Events

Race with Your Heart

Race with Your HeartJune 11, 2022 at Eureka Lake Pavilion in Eureka, IL Join us for a leisurely 2 mile walk on a flat surface around Eureka Lake or enter into one of our two challenging and competitive races. Our race course is beautiful; going through the woodlands along Eureka Lake and through local subdivisions.…MORE

Kite Fest

For a Better Tomorrow presents Kite Fest, an annual fundraising event benefiting local and global communities. This will be our 9th year in a row since starting in 2014. Kite Fest 2022 will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Grove Elementary School. In 2022, we plan to build on the in-person gathering from…MORE

Sunrise Rotary Blood Drive

Bloomington Normal Sunrise Rotary Blood Drive DoubleTree by Hilton (10 Brickyard Dr. in Bloomington)Tuesday, June 14th7:00am to 11:00am Sign up for appointments here: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-timeMORE

Glorious Garden Festival

Glorious Garden FestivalFriday, July 15: 9am-3pm AND Saturday, July 16 9am-3pm Join us July 15-16 for the 26th Annual GLORIOUS GARDEN FESTIVAL, with all events starting at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington. A paid ticket for the GARDEN WALK gives gardeners and garden lovers two days to visit 9 beautiful, inspired private gardens in…MORE

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…