Community Events

Saturday, April 18th, 10a - 3p.  45+ Vendors (inside/outside).  Free admission.  Lunch.  50/50 drawings.  Fire truck rides. Raffles.  Door prizes.

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.
MENDOTA - Country Collection
You're invited to the Country Collection at the Mendota Area Christian Food Pantry!
Serving:  Earlville, LaMoille, Mendota, Meridan, Sublette, Troy Grove & Triumph.

FREE lunch and beverages provided by Subway and Sullivan's Foods in Mendota.  Lots of giveaways.

Donations accepted all week at Sullivan's Foods in Mendota!

Also, don't forget to bring your cans!!

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.
LASALLE - Chocolate Festival
Celebration's will be hosting Nothing's Sweeter Than A Child Chocolate Festival to Benefit Neglected and Abused Children on April 19th, 2015 from 1-4 PM.  Unlimited chocolate samplings from 20+ vendors, large silent auction, live auction.  Carry-outs available.   Event sponsored by LaSalle County CASA, 815-434-2620.
PRINCETON - Scholarship available
Heartland Bank and Trust Company, as trustee of the Henkel Scholarship Trust, is seeking applications for the 2015 scholarship award. Application forms and criteria area available at the LaSalle County Regional Superintendent of Schools web site at All applications and accompanying letters of support must be filed with the LaSalle County Regional Superindent of Schools by April 30, in order to be considered.

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.

STREATOR - Scrap Metal Collection
Boy Scout Troop 775 will be holding a scrap metal/old appliance drive/collection at West Gate Plaza from 10am-2pm on Saturday April 11th. Please no electronics. For pick-ups call 815-822-8631.

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. 

OTTAWA - Bell Ringing to Commemorate End of the Civil War
The Reddick Mansion Association alogn with the Canal Corridor Association invites the churches, schools, public buildings, historic sites, amd all citizens to ring their bellsfor four minutes to represent the four years of the Civil War.  At 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 2015 The Reddick Mansion Association invites the general public to bring their hand bells or cell phones and meet in Washington Square in downtown Ottawa.  At 2:15 p.m., the gathered group will ring their bells for 4 mnutes.  The Choral Group from Illinois Valley Community College will also be in the park singing.  Reddick Mansion will be open and offering free coffee, lemonade, and cookies to al participants. 

GRAND RIDGE - Rummage-Bake Sale
Friday April 10, 4 - 8 p.m., Saturday April 11, 8 - noon, $3 brown bag sale, all morning long. Farm Ridge Community Hall. Sponsored by Grand Ridge Community Fest.

LAMOILLE - Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
It's the LaMoille Lions Club's Pancake breakfast, Sunday, April 12, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the LaMoille Lions Club, 308 Howard Street. LaMoille, It includes, Pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, toast, milk, juice, and coffee.  The cost is $6 for adults, $4, for kids 5-10 and kids under 5 eat free.  All proceeds benefot LHS Baseball. 

MENDOTA - Superior Bicycle Adventure at Graves Hume Public Library
The Graves-Hume library will present John Lynn and his Superior Bicycling Adveture April 14, 12015 ay 6:30 p.m.  Join John as he bicycles along the south shore of the Great Lakes' greatest lake, Lake Superior.  This program is sponsored by Friends of the Library.  Please call the library to reserve a seat, 815 538 5142.

SHABBONA - Spaghetti Supper & Bazaar Fundraiser
Spaghetti Supper & Bazaar Fundraiser on April 15th, 2015 at Shabbona United Church of Christ, 104 E Navaho,  Shabbona IL, 4:30 - 7 p.m. Tickets are $8, for adults, $4, for children 5-10 and under 5 is free. 

STREATOR - Quarter Auction at Streatpr Moose
The SGS Band-Aids will be the recipient of funds raised at the April 16, 2016 Quarter Auction at the Streator Moose! We need a huge crowd to make the event successful!! Please plan to come and bring a few friends. It is an enjoyable evening. There will be food and drinks available that evening, and children are welcome!!

