Around Town - Sept. 17, 2008

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter


WASHINGTON MOMS will meet  Sept. 22. Jill Savage from Hearts at Home will present “Teach Me to Pray.” Meetings are from 9-11 a.m. at Crossroads United Methodist Church on Route 24 and North Main Street in Washington. There will be a huge garage sale Oct. 2-4. MOMS is a non-denominational Christian group with a relaxed meeting atmosphere which encourages and equips area women in their roles as mothers. All mothers regardless of age or ages of their children are welcome. Childcare is provided for a nominal fee while mothers attend the meetings. Meetings are the second and fourth Mondays of each month from September through May. Activities include speakers, craft days and field trips.


FUNDRAISER FOR DAX LOCKE and St. Jude will be from 4 p.m.-close Sept. 20 at Kep’s Sports Bar, 313 Muller Road in Washington. A dinner plate will be available from 4-8 p.m. There will be live and silent auctions, raffles and music by Southern Cross. Locke is a 13-month-old boy from Washington who is fighting acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood. Contact Melissa Swanson at 248-7517, or Brock Heider at 303-3377 for more info.

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

ALPHA Bible Study will be presented at Crossroads United Methodist Church. The study will look at topics such as “Who is Jesus?” and "Does prayer “work?” There will be a kick-off celebration and supper from 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Child care will be provided at no charge. Classes will continue on Thursdays through Nov. 20. A casual supper will be served at 6 p.m. each Thursday, and the program will begin at 6:45 p.m. Each evening ends in small group discussion. A special Holy Spirit Day Away will be Oct. 18. To enroll in the course, or for more info, call Ken or Joyce Dawson at 444-5617, or call the church office at 444-2381. State if child care is needed.

“THE LESTERS” from St. Louis will present a gospel concert at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 401 Walnut St., at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. The church is located four blocks east of the square. The concert is free. There will be a freewill offering taken. Known as St. Louis’ First Family of Gospel Music, this talented group was founded in 1925 by Harvey and Opal Lester and is celebrating more than 80 years of continuous Christian music ministry. The Lesters have achieved major radio success with several songs in the Top 40 gospel music charts. Check out their Web site at and make plans now to attend this concert. If you have questions about this performance, call Don at 444-4342, or Jennita at 444-8346.

MID-AMERICAN HHRs and the Sunnyland Church of the Nazarene will present the first annual Cruise for Christ car show and music festival Sept. 27. The event, which is intended to raise awareness of the church and to raise funds for Mid-American HHR club charities, includes a car show with multiple trophy classes, goodie bags, dash plaques and door prizes, with a cruise to Didley’s in Metamora. Live music will be provided by the River City Concert Club and other local artists. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Sunnyland Church of the Nazarene, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Chiari Treatment Center. Contact Pat Lovell at 966-2254, or via e-mail at, or any Sunnyland Church of the Nazarene member for information or pre-entry forms.

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.

I SPY BIKE RIDE for the whole family will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 20. Registration is required. Teams will be formed to compete as they seek out clues and items to lead the team to victory. Each team will have a leader who will validate the findings of the team. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. Cost is $3 for residents, $5 for non-residents.

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

PUMPKIN CARVING FESTIVAL will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at Wenger Shelter in Washington Park. Enjoy all of the traditional fall festivities, like a hayrack ride, bonfire and the art of pumpkin carving. There will be games for kids and adults. The park district will provide everything except the pumpkin. Bring one pumpkin for each person who wants to carve their own pumpkin.

SPOOKY STORIES IN THE PARK, told by Mike Anderson, will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Wenger Shelter in Washington Park (off of Stratford). This event is for children age 8 and older and adults, and is sponsored by the Washington Park District, Friends of the Washington Library and the Washington District Library.

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


THE WASHINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY will host Jean Myers at 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Myers will speak on the History of the Metamora Courthouse. The program is open to members and the public. Although historical society programs are the fourth Monday of the month, this is the fifth Monday of the month. Upcoming programs are Portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln (Mary Clare Anderson) on Oct. 27; Jump, Jive and Swing: Music of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s (Jim Tallman) on Nov. 24; Christmas Home Tour on Dec. 9; Time Travels in Trunks (Washington volunteer “travelers”) on Jan. 26; Lincoln Sites of Tazewell County (Dale Kuntz) on Feb. 23; I Have a Story to Tell (Washington residents’ memories) on March 23; and Banquet and Civil War Dancers on April 27. The historical society programs are held at the Washington Presbyterian Church one block east of the square. For more info about the society, call 444-7621 or 444-2280.


