What's going on in Orion?

Landscape waste

The Village of Orion has set the times and dates for residents to bring landscape waste to the burn pile on Fourth Street. Grass and mulch will not be accepted.

Village officials and employees will be on duty to accept landscape waste from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18.

Also, the waste site will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Nov. 6 and Nov. 20.

If necessary, the village will schedule additional days.

Right to Life tasting party

Henry County Right to Life is sponsoring its annual autumn food and wine tasting party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in the church hall at Mary Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church Hall, Orion. Food, beverages, door prizes, mini-massages, music raffle prizes and more will highlight the items of small businesses in the area. Wine drinkers are invited to bring a bottle of their favorite wine to share for tasting. Those attending must be 21 to participate in wine tasting. Non-wine drinkers are invited to come for lemonade and coffee. Donations at the door will be requested for Henry County Right to Life.

Touch-A-Truck

TLC Preschool, Orion, is hosting “Touch-A-Truck” from noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine, on Sunday, Oct. 1, in the Orion High School parking lot.

More than 15 vehicles will be provided by the community and local businesses. Children will be able to climb inside and explore a fire truck, tow truck, excavator, police car and ice cream truck, among others.

A children’s activity center will include face painting and crafts. Hot dogs and popcorn will be available.

Proceeds will help TLC Preschool keep tuition affordable.

Food pantry open

Orion Area Food Pantry will be open for distribution of food from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, and Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Orion Village Hall.

Christmas for Kids

The Orion Area Christmas for Kids program is available to children from birth through 18 years old in any family in the Orion school district that is in need of help. All information the families provide is strictly confidential. Registration will be during Orion Food Pantry hours from 4 to 6 .m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, and Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Orion Village Hall. For more information, phone Connie Kalman at (309) 526-8918 or Kenis Johnson at 737-8439.

FAFSA completion workshop

Orion High School is hosting a FAFSA completion workshop for seniors and their parents from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the A2 computer lab just off the commons. An Illinois Student Assistance Commission representative will be able to answer questions and help parents fill out the financial aid form. Those attending need to know their Social Security numbers and to bring hteir driver’s license, 2016 tax return, W-2’s, and any other records of money earned, untaxed income and investments.

OMS band concert

Sixth grade band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at Orion Middle School.

Rummage sale

First Presbyterian Church, Coal Valley, will hold its annual rummage sale on Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 7, in fellowship hall.

Mental health walk

The Henry County Mental Health Alliance is hosting the third annual Mental Health Walk. on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Windmont Park in Kewanee with on-site registration at noon. The program will begin at 1 p.m.

“The goal of the walk is to raise awareness of the many mental health issues we are dealing with in our community,” said Beth Smith of OSF Healthcare. “Last year’s walk drew 335 participants, and we expect even more walkers this year.”

Tanya Crevier, professional basketball handler, will lead the walk and speak at the conclusion. She will spend the following week speaking at several area schools and a prison.

Activities planned for Sunday include a free hot dog lunch, face painting, a silent auction, children’s games and music.

On-line registration is available at getmeregistered. com/LetsTalkMentalHealthWalk. Registration the day of the event is welcome.

A “Walk the Talk” T-shirt may be purchased during pre-registration. U.S. military veterans and full-time junior high, high school and college students may register for a discounted fee.

Anyone wishing to sponsor the walk or make a donation may send a message to Smith at Beth.A.Smith@ osfhealthcare.org or phone her at (309) 344-3161, extension 5739.