Community Events

LASALLE - Food donations needed
The IL Valley Food Pantry is low on a few items: Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Corn, Instant Potatoes, Cereal.  We would appreciate any donations of any sort!

LASALLE COUNTY - Free ITAC Amplified Phones
Free amplified phones are available through the Illinois Telecommunications AccessCorporation 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.Open House scheduled Tuesday, July 22th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Call now to schedule an appointment or request an application. So you can test and select a FREE amplified phone. Walk-ins 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. Appointments are preferred but, walk-ins welcome. IVCIL is open 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

ROCK FALLS - Summer Energy Assistance
The Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC) is operating a Summer Energy Assistance Program under the direction of  the Illinois Department of Commerce and Electronic Opportunity. The Summer Energy Assistance program provides a one-time payment of $150.00 directly to the electric vendor on behalf of the household, is designed to assist those households who are at risk during the hot summer months, and is set to run from July 7 through July 23 (or until funds are depleted). To receive assistance, a household must prove it meets the income guidelines; have proof the energy bills are in the applicant’s name, provide photocopies of all household members’ social security cards, medical cards or a medical certification from your physician. The gross income for a household for 30 days prior to the date of application cannot exceed the following: 1 person household, $1,459; 2 person household, $1,966; 3 person household, $2,474; 4 person household, $2,981; 5 person household, $3,489 and 6 person household, $3,996.To find the nearest location to apply,call Tammy Saenz/LIHEAP Director at 1-800-323-5434, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

OTTAWA - Blue Star Museum Program 
The Reddick Mansion is offering free admissions to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Sept. 1 as part of the Blue Star Museums program. The Blue Star Families is a national, non-profit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve dedicated to supporting, connecting, and empowering military families. This is the second year that the Reddick Mansion is participating in this program. The Mansion, built in 1858, is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, is open for tours 6 days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located at 100 W. Lafayette Street, Ottawa.

PERU - Possibilities/DBSA Meetings
Possibilities/DBSA, the local depression and bipolar support group, will meet twice in July.
Meeting dates and times are 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 7, and Monday, July 21, in Conference Room “C” on the fourth floor of Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

PRINCETON - Perry Memorial Hospital calendar of events
FREE Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screening: 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.,Tuesday, July 8, Perry Memorial Hospital, Main Lobby, Princeton. Open to the public and PMH employees.
Diabetes Information Meeting: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, Perry Memorial Hospital, White Oak Classroom, Princeton. Please contact Marcia Hartwig at 815-876-4449 to register.
FREE Foot Screening: 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, Dr. Daniel, Perry Memorial Hospital, Medical Office Building, Suite 204, Princeton. Please call 815-875-2643 to schedule an appointment.
Grief & Loss Support Group: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, Perry Memorial Hospital, Hospital Chapel, Princeton. Bureau Valley Volunteer Hospice hosts a monthly meeting, the third Tuesday of each month, to offer support to those grieving on a journey of remembering; please call the HOSPICE Office at 815-876-3375.
Health Screening: 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Thursday, July 17, Perry Memorial Hospital, White Oak Classroom, Princeton. Lipid Profile, $25; Chemistry Profile, $31; Thyroid (TSH), $23 and Hemogram, $9. Lipid and Chemistry Profile require 12 hour fasting. Registration required, please call 815-876-3313.
July 14 – BINGO 10 a.m., PMH Lower Level Conference Room. Please call ahead to make your reservation, 815-876-4454.

PERU - Grief Recovery Group 
The Illinois Valley Community Hospital Grief Recovery Group will next meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, and Wednesday, July 23, in Conference Room “C” on the fourth floor of IVCH. The group allows persons who have recently suffered the loss of someone close to them to share their feelings and experiences with others who have also lost loved ones through death. The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.  For more information, call Deacon Ray Fischer, IVCH pastoral care coordinator, at (815)-780-3426.

LAMOILLE - Pink Heals Tour 
The LaMoille Ambulance/Fire Department is hosting the Pink Heals Tour on Tuesday, July 8th from 5-8 p.m. at their fire station. The Pink Heals Tour is a fire truck painted pink that travels the country rallying communities together , celebrating women.  Their labor of love is focused on the fight against cancer, and gets communities started in fundraising for its own people. 100% of its proceeds go back to the women and their families who are battling cancer and other diseases within our own communities.Please feel free to come to LaMoille the night of the event for photos, etc.  It will be a great opportunity to see!

GRAND RIDGE - Electronic Collection
There will be an electronic collection on Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Grand Ridge Grade School in Grand Ridge.

