Prairie Advocate News

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Flip Pages Here
Please Don't Quote Me HIstory of Lanark, Shannon, Milledgeville, Mount Carroll, Chadwick, Milledgeville, Savanna, Thomson, Fulton, Pearl City, Morrison, Freeport, Sterling, Illinois

Please Don't Quote Me
This Week

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS, indeed, were a constant in the Mason jar company..

Resources for Americans

Click on the Flag for More Information

Firefox Browser

5mb download FREE


Free Calendar items are for Non-Profit Organizations when not raising funds. When submitting information please keep it as minimal as possible - Who, What, Where, When and a contact number. That way more items may be listed each week. Send calendar information by Friday to:pa "at" or go to our contact page HERE.

Every Monday

AA in Savanna

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Monday at 8 pm, in the lower fellowship hall at The First Presbyterian Church, 502 Third St, Savanna.

Every Tuesday

Euchre in Forreston

Every Tuesday Evening Euchre is played 6:30 p.m. Forreston Fire Station, rear entrance and parking. More information by calling 815-938-2323.

Al-Anon Group

Every Thursday Shannon

Meets at 4:00 p.m. Thursdays at the Wesley Chapel: Bethel United Methodist Church 217 S. Hickory St. Shannon, IL.

Every Monday Mount Carroll

Meets at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Church of God, 816 S. Clay St. Mt. Carroll, IL.

Every Tuesday Pearl City

Meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 229 S. First St. Pearl City, IL.

Al-Anon helps families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. The only requirement for attendance is that there is a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.

Thru March 8

Free Saturday Breakfast

The Lanark First Brethren Church, 220 E. Locust Street will be hosting a “Free Community Breakfast” every Saturday through March 8th from 8:00-10:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend!

February 11

NIFA Planning Meeting

The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association (NIFA) will hold a planning meeting Tuesday, February 11th, 7:00 PM, at the Stockton Public Library, 140 W. Benton Ave., in Stockton.  NIFA members and the general public are encouraged to attend. The 2014 Agenda will be finalized. For more information, or to support its work, email

Supporters of Schmaling Meeting Canceled

The Supporters of Schmaling (S.O.S.) meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2014, has been canceled. The next meeting will be held at Schmaling Memorial Library on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 6:00 PM.

Camera club meets

The Freeport Area Camera Club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Blvd., Freeport. “The F-Stops Here” is published monthly by the club. For more information about the club, phone Larry Dawson, President, at 815-443-2856, or write to him at 597 S. Heitter Rd., Pearl City, Il 61062, or send email to

February 12

April House Fundraiser

April House Children’s Advocacy Center is having a fundraiser. Go Bowling at Paone’s Blackhawk Lanes and/or eat at The Dog House anytime throughout the day or night, let the staff know you are there for April House, and a portion of your bowling and food will go to benefit April House.

EHS Blood Drive

The Eastland High Student Council will hold a Blood Drive on Wed., Feb. 12 from 2-6:30 in the EJSHS Cafeteria.

Savanna Lions Club meets

Joins us on the 2nd Wed. of the month for our monthly Lions Club meetings at Antl Hall, Savanna. For more information contact: Brian Reusch at 815-273-7757.

February 13

Free Community Meal

First Presbyterian Church, Morrison, will host a Free Community Meal from 5-6:30 pm. On the menu is homemade chicken and noodles, breads, salads, desserts and drinks. All are welcome.

Health Foundation Program

Join the Milledgeville Women’s Club on Thursday, Feb. 13, for a program on Health Foundations, at 1:30 p.m. in their Club Room. For details, please call Marge Traum at 815-225-7696.

Open Mic Night is Back!

Five Minutes of Fame on Market and Main open mic, sponsored by the Main Street Art Guild, Market Street Commons and Brick Street Coffee. Held the second Thursday of each month, this venue is open to all writers, performance artists and musicians of any and all skill levels, boasting a very welcoming and appreciative audience. Sign up starts at 6pm with performances beginning near 6:30 through 10 pm.

February 14

Valentine’s Day Bake Sale

The Relay for Life Team: The Money Clips are having a bake sale at Milledgeville State Bank, 451 N. Main Ave, Milledgeville from 8:30 a.m. until sold out. All sale proceeds go to the Relay for Life.

