“The Mendota Union Depot” mural rendering was unveiled at the Raise the Depot event on Monday Aug. 2, 2021, at Union Depot Railroad Museum and Amtrak Station downtown Mendota.

The first touch a truck event at Ottawa Friendship Days was conducted Sunday to the delight of several children who got the opportunity to climb in and out of police and emergency vehicles, large trucks and farm tractors, among others.

Hundreds turned out to to support one of the largest fundraisers in the Illinois Valley. The 17th annual Cops 4 Cancer benefit Saturday, July 31, 2021, was conducted in Cedar Point. The charity has been able to distribute more than a million dollars to help individuals and families battling the emotional and financial costs of cancer.

Nearly two dozen children participated at the 19th annual Carus Summer Science Camp on Friday, July 30, 2021. The camp of La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties students, provides them with a foundation of STEM skills. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.

The kids fishing rodeo Thursday kicked off Friendship Days in Ottawa. The annual event invited children to bring a fishing pole, “patience and a little luck,” to the Illinois River.

Children and families looked to cool off Wednesday at Riordan Pool in Ottawa and the Splash Pad in Peru. The National Weather Service put the area under a heat advisory until 10 p.m. Wednesday.