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Sun. Nov 23, 2014 - Sat. Nov 29, 2014

Mon. Nov 24, 2014

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Mon. Nov 24, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
309.686.3360
http://www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center/

This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.

 

Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.

 

Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

The Amazing Chemistry Show (Mon. Nov 24, 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria Christian School
3506 N. California Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603
309.686.4500
swiele@peoriachristian.org
http://www.theamazingchemistryshow.com

Experience an explosive night of family fun at The Amazing Chemistry Show, to be held at Peoria Christian School. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this entertaining production filled with fireballs, colored foam, liquid nitrogen, and glow-in-the-dark solutions. This fast-paced program will captivate the audience with science while also sharing about the love of God. In addition to this hour long production, families are invited to participate in a hands-on science experience with more than 150 exhibits featuring rockets, magnets, electricity, magnification, slime, and more.  

MOPS--Chillicothe area (Mon. Nov 24, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Chillicothe Bible Church
434 West Moffitt Street
Chillicothe, IL 61523
Chris, 309.274.6449
chris.heffron@gmail.com
http://www.chillibible.org

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month starting September 8th at Chillicothe Bible Church. All moms (and expectant moms) of school-age children are welcome--no waiting list! Registration for the year is $25, each meeting is $5, which covers the cost of babysitting.

 

Got questions? Contact Chris.

Tue. Nov 25, 2014

MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) (Tue. Nov 25, 2014 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

Contact Info:

Hope Church, 3000 Lenhart Rd., Springfield, IL
Mandi Miller, 309.725.9583
mandimiller13@hotmail.com
http://www.mops.org/

MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) is in your area! Come join us the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at Hope Church. Moppets are available for your kiddos, so they will be learning too! For more information about MOPS here in Springfield or nationally, visit the website above.

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Tue. Nov 25, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
309.686.3360
http://www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center/

This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.

 

Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.

 

Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

Optimize Your Healthcare Workshop (Tue. Nov 25, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Mitchell Family Chiropractic
1210 Towanda Plaza Suite 17
Bloomington, IL 61701
309. 828.6200
drkasey@mitchellfamilychiro.com
http://www.mitchellfamilychiro.com

As the holidays approach and your stress levels increase, are you taking enough time for your self and your health? Join Dr. Kasey Riesberg D.C. at Mitchell Family Chiropractic to learn simple techniques you can implement in your day to day life to get healthy and stay healthy. Attendees with this information have found they get better faster and stay better longer!

 

"Get Threaded" at Grace Church (Tue. Nov 25, 2014 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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Grace Church, 1325 E Jefferson, Morton, IL
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Krys:309.264.0787 Peggy:309.589.6430
pslavens@gracepres.org
http://www.perspectives.org

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself.

From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelism remain today. 

 

It isn't a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

 

Learn firsthand from the global experiences of pastors, professors, biblical scholars, mobilizers, theologians, and missionaries from the field.  

 

For more information, contact Krys Malin or Peggy Slavens or visit the perspectives website!

Celebrate Recovery in Springfield (Tue. Nov 25, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Calvary Temple Christian Center
1730 W Washington St
Springfield, IL 62702
217.546.9700
lkolanowski@calvaryspringfield.org

Do you have a hurt, habit, or hang-up? Celebrate Recovery is a group for those that are searching for freedom from anything that stops you from having the fulfilled life that God has planned for you.

GriefShare Springfield (Tue. Nov 25, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran School
515 S. MacArthur
Springfield, IL 62704
Joleen: 217.899.9418
j.oest@att.net
http://www.griefshare.org/groups/41679

GriefShare, a 13-week grief recovery program, will be held Tuesdays this fall.

 

GriefShare is a special grief recovery seminar and support group.  GriefShare is built around three components: video seminar, a support group, and a workbook.  This program provides tools to guide participants in sorting through their thoughts and emotions  and in learning what the Bible says about grief-related topics.  All three components are essential for promoting healing.

