Let’s Make Apple Butter! – Oct 4 – Nebo, IL

community event buttonThe Nebo Community Club will be making Apple Butter on October 4. We need pint and quart jars if anyone would like to donate. Call Kelly Hill at 217-734-2418 if you have any jars and she will arrange to pick them up.

Pike County Chamber of Commerce Fall Cookout – Sept 23 – Summer Hill, IL

Food buttonHopewell Winery will host the annual Chamber of Commerce fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept 23 at Hopewell Winery in Summer Hill. Country Financial is the sponsor of the cookout this year, contributing to the cost of the meat. In addition each attendee will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire HDX, compliments of Country Financial. The meal will be a delicious pork dinner with the meat prepared by Peter Wright and Mike Spann, members of the chamber board who are also award-winning BBQers.
The Chamber will continue the informal serving style introduced a few years ago, making this a “come and go as as you please” evening. Serving will begin at 4:30 pm and end at 7:00 pm. Carry-outs will be available to accommodate any scheduling conflicts. There will be wine tasting, wine available for purchase, and music. Tickets for the dinner are $20 and available from the Chamber of Commerce office or from any chamber board member or ambassador. Contact Kay Ifner, executive director, at 217-285-2971 or by email at info@pikeil.org.

Fall Tutoring – Begins Sept 16 – Pleasant Hill, IL

pch youth eventThe Christian Church in Pleasant Hill will begin their fall tutoring and after school program on September 16. Tutoring will be Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at the Christian Church and will be staffed by teachers or college graduate professionals. There is no charge but donations of tutoring supplies, items for the food pantry or donations toward the Haiti mission trip are welcomed.

The after school Bible Club called Everyday Heroes will start Sept 17 and will be from 3:15 – 5:15 each Wednesday. All school children from second through sixth grade are welcome.

Child Passenger Safety Week Car Seat Checks – Sept 20 – Pittsfield, IL

child safetyDo you know if your child seat is the right one for you, or installed properly? Visit Illini Hospital ambulance garage on September 20 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to check your car seat for proper installation and advice on how to choose the right car seat and properly install it in your vehicle. Certified technicians will be on hand to help parents and caregivers. Pike County Ambulance will be conducting this National Seat Check Saturday event.

The event is part of Pike County’s participation in National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14-20, 2014) and is free to the public. By attending this event, parents and caregivers can be sure their kids are riding as safely as possible in their vehicle. Remember: all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat. As of January 1, 2012, seat belt use is required in all seating positions. For more information on Child Passenger Safety visit www.nhtsa.gov or www.buckleupillinois.org

PHS NHS “Black Out Night” – October 10 – Pittsfield, IL

School Event and activityBe on the lookout for the Saukee Black Out shirts or sweatshirts! The first Saukee Black Out Night is October 10 at the Varsity football game against Pleasant Plains. Shirts and/or sweatshirts will be on sale soon and the designs will be “general” to accommodate for any sports’ Black Out Night. Order forms and pricing will be available after homecoming week.

Pike Co. Historical Society, VFW & American Legion All Wars Museum

historyThe Pike County Historical Society along with the VFW and American Legion are working to develop an All Wars Museum at the former VFW building in Pittsfield. Your attendance at a meeting to be held at the Pittsfield American Legion on Tuesday, Sept 23 would be appreciated. Input and support from veterans of any of the American wars, as well as from their family members, will be necessary to develop a meaningful and educational setting for bringing together information about how American freedoms have come about and what must be done to preserve those freedoms for future generations.

Please attend this meeting, bring ideas and think about volunteering time!!!

Western Community Center Extended Hours – Barry, IL

the YThe Western Community Center YMCA located at 1400 Mortimer St in Barry Illinois will be open for member use from 4:00 am until 11:00 pm seven days a week for active members beginning September 15.

Members will enter through the side entrance, where there is a card reader that opens the door. There will be a desk staff available Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am – 11:00 am and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Friday from 8:00 am – 11:00 am and on Saturday by appointment only. Staff will be available to give tours, set up memberships as well as provide equipment orientation.

Extended hour access cards will be ready for pick up during the current staffed hours, 6:00 am – 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday, beginning September 10. For questions or to learn more about the Western Community Center YMCA, contact them at 217-335-3030, by email at andreac@quincyymca.net, christinap@westernymca.net or visit www.westernymca.net

Samaritan Closet – August 29-30 – Pittsfield IL

community event buttonThis Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Samaritan Closet in Pittsfield, will have their items that are free outside (if the weather permits). They have lots of Children’s clothing, shoes, toys, bed linens and other items to give away.

Two Rivers Wine Tour – Sept 13

illinois-wineTwo Rivers Wine Tour is Saturday, September 13 and includes four stops: Spirit Knob Winery in Ursa, Village Vineyard in Camp Point, Ridge View Winery in Mt. Sterling and Hopewell Winery in Summer Hill. Lunch is included at Spirit Knob. Food also available for sale at last stop, Hopewell Winery, along with live music.
A visit to wineries in Two Rivers area is an opportunity for groups of friends to get together and spend a fun and affordable day tasting and purchasing wide varieties of quality wines produced in our area. Each winery offers a diverse range of homegrown flavors to suit all palates and has new wines to share. Come for a scenic ride, great wine, food and music and make new friends along the way!
Charter bus pickup and drop off points are in Summer Hill and Quincy. Tour includes a guided charter bus tour, free entry and wine tasting at all four wineries, lunch, special discounts on wine, live music, and souvenir wine glass, all for $55.
Reservations should be made quickly to insure seating. For more information or to make your reservation call 217-285-2464.