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Your Guide To Events In The WRMJ Listening Area


Nov. 27
Dec. 25
Jan. 1
The Churches of Mercer County Food PantryThe Churches of Mercer County Food Pantry will be closed the following days:
Fri., Nov. 27th
Fri., Dec. 25
Fri., Jan. 1
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 SaleMercer County History Pictorial books are 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.
NOWBeginning Quilting ClassesMercer County Quilters Guild will teach beginning quilt classes to people 18 years and older. The classes will be taught by the Guild members and will include many techniques over a period of several weeks. If interested , call Sandy Brown at 582-7191.
NowAledo Exchange Club Christmas TreesFor more than 60 years the Aledo Exchange Club has sold Christmas trees as a fundraiser. This year the trees will arrive at Aledo's Central Park Pavilion at 7:30 a.m., Nov. 28th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. After unloading, sorting, and tagging, the trees will be for sale. This year the following types of trees will be available: white pine, scotch pine, balsam fir and fraser fir. Trees vary from 5 to 12 feet in height depending on the type of tree. Prices will range from $22 to $60. Trees will be sold every day and the best selection is when you buy early. Sales hours are Mon. - Fri., 1 - 6:30 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., and Sun., Noon to 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from tree sales will be used by the Exchange Club in projects to better our community and the people who live here. Your support is greatly appreciated.
NOW - until flu vaccine goneMercer County Health Flu VaccinesThe Mercer County Health Department has flu vaccine available on a walk in basis at the Health Dept. on weekdays between 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m. if a nurse is available. Stop by or call 582-3759. Clinics are also being offered. See details in separate item, below. Medicare eligible individuals will need to provide their original Part B card, otherwise the cost of the immunization is $25. The Health Department will not bill private insurance. A supply of injectable flu vaccine for children and infants and Flumist is also available for children 2 - 18 years. The Mercer County Health Department is located at 305 NW 7th Street in Aledo.
Nov. 19 - 25Flu Shot ClinicsClick here for a list of upcoming Flu Shot Clinicls.
NOW - Nov. 25Annual Kringle SaleNow until Nov. 25th, orders are being accepted by the Friends of the Library for the annual Kringle sale. Orders can be taken at the Mercer Carnegie Library, 200 North College Avenue, Aledo, or call 309-582-2032.
NOW - Dec. 15ADONAI Giving Tree "Adopt A Box" Now through Dec. 15th, be a part of Adonai Giving Tree "adopt a box" for a local Veteran. The cost is $50 per box. The goal is 100 boxes for 100 Veterans. The boxes include: gift certificates to local grocery and/or fuel cards, canned goods, full size hygiene items, activity items, candy, hand written letters/cards from various organizations, relevant information for local Veteran resources. The majority of boxes for anonymous Veterans will go to local assisted living, nursing homes, and homebound Veterans. For more information, to donate or nominate a Veteran, contact Adonai Community Support Services, 110 NW 5th Ave., Aledo, or call 309-582-2277 by Dec. 15th. Click here for nomination form.
NOW - April 1, 2016Mercer County Retired Teachers Association ScholarshipsThe Mercer County Retired Teachers Association announces a newly revised scholarship program to support Mercer County students planning to enter the teaching profession. One or more scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded in May, 2016. Eligibility has been expanded for this program. Completed applications are due no later than April 1, 2016. Application forms are available now from high school counselors at all high schools serving Mercer County residents.
NOW - June 30, 2016Free PSA screeningMercer County Health Department will be offering free PSA screening for all men age 40 and over until June 30, 2016. PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is produced by the prostate gland and normally occurs in the blood of all men. A simple blood test is used to detect PSA levels. Contact Shawna Weeks at 309-582-3759 for more information or to set up an appointment. Funding provided by the Illinois Prostate and Testicular Cancer Education and Awareness Grant, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Mercer County Health Department.
