List of upcoming community events (March 6, 2013)

Tim Cavanagh to speak to Gibson Chamber. The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, at the Kruse Center in Gibson City. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 6:30, presentation of the Citizen of the Year and Junior Citizen of the Year at 7:15 and entertainment beginning at 7:45. Comedian Tim Cavanagh is the featured speaker. He has appeared on Comedy Central, ABC-TV, Showtime, WGN and Comcast, as well as “The Bob & Tom Show,” a nationally syndicated radio show. The meeting is open to chamber members and their guests. “This is a free event for the chamber member and three of their guests. If the chamber member wants to bring more than three guests, they will have to pay $25 per person in advance for the additional guests to attend,” a news release said. Reservations must be made by Friday, March 8, by emailing amelie_beck@gibsonhospital.org, calling 784-2495 or mailing Gibson Area Chamber, P.O. Box 294, Gibson City, IL  60936.

Catholic Women to sponsor blessing. The Ford-Iroquois Council of Catholic Women (CCW) will sponsor its annual Blessing of Soil and Seed Mass at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Immaculate Conception Parish, 224 Secor St., Gilman. Those attending are asked to bring farm or garden seeds and soil to be blessed. Following the mass, the CCW of Immaculate Conception will provide a dessert bar. Celebrant for the mass will be Bishop Conlon. Concelebrants will be Father Vern Arseneau, the CCW Deanery spiritual advisor, and parish spiritual advisors. The Knights of Columbus Council will also participate in the mass.

Tea Party to hold informational meeting. The Iroquois County Tea Party is holding its March informational meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Crescent City Community Center. There is no fee to attend. Steve Beaman from the Steve Beaman Group will be the keynote speaker.  He will speak on the “sequestration” along with the State of the Union Address.

Lutheran school to host fish fry. St. Paul’s Lutheran School of Woodworth will host a fish fry Friday, March 22, at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, 108 W. Woodworth Road, Milford. Carryout orders will be available in the cafeteria starting at 4 p.m. Serving in the gym will begin at 5 p.m. The menu includes fish, cole slaw, baked beans, chips, pie, ice cream and drinks.

Foodservice sanitation manager’s course set. A foodservice sanitation manager’s course will be offered Monday, March 18, and  Wednesday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the ILEAS Training Center, the former Champaign Co Nursing Home, at 1701 E. Main St., Urbana. The exam will be Monday, March 25, from 9-11 a.m. at ILEAS.  Persons needing recertification for their Illinois Department of Public Health certificate may attend the second day, Wednesday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register or for more information, contact Sue Summerville at 684-2435.

Church women to hold rummage sale. The Presbyterian Women of Piper City will hold a rummage sale in the basement of the Presbyterian Church on Margaret Avenue on March 14-16. Sale hours are Thursday, March 14, from 3-6 p.m.;  Friday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Saturday, March 16, opening at 9 a.m. with all items for sale for 50 cents. From 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 16, there will be a sale of $1 per bag for whatever items can be put in a grocery sack. Funds raised are used for supporting local mission projects. Items not sold are sent to World Relief at Fairbury, the Veterans Home at Manteno, the Salvation Army and Harbor House.

Photo opportunity for dogs. Dogs can get their photos taken with the Easter Bunny as part of a fundraiser at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, to raise money to build a dog park in Paxton. The fundraiser will be held at Designer Dog Salon, 110 S. Market St. “Bring your pups to see that wascally wabbit and donate to help the dog park to raise the money we need to get the fence so we can all enjoy the dog park!” a news release said. For more information, contact Angie Russell, a member of the Paxton Dog Park Committee, at paxtondogpark@gmail.com.

Farm Bureau to host breakfast. The Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau will sponsor two Viewpoint Breakfast Meetings.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 7, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Happy Days Diner in Roberts. The meetings will begin with breakfast followed by discussion on the topics members wish to talk about.  Viewpoint is the name given to Farm Bureau’s grassroots effort to raise issues and concerns from members.  There is no charge for member to attend and reservations are not needed.

Reunion to take place in June. The Piper City/Ford Central Alumni Reunion will  be held Saturday, June 1, at the old Piper City gym. Dinner will be at 6 p.m., with Ne’s Place of Piper City catering the meal. Honored classes will be those ending in 3’s and 8’s. Letters will be sent to alumni by the end of February. For more information, call Ruth Rice Kurtenbach at 309-728-2263 or email her at kurten@frontiernet.net.

Church to host food giveaway. St Paul’s Lutheran Church and Eastern Illinois Foodbank are teaming up to distribute a truckload of food from the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to hungry area families. The distribution will be held at Full Gospel Christian Fellowship, located at 619 S. Railroad Ave. in Paxton from 9-11 a.m. March 16. More information can be obtained by calling Andrea Rundell of Eastern Illinois Foodbank at (217) 328-3663.

Zumba Fitness class held at Cissna Park. There will be a free Zumba Fitness class held at Creekside Community Center in Cissna Park on 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9. This event will be instructed  by licensed Zumba Fitness instructors Cierra Grohler and Amanda Nelson.

