Around Town - Nov. 26, 2008

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

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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 are available at the Washington Park District office and online at

SUNNYLAND CHRISTIAN CHURCH CWF will have its 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.

CANDLELIGHT STROLL ON WASHINGTON SQUARE sponsored by the Washington Specialty Shops. Free carriage rides, sponsored by sponsored by the Washington Specialty Shops, will be from 6-8 p.m. Santa will be at Denhart’s Baking Co. 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 and restaurants 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.


24th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR, sponsored by the Washington Historical Society, will be from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.  Dec. 9. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children prior to the day of the tour. Tickets after Dec. 6 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.

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.


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


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. Dec. 11 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.For more info, contact Lara Reem at


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.

PRAIRIE STATE LEGAL SERVICES will offer “Illinois Living Will Power of Attorney for Health Care” clinics to Pekin Public Library patrons from 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 11 in the library’s small conference room. These legal services are free to persons age 60 or older, and to those less than 60 if their income is below 125 percent of the federal guidelines for their family size.  A Senior Outreach Coordinator will assist the client in filling out the application forms, and an attorney will prepare the documents for the client.  On the day of the clinic, the client should bring the names or name of person(s) to be given Power of Attorney, their address(es), and their phone numbers. Appointments for this free clinic are mandatory. Contact the library’s reference desk at 347-7111, ext. 2 to make an appointment.

MAKE A BLANKET DAY to benefit Project Linus will be from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Jones Sewing Machine Co., 3410 N. Prospect Rd., Peoria. The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Sewing machines and fabric squares are provided. Fleece will be provided for those not wanting to sew. Volunteers are asked to bring their favorite notions, such as scissors, pins, etc., and their own lunch.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COURTHOUSE at the Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site will be during December. The courthouse will be decked out for the holidays. The Metamora Woman’s Club 18th annual event opend Dec. 3 in the historic 1845 courthouse on the Metamora town square with decorations both inside and outside. Numerous trees will be sponsored and decorated by local organizations and may be viewed from noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Jan. 3.

METAMORA WOMAN’S CLUB will sponsor the annual Christmas Concert and Sing-A-Long from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5 in the second floor courtroom at the Metamora Courthouse. Free refreshments will be provided. Also on Dec. 5, there will be a demonstration of period spinning and weaving on an authentic 1790’s barn loom. The demonstration will be from 5-6 p.m. on the first floor of the courthouse.

METAMORA TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL will sponsor a Christmas Tour of Homes from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 6. The tour begins and ends at the Metamora Courthouse, where free refreshments and live entertainment will be provided.

BRADLY UNIVERSITY MUSIC STUDENTS will perform a string chamber music recital at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 in Dingeldine Music Center, 1417 W. Barker Ave. The groups performing include two trios, two quartets and a quintet. The recital will feature works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, Antonin Dvorak and Charles de Beriot. Performing are violinists Elizabeth Siegel, Kate Lesniak, Heidi Schick and Kelsey Klopfenstein; violists Erin Rocke and Hannah Salazar; cellists Chris Adams-Wenger, Kim Foster and Nicole Pierson; pianists Melissa Withers and Ian Brown, and on the clarinet, Mike Harris. The chamber ensembles are directed by Marcia Henry Liebenow, professor of violin, viola and chamber music at Bradley and concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. For more info, call 677-2602.

THE BRADLEY UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S CHOIR will perform a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Dingeldine Music Center, 1417 W. Barker Ave. Admission is free for students and $5 for the general public. The program will include choral music highlighting the Christmas season. Voce Femine, a twelve-voice chamber ensemble from the larger choir, also will perform. Pianist Ramona Carlyle will provide piano accompaniment. Associate professor of music Kerry Walters is the director of the choir. She teaches voice, music education and conducts the Bradley Opera Workshop. Carlyle serves as staff accompanist for the department of music. For more info, call 677-2601.