Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Weekly Chamber Connection

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Speakeasy Art Center Upcoming Events



SEP 30
Young Artist Class
Every Tuesday for 6 weeks the kids will meet and create and then have an exhibit show to show off their work. Email speakeasyerica@yahoo.com for more info https://www.facebook.com/events/766932503370784/
4:00pm

SEP 30
Kindermusik Move & Groove-
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
5:00pm

SEP 30
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit  http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
6:00pm

OCT 01
Kindermusik Sing & Play
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
10:00am

OCT 01
Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
11:00am

OCT 01
Crafty Kids Club
Join us every 1st & 3rd Wednesday for Crafty Kids Club! Membership $20 a month with a sibling discount. Email classes@speakeasyartcenter.com to register and get all of the exciting details!
4:30pm

OCT 01
Kindermusik Wiggle and Grow
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
6:00pm

OCT 01
Open Mic Night-
Open Stage is for musicians to network with other local talent for evening. Held on the first and third Wed. of each month. $5 cover BYOB and snacks
7:00pm

OCT 02
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
11:00am

OCT 02
Canvas & Cocktails with Terri Gambetti  is a social painting class mixed with wine and fun. Email tsgambetti@aol.com to register
6:30pm

OCT 06
Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
5:00pm

OCT 07
Young Artist Class
Every Tuesday for 6 weeks the kids will meet and create and then have a exhibit show to show off their work. Email speakeasyerica@yahoo.com for more info https://www.facebook.com/events/766932503370784/
4:00pm

OCT 07
Kindermusik Move & Groove
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
5:00pm

OCT 07
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
6:00pm

OCT 08
Kindermusik Sing & Play
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
10:00am

OCT 08
Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
11:00am

OCT 08
Zen Doodle with Leslie is class revolved around doodling and relaxation. Bring your own wine and get your zen on.
6:00pm

OCT 08
Kindermusik Wiggle and Grow
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
6:00pm

OCT 09
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
11:00am

OCT 10
Salsa Lessons & Open Dance  
Come out for a fun night with lessons in Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata and music by DJ Caballero. Lessons will be from 8-9PM with open dance from 9-midnight. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy! $7 at the door.
8:00pm

OCT 13
Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
5:00pm

OCT 13
Open Watercolor With Erica-
Open watercolor with Erica is a fun night to experiment with watercolor technique and network with other local artists
5:30pm

OCT 14
Young Artist Class
Every Tuesday for 6 weeks the kids will meet and create and then have a exhibit show to show off their work. Email speakeasyerica@yahoo.com for more info https://www.facebook.com/events/766932503370784/
4:30pm

OCT 14
Kindermusik Move & Groove
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
5:00pm

OCT 14
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
6:00pm

OCT 15
 Kindermusik Sing & Play
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
10:00am

OCT 15
Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
11:00am

OCT 15
Crafty Kids Club
Join us every 1st & 3rd Wednesday for Crafty Kids Club! Membership $20 a month with a sibling discount. Email classes@speakeasyartcenter.com to register and get all of the exciting details!
4:30pm

 OCT 15
Kindermusik Wiggle and Grow
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
6:00pm

OCT 15
Open Mic Night
Open Stage is for musicians to network with other local talent for evening. Held on the first and third Wed. of each month. $5 cover BYOB and snacks
7:00pm

OCT 16
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
11:00am

OCT 16
Stitch & Bitch is night to bring your yarn, fiber or looms and hang out with others of alike interests. Share your talents or learn a new one.
Free event!
6:00pm

OCT 16
Canvas & Cocktails with Terri Gambetti is a social painting class mixed with wine and fun. Email tsgambetti@aol.com to register
6:30pm

OCT 17
Young Artist Reception – a reception to celebrate the hard work of our young artists last 6 weeks of classes. Free- snacks provided
5:00pm

OCT 20
Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
5:00pm

OCT 21
Kindermusik Move & Groove
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
5:00pm

OCT 21
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
6:00pm

 OCT 22
Kindermusik Sing & Play
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
10:00am

OCT 22
Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
11:00am

OCT 22
Kindermusik Wiggle and Grow
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
6:00pm

OCT 23
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
11:00am

OCT 23
Speakeasy Performance Poetry
Come experience the work of amazing local poets, network with community members, and as always BYOB or snacks.
Oh yeah, door prizes!
7:30pm

