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.



Thursday, January 16,2020 – 6:30 PM – 9 PM – Peoria County Democratic Primary Debate – 4507 N. Catalina Drive, Peoria

Thursday, January 16 6pm-8pm SLE Sexy Little Eatery – Paint Party – Guest instructor Jaysen Ryan Summers will be leading participants through a guided painting on a 16×20 canvas. Patrons 12 and older are invited to come out and join us for the paint party. All supplies are provided and each ticket comes with a complimentary cocktail or soda and one door prize ticket.  Sign up  – $30 in advance; $35 at door

Saturday, January 18 , 2020 – 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM  Annual Concert Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Hosted by The Heritage Ensemble – ICC Performing Arts Center
Box off: 309.694.5136 – Adults $15; Seniors $12; Students $8.

Saturday, January 18 7:30pm-10:30pm – Annual Concert Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – ICC Performing Arts Center – Heritage Ensemble in Concert honoring the Life and Achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sharon Samuels Reed, Founder and Artistic Director – Box office 309.694.5136 – Adults $15; Seniors $12; Students $8

Saturday, January 18 8:00 am- 10:00 am – Manual PTO Pancake Breakfast – Applebee’s Grill – Peoria – Help us continue to support school activities by supporting the Manual PTO 2020 Pancake Breakfast fundraiser – Tickets: 309.643.7635.

Saturday, January 18 at 7:30pm-9:30pm – The Drifters –  Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts – 600 N East St. Bloomington, IL Tickets: or 309.434-2777 – $40, $30, $20 students $10 They were the first African American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame .

Saturday, January 18 – 6pm-9pm – Peoria Comedy Night – Kickapoo Creek Winery 6605 N. Smith Road, Edwards, Illinois – Join us for a night of comedy. Your host Matt Colgan will emcee the night with special guests Heath Thornton, Edgar Sandoval, Kathy Brennan and Greg Batton – $15 pre-order; $20 at door – Doors open 6pm; show starts 7pm – Tickets –

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 –

Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm – The monthly membership meeting of Peoria NAACP is every third Thursday at 101 N. MacArthur Hwy at 7pm. However, we have moved it for January out by one week, due to a scheduling conflict.

Friday, January 24,  8:00pm – 11:59pmWomen’s All-Night Prayer 2020 – Center for Hope Ministries 14940 Old Colonial Road, Bloomington, IL – Get ready, our annual women’s all-night prayer experience is almost here. We are excited and looking forward to an indescribable encounter with the Holy Spirit as we gather in praise, worship and prayer.

Saturday, January 25, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – 15th Annual Spaghetti Dinner for Easter Seals – Barracks Hospitality Group Banquet Center & Catering – 1224 West Pioneer Parkway Peoria  – 15th Annual Spaghetti Dinner for Easter Seals. Raffles, action items, door prizes, 50/50 chances, music. Come hear stories from families that have/had utilized Easter Seals.
Doors open at 5:00pm – Cost: $15 adults (all you can eat); $10 children ages 307 and donation under 3.

Friday, January 31,  at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Live at the Five Spot: State of Mind – Contemporary Art Center of Peoria 305 SW Waster St. #2R – Admission $12 nonmembers; $8 members


Saturday, February 1, 8:00am-2:30pm – Motivational & Leadership Conference Series 2020 Kick Off – Weave Ridge Golf Club 5100 N. Weaver Ridge Blvd.
Tickets: you have a feeling there’s more for you? Attend the one event that will assure you, there’s always more.  Speakers: Kim Martin: Founder of I’ve Decided
Brian Wood: Owner Good Shepherd Defense & Training Nikki & Jonathan Romain: Director of Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow “Art Inc.” Kim Kaufman: Award winning public speaker, writer, and storyteller Gwen Alexander: Author & speaker Matt George: CEO Children’s Home – Peoria

Saturday, February 1, 2020; 7pm-10pm Carver Center – 100-year anniversary – Winter Wonderland Fundraising Event – GW Carver Community Center – 710 W. Third Street (Percy Baker) Peoria.  Please join us for the kickoff to our year long celebration of the rich history of Carver Center in our community. Honoring our past and inspiring our future
Tickets $60 per person, includes: dinner, dancing, DJ Mark Kirksey and some very special guests.  Contact: 309.839.0722.

