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NOWBoil Order In South East Aledo LiftedThurs., Aug. 28, 3 p.m. - the boil order in effect for residents on the south east side of Aledo, in the area of 6th Street and 8th Avenue, has been lifted.
NOWFree 40+ Men's Prostate Cancer ScreeningMercer County Health Department offers Free Prostate Screenings to all men age 40 and over. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Early detection may save your life. Call Shawna Weeks at 309-582-3759 with questions or to schedule an appointment.
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
October
Mercer County Crisis Center Shoe DriveLooking for donations of any and all, old and new shoes. Mercer County Crisis Center has a goal to collect 7500 shoes for South American countries, and the Crisis Center gets some funding also. Please drop off your shoes at the Crisis Center, Al's Barber Shop, or Grace E. Free Church, all in Aledo, from now through the month of October. Thanks Mercer County!
NOW through Oct. 9Aledo Main Street Farmer's MarketAledo Main Street's Farmers Market will be open each Thursday now through October 9th from 4 to 6 p.m. in Central Park. A variety of vendors with fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and more will be there. Anyone wishing to be a vendor can log on to aledomainstreet.com for details or phone Aledo Main Street at 309-582-2751.
Aug. 29-31Orion Fall FestivalThe 42nd Orion Fall Festival is Fri. - Sun., Aug. 29 - 31. Among the scheduled activities are pie baking contest, carnival rides, street dances, 5K run, kids games, parade, food, and much, much more! Find the complete schedule of activities here: http://www.visithenrycounty.com/event/orion-fall-festival
Aug. 30Ken Cox Memorial Tractor RideJeff Attig and the Eliza Lions Club will conduct a tractor ride on Sat., Aug. 30th, to honor the memory of Lions Club founder and local farmer, Ken Cox, who passed away last September. Registration for the ride will take place at 7 a.m. at the Mercer County Fairgrounds (coffee and donuts served), and departs the fairgrounds around 8 a.m. A southern route via the Sunbeam Road will be followed to New Windsor, where a lunch will be catered. Ride will then take a northern route mostly via Ridge Road back to Aledo, with a leg passing the Aledo Nursing Home included. Anyone with questions or wanting to volunteer, call Jeff, 309-371-7721, or Dick Nash, 563-260-5905.
Aug. 30
Sign up by Aug. 15
BBQ RIbs Cook-OffA BBQ Ribs Cook-Off will be held Sat., Aug. 30, at the Mercer County VFW 1571, Aledo, on the north side of the building. Entry fee is $40, which includes the ribs. Register by Fri., Aug. 15. For information, call 582-7055, stop at the Post, or contact Dennis Eckert.
Aug. 30Cinema @ CentralCinema @ Central features Planes starting at dusk on Sat., Aug. 30, in Aledo's Central Park. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Sit under the stars and enjoy! Popcorn, pop, water, and candy will be available! Premier movie sponsor: Lindell Aerial Ag Services.
Aug. 31FBC's "Praise in the Park" Family FestivalFirst Baptist Church Aledo is hosting Praise in the Park Family Festival on Sun., Aug. 31st, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Praise & Worship begin at 11 a.m. featuring guest speaker Rusty Boruff followed by a FREE lunch, music by the Terrill Sisters, games, inflatables & Zany Janie Face Painting -- all free for the whole family! This will be a great day to spend with friends, family and neighbors in Aledo's Central Park. For questions, call First Baptist Aledo at 582-7812.
August 2014Free Blood Pressure Screenings Thurs., Aug. 28, 5 - 6 p.m. - New Boston, Community Center
Sept. 1Illinois City UMC Labor Day BreakfastIllinois City Methodist Church (along with Pine Bluff UMC) will host a Labor Day Breakfast 7-10 a.m., Mon., Sept. 1. Cost is by donation, with carry-outs available. Menu: egg casserole, whole hog sausage, biscuits & gravy, homemade rolls, coffee & juice.