 OCT 24
A Weekend of Weaving at The Speakeasy
Fri Oct 24th-Weave-It Hand Looms 6:30PM-8:30PM/ $20
Sat Oct 25th-Free to Weave-Floor Looms 10A-12P/ $25
Sat Oct 25th-Weaving Patterns-Floor Looms 1P-4P/ $25
Sun Oct 26th- Ritzy Rags-Floor Looms 12:30P-4:30P / $50
Registration Details at
hopewellweaving.com
309-224-9258

 OCT 25
The Great Burr Oak Science Club-
The Great Burr Oak Science Club is an organization dedicated to increasing public interest in the sciences. Our monthly meetings feature a variety of scientific topics and our relaxed, open-forum setting makes science fun and accessible. The meetings are always free and open to all. Topic to be announced.
6:00pm

OCT 27
Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
5:00pm

OCT 28
Young Artist Class
Every Tuesday for 6 weeks the kids will meet and create and then have a exhibit show to show off their work. Email speakeasyerica@yahoo.com for more info https://www.facebook.com/events/766932503370784/
4:30pm

Oct 28
Kindermusik Move & Groove
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
5:00pm

OCT 28
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
6:00pm

OCT 29
Kindermusik Sing & Play
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
10:00am

 OCT 29
Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
11:00am

OCT 29
Kindermusik Wiggle and Grow
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
6:00pm

OCT 30
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn
There is a variety of Kindermusik classes available at the Speakeasy Art Center. Visit http://www.kindermusik.com/singoutstudios/ for more info
11:00am

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Join Us For The World's Largest Earthquake Drill

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is encouraging all Illinoisans to participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut on October 16, 2014, at 10:16 a.m. The goal of this “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill is to draw attention to the earthquake hazard that exists in Illinois, across the country and around the world.

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is held on the third Thursday of October each year as part of a large-scale ShakeOut involving millions of participants from more than 40 states and territories and several other countries. To date almost 21 million people have registered worldwide. Nearly 290,000 of those registrants are Illinoisans.

Some of the worst earthquakes in the U.S. occurred during the winter of 1811-1812 when earthquakes shook the Mississippi River Valley along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The series of at least three magnitude 7 or greater earthquakes changed the landscape of the Central U.S. If earthquakes of similar magnitude happened today, their effects could have catastrophic impacts on national transportation, communication, utility and financial systems.

To participate in the ShakeOut log on to the ShakeOut website, http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/, where you can register for the drill and obtain details and reference materials. Please encourage others in your community to participate in ShakeOut, including schools, businesses, families, government agencies, medical facilities, colleges, universities and other organizations.
If an organization cannot participate on October 16, another day may be selected to conduct a “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill. If another day is selected, the organization should still register on the ShakeOut website.

Additional earthquake preparedness and mitigation information is available on the following websites: http://www.ready.illinois.gov and http://www.cusec.org.
For more information, contact Kate Mackz at IEMA at 217/785-9925 or kate.mackz@illinois.gov.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Sept. 27, 2014

Illinois American Water encourages customers to participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications at approved collection sites so they can be incinerated, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal.  Both flushing medications down the toilet and throwing them in the trash are discouraged.

The event is Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Collection sites participating in this event can be located by visiting http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

“This event is a great opportunity for residents to securely drop off any unused or expired medications,” said Karla Olson Teasley, Illinois American Water president.  “It’s important for us to keep these items out of our landfills and water supplies as well as the hands of those who may misuse or abuse them.”  

Teasley added, “We encourage those who cannot participate during this DEA event to continue to use their community pharmaceutical disposal programs to properly dispose of their unwanted medications.  Through all of these efforts we can protect not only our water but our community as a whole.”  

Through partnership and collaboration with local pharmacies, environmental stewards, police departments and government officials, Illinois American Water has helped to implement 33 permanent pharmaceutical disposal programs across the state.  These programs are located in Alton, Bartonville, Belleville, Caseyville, Champaign (three sites), Chicago (two sites), Chillicothe, Collinsville, Columbia, Dixon, Fairmont, Freeburg, Maryville, Morrison, Mt. Carroll, Mt. Vernon, O’Fallon, Orland Hills, Pekin, Peoria (three sites), Peoria Heights, Pontiac, South Beloit, Sterling, Streator, Urbana (two sites) and Waterloo.  To find a permanent collection program in Illinois, please visit http://www.epa.state.il.us/medication-disposal/locations/index.html  

The pharmaceutical disposal programs were created through a model developed by Pontiac High School Township students and their teacher Paul Ritter.  The program, P2D2, has been recognized by the Illinois EPA and the Department of Natural Resources as a model for all pharmaceutical disposal programs. Through P2D2’s efforts, hundreds of thousands of pounds of unwanted medications have been collected and disposed of properly.  To learn more about P2D2 please visit www.p2d2program.org.

