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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.
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.
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.
NOWCrafters Needed for July 18th Viola DaysCrafters are being sought for the 2nd Annual Viola Days on Sat., July 18th. If anyone is interested in having a space at this event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., they can contact Jim Morrison at Morrison’s Market or call 309-596-2434.
June 4 - July 17Summer Meals ProgramThe Summer Meals Program will serve meals, Mon. - Fri., June 4 - July 17, at the Intermediate School in Aledo, and New Boston Elementary School in New Boston. Breakfast will be served from 8 - 8:45 a.m. Lunch will be served from 12 - 12:30 p.m. There will be no meals on July 3rd. The meals are free of charge to anyone 1 – 18 years of age. The local contact person is Kay Hedrick, Coordinator or Mercer County, 309-299-7309.
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.
June 29 - July 3Vacation Bible SchoolChildren ages 3 years through 5th grade can embark on an icy expedition during Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church Aledo. The theme is "Everest" Conquering Challenges With God's Power. VBS will be held 9 a.m. - noon, Mon., June 29 - Fri., July 3. Pre-registration is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Pre-register by calling First Baptist Aledo at 309-582-7812. The church is located at 800 NE 6th Ave., Aledo.
July 2Lifetree 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., July 2, the topic will be “When Everything Goes Wrong, Where Is God?” Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
July 3Matherville Fireworks Association's 48th Annual Fireworks DisplayMatherville Fireworks Association's 48th Annual Fireworks Display, will be on the shores of Lake Matherville, at dusk, on Fri., July 3rd. Rain date is July 4th. All donated proceeds will go to the Matherville Volunteer Fire Department. Donations are accepted at the gate. No pets allowed.
July 4Eliza Ladies Aid Annual 4th of July BreakfastThe Eliza Ladies Aid Annual 4th of July Breakfast and Bake Sale will be on Saturday, July 4th, at Eliza Community Center, serving from 7 - 9:30 a.m. They will serve sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, homemade rolls, toast, coffee, milk and assorted juices. The cost is by donation.
July 4Aledo's Old Fashioned 4th of July Festivities - Frog Race, Music, Lunch, and Fireworks!Aledo is the place to be for old-fashioned fun on the 4th of July!

~ Start the day with the 23rd Annual Dr. Charles Ford 4th of July Frog Race! Registration is at 9 a.m. and the first race starts at 10. There are several age divisions from 3 years old to seniors, so bring your own frog to Aledo’s Central Park ready to race or rent a frog for a dollar! There will be cash prizes and, of course, one winner will take home the coveted frog race clock.

~ At noon there will be Music in the Aledo Central Park Band Shell performed by the Mercer County Community Band.

~ Enjoy a nice lunch at the Messiah Lutheran Thrivent Action Team Fundraiser (in Central Park). From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They'll be serving brats, hot dogs, and homemade ice cream to benefit Cole Peterson and Relay For Life.

~ Finally at dusk, come see the free fireworks at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Grab a lawn chair, blanket, or tailgate and enjoy the show!
July 4Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church Saturday Night ServiceMessiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, Aledo now holds Saturday evening worship services, however, they will not hold a service on Sat., July 4th, due to the holiday.
July 6Winola Alumni Banquet Reservations Needed

The Winola Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, July 11th at the Big Red Barn in New Windsor. Reservations are needed by Monday, July 6th. To make your reservation or for more information, call Darla Seaberg at 309-596-2802.