 

Grief is the cost of loving someone.  It is inevitable that during such a loss we would be deeply impacted, shocked, or wounded by it.  Grief is the manner in which we work through this loss.  Grief recovery is not simply feeling better, but the ability to find joy in life.  It is to treasure the memory of loved ones, to miss them and to live better because of the time in your life that you spent with them.  

 

For more information or to pre-register for the fall, contact Joleen by phone, email, or visit the GriefShare website.  

12 Step Recovery (Tue. Nov 25, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

West Side Christian Church
2850 Cider Mill Lane
Springfield, IL 62702
Office: 217.793.2800
stephanied@wschurch.org
http://www.wschurch.org/Arena/default.aspx?page=3987

12-Step Recovery is for people who are dealing with any compulsive or addictive behaviors.

12 Step Recovery meets every Tuesday night at West Side Christian Church.

 

If you have any questions or if you would like to register, please contact Stephanie Dugan  by email or call the church office. Your call and information remains confidential.

 

Wed. Nov 26, 2014

Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Pekin/Morton (Wed. Nov 26, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Salvation Army
243 Derby St.
Pekin, IL 61554
309.346.3010
http://www.salvationarmypekin.org

The Salvation Army of Pekin is looking for volunteers for Christmas bell ringing in Pekin and Morton.

Monday - Saturdays Nov. 17th - Dec.24th

Please call to schedule your time to give. One hour of your time can change your life and help someone to change theirs.

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Wed. Nov 26, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
309.686.3360
http://www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center/

This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.

 

Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.

 

Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

Morton Methodist Church offers Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class plus Legacy Class (Wed. Nov 26, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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Morton United Methodist Church, 420 N. Tennessee Ave, Morton, Il 61550
309.266.7174
info@MortonUMC.org
http://www.mortonumc.org/?page_id=312717

Morton United Methodist Church will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class this fall.  We also are offering his Leaving a Legacy class if you have taken FPU prior.

 

Financial Peace University classes will start Sept. 28th at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

 

The Legacy Class will start Sept. 7th at 10:45 a.m.

 

Go to the church website for more information or to sign up! Feel free to call the church for any questions also.

Step Study for Men (Wed. Nov 26, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church, 10700 N. Allen Rd, Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/events/celebrate-recovery-step-study-for-men/

The Celebrate Recovery Step-study group will meet weekly to work through the 12 steps and the 8 principles found in the Beatitudes. Through this year-long study, you will find the peace and lasting freedom through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The participants guides will guide you as you utilize scripture, discussion and prayer to find hope and healing from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups.

 

Hosted at Northwoods Community Church, this group costs $40 and will meet on Wednesdays.

Step Study for Women (Wed. Nov 26, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church, 10700 N. Allen Rd, Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/events/celebrate-recovery-step-study-for-women/

The Celebrate Recovery Step-study group will meet weekly to work through the 12 steps and the 8 principles found in the Beatitudes. Through this year-long study, you will find the peace and lasting freedom through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The participants guides will guide you as you utilize scripture, discussion and prayer to find hope and healing from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups.

 

Hosted at Northwoods Community Church, this group costs $40 and will meet on Wednesdays.

Thu. Nov 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Service (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
220 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701
217.522.8151
http://www.trinity-lutheran.com

A Thanksgiving Day Church Service

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Harvest Time Bible Church
1802 Dixon Ave.
Rock Falls, IL 61071
815.626.1234
pj@htbc.info
http://htbc.info/w/3313/thanksgiving-day-dinner-outeach/

A free full Thanksgiving dinner will be served to all. Also each family attending will recieve a free family photo. Open to the entire Rock River Valley. Meals can be delivered to shut ins at no cost also.

 

Please contact the church by 11.24.14 to let us know how many will be attending! 

FREE Thanksgiving Community Meal (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Central Baptist Church
501 S 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62704
217.523.3639

You are invited to join us this Thanksgiving for a free meal including turkey, dessert, and all the fixings! Enjoy eating your meal at Central Baptist Church or call ahead for a delivery!

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
309.686.3360
http://www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center/

This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.

 

Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.

