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111 to participate in fundraiser with Pizza Hut
This Thursday, Nov. 29, Cub Scout Pack 111
will be part of a fundraiser effort in conjunction with the local Pizza Hut
For the entire day, mention Pack 111 when you place your order, and
20 percent of the food costs will be donated to the pack. All sales
are included, whether it be dine-in, carryout or delivery.
raised will go directly to the local Scouts to help finance future
activities and projects.
concert to feature Lincoln College Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers and
The annual holiday concert at Lincoln College
will be presented in the Johnston Center for Performing Arts on the Lincoln
campus on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. The concert will start at
7:30 both evenings.
Tickets will be available at the box
office in the Johnston Center for $2.
The lineup this year will include a set by the 20-member Lincoln
College Jazz Ensemble, led by Professor Scott Woger.
Next on the playbill will be performances by the Chamber Singers
and the Lincoln College Chorale. Professor Cynthia Fox will direct
the vocal groups.
Woger is very excited about this year's concert. The event will
be the debut for members of a new Lincoln College degree program
that will allow music students to earn a four-year bachelor's degree
in jazz studies on the Lincoln campus. There are currently 24
aspiring jazz musicians enrolled.
"I have been working for the past seven months to set up this
program," Woger said.
The four-year degree program allows Lincoln College to field a jazz
big band for the first time, and the coming-out party for this group
promises to raise the roof on the Johnston Center. The twin
"Performance Tonight" flags in front of the Johnston Center will be
snapping to a jazz beat.
As the jazz studies program unfolds, new events are being planned
for 2013. A jazz concert featuring the LC Jazz Ensemble and area
high school jazz bands, including one from Pekin High School, is
scheduled for early 2013.
For more information on the holiday concert, contact the Lincoln
College box office at 217-732-3155, ext. 280. Woger may be reached
at 217-735-5050, ext. 281, and
of Foreign Wars accepting donations to help veterans in need
SPRINGFIELD -- As we enter the holiday season,
many veterans throughout Illinois are facing financial difficulties --
unsure of how they will pay their rent, mortgage, utility bills or even
As the Veterans of Foreign Wars
tag line suggests -- "No One Does More for Veterans."
More than 113
years ago, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was
founded for two purposes -- to promote legislation directly
affecting veterans and to assist veterans, our military and their
As war continues in Afghanistan, multiple deployments affect the
lives of those serving in our armed forces. Many of our nation's
newest combat veterans return home to face eviction notices from
landlords, mortgage foreclosures and shut-off notices from utility
In addition, many of our older veterans face the necessity of
choosing between the need to purchase medicine or groceries.
When called upon, the VFW turns to donations from the public to
help veterans facing a financial crisis. Through the generosity of
local donations, organizations can assist our needy veterans with
their rent, mortgages, utility bills and groceries.
That's where you -- John and Jane Q. Public -- can help.
VFW posts have funds established to which monetary donations can
be earmarked to assist veterans in need. Those funds are collected
through poppy drives, various fundraisers, and generous individuals
and businesses making monetary donations. In addition, many posts
conduct food drives throughout the holidays to help provide holiday
meals for veterans in their communities needing assistance.
During this holiday season while you are enjoying time with your
family, consider making a donation to your local VFW post to help
those veterans less fortunate in your community.
For information on making donations, contact the VFW post in your
of Talents Christmas cookie walk Dec. 8
There will be a Christmas cookie walk on
8, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the family room of the Lincoln Christian
Church Fellowship Center. Sponsored by the Harvest of Talents for World
Hunger, the event will feature homemade traditional holiday and bar cookies.
Cookies will be available for purchase by the pound or arranged on
Georgia Vinson, who chairs the cookie
walk, recommends taking them home for weekend entertaining or
popping them in your freezer to prepare yourself for Christmas
parties and last-minute holiday guests.
Cookie shoppers are invited to enter the Fellowship Center
through the north canopy parking lot door.
All proceeds will become a part of the 2013 Harvest of Talents
for World Hunger and will be channeled through International
Disaster Emergency Service to meet hunger needs worldwide.
Anyone having questions about the cookie walk may contact Georgia
Vinson at 732-9069.
Lutheran live Nativity scheduled for Dec. 14 & 15
The annual Zion Lutheran
Church drive-thru live Nativity is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, from 6 to 8
p.m. The outdoor scene, portrayed by church members and live animals, is set
to favorite Christmas hymns and presented on the grounds of Zion Lutheran
School, 1600 Woodlawn Road in Lincoln, across from Wal-Mart.
No admission is charged, but
nonperishable food items will be collected for the Lincoln/Logan
extends order deadline for cookie trays
Order now to get your fancy Christmas cookies.
The Humane Society of Logan County is having their annual Christmas cookie
tray sale, with cookie pickup on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
at Graue Inc., 1905 N. Kickapoo.
Trays of three dozen, four dozen or
five dozen may be ordered. Prices start at $15 for three dozen
assorted holiday cookies.
Order in advance by calling 217-732-1979
to be sure they are available. Orders will be taken until Dec. 7.
At the same time, there will be a big bake sale: cakes, pies,
breads, fudge, candy and more.
