CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A COMMUNITY EVENTPERU - New winter children's program
Children and their adult caregivers are welcome every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. until noon for the new Cabin Fever Play and Read mornings. Books, toys, puzzles, puppets, coloring sheets, building blocks and bricks will be made available. No registration is necessary. Also new in the winter session of Doggie Tales, Reading with Tillie. Held monthly, this proram is for both the beginning and experienced reader. Story time for children 3-5 years continues through April 30, and is held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Wiggles nad Giggles is for children birth to age 3, continuing through March 25, and is held every Thursday at 10 a.m. Call 223-0229, Ext. 5, for more information.
OTTAWA - Satellite office hours set
Bridges Senior Center offers appointments at a satellite office in the following communities: March 5, Streator at Bruce Township Hall; March 19, LaSalle at Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living; and March 26, Marseilles at American Legion 571. Call 431-8034 to make an appointment.
MENDOTA - Children's clothing swap
There will be a children's clothing swap in Mendota at the First United Methodist Church located at 100 6th St. on Wednesday, March 5- Thursday, March 6 and Friday, March 7 from 10-2 p.m. each of those days. The swap will be located in their memorial building which is behind the church. Bring your child's clean, gently used, outgrown clothing and trade it in for clothing that fits now. They will have very nice, clean clothing to trade including coats, shoes, summer and winter outfits, dresses and suits, and even a few halloween costumes for those of you who like to plan ahead.
MENDOTA - Corned beef and cabbage dinner
Mendota VFW Post 4079 will have it's annual Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner, Thursday, March 6 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Prices are $9 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years of age. The menu consists of corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes, carrots & dessert. Carry-outs are $9.50 - for carry-outs, call 815-539-6466. Public invited to this event.
PRINCETON - Fish fry planned
Princeton-St. Louis School will host a fish fry from 4:30 until 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent, March 7 through April 11. Dinner includes baked or fried fish and dessert. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Carry-outs are available by calling 872-8521.
PERU - Expo Showcase
Parkside School in Peru will host an Expo Showcase featuring student talent from 6 until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at the school. The event is open to the public.
OTTAWA - Beginning computer class offered
Bridges Senior Center is offering a beginner computer class on Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26, from 10:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Registration is required for this four-week course by Feb. 28. There is a suggested donation of $45. Call 431-8034 to register.
STREATOR - STHS-Red Cross blood drive
Streator High School Student Council is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive Friday, March 7 at the high school in the "Pops" Dale Gymnasium from 8 - 2p.m. Walk-ins are welcome and a photo ID is required to give blood. Students who are at least 16 yrs of age may sign up to donate in the Commons during lunch periods. If you have any questions, or wish to sign up for an appointment, please contact Mr. Jason Robart Student Council Advisor at 815-672-0545 ext. 232.
LaSalle - Women of courage and wisdom: Nellie Bly
This hour long, first person presentation of Women of courage and wisdom: Nellie Bly is sure to entertain. It will be at the Hegelar Carus Mansion Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Contact Kelly Klobucher of Hegeler Carus Foundation 815-224-5891 for more info.
STREATOR - Trivia night
Streator Township High School Educational Foundation presents its "Trivia Night", Friday, March 7 at The Streator Knights of Columbus Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person - tables of up to 10 players are welcome to form a team. Trivia begins at 7 p.m. The K of C will have food available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the work of the STHS Educational Foundation. For more info or to reserve a table call: Janice Corrigan, STHS Community/Alumni Coordinator at 815-672-0545 ext. 506 or 815-674-6635.
LAMOILLE - Beer and wine tasting
Beer and wine tasting sponsored by HyVee & LaMoille Ambulance Service on Saturday, March 8 from
5:30 - 8 p.m. Tasting will be at LaMoille Lions Club located at 308 Howard St. LaMoille, tickets are $20 at the door or State Bank of Cherry with all proceeds going for ambulance equipment. You can also call 815-252-2827 for tickets. There will be silent auction items & numerous tastings, appetizers will be served.
