Thursday, July 9
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Officers of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
• The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Saturday, July 11
• Fayette County HCE members who plan to have entries in the Open Exhibit section of the Fayette County Fair can check them in after noon this Saturday. Entry fees have to be paid when items are checked in.
• Fayette County 4-H’ers will compete in various projects in the 4-H shows at the Fayette County Fair at Brownstown.
On Saturday, the horse show check-in at 8 a.m. and the horse show is at 9 a.m.; the 4-H rabbit show check-in is 1:30 p.m. and the rabbit show is at 2 p.m.
The goat wethers check-in/weigh-in is at 7 p.m. and the livestock mandatory meeting is at 8 p.m. All 4-H animals must be on the fairgrounds on Saturday.
Sunday, July 12
• There will be a church service on the Fayette County Fairgrounds at 9 a.m. The check of livestock health papers, livestock records and entries for the 4-H livestock show at 11 a.m.; 4-H poultry check-in at 11:30 a.m. and the poultry show starts at noon; the market swine, sheep, beef and dairy steers weigh-in is at 1 p.m.; and the 4-H goat show is at 4 p.m.
Monday, July 13
• The 4-H sheep show is at 8 a.m. and the 4-H beef/dairy steer show is at 10 a.m.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, July 14
• The swine show is at 8 a.m. and the 4-H auction is at 6 p.m.
• Avena Township Park Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post No. 420, American Legion Home.
• Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse.
Wednesday, July 15
• The 4-H dog show check-in is at 1:30 p.m. and the dog show is at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., all 4-H dairy entries must be on the fairgrounds.
Thursday, July 16
• The 4-H general project check-in is from 8-9 a.m. and the general project judging starts at 9 a.m. The awards presentation will be at 6 p.m.
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Wright’s Corner HCE
Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education ate lunch at Waltrip Restaurant at Post Oak on July 1. Those attending were Carol Austin, Kate Jennings, Irene Reed, Una Tish and Helen Wright. They had no meeting, just enjoyed visiting.
The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education on July 2 ate lunch at Starlight Restaurant in Taylorville (the name has been changed from Round Table). After lunch, they went to Springfield to shop. Those attending were Karen Hyde, Joyce Moore and Ethelyn Williams.
For the August special activity meeting, the Wheatland HCE plans to go to the Effingham County Fair to see all the craft work and attend the horse races.
News is short this week because the fifth Mondays and Tuesdays usually don’t have scheduled community events. I will fill in with some of my personal activities.
My son, Steve Rhodes, and his friend, Scott Edmonds, both of Chicago, visited with me Monday and Tuesday. Monday evening, we ate at Fujiyama Japanese Steak House in Effingham – it is every entertaining to eat in the hibachi area.
On Thursday, I entertained the Ladies’ Thursday Bridge Club in my home. At 11:30 a.m.
I served lunch – baked crescent roll sandwiches that included ham, turkey, roast beef, provolone cheese and mozzarella cheese; a jelled shrimp salad that included mushroom soup and cream cheese; a jelled tomato soup salad that included grated cucumber, grated onions, chopped celery and chopped pecans; a carrot sweet pea slaw; pickled grape tomatoes; and pickled mushrooms.
We then started playing bridge. At 2 p.m., I served two desserts. One was on the red, white and blue theme of the 4th of July – fresh strawberries and blueberries (to make them easier to eat, toothpicks had four berries on each one) and they were served with a white dip – cream cheese and marshmallow fluff.
The other dessert was a “pucker up lemon cake” made with ground lemon pulp and rind, ground white raisins and ground pecans; this is a recipe in the Joanne Fluke book, “Cinnamon Roll Murder.”
We continued playing until 4 p.m. Winning first prize was Rosemary Hardaway of Altamont and winning second prize was Lorene Federking of Altamont. The booby prize went to Carolyn White of St. Elmo who was a guest.
Others present were Charlotte Brauer and Jo Fairley of Altamont and Kate Dickens of Effingham. We were shy one player.
Sometimes we have three tables of bridge, but this week, some of the members and substitute members were having guests, some were already gone, some were planning to be leave and one was not felling well.
When it is my turn to be hostess, I always enjoy having the bridge club in my home. And, because I am a cookbook and recipe collector, I love to try new recipes on my family and friends!
Lighthouse Pregnancy Center Info
Lighthouse Pregnancy Center in Vandalia recently moved to a new location, at 1703 W. Fletcher St., off of Sunset Drive.
The new location added an additional counseling room, a much-larger baby boutique, larger more efficient conference and training room and a room for ultrasound.
An open house is scheduled from 10 a.m,-2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.
The pregnancy center has classes, counselors and programs to help young mothers be successful parents and know that fathers are an incredibly important part of a family.
The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center is excited to announce its first-ever Fatherhood Program. The center is reaching out to all fathers across Fayette County, to offer help for those who are fathers or getting ready to become a father, because LPC understands the importance a father has in abundant life for families.
According to the U. S. Department of Justice, 85 percent of all youth in prison come from fatherless homes. Daughters without a father are 7-8 times more likely to have a child as a teenager (Allen, Colin, Absentee Fathers and Teen Pregnancy, 2003). Ninety percent of all runaways and homeless children are from fatherless homes (Justice and Behavior) and 63 percent of teen suicides come from fatherless home (U.S. Department of Health).
The Men’s Fraternity program provides perspective for young fathers to understand their responsibility to God, their partner and their children. The program can make a true difference in the lives of families for generations.
Those who wish to help with this program can pray for clients, counselors and staff; volunteer at the center, give “manly” items for men to “buy,” sponsor a client or donate monthly. For more information, contact Lighthouse Pregnancy Center at 283-8750.