About Illinois American Water
Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.  Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.  With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

Weekly Chamber Connection

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*In the New Member section there are two corrections:
Creative Expressions is located at 122 S. 14th St. not 122 Court St.
Sheila Walker is the Mortgage Originator at First State Bank of IL not the Owner

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

2014 Pekin Winter Wonderland Parade

The Pekin Winter Wonderland Committee would like to invite you to join us for our annual Winter Wonderland Festival Parade on Sunday, November 30, 2014. This year’s theme is “Frozen”.

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  before the parade starts and awarded the cash prize at the Opening Ceremonies on the Pavilion Patio after the parade ends at approx 5:00 p.m.
Date:                     Sunday, November 30, 2014
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, Carolers, Carriage Rides, Sing a longs, Refreshments and SANTA.

Line-up:                 Your number in the line-up will be printed in the Pekin Times on Friday, November 28th or Saturday November 29th, and on our internet site: www.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 email to trooper831@hotmail.com by Sunday, November 23, 2014.

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


Hope to see you there!

September Biz Barometer

Pekin's sales tax receipts continue to lag behind the rest of the county in September, and the region's employment numbers were down in July.  However real estate sales are generally up over the previous year.

Pekin's September sales tax disbursement from the state was down just 0.2% compared to the same month a year ago.  The 3-month running average was down 1.5% and the 12-month running average was down 10.1% compared to the same periods one year ago.

The remaining three large Tazewell County communities showed growth in their September disbursements from the state, compared to a year ago.  East Peoria was up 1.5%, Morton was up 2.1%, and Washington was up 11.0%.

 September sales tax disbursements for the four large Tazewell County communities as a whole, were up 2.4% compared to September of 2013. That continues a positive trend: the 3 month running average is up 6.0% and the 12-month running average is up 1.9% compared to the same periods one year ago.

The unemployment rate in Pekin rose to 8.5% in July, up from 8.0% in June. The July unemployment rate in Tazewell County was 7.2%, up from 6.8% in June.

15,512 people were working in Pekin in July, which was down 222 from June.

Through July a total of 248 residential units have been sold in Pekin. That is down 9.8% compared to the same period a year ago. Washington (-17.4%), Morton (-16.8%) and East Peoria (-1.6%) are also reported lower sales through July compared to the same period a year ago.

The average sales price of residential units in Pekin was $114, 931 for the first 7 months of the year. That is a 7.5% increase over the same period in 2013. Morton ($210,188, +10.4%) and Washington ($197,164, +7.5%) also reported increase sales prices, while East Peoria ($137,737, -0.7%) was virtually unchanged.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 142,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1 percent in the U.S.  Job gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) decreased 0.2 percent in August on a seasonally adjusted basis.  Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.  The seasonally adjusted decline in the all items index was the first since April 2013. The indexes for food and shelter rose, but the increases were more than offset by declines in energy indexes, especially gasoline.
Sources: Peoria Area Association of Realtors, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Department of Revenue, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ferguson Plumbing Ribbon Cutting

Representatives from the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Craig Ferguson and Ferguson Plumbing to the chamber with a ribbon cutting.   Ferguson Plumbing LLC has technicians who are available in your area and who’ll assess your problem, give you a free estimate, and find a solution that stays within your budget. They are locally owned, fully licensed and insured, and dedicated to excellent customer service.  Ferguson Plumbing can be reached at 262-4914 or on the web at www.pekinplumbingcontractor.com

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pekin Main Street To Host Friday Night Family Fest on this Friday, September 12th

When: 5-9:30PM

Where: Downtown Pekin, around the courthouse on Court, Capitol, and Elizabeth
Streets

Description: Pekin Main Street will once again host their Friday Night Family Fest in the streets of downtown Pekin, rescheduled from last Friday due to inclement weather. Sponsored by Herget Bank, Pekin Insurance, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, and the Pekin Area Visitor’s Bureau, this event for all ages will include food, music, and the third and final round of Pekin’s Got Talent. The sale and consumption of alcohol at this family-friendly event is strictly prohibited.

Food Vendors Include: Papa Murphy’s, Deep Fried Delights, Maui Wowi,
Haddad’s and Haddad’s on Main, Jeff’s Snack Shack, Mashies, Corn Belt Concessions,
and the Alzheimer’s Association (strawberry shortcake). Pepsi products will be sold by
Pekin Main Street.

