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Today is February 11, 2016 - Bloomington, IL 61701  

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Friday, February 12th, 2016

  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Health Seminars and Screenings
    - TRY A FREE FRIDAY WORKOUT AT THE WORKOUT COMPANY TEAM TRAINING FACILITY ON GE Road, next to Joe's Pub this Friday.
    THE WORKOUT COMPANY
    3917 G.E. ROAD BLOOMINGTON IL 61704
    Laura 309.454.2582 laura@theworkoutcompany.org

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada. 65th annual. The NBA All-Star Game is held outside the United States for the first time in its history when squads representing the Eastern and Western Conference tip off at the home of the Toronto Raptors. The All-Star weekend kicks off Feb 12th with the Sprint All-Star Celebrity Game and the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. Est attendance 100,000.
     
           
  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - St. Valentine's Day celebrates the feasts of two Christian martyrs of this name. One, a priest and physician, was beaten and beheaded on the Flaminan Way at Rome, Italy, Feb 14, AD 269, during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Another Valentine, the bishop of Terni, is said to have been beheaded, also on the Flaminian Way at Rome, Feb 14 (possibly in a later year). Both history and legend are vague and contradictory about details of the Valentines, and some say that Feb 14 was selected for the celebration of Christian martyrs as a diversion from the ancient pagan observance of Lupercalia. An old legend has it that birds choose their mates on Valentine's Day. Now it is one of the most widely observed unofficial holidays. It is an occasion for the exchange of gifts (usually books, flowers, or sweets) and greeting cards with affectionate or humorous messages.
     
           

Monday, February 15th, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA. 58th annual. Celebrating the best in recording arts and sciences, the Grammys cover more than 100 categories, from classical to jazz to pop and rock. Awarded by and to artists and technical professionals. National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
     
           
  • | NATL - National