Anyone interested in shaking off the winter blues can find several family-friendly events this weekend.
Below is a list of several happenings this weekend and this coming week around the Washington County area.
Princess Party In Hoyleton
A local Girl Scout will host a royal gathering in hopes of helping boost literacy around the area.
The Princess Party will be held at Hoyleton Trinity Lutheran School on Saturday, March 9, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be face painting, carnival and a picture backdrop for guest princesses and friends.
A “very fancy lunch” will begin at 10:30 a.m., and a guest princess will sing on stage starting at 11:30 a.m.
Children who attend the party must be accompanied by an adult. Girls may dress like any princess or storybook character. Boys are also welcome to attend and dress up.
The cost is $8, with additional small charges for carnival games.
Alyssa Lurkins is attempting to earn her Gold Award through the Girl Scouts with the project. The money earned from the event will be used to buy materials for 40 literacy bags. Those bags will be distributed to prekindergarten and kindergarten students at Trinity Lutheran this coming April. A movie with popcorn will be screened at noon.
Lurkins is from Girl Scout Troop 8338, which is affiliated with the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois.
Due to Sunday’s inclement weather, the annual Polishfest Parade in DuBois has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 10, beginning at 1 p.m.
Now in its 25th year, the DuBois Polishfest features an all-day array of activities celebrating the heritage of the area. Activities planned include various food events, a polka mass, bake sale, raffle, polka dance and chicken poop bingo.
The Nashville Knights of Columbus will begin the annual fish fry events this Friday, March 8, at St. Ann School. The menu includes pollack, potato salad, french fries, baked beans, hush puppies, lemonade and coffee.
The fundraiser will continue every Friday through Good Friday on April 19.
The Community Center of Nashville is hosting its Chicken and Dumpling dinner benefit on Sunday, March 10.
The menu includes chicken and dumplings and the choice of two sides (green beans, corn, applesauce and slaw). A roll, dessert and drink will also be provided.
The dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or while supplies last.
Interested persons can call for tickets or purchase their food at the door.
Tonight there is a chili and soup fundraiser at Happy Days Preschool from 4 to 7 p.m.
A benefit for the Kleiboeker family is set for Wednesday, March 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. The menu includes baked ziti, salad, Italian bread, desserts and drink.
The funds raised from the event will go toward helping Renee Kleiboeker with her medical expenses.