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NOW - Sept. 18City of Aledo Fire Hydrant FlushingThe City of Aledo will be flushing all fire hydrants during the month of September, 2015. The town will be divided by quarter and sections. Flushing may require longer or shorter time frames. The City will be actively updating its progress. For more information, please listen to WRMJ or call City Hall at 582-7241. The tentative schedule is:
SW Quadrant - Week of Aug. 24 - 28
SE Quadrant - Week of Aug. 31 - Sept. 4
NW Quadrant - Week of Sept. 8 - 11
NE Quadrant - Week of Sept. 14 - 18
During Hydrant flushing water is safe to use and drink, but you may experience discoloration in wash cycles.
ONGOINGVolunteers Needed for Tri-County MRC Community Survival Garden ProjectsTri-County Medical Reserve Corps, serving Mercer, Henderson, and Warren Counties, received notice of approval for a $15,000 grant to construct two community survival gardens and 10 potted gardens, and to provide education to the public on sustainable food sources. Tri-County MRC is based at Mercer County Health Department, and they are excited to have received a third Challenge Grant, planning to begin construction of the gardens early this spring. Community members are encouraged to volunteer for the Tri-County Medical Reserve Corps or to assist with the garden projects. To volunteer or to find out more, call Mercer County Health Department at 309-582-3759.
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.
NOWCounty Hazard Mitigation Plan SurveyThe Mercer County Health Department is seeking participants, county wide, to complete a short survey on natural hazards affecting Mercer County for research needed to update the Mercer County Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan must be updated every five years for the county to be eligible for FEMA funding for future disaster events. If interested in completing a survey, please call the Mercer County Health Department and ask for Katie, 309-582-3759. Leave your full name and address. Surveys will be mailed to participants with a self-addressed return envelope. Thank you for your participation.
NOW - Oct. 8 - every ThursdayFarmer's MarketAledo’s Main Street’s Farmers Market is open every Thursday, now through October 8th from 4 to 6 p.m. 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.
Sept. 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., Sept. 3rd, the topic will be “Blowing the Whistle on Abuse. One courageous teenage girl tells her story." Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Sept. 4-643rd Annual Orion Fall FestivalThe 43rd Annual Orion Fall Festival opens at 5 p.m., Fri., Sept. 4, in Orion's historic Central Park and runs through 9 p.m., Sun., Sept. 6. For a complete schedule of events and times, visit www.mainstreetorion.com, or call 309 526-8320.
Sept. 5Eliza Lions Ken Cox RideThe Eliza Lions club and Jeff Attig will hold the second annual tractor ride honoring former citizen Ken Cox on Sat., Sept. 5th, at the Mercer County Fair Grounds in Aledo. The route this year will be a trip to Oquawka for a lunch, and a return to the Aledo starting point. A $25 donation is required per tractor, and the usual Slow Moving Vehicle signage and liability insurance are required by the state of Illinois. Sign up is at 7 a.m. at the Fair Grounds, with departure at 8 a.m. Contacts are Jeff Attig, 309-371-7721; Dick Nash, 309-537-3536; Dave Frieden, 309-537-3617; or Lew Fowler, 563-260-5975.
Sept. 6Mercer County Family YMCA Line Dance ClassesThe Mercer County YMCA Country Western line dance classes are scheduled to begin on Sun., Sept. 6th. The beginner class will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. It is geared for people who are interested in learning the basic steps, getting some exercise and making new friends. This is a great opportunity to learn dances at a relaxed pace. A second class will be held from 6:25 - 7:30 p.m. This class will be a mix of beginner and intermediate line dances and couples dances. It is geared for people who know the basic steps and want to learn new dances or brush up on some of the old favorites. Classes are held in Aledo at the College Avenue YMCA above City Hall. Call the YMCA if you have any questions, 309-582-5101. Pre-registration is not required.
Sept. 9Essley Noble Museum Open HouseEveryone is invited to an open house at Essley Noble Museum on Wed., Sept. 9th, from 7 to 9 p.m., where you’ll enjoy finger foods, door prizes, and more! Watch how ropes are made, enjoy music on the Victrola, and see how the pump organ works. Tour the one-room schoolhouse and see antique farm items and historical artifacts. If you love history...if you love Mercer County...you’ll love this open house! The Essley Noble Museum is just east of Mercer County High School and Aledo Public Pool on Southeast 2nd Avenue. Come discover Mercer County’s “best-kept secret."
