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Aug 25, 2010

Good Scoop From Peoria Magazines

Good Scoop From Peoria Magazines


Nominations for the 17th annual 40 Leaders Under Forty awards celebration are now being accepted. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, September 15th. Visit and nominate a leader today!
Quest Charter Academy, Peoria’s new math, science and technology-focused charter school, opened its doors yesterday in the former Loucks-Edison Junior Academy on University Street for the start of its first school year. Learn more about the charter school and read an interview with the school’s principal, Engin Blackstone, in the August iBi.
The Peoria City Council approved the redevelopment agreement to build the Peoria Riverfront Museum last night. Groundbreaking on the four-acre downtown block is expected to take place early next month.
The Great Rivers Partnership, a global project of The Nature Conservancy, announced that it has established its new home office in Bradley University’s Peoria NEXT Innovation Center. Founded in 2005 with a generous lead donation from the Caterpillar Foundation, the GRP brings together scientists and river managers throughout Africa, Asia, North America and South America with the goal of managing the world’s freshwater supply in a way that works for both nature and people. Inspiration developed through two decades of efforts by The Nature Conservancy, Caterpillar and others to restore the Illinois River. Learn more
The Salvation Army is seeking participants for its annual Dress-a-Doll program.Each year, new dolls and teddy bears are dressed by volunteers and judged according to various categories. The award-winning dolls and teddy bears will be sold through a silent auction to benefit the programs and services of The Salvation Army. Deadline for returning the dressed dolls and teddy bears is Monday, November 15th. For more information, call 655-7220.
2010 40 Leaders Under Forty Nominations

art & society: September/October 2010

The Sep/Oct issue features a tour of the Bishop's home, a film noir primer, excerpts from David Hoffman's new book, a preview of this year's Fine Art Fair, Take 10 with Nellie Gould, and an inside look at LOOP, Peoria's new indoor cycling studio. Plus social scenes, community events and more!
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In this issue...
Giving Life to History: A Tour of the Bishop’s Home
by Amy Chovan
Sweeping staircases on either side of the entrance make visitors and passersby keenly aware of one of Peoria’s oldest homes. Predating the Civil War, the residence of the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, located at 607 N.E. Madison Avenue, is a sight to behold.
A Story Inside Each of Us
by Jan Wright, Publisher
There are thousands of hidden stories in the central Illinois community; finding and telling those stories is what we do.
Excerpts from...What’s That Bus Doing On the Runway? The Antics and Absurdities of a Life on the Road
by David Hoffman
In his 13 years traveling with the great Ray Charles, David Hoffman experienced many things, from the hilarious to the poignant, from heartwarming remembrances of his friends and musical colleagues to the sublimely ridiculous difficulties of road life.
Rough Rides, Dark Corners & Hard-Boiled Cinema
by Steve Tarter
Despite the passage of years—-or maybe because of them—-one genre of movies remains alive and well, dark and menacing, engaging one generation after another in the contemplation of what happens when things go wrong.
Get “Blown Away” At This Year’s Fine Art Fair
by Amy Kennard
The Peoria Art Guild will showcase glass blowing with live demonstrations and unique artists.
Riding The New Workout Wave
by Scott Rogers
The first of its kind in Peoria, LOOP Cycling Studio is set to open at Metro Centre on September 1st.
Event Preview: Peoria Film Noir Festival 2010
The Peoria Film Noir Festival will kick off at the Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch on October 14th and continue at the Apollo Theatre on October 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd.
Take 10: Nellie Gould
Few people can capture the tender emotions of life-changing moments in a still frame like Nellie Gould.


Thursday, August 26th @ Spalding Pastoral Center
Catholic Charities will hold its 6th annual Wine Tasting from 5 to 7pm at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria. Patrons will have the opportunity to sample 20 wines from various regions of the world while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and browsing works of art from local artists, who will donate 10 percent of their proceeds to Catholic Charities. Cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 636-7710.
Saturday, August 28th @ Ravina on the Lakes
OSF Home Care Services will host the Lumin-essence celebration, a family fun picnic featuring live music, face painting, fishing, sand volleyball, horseshoes and other activities, from 6 to 10pm. Tickets are $15/each or two for $25. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds will benefit the Home Health and Hospice programs at OSF Home Care Services. Call 683-7770 for more information.
Sunday, August 29th @ Peoria Riverfront
The 22nd annual Duck Race to Stop Abuse will take place at 3pm at the Marina in front of Old Chicago. Funds from duck sales will help The Center for Prevention of Abuse carry out its mission. For more information, visit
Tuesday, August 31st @ Packard Plaza
The Peoria Historical Society will host a Centenarian Dinner to honor local organizations and businesses with a 100-year record of uninterrupted operation in the Peoria area. Among the businesses honored this year: Caterpillar and Illinois Mutual, founded in 1910, and Grace Presbyterian Church, founded in 1862. Cocktail reception is at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm. Tickets are $30. Call 674-1921 to make a reservation. Visit for a complete listing of Centenarian Award recipients.

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