Community Events


LASALLE COUNTY - Medicare Beneficiaries
Attention Medicare Beneficiaries! You may qualify for money saving benefits through the Low Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings Programs. Both Programs have income and asset guidelines. Contact the Bridges Senior Center at (815)-431-8034 or (866)-331-8034 for additional information regarding the programs and guidelines.

LASALLE COUNTY - Satellite Offices
Bridges Senior Center offers appointmentsat a satellite office in a community near you. Appointments will be held on: Aug. 27, in Marseilles at the American Legion - 571 Rutland Street. Please call the Bridges Senior Center at (815)-431-8034 to make an appointment or for more information. 

OTTAWA - Blue Star Museum Program 
The Reddick Mansion is offering free admissions to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Sept. 1, as part of the Blue Star Museums program. The Blue Star Families is a national, non-profit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve dedicated to supporting, connecting, and empowering military families.

PERU - Screening clinic offered
The Northern Illinois Valley Shrine Club of Pery will hold a screening clinic for Shriners Hospitals for Children from 1 until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at St. John's Lutherns Church in Peru. Parents and guardians of children who might benefit from the services provided by Shriners Hospital for Children are invited to this free screening and evaluation clininc. A doctor will screen patients for conditions treated at Shriners Hospital. Call 309-633-2808 for more information.

SPRING VALLEY - Pay if Forward golf outing
David Bernabei's Celebration of Life Pay if Forward Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Spring Creek Golf Course in Spring Valley. Registration is at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Tickets are $70 each and include all-day green fees, 18-hole cart, prizes, awards and a Stone Jug Barbeque Dinner. Proceeds from the event will go to Cops 4 Cancer, 10/33 Ambulance and Dalzell Fire Department.

PERU - IVCH 5K Now a Starved Rock Circuit Race
The annual Illinois Valley Community Hospital Healthy Choices, Healthy You Fall Fitness 5K will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Washington Park in Peru. Non-competitive walkers are also invited to enter and there will be a free kids’ challenge run following the race. Entry fee is $18 if received before Sept. 1 and $22 after, including on race day, when registration will start at 7 a.m. Runners and walkers can register online at or download an application form at  Entry forms are also available at the IVCH rehab center next to the Illinois Valley YMCA and at the West Street information desk at IVCH. For more information, call Jim Schaefer at 815-780-3208 or send a message to

PERU - Library sets fall programs
"Wiggles and Giggles," a progam for children ages 1 to 3, begins Thursday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. Held Thursday mornings, the program introduces the fun of music, movement, finger plays and songs to toddlers. "Story Time" for children ages 3-5 years of age begins Sept. 18, and is held every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the children's department. Children will enjoy stories, sing songs and enjoy explore and learn experiments and crafts. The accommodate families, these prorams are flexible and families are welcome to bring younger or older children to these programs. Call 223-0229, Ext. 5 for more information.

SUBLETTE - "Celebrating 160 Years of Sublette"
Sublettefest will be held Sept. 12 through 14 in downtown Sublette. The schedule of events includes a beer garden, music, 5K Fun Run/Walk, craft/flea market/food vendors, kid's and tegular parade, alumni softball game, OctoberFest food and music, monster fireworks show, "Pullin' in the Park" tractor and truck pull, Sublette schools reunion and more. For More Information, please contact Nick Dinges at (815) 703-6140 or

LONG POINT - Reagan Wednesday 5K Walk/Run
The first annual Reagan Wednesday 5K Walk/Run and Kids' Fun Run Event will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Long Point City Park. Following the race, the Kids' Fun Run will be held and the Cody Calkins Band will play at 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each age division, and money rased will help defray the medical costs for the kuehn familyy, as Reagan has been undergoing treatment for leukemia at St. Jude for years. To register for the race, visit

MENDOTA - Color fun run set
The first annual 5K Color Me Run Aaron Olsen Memorial Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. Registration will be from 7:30 until 8:30 a.m. Registration fee is $30 and is due by Sept. 1, to guarantee a shirt. The run will start and end at the Mendota High School baseball field, and other fun, family activities will be included in the day. Forms are available at city of Mendota, Head Hunter, Becker Chiropractor and an online registration has been set up at

OTTAWA - WHL Wallace Memorial Event
The WHL Wallace Memorial Event will be held in Ottawa from Friday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 21. On Friday, there will be an open house and presentation at the Reddick Mansion featuring women in the Civil War. On Saturday, there will be sutlers, vendors, food booths open to the public, a luminary program in Washington Park, demonstations by the 17th Corps. Field Hospital, and much much more. Finally, on Sunday, there will be a battle re-enactment, early morning church service, and more! All proceeds go to the restoration and maintenance of the Dickey Cemetery, General WHL Wallace's final resting place. 

LASALLE - Electronic Collection
There will be an electronic collection on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the LaSalle Governmental Complex parking lot.

STREATOR - Vegas Night
Streator Elem. School Dist. 44 Activity Boosters are hosting their second annual Vegas Night on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the PNA Hall at 906 E. Livingston St. in Streator from 6 to 11 p.m.  Tickets are $10, which include food, selected beverages. There will also be games, raffle items and a silent auction. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at Lori’s Mailbox and Parcels, Streator Onized Credit Union-Northpoint, Northlawn Jr. High School Office or by calling (815)257-0253. Monies raised will support sports and extra-curricular activities and clubs.