List of upcoming community events (May 29, 2013)

Loda church sets open house for May 29. The Loda United Methodist Church will host an open house Wednesday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. to introduce therapist Bill Johnstone of the Iroquois Mental Health Center.  The church is an approved satellite site for the Iroquois Mental Health Center.  Residents in the area can make appointments for clincal therapy sessions at the church instead of traveling to Watseka. Appointments with Bill Johnstone can be made by calling (815) 432-5241.

Poker run to start in Sibley. The fifth annual Nancy Adkins Poker Run will be held Saturday, June 1, starting at Becky’s Down By the Lake Bar in Sibley.
Signups are from 10 a.m. to noon, when the poker run departs. There is a fee for each participant, which includes the ride, poker hand, breakfast, snacks and dinner. An extra poker hand can also be purchased, with a limit of two hands per person.
Following the ride, the Hobbs Bros. Band will perform at the bar starting at 7 p.m.

Tri-County Players to present puppet show. The Tri-County Players will present “A Puppet Palooza!” on Saturday, June 1, for children entering kindergarten through eighth grade. The special live theatre event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton. The event starts with a puppet show by Puppetfolk Productions. After the show, children will make their own puppet to take home. All materials will be provided, and refreshments will be served.
There is a fee for admission for children. Children age 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Adults enter for free.

Fundraiser set in Arrowsmith. The Buffalo Flea Fest Fundraiser is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Grand Village of the Kickapoo Park, 8144 N. 3100 East Road, Arrowsmith. The event features hayrack rides to see a buffalo herd, an arts and crafts fair, a flea market, and an antique tractor exhibit. For more information, visit GrandVillage on Facebook or call Angelo at 309-261-3043.

Tea party to sponsor movie night. The Iroquois County Tea Party is sponsoring a movie night at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Agape Fellowship Church in Watseka.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The featured movie is from National Review’s Voices of Liberty DVD Series. The movie “Generation Zero” explores the cultural roots of global financial meltdown-beginning with the narcissism of the 1960’s, spreading like a virus through the self-indulgent 1990’s, and exploding across the world in the present economic cataclysm. The movie is rated PG. Candy and soda will be available for purchase. Anyone with quesitons can call Tea Party Coordinator Barb Offill at (815) 471-2761.

British car festival to take place Sunday. Triumph cars and motorcycles get the spotlight at the 22nd annual Champagne British Car Festival being held June 2 at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington, but the show also includes plenty of MGs, Jaguars, Lotuses and other English automobiles.
The festival runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2. The day will conclude with awards for best of show and best in individual classes.  More than 150 British cars are expected at the annual event organized by the Flat Lander British Car Owners Club. The featured “marque” or nameplate is Triumph, the legendary company that produced motorcycles and then cars from 1902 until 1984. New for this year, an artists’ colony will be established inside the mansion, featuring 11 area artists and anchored by Steve Petrosky from Cincinnati. Petrosky is noted for his automotive works, displaying his art at several national sports car racing events. The festival will include a luncheon tent staffed by Boy Scout Troop 20. Treats from Bob’s Homemade Ice Cream from Eureka will be available, and music will be provided by “Bones” Bach during the lunch hour. A vintage MG race car in which kids can pose for photographs will be available. The suggested donation, which helps support the David Davis Foundation, provides admission to the grounds along with a tour of the mansion and the heritage garden. For more information, visit The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, was built in 1872 for Supreme Court Justice David Davis and his wife, Sarah. The site is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for public tours. To learn more, visit

Ag Breakfast slated in Onarga. Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, is presenting a program entitled “What is Agriculture Doing to Address Nutrient Issues?” during the next Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast.
The breakfast is set for 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Ford-Iroquois Extension Office, 912 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga.
Reservations are required by noon Tuesday, June 4. Registration is available online at or by contacting the office at 815-268-4051 or

Theatre Workshop to perform 'Come Blow Your Horn.' The Country Theatre Workshop will open its 2013 season with the Neil Simon classic “Come Blow Your Horn.” Performances will be  held June 6-8 and 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. and June 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at (815) 457-2626. Those seeking more information can go to the CTW website at

Illinois Leadership Conference to be held. The 15th annual Illinois Leadership Conference will be held Thursday, June 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Decatur Hotel and Conference Center in Decatur.  The conference is designed for anyone who is in a leadership position in a community or organization, who is serving on a board of directors, or who is working on community projects or with committees and seeking to manage and lead more effectively. “The conference theme is Put Your Assets to Work,” said University of Illinois Extension specialist Anne H. Silvis. “I’d say that anyone looking to manage and lead more effectively using existing resources would benefit from the information that will be presented at this conference.” The conference will include interactive workshops, a chance to learn practical skills, and opportunities to network with community leaders and community “do-ers” from across the state, Silvis said. “The workshop topics will include a community development clinic, basic leadership skills, listening skills and techniques, issues from Illinois elected officials, and a breakout session on strategies to drive local engagement in community projects. We’ll end the day with a discussion addressing the practical applications of the networking and learning,” Silvis said.
The conference’s keynote speaker is Timothy Moore, an author and speaker with more than three decades of experience in marketing, sales and training. Moore is the owner and principal of DEAG Sales Training and is editor of the online daily magazine Carolina Business Connection in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region. Moore will share a framework to help understand generational differences and how to find effective leadership strategies that will speak to all generations. The luncheon speaker is Michael Perry, a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio-show host from New Auburn, Wis. For more information and to register, visit or contact Silvis at 333-5126 or

Buckley, B-L Alumni reunion to take place in June. The Buckley and Buckley-Loda High School Alumni Reunion and Banquet will be held Saturday, June 8, at the 103 East in Buckley. A social hour will start at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations must be made by May 31. Anyone with questions can contact the Buckley State Bank at 394-2531.

