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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Check out these events happening in the area! Do you have an event going on you would like people to know about? Email news@kbsi23.com. Include what the event is, where, when it is happening and who is sponsoring the event. Don’t forget to include if there is a charge.

Monday, Nov. 21-Monday, Jan. 23

HUEmanity
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Catapult Creative House
612 Broadway Street
Cape Girardeau, MO

HUEmanity is an exhibition of student work from Professor Chris Wubbena’s Professional Practices class. As part of the course, students plan, install, and promote an exhibition of student work. This show is a colorful maze born within the minds of these up-and-coming artists who believe life is a labyrinth wrought with seemingly impenetrable walls and endless twists and turns. Through their art, they attempt to guide the viewer through the chaos that is the everyday.

HUEmanity was created by Southeast Missouri State University Art Students Kaitlyn Abt, Brianna Gourley, Savannah Gourley, Haley Brotherton, Evan Coleman, Neal Joiner, Anna Simmons, LeiAmber Wagner, Valyssa Webster, Lee Ritter, and Minghao Li.

The exhibition is free and open to the public and will be on view from Monday, Nov. 21 through Monday, Jan. 23 at Catapult Creative House. An opening reception for HUEmanity will take place on Friday, December 2 from 5-7 p.m.

Catapult Creative House is located at 612 Broadway St., Cape Girardeau, Mo. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. All gallery exhibitions, events, and talks are free and open to the public.

Friday, Nov. 25

#OptOutside #NatureBreak
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

Forgo the mall and #OptOutside this Black Friday. Disconnect from the hustle, and the web, and the screens and reconnect with nature. Drop by the nature center any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and take a walk on our gratitude trail. The Ridgetop Trail (stroller accessible) will have stops for you to appreciate and learn about nature and how it impacts us. There will also be a nature scavenger hunt to test your sleuthing skills. Inside the nature center there will be a nature craft you can try and information about the benefits of nature. Tap here for more information and to register.

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Archery Basics
1-3 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

Be right on target! Try your hand at archery and experience a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. All archery equipment will be provided. Adult supervision is required for ages 9-17. This program will take place entirely outdoors so please dress for the weather. In the event of high winds or rain, this program will be cancelled. For those participating in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” this program will earn an orange hunting/shooting sport bead. Registration is not required.

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Christmas Tree Lighting
5-7 p.m.
Vasterling Suites Courtyard
downtown Cape Girardeau, MO

Join Santa & Mrs. Claus as they light the 30-foot Christmas tree! Kick-off the holiday season with Christmas music, fire pits, and local food vendors. Questions? Call (573) 334-8085.

Spectators can watch Santa & Mrs. Claus light Old Town Cape, Inc.’s 30-foot Christmas tree that will be housed in the Vasterling Suites Courtyard for the duration of the Christmas in Downtown season, enjoy live music from the Jerry Ford Ensemble and Christmas carolers, purchase food and hot beverages from local food trucks, and roast s’mores around firepit stations.

The food trucks and the s’more stations will be available beginning at 5 p.m. The ensemble and carolers will play and sing at 5:45 p.m. welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus who will arrive at 6:10 p.m. At 6:20 p.m. Santa will light the tree. The crowd is encouraged to sing, mingle, take pictures, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and our performing elves and enjoy our festive and beautiful downtown the night of the event and throughout the holiday season.

Fountain Street, between Broadway and Themis, will be closed to vehicle traffic but open to foot traffic beginning at
2 p.m. on Friday, November 25.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Christmas in Downtown Anna, IL

Anna will be bustling with activity, including all the local shops and restaurants for Small Business Saturday.

Schedule of Events:

  • Ice Skating 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/christmas-in-downtown-anna… or at the door, $10. Sponsored by City of Anna & Union County Hospital
  • Mini Photo Sessions with My Sun, My Moon 9-11 a.m. & 1-4 p.m No appointments. $50 per session, 5 edited images, holiday card templates and printing rights
  • Horse drawn carriage rides through Gumdrop Drive. 4-8 p.m. Free. Sponsored by UCCCED. Start/End is at the pavilion by the Tennis Courts.
  • Holiday Parade canceled. Gifts can be dropped at the Fire Station from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Lighting of the City Christmas tree
  • Visits & photos with Santa featuring Southern Illinois Christmas at Nalee Rae’s 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Drop your Letters to Santa at a special North Pole Mailbox at the pavilion at the Anna City Park. Be sure to include a return address if you want to receive a response from the North Pole! Sponsored by Tim McReynolds & Hunter McReynolds
  • In addition to the shops and restaurants downtown, a vendor section will be set up next to the rink with food, crafts, clothes & more
  • Brien Moore will be set up & jamming Holiday music to set the scene
  • Reindeer Goat Grams by Loving the Farm. Pet the goats & get your picture taken! 9 a.m.-noon
  • Annual Reindeer 5k Run/Walk 8 a.m., 1-Mile Run/Walk 8:45 a.m. & Kids Fun Run 9 a.m. Tap here to register. Early Registration-$20, Day of event-$25 Sponsored by Shawnee Hills Arts Council/Anna Arts Center

Sunday, Nov. 27

30th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights
5 p.m.
Cape Girardeau, MO

The parade route will begin at the intersection of Broadway and West End Boulevard and will continue East down Broadway, turning right onto Main Street, and ending at the parking lot across from Hutson’s Big Sandy Furniture.

