Family Calendar & Concerts

Fri. Nov 21, 2014

Volunteers Needed: Bell Ringing with the Salvation Army (Fri. Nov 21, 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.

Building Better Moms (Fri. Nov 21, 2014 9:30 am - 11:15 am)

Contact Info:

Crossroads United Methodist Church
1420 N Main St
Washington, IL 61571

This group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. beginning September 5, 2014 and ending in May, 2015. They strive to build a community of moms who learn, grow and serve together. Meetings consist of food and fellowship, speakers, and group discussion.  


Program Fee: $40

Childcare Fee: $40 per child ($80 cap per family)

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Fri. Nov 21, 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.

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum Open House (Fri. Nov 21, 2014 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum
403 W. 2nd St.
Rock Falls, IL 61071

The Fire Museum will be open for tours during Rock Falls Hometown Holidays Christmas Walk. Fire truck rides, cookies, and hot drinks will be offered.  Free admission!  Join us for a festive evening!

Hometown Holidays-Love Light Ceremony (Fri. Nov 21, 2014 5:30 pm)

Contact Info:

1st Ave and 1st Street
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Honor and remember loved ones. 


Coupons available at the Rock Falls Library.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Nov 21, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church, 10700 N. Allen Rd, Peoria, IL 61615

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 21, 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.

Hometown Holidays- Christmas Walk (Fri. Nov 21, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Uptown Area
1st Ave, 2nd Street & Neighboring streets
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Free wagon rides, live reindeer, kid's activities, entertainment, & more!

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" (Fri. Nov 21, 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.

Monthly Gospel Jam Session (Fri. Nov 21, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Living Rock Assembly Church, 1208 E. Duryea Avenue, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
309.692.3485 or 309.370.7894

Come out to our Monthly Jam Session on the 3rd Friday of every month.  People come from all around to listen to steel guitar, banjo, saxophone, drums, guitar, piano, trumpet, and a ventriloquist.  All are welcome to attend.  Snacks are provided after the service.


A free-will offering will be taken for Missions.  Giving is not required.  The church is set up to walk right in; there are no stairs.  Therefore, we welcome all handicap or elderly people to please attend.

The Highwaymen Live @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL (Fri. Nov 21, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Watseka Theatre, 218 East Walnut Street Watseka, IL 60970

A musical lookalike & sound a like tribute to Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. Direct from Las Vegas & Branson. This is a fantastic show.

You will know all the songs they will be singing!


Watseka Theatre is a beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre. Its located 92 miles south (2 hours) from Chicago. Concert is open to all ages. Doors open 5:30 p.m. for dinner & full bar. Showtime 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the theatre box office, charge by phone or online.

Citizen Way concert (Fri. Nov 21, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Embassy Suites Convention Center
100 Conference Center Drive
East Peoria, IL

Citizen Way will be performing at Embassy Suites in East Peoria. They play the songs "Should've Been Me," "Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us)," and "How Sweet the Sound." Tickets are $10 each. Buy tickets through the link above!

Addictions Program (Fri. Nov 21, 2014 7:00 pm)

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Bloomington Baptist Church
1109 Alexander Road
Bloomington, IL 61701

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 21, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Woodland Baptist Church
6915 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

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.