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“Ruck to Remember” 5K Ruck March

Carroll P Foster VFW Post 3455 has been a part of our community for over 40 years. Over the years we have sponsored youth programs, helped families in need, and provided Honor Guard services for our departed comrades. Last year, we established a “Ruck to Remember” 5k event to remember our fallen comrades. The event was started to help everyday people realize the burden that our men and women in the service have to carry, and the burden that families carry when they lose a loved one in the line of battle. Participants may carry a 35-pound backpack, just like our service men and women, 5 kilometers to feel a fraction of the weight of that burden. Some used this opportunity as a moment of reflection.

Memorial Day, May 27th 2019 participants will have two options; participants can choose to walk and reflect on their own for the 5 kilometers or participants can choose to walk in a formation and call out some of the military’s most popular cadences. Immediately following the Ruck March, the event will continue at Carroll P Foster Post 3455 where Memorial Day services will be conducted, installation of new officers, entertainment by local talent, and a raffle. This year, Ruck to Remember has partnered with Black Diamond Harley Davidson and Black Diamond RV Superstore to raffle off TWO awesome prizes with a total prize package of over twenty-five thousand dollars!

Funds from this event, and the many events Post 3455 hosts, go towards continuing our mission of helping our fellow comrades, supporting families in need, and allowing us the funding to provide Honor Guard services for our fallen comrades.

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Anna Kiwanis Club Fish Fry

The Anna Kiwanis Club is holding a Fish Fry in support of AJ Band Boosters, Band & Choir Students on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kiwanis Building at Anna City Park.

Tickets are $10 and you may purchase them from any band member, band booster, or on the day of the event.

All proceeds will go toward band student accounts for extracurricular events as well as a locker storage system for band instruments.


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Summer Jobs

The City of Anna is looking for responsible, motivated employees to work at the Anna City Pool for the summer of 2019, as Manager, Assistant Manager and Lifeguards.  We will be making our selections early this year, so please don’t wait!

You can either pick up an application in person or visit the jobs tab to obtain an application.  You may bring them in to City Hall or email by April 5th.

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Family Fun Night

Come and join the fun to kick-off National Prevention week in downtown Anna, May 13, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

We are excited for families to take part in the following:

  • Rock painting – offered in the upper room at Jus10’s
  • Hula Hoop contest at Kiki’s Coffeehouse
  • Coloring activity and prize drawing at Jordo’s Pizzeria
  • Make-N-Take Craft Project at the Here & Now Shop
  • Family Tree Project at the Gathering Place

The event is hosted by the Fellowship House Prevention Program & the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) at Anna Junior High & Anna Jonesboro Community High Schools.

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Paint the Town

Come out for a fun filled afternoon on April 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  There will be a bounce house, music and food.

Come paint a masterpiece alone or with friends and family! With this ticket you will receive an assigned 4 foot by 4 foot square and all the supplies needed to paint your square on the W. Davie Street Parking lot (125 W. Davie Street).
Modest Registration Fee of $10 prior to April 27 and $15 Day of the Event, you can purchase tickets at the Here and Now Shop located at 319 S Main St.

Come Join the Party – Paint your square, Bring Lawn Chairs, Sway to the Music, Visit with Others, and Have FUN!

For more information click here.

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Girl Scout Troop #8597

Girl Scout Troop #8597 from Union County, IL is currently working on earning the Girl Scout Silver Award, which is the second highest award a Girl Scout can earn.  They are planning a “That’s Trash” Community Litter Clean Up event on March 23, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will be in the areas of Lime Kiln Rd & 51 North, please be aware of their presence.

They are in need of the following items; gloves, trash bags, masks, water and/or other donations to help.  If you are able to assist in anyway, please contact Melissa Waun, Girl Scout Leader at 618-525-5111 or for more information.



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Union County Colorfest

The City of Anna would like to encourage the community to visit the events being held in the local area for the annual Colorfest weekend October 12th through 14th! The Kids Fest will be held on October 13th, in the Anna City Park featuring the annual Wiener Dog Race as well as the Fashion Show.  Other events will be happening throughout the weekend for more information you can visit EnjoyIllinois, as well as SouthernmostIllinois. Also don’t forget to visit the annual Pumpkin Town at Choate Mental Health!