Friday, October 13, 2017

Chamber Honors Twenty-Three

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their 20th annual Business and Community Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, October 12 at the Pekin Country Club.  The chamber’s Member First Committee coordinated the luncheon, which was sponsored by Homefield Energy, Pekin Community Bank, Pekin Insurance, Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts, The Greenhouse Flower Shoppe, and UnityPoint Health. 

Recognition was given to twenty-three area businesses and organizations in several different categories:  new ownership or management; new business or building; additional employees; major retraining effort; new technology or major equipment investment; other business improvements; and, community involvement.

The speaker at the luncheon was Jerry Hall, owner and chairman, and Tom Hornstein, President and CEO, of Excalibur Seasoning Company.  They told the story of the local company founded in 1986 and some of the reasons for their growth and success.    

Chamber Board President Becky Saban closed the program by thanking the audience for their support and their recognition of the accomplishments of others.  She noted the importance of the local chamber and the long history of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.

The twenty-three businesses and organizations recognized for their achievements in the past year were:

·         Associated Bank

·         BodyWealth Massage

·         Cape Cod Village Apartments

·         Classy Girl Boutique.

·         Dan Pfeifer State Farm

·         Debbie Fornoff Interior Design and Draperies

·         Farnsworth Group

·         Good Shepherd Lutheran School

·         Heartland Health Services

·         Inspired Style Salon & Boutique

·         OSF Center for Health – Pekin

·         Illinois American Water Company

·         Pekin Animal Hospital

·         Pekin Insurance

·         Pekin Public Library

·         Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory LLC

·         Slight Edge Coaching

·         South Side Bank

·         Steger’s Furniture

·         The Salvation Army of Pekin

·         UnityPoint Health

·         Vinyl Art Studio

·         YWCA Pekin

You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/qWr2YF3hbjA2cXnP2 

October Puttin' On Pekin

Sixty chamber members and guests attended the October Puttin' On Pekin breakfast held at the Avanti's Dome on October 13th.  Jay Hall was the "early prize" winner while Alex Sinacori earned the "late prize."  The Spotlight on Business was presented to Kyle's Care at Home, the Blue Ribbon Award was presented to the Inspired Style Company, and Good Shepherd Lutheran School received the Sunshine Award.  You can see more pictures from this event at:      https://photos.app.goo.gl/AyU6nS9T01GhHlQc2

ServPro After Hours

Servpro of Peoria and North Central Tazewell County hosted the October 5th Business After Hours at their Pekin facility at 113 Sapp Street.  Chamber members and their guests learned more about this local business and their services and enjoyed plenty of great refreshments.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/uXdljQ2t718Jmp8z1

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Staples Business Advantage Coffee Program


KYLE’S CARE AT HOME CELEBRATES THEIR 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH AN OPEN HOUSE

It is with great pleasure Kyle’s Care at Home announce their 20th anniversary!  And to celebrate this milestone, Kyle’s hosted an open house on September 15, 2017 inviting associates, clients, friends and family. 
Kyle’s Care at Home began their 20 year journey in April of 1997 when Doug and Susan Kyle realized the need in the community for affordable, in-home elder care. 

A heart felt “thank you” for all who have encouraged, supported, worked for and help make these past 20 years the thriving and successful company it is today and we are optimistic what the future holds for Kyle’s Care at Home and our community.  

ICC Automotive/GM ASEP Programs Host 43rd Annual Power Show

Tues., Oct. 10
10 am to 12:30 pm
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Agricultural & Industrial Technologies Bldg.,
ICC East Peoria Campus


Illinois Central College will host approximately 200 high school students for its 43rd Annual Power Show.
Cars, trucks, heavy equipment, and race vehicles will be on display. Participants will have the chance to hear about career opportunities in the automotive industry.

At 10 am, students will participate in automotive skills contests, including On-Car Component Identification, Grand National Tire Change Challenge, Change the Sparkplugs, The Multi-meter Challenge, and the Drive Belt Challenge.

ICC Hosts Sierra Club’s Christine Nannicelli, Features Student Projects for Sustainability Contest Oct. 26

            ICC will kick off its annual Student Sustainability Presentation Contest with keynote speaker Christine Nannicelli, senior campaign representative for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign in Illinois, who will discuss “Igniting a Just Transition to Clean Energy.” Her  presentation and the student contest will be held Thurs., Oct. 26 from 2 to 4 pm in the Lecture Recital Hall on the East Peoria Campus.

