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Exhibit Opening: “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill”

January 31, 2015
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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An exhibition celebrating the paintings of Illinois’ best-known folk artist, Olof Krans, who documented 19th century life in Bishop Hill, is opening to the public Oct. 11 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill” was created in conjunction with the release of a new book on Krans and his work.
The show will feature more than 20 paintings, as well as several items of furniture and artifacts from the Bishop Hill Colony – some of which have never before been displayed in Peoria. Works include portraits of early settlers, views of the colony’s ocean voyage from Sweden, and scenes of early life in Bishop Hill.
Exhibited works come from the museum's permanent collection, a local private collection and the Bishop Hill Museum – which loaned two large-scale paintings including Krans’ famous self-portrait at age 70. The exhibition is curated by Kristan H. McKinsey.
The exhibit celebrates the release of a comprehensive survey – or catalogue raisonné – of Krans' work and his documentation of life in the Bishop Hill Colony. The fully illustrated hardcover book, The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, 2014, is available for purchase in the museum store.
The book features essays on Krans’ legacy by Chicago art historian, Esther Sparks, and Martha Jane Downey, Superintendent of Bishop Hill State Historic Site.
It was published by Peoria Riverfront Museum and sponsored by Illinois folk art collector, Merle H. Glick, with additional funding from the American Folk Art Society and David Connor. Printing was made possibible by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suesa Foundation of San Francisco, Calif.

1. "Manufacturing Traditions" Exhibit

January 31, 2015 - Closed on Sunday's and Holidays
Caterpillar Visitors Center
110 SW Washington
Peoria, IL 61629
(309) 675-0606
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The tradition of manufacturing at Caterpillar has stood the test of time for nearly 90 years. Many of the tried and true tools and processes that date back to the 1920s still have a home in the modern factories of the 21st century.

Our newest exhibit features a documentary-style film celebrating two employees each with 65 years of service to Caterpillar, a digital photo album containing more than 60 photos and more than 150 artifacts showcasing Caterpillar’s culture of safety, training, quality, employee recognition -- and the processes that ensure Caterpillar products are the best in the world.

We invite you to take a look at nearly 90 years of manufacturing at Caterpillar as we celebrate the thousands of production workers – the people who create the yellow iron – with our ‘Manufacturing Traditions’ exhibit, now through February 2015.

Biggest Loser

January 31, 2015 - 12:00PM
309-282-1543
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The Peoria Park District’s RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center and OSF Wellness services are proud to sponsor the fifth Biggest Loser at the RiverPlex! Let us help you reclaim your health!
The program begins January 10, 2015 with an orientation and kick-off event where all participants’ starting weights will be recorded. Competition and training begins the week of January 19 and will end on May 2.
Participants will compete to lose weight and body fat. Each individual will be put on a team of six to eight people, and each team will have two personal trainers to train them twice a week for 14 weeks. Teams will participate in Nutrition Sessions with a licensed OSF Registered Dietitian, and participants will have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the competition.
What’s included:
• Group Personal Training sessions, twice a week for 14 weeks
• Nutrition Sessions with OSF Registered Dietitians, once a week for 10 weeks
• Five Wellness Coaching sessions
• Weekly weigh-ins
• Two Bod Pod tests to test body fat percentages
• Circumference measurements
• One T-Shirt for each participant
• Prize opportunities throughout the competition, including a One-Year RiverPlex Membership, gift cards to Running Central, OSF nutrition sessions, a massage from ReNew, and more!
This program is for adults age 18 and older who have a substantial amount of weight to lose (15 pounds or more).
Cost for RiverPlex members is $545 before December 22 and $645 after December 22. Cost for non-members is $595 before December 22 and $695 after December 22. Payment plans are available.
The RiverPlex will host three informational meetings to provide details and answer questions about the program on the following dates: Thursday, November 6 at 12 p.m.; Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, December 9 at 4:30 p.m.
For details about the informational meetings or the Biggest Loser program, please contact Amber Parkinson at 309-282-1543 or aparkinson@peoriaparks.org

Stokley Williams, lead vocalist of Multi-Platinum R&B group Mint Condition, w/special guest Shaun La

