Community Events


LASALLE - Food donations needed
The IL Valley Food Pantry is low on a few items: Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Corn, Instant Potatoes, Cereal.  We would appreciate any donations of any sort!

LASALLE - Free ITAC Amplified Phones
Free amplified phones are available at the Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living in LaSalle. Qualified individuals must be legal residents of Illinois, have a doctor’s or audiologist’s signature verifying hearing loss, and have standard phone service in the residence. There are no age or income restrictions.Open House scheduled Tuesday, July 22, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Call now to schedule an appointment or request an application. Walk-ins welcome but, appointments are preferred. Call (815) 224-3126 for more information.

ROCK FALLS - Summer Energy Assistance
The Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC) is operating a Summer Energy Assistance Program under the direction of  the Illinois Department of Commerce and Electronic Opportunity. The Summer Energy Assistance program provides a one-time payment of $150 directly to the electric vendor on behalf of the household and is designed to assist those households who are at risk during the hot summer months. The progrset to run from July 7 through July 23 (or until funds are depleted). To find the nearest location to apply, call Tammy Saenz/LIHEAP Director at 1-800-323-5434, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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 - Possibilities/DBSA Meetings
Possibilities/DBSA, the local depression and bipolar support group, will meet twice in July. Meeting dates and times are 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 7, and Monday, July 21, in Conference Room “C” on the fourth floor of Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru.

PERU - Grief Recovery Group 
The Illinois Valley Community Hospital Grief Recovery Group will next meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in Conference Room “C” on the fourth floor of IVCH. The group allows persons who have recently suffered the loss of someone close to them to share their feelings and experiences with others who have also lost loved ones through death. The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.  For more information, call Deacon Ray Fischer, IVCH pastoral care coordinator, at (815)-780-3426..

BUREAU COUNTY - Genealogy Socity Meeting 
The Bureau County Genealogy Society's July 24 meeting will feature a program on the topic of "Wild Bill" Hickok who was born and raised on a farm near Troy Grove, IL, in LaSalle County.  The program will be presented by Steve Dancy, a retired State Policeman, who worked in the Field Museum in Chicago and also was a seasonal park ranger at the Little Big Horn Battlefield where he gave programs.  His background also involves an appearance on the History Channel and work as curator for the Mendota Museum and Historical Society. The public is invited to this free program that begins at 7:00 pm at the BCGS library at 629 South Main Street in Princeton.   

STREATOR - Ice Cream Social
The Streator Grade School Band will be holding its annual Ice Cream Social and Concert at the Plumb Pavilion in the Streator City Park on Thursday, July 24, from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Ice cream sundaes will be available for $2 with many different toppings. Pop and water will also be available for $1. The concert is free and open to the public.  Please bring a lawn chair.
AMBOY - Lee County Fair Blood Drive
The Lee County Farm Bureau and Lee County Fair Association are hosting a blood drive on the opening day of the Lee County 4-H Fair, Thursday, July 24, from noon until 5 p.m. at the Lee County 4-H Center, 1196 Franklin Rd., Amboy. To schedule an appointment, please call Lee County Farm Bureau at (815) 857-3531 or walk-in on Thursday, July 24. All donors will be asked to pay the $5 fair admission; however, the fee will be reimbursed after donating at the blood drive. More information about the Lee County 4-H Fair can be found at Information about donating blood is available at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

AMBOY - Lee County Fair 
The 2014 Lee Co. 4-H Fair & Jr. Show is July 24 rhrough 27 at the Lee Co. 4-H Center & Fairgrounds on Route 30 just north of Amboy. The four day fair features events for everyone including a full grandstand line-up of tractor/truck pulls, mud bogs and dirt drags. A full fair schedule and more information about other great fair activities and events is posted at

SPRING VALLEY - St. Jude Archery fundraiser
Big Buck Archery in support of St. Jude Runs will host its Inaugural 3D Charity Shoot from 9 8 p.m. on both Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at Time on the Water Outdoors, 515 S. Spalding St. in Spring Valley.  All proceeds benefit the life-saving work of St. Jude Runs. The family friendly event will feature food, a 20 target 3D money shoot, a 100 yard 50/50 shoot, an outdoor pop up shoot, music, a vendor fair and prize drawings. St. Jude Runs is a is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and their mission to find cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases through research and treatment despite a family’s ability to pay. For additional information about the event, contact Darrell at Big Buck Archery by phone at (815)-663-1000, or email at or visit 

The Streator High School Marching Band will sponsor its annual Car Wash on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in 
conjunction with its Band Camp Program. The car wash will take place at two locations in Streator: the Kroger Parking Lot (west side by the fuel center) and the Streator Fire Station (North side). Donations will be accepted to help the Band Program with Band Parent volunteers and student band members doing the work. Everyone is invited to support the band!

