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98th Marion Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet & Auction - Sponsorship
01/18/19

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98th Marion Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet & Auction - Tickets
01/18/19
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Lunch & Learn January 2019: Lead Like a Girl
01/30/19
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Membership Luncheon - February 2019
02/12/19
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Events in the month of December 2018
DateEvent
12/01/18
Corey Evitts live @ Pookie's

You know the drill when Corey is here...
It’s Party Time!!

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12/01/18
Santa on the Square

Come one, come all!  Children of all ages are invited to greet Santa at the Marion Square on Saturday December 1st, 8th, and the 15th!  Meet his friendly local helpers!  Send your letters to Santa at a special mailbox that directly goes to the North Pole!

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12/02/18
2018 Holiday Homes Tour

2018 Holiday Homes Tour is a great activity to kick off the holiday season. The holiday tour includes 4 Southern Illinois homes, which will be decorated to wow. Some homes featured this year on the tour give you a first hand look at houses that spark your curiosity. Each ticket holder can stop by the Marion Cultural & Civic Center any time between 1 pm & 5 pm to enjoy light refreshments. 

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12/02/18
Mustache Dash 5K

Register online today! https://runtosucceed.com/mustachedash5k/ 

Mustache Dash 5K presented by Heartland Regional Medical Center and the American Cancer Society. 

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 
Harry Crisp Sports Complex

Registration: $20 includes T-Shirt (must register by November 18, 2018 to guarantee T-Shirt) 
Registration after November 18th will increase to $25

!!!! The First 50 Registered Participants Will Receive A Mustache Dash Coffee Mug !!!!

Day of Event
Registration/Packet Pickup: 12:00 PM 
Race Time: 1:00 PM

Bring your “No Shave November” mustaches and beards to one final bash before shaving them off at the Mustache Dash 5K! Participants are encouraged to grow out their facial hair during the month of November and Commit Your Mustache To Dash with us on Dec. 2nd!. Race proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life events of Southern Illinois to fund cancer research, local programs and services, and education on cancer prevention. So grow or grab your most stylish stache and get ready to dash to the finish line in the Mustache Dash 5K!

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12/04/18
Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting will be held at 8 a.m. at Heartland Regional Medical Center. 

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12/06/18
Santa Pawz at Doggie Stylez

Turkey time is in the past y'all, it's CHRISTMAS TIME. To celebrate the holidays we are once again doing Christmas pictures! Want a beautiful holiday keepsake with your best furry friend? Join us next Thursday, December 6th at 6 o'clock, and in exchange for a monetary donation to Wright Way Rescue, you'll get just that! Bring your pooch, pals, and the whole family to celebrate the best time of the year with us!

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12/06/18
Narcan Training - Carbondale

Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care, recently announced it has teamed up with Egyptian Health Department to provide two free trainings for health professionals about what to do when an individual is experiencing an opioid overdose.

One training session will be held in Marion on Oct. 29 from noon – 1 p.m. at 1307 West Main Street. The last training session will be held in Carbondale on Dec. 6 from noon – 1 p.m. at 2311 South Illinois Avenue.

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12/08/18
Cookie's, Ice Cream And Milk With Santa

Come visit Santa Claus at Jack and Josie's and have your pictures taken then have a cookie from Larry's House of Cakes or Ice Cream from Jack and Josie's and a glass of milk.

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12/08/18
Santa on the Square

Come one, come all!  Children of all ages are invited to greet Santa at the Marion Square on Saturday December 1st, 8th, and the 15th!  Meet his friendly local helpers!  Send your letters to Santa at a special mailbox that directly goes to the North Pole!

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12/09/18
Lorrie Morgan's Enchanted Christmas

Enjoy country legend Lorrie Morgan as she performs her Enchanted Christmas show in the fabulous Marion Cultural and Civic Center. 

Tickets available Friday October 19, 2018, at 

www.MarionCCC.com

A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s. 

