Family Calendar & Concerts

Events under 'Fundraisers/Benefits'

Wee-Cycle Kids Consignment Sale (Sat. Oct 25, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

St. John's Lutheran Church Parish Life Center
2477 W. Washington

You will find a large selection of gently used items for babies-big kids at AWESOME prices!! Get your kids ready for cooler weather without paying retail!! Come shop for most anything baby/kid related: Fall/winter clothing/shoes, winter coats/boots, Holiday outfits, toys, baby equip, books, games, and MORE!!

Vendor/craft fair (Sat. Oct 25, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran Church
1201 W. Jackson
Auburn, IL 62615

Third Annual Craft and Vendor Fair with bake sale & kids games. Many vendors and crafters on hand with cash and carry items on site! Proceeds will benefit High School youth attending the National Youth Gathering in July 2016. For additional information contact Trinity Lutheran Church.

SCHEELS Treadmill Marathon (Sat. Oct 25, 2014 12:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Springfield Scheels
3801 S MacArthur Blvd

Come cheer for your favorite team! Opening Ceremonies, including presentation from Medals for Mettle. Don't miss this amazing, powerful moment. This is a marathon length competition (26.2 miles) in which 5 relay teams will compete to beat solo marathon runner Justin Gillette. Justin has won 77 marathons with a personal best of 2:25:44!! Currently ranked 6th in the WORLD for career marathon wins.


Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities in Springfield.


Donations can be made at the event to Medals4Mettle or Ronald McDonald House Charities of Springfield.


Marathon, Ultra Marathon, Triathlon and Half Marathon medals are accepted for donation.


Chilli Supper (Sat. Oct 25, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

St Benedict's Abbey
7561 W Lancaster Road
Bartonville, Illinois

St Benedict's Ecumenical Abbey invites the entire community to join us for a delicious chilli supper.

$5 per person ( includes bowl of chilli, corn bread,  drink and dessert)

Take out available (does not include drink)

DaxFest 2014 (Sat. Oct 25, 2014 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Washington Park
815 Lincoln Street
Washington, IL 61571

DaxFest 2014 is a family friendly trick or treating community supported event! This event will be located in the Washington, IL Park across from Lincoln Grade School. Kids will be able to walk with their parents along the bike trail to trick or treat while also enjoying activities that include a hay rack ride, corn maze, costume contest, chili cook off, face painting and more!


Dax returned back to Washington, IL in late October to enjoy his final weeks in his hometown. When they told us Dax wouldnt live till Chirstmas we hung up Christmas light before Halloween. Christmas light will light the trick or treating trail in honor of Dax and all the children who battle childhood cancer.


Come join us for a fun and safe trick or treating experience! Children are $10 and adults are free.

3rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner for Threads, Hope & Love (Sat. Oct 25, 2014 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Crossroads United Methodist Church
1420 N Main
Washington, Il 61571

Spaghetti dinner provided by Michaels in Washington to help Threads, Hope & Love, a free clothing ministry in Washington.  Threads is trying to pay off their mortgage for their new building.

Bake Sale included.  donations only

Peoria Sam's Club Teams Up with Pajama Program (Fri. Oct 31, 2014 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria Sam's Club
4100 W. Willow Knolls Dr
Peoria, IL 61615

Sam's Club of Peoria and Pajama Program are combining efforts for the third consecutive year to collect new pajamas and new books for children.


Created in 2001, Pajama Program is a nonprofit organization with 60 chapters in 33 states. This program collects and distributes new pajamas and new books to local children who would otherwise not have these items. Since its beginning the organization has donated over 2 million new pajamas and books to children in need.


There is an urgent need to collect new pajamas for these children before "Danger Season," starts in October when temperatures begin to dip to the freezing point. These youngsters in need, particularly those living in temporary arrangements or waiting to be adopted, will benefit directly from the contributions as frigid temperature begin to creep in.


Sam's Club hopes to collect 100 new pajamas and 100 new books for children in need. A colorful, pajama-decorated collection bin will be located near the front of the club for the duration of the drive. Donors are asked to drop off a pair of pajamas or a new book in the bin. Pajama Program will deliver the gifts to local children in need at the end of the campaign.



Craft / vendor fundriser and canned food drive (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Calvary Baptist Church
921 Caroline St.
Pekin, IL 61554

This fundriser/canned food drive is to help the food pantry. There will be a bake sale and a raffle, so please come out and help a good food pantry. They serve 120-140 families every other week.

Lifetime's 7th Annual Walk for a Lifetime (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Lincoln Park
5th St. & Sangamon Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702

Walk for a Lifetime is about raising funds and awareness to advance a culture of life in our community and beyond. Lifetime solely relies upon individual, business and church partnerships to continue offering our life-saving services. With the addition of ultrasound services this year, we are especially thankful for our generous partners who help us answer our girls' #1 question: "Am I really pregnant?"


Join us for an afternoon of inspiration and encouragement as we celebrate LIFE together!


Open House is at Lifetime and includes tours, viewing of LIVE ultrasound, and free chili dinner. Everyone welcome!

Family Fun Fest (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Heyworth High School
308 W. Cleveland

The Heyworth Christian Church Youth Ministry is sponsoring the 16th annual Family Fun Fest, Dinner and Benefit Auction.

The Fun Fest activities include carnival games, face painting, bounce house, silent auction and much, much more.  All-you-can-eat BBQ Pork dinner starts at 5:00 P.M.  Benefit auction for the senior high mission trip starts at 6:00 P.M.  Free movie and popcorn for the kids starts at 6:30 P.m.

Pasta for Patriots (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

1414 N 8th St.
Pekin, IL 61554

Come out for an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at Goodfellas in Pekin.


