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Nothing says Summer in all its glory like the month of July. We’re all settled in to our sleeveless tops, shorts, and sandals. Bikes, skates, skis, and sneakers are some of the toys that take top priority at this time of year. And have you noticed how everything just sparkles in summer? Dew on the early morning grass and flowers reflects the rays of early sun. The river as you cross over any bridge looks resplendent with diamonds. Frozen drinks send a sparkle right down the throat as they cool our internal summer heat. The fresh fruits and vegetables at the local farmers market even seem to sparkle with health and vitality. We have created the perfect celebration of summer with the Fourth of July jubilation! It serves as a milestone reminding us all that we better enjoy what we have because the delightful sparkle of summer does not last forever. And how about those sparklers? The celebration of our country’s birthday is an ideal time to light up a sizzling sparkler, a true symbol of our collective quest for happiness, independence, and a better life for everyone. A thing of beauty and mystery, danger and delight in one small package waved around and admired. Harmless and quiet one moment, a sizzling little wand of light and energy the next. Watch it and wonder. Ooohh and Aaahh.

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In each one of us there are a million sparks.

Tiny little energy bursts that send the messages from our brains to our cells and muscles that allow for movement. Sparks can be ideas too, that hold the delicious power to propel us right off of the couch and into action. This kind of spark feels like a promise of something that really excites you, something like a dream that seems way too golden to be completely possible. The spark is the light in the darkness that beckons you in a direction filled with possibility. What if I can really do it this time? How might my life be different? Sparks can light stuff up. They ignite the dry and lifeless, transforming it into something warm and rich and filled with energy. Sort of like the values on which our country was founded. Paradoxical values of fierce independence and utopian cooperation. Stand back—you might get scorched. Bring your hands closer and feel the warm glow. Marshmallows anyone? S’mores? Hotdogs to roast at the Fourth of July picnic? The sparkle of summer does demand our attention. It calls us to slow down and enjoy the languid times remembering the summers of our youth. It calls us to get charged up and do a few things that only the warm weather of summer allows. What does sparkle time mean to you? How are you enjoying the warmth of summer days and nights? What ideas are sparking your imagination during a time when anything seems possible?

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r. Andrew Tsung says it is somewhat like the wave at baseball parks, where a lot of related actions create a coordinated movement. Dr. Craig Cady equates it to electrons coursing down a copper wire in an electrical circuit. These are just two comparative parallels to the communication that occurs between nerve cells in the human body. Beyond the analogies, how a chain of human cells can deliver a call to action for muscle movement, or many other actions, is a shear marvel. And in many cases, it takes a spark for the system to work. Before we delve into a simplified explanation of the function of nerve cells, consider first their physical structure. These cells, properly called neurons, are incredibly thin and can be extremely long. The longest single nerve cell in the human body runs from the bottom of the spinal cord to the big toe. They are like other cells in that they have a nucleus, a cell membrane, and other internal components common to most cells. However, they differ in that they have dendrites and axons at opposite ends of the cell body. Their role will be explained in a moment. As to their function, neurons simply transmit information through the body. There are a variety of neurons—two of the more common are sensory neurons that send messages from the body to the brain and motor neurons that send messages the opposite direction to muscles. For the moment, imagine you want to make a fist. There is not one neuron that goes from the brain to the hand to initiate such an action. A series of short neurons in the brain eventually transmit messages through several

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longer neurons going down the arm. To be delivered, the message must “jump” between two nerve cells across what is called a synapse or synaptic gap. The axon on one end of the cell sends the message, in the form of chemical ions, across the synapse to receptors on the dendrite of the adjoining cell. The chemical ions, which are charged particles, utilize channels which then open and allow the ions to pass on to the cell. The synaptic gap between some cells is extremely small and the information can easily cross between neurons. In other instances, the gap is larger and the neurons release chemicals called neurotransmitters to assist in transferring the information across the synapse. Neurotransmitters open the channels to the muscles, converting electrical resting potential to action potential by releasing calcium ions which in turn cause muscle contraction. Most messages for muscular activity use this chemical form of transmission, where sodium, potassium, calcium, and other ions cross between nerve cells to deliver the message. While these are chemical in nature, there is an electrical imprint when the ions travel the cell. Dr. Cady, a neurophysiologist at Bradley University, can measure the voltage by literally inserting a thin tube into a nerve cell (in animals, mind you). He dyes the ions, which then emit a light of varying intensity, much like when you use a dimmer switch, to indicate the movement of the ions. When that occurs, his equipment notes a positive change in voltage, going from minus-70 millivolts to minus-40 millivolts. The calcium ions are of particular interest. These ions create a change in the nerve cells, which then release calcium from storage in the body. That,

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neuron cell body

dendrite synapse neurotransmitters axon, opposite end of cell

in turn, causes muscle contraction. When the muscle relaxes, the calcium returns to storage. We know calcium is important for bone strength, so you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that upon death, when the calcium doesn’t return to its storage location, rigor mortis sets in. Drugs affect the speed at which neurons work. For instance, when you see a traffic light change from green to red, your reaction time is slowed by the alcohol. Many prescribed drugs will interfere with chemical connections across synaptic gaps. And chemical warfare efforts are aimed at interrupting the chemical process in neurons. Neurons in the heart and brain communicate in a more electrical than chemical manner. There are clusters of smaller neurons in the brain, and the sparks jump across much shorter synaptic gaps. When a stroke occurs and damages some neurons, there is some compensatory function or what is called “plasticity” that allows the person to regain function over time. The heart operates nearly independently from the central nervous system. Dr. Tsung, a neurosurgeon at the Illinois Neurological Institute at