Pekin’s Got Talent (7-9PM): 24 Acts, 14 contestants. Cash prizes will be
awarded to the first, second, and third-place prize recipients ($300, $200, and $100
respectively). Other awards, including the Papa Murphy’s Fan Favorite, the 2014
Marigold Festival Grand Marshall’s Choice Award, and the 2014 Miss Marigold’s Choice
Award, will also be announced.

Music: The Nikbeats will provide entertainment on the Band Stage, situated near
the intersection of Court and 4th Streets beginning at 6:30PM. Chris Tarpley and the
Future Funk All-Stars will provide music on the Pekin’s Got Talent Main Stage near the
intersection of Elizabeth and Capitol Streets from 5-6:30PM, opening for PGT.
Other Entertainment: Games, face painting, and The Unique Twist balloon artists
are all included in the entertainment provided for our younger participants.

Quote: “As always, Pekin Main Street is very much enthused to present this exciting,
family-friendly event to our community. Our downtown area really is the ideal venue for
lively outdoor entertainment, and we’re looking forward to accommodating another big
crowd this year. We are thankful that the forecast predicts a beautiful fall evening, and
are anxious to see all of the night’s festivities come to life under good conditions.”
-Tiffany White, Executive Director

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Upcoming Events at the Speakeasy Art Center


Speakeasy Art Center September 2014 events


SEP 02
Kindermusik Move & Groove, Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois  5:00pm

SEP 02 
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 6:00pm

SEP 03 
Kindermusik Sing & Play Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 10:00am

SEP  03
 Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 11:00am

SEP 03 
Crafty Kids Club Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 4:30pm

SEP 03 
Open Mic Night Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 7:00pm

SEP 04
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 11:00am

SEP 04
Canvas & Cocktails with Terri Gambetti Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 7:00pm


SEP 08
 Open Watercolor With Erica Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 5:30pm

SEP 09
Young Artist Class Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 4:00pm

SEP 09
Kindermusik Move & Groove Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 5:00pm

SEP 09
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 6:00pm

SEP 10 
Kindermusik Sing & Play Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 10:00am

SEP 10 
Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 11:00am

SEP 10
Zen Doodle with Leslie Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 6:00pm

SEP 11
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 12:00pm

SEP 12
Opening Reception- Converging Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 7:00pm



SEP 16
Young Artist Class Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 4:00pm

SEP 16
Kindermusik Move & Groove Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 5:00pm

SEP 16
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 6:00pm

SEP 17
Kindermusik Sing & Play Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 10:00am

SEP 17 
Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 11:00am

SEP 17
Crafty Kids Club Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 4:30pm

SEP 17
Open Mic Night Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 7:00pm

SEP 18
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 11:00am

SEP 18
Stitch & Bitch Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 6:00pm

SEP 18
Canvas & Cocktails with Terri Gambetti Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 7:00pm
SEP 19
Date Night Painting Class Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 7:00pm

SEP 23
Young Artist Class Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 4:00pm

SEP 23
Kindermusik Move & Groove Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 5:00pm

SEP 23
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 6:00pm

SEP 24
Kindermusik Sing & Play Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 10:00am

SEP 24
Kindermusik Cuddle & Bounce Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 11:00am

SEP 25
Kindermusik Laugh & Learn Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 11:00am

SEP 25
Spoken Word with Gena Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 7:30pm

SEP 27
The Great Burr Oak Science Club Meeting Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 6:00pm

 SEP 30
Young Artist Class Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 4:00pm
SEP 30
Kindermusik Move & Groove Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 5:00pm

Sept 30

Kindermusik Laugh & Learn Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois 6:00pm

BERGNER’S GOODWILL SALE OFFERS 25% OFF COUPONS FOR DONATIONS

Goodwill of Central Illinois and Bergner’s will hold their semiannual donation drive beginning Wednesday, September 17 through Saturday, October 4. During the drive, every item donated to Goodwill will earn the donor a 25% off coupon from Bergner’s. Donors can earn additional coupons during Triple Coupon Days. Beginning on the opening day of the sale, September 17, donors will receive triple coupons. For every one item donated, they will receive three coupons. On that day, Goodwill will have a truck at the Bergner’s at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie. The goal is to “Stuff the Truck” with donations. Triple Coupon Days will take place September 17 through September 23 and again October 2 through October 4. Donations can be made at any Goodwill or Bergner’s location.
Discount coupons can be used on items not normally on sale, such as fragrances, cosmetics and
electronics. The sale of these donated items provides the funding Goodwill needs to provide free
programs and services to the people of Central Illinois. Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Goodwill also operates a youth mentoring program for youth ages 12 to 17. For more information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at www.goodwillpeo.org or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