 

Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Conkin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Road
Goodfield, IL 61742
Box Office, 309.965.2545
tickets@barn2.com
http://barn2.com/

Conklin's Travels Back in Time for "An Old-Fashioned Christmas"

 

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is thrilled to announce an all-new edition of their annual holiday revue of music, comedy, and merriment, this year entitled "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" opening on November 6 for a seven week run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch, playing through a special New Year's Eve performance on December 31. Wednesday evenings are added during the month of December. No performance on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day.

 

"An Old-Fashioned Christmas" is really two shows in one. The first act is an old-fashioned country Christmas revue featuring terrific country music, along with comedy songs and skits reminiscent of the beloved show, "Hee-Haw," as well as stirring gospel Christmas music in the style of the Gaither Vocal Band and the Statler Brothers. The second act takes the audience back to the WWII era with a USO show, featuring timeless Christmas music that premiered during that era, including "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." It also features classic radio sketch comedy and a tribute to the troops with the company in full uniforms from various branches of the military. As always, audience participation will feature in the fun of the evening.

 

The Barn's resident company of talented comics and terrific vocalists will be featured including Mary Simon, April Bieschke, Dan Challacombe, Pat Gaik, Chad Kirvan, Jimmy LaHood, Diann Thompson, Terri Whisenhunt, and Dave Windsor. Tamra Challacombe, one fo the most versatile musical theatre performers in Central Illinois and the Barn's resident choreographer and new Group Sales Director also makes a welcome return to the Barn's holiday show after a two-year absence.

 

The production is directed and staged by Mary Simon with musical direction and arrangement by chad Kirvan and choreography by Tamra Challacombe. Set design is by April Bieschke and publicity is by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which on evening performances includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and friend chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts.

 

Prices for dinner and show are $35.00 on Wednesday and Thursday evening, $37.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $39.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. The Gala New Year's Eve performance which includes a pre-show performance, hats, noisemakers, and a door prize drawing to welcome in the new year, is priced at $125 per couple. No advance payment is required for regular performances. For reservations, call the box office. For more information, visit the Barn on the internet.

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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Sabella Street Station 335 Sabella Pekin IL 61554
309.509.1181
bobbiejobarnes@att.net

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

Hosted by: Author, Musician, Singer, Songwriter Bobbie Jo Barnes

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

*All artists that wish to participate must arrive by 6:30 pm to meet with BJB to sign up for the night.

If you have any questions or would like to pre-register before the event, please contact BJB by using the contact information listed above.

Community Bible Study, Evening class (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Woodland Baptist Church
6915 N. Allen Road
Peoria, IL 61614
309.691.3209 / 309.573.6606
mtiemeier@sbcglobal.net
http://www.cbsclass.org/Classes/peoriaeve/home.aspx

Join Evening Community Bible Study (CBS) now!

 

Community Bible Study is an interdenominational, 30 week Bible study for men and women of all ages and all levels of scripture knowledge.  It is composed of individual study at home, small group discussions, effective teaching, and fellowship.

 

This year's study focuses on the gospel of Mark (18 weeks) and Christian Living as discribed in Philemon, Jude and 1st, 2nd & 3rd John.

 

Class meets on Thursday evenings, starting September 4th through May 7, 2015. 

 

Registration fee: $25 per person 

Fri. Nov 28, 2014

Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 12:00 am)

Contact Info:

Sharon Health Care Elms
3611 N. Rochelle
Peoria, IL
309.642.9588
peoria@neighborlove.org
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9y0zzcy06f162b4&llr=9zpvyaiab

Imagine if you were a senior citizen in a nursing home and had no friends or relatives to visit or contact you. ANY holiday would not be that pleasant. THIS Christmas, Neighbor Love, a ministry of E CUBED International, wants to brighten the day of a WHOLE BUNCH of valuable seniors.

 

Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas is a GREAT way to let a valuable senior know that someone still loves them. Neighbor Love will be delivering gift bags of goodies to seniors during a Christmas party. Our goal is to provide a gift bag to EVERY senior in Sharon Health Care Elms - 74 seniors total.

