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Survey of VHS holdingsVienna High School solicits feedback from parents, students, and staff in its annual Illinois 5 Essentials survey. The information is used to better serve students and families. Parents can participate by visiting http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/. For more information, contact the school at 618-658-4461.

MCDAC meets on Wednesday

Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition (MCDAC) meets the third Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. in person at the Metropolis City Hall council chambers and also via Zoom. Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 19 January. MCDAC is a group of volunteers committed to providing leadership, education and resources to build and support communities of informed citizens who make healthy and safe choices by reducing substance abuse. For more information or the meeting link, contact MCDAC Director Holly Windhorst at 618-316-4472 or [email protected]

Amateur radio operators gather for breakfastThe Massac County Amateur Emergency Service (ARES), part of the Massac County Amateur Radio Club, holds its weekly breakfasts at 10 a.m. Saturdays at Yesterday’s, 310 W. 10th St., Metropolis. The next meeting is Saturday January 22. Tests are also available on Saturday mornings. All amateur radio operators or any member of the public who would like to learn more about the subject of amateur radio are invited. For more information, call 270-816-5551.

Church hosting Financial Peace UniversityCommunity Christian Church will begin the nine-week Financial Peace University course on Thursday, January 20, 2022. It’s hard to plan for the future when you’re still paying for the past. Through Financial Peace University, learn how to beat debt and plan for the future. The class will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 20-March 17, at the church, 1150 Country Club Rd., Metropolis. For more information, email [email protected]

At the monthly River Community Dinner is on MondaysAt the monthly River Ministries Community Dinner, Monday, January 24 at 5 p.m. at the Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St. The meal will be followed by a time of worship and gift giving. For transportation assistance, call 638-7561 by 3 p.m. Monday, January 24. For more information on volunteering or sponsoring a meal, email [email protected] Meals are held on the fourth Monday of each month.

MCHS Choice Selection Nights will take place next weekStudents attending Massac County High School in the 2022-23 school year will begin selecting their electives in January. Parents and students should report to the MCHS Library/Media Center computer lab on the evening specified – Monday, January 24 for the class of 2023 (seniors); Tuesday, January 25 for the class of 2024 (juniors); Monday, January 31 for the class of 2025 (second year students); or Tuesday, February 1 for the class of 2026 (first year entering). The elective course preference process will take approximately 20 minutes. Students and their families can come and go between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, contact the MCHS Academic Counseling Service at 618-524-3440.

VHS hosting the COVID-19 vaccination clinicVienna High School, 601 North First St., will be the site of a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the Illinois Department of Health. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, January 21 and Friday, February 18 in the lobby of the new VHS Gym (enter Gate U, the New Gym concession area). The clinic is open to anyone wishing to be vaccinated. The three vaccines and boosters (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Vaccines for children 5 years and older accompanied by a parent for parental consent will also be available.

Extension hosting the Legislative Update webinarRecent changes and potential changes in Illinois state law are impacting county and local governments. The University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois County Board Members Association will host a free informational webinar at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 24. Presenters include Kelly Murray, Executive Director of the IACBM, and Taylor Anderson, Legislative Expert and Illinois General Assembly Liaison. A question period follows each presentation. Register online at go.illinois.edu/LGE2022. For more information, contact Nancy Ouedraogo at [email protected]

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