Illinois Highland Events Planned for Madison County

Wednesday September 8 at noon is the deadline to appear in the “Around Town” list for next week. We must receive your event in writing with a contact phone number for questions. Due to the number of submissions, events can only take place once in print form, will be changed and will appear within one week of the event date.

Email: [email protected] Mail to: Highland News Leader Around Town, Belleville News-Democrat, PO Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. If you have any questions, call Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.

Thursday September 9

â–ª Driving prescription drug drop-off – 10 a.m. to noon. Highland Police Department, 12990 Troxler Ave., Highland. The event collects unwanted or expired prescription drugs and disposes of them safely and free of charge. Medications accepted include prescription drugs, prescription ointments and patches, pet medications, and vitamins. Prohibited items not accepted: needles, illegal drugs. Prescription Drug Drop off is an outdoor event that allows participants to stay in their vehicles. Drivers must follow the marked lanes when entering and exiting the parking lot. Organized by Representative Charlie Meier and the Highland Police Service.

â–ª Southwestern Illinois National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI SWI) – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Online via Zoom. Virtual support meetings for family members and other caregivers of people with mental illness. Meetings are peer-led and draw on the knowledge and experiences of the group to help each other. Registration is required to receive the link to these meetings. For more information or to register, contact Pat Rudloff at [email protected]

â–ª Light up the Great River Road fireworks display – Approximately 9:00 PM along the Mississippi River in Alton and Grafton. The fireworks will be launched from Landmarks and Henry Streets in Alton and from Grafton Lighthouse Park in Grafton. For more information, including additional events during the evening:

Friday September 10

â–ª Highland Fish Fry – 4-7 p.m. VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Fish, chicken, shrimp, sides. Limited take-out and indoor meals. Masks mandatory for customers passing through the service queue. No call control.

â–ª Aviston Legion Fish Fry – 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Cod, catfish, shrimp, chicken strips, fries, baked potato, coleslaw, applesauce. Dinner and take out. 618-228-7311.

From Friday September 10 to Sunday September 12

â–ª 33rd Annual Harvest Days – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Louis Latzer Estate, 1464 Old Trenton Road, Highland. An annual celebration of history and recognition of the importance of the farming community to America’s growth. Includes activities for kids, a vendor’s market, auction, craftsman demonstrations, tractors and more.

Saturday September 11

â–ª Goshen Country Community Market – 8 a.m. to noon. 100, rue Saint-Louis, Edwardsville. Rain or shine. Fresh locally grown produce, live music and more. or

â–ª Troy Harvest Fest – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Troy Tri-Township Park, 410 Wickliffe St., Troy. Features food and drink, music, games, fishing and cornhole tournaments, bouncy houses, craft bazaar, cake walk and more.

â–ª Living History Days: In Chautauqua with Teddy Roosevelt and Friends – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Municipal Park, corner of Vandalia (Route 157) and South Buchanan streets, Edwardsville. The event features music, food, drink, shows, children’s activities and more. Free entry. For more information, contact the Madison County Historical Society, 618-656-1294.

â–ª Concert in the Park: Troy Community Band – 7 to 8 p.m. Firemen’s Park, 300 Donk Ave., Maryville. Free and open to the public.

Sunday September 12

â–ª Litchfield Pickers’ Market – 9 am to 3 pm 400 N. State St., downtown Litchfield. Vintage items, antiques, collectibles and more. Live entertainment.

â–ª Albers Legion Chicken Dinner – 4:40 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 1026, 600 N. Bertha St., Albers. Menu: 1/2 chicken, mashed potatoes and sauce, green beans, coleslaw, cold mac salad, dessert. Bingo players get $ 2 off the meal. Cost: $ 12 adults, $ 5 children aged 5 to 12, free for children under 5. 618-248-5505.

Monday, September 13

â–ª Red Cross blood drive – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hamel community building, 10 avenue du Parc, Hamel. Appointments recommended but not compulsory. To make an appointment, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

â–ª Red Cross Blood Drive – 2 pm to 7 pm Aviston Elementary School, 350 S. Hull St., Aviston. Appointments recommended but not compulsory. To make an appointment, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

â–ª Marine Historical Society – 7 pm Marine Township Seniors Center, 101 W. Silver St., Marine. Open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday September 14

â–ª Red Cross Blood Drive – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. St. Nicholas Church, 401 E. State St., Pocahontas. Appointments recommended but not compulsory. To make an appointment, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

â–ª Parents of Loved Ones with Drug Addicts – 7 to 8:30 p.m. online via Zoom. The PAL Group provides education, support and hope to family members and loved ones of someone with an addiction disorder. If you would like to join the conference call, please call / text 618-567-6095 or email [email protected]

Wednesday September 15th

â–ª Red Cross Blood Drive – 1 pm to 6 pm American Legion Hall, 575 N. Main St., Breese. Appointments recommended but not compulsory. To make an appointment, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

â–ª Red Cross Blood Drive – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mosaic Church – Highland, 1317 Pestalozzi St., Highland. Appointments recommended but not compulsory. To make an appointment, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

Donation to Father McGivney Catholic High School

Father McGivney Catholic High School in Glen Carbon was founded in 2012, after dedicated parents, grandparents, pastors and other faithful volunteers considered forming a Catholic school for several years.

They have since built a new building in 2015, with the help of generous donors, supporters, students and families. The founders chose to name the new Catholic high school in honor of Father Michael McGivney, an American pastor who dedicated his life to service and family. Bro. McGivney’s vision and commitment to families led to the creation of his legacy, the Knights of Columbus.

The Knights of Columbus is currently the largest Catholic, family, and fraternal organization in the world. The Niemeyer Agency helps Catholic families plan their financial future. Their products include life insurance, disability insurance, long-term care insurance and retirement annuities.

The Niemeyer Agency is proud to be an annual sponsor of Father McGivney Catholic High School. Through this donation, Knights of Columbus – Niemeyer Agency is helping to build Father McGivney’s future success. Community support ensures that all students, regardless of their economic background, have the opportunity to attend and succeed at Father McGivney Catholic High School.

Buddy Walk scheduled for October 9

Community Link, a non-profit organization, provides opportunities for growth and independence for people with developmental disabilities. The biggest fundraiser of the year, the Buddy Walk, helps support Community Link’s various programs while raising awareness about Down syndrome.

Knights of Columbus – The Niemeyer Agency has been a presenting sponsor of the Community Link Walk of Friends for nearly a decade. Jeff Niemeyer, General Agent of The Niemeyer Agency, has continued to serve on the Community Link Board of Directors as Treasurer since 2019.

The 15th Annual Friends of the Community Bond Walk will take place on Saturday, October 9 at Northside Park in Breese. It will include a 1.6 km, 5 km walk, food, drink, music and more.

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