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Your Guide To Events In The WRMJ Listening Area


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 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.
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.
March 15
Illinois Sheriffs' Association ScholarshipThe Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will award a $500 scholarship as a part of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association. Applicants must be a permanent Illinois resident; utilize the scholarship with an institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois; and enroll as a full-time student during the 2015-2016 school year (excluding summer session). Applications are available at any local sheriff’s office or online at www.ilhsheriff.org. Completed information must be returned to the sheriff’s office in the applicant’s permanent county of residence, postmarked by March 15, 2015. For more information, contact your local sheriff’s office, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school counselor or college financial aid office.
March 27
MCFB Scholarships AvailableThe Mercer County Farm Bureau Foundation announces that they are offering scholarships to students who are to be admitted to a post-secondary school during the 2015-2016 school year. Applicants must be members of the Mercer County Farm Bureau or a dependent of a member of the Mercer County Farm Bureau by Jan. 1, 2015. Applicants must also meet all other eligibility requirements pertaining to the Foundation’s scholarship program. The Foundation is awarding up to nine, $1,000 scholarships this year. To obtain a scholarship application, visit www.mercercfb.org, e-mail mcfb1@frontiernet.net, stop by the Farm Bureau office at 206 SE Third St., Aledo, or call 309-582-5116. Deadline for scholarship applications is March 27, 2015.
June 30
PSA (PROSTATE SPECIFIC ANTIGEN) SCREENINGThe Mercer County Health Department will be offering free PSA screening for all men age 40 and over until June 30, 2015. 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. Please 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.
Feb. 28Matherville Fire Department Soup SupperThe Matherville Fire Department will hold their annual soup supper on Sat., Feb. 28th, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Eagles Hall in Matherville. Cost is by donation. For questions, contact Tara Osborne at 309-737-2572.
Feb. 28Viola United Methodist Men Annual Pancake & Sausage SupperThe Viola United Methodist Men will hold their annual Pancake & Sausage Supper on Sat., Feb. 28, in the Fellowship Hall at 1405 18th Ave., Viola. Serving will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and the cost is by donation.
Feb. 28Mercer County Initiative Food PantryThe Mercer County Initiative will have an open food pantry on Sat., Feb. 28th, beginning at 9 a.m. This will be held at the Mercer County Initiative West End Pantry, located at First Baptist Church of Joy, 220 East Edwards Street. This pantry is sponsored by The 180 Zone, Inc., a faith based, non-profit ministry. The pantry is open to all area residents.
Feb. 28
March 1
Aledo Park District Baseball Sign-UpThe Aledo Park District will be holding summer baseball registration for the 2015 season at the Aledo Fire Station on the following dates and times: Sat., Feb. 28th, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., and Sun., March 1st, from 3 - 6 p.m. If you have a question, contact Tom Sharp at 582-7752 or 309-221-7401.
MarchYMCA Lifeguard Certification CourseMercer County YMCA will offer Lifeguard Certification in the month of March. For details, call the YMCA at 309-582-5101.
March 1St. Theresa's Church Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage DinnerSt. Theresa's Church in Alexis will hold its annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Sun., March 1, from 4 - 6 p.m. Meal includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, breads, desserts and drinks. There will be hot dogs for children. This is a free will donation supper. For information, call Annette at 309-368-2087 or Joan at 309-337-3484.
March 3Yarn Club MeetingThe Messiah Lutheran Church in Aledo is offering a Yarn Club for knitters and crocheters with all levels of experience. The first meeting will be on Tues., March 3, at 1 p.m. at the church. We plan to make projects for outreach in our community. We hope the experienced will help the beginners. If you are interested, please call the church office at 582-5261. The public is welcome. The church is located at 509 N. E. 2nd St., Aledo.
March 4Fur-Ever Friends Monthly MeetingFur-Ever Friends for Mercer County Animals will hold their monthly meeting on Wed., March 4th, in the Aledo Happy Joe's side room at 6:30 p.m. Please come early to eat before the meeting starts. All interested animal lovers are welcome.
March 6Aledo American Legion BingoAledo American Legion Bingo begins again on Fri., March 6th. Doors open at 5 p.m., and bingo starts 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.
March 62015 Relay For Life Kick-Off EventA 2015 Relay For Life Kick-Off event will be held on Fri., March 6th, at 6 p.m. at Mi Casa Restaurant in Aledo. This year’s theme is “We Relay to fight cancer...What’s your Super Power?” This kick-off event is for anyone who would like information or to be a part of this year’s event. 10% of all MiCasa proceeds for the night will go towards Relay for Life of Mercer County. For more information, call Mary Flint at 582-7615.
March 7"Breakfast for Supper" Benefit for Kate HermansonA Breakfast for Supper Benefit for Kate Hermanson will be March 7, from 4-7 p.m., upstairs at Mercer County VFW 1571, in Aledo.
March 7Eliza Lions Club Pancake Supper and Bake SaleEliza Lions Club is having "all you can eat" pancake supper and bake sale on Sat., March 7th, at the Eliza Community Center from 4 - 7 p.m. Pancakes, fresh whole hog sausage, coffee, juice & milk will be served. The pancake supper and bake sale are for free will donation. There will be Lions brooms and light bulbs for sale. Please bring all your used glasses, cases, hearing aids to the supper. They will be refurbished and given to the less fortunate.
