Member Event Notices

Madison County Salvation Army’s “Dine to Donate” Program Returns May 13

How can you help provide young students in our community with a safe, supervised place to go after school? Somewhere where they can receive a hot meal, get help with homework, participate in music classes and have time for supervised play? It’s as simple as stopping for coffee or dining out.

During National Salvation Army Week our “Dine to Donate” program kicks off on Monday, May 13 and continues through Sunday, May 19. Seven area businesses will donate a percentage of their proceeds to The Salvation Army Madison County on a designated day. Funds received will help youth in The Salvation Army Madison County’s After School Program. During the 2022 – 2023 school year the program served 2,257 meals. 

Participating establishments include:

  • Monday, May 13    Scooter’s Coffee (5330 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey, IL)
  • Tuesday, May 14   Gentelin’s on Broadway (122 E Broadway, Alton, IL)
  • Wednesday, May 15   The Brown Bag Bistro (318 E Broadway, Alton, IL)
  • Thursday, May 16   Santino’s Steak and Pasta House (180 E Center Dr., Alton, IL)
  • Friday, May 17      Gulf Shores Restaurant & Grill (215 Harvard Dr., Edwardsville, IL)
  • Saturday, May 18    Old Bakery Beer Company (400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton, IL)
  • Sunday, May 19    Bakers & Hale (7120 Montclaire Ave., Godfrey, IL)

The Salvation Army is extremely grateful to these generous businesses for their support and encourages members of the community to patronize these establishments during National Salvation Army Week.

For media inquiries, please contact Captain Cassy Grey at (701) 955-4556 or

Princesses & Company Cabaret Concert starts May 31 at ALT

Alton Little Theater is thrilled to present its Princesses & Company Cabaret Concert this summer! The show runs May 31st and June 7th at 7:30 pm and June 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 2 pm. The “Princesses” will also host a Princess Pancake Breakfast featuring Chris Cakes of St. Louis on June 1st at 9 am and 11 am. Tickets for the concert are $15 for youth and $20 for adults, and breakfast tickets are $12 for all.

The concert features nine local talents who you may have seen grace the ALT stage before: Sawyer Burton, Kayla Burton, James Cupp (winner of the Best of the Best Country Concert), Elizabeth Leigh, Corrine Jones, Megan Kolosieke, Brant McCance, Hal Morgan, and Becca Peach will be singing and dancing to some of your favorite songs from LION KING, ENCANTO, FROZEN, and more!

The concert is directed by Becca Peach, who is making her directorial debut after two and half years of performing and volunteering at Alton Little Theater. She mentions that there are songs that will be recognized and enjoyed by folks across generations. This event is perfect for families.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling the box office (618-462-3205), or by visiting the box office weekdays between 10 am – 2 pm at 2450 N. Henry Street in Alton.


Doug Tallamy, author and expert on the interactions of plants and insects, has written several books describing the importance of native plants in our ecosystem. One of his projects, homegrown national parks, encourages homeowners to plant native plants in their yard in order to bring wildlife back to our more urban areas. This year, The Nature Institute is helping to make that dream a reality by providing many species of flowering plants at the Native Plant Sale.  All of these plants will help make your yard a habitat hotspot for pollinators, birds, and other animals.

The Nature Institute (TNI), located in Godfrey, IL, has provided the community with native plants at its annual plant sale since the year 2000.  On Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 9 am to 12 pm, TNI will provide many species of native plants to the community at its annual native plant sale.  This year the sale will return to the greenhouse space at the corner of Levis Lane and South Levis Lane.

This year we have many favorite species and some new ones. Check out our list below for some of the available species this year. (This is not an exhaustive list.)

  • Prickly Pear
  • Aromatic Aster
  • Smooth Blue Aster
  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Spider Milkweed
  • Purple Love Grass
  • Bee Balm
  • Lanceleaf Coreopsis
  • Yarrow
  • Grey-headed Coneflower
  • Purple Coneflower

You will be able to take your plants home and put them directly into the ground. New plantings will require  water while getting established. You will want to monitor your plant’s needs from day to day, but once they are established, they will be happy in the hot dry summer weather of the Midwest. Native plants require less water than non-native ornamental plants. Because native plants are adapted to local soil types, the addition of compost and fertilizers is not necessary.  Further, native plants have co-evolved with insect herbivores and can grow despite light to moderate insect damage without the use of insecticides.  More benefits to wildlife and less maintenance makes native plants perfect for any yard. Once you have established a plot of native plants, they will sustain themselves through reseeding without much effort on your part.

