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Winter SeasonMitten and Hat TreeProject NOW has their mitten and hat tree up for the winter season. Anyone can stop in Mon. - Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 605 1/2 SW 3rd Street in Aledo to receive these items or to donate to the tree. If you have questions, call Project NOW at 309-582-2644.
ONGOINGMercer County High School Track and Field Renovation - Donation/Gift Link Just click on this link:
Project Donation Forms and Information
NOWMyCoke Rewards Benefit Mercer Carnegie LibraryWhen you purchase Coke Products, you can also help your local Mercer Carnegie Library through the MyCoke Rewards program. Write down your code or bring your bottle cap, tear-off tab, or wrapper to the library where the product code will be entered to earn points to get magazine subscriptions for the Library. For more information, visit them at 200 North College Avenue, Aledo, call 309-582-2032 or click here: Mercer Carnegie Library Online
NOWMercer County Pictorial History Books For SaleThe new Mercer County History Pictorial books will be for sale at the Essley-Noble Museum (located at 1406 SE 2nd Ave., Aledo) during regular hours. Proceeds benefit Essley-Noble Museum. For questions, call Twyla at 582-5585.
NOW"Little Free Libraries" Available in New BostonTwo Little Free Libraries are available for use in New Boston, which is one of the many Townships in Mercer County that is not part of, or served by, a public library district. The premise of Little Free Libraries is simple: take a book, leave a book. They are located by the downtown mailboxes and one Little Free Library will be dedicated to children's materials only. Students from New Boston Elementary School decorated the Libraries, which were installed by the city, in collaboration with Mercer Carnegie Public Library in Aledo, the Library's Friends Group, and Royal Neighbors.
NOW thru
Nov. 26
Mercer Carnegie Library Kringle SaleThe annual Friends of the Library Kringle Sale has begun! Orders will be taken through Nov. 26th. Prices remain at $9 per Kringle. Order blanks are available at the Library. The Mercer Carnegie Library is located at 200 North College Avenue in Aledo. For more information, call 309-582-2032. Email: mercer.carnegie@mchsi.com or visit Mercer Carnegie Library Blogspot for more information.
NOW thru Dec. 13Vendors Sought for Christmas BazaarVendors are now being sought for the New Boston Community Center Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 13th. Table rent is $10. If you’re interested, call 309-587-8684.
NOWWRMJ "Trees In the Park"The decorated Christmas trees will be back in Aledo’s Central Park again this year and WRMJ is looking for sponsors and decorators. This year’s theme is “A Christmas Story.” Trees will be set up on Sat., Nov. 29, and need to be decorated by Fri., Dec. 5. Cash prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and to the People’s Choice winner. Businesses, organizations and individuals are welcome to take part. For more information, call WRMJ during regular business hours at 582-5666.
NOWSpay and Neuter Certificates OfferedTo help stop the overpopulation of cats, Mercer County Animal Control is offering a limited amount of spay and neuter certificates for barn cats. For more information, call the shelter at 582-5215.
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Feb. 15
Mediacom Scholarship ApplicationsMediacom Communications is offering $60,000 in scholarship support for high school students who are seniors and plan to obtain further education. The scholarship program will award $1,000 World Class Scholarships to 60 high school seniors. Recipients will be selected from applicants living in areas where Mediacom delivers broadband and cable television services. Applications for Mediacom’s World Class Scholarships are available online at: www.mediacomworldclass.com. All high schools in Mediacom-served communities were sent informational cards asking school officials to make seniors aware of the scholarship and encourage submission of applications on or before Feb. 15, 2015.
NOW - Dec. 4Aledo Electric Light ParadeEntries are needed as soon as possible for Aledo’s Holly Days Electric Parade. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the start of Aledo’s Holly Days. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place in the categories of residential, commercial and non-profit. Complete details, hints on building a parade entry, and entry form are available online at aledomainstreet.com.
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Jan. 31
Bushels for HungerThis fall, farmers throughout the area have donated bushels of grain in an effort to feed the hungry through the “Bushels for Hunger” program. The following elevators are just some of the elevators that have joined Farm Bureau’s efforts to feed the hungry: ADM grain, Big River Resources, Gold Star FS, River Valley Cooperative, and Cargill.

Farmers have until January 31st to donate grain. Donating grain is simple. Just tell the scale operator how many bushels you would like to donate to “Bushels for Hunger.” All of the grain donated will be sold and the money earned will be donated to River Bend Food Bank. Remember, you have until January 31st to donate to this very worthy cause.

