Thursday, Jan. 8
? The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center, located on the Vandalia Community High School campus west of the high school.
Friday, Jan. 9
? This year's Girl Scout Cookie Rally will be held at First Baptist Church in Vandalia, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The rally will be a sleepover birthday party for Somia's 40th birthday. All girls should be picked up by 9 a.m. on Saturday. In the event of bad weather, the rally will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $5 for registered Scouts and $15 for non-registered Scouts. Snacks and breakfast is included, but all girls should eat dinner prior to arriving for the rally. Scouts must enter with an adult.
? The Tri-County Beekeepers will meet at 7 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 1540 E. State Route 140. Ray Chapman will be the speaker. The meetings are open to the public, and those attending are asked to take a snack to share.
? A fundraiser for Ramsey High School will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the grade school. It will include an all-you-can-eat buffet prepared by Country Rhodes that included smoked pulled pork, smoked chicken wings, steak fries, potato salad, cole slaw, apple sauce and baked beans. The cost is $10 for adults and carry-outs, and $6 for children.
Saturday, Jan. 10
? The Vandalia Lions Club is holding a food drive for the CEFS Food Pantry from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the parking lot of County Market on Veterans Avenue. Donations of non-perishable food items are being accepted.
Monday, Jan. 12
? An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at Vandalia Junior High School, 1109 N. Eighth St. Any student who recruits a donor will receive earbuds.
? An open house for the new University of Illinois Extension director for this region, Carl Baker, will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Extension office in Vandalia, 118 N. Sixth St. Light refreshments will be provided.
? The Vandalia Lions Club meets at Days Inn. The executive board meets at 5:15 p.m., and the meal and regular club meeting are at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 13
? The Vandalia Rotary Club meets 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.
? A Weight Watchers meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Vandalia; weigh-in is at 5 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend the meeting free of charge.
? The Fayette County Relay for Life Committee will meet at Ember's Wood Fired Pizza on Mattes Avenue in Vandalia at 6 pm. All people interesting in forming a team or working with committee members are asked to attend this meeting. Refreshments will be furnished by Robert and Vickie Ellsworth, owners of Embers, and door prizes have been donated by Pampered Chef, Tupperware and Thirty-One Gifts. For more information, call Sue Denning at 339-0199 or Fran Rickman at 335-0553.
? Rainbow Reflections, a grief support group, will meet from 6-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. Those planning to attend are asked to contact Mary Miller, 292-5366.
? The Evans Public Libary District Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. at the library.
? The Fayette County Board meets at 7 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia.
Wednesday, Jan. 14
? The Vandalia Eagles Club Aerie and Auxiliary meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club. Members will be voting on bylaws at this meeting.
? A fundraiser for post-prom activities at St. Elmo High School will be held from 4-10 p.m. at Joe's Pizza and Pasta in Altamont. Joe's Pizza will donate a percentage of sales during that period on all orders, including carry-out and delivery. The phone number is 483-9567.
Thursday, Jan. 15
? 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.
? CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
? 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