Old Town Cape, Inc. will host the 30th Annual Parade of Lights. The Parade of Lights theme for this year is “A Very Merry Grinchmas!” chosen by Parade of Lights chairs, Kent and Vicki Zickfield, who own Zickfield’s Jewelry & Gifts, located at 29 N. Main Street in Downtown Cape Girardeau. The Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and the Grand Marshal will attend the Merry Grinchmas Parade of Lights. Parade of Lights attendees can expect to see a variety of holiday-themed floats from Cape Girardeau and surrounding area businesses and organizations, and rumor has it that Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making an appearance toward the end of the parade!

Parade of Lights participants are encouraged to decorate their entry with lights and have music playing. Along the route, judges will be choosing entries for best theme, best appearance by a business or organization, best appearance by a not for profit, best music, best lighting, best marching band, and the chairman’s award.

Christmas in Downtown is sponsored by Commerce Bank, Drury Southwest, Rhodes, The Rhodes Group, and media sponsor, The Southeast Missourian and rustmedia.

Parking in certain parts of Cape will be restricted due to the Old Town Parade of Lights. Beginning at noon on November 27, parking will be prohibited on both sides of Broadway from North West End Boulevard to Main Street; on Main Street from Park Drive to William Street; on North West End Boulevard from Broadway to Parkview Drive; Perry Avenue from Broadway to Parkview.

Officers will place signs and other traffic control devices at the above locations. Vehicles parked after noon on Sunday, November 27 will be towed from the street. Parking will be restored on the city streets immediately following the parade with the exception of Bellevue.

These precautions are being taken for the safety of the spectators and those participating in the Parade of Lights.

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Autism & Sensory Friendly Safe Place
Catapult Creative House
612 Broadway
Cape Girardeau
5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Public Meeting
4-6 p.m.
Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission
3019 Fair Street
Poplar Bluff, MO

The public is invited to a meeting to discuss the draft updated High Priority Unfunded Needs list for transportation in southeast Missouri. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 4-6 p.m. at Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission, located at 3019 Fair St. in Poplar Bluff. Tap here to view the presentation materials and a comment form.

MoDOT staff worked with metropolitan planning organizations and regional planning commissions throughout the state to develop a list of high priority unfunded road and bridge needs. The draft project-specific lists include $4.7 billion in road and bridge projects in three tiers. Tier one includes $528 million and includes projects we could accomplish in the time of the current five-year STIP as federal and state funding levels increase. These projects have good estimates. Tier two is worth $2 billion and includes projects beyond the current STIP timeframe with broader estimates. Tier three includes $2.2 billion of projects also beyond the current STIP timeframe with broader estimates. In addition, DOT staff worked with the planning partners to identify $1 billion in multimodal needs.

Leaders want to hear from Missourians to prioritize the funding toward projects that provide the greatest value to taxpayers.

The draft document and comment forms will be available online through December 21 at modot.org/unfundedneeds.

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Handel’s Messiah
7:30 p.m.
Bedell Performane Hall
Southeast Missouri State University
518 S. Fountain Street
Cape Girardeau, MO

The Southeast Missouri Symphony will join forces with the University Choir and Choral Union to perform Handel’s famous oratorio “Messiah” on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The program will also feature two short tone poems for orchestra: Sibelius’ Finlandia and Ralph Vaughan Williams “Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1.” The conductors for this concert will be Southeast faculty members Sara Edgerton (Haydn) and Barbara Lamont (Handel); vocal soloists will be adjunct instructor for the Conservatory of Theatre and Dance Kaitlyn Robinson, and professors from the Department of Music Leslie Jones, Chris Goeke and Timothy Schmidt.

The concert will open with Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius’ signature work, “Finlandia”. Written in 1899—1900, this piece was composed during a period of intense conflict as Finland was struggling for independence from the Russian Empire. The turbulent opening is followed by a hymn-like melody which eventually became one of Finland’s most recognizable national tunes. Next on the program will be the evocative “Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1” by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams based upon folk songs from Norfolk County, England. This work is very lyrical and remains a great audience favorite.

The second half of the program will feature a performance of Part I (the Christmas portion) of Handel’s great oratorio “Messiah.” Composed by the pre-eminent Baroque composer Georg Frideric Handel in 1741, and first performed in Dublin, Ireland. on April 13, 1742, the Messiah is a work for orchestra, chorus and four vocal soloists. This large-scale work depicts the Old Testament foretelling of the Messiah and the birth in Part I, the passion, death, and resurrection of the Messiah in Part II, and the promise of redemption in Part III. The texts used in Messiah are drawn from the English Book of Common Prayer and from the King James’ version of the Bible. This majestic work is rich in word-painting and has expressive choruses and solo arias. It rapidly gained popularity and has established itself as one of the most often performed compositions throughout music history. In particular, Part I (the Christmas portion) has become strongly identified with the holiday season and performances of this work are part of the seasonal tradition in many communities.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Wellness on Wheels (WOW) van
Pope County Courthouse
310 E. Main Street
Golconda, IL
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Free services available on the WOW van include NARCAN training, blood pressure check, colorectal cancer tests (FIT), and medication disposal packets. Charged services available include blood lead, hemoglobin and cholesterol screenings, STD tests (including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis), HIV, pregnancy, and TB skin tests, Well Water tests, Flu shots, and COVID-19 vaccine and boosters. All services will be offered while supplies are available. No appointment is required. Walk-ins are welcome. Charged services, including a COVID-19 vaccine and booster and flu shot, require a health insurance card. Those requesting a COVID-19 booster should bring their vaccine card. The WOW van, a multi-disciplinary mobile unit, is available to S7HD through a partnership with IDPH to provide health screenings and other services. IDPH partners with health agencies and hospitals to provide staff and services on the WOW van at sites where people can come for medical services. The WOW van is provided by the Southern 7 Health Department through the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s December 1st Power in Partnership Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – breakfast begins
Cost – $20
Pre-registration required by Nov. 28

The breakfast will feature a Perspective on Regional Economic Development. Panelists include Hannah Chretien, Ballard County Economic Development; Jason Lemle, Graves County Economic Development; Mary Anne Medlock,

West Kentucky Workforce Board; and Bruce Wilcox, Greater Paducah Economic Development. The sponsor is US Bank.