Sept. 4Lifetree Cafe Lifetree 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., Sept. 4th, the topic will be “Simplify Your Life…How a Hollywood millionaire walked away from it all.” Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Sept. 8;
Register
by Sept. 4
Salsa Making ClassThe University of Illinois Extension office in Aledo is offering a Salsa Class called “Some Like It Hot!” on Mon., Sept. 8th. It will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the College Ave. Presbyterian Church and the cost is $10 per person/$8 if you are a current U of I Master Gardener or Master Naturalist. Learn what to grow in your salsa garden and how to make fresh salsa including mild, fruity, and spicy varieties. Register by Sept. 4th online at University of Illinois Extension website or by calling 309-756-9978. Class size is limited to the first 25.
Sept. 5Milan Legionnaires Weekly Fish Frys BeginWeekly Fish Frys at the Milan American Legion begin again for the season at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5, at the American Legion. The Milan Legionnaires, located at 515 W 1st Ave., Milan have served fish through the winter months for many years. The 5-8 p.m. dinners continue each week through Friday, Apr. 24, 2015 except for three nights in November, December, and January, each following a Thursday holiday. The menu includes catfish, pollock, shrimp, chicken strips and tenderloins, along with various appetizer items.and a special “Signature” coleslaw that features a unique semi-sweet dressing. Call the Milan Legion at 309-787-4149 for prices or carry out orders.
Sept. 5-6The Patriot Golf Outing ADONAI Community Support Services will host The Patriot Golf Outing Sept. 5-6 at Oak View Country Club, Aledo. It’s a 4-person preferred ball event, 2 days – 3 tee times, and open to the public. Cost = $50 per player ($200 per team); plus $15 for cart rental if needed. Honor your veteran signs available for $20 each. Call 309-582-2277 or 582-4153 for more information.
Sept. 6 & 7Viola Threshers ReunionThe 8th Annual Viola Threshers Reunion will be Sat. and Sun, 9/6 – 9/7 with steam and gas powered threshing demonstrations, a 7 ½ inch gauge live steam railroad, tractor parades, kids’ activities, flea market and arts & crafts. “Saved By Grace” Southern gospel music will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday and again at the Ecumenical Church service at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The showground is just 2 blocks west of U.S. 67 in Viola. Watch for the signs. For more information, see facebook.com/violathresh
Sept. 6Aledo Main Street's "Cash MOB Squad"Aledo Main Street will host another “Cash MOB Squad” on Sat., Sept. 6th, from 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone who would like to join in should meet at 9:45 a.m. in Aledo’s Central Park Pavilion to learn of the “MOB” location.
Sept. 6Mercer County Family YMCA Pickleball ClinicIf you think “Pickleball” is something to eat, keep reading. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country – a great way to have fun and exercise at the same time! If you are 18 years or older, you can learn the basics of the game at the Mercer County Family YMCA’s Pickleball Clinic. It will be on Sat., Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon and the cost is $5 per participant. You can register or find out more by calling the Y at 582-5101 or just stop by the front desk.
Sept. 6 New Boston Fish & Chicken FryThe 93rd Annual New Boston Fish & Chicken Fry is Sat., Sept. 6th, at Fish Fry Park, 4th Street, New Boston. Events include: sand volleyball tournament, 8 a.m.; parade on Main Street, 10 a.m.; fish & chicken dinners, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; horseshoe tournament, 11 a.m.; tractor show; live music; inflatable carnival & games for kids; vender booths; bags tournament; street dance; frog auction and race; and fireworks on the riverfront at dusk.
Sept. 7Mercer County Family YMCA Country Western Line Dance Classes The Mercer County Family YMCA Country Western Line Dance classes are scheduled to begin on Sun., Sept. 7. The beginner class will be from 5 to 6 p.m.; the second class will be from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. and will be a mix of beginner and intermediate line and couple’s dances. Classes are held at the College Ave. YMCA above City Hall and pre-registration is not required. For questions or more information, call 582-5101.
Sept. 9Women's Health & Fitness Program Sue Shunick will give a presentation on women's health and fitness at the Mercer Carnegie Library Tuesday, Sept. 9th at 10 a.m. Participants will be able to enter a drawing for a one month guest pass to Curves of Aledo sponsored by Royal Neighbors of America Chapter 20094. The event is free and open to the public. For more information c all: 309-582-2032.
Sept. 9Mercer Carnegie Library Book Club MeetingThe Mercer Carnegie Library Book Club will meet Tues., Sept. 9th, at 4 p.m. to discuss the best summer books read by members. New members are always welcome.
