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updated: 1/20/2018 3:54 PM

Petrowich to speak to Learning in Retirement

The executive director of WSIU Public Broadcasting will speak to Learning in Retirement this week. Greg Petrowich will discuss "The Future of Public Media" at the meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17. An SIU graduate, Petrowich has managed stations in Cape Girardeau, and in Fairbanks, Alaska. The meeting, free and open to the public, will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, located at 220 N. Tower Road in Carbondale. A coffee and social hour will begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jackie Welch at 618-536-7751.

Hesketh to perform Thursday at Artspace 304

Carbondale Community Arts will hold "Sandwiches and Strings," the organization's Third Thursday Concert for the month of January at Artspace 304, located at 304 W. Walnut St. Harpist Joyce Hesketh will provide a live acoustic performance over the lunch hour beginning at noon Thursday, Jan. 18 at noon. Hesketh is the founder of Le Jardin Studio in Carbondale, has been a church organist for 40 years, and teaches music at St. Andrew School in Murphysboro. The series of performances is free and open to the public. For more information, call 618-457-5100.

Terriers Live! to perform at the Varsity

The Varsity Center will present the improvisational comedy troupe Terriers Live! at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. The group comes from Carbondale Community High School and will perform a variety of short-form improvisational games. The show is appropriate for all ages. The troupe is sponsored by CCHS teachers Erik Berrey, Josh Taylor and Cara Polczynski. Their work is also made possible through a grant from the Garwin Family Foundation. Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for adults 55 and over, and $4 for students. Tickets are available only at the door the night of show. Doors and the bar open at 6:45 p.m. Items for sale will include beer, wine, select cocktails, coffee, water, soda and snacks. The Varsity is at 418 S. Illinois Ave.

Standing Rock documentary to be screened Sunday

"Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock," which captures the story of the Native-led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, will be screened Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Varsity Center for the Arts. The screening of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival nominee is sponsored by Southern Illinois Stands with Standing Rock. It will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Balcony. Before the film is shown, there will be a brief introduction and an update on the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tickets are $3, cash only, at the door. Additional donations will be accepted. Proceeds from the screening will benefit Red Fawn Falls and the Water Protector legal fund. Doors and the bar will open at 1:30 p.m.

Sierra Club to have service outing at Giant City

The Shawnee Group Sierra Club will hold a service outing Sunday, Jan. 21 to pull invasive winter creeper at Fern Rocks Natural Area at Giant City State Park. Participants are asked to meet at 1 p.m. at the Giant City Visitors Center and bring work gloves (some available), water and appropriate shoes. Refreshments will follow. For more information, contact Barb at 618-529-4824 or

Artspace 304 presents 'Mini-Monumentals'

The newest exhibit at Artspace 304 by Carbondale Community Arts is sculptor Dan Johnson's "Mini-Monumentals." Johnson's collection includes sculptures made of clay, concrete, granite and steel. The exhibit will be at the Artspace 304 gallery until Jan. 12 and at the Carbondale Civic Center until Jan. 31.

'Groundhog Day' to be shown at Varsity

The film "Groundhog Day" will be screened Friday, Feb. 2 at the Varsity Center for the Arts. The classic and near-cult status movie stars Bill Murray as Phil Connors, an arrogant and cynical Pittsburg TV weatherman who wakes up to find it's Groundhog Day all over again -- and again, and again. "Groundhog Day" will show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. Tickets are $5. Advance tickets are available at or at the door beginning at 6:15 p.m. the night of the show. The Varsity Bar will be open and offering beers and wine, select cocktails, coffee and cream liqueurs, as well as soda and snacks.

Polar Plunge to come back Feb. 17

Support the Special Olympics athletes of Illinois by jumping into the waters of the SIU Campus Lake Saturday, Feb. 17 for the 2018 SIU Polar Plunge. The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. Check-in for the plunge begins at 10 a.m. at 1493 Douglas Dr. in Carbondale. This is the 19th year of the LETR Polar Plunge. In 19 years, more than $18.4 million has been raised by more than 66,000 plungers. Plungers can register for the Plunge at

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