List of upcoming community events (Nov. 28, 2012)

CHURCH EVENTS

Rural church to host Pancake and Sausage Supper

ELLIOTT — The Pontoppidan Lutheran Church of rural Elliott will host its 44th annual Pancake and Sausage Supper from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. The women of the church will sponsor a bake sale at the supper. There will also be a drawing for a quilt, a Christmas centerpiece and a painting. The church is located at 186 North 1100 East Road.

Local church to hold blood drive
PAXTON — The Paxton Church of Christ will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the church’s fellowship hall, located at 400 West Ottawa Road. Persons who have not donated blood since Oct. 4 may be eliglible to donate at the blood drive. Donors are asked to bring their Red Cross donor card or a photo ID. For an appointment, call Mary Werner at 379-2261.

Bake sale to take place in Champaign
CHAMPAIGN — St. Peter’s UCC Annual Cookie, Craft and Vendor Sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will take place at 905 South Russell Street in Champaign. Vender space and/or more information can be obtained by calling 356-3635.

Church to host gathering
ROBERTS — The annual Ladies Christmas Gathering will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Living Word Church, 110 E. Illinois 54, Roberts. The event will be a gathering of “Christmas cheer and festive entertainment,” featuring performances by the Watseeka High School show choir and vendors selling homemade baked goods and other Christmas items such as candles, according to a news release. The theme of the event is “Candles in the Windows.” The cost to attend is a canned good for the Roberts Area Food Pantry. Doors open at 5 p.m. for shopping. Reservations and more information are available by calling the church at 395-2231 by Dec. 3.

Church of Christ to offer candlelight service
PAXTON — The Paxton Church of Christ will hold a candlelight service at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

Lutheran church to host Christmas dinner
GIBSON CITY — The American Lutheran Church will host its 37th annual Christmas Day Dinner at noon Tuesday, Dec. 25. The menu consists of turkey or ham and dressing, vegetables and potatoes, desserts and beverages. No tickets are necessary. A free-will offering will be taken. Reservations can be made by calling 784-4841.

Cookie walk slated for Dec. 1
GIBSON CITY — The women of the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City will hold their annual cookie walk from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1. At the event, decorated cookies will be for sale, as well as other Christmas items.

‘A Country Christmas’ to be presented in Loda
LODA — “A Country Christmas” will be presented at the Loda United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, with music presented by     Messenger, Prairie City, Ginny Jeffers, Mike Krumwiede, Ted King, Andrew Kaufmann, Terry Cotrell and the Loda United Methodist Church men’s choir. Following the program, refreshments will be served.

 MEETINGS

PBL post-prom to meet

PAXTON — A post-prom meeting for parents of juniors at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Little Assembly at the high school.

Author to speak to Iroquois County Tea Party
CRESCENT CITY — Author Michale Callahan, who wrote the book “Since When is Murder Too Politically Sensitive,” is the featured speaker for the Iroquois County Tea Party’s next meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Crescent City Community Center. In 2000, Callahan was the newly promoted investigations commander for a nine-county area in East Central Illinois. His first assignment, to review the 14-year-old murder of a young, newlywed couple, Dyke and Karen Rhoads, would change his life forever, shattering his faith in the department he had loved and had dedicated his life to. Rumblings from the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project, the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University and an impending show on CBS’s “48 Hours” were that two men had been wrongfully convicted for these murders.