Sunday, February 9, 7:39pm-9:30pm – 2020: Who is Jill Scott? 20th Anniversary Tour – The Fabulous Fox – 527 N. Grand Bldg. St. louis – Tickets:
$46-$196 – Ticket limit: 6.

Sunday, February 9,  2:30pm-4:30pm – Walk on: The Story of Rosa Parks – Bloomington Center for the performing arts – 600 N. East St. Bloomington, IL – Tickets:
$10; family 4 pack $30, additional children $5 each. 

Tuesday, February 11, 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Art Club – Harlem Renaissance Art – Peoria Riverfront Museum – Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. We select a different topic each month, and enjoy a casual staff led discussion (with power point slides) accompanied by coffee and treats. Participants are encouraged, though not required to submit discussion suggestions of art that is related to the topic. It’s like a book club, but without as much homework. Coffee and treats are served. Please bring your own coffee cup.

Friday, February 14,  7:30 pm-10:30 pm – Teddy Riley, Blackstreet, Bobby Brown, Jagged Edge, SWV – Chaifetz Arena 1 S. Compton Ave. St. Louis – St

Saturday, February 15 8pm-11pm -Talib Kweli at the Castle Theatre – The Castle Theatre 209 E. Washington St. Bloomington, IL – With special guest: Sweet Diezel Jenkins, V8 Vast Change and Truly Dewy – Doors open at 7pm show start at 8pm $22 in advance – $25 at door

Friday, February 21, 5 PM -8 PM. – Hope Renewed Youth Conference Inc. Presents Soup for the Soul – Carver Community Center – 710 West Third (Percy Baker Street)
Admission: Free – Soup: $7 per bowl – Fundraiser will feature area pastors and local chefs serving up their favorite soup- competing for the title of 2020 “Soup King”
Bid on baskets at the silent auction and enjoy some amazing home-made desserts featuring Miss Charlene’s home made bread .  All proceeds will go toward HRYC Grow our own scholarship program.


Friday, March 6, 2020 Carver Center – THE BARN II – Fundraising Event Play: Sex and the IRS – The Barn II – Goodfield, Illinois – Tickets: $75 per person; includes play and buffet dinner, beverage, dessert – Tickets: 309.839.0722

Thursday, March 12 10:am -11:00 am – African American Art in Bronzeville – Peoria Riverfront Museum 222 SW Washington St.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 – SAVE THE DATE: Carver Center Fundraising Event African American Art In Bronzeville lecture by Chicago Artist and Professor, Juarez Hawkins (Chicago as Center of Black Culture in the 1920’s-1950’s; Jazz, Blues, Gospel as depicted by Artists) – Time:5pm-8pm – Admission: $10, students $5, children under 12 free.  Can purchase tickets in advance by calling 309.839.0722 or at door.  Sponsored by Carver Center and The Peoria Fine Arts Society.

Friday, March 13,  9 pm-12 – Bone Thugs-n-Harmony at The Castle Theatre – Castle Theatre 209 E. Washington St. Bloomington, IL – Doors open at 8pm show starts 9pm
$35 GA Advance – $40 GA day of show  45 balcony.

Friday, March 20,  8 pm – Festival of Laughs – Chaifetz Arena 1 S. Compton Ave. St. Louis – Tickets:  – Sommore, Lavel Crawford, DC Young Fly, Don DC Curry.



Thursday, April 3, 2020 –  6 pm & 9 pm –  Courtez Banks & MKK Events Presents A Night of Love Songs.