Community Events

Multiple Locations - Celebrate World Red Cross Day by Giving Blood
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this May in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8 – the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder, Henry Dunant. 
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Bureau County

5/4/2015: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Buda Community Building, Main Street
5/7/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 316 S. Church Street



La Salle County

5/8/2015: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Earlville High School, 415 W. Union Street
5/6/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Illinois Valley Community College, 815 N. Orlando Smith Rd., RR1
5/6/2015: 7:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, 1100 E. Norris Drive
5/7/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1401 State Street
5/5/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 4th Street
5/7/2015: 1:45 p.m. - 6 p.m., City Hall, 204 S Bloomington



Lee County
Amboy - 5/1/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Amboy High School, 11 E. Hawley Stree

Help a LaSalle Elementary School District student fly high!  Donations are now being accepted to any LaSalle student for the Flying Pizza Party.  All proceeds from the fundraiser stay in our community and benefit the Special Olympic student athletes in the LaSalle Elementary School

LAMOILLE - Notice of postings
Spring Road Postings for LaMoille Township until further notice.

PERU - Peru Library Daycation Bus trips
Ever wanted to your the Deere mansion? Experinece the first electrified Illinois farm? See Steampunk invade a Renaissance Faire? Then the Peru library's new Daycation bus trips are for you.  As part of its expanded adult programming, five trips have been scheduled between April and August.  Participants will visit the Figge Museum, stroll among quilts, see farming museums, do a yarn crawl and more.  Contact Peru public Library for more information on the individual trips and fees, 815 223-0229

PERU - DBSA Support Group
The DBSA (Depression, Bi-Polar, Anxiety, Association) of the Illinois Valley support group meets every first and third Monday of the month on the fourth floor in conference room C from 6:30-8 p.m. at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. For more information, call (815) 252-0200. 

The Streator Moose will host bingo this Friday night and every Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

STREATOR - Bingo every Monday
The Streator Women of the Moose hold bingo every Monday evening from 6 to 9. Come for the fun and bring a friend or two.

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.

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 - Spring Preschool T-ball Program.
The Illinois Valley YMCA will be conducting a Spring Preschool T-ball Program.  The goal of the program is for our experience program staff to teach basic t-ball skills building in a game setting.  The program is for preschool aged children, 3-5 years old.  It will be every Saturday from April 4th to May 9th, 10-11:30 a.m. It costs $25 for YMCA members and $35 for nonmembers.  Participants will get a t-shirt.  For more information contact Casy Loving, Youth Program Director at the IV YMCA at 815 223 7904 ext. 32.

STREATOR - Spring Fling Craft & Vendor Fair
The Streator Women of the Moose will be hosting a Spring Fling Craft & Vendor fair on May 2 from 9:00 - 2:00. If interested in reserving a spot call or text 815-830-2879 there are a few indoor and outdoor spots available.

MENDOTA - Cinco De Mayo Festival
The Illinois Valley Hispanic Partnership Council celebrates its 17th Annual Cinco De Mayo Festival at the Mendota High School, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. to celebrate cultural awareness.  Please attend this free event and enjoy authentic Mexican food, folkloric dancers, raffles, information booths, queen, mini king & mini queen contests, and entertainment for all.  Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. To this day, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in several U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population including the Illinois Valley.

MARSEILLES - Craft - Snip - Fun Photo Transfer Class
Thursday May 7th, 6:30p - 8:30p
Your inner Picasso will be unleashed!  Attend together, bring your friends and get ready to be inspired by our local artist, Christy Myers, who will guide you step by step.
No experience necessary.  Visit or call 815-795-3859 for more details!
Funds raised for No Animal Left Behind 

PERU - Author speaks about DeGroot Family Stories
On Thursday, May 23rd, Lois DeGroot Beattie-Blackwell will talk about her boo DeGroot Family Stories covering Peru from 1881 to 2001.  DeGroot Family Stories is a collection of memories from her dad (Paul DeGroot) about Peru, Water Street, river rescues, body recories, tavenrs, fishing and other familymemories.  Plan to attend to hear Lois and remember the peru of abygone time.  The program begins at 6:30p.m. Lois will also sign copies of her book.

MENDOTA - Trip to Historic Pullman District
On Saturday, June 13, 2015
Bus Boards 9AM at Sullivan's Foods in Mendota
Returns to Mendota around 5:30 PM
Cost is $80 for MMHS members, $90 for non-MMHS members.  Includes bus transportation, lunch, and admission to Historic Pullman District.
Organized by Mendota Museum and Historical Society
Space is limited so please call 815-539-3373

LOCKPORT - 44th Annual Old Canal Days Festival
The 44th annual Old Canal Days Festival, including the annual Arts & Crafts Show will be held on Saturday & Sunday, June 20 & 21, 2015. The juried arts & crafts  is on Saturday the 20th 10-5 p.m. and Sunday the 21st 10-4 p.m. Booth fees are $100 for standard and $120 for a corner. However, there is an "early bird discount" of $20 per booth if applications are received by Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. To receive an application, please call (815)838-9400 or email .

John St. John
2 until 7 p.m.