Monday, April 28, 2014

Pekin Hospital Recognizes Volunteers

Pekin Hospital recognized its volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held April 24 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pekin. 

During 2013, hospital volunteers recorded a total of 36,567 hours of volunteer service.  Volunteers donated 9,762.5 hours.  Volunteens donated 663 hours, and Escorts donated 8,487.5 hours.  In addition, the Pekin Hospital League members donated 17,654 hours.

42 volunteers were given special recognition for their hours of service:

100 Hours – Cynthia Kelly, Ron Monge, Heather Vehling and Anita Wainscot
500 Hours – Vera Bozdeck, Janet Lawson and Joyce Pratt
1,000 Hours – Ruth Allen, Don Benassi, Debbie Burt, Bob Ganson, Pam Ganson, Janet Hamilton, Dennis Stoller and Mabel Urish
1,500 Hours – Ken England, Gene Smith and Rodney Williams
2,000 Hours – Charles Benda, Dale Cook, Sharon Cook, Judy Herrman, Jerry Hill, Lou Ann Mathews, Joanne Oltman and Nancy Phillips
2,500 Hours – E.J. Eberle, Marcella Harms, Bob Morrison and Chuck Shields
3,000 Hours – Len Carlson, Suzanne Hochstettler and Beulah Snyder
3,500 Hours – Bob Green and Bob Rochester
4,000 Hours – Bill Beadles and Roberta Montgomery
4,500 Hours – Kevin Johnson
5,000 Hours – Phyllis Juchems and Ivagene Wheeler
6,000 Hours – Lois DeGolyer
11,000 Hours – Nancy German

Special recognition was also given to those volunteers who donated the most hours in their division.  Irene Lu volunteered 128 hours for the Pekin Hospital Volunteen Service, E.J. Eberle volunteered 652 hours for the Pekin Hospital Escort Service, Beulah Snyder volunteered 607.5 hours for the Pekin Hospital Volunteers, and Anne Baccheschi volunteered 608 hours for the Pekin Hospital League. 

Anyone interested in joining Pekin Hospital's volunteer team should please call (309) 353-0204 to receive an application or visit

Derby Days 2014

Carnival and Vendors at Koch and 11th Street Pekin Il.
Cruise-In 251 Derby Street Pekin

Thursday,  May 8th - Carnival opens with armband night from 6pm-10pm. $20 armbands for                                                  unlimited rides.

Friday, May 9th - Carnival open from 6pm-10pm and Cruise-In at Twisted Spoke Saloon 251 Derby St.                             Pekin 6pm-9pm. (Cruise-In bring your classic car to show off)

Saturday, May 10th - Vendors open 9am-6pm and Carnival open 12pm-10pm

Sunday, May 11th - MOTHERS DAY - Vendors open 12pm-5pm and Carnival
                                open 12pm-5pm (armband day $20. For unlimited rides).

Plant a Mothers Day flower for mom/grandma/special person--free to all children while flowers last.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Free Marigold Seeds Available

Spring has FINALLY sprung! It’s time to get our flowers in the ground and help bring color into our community! The Chamber would like to help you do that by offering FREE Jedi Orange Marigold Seeds on a first come first serve basis.  There are 500 packets available and you can pick them up at the Pekin Chamber office at 402 Court St., or at the Pekin Daily Times 306 Court St. A special thanks to AMERISEED for the generous donation of seeds.

Chamber's Newest Board of Directors members

            The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Meeting and Reception on Monday, April 21st at the Pekin Country Club.  Introduced at the meeting were three people elected by the membership in March to the Board of Directors.

   Lynzie Gruden, the Sales Business Development Center Manager at Velde Ford, holds a Bachelors Degree from Rollins College, Winter Park, FL.  Lynzie and her husband Luke are Pekin residents with their three children, Brady (9), Owen (7) and Gibby (3). She enjoys traveling, and watching her boys play hockey and baseball.   The Gruden’s are members of Northwoods Community Church.


   Cathy Kemp is the manager of Pekin Country Club Manager and attended ISU. She is involved with the Club Manager’s Association.  She and and her husband Geoffrey are Tremont residents, and parents of three grown children and have seven grandchildren. She enjoys reading and spending her time with her family.