The showy flowers of native plants provide nectar and pollen to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds throughout the growing season.  In spring, songbirds feed their babies the insects collected from the native plants in your yard.  After native plants have bloomed, birds and other wildlife rely on the seeds of native plants as a source of food in the fall and winter months.

In addition to the Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 18, Yoga + Hike will start at 8 am, Mushrooms with Maxine will start at 11 am, and in the evening you can come back for our second Classic Flicks for Conservation film of the season starting at 8:30 pm.

For more information about TNI’s Native Plant Sale and the other programs happening, visit

‘Girls on Grapes, Boys on Brew’ coming May 18

AMH Auxiliary Event Helps Purchase Vital Medical Equipment

The Alton Memorial Hospital White Cross Auxiliary will host its annual “Girls on Grapes, Boys on Brew” fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Loading Dock, 400 Front St. in Grafton.

For more information about this year’s GOGBOB and to purchase tickets, please visit HERE.

Guests can enjoy views of the Mississippi River while sampling foods as well as wine and beer tastings from more than 30 restaurants and wineries. Last year, more than 500 people attended and almost $25,000 was raised for the hospital.

The auxiliary supports hospital projects such as education, equipment and helping patients who can’t afford their prescriptions. This year the goal for GOGBOB is to raise funds to purchase a portable anesthesia monitoring system.

“The acquisition of the portable system is crucial in ensuring that we provide the highest quality of care to our patients who are undergoing sedation in our ancillary areas such as cardiology, radiology and OB,” says Juri McDowell, MD, chief of Anesthesia at AMH. “It will allow us to provide anesthesia support in many locations and in emergency situations where a traditional anesthesia machine is not accessible. This system will greatly improve our ability to provide safe and effective anesthesia care to patients anywhere that sedation is being performed.”

The Auxiliary has helped purchase many valuable pieces of medical equipment through the years. Last year’s GOGBOB raised enough to purchase 10 more Staxi wheelchairs for the hospital.

“I want to express our deep gratitude to the White Cross Auxiliary for their dedication and fundraising efforts,” says Dr. McDowell. “This equipment plays a vital role in our daily patient care and provides life-saving services.”

Lewis and Clark Events Calendar

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5/14 – Interactive Mural Reveal: 2 p.m., outside The Commons, McPike Math and Science Complex, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. (618) 468-3200.

5-14 – L&C Board of Trustees Regular Meeting: 6 p.m., Ahlemeyer Atrium (TR 141), Trimpe Advanced Technology Center, 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

5/15 – 53rd Annual Commencement: 6 p.m., Ann Whitney Olin Theatre, Hatheway Cultural Center, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. Tickets required. Streaming at

5/17-19 – L&C and SIUC Motorcycle Rider Program: 6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m., Saturday and Sunday; Parking Lot 2, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey.

5/18 – Halpin Music Recital: 2 p.m., Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. (618) 462-0661.

5/18 – NAACP 51st Annual Freedom Fund Banquet: 6 p.m., The Commons, McPike Math and Science Complex, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. (618) 465-8366.

5/22 – RiverBend Growth Association Chamber Choice Awards: 11 a.m., The Commons, McPike Math and Science Complex, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey. (618) 468-3270.

5/31-6/2 – L&C and SIUC Motorcycle Rider Program: 6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m., Saturday and Sunday; Parking Lot 2, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey.

The 91st Season at ALT officially launches on June 1

For the 91st Season, this means FIVE Mainstage productions and an additional FIVE Extra, Extra Entertainment Shows — so that theater lovers have a choice AND something to see almost every month. And who knows, ALT might add another show or concert and likely will as the 91st Season officially starts June 1st, 2024, and runs through May 31st, 2025. BUT Early Bird purchasers gain additional savings to the already low, LOW price of Quality Entertainment.

The Mainstage Shows include:

  • MAKING GOD LAUGH (September comedy)
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL (new adaptation for the whole family in December)
  • THE eXes (Jan. 2025 comedy)
  • THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (musical in March 2025)
  • WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE (May 2025 comedy)

In addition, ALT will be running a Youth Theater Camp for two weeks in July and offering some NEW options to Senior and Travel Tours, local High Schools, and even more outreach programs that serve the entire Riverbend Region through the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau.

