• On Sunday, there will be plenty of tail wagging as Alton unveils its first official dog park.
A ribbon cutting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Russell Commons site, just east of the Alton Marina and Riverfront Park, next to Illinois Route 143.
From Sunday until June 30, dogs will be able to “try out” the nearly two-acre park for free … that is, if they are spayed and neutered and current on their vaccination shots.
After June 30, yearly passes may be purchased at Alton City Hall for $25 for up to three dogs (out-of-town owners will pay $35).
The opening of the park comes shortly after the city implemented a ban on dogs at Hellrung Park and James H. Killion Park in Salu.
For more information on the new park, call (618) 463-3580.
• The responsibilities for the maintenance and upkeep at the city’s parks have been transferred from the Park and Recreation Department to the Public Works Department.
The City Council has approved an ordinance for the change, saying it was a better use of the city’s time and money.
• Alton continues its preparations for the annual fireworks display over the Mississippi River.
Free parking is available on Riverlands Way in West Alton as well as the Riverfront Park and Williams Street parking lots.
The event will begin with performances by Tyler Filmore, Leslie Craig and the Hellbender and Nashvegas at 6 p.m. at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. Gates will open at 5 p.m.
Fireworks will begin at about 9:15 p.m.
For more information, call (618) 465-0491.
• Volunteers and entrepreneurs have started a fund-raising effort in an attempt to open a locally grown organic foods store in Alton.
Grassroots Grocery will operate as a cooperative, with most of its inventory being grown and produced within a 50-mile radius. The effort is an attempt to employ local farmers, contribute to a local sustainable economy, and improve the health of area residents.
Plans include opening the store at 415 Ridge St. by the end of the summer. The campaign will require raising at least $50,000 to cover start-up costs and beginning inventory.
Grassroots Grocery is a project of the Community Cultivators, a nonprofit organization started in 2002.
For information or to donate, visit the website at www.grassrootsgrocery.org.