ICC students will present projects relating to a variety of sustainability topics immediately following the discussion. The presentation and Sustainability Presentation Contest are free and open to the public.

Nannicelli works with Sierra Club organizers, coalition partners and frontline volunteer leaders to develop winning campaign strategies to transition Illinois' electric sector from fossil fuels to clean energy. She played instrumental roles in the closure of the Fisk and Crawford coal plants in Chicago, the passage of Illinois' Future Energy Jobs Act, and was featured in the second season of National Geographic's “Years of Living Dangerously” show for her work in Waukegan, Ill. She has been active in campaign work for more than ten years, organizing on behalf of progressive causes such as marriage equality, healthcare legislation, and financial reform, and electoral campaigns of Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth, Brad Schneider, and other state and municipal candidates. She also serves as the Board President for the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and political science from Northwestern University.  

The ICC Sustainability Committee was established in 2007 and sponsors student presentation contest bi-annually. Topics address all three aspects of sustainability – society, economics and the environment – and are limited to four to six minutes.

            

Illinois American Water Awards over $75,000 in Firefighter Grants

Over $75,000 will be shared by 78 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2017 Firefighter Grant Program. Since the program was created in 2010, over 425 grants totaling over $417,000 has been awarded to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area.
“We are proud to partner with our local firefighters. Illinois American Water tests and operates every fire hydrant annually. We also maintain all of the hydrants, over 29,000 across the state, in our service areas. We know the critical role water plays in protecting homes and businesses and we also know resources for our local heroes often runs short. Through this grant program, we are able to partner on another level and further support our local heroes,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President. The grants are being announced during National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 – 14, 2017, to raise awareness about the importance of fire prevention. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Learn more here - http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week
Illinois American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program awards grants to provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training materials and classroom programs. Illinois American Water presented grants to the following Illinois fire departments: Northern Illinois
Bolingbrook Fire Department Des Plaines Fire Department
Elmhurst Fire Department
Elgin Fire Department
Homer Township Fire Protection District
Lemont Fire Protection District
Lisle-Woodridge Fire District
Mount Prospect Fire Department
Northwest Homer Fire Protection District
Orland Fire Protection District
Oswego Fire Protection District
Plainfield Fire Protection District
Prospect Heights Fire Protection District

Senior Consulting Project


We are gearing up for the Spring 2018 semester.  Applications are being accepted for the Senior Consulting Project program until close of business on Friday, January 5, 2018.


Is your business looking to create any of the following?  The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bradley University may have the solution.
  • marketing strategy
  • feasibility study
  • strategic growth plan
  • launching a new product or service
  • starting your own business
The SBDC can also provide student teams to custom design and implement databases to manage customer, prospect, and transaction information. Human resource management related projects are also accepted, including creating and performing employee satisfaction surveys, company culture assessments and designing organizational change management systems. In-depth research can be performed to define the best target markets, gather pricing information, and determine customer satisfaction levels.


Since 1972, Bradley University has provided the Senior Consulting Program to small businesses in the central Illinois area.  In this Capstone course, College of Business majors are given an opportunity to apply their accumulated business knowledge to a "real world" business situation.
  
The student team will develop a plan of action and deliverables that will address your
organizational needs and enhance your performance. The project focuses on the future of your organization, rather than producing analysis of historical data.

What to Expect
  

During this semester long project, all business students majoring in: Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management and Leadership, Management Information Systems, and Marketing will work on your specific business need or with an individual looking to launch their own business.  Each student team will spend hundreds of hours on your project.  The project includes a complete industry analysis, a survey of customers or market areas, and specific recommendations that address your company's concerns.  Time commitment for the business owner/executive is approximately 1-2 hours each week to interact with their student team members.  At the end of the semester, your student team will provide you with a detailed written report along with an oral presentation. Each student team is supervised by a business professor. Each student signs a confidentiality agreement. The Spring 2018 semester begins January 17th and concludes on May 1st.

Examples of past projects include:
  • Customer satisfaction/needs survey, which have proven useful in determining product/service offerings, pricing, etc; 
  • Feasibility studies to determine whether to expand into new locations or new product/service lines;
  • Analyzing current marketing efforts and providing suggestions to get better results for the promotion dollar;
  • Designing a marketing strategy; 
  • Strategic planning

Start-ups and companies of any size from 2 - 200 employees
and from any industry are welcome to apply. 

  To learn more or to apply, visit our 
  
Questions, please call the Illinois SBDC at (309) 677-2992.
  
