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(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.

Friday, Jan. 27

Grand Opening for Magnolia Soap and Bath Company
10 a.m.
440 S. Mount Auburn Road, Suite 108
Cape Girardeau, MO

Magnolia Soap and Bath Company will be opening its first Missouri location in Cape Girardeau. They have a wide variety of home and bath products, even laundry soap. They use only domestically sourced, naturally grown butters and oils – ingredients that have felt and seen the sun. The Grand Opening will be Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28. They will have giveaways, door prizes, and fun for kids, 10am-6pm. Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce will be host the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, January 27 at 10 a.m.

The grand opening will offer free monthly soap for a year to the first 50 purchasers on January 27 and 28. You can also register to win a $500 gift card.

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City Block Groundbreaking Ceremony
2 p.m.
in the block bounded by Second Street, Broadway, Water Street, and Jefferson
parking lot at North 2nd and Broadway
Paducah, KY

The City of Paducah and Weyland Ventures signed a development agreement in 2020. Since that time, construction documents and financing details have been finalized for the first phase of construction.

The first phase includes the construction of a boutique hotel along Jefferson Street, public promenade, green space, and parking improvements. The hotel will include restaurant and retail space on the first floor with a rooftop bar. Hotel construction will take approximately 16 months with an opening expected in spring 2024.

The second phase of the project will include the construction of a mixed-use building on Broadway with retail space and upper-story living.

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Story time
2 p.m.
Riverside Regional Library – Benton Branch
N. 54 Winchester (Highway 61)
PO Box 108
Benton, MO 63736

Join for a fun story time at the Benton Branch.

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BINGO
4 p.m.
Riverside Regional Library – Scott City Branch
2108 Main Street
Scott City, MO 63780

Get out of the house and join us for some social time and fun playing BINGO at the Scott City Branch.

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Family BINGO Night
6 p.m.
Riverside Regional Library – Perryville Branch
800 City Park Drive, Suite A
Perryville, MO 63775
Bring the family in for a great game or two of Bingo at the Perryville Branch.

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Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Celebration
6 p.m.
Paducah-McCracken County Convention and Expo Center
415 Park Street
Paducah, KY

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Meeting and Business Celebration on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 6 p.m., at the Paducah-McCracken Co. Convention and Expo Center. Presenting Sponsors are Mercy Health and CSI.

The theme is “Celebrating our Community.” The emcees are Todd Faulkner, WPSD Local 6, and Suzanne Farmer, Mercy Health. The event will recognize businesses and individuals who have made a difference in the community with their Annual Awards.

Awards for the night include:

  • Business of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Non-profit Organization of the Year
  • Summit Award
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Spirit of the Community – A new award recognizing an individual, organization or company that went above and beyond to make the local community a better place to be in 2022
  • Leadership Paducah Alumnus of the Year

The Four Rivers Business Journal, a publication of The Paducah Sun, in partnership with the Paducah Chamber, will also name the Young Leader of the Year.

2022 Board Chair Cory Hicks, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, will be recognized and ceremoniously pass the gavel to 2023 Board Chair Brent Housman, Baird. The 2022 and 2023 Officers and Board members will be recognized.

Corporate sponsorships or reserved tables are available by contacting the Chamber at 270-443-1746. The deadline for sponsorships is January 6. Individual tickets will go on sale in January.

Saturday, Jan. 28

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

Paddle on over and learn about our feathered friends with webbed feet. We will dive into the lives of ducks and geese to learn where they live and what they do. 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. Tap here to learn more and register.

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Family Game Day
10 a.m.
Riverside Regional Library –  Oran Branch
120 Mountain Street
PO Box 298
Oran, MO 63771

Get out of the house for family fun and games at the Oran Branch.

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Celebrate Eddie Gilbert’s 60 Years of Service
1-4 p.m.
Recognition ceremony: 2 p.m.
Steele Fire Station
Steele, MO

Chief Eddie Gilbert celebrates 60 years of service with the Steele Fire Department.

Monday, Jan. 30

BINGO
1:30 p.m.
Riverside Regional Library –  Oran Branch
120 Mountain Street
Oran, MO

Get out of the house and enjoy a great game or two of Bingo at the Oran Branch.