  Dave Vaupel is a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory. He is a Pekin High graduate and earned his Degree in Mortuary Sciences from Carl Sandburg College. Dave is very active in the community serving as a Chamber Ambassador, a Coordinator for the St. Jude Pekin to Peoria Run, and a Pekin Committee Member for Ducks Unlimited.
            Dave and his wife Mary Ann are Pekin residents and parents to two son, Kristopher (22) and Jarrod (15). Dave enjoys deer and pheasant hunting, sporting clay shooting, and attending PCHS basketball games to watch Jarrod. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Welcome New Farmer's Insurance - Tatlock Agency

Welcome to our new member:
Farmer's Insurance - Tatlock Agency
2301 Court St.
Pekin, IL 61554
Noele Tatlock, Agent
Farmer's Insurance - Tatlock Agency is a full service Insurance Agency.

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Medical Explorers Meeting Planned

Local high school students interested in health careers are invited to attend a Medical Explorers Meeting on May 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Pekin Hospital in the Park Court Conference Centers.  Darlene Hammond, RN, will discuss obstetrics careers at Pekin Hospital. 

Pekin Hospital is partnering with the W.D. Boyce Council, Boy Scouts of America to offer a Medical Explorers Post in Tazewell County.  The program’s goal is to provide young men and women the opportunity to receive hands-on, work-related experience and to explore health careers they may never have otherwise considered.  The program is open to young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old who are interested in learning more about health careers.  The cost to join is only $10 per person. 

For more information on the Medical Explorers Program, please call (309) 353-0763 or visit

Center for Prevention of Abuse 16th Annual Garden Event

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Alzheimer's Association's Upcoming Events

Alzheimer’s Association’s 23rd Annual Education Conference
to be held in East Peoria on Tuesday, April 29
Legislative Update and Family Caregiver Night
set for Monday, April 28

PEORIA -- Healthcare professionals, caregivers, and the general public are invited to attend the 23rd Annual Alzheimer’s Association Professional Education Conference on Tuesday, April 29 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, 21 Blackjack Blvd. The conference runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and features a variety of presenters, workshops and exhibits.

Scheduled speakers include:
  • Dr. Dean Hartley PhD, Director of Science Initiatives, Alzheimer’s Association National Headquarters, Chicago, Illinois, who will give an update on research into Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Jolene Brackey, Founder and CEO, Enhanced Moments, Poison, MT, who will talk about understanding the losses that people with dementia experience as the brain dies and how we can assist in compensating for these losses; practical verbal and nonverbal communication skills which help the person feel heard and supported; how to creatively and effectively turn challenging situations into moments of joy
  • Dori Bollinger Thompson, Master Mnema Trainer, Art Without Boundaries Association, Chillicothe, Ill, who will define mnema therapy and explain the differences between mnema therapy and art therapy and discuss the use of mnema therapy to enhance memory and improve communication to treating people with dementia

The registration fee is $100 and includes lunch, materials and networking opportunities. Seven (7) contract/ clock hours for those in the health care field are available for an additional fee. For information or to register, call the Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter at 309.681.1100 or toll free at 800.272.3900.

For a complete schedule of events and speakers, visit and click on “Professional Training.”
Family Caregiver Night – Monday, April 28

Family caregivers are invited to attend an informal evening program where they will learn how to care for a loved one with friendship, respect, empathy, trust and humor at the Alzheimer's Association Family Caregiver Night. The program will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 28 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel.

Entitled “Facing New Challenges and Building Solutions,” the cost is $5. It is sponsored by the Central Illinois Agency on Aging and the Lee L. Morgan Family Fund.

Featured speakers are Dr. Julia Biernot of the Illinois Neurological Institute in Peoria, local attorney Susan Dawson-Tibbits of Peoria and Jolene Brackey, Alzheimer’s author and speaker will present “Creating moments of Joy.”  

