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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 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEGENESIS MEDICAL CENTER ALEDO Due to the current construction phase at Genesis Medical Center-Aledo, the Emergency Department entrance is temporarily closed. All emergency and outpatient visitors should use the main hospital entrance on the east side of the building until further notice.

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.
NOW through Oct. 15 Children's Winter Outerwear Donations AcceptedDonations of children’s winter outerwear are now being accepted for the annual giveaway at First Baptist Church, Aledo. Gently used or new coats, hats, mittens, boots and snow pants for CHILDREN can be dropped off at Bill Smock Insurance, 501 SW 3rd St, Aledo, on Mon., Tues., Thurs. or Fri. from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or on Wed. from 9 – noon until Oct 15th. All items will be given away to the public at First Baptist Church, 800 NE 6th Ave, Aledo, on Thurs., Oct. 16th, 5 - 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 18th, 10 a.m. - noon. There are no income guidelines. This will be on a first come, first served basis; 1 coat per child. Children should be present to receive a coat. For more information, call Cindy Maynard at 582-2098.
Sept. 16, RSVP by Sept. 12th Mercer County Women For WomenMercer County Women For Women will meet on Tues., Sept. 16, at Doug’s Town and Country Restaurant at 6 p.m. for dinner, a business session and guest speaker. Bring a friend as this is the Membership Drive Event! R.S.V.P to Linda Morrow, 309-737-0999, by Fri., Sept. 12.
Sept. 16“Time For Tots” Taco Dinner FundraiserA “Time For Tots” Taco Dinner Fundraiser will be held at Viola Methodist Church, 4:30 – 7 p.m., Tues., Sept. 16. Cost is by donation.
Sept. 17Rockridge FFA Test Plot Supper Everyone is invited to the Rockridge FFA Test Plot Supper on Wed., Sept. 17, at the Rockridge Ag Shop. There will be a test plot viewing from 5 to 6 p.m., and supper beginning at 6.
Sept. 18Lifetree 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 Thursday, September 18th, the topic will be “What Your Atheist Friend Wants You to Know..…The conversation no one is having”. Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Sept. 19Farm Bill and IL Motor Vehicle Laws SeminarsLocal Farm Bureaus will team up on Fri., Sept. 19, for informational seminars, focusing on the Farm Bill and Motor Vehicle Laws for Illinois Farmers. Seminars will take place at the Western Illinois University - Quad Cities Campus, Moline. The Farm Bill Overview will be held 10-11:30 a.m. and the second session, “On the Road” will be held 12:30-2:30 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be available for those individuals registering for both sessions. The seminars are free, but advanced registration is requested. Contact the Mercer County Farm Bureau, 582-5116 or email mcfb1@frontiernet.net to make your reservation.
Sept. 20Emergency Drill Mercer County Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with many local emergency response partners, will be conducting an emergency drill on Sat., Sept. 20th, between the hours of approximately 8 am and noon. This exercise will be held in Viola and will involve the actual movement of emergency vehicles and personnel as they practice and train for a real emergency event. For questions or concerns, please call the Mercer County Health Department at 309-582-3759.
Sept. 20Hamlet Handy Helpers 4-H CookoutThe "Hamlet Handy Helpers" 4-H Club will be cooking out and selling pork chops in front of Mercer Market in Aledo on Sat., Sept. 20th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sept. 20Messiah Lutheran Fall Basement & Bake The women of Messiah Lutheran Church invite everyone to our Fall Basement & Bake Sale on Saturday, September 20th, from 7:00 a.m. until noon in the church basement, 509 N.E. 2nd Street, Aledo. We will have clothing, home décor, holiday items, toys, books, and lots more! At the bake sale, buy homemade treats, including our specialty, Swedish rye bread. Rag rugs, baby quilts, doll quilts, and a variety of Equal Exchange coffees and teas will also be for sale. Proceeds go to several charities and church projects.
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 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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. 20Trivia 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, and food, or you can bring your own snacks. Contact Lisa 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. 20Volunteers for Symphony CelebrationThe Quad City Symphony Orchestra is celebrating one hundred years of classic music performances in the Quad Cities. A salute to its many volunteers, past and present, is planned for Sat., Sept. 20th, at the Outing Club, Davenport, Iowa. All current and former members of the Junior Board, Auxiliary or Guild, and the Volunteers for Symphony are invited to the brunch and program. The cost for the brunch is $25. Please contact the QCSO Office at 563-424-7734 for further information or to make reservations.
Sept. 21-27The Rockridge High School "Rock Around The Clock" HomecomingThe Rockridge High School "Rock Around The Clock" Homecoming Festivities include
~ Decorating of the RHS hallways - Sun., Sept. 21, from noon to 3 pm.;
~ Homecoming T-shirt 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 Fri., Sept. 5.
~ Homecoming Parade in Edgington on Thurs., Sept. 25. Line-up at 4:45 p.m. in the RHS parking lot; parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Click here to download an entry form.
~ Junior Class Chili Supper - RHS Cafeteria on Thurs., Sept. 25, from 5 to 9 p.m.
~ 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 Fri., Sept. 26. Fresh-Soph at 5:30 p.m. with varsity game to follow.
~ Homecoming Dance - RHS North Gym from 8 to 11 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 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. 25Lifetree 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., Sept. 25th, the topic will be “Sign Here...What handwriting reveals about you and others.” Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Sept. 26Sock Hop For Senior EducationBrookstone of Aledo and Advanced Medical Transport will hold a “Sock Hop for Senior Education” on Fri., Sept. 26th, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Brookstone of Aledo, 405 S.E. 13th Avenue, Aledo. 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. 27Keithsburg Fall Fest Playground FundraiserThe 2nd Annual Keithsburg Fall Fest Playground Fundraiser will be Sat., Sept. 27. Events include a car show from 1 to 3 p.m. with registration at 12:30; bounce house and mechanical bull from 2 to 7 p.m.; chili cook-off from 3 to 5 p.m. with registration at 2:30; bags tournaments at 6 p.m.; 5K Glow Run at 7:30 p.m.; and music in the park after the Glow Run. There will also be vendors and food throughout the day.
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.
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Oct. 4
Mercer County Homecoming ActivitiesMercer County High School Homecoming Week Activities:
~ Homecoming themed “Superhero” t-shirts are available for purchase through the Student Council. Find order forms at mercerschools.org or contact Amy Degelman at the high school.
~ Sun., Sept. 28th - Pep Rally, MCHS Auditorium at 2 p.m. and open to public
~ Thurs., Oct. 2nd - Parade line up 5:30 p.m.; Parade 6 p.m. Pep rally after parade at Central Park
~ Fri., Oct. 3rd – Homecoming Football Game at 7 p.m., MC vs. Annawan-Wethersfield
~ Sat., Oct. 4th – Homecoming Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at MC High School; Coronation at 10 p.m.
Sept. 28The Festival of St. NelatGod's United Youth presents "The Festival of St. Nelat," a celebration of our community's talents. It starts at 6 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 28th, at The Big Red Barn, 1116 - 330th Street in New Windsor. Share your favorite dish at our potluck supper, donate a homemade craft or service for our silent auction, or sing, dance or juggle your way to fame in our talent show. Everyone is welcome to attend AND participate. All proceeds benefit the God's United Youth group. For more information, please call 309-667-2755.
September 2014Free Blood Pressure ScreeningsSept. 17, 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Aledo, YMCA