The EEE Series begins with:

  • Lionel Bart’s OLIVER (musical in August)
  • Special performances of ROCKY HORROR in October
  • The STUDIO SERIES with TWO plays: FRONT PORCH and the WIDOW LINCOLN’S HAUNTING in February 2025 — and more to be developed.

 PRICING options are available for single admissions and season tickets with or without Add-ons –and everyone who purchases EARLY receives a $5 coupon to use for ANY of the EEE Series. Even seeing every single show would cost $210, but of course, patrons can secure their preferred performance for Mainstage Shows for $85 and choose other individual shows they would like to see throughout the coming season. Season Tickets holders also have the option to switch performances at no cost (if availability of open seats exists)

Rediscover Classic Cinema – Watch some incredible films in an amazing outdoor setting

The Nature Institute (TNI), located at 2213 South Levis Lane in Godfrey, Illinois, will be showing movies outdoors on the front lawn of the Talahi Lodge, once a month, starting April 20. The theme for the films is “Robots,” in honor of The Transformers’ 40th anniversary. The movies will be presented free of charge, with donations accepted.  Attendees will need to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.  Snacks and drinks will not be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own.  No alcohol is permitted. 

Join us on the following dates to watch these Classic Films:

  • April 20 at 8:00 pm – Metropolis (1927)
  • May 18 at 8:30 pm – Cosmos: War of the Planets (1977)
  • June 22 at 8:45 pm – Transformers: The Movie (1986)
  • July 20 at 8:30 pm – WALL-E (2008) (Sponsored by Hayner Public Library)
  • August 24 at 8:00 pm – The Iron Giant (1999)
  • September 21 at 7:30 pm – War of the Robots (1978)
  • October 19 at 7:00 pm – Robot Monster (1953)

Learn more about each film chosen on The Nature Institute’s website. You will find a short synopsis and the trailer for movies with one. Also, each month before the feature film, TNI will be showing an episode of the classic 1939 movie serial, “The Phantom Creeps,” starring Bela Lugosi.  Be sure to attend every movie night so you don’t miss an episode!

Note: Sustained winds of more than 10 MPH and rainy weather will require cancellation. Cancellations will be announced on our website and Facebook page.

The Nature Institute is also offering several opportunities to focus on health and wellness this spring. Forest Bathing, also known as Shinrin Yoku, is a chance to slow down and experience the forest with all your senses. Jess Thenhaus, a certified forest and nature therapy guide, will lead this immersive experience at The Nature Institute. April 13, 2024, will be the first of two offerings of forest bathing this spring. Brick City Yoga and The Nature Institute will also bring back Yoga + Hike. Participants are invited to show up for a hike followed by a yoga flow guided by Brick City Yoga, then you can take home a cup of coffee from Germania Brew Haus. Yoga + Hike will be offered in April and May with more sessions offered in the fall.

Learn more about Classic Flicks for Conservation and other upcoming events, by visiting You may also reach the TNI office at (618) 466-9930 or



The excitement is building for Mississippi River racing! The F1 Powerboat Alton Midwest Championship returns to the Alton Riverfront June 21-23, 2024. Make plans to attend now.

Learn all about the event at

Grafton Chamber Calendar

    Thu May 16, 2024

    10am – 4pm Museum & Visitor Center Open, Where: Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main

    Fri May 17, 2024

    10am – 4pm Museum & Visitor Center Open, Where: Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main

    6pm – 9pm Drew Ashworth-Live Music, Where: Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, 300 W Main

    6pm – 9pm Scott & Karl-Live Music, Where: The Loading Dock, 401 Front St

    Sat May 18, 2024

    10am – 4pm Museum & Visitor Center Open, Where: Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main

    11am – 6pm Sip, Sample & Stroll/Advance Tickets Req, Where: Grafton, IL

    12pm – 3pm Girls on Grapes/Boys on Brew-Tickets req, Where: The Loading Dock, 401 Front St

    Blues Festival at The Vineyards/Soulard Blues Band 1-4/Ivas John Band, 5-8pmWhere: Grafton Winery the Vineyards, 21028 Eckert Orchard Rd

    Live Music-Tanglefoot 2-5/That 80’s Band 8-11, Where: The Loading Dock, 401 Front St

    3pm – 7pm Grafton Winery – Live Music, Where: Grafton Winery Inc, 300 W Main

    Sun May 19, 2024

    10am – 4pm Museum & Visitor Center Open, Where: Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main

