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Multiple Locations - Celebrate World Red Cross Day by Giving Blood
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this May in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8 – the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder, Henry Dunant. 
 
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
 
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
 

Bureau County

 
Buda
5/4/2015: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Buda Community Building, Main Street
 
Princeton
5/7/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 316 S. Church Street

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La Salle County

 
Earlville
5/8/2015: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Earlville High School, 415 W. Union Street
 
Oglesby
5/6/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Illinois Valley Community College, 815 N. Orlando Smith Rd., RR1
 
Ottawa
5/6/2015: 7:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, 1100 E. Norris Drive
5/7/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1401 State Street
 
Peru
5/5/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 4th Street
 
Streator
5/7/2015: 1:45 p.m. - 6 p.m., City Hall, 204 S Bloomington

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Lee County
Amboy - 5/1/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Amboy High School, 11 E. Hawley Stree


LASALLE - FLYING PIZZA PARTY
Help a LaSalle Elementary School District student fly high!  Donations are now being accepted to any LaSalle student for the Flying Pizza Party.  All proceeds from the fundraiser stay in our community and benefit the Special Olympic student athletes in the LaSalle Elementary School


LAMOILLE - Notice of postings
Spring Road Postings for LaMoille Township until further notice.


PERU - Peru Library Daycation Bus trips
Ever wanted to your the Deere mansion? Experinece the first electrified Illinois farm? See Steampunk invade a Renaissance Faire? Then the Peru library's new Daycation bus trips are for you.  As part of its expanded adult programming, five trips have been scheduled between April and August.  Participants will visit the Figge Museum, stroll among quilts, see farming museums, do a yarn crawl and more.  Contact Peru public Library for more information on the individual trips and fees, 815 223-0229


PERU - DBSA Support Group
The DBSA (Depression, Bi-Polar, Anxiety, Association) of the Illinois Valley support group meets every first and third Monday of the month on the fourth floor in conference room C from 6:30-8 p.m. at Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. For more information, call (815) 252-0200. 


STREATOR - Bingo
The Streator Moose will host bingo this Friday night and every Friday night at 6:30 p.m.


STREATOR - Bingo every Monday
The Streator Women of the Moose hold bingo every Monday evening from 6 to 9. Come for the fun and bring a friend or two.


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.


PRINCETON- Diabetes Meeting Offered Monthly
Perry Memorial Hospital wants to provide information and support to those who are dealing with diabetes. Each month, on the 2nd Tuesday, Perry has an informational meeting to provide up-to-date guidelines and realistic ways to manage the diagnosis of diabetes. There will also be time at each meeting for open discussion and sharing of ideas. Please contact at (815) 876-4449 to register for this meeting.


PERU - Spring Preschool T-ball Program.
The Illinois Valley YMCA will be conducting a Spring Preschool T-ball Program.  The goal of the program is for our experience program staff to teach basic t-ball skills building in a game setting.  The program is for preschool aged children, 3-5 years old.  It will be every Saturday from April 4th to May 9th, 10-11:30 a.m. It costs $25 for YMCA members and $35 for nonmembers.  Participants will get a t-shirt.  For more information contact Casy Loving, Youth Program Director at the IV YMCA at 815 223 7904 ext. 32.


PERU - Author speaks about DeGroot Family Stories
On Thursday, April 23rd, Lois DeGroot Beattie-Blackwell will talk about her boo DeGroot Family Stories covering Peru from 1881 to 2001.  DeGroot Family Stories is a collection of memories from her dad (Paul DeGroot) about Peru, Water Street, river rescues, body recories, tavenrs, fishing and other familymemories.  Plan to attend to hear Lois and remember the peru of abygone time.  The program begins at 6:30p.m. Lois will also sign copies of her book.


LADD - Benefit for Teri & Chris Kramer
The benefit for Teri & Chris Kramer who lost their home to fire is Sunday, April 26, 2015, noon til ? at Softails Bar & Grill, 246 Main St. Ladd. $10 donation includes Chicken Dinner & silent auction. (Any donation for silent auction can be dropped off at Softails or call Noreen at 815 712 3351. 

PERU - Alzheimer's Support Group
Alzheimer's Caring Friends Support Group for caregivers, family & friends meets Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6 p.m. at The Red Cross office 1530 4th St. Peru. 