Six Record Setting Months at Peoria International Airport

The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA), has logged its sixth consecutive month of record high passenger numbers for the year. August brought 55,856 travelers through PIA’s terminal, a 7% increase from the same month in 2013. Similar records were set at PIA in March, April, May, June and July of 2014.
“The steady and sustained passenger growth shows that demand is increasing for air travel at PIA. The Peoria International Airport continues to serve as the preferred choice for Central Illinois travelers, and beyond,” said Gene Olson, Director of Airports. “We have a top-notch facilities, competitive fares, expanded free parking, and great nonstop service. We are continuously looking for ways to make our patrons’ travel experience even better, and we are looking forward to continuing to develop and serve the region in the best ways possible,” added Olson.
June 2014 had the highest passenger count in the Airport’s history. Thus far in 2014, PIA has seen more than 429,000 travelers.
In August, PIA acquired its eleventh non-stop destination with the addition of Allegiant to Orlando-Sanford. Travelers are enjoying the comfortable and friendly environment and the ease of travel at the Peoria International Airport. The Airport is also easily accessible prior to arrival; online with a newly redesigned website at FLYPIA.com and on Facebook and Twitter. The General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport was named Primary Airport of the Year for 2014 by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Mashie's Pub Tuesday Night Dinner Special!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pekin Pain Center Opens

Congratulations to Arek Grochowski, M.D. who recently opened the Pekin Pain Management Center in Pekin Hospital.  The Pekin Pain Management Center treats acute and chronic pain, including neck, back, shingles pain and headaches.  They are located in Suite K on the 2nd floor of the Medical Office Building at 600 S. 13th.  You can reach them at 353-0721.  You can see more pictures at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SOUTH SIDE TRUST & SAVINGS BANK WELCOMES NEW MORTGAGE LOAN CONSULTANT

South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., welcomes Angie Menefee as a full service Mortgage Loan Consultant specializing in all aspects of the home buying process

Menefee has worked in the banking industry for 29 years.  She attended Illini Bluffs High School and Illinois Central College.  Menefee is involved in fundraising for the Tuscarora Fire Department, Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Peoria Area Renegades Rugby Club.  She currently resides in Bartonville with her husband and daughter. Her son is a United States Marine, and Menefee is a proud supporter.
           
Menefee works with Conventional, FHA, VA, Rural Development and Construction loans.  She has worked with different grant programs, including IHDA, City of Peoria, and Down Payment Plus.  Menefee specializes in first time homebuyers – giving the customer choices, looking at all options, and explaining the process so the customer understands the full home-buying process.


South Side Trust & Savings Bank, a locally owned financial institution since 1922, has $670 million in assets and serves the tri-county area with 12 full service locations in Peoria, East Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Chillicothe, Washington, and Pekin.  South Side Bank owns Mid Illinois Insurance Services, Inc. located at 1524 W. Glen Avenue in Peoria. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Welcome To Our Newest Member!

Yesterday's Bar & Grill
363 Court St. 
Pekin, IL 61554
309-346-3255
Jim Schramm, owner
Joy Schramm, owner

Yesterday's Bar & Grill is a neighborhood tradition. It is a quaint and friendly place to eat, and has been locally owned and operated since 1994. Start your meal with one of their delicious appetizers like Toasted Ravioli or Buffalo Wings. For the main course, they offer a full menu as well as gourmet sandwiches and salads. Choose from such taste tempting choices as Hand Cut USDA Choice Steaks, Fish & Shrimp Combo, Chicken Breast, and Pork Tenderloin.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS COMPETE FOR SMART BOARD AND $500

Goodwill of Central Illinois has teamed with WMBD-TV for the Drive to Victory donation campaign. Each week two local high schools will meet on the football field while their schools compete to see who can donate the most to Goodwill.
Each week a winner will be named, based on the highest amount of pounds donated.
At the end of the drive, the school with the most pounds donated will win a SMART Board from Bradfield’s and $500 from CEFCU. Donations must be made at the school, the week of their match up. A PODS unit will be placed at the school to house the donations.
“While clothing is always welcome, we need donations of housewares, kitchen wares and home d├ęcor,” said Gretchen Piper, Goodwill’s Director of Communications. “We know that the people of Central Illinois will donate because they care about our community, but having incentives like a SMART Board and $500 is great. We are grateful to Bradfield’s and CEFCU for their generous donations.
For a list of the schools competing and their game dates, as well as contest rules,
visit ciproud.com.

