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Home-brewed beer to be sampled at Swine ‘N’ Dine

PAXTON — Those who attend next month’s sixth annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest & Festival will have a chance to taste some home-brewed beer.

The city council last Tuesday gave its blessing to Ross Sorensen and Clayton and Dallas Glazik to seek a one-day, special event, home-brew sampling license for the event to be held on Saturday, Sept. 16.


Hymn Festival set for Aug. 20 in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Music Foundation (GAMF) will host its annual Hymn Festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the United Methodist Church of Gibson City.

The event is free and open to people of all ages. The audience is invited to sing along on most hymns, with music provided in hymnals and lyrics projected on a large screen.


Relay for Life brings cancer survivors together

By ROSS BROWN
bluehavanaross@gmail.com


GIBSON CITY — For Phyllis Perkinson, cancer runs deep through family and friends.

“I was hanging out with six girls, and five of them were diagnosed with cancer,” Perkinson said. “Cancer also runs through my family, including several close relatives.”


Cissna Park's Old Settlers Reunion set for Aug. 17-19

CISSNA PARK — Cissna Park’s 130th annual Old Settlers Reunion — one of the longest-running observances in the state — is set for Thursday, Aug. 17, through Saturday, Aug. 19, in the village park.

The event has been sponsored by American Legion Post No. 527 since 1946. Prior to that, going back to 1887, it was sponsored by a variety of community organizations.


List of upcoming community events (Aug. 3, 2017)

Paxton’s farmers’ market — called “The Market on Market” — will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. each Thursday through September at Majestic Park, located at 135 S. Market St. in downtown Paxton. The farmers’ market is sponsored by the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce, PRIDE in Paxton and the City of Paxton.


Paxton shooting range open to public Aug. 19

PAXTON — The Paxton Police Department’s shooting range will be open to the public for target practice, weather permitting, from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, with an additional "ladies only" target practice from 10 a.m. to noon.

The daily fee is $10 per person.


Chicago Cubs books acquired by Gibson City library

GIBSON CITY — The Moyer District Library in Gibson City has acquired two books that Chicago Cubs fans may find interesting: “My Cubs: A Love Story” by Scott Simon” and “The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse” by Tom Verducci.

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List of upcoming community events (July 26, 2017)

Paxton’s farmers’ market — called “The Market on Market” — will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. each Thursday through September at Majestic Park, located at 135 S. Market St. in downtown Paxton. The farmers’ market is sponsored by the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce, PRIDE in Paxton and the City of Paxton.


Future of Lighted Holiday Parade rests on finding volunteers

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce is in need of volunteers to help organize its annual Lighted Holiday Parade, and if none come forward, a decision about the parade’s future will be made at the end of this month.

The chamber sent an email to its members recently asking for help.


Loda Good Ole Days celebration set for July 28-30

LODA — The annual Loda Good Ole Days celebration is scheduled for Friday, July 28, through Sunday, July 30, featuring activities such as a parade, mud volleyball tournament, barn dance, truck and tractor pull, kids’ games and fireworks.

All events will be held on the west side of Loda.


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