Arts and Entertainment

Benefit for Mason Whitaker set for Oct. 18 in Paxton

PAXTON — A benefit to help the family of Mason Whitaker, who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, is scheduled for 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Paxton Civic Center, 601 S. Fall St.

The Prayers for Mason Whitaker Benefit will include a silent auction, games, a bake sale, costume contest for kids and adults, food and more.

PBL students, their parents to hear program about 'digital expectations' next week

PAXTON — A representative of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office will speak to students and their parents about “digital expectations” — including things kids should or should not do using their wireless devices — next week at PBL High School and PBL Junior High School.

'The Story' church campaign kicks off Sept. 7 at Paxton Church of Christ

PAXTON — The Paxton Church of Christ is inviting Paxton area residents to join members of the congregation for “The Story” church campaign, which kicks off during the church’s worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. 

Frank Fritz Day to be celebrated Sept. 27 in Paxton

PAXTON — Frank Fritz Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 27, in downtown Paxton. The event celebrates “American Pickers” co-star Frank Fritz’s visit to Paxton.

Local antique dealer Robin McNish won the “Pick with Frank Fritz” contest last November, and Fritz is coming to Paxton to go antique hunting with McNish on the morning of Sept. 27.

Club to honor Ford County's first responders on 9/11

PAXTON — The Ford County Republican Women’s Club is sponsoring an event on Sept. 11 to thank the first responders of Ford County. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the Paxton firehouse on North Market Street in Paxton.

Chris Engelbrecht: A right way and wrong way to start your fire

Engelbrecht Grills

Dr. Lanoue to speak at next Ford-Iroquois Ag Breakfast in Onarga

ONARGA — Dr. Doug Lanoue of Gibson Area Hospital will present “The Real Dirt on Rural Medicine: A Skin-and-Bones Talk About the Health of Your Skin and Bones!” during the Ford-Iroquois Extension Office’s next Ag Breakfast, scheduled for 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the University of Illinois Extension Office at 916 W. Seminary Ave. in Onarga.

Hildenbrand family donates 'Evening Surprise' print to library

GIBSON CITY — The Charles Hildenbrand family has donated the Terry Redlin print “Evening Surprise” to the Moyer District Library.

Paxton to celebrate its Swedish heritage Saturday

PAXTON — A Swedish Heritage Day celebration is returning to Majestic Park in downtown Paxton on Saturday, Aug. 16.

The celebration runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park will be the site for music, artisans, crafters, food and fun.

The music starts at noon in the park’s gazebo.

Fast facts: All you need to know about September's BBQ cookoff in Paxton

Some quick facts about the third annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest and Festival:

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