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The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum, located at 135 S. Market St. behind Paxton City Hall, is closed for a winter break and will be open next on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visits to the museum at other times can be arranged by calling 217-379-4111 or 217-379-3723. Admission to the museum, which specializes in Ford County history, is free.
GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Music Foundation’s annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Gibson City Bible Church.
GIBSON CITY — A professional singer with strong family ties to the Gibson City area will be performing once again as a soloist in this year’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”
The performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Gibson City Bible Church, located on the west edge of Gibson City along Illinois 47.
GIBSON CITY — Santa’s coming to town.
The 46th annual Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad’s Santa Train will be in Gibson City from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.
As it has in the past, the Christmas Special — with its restored vintage train cars and locomotive — will be stationed next to Specialty Grains, 231 N. Sangamon Ave.
GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club is looking for a few good men — and women.
The civic organization plans to honor local veterans at their next meeting, to be held at noon Wednesday, Nov. 9, at The Sand Trap in Gibson City.
GIBSON CITY — What does the Moyer District Library do with donations? The library in Gibson City sells donated items at library book sales or through Amazon and donates any that don’t sell to other nonprofit organizations.
BAYLES LAKE — An area resident has had his first novel published.
Kelly J. McMullin, who resides at Bayles Lake in rural Loda, has written a book titled “Leaving Bones Behind.” The novel is of the mystery/thriller genre and is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It is available in both paperback and ebook formats.
Halloween trick-or-treat hours have been set in area communities:
Buckley — 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
Cabery — 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
Cissna Park — 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
Danforth — 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
Elliott — 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Lighted Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 19.
The parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at County Market in Gibson City and will travel west and north through the downtown area.
At this time, the parade committee is looking for entries of floats. The theme for this year’s parade is “Dashing Through the Snow.”
PAXTON — For a second straight holiday season, Victor Johnson’s popular animated Christmas light display in Paxton will be taking a hiatus.
Johnson posted the announcement last week on his Lighting Up Paxton website.