Toy Drive & Cookie Walk at Game – Dec 16 – Griggsville, IL

santa-clausOn Tuesday, December 16 beginning at 6 pm, the Tornadoes will play at home vs Pittsfield. Admission will be a toy to donate for the G-P Toy Drive to benefit the Griggsville-Perry School District Christmas Families. One adult or child admission free per toy. Also on that night, Team Impact will hold it’s annual Cookie Walk from 3:30 pm until the end of the game.

If you would like to donate cookies, please bring them to Kayt Risley on Monday, December 15. OTSD will be at the game that night handing out goodies.

Christmas by The Book – Dec 20 & 21 – Nebo, IL

christmas event“Christmas by The Book” is a dramatic rendition of the Christmas story. This play will be presented Saturday, December 20 at 6:30 pm and Sunday, December 21 at 6:30 pm by the Nebo Baptist Church. Everyone is invited!

Autism Awareness Meeting – December 15 – Pittsfield, IL

pch groups and clubsPuzzlebox: Autism Awareness/Support Group will meet Monday, Dec. 15. 6 p.m.-7:45 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.), 3rd Floor Conference Room at Illini Community Hospital, Pittsfield.  Anyone and everyone affected by autism or anyone interested in learning more about the spectrum is welcome.  The Puzzlebox is a free open group dedicated to raising awareness of autism spectrum disorders as well as provide support to those affected by autism.  For more information please contact Taylor Sweeting by email at, or by cell phone 217-370-8142 or work phone 217-285-2113 ext. 3277.

Barry Stag Supper – December 11 – Barry, IL

AmerLegioncolorEmblemBarry American Legion will have their monthly stag supper and meeting on Dec. 11.  Ham and Beans will be served at 6:30 p.m., with meeting starting around 7 p.m.  We still have several who haven’t paid their dues for 2015.  If this includes you, please bring your checkbook.

Area Christmas Events

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December 13 – Class of 2016 is hosting Breakfast with Santa from 8-11 am at the high school cafeteria. The meal will be a free will donation. Breakfast will include biscuits & gravy, pancakes, and sausage links. There will be fun activities for the kids along with a visit with Santa!

December 14 – The United Methodist Church is having a Christmas program at 10:30 am.

December 21 – Morgan Lynn’s Paw Spa will host Pictures with Santa for both two-legged and four-legged kids from 2-4 at 605 W. Washington from 2-4 pm.

December 24 – The United Methodist Church Christmas Eve service will begin at 8 pm.

December 22 – Village of Milton will have the annual Christmas lighting contest for those residing in city limits of Village of Milton. First place is $75, second $50, and third $25. Judging will take place December 22.


December 14 – The Barry Community Chorus will present the annual Christmas cantata “Darkness Into Light” on Sunday, December 14 at 7:30 pm at the Barry United Methodist Church on Perry Street.

December 14 – The United Methodist Church will have a Christmas program at 9 am. There will be community Christmas caroling at 5 pm.

December 24 – The United Methodist Church Christmas Eve service will begin at 11 am.

December 21 – The United Methodist Church will have a Christmas program at 11 am.

December 24 – The United Methodist Church Christmas Eve service will begin at 6:30 pm.

New Salem:
December 24 – The United Methodist Church Christmas Eve program will begin at 4 pm.

December 19 – Santa Claus is coming to town! The evening of December 19 you can come see him at the community club and have some cookies and drinks. More info to come!

December 20 & 21 – “Christmas by The Book” performance at 6:30 pm both nights by the Nebo Baptist Church.

Pleasant Hill:
December 13 – Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Christmas Tea at 2 pm.

December 15 – Junior High/High School band and choir Christmas concert will be at 6:30 pm in the small gym.

December 18 – The Elementary Christmas Concert will be at 6:30 in the big gym.

December 21 – Pleasant Hill Christian Church Christmas service at 6 pm.

December 21 – Pleasant Hill Baptist Church* Christmas program at 6 pm.

December 21 – Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Christmas program during the 10:30 am service.

December 24 – Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Christmas Eve service at 5 pm.

December 25 – Pleasant Hill Baptist Church* Candlelight Lord’s Supper at 5 pm.

December 28 – Pleasant Hill Christian Church Family game night at 6 pm.

* Pleasant Hill Baptist Church – all events are planned for the present church, although there might be a chance the Christmas Eve Lord’s Supper will be in the new facility despite the lack of finishing touches. A location will be announced once a decision is made.


December 14 – PHS Christmas Concerts in Voshall Gym 2 pm.

December 14 – Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene will present a children’s musical at 6:30 pm.

December 16 – PCS Christmas Concerts in PCS Gym at 7 and 8 pm.

December 19 – Christmas break begins for Pikeland Schools.

December 21 – Pittsfield First Christian Church will present their Christmas Cantata at 5 pm.

December 21 – Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene will present their Christmas Cantata at 6:30 pm.

December 21 – Pittsfield United Methodist Church will have their Christmas program at 6 pm.

December 24 – Pittsfield United Methodist Church will have their Christmas Eve service at 8 pm.

Santa’s House on the courthouse lawn:
Santa will be in his house on the courthouse lawn December 6, 13 & 20 from 1-4 pm.

Art Speaks – Nov 24 thru Dec 6 – Pittsfield, IL

artArt Speaks, the loudest silent auction you will ever attend, is November 24 – December 6 at Free Press Coffee Shop in Pittsfield with original pieces made by Mrs. Davidsmeyer’s art classes. Winners will be announced December 6. Proceeds go to the PHS Art Program.

PHS Food & Toy Drive Begins This Week – Pittsfield, IL

check this out buttonPHS Student Council Food and Toy Drive began this week. Food, personal items and money for 20 families and 30 senior citizens will be collected. Each child receives a toy they have specified on a wish list, plus an outfit (top and bottom) of winter clothing, unless they have specified an other clothing need. Clubs and organizations are asked to bring specific items.

A giving tree with gift tags will be in the front foyer by November 17. Purchases must be new items only. Money will also be collected in homerooms. Final day to contribute is Friday, December 17. Homeroom with the most points will enjoy a celebration in January. Contact Mrs. Davidsmeyer or Mrs. Aebel for more information.

Bingo Anyone? – Nov 15 – Pleasant Hill, IL

BingoPleasant Hill FFA Alumni is hosting a Longenberger Basket Bingo Saturday, November 15 at Pleasant Hill Elementary School. Supper is at 5:30 pm, Bingo starts at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to play. Funds raised will assist in the FFA scholarships and leadership activities of the Pleasant Hill FFA. Join in the fun! For more information call 217-734-2311 and ask for Mary Barnes.

“Hi Neighbor Club” Christmas Shopping Trip – Dec 6 – Hull, IL

shoppingOn Saturday, December 6, the “Hi Neighbor Club” will host a Christmas Shopping Trip to the South County Mall and the Chesterfield Mall. The bus will leave the Hull Community Building at 7 am and will be returning to the Hull Community Building at 9 pm. Cost to join this trip is $30 per person. To sign up to go on this full day of shopping fun, please call Sherri at 217-426-4521.

Art Contest at Illini Oncology Department – Submissions due by Nov 18 – Pittsfield, IL

artIllini’s Oncology Department is moving to a new space and would like area artists to submit artwork to help decorate the new area. The artist can choose any type of artwork and the subject of the piece is also left to the artist’s discretion. Artwork will be judged during the open house for the new space that will be held this winter. Prizes include: First place, $250; Second place, $100; Third place, $50. Artwork must be submitted by November 18 to the Illini Public Relations Department. For more information call 217-285-2113, ext 3810.