Nominations for the 17th annual 40 Leaders Under Forty awards celebration are now being accepted. Visit peoriamagazines.com and nominate a leader today! The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria will officially break ground on its collaborative Cancer Research Expansion Project on Monday, August 16th at 10am. The 20,000-square-foot facility will allow UICOMP’s Dr. Jasti Rao to expand his world-class research program and bring millions of dollars and dozens of jobs to the region. The ceremony will include participation by Regional Dean Sara L. Rusch, M.D., University of Illinois President Michael J. Hogan, UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Mears, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Congressman Aaron Schock, Mayor Jim Ardis and Heartland Partnership President and CEO Jim McConoughey. The Korean Ambassador to the United States, Han Duk-soo, will join Congressman Aaron Schock at “Growing Jobs Across America: Opportunities in Illinois” at the Pere Marquette on Friday, August 16th from 3 to 5:30pm. Tickets are $25 for Peoria Chamber members and $35/non-members. Click here to register or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Nominations are being accepted for The Heartland Partnership's 2010 Community Wealth Award, and the Peoria Chamber's 2010 Small Business Awards and 2010 Athena Award. Winners will be announced on October 6th at The Heartland Partnership Annual Meeting.
The Athena Award honors women who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and have made paths so that others may follow. Click here to nominate online.
The Outstanding Small Business Award honors small businesses that demonstrate stability, innovation, commitment to the community and the ability to overcome challenges. Click here to nominate online.
The Community Wealth Award recognizes the segment of our community that works every day to improve the quality of life and human capital across the region. Click here to nominate online.
There are four days left to “Dine Out for the Promise.” More than 30 restaurants are teaming up to help send local students to college by offering 10 percent or more of their sales to the Peoria Promise Foundation. All you have to do is eat! Visitpeoriapromise.org for a complete list of local restaurants and to download the Dine Out for the Promise flyer. ArtsPartners of Central Illinois is now accepting nominations for the 2010 ArtsPartner of the Year Award. Individuals and organizations will be considered based on their efforts in the areas of advocacy, education, professional service, volunteer service or funding of the arts. The award will be presented at the ArtsPartners 2010 Annual Meeting on September 29th. Nomination forms and more information are available at artspartners.net. The deadline for nominations is August 27th.
Wednesday, August 11th @ Prairie Center of the Arts A conversation on artists-in-residence programs with Caitlin Strokosch, executive director of the Alliance of Artists Communities, will take place from 6 to 7:30pm. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Prairie Center of the Arts is located at 1506 SW Washington Street in Peoria. Call 673-5589 for info. Thursday, August 12th @ Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino The Summer Soiree for the Duck Race for The Center for Prevention of Abuse takes place from 5 to 7pm, featuring hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and the music of Preston Jackson and Friends. Tickets are $10 at the door andfree to sponsors and PeaceKeepers. For more information, call 691-0551 or email email@example.com. Saturday, August 14th @ Peoria Ballet The Peoria Ballet Open House & Yard Sale will take place at Peoria Ballet, 809 W. Detweiller Drive, from 10am to 3pm. All proceeds will benefit Peoria Ballet. You may also register for classes, meet the instructors and try out a sample class. Call 690-7990 or visit peoriaballet.com for more information. Saturday, August 14th @ Luthy Botanical Garden The Peoria Park District’s Luthy Botanical Garden will present its 11th annual Rhythm in the Rainforest jazz event form 7 to 9:30pm. Preston Jackson & Friends will perform while you enjoy on-site cooking by Alwan & Sons. Cost is $25/members and $30/non-members. Call 681-3506 for tickets or more information. Sunday, August 15th @ Spirit of Peoria The Spirit of Peoria will host a book signing with local writer Sylvia Shults and her book Ghosts of the Illinois River during its sightseeing cruise. Boarding is at 12:45pm and departure is 1pm. The boat will return at 2:30pm. Tickets are $15/adults, $13/seniors (55+) and $9/children (4-12). Call 800-676-8988 for more information.