Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Two new exhibits open on March 22 at the Illinois Central College art galleries, located on the East Peoria Campus.
Take Cover and Back Story, a mixed media exhibit by Robert Tomlinson, opens in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building.
In addition, a combined exhibit of painting by Carmen Sanchez-Lorente and mixed media by Venise Keys opens in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility. The artists are scheduled to present a talk on March 30 from 11 am to 1 pm in the gallery.
Both exhibits will be on display through noon on April 14.
Tomlinson has served as executive director and curator for The San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Gallery One Visual Arts Center and the Oregon Arts Alliance. He has curated and installed more than 100 exhibitions and created a gallery for the developmentally disabled. A working artist, Tomlinson has conducted his own studio practice for more than 35 years. In 2011, he co-founded 13 Hats, a group of artists and writers that collaborated for two years on a wide range of creative projects and exhibitions. His work has been featured in 35 solo shows and more than 50 group exhibitions.
Prior to moving to Catskill, NY, Tomlinson served on the board for the newly formed Ash Creek Arts Center, which he helped to start. Tomlinson was co-founder and co-editor for the new arts and literary quarterly journal, Picture Sentence. He was the “artist vision” curator for the Lake Oswego Arts Festival in 2015 and 2016. Tomlinson hosts a monthly radio show, Purple House: A Monthly Forum for the Arts, on community radio station WGXC 90.7 FM.
Sanchez-Lorente currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the ICC Art Program. She began studying art through involvement with the Madrid Watercolor Association and earned a master degree in fine arts at Complutense University of Madrid. Her works have been displayed in several exhibits, including a solo exhibition at the Speakeasy Arts Center in Pekin, the Peoria Historical Society’s 49th Annual Rennick Juried Art Show, the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, and many more. She previous served as artist in residence for Peoria Public Schools and has taught art classes internationally in Spain, Peru and South Africa.
Keys resides in Normal and serves as an adjunct instructor in the ICC Art Program. She was born in 1991 and raised on the south side of Chicago. In 2013, she earned a bachelor degree in fine arts from Bradley University. She obtained her master degree in 2016 with a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies from Illinois State University. She began working as an artist-activist in 2011 when she chartered the Theta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity at Bradley University as a way of building solidarity among the art students, the institution and the Peoria community. Keys served as chapter president for two years.
While at ISU, Keys was awarded the individual Eric R. Baber Fellowship Grant from the School of Art faculty for artistic merit in master’s level studio performance. She also received two grants from Friends of the Arts during her studies at ISU. Her art is included in the permanent collections of the ISU University Galleries, the Education Administrations and Foundations Department at ISU, the Art Department at Bradley University, and the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. Keys’ works have been exhibited at galleries in Brooklyn, Chicago, Springfield and Peoria.
Hours of operation for Gallery 336B are Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday from 9 am to noon. The Performing Arts Center Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Operation of the galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks. To confirm a gallery will be open at a particular time, call the ICC Arts and Communication Department at (309) 694-5113. The Performing Arts Center Gallery also is accessible when the Performing Arts Center is open for public events.
The exhibits are presented by the ICC Art Program and the Arts at ICC. The Arts at ICC has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.

For more information, visit, or contact the ICC Arts & Communication Department at (309) 694-5113.

Pekin Kids' Festival

Pekin Library To Host ReferenceUSA Training Session

Central Illinois Business owners are invited to learn how to start, manage and/or grow their business by using the Pekin Public Library's free database, ReferenceUSA, at our free training session on Tuesday, June 27, at 12:00 noon at the Pekin Public Library.

At this session, entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use the library's ReferenceUSA database to find the mission-critical information to start, manage, and grow a business. Topics include:
·       Searching for businesses
·       Locating hard-to-find vendors, both locally and nationally
·       Locating subject-matter experts and professional services
·       Finding investors, venture capitalists, and angels
·       Networking with other businesses in your area or industry
·       Developing relationships with related business for cobranding opportunities
·       Understanding community demographics
·       Surveying locations for expansion
·       Conducting competitive analysis
·       Planning delivery routes and service areas
·       Sourcing new employees

This program will be presented by Nancy Spidle, of Infogroup.  Lunch will be served to registered participants.  To register, please call the Pekin Public Library at 347-7111, ext. 0.

