List of upcoming community events (Aug. 1, 2012)


The Artistic Repertory Theatre in Hoopeston will present “Little Shop of Horrors” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Hoopeston Area High School auditorium. To order tickets, call 283-6553.

The fourth annual Hymn Festival will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Gibson City United Methodist Church. Cindy Massanari Breeze, retired Champaign pastor, will again lead all those attending in the hymn singing. Bill Ogg will provide accompaniment on the church’s pipe organ.

Rick Flessner & Friends will perform a concert with guest star Lauren Marie Wadley at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St. Food will be sold by the Community Hall Committee. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, including the cost for admission, call Judy Schall at 388-2853.

The Bankesters will return to Gibson City’s North Park for an evening of gospel and bluegrass music and family entertainment on Friday, Aug. 17.  Food will be available starting at 5:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.  A free-will donation will be accepted. The North Park is located at the corner of Church and 13th streets in Gibson City. In the event of adverse weather, the concert will be moved to the Gibson City Bible Church.  For more information, call the church at 784-5702 or visit

The annual Rock for the Clock street dance is set for 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in downtown Roberts. The street dance is a fundraiser for the village.

PRIDE in Paxton’s next Music Under the Stars concert at Pells Park, scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, will feature the Prairie Dogs. The concert is free and open to the public. The Loda Lions Club will be serving hotdogs, popcorn and drinks for donations.


The PBL Booster Club’s annual Pork Chop Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, in the PBL Junior High School commons area, with a volleyball scrimmage beginning at 5 p.m. and a football scrimmage beginning at 7 p.m.   All fall high school athletic teams and the marching band will be introduced at the event.

Cissna Park’s 125th annual Old Settlers Reunion is set for Aug. 16, 17, and 18 in the village park.  Sponsored by American Legion Post 527 since 1946, the three-day festival will feature numerous “major” and “kiddie” rides. Special wrist-band rates will be in effect Thursday and Friday nights and Saturday afternoon and evening, when unlimited rides will be offered for $20. Also, three programs of free entertainment will be presented on the outdoor stage in the park.   At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Old Settlers Talent Show returns, featuring a variety of acts from throughout the area. The talent show is being organized by Kathy Findlay.  At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Behold will perform gospel music. The group is from the Milford area. Saturday’s entertainment at 8 p.m. will feature country music by Missy Vail. The Illinois Country Music Associatoin has named her Entertainer of the Year.  Free dances will be held at the Legion Home on Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.  The bingo stand in the park will be open for players Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoon and evening. The Old Settlers Parade will begin promptly at noon Saturday. It will form at the corner of Third and Blaine streets and travel the closed portion of Illinois 49 along the east side of the park.  The Kiddie Tractor Pull, under the supervision of Fred Bauer, will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday on Illinois 49 east of the park. The FFA Alumni Lawn Mower Races will be Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Call Jeff Clifton at 815-471-4708 for more information. The Legion Auxiliary’s annual BBQ Pork Supper will be held Saturday in the Legion Home with serving from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m.  The Legion’s lunch stand in the park pavilion will be serving throughout the celebration. Firemen’s pork chops will be served on Friday night only. Heading the list of the Legion’s prizes this year is a 2012 Dodge Journey or $20,000 cash which will be awarded Saturday night. Winner of the Journey does not have to be present to claim the prize. Five cash prizes ($100 if present, $50 if not present) will be awarded Thursday night, and five more cash prizes ($200 if present, $100 if not present) will be given away Friday night. A large number of school and community organizations will also be in the park in fund raising efforts for their various purposes.


An open house celebrating the retirement of Sibley’s longtime postmaster, Betty Ford, is scheduled for 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Sullivant Township Hall in Sibley. Ford is retiring July 31 after 33 years of working in the postal service. Her co-workers are hosting the open house in her honor. Refreshments will be provided.


