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Sun watchers to gather at Woodhenge Sunday for solstice sunrise

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Dawn breaks over Woodhenge at Cahokia Mounds / submitted photo

Sun watchers will gather at 7 a.m. Sunday to celebrate the winter solstice and watch dawn break over Woodhenge at Cahokia Mounds. Collinsville’s Woodhenge sits about 1/2 mile west of Monks Mound. Reconstructed in 1985, there were originally five iterations of wood pole formations at the site, probably constructed by the Mississippians between 1100 and […]

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Collinsville Charities for Children helps more than 265 needy children

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Collinsville Charities for Children's volunteer gives shoes and socks to a needy child on Dec. 10, 2014 at Jack Schmitt Ford / Submitted photo

Submitted content Collinsville Charities for Children gave shoes and socks to more than 265 Collinsville School District children on Dec. 10. Organizer Grant Koentz, along with 12 volunteers from the organization and Jack Schmitt employees, provided shoes and socks to the students at Jack Schmitt Ford Lincoln in Collinsville. Submitted content

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Free action movies at Collinsville Library in January

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Living, Movies  /  No Comments

The Collinsville Library, Jan. 7, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Collinsville Library invites the community to beat the winter doldrums with free action-packed movies in January. Two movies will be shown at 2 p.m. each Saturday in January. The Children’s Floor will feature rated PG movies. The Community Room titles are rated PG-13. The schedule of January movies is: January 3 – Teenage Mutant […]

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Christmas in Collinsville this weekend

By   /  December 1, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Christmas in Collinsville / Submitted photo

Christmas in Collinsville, sponsored by the Collinsville Main Street Community Association, is happening this weekend. The two-day event starts with the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 5 at the township office, located at 307 East Main St. Carolers will  join Santa Claus at the ceremony. Donations for Toys for Tots will be […]

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The adoption journey; why not?

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Living  /  No Comments

The Gaffords. Front row, Savannah and Boomer. Back row, Mike and Sarah / Submitted photo

By Sarah Gafford, in recognition of November as National Adoption Month “What made you decide to adopt?” I have been asked this question hundreds of times. My answer is almost always the same, “why not?” The seed of adoption was planted in my heart since…well, since forever. The funny thing is that it was growing […]

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Free holiday movies coming to the Collinsville Library

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Living, Movies  /  No Comments

The Collinsville Library, Jan. 7, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

Submitted content Families are invited to watch free movies at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center this December. On Fridays in December, starting at 3 p.m., get cozy with some hot chocolate, compliments of the library, and enjoy these classics: Dec. 5 – White Christmas (Community Room) and Arthur Christmas (Children’s Floor) Dec. 12 –  Miracle on 34th Street (Community Room) […]

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Collinsville’s premier social and fundraising event to benefit Unit 10 literacy program

By   /  November 17, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

A table of trees and decorations at the 2013 Festival of Trees / Photo by Roger Starkey

The premier social event each year in Collinsville is also the premier fundraising event. For 20 years, people have put on their finest clothes and mingled with friends and community leaders at the annual Festival of Trees, while raising more than $500,000 for local charities. More than $30,000 was raised in 2013 for Collinsville Charities […]

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The Nutcracker returns to the Wildey Theatre

By   /  November 15, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

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The Turning Pointe Academy of Dance will bring the Christmas classic ballet, the Nutcracker, back to the Wildey Theatre this December. The family classic, first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on Dec. 18, 1892, is the story of a Christmastime dream world with a nutcracker come to life. The ballet features the music of famed […]

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Local author meet and greet at Collinsville Library

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  Books, Events, Living  /  No Comments

The President's Mortician by Tim Fleming. Published by Neverland Publishing

Nov. 22 marks the 51st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.  Local author Timothy Fleming tackles this topic in his historical fiction book “The President’s Mortician.” A young man witnesses his neighbor’s gruesome murder and the woman’s husband is wrongly convicted of the crime.  As he grows older, Conrad “Con” Reese, Jr. tries […]

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Free screening Thursday of “Honor Flight” movie at SWIC Granite City campus

