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Hands All Around Quilt Guild’s Annual Quilt Spectrum to be Friday April 13
The Bloomington Normal Hands All Around Quilt Guild’s Annual Quilt Spectrum will be held on Friday April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m and Saturday April 14,  from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Parke Regency Hotel and Conference Center, 1413 Leslie Dr.  (Corner of GE Road and Towanda Barnes) Bloomington.​ The show will feature beautiful quilts, a quilt raffle, a unique boutique of handmade gifts, learning opportunities for experienced and novice quilters, vendors, and more. The theme for this year’s show is, “Seaming Friendships.”
 This year’s featured artist is Eloyce Slown of Lexington, IL.  Eloyce has probably given away over 100 quilts. She has made quilts to send overseas to wounded warriors, Christmas stockings for those serving in Iraq, quilts for underprivileged children, and for food pantry recipients. She has made quilts for the Linus project, build a bed project, cancer patients, and more.  Eloyce has been chair of many quilting committees over the years.  Come and celebrate Eloyce’s many years of beautiful quilting at this year’s Quilt Show.
The Guild’s beautiful 2018 raffle quilt is “Bunny in the Blooms” and was unveiled at the September guild meeting.  The quilt is 94” square.  It was pieced by Evelyn Young and Sherrie Snyder and quilted by Ruth Pfaffmann. The applique blocks are from a pattern by Edyta Sitar.
The Hands All Around Quilt Guild participates in many community projects such as making pillowcases for community groups, sewing fidget blankets for Alzheimer patients, quilts for the Bed Blitz and cancer patients, and making baby quilts for local hospitals.

McLean County Genealogical Society to meet March 20
The Tuesday, March 20 meeting of the McLean County Genealogical Society will be held in the McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington, in the Governor Fifer courtroom on the 2nd floor beginning at 7 p.m. Please use the south entrance on Washington Street.
Anthony Bowman, Education Outreach Coordinator for the McLean County Museum of History, will lead a Senior Reminiscence Program. A Senior Reminiscence Program uses authentic objects, photographs, and inquiry-based facilitation to enable participants to recall memories, thoughts, and feelings of past life experiences through the handling of familiar artifacts and photos.
The public is invited to attend this interesting and informative program. Refreshments will be served.

Heartland Theatre Company to present the musical ‘Floyd Collins’
Pay-What-You-Can Preview Opening Thursday, April 5
Heartland Theatre Company opens Floyd Collins on Thursday, April 5, with a Pay-What-You-Can Preview at 7:30 pm.  Performances continue through April 22 for three full weekends. The music and lyrics are by Adam Guettel, with book and additional lyrics by Steppenwolf’s Tina Landau. Adam Guettel is the grandson of Richard Rodgers (Rodgers & Hammerstein). The musical is sponsored by Myra and George Gordon, and Laurie and Ray Bergner, with underwriting of the project by Drake Zimmerman and Jan Elfline, and Marilyn Townley.
Sandra Zielinski directs the play, with Peter Guither as Musical Director and Joe Penrod as Vocal Director. The musical features the following actors: John Kaczorowski, Adam Oldaker, Alyson Kauffman, Chris Kaufman, Carolyn Stucky, Cristen Monson, David Krostal, Dave Lemmon, Guy Gudeman, Joe Penrod, John Ford, Kevin Alleman, Kevin Wickart, Rhys Lovell, Nathan Sudenga, Vicki Snyder, and Macauly Allen.
About The Musical: Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, and the 1995-1996 Obie Award for its score, Floyd Collins has been described as the first great post-Sondheim musical, with Stephen Sondheim himself calling composer Adam Guettel’s music, “dazzling.” Guettel’s unique musical style is drawn from bluegrass, Americana and more complex musical forms that have their roots in the likes of Bartok and Stravinsky. The book, by Steppenwolf’s Tina Landau, was inspired by the real Floyd Collins, a Kentuckian who descended into the great Sand Cave during the winter of 1925 in search of fame and fortune.
Performances will he held April 5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 pm; Also matinees on two Sundays, April 15 and 22; and Saturday, April 21 at 2:00 pm.
Panel Discussion after the Sunday, April 15 matinee (4:00 pm) on the historical aspects of the play, and the true story of Floyd Collins in Cave City, Kentucky in 1925. Local historian Bill Kemp, resident archivist/librarian at the McLean County Museum of History and Pantagraph contributor. Open to the public at no charge.
For reservations call 309 452 8709 or email Reservations strongly recommended for all performances except Pay-What-You-Can.
Ticket Prices: General Admission - $20, Senior Discount - $15, Student Discount - $10, Students
Group rates available:  Email for a discounted rate quote.
Heartland Theatre is located at 1110 Douglas St, One Normal Plaza, Community Activity Center. For more information go to

