List of upcoming community events (April 4, 2012)


Maundy Thursday services

The First United Methodist Church in Paxton is hosting a Maundy Thursday supper and service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the church’s dining room. The church is located at 210 W. Center St., Paxton.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Roberts will celebrate a Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m. on Holy Thursday, April 5, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.


Good Friday services

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Roberts will hold Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m. Good Friday, April 6, with the Passion of the Lord and Veneration of the Cross to be held at 7 p.m. that day. Both of the services are at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Chruch.

An Ecumenical Good Friday service will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the Vineyard Church in downtown Paxton.’

New Beginnings Church of Gibson City will host a Good Friday communion service at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6. There will be a drama, entitled “What If I Pray?” along with special music.

Piper Rehab sets egg hunt
Piper City Rehab & Living Center is hosting Easter egg hunt Friday at 2 p.m. April 6 for children ages 1-8. Cookies and punch will be served following the hunt. The nursing home is located at 600 S. Maple St., Piper City.


Draggin’ Main coming soon to Paxton

The Draggin’ Main car cruise  returns to Paxton on April 7. The event is scheduled to take place from 6-11:30 p.m. on Market Street in downtown.  It celebrates the tradition of “dragging Main,” an activity that was popular among Paxton’s teenagers years ago. It’s also a way to meet new friends and see a wide range of classic and custom vehicles.

Community sale set for April 7
The Paxton Community Sale will be held on April 7, beginning at 10 a.m. Items will be available to drop off from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the day before, as well as on sale day from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m.  More information on the sale can be found on flyers that are available at local businesses and the park district’s Civic Center. You can also call 217-379-4203 for more information.  A variety of items will be auctioned off at the sale, ranging from antiques to appliances to farm equipment.

Cookout at IGA
The Paxton Peace Meal program is hosting a cookout to raise funds for the program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Paxton IGA, 144 W. Pells St.  All funds will be used to buy party items, bingo prizes and other needed items for the local Peace Meal program.

Asta Care to host Easter egg hunt
Asta Care Center of Ford County will sponsor its annual Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, and will award bicycles as prizes to the three children with the most eggs found. Children will participate in three age categories: 0-3, 4-7 and 8-12. The hunt will be held inside the nursing home in the case of rain.

Easter egg hunt in Bellflower
The annual Easter egg hunt in Bellflower will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Don Harden Park in Bellflower. Participants are asked to bring their own baskets to collect eggs.

Easter Mass in Gibson City
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Roberts will offer an Easter vigil mass at 7:30 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 7, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Easter Egg Drop in G.C.
New Beginnings Church in Gibson City will host an Easter Egg Drop on Saturday, April 7, beginning at 5 p.m. About 1,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes will be part of the event. Dan Kearfott of Kearfott Graphics of Gibson City will drop several hundred eggs from his parachute-powered plane. Children ages 1-11 are invited to participate. The Easter bunny will be present, and four new bicycles will be given away. For more information, visit

KT Home sets egg hunt
The Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton is offering an Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, for children ages 0-10. The Easter bunny also will make an appearance. The Illinois Knights Templar Home is located at 450 E. Fulton St.

Lions set Easter egg hunt
The Gibson City Lions Club will sponsor its annual Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at the North Park in Gibson City. Children attending will be divided into four age groups for the hunt: under 4, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. A “special egg” will be hidden for each age group, and the finder of each special egg in each age group will receive a prize. The Easter bunny will make an appearance, as well. Refreshments will be served in the pavilion.


Easter egg hunt in Paxton

The junior high youth group of the First United Methodist Church in Paxton is sponsoring an Easter egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8, in the church’s yard. The church, located at 210 W. Center St., also is offering a sunrise service at 7 a.m. on Easter, along with a breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by fellowship time at 9 a.m., Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 379-3817.

Easter Mass in G.C.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City will offer an Easter Sunday mass at 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 8, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. An Easter Sunday mass is also set for 8:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Roberts.

Easter services at AMC
The American Lutheran Church in Gibson City is hosting a biscuits-and-gravy breakfast from 8-9:45 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8. The meal includes homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and bacon, plus orange juice, coffee or milk. A freewill donation will be collected to benefit the American Lutheran Church’s youth program.  The church will host Easter services at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Service in Milford
The Milford United Methodist Church will host a community Good Friday service at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6. The church will also host sunrise services at 6:30 a.m. Easter morning, followed by a sausage-gravy breakfast. The regular Easter service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

New Beginnings service
New Beginnings Church of Gibson City is hosting an Easter service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 8.


Blood drive in Paxton

An American Red Cross blood drive, sponsored by the St. Mary’s Council of Catholic Women, is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Father Paul F. Dinan Parish Hall, 150 N. Maple St., Paxton. Persons donating blood are asked to bring photo identification or a Red Cross blood donor card. Persons may be eligible to donate if they last donated on or before Feb. 16. For an appointment, call Gigi Jarboe at 379-2255.

Diabetes support offered
A diabetes support group meeting is scheduled for 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the radiology waiting room of Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. The program, on “healthy living,” will be presented by Barb Meyer, an infection preventionist at the hospital. For more information, call Eileen Woolums at 784-2344.

Buckley Auxiliary to meet
The Byron Hickerson Unit 432 of the American Legion Auxiliary will hold its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Legion building in Buckley. All members are urged to attend.


CTW sets auditions

The Country Theatre Workshop near Cissna Park is offering auditions for this summer’s comedy productions at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at the theater building 2 miles north of Cissna Park.. The comedy “Whose Wives Are They Anyway?” will be performed June 7-17. The comedy “Cash on Delivery” will be performed Aug 2-12.  For more information or for audition forms, visit or contact Kena Clark at or Pat Ward at


Chicken/fish fry in G.C.

BCTGM Local Union 325G at Solae, formerly known as Central Soya, is sponsoring its annual chicken/fish fry for all past and current union members at the Gibson City VFW Post 6289 beginning at noon Saturday, April 14. The event will include a drawing for door prizes.


Tax Day Rally

The Watseka/Iroquois County Tea Party is holding a Tax Day Rally at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Iroquois County Courthouse, 550 S. Tenth St., Watseka.    Speakers will include William J. Kelly, a conservative columnist for the Washington Times and tax-reform activist; Diane Benjamin, coordinator of the McLean County Tea Party; and Ron Hansen, a Bourbonnais resident who is a Founding Father’s historian and constitutionalist.  Vocalists performing will be Earl Kroll, a Watseka resident who is a member of A Natural High music group from Watseka; and Heather Taylor, a Gilman resident who will sing the national anthem.


Rules of Road course

A free Rules of the Road review course is being offered by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 19, at the Paxton Civic Center, 601 S. Fall St. The purpose of the course is to help participants pass the Illinois driver’s license renewal examination. The course prepares applicants for the general written and road exams, and also provides information on the vision screening.


Benefit set for Schoolcraft

GIBSON CITY — A benefit for Jack Schoolcraft is scheduled for 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Kruse Center in Gibson City. The benefit will raise funds to assist with the cost of hospital and medical bills for Schoolcraft, who has cancer.


Chamber luncheon set

Dennis Higgins, coordinator of the Ford County Emergency Management Agency, will be the guest speaker at the Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon at noon Wednesday, May 16, at the American Legion building in Paxton. The luncheon is open to the public, and reservations are due May 11, along with payment of $8 per person. Reservations and payment should be made to: Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 75, 148 N. Market St., Paxton, IL 60957. The lunch will be served by the Paxton Woman’s Club.


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