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Concordia Moms Bowling League (Thu. Oct 2, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Mt. Hawley Bowl
8200 N. Hale Ave.
Peoria, IL 61615
309-692-7555 or 309-693-7624 (Barb)

This is our 41st year of fun and fellowship while raising money for staff requests at Concordia Lutheran School in Peoria. Through your weekly bowling fee, you would be helping classroom teachers acquire teaching aids and fulfill other needs at the school. We meet Wednesday mornings from 9 - 11 am. We have an excellent, mature, on-site babysitter for a minimum charge. ALL bowling averages are welcome as we are a non-competitive league which is conducted in a Christian atmosphere. If you haven't played for a while or want to give it a try, this is the league for you! Please consider joining us soon!  Call Barb Kane at 693-7624 for more information.

Knights of Columbus Central Illinois Right to Life Benefit Fish Fry (Fri. Oct 3, 2014 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Knights of Columbus Spalding Council #427, 7403 N Radnor Road, Peoria, IL

Come out and support the right to life, Friday, October 3rd!


Menu: whole catfish, filet catfish, fried chicken, baked chicken, baked cod, fried shrimp. Choice of fries, baked potato, or potato salad. Rye bread, coleslaw, tea, and coffee.


The Central Illinois Right to Life will be conducting a baked goods sale at this event.  


Cost: $10 per person, $5 child for 1-piece filet

Food will be served between 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Walk for Brynlee (Sat. Oct 4, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Keller Park
North Elm Street
Lexington, IL 61753

Join Lexington Community Church as we share Christ's love with the Gerber family from LeRoy.


Andrew & Carlee Gerber have 2 children, Brynlee (4) & Boston (2). Six months ago, Brynlee was diagnosed with leukemia (ALL) & was rushed off to St. Jude's to begin treatment. This precious family is in the middle of a 2 1/2 - 3 year treatment schedule, traveling to St. Jude's in Memphis & Children's Hospital in Peoria. As they have seen their lives turned upside down, they continue to share God's love & faithfulness with those God places in their path. We are coming alongside them to support & love on them.


The Walk for Brynlee is an event designed to raise funds & encourage the Gerber's. It will include the walk, a raffle for the walkers, children's activities, & lunch!

Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk (Sat. Oct 4, 2014 9:00 am)

Contact Info:

Cystic Fibrosis Walk
1203 Kingman Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk

Peoria Heights Water Tower Park

3 mile walk

Registration begins at 9am

Walk begins at 10am

Light lunch following walk, family friendly activities, beautiful walk down Grandview Drive and ends back at the park.

Donations go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and a portion will stay local to help support the local care center efforts.

All walkers will recieve a free t shirt.

10th Annual Walk for Remembrance & Hope (Sat. Oct 4, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Peoria RiverPlex
600 NE Water St
Peoria, IL 61603

In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October, the 10th Annual Share “Walk for Remembrance & Hope” is scheduled for Saturday, October 4th, 2014.  This event will kick off at the Peoria RiverPlex along the beautiful Peoria Riverfront.  A memorial service and a one-mile walk are scheduled to allow parents, friends and families the opportunity to honor, love and remember their babies

Check-in and registration will be outside the Peoria RiverPlex from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. along the riverfront walk.  A memorial service honoring our babies will begin at 10:45 a.m.  Babies’ names will be read aloud and a balloon release will follow to honor these babies. There will be musical performances. The walk will begin at approximately 11:15 a.m. along the riverfront walk. Refreshments will be provided.   Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children 6-12 years old and $5 age 5 and under.  Walk registration brochures can be downloaded from or you can call 309-370-4801.

1 out of 4 babies will die due to pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or infant death.  This means that your friends, neighbors and loved ones may have experienced the tragic death of a baby.  The heartache and grief is indescribable, but together we can continue to provide support, awareness and collaborative research. 

