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Focus group participants needed! [29 Jun 2010|11:13pm]

Peorians: A local organization needs participants for a focus group! Must be 18-25 years old.

Refreshments will be provided and participants could win prizes valued up to $85!

If you are interested in sharing your opinions and views, click the link below and complete the survey, if you meet our needs, we will contact you for more information.

Focus Group Interest Survey
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[16 Jan 2010|07:06pm]

A friend's Chicago based band is finishing up their tour and looking to come to the area to put on a metal show.  Preferably in a club or larger bar type venue.  I'm not familiar with the venues in the area, so I'm hoping that I might be able to get some information here.  Thanks in advance! :)
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Meet the candidates night TONIGHT!! [08 Jan 2010|03:54pm]

Tonight, Jan 8, 2010
at the Gateway building downtown Peoria:
Supposedly all candidates running for U.S. Senator from IL (Barrack Obama's old seat) from all parties running in the primaries were invited to this event. I don't know how many are actually showing up, but I know judge Don Lowry's going to be there.

taken from the host's website:
"Meet the Candidates" night. We feel that is very important to know the candidates before the primary. The primary election is the most important. We have to decide who holds true to our values before we make them the prime candidate. Please inform all your friends and family.

Due to the public response, we had to change the location from the Riverplex to the Gateway building. The time is the same. There will be a shuttle from the Riverplex to the Gateway building as a complimentary service. The Riverplex personnel will direct everyone to the Gateway building.

Thank you for your understanding and I'm excited to have this kind of problem.

Jody Pitcher
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Environmental Film Festival [30 Oct 2009|08:38am]

Environmental Film Festival set for the Apollo Theatre in Downtown Peoria on November 6 & 7, 2009.

This is an educational event as well as a fundraiser for Heart of Illinois Group, Sierra Club. It would be very much appreciated if this event was sent to anyone you think would be interested in going.

Friday night is "Coal Night." The movie presentations include a film debut of "Sinking the Heartland" with the videographer, Cindy Ward, in attendance. The subject of the film is longwall coal mining in Montgomery County, Illinois. The feature presentation for Friday night is "Burning the Future: Coal in America." Our other special guest in attendance will be Bauer Power (renewable energy installers).

Saturday night is "Ice Night." The movie presentations include a short film debut about the Village of DePue and the EPA Superfund site within their village. Another short film, "Mountains Without Barriers" about three very special mountain climbers. And, the feature film was donated by National Geographic and Nova called "Extreme Ice."

Please come early to browse tables of information, sign up for door prizes and get your bag of locally grown popcorn!

Thank you.

Kiersten L. Sheets
Heart of Illinois Group, Sierra Club
Global Warming Solutions Group of Central Illinois
www.gwsolutionsgrou p.com

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." - Aldo Leopold
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film noir 2009 [17 Oct 2009|09:34am]

Apollo, Library welcome 9th annual film noir fest
By Debbie Adlof | 10th October 2009

Seven movies in four days with some of the top names in 1940s and ’50s Hollywood highlight Peoria’s 9th Annual Film Noir Festival at downtown Peoria’s nonprofit Apollo Theater and Peoria Public Library’s Lakeview Branch October 21-24.

Femme fatale Barbara Stanwyck, tough-guy Robert Mitchum, sultry Rita Hayworth and legendary Burt Lancaster star in the movies, a popular crime genre featuring stark photography, bleak plots and an atmosphere of dread.

The four-day fest kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the library’s Lakeview location with a free screening of “Affair in Trinidad,” followed by three double features at the Apollo.

