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The Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad Santa Train will pass through a number of area communities on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8.
The train, carrying Santa, will not depart from each town until all of the waiting children get to visit with Santa.
PAXTON — A missed opportunity to serve in Champaign is leading one church in Paxton to start a new ministry this Christmas, with hopes of bringing food and fellowship to folks who might be alone for the holidays.
DANVILLE — Former Paxton-Buckley-Loda teacher Arcelia Watson will hold a book-signing event for her first published book, “With Love: A Memoir,” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Fischer Theatre, 158 N. Vermilion St., Danville.
Watson will be signing copies of her book from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Elliott church to host pancake and sausage supper
LODA — The village of Loda’s first annual Lighted Christmas Parade is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in Loda.
There is no entry fee. Those interested in having an entry in the parade are asked to call Sandy Zalaker at 379-1442.
GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce’s 19th annual Lighted Christmas Parade is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in downtown Gibson City.
U.S. rep. offering office hours
GIBSON CITY — Two former Gibson City residents known for their vocal performances will join other area musicians in this year’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”
The performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Gibson City Bible Church on Illinois 47 at the west edge of Gibson City.
Legion Auxiliary to meet
The Byron Hickerson Unit 432 of the American Legion Auxiliary will hold its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Legion building in Buckley.
Diabetes support group to meet
ONARGA (AP) — Fundraisers have brought in enough money to save a one-screen movie theater in the small Illinois village of Onarga.
Randy and Cheryl Lizzio tell The Daily Journal in Kankakee that they’ve ordered a new digital projection system for the Onarga Theater. Onarga is a village of about 1,300 people 80 miles south of Chicago in Iroquois County.