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Have A DIY Day At The Student Center Craft Shop

After a long week of studying and going to class, an arts and crafts workshop may be just the thing to relieve stress. Residents of AXIS Edwardsville can learn how to make sculptures, woodworking projects, holographic images, stained glass and “barefoot” shoes through DIY events. These events all take place in the SIU Student Center Craft Shop and are open to the public.

Create a dog sculpture from cans

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • 5 to 8PM
  • Student Center Craft Shop, Paint Bar 1
  • Students: $5, General Public: $10
  • Make your own cute little pet from recycled materials in this Sustainable Workshop. Bring your own cans if you like but materials are included.

Woodworking Class

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • 6:00 to 8:30PM
  • Student Center Craft Shop, Wood Shop
  • Students: $40, Members of the public: $50
  • Materials cost extra
  • Great for beginners, students in this class learn to safely handle the hand and stationary tools in the Wood Shop. Make any project you choose on equipment such as the drill press, band saw, table saw and more. Class tuition includes a pass to use the wood shop all semester long!

Make a Holographic Image Projector

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  • 5 to 6PM
  • Student Center Craft Shop, Paint Bar 1
  • Cost: only $1!
  • Do you prefer digital creations? The only tools required for this workshop is a tablet or smartphone with internet access. The instructors will guide you through this easy project.

Stained Glass Workshop

  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  • 5:30 to 8PM
  • Student Center Craft Shop, Paint Bar 2
  • SIU Students: $45, General Public: $55
  • Materials cost extra
  • Impress your friends and family with a stained glass creation.  Learn all of the steps, from the initial design, to the glass cutting, soldering and finishing.

Barefoot Sandal Workshop

  • Friday, October 28, 2016
  • 5 to 7PM
  • Student Center Craft Shop, Paint Bar 1
  • SIU Students: $6, Members of the public: $12
  • Do you love to run? Do you want a pair of fancy “barefoot” shoes, only you can’t afford them on your student budget? Use recycled materials to make and custom fit a pair to your feet in this Sustainable Workshop. Materials will be provided.

Check the Student Craft Center web page on these and other classes. Once you finish your new crafts, use them to decorate your comfortable student apartment. Contact us for more information on luxury student living.


Stop By The Alton Chili Cook-Off

Make space on your calendar and start preparing your best chili-tasting outfit, because the annual Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off is happening soon. This year, the event is being held at the giant warehouse and beautiful pavilion at Elijah P’s, just over 14 miles from AXIS Edwardsville.

On Saturday, October 15th from noon until 3pm, amateur and professional chili chefs will be showcasing their best chili recipes, all vying for the chance to win $100 and most importantly – bragging rights. You don’t want to miss out on the fun and the chance to play a part in history – there’s a highly coveted “People’s Choice” and your input is needed, so be prepared to taste some of the best chili downtown Alton has to offer!

There are four categories: Individual, Organization, Business, and Restaurant, with the judges awarding $100 to the winner of each category. But perhaps the most coveted award is the “People’s Choice” – not only does the People’s Choice winner nab a cool $100, they also receive the highly prized silver ladle and plaque, as well as the bragging rights that come along with having the best chili!

Admission to the event is $6 and it’s certain to be a fiery, good time, so make sure you come on down to the annual downtown Alton Chili Cook-off.

Date: Saturday, October 15th

Time: noon – 3pm

Address: 401 Piasa St, Alton , IL

Admission cost: $6

For more information about fun events happening near AXIS Edwardsville or to find out more about our luxury student apartments, please contact us today!


Check Out These Donut Shops In Edwardsville

Some days just call for a hot, fluffy donut and for the residents of AXIS Edwardsville, those donut cravings don’t have to go unfulfilled. There are a number of quality establishments in the surrounding area, serving a wide array of delicious, hot donuts! Here are a few of our favorite places to get donuts near AXIS Edwardsville.

Glazy Squares Donuts, 443 S Buchanan St Edwardsville, IL

If you haven’t tried a donut from Glazy Squares Donuts, then you haven’t really lived. Just kidding, of course, but the donuts here are amazing. As the name suggests, Glazy Squares Donuts veers away from the traditional round donut, and serves glazed, square donuts, in a wide variety of flavors. Favorites include chocolate glazed, lemon, twisted glaze and cinnamon. (The biscuits and gravy are tasty, too!)

Wood River Donut Shop, 102 E Edwardsville Road, Wood River, IL

Wood River Donut Shop is a charming little donut shop, with plenty of room to dine-in and enjoy some donuts with friends. The blueberry donuts are a crowd favorite and tend to sell out fast, so make sure to get there early! Wood River Donut Shop also serves a variety of lunch items, including sloppy joes, sandwiches, and biscuits and gravy.

Duke Bakery, 819 Henry St Alton, IL

A bit further away, but totally worth the drive, is Duke Bakery, an adorable, hometown bakery selling a variety of donuts, cakes, and brownies. The twisted glaze donuts are a definite customer favorite but don’t miss out on the donut holes and the chocolate covered creme horns.

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Explore The Outdoors In Edwardsville

October is a great time to be outdoors. It is cool, sunny, and perfect for boating or hiking. Fortunately, the upcoming events near AXIS Edwardsville include a chance to explore the environment. The Touch of Nature Environmental Center offers fun for both students and the general public. It covers over 3,100 acres, including woodlands, hills and Little Grassy Lake. Take a study break with one or more of these fun activities.

Breaking the Surface

Saturday, October 1

1PM -6:30PM

Use one of the provided canoes, kayaks, paddle boards or paddle boats to enjoy recreation on Little Grassy Lake. Instructors will be available to help beginners get started. Bring your friends and family to this free event, which is open to the public. If you have your own paddle boat you can use it, but a Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge sticker is required. You can also buy a day pass if you bring a boat and vendors will offer food for sale.

Trail Stewardship Days

Sundays in October

9AM to 12PM or 1 to 4PM

Please pre-register at least 48 hours in advance.

As a volunteer, enjoy the fresh air as you help remove debris from current trails or make new trails in the Shawnee National Forest. The staff will bring tools and show you how to use them. To sign up please call (618) 453-1121 or visit Please pre-register at least 48 hours in advance.

Veteran Adventures Eleven Point River in Missouri

October 8-11, 2016 (fall break!)

Challenge yourself both physically and mentally with this outdoor excursion. The center sponsors this trip to Eleven Points River. A great way to meet new people, participants in this event canoe, tote equipment, and spend the night on the river’s shore. For more information please contact Shane Brady at (618) 453-1121 or email

The Touch of Nature Environmental Center is located at 1206 Touch of Nature Rd, Makanda, IL 62958. Consult their events calendar to find other upcoming activities.

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