If you have any questions about the “Bushels for Hunger” program, contact the Mercer County Farm Bureau at 309-582-5116.
NOW Aledo Holiday Vendor MarketThere is still limited space available for the Holiday Vendor Market during Aledo’s Holly Days celebration on Fri., Dec. 5th, from 5 to 8 p.m. Vendors will be in the Aledo Depot east of Central Park. Details and registration form are online at aledomainstreet.com.
NOW - Dec. 15New Boston Angel TreeIf you would like to brighten a child's Christmas, consider choosing an angel from New Boston's "Angel Tree". There are still several Angels left. The paper angels represent local children's sizes and Christmas wishes. Names are gathered from the school, city, citizens and the local programs assisting their community. Just stop in, choose an ornament, fill the back with your name and phone number, leave that piece in the bucket and take the descriptive piece with you to help in selecting items for your "angel". The gift must be returned to the Bay C Store by December 15th and this is all done anonymously. Only the people of the committee know the names of the children and the names of the gifters. For questions, call Natalie Thompson, 309-737-7603
Nov. 27Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Milan American LegionA Thanksgiving dinner for residents of Milan and surrounding communities will be served from noon to 4 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 27, at the American Legion, 515 W. 1st Ave., Milan. The main course will consist of 16 turkeys with dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, chicken and noodles, lasagna, and pumpkin pie. The cost is free, and everyone is welcome.
Nov. 27Lifetree CafeThere will be no Lifetree Cafe due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Nov. 30Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge Soup SupperOn Sun., Nov. 30th, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., the Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge will have a Soup Supper at the Lodge. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children, and children under 5 are free. They will serve vegetable beef, chili, potato soup, sandwiches, drinks and desserts.
Dec. 1
register by Nov. 26
County Farm Bureau Farm Bill UpdateThe County Farm Bureaus of Knox, McDonough, Mercer, and Warren-Henderson will hold a Farm Bill Update on Mon., Dec. 1, at 9:30 a.m. The seminars will take place at the Monmouth VFW located at 830 N G St, Monmouth. Doug Yoder, Senior Director of Affiliate and Risk Management at Illinois Farm Bureau, and Jonathon Coppess, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Policy at University of Illinois, will be the speakers. They will cover options, Safety Net choices, payment limits, program eligibility, supplemental coverage option (SCO), and crop insurance changes. Donuts and coffee will be served. There will be no cost to attend, but advanced registration is requested by Nov. 26, by calling the Mercer County Farm Bureau office at 309-582-5116 or e-mailing mcfb1@frontiernet.net.
Dec. 4Lifetree CafeLifetree Café is open from 7 to 8 p.m. each Thursday evening in the fireside room at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 606 S.E. 3rd St., Aledo. Lifetree Café is an hour of stories and conversation to feed your soul, with a different topic and video each week. On Thurs., Dec. 4th, the topic will be “How the Next Generation Will Change the World…get ready for the millennial revolution.” Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Dec. 4-5ADONAI Open HouseADONAI, a community advocacy program serving all veterans of all eras, located at 110 NW 5th Avenue, Aledo, invites everyone to their annual Open House Dec. 4-5; Thurs., 4 - 7 p.m., and Fri., 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call 309-582-4153 for more information.
Dec. 6Community Bible Fellowship Benefit ConcertCommunity Bible Fellowship will be hosting their Annual Benefit Concert for the Mercer County Food Pantry & Family Crisis Center on Sat., Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. Come for an evening of drama and music. No charge to attend but nonperishable food items will be collected for the Food Pantry and the love offering will be split evenly between the Food Pantry and the Family Crisis Center. Community Bible Fellowship is located at 1109 SE 3rd Street, Aledo. For questions, call 309-582-7406.
Dec. 6Oquawka Christmas Parade and Toy Drive Soup SupperThe Oquawka Christmas Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on December 6th at Schuyler Street. The Toy Drive Soup Supper will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Oquawka's Township Hall (former senior citizens building) on Schuyler Street.
Dec. 6Tips for KimTips for Kim will be held at Jigg’s Cardinal Inn in Alexis on Sat., Dec. 6th. Kim Winkler was diagnosed with colon cancer and is currently traveling to and from Arizona for treatment. This event will feature battle of the bartenders, and all tips will go directly to the Winkler family. All jukebox and dartboard money from Fri., Dec. 5th, through Sun., Dec. 7th, will also be matched and donated by Camden Amusement and Jigg’s.
Dec. 6MC YMCA Christmas BazaarThe Mercer County YMCA will be having their annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the VFW in Aledo. There will be lots of great crafts and Christmas goodies for all. There are openings in upstairs vendor space. To reserve a space, call 309-582-5101.
Dec. 6Keithsburg Christian Church Christmas BazaarThe Keithsburg Christian Church will have their Christmas Bazaar on Sat., Dec. 6th, from 9 to 11 a.m. There will be a coffee shop and a buffet style lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., serving chicken & noodles, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut & wieners, chili and desserts. There will be several craft vendors to help with your Christmas shopping needs. Homemade candy and cookies will also be for sale.
Dec. 13Mercer County VFW Bags Tournament The Mercer County VFW in Aledo will be having their Bags Tournament on Sat., Dec. 13, beginning at 12 noon. Entry fee is $30 per team due at sign up at 11 a.m. There is a limit of 16 teams. For early sign up, see the bartender. Food and drinks will be available. For information, call 309-582-7055.
Dec.13Kim Winkler BenefitThe Kim Winkler Benefit will be held on Sat., Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Alexis Fieldhouse, 101 N. Holloway in Alexis. Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes and green beans will be served for a free will donation from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m., live auction at 7 p.m., bake sale, pie auction raffle and music starting at 8 p.m. Silent auction donations can be dropped off to Sonya Rose, 309-221-5391; Butch Rose, 309-221-8208; Dave Logsdon, 309-337-9957; and Kathy Logsdon, 309-337-9947. For more information, contact Milicent Hudgins, 309-221-8012, or Kaitylin Winkler, 309-337-1937.
Dec. 31 - Jan. 24Girl Scout EventsDec. 31 Registration due for Girl Scout Trip to Snow Star in Andalusia for Snow Tubing $30 per person. Leaving Galesburg at 11 a.m. returning by 5:00 p.m. Adult drivers needed as well. For girls in grades K-12.