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, says “it’s the automatic nature of the heart that allows it to beat regardless of brain/neuron function.” However, Dr. Cady says, “scientists have found three places in the brain with stem cells that will migrate to damaged neurons.” Whether they can repair the damaged cells is yet to be determined. Messaging within the body is more complex than this explanation. Hopefully, you are not depending on this information to pass a biology test, so we’ve omitted terms such as connexon, myelin sheath, adenosine triphosphate, and acetylcholine. Even at that, this description of nerve cell activity was somewhat technical in nature to properly demonstrate the complexity of even simple movements. A critical aspect of neuron action is a combination of electrical and chemical transfer that accompanies nearly every action that occurs in your body, from the beating of your heart to the crossing of your legs. Every time you now move, you’ll understand there’s a little spark that keeps you going.

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“I r v K u p c i n e t ” • C a s t B r o n z e Preston Jackson Wacker and Wabash, Chicago


he Latin translation of the word sculpt means to hollow out, but there is nothing hollow about these three local sculptors and their work. Where they carve away and cut out, they in turn fill with a part of themselves and a message of truth. For several years Bob Emser, Preston Jackson, and Fisher Stolz have enriched the artistic and cultural landscape of central Illinois and beyond with three-dimensional expressions in metal and stone. We recently caught up with each of them and discussed their current ventures, as well as their creative processes and insights. As we all know, working with metal takes a certain amount of physical strength and engineering, so what exactly are the benefits of communicating with metal, what drives sculptors to do what they do? For Preston Jackson, figurative artist and instructor at both the Art Institute in Chicago and the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, it’s all about durability, “If you have something important to say, say it with metal; it will be around forever. Just look at the artifacts from the Mayans and Egyptians. As far as the process goes, the casting is my favorite part, turning wax into bronze. Your idea gradually materializes—you take one substance and it is reincarnated as another.” Fisher Stolz, tenured Bradley University sculpture professor and artist, shares similar sentiments about durability but relishes the versatility of metal, “Molten bronze can be cast into almost any form while having very good tensile and compression strength and expressing a variety of colors

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in patina, thus giving a sculptor great flexibility. Steel also has many of these characteristics, and comes in useful structural forms. These forms help to develop my visual language.” In a sense, each artist speaks his own language, for the viewers to decode as they please. Beyond the science of casting and engineering aspects, there is an excitement to be found in sculpture. For Bob Emser, Contemporary Art Center founder and Chicago Sculpture International president, it’s about the sparks that fly, “I like all of the different stages, but welding I enjoy the most. Experimenting with fire and metal is just exciting. Plus metal allows me to build larger pieces that can be planted outside.” While knowing what media to use and how to wield it is important, it is the concept that ultimately drives the work. Inspiration can strike where one stands

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or build like a slow burn inside the recesses of the subconscious. When faced with the question of where they draw inspiration, each sculptor relates differently. “I’m fascinated by history,” says Preston, which is definitely apparent in the personalities and faces of his figures, “I read a lot and when I discover something interesting, I put it into visual context.” With his work, Preston strives to bring the past to the present, making the history tangible while expressing what he has to say as an artist. “I’m on this idea about significance, it should touch all aspects of life and all peoples—a broader view—not as narrow as some of my past work. Nothing but pure truth—not about me, money, or self-aggrandizement.” Who we are, greatly affects what we make. Bob remembers building model airplanes with his father as a child, thus sparking his infatuation with aeronautic forms. “I usually have a flood of ideas

running through my mind, so I rarely have to look for inspiration, but when I do I go to airports and air museums when I get the chance.” Fisher takes joy in the creative pleasures of the world before him, “I get inspiration from life events, and I try to do things that feed creativity and keep me learning. I do love to travel— from canoeing the Little Tennessee River to watching a light beam shine through the oculus in the Pantheon in Rome. Being in the studio with ideas, materials and time is inspiring. Having a work place with three-dimensional, malleable elements and compounds and the fourth dimension of time to work unresolved ideas into resolved sculptural statements is an incredibly enjoyable activity for me.” The inevitable result of making a sculptural statement is of course feedback and at times criticism. All three of these experienced artists have received positive response in the central Illinois area with regards to their work and hold a

very similar outlook when it comes to comments—they consider the source. But overall Peoria has been receptive to showcasing its wealth of talented local citizens. Fisher is particularly impressed by Lakeview Museum and its collaborative transition to the Peoria Riverfront Museum, as well as Riverfront Arts District, ICC and Bradley graduates on the art scene and local businesses who serve as patrons. “We can do better though,” Fisher kindly points out, “To give one example, ArtsPartners brought current NEA chair, Rocco Landesman, to Peoria. We were the first stop of his national Art Works Tour and we were then encouraged to apply for a $250,000 NEA Mayor’s Initiative Grant that would have created new pedestrian-friendly areas downtown that integrated landscaping with artwork, but the proposal died in city council. But overall, I’m pleased with the area, it’s really transforming and the cultural aspects are helping to drive the transformations.” When asked what is currently in the works for Preston, he enthusiastically