The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Expo Center. Pre-registration is required by Monday, November 28 by 2 p.m. at paducahchamber.org or call 270-443-1746. Power Card holders do not have to pre-register. The cost is $20.

Betsy Burkeen will provide an update on the new United Way of Western Kentucky and Sandra Wilson will speak about the Leadership West Kentucky program that begins in January.

Hannah Chretien is the Ballard County Economic Development Executive Director. Ballard County Economic Development helps to create a strong Ballard County, with a strong focus on its agriculture industry, and attract new businesses and new citizens to its community.

Jason Lemle serves as President of Graves County Economic Development. He supports the City of Mayfield and Graves County through strategic planning, talent development initiatives, site preparation, incentive negotiation and industrial development.

As Business Services Liaison for the West Kentucky Workforce Board, Mary Anne Medlock provides employment-related services to businesses in the Purchase Region. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field.

Bruce Wilcox is the President and CEO of Greater Paducah Economic Development. Greater Paducah Economic Development is the economic development agency for Paducah and McCracken County, a public/private partnership formed to attract and grow jobs and investment through assisting existing business with expansion projects and recruiting new businesses.

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Chili fundraiser for Christmas Angels program

For more than three decades, Missouri Department of Transportation employees have helped grant holiday wishes to Southeast Missouri families through the Christmas Angels program.

This year’s event will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, with chili orders due by 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28. The cost is $6 and will include a 16-ounce cup of chili, crackers and chips.

Current Missouri Department of Transportation employees and retirees volunteer to cook, pack and deliver chili for the event. With the funds raised, volunteers purchase gifts for children who would not otherwise receive gifts. Volunteers work with the Missouri Department of Family Services to identify children in need throughout Scott and Mississippi Counties.

To place an order, email sechristmasangels@yahoo.com or call (573) 472-5294. Include your name, address, phone number and requested time of delivery with your order. Orders of five or more in the Sikeston area can be delivered. The deadline to order is 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 28.

Businesses or individuals wishing to donate to the Christmas Angels program may send or drop their donations by the Highway Crossroads Credit Union Office, located at 741 York Drive in Sikeston, Missouri. Make checks payable to the Highway Crossroads Credit Union c/o Christmas Angels.

For more information about the Christmas Angels program, contact Transportation Project Designer Jeff Wachter at (573) 472-5294 or (573) 450-9045.

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Santa Paws in the Park
6-8 p.m.
151 N. Fountain Street
Cape Girardeau, MO

Friday, Dec. 2

‘Cram the Cruiser’ Food Drive
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
808 N. 12th Street
Murray, KY

A Kentucky State Police cruiser will be parked outside KSP Post 1 at 8366 US Highway 45 N. in Hickory. from November 22 through December 2 where donations of non-perishable food may be dropped off for the ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive.

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20th Annual Downtown Holiday Open House
5-8 p.m.
35 S. Spanish Street
Cape Girardeau, MO

Grab your family and get a professional photo taken with Santa provided by Luxe Magnolia. Then, experience Santa’s Workshop with children’s activities facilitated by Discovery Playhouse and Conductor Michael. This portion of the event will be located next to the Christmas tree at the Vasterling Suites Courtyard. After you have finished at Santa’s Workshop, head down to the lot on 35 S. Spanish St. and catch a ride on the beautiful horse drawn carriage provided by Hileman Carriage Service, listen to live music by Logan Chapman, and grab a hot drink from Molon Latte on site.

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Virtual Class: Making Deer Jerky
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Tap here to learn more and to register.

Besides giving hunters an enjoyable outdoors experience, a successful deer hunt can also provide a healthy snack option – venison jerky. People wanting tips on how to transform their harvested deer into venison jerky should register for the Dec. 2 virtual program “Field to Freezer: Making Deer Jerky.” This free online program will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

At this online program, MDC Conservation Educator Sarah Elrod will have information for deer hunters who want to make their own jerky. She will describe the steps that are involved from the time a deer is harvested in the field until the first strip of jerky is ready to be tasted. The topics that will be covered include:

  • Food safety tips to be mindful of that keeps harvested venison safe for consumption
  • How to cut up a deer carcass and what portions are typically used for jerky
  • Demonstrations on how to use the equipment needed to make jerky

Though this program is free, registration is required to participate. Tap here to register. Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual and in-person programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.

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Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights
Historic Downtown Sikeston
Sikeston, MO

  • 6 p.m. – Tree lighting and live music
  • 7 p.m.  parade

Historic Downtown Sikeston, the Sikeston Convention & Visitors Buruea and City of Sikeston Parks Department partners for the annual tree lighting, opening of Santa’s village and live Christmas music in American Legion Park. Downtown merchants will have holiday deals. Food trucks, wagon rides, and even more to be announced soon.

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Nature Center At Night: Carter and Connelley
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

Back by popular demand, listen to Carter and Connelly fill the nature center with songs and stories about Missouri’s streams and their lives outdoors in the Heartland. This musical duo has been entertaining audiences in southern Illinois and southeast Missouri for decades, why not join the fun? This is a perfect evening for the whole family. Exhibits and displays will also be open as part of our “Nature Center at Night.” Registration is not required.

