Community Events


MENDOTA - "Giving Tree"
The Friends of the library "Giving Tree" is up at the Graves-Hume Public Library. Friends and patrons of the library are asked to make a donation this holiday season to the library by purchasing an ornament to place on its Chirstmas tree. The donor's name will then be placed on a bookplate inside newly purchased circulating materials. Each and every donor's name will be honored in this way. Ornaments can be purchased in increments of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, & $100. The FOL "Giving Tree" will be displayed on Jan. 1. 

Libraries’ Food for Fines Program Benefits Area Food Pantries
Seven area libraries (LaSalle, Peru, Richard A. Mautino, Putnam County, Jacobs Library (IVCC)), Graves-Hume and Oglesby) are again sponsoring an area wide “Food for Fines” amnesty program benefiting area food pantries. From November 10 through 22, these libraries will accept canned or boxed non-perishable food donations for payment of overdue fines. Each donated food item pays a $1.00 in library overdue fines up to a maximum of 25 items to pay $25.00 per overdue library/patron card. Food items must be presented to the circulation desks, with all donated food given to area food pantries (Illinois Valley and Putnam County Food Pantries, Mendota Area Christian Food Pantry and Hall Township Food Pantry). This is the fifth year area libraries have cooperated to benefit of area food pantries.

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 forth 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. 

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.

STREATOR - Post Office Holiday Mailing Tips
The Postal Service recommends the following mail-by-dates to ensure your gift arrives on time: Dec. 10 - Military mail for overseas bases, Dec. 15 - Standard Post (the most economical shipping service), Dec. 20 - First Class Mail and Priority Mail, Dec. 23 - Priority Mail Express. 

SHABBONNA - 121st Annual Turkey Supper
The United Church of Christ Annual Turkey Dinner & Bazaar is the Thursday before Thanksgiving, dine-in and carry out from 4:30-7 p.m.

OTTAWA - "A Sparkling Evening at the Reddick Mansion"
You are invited to "A Sparkling Evening at the Reddick Mansion" featuring Champagne and Chocolate on Friday, Nov. 21 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 22 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Preview the lovely Christmas decorations, learn about the history of the Mansion, and sip champagne and enjoy chocolate treats while shopping the unique and beautiful ornaments for sale from the trees of the Mansion. Suggested donation: $5.00. 

LAMOILLE - PTO Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair 
LaMoille PTO is hosting a Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair on Sunday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the gym of the LaMoille High School. Over 25 independent distributors and crafters will be selling a variety of products and handmade crafts. The LaMoille High School art students will have a silent auction of their custom painted art chairs. In addition, the LaMoille Music Boosters will provide lunch concessions in the high school cafeteria.

LASALLE - Free ITAC Amplified Phones
Free amplified phones are available through the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation program (ITAC). 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. An Open House is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24 from 9- 3:30 p.m. Call now to schedule an appointment or request an application. When you call IVCIL request that an application be sent to you and also schedule your appointment. Please bring your application and copies of the required paperwork. Please note you can come any day to see us about receiving a phone.To get your application for a free phone, call the Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living or (IVCIL) at (815) 224-3126. Appointments are preferred but, walk-ins welcome. IVCIL is open 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

LASALLE - Illinois Valley Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving Distribution
The Illinois Valley Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving Distribution will be held at the pantry on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m-3 p.m. To be eligible for the food order, you must be registered with the food pantry. The sign up deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 19th. Suggestions for donations are: Instant Potatoes, Stuffing Mix, Green Beans, Corn, Canned Pumpkin, Evaporated Milk, Jell-O, Corn Muffin Mix, Yams, Turkey, Ham. Donations (monetary or food) may be brought to the pantry located at 136 Marquette St., LaSalle during working hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., or Fri., 9 a.m. until noon and Wed., 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. The pantry will be closed Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 27th & 28th. Any and all donations are appreciated.Thank you everyone for helping support our food pantry. For more information, please call: (815) 224-3658.

