Community Events


LASALLE COUNTY - Medicare Beneficiaries
Attention Medicare Beneficiaries! You may qualify for money saving benefits through the Low Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings Programs. Both Programs have income and asset guidelines. Contact the Bridges Senior Center at (815)-431-8034 or (866)-331-8034 for additional information regarding the programs and guidelines.


OTTAWA - Openings available for Kids Can center
Kids Can Child Development Center at Easter Seals currently has openings for children ages 3 to 5. The center provides full-time and part-time care to children of all abilities to live, learn and play for their maximum potential. Class times are 8:45 until 11:45 a.m. and parents can choose to send their children two, three or five days a week. Call 434-0857 for more information.

PRINCETON- Diabetes Meeting Offered Monthly
Perry Memorial Hospital wants to provide information and support to those who are dealing with diabetes. Each month, on the 2nd Tuesday, Perry has an informational meeting to provide up-to-date guidelines and realistic ways to manage the diagnosis of diabetes. There will also be time at each meeting for open discussion and sharing of ideas. Please contact at (815) 876-4449 to register for this meeting.

PERU- Alzheimer's Caring Friends Support Group
For caregivers, family and friends there will be a Alzheimer's Support Group on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at The Red Cross Office, 1530 4th st. Peru, IL. The program will consist of a DVD offering assistance and evaluating congnitive levels. For more information, call (815)339-6465 or (815)223-1885. 

PERU- IVCH Flu Clinic
Illinois Valley Community Hospital has set dates for five public flu immunization clinics at five locations in September and early October.  IVCH nurses will be giving flu shots:
     Tuesday, September 23, from 9 – 11 a.m. at Liberty Village in Peru.
     Tuesday, September 30, from 1 – 4 p.m. at IVCH in Peru. Enter through the ground level entrance on the east side of the building from the south parking lot.
     Wednesday, October 8, from 2-5 p.m. in the IVCH room at Peru Mall (near the Sears store). In addition to the adult vaccine, pediatric doses will also be available from the LaSalle County Health Department at this clinic only.
     Thursday, October 23, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Illinois Valley Community College.
Flu shots are also available at the IVCH FastCare walk-in clinic, which is open seven days a week at the Peru Walmart. Pneumonia vaccine, which requires a doctor’s order, will also be available at the flu clinics.The fee to receive a flu shot is $30.  Pneumonia shots are $85.  Medicare assignment will be accepted with proof of Medicare Part B eligibility.For more information, call Joan Fernandez at 815-780-4618.

EARLVILLE- Fiber in the Park
Fiber in the Park will be on Sept. 20 form 9-4 p.m. at Shabbona Park in La Salle County, 4165 E. 16th Road in Earlville. Admission is free and there will be 20+ vendors that have all different kinds of fiber, kinds of wool, llama, alpaca in yarns, combed top, roving, batting, kits and a food vendro. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the outdoors at the park. Door prizes will be given out during the day. For more information contact Julie Barr at (815) 758-5414 or Connie Gustafson at (815) 751-0887.

UTICA - Angel of Hope Fest
The Utica Business Association, August Hill Winery and Team Angels Among Us will host Angel of Hope Fest from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, in downtown Utica. There will be artwork, raffles, food and drinks, plus live music by Howard and the White Boys and Big Uproar. Admission is free but donations encouraged as proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

LASALLE - Family Fun Day
The Illinois Valley Legion Against Legions will hold a Family Fun Day from 12:30 until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Cedar Point Sportsman Club in LaSalle. There will be bounce houses, a bags tourney, games and music. Food and cash bar will be available. Admission is free.

OTTAWA - WHL Wallace Memorial Event
The WHL Wallace Memorial Event will be held in Ottawa from Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21. On Friday, there will be an open house and presentation at the Reddick Mansion featuring women in the Civil War. On Saturday, there will be sutlers, vendors, food booths open to the public, a luminary program in Washington Park, demonstations by the 17th Corps. Field Hospital, and much much more. Finally, on Sunday, there will be a battle re-enactment, early morning church service, and more! All proceeds go to the restoration and maintenance of the Dickey Cemetery, General WHL Wallace's final resting place. 

PERU - Children's open house
The Peru's Public Library's Children's Services Department will host an open house for school-age children on Friday, Sept. 19, from 2:30 until  7:30 p.m. Stop by the library and browse books, hear about free book and music downloads, enjoy treats and enter to win door prizes. The librarians will do book talks at 3 and 6 p.m. Call 223-0029, ext. 5, for more information.

