Sommerville to turn 100

Mrs. Vern (Pottinger) Sommerville of Mendota will celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 24.

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Blackstone Principal Awards

The December Principal Award pizza lunch was held Jan. 8 at Blackstone School.

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Blood drive

The American Red Cross held a blood drive on Jan. 8 at the Mendota Moose Family Center.

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Indian Valley Community Band resumes rehearsals Jan. 28

Indian Valley Community Band, comprised of multi-generational musicians from around the surrounding areas, will resume rehearsing Monday, Jan. 28, at the Sandwich Middle School Band Room, 600 S. Wells Street, from 6-7:20 p.m.

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Hike the “Great Blue Heron”

The Friends of the Canal are holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on Sunday, Jan. 20.

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PAC to hold auditions for April production of “Plaza Suite”

The Prairie Arts Council will hold auditions on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m. for its late April production of “Plaza Suite.”

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Bureau County’s place in Illinois history to be discussed

“Bureau County’s Place in Illinois History” will be discussed at the next Bureau County Genealogy Society meeting.

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Library offers curbside service

Graves-Hume Public Library is now offering curbside pickup service where staff will deliver your items to your car.

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Holland-Burke to wed this June

Ty and Lynn Holland of Princeton announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Marie of Princeton, to Joshua Burke of Sublette. He is the son of Jim and Leesa Burke of Sublette.

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Get ready for Trivia Night at Reddick Mansion

The Reddick Mansion Association announces that “Saturday Night Trivia” is set for Saturday, Jan. 19.

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Bedtime Story Hour and Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Bedtime Story Hour and Stuffed Animal Sleepover; After School Movie; Kids’ Lego Club; and Read with GiGi

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Daddy and Daughter Dance

The Mendota Civic Center will host the13th Annual Daddy and Daughter Dance on Friday, Jan. 25 from 7-9 pm.

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Learn tips for researching your Italian ancestors

George Romano will present ways to research your Italian ancestors on Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at LaSalle County Genealogy Guild library, 115 W. Glover St., Ottawa.

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Explore the Rails with Thomas & Friends

The world’s most beloved blue engine is rolling into Discovery Center! Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails! is an interactive exhibit inspired by the popular children’s series on Nickelodeon.

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Needs mark 50th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. George (Nellie) Needs of Mendota will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house reception hosted by their children on Sunday, Jan. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mendota Civic Center.

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Swanson turns 100 years old

Bettie Swanson of Ladd will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 20.

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Stremlau turns 100 years old

Louise Stremlau will celebrate her 100th birthday with an open house on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 2-4 p.m. at the Community Center at Evergreen Place in Normal.

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Read more books for better health

Let's read: Read more books for better health; How to find more time to read; Illinois Reading Council chooses top books for 2019; Winter Reading BINGO begins; and Second Tuesday Book Discussion

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Casting Crowns to perform

Multi-platinum selling and Grammy winning group, Casting Crowns will perform at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford on April 9.

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Discovery Center recognized as top destination to visit with toddlers

Discovery Center in Rockford recently learned they were named one of the top destinations in the US to visit with toddlers.

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Eagle Watch Weekend set for Jan. 26

Join knowledgeable staff and park volunteers for a guided hike at Starved Rock State Park to spot bald eagles along the Illinois River.

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Love Letters

Grace Performing Arts Center will present Love Letters Feb. 8-10.

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Studebaker John Blues Concert

Shake off your winter blues. The Studebaker John Blues Concert will be held at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton on Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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