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GLT's Datebook

GLT's Laura Kennedy highlights a wide variety of events and personalities certain to be of interest to GLT listeners throughout central Illinois.

GLT Datebook: Trains in the Heartland

Apr 1, 2017
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You can find a world of model trains at Heartland Community College with the annual Trains in the Heartland Event.

GLT Datebook: The Force Is With Star Wars Day

Mar 25, 2017
Fondulac District Library

Jedi and Sith Lords alike are a part of Star Wars Day at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria.

GLT Datebook: @Salon Salutes Great Poet

Mar 18, 2017
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The Illinois State University Creative Writing Program and Department of English present @Salon 2017, which marks the centennial of the birth of poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

GLT Datebook: Spring Bloom Arts Festival

Mar 11, 2017
McLean COunty Arts Center

You can add shake off the winter blues and add to your art collection at an annual arts festival.

Sound of Illinois Chorus

The stalwart men's A Capella group, The Sound of Illinois Chorus, marks its 75th anniversary with a concert at the BCPA.

GLT Datebook: BHS Stages 'Fiddler'

Feb 25, 2017
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Bloomington High School presents the classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof.  Directed by Miranda Buob, herself a graduate of the school, the show is heavy on tradition.

Beyond the Books Educational Foundation

Beyond the Books Educational Foundation was founded in 1992 to invite District 87 and Unit 5 educators to apply for grant money in order to fund innovative projects for their students.

GLT Datebook: New Partnership Aids Boys and Girls Club

Feb 11, 2017
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A new partnership in the Twin Cities aims to help the next generation by forging new bonds and friendships.

GLT Datebook: Three Minutes To Win It

Feb 4, 2017
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The Three Minute Thesis Competition challenges Illinois State University graduate students to turn their research into an elevator pitch.

Heartland Theater

A family legend holds that a pair of brothers are distantly related to Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet, and it's this relationship that may pull their family out of their current misery. Sons of the Prophet is the next play to be staged by Heartland Theater.  And despite the grim mood, it has comedic elements.

GLT Datebook: Artist Gets Back To Nature

Jan 21, 2017
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Artist Amy Wolfe keeps her eyes open when she's out for walks.  That's because there's always the chance she'll find something interesting to collect and add to her original art.

Barry Morse

The Illinois State University Planetarium hosts the Wu-Morse Duo, Jan. 20 and 21 for performances of soundscape improvisations set against celestial projections.

Michael Cote / Flickr via Creative Commons

All year long, Seedling Theater in the Twin Cities gives kids and adults with special needs a chance to thrive in a theatrical setting.

GLT Datebook: First Friday Offers Hands On Art

Dec 31, 2016
First Friday / Downtown Bloomington Association

The artists' studios and galleries of downtown Bloomington are working together to help you be more creative in the new year.

GLT Datebook: New Opportunities With Heartland Classes

Dec 24, 2016
Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College hosts CommunityScope, an event that highlights a variety of offerings in continuing education and fitness, Saturday, Jan. 7 from 9 AM to noon.

Meghan Rogers / Normal Public Library

Before 2016 even ends, The Normal Public Library is filling in their 2017 calendars with a variety of events for young and old...and reasonably limber.

GLT Datebook: Holiday Supply Drive Aids Humane Society

Dec 10, 2016

As the kids polish their lists to Santa this year, the dogs, cats and other furry and feathered creatures at the Humane Society of Central Illinois have a list of their own.

Ewing Cultural Center

'Tis the season to tour some fabulously decorated historic homes in the Twin Cities, including Ewing Manor.

GLT Datebook: The Nutcracker Is On Pointe

Nov 26, 2016
Jack / Flickr via Creative Commons

The Twin Cities Ballet celebrates 35 years of performing The Nutcracker ballet in Bloomington/Normal.

GLT Datebook: Habitat For Humanity ReStore Expands

Nov 19, 2016
Habitat for Humanity of McLean County.

Habitat for Humanity of McLean County ReStore is renovating its current space and has just implemented a project to expand the square footage.

GLT Datebook: Festival Of Trees

Nov 12, 2016
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Some stunning holiday decor will help the children and families of The Baby Fold in Normal with The 23rd Annual Festival of Trees, Nov. 18 - 20.

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A pair of artists shared not only studio space but a creative impulse in creating works that are currently on display at heartland Community College.

GLT Datebook: Spirits of Bloomington/Normal

Oct 22, 2016
Debroah Carr Senger

A noted local medium and ghost tour guide has just published a book about the lively dead of the Twin Cities.  Deborah Carr Senger is the author of Haunted Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, just available on Arcadia History Press.

GLT Datebook: ShakesFear Scares Up Halloween Fun

Oct 15, 2016
Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Witches and ghosts populate the plays of William Shakespeare, so it's natural that they'll be called upon to headline in what's become a new Halloween favorite in the Twin Cities.

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The Normal Editions Workshop  is celebrating 40 years of work.  A professional print research facility located within the School of Art at Illinois State University, the workshop exists to bring students together with visiting artists so that they may collaborate on projects.

GLT Datebook: ISU Homecoming Honors Traditions

Oct 1, 2016
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Illinois State University Homecoming is October 3 through 9, with A Normal Tradition as the theme for this year's festivities.  

GLT Datebook: Scavenger Hunt Uncovers Art

Sep 24, 2016
Nina Gordon

The Downtown Bloomington Artists present the second annual Art Scavenger Hunt for grade school children on Friday, Oct. 7 beginning at 5 PM in downtown Bloomington.  As part of the First Friday festivities, the scavenger hunt encourages kids to learn about art in their own community.

GLT Datebook: 22nd Annual Grape Soiree

Sep 17, 2016
Easter Seals Central Illinois

The Bloomington Country Club hosts the 22nd Annual Grape Soiree, which raises funds for Easter Seals Central Illinois.  It's Saturday, Sept. 24 beginning at 5:30 PM and features art, wine and jazz.

GLT Datebook: Peace, Love, Autism Walk

Sep 11, 2016
Autism McLean

The annual Peace, Love, Autism Walk is Saturday, Sept. 17 beginning at 9 AM in Bloomington's Tipton Park.

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The Labor Day holiday traditionally signals the end of the summer holidays.  But when something ends, something else begins.  Autumn is fast approaching, and the Illinois State University Horticulture Center invites the community to come out to enjoy the fruits of their harvest and engage in traditional activities of the fall.

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