Woodford County events calendar


Sierra Ausfahl stands by the pencil sketches she has made to accompany her story of “Equinerica”, a book she is writing. The sketches are on display at the Metamora District Library.

Sierra Ausfahl stands by the pencil sketches she has made to accompany her story of “Equinerica”, a book she is writing. The sketches are on display at the Metamora District Library.

MAY 26

Quarter Auction to Benefit St. Jude

Thursday, doors open at 5:00 p.m.

The Bowling Alley, 1464 US-24, Eureka

Admission $3 (includes 1 paddle)

The Eureka St. Jude Run will profit from this Quarter Auction. Additional paddles $2. Food and drinks for purchase. Door prizes and 50/50 raffle. For more information, call (309) 360-4555 or email susan@bressner.net.


Gossip’s a Good Thing at the Library

Thursday, 10 a.m.

Eureka Public Library, 202 S. Main


Learn the latest in what’s new at the library at the Book Gossip meeting. For more information, call (309) 467-2922.


Backyard Greenhouse Basics Webinar

Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

El Paso Public Library, 149 W. First St.


Learn from Extension Horticulture Educator Kim Ellson about how to get the most out of your greenhouse this season. For more information, call (309) 467-3789.


Eleven-Year-Old Illustrates Story of Equinerica

Thursday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Metamora District Library, 208 E. Partridge St.


See the pencil sketches that accompany the story of a fictional place where the main characters are horses. The story and artwork were produced by 11-year-old Sierra Ausfahl. The exhibit will be up until mid-June. For more information, call (309) 367-4594.


Brian Fox Ellis at the Library

Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Washington District Library, 380 N. Wilmor


Storyteller Brian Fox Ellis will present Captain Black Jack Logan, Civil War general and Mark Twain’s favorite public speaker. For more information, call (309) 444-2241.


MAY 30

Roanoke Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, 11 a.m.

Roanoke Township Cemetery

The guest speaker will be Rev. Ken Sloan-Couch, pastor of the Roanoke United Methodist Church. Rain location: Legion building. Fundraising breakfast will be 7 – 9:30 a.m. at the Roanoke American Legion, sponsored by Roanoke Boy Scout Troop 71. For more information, call (309) 923-7092.


MAY 27

Laser Light Nights at the Planetarium

Friday, programs at 6 and 7 p.m.

Dome Planetarium, Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington

$5 for one show; $8 for both

Sit back and enjoy the laser light show while listening to the Beatles and U2. For more information, call (309) 686-7000.


MAY 27-30

Corn Belt Kennel Club Dog Show

Friday – Monday

McLean County Fairgrounds, 1106 Interstate Dr., Bloomington

Event is sponsored by the Corn Belt KC, Inc. and Illinois Valley KC of Peoria, Inc. For more information, visit cornbeltkennelclub.org.


MAY 28

D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D Movie

Sat. 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington

$7.50 adult; $6.50 senior; $5.50 child; $5 member

Special showing of the 3D movie. Also shown on Sunday and Monday.  For more information, call (309) 686-7000.


Peoria Area Accordion Club Performance

Saturday, 11 a.m. – noon

Meeting Room 2, East Peoria Civic Complex, 400 Richland, Levee District


The group will perform music from around the world. For more information, call (309) 699-3917, Ext. 2172.


Music, Wine and Craft Beer Festival

Sat., 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun noon – 6

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 33633 State Rt. 9

$10, age 21 and older; $5 ages 13-20; under 12 free

In addition to the tastings, the music will include “Stevil Dan Band,” “Greg Williams,” “Sally Weisenberg Duo,” and “ALEX and the XO’s”. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com or call (309) 359-9563.


MAY 28-29    

Ft. Creve Coeur Spring Rendezvous

Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ft. Creve Coeur Park, 301 Lawnridge Drive


See reenactments of 1680-1835 camp life, period demonstrations, and tomahawk/knife throwing. Traders and vendors will be on hand along with an open air flea market. For more information, visit ftcrevecoeur.org.


MAY 29

James Taylor at the Peoria Civic Center

Sunday, 8 p.m.

Peoria Civic Center Arena, 201 SW Jefferson

$68 and $88

To purchase tickets, call (800) 745-30000.


MAY 30

Benson Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, 9:30 a.m.

Clayton Township Cemetery. Rain location: Benson American Legion. For more information, call (309) 645-2358.


MAY 31

Sign-up for Summer Reading Program Begins

Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Illinois Prairie Library District, Metamora Library, 208 E. Partridge St., Metamora


It’s time to sign the young’uns up for the summer reading program sponsored by the IPLD. Activities are available at all the branches. The theme this summer is “Read for the Win.” For more information, call (309) 367-4594.



Relax Under the Stars

Wednesday, noon – 1 p.m.

Dome Planetarium, Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.


Lunchtime showing of starry skies with soothing background music. For more information, call (309) 686-7000



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