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Community Notes

Princeton Coffeehouse will welcome Christine Lavin

PRINCETON — Singer/songwriter and humorist Christine Lavin will perform at the Princeton Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Open Prairie UCC, 25 E. Marion St. in Princeton. Admission is $20 and doors will open at 7 p.m. Homemade desserts and fair trade coffee will be available. For more information, call 815-878-4805 or visit

Chicken family style dinner planned in LaMoille

LAMOILLE — The LaMoille Lions Club will present a chicken family style dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Lions Club. The dinner will include chicken, fries, pasta, salad, bread and butter, and dessert. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4.50 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under.

Learn about endangered languages at Princeton library

PRINCETON — Can music save endangered languages (and why should we care anyway)? If you are interested in finding out, join Kit Ashton at the Princeton Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24. He will sing songs and discuss the music of endangered languages from around the world. He is a British musician from the Channel Island of Jersey. He is currently a PhD candidate researching the links between music, language and cultural identity, with a focus on the endangered language of Jersey Norman French known as Jèrriais.

Cookout in Wyanet

WYANET — The Wyanet Community Club will host a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Wyanet Locker. They will serve ribeyes, butterfly chops, pork burgers, brats, hot dogs, chips and pop.

Annual Bruin Golf Classic

SPRING VALLEY — The 22nd annual Bruin Golf Classic, sponsored by the St. Bede Academy Bedan Club, will be Saturday, June 9, at the Spring Creek Golf Course in Spring Valley. Proceeds from this year’s event will be go to upgrade the sound system in the Abbott Vincent Gymnasium. The event includes all day green fees, cart, cart rental, lunch, dinner, refreshments and a gift. Awards will be given in the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. The cost is $80 payable by June 2. To register, contact Dave Montez at 815-664-4668, send a check payable to St. Bede Academy to Dave Montez at Saint Bede Abbey, 24 W. Hwy 6, Peru, IL, 61354 or register at Spring Creek at 815-894-2137.

Pletkovich will speak in Tiskilwa

TISKILWA — Nationally recognized author Tim Pletkovich will be featured at the Tiskilwa Public Library at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, where he will speak about his book, “Civil War Fathers: Sons of the Civil War in World War II.” The book is composed of narratives of World War II veterans whose actual dads fought 80 years earlier in the American Civil War. In the book, the World War II sons talk about their lives growing up with their elderly Civil War fathers during the 1920s and ‘30s, and how the difficult years of the Great Depression did much to prepare them for their own military service.

Memorial Day services planned in Tiskilwa

TISKILWA — Memorial Day services in Tiskilwa will be Monday, May 28, in Tiskilwa’s East Park shelter. The program will begin at 11 a.m. with the presentation of colors. The featured speaker will be Command Sgt. Major Robert Allen. U.S. Navy veteran Jennifer Fisher will serve as master of ceremonies for the event that includes remarks by two other veterans with Tiskilwa connections, Sharla Aber Becker and Marvin Vankeulen.

Air show and veterans parade

PERU — The city of Peru and will present for the third year the “TBM Avenger Reunion and Salute to Veterans” Warbird air show and veterans parade at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19. There is no admission charge and parking is free. This will be the largest most significant Warbird air show in Illinois this summer. Some 16 TBM Avenger World War II Navy bombers will be attending with flyovers and torpedo and bombing runs. As many as 15 other significant Warbirds and aircraft, including vintage F-86 Sabre and MiG 17 jet fighters from the Korean War, will participate. The Salute to Veteran’s parade will feature local veterans and veterans groups, all branches of the military, motorcycle honor guard and hundreds of American flags. Local food trucks and vendors will also be in attendance.

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