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Bends & Brews: Yoga With a Taste of Spirit at Kennys Westside Pub
Bends & Brews: Yoga With a Taste of Spirit at Kennys Westside Pub

Sunday, January 20th! Join us for an hour of yoga, accompanied by live music from Nathan Taylor Music on guitar & Mike Nellas on bass, paired with a post session craft beer tasting! The Yoga session is appropriate for all levels, from beginner to advanced and lead by Ann E. Kraut R.Y.T. 200 (of Abundant Health Yoga & Wellness). Must be 21+ to participate.

Bring your mat, or rent/use one of ours for $1.
See you on the mat at the pub!

Pre-Registration is recommended. ONLY 25 SPOTS AVAILABLE.
Sign up online at KennysWestside.com, through the link below, or at the pub!


See the full calendar of events at KennysWestside.com


The 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Luncheon returns to the Peoria Civic Center on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Featured speaker this year is Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to the Obama Foundation. Luncheon begins at 12:00 noon; doors open at 11:00am. Luncheon tickets are $50 per person, tables of 10 for $500.  Tickets are available at www.mlkluncheon.com or checks payable to PECC and mail them to P.O. Box 1312, Peoria, IL 61654. Further questions, call 309-453-4070.


Valerie B. Jarrett is a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. She also serves on the boards of Ariel Investments, 2U, Lyft, and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.


Ms. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She oversaw the Administration’s advocacy for workplace policies that empower working families, including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, and affordable childcare, and led the campaigns to reform our criminal justice system, end sexual assault, and reduce gun violence.


Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also served as the director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Ms. Jarrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” as well as the Abner J. Mikva Legal Legends Award.


Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.

Paint Nite - Sweet Elephant at Obed & Isaac\'s Microbrewery and Eatery - Peoria
Paint Nite - Sweet Elephant at Obed & Isaac\'s Microbrewery and Eatery - Peoria

Code PAINTPEORIA gets you 40% off! Paint Nite is the perfect cocktail of creativity and conversation. Spend two hours creating a one-of-a-kind painting and laughing with friends. Purchase tickets IN ADVANCE at the “Purchase Tickets” link. Space limited, so get tickets early! Events are for adults, 21+ only.


Buy tickets here: https://www.paintnite.com/events/sweet-elephant-at-obed-isaacs-microbrewery-eatery-10121041?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=hootsuite&utm_term&utm_content=local&utm_campaign=evergreen&fbclid=IwAR2B-sm8F54fawf6i-6RJ2kkSxMyJxC20qv1cocMiK6asUf9FGdt3JeC4W8

Creative Arts Discovery Club
Creative Arts Discovery Club

Creative Arts Discovery Club

This is a fine art club for children ages 5-14. Classes run every Tuesday night from 6-7:30. During each session, children will create piece of art while learning fine art skills and each quarter we will host an art reception to showcase the pieces we create. All supplies are provided for the class. Please register online for this class so we are prepared for your student. 

** Peoria Art Guild Members use code PAGMEMBER for a $5 discount per class.

Register your child here: https://www.peoriaartguild.org/classes/?fbclid=IwAR0q8c6T8JvYnO_ruJqGxJ266cr30bXR2MJhd8rW6ICgSvpANVQWkl_PSXg

Think & Drink Tuesday Trivia Night at Kennys Westside Pub
Think & Drink Tuesday Trivia Night at Kennys Westside Pub

Join us for Kenny's Westside: THINK & DRINK TUESDAY TRIVIA NIGHT at Kenny's Westside Pub! Enjoy our delicious food & drinks while you go head-to-head against Peoria's best & brightest!

Hosted By: Chase A. Listenby "The One & Only Trivia Master, The Man Behind The Curtain, C-Liz The Science Wiz"

Visit the Group Page for you half time trivia answers!

Chicago Farmer Folkin\' Tuesdays at Kenny\'s Westside Pub
Chicago Farmer Folkin\' Tuesdays at Kenny\'s Westside Pub

Chicago Farmer revives our favorite concert series with the return of Folkin' Tuesdays for 4 folk-filled nights in January! Stay tuned for special guests!

Kenny's Westside Pub presents:
Chicago Farmer Folkin' Tuesdays
4 Tuesdays in January, 2019 at Kenny's Westside Pub
1/8, 1,15, 1/22, 1/29
Show: 9:00PM
Stick around for drinks after the show! Bar's open till 4:00AM!

See the full calendar of events at KennysWestside.com

About Chicago Farmer:
The son of a small town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80.

“I love the energy, music, and creativity of Chicago, but at the same time, the roots and hard work of my small town,” he shares. Growing up in Delavan, Illinois, with a population less than 2,000, Diekhoff’s grandparents were farmers, and their values have always provided the baseline of his songs.

He writes music for “the kind of people that come to my shows. Whether in Chicago or Delavan, everyone has a story, and everyone puts in a long day and works hard the same way,” he says. “My generation may have been labeled as slackers, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t work hard - many people I know put in 50-60 hours a week and 12 hour days. That’s what keeps me playing. I don’t like anyone to be left out; my music is for everyone in big and very small towns.”

He listened to punk rock and grunge as a kid before discovering a friend’s dad playing Hank Williams, and it was a revelation. Prine and Guthrie quickly followed. The name Chicago Farmer was originally for a band, but the utilitarian life of driving alone from bar to bar, city to city - to make a direct connection to his audience and listener, took a deeper hold.

