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August 2014


August 1st - 6th

Every Sunday evening from June through August 10th, come out to the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre at 7pm to listen to great music presented by Peoriaís own Municipal Band, under the direction of Conductor David Vroman. All performances are free and everyone is welcome to attend. Glen Oak Park is located at 2218 N Prospect Rd in Peoria. To learn more about Sunday evenings in the park, please call 309-681-2854.

"Parenting Together" is a class that provides parents with an open and safe place to gather and discuss issues that plague parents and their children. The group discussions will be based off Biblical principles; examples will be used to provide solutions to help families succeed in life. Jessica Nesby, a licensed social worker, will be facilitating the forum. The class will be held on Thursday nights from 6:30-8pm at The Hub, located at 502 S Morris in Bloomington. For more information on joining this class, please call 309-242-0310.

The Christian Center is collecting prom dresses for this years Father Daughter Purity ball. Please drop off current in- style clean dresses to the Christian Center Monday through Friday. Your donation helps ladies to come in their very best to this enchanting exciting event. Questions? Call 309-685-4218.

August 7th - 18th

Bethany Community Church is announcing an extension to volunteer services to tornado affected homeowners, farmers, and businesses. As volunteers make themselves available, they hope to send teams on August 9, September 6, and September 20. Bethany Community Church would also like to announce Dumpster Day. On August 2, affected residents of Washington, Roanoke, East Peoria, and Pekin are invited to bring e-waste (computers, televisions, DVD players, etc.), tires, general waste, and vegetative waste to fill 7 different dumpsters on Bethanyís property at 27265 Dutch Lane. Dumpster Day will be from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. No reservation required. Please bring proof of address. For more information, please call 309-573-2670.

Blessing Day is a garage sale, but everything is free! This is Days of Grace Fellowship's thirteenth year blessing people in the area with items that are used but in good clean working condition. Items include clothes for adults and children, books, knick-knacks, pictures, kitchen items and possibly some appliances and furniture. The garage sale will be held on August 10th from 8am-2pm at 273 E Queenwood in Morton. To learn more, please call 309-263-7899.


August 19th- 31st

Join Peoria Rescue Ministries for the annual Help the Homeless Golf Outing! Entry fee of $125 includes lunch & dessert, 18 holes of golf, cart, awards and prizes. The golf outing will be held on August 19th at Pine Lakes Golf Club, located at 25130 Schuck Rd in Washington. Registration begins at 11:15am. All of the funds from the golf outing go directly towards caring for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of hurting people in our community. For more information or to register, call Sheila at 309-676-6416 ext. 1009.

The Illinois Valley Midday Connection is a non-denominational Christian Womenís Group that cordially invites all women from the Illinois Valley area to come to itís monthly luncheon and program on August 19th at 11:30am at Deer Park Country Club, located at 100 Deer Park Lane in Oglesby. There are no membership fees or special requirements to attend. The cost for the lunch and program is $15.00 inclusive, paid at the door. The theme for the August luncheon is Cups of Life. The speaker will be Shirley Wheatly, a retired teacher, counselor and administrator. To register or for questions, call Vickie at 815-223-4687.

Firehouse Ministries would like to invite you to an open house at the Fire Museum on Labor Day! The open house will be held from 10am-2pm and will include fire truck rides, free lunch (barbeque chicken sandwiches, corn, beans, chips, and drink), fire safety/firefighting fun for kids with the smoke house, museum tours, and inflatables. There will befun for young and old at Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum! The event admission is free! The Fire Museum is located at 403 W 2nd St. in Rock Falls. Visit or call 815-622-9490 for more information.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will meet from 6-8pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month starting September 8th at Chillicothe Bible Church, located at 434 W Moffit St in Chillicothe. All moms (and expectant moms) of school-age children are welcome--no waiting list! Registration for the year is $25, each meeting is $5, which covers the cost of babysitting. Have questions? Contact Chris at 309-274-6449.

One of the premier events at the Morton Pumpkin Festival is the Morton Pumpkin Festival Parade! This yearís parade will be held on September 13th at 10:30am. The parade boasts over 100 entries including floats, marching bands, Disney characters, and antique vehicles. The parade begins at the corner of Nebraska and Jefferson and travels west toward the Morton Post Office on Jefferson Street. Donít forget to bring a bag to collect candy and toys distributed by the various parade entries. All festival goers are encouraged to wear orange during the parade to show their pumpkin spirit! An official ďOrange OutĒ t-shirt will be available at the Chamberís Pumpkin Store. To learn more, call 309-263-2491.




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