TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Community Church will have a turkey dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The menu will include turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, salads, rolls, desserts and drinks. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12. All are welcome.
PRINCETON — St. Louis CCW of Princeton will sponsor a vendors fair, “Extravaganza Extraordinaire,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Louis Parish Hall, 617 Park Ave. West in Princeton. More than 30 vendors from around the state will present their products. Admission is free and free finger foods and drinks will be provided.
PRINCETON — Christkindl Markt, a German Christmas market, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Open Prairie UCC, 25 E. Marion St., Princeton. This is a special feature of the Princeton Christmas Open House. Unique hand-crafted gifts, international cookie bazaar, German Advent calendars, fair trade coffees and chocolates will be available for purchase. The event will also feature a traditional German lunch and a free children’s activity (making gingerbread houses). Admission is free. For more information, call 815-872-5150.
SPRING VALLEY — The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley.
PRINCETON — A giant holiday and bake sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Prouty Building in Princeton. Cookies, candies, pies, coffee cakes, brownies, breads and other home-baked goods, as well as Christmas decorations and holiday gifts for pets and people, will be available. All proceeds will go to Friends of Strays No Kill Shelter. For information, call 815-872-PETS.
PRINCETON — New Hope Church of the Nazarene will host a vendor and craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Admission is free, and there will be refreshments, food and baked goods available for purchase. Vendor spaces are still available. Contact the church at 815-875-1900.
PRINCETON — Bureau Valley Volunteer Hospice will host its monthly grief and loss support group at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the chapel at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Anyone that has lost a loved one is invited to attend.
PRINCETON — Sons of the Never Wrong will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Princeton Coffeehouse, located at the Open Prairie UCC, 25 E. Marion St., Princeton. The eclectic and popular Chicago folk trio is known for their “soaring harmonies, sweet guitar strumming and mandolin-flecked melodies”, according to the Associated Press. Tickets are $12 at the door. Homemade desserts and fair trade coffee will be available. For more information, call 815-872-6501 or visit www.theprincetoncoffeehouse.com.
PRINCETON — The GFWC Woman’s Club of Princeton will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Prouty Building in Princeton. The program, “The Hat Lady,” will be presented by Charlene Behrens. Lois Johnson and Marian Lovgren will be the social committee. Members are invited to bring Christmas items to the meeting which will be given to veterans. The group welcomes guests and any prospective members. For more information, contact Clara Pease, president, at 815-872-0430.
PRINCETON — November is National Hospice Month and Bureau Valley Volunteer Hospice will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Perry Memorial Hospital Medical Office Building lobby. Refreshments will be served and there will be a door prize drawing.
HENNEPIN — The Hennepin Relay for Life team will sell handmade Christmas swags for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event in June 2013. Fresh greens for the swags, donated by Boyle Tree Farms, will be sold for $20 each or two for $30. Swags can be ordered by leaving a message at 815-993-0414 or by calling Betty Dean at 815-925-7098. The swags will be available for pick up Dec. 1.
SPRING VALLEY — “Girl Talk - A Mother/Daughter Night of Learning,” intended for 9- to 12-year-old girls, along with their mothers, to discuss certain female issues with experts will be Thursday at St. Margaret’s Hospital. Vendors and a light supper will be available from 5 to 6 p.m. A panel of experts will present information from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be available to answer any questions. Speakers include Dr. Nicole Norris, Jennifer Gunness, and Claudia Bachman, CPASA Board Member. Discover tips to more effectively manage nutrition and dieting, skin care, physical and emotional changes and more that occur during puberty. Registration is required. Call 815-664-1486 for more information, or to register.
SPRING VALLEY — Project Success’s Santa’s Workshop will be from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 8 at Lincoln Grade School, 501 E. Erie St., Spring Valley. Toy boxes will begin appearing this week, with collection ending Dec. 3.
Lions Christmas parade
PRINCETON — Bureau County businesses, clubs and organizations are invited by the Princeton Lions Club to enter a float or unit in the Princeton Christmas parade on Dec. 1. The parade, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will start at the former Nelson Drug Store and continue down Main Street to Soldiers and Sailors Park. The theme for this year’s parade is “Season of the Child.” There will be a special appearance by Santa Claus and Santa’s helpers will collect food items for the Food Pantry along the parade route. Any paper products, personal items, dried or canned goods will be appreciated. Parade entry forms are at the Princeton Chamber Office in the Prouty Building or call Lion members Don Smith at 815-875-3475 or Jim Argo at 815-872-6181.