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Your Guide To Events In The WRMJ Listening Area


Aug. 13
New Windsor Fair & Rodeo Street Parade Sign Up The New Windsor Fair & Rodeo invites the community to participate in their 2015 Street Parade on Thurs., Aug. 13th, at 5 p.m. This year, participants are asked to send in a registration form you can find on the RODEO WEBSITE or by contacting Leisa Streeter at 309-667-2644. On parade day a registration tent will be set up at the northwest corner of 8th and Washington, beginning at 3 p.m. Parade line-up will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. REMINDER: candy may not be thrown out from a moving vehicle, but may be handed out by those walking in the parade.
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.
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. 1Rockridge Baseball Golf Outing FundraiserOn Sat., Aug. 1, Rockridge High School Baseball Team will host a preferred ball golf outing at Hawthorn Ridge Golf Course, 621 Hwy 94, Aledo. The event will begin at 8 a.m. Please arrive by 7:30 a.m. The cost is $60 per person. Tee Sponsor fee is $200 (fee includes one golf and one lunch). Registration form and fees due by Fri., July 10. All proceeds will go towards equipment for the baseball team and the rejuvenation of their field and dugouts. For more information, contact Glen Cook at 309-373-1233, Kristi Workman at 309-793-8020, John Holbert at 309-781-0577.
Aug. 1Viola Threshers' Reunion Benefit Hog RoastA Viola Threshers’ Reunion fund raiser hog roast will be held on Sat., Aug. 1st, at Miles Memorial Park, Viola. The cost is by free will donation and serving will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Viola Threshers’ Reunion in September. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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. 3 - 7Messiah Lutheran Church Vacation Bible SchoolCome have s'more fun at Vacation Bible School at Messiah Lutheran Church, Aug. 3rd-7th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. At Camp Discovery, we'll learn how Jesus is at work through us! Please call the church office for more information at 309-582-5261.
Aug. 5Fur-Ever FriendsFur-Ever Friends For Mercer County Animals will meet Wed., Aug. 5th, at the Aledo Happy Joe's at 6:30 p.m. Please arrive early and eat prior to the meeting.
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. 8St. Patrick Catholic Church Parish Rummage and Bake SaleSt. Patrick Catholic Church will have their Parish Rummage and Bake Sale, Sat., Aug. 8th, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 9619 140th Street West, Andalusia. You will find "gently used" furniture, sports & recreation equipment, appliances, housewares, collectibles, CDs, DVDs, books and much more.
Aug. 8Viola United Methodist Church Ice Cream SocialThe Viola United Methodist Church Ice Cream Social will be held from 4 - 7 p.m., Sat., Aug. 8, in the Fellowship Hall. They will be serving steamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, drink, cake, pie, and ice cream. Containers of homemade ice cream will also be available for purchase.
Aug. 8BBQ Ribs Cook Off and TastingMercer County VFW 1571, in Aledo, will have a BBQ Rib Cook Off and Tasting on Sat., Aug. 8th, at the north side of building. The entry fee is $40 (fee includes the ribs). For more information, call 582-7055 or stop at the Post, or contact Dennis Eckert at 309-373-1599.
Aug. 13 - 15New Windsor Fair, Rodeo & Horse ShowThe New Windsor Fair, Rodeo & Horse Show takes place Thurs. - Sat., Aug. 13 - 15. The parade is 5 p.m., Thurs., Aug. 13. Rodeo performance is 7 p.m. each night. Many other activities are held during these 3 days of fun! Click here for more information.
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. 16Keithsburg Boat Club Annual BreakfastRain or shine, the Keithsburg Boat Club’s 46th annual “boat-in breakfast” is Sunday, 8/16. Serving is from 6 a.m. to noon with scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, bacon, sausage, melon, tomatoes, toast and beverages. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children 8 and under. There will be entertainment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whether you come by car or by boat....everyone is welcome.
Aug. 20Mercer County Farm Bureau sponsoring a "Market Outlook"The Mercer County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a "Market Outlook" with Stewart - Peterson's Naomi Blohm on Thursday, August 20th, at 6:00 p.m., in the Aledo VFW basement. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers, and includes a ribeye sandwich meal. Reservations must be received by Wednesday, August 12th. To RSVP, call the Farm Bureau office at (309) 582-5116 or e-mail mcfb1@frontiernet.net.
