• Today is the deadline to submit nominations for the North Knox Kiwanis Club's Man and Woman of the Year for the Bicknell Heritage/Sesquicentennial celebration. Nomination letters may be sent to P.O. Box 127, Bicknell, IN 47512. Winners will be announced at the Labor Day Queen contest on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at North Knox Primary School.

• The annual YMCA Fish Fry Fundraiser will be Friday. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under and available for purchase in advance at the Y. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. The menu includes a fish filet sandwich, a hamburger or hotdog, with sides, chips, drink and a dessert. Come out to share a meal with us and support the Y. For more information or donations please contact Rebecca Richardville at marketing@vincennesymca.org.

• The Camp Wildwood Foundation will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the camp, 2609 Washington Ave. The menu will include coffee, juice, milk and sausage. Cost is $5, with proceeds going for improvements to the camp lodge and grounds. The camp is available for rent for parties, picnics, receptions and meetings and features an enclosed lodge building with kitchen facilities, in addition to on site parking. For reservations, call 812-882-0744, or visit www.campwildwoodvin.com.

• Dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Blue Jeans Center, 1242 Main St., Monroe City. The menu includes pulled pork sliders, ham and cheese sliders, chicken salad sandwiches, baked beans, chips, slaw, porch salad and dessert. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children. Carry out will be available. All proceeds will be used to help keep the center open.

• Destination Dining discount books, to benefit Riley Children's Hospital, are available at the following locations: German American Bank, 101 N. Third St., and 2814 N. Sixth St.; the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, 316 Main St.; or from any Kiwanis Club member. The book includes buy one get one free and other offers from 32 restaurants in Knox, Daviess, Pike and Gibson counties in Indiana and Lawrence County in Illinois. Cost is $20.

• 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 Community Health Services will be offering free Pulse Oximetry screenings and tobacco education at the following locations during August: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today, Goodwill, 1540 Willow St.; 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Old French Towne Apartments, 600 Nicholas St.; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT on Friday, Richland County Senior Center, Olney, Illinois; 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 20, Washington Housing Authority, Washington; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 21, Sandborn Community Center, Sandborn; 10:30 a.m. to noon CDT Aug. 22, Wabash County Senior Center, Mount Carmel, Illinois; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 26, Winslow Community Center, Winslow; 9:30-11 a.m. Aug. 27, Fox Ridge, 150 Fox Ridge Drive; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT Aug. 28, Lawrenceville Senior Center, Lawrenceville, Illinois; and 9-10 a.m. Aug. 30,Vincennes Fortnightly Clubhouse, 421 N. Sixth St.

Good Samaritan’s Community Health Services will be offering free GFR/Creatinine and PSA (men 40 and older) blood screenings at the following locations: 8:30-10 a.m. today, Blue Jeans Center, Monroe City; 10-11:30 a.m. CDT Aug. 19, Crawford County Senior Center, Oblong, Illinois; 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 27, God’s Pantry, Oaktown First Christian Church, Oaktown.

Free colorectal cancer screening kits will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 24 during the Knox County Relay For Life held at the Highland Woods Community Center, 1377 Hart St.

Good Samaritan’s Walk with a Doc is held from 9-10 a.m. on Saturdays at Gregg Park, 2204 Washington Ave. 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 on the indoor track. 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.

• An exhibition featuring paintings by Katherine Kuharic will open on Aug. 20 at Vincennes University’s Shircliff Gallery of Art, 130 E. Harrison St. An artist talk and artist reception will be held on Sept. 6 in the gallery from 11 a.m. to noon. The gallery will be open on Sept. 6 for the First Friday Downtown Art Walk from 5-7 p.m. Kuharic’s exhibition runs through Sept. 20.

Kuharic’s work is a twisted synthesis of old-fashion American kitsch and contemporary concerns of gender, race, celebrity, and the status quo. Her images present simultaneously nostalgia and cynicism; a reanimation, equipped with disembodied limbs and organs, of what it means to be part of American culture. Her use of traditional patriotic symbols such as the American flag, cowboy hats and cornfields coupled with the carnival of unusual figures of tattooed nudes, giddy children and bizarre conglomerations of viscera distinguishes her works from other artists trying to capture America on canvas, if only by the sheer innovation of what they compound. Overall, Kuharic’s work marches a pack of strange curios across a jingoist stage, marrying effortlessly impressions of conventional and counter-culture.

A South Bend native, Kuharic completed her bachelor's degree in fine arts in painting and drawing at Carnegie Mellon University, then studied with Robert Storr and Louise Bourgeois at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Kuharic has held faculty positions at Yale University School of Art, Washington University in St. Louis School of Art (where she served as coordinator for the Undergraduate and Graduate Painting Program), and at Hamilton College, where she served two terms as the Kevin Kennedy Professor of Art. While at Hamilton, she developed the Senior Concentrator Program, the New York City Studio Tour, and the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Kuharic’s work has been represented by the prestigious P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York for 25 years. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and publications. She was awarded the Richard Diebenkorn Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Richard Diebenkorn Residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California in 2018.

