List of upcoming community events (March 13, 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, calling 784-2495 or mailing Gibson Area Chamber, P.O. Box 294, Gibson City, IL  60936.

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.

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. Cynthia Swanson will feature a display of bounty land grant certificates. Bob Crossman of Gibson City, a longtime member of the society, recently donated two of these certificates to the society’s museum in Paxton. Six more of the certificates already belong to the museum, representing land acquired by Benjamin Stites. All of the certificates represent land acquired before Ford County was formed. Swanson will tell how and when the land represented by these certificate was distributed. For more information, call 379-3723.

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

Pheasants Forever banquet set in Watseka. The Iroquois County Pheasants Forever chapter is holding its 26th annual fundraiser banquet Saturday, March 16, at Celebrations in Watseka. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. A live auction starts at 8. Tickets, which include yearly membership and the meal, can be ordered by calling Dennis at 815-432-4535 or 815-867-6750.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to be performed in Bloomington. The Community Players Theatre will present “To Kill a Mockingbird,” based on the book by Harper Lee, at 7:30 p.m. March 15-16 and March 21-23 and at 2:30 p.m. March 17, at 201 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington. Tickets can be purchased by calling 663-2121 or at

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, 619 S. Railroad Ave. in Paxton, from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 16. For more information, call 328-3663.

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.

Bellflower Opry slates next show. The Bellflower Country Opry will host its next country-music show Saturday, March 16, featuring special guest Polly Sampson, who has been singing and playing bass guitar for many years. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by the show at 7. The show is held in the gymnasium of the Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St. To reserve a seat or order tickets in advance, call 309-722-3497 or 898-7493. Children under age 12 are admitted free of charge.

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.”

Buckley Lions Club to meet.  The Buckley Lions Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 17, in the lunchroom at St. John’s Lutheran School. Proceeds will be used for various community-improvement projects.

Quilt club to meet in Paxton. The Piece Makers Quilt Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 260 S. Union St., Paxton.  A new  project that the club voted to do is to make simple dresses for children at an orphanage in India.

Park district offers 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, 601 S. Fall St. 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 there. More information and printable registration forms can be obtained by visiting or calling 379-4203. Those interested must sign up by March 18.

Kinzinger reps stopping by Melvin, Piper City. U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger will hold traveling office hours in March to assist residents in the 16th Congressional District. Caseworkers and field representatives will be available at the traveling office hours to facilitate questions and address any problems residents may have. No appointments are necessary. The traveling office hours will be held at the following times, dates and places:
— Melvin Village Hall, 303 N. Green St., Melvin, from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.
— Piper City Village Hall, 133 E. Peoria St., Piper City, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.
— Gilman City Hall, 215 N. Central St., Gilman, from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.
— Milford Village Hall, 15 S. West St., Milford, from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.

Master gardeners to offer seed class. Champaign County Master Gardeners will demonstrate seed-starting 6 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Parkland College Tony Noel Center, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required by March 13. Registration can be done by calling 333-7672.

Hands of Christ Food Pantry to host open house. The Hands of Christ Food Pantry will hold an open house from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the pantry, located in the east wing of the Upper Room Bible Church, 425 W. Orleans St., Paxton. The public is invited to attend.

Pheasants Forever offering workshops. Pheasants Forever and the USDA are offering workshops in Royal and Buckley next week that will teach people about wildlife habitat establishment and management options for their properties. The workshops will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at the American Legion in Buckley and at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Community Building in Royal. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Brandon Beltz at 853-0801 or bbeltz@pheasantsforever.og. Topics include habitat programs, habitat management, wildlife seed mixes, grants, and burn/disk/spray/interseed.

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.

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.

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

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. For more information, contact the park district at 379-4203 or or contact park board member Brad Strebeck at 781-4131 or

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.

‘Barefoot in the Park’ to be performed in Gibson City in April. Side by Side Productions will present Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” on April 12-14 at Fr. Kirk Memorial Hall, 534 N. Wood St., Gibson City.  The dessert performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. “Barefoot in the Park” is one of Simon’s best-known plays and tells the story of newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter.  Paul is a buttoned-down lawyer whose idea of fun is organizing his neckties. Corie, however, is a free spirit who is always ready for a new adventure. As the two adjust to married life in their tiny Greenwich Village apartment, they not only have to adjust to a five-flight climb to their apartment and the hole in their skylight, but also their eccentric upstairs neighbor and Corie’s mother’s occasional visit.  When Corie tries to play matchmaker to her mother and Mr. Velasco plans go from bad to worse. Mike O’Brien of Gibson City plays Paul with Vie Anglin-Jones of Saybrook filling the role of Corie. Mr. Velasco is played by Greg Herriott of Paxton with Anne Newman of Paxton playing Corie’s mother.  Tickets for the dessert show may be reserved by calling 260-782-4378.


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