Lorrie Morgan has sold over eight million 
records including fourteen top ten hits, twelve recorded albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year awards. She was the first female artist to ever have three consecutive albums RIAA-Certified Platinum®. She made her mark with what have now become timeless 
country standards, “Five Minutes,” “Except For Monday,” “Something In Red,” “Watch Me”
and “What Part Of No,” and established her place as a country star—a modern woman making country music history. Loretta Lynn Morgan was born to make music. At 13, she made her first and everlasting impression on the country music world when she played at 
The Grand Ole Opry, making her one of the youngest to have made her debut at the Mother Church of Country Music. Three short years later after her dad, country music star George 
Morgan’s passing, Lorrie launched her own career touring with her father’s band. She made history of her own when she became a lifetime member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 
24 — one of the youngest to ever become a member.

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12/10/18
Event Meeting: Annual Awards Banquet & Auction

Meeting to discuss the Annual Awards Banquet & Auction.  Agenda to be emailed to committee members.

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12/11/18
Membership Luncheon - December 2018

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, December 11th at Celebrations Event Center. Lunch service begins at 11:45 a.m.

The Marion Jr. Jazz Choir, under the direction of Elizabeth Byassee Shore, will be presenting several Christmas tunes for your enjoyment. 

St. Nicholas Brewing Company is catering and the menu includes pot roast, roasted vegetables, mixed salad, roll, and a cookie.  

The results of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors election will be announced at the luncheon.

Legence Bank is the sponsor of the this month's Monthly Membership Luncheon.

Registration for the event is $12 (payable to the Marion Chamber of Commerce) to those who RSVP prior to noon on the MONDAY before the luncheon. 

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12/12/18
Ribbon Cutting for Concepte of Illinois

Concepte of Illinois will be celebrating the opening of their new location in Marion on December 12th at Noon.  Join us as we welcome them to our city and business community!

 

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12/15/18
Story Time and Popcorn With Santa

Two story times available 10:30am and then again at 2:00pm holiday story read by Santa Claus have a bag of popcorn and have your picture taken with Santa Claus. The dates and times listed are tentative.
Two story times available 10:30am and then again at 2:00Pm

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12/15/18
Santa on the Square

Come one, come all!  Children of all ages are invited to greet Santa at the Marion Square on Saturday December 1st, 8th, and the 15th!  Meet his friendly local helpers!  Send your letters to Santa at a special mailbox that directly goes to the North Pole!

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12/16/18
Annual Zion Christmas Cantata

This Christmas the Zion United Church of Christ chancel choir and friends from the community will carry us into the Christmas story with beloved Christmas music and sacred Christmas Carols. Nearly 70 are participating in this year's cantata entitled It's Christmas Time. Love to have you join us!

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12/17/18
Christmas at the Library

Enjoy this special Christmas event. Deliver letters to Santa and get to meet one of the most iconic Christmas characters. Free and open to the public.

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12/18/18
Marion Chamber Membership Committee meeting

The Marion Chamber Membership Committee will meet at noon at the Chamber office. 

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12/19/18
Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee meeting

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Chamber office. 

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12/19/18
December Lunch & Learn: Designing for Growth

Eat, learn, discuss & grow!  Raise your leadership and connect with others in a fun learning environment!

This month's Lunch & Learn will be held on December 19th from noon - 1 p.m. at Heartland Regional Medical Center, Classroom 1.

This Month's Topic: Designing for Growth with special guest Glenn Clarida
Glenn Clarida will be sharing his experiences and leadership lessons as a consulting engineer for the city of Marion - a career spanning over 50 years.  Glenn has been an integral leader and chief designer of Marion’s transformational change to support commercial, residential, recreational, and transportation growth.  Glenn founded Clarida Engineering Company in 1965 and continues consulting today on projects for the now Clarida & Ziegler Engineering Co.  He has been an outstanding leader for civic 
organizations and currently serves as president of the board of directors for Heartland Regional Medical Center.  

The Marion Chamber of Commerce hosts a Lunch & Learn each month as part of the Leadership Marion program, sponsored by Heartland Regional Medical Center.
 