STREATOR - Free lunch program
The Free Lunch Program sponsored by Park Church and Hardscrabble Lions is held the 2nd Saturday of each month at PARK PLACE, 406 E Hickory, Streator with serving starting at 11:30 am. On Saturday, March 8, the meal will be hosted by Hardscrabble Lions with the following menu: BBQ, Chip, Salad, Dessert, Beverage. The meal is free and everyone is invited to attend!
SANDWICH - Country arts and craft show
The 35th Easter in the Country Arts and Craft Show will be Saturday, March 8 from 9 to 4 p.m. The show takes place at Sandwich High School, Sandwich Middle School, and Lynn Haskin Grade School. Admission will be $3 and there will be door prizes.
LAMOILLE - Pancake and sausage breakfast
The LaMoille Lions Club will host an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 at the club. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to the Ohio High School Softball Team. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, ham, toast, milk, juice and coffee. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for kids 5 to 10 and free to kids 4 and under.
SHERIDAN - Church supper
The Sheridan United Methodist Church will be having a supper on Monday, March 10 from 5 - 7p.m. The Church is located at 219 S. Bushnell St. Sheridan & supper will include turkey breast, mashed potato, gravy, corn, cranberry sauce & dessert. Call 815-496-2021 for Sheridan delivery or carry out.
STREATOR - Free children's orthopedic clinic planned
The Streator Elks 591 Lodge, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children's Care Corporation, will sponsor a free children's orthopedic assessment clininc from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10. The clinic is by appointment only. Call 800-272-0074 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to make an appointment. There is no charge for the clinic, to be held at the office of Dr. A. Roy, located at the Orthopedic Associates of Streator. No medical referral is necessary for the clinic but physicians are welcome to refer patients to the clinic for a specific reason or second opinion. School nurses are also welcome to refer children and families to the clinic.
OTTAWA - New to Medicare program
Bridges Senior Center will host a "New to Medicare" program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11. This informational program is designed for those new to Medicare or anyone interested in learning more about Medicare. The program is free. Call 431-8034 by March 7, to reserve a spot.
OTTAWA - Larvicide application training
The LaSalle County and Bureau County Health Departments are offering a solid larvicide application training on March 12, at the LaSalle County Health Deaprtment from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Call 433-3366, ext. 228 prior to March 5 to register. A registration form is available on the health department's Web site at lasallecounty.org/hd.
STREATOR - Kindergarten registration
Kindergarten registration on Thursday, March 13 from 8 - 4 p.m. at Streator Elementary Schools. All children who will be 5 years of age on or before September 1, may register for Kindergarten at the school attendance center in which they reside. Please bring a certified copy of the child's birth certificate.
PRINCETON - PMH Free Health Screening
Perry Memorial Hospital is offering a Health Screening on Thursday, March 13, from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. in the White Oak Classroom at Perry. 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. Participants are asked to bring their 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.
SUBLETTE - Farm Toy and Antique Tractor Show
The Village of Sublette will be hosting the 32nd annual Farm Toy and Antique Tractor Show on Saturday & Sunday, March 15-16 downton Sublette. The show will have over 300 vendor tables in 8 buildings and the featured tractors this year are Allis Chalmers and Massey Harris. On Saturday, March 15 there will be a casual dinner with entertainment at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall. Reservations are required for the dinner. On Sunday, March 16 the local firefighters will sponsor a pancake & sausage breakfast at the Ellice Dinges Center from 7-Noon. Also, on Sunday there will be a craft show at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Hall. Show hours for the Farm Toy and Antique Tractor Show are from 9 to 3 p.m. For more info, call Don Dinges at 815-713-5675.
OTTAWA - LaSalle County Genalogy Guild
On Saturday, March 15 The LaSalle County Genealogy Guild will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Guild Library located at 115 W. Glover St. ,Ottawa. The speaker for the month of March will be Janice A. Fritsch, PLCGS a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She will be speaking about Civil War Military Records. Public is welcome & refreshments will be served.
