Community Events

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 forth floor in conference room C at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.  If you suffer from these mental disorders we encourage you to attend and you may even bring a friend and or family member with you.  Anything you talk about will be kept in strict confidence.  It is a place to come and share your experiences and ways of comping without being judged. For more information, call IVCH at (815) 223-3200 or you can check out the DBSA of the Illinois Valley's Facebook page at

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- 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:Thursday, Oct. 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.

PERU- Preserving Your Personal Digital Files
Attend Preserving Your Personal Digital Files to learn how to make precious memories last. Alyce Scott will be at the Peru Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. to present Preserving Your Personal Digital FIles. 

STARVED ROCK-Halloween Storytelling
Bill Myers, the Straved Rock State Park storyteller, will tell stories for all ages at the Visitor's Center on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. A Halloween special, the program is designed for families and their children. Myers will give away pumpkins to each family. Children are encouarged to wear 'trick-or-treat' costumes for a "Parade of ghosts, and gobblins and ghouls". 

SPRING VALLEY- Annual Fall Bake Sale
The Ladies of St. George Orthodox Church will hold their Annual Fall Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10- noon. Lebanese and Greek pastries will be featured along with American fare. If you wish to order ahead, call (815)223-7317 or (815) 663-5451 on or before Oct. 15. 

STREATOR - Fall festival
The annual fall festival will be held from 5 until 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Woodland School gym in Streator. The festival will feature costume judging, games and prizes, haunted hallway, cake walk, airbrush tattoos, country market, food, raffles, and silent auction. The festival is open to the public.

TONICA- Pancake, Sausage & Egg Breakfast
St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church at Leonore will hold a Pancake, Sausage and Egg breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m.- noon. Adults are $7, children (5-7) $2, chikdren 4 and under are free. There will also be a bake sale and 50/50 drawing. 

ARLINGTON- St. Patrick Annual Smorgasbord & Bake Sale
St. Patrick Annual Smorgasbord & Bake Sale
sponsored by St. Patrick Church Altar & Rosary Society, Arlington, is Sunday, Nov. 2. Serving is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bishop Franz Hall. The menu is turkey/dressing or ham, mashed potatoes/gravy, vegetables, salads, dessert and beverage. Adults are $8.00; children under 12 $3.00; and children under 5 are free. Dinner tickets and raffle tickets purchased at the door. Carry-outs are available. There is a raffle drawing at 1 p.m. for a home-made quilt. Also a door prize will be given.

GRANVILLE- Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
Pancakes and home made sausage will be served at the Sacred Heart Church Hall in Granvilleon Sunday, Nov. 9 from 7 a.m. - noon. Carry-outs are also available. Donations are for Adults $7, and Children $4. The Holy Name sponsors this annual breakfast and uses the profits for Church and community purposes. Sausage will also be at the Sacred Heart Church Hall in Granville after 2 p.m.  on Thursday, Nov. 6. Also, you can phone in sausage orders by calling Bob at (815) 993-6118 or Doug at (815) 339- 2631.

MENDOTA- The Twentieth Annual Carry-Out Chicken Dinner
The Mendota High School Music Department Presents The Twentieth Annual Carry-Out Chicken Dinner Friday, Nov. 14. Prices are $8.00 per dinner and $5.00 for an extra quarter. Dinner includes 1/4 fried chicken (cooked by the Optimist Club), baked potato, cole slaw, and a dinner roll. Tickets are available from any Mendota High School band or choir student. Free delivery is available for senior citizens who reside within the city limits. The order deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 28. New this year! Orders are to be picked up at the Mendota Lion's Club Den at the Mendota Fairgrounds from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m.

MENDOTA - Trick-or-treat
Children in costume are invited to Trick-or-Treat Mendota businesses and shops from 3 until 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. Parents are reminded to have their children look for the orange poster with a picture of "bats" on the door for those businesses participating. The signs say "Trick-or-Treat Here Friday, Oct. 31, from 3 until 5 p.m."

SENICA-21st Annual Fall Festival of Wines
There will be over 100 Wines from Around the World Friday, Nov. 7 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Senica's Oak Ridge. One hundred percent of the ticket proceeds benefit the LaSalle and Peru Fire Departments. Advanced Donation $20. This festival is sponsored by Rudy's Liquors.

SANDWICH- 35th Annual Christmas in the Country
The 35th Annual Christmas in the Country Arts and Crafts Show will be Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m- 4p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Sandwich High School, Sandwich Middle School and Lynn Haskins Grade School. Lunch will be served, there will be door prizes and 150 crafters. There is a $3 admission to benefit the Sandwich School Music Association and there will be a shuttle bus service between schools. There is no stollers allowed.

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.

STREATOR- Craft and Vendor Fair
Streator Women of the Moose 215- 2007 Skelgas Road, Streator will be sponsoring a Craft and Vendor Fair Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Raffles, bake sale and lunch will be available. Any interested vendors may contact Chris at (815) 830-2879.

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 .