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Association for Women in Communications hosts annual Fall Workshop
(Normal, IL) The Bloomington-Normal chapter of the Association for Women in Communications will host their annual Fall Workshop Mirror of Success: Progress Begins with Reflection on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Illinois State University, Alumni Center, 1101 North Main Street, Normal.
This year’s workshop will include discussions on themes of self-motivation, wellness, and how to better yourself for your professional life.
The full-day event starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. and is open to both AWC members and non-members. The day includes a sit-down lunch, networking, and full access to sessions.
Keynote speaker Aaron Schoenherr will share his point-of-view on personal growth and fulfillment in the opening session titled “The Chase.” This entertaining and interactive discussion will emphasize practical techniques grounded in scientific research and good old common sense. In this session, attendees will learn what science tells us about happiness, and how we can understand the foundations of our own happiness to better engineer it; discover the importance of daily rituals and how to develop and focus them; and hear how the way that we start our mornings is the most important change we can make in our lives. Schoenherr is the co-founder of the strategic public relations firm Greentarget.
Additional sessions will include:
•    Lessons in Leadership presented by The Center for Professional Excellence
•    Gender Communication Differences presented by Shirley Stelbrink of the Learning Alliance Company
A look at our assumptions, potential barriers, and why we say it the way we do (female and male communications), plus strategies and tips to enhance our communication.
•    Handling Toxic People in the Workplace presented by Chuck Rice of Brio Employee Development
Learn how self-awareness and self-control drive self-esteem.
•    First Impressions: How to Navigate Initial Conversations presented by Joe McDonald of Dale Carnegie Training of Greater IL

Learn how to navigate initial conversations in a more engaging and memorable way and discover techniques for becoming a professional that others gravitate to. 
Over lunch attendees will also hear from James Almeda of Illinois State University Health Promotion and Wellness in a session titled  The Art and Science of Mindfulness: How it Can Help the Workplace.
Registration (through September 14) is $55 for AWC members, $65 for non-members, and $20 for students.
For more information about the Association for Women in Communications visit the website or Facebook page.

23-year-old faces charges in death of Olivia Sonetz

17-year-old Olivia “Livi” Sonetz, a senior at Normal West High School, died Wednesday, March 7 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She had been transferred there Tuesday following a two vehicle accident at the corner of Raab Road and Mitsubishi Parkway in Normal.  She was taken to Advocate BroMenn Hospital in Normal and then transferred. 
A star on the Normal Community West Wildcats softball team she played in the state finals two years ago as a sophomore with her sister, Ellie Sonetz.
The accident happened just after sunset Tuesday when she waited for the light to change from red to green and pulled out. Police believe 23-year-old Mitchell Mohr of Carlock ran the red light and hit her car. She was wearing a seat belt.
Charges for the 23-year-old include disobeying a stop light, speeding, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and failure to wear a seat belt.

‘Sharin’ of the Green’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade to be March 17
Join us in Uptown Normal on Saturday, March 17 for the 8th annual “Sharin’ of the Green” St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. at the corner of South School Street and North Street and ends at the corner of East Beaufort and Linden Street.
The parade is sponsored by the McLean County Irish Heritage Society, WJBC, Easter Seals, and Uptown Normal.
We encourage you to share your “green” with Easter Seals Central Illinois. You’ll have opportunities to donate to Easter Seals during the parade and at participating Uptown Normal merchants.
Each year, more than one thousand children receive services at the Easter Seals Bloomington Service Center, and more than three thousand attend their fully accessible camp!
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Kristin Harding named executive director of ISU Alumni Engagement
Illinois State University announced the appointment of Kristin Harding as the new executive director of Alumni Engagement. She begins her duties March 26, replacing Doris Groves, who retired in February.
A 1994 alumna of Illinois State with a master’s degree in educational administration and foundations, Harding has worked for the University for nearly 20 years. Beginning as an academic advisor in University College, she moved to the Office of Admissions in 2005, where she served in the roles of transfer coordinator and communication specialist before being promoted to assistant director and then associate director. Harding became director of constituent relations for the College of Education in December of 2014.
“Illinois State has served as the launching pad for more than 210,000 alumni who are doing great things in Illinois, across the country, and around the world,” said Vice President of University Advancement Pat Vickerman. “Kris’ background in higher education, program development and implementation, and relationship skills have her ready to lead our Alumni Engagement efforts. She will help us connect alumni and further elevate engagement at Illinois State.”