Sept. 9Pond ClinicThe Rock Island SWCD is sponsoring a pond clinic on Wed., Sept. 9th, at 5509 286th Street N., Hillsdale, IL. DNR Fish Biologist Ken Clodfelter will be the featured speaker on pond management including fish stocking rates and species. He will also discuss aquatic weed control. NRCS/SWCD will discuss pond construction and maintenance. To make a reservation, contact the Rock Island SWCD office in Milan at 309-764-1486, Ext. 3 by Sept. 4th. A meal will be provided to everyone who attends starting at 5 p.m. with the program to start shortly after. Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair.
Sept. 10Lifetree 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., Sept. 10th, the topic will be “An Immigrant in the Sanctuary. When faith and politics collide." Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Sept. 11-12Andalusia Lions Fish FryThe Andalusia Fish Fry is Fri., Sept. 11th - Sat., Sept. 12th. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday. There will also be a tractor show along with craft booths. Crossroads Band will perform on Saturday evening, from 7 – 11 p.m. Meals will be served on Friday evening, from 5 - 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sept. 11-12The Patriot Golf OutingAdonai Community Support Services (ACSS) will have "The Patriot Golf Outing," Sept. 11-12, at Oakview Country Club, Aledo. The event is open to the public. The event is four-person preferred ball and the cost is $50 per golfer and includes green fees and goody bag. There is an additional $15 fee for each golf cart rental if needed. Proceeds will benefit local veteran services. There will be a 50/50 raffle and prizes. For registration information, contact 309-582-4153 or 309-582-2277. Mail registration forms or drop off at Adonai Community Support Services, 100 NW 5th Ave., Aledo or email to: adonaicouncelingservices@gmail.com.
Sept. 12Mercer County Remembrance RideThe 2nd annual Mercer County Remembrance Ride will be on Sat., Sept. 12th. Sign up from 9 - 10 a.m. at Seaton Fire Department. Motorcycles and autos welcomed. The cost is $15 per driver, $5 for each additional passenger. For t-shirt sales and updated information, go to Facebook at Mercer County 9-11 Remembrance Ride. The ride is approximately 100 miles with several stops. Donation dinner & entertainment to follow at Keithsburg Fire Department.
Sept. 12Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood DriveThere will be an Aledo community blood drive from 7 to 11 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 12th, at Community Bible Fellowship - Fellowship Hall, 1109 S.E. 3rd St., Aledo. To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-747-5401 ext. 1281 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1011 to locate the drive.
Sept. 12 & 13Viola Threshers' ReunionThe 9th Annual Viola Threshers’ Reunion will be on Sat. and Sun., Sept. 12-13, at Miles Memorial Park in Viola. There will be displays of antique farm equipment, demonstrations, kids activities, flea market, food, music and more.
Sept.15Community Blood DriveJoy State Bank will host a Community Blood Drive Tues., Sept. 15th, 1 - 4 p.m., at the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Donor Bus parked at Joy Fire Station, Joy. To donate, call Joy State Bank at 309-584-4146 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 2997 to locate the drive. Walk-in donors are welcome; appointments are appreciated.
Sept. 15American Red Cross Blood Donation Location - Mercer County VFW Hall, AledoThe American Red Cross will have a blood donation site at Mercer County VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave., on Tues., Sept. 15th, from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 733-2767.
Sept. 17Lifetree 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., Sept. 17th, the topic will be “A Day In The Life Of The Hidden Homeless. A mother’s struggle to keep her family together." Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Sept. 19Color Me Happy 5K RunThe Color Me Happy 5K Run will be on Sept. 19 at 8 a.m., at the corner of happy & healthy, 9th Street and 31st Ave., Rock Island. Gather your family and friends to raise money for individuals with disabilities. Go to www.GetMeRegistered.com/QCColorMeHappy5K to get registered. Registration is $30.
Sept. 19Community Blood DriveEdgington Presbyterian Church will host a Community Blood Drive Sat., Sept.19, 7 - 11 a.m., at the Fellowship Room, 13228 140th St. W., Edgington. To donate, contact Sharon Orr at 309-795-1713 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 070 to locate the drive.
Sept. 19Rockridge Pay it Forward Scholarship Committee Vendor and Craft FairThe Rockridge Pay it Forward Scholarship Committee's Vendor and Craft Fair will be Sat., Sept. 19th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockridge High School, located at 14110-134th Ave. West, Taylor Ridge (Edgington). The fair will showcase over 40 vendors and crafters from the area. All proceeds will be used for scholarships for Rockridge students.
