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What's Happenings


Sunset Ridge MX

WALNUT — Another exciting race weekend will come June 21-22 to the nationally recognized Sunset Ridge MX in Northern Bureau County as the best of the best youth motocross racers vow for their chance to advance to the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at the legendary Loretta Lynn Ranch in scenic Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Spectators are always welcome at Sunset Ridge MX, located just 4 miles south of Normandy on 1100 East. Spectator gates open at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 with racing both days beginning at 10 a.m.

In conjunction, Sunset Ridge MX will hosts it second Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness on Friday.

For complete information, go to or call 815-379-9534.


Toluca 5K

TOLUCA — The seventh annual Double Diamond Dash 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, June 21 at the Toluca ball park, starting at 8 a.m. Race-day registration and pre-registration pickup will be held from 6:30-7:30 a.m. with the race to start at 8 a.m.

Payments may be made out to the Toluca Park District and sent to Toluca Diamond Dash, 402 N. Maple, Toluca, IL 61369. For more information, contact race director Mara Burns at 815-823-9476 or

Art Sarver run/walk

OGLESBY — The third annual Art Sarver run/walk will be held June 28. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Oglesby Elks Lodge on 800 E. Walnut St. and will include three overall male and female winners. The top male and female will receive a plaque, and the first three finishers in each age division will receive an award.

Entry fee is $20 until Friday, June 20 and $25 from June 20 to race day. There is a family rate of four or more for $60 until June 20. For more information, call 815-883-3389 or 815-488-3599.

The Runner’s Crusade

OTTAWA — The Runner’s Crusade 5K run/walk will start at 6 p.m. June 28 in Ottawa. Check-in is at 4:30 p.m. at Marquette Academy.

The top three finishers in each of the 13 age divisions for both male and female will be recognized. Entry fee is $20 for pre-registered runners/walkers by June 21 and $25 after June 21. For more information, contact Lisa Cheatham at 815-434-1149 or

Reagan Run 5K

DIXON — Nearly 2,000 participants are expected for the annual Reagan Run 5K on Saturday, July 5 in downtown Dixon. The traditional race that is part of Dixon’s Petunia Festival draws runners and walkers alike.

The race begins at 8 a.m. with the start line located just steps away from Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home, 810 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. The unique course takes runners through downtown Dixon, across the Rock River, through wooded paths and finishes in Haymarket Square in the downtown. Racers continue to rave year after year about this classic and fun course that offers a changing landscape as you run.

Online registration is available at Early race packet pickup will be Thursday, July 3 from 12- 6 p.m. at the Dixon Family YMCA. Race Day Registration can be done up until 7:30 a.m. on the morning of the race at Haymarket Square. No registrations will be available at the start line at the Reagan Home.

For more information, call Dixon Main Street at 815-288-2308.

Olds-Bohm 5K

WYANET — The Nancy Jo Olds-Bohm 5K Fun Run, 1-Mile Memory Walk and Kids’ Fun Run will be held at Wyanet Memorial Park Saturday, July 12 at 8 a.m. in conjunction with the Wyanet Summer Festival.

Registration is $15 before July 1, $20 after July 1. Pre-race packet pickup and registration at Wyanet Memorial Park will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 11. Packet pickup and registration will be held from 7-7:45 a.m. Saturday, July 12. Entry fee for the Kids’ Fun Run is $5, held immediately following 5K.

For more information or to download registration or course route, go to or call 815-866-1146.


PMH Foundation scramble

PRINCETON — The Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation annual golf scramble will be held on Friday, June 20 at Chapel Hill Golf Club in Princeton. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon

A prime rib dinner will be served at approximately 5 p.m. at the golf club. The cost for golfing is $90 per person which includes green fees, cart, gift for each golfer and dinner. First-, second- and third-place winners in each flight will receive free rounds of golf at various golf courses and each participant will receive a door prize. To register or for more information, contact Denny Miller at 815-876-4495.

