Peoria Area

Peoria Area

Peoria, IL
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Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social (Sat. Aug 27, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Christ's Church Limestone
1604 N Christ Church Rd
Hanna City, IL 61536

Come tour our beautiful 170-year-old church, gardens, and grounds, while enjoying some ice cream. A free-will donation will be taken.

FREE Carrollton Concert (Sat. Aug 27, 2016 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Tower Park
1222 E Kingman Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
(309) 685-7649

WCIC welcomes Carrollton to Peoria Heights for a free outdoor concert!


Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Concessions will be available for purchase.
A free-will offering will be taken.


The Peoria Heights Congregational Church praise band will open for Carrollton.

Shoes for Water (Sun. Aug 28, 2016 1:00 am)

Contact Info:

St. Ann Parish
1010 South Louisa Street
Peoria, IL 61605
(309) 263-4662

St. Ann's WATCH (We Are The Church) program has partnered with two local businesses, The Iona Group and Float, to host the fifth consecutive Shoes for Water event.


Shoes for Water is an annual shoe drive in Central Illinois that lasts through the month of August.  Anyone can participate by donating used shoes. This shoe drive benefits WaterStep, a Kentucky-based nonprofit, that works to provide safe drinking water to impoverished communities around the world. Donated shoes are used to fund water treatment systems offered by WaterStep.


ALL shoes, new or used, are accepted and can be dropped off at any of the volunteer locations found on the event website above. For more information, call or email.

Central Illinois FOOD4ALL (Sun. Aug 28, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Kroger Stores, Hy-vee Stores, and Aldi Stores
Peoria, East Peoria, Galesburg,
Washington, Bartonville, Canton, Pekin, Chillicothe, Morton

Fighting Hunger. Feeding Families. That’s what Central Illinois FOOD4ALL is all about - communities serving together to help neighbors in need.


During this two-day food drive, you can...


-VOLUNTEER at one of the collection sites. Join us on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th at one of 19 area Kroger, Hy-Vee, and Aldi locations! Volunteers will cover 2-hour shifts and serve as greeters, hosts, loaders, and goodwill ambassadors. SIGN UP TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


-SHOP and give at your local Kroger, Hy-Vee, or Aldi on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th between 10am and 2pm both days and bring your donated goods to the trucks in the parking lot of the store! Items to shop for:

  • Dry and Boxed Meals
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Breakfast Grains – cereal, oatmeal
  • Canned Goods – vegetables, fruit, meat, meals
  • Dry Goods – pasta, rice, beans
  • Tomato Products – pasta sauce, canned tomatoes


For more information, see the above Web page and phone number.

Family Fun Fest (Sun. Aug 28, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
1209 Kingsbury Rd.
Washington, IL 61571
(309) 657-5506


Live entertainment, inflatables, food, games, and door prizes are all free at this event for the whole family!

New Hope Open House (Sun. Aug 28, 2016 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

New Hope Community Church
510 Woodland Knolls Rd.
Germantown Hills, IL 61548

New Hope Community Church in Germantown Hills will hold an open house with free food and fun for the kids! 

Pioneer Days: Koerner Family Cemetery Walk (Sun. Aug 28, 2016 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Sommer Park
6329 Koerner Rd
Edwards, IL 61528

Come experience firsthand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century! The feature is "Koerner Family Cemetery Walk."


Activities may include hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care.


This is a wonderful opportunity for scout and youth groups to learn history.


 Admission is $3/person ages 4+


New this year: Heirloom produce available for sale.

Country Western Concert with Barry Ward (Wed. Aug 31, 2016 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

First Mennonite Church
250 S. Baltimore
Morton, IL 61550

Cowboy singer & songwriter Barry Ward will be performing in concert!


His many accolades include singing at Carnegie Hall and the 2002 Winter Olympics, 2015 Western Album of the year, and 2014 Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee!  


Popcorn and cookies will be provided. Please bring lawn chairs & blankets.


A free will offering will be taken.

Ultimate Frisbee (Thu. Sep 1, 2016 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm)

Contact Info:

McClallen Park
N. Tennessee St.
Morton, IL 61550

We are a semi-competitive group looking for some more players to come out and have a friendly game of Ultimate Frisbee. We would love to have you come join us.

"Cardboard City" Family Workshop (Sat. Sep 3, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

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

Working with just your imagination and a gigantic pile of cardboard and tape, can you build soaring skyscrapers, medieval castles, or a futuristic city?


At the Cardboard City Family Workshop, families will work together to build a landscape of their choice.


Family workshops engage children ages 4-10 with their grown-ups of any age in exploration and hands-on activities.


Cost is $15.00 per member pair (one grown-up and one child) and $5.00 per additional family member; $20.00 non-member pair and $10.00 per additional family member.


You can register by calling the phone number listed above.