The Shircliff Gallery of Art is located in Room A103 of the Shircliff Humanities Center. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, contact Professor Arthur Fields at 812-888-4316 or via email at artgallery@vinu.edu.

• The United Way of Knox County will conduct its campaign kickoff as a Knox County Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” event from 4-6 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the Vincennes Riverwalk. In case of inclement weather, the kickoff will be moved to the Riverfront Pavilion, 102 N. Second St. The event will include the announcement of the 2020 Campaign Kickoff Goal and a talk from the campaign chair. activities for children at tables from 25 partner agencies, results of our “Elementary Coin Collecting Campaign,” representatives of the Pace Setter Campaigns, high school team mascots, food trucks, door prizes, balloons and live music.

• The Monroe City Fall Festival will be held Sept. 20-22 at the Blue Jeans Center, 1242 Main St., Monroe City. A spaghetti dinner will be served from 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the cafeteria. The dinner is being sponsored by Lighthouse Church. Food booths will be open on the front lawn. Vendors and inflatables will also be available. A dodgeball tournament for all ages will be held from 6-9 p.m.

On Sept. 21, The Cow Muck Cookers will serve barbecue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pet parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the front lawn. Registration is not necessary. The queen pageants will be held from 2-4 p.m. followed by live music in the gym from 7-9 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at dark.

A community church service will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 in the gym, followed by the Jeff Black Fish Fry from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. The South Knox Band will perform at 3 p.m.

Other features during the festival includes homemade ice cream by Walnut Grove, sandwiches, cold drinks, Reed family funnel, cakes and coneys available all weekend. Rides, music, inflatables, country store and vendors will be offered. All clothing in the thrift store will be on sale for 25 cents per item.

For more information call 812-743-2393 or Jerry Coonrod at 812-887-4182. To be in the parade call Donetta Cardinal at 812-890-9681. To be a vendor call Marlis Day at 812-890-1736. To participate in the queen contest call Jenn Candler at 812-677-1217. To participate in the dodge ball tournament call Lynette Benton at 217-246-5051.

• The Vincennes/Knox Preservation Foundation will sponsor a “Holiday Historic Home Tour” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1, featuring six homes of historical interest. Tickets are $20 and will be available for purchase on the day of tour at Klein Reality, 505 N. Sixth St., where the tour will begin. For more information contact foundation president Tim Crowley at tscrowley@sbcglobal.net. The Vincennes/Knox Preservation Foundation promotes and encourages interest in homes, buildings, properties, history and heritage in Vincennes and Knox County. For more information go to www.vincennespreservation.com.

• Nominations are being sought for the 2019 N. Philip Shelton Humanitarian Award, presented annually by the Vincennes Kiwanis Club in cooperation with Good Samaritan Hospital.

The purpose of the award is to promote humanitarian efforts in the Knox County community, as exemplified by the late Dr. N. Philip Shelton. The award is scheduled to be presented in November. The award recognizes individuals who have worked in an exemplary and dignified manner to improve the general well-being and happiness of others in Knox County.

Past Shelton Award recipients are Betty Bahr, Harrel Helms, Dr. Roscoe Vaughn, Helen Mason, Joe Black, P.R. Sweeney, E. Vance Edmondson, Judge Sidney Gelb, Max Renshaw, John Lyons, Velma Hendrix, Jennifer Jones, Nancie Carie, Jimmie Morrison, Siegfried E. Schleicher, Mark Hill, Scott Shipman, Horace “Hoss” Foncannon and last year's recipient, Hugh Schaefer.

Nominees must be residents of Knox County who have demonstrated extraordinary effort in working to improve the general well-being and happiness of others; who have worked consistently to meet the physical, social, and economic and/or educational needs of individuals in the community; and those who exemplify the spirit of Shelton by their actions and deeds.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is Sept. 30.

For more information contact nomination committee chairman Bernie Schmitt at 812-888-5481.

• The Lincoln High School Class of 1964 is planning its 55th reunion. We are seeking address or status information for the following classmates: Cynthia “Cindy” Byers, Cindy Courter Calvert, Becky Dyhouse, Mary C. Elliot, Joan Fox, Carolyn Hall, Joyce Hedge Shepard, Mary Ann Klein Watson, Gordon Krueger, Dixie Moyes Bradford, Dennis Parr, Carolyn Roach Church, Linda Rocker Foley, Clovis Skaggs, Robert Bob Walker, Terry Walker, Diane “Cookie” Webb, Jacque Wilson, and Minerva Witherspoon. Please send any information to rblagrave@juno.com. Or message on Facebook at Lincoln High Class of 1964.

• Honey in the Rock, a bluegrass gospel group, will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday 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.

• Generations’ RSVP (Retired Senior & Volunteer Program) volunteers are at it again! The Happy Hoopers will be making wheelchair and walker caddies for homebound individuals served by Generations. They are in need of durable, quality fabric donations that will hold up to use. If you can help, please drop off your fabric donations at the Generations office, Room 31 on the third floor of Vincennes University’s Community Services-Zella Young Hall, 1019 N. Fourth St.