Earth Day Recycling/Paper Shredding Day


Soccer offers a great way for a child to get in top physical shape through participation in a youth sport while having fun in a team setting.  Playing soccer improves flexibility, cardiovascular capability, and body composition.  Soccer players also develop a sense of self-confidence and increased social skills. Studies have shown that children who play competitive sports generally also perform at an above-average level in school.

Pekin Park District is offering recreational soccer which is designed to develop skills and allow adequate playing time under the direction of the Pekin Pride Soccer Club and Pekin Community High School varsity soccer players. 

Rec Soccer is 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning April 10, 2017 and ending Friday, May 19, 2017.  Cost is $48 if registered by April 4, 2017.  There is a $3 non-resident fee.  Location is PPD Sports Complex Soccer Fields located at Koch Street & 5th Street. For more information, view our Program Guide at

To register, come by the Arena Office at 250 Red Bud Drive, inside the Memorial Ice Arena.  Please contact Dawn Wilde-Burgess with any questions. or (309)201-4006.

Ground Breaking for Goodwill Veterans' Home Expansion

2017 SPHL President's Cup Playoff Pricing for the Peoria Rivermen

2017 Certificate in Small Business Cybersecurity Strategy

The Facet Family of Companies is Proud to Sponsor

2017 Certificate in Small Business Cybersecurity Strategy

Presented by the Illinois Small Business Development Center and Bradley University's Turner Center for Entrepreneurship

Learn what you can do now to protect your business from hackers, credit card scams, and more in a small business environment constantly under attack. Gain valuable takeaways from talks with industry experts and hackers alike in a lunch and learn format.

Dates + Topics

Where: Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

Registration + Lunch: 11:30 AM

Presentations: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Webinars 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Tues, April 19 (Threats and Protections)

Tues, May 23 (Understanding the Legal Implications)

Tues, June 27 (The Inside Risk)

Thur, July 27 Webinar (Best Practices from the Private Sector)

Tues, August 29 Webinar (Doing Business Internationally)

Tues, September 19 (Protecting Your Money & Your Customers)

Tues, October 24 (A White Hat Hacker's View)

Tues, November 14 (Protecting Your Employees & Assets)

Thur, December 14 (You Had a Breach - What Do You Do Next?)

Chamber Connection is now available!

Check out this weeks Chamber Connection!

Monday, March 20, 2017

ICC 5th Annual Health Career Expo

5th Annual Health Career Expo
Monday March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center
(at OSF St. Francis Medical Center)
1306 N Berkeley Ave, Peoria, Ill.

Illinois Central College (ICC) Health Careers Programs will once again participate in the 5th Annual Health Career Expo, an event to bring information about health careers opportunities an education options to area high school students. ICC Health Career Program Directors, faculty and students will lead high school students through real-world health scenarios, simulations, and hands on activities.
               Available for interviews:
  • ICC Dean of Health Careers Wendee Guth
  • ICC Health Careers program directors
  • ICC Health Careers program students

ICC is partnering with Jump Trading, OSF Health (St. Francis Medical Center) and Unity Point Health Methodist/Proctor for this event.

For more information, please contact Public Relations Coordinator Valerie Welsh, at (309) 694-5440.

Spruce up Pekin 2017

Pekin Park District's Camp Soldwedel Easter Break Escape

If you are looking for ways to keep your child's imagination fueled while on school break, our Easter Break Escape is the place to be. Children participate in activities with experienced counselors including, crafts, games, field trips, nature hikes and lots of playing outdoors. Field trips, breakfast and snacks are included in the fee, but please bring a lunch.

Dates: April 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17
Ages: Kindergarten - 13 years.
Times: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Fees: $34 per day or $120 for 5 days or $144 for 6 days. Non-residents add $3 per day.
Location: Soldwedel Program Center, McNaughton Park off Route 98.