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Festival of Trees
7-9:30 p.m.
The Gathering at Versity Crossing
1430 North Outer Road
Dexter, MO 63841

Doors open at 6 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres 6-7 p.m.
Dinner 7:15 p.m.
Individual ticket – $50
Table (seats 8) – $350

An elegant evening of live Christmas music, elaborately decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces, a full meal, pictures and silent auction of all decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces, all while raising money for our Patient Care Fund.

All proceeds from the Festival of Trees will benefit the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation Patient Care Fund. SoutheastHEALTH provides over $7 million in charity care to our region every year. The Patient Care Fund provides a wide array of financial assistance to low-income patients by addressing their most pressing needs. The Patient Care Fund may provide medication, transportation or housing, or cover utility costs for our patients in need.

For more information contact Amy Brown at 573-519-4923 or amybrown@sehealth.org.

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Big Band Holiday Jukebox
Dec. 2-3
7:30 p.m.
River Campus
518 S. Fountain Street
Cape Girardeau, MO

A holiday collaboration between the Southeast Jazz Studio and the talented student vocalists of the Department of Music and the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance returns for two nights this year. This joint program will feature exciting seasonal tunes that will help get you in a festive mood.

Among the songs will be modern classics like “The Little Drummer Boy” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and more recent hits like Point of Grace’s “Candy Cane Lane” and “Hannukah Blessings” by The Barenaked Ladies.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Babes in the Woods: Gifts for the Birds
9:30-10 a.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

Red, blue, gray, and brown. All the little birds flock to your backyard in search of food. Give them a gift for the holidays by learning more about them and making them a special treat. Babes in the Woods programs are designed to empower parents to introduce babies and toddlers ages 0-2 years to the sights, sounds, and textures of nature. All registrants for this event must be between 0 and 2 years of age by Dec. 3, 2022. Cancellation policy: You must cancel your registration before Saturday, December 3, 2022. Tap here for more info and to register.

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Holiday Bazaar
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
near the Indie House and on N. Frederick Street between Broadway and Themis
Cape Girardeau, MO

The Old Town Cape Holiday Bazaar, in its fourth year, continues to grow in attendance and vendors.

The Holiday Bazaar will feature vendors that offer locally grown, handcrafted, and homemade products such as winter produce, baked goods, candies, and artisan crafts. Vendors will also accept holiday baking orders, or orders for customized gifts. Guests can expect to find usual Cape Riverfront Market vendors, as well as new seasonal vendors.

Old Town Cape will be hosting a welcome/information booth where you can come to learn more about the organization as well as purchase downtown Holiday Ornaments, including the 2022 B’nai Israel Synagogue, and other Old Town Cape merchandise.

Spectators will be able to enjoy holiday music, and live dance demonstrations from Fingerprint Urban Dance Studio. The Grinch will be on site under the balloon arch between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for professional photos by Luxe Magnolia and First Missouri State Bank will be on site with a free hot chocolate bar. There will also be the additional food vendors added to this year’s shopping event.

The Holiday Bazaar will be set up in the courtyard area of The Indie House and on N. Frederick Street between Broadway and Themis.

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Dyeing for Color: Final Fiber Project
Noon-3 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

Golds, greens, yellows, browns, and maybe an orange, peach, or red. In celebration of “A Year in Color” Cape Nature Center offered a monthly class during 2022 focused on dyeing fiber with materials found and harvested nearby. We’re at the end of our journey and must do something with our variety of sample skeins. This program is open to participants of the Dyeing for Color series and will focus on using your dyed fiber to start a finger weaving, crocheting, or small loom weaving project. Please bring all, or most, of your dyed sample skeins to this program as we will only have a small amount of dyed yarn available. You must cancel your registration before Saturday, December 3. Age Policy: All registrants for this event must be a minimum age of 16 years old by Dec. 3, 2022. Tap here to learn more and register.
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Riverfront Cleanup
2-4 p.m.
Riverfront Park
Water Street
Cape Girardeau, MO

Let’s work together to keep our river clean! Come lend a helping hand and take part in a litter pickup. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Broadway entrance of Riverfront Park in downtown Cape Girardeau by 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Free T-shirts, snacks, and drinks will be provided. Tap here for more info and to register.

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Drive Thru Visit with Santa Claus
3-5 p.m.
The Pavilion
1602 Sioux Drive
Marion, IL
618-993-2657

The event is free and open to the public.

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Christmas Parade – Paducah
5-7 p.m.

The 2022 City of Paducah Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 3 at 5 p.m. in historic downtown Paducah. The theme is Christmas in Candyland!

The parade begins at 14th and Broadway and proceeds down Broadway toward 2nd Street.

Entry forms will be accepted as follows:

  • October 10 – November 4: $25 parade entry fee
  • November 7 – November 22 (by noon): $50 parade entry fee

Entries will not be accepted after noon on November 22. Tap here for more information.

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Oak Ridge Parade of Lights
6 p.m. or dusk

The parade route begins at Oak Ridge R-6 School new gym parking lot (with larger entries beginning at the ballfield lot). It will proceed east across Highway E and return back to the Oak Ridge R-6 School new gym parking lot. Line up for the parade begins at 3 p.m. The parade begins at 6 p.m. or dusk.

Cancellation for weather will be announced on local radio stations, Facebook and other local media outlets. If canceled, the parade will be held the following Saturday, December 10.

Tap here to read more about the parade.

