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Metropolis Holiday Happenings Wrap-Up

Metropolis will be the host city for many favorite & traditional holiday happenings.  Plus – several new events have been added throughout the season!  Here are a few of them:


Saturday, Nov. 25 – Dec. 14
Stuff the Truck Toy Drive
Linwood Motors, 1634 E. 5th St., Metropolis
New, unwrapped toys will be collected for the Kid’s Toy Drive sponsored by Psi Eta Sorority and Metropolis Firefighters Union.  Drive will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16th at the Metropolis Community Center. For information, call 618-638-2426 or 618-645-0512.

Saturday, Nov. 25
Shop Small – Market Street in Metropolis
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Metropolis Merchants are open and ready to greet you on this special day.  Many will be offering special prices.  Please show your support for local businesses who serve the community all year long. For details, click here.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Kiwanis Pancake Day Breakfast
6:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, 5th & Ferry sts., Metropolis
It’s a Parade Day Tradition! This annua Pancake Day breakfast  includes “all you can eat” pancakes, bacon and sausage. Adults are $8 and children eight and under eat for free when accompanied by an adult. For information, contact Bob Wessel at  270-217-2925 or  Website.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Refuge Church Holiday Bazaar
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
309 Ferry Street, Metropolis
Come get beautiful home decor, Christmas decorations or the perfect present for your love one. This is the perfect opportunity to get a gift with a powerful faith message. Our event will be held at our church and the Christmas parade that will pass right in front of our store front.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Annual Christmas Parade in Metropolis
1:30 p.m.
Theme is “Christmas Now and Then”. Route is Washington Park, on E. 3rd Street, up Ferry Street, left on E. 5th Street, around Superman Square, up Market Street to 9th Street. The Metropolis Chamber invites any organization or business to participate in the parade. The alternate date in case of rain is Sunday, December 3rd at 1:30 p.m. Please listen to WMOK for rain out information. For information, contact the Chamber at 618-524-2714 or

Saturday, Dec. 2
Bring a Toy to the Christmas Parade
1:30- p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cub Scout Pack 101 is partnering up with the Marine Corps Reserves, Psi Eta Sorority, and Firefighters Local 3367 (that’s the Toys for Tots and Christmas for Kids campaigns) this year. Pack 101’s parade float will be a giant drop box for toys. Bring a new, unwrapped, unopened, toy to the parade, and as the Scouts walk the parade route, they will collect the toys you bring.

Saturday, Dec. 2
6th Annual Santa at the Library
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Come to the library and meet Santa Claus after the Christmas Parade. The kids are welcome to come and tell Santa what they want for Christmas and take a picture with him. The library will have special Christmas treat bags for the kids. Everyone is welcome to stop by. For information, contact Angela Lockard at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or

Sunday, Dec. 3
Metropolis Tour of Homes
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Massac County Historical Society hosts an annual tour of interesting homes and one church with holiday decor from yesteryear, evergreen wreaths, mistletoe and antique tree ornaments. The Curtis House is featured every year and will offer refreshments.  Tickets are $7 and will be available at any home, so tour-goers may start and end at any point. Balloons will mark each home on the tour. 618-524-8297.

Sunday, Dec. 3
Annual Community Advent Walk

6:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St.

All are welcome to come and enjoy four beautiful church sanctuaries decorated for the Christmas season. The prayer and music services start at:
6:00 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St.
6:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St.
7:00 p.m. First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St.
7:30 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 605 Metropolis St. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, Dec. 9
Annual Christmas Cookie Sale
9:00 a.m. – noon
First Christian Church, 5th and Catherine streets, Metropolis
A large selection of freshly baked cookies will be available for $6 per pound. Proceeds are used to benefit local families in need throughout the year. Come early because they go fast.

Saturday, Dec. 9  (register by Dec. 1)
Snowman Fishbowl Craft
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Metropolis LIbrary, 317 Metropolis St.
Come and turn fishbowls into snowmen. All materials will be provided. This craft may be a bit messy so the kids might want to wear old clothes. This program is intended for kids ages 8 and up. Please call 618-524-4312 or come into the library by Friday, Dec. 1st to make sure there will be enough supplies.