Country, folk, open mic night

Open Mic Night - 7:00 p.m. at the Heritage Center, Downtown Lanark. Second Friday of every month. Public is invited - No charge. Donations are accepted. For info, call Kenny Sweitzer 815- 275-0854.

Survivors Offer Support

S.O.S (Survivors Offer Support) group meeting for those who have lost a family member or a friend held on the second Friday of every month at the Polo Senior Center, 6 p.m. There will be good food and conversation available. For more information please contact Terrie Wilder at 815-677-3443 or Mary Landis at 815-946-3136.

February 15

Pitter Patter Pantry Annual Meeting

On Saturday, February 15th at 9:30 a.m. Pitter Patter Pantry of Carroll County will hold their annual meeting at the Lanark United Methodist Church, 405 East Locust Street in Lanark. Invitation to all volunteers and others with interest. For reservations or questions, please call Grethchen Wallander at 815-493-6076.

2014 Concert Series Begins

Beginning its 2014 concert series, Emmanuel Reformed Church, 202 E Morris Street, Morrison, IL is thrilled to welcome back Southern Gospel music’s favorite brothers, “The Ball Brothers,” in a concert for all generations on Saturday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. No tickets are needed; a free-will love offering will be received. All are welcome to attend this concert of inspirational music and stirring testimony. Invite your friends and neighbors. For more information, please check out the Emmanuel website at and click on the “concert series” button.

February 16

Chicken & Biscuit Dinner with the Presidents

4th Annual Presidents’ Week Chicken & Biscuit Dinner. Sunday at the First Savanna Methodist Church, 2100 Chicago Ave. from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. $8.00 11 yrs. & up; $4 children 4-10 yrs. and 3 yrs. & under eat free. Dine-in, Carry Out, Delivery available in town only. Call 815-273-2345

Hug somebody–with a shawl

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the first and third Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Lanark United Methodist Church. The LUMC Shawl Ministry invites anyone to come knit with us. We witness to God’s love by knitting, blessing, and giving shawls to those in need of friendship, celebration, healing, and comfort. Knit 3, Purl 3 - come share God’s work with us. Questions? Call the church 815-493-6300 or Jane Smith at 815-225-7329.

February 17

Country Crossroad Quilt Guild

The Country Crossroads Quilt Guild on February 17th, at 7 PM is offering a program on “Felted Wool” a “Make and Take” project by Sandra Davis a very talented stitcher and member of the Guild. If you wish to participate you need to bring a small sewing kit with scissors, embroidery needles, pins ,thimble, and a pencil. The cost of the project is free. There will be a potluck beginning at 5:30 PM, and Warm-ups that feature our new Mystery Quilt start at 6:30 PM . This meeting will be held at the Forreston Grove Church, 7246 Freeport Road in Forreston. Guests are welcome for an admission. For more information call Bernie at 815-732-7804 or Nina at 815-369-2608.

February 18

NARFE Meeting

The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Palisades Chapter 604 will gather for their monthly luncheon and meeting on February 20, 2014 at Noon at Manny’s Pizza in Savanna, IL. The Blue Cross/Blue Shield Federal Employee Insurance representative Ken Thomson of Chicago, IL will present the 2014 updates as it effects health plans of the Affordable Care Act. All active and retired federal employees, their spouses and spousal survivors are urged to attend, as it effects every FEH Program. Those not on the permanent list can make a reservation by calling 815-273-2184 by February 18, 2014.

River Cities Quilters Guild

River Cities Quilt Guild 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Fulton Presbyterian Church, 311 North 9th St., Fulton, Illinois at 7:00 p.m.

February 20

Friends of the Lanark Library

The Friends of the Lanark Public Library will meet on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Lanark Municipal Building (111 S. Broad St.). New members are welcome.

February 21

Trivia Night Event

4th Annual Trivia Night Event to benefit the Unity Christian School Athletic Boosters at 711 10th Street, Fulton, IL. Trivia starts at 7 pm. Dinner is available starting at 5:30 for either Lasagna or baked chicken dinners. Teams of 5 to 8 people can register by calling 815-589-3912. Childcare is available, but you must register by 2/15. Fun Dollar Games, Silent Pie Auction are part of the fun. This is known as the best trivia night around! This event is open to everyone. Come and support the Unity Christian Knights!