Campfire Stories (Sat. Sep 3, 2016 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Camp Wokanda
620 Boy Scout Rd.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 579-2157

Join nationally known storyteller, Tracey Brownell, for an evening of stories and toasting marshmallows by the campfire.


Aspiring storytellers and musicians are welcome to participate!


Call for more information. No registration is required.

Ultimate Frisbee (Thu. Sep 8, 2016 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm)

Contact Info:

McClallen Park
N. Tennessee St.
Morton, IL 61550

We are a semi-competitive group looking for some more players to come out and have a friendly game of Ultimate Frisbee. We would love to have you come join us.

Community Bible Study Class (Thu. Sep 8, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Woodland Baptist Church
6915 N. Allen Road
Peoria, IL 61614

Community Bible Study (CBS) Peoria Evening Class invites you to study the Gospel of Matthew!


This is a 30-week study for men, women and children of every denomination and every level of understanding. CBS's goal is to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in our communities through caring, in-depth Bible study, available to all. CBS's format is opening in worship, core group discussion and lecture. 


Matthew wrote by the power of the Holy Spirit, primarily to his fellow Jews, proving through scripture that Jesus's life and ministry fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah.


CBS meets weekly on Thursday nights.

Foster Parent Classes (Sat. Sep 10, 2016 9:00 am - 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

The Center for Youth and Family Solutions
2610 W Richwoods Blvd.
Peoria, IL 61604

Do you and your family want to minister to children in the Peoria area but need something that fits in with your normal daily routine? You could make a lasting impact on the life of a child by becoming a foster parent and including them in your life.


If you can provide a child with a safe, nurturing, and stable environment, please call Marti or Stacy at the phone number above.

PNC Worldwide Day of Play (Sat. Sep 10, 2016 11:00 am)

Contact Info:

Glen Oak Park
2218 N. Prospect
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 681-2854

It's a day to play! Enjoy family-friendly activities at Glen Oak Park, free entertainment, Touch a Truck, Children's Resource Fair, photo booth and bounce houses.


Also, receive a discounted admission to the zoo and free admission to the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum!

Grandparents Day at Peoria Zoo (Sun. Sep 11, 2016 11:00 am)

Contact Info:

Peoria Zoo
2320 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603

Bring your Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, or Papa out to the Zoo. Spend time learning all about the importance of families in the animal world while spending time with your own family!


No registration required. Regular zoo admission applies.

Kinisi 424 Movement Classes (Sun. Sep 11, 2016 3:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Bradley Epworth Church
1316 W. Columbia Terrace
Peoria, IL 61606

Let choreography be a fun and simple experience!


Our classes will include a Bible study, movement application, a time of free worship, and ministry. Bring your Bibles and be ready to move as we apply what we learn. 


All are welcome, no matter your experience level or if you have attended a Kinisi 424 class before. Please dress modestly.


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

Group Therapy for Depression and Anxiety (Mon. Sep 12, 2016 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Christian Pyschological Associates
3716 W. Brighton Ave.
Peoria, IL 61615
(309) 632-7755

This is a weekly group devoted to helping people understand depression and anxiety, manage their symptoms, and pursue a full and meaningful life. The group will use education, skills, and exercises to learn more about their symptoms and how to manage them. Additionally, this group incorporates mindfulness and group discussions to help members of the group become more psychologically flexible and pursue their valued lives.


Groups begin meeting Monday, September 12th and meet each Monday night. A group for teens meets at 5 p.m. and a group for adults meets at 6:30 p.m.


The cost of attending the groups is $25 per group.


For more information, please call the phone number listed above.

GriefShare (Mon. Sep 12, 2016 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Grace Church
1325 E Jefferson St.
Morton, IL 61550

GriefShare is a 13-week, Bible-based DVD and discussion series designed to give hope and encouragement to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.


This is a support group that will provide a safe and caring place to meet with others on this journey of grief and help you understand the heartache and questions of loss.


The DVDs feature clips from Christian counselors, pastors, and other people who offer practical suggestions and reassurance.


The series begins on Monday, September 12th and will be held at Grace Church in Morton.


There are no fees to participate.


For further information or to register, call the Grace Church office at the above number.

Bible Study Fellowship (Mon. Sep 12, 2016 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Woodland Baptist Church
6915 N. Allen Road, Peoria, IL 61614
Grace Presbyterian Church
8607 IL-91, Peoria, IL 61615

Come and see an intimate vision of Christ's revealed glory through the eyes of John at Bible Study Fellowship.


We meet September 12th through May, on Monday nights from 6:45-8:30.


Our women's class meets at Woodland Baptist Church on N. Allen Road, and the men's class meets at Grace Presbyterian Church on Route 91.  Both classes have school-age programs - children K-12 are welcome and study the same passage at an age-appropriate level.