Sunday, Dec. 10
Olde Tyme Christmas
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fort Massac Park Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
The Massiac Marines will be a part of “The Olde Tyme Christmas” at the visitors center. They will show how a traditional Christmas might have been for the French soldier or villager in 1759. There will be music, refreshments and decorations at the visitor’s center. For more information, call 618-524-4712.  Facebook.

Tuesday, Dec. 12   (register by Dec. 8)
Homemade Christmas Cards Craft

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Come and make homemade Christmas Cards. The library will provide a variety of materials for the kids to use when making their cards. This program is intended for anyone 5 and up. Please call 618-524-4312 or come in to the library to register to make there are enough supplies. For information, visit Facebook.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Stuff the Truck Toy Drive Distribution
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Toys collected for the Kid’s Toy Drive sponsored by Psi Eta Sorority and Metropolis Firefighters Union will be distributed. For information, call 618-638-2426 or 618-645-0512.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Santa at City National Bank
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Main bank location, 423 Ferry St., Metropolis
Santa will visit with children in the bank lobby. Parents are welcome to take pictures at this free event.

Saturday, Dec. 16
Santa and Movies in the Park: Prep & Landing
Dusk – Movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
All movies are free to the public. Movie is free and will be held inside the Visitor Center. Concessions will be available for purchase. Santa will be making an appearance and cookies and hot chocolate will be served. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

SCC Holiday Vendor Expo is Dec. 4

Monday, December 4, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Shawnee Community College invites you to the Holiday Vendor Expo in the K Atrium on the Main Campus. Come and support your local vendors for great gift ideas.

  • Arbonne
  • Avon
  • Customized Creations
  • Designs by Teri
  • G & B’s Creations and More
  • Girly Nature
  • Gold Canyon
  • Grandma’s Goodies
  • Lindsey Childers Skincare
  • Lip Sense
  • Little LoveLee Shop
  • LuLaRoe
  • Natural Cures and Creations
  • Pampered Chef
  • Paparazzi by Lou
  • Perfectly Posh
  • Scentsy
  • Simple Times Mercantile
  • Tastefully Simple
  • Taylor Made Travel
  • The Southern Spread
  • Valiant Forge
  • We Made It
  • Younique


8364 Shawnee College Road, Ullin, Illinois

Christmas in the Village in Cobden is Dec. 2

Saturday, December 2, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Open Houses at the Village Shops and Union County Museum, and Hayrides.

Day Long Events, Activities, Arts and Craft Vendors, Hospitality Table with cookies and treats, Photo Booth, Caroling, Sandwiches, Snacks and more at the Old Feed Store.

Noon – 3:00 p.m.  Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Feed Store

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Pinata, The Cobden High school Band and Lighting of the Village Tree at teh Downtown Village Park. Union County Museum Open House and Nativity Display.

Union County CEO Program Raffle and Free Car Raffle chances courtesy of Marion VW.

Free candy bags for kids courtesy of Cobden Community Business Association. Come for a great day of Family Fun and shop local.


Message in a Bottle exhibit on display until Jan. 3

Through January 3, 2018
River Discovery Center, 117 S. Water St., Paducah, Ky.
Monday-Saturday:  9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday:  1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This exhibit features rare, message-in-a-bottle memorabilia filled with raw, human emotion. These were found along the Mississippi River and other U.S. rivers by 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, Chad Pregracke, the Living Lands & Waters crew, and the many volunteers over 19 years of clean-ups.

​In this unique collection, no single artist is featured, but the personal voices of everyday Americans are on display. Each message in a bottle has been housed in its own handmade box of reclaimed wood, also found during river cleanups. A photo of each bottle’s handwritten message is displayed along with the date and city/state of discovery when known. Some of the messages originated or were found in the Paducah area.

The exhibit runs through Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Admission to the exhibit is free for museum members or with museum admission. Fee for the Message in a Bottle exhibit only is $3 per person. For information, call the River Discovery Center at 270-575-9958.

Golconda Deer Festival is Nov. 15-18

Wednesday – Sunday, Nov. 15-18
57th Annual Golconda Deer Festival
Historic Golconda, Illinois

This four-day event brings entertainment, pageants, a vast array of vendors offering handmade arts and crafts, wildlife displays as well as other items and everyone’s favorite, barbecue, which will be prepared by the Crim brothers.