Mitchum stars in “The Big Steal” and “Night of the Hunter,” showing Thursday, Oct. 22.
Stanwyck stars in “Sorry, Wrong Number” and “Double Indemnity,” on Friday, Oct. 23.
Lancaster stars in “Kiss the Blood off My Hands” and “Criss Cross” on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Co-sponsored by the Apollo Theater and Friends of the Peoria Public Library, the double features will be introduced by author and historian Norm Kelly (Mitchum), Illinois Central College professor Craig Shurtleff (Stanwyck) and journalist and Western Illinois University professor Bill Knight (Lancaster)

Showtimes all are at 7:00 p.m., and the Apollo’s suggested donation is $5 and $4 for kids, students and seniors. For details call (309) 673-4343.

"Film noir" is French for "black or dark film" and is defined as the classic period in Hollywood from the 1940s through the 1950s when crime dramas were shot in low-key black and white.
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Cuba, Peak Oil, and the Power of Community [17 Oct 2009|08:37am]

On Thursday, October 29th, the Justice and Social Concerns Committee at Saint Mark Parish will be showing “The Power of Community” a 2006 documentary about Cuba.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods for farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production reached its all-time peak. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope (from the Power of Community website).

Admission to the film is free! The film will be shown in the Horowitz Auditorium (Room 126) of the Global Communications Building on the Bradley campus (this is the large building that abuts the dormitory located just north of Saint Mark Church). Showtime is 7:30 pm. The run time of this film is 53 minutes. We will have a brief discussion following the film and then move to the lobby for light refreshments (donations are welcome to help defray the cost for refreshments).
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Belly Dancing Charity Event [19 Sep 2009|08:22am]

Down To Earth Belly Dance Presents:

Dances for Wolves

Dingledine Music Hall (1417 W. Barker)

September 19 (Today) at 6 PM. (doors open at 5:30)

Admission $15 for Adults. $12 for Students. $10 for ages 10 and under.

All Proceeds benefit Wildlife Prairie Park. 

Come support local bellydance, hip-hop, cuban salsa, and more.       
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District 150 is determined to kill Peoria [08 Sep 2009|04:43pm]

I have yet to comment in my journal about the idiocy of District 150 in Peoria. For anyone who's not aware, they're thinking of closing one of the high school's and it's likely to be either Woodruff or Central which is downright stupid. This article explains the situation a little and offers an argument to close Manual instead.

It's a good article, except it's insane to justify the closing of any high school in Peoria. All of them have their own community identity and as we've seen in the past (relocating the residents of public housing, for example) when you force people to mingle with other communities, problems always occur. Intercommunity interaction should only be done at one's own accord.

I grew up next to the east bluff, so I've seen the positive effects that having Woodruff pride has made in the area. The bluff, Olde North & Glen Oak neighborhoods will become a hooligan's haven without it and it's safe to predict that the Catholic Diocese aren't going to help, judging from their seeming lack of interest in cleaning their own nearby neighborhoods.

Likewise, I'm now thinking of buying a house on Armstrong ave and I don't want to see the closing of Central turning the area into a forgotten slum. The city's finally starting to pay attention to Renaissance Park again. These are fragile times for the old streets & their renewal. District 150 is trying to repair a glass window with a hammer.

My biggest fear, though, is that the forced interaction of the bad elements of Woodruff, Manual & Central will turn the surrounding neighborhoods into a warzone.

Word to D150: respect the turf!

Is anyone else as annoyed & disturbed by this as I am?
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[25 Aug 2009|06:13pm]

I just found out that the 100+ year old house I grew up in was once part of a large lot owned by Lydia Moss Bradley. Since I lived in the oldest house in the neighborhood, I can only assume that it was her house. I doubt she lived there, though. My guess is it was one of her farms (now a city block, of course) and my old house was the land manager's residence, since I got my info from an 1896 atlas and by that time she was a millionairess living in a 20 room Italianate Mansion on Moss ave.

I'm going to research this more.

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[28 Jul 2009|06:57pm]

So, anybody got a recommendation in regards to a good auto mechanic?  Thanks in advance. :)
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NGW at the Heart of Illinois Fair 7/14 [12 Jul 2009|08:24pm]

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IWA Mid-South - Bellevue, IL 7/10 [01 Jul 2009|10:02pm]

Battle Of The Future Stars
July 10th, 2009
Bellevue Plaza
325 Bellevue Ave.
Bellevue, IL.

