The Hult Center for Health Education and Cancer Center for Healthy Living announced a merger of the two nonprofit organizations. Founded in 1996, the Cancer Center for Healthy Living offers free programs and services to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. The Hult Center opened in 1990 and is home to five state-of-the-art interactive learning centers, classrooms and an auditorium. The combined organization, which already shares a location and a similar mission, will be better equipped to assist the community with the various dimensions of health: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical. Matt George will serve as executive director for the combined organization. Each organization will maintain its own name and continue its respective programs. The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria announced that the new, state-of-the-art $65 million terminal building at the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport has officially opened. A ribbon cutting ceremony and press conference will be held today at 10:30am. Knotty Outdoors, a company created to give women and men a modern alternative to hunting apparel and accessories, was the winner of the 5th annual Project Springboard Business Plan competition, held earlier this week. Five finalists presented their business plans before a panel of judges in the Michel Student Center at Bradley University. The plans are judged on the greatest market viability or potential to acquire outside funding. The competition, open to Bradley students of all majors, was established in 2006 to encourage students to think entrepreneurially. The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway is cashing in on a growing phenomenon called geocaching, a high-tech treasure hunting game. The Byway organization and the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will kick off its geocaching program on Saturday at 10am. Ninety caches will be placed along the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway from Ottawa to Havana. Visitgeocaching.com to learn more about geocaching, and visit illinoisriverroad.org to learn more about the Illinois River Road and the April 30th event. The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois wants to help you honor mother and mother figures alike this Mother’s Day. With a minimum donation of $25, you can remember your mother or someone who is like a mother to you with an “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” gift. For more information, visitcommunityfoundationci.org/womens-fund-information, call (309) 674-8730 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Bradley University will hold a topping out ceremony on May 2nd at 12:30pm to mark a milestone in the $22 million Westlake Hall expansion and renovation project. A steel beam signed by students, faculty and staff will be lifted into place on the gable on the west side of the building addition. The expansion is one of six building projects included in the $150 million Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance that launched in 2008. Construction began last summer and is expected to be completed in summer 2012.
Walls as Canvas: Murals in the Public Eye by Kaylyn Kuzniar
Painted directly onto a permanent surface—-a wall or ceiling, for example-—murals typically incorporate the architectural and unique thematic qualities of the surface while creating the illusion of additional space in and around the given area.
Where Bruises Are Badges by Kim Ranegar Photography by David Vernon
By day, they are schoolteachers, nurses, servers in restaurants, and even a youth pastor. But when night rolls around, they roll as BoomBoom Pow!, Genghis Mom, Slay D Gaga, and more. They’re the Derby Dames of Peoria Push, but nobody’s pushing them around. Meet 9 Derby Dames... Photography by David Vernon
Meet nine members of Peoria’s original roller derby league.
Reflecting Mindfulness in Nature by Jonathan Wright
Stella's Path helps us tune into nature, offering a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Going Unplugged... by Jan Wright, Publisher
The ability to unplug and live in the present isn’t a skill taught in school, but it may well be critical to maintaining a sense of balance in today’s fast-paced world.
Living & Learning in Century Twenty-One by Sara Browning
The Peoria Public Library is entering a new era of service with the opening of the new north branch and the remodeled main library. Reclaimed Housing...for Birds by Amy Chovan
A local artisan reclaims material from old Midwestern homesteads to create distinctive works of art. Sweet Combinations by Amy Chovan
What do you get when you cross a plum and an apricot? A plumcot, an aprium or a pluot?
Thursday, April 28th @ ICC North
Peoria County’s recycling educator will present “Sustainable Living,” a free workshop from 6 to 7:30pm. The class will outline the County’s sustainability initiatives and explain steps anyone can take to achieve a sustainable lifestyle at home. Call (309) 690-6900 to register. Friday, April 29th @ Greater Peoria Family YMCA
The Invest in Youth Luncheon, which helps to raise funds for YMCA youth programs, will begin at 11:30am at the YMCA, 7000 N. Fleming Lane in Peoria. Guest speaker is U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. For more information, call (309) 692-7631, ext 215, or email email@example.com. Friday, April 29th @ Peoria Civic Center
Dr. Sarah Zallek of the Illinois Neurological Institute’s Sleep Center will hold her 4th annual Sleep Health event, with David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and other guest speakers. A free public event will be held from 3 to 5pm, with an educational dinner program from 5 to 8:30pm. Reservations are required for dinner; call (309) 453-2206. Friday, April 29th @ Robert Morris University
Junior Achievement of Central Illinois will host its annual JA Titan online business simulation competition at 9:30am. Competing students will plan and execute all aspects of a business, and Robert Weaver of Weaver Enterprises, Ltd. will become a laureate in JA’s Business Hall of Fame. The event is open to the public with an RSVP to the JA office at (309) 682-1800. Friday, April 29th & Saturday, April 30th @ Five Points Washington
The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will perform “Showtime! Music of Broadway and Hollywood with a Splash of New Orleans Jazz” with special guests, Carl Anderson and his New Orleans Jazz Band at 7:30pm. Call (309) 693-6725 or visitartstix.artspartners.net for tickets, or peoriacivicchorale.org for more information. Tuesday, May 3rd @ Famous Daves
The next First Tuesdays networking event will be held from 5 to 7pm. The monthly networking event for area women is sponsored by The Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. Call (309) 674-8730 for more information.