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The Black Partridge Park is part of the Metamora Park District.


Theatre experience offered for college community

The Eureka College Theatre Department has created a new “Theatre Experience” course for students and invite alumni and friends to join in.

This experiential learning opportunity will feature three Chicago area theatre productions.  Alumni are invited to join for the performance and post-theatre discussion at each Chicago area venue.

It will be a great chance to experience amazing theatre, meet and mingle with theatre faculty and students and join in a scholarly discussion following the performance.

  • Macbeth – Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Navy Pier on Saturday, May 19, 3 p.m. matinee performance;
  • Oklahoma – Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire, on Saturday, May 26, 3 p.m. matinee performance;
  • Hamilton – CIBC Theatre, Chicago Theatre District on Saturday, June 2 p.m. matinee performance;

For more information including cost, registration, and ticket locations, etc.… contact alumni@eureka.edu.


Reminder from Park District on dogs

Now that weather is warmer, the Metamora Park District is reminding dog owners to keep their pets on leashes when using local trails.

The park district parks do not include off- leash running for dogs.  For the safety of all hikers, children, and other animals (as well as your dog) dogs must be kept on leash, according to the park district.

Germantown Hills

5K run/walk, bags tournament aids St. Jude’s

Germantown Grille in Germantown Hills will host the fourth annual Metamora Bags Tournament & Keegan’s Hero Run to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday May 19.

The day begins with Keegan’s 5K Hero Run at 9 a.m. with the Kids Fun Run following at 10 a.m.

Registration fee for the 5K is $35 and is $15 for the Kids Fun Run.  Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The run will be timed on a running clock – no chip timing –  and prizes will be awarded in the 5K for top male and female overall finishers.

The Bags Tournament will get underway by 11 a.m.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the fee for each team is $50 per team.

The tournament will be played as a double-elimination tournament.

Registration includes T-shirt and 2 free beer tickets per team (for participants over 21)

Cash prizes will be given for the top three teams.


Advocate hospitals to display Cubs’ World Series ring

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington will have the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series ring on display Wednesday, May 16, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Advocate BroMenn Health & Fitness Center, 1111 Trinity Lane, Bloomington.

The ring is encased in a glass frame and photo opportunities will be available to all attendees.

Advocate Eureka Hospital hosted the ring on Monday in the hospital lobby, 101 S. Major St.

Advocate Health Care is a proud partner of the Chicago Cubs and therefore a recipient of one of the championship rings.

According to the team, the ring was designed and produced by Jostens, the Minneapolis-based memorabilia manufacturer. A total of 1,908 rings were distributed in April 2017 to the team.


Agencies issue safety reminders for boating

The boating season is underway on Illinois’ waterways.  National Safe Boating Week is May 19-25.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reminds boaters that life jackets save lives, and Illinois law requires that life jackets or life vests (personal floatation devices, PFDs) be available for each person aboard a boat or other watercraft.

State law also requires that anyone under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket while aboard any watercraft under 26-feet in length at all times the boat is underway, unless they are below deck in an enclosed cabin or operating on private property.  Illinois law also requires persons of any age to wear a PFD while operating a personal watercraft.

For more information, check the National Safe Boating Council’s “Wear It” campaign website at www.safeboatingcampaign.com.

IEMA helps preparedness for special needs people

Throughout May, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will highlight the importance of disaster preparedness for people with functional and access needs.

“Disasters can cause power outages, force people to evacuate their homes or create other dangerous situations,” said IEMA Acting Director William P. Robertson. “We encourage everyone to be prepared, especially those who may have medical, functional or access needs.”

Robertson said IEMA has information available on the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov) to help people and caregivers prepare for emergencies.

A guidebook, Emergency Preparedness Tips for Those with Functional Needs, offers preparedness tips for people with visual, cognitive or mobility impairments, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, those who utilize service animals or life support systems, and senior citizens.

For each functional need, the guidebook provides a list of supplemental items for a disaster kit, tips on developing an emergency plan, suggestions on how to be better informed about community emergency planning, and a checklist of preparedness activities.

The Ready Illinois website also offers more than two dozen preparedness videos in American Sign Language on such topics as what to do before, during and after tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding, how to build an emergency supply kit, and what to do if you’re instructed to evacuate.

The Woodford County Sheriff’s Explorer program joined the Pekin Explorers for their last meeting at Pekin Paintball Park on April 30.   (Photo courtesy of Woodford Co. Sheriff)

Woodford County

Explorer program wraps up another year

The Woodford County Sheriff’s Explorer program joined the Pekin Explorers for their last meeting at Pekin Paintball Park on April 30.  

The Explorer program is open to young men and women ages 14 (and have completed 8th grade) through 21 years old with an interest in learning more about the careers in the field of Law Enforcement.  

Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities.

The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.


–Woodford County News Briefs–