Jan. 8 Registration due for Girl Scout Council Event "From A to Zoo" at Niabi Zoo. Register at www.girlscoutstoday.org by 1/8/15. Cost $6 per person. Times either 10-12 or 1-3. Also registration due for Girl Scout Winter Wonderland from 1-4 p.m. for Girl Scouts in grades K-5. Register at www.girlscoutstoday.org by 1/8/15. Cost $10 per girl.

Jan. 10 Girl Scout Trip to Snow Star in Andalusia for Snow Tubing $30 per person. Leaving Galesburg at 11 a.m. returning by 5:00 p.m. Adult drivers needed as well. For girls in grades K-12.

Jan. 17 Girl Scout Council event From A to Zoo at Niabi Zoo for Girl Scouts in grades K-1. Register at www.girlscoutstoday.org by 1/8/15. Cost $6 per person. Times either 10-12 or 1-3.

Jan. 24 Girl Scout Winter Wonderland from 1-4 p.m. for Girl Scouts in grades K-5. Register at www.girlscoutstoday.org by 1/8/15. Cost $10 per girl.
DecemberFree Blood Pressure ScreeningWestern Illinois Home Health Care is offering free blood pressure screening at the following locations:

Dec. 3, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. - Keithsburg – Village Green Apartments

Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Seaton - Wheeler's Cafe

Dec. 4, 5 - 6 p.m. - New Boston - Community Center

Dec. 17, 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. - Aledo - YMCA

Dec. 17, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Reynolds - American Legion Post 1166

