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Card Party and Supper for VAHS is Jan. 21
Jan 21 @ 11:30 pm – Jan 22 @ 2:45 am

The Vandalia Area Historical Society (VAHS) will be holding its annual Card Party and Supper on Saturday, January 21 at the museum. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for appetizers. Supper will be at 6 p.m., followed by the Card Party at 7 p.m.
The museum will be open Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m-1 p.m. to purchase and/or pick up tickets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Charlene Teague at 594-3026.

Addicts Victorious has moved meeting site @ Unity Outreach Building
Jan 24 @ 12:30 am – 1:30 am

The Addicts Victorious meetings have moved to the Unity Outreach building at 210 S. Main, in Vandalia. Meetings are every Monday at the new location 6:30-7:30 p.m.

YMCA Project to hold upcoming fundraisers @ Pizza Hut
Jan 30 @ 11:00 pm – Jan 31 @ 3:00 am

Through the generosity of area residents, the Eastern Missouri Family YMCA has a current balance of $1.57 Million for the construction of the facility. To continue efforts to reach the $2 Million goal, the YMCA is sponsoring upcoming fundraisers.
The first fundraiser is in conjunction with Pizza Hut on January 30 from 5-9 p.m. On that evening, 20% of all sales (dine-in, delivery, and carry-out) will be donated to the YMCA project. In addition, YMCA committee volunteers will be waiting tables and all tips will also be donated.  Please help support the YMCA by dining at Pizza Hut in Vandalia on January 30.
Another fundraiser is still in the planning phase, but will be held on March 25 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Center. That fundraiser will feature an enjoyable meal. Please mark your calendar and watch for more details. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Please visit the project website, to access a pledge form or email Please help us reach our goal!

92nd Soil and Crops Conference set for Jan. 30
Jan 30 @ 11:30 pm – Jan 31 @ 1:30 am

The 92nd Annual Audrain Soils and Crops Conference will be held Monday, January 30 at the Mexico Vocational Agriculture Center, just north of Mexico High School on Wade Street.
Supper will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the High School Cafeteria and the program will start at approximately 6:15 p.m. The concurrent sessions will be held at the Mexico Vocational Agriculture Center, which is just across the parking lot.
There will be an excellent variety of concurrent sessions including:
• Updates from USDA, NRCS, and Farm Service
• Variable Rate Fertilizer
• Offsite movement of Dicamba
• New Rules for UAVs
• MU Soil Health Lab vs. MU Soils Testing Lab
• Grain Storage Management
There will also be three family sessions including:
• Straw Bale Gardening
• Cooking with Beef
• Home Canning.
This will also be an opportunity to learn about a new program at MU called “Pharm to Farm.”
“The planning committee has chosen an excellent variety of topics including technology, research, and family. The committee tried to choose topics that would be helpful and interesting,” said Mary Sobba, ag business specialist.
This program is open to all. But RSVP is requested by January 25. Call the Extension Center at 573-581-3231. Supper will be provided by the Mexico Young Farmers and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. It will be served by the Audrain County Farm Bureau. The program will conclude approximately 9 p.m. The planning committee for this event consisted of Audrain Extension Council members Scott Brooks, Cameron Oliver, Tina Schmeling, Bobby Stone, Ryan Hollenberg; Ted DeVault, of Mexico Young Farmers; agronomist Max Glover; agricultural engineer Kent Shannon; and agricultural businessperson Mary Sobba.

Addicts Victorious has moved meeting site @ Unity Outreach Building
Jan 31 @ 12:30 am – 1:30 am

The Addicts Victorious meetings have moved to the Unity Outreach building at 210 S. Main, in Vandalia. Meetings are every Monday at the new location 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Audrain County Retirees to meet on February 1 @ MMA
Feb 1 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The Audrain County Area Public School Retirees are meeting February 1 at the Missouri Military Academy, 204 N. Grand Street, in Mexico, Mo. at 10:30 a.m.
The Academy will provide lunch and the program. All public school retirees are invited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Teresa Wenzel at 594-3375 by January 29.

Story Time slated for Vandalia Library @ Vandalia Library
Feb 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Story Time at the Vandalia Library, at 401 South Lincoln, will begin on Thursday, February 2 at 10 a.m. for children 2 1/2-5 years old. If you have any questions, please call the library at 594-6600.

FEMA event scheduled for February 4 in Mexico, Mo.
Feb 4 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This Saturday, members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VII Office in Kansas City, Westlake’s Ace Hardware in Mexico and the Audrain County Emergency Management Agency will come together at the Westlake’s Ace Hardware store in the West Plaza Shopping Center in Mexico to help area residents with their resiliency planning.
FEMA representatives and Westlake’s Ace Hardware employees will be on hand at the Mexico store from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to answer questions from area residents on topics related to disaster preparedness and how to minimize possible damage to their homes.
“The event will give the opportunity for area residents to ask questions from FEMA experts in the field of mitigation about how they can better prepare their homes and loved ones in the event of a man-made or natural disaster,” Audrain County Emergency Management Director Steve Shaw said. “It’s a chance for those residents interested to learn more about how to protect themselves, their families and their property.”
FEMA and Westlake Ace Hardware representatives will have a table in the store with information about how better to prepare themselves and their property to survive in the event the area is hit with a disaster. Residents can find out from FEMA representatives what they need to do to enhance their safety and Westlake Ace Hardware employees will be on hand to recommend products the store has that will help towards that end goal.
“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Audrain EMA are teaming up to provide residents with free information, tips, and literature on preparedness for severe weather and making homes stronger and safer,” said Michael Cappannari, FEMA Region VII External Affairs Director.
The event is at no cost to the public and will take place at the Westlake’s Ace Hardware West Plaza location in Mexico.
“We look forward to hosting this event as we are a part of the Audrain County community and want to help our citizens be as safe as they can be,” Westlake’s Assistant Manager Greg Widaman said. “We are proud to be a part of this community and are proud to help out by offering these type of opportunities for residents to learn more about keeping themselves, and their families, safe during times of disaster.”
For more information about the event, you  can Audrain County Emergency Management Agency at 573-473-5892 or email at

Fair Auction event set for Sat., Feb. 4 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
Feb 4 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 5 @ 1:45 am

The Vandalia Area Fair Dinner Auction Fundraiser will be held Saturday, February 4 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center, 800 S. Lindell St., Vandalia. Fish fry dinners as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase. Doors open at 4 p.m., meal at 5 p.m., Auction at 6:30 p.m., and Silent Auction items will also be available.
For more information, contact Nancy Jennings at 573-470-1656.

Van-Far FBLA to host Pink Out event Feb. 6 @ Van-Far
Feb 6 @ 11:30 pm – Feb 7 @ 3:00 am

Van-Far FBLA will sponsor a Pink Out Basketball Game vs. Wellsville on February 6. Games begin at 5:30 p.m.
A Survivor Walk will be held at halftime of the varsity boy’s game.

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11:30 pm Addicts Victorious has moved meeting site @ Unity Outreach Building
Addicts Victorious has moved meeting site @ Unity Outreach Building
Oct 16 @ 11:30 pm – Oct 17 @ 12:30 am
The Addicts Victorious meetings have moved to the Unity Outreach building at 210 S. Main, in Vandalia. Meetings are every Monday at the new location 6:30-7:30 p.m.
9:00 am VAHS meeting
VAHS meeting
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The Vandalia Area Historical Society (VAHS) will hold their regular monthly meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 21 in the Genealogical Research Library. Everyone is welcome.