For more information regarding registration or Pekin Park District programs, call us at 309-347-7275 or visit us online at

Be The Bridge for the Center for Prevention of Abuse

The Center for Prevention of Abuse will kick-off a social media based fundraiser called "Be the Bridge" on Tuesday, March 21st, to help bridge the gap in state funding.

The State of Illinois has been without a budget for nearly 21 months. During this time of uncertainty, lawmakers put together a stopgap measure to keep funds flowing throughout the state for the FY2017. The Center recently learned that funding for its domestic violence and family centered shelter programs were not included in the stopgap measure, despite being assured to the contrary. This currently represents a $203,000 unexpected deficit to the organization, its services, and most importantly, the clients it serves.

Through the Be the Bridge fundraiser, The Center hopes to encourage old and new friends to post a picture on their social media sites. Create and hold a simple sign with a half circle (representing the bridge) with a heart underneath and include the hashtag #iamthebridge. Everyone can Be the Bridge without even leaving his or her house! All anyone has to do is donate online, share their #iamthebridge picture online, and challenge friends to do the same. On Facebook, supporters can choose to add the "DONATE" button to their post or, simply steer supporters to the Center's website to donate through PayPal at

The Center for Prevention of Abuse serves children, adults, and seniors throughout six counties: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Marshall, and stark. The Center is the only agecy in the State of Illinois to house combined services under one roof for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, elder abuse and abuse of adults living with disabilities. The organizations's professional caregivers are a crucial part of the human support in our community, annually serving about 5,000 survivors of all ages.

Prevention Education programming is another essential service provided through The Center, teaching young people about keeping their bodies safe, building healthy relationships, and methods to prevent bullying. Last year The Center's professional educators reached more than 33,000 students. The Center for Prevention of Abuse is determined to do its best to end the cycle of violence and abuse and build a safe and peaceful community for all.

Savant Capital Management Reaches Important Milestone

Savant Capital Management, a nationally-recognized fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, IL, with 12 offices in three states, has hit another important milestone in the firm’s 30-year history. Today, the firm announced it has reached $5 billion in assets under management (AUM).

Savant set a goal to achieve $5 billion in AUM ten years ago, when the firm reached the $1 billion milestone. The firm accomplished that goal by growing 400 percent over the past ten years. During that time, Savant significantly expanded its team, added new capabilities, locations and clients with five merger & acquisition (M&A) transactions, and has expanded its ownership to 47 employees.

More milestones are expected to take place soon, as the firm intends to grow its national footprint even further through future M&A opportunities.

“Team Savant accomplished this goal together, despite the challenges of the financial crisis and other curve balls along the way,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “We believe our persistence in being innovative, making smart decisions and driving forward, has helped create significant value for countless families in the process.  Along the way, we have become one of the nation’s largest wealth management firms.  I am immensely proud of what our team has accomplished.”

Savant employs more than 140 team members. Headquartered in Rockford, IL, Savant also has offices in the following locations: Chicago, IL; Freeport, IL; Geneva, IL; Hoffman Estates, IL; Naperville, IL; Peoria, IL; Sterling, IL; Wilmette, IL; McLean, VA; Madison, WI; and Park Falls, WI. For more information, visit

About Savant Capital Management
Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally-recognized, fee-only firm, serving clients for 30 years with $5 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is regularly recognized among the top wealth managers in the United States. Savant was the recipient of the 2015 Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, part of Schwab’s IMPACT Awards® program to recognize excellence in the business of independent financial advice. Savant has consistently received other industry recognitions including recently being included on the Forbes top 200 financial advisors list, the Barron’s top 20 independent advisory firms list, being named the #9 rated RIA firm by Financial Planning magazine, and included in additional top advisors lists by Financial Advisor magazine and InvestmentNews.

Savant Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage Savant’s services and may include lists or rankings published by magazines and other sources which are generally based exclusively on information prepared and submitted by the recognized advisor. For more information about Savant or to view our Important Disclosures, go to

Savant Capital Management and its employees are independent of and are not employees or agents of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”). Schwab does not prepare, verify or endorse information distributed by Savant Capital Management. The Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™ is not an endorsement, testimonial endorsement, recommendation or referral to Savant Capital Management with respect to its investment advisory and other services.

Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center

Why Join the Chamber: Comradery

Joining the chamber isn’t all about business. There are many incredible friendships that are created in the coming together for the economic betterment of the community. Don’t overlook the potential of deep, meaningful connections with your tribe at the chamber.

We’re all just looking for that spot we belong, aren’t we? Abraham Maslow thought our desire to belong was so important that he incorporated it into his hierarchy of needs as a major human motivation. Individuals will join groups because of perceived commonalities, look for similar ways of thinking, and motivations.
From a relationship standpoint, people often laud significant others by saying, “s/he gets me.” This sentiment is a source of happiness. Even the term “soulmate” springs from the story of one soul, being split in two. When you find your soulmate, you find your “other half.” 

Finding Comradery at the Chamber

While there are probably a lot of other reasons why a business person joins the chamber—including networking, marketing assistance, advocacy, and volunteerism—comradery may be one of the hidden benefits. Where else can you find a group of people who are dedicated to the economic success of your community? Here are some of the reasons comradery should not be overlooked.

People Don’t Sit on the Front Porch Anymore

Do you know your neighbors? Most of us don’t. We’re all so busy. We pull into out garages or if we do park in the driveway, our heads are generally buried in our devices. We might acknowledge our neighbor with a half wave but few of us do much more. Porches and front stoops are no longer community congregation sites.
The chamber helps you make friends with people who have similar goals and challenges in business. You can find people in the same industry, complementary organizations, and those who can help you solve your problems. You can get to know them in a way that is hard to do elsewhere because you know you have a common desire, to improve your business.

It’s Hard to Make Friends as Adults

Ever notice how easy it is to make a friend as a child on a playground? Most young kids can spend long periods of time playing with strangers, introduce them to their mom as their new “friend,” and cry when it’s time to leave. All that connecting in such a short time. Adults, on the other hand, can know someone for years and still not consider them their “friend.”
It’s harder as you get older. Where do you meet people?
When you do meet them, say maybe a parent of one of your children’s friends, you quickly realize you have little out of that mutual relationship in common. Not so, with chamber membership. You probably know many of the same people, have the same professional challenges, and want the same things for your business and community. Those type of relationships, built on mutual interests and concerns, tend to last past the situational friendships you establish because you have kids the same age.

What Friends Can Do for Your Business

Networking is important to any business but the relationships where people go above and beyond, are friendships. You can make incredible connections through a chamber membership. You can participate in mastermind groups with people and attend events together. You can be made aware of employment openings before they’re posted because of who you know. Networking is important, but making friends means those relationships will last long past the networking event.
There are many reasons to join the chamber but the one that is most often overlooked is its ability to bring like-minded people together, people who are concerned with the business community and the success of your town. It’s nice to make friends while doing something as important as increasing economic development and opportunities in your area.

Christina R. Green teaches small businesses, chambers, and associations how to connect through content. Her articles have appeared in the Midwest Society of Association Executives’ Magazine,, AssociationTech, and Socialfish. She is a regular blogger at and the Event Manager Blog.
She’s a bookish writer on a quest to bring great storytelling to organizations everywhere.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pekin Park District Adult Softball Team

Pekin Park District still has openings for your adult softball team. Register today in the Recreation office of the Memorial Arena.   Due to the large demand for co-recreation softball we have added a new league on Tuesday nights.  Team fees are $250 sponsorship fee due at time of registration. 