The mission of Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc. is to serve those who are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life.  The primary purpose is to provide support toward positive resolution of grief experienced at the time of or following the death of a baby.  This support encompasses emotional, physical, spiritual and social healing as well as an effort to help sustain the family unit.  The funds raised will help provide gowns for the babies, stuffed animals to the bereaved families, as well as help fund the local Share support group.

A Walk to Remember (Sat. Oct 4, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Washington Park Botanical Garden playground picnic shelter
1740 West Fayette Avenue
Springfield, IL
Elise LoBue, 217.726.7924

A Walk to Remember honors babies who have died due to pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or infant death.


This year’s A Walk to Remember will be held at the Washington Park playground picnic shelter. The Springfield Walk takes place in October, which is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, and commemorates the lives of babies lost due to miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. Proceeds from the Walk benefit Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Inc. (started in Springfield, Illinois) and the Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP.


Parents, families, and friends are invited to walk in memory of their child or children. A memorial ceremony precedes the approximate two-mile walk, during which parents may place a pinwheel lawn ornament in a memorial “garden” when their baby’s name(s) is read. A balloon release ends the ceremony. The ceremony is designed to remember each life, no matter how long or short.


By gathering together to walk for babies gone but not forgotten, A Walk to Remember keeps their memories alive and offers support to grieving parents, families, and friends. Whether marking a recent loss, or one that occurred several years ago, parents, families, and friends are encouraged to come walk for the steps their babies will never take.


Participants may register the day of the Walk, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cost to participate in the Walk is $10, which includes a pinwheel lawn ornament and a program. T-shirts with the commemorated babies’ names listed on the back may be purchased for an additional $10 each.


The first Springfield A Walk to Remember was held at the Washington Park picnic shelter in October 2001. Since then, the Walk has continued to provide support for grieving families as it recognizes the babies they hold so dear to their hearts.


For more information on the Springfield A Walk to Remember, or to download a registration form, visit the website link above.

Share the Blessings Dinner & Auction (Sat. Oct 4, 2014 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Our Annual Share the Blessings Dinner & Auction will be held in the Morton Division warehouse this year!


We are eagerly planning the 5th annual benefit dinner and auction. This year we are pleased to have the Morton Division host the event in their facility! We hope you will save the date to come see Morton's new facility as well as enjoy a fine dinner and an entertaining auction - all to help support MFB serving those in need.


If you can support the auction with a quality item(s) or funds to purchase items it would be a blessing.


More Information/Donate Auction Item:

Contact: Dennis Stoller





$50 per person/$400 per table

Contact: Marcia Kaiser 309.645.2443

- or - Reserve tickets online


Pictures and details of auction items online - Coming Soon!

Central Illinois Foodbank Competes for $60,000 Award (Sun. Oct 5, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Your Home

Central Illinois Foodbank is teaming up with Walmart and Feeding America in the Fight Hunger. Spark Change. 2014 campaign. This year Walmart is providing $3 million in funding to the Feeding America network. 50 food banks from across the county will be selected to receive a $60,000 funding award to support their general hunger-relief initiatives.


Central Illinois Foodbank is just one of two participating food banks in the state of Illinois that will be vying for the $60,000 award, which will be determined in an online voting campaign. The voting will take place on beginning Monday, September 15th and running through Sunday, October 5th. Voters are allowed to place one vote per day during the 21-day contest. Vote at the website link above. “Residents in Central Illinois have always been so supportive of the Foodbank. When this opportunity came up, we didn’t hesitate in putting ourselves in the running for the $60,000.” said Central Illinois Foodbank executive, director Pam Molitoris.


Three of the Foodbank’s partners will also directly benefit from the award. Quincy Catholic Charities, Northeast Community Fund in Decatur and St. Martin Deporres in Springfield will all receiving a $5,000 credit at the Foodbank should they land in the top 50. All 135 agencies in Central Illinois Foodbank’s 21-county region will benefit, the Foodbank plans on purchasing fresh produce with the remaining $45,000.


