List of upcoming community events (Aug. 24, 2011)

Tea Party hosting rally Saturday
PAXTON — The Ford County Tea Party will host an informational rally at 2 p.m. Saturday,  Aug. 27, at Pells Park, 700 E. Pells St., Paxton.
Speakers will include Josh Harms of Watseka and Scott McCoy of Pontiac, who are running for the 106th state representative seat, and Shane Cultra of Onarga, who is running for election to the 53rd Senate seat.   Chris Gramm, candidate for judicial court judge, will also be in attendance.
Also, David Wilson of Farmer City will be presenting on the “Fair Tax.”
The keynote speaker is Dr. Arie Friedman, a widely recognized expert on the subjects of healthcare finance and reform.
Friedman will speak on the Affordable Care Act. Friedman practices general pediatrics in the northern suburbs of Chicago and holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern Medical School.
For more information, call Jan Peterson at 217-784-4778.

Parkland College holding art exhibition
CHAMPAIGN — Works of sculpture, watercolor, photography, metals, wood, oil, ceramics, digital media and other media will be on display during Parkland College’s annual Faculty Art Exhibition, which opened Monday.
The exhibit runs through Saturday, Sept. 17, and features works by 20 of the school’s Fine and Applied Arts Department faculty members.
 A reception celebrating the faculty artists will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the gallery lounge. The reception will include live music by The Chris Reyman Trio, refreshments and a chance to mingle with the artists. The event features a talk by artist Peggy Shaw on her work at 7 p.m.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
A series of art lectures has been planned to coincide with the exhibit. “High Noon with the Artist” lectures allow exhibiting faculty to offer in-depth discussions about their artwork or other art-related topic. The talks begin at noon in the gallery and last about a half hour to 45 minutes.
Fall gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, for Labor Day.
For more information, call 351-2505.

Paxton Cowboy Church has service Saturday
PAXTON — The Paxton Cowboy Church’s next service is scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Full Gospel Christian Fellowship Church, 619 S. Railroad Ave.,  Paxton.
The first half of the service will include gospel music performed by the Paxton Crusaders Band. Following a 10-minute Bible lesson, special guests The Lerch Twins will perform during the second half of the service.
A potluck will follow the service at 6:30 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a prepared food dish to share.
A special door prize drawing will be held for any first-time attendees.
For more information, call 379-4758.

GriefShare being held at Loda UMC on Thurs.
LODA — GriefShare, a special seminar and support group for people experiencing grief and loss, will be held Thursday evenings at the Loda United Methodist Church, beginning Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. 
GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief-recovery topics such as “The Journey of Grief,” “The Effects of Grief,” “When Your Souse Dies,” “Your Family and Grief” and “Stuck in Grief.” 
Meetings will be held at the church, located at 200 S. Locust in Loda. Child care is available.
For more information and to register, call the Rev. Steve Anderson at 737-4948.

GCBC youth programs begin Sept. 7
GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Bible Church’s elementary and middle school children and youth programs will begin for the 2011-12 school year on Wednesday, Sept. 7. 
The program meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday that school is in session until the last Wednesday in April. 
Parents are encouraged to pre-register by stopping by the church, located at 309 N. Illinois Route 47, Gibson City, or by calling the church at 784-5702. 
Children must be four years old by Sept. 1 to register. 

Loda UMC selling cookbooks
LODA — After several months of collecting recipes from members and friends of the Loda United Methodist Church, the church’s Women’s Fellowship started pre-selling their personalized cookbook on July 17, with profits going to the “Imagine No Malaria” project of the United Methodist Church.
The cookbooks will be available for pickup in August.
The spiral-bound cookbook will feature recipes from local cooks in seven full-color sections. The book contains many pages of helpful cooking hints along with the recipes.
Each recipe will feature the donor’s names, so cookbook users can easily locate the favorite recipes of their friends and local residents.
The Women’s Fellowship is selling the book at a cost of $12 per copy.
People can purchase your copy by calling Stephanie Shively at 217- 394 2330 or by contacting the Loda United Methodist Church at 217-386-2237.
“These will certainly be a great present for wedding showers, Christmas and other  occassions,” said Mary Dickinson of the Loda United Methodist Church.