    Blues Festival-Blue Moon Blues Band 12-3/Billy Peek 4-7pm, Where: Grafton Winery the Vineyards, 21028 Eckert Orchard Rd

    2pm – 6pm Grafton Winery-Live Music, Where: Grafton Winery Inc, 300 W Main

    3pm – 7pm Soulard Blues Band-Live Music, Where: The Loading Dock, 401 Front St

    Tue May 21, 2024

    7pm – 9pm Grafton Council Meeting, Where: Grafton City Hall, 118 E Main

    Grafton Chamber of Commerce

    L&C’s College for Kids Gears Up for a Summer of Learning and Fun

    GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Community College’s Community Education division is helping to keep kids busy this summer with 20 multi-day College for Kids classes.

    College for Kids is an academic enrichment program designed to keep young minds active as they engage, connect and learn. Each student who registers will receive L&C’s newly-designed College for Kids T-shirt for free (while supplies last).

    Community Education Division Assistant Becky Moore said she is overjoyed to present this year’s classes to the community.

    “We hope the kids have an excellent time participating in this year’s exciting lineup of classes with our fun and passionate instructors,” Moore said.

    The 2024 Summer Camps list includes:

    • So, You Want to Be a Magician?
    • Camp Waterschool
    • Minecraft with LEGO Bricks
    • Crazy Music Composerz!
    • The Art of Journaling
    • Circus Camp
    • Thinking Outside the Hat
    • Self-Defense for Kids
    • Lewis and Clark Jr. Explorer Camp
    • Kids Comedy Camp
    • Creative Gardener Camp
    • Magic: Pulling Rabbits out of Hats & Other Animal Tricks!
    • “Say It with Hands” – Sign Language
    • Fast and Furious
    • Mind-Reading and Other Amazing Tricks
    • Mario Brothers (LEGOÒ Bricks)
    • Magical Mystery Camp
    • Art Elements: Utilize Shapes, Space, and Color
    • Arithme-tricks
    • Robotics 101 with LEGOÒ WeDo Education

    This year’s camps begin on June 3 and run through August 2.

    For a full list of camp dates, descriptions and fees, visit

    For more information, contact Becky Moore at (618) 468-5701 or To register, call the Enrollment Center at (618) 468-2222.

    Real Estate Classes Offered this Summer Semester

    GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Community College is meeting the changes and challenges in the growing real estate field by offering classes to help individuals enter that career field as brokers.

    An individual must pass a total of 75 hours of instruction to take the Real Estate Broker’s licensure exam. Lewis and Clark is offering three different classes of Real Estate, all of which are needed for the exam:

    • Real Estate Brokerage (REAL 135-T60) – 7-9:40 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, May. 20 – August 7, 2024
    • Real Estate Transactions (Two sections available)
      • (REAL 136 – T60) – 7 p.m -9:40 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 21 – Aug. 8, 2024
      • Real Estate Transaction Applications (REAL 137 – T1) – 4:10 – 5:25 p.m, Mondays, May 20 – Aug. 5 2024.

    All three classes are in-person or online on the Godfrey Campus and will be taught by local real estate professional Kevin Botterbush, ABR.

    Students must be 18 years old to take the Illinois Real Estate Broker Exam and must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.

    Enroll now at or by calling the Enrollment Center at (800) YES-LCCC or (618) 468-2222.

    For more information about the real estate program, contact Botterbush at (618) 973-1643 or

    OSF OnCall Connect On the Go van will expand connection to education, care for the Riverbend region

    OSF HealthCare, OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center, and leaders from OSF OnCall, its digital health division, have unveiled a unique option for individuals to get connected to care resources in their neighborhood. OSF OnCall Connect On the Go will be offering an easy connection to services through its van operating soon in the Riverbend area. The mobile unit will be staffed with digital health navigators who will provide advocacy, education, and support for individuals 18 and older, using technology and digital tools that can empower patients to be more involved in their own health and wellness.

    Our OSF OnCall team will offer a variety of health resources for the community:

    • Provide free health screenings, including checking blood pressure, pulse, blood glucose and total cholesterol
    • Help people schedule appointments with primary care providers or teach them how to schedule their mammograms and other important testing online.
    • Support for downloading and using health apps such as OSF MyChart; showing how to connect to OSF OnCall Urgent Care for a virtual visit available 24/7
    • Connection to resources in the Riverbend region for unmet needs that contribute to overall health such as food, housing or transportation

    Brandi Clark, Vice President of Digital Care, addressed those gathered at a blessing and dedication for the OSF OnCall Connect On the Go van at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton.