OTTAWA - Golf Tournament
Ottawa City Golf Tournament will be held on July 26 and 27. The tournament is sponsored by the Ottawa Golf Association and consists of a 36 hole medal play. Saturday's tournament will take place at at Dayton Ridge and Sunday's tournamet will be held at Pine Hills. All entries must be submitted by July 19. Local and USGA Rules apply. Send entry forms to Pine Hills Golf Club.  For more information, please contact Bill Serby at 815-955-7511.

ARLINGTON - Chicken Dinner
St. Patrick Parish's Annual Chicken Dinner is Sunday July 27. Serving is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bishop Franz Hall in Arlington. The menu is fried chicken, German potato salad or French fries, applesauce or lettuce salad, homemade pies and dessert and a beverage. Adults $7; children 10 and under $3; and preschool free. Tickets purchased at the door. Carry-outs available

STREATOR - Elementary School Registration Dates
Streator Elementary School will be holding registration for students at the Knights of Columbus in Streator Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30 from noon until 6 p.m. Orientation day is Tuesday, Aug. 19 and the first full day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 20. Proof of residency is required for all students. Birth certificates are required for all pre-school, kindergarten, and new or transfer students, and physicals must be turned in to the school office on or before the first day of school.

MENDOTA - Free Concert
A free Outdoor Concert  featuring The Chosen Ones Saturday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. at Veterans' Park on Route 34, downtown Mendota. In case of rain - Christ's Church, 1107 Main St. Bring family, friends, and lawn chairs

Streator Downtown Farmers Market celebrates national farmers market week!
United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has proclaimed August 3rd – 9th as National 
Farmers Market Week. In celebration, Streator Downtown Farmers Market will kick off the 
week with a Beekeeping 101 class on Monday August 4th, and a Kids Cooking class for 10 – 12 
year olds on Tuesday August 5th. Both classes will be held at Park Place in Streator at 5:30 p.m. 
Registration is required because limited space is available, and there will be a $7 donation collected at the door for each class. Saturday, August 9th, will be the big market day with an expanded market, Art In the Park (still accepting artists), and a petting zoo going on all day from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Y will have Zumba on the Pavilion at 9 a.m. followed by Truman’s Ridge bluegrass band at 10 a.m. For more information, or to register, call (815)-257-6807.

STREATOR - Preschool Registration
Holy Trinity Lutheran Pre-School is holding an Open House/Registration for the 2014/2015 school year on Thursday,
August 7th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  The open house will take place at the pre-school at 101 Trinity Drive, Streator, IL.  This will provide an opportunity to see the classrooms/playground area, find out classes/times, meet the teachers and register your child.  Refreshments will be provided.

STREATOR - Blood Drive
The American Cross will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, August 13th from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Results Company Conference Room, 232 Pratt Street in Streator. To schedule an appointment, contact Joyce Cook at 815-673-7090. Walk-ins are welcome. Please bring your ID (Red Cross donor card or photo ID.

PERU - Car Show
Peru Ambulance will host Peru Hot August Nights on Saturday, Aug. starts at 4 p.m. Then a cruise through town starting at 6 p.m. Trophies awarded at 8 p.m. Drive-in screening of the popular classic Grease at 8:15 p.m. Food & soda available for purchase.

PERU - Doin' it for Dan Benefit
The family and friends of Dan Dempsey, a member of the Peru Ambulance Service who was injured in an accident while transporting a patient to Peoria, have organized a benefit called "Doin' it for Dan." The event will take place at the Peru Eagles Club on August 23rd from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are available at the Peru Eagles Club, Travel Connections, Peru Airport, Cowboy and Tony's, and Peru Ambulance. There will be food, raffles, a silent auction, and entertainment at the event. For more information, find "Doin' it for Dan" on Facebook.

MENDOTA - Grade School Reunion
The Ophir Grade School reunion for all former students (1952-1998) will be held at the Mendota Moose Lodge on Saturday, Aug. 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and followed by a buffet dinner. The reunion also includes a Ecumenical Church Service on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Triumph Church followed by a potluck luncheon at the Triumph Community Building. Call (815) 895-8706 for tickets.Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased by Aug. 9.

PERU - Red Cross Walk, Run, Bike
The 22nd annual Red Cross Walk, Run, Bike will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, at Baker Lake in Peru. Registration begins at 12 p.m., with the event to follow at 1 p.m., and all registered participants will receive a t-shirt. This is a family oriented event that will include food, drinks, raffles, music and outdoor games. Kids can enjoy the Bike Rodeo that offers training and includes a free bike helmet (while supplies last). For more info and to register, visit, call (815)223-0922, or email

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

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.