Tap here to view the parade rules.

Sunday, Dec. 4

A Christmas Carol
2 p.m.
Price: $15

Celebrate the true Spirit of Christmas with this original production featuring 26 beloved traditional carols woven throughout this classic tale. Tickets go on sale November 7. A Christmas Carol is sponsored by Kissinger & Kirkman Investment Centre.

Individual tickets can be purchased at trcc.edu/tinnin-fine-arts-center (online fee may be charged) and in person at Three Rivers Student Accounts Office and the Tinnin Center Art Gallery. Tickets will be sold at the door, if any remain. All seats reserved.

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Drive Thru Visit with Santa Claus
3-5 p.m.
The Pavilion
1602 Sioux Drive
Marion, IL
618-993-2657

The event is free and open to the public.

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Uptown Jackson 2022 Christmas Parade “A Toyland Christmas”
5 p.m.
Jackson, MO

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. at Southern Bank on Main/Farmington Road and end at the Frozen Food Lockers on High St. in Uptown Jackson.

Following the parade, the History Center Research Annex will have a Santa Extravaganza exhibit, and Santa will be available for photos. (Located at 110 S High St.)

For those who would like to participate in the Uptown Jackson Christmas Parade, the them for 2022 is “A Toyland Christmas”. The parade will be limited to the first 100 entries. Prizes will be given away in three categories. Participants are encouraged to use lights, chicken wire, and this year’s theme to bring the parade to life. The Grand Marshall’s Award will focus on those floats that decorate closest to the parade theme. The Mayor’s Choice Award will focus on the use of lights, and the Uptown Choice Award will be chosen based on the most original float. Entry forms are available on the Uptown Jackson Revitalization Organization website (uptownjackson.org) or Facebook page.

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Annual Tree Lighting Event
Shrine Church
1811 W. Saint Joseph Street
Perryville, MO

  • 5 p.m. – Vincentian Marian Youth Mass with Father Pat McDevitt, C.M.
  • 6 p.m. – tree lighting

A tree near the Shrine Church will be decorated with lights for the Advent and Christmas seasons. This is also an opportunity to help those in need during the Christmas season. Visitors are asked to bring at least one non-perishable item that will help the Ladies of Charity Food Pantry attend to the needs of others in the community. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available to enjoy the Christmas decorations on the grounds.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Holiday Party
Women’s Impact Network
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Jackson Civic Center
381 Deerwood Drive
Jackson, MO

Bring a stocking stuffer for the Jackson R-2 “Hope for Christmas” event. Tickets are $25. Tap here to buy tickets.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a community briefing from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 to discuss the Environmental Study for U.S. Route 412 in Dunklin County. The meeting will be held in the gym of Senath High School, located at 803 S. State St. in Senath, Missouri.

MoDOT launched the Environmental Study to plan for future capacity improvements examining the 20-mile section of U.S. 412 extending from Route AC near the Arkansas border to just east of Route Y near Kennett. The Environmental Study will begin the process of collecting data and gathering public input to inform study decisions. Completion of the study is anticipated in late 2023.

All are encouraged to attend the open house community briefing, and visitors can stop by anytime between 4 and 6 p.m.

Tap here to view a project webpage with additional information and an opportunity to sign up for updates.

For more information, please contact MoDOT Project Manager David Wyman at (573) 472-9021 or MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). People who require an accommodation to participate fully in the community briefing should notify David Wyman by the close of business on Friday, Dec. 2 so arrangements for those services can be made.

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Yule Light Up The Night Kids K
6-6:30 p.m.
2801 Park Avenue
Paducah, KY
$25 race fee plus $2.50 sign up fee

Yule Light Up The Night 5K
6:30-8:30 p.m.
$35 race fee plus $3.10 sign up fee

Registration ends Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

Deck your halls with Christmas lights and jingle bells and come run under the Christmas lights at Noble Park! Whether you are a casual walker or an avid runner, our Yule Light Up the Night 5k invites you to come be a part of the fun.

Pre-Registration by November 22 includes a long-sleeve t-shirt. They cannot guarantee t-shirt availability when registering after November 22.

Tap here for more information on both races and to sign up.

Friday, Dec. 9

2022 Christmas Parade & Cocoa Crawl
6:30-8:30 p.m. cookie decorating
Main Street businesses
Portageville, MO

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Candy Cane Classic
Independence Bank Performing Arts Center

6 p.m. – gallery opens
6:30 p.m. – theater opens
7 p.m. – show begins

This concert will include performances from Graves County High School’s various bands, choirs, orchestras and drama. Guests will enjoy the sounds of familiar tunes during this annual holiday favorite, and the gallery will feature a holiday themed exhibit from GCHS art students.

Reserved seating is available. Tickets are priced at $6 and may be purchased online via the Independence Bank Performing Arts Center website. The gallery will open at 6 p.m. and the theater will open at 6:30 p.m. for guests to be seated.

The Independence Bank Performing Arts Center is at the corner of Graves County High School, nearest the intersection of the Purchase Parkway and Kentucky Highway 121. To learn more, email Casey.Jones@graves.kyschools.us or call her at (270) 328-4824.

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Happy Slapowitz’s Toy Bash – Toys for Tots campaign
downtown Cape Girardeau, MO

The primary purpose of the Happy Slapowitz’s Toy Bash is to take in donations (both monetary and in tangible toys) for the local Toys for Tots campaign, which is put on by the Marine Corp League.