Parenting program to meet at Farm Bureau
GILMAN — The Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau, located at 1381 South Crescent, will hold a meeting for the program “Ghosts in the Nursery” starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. “Ghosts in the Nursery” is a free presentation for parents, educators and day-care providers. It focuses on what parents bring to parenting, how they may form attachments to their infants, and how their upbringings impact the upbringings of their children. “Ghosts in the Nursery” is presented by Lauren Wiley, M.Ed., who holds a master’s degree and certificates in infant mental health from the Erikson Institute and is a certified teacher in Early Childhood Education. Check-in time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., during which a free meal will be offered. Wiley’s presentation will take place from 6-8 p.m. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by Nov. 23. They can do so, or receive more information, by calling the Child Care Resource Service at (800) 325-5516 or (217) 333-1956.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Breakfast with Santa set for Dec. 8 at Civic Center

PAXTON — Breakfast with Santa will be offered at the Paxton Civic Center from 8:30 to noon Saturday, Dec. 8. The breakfast of eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, frenchtoast sticks, and fruit is free. Santa will also be around for kids to see. The Civic Center is located at 601 S. Fall St. in Coady Park.

Santa Train to stop by area towns
GIBSON CITY — The Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad Santa Claus Train will visit Gibson City and surrounding towns on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9. On Saturday, the Santa Train is expected to arrive in Gibson City at about 8 a.m., remaining there until 10:15 a.m. or until all the children present have the chance to visit with him. The train will then make stops in Melvin (10:45-11:45 a.m.), Roberts (12:15-1:15 p.m.), Thawville (1:45-3 p.m.), Onarga (3:45-5:30 p.m.) and Gilman (6-8 p.m.). On Sunday, stops will be made in Danforth (8-9 a.m.), Ashkum (9:30-11 a.m.), Clifton (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Chebanse (1:30-3 p.m.) and Kankakee (4-6 p.m.)

PRIDE to host firehouse cookoff
PAXTON — PRIDE in Paxton’s annual Firehouse Cookoff Contest will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the firehouse on North Market Street. People can submit their favorite recipes to be judged by Paxton’s volunteer firefighters during the event. This year’s theme is “Your Favorite Country Home Cooking Dish or Dessert.” Judging begins at 6 p.m., and all entries should be at the firehouse by 5:45 p.m. Entries should be provided in disposable containers. For more information, call Rhonda Blackford at 379-4245.

Holiday bazaar set for Dec. 1
PAXTON — The Illinois Knights Templar Home’s annual  Holiday Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. A barbecue lunch will be served.

Santa to visit Roberts Gym
ROBERTS — Santa Claus will visit the Roberts Gym from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Santa will also arrive in Roberts again by train on Dec. 8, visiting with children from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Lake Iroquois to host Christmas Expo
LAKE IROQUOIS — The Lake Iroquois Christmas Expo, featuring multiple vendors selling crafts, jewelry and Christmas gifts, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Lake Iroquois clubhouse, 140 Shawnee Lane.

Loda Lions to sponsor Wonderland Dance
LODA — The Loda Lions Club will offer its first Winter Wonderland Dinner Dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Loda American Legion Hall. Tickets include drinks and cuisine. The menu consists of lasagna, Italian salad, cakes and Christmas treats, beer, soda, water and apple cider and sweets during the dance lineup. Providing musical entertainment will be the Slammer Jazz Trio from Indianapolis, which specializes in Big Band-era sound, easy jazz, and soft 1950s and ‘60s rock and Christmas music.  During the dance, there will be six raffles for a decorated, lighted, all-white  Christmas tree and stuffed snowman decorations.Tickets can be purchased from any Loda Lions Club member or at the admission door. Proceeds will be put into the club’s building renovation fund.

PRIDE to host firehouse cookoff
PAXTON — PRIDE in Paxton’s annual Firehouse Cookoff Contest will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the firehouse on North Market Street. People can submit their favorite recipes to be judged by Paxton’s volunteer firefighters during the event. This year’s theme is “Your Favorite Country Home Cooking Dish or Dessert.” Judging begins at 6 p.m., and all entries should be at the firehouse by 5:45 p.m. Entries should be provided in disposable containers. For more information, call Rhonda Blackford at 379-4245.

Iroquois County 4-H to host callout
GILMAN — Ford County 4-H will be hosting a fall callout for any new potential members interested in joining the 4-H program from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Watseka Public Library in Watseka. Potential members and parents will have the opportunity to meet current 4-H members and leaders to talk about their experiences in the program. According to Ford and Iroquois Counties 4-H Program Coordinator Michelle Fluty, “With the new 4-H year starting in the fall, it is a great time for new members to join a club and get the full experience of what 4-H has to offer.”

