Member Event Notices

OSF HealthCare welcomes new primary care provider

OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center is pleased to add a new primary care provider to its staff to better serve the community of Alton and surrounding areas.

The addition of Deena Brown, APRN, on September 18 will ensure increased access for patients in need of primary care at OSF Medical Group, 2 Saint Anthony’s Way, Ste. 205.

Brown joins the care team of Dr. Shawn Fry at OSF Medical Group and offers a number of services but is particularly passionate about women’s health.

She received a Bachelor of Science from McKendree University and a Master of Science degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner.

Patient appointments for primary care with Brown can be made by calling (618) 462-2222.

Wood River Fall Events

  • October 1st, 11 am-2 pm – Food Truck Festival Located on Ferguson Ave. between 1st and Wood River Avenue brought to you by the Wood River Enrichment Network & the Downtown Wood River Business District.
  • October 22nd, 7:00 pm – Movie Night “Hocus Pocus” – EAWR High School Football Field. Hosted by Oiler Nation and sponsored by Wood River Enrichment Network, Mason Mansion & the City of Wood River.
  • October 26th, 6 pm-8 pm – Downtown Trick or Treat – Location: Downtown Business District. Brought to you by the Wood River Enrichment Network.
  • October 29th, 10:30 am – Halloween Parade – Lining up at 6th Street.
  • November 3rd, 6:00 pm – Coffee & Conversation– Wood River Public Library. This month meet Fire Chief Wade Stahlhut and find out how our Fire Department is such an intricate part of life for our citizens on top of saving lives and keeping us safe.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosts Annual Gala on Oct. 8 with KMOV Matt Chambers

On October 8th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois will host the 7th Annual Big Impact Bash at the St.Clair Country Club. The in-person event will kick off at 5:00 p.m. with beer and wine tastings on the terrace, followed by a formal dining experience, auction, and program honoring selected mentoring program participants. The Big Impact Bash benefits youth facing adversity in Madison, Monroe, Clinton, and St.Clair counties by providing and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships proven to keep kids in school, out of trouble, and on the path to post-graduate success.

“We are incredibly grateful to this community who believe in igniting the power and promise of youth
through strong and enduring one-to-one relationships. The Big Impact Bash is a night dedicated to
recognizing our generous community, honoring our Bigs and Littles, and coming together around a vision
for the future in which all children in our community can graduate high school with a plan for their future
and a mentor whose impact lasts a lifetime,” said Heather Freed, President & Chief Executive Officer of Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois.

This year’s program is sure to leave guests feeling inspired. Special Guest, KMOV’s Matt Chambers, will
capture the story of the 2022 Big and Little of the Year, through a live in-person interview.
Registration for the event is now open. Tickets are $100 per individual. A full table of eight can be purchased
for $800. The deadline to purchase tickets is September 20th.

Join the generous high profile sponsors-Ameren Illinois, Auffenberg Dealerships, Holland Construction, J.F.
Electric and the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association – along with many other partners and donors, in
supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois’s Big Impact Bash. To register or make a
donation, visit bbbsil.org/bigimpactbash.

Grafton Chamber Calendar

Fri Sep 23, 2022

  • 10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main
  • 5pm – 9pm Soulard Blues Band – Live Music, The Loading Dock, 401 Front St

Sat Sep 24, 2022

  • Crab & Shrimp Festival, Grafton Oyster Bar, 215 Water St
  • All Vehicle Poker Run, Stops at The Loading Dock, Drifters, The Hawg Pit in Support of Got Your Six Support Dogs
  • 9am – 5pm Riverside Flea Market, The Loading Dock, 401 Front St
  • 10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main St
  • 3pm – 7pm Overhead Dog – Live Music, Grafton Winery Inc, 300 W Main
  • 7pm – 11pm Cherry Bomb – Live Music, Grafton Oyster Bar, 215 Water St
  • 7pm – 10pm Jake’s Leg – Live Music, The Loading Dock, 401 Front St

Sun Sep 25, 2022

  • Crab & Shrimp Fest, Grafton Oyster Bar, 215 Water St
  • 9am – 5pm Riverside Flea Market, The Loading Dock, 401 Front St
  • 10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main
  • 2pm – 6pm String and Keys -Live Music, Grafton Winery Inc, 300 W Main
    3pm – 7pm The Owlz – Live Music, The Loading Dock, 401 Front St

Thu Sep 29, 2022

  • 10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main

Fri Sep 30, 2022

  • 10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main
  • 6pm – 9pm Craig Cozart – Live Music, Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, 300 W Main
  • 6pm – 9pm Riot on the River Wrestling, The Loading Dock, 401 Front St
  • 6pm – 10pm Scott & Karl – Live Music, The Loading Dock, 401 Front St