 

The gift bags will include skin lotion/shaving cream, socks, a poinsettia, a piece of fruit, a Christmas card, and a stuffed animal/puzzle book. (Exact contents of gift bag are subject to change)

 

The investment to Adopt a Senior for Christmas is just $20 per gift bag.

 

ALL donations are tax deductible.

 

You can sponsor as many seniors as you would like. A donation of ANY amount is appreciated.

If you would like to join us, you are welcome to deliver your bag to the seniors at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 21st.

 

We will also need volunteers to help assemble the gift bags at Sharon Health Care Elms at 1pm on December 21st.

 

Please visit the above Web site to indicate how you would like to help.

Day AFTER Thanksgiving at SCHEELS (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 6:00 am)

Contact Info:

Springfield Scheels
3801 S MacArthur Blvd
Springfield
217.726.6330
eventssp@scheels.com
http://www.scheelscommunity.com/locations/springfield-scheels/

Register to win a $250 SCHEELS gift card from November 1st-26th. Winner will be drawn at 2:30 PM on Friday, November 28. 2014. must be present to win. Free hot chocolate from 5:00AM-6:00AM. Store opens at 6:00 a.m. Live Reindeer from Morning Star Productions from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Don’t miss all of the awesome hot buys!!!! The first 250 customers in line the day after Thanksgiving will receive a $10 gift card to be used that day!

Volunteers Needed: Bell Ringing with the Salvation Army (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Various locations
throughout
Illinois
http://www.ringbells.org/location_search_state.asp?location=illinois

The sound of The Salvation Army bells will soon fill the air outside stores throughout the tri-county, reminding us that Christmas isn't far off. Each year, The Salvation Army collects money in its kettles to help those in need in our community. When you take a shift ringing bells, it helps The Salvation Army help those in need. Please sign up today.

 

Bell ringing begins on November 14th and runs through Christmas Eve. There are volunteer opportunities on Fridays and Saturdays throughout Illinois. Check out the website for opportunities in your area.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Evangelical Free Church
1300 East Chestnut
Canton, Il 61520
309.647.4278
office@cantonefree.com
http://www.evfreecanton.org

The Canton Evangelical Free Church will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Community Thanksgiving meal at no cost.  There will also be carry out at the church and home delivery available in the Canton area for those that can't get out. For delivery, contact the church office no later than November 22nd.

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
309.686.3360
http://www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center/

This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.

 

Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.

 

Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church, 10700 N. Allen Rd, Peoria, IL 61615
309.243.1550
http://www.nwoods.org/peoria/content/connect/life-help/recovery/

Hundreds have experienced this powerful program to get free from hurts, habits, and unhealthy relationships. By working through recovery principles found in the teachings of Jesus, you can and will change! Begin to experience true peace, and you will no longer rely on dysfunctional, compulsive, or addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain. Free dinner and childcare provided. Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday at Northwoods Community Church from 6:00-8:30pm.

Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Luthy Botanical Garden
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309.686.3362
http://www.peoriaparks.org/luthy-botanical-garden/

Continue a holiday tradition...or start a new one! Visit Luthy Botanical Garden's Holiday Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles. Enjoy live performances of live music as  you stroll through our winter wonderland. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, but we gladly accept donations.

 

Candlelight Walks will be held Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9 pm.

 

Luthy Botanical Garden is open from 10 am-5 pm Tueday through Saturday; 12-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays.

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Conkin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Road
Goodfield, IL 61742
Box Office, 309.965.2545
tickets@barn2.com
http://barn2.com/

Conklin's Travels Back in Time for "An Old-Fashioned Christmas"

 

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is thrilled to announce an all-new edition of their annual holiday revue of music, comedy, and merriment, this year entitled "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" opening on November 6 for a seven week run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch, playing through a special New Year's Eve performance on December 31. Wednesday evenings are added during the month of December. No performance on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day.