Advocate BroMenn installs new equipment
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center has recently installed several new pieces of technology in its Imaging department – some of which is not available anywhere else in the vicinity. This new equipment augments patient safety as it significantly reduces the amount of radiation exposure to the patient, makes patients more comfortable and, in some cases, eliminates the need for additional procedures.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): The centerpiece of BroMenn’s enhanced imaging department is the new Siemens MAGNETOM Open Bore Aera 1.5 T MRI System with Sentient Patient Experience Suite. The MRI unitis extremely quiet and features a wide-open bore (the tube-like structure where the patient lies during imaging), reducing the closed-in feeling of traditional MRIs. The unit can accommodate people of all sizes and weights, up to 550 lbs., and offers faster and better image quality that can be used for a wide variety of medical imaging, including cardiac, brain, breast, prostate, vascular and muscular/skeletal. It also has the ability to auto-correct when patients are unable to keep completely still or who have problems holding their breath, thereby avoiding additional re-scans.
Other new equipment installed are a GE Revolution HD 128-Slice CT Scanner with Gemstone Spectral Imaging (GSI), a GE Optima NM/CT 640 Low-Dose SPECT/CT, a GE Discovery 530c CZT Cardiac Camera and a GE Invenia ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound).

Advocate BroMenn to offer a close-up look at new surgical robot March 23
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center will offer the public a rare up-close look at its new da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System on Friday, March 23, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the hospital’s second floor surgical waiting area, 1304 Franklin Ave., Normal.
Guests will be able to have a “hands-on” experience operating a demo model of the robot provided by Intuitive, its manufacturer, and can witness it in action as it plays with an “Operation” game and performs other demonstrations. Local surgeons and operating room staff who use the system regularly will be on hand to answer questions.
Attendees can also enter a “Name the Robot” contest for a chance to win a remote-controlled Star Wars droid.
Totally controlled and operated by trained surgeons, the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System can perform minimally invasive surgeries with less blood loss and a quicker, less painful recovery than traditional methods.  It is used locally for certain gynecological, urological and general surgery procedures, including hysterectomies, prostate removal and hernia repair.
The da Vinci Surgical System has several robotic arms that are controlled by the surgeon’s own hands using a viewing console. The instruments extending from the robotic arms then translate the surgeon’s own movements to perform the procedure. Its revolutionary technology provides magnified, three-dimensional views of the surgical site and gives surgeons greater precision, flexibility and control than is possible with standard instruments and techniques.
The new Xi version of the system can make even smaller incisions than the previous model and takes advantage of the latest technology that allows robotic surgery to be available to a wider selection of patients than ever before.
Visitors can go to the hospital’s surgical waiting area anytime between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. to see the system and participate. No advance registration is necessary.

Go to the Polls Tuesday for Primary Election
Go to the polls Tuesday, March 20 for the Primary Election. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 The following have races on the Republican Ballot:
Candidates for Governor  and Leiutenant Governor of Illinois are Bruce Rauner, Governor, with running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti, Lt. Governor, and Jeanne Ives, Governor, with running mate Rich Morthland, Lt. Governor.
Candidates for Attorney General are Erika Harold and Gary Grasso.
Candidates for Representative in Congress Eighteen Congressional District are Donald Ray Meints and Darin LaHood.
Candidates for Representative in the General Assembly one hundred and Fifth Representative District are Dan Brady and David Paul Blumenshine.
Running for Member of the County Board District 1 are Jeremiah Houston and Gerald Thompson.
Candidates for Precinct Committeeman Dawson 01 are James Soeldner and Diane Benjamin.
The following have races on the Democratic Ballot:
Candidates for Governor and Leiutenant Governor of Illinois are JB Pritzer, Governor, with running mate Juliana Stratton, Lt. Governor; Chris Kennedy Governor, with running mate Ra Joy, Lt. Governor; Daniel Biss, Governor, with Litesa E. Wallace, Lt. governor; Bob Daiber, governor, with Jonathan W. Todd, Lt. Governor; Tio Hardiman, Governor, with Patricia Avery, Lt. Governor; Robert Marshall, Governor, with Dennis Cole, Lt. Governor.
Candidates for Attorney General are Pat Quinn, Renato Mariotti, Scott Drury, Nancy Rotering, Kwame Raoul, Jesse Ruiz, Sharon Fairly and Aaron Goldstein.
Candidates for Representative in Congress Thirteenth Congressional District are Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, Erik Jones, Jon Evel, David M. Gill and Angel Sides.
Candidates for Representative in Congress eighteenth Congressional District are Brian J. Deters, Junius Rodriguez and Darrel Miller.
Candidates for State Central Committeewoman Thirteenth Congressional District are Jayne Mazzotti and Pamela Gronemeyer.
Running for Precinct Committeeman Normal 02 are Jodie Slothower and Noah Christopher Haiming Tang.
Running for Precinct Committeeman Normal 07 are Josh Rohrscheib and Philip E. Smith.
The Libertarian ballot does not have any competing candidates.
Also on the ballots are two propositions. The Tri-Valley Building Bond Proposition asks: Shall the Board of Education of Tri-Valley Community Unit School District Number 3, McLean County Illinois, improve the sight of, build and equip an addition to and alter, repair and equip the high school building, said projects including without limitation renovating classrooms, installing security improvements and constructing parking lots, an auditorium and a gymnasium, and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $15,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?
The Martin Township Road Tax Proposition asks: Shall the present maximum rate of .165% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the department of revenue on the taxable property of Martin Township for road purposes, be increased to a maximum rate of .66% on such taxable property?

