Around Town - Nov. 5, 2008

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

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THE FRAMER’S GALLERy, 123 Washington Square (upper level), will have an artist’s reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for mother and son team, Brad Grimm and Mary Grimm. Admission is free. Call 444-3534 for more info.

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.

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.

CROSSROADS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH invites Washington and surrounding communities to a healing service at 7 p.m. Nov. 12. The service includes a brief devotion, the sacrament of Holy Communion, prayers and anointing for healing and wholeness. For more info, call the church at 444-2381 and ask for Pastor Bob or Nurse Sally. Healing services are every other month.

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

SUNNYLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH CWF will have is annual cookie walk from 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 6 at the church at 2401 Washington Road. Contact Dee Maddox at 699-3010 or Pat Manier at 699-1332 for advance ordering of small or large trays. Other items available will be casserole carriers and raffle tickets for a baby quilt and large quilt. Proceeds of the cookie walk go to various charities.


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 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.


WASHINGTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Nov. 20-22 in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Visit to purchase tickets.


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

PEORIA AREA CHARTER CHAPTER of the American Business Women’s Association invites you to its second Wednesday dinner meeting Nov. 12 at Ming’s in East Peoria. Social time starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Speakers for the evening will be Melinda, speaking on “Nails” and Monaco, speaking on “Hair Styling.” Cost of the meal is $15.25, which includes dinner, tax and gratuity. Reservations or cancellations should be called to Jean at 682-6202 by Nov. 9.

EUREKA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL offers free blood pressure screenings to the public the first Thursday of every month. The next screening will be from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 7 in the hospital lobby. No appointment is necessary. For more info, contact Mandy Stephenson at 467-2371, ext. 4004.

EUREKA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL will have healthcare provider CPR class Nov. 13. Heartsaver CPR, for the general public, will be Nov. 20. Both classes will be at Eureka Community Hospital, 101 S. Major St. The four-hour classes begin at 6 p.m. An American Heart Association certificate will be mailed to the participant after completion of the one-evening course. Pre-approval is required for participants younger than 14. Pre-registration is required, and there is a $25 fee to help cover expenses. To register, call Eureka Community Hospital at 467-2371, ext. 4004.

EUREKA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL SERVICE AUXILIARY is selling the 2008-09 Peoria Dining Tour coupon books. There are more than 250 buy-one-get-one-free coupons to 100 Peoria area restaurants. They make a great gift for the “hard to buy for” person. The books are only $30 each and are available at the front desk of the hospital. For more info, call Rhonda Payne at 467-2371, ext. 4050.

EUREKA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL is offering a series of free breast health/breast cancer prevention programs called “Hersday.” The first program is from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 13at the hospital. The first program will emphasize the need for women to take care of themselves, as well as taking time for a little pampering. For more info, contact Mandy Stephenson at 467-2371, ext. 4004 or to register, call 467-2371, ext. 4021. The program is free, but pre-registration is requested.