    “OSF OnCall is committed to meeting people where they are, physically and in their health journey. We understand that not everyone is comfortable with navigating technology, especially when it comes to their health. Our OSF OnCall Connect On the Go team will help individuals download and navigate apps that can help them manage their health, including OSF MyChart. The team will also help people enroll in certain services and activate their accounts on their own phone or personal device.”- Brandi Clark, vice president, OSF OnCall

    Clark emphasized that it’s important to build easy connections to the network of support services for the most vulnerable OSF patients every day.

    “We’re so thankful to have begun establishing partnerships with Senior Services Plus, Glen-Ed Pantry, Got Faith Ministries, The Salvation Army, Making A Difference, and the Village of Godfrey, all of which will be hosting OSF OnCall Connect On the Go,” Clark stated. “This is only the beginning, as we plan to expand these relationships with those in our community who share our goal of improving access to care.”

    Clark stressed, “Our team of digital health navigators understand that there are often social and non-clinical barriers to health care. From housing to transportation, our team can provide direct referrals to community-based organizations that can help.”

    OSF OnCall Connect On the Go is provided through the Medicaid Innovation Collaborative (MIC), a state-funded, five-year initiative designed to transform healthcare delivery to improve outcomes, decrease disparities, and reduce costs using sustainable programs. MIC provides digital care services and personalized support for Illinois Medicaid patients through programs developed by OSF OnCall including chronic condition support with remote patient monitoring, digital health and wellness education and coaching plus 24/7 pregnancy and postpartum care and digital support.

    The On the Go van in Alton is the second mobile unit that OSF OnCall has deployed – the first was introduced in Rockford (IL) in July 2023.

    Freedom to Equality Tours Kick Off in May

    Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau highlights monthly African-American guided history tours

    Take a journey through Black History in the historic river town of Alton on the ‘Freedom to Equality’ tours offered by the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau. Tickets are available now for tours that begin in May and run through November.

    Tours are scheduled for May 18, June 8, July 20, Aug. 24, Sept. 21, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16. All tours take place on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Jared Hennings, an instructor at Lewis & Clark Community College, will lead each tour.

    The 22-passenger shuttle tours begin at the Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St. Tickets are $35.00 per person and must be purchased in advance and online at:

    “The Alton region has an impressive Underground Railroad history coupled with a powerful and inspiring quest for African-American equality over the years,” Cory Jobe, President/CEO of the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau noted. “We believe in honoring that history and preserving its place in our storytelling efforts. These new tours bring that part of the region’s history to life and people are able to see for themselves the places and people who left their mark on Alton.”

    The tours highlight Black History in Alton beginning with the famed Underground Railroad and following history through the fight for civil liberties and includes the cultural contributions that shaped not only Alton but the United States.

    Stops include Rocky Fork Church where the history of this large-scale Underground Railroad station outside of Alton is uncovered. This community is now part of a registry of verified Underground Railroad locations. The shuttle will also stop at the Alton Cemetery, the final resting place of many notable abolitionists and African-American leaders in the community. It is also home to the iconic Elijah P. Lovejoy monument, the tallest monument in Illinois, honoring this famed abolitionist minister and newspaper publisher.

    The tour highlights notable African-American Alton residents including Charles Newton, the first Black graduate of Alton High School in 1873, Scott Bibb, a former slave, who battled for public school integration in Alton and Josephine Beckwith who fought to secure equality for African-American youths and adults. The tours end with a look at the life of jazz great Miles Davis who was born in Alton.

    As the guide for the tours, Mr. Hennings brings the historical figures to life with re-enactments, stories and through song.

    Another stop on the tour is the famed Union Baptist Church, one of the oldest Black churches in Illinois. It was populated by free Blacks and organized in 1836. The church hosted a statewide colored convention in 1856 which led to the downfall of the Black Code.

    The Alton region is part of the National Park Service’s “Network to Freedom” passport program. A passport stamp honors the Underground Railroad Sites in Alton and Godfrey. Passport holders can have their passports stamped at the Alton Visitor Center or Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library in downtown Alton.

    For more information on the Freedom to Equality Tours, please contact the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau at (618) 465-6676 or go to