Registration is required. Cost is $5 per person. To register, or for more information, contact the Central Illinois Chapter at 800.272.3900 or 309.681.1100. Additional information is available at

Legislative Priorities – Monday, April 28

Family caregivers and the general public who advocate for people living with Alzheimer’s disease are invited to attend the Alzheimer’s Association – Central Illinois Chapter’s 2014 Legislative Priorities update where they will learn important details and revisions to the federal and state Alzheimer’s plans. On Monday, April 28,  from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria, Illinois constituents will hear about key legislative support initiatives, get an update from the Illinois Coalition Network,  listen to remarks from  17th and 18th congressional districts representatives and learn about the transformer system from Officer Mark Molleck. Additionally,  Dean Hartley, PhD, Director of Science Initiatives, Alzheimer’s Association National Headquarters, Chicago, Illinois, will summarize some of the innovative research on Alzheimer’s disease. Skype technologies will be used so constituents from Ottawa and Quincy may also listen to this important information, and a 30 minute question and answer session for media will be set aside at the end of the presentation.

To register, call 1-800-272-3900.

Chamber Welcomes Char Richardson Coaching & Consulting

Char Richardson Coaching & Consulting
5909 SW Adams
Bartonville, IL 61607
Char Richardson, Clinical Director
Char Richardson is a personal and professional developement company.

Chamber Elects New Leaders

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting on April 21 at the Pekin Country Club.  Nearly 200 attendees representing 56 businesses and organizations enjoyed the reception and short business meeting, followed a brief discussion of leadership by Bill Mayo.

You can see pictures of the event at   

Four members of the Board of Directors completed their terms and were recognized for their service.  The retiring members were:  John Dennison, Ray Dennison Chevrolet; Greg Henderson, Henderson Funeral Home; Scott Kriegsman, Elliff, Dancy & Bosich; and Courtney Moessner, Tazewell County.  Also recognized was Drew Leman, Leman Property Management, who completed his service on the board as Past President.  

Newly elected board members were introduced:  Lynzie Gruden, Velde Ford; Cathy Kemp, Pekin Country Club; and, Dave Vaupel, Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory.  The chamber membership elected these new directors in March.  

The newly seated board then elected officers for the coming year.  They are:  President, Aindrea Balagna, Wolf Tesar and Company; Vice President, Gregg Ratliff, Herget Bank; Treasurer, John Franks III, Pekin-Peoria Yellow Checker Cab; and, Past President, Tom Hornstein, Excalibur Seasoning Company. 

The chamber’s executive director, Bill Fleming, highlighted some of the organization’s achievements during the past year.  In particular he noted the chamber’s business and legislative advocacy on behalf of the business community.

Fleming also highlighted the organization’s collaborative efforts on regional economic development, and the chamber’s successful transition to a new membership dues structure.  He then stressed the importance of first impressions.

“In many ways the chamber is one of the first opportunities our community has to make a first impression on a visitor, a potential new resident, or a potential new business,” said Fleming.  With that in mind he announced the investment in an office makeover, including renovations, remodeling, and new office furnishings.

Hornstein reviewed his year as president but also noted how chamber membership has benefited him.  “It allowed me to quickly integrate into the community,” said Hornstein.  “My membership also provided me a source of mentors who helped me grow professionally.” 

Balagna is looking forward to her year as president, saying she is inspired by those who have served before her.  She hopes to follow their examples and be visible and invested in the community.

Balagna also noted the need for the chamber’s continued efforts in modernization, “if we hope to move forward and evolve.”  That includes renovations of the chamber office, and future investments in technology. 

She also noted the need for the chamber to attract the millennials and get them involved.  “We need their skills,” she said.

Bill Mayo is a retired Caterpillar executive, educator and leadership development consultant.   The Pekin native who currently teaches at Eureka College told spoke about leadership. 

“The three steps to leadership are: set the vision; set the example; and create a sense of community,” said Mayo.  He also shared his belief that the top duty of a good leader is to produce the next generation of leaders.  

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce has represented the business interests and promoted the growth of the Pekin area since 1893.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Biz Barometer

The Pekin area economy continues to limp along according to measurements of the local housing market and sales tax receipts.  Employment numbers showed a slight improvement locally.

