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Your Guide To Events In The WRMJ Listening Area


NOW thru Nov. 1October Flu Shot Clinics Mercer County Health Department is offering Flu Shot Clinics throughout the month of October: CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
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.
***Nov. 4***Genesis Medical Center, AledoThe lab at Genesis Medical Center, Aledo will be closed on Tues., Nov. 4, due to the construction currently going on at the hospital.
NOW thru
Nov. 26
Mercer Carnegie Library Kringle SaleThe annual Friends of the Library Kringle Sale has begun! Orders will be taken through Nov. 26th. Prices remain at $9 per Kringle. Order blanks are available at the Library. The Mercer Carnegie Library is located at 200 North College Avenue in Aledo. For more information, call 309-582-2032. Email: mercer.carnegie@mchsi.com or visit Mercer Carnegie Library Blogspot for more information.
NOW thru Dec. 13Vendors Sought for Christmas BazaarVendors are now being sought for the New Boston Community Center Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 13th. Table rent is $10. If you’re interested, call 309-587-8684.
NOWWRMJ "Trees In the Park"The decorated Christmas trees will be back in Aledo’s Central Park again this year and WRMJ is looking for sponsors and decorators. This year’s theme is “A Christmas Story.” Trees will be set up on Sat., Nov. 29, and need to be decorated by Fri., Dec. 5. Cash prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and to the People’s Choice winner. Businesses, organizations and individuals are welcome to take part. For more information, call WRMJ during regular business hours at 582-5666.
NOWSpay and Neuter Certificates OfferedTo help stop the overpopulation of cats, Mercer County Animal Control is offering a limited amount of spay and neuter certificates for barn cats. For more information, call the shelter at 582-5215.
Oct. 30Sherrard Public Library District Events for OctoberSherrard Public Library District Events for October:
* Oct. 30th, 6 p.m. -- Balloon workshop with LoonE Lori. Learn about balloons and safety. Followed by a Magic Show at 7 p.m.!
Events are free and are held at the Sherrard Public Library, 201 5th Ave. in Sherrard.
Oct. 30Lifetree 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. 30th, the topic will be “Zombies!...What’s the fascination?”. Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Nov. 1
Volunteers NeededThis Saturday, November 1st , the Aledo Park District is seeking volunteers to help spread mulch or rubber chips at Fenton Park around the new playground equipment. Please meet at Fenton Park in Aledo this Saturday at 9am with gloves, rakes, and shovels. For questions, call Jason at the Aledo Park District: 309-737-1049. Any volunteers that are able to help - even for a short time - will be greatly appreciated.
Oct. 31Mercer County 4-H Food DriveMercer County 4-Hers are going trick-or-treating for non-perishable food items on Fri., Oct. 31. They will be collecting at various locations in Aledo, Joy, Eliza, Sherrard, and Viola. All collected food items will be donated to the local food pantries. If anyone is interested in helping, contact the Mercer County Extension Office at 309-582-5106.
Oct. 31AUMC “Trunk-or-Treat”Aledo United Methodist annual “Trunk-or-Treat” is 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 31, in the parking lot south of the Church.
October 2014Free Blood Pressure ScreeningsOct. 30, 5 - 6 p.m. - New Boston, Community Center
Nov. 1Rock Island lady Reds Donut FundraiserThe Rock Island Lady Reds will be at Aledo Walmart, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sat., Nov. 1, selling Krispy Kreme Donut to raise money for their team. Cost: $10/dozen.
Nov. 2Sugar Tree Grove Soup LuncheonSugar Tree Grove Church, located at 2210 MAM Trail, will host a Soup Luncheon, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m., Sun., Nov. 2. The menu includes soups, salads and desserts. Cost is by donation. NOTE: Church will be held Sat., Nov. 1, 6 p.m.
Nov. 280th Birthday Open HouseAn 80th Birthday Open House for Roger "Slick" Sedam will be held from 1 - 4 p.m., Sun., Nov. 2, at the Joy Fire Station, 201 W. Main St., Joy. Food and drinks will be provided. Bring your loose change for games.
