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By The Staff

Thursday, July 4

FOURTH OF JULY
✔ The Vandalia Lions Club is hosting a carnival at the Vandalia Lake campgrounds July 4-6.
✔ A horse show will be held at the Okaw Saddle Club, located northwest of Vandalia, at Lakewood Drive and Thrill Hill Road. The pleasure classes begin at 9 a.m., and the speed classes begin at 1 p.m.
✔ The village of Farina will hold a Fourth of July celebration. The schedule includes a 3 p.m. parade, with signup at 2 p.m. at the old grade school; games in the park at 4 p.m.; bingo, a cake walk and music at 5 p.m.; magician Chris Egelston at 5:45 p.m.; opening ceremony with national anthem by Kyla Stevens at 6:30 p.m.; music by "Crazy Horse" at 7 p.m.; and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Friday, July 5

✔ The Vandalia Lions Club will host its annual fireworks display over Vandalia Lake, beginning at dusk.
Sunday, July 7

✔ First Presbyterian Church, located at 1221 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia, will celebrate its 185th birthday. The first organized church in Vandalia, in 1828, will include in its celebration a performance by Midwest Winds of Scott Air Force Base at 2 p.m. There is no admission fee, and refreshments will be served after the concert.
 Monday, July 8

✔ The Vandalia Lions Club will meet at Days Inn. The executive board meets at 5:45 p.m., and the regular club meeting is at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9

✔ The Network Masters chapter of Business Networking International, which includes Vandalia, meets every Tuesday morning in the conference room at 3 Point Ink, 1550 U.S. Route 40 in Greenville. Open marketing begins at 7:45 a.m., and the meeting runs from 8-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact chapter President Greg Tomlinson at 292-2267.
✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will host a storytime for children up to age 6 at 10 a.m. The theme is "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
✔ The Vandalia Rotary Club will meet at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
✔ TOPS IL 2020 will meet in the Fayette County Hospital conference room. Weigh-in is from 5-5:30 p.m., with the meeting to follow.

Wednesday, July 10

✔ The Vandalia Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Eagles Club.

Thursday, July 11

✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.