PRINCETON- “Are Science and Faith Really in Conflict?”   
On Sept. 21, at 5:45 p.m., Crossroads High School is sponsoring a live broadcast, national event at the Festival 56- Grace Theater, 316 S Main St. in Princeton to explore this question. Tickets are available at Central Bank, directly across from the theater. Additional space for viewing has been made available at the Bureau County Republican’s Community Room. Please visit  or call (815) 875-9165 for information. The event is free and donations at the door are appreciated.

LASALLE- Native American to Speak at Bureau County Genealogical Society
Thursday, Sept. 25 the meeting of the Bureau County Genealogical Society will feature a program presented by Jerry Savage of LaSalle, Illinois. He will discuss how he was born and raised in the traditions of the Ho-Chunk tribe right here in the Illinois Valley. The public is cordially invited to this free program at the Bureau County Genealogical Society library at 629 South Main Street in Princeton beginning at 7:00 pm. A series of four beginning genealogy classes is also being offered by the Society running on Wed. evenings beginning on September 24 and ending on October15 from 7:00 to 9:00pm each evening.  The cost of these classes is $30 and will include a manual.  Preregistration is strongly encouraged.  For more information please contact the Society library between the hours of 10-3:00 on Mon, Tues, Wed., or Friday by stopping by or calling (815) 879-3133.  The library will also be open for First Saturday on Oct 4.

OTTAWA- Mansion Open for Homecoming Pictures
The Reddick Mansion Association invites students from Marquette Academy and OTHS to use the gardens and rooms in the Mansion as a backdrop for Homecoming photos. Homecoming-attendees as well as their family and friends are welcome to come as well. For Marquette Academy the Mansion will be open on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 4-6 p.m. and for OTHS on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.There is no charge to take photos during these times. 

SPRING VALLEY- 3rd Annual Golf Scramble
Easter Seals of LaSalle and bureau Counties' 3rd Annual Golf Scramble will be held on Sept. 20 at Spring Creek Golf Course in Spring Valley. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 10:30 a.m. There will be a 19th hole party at 6 p.m. at MJ's Pub & Grill. Golf and dinner is $70 per person and dinner only is $20 per person. Hole and Flag sponsorships are available for $100. To register or for more information, contact Kyle Creedon at (815) 252-0800 or Tracy Beattie at (815) 434-0857.

LASALLE - Electronic Collection
There will be an electronic collection on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the LaSalle Governmental Complex parking lot.

OTTAWA- LaSalle County Genealogy Guild
The meeting for the LaSalle Genealogy Guild will be held on Sept. 20 at The Guild Library, 113 W. Glover St. at 1 p.m. Speaker Dave Johnson, president of the Norsk Museum, will be giving an informed presentation on Norwegian immigration to America. For more information, please call (815) 434-6805.

STREATOR - Vegas Night
Streator Elem. School Dist. 44 Activity Boosters are hosting their second annual Vegas Night on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the PNA Hall at 906 E. Livingston St. in Streator from 6 to 11 p.m.  Tickets are $10, which include food, selected beverages. There will also be games, raffle items and a silent auction. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at Lori’s Mailbox and Parcels, Streator Onized Credit Union-Northpoint, Northlawn Jr. High School Office or by calling (815)257-0253. Monies raised will support sports and extra-curricular activities and clubs. 

CHERRY- 5k Fun Walk/Run
Holy Trinity will be holding a 5k fun walk/run in Cherry Park on Saturday, Sept. 20 to benefit the LaSalle Veterans Home. Check-in is from 7:30- 8:45 a.m. , opening ceremonies/color guard is at 9:00 a.m.and race begins at 9:15 a.m. To register go to or contact Alan Ring at or call (815) 303-3312 and a form will be sent to you.To make a donation: Go to and click “Give” or mail check made out to ‘Walk/Run for LaSalle Vet Home and send to Holy Trinity Cherry, 212 S. Main St., Cherry, IL 61317. Walk/Run will be timed but no awards (kids receive medals). Adults are $25 and Children (12 and under) $10. 

PAW PAW- Town Wide Garage Sale
The town wide garage sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 8-3 p.m. Maps will be available at sales sitesa and balloons will be displayed where there are sales

DIMMICK - PTO chicken dinner
Dimmick School PTO will hold a chicken dinner rom 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at Rip's Tavern in Ladd. Tickets available at the door for $8. Carry-outs available. Plus, there will be a raffle and 50/50 drawing. Dinner includes all fried chicken varieties and fries. Drinks not included.

