Family Calendar & Concerts

Sat. Sep 20, 2014

Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 6:00 am)

Contact Info:

Snyder Village
1200 E. Partridge St.
Metamora, IL
309.367.4300 ext.116

Thursday, Sept. 18th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.:


Open to the public.  Join us for food, Bingo, prizes, fellowship and fun!  Ice cream, pie, root beer floats, barbeque sandwiches, soda and more available for purchase.


Silent bidding opens Thursday at the Ice Cream Social and runs until the beginning of the Live Auction on Saturday.


Saturday, September 20, 2014:

PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST 6:00-9:30 a.m.  All you can eat breakfast is offered by freewill donation.

LIVE AUCTION 10:00 a.m., bidding starts at 10:30 a.m.

Lucky Card Draw - purchase a "Lucky Card" for $10 and be entered into a drawing.  If your card is picked, you can select anything on the LIVE Auction (with limited exceptions).

War Room men's breakfast (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 7:30 am - 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Real Life Church
106 Grant Road
Marquette Heights, IL

Each Saturday, the War Room men host a donation driven, buffet style breakfast that is open to all men. An open discussion format deals with issues that men face as we strive to be godly men in this ungodly world.


Come check out what God is doing in the men of central Illinois!

Illinois State Barbershop Chorus Competition (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:00 am - 11:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
600 N. East Street
Bloomington, IL 61701

See the top barbershop choruses in the Land of Lincoln compete for the right to call themselves the best barbershop chorus in the state along with the right to represent the state in the International Barbershop Competition next July!


September 19-20th



$35 through Aug. 29th

$40 Aug. 30th and later

$20 for single events

Missions Garage Sale (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Rock Creek Bible Church
307 E Kauffman St
Congerville IL,61729

Thursday Sept 18, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friday Sept 19, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Saturday Sept 20, 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

100% of proceeds to go to our missions projects.

Walk for Vision (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:30 am - 10:30 am)

Contact Info:

Lowell Parkway Trail
1550 Washington Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021

Can you envision a Sauk Valley with zero abortions?

Make this vision a reality at Hope Life Center’s upcoming WALK for VISION. The goal is to raise funds to save lives — the average cost of each life saved is $1,200. This is a family friendly 2 mile ‘walk at your own pace’ event with learning stations along the path. There will be snacks (and coffee).



  • A WALK for VISION t-shirt for each walker in a 4-person team with a combined total of $1,200 or more. Or for any walker raising $300 or more.
  • A WALK for VISION sweatshirt for each walker raising $1,200 or more.
  • Special prizes for the most people recruited and the most funds raised.


Register by August 20th to be entered in the early registration prize drawing.


Head to the website to find out more information, register, create your personal webpage, and start getting sponsors!

Race with Your Heart (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 8:30 am)

Contact Info:

Eureka Lake

The 18th annual Heartline/Heart House Eureka Race with Your Heart is a 10K and 4-mile run AND 2-mile walk at Eureka Lake.


Come enjoy free massages, home-baked cookies, door-prize drawings, and a family-friendly post-race party!


Registration runs from 7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. the morning of the race. Race start time is 8:30 a.m.


A $50 gift certificate will be awarded to the male and female overall winners, and medallions will be awarded to the top five male and female finishers in every age group.


You can register online at Registration costs $25 and includes one custom T-shirt, family fun, and free continental breakfast.

All proceeds go to Heart House, a homeless shelter and safe haven for victims of domestic abuse.

Food 4 All - Community Food Drive (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Peoria area Kroger stores
Locations in Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin, Bartonville, Washington, Chillicothe, and Morton

This community-wide food drive will benefit all local food pantries through distribution of goods by Midwest Food Bank.


We’re partnering with Kroger and will have EVERY Kroger location in the Peoria area participating!  That’s 11 locations collecting food for those in need all on the same day!


How can you help?  We’re glad you asked!

1. PROMOTE the food drive to your circle of influence

2. SUPPORT the food drive with resources – we need banners, radio spots, print advertising

3. VOLUNTEER at the event with your family & friends.  You can sign-up to help out at a collection site by going online to SignUpGenius

4. PARTICIPATE however you can!


Fighting hunger and feeding families is what we’re all about – but we can’t do it without YOU and our community coming together as one to help those in need.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us at the email address above.


And, if you’re ready to sign up to serve, go to Sign Up Genius (Web link above) and get registered!   It will be a day to remember!  