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The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Friday, March 16 • 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 18 • 7:00 PM
Presenting 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. NR / 92 min.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eight Dimension
Friday, March 16 • 10:00 PM
Adventurer, brain surgeon, and rock musician Buckaroo Banzai is the first man ever to travel to the Eighth Dimension... and come back sane! Buckaroo and his crime-fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, go cranium to cranium with the evil Dr. Lizardo in an extra-dimensional battle that could result in total annihilation of the universe. PG / 103 min.

Call Me By Your Name
Saturday, March 17 • 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 18 • 4:00 PM
Winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet), and Best Original Song (Sufjan Steven’s “Mystery of Love”). 17-year-old Elio Perlman meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father.  Elio and Oliver discover the awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. R / 132 min.

The Lady From Shanghai
Sunday, March 18 • 1:00 PM
Orson Welles plays Irish sailor, Michael O’Hara, who gets hired to work on a yacht belonging to a well-known criminal lawyer, Arthur Bannister. However, what draws O’Hara to work on the boat is not the offer of employment but Bannister’s wife, Elsa (Rita Hayworth).  O’Hara gets trapped in a web of lies, love and murder. NR / 88 min.

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University Galleries to host 2018 Student Annual
The University Galleries will host a reception and award ceremony for the 2018 Student Annual on Wednesday, April 11 from 5 to 7 pm. Since 1974, the Student Annual has showcased new artwork produced by students at Illinois State University. The juried exhibition, which features work in a variety of mediums and styles, offers many students the first opportunity to have their work reviewed by professionals outside the University.
The School of Art is pleased to present Marshall Dulaney Pitcher Awards to MFA student Josh Roach and BFA student Alissa Palmer. Both artists will be recognized for their achievements during the presentation of awards. To further honor their accomplishments, University Galleries will devote additional exhibition space to the presentation of new works by both artists.
This year’s awards are presented as scholarships ranging from $50 to the Best in Show award of $300. The awards include ten Irving S. Tick awards, the DeGeal Interactive Design Award, and the Richard D. Finch Undergraduate Drawing and Printmaking Award. Additional awards are presented by Randy Reid, Arts Technology, Normal Editions Workshop, University Galleries, and the following areas within the School of Art: Ceramics, Glass, and Graphic Design. The School of Art sponsors the Best in Show award.
The 2018 Student Annual reception is sponsored by the College of Fine Arts, Friends of the Arts, Casey’s Garden Shop and Florist, and Jimmy John’s.

Cub Scout Pack 3957 Impact Local Literacy Efforts
Wolf Den of Cub Scout Pack 3957, a group of five second graders, collected books for Books to Benefit as its first community service project in 2018.
The Cub Scouts oath encourages Scouts to “help other people at all times,” and Pack 3957, sponsored by the Hudson Lions Club, was eager to help. Exploring service projects with the group, Den Leader Jeff Bathe talked about areas of need in the community. Bathe is an educator who understands the importance of literacy. “When I shared with the pack that many people don’t have access to books and even some adults need help learning to read, the Scouts wanted to get started. We searched the internet for local organizations involved in literacy and found Books to Benefit. We saw its work with multiple county organizations as the best way to do the greatest good,” noted Bathe.
Books to Benefit is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, hosting semiannual used book sales and donating the proceeds of those sales to STAR Adult Literacy and YouthBuild McLean County’s literacy programs.
“Sponsoring a book drive is very real way to teach second graders the power of community service,” shared Books to Benefit President Jackie Langhoff. “Seeing the boxes fill with books gives them a tangible way to measure the impact of their service project. Each book sold means more money to buy books used in teaching adults to read.”
The Scouts kicked off the drive on January 20th at Hudson Elementary during the Pack 3957 Pinewood Derby. Students and parents left books in a donation box at the school. In all the group collected over 575 items. The books were sorted, with the Scouts removing damaged items and coloring books. On Saturday, March 3, those books were to delivered to Books to Benefit.
“These books came at the right time. Books to Benefit has been accepting books for its June 14-17 semiannual book sale,” commented Books to Benefit Operational Manager Mary Lou Winterland, “but we need more books!” Books to Benefit accepts donations year-round. In-person donations are accepted at 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700 in Normal on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Donations may be left anytime throughout the year at drop boxes: YWCA on Hershey, Wesley United Methodist Church or the Books to Benefit location. For more information contact Books to Benefit at (309) 531-8320.


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