For full consideration for the Spring semester, applications must be received by 5pm 
Friday, January 5, 2018


The Illinois SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Bradley University.

This is a reminder that you are receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University. Don't forget to add illinoissbdc@bradley.edu to your address book. 


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Power of Age Expo


“Ice hockey players can walk on water.”

Little Stars Pre-Hockey is a program for boys and girls, ages 3-5, which teaches the basics of skating and hockey.  Our goal is to teach the skills required by participating in a variety of activities and adapted game situations. Games will begin as players’ progress with skating skills.  All games are set up in a non-competitive atmosphere.  Players will be divided by skill level to ensure fun for all.
Hockey is a very active sport that requires a high level of fitness. In winter months, kids often sit around due to bad weather. Hockey keeps kids active and off the couch during winter, when kids would normally be playing video games or watching T.V. It allows kids to meet other active kids as well, and make good friends.
Complete sets of loaner equipment (skates, helmet, chest pad, shin guards elbow pads and hockey pants) are available for the participants at no charge.
New Session:     October 10th  

Days/Times:       Tuesday                5:00pm – 5:45pm 
                                Wednesday         5:15pm-6:00pm
                                Friday                    5:15 pm – 6:00pm

* Fee:                   $ 89 Early Bird Registration if registered at least one week before program
                                 
Non-Residents please add $3    


“Ice hockey players can walk on water.”

Goodwill to Honor Veterans at Reception of Honor

Goodwill will hold its fourth annual Reception of Honor at Goodwill Commons on Wednesday, October 4. The evening will honor local military personnel, veterans, family members and supporting organizations.
The event is invitation only; however, the press is welcome.
WHAT: Goodwill’s Reception of Honor
WHEN: Wednesday October 4, 2017
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Goodwill Commons
2319 East War Memorial Dr., Peoria
Goodwill funds their free services through the sale of donated goods. These services include: job placement assistance and training, veterans’ support services, a 15 bedroom veterans’ home, youth mentoring and youth career planning programs and more.
Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization supporting individuals and families who are working to better their lives. For more information on retail stores, donation centers and free services, visit the website at www.goodwillpeo.org or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE HOSTS FRIDAY CAMPUS VISIT DAYS THIS FALL

Illinois Central College will host Campus Visit Days from 9:30 am to noon on Fridays this fall to give potential students information on various program options and the chance to see the College up close and personal.
ICC will feature the following programs on these dates:
·        Agriculture/Horticulture: October 27, East Peoria Campus, Agricultural & Industrial Technologies Building, Room 203
·        Business/Computer Information Systems: December 1, East Peoria Campus, Room 212C/D
·        Education/Interpreter Prep/Foreign Language: November 17, East Peoria Campus, Room 212C/D
·        Engineering: October 13, East Peoria Campus, Room 212C/D
·        Financial Aid: October 6, East Peoria Campus, Room 212C/D
·        Health Careers: September 29 or December 8, Peoria Campus, Arbor 111/112
·        POWER Programs (automotive, diesel, GM ASEP and CAT programs): October 20, East Peoria Campus, Agricultural & Industrial Technologies Building, Room 203
·        Undecided/Transfer: November 10, East Peoria Campus, Room 212C/D
Parking for the East Peoria sessions is available in the Visitors Lot.
Tours of the Academic Building and Campus Housing will be offered during sessions at the East Peoria Campus. The Friday Campus Visit Days are free of charge, but registration is required. To register, please call (309) 694-5-ICC or visit http://icc.edu/admissions/campus-visits/
Additional Friday Campus Visit Days for Fine and Performing Arts, Graphic Design, Public Service/Legal, Psychology and Sociology, and Culinary Arts programs, as well as general information for undecided students, will be available in Spring 2018, beginning in late January. Information on these upcoming Friday Campus Visit Days is available on the website.

For questions, please contact ICC at (309) 694-5-ICC.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE GUEST ARTISTS SERIES PERFORMANCE BY RUMOURS: THE ULTIMATE FLEETWOOD MAC TRIBUTE SHOW RESCHEDULED TO JAN. 19

                Due to a scheduling issue, the October 14 Illinois Central College Guest Artists Series event featuring Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show has been rescheduled for Friday, January 19 at 7:30 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.
                Tickets sold for the original date will be honored at the January 19 event. Patrons who bought tickets but who cannot attend the January 19 performance can receive refunds or credit toward another ticket purchase.

