Day of Giving

CASA Day of Giving 2021 (#givingTuesday) is taking place on Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Homewood Grill 2.0 location at 1906 S. Banker Street in Effingham.

Donations for CASA can be dropped off in a drive-thru by entering the Homewood Grill drive-up. Donations will also be accepted online at or text CASAGIVING to 44-321 for mobile giving.

Last year the organization exceeded its goal of $10,000 and hopes to do that again this year.

All donations benefit CASA of Effingham County and help continue its mission of advocating for children who have been abused or neglected in Effingham County.

Tri-County Players

The Tri-County Players will perform Saturday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mason Civic Center. A dinner will be served starting at 4:30 p.m. A freewill donation will be accepted for both.

The Mason Civic Center is seeking donated items for its Kids Christmas Store. Anything a child could give to a family member would be appreciated.

Pearl Harbor Breakfast

Teutopolis American Legion Post 924 is hosting its annual Pearl Harbor breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Teutopolis Banquet Hall (KC hall).

The breakfast will be held following 6:30 a.m. Mass at St. Francis Church at about 7:45 a.m.

The breakfast is a tradition of the post to commemorate the bombing of Pearl Harbor and our entry into World War II. It has been held every year since 1946, except in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.

The guest speaker will be Illinois State Commander Wayne Fischer of Naperville.

All veterans are invited to attend.

Christmas Auction

The December Christmas Auction sponsored by Strasburg Liberty Post 289 of the American Legion will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Community Center in Strasburg.

The auction is the major fundraiser for the American Legion Post. The post uses the proceeds from the auction to donate to the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Americanism Essay prize money, Legion Baseball, the Strasburg Veterans Memorial, Community Blood Drive, Stewardson-Strasburg Yearbook, Post-Prom activities and American Legion Gifts to Yanks among other programs.

Auction items include tools, toys, metal signs, food items, figurines, baskets, wind spinners, china cabinets, yard ornaments, pie safes, bikes, trikes, ceramic, dolls and lanterns. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available.

A concession stand sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 289 will be available.

Christmas Store

Liberty Unit 289 of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Christmas Store has evolved into an Annual Cookie Walk with Christmas goodies for everyone’s pleasure. Items include homemade noodles, homemade cookies and candies, plus cutlery, nuts, jewelry, scrubbies and more. Shoppers select the cookies and candies they want and put them in a box. The box is then weighed and priced at $5 per pound.

Check out the Showcase of Trees and vote for your favorite tree. Area businesses, organizations and community members are encouraged to decorate a tree. Visitors can vote for their favorite tree and the tree with the most money in their container wins. Winners will receive either a catered lunch (if a business/organization) or a gift card (individual). Proceeds from the Showcase of Trees will benefit scholarships.

Those wanting to decorate a tree need to choose a theme and get creative. Trees can be small or up to 7 feet (artificial trees only). Trees maybe set up in the community building the week of Dec. 6. The limit is 15 decorated trees. RSVP By Dec. 6 to ALA Unit 289 President Sarah Wyckoff, 217-273-0158, or Cinda Held, 217-343-5314,

Art made by Stewardson-Strasburg students also will be on display.

The Christmas Store is located at the Strasburg Community Building and is open Friday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 11, 9–11 a.m.

Profits from the Christmas Store will be used by the Auxiliary for community projects and items for veterans.

Kids Christmas Store

Mason Civic Center will host it Annual Kids Christmas Store Dec. 16 and 17 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Bring kids, ages 15 and younger, to shop for presents for the family.

Santa Stomp

The Third Annual Santa Stomp 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday, Dec. 18, at 9 a.m. in Teutopolis.

The man in red will be present to host race day festivities. All proceeds will benefit the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, whose mission is to send our veterans, free of charge, to Washington, D.C., to see their memorials.

The 5K race and one-mile fun run/walk will kick off at the Teutopolis Banquet Hall. Race day registration and packet pickup will begin at 7:3O a.m. Registration is also available now at Entry fee is $25 through Dec. 3. Awards will be given for Top Male Finisher, Top Female Finisher, Master’s Male, Master’s Female, top three finishers in five-year age groups, Hometown Proud Male, Hometown Proud Female and for Most Festively Dressed for both adult and children. Finisher medals will be given out to all participants by veterans of the Honor Flight.

For more information, visit the Santa Stomp Facebook page or email Kristi at

Santa visit

Santa Claus will be in Strasburg on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Strasburg Community Center.

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