Watseka church to hold play auditions. Auditions for the chorus in this summer’s production of “Cold Sassy Tree” will be offered by the Sugar Creek Symphony & Song on Sunday, March 10, from 2-4 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. Auditions will also be offered during this time for the new Music Fair, a celebration of music planned for July 27 in Watseka.   Anyone from ages 4 and up is invited to audition.  People planning to audition are asked to email Director Helen Todd at htodd@sugarcreekfestival.org. Singers should prepare one song to sing which can be either a ballad or uptempo song. The song does not have to be classical. It can be musical theatre. “Rodgers and Hammerstein songs are perfect for this audition,” Todd said. Singers are encouraged to bring their own accompanist to their audition; but if that is not possible, an accompanist will be provided. All chorus members will need to attend rehearsals in the evenings from July 17 through Aug. 4. Chorus members will be chosen by March 15 and notified by email.

Thrift shop to offer ‘spring cleaning.’ The Community Thrift Shop of Paxton will offer a “Welcome Spring Cleaning” event on Saturday, March 9, and Saturday, March 23. “We will have a young man available to carry donations up to the Thrift Shop,” a news release said.

Legion to host fish fry. The Loda American Legion Post No. 503 will sponsor its monthly fish fry  Friday, March 8, at the Legion building in Loda. The all-you-can-eat meal will be served from 5-7 p.m.; carryout orders will be available for purchase. There will be a raffle for an IGA gift card.

CLHS to present play. Christ Lutheran High School’s drama department will present “Seusspeare: Meet the Macbeths” at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17. The show will immediately follow a dinner that begins at 4 p.m. “Dr. Seuss meets Shakespeare in this Seussified spoof of Shakespeare,” a news release said. “The intrigue of Macbeth with the whimsy of Dr. Seuss.”

Historical society to meet. The Ford County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the American Legion building, 763 E. Pells St., Paxton.  The meeting will feature an exhibit and information about 1812 bounty land grants given to veterans for land in Ford County. For more information, call 379-3723.

Diabetes support group to meet. A diabetes support group meeting is scheduled for 7-8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the radiology waiting room at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Laura Dees, a dietetic intern at the hospital, will present the program “Recipe Makeover Tips.” For more information, call Eileen Woolums at 784-4093.

Concert to take place at St. John’s. Concordia University-Wisconsin’s Kammerchor will be presenting a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley.  Kammerchor — meaning “chamber choir” — is the university’s elite vocal group.  Several area residents are members of the choir.  There is no admission fee.  A free-will offering will be taken to help the choir with traveling expenses.  The group will also perform an abbreviated program for local school children at 10 a.m. Friday, March 22, at the church.

State Rep. to visit courthouse. State Rep. Josh Harms will be at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton on March 11 from 10 a.m. to noon and also Hoopeston City Hall, 301 W. Main St., from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

PPD to host community sale. The Paxton Park District’s annual Community Sale is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Coady Park on South Fall Street. The sale will feature auctions running simultaneously, with items up for bid that include tools, furniture, farm equipment, antiques, lawn and garden products, primatives, vehicles and appliances. A flea market will also be set up, featuring a wide variety of booths. Items will be accepted for consignment starting Friday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and through Saturday, April 6, from 6 to 9 a.m.  Persons wanting to consign items are to report to the check-in area in the Paxton Civic Center, located within the park. Sellers will be assigned a number and tags. They are to tag all of their items. Registration of buyers will begin at 8 a.m. at the Civic Center. Buyers must pay for their items on sale day. All vehicles for sale must have a clear title that will be left at the check-in area before the sale begins. Not accepted for the sale are dogs, cats, firearms, hazardous materials, LP tanks, televisions, computers, computer monitors, used mattresses, and tires not mounted on usable rims. For more information, contact the park district at 379-4203 or ppd@conxxus.com or contact park board member Brad Strebeck at 781-4131 or bstrebeck@hotmail.com.

Republican women to hold spring dinner. The Iroquois County Republican Women’s Club will hold its annual spring dinner Thursday, April 11, at Celebrations, 209 W. Oak St., Watseka. The event begins with a meet-and-greet from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. The guest speaker is Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa. There will be a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at Illiana Backyard Fun in Watseka, Main Street Gifts in Watseka, Inside Out in Gilman and WHPO Radio in Hoopeston.

Rantoul class reunion set for August. A 40-year combined class reunion for the Rantoul High School classes of 1973 and 1974 is being planned for Aug. 9-10. An informal get-together will take place at the Rantoul Knights of Columbus Hall on the evening of Friday, Aug. 9. A night of entertainment will be held at Eastland Suites in Urbana on Saturday, Aug. 10.  Hotel rooms may be reserved by calling Eastland Suites at 367-8331. Ask for the RTHS Class of 1973-74 Reunion block. Send contact information to the reunion committee’s e-mail a rths197374@yahoo.com.  Please update your contact information even if you are unable to attend.

PPD to host crafting class, paintball trip. The Paxton Park District will offer a “Magnet Board Paper Crafting Class at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Paxton Civic Center. The registration fee must be turned in on or before March 16. The park district will also head to Challenge Park Xtreme in Joliet Friday, March 29, to visit the paintball facility. More information and printable registration forms can be obtained by visiting www.paxtonparkdistrict.com or calling 379-4203. Those interested must sign up by March 18.

Master gardeners to offer seed class. Champaign County Master Gardeners will demonstrate seed-starting 6 p.m. Monday, March 19. The program is located at the Parkland College Tony Noel Center at 2400 West Bradley in Champaign, Ill. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required by March 13. Registration can be done by calling (217) 333-7672 or going online to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/.
 

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