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Virginia Ave. at BroMenn to close for street widening
Virginia Ave. between University Street and Franklin Ave. will be closed to all traffic from Monday, August 15 until approximately Wednesday, September 21 for Stage 1 of the reconstruction of Virginia Ave. from University St. to just east of Franklin Ave.
Access to Advocate Bromenn Medical Center main entrance will be available only from the driveway off of Virginia Ave. east of Franklin Ave.  Access to the parking deck will only be available form Franklin Ave.

Medici Oktoberfest to be held Sept. 24 in Uptown
The essence of Germany is taking over North Street for Uptown’s first-ever Medici Oktoberfest. The event takes place Saturday, September 24 from 2:00 - 10:00 p.m. and will feature traditional German fare, Oktoberfest brews and live polka music.
Medici has formed a partnership with the Normal Rotary club to raise money for the organization’s Coats for Kids initiative, providing winter coats for low-income students in Unit 5 and District 87.
“Whenever we put on an event, we like to partner with a local organization,” said Medici Manager Joe Slane. “The Rotary Club does great things for youth. This is a way for Medici to give back to the community.”
Forming a partnership with Medici was a no-brainer for Normal Rotary club President Elect Jim Roselund: “They’ve proven that they can do these kinds of events successfully. We can provide volunteers and our goals are complementary.”
Roselund is “All-in” for the theme and the fun. “If I have to wear some lederhosen to jump that money raising, maybe that’s something I’ll have to do...Or maybe they’ll put more money in to keep me from wearing lederhosen,” added Roselund with a laugh.

New Peace Corps Prep certificate launches at ISU & IWU
Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities can help students prepare to apply for the Peace Corps through a new program.
Students interested in learning about the new Peace Corps Prep certificate program can attend the program launch event from 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University.
The program prepares students for international development work abroad or in the United States. Returned Peace Corps volunteers will be on hand at the event to answer questions. Sheila Crowley of the Washington, D.C. Peace Corps office will speak, as will both President Larry Dietz of Illinois State, and President Eric Jensen of Illinois Wesleyan.
“This program is for any student who is ready for the ‘next step’ in leadership and engaging in the world,” said Beverly Beyer, associate director of the Stevenson Center, where the Peace Corps Prep program will be housed at Illinois State. “The courses and experiences all prepare students for global endeavors.”
“There is a lot of community work students do that is good training locally for global endeavors,” said Deborah Halperin, director of the Action Research Center, where the Peace Corps Prep program will live at Illinois Wesleyan. 
The program, which the Peace Corps recently approved for both Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities, draws on classes already available in the university curriculum. “The Peace Corps Prep program is fairly young—it started here in Illinois at Knox College in 2007,” noted Beyer. The Peace Corps is also funding a graduate assistant at Illinois State to serve as a campus recruiter.  Illinois State has a strong partnership with Peace Corps, dating back to 1994 with the first Coverdell Fellows master’s program in community and economic development for returned volunteers, launched jointly with Western Illinois University. 
The Peace Corps Prep program is open to all majors. “Students do not have to apply for the Peace Corps in order to earn a certificate,” said Halperin.
For additional information on the Peace Corps Prep program, call Beyer at (309) 438-8685 or Halperin at (309) 556-6006.

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U.S. Rep. Davis announces Congressional App Challenge for High School Students
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) recenlty announced the Congressional App Challenge is now open for high school students throughout the 13th Congressional District. This initiative is to encourage student engagement in coding and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related fields.
“Innovation and technology drive the success of our nation,” said Davis. “This competition not only highlights the importance of STEM education but also encourage more students to engage in these fields.”
The 2016 Congressional App Challenge submission period will run now through November 2, 2016. The apps will be judged by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winner will be on display in the U.S. Capitol building.
Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four. Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online by midnight on November 2, 2016 EST, as well as provide a video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.
For additional details, visit or contact Tyler Cravens in Davis’ office at 309-252-8834 or
Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, this competition is a nationwide event intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM fields. This competition allows students to compete with peers in their own district by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app”, for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

September 22nd event at GE Park to help battle Military Suicides
September is Military Suicide Awareness Month, and the VFW Post 454 Auxiliary in Bloomington is wanting to raise awareness and provide needed resources and information to those Veterans battling PTSD, TBI and other side effects of war. We are currently losing 22 Veterans a day to suicide. 22 A Day Is 22 Too Many!
Join us at GE Union Park from 5:30 to 8 pm on Thursday, September 22nd. There will be Laser Wars Laser Tag, All About Fun Inflatables Bounce Castle, Wild Style Design Face Painting, Art Sale, Vendors! Curbside Grillin’ Food truck, Door prizes, Noodles & Co. push-up station, and information and resources on PTSD and Military Suicide! Free Admission!
It is our hope that with this event, our community will be more aware of warning signs and symptoms and be able to help their loved ones worldwide, so that we can prevent Military Suicides.
PTSD and other side effects of war also affect the families and loved ones of our Military and Veterans. We will have information for them, as well. The VFW Auxiliary’s symbol for the month is a blue teardrop - which represents the tears shed for the loss of our loved ones to suicide. We will also have available custom artwork and t-shirts for sale featuring this symbol.