STREATOR - Les Miserables
The Community Players of Streator will be performing the hit musical, Les Miserables, during a week long run at Engle Lane Theatre in Streator from July 12-19. In anticipation of ticket demand, an additional performance has been added for Saturday evening, July 12. The remainder of the run will be Sunday, July 13 through Saturday, July 19. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m., with the Sunday, July 13 matinee starting at 2 p.m. Tickets for the general public go on sale July 7th by calling the box office at 815-672-3584. Tickets for Les Miserables are $20 each. Hours are Monday thru Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The box office is located at the Wm. C. Schiffbauer Center for the Performing Arts at Engle Lane Theatre, 1012 Columbus Road, Streator, IL. For more information, visit the Engle Lane Theatre Facebook page or their website at

LADD - BBQ Fundraiser
Sunday, July 13, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. there will be a BBQ in the Park fundraiser to benefit Project Success' Hall Township Food Pantry. Dinner includes pulled pork sandwich, mac & cheese, cole slaw & baked beans. The cost is $12. There will be a beer garden, music by The Craigs (no cover) & dinner also will be curbside to go. Advance tickets are available at North Central Bank & Hall Township Food Pantry. For Questions, call (815)-252-0056.

LASALLE - Preschool Registration
Summit Learning Academy Preschool Registration will be held on Monday, July 14 from 10 a.m to 1 pm. and Tuesday, July 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. Registration is for Ages 2 - 5, Full or part day.

LASALLE - Church Rummage and Bake Sale
Grace United Methodist Church will host a rummage and bake sale Friday, July 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at 1345 Chartres St. LaSalle, near Baker Lake. All proceeds will benefit Summit Learning Academy

PERU - Animinicon
Friday, July 18th, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. for the 7th annual Animinicon, the Peru Library anime/manga club have planned a lineup of activities including a Cosplay Catwalk, Rave/Dance, Anime Underground, Dance Dance Revolution, Cosplay Q&A, Attack on Titan Flash, Pokémon Battles & Yu-Gi-Oh Duels, art displays, origami, and more! This free event is for ages 13 to 25. For more information, please call the library at (815)-223-0229.

OTTAWA - Genealogy Guild Meeting
The LaSalle County Genealogy Guild will meet at the Guild Library, 115 West Glover Street, Ottawa, at 1:00 p.m. on July 19th, 2014. The guest speaker will be Candice Wilmot, a native of Ottawa and member of the LaSalle County Genealogy Guild. Candice is also an officer of the Champaign County Genealogical Society and volunteers at the Champaign County Historical Archives.

STREATOR - Thatcher Glass Reunion
On Saturday, July 19 beginning at 10 a.m., a pig roast/potluck will be held at Marilla Park in Streator for former emplyees and families that worked at Thatcher/Anchor Glass prior to its closing in 1992. Table service will be provided, but guests must bring their own beverages and lawn chairs. Bring a dish to share. Hotdogs and games will be available for the kids. Reunion Tee Shirts and memorabilia will be for sale. There will be a 50/50 drawing to help offset the cost.

STANDARD - Tractor Pull
The Standard Fire Dept. Tractor Pull, Sunday, July 20th 2014, starts at 1:00 p.m. and is held at Piccinelli Park located 1 block south of Route 71 on 1st Street in Standard IL. The Pull features 4x4 trucks in addition to the tractors. Admission is $7.00 at the gate with kids under 12 free. Food, snacks and cold drinks are available for purchase. Proceeds go toward training and equipment purchase and maintenance.Standard Fire and Rescue has 22 members providing structural as well as wildland fire suppression, search, and motor vehicle and farm rescue. ny further questions and I can be reached by cell at 815-488-8660

PERU - Summer Block Party
St. Valentine and St. Mary Catholic Churches of Peru are hosting a summer block party on Sunday, July 20 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the parking lot at St. Valentine Church, Seventh & Pulaski Streets in Peru.  Musical entertainment will be provided by the “Mariachi Campiranos” band.The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. with a variety of children’s games.  Also available for purchase will be hot dogs, authentic Mexican tacos, nachos, ice cream, sno-cones and other refreshments.  The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Raffle and 50/50 tickets will be available for purchase, and the drawings for both will take place that evening. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

STREATOR - Ice Cream Social
The Streator Grade School Band will be holding its annual Ice Cream Social and Concert at the Plumb Pavilion in the Streator City Park on Thursday, July 24th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Ice cream sundaes will be available for $2.00 with many different toppings.  Pop and Water will also be available for $1.00.   Both the Streator Grade School Concert Band and Intermediate Band will be performing music that they have worked on during their summer band program. The concert is free and open to the public.  Please bring a lawn chair.
AMBOY - Lee County Fair Blood Drive
The Lee County Farm Bureau and Lee County Fair Association are hosting a blood drive on the opening day of the Lee County 4-H Fair, Thursday, July 24 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lee County 4-H Center, 1196 Franklin Rd., Amboy. The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors of all types. Eligible donors with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to donate double red cells where available. With schools out of session and many regular donors busy or on vacation, it’s important to remember that patients don’t get a break from needing blood — the need is constant. To schedule an appointment, please call Lee County Farm Bureau at (815) 857-3531 or walk-in on Thursday, July 24. All donors will be asked to pay the $5.00 fair admission; however, the fee will be reimbursed after donating at the blood drive. More information about the Lee County 4-H Fair can be found at Information about donating blood is available at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

