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.

Crimestoppers – August 28

CrimeStoppers LogoPike County Sheriff’s Department is investigating theft of a 14 foot Ringo single axle utility trailer, reported stolen August 21 and taken sometime during the previous two weeks from 18521, US Highway 54, Rockport.  If anyone has information on this or any other crime taking place in Pike County, call Crime Stoppers, 217-285-1500.  You will never be asked to identify yourself and if an arrest is made based on your tip, you will be eligible for a cash reward.

HCE Christmas In October – October 11 – Pittsfield IL

Christmas_Card_by_nightyHCE “Christmas in October” sponsored by Pike County HCE is Oct, 11, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Farm Bureau Building, Pittsfield.

Vendors with handcrafted items are needed. Theme is “It’s a Blue Blue Christmas”. Costs of a table is $10.

Anyone interested call Ann Ferguson, 285-4077 or Rayola Daniel, 285 9795.

Apple Festival Talent Show – September 20 – Griggsville, IL

PCH festivals fairsThe Griggsville Apple Festival is looking for entries for its annual talent contest.  The contest will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The Jr. Division will be from 6:30-7 p.m., with a break for other activities, then the Sr. Division will resume around 8:15 p.m.  Background music for vocalists will need to be provided to the committee by Thursday, Sept. 18.  If you are interested in entering the contest, pleae contact Jamie Kelley at 217-242-2817.  Limited entries will be accepted so call soon!

Apple Festival Car and Bike Show – September 20 – Griggsville, IL

PCH festivals fairsGriggsville Apple Festival Car and Bike show in downtown Griggsville.  Special quest for the weekend is the Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall.  100% of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall and Toys for Tots.  Registration is 8 a.m.-noon.  Registration fee is $20 for cars/trucks and $15 for bikes.  Judging begins at noon.  Awards given for 1st and 2nd place in each class.  Special awards given for “Best of Show” and “Best Display of Patriotism”.  For additional information, contact Shelly Henry at 217-617-5077, on Facebook, or you can email griggsvillecarshow@gmail.com.

First Annual Chili Cook-off – September 19 – Griggsville, IL

PCH festivals fairsGriggsville Apple Festival will have its first Chili Cook-off this year.  Get out spices and cook up a favorite chili and bring it to the competition for judging and public taste-testing.  No entry fee.  Chili will be judges on color, aroma, consistency, taste and after-test.  Cash prizes will be given to 1st and 2nd place winners and one People’s Choice trophy.

Contestants should provide two gallons of homemade shili, roaster or crock pot, card table, extension cord, and chili dipper.  Each contestant should display a sign visible to public stating the heat level of his/her chili.  Festival will provide electricity, as well as 4 oz. bowls, spoons, and bottled water for taste-testing and judging.

Event is Friday, Sept. 19 on boulevard in Griggsville.  Roasters/crock pots should be set up by 5:45 p.m.  Judging is 6 p.m. Public taste-testing is 6:30 p.m. which will determine People’s Choice Award.

Anyone interested in entering can contact Jill Kunzeman, 309-264-3785.  Entries accepted until Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Free GED Classes – Tuesdays and Thursdays – Pittsfield, IL

School Events and Activities BoardJohn Wood Community College’s Adult Education Department is offering free GED Preparation classes in Quincy, Pittsfield, and Mt. Sterling this fall.  A free class in English as a Second Language will also be offered in Quincy.  Adult residents of the JWCC District who are interested may call the College at 217-641-4951 for details.

GED (General Educational Development) Preparation will be offered at these days and times of the classes:

Quincy – Kinscherff Adult Education Learning Center, 122 North 5th Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

Pittsfield – 1308 West Washington Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m.

Mt. Sterling – 108 North Capitol Tuesdays and Thursdays 5 to 8 p.m.

Students can choose to attend morning, afternoon, or evening classes and may register to take the GED exam when ready.  The classes are free to adult residents of the JWCC District and new students are admitted into the classes once a month.  A GED credential is the nationally accepted equivalent of a high school diploma.  English as a Second Language is open to all adult residents of the JWCC District who are not native-English speakers.  Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Wednesday evenings at the main JWCC campus, 1301 South 48th.  There is no charge for the class and books are provided at no cost.

BBQ Contest – September 20 – Griggsville, IL

PCH festivals fairsThe Griggsville Apple Festival wants you to cook and compete in the 8th annual BBQ contest.  No entry fee this year!  There will be cash prize money and trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall; 1st place in each category; and 1st place People’s Choice.  Electricity and water will be available to contestants.  This event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, on the blvd. in Griggsville.  Please contact Craig Gengler to get your registration form and rules today; cell 816-645-6294 or Farmers National Bank of Griggsville at 217-833-2329.