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Every Tuesday

Euchre in Forreston

Every Tuesday Evening Euchre is played 6:30 p.m. Forreston Fire Station, rear entrance and parking. More information by calling .

Al-Anon Group

Every Thursday Shannon

Meets at 4:00 p.m. Thursdays at the Wesley Chapel: Bethel United Methodist Church 217 S. Hickory St. Shannon, IL.

Every Monday Mount Carroll

Meets at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Church of God, 816 S. Clay St. Mt. Carroll, IL.

Every Tuesday Pearl City

Meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 229 S. First St. Pearl City, IL.

Al-Anon helps families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. The only requirement for attendance is that there is a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.

October 31

Trick or Treat at Lyndon Area Historical Society

The Lyndon Area Historical Society will be open for Trick or Treating! Goodies await you! 405 4th Street W, Lyndon, IL

1st Four Friday’s & Saturday’s in November

A Picket Fence Christmas!

Christmas, wait, are you sure? It’s still October! But alas, our holiday show begins with Fridays and Saturdays in November, and next Friday is November 1. Hard to believe, I know, but the shop is filling with holiday décor and our opening coincides with the Great Route 64/84 Shop Hop Shop Hop dates: Nov. 1 and 2, 8 and 9 (we will have maps and shop descriptions). So slip into comfy shoes and plan a day of shop hopping! Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (We will be closed Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with family.) 407 E Franklin in Lanark, or .

November 2

Lyle Beaver and the Brass Notes

Join us as we salute our veterans for a night of music and dancing at the Savanna Museum & Cultural Center, 406 Main St., Savanna. “Lyle Beaver and the Brass Notes” will be performing the best in dance music. Doors open at 1:00 PM and the dance takes place from 2:00-6:00 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance at the Savanna-Thomson State Bank or THE National Bank in Savanna and will also be available at the door for $12.

Odell Library Book & Bake Sale

The event takes place in the Community Room at Odell Public Library (307 S. Madison St., Morrison, IL). Books priced at just 25-50 cents! Books grouped by genre: best sellers, romance, western, mystery, non-fiction, videos, etc. Book/Video donations accepted beginning Oct. 1 (bring to Odell) .Delicious baked goods also available! All proceeds benefit Odell Library. Visit for more information.

Hot Spot has Free Clothes

“The Hot Spot,” located in the Yellow Creek Church, 12606 W. Dublin Road, Pearl City, IL has Free Clothes the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until 12 Noon. Donations are welcome. Call or with questions.

November 4

Friendship Quilters

Quilters and quilt appreciators welcome at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, at the Church of St. Paul Evangelical 411 West Catlin St., Elizabeth.

November 4 Deadline

Children’s Christmas Program

Planning has been started for the 2013 Thomson Children’s Christmas Program. Applications are available at local businesses. Information needed includes name of child, age (newborn to high school senior), sizes of clothing and toys or games the child enjoys. Angels and Teddy Bears will be placed on trees at The Savanna Thomson State Bank, The Station and Heirloom Café before Thanksgiving. Angels will be for clothing gifts and Teddy Bears will be for toys and games. Area residents are encouraged to select one and provide a gift for a needy child. Food certificates will also be provided for needy families and adults. Monetary donations will be used for food certificates. Donations may be sent to Smith or deposited at the Savanna Thomson State Bank in Thomson. If you would like to register for this help please contact Jean Smith at 14803A York Center Road, Thomson, IL 61285 or call or Chief Balk at .

November 5

Food pantry

The Helping Hands Food Pantry located at 400 Main Ave in downtown Milledgeville is open from 9-11 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. The Chadwick-Milledgeville Ministerial Association sponsors the pantry. For more information, call .

November 6

Carroll County Fair Board

The Carroll County Fair Board meets the 1st Wed. every month at the Milledgeville State Bank, 451 N. Main Ave., in the lower level Community Room (ATM side), at 7 p.m. Volunteers, and the public, are welcome to attend.

Hug somebody–with a shawl

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the first and third Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Lanark United Methodist Church. The LUMC Shawl Ministry invites anyone to come knit with us. We witness to God’s love by knitting, blessing, and giving shawls to those in need of friendship, celebration, healing, and comfort. Knit 3, Purl 3 - come share God’s work with us. Questions? Call the church or Jane Smith at .

November 8

Country, folk, open mic night

Open Mic Night - 7:00 p.m. at the Heritage Center, Downtown Lanark. Second Friday of every month. Public is invited - No charge. Donations are accepted. For info, call Kenny Sweitzer 815- 275-0854.

Survivors Offer Support

S.O.S (Survivors Offer Support) group meeting for those who have lost a family member or a friend held on the second Friday of every month at the Polo Senior Center, 6 p.m. There will be good food and conversation available. For more information please contact Terrie Wilder at or Mary Landis at .

November 9

CCHMP Trivia Night Planned

One hundred new questions –10 questions from 10 categories – are ready to test the smarts of teams at the Carroll County Haiti Mission Project’s 14th Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Manny’s Pizza, Savanna. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top two teams. Registration fee is $10 per person. Teams of 4-8 can register online at, by sending their team information to , by calling Larry Libberton at or on the night of the event. All funds raised during the trivia event will help continue CCHMP’s work in Haiti.

