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Herb society to meet
URBANA — The C-U Herb Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Meadowbrook Park Pavilion in Urbana for a potluck dinner. People attending are asked to bring their favorite dish.
U.N. Agenda 21 seminar set
WATSEKA — The Watseka/Iroquois County Tea Party will be sponsoring a “U.N. Agenda 21” seminar for their June informational meeting on June 7. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Watseka Masonic Lodge, 777 W. Walnut St. Dottie MacQueen is the speaker. MacQueen has been researching this U.N. Agenda 21 program for many years and is very knowledgable on this subject, and she will be taking questions from the public. The event is a free, and refreshments will be served. For more informaiton, contact Barb Offill at 815-471-2761 or email@example.com.
Music Fest slated in Loda
LODA — The Loda United Methodist Church is hosting Music Fest, an evening celebration of music, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the church. Featured artists will be Jim and Ginny Jeffers and friends, Mike Krumwiede, Joe Hafer and Don Peterson and guests. The event is open to the public.
Playing It Safe safety fair set
URBANA – Carle and Safe Kids Champaign County will sponsor the 16th annual Playing It Safe family safety fair on Saturday, June 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Champaign County Fairgrounds. Admission and all activities are free. More than 40 interactive learning stations will focus on safety awareness for the entire family, including seatbelt safety, “Spot the Tot” vehicle safety, a Bicycle Rodeo teaching bike safety on the road, and, again this year, Safe Kids Champaign County will provide car seat safety checks, completed by certified technicians.
Camp Drake open house
OAKWOOD — Camp Drake will celebrate 80 years of camping adventure with an open house on Saturday, June 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. The public and Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages are invited to view where special memories of camping, canoeing and outdoor excitement are created in East Central Illinois. Among the afternoon’s events, remembrances and activities will be a historic trail hike, memorabilia museum, guided Tours, and guest speakers. Directions can be found at http://campdrake.com/drive.html.
Committee to meet
PAXTON — The Ford County Farmland Assessment Review Committee will hold a public meeting on the certified equalized assessed values of farmland proposed by the Department of Revenue for the 2013 assessment year. In addition, the committee will review the plan to implement the procedures proposed by the chief county assessment officer. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton.
Torch Run set for next week
PAXTON — On Thursday, June 14, members of the Paxton police, Gibson City police and Ford County Sheriff’s Office will run from just north of Paxton to Gibson City to benifit Special Olympics. During Thursday’s annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, officers will be joined by volunteers from area communities running along with them. Donations will help provide the more than 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities the chance to participate in year-round sports training and competition — all at no charge to the athletes or their families. Anyone interested in donating to the Illinois Special Olympics may contact one of the above agencies for more information. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization that offers year-round training and competition in 19 sports for nearly 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 6,000 young athletes ages 2-7, all at no cost to the athletes.
Auxiliary to meet
BUCKLEY — Byron Hickerson Unit 432 of the American Legion Auxiliary will hold its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Legion building in Buckley. The election of officers will take place at the meeting.
Diabetes support group to meet
GIBSON CITY — A diabetes support group meeting is scheduled for 7-8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the radiology waiting room at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. The speaker will be Kenna Dunlap Johnson, director of geriatric behavioral services and a primary therapist at the hospital. She will present “Finding Your Motivation!” For more information, call Eileen Woolums at 784-2344.
Car/bike show set in Rantoul
RANTOUL — After a successful first show in 2011, Rockin’ and Roddin’ will return to downtown Rantoul in June. Hot Rods & Hooligans Motor Club is billing it as “one of Central Illinois’ largest car/bike shows.” This year’s show is set from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, June 16.
Gospel music to be performed
PAXTON — The Allen Quartet, a Southern gospel group, will give a concert during a cookout scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Paxton Church of Christ, 400 W. Ottawa Road. A free-will offering will be accepted. For more information, call 379-4443.
Jake’s Boys to perform
MELVIN — Jake’s Boys will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St., Melvin. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Sandwiches, homemade pies and drinks will be sold at the concert by the Melvin Christian Men’s Group.
Car wash/bake sale scheduled
GIBSON CITY — A car wash/bake sale is being held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 16, at the Gibson City First Christian Church, 112 W. 12th St., as a fundraiser for a July mission trip to Deer Lodge, Tenn.
Father’s Day cookout set
PAXTON — The Paxton Church of Christ is planning a cookout in honor of Father’s Day at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the church. The food will be provided. The Allen Family Quartet will perform following the cookout. There will be a free-will donation accepted for the concert. The church is located across the street from Hardee’s at 400 W. Ottawa Road. For more information, call 379-4443.
Rules of Road course slated
GIBSON CITY — 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, June 21, at the Gibson City Senior Center, 215 E. Third St., Gibson City. 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 vision screening.
Genealogy workshop nearing
GIBSON CITY — The Gov. Thomas Ford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a genealogy workshop in Gibson City on Wednesday, June 20, designed for women interested in joining the organization. The workshop is open to the public and will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Moyer District Library, 618 S. Sangamon Ave. The workshop will show prospective members how to follow their lineage, generation by generation, and will allow them to work one-on-one with DAR’s experienced genealogists. The reservation deadline is Friday, June 15. If you are interested in genealogical research, beginners and advanced, contact Marilyn Ames, registrar, at amesmarilyn@gmail or 586-1979 to make a reservation.
Rankin garage sales set
RANKIN — Rankin’s Townwide Garage Sale Days will be held in Rankin in June. The event is scheduled for June 22-23 and is being organized by Joey Mason. To add a garage sale to a list of the townwide sales, call Mason at 397-2097.
Event set at church
GIBSON CITY — Sheila Walsh and Ken Davis — with special guest, American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre — will be part of an event entitled “Women of Faith, Beyond Brokenness” scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Gibson City Bible Church, 309 N. Illinois 47. The event is free, and a free sandwich lunch will be provided. For more information, call 784-5702.
Cruisin’ for Cure approaches
GIBSON CITY — The 2012 Cruisin’ for a Cure To Benefit the Relay for Life of Ford County is scheduled for Saturday, June 23. Antique, classic and specialty cars will meet in Gibson City and “cruise” through Ford County and surrounding areas. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The cars will leave from the Gibson City parking lot south of City Hall at 10:30. The cars can be viewed during that time. The cars will stop in the following towns and park for about 30 minutes to show their cars. The times listed are approximate arrival times: Paxton, 10:50 a.m.; Loda, 11:30 a.m.; Buckley, 12:10 p.m.; Roberts, 1 p.m.; Piper City, 2:20 p.m.; Chatsworth, 3 p.m.; Melvin, 4 p.m.; and Sibley, 4:45 p.m.. The cruise will return to the City Hall parking lot in Gibson City about 5:30 p.m. Residents of Ford County communities are encouraged to come out and see the cars, talk to the owners and help support the Relay for Life fundraiser by donating change and purchasing raffle tickets. A raffle drawing will be done on June 23 – and winners need not be present. For more information or to register, call Denny or Susie Tongate at 784-5672.
Back Paiges to perform
PAXTON — The Back Paiges will perform a free concert at the pavilion in Pells Park in Paxton at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 24, as part of this summer’s Music Under the Stars concert series sponsored by PRIDE in Paxton. Other upcoming shows, all scheduled for 6 p.m. at the pavilion, include the Bellflower Country Opry on July 29 and the Prairie Dogs on Aug. 19.