LASALLE- Free ITAC Amplified Phone
Free amplified phones are available through the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation program (ITAC). Qualified individuals must be legal residents of Illinois, have a doctor’s or audiologist’s signature verifying hearing loss, and have standard phone service in the residence. There are no age or income restrictions. A Open House is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25 from 9 – 3:30 p.m.. Call now to schedule an appointment or request an application. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred.When you call IVCIL request that an application be sent to you and also schedule your appointment. Please bring your application and copies of the required paperwork. Please note you can come any day to see us about receiving a phone.To get your application for a free phone, call the Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living or (IVCIL) at (815) 224-3126. IVCIL is open 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

PRINCETON- Prostate Cancer Screening
Perry Memorial Hospital is offering a prostate cancer screening on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the White Oak Classroom. All men age 50 and above, that are not under the care of an urologist, should be screened. Men age 40 and above with a family history of prostate cancer, and all African-American men starting at age 40 should be screened as well. There is a $25 cost for the PSA blood test. Please call (815) 876-3313 for an appointment.

LASALLE - BFA fish fry
A BFA fish fry will be from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at the LaSalle VFW. Cost is $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children.

HOLLOWAYVILLE- Annual German Buffet and Country Store
The Hollowayville United Church of Christ is holding it's Annual German Buffet and Country Store on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 11-3 p.m. Donation is $10.00 for teens and adults, $5.00 for children 6-12 years old and children under 5 eat free. The menu includes: salad bar, pork and kraut, roast turkey in gravy, ham, german potato salad, red cabbage, mashed potatoes, corn, and beans, dessert and beverage. For any questions please contact, Laurie Abrahams at (815) 894-2957.

LASALLE- Hog Roast
LaSalle County's Combat Veterans Support Group is holding a Hog Roast Oct. 4. Food will be from 4-8 p.m. and dancing starting at 8 p.m. There will be raffles, games of chance, 50/50 ,silent auctions D&J and dancing, Fee will be $7 in advance and $9 at door. Kids 5-10 are $3.50 at door only and 4 and under are free.

MENDOTA- All American Motors Car Show
Celebrating 60 years, AMC is holding their car show on Saturday Oct. 4 at Lake Mendota from 8-3:30 p.m. Awards will be given in a various categories with costs varying as: $20 Pre-registration, $25 Day of Show, $25 Car & Swap space, and $30 Swap only. Send registrations to Scott Bickett at P.O. Box 364 Princeton, IL 61356. For more information please call (815) 883-1901.

TONICA- Trivia Night
Tonica Fire Department is hosting a Trivia Night to benefit Tonica Grade School on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. and doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be a 50/50, baskets, and food. Cost is $10 per person, teams of 8. Call Kari at (815)488-2557 to reserve your table. 

PRINCETON- Illinois Valley Toy Run
Princeton Lions Club will be hosting the 10th annual Illinois Valley Toy Run Sunday Oct. 19 at Soldiers & Sailors Park on S. Main St. in Princeton starting at 10 a.m.The entry fee will be a $10 new and unwrapped toy for either boy or girl at any age. There will be a 50/50 raffle benefiting the Buddy Bag Program,door prizes, a free 5x7 picture of your car, 40 mile round trip countryside cruise and food and drinks provided by the Princeton Boy Scouts.  If you need any more information please call (815)643-2040 or visit .

PRINCETON- Chicago Bus Trip
Take a trip downtown Chicago with Perry Memorial Hospital's 60 Plus Group and Perry Pride on Saturday Oct. 25.. The bus will leave Princeton at 8 a.m. and will return to Princeton by 8 p.m. The cost for this trip is $25 per person for deluxe motor coach transportation. Reservations and payments are due by September 23rd. To make a reservation or for more information please call, (815) 876-4454.

PRINCETON- Health Screening Offered
Perry Memorial Hospital is offering a Health Screening on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. in the White Oak Classroom. A Lipid Profile test, which includes total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides will be offered at $25. The following other tests will also be offered: Chemistry Profile for $31, Thyroid-TSH for $23, and Hemogram for $9. All tests except the Hemogram and Thyroid-TSH require a 12 hour fasting. Pre-registration is required. Please bring physician’s name and address to the screening. Tests cannot be completed without this information. Juice and coffee will be available. Please call (815) 876-3313 to schedule an appointment.