LWML Danville hosting Fall Rally on Sept. 15
CISSNA PARK — The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Danville Zone will hold its Fall Rally on Thursday, Sept. 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 302 S. Fourth St., Cissna Park.
The rally starts at 10 a.m. Morning refreshments will be available in the church basement during registration at 9 a.m.
The Rev. Terry Strom will be the featured guest speaker.  Strom will share his first-hand experiences that he and 15 others from the area of his church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Urbana, gained as they traveled to Haiti to assist with building homes for those devastated by last year’s earthquake.

Retired Teachers meeting Thursday
PAXTON — The Iroquois-Ford Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Tin Pan Restaurant, 125 S. Market St., Paxton. 
Shane Cultra, a Republican state senator from Onarga, will be the guest speaker; he will speak about education. Chris Gluck, membership, service and benefit chairman, will also be present.
All area retired teachers are invited and urged to become a part of the organization.

Pheasants Forever Trap and Skeet Shoot on Sunday
Pheasants Forever will be hosting its monthly Youth   Trap and Skeet Shoot on Sunday. It will be taking place   starting at noon at the Loda Sportsmans Club.
Basic instruction in trap and   skeet shooting will be provided, along with lunch for all participants. 
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent, but all are welcome.

Lady Ag Seminar set for Saturday
GILMAN— The Lady Ag Seminar will be held Saturday, August 27th, 2011 at the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau meeting room in Gilman.  The meeting will begin at 9:30 and conclude before noon with a brunch.
It will have a $6.00 cover charge.

Ag Breakfast is Sept. 7
The Ford-Iroquois Extension Office in Onarga will be the host site for the Sept. 7 Ford-Iroquois Ag Breakfast, which will begin at 7 a.m. 
Cost will be $5 per person for breakfast. Harold Reetz will speak on new drainage systems for managing water and nutrients. Haley Brothers Excavating is the sponsor for the September breakfast. 
Contact the Ford-Iroquois Extension office at 815/268-4051 or by noon on Sept. 6 to reserve your seat.

Upper Room Bible Church holding cookout on Sept. 7
PAXTON — The Upper Room Bible Church in Paxton will hold a cookout and registration kickoff at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, to celebrate the start of this year’s AWANA Club.
The church, located at 455 W. Orleans St., will serve a hotdog supper. There will also be a shortened schedule for its first night of AWANA. The club will meet until 8 p.m.
The club meets from September through the middle of May. Regular meeting times are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. 
AWANA, an international organization founded in 1950, is an acronym for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, from 2 Timothy 2:15. It is a Bible-centered ministry for children and youth, from prekindergarten through 12th grade. 
The group has included youth from Paxton, Loda, Buckley, Gibson City, Ludlow, Melvin, Rantoul and Saybrook.
This is the third year that the Upper Room has had an AWANA club. Volunteers work with  children through discipleship, music and games. 
Each week club members receive individual awards for their work and also “AWANA bucks,” which they can spend at an AWANA store twice a year.
For more information, call 379-4189.

Paxton ERS holding car show on Sept. 10
PAXTON — The Paxton Emergency Response Service has scheduled its annual car, motorcycle and antique fire truck show for Saturday, Sept. 10, in the 100 block of West State Street by the Ford County Courthouse.
A grand prize of $300 will be given to the winner of the show.
Registration costs $10 per vehicle and will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon at the ERS building on West State Street.
Judging begins at 1 p.m.
Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. to the 25 best cars, 10 best motorcycles and five antique fire trucks. Best-in-show awards will be presented for all categories.
Water ball will be held as part of the show as well, pitting members of the Loda and Paxton fire departments against each other. Registration begins at 10 a.m.
Vendors will be on hand also, selling food, T-shirts and other items.
A parade will be announced at the show.
Proceeds from the show go to families of fallen firefighters in Illinois.
For more information, call ERS volunteer Dale Puls at 379-2388 or Mike Rose at 898-2754.