• The Lawrenceville High School Class of 1979 will celebrate 40 years since graduation this year. Information is being sought for the following classmates: Marvin Armstrong, Dave Brooks, Brian Deckard, Larry Dunlap, Harold Engel, Linda Garringer, Craig Gher, Marty Hunt, David Jarvis, Tammy Jurgins, J.R. Lewis, Marianne Mackey, David Milligan, Martin Nead, Karen Pinkstaff, Angie Plough, Felicia Stevenson, Greg Baxter, Kim Davis, Margaret Dollahan, Tim Emmons, Dave Finley, Brenda Garvey, Kim Horn, Bob Ingram, David Johnson, Sherri Laslie, Willie McKinney, Greg Mayo, Brenda Monjar, Kim Neighbors, Mike Pinkstaff, Doug Sager, Mark Swarens, Richard Terry, Lisa Umfleet, Paul Wells, John Timms, Kelly Warner and Ann Yosowitz. Call 618-928-2428 with information.

• The annual Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk will be held Sept. 15 at the track at Vincennes University. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Those interested in starting a team, or joining the Good Samaritan team, should contact the Good Samaritan Respiratory Department at 812-885-3215.

• Are you a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization providing services in Knox County? Does your organization look for ways to better leverage resources and/or increase program awareness? Do you look for effective ways to minimize duplication of resources in an effort to provide your targeted service to Knox County individuals?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, United Way of Knox County would like to hear from you. United Way is looking to generate conversation, and possible funding, around a networking collaboration of non-profits within the county. One avenue for this is to host an information and input session regarding a service called Charity Tracker. To find out more about the upcoming information session contact Mark Hill at United Way of Knox County at 812-882-3624. To learn more about Charity Tracker visit www.charitytracker.com.

• The 2019 Vincennes University Alumni and Friends Travel Program continues with a trip to Beef and Boards Theater in Indianapolis on Sept. 4 for a performance of “Hairspray.” Other trips include:

Oct. 16: Autumn in Nashville, Indiana.

The program is also offering a wonderful trip to Savannah, Georgia

For more information contact the VU Alumni Office at 812-888-4354.

• Season tickets are now on sale for the Vincennes University Alumni Community Series 2019-2020 season. The six-show 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. Season tickets are on sale now with individual show tickets on sale on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call the VU Alumni Office at 812-888-4354 or 800-945-ALUM to order tickets.

Kicking off the season on Sept. 13 will be “Artrageous,” an interactive art and music experience. Artrageous is a troupe of misfit artists, singers, dancers and musicians who started as friends doing street theater in Vancouver, Canada. They take you on a visual journey of high energy performance of a combination of fine art, live music, singing, dancing, humor, and audience interaction all on one stage, so be prepared to be a part of the show. A frenzy of movement and color with a message of the arts being an internal and valuable part of human existence.

On Oct. 11 Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson and their 17-piece big band will be performing. “Davis & Johnson Present the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra” is a show fashioned in the style and swagger of the legendary entertainers lead by Frank Sinatra. Davis and Johnson are putting their own stamp on the Great American songbook, graced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more, offering a freshness and relevance that speaks to every soul.

On Nov. 9, the music of ABBA will take centerstage with “Featuring ARRIVAL From Sweden.” Featuring original ABBA musicians, a 12-piece band, top-notch vocals, and stunning costumes. “ARRIVAL from Sweden” brings to life all of the classic ABBA hits — “Dancing Queen,” “Mama Mia,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “SOS,” and “The Winner Takes It All.” This band is hailed as the most authentic and greatest of all ABBA show bands ever.

Enjoy a Rockin’ Christmas when Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago returns on Dec. 6. Brass Transit is the world’s foremost Chicago tribute band and will be taking songs from the Christmas albums of the group along with playing some of the hits of Chicago. Brass Transit goes far beyond just replicating the songs: they embody the music. Brass Transit was formed in 2008, its accomplished, award-winning roster intent on paying tribute to the decades-long, multiplatinum songbook of Chicago.

Pam Tillis will perform on March 6, 2020. 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, 2020. 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.

• The high school equivalency exam, formerly GED class, is now taking enrollment. The Vincennes University adult education class meets in Room 205 of the Community Services-Zella Young Hall at 1023 N. Fourth St. The class is free. For more information or class schedule, call 812-888-4119.

• 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 812-881-7781.

• Health Connection of Pace Community Action Agency Inc. will send quarterly newsletters to keep the community informed/updated. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter, contact Linda Obaseki at lobaseki@pacecaa.org.

• Want to give back to your community? Generations’ AngelWorx Program is always looking for new volunteers. We invite folks of all ages who want to use their life experience and skills to make a difference regardless of the amount of time they have to give. You tell us what interests you and we will find a place for you. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages. Our volunteer program has evolved over the past 40 years to include intergenerational projects that fill the gaps and help improve the quality of life for residents in our six-county service area. For more information on volunteering, contact Patty Dreiman at 812-888-5879 or pdreiman@vinu.edu.

• 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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