January 31, 2015 - Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
309.693.1234
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Stokley Williams is an American singer-songwriter and producer who began his music career as lead singer of the R&B group Mint Condition.Since emerging onto the smooth jazz scene in 2012 much traction has been made by the efforts of saxophonist and businessman, Phil Denny.Shaun LaBelle isn’t your typical jazz artist. Son of Larry LaBelle, TV producer of The Milton Berle Show, Shaun has been heavily entrenched in the media entertainment business since childhood. Kenya has been singing since the age of 8. Raised in Denver, CO during adolescence she was active in citywide choirs, jazz bands, show choirs, musical theater, jazz ensembles and gospel choirs. 

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

January 31, 2015 - Saturdays from 12-5pm, Sundays from 12-4pm
J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC
526 High Point Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
309-839-0591
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J.K Williams is a family distillery producing high-quality craft whiskey and bourbon in the tradition of our bootlegging great-great grandpa, J.K. Williams.  Stop by for an educational tour and samples of our products Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm. Tours every 30 minutes.

Stuff-The Art of Collecting

January 31, 2015 - •Sunday....................12 pm - 5 pm •Monday...................CLOSED* •Tuesday - Friday ...10 am - 5 pm •Saturday..................10 am - 7 pm
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309.686.7000
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Stuff! gives visitors a glimpse into that early aspect of collecting with a recreation of a typical cabinet of curiosities. This first section includes fascinating ethnographic items, scientific instruments, and other specimens of naturalia and artificialia (items from the natural world and manmade items).

In the next section of the exhibition, visitors will see examples of more extensive natural history collections, ethnographic collections, and fine and folk art collections. Collecting is not limited to museums though, and this exhibition will examine and present examples of modern trends in collecting through an investigation of how, what, and why we collect today.

The exhibition ends with a modern-day homage to the spirit of wonder: a collection of curiosity-inspiring items selected by members of the community. People from different walks of life were asked to each select one item that represents what is wondrous in today’s society. The selection of modern marvels provides a thought provoking counterpoint to the opening section of the exhibition, as visitors ponder how far society has come in some respects, and how some things continue to inspire us.

Stokley Williams

January 31, 2015 - Doors Open 6:00PM | Show 7:30PM
Limelight Eventplex
8102 N. University Street
Peoria, IL 61615
3096931234
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Stokley Williams will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 day of show, $50 for VIP and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Exhibit Opening: “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill”

February 1, 2015
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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An exhibition celebrating the paintings of Illinois’ best-known folk artist, Olof Krans, who documented 19th century life in Bishop Hill, is opening to the public Oct. 11 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill” was created in conjunction with the release of a new book on Krans and his work.
The show will feature more than 20 paintings, as well as several items of furniture and artifacts from the Bishop Hill Colony – some of which have never before been displayed in Peoria. Works include portraits of early settlers, views of the colony’s ocean voyage from Sweden, and scenes of early life in Bishop Hill.
Exhibited works come from the museum's permanent collection, a local private collection and the Bishop Hill Museum – which loaned two large-scale paintings including Krans’ famous self-portrait at age 70. The exhibition is curated by Kristan H. McKinsey.
The exhibit celebrates the release of a comprehensive survey – or catalogue raisonné – of Krans' work and his documentation of life in the Bishop Hill Colony. The fully illustrated hardcover book, The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, 2014, is available for purchase in the museum store.
The book features essays on Krans’ legacy by Chicago art historian, Esther Sparks, and Martha Jane Downey, Superintendent of Bishop Hill State Historic Site.
It was published by Peoria Riverfront Museum and sponsored by Illinois folk art collector, Merle H. Glick, with additional funding from the American Folk Art Society and David Connor. Printing was made possibible by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suesa Foundation of San Francisco, Calif.

1. "Manufacturing Traditions" Exhibit

February 1, 2015 - Closed on Sunday's and Holidays
Caterpillar Visitors Center
110 SW Washington
Peoria, IL 61629
(309) 675-0606
Add to Itinerary

The tradition of manufacturing at Caterpillar has stood the test of time for nearly 90 years. Many of the tried and true tools and processes that date back to the 1920s still have a home in the modern factories of the 21st century.

