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Feb 23, 2011

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Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams will join Congressman Aaron Schock and William C. Lane, Caterpillar Inc.’s Washington Director for Governmental Affairs, for a panel discussion on international engagement tonight at Bradley University. The presentation, entitled “Paths to Global Engagement,” will begin at 4:15pm in the Marty Theater in the Michel Student Center. It is free and open to the public. The discussion will cover individuals’ roles as global citizens and provide an opportunity to learn more about volunteering for the Peace Corps.
Wildlife Prairie State Park will open its gates for the 2011 season on Sunday, with a special open house from 10am to 3pm. The special free admission day will feature the opening of the new Adventure Store; more information on new recreational opportunities this year; special public feedings of the bobcats, wolves and other animals; guided walking tours and more. The park’s famous brunch will also return on Sunday, with special discounts. For a complete list of the day’s happenings, call 676-0998 or visit
Chef Josh Adams of June Restaurant in Peoria Heights is up for Food & Wine's The People's Best New Chef 2011: Great Lakes, an online fan voting competition. If you’re a fan of June’s unique cuisine, show your support by voting in the online poll, which will be open through March 1st.
CASA of Peoria County will hold a fall training recruitment informational meeting tonight, February 23rd, from 5:30 to 7pm at Two25 in the Mark Twain Hotel. Light appetizers will be provided. Volunteers work with the court system and DCFS to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in Peoria County. Training classes begin on March 28th. For more information, visit or call 669-2939.
IHOP will host its 6th annual National Pancake Day on Tuesday, March 1st from 7am to 10pm at the Peoria, East Peoria and Bloomington locations. Guests will enjoy a free short stack and are invited to make a voluntary donation to benefit Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Last year, local IHOPs raised $4,500 for Children’s Hospital.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is asking frequent travelers across the state to contribute airline miles to help make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Because so many wishes involve international and domestic travel, the Foundation is looking to raise 1 million miles to help offset the costs. Donate online at in the Giving section. For companies looking to start a frequent flier mile drive with its employees, call 800-978-9474 to find out how to get started.
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art & society: March/April 2011

Check out the March/April issue of art & society, now online at This issue features a look at ISU's Gamma Phi Circus and the rich circus history of Bloomington-Normal, the new Wheel Art Pottery Studios co-op in the Murray Building, Three Sisters Folk Art School, and an excerpt of historical fiction from a forthcoming book set in Peoria in the 1920s and '30s. Award-winning journalist Bill Knight examines how the world of comics and graphic novels is adjusting to the new digital world.
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Under the Redbird Big Top
by Amy Chovan
Illinois State University's Gamma Phi Circus has been clowning around since 1929, mesmerizing audiences with their artistry in aerial acts and teamwork in tumbling routines.
An Avenue to Find Meaning
by Jan Wright, Publisher
Many of the articles in this issue were suggested by friends and readers who were inspired to try something different. What about you? Are you considering a new hobby? Or even a new career? What’s on your “bucket list?”
Delivering Sequential Art: Print vs. Digital
by Bill Knight
As entertainment is changed by online presentation, writing—even the “sequential art” of graphic novels and comic books—may be affected, too. And considering the consequences to consumers, creators, stores and stories still results in more questions than answers.
Passing the Shuttle: Keeping Folk Art Alive
by Amy Chovan
The three women behind Three Sisters Folk Art School are doing their part to carry on traditions that have passed from generation to generation.
Wheel Art: A Potters' Co-Op
by Kaylyn Kuzniar
Behind the closed metal doors inside the Murray Center for the Arts, ceramic artists Jacob Grant and Susie Mathews are creating their own unique niche.
A Song for Cecilia: A Peoria Novel
by Jo Fredell Higgins
A Song for Cecilia takes place in Peoria during the 1920s and 1930s. Enjoy this journey as we discover the city of Peoria and read about the childhood and emerging maturity of Cecilia.
A Winter Haven For Performers
by Amy Chovan
While researching Gamma Phi Circus, it became apparent that Bloomington’s circus ties don’t start there.
Neighbors Caring for Neighbors
by Jonathan Wright
In 1896, Peoria’s own Neighborhood House began with a church service held in a vacant store building at 2009 South Washington Street.
Event Preview: St. Jude Gala
St. Jude has been serving childhood cancer patients and their families in Peoria since the Midwest Affiliate opened in 1972.
Take 10: Jim Maloof
The self-described “little pants presser from Peoria” recently added “author” to his long list of accomplishments.
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Friday, February 25th to Sunday, February 27th @ Peoria Civic Center
The Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria will present the 2011 Official Spring Home Show, sponsored by American Family Insurance, with more than 225 companies displaying a wide range of interior, exterior, home building and remodeling products and services. There will be family-friendly activities, displays, entertainment and much more. for more information.
Friday, February 25th @ Par-A-Dice Hotel
East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus and city staff will present a State of the City Update at the latest Eggs & Issues event. Doors at 7am, breakfast at 7:30 and program at 8am. Call 699-6212 for more info.
Saturday, February 26th @ Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association – Central Illinois Chapter presents Trivia Night at its office at 606 W. Glen Ave in Peoria. Doors at 6pm, and questions begin at 7pm. There will be cash prizes and light snacks. For more info, call 681-1100.
Saturday, February 26th @ Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
The 7th annual Fine Art Auction to benefit the CAC will be held beginning at 7pm, with live auction at 8pm. The auction will feature the work of Preston Jackson and other area artists. Admission is $15/members and $25/non-members. Visit to preview the artwork. Call 674-6822 for more info.
Saturday, February 26th @ Dream Center Peoria
Peoria Friendship House and Dream Center Peoria will present I Love Who I Am, a program to celebrate the richness of black culture, including stories both familiar and unfamiliar to inspire youth in Peoria. The program is free and begins at 2pm in the Dream Center Auditorium at 714 Hamilton Blvd. An exhibit hall and reception will follow. Call 671-5200 or email
Saturday, February 26th @ First Baptist Church of Pekin
Pekin Hospital invites residents to the annual Spirit of Women Day of Dance for Health from 9am to noon at the First Baptist Church, 700 S. Capitol in Pekin. The event combines dancing, fun and music with health screenings and consumer education on important health topics, giveaways, healthy snacks and more. Admission is two non-perishable food items. Call 353-0662 or visit for more info.
Sunday, February 27th & Monday, February 28th @ Concordia Lutheran School
Concordia Lutheran, 2000 W. Glen Ave. in Peoria, will host Discover Concordia at 1pm on Sunday and 6:30pm on Monday, with activities for prospective families. The public is welcome to attend the event. For more information, call 691-8921 or

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