Sept. 11Mercer Foundation For Health Benefit Dinner/AuctionMercer Foundation for Health will hold a benefit dinner and auction on Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Mercer County VFW in Aledo. The social hour begins at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30 p.m. There will be both silent and live auctions. Proceeds from this event will be used to purchase a “Wander Guard” security system for Genesis Senior Living. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased by calling Melissa Seefeld at 309-582-9253 or seeing her at Genesis Medical Center-Aledo. Table sponsorships are also available for this event.
Sept. 139-11 Remembrance RideCitizens4Soldiers will host a Mercer County 9-11 Remembrance Ride Sat., Sept. 13. This event honors our local first responders, as well as remembering the lives lost on 9-11-2001. For more information, contact Lisa Watson @ (309)582-4736.
Sept. 13Edgington Presbyterian Church Blood DriveEdgington Presbyterian Church will hold a blood drive from 7 – 11 a.m., Sat., Sept. 13, in their Fellowship Room at the church, located at 13228 140th St., West, Taylor Ridge. Advance appointments are appreciated; call Karyl Parrish, 309-799-8152. Remember to bring photo ID or Donor Card.
Sept. 13Community Bible Fellowship Hosts Blood DriveAledo Community Bible Fellowship will host a community blood drive 7 – 11 a.m., Sat., Sept. 13, inside the Fellowship Hall. To donate, contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 ext. 1281 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org.
Sept. 20U of I Offering “A Harvest of Horticulture” Fall Gardening WorkshopsThe University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will be offering “A Harvest of Horticulture” Fall Gardening Workshops. This event will be held at Blackhawk Bank, 1308 SE 4th St. in Aledo on Sat., Sept. 20th, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door and includes coffee and pastries. Register online at the U of I Extension website or call 309-756-9978.
Sept. 20Riverssance Festival of Fine ArtsThe 27th Annual Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts Sat., Sept. 20 from 10 to 5 and Sun., Sept. 21 from 10 to 4 at Lindsay Park in the Village of East Davenport. It features a free children’s art tent, wine tasting, gourmet food and live regional music. Cost: $4 admission; children under 12 free.
Sept. 20St. Ambrose Bee Hive BazaarSt. Ambrose Catholic Church, 312 W. First St., Milan, will host The Bee Hive Bazaar 9 a.m - 3 p.m., Sat., Sept. 20. Aunt Bea's cafe will serve lunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost $5, includes pulled pork sandwich or bowl of soup (vegetable beef or chili), salad bar, dessert & drink. There will be raffles for 42" TV; cash; handmade queen size and baby quilts; and gift baskets. Chances are $1 each - need not be present to win Admission is free. For more info, contact: Jane Hartman, 309-534-8186.
Sept. Trivia Night FundraiserA Trivia Night Fundraiser will be held Sat., Sept. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. at Mercer County VFW, Aledo. Proceeds will go toward the Mercer County Family YMCA Children’s School Playground Renovation Project. Trivia Teams are 8 per table, $10/person with Mulligans & point multipliers available for purchase. There is also a Silent Auction, cash bar, food, and bring your own snacks, too. Contact Lis Clawson, 309-585-2503 to sign up.
Sept. 20Race to Knock Out Hunger Benefits River Bend FoodbankModern Woodmen of America will sponsor the Race to Knock Out Hunger, a community 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run, Sat., Sept. 20., beginning at 9 a.m. in Rock Island. Proceeds benefit River Bend Food Bank. Register at modern-woodmen.org/5K.
Sept. 21-27The Rockridge HS "Rock Around The Clock" Homecoming The Rockridge HS "Rock Around The Clock" Homecoming Festivities:
~ Decorating of the RHS hallways - Sunday, 9/21 from noon to 3 pm.
~ Homecoming T-shirts are on sale in the four class colors plus maroon.  Click here to download an order form.  All orders must be pre-paid by the order deadline at the end of the school day on Friday, 9/5
~ Homecoming Parade in Edgington on Thursday, 9/25.  Line-up at 4:45 pm in the RHS parking lot; parade begins at 5:30 pm.  Click here to download an entry form.
~ Junior Class Chili Supper - RHS Cafeteria on Thursday, 9/25from 5 to 9 pm.