Nov. 24Adonai Resources and Benefits Fair Soup and Chili LunchThe Adonai Resources and Benefits Fair Soup and Chili Lunch will be Tues., Nov. 24th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Aledo American Legion Post 121, Hwy 17 East of Aledo. The event will include many vendor booths. You can bring your Part B Medicare card to the Mercer County Health Department booth. All veterans will receive a T-shirt and goody bag. There will also be door prizes and raffles. Lunch will be served as free will donations with all proceeds benefiting local Veterans. Everyone is welcome to attend! Click here for more information.
Nov. 26Free Thanksgiving Meal at the Senior Center in AledoThere will be a free Thanksgiving meal Thurs., Nov. 26th, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., at the Senior Center in Aledo. The meal is sponsored by First Baptist Church in Aledo. Delivery to the homebound is available. Please RSVP by calling 582-7812.
Nov. 26Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Milan American Legion On Thurs., Nov. 26th, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, including turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, and a variety of side dishes and desserts will be served at the American Legion, 515 W. 1st Ave. Milan. There is no charge for the dinner and it will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome! For more information, contact Norman Dunlap at 309-798-2304,or adj569@gmail.com.
Nov.Mercer County Quilters Christmas Clearing House CollectionIn the month of November, Mercer County Quilters Guild will collect doll quilts, dolls, and stuffed animals for the Christmas Clearing House sponsored by the Aledo Jaycees. For questions, contact Pauline at 582-7020.
Nov.Free Blood Pressure Screenings in Mercer CountyWestern Illinois Home Health Care is offering free
blood pressure screenings at the following Mercer County locations:
Nov. 25, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. – Aledo - Brookstone of Aledo
Nov. 25, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. – Aledo – Senior Center
Dec. 2Fur-Ever FriendsFur-Ever Friends for M.C. animals will hold their monthly meeting Wed, Dec 2nd @ 6:30 pm @ Aledo Happy Joe's. Please come early to eat prior to the meeting. New participants are always welcome to attend.
Dec. 3Lifetree CaféLifetree 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. 3rd, the topic will be “Prayer. Could a conversation with God change your life?" Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Dec. 4 & 5
Register by Nov. 8
The "Art of Marriage Event" at Trinity PCAEveryone is invited to the “Art of Marriage Event” at Trinity Presbyterian Church just south of Aledo on Route 94. This event will be on Fri., Dec. 4th, from 6:30 - 9 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 5th, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Speakers are Roger & Shirley Brown, members of Trinity Church and Missionaries. The cost is $40 per couple. Please register by Nov. 8 by cash or check. Pastors and spouses may attend at no cost, but must register. Have lunch on your own Saturday. Child care will be available off-site with sack lunches to be provided for children by parents on Saturday. For questions or to register, call the church at 309-582-5324.
Dec. 4Santa visits Mercer Carnegie LibrarySanta will visit Mercer Carnegie Library before the parade on Fri., Dec. 4th, at 5 p.m. There will also be a raffle on quilted items. For more information, call 309-582-2032.
Dec. 4Aledo Main Street's 10th Annual Electric ParadeAledo Main Street's 10th Annual Electric Parade will be Dec. 4th, at 5:30 p.m., in downtown Aledo. The theme is Angels Among Us. Line-up begins in the parking lot of Bank Orion at 5:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.aledomainstreet.com or call Dana Murphy at 309-582-2751.
Dec. 4Rockridge FFA Alumni Ribeye Sandwich SalesRockridge FFA Alumni will have Ribeye Sandwiches, Chips, Cookie and a Drink for a $6.00 donation at the Rockridge VS Mercer County Basketball game, Friday, Dec. 4th. Dinner will be available at 5:30 p.m. It is Pack the House Night, so come watch to game and have dinner with the Rockridge FFA Alumni.
