• The United Way of Knox County is again be sponsoring the free VITA (Volunteers in Tax Assistance) Service in February. This program is in collaboration with the Knox County Public Library and the Bicknell-Vigo Township Public Library in a drop-off fashion. Individuals regardless of age or income can drop off the required materials and pick them up the following week.

The Bicknell-Vigo Township Public Library, 201 W. Second St., will have drop off times from 6:30-9:30 p.m. today.

Knox County Public Library, 502 N. Seventh St., will have drop off times on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon through Feb. 22.

For more information contact the United Way office at 812-882-3624.

• The next meeting of the Natural Gardeners Club will be 7 p.m. today in the teen area downstairs at the Knox County Public Library, 502 N. Seventh St. Members will taste the Fire Cider made at the December meeting and discuss the Grow City Garden and other possible programs and events.

Preceding the meeting, from 6-7 p.m., there will be a pitch-in dinner. Those wanting to participate in the dinner need to bring food to share and their own beverages. Bringing one's own table service is a sustainable and encouraged option, though disposable items will be available.

The Natural Gardeners Club is an area network of people interested in organic gardening and sustainable living. Members and others gather on the second Wednesday of each month to share experiences, questions, advice, resources, stories and harvest. There are no dues or officers, and all are welcome.

For information and questions, or to be on the contact list, email naturalgardeners@yahoo.com. There is also a Facebook page called Natural Gardeners Club

• Local historian and Sun-Commercial columnist Brian Spangle will sign copies of his new book, “Hidden History of Vincennes and Knox County,” on the main floor of the Knox County Public Library beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Books will be available for purchase. The signing will be preceded by a brief presentation about the book and the publishing process. The library is located at 502 N. Seventh St. For more information contact the library at 812-886-4380.

• The YMCA of Vincennes, 2010 College Ave., is now offering a dedicated time to evening pickleball players every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Members get in free. Non-members pay a day pass fee of $7.

• In response to the increase in influenza cases, Good Samaritan Hospital and the other members of the Community Patient Safety Coalition have implemented unified hospital visitation restrictions. The restrictions include:

— No visitors with influenza-like symptoms in the hospitals. Symptoms include cough, sore throat, fever, chills, aches, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting or diarrhea.

— No visitors under the age of 15.

— No visitors other than immediate family or other significant persons as defined by the patient, and in some cases, healthy family members of newborns.

Exceptions to these restrictions may be made for cases involving critically ill patients and end-of-life situations.

Visitors are encouraged to wash their hands frequently while in the hospital and wear protective face masks when instructed.

The flu can cause serious complications and even death, especially in the very young, the elderly, and those with certain existing medical conditions. These measures are being taken in an effort to protect patients, families, and hospital staff.

The Good Samaritan Oncology Department is accepting donations for the patient supply closet. Basic living and personal hygiene supplies are needed. Contact Lesley Hofmann at 812-885-3990 to make arrangements to have items picked up.

Good Samaritan’s Walk with a Doc is held from 9-10 a.m. on Saturdays at the Vincennes University Donald G. Bell Student Recreation Center, 1600 Short St. Those taking part will have a few minutes to learn about a current health topic then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and conversation with a doctor. It’s a great way to get out of the house and stay active. You can walk at your own pace and distance; whatever works for you. Good Samaritan Hospital providers will rotate as the walk leaders and provide information on new topics every week. Take a step to improve your health and join us at this free community event every Saturday. Walk with a Doc is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country.

Good Samaritan’s Community Health Services will offer free lipid profile blood screenings at the following locations during February: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today, Goodwill, 1540 Willow St.; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Odon Senior Center, Odon; 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 18, Washington Housing, Washington; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 19, Sandborn Community Center, Sandborn; 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Old French Towne Apartments, 600 Nicholas St.; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21, Richland County Senior Center, Olney, Illinois; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Winslow Community Center, Winslow; 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 25, Fox Ridge, 150 Fox Ridge Lane; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST Feb. 26, Lawrenceville Senior Center, Lawrenceville, Illinois; 10:30 a.m. to noon CST Feb. 27, Wabash Community Senior Center, Mount Carmel, Illinois; and 9-10 a.m. Feb. 28, Vinennes Fortnightly Clubhouse, 421 N. Sixth St.

Free body composition and BMI screenings will be offered on the following dates in February: 8:30-10 a.m. today at the Blue Jeans Center, 1242 Main St., Monroe City; 10-11:30 a.m. CST Feb. 17, Crawford County Senior Center, Robinson, Illinois; and 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 25 at God’s Pantry, Oaktown Christian Church, 103 School St., Oaktown.

Free stroke screenings will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 18 in Eva Hill Auditorium at Good Samaritan, 520 S. Seventh St. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 812-885-8753.

• The Grow City Garden 2020 Spring Workshops will begin on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. in the sunroom at the Knox County Public Library, 502 N. Seventh St. Future workshops will be held on March 17 and April 21. The workshops are free but space is limited. To register, contact Tracey Johnson at the Soil And Water Conservation District at 812-882-8210, Ext. 3, and by email at tracey.johnson@in.nacdnet.net.

• Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences provides educations to persons of all ages and topics of food and nutrition, human development, health and wellness, and family resource management. For more information contact Tonya Short, health and human sciences extension educator, at 812-882-3509, at 4259 N. Purdue Road, or visits www.extension.purdue.edu/knox or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/knoxcountyhhs.

• Generations would like to expand its Matter of Balance (MOB) program. This nationally recognized evidence-based program’s goal is to reduce fear of falling, stop the fear of falling and increase activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. Studies show that half of the older adult population fear falling, a third of older adults do fall and falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for this group. Generations is hosting a free one-day Matter of Balance Coaches’ Training in February for volunteers interested in teaching this evidence-based fall prevention program to older adults. The training will be conducted on Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vincennes University’s Zella Young Building, Room 305, 1019 N. Fourth St. Generations will provide materials for classes, supervision and program promotion. There is no selling involved. Seating is limited. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527 or akramer@vinu.edu.

• Honey in the Rock, a bluegrass gospel group, will perform at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Calvary Baptist Church, 300 Hall Road just outside of Wheatland as you travel towards Bicknell. There is no admission charge. For more information call Brother Gene Rasner, 812-743-2408.

• North Knox Primary School, 215 E. Fourth St., in Bicknell, will have its kindergarten round up for the 2020-2021 school year on March 4. Parents are asked to call the school at 812-735-2547 to schedule an appointment for their child’s registration. Appointment times will be scheduled from 8:30-10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Parents should plan approximately 30-45 minutes for the registration process.

Any student enrolling in kindergarten at North Knox Primary for the 2018-2019 school year must be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 1. Children should accompany their parents to the registration. Each incoming kindergarten student will participate in a screening process for school readiness and speech evaluation.

Parents should bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate and all immunization records. Immunizations need to be up to day by the first day of school. It is strongly recommended that your child have a medical examination prior to the first day of school. Physical forms will be provided.

Any questions regarding kindergarten registration/pre-enrollment or kindergarten in general, call the school office at 812-735-2547.

• The South Knox School Corp. is now compiling a list of children who will be entering kindergarten during the 2020-2021 school year.

A child must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 in order to enter kindergarten this coming school year.

Roundup has been scheduled for March 24-26. Anyone wishing to enroll a child for kindergarten should call South Knox Elementary at 812-743-2591 for an appointment. South Knox accepts out of district transfers applications.

Contact the elementary at 812-743-2591 or the middle-high school at 812-726-4450 for information.

• Individual show tickets are on sale for the Vincennes University Alumni Community Series 2019-2020 season. The series brings a wide range of quality entertainment to the stage of the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Call the VU Alumni Office at 812-888-4354 or 800-945-ALUM to order tickets.

Pam Tillis will perform on March 6. A three-time Country Music Association award winner, including the prestigious Female Vocalist of the Year award, two-time Grammy award winner and member of the Grand Ole Opry, Tillis’ star continues to shine brightly in the third decade of her career. As the child of Country Music Royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. Growing up, she was in a variety of bands, spanning from jazz and alternative country to top 40. She sang demos and lent her voice to many national jingles including Coke, Country Time Lemonade and a Coors Silver Bullet with country superstar, Alan Jackson.

Jeri Sager brings her high energy and vocally exceptional celebration of Broadway to the Skelton Center stage on April 17. She will sing your favorites from shows she’s starred in such as “Cats” (playing Grazabella), “Evita” and “Les Miserables” as well as some new songs.

• Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is looking for volunteer tax consultants for its Tax Counseling for the Elderly program. Generations has offered tax counseling assistance to older adults for 42 years to Daviess, Dubois, Knox, Martin and Pike counties. Volunteers will be required to attend a training session in January and complete the home study in order to be certified for tax season. Generations will provide stipends at the end of tax season to help cover mileage expenses. Last year, 25 volunteers were certified and provided tax assistance to over 1,500 individuals in the five-county area. If you are interested in being part of this valuable community service, please call Linda Yochum at 812-888-4854 or at 1-800-742-9002.

• Qualified Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care Specialist and Wellness Coordinator Peg Szewczak, at Fox Ridge Manor, is available for private consulting at no charge. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Peg at 812-895-1000.

• Children continue to need volunteer advocates through The Knox County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program. Volunteers serve as advocates for children who have been abused or neglected. To volunteer or find out more about the program, visit www.childadvocatesnetwork.org. A new training class is being formed to equip people who care to become equipped to meet this need.

• The American Red Cross is offering a free smoke alarm and installation program. Smoke alarms are only guaranteed to work for 10 years. Residents should test their smoke alarms monthly, change the batteries every six months, and replace their alarms every 10 years. Alarms should be replaced if they are older than 2007. To schedule an appointment for free smoke alarms and installation, contact the American Red Cross at 812-471-7200 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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