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Theatre Guild to hold meeting, elections

The Morris Theatre Guild will hold its annual general membership meeting and board elections at 7 p.m. Thursday at the theater, 516 West Illinois Ave., Morris.  

Anyone who wants to learn more about membership and the Morris Theatre Guild is welcome to attend. 

Membership dues are $10 a year for those 18 and under. Membership dues are $20 a year for adults. Family memberships are $35.    

Orders to stock fish due Friday in La Salle

La Salle County Soil & Water Conservation District is taking orders for fish to stock new ponds or restock existing ponds. Orders must be received by Sept. 20. 

Fish will be delivered at 8 a.m. Oct. 2 to the district parking lot at Route 23 and Dayton Road.  

Information and order forms are available on the district’s website or by calling the district at (815) 433-0551, Ext 3.

Prairie Partners raffling off quilt at fundraiser

The Prairie Partners are having a “Partners Hold Quilt” fundraiser to benefit the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area.

The lovely quilt, “Patriot’s Dream” has been a project of Prairie Partner Susie Johnson, who did the piecing. The quilting was donated by Ann Register.

The quilt will fit perfectly on a day bed or a twin-sized bed. Tickets are $1 or six tickets for $5. The drawing will be held Sept. 21, at the Prairie Day Event. You need not be present to win.

Whether you win, your contribution to Goose Lake Prairie Partner events and activities is greatly appreciated. Ask for tickets at the visitor’s center desk.

The prize must be picked up in 15 days, or a new winner will be chosen. Ticket sales must reach $200 or the quilt will not be let go. In that case, the raffle date will be changed to allow a longer period to sell.

Coal City to hold village-wide garage sales

COAL CITY — It’s fall and time to clean out those packed closets and get ready for the village-wide garage sales. Coal City’s village-wide garage sales will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

Anyone interested in participating can go to or pick-up and drop off your application at the village hall, 515 S. Broadway.

Addresses and items will be listed on maps that will be distributed at Rolando’s Furniture Store (140 S. Broadway), Benson’s Ins (155 S. Broadway), Coal City Village Hall (515 S. Broadway). Maps will also be available at

There are no fees and you will get a free “garage sale” sign for your yard.

For more information, contact the village hall at 815-634-8608.

Genealogy guild to hold Sept. 21 meeting

OTTAWA, Ill. — The LaSalle County Genealogy Guild will meet at 1 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Guild Library, 115 West Glover St., Ottawa.

Sandy Olson of Sandwich will present the program on “Gifting Genealogy.” She will present ideas for sharing research, family mementos and love of family history with your family through computer generated gift projects. Over the last 20 years, she has created things as simple as Christmas cards and poems to DVDs and family newsletters which are larger time-consuming projects.

But large or small, for one or 50, it is important to share discoveries along the research journey. Not only will family members enjoy it, participants will have a creative outlet and valadation of the work put into it.

Participants should bring a list of favorite mementos, family story or upcoming event and the group will brainstorm ideas to help you develop “Gifting Genealogy” projects.

Free prostate screenings offered Sept. 24

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers will offer free prostate screenings in September in conjunction with Advanced Urology Associates. The free screening will include a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam.

Prostate screenings will be offered Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. at the Advanced Urology Associates’ office, 1401 Lakewood Dr., Unit 3, in Morris. 

The screening is intended for men ages 50 to 70 who do not have prostate cancer and are free of symptoms. Men at high risk for prostate cancer, including African American men and men who have a close relative diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65, should speak with their physician about beginning testing at an earlier age.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer. Early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms and is most often found by a PSA test and/or digital rectal exam.

Some advanced prostate cancers can cause blood in the urine, impotence, a slow or weakened urinary stream, ora more frequent need to urinate. However, more often, these symptoms are the result of non-cancerous diseases of the prostate.

Limited appointments are available. Advance registration is required by calling Morris Hospital at (815) 416-6089.

All-town garage sales return to Braceville

BRACEVILLE, Ill — The annual all-town garage sale event returns to Braceville on Saturday, Sept. 28.

There will be a great variety of items throughout town during the event, which is sponsored by  Braceville United Methodist Church. Maps with sale locations will be available at the church from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Goold and Merrill streets.  

Again this year, the church is offering Operation Sharing. Items to share are not priced, but donations will be accepted. As in the past, the proceeds from Operation Sharing will be used for the church’s Christmas Angel project, which provides food and gifts to help families in need in the community to celebrate Christmas.  

Doughnuts and beverages will be available at the church beginning at 8 a.m.  Lunch items will be served starting at 10 a.m.

Forms to register sales are available at the church, the Braceville Post Office, and at the Braceville Casey’s. To ensure each sale location will be included on the map, forms must be received at the church office no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.  

If more information is needed, please call the Braceville United Methodist Church office at (815) 237-8512.

‘Hillybilly Throw Down’ coming to Newark

NEWARK — Ready for a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time? 

NF Midwest’s “Hillbilly Throw Down & Tailgate Hoedown” will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 at Budd Farms, 9501 Fox River Dr., Newark. Check-in starts at noon and games at 1 p.m. for this 18-and-older event.

Participants should get a team of 4 together (or 3 if you don’t have another friend) to battle it out in competitions such as the Moonshine Run, Hillbilly Skiing and Cherry Pit Spit. Awards will be given for winning teams and best accessories.

After the Throw Down, “Hillbillys” will show off their tailgating skills. Bring all the fixin’s — food, drinks and décor. A prize will be awarded for the best tailgater, so make sure you do yours up right.

Register at by Sept. 13 to guarantee a t-shirt. The fee is $25 for each team member participating in the Throw Down and $5 for the faint of heart that only want to watch and partake in eatin’ the vittles.

This event is hosted by Neurofibromatosis Midwest and is open to everyone 18 and older.

Carvers expo planned for Sept. 29

UTICA, Ill. — The 25th annual Valley Carvers Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at Starved Rock Lodge Great Hall & Starved Rock Room.

Admission is free.

The expo will feature exhibits from talented carvers from throughout the Midwest and woodcarving demos outside the lodge. There will be raffles of woodcarvings (by local artists) and other items.

This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust.

For more information, call Bob or Karen Wills, Coal City, at (815) 634-3086.

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