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Homework Club
3 p.m.
Riverside Regional Library –  Oran Branch
120 Mountain Street
Oran, MO

Get a head start on your homework and some help if needed with the Homework Club at the Oran Branch.

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Riverside Virtual Book Club
7 p.m.
Place: Virtual via Zoom

Start the year off with a great discussion of “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig. To receive a Zoom invitation, contact Eunice at 573-243-8141 ext 123 or eschlichting@rrlmo.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Southern 7 Health Department WOW Van Clinic
Dollar General Store
Cairo, IL
9:30 a.m.-noon

Southern 7 Health Department WOW Van Clinic
Dollar General Store
Mounds, IL
1:30 p.m.-3:30 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.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Paducah Chamber Power in Partnership Breakfast
7:30 a.m.
Paducah-McCracken County Convention and Expo Center
415 Park Street
Paducah, KY

You must pre-pay to attend by Monday, Jan. 30 by 2 p.m. Pay online or at the door. Tickets at $25. Tap here for more info.

Friday, Feb. 3

First Friday Coffee
Doors open: 7 a.m.
Comments begin: 7:40 a.m.
Century Casino
777 Main Street
Cape Girardeau, MO

Program: Little River Drainage District presented by W. Dustin Boatwright, PE Executive Vice President/Chief Engineer of The Little River Drainage District

Saturday, Feb. 4

MDC Eagle Days
Puxico Activity Center
Puxico, MO
The Puxico Activity Center is adjacent to Puxico High School, just off HWY 51.
Programs: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Celebrate the return of bald eagles to southeast Missouri with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of Mingo Swamp, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, World Bird Sanctuary, and Puxico School District on Feb. 4 in Puxico.

“Attendees will experience indoor live bald eagle shows from our friends at the World Bird Sanctuary,” said MDC Conservation Educator Sally Hancock.

The 2 p.m. program will be different from the other programs, providing another opportunity to learn about eagles and other birds of prey.

All ages are welcome. Registration is not required.

Eagle shows have a capacity of 400. Early arrival is recommended.

Hancock says opportunities to view bald eagles in the wild – with the assistance of volunteers and spotting scopes – will be available at the following locations:

  • Three locations on Mingo National Wildlife Refuge from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • One location at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • One location at Duck Creek Conservation Area from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will be open the day of the event to present details on the restoration project that took place on the refuge. Limited edition prints of the hacking towers (limit one per family) will also be provided.

Hancock said because of Missouri’s big rivers, many lakes, and abundant wetlands,

The Show-Me state is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing.

“Each year around this time, thousands of these great birds migrate south from their nesting range in Canada and the Great Lakes states to hunt in Missouri,” she said. “So, now is a great time to visit!”

Hancock said eagles take up residence wherever they find open water and plentiful food. More than 2,000 bald eagles are typically reported in Missouri during winter.

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Alumni Art Exhibit opening
noon to 4 p.m.
Three Rivers College
Tinnin Fine Arts Center
2080 Three Rivers Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO

The gallery is open from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the Alumni Art Exhibit will be available until February 24. Admission is free.

Three Rivers music students and faculty will also perform an informal concert in the Tinnin lobby from noon to 2 p.m.

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2023 Polar Plunge – Cape Girardeau
2 p.m.
Cape County North Park

This “unbearable” event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics Missouri athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. In 2022, the Cape Girardeau Plunge had 169 plungers and raised more than $66,000! This one-of-a-kind event promises a fun atmosphere complete with music, funny costumes and lasting memories for everyone!

Tap here to learn more and register.

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New Madrid Historical Museum Annual Drawdown Fundraiser
live music by The Sensation Band
Tickets: $100 and admit two people to the event
Call 573-748-5944 for tickets.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Public meeting about latest developments on the Cedar Lake Master Recreation Plan
5:30-7 p.m.
Carbondale City Hall
200 S Illinois Ave
Carbondale, IL

A public meeting is planned for Tuesday, February 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Carbondale City Hall to discuss the latest developments on the Cedar Lake Master Recreation Plan and allow for public input.

Agenda: Brief Presentation; Public Input Opportunity

The Cedar Lake Plan document is being completed with stakeholder groups and City staff. Three areas will be reviewed, and development recommendations will be provided.