Sat Oct 1, 2022

  • 10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main
  • 3pm – 7pm Grafton Winery- Live Music, Grafton Winery Inc, 300 W Main
  • 3pm – 7pm Yacht Rockers – Live Music, The Loading Dock, 401 Front St
  • 7pm – 10pm Toxic Johnny – Live Music, Grafton Oyster Bar, 215 Water St

Sun Oct 2, 2022

  • 10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main
  • 11am – 6pm Harvest Fest, Grafton Winery the Vineyards, 21028 Eckert Orchard Rd
    2pm – 6pm Rogers & Nienhaus-Live Music, Grafton Winery Inc, 300 W Main
  • 2pm – 6pm Soulard Blues Band – Live Music, The Loading Dock, 401 Front St

Grafton Chamber of Commerce

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Lewis and Clark Community College Events Calendar

9/26 – Trailblazers Volleyball vs. East Central College: 6 p.m., George C. Terry River Bend Arena, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. (618) 468-6250.

9/28 – Trailblazers Softball Fall Scrimmage vs. STLCC: 3 p.m., Godfrey Ballpark, 1401B Stamper Ln., Godfrey. (618) 468-6270.

9/30-10/1 – Trailblazers Tailgate Weekend: 1 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Tim Rooney Stadium Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. (618) 468-6250.

9/30 – Trailblazers Men’s and Women’s Soccer vs. Lincoln Trail: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Tim Rooney Stadium, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. (618) 468-4711.

10/1 – Trailblazers Men’s Soccer vs. Jefferson: 2 p.m., Tim Rooney Stadium, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. (618) 468-6211.

10/1 – Trailblazers Baseball Fall Scrimmage vs. East Central: noon, Godfrey Ballpark, 1401B Stamper Ln., Godfrey. (618) 468-5352.

10/2 – Musical Mosaics, Jazz and Bluegrass Concert, Featuring Polly Launay and Bud Shultz and the You Can’t Beat Experience Band: 5 p.m., Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. (619) 468-4731.

10/8 – Trailblazers Softball Fall Scrimmage vs. Missouri Baptist: noon and 2 p.m., Godfrey Ballpark, 1401B Stamper Ln., Godfrey. (618) 468-5352.

10/10 – Discover Day: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., outside Hatheway Cultural Center, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Sign up at www.lc.edu/discoverdays or call (618) 468-2222.

10/11 – L&C Board of Trustees Regular Meeting: 6 p.m., Ahlemeyer Atrium, Trimpe 141, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. Virtual option via Zoom, ID 936 5686 3561, Passcode 489747, or by phone at (312) 626-6799. For more information, call (618) 468-2001 or visit www.lc.edu/BOT/.

10/13 – Trailblazers Volleyball vs. John Wood: 6 p.m., George C. Terry River Bend Arena, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. (618) 468-6250.

SHIP Office at AMH Open for Medicare Questions

ALTON, IL – The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP), sponsored by Medicare and the Illinois Department on Aging, has a new office at Alton Memorial Hospital. 

The office is Room G-367 on the ground floor of the hospital’s Hatch Wing. Clients who have registered for an in-person meeting should park on the back side of the hospital near the aqua awning that reads “Hatch Building.” Once entering the building, the Oasis/Ship counseling office is the first office on the left (the sign on the door reads “OASIS/BJC Plus”). Visitors are required to wear masks, and those are available inside the Hatch Wing entrance.

The SHIP office provides free, confidential, and unbiased counseling for all Medicare beneficiaries.

Counseling is available for all Medicare-related questions, including:

  • Medicare Supplement Plans
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Medicare Drug Plans

SHIP serves people who are nearing Medicare eligibility and those wanting to review their coverage during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 each year.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling the BJC Central Scheduling Department at 800-392-0936.  Ask for Medicare insurance counseling at Alton Memorial Hospital. The direct office phone is 618-463-7182.

Civic Group Enhances Sensory Room for Students with Disabilities

The William M. BeDell Achievement and Resource Center (arc) received a $2,700.00 donation from The RiverBend East Rotary Club to upgrade the school sensory room.  

School Principal, Jessica Walton, said, “We were able to purchase some larger items to create a calming environment which regulates the emotions of our students who have severe and profound disabilities.”  The new items include a HugglePod (a hanging tent), an instrument board, bubble tubes, sensory mats, and a swing.   

According to arc Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Katie DeNardo, sensory rooms are very important for individuals who require an environment to help regulate their sensory system, whether they are over or under responsive to sensory stimuli. This regulates and awakens the basic senses (sight, touch, smell, taste, hear), as well as a deeper sensory system – vestibular (movement), tactile (touch detection), and proprioceptive (deep pressure).  This designated room helps individuals with sensory issues learn to regulate the brain’s negative reactions to external stimuli by developing coping skills for these experiences.