July 6 - 11Help 4-H Pack the Bus With School SuppliesMercer County 4-H will be collecting school supplies for our community kids in need. Drop off your donations at the 4-H office starting in July, or during the Mercer County Fair. Donated items can be dropped off Tues., July 7th, from 2 to 5 p.m.; Wed., July 8th, from noon to 6 p.m.; Thurs., July 9th, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; and Fri., July 10th, from 2 to 6 p.m. Just look for the BIG yellow bus, located by the Fair office. The collected school supplies will be distributed to Mercer County youth to help them start off the new school year.
July 8Pedal Tractor Pull at the Mercer County FairThe Mercer County Farm Bureau Young Leaders are sponsoring a Pedal Tractor Pull at the Mercer County Fair on Wed., July 8th, at the Pavilion by the main fair gate. Registration and weigh-in will begin at 12 p.m. and the pull will begin at 1 p.m. The pull is free for any child age 12 and under. Mercer County Fair gate admission is also free at the time of the pull. There will be three classes for the kids determined by their weight. The three classes will be lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight. Trophies will be awarded to the first 3 places in each pulling class. Tractors will be provided. For more information, contact Kendra Bolen, Manager, Mercer County Farm Bureau, at 309-582-5116.
July 9VA Service Office AnnouncementThe Veteran's Assistance Service Representative may not be in the Veterans and General Assistance Office in Aledo on Thurs., July 9 due to surgery. If you have business to conduct there, please call ahead at 582-2714 to see if there's someone there who can take care of your needs.
July 11Benefit for Lori (Lutrell) Strom-SzymarekA benefit for Lori (Lutrell) Strom-Symarek will be on Sat., July 11, beginning at 1 p.m., at The Barn, New Boston. There will be a hog roast, live entertainment, basket raffles, 50/50 raffle, and auction. Lori has been fighting stage 4 breast cancer for 5 years. Please come out and show your support. To volunteer, donate, or for more information, call Bill at 371-3541.
July 1113th Annual Mercer County VFW Benefit Golf OutingThe 13th Annual Mercer County VFW Benefit Golf Outing will be on Sat., July 11th, at Hawthorn Ridge Golf Club, Rt. 94 South, Aledo. Check in starts at 7 a.m., shot gun starts at 8 a.m. - four man preferred ball. The cost is $240 per team. Send checks to Dan Hilligoss at 705 N.E. 5th Ave., Aledo, IL 61231. Make checks payable to: VFW 1571 Golf Outing. For more information, call Dave Etter at 309-582-5456 or Dan Hilligoss at 309-582-2977.
July 18Chris Foster BenefitA benefit for Chris Foster will be Saturday, July 18th at 11 a.m., at the New Boston Fish Fry Park. The benefit will include: Food, Music, Raffles, Bake Sale, Silent Auctions, Basket Raffles, Drinks, Jello Shots, Bags Tournament, Horseshoes Tournament, Motorcycle Run, and Much More. All proceeds go to Chris and his family. To donate contact: 563-260-8227. To donate baked goods contact Peggy Brown @ 563-506-9354.
July 18Aledo Park District Ice Cream SocialThe Aledo Park District will be having an ice cream social on Sat., July 18th, at Aledo's North Side Park from 1 - 3 p.m., to celebrate the new playground equipment in all 3 parks. There is no charge.
July 21American Red Cross Blood DriveThe American Red Cross will have a blood donation site on Tues., July 21, from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., at the VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave. in Aledo. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.
July 23Aledo Central Park Band ShellOn Thurs., July 23rd, at 7 p.m., Maggie Terrill will perform at Aledo Central Park Band Shell.
July 24Cinema @ CentralOn Fri., July 24th, Cinema @ Central Park in Aledo presents Big Hero 6 beginning at dusk.
July 25 - 26"Gone Fishing" Vacation Bible School"Gone Fishing" Vacation Bible School presented by Aledo Grace E-Free Church will be Sat., July 25th, and Sun., July 26th, at the Fenton Park Pavilion in Aledo. Supper and Bible lesson will be from 5 - 6 p. m., swimming will be from 6 - 7:30 p.m., for children ages kindergarten - 5th grade. Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Grace E-Free Church at 309-582-5200.
July 27 - 302nd Annual Youth Basketball Academy to Support Erika Kate Hope AllianceThe 2nd Annual Youth Basketball Academy to support the Erika Kate Hope Alliance will be July 27 - 30. Early registration fee is available until May 1st. Jamie Young, an assistant coach for the 17- Time NBA Champion Boston Celtics will be the host. He will be joined by an experienced staff of girls and boys basketball coaches from across the country. The mission of the academy is to further develop the fundamental skills of basketball while focusing on core values to build character on and off the court.
Times: 9 a.m. - noon (boys and girls entering 2nd - 5th grades), 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (boys and girls entering 6th - 8th grades)
Fees: $75 before May 1, $100 after May 1