AMBOY - Lee County Fair 
The 2014 Lee Co. 4-H Fair & Jr. Show is July 24-27 at the Lee Co. 4-H Center & Fairgrounds on Route 30 just north of Amboy. The four day fair features events for everyone including a full grandstand line-up of tractor/truck pulls, mud bogs and dirt drags. The fair opens Thursday, July 24 at 12 p.m. Gate admission is $5.00 Thursday – Saturday and $2.00 on Sunday. Children age 12 and under are free. In addition to daily judging and livestock shows, free kids activities are offered Friday and Saturday at the Kids Korner at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. A Kiddie Carnival begins at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, followed by Bingo at 4:30 p.m.The carnival by Oak Ridge Ranch Amusements is open Friday at 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. $15.00 wristbands for unlimited “rides” are offered Sunday. Saturday’s schedule also features a petting zoo, the fire safety smokehouse, and returning is Ben’s Bubble Show at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Sunday celebrates corn with the Corn Husking Contest and free Corn Boil. Returning Saturday to the grandstands are mud bogs and dirt drags. Garden tractors, tractors and trucks take to the track for pulls Thursday and Friday. A full fair schedule and more information about other great fair activities and events is posted at or like “Lee Co. 4-H Fair & Jr. Show” on facebook for the latest The Lee County Fair Association is also accepting entries for the 2014 Jr. Show. The jr. show is open to youth ages 8 to 19. Project departments include all livestock and small animals, as well as visual arts, mechanical sciences and crops. An entry form and class descriptions are available at Entries will be accepted until July 15.

OTTAWA - Golf Tournament
Ottawa City Golf Tournament will be held on July 26th & 27th. The tournament is brought to you by the Ottawa Golf Association and consists of a 36 hole medal play.  Saturday's tournament will take place at at Dayton Ridge and Sunday's tournamet will be held at Pine Hills. All entries must be submitted by July 19th. Local and USGA Rules apply. Send entry forms to Pine Hills Golf Club.  For more information, please contact Bill Serby at 815-955-7511.

MENDITA - Free Concert
Free Outdoor Concert - featuring The Chosen Ones - Saturday, August. 2, 2014, at 6 p.m. at Veterans' Park Route 34, downtown Mendota. In case of rain - Christ's Church, 1107 Main St. Bring family, friends, and lawn chairs

PERU - Car Show
Peru Ambulance presents: Peru Hot August Nights on Saturday, Aug. starts at 4 p.m. Then a cruise through town starting at 6 p.m. Trophies awarded at 8 p.m. Drive-in screening of the popular classic Grease at 8:15 p.m. Food & soda available for purchase.

MENDOTA - Grade School Reunion
The Ophir Grade School reunion for all former students (1952-1998) and their guests, staff, parents and friends of students will be held at the Mendota Moose Lodge on Saturday, August 23rd beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and followed by a buffet dinner. The reunion also includes a Ecumenical Church Service on Sunday, August 24th at 10:30 a.m. at the Triumph Church followed by a potluck luncheon at the Triumph Community Building. Invitations have been sent to many of the former students and staff, however anyone not receiving an invitation and wanting to attend or would like additional information should call and leave a message at (815)- 895-8706. Ticket prices are $15.00 per person and must be purchased by August 9th

PERU - Red Cross Walk, Run, Bike
The 22nd Annual Red Cross Walk, Run, Bike will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, at Baker Lake in Peru. Registration begins at 12 p.m., with the event to follow at 1 p.m., and all registered participants will receive a T-shirt. This is a family oriented event that will include food, drinks, raffles, music and outdoor games. Kids can enjoy the Bike Rodeo that offers training and includes a free bike helmet (while supplies last).Money raised will support the local Red Cross’s local programs, including fire, flood, tornado and other disaster services training and response and mobile meal deliveries. Kick-Off Date is Tuesday, July 1, from 12 – 5:30 pm at the Illinois Valley Red Cross Chapter Headquarters, 1530 4th St., Peru. For more info and to register, visit, call (815)223-0922, or email

SUBLETTEFEST - 2014 "Celebrating 160 Years of Sublette" 1854-2014
Schedule of events:
Friday, September 12th: Beer Garden, DJ E-Man Music.
Saturday, September 13th: 5K Fun Run/Walk, Craft/Flea Market/Food Vendors, Kid's and Regular Parade, Alumni Softball Game, OctoberFest Food and Music, Beer Garden, Monster Fireworks Show, Headline Entertainment: Back Country Roads.
Sunday, September 14th: "Pullin' in the Park"-Tractor and Truck Pull, Sublette Schools Reunion, Beer Garden Food Vendors.
Don't forget to "Like" Sublette 365 on Facebook for Full Event Details. For More Information, please contact Nick Dinges at (815) 703-6140 or

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