Focus Forward CI has partnered with the Community Foundation of Central Illinois to establish the Collaborative Funding Plan, which aims to raise $3 million in each of the next five years from a variety of sources—60 percent from the private sector; 40 percent from the public sector. The agreement allows for donors to make tax-deductible contributions in support of the regional economic development initiative. If achieved by 2018, FFCI’s goals would add $1.75 billion annually to regional payrolls and an estimated $33-$34 million a year in state and local tax revenue. To learn more, call (309) 674-8730 or email email@example.com. The Metro Peoria Committee announced the establishment of a Metro Peoria Speakers Bureau,an effort to raise awareness of the joint partnership between the City of Peoria and Peoria County governments. The six-member committee, composed of three County Board members and three City Council members, are working to identify and implement collaborative efforts for better service delivery to citizens. To schedule a speaking engagement, call (309) 672-6918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Metro Peoria, visit metropeoriagov.com. The Peoria Historical Society, in collaboration with the Peoria Public Library, invites artists to enter the 49th annual Rennick Juried Art Show, to be exhibited throughout May in the Main Library Gallery. Artists must submit a recent, original work depicting a central Illinois theme—anything within a 100-mile radius of the Tri-County Area, from landmarks and nature to events and people. Artwork must be delivered to Lower Level One at the Peoria Public Main Library, 107 NE Monroe St., on April 26th between 10am and 5:30pm. Entry fee for the first piece of art is $15; $10 for each additional piece; and Best in Show will win $300. For details and applications, visitpeoriahistoricalsociety.org or peoriapubliclibrary.org. To learn more, call (309) 672-2363 or (309) 497-2120, or email email@example.com.
Thursday, March 21st @ Peoria Riverfront Museum Arts Alliance Illinois and ArtsPartners of Central Illinois will host Make Art Work: The Arts, Jobs, Talent, and Community Vitality in the Greater Peoria Area from 1 to 2:30pm. The free forum will explore how the arts support jobs, generate government revenue, attract tourists and spark innovation in Peoria and across the state. To register, call (312) 855-3105 x15 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thursday, March 21st @ The 5th Quarter Startup Peoria will host a meetup for tech startup entrepreneurs from 4:30 to 7:30pm at 1110 N. Main St. in East Peoria. Collaborate with local business minds and meet other entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds every third Thursday. Find out more at meetup.com/startup-peoria. Learn more about Startup Peoria at startuppeoria.com. Thursday, March 21st @ Embassy Suites PARC will host the 2nd annual Bon Appétit Live!, featuring a cooking demonstration by season seven winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Kevin Sbraga, beginning at 6:30pm. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner inspired by Chef Sbraga and a silent auction of original artwork by individuals PARC serves. Tickets are $100; proceeds benefit PARC’s programs. Make your reservation online at parcway.org. Saturday, March 23rd @ Weaver Ridge Golf Club The Peoria Ballet presents “The Snow White Event” beginning at 6pm. In addition to a special preview of the ballet’s spring performance of Snow White, guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, a raffle and music by the West MacQueen Street Band. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the Peoria Ballet offices. Save on admission to Snow White, being performed April 19th and 20th, and purchase both tickets for $95. For more information, call (309) 690-7990 or visit peoriaballet.com. Saturday, March 23rd @ Methodist at Allen Road The Peoria Medical Society offers a closer look at President Ronald Reagan from 1:30 to 3:30pm at the Methodist at Allen Road Conference Center. John Morris, director of the Ronald W. Reagan Society, will share untold stories of his life and the lessons of leadership. Call (309) 692-1192 or email@example.com to RSVP. Monday, March 25th @ Kepple Team Real Estate The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce will hold an Affordable Care Act workshop from 11:45am to 1pm at 2426 W. Cornerstone Ct. in Peoria. Laura Minzer, executive director of the Illinois Chamber’s Healthcare Council, will help attendees decipher employer obligations and learn more about the impact of the ACA on their business. Tickets are $15/Chamber members; $30/general public. Call (309) 495-5923, firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at peoriachamber.org. Wednesday, March 27th @ ICC North Campus Illinois Central College will host a panel discussion on the status of Don’t Shoot Peoria from 9:30 to 10:30am in Arbor Hall auditorium. Panelists include Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard, Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady, Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tate Chambers. Admission is free. For more information, call (309) 690-7691 or emailMichelle.Weghorst@icc.edu. Wednesday, March 27th @ Alzheimer’s Association – Central Illinois Chapter The Alzheimer’s Association will host an open house at its headquarters in Peoria, 606 W. Glen Ave., from 4 to 7pm. Meet staff and learn more about the association’s programs, services and advocacy efforts. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes be handed out. Call (800) 272-3900 or learn more at alz.org/illinoiscentral.