This is the beginning of our "Joining Hands to Thank Veterans" 11-day event.


We will have a DJ and magician as well as silent auction items, door prizes, and a special gourmet cupcake bar. We will also unveil our display honoring veterans.


All proceeds will be used to do home repairs for veterans. We provide basic home repairs, yard clean ups, and weatherization to Veterans FREE of charge. We are an all-volunteer organization and do not accept government money. We have completed 70 yard cleanups and 18 home repairs since becoming an affiliate of the International Fuller Center for Housing in June of 2013.


Tickets are only $7 for adults, $5 for veterans, and $5 for children 12 and under.

Dunlap Prospect UMC Turkey Dinner (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Dunlap Prospect United Methodist Church
300 E Ash Street
Dunlap, IL 61525

Dunlap Prospect United Methodist Church


Annual TURKEY DINNER For Tickets call church office


Adults: $12 in advance, $13 at door Children: (ages 5 - 12 yrs) $6 in advance, $7 at door


Dinner, served family style, includes: Turkey and Dressing Mashed Potatoes and gravy Vegetable and Cranberries Homemade desserts Carryout service available

St. Paul's Soup & Sandwich Supper (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
80 Chestnut Street
Varna, IL 61375
309. 696.6590

St. Paul's Lutheran Church's annual Soup & Sandwich Supper. Three kinds of soup to choose from. Prices are, $8 for adults, $6 for kids 12 & under, and free for kids under 5.

16th Annual Mission Benefit Supper and Auction (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Heyworth High School
308 W Cleveland St
Heyworth, IL
309.825.3727 / 309.473.2771

Starting at 5:00 p.m.--All you can eat

Bar-B-Q pork loin, baked beans, goulash, corn, dinner rolls, variety of homemade pies/desserts


Benefit auction starts at 6:00 p.m.

Hand-made items, needlework, crafts, gift baskets, tools, furniture, certificates from local merchants, baked goods, pies, and lots more!


All types of donations welcome!


Sponsored by Heyworth Christian Church Youth Ministry

SVYS 5th Annual Trivia Night! (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Hoogland Center for the Arts Theatre 3
420 S. Sixth St
Springfield, IL 62701

The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony invites you to its fifth annual, fun-filled Trivia Night! Renowned Trivia Expert and Emcee Russ Friedewald will host the event.


Since Nov. 1 is All Saints’ Day, this year’s theme is “Sinners & Saints”! Costumes are highly encouraged (but not required). Get ready to show us your knowledge and compete for a cash prize! (We'll even let you buy a mulligan to use on those questions that stump you.) Looking for more ways to win? Then take a chance at our 50/50 drawing!


The cost to participate in this exciting event is only $10 per person, which can be paid at the door or in advance by calling the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Office at the above number. Have a group of know-it-alls? Tables of 10 may be reserved in advance by calling our office. Drinks will also be available for purchase throughout the evening at our cash bar. Sponsorships or other contributions are welcome. All proceeds will go to support the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony and Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra. We hope you can make it!


San Jose United Methodist Turkey Supper (Wed. Nov 5, 2014 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

San Jose United Methodist Church
600 S. 1st St
San Jose

Roast turkey dinner with mashed potatoes/gravy, dressing, vegetable, salad, dessert and drink.

Dine In or Carry Out

Adults - $10.00

Children - $4.00

Baked goods and candies also.

Proceeds benefit missions supported by the United Methodist Women.


Fundraising event for Susan G. Komen (Wed. Nov 5, 2014 5:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Morton Knights of Columbus Hall
616 W. David
Morton, IL 61550

This event will feature new and gently used handbags, totes, wallets, coin purses, etc. that will be available by live and silent auction during the evening.  We have donations of Coach, Vera Bradley, TLC Kanvas, Kate Spade, and more! 


Doors open at 5:30 p.m. - live auction begins at 6:30 p.m. 


Silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres, pink lemonade, and iced tea, along with TCRC wine and coffee tasting.  Cash bar available. 


$20.00 per person.  Tickets available at Morton Tourism Office, 204 S. First Street, Morton or by calling Susan or Sharyl.


2014 St. Joseph's Home Raffle (Fri. Nov 7, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

St. Joseph's Home Holy Family Center
3306 South Sixth Street Road
Springfield, IL 62703

The 2014 SJH Annual Raffle Grand Prize drawing. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

Early Bird drawings will be held October 24th and October 31st, both at 10am in the Holy Family Center family room.

Tickets will be on sale Sept. 1st and will remain on sale in the Development office until 4pm on Friday, November 6th. Call to secure your chance at up to $10,000*.

Grand Prize– $10,000*

2nd Prize- $1,000

3rd Prize- $500

*$10,000 grand prize guaranteed after 1,000 tickets sold (otherwise Grand Prize reverts to 50/50 of net proceeds). Proceeds will go towards new draperies for resident rooms and throughout the home. Need not be present to win. Raffle open to individuals 18 years or older. Void where prohibited by law. 

80th Annual Bazaar (Sat. Nov 8, 2014 8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Centennial Christian Church
1219 E Grove St
Bloomington, Il 61701
309.750.2349 or 309.828.2185

Coffee and rolls available at 7:30

Luncheon from 10:30 to 1 with carry-out

Bake sale, Crafts, Thanksgiving and Christmas Items, Attic treasures

Prairie School Fall Open House (Sat. Nov 8, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Prairie Christian School
3 N. Grant St.
El Paso, IL 61738

Multiple vendors, crafts, bake sale and a lunch stand serving smoked pork.  Carry outs and kids meals are available.