The recreation plan will prescribe uses and improvements for the City-owned portion of Cedar Lake. This area includes Poplar Camp Beach, the Carbondale boat launch, some existing trails, and forested open space.

The purpose of the Master Plan is to provide long-range direction to the City on the improvements and provision of parks and recreation services to residents and visitors. The Plan has been in the works since October.

The City of Carbondale encourages the public to attend to review the Plan and provide feedback. Comments made after the meeting should be emailed to maryjeanne@hutchisonsolutionsllc.com by February 17, 2023. All comments will be considered, and an official recreation plan will be presented to the Council in March 2023.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Southern 7 Health Department WOW Van Clinic
The Chocolate Facebory
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.

Thursday, Feb. 9

Feeding Frenzy
2-2:30 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

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.

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Annual Jazz Festival
7 p.m.
Tinnin Center Auditorium
2080 Three Rivers Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO
Admission: free

Jazz bands from schools across southeast Missouri will come together to perform in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center as the Three Rivers College Music Department hosts the 31st annual Jazz Festival at 7 p.m. February 9. Admission is free.

“I am pleased we are able to host the 31st Annual Three Rivers Jazz Festival,” said William White, Professor of Music at Three Rivers and director of the College’s Jazz Band. “I am sure our audiences will hear fantastic performances by all of the groups this year.”

The Saturday, February 11, performance will feature the Southeast Missouri All-District Jazz Band, which consists of the best high school jazz musicians in Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) District 10.

In addition to the performances, the festival includes clinics during the day for students in the participating bands.

“Our clinicians have been world-class educators from the beginning, and this year we have one of the best,” White said. “Please come and see the great work our area students are doing to promote America’s art form – jazz!”

People wanting more information on the annual Jazz Festival, or those interested in participating in next year’s performance, can call the Three Rivers College Music Department at 573-840-9639.

Friday, Feb. 10

Night to Shine
6-9 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church and School
223 W Adams Street
Jackson, MO
573-243-2236
sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation

St. Paul Lutheran Church is proud to be an official host church for Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On Friday, February 10, 2023, Night to Shine will celebrate its ninth anniversary as hundreds of churches and volunteers come together to honor thousands of guests with special needs.

Contact: Rachel Jeter at 573-382-2077 or jeters614@gmail.com

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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.

Saturday, Feb. 11

Babes in the Woods: Spotted Sallies
9:30-10 a.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Who’s shiny and black with yellow spots? Spotted salamanders! Crawl on in to learn all about spotted salamanders and why they are on the move this time of year. 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. Tap here to register.

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Wild Valentines
2-2:30 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

Why is that frog singing? Why is that spider giving that other spider dead bugs? Attend a naturalist presentation to find out about animal sweethearts and how hard it can be to find a mate and raise a family in the wild. We will also have supplies available in the lobby to make your own “wild” themed valentines to take home.

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Cape Girardeau Public Schools Foundation Penguin Party
Featuring Awkward Timing, Mic Larry Band and a silent and live auction
6-11 p.m.
Drury Plaza Convention Center
3351 Percy Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO

The Annual Penguin Party is held on the second Saturday in February every year. Support Cape Girardeau Public Schools Foundation, teachers and students while having fun yourself! This special evening filled with drinks, food and dancing it is the major fundraiser for the foundation. This event helps fund the Innovative teaching grants and special requests. By attending or sponsoring this event you are directly helping to assure that Cape Girardeau Public Schools can continue to provide excellent learning opportunities and program for our area children. More information can be found by calling the Foundation office at 573-651-0555 or email foundation@capetigers.com. Tap here to buy a ticket.

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Annual Oran Knights of Columbus Euchre Tournament
Oran Knights of Columbus Hall
8681 MO-77
Oran, MO
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Play starts at 7 p.m.
$15 covers cost of play and food

Draw for a partner, 10 points a game/10 games, quarter sets, 50/50 drawing.

Call Richard Johns at 314-808-6739 for more information.

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Plant Romance (Virtual)
Noon-1 p.m.
Tap here to register.