SPRING VALLEY - St. Margaret's "Teens Need Teens" Peer Support Grief Group
St. Margaret's Health is pleased to announce that they are now offering a free program, "Teens Need Teens" Peer Support Grief Group. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 6-7 p.m. in the hospital's First Floor Presentation room. The program is coordinated by a trained and licensed, clinical social worker to help teens struggling through a painful loss experience. For more information, please call Jennifer at (815) 664-1638.

SPRING VALLEY - St. Margaret's Hospital Hosts Bloodmobile
St. Margaret's is hosting a Red Cross Bloodmobile on Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Bloodmobile will be held in the hospital's First Floor Presentation room. To be a blood donor you must be in good health, weigh at least 110 lbs. and be at least 17 years old. Please also remember your donor card or photo ID. Walk-ins are welcome, or make an appointment by calling St. Margaret's Volunteer Services at (815) 664-1130. 

PERU - Caring Friends Support Group
Alzheimer's Caring Friends Support Group for caregivers, family and friends will meet Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. at The Red Cross Office. For more information, please call (815) 339-6465 or (815) 223-1885. 

PRINCETON - American Red Cross Blood Drive 
American Red Cross Blood Drive is at the Bureau County Metro Center on Friday, Nov. 28 from 12 - 4 p.m. Every donation can save up to 3 lives! Contact the Front Desk to make your appointment: (815) 872-0840.

STREATOR - Craft and Vendor Fair
Streator Women of the Moose 215- 2007 Skelgas Road, Streator will be sponsoring a Craft and Vendor Fair Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Raffles, bake sale and lunch will be available. Any interested vendors may contact Chris at (815) 830-2879.

SHABBONA - Indian Creek High School Spaghetti Dinner
Indian Creek High School is having a Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, Dec. 5th during the Indian Creek vs Kirkland boys’ basketball game.  The drive thru at the front circle drive of the school is from 4 - 7:30 p.m. and Dine-In at the school cafeteria from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  The meal includes spaghetti, salad, breadstick, dessert and a drink.  Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12.  Advance tickets may be purchased at Indian Creek High School or tickets will be sold at the door.  For more information contact Amy Malm at Indian Creek High School 506 S. Shabbona Rd. Shabbona, IL 815-824-2197.

LEE - Annual Live Christmas Auction
St. James Knights of Columbus, 4th Annual Live Christmas Auction  "Silent Knight" will be on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. Enjoy great food, fellowship and do some Christmas shopping to support local charities. Tickets must be purchased in advance at $10. For tickets and more information, visit their website at, email Brian at or call (815) 508-6059. The auction will be at St. James Church Hall. 

OGLESBY - IVCC Wind Ensemble 
The Illinois Valley Community College Wind Ensemble, directed by Gene Montgomery will offer a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 in the Cultural Centre. The afternoon performance will feature the Air Mobility Command March, American Overture, Prelude on an Old English Hymn, Harry Potter/Chamber of Secrets, Slavonic Dance No. 4, Bugler’s Holiday, and Sleigh Ride. The ensemble includes IVCC students, local and regional music educators, and community members dedicated to the promotion of quality wind and percussion music. In addition to on-campus concerts, the ensemble also performs at community festivals and events and works with other universities and community bands in joint concerts.  

OGLESBY - Advanced Manufacturing Information Session
Illinois Valley Community College will host an advanced manufacturing information session from 10 - 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 in Room CTC 124 in the new Peter Miller Community Technology Center. Participants in the free session will learn about the skills local manufacturers are requiring and how IVCC’s Certified Production Technician Certificate program and other high-pay, high-demand programs can help students acquire them. For information, visit or call (815) 224-0547.

PERU - Christmas Bake Sale & Raffle
The Family Circle Club of St. Valentine & St. Mary Churches in Peru is hosting its annual Christmas Bake Sale & Raffle on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Cafe / Annex, 1109 Pulaski Street, Peru.  The sale will feature assorted baked goods, cookies, candy, pies, noodles and potica.  There will be raffle items which include a holiday ham, a tray of homemade decorated cookies and Christmas crafts.  

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 .