Wounded Warriors outing

DIXON — The inaugural Wounded Warrior/Semper Fi Fund Golf Outing will be hosted at Timber Creek Golf Club in Dixon at 12:30 p.m. June 26 in Dixon. There are opportunities for golfers and sponsors by calling Kandie at 815-973-6700 or Kim at 815-677-0055.

IVCC Outing

OGLESBY — The 18th annual Illinois Valley Community College Foundation Golf Outing, “Fairways to Flags,” will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Deer Park Country Club. Check-in and lunch is noon to 12:45 p.m. Cost of the four-person scramble is $65 per golfer and includes lunch, nine holes, contests and flight prizes. A $25 “no-hassle” party package includes 25 raffle tickets, a chance at two hole-in-one prizes, a chance to be the golfer who attempts a 50-foot putt for $2,500 and other non-golf games.

Hometown National Bank of LaSalle is the event’s title sponsor. The Foundation welcomes tee and cart sponsors as well. Cash gifts and donations of items for the event are appreciated. Check-in is at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The outing is $65 per person; call Monroe at (815) 224-0253 for information. Payment and registration is appreciated by June 21. For information, call Susan Monroe at (815) 224-0253.

Jimmy D Golf Outing

SPRING VALLEY — The 32nd annual Jimmy D Golf Outing will be held July 13 at Spring Creek Golf Club and Deer Park Country in Oglesby. The event is named for James A. “Jimmy D” DeAngelo, who died in 1983 at the age of 37 after fighting cancer. It was the wish of Jimmy and his family to raise funds to help cancer patients. Last year’s event raised $18,000 for area patients, and throughout the past 31 years, it has raised more than $638,000. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Esophageal and Colon Cancer Center under construction at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley.

The committee is seeking hole sponsors for $100 and cart sponsors for $25. For more information about sponsorships, or to sign up to play golf in the event, call Diane Janz at 815-664-7260.

Jay Braida Golf

PRINCETON —The 2014 Jay Braida Golf Outing will be held July 12 at Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton. The event is sponsored by friends and family of Jay Braida, who passed away June 19, 2005, from melanoma. He was an avid golfer and sports fanatic.

The event was created in 2010 to help area residents in need. There is a need for hole and T-shirt sponsors.

This year’s recipient is Abbie Cochran of Princeton, poms coach at Princeton High School and an instructor at Main Street Dance Academy in Princeton. The mother of two young children was recently diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer and underwent a bilateral mastectomy. She is married to Matt Cochran.

All golfers must preregister for the four-person scramble. Cost is $60 which includes dinner. Check-in is 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. with non-golfers welcome at a cost of $15 per person. There will be a silent auction. For more information or to register, visit or find their Facebook page. You may also call 815-878-1861 or send an email to

Summer camps

PHS Girls camp

PRINCETON – The Princeton High School girls basketball camp will be held July 7-11 for incoming Grades 3-12. Brochures are available at PHS and online at Cost is $55. For more information, call PHS at 815-875-3308 or coach Kevin Hieronymus at 815-866-9402.

PYSL Soccer Camp

PRINCETON — The Princeton Youth Soccer League will host a summer camp from July 14-18 for kids entering preschool through eighth grade. Registration fees are $45 for preschool and $55 from K-8. Payment may be sent to PYSL, P.O. Box 247, Princeton, IL 61356.

PC Youth Camp

GRANVILLE — The Putnam County High School basketball program will be hosting a Youth Basketball Camp on July 6, 9-12 for students entering grades 1-9. The camp is designed to improve each camper’s basketball skills and provide a fun week of basketball. Both boys and girls are welcome. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt and prizes will be awarded for contest and game winners during the camp. Cost per camper is $50. If there is more than one child per family, the cost will drop to $40 per camper. For information and to register, contact PCHS head basketball coach Josh Nauman at 309-361-0606.

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