes Hospice's Metropolis location, located at 704 E. Fifth St., will host a monthly grief support group the first Tuesday of each month at noon. This is a free support group and is open to anyone who would like to attend. For information, call the Metropolis office at 618-524-3757.

Farmers Market available

The local Farmers Market will be on the Massac County Courthouse square, weather permitting, every Saturday morning from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Gary Verbarge at 618-645-1409.

Support group to meet

St. Paul Lutheran Church, located at 520 Ferry St. in Metropolis, is the site of a support group for family members and those with mental illness from 7-8 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. For information, call 618-524-5628.

VA representative here

A Veterans Affairs representative is available at the Massac County courthouse the first Thursday of each month from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The representative can assist veterans with claims and other needs.

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