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San Jose UMC fish fry, benefit for Teresa Rekart, 'Hop to Shop' at KC, prom/party dress sale at St. Peter, two benefits for Lyndie Jones, Mount Pulaski pickup dates for landscape waste, Oasis Lunch & Learn

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[March 07, 2014]  San Jose UMC fish fry slated for March 21

SAN JOSE — The San Jose United Methodist Women and the men of the church are presenting their annual fish fry for missions on Friday, March 21. Serving will be from 4 till 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Whole catfish are fried on the premises during the event. Other items on the menu are hash brown casserole, coleslaw, baked beans, homemade desserts and drinks. Chicken strips are also on the menu for children or adults who do not eat fish.

Tickets will be sold in advance by members of the church or at the door. Guests may dine in or carry out for the same price. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children age 4-12, and children under 4 years eat free with a paid adult.

Proceeds benefit children and youth ministries such as Vacation Bible School, camping scholarships and the Bible Zone after-school ministry and meal.

The San Jose United Methodist Church is at 601 S. First St. in San Jose, six blocks south of U.S. 136 at the corner of Linden and First. San Jose is about 15 miles directly south of Pekin on Towerline Road; or follow Illinois Route 29 to U.S. 136, then go east two miles to San Jose; or go about 10 miles west of Interstate 155 on U.S. 136.

For advance tickets or more information, call the church at 309-247-3232 or Jim Eeten at 309-247-3485.

Benefit this weekend for Teresa Rekart

On Saturday there will be a midday benefit for Teresa Rekart at the Lincoln VFW Freedom Hall.

A chili cheeseburger meal will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the day there will also be a bake sale, silent auction and 50-50 drawing. Entertainment will be provided by Wolf Karaoke.

When Teresa suffered numerous complications from surgery, she had to have two hip replacement surgeries and was incapacitated for quite some time. She lost her job and consequently her health benefits. The money raised Saturday will go to the Rekart family to assist with medical bills, prescriptions and other necessities.

Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary hosts 'Hop to Shop' this Saturday

The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary will host their fourth annual "Hop to Shop" event just in time for spring. Join them and several local in-home business owners, crafters and artisans for a one-stop place to shop for Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations or just you.

The event is on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the K of C Hall, 217 N. Limit St. in Lincoln. The auxiliary will also offer sloppy Joes and hot dog lunches, including chips and a drink.

All proceeds from this event go to the scholarship fund of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

St. Peter Lutheran in Emden to host used prom/party dress sale this weekend

EMDEN — On Saturday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., shoppers and sellers will have a great opportunity to earn cash from their past prom and party dresses or get a great bargain on something that will be "new to you."

A fitting area will be available for trying on the dresses before purchase.

St. Peter Lutheran Church, 120 Market St. in Emden, will serve as the clearinghouse for the sale, charging only a small fee per dress to have them on display. The balance of the cash earned by the sale of a dress will go to the seller.

Dresses may be brought to the church between 9 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

For the buyer, the terms are cash only; no checks will be accepted.

For the seller, any dresses not sold must be picked up at the church no later than 2:30 p.m. Because the church does not have storage for the dresses, anything remaining after 2:30 p.m. will be donated to another group.

For more information about the sale, call 217-737-2742.

[Information received from Rebecca Rich]

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Two benefits in March for infant Lyndie Jones

At the end of this month, there will be two separate benefits to assist Lyndie Jones and her family.

On March 22, the second annual memorial Run for Annabelle will take place, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Mount Pulaski. This year the proceeds of that run will be given to the Jones family to assist with the medical expenses of their daughter.

On March 29, there will be a dinner benefit at the Lincoln Knights of Columbus Hall. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5. There will be a silent auction from 4:30 to 7, and live music will begin at 8.

Lyndie Jones is the daughter of Katie Alsup and Justin Jones of Mount Pulaski. She was born June 20, 2013 — 17 weeks premature. She weighed 1 pound, 5 ounces at birth and has been in the St. John's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit since birth. To date she has had three surgeries, including heart surgery, a tracheotomy and a feeding tube installation. When Lyndie does get to come home, she will require in-home nursing care.

The Run for Annabelle was first held to assist the family of Annabelle Phillips. Annabelle was born in November of 2012 and soon after diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. For Annabelle, there was no solution to her sickness and she died in January of 2013. The run was to assist her parents, Darin and Amy Phillips, with the expenses they incurred.

This year the Phillips couple asked that the Run for Annabelle continue as a means of paying forward the generosity that was shown them by the community. They are hopeful that the community will come out and support the family of Lyndie in the same loving way they did a year ago in memory of Annabelle.

City of Mount Pulaski announces pickup dates for landscape waste

MOUNT PULASKI — The city of Mount Pulaski has announced this year's schedule for landscape waste pickup. Pickup days will be as follows: April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

Click here for guidelines.

Oasis Lunch & Learn March 18

Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland announces program for family caregivers

SPRINGFIELD — The Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland has scheduled a Lunch and Learn program for informal caregivers of older adults and for grandparents and other relatives raising children. It will be at the Oasis Center at St. John United Church of Christ, 204 Seventh St. in Lincoln, on Tuesday, March 18, at noon.

Christa McCarthy, career agent with Transamerica, will present "46 Decisions You Need to Know When a Loved One Dies."

Lunch will be provided, and preregistration is required. There is no charge to attend.

This presentation is part of a series of Lunch and Learn programs. The goal of the series is to provide practical information that will help caregivers continue to provide quality care to others while maintaining balance in their own lives.

Informal caregivers are those unpaid individuals such as family members, friends and neighbors who provide assistance to someone who is to some degree incapacitated and in need of help with tasks such as grocery shopping, bill paying, cooking, or personal care. Grandparents or other relatives raising grandchildren are those who have accepted primary responsibility for raising one or more children through age 18.

To register or learn more about the Lunch and Learn series, contact the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland at 217-787-9234 or 800-252-2918.

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