Saturday, March 9
34th annual “Easter in the Country” — 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Arts, crafts and bake sale in Sandwich High School, Lynn Haskin Grade School and Sandwich Middle School. The grade school is at 720 S. Wells St. and is located between the other two schools. There will be a shuttle bus service to all three buildings; 110 crafters representing 60 Illinois towns and the states of Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin offer painted windows, lighted bottles, pop can jewelry, steel art, hair bows, children’s clothing and dog and cat breeds embroidered on clothing.
Admission is $2 with stamped hand allowed into each building. No strollers and no smoking will be allowed in any building. Lunch will be available in the high school and middle school, with an instant door prize drawing at the middle school.
Sunday, March 10
Spring Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale — 8 a.m.-noon. Holy Family school gym, Oglesby. Presented by Holy Name Society of Holy Family Church. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee or milk. Adults $6.50, children ages 7-12 for $3, and no charge for children under 7. A new family price of $20 is available. The Holy Family Altar and Rosary Society will offer home-baked goods for sale. Baked items can be delivered 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9 using the kitchen back door of the school. Carry-outs are available by calling (815) 883-8916.
Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary Vendor Fair — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Eagles Lodge, Peru. (815) 223-6454 or (815) 664-2126 e-mail email@example.com.
Ladd Chicken Dinner — 2-5 p.m. Ladd’s Community Center, formerly St. Benedict’s Parish Hall. JT’s fried chicken or baked chicken, spaghetti, salad, dessert and beverage. Tickets, $10, and will be sold at the door. Bake sale and raffle. Carry-outs available. Proceeds to benefit the Community Center. (815) 894-2716.
Tuesday, March 12
Relay for Life Team, Angels Among Us, Rip’s Night — 4:30 -7:30 p.m. Rip’s Tavern, Ladd, $8 for chicken dinners, $20 for two dinners plus Pick-3 chance. Eat-in or carry-out. Raffles and huge bake sale, call 538-2262 or 539-3711 for tickets and more info.
Thursday, March 14
Lostant United Methodist Church soup and sandwich supper — 4:30-6:30 p.m. Menu includes homemade vegetable soup or chili, sandwich and dessert. Cost for adults, $6.50; children, $3. Carry-outs available along with Farmers Booth. Open to the public.
Friday, March 15
First Lutheran Church fish fry — 5-7 p.m. Ohio. Menu includes fish, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and beverage. Adults tickets are $7.50; children under 10, $4. Carry-outs available in Ohio at (815) 376-7431. Proceeds go to Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee, for fire damage repairs.
Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17
Covered Bridge Quilt Show — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday by Covered Bridge Quilters Guild at Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton. More than 200 quilts will be on display. To reach the fairgrounds from Interstate 80 Exit 56, proceed south approximately 2 miles then west on U.S 6 approximately ½ mile.
A raffle is available for a handmade quilt. For information, call (815) 664-4288. Speakers Mary Jane Mattingly and Susan Knapp are founders of “Quilt Branch,” publishers of 11 books and creators of more than 40 patterns of quilts, runners and more.
Sunday, March 17
St. Patrick Parish annual pancake and sausage breakfast — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Bishop Franz Hall, Arlington, The all-you-can-eat breakfast will feature Nuco’s sausage, pancakes, eggs, toast and beverage. Tickets are $6 for adults; $4 for children 6-10 years; and free for children 5 and under. Carry-outs are available. Tickets will be sold at the door.
Trinity Catholic Academy Corned Beef Dinner — 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. TCA gym, La Salle. $10 for corned beef dinner which includes corned beef, carrots, potatoes, dessert and drink. Raffles, early-bird drawing for cash raffle. All proceeds to benefit Trinity Catholic. (815) 223-8523.
Tuesday, March 19
Spring Valley Historic Association Museum Program — 7 p.m. Bureau County Genealogical Society at the museum, 201 W. St. Paul St. The event is free and open to the public. (815) 830-4303.
“Cinderella” — 1:30 p.m. will be presented by the professional touring group, Opera for the Young, at Washington School, Peru. A chorus of 16 fourth-graders from the school will perform on stage with the professional singers.
The performance is funded by the Peru Parent-Teacher Club. More information is available at www.operafortheyoung.org or by contacting Washington’s music teacher, Chris Kelsey.
Thursday, March 21
Community United Methodist Church Supper— 5-7:30 p.m. in LaMoille. Full beef and potatoes meal with salad bar, dessert bar and drinks. Tickets from church members or at the door. Advance tickets are $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 10 and under. Tickets after March 17 are $9 for adults and $6 for children. Carry-outs are available by calling (815) 638-2348 after 4 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, March 22-24
Time On The Water Outdoors & Big Buck Archery Indoor 3D Weekend — All day, $12 all skill levels, 30-plus yard targets, elevated shooting platform; 515 S. Spalding St., Spring Valley, (815) 663-1000.
Saturday, March 23
Peru Public Library Bake Sale — 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Main lobby. Sponsored by Peru Library Teen Advisory Group. Proceeds to be used for teen programs and materials. Come early for the succarines.
Walleye Run 5K — 9 a.m. Hosted by Spring Valley Walleye Club, Kirby Park
Easter Egg Search — 10 a.m. Downtown Spring Valley, Begins in the Mini-Park, Sponsored by Spring Valley Boosters.
Community Easter egg hunt — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mendota soccer fields near Lake Mendota sponsored by Mendota First! Ministries will include hundreds of eggs filled with candy and prizes. Free concessions, a bounce house, games and activities also will be part of the day.