In a brief amount of time, you will receive the best leadership principles, interact with other growing leaders, and discuss how to apply effective practices to your organization.  After each Lunch & Learn, you will walk away with at least one mind changing idea that will create a desire for motivation and self-improvement. This is the perfect professional development opportunity to increase levels of influence and potential in yourself and in the teams you lead.
 
The Lunch and Learn programs will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month (March 21 and December 19, 2018, class are exceptions) from noon to 1 pm at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Classrooms 1&4.
 
Admission is $15 per Marion Chamber member ($20 for non-Chamber).  Lunch and drinks provided courtesy of Heartland Regional Medical Center. 
 
Contact the Marion Chamber at (618) 997-6311 or director@marionillinois.com to secure your seat or for more information. 
 
Facilitator: Russell  Williams, Certified Leadership and Personal Growth Coach, Speaker, and Teacher. For more information, visit EmpowermentMentor.com/RussellWilliams
 
Sponsored by Heartland Regional Medical Center

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12/19/18
Ribbon Cutting for TMG Company

Please join us as we celebrate TMG Company's new location on the Tower Square in Marion! We will begin with a ribbon cutting at 4:30 PM, followed by refreshments. Come check out the great views of beautiful downtown Marion during the Christmas season! We look forward to seeing you December 19th!

TMG Company
605 1/2 Tower Square (SW corner above Lavish)
Marion, IL 62959

 

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12/20/18
Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee meeting

UPDATE!  Dec 20 meeting moved to the chamber office!


The Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee meeting is held on the third Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. at South Porte Bank. 

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12/20/18
Santa's Coming to Night's Shield

This is a free event open to the community. Come and enjoy free Papa John’s pizza, small “Rudolph” gift bags for the children*, Christmas games & crafts, door prizes, a showing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” a resource fair, and, of course, Santa!

Free winter hats and gloves will also be available for any family or youth that needs them. 

So come out and celebrate Christmas with us! 

This event is brought to you by Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter & Franklin-Williamson County Positive Youth Development Action Team. As well as supporting vendors. 

*Due to limited supplies, gift bags and pizza will be available on a first come, first serve basis.


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12/21/18
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Movie Night

Friday, December 21st - 7pm
Come out to the Production Room for a movie night! To get in the holiday spirit, this month we will be showing the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation! It will be free entry for this event. The movie starts at 7pm. This movie will be in the Production Room that is attached to our Tasting Room. On the 21st we will also be offering a dinner & a movie special! The menu for this will be listed at the bottom of the description. 

Synopsis:
This sequel to the two Lampoon Vacation flicks has the Griswold family staying home for the holidays and being invaded by bickering relatives.

Rating: PG-13

Food & Drink Specials-
$1 popcorn
$1 cans of soda
$ 1 candy
$2.50 root beer or coke float
$4.00 spiked root beer or coke floats
$2.00 hot chocolate
$4.00 spiked hot chocolate

Dinner & a Movie Special:
Fried Flounder $12
Flour dusted flounder filets deep fried with house made tartar sauce and lemon

* Grilled Chicken $10
Boneless Chicken Breast grilled and glazed with a brown sugar barbecue sauce

Meatloaf $11
House made meatloaf using certified angus beef, sweet peppers and onions

* Pork Chop $13
1” Thick, Bone-in chop grilled and served with pineapple chutney


Sides (Choose 2)
* Spring mix House Salad
* Fresh Cut Seasoned Fries
Macaroni and Cheese
* Freshly steamed Broccoli

Desserts (Limited quantities)
Legendary Chocolate Cake$7
Bluff’n Blondie $6
* Lemon Panna Cotta $5

Note: * =Gluten Free

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12/21/18
Sandi Patty - A Family Christmas

An evening with A Family Christmas will feature Sandi’s family – husband Don and their children – taking the audience on a musical journey through Christmas, sharing classics such as “O Holy Night” along with other songs and carols arranged just for the family.

Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:40 PM – 9 PM

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12/22/18
Breakfast with Santa

Join us for breakfast with Santa at the Marion ELKS.  Get a pictures with the big guy himself before he goes on his marathon gift delivery spree!  Wear your pajamas and enjoy donuts, milk, coffee, and juice.  $5 per child.  Bring a canned food item and enjoy $1 discount per canned food item.  Help others in our community!

