Put on your sundress and sandals tonight for a good cause. Sundresses & Sandals runs 6 to 10 p.m. today at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Warehouse in Marion. It’s brought to you in part by Withers Broadcasting, Heartland Regional Medical Center and Black Diamond Harley-Davidson. This sixth annual ladies-only party features wine tasting, food, entertainment by the Brat Pack and much more. Proceeds go to The H Group’s Summer Programs for Kids in the 27 southernmost counties of Illinois. Tickets are $40 per person. Order tix at southernticketsonline.com or call 618-453-6000.
Buy a book: Friends of Herrin City Library hosts its monthly book sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the library, 120 N. 13th St. Look for a large selection of new and used books, paperbacks, cookbooks, VHS tapes, movies, sheet music, books on tape, children’s’ books and more. Funds raised support the library’s history room, large-print books, summer reading program, digital book uploads, book cases, computer upgrades and other special requests for the library. For information, call 618-942-6109.
HerrinFesta art exhibition: All artwork must be registered in advance by mailing completed entry forms and fees by May 4. Pick up an entry form at Herrin Chamber of Commerce office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, call 618-559-7379. Categories/media include painting and drawing, photography and digital and all fine crafts. Artwork is delivered to the Herrin chamber office (back entrance) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12. The show is coordinated by Little Egypt Arts Association, Inc. The gallery in the Herrin chamber seminar rooms opens May 24.
Well done: Michael Merrett, PA-C, wraps a long and successful medical career at an open house hosted by his employer, Dr. Anad Salem, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the office of Dr. Salem, 207 W. Jackson St., in Carbondale. The public is invited. Merrett and his wife, Claudia, live in rural Carbondale.
Putting on the Ritz: Southern Illinois Women’s Connection monthly luncheon is set for 11:45 a.m. May 10 in Kokopelli Clubhouse restaurant in Marion. Guest speaker is Jeanette Levellie, an Illinois author, editor, speaker and vocalist. Reservations required by May 7 with Sharon at 618-993-8948 or Tava at 618-983-3431.
Giant City Stables: Trail rides, lessons, summer camps and parties are available at this gem of a place in beautiful Giant City. Call 618-529-4110 or visit giantcitystables.com for information.
Condolences: Sympathy goes out to family, friends and fans of longtime W3-D Radio announcer Larry Marrs, who died April 19 in Washington, Mo. Marrs became a high school teacher after leaving radio and moving from Herrin. He was 63.
Snapshots: Mike and Donna Monchino and their family were spotted at Herrin Women’s Club annual waffle breakfast Sunday at Mary’s in Herrin. Proceeds go to Herrin Habitat for Humanity and Herrin Education Foundation.
Gavin Murphy of Herrin, a graduate student at SIU, played his saxophone as a prank during a science lab in the SIU Life Science Two building April 19 for “Slackin’ for Cancer,” a weeklong fundraiser by music fraternities to raise funds for Race for the Cure. Gavin’s dad, Mike Murphy, is a River Radio sportscaster and staffer with Customer Tours and Travel in Herrin.
HerrinFesta honorees were snapped in Festa colors — wearing red, white and green at the annual Festa Day at the Chamber Tuesday in Herrin Civic Center. Paul and Dixie Restivo are Grand Parade marshals, retiring U. S. Congressman Jerry Costello will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Pisoni Real Estate (Richard Pisoni owner) is corporate honoree. Special guests Van Herrin Austin and Charles and Janice Shahadey also will be honored during the weeklong festivities May 21 to 28.
Cookie Goodwin, Lois Jacobs, Joy Roth and Karon Bauernfeind spent a girl’s week having fun in Gulf Shores, Ala., and enjoyed a mid-spring break from their Herrin homes.
Thoughts: Our grass is glossy green, afternoon winds hoist our American flag hanging on the garden shed, sun waffles in dapples across my peony garden. April is an adolescent bursting with beauty.
CHERYL RANCHINO is a lifelong resident of Herrin. She has penned The Paper Telephone for 36 years. Contact her at 618-942-3027 or email@example.com.