Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Days of Awareness June 2017

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June like all months has many days of awareness and celebrations. Flag Day for instance which was on the 14th and that day commemorates when we adopted our flag in 1777. June 19th marks the day that slavery was abolished.Today, June 20th is the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year. Because of the position of the sun as related to the poles, daylight is extended.The sun's position in the sky is also the reason why in some areas of the world the solstice will be celebrated tomorrow. 

June 21st is also World Music Day, International Yoga Day, International Surfing Day and these events are celebrated worldwide. There is also a cause that is celebrated the entire month of June, Gay Pride Month, and this is the 48th year. This is also celebrated worldwide, with parades, parties, contests, bar events, carnivals, fashion shows, and understanding and compassion of all walks of life. Chicago has many events all month long in different neighborhoods. They have a schedule of events on https://www.timeout.com/chicago/lgbt/gay-pride-chicago  so it is easy to access the info and events. The biggest being the Gay Pride Parade that will take place on Sunday, June 25th, click the link above for more information.

If you can't make it to Chicago, no worries. There are a few events happening nearby in Peoria. June 21st, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, at Sunbeam Building 929 N Sheridan Rd, Peoria, IL there is an Open-Mic. The invite states "Join Peoria Proud at Lit. On Fire's Open Mic Night, and enjoy the Whiskey City Pride Gallery. Feel free to share a poem, sing a song, tell a joke, or any other talent!" There is also a bingo event June 26th, Pitch Karaoke Bar, 631 W Main St, Peoria, IL. The Out-N-Proud Drag Queen Pride Bingo begins at 7:00 pm and will raise money for Peoria Proud. 

My moms' birthday was the 13th as well, Happy Birthday Mom, love you. Starting tomorrow, we can start to enjoy Old Settlers Days. This is a tradition that has been in our community for over a hundred years. A time for reunions, relaxing, celebrating, eating delicious foods and enjoying live local entertainment. Money raised at this event goes back into our community. Last year the funds went to the Snack Pack Program and the Food Pantry. The Herald will be doing some live coverage of the event, hope to see you there.

sources: wikipedia.org, www.timeout.com, Peoria Proud Facebook page

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