A golf-cart poker run, entitled “Sibley Fights ALS in Honor of Nancy Adkins,”
is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11. People must be 21 or older to participate. They do not have to have a golf cart to enter, as lawnmowers, bicycles and wheelchairs are also welcome to participate. Signups will be taken at Becky’s Lake Bar prior to the start of the poker run at 1 p.m. There will be “redneck games” at each stop, as well as penny raffles. The poker run ends at Tim and Laura Peeler’s home on Ohio Street. Food will be provided at its conclusion. For more information, call  Cathy Farmer at 745-2647, Myra Stephens at 745-2613 or Charlene Metz at 898-7693.


The Vineyard Church of Paxton is offering free haircuts
for Paxton-Buckley-Loda students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the church, located at 152 N. Market St., Paxton. For appointments, call Sandie Evans at 377-5061.

A truckload of food from the Eastern Illinois Foodbank will be distributed to area families in need on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Gibson City Bible Church, 309 N. Illinois 47. The distribution will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. It is open to Ford County residents who meet income eligibility criteria. To be eligible, a household must have an income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level, or approximately $3,554 per month for a family of four.

The Council of Catholic Women at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Loda will hold a bazaar featuring vendors and crafts on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Father Paul F. Dinan Parish Center, 150 N. Maple St., Paxton. Vendors and crafters are still being sought for the event. For more information or to reserve a table, call 815-388-8525.


The Melvin Village Board
will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Village Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

The Buckley Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Village Hall on U.S. 45 downtown. The meeting is open to the public.

The Rankin Village Board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the public library on Illinois 49. The meeting is open to the public.

The Roberts Village Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Village Hall, 118 W. Weldon St. The meeting is open to the public.

The Paxton City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at City Hall, 145 S. Market St. The meeting is open to the public.

The Gibson City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, and at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at City Hall, 101 E. Eighth St., Gibson City. The meeting is open to the public.

The Ford County Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in the basemetn of the Ford County jail in Paxton. The meeting is open to the public.

The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley school board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, in the board room at 307 N. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City. The meeting is open to the public.

The Iroquois County Board will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Administrative Center in Watseka.

The Paxton Park Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Paxton Civic Center, 601 S. Fall St. The meeting is open to the public.

The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the unit office in PBL Junior High School in Paxton. The meeting is open to the public.

The Loda Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Village Hall on Washington Street. The meeting is open to the public.


The next meeting of the Loda Township Library’s book club
is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the library. The book to be discussed at the meeting is “Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom. For more information, call the library 386-2743.

The  Rantoul  chapter  of  the National  Active  and  Retired  Federal Employees will  meet  at  1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7,  at Ryan’s Family Steak House, 1004 W. Anthony Drive, Champaign.  This  is  the chapter’s indoor picnic social event  without a speaker. The  chapter  will  defray  costs  by refunding $3 per attending  member.

The Ford County Republican Central Committee invites the public to attend its next meeting on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 8:30 until 11 a.m. at the County Kettle restaurant in Gibson City.

The Iroquois County Tea Party has scheduled its Save the Nation Rally for 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, in rural St. Anne in northern Iroquois County. The location of the event is 3031 N. Illinois 1, St. Anne.   Signs will be posted. Speakers include Dan Proft, WLS commentator; John Tillman, chief executive officer of the Illinois Policy Institute; Bruno Behrend, of the For the Good of Illinois & Heartland Institute; David Lombardo, of Safer USA.   The rally will also include activities for children, including pony rides, face painting, games and balloons.  There will also be music and a food tent.


The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office is offering a “Rules of the Road” review course
from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Paxton Civic Center, 601 S. Fall St. The free course is designed to help drivers pass the Illinois driver’s license renewal exam. The course prepares applicants for the general written and road exams and also provides information on the vision screening.


The annual Krumwiede reunion
will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Buckley Lake in Buckley. A potluck dinner will be served at noon.

A 50-year reunion celebration for the graduating class of 1962 from Paxton High School will be held Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22, in Paxton. A reservation has been made for the evening on Sept. 22 at the Tin Pan restaurant . Class members who have contact information or need more details are asked to contact Jo Ellen (Karr) Campbell at 865-408-0051 or


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