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17TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL WALK-AND-ROLL-A-THON (Sun. Sep 21, 2014 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Contact Info:

Constitution Trail, Tipton Park North Shelter
2201 Stone Mountain Blvd
Bloomington, IL

Sponsored by the Central Illinois group of the Illinois Spina Bifida Association, the annual Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon is held to benefit those with spina bifida and to raise awareness about spina bifida.  


In addition, the Central Illinois event is designated the Memorial Walk, to honor Kaylin Rood, Shannon Kolodzieski, Emma Kenny, and Sarah Whitted of the local area who have died, as well as to celebrate and support the roughly 166,000 Americans who are living with spina bifida.

The 17th Annual Memorial Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon event will help the organization continue to serve, strengthen, and enrich the lives of those in Central Illinois - and those who love them - through prevention, education, and advocacy.



The 17th Annual Memorial Walk-and-Roll-a-Thon will feature a 5K (3 mile walk), followed by a picnic lunch at the Tipton Park North Shelter. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges to participate, but there is no minimum. 


Go online or call to register or become an event sponsor!

Ear Infection Workshop (Wed. Sep 24, 2014 6:30 pm)

Contact Info:

Naturally Yours Grocery
1503 E College Ave
Normal, IL 61761

Join Dr. Kasey Riesberg DC to learn about the causes of ear infections and ways to treat them naturally.


Mark Linder Walk for the Mind (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 7:00 am)

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Peoria RiverPlex, 600 NE Water Street Peoria, IL

The 12th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind 


Named for Mark Linder, a Peoria native who was in his twenties when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Mark’s goal was to create a place where brain tumor survivors and those still fighting the battle could support one another. In 2003, Mark founded the Walk for the Mind to help raise money for brain tumor research in hopes of finding a cure. While Mark died in 2005, at age 31, the walk lives on and since then has raised more than $380,000 for brain tumor research. The Walk has grown from 150 participants in 2003, to 750 people last year.


Dr. Patrick Elwood, “the central Illinois father of neurosurgery,” was named to be the honorary chair at the 2014 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind.


Dr. Elwood, a Peoria native whose career has spanned more than 50 years, was the driving force in the developing and advancing neurological services in the Peoria area, including establishing the neurosurgery residency in Peoria. He’s a prominent neurosurgeon, scholar, mentor, and known by many patients as a lifesaver.


“Many will remember Dr. Elwood for having done the surgery on their friend or family member” said the Walk’s organizer, Peggy Flannigan, who noted Dr. Elwood likely has performed the most brain tumor surgeries than any other surgeon historically in the Peoria area. “Having Dr. Elwood as the honorary chair will have a personal meaning to a lot of people.”


To register for the Walk or for more information, visit the website!


This is the third year all net proceeds will be donated to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria for brain cancer research. Last year’s Walk generated a record $50,000 for research. 

Swifty Swine 5K Trail Run and 5K Walk followed by the Piglet Prance FREE Kids Race! (Sat. Sep 27, 2014 8:00 am)

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Weldon Springs State Recreation Area
4734 Weldon Springs Rd
Clinton, IL 61727

It's a family fun day! Come with your family or by yourself...  our hope is that any and all ages experience a great day!


Clinton's Dr. John Warner Hospital has teamed up with the Dr. John Warner Hospital Foundation and Dewitt County Museum in addition to several local sponsors and volunteers to bring you the first ever Swifty Swine 5K Trail Run and 5K Walk! A "kiddie race" dubbed the "Piglet Prance" will follow the 5K awards ceremony.


The "swine and piglet" theme was formed due to the fact that Saturday, September 27th is DAY ONE OF Clinton's TWO day annual event - the 46th ANNUAL APPLE AND PORK FESTIVAL held in Clinton, Illinois on Sept 27th & 28th!


Run or walk the trail... enjoy beautiful scenic Weldon Springs. Then make a day of it by checking out the vendors of crafts, foods, and amazing goodies that the festival provides!

2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's (Sun. Oct 5, 2014 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

The annual Walk to End Alzheimer at Liberty Park along the Peoria Riverfront.  

