Restoration: Coal Hollow Park

Coal Hollow

An environmental restoration is unfolding north of Chillicothe on the site of a former coal mine. Mike Contratto, center, works with park district employees and volunteers on a foot bridge at Coal Hollow Park. The bridge connects a new parking…

Artist uses light, space, sky and landscape

When Craig Adcock lectures at the Riverfront Museum Nov. 14, he’ll not only present artist James Turrell to a Peoria-area audience probably unfamiliar with him. The program, presented by the Peoria Fine Arts Society, also will in some ways revisit…

Straight Talk | Can’t believe it

For more than 35 years, my wife and I and our two sons lived in Wardcliffe and traveled multiple times each day on the two lanes of Forrest Hill from Lehman Road to University. Finally, due to speeding and congestion,…

The Watch | No news is bad news

Near tears, the mother of four said she was grateful to have shelter, but … She had no electricity or running water. She had trouble caring for her children. She hadn’t had a shower in weeks. She pleaded for help.…

Real Talk | Deep state or deep six

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again. As we go through another saga with the most corrupt administration in this…

Illinois Art League Holiday Market

The Illinois Art League is presenting its annual holiday market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 at The Warehouse on State, 736 SW Washington St. next to Thyme Restaurant. Featured will be the original works of more than…

ArtsBeat | November 2019

Nov. 7 – 8: Bradley University Midwest Women Artists Symposium: Champions of the Environment. Free and open to the public. Nov. 7: 5 p.m., Karen McCoy, keynote “Art in the Age of Planetary Distress,” Caterpillar Global Communications Center. Nov. 8:…

Nature Rambles | Survival by degrees

Last month, I discussed a recent study published in Science Magazine concerning the real threat to migratory birds being posed by the increased use of neonicotinoid pesticides. Unfortunately, birders throughout Illinois are still experiencing a lack of birds. I just…

Serendipity | Sister’s birthday

Sibling rivalry was not an issue for me when I was growing up. Not that I was so angelic that I skipped it, but there are 8.5 years between my older sister and me. When I started kindergarten, she was…

Peoria RiverFront Holiday Market

The Thanksgiving Peoria RiverFront holiday market will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23 in Dozer Park, 730 SW Jefferson. Vendors will be selling local produce, baked goods, holiday fare and more. Several years ago, one Central Illinois…

Labor Roundup | November 2019

Illinois-based Railway Workers United urges united front. A rank-and-file group spanning all rail crafts, unions and carriers is petitioning leaders of all 13 U.S. rail unions to coordinate bargaining as a united front in the next round of talks with…