Nov. 2Bear Country Wrestling Registration & Wiener RoastThe registration date and wiener roast for the Bear Country Wrestling Club is on Sun., Nov. 2nd, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bill Breeden Wrestling Building, across from the Mercer County High School in Aledo. Come sign up, see your buddies, and have a hot dog to welcome the new season!
Nov. 3
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.
Nov. 4Adventure Christian, Muscatine, Hosts Blood Drive Adventure Christian in Muscatine will host a community blood drive from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 4. This drive is open to the public. Adventure Christian is located at 1963 N. Tipton Rd. in Muscatine. To donate, please contact Deborah Hernandez at 563-607-7377.
Nov. 5Fur-Ever Friends MeetingFur-Ever Friends, a newly formed, non-profit support group for the Mercer County Animal Shelter, is meeting at 6:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 5, at Happy Joe's, Aledo, meeting room. Please arrive earlier to eat before the meeting. All animal lovers are invited to join this newly formed group.
Nov. 7Genesis Auxiliary BazaarGenesis Medical Center, Aledo Auxiliary will hold its annual Bazaar from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fri., Nov. 7, in the hospital conference room. There will be a bake sale, used books and a drawing for a special door prize. The Auxiliary Gift Shop Christmas Open House will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. that same day.
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.
Nov. 7 & 8“Women of Faith” Simulcast Aledo United Methodist Church will host a “Women of Faith” Simulcast on Fri., Nov. 7, 6-8 p.m., and Sat., Nov. 8, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The cost is $10. Saturday’s event includes lunch. Contact the Church Office, 582-2169, or Laura Diehl, 582-2156, for more information.
Nov. 7 & 8"Forgiveness: It's Fun to be FREE” WorkshopEveryone is invited to a free “Forgiveness: It's Fun to be FREE” Workshop sponsored by Embraced By Hope Life Coaching with Lori Boruff. In this FREE mini-workshop, you’ll find a mighty message for people who think it's impossible to forgive or who are stuck in a cycle of forgiving but reliving the pain and need the key to be free. Join Speaker and Life Coach, Lori Boruff, at Blessed by Nature, 315 SE 3rd St., Aledo, for one workshop offered two different days: Fri., Nov. 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. OR Sat., Nov. 8, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. For questions, email Lori at embracedbyhope@live.com
Nov. 8One Nation Under God BreakfastThe Exchange Club of Aledo is holding the "One Nation Under God Breakfast" on Saturday Nov. 8th at the Aledo VFW Hall at 106 S. W. 3rd Ave. at 7:00 a.m. Mr Ron Fullerlove will be the guest speaker. Suggested donation is $5.00 with proceeds going to the VFW and The Ladies Auxiliary.
Nov. 8New Boston UMC Chicken & Noodle SupperThe New Boston United Methodist Women are sponsoring a Chicken-n-Noodle Supper on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 4 to 7 pm. The cost for adults is $9 ; Children ages 6 thru 10 are $5 ; 5 yrs old and under are free. The menu is Chicken-n-Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, a vegetable, salad, dessert, and a drink. All proceeds will benefit the church. For questions, call 309-587-8640
Nov. 8Community Bible Fellowship To Host Blood DriveCommunity Bible Fellowship will host a Blood Drive on Sat., Nov. 8th. It will be from 7 to 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Community Bible, located at 1109 SE 3rd St., Aledo. Must be 17 with a photo ID. Make your appointment by calling 800-747-5401, ext. 1281, or visit bloodcenterimpact.org.
Nov. 8Craft/Vendor Show Benefits Time For Tots PreschoolA Craft/Vendor Show will be held Sat., Nov. 8th, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Alpha Grade School. Proceeds benefit Time For Tots Preschool. Call 309-667-2211 for more information.
