Category Archives: Community Resource

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.

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

Hull 88th Annual Picnic – August 14-16 – Hull, IL

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Join the fun August 14-16 in Hull as they celebrate their 88th Annual Picnic with this year’s theme of Watermelon Crawl!

Events begin on Friday, August 14 with the Jr Miss Hull and Miss Hull contests beginning at 6 pm.  The Howells will be cooking in the park with lots of food and drink available.

Saturday gears up early at 7 am with the registration for Hull of a Race ( with race beginning at 8 am.  Motor Show registration is from 9-12; be sure to contact Scott Meyer at 573-541-4020; and awards will be given at 3 pm.

Be sure to check out the Hull Picnic on Facebook by clicking HERE and check out the attached flyer!


Ribbon Cutting & Job Fair at Revolution Cannabis – August 15 – Barry, IL

Revolution Enterprises invites you to join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony marking the historic commencement of operations at Revolution Cannabis – Barry IL. The ceremony will take place in front of the 75,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility just off Highway 4 north of Route 72 on Saturday, August 15.

The Revolution Cannabis Job Fair will take place beginning at 11:30 am at the Barry YMCA. There will be a light luncheon with catering from Stroemer Foods. All are invited to learn about the available jobs and meet the Revolution Cannabis team.


Saturday in Barry– the ribbon cutting ceremony is being held at 10:30 a.m. outside the cultivation center facility, which is located north of Rt. 72, just off Highway 4.

The job fair will be held afterward, at 11:30 a.m., at the YMCA in Barry, located at 1400 Mortimer St. The job fair goes until 4:00 p.m.


Be sure to visit the event’s Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Visit ACE Revolution’s Facebook page HERE and their website 

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Back to School Immunizations – Pike County, IL

Pike County Health Department will offer Back to School Immunization clinics in August.

Clinics will be held on the following Mondays:

  • August 3rd: 1:30 – 6 pm
  • August 10th: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • August 17th: 1:30 – 6 pm
  • August 24th: 1:30 – 4:30 pm

These are walk-in immunization clinics with no appointment needed.  Clinics will be held at the health department, located at 606 West Adams St. in Pittsfield.  Please bring your child’s Medicaid/KidCare card with you to the clinic.  If you have private health insurance, please contact your insurance company before coming to the clinic to determine insurance coverage for immunizations and to verify that Pike County Health Department is in your insurance network.

There is a new vaccination requirement for the coming school year.  Students entering 6th grade (age 11) must receive a meningitis vaccine.  Students entering 12th grade must show proof of two doses of meningitis vaccine at school entry.  Only 1 dose of meningitis vaccine is required for school entry if the 12th grade student received their first dose of meningitis vaccine at 16 years  of age or older.

Contact Nancy Halpin, RN at Pike County Health Department at 217-285-4407, ext. 124 for more information.


EPIC Star Raft Informational Meeting – Aug 8 – Pittsfield, IL

EPIC will use the Star Raft model to build community connections for people with developmental disabilities in Pike County.
But… why do you care?  What does that mean anyway?
In sailing, boats have a specific way to tie up in the harbor so that all the connected boats can share what they have on board and share where they are anchored.  The boats connect in a circle (or Star Raft) and I can move from boat to boat to enjoy a different view — where another boat is anchored.  I can share what I have on board and others can share with me.  Boats can leave or enter the circle without the rest of the circle coming undone.
In the Star Raft model, we build community in the same way.  We bring people together with purpose so that they can share what they have on board — their skills, talents, interests.  And they can share where they are anchored — by inviting others to the places in the community where they ‘belong’.  
A simple example:  One person in the group would like to explore an interest in gardening.  Someone says, “I know the lady who owns the local nursery.  Maybe we could visit with her a bit.”  Someone else says, “I can bring my spade and some seeds.  I would enjoy spending an hour tomorrow helping you do some planting at your place.”  Someone else says, “I belong to the Garden Club.  Come with me to our next meeting.  I’ll introduce you to the others.  Perhaps you’d like to join.”
By very simply bringing people together with purpose, we can build community connections in a meaningful way for people with developmental disabilities.  Those connections then lead to an improved quality of life in unpredictable and creative ways that are highly individualized.  
By the way, the Star Raft model works with any group of vulnerable people living on the edge of the community.
Please view the short preview attached, share the information, and plan to join us for a day with David Wetherow on Saturday, Aug 8th in Pittsfield.  Bring a friend, a colleague, a neighbor…  Click here for details and registration.  Registration is not limited to Pike County residents.  All are welcome.

Art At Free Press Coffee Shop – Pittsfield, IL

Free Press Coffee shop will be hosting Canvas & Coffee on July 31.  Call 285-6110 to register.

Youth Golf Camp – July 6-10 – Pittsfield, IL

Old Orchard Country Club, located at 40570 243rd Avenue, Pittsfield, IL 62363, will be hosting a youth golf camp from  July 6 to  July 10 from 8-9 am for ages 6-13.  Please contact Old Orchard for more infomation at 217-285-9041.

Save A Lot 4-person Golf Outing – July 11 – Pittsfield, IL

Save A Lot 4-person golf outing will be July 11 at the Old Orchard Golf course at 40570 243rd Avenue, Pittsfield, IL 62363.  Cash prizes, hole prizes.  To sign up, call 217-491-2494.  Money raised will go to Pike County 911 and Pittsfield Lions Club.