About the Central Illinois Foodbank:

Central Illinois Foodbank, established in 1982, distributes more than 8.5 million pounds of food annually to nearly 140 food pantries, soup kitchens, residential programs and after-school programs in a 21 county region. Central Illinois Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, as well as United Way. The mission of the Foodbank is to collect donated food and grocery items from growers, manufacturers, processors, wholesalers and retailers for distribution to charitable agencies serving people in need.

2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's (Sun. Oct 5, 2014 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

The annual Walk to End Alzheimer at Liberty Park along the Peoria Riverfront.  

Registration is from 12:00-1:30

Ceremony is at 1:45

Walk starts at 2:00

Remax Acclaimed South Side Stride 5k (Sun. Oct 5, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

North Park Dunlap, Illinois

Second annual run/walk 5k through the village of Dunlap, with all proceeds benefiting South Side Mission. Northwoods Community Church, Cedar Hills Baptist, Northminster Presbyterian, Prospect United Methodist, and Peoria Heights Congregational, along with the Village of Dunlap, have joined forces for this awesome fundraising event!

Robotics Fundraiser (Tue. Oct 7, 2014 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Contact Info:

3500 Court St
Pekin, IL 61554

Tremont Roboteers is a robotics team that has accumulated many sponsors over the years. It would be robotastic if you could join them for a fundraiser event for additional costs, to raise money for materials and competitions

Annual Life Banquet (Tue. Oct 7, 2014 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Lincoln Recreation Center
1400 Primm Road
Lincoln, IL 62656

Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center presents their Annual Life Banquet featuring Tari Penley. Tari Penley, is a published recording artist and has performed and shared her story for over 20 years. Her passion is to share the love of Christ and the good news of the gospel to all the women God places in her path.


There is no cost to attend this dinner event; an opportunity to make a financial gift to the ministry will be extended.


Please make reservations by September 19, 2014 by calling or e-mailing.


Contact Info:

Bard Optical
1265 N Henderson St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

The Bard Optical Galesburg office will celebrate 15 years of providing vision care excellence in October. Opened by Dr. A. Arthur Bard in 1941 in downtown Peoria, Diana Hall purchased the practice in 1981 and has expanded Bard Optical to 20 locations in Central and Southern Illinois.


Please join us October 8, from 3-6 p.m. to celebrate the 15th anniversary and attend the Designer Eyewear Show featuring new frame designs from Ray-Ban, Versace, Burberry, and more. Enjoy a 25% savings on frames and lenses purchased at the event. The Galesburg Chamber will perform a ribbon cutting, refreshments will be served, and prizes will be given away.


Bard Optical is partnering with LaGrace Hall of Hope Women’s Shelter in Galesburg. Bard will donate partial proceeds from the Designer Eyewear Show to LaGrace. Bard Optical President Diana Hall has always known that supporting the communities in which Bard offices are located is an important part of the company’s success.


LaGrace, Hall of Hope: Turning lives around through acceptance, mentorship, fostering independence, and faith building.

Concordia Moms Bowling League (Thu. Oct 9, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Mt. Hawley Bowl
8200 N. Hale Ave.
Peoria, IL 61615
309-692-7555 or 309-693-7624 (Barb)

This is our 41st year of fun and fellowship while raising money for staff requests at Concordia Lutheran School in Peoria. Through your weekly bowling fee, you would be helping classroom teachers acquire teaching aids and fulfill other needs at the school. We meet Wednesday mornings from 9 - 11 am. We have an excellent, mature, on-site babysitter for a minimum charge. ALL bowling averages are welcome as we are a non-competitive league which is conducted in a Christian atmosphere. If you haven't played for a while or want to give it a try, this is the league for you! Please consider joining us soon!  Call Barb Kane at 693-7624 for more information.

