Genealogy Guild meeting
OTTAWA — The LaSalle County Genealogy Guild will be at 1 p.m. April 19 at the Guild Library, 115 W. Glover St., Ottawa. Rachael Mellen will speak about the Irish side of her ancestry, show photos of her research trip to Ireland and offer hints on how to proceed with researching Irish ancestry.
PRINCETON — American Legion Woman’s Auxiliary Unit 125 of Princeton will conduct its veterans Easter basket workshop at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the post home. All treats for the baskets are needed at this time, For information, call Clara Pease, VA&R chairman, at 815-872-0430 or Carol Allicks, president, at 815-872-7891.
Breastfeeding support group
SPRING VALLEY — La Leche League of the Illinois Valley, a breastfeeding support group, will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in Spring Valley. This monthly group helps mothers gain knowledge and support from other breastfeeding moms. April’s discussion will revolve around, but is not limited to, “Nutrition & Weaning.” Expecting moms, as well as new and experienced moms, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 815-894-3303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRINCETON — An American Red Cross blood drive will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 1 in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 316 S. Church St., Princeton. You may be eligible if you last donated on or before March 6. A Red Cross donor card or photo ID is needed. To make an appointment, call the Princeton office at 815-879-2231.
Drawdown and silent auction
PRINCETON — The annual drawdown and silent auction for Friends of Strays will be April 26 at Wise Guys Bar & Grill Banquet Center, 2205 N. Main St. Princeton. Tickets are $50 for two people. This includes dinner, complimentary beer and wine (as long as it lasts). Only 200 tickets will be sold. You have a chance to win the top prize of $1,200. Many other cash prizes will also be awarded. There will also be raffle games, tip boards and a silent auction. To purchase a ticket, you can call 815-872-7387 or stop into the shelter’s resale store, Finders Keepers, located at 306 E. Backbone Road in Princeton. You do not have to be in attendance to win one of the cash prizes.