Saturday, Dec. 10

2nd Annual Mary Mingle 5K
8 a.m.
Mary Jane bourbon + smokehouse
Cape Girardeau, MO

The Community Counseling Center Foundation will hold its 2nd Annual Mary Mingle 5K on Saturday, December 10 in downtown Cape Girardeau with an 8 a.m. start. Last year’s race 164 registered participants.

The holiday themed walk/run 5K race will be professionally timed by Red Runner Racing. First, second and third place will be awarded in age categories for men and women ages 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. Mary Mingle will begin at Mary Jane bourbon + smokehouse across from Houck Fieldhouse in Cape Girardeau, make its way through downtown Cape, and end at Minglewood at the corner of Broadway and Spanish Streets.

Participants are encouraged to dress the part. This year we will have prizes for the ugliest holiday sweater, the largest team in costume, and the most holiday spirit.

Early bird registration is $25, registration the day of event is $30. Those who register by November 25 will receive a long-sleeve Sport Tek Mary Mingle shirt.

Tap here to register. Participants can also register at Missouri Running Company in Cape Girardeau.

This walker/runner-friendly event supports the Community Counseling Center Foundation to restore, bring hope, motivate, and inspire healing to mental health clients living with the challenges of mental illnesses and mental health
disorders in their five-county service area. Additionally, each registration fee collected is designated to provide Christmas gifts for the Community Counseling Center’s 160 plus residential clients.

Net proceeds from the 2021 Mary Mingle 5K was more than $14,000. The 164 registrations allowed the Foundation to cover the cost of a Christmas gift for each of its residents.

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Holiday Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Paducah Middle School
342 Lone Oak Road
Paducah, KY

The Parks & Recreation Department is inviting everyone to enjoy the annual Holiday Market on Saturday, December 10 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Paducah Middle School (342 Lone Oak Road). This one-day extension of the Paducah Farmers’ Market brings together local vendors with their products including holiday gifts, woodworking, home décor, baked goods, crochet, weaving, pottery, metal working, jewelry and beading. New vendors will be accepted based on available space with a registration fee of $25.

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Little Acorns: Excited for Elk
Two sessions: 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Come learn about one of Missouri’s largest mammals: elk! These big animals look a little like reindeer, but they’re not used to pull any sleighs. Elk are wild animals that grow massive antlers and make impressive bugling noises. These animals were reintroduced into our state a little over 10 years ago. Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities. Cancellation Policy: You must cancel your registration before Saturday, December 10, 2022. Age Policy: All registrants for this event must be between 3 and 6 years of age by 12/10/2022.

Tap here to learn more and register for the 9 a.m. session.

Tap here to learn more and register for the 10 a.m. session.

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Cookies with Santa
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Paducah Recreation Center
1527 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Paducah, KY
$10 per child

This is an opportunity for parents to do some Christmas shopping while their children are in a fun and safe environment. Kids will get to spend time with Santa during a holiday story, decorate and eat cookies and make a few gifts to put under their tree at home for friends and family. Lunch is included. This is for children ages 5-12 years old. Children who are 5 years old must currently be enrolled in kindergarten for the 22/23 school year.

Call 270-444-8508 or visit paducahky.gov/registration.

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Conservation Families: Firebuilding 101
2-3:30 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

People have long depended on fire for survival. A good campfire can provide warmth, comfort, and a way to cook food. Learn how to safely make the perfect campfire. We will get the opportunity to try different methods of starting a fire and even have tasty s’mores treats at the end. Tap here for more info and to register.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Little Acorns: Excited for Elk
10-11 a.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Come learn about one of Missouri’s largest mammals: elk! These big animals look a little like reindeer, but they’re not used to pull any sleighs. Elk are wild animals that grow massive antlers and make impressive bugling noises. These animals were reintroduced into our state a little over 10 years ago. Little Acorns programs are designed to help children ages 3-6 learn about the natural world through hands on experiences, crafts, and focused free-play activities. Cancellation Policy: You must cancel your registration before Saturday, December 10, 2022. Age Policy: All registrants for this event must be between 3 and 6 years of age by Dec. 13. Tap here to learn more and register.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Mingo National Wildlife Refuge

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages experienced Missouri birders to become citizen scientists by helping with the National Audubon Society’s 123rd Christmas Bird Count (CBC) between Dec. 14 through Jan. 5, 2023.

The CBC is an early-winter bird census where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the western hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds. Christmas Bird Counts are held annually between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5 to gather data on winter bird populations and to track the long-term status of species and large-scale trends.

Each CBC has a coordinator who assigns portions of a 15-mile diameter count circle to participants to count all birds seen and heard over a 24-hour period. Missouri hosts about 20 CBCs, some of which are:

  • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge on Dec 14
  • Trimble (Smithville Lake) on Dec. 17
  • Maramec Spring Park on Dec. 17
  • Joseph Midland Empire Audubon Dec. 17
  • Big Spring in Van Buren on Dec. 17
  • Big Oak Tree State Park on Dec. 17
  • Kansas City/Unity Village on Dec. 18

Visit mobirds.org/Birds/CBC.aspx  for details, including contacts and instructions. If interested in participating in the CBC, contact the CBC organizer listed.

Tap here for more information on these and other CBC routes. Click on a count and contact the CBC organizer listed if the count is accepting new volunteers. Green or yellow markers indicate the potential to assist.

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Float Trip 101 (Virtual)
Noon-1 p.m.

Missouri is crisscrossed with world class streams. Join us for a beginner’s guide to planning day floats and overnight trips on some of Missouri’s most scenic waterways. This program will include information on selecting the right gear, floating laws, safety, and rivers near you. So, float on down and learn a thing or two, the rivers are calling! Tap here to learn more and register.

