Family Calendar & Concerts

Sat. Nov 22, 2014

Musicians wanted (Sat. Nov 22, 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

Celebrate Recovery Fundraiser (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 8:00 am - 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

East Peoria Restaurant
Riverside dr
East Peoria, IL 61611

Mortons' Celebrate Recovery is hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser. It will be held at the East Peoria restaurant. Tickets are available at the door for $5.00.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Pekin/Morton (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Salvation Army
243 Derby St.
Pekin, IL 61554

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.

Volunteers Needed: Bell Ringing with the Salvation Army (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Various locations

The sound of The Salvation Army bells will soon fill the air outside stores throughout the tri-county, reminding us that Christmas isn't far off. Each year, The Salvation Army collects money in its kettles to help those in need in our community. When you take a shift ringing bells, it helps The Salvation Army help those in need. Please sign up today.


Bell ringing begins on November 14th and runs through Christmas Eve. There are volunteer opportunities on Fridays and Saturdays throughout Illinois. Check out the website for opportunities in your area.

2nd Annual Craft Show & Bake Sale (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 8:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Calvary Temple Assembly of God
5125 W Farmington Rd
Peoria, IL, 61604

We are focused on outreach to our community and we see a great opportunity in helping our community through our children’s ministries. This past year we have been able to provide many special events such as trunk-or-treat and our Easter egg hunt, an exciting vacation Bible school program, provide school supplies and backpacks to those in need, and send youth to summer camps. We are thankful that God has blessed us in being able to do these things and we are excited to do more in the upcoming year! This craft sale is an opportunity for us to work together as a church family to raise funds to help our community even more and we appreciate all those who would like to help us make a positive effect on this community as well.

Books for Babies (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Barnes and Noble
5001 Big Hallow Road
Peoria, Il

In support of this year's theme of Learning, we are teaming up with our peer First Lego League teams HIPPIES, St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria Christian School, and St. Jude on promoting the single most important thing your can do to promote literacy ("Reading to Babies"). Our teams are composed of kids ages 9-13.  


Reading to your baby increases brain development in memory, listening, and even vocabulary skills. So we are hosting a book fair with Barnes and Noble on November 22 and NEED YOUR SUPPORT. 


We have partnered with the Women's Care Center and the Women's Pregnancy Center in order to reach babies and mothers. Our cumulative FLL teams' goal is to bring in $2,000 in sales. In return our teams will earn a percentage to buy books for donation to these agencies. The fair will also have a wish list table that individuals can buy books from and donate directly to our cause.  If you are not able to come by on November 22 then please consider an online purchase using our code.  On-line purchases can be made up to November 25th.  The code 11499340


Most of us were blessed with our parents/caregivers reading to us starting at birth. We want the next generation to be equally equipped. Please support us and mark your calendars for Saturday, November 22 to make any holiday or personal purchases to help us reach our goal. Every book Counts!  


We hope to see you at Barnes and Noble on the November 22! 


Ear Infection Workshop (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Naturally Yours Grocery
1503 E College Ave
Normal, IL 61761

So if not tubes, then what? Join Dr. Kasey Riesberg D.C. to learn about the causes of an ear infection and natural, safe, effective ways to treat them without the risky side effect of hearing loss later in life!

Holiday Bazaar 2014 (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 9:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

First United Methodist Church
202 South Peoria Ave.
Dixon, IL 61021

74th Annual Holiday Bazaar!


Time for yummy ham loaf luncheon, cookies, beautiful handcrafted decorations, needlework items, candy, baked goods and many more things. Our 74th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held on the lower floor.


  • Delicious Cookies
  • Candy Store
  • Christmas Items
  • Baked Goodies
  • White Elephant Sale
  • Stitchery & Crafts
  • Gormet Nuts
  • Coffee Shop


Individual Ham Loaf & Salad Buffet Luncheon served at 11:00 a.m. & Noon. $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for 10 yr. olds & under. Tickets may be purchased at the Church office or at the door.


Handicapped accessible off Peoria Avenue.

5K Fun Run/Walk (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Coal Miner's Park
300 S. Parkway Dr.
Pekin, IL 61554

Faith Baptist Christian School of Pekin announces it first ever 5K Fun Run/Walk. This event is complete with many good sponsorships, automated timing, and prizes in several different categories. Proceeds help Faith Baptist Christian School to further its mission of "partnering with families in educating children through a Bible-based curriculum." We're looking for runners, walkers, volunteers, and more sponsors.


Click on the link above for more information.

Thanksgiving Farmers' Market (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

U. S. Cellular Coliseum
101 S. Madison St.
Bloomington, IL 61701

Everything you buy from our farmers, artists, and prepared food artisans is produced by them. There is a variety of organic and chemical-free produce. It’s all fresh, original, and guaranteed to come from your own community right here in the heartland! BUY FRESH! BUY LOCAL!

