FREE TEEN REACH AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM =Now enrolling new students.  Teen reach Program will be from 3-6pm.  FREE TO ALL STUDENTS, YMCA members and non members For youth ages 10-16 or 5th-10 grades.  Focus on academic assistance, life skills, mentoring, S.T.E., career exploration, and recreation (FUN).  After school hours are 3-6pm on half days and on most days when school is not in session.  Carver Community Center.  Transportation:  when available – free transport from Calvin Coolidge, Roosevelt, Manual Trewyn Middle School – Contact John Mabon, or call 309-692-7631 ext. 223.

General Membership Meeting – Lincoln Branch Library – Every third Saturday of the month at 11:30 Southside Community United for Change Holds its general membership meeting.  During the meeting we have speakers come and share information effecting the residents, businesses, and community organizations on the Southside of Peoria and throughout the city.  You can become a member of SCUC for a yearly membership fee of $15.  All residents of Peoria are welcome to become a member.  We also provide lunch at each monthly meeting.



August 2 & 3, 2019 @ Jukebox Comedy Club, Just Nesh.  Get your tickets now.        8 PM on August 2 – 7:15 & 9:30 on August 3. Tickets are $15.  

Healing & Hope Conference 2019
Saturday, August 17 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM The Promise Academy 919 S. Matthew St. $10 in advance – $15 at door – a Continental breakfast and lunch is included. Come to the first annual Healing and Hope conference, Fighting for Freedom, Warring for Wholeness.

Saturday August 17 12 PM – Kingdom Share Food Pantry & Clothing Giveaway
105 E. Arcadia – KODBC Community Outreach Food & Clothing Pantry (please share with those in need) Call Pastor Watson at 309.4440230 for more information. 

Friday, August 23 at 3:00 pm through Sunday, August 25 until 8 PM Jurassic Quest is coming to Peoria – .Peoria Civic Center – Tickets: or www.Peoria Civic .

Friday, August 23, 5 to 8 PM – Back to school Brats & Brew 2019 at Peoria Riverfront Museum – The Peoria Public Schools Foundation has been providing uniforms and clothing items for students in need for almost 10 ears. Join us for an evening of brats, brews, 50/50 tickets, and entertainment. All proceeds will 100% go to buying uniforms and clothing items for students. You must be 21 or older to attend. If you are interested in a sponsorship for this event contact – Tickets

Friday August 30 and Saturday, August 31 at 5:00 -11:59 PM – Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival
Tickets: .  Lineup: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Bank, Kere come the Mummies, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Laith Al-Saadi, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound, Sun Stereo

Every Saturday morning until September 28. 8am-noon – at Peoria Riverfront Market – Featuring a great selection of local produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, coffee, flower and more. Local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Don’t miss our Chopped Cooking Contest on the first and third Saturday of each month at 10 am. 


Thursday, September 5 from 5pm-7:30p2019 Love in Action Reception
Hosted by Common Place Family Learning Center – 2019 Love In Action Reception recognizes the dedicated efforts of State Senator David Koehler and Nora Sullivan to support diversity, income equality, and educational opportunities in central Illinois. The Love in Action Reception, also provides an opportunity to learn about literacy and academic programs provided for youth and adults by Common Place. In addition to tutor and volunteer recognition, guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, and the opportunity to support Common Place Family Learning Center.

Taste of the Heights
Thursday, September 12, 5 pm-9:30 pm Brought to you by the Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce, event led by Hugh Higgins, owner of Hearth Restaurant. Local Peoria Heights restaurants and vendors, judged competition, live music, beer, wine on tap and so much more.

Saturday, September 14 10am-2pm – PNC Worldwide Day of Play at Glen Oak Park.  Join us in Glen Oak Park for PNC Worldwide Day of Play. This fun filled family friendly event features the following and more:  PNC mobile learning adventure; meet walkaround Bert & Ernie; face painting; carnival games, obstacle course, children’s resource fair, touch a truck, instrument petty zoo Barnyard discoveries; Bradley university chemistry demo club; door prize giveaways’ complimentary admission to the Peoria Playhouse; reduced admission to Peoria Zoo for $3.

Friday, September 20 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Game night at Carver Community Center – Free game night – Bid, spades, domino’s, etc.  Light refreshments.

Saturday, September 21 6:00pm – 9:00pm – Three & A Half Men
Schnucks on Knoxville.

Saturday, September 21 –  12 PM – Kingdom Share Food Pantry & Clothing Giveaway – 105 E. Arcadia – KODBC Community Outreach Food & Clothing Pantry (please share with those in need)  Call Pastor Watson at 309.4440230 for more information.

Saturday, September 21 – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Save Our Sisters – SOS
Peoria Public Library  NE Monroe St. Classroom B – Lower Level 1 – Come out and enjoy our version of “Red Table Talk”; A group designed to educate women (young women) to lead productive lies by providing resources and discussions designed to promote personal; career, and economic success in a personal forum setting. This month’s topic is “Mean girls – why are women always side-eyeing each other?”