Paxton’s annual garage sales set for June 7-8. Paxton’s annual townwide garage sales are scheduled for Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8.
Residents can sign up today for free of charge to have their individual garage sales listed on a map of all the sales. To be included on the map, contact Erica Grohler by May 22 at or 379-9174. Residents are asked to provide their address and the times their sales will be open.
The maps will be available at both Casey’s General Store locations in Paxton, as well as Village Pantry in Paxton. The map will also be available online, at Each of the last several years, the townwide garage sales have featured more than 100 sales.

Dog park committee to host garage sale. The Paxton Dog Park Committee will host a garage sale June 7-8. The committee is in need of, and accepting, donated items to sell. All proceeds will benefit the Paxton Dog Park. Anyone interested in donating can contact Joy Jones at, Patty Johnson at 379-3624 or, Jenessa Janssen at 781-0232 or or Angie Russell at

Airport to host annual Fly-In/Drive-In event in June.  The Paxton Municipal Airport’s annual Fly-In/Drive-In and Open House is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8. The event, featuring static displays of airplanes and helicopters as well as free plane rides for children ages 8-17, is sponsored by the Paxton Airport Association and Expirimental Aircraft Assocation Chapter 30. The EAA Chapter 29 will provide Young Eagles flights for kids from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Paxton Emergency Response Service will serve a pancakes-and-sausage breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Porkchop sandwiches will also be available for purchase, starting at 11 a.m. Kettle popcorn will also be for sale. The airport is located along Illinois 9 just west of Paxton. For more information, call Richard Kingery at 379-3642 or Dan Grunloh at 386-2213.

Opry to perform in Melvin. Chrissy Rigsby will perform at the Melvin Community Hall, located at 108 E. Main St., at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8. Rigsby will be joined by the Philo Country Opry, which features Doug Rigsby on drums, Ed Clem on the base guitar, Darrel Cummings on the steel guitar, mike Lathimon on the lead guitar and Andrew Hauersperger and Logan Kirby on vocals. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with food available for sales.

Cruise for cure to be held in Ford County, surrounding areas. The 2013 Crusin’ For a Cure event will take place Saturday, June 15, to benefit the Relay for Life. The cruise cars will stop in Paxton at around 10:20 a.m. on Taft Street east of the courthouse. The cars will depart from The Sandtrap in Gibson City at 8:30 a.m. The stops will be listed as follows — 11 a.m. in Loda, 11:40 a.m. lunch in Buckley, 1:35 p.m. in Roberts, 2:25 p.m. in Piper City, 2:45 p.m. in Chatsworth, 3:45 p.m. in Melvin and 4:30 p.m. in Sibley. The cruise  will return to The Sandtrap at about 5:15 p.m. Those seeking more information or to register can do so by calling Denny or Susie Tongate at 784-5672 or via e-mail at or

Food pantry coming to Gibson City church. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will have a mobile food pantry available at the Gibson City Bible Church, located at 309 N. Route 47, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15. The food pantry will be open to all eligible recipients in Ford county. Eligibility will be based on income. 

Genealogy workshop scheduled for June 19.  The Gov. Thomas Ford Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) will hold a genealogy workshop in Gibson City on Wednesday, June 19.  The workshop is for women interested in joining the organization. It will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Moyer District Library, 618 S. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City.  The workshop will show prospective members how to follow their lineage, generation by generation, and will allow them to work one-on-one with experienced DAR genealogists.  The reservation deadline is Friday, June 14. To make a reservation, contact Marilyn Ames at amesmarilyn@gmail or 586-1979. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the DAR is a service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism and preserving American history. To qualify for DAR membership, a woman must be able to prove her ancestry to someone who participated in the Revolutionary War. 

Historical Society Museum open Sunday. The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum in downtown Paxton is open every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.  The museum, which contains many items of Ford Countyhistory, is located just behind Paxton City Hall in a historic, brick building. There is not charge for admission, and arrangements can be made for groups to visit the museum by calling 379-3723, 379-4111 or 379-3217.

County fair to host queen pageant. The 2013 Miss Ford County Fair Queen Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the fairgrounds in Melvin. 
Any female at least 16 years old and not older than 21 by Jan. 1, 2014, is eligible to participate, as long as they also live in Ford County, currently attend or are a graduate of a Ford County school, or are a participant in Ford County 4-H-sponsored activities. An initial rehearsal and informational meeting will be held Saturday, June 1, from 1-3 p.m.  Additional rehearsals will be held June 8, June 15 and June 22, from 1-3. There will also be a dress rehearsal at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23. All rehearsals will be held at the secretary’s building at the fairgrounds in Melvin. Anyone interested in the pageant may contact the Ford County pageant director, Alaina Kief, at 898-6102 or

Garden tour available. Vendors interested in participating in the Vendors’ Faire at Kankakee Kultivators Garden Tour June 27 may still enter.  For more information call 815-265-7704.


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