List of upcoming community events (Jan. 30, 2013)

Ash Wednesday breakfast set at Gibson City church. The American Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gibson City is offering an Ash Wednesday breakfast, followed by a program, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the church. The continential breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program at 9. Melanie Warfield will be speaking and showing slides of her and her husband’s trip to Uganda to help their children, Robb and Sheila Warfield, and grandchildren with their mission work. For reservations, call 784-4841 by Monday, Feb. 10.

Jerky-making contest set for March in Iroquois County. A contest to see who can make the best home-made jerky will be held Sunday, March 3, at the Longbranch Bar in downtown L’Erable in Iroquois County. The fourth annual Buckland “Jerk Off” deer jerky contest runs from noon to 4 p.m. Free registration begins at noon.  Contestants are asked to bring enough of their own blend of jerky — deer, beef, turkey, goose or any other edible meat — cut into sample-sized pieces.  There were 24 entries and 60 attendees last year.

Pancake breakfast slated in Chatsworth. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chatsworth is offering a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9, as a fundraiser to support a mission trip to Tennessee this summer. The menu includes pancakes, fried and scrambled eggs, sausage links, orange juice, milk and coffee. Children under age  5 eat free of charge. The church is located at 105 Sixth St.

Diabetes support group to meet Feb. 7. A diabetes support group meeting is scheduled for 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the radiology waiting room at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. The program, “Diabetes and Skin Care,” will be presented by Sheree Stachura of the Gibson Area Hospital Wound Clinic. For more information, call Eileen Woolums at 784-4093.

Ford County Fair Board to meet Saturday. The Ford County Fair Association will hold its annual meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Elliott Café in Elliott. The election of board members and officers will take place.  In addition, plans for the 2013 Ford County Fair, scheduled for June 25-29, will be discussed. The meeting is open to the public.

Rotary club to offer beach-themed dance. The Gibson City Rotary Club will offer a beach-themed dance on Saturday, Feb. 16, as a fundraiser to help provide park equipment for children of all abilities. The event will be held at The Kruse Center, 207 N. Lawrence Ave., Gibson City. It will feature live music by the band Tailgate. Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by music and dancing from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided, and there is a cash bar. The event will also include 50/50 raffles and basket raffles.  Tickets are available for purchase from any Gibson City Rotary Club member and at the Bank of Gibson City, Moyer District Library, Ryt-Way Industries, The Fashion Shop and Front and Center Gallery. For more information, call Susie Tongate at 784-5672.

Topinka to speak to Republicans. Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will be the featured speaker at the Ford County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Kruse Center in Gibson City.  Topinka , who served as state treasurer from 1995 to 2007, was the first woman elected to the post and was the first to serve three consecutive terms in the office. The evening kicks off with a reception and social hour at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 6.  For information about ticket prices or to make a reservation, contact Tom Bennett at 784-8540 or tmbennett@mchsi.com. 

Free Rules of Road review course set for Friday. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office is offering a free Rules of the Road review course to help people prepare for the driver’s license renewal examination. The course will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 1, at the Gibson City Senior Center, 215 E. Third St., Gibson City. The course prepares drivers for the general written and road exams and also provides information on the vision screening.

Show choir performance canceled. The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Show Choir performance that was canceled Sunday night has not been rescheduled. It was to be rescheduled for tonight, but then it was canceled again.

‘Drinking Habits’ to be performed in February in Paxton. The Tri-County Players theater company will present “Drinking Habits” at the Market Street Theatre in Paxton on Feb. 14-17 and Feb. 22-24.  A special Valentine’s Day dinner theater, catered by the Tin Pan, will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. A beer and wine cash bar will also be available. Tickets can be purchased for the dinner theater in advance of the show by calling 379-7028. Show times — except for on Valentine’s Day — are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings (Feb. 15, 16, 22 and 23) and 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons (Feb. 17 and 24). Tickets for all shows can be purchased at the door or by leaving a message at 379-7028. The Market Street Theatre is located at 120 N. Market St., Paxton. Directed by Tammy Belanger, the show’s cast members include “sisters” Deb Kafer, Sherry Janowski, Pam Herriott and Shannon Satterlee; “father” Tony Lee; “reporters” Lindsey Wurl and Brandon Roberts; and “groundskeeper” Trent Groves.

Tri-Point offering pork chop dinner on Feb. 8. Tri-Point High School’s FFA chapter is offering its annual pork chop dinner in conjunction with the boys’ basketball Senior Night. The dinner will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the school’s commons area. The menu will include a half-pound butterfly pork chop, baked potato, applesauce, green beans, dinner roll and ice cream or sherbet.  Tickets are available from any Tri-Point FFA member and cost $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Carryout orders are also available.

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