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describes three of the many plans taking form in his studio, “I’m designing and building a nine-section sculpture as well as a bronze piece for the new airport. The structure is going to be a disc of planes marking milestones of aviation throughout history. I also have a traveling, fortyone foot sperm whale sculpture that I’m working on. It will make its way to museums across the states to send a message about the threatened demise of this beautiful animal.” For Fisher, collaboration is a vital part of the sculptural process, as noted by his most recent projects with sculptor Jaci Willis, “My current commission is a lifesize bronze sculpture of A.J. Robertson, Bradley University’s legendary athletic director and coach from 1920 to 1948 for the university’s campus. I’ve recently completed “Event” for the Peoria Civic Center and a series of six steel and bronze reliefs, “Imprints of Education” for the Harrison School in Peoria. As far as my large scale work goes, “Decision Point” was created for Art Chicago 2011,

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and is currently on exhibit on Orleans Street just outside the Chicago Merchandise Mart. One major event on the horizon will be the International Sculpture Center’s biennial sculpture conference to be held in the fall of 2012 in Chicago. Bob Emser and I are on the planning committee for the event.” As said Bob serves as president of CSI while Fisher is currently vice president. “CSI will be hosting several exhibitions in Chicago during the event. One of my responsibilities is to work with Bob, the CSI board and the ISC to plan a yearlong exhibition of large-scale outdoor work at a significant venue. This exhibition will include juried work from CSI along with the Mid-South Sculpture Association and the Texas Sculptors Group.” Bob also just completed a work on display in Chicago for the Avenue of Sculpture, titled “It Takes Two”, which allowed him to explore water-jet cut aluminum. “I have several missions on my plate, such as a series of hanging pieces for the atrium of a transportation center. As for long term, I have the

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winged project, where I fix airplane wings to building structures in three cities, it’s underway as we work to raise funding.” Across the board it seems as though every artist secretly has a dream project that rattles around in the back of his or her mind, whether it be extremely ambitious or just a fit of whimsy. “Someday I’d love to design a thirty-story building,” muses Bob, “but that’s probably just a pipe dream.” Talk about dreaming large scale! From an environmental standpoint Preston longs to do an interactive piece, spreading the message of sustaining life, but until then you can find him instructing new generations of artists at the CAC and teaching Tai Chi Chuan on the Riverfront. Dream projects abound for Fisher, who after studying and teaching in Cortona, Italy, would love to return for the biennial international stone-carving event.

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“Sculptors work in a downtown Carrara plaza for a few weeks creating new largescale work.” Fisher is also quick to employ new technology like 3-D modeling software and make visits to Kohler’s foundries and discovering new techniques and materials. “Some projects will come unplanned and new possibilities will be generated,” he says, showing that as long as there is something on the leading edge he will find a way to use it to fulfill his aspirations. Traditional sculpting of the past, done with mallet and chisel, has advanced with the rise of welding and power tools, and now rapid prototyping where computers can translate a design into laser-carved resin. But as Preston puts it, it’s all an evolution and these sculptors have embraced that evolution to carry out their visions, their message—a message you can see and touch. 

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What do you really know about lightning? Here in the Midwest, we see it often, even in winter. What causes it? How powerful can it be? Can you predict if a storm will have lightning? Lightning is a very complicated scientific phenomenon that remains very elusive. Even though we know that certain situations usually produce cloud to ground lightning, the exact cause of lightning remains a mystery. Meteorologists (those who have studied the science of weather) attempt to predict weather for the benefit of those of us who don’t quite grasp all the factors that influence our climate and the conditions that create it. Meteorologist Mike McClellan explains why some storms produce more lightning than others. “A simple isolated storm cell has less cloud to ground (CG) lightning than other cells, but storm cells with another lightning producing cell nearby have more CG lightning than if they were alone. Also the amount of CG lightning increases as the cell extends higher in altitude above the freezing level. The more ice crystals and hail a storm cloud has in it, generally the more lightning you will have.”

Mike has been in the business of predicting weather for over 20 years. Some may remember him as the weatherman on a local TV station, but for the past 18 years, he has been operating a business forecasting and monitoring weather for outdoor events such as air shows, state fairs, and all kinds of sporting events, even the Olympics. His specialty however, is golf tournaments. Lightning can be very powerful and dangerous, so obviously it is beneficial for those who are running events to know if there is a chance that storms and lightning might occur. Mike shares that since 1993, he has seen “tornadoes, hurricanes, 100-mile-per-hour wind gusts, lightning strikes right on the golf course, hail 6 inches deep, flooding rains, 118 degree heat, and even snow in Arizona in the middle of PGA golf events.” The most memorable was in 1995 in Dallas at the Byron Nelson Golf Classic, where they experienced 10 tornado touchdowns, baseball-size hail, 75-mileper-hour winds, heavy rain, and over 6,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes all within 10 miles of the course, and all occurring within a three-hour period.