Pekin Park District offers a division for all teams and abilities.
Sundays Am (afternoon) Industrial League
Sunday Evenings: Co-Rec A  
Monday Evenings:  Church A  
 Tuesday Evenings: New League Co-Rec  
Wednesday Evenings: Ladies League  
 Thursday Evenings: Kickball (openings now)
Friday Evenings:  Industrial A  

All new teams welcome.  All leagues are on a first pay first play basis.  If you have any questions feel free to call DeDe @  201-4007.p

Strider Bike Experience from Pekin Park District

Pekin Park District and Strider Bikes Company are excited to bring the Strider experience to our young future riders. 
Strider Bikes has graciously donated 7 Strider beginner bikes (appropriate size for 2-5 years old). If your little one can walk they can ride a Strider.  
What is a Strider Balance Bike? 
Balance bikes are a very simple bike designed to teach young children how to steer and balance on two wheels.  Balance bikes are designed with only foot propulsion to teach the fundamentals of riding.  When the fundamentals of balance and steering are mastered, transitioning to a bicycle with pedals is easy.
When learning to ride, a child needs to experience the feel of learning and how steering affects the balance of the bike.  Without learning, such as on a tricycle or bike with training wheels, they aren’t really learning to ride at all!  By starting out on a balance bike, your child will develop balance, coordination, and confidence!

Pekin Park District will be holding a Strider Riders Open House Saturday, April 1st 8 to 9am in the Memorial Arena warming room.   Open House is free to the public, stop by check out a bike. Strider has developed an early learning educational program dedicated to teaching children of all abilities the balance needed to enjoy a lifetime of riding adventures.  More information will be handed out on future lessons, camps and races. For more information feel free to call DeDe @ 201-4007.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

Murder Mystery Dinner this weekend
Have some Fun for St Patrick's day!

March 17 and 18


Team seating still open these nights, WALK INS welcome!

New Events are posted for 2017

We are OPEN Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays NOON TO 5pm

Trivia nights on Saturdays, arrival 6-7pm, game starts at 7pm.

We are currently selling tickets for the Murder Mysteries in March and April. 
April 7.8 - Offing Ferris Bueller

Please contact us by email-,
or call 309-645-5054 about Scheduling Events,
and booking tickets for Murder Mystery dinners or Trivia Team night reservations.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School 11th Annual Benefit Auction

Bergner's Goodwill Sale Offers 30% Off Coupons for Donations

Run A Muck

Keystart Pre-Accelerator is accepting applications!

Startup (Greater) Peoria's Keystart Pre-Accelerator is for first-time entrepreneurs who are ready to get started on their entrepreneurial journey. 

Entrepreneurs will learn tools and strategies for how to execute on their idea and gain an understanding of what the early development of a startup company looks like.


Keystart will consist of five learning modules, delivered in person over three weeks, followed by the live pitch competition for a $10,000 grant to put toward the development of the startup.

Applications for Keystart will open March 9 and close March 31 so act now! Click the button below to visit the Keystart webpage to learn more and to apply.

WTVP Pledge Drive

Rotary Park Arbor Day


Each school year, JA of Central Illinois mobilizes hundreds  of dedicated, well-trained volunteers, ranging from CEOs to college students, young professionals to retirees.  These volunteers serve as invaluable role models, helping students understand the important role that education plays in their future success. Students earn valuable education in work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.
What does it take? After completing a training session and getting acquainted with the JA curriculum, volunteers commit to spending between 5 and 7 hours in a classroom, depending on the grade level. That's right-only 5-7 hours! Generally consisting of weekly visits, teachers and volunteers plan the schedule that works best.  You pick the grade level you'd like to teach, you pick the school you'd like to visit, you pick the schedule. It's that easy!
We have an immediate need for volunteers in Bartonville, Bloomington-Normal, Chillicothe, Dunlap, Farmington, Lincoln, Pekin, Peoria, Peoria Heights, and Roanoke.
Getting up in front of a classroom full of students can sound intimidating, but time after time volunteers report back that they were shocked by just how much fun they had! To get started, fill out the JA volunteer form at and you will be contacted by a program expert with volunteer opportunities.