Our newest exhibit features a documentary-style film celebrating two employees each with 65 years of service to Caterpillar, a digital photo album containing more than 60 photos and more than 150 artifacts showcasing Caterpillar’s culture of safety, training, quality, employee recognition -- and the processes that ensure Caterpillar products are the best in the world.

We invite you to take a look at nearly 90 years of manufacturing at Caterpillar as we celebrate the thousands of production workers – the people who create the yellow iron – with our ‘Manufacturing Traditions’ exhibit, now through February 2015.

WeaverRidge Sunday Brunch

February 1, 2015 - 10:00AM to 02:00PM
WeaverRidge Golf Club
5100 N Weaverridge Blvd
Peoria, IL 61615
309-691-3344
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WeaverRidge Golf Club is open to the public. The Brunch features: Champagne, Mimosas, Made to order Omelettes, Belgian Waffles, Carving Station, full array of Breakfast items, Salad Bar, Lunch Entrees, Seafood Display, and a assortment of mouth watering Desserts. Served 10:00am-2:00pm. For reservations call 309-691-3344 x 3

Biggest Loser

February 1, 2015 - 12:00PM
309-282-1543
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The Peoria Park District’s RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center and OSF Wellness services are proud to sponsor the fifth Biggest Loser at the RiverPlex! Let us help you reclaim your health!
The program begins January 10, 2015 with an orientation and kick-off event where all participants’ starting weights will be recorded. Competition and training begins the week of January 19 and will end on May 2.
Participants will compete to lose weight and body fat. Each individual will be put on a team of six to eight people, and each team will have two personal trainers to train them twice a week for 14 weeks. Teams will participate in Nutrition Sessions with a licensed OSF Registered Dietitian, and participants will have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the competition.
What’s included:
• Group Personal Training sessions, twice a week for 14 weeks
• Nutrition Sessions with OSF Registered Dietitians, once a week for 10 weeks
• Five Wellness Coaching sessions
• Weekly weigh-ins
• Two Bod Pod tests to test body fat percentages
• Circumference measurements
• One T-Shirt for each participant
• Prize opportunities throughout the competition, including a One-Year RiverPlex Membership, gift cards to Running Central, OSF nutrition sessions, a massage from ReNew, and more!
This program is for adults age 18 and older who have a substantial amount of weight to lose (15 pounds or more).
Cost for RiverPlex members is $545 before December 22 and $645 after December 22. Cost for non-members is $595 before December 22 and $695 after December 22. Payment plans are available.
The RiverPlex will host three informational meetings to provide details and answer questions about the program on the following dates: Thursday, November 6 at 12 p.m.; Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, December 9 at 4:30 p.m.
For details about the informational meetings or the Biggest Loser program, please contact Amber Parkinson at 309-282-1543 or aparkinson@peoriaparks.org

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

February 1, 2015 - Saturdays from 12-5pm, Sundays from 12-4pm
J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC
526 High Point Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
309-839-0591
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J.K Williams is a family distillery producing high-quality craft whiskey and bourbon in the tradition of our bootlegging great-great grandpa, J.K. Williams.  Stop by for an educational tour and samples of our products Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm. Tours every 30 minutes.

Exhibit Opening: “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill”

February 2, 2015
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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An exhibition celebrating the paintings of Illinois’ best-known folk artist, Olof Krans, who documented 19th century life in Bishop Hill, is opening to the public Oct. 11 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill” was created in conjunction with the release of a new book on Krans and his work.
The show will feature more than 20 paintings, as well as several items of furniture and artifacts from the Bishop Hill Colony – some of which have never before been displayed in Peoria. Works include portraits of early settlers, views of the colony’s ocean voyage from Sweden, and scenes of early life in Bishop Hill.
Exhibited works come from the museum's permanent collection, a local private collection and the Bishop Hill Museum – which loaned two large-scale paintings including Krans’ famous self-portrait at age 70. The exhibition is curated by Kristan H. McKinsey.
The exhibit celebrates the release of a comprehensive survey – or catalogue raisonné – of Krans' work and his documentation of life in the Bishop Hill Colony. The fully illustrated hardcover book, The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, 2014, is available for purchase in the museum store.
The book features essays on Krans’ legacy by Chicago art historian, Esther Sparks, and Martha Jane Downey, Superintendent of Bishop Hill State Historic Site.
It was published by Peoria Riverfront Museum and sponsored by Illinois folk art collector, Merle H. Glick, with additional funding from the American Folk Art Society and David Connor. Printing was made possibible by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suesa Foundation of San Francisco, Calif.