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Fortunately, they were able to warn officials of the dangerous weather in advance, so they could get everyone into a safe place before the storms hit and could advise the same officials when it was safe to resume play. Mike’s business, Mobile Weather Team, grew in 1996 from doing 63 PGA events to 115 that year. He continued to expand after that to even doing the British Open, which lead to even more overseas business. In 2008, he sold all the contracted events being done in North America but kept all other events worldwide. Starting with a small niche business in Washington, he has gone to providing on-site weather coverage on five continents and in dozens of countries. Whether in the USA or in Spain, most of us aren’t fortunate enough to be able to have our own personal weather forecaster though; so the next time you experience a thunderstorm and see lightning, either off in the distance or a little too close for comfort, just remember that it is wise to take cover and not make yourself eligible as target. You could become a spark.

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What sparks our memory? Joshua Foer became intrigued by the subject when writing an article about the US Memory Championships. He was baffled when he found out that the people competing were just everyday people who employed ancient methods to train their memories. Under the wing of a mentor, Foer was able to train and compete himself, thus exploring the very science and art of how the brain processes memories. Along the way he met people with the best and worst memories and eventually discovered that having a keen imagination for the absurd may be the key to remembering everything.

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Catching Freelance Fire words by shanna shipman


design by nicole blackburn

It starts with a spark, a creative idea. If shared, that spark is fueled by the input of other creative minds. One idea leads rapidly to the next, and soon, flames of possibility are raging in a way that consumes one’s attention and requires action. Collaborative creativity is the oxygen, breathing life into ideas that would otherwise remain a slow simmer. Spark Freelance Professionals realize the power of combined minds, as they join forces to offer an environment of motivation and cooperation for creative freelancers in the Peoria area. Calling themselves “an informal networking group where freelance communication professionals can share ideas and referrals,” the group is comprised of writers, editors, translators, graphic designers, audio/ visual producers, and marketing experts.

spark leader: kathy carter

Spark caught fire in 2000, following the organizational efforts of Julie Gray. Gray, an upward-moving employee of a local public relations firm, had recently decided to launch her own business, embracing the benefits—and challenges—of self-employment. Branching out, Gray decided, did not have to mean “going it alone.” A cooperative entrepreneurial spirit remains alive and well among Spark members today, says current leader Kathy Carter. She left her 20-year position at an educational publishing company in 2005. “I was ready for a change,” she says. “I had been thinking for a long time about going out on my own.” The decision to launch one’s own freelance business is a courageous one, requiring the unique combination of careful planning with a “just do it” mentality. The benefits are substantial: flexibility, upward mobility, and creative freedom.

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Liberating is the word Carter uses. “I can make my own decisions about what type of work I want to do and what type of minds I want to work with.”

Best of all, she says, is “the ability to chart your own course for where you want your career to go.” The gutsy move away from an established employer can also be a scary one, and learning to manage a lifestyle without the predictability of a regular paycheck takes a certain amount of good faith. Work can be sporadic, coming in both floods and draughts. Interestingly, the large scale economic drawbacks hurting many professionals in some ways benefit freelancers, as companies more often contract project-specific help in lieu of hiring full-time employees. Utilizing freelancers allows businesses to better optimize their resources. Still, it takes a certain level of savvy, business and otherwise, to maneuver one’s way through endless networks of self-promotion and land the jobs necessary to keep relevant (and working) in a creative field. Networking among other freelancers helps. Within Spark, freelancers “learn from each other’s experiences and help each other through the rough

spots,” Carter explains. The group also offers a safe sounding board. “When considering a slightly different field or service, we can bounce those ideas off of people who understand those issues.” In addition to offering their own wellinformed advice, the group also solicits input from outside experts. Guest presentations span topics ranging from the practical (being a creative writer, for instance, does not necessarily prepare one for the intricacies of self-employed tax preparation), to the dynamic and visionary. In today’s context, concepts like “personal branding” dominate an everchanging and rapid-paced professional environment. The skills of communicators in various genres are in higher demand than ever before, as the exponential growth of the communications sector has no end in sight. The Internet and its networking outlets provides an endless venue for the expression of ideas, a space Spark freelancers help fill with their own creative projects as well as promotion of others. A cooperative approach lends perfectly to multifaceted projects, as an endeavor in one area of expertise, such as web design, leads to need for other contributions, such as writing or photography. Employers can be near or far, as a virtual gathering of the minds allows collaboration that spans the globe in the press of a key or interactive interface." Yet, face-to-face interaction is still highly valued among the folks in Spark. In fact, the chance to meet in person offers one of the group’s most substantial benefits: Interaction with others prevents the isolation that could

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stem from comprising a one-person business operating from home. A Spark gathering at a local pizzeria, for instance, offers the chance for the “watercooler” talk that sole proprietors may not get on a daily basis. The group meets monthly through most of the year and welcomes new attendees at each meeting. No dues or formal referrals are required to participate in this “one-stop shop” for independent contractors. Those interested in becoming, or hiring, a Spark member, should visit their webpage at As group leader, Carter welcomes inquiries and is happy to help people in their individual freelance ventures. Her own career, specializing in the editing of nonfiction books, is taking off with unlimited potential. Originally thinking she would work primarily for publishing companies, she is moving more in the direction of helping individuals with an interest in self-publishing.

Through her own efforts and those of the collective Spark, she says, “We want to open the doors for people who feel they have a message to give the world.”

