Around Town - March 4, 2009

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.



TAKE PRIDE IN WASHINGTON Citywide Clean-up Day April 18.

BRUSH PICKUP begins May 18.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE 12:30-6:30 p.m. March 9, Five Points Washington, sponsored by St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Call American Red Cross, 1-800-GIVELIFE, or visit for appt. Walk-ins welcome. More info, call 444-3416.

LADIES DAY BRUNCH at Washington Christian Church, 9 a.m., March 28, Washington Christian Church, 1012 N. Main St., Washington. Program by three-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin, 10:30 a.m. Tickets: $15, brunch and program; $10 program only. For tickets, contact church at 444-2550. For more info about Lynn Austin,

FREE OIL CHANGES for single moms and widows March 21, Highview Church of God, 2442 Centennial Drive, Washington. Call church offic at 745-9247 between 9 a.m.-noon Monday thru Friday. Have year, make and model of car and phone number when calling. Sign-up deadline, March 13.

CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CONNECTION “Spring In Your Step” luncheon and program, from 12:30-2 p.m. March 18, Countryside Banquet Facility, 659 School St., Washington. Representative from Clarks Shoes in Shoppes at Grand Prairie will present a parade of shoes. Speaker: Barbara Hoffner. Topic: “Walking this Marathon of Life.” Cost: $14, includes lunch program, tax and gratuity. Reservations due by March 12. Free childcare available by reservation only. Call Joy at 266-9254 or Peggy at 263-4054 for reservations or more info.

SENIOR DRIVING SAFETY Program, sponsored by RSVP and AARP, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 9 and 10, Washington Township Building, 58 Valley Forge Road, Washington. Fee of $14 for non AARP members due in advance ($12 for members). 682-8521.


IRISH POSSE, featuring members of Arranmore, 8 p.m. March 7. Lounge/bar open prior to show at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $20,


PAWS TO READ, a reading-to-dogs program sponsored by the Peoria Humane Society, beginning at 1 p.m. March 14, Washington District Library. Children age 8 and older partnered with registered therapy dogs to read for a 15 minute session. Preregistration required. Call the Peoria Humane Society, 494-8171, to register. Space is limited.

WASHINGTON DISTRICT LIBRARY family movie night, 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 5. Movie: “The Princess and the Pea.”

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT at Washington District Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 1. Movie: “Rumpelstiltskin.”

BOB DUBOIS, retired Illinois crime scene investigator, presents the ins and outs of crime investigation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 19, Washington District Library meeting room, Five Points Washington. Slides show actual murder scenes. No one less than 12 years old will be admitted.


SHOP FOR A CURE! craft and vendor fair, sponsored by the Clovers for a Cure Relay For Life team, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., March 21 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on Main Street, Washington. Silent auction, raffle and bake sale featuring pastries from Denhart Baking Co. Proceeds benefit Washington Relay For Life.


WASHINGTON TO PEORIA ST. JUDE RUN informational meeting 6:30 p.m. March 10, Washington District Library meeting room. More info: Jack Stone, 357-0703 /; or Dominic Lang at 339-9392 /


FACING NEW CHALLENGES, a free educational program to  help people deal with Alzheimers meets, at 4:30 p.m. the third Monday every month in the Medical Office Building conference room at the OSF?Saint Francis Center for Health.

APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN HOME of Eureka Auxiliary annual benefit auction March 14, Eureka Middle School. Bake sale begins 10 a.m. Lunch, including barbecue sandwiches, chips, homemade pie, soda and coffee, begins 11 a.m. Auction, noon.

METAMORA WOMAN’S CLUB 39th annual ecumenical prayer breakfast 7:30 a.m. March 31, Snyder Village SV Center, Metamora. Featured speaker and soloist: Rachel West Kramer. Hot breakfast served. Tickets: $10 per person at Metamora Pharmacy, or for res., call Joann Heinzman, 367-2246; or Linda Jones, 367-2604. Res. deadline, March 24.

PEORIA GARDEN CLUB business meeting and program, noon March 5, Lakeview Museum Auditorium, 1125 W. Lake Ave., Peoria. Program: Daffodils presented by George Dorner of Kildeer, president of the American Daffodil Society. Non-members asked to pay $5 program fee. More info: Ella Maxwell, 444-3758.

TAZEWELL COUNTY GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY general meeting March 10, Erlicher Library, 719 N. Eleventh St., Pekin. Guest speaker: Judy Edwards. Dale Kuntz will speak about his book on Abraham Lincoln. Program begins at 7 p.m. Business meeting follows. Building handicapped accessible with ample parking.

ADULT ADHD SUPPORT GROUP talk “Surviving in the Current Workplace,” 9 a.m. March 7, Lakeview Branch of the Peoria Public Library, 1137 W. Lake Ave., Peoria. Free. For more info contact Jim, 231-3588, or

EUREKA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, healthcare provider CPR class, March 12. Heartsaver CPR, for the general public, March 19. Both classes, 6 p.m., Eureka Community Hospital, 101 S. Major St. Certificate will be mailed. Pre-approval required for participants less than age 14. Pre-registration required. $25 fee. To register, 467-2371, ext. 4004.

EUREKA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL free blood pressure screenings from 9-11 a.m. March 5 in the hospital lobby. No appt. needed. For more info call Mandy Stephenson, 467-2371, ext. 4004.

EUREKA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, free breast health/breast cancer prevention program “Hersday,” 7-8 p.m. March 12. Presentation by Gwen Buchanan from Woodford County Extension office. Topic: making healthy eating choices. More info, call Mandy Stephenson, 467-2371, ext. 4004, or to register, 467-2371, ext. 4021. Program is free, but registration requested.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUPS meet the third Thursday of each month at Methodist Medical Center.  Family Support meets in Room G303, and Consumers New Horizons meets in room 515W. Call 691-2572 for more info.

EAST PEORIA MUSIC REVUE, a Branson-style show for all ages featuring the band Jukebox Saturday Night, 7-9 p.m. March. 7 at the Festival Building, 2200 E. Washington St. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Admission is $8 per person or $15 per couple. Seating is open and reservations are not needed. Handicap accessible. Concessions available. 369-8487, or visit

SUMMER CAMP 2009 MUSIC FESTIVAL presented by Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment and Jam Productions Ltd., May 22, 23, & 24 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe. Bands include Les Claypool, Gomez. Call 1-800-514-ETIX, or on-line at for tickets.

CONCERT Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman “The United Tour,” 7:30 p.m. April 18, Peoria Civic Center. Pre-sale tickets on sale at and Tickets also on sale at Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, or 676-8700. $70, $42.50, $20.

VINCE GILL CONCERT 8 p.m. May 21, Peoria Civic Center. $40, $45, $55, $70. On sale at civic center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, or 676-8700.

CATERPILLAR RETIREES CLUB meets from 9 a.m.-noon every Friday at the Fondulac Park District Administration Building, East Peoria. All Caterpillar retirees and their spouses welcome to play games and have lunch.  699-5412.