Around Town - Nov. 12, 2008

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

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MARY BETH PEDERSEN will present “Meals on a Budget” at the MOMS 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. They 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

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.

BETHANY COMMUNITY CHURCH invites the community to its first annual Feast of Thanks Nov. 23. The feast will be immediately following the 10:15 a..m worship service at Five Points Washington. Anyone who wants to attend or has any questions, call the church office at 508-1755; or visit

CARE 4 CHINA’S KIDS fundraiser will be from 2-10 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 120 Walnut in Washington. There will be a spaghetti dinner, music, raffle, silent auction, bake sale, DJ/karaoke and fun. All proceeds will go to the Wuhan Children’s Welfare Institute in the city of Wuhan in the province of Hubel, China. Anyone who would like to donate items for the raffle, silent auction, the spaghetti dinner or bake sale, contact Lisa Wanless at 635-1598, Mike Wanless at 635-8202, Dawn Dotson at 222-6136/966-3598 or Jim Dotson at 361-5043 by Nov. 20 to make arrangements for the items to be picked up.


JUMP, JIVE AND SWING: MUSIC OF THE ’30s, ’40s AND ’50s, presented by Jim Tallman, will be the Washington Historical Society’s Nov. 24 program. Tallman is a former student of Washington Community High School and current band director at WCHS. The public is welcome to attend the program at 7 p.m. at Washington Presbyterian Church.


LIBRARY BOARD ELECTION filing info and petitions are  available 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.


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.


LOCAL POETS will read from their collected work at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Venue Art & Wine Social on the square. Mike Foster and Brooks McDaniel will be featured at the free performance. Both are retired Illinois Central College professors. McDaniel taught philosophy at the college, and Foster taught English and journalism courses and advised the student newspaper, the Harbinger. He currently teaches a course on J.R.R. Tolkien at Bradley University. McDaniel’s reading will include poetry from his 2007 book “Delight Upon Beholding” and his next publication “High Noon.” Foster will read poems from his upcoming broadside Schoolboy Loves His Pie. A $2 wine tasting will be available at the event. For more info, contact Stephanie Scott or Tiffany Wyse-Fisher at 222-2480.


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. 13 at 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.

ROBEIN SCHOOL second annual vendor fair will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22 at Robein School, 200 Campus Ave. in East Peoria. There will be one-stop shopping and lots of holiday gift giving ideas.