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listings & directory Bradley University Concerts:

Lakeview Museum:

Dingledine Music Center, 1417 W Barker Avenue, Peoria. Free. Students free. 309.677.2650 or

1125 W Lake Ave, Peoria. Gallery hours: 10a5p Tue–Sat; 10-8 Thur, 12-5p Sun. $6 adults; $5 age 60+, $4 ages 3–17. 309.686.7000 or

Chillicothe Park District: Shore Acres Park Clubhouse, 100 Park Blvd, Chillicothe, IL 61523. 309.274.3409 or

Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre: Goodfield, IL. 309.965.2545 Contemporary Art Center: 305 SW Water St, Peoria. Tue–Sat 11a–5p. 309.674.6822 or

Morton Park District: 349 W Birchwood St, Morton, IL. 309.263.7429 or

Pekin Park District: 1701 Court St, Pekin, IL 61554. 309.347.7275 or

Peoria Art Guild: Foster Art Center, 203 Harrison, Peoria. Hours: Mon–Fri 9a-5p. 309.637.2787 or

Corn Stock Theatre Center: Upper Bradley Park. 309.676.2196 or

East Peoria/Fon du Lac Park District: Fon du Lac Administration Center, 201 Veterans Dr, East Peoria, IL 61611. 309.699.3923, info@fondulacpark. com or

Peoria Ballet: 809 W Detweiller Peoria Civic Center:

201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL 61602. 309.673.3200 box office, 309.680.3551 for Jenny Winne in group sales or www. or 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster or

Eastlight Theatre: 1401 E Washington, East Peoria. Ticket prices: 309.699.7469 or

Forest Park Nature Center: 5809 Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights. 309.686.3360, 309.681.2838 or

Peoria Zoo: 2218 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL

Peoria Park District: Lower Glen Oak Park Pavilion, 2218 N Prospect Rd, 61603. 309.682.1200 or

Peoria Players Theatre: 4300 N University, Peoria. 309.688.4473 or

61603. 309.686.3365 or

ICC Performing Arts Center: East Peoria Campus, 1 College Drive, East Peoria, IL 61635. 309.694.5136 or

ICC North Campus: 5407 N University,

Peoria Theater: 3225 N Dries Lane, Peoria. Landmark Plaza, 309.202.2278 or

Reel to Real: Focus on Film: Showing film at ICC North Campus, 309.339.3001 or

Peoria. 309.694.5136 or

Jukebox Comedy Club: 309.673.5853 3527 W Farmington Rd, Peoria.


Peoria, IL 61615. 309.690.7990 or

Washington Park District: 105 S Spruce, Washington, IL 61571. 309.444.9413 or www.

If you have an event for our listings, send the details to We must receive items by the first of the month prior to the event, i.e. June events are due May 1st. (Space is limited. Not every event can be included and items may be edited). Events we list include live entertainment, art exhibits, sporting events, etc. If you are interested in an event, call first: Things change.

events in july 2011

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Through 7/2 Songs for a New World, Festival 56, Princeton. 815.879.5656, Through 7/24 Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre Encores, Goodfield. Thurs–Sat doors open at 6, dinner 6:30–7:30, show at 8; Sun doors open at 12p, brunch 12–1p, show starts at 1:30p. $34–$38. 965.2545,

May 21 – September 11, 2011

Through 8/24 Sightseeing Cruises, Spirit of Peoria. Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun (some dates excepted) boarding 12:30p, departure 1p (1.5 hours long). $15/adults, $13/seniors, $9/children. Through 8/31 Brown Bag-It, Peoria County Courthouse Plaza. Mon & Wed 11:30a–1p. Free. 681.0696, Through 9/3 Riverfront Market, Peoria Riverfront. 8a–12. Free. Through 9/9 Weekly German Dinners and Entertainment at the Lindenhof. Fri 5–10p. Free admission, meal $11, children $5.50, desserts $2. 691.7484,, www. Through 9/28 W.O.W. (Walk On Wednesdays), Junction City Shopping Center. Wed 5–9p. Free. 740.0808, Through 9/30 Friday Night Water Street Fiesta, 300 block of Water Street. Fri 5–10p. Free. 863.5121,

Unwind with these weekly events! Through 12/2 Fridays at 309. First Fri of the month, live music, drinks, complimentary light buffet 5–8p, entertainment 9p–1a. Presented by Absolut Vodka-Cocktails Perfected.

Through 12/18 Taiji: Short Form & Qigong, Contemporary Art Center. Sun 5:30p.$8/ members, $10/nonmembers, $25 monthly/ members, $35 monthly/nonmembers.

Through 12/15 Whisper & Shout, Contemporary Art Center. Open mic for poetry. 1st Thurs 7–9p. $4/ members, $7/nonmembers. 671.5555,

Through 12/30 Live At The Five Spot, Contemporary Art Center. Fri 5:30–7:30p. $7/members, $10/ nonmembers. 671.5555,

Through 12/16 Salsa Lessons & Dancing, Contemporary Art Center. 1st and 3rd Fridays, dance lessons 8:30–9:30p, open dancing 9:30p– 12:30a. $3/members, $6.nonmembers. 671.5555,, Through 12/17 Tai Chi Ch’uan, Contemporary Art Center. Sat 12–1p.$8/members, $10/nonmembers, $25 monthly/members, $35 monthly/ nonmembers. Through 12/18 Soulful Sunday, Contemporary Art Center. Last Sun 3–5p. $5/members, $8/ nonmembers. 671.5555,

Through 12/30 Free Wine Tasting, Pumpkin Postal, Wines ‘n More, Morton. Thurs–Fri 5–7p. Free. 266.6398, Through 12/30 Open Studio, Speakeasy Art Center, Pekin. Bring supplies, plus snacks/drinks if you’d like. Thurs 6–8p. Through 12/30 Friday Night Wine Tastings at French Toast/Wine Country in the Heights. One glass, 5 tastes/$5. 686.0234, 7/1–29 Unwind with Wine Fridays, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard. Fri until 9p. Free.

