West Peoria had a very successful Clean Up Day on a very nasty, wet last Saturday in April. Twenty-two volunteers received 170 loads of junk and 29 pallets of electronics recycling at a cost of approximately $1,350 to the township. Many tires were also collected. Clean Up Day is a good asset for our community, and if you are available to assist next year on the final Saturday in April for a few hours, let the township know. After all, you can only get so wet as many of us learned that day. Thanks to all who volunteered as well as to those who helped clean our community by discarding items. Sharon Kennedy served as coordinator of the event.

The West Peoria Residents Association is hosting the 20th Jamboree Run 7 a.m. June 3 starting at the corner of Heading and Sterling. Participants in the 4-mile run and 2-mile fitness walk travel through West Peoria streets for a $30 registration fee. Registration closes at 6:30 a.m. June 3. Registration forms can be picked up at City Hall during regular business hours or can be found online at www.facebook.com/jamboreerun. Packets can be picked up 5 to 7 p.m. June 2 at the Franciscan Recreation Complex. Additional race shirts are available for $10. If you are available to assist with this event, contact April Silver, 369-2104.

A carnival sponsored by Boy Scouts Troop 11 is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. that same day. The family-oriented Jamboree kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Franciscan Complex and features live music, food and beverages. Proceeds are funneled back into West Peoria for help with further events. This event is a good chance to spent time with your neighbors, family and friends.

The West Peoria Residents Association meets on the third Thursday of each month; their next meeting is 6 p.m. June 15 in City Hall. The Beautification Committee has filled the community planters with geraniums and alysium. Night Out Against Crime is coming up in August and was discussed at the last Neighborhood Watch meeting; next meeting is 6 p.m. June 14 at City Hall. Seniors on the Go will have an outing June 22. For more information, contact Loretta Fehl at 637-0326 or Maggie Moore at 673-0535.

Planning is underway for West Peoria’s premiere event, the 4th of July Parade. If you are interested in participating, get an application at City Hall or check the West Peoria web-site, cityofwestpeoria.com. This event attracts thousands to our community to view and participate in the parade. This is also the opportunity to showcase our community with landscaped yards, friendliness toward our many visitors and sidewalks cleaned and clear of garbage containers. If you are interested in nominating a West Peorian for continuing service to the community, send the application to City Hall with your name and contact information included as well as details that explain why this individual will be an appropriate grand marshal. Check the website for more details.

Sharon McBride

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