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PAXTON — The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s executive director, Kristena Phelan, announced several upcoming events:
PAXTON — The Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry from the Diocese of Joliet will be in Paxton from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, to distribute food to families in need.
The mobile food pantry will be at the St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish Center, 150 N. Maple St., until the food runs out.
PAXTON — The Paxton Park District, along with WPXN-Radio, is sponsoring the annual Halloween Parade at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in downtown Paxton.
PAXTON — The Ford County Public Health Department is encouraging Ford County residents to participate in the third annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, scheduled for 10:16 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16.
PIPER CITY — The eighth annual Thrill the World Piper City Event will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown Piper City, as local zombies take to the street to perform Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance in unison with more than 90 other events in 16 countries.
Each event has the opportunity to raise funds for a charity of its choice.
FARMER CITY — An event on Saturday, Oct. 4, will raise funds to cover funeral expenses for Gibson City resident Willie Henderson’s 21-year-old son, Dylan, who died Sunday in an automobile accident.
PAXTON — Ford County Board members Elynor Stagen and Bob Lindgren, as well as county board candidate Jon Clark, will talk about what is happening on the county board during the Ford County Republican Central Committee’s next meeting, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Arcade Cafe in Paxton.
GIBSON CITY — Rehearsals for the annual “Messiah” performance sponsored by the Gibson Area Music Foundation will begin Nov. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City.
Weekly rehearsals will be held there at 7 p.m. each Monday until the Dec. 7 performance. Participants are asked to attend at least three of the five regular rehearsals.
PAXTON — Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the Lego Club that meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the last Monday of each month at the Paxton Carnegie Library.
The non-competitive, low-key program involves kids building with Legos, hanging out with other kids who like Legos, and maybe even checking out some books while they’re at the library.
PAXTON — The Tri-County Players will present “Pie Ladies,” a three-part comedy spoof, on Oct. 3-5 at the Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton.
Shows start at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.