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Marion Garden Club set to meet Wednesday; Marion Main Steet to host rib cookout May 19.

It seems like Miss May is behaving herself very well, which we all appreciate. Lilacs are blooming, the dogwood is out, and the lawns around town are looking beautiful.

* This is a reminder of the annual Marion Garden Club Tour, which will at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. This begins at the Williamson County Fairgrounds, where a plant sale, tickets and maps will be available. Be sure and take the tour and get some great ideas for your own yard and garden.

The next meeting of the garden club will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, with Denise Stearns bringing a program on "Hypertufa Planters and Growing Succulents." This will be held at the Heartland Christian Church with everyone welcome. Their McNitt's Plant sale is planned for 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John Kaiser Pavilion at Fosse Park on May 24, a great opportunity to purchase new plants.

* The United Way of Southern Illinois will be hosting "Life in Pieces," a quilting event benefit at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at the Benton Civic Center. They are hoping to raise $20,000 this year. Call 997-7744 or 866-894-3577 for vendor information.

* Marion Main Street will hold its fifth annual rib cookout at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, with admission at $5. For those who want to compete in this cookout, apply on their Facebook page. The event will also kick off the annual summer of car shows in downtown at 5-8 p.m. There will be live music by Tim Crosby and much more underway. The ribs will be available on the city parking lot between Pookie's and the Union Street Pub.

* Stop in at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center any day and bid on one of the adorable chairs that have been artistically painted by some of our locals. This is an annual fundraiser for the MCCC Foundation.

* Another place to take your summer guests is the Williamson County Historical Society Museum, which is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon.-Sat. through Thanksgiving. The museum boasts of four stories of way-back-when items and displays, along with a book shop and a genealogical library, open to the public.

* If there are very young summer guests at your house, plan to take them to the Carnegie Library on any Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. This is free and the preschoolers love it being read to.

* Mark your date book for Friday, June 29, which will be Marion Community Night at Rent One Park. The Miners will be playing the Gateway Grizzles, with tickets at $10 for box seats or $5 for general admission, by calling the Marion Chamber of Commerce at 997-6311. This event will serve as a fundraiser for the Marion High School Grad Spree.

* Another not-to-be-missed annual entertainment is the Little Egypt Chorus Annual Show, to be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, at the Carbondale Community High School Auditorium. This year's theme will be "School Days" with a program of barber shop tunes.

Tickets can be ordered at 618-549-9389 or purchased at the door for $12 general admission or $10 for senior citizens and students.

* The citywide yard sales of Vienna will be held on June 8 and 9. Rent a space in the city park for $15 by calling 618-658-8547.

* The Creal Springs VFW will be holding a fish fry at 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, with tickets at $10 for adults, $7 for children, with those under three eating for free. This is a fundraiser for the Wonder Water Reunion, that will be held later in the season.

* For us old-timers who remember the Memorial Day celebrations in Ray Fosse Park with barbecued chicken and all the ballgames of the grandkids, it was dropped for several years, and then revived three years ago. It will be a community event again on Monday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a car show, a DJ, free activities for families, free swimming at the pool (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), free goofy golf, a free concert, and goodness knows what else. Come on out and bring your visiting friends and family and celebrate the holiday.

* The folks down at the Bethlehem Gospel Mission, near the Lake of Egypt, have invited one and all to attend their homecoming, 10:30 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. A gospel singing will begin at 1:30 p.m. with Mylon and Jody Rice plus Rindy Nehrkorn, whose parents once sang with the Glorylanders. A potluck lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the morning service, with guest speaker, Rev. Dale Billingsley, will be at 10:30 a.m. The location? 900 Robinwoods Lane, Tunnel Hill. The drive down is beautiful and locating the church will be a part of the adventure.

Share your happenings in this, your community column, by calling 995-2491, email to or via mail at 101 Sidney Lane, Goreville, 62939.

Have a great week around town!
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Date:May 15, 2018
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