 

"An Old-Fashioned Christmas" is really two shows in one. The first act is an old-fashioned country Christmas revue featuring terrific country music, along with comedy songs and skits reminiscent of the beloved show, "Hee-Haw," as well as stirring gospel Christmas music in the style of the Gaither Vocal Band and the Statler Brothers. The second act takes the audience back to the WWII era with a USO show, featuring timeless Christmas music that premiered during that era, including "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." It also features classic radio sketch comedy and a tribute to the troops with the company in full uniforms from various branches of the military. As always, audience participation will feature in the fun of the evening.

 

The Barn's resident company of talented comics and terrific vocalists will be featured including Mary Simon, April Bieschke, Dan Challacombe, Pat Gaik, Chad Kirvan, Jimmy LaHood, Diann Thompson, Terri Whisenhunt, and Dave Windsor. Tamra Challacombe, one fo the most versatile musical theatre performers in Central Illinois and the Barn's resident choreographer and new Group Sales Director also makes a welcome return to the Barn's holiday show after a two-year absence.

 

The production is directed and staged by Mary Simon with musical direction and arrangement by chad Kirvan and choreography by Tamra Challacombe. Set design is by April Bieschke and publicity is by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which on evening performances includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and friend chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts.

 

Prices for dinner and show are $35.00 on Wednesday and Thursday evening, $37.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $39.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. The Gala New Year's Eve performance which includes a pre-show performance, hats, noisemakers, and a door prize drawing to welcome in the new year, is priced at $125 per couple. No advance payment is required for regular performances. For reservations, call the box office. For more information, visit the Barn on the internet.

Addictions Program (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Bloomington Baptist Church
1109 Alexander Road
Bloomington, IL 61701
309.828.3503
addictionsprogram@bloomingtonbaptistchurch.net
http://www.addictionsprogram.com

Is it possible to kick the stubborn habit and change your life? Is it really possible to ditch the drugs, pornography and alcohol?  The answer is: YES.  It can be done. There is real, genuine freedom to be found from your addictions. You can live a life apart from your addictions.

 

At the Reformer's Unanimous Addictions Program, we're not interested in helping you manage the symptoms of your addiction. Our desire is to deal with the root cause of the issue and give you complete and total freedom from the dependency and cravings of your problem.

 

This is not a Twelve-Step Program. This is a faith-based, Christ-centered Addictions Program.We use time-tested Biblical principles to guide you to freedom and give you a new life apart from your addicions.If you've tried everything else; if you've failed to quit dozens of times in the past, we can help you. 

 

Our local chapter meets Friday evenings at the Bloomington Baptist Church. There will be testimonies of victory, small-group counseling and explanations from God's Word about how to kick our stubborn habits.

 

For more information, visit our website or call the above listed number.

Operation Sleighbell (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Woodland Baptist Church
6915 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614
217.531.2005
http://operationsleighbell.org/donors.html

Operation Sleighbell collects donations of new clothes and toys to help families in need at Christmas time. Gifts and donations are tax deductible. The ministry is 100% run and operated by volunteers and donations.

 

Our biggest needs this year are pajamas, toys and coats (all new and unwrapped). Cash donations can also be accepted as it is amazing what kinds of toy deals we can get.

 

Operation Sleighbell has been helping families have a better Christmas for 30 years. Help out by making a donation!

 

Drop off sites include WCIC and Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria.

 

If you are a family in need of help this Christmas, Operation Sleighbell will begin taking appointments by phone on November 24, 2014.

Sat. Nov 29, 2014

Musicians wanted (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 3:00 am)

Contact Info:

Woodside UMC
3519 Sheffield Rd
Springfield, Il 62703
217.529.2736
woodsideumc@comcast.net
woodsideumc@comcast.net

Woodside United Methodist Church is seeking to hire a keyboard player, a drummer and a choir director.  If interested please email us at woodsideumc@comcast.net

Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Pekin/Morton (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Salvation Army
243 Derby St.
Pekin, IL 61554
309.346.3010
http://www.salvationarmypekin.org

The Salvation Army of Pekin is looking for volunteers for Christmas bell ringing in Pekin and Morton.

Monday - Saturdays Nov. 17th - Dec.24th

Please call to schedule your time to give. One hour of your time can change your life and help someone to change theirs.