Unity The Band at Kenny\'s Westside Pub
Unity The Band at Kenny\'s Westside Pub

Roots-Reggae meets funky blues-rock when Unity The Band slides through Kenny's!

Kenny's Westside Pub presents:
Unity The Band
Friday, January 25th, 2019 at Kenny's Westside Pub
Show: 10:00PM
More info: bit.ly/UNITY-Jan25

Stick around for drinks after the show! Bar's open till 4:00AM!

See the full calendar of events at KennysWestside.com

About the band:
Unity The Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove.

They treat fans to old Roots, Rock, Reggae favs along with original music blending influences of roots, rock, blues, funk and reggae into their own unique sound. Fronted with island-smooth energetic confidence by Kai "Pita" Katobalavu on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, the band’s talents includes the smooth bass lines of Tim Perkins, Anthony Robert Bessen laid-back guitar riffs and vocals, the cool intensity of Logan Pier on keyboards and innovative steady ease of Kelvin Ayres behind the drum set.

Unity's fan base has grown extensively regionally and globally with the release of five albums, Liberation, In The Beginning, Revival, Oceania & Sunset 7 a collection of diverse original songs written by Katobalavu, centered on his roots as a native born Fijian. The album's release and unique cultural story of a Fijian making music in the Midwest have gained the band extensive media attention in the US, Europe, Fiji, Australia, Hawaii & New Zealand, as well as radio play for the new music.

Winter RiverFront Market
Winter RiverFront Market

Join us for our second annual Winter RiverFront Market featuring local winter produce, meat, eggs, popcorn, baked goods and delicious treats from your favorite local vendors! Local art, live music and much more! (No dogs please)

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/964448867012793/

Frosty 5k
Frosty 5k

FamilyCore will be hosting the 20th Annual Frosty 5K and Dog Walk!  This is our annual fundraiser for programs that benefit the youth that we serve in foster care and the area schools.

The racecourse is 3.1 miles and the walk is a 1 mile course along the Peoria riverfront and walking path.  Dogs are welcomed on the run and walk.

The race starts at 9:00 am in front of Running Central (311 SW Water Street, Peoria, IL) on the running path.  Walkers and dog walkers start immediately after the runners.  Everyone finishes up at the Gateway Building (200 NE Water Street, Peoria, IL) for prizes, race awards, food, hot chocolate, water, and other goodies.

Everyone who registers by Sunday, January 13th, 2019 will get a shirt before the race.  Those who registered after that date could still get a shirt, ordered after the race.

Entry fee for runners before Race Day:  $30
Entry fee for runners on Race Day: $40
Entry fee for family (3 or 4): $65
Entry fee for walkers: $25

Packet pickup: At Running Central on Friday, January 25th between 11 am and 6 pm, and also Saturday morning January 26th between 8 am and 8:50 am.

Race Day Schedule:

8:00 am till 8:50 am - Race Day Registration and packet pickup at Running Central
9:00 am - 5K race begins on the Riverfront in front of Running Central
9:05 am - Walkers and dog walkers begin on the Riverfront in front of Running Central

TO REGISTER: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/44764

PHS Trivia Night at the Contemproary Art Center
PHS Trivia Night at the Contemproary Art Center

Doors open at 6 pm and Trivia starts at 6:45 pm. Trivia entirely about Peoria, past and present. Mulligans (free answers) can be purchased and a Wine Pull will be held. Tickets for the event are $25 each or $200 for a team of eight. There will be eight rounds, with 10 questions each. Bring your own beverages and snacks or purchase downstairs at the Rhythm Kitchen. 

Cal the office for tickets 674-1921

Spurs and Lace at Martinis on Water
Spurs and Lace at Martinis on Water

Country cover band that covers all your favorites from then and now.

For more: martinisonwater.com

Goose wsg The Blank Stairs at Kenny\'s Westside Pub
Goose wsg The Blank Stairs at Kenny\'s Westside Pub

East-Coast indie-groove collective Goose brings their eclectic dance party to Kenny's with local pop-rock band The Blank Stairs!

Kenny's Westside Pub presents:
with The Blank Stairs
Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at Kenny's Westside Pub
Show: 10:00PM
More info:

Stick around for drinks after the show! Bar's open till 4:00AM

See the full calendar of events at KennysWestside.com

About Goose:
Goose is an indie-groove band based out of Norwalk, Connecticut. Rick Mitarotonda is the guitarist-singer-songwriter whose folky, hummable melodies are supported by Peter Anspach on guitar/keys, and a deep-pocket rhythm section of Trevor Weekz on bass, Ben Atkind on drums and Aaron Hagele on percussion. The band's music is both memorable and danceable; an organic and easy-to-love mix of funk and contemporary folk, with touches of reggae, jazz, blues and rock.

Tracked in a snowbound lakeside New Hampshire cabin, with mixing and mastering at the Factory Underground in Norwalk, CT; Goose's debut album 'Moon Cabin' was released in early 2016. Moon Cabin traverses diverse musical terrain with three part harmony vocals and hooks so big you can hang your hat on them; funky improvised solos and adventurous musical interludes. With a second album on the way and tour dates continuing to ramp up, the Goose is getting loose.

About The Blank Stairs:
The Blank Stairs are a pop & rock band made up of five Central Illinois teenagers. Though none of them live in the same town or go to the same school, their love of music and performing has brought them together. They have been playing as a band since the summer of ‘17.