OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria held a topping off ceremony on Monday, June 11th, for the new Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center. The center will utilize the latest innovations in simulation education to train physicians and medical professionals across the region. It is funded in part by a $25 million gift from Jump Trading, a Chicago-based proprietary trading firm. At the ceremony, Dr. John Vozenilek was introduced as the center’s chief medical officer. On Thursday, June 14th, the Peoria Promise Foundation will compete in Twive and Receive (pronounced like “Give and Receive”), a one-day social media-based fundraising contest to support nonprofits in cities across the country. The top three charities that raise the most donations will get an additional share of $30,000 prize money. On June 14th, go topeoriapromise.org and make a donation, and spread the word to friends and family. Visit TwiveAndReceive.org for more information on the competition. Goodwill of Central Illinois will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newest store at 3905 N. University in Peoria on Friday, June 15th, at 9am. The grand opening celebration runs through Saturday and includes food and a drawing for a 50” plasma TV and other items. The new store replaces the Goodwill store on War Memorial, which has closed. For more information, visit goodwillpeo.org or call(309) 682-1113. Season tickets for the 2012-2013 Broadway Theater Series at the Peoria Civic Center are on sale now. The new season features eight of the finest in national touring productions, including one week of Mary Poppins in October and two weeks ofJersey Boys in February. The season also features Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight, Bette Midler Presents: Priscilla, Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, Billy Elliot, Green Day’s American Idiot and West Side Story. Adult season tickets range from $284 to $560. Visit the Peoria Civic Center Box Office or call(309 673-3200. Wheels O’ Time Museum held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for its new building, which will include both workshop and display areas. The museum has formed an alliance with the Early Ford V-8 Club, which will be responsible for rotating displays of Ford cars from various eras in the new display area. For more information, visit wheelsotime.org or call (309) 243-9020.
Wednesday, June 13th to Thursday, June 21st @ Expo Gardens The 63rd annual Heart of Illinois Fair comes to Expo Gardens with a variety of new events, including a BBQ contest, 5K, bags tournament, family fun zone, and more. Visit heartofillinoisfair.com for more info. Thursday, June 14th @ Constitution Garden The City of Peoria will hold its annual program for National Flag Day beginning at 5pm. A “Pause for the Pledge” will be held at 6pm, followed by a flag folding and retirement ceremony. Constitution Garden is located at the foot of Morton Street in Peoria. Tuesday, June 19th @ Peoria Civic Center The Heart of Illinois Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development presents “Techniques for Game-Changing Measurement and Evaluation Design” with Dr. Ken Phillips, founder and CEO of Phillips Associates, from 11am to 1pm in Room 401. Register atastdhoi.org. Tuesday, June 19th @ Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch The Peoria Public Library will host a Juneteenth Celebration from 6:30 to8pm to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States. The event will include poetry, drama, singing and more. Call (309) 497-2600. Thursday, June 14th @ various locations The Peoria Garden Club will present its bi-yearly fundraiser, “Garden Glories,” featuring tours of five private gardens and Luthy Botanical Garden. Gardens are open to the public and available for viewing starting at 10am. For more info, call(309) 822-8746. Friday, June 15th & Saturday, June 16th @ Peoria Riverfront The Steamboat Festival takes place at the Riverfront in Festival Park in Peoria, featuring a carnival, food fair, music and family-friendly entertainment. The 4M, 15K and 4K races begin on Saturday at 7am. For more info, visit steamboatclassic.org.