Family Calendar & Concerts

Events under 'Fundraisers/Benefits'

Back to School BBQ (Thu. Aug 25, 2016 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Rock River Gardens
3601 16th Avenue
Sterling, IL 61081

A fundraising event for Chloe's Promise with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Carry out available until 4 p.m. or delivery in Sterling/Rock Falls area for lunch. 

Central Illinois FOOD4ALL (Sat. Aug 27, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Kroger Stores, Hy-Vee Stores and Aldi Stores
Peoria, East Peoria, Galesburg,
Washington, Bartonville, Canton, Pekin, Chillicothe, Morton

Fighting Hunger. Feeding Families. That’s what Central Illinois FOOD4ALL is all about - communities serving together to help neighbors in need.


During this two-day food drive, you can...


-VOLUNTEER at one of the collection sites. Join us on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th at one of 19 area Kroger, Hy-Vee, and Aldi locations! Volunteers will cover 2-hour shifts and serve as greeters, hosts, loaders, and goodwill ambassadors. SIGN UP TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


-SHOP and give at your local Kroger, Hy-Vee, or Aldi on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th between 10am and 2pm both days and bring your donated goods to the trucks in the parking lot of the store! Items to shop for:

  • Dry and Boxed Meals
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Breakfast Grains – cereal, oatmeal
  • Canned Goods – vegetables, fruit, meat, meals
  • Dry Goods – pasta, rice, beans
  • Tomato Products – pasta sauce, canned tomatoes


For more information, see the above Web page and phone number.


Racing for the Riverfront (Sat. Sep 10, 2016 8:30 am)

Contact Info:

RB&W District
E. 2nd St
Rock Falls, IL 61071
(815) 626-8053

Bridge the Community is the only event in the Sauk Valley Area which features a 5K and 10K option, with courses that take you along the beautiful Rock River in both Sterling and Rock Falls, Illinois – crossing the river twice!


The event kicks off with a Kids’ Bridge Dash at 8:30 a.m. with a fun run across the 1st Avenue Bridge.


The 5 & 10K takes off at 9:00 a.m. beginning on E. 2nd Street along the Rock Falls riverfront.


Come enjoy a morning run and then stick around for the Twin Cities annual Fiesta Days Parade that steps off at Noon.  This 60+ year old tradition in the Sauk Valley crosses the bridge through both communities with a day full of festivities, food and family!


Make it a day to Bridge the Community!

Chicken Dinner (Sat. Sep 10, 2016 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Williamsville Boulevard
Downtown Williamsville
Williamsville, IL 62693

Williamsville United Methodist Church Chicken Dinner at the Williamsville Fall Festival on the Boulevard.


Meal Includes: Fried Chicken Baked Potato Green Beans Cole Slaw Homemade Desserts Drink


Adults - $8

Kids (10 & under) $4

Carry-outs available

Basket of Hope Presents "Come to the Cabaret" (Sat. Sep 10, 2016 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

LSR Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. 6th Street
Springfield, IL 62702

All ages are welcome to come enjoy some of your favorite Broadway music to benefit critically ill children in local hospitals.


Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and will be used to purchase baskets with age-appropriate items to entertain and inspire children during their hospital stay. Each basket also contains an age-specific Bible.

Bridgeway Bless Day (Sat. Sep 17, 2016 8:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Bridgeway Church
106 Grant St
Marquette Heights, IL 61554

During city wide garage sales, we will be taking donations for items our church has collected to raise money for our food pantry!  


We will have restrooms for the public with refreshments! 8-3 

Teen Challenge Peoria Fall Fundraising Banquet (Tue. Sep 20, 2016 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria Civic Center Ballroom
201 SW Jefferson Ave.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 673-3716

The 17th Annual Teen Challenge Peoria Fall Fundraising Banquet is being held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom.

Keynote Speaker is former Secretary of Transportation, The Honorable Ray LaHood. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis will provide the welcome and Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Jeff Griffin will Emcee the event. Special Music will be performed by the Pops Swing Band and Soloist Logan Everett from Crossroads United Methodist Church.


Tickets for the event are $40 each and a Table of Ten is $400. For tickets call or visit online.

Small Wonders Miracle Walk & Silent Auction (Sat. Sep 24, 2016 8:00 am - 12:00 pm)

This is the 10th annual Small Wonders Miracle Walk and Silent Auction benefiting the Children's Hospital of Illinois Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU). Join us as we gather to celebrate, reconnect and remember all of the families who've received care at the Children's Hospital of Illinois NCCU. Last year's walk, organized by patient families, raised more than $71,000 for family programming, educational classes, activities and medical equipment!


Participant fees for 2016 include food and fun activities, along with a T-shirt. Visit the website above for more information!



8:00 a.m. - Packet pickup and registration begins

9:00 a.m. - Event officially begins... Silent auction begins/Breakfast available

9:10 a.m. - Moment of remembrance

9:15 a.m. - Group picture with Celebration Walk immediately following

9:40 a.m. - Kids activities begin: Bounce houses, face painting, balloon creations, family photos, toddler playground

10:30 a.m. - Julie K concert

11:40 a.m. - Silent auction closes

Pro-life fish fry (Fri. Sep 30, 2016 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Knights of Columbus Spalding Council Hall
7403 N. Radnor Rd.
Peoria, IL 61614

A fish fry to benefit Central Illinois Right to Life. Catfish, chicken, cod and shrimp will be offered along with side dishes. There also will be a baked-goods sale.


Cost is $10 per person, or $5 for a child.

Chillicothe Weekend Snackpac 5K/10K/1 Mile Walk (Sat. Oct 1, 2016 8:00 am - 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

South School
616 W Hickory
Chillicothe,IL 61523

Join us for our annual fundraiser for the Chillicothe Weekend Snackpac program. Register today for the run/walk or support Snackpac by attending the pancake breakfast. Door Prizes Pancake Breakfast included with race registration.


RFID Timed: CnN Timing IVS Grand Prix Series.


Race Packet Pick Up begins at 7am day of race. 

Walk for Vision (Sat. Oct 8, 2016 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Downtown Dixon Riverfront
S Hennepin Ave.
Dixon, IL 61021

Can you envision a Sauk Valley with zero abortions? Join us in making this vision a reality at the upcoming Walk for Vision.


There are three ways for you to participate:

  • Sponsor a walker
  • Become a fundraising walker
  • Become a church ambassador


Put feet to your passion and participate in this year’s WALK for VISION!


Visit the website above for more information!

Flat-Out Funny with Anita Renfroe (Tue. Oct 11, 2016 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
2941 South Koke Mill Road
Springfield, IL 62711
(217) 753-3939

We all need a good laugh sometimes. Anita Renfroe will surely have you rolling with her unique take on being a woman, growing older, motherhood, pop culture, and more!


Anita tours with her own comedy concerts and inspirational women’s conferences where she routinely packs out venues across the United States.