Volunteers Needed: Bell Ringing with the Salvation Army (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Various locations
throughout
Illinois
http://www.ringbells.org/location_search_state.asp?location=illinois

The sound of The Salvation Army bells will soon fill the air outside stores throughout the tri-county, reminding us that Christmas isn't far off. Each year, The Salvation Army collects money in its kettles to help those in need in our community. When you take a shift ringing bells, it helps The Salvation Army help those in need. Please sign up today.

 

Bell ringing begins on November 14th and runs through Christmas Eve. There are volunteer opportunities on Fridays and Saturdays throughout Illinois. Check out the website for opportunities in your area.

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
309.686.3360
http://www.peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center/

This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.

 

Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.

 

Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.

Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Luthy Botanical Garden
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309.686.3362
http://www.peoriaparks.org/luthy-botanical-garden/

Continue a holiday tradition...or start a new one! Visit Luthy Botanical Garden's Holiday Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles. Enjoy live performances of live music as  you stroll through our winter wonderland. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, but we gladly accept donations.

 

Candlelight Walks will be held Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9 pm.

 

Luthy Botanical Garden is open from 10 am-5 pm Tueday through Saturday; 12-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays.

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Conkin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Road
Goodfield, IL 61742
Box Office, 309.965.2545
tickets@barn2.com
http://barn2.com/

Conklin's Travels Back in Time for "An Old-Fashioned Christmas"

 

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is thrilled to announce an all-new edition of their annual holiday revue of music, comedy, and merriment, this year entitled "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" opening on November 6 for a seven week run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch, playing through a special New Year's Eve performance on December 31. Wednesday evenings are added during the month of December. No performance on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day.

 

"An Old-Fashioned Christmas" is really two shows in one. The first act is an old-fashioned country Christmas revue featuring terrific country music, along with comedy songs and skits reminiscent of the beloved show, "Hee-Haw," as well as stirring gospel Christmas music in the style of the Gaither Vocal Band and the Statler Brothers. The second act takes the audience back to the WWII era with a USO show, featuring timeless Christmas music that premiered during that era, including "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." It also features classic radio sketch comedy and a tribute to the troops with the company in full uniforms from various branches of the military. As always, audience participation will feature in the fun of the evening.

 

The Barn's resident company of talented comics and terrific vocalists will be featured including Mary Simon, April Bieschke, Dan Challacombe, Pat Gaik, Chad Kirvan, Jimmy LaHood, Diann Thompson, Terri Whisenhunt, and Dave Windsor. Tamra Challacombe, one fo the most versatile musical theatre performers in Central Illinois and the Barn's resident choreographer and new Group Sales Director also makes a welcome return to the Barn's holiday show after a two-year absence.

 

The production is directed and staged by Mary Simon with musical direction and arrangement by chad Kirvan and choreography by Tamra Challacombe. Set design is by April Bieschke and publicity is by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which on evening performances includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and friend chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts.

 

Prices for dinner and show are $35.00 on Wednesday and Thursday evening, $37.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $39.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. The Gala New Year's Eve performance which includes a pre-show performance, hats, noisemakers, and a door prize drawing to welcome in the new year, is priced at $125 per couple. No advance payment is required for regular performances. For reservations, call the box office. For more information, visit the Barn on the internet.

Christmastime Gospelfest (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Five Points Washington
360 N. Wilmor Road
Washington
309.472.0027
shawn@gospelfestministries.com
http://www.gospelfestministries.com

The 10th Annual “Christmastime Gospelfest” will be a fantastic way to kick off your Christmas celebration with traditional music that celebrates the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Shawn Degenhart and the Gospelfest Singers will be presenting the “best of the best” Christmas songs from their concerts through these past 10 years.This annual Christmas concert has become a holiday tradition for hundreds of families throughout central Illinois.

 

Tickets are $15 for adults but students high school and under are free.Group tickets for groups of 10 to 24 are $12 each and groups of 25 or more are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk at Five Points Washington or by calling the above number or visiting the website.