There will be no Coffee & Conversation event at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City during January. Coffee & Conversation will resume at the church on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 9 to 10 a.m. The speaker will be Dr. Jim Meyer, a retired veterinarian and airplane pilot from Gibson City.

The Elliott Amvets will hold a mountain oyster fry at noon on the last Saturday of each month — Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23, April 27 and May 25.  Meals cost $10 per person and include mountain oysters, gizzards and livers.  For more information, people can call 217-419-0247.

The Foosland Sportmen’s Club will host splatterboard shoots on Feb. 10, March 10 and April 14. Each splatterboard shoot starts at 8 a.m., with a cooked-to-order breakfast offered beforehand starting at 6 a.m. After each shoot, there will be an "Annie" tournament starting around 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be available for those staying for the "Annie" tournament. Also, on Jan. 1, a raffle will be conducted at 1 p.m. for a Kimber .45-caliber handgun.

The Elliott Amvets will hold Family Night meals on Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 and May 3.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets from 9 to 11 a.m. on the third Friday of each month at the Paxton Church of the Nazarene, 302 W. State St., Paxton. Meetings will be held Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, on a date to be determined in April and on May 17. Each meeting includes breakfast, crafts and discussion on relevant topics, with childcare provided. The group is open to mothers of all experience levels. Annual dues cost $31.95. To register, people can visit and type in code "KSIZ." For more information, people can contact Julie Foster at 618-304-4092.

Divorce Care sessions are being held at 6:30 p.m. each Monday at the Gibson City Bible Church, 309 N. Illinois 47, Gibson City. Divorce Care is a weekly seminar and support group that will help people heal from the hurt of a divorce or separation. Participants learn practical information and gain hope for the future. For more information, contact 217-784-5702 or visit

Fisher Odd Fellows Lodge No. 704 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Odd Fellow Hall, located at the corner of Sangamon and Third streets in downtown Fisher. Oddfellowship is a service organization dedicated to the betterment of mankind. Anyone interested in membership information may call 217-897-6544 or stop in at the Free Book Exchange, where pamphlets are available.

Celebrate Recovery sessions are being held at 6:15 p.m. on Thursdays at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 107 S. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City. Food and fellowship will be offered from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., followed by worship from 6:45 to 7 p.m., a lesson from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and "open share" groups from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Childcare is available. For more information, call 217-784-8673.

Celebrate Recovery sessions are being held at 6 p.m. on Mondays at The Upper Room Bible Church, 455 W. Orleans St., Paxton. Food and fellowship will be offered from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by worship from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m., a lesson from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. and "open share" groups from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. Childcare is available. For more information, call 217-379-4189.

Yarns and Threads, a group of people who enjoy knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery and all other sewing crafts, meets  on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Paxton Carnegie Library, 254 S. Market St., Paxton.

The Fisher Free Book Exchange will be open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the intersection of Third and Sangamon streets in downtown Fisher. For more information, people can call 217-897-6544.

The Saybrook American Legion Post 427 is hosting a chicken, whole catfish or all-you-can-eat walleye supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. There is a choice of meat plus three sides.  Dine-in and carryout orders are available.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6289, located at 122 S. Lott Blvd. in Gibson City, will host a Family Night meal from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Served will be fish and chicken dinners with sides. Carryout orders are available.

The Sibley Business & Historical Association will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Sullivant Town Hall in Sibley. The public is welcome to attend and or join the group.

An expo is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at three locations in downtown Chatsworth — the Central Illinois Connection Center, the American Legion Hall and Bluebird Hall. The expo features businesses from Central Illinois. Attendees can enjoy dozens of creations from area restaurants, browse services for their home and business construction, and see a wide range of agriculture products and services. Donations will go toward children’s activities at the Central Illinois Connection Center. The expo has a snow date of Jan. 26.

The Friends of the Dominy Library will present "Bees, Beekeeping and Pollination" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Dominy Memorial Library, 201 S. 3rd St., Fairbury. The program features guest speaker Cindy Kinate of Fairbury Healthy Harvest Farms.   Kinate is also a member of the Central Illinois Beekeepers Association and is a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener. From Beeswax to sticky sweet honey, attendees will learn the benefits of bees in the environment and what people can do to help bees thrive. There is no cost to attend, and refreshments will be served.