CHRIS VALLILLO, noted folk singer, will perform from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Washington District Library, 380 Wilmor Road. Vallillo makes history come alive by blending music and storytelling. “Abraham Lincoln in Song” is a weaving of historic narrative with period music to celebrate the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

FRIENDS OF THE WASHINGTON LIBRARY, will sponsor a fall book sale Oct. 24-29. 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.

FRIENDS OF THE WASHINGTON LIBRARY will be selling year-old seedling oak trees started from Washington acorns. Seedlings may be purchased for a minimum $5 donation. Proceeds from this fall fund raiser and the October book sale will go toward new library shelving for the adult fiction section. Seedlings will be sold from the foyer of Five Points from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 24 and from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 25. Orders before Oct. 24 may be called in to the library (444-2241) and pre-ordered seedlings may be picked up Oct. 24 or 25. Orders placed before Oct. 24 MUST be prepaid. These seedlings will make a special gift for family members with a connection to Washington and give residents a chance to add a piece of Washington history to their yards for future generations.


TODD AGNEW will give a concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for youth (17 and younger). Groups of 10 or more are $12 per person. For tickets or more info, visit

ANTHONY KEARNS, voted “Ireland’s Best Living Tenor,” will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Special guest will be Patrick Healy. Tickets will go on sale soon. For more info, visit


WCHS Class of 1998 10-year reunion plans are set. The reunion will be Sept. 27. For more info and to sign up, visit


WASHINGTON PANTHERETTE dance clinic will be from 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 20 in Torry Gym at Washington Community High School. The clinic is open to grades kindergarten through ninth grade. Cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Anyone interested can pick up a packet in their school’s main office. There will also be tote bags, Panther scarves and more for sale.

HOMECOMING Grand Marshal nomination forms are available for this year’s parade. This year’s theme is “WCHS: The Greatest Show on Earth!” The WCHS Student Council encourages community members to nominate someone they believe has served both the school and community exceptionally over the years. The forms are available in the Student Services office at the school. Grand Marshal forms are due back in the office Sept. 12. Entry forms for participation in the parade are also available by contacting either Jeff Little at 444-3167, ext. 254, or Melissa Warfield at 444-3167, ext. 247. All organizations wishing to participate in the parade must complete an entry form. 


VENUE will have its grand opening Sept. 19. There will be an artist reception featuring the work of Bob Emser and the release/signing of his book “American Sculptor.” BeckonQ will provide musical entertainment with a folk rock blend. For more about BeckonQ, visit Also, preview Emser’s work at Music starts at 7 p.m. There is no cover.


EUREKA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL will have a men’s prostate screening clinic in conjunction with Dr. Kelly Bewsey, Affiliated Urology Specialists Ltd. from 4:30-6 p.m. Sept. 25 at Eureka Community Hospital. Bewsey will provide rectal exams to screen for prostate cancer. The hospital will offer prostate specific antigen tests. The American Cancer Society recommends the PSA blood test and digital rectal examination annually, beginning at age 50. Men at high risk, African-American men and men with a strong family of one or more first-degree relatives (father, brothers) diagnosed before age 65, could begin testing at age 40. Appointments are needed for the screenings. Call 467-2371, ext. 4021 to register.

CATERPILLAR EMPLOYEES STAMP CLUB and Tri-County Stamp Club announce their semi-annual swap and shop from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 21 at Folepi’s Market Place, 2200 Washington Road (Route 8) in East Peoria. For more info, call Ed at 745-5195, or Larry at 444-2271.

SENIOR CARE EXPERT Daniel Taylor, the creator of the Parent Care Solution and author of “The Parent Care Conversation: Six Strategies for Dealing with the Financial and Emotional Challenges of Aging Parents” will present as the guest of Knapp and Associates at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Embassy Suites in East Peoria. For reservations, call 699-9100.

MARK LINDER WALK FOR THE MIND is one-mile walk Sept. 27 at the RiverPlex, 600 N.E. Water St., to support brain tumor research and raise awareness of brain tumors and their impact on those in Central Illinois. Check-in and day of walk registration will be at 7:30 a.m. inside the RiverPlex. Balloon release and walk begin at 9:20 a.m. To pre-register, make checks payable to ABTA and mail registration form to Mark Linder Walk for the Mind, P.O. Box, 5522, Peoria, IL 61601. For more info, contact Peggy at 925-3919, or at or visit