                Call the ICC Performing Arts Center at (309) 694-5136 to purchase tickets for the January 19 performance, for additional information or for assistance with a refund, or for a ticket credit.

ICC Chinese Language Institute and Peoria Area World Affairs Council co-host live China Town Hall event Oct. 24

            Illinois Central College Chinese Language Institute and Peoria Area World Affairs Council will co-host the 11th annual China Town Hall event, an eighty-city webcast featuring former National Security Advisor and U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice. The local, live webcast takes place Tues., Oct. 24 from 5:45 to 8 pm in the Arbor Hall Auditorium, Room 111, on the ICC Peoria Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria. Chinese tea will be served. Admission is free and open to the public.

The national event is presented by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations with a goal to engage in a conversation on China and the complex U.S.-China relationship, as well as its influence on the U.S. economy, policies, and security.

The event has two components: a webcast hosted at approximately eighty venues nationwide and featuring Ambassador Rice, as well as an on-site China specialist and moderator, which will be ICC Assistant Professor of History Stan Mendenhall at the Peoria location. Attendees at the local events will submit questions to Ambassador Rice through their local moderator.

More about Ambassador Rice

Ambassador Susan E. Rice was national security advisor (2013-2017) for the Obama administration and U.S. permanent representative to the UN (2009-2013), as well as U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council. Her critical role as a presidential advisor developing and executing policies U.S. foreign policy make her perspective on the relationship especially relevant during this uncertain time in the bilateral relationship.

For information on the national program and on the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, visit ncuscr.org/content/2017-china-town-hall-susan-rice


For more information about the cohosts, contact Shari West at the ICC Chinese Language Institute at swest@icc.edu, and visit the Peoria World Affairs Council website at pawac.org/about-us.html

Goodwill to Hold Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

September 27, 2017– Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois will hold its ninth annual
Stand Down for Homeless Veterans. Goodwill, along with other local social service agencies, expect to serve between 150 and 200 homeless veterans with food, winter supplies, educational seminars and medical services.
WHAT: Stand Down for Homeless Veterans
WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
WHERE: Dozer Park, 730 S. Jefferson, Peoria
Goodwill funds their free services through the sale of donated goods. These services include: job placement assistance and training, veterans’ support services, a 15 bedroom veterans’ home, youth mentoring and youth career planning programs and more.
Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization supporting individuals and families who are working to better their lives. For more information on retail stores, donation centers and free services, visit the website at www.goodwillpeo.org or call the Administrative Offices at
(309) 682-1113.

ICC Library Presents “Perspectives on Joy in Our Daily Lives” with Asayo Horibe and Rev. Jonathan Thomas Oct. 19

Illinois Central College Library will host Asayo Horibe, President of the Buddhist Council of the Midwest; and Rev. Jonathan Thomas, Co-Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Peoria; for “Perspectives on Joy in Our Daily Lives.” The program is Thurs., October 19 from 12:30-1:30 pm in Room 212 C/D on the ICC East Peoria Campus. 
The presentation is part of the ICC Library’s “One Book, One College” program and reflects this year’s book selection, The Book of Joy, by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu, along with Douglas Abrams. In the spring of 2015, Archbishop Desmond Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in India to celebrate His Holiness’s 80th birthday. In the book, the pair look back on their lives to answer a single question: “How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?”
Asayo Horibe is a 3rd generation Japanese American Buddhist. She serves as President of the Buddhist Council of the Midwest, on the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago, the Secretary of State Asian American Advisory Board, and is Trustee Emeritus of the Parliament of World Religions. A registered nurse for more than 50 years, Horibe also is a lay minister, caregiver for her two granddaughters, and lives in Evanston, Ill. She attended Chicago Public Schools as a youth.
               The Rev. Jonathan Thomas studied Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and Theology at Princeton University, where he focused on the topic of theology and mental illness. He taught for some years before accepting a call to become an Episcopal priest. He has been ordained for seven years and served at churches in Virginia, New Jersey, and Connecticut before coming to Illinois. He and his wife, The Rev. Jenny Replogle, are the priests at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Peoria. He is involved in a number of groups engaged in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. His focus is on building a church where important conversations occur and people are drawn closer to God because the full image of God is present and given space and voice in the human diversity gathered in our communion.

The mission of the “One Book, One College” program is to foster interdisciplinary relationships through a shared reading experience. More information is available at icc.edu/library/one-book-one-college/

               For questions on this event or on “One Book, One College,” call the ICC Library at (309) 694-5355.