About Junior Achievement of Central Illinois
For over 70 years Junior Achievement has been an integral part of the education and business communities in Central Illinois. JA of Central Illinois currently operates in 84 schools and organizations within six counties. During the 2015-2016 school year, 630 volunteers delivered JA programs in 726 classrooms, impacting over 15,418 students in Central Illinois. For more information, visit


Registration opens March 15 for the summer 2017 sessions of Illinois Central College’s popular College for Kids program. The summer program features classes for students entering fourth through twelfth grades. Session 1 runs Monday –Thursday, June 12-22 and Session 2 runs Monday ─ Thursday, July 10-20.  Additional off-site Friday Fun Trips are offered from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on each Friday of College for Kids.
                One of the new classes being offered this year is Music Composer’s Jam Session, where students will use software called Finale Notepad to compose original songs and pieces of music. Another new class is S.T.E.M. Studio, a spin-off of the S.T.E.A.M. Heat course for older students. This class option gives younger students an opportunity to use their creativity to build projects within a fun environment as they learn about all the components of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering.
Other classes include: Unleashed Life of Pets, Picture Yourself on Pinterest, Urban Legends Across the Globe, Superheroes and Beyond, App Attack, Minecraft, and more.
Club CFK extends the day and accommodates working parents by offering activities for student participants following the final class session of the day until 5 pm. Club CFK features games, computers, and snacks from 3:15 pm to 5 pm. The cost to attend Club CFK is an additional $72. Students must be signed out by a parent or authorized adult no later than 5 pm each day.
Tuition per class varies for each class based on instructional materials needed. Space is limited. Registration is available March 15 by phone at (309) 690-6900, or online at A complete listing of classes, descriptions and registration materials also is available online.

                For questions, contact ICC Youth Programs Coordinator Bryan Blanks at (309) 690-6914 or email

Mashie's Pub & Eatery St. Patrick's Day Special


Sears Hometown Store Deals!

Chambers Offer DC Fly-In

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to work with other area chambers to promote this year's DC Fly-In.  The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce is working with Congressman LaHood to provide an interesting and informative event in our nation's capitol.  Regardless of your political views or perspective, these trips are a great opportunity to network with regional leaders, and hear from our nation's leaders.

Download the flyer below for all the details.  Register and pay for the conference directly with the Peoria Chamber, and then book your travel and hotel on your own.  Registration deadline is April 14th.  You can contact the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce with any questions.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March Entertainment that Supports Local Programming

For the 14th consecutive year, a nationwide study recently confirmed that PBS stations like WTVP are rated #1 in public trust among nationally known institutions. WTVP’s March line up is jam-packed with programs that are worth watching and worth your support. WTVP is commercial free and supported by the community. The majority of our funding comes from local donations…we couldn’t do it without friends like you. So please support your local PBS station by watching and funding these special shows.

Our spectacular programming with the star-studded specials, WTVP reminds you of the reason why we are your go-to channel, a safe haven for your children, a trusted source for your news and information, a front row seat for quality entertainment from around the world and your home for local stories. Without independent public television, important stories might never be told. You will be supporting the best on WTVP and PBS.

March Line Up:

Local Highlights:
Nature Returns to Emiquon Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00 PM
Barns: An Illinois Story Thursday, March 9 at 8:00 PM
Chicago’s Lakefront Wednesday, March 15 at 8:00 PM

It Plays in Peoria:
Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus Thursday, March 16 at 8:00 PM

Favorite Musical Programs:
Daniel O’Donnell: Back Home Again Saturday, March 4 at 7 PM
Celtic Woman: Destiny Wednesday, March 8 at 8:30 PM
Friar Alessandro: The Voice from Assissi Friday, March 10 at 7:30 pm
Rocktopia Live in Budapest Friday, March 10 at 9 PM
Under the StreetLamp Saturday, March 11 at 5:30 PM
Lawrence Welk TV Treasures Saturday, March 11 at 7 PM
Plus Tom Jones, John Denver, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison & Travis Tritt

Financial & How To’s
Sewing with Nancy: Doodle Stitching Saturday, March 4 at 9AM
Ed Slott’s Retirement Roadmap Sunday, March 5 at 1:30 PM
Aging Reversed with Miranda Esmonde-White Monday, March 6 at 2 PM
Suze Orman: Financial Solutions Sunday, March 12 at 12 PM

Best of Trains around North America Monday, March 6 at 8 PM
Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller Tuesday, March 7 at 7 PM
Nature: Cats Wednesday, March 8 at 7 PM
Traveling in the 70’s Monday, March 13 at 8 PM
Maya Angelou: American Masters Friday, March 17 at 7:30 PM

Check listings for detailed information. For up-to-date schedules and last-minute changes, visit or Tune in, log on and thank you for your support!