Gun show to take place at Hoopeston park
HOOPESTON — The Wabash Valley Gun Show is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, at McFerren Park, located at the intersection of Illinois 1 and Penn Street in Hoopeston.

Vendors to be at Civic Center
PAXTON — A number of vendors will be on hand at the second annual Holiday Extravaganza, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Paxton Civic Center, 601 S. Fall St. Vendors include Avon, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Cloud 9, V3, Janeene’s Creative Confections, Do You Bake, SendOutCards, Vault Denim, Brandi Chapman with Gatherbees, Mena’s Mercantile, Initials Inc., Grandma’s Goods, Pat Fogel’s Crafts, and It Works.

Rantoul to host Christmas Parade on Saturday
RANTOUL — The location will be the same, but the time of day will change for this year’s Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade. The parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the downtown area. The last two years, the event has been held at night and has been a lighted parade. “One of the reasons we changed to a daytime parade is, we’re going to have a Santa’s village to go with it,” said Amanda Briggs, Rantoul Chamber executive director. Organizers hope the weather will be warmer to allow families to stick around to take part in the downtown activities. Briggs said the daytime event may also draw more entries. The route will be the same, and Santa will appear in the parade and be on hand to visit children and be available for photos at Around the Corner Resale and Antiques store (the former Hallmark store) at 119 E. Sangamon Ave. More participants are being sought to enter the parade. Contact the chamber office to enter or for more information at 893-3323. Several downtown businesses will be open and will participate in the activities for Santa’s Village, which will feature an arts and crafts station for children that will be set up in each participating store. There will be no charge to participate in the arts and crafts activities. A fee will be charged to have a photo taken with Santa. Local residents donated supplies for the arts and crafts. Participating stores include Around the Corner, Style by Fox, Dena’s, Downtown Barbershop, Lindsey Lane Bridal and House of Flowers. First United Methodist Church will be serving free hot chocolate.

SCHOOL EVENTS

CLHS to host Christmas event

BUCKLEY — Christ Lutheran High School is hosting “Christmas with Woody and Vonnie Wright” Saturday, Dec. 1. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a dessert social hour. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets can be ordered by calling 394-2547. All proceeds benefit the purchase of new student desks at Christ Lutheran High School.

Lego League open house today
PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda Junior High School has scheduled its Lego League Community Open House for 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Room 604.  The school’s Lego League team will demonstrate programmed missions, discuss its “senior solution”-themed project, and answer questions regarding its season and upcoming regional tournament.  The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, at Urbana Middle School. Lego League involves students building a Lego robot and completing tasks with that robot on a competitive board.  PBL’s Lego League members are sixth-graders Keyn Humes, Wyatt Jones and Adam Oleynichak; seventh-graders Sydne Yaden, Kyle Goetting and Zane Inman; and eighth-graders Erin Lindsay, Sarah Jones, Dalton Neff and Ty Peden.

MUSEUMS

Museum open for winter

PAXTON — Starting in November, the Ford County Historical Society’s water tower museum will be open on the fourth Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. The next date the museum will be open is Dec. 23. Beginning in April, the museum will be open each Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. The museum, which is located behind City Hall in Paxton, is also open by appointment. More information can be obtained by calling 379-3723, 379-4111 or 379-3212.

MUSIC

Back Paiges to perform

MELVIN — The Back Paiges will perform in the Melvin Community Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. There will be a guest appearance by Don Burns.Pork chop sandwiches, chips, homemade pies, desserts and drinks will be sold by the Melvin Fire Department during the show. The building is at 108 E. Main St. For details, call 388-2853.  