~ The Homecoming Pep Assembly and King/Queen announcement - in the South Gym right after the parade.
~ Rockets will face the Hall Red Devils in the Homecoming Football Game on Friday, 9/26.  Fresh-Soph at 5:30 pm with varsity game to follow.  
~ Homecoming Dance - RHS North Gym from 8 to 11 pm on Saturday, 9/27.  
Sept 21 thru
Oct. 26
Underwear Because We CareUnderwear Because We Care is excited to announce the dates for this year’s underwear collection. The campaign will begin on Sept. 21st and conclude Oct. 26th. The campaign will collect packages of new underwear, underpants, undershirts, bras and socks for women, children and men. Clean, serviceable prosthetic bras for distribution to women in need will also be collected. There will be numerous points in the Quad Cities area to drop off underwear, please check the Facebook page: "Underwear Because We Care" for a complete listing of locations. Please call Grant Curtis at 563-528-0835 for information or email Underwear@mediacombb.net with a subject line of Underwear Donations.
Sept. 26Sock Hop For Senior EducationBrookstone of Aledo, 405 S.E. 13th Avenue, Aledo, will hold a “Sock Hop for Senior Education” on Fri., Sept. 26th, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be vendors with information to educate the public about the resources available to seniors in our area. Jr. Talley will perform as Elvis from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a silent auction, and from 4 to 6 p.m. they’ll serve hamburgers, french fries and root beer floats by donation. You’re invited to dress “50s style.” Prizes will be awarded for best dressed men, women and children. For more information, call Danise at 582-3902.
Sept. 277th Annual Gourd FestivalIt’s time for the 7th Annual Gourd Festival - A “Gourd”geous Day in the Country – 2 miles north of Orion at Whispering Winds Ranch. On Sept. 27th, (rain or shine!) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., bring the whole family to enjoy lots of free activities for the kids, a “Gourd Patch Players” Puppet Show, crafts, jewelry, home decor, door prizes, candy corn count, fresh baked treats, and more! FREE admission and FREE parking...and if you bring a nonperishable food item for area food pantries, you get one FREE raffle ticket! Breakfast and lunch will be served by the Orion Lion’s Club. For more information, contact the Quad City Gourd Patch at 309-526-3332 or wwr@frontiernet.net.
September 2014Free Blood Pressure ScreeningsSept. 3, 10:30-11:15 Keithsburg, Village Green Apartments

Sept. 3, 11:30-12:15 Seaton, Wheeler's Café

Sept. 10, 9:00 - 10:00 am Aledo, Brookstone of Aledo

Sept.10, 11:00 - Noon Aledo, Senior Center

Sept. 17, 8:45 - 9:45 am Aledo, YMCA

Sept. 17, 10:30 - 11:30 am Reynolds, American Legion Post 1166

Sept. 18, 4:30 - 5:30 pm Aledo, Vashti Village

Sept. 25, 5:00 - 6:00 pm New Boston, Community Center
Oct. 4Run For A Life 5KThe Run For A Life 5K Run/Walk for is Sat., Oct. 4, in Aledo. This year’s race proceeds will go to Courtney Jo’s Closet, an organization formed in memory of SSgt. Courtney Jo Rush, to help advocate military suicide prevention & awareness. For more information or to sign-up, contact Gail Rush, 309-582-4627, or email: gail@courtneyjoscloset.com
Oct. 44th Annual Sherrard Pumpkin FestThe 4th Annual Sherrard Pumpkin Fest will be held 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the park at 517 3rd St., Sherrard. Activities include:
Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast - 7 - 11 a.m. at the Fire Station, 101 E. 1st St.
5K Run/Walk - 8:30 a.m. by Covered Bridge Park, Fyre Lake, to sign up call Rick, 309-593-4096 or 309-737-5602
Street Dance - 8 p.m. - midnight at The Office Bar & Grill, music by Machine Gun Willie
Lil Miss Pumpking Fest Pageant - Fri., Oct. 3, at Sherrard High School Auditorium, call Heather at 309-781-1856
Cutest Lil Pumpkin Baby, Picture Contest - call Debbie at 309-236-1856
Wiffle Ball Tournament at the ball diamond - Registration, 8:15 a.m., Start Time, 9 a.m., call T.J. at 309-781-1863
Vendors - Contact Laurie at 309-235-2606 or Nancy at 309-230-3892
Silent Auction - Contact Debbie at 309-593-2467
Car Show - Contact Bob at 309-593-2397
Kids Games and other activities - Contact Jaynie at 309-593-2467
For more information, go to Sherrardpumpkinfest.com.