Sept. 20Viola United Methodist Church Sunday School KickoffViola United Methodist Church will have their Sunday School kickoff Block Party on Sun., Sept. 20th, from 10:15 a.m. - Noon. There will be games, prizes, music, a bounce house, lunch and fun for all kids ages 3 to 18. For more information, contact the church office at 309-596-2152. The church's doors will be open, and the whole community is invited for food, fun, and fellowship.
Sept. 24Lifetree Caf'eLifetree 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, Sept. 24th, the topic will be “Is Marriage Obsolete?” Why more people are saying,” I don’t”. Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Sept. 24 - 25Mercer County Homecoming ActivitiesThe Mercer County High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Thurs., Sept. 24th, and other activities will be held at the Aledo Band Shell. The Homecoming game is Fri., Sept. 25th.
Sept.Free Blood Pressure ScreeningWestern Illinois Home Health Care is offering free
blood pressure screenings at the following Mercer County locations:
Sept. 16, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. - Aledo – YMCA
Sept. 16, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. - Reynolds – American Legion Post 1166
Sept. 17, 4:30 – 5:50 p.m. – Aledo – Vashti Village
Sept. 23, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. – Aledo - Brookstone of Aledo
Sept. 23, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. – Aledo – Senior Center
Sept. 24, 5 – 6 p.m. – New Boston – Community Center
Sept.Eaglets & Friends PlaygroupParents of children ages birth to 5 - sign up on the Eaglets & Friends playgroup roster! This year we are looking forward to new friends & new themes. Join us the 1st and 3rd weeks every month at Apollo and/or New Boston Elementary locations in the early childhood room at 10 a.m. Mark your calendars for:
Sept, 17: How do Dinosaur's Play With their Friends? (NB).
Attend one of these & have a chance to win one of the back-to-school door prizes!
Oct. 1Lifetree Caf'eLifetree 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, Oct. 1st, the topic will be “Leaving God?” Insights from those who’ve walked away from church. Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Oct. 3,17, 31University of Illinois Extension; 4-H Disc Golf Spin ClubThe University of Illinois will have a 4-H Disc golf Spin Club to improve disc golf skills. The event is opened to all youth ages 12 to 18 on Oct. 3rd, 17th, and 31st at the disc golf course at Frosty's Rest Disc Golf Center, 552 207th St., Alexis. The cost is free for current 4-H members; Non-members - $20. The annual program fee to join 4-H is $20. For more information call the Extension office at 582-5106.
Oct. 7Genesis - Aledo Hospital Auxiliary Autumn Bake SaleThe ladies of Genesis - Aledo Hospital Auxiliary will host their Autumn Bake Sale on Wednesday, Oct. 7th beginning at 7 a.m. in the hospital at 409 NW 9th Ave., Aledo. In addition to the wide array of baked goods, there will be a gift basket drawing.
Oct. 17Shellie Pratt Schriner BenefitA Benefit for Shellie Pratt Schriner will be Sat., Oct. 17th, 11 a.m. to ?, at Jim's Knoxville Tap, 8716 Knoxville Rd., Milan. Entertainment provided by Keller's Karaoke. There will be a 50/50 drawing, raffles, bake sale, silent auction and kids games. BBQ plates will be available for $6, and there will be a cash bar. Proceeds will go toward her medical expenses. To donate items, contact Kara Hurst at 309-738-1023, or Kelly Carey at 309-314-6785. Cash donations can be made at any Vibrant Credit Union.
Oct. 24Mercer County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team Trivia Night FundraiserMercer County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team will have their Trivia Night Fundraiser Sat., Oct. 24th, at the Mercer County VFW. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the fun starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $80 per team of 8 ($10 per person). Bring your own snacks. Drinks will be available to purchase. There will be a 50/50 drawing, door prizes and other drawings. To pre-register or for questions, call 309-534-8376 or 309-236-2504.
Nov. 21Early Bird Holiday Open HouseMore details to follow.
Dec. 4 & 5Aledo Holly Days, Electric Parade & Santa House VisitsMore details to follow.
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 Summer Hours, beginning April 1 thru Oct. 31: Wed., Sat., and 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.
***VA Service Rep will not be in the Aledo office Thurs., July 9th, due to surgery. ***
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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 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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