Aug. 21Preemption United Methodist Church 21st Annual Steak SupperOn Fri., Aug. 21, from 5 - 7 p.m., the Preemption United Methodist Church will have their 21st Annual Steak Supper. The menu will include cubed steak, mashed potatoes, green beans or corn, applesauce or coleslaw, dessert, bread and a drink. The cost is adults - $10, children 10 and under - $5. For tickets, call Patrice Jones at 309-738-5894. Reservations are required by Sun., Aug. 16th.
Aug. 22Edwards River Valley Limbhangers 3rd Annual BanquetEdwards River Valley Limbhangers are hosting their 3rd annual banquet on Saturday, August 22, at the Aledo VFW. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. Along with dinner there will be raffles, games, silent and live auctions. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Jim Saddoris 309-738-5159 or email: limbhangers13@gmail.com
Aug. 222015 Mississippi Valley Walk for Children with Apraxia of SpeechThe 2015 Mississippi Valley Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event on Sat., Aug. 22nd, at Riverside Park in Muscatine, IA. All proceeds will benefit important Apraxia programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA). The Walk is open to all adults and children. On-site registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., with the fun run starting at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starting at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in registering, making a donation, or learning more about the event can contact habaker8@gmail.com, ageertz 44@ hotmail.com or visit the event website at http://casana.apraxia-kids.org/mississippivalleywalk.
Aug. 2913th Annual Antique Days2015 Antique Days in Aledo is Sat., Aug. 29th. The day will begin with the Volunteer Firemen's Pancake Breakfast and includes bake sales, Antique Market, music & entertainment for the whole family, food, Wall Bash 2015 Historic Mural (TBD), a huge car show, and Attic Antique Appraisals. Admission is free. For more information or a festival flyer, call 582-2751 or visit their web site.
Aug. 29Aledo Central Park Band ShellAll kinds of entertainment will be featured in the Band Shell during Antique Days, Sat., Aug. 29.
9 - 11 a.m. The Hammer and Pick
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Don’t Be Brother Irish Band
1 - 3 p.m. Vintage Re-Issue
Aug. 2994th Annual New Boston Fish & Chicken FryThe City of New Boston is sponsoring their 94th Annual New Boston Fish & Chicken Fry on Sat., Aug. 29th. Schedule of events: “Pirates of the Mississippi” themed Parade at 10 a.m., Crafts and Vendors, 10 a.m . to 6 p.m., Queen & Princess Contest following the Parade, Catfish & Chicken Dinners served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Street Dance from 7 p.m. to Midnight, Fireworks at Dusk.
Aug. 29Equestrians Against Cancer - Relay for Life EventThe Equestrians Against Cancer will have a Horse Show, Aug. 29th, at 9 a.m., at 4K Plus Arena, 2492 75th Ave, Viola. There will be a silent auction, raffle, and food stand. Entry fee is $2 per class, Grounds fee is $5 per horse. T-shirts are available for purchase, cost is $20 per shirt. If you would like a shirt for the show, order is due by July 25th. Show attire: boots, jeans and shirt color to show your support for your choice of cancer (short sleeve, long sleeve, or t-shirt). All proceeds go to Relay for Life. For more information or if you would like to donate to the silent auction, contact Jennifer Richardson at 309-644-1382.
Aug. 30Praise in the Park Family FestFirst Baptist Church Aledo invites the community to their Praise in the Park Family Fest from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sun., Aug. 30, in Aledo's Central Park. A praise and worship service will be followed by a free lunch. In addition, there will be music by Charley Haley and the Froemming Family Blue Grass Band, water inflatables (kids bring your swimsuits), and the Creation Museum will present a Snakes Alive show. Grab your family and friends, bring your lawn chairs, and join them. For more information, call First Baptist at 582-7812.
Aug.Free Blood Pressure ScreeningWestern Illinois Home Health Care is offering free
blood pressure screenings at the following Mercer County locations:
Aug. 5, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. - Keithsburg – Village Green Apartments
Aug. 5, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. - Seaton – Wheeler’s Café
Aug. 19, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. - Aledo – YMCA
Aug. 19, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. - Reynolds – American Legion Post 1166
Aug. 20, 4:30 – 5:50 p.m. – Aledo – Vashti Village
Aug. 26, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. – Aledo - Brookstone of Aledo
Aug. 26, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. – Aledo – Senior Center
Aug 27, 5 – 6 p.m. – New Boston – Community Center
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. 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.
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 9th, due to surgery. ***
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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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