1. "Manufacturing Traditions" Exhibit

February 2, 2015 - Closed on Sunday's and Holidays
Caterpillar Visitors Center
110 SW Washington
Peoria, IL 61629
(309) 675-0606
Add to Itinerary

The tradition of manufacturing at Caterpillar has stood the test of time for nearly 90 years. Many of the tried and true tools and processes that date back to the 1920s still have a home in the modern factories of the 21st century.

Our newest exhibit features a documentary-style film celebrating two employees each with 65 years of service to Caterpillar, a digital photo album containing more than 60 photos and more than 150 artifacts showcasing Caterpillar’s culture of safety, training, quality, employee recognition -- and the processes that ensure Caterpillar products are the best in the world.

We invite you to take a look at nearly 90 years of manufacturing at Caterpillar as we celebrate the thousands of production workers – the people who create the yellow iron – with our ‘Manufacturing Traditions’ exhibit, now through February 2015.

Biggest Loser

February 2, 2015 - 12:00PM
309-282-1543
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The Peoria Park District’s RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center and OSF Wellness services are proud to sponsor the fifth Biggest Loser at the RiverPlex! Let us help you reclaim your health!
The program begins January 10, 2015 with an orientation and kick-off event where all participants’ starting weights will be recorded. Competition and training begins the week of January 19 and will end on May 2.
Participants will compete to lose weight and body fat. Each individual will be put on a team of six to eight people, and each team will have two personal trainers to train them twice a week for 14 weeks. Teams will participate in Nutrition Sessions with a licensed OSF Registered Dietitian, and participants will have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the competition.
What’s included:
• Group Personal Training sessions, twice a week for 14 weeks
• Nutrition Sessions with OSF Registered Dietitians, once a week for 10 weeks
• Five Wellness Coaching sessions
• Weekly weigh-ins
• Two Bod Pod tests to test body fat percentages
• Circumference measurements
• One T-Shirt for each participant
• Prize opportunities throughout the competition, including a One-Year RiverPlex Membership, gift cards to Running Central, OSF nutrition sessions, a massage from ReNew, and more!
This program is for adults age 18 and older who have a substantial amount of weight to lose (15 pounds or more).
Cost for RiverPlex members is $545 before December 22 and $645 after December 22. Cost for non-members is $595 before December 22 and $695 after December 22. Payment plans are available.
The RiverPlex will host three informational meetings to provide details and answer questions about the program on the following dates: Thursday, November 6 at 12 p.m.; Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, December 9 at 4:30 p.m.
For details about the informational meetings or the Biggest Loser program, please contact Amber Parkinson at 309-282-1543 or aparkinson@peoriaparks.org

“BETWEEN THE LINES” PROGRAM PRESENTS “LET THE SPARKS FLY – THE PASSION-INFUSED WRITING OF NICHOLAS S

February 2, 2015 - 02:30PM to 03:30PM

Illinois Central College’s “Between the Lines” Program will present Let the Sparks Fly – The Passion-Infused Writing of Nicholas Sparks on Monday, February 2, at 2:30 pm, in Room 212 C/D on the ICC East Peoria Campus.

Brad Everett of the English Department and Pam Dewey of the Business Department join forces to explore author Nicholas Sparks’ art of emotional connection with the reader as well as his business sense in creating a highly successful writing career in the romance genre. Sparks is the author of one non-fiction book and 17 novels, nine of which have been adapted to film, including The Notebook, A Walk to Remember and Message in a Bottle. Join us as we discuss what makes this writer stand out in the field of modern romance writers and why our emotions (and wallets) respond to the stories he weaves.

 “Between the Lines” is a lecture series presented by the faculty members of the English, Humanities and Language Studies Department at ICC.  Since the series began in the fall of 1990, ICC has offered more than 100 presentations on a wide variety of literary topics.

