Community digest 8/27/07

Monday, August 27, 2007

Fall luncheons set at Magnolia Manor

The first of Magnolia Manor's fall luncheons will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 4 at Magnolia Manor, 2700 Washington Ave., Cairo, Ill. Proceeds benefit the upkeep of the manor. A donation is requested and may be paid at the door. For more information or reservations, call (618) 734-0201.

Girls, boys invited to Back to School pageant

America's Cover Miss & Cover Boy USA will be holding a "Back to School" preliminary beauty pageant at 2 p.m. Sept. 8, at the Victorian Inn, Cape Girardeau. Girls up to age 25 and boys up to age 3 are invited to attend. Casual attire is preferred. Visit for more details.

Fast mice and heavy betting to raise funds

The "Cheese Hill Downs Mouse Races" opens its doors and betting windows at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Knights of Columbus Upper Hall. Races begin at 7 p.m. with a DJ and dancing afterward. Proceeds will benefit the Immaculate Conception School. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. There will be a cash bar, and draft beer, soda and snacks will be provided. Tickets are limited and available at the following locations: B and B Door on Route PP, Direct Line Marketing at 120 S. Missouri, Knights of Columbus Hall in Jackson, Immaculate Conception Church office and Brugger Auto Sales on Highway 25. For more information or to sponsor a mouse, a race or the championship race, call Mike and Amy Beussink at 243-6455.

Olmsted village hosts catfish days Sept. 14, 15

The village of Olmsted will hold catfish days beginning with a catfish fishing tournament from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 at the river landing. At 9 a.m. Sept. 15 an antique tractor show will begin the day, followed by an 11 a.m. parade and 1 p.m. garden tractor pull sponsored by the fire department. Live entertainment will be at 2 p.m., concluding with an evening street dance. A pancake breakfast, several food vendors, tractor shuttle rides, inflatable amusements and games are also on the agenda. Proceeds from the event will raise funds for an Illinois Department of Natural Resources matching grant to improve the village of Olmsted's park facilities. For more information, call (618) 742-6487.

Benefit dinner planned Sept. 15 for Carrie Hale

There will be a benefit dinner and auction held at 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at Willa's Getaway, Route 3, McClure, Ill. for cancer patient Carrie Hale. A fried chicken dinner with coleslaw, baked beans, bread and dessert will be served, and a 50/50 drawing and auction will be held. To donate auction items, call (618) 764-0116 or contact Tina at 651-4363.

Open beauty pageant to be held in Jonesboro

The 24th annual Little Mr. and Miss Jonesboro open beauty pageant will be held Sept. 29 at the Nettleton Performing Arts Center, Progress St., Jonesboro, Ark. Registration for children age 5 and younger is at 9 a.m.; ages 6- to 21-years-old at 2:30 p.m. The pageant is open for anyone who would like to enter (except the returning queens). For more information, call Alan or Lesia Oldman at (870) 931-1883 or (870) 930-5548.

Nominations sought for Missouri Arts Award

Nominate an outstanding individual, arts organization or community for the 2008 Missouri Arts Awards in the following categories: Creative Community, Arts Education, Individual Artist, Arts Organization, Philanthropy, and Leadership in the Arts. Nominations must be postmarked by Sept. 7. For more information, call (866) 407-4752 or (314) 340-6845.

-- From staff reports

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