CAMANCHE— An experienced cross country skiing or snowshoeing instructor will be available at the Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center for visitors of all ages Wednesday, Feb. 7, and Thursday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those wanting to try these energizing winter activities.

At 2 p.m., an hour-long guided ski tour will be given in the Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge just across the ice from the Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center, located at Rock Creek Marina and Campground, 5 miles southwest of Camanche off U.S. 67.

More snow is said to be on the way and its just in time for a special chance to try cross-country skiing on the flat and easy trails at Rock Creek Marina and Campground. This Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rental will be only $5 for the first set of skis and a second set will be free. Call the center for snow conditions at 259-1876.

Symphony Orchestra to host fundraiser

CLINTON — The Clinton Symphony Orchestra will hold a Valentine Symphonic FUNdraiser featuring live music on Friday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Hy-Vee Market and Grill, 901 S. Fourth St., Clinton. Order from the menu or special menu cordon bleu or fish fry (cod and rice pilaf). A portion of the proceeds will go to the symphony.

Class of 1955 to meet

CLINTON — The Clinton High School Class of 1955 will meet at noon Feb. 8 at Old Town. All classmates are welcome.

Goal workshop planned at Unity Center

CLINTON — Join Unity Center of Clinton's new minister, Rev. Grace Caputo, as she leads a workshop titled "Picturing Goals Brings Success" on Feb. 10 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. In this workshop, you will create a notebook or poster board with pictures of your goals so that you can focus on them daily.

Basic supplies will be on hand. Unity Center of Clinton is located at 562 Fifth Ave. South, Clinton and can be reached at 242-3014.

Professional pitcher featured at 'After Five'

FULTON, Ill. — Men and women are invited to hear former Baltimore Orioles baseball pitcher Jon Burnham speak at "After Five."

"After Five" invites men and women to "The Winning Pitch" on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Triple Play Banquet & Bowl, 1601 Ninth Ave., Fulton. The dinner and program will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost of the catered dinner is $11.

Burnham, of Dunlap, Illinois, will tell of his experiences as a professional baseball player. He is the author of three books, which will be on sale.

Special feature will be Sarah Brubaker from the YWCA. She will talk about programs offered at the YWCA.

Call for reservations and cancellations by phoning Ruth Huizenga at (309) 887-2175 or Carolene Sterenberg at (309) 887-04097 by Feb. 11.

Celebrate the Olympics at the Odell Movie

MORRISON, Ill. — “Chariots of Fire” is a movie about running and the Olympics, but it is also more than that. It is also a movie about British class distinctions. It is a film that tells the story of two outsiders, a Scot who is the son of missionaries in China, and a Jew whose father is an immigrant from Lithuania, both of whom use running as a way of asserting their dignity.

Friends of Odell Public Library will present this film in tribute to both the Olympics and the competitive spirit of its athletes. The movie’s theme and title is based on a verse from II Kings 2:11.

The movie will be shown in the Program Room beginning at 2 p.m. Feb. 13, complete with soft drinks and popcorn. There is no charge, but all donations are most appreciated.

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