"Little Twig" Book Signing & Reading at Forest Park Nature Center (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614

Hope shines brightly within the pages of "Little Twig." Though lacking strength from an unexpected calamity, a broken and frightened little oak twig finds friendship and worth he never imagined possible. In joyful rhyme and with radiant illustrations, this tender tale captures the sweet affection and playfulness between a child and the world outside. Join us as we celebrate this wonderful story and create your own special "Little Twig" craft!


"Little Twig" author Sandy Miller and illustrator Lisa Garber will join us for a special reading and book signing. The book will be available for purchase at Forest Park Nature Center's Trailhead Nature Store.

Old Time Christmas Homecoming (Gaither Style) (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Grace Center
114 West Palm Street

The Public is invited to attend!

A love offering will be taken to go to Grace Center Food Pantry.


Please bring a non-perishable food item for the pantry as well.


Pastor Daniel Yeilding will tell jokes and stories, and Ken Wise will be your emcee for the afternoon.



  • Anticipation
  • Gospel Strings
  • Solid Rock
  • Ron Senters
  • Pam& Mark Fisher
  • Gary Eby
  • Ed Sinclair
  • Saved By Grace
  • The Messengers
  • Keith Jones
  • Wayne Marquis
  • Randy Burnett
  • Dan Wilson, Hearts 4 One
  • Paddy Lilies
  • Rod Nikelson
  • Living Proof
  • Sonshiners
  • Joybells
  • Stan Lowe
  • Tom Jones
  • Marlene Wiker

Hometown Holidays: Twin Cities Holiday Parade (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Sterling, IL
across the bridge
Rock Falls, IL

NEW PARADE ROUTE! Starts at 1st Ave. & 6th St. in Sterling, crosses the bridge, turns right on 3rd St., Rock Falls, & left of 5th Ave. to Merrill School.


"Santas on the Run" 5K will lead the parade!


Children's Party with Santa at Merril School at 2:00 p.m. following the parade! FREE treats & activities for kids. Visit with Santa & LIVE reindeer!


For a complete listing of Hometown Holidays events (November 20th-23rd), visit the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce's website and/or Facebook page!

Santas on the Run (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Downtown Sterling to Rock Falls
YWCA parking lot
Sterling, IL 61081
Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA, 815.535.9622

People dressed in Santa suits will take to the streets of Sterling and Rock Falls for the Santas On The Run, a benefit for the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA scholarship fund.


Kick off this year’s holiday season with a new family tradition. People of all ages will be dressed in full Santa regalia for the 2-mile run/walk leading the Twin Cities Holiday Parade.


This is a great family event for people of all ages and levels of fitness. The event is a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit with friends, family, or work colleagues while raising funds for a great cause.


The race will start in the YWCA parking lot in downtown Sterling, head over the 1st Ave. bridge to Rock Falls, turn right on 3rd St., and head back to the start.


Participants can run it, walk it, skip it, hop it, finish it however they like, as long as they do it in the official four-piece suit that is included with the registration fee. You must register ahead of time! No race-day registrations accepted.


Register at the Y, by mail, or online.


More information:


To register:

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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.

Hometown Holidays: Children's Party with Santa (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Merrill School
602 4th Ave
Rock Falls, IL

Children's Party with Santa at Merrill School at 2:00 p.m. following the parade! FREE treats & activities for kids. Visit with Santa & LIVE reindeer!


For a complete listing of Hometown Holidays events (November 20th-23rd), visit the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce's website and/or Facebook page!

Reverse Raffle (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 5:30 pm)

Contact Info:

304 E. Washington Street
LeRoy, IL 61752

The Reverse Raffle is a fundraiser that supports the Replex financial assistance program and mission based programming to families and individuals that are experiencing financial hardship.  This fundraiser allows families and individuals the ability to participate in youth basketball, Ranger day camp, swim lessons, swim team, fitness programs and many other programs.


$100 per ticket

Tickets are good for dinner for two and a 1:8 chance to win cash.  You do not need to be present to win but will miss out on an fun evening and socialization with the best little ccommunity around!

Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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

Continue a holiday tradition...or start a new one! Visit Luthy Botanical Garden's Holiday Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles. Enjoy live performances of live music as  you stroll through our winter wonderland. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, but we gladly accept donations.


Candlelight Walks will be held Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9 pm.


Luthy Botanical Garden is open from 10 am-5 pm Tueday through Saturday; 12-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays.

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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

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.

Stir Up the Healing Waters (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Waterford Union Church
10564 N Starling Road
Lewistown, Il 61542

We will be having a service with preaching and teaching on what God's Word says about healing, and then ministry to the sick


Contact Info:

Mt. Pulaski Christian Church Family Life Center
114 N. Lafayette St.
Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548
217.732.7080 or 217.792.5417

Gospel Quartet singers, The Ball Brothers, will be presenting a Christmas Concert at the Mt. Pulaski Christian Family Life Center.


The Ball Brothers are a distinctively different Southern Gospel Group, whose style appeals to fans of all ages. 


This younger quartet's close, smooth harmony and traditional gospel songs catch the attention of the older generation, while their contemporary upbeat music attracts the younger.


The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for those who would like a front row seat.  A free will offering will be accepted.