L The number of homes sold in Pekin in the first quarter of 2014 was down 28.9% compared to the first quarter of 2013.  The trend was the same in the other large Tazewell County communities:  Morton  -36.2%, Washington -29.4%, and East Peoria -30.9%.
L The average sales price of Pekin home sales in the first quarter of 2014 was $94,455.  That was down 13.2% from the first quarter of 2013. 
The average sales price of residential units in the other large Tazewell Communities was up for the first quarter of 2014, compared to the first quarter of 2013:  East Peoria +0.2%, Morton +51.3%, and Washington 30.7%.
J The unemployment rate in Pekin was 10.9% in February, up slightly from 10.8% in January but down from 11.8% in February of last year.
J 15,041 people were employed in Pekin in February. That is up 63 from January.
The 15,041 people employed in Pekin in February was down from 15,529 in February of 2013.
The unemployment rate in Illinois was 9.4% in February, up from 9.1% in January.
Total U.S.nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000 in March, and the national unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent.  Employment grew in professional and business services, in health care, and in mining and logging.
Pekin’s April sales tax disbursement from the state was down 22.0% compared to a year ago.   Pekin’s sales tax disbursement for the past 12 months was 5.8% less than the previous 12 month period.
East Peoria’s sales tax disbursement from the state for the past 12 months was 11.9% greater than the previous 12 months, while Washington (0.8%) and Morton (-0.2%) were virtually unchanged.  
Sales tax disbursements for the four large Tazewell County communities as a whole were up 2.2% for the past 12 months, compared to the same period a year ago.
K The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis.  Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.5 percent before seasonal adjustment.

(Source:  Peoria Area Association of Realtors, Illinois Department of Revenue, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois Department of Employment Security)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Membership Renewals

Thanks to the following businesses, organizations, and individuals who recently renewed their investment in the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce:
2-Star MVP:  Kroger ~ Winpak Heat Seal
1-Star MVP:  Aramark
Classic MVP:  125 Salon ~ Alzheimer's Association Central Illinois ~ American Motor Trends ~ Artistic Community Theatre ~ CDS Office Technologies ~ Edward Jones / Drew Eilts ~ Holiday Inn Express ~ Otto Baum Co. ~ Professional Towing & Recovery Operators ~ State Representative Mike Unes ~ Sun Loan Company ~ Super 8 
Individual/Retired Members:  Les Rosiere 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 Pekin Main Street Farmer’s Market Applications Available Now

Vendor applications are now available for the 2014 Pekin Main Street Farmer’s Market. The market is every Thursday from 4:00-6:00pm, June 19th-September 18th on Capitol Street between Court and Elizabeth Streets in downtown Pekin.
Pekin Main Street is looking for vendors who will be willing to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, organic foods, meats, prepared meals & seasonings and crafts. Priority is given to vendors who commit and pay for the entire season on a first come, first serve basis.  Cost for the entire season is $100.00. Vendors may participate by the week at a cost of $10.00/week.

Application packets are available on the Pekin Main Street website, or by calling the Pekin Main Street office at 353-3100. 

Pekin Hospital Honors Employees at 55th Annual Service Awards Dinner

One hundred nineteen Pekin Hospital and ProHealth Inc. employees were recently honored at the 55th  Annual Service Awards Dinner held at the Pekin Moose Lodge on April 10.  Employees honored have more than 1,440 years total service to Pekin Hospital and ProHealth Inc.

Employees and their years of service are as follows:

40 Years:  Sharrol Brisbin, Patti Green, Mary Ann Mayer, and Teresa West.

35 Years:  Pat Cooley, Deb Hasty, Teri Kreiling, Sue Kromphardt, Kathy Merrick, and Mike Seidell.

30 Years:  Teresa Barr

25 Years:  Steve Arkless, Scott Haynes, Rick Staker, and Kathy Vetter. 

20 Years:  Carol Crum, Lynn Guengerich, Bobbi Mullis, Bonnie Peak, Robin Struben, and Sally Wilson.

15 Years:  Patrice Case, Tiffany Chasco, Kellie Eduvas, April Etter, Sue Grimm, Mary Haynes, Ken Klaasen, Susette Litwiller, Christie Mercer, Kitty Parr, Carol Rigney, Lori Roling, Michelle Shelby, Vicki Smith, Beth Snider, and Jennifer Turner.  

10 Years:  Cindy Aberle, Trisha Bumbalough, Maribeth Delgadillo, Tanya Downey, Cortney Dozard, Angie Dreher, Lisa Eidenmiller, Tracey Fahnestock, Michelle Farris, Jaime Harriman, Ginger Hazen, Marci Hogan, Cassie Hull, Nina Latham, Paula Lawrence, Rhodora Lee Ho, M.D., Denise Legel, Cindy Low, Kris Lynn, Karon McCoy, Natalie Marsh, Elisabeth Meister, Linda Miller-Lenart, Shelly Noreuil, Buffi Oberle, Sue Rollo, Diane Stokes, Denny Talbott, Kim Thomas, John Turner, and Roxanne Weber.