For information, call (815) 414-1602 or www.facebook.com/ MendotaFirst
Ohio Public Library Easter party —10:30 a.m. featuring food and activities. Those who plan to attend are asked to contact the library in advance, www.ohiolibrarybc.com. Library hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Saturday-Sunday, March 23-24
26th Anniversary Masters Walleye Tournament — Barto Landing on the Illinois River, Route 89, Spring Valley, www.spring-valley-walleye.org or (815) 663-6141.
Sunday, March 24
Annual Palm Sunday Pork Chop Dinner — 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Granville United Church of Christ Bonucchi Hall. Grilled pork chop, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, dessert, drink. Adult one-chop meal $9, two-chop meal $11; children 4-10, $4; under 4, free. Carry-outs 50 cents extra. Tickets available at the door or by calling (815) 339-2305. Handicap accessible.
Sixth annual “Nothing’s Sweeter Than a Child” — 1-4 p.m. Celebrations 150, La Salle. CASA (court appointed special advocate) chocolate sampling event. Admission $10 and $5 for children under 5. Cookie decorating and face painting for children. Large silent auction in conjunction with the sampling. firstname.lastname@example.org or (815) 223-8628.
Tuesday, March 26
Graves-Hume Public Library preschool story hour and Easter egg hunt — 3:30 p.m., 1401 Main St., Mendota. Children age 3-kindergarten need to register since space is limited. Participants also need to bring an Easter basket at (815) 538-5142.
Friday-Saturday, March 29-30
Rummage and Bake Sale — 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Holy Trinity Church hall, Cherry. Easter treats available. Proceeds will be used for Christmas in Cherry expenses.
Monday, April 8
Annual Lighted Way spaghetti dinner fundraiser — 4:30-8 p.m. co-sponsored by Jane Duncan Wamhoff of Lighted Way and Ray Anderes of Uptown Grill at Uptown Grill, La Salle. Donation for the dinner is $8. Tickets may be purchased from Lighted Way by calling 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday at (815) 224-1345 or at the door that night. Carry-outs will be available.
Saturday, April 13
St. Margaret’s First Annual 10K Race and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk — Race day registration is 7-8:30 a.m. Race begins at 9 a.m. at 415 E. Second St., Spring Valley. Register at runrace.net. Race benefits ongoing renovations and improvements to St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley.
Sunday, April 14
Fifth annual Spring Luncheon & Trunk Show — l p.m. Celebrations 150, La Salle. Vendors include: 31 Bags; Pat English Beauty Consultant; Therapeutic Massage & Reiki Professionals of La Salle; Kristine’s Shower; Card O’Graphy by Jill; Trinkets & Treats; Designs by Lynette; Scentsy; and St. Margaret’s Gift Shop. Ticket price of $15 includes lunch and refreshments. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at: Hackman Insurance and Dr. Lee Ceresa’s Office in Peru, Spring Valley City Bank, St. Margaret’s Hospital Gift Shop, Tri-City Frock Shoppe and Studio 718 in La Salle. (815) 664-7260. All proceeds benefit St. Margaret’s Foundation.
Tuesday, April 16
Preserving Family Stories — 7 p.m. Spring Valley Historic Association Museum Program. Part 2 of University of Illinois Extension speaker, Rachel Schwarzendruber, 201 W. St. Paul St., (815) 830-4303.
Saturday, April 20
Trinity Catholic Academy Trivia Night — TCA school gym, La Salle. Doors open at 5 p.m. Trivia will begin at 6:30 p.m. Raffles and silent auction items (do not need to present to win). To reserve a table, call (815) 223-8523.
Saturday, April 27
Trinity 5K Run /Walk Spring Shuffle — 9 a.m. Trinity Catholic Academy, La Salle. Course designed by members of Starved Rock Runners and will be through La Salle streets, ending at TCA. Awards for first-place overall female and male runners and medals for top three in several categories. Music and refreshments provided after race.
Preregister by April 14 to guarantee shirt. Cost is $20 before April 14 and $25 day of race. (815) 712-8434 or (815) 223-8523.
Friday-Saturday, May 3-4
Midwest Morel Fest — Washington Square Park, Ottawa, 4 p.m. Friday 7 a.m. Saturday. This unique festival offers something for everyone from the mushroom enthusiast to the curious observer. “Learn and Guided Hunt Seminar” by Morel University — limit of 120 hunters — begins at 4 p.m. Friday. “Championship Hunt” limit of 440 hunters. Sign-in begins at 7 a.m. Saturday with a deadline of 8:45 a.m. All contestants will be bused to the hunt site. (815) 434-2737.
Saturday, May 4
11th annual Convoy Against Cancer Big Truck Show — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Route 89/Main Street, Ladd. Semi tractors and trailers, dump trucks, wreckers, cranes, antique and new, pickups; all trucks welcome, truck entry fee donation to American Cancer Society Relay For Life; music, food, door prizes. Fun family event. (815) 488-8245 or email@example.com
Monday, May 27
American Legion Memorial Day Services — 2 p.m. Valley Memorial Park, 13312 Route 89, Spring Valley
Friday-Sunday, May 31-June 2
Spring Valley Boat Club’s Shipwrecked Weekend — Friday Night: Chicken Fry, Live Band, Beer Gardens; Saturday: Bags Tournament, DJ (outdoors); Saturday Night: Food Vendors, Games, Beer Gardens, Live Band; Sunday: Annual Breakfast (Boat in/Drive in) (815) 664-2609 or www.svboatclub.com.