Registration is from 12:00-1:30

Ceremony is at 1:45

Walk starts at 2:00

Heart of Illinois Life Chain (Sun. Oct 5, 2014 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

Contact Info:

7405 N. University to Metro Centre, Peoria, IL

Stand with thousands of Pro-lifers throughout the USA!

You'll be a light in a darkened world as you help put an end to abortion through prayer.

Bring your whole family! Rain or shine! Water, lawn chairs for the young and old, umbrellas and strollers are welcome! Create a human chain stretching from 7405 N University to the Metro Centre.  


Signs proclaim "Abortion Kills Children," Abortion Hurts Women," "Adoption the Loving Option," "Life-the First Inalienable Right," "Jesus Forgives&Heals," "Lord Forgive Us and Our Nation," and "Pray to End Abortion."


Meet at University and Northmoor intersection.


 For more information call the Life Chain Committee! 


Contact Info:

Bard Optical
1265 N Henderson St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

The Bard Optical Galesburg office will celebrate 15 years of providing vision care excellence in October. Opened by Dr. A. Arthur Bard in 1941 in downtown Peoria, Diana Hall purchased the practice in 1981 and has expanded Bard Optical to 20 locations in Central and Southern Illinois.


Please join us October 8, from 3-6 p.m. to celebrate the 15th anniversary and attend the Designer Eyewear Show featuring new frame designs from Ray-Ban, Versace, Burberry, and more. Enjoy a 25% savings on frames and lenses purchased at the event. The Galesburg Chamber will perform a ribbon cutting, refreshments will be served, and prizes will be given away.


Bard Optical is partnering with LaGrace Hall of Hope Women’s Shelter in Galesburg. Bard will donate partial proceeds from the Designer Eyewear Show to LaGrace. Bard Optical President Diana Hall has always known that supporting the communities in which Bard offices are located is an important part of the company’s success.


LaGrace, Hall of Hope: Turning lives around through acceptance, mentorship, fostering independence, and faith building.

Superhero 5K & Kids' Villain Chase (Sat. Oct 11, 2014 1:00 pm)

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Liberty Park, Riverfront, Peoria, IL

Bring your cape and head down to the Peoria Riverfront as we run, walk, or fly to raise money for the Heart of Illinois United Way. On Saturday, October 11th, the riverfront will be the safest place to be as hundreds of superheroes unite to help our community.  The 5K will start at 1:00 p.m. at Liberty Park and run out and back along the trail, ending at the park.  Following the 5K, the young superheroes will take center stage, dashing after the Joker in the first ever Kids' 1/2 mile Villain Chase! Then, we’ll all celebrate his capture with a post-race party with food, live music, and entertainment!  So bring your friends and family, because when we help our community, there's a superhero in all of us.  For more information, visit the website link above.

LCU Red Lions Dat (Mon. Nov 3, 2014 8:00 am)

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Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln, IL, 62656

LCU is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National College Athletic Association( NCCAA) in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, and men's baseball.

LCU Red Lions Dat (Tue. Nov 4, 2014 8:00 am)

Contact Info:

Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln, IL, 62656

LCU is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National College Athletic Association( NCCAA) in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, and men's baseball.

YMCA 125th Anniversary Celebration (Sat. Nov 15, 2014 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

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Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2
Dixon, IL 61021
Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA, 815.535.9622

The Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA is honoring the past and inspiring the future with a 125th anniversary celebration. The evening will celebrate the game of basketball (which was invented at a YMCA in Massachusetts just two years after the Sterling-Rock Falls Y was founded) with a scrimmage with Newman, Rock Falls, and Sterling high school teams. The main event will be a “Throwback” basketball game played by local celebrties using the original 13 rules of the Peach Basket Ball. The event will take place at Sauk Valley Community College. The fee is a free-will donation for admission.

Santas on the Run (Sat. Nov 22, 2014 1:00 pm)

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Downtown Sterling to Rock Falls
Exact Location TBA
Sterling, IL 61081
Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA, 815.535.9622

The Santa Run/Walk is a charity event featuring a festive run between downtown Sterling and Rock Falls benefitting the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA scholarship fund. The event is not timed and is open to everyone--strollers and families are welcome. The running Santas are the first entry in the parade! Kick off the holiday season with a new family tradition.