Executive Director, Chad Rollins, said, “Our civic community has been very good to arc and we’re thankful to the RiverBend East Rotary Club for providing equipment to help us better serve the children.” 

Founded in 1957, The William M. BeDell Achievement and Resource Center is a non-profit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Madison County.  Over 500 children and adults are served by the School, Family Support Unit, Community Day Services and Residential Programs.  The School Program serves 70 students, ages three to 21.  

To learn more about arc, visit www.bedellarc.org.  Contributions to the agency can be mailed to arc, P.O. Box 349, Wood River, IL 62095.  

A TRIO of FUN at ALT – Entertainment for Everyone!

Alton Little Theater kicks off the Extra, EXTRA Entertainment Concert/Special Engagement series with FACH TRADITION on September 30th and October 1st at 7:30 pm/ October 2nd at 2 pm. The concert of folksongs and lore is the creative brainchild of regional talent, Miles Brenton- composer, musician, vocalist, & actor in St. Louis and throughout the Riverbend. Miles is joined by Sawyer Burton and Matthew Billins as outstanding voices in the a cappella trio of classically trained male vocalists who have a love and passion for choral music – and who bring an extensive repertoire of international folksongs with a little country, blues, opera, and musical theater thrown in for audience’s delight. The concert of “Harmonious Love” will be presented at the ALT Showplace, with tickets just $22.

Then, on the EARLY MORNING of Saturday, October 1st (8am – noon), ALT will move the FUN & Entertainment to the parking lot (or large shed if weather is a problem) for a “Good Neighbor” Halloween $5 Costume Sale, with refreshments and musical entertainment provided by young artist, Devin Sadler. Local State Farm Agents have underwritten the cost of this FREE -to-attend event, knowing that the ALTON area LOVES Halloween — and thanks to Bob Baxter and Alton Little Theater, over 200 great costumes will be sold for just $5 (OR LESS); lots of accessories and IMAGINATION will go into the theater making this a FUN DAY for all of ALT’s wonderful supporters and neighbors!

AND then ONE WEEK LATER, Alton Little Theater is co-sponsoring a fall activity not to be missed. “Lunch with Mr. Lincoln & Friends” will be held at The Post Commons on Saturday, October 8th at 11:45am. Up to sixty guests will dine on a 4- course heritage luncheon (complete with fall sangria & other libations) in the banquet room at POST and be entertained by regional commemorator, Mr. Randy Duncan (Mr. Lincoln), who will be joined by Mary Todd Lincoln (Amy Miller), Robert Todd Lincoln (Michael Cox), Elizabeth Keckley (Marjorie Handy) and a special visitor from the south (Lee Cox) . Tickets are $45 which includes all costs and gratuity. (sold through ALT’s website/ box office). The history, storytelling, and cuisine make for a most delightful way to celebrate the arrival of fall AND Alton Little Theater’s rich history & contributions to the region.

The oldest, continuous Community Theater in the State of Illinois celebrates its 89th Season of mainstage productions at the Showplace, a full line-up of concerts, touring artists and special-engagement plays — all for a fraction of the cost of many professional theaters — but “professional” in its standards and commitment to the community that has supported the Showplace for so many years. The theater’s patrons are enjoying the new renovations at the building at 2450 N. Henry Street in Alton and the community outreach done by the production staff at ALT: Lee Cox, Kevin Frakes, & Brant McCance. This trio will be giving things away at the Alton Farmer’s Market on September 17th and participating in several fall festivals throughout the region.

Tickets are always available through the ALT Website, http://www.altonlittletheater.org AND through the Box office (618-462-3205). Photo and Interviews are coordinated by Lee Cox, Executive Director.

Red Cross Blood Drive is on October 6 at Alton Memorial

All Donors Will Receive a $5 e-Gift Card

The next American Red Cross blood drive at Alton Memorial Hospital will be from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the AMH café meeting rooms.

To register, go to https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=AltonMemorial or contact Dave Whaley in AMH Marketing & Communications at 618-433-7947 or david.whaley@bjc.org .

The Red Cross is thanking all those who present with a $5 e-gift card to a merchant of their choice.

The Red Cross currently has about four days’ supply of most blood products. However, the Red Cross strives to keep a five-day supply of all blood types on hand at all times to meet daily patient needs and be prepared for emergencies requiring significant volumes of donated blood products. More donors are needed to help ensure the Red Cross can meet the needs of all patients, including in times of emergency.

The need for lifesaving blood transfusions never takes a break. It’s important to have blood ready to go when every second counts.