Dec. 18, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Aledo - Vashti Village
Year-Round, Dawn to DuskBlackthorn Hill Nature PreserveDid you know there is a nature lover's treasure located in rural Alexis? Blackthorn Hill is a 110-acre Nature Preserve that is open to the public from dawn until dusk. They offer many programs, from star-gazing to nature walks, for adults & youth. Find out more & see a calendar of events at: blackthornhill.org
Winter HoursEssley-Noble MuseumEssley-Noble Museum, 1406 SE 2nd Ave., Aledo, will observe Winter Hours, beginning Nov.1 thru March 31: Sat., 12 - 4 p.m. For more information, call 309-582-2280 or email: mcmuseum@frontier.com.
Every Thursday
Veterans Service Officer AvailableThe Veterans Service Officer will be in the Veterans and General Assistance Office every Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., to help with your veterans/military needs or questions. No appointments are necessary, first come-first served. The office is located in the Courthouse on the 2nd floor, west end. Call 582-2714 for more information.
1st Friday
each month
Sit & SewThe Sit and Sew group will meet the first Friday of each month. Any questions, call 582-0828.
Every Friday
LAST DATE
Nov. 28
American Legion BingoAledo American Legion Bingo wraps up on Fri., Nov. 28, with doors opening at 5 p.m., and bingo starting at 6:30 p.m. Food and drink will be available. You might win some cash and you'll help the American Legion aid local charities. The Aledo American Legion Post 121 is located 1 mile east of Aledo at 2000 Route 17 in the old Frew School Building. License number B1317.
Tuesdays & ThursdaysADONAI Coffee & Tea TimeADONAI Community Support Services, serving all veterans of all eras, offers Coffee & Tea Time every Tuesday & Thursday 9 - 11 a.m. in their casual, welcoming location at 110 NW 5th Avenue, Aledo. ***Please Note: In times of school cancellations, this event is generally also cancelled. Call 309-582-2277 with questions. Regular office hours: Mon. - Thurs., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
1st and 3rd Thursday of each monthTrinity Presbyterian Church "Bible Bunch"Area children ages kindergarten through 4th grade are invited to attend "Bible Bunch," the free after-school ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Bible Bunch is held the first and third Thursday of each month from 3:15 to 5 p.m.during the school year, and Trinity offers after-school pickup to those who are attending. For more information, call 582-5324.
Every WednesdayPreemption UM Church "Wonderful Wednesdays"The Preemption United Methodist Church invites you to "Wonderful Wednesdays" at 6 p.m. This is a free meal site for those having financial difficulties or needing companionship & fellowship, or for busy parents who need an easy night with their kids. It's also free for kids who may need some tutoring at 5:30 before supper. Everyone is invited. Children 6th grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. For questions or more information, call 309-754-8720.
1st WednesdaySenior Center BingoMercer County Senior Center will be playing Bingo with Aledo Health & Rehab the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 137 W. Main St., Aledo. Call 582-5492 with any questions.
Mondays and Thursdays each weekModel Rail Club MeetsThe Western Illinois Model Railroad Club is looking for new members. They meet each Monday at 7 p.m. and each Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. above the old Dollar General Store on Main Street. For more information, call 582-2709.
2nd Wednesday of each monthCaregiver Support GroupCaregiver Support Group meets the Second Wednesday of each month, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Mercer County Senior Center, 137 West Main Street, Aledo. Support Group facilitator is Susan Kivista, LMSW. For additional information and resources, contact Susan at 309-736-6798, ext. 6798, or toll-free at 800-798-0988. You may also contact the Senior Center at 309-582-7221 or toll free at 888-825-1050.
ThursdaysLifetree CaféLifetree Café will be open from 7 to 8 p.m. each Thursday evening in the fireside room at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 606 S.E. 3rd St., Aledo. Lifetree Café is an hour of stories and conversation to feed your soul, with a different topic and video each week. Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
1st and 3rd Thursday of each monthElectronics and Latex Paint RecyclingDo you have electronics or latex paint that you want to get rid of safely? You may stop by Aledo City Hall on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month between 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. to let them know what you have to recycle. They will then have someone meet you at the PD Garage to turn in your recyclables. Spray paints are not accepted. For more information on recycling potentially hazardous materials, contact Aledo City Hall at 582-7241.
3rd Thursday of each monthAlzheimer's Support GroupAledo Rehabilitation & Health Care in Aledo will host monthly Alzheimer's Support Group Meetings on the 3rd Thursday at 2 p.m. in the facility conference room. Contact Wendy King, 309-582-5376, with any questions.
NOWFood Pantries Available to Area ResidentsChurches of Mercer County Food Pantry, 1200 N. College Ave., Aledo
Contact: Sharon Lingafelter 309-582-7449
Servicing Mercer County, Tues. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. & Fri. 8 a.m. - 12 (noon)

New Windsor United Presbyterian Church, 412 Walnut St., New Windsor
Contact: Cindy Adams 309-667-2493
Servicing New Windsor (PALS Ministry area), 2nd Fri. each month, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Reynolds United Methodist Church
Contact: Rev. Mark Slaatte 309-428-4449
Servicing the Reynolds area

Sherrard Village Hall
Contact: Cookie Dean 309-230-6440 or Dianne Graham 309-314-3888
Servicing Sherrard, Cable, Preemption, Swedona & Boden, Tues. 2-4 p.m.

Viola UM Church, 1407 18th Ave., Viola
Contact: Tammy Noyd 309-596-2140
Servicing Mercer County, 1st Tues. 9-11 a.m. & 3rd Thurs. 1-3 p.m.

River Bend Food Bank, 309 12th St., Moline
Contact: 309-764-7434
Office: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Warehouse: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
NOWSmart Choice Food ProgramSt. Albans Church, Davenport, Smart Choice Food Program provides a basket of food, a Smart Box, that can be ordered monthly and picked up at St. Albans. Smart Boxes contain between $55 - $80 of food for a cost of $36. There are no income restrictions for participation in this program. Orders are accepted Monday - Thursday, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. If you cannot come to St. Albans during normal office hours, call 563-386-4087. For more information email robinsade@q.com with a subject line of Smart Choice. Alternate order placement may be done on line at: www.smartchoicefoods and scheduled for pick-up at St. Albans or through New Life Church in Moline.
NOWFund Established For Fire Victims A Fund has been established for the Doug & Michelle Ferguson Family, who lost their home in a fire Feb. 2, 2014. To make donations contact: Joy State Bank, 412 Main St., New Boston, IL 61272 / 309-587-8171.
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