STREATOR - Auditions for "9 to 5 - the Musical"
Community Players of Streator Inc. will be holding auditions for its first production of the 2014 season, "9 to 5 - the Musical" Dolly Parton's high spirited musical adaption of the hit movie "9 to 5" is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Auditions will be held at Engle Lane Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16 at 1 p.m. both days. No previous theatrical experience is required, but those interested are to come prepared with 16 bars of a Broadway or pop song that showcases your vocal range and be prepared to dance and cold read from the script. Those who cannot make the audition dates and would like to make alternate arrangements may contact the director through Facebook or by calling 815-780-0135.
PRINCETON - Obituary writing workshop
The Bureau County Genealogy Society will sponsor an obituary writing workshop on Saturday morning March 15 from 9 to 11 am. The event will be held at the Society library at 629 South Main Street in Princeton and will be led by BCGS volunteers Jean Cavada and Elaine Newell. The workshop is entirely free to the general public. Many tips and examples of obituary writing will be discussed. Those attending should come prepared to do some writing by bringing writing materials. Although it is not necessary to register in advance, prior reservations to attend would be appreciated in order to best anticipate the size of the group. For further information, call BCGS at (815) 879-3133.
ARLINGTON - Pancake & sausage breakfast
St. Patrick Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast for St. Patrick Church, Arlington, is on Sunday, March 16. Serving is 8 to 1pm. the menu is homemade sausage, pancakes, eggs, toast & beverage. Adults $6 ; children 6-10 years $4; five and under free. Tickets on sale at the door. Carry-outs available.
STREATOR - Euchre tournament
The Hardscrabble Lions of Streator will host an Euchre Tournament on Sunday, March 16th at P.N.A., 906 Livingston Street, Streator, for a fun afternoon of Euchre and good food. All proceeds from the event will be used for Diabetes Awareness and Camp Lions, to sponsor a camper to attend summer camp.The fee is $15 which includes food. Registration starts at 12:30 pm with the 1st game at 1 pm. For more information or questions, contact Karyn (815) 674-3931.
PAW PAW - Red Cross blood drive
Monday, March 17 from 2 - 6p.m. at Paw Paw High School located at 511 Chapman ,Paw Paw.
STREATOR - Red Cross blood drive
Tuesday, March 18 from 10 - 4p.m. at Woodland High School located at 5800 E. 3000 N. Rd Streator.
PERU - Red Cross blood drive
Tuesday, March 18 from Noon - 5:30 p.m. at American Red Cross located at 1530 Fourth St. Peru.
MENDOTA - Preschool screenings
Mendota School District 289 will be holding their Spring Preschool Screening for children who are 3, 4, 5 years of age that live in District 289. The screenings will be on Monday, March 17 & Tuesday, March 18 from 9 - 3 p.m. each day at the First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 6th St. Mendota. Parents are urged to take advantage of these free services provided by L.E.A.S.E. & District 289. To schedule an appointment, call Maria Arredondo at 815-539-7362.
STREATOR - Red Cross blood drive
Thursday, March 20 from 8:45 - 1p.m. at American Red Cross located at 204 S. Bloomington ,Streator.
MENDOTA - Red Cross blood drive
Friday, March 21 from 11 - 2:30 p.m. at Mendota Community Hospital located at 1401 12th St. Mendota.
OTTAWA - Reddick Mansion Association
On Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. the Reddick Mansion Association along with the Book Mouse will present the first in a series of "Reading by the Author", Massacre 1769: The Search for the Origin of the Legend of Starved Rock by Mark Walczynski. After the presentation, the author will sign his books (which the Book Mouse will have available for sale). This event is free & the public is invited. Refreshements will be served & any donations will be gratefully accepted. All money raised will be usedfor the preservation & renovation of the Reddick Mansion. The Reddick Mansion, at 100 W. Lafayette St. in Ottawa, IL was built in 1858 and is listed on the Nat. Register of Historic Sites.
SPRING VALLEY - Red Cross blood drive
Tuesday, March 25 from 11:30 - 5:30 p.m. at St. Margaret's Hospital located at 600 E. First in Spring Valley.
NEPONSET - Red Cross blood drive
Wednesday, March 26 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Neponset Community Building located at W. Commercial St. Neponset.
