Around Town - Sept. 24, 2008

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

Around Town items may be submitted for fundraisers, events offered by nonprofit organizations and entertainment. We reserve the right to edit all submissions. Items are printed on a space-available basis. Deadline is 9 a.m. Friday. Items may be submitted by e-mail to; fax, 691-7857; or mail, Washington Times-Reporter, P.O. Box 9426, Peoria, IL 61612-9426.


WASHINGTON MOMS will have a huge garage sale Oct. 3-4. Pre-sale starts at 9 a.m. Oct. 3. Admission is $1 until 11 a.m. Regular sale continues from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 4. Half-price sale is from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 4 and the $2 Bag Sale is from 1:15 - 3 p.m. Anyone who would like to participate in the sale or donate items may contact Jen at 444-1714. 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 from 9-11 a.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month from September through May at Crossroads United Methodist Church. Activities include speakers, craft days and field trips.


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.

CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION will have a luncheon for all quilters and “wannabes” from 12:30-2 p.m. Oct. 15 at Countryside Banquet Facility, 659 School St. in Washington. Featured will be Quilt Corner, a Morton quilting shop. Quilt Corner will show quilts, share ideas and opportunities. Formerly in the military police, Ananda Yarbrough of Columbia will share her “Trading Places” experience. Cost will be $14, including the lunch, program and gratuity. Reservations are due by Oct. 9. Free child-care is available by reservation only. Call Joy at 266-9254, or Peggy at 263-4054 for reservations or info.

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.

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.

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 ‘30s, ‘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.


The SUNNYLAND BRANCH LIBRARY STORYTIME for 3 to 6 year-olds begins Oct. 7. It will be offered from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Storytime offers children an introduction to books and to the library. There are still spaces available, so register as soon as possible in person or by phone at 745-3023.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE WASHINGTON LIBRARY, a group designed to augment the services, programs and collection of the Washington District Library, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the library at Five Points Washington. Plans will be made for the upcoming fall book sale (Oct. 24-29) and sale of one-year-old oak seedlings. All new members are welcome. For more info, call 444-7621 or the library at 444-2241.


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


WCHS MARCHING PANTHERS 22nd annual Parade and Field Band Invitational will be Oct. 4. The parade steps off at noon from Lincoln Grade School. The field comptetion will start with the smaller schools at 3:10 at Babcook Field at Washington Community High School. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Children 4 and younger are free. Programs are $5 and will be sold along the parade route and at the field competition. 


AMBIENT, a Peoria-based band, will perform at 7 p.m. Venue Sept. 26. Ambient blends jazz, gospel and R&B. There will be a $5 cover taken at the door. For more info about Ambient, visit


ALZHEIMER ASSOCIATION Support the Memory Walk will be at 9 a.m. Oct. 4 at the Mineral Springs Lagoon in Pekin. Call 681-1100 for more info.

RECOVERY WALKS! 2008, sponsored by the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery at Proctor Hospital and the Proctor Health Care Foundation, will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 27 on the Proctor Hospital campus. The walk benefits the Ameel Rashid Scholarship for treatment of individuals and families affected by addiction. It includes a one-mile or 5K walk. There will be refreshments, exhibits, a silent auction and entertainment provided by Central TIme Zone, Danny Blakey and magician Gordon Snow. A family friendly event, there will be face painting for the kids, and Terry Sherbeyn will make balloon creations. The walk will begin at noon. Registration is $15 per person, $10 for children 12 and younger and $40 per family. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Those in recovery may choose to become members of the Honor Guard and receive T-shirts that honor their number of years in recovery. Registration will be accepted up to the day of the event. T-shirts will be available for pick-up from 2-8 p.m. Sept. 25, or the day of the walk, at the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery at Proctor Hospital, 5409 N. Knoxville in Peoria. For more info, contact Laura Schoon at 693-0414.

RECOVERY RIDES!, in conjunction with Recovery Walks!, is in its first year. Motorcycle riders from throughout the Midwest may ride to the walk in support of those in recovery. Riders are encouraged to arrive by 11:15 a.m. to participate in the walk. They will receive commemorative ride T-shirts. Registration fees are the same as the walk.

EUREKA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL will have a men’s prostate screening clinic in conjuncion 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.

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

ST. MONICA’S LADIES’ GUILD will have Holiday Happenings, a craft and bake sale, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Church Hall, 303 Campanile Dr., East Peoria. Coffee and donuts will be served in the morning and lunch will be served in the afternoon. Crafters will be displaying stained glass, woodworks, quilted, embroidered and crocheted items, pillows, gift baskets, jewelry, hand-loomed rugs, florals and many Christmas items. Lots of baked goods, apple pies and breads. For more info, call Marilyn at 699-8283.

THE PEORIA GARDEN CLUB will have a business meeting and program at noon Oct. 2 in the Lakeview Museum Auditorium, 1125 W. Lake Ave. The program will be “perennials for the Landscape,” presented by Kaizad Irani, program director and professor of landscape design at Parkland College in Champaign-Urbana and a designer for the World Trade Center Heroes Park in New York. New members are always welcome and guests are asked to pay a $5 program fee. For more program info, call Nancy Delathouwer at 852-4498.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR GROUP, Captain Zeally Moss chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, meets at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at Alexander’s Steakhouse in Peoria. Call 688-0404 for directions. Guest speaker is Brad Grebner, an expert on frontier life and weapons of the time. Spouses are welcome to attend.

FORT CREVE COEUR RENDEZVOUS DAYS 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27-28. Family event. Experience way of life during 1680-1850 involving traders and Native Americans of this area. Admission is $2 per adult and children under 12 are free with an adult. Live music both days, bake sale, food, such as Buffalo’s Last Stand, Mike’s Old Time Root beer, fresh baked breads and more.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT lunch hosted by the American Society for Training & Development, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 21 at Illinois Central College, East Peoria campus. John Munoz will present Generational Leadership: It’s too late to be normal. $20 for members and $30 for non-members with lunch includes. Pre-paid reservations are required. RSVP to Amy Pace at, or call 383-4280.

7TH ANNUAL CAR SHOW and cruiz-in, Oct. 4. Rain or shine. Proceeds to benefit “Coats for Kids.” Three trophies per class. 11 best of trophies. Show is judged by members of the church. Many classes. Registration fee is $15. Register from 8 a.m.-noon. No late registration. No exceptions. Awards at 3:30 p.m. For more info, call Gary at 219-5757. For info on day of show, call 699-4311. Pre-registration must be received no later than Sept. 29. Mail name, year, make, address, model, city, state, zip and phone with payment to: Bethany Missionary Church, 120 Linden Lane, East Peoria, IL 61611.