Thursday, Dec. 15

Nature Center Game Night
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

Come join the boardgame club for nature lovers! This monthly program will begin with a short program highlighting a different nature-themed board game, and how it relates to Missouri’s mission to have world class fish, forests, and wildlife. After the intro…let the games begin! There will be games available for all experience levels, though on average these games have a higher complexity level than family board game players may be used to, these games are most appropriate for ages 12 and up. You are welcome to bring any snacks and non-alcoholic beverages you wish, as well as nature-themed board games to share from your collection. Registration is not required.

Thursday, Dec. 15- Friday, Dec. 16

The Christmas Country Church Tour has become a holiday tradition for many. The three-county church tour allows you to customize your trip among 33 participating locations scattered about the countryside of Perry County, Cape Girardeau County, Ste. Genevieve County and Bollinger counties. Explore century-old country churches, from one-room wooden clad buildings to brick and mortar masterpieces. Each church is draped in holiday decorations reflecting their traditions and culture from Roman Catholic English, Scotch-Irish Presbyterian, German Lutherans and others. Enjoy a nativity collection at the St. Mary’s of the Barren, a Christmas tree display of more than 50 trees at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum and a drive-thru live Nativity depicting the birth of Christ at the Saxon Lutheran Memorial. Contact Perry County (MO) Heritage tourism director, Trish Erzfeld at terzfeld@perryvillemo.com for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Christmas For Kids Toy Drive
7-10 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center
900 W  10th Street
Metropolis, IL

Open to residents living in Massac County. Open to children 16 years and younger. Onsite registration form provided.

Must bring the following with you:

  • Proof of need – medical card/Link card
  • Proof of age – birth certificate
  • Proof of residency – driver’s license/photo ID of adult
  • Proof of relationship to child – parent/guardian

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Conservation Families: Holiday Nature Crafts
1-3 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

Drop by the Nature Center to make your own crafty creation this holiday season. We’ll provide an array of natural materials, other craft supplies, and a little inspiration; the rest is up to you! Bring the whole family, as we’ll have crafts for all ages. For those who participated in the Cape Nature Center’s “A Year in Color,” we will also be doing our wrap-up program and prize drawings in the auditorium during this time. Registration is not required.

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“A Year in Color” Celebration
1-3:30 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

This year the Cape Girardeau Nature Center has celebrated the amazing colors that make nature in Missouri so wonderful. Join us for an afternoon of colorful fun, games, and learning in vivid technicolor! At 2:00 there will be a family program about color in nature, and the drawing for our “A Year in Color” bead contest. If you have completed any bead sets, please get your entries in before this event. Registration is not required.

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Feeding the Birds (Virtual)
10-11 a.m.

Dec. 21 is the first day of winter; time to start feeding the birds! Right now birds are on the hunt for seeds and berries to eat, so let’s help them out. Tune in to learn the bird feeder basics and a few of the familiar faces that may be visiting your backyard feeder this winter! Tap here to learn more and register.

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Conservation Families: Building Bottle Bird Feeders
2-3:30 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

December 21 is the first day of winter; time to start feeding the birds! Right now birds are on the hunt for seeds and berries to eat, so let’s help them out. Come build your very own bird feeder out of a glass soda bottle! We’ll also discuss bird feeder basics and learn a few of the familiar faces that may be visiting your backyard feeder this winter! Please register ONE member of your family that plans to attend. We will work in family groups. Participants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Tap here to learn more and register.

Thursday, Dec. 22

Feeding Frenzy
2-2:30 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Discover the importance of Missouri reptiles and amphibians and see what it takes to keep our education animals happy and healthy. Bring your family and watch as we introduce and feed several different reptiles and amphibians. Registration not required.

Wednesday, Dec. 28

Hunter Education Skills Session
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

This skills session will satisfy Part Two of Missouri Hunter Education requirements. To obtain hunter education certification you must also complete Part One (online, self-study, or a classroom session) and bring along your skills session qualifier certificate or a student manual with the review questions completed. Students 15 and under must also bring a copy of their birth certificate or other proof of age. The final exam will be administered at the end of the skills session. Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before the beginning of the class to complete registration; late arrivals will not be admitted so please arrive early. In the event of a cancellation, you will be contacted by email and/or phone. Note: Students who are 16 and over and have completed the all-online Hunter Education course are certified and do not need to attend an in-person skills session. Tap here to learn more and register.

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Creature Feature: Snowy Owl (Virtual)
2-2:30 p.m.

Every four years or so these winter visitors make their way down to Missouri and it is always a treat to see one. Learn all about the behaviors and habits of these beautiful owls. Get an up-close look at the amazing features these owls have that help them to hunt in frigid temperatures by studying our taxidermy mount. We will not be viewing a live snowy owl. Tap here to learn more and register.  

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Shoot or Don’t Shoot with a Hunting Simulator
2-4 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

You have passed Hunter Education so put your skills to the test using a hunting simulator. Participants will be presented with an onscreen hunting scenario and then decide if the shoot is ethical. Participants will use a firearm provided with the program to test them on shot placement. This program is a great learning experience and a lot of fun. Participants must have Hunter Education student certification. There is no age limit. Tap here to learn more and register.

Thursday, Dec. 29

Making Venison Deer Jerky
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

Do you love jerky but hate the price tag? Come and learn how to make delicious venison jerky with the deer you harvested this season. Tap here to learn more and register.

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Making Deer Sausage… Grinding and Processing
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

You have the deer but what do you do with it? Come and learn how easy it is to process your venison and make your own deer sausage. Tap here to learn more and register.

