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Week of January 27, 2019

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Foster Parent Informational Meeting
Foster Parent Informational Meeting

FamilyCore will be hosting an informational meeting to discuss the needs, requirements, and process of being a foster parent. Please RSVP to the Licensing Team at (309)676-2400.

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.

February First Friday & Opening Reception for Tim Kowalczyk Public at Peoria Art Guild
February First Friday & Opening Reception for Tim Kowalczyk Public at Peoria Art Guild

We are excited about our first exhibit for 2019. Come check out this amazing Trompe L’oeil installation by Licsl artist Tim Kowalczyk.

Since graduating with his MFA from Illinois State University in 2011, Tim has maintained an active studio practice from his home in Minonk, Illinois. For the past 8 years Tim has participated in a steady stream of juried, group, invitational, and solo exhibitions. He has received several awards including the Presidential Scholarship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Merwin Medal: McLean County 82nd Annual Amateur Show, and Best of Show: Water Street Studios Anniversary Show. Tim’s work can be seen in private collections, University collections, and in a recent American Craft Magazine article. Tim is pursuing being a full-time studio artist starting in January of 2018

Tim’s work has been featured on Colossal by Kate Sierzputowski, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, TwistedSifter, BoredPanda, HOMECRUX by Monica Thakur, DeMilked,FactRiver by Tiffany, Nifymag.com, Whizual by Igor Stankovic, Laughing Squid by Lori Dorn, Cultura Inquieta, and Inceredibilia by Graziella Guglielmino, and was named 1 of 11 Innovative Ceramic Artists Breathing New Life into an Age-Old Art by mymodernmet.com’s By Stephanie Chang

See more here-
@tim'sceramics on facebook
@timsceramics on instagram and twitter

First Friday Artists' Studio Tours
First Friday Artists' Studio Tours

On the First Friday of every month, from 5pm to 9pm, join us for an intimate look at studios, galleries and arts organizations. Meet artists, musicians, neighbors and collectors. The tour includes twelve locations and spans a breadth of artistic media. Come, enjoy the unique efforts of creative and talented artists living and working in Central Illinois. For more information, visit www.peoriafirstfriday.com

14th Annual Black & Blue Ball
14th Annual Black & Blue Ball

Join Easterseals Central Illinois for the 14th annual Black and Blue Ball on Friday, February 1, 2019 in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom.


For the last 13 years, the Black and Blue Ball has remained focused on its two main goals: have fun and raise money. What many people have called the biggest party of the year, The Black and Blue Ball has grown from a gathering of friends to support Easterseals Central Illinois, to a full scale evening held at the Peoria Civic Center.


The event prides itself on being unique from the other traditional fundraising events held in Peoria, creating an atmosphere geared towards the young and young-at-heart professionals.  The Black and Blue Ball is one of the most popular fundraising events Central Illinois. Organizers give the credit to the consistent pool of Young Professionals in the area.


 “For many young professionals, The Black and Blue Ball is their first experience attending a fundraising gala,” said Katie Musisi, Vice President of Development for Easterseals Central Illinois.  “The event is a great way for anyone who would like to support the mission of Easterseals to get a taste of what our organization is about, while enjoying a night out with friends”.


The 14th annual Black and Blue Ball will take place on Friday, February 1st at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom.  The event will once again feature a large assortment of appetizers, entertainment by Wedding Banned and several opportunities to learn more about Easterseals Central Illinois.


Tickets are $100 per person, or $1,000 for a table of 10 if purchased by December 31, 2018. Tickets purchased on or after January 1st 2019 will be $125 per person or $1250 per table. Tickets can be purchased at www.KidsTherapyProgress.com  or by calling Krista Bieneman at 309.686.1177 ext. 2287 or Email: kbieneman@ci.easterseals.com.

Rumpke Mountain Boys wsg Katie Belle & the Belle Rangers
Rumpke Mountain Boys wsg Katie Belle & the Belle Rangers

We're heading to Peoria to open for Rumpke Mountain Boys!

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/269785460376741/

The Golden Fleece • Jeremy David Baker • Tina Sparkle at Kenny\'s
The Golden Fleece • Jeremy David Baker • Tina Sparkle at Kenny\'s

Head out to Kenny's for a Peoria Rock Revue with The Golden Fleece, Jeremy David Baker, & Tina Sparkle!

Kenny's Westside Pub presents:
The Golden Fleece • Jeremy David Baker • Tina Sparkle
Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Kenny's Westside Pub
Show: 10:00PM
More info: bit.ly/GoldenFleece-JDB-TinaSparkle-Feb2

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

See the full calendar of events at KennysWestside.com

About The Golden Fleece:
Psychedelic indie-rock band from Peoria, IL.

About Jeremy David Baker:
Jeremy David Baker is an American folk rock artist, originally from Florida. He signed with Green Shoe Records in 2015. Jeremy’s music tells of hope, loss, and revival. His strong voice is full of texture and emotion. His first album with Green Shoe Records is in its final stages and will be released in early 2016.

Jeremy grew up in a very musical family. It has always been a Baker tradition to pass the guitar around at family events. His musical upbringing was an exceptionally eclectic search, carrying Jeremy from one genre to the next. He was raised on early rock n’ roll by the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. As a young teen, he discovered punk rock and spent a few years playing angsty fast-paced anthems before falling in love with old, classic, country folk music.

“If you dig through my record collection you’ll find blues, jazz, punk, metal, country, even a little hip hop. No jam bands though…never jam bands.”

Now, as a solo artist, he reveals the culmination of years spent refining a melting-pot sound which is both inventive and enchanting.

About Tina Sparkle:
Tina Sparkle is a power trio from Peoria. Been doing it locally and nationally since 1998. 2 full length albums and 1 Ep so far.