· The Friends of the Vandalia Statehouse will hold a general meeting at the statehouse at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The group is working to find volunteers to help staff the statehouse following funding cutbacks and is organizing fundraising efforts to have much-needed window renovations done.
· The Vandalia Rotary Club will host a community blood drive at the Moose Lodge from noon until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.
· Expert Service, located at 1710A Hillsboro Road, has several fall car care specials going on. Remote starters start at $250 installed (Regular price is $300). You can also have your vehicle winterized for free with the purchase of an oil change. The first 30 minutes of diagnostics will be free, including check engine light codes. And all Chamber members will receive a 10 percent discount, excluding sale prices. Offers are good through Dec. 31.
· The Chamber’s Shop Local Promotion is underway. Stop by the following Vandalia businesses to register for a prize valued at $25 or more: Eclectic, Gloria’s Christian Supply, Family YMCA of Fayette County, Ma & Pa’s Amish Products, Something Special, Thompson’s Home Center, Words, Wicks & Wood, Little Blue Eyes, Kaskaskia Supply & Rental, Tiger Lily, Elephant’s Attic, Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop, Country Folk, Allen’s Furniture, The Red Door, The Copper Penny, Embers Wood Fired Pizza, Huddle House, Champion Trophies & Ts, Lia’s Gifts & Home Décor and My Special Gifts. Additional participating businesses will be announced later in the week, as well as details on each participating businesses’ prize. Just look for the sign with a Chamber logo and fill out a slip with your name and phone number to enter that businesses’ drawing.
· Here are upcoming community education classes at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus:
- Gluten Free Diet: Tuesday, Nov. 25, 5:30 -6:30 p.m.
- Introduction to the Internet: Tuesdays, Nov. 18 -Dec. 2, 6-8:30 p.m.
Seniors 60 years or older tuition is waived. Registration for Spring Semester is also ongoing; contact Mary Schulze at 618-283-1780.
· Wings will be half price and drafts will be a dollar off on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Embers Wood Fired Pizza, located at 7 Mattes Ave in Vandalia. There will also be a special going on next door at Huddle House, as customers can get two double cheeseburgers and two orders of fries for $6.99.
· Vandalia Subway now offers online ordering. Go to order.subway.com to place your order. Then stop by Subway at 915 Veterans Ave. to pick up your order 15 minutes after confirmation. There is a six-sandwich maximum on online orders.
· Who Says a Man Can’t Clean’s fall special is $25 off any service. Call 618-283-9994 for details.
· Be sure to visit Hosick Motor’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hosickmotors, and “like” the Free Oil Change post by 7 p.m. on Tuesday to enter the Free Oil Change Contest. The winner will be chosen at random.
· Evans Public Library’s Food For Fines program is underway. Bring non-perishable food items to the library and for every food item donated $1 will be deducted from your fines and/or replacement costs of lost or damaged items.
· Copies of the Chamber's 100th Anniversary cookbook are available for purchase at Kaskaskia Supply and Rental, First Bank and the Chamber office, located at 1408 N. 5th St. The books are $10 apiece and those who purchase two cookbooks will receive a free T-shirt.