Starving for Life

There is something about physical starvation that drives a human soul to hunt for food at any cost. In that condition, all other earthly pursuits become meaningless and the mind is completely absorbed in the chase for sustenance. What saddens…

Serendipity for May 2010

Nostalgia reigns supreme in my heart. I am sentimental and a saver, not a great combination if one is trying to downsize possessions. I am always trying to downsize something, either my stuff or me. The project never ends. Some…

West Peoria News for May 2010

Remember Americans who have served our country on Memorial Day weekend with the Annual West Peoria Memorial Day celebration beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the West Peoria War Veterans memorial on Saturday, May 29th. The memorial is at the corner…

Musings for May 2010

Today, Saturday, April 24th, is a gorgeous, fresh day after the rain cleansed everything yesterday. It smelled better outside and it was a joy to breathe the air. I made sure Kaja did her business, and I picked it up,…

Some things never die, they just fade away

Ole Gus Hagaard and I were nitpicking our substitute teacher one Friday morning during recess. With both thumbs thrust under his overall galluses, Gus rolled his mouth into a spitting mode then spat a gob of slimy Mail Pouch tobacco…

Remembering and Congratulating Harrison Absher!

Harrison Absher began writing a column for the Community Word newspaper when Jack Fought was the Editor/Owner. It wasn’t “Abby’s” first time writing a column. He had done that for another paper in another town. Sadly, Jack Fought is no…

Good and bad to social networking

The infection has hit this county director. That infection which peaks curiosity, taps into repressed memories and is the precipitant of “friend” and family reunions. Many have been infected by the particular strain known as social networking and more specifically,…

What’s Happening in May? Here’s a list

through May 21 – 25th Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Admission is FREE. Call Sue Kingery at 672-6906. More than 17,000 students from over 125 schools participate.…

Mother Earth Healing Day is May 1

Mother Earth Healing Day Native American Fellowship of the Peoria Area Dayspring Church(UMC) — Turtle Lodge Community The Native American Fellowship Turtle Lodge Community in conjunction with the Native American Fellowship Dayspring Church (UMC) would like to invite the public…

PreK program accepting students

The PreKindergarten program at Immaculate Conception Convent in West Peoria is currently accepting students. The PreK program is celebrating its 70th birthday this year and was a pacesetter for other early childhood classes in the area. To be considered, students…

Happenings at the Contemporary Art Center

Live At The Five Spot … through 12/31/2010, recurring weekly on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Admission: Members- $7.00 Non-members- $10.00. This music event features the best regional talent performing jazz, blues and more. It is a smokeless, nightclub…

Proctor May Happenings

May 12th – “The Grieving Process” – The Counseling Center at Proctor Hospital will present, free of charge, “The Grieving Process” with presenter Pamela Shuck-Hoehne, NCC, LCPC, RDDP. The program will be held from 6:30-8:00 pm. in Classroom I of…

Peoria Park District May activities

ANNUAL DRAMA FESTIVAL – Community Children’s Theatre of the Peoria Park District will present seven award winning children’s plays performed by the students in the Theatre Education for Children Classes at Corn Stock Theatre Tent in Bradley Park on Saturday,…

The Night BeFORE at Lakeview Museum

Gather your friends and leave the kids at home for a fun night of miniature golf, culinary delights, and free drinks at Lakeview Museum Friday, May 21, 2010 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Well-known Peoria caterers such as Barrack’s Cater…

Governor and Brady Go Head to Head

Thrust into the November campaign after winning by just 193 votes over his primary opponent, Republican Senator Brady prepares to battle Governor Quinn on platforms he believes will create jobs, lower taxes and demonstrate competent leadership. If you’re looking for…