contContents for February 24, 2015


Join us for an Evening of Laughter with a Classic Comedy 

Come Learn About Peoria's Flourishing Arts Scene  

Spring Classes Are Just Around the Corner 

Check Out the Winners of the 2015 Oscar Contest

Spots Are Still Available for These Upcoming Learning Trips 

Join Us for the Study Group: American 20th Century Regionalism Painters

Bradley Hilltop Happenings: Bradley Play Continues, Stem Lecture

45th Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference 

Shakespeare's King Lear Plays in Peoria 

Join Us for an Evening of Laughter with a Classic Comedy
In The Lady Eve Barbara Stanwyck portrays con-artist and card shark,Jean Harrington, who sets out to fleece rich,-but-naive Charles Pike, the heir to a brewery empire, who has just returned from the Amazon where he's been researching snakes. During the swindle, Jean manages to fall in love with Charles, played by Henry Fonda, who then turns around and dumps her when he figures out what she's up to. Scorned by rejection, she seeks revenge by conning him yet again as Lady Eve Sidwich.

Join the fun and hijinks as we screen one of director Preston Sturgis' all-time classic movies. The moderators will discuss why The Lady Eve is considered an excellent example of the screwball comedy genre. The discussion will also focus on the film's director, Preston Sturgis, and stars Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. 

The Lady Eve
Theme: Screwball Comedies of Hollywood's Golden Age
Moderators: Randy Wilson, OLLI Class Instructor, and Carol May, OLLI Study Group and Class Instructor and OLLI Cinema Committee Chair 
Monday, March 2: 6:30 p.m.
Michel Student Center, Marty Theatre

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Come Learn About Peoria's Flourishing Arts Scene 

The Midwest is often erroneously scorned as the cultural wasteland- sometimes referred to "flyover country." Peoria, however, represents a vibrant arts destination that may not be well known to everyone. A vibrant arts destination for all forms of the arts - visual arts (more than 200 artists work here), theatre, music, literary arts (the Illinois Poet Laureate lives here), dance, architecture, and more - exists here, now. 

A few years ago, one of our speakers,  Kathy Chitwood, along with Suzette Boulias, challenged the then-new President of the National Endowment for the Arts to experience Peoria arts for one day. He accepted, and his experience left him deeply impressed and a friend of Peoria. Join us as our speakers Sharon Amdall and Kathy Chitwood discuss the amazing variety and abundance of the arts available to all in the Peoria area. 

We would like to thank Suzette Boulais who will be retiring as Executive Director for ArtsPartners prior to our March 4 lecture. Suzette made this lecture possible. 

Discover Peoria Arts: The Emerging Arts Destination 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Refreshments: 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Michel Student Center, Marty Theater

This lecture is free, but we do ask that you register in advance. You can register by clicking here.

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Spring Classes are Just Around the Corner 
As Spring Classes quickly approach, OLLI is always looking for opportunities to welcome new members. Give the gift of learning by encouraging a friend, neighbor, or family member to join us for one day of Spring 2015 Classes; and the nice thing about this gift, it is free! 

Call the office to sign-up your guest for one free day of Spring OLLI Classes. 309-677-3900. 

Register today for Spring Classes by clicking here. OLLI Classes will be offered every Wednesday in April from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
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p3The Winners of the 2015 Oscar Contest 

Over 34 million people tuned in to the 2015 Academy Awards on Sunday night. The telecast was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and the outcome of the evening came as a surprise to many. Birdman lead the pack, taking home 4 Oscars,  including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. 

While celebrities were enjoying the Oscars in attendance at the Kodak Theatre, most of us watched from home as we predicted who the winners would be for each award. To make those predictions "official," our Cinema Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the OLLI Oscar Contest.

Congratulations to this year's winners! 

1st Place: Mary McCarty
2nd Place: Diane Tanner
3rd Place: Catriona Ritenhouse 

Winners will receive individual emails regarding the distribution of prizes. Thanks to everyone who participated. 
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Spots Are Still Available for These Upcoming Learning Trips

Caterpillar Research and Development Headquarters
Tuesday, March 3, 8:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour and shuttle transportation
Click here to register. 

During this tour, we will learn how Caterpillar spends $8 million on research and development each day. We'll also find out more about Caterpillar's testing, simulation, and validation work that ensure its equipment delivers value over the entire lifecycle of the equipment. 

Join us as we find out how employees at this facility help keep Caterpillar up-to-date on regulations, product certifications, and industry standards. 

