The Pekin Daily Times is starting a new online component to its website called "What's Up Weekly." It will provide residents with a list of events happening around town. Those who want to submit events for WUW, may email them to Please email events at least 5 days prior to the event date. It is helpful to put "Community" in the subject line.

May 8

Taco Tuesday

Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1869. From 4 to 6:30 p.m. Soft or hard taco: $1.50; double decker: $1.75; nacho with cheese only: $2.75; loaded nacho: $5.75; 1/2 loaded nacho: $3; taco burger: $2.50. Tacos come with these toppings: meat, lettuce, cheese. Available upon request: sour cream, salsa, onion, refried beans.


Genealogical and Historical Society

The next meeting of the Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society will take place Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Ehrlicher Research Center, 719 N. 11th St., Pekin.

Dean Baker of Lincoln will discuss the history of coins and what we should be collecting to pass on to future generations. Dean has been collecting and studying money for over 50 years. He feels that coins are a great way to learn history, especially when a war was involved. The meeting is open to the public. For more information visit or phone 477-3044.


Planting the Spanish Seed Storytime

This interactive program will introduce children ages 3-7 and their caregiver to español through books, songs, and activities. It will take place at 12:30 p.m., May 8. Tania Cruz, with 15 years of experience teaching español, will be leading this story time. For more information, please call the library’s Youth Services Department at 347-7111, ext. 3, or go to 


Aspiring Writer’s Circle

If you have a knack and passion for creative writing, and are looking for a place for peer support, for networking, to share stories and for feedback and encouragement, join our Aspiring Writer’s Circle 6 p.m. May 8. The Circle is open to Playwrights and Poets, Bloggers and Freelancers, Children’s authors and Graphic Novelists, Fiction and Nonfiction writers - anyone who enjoys writing in any form. Bring your ideas, a pen, a notebook.  For more information, please call the Pekin Public Library at 347-7111, ext. 0.


Reading Rockstars Book Group

Come join us for a book group for youth in grades 4-6 at 6 p.m. May 8. We’ll have snacks, trivia, and a craft. For more information or to register, call the Pekin Public Library at 347-7111, ext. 3.


May 9

Fish Society Meeting

Tri County Tropical Fish Society monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 526 E. Washington St., East Peoria. Program is given by our guest speaker, Ryan Curtis of the Shrimp Farm in Bloomington.  Visitors welcome.


Off the Hook Knitting and Crochet Group

The library is starting a new group for yarn crafting enthusiasts who use crochet or knitting needles and want to meet with others who share your interest 6 p.m. May 9. All skill levels welcome. At our first meeting, we will “meet and greet” and decide the meeting format and schedule for the rest of the year. Perhaps you’d like to bring a project, get help with something, or share an idea. It’s your group - you decide! For more information, please go to


Eagles Lodge Burgers and Fries

Every Wed. at 274 Derby St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Menu: 1/4-pound hamburger - $3; 1/2-pound hamburger - $5; 1/4-pound cheeseburger - $3.25; 1/2-pound cheeseburger - $5.25; homemade tenderloin - $6; chicken strips with fries - $6. Add fries to any sandwich for $1. Sides: Fries - $1.25; 1/2-pound chicken gizzards - $3; 1-pound chicken gizzards - $6; onion rings - $3.50. Open to the public. 


May 10

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts for Teens

Teens - still need a last minute Mother’s Day gift for mom?  Join us at the library at 5 p.m., May 10 to assemble a ‘Cookie in a Jar’ for the special lady in your life. We’ll provide the supplies and decorations for your jar. Supplies are limited; please register at


Reading Rover Book Group

Youth in grades 2-3 are invited to our monthly reading group 6:30 p.m., May 10. We will do fun crafts and activities related to the book. For more information, please call the Pekin Public Library’s Youth Services Desk at 347-7111, ext. 3. 