Sugar Grove Nature Center Happenings
Join our Nature Family on one or all of these fabulous programs! 
For more information please email or call 309-874-2174. 
Pigs on the Prairie Puppet Show

Leopold Bench Building Workshop
Saturday, Sept. 24; 10 a.m.-noon
Adults and Families
When the famed conservationist and father of the modern environmental movement Aldo Leopold wanted a place to sit down, he built himself a simple bench with timeless appeal.  Join us to make your very own Leopold Bench - the perfect addition to any yard, garden, porch, or trail!  The Central Illinois Woodworkers Club has created pre-cut bench kits for assembly by individuals and families.
No carpentry skills are needed.  The benches are 48” long and are made of treated yellow pine. All participants will also receive a copy of Aldo Leopold’s classic, A Sand County Almanac.
Fee: $60/bench members; $75/bench non-members. One kit per family please. 
To register, please contact or call 309-874-2174. Registration and pre-payment required by September 19th

University High School Homecoming 2016
Alumni Association Awards and Recognition to be held Fri., Sept. 23
Please join us on Friday, September 23rd for our University High School Alumni Association Awards and Recognition Program at 9:30am in the Stroud Auditorium at University High School, 500 W. Gregory Street.
Judy Greeness Regnier, recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, graduated from University High School in 1958 and continued her education at Northern Illinois University and later Illinois State University.  Her first career choice led her to be the first female computer programmer at two different companies.  Displaying courage to pursue her real passion in the Nursing field at age 36, she later went on to earn an Associate’s degree in Nursing in 1978, and has enjoyed a successful 20 year career in Nursing, most notably in Home Health and Hospice Nursing.  Regnier is also a liver transplant recipient and breast cancer survivor, and donates time to the Donate Life California organization.
Karl Eigsti, recipient of the Pioneer Hall of Fame Award, graduated in 1956 from University High School and went on to obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962 from American University. He was a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship to England, and later received his Master in Theatre from the University of Bristol (England) in 1964.  During his career, he has worked as a designer in American theatre for five decades.  He has designed twenty productions on Broadway.  Eigsti has also taught in graduate programs throughout the country, and became Head of the Graduate Design Program at Brandeis University, a position he held for 21 years.
Melissa Smith, recipient of the Pioneer Hall of Fame Award, graduated in 2002 from University High School.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and later went on to earn a Doctorate in Philosophy, Materials Science, and Engineering from MIT in 2012.  She is currently a Technical Staff member in the Chemical, Microsystem, and Nanoscale Technologies Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  Over her young career, Smith has been the inventor or co-inventor of five filed patents. 
John D. Zimmerman, Captain U.S. Navy, recipient of the Pioneer Hall of Fame Award, graduated from University High School in 1984.  After high school, Zimmerman attended the US Naval Academy, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1988.  He later went on to earn a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategy from the US Naval War College in 2001, where he earned the Top Graduate and the William Sowden Sims Leadership Award.  Throughout his 28 year Navy career, Zimmerman has served in many key leadership roles and received numerous recognitions, awards and medals.
Diane Davis Black, recipient of the Alumni Service Award, graduated in 1979 from University High School.  She earned her Associate’s Degree in Applied Science – Court Reporting from Illinois Central College and has since enjoyed a very long and successful career (31 years) as an Official Court Reporter with the 11th Judicial Circuit in the State of Illinois.  Black is an active member of the U-High Alumni Association Board, and has donated a lot of time serving as the Board Secretary.
Neil Styczynski became a member of the University High School family in 1996 when their oldest son, Matthew, entered U-High.  Styczynski has since had three other children (Maura, Mitchell, and Michelle) attend U-High, with the last graduating in 2016.  As U-High parents, Neil and his wife, Joan, have made donations that included more than 50 computers to the Lab Schools and were recognized as charter members of the ISU Schools’ Legacy Society and ISU’s 1856 Society.  In April 2012, Neil was inducted into the ISU College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.
We will also be having a Time Capsule Ceremony at 9:00am on September 23rd.  Meet in the north hallway by the Library. 
Our tailgating festivities will begin at 4:30.  Free tickets to the U-High v. Prairie Central game that begins at 7:00pm.
All U-High Alumni, Friends & Family are Welcome!

