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Compiled by the Du Quoin Call
updated: 12/5/2017 2:06 PM

Girl Scouts host registration event Tuesday night

The Girl Scouts will hold a registration event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. tonight, Dec. 5 at Elverado Primary School. The cost to join Girl Scouts is $25, and financial assistance is available for girls and volunteers who qualify. Adult volunteers and leaders are also needed to assist newly formed girl troops. Volunteer opportunities are diverse, flexible and can be tailored to meet personal availability and interests. To learn more, visit Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' website at

Sacred Heart greeting cards on sale

Greeting cards featuring the stained glass windows at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Du Quoin are on sale this holiday season to support the restoration of the windows. Cards are based on Betty Eastman photographs of the windows. To order, contact the church at 618-542-3423 or or Betty Eastman at 618-542-5611.

PCHS bands to have concert Dec. 12

The Pinckneyville Community High School music program will play host to its annual Christmas Concert at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 in Thomas Gymnasium. The concert will feature holiday performances by the PCHS Concert Choir, Jazz Band and Concert Band. The PCHS Jazz Band and Chamber Choir also will perform at the Du Quoin Holiday Lights Fair Dec. 3 and the First National Bank Senior Citizens Holiday Appreciation Dinner Dec. 6. The Jazz Band will provide entertainment for the Manor at Mason Woods family night Dec. 14, and the choir will be performing at the Murphy Wall Old Fashioned Christmas Dec. 5.

Effort underway to collect food, other items

The Marion Eye Center locations in Du Quoin and Pinckneyville will be collecting food and other items for the needy through Dec. 15 as part of its "Eye Can Food Drive." The effort, intended to help needy families in southern Illinois and southeastern Missouri, involves the collection of non-perishable food items, toiletry items or gifts of monetary value. Items may be brought to the Du Quoin office at 821 S. Washington St. or the Pinckneyville office at 401 S. Walnut St. Items will be distributed evenly among area food pantries. Those who make a donation will be entered into a raffle to win a gift from doctors and staff.

Miner training coming to RLC

One final inexperienced miner training course in 2017 for surface and underground miners is coming to Rend Lake College next month. The five-day class will meet from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 through Thursday, Dec. 14, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. The cost of the class is $165, and attendees must pre-pay and pre-register. All training courses will be held at the Coal Mine Training Center on the Ina campus. For more information or to register, contact Sally Heathcoat at 618-437-5321 ext. 2373.

Cards sought for John Croessman

Birthday cards are being welcomed in honor of John Croessman's upcoming birthday. The former Du Quoin Evening Call publisher and editor will celebrate his 65th birthday Dec. 11, and many members of the community are hoping to flood him with birthday cards. Please take a few minutes out of your day and send John a birthday card. You may drop cards off at the Du Quoin Call office at 18 E. Main St., or in the newspaper's after-hours drop box. Cards also may be dropped off at Du Quoin City Hall, or mailed directly to John Croessman, P.O. Box 466, Du Quoin.