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Thursday, March 15

? An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the Ramsey Grade School cafeteria.
? The United Methodist Men will hold their annual pancake and sausage supper from 4:30-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. Donations will be accepted, and funds raised support the UMM projects, including coats and shoes for children at Christmas.
? The city of Vandalia and PGAV Planners are holding a public meeting from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, 2310 W. Fillmore St.,room 114, to allow city residents to get more information and provide input on the comprehensive plan being prepared for the city by PGAV. For more information, contact City Administrator LaTisha Paslay at 283-1152.
 
Friday, March 16

? The Vandalia Knights of Columbus will offer their annual all-you-can-eat Lenten fish meals every Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-11. Carry-outs are available.
? Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins 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 Vandalia Community High School play, "Clockwork," a murder mystery/comedy, will be performed at 7 p.m. at the Unity Baptist Church Eighth Street location. Admission is $3 for students and $4 for adults.

Saturday, March 17

? A free hunter safety course will be held at Buck Stop Archery in rural Brownstown from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. The preferred minimum age is 10, and the class is limited to 40 participants. Gary Potts, a master hunter safety instructor, will teach the class. To register, call Buck Stop Archery, 427-5264 by 5 p.m. on Friday. Participants should take a pencil and sack lunch for Saturday.
? The ninth annual Jameson Lockart Memorial will be held at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. Registration for the pool tournament begins at 10 a.m., and the tournament begins at noon; the entry fee is $40 per team. The event also includes raffle and auction drawing at 5 p.m. and a meal that includes corned beef and cabbage, pulled pork, and chicken and dumplings served all day. Proceeds benefit the Jameson Lockart Advancement Fund.
? The Vandalia Community High School play, "Clockwork," a murder mystery/comedy, will be performed at 7 p.m. at the Unity Baptist Church Eighth Street location. Admission is $3 for students and $4 for adults.

Sunday, March 18

? The annual spaghetti luncheon to benefit Fayette County Extension will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria. The menu will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, homemade desserts and drinks. Free-will donations will be accepted.
? Vera Baptist Church will hold a spring revival Sunday through Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with refreshments afterward in the fellowship room. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.; the morning service is at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck. Brother Jamie Miller will be the revival speaker.

Monday, March 19

? Evans Public Library will be holding an adult reading program from March 19-April 27. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. All participants who read will be given an entry for each book read. The entries will be held for a drawing for gift cards at the end of the program. The books, audio books or e-books must be checked out from Evans Public Library. Participants may sign up at the library. For more information, call the library at 283-2824.
? A fundraiser for the Brownstown High School post-prom will be held from 4-9 p.m. at Denny's in Vandalia.
? The Vandalia Women of the Moose meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
? Fayette County Mothers of Preschoolers meets at 6:30 p.m. in the back room of the St. Elmo Public Library. Mothers of children ages newborn to kindergarten-age are invited. Snacks and child care is provided.
? The VFW Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. at the VFW Home on West St. Louis Avenue in Vandalia.
? The Vandalia City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.
? The Fayette County Democratic Central Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday at each month at the Senior Citizens Center 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

Tuesday, March 20

? A Christian Ladies Breakfast Club meets at 9:30 a.m. at Denny's in Vandalia. The breakfast is open to all women interested in Christian fellowship. For more information, contact Faye Watson at 267-8487.
? The Vandalia Rotary Club meets at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
? Fayette County Home and Community Education is holding a public reception to welcome Sara Kenny from Perth, Australia, from 2-4 p.m. at the new Golden Years Club's new building, located just south of U.S. Route 40 at the west edge of Brownstown. It's a chance for the public to learn about Australia. For more information, call 780-3641.
? The Vandalia Board of Education meets at 5 p.m. at the district's administration center.
? The Fayette County Board of Health meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Health Department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia.

Wednesday, March 21

? A Christian Community Coffee Clatch will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia. Free coffee and pastries will be available. The coffee clatch is open to all interested in Christian fellowship.
? An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.
? Bingo is held at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, starting at 7 p.m., with Lightning at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 22

? Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library. 283-2824.

Friday, March 23

? The Vandalia Knights of Columbus will offer their annual all-you-can-eat Lenten fish meals every Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-11. Carry-outs are available.
In the Future

? A benefit for Cody Warner, a 16-year-old student at Vandalia Community High School who is undergoing treatments for atypical Ewing sarcoma, will be held at the Vandalia Moose Lodge on Saturday, March 24, beginning at 3 p.m. Dinner provided by Gina Nesbit and Gallatin Street Grille includes baked spaghetti or pulled pork with sides; the cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children. The benefit includes a DJ, live auction at 6 p.m., 50/50 raffle and gun raffle. Donations to the Cody Warner Benefit Fund can be made at First National Bank in Vandalia or Cut Loose Salon, 1118 N. Eighth St., Vandalia.Donations of baked goods can be dropped off at the Moose Lodge on Friday or Saturday. For more information, contact Kathy Crippen at 431-3610 or Tracy Reinhart at 493-0226.
? The Vandalia Bicentennial Committee will hold a Casino Night fundraiser from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the American Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., Vandalia. Tickets, $50 each, are available at First National Bank's main branch in Vandalia, First Bank, Midland States Bank and National Bank. The evening will include dinner; black Jack, roulette and craps; prizes; and auctions.
? Brownstown VFW Post 9770 will celebrate its 70th anniversary on Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations for lunch of various soups, hot dogs and bratwurst will be accepted.

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