42 | 07.2011 | numéro 7/1 Central Illinois Artists Organization (CIAO) will present First Friday from 5 - 9 pm with an open house at the following artists' studios in the Peoria area: The Mill (located at 1101 SW Washington Street in Peoria), Murray Center for the Arts (located at 100 Walnut Street in Peoria), the Peoria Art Guild (located at 203 Harrison Street in Peoria), the Cornerstone (located at 321 Madison Ave in Peoria) and Torranson Glass (loated at 506 Evans Street. Admission is free.

7/4 Flanagan 4th of July, John C. Flanagan House Museum. Bring lawn chair/blanket. Popcorn, soda, water available for $1. $3/adults & teens, $2/ages 5–12, free/4 & under.

7/1 Music in the Park, Jones Park, Canton. 6:30–9p. 647.2677

7/6–27 Portrait Painting Class at Contemporary Art Center. Wed 6:30–8:30p. $55/members, $65/nonmembers (register by 6/29). www.

7/1 Spirit of Peoria Moonlight Cruise, Peoria RiverFront. Live entertainment, cash bar. Boat boards 7:30p, Cruise 8–10p. Adults/$15, Seniors/$13, ages 4­–12/$9, infants/free. 637.8000, 7/1 Pops and Popcorn will be presented by the Peoria Pops Orchestra at Five Points Center in Washington beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-444-8222 or online at php?show=21238 7/1 Stark County Let Freedom Ring Festival, Bradford. 7/2 Annual Wyoming Tractor Pull., 7/2–4 NSA Class B State Softball Qualifier, EastSide Centre, East Peoria. 676.0303, tharper@ 7/3­–31 Festival 56’s Production of The Taming of the Shrew, Princeton. 815.879.5656, 7/3 Peoria Chiefs vs. Clinton, O’Brien Field. 6:30p. For tickets visit

7/5-12 Festival 56’s Production of Annie Get Your Gun, Princeton. 815.879.5656, www. 7/5-6 Peoria Chiefs vs. Clinton, O’Brien Field. 7p. For tickets visit

7/7 Peoria Chiefs vs. Clinton, O’Brien Field. 7p. For tickets visit 7/8 Peoria Chiefs vs. Beloit, O’Brien Field. 6:30p. For tickets visit 7/8 Marshall-Putnam Fair, Henry. 7/8 Movies Under the Stars at Metro Centre. Family films, plus gourmet popcorn, soft drinks for $1 benefits local charities; bring lawn chairs and blankets and arrive early, weather permitting. 7:45–10:20p. Free. 7/8 Spirit of Peoria Moonlight Cruise, Peoria RiverFront. Live entertainment, cash bar. Boat boards 7:30p, Cruise 8–10p. Adults/$15, Seniors/$13, ages 4­–12/$9, infants/free. 637.8000, 7/8 Summer Fun on Court, Downtown Pekin. Live entertainment, food vendors, bring lawn chairs. 5–10p. 353.3100, 7/8–10 6th Annual Springer Cup, Kellogg Gold Course & Learning Center, Peoria. 630.466.0913,

Get ready, sparks will fly! 7/4 Peoria Chiefs vs. Clinton, O’Brien Field. 6p. For tickets visit

7/8–16 Festival 56’s Production of Proof, Princeton. 815.879.5656,

7/4 4th Honor America Fireworks Celebration, Pekin.,

7/8–16 Heart of Illinois Fair, Exposition Gardens.

7/4 4th of July Celebration in Henry. 7/4 4th of July Celebration in Walnut.

7/4 Methodist Red, White, and Boom! Peoria RiverFront and East Peoria RiverFront. 5p (fireworks @ 9:30p). 7/4 Pettengill-Morron House POPS Concert, Pettengill-Morron House, Moss Avenue, Peoria. 674.1921,

7/8–10 NSA Vertucci’s Express Qualifier, EastSide Centre. 7/9 Paws for a Cause Dog Show presented by Paws Giving Independence, Junction City. 10a–2p. $10 registration fee per dog. Dogs judged for Most obedient, Best Kisser, Best Trick, Best Costume, Person/Dog Look Alike, Most Toy/ball crazy, Most Vocal, Largest Dog, Cutest Puppy (5m-1yr), Friendliest Dog, Smallest Dog, Senior Dog (6yrs+), Ugliest Dog, Best Eye/ Ears. Demonstrations of Peoria Police Department’s canine units, PGI’s service dogs, vendors. www.

numéro | 7/9 Midnight Riders Miles for Smiles, Junction City. Check in 10:30–11:30p, ride begins at midnight (most riders return in 1 hour). 5-mile or 10-mile course, police escort, The Butcher Block will serve a free breakfast buffet after the event—first-come, first-served. $25/person, $45/family (max 4), $10 each additional member. 740.0808, Brittany@ 7/9 Sidewalk Sales and Open Air Market, Jones Park in Downtown Canton. 9a–3p. 647.2677 7/9–27 Children’s Art Class at Contemporary Art Center. Sat 11a–12p. Ages 6–14. $55/member, $65/nonmember (register by 7/2). www.