Ottawa - Reddick Mansion Presents "Bringing Back A Hero"
On Saturday evening, April 18th, at 7:00 pm, the Reddick Mansion Assosiaction along with the Book Mouse will present the first in a series of "Readings by the Author", Bringing Back a Hero by Captain Robert Jornlin.  The book tells the story of Jornlin and his crew of veterans and their commitment and dedication to bringing LST 325 back to working condition and then sailing it more than 6000 miles, from Crete, Greece to Mobile AL.

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

SPRING VALLEY - Habit for Health race
Third annual Habit for Health 10k race and 3 mile fun run will be April 18, at 9 a.m.  Registration is now open at The event starts and ends at St. Margaret's Hospital West Pavillion. More information available, visit the St. Margaret's 3rd Annual 10k race & 3 Mile Fun Run Facebook page, or contact Gina Mudge at 815-220-1005 or by e-mail at

UTICA - Pancake breakfast
Waltham Elementary School District 185 will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 19, from 8 a.m .until 12:30 p.m. in the Walthan North Gym in Utica. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and beverage. Tickets are $6 per person for adults, $3 for children ages 4 through 13 and free to children 3 and under. There will also be rafles, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit students and teachers of Waltham Elementary School.

UTICA - Nothing's Sweeter than a Child
LaSalle County CASA (court appointed special advocate) will hold its 8th annual "Nothing's Sweeter than a Child" chocolate sampling and auction on April 19, at Celebrations 150 in Utica. If you interested in participating, please contact Judy Terando at 815-223-8628 or Proceeds from the event helps train and support volunteers who work one-on-one with abused and neglected children.

MENDOTA - Medota Museum & Historical Society Pullman District Trip
Tour the historic Pullman District, which includes bus transportation, lunch (including tips) and admission to tHistorcia Pullman District, video, visitors center, guided bus tour through downtown Pullman District. Space is limited so please call 815 539 3373 to resevre a seat by Monday March 30th. Cost is $80 for MMHS members and $90 for non-MMHS members. 

CHERRY - Wine & Beer tasting
Hyvee Wine & Beer Tasting at Holy Trinity Church Hall in Cherry, Friday, April 24, 2015  - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Tickets $15 in advance $20 at the door, Raffles, 50/50, Hors d' oeuvres and Music
Hors d' oeuvre samples from Chef Tim at Hyvee, For tickets contact Holy Trinity Cherry office at 815-894-2006 or
State Bank of Cherry To benefit Holy Trinity Church and Hall Improvement Fund

STREATOR - Trivia Night
Streator Township High School Educational Foundation presents its “Trivia Night”, Friday, April 24, 2015 at The Streator Knights of Columbus Hall. Cost is $10 per person. Tables of up to 10 players are welcome to form a team. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded. Raffles will take place during the event. The K of C will have food available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the work of the STHS Educational Foundation.  For more information or to reserve a table phone: Janice Corrigan, STHS Community/Alumni Coordinator at 815-672-0545 ext. 506 or 815-674-6635.

LAMOILLE – Lions Club 40th Anniversary
The La Moille Lions Club announces it will observe its 40 Year Anniversary with an Open House on Saturday, April 25, between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM at its club house, located at 308 Howard St., La Moille. Established in 1975, members of the Club have been providing services to the residents of Arlington, La Moille, Van Orin and the surrounding areas. The purpose of the Open House is to allow the organization to meet the individuals they serve to personally thank them for their assistance over the past 40 years and to ask their continued support in the future.
A full schedule of activities is planned for the April 25 event which will include food, music and door prizes. Balloons and face painting will be offered the children. As part of the Open House, there will be informational presentations of the Club’s activities and contributions. Members of the Mendota Lions Club, local businesses, schools and individuals who have made special contributions will be recognized.
Members of the 40th Anniversary Planning Committee are Larry Forristall, Richard Wheeler, Jim Smith, JoAlyce Hewitt, Jim Scully and John and Stacy Aden and may be contacted to answer any questions you might have.
For more information about the La Moille Lions Club, go to their web site at You can also email the Club at, or phone them at 815-638-2656.
Everyone is urged to come join us as we celebrate an important milestone in the La Moille Lions Club history.

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.

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 .