See you at the food drive! 


Cut-a-thon to benefit the family of Joal Stanfield (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 9:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Shear Perfection
316 S. Main St.
Morton, IL 61550
Karen Meeks, 309.266.1000

FREE haircuts at Shear Perfection from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. with donation. 100% of proceeds will be given to the family of Joal Stanfield. Joal was a beloved third grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School and Varsity Men’s Tennis Coach. Joal passed away on August 27th at the age of 35.

Tolkien Conference (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 9:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Jacob's Well Community Church
304 Jersey Avenue
Normal, IL 61761

Urbana Theological Seminary's third annual Tolkien Conference. Includes speakers from the Tolkien Society, Wheaton College, and Urbana Seminary, as well as a Hobbit Birthday Party. 

The registration fee is $25 and can be done at the above link.

Snyder Village Annual Benefit Auction and Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Snyder Village
1200 E Partridge St
309.367.4300, x 116

Be a part of the bidding excitement as you help Snyder Village.  Some of the items up for auction include a Caribbean Cruise vacation package; a 1-week stay at Club Sevilla in Kissimmee, Florida; one week at Emerald Dream Vacation Home in Sea Grove, Florida; sailing on Lake Michigan; numerous autographed MLB items; tickets to St. Louis Cardinals, NASCAR at Talladega, Rams, U of I, Bradley University basketball and more; $500 gift certificate to Staley Lawn Care & Landscaping; and Ethan Allen bedroom suite; handmade quilts, furniture, antiques and much more!

Auction Preview & Ice Cream Social & Dinner: Thursday, Sept. 18th, 6-8:00 pm, open to the public, food available for purchase.  Preview auction items and enjoy Bingo.

Silent Auction:  Silent bidding opens Thursday, Sept. 18th, at the Ice Cream Social and ends Saturday at 10:00 am.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast:  Saturday, Sept. 20th, 6-9:30 am, all-you-can-eat for a freewill donation.

Live Auction:  Saturday, Sept. 20th, "Welcome" at 10:00 am, bidding begins at 10:30 am.



Christ Lutheran church (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 11:00 am)

Contact Info:

Logan Park
1414 S Livingston
Peoria, IL

Church service at 11:00 a.m. followed by picnic and games until 3:00 p.m.


Grilled ribs, pork chops and hot dogs.

Music provided by church praise band.

Ladies Day Expo at Pekin First Church of the Nazarene (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 11:00 am - 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Pekin First Church of the Nazarene
3514 Broadway St.
Pekin, IL 61554

Our Vendor Event has 30+ vendors including many of our awesome ladies who crochet, make handmade gifts, and support community ministries at our church.  We also have many independent consultants supporting Scentsy, South Hill Designs, Thirty-One, Gold Canyon, Mary Kay, doTerra, Usborn Gifts, Cookie Lee, Norwex, Fused Jewelry, Lilia Rose, It Works, and more! We hope you will come out as we celebrate our ladies who are sharing their awesome gifts the Lord has bestowed upon them.

Harvest Fest (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Sand Ridge Community Church
26163 County Road 2500 North
Topeka IL 61567

Join us for the Sand Ridge Community Church's Third Annual Harvest Fest!!! There will be games, prizes, and pumpkins!!!
Come out and enjoy the musical talents of:
S.R.C.C. Worship Team
Erica Hall-Hackman...
Audience of One
Red Letter Road
and Sand Ridge Church's very own:
********** Tami Spraggs ***********
There will also be a children's Bible school for kids 6-12 years of age from 12:00-5:00 p.m. with a hot dog roast and bonfire following the Bible school.
Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Sand Ridge Church Food Pantry.

Food donated by:
Cranwill's Root Beer Stand
Dove release sponsored by:
Artistic Flowers

Bethany Fall Festival (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Bethany Baptist Church
7422 N. Heinz Lane

Everyone is invited to come out to the Bethany Fall Festival! The Fall Festival will include games, inflatables, a classic car cruise-in, hayrack rides, the fire department, Barnyard Discoveries, food, music and more! Everything is FREE and open to the community!

Bethany Baptist Church address is located above, which is just two miles west of The Shoppes at Grand Prairie.

Saint Joseph's Home Fall Festival (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Saint Joseph's Home
3306 S. Sixth Street Road
Springfield, Illinois 62703

A celebration of fall on the lawn of the nursing home. 