Dec. 4Rhubarb Fest souvenirs, commemorative sweatshirts & jams at Vintage Button buildingThe Rhubarb Fest will be selling 2016 Commemorative sweatshirts, jams and other Rhubarb Fest souvenirs at the Vintage Button building during Holly Days, Friday, December 4th. Credit cards accepted.
Dec. 5Christmas Bazaar at Keithsburg Christian Churchthe Keithsburg Christian Church will have their Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Dec. 5th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Coffe Shop will be open from 9 - 11 a.m., lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu includes, chicken and noodles, meatballs, Kraut and Hot Dogs, and Chili. The Bazaar will include craft vendors, quilt raffle, baked goods and handmade craft items. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Dec. 6Community Bible Fellowship Dinner TheaterMark your calendars for the Community Bible Fellowship Dinner Theater! This presentation will be held Saturday, December 12 at 6:00 PM at Community Bible Fellowship, located at 1109 SE 3rd Street, Aledo. You won't want to miss out on "Away From a Manger" - a fun interactive play where the audience chooses the ending. Enjoy a three course dinner including turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, and dessert. Please call the church at 309-582-7406 to RSVP by Sunday, December 6th. This event is open to the community so be sure to bring your friends and family! It's sure to be a great time. Both monetary and food donations will be accepted at this time to benefit the Mercer County Food Pantry.

Dec. 8 & 9Kringle Pick-Up at Mercer Carnegie LibraryKringle orders can be picked up at the Mercer Carnegie Library on Tues., Dec. 8th, and Wed., Dec. 9th. For more information, call 309-582-2032.
Dec. 10American Red Cross Blood Donation Site in New WindsorThe American Red Cross will have a blood donation site on Thurs., Dec. 10th, from 2 - 6 p.m., at New Windsor Presbyterian Church, 4th and Walnut. To make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.
Dec. 11 & 12a Walk Through BethlehemA Walk Through Bethlehem will be Friday, Dec. 11th & Saturday, Dec.12th, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church. The cost is free and is open to the public. People with walking difficulties may come at 5:30 p.m. to avoid the crowd. At the end of the walk everyone is invited to the church basement for a time of fellowship. There will also be a free photo opportunity. For more information contact Pastor Marc 330-844-3266.
Dec. 13Cancer Benefit for Lawrence (Larry) EngesserA Cancer Benefit for Lawrence (Larry) Engesser will be Dec. 13th, from 3 - 7 p.m. at City Limits, 4514 9th St., Rock Island. There will be a 50/50 drawing, raffle, silent auction, baked goods, food available. For more information or to donate, contact Lena at 309-737-2296.
Dec. 15American Red Cross Blood Donation Site in AledoThe American Red Cross will have a blood donation site on Tues., Dec. 15th, from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., at The VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave., Aledo. To make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.
Dec.Free Blood Pressure ScreeningsWestern Illinois Home Health Care is offering free
blood pressure screenings at the following Mercer County locations:
Dec. 2, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. - Keithsburg – Village Green Apartments
Dec. 2, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Seaton – Wheeler’s Café
Dec. 16, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. - Aledo – YMCA
Dec. 16, 10:30 – 11:30 - Reynolds – American Legion Post 1166
Dec. 17, 4:30 – 5:50 p.m. – Aledo – Vashti Village
Dec. 23, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. – Aledo - Brookstone of Aledo
Dec. 23, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. – Aledo – Senior Center
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 MuseumWinter Hours:
Nov. 1st through March 31st, Sat., 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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 Post 121 Bingo is held every Friday night. Doors and the kitchen open at 5 p.m., raffles begin at 5:30 and bingo starts at 6:30. Everyone is invited to help support the Aledo American Legion’s efforts to help support community endeavors. 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 Residents1200 S. 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: Kathy (309) 737-6723
Servicing all of Mercer County, Tues. 2-4 p.m., Thurs. 5:30 – 7 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, 4010 Kimmel Drive, Davenport Iowa.
Contact: (563) 345-6490
Office: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Warehouse: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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