Local soloists to perform “Messiah”
GIBSON CITY — Local soloists will be featured at this year’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah” sponsored by the Gibson Area Music Foundation. The entire performance will be given at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Gibson City Bible Church.Soloists will be Rick Rhodes (bass) and Larry Knox (tenor), both of Dewey; Andrea Dunahee of Gibson City and Allison Arends of Melvin (sopranos); and Stephanie Swearingen of Melvin (alto). This year’s performance will honor long-time music and civic supporter Dr. Paul Sunderland, who stepped down in August this year as chairperson of the Gibson Area Music Foundation, which he helped to found. Those interested in supporting the “Messiah” or other foundation-sponsored events may send donations to Hager by mail at: P.O. Box 152, Gibson City, IL 60936-0152. In addition, during the performance’s Pastoral Symphony, a free-will donation will be taken.

THEATER

Library to present murder mystery

The Paxton Carnegie Library Players will present the play “Murder of the Loaded Librarian” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. The interactive play is part readers’ theatre, part game. Audience members will have a chance to see the plot unfold, then put the clues together and figure out “who dunnit” with the help of some crazy characters. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 379-3431.

Theatre to hold auditions for comedic play
PAXTON — Auditions for the comedy “Drinking Habits” by Tom Smith will be held at the Paxton Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Monday, Dec. 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. or by calling 766-1174 for an appointment. The cast consists of five females and three males; one male and female should preferably be under age 30. Show dates are Feb. 14-17 and Feb. 22-24, and rehearsals begin Jan. 7. Tammy Belanger will direct the comedy.

Market Street Theatre to host Christmas play
PAXTON — “Caroling in the Country,” a Christmas variety show, will be performed at the Market Street Theatre in downtown Paxton on Friday, Dec. 21, and Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. both nights. The show will feature music and comedy for the family. The cast comprises residents of Buckley, Gibson City, Loda, Ludlow, Melvin and Paxton. Tickets can be purchased by calling 649-2861.

FUNDRAISERS

ERS to sponsor breakfast with Santa

PAXTON — The Paxton Emergency Response Service is sponsoring a Breakfast with Santa event from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the ERS building on West State Street in downtown Paxton.Offered for purchase will be a meal of biscuits and gravy or an all-you-can-eat meal of pancakes and sausage. People attending can register to win a boys’ and girls’ 20-inch bicycle. All proceeds benefit ERS projects.

CLHS to host Christmas event
BUCKLEY — Christ Lutheran High School is hosting “Christmas with Woody and Vonnie Wright” Saturday, Dec. 1. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a dessert social hour. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets can be ordered by calling 394-2547. All proceeds benefit the purchase of new student desks at Christ Lutheran High School.

OPEN HOUSES

Nursery school to host open house

PAXTON — The Paxton Community Nursery School is holding an open house in its new location at the Paxton Civic Center on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 6-7 p.m. Country Thyme Tea Room has donated refreshments for the event.

Theater to host open house
PAXTON — The Tri-County Players will host a holiday open house at the Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. The open house will include free snacks and a slide show of the evolution of the  Market Street Theatre and Tri-County Players productions. Also, the Celebrate Life Singers will perform from 3-4 p.m. Following the open house, the Paxton PRIDE community sing-along will be held from 4-6 p.m. Cookies and drinks will be provided.

State Street Mall open house set
PAXTON — The State Street Mall, located at the intersection of U.S. 45 and State Street in Paxton, will host an open house for its various businesses from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. The open house will feature giveaways by Country Financial, Massage Elements, Simply Pat’s Hats & Things and The Flower Cart.
Santa will also be present for pictures. For more information, call Becky at 379-9245.

MUSEUMS

Museum open for winter

PAXTON — Starting in November, the Ford County Historical Society’s water tower museum will be open on the fourth Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. The next dates the museum will be open are Nov. 25 and Dec. 23. Beginning in April, the museum will be open each Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. The museum, which is located behind City Hall in Paxton, is also open by appointment.  More information can be obtained by calling 379-3723, 379-4111 or 379-3212.

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