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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.
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Jan. 31
Bushels for HungerFarmers 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.
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- 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.
Jan. 31Eliza Fire Department Annual Soup Supper The Eliza Fire Department will be hosting it's annual soup supper Sat., Jan. 31st, from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Eliza Community Center.
Feb. 4Fur-Ever Friends Fur-Ever Friends for Mercer County Animals will meet Wed., Feb. 4, AT 6:30 p.m., in the side room at Happy Joe's in Aledo. Come early to eat before the meeting. We welcome and need anyone interested in helping the shelter animals to join us.
Feb. 5Lifetree 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 Thursday, February 5th, the topic will be “Stem Cells….The miracle cure you may be missing out on”. Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Feb. 7Citizens for Veterans Memorial Spaghetti DinnerThe Citizens for Veterans Memorial Spaghetti Dinner will be on Feb. 7, at Alexis Community Center, serving from 5 - 7 p.m. Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Salad and Drink will be served. Cost: FREE WILL DONATION
Money raised at this dinner will go towards the cost of the memorial.
Feb. 7VUMC Meet Our PastorThe Viola United Methodist Church is hosting a Meet Our Pastor & Family event at 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 7, to welcome Pastor Terry Evans, his wife Annetta, and daughter Lindy. Everyone is invited to enjoy a complete meal which will be served at no charge. A salad to pass is welcome. This event is sponsored by the Viola United Methodist Women and is open to the public.
Feb. 8Messiah Lutheran Church Soup LuncheonThe Messiah Lutheran Church will have their Soup Luncheon after church on Sun., Feb. 8.
Feb. 8Dysert Family Singers in Concert at FBC of JoyThe public is invited to hear the Dysart Family Singers perform in concert at 5 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 8th, at First Baptist Church of Joy at the corner of Drury and Edwards Streets in Joy. There will be a free will offering for the concert. This will be followed by a potluck supper in the Fellowship Hall. To RSVP or for more information, call the Church Office at 309-584-4122.
Feb. 8Wild Game FeedThe 6th Annual Wild Game Feed will be Sun., Feb. 8th, upstairs at Mercer County VFW 1571. Food will be served from 12 - 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $7.50, children under 6 free. They will also be accepting canned goods for the Food Pantry. For more information, call 309-582-7055.
Feb. 12Lifetree 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 Thursday, February 12th, the topic will be “Keeping Love Alive…..Keys to staying close every day”. Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Feb. 14Women's Heart Health Nutrition WorkshopThe Mercer Carnegie Public Library will host a Nutrition Workshop on Sat., Feb. 14th, at 10 a.m. Nina Struss, Registered Dietitian from the Milan Hy-Vee, will provide a presentation about Women's Heart Health, demonstrate with food samples, and explain how good nutrition can be heart healthy and simple. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Feb. 15A Musical ValentineYou are invited to attend "A Musical Valentine" concert and dessert event at 2 p.m., Sun., Feb. 15, at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 606 SE 3rd St., Aledo. Musical numbers will be performed by the Mercer County High School Swing Choir, with a dessert intermission. A free-will offering will be accepted to go toward their trip to Branson, MO, in June. Contact Kris, 309-737-3561, or Nancy, 309-299-4916, for more information.
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March 5
FREE Mercer County Preschool ScreeningsIn order for children to attend preschool, a screening must be completed to determine eligibility. NEW BOSTON ELEMENTARY and APOLLO ELEMENTARY will conduct free preschool screenings of children who are 3 years old by the their screening date in the areas of vision, hearing, speech, behavior and other developmental areas. APPOINTMENTS ARE NECESSARY.

Screening Dates For Apollo Elementary:
Wed., Feb. 18th , 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., United Methodist Church, Aledo
Thurs., Feb. 19th, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, Aledo
For an appointment, call Apollo Elementary School at 309-582-5350.

Screening Dates For New Boston Elementary:
Wed., Feb. 25th, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, Joy
Thurs., March 5th, Noon - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, Joy
For an appointment, call New Boston Elementary School at 309-587-8141.
In addition to the preschool screenings, New Boston and Apollo Elementary Schools will conduct FREE screenings for children birth to age 3. The days and times are the same as the preschool screenings. To schedule an appointment, New Boston residents call 309-587-8141, Aledo residents call 309-734-3908.
Feb. 19The Eagle's Nest Helps RFLMC Fight CancerThe Eagle's Nest in Keithsburg will be sponsoring a Relay for Life all-day event on Thurs., Feb. 19th. They will be donating 10 percent of all proceeds for the entire day to Relay for Life of Mercer County. So stop in for a great meal and help them in their fight against cancer.
Feb. 19Lifetree 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 Thursday, February 19th, the topic will be “Why, God?......When personal tragedy doesn’t make sense”. Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
Feb. 21VFW Post 1571 Bags TourneyThe VFW will have a Bags Tourney upstairs, Sat., Feb. 21st. Early sign-up may be done at the bar or by calling 309-582-7055. The cost is $30 per team and 16 teams are needed.
Feb. 21"Are You Smarter Than A Librarian" Trivia FundraiserThe 7th Annual "Are You Smarter Than A Librarian" trivia fundraiser will be Sat., Feb. 21, at Viola United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m., game starts at 6 p.m., and the cost is $80 per team, up to 8 on each team. There will be raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Sign up at the Viola Public Library District, 1705 14th St., Viola. Sponsored by Royal Neighbors of America Chapter 20066 Matching Funds Project. All proceeds go to the new library building. For more information, call 309-596-2620.
Feb. 26Lifetree Cafe Lifetree 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, February 26th, the topic will be “Make A Difference Now……Choose to be extraordinary”. Lifetree Café is free and open to all. For more information, call Deb at 309-371-4712.
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.
FebruaryFree Blood Pressure SceeningWestern Illinois Home Health Care is offering free blood pressure screenings at the following Mercer County locations:

Feb. 4, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. - Keithsburg - Village Green Apartments

Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Seaton - Wheeler's Cafe'

Feb. 25, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. - Aledo - Brookstone of Aledo

Feb. 25, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Aledo - Senior Center

Feb. 18, 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. - Aledo - YMCA

Feb. 18, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. -Reynolds - American Legion Post 1166

Feb. 19, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Aledo - Vashti Village

Feb. 26, 5 - 6 p.m. - New Boston - Community Center
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.
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.
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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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