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Royal Spa LA Grand Opening – Dec 6 – Louisiana, MO

RS LA grand opening flyer
Royal Spa LA Grand Opening in Louisiana, MO on Sunday, December 6 from 11-7

Royal Spa is celebrating the opening of its newest location in Louisiana, MO.  The salon will be open to the public from 11 am to 7 pm with great prizes to be given away during this event.  Be sure to come and enjoy cupcakes, snacks and wine as they celebrate.  Royal Spa LA is located at 2201 Georgia St. in Louisiana, just east of the Pike County Memorial Hospital.

Senior Stylist Nickie Johns (owner of Royal Spa, Pleasant Hill, IL) and Junior Stylist Kayla Latham will be on hand to answer questions and schedule appointments.  Nickie is well known for her big city style and amazing color abilities and her amazing 3-D nail art, gel nails and more.  Kayla is ready to serve customers with great cuts and styles for men, children and women. Walk-ins are always welcome.  Call 573-560-4408 or 217-917-2600 with questions or to set up your appointment.  Be sure to visit Royal Spa’s Facebook page at to see what Royal Spa and Royal Spa LA can do for you.

Volunteers Needed for 2016 Relay for Life – Pike County IL

American Cancer Society’s Signature Fundraising Event Empowers Community  
to Fight Back Against Cancer and Save Lives 
PITTSFIELD, Illinois – The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to recruit 
fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, plan entertainment and lend a 
hand to ensure the success of the 2016 Relay For Life of Pike CountyCancer survivors, 
caregivers, community leaders and anyone wanting to make a difference is invited to participate. 
The first volunteer committee meeting will be held on ThursdayDecember 10 at 6:30 PM at 
Liberty Village of Pittsfield610 Lowry St., Pittsfield, IL. The meeting will begin the planning 
process for the Relay For Life of Pike County, which supports the American Cancer Society’s 
mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures 
and by fighting back against the disease. 
Relay For Life is a fun event that brings together families, friends, businesses, hospitals, schools 
and faith-based groups to celebrate the lives of those who have had cancer, remember those who 
lost their battle, and fight back against the disease.  
The event is held from 11 am to 11 pm as individuals and teams camp out at local high schools, 
parks, fairgrounds and other gathering places, with the goal of keeping at least one team member 
on the track at all times throughout the evening, signifying that cancer never sleeps. Teams do 
most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their 
campsites during Relay.  
If you would like to join the Relay For Life of Pike County as a volunteer or team participant, 
call the American Cancer Society at (217) 523-4503, or visit 
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About the American Cancer Society 
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving 
lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest 
voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer 
death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our 
progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will 
celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we’re determined to finish 
the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in 
cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for 
access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get 
help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit  

Western High School to present “Crumpled Classics” by Craig Sodaro – Nov 6-7 – Barry, IL

Western High School to present “Crumpled Classics” by Craig Sodaro.

A quirky cadre of students take it upon themselves to pull together the school’s annual “Classics on Parade,” acting out famous stories that they studied in their literature class. The students, however, decide to make the stories relevant to today’s audiences, with hilarious results! Romeo and Juliet set in a fast food place! Frankie Stein trying to assemble the perfect prom date! A second rate theatrical agent becoming the Phantom of the Opera so he can force a good deal! A desperate Shirley Holmes and Joni Watson jump-starting a new detective agency! And teenage slacker Artie surprising his unimpressed mother with a sword he pulled from a stone!

The cast includes: Madaline Thompson, Rachel Snyder, Austin Simmerman, Andrew Conley, Paige Snyder, Mariah Goodwin, Ashley Gratton, Kaitlyne Kindle, Shelbie Hubbard, Noah Depke, Jordan Flynn, Marissa Osienger, Easton Carlen, MaKenna Myer, Kenadee Walker, Emma Raftery, and Amber Swartz

Preformances are Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Western High School Gym. Tickets will be sold at the door – $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. Concessions and 50/50 raffle will be sold.

Murder Mystery Party – Oct 20 – Pittsfield, IL

Murder Mystery Kickoff Flyer

The Relay For Life of Pike County is holding a Murder Mystery Party Tuesday, October 20 for their 2016 Relay For Life Kick-Off!


All are invited to attend to learn more about Relay For Life, register a team for the 2016 event, and solve a murder! Enjoy some delicious refreshments, mingle with friends, and get involved in Pike County’s fight against cancer!


An Assassination in Hollywood Murder Mystery Party Relay For Life Kick-Off

Senior Citizens Center

220 W. Adams, Pittsfield, IL

6:00 PM

$5 suggested donation

EPIC Community Gathering – Oct 27 – Pittsfield, IL

EPIC Seeking Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

EPIC: Everyone in Pike Included and Contributing is a local effort to improve lives for adults with developmental disabilities in Pike County. If you care about or are a person with developmental disabilities, you are invited to participate. The goal of EPIC is to help people do things they enjoy related to their interests and to connect to organizations, clubs, and other people with similar interests. Young people preparing to leave high school, adults living at home with family, those living in a group home, and those living on their own with or without support services can participate in EPIC to explore ways they may be more involved, active, and connected in the community.

“A friend of mine who is an adult with developmental disabilities in another community joined a nearby community choir. Her parents drove her to and from practices. Over time, she made friends with the other choir members. Now she is part of a regular carpool to choir practice and participates without her parents’ involvement — just like any other adult member of the choir,” says Michele Westmaas, EPIC Project Coordinator.

Westmaas, a Pike County resident for over 20 years, sees Pike County as the perfect community for this groundbreaking effort. “We are a close-knit, caring community,” says Westmaas. “We want our neighbors with disabilities to have a good life. With the right support and encouragement, Pike County citizens with disabilities could have a life like any other citizen – doing all the regular things of life in all the regular community places. When everyone is able to contribute their unique skills and talents throughout the community, we all benefit.”