It is hard to mingle if you’re rooted in the ground! Join us on Valentine’s Day to learn the amazing ways plants overcome this by enlisting help from insects, wind, and water to produce future generations. This program contains biological discussions of reproductive processes and is most appropriate for older students and adults.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner and Show
7 p.m.
Tinnin Fine Arts Center
2080 Three Rivers Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO
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.

Wednesday, February 15

Southern 7 Health Department WOW Van Clinic
Dollar General Store
Karnak, IL
9 a.m.-noon

Southern 7 Health Department WOW Van Clinic
Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL
1:30-4 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.

Friday, February 17

Nature Center Game Night
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO

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, and 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.

Saturday, February 18

Little Acorns: Wild Valentines
10-11 a.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO

In February we celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging cards and doing nice things for those we love. Did you know that many animals are celebrating too? Come learn about some of the silly things some animals do to find a valentine. 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. Tap here to learn more and register.

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Building a Bluebird House
2-4 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO

Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Delve into the natural history of these birds as we reveal what it takes to be a responsible bluebird landlord. Each family will get to build and take home a bluebird house. Please register ONE member of your group. Participants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Tap here to learn more and register.

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Wine & Chocolate Pairing
6-9 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Country Club
250 Country Club Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO
Tickets: $50

Featuring live music, hor d’oeurvres, a silent auction and wine pull. Enjoy house-made chocolates and wine pairings and help the SoutheastHEALTH Ambassadors raise funds for the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation HeartStrong Fund. Purchase tickets at sehfoundation.org/winechocolate or call Amy Brown at 573-519-4923 or amybrown@sehealth.org.

Tuesday, February 21

Little Acorns: Wild Valentines
10-11 a.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO

In February we celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging cards and doing nice things for those we love. Did you know that many animals are celebrating too? Come learn about some of the silly things some animals do to find a valentine.

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.

Tap here to learn more and register.

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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.

Wednesday, February 22

Southern 7 Health Department WOW Van Clinic
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dollar General Store
101 Springfield Ave.
Anna, IL

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.

Thursday, February 23

Becoming a Bluebird Landlord (Virtual)
10-11 a.m.

Celebrate our state bird by providing it with a place to raise its young. Delve into the natural history of these birds as we reveal what it takes to be a responsible bluebird landlord. This class is best suited for those 12 years of age and older, but open to all ages. Tap here to learn more and register.

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Trivia Night fundraiser for Three Rivers Endowment Trust
Doors open : 5 p.m.
Trivia starts: 6 p.m.
Holiday Inn
2781 N Westwood Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO

The Three Rivers Endowment Trust will hold its annual Trivia Night fundraiser Thursday, February 23, at the Holiday Inn in Poplar Bluff. Doors open for dinner provided by Imo’s Pizza at 5 p.m., with trivia starting at 6 p.m.

Tables will be $120 for a six-person team and includes dinner. There will also be a cash bar. You or your business may sponsor a round for $100. You may also sponsor a round and enter a team for $200. Proceeds from the trivia competition will benefit scholarships for Three Rivers students.

To register or sponsor a team, visit trcc.edu/events or contact Michelle Reynolds, Director of Development at Three Rivers and the event coordinator, at 573-840-9077 or michellereynolds@trcc.edu. The deadline to sign up is February 16. This is a 21-and-older event.

The Three Rivers Endowment Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization that receives and manages donations on behalf of Three Rivers College. For information on creating or donating to scholarships, building projects, or other college needs, contact the Development Office at 573-840-9077.

Friday, February 24

Asian Cuisine Inspired Game Birds
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 290-5218

So, you’ve had a successful hunt and mow you’re ooking for new and creative recipes to enjoy your harvest? This is the program for you. Join us as we look to the exciting flavors of Asia for two fresh takes on wild game cooking. This hands-on program will feature a duck dish inspired by Thai yum woon sen noodle salad and a Taiwanese braised quail inspired by the sticky-sweet pork dish Lu-Rou-Fan. Allergy warning: this program will include peanuts, soy, and sesame ingredients. Tap here to learn more and register.

Saturday, February 25

Trivia Night
Doors open: 6 p.m.
Trivis begins: 7 p.m.
VFW Hall
Kingshighway
Cape Girardeau, MO

Featuring games, raffles and more. Outside food and drinks are welcome. Two drink tickets per person (beer/soft drinks).

