S.T.E.A.M. Into Star Wars


The WCHS Book and Game Clubs present S.T.E.A.M into Star Wars: A Celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, Reading and Writing on January 11th from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Washington Community High School.  Bring the whole family to join the live podcast recordings of Coffee with Kenobi and the Rebel Base Card. Visit with local science fiction authors as well as writers from Fantha Tracks, IGN and  

The WCHS Science Club will be demonstrating Star Wars science and the WCHS FIRST Robotics Team and the Central Intermediate First Lego League teams will be on hand with their robots. Play games, win prizes, shop the Scholastic Bookfair, visit with Zeek’s Comics and Games and watch Star Wars game demonstrations!  

Try your hand at some Star Wars arts and crafts and get your picture with members of the 501 Imperial Legion and the Mandalorian Mercs. Come learn, play, read, and have some fun that is from a galaxy far, far away!  

Annual Chamber Awards


The Washington Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its three annual awards.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 10th for each award.

Washingtonian Award

Nominate a local resident for their service to the Washington community.  They should be an individual with a history of unselfish service and commitment to the community.  This award was established in 1961 and has been presented annually since that year.

Business Beautification Award

Nominate a Washington business for outside improvements to a commercial/industrial property, which adds to the neighborhood’s beauty and community pride.

Outstanding Business Award

This award is for an exceptional Washington business that goes above and beyond in business dealings and customer service.

These awards will be presented at the Washington Day Meet and Mingle on Thursday, February 20th.  Contact the Washington Chamber for nomination forms or visit

Parents Night Out


Need an evening to yourself? Washington Park District is offering a Parents’ Night Out on January 31st from 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. inside the Recreational Facility located at 105 S. Spruce Street. 

This program offers parents the opportunity to take a break or get things done while we treat your child to an evening of entertainment. This will include a night jam-packed with fun activities such as inflatables, games, crafts, movies, and more! 

The cost is $25R/$30NR and includes pizza and ice cream. This program is for kids ages 4-14 and we ask that you preregister for the event. CODE: 1-4320-20-A

Concerts at Five Points


Heartland Festival Orchestra - Jan. 11th at 7:30 p.m

All your favorite rockin’ hits from Broadway shows like Hairspray, Phantom, Lion King, Wicked, and more. Featuring the talents of NYC vocalists Morgan James, LaKisha Jones, and Dan Domenech.

Scotty McCreery - Jan. 18th at 7 p.m.

McCreery has become one of country music’s hottest stars with more than 3 million albums sold and two recent back-to-back No. 1 hits: “Five More Minutes” and “This is It.”

Be sure to visit the MTCO digiMAX Facebook page and Instagram the week of January 6th to enter for your chance to win FREE TICKETS to the Scotty McCreery concert!  


All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast


The Taylor Masonic Lodge #98 at 119 N. Wilmor Road will serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 18th. 

Breakfast includes biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, fruit cocktail, grits, pancakes (regular or blueberry), French toast and beverages. Cost is $7 per adult and $3.50 for kids 6-12 years old.  Kids under six eat free.

Proceeds raised go to numerous local events and charities.

Father-Daughter Dance


Enjoy an evening out with your special princess at the Washington Park District 2020 Father-Daughter Dinner and Dance taking place at Countryside Banquet Center on Saturday, February 1st. Dinner, dancing, food, and quality time await you. A DJ, photo booth, and professional photos will be provided. Check back in January 2020 for this year’s theme.

Registration is $60 per couple ($16 for a second child) and can be completed online at or stopping or by the Park District office at 105 S. Spruce Street. 

This event has grown each year, so we suggest you register by January 25th.

For questions please contact the Park District office at 309-444-9413. 

Blood Drive


Consider donating at a local blood drive to help someone in need!  The American Red Cross hosts monthly blood drives in the banquet rooms at Five Points Washington.  The next drive is set for Monday, January 13th from 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


CES Tech Show


The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 starts January 6th in Las Vegas.  From new devices to health boosts to securing your privacy, many new technologies and products will be introduced at this show.   Visit the following website for a glimpse of what is coming next:

digiMAX On Demand


The cold of winter is here so grab a blanket and settle in for movies of your choice!    A few new movies releasing this month are Joker, Maleficent, Gemini Man, The Addams Family, and Terminator: Dark Fate.  

Access movies by pressing the MOVIE or ON DEMAND button on your remote control to browse folders or press the yellow button to search by titles.  Click on the Movies folder to access new movies in the Just In and New Releases folders.  Be sure to also check on free content and recently aired TV shows.

When selecting your rental, use the default purchase PIN 0000.

Modern Family Premiere


Wednesday, Jan 8th 

8:00 p.m. – Modern Family (ABC)

This is it: The final season of the Emmy-winning Modern Family. Season 11 marks the end of the road for this extended family sitcom, and if you showed us a picture of the cast right now, we wouldn’t even recognize the former kids since they’re all grown up and probably about to collect Social Security.

This Is Us


Tuesday, Jan 14th

8:00 p.m. – This Is Us  (NBC)

Everyone has a family. And every family has a story. “This Is Us” chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s to their 37-year-old kids, Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) searching for love and fulfillment in the present day.



Wednesday, Jan 15th

7:30 p.m. – Schooled  (ABC)

The “Goldbergs” spinoff follows the teachers of William Penn Academy who, despite their eccentricities, are heroes to their students.

Fresh Off the Boat


Friday, Jan 17th

7:30 p.m. – Fresh Off the Boat  (ABC)

Loosely based on the life of Eddie Huang during the mid-to-late 1990s, an Asian-American family decides to move to Orlando, Florida from Washington D.C. in order to embrace the “American Dream,” facing many obstacles as they try to assimilate with the new culture that surrounds them.