March 11Farm Bureau Weather Outlook ProgramThe Mercer County Farm Bureau Marketing Committee is sponsoring a Weather Outlook program on Wed., March 11th, at 8:30 a.m. at Doug's Town and Country Restaurant in Aledo. A breakfast buffet will be served and there is no cost to attend the program for Farm Bureau members. The Weather Outlook program will be given by Eric Sorenson, meteorologist at WQAD Channel 8, in the Quad Cities. Reservations must be received by March 4th by calling 309-582-5116 or emailing mcfb1@frontiernet.net. Space will be limited to the first 50 members who make reservations.
March 14Mercer County 4-H Soup ChallengeMercer County 4-H “Soup Challenge” will be Sat., March 14th, at the Aledo Fire Station. Serving will be from 4 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to taste a variety of the best homemade soups prepared by Mercer County 4-H Clubs. The cost is by donation with proceeds supporting the three “school backpack” programs within Mercer County. A “People’s Choice” winner will be determined by the soup with the largest amount of donations, which will receive a traveling trophy.
March 14Mercer Carnegie & Royal Neighbors 20094
Book Sale
The Friends of the Mercer Carnegie Library and Royal Neighbors Chapter 20094 will hold a book sale at the library, Sat., March 14, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. All items are a quarter.
March 14Aledo Community Blood DriveAn Aledo community blood drive will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. on Sat., March 14, at The Community Bible Fellowship, 1109 S.E. 3rd St., inside the Fellowship Hall. Potential donors must be a least 17 years of age or (16 with parental permission form, available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. or MVRBC Donor Card is required to donate. For information, call 800-747-5401.
March 19Women in Agriculture Dinner and ConventionThe Women in Agriculture Conference Committee would like to invite Women in Agriculture attendees and their spouses or guests to attend this evening designed just for farm couples. The evening will begin with a social hour featuring a cash bar beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by Dr. Kohl's presentation "Building Resiliency and Agility." Dr. Kohl will discuss financial management and strategic factors that will position your operation and personal lives to be resilient. The cost of Thursday evenings program will be $30 per person (spouses and guests are invited). Registration materials must be received by Feb. 28. To register, contact the Rock Island County Farm Bureau office at 309-736-7432 or online at www.womeninagricultureconference.com.
March 20Women in Agriculture SeminarThe annual bi-state Women in Agriculture Conference will be Fri., March 20th, at Jumer's Casino and Hotel, 777 Jumer Drive, Rock Island. This year's speaker is Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech. Dr. Kohl will speak about personal family budgets/living expenses, record keeping, investing in the future, advice on forming advisory teams and much more. Registration and light breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. Closing session and send off should conclude by 4 p.m. The cost is $50, which will include light breakfast and a buffet luncheon. Registration materials must be received by Feb. 28. To register, contact the Rock Island County Farm Bureau at 309-736-7432 or online at www.womeninagricultureconference.com.
March 21Edgington Presbyterian Church Community Blood DriveThe Edgington Presbyterian Church will host a Community Blood Drive, Sat., March 21, from 7-11 a.m., in their fellowship room, at 13228 140th St. W., Taylor Ridge.
March 22Alexis Firemen BreakfastThe Alexis Firemen’s annual fundraising breakfast will be Sun., March 22, at the Alexis Fire Station. The menu will include biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage served from 6 to 11 a.m. The cost is by donation and the proceeds will help the Alexis Firemen purchase equipment for the fire department.
March 28Mercer County Initiative Food PantryThe Mercer County Initiative will have an open food pantry on Sat., March 28th, beginning at 9 a.m. This will be held at the Mercer County Initiative West End Pantry, located at First Baptist Church of Joy, 220 East Edwards Street. This pantry is sponsored by The 180 Zone, Inc., a faith based, non-profit ministry. The pantry is open to all area residents.
March 28New Boston United Methodist Church Trivia NightNew Boston United Methodist Church will have Trivia Night on March 28, starting at 6 p.m. If you wish to reserve a table call 309-587-8640. The cost is an $80.00 donation per table. Root beer floats and pizza by the slice will be available.
March 29Keithsburg Firemen's BreakfastThe Keithsburg Fire Department will have their Firemen's Breakfast, Sun., March 29, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. They will serve pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs. The cost is all you can eat for $7.
MarchFree Blood Pressure ScreeningWestern Illinois Home Health Care is offering free blood pressure screenings at the following Mercer County locations:
March 4, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. - Keithsburg - Village
Green Apartments
March 4, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Seaton - Wheeler's Cafe'
March 18, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. – Aledo - YMCA
March 18, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Reynolds - American Legion Post 1166
March 19, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Aledo - Vashti Village
March 25, 8:30 -9:30 a.m. - Aledo - Brookstone of Aledo
March 25, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Aledo - Senior Center
March 26, 5 - 6 p.m. - New Boston - Community Center
April 11Friends of the Mercer Carnegie Library meetingThe Friends of the Mercer Carnegie Library will meet on Sat., April 11, at 10 a.m. at the library. New members are always welcome!
April 18New Boston Methodist Church Chicken & Noodle SupperThe New Boston Methodist Church will have their Chicken & Noodle Supper, Saturday, April 18, from 4 - 7 p.m. Menu includes Chicken & Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable, Salad, Dessert & Drink. Donation: Adults - $9.00, Children 10 - 6 -$5.00, 5 years & under - free. The event sponsored by New Boston United Methodist Women, proceeds to benefit the church.
June 272015 Relay for LifeThis year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Mercer County will be held from noon to midnight on Sat., June 27th, at Central Park in Aledo. For more information on Relay For Life, contact Mary Flint at 309-582-7615. Also, please “like” them on Facebook at “Relay for Life of Mercer County, IL” to make sure you stay up to date on all of the exciting things happening at this year’s Relay for Life.
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.
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.
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