Family Calendar & Concerts

Sat. Nov 1, 2014

Musicians wanted (Sat. Nov 1, 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 Bellring Pekin IL/Morton IL (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Salvation Army Bell ringing
243 Derby st
Pekin IL

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.

Ethos Tactical IL CCW Course (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Springfield Scheels
3801 S. MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, 62711
Scheels: 217.726.6330 Info:309.340.4266

8-hour class, 12-hour class, 16-hour class available.

All instructors are IL Department of Financial & Professional Regulations. Certified Firearms Instructors. Certified Live Scan Fingerprint Vendor Agency. Fingerprints are offered at EVERY CCW class instructed.



For more information please visit or call.

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!

Thailand Presentation - Anti-human trafficking ministry (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Pekin First Church of God
2520 Maywood Ave,
Pekin, IL 61554

Michelle Booker is home for a short furlough and will be sharing with us her experiences working with an anti-human trafficking organization in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the past fourteen months. There will be a brief presentation of stories and pictures with refreshments to follow. Hope to see you there!

Family Fun Fest (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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

Kids' activities!

30 Carnival Games

Hundreds of Prizes!

Silent Auction

Food, fun, friends!

Free Admission

Carnival Tickets: 25 cents

6:30 p.m. Free Movie & Popcorn


  • Candy Shop
  • Cake Walk
  • Carnival Games
  • Sand Art
  • Bounce House
  • Art Pavilion


Sponsored by Heyworth Christian Church Youth Ministry

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.

Trunk or Treat (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Church of Christ Northwest
7722 N. Allen Road
Peoria, Il 61612

Come enjoy a safe, Family Friendly Trick or Treating. Kids in costumes can collect candy from decorated cars. 

Also enjoy hot beverages. 


Father Daughter Purity Ball (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Pere Maquettte Marriott Hotel
501 Main St.
Peoria, IL 61602

The Christian Center is once again thrilled to host the Father-Daughter Purity Ball. It is our pleasure to hold high the banner of purity in the midst of a culture that destroys it.


We hope you will join us as we encourage young women to commit to moral purity and help them understand the beautiful and righteous life God offers them.


The Bible lays the responsibility of protecting daughters at the feet of their fathers. We desire to charge men to take up this mantle of responsibility!


God thinks the protection of a woman’s purity should be extravagant and so do we! We look forward to this formal evening and hope you will join us. The event is open to all girls, ages 12 and up.


Evening Program

5:00 pm • Photos & Music

6:00 pm • Invocation, Dinner, Program with guest speaker Rachel Lee Carter

10:00 pm • Closing-Last Waltz


You can download a registration form at the above Web site. Just click on the "Tickets" tab.


The cost is $60 per person. The price includes dinner, dessert, two 5x7 photos per family, a white rose, a gift from Bremer Jewelry for each daughter, and a special gift for the dads. A suit/sport coat is required.


Limited scholarships are available - apply by Oct. 1st. Call 685-4218 ext. 101 for a scholarship form.


Guest Speaker Rachel Lee Carter is an alumnus of Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, NY. There she studied Bible Survey and Systematic Theology with an emphasis on missions and youth ministry. After hearing God’s call on her life to return to the modeling industry as a professional, Christian model, she began using this platform to share the love of Jesus Christ within the fashion industry and at women’s and youth conferences nationwide. As a professional model for over 20 years, Rachel has traveled to over 30 countries. Her clientele includes: Cover Girl, Tommy Hilfiger, Clairol, Cabela’s, Jones New York, Teen Magazine, Wrangler, Fitness Magazine, Nicole Miller, Chico’s, DKNY, Reebok, SAKS Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and many others. She is also the 2009 Mrs. North Carolina US and a former Miss Teen USA contestant. She is the author of Fashioned by Faith. She and her husband, Daryl, live in Conover, NC with their sons, Jack and Jude.



Are you in need of a gown for the evening?

Some beautiful gowns have been donated to The Christian Center to be used for the Purity Ball. You may come to The Center to try on the gowns on the following dates:

Saturday, September 27 • 10:00 A.M. – Noon

Tuesday, October 7 • 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Saturday, October 18 • 10:00 A.M. – Noon 

Saturday, October 25 • 10:00 A.M. - Noon

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

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Conkin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Road
Goodfield, IL 61742
Reservations, 309.965.2545

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18th for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2nd.


