Arts and Entertainment

75th annual 'Messiah' performance set for Sunday in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — This year’s “Messiah” performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Gibson City Bible Church, located on Gibson City’s west side at 309 N. Illinois 47.


Popular animated light display in Paxton taking a 'Christmas vacation' in 2018

PAXTON — Victor Johnson’s popular animated Christmas light display on West Patton Street in Paxton is taking a holiday vacation, of sorts.


Roberts library's 5,000-plus books to be given away next spring

ROBERTS — The 5,000-plus books that remain at the shuttered Roberts Public Library are expected to be given away on a first-come, first-served basis next spring.

The village board discussed how to dispose of the collection during its Nov. 5 meeting, when it was suggested that an open house/liquidation event be held.


List of upcoming community events (Nov. 7, 2018)

The PBL PIT Crew is selling Clara Peterson Elementary School spirit wear and PBL Eastlawn School commemorative shirts. Order forms are available at Clara Peterson and Eastlawn schools or at Signs & Designs in Paxton. Orders must be completed by Nov. 16. For more information, call 217-722-6267. All proceeds go to the playground fund at Clara Peterson.


Entries sought for Paxton's Christmas parade

PAXTON — PRIDE in Paxton’s Christmas Parade is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, in downtown Paxton.

“We are inviting all members of our armed forces, businesses, marching units, bands, Christian and civic units, floats, antique vehicles, new cars, farm machinery, individuals and families to enter and participate in this year’s parade,” a news release from PRIDE said.


40 floats already signed up for Gibson City's Christmas parade

GIBSON CITY — Organizers of Gibson City’s 24th annual Lighted Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce, said that more than 40 floats are already signed up to appear in the Nov. 17 parade, making it bigger than the parade has been in recent years. 


List of upcoming community events (Nov. 1, 2018)

The Elliott Amvets will hold Family Night meals on Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 and May 3.


List of upcoming community events (Oct. 25, 2018)

The Elliott Amvets will hold Family Night meals on Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 and May 3.


Trick-or-treating hours set in area communities

Editor’s note: Trick-or-treating hours for several communities, including Elliott, Piper City, Gilman, Danforth, Onarga, Thawville and Cabery, have not been received yet. If anyone knows the hours for those towns, they can email them to will@fordcountyrecord.com or post them to the Ford County Record’s Facebook page.


List of upcoming community events (Oct. 5, 2018)

The Elliott Amvets will hold Family Night meals on Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 and May 3.


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