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Peoria Ballet is ready to rock

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The rock group Queen did opera, so it's almost fitting that its music can be used in ballet. But dancing ballet to the music of James Brown? Or Led Zeppelin? The Beatles and Elvis? Van Halen?

That's the music that 40 of the students at the Peoria Ballet will be dancing to this weekend when the ballet presents "Art That Rocks" at Five Points in Washington, starting at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10...

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Dr. Jasti Rao Intro

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Dr. Jasti Rao speaks softly but wields worldwide influence in cancer research

Dr. Jasti Rao grew up on a farm in India, an only child who learned early on what hard work was and how it was necessary to achieve success.

That ethic has stuck...

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Stuff-A-Bus campaign kicks off Friday

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The number of sponsors for the Peoria Friendship House's Stuff-A-Bus campaign is growing and organizers hope the amount of food does, as well.

FH-new-logo-pathsAfter all, said Friendship House executive director Barbara Hartnett, it does not appear the need for the food is diminishing now or will any time soon.

"We...

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Helping Others, One 2x4 at a Time

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Habitat for Humanity fund-raiser aims to help build more houses for those in need

The Peoria chapter of Habitat for Humanity isn't looking for anybody to build a better mousetrap.

Well, unless it's made with 2x4s and more.

The chapter's 2x4s & More campaign is ongoing and culminates Feb. 4 —that's 2/4, get it? —with an event at Barrack's Cater Inn on Pioneer...

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Not For Profit

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For all the therapeutic work performed for clients of Easter Seals, the chances of real success would be lessened considerably without the devotion of families, the head of the local Easter Seals office said.

"One of the things we know for certain is that as important as what we do is, the real progress a child with special needs makes comes within the context of family, be it parents or grandparents or siblings. That's why we involve...

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Researching to find a cure

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New cancer research center officially opens amidst fanfare at College of Medicine

Cancer research in Peoria has taken a giant leap forward with the opening of the new research center at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Not only will the new center help modernize research...

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For the kids

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St. Jude’s Memphis-to-Peoria run reaches 30 years; Value to research, survival rates continue growing

mccoy-garciaFor 30 years, in some of the hottest weather of the summer, Mike McCoy has formed a posse he uses to chase what he says is the worst of all evildoers, cancer in children.

The Peoria County...

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Boys & Girls Club: Fill the Treasure Chest

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When Robert Ballard goes exploring off the coast of Italy in November, he may not find treasure. But he will be helping to create treasure for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria.

Dr. Katy Croff Bell, chief scientist of Ballard E/V Nautilus Exploration Program, will be the featured speaker at the Boys and Girls Clubs' annual Fill The Treasure Chest Dinner on Nov. 12 at Mt. Hawley Country Club. During the program that night,...

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