Help yourself by letting HSLC bake, and help the shelter that
provides for dogs and cats in Logan County.
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will hold memorial service Sunday
The Lincoln Elks Lodge will hold their annual memorial service on Sunday,
Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Elks Lodge Ballroom.
The service each year honors
the memory and lives of members lost during that year. This year,
seven members will be remembered: John Pelc Jr., Clyde Camp, David
McEntire, Edward Blair, Edward Malerich, Burke Miller and Dean Leith.
Families and friends of the departed are invited to attend the
service and to remain afterward for food and fellowship.
Jaycees Angel Tree project under way now
The annual Lincoln Jaycees Angel Tree is under
way. The Angel Tree is a project to help the less fortunate children of
Logan County. Tags with these children's names are placed on "Angel Trees"
around the county. Employees or customers then pick a child from the names
on the tree and buy them gifts. The Lincoln Jaycees distribute these gifts
to the families in time for Christmas.
The public can find the Angel Trees at
the following locations: Cracker Barrel, ALMH cafeteria, CEFCU,
Blades Hair Salon, Illini Bank, Daisy's Hair and Nail Salon, and
State Bank of Lincoln. Trees are also located at Eaton, Family
Medical Center, Verallia, Sysco and International Paper for their
Gifts need returned to businesses by Dec. 10.
The Lincoln Jaycees purchase gifts to go with any names not
picked from the trees. If you would like to make a monetary
donation, send it to: Lincoln Jaycees, P.O. Box 254, Lincoln, IL
Gift pickup will be at the Lincoln Jaycees Center, 325 S. Chicago
St., on Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
The Lincoln Jaycees are a not-for-profit organization serving
Lincoln and the surrounding communities. The Lincoln Jaycees give
young people between the ages of 18 and 40 the tools they need to
build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business
development, management skills, individual training, community
service and international connections. Membership meetings are on
the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Jaycees
Center, 325 S. Chicago St., and are open to everyone.
Street Lincoln presents Christmas parade and holiday fun in historic
Main Street Lincoln invites the public to
enjoy historic downtown Lincoln throughout the holiday season. With the
height of the holiday season fast approaching, downtown businesses are
readying for shoppers.
Nov. 24 is nationally recognized as
Small Business Saturday. This event falls between Black Friday and
Cyber Monday and is dedicated to supporting small business in our
communities. Shoppers are encouraged to continue their power
shopping of Black Friday in downtown Lincoln, finding specials and
On Nov 29, Main Street Lincoln and the city of Lincoln co-sponsor
the annual Christmas parade. This year's theme is "Sending Holiday
Greetings to Your Loved Ones" to honor the 100th anniversary of the
Lincoln post office. Entries are being accepted through Nov. 23. The
parade will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and take the same route as
previous years. Prizes in many categories will be given. Following
the parade, the Oasis Senior Center will host a chili and soup
supper, along with craft items available, and Mr. Claus will be on
hand for the children.
Throughout December, historic downtown Lincoln will be alive with
the hustle and bustle of shopping and holiday cheer. Santa will make
appearances throughout downtown Dec. 8, 15 and 22, with exact
locations to be announced soon. Shoppers can enjoy the convenience
and pride of shopping locally.
Main Street Lincoln, a volunteer-driven organization, is pleased
to participate in the holiday shopping season, promoting our
eateries, antique stores, thrift stores, one-of-a-kind shops, night
life and entertainment, along with plenty of services and
For more information on any of these events, the Main Street
Lincoln organization can be reached at 217-732-2929 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, information and business
specials are available online at
Historical Society announces December events
ELKHART -- Elkhart
Historical Society's annual Candlelight Chapel Service at St. John the
Baptist Chapel will be on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and
Dining options are available before or after the services:
Make your service reservations by
calling 217-947-2238; then go to the Elkhart Historical Society
www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org, and download a
reservation form, or stop by Horsefeathers in Elkhart to pick up
a form. Reservations are limited.
Dinner reservation forms are also
On Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., the
Elkhart Historical Society will present a book signing for
"Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit" at
Horsefeathers in Elkhart. Refreshments will be served.
Lincoln experts have called this new book superb,
richly detailed and an effective lesson in the importance of political
networking. This is the perfect time to obtain a signed copy of Guy Fraker's new
book just in time for Christmas giving. Further information regarding the author
and his book is available at
of Lincoln leaf pickup dates announced
The city of Lincoln will
provide leaf pickup services for residents again this year. Pickup days will
be by ward and will run beginning next week through Dec. 3.
Only biodegradable bags of leaves will
be picked up. Bags must be at the curb by 7 a.m. each day.
Leaf pickup dates:
Ward 1 -- Oct. 29, Nov. 9, Nov.
Ward 2 -- Oct. 31, Nov. 13,
Ward 3 -- Nov. 2, Nov. 14, Nov.
Ward 4 -- Nov. 5, Nov. 16, Nov.
-- Nov. 7, Nov. 19, Dec. 3
For those who wish to bring their
leaves directly to the landscape waste facility, it is currently
open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3:50 p.m. for all
landscape waste. This will continue until Nov. 21.
On Nov. 24 the facility will return
to regular hours: Wednesday and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3:50 p.m.