Battle Of The Future Stars 2 will be an 8 man tournament in which the winner will receive an automatic buy into the Ted Petty Invitational for the NEXT 3 YEARS!!!

Everything is based on a point system.

The first round matches will consist of 4 single matches. The winner of each match will be awarded 10 points where as the loser will receive -5 points for the loss.

The second round will consist of 2 tag matches. The team that wins will receive 10 points each. The losing members will receive -5 points and the person that is actually pinned in the match will receive an additional -5 points.

The third round will be an 8 man tag match. These teams will be picked in a lethal lottery style. Everyone will receive a raffle ticket with the purchase of admission into the show. Again, 10 points will be rewarded to the winning team. The losing team will have -5 points added to there total as well as the person who gets pinned will have an additional -5 points added.

After all three rounds, the points will be added (or subtracted) and totaled out. The two wrestlers with the highest points will then go on to face each other in the last and final match. Which, the prize on the line will be an automatic bid in the Ted Petty Invitational Tournament for 3 years!

The 8 wrestlers confirmed for this show are:
Jon Moxley
Jason Hades
Ryan Phoenix
Prince Mustafa Ali
Shane Hollister
Tim Donst
Marshe Rockett

We hope to see everyone there for this unique and exciting tournament!

All Tickets are only $10. Children 12 and under will only be $7!
To order tickets online, or for more information, please contact Patti at rottenwife@aol.com.
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Call for artists [12 Jun 2009|07:12pm]

Calling all who would like to show or sell your creations!



SATURDAY JULY 11th: 10-4

We are seeking local creatives of all types to exhibit and sell your wares at our high traffic storefront at ci|creative space (Located at Shoppes at Grande Prairie--directly across from Charlotte Russe, the Holocaust memorial and nearby to the Peoria Junior League’s playground.)


The ci|creative (central Illinois creative community) mission is to provide resources, opportunities, connection and education to attract and retain the creative community within central Illinois. Our goal with our summer series indoor art fair is to help local creatives gain visibility and revenue this summer, as well as introduce ci|creative to the community.

Booth or wall space will be $30 per entry. We encourage boothers to be creative with their set up. For boothers, one table (various sizes) and one chair will be provided. Bring materials, table top shelves, brochures and business cards to help promote your work.


Booth fees and paperwork will be collected on Wednesday, July 1st, between 4:30 and 8:00 pm at the ci|creative space. This is housed in the space formerly occupied by Kirkland's at The Shoppes at Grande Prairie. Here, you will be able to fill out paperwork, check out the space and the location, and pick up promotional fliers and posters for you to advertise yourself. The volunteers at ci|creative will be driving the marketing and promotion of this event also. 

Wall artwork will need to be delivered to the ci|creative space on Tuesday, July, 8th between 4:30 and 8:00pm ready to hang. Our Gallery staff will carefully hang framed artwork for you. (No unframed prints will be hung but should instead be sold from tabletops or within the booth spaces). In the case of unframed sculpture or art you would like hung, please forward photos for approval. 

Entrants will be expected to arrive early on July 11th to tweak and set up the rest of their areas. Boothers should plan to set up the night before on Friday, July 10th from 4:30 pm until 8 pm with the help of the Gallery staff.

p.s. forgive me if you get more than one of this notice.  We are still working on consolidating all our lists into a singular.  Patience is appreciated.
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IWA-MS in Peoria Area June 19th & 20th [05 Jun 2009|01:08pm]

BELLTIME 8:00 pm


We will be having our 3rd tryout show in Bellevue, IL on June 19th. If you are interested in trying out , email Mickie at mickieknuckles@aol.com. Please include in the email your real name, wrestling name (if you have one) and a phone number to contact you at.