Google: More than Just a Search Engine

Join us for an interactive, hands-on class that will show you there is more to Google than just “Googling” 6:30 p.m. May 10. The class will introduce you to Google Docs (shareable documents, presentation, and spreadsheets), Google Calendar (scheduling and time management tool), Google Maps (mapping and navigation service), Google Translate (language translation), and Google Scholar (research tool). See all the ways this tool can help you.   For more information, please go to


May 11

31st Annual Wayno’s Rodeo

Please join family and friends, of the late Gary Uphoff on Friday, May 11, (5-8 p.m.) at Pekin’s McCritter’s, for the 11th annual silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Illini Bluffs High School Golf Program. Payment for the next day’s golf event will be collected and team foursomes will be drawn during the auction. If you can’t be there Friday night but wish to play the next day, just let us know. The 31st annual Wayno’s golf tournament, with tee times starting at 1 p.m at Pekin’s Sunset Golf Course, will be the next day, Saturday, May 12. The $65 fee includes 18 holes of golf, half cart, and an all-you-can-eat chicken dinner following the tournament at McCritter’s. Please call Jake Uphoff (309-241-2978) or Paul Robertson (309-241-7052) if you would like to participate in the golf outing or donate an auction item.

Don’t feel like driving, book a room at the Motel, adjacent to McCritters. For more information, call 309-347-5533.


Amvets Dinner

North Pekin AMVETS Post 169 will be serving chicken, spaghetti, and catfish on Friday, May 11, at the Post Home, 660 Radio City Drive, Route 29, North Pekin. Serving times are 5-7 p.m. Cost depends on the selection. Carry outs are available. The dinner is open to the public. The menu is: roast pork loin, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, dessert. The price is $7. For further information, please contact the Post Home at 382-9129.


May Festival

The Bachelors & Bachelorettes Square Dance Club will be hosting a May Festival at the Pekin Moose, 2605 Broadway St., Pekin, May 11-12. There will be no dance May 10 at the Miller Center. May 11 is the Mayfest at 1 p.m. Golfing at Parkview from 5-7 p.m. Pekin Moose Lodge Dinner 7-9 p.m. and after dinner is the Trail End Dance with callers Curt Braffet and Dale McRoberts. The May 12 Mayfest features caller Curt Braffet and cuers Joe and Pat Hilton. There will be a Federation meeting from 9-10 a.m.  There will be workshops, dancing and a clothing exchange from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Please come and join us and have some fun. Other square dance callers are welcome also. For more information, call Kay at 239-849-4090 or Shirley at 202-1235.


Impromptu Teen Activity 

Teens - join us for a surprise activity in the Teen Domain 4 p.m., May 11. It could be a movie, craft, game, who knows - we’re just throwing something out there for your entertainment. For more information, please call the Pekin Public Library at 347-7111, ext. 0, or go to


Prairie Wind Ensemble

The Prairie Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jim Tallman will celebrate the ensemble’s 40th Anniversary during a concert on Friday, May 11. The ensemble, in residence at Illinois Central College, will present this special concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus. In addition to special C selections and former conductors, the concert will feature Amy Zhou, the Earl Barnes Student Soloist Competition winner as well as saxophone players from area high schools. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are free. Tickets may be purchased through the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center by phone (309-694-5136) or in person. There will be tickets available at the door the day of the performance.


United Way Friendship Day

The Pekin Church Women United May Friendship Day celebration will be held on Friday, May 11, at 1:15 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church, 503 N. 4th St. in Pekin.

Janet Homerin of Pekin Township will present the program. The Least Coin collection will be presented along with School Kits and Health Kits which are distributed

to Christian Civic Outreach, the Salvation Army, House of Hope, and the Veterans Assistance Program. All church women are invited to join the celebration.


May 12

Family Board Games

Drop in to the Pekin Public Library for game time 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 12! We will provide the board games to play with friends and family! For more information, please call the Pekin Public Library at 347-7111, ext. 0,  or go to


Bags Tournament for St. Jude

15th annual Laura Valentine Memorial Fundraiser for St. Jude May 12, bags tournament at UAW Local 974, 3025 Springfield Road, East Peoria. Sign in at 11 a.m. Start playing at noon. $30 per team. Cash prizes will be awarded. Food provided by UAW Local 974. Come out and enjoy good family fun. Everyone is welcome. All monies will go to St. Jude. For more info, contact: Randy Diehl at 694-3151 at UAW Local 974.