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12/22/18
Beers with Santa & Krampus

It's our favorite time of year! Our two old friends St. Nick & Krampus join us on this day filled with $3 beers, $5 apps, pictures, and a lot of laughs. This year we are throwing in live music to keep the kiddos and parentals entertained. Bring your family to mingle with Old St. Nick & Krampus from 2-4!

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12/23/18
Brunch With Santa

Santa Claus is comin' to town! Walker's Bluff continues to bring holiday joy to your family this year with a wonderful brunch buffet with Old Saint Nicholas. Santa will be in town on Sunday, December 23rd from 11am-3pm! Call (618)956-9900 to make your reservations!

Pricing:
Adults $15.99
Ages 2-12: $6.99
Kids 2 and under: Free

On the Buffet:
Buttermilk Biscuits

White Pepper Gravy

Scrambled Eggs

Southern Style Grits

Hash brown Casserole

Buttermilk Pancakes

Applewood Cured Bacon

Pineapple Glazed Ham

Assorted Desserts

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12/31/18
New Year's Party at St. Nick's

Come Party with us, ring in the New Year, and enjoy some tunes!!!!!

Event time: 8pm-12am

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12/31/18
 -01/01/19
New Year's Eve Celebration

We're rolling out the red carpet to ring in 2019! The glitz and glamour of Hollywood are coming to Walker's Bluff this New Year's Eve. This year we are doing it up big at the Tasting Room with dueling pianos for the live music and entertainment! All tickets will also include access to our heavy appetizer buffet from 6pm-9pm and a late night snack station at 11pm. Tickets including a bar package will also be available! The party will be going from 4pm-1am! Limited tickets are available for this event. Get your tickets now at https://nyeatwalkersbluff.eventbrite.com

Pricing:
$75 per person (without bar package)
$95 per person (with bar package, including: Walker's Bluff wines, sangria, and domestic beers from 4pm-1am)

On the Menu (Included with all tickets):
Herb Poached Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
Fried Pickles and Zucchini Sticks with Chipotle Dipping Sauce
Bison and Pork Smoked Sausage
Banh Mi with Peppers and Onions
Steamed Mussels with Red Curry Broth and Grilled Naan
Fish Tacos: Seared Tuna with Snappy slaw with Miso Ginger Dressing
Arancini: Sausage and Mozzarella Stuffed Risotto Ball with Smoked Marinara
Chia Ficelle with Roasted Red Peppers, Fontina and Basil Pesto
Stuffed Shishito Peppers with White Miso Dipping Sauce
Seared Sea Scallops with Yellow Curried Aioli
Argentine Shrimp whiskey fired with Tarragon Cream Sauce on Sliced Demi Loaf

Desserts-

Crepe Station to include an assortment of toppings
Assorted Petit Fours
Fried Cheesecake with Strawberry Coulis

Event time: 4pm - 1am

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12/31/18
The Event

The Event is a New Year's Eve fundraiser for River to River. River to River is a not for profit, charitable organization. We forgive more than $30,000 in rent and services each month for residents who can’t afford to pay their way. We have so many seniors in Southern Illinois who struggle financially and physically. Please join the fun at our New Year’s Eve party and help us make it a spectacular success again this year!

Event time: 6:30 PM – 1 AM

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12/31/18
 -01/01/19
The Event

The Event is a New Year's Eve fundraiser for River to River. River to River is a not for profit, charitable organization. We forgive more than $30,000 in rent and services each month for residents who can’t afford to pay their way. We have so many seniors in Southern Illinois who struggle financially and physically. Please join the fun at our New Year’s Eve party and help us make it a spectacular success again this year!


 

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12/31/18
NYE at the Brew

We have decided to stick with what we know.....
Regular menu from 5pm-10pm 
Seafood & steak dinner specials 
Live music from 8-midnightish by the one and only Corey Evitts!
Champagne toast at midnight 
$5 cover charge once music starts. 
Ring in the New Year with your favorite pub!

Reservations recommended

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