Dad's Dash 5K & Walk


Beloit College Mindset List - 2018

Each August since 1998, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., has released the Beloit College Mindset List, providing a look at the cultural touchstones and experiences that have shaped the worldview of students entering colleges and universities in the fall.

This is always a fascinating list of interesting facts about today's 18 year olds.  You can find the list at:  http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2018

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome to our Newest Member!

Proven Technology Group

1701 East Empire Street Suite 360-318 
Bloomington, IL61704
309-377-5600
 Bryan Morris, Co-Owner 
Jason Sharpe, Co-Owner
Proven Technology Group specializes in providing managed information technology solutions to small and medium sized businesses across Central Illinois. Our professional scope ranges from architecting, designing, and supporting networks and data cabling solutions, to engineering and implementing telecommunications systems, as well as local and wide area networking solutions. By coordinationg and managing professional technical solutions and vendors, and proactively managing business networks, our clients see the benefits of the ability to completely focus on running their businesses. 

Ivy Club's Cardboard Boat Race


Illinois American Water Announces Facebook Photo Contest Winners

Local Organizations Receive Donation and Raise Awareness about Value of Water

Illinois American Water announced today the winners of the company’s “Value of Water” Facebook photo contest.  Three organizations throughout Illinois American Water’s service areas will share a donation of $1,500.

Illinois American Water invited 12 local organizations to submit photos and thoughts to depict what water service means to their organization and community.  The public was invited to vote on the photos which were posted to Illinois American Water’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ilamwater.  Over 8,800 votes were cast during the contest’s duration between July 22, 2014 and August 20, 2014.  

“Illinois American Water received so many great entries depicting the value of water service and the response from the public was reflective of their efforts.  These organizations are making a difference in our communities; we are proud to partner with them,” said Karla Olson Teasley, Illinois American Water President.

Based on the results of the contest, Illinois American Water will issue three grants as follows:
·        Streator Child Development Center in Streator earned their organization $750 (first place).  
·        Tazewell Animal Protective Society (TAPS) in Pekin earned their organization $500 (second place).  
·        The Sterling Fire Department in Sterling earned their organization $250 (third place).  

More information about the Value of Water service and Illinois American Water can be found at www.illinoisamwater.com.  

About Illinois American Water
Illinois American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 6.600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 14 million people in more than 40 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting
www.amwater.com.

Congratulations to the Lucky Duck Winners!!!


Friday, August 22, 2014

August Biz Barometer

Pekin's sales tax receipts continue to lag behind the rest of the county in August, and the region's employment numbers were down in July.  However real estate sales are generally up over the previous year.

L Pekin's August sales tax disbursement from the state was down just 0.7% compared to the same month a year ago.  The 3-month running average was down 5.9% and the 12-month running average was down 10.2% compared to the same periods one year ago.

J The remaining three large Tazewell County communities showed growth in their August disbursements from the state, compared to a year ago.  East Peoria was up 22.9%, Morton was up 8.7%, and Washington was up 3.6%. 

J July sales tax disbursements for the four large Tazewell County communities as a whole, were up 9.9% compared to August of 2013. That continues a positive trend: the 3 month running average is up 7.9% and the 12-month running average is up 2.6% compared to the same periods one year ago.
 
L The unemployment rate in Pekin rose 8.5% in July, up from 8.0% in June. The July unemployment rate in Tazewell County was 7.2%, up from 6.8% in June.
 
L 15,512 people were working in Pekin in July, which was down 222 from June.

L Through July a total of 248 residential units have been sold in Pekin. That is down 9.8% compared to the same period a year ago. Washington (-17.4%), Morton (-16.8%) and East Peoria (-1.6%) are also reported lower sales through July compared to the same period a year ago.

J The average sales price of residential units in Pekin was $114, 931 for the first 7 months of the year. That is a 7.5% increase over the same period in 2013. Morton ($210,188, +10.4%) and Washington ($197,164, +7.5%) also reported increase sales prices, while East Peoria ($137,737, -0.7%) was virtually unchanged.
 
J Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 209,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, retail trade, and construction.
 
J The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in July on a seasonally adjusted basis. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.0 percent before seasonal adjustment.

Sources: Peoria Area Association of Realtors, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Department of Revenue, US Bureau of Labor Statistics