Woodford County Calendar of Events

Chronicle Media Staff

The Eureka Business Association’s annual Scarecrow Contest deadline for entries is Sunday, Sept. 17. (Photo courtesy of Eureka Business Assoc.)

SEPT. 14


Make a Gourd Birdhouse

Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m.

Eureka Public Library, 202 S. Main St.


Bill Walter will teach you how to turn gourd into a wren house. Bring a metal dinner fork with you; all other materials will be provided. For more information or to register, call (309) 467-3881.


Rhea Edge Featured in Art Exhibit

Through October 28

McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St., Bloomington


The recent works of Eureka College Professor Rhea Edge will be featured in an exhibit at the MCAC. Her work focuses on turtles and birds to illustrate the vulnerability and endurance of life in the balance. For more information, call (309) 829-0011.


SEPT. 15


Scarecrow Contest Deadline Approaches

The Eureka Business Association’s annual Scarecrow Contest deadline for entries is Sunday, September 17. The scarecrows will be judged the following week. This year there’s a People’s Choice award with voting at the IGA. For more information, email maloney.dawn@gmail.com.


SEPT. 15-17

Peoria Oktoberfest

Fri., 5-11:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Peoria Riverfront Park


Event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food and cultural exhibits. For more information, visit oktoberfestpeoria.com.


SEPT. 16


Minonk City-Wide Garage Sales

Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Research Your Military Ancestors

Saturday, 10 a.m.


Genealogist Karen Heinrich will teach tips and techniques for finding your ancestor’s military records. For more information, call (309) 467-2922.


Barn Quilt Heritage Trail Opening Event

Saturday, 10 a.m.

David Davis Mansion, 1000 Monroe Dr., Bloomington


The event begins with reading of poems by local poets who were inspired by the new barn quilts. At 11 a.m. there’s an auction of the 2×2 foot barn quilts. At noon, the tour brochures are handed out to get the tour underway. For more information, call (309) 663-8306.


Bubblegum Jack Featured at the Vineyard

Saturday, 7-11 p.m.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 33633 State Rte. 9.

$5 bad cover charge

Bring your own seating to enjoy the music. Reserve deck seating for an additional $5. For more information, call (309) 359-9463.


Illinois River Sweep

Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

Meet at Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N. Forest Park Dr., Peoria Heights


Hundreds of volunteers work to clean up the riverbanks from Chicago to Grafton. Gloves and trash bags provided. For more information, call (309) 686-3360.


SEPT. 18


Amish Fiction Author Visits Eureka Library

Monday, 6:30 p.m.

202 S. Main St.


Author of Amish fiction/romance novels, Jerry Eicher, will visit the library to discuss his works and to sign books. For more information, call (309) 467-2922.


CASA Quarterbacks Recruitment Meeting

Thursday, 5:30-7 p.m.

The Fieldhouse, 1200 W. Main St., Peoria


Court Appointed Special Associates program is drafting new members. The program aims to reduce the amount of time children spend in foster care and help ensure that the child’s best interest is served in the court process. For more information, call (309) 669-2939.


Baby Talk at the Library

Monday, 9-10 a.m.

Eureka Public Library, 202 S. Main St.


The Woodford County Special Education Association is offering a parent-child workshop that will positively impact your child’s development and nurture your relationship with your child during the critical early years from 0 to 36 months. Topics will include play, behavior management, toilet learning, separation anxiety, and car seat safety. For more information or to register, call (309) 367-4901.


Enter the Library’s Book Challenge

Sign-up begins Monday, 9 a.m.

Eureka Public Library, 202 S. Main St.


Individuals or teams can promise to read 100 pages a day for 20 days. Successful contestants will have their names entered in a drawing for 5 prizes from Uncle Bob’s Ice Cream or Mika’s Bistro and Coffee House. For more information, call (309) 467-2922.


SEPT. 19


Friends of the Library Meet

Tuesday, 1 p.m.

Eureka Public Library, 202 S. Main St.


All who are interested in supporting the library will meet to learn about the important work being done by the group. Dues are $15 annually. For more information, all (309) 467-2922.


Kitchen Tour in Washington

Tuesday, 1-3 p.m.

Hosted by the Washington Historical Society, 105 Zinser Pl.

Fee charged

Annual tour of noteworthy local kitchens. For more information, call (309) 444-4793.


Growing Carnivorous Plants Webinar

Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.; repeats Sep. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Participate from your home computer


The University of Illinois Horticulture Educator Ken Johnson will discuss the interesting plants and offer ways to care for them. For more information, call (309) 663-8270.


SEPT. 20


Infant CPR Class Offered at BroMenn

Wednesday, 6-7 p.m.

1304 Franklin Ave., Normal

$35 per couple

The class is designed for new parents and caregivers. For more information, call (30) 268-2248.


Heartsaver CPR Class

Wednesday, 6-8:30 p.m.

Advocate BroMenn Health & Fitness Center, 1111 Trinity Lane, Bloomington


The class will cover how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking. Register by visiting advocatehealth.com/bromenn.

–Woodford County Calendar of Events–