Walking Tour of PCHS


Night Out Against Crime Needs Business Support

The Pekin Police Department is excited to announce our upcoming 15th annual Night Out Against Crime to be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017. This event is once again being held at the Avanti’s Dome, located at 3401 Griffin Ave., from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The first hour will be private and open to families of sponsors as well as some special needs students from area schools.

Every year, we have the privilege of working with fine companies such as yours in Pekin to put on one of the largest FREE events for the public. However, this is far from just a free event. This is a chance for the public to connect with Public Safety workers in their communities, and for citizens to get important information for their families.

Our purpose for this event:
  • Focus on safety and security
  • Emphasize drug and alcohol prevention
  • Heighten crime awareness
  • Promote the partnership between the Police and the Community
  • Educate Pekin citizens about public health and safety services available in the community

In the past we have had carnival rides, bounce houses, a giant rock climbing wall, balloon artists, face painting, photo booth, and much more! We are hoping to be able to have the same this year.  We also have emergency vehicles on display and K9 demonstrations. Last year we had close to 4,000 people in the 3 hours! Every year we also give away several bikes and helmets.


It is generous giving from our business community that has allowed us to have such a HUGE success with this incredible event! We are seeking your help to make a huge impact in our community again this year by supporting this event. In order for us to fund this event, we are asking for last minute donations. If you can help, please send in your donation at any time.  Thank you in advance for your support of this important event!

Illinois Central College Adult Community Programs Offers “English for Everyday Life” Class for Non-Native Speakers Oct. 24 - Dec. 5

               Illinois Central College Adult Community Programs will offer a new, noncredit class, “English for Everyday Life,” Tuesdays and Thursdays October 24 through December 5, from 10 am to noon at Hickory Hall 105 on the ICC Peoria Campus, 5407 N. University St., Peoria. The class is geared toward non-native English speakers and is taught by Sally Plattner.

               Course objectives include: practicing English vocabulary, understanding Midwestern North American pronunciation, practicing “on the street” speaking skills, learning about American culture, and engaging in lively conversation groups.

               Cost for the class is $115. Register online at icc.edu/acp, by phone at (309) 690-6900, or in person at the ICC Peoria Campus, Hickory Hall.


               For more information, call Adult Community Programs at (309) 690-6900.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Motel 6 / Studio 6 Ribbon Cutting


The owners and employees at the Motel 6 / Studio 6 celebrated their grand opening on September 29th with a ribbon cutting.  Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Pekin joined in the ceremony.  The facility is under new ownership and opened under the new name after extensive remodeling and updating.  You can see more pictures from this event at:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/WMi0ArPNA0ItlyE22

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Peoria County Courthouse Dyes Fountain Plaza Purple this October to Celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month with The Center for Prevention of Abuse

Ceremony to honor victims, support survivors, and join forces to fight abuse takes place 10/2
Who:               Carol Merna, Executive Director, The Center for Prevention of Abuse
                        Sara Dillefeld, Director of Family Centered Services, The Center for Prevention of Abuse
                        *Additional speakers pending

What:              The plaza fountain outside the Peoria County Courthouse will turn  purple this October in                                     honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The courthouse is teaming up with The Center                             for Prevention of Abuse to announce the month-long campaign, remember victims, support                                 survivors, and join forces in the community to fight against domestic violence.

                        There is opportunity for interviews, b-roll, and photos following the                         announcement.

When:             Monday, October 2, 2017
                        12:00 p.m.-12:20 p.m.

Where:           The Peoria County Courthouse
                        Plaza Fountain
                        324 Main Street
                        Peoria, IL 61602                                                                      


Why:               More than 5,000 women, men and children, affected by violence and abuse are served by The                            Center every year. The Center has two emergency shelters in the Greater Peoria Area, one                                    located in Peoria on the main campus and the second, The Carol House of Hope, is located in                             Pekin. Last year, The Center provided 7,100 nights in its shelters for victims fleeing an abusive                               situation. 

BARD OPTICAL TAKES THE WORLD SIGHT DAY CHALLENGE BY RAISING FUNDS TO GIVE SIGHT AND HOPE TO PEOPLE IN NEED.

WORLD SIGHT DAY CHALLENGE, OCTOBER 12, 2017 — When you visit any Bard Optical before October 12, you can make a donation to OPTOMETRY GIVING SIGHT. Please look for the donation box located in every office.

Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and a pair of glasses. More than 600 million people around the world are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to the eye examination and glasses they need. Your donations allow Optometry Giving Sight to fund the solution by supporting programs that:
·             Train – local eye care professionals and;
·             Establish – vision centres for sustainability to;
·             Deliver – eye care and low cost glasses.
For more information on World Sight Day Challenge, go to www.givingsight.org



Bard Optical, Vision For Life

Monday, September 25, 2017

Upcoming Events at the Pekin Library

Pekin Winter Wonderland

The Pekin Winter Wonderland Committee would like to invite you to join us for our annual Winter Wonderland Festival Parade on Sunday, November 26, 2017. This year’s theme is “Diamonds and Pearls” in honor of our 30th year.

Come and show off your business, organization or group for holiday spectators while you meet members of the community, schools and businesses during this holiday tradition.

By entering the parade, you will be competing for a $100.00 cash prize. The winner will be chosen by the Grand Marshall.
Date:                      Sunday, November 26, 2017
Time:                     2:30 p.m. Line-up/judging begins
3:30 p.m. Parade begins at 9th and Broadway
                                Following the parade the Opening Ceremonies will take place at the Pavilion in Mineral Springs Park with Fireworks, Pony Rides, Hayrack Rides, The Unique Twist balloon artist, refreshments and SANTA.

Line-up:   Your number in the line-up will be printed in the Pekin Times on Friday, November 24th or Saturday November 25th, and on our internet site: http://pekinwinterwonderland.info/

Parade Route:   Begins in the 1100 block of Broadway, east on Broadway, right on Sycamore Street, to Pavilion Drive, right into Dugout Parking Lot, left onto Coal Car Drive. Please disband and have members picked up at the Miniature Golf parking lot.

If you plan to hand out candy, please do so by walking along the parade route. This is for the safety of the parade spectators.

Please fill out and return the entry form by Thursday, November 16,, 2017.

If you should have any questions, please email me at trooper831@hotmail.com.


Hope to see you there!



HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS INVITED TO ICC “COLLEGE NIGHT” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18

              Area high school students and their parents are invited to Illinois Central College’s “College Night” on Wed., October 18, from 5:30-7:30 pm, in the ICC CougarPlex (the facility that encompasses the Lorene Ramsey Gym). “College Night” brings representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities and from a dozen different states, as well as representatives from the armed forces, to one convenient location.
College reps will be on-hand to visit with students and their parents about programs, the admission process, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, as well as answer other questions students and parents may have.
Those interested in enrolling at ICC may choose to attend one of two “ICC Admissions Overview” sessions (5:45 pm or 6:30 pm) in the CougarPlex Classroom. ICC admissions representatives will share information on the application process, what tests to take, and when applications are due. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions following the session. Financial Aid representatives also will be on hand for one-on-one consultations.
Campus Housing will also offer tours from 5 to 7 pm. Students and parents can tour the student housing complex, ask questions about campus life, and receive information about leases.

               For more information, including the most up-to-date listing of colleges and universities attending, visit icc.edu/college-night/.

ICE SKATING BEGINS OCTOBER 7

Pekin Park District offers a variety of Learn To Skate classes for those who want to get active, learn new skills, develop confidence and have fun!  Classes are available from beginning to the more advanced Jump &Spin.   You do not need expensive equipment to start skating – we have skates that you can use.   Classes are offered Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. The first session begins October 7, 2017, so register now!

We are also the home rink for the award winning Precise Ice Team.  Registering for at least one Learn To Skate class per session allows skaters the opportunity to join Precise Ice and to enjoy skating as part of a team which allows them to spend time with others who love to skate and enjoy competition.  As members of Precise Ice, skaters build strength, develop artistry on the ice, and learn choreography for performance and competitions.  Practices are Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday night at 4:00 p.m.


For information, please call (309)201-4006 or e-mail dwilde@pekinparkdistrict.org.  View our Play Guide online at www.pekinparkdistrict.org

Neighborhood House Annual Coat Drive




Neighborhood House Annual Coat Drive

Help us bring warmth to local families by donating new or gently used coats and also new hats, gloves, & scarves to Neighborhood House!

We accept all sizes
Monday-Friday
6:30 AM-5:00 PM

The Coat Giveaway will take place
 October 26th from 6:30 AM-5:30 PM

Please contact Neighborhood House at
309-674-1131 if you have any questions or wish to donate.

Thank you for your support!