Family Calendar & Concerts

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

Sat. Nov 29, 2014

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

Contact Info:

Woodside UMC
3519 Sheffield Rd
Springfield, Il 62703

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

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

Contact Info:

Salvation Army
243 Derby St.
Pekin, IL 61554

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

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.

December Daily: A Holiday Journal (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Speakeasy Art Center
353 Court Street
Pekin, IL 61554

Slow down and reflect on the holiday season, family, and traditions. We will make foundation pages to document the month of December and all of the holiday spirit the season brings. Journaling prompts will hellp you craft your holiday stories that can be shared for years to come. An optional kit is available for purchase. Class is $30

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

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

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

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

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.