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December 2019

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Events in the month of December 2019
The Moscow Ballet's The Great Russian Nutcracker

Join The Moscow Ballet for an enchanting evening of dance and theater as they present The Great Russian Nutcracker!

In 1993, Moscow Ballet toured the Great Russian Nutcracker to Washington DC, Baltimore, Syracuse, Orlando, Ft Lauderdale, New Haven, Reading and Charleston WV for the first time to critical acclaim. Directed and choreographed by Stanislav Vlasov, former soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet, and well known as a “Grand Dance Artist,” the inaugural six-week tour starred principal ballerina Lillia Sabitova. It also featured the innovative rolling backgrounds first created by a St Petersburg Conservatory of Music producer, and which were the inspiration for Eisenstein’s cinematic technique. Since then the annual tour has increased to include about 100 performances on the tour to cities from San Juan to Calgary, and from New York to California, traveling with two simultaneously touring companies of forty dancers each.

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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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Life Line Screening

Life Line Screening will be performing a day of preventive health screenings at Marion Knights of Columbus on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. This collaboration helps bring important health tests to our community at an affordable price.  The tests look for signs of disease that can lead to stroke, heart attack or bone fracture.

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Annual Dinner Meeting

Meeting to plan the 99th Annual Marion Chamber of Commerce Auction & Awards Banquet on January 17th.  Agenda will be shared with committee members prior ot the meeting.

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Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Centerstone Carterville

Centerstone, a national leader in behavioral health care, will host a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, December 5 from 4-5 p.m. at the Centerstone Carterville location, 403 Municipal Drive to celebrate the opening of the Carterville outpatient office. 

The Marion Illinois Centre Healthcare (ICH) clinic moved to the Carterville location recently. 

The ribbon cutting will be held at 4:15 p.m. An Open House will follow until 5 p.m. and will include tours, drinks and networking.

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Farmhouse Christmas Open House

Come shop our new Farmhouse Christmas Line of Products & gifts! We will have a store FULL of gift items, stocking stuffers and snacks! Crown Brew Coffee will be joining us for both days!!

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Marion City Council Meeting

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Twas the Night Before Christmas

When Santa’s naughty and nice list goes missing, a few dancing mice, a little girl and a wacky elf need to save the day! Santa Claus is coming to town, and bringing the newest family holiday tradition to the Marion Cultural and Civic Center during a national tour of Ken Ludwig’s Twas the Night Before Christmas ( The all-new live stage adaptation of the classic Christmas poem provides audiences with a modern twist, as the enjoyable and lovable storyline follows an unstoppable trio: a mouse, an elf and a little girl who are determined to witness a Christmas miracle. The performance is on Monday, December 9 at 6:30pm.

“I'm thrilled to bring this brand-new production of Ken Ludwig's Twas The Night Before Christmas to family audiences across the country,” says Director Tim Drucker. “With imaginative costumes and sets, rapping mice, adorable elves and a visit from Santa, this production is sure to create new holiday memories for families everywhere.”
Ken Ludwig’s Twas the Night Before Christmas is a new holiday tradition and wild adventure, where the whole family can help solve a Christmas mystery. When Santa’s naughty and nice list goes missing, a few dancing mice, a little girl and a wacky elf need to save the day before Santa boards his sleigh.

The newest stage adaption is written by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, who has written over 28 plays and musicals including six shows on Broadway and seven in London's West End. His plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Tony Shalhoub, Lynn Redgrave, Joan Collins and Kristen Bell. His work has been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages.

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Membership Luncheon - December 2019

The Marion Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, December 10th at the Pavilion in Marion. Lunch service begins at 11:45 a.m.

This month's entertainment will be presented by the Marion Jr High choir, led by Elizabeth Byassee Shore.   

This month's lunch will be provided by Great Boars of Fire and will feature Cajun Fettuccine Alfredo, Salad, Mixed Vegetables, Garlic Bread and Chocolate Cake.  

Centerstone is the sponsor of the this month's Monthly Membership luncheon

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Ribbon Cutting: Planet Fitness

Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Planet Fitness's new location in Marion. 
Enjoy live entertainment, free food, giveaways, VIP prizes and more.  Special appearances by the Saluki athletic coaches and mascot, Grey Dawg! Stop by the front desk at Planet Fitness (over by Anderson's Warehouse Furniture) for more information!

Ribbon cutting will be at 5 pm.

Special deals going on through Monday, December 16th.

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Lawyer in the Library

Have legal questions, Attorney Analisa Parker, will be at the library to give 15-minute consultations the first Tuesday of every month. Please bring all paperwork needed for your case. This program is first come first serve.

