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Posted on: February 7, 2024

Learn with Peoria County Programs for February and March 2024

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Peoria County invites the public to join us for our upcoming Learn with Peoria County classes and tours, made possible in part through Illinois Central College’s Adult Community Programs curriculum.

Peoria County employs experts in fields such as law enforcement, personal safety, emergency preparedness, the tax cycle, and more. During these programs, staff members will share knowledge in their fields of expertise, and participants will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions.

These free programs are for ages 18 and older and require registration. For all Peoria County listings and registration links, please visit peoriacounty.gov/450/Community-Programs . Community members can also register by calling ICC at (309) 690-6900 or in-person at ICC North’s Hickory Hall, located at 5407 N. University St. in Peoria.


Situational Awareness: A Life Safety Skill

Location: ICC Peoria Campus

Register here

February 7, 2024 at 6:00 pm

In a world full of distractions, being situationally aware and attuned to our environment is not always at the forefront of our minds. Join Sheriff Watkins as he talks through the importance of Situational Awareness as it applies to home, public places, suspicious activity, the behaviors of those around us, and making the safest decisions when facing a threat or issue of concern.


Protecting Our Animals Tour

Location: PCAPS (2600 NE Perry Avenue, Peoria)

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February 9, 2024 at 3:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for animal lovers! Take an inside look at Peoria County Animal Protection Services animal shelter and animal control. Hear exciting stories about the day-to-day operations of the animal shelter and a day in the life of an Animal Control Officer. Learn about local animal laws, how the operation is funded, and PCAPS community partnerships. The PCAPS Director will talk about local animal issues and opportunities for you to help abandoned, neglected, or abused animals in our own community. Then take a guided tour of the animal shelter and meet four-legged friends available for adoption or currently receiving care, including dogs, cats, and small or unusual animals.


Don't Be a Victim!

Location: ICC Peoria Campus

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February 22, 2024 at 1:00 pm

As the Peoria County Sheriff's Victims Services Coordinator, Aimee Shinall will provide important information to help keep you and your family safe. She will explain how you can protect yourself against identity theft and how to avoid falling victim to common scams; how to recognize, avoid, and escape abusive behaviors; how to protect yourself and your property from residential burglary; and more. These are just a few of the items covered during this great workshop intended for anyone who does not want to become a victim.


The Wisdom of Preparedness

Location: ICC Peoria Campus

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February 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm

Are you aware of the hazards in your neighborhood, community, or Peoria County? Do you have an emergency preparedness kit and plan? If your answer to these questions is no, then join us for discussion on how we can prepare as individuals and families in making our community more resilient to disaster. Learn about how first responders and community partners collaborate in identifying threats to the community and preparing to respond and recover from them.


Peoria County Farm Bureau Solar Informational Meeting

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February 28, 2024 at 10:00 am (concluding with lunch)

The Peoria County Farm Bureau invites you this informational session which includes 20–30-minute presentations and a conclusion with a panel of three Peoria County rural residents to talk about their experiences with a solar panel installation. 

Ashlee Stabler, an Attorney with Whitney & Potts in Elmwood, will be the first speaker. She will talk about the legal contracts between landowners and solar companies and current Illinois laws.

The second presentation will be given by Andrew Braun, the Assistant Director for the Peoria Department of Planning and Zoning, and Taylor Armbruster, a Planner for the Peoria County Department of Planning and Zoning. Both Andrew and Taylor will cover the Peoria County ordinances on solar and the new battery storage ordinance. 

The third speaker scheduled is Marina Minic, the Solar Sales Coordinator for the non-profit Citizens Utility Board (CUB). Marina will be traveling from the CUB headquarters in Chicago to give the presentation. She will cover the overall process of landowners getting their own solar array and the variety of options available. She will also uncover ways to identify or flag a scam or bad actors in the solar industry. 

To wrap up the meeting, a panel of three local residents who have installed solar panels on their property will cover their experiences with the sales and installation process, incentives received (both tax and Ameren), the payback on their Ameren Utility bill, and community solar subscriptions.


Situational Awareness: A Life Safety Skill

Location: ICC Peoria Campus

Register here

March 6, 2024 at 6:00 pm

In a world full of distractions, being situationally aware and attuned to our environment is not always at the forefront of our minds. Join Sheriff Watkins as he talks through the importance of Situational Awareness as it applies to home, public places, suspicious activity, the behaviors of those around us, and making the safest decisions when facing a threat or issue of concern.


The Wisdom of Preparedness

Location: ICC Peoria Campus

Register here

March 21, 2024 at 3:00 pm

Are you aware of the hazards in your neighborhood, community, or Peoria County? Do you have an emergency preparedness kit and plan? If your answer to these questions is no, then join us for discussion on how we can prepare as individuals and families in making our community more resilient to disaster. Learn about how first responders and community partners collaborate in identifying threats to the community and preparing to respond and recover from them.

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