Wedesday, Jan. 4

Winter Bloomers: Witch Hazel (Virtual)
noon-1 p.m.

Though winter bloomers may sound like flannel underwear, witch hazel is one of the few plants to bloom in cold weather! Join us to learn about Missouri’s native witch hazel species. You’ll learn about the folklore, natural history, cultivation of this bizarre native shrub. Tap here to learn more and register.

Friday, Jan. 6

Conservation Families: Nature Center @ Night: Winter Walk
5:30-7 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

Ridgetop Trail will be lit by colorful luminaries offering a whole new perspective on the trail. The trail is asphalt-paved and approximately .5 mile round trip, it is stroller accessible and power wheelchair accessible. This program is part of our “Nature Center at Night” series; the nature center will be open late from 5:00 to 7:00pm this evening. After your stroll enjoy a warm fire and some hot chocolate. This experience is really special and great family time. Groups are welcome. This program is weather dependent and in the event of inclement weather or icy trail conditions the trail walk will be cancelled.

Saturday, Jan. 7

Wonderful Woodpeckers
2-3 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

Woodpeckers are most visible during the winter months, fliting and flying through the forest in search of food and shelter. You might also hear them drumming or chattering throughout the day. Did you know Missouri is home to seven different types of woodpeckers? Can you name them all? Join us for a beginner’s guide to each species that calls Missouri home. After the program, you’re welcome to go outside on our trail or visit our wildlife viewing window to watch for woodpeckers.

Thursday, Jan. 12

Conservation Families: Owl Prowl
6:30-8 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

Calling all owls! Discover the special features of owls with a brief indoor presentation. We will then hit the trail in search of these night-time predators. The trail is not stroller accessible and is rated moderate to difficult with steep hills and loose gravel. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather as a large portion of the program will take place outdoors. Program may be canceled due to rain or snow. Tap here to learn more and register.

Friday, Feb. 10

Funky Butt Brass Band
7 p.m. February 10
Price: $15

These six talented musicians take traditional New Orleans brass tunes and sprinkle in their own brand of special St. Louis musical magic, along with some Chicago blues, Memphis soul, southern rock, and St. Louis R&B. Tickets go on sale January 13. Funky Butt Brass Band is sponsored by Boyt Engineering.

Individual tickets can be purchased at trcc.edu/tinnin-fine-arts-center (online fee may be charged) and in person at Three Rivers Student Accounts Office and the Tinnin Center Art Gallery. Tickets will be sold at the door, if any remain. All seats reserved.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day Dinner and Show
7 p.m.
Price: $60

Join for a special dinner catered by Tasteful Creations, followed by an entertaining show featuring masterful pianist and Missouri native, Michael Michelson, The Piano Man. Tickets go on sale January 17, only 100 tickets are available. Entertainment for the Valentine’s Day Dinner and Show is sponsored by Sterling Bank. The Valentine’s Day Dinner and Show is not included in the season pass.

Individual tickets can be purchased at trcc.edu/tinnin-fine-arts-center (online fee may be charged) and in person at Three Rivers Student Accounts Office and the Tinnin Center Art Gallery. Tickets will be sold at the door, if any remain. All seats reserved.

Tuesday, February 21

WINGS — Dublin Irish Dance
7 p.m.
Tinnin Fine Arts Center
2080 Three Rivers Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO
Price: $15

A brand-new Irish dance production, WINGS features thrilling dance and musical performances by Irish and World champion dancers and Ireland’s finest musical and vocal virtuosos. Tickets go on sale January 24. WINGS — Dublin Irish Dance is sponsored by Dille Pollard Architecture.

Individual tickets can be purchased at trcc.edu/tinnin-fine-arts-center (online fee may be charged) and in person at Three Rivers Student Accounts Office and the Tinnin Center Art Gallery. Tickets will be sold at the door, if any remain. All seats reserved.

Thursday, March 23

The Sicilian Tenors
7 p.m.
Tinnin Fine Arts Center
2080 Three Rivers Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO
Price: $15

Three marvelous, operatic tenors will take you on a romantic journey from Hollywood to Broadway to Italy with a concert of timeless songs. Tickets go on sale February 23. The Sicilian Tenors are sponsored by First Midwest Bank.

Individual tickets can be purchased at trcc.edu/tinnin-fine-arts-center (online fee may be charged) and in person at Three Rivers Student Accounts Office and the Tinnin Center Art Gallery. Tickets will be sold at the door, if any remain. All seats reserved.

Monday, April 17

Choir Jam
7 p.m.
Tinnin Fine Arts Center
2080 Three Rivers Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO
Price: $15

Three local church choirs come together for an uplifting, praise-filled performance. Tickets go on sale March 20.

Individual tickets can be purchased at trcc.edu/tinnin-fine-arts-center (online fee may be charged) and in person at Three Rivers Student Accounts Office and the Tinnin Center Art Gallery. Tickets will be sold at the door, if any remain. All seats reserved.

Monday, May 1

Solitary Man — Tribute to Neil Diamond
7 p.m.
Price: $15

Veteran vocalist and tribute artist, David Jericko, along with a band of professional musicians, bring the complete Neil Diamond experience to life by performing his greatest hits. Tickets go on sale April 3. Solitary Man — Tribute to Neil Diamond is sponsored by Dental Arts Group.

Individual tickets can be purchased at trcc.edu/tinnin-fine-arts-center (online fee may be charged) and in person at Three Rivers Student Accounts Office and the Tinnin Center Art Gallery. Tickets will be sold at the door, if any remain.

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