Five Years: Kathy Adair, Jenna Baer, Trisha Brienen, Melissa Brock, Robert Buhl, Kelsey Christian, Andrea Cleaver, Deb Clendenen, Randy Closner, Adam Cozart, Brenda Crawford, Paula Dietsche, Margie Dowell, Jodi Gilstrap, Laurie Graber, Sara Greer, Jamie Gregory, Kim Gudzinskas, Kristy Hall, Steven Hall, Cora Hamilton, Stephanie Harper, Lindsey Haynes, Kelly Helmick, Ashley Herrick, Rachel Herrmann, Rebecca Hohenbery, Judy Huggins, Lora Jacobs, Robert Jones, Dianne Lairson, Michelle Long, Jennifer Meaker, Kendra Milhime, Val Myers, Jordan Naylor, Drew Patterson, Brandy Peeler, Jessie Porter, Lindsey Prince, Deidre Pruitt, Linda Reader, Kathy Ristow, Beth Schaub, Gene Sison, M.D., Christa Sondag, Kara Stiles, Heidi Stuber, Brigette Sullivan, Cyndy Thousand, and Anne Webster.  

Jake's Place Grand Opening

Jake Ista, owner of Jake's Place, cut the ribbon during his grand opening celebration on April 11, 2014.  Jake recently relocated to 217 Court Street and completed extensive remodeling to accommodate his store-front barbershop. Joining him for the ceremony were family, friends, stylist Sue Nolan, and representatives from the City of Pekin and the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.  You can see a few more pictures from this event at:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Puttin' On Pekin Breakfast

The April Puttin on Pekin breakfast was held this morning at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Henderson Funeral Home was recognized with the Spotlight on Business. Jake's Place was given a Blue Ribbon Award for their renewal efforts in the 200 block of Court Street, and Jennifer Newcomb from the Rescued Hearts Animal Hospital received the Sunshine Award.  Amy Fox from the Tazewell County Health Department was the speaker.  You can see more pictures from this event at

Chamber Leadership Graduation

The 2014 R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy held their graduation banquet at the Pekin Country Club.  Renna Hadsall served as emcee, and and Brad Swearingen and Sherril West spoke about the leadership effort to build 5 Points in Washington.  Class speakers were Dan Pfeiffer and Baylee Gambetti and Chamber President Tom Hornstein made closing remarks.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Leadership Academy Visits Springfield

The members of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy visited the State Capital today.  Stops included the Abraham Lincoln Museum, the Old State Capitol, and the State Capitol.  The class heard from Guy Fraker, an Abraham Lincoln  scholar, author and attorney from Bloomington.  The class also had the opportunity to visit with State Representatives Mike Unes and Rich Brauer and ask them questions about the legislative session.  The leadership academy class from the Washington Chamber of Commerce also was part of the day in Springfield.  You can see more pictures from this event at:

Presentations & Meetings Workshop

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Inspiring Leadership workshop. 
When:  April 17, 2014  8:00am-12:00pm
Improve your presentation skills with regard to meetings and the message you need to convey. Recognize how to plan for the different types of meetings and how to use presentation and communication skills to move discussion forward and gain consensus. Call 309.690.6900 for more information.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Public Forum


The YWCA is accepting nominations for outstanding leadership and achievement awards to be presented at its 33rd Annual Women’s Recognition Day luncheon on Thursday, May 8th at the Pekin Country Club.  The event will begin with a social from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed immediately by the luncheon program.

Nominations to honor outstanding accomplishments and contributions of women in their careers and community service are being accepted at the YWCA office through April 23rd.  To qualify, nominated women must have residence or employment in Tazewell County and meet specific criteria for the nominating category.  Women may be nominated as outstanding employee or for contributions to the arts, business, professions, sports, or community service.

The arts award is given to a woman displaying skill in drama, dance, music, painting, literature, sculpting, the graphic arts, or other artistic endeavors.  An accomplished banker, realtor, agent or other businesswoman, business owner or partner will receive the business award.  The professions award is bestowed on an outstanding educator, lawyer, doctor, aviator, social worker, or other professional with special licensing or training.

