Community Events

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 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Bureau County

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



La Salle County

5/8/2015: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Earlville High School, 415 W. Union Street
5/6/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Illinois Valley Community College, 815 N. Orlando Smith Rd., RR1
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
5/5/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 4th Street
5/7/2015: 1:45 p.m. - 6 p.m., City Hall, 204 S Bloomington



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

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. 

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.

DALZELL - PTO Drawdown
Dalzell PTO Drawdown Cool 2 Duel, Dueling Pianos, Saturday May 2, 2015. Chicken & spaghetti dinner, every ticket is a winner, $60, per couple, $2,700 in cash prizes.  Doors, 5:30, Dinner 6:00, prize drawing 7:00, music 9:00 to midnight.  For tickets call 973 6933 or 343-0474.

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.

STREATOR - Streator Unlimited Foundation Chicken Dinner
Streator Unlimited Foundation Chicken Dinner sponsored by and served at Cheapseats Bar & Grill, 104 South Everett, Streator, Sunday, May 3, 3 to 6 p.m., serving chicken, pasta, slaw, bread, dessert, contribution of $8.50.

MENDOTA - Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
Lions Club pancake breakfast is Sunday May 3rd, 8 to 12:30 p.m., at LaMoille Lions Club, 308 Howard Street, LaMoille, ALL You Can Eat! Pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, toast, milk, juice & coffee.  Adults $6, kids 5-10 $4 and kids under 5 eat free.  All proceeds support Relay for Life.

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 or call 815-795-3859 for more details!
Funds raised for No Animal Left Behind

LADD- Cystic Fibrosis research foundation
A Texas style bbq dinner will be held on May 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation. This is the fifth year for the event, sponsored by the Bickett family of Hollowayville who have a grandson with Cysti Fibrsis/  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the foundation for their cntinued research for treatments, and a cure.  The dinner will be held at the Ladd community building.  Dine in or carry outs available.  Dinner includes BBQ chicken, pork and brisqit, potatoes, baked beans, sald, dessert and beverage.  Tickets at the dorr are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Contact Cathy at 815 894 2936 or 815 866 2968 for more information. 

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. 

STREATOR - FREE Lunch program
The Free Lunch Program sponsored by Park Church and Harscrabble Lions is helpd the 2nd Saturday of each month at Park Place, 406 E Hickory, Streator with serving starting at 11:30 a.m. On Saturday May 9th, the meal will be hosted by Park Church Deacons with the following menu, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, applesuce, desserts & beverages. The meal is free and everyone is invited to attend. 

LASALLE - Indoor family Garage Sale
Indoor multi-family garage sale.  Saturday May 9, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.  at Trinity Catholic Academy gym fourth street, Lasalle.  Proceeds to benefit TCA. 

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.

OTTAWA - Making Trax 4 Jax 5K Fun Run
Skyive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Road, Ottawa, May 30, registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m., Pre-regiatration is $25, (prior to May 15) after that registration is $35. Award s to top 2 male and female runners and top 2 in each age group.  All proceeds benfit SIDS of Illinois.  For more information visti or email or call Suzannah at 815 252 7020

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 .

Carl Hampton
11 am. until 5 p.m.