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7/17 Peoria Chiefs vs. Fort Wayne, O’Brien Field. 1p. For tickets visit 7/17 Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Art and Wine Festival. Local artisans showcase their talents and sell their artwork. Artists specialize in ceramics, glass, wood, metal work, jewelry, oil painting and fiber. Local Car Clubs have been invited again to host a show and display their vehicles. Wine tasting and live music performed throughout the day. 12–6p. Free. www. 7/18 Peoria Chiefs vs. Fort Wayne, O’Brien Field. 11a. For tickets visit

Get your Art on this Summer! 7/10–24 Solar Plate Printmaking Class at Contemporary Art Center. Sun 7–9p. Ages 15 & up. $50/members, $60/nonmembers (register by 7/2). 7/11–8/4 Color & Painting Class at Contemporary Art Center. Mon & Thurs 4–6:30p. Ages 14 & up. $190/members, $225/nonmembers (register by 7/5). 7/11–8/4 Research Studio at Contemporary Art Center. Mon & Thurs 7–9:30p. Ages 14 & up. $190/members, $225/nonmembers (register by 7/5). 7/12–8/30 Figure Drawing Class at Contemporary Art Center. Tues 7–9p. Ages 18 & up. $55/ members, $65/nonmembers. $55/members, $65/ nonmembers. 7/13-15 Peoria Chiefs vs. Lake County, O’Brien Field. 7p. For tickets visit 7/15–17 Balloons at the Park, Three Sisters Park Chillicothe. Hot air balloon festival, flights & competitions, tethered and fly away rides, family activities, evening balloon glow, live concert entertainment, arts, crafts & gift vendors, custom car show, fireworks, food. Fri/Sat morning balloon activities 6a (free admission), Sat morning includes balloon flights, Rescue 33 breakfast, Walk for Parkinson’s Disease. Fri 5–11p, Sat 3–11p. 4 tickets/$15, Adults $6 advance/$8 gate, ages 4–12/$4 advance/$6 gate, 3 & under/free, free parking, free rides from parking lot throughout festival site. 7/16 Morton Annual Cruise In. 266.5135, spyles@ 7/16–17 Havana Boat Races. 543.3528, havana@ 7/16 Peoria Chiefs vs. Fort Wayne, O’Brien Field. 6:30p. For tickets visit

7/19 Taste of Washington. 444.9921, 7/19–23 Festival 56’s Production of Twelve Angry People, Princeton. 815.879.5656, www.festival56. com 7/21 Pack the Place Third Thursday Lunch – 309. Buy one lunch entree, get second lunch entree half off. 692.0309, www.packtheplace. org, 7/22 Festival 56’s Production of Nunsense, Princeton. 815.879.5656, 7/22–23 Ham N’ Jam 2011 - Crusaders for Kids, Exposition Gardens Arena. 7/22 Swing at Peoria Contemporary Art Center. Dance lesson and open dancing. 8:30p–12:30a. $3/members, $6/nonmembers. 7/22 A Night with Jennifer Chiaverini to Benefit Project Linus, Civic Center Meeting Rooms. 6:30p. $50., 7/23 Christmas in July, Peoria Glen Oak Zoo. 11a–3p. 686.3365, 7/23 Stark County Corn Boil, Wyoming. 7/23–24 PNC Air Show 2011, General Wayne A. Downing Intl. Airport, Peoria. Opens 9a. Adults/$12 advance, $15 gate; Children (6-12)/$7 advance, $9 gate; under 5 free. 661.6546,; Tickets may be purchased at Kroger or online at: https:// 7/25–29 Pack The Place - Tanners Orchard. 50% off lunch all week—download at www.

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numéro | 7/28–9/18 Look, No Hans! Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 309.965.2545 7/29 Artists on the Boardwalk, Junction City Shopping Center. 4–8p. Free. 740.0808, Brittany@ 7/29 WWE RAW World Tour, Peoria Civic Center Arena. 7:30p. $17–$62. 673.3200, 800.745.3000,, 7/29–8/7 Kiss Me Kate, Festival 56, Princeton. 815.879.5656, 7/29–30 Midwest Cigar Summit, Jimmy’s Bar in West Peoria. 7/29–30 Pekin Main Street Super Cruise, Downtown Pekin. Live music, food vendors. Fri 4–10p, Sat 1–8p. Free attendance & vehicle registration. 353.3100, 7/30 Behind the Scenes Tour, Peoria Glen Oak Zoo. 9–10a. $20/person, registration required. 686.3365, 7/30 Whitney's Walk For Life 2011 will be held at Jubilee College State Park in Quail Meadow with the 5K Run beginning at 7:55 am and the 5K Walk beginning at 8 am. 7/30 Kids’ Day, The Shoppes at Grand Prairie. 10a–4p. Free. 7/31 Giant Flea Market, Exposition Gardens Youth Building.