Sports award nominations may include women who either pursue sports as a hobby or a career, or promote sports in the community.  A volunteer or community leader for a nonprofit agency or other community organization will receive the community service award, and the outstanding employee award will be presented to a woman who has exhibited on-the-job excellence and loyalty to her employer.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pekin Hospital to Offer Diabetes Education Workshop

Pekin Hospital is pleased to offer an adult diabetes education workshop on May 12, 13, and 14.  The series of three classes will be held from 2 – 5 p.m. in the 4 South Education Classroom at Pekin Hospital.

The classes are designed to provide information on managing adult diabetes and are designed to help diabetics learn and develop the skills of self-management of diabetes therapy.  Topics covered in the sessions will include: 

v  the importance of diabetes control and the factors that influence this control
v  how to plan meals according to food selections and serving size
v  the possible complications associated with diabetes
v  why exercise will benefit your health and make you feel good

Workshop speakers will include a Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian, Registered Nurse, Registered Pharmacist, and Registered Medical Technician.

Class fees are $70 per person (one guest may accompany the registrant at no extra cost).  The $70 includes all three classes.  Class size is limited.  Registration deadline is May 5.  To register, please call (309) 353-0719.

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard April Newsletter

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard and Winery
April Newsletter

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April Events
Trivia Game Night- April 5th, 6:30-9pm
Murder Mystery Dinner -April 12th, 5:45-9:15pm
Ladies Day Out- April 27th, Noon to 5pm
Ladies Day Out 
Sunday, April 27th
Noon to 5:00 pm

Come out & shop for Mother's Day & enjoy the beautiful Mackinaw Valley Vineyard and Winery. There are lots of great vendors and the Tasting Room will be open from 12-5 with wine tasting, food & drinks available for sale.   You'll have a chance to enter to win a Grand Prize Raffle Basket filled with terrific products from the participating vendors. The vendors will be located under the covered porch that surrounds the Tasting Room & Main buildings so you can enjoy the day--rain or shine!
             Vendor Booths    
Avon                             Scentsy 
                    LydiaZ Creations          Mary Kay
             Miche                            Norwex
                   Pampered Chef              Perfectly Posh
                   Pink Zebra                    Thirty One
            Tupperware                   Free to  Bead
                   Younique                       Montgomery Farms of Pekin

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

April 12th 
5:45 pm-9:15 pm

"We Love You Lots Lucy"
Murder Mystery Dinner

Presented by Timeless Presentations
Join us for a tropical evening getaway Murder Mystery Dinner at the "Mack-A-Cabana" Night Club with the cast of Timeless Presentations. Lucy and Ricky trip each other up throughout this fun evening of "murder",music, dancing and comedy. Lucy and Ethel are up to their usual high jinks as Lucy comically angles for a role in one of Ricky's productions and the "girls" try to outsmart the "boys". Ricky as usual has a "surprise" for Lucy!! Campy acting and singing are welcome so sharpen your musical and comedy skills as you may be asked to audition and share your talent (or lack thereof) by participating in this interactive evening of fun and entertainment. Have some fun and dress up for an evening out at a "Big City Hotspot" like the club "Mack-A-Cabana" to add to the atmosphere and mood. Participation is voluntary so you can sit back and watch or join in, just as long as you're ready for some "FUN".  
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  Cost is $45 per person (without tax)  for the interactive murder mystery drama and a buffet dinner and dessert served by The Catering Company. Note-Payment due when making reservations, we accept credit cards reservations by phone. Call Diane at 309-645-5054 to reserve a spot or if you have questions you can also email -
Seating is limited. 

Menu for Saturday, April 12, 2014
Roasted Breast of Turkey
Baked Ziti w/Italian Sausage Meat Sauce
Tossed Salad w/ Dressings
Cole Slaw Buttered
Whole Kernel Corn
Baked Potato w/Sour Cream and Butter
Bread and Butter
Chocolate Cake w/Chocolate Icing
Carrot Cake w/Cream Cheese Icing
Iced Tea and Water
Coffee Served with Dessert

**Vegetarian Pasta Entree available if ordered when booking