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45-73 N Main St, Canton, IL 61520, USA

The Old Fashioned Christmas Walk will be held Friday, December 1 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. There will be 40&8 Trolley Rides around west side neighborhood of lights, Horse and Carriage rides, visits with Santa Claus in his hose, hot chocolate and cookies for sale from Canton Junior Women’s Club, Canton High School Madrigal Singers, Elf on the Shelf, stores staying open for community shoppting and more.

The Main Room
212 W Main St, Havana, IL 62644, USA

Saturday, Dec 2, Mason County Pets Without Parents is hosting a Quarter Auction from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Main Room at 212 W Main Street in n Havana. Bring your quarters and join us for a fun day. Lots of auction items, as well as door prizes will be available.

Lunch will be available for purchase at the auction. Sliders of pulled chicken, pork and a club, pasta salad, fruit pizza, cookies, tea and water for $5. Soda will be available for an additional cost. All net proceeds benefit our animal shelter. Happy Tails!

Currently they have four heartworm positive dogs that need treatment. Treatment for a 50 lb. dog costs approximately $500. PWP can only save these lives through donations, memorials and fundraisers. Your donations are tax deductible. You can donate through paypal at [email protected] or mail your donation to PWP, PO Box 166, Easton, IL 62633.

St. Luke Lutheran Church
15757 N. County Road 3600 E., San Jose

St. Luke Lutheran Church, rural San Jose, will host its annual Chili and Oyster Stew Supper and Bazaar on Monday, December 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. Chili, oyster stew, chicken salad, ham sandwiches, hot dogs, and a wide variety of desserts will be served for a donation. There will also be cards, attic treasures, baked goods, and candy for sale. The church is located at 15757 N. County Road 3600 E., San Jose. Please come and enjoy food and fellowship!

The Tot Time program at Dickson Mounds Museum, which starts at at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, December 7, will be ‘Hugo Kringle.’ Folk musician and storyteller Mike Anderson will portray Hugo Kringle, Santa Claus’s younger brother, and sing holiday songs and tell stories about growing up with the boy who became known as Santa Claus. Tots and their adults may enjoy related crafts to take home.

The program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m., with the program portion lasting approximately 30 minutes, followed by crafts, snacks, and time to explore the Museum. Groups of eight or more should call the Dickson Mounds Museum in advance to ensure the availability of supplies. The 2017 Tot Time program series is sponsored by the City of Lewistown, Doug Dennis of Manito, Havana National Bank, and G-M Mechanical of Canton. If you are interested in becoming a program sponsor, please contact Curator of Education Christa Foster at 309-547-3721.

45-73 N Main St, Canton, IL 61520, USA

The Methodist Wellmobile will be at the Gary Baker Recreation Center in Big Creek Park of Canton on Friday, December 8 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. to provide free health screenings. Call 647-7665 for more information.


he Canton Community Concert Association presents Cahal Dunne at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 8 at the Canton High School Auditorium. This performance is the third concert of the 2017 – 2018 season for the Canton Community Concert Association. Admission to Community Concerts is by membership only. The Community Concerts are funded in part by funds from the City of Canton Hotel/Motel Tax. For more information, call 647-7170.

Cahal Dunne, “Ireland’s Happy Man”, possesses that certain magical quality known in show business as “it.” “It” transcends talent. “It” comes from deep within a great entertainer and washes over an audience, captivating them. This native of County Cork has a following of loyal admirers and friends that is unique in the rich history of Pittsburgh entertainment, and continues to make new friends with each appearance.

Cahal Dunne is a composer, pianist, comedian, story teller, and television personality. His style is rich and deep, reflecting the many strands in his distinguished career. Sit back and enjoy this entertainer extraordinaire.

The annual Toy Giveaway will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 7:30 a.m. to approximately noon at the First United Methodist Church, located at 101 South Broadway in Havana. Those wishing to obtain toys, books, or clothing for their children are to register at the church beginning on Tuesday, December 5 through Thursday, December 7 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the church basement. At the time of registration, an appointment must be scheduled for Saturday to select items for ages birth through 18 years. No children will be allowed with the family on Saturday. Grandparents who register will have an appointment after 11 a.m. and be allowed one item per grandchild. All persons wishing to donate new or like new toys or gifts may do so by bringing them to the church on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. All donations are greatly appreciated.

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, Keokuk Junction Railway Co. will be operating its annual Santa Train.  Santa Claus and employees from the Keokuk Junction Railway Co. will make six stops along the KJRY railroad line to visit children & provide railroad safety demonstrations.  Santa will arrive at each location by train and children are welcome to visit Santa aboard his holiday caboose for no charge.  The schedule is as follows:

-Mapleton at Mapleton Road (8:30 am arrival)

-Glasford at Oak Street (9:35 am arrival)

-Breeds at CR 23 (11:20 am arrival)

-Canton at 2nd Ave (1:30 pm arrival)

-Cuba at 3rd St (3:45 pm arrival)

-Smithfield at Main/Front St (5:15pm arrival)


Santa Claus is looking forward to seeing all his young friends.

45-73 N Main St, Canton, IL 61520, USA

A synthetic ice skating rink will be available for free skating in the inlet parking area on the south side of the square in Canton Saturday, December 9 from noon to 4 p.m. Skates will be provided; do not bring skates from home.

Dickson Mounds
10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Dickson Mounds Museum will be holding a Wonderful Waterfowl Event at Dickson Mounds Museum on Saturday, December 9th from 1-3 pm! Learn about ducks, geese, and swans in the Illinois River Valley, see live ducks brought in by Forbes Biological Survey, create fun waterfowl crafts, and kids 15 and under can participate in a duck-calling contest! Winner receives a duck call sponsored by Discount Sales of Matanzas Beach. There will also be an observation area set-up at Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge to view these waterfowl in their natural habitat.