Location: PepsiCo Center, Augustana College, 1025 30th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201
For more information, contact Tanya Marx at 309-798-7925 or Tanya.Marx@erikakate.org. Registration is now available at http://dellitt4th.wix.com/younghopebasketball
July 30Aledo Central Park Band ShellOn Thurs., July 30th, at 7 p.m., Nearly Elvis (Elvis Impersonator) will perform at Aledo Central Park Band Shell.
July
Mercer County Family Crisis Center Free summer park programThe Mercer County Family Crisis Center is sponsoring a FREE summer park program throughout the month of July. It is geared for children entering 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th grade. Jr. High age students are welcome to come and be helpers. This program is all about community education, group activities, crafts, and snacks. To register for this free program, call the Mercer County Family Crisis Center at 582-7233. You can attend just one session or all of them. Will cancel if inclement weather. Mark your calendar with the following dates.
Seaton: Mon., July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th at Seaton Park from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
New Boston: Tues., July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th at Fish Fry Park from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Keithsburg: Tues., July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th at Fireman's Park from 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Aledo: Thurs., July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th at Yogi Bear Park from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Joy: Thurs., July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th at Joy Park from 12:30 - 2 p.m.
July
Free Blood Pressure ScreeningWestern Illinois Home Health Care is offering free blood pressure screenings at the following Mercer County locations:
July 1, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. - Keithsburg – Village Green Apartments
July 1, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Seaton – Wheeler’s Café
July 15, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. - Aledo - YMCA
July 15, 10:30 – 11:30 - Reynolds – American Legion Post 1166
July 16, 4:30 – 5:50 p.m. – Aledo – Vashti Village
July 22, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. – Aledo - Brookstone of Aledo
July 22, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. – Aledo – Senior Center
July 30, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – New Boston – Community Center
Aug. 1AG Rescue Course for Fire Departments and EMTsThe Bureau, Henry, and Stark County Farm Bureaus along with the Kewanee Fire Department will be sponsoring a course for area fire, rescue, and EMS providers. In cooperation with Illinois Farm Bureau, and the Illinois Fire Service Institute, this training session will be offered at the Kewanee Fire Department, 401 East Third Street, Kewanee, on Sat., Aug. 1, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The course will involve an 8-hour combination instruction and hands-on incident training. Rescue personnel will learn principles and guidelines for the safe response to tractor roll-overs, entrapment in field agricultural machinery, entanglements in stationary equipment, electrical incidents, agricultural chemical spills and exposure, fires related to the farm operation and other agriculturally - related incidents. Please register online at: www.fsi.illinois.edu or contact the Henry County Farm Bureau at 309-937-2411 or email henrycfb@geneseo.net. This program is provided free of charge.
Aug. 2Adamfest for Rock Island Mental Health Research BenefitAdamfest for the Rock Island County Mental Health Research Outdoor Benefit Concert will be on Sun., Aug. 2nd, from 12 - 8 p.m. There is a $5 donation entry fee at the gate, 12 and under get in free. There will be good food and music, martial arts demonstrations between bands, and 50/50 raffles. Monetary donations can be made to RICO MHR. For information, contact George Smith at 309-230-3178.
Aug. 6Aledo Central Park Band ShellOn Thurs., Aug. 6th, at 7 p.m., The Terrill Sisters will perform at Aledo Central Park Band Shell.
Aug. 13Aledo Central Park Band ShellOn Thurs., Aug. 13th, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a YMCA Christian Concert at Aledo Central Park Band Shell.
Aug. 14Cinema @ CentralOn Fri., Aug. 14th, Cinema @ Central Park in Aledo presents Box Trolls beginning at dusk.
Aug. 2929th Annual Antique DaysMore details to follow.
Aug. 29Aledo Central Park Band ShellWatch for all kinds of entertainment in the Band Shell during Antique Days, Sat., Aug. 29.
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.
Oct. 2Aledo Central Park Band ShellWatch for Mercer County High School Homecoming activities at the Band Shell.
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 2nd, and possibly on July 9th due to surgery. It would be a good idea to call ahead on July 9th. ***
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 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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