Diabetes program scheduled

Massac Memorial Hospital of Metropolis will host a free diabetes support group from 4-5 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, Aug. 13, in the hospital's boardroom. Attendees will learn how to manage diabetes by understanding basic diabetes information and terminology. The August meeting will feature a discussion on medications and new technologies for diabetes care. For more information, call Karla Clark at 618-524-2176, ext. 2285.

Children's home benefit is Saturday

A gospel singing benefit featuring The Peyton Sisters, formerly of southern Illinois, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Dixon Springs Baptist Church, located on Ill. 146 West, near Dixon Springs State Park. All donations will be given to the Illinois Baptist Children's Home and Family Services, located in Carmi, which celebrated it centennial year of operation in 2018. Everyone is invited to attend.

MCHS class reunion planned

Metropolis Community High School (MCHS) Class of 1954 will host its 65th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Club, located on West Fourth Street in Metropolis. Any classmate or friends who wish to attend needs to send in their names and $25 ticket fee per person by Wednesday, Aug. 28 to Shirley Coburn, 107 Lindsey Ave., Metropolis, IL 62960. For information, call 524-5634.

Kangaroo Klub to meet

Baptist Health Paducah will sponsor a Kangaroo Klub for breastfeeding mothers from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15 at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1119 Market St. in Metropolis. The support group is for women who breastfeed or expectant mothers who plan to breastfeed. For more information, call 270-415-4680.

Benefit to help soldiers kids

The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Father John Fallon Assembly 312 of Paducah, is hosting a fundraiser for the Fort Campbell, Kentucky's Little Soldiers/Holiday House Christmas Program. The funds will be designed to help children of the 101st Airborne to receive gifts for Christmas. El Tequila Restaurant, located on East Fifth Street in Metropolis, will give a portion of sales to the program on Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 5 p.m. to close. Everyone is encouraged to stop by.

Events planned at wetlands center

Cache River Wetlands Center, located on Ill. 37 south of Cypress, will host two events on Saturday. Summer in the Swamp Hike will be featured from 9-11 a.m. at the Lower Cache River Access, Cache River State Natural Area. The access is not just a spot to launch a canoe or kayak. Area residents can join staff for a summer serendipity swamp hike identifying plants, birds, butterflies and other wildlife active in Cache River's Buttonland Swamp. Individuals should meet at Lower Cache River Access. The book, Six Years in the Illinois Territory, 1812-1818, will be the topic of discussion from 10-11 a.m. Saturday inside the wetlands center. Ed and Diane Annable have published a book about that era to teach history to those who hate history but love short stories. They will present some of the important places that were established before 1812 -- Fort Massac, Fort Jefferson, Fort Wilkinson and more. They will also discuss the place where the French exterminated all the bison in southern Illinois, pirates of the Cache River, the great New Madrid earthquake. For information, call 618-657-2064.

Just Friends to perform

Just Friends will be the featured band at Monday Night Live on Aug. 12, starting at 6:30 p.m. Held at the Metropolis Community Center, located at 900 W. 10th St., Monday Night Live features live bands and dancing. A donation is required in order for this program to continue.

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.

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