Showing posts from March, 2017

Public Open House: Front Street

Public Open House Informational Meeting Scheduled by City of Pekin For Improvement of Front Street The City of Pekin will hold an Informational Meeting regarding the proposed improvement of Front Street from Distillery Road to Fayette Street. The informational meeting will be held at Pekin City Hall, 111 Capitol South Street, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. All persons interested in this project are invited to attend this meeting. Persons with a disability planning to attend this meeting should contact one of the individuals listed below by April 10, 2017. If special accommodations are required, the contact person should be informed at the time of contact. The meeting room is accessible to persons with a disability. The meeting will be conducted on an informal open house basis. Representatives of the City of Pekin and Hanson Professional Services, the city’s engineering consultant, will be available to discuss the project. Representatives will answer indi

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Pekin Township Easter Dinner

Pekin Township will be serving Easter dinner to anyone who would enjoy a meal. We will also do home delivery ONLY to shut-ins and handicapped. If you know of anyone who would like a meal, please tell them about the Easter dinner. Where: Pekin Township Building, 420 Elizabeth St., Pekin, IL 61554 When: Friday, April 14, 2017 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Salvation Army Fundraiser


2017 Marigold Festival Grand Marshal Nomination Forms Now Available!


North Side Community Center First Annual Spring Craft and Vendor Show

Come join us for a Community Craft and Vendor Show on April 1st from 8-2pm!  We will have popcorn hamburgers hot dogs chips cookies and drinks for sale! Lots of great little gifts for you or someone special to start your spring off right! All proceeds go to support the North Side Community Center and their service to the surrounding community. Vendor Spots are available, $25 per table, 8ft table and 2 chairs, set up is available Friday evening 6-8pm Please contact  Leia Springer  for more details!

John Evans Supportive Living Easter Egg Hunt

You’re invited to the 9 th Annual John Evans Supportive Living Easter Egg Hunt Rain or Shine- Dress appropriately in case the hunt is held outside! Children 1-10. Prizes, candy and The Easter Bunny! Where:     John Evans SLC 1320 Executive Ct. Pekin, Il When:        Saturday April 8 th Time:        10:00 a.m. Sharp We are also now accepting donations of wrapped small candies or monetary donations to fill our more than 1,000 eggs! You may drop off candy at the front desk!

Innovative Medical Therapies Provides Laser Treatments for Challenging Medical Issues Facing Women

1 in 3 women over the age of 45 will have a pelvic health concern in their lifetime and 1 in 2 women over the age of 65 will experience the same concerns.* [1]   These concerns are not easy to talk about and women suffer silently because treatment options can be messy, uncomfortable, and expensive.  Pelvic concerns include vaginal dryness, atrophy, and leakage and are caused by menopause, pregnancy, hormone imbalances, medications, cancer treatments, and more.  As a long time Family Practice Physician in Pekin, Dr. Fisher has prescribed creams and medications for women facing these issues over the years.  When he learned that the Femilift Vaginal Laser treated these challenging issues, he brought the laser to Pekin through his Innovative Medical Therapies initiative. The Femilift system is life changing for women.  Without surgery, anesthesia, or down time, patients report a near-immediate return to normal activities, including sexual intercourse.  Femilift is a laser-assisted pro

Professional Development Institute Computer Workshops

Feeling a bit overwhelmed?   PDI can help. Here's our computer workshop schedule through May. Go ahead - register for something. You'll feel better..  MS Excel 2016 Part 1 April 3 & 4 MS Excel 2016 Part 2 April 10 & 11 MS Excel 2016 Part 3 April 17 & 18 Data Analysis with Pivot Tables April 24 Data Analysis with Power Pivot May 8 MS PowerPoint 2016 Part 1 May 1 & 2 MS PowerPoint 2016 Part 2 May 10 &

Mashie's Pub & Eatery - Wine & Cheese Spring Shopping Event



YWCA Pekin is accepting nominations for outstanding leadership and achievement awards to be presented at its 36 th Annual Women’s Recognition Day luncheon on Thursday, May 4 th at the Pekin Country Club.  The event will begin with a social from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed immediately by the luncheon program. Nominations to honor outstanding accomplishments and contributions of women in their careers and community service are being accepted at the YWCA office through April 19 th .   To qualify, nominated women must have residence or employment in Tazewell County and meet specific criteria for the nominating category.  Women may be nominated as outstanding employee or for contributions to the arts, business, professions, sports, or community service. The arts award is given to a woman displaying skill in drama, dance, music, painting, literature, sculpting, the graphic arts, or other artistic endeavors.  An accomplished banker, realtor, agent or other businesswoman, business

March Biz Barometer



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

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 ·       Plann

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 & 5 th Street. For more information, view our Prog

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, No

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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 5 th 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 Pu

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

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,” s

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—includi

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. Schedules: 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

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Just Desserts presented by The Mansion on Walnut


Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

Murder Mystery Dinner this weekend Have some Fun for St Patrick's day! LIFELESS IN SEATTLE March 17 and 18 TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE TRIVIA GAME NIGHTS on SATURDAYS:  March 25 &  April 1 Team seating still open these nights, WALK INS welcome! New Events are posted for 2017 Click here for UPcoming Events 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.