Oct. 11Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention WalkOut of the Darkness Quad Cities Community Walk, sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is 2 p.m., Sat., Oct. 11, at Quad Cities Botanical Center, Rock Island. Check-in time is 1 p.m. Call 309-558-5484 with questions or register now at: QuadCitiesWalk.org
Oct. 11S.P.A.R.K.S. "Harvest Hop"Everyone is invited to Seaton for the "Harvest Hop" on Sat., Oct. 11th, at Seaton Park. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets and enjoy a wiener roast, children's fall games, variety show, zombie obstacle run, children's fun run, hay rack ride, and more. Proceeds will be used to construct a Memorial Gazebo and for children and family events throughout the year. Registration & packet pick-up for both races is from 3:30- 4:45 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 11th, or you can register online at getmeregistered.com.
Oct 17-18Cholesterol and Diabetes Screenings at Genesis Medical Center, AledoGenesis Medical Center, Aledo, will offer cholesterol and diabetes screenings on Oct. 17-18. Comprehensive screenings will be available from 6-9 a.m. both days at Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, 409 NW 9th Ave., Aledo. At each screening, Genesis will be offering a lipid panel, which includes cholesterol levels, HDL, LDL and triglycerides, and, a glucose test for detection of diabetes. No registration or appointment is necessary. Cost is $40. For the most accurate results, do not eat 12 hours prior to blood test. It is OK to take water and medications. For information, go to genesishealth.com or the Genesis Health System page on Facebook.
Oct. 18Mercer County Initiative Fall Craft & Vendor ShowThe Mercer County Initiative is holding a Fall Craft & Vendor Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., Oct. 18, on the lawn of First Baptist Church, 800 NE 6th Ave., Aledo. You'll find crafters of all kinds, all types of vendors, face painting for kids, plenty of baked goods and tasty treats, and Darryl Bodeen's famous pulled pork. Rusty Boruff will be speaking on behalf of the Initiative at noon.
Nov. 7 & 14;
Register by
Nov. 4
Introduction to BeekeepingThe University of Illinois Extension is offering an “Introduction to Beekeeping” in a 2-day workshop on Nov. 7 and 14th as well as a refresher class on March 17, 2015. All classes are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Deere-Wiman Carriage house in Moline. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. The fee for this 3-part course is $50 per person/$45 if you are a current U of I Master Gardener or Master Naturalist. Box lunch will be provided at each class. Register online at the U of I Extension website or by calling 309-756-9978 by Nov. 4th.
The Rockridge HS "Rock Around The Clock" Homecoming Festivities:
Decorating of the RHS hallways - Sunday, 9/21 from noon to 3 pm.
Homecoming T-shirts are on sale in the four class colors plus maroon.  Click here to download an order form.  All orders must be pre-paid by the order deadline at the end of the school day on Friday, 9/5
Homecoming Parade in Edgington on Thursday, 9/25.  Line-up at 4:45 pm in the RHS parking lot; parade begins at 5:30 pm.  Click here to download an entry form.
Junior Class Chili Supper - RHS Cafeteria on Thursday, 9/25from 5 to 9 pm.
The Homecoming Pep Assembly and King/Queen announcement - in the South Gym right after the parade.
Rockets will face the Hall Red Devils in the Homecoming Football Game on Friday, 9/26.  Fresh-Soph at 5:30 pm with varsity game to follow.  
Homecoming Dance - RHS North Gym from 8 to 11 pm on Saturday, 9/27.  
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
Summer HoursEssley-Noble MuseumEssley-Noble Museum, 1406 SE 2nd Ave., Aledo, will observe Spring/Summer Hours, beginning April 1st: Wed., Sat., & Sun., 1 - 5 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 FridayAmerican Legion BingoAledo American Legion Bingo is every Friday 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 Karen at 309-236-2911.
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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