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Live music directory

Basta O’Neill’s, 661 N Cummings Lane, Washington, 309.444.5500

Bernardi's Restaurant North Lake of the Woods Plaza 1220 North Brentfield, Dunlap, 309.243.8888,

Jim’s Steakhouse, 110 SW Jefferson, Peoria, 309.673.5300

Live at the Five Spot, CAC at 305 SW Water St, 309.674.6822

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, East of Mackinaw, $5 adm, 309.359.WINE

Martini’s on Water Street, 212 SW Water St, Peoria, 309.655.5003

Panache, 4203 N Sheridan Rd,

Peoria Jazz Society, 309.692.5330, 691.3259,,

Peoria Pizza Works, 3921 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights, 309.682.5446

The Publik House, Peoria Heights Red Barn, 621 W Glen Ave, Peoria, 309.692.3792 Rhythm Kitchen, 305 SW Water St, Peoria, 309.676.9668,

Sky Harbor Steakhouse, 1321 N Park Rd, Peoria, 309.674.5532

The Whammy Bar 500 Main St, Peoria, 309.839.2880,

WeaverRidge Golf Club, 5100 WeaverRidge Blvd, Peoria, 309.691.3344

Sheridan Village, Peoria, 309.589.1844

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live music in july Sundays


Ed Kaizer, Weaver Ridge, 10:30a–1:30p

Gene Farris, Jim’s Steakhouse, 7:30p–12:30a

JammSammich, Peoria RiverFront/The Landing, 7/3, $7, 7:30–11:30p

Dave Hoffman & Friends, Panache, 5–7p

Peoria Municipal Band, Glen Oark Park Ampitheater, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 7:30p Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band and Speakeasy featuring Judy Page, Starting Gate Banquet Room, Landmark Recreation Center, 7/17, 6p, $5/members, $7/non-members (age 14 and under free w/adult)

Tuesdays Eddie & Judy Howard, Jim’s Steakhouse, 8p–12a Open Stage with Joe Piccoli, Rhythm Kitchen, 6–8p

Greg Williams, Hotel Pere Marquette/Rendevous, 5–7p Live at the Five Spot: Preston Jackson & Friends (7/1), Rob Williams & the Soggy Bottom Blues Band (7/8), Change Up (7/15), Marbin (7/22), Ambient (7/29), $7/members, $10/ nonmembers, 5:30p World Class Noise, Peoria RiverFront,/The Landing 7/1, $7, 7:30p CoverGurl, Peoria RiverFront,/The Landing 7/8, $7, 7:30p The Boat Drunks, Peoria RiverFront,/The Landing 7/15, $7, 7:30p T-Bone Craig Quartet, Rhythm Kitchen, 7/15, 8p

Wednesdays Jimmy Binkley, Sky Harbor Steakhouse, 7–11p Open Mic Night, The Whammy Bar, 8p The Dirty Gentlemen, Brass Rail, 6:30–11p Gene Farris, Jim’s Steakhouse, 8p–12a Live Jazz, Rhythm Kitchen, 6:30–8:30p Peoria Municipal Band, Water Street at State Street, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 7:30–9p

Hairbangers Ball, Peoria RiverFront,/The Landing 7/22, $7, 7:30p Patrick N Swayze/Rod Tuffcurls & the Bench Press, Peoria RiverFront,/The Landing 7/29, $7, 7:30p

Saturdays Eddie & Judy Howard, Jim’s Steakhouse, 8p–12a Jimmy Binkley, Sky Harbor Steakhouse, 7p–12a

Thursdays Gene Farris, Jim’s Steakhouse, 7:30p–1a Larry Harms Trio, Basta O’Neill’s, 6–9p Joe Piccoli Open Mic Night, Panache, 7–10p Steve Degenford, 2Chez, 7–9p Dave Pelton, Rhythm Kitchen, 7–9p CEFCU Jazz Series featuring John Miller & the Romaniacs, Peoria RiverFront/The Landing, 7/7 CEFCU Jazz Series featuring David Hoffman & Friends, Peoria RiverFront/The Landing, 7/14 CEFCU Jazz Series featuring Kevin Hart & Vibe Tribe, Peoria RiverFront/The Landing, 7/21 CEFCU Jazz Series featuring Change Up Band, Peoria RiverFront/The Landing, 7/28

Biscuits & Gravy Band, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 7/2, 7-10:45pm Charlie Daniels Band, Peoria RiverFront/The Landing, 7/2, $25, 6p Bubblegum Jack, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 7/9, 7-10:45pm Rock Candy, Peoria RiverFront,/The Landing 7/9, $7, 7:30p Sister Groove & the Cross Town Jam, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 7/16, 7-10:45pm Too White Crew, Peoria RiverFront,/The Landing 7/16, $7, 7:30p United Groove Theory, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 7/23, 7-10:45pm Wedding Banned, Peoria RiverFront,/The Landing 7/23, $7, 7:30p Players Club Band, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 7/30, 7-10:45pm

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things by melanie anderson division chief , peoria fire department sparking local fire safety photos by dennis slape

10 things I crave

Walking in Bradley Park in the evening hours Located on North Park Road in Peoria.

Avanti's Turkey & Swiss Gondola Pick one up on Main Street.

Browsing Fun websites Travelocity, NOAA, Earthquake/USGS

Taking Trips to Southern States Book your trip today at Suzi Davis Travel.

Bowling at Landmark Check it out at

Water Parks in the summer Not to mention Carver Pool!

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Find it on


Talking to children about fire safety


Recruiting women into the fire service


Playing CafĂŠ World on Facebook

The Riverfront in any city Take a stroll down the Illinois River today


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