The Arrowsmith American Legion post will host a chicken noodles and deep-fried pork chop dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. The meal is all-you-can-eat when dining in. Carryout orders are also available but are not all-you-can-eat.

The Tri-Point High School FFA Alumni will be holding its 20th annual Scholarship Auction on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Kempton American Legion Hall. The event begins with a complimentary meal beginning at 5 p.m. A live auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Many silent-auction items will be available beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the live auction. The proceeds from the auction are used for scholarships and incentives for Tri-Point High School FFA chapter members as well as improvements for the Tri-Point High School agriculture department. Donations for the event are still being accepted. Those with questions are asked to contact Kristine Haag at 815-689-2231, Justin Moritz at 217-579-0094 or Diana Loschen at 815-689-2110, Ext. 301.

A euchre party sponsored by Chic Meredith’s Ford County Relay for Life team will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Moyer District Library, 618 S. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City. There is a $10 entry fee. Snacks and water will be provided. To sign up, people can call 217-784-5267 and leave a message with their name and phone number.

A Family Game Night is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Paxton Church of Christ, 400 W. Ottawa Road, Paxton.  There will be all kinds of board games available for people to play; plus, there will be a few group games. Everyone is also encouraged to bring their favorite board game and a snack to share. The community is invited to attend.

The movie "Hotel Transylvania 3" will be shown free of charge at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Melvin Community Hall. Movie-goers are advised to bring a blanket or rug on which to sit.

The Ladies Aid society of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buckley will hold a chili and oyster soup luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in the cafeteria at St. John’s Lutheran School in Buckley. Sandwiches, homemade pie and cake will be served.

The Dysart Family gospel group will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Loda United Methodist Church. A free-will offering will be collected, and refreshments will be served after the concert. LeWain and Lorena Dysart, with their five children, began performing in various venues in 2006 and began releasing projects in 2007. The Dysart Family, based out of Macon, Mo., received several nominations for the Singing News fan awards and the Diamond awards. They saw multiple radio singles do well in the Singing News charts and other gospel music radio charts, reaching the Top 80 and Top 40. The Dysart Family has had the privilege of sharing the stage with The Gatlin Brothers, Legacy Five Quartet, The Mark Trammell Quartet, The Talley Trio, The Lesters, Gold City Quartet, Jeff and Sheri Easter, and Tribute Quartet. For more information, people can visit

The Purdue University Extension and the University of Illinois Extension will host their annual Bi-State Gardening Conference on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at The Beef House Restaurant, 16501 Indiana State Road 63, Covington, Ind. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. CST), and the presenters will begin at 6:45 p.m. EST, following a Beef House dinner. The conference will consist of two presentations: "The Green Pathway to Invasion: Invasive Plants and Landscaping" by Chris Evans, a University of Illinois Extension forester; and "Gardening Under the Influence (of Myths)" by Bill McKnight, a.k.a. "The Mad Botanist." The cost for the program is $20, which includes dinner, payable online or at the door. People can register by calling 217-333-7672 or visiting

A Super Bowl tailgate party will be held starting at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 107 S. Sangamon Ave., Gibson City. The tailgate party will feature a winner-take-all barbecue cookoff (beef, pork and chicken), an euchre competition, a bags competition and a bowling competition. There is a $5 entry fee for the barbecue cookoff, with all proceeds to be split between the church’s youth group and Kids Church. Attendees of the tailgate party are asked to bring a lawn chair and side dish to share. For more information on the event or competition rules, people can email

St. John’s Lutheran School’s annual chicken dinner, carnival and auction is set for 3:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at the school, located at 206 E. Main St. in Buckley. The event is a fundraiser for the school. Donations of items are being sought for the auction. Also needed are gift certificates, discount coupons and monetary donations in order to buy items and supplies for the event. Non-perishable items for the auction should be dropped off at the school by Monday, Feb. 11. Persons donating perishable items are asked to contact a committee member to make arrangements for pickup. All donations are tax-exempt. For more information on the event or on donating an item, people can contact Kari Stachura at 708-341-6313 or or Salli Ernst at 815-644-2897 or