Peoria Park District May Activities

ORIENTEERING MEET AT SOMMER PARK MAY 10 – The Illinois River Valley Orienteering Club (IRVOC) will hold an Orienteering Meet at Sommer Park on Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. Join the IRVOC for some family fun, and spend the day learning about this fascinating sport. The cost is $5 for the map and $1 for each person. For details, contact Mike Duncan, or look on the IRVOC website:

Center will host an
Illinois Central College “Funshop” class, Sight & Sound Bird ID, on Saturday, May 10, from 9-11:30 a.m. The instructor is John Mullen of Peoria Audubon and Forest Park Nature

 Get acquainted with the local avian world as you explore the beautiful flying songsters that surround us. The emphasis of this class will be on simple appreciation of these winged wonders as well as the identification of birds by coloration, shape, behavior, vocalizations and other characteristics. Field guides and binoculars will also be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned during the hands-on, outdoor portion of this workshop.

            Registration for this class is through Illinois Central College, 999-4545, and pre-registration is required. The fee is $14 per person.

TRAVELER’S DREAM PERFORMS MAY 10 @ FOREST PARK NATURE CENTER –       Traveler’s Dream will perform at the Peoria Park District’s Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday, May 10 at 7 p.m. as part of the Nature Center’s 2008 “Songs from the Woods” Concert Series.

            Michael Lewis and Denise Wilson of Traveler’s Dream are masters of an eclectic repertoire. In any given concert, you may hear lively Irish jigs and reels, French-Canadian voyageur songs, sea shanties, Scottish bagpipe tunes and songs that capture the heart and history of diverse cultures. With a deep respect for ancient musical traditions, Wilson and Lewis enrich the music with carefully woven arrangements, close vocal harmonies and driving rhythms played on the guitar, bouzouki and feet percussion. The duo also writes original songs that nestle seamlessly alongside their traditional material.

            Payment for reserved seating is available at the Trailhead Nature Store. General admission seating is payable at the door. Concert fees are $7 for adults, $6 for children, and CORE members receive $1 off. For more information, contact Forest Park Nature Center, 309-686-3360.

The Peoria Park District’s Forest Park Nature Center will host Active Senior Wildflower Walks on Wednesday, May 14 and Wednesday, June 11, at 10 a.m. There is nothing better than starting the day with a hot cup of coffee or tea and breathing in some fresh spring air! Active seniors will love seeing the beauty of spring revealed and appreciate the opportunity to get to know some other nature-loving seniors on one of these naturalist-guided tours. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and be prepared to walk up to a half mile. This presentation is open to seniors age 55 plus. There is no fee, but a donation is requested. For more information, please call the Nature Center, 309-686-3360.

“Proper Pruning Practices” Class at Luthy Botanical Garden May 17 – Pruning (verb): to cut, lop, whack, thin, shear, trim, reduce. Could your pruning method be best described as lopping and whacking rather than thinning and trimming? To learn the best maintenance of your trees and shrubs, be sure to attend the Peoria Park District’s “Proper Pruning Practices” class at Luthy Botanical Garden on Saturday, May 17, from 9-11 a.m.

            Come learn the who, what, why, where, when and how of pruning from instructor Valerie Wolfe—plus all the don’ts. And because practice makes perfect, you will try your new skills in our Garden until you’re a confident pruner! You can also take home cuttings or purchase tools from our gift shop.

            The class will be held at the Luthy Botanical Garden, and the fee is $8 for residents, $10 for non-residents and $6 for Garden members. To register for this class or more information, call the Luthy Botanical Garden at (309) 686-3362. 

ANNUAL CLYDE WEST FISHING DERBY – The Peoria Park District will hold its 37th Annual Clyde West Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 17.  The Glen Oak Park Lagoon will be stocked with 2,000 pounds of fish.  Prizes, fun and fishing materials will be provided. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park.

            The derby is open from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. for children 9 and under, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for children ages 10-13, and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.  Admission is FREE. For more information call 681-2854.

“The Streets Belong to Me” Youth Rally – The Peoria Park District in conjunction with the Community and Inner City Services Department is hosting a Youth Rally on Friday, May 30th at the Logan Recreation Center Park to promote the intolerance of violence. Join us at 11:00am and kick off your safe summer with local celebrities and coaches, food and drinks, and giveaways. Admission is FREE!  For more information call Deborah Totten at 681-2857or Terri Cannon at 676-8179.

ADULT CO-REC 6’s SAND VOLLEYBALL  – Enjoy the summer with your friends in this Peoria Park District recreational league at Bradley Park. Previous experience is not necessary.  Co-rec “A” and “B” divisions will compete on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Teams will consist of six players with at least two women on the court at all times. Fee is $170 per team. The season starts June 3.  League registration is ongoing at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion. Please call Matt at 681-2866 for more information

Peoria Park District’s Tennis Registration – The Peoria Park District is now taking registrations for all tennis programs for ages 4 and up. Adult tennis, youth tennis, USA Team tennis, and free tennis are being offered throughout the summer. Registration is ongoing at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion. For more information please call 688-3667 for more information.

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  1. Just so you know, your comment had nothing to do with my posting of activities at a local Park District. Where exactly was the whining? What was it that you read?

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