This event is free to the public. If you wish to enter your child into the duck-calling contest please contact the USFWS at 309-535-2290. We encourage all kids to give it a try! This will be a light-hearted contest.

Dickson Mounds
10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL 61542, USA

Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a special “Wonderful Waterfowl” program on Saturday, December 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn about the different ducks, geese, and swans that live on or pass through the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge. Viewing of live ducks and information about current research conducted by the Forbes Biological Station will also be part of the program. Kids ages fifteen and under may participate in a Youth Duck Call Contest. Discount Sales of Matanzas Beach is providing a prize for the winner.

Registration is required for the Youth Duck Call Contest. Call 309-535- 2290 or email [email protected] to register or for more information.

45-73 N Main St, Canton, IL 61520, USA


Canton Park District’s annual Candy Cane Hunt for kids ages 10 and younger will be held Sunday, December 10 at 1 p.m. at Wallace Park, 250 South Avenue D. The event includes snacks and is free of charge. Parents must be present. For more information call 647-7665.


Maples Mill United Methodist Church will present its 34th Annual Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. Enjoy an hour of sacred Christmas music at the church. Those performing will include Jerry Sawyer, Mr. and Mrs. William Lane, Susan Smith, Emily Shelby, the Ulm Family, Steve Endsley, Erin Connally and the Maples Mill Quartet. Coffee, punch and cookies will be served afterwards in the Fellowship Hall. The public is invited to attend this free concert.

This is the last day for leaf pickup in Canton. Citizens may call the Public Works Department at 647-5022 to report leaves that still need to be picked up.


Arc Light Productions returns to Coyote Creek Golf Club in Bartonville from December 15- to 17 for the 4th annual Madrigal Dinner Feaste, “Love Notes.” This night of singing, delicious food, and great entertainment will again feature an adult choir, two children’s choirs, and a host of actors and other musicians. Buy tickets online (www.arclightpro.com) or call 309-455-4095 to reserve! It is $35 per person for dinner plus the performance, or $265 for a table of eight. Tickets must be purchased by December 11 as seating is limited. Join us Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 p.m.

The Dave Melton Family Singers will perform at San Jose Christian Church on Saturday, December 16 at 6 p.m. The Family Christmas Concert will include a light meal afterwards with cookies and coffee and a free will love offering available. The church is located at 205 E. Race St., San Jose. The Dave Melton Family Singers is a family singing group based out of Franklin, IN. Dave and his wife Krista are joined by their five children Trevin, Kyle, Kadence and identical twin girls Macy and Gracie. One of their greatest joys in life is having their children join them in singing praises to the Lord. The Meltons truly believe that music is the best way God has given their family to share His love and the good news of His Salvation.

The Dave Melton Family ministers in concerts, revivals, family camps and retreats. Come on out and let their music encourage your heart, strengthen your faith and remind you of God’s great love for you!

A night of Community Christmas Caroling will be sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Lewistown on Saturday, December 16 at 7 p.m. at the gazebo in downtown Lewistown. Coffee and hot chocolate will be provided. If standing in the cold is infeasible, come park along the street, open the windows and sing along to carols like “Silent Night, Holy Night,” “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” For any questions call Eric Sawyer at 309-547-2480.


Midwest Central High School music department will present a Holiday Concert on Saturday evening, December 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gym.  High school band and chorus students will bring in the season with special music.  The public is invited to attend.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Havana Church of the Nazarene
328 S Broadway St, Havana, IL 62644, USA

The Havana Church of the Nazarene will present the musical drama “A Country Christmas with a City Twistmas” on Sunday, December 17th, at 10:45 am.

Do you like low-fat, half-caf, double-shot hot chocolate mochas?  If you lived in a city near a fancy coffee shop, you might.  Hannah Grace, Will and Emma are city slickers who come to visit family who live in the country during Christmas.  During their stay they learn all sorts of interesting facts such as potatoes don’t come from a box and some people don’t buy an artificial tree.  But they also learn that Christmas doesn’t have to be superficial.

Come to the Havana Church of the Nazarene, 328 S. Broadway, on Sunday Dec. 17, 2017 at 10:45 am to hear how Hannah Grace, Will, and Emma learn about the true meaning of Christmas.

The Village of Bath Historical Museum is holding its first annual Holiday Crafts and Bake Sale on Sunday, December 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. There will also be door prizes and raffle tickets. This event will take place in the Village of Bath Community Center Basement.

ommunity members have been practicing in preparation for the Christmas cantata to be presented Sunday, December 17, at 6:00 p.m. at the Forest City Community Church. The chancel choir, consisting of church members and members of the community, will present the Christmas musical “Let the Whole World Sing” by Joel Raney. Please join in on Sunday evening, December 17, at 6 :00 p.m. at the Forest City Community Church.

The Historic Ellisville Restoration Organization (HERO) will hold the 2nd Annual Christmas Ball on Saturday, December 23 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Ellisville Opera House on Main Street in Ellisville.

Due to the overwhelming positive feedback from last year’s event, HERO agreed to host the Christmas Ball again this year. A live band will perform swing music throughout the evening.

Entertainment also will be provided by some of Paula Helle’s students, past and present.

Refreshments including punch, coffee, bottled water, Christmas cookies and popcorn will be offered. Free-will donations will be appreciated.

So gather the family, put on that Christmas outfit and make this a new Christmas tradition. Cost of admission is $5 per person or $20 per family.