Free presentation of the film ‘Big Dream’ Oct. 2 at the Normal Theater
As part of a strategic digital alliance with Microsoft, the Town of Normal has announced that a free presentation of the feature film Big Dream will be presented at the Normal Theater at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 2.
Big Dream is a documentary that follows the intimate stories of seven young women who are breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges to follow their passion in science, math, computing & engineering. From small town Iowa to the bustling streets of the Middle East, Big Dream immerses viewers in a world designed by and for the inspiring next generation of girls.
The film will be of interest to young women, families, and anyone interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. All attendees are invited to take part in a panel discussion with recognized women in the STEM fields immediately following the film at the Normal Theater.
Microsoft has underwritten and co-produced the documentary, which is directed by Kelly Cox and co-produced by Iron Way Films. For more information about the film and the Big Dream Movement, please go to

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople
BNF Farlee Film Festival
Thur & Sat. Sept. 15 & 17 • 7:00 PM
A boy (Julian Dennison) and his foster father (Sam Neill) become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness. A very funny film from writer/director Taika Waititi. PG-13 / 101 min.

BNF Farlee Film Festival
Fri & Sat, Sept. 16 & 18 • 7:00 PM
In a Turkish village, five orphaned sisters live under strict rule while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.PG-13 / 97 min. In Turkish w/ English subtitles.

The Matrix
The Friday Night Late Show
Friday, Sept. 16 • 10:30 PM
Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question -- What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life. R / 136 min.

Sunset Song
BNF Farlee Film Festival
Saturday, Sept. 17 • 1:00 PM 
With World War I brewing and her family scattered across the countryside, a Scottish farm girl struggles to find her way. Based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. R / 135 min.

My Neighbor Totoro
(English Dub)
Sunday, Sept. 18 • 1:00 PM
One of the most endearing and internationally renowned films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. Based on Miyazaki’s own childhood imaginings, Totoros look like oversized pandas with bunny ears and they take the girls on spinning-top rides through the tree tops and introduce them to a furry, multi-pawed Catbus — a nod to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat. English language version. G / 88 min.

Midwest Songwriter Sessions
Monday, Sept. 19, 8:00 PM
The Normal Theater is the new home of the Midwest Songwriter Sessions. These concerts showcase talented musicians both from and traveling through the Midwest, and are booked & hosted by Marcos Mendez; if you’re interested in performing, please drop him a line at: mendezmusiclive (at) gmail (dot) com. We’re looking for solo acts as well as bands; instrumentalists as well as vocal ensembles.


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Updated Railroad Construction Road Closures in Normal
The Town of Normal received a revised schedule of road closures related to the Illinois High Speed Rail project. 
The closures are required to complete the work on the railroad tracks and to replace the roadway crossings. A detour route will be marked for each closure.
Below is the current closure schedule:
Linden Street: July 19  thru  September 10    
Fell Avenue: July 20 thru August 15           
Fort Jesse Road: August 1 thru September 3
College Avenue/Mulberry Street: September 11 – October 17
Beech Street/Broadway: October 17 – November 19
*Above schedule subject to change.
Maps detailing the closure location and marked detours are available at
For more information regarding this project or the proposed work, please contact the Project Hotline: 1-855-IDOT HSR (1-855-436-8477) or visit

Conklin’s ‘Heavenly Singers’ Return in ‘Forever Plaid
Conklin’s Players continues their special season at Five Points Washington with the limited engagement of the heavenly musical hit Forever Plaid” opening Friday, September 30 and playing for three performances only on Friday, September 30 and October 1 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 PM in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington.
Director and choreographer Mary Simon says “We are thrilled to be able to once more get the cast together for one of my favorite shows of all time!  ‘Forever Plaid’ has always been one of our most requested repeats, even after we had a ‘farewell performance’ in 2009! We’re happy to oblige one more time here in the incredible theatre at Five Points!”
“Forever Plaid” by Stuart Ross with musical arrangements by James Raitt, is the tale of Frankie, Jinx, Sparky and Smudge, a delightful quartet of singers who are returning from the afterlife to give the performance they never got to give in life. The Plaids were killed when their auto was side-swiped by a busload of Catholic school teens on their way to see the Beatles debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Throughout the show, we learn a lot about the guys and get to enjoy a wonderful concert of hit parade tunes like “Three Coins In The Fountain,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Cry,” “Perfidia,” and “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing,” all performed in the Plaid’s fabulous close-harmony style, along with hilarious choreography. The highlight of the show is the Plaid’s three-minute version of the complete Ed Sullivan Show.
Returning for the festivities are the original Conklin’s company of Plaids that begin performing the show together in 1997 – Dan Challacombe as Frankie, Pat Gaik as Jinx, Chad Kirvan as Smudge and Dave Windsor as Sparky. Alex Buzzell joins the quartet at the piano, with Al Hedstrom on bass.
The production is directed and choreographed by Mary Simon, with technical direction for the production by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Tickets for the show are $25 for adults and $8 for children and students through college. Reservations can be made in person at the Five Points Washington facility, 306 N. Wilmor Road in Washington, or online at To order by phone, call 309-444-8222 or 309-444-8600


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