Nov. 8Celebrate Girl Scout Founder's BirthdayHelp the Girl Scouts celebrate the birthday of their founder, Juliette Gordon Low, at the Library Sat., Nov. 8th, 10 a.m. to noon. There will be lots of party activities and it's free and open to the public. The Mercer Carnegie Library is located at 200 North College Avenue in Aledo. For more information, call 309-582-2032. Email: mercer.carnegie@mchsi.com or visit Mercer Carnegie Library Blogspot for more information.
Nov. 8Sherrard Fire Department 13th Annual Soup SupperThe Sherrard Fire Department will be holding its 13th Annual Soup Supper from 4 -7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 8, at the Fire Station, 101 1st St., Sherrard. The menu includes chili, oyster stew, chicken noodle, navy bean and ham, vegetable beef, and potato soups, along with bread, dessert, and beverage. Cost is by donation. For more information, call the event chairman at 309-236-6072 or the fire station at 309-593-2412.
Nov. 83rd Annual Veterans BallThe 3rd Annual Veterans Ball will be held on Sat., Nov. 8, at the Mercer County VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave., Aledo. Social hour is 5 - 6 p.m., dinner 6 - 7 p.m., ceremony 7 - 7:30 p.m., and entertainment 8 p.m. - midnight. Tickets are $15/single and $25/couple. Korean War veterans will be honored and there will be raffles and door prizes. Call 309-582-7055 for ticket information. Event hosted by Mercer County VFW Post 1571, the American Legion Post 121, and their Ladies Auxiliary.
Nov. 12Blood Drive - Andalusia Elementary SchoolThe Andalusia Elementary School will host a community blood drive from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 12, in the school gym. The school is located at 112 Seventh Avenue East, Andalusia. To donate, please contact Jen Elliott at 309-269-6376 or visit MVRBC and use code 1533 to locate the drive.
Nov. 13 & 14MCHS Presents "Alice in Wonderland, Jr."On November 13th and 14th, at 7:00 pm the Mercer County Music Department will be presenting “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney film. Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! The cast of Alice in Wonderland Jr. consists of High School and Junior High students. Tickets can be purchased from cast members or at the door. Students are $3 and Adults are $5. Come on out and enjoy the show!
Nov. 16Connor Sutton Recovery FundraiserThe community is invited to the “Connor Sutton Recovery” Fundraiser on Sun., Nov. 16, from noon to 5 p.m. at La Belle Vie in Aledo. Stop in for a good cause and enjoy a hog roast-style buffet at $6 per plate, a raffle, silent auction and music. Connor, the son of Bill & Chris Sutton, is recovering from a head injury sustained in an accident and all proceeds will go to assist the family with medical expenses.
Nov. 21
Register by Nov. 12
MC Farm Bureau "Special Program For Women"The Mercer County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee is hosting their annual “Special Program for Women” on Fri., Nov. 21, at Doug’s Town and Country Restaurant in Aledo. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. The cost of the program is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. The cost includes a sandwich, soup, pie, and a beverage. The program will begin with Stephanie Godke, Chef & Culinary Instructor, presenting “Cast Iron Skillet Cooking.” She will talk about how to preseason and handle your cast iron cookware and will demonstrate some cooking techniques and share some recipes. Next, Martha Smith, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, will present “Ages & Stages of Gardening.” This program walks you through the stages of gardening. She will also talk about how to garden “smarter.” Be sure not to miss this fantastic program created especially for the women of Mercer County. For more information and to make reservations, contact the Mercer County Farm Bureau at 309-582-5116 by Wed., Nov. 12th. Space is limited to the first 50 people who sign up for the program.
Nov. 21-22“Follow the Star” Christmas BazaarThe Aledo United Methodist Church's annual “Follow the Star” Christmas Bazaar is Nov. 21st & 22nd; Fri., 3-7 p.m. and Sat., 8-11 a.m. It features a large Nativity Display and shopping at many Specialty Booths.
Dec. 4-5ADONAI Open HouseADONAI, a community advocacy program serving all veterans of all eras, located at 110 NW 5th Avenue, Aledo, invites everyone to their annual Open House Dec. 4-5; Thurs., 4 - 7 p.m., and Fri., 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call 309-582-4153 for more information.
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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