SBA 2017 Lenders Update Roundtable

The SBA (Small Business Administration) is holding a "2017 Lenders Update" Roundtable on Wednesday, March 15th.  The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University is co-sponsoring this event at the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center from 8:30am - 11:00am.  Deadline to

register is Noon on Tues, March 14.  To register, click HERE.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Welcome To Our Newest Member!

P.O. Box 522
Pekin, IL 61555-0522
Terry Finnegan, Treasurer 
AMBUCS is a national 501(C)3 charitable organization dedicated to creating opportunities and independence for people with disabilities.

A Myriad of LulaRoe at The Mansion on Walnut on MArch 12th and 26th

Join us at The Mansion on Walnut, 420 Walnut St Pekin Il  on March 12th and 26th from 1-4 PM for a Myriad of LulaRoe. Each event will have 8 different consultants available so you can catch a wide variety of patterns and sizes all in one spot! Free admission! Check out all our events on our Facebook page below.

ICC "Between the Lines" Program Explores a Life Worth Writing April 3

               Join Illinois Central College’s “Between the Lines” program as International Education Coordinator Tia Van examines the ground-breaking memoirs of the 21st century to reveal the answer to the question “What makes a story worth telling?” A Life Worth Writing: An Exploration of the Rhetorical Traditions and Relativity of Truth in 21st Century Memoirs will take place Mon., April 3 at 2:30 pm in Room 212C/D on the East Peoria Campus.
By looking at renowned authors’ use of “trigger words/situations,” implications of truth, against the “norm” behaviors, and their rhetorical or persuasive structure, we can understand why we love to read a memoir. Their relatability and unique structures make them a literary genre anyone can enjoy as a valuable real-world read. This session will draw upon specific memoirs, including, but not limited to, The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr, When You’re Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris, and Loitering by Charles D’Ambrosio.
“Between the Lines” is a lecture series presented by the faculty members of the English, Humanities and Language Studies Department at ICC. The goal of the series is to offer literary presentations which will interest students and people in the community as well as promote reading literacy and scholarly study.
               The programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Jen Hopp at or

Neighborhood House Food Fight!

Get your tickets now!

Hurry, tickets are going FAST!
April 6, 2017             5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.               Peoria Civic Center 

2017 Competing Chefs!
Dustin Allen, Edge by Chef Dustin Allen
Mike Bencher, Hy-Vee
Seth Colvin, Holiday Inn & Suites
Golda Ewalt, OSF
Adam Fife, Biaggi’s
Jeff Foster, Par-A-Dice
Ian Hocker, The Chef and The Baker
Jeff Madden, Kemp 208
Jitske Miedema-Fox, PSD 150 Culinary Program
Amanda Pyle, The Cookery
Tommy Schafer, Publik House
Josh Sumner, Country Club of Peoria
Andrea Wildey, Creve Coeur Club of Peoria

   Join Neighborhood House in the fight against hunger!

Food Fight 2017 will showcase area chefs in a live culinary competition featuring a mystery basket.  Amanda Pyle of The Cookery won the last Food Fight.  She will be sharing her winning pork and gnocchi skewer with bacon jam on cashew and kiwi greens.  You can taste everything from 13 chefs!  There will also be a craft beer and wine tasting during the first hour. Guests will also get drink tickets and dessert.     

Tickets are on sale now you may visit our website or call 309-674-1131 x 225 to purchase.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

Neighborhood House
1020 S. Matthew St.
Peoria, IL  61605
$75 per person or a table of 10 for $750 

VIP tickets are available for $150 per ticket an includes a 1st time ever opportunity to taste the food from the chef battle.  VIP's will also meet and greet with the chefs inside kitchen stadium.