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Community Notes

Murder mystery event and silent auction

PRINCETON — Midnight at the Masquerade, a murder mystery event and silent auction, will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Princeton Elks Lodge, 1105 E. Peru St. in Princeton. Tickets are $25. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the mystery will begin at 7 p.m. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased at the Princeton Chamber of Commerce office. All proceeds will benefit the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce.

IV Herb Guild will meet Jan. 16

STANDARD — The Illinois Valley Herb Guild will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Putnam County Senior Center in Standard. It will be a soup meeting. Members are asked to bring a soup or dish to share. The speaker of the month will be Vickie Baima on starting seeds. Club member Dave Dunagan will do Lemon Verbena as the Herb of the Month. New members are welcome. Members of the public will learn how to use herbs for purposes as culinary, medicinally and for dyeing.

Tiny Twisters applications available

MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley High School child care class is taking applications for its Tiny Twisters preschool program starting in January. They will host an open house from 9:40 to 10:40 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, in Room 317. Parents interested in enrolling their preschooler should contact Tina Hufford at 815-445-4004, ext, 181, or 309-371-2960; email; or message them on Facebook, Tiny Twisters Pre School.

CWU will hold annual meeting

PRINCETON — The annual meeting of Church Women United will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 27, at Open Prairie United Church of Christ, 25 E. Marion St., Princeton (located behind the Apollo Theater). Women from throughout Bureau County are invited and encouraged to attend. Those attending are asked to bring a salad to pass. CWU Board members will provide desserts.

McDermott at Princeton Coffeehouse

PRINCETON — Folk/rock musician Michael McDermott, accompanied by his wife, Heather Horton, will perform at the Princeton Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. The coffeehouse is at the Open Prairie UCC, 25 E. Marion St., Princeton. Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission is $15. Homemade desserts and fair trade coffee will be available. For more information, visit or call 815-878-4805.

Lions Club will host drawdown/dance

“Dreamin’ of the Green,” a drawdown/dance hosted by the Princeton Lions Club, will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Princeton Elks Lodge. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., the drawdown will begin at 7 p.m. and music will start at 8:30 p.m. The event will feature Rodeo Drive, cash prizes totaling more than $1,000, an auction, silent auction, 50/50, tip boards and door prizes. Tickets, which are $40 per couple, are available from any Lions Club member or at Cannon Cleaners. For information, call 815-872-1861.

Pancake and sausage breakfast

WALNUT — The Walnut Fire Department will host a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 11, at the fire station. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12 years old.

HCGS will meet Jan. 22

KEWANEE — The Henry County Genealogical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at the Kewanee Public Library Second Floor meeting room. An elevator is available at the First Street entrance. The program will be a heritage documentary, “The Rock Island Civil War Prison – (Andersonville of the North.” Everyone is welcome.

Food court planned for Feb. 6

MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley High School freshman class will sponsor a food court beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the school commons during the Bureau Valley vs. Prophetstown boys basketball game. Proceeds from the event will go toward the costs incurred when the Class of 2021 sponsors its junior prom. Tickets will be available at the door.

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