If you hurry, you can make it to Harrison Bruce Historical Village at John A. Logan College, where a program on herb gardening will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. today, July 27, at the Robert L. Mees Village Centre. If you miss this one, there will be a program on pollinator gardening on Tuesday, July 11, at the same time and location. Both are free. Registration is recommended, but not required, at (618) 985-2828, ext. 8425.
Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, will be the keynoter at the 2017 Williamson County Ronald Reagan Tribute Gala on Friday, June 30, at The Pavilion of the City of Marion, 1602 Sioux Drive. Sponsored by Williamson County GOP, the evening has dinner, music, silent auction and raffle. Tickets: $75 individual or $500 for a table of eight. www.williamson gop.com; (618) 534-7878 or (618) 889-3597.
For families who enjoy the outdoors, there will be a "Kayaking the Refuge" event at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. Free, but must register at (618) 997-3344. Kayaks are furnished.
A full moon hike will be from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Giant City State Park. Free, but register, (618) 457-4836.
Project Learning Tree Workshop is being held 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 10, at Cache River Wetlands Center in Cypress. (618) 657-2064.
Community of Christ Church, in Johnson County, will hold its annual ice cream supper at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Grilled burgers and dogs, with homemade desserts to be topped with ice cream. This is a fundraiser for community youth projects.
Get out of town with The Second Act of Southern Illinois Healthcare. On Friday, Aug. 25, a coach will take seniors to The Sounds of Memphis at Badgett Theatre, in Kentucky. Lunch at Patti's Restaurant. $89/$99. (877) 480-4040 for reservations.
Seniors! Don't forget the Summer Cool Down Ice Cream Social, 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, July 6, in the Unity Conference Room at SIH Cancer Institute. Free, but donations taken for the ice cream sundaes.
Need a gardening specialist to speak to your club or group? There are now eight new Master Gardener interns, ready and waiting to share their knowledge and skills. Call (618) 687-1727.
Did you know? The headliner act at Goreville Freedom Fest on July 4 will be Kali Lynn, a Carterville native, who is home from Nashville to perform locally with a band that includes Caleb Phalin of Goreville on lead guitar. Concert at 6 p.m. in the village park on West Main Street. Fireworks will follow.
I have been blessed with the arrival of a granddaughter, Leah, who will be a houseguest for eight weeks, while she does an internship at JALC. Her husband, Andrew, will be flying back and forth from Florida, and will arrive again for the Freedom Fest in Goreville. Raised in Long Island, he is attempting to become accustomed to our southern Illinois ways. We'll make a good 'ol boy out of him, given time.
• We would love to hear about your summer guests or trips, so call (618) 995-2491, email to email@example.com, or send via slow mail to Teapot Cottage, 101 Sidney Lane, Goreville, IL 62939.