              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 Jennifer Hopp at jhopp@icc.edu or betweenthelines@icc.edu.

 

Girls Middle School Basketball League

February 2, 2015 - 05:00PM to 08:00PM
309 S. DuSable
Peoria, IL
309-673-9183
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The Peoria Park District’s Proctor Recreation Center is the place for girls in 5th through 8th grade to play basketball during the off-season. Sharpen your skills, perfect your shot and improve your defense. Sign up as a team or sign up individually and we will place you on a team (travel and school teams are accepted). League play will be on Monday evenings January 26 through March 9 at Proctor Center from 5:00-8:00 pm. Trophies will be awarded to team winners. Cost to participate is $12 per person. Volunteer coaches are additionally needed. For more information, please call 309-673-9183.
Proctor Recreation Center is located at 309 S. DuSable and is an official Safe Haven Site for Peoria’s community.
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Skating and Hockey Lessons

February 2, 2015 - 05:15PM to 12:00PM
Owens Recreation Center
1019 W. Lake Ave.
Peoria, IL 61614
686-3368
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SKATING AND HOCKEY LESSONS AT OWENS CENTER
Owens Center will begin their Winter session of skating and hockey lessons at Owens Center in Lakeview Park the week of January 19 and there’s still time to sign up.
Skate lessons meet once a week through the week of March 9 and cost is is $72 for residents/$82 for non-residents. Choose the day and time that best suits your schedule.
Pre-Hockey lessons begin January 19 through March 9 and meet on Monday evenings at 5:15 pm. The fee for this class is $72 for residents/$82 for non-residents.
You can find the full schedule in the Peoria Park District Playbook available at Owens Center, as well as other Park District facilities and area libraries and businesses,.
For more information on ice skating and hockey, call Owens Center at 686-3368 or check us out on the web at www.peoriaparks.org/owens-center.

Exhibit Opening: “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill”

February 3, 2015
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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An exhibition celebrating the paintings of Illinois’ best-known folk artist, Olof Krans, who documented 19th century life in Bishop Hill, is opening to the public Oct. 11 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill” was created in conjunction with the release of a new book on Krans and his work.
The show will feature more than 20 paintings, as well as several items of furniture and artifacts from the Bishop Hill Colony – some of which have never before been displayed in Peoria. Works include portraits of early settlers, views of the colony’s ocean voyage from Sweden, and scenes of early life in Bishop Hill.
Exhibited works come from the museum's permanent collection, a local private collection and the Bishop Hill Museum – which loaned two large-scale paintings including Krans’ famous self-portrait at age 70. The exhibition is curated by Kristan H. McKinsey.
The exhibit celebrates the release of a comprehensive survey – or catalogue raisonné – of Krans' work and his documentation of life in the Bishop Hill Colony. The fully illustrated hardcover book, The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, 2014, is available for purchase in the museum store.
The book features essays on Krans’ legacy by Chicago art historian, Esther Sparks, and Martha Jane Downey, Superintendent of Bishop Hill State Historic Site.
It was published by Peoria Riverfront Museum and sponsored by Illinois folk art collector, Merle H. Glick, with additional funding from the American Folk Art Society and David Connor. Printing was made possibible by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suesa Foundation of San Francisco, Calif.

1. "Manufacturing Traditions" Exhibit

February 3, 2015 - Closed on Sunday's and Holidays
Caterpillar Visitors Center
110 SW Washington
Peoria, IL 61629
(309) 675-0606
Add to Itinerary

The tradition of manufacturing at Caterpillar has stood the test of time for nearly 90 years. Many of the tried and true tools and processes that date back to the 1920s still have a home in the modern factories of the 21st century.

Our newest exhibit features a documentary-style film celebrating two employees each with 65 years of service to Caterpillar, a digital photo album containing more than 60 photos and more than 150 artifacts showcasing Caterpillar’s culture of safety, training, quality, employee recognition -- and the processes that ensure Caterpillar products are the best in the world.

We invite you to take a look at nearly 90 years of manufacturing at Caterpillar as we celebrate the thousands of production workers – the people who create the yellow iron – with our ‘Manufacturing Traditions’ exhibit, now through February 2015.

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