Wednesday:  At 7:00 p.m. the festivities kick off with a community-wide church service featuring various local churches participating under the main tent. Everyone is invited to attend.

Thursday:  The fun continues with a day of browsing through the huge tent on the courthouse lawn that houses the crafts and other booths. The pageants begin at 6:30 p.m. in the main tent. Come and find out who will win the Baby Photo Contest, Little Mr. & Miss, Junior Mr. & Miss, and Senior Mr. & Miss.

Friday:  Food will start being served at 10:00 a.m. The Deer Queen contest will be held at 7:00 p.m. with the contestants from Pope County High School vying for the coveted crown.

Saturday:  Entertainment will be provided on Main Street at the review stand until parade time. The parade starts around 2:00 p.m. which features many creative entries, church and civic organizations along with bands. The Damsels in Distress pageant starts at 5:00 p.m. and is sure to get you laughing.

The Deer Festival is held every year the weekend before Thanksgiving. This event is sponsored by the Golconda Rotary Club and this is their major fundraiser of the year. Other sponsors include Bulldog Systems, Banterra Bank, Williams & Associates, and WSIL-TV 3.

For information, call Herman Adkerson at 618-683-6723 or Mark Aly at 618-683-8803

Shop Small – Metropolis Market Street is Nov. 25


Saturday, November 25, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. along Market Street in Metropolis

To celebrate Small Business Saturday, come on down to Market Street in Metropolis. There is something for all ages!

Metropolis Market Street Merchants invite you to visit the Giant Superman Statue, then walk on down to 8th Street and pose with Lois Lane. On your way, stop in at the Super Museum for cool collectibles and memorabilia.

Also visit other shops for contemporary clothing and other cool and funky stuff. Plus Market Street also features consignment shops with upscale, gently used items and apparel. If you like  searching for lost treasures, then you’ll want to check out the antique stores filled with unique finds, both old and new. Need a vape or supplies? There is a place for that on Market Street, too.

And if you need a pick-me-up after all your Black Friday holiday shopping – Market Street Merchants offer three places for a massage or a spa day.

Don’t let hunger get in the way of your holiday fun. Stop in for lunch, a light dinner or maybe even a cold one from Metropolis’ only microbrewery (which also serves local wine, fresh cold brewed ice tea, lemonade and sodas.)

Need a sweet treat?  You guessed it! Market Street has you covered with three places to get classic candy, homemade fudge, ice creams, cookies and muffins, AND you can also enjoy coffee,  lattes or teas,

Shop Small and Support Your Local Merchants on Small Business Saturday!

BEE Healthy Tip – A Healthy Reason to Love Your Dog

Your November Bee Healthy Tip from the trusted team at Metropolis Drugs II: from left: Tim Lawson, Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson, and Lauren Scott.


A Healthy Reason to Love Your Dog
Dogs may reduce childhood asthma and eczema risk

(RxWiki News) Your dog may benefit your child’s health, according to two new studies.

One new study found that babies whose mothers had a dog while pregnant may have increased protection from allergic eczema. The other new study found that children who are regularly exposed to dogs may see a decreased risk of asthma.

The authors of one of these new studies pointed out that eczema is common in infants but can lead to asthma and food and nasal allergies. Eczema is marked by red, itchy rashes.

Mothers who were exposed to a dog indoors for at least an hour a day while they were pregnant were likely to give birth to babies with a lowered risk of eczema, one study found. However, this lowered risk appeared to fade at age 10.

The second study found that dogs may carry certain elements, such as bacteria, that protect children from asthma. However, the protein that causes allergic reactions to dogs may cause asthma symptoms in children with a dog allergy.

The authors of this study pointed out that children who are allergic to dogs should not be exposed to dogs. They did not identify the specific elements dogs carry that might protect non-allergic children from asthma.

To reduce dog allergens in your home, experts recommend bathing your dog at least once a week, washing your hands after petting the dog, restricting the dog’s access to a few rooms in your home, and using air filters and vacuum cleaners regularly.

If you are concerned about your child’s risk for eczema, asthma or allergies, talk to your child’s pediatrician. And when you need help finding the right medications for your children, talk to us at Metropolis Drugs II.


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These studies were published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Information on study funding sources and potential conflicts of interest was not available at the time of publication.