Alton’s first cooperative community grocery store opened last August at 415 A Ridge St., and to celebrate its first anniversary, the owners are holding a party from 3 until 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.
Scheduled events include a vendor meet and greet, history slideshow, games and door prizes.
“In our first year of operation, we’ve already seen many positive effects on our neighborhood and the community at large,” said Christine Favilla, who serves as the volunteer store manager and buyer. “Grassroots Grocery is a catalyst that is strengthening Alton’s economy and fostering additional investment and job creation.”
For more information, visit GrassrootsGrocery.org.
City closer to implementing ambulance plan
The City Council was expected to vote this week on two resolutions approved by the Committee of the Whole related to the Alton Fire Department’s plan to offer ambulance service for the city.
One resolution authorizes the comptroller to solicit local financial institutions for quotes to provide a line of credit to be used for the purchase of two ambulances, while the other approves a proposal received from Andres Medical Billing LTD, the company that will bill patients electronically.
If approved and barring unforeseen circumstances, the city looks to implement the service next spring. It will include service from two ambulances within city limits, operated by at least one EMT paramedic and one EMT basic. If both ambulances are on calls, a private entity would provide service.
Local bank donates to Boys and Girls Club
Employees from CNB Bank and Trust in Alton recently had the opportunity to present a $325 donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Alton. Tickets for CNB’s Cardinals Night game July 16 were sold at all CNB locations, with proceeds going toward nonprofit entities. Mike Drake and Mark Haggard of CNB delivered the check to Al Womack Jr., executive director of the club.
“At CNB, we are very proud to sponsor the Boys and Girls Club of Alton in their efforts to satisfy the needs of the youth in our community,” CNB Executive Vice President and COO Larry Franklin said.
Other organizations receiving donations include CASA in Jerseyville, Martha’s Food Pantry in Shipman and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Brighton.
Concert and auction scheduled for Sept. 10
A silent auction, dance and live performance by Big Shake Daddies to benefit the Catholic Children’s Home of Alton is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.
The Down by the River event is a way to raise proceeds benefitting youth programs and services connected to the facility. The home assists in aid, protection and care for the needs, education and welfare of dependent, neglected or abused children and families in the region.
Sponsorships for the event are available, ranging from $500 to $1,500, with amenities including complimentary tickets, advertising in the program booklet and more.
Festivities start at 6 p.m. at the National Great Rivers Museum, 2 Locks and Dam Way in Alton. Tickets are $25 each. For more information, to donate items for the auction, or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, call (618) 465-3594.