Boy Scouts hosting clay shoot on Saturday
OAKLAND — The Boy Scouts Prairielands Council is hosting the eighth annual Prairielands Classic, a sporting clays shoot, as a fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 27. 
The event will be held at Old Barn Sporting Clays, Route 133, Oakland. Oakland is 15 miles east of Arcola on Route 133.
Teams of four-plus individual shooters will compete.  Shotgun start is at 9 a.m.   Shooters under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 
Fees range from $50 for full-course shooting and lunch, to $100, which includes many event amenities.
The Prairielands Classic is being held at Old Barn Sporting Clays, a professional sporting clay course. The course consists of a series of natural shooting stations. At each unique shooting station, participants attempt to hit five sets of targets with two targets released at a time. The clay targets simulate flying game birds, or bouncing clay targets simulate rabbits.
To pre-register or for more information, contact Dan Baker, assistant Scout executive, at 531-0213 or
The Boy Scouts Prairielands Council provides services to approximately 5,000 area youth and 1,700 adult volunteers.  Prairielands Council’s service area includes the Illinois counties of Champaign, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Piatt, Vermilion, plus Fountain and Vermillion counties in Indiana.

Historcial Society dinner set for Sept. 23
The Ford County Historical Society has its annual dinner meeting on Friday, Sept. 23.
It will take place at St. Mary Father Dinan Parish Center in Paxton, 407 W. Pells. Beginning at 6 p.m., the salisbury steak dinner will be catered by the women of the church. Cost is $10.   Mark Hanson, curator of the Chanute Air Museum, will be the featured speaker. He has recently authored a book on Rantoul history.

Zumbathon set  for Oct. 16 in Roberts
ROBERTS — Kelly Williams, a licensed Zumba instructor, is hosting a Zumbathon “Party In Pink” event on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 6-8 p.m. at the Roberts Gym. 
Zumba is a dance fitness program created in Colombia that  combines Latin and international music with dance in an effort to make exercise fun. 
At the October event, there will be multiple Zumba instructors leading participants throughout the evening.
There will also be local vendors present, with products available for purchase. There will also be drawings for door prizes. 
A minimum of 75 percent of the event’s proceeds will go to the Susan G. Koman Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. 
Tickets will be sold in advance for $10, or at the door for $15.

PBL Class of ‘95 reunion set for Sept. 17
PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School class of 1996 will have its 15-year class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Activities begin at Pells Park in Paxton, where there will be a bounce house set up for children from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At 7 p.m., appetizers will be served, and a disc jockey will play at the Lakeview Country Club west of Loda. The cost is $25 person or $50 per couple.
Reservations should be made by Aug. 20 to the Facebook page “PBL Class of 1996.”

Open house to be held Sept. 6 for new wellness center in Paxton

PAXTON — Gibson Area Hospital will host an open house for its new GAH Community Wellness Center at 239 N. Taft St. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Gibson Area Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rob Schmitt said the wellness center will begin accepting memberships at the open house, which runs from 4-7 p.m. Membership discounts will also be available during the open house.
“Anyone who signs up that night for a one-year membership will get 10 percent off,” Schmitt said. “We’re also going to have door prizes, as well as a raffle drawing for one year of free membership that night.”
Another reason to attend the open house, Schmitt said, is that more details about the fitness center will be announced, including the hours of operation, membership fees and the type of fitness equipment it will have, Schmitt said.
“We want everybody to show up at the open house,” Schmitt said. “Show up at the open house and we’ll have brochures available and have people available to sign you up (for memberships) that night.”
Hors d’oeuvres will also be served to those attending.


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