All tickets for the show will be $5.00. Remember we have found some very good wrestlers from these tryout shows. Ryan Phoenix, The Hooligans, and Bill the Butcher to name a few.

We hope alot of you will come out and support us with this, because you the fans are the ones who make the decisions on who will return to the IWA.



Summer Scorcher
June 20th, 2009
Bellvue Plaza
325 Bellevue Ave
Bellevue, IL

Tickets: $15 & $10

Texas Death Match/ IWA Heavyweight Title Match
*If Dingo Is Still Champion*

(c) Dingo vs. ECW Original Ian Rotten

Taking this feud to a whole new level, Ian Rotten and DINGO will battle it out in a Texas Death Match, where one quick pin fall will NOT be enough.

This match is a result of the match that happened on May 23rd, in Joliet, IL where a innocent mistake by Jimmy Jacobs cost Ian Rotten a win over Jim Fannin's newest goon DINGO! Now, Ian Rotten gets to handle this matter in his own way, the IWA way! This match cannot end with a mistake, only one will prevail.

MANY MORE MATCHES TO BE ADDED! please stay tuned to the board for future additions.
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Looking for a roomie in Peoria! [11 Apr 2009|12:26pm]

Hi there! I'm looking for someone to apartment search with.. thinking of contributing $500/month each fro rent/utilities/cable/internet out the door.  I have some places in mind that this would work well for.

I am a 22 year old, female, teacher who graduated from ISU in 2008. I am recently divorced (yeah, I know, that sounds crazy but I promise I'm not nuts. I was just silly and got married too young). I currently work at a grade school teaching half-time and being a teacher's aide half time in Bartonville.

I just got hired on for the 2009-2010 school year in Galesburg teaching full-time, but I want to stay living in Peoria, preferably near the highway.

I want to live somewhere SAFE and I am very big on this. I've found some nice apartments that I like, but I can't afford to live on my own.

I'm really looking for someone (probably female?) who wants to go halves on rent/utilities/cable/internet on a decently nice 2 bedroom apartment near the highway in Peoria.

I'm hoping to have a place by May 1st, but might be able to negotiate timeline if that doesn't meet your needs.

I don't have any pets and I don't smoke. I might be okay with a small animal of some sort though as long as it was well-trained and well-groomed.

If you KNOW anyone who might be interested, please send them my way!
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Comedy Tribute Show [09 Apr 2009|07:42pm]

Please come to the Comedy Tribute show tomorrow at Gorman's Pub in the Campustown shopping center at 9 PM. Admission is $5. The Line-Up is :

Kevin Martin as Bill Cosby 
Mike Farmer as Steve Martin
James Strevels as Redd Foxx
????? as the unknown comic
and DJ Celly Cell as the MC.

Thanks again!!  Just go to the back half of Gorman's Pub.  
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Election Day April 7th, Bartonville please watch [06 Apr 2009|12:39pm]


Election day is tomorrow in the Peoria suburb and if you are currently registered to vote in that city, we encourage you to not reelect Phil Morgan on the city council nor the incumbent mayor due to the racism that has been on display there in recent weeks. Unfortunately due to the fact that there are three seats and four candidates...you can't vote out all the bad members of the council, so please target Phil Morgan for removal as he was leading the charge on his closet racism and not giving a damn about underage drinking at Stone Country.

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Inside the Brown Bag [05 Apr 2009|08:10pm]

Come to the first annual Inside The Brown Bag event! Watch as four amatuer stand-up comedians attempt to imitate their favorite comics! 

See the imitation Bill Cosby!!
Witness the second hand Steve Martin!!
Shudder at the Unknown Comic!!!
Feel dirty with an imitation Redd Foxx!!!
Gasp at the real DJ Celly Cell!!
Be part of Peoria Comedy History!!!

You only have to be 21 years old!!

You only have to bring $5!!
You only have to show up at Gorman's Pub at 9 PM this Friday April 10th!!!

