Family Calendar & Concerts

Sat. Aug 1, 2015

Clothing and School Supply Drive (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Elmridge Southern Missionary Baptist Church
737 Illinois Street
East Peoria IL 61611

Distribution of gently used clothing and basic  school supplies

First Fridays at The Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 8:30 am)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Ave
Peoria, Il 61603

July 12 - August 16


(In) Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Art.


Exhibit featuring the work of Ricardo Andre Lewis, an associate dean in Illinois State's Dean of Students Office exploring the crossroads of race and identity.


The Foster Gallery is located at the address above.

Anniversary/Fundraiser (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Words of Wisdom Christian Books & Gifts
1021 4th Street
Fulton IL 61252

Words of Wisdom Christian Books & Gifts of Fulton, Illinois is giving back to the community in appreciation for your support over the last 20 years by giving a portion of our sales to the following organizations during their week.


July 6-11 Victory Center Rescue Mission.


July 13-18 Pregnancy Center.


July 20-25 Anti-Trafficking Committee.


July 24-Aug 1 Friends for Charity.


We invite the community to participate by bringing in a canned food, baby item or monetary donation and getting 5%-30% off your purchase. Also free gifts and weekly drawing for great prizes. Begins July 6 and ends August 1.

Free Clothing Giveaway (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 9:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Trinity Lutheran School
515 S. MacArthur Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62704

Trinity Lutheran Church will host a free clothing giveaway at Trinity Lutheran School.


The public is invited to come in and browse a large selection of men's, women's, and children's clothing as well as other accessories like shoes, purses, belts, and other items.


This is a great way to stretch a limited clothing budget while getting the kids ready for back-to-school or to just update that wardrobe with a few "new-to-you" pieces. 

Fire Museum Tours (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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

Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum will be open for tours each Saturday from May 2 through the end of October.  Bring the family or a friend and tour the museum!


Displayed are antique local fire engines, historic pictures, antiques, and firefighting tools and memorabilia.  Kids young and old will enjoy the history!


Admission is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, please visit the website or call the number above.

Rhapsody in Bloom at Luthy Botanical Garden (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 10:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Luthy Botanical Garden
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603

Join us at Luthy Botanical Garden for "Rhapsody in Bloom" on August 1 and August 2!


This event is a celebration of art, music, food, and bloom. Come see the inspired works of a diverse selection of local artists, listen to talented musicians and singers, and enjoy culinary creations from some of Peoria's best eateries.


Kids can enjoy activities in our Children's Garden!


Cost is $3 per person. Children 12 and under are free.


For more information, please call Luthy Botanical Garden at the number above.

Family Workshop: Shadow Puppets (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
2218 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603

How do we communicate without words? Think about this through the tradition of shadow puppets, which have been used in Asia for thousands of years! Make a puppet of your own, and put on a family puppet show!


These Saturday morning workshops engage children ages 4-10 years and grownups of all ages in exploration and hands-on making.


Cost is $15 per pair (one child and one adult). $10 for PlayHouse members. $5 per each additional family member.

Powerlight Abe Lincoln Car show Spectacular (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Knights Action Park
1700 Recreation Dr
Springfield, IL 62703

There will be an all day car show at Knights Action Park. rain or shine. The show will be on the golf range (east end) of park.


Registration is from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Judging will take place from noon to 3:00 p.m. Awards will be at 4:00 p.m.


The show features the Saints flight Helicopter and Hot Air Balloon demo, replica Lincoln Funeral Carriage, 40 plus Ford Pinto's from the Pinto Stampeders club, replica movie/tv cars, Brandt #51 Nascar show car & more!



The entry fee is $15 to be judged. Display only is $10. Proceeds benefit the Powerlight Christian Music Fest on August 23rd at the Illinois State Fair! 

National Health Center Week (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Heartland Community Health Clinic
1701 W. Garden Street
Peoria, IL 61605

In appreciation for all the lives you care about, during National Health Center Week and all year long.  Join us for our Open House as we celebrate.  We also celebrate the remodeling of our Garden site location, as well as the recipient of The Congressman Ray LaHood Health Care Champion Award.  Please RSVP to the email above by August 7th. Event Date is August 12.

Cross Pointe Church of God Garage Sale (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Cross Pointe Church of God
3101 Airport Rd
Bloomington, IL 61704

This is a great opportunity for some great deals! The all church garage sale that you don't want to miss!  New items everyday!!

THE GLORYWAY QUARTET CONCERT (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Salisbury Baptist Church
Off 97 on Byron st
Salisbury, IL 62677

Gospel singing and sandwiches. Sandwiches at 5 p.m. and singing at 6:30 p.m.. We are located just off 97 IN SALISBURY ON BYRON STREET. A love offering will be taken. Country gospel music at its best. Any questions please call the number above.

St Jude telethon (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Shirk Center
302 E Emerson St.
Bloomington, IL 61704

Telethon, silent auction, pasta dinner and bake sale all to benefit St Jude Children's Research hospital. Shirk Center on IWU campus on Emerson.

Shoe Drive to Help Provide Safe Water (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

The Iona Group/Float
620 West Jackson Street
Morton, IL 61550

Nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, according to a 2014 study released by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. That's more than 1 out of every 10 people who inhabit this earth. "Of these, almost a quarter (173 million) rely on untreated surface water," the study says, "and over 90% live in rural areas."


That's why, for the fourth consecutive year, St. Ann's WATCH program, in partnership with The Iona Group and Float, are co-sponsoring a shoe drive from August 1-31 throughout central Illinois to help provide clean drinking water for those in need.


All shoes collected - flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes, clogs, dress shoes, garden shoes, etc. - will be donated to WaterStep, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help many of the world's problems by providing access to clean water. WaterStep then sells the shoes to an exporter, and the funds raised from the sale of shoes go to WaterStep's work of providing safe water solutions to people in third-world communities and disaster-hit areas. They do this by providing their own water treatment systems, offering health and hygiene education, and training people who go into areas with unclean water about how to do water projects.


The exporter then sells the shoes to entrepreneurs from developing countries to provide a sustainable living for their families. Additionally, shoes improve residents' overall health by protecting them from abrasions, parasites and mites. Here at home, closets are cleaned out and landfill waste is reduced.


Donating new or used shoes to WaterStep helps provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water for one person, one family, and one community at a time. Just a few minutes spent collecting old shoes from closets, basements or garages can make a real difference - a difference that ultimately saves lives.


This year, we have an aggressive goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes to support WaterStep's mission. Since 2012, with the support of the local community, nearly 50,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to this worthwhile endeavor.


For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the website above.


For more information, call Denise Henderson at the number above.

VBS at Broken Chains Church (Sat. Aug 1, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Broken Chains Church
728 S. 14th Street
Springfield, Il 62703

Come join us at Broken Chains Church (BCC) for Vacation Bible School (VBS) for "Mission Impossible." It's July 31-August 2, 2015. Friday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Come join the fun!