$200 per table (teams of 8 – $25 per person)
$500 round sponsor (include table of 8, name recognition and logo on one round)

All proceeds benefit Junior Achievement Programs in southeast Missouri area schools.

Tap here for more information.

Tuesday, February 28

Creature Feature: Missouri’s Skunks (Virtual)
2-2:30 p.m.

Missouri is home to two species of skunks, and they are both equipped to defend themselves in an incredibly stinky way. Discuss the lives of both the spotted and striped skunks of Missouri and find out how they are beneficial. Tap here to learn more and register.

Wednesday, March 1

Mushrooms: Meet the Morels (Virtual)
Noon- 1 p.m.

Spring is in the air and that means morels! The end of March sees the first flush of this famous forage, are you ready to make the most of the season? Join us to learn all about how to identify morels safely, where to find them, and laws and rules involving harvesting wild fungi. Tap here to learn more and register.

Saturday, March 4

7th Annual The Friends Gala
Drury Plaza Hotel Conference Center
3351 Percy Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO
General ticket – $200

The Friends Gala funds help make life a little easier for patients battling cancer or suffering from a cardiac event. CardiacCare provides cardiac rehabilitation and other necessary services and equipment for patients unable to afford them. CancerCare helps cancer patients in need with nutritional supplements, medicine, transportation and lodging.

Visit thefriendsgala.org to purchase a table or call 573-331-3187.

Saturday, March 18

Native Plant Seminar and Sale
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO

This year there will be two guest speakers, a tree ID hike, and of course, native plant vendors! There will also be a series of native plant-themed virtual programs Tuesday, March 14 through Friday, March 17.

This free seminar is designed to help gardeners, landscapers, and landowners learn about native plants and how incorporating them into your landscape can have a big impact. Native plants provide many benefits to wildlife and can increase your wildlife viewing opportunities.

Forrest Keeling Nursery and the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will be on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a variety of native plants, shrubs, and trees available for sale. To guarantee availability, a preorder will also be available. Preorder plants from the following:

  • Missouri Wildflowers Nursery at 573-469-3492
  • Forrest Keeling Nursery at Events & Plant Sales – Forrest Keeling Nursery (fknursery.com) or 800-356-2401

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.

Friday, March 24 – Saturday, March 25

Heartland Home Show
Osage Centre
1625 N Kingshighway Street
Cape Girardeau, MO

Friday, March 24: 3-8 p.m.
Saturday, March 25: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, March 25 – Sunday, March 26

Maple Syrup Festival
SIU’s Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center Camp 2 location
1206 Touch of Nature Road
Makanda, IL

Enjoy two full days of family fun including maple syrup demonstrations, pancake breakfast, nature hikes, lumberjack demonstrations, children’s activities, vendors and artisans, and much more.

The Festival takes place at our Camp 2 location. This event is free and welcome to all ages, except for the Pancake Breakfast. If you’re a Touch of Nature Member, you’ll receive VIP seating.

Pancake Breakfast
Free – ages 5 and younger
$6 – ages 6-13
$12 ages 14 and up
$8 – ages 6-13 day of
$15 – ages 14 and up day of

Schedule:

  • 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Pancake breakfast
  • 9 a.m.-noon & 1-3 p.m.: climbing wall (weather permitting)
  • 1-4 p.m.: lunch available
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: open cash bar
  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: live music Saturday and Sunday

Saturday, April 1

Doniphan Citywide Yard Sale
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Riverfront Park & Old Fred’s parking lot
Doniphan, MO
$10 a booth (20×20)
Call 573-996-2623 to book a spot.
Rain date is Saturday, April 8

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.

Saturday, April 29

Princess Tea
Tea times: 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Osage Centre
1625 N Kingshighway Street
Cape Girardeau, MO

The Princess Tea is returning with enchanting sets, characters and features to amaze and entertain little ones. Many favorite princes and princesses will take part in this spectacular royal performance. All the little princesses attending will have the opportunity to sing, dance and mingle with all the performers. Sweets and treats fit for a king or queen will be served to the young royal highnesses and their court.

All proceeds benefit Southeast Pediatrics, OB and NICU. More than 765 children and adults from southeast Missouri have attended previous Princess Teas.

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

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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