Around Town - Nov. 19, 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.


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

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.

THE SOJOURNER QUARTET from Findlay, Ohio, will present a southern gospel concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 401 Walnut St. in Washington. A freewill offering will be taken. For more info, contact Don at 444-4342, or Jennita at 444-8346.

THE MARK TRAMMELL TRIO will present a gospel concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 401 Walnut St. in Washington. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. Tickets are non-refundable. Seating is limited. Send check payable to EUMC Gospel Concert Committee with a self addressed stamped envelope to Don Moushon, 1305 Westminster, Washingotn, IL 61571. For more info about the group can visit For more info about this or future concerts, contact Don at 444-4342, or Jennita at 444-8346.

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.

CANDLELIGHT STROLL ON WASHINGTON SQUARE by the Washington Specialty Stores. Carriage rides, sponsored by Washington Community Bank and Heartland Bank will be from 6-8 p.m. Mark Swisher will lead the Courier Christmas Sing, beginning at 6:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the sing will be moved to the community room at Heartland Bank on Main Street. The stores on the square will stay open until 9 p.m.

A LITTLE BIT OF CHRISTMAS IN SUNNYLAND, sponsored by the Sunnyland Business Association, will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Countryside Banquet Facility. There will be carriage rides, refreshments and a visit with Santa.



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.

24th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR, sponsored by the Washington Historical Society, will be from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children prior to the day of the tour. Tickets the day of the tour are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Purchase advance tickets through Dec. 6 at Homespun, Studio 901 and Kimpling’s Ace Hardware. Tickets will also be sold at the Washington Chamber of Commerce office through 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Refreshments will be served at the Washington Presbyterian Church during tour hours. Homes on the tour are: Ron and Charlotte Uftring, 7 Clarebrook Drive; Rudy Bocz and Pattie Vanlandingham, 302 Carlock Court; Kit Zinser, 307 E. Jefferson St.; Tom and Debbie Reeder, 1309 Knollcrest Drive; and Kathy Siever, 1440 Jadens Way. Contact Sherry Ebert at 444-4500 for more info.


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.

GINA EDWARDS, of ...and she cooks, will present “Deck the halls ... with little money” from 6:630-7:30 p.m. Nov. 20at the Washington District Library, 380 Wilmor Road.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING will be offered by the Washington District Library Dec. 6. All ages are welcome (children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult). Decorating will be from 10-11 a.m. at the Sunnyland Branch Library and from 1-2 p.m. at the main library. Cost is $5. Pre-registration is required.


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 $7.75 for adults and $5.75 for students and seniors. Visit to purchase tickets. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults and $6 for students.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE PEORIA POPS ORCHESTRA will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Five Points Washington. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62 and older, $12 children 17 and youngr and $10 for groups of 10 or more. For more info or to buy tickets, visit

CHRISTMASTIME GOSPELFEST, featuring Shawn Degenhart and the Gospel Singers will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Five Points Washington. Special guest Allison Durham Speer will also perform. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Children 12 and under are $12. For tickets, call 472-0027, or visit


WCHS BAND members are currently taking orders through Nov. 24 for their annual fruit sale. Contact any band member to place an order or request additional info, or contact Lisa Thies at 444-3167, ext. 409. Delivery will be Dec. 5.

35th ANNUAL MADRIGAL BEGGER’S NIGHT, presented by the Washington Community High School Madrigal Singers at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 in the commons. A light meal will be served. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6.50. Reservations are due by Dec. 1. Contact Lara Reem at for more info or to make reservations.There will be a Renaissance Fair, starting at 6 p.m. in the WCHS West Gym.

35th ANNUAL MADRIGAL DINNER will be presented by the Washington Community High School Madrigal Singers at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the commons. A full dinner will be served. Tickets are $18. Reservations are due by Dec. 1. Contact Lara Reem at for more info or to make reservations.There will be a Renaissance Fair, starting at 6 p.m. in the WCHS West Gym.

WASHINGTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL winter choral concert will be at 7 p.m. Location to be announced. For more info, contact Lara Reem at


EUREKA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL will have Heartsaver CPR, for the general public Nov. 20. The classe 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.

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.