February 22

Free Throw Championship

The St. Wendelin’s Shannon Council of the Knights of Columbus presents a “FREE THROW CHAMPIONSHIP” on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event is open to all Carroll County Boys & Girls ages 9-14. A parent or guardian must be present for proof of age. The championship will be held at the Eastland Elementary School in Shannon. Call Brian Borman at 815-590-7271 for more information.

Galena Bridal Fair

The annual Galena Bridal Fair is being held at the Galena Convention Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This is the fourth year for this highly successful show which attracts brides from the tri-state area interested in products and services available for local and destination weddings. Please visit our website at or find us on Facebook at . Our contact information is available on our website or you may email us at

Valentine’s Dinner & Dessert Auction

Polo Town & Country Days hosting a Valentine’s Dinner and Dessert Auction to help finance their annual Fireworks Display. The dinner will be held at LaBranch on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Cocktails and dessert viewing will start at 5:30, with the auction starting at 6 pm. Call Jon Miller at 815-973-3507 for info. Or, you may visit T & C website at

February 24

American Red Cross Blood Drive at SVCC

Sauk Valley Community College Student Government Association, Student Activities and ABC AmeriCorps will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive in the SVCC East Mall on Monday, February 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Appointments to donate are highly recommended but not required. Donors should remember to bring their photo ID, eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water prior to donating blood. To make an appointment, call 815-835-6279 or register online at

February 25

CC Help Center Board Meeting

The Carroll County Help Center Board which oversees operation of the Thrift Shop in Savanna will hold its first quarterly meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the Lanark United Methodist Church, 405 East Locust Street, Lanark. Officers and directors will be elected. Visitors are welcome.

The Basics of Alzheimer’s

Alexander Madole, program and event coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter, Dubuque, Iowa, will present the program, “The Basics of Alzheimer’s” on Tues., Feb. 25 at 10 am at the Carroll County Senior Center. There is no charge and no reservation needed. For additional information, call the Senior Center at 815-244-1800 or toll free 866-214-1959, or stop in at 306 N. Main St., Mount Carroll, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

February 26

Parkinson Support Group

Good Neighbor Care Parkinson Support Group meets the 4th Wednesday of every month from 2 - 3 p.m. at Good Neighbor Care, 2705 Avenue E, Sterling.

March 1

Polo Farm Toy Show

The 29th Annual Polo Farm Toy Show will be held Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Polo High School, 100 Union Ave. Sponsored by the Polo Lions Club, there will be approx. 100 dealer tables, a 50-50 drawing, handicap accessible, and food by the Polo Boosters. Children under 12 free! For dealer information and admission details, call Dave & Irene Short at 815-946-3730.

March 13 thru April 10

Living Lanark: United for Change

Join us for 5 “Visioning Sessions” held Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Heritage Center, 106 S. Broad St, in Lanark. On March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10, citizens will participate in The MAPPING (Management and Planning Programs Involving Nonmetropolitan Groups) THE FUTURE OF YOUR COMMUNITY program, a strategic visioning and planning process to create a long-range vision for the economic development of Lanark and a plan of action for achieving it. Food and beverages will be served. Please RSVP to Mayor John Huggins by February 10, 2014 at 815-541-0557 or Facilitated by Illinois Institute For Rural Affairs. Please join us! Feel free to invite others as well.

March 15

Ready, Set, Grow

Add a “spring” to your step at the 2014 “Ready . . . Set . . . Grow” Gardening Workshop, Saturday, March 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon. Join the Master Gardeners of Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties in cooperation with Sauk Valley Community College for this one-day event offering participants information about various aspects of home gardening. To register, call Ogle County Extension at 815-732-2191 or visit their website at: Registration is required by March 10.

March 21, 22 & 23

“Cinderella” at West Carroll

West Carroll High School’s Spring Musical production of Cinderella. It is Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m., and Sunday the 23rd at 2 p.m.

March 24

Conversations about Dementia

Alexander Madole, program and event coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter, Dubuque, Iowa, will present the program, “Conversations about Dementia,” on Mon., March 24, at 10 am at the Carroll County Senior Center. There is no charge and no reservation needed for the program. For additional information, call the Senior Center at 815-244-1800 or toll free 866-214-1959, or stop in at 306 N. Main St., Mount Carroll, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.