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The Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce & White County Visitors Bureau is sponsoring the annual Halloween Parade and Costume Judging Contest.  It will be held on Saturday, October 27 in front of the Courthouse.
  • Registration begins at 2:15pm at Constitution Plaza, 110 N. Main Street
  • Walking Parade begins at 3PM
Prizes will be awarded for best costume in several categories:
  • 0-2 Years
  • 3-5 Years
  • 6-7 Years
  • 8-11 Years
  • 12-Adult
  • Group
  • Pet Category (There will be a Pet Parade and Judging with three prizes awarded.)
Community Trick or Treat
  • Brookston-Wednesday, October 31: 6:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo-Saturday, October 27: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Burnettsville-Wednesday, October 31: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Chalmers-Wednesday, October 31: 6:00-8:00 p.m. American Legion Costume Party: 8:00 p.m.
  • Idaville-Saturday, October 27: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Monon-Wednesday, October 31: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Monticello-Saturday, October 27: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Reynolds-Wednesday, October 31, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Wolcott-Wednesday, October 31, 5:50-8:00 p.m.
Other County Celebrations
  • Amvets: 10/27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Club of White County: 10/27 Table or Treats, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • First Baptist Church Monticello: 10/27, 6:00-8:00 Free Hot Dogs, Hot Chocolate, Popcorn, Coffee & Candy
  • Hendrickson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram: 10/27, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Idaville First Church of God: 10/31 5:00-7:00 p.m. (inside & free)
  • Monticello Christian Church: 10/27: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Monticello Eagles: 10/27, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Monticello United Methodist Church: 10/27, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Monticello Healthcare: 10/27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • North White Jr./Sr. High School Halloween Costume Party: 7:00 p.m.
  • White Oak Health Campus: 10/30, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Creepy Cruise-In/Trick or Treat
Keep your children safe this Halloween. The following are tips from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

icon Review the October Parks Program Schedule and Information
  • Flight! : Tuesday Sept. 25th at 7pm-meet at the Anheier Building in City Park. For kids 3rd to 8th grade.  Mitch Billue will introduce you to the concepts of flight and give you a rocket model to build and launch. Launch window scheduled for Saturday Sept. 29th at 9:00.59 AM. To register call Cindy at 583-4525 or parks 583-3983
  • Halloween Crafts: Tuesday Oct. 2nd at 7pm- meet at Anheier Building in City Park. For kids Pre-2nd grade and a parent. Get your Halloween juices flowing. Come make Halloween games, crafts and food! To register call Cindy at 583-4525 or Parks 583-3983 Other Kids classes: Nov. 6, Dec. 4
  • Stories by the Fire : Friday October 5th at 6:30pm at the Amphitheater in Altherr Nature Park. Everyone is welcome to come. No cost or registration. Join the Monticello Public Library and Monticello Parks Department for an evening of stories, sings and s’mores. If it rains we will meet in the Anheier Building in City Park.
  • MacGyver Survivor Halloween : Thursday Oct. 11th at 7pm-meet at the Anheier Building in City Park. For kids 3rd to 8th grade. Use science magic tricks to figure out how to elude capture by notorious bad guys. To register call Cindy 583-4525 or Parks 583-3983 Other MacGyver science classes: Nov.8, Dec.6.
  • Audubon Club: Monday Oct. 1 at 7pm-meet at the Anheier Building in City Park. For adults and kids- bring the family Learn about bird identification, bird habits and how to use binoculars then go birding. To register call Cindy 583-4525 or Parks 583-3983.
  • Fall Wreath: Wednesday Oct. 17th at 7pm-meet at the Anheier Building in City Park. For Adults. Make a beautiful 9” fall wreath. Cost: $5.00. To register call Cindy 583-4525 or Parks 583-3983. Other adult craft classes: Nov. 7, Dec. 5
  • Quilling a Paper Filigree Snowflake: Thursday October 25th at 6:30pm in the Anheier Building in City Park. Learn the art of using rolled strips of paper to create designs. Cost: $5.00. To register call Cindy 583-4525 or Parks 583-3983. Quilling a Christmas Design will be Nov. 13th.

    Also visit us at S.O.M.A.’s WE LOVE OUR DOWNTOWN Tuesday Oct. 9th from 4-7pm in Constitution Plaza and GHOST STORIES AT ROTARY COVE Saturday Oct. 13th 6:30pm at City Park.
Mayor Houston and the City of Monticello is pleased to issue the following Request for Redevelopment Proposal. fireshouse

The City is seeking best “adaptive reuse” proposals from interested developers, for the now vacated facilities and real estate, previously serving as the headquarters for City of Monticello Fire Department, for more than a century.

Located at 120 W. Washington Street and on the north side of the town square, the former fire station and fire company headquarters consists of phased additions and renovations, representing very old to recently constructed. The original building is close to one hundred years old and has significant historical value to many of the city’s citizens. As such, the City would like to entertain, from interested developers, a repurposing plan which incorporates the historic preservation of the original building’s exterior, at least to a significant degree. Should numerous proposals be received, preference will be given to the proposal perceived to best contribute to the viability of the city’s downtown going forward.

Arrangements can be made to walk interested parties through the facility.  The City will receive proposals postmarked no later than November 15, 2018.

Liz’s Lift is a portable wheelchair lift and ramp system made possible by the generosity of Elizabeth “Liz” Oilar Memorial Contributions, the White County Board of Health, the White County Community Foundation-Women Giving Together Grant, the Monticello City Council, the Rotary Club of Monticello, Quality Construction (Chad Crain Owner), all City Departments, and the City of Monticello Mayor’s Advisory Council for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Liz was a founding member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council, and was dedicated to making sure all of our citizens have access to community events, and so it is just & fitting that we dedicate this wheelchair lift in her memory, providing access & opportunity where had been none.

This portable wheelchair lift is available to any entity in White County where temporary accommodation is necessary and requested. Scheduling is handled through the ADA Coordinator at 574-583-4568
This community offers an enchanting atmosphere of friendliness and fun augmented and reflected by two beautiful, accessible lakes.  The city's impressive tourism assets, diverse economic base and dynamic leadership make it a gem to any target, whether it is a business, visitor or potential resident.

It's no wonder that a city built to hug the sides of two lakes reflects so many lakeside attributes.  It is a serene community with a high quality of life.  It is safe, accommodating and never feels rushed.  It is a place where you won't feel weighed down by big city pressures, and instead have the time to enjoy what is most important in life.  While it does have this calming side to it, Monticello, like its lakes, is also a place of unbridled fun.  It is filled with the energy of youth whether it be from families playing at Indiana Beach, new leadership, or young adults starting their education at Ivy Tech.  There is both a wonderful calm and sparkling energy here.