By   /  November 11, 2014  /  Living, Movies  /  No Comments

A World War II veteran brings along a photo of himself as a soldier in his youth. His volunteer travel companion, or “guardian,” holds the picture up for him on their flight to Washington, DC. / Photo courtesy of Freethink Media

The movie that holds the Guinness World Record for largest screening ever will be shown for free in a more humble setting Thursday. “Honor Flight” is the story of World War II veterans traveling to Washington DC to see the National World War II Memorial. The Honor Flight Network (http://www.honorflight.org/) transports veterans to Washington DC […]

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A tale of one veteran’s many hardships

By   /  November 8, 2014  /  Living  /  No Comments

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For Veterans Day, remembering an Illinois sailor who endured years of danger and hardship

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Collinsville trick-or-treating hours and safety tips

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Fall Festival 2013 / Photo by Roger Starkey

Children in Collinsville can trick-or-treat Friday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Safety recommendations provided by the City of Collinsville: Wear brightly covered clothing and add reflective tape to be more visible to drivers Make sure children can see through face masks Adults should accompany young children. Older children should trick-or-treat with at least one […]

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Miner’s Theatre scavenger hunt Saturday

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  Events, Events/Announcements, Living  /  No Comments

Interior of the Miner's Theatre / Photo by Roger Starkey

Collinsville Progress is hosting an event Saturday to let people work off the calories they will accumulate after trick-or-treating Friday. The scavenger hunt at Miner’s Theatre will take place from 3-5 p.m, with prizes awarded to the top three teams. Participants are asked to bring a digital device to take pictures. Teams will consist of 3-5 people. […]

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Local girl going to Hollywood for the chance of a lifetime

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Living  /  No Comments

Hayden Rehg

A Collinsville girl is going to Hollywood in January on a trip that could change her life forever. But, at only 6 years old, she does not realize the potential destiny that awaits. Hayden Rehg was recently selected to attend the iPOP! acting and modeling contest, a week-long contest with more than 100 agents from […]

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Harlem Wizards coming to CHS for fundraiser

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  Events, Events/Announcements, Living  /  No Comments

Harlam Wizards Flyer

Submitted Content The Harlem Wizards are coming to Collinsville High School Saturday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The evening promises to be a fun filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face. This event is hosted by The Collinsville […]

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Chili cook off, dog parade and trick-or-treating coming to Main Street Saturday

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Layne Smith (4 years-old) on the left and Landon Mahat (8 years-old) on the right at Fall Festival 2013 / Photo by Roger Starkey

The annual Fall Festival takes to Main Street Saturday on what is predicted to be a gorgeous Collinsville day. Thousands of people will meander Main Street as temperatures approach 74 degrees under a sunny sky. Kids in costume will trick-or-treat at local businesses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while parents surreptitiously swipe candy from […]

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Blum House Art Show to feature local artists

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Blum House, Collinsville, Ill. / Photo by Roger Starkey

Submitted Content Local artists Benjamin Gomez and Dwayne Dean will be showing their paintings at an upcoming Blum House Art Show. The show on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. and is sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Library District. Dwayne Dean, also known as Orion Hunter, admires the work of Salvador Dali and, […]

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Halloween events at Collinsville Library

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

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Submitted Content Collinsville, IL –The Collinsville Memorial Library Center is ready for fall with events to thrill and entertain. On Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m., adults and teens age 13 and over are invited to get into the Halloween spirit with some heebie-jeebie inducing, hair-raising stories. Join master storyteller Ron Adams for a spooky, […]

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See four award-winning films for free at McKendree’s Hett Center

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Living, Movies  /  No Comments

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Submitted Content The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts’ free Film Art Series presents four award-winning, critically acclaimed films this season. The 2014-2015 Film Art Series explores the art of communication, which is the theme of the academic year at McKendree University. Each will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hett auditorium on the Lebanon, Ill., […]

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Behind the booth: Junior Service Club fries up ravioli for charity at Italian Fest

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Toasted Ravioli / Photo By Timothy Boyd via Wikimedia Commons

Barb Kusmierczak is all too familiar with what it takes to run an Italian Fest booth, having been in charge of Junior Service Club’s booth for the last 10 years and having worked with her son’s Cub Scout and Boy Scout booths before that. “It was kind of funny, this year at the food safety […]

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