The first monthly EPIC Community Gathering will be held Tuesday, October 27th at 6pm at Pittsfield Methodist Church, 222 N. Monroe. Families, individuals with developmental disabilities, and interested citizens are invited to celebrate successes, brainstorm burning questions, consider new ideas, and think about next steps. Everyone is invited to come together for punch, cookies, and connection!

People interested in participating in EPIC to explore ways they can be more involved, active, and connected in the community can call Michele Westmaas at 217-473-6450 or email or Carrie Martin, EPIC Grant Facilitator, at 217-242-9833 or email

An online video at!epic-pike/cye3 gives more information about what EPIC participants can expect. On that same webpage is a link to sign up for the EPIC online newsletter. Information related to the project is shared regularly on a Facebook page called EPIC: Everyone in Pike Included & Contributing. EPIC is a project of the Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives (IAMC) funded by a grant from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.

The Positive Parenting Program – Sept 17, 24 & Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 – Pittsfield, IL

Hobby Horse House and Tracy Foundation presents The Positive Parenting Program.

Parenting is the most important and challenging job you will ever have!  All parents have questions and concerns about their own parenting skills.  The Positive Parenting Program is excited to share evidence-based practices to enhance parenting and nurturing skills, using curriculum from the Nurturing Parenting Program.

This class is free open to any parent wanting to enhance their own parenting skills and share some of their struggles and accomplishments.  We are excited to offer this course and assist parents in skill-building, utilizing support and discussing how to nurture themselves and their children throughout their lives.

Next class sessions will be held on:  September 17, 24 & October 1, 8, 15, 22.  All classes are on Thursday afternoons and include daycare and lunch/snacks.  Transportation is available for those within the Pike County, IL area.

Location:  Pittsfield Community Center at 224 W. Washington in Pittsfield.  To register contact Ericka or Birdie at 217-243-7708 or by fax 217-243-5557.

Crime Stoppers – September 3

Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to rural Hull August 15 to a property located on 285th Ave.  The property owner reported suspect(s) had attempted to forcefully enter a building on the property.

If you have any information on this, or any other crime taking place in Pike County, call Crime Stoppers at 217-285-1500.  All calls are anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest, you will be eligible for up to a $1000.00 reward.

Fall Festival Schedule of Events – Sept 3 to 5 – Pittsfield, IL

6:00 PM Opening Ceremony with Parade Marshall Announcement
6:00 Vendors Open
6:30 Prince/Princess Pageant
7:30 Junior Miss Pageant
8:30 Miss Pittsfield Pageant

Noon – Some food vendors and vendor booths open for lunch.
6:00 PM All Vendors Open
6:00 Baby Contest
7:00 Little Mr. & Miss Pageant
8-10:00 Avenue Beat on Stage

8:30 AM Parade Registration
9:00 Vendors Open
11:00 Grand Parade
1:00 PM Parade Awards
2:00 Richard Landry – Magician
3:00 KIDS ONLY!!! Canvas on the Courtyard
5:00 Canvas on the Courtyard (Adults)
7:00 Talent Showcase
Closing Ceremony with raffle drawings immediately following Talent Showcase

G-P Athletic Boosters sponsoring Kelly Miller Circus with Tiger Meet & Greet! – Oct 5 – Griggsville, IL

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Griggsville-Perry Athletic Boosters are sponsoring the Kelly Miller Circus Monday, October 5.  Everyone is invited to come out and watch the animals being unloaded and fed, witness the raising of the big top, followed by a special Tiger Meet and Greet.

Activites will begin at 7:30 am and the tent will be raised at 9 am.  Guides will be furnished for school groups and anyone attending.

The traditional “old style” circus will present performance at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm.  Support the Griggsville-Perry Athletic Boosters – buy your tickets in advance and save.  Tickets can be purchased at Griggsville City Hall, Farmers National Bank (all 4 branches) and online at

Tickets can be purchased at Farmers National Bank of Griggsville.  Adults (ages 12 and up) are $12 and children (ages 2-11) are $6.  The last day to purchase will be on October 2nd.


From the Kelly Miller Circus website: The circus travels on a fleet of 36 vehicles and requires an area of 350’ by 350’ to set up on. The colorful circus big top has a seating capacity of 1100 and is made of waterproof vinyl. The tent is 120’ by 120’ and is 40’ high and is supported by more than a quarter of a mile of heavy gauge aluminum tubing as well as several miles of rope, steel cable and chain. In 2007, another exciting chapter in its history began when the show was purchased by John Ringling North II. Mr. North’s great uncles were the famous Ringling Brothers, his grandmother, their only sister. Born into this most famous of circus families, John grew up on the “Greatest Show on Earth”, learning circus operation from his father Henry Ringling North, and Uncle John Ringling North. He is dedicated to the circus, always seeking ways to improve it. Mr. North can be seen at most performances watching the show with a critical eye.

Visit Kelly Miller Circus on Facebook or their website at

PHS Homecoming Parade Marshal Nominations Needed

PHS Student Council decided last year it would be a neat component to the annual Homecoming Parade to include a parade marshal who has the special honor of leading the parade as it travels from the high school to the court house square.

Last year the first ever parade marshal was Carolyn Casteel, and she possessed many qualities we are looking for to be the perfect parade marshal. This year we would like to ask the faculty, students, and the community for their input on who should lead our 2015 Homecoming parade. Individuals nominated should be actively involved in the Pikeland School District supporting extracurricular activities and athletics.

Please email your nomination to: or call 217-285-6888 by September 10.