OGLESBY -  Equal Opportunity in Housing
April 29, 2015 1 - 3 p.m. (12:30 sign-in) IVCC 815 N Orland Smith Rd., RR1, Peter Smith Technology Center, Room CTC #124, Oglesby (Park in the side parking lot) Featured speakers are from Illnois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is Representative Lisa Thompson Bennett, Representative  from Adam Kinzinger's office, Representative  from Frank Mautino's office, Representative  from Sue Rezin's office, plus resorce representative's from NCAT, Finally Home, LaSalle Township, Gateway Services, LaSalle County for Independant Living, BPART, United Way, Pery Township, Friendship Village, Prairie Legal Services, Alternatives for Older Adults, and Tri County Opportunity Council.  Walk in welcome.  More info call 815 224 1868.


STREATOR - Park Presbyterian Church to host Community Blood Drive Wednesday, April 29
Streator, IL - Park Presbyterian Church will host a community blood drive from  3:00 pm to  6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 29 at 201 N. Vermillion St inside the Park Place.
 
 What: Park Presbyterian Church Community Blood Drive
 When: Wednesday, April 29, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 Where: Park Place, 201 N. Vermillion St, Streator, IL
 Appointments: To donate, please contact Ellen Rapp at (815) 673-2311 ext. 3231 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 2973 to locate the drive.
 
Donor Eligibility Criteria: Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. or MVRBC Donor Card is required to donate.  For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800)747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before 3/4/15 are eligible to give at this drive.
 
About Blood Donation: Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour.  Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.
 
ABOUT MVRBC: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 85 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.  In your area, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to St. Mary’s Hospital. http://www.bloodcenter.org/about-us/service-hospitals.aspx.


STREATOR - Spring Fling Craft & Vendor Fair
The Streator Women of the Moose will be hosting a Spring Fling Craft & Vendor fair on May 2 from 9:00 - 2:00. If interested in reserving a spot call or text 815-830-2879 there are a few indoor and outdoor spots available.


LASALLE - Free Community Concert.
A free community concert which will be held here at Grace United Methodist 
Church, 1345 Chartres Street, La Salle, IL on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. (A goodwill offering will be taken.) The concert is by BLEND, the a cappella quartet that brings back all of those fun loving memories of the 50’s and 60’s with a twist of fun.  BLEND is the a cappella group that mixes the great music of yesteryear with today’s comedy.  BLEND is a show that you will not want to miss! Light refreshments will be served following the concert.



MENDOTA - Cinco De Mayo Festival
The Illinois Valley Hispanic Partnership Council celebrates its 17th Annual Cinco De Mayo Festival at the Mendota High School, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. to celebrate cultural awareness.  Please attend this free event and enjoy authentic Mexican food, folkloric dancers, raffles, information booths, queen, mini king & mini queen contests, and entertainment for all.  Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. To this day, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in several U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population including the Illinois Valley.


MARSEILLES - Craft - Snip - Fun Photo Transfer Class
Thursday May 7th, 6:30p - 8:30p
Your inner Picasso will be unleashed!  Attend together, bring your friends and get ready to be inspired by our local artist, Christy Myers, who will guide you step by step.
No experience necessary.  Visit http://www.noanimalleftbehindnfp.org or call 815-795-3859 for more details!
Funds raised for No Animal Left Behind 

MENDOTA - Taking Back the City
Taking Back the City Revival, Mendota Lake Park, North Shelter, Friday, May 8th from 5 - 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th 2 - 8 p.m., Rain dates are May 22nd & 23rd.  Anointed Music and Preaching.  Celbrating the beginning of their 6th year in Minitry.  Presented and hosted by Higher ground Ministries & Evangelist Michael Hubbard or Rock Falls IL. 


MENDOTA - Trip to Historic Pullman District
On Saturday, June 13, 2015
Bus Boards 9AM at Sullivan's Foods in Mendota
Returns to Mendota around 5:30 PM
Cost is $80 for MMHS members, $90 for non-MMHS members.  Includes bus transportation, lunch, and admission to Historic Pullman District.
Organized by Mendota Museum and Historical Society
Space is limited so please call 815-539-3373

LOCKPORT - 44th Annual Old Canal Days Festival
The 44th annual Old Canal Days Festival, including the annual Arts & Crafts Show will be held on Saturday & Sunday, June 20 & 21, 2015. The juried arts & crafts  is on Saturday the 20th 10-5 p.m. and Sunday the 21st 10-4 p.m. Booth fees are $100 for standard and $120 for a corner. However, there is an "early bird discount" of $20 per booth if applications are received by Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. To receive an application, please call (815)838-9400 or email info@gaylordbuilding.org .


Whip
7 p.m. until midnight