Heddington Oaks
Monday, March 2, 8:45 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
$25- includes lunch, gratuities, tour and shuttle transportation. 
Click here to register. 

On this trip,we'll visit Heddington Oaks, an elder care facility that replaced county owned Bel-Wood Nursing Home. We'll meet Executive Director Matt Nieukirk and learn about the process of constructing a tax-supported facility. 

Nieukirk will give us a private tour of the 214-bed, state-of-the-art facility that was built to LEED Silver design and construction standards and offers secure housing for 80 Alzheimer's patients. Following the tour, we'll meet with representatives from the county's TRIAD program, a safety organization that focuses on reducing crime victimization of seniors.  
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Join the Study Group: American 20th Century Regionalism Painters
Fridays, March 6 - April 17 (Skip April 3)
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center
This Study Group will focus on the painters of the Midwest, along with Andrew Wyeth, who painted in the style of the Regionalists. Most of us think of Grant Wood as the artist who painted "American Gothic," but he was much more than that single painting.
We will also discuss Thomas Hart Benton's work that depicts the paintings of the "Great Depression" and "The Jazz Age." Come and join us to learn more about these great American Regionalist painters and become familiar not only with their paintings, but also to learn  how their lives were impacted by the society of the times in which they lived.
$45- facilitated by Jean Gronewold, a frequent OLLI Class instructor, Study group facilitator and Learning Trip lecturer.
Click here to register for this study group online.
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Hilltop Happenings 

Bradley Theatre Department Presents: The Mountaintop
Bradley University Theatre proudly presents Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, the acclaimed play that vividly re-imagines Martin Luther King Jr. at the end of his brief life and offers up a view of the man behind the icon as he examines his achievements, confronts his destiny, and ponders his legacy to his people. 

Provocative in its premise, deeply insightful in its compassion and historical perspective , and boldly theatrical in its mix of realism and fantasy. The Mountaintop celebrates the strength, the vulnerability, and the complexity of a man, his mission, and his memory.

The Mountain Top
February 26-28 at 8:00 p.m. 
Matinee Performance on  Sunday, March 1
Tickets are $14 for adults, and $12 for Bradley Faculty and Staff.
For tickets Call 677-2650


STEM Lecture 
This lecture will be given by Dr. Harold Brooks, senior research Scientist at the NOAA National Severe Storms Forecasting Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. 

Weathering the Storm: Severe Thunderstorms and Climate Change
Tuesday, March 24
7:00 p.m.
Bradley University, Westlake Hall 116
This lecture is free and open to the public 
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45th Annual Central Illinois World Affairs Conference 


Central American and the United States:
Partners and Partisans in Development and Security
Saturday, March 28
Par-A-Dice Hotel Conference Center
East Peoria, IL
Register online by clicking here.
Deadline to register is March 25. 

Join PAWAC fora dynamic look at a region of the Western Hemisphere that is vitally important to the United States. We'll examine trade and economic issues with John Andersen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere for the U.S. Department of Commerce; immigration, growing nationalism, and security issues with a panel of experts; and we'll close the conference with his Excellency Roman Macaya Hayes, Ambassador of Costa Rica, giving a closer look at one of the region's success stories.

*Note for students and high school teachers: Scholarships are available. 
*For more information please visit the PAWAC website by clicking here.

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Shakespeare's King Lear Plays in Peoria 

Stratford Festival's unforgettable performance of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy will be shown at Willow Knolls theatre on Wednesday, February 25. Captured live at the legendary Statford Festival in Canada, King Lear tells the story of a kingdom divided, a family destroyed, the faithful banished and the hateful left to wreak inhuman havoc in the realm. Four hundred years after it was written, King Lear resonates as never before. This powerful and unforgettable production of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy stars  the incomparable Colm Feore in the role of a lifetime. 

Fathom presents the Stratford Festival's King Lear 
Wednesday, February 25
Willow Knolls Theatre
7:00 p.m.
Run Time: 2 Hours, 50 minutes (approximate) including one intermission.
Click here to order your tickets online. 
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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
 is an organization at Bradley University whose members share a common goal:  to remain vital and active in their late career and post-career lives.

Consisting of more than 1,000 nearly 1,100 people ages 50+, OLLI members come from all backgrounds and educational levels.  Together they enjoy a diverse collection of year-round programs including non-credit classes, educational travel, study groups, cinema, and lectures.

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