Gorman's Pub is located at the Campustown shopping center right across the street from Bradley University. 

So come on down as you probably don't enjoy coloring eggs anyway!!!  
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New Theater in town [30 Mar 2009|01:50pm]

[ mood | thrilled ]

There is a new theater in town, Peorians. The Peoria Theater--Independent Film and Event Center is now open for business.

Follow the link for prices, shows and showtimes, menus, etc.

Tell your friends. Go forth. Check it out!!!

PS...they have a liquor license.

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IWA Mid-South in Bellevue, IL on 2/6 [03 Feb 2009|08:41pm]

Well considering the caliber of talent on the show I'd like to see
more than just 60 attend it...

Friday night, February 6, 2009
The Bellevue Plaza
S. 325 Bellevue Ave.
Bellevue, IL
8 pm belltime; doors open 7:15 pm
Tickets: $15 ringside; $10 bleachers

Tables, Ladders & Chairs Grudge Match
Grits N Gravy (Elgin & Sami) vs. Michigan Militia (Brooks & Skyline)
vs. Sex Drugs & Wrestling (Chambers & Ash)

Elgin teamed with Chambers at the first Bellevue show to take on the
Militia. Chambers turned on Elgin disgusted that he was using Sami
Callihan as a tag partner. That somehow was a betrayal to his
Canadian roots. Chambers promised that Elgin would never be able to
get another Canadian to team with him...including his former tag
partner and man he came to IWA with, Ash. It allowed the Militia to
get a victory over Elgin. Elgin and Chambers started an impromptu
match against each other when the Militia got involved again. They
beat down both Elgin and Chambers leading to the need for a 3 way. In
order to make it a little more interesting...tables, ladders and
chairs will be allowed. Will the Canadians side with the Militia or
Grits N Gravy to make it 4 on 2 until the Militia is taken care of or
will the past friendship of Elgin and Ash mean nothing and every team
fend for themselves? Maybe Sex Drugs & Wrestling will work with the
Militia to prove a point to Elgin. The only thing known for sure is
that chaos will ensue!

Pinfalls Count Anywhere
Mickie Knuckles vs. Rain

This will be a return match from the January 23rd show as Mickie
Knuckles knocked out Rain with a kneelift using the leg that has the
titanium rod inserted into it after breaking her leg vs. Sara Del
Rey. Rain came out at the end of the night and attacked Mickie as she
tried to save Ian Rotten from an attack at the hands of The
Hooligans. Mickie and Rain have had a long standing rivalry that
included several brutal matches back in 2005 including a strap match.
This promises to go down in the books as just as hard hitting as
those matches were and then some!

Grudge Tag Team Match
The Bad Breed (Ian & Axl Rotten) vs. The Hooligans (Devin & Mason

The Hooligans have decided that they want to try to run with the big
dogs. They attacked Ian Rotten at the TV Taping demo show and called
Ian and Axl old men. They followed that up by attacking Ian Rotten at
the end of the night a week later in Bellevue. Ian has promised that
they will pay the price and learn why Ian and Axl are called the Bad
Breed when they tangle on the 6th!

Also on this card:

Heavyweight Title Match
(c) DINGO vs. Trik Davis

Pick You Poison Match
Drake Younger vs. Devon Moore vs. B-Boy vs. Jon Moxley
*The winner will get to pick whatever match they would like. If Drake
Younger wins though, he will not be able to pick a Heavyweight Title
Match as his choice since he lost his last and final match against
DINGO for that title.

Keith Walker vs. (former WWE Star) "The One Legged Wonder" Zach Gowen

Bill the Butcher vs. Greg Excellent

Non-title Light Heavyweight Total Elimination Match
(c)"Quick" Carter Gray vs. Ricochet vs. Jason Hades vs. Prince
Mustafa Ali

Juice Robinson vs. Ryan Phoenix

Hope to see you all there!
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