Category Archives: Community Resource

UPDATED: Donations needed for victims of Capps Apartment fire in Pittsfield, IL

Thank you to the community for their generosity in donating! All clothing donated that was not claimed by the residents has been taken to the Samaritan Closet (old Red Cross building) in Pittsfield.  If you are in need of clothing, please visit the Samaritan Closet, open Wednesday & Friday.  We will continue to assist the families affected in any way possible.  Housing is still an unmet need for several families.  If you have information or can assist, please contact the Pittsfield Assembly of God Church staff and they will take down your information to pass on to the residents.

Drop Off Locations:

  • Temporary drop off location at the Calvary Baptist Church (180 S. Franklin St., Pittsfield behind the First National Bank of Barry and across the street from Green Acres Motel) on Friday, September 23 from 6-7pm
  • The Samaritan’s Closet will be open Friday, September 23 from 10 am to 1 pm.  They have infant through adult size clothing for free.  They are also happy to accept donations for the fire victims.  Please be sure to let them know if your donation is one for the fire victims at drop off.

     Sunday, September 25 PCH will be hosting a donation drive at the Pike County Senior Center located at 220 W. Adams in Pittsfield.  We will accept all donations from 2-4.  From 4-5 we will be open to the affected families to receive current donations and sign up to receive any financial donations that are received by PCH.

  • Future donations should be taken to the Pittsfield Assembly of God church located at 575 Piper Lane.

Items you can donate:

  • Towels & washrags
  • Blankets & bedding
  • Pillows
  • Pet supplies
  • Gift certificates
  • Non-perishable food and ready-to-eat meals
  • Baby items

Toiletries are always needed and appreciated.  The following are great suggestions for donation:

  • Soap (body or bar) and body poofs (for gel soaps and body soaps)
  • Feminine hygiene products (menstrual pads and tampons)
  • Shampoo & conditions
  • Disposable razors and shave cream
  • Deodorants
  • Baby soap & lotion
  • Baby wipes & diapers
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Hair brushes & combs
  • First aid supplies such as bandaids, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies such as laundry detergent, baking soda, dish soap & gloves


Vin Fiz Festival – August 20 – Nebo, IL

This annual festival was inspired by the reenactment of Cal Rodgers’ first transcontinental flight and features a pageants and contest, food, stage entertainment, kids’ games and rides, a car show, and a parade.

Times: 8 am – 8 pm.  Parade Sat. at 11:00 am (Assemble at Nebo Church of Christ).

Vendors, food, Baby contest, Prince & Princess contest, Queen contest. Lip Sync competition.

Contact: Melissa Scranton 217-491-7088, email:

89th Annual Hull Town Picnic – August 19 & 20 – Hull, IL

Since 1932 the community of Hull gathers for a variety of delicious chicken dinner and a full day of family fun including children’s activities. Friday night starts with the Jr. Miss & Miss Hull competitions, food and refreshments, and live entertainment. Things get started again on Saturday with the annual Hull of a Race, a run to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease. Baby, Miss and Master Tiny Tot, and Little Mr. and Little Miss contests are held in the morning. A parade starts at 1 pm and afterwards there will be games, activities, and food all day, as well as a pet show, talent show and live entertainment. The Hull Lion’s Club supper begins at 4 pm.

Show your support for the Hull Town Picnic by purchasing a T-shirt! All proceeds go to the Hull Town Picnic.

Visit their Facebook page at:

For information call 217-432-5749

Parade is Saturday, August 20th 1:00 PM (sharp) Line up from 12 PM– 12:25 PM. Assemble at Grade School Parade contact: Deb Austin 217-740-6902 or by email at

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

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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.

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.

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

88th Annual Hull Picnic Shirt Design by RShonhart

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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