Fun at Village Tree Lighting

The 24th annual Ornament Workshop and Tree Lighting was held Dec. 7 at the Philo Public Library. Children make ornaments that they can take home with them, and then participants sing Christmas carols before decorating and lighting the Village Christmas Tree.

Seniors welcome Santa

The Good Samaritan Senior Services program of Catholic Charities, Champaign-Piatt County, sponsored a potluck on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at St. Patrick’s parish center, Tolono. Participants brought dishes to share. There was Christmas music, and Santa visited. Walmart in Savoy donated gift cards for the presents that Santa gave each attendee.

Santa comes to Tolono library

Children had the chance to sit on Santa Claus’ lap and have their picture taken with him on Friday night at the Tolono Public Library.

Club learns about history, culture and food of west central European country

Germany was the focus of the Champaign County Home and Community Education’s annual International Luncheon on Nov. 17.
HCE members from units throughout the county brought in potluck dishes native to the country for the luncheon.
Theresa Van Wakeman Wilson and Marvin Lee Flessner provided the entertainment.

Read the full story in the Dec. 4 issue of The County Star.

4-H learns about family business

A rural Philo man talked about his family’s popcorn business at a recent meeting of the Philo 4-H Friends club.

Church to raise money for homeless drop-in center

St. Paul Lutheran Church is hosting its biannual “Living Christmas Tree” this year with an eye toward helping those who have nowhere to call home.
Choir members will perform a new cantata this year entitled “Joy to the World” at 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

Trick or Treat Street

Kids were able to break out their Halloween costumes a little early for the annual Trick or Treat Street last Monday at The Savoy Recreation Center. The event included music, games, a haunted house and more. Local businesses were on hand with decorated booths to provide  goodies to the participants.

New Sidney library building makes its debut

A once-vacant downtown building that dates back to the 1870s has come back to life, and with it, a community resource has solved a longstanding problem.
The Sidney Community Library held an open house Oct. 18 to celebrate its move into its new facility at 217 S. David St., from the old one at 221 S. David. The old building was 700 square feet; the new one is four or five times larger.

Pumpkin Palooza

The Tolono Public Library hosted Pumpkin Palooza on Oct. 11. Participants watched a pumpkin volcano erupt, painted pumpkins and ate treats. Kids were able to try out pumpkin bowling or mini golf and decorate a small pumpkin to take home.

4-H club hosts harvest lunch fundraiser

The Sadorus 4-H All Stars club held a fundraiser on Oct. 4 and 5, in the community building across the street from the grain elevator downtown. Farmers and others were encouraged to stop by to buy a hot barbecue lunch to go. The club also held a bake sale with homemade goodies.

Read the full story in the Oct. 16 issue of The County Star.

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