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The Wyanet Library’s 2nd Thursday@the Library in February is sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council. On Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:30pm,Illinois Road Scholar, Pete Ellertsen will present his program, Swing Low: Dwight Moody, An Original Crossover Music Artist. Mr. Ellertsen will talk about Chicago evangelist Dwight Moody and his music director Ira Sankey. He will explain how their incorporation of Anglo-Celtic and African-American spiritual music became the basis of much of the music we listen to today, including country, jazz, blues and rock. He will also talk about how their music took form from many cultures. Refreshements will be served. For more information, visit Ellertsen’s weblog “Hogfiddle” at http://hogfiddle.blogspot.com/
The Princeton Moose Lodge hosts a Valentines Dance featuring the Generics Goodies Band. Everyone is also invited to dine at the moose lodge. Dining is from 5 to 8 pm.
Bureau Valley High School hosts its annual Foreign Language Fair featuring ethnic food and live entertainment. Mexican and German buffets serve from 5:30 to 7:30 in the commons area and feature tacos, fajitas, brats, hot dogs and goulash. It’s a family-friendly event, young children can enjoy the “It’s a Small World” parade and the free craft tables. Spanish and German Club members perform songs and dances. Meals start at $4 and students get in free. Adults pay a $1 admission.
The DePue/Bureau County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting. Speaker for the meeting is District 18 County Board member Mike Kohr. Tacos will be served after the meeting.
The First United Church of Christ in Sheffield holds their monthly community coffee at the U.C.C. Parish Hall. Featuring fresh baked cinnamon rolls.
The Ohio Public Library sponsors a fundraiser at “Rip’s” chicken in Ladd. Featuring a 50/50 drawing and raffle.
A breakfast is held for Perry Memorial Hospital retirees and former employees at 2835 N. Main St. in Princeton.
The LaMoille Ambulance Service is holding a Wine & Beer Tasting at the LaMoille Lions Club. Tickets are available from Lori Fry at 815-252-2827 or Sarah at 815-866-2154. Appetizers will be served and there will be silent auction items available, including a handmade quilt. Proceeds benefit the LaMoille Ambulance Service, for the purchase of new rescue gear for EMS personnel.
The Sheffield Knights of Columbus is holding it’s annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall in Sheffield. Serving is from 6:30 am to 1 pm. Adults pay $6, kids under 6 eat for $2, and kids under 6 eat free.
A coalition of major stakeholders and education advocates in Spring Valley will hold a community-wide forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 on the new importance of education in determining the economic prospects for the city and its residents. The meeting will be in Spring Valley City Hall’s Community Room, 215 N. Greenwood St.
Sponsors of the forum are Hall Township High School, Illinois Valley Community College, City of Spring Valley, Spring Valley Boosters, Spring Valley Partners for Progress and the North Central Regional Betterment Coalition.
Featured speakers are Hall High School Supt. Michael Struna, who will cover the impact of the most recent High School Performance Report Card, and IVCC President Jerry Corcoran who will draw the line from academic achievement to economic prosperity in a rapidly changing world.