Around Town

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

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WASHINGTON TO PEORIA ST. JUDE members invite interested runners to participate in training runs at 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. every Saturday, weather permitting. All abilities are welcome. Meet at the Five Points Washington entryway.


CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S CONNECTION will have a “Grand Slam Styles 4 Tots” luncheon and program from 12:30-2 p.m. July 16 at Countryside Banquet Facility, 659 School St. Featured will be a children’s style show, sponsored by “Hissy Fits,” a boutique and accessories shop located at 107 W. Jefferson in Morton. Linda Horstmeyer of St. Louis will talk about “Finding Sure Footing in a Slippery World.” Cost will be $13, including lunch, program, tax and gratuity. Reservations are due by July 10. Free child-care is available by reservation only. Call Joy at 266-9254 or Peggy at 263-4054 for reservations or info.

The LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL COMMITTEE will begin its year of programs July 19 by co-sponsoring exhibits and activities with the Washington Historical Society. Beginning at 10 a.m. on the square, activities will include a Civil War medical display at 10 a.m. with a surgery program at 10:30 a.m. Civil War dancers will perform at 11:30 a.m. There will also be dulcimer music, wool spinning and other activities. From 1-2 p.m., the historical society will present “Portraits in Time Past” at the Dement-Zinser House. Portrayals feature soldiers, family members of Washington residents who served in the Civil War and a “conductor” of the Underground Railroad in Washington. The medical techniques encore will be at 2:30 p.m. From 2-3:30, all are invited to “Lemonade with Lincoln” at the Dement-Zinser House. Bring lawn chairs if seating is needed. Any donations of time or financial support for the upcoming Lincoln Bicentennial activities would be appreciated. To offer a donation to cover speakers or other expenses, call 222-5685 or 251-1603. Checks made to Washington 2000 are tax-deductible. Donations will also be collected at the Washington Chamber of Commerce.

WASHINGTON TO PEORIA ST. JUDE SATELLITE RUN will be Aug. 2. Contact Sara Faber for more info at 691-6500, ext. 210.

WASHINGTON PARK DISTRICT Summer Concert Series and Social is underway at the Rotary Shelter in Washington Park. Contact the park district at 444-9413 for a complete schedule.

MOVIES IN THE PARK will be “Shrek the Third,” rated PG, July 24 in Washington Park. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a family movie in the park with a giant video projection system in full color and concert stereo sound. All movies begin at dusk. Refreshments will be sold. Pre-show games and antics will begin at 7 p.m. Every attempt will be made to reschedule in the event of inclement weather.

FLICK ‘N FLOAT Dive-In Movie will be Aug. 14 at the Washington Park Pool. This year’s movie is “Surf’s Up,” rated PG. Bring floats and enjoy the movie poolside. There will be popcorn, drinks and candy for all. Pre-show games begin at 7 p.m. Movie starts at dusk. Fee is $5 per person or $20 for a family of 5. Maximum capacity is 400.

CUBS VS. CARDINALS bus trip will be Aug. 8. The charter coach will leave the Washington Park District at 8:30 a.m. and return about 8 p.m. Cost is $70 for residents and $75 for non-residents. Register at the park district office.

THE DAN KEETON QUARTET, a Southern gospel group ministry, based out of Rush, Tenn. will present a concert at 7 p.m. July 6 at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 401 Walnut St. The church is located four blocks east of the square. There will be a free-will offering taken. More about the group can be found at www.keetonsong. com. For more info about the concert, call Don at 444-4342, or Jennita at 444-8346.

CROSSROADS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will have an ecumenical prayer and healing service at 7 p.m. July 9. For more info, call Pastor Bob or Nurse Sally at 444-2381.

DIRTY DANCING bus trip to see the stage show of “Dirty Dancing” will be Oct. 12 in Chicago. While keeping with the moments from the film, in theater, Baby and Johnny’s relationship is developed further. There is more dancing and more music, in addition to the songs “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life,” “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby” and “Do You Love Me?” The bus will leave from the Washington Park District at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to return at about 9:30 p.m. The bus will make a one-hour dinner stop on the return trip. Tickets are $115 for residents and $120 for non-residents. Register at the park district office. Minimum/maximum number of participants is 35/43.

LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION day trip to Springfield will be Aug 7. Attendees will visit the Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Herndon Law Office, the Lincoln Home and Lincoln’s Tomb. Trip begins at 7:45 a.m. Cost for the trip is $30 for residents and $40 for non-residents. Register at the park district office. For more info, call the park district at 444-9413. Minimum/maximum number of participants is 35/53.

HEARTLAND PRIDE will be from 6-8 p.m. July 25 on Washington Square. There will be food and entertainment.


TAZWELL COUNTY GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY general meeting will be July 8. Jennifer Banning, a professor at Illinois State University and Creative Memories representative, will share a program about the recycling of feed-sacks in our past, and encourages members to bring their own items made from feed-sacks, especially curtains, aprons, towels and clothing. The meeting, which is open to the general public, will be at the Society’s Erlicher Library, 719 N. Eleventh St. in Pekin. The program will begin promptly at 7 p.m. with a business meeting immediately following. The building is handicapped accessible with ample parking available.


SUMMER READERS THEATER TEAM have two performances of this year’s skits, featuring sports-themed fractured fairy tales. The team will star in two public performances. The first will be at 2 p.m. July 15. The second performance, which parents, grandparents and the public are invited to attend, will be at 6:30 p.m. July 17. A cast party complete with food and fun will follow. The program is free of charge.

SUMMER READING BINGO NIGHT for children in the summer reading program will be for 8-13 year olds; however, children younger than 8 may play with a parent helping them. There will be prizes. Babaloo (Rob Compton) will bring his wild and wacky musical comedy act to the Washington District Library at 6:30 p.m. July 10. Compton mixes songs and stories, call and response, mass drumming and magic, bean-bag bopping high energy with his imaginitive stories and singing about sharing. He also tackles various real-life kid dilemmas, such as losing your pants in the pool, having to go to the bathroom really bad or having a bad hair day.


FIRST ANNUAL WASHINGTON RELAY FOR LIFE will be from 4 p.m. Aug. 8 to noon Aug. 9. The theme, Red Carpet Premiere, will feature overnight activities based on movies, a survivor’s ceremony and main stage acts. Teams can sign up online at www.cancer. org under the Washington link, by e-mailing Josh Marshall at relay4life2aol. com, or by calling Dana Pace, the staff partner for the American Cancer Society at 688-3488. Cost per team is $100.


EVANGELICAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 401 Walnut, will have Power Lab Vacation Bible School July 20-24. A light meal (with free-will offering accepted) will be served at 5:30 p.m., and VBS activities will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is science, discovering Jesus’ miraculous power. Children 4 years old by Jan. 1, 2008, through children going into fifth grade are invited. Pre-registration is helpful. Register children at, or call 444-3228.


THE PEORIA AREA CHARTER CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION will have a dinner meeting July 9 at Sky Harbor Steak House, 1321 N. Park Road in West Peoria. Social time starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost of the meal will be $16, which includes dinner, tax and gratuity. Reservations or cancellations should be called to Melinda at 699-1273 by July 6.

CATERPILLAR EMPLOYEE'S BIG BAND will perform in the 2008 Summer Concerts in the Park series at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13. The free concerts are at the bandstand in Metamora Park in the Square. The public is invited to attend and bring lawn chairs, although bleacher-type seating is available. The 18-member band performs music in the big band style from the 1930s. They perform original arrangements by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and others. The program, which is funded in part by the Musician’s Performance Trust Fund, will be about 90 minutes in length with a 15-minute intermission. The ice cream social is sponsored by Oakmora Home Extension. The newly renovated Metamora Court House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will be open during the concert. In case of rain, the concert location will be posted at the square. For more info, call Monica Camper at 367-4044.

GREEN VIEW NURSERY in Dunlap will have its second annual Hydrangea Event July

12. The public is invited to join in celebrating hydrangeas

and attending FREE informative seminars. Seminars begin at 10 a.m.

THE CENTRAL ILLINOIS MEMORIAL KIDNEY FUND will have its 18th annual Golf Outing Aug. 20 at Pine Lakes Golf Club in Washington. This is an afternoon of fun, food and prizes to support kidney dialysis patients in Central Illinois. Registration and sponsorship forms are available at For more info, leave a message for Mike or Bill at 698-5479.