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Dec. 19 -
Christmas
FREE Christmas Trees from Dec. 19 - Christmas DayThe Exchange Club is offering the remaining Christmas trees in the shelter at Central Park for free to anyone in the area who needs one. Just come and pick one out and take it home!
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 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.
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.
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Jan. 31
Bushels for HungerThis fall, farmers throughout the area have donated bushels of grain in an effort to feed the hungry through the “Bushels for Hunger” program. The following elevators are just some of the elevators that have joined Farm Bureau’s efforts to feed the hungry: ADM grain, Big River Resources, Gold Star FS, River Valley Cooperative, and Cargill.

Farmers have until January 31st to donate grain. Donating grain is simple. Just tell the scale operator how many bushels you would like to donate to “Bushels for Hunger.” All of the grain donated will be sold and the money earned will be donated to River Bend Food Bank. Remember, you have until January 31st to donate to this very worthy cause.

If you have any questions about the “Bushels for Hunger” program, contact the Mercer County Farm Bureau at 309-582-5116.
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Feb. 15
Mediacom Scholarship ApplicationsMediacom Communications is offering $60,000 in scholarship support for high school students who are seniors and plan to obtain further education. The scholarship program will award $1,000 World Class Scholarships to 60 high school seniors. Recipients will be selected from applicants living in areas where Mediacom delivers broadband and cable television services. Applications for Mediacom’s World Class Scholarships are available online at: www.mediacomworldclass.com. All high schools in Mediacom-served communities were sent informational cards asking school officials to make seniors aware of the scholarship and encourage submission of applications on or before Feb. 15, 2015.
NOW - JUNE 30, 2015PSA (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.
Dec. 24College Avenue Presbyerian Church Christmas Eve ServiceCollege Avenue Presbyterian Church, Aledo, is holding their Christmas Eve Worship Service on Wed., Dec. 24th, at 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Dec. 25No Lifetree CafeLifetree Café, normally open from 7 to 8 p.m. each Thursday evening at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 606 S.E. 3rd St., Aledo, will not have programs on Dec. 25th or Jan. 1st due to the holidays. Lifetree Café will resume again on Thurs., Jan. 8th.
Dec. 2538th Annual Christmas Dinner at Messiah Lutheran Church, AledoEveryone is invited to the 38th Annual Christmas Dinner on Thurs., Dec. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Aledo. Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, corn, home-made Swedish rye bread, rolls, salads, condiments, and pie will be served. They will offer rides or carry-out service for those who are homebound within the city limits of Aledo. All they need is the name, phone number, and address of the recipients. To attend, please call the church office at 582-5261 or Nancy and Tom Watkins at 582-7352 no later than Sun., Dec. 21. If there is no answer, leave your name and the number of people that will be attending.
Dec. 26Mercer County VFW Kitchen ClosedThe kitchen at the Mercer County VFW Post 1571 will be closed on Fri. evening, Dec. 26th. It will reopen on Fri., Jan. 2nd.
Dec. 28Women's Self Defense ClassThere will be a women's self defense class on Sun., Dec. 28th, from 12:30 - 4 p.m. at the College Avenue YMCA (above Aledo City Hall). The class will be free to the public. Donations are accepted. For information call 309-582-5101.
Jan. 1Lifetree CafeLifetree Café, normally open from 7 to 8 p.m. each Thursday evening at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 606 S.E. 3rd St., Aledo, will not have programs on Jan. 1st due to the holiday. Lifetree Café will resume again on Thurs., Jan. 8th.
Jan. 7Fur-Ever Friends Monthly MeetingFur-Ever Friends for Mercer County Animals will hold their monthly meeting on Wed., Jan. 7th, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at Happy Joe's in Aledo. Please eat before the meeting starts.
Jan. 10 - 24, 2015Girl Scout EventsJan. 10 - Girl Scout Trip to Snow Star in Andalusia for Snow Tubing, $30 per person. Leaving Galesburg at 11 a.m., returning by 5 p.m. Adult drivers needed as well. For girls in grades K-12. Register by Dec. 31, 2014.

Jan. 17 - Girl Scout Council event "From A to Zoo" at Niabi Zoo for Girl Scouts in grades K-1. Register by Jan. 8, 2015, at www.girlscoutstoday.org. Cost is $6 per person. Times either 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 3 p.m.

Jan. 24 - Girl Scout Winter Wonderland from 1 - 4 p.m. for Girl Scouts in grades K-5. Register by Jan. 8, 2015, at www.girlscoutstoday.org. Cost is $10 per girl.
Jan. 14"Pheasants Forever" Prescribed Burning WorkshopPheasants Forever, in conjunction with the Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District and NRCS, is hosting a prescribed burning workshop on January 14th from 2 – 4 pm. The workshop will inform landowners of the benefits of prescribed burning on wildlife habitat and how it can be used as a form of mid-contract management on CRP. The event will be at the University of Illinois Extension office, 321 W 2nd Avenue in Milan. If you have C-R-P property, you’re encouraged to bring a copy of your contract and an aerial map of the property. To RSVP or for questions contact Brandon at (309) 660-3147
Jan. 15Relay For Life Fundraiser at Boone DocksBoone Docks in Joy will be sponsoring a Relay for Life event on Thurs., Jan. 15th. They will be donating 10 percent of all proceeds for the entire day to Relay for Life of Mercer County. Come eat and help in the fight against cancer!
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.
Every Friday
LAST DATE
Nov. 28
American Legion BingoAledo American Legion Bingo wraps up on Fri., Nov. 28, 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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