Arts and Entertainment

Paxton's Fourth of July celebration all set

PAXTON — The schedule is set for the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Pells Park.

The celebration, set for Saturday, July 4, begins with breakfast at the American Legion building across from Pells Park from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Memorial Day services set in Ford, Iroquois counties

Following is a roundup of Memorial Day services scheduled in the Paxton Record’s coverage area:


Paxton's townwide garage sales set for June 5-6

PAXTON — Paxton’s annual townwide garage sales are set for Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6.

Each year, the townwide sales feature approximately 100 individual garage sales, drawing people from Indiana, Kankakee, Bloomington, Peoria and Champaign-Urbana.   

Congressman to sign National Nursing Home Week proclamation at Paxton facility

PAXTON — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, will be at a Paxton nursing home on Saturday, May 9, to kick off National Nursing Home Week.

Ford County Fair to feature two concerts in 2015

ELLIOTT — Ford County Fair organizers announced several enhancements to this year’s fair lineup during the fair board's annual media night last Wednesday.

Circus coming to Rantoul next Tuesday

RANTOUL — A bunch of clowns are coming to Rantoul. And elephants. And camels. And tigers.

They will arrive next week for two performances Tuesday, April 21.

The Kelly Miller Circus will present shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. near the Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center along U.S. 45 south.

The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the visit.

Free showing of ‘Unbroken’ offered Saturday at Gibson City library

GIBSON CITY — A free showing of the PG-13-rated movie “Unbroken” will be offered from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Moyer District Library, 618 S. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City.

Free electronics recycling offered April 4 in Paxton

PAXTON — The Ford County Soil & Water Conservation District and COM2 Recycling are hosting a free electronic recycling event for Ford County residents.

The event, sponsored by the City of Paxton, will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4, at the Paxton Police Department, 755 N. Railroad Ave.

List of upcoming community events (March 18, 2015)

Lent service offered by First Lutheran Church

Performance of 'The Seven Last Words of Christ' canceled

GIBSON CITY — A lack of singers has prompted the Gibson Area Music Foundation to cancel its planned public performance of “The Seven Last Words of Christ” on Palm Sunday, March 29, at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City.

The cancellation decision was made by Gibson Area Music Foundation co-presidents Bill Ogg and Galen Litwiller, in consultation with director Janet McCumber.

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