Boy Scout Troop 101 paper drive is SaturdayThe Metropolis Boy Scout Troop 101 paper drive is Saturday, Jan. 16. Newspapers should be bundled together and set out for pickup from 8:30-11 a.m. The paper drive community project is held the third Saturday of odd numbered months. Future collection dates for 2021 are: March 20; May 15; 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.

Alexander/Pulaski NAACP chapter hosting King commemorative eventThe Alexander/Pulaski County branch of the NAACP will hold the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Event via a virtual platform from 10 a.m. until noon on Monday, Jan. 18. To register for the Zoom event, email A $10 registration fee is required. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Larry T. Barnett Sr., pastor of the St. John Praise and Worship Center. Additional speakers include State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) and Dr. Tim Taylor, president of Shawnee Community College.

Entertainment will be provided by Samuel Hawkins, regional finalist for “America’s Got Talent,” master spoken-word artist and artist-in-residence for Legacy Training, Inc., and also local youth, Lyric Houston, Jamaal Jones and Nyasha Howard. Jeff McGoy will be the master of ceremonies. For more information, contact branch secretary Sarita Sawyer at 618-306-2324 or branch president Tyrone Coleman 270-366-2014.

Plant society virtually meeting Jan. 19

The Southern Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society will virtually meet Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Invasive plant species threaten natural ecosystems and native plant communities. In a virtual presentation, Chris Evans, Extension forestry and research specialist, will review several of the invasive plant research projects being conducted by the University of Illinois Extension Forestry Program, including using drones to map invasive species, timing on control efforts on garlic mustard and herbicide choices for bush honeysuckle and Japanese stiltgrass. To register for the virtual meeting, visit

Massac Memorial Foundation holding trivia nightDo you love Disney movies? Then show off your knowledge in a Virtual Disney Trivia Fundraiser at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. The $10 entry fee benefits the Massac Memorial Hospital Foundation. Trivia instructions will be sent via email to those who sign up. To reserve your spot for the event being held via YouTube Live, call 524-2176, ext. 3113, not later than Wednesday, Jan. 27.

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