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Office County Fair Queen Pageant Invites Area Girls

The County Fair Queen Pageant Office invites girls from surrounding counties to pick up nomination papers for the event, which will be held on Sunday, August 7. Girls can compete in three categories. Little Miss aged 6 to 8, Junior Miss aged 12 to 14 and Bureau County Queen aged 16 but no older than 21 as of January 25, 2023. Interested parties can obtain more information by calling 309- 507-2596 or by emailing: [email protected]

Geneseo Church will host “Classics in the Park”

The First Congregational United Church of Christ will present a three-concert series at the Bandstand in Geneseo City Park. These concerts are free to the public, bring lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic and drinks to enjoy live classical music.

Sunday, June 28 – Classical Guitar with Dana Starkell

Sunday July 31 – Randall Hall & Robert Elfine, saxophone and piano

Sunday August 28 – Music to Remember, string trio

The first UCC in the congregation to hold a worship service at Music Fest

The First Congregational United Church of Christ will hold a non-denominational service on Sunday, June 19 in the Band Shelter at Geneseo City Park at 10:20 a.m. Pastor Stuart Shoup will speak on the theme of Songs and Psalms.

Walk/Run Walnut 5K for ALS

The Walnut 5K Run/Walk for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) will take place on Saturday, July 2, 2022. This is the same weekend as the Walnut Days celebration. Our run/walk starts at 8:00 am in front of the Bureau Valley Elementary Walnut campus. Registration fee is $20 if received by June 24. T-shirts guaranteed to everyone who registers before June 24th. The $25 entry fee for race day registration will be 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. before the race. Trophies awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd men and women in the general classification, and medals to the first 3 in the age groups (men and women); 13 age groups including a stroller/wheelchair group. Trophies to first male and female nut finishers. Walkers are encouraged to participate. Contact Brad Monier, Race Co-Director, to request a registration form or a link to the online registration/donation page at 815-303-9346 or by email at [email protected]

Galva First Baptist Church Sponsors Garage Sale

Galva First Baptist Church is holding its annual garage sale Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Galva Legion on Route 34 West (45 Wallace St. Items will be “sold out” By donation only – whatever you think it’s worth! We also accept sales donations – call the church at 309-932-2713 if you have an item that needs pick up or for drop off times. will have homemade fruit pies of various types on sale for $12 each.

Richmond Hill schedules auditions for October production

The Richmond Hill Players will host an additional audition day on Saturday, June 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Barn Theater in Geneseo. The audition consists of cold script readings; no experience is required.

This audition is to complement the casting search for RHP’s October thriller, “The Uninvited” by Tim Kelly, adapted from a novel by Dorothy McCardle. The show is directed by John Donald O’Shea; it runs from September 29 to October 2 and October 6 to 9. Rehearsals are scheduled to begin August 8. Four roles remain to be filled.

For questions or additional information, please contact the director, John Donald O’Shea: 309-269-1778.


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