Family Calendar & Concerts

Thu. Oct 23, 2014

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Thu. Oct 23, 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.

GriefShare at Northwoods Community Church (Thu. Oct 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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

From mourning to joy: don’t grieve alone. GriefShare is a weekly Christ-centered support group for people grieving the death of someone close. Video lessons combined with group discussions help provide encouragement, hope, support, and healing during one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Cost $25 for workbook 

Thursdays, August 28 - November 20, 2014


For more information, contact Northwoods by phone.

Youth in Harmony Fall Chorus Festival (Thu. Oct 23, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

600 N. East Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

Over 300 students from 13 different high schools spend the day practicing songs that will be performed that evening.  This show will also include the 2012 International Barbershop Quartet champions - RingMasters from Sweden.

Peoria Rescue Ministries' Annual Banquet (Thu. Oct 23, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria Civic Center Ballroom
201 Southwest Jefferson Street
Peoria, IL 61602

Peoria Rescue Ministries'

59th Annual Stewardship Celebration


6:30 p.m., Doors open 6 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Anderson, author and speaker

Join us to celebrate what God has done over the past year at Peoria Rescue Ministries!  The evening's events include: dinner and program, special music, keynote speaker, and client testimonies.

Tickets: $30/person, $225/table of 8

To purchase tickets, call or visit the website

Marriage Matters for Blended Families (Thu. Oct 23, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Northwoods Community Church
10700 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61615

All marriages are challenging, but blended families can be especially difficult. Ron Deal is an author, therapist, and blended family expert and is the President of Successful Step-families. He has been on numerous talk shows and radio broadcasts speaking on this subject. We will be using his DVD series entitled “The Smart Step-family.” In this series he gives couples keys for building a healthy step-family. In it he offers practical solutions for raising step kids and gives ideas for how to keep the marriage strong in a blended family. His personable presentation combines instruction and encouragement that affirms both husbands and wives in their desire to build strong loving families. There will be time to interact around the table with other couples from blended families after each session.

Brandon Heath and City Harbor's Acoustic Tour (Thu. Oct 23, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
2941 S. Koke Mill
Springfield, IL

Please join Contact Ministries as they present Brandon Heath and City Harbor’s Acoustic Tour.


Brandon Heath songs: "Love Does," "Give Me Your Eyes," "I'm Not Who I Was," and "Your Love."

City Harbor songs: "Come However You Are."


Concert begins at 6:30 p.m., doors will open at 6:00 p.m.


Tickets may be purchased online at, Family Christian Bookstore, Contact Ministries, and several local churches. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Group rates of 10+, $10.00 each, sponsorship opportunities available.


For more information, please call the phone number listed above or visit

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Oct 23, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Sabella Street Station 335 Sabella Pekin IL 61554

Presented by: Sabella Street Station and Driven Cafe

Hosted by: Author, Musician, Singer, Songwriter Bobbie Jo Barnes

Accepting Acoustic Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, Art

No Cover Charge

Food & Coffee

All Ages Welcome

Christian Based or Clean Music & Words

Family Friendly

*All artists that wish to participate must arrive by 6:30 pm to meet with BJB to sign up for the night.

If you have any questions or would like to pre-register before the event, please contact BJB by using the contact information listed above.

Community Bible Study, Evening class (Thu. Oct 23, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Woodland Baptist Church
6915 N. Allen Road
Peoria, IL 61614
309.691.3209 / 309.573.6606

Join Evening Community Bible Study (CBS) now!


Community Bible Study is an interdenominational, 30 week Bible study for men and women of all ages and all levels of scripture knowledge.  It is composed of individual study at home, small group discussions, effective teaching, and fellowship.


This year's study focuses on the gospel of Mark (18 weeks) and Christian Living as discribed in Philemon, Jude and 1st, 2nd & 3rd John.


Class meets on Thursday evenings, starting September 4th through May 7, 2015. 


Registration fee: $25 per person