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Drama on Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill Players’ next offering is the Jim Leonard Jr. drama titled “The Diviners.” The show will be presented Thursdays through Sundays, Oct. 5 through Oct. 15, at the Barn Theater in Geneseo. An audio description performance is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13.

Winner of the American College Theatre Festival, the story depicts a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. When the boy was young, he almost drowned. This trauma and the loss of his mother in the same accident has left him deathly afraid of water. The preacher, trying to break away from his family tradition of a long line of Kentucky preachers, works as a mechanic for the boy’s father. The town lacks a preacher and the women try to persuade him to preach while he tries to persuade the child to overcome his fear of water.

Jalayne Riewerts, Morrison, directs the show. The cast features Colin McConville, Matthew McConville, Barbara Nurmi and Andreas Renberg, all Geneseo; Adam Sanders, Coal Valley; Dana Skiles, Moline; Faith Douglas, Bettendorf; Elle Winchester, Rock Island; Terri Nelson, Lynn Center; and Don Faust, Justin Hager, Davenport.

The staff includes assistant director and stage manager Mike Skiles, lighting and sound designer Jennifer Kingry, costumer Stacy Herrick and set builder Mike Skiles, all of Geneseo.

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are 3 p.m. matinees with the doors opening at 2 p.m.  

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Richmond Hill box office at (309) 944-2244 or by visiting www.rhplayers.com. Late seating is not permitted.

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.

Free movie

Monday, Oct. 9, is Columbus Day and Orion schools will not be in session, so Main Street Orion is offering a free movie, “Sing,” at 10 a.m. in the Methodist Activity Center. Free popcorn will be available.

Second Saturday Kidszone

Mary Ellison, children’s librarian at Western District Library, Orion, is planning the Second Saturday Kidszone program for each month through May. Each program will feature stories, crafts and games for 4- to 12-year-old children. The next Second Saturday Kids’ Zone will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and will feature listening and telling spooky stories and creating a Halloween spook.

Pasta dinner

Orion United Methodist Church youth will host a pasta dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, prior to the quarter auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner, baked goods sale and quarter auction will help fund the Methodist Activity Center project.

Quarter auction

Orion United Methodist Church will host a quarter auction at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, to help fund the Methodist Activity Center.

Participants pay for a numbered paddle to use for bidding one at a time on donated items. Low-value items will be sold for a quarter, and high-value items will be sold for three or four quarters.

After those interested in an item raise their paddles, the auctioneer will pull a numbered ball. If the person with that number on their paddle has bid on the item, the person wins the item.

Those attending are asked to bring rolls of quarters.

For more information, phone Betty Jo Versluis at (309) 798-6225 or send a message to versluis88@hotmail.com.

Bountiful Harvest Gala

Mary Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Orion, will host its 16th annual Bountiful Harbest Gala and auction on Saturday, Oct. 14, in the church hall.

Dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. VISA and MasterCard credit cards will be accepted.

The evening includes a drawing will be held for the cash raffle. Only 500 shares will be sold. The grand prize is $10,000; second place, $3,000; third place, $2,000; fourth place, three $1,000 prizes; and fifth place, $1,000. Winners need not be present to win, except the fifth-place winner must be present.

All cash prizes are subject to federal and state withholding taxes, and winners must provide a Social Security number.

For more information or a cash raffle ticket, phone the church at (309) 526-8422 or send a message to Orionrc@frontiernet.net.

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, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18.

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

Choir concert

Orion Middle School and Orion High School choirs will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in the gymnasium at OHS.

Scary ghost story contest

Orion area teenagers are invited to write and illustrate a scary ghost story and bring it to Western District Library, Orion, where the stories will be displayed through Monday, Oct. 23, for patrons to read and vote on. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the three most popular entries will be announced, and the writer of each story will receive $10 in Main Street Orion gift certificates.

The writer should be the main character of the story, which should be set in the writer’s own neighborhood or school. Tales shoulde be scary but not gory, and should be suitable for reading to a general audience of all ages.