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December 2014


December 1st - 8th

The Salvation Army of Pekin is looking for volunteers for Christmas bell ringing in Pekin and Morton. Please consider donating some of your time to give. One hour of your time can change your life and help someone to change theirs. To schedule a time to ring the bells, call the Salvation Army at 309-346-3010.

Come to Five Points Washington on December 5th at 4pm and hear the Peoria POPS Orchestra play your favorite Christmas music! This event has become a timeless tradition in the Peoria area, highlighted by an appearance from Santa Claus himself! This concert is for the whole family, so bring your children and prepare for lots of smiles and happy memories, while reliving the beautiful Christmas heritage through the POPS Orchestra and Singers. The cost is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $8 for students; and $8 each for groups of 8 or more. For tickets and information, call Five Points Washington at 309-472-0027.

Continue a holiday tradition...or start a new one! Visit Luthy Botanical Garden's Holiday Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles. Enjoy performances of live music as you stroll through the winter wonderland. Conservatory admission will be waived during the holidays, but they gladly accept donations. Candlelight Walks will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9 pm. Luthy Botanical Gardens can be found at 2520 N Prospect Rd in Peoria. To learn more, please call 309-686-3362.

December 9th - 20th

The refrain of Iíll Be Home Christmas takes on special significance this December as Dr. Joseph Henry returns to direct the Peoria Area Civic Choraleís ďAn American Family ChristmasĒ in the Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington. Come discover the magic that makes An American Family Christmas such a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season. Enjoy spectacular arrangements of traditional carols and toe-tapping Christmas spirituals including Breath of Heaven, Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow, Itís the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and of course, Iíll Be Home for Christmas. The performances will be held on December 19th and 20th at 7:30pm and on the 21st at 2:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for students, and $18 for groups of 10 or more. Five Points Washington is located at 360 N Wilmor Rd in Washington. For tickets or more information call 309-693-6725.

December 21st- 31st

Forest Park Nature Center is currently featuring a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. They also have artwork available for purchase. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs through December 27th. The nature center is located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr in Peoria Heights. To learn more, please call 309-686-3360.






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