PERU - Reminiscing about the Interurban
The Peru Public Library will be hosting an interactive program designed to learn and share memories of the Interurban. Join Brian Nolan and Kevin Schramm on Thursday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m. as they will take you on the Interurban railroad through the story of a young artist and his sketches in the early 1900's, a dog named 'Rags' and a trip from Joliet to the towns of Spring Valley & Ladd.
VAN ORIN - Cotton Patch Gospel
On Sunday, March 30 at 5p.m. the "Cotton Patch Gospel" will be presented at the Van Orin Gospel Church, Van Orin. Phil Kaufmann will present a full length, 20 character, 2 act musical based on the book of Matthew. This one man show takes place in Gainesville,GA in the 70's. Public invited and a free offering will be taken. Canned goods accepted at the door with 100% of the money going for hunger relief, both locally and nationally. Soup & sandwiches will follow and if any questions, call the church at 815-638-2552.
TONICA - Red Cross blood drive
Monday, March 31 from 2:30 - 6p.m. at Tonica American Legion located at 901 LaSalle St. Tonica.
UTICA - Retreat planned
The 25th annual Retreat to the “ROCK” – a nondenominational Christian Ladies Retreat will be held April 4 and 5 at Starved Rock State Park. Inspirational speakers and musicians are all part of the retreat. Various packages are available whether you would like to come for the entire two day retreat or just a portion. Please call Robena at 815-343-4695 for a brochure and further information.
NORWAY - Relay for Life benefit
Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 12 for The Lymphomaniacs Relay for Life benefit, featuring music by Steve Sharp and Wake the Sheep. It will be at the Norway Community Building from 6-10 pm, music starting at 7 pm. $10 per person (ages 3-12, $5.00) includes food from 6-7:30. Cash bar and raffles throughout the night.
SUBLETTE - Toy Train and Truck Show
On Saturday, April 12 a Toy Train and Truck Show will be held at the Ellice Dinges Center from 9 to 30 p.m. The show will include vendors as well as operating model train layouts. For table reservations or info call Mike Hogan or Don Dinges at 815-713-5675.
SPRING VALLEY - 10k race and 3-Mile Fun Run/Walk
The 2nd Annual St. Margaret's 10k Race and 3 Mile Fun Run/ Walk - Habit for Health will be held April 12, starting at 9 a.m. at 415 East 2nd Street, Spring Valley. The race benefits the ongoing construction and renovations to the hospital including the Esophageal and Colon Cancer Prevention Center. For more information, please contact Gina Mudge @ 815-220-1005 or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTTAWA - Nothing's Sweeter than a Child
On April 13, LaSalle County CASA will sponsor it's 7th annual "Nothing's Sweeter than a Child" chocolate sampling and silent auction event from 1 until 4 p.m. at Celebrations 150 in Utica. CASA (court appointed special advocates) trains volunteers to work one-on-one with abused and neglected children. This is our signature fundraiser and features unlimited sampling from 25 vendors featuring their signature chocolates. Admission for adults is $10 and $5 for children 5 and under. The silent auction features over 200 items and children enjoy face painting & cookie decorating. More information about the chocolate festival & CASA can be seen at www.lasallecountycasa.org
PERU - Public Library to host story about the I&M Canal
The Peru Public Library will be hosting a story about the workers of the I&M Canal on Thursday, April 24 at
6:30 p.m. In 2011, during excavation for a new building in LaSalle, hundreds of human remains were discovered in an old cemetery. Who were they and what were their stories? Some were Irish immigrants, like Sean McCambridge, who escaped near-certain starvation during the Irish potato famine of 1845 and found work in America building the I&M Canal.
PERU - Evening with Nellie Bly
Are you looking for the spirit of adventure? Then join Tricia Kelly at Peru Public Library Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. for the story of Nellie Bly.The New York Journalist, Nellie Bly took a famous trip around the world and also took on the role of an inmate at Blackwell's Asylum, and wrote of the horrors she witnessed. This one hour, first person presentation is sure to enlighten and entertain.