Saturday, September 28- 9am – 3pm @ Luthy Botanical Garden – Market in the Park – It’s an authentic European Market experience right here in the heartland, complete with crepes, antiques, pastries, hers, vintage finds and furniture, flowers, and more. Enjoy a creative community of artists, craftsmen, foodies and collectors coming together, to bring the charm and excitement to Luthy Botanical Garden. Rain date 9/29, admission $1 per person.

Saturday, September 28 at 3pm – Disney on ice presents Worlds of Enchantment at Peoria Civic Center – Tickets: Ticketmaster or www.Peoria Civic

Every Saturday morning until September 28. 8am-noon – at Peoria Riverfront Market – Featuring a great selection of local produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, coffee, flower and more. Local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Don’t miss our Chopped Cooking Contest on the first and third Saturday of each month at 10 am.

5th Annual Celebrating Achievement Gala – Hosted by Black Business Alliance Peoria Chapter
Saturday, September 28 6 PM-10 PM – The Black Business Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was formed in Bloomington/Normal Illinois in 1997, because of the difficulty minority businesses experienced finding businesses start up support. In 2013, founders, Denise and Gary Moore, established the BBA chapter in Peoria to provide solutions to the similar concerns and support of minority business development
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Saturday, October 5 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm -The Last Black Man in San Francisco – Peoria Riverfront Museum – Jimmie dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather build in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. As he struggles to reconnect with his family and reconstruct the community he longs for, his hopes blind him to the reality of his situation. A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made, and kept alive, by the people who love them. Presented by Gummfest, Co-sponsored by the African American Hall of Fame Museum.

Sunday, October 6  – 10:00 am – 2:00pm Edge Southern Jazz Brunch with the Kind of Blue Sextet – Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Performing Arts
Peoria Heights. Each brunch will feature a talented local chef doing their take on brunch. Each brunch will feature talented musicians playing some of their favorite tunes. Each brunch will delight you with a craft Bloody Mary Bar (complete with the freshest and most delicious fixins) specialty mimosas, coffee, orange juice and plenty of other beverages for all ages. This Month: southern Comfort Jazz Brunch by Chef Dustin Allen, featuring a true farm to plate southern brunch with whole food ingredients from 100% local growers and producers.  Kind of Blue at 60: A tribute to the Miles Davis Classic.  Tickets for this event are sold by – $50

Friday, October 11 at 6pm Saturday, October 12 at 6pm – Don’t Judge Me I’m Only Human Stage Play at the Apollo Theater; Ticket information: – Play is based on an autobiography written by author Alecia Collins and directed by Latonya Nash. This stage play touch base on three topics mental illness, incarceration and self-identity acceptance. Don’t miss your chance on a breath taking, inspiring and heartwarming show.

Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm – BLACK VIOLIN- Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts – Tickets – or call 309.434.2777
Tickets – $25/$35/45/55 – students $10 – Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Joining them onstage are DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music, often described as “classical boom,” to overcome stereotypes and encourage people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers.

Saturday, October 19 11am – 1: PM -Brunch with Jessica Thomas- Hosted by Jessica Thomas for Peoria county Auditor – Mt. Hawley Country Club – Music entertainment provided by Muziquebaux – Tickets – $65 per person – Purchase tickets:

Saturday, October 19 9am – Central Illinois Lupus Walk 5K @ Tower Park 1222 E. Kingman Ave. Peoria Heights

Sunday, October 20,. 2019SAVE THE DATE -Tri-County Urban League Jazz Bruch @ Paradice Hotel.  Tickets $50.

Friday, October 25, 2019 – GAME Night is back at Carver Center – 6 to 10 PM – Bring your card partners and come out to play Spades, Bid Whizt, Chess, Taboo or Backgammon.  There is a $10 charge which includes Hot dogs, chips, popcorn, cookies, water and soft drinks. Call (309) 839-0722.


Saturday, November 9 – 7:30 -11:00 pm – SAVE THE DATE – A Night of Sigma Soul II – Holiday Inn & Suites Grand Ballroom, East Peoria – 
This event will include: Hor D’oeuvres & cash bar, Silent Auction & Raffle, Soul Costume Contest & Soul Train Line, Dance Off , Music & Dancing & Photo Booth. Tickets for this event are sold by – $50

SAVE THE DATE – UNFORGETTABLE with Judy Page-Adkisson Stokes
Saturday, November 16  – 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM – Grace Presbyterian Church – 
An evening of unforgettable classical music and jazz that spans three centuries – from Bach and Mozart, to Judy Page’s performances of Cole Porter and Irving Gordon compositions.  Tickets:

Monday, November 18 @ 7 to 9 PM – WIU Jazz Orchestra is performing at GW Carver Community Center Featuring the Peoria Jazz All Stars.  This is a fundraising event for Carver Center.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door.




Monday, January 20, 2020 at 12:00pm-1:30pm – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon – Peoria Civic Center – Former Mayor of Tallahassee and 2018 Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Andrew Gillum, will be the keynote speaker at the January 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Luncheon.  Tickets $50 per person – tables of 10 are $500.  Tickets –