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Shriners Children’s St. Louis to hold screening clinic, kids with orthopedic conditions may be eligible for treatment:

The hospital, which U.S. News & World Reportrecently ranked as the sixth-best pediatric orthopedic hospital in the nation, is holding a screening clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 23 at the White Hall Masonic Lodge #80, Highway 67 North, White Hall, IL 62092.

A medical team representative will be available to meet with caregivers of children 18 and younger who might have an orthopedic condition.

The hospital’s physicians treat clubfoot, scoliosis, hip problems, shoulder and arm conditions, limb-length deficiencies, bowed legs, flat feet and more. If the medical team determines a child has a condition that can be treated at the hospital, caregivers will complete an application for hospital physicians to review. Children are accepted based solely on their medical needs.

“We are looking forward to reaching out and taking our hospital into the community once again,” said Dr. Scott Luhmann, chief of staff at Shriners Children’s St. Louis. “Times have been tough for many people because of COVID. Sending our medical team directly to the people who we might be able to help is an added convenience for families who are going through a lot.”

No appointment is necessary. Caregivers do not have to know a member of the Shriners fraternity to participate. Children receive care at Shriners Children’s St. Louis regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

Shriners Children’s is an international health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Shriners Children’s St. Louis has some of the world’s most-renowned pediatric orthopedic surgeons and researchers, many of whom also are faculty members at Washington University School of Medicine.

Community Good Friday Service by Jacksonville Area Conference of Churches (JACC):

With the purpose of bringing the community together on Good Friday, all are invited to join together on April 15 at noon for the Jacksonville Area Conference of Churches Good Friday Service. Speakers and participants from churches throughout the area will come together on this notable day in the Christian year, under the theme “Words from the Cross.”

The event is hosted by Faith Lutheran Church at 1385 West Walnut Ave. in Jacksonville, and broadcast live online. 

This year, the message will be presented by three area pastors: Rev. Zachary D. Brooks of Trinity Episcopal Church, Bishop Doug Whiting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Pastor Patrick Embley of First Baptist Church. 

Other participants include Pastor Mel Nielsen of Centenary United Methodist Church and Pastor Adam Dichsen of Faith Lutheran Church. Music will be provided by the musicians of Faith Lutheran Church. 

A free will offering will benefit the “Porch Light Project” in Jacksonville. The emergency youth center provides temporary housing for in-need youth, housed at the local Midwest Youth Services facility.

For 2022, the gathering is returning to its traditional in-person service, with an online streaming option. To view the service online, visit Alternately, search on Facebook or YouTube for “Faith Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, IL” to find the service. The video will also be available for later viewing any time after the noon premier. 

We hope to encourage the community to come together during this holy season. 

About the Jacksonville Area Conference of Churches: The Jacksonville Area Conference of Churches is an ecumenical organization made up of the churches in the Jacksonville/Morgan County area. The group meets monthly and presents programs, events, and service projects that bring area congregations together in the name of Christ. All churches who wish to participate are welcomed as members. 

Your church is welcome to become a member of the Jacksonville Area Conference of Churches, or your community group is welcome as an affiliate member. For more information, contact JACC president, Pastor Mel Nielson, at Together in Christ, we can do great things!

Central Park Market calls for makers and vendors:

A call is out for all makers, food trucks and musicians to participate in Central Park Market. Held on Central Park Plaza in downtown Jacksonville, the Central Park Plaze is slated to be held 4-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, from May-September.

Vendors can apply for a 10×10 booth at; cost is $35. Food trucks and musicians are asked to email with interest.

During the Central Park Markets, downtown businesses will stay open late. This is a family-friendly event. For more information, email — or message Colleen Flinn, Jessica Lynn, Nick Little or Julie Rowe on Facebook Messenger. Find the event online at

Financial Wellness Training scheduled for April 28:

A Financial Wellness Training event, where one can learn new ways to build in self-advocacy and money management, will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The training takes place at JACIL KIP Café, located at 15 Permac Rd. in Jacksonville. All are welcome.

This monthly KIP Café as welcomes Marilyn Webster, financial trainer from the National Disability Institute (NDI), as she explains the many programs offered by NDI that will assist persons with disabilities achieve their financial goals. The mission of the NDI is to build a better financial future for people with disabilities and their families. Program offerings are as follows: ABLE Accounts, Taxes & Free Tax Preparation, Benefits Planning and an AT Loan Program for Assistive Technology. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., with the presentation to begin at noon. Following will be a short Q&A period.

If interested in attending, please call JACIL at 217-245-8371 by Tuesday, April 26, to make a reservation. Ask for Lisa when calling.

An ASL interpreter will be provided, and the public is always invited to attend.

Garden Club sponsoring a Garden and Art Market on April 22:

The Morgan County Garden Club is planning a new type of fundraiser this spring. Our “Garden and Art Market” will be held at the Prairieland Heritage Museum Building on Friday, April 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

A wide variety of items related to gardening will be for sale including yard décor, hand-made wreaths and arrangements, perennials from area nurseries including mini hostas, herbs, house plants and much more.

Raffle tickets are currently for sale at County Market and from garden club members. The price is $5 each or 3 for $10. Among the items included in the raffle are 4 tickets to a Cardinals/Cubs game on June 25, a large wooden garden planter, 3 iron lanterns, yard décor and a Ladies Day Gift certificate form Meraki Hair and Nails. The drawing will be held at noon on Saturday, April 23.

The garden club will not hold its traditional plant sale this year due to the danger of spreading jumping worms from one garden to another. To learn more about jumping worms, contact Ken Johnson at the University of Illinois Extension office located at 104 N. Westgate Ave. in Jacksonville or call them at 217-243-7424. Information about jumping worms will also be available at the Garden and Art Market Sale.

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