The event will feature petting zoos, sales tents from local businesses, bounce houses, live musicians, food vendors, face painting, a pumpkin patch and more.


Admission is free! Welcome in fall with the residents of St. Joseph's Home and enjoy a day of fun on our lawn. 

Annual Edelstein Church Jamboree (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Edelstein Church
2903 W Main St
Edelstein, IL 61526


Bounce houses, sno-cones, bags tournament, Face Painting, bake sale, games for the kiddos, donation only flea market, street dance, old fashion cake walk, food, food, food and SO MUCH MORE!!!!!

Contact the above phone number for more information or to form a team for the bags tournement.

JesusFest (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Rock and Roll Hardee's
2501 Stevenson Dr
Springfield, IL 62703
Bernie Lutchman, 414.2435 / Brian Powell, 381.4158

Free concert! Bring your lawn chairs and all your friends!


  •  Mighty Crush3 Power Team
  • Taylorville Christian Church Praise Band
  • Christian Rapper--The MB
  • Tamar Norville
  • Chosen Generation
  • Broken Chains Drama Team


Sponsored by Business Men in Christ Springfield

Normal West Marching Band Invitational (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Illinois Wesleyan University, Tucci Stadium at Wilder Field
300 Titan Drive
Bloomington, IL 61701

The Normal West Marching band is hosting its 3rd Marching Band invitational. There are 13 bands participating, many of them from central Illinois. The current list of bands can be found below. More information on the event can be found online through the link above. This site will be updated as information becomes available. Contact information is also available on this site.


  • East Peoria Community High School Marching Raiders- East Peoria, IL
  • Effingham High School Red Regiment- Effingham, IL
  • El Paso-Gridley Marching Titans- El Paso, IL
  • Eureka High School Marching Hornets- Eureka, IL
  • Herscher High School Marching Tigers- Herscher, IL
  • Minooka Community High School Marching Indians- Minooka, IL
  • Morton High School Marching Band- Morton, IL
  • Normal Community High School Marching Ironmen- Normal, IL
  • Normal West High School Marching Band - Normal, IL
  • Pekin Community High School Marching Dragons - Pekin, IL
  • Pontiac Township High School Marching Indians - Pontiac, IL
  • Ridgeview High School Marching Mustangs- Colfax, IL
  • University High School Marching Pioneers- Normal, IL

Asante African Children's Choir (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First Baptist Church of Pekin
700 S. Capitol St.
Pekin, IL 61554

Asante, which means “THANK YOU” in Swahili, is an eleven-year-old Christian organization which currently educates, feeds, and provides health insurance for more than 2,000 children- mostly orphans- in Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. The Asante Children’s Choir is made up of 23 children from these underprivileged countries.


The choir was formed originally in order to bring Africa to our sponsors to say “Thank you”.  It has grown as a way for the kids to express their deep appreciation of God, God’s love, and the support that so many show to underprivileged children and families around the world.


The testimonies of the children inspire audiences by showing them that, despite the desolate circumstances the children come from, they have beauty, dignity, hope and unlimited potential. Audiences have also been motivated, encouraged and moved to participate in God’s transforming work in communities both locally and internationally. Their colorful clothing, pounding drums, dance, and sweet voices demonstrate their incredible joy in the Lord. 


All choir performances are FREE!


A love offering will be taken as well as African crafts available for purchase after the show.

NEWSONG with About A MILE @ canton friendship festival (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Friendship Festival Main Stage
890 E. Oak St.
Canton, Illinois 61520

This concert featuring two bands, Newsong and About A Mile, is free for everyone to enjoy! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.


Brought to you by local business owners, friends, Canton Community Unity, and Canton Friendship Festival.


For more information, visit the Facebook page above or the Canton Illinois website:

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "The Fox on the Fairway" (Sat. Sep 20, 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.

Creation Seminar (Sat. Sep 20, 2014 7:00 pm - Sun. Sep 21, 2014 6:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Gethsemane Church
1601 Frederick Dr.
Pekin, IL. 61554

Free to the public!




Featuring Tom DeRosa from the Creation Studies Institute of Fort Lauderdale Florida.

Saturday: 7:00 p.m. Where Are All The Fossils?

Sunday:   11:00 a.m. Building A Genesis Foundation

                  6:00 p.m. The Greater Design