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Sun. Nov 23, 2014 - Sat. Nov 29, 2014
November 2014

Thu. Nov 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Service (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 9:00 am)

A Thanksgiving Day Church Service

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 12:00 pm)

A free full Thanksgiving dinner will be served to all. Also each family attending will recieve a free family photo. Open to the entire Rock River Valley. Meals can be delivered to shut ins at no cost also.

 

Please contact the church by 11.24.14 to let us know how many will be attending! 

FREE Thanksgiving Community Meal (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 12:00 pm)

You are invited to join us this Thanksgiving for a free meal including turkey, dessert, and all the fixings! Enjoy eating your meal at Central Baptist Church or call ahead for a delivery!

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 2:00 pm)

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.

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" (Thu. Nov 27, 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.

Be The Light Open Mic (Thu. Nov 27, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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. Nov 27, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

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 

Fri. Nov 28, 2014

Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 12:00 am)

Imagine if you were a senior citizen in a nursing home and had no friends or relatives to visit or contact you. ANY holiday would not be that pleasant. THIS Christmas, Neighbor Love, a ministry of E CUBED International, wants to brighten the day of a WHOLE BUNCH of valuable seniors.

 

Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas is a GREAT way to let a valuable senior know that someone still loves them. Neighbor Love will be delivering gift bags of goodies to seniors during a Christmas party. Our goal is to provide a gift bag to EVERY senior in Sharon Health Care Elms - 74 seniors total.

 

The gift bags will include skin lotion/shaving cream, socks, a poinsettia, a piece of fruit, a Christmas card, and a stuffed animal/puzzle book. (Exact contents of gift bag are subject to change)

 

The investment to Adopt a Senior for Christmas is just $20 per gift bag.

 

ALL donations are tax deductible.

 

You can sponsor as many seniors as you would like. A donation of ANY amount is appreciated.

If you would like to join us, you are welcome to deliver your bag to the seniors at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 21st.

 

We will also need volunteers to help assemble the gift bags at Sharon Health Care Elms at 1pm on December 21st.

 

Please visit the above Web site to indicate how you would like to help.

Day AFTER Thanksgiving at SCHEELS (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 6:00 am)

Register to win a $250 SCHEELS gift card from November 1st-26th. Winner will be drawn at 2:30 PM on Friday, November 28. 2014. must be present to win. Free hot chocolate from 5:00AM-6:00AM. Store opens at 6:00 a.m. Live Reindeer from Morning Star Productions from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Don’t miss all of the awesome hot buys!!!! The first 250 customers in line the day after Thanksgiving will receive a $10 gift card to be used that day!

Volunteers Needed: Bell Ringing with the Salvation Army (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 8:00 am)

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.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

The Canton Evangelical Free Church will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Community Thanksgiving meal at no cost.  There will also be carry out at the church and home delivery available in the Canton area for those that can't get out. For delivery, contact the church office no later than November 22nd.

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 2:00 pm)

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.

Celebrate Recovery (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Hundreds have experienced this powerful program to get free from hurts, habits, and unhealthy relationships. By working through recovery principles found in the teachings of Jesus, you can and will change! Begin to experience true peace, and you will no longer rely on dysfunctional, compulsive, or addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain. Free dinner and childcare provided. Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday at Northwoods Community Church from 6:00-8:30pm.

Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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" (Fri. Nov 28, 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.

Addictions Program (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 7:00 pm)

Is it possible to kick the stubborn habit and change your life? Is it really possible to ditch the drugs, pornography and alcohol?  The answer is: YES.  It can be done. There is real, genuine freedom to be found from your addictions. You can live a life apart from your addictions.

 

At the Reformer's Unanimous Addictions Program, we're not interested in helping you manage the symptoms of your addiction. Our desire is to deal with the root cause of the issue and give you complete and total freedom from the dependency and cravings of your problem.

 

This is not a Twelve-Step Program. This is a faith-based, Christ-centered Addictions Program.We use time-tested Biblical principles to guide you to freedom and give you a new life apart from your addicions.If you've tried everything else; if you've failed to quit dozens of times in the past, we can help you. 

 

Our local chapter meets Friday evenings at the Bloomington Baptist Church. There will be testimonies of victory, small-group counseling and explanations from God's Word about how to kick our stubborn habits.

 

For more information, visit our website or call the above listed number.

Operation Sleighbell (Fri. Nov 28, 2014 7:00 pm)

Operation Sleighbell collects donations of new clothes and toys to help families in need at Christmas time. Gifts and donations are tax deductible. The ministry is 100% run and operated by volunteers and donations.

 

Our biggest needs this year are pajamas, toys and coats (all new and unwrapped). Cash donations can also be accepted as it is amazing what kinds of toy deals we can get.

 

Operation Sleighbell has been helping families have a better Christmas for 30 years. Help out by making a donation!

 

Drop off sites include WCIC and Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria.

 

If you are a family in need of help this Christmas, Operation Sleighbell will begin taking appointments by phone on November 24, 2014.

Sat. Nov 29, 2014

Musicians wanted (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 3:00 am)

Woodside United Methodist Church is seeking to hire a keyboard player, a drummer and a choir director.  If interested please email us at woodsideumc@comcast.net

Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Pekin/Morton (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 8:00 am)

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 29, 2014 8:00 am)

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.

December Daily: A Holiday Journal (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 2:00 pm)

Slow down and reflect on the holiday season, family, and traditions. We will make foundation pages to document the month of December and all of the holiday spirit the season brings. Journaling prompts will hellp you craft your holiday stories that can be shared for years to come. An optional kit is available for purchase. Class is $30

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 2:00 pm)

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.

Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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 29, 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.

Christmastime Gospelfest (Sat. Nov 29, 2014 7:00 pm)

The 10th Annual “Christmastime Gospelfest” will be a fantastic way to kick off your Christmas celebration with traditional music that celebrates the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Shawn Degenhart and the Gospelfest Singers will be presenting the “best of the best” Christmas songs from their concerts through these past 10 years.This annual Christmas concert has become a holiday tradition for hundreds of families throughout central Illinois.

 

Tickets are $15 for adults but students high school and under are free.Group tickets for groups of 10 to 24 are $12 each and groups of 25 or more are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk at Five Points Washington or by calling the above number or visiting the website.

Sun. Nov 30, 2014

Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" (Sun. Nov 30, 2014 12:00 pm - 4:00 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.

Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Sun. Nov 30, 2014 2:00 pm)

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.

Divorce Care for Adults, Kids, and Teens (Sun. Nov 30, 2014 5:00 pm)

Help for healing from Divorce for adults, children, and teens. This is a 13 week program designed to meet the spiritual and practical needs of families impacted by divorce.

AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Nov 30, 2014 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)

If you've been looking for a kid's club that teaches Christian values for 3 year olds through 6th graders, consider Dixon Bethel's Awana program.
 
Dixon Bethel Church has one of the area's largest and longest-running Awana programs in the area, and we'd love for you to join us this year! Our clubs meet at Dixon Bethel Church Ministry Center (behind the church) on Sunday nights during the school year. 


Learning and Growing with AWANA:

Awana clubs teach the gospel of Christ to children from preschool through high school. Throughout the program, children are rewarded for memorizing Bible verses and completing character building activities. Younger children learn through games, crafts and puppets -- wonderful learning tools for this age. As they grow, children are introduced to small group interaction, community outreach, apologetics and life application of the gospel.


Dixon Bethel Church's Awana sessions are run by volunteers with a passion for sharing their faith with children.