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

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

Sept. 25, 5 - 6 p.m. New Boston, Community Center
Oct. 2Lifetree 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., Oct. 2nd, the topic will be “My Son Is Gay…When faith and sexual orientation collide.” Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Oct. 4Run For A Life 5K Run/WalkThe Run For A Life 5K Run/Walk for military suicide prevention and awareness is set for 9 a.m., Sat., Oct. 4, in Aledo. Guest of honor will be Rush -- this Patriot Rover is a military psychiatric service dog who aids those affected by PTSD or TBI. 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. 6Quad-Cities Computer Society Presents "Weather Forecasting Science Meets Technology" The Quad-Cities Computer Society presents "Weather Forecasting Science Meets Technology"
featuring James Zahara, WQAD-TV Channel 8's Chief Meteorologist. This presentation will be on Oct. 6th, at 7 p.m. at the Butterworth Education Center, 7th Street and 12th Avenue, in Moline. QCS monthly program meetings are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Visit their website for more details at Quad Cities Computer Society
Oct. 7-15Aledo Fall Clean-Up City of Aledo Fall Clean-Up Days is Oct. 7-15. Dumpsters will be available at the South side of the City Garage, 309 E. Main Street, for Aledo residents only. Unacceptable items include: appliances, electronics, tires, hazardous materials, etc. Contact Aledo City Hall for more information.
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. 11Breast Cancer Awareness Women's Health FairCome join the Mercer County Health Department in partnership with Illinois Department of Public Health for a breast cancer awareness women's health fair on Saturday, October 11th. It will be from 8:30 to 11:30 am at the Mercer County Intermediate School in Aledo. The first 50 participants through the door will receive a free crystal breast cancer bracelet. Participants will enjoy a keynote speaker and attend two breakout sessions including art therapy for the first 15 registered. Participants can also visit the information booths and vendors while shopping and eating. Please contact Ashley or Christina at 309-582-3759 or by email at powerofpink5k@gmail.com for more information.
Oct. 11
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Sherrard Village Clean-Up DatesThe Village of Sherrard will be having "Appliance & E-Waste Day" on Sat., Oct. 11th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Village Park. Bring your old appliances & e-waste for disposal, but please, NO TIRES. This is a free service.

Plus, "Fall Clean-Up Day" will be Tues., Oct. 14th, with trash pick up, but NO appliances or e-waste allowed on that day.

For complete information, please contact the Sherrard Village Hall at 309-593-2415.
Oct. 16 & 18Children's Winter Outerwear GiveawayThe annual give away of children’s winter outer wear will be at First Baptist Church, 800 NE 6th Ave, Aledo, on Thurs., Oct. 16th, 5 - 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 18th , 10 a.m. - noon. There are no income guidelines. This will be on a first come, first served basis; 1 coat per child. Children should be present to receive a coat. For more information, call Cindy Maynard at 582-2098.
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.
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Oct. 27
MC Farm Bureau Offers “Women to Women: Marketing Workshop”The Mercer County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a “Women to Women: Marketing Workshop” with Stewart- Peterson’s Naomi Blohm on Mon., Nov. 3, at Monsanto Agronomy Center. The center is located at 1677 80th St., Monmouth. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., it’s free to attend, and lunch will be served. Reservations are due by Mon., Oct. 27th. To reserve your spot, call the Mercer County Farm Bureau at 309-582-5116, but hurry because space is limited to the first 25 paid reservations.
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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.
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 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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