Ribeye cookout to help Studio III recover from fire

CASEY -- A ribeye sandwich cookout will be held on Saturday to help Studio III Dance & Tumbling Academy recover from a recent fire that destroyed the studio's building.

Studio III's dancers and cheerleaders, their teachers and parents, and other supporters will host the cookout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Martin's IGA of Casey, 505 North Illinois Route 49. Community members are invited to purchase a sandwich to help owner/operator Samantha Connelly re-establish Studio III, which opened in 2001.

Supporters also have organized a fundraiser at https://www.gofundme.com/help-studio-iii-rebuild. They reported that ashes were almost all that were left after the fire early Tuesday morning at the Studio III building along Northeast 13th Street.

"Among the many memories, trophies, pictures, awards and hours of hard work lost, there were also several other expensive items lost. Tumbling mats, mirrors, costumes, bars, music equipment, and other cheer, tumbling and dance necessities were just a few to begin," the supporters reported. Information about other fundraisers will be posted at the Studio III Dance & Tumbling Academy page on Facebook.

Embarras Volunteer Conservation Day set

CHARLESTON -- The Embarras Volunteer Stewards will hold its final Conservation Day of the season at 10 a.m. Saturday at Walnut Point State Park for multiflora rose removal. Walnut Point is north of Oakland. Meet at the Pleasant Grove picnic area.

All are welcome, and no prior experience is necessary. Sturdy footwear and gloves are recommended. Tools are provided, but extra loppers and shovels are welcome.

Visit www.embarrasstewards.org for more information. Updates are posted on the group's website. To receive email notifications, contact thorsenhutton@gmail.com.

Coles County Veterans Support Coalition to hold 'A Christmas Story' Trivia Night

MATTOON -- The Coles County Veterans Support Coalition will hold 'A Christmas Story' Trivia Night from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Hunan Fine Asian Cusine, 116 S. 17th Street in Mattoon.

The event will feature silent auctions, prizes and a "major award."

This event will be held to help the Coalition support Gold Star Families. In August 1947, the United States Congress authorized the military to present a gold star label pin to the family members of those killed in action.

For more information contact Connie Jones at 827-612-2547.

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