Family Calendar & Concerts
Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Thu. Dec 18, 2014 2:00 pm)
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.
Santa at SCHEELS (Thu. Dec 18, 2014 5:30 pm)
3801 S. MacArthur Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62711
Come meet Santa in the Gift Lodge just before Christmas. Don't forget to bring your cameras for free photos with Santa!!!! All participating kids will receive a free ride on the SCHEELS ferris wheel!!!! (Height restrictions apply).
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" (Thu. Dec 18, 2014 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
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.
CPR: Community Prayer Rooms (Thu. Dec 18, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
Come for praise and worship with opportunities for soaking time with the Lord, joining with others in corporate intercession for the city, and receive confidential prayer.
Come and go as needed between 6:00p to 8:30p every Thursday evening, unless it is a holiday.
For more information, see Facebook: search "cpr:communityprayerrooms".
Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Dec 18, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
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
*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. Dec 18, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
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