If you are in need of food assistance, Emmanuel Temple Ministries COGIC will be distributing food on Oct. 13 from 4-6 p.m. The food pantry is here to serve the community and all are welcome. The address is 509 Broadway in Metropolis. For more information, contact Daphane Jackson, 618-638-7099.

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Union County Counseling Services is hosting it sixth 5K Run/Walk on Oct. 17. UCCS is an organization dedicated to improving the mental health of children and adults throughout our communities. The money raised is used to support activities for our clients in all ages in numerous activities, such as: school athletics, homecoming and other celebrations, summer outings, local plays and cultural programs, Christmas presents, and a multitude of other events they would otherwise be unable to enjoy. In some cases, just basic needs such as unfunded medications and personal items may be purchased. Anyone interested in a corporate sponsorship, donating, or participating in the event can contact Susie Adams by Oct. 5, at 833-8551, or susie.adams@uccsinc.org. Online registration and sponsorship forms are available through Union County Counseling’s Facebook page.

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Dixon Springs Baptist Church will have a one-day Vacation Bible School (VBS) clinic Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All children and youth from pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade are invited to participate in the Concrete and Cranes VBS, filled with music, crafts, a variety of activities, refreshments and more. Commencement will be held at 2 p.m. immediately following the clinic. All are welcome to stay after commencement for caramel apples and fellowship outside.

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