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LORIE’S BARBER SHOP, 126 Peoria St., will donate $2 from every haircut to hospice in honor of Lorie Werkman’s parents throughout the month of October.

MOMS will have an outing to the Children’s Museum in Bloomington Nov. 10, and Mary Beth Pedersen will present “Meals on a Budget” at the Nov. 24 meeting. Meetings are from 9-11 a.m. at Crossroads United Methodist Church on Route 24 and North Main Street in Washington. MOMS is a non-denominational Christian group with a relaxed meeting atmosphere which encourages and equips area women in their roles as mothers. We welcome all mothers regardless of their age or the ages of their children. Childcare is provided for a nominal fee while mothers attend the meetings. They meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month from September through May. Activities include speakers, craft days and field trips. For more info, contact Stacy Tellor at 383-2974, or

CENTRAL GRADE SCHOOL PTO will have its first annual Shopping Expo Nov. 8 in the school gym.

CAMP GOOD NEWS is hosting a Harvest Festival Open House from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 31. The event is designed for families with children ages 4-14. Carnival games, hayrides, candy, crafts, food and a Bible lesson are all part of this fun evening.  Admission is free. Hot dogs and chilli will be available for a small donation. Camp Good News is located at 26010 Liberty Lane in Washington. Call 444-3255 for more info.

THE AMAZING RACE, the Washington Park District’s version of the popular reality TV show, will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Washington Park District recreational facility. Register a team of 6 for an evening of challenges, fun, laughter, competition and prizes. This is a great event for church fellowship groups, neighborhood friends or just people who want to compete. Pre-registration is required. Transportation for teams of four is required. For adults 18 and older. Fee per team of four is $60. Min. number of teams is 7, max. is 25.

FLICK ‘N FLOAT DIVE-IN MOVIE will be Nov. 15 in the Five Points Washington aquatic center. Participants can bring their floats and enjoy the evening’s showing of “High School Musical 2” on the poolside big screen. Registration will be taken only at the Washington Park District recreational facility, or online at

FOURTEENTH ANNUAL TURKEY TROT will be Nov. 15 on the Washington Recreational Trail behind McDonald’s. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Race begins at 9:45 a.m.

LETTERS FROM SANTA. Santa and his elves are busy at the North Pole preparing for Christmas, but with the help of the Washington Park District, Santa has promised to make time to write letters to boys and girls of any age. A personalized letter signed by Santa will be mailed to your child. Forms will be available Nov. 1 at the Washington Park District office and online at


LIBRARY BOARD ELECTION filing info and petitions will be available beginning Oct. 28 for anyone wanting to run for Washington Distrtict Library trustee. The election will be April 7. Call the library at 444-2241 for more info.

THE INVISIBLE CHILDREN will be at the Washington District Library from 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 1.

THE WASHINGTON DISTRICT LIBRARY will have a presentation about the Bright Start College Savings Program by a representative from the State of Illinois Treasurer’s Office at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the main library, 380 N. Wilmor. Learn how the Bright Start College Savings Program provides a smart, tax-advantaged way for families to invest money to help pay for a child’s college expenses. Information will be provided along with answers to questions concerning planning for a child’s academic future with the Bright Start College Savings Program.
FRIENDS OF THE WASHINGTON LIBRARY will sponsor a fall book sale through Oct. 29. Both hardbound and paperback books may be donated. Donations of books in good condition may be taken to the library any time. No out-of-date texts or encyclopedias will be accepted.


CHAPTER 6 will perform at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington. Tickets are $20 each. There is no service fee for online ticket sales. Visit for tickets.


MOVIE NIGHT at Venue feature Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and wine specials Oct. 30. Viewers are welcome to bring their own food to enjoy with Venue’s wine and beer offerings. Open admission, $8 at the door. Movie starts at 7 p.m.

SALLY WEISENBURG TRIO, as featured at the Peoria Blues Festival will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Venue.

MATT LARSON returns to Venue for a Boo-tastic Halloween party with costume contest from 9 p.m.-midnight Oct. 31.


THE WOODFORD COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT will have an Illinois Department of Public Health approved 15-hour food service sanitation manager certification course and currently has openings for the next scheduled class from 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 3, 10 and 17 in the Woodford County Health Department conference room at 1831 S. Main St. in Eureka. Call the Woodford County Health Department at 467-3064 to register. Cost of the class is $60, and participants must attend all three days.

THE CENTRAL ILLINOIS CHAPTER ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION will have an early stage Alzheimer’s caregiving program in recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregiving Month in November. The association invites caregivers to attend the free educational series, “Making Sense of Memory Loss” from 1–5 p.m. Nov. 1 & 8 at Washington District Library. The program will be presented by Megan Reynolds, M.S., education coordinator, and Alisha Dault, MA, patient and family services coordinator for the chapter. For more info and to register about agency services, call 681-1100 or 1-800-272-3900, or log on to the agency Web site at

CHRIST CHURCH in Germantown Hills will host its annual bazaar from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Nov. 1. The bazaar features “Bountiful Baskets” raffles, which are assorted theme gift baskets. There will be more than 25 baskets to be raffled.  Returning this year will be the  flea market room. Additional vendors also will be present.  Lunch is available during the bazaar, featuring soup, chilli, sandwiches and homemade pie. Homemade baked goods will be available to purchase. Christ Church is located at 110 Holland Road, Germantown Hills, next to the State Farm office.