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Thursday, August 20

? Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
? 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.
? A NAR-ANON meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia. The group meets to: learn that drug abuse is an illness; encourage addicts to seek help; replace despair with hope; improve the family attitude; help individuals regain self-confidence.
Friday, August 21
? The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE will hold a Summer Bash on Friday-Sunday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Butler. It includes music by Van Waylon Band at 9 p.m. on Friday; Blessing of the Bikes at 8:30 a.m., annual Ride for Rights at 9 a.m.; field events at 1:30 p.m., bike show at 5 p.m. and music by Bad Weather Band at 9 p.m. on Saturday; and church service at 9 a.m. on Sunday in the pavilion. Advance tickets are $15 for ABATE members and $20 for non-members, and tickets at the gate are an additional $5; a Saturday gate pass is $15. For information, call 267-9817 or 1-217-533-4428.
? St. Peter Prairie Days get under way with a fish dinner at 5 p.m., bed races at 6 p.m. and a sand volleyball tournament.
Saturday, August 22

? Prairie Days continues in St. Peter. The Saturday schedule includes Prairie Days 5K registration at 7 a.m. and race at 8 a.m., tractor pull registration at 9:30 a.m., lunch at the city park at 11 a.m., tractor pull at 11:30 a.m., bean bag tournament registration at noon, parade at 1 p.m., sand volleyball tournament, bluegrass music by Fire Box, cake walk at 4 p.m., pedal tractor races, threshing demonstration, supper from 5-8 p.m., the national anthem by Kyla Hall at 6 p.m. and music by Feudin' Hillbillys at 8:30 p.m.

Monday, August 24

? An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the American Legion Community Center, 301 W. Madison St., Farina.
? Northside Christian Church is beginning to offer a homework assistance program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The program is being offered from 3-5:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information, call 1-217-251-9213. The church is located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia.
? Bingo will be held at 7 p.m. at the Vandalia Eagles Club, 112 N. Sixth St. Those attending are asked to take non-perishable food items for Fayette County Outreach. The Eagles is also accepting new stuffed animals, for use by the Vandalia Police Department.
? The Fayette County Hospital District Board of Directors meets at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room at the hospital.

Tuesday, August 25

? The Vandalia Rotary Club meets at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

Wednesday, August 26

? Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a story time at 4 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to attend.
? Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia will hold a Back to School Blast from 6-8 p.m. at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia. The event includes food and activities. For more information, contact the church, 326-7451.

Thursday, August 27

? The Fayette County Retired Teachers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. For more information, contact Diane Curll, 283-0492.
? 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.
? A NAR-ANON meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia. The group meets to: learn that drug abuse is an illness; encourage addicts to seek help; replace despair with hope; improve the family attitude; help individuals regain self-confidence.

Friday,
August 28
? Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Fantastic Friday at 4 p.m. Children up to age 10 are invited to listen to stories and make an alien spaceship. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824.
? The Brownstown-St. Elmo Sports Boosters will hold an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4-7 p.m. in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria. The menu includes walleye, mini-shrimp, chicken strips, potato salad, steak fries, cole slaw, applesauce, baked beans and drinks. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and under. The fundraiser includes a basket raffle, 50/50 drawing and silent auction.

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