New Beginnings hosting Coffee and Donut Drive-Thru on Wednesday

In celebration of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, New Beginnings will host a Coffee and Donut Drive-Thru from 8 a.m. to 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.

Kiwanis TO meet ON Tuesday

The Kiwanis Club of Metropolis will meet Tuesday, May 18, at noon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St. Mary Ann Mittendorf will prepare the meal, which is $10 for members. Dan Huffman will speak on the Academic Awards program for Massac County and Joppa high schools, for which Kiwanis and Rotary raise scholarship money.

Summer theater program TO hold auditions

Vienna High School is holding auditions for “The Addams Family Musical,” its summer theater/musical program on Friday, May 14. Auditions are open to all students in the region who are incoming eighth-graders through Class of 2021 seniors — from noon until 2 p.m. for high schoolers and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for eighth-graders. Auditioners are asked to have prepared a 90-second audition song of their choosing, recommending a song from the show. Along with actors and vocalists, musicians, stage crew, audio visual help and others are needed. The program will be under the direction of Connor Windings and John Windings. For more information, contact Connor Windings at 618-306-0909 or

Boy Scout Troop 101 paper drive ON Saturday

The Metropolis Boy Scout Troop 101 paper drive is Saturday, May 15. Newspapers should be bundled together and set out for pickup from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The paper drive community project is held the third Saturday of odd numbered months. Future collection dates for 2021 are: July 17; Sept. 18; and Nov. 20. For more information, contact troop leader Lewis Williams at 534-0216 or Metropolis First United Methodist Church at 524-9325.

Bald Knob Cross TO host Blessing of the Jeeps

Bald Knob Cross of Peace, located in Alto Pass, in partnership with Jeep’N Shawnee, will host the second annual Blessing of the Jeeps on Saturday, May 15. The event will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with blessings at 9:30 a.m. and noon. For more information, visit or at

MCDAC TO meet ON Wednesday

Massac 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.

New website activated for Illinois 146 improvements

The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to learn more and comment about proposed improvements to Illinois 146 from U.S. 45 to west of Interstate 24 located in Vienna, in Johnson County. Project details and public participation is going on now through Monday, May 17, on the website Physical copies of the project materials are on display at Vienna City Hall, 205 N. Fourth St. People without internet access can contact IDOT District 9’s Program Development Engineer Carrie Nelsen at 618-549-2171, ext. 280. Written comments should be sent to: Illinois Department of Transportation, Attn: Keith Roberts, IDOT Acting Region 5 Engineer, P.O. Box 100, Carbondale, IL 62903. All comments received by May 21 will become part of the official public meeting record.

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