September 15, 2015


Zentangle Class Update

Visit Pekin High School's Career Center

Reader's Report

Armstrong Lecture at Bradley University

Expert on Crimes Against Rare Books to Speak at Bradley

Local Mystery Readers Group to Launch New Book

Global Coffee Trade Lecture

Keep Up with OLLI

Zentangle Class Update
For those taking or interested in taking Zentangle classes this Fall (Zentangle Introduction, Class 7; Zentangle Advanced, Class 31), please note that the instructor, Bonnie Cox, will be hosting both classes on regular OLLI Class days: Wednesdays, October 7 - 28, instead of the alternate dates listed in the Fall brochure.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bonnie at 309-677-2523 or
Visit Pekin High School's Career Center
Pekin Community High School's Career & Technical Education Department
Friday, September 25
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

The vocational training available at Pekin Community High School is a well-kept secret that the staff wants more people to know about.  The program offers students over 60 different courses in a variety of fields, internship opportunities, and invaluable learning experiences they will need to be successful in their future careers.  

During our visit, we'll tour the classrooms, listen to a short presentation, see student working in hands-on, state-of-the-art labs, and dine on lunch prepared by students in the Culinary Arts program.

$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

To register online for Fall Learning Trips, please click here.

Reader's Report
One of our wonderful OLLI volunteers, Greg Peine, has been keeping a running list of books that other OLLI members have suggested as being of interest to other members.  

In this new weekly article, we will spotlight one of these book suggestions in hopes that you will discover new, interesting titles.  This week the featured book is  Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Gawande quotes from Philip Roth's Everyman: "Old age is not a battle. Old age is a massacre."  And as my end of life approaches, I wonder if reading through Gawande's Being Mortal will bring any comfort in an answer to my question, "Is this going to hurt, much?"  In the first half of the book, he recounts stories of both others and himself that detail the current state of old age triage and establish, in my mind, Roth as an optimist.  So far fun is a no-show in this read.  There is at least one positive here in that actionable items to improve the end of life experience are identified. That improvement comes in part via a hundred parakeets and an environment like home where you can eat M&Ms anytime, help others, and have the freedom to make bad choices. So, what is the answer to my question?  It appears that answer is up to me and my caretakers.  The choice of enlisting palliative care and hospice earlier rather than later ensures the answer to "Is this going to hurt, much?"  will be, "not much at all".   More affirmation here than enlightenment.

-- submission by Greg Peine, OLLI Study Group Facilitator.

If you have a book to add to the list, send your suggestion via email to Greg Peine at
Armstrong Lecture at Bradley University
"The Peoria NAACP and the Struggle for Civil Rights"
Monday, September 21
7:00 p.m.
Marty Theatre, Bradley University

Dr. James Ralph, the Rehnquist Professor of American History and Culture at Middlebury College and author of Northern Protest: Martin Luther King, Jr., Chicago, and the Civil Right Movement (1993), will give a lecture at Bradley University next Monday evening.

Dr. Ralph specializes in American History, particularly the Civil Rights Movement, and is currently working on a history of the struggle for racial equality from the 1840s to the present in Peoria.

This event is free and open to the public.  Parking on campus will be open after 6:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the Armstrong Lecture Series' website by clicking here.

Expert on Crimes Against Rare Books to Speak at Bradley

Travis McDade, author and legal scholar on crimes against rare books
Saturday, September 19
1:00 p.m.
Wyckoff Room, Cullom-Davis Library, Bradley University 

Travis McDade, the country's foremost expert on crimes against rare books, maps, documents and other printed cultural heritage resources, is coming to Bradley on Saturday to speak on the topic and his three most recent books.

A lawyer and librarian, McDade serves as curator of Law Rare Books at the University of Illinois.  His first book, The Book Thief, focused on notorious book bandit Daniel Spiegelman.  That crime brought federal judicial recognition of books as cultural objects valued beyond market price - estimated at $1.8 million in Spiegelman's case. 

McDade will speak in Bradley library's first-floor Wyckoff Room and will have his books for sale.  His program, co-sponsored by the Friends of Cullom-Davis Library, is free and open to the public.

For more information about Travis McDade, please click here.

Local Mystery Readers Group Launches New Book
Murder on Whiskey Row Book Launch and Mystery Program
Saturday, September 19
2:00 p.m.
Peoria Public Library - Main Street Branch

Local Mystery Readers group, Book 'Em, has been at work on a collaborative murder mystery book, which is set to launch at the Peoria Public Library on Saturday, September 19.  

The book, Murder on Whiskey Row, tells the intriguing story of a wealthy recluse whose relatives are found dead one by one inside his Moss Avenue mansion shortly after his passing.  OLLI members Phyllis Pryde and Helen Burgess have been heavily involved in the production of the book along with other members of Book 'Em.  The above mansion drawing was created for the book's cover by Phyllis Pryde. 

The Saturday mystery program and book launch at the library will be free and open to the public, and will offer refreshments and door prizes.  Proceeds from the book will go to the Joyce Welch Memorial Fund, created by the Friends of Peoria Library in honor of Book 'Em's founder.  

For more information about the program, or to order a copy of the book, please contact Helen Burgess at

Global Coffee Trade Lecture
Peoria World Affairs Council presents: "The Global Coffee Trade"
Wednesday, September 16
7:00 p.m.
Garrett Center, Bradley University

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) and the Institute of International Studies will present "The Global Coffee Trade" with Peoria's own Thirty-Thirty Coffee Company.  The evening will include a presentation, coffee sampling, and light desserts.  
Coffee is grown globally today although its actual origins were in east Africa in the area now known as Ethiopia. The Thirty-Thirty Coffee Company's name reflects the fact that the vast majority of specialty coffee is farmed between 30 degrees north and 30 degrees south of the earth's equator. This presentation will include conversation on sustainability, organics, and fair trade. It will also cover the many diverse types of coffee, proper roasting techniques, and the global political realities of the coffee trade.

The lecture is free, but advance notification of attendance is appreciated via

For additional information, contact the Peoria Area World Affairs Council at 309-677-2454 or email Information is also available via
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