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Join the Burgundy Team

Join the Burgundy Team
A community based, not-for-profit Hospice helping patients and families in Southern Illinois. 
  • Clerical Support
  • Filing and Data Entry
  • Health Fairs
  • Community Education
  • Fundraising Events
  • Bereavement Services
  • Spiritual Support
  • Vigil Volunteer
  • Patient Support
Next Training:
Friday, December 13, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hospice of Southern Illinois
204 Halfway Road
Marion, IL 

For more information or volunteer training registration
Contact Rita or Donna - 618-997-3030 or


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Downtown Christmas Event

The City of Marion would like to announce a Downtown Christmas to be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 14th and 15th around the historic Tower Square from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. The festivities will include ice skating, carriage rides, food vendors, classic Christmas music, and, of course, Santa Claus. In addition, the various shops and restaurants around the Square will also be open.

“This is a unique opportunity to highlight the natural beauty of our downtown area during a special time of year,” said Mayor Mike Absher. He continued, “We have so many great businesses downtown that we want to encourage folks to patronize, so what better way to support shopping local than bringing people here and having some fun while we’re at it.”

No taxpayer funds were used in bringing this event to Marion, and funds raised from this year’s event will go to support the event next year. The event is weather-permitting and there will be fees of $10 for adults and $5 for children for ice skating which includes the skate rental, and $10 per family for carriage rides. The food vendors will also be for a fee.

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Ribbon Cutting: La Galeria Mexican Cuisine and Creamery

Join us for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for 
La Galeria Mexican Cuisine and Creamery
December 17, 2019
at 10:45 am.

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Marion Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee Meeting

The Marion Chamber Membership Committee meets on the third Tuesday at noon at the Chamber office. 

Agendas will be shared with committee members prior to the meeting.

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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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Lunch & Learn December 2019: Work & Life Well-Lived with Special Guest Angela Holmes

This month's Lunch & Learn will be held on December 18th from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Heartland Regional Medical Center, Classroom 1&4.  Lunch and drinks provided courtesy of Heartland Regional Medical Center. Contact the Marion Chamber at (618) 997-6311 or to secure your seat or for more information. Registration available below.
Is "Work-Life Balance" possible or is it a lie?  How can I be productive, creative, generous, resilient, innovative, collaborative, open and powerful in both professional work and private life? 
During this special end of the year Lunch & Learn for leaders, Angela Holmes and Russell Williams will have an interesting conversation on the realities and challenges of work-life balance, stress, burn-out, and health.
Angela Holmes helps people navigate the workplace by providing advice and guidance through private coaching.  Angela is a HRCI certified human resource expert, writer and public speaker with over twenty years of experience leading people and organizations.  Angela is the Vice President of Human Resources at National Railway Equipment Co (NRE).   

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Marion Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee meeting

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. 

Agenda shared with committee members prior to the meeting.

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Ribbon Cutting: Marion Bridal

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for 
Marion Bridal 
Friday, December 20th
at 4 pm.

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Club 800 Friday Night Special

Prime Rib, baked potato, fries or steamed veggies and a side salad.

$18.00. Regular Friday night menu also available.

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Teen Games

Enjoy playing fun games with friends.

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Tween Movies

Enjoy fun movies for tweens, ages 8 to 12. 

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Green Screen Introduction

Learn the basics of video production, green screen and editing in Filmora. For ages 10 to 18.

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Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols

Make worship a part of your Christmas tradition, and join us for Candlelight and Communion on Christmas Eve at 11 PM.

Zion United Church of Christ’s 11 PM service will be a traditional service of lessons and carols. The service features the Good News of Christmas in scripture and song, concluding with communion, candlelight, and the singing of Silent Night. Join us on this holiest of nights to welcome the Christ child into our world and into our hearts!

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Community Christmas Dinner

The 3rd annual Community Christmas Dinner is planned for Christmas Day and will be served from 11am until 2pm in the Family Life Center at Marion First Church of God.  This is a FREE meal open to everyone, regardless of need and to the community service personnel as well.  For anyone in Marion that is homebound, takeout meals are available by contacting the church in advance at 993-6369.  We are doing more than serving food…we are “Sharing Life” with those in our community.  

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Happy New Years Story Hour

Join Ms. Sarah and Ms. Twila as they read New Years and Chinese New Years Stories! You will make 2020 hats and dance and sing your way into the New Year!

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Noon Years Eve Party

Enjoy fun games, activities resolution and the ball drop at noon!
Free and open to the public

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New Year's Eve at Kokopelli

New Year’s Eve
Surf-n-Turf Buffet
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Seating from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Reservations Required

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