"Fox on the Fairway" is a tribute to the classic Marx-Brothers style farce by Ludwig, the author of popular comedies, "Lend Me a Tenor" and "Moon Over Buffalo." "Fox" is the tale of the rivalry between country clubs Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel and their heated annual golf tournament, which Quail Valley has lost for five years in a row, much to the chagrin of club manager Henry Bingham. This year, Henry has a sure-fire ringer on his golf roster, which leads him to make an outlandish bet on the outcome of the tournament with his rival, Crouching Suqirrel manager Dickie Bell. Unbeknownst to Bingham, his golf ringer has changed camps and is now playing for Crouching Squirrel! All is not lost, however, when Henry discovers his new assistant, Justin, is a golf prodigy. With the assistance of Quail Valley board member Pamela Peabody, who is--coincidentally--Dickie Bell's bitter ex-wife, Henry forges Justin's membership to Quail Valley and adds Justin's name to the roster. Everything will work out perfectly, as long as Justin doesn't find out his new fiancee (Quail Valley waitress Louise) has lost her engagement ring, a family heirloom. Add in Henry's monstrous shrew of a wife, Muriel, and all the pieces are in place for an outrageous romp.


The Barn's leading funny man, Bob Lane Jr. stars as Binghma, and the Barn welcomes back noted Peoria theatre personality Eddie Urish returning to the Barn after nearly thirty yeras, as Justin. Urish is the founder of Eastlight Theatre and Haberdasher's Dinner Theatre in Peoria and has been performing and directing on the East Coast and touring the country, most recently in the national tour of the Broadway musical, "Memphis." Mary Simon plays Pamela, with Dan Challacombe as Dickie, April Bieschke as Louise, and Pat Gaik as Muriel.


The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity 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 fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $33.00 on Thursday evening, $35.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call the number listed above. For more information, visit the Barn online at the website listed above.

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!


Fall Revival at TriValley Baptist Church (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

TriValley Baptist Church
8385 N. 1900 East
Bloomington , IL 61704

Revival will begin with a music concert on Saturday Evening. Music Evangelists will be Denny Mallory of Bloomington/Normal and John Somes of Sterling, IL. Both men will be sharing music with Denny Mallory doing the Evangelistic Preaching. The service on Sunday will be at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Potluck Dinner at 12:00 noon In Fellowship Hall.


C.S. Lewis: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria Christian High School
3506 North California
Peoria IL 61603

Peoria Christian High School Theater is proud to present, C.S. Lewis: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


Award-winning playwright, Joseph Robinette, faithfully recreates the amazing world of Narnia in this entertaining, dramatic adventure for the whole family. This enchanting stage adaption captures the spirit of the original story with cleverness and charm and includes many of the characters so many have grown to love. This story of faith, love, forgiveness and courage unfolds as the four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy enter the magical world of Narnia through a seemingly normal wardrobe. Stepping through the wardrobe they find a winter wonderland, but soon they realize all is not right in the enchanted land. The White Witch has taken over Narnia and has forced good out of the world. All too soon the children are engulfed in a battle of good versus evil. They find refuge in the camp of Aslan, the valiant Lion and learn the true meaning of love and sacrifice. This allegorical tale of spiritual warfare, love and forgiveness is a message for all ages. Come and join the Pevensie children as they enter the world of Narnia!


Presented with special arrangements with the Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, Illinois

P.I.C.K. Drumline concert (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

First Christian Church
6400 N University
Peoria, IL 61614

The P.I.C.K. Drumline will be performing!  Admission is free but a freewill donation to support the group will be taken. The concert will be followed by a dessert reception.

Eureka Reagan Fest's Trail of Terror (Sat. Nov 1, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Lower Eureka Lake Park
Off Lake Road
Eureka, IL 61530

A scary, dark walk in the Lower Eureka Lake Park for some chills, thrills & laughs with your family and/or friends!  This is a family event but not for little ones:) One time Access Pass is $5 per person or buy an All Nighter Access Pass for just $10 per person (access until we close!)  Concessions available.