Lyndon Area Historical Society Trivia Night

The Lyndon Area Historical Society hosts its 3rd annual Trivia Night fund raiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from this event are dedicated to the roofing fund. At 405 4th Street W, Lyndon, IL.

Game Time in Savanna

“Game Time” is held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, same time, same location. Mark Your Calendar Games are provided, but you are welcome to bring one with you. No Cost Involved! Come join the fun. Questions? Call Mary Stebbins at .

Veterans Day Weekend Events

November 9

Veterans’ Supper

Veterans’ Supper at the Heritage Center for all veterans, families and families of deceased veterans will be held at 6:30 P.M. Bring a dish to pass and table service. Meat, drink & vegetable will be provided. Entertainment and door prizes will be provided. Friend’s of the Veteran’s Award will be presented to Eastland Fabrications for all the serves they have provided for the Mess Hall.

Dedication of Veterans Memorial

The Milledgeville Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony will be held Saturday, November 9, at 1:00 pm at the Memorial, located on Rt. 40, west of the Milledgeville High School. Rain date will be Sun., Nov. 10 at 4:00 pm.

November 11

Eastland Veterans Day Observance

The Eastland School District, Lanark and Shannon American Legion Posts, the Lanark Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and the Northwest Illinois Chapter of the Korean War and Korean Service Veterans Association are teaming up to observe Veterans Day on Monday, November 11th. The public is invited to attend the observance which will be held at the Eastland Jr/Sr High School new gym in Lanark at 8:30 a.m. Activities will start at Eastland Jr/Sr High School at 7:30 a.m. with an honor breakfast for veterans and their spouses. Spouses of veterans who have passed away are also invited. Please call Eastland High School (815) 493-6341 to make reservations for the breakfast. The speaker for this year’s ceremony will be Brigadier General Roy S. Webb.

Chadwick-Milledgeville Veterans Day

Honor our Veterans at a Ceremony on Monday, November 11, at the Milledgeville High School at 9:00 am; and at the Chadwick Jr. High at 1:30 pm.

Camera club meets

The Muddy River Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. at the restored Lyons Railroad Depot on 25th Avenue North just north off the Route 136 bridge in North Clinton, IA. Come check us out and visit our web site at

Palisades Art League Meets

The Palisades Art League’s monthly meeting is held on the second Monday of every month (except Dec. & Jan.) from 7 to 9 pm at the Masonic Hall, 1519 Chicago Ave., Savanna.

November 12

West Carroll Veterans Day Program

In support of our country’s brave men and women, join Mr. John Bowman of the Quad Cities Honor Flight, and local Veteran Mr. Berry Williams, in honoring our military veterans and current soldiers on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1:00 pm, during a Veterans Day Program at the West Carroll Primary School in Savanna. For more information, please contact West Carroll Primary School at .

Camera club meets

The Freeport Area Camera Club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Blvd., Freeport. “The F-Stops Here” is published monthly by the club. For more information about the club, phone Larry Dawson, President, at , or write to him at 597 S. Heitter Rd., Pearl City, Il 61062, or send email to .

November 13

Savanna Lions Club meetings

Joins us on the 2nd Wed. of the month (Jan. 9) for our monthly Lions Club meetings at Antl Hall, Savanna. For more information contact: Brian Reusch at .

November 14

Open Mic Night is Back!

Five Minutes of Fame on Market and Main open mic, sponsored by the Main Street Art Guild, Market Street Commons and Brick Street Coffee. Held the second Thursday of each month, this venue is open to all writers, performance artists and musicians of any and all skill levels, boasting a very welcoming and appreciative audience. Sign up starts at 6pm with performances beginning near 6:30 through 10 pm.

November 19

River Cities Quilters Guild

River Cities Quilt Guild 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Fulton Presbyterian Church, 311 North 9th St., Fulton, Illinois at 7:00 p.m.

November 20

Hug somebody–with a shawl

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the first and third Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Lanark United Methodist Church. The LUMC Shawl Ministry invites anyone to come knit with us. We witness to God’s love by knitting, blessing, and giving shawls to those in need of friendship, celebration, healing, and comfort. Knit 3, Purl 3 - come share God’s work with us. Questions? Call the church or Jane Smith at .

November 27

Parkinson Support Group

Good Neighbor Care Parkinson Support Group meets the 4th Wednesday of every month from 2 - 3 p.m. at Good Neighbor Care, 2705 Avenue E, Sterling.

November 28

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Lanark First Brethren Church, in cooperation with other churches in the Lanark area, are sponsoring a free, Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013 at the Heritage Center in Lanark, 106 Broad Street. All residents within the Lanark area are welcome to attend. We need you to let us know of your interest by November 21. If you think you might attend, assist in preparation, or help serve, please let us know so we may more closely estimate the number of participants. You may leave a message at , write a letter to 220 E Locust St, Lanark, Il 61046, or email

December 6

Elks Scholarship Opportunities

The Galena Elks Lodge is now accepting applications for scholarships through the Elks National Foundation. This scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Completed applications must be turned in to the Galena Elks Lodge, 123 N. Main Street, Galena, no later than December 6, 2013. Applications for the 2014 contest are available by download only at For more details and eligibility requirements, and to start the application process, visit Deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2014.