Life Banquet to benefit the Tazewell County Pregnancy Resource Center (Thu. Oct 9, 2014 7:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Pekin First Church of the Nazarene, 3514 Broadway Street, Pekin, IL 61554
Aimee Peterson 309.620.9227

For the past two years, Living Alternatives has been partnering with the community of Tazewell County to open a medical clinic for women in need. We have moved into our new home and have been offering services to clients since September of 2013. Our services include pregnancy testing, ultrasound services, parenting education, adoption support, abstinence education, and much more, all at no cost to our patients.

In order to raise the financial support needed, the Pregnancy Resource Center is holding its second annual Life Banquet on Thursday, October 9th at the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene.


Our speaker for the evening is Shawn Carney, the author and co-founder of the 40 Days for Life. 

Shawn believes in working to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused, 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor, and bring an end to abortion.  His story will enlighten and inspire everyone that hears it!


The banquet is free to attend. If you are interested in attending or would like more information on our mission, please contact Aimee Peterson by phone or email.  

SCHEELS Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride (Sat. Oct 11, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Springfield Scheels
3801 S. MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, 62711

Join SCHEELS as we ride with participants around the country to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention, screening, treatment and help find a cure.

Goodie bags for the first 100 participants. Prizes and sweepstakes to win a Trek Lexa. 10, 20, 50 mile rides available. Families welcome.

SCHEELS Denim Drive (Sat. Oct 11, 2014 10:00 am)

Contact Info:

Springfield Scheels
3801 S MacArthur Blvd

Join SCHEELS for our Denim Drive! Anyone who brings in a clean, gently worn, wearable pair of jeans will receive $10.00 off a new pair of denim at SCHEELS. Limited to 2 pair of jeans redeemed per person. $10.00 credit valid October 11, 2014 only. Valid only at the Springfield SCHEELS.

Superhero 5K & Kids' Villain Chase (Sat. Oct 11, 2014 1:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Liberty Park, Riverfront, Peoria, IL

Bring your cape and head down to the Peoria Riverfront as we run, walk, or fly to raise money for the Heart of Illinois United Way. On Saturday, October 11th, the riverfront will be the safest place to be as hundreds of superheroes unite to help our community.  The 5K will start at 1:00 p.m. at Liberty Park and run out and back along the trail, ending at the park.  Following the 5K, the young superheroes will take center stage, dashing after the Joker in the first ever Kids' 1/2 mile Villain Chase! Then, we’ll all celebrate his capture with a post-race party with food, live music, and entertainment!  So bring your friends and family, because when we help our community, there's a superhero in all of us.  For more information, visit the website link above.

Benefit for Saige Mecum (Sat. Oct 11, 2014 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Creve Coeur V.F.W. Post 3845
628 S Main St
Creve Coeur, Illinois 61610

3-year-old Saige was diagnosed with ALL (Leukemia). The benefit is being held to cover expenses due to Saige's parents' time off work and to be with her at St. Jude.


Food, music, raffle, 50/50, drawings, all you can eat chili for $5.00, hot dog & chips $3.00, bake sale.


Special Raffle: (tickets $5.00)

  • Mattress Dr. queen set ($900 value)
  • 48-in. Vizio LCD HD Flatscreen TV

Peoria Push Derby Dames Home Bout (Sat. Oct 11, 2014 5:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall
201 SW Jefferson St
Peoria, IL 61602

Come the Peoria Civic Center and watch some hard hitting Roller Derby action brought to you by the Peoria Push Derby Dames, Peoria's first and only flat track roller derby team. Come cheer on the PUSH as they take on the the skaters of the Dark River Derby Coalition. The showdown featuring your hometown Peoria Dames will start at 7:00pm with a newbie skater exhibition game starting at 5:00pm. The skating is real, the hits are real, and the broken bones are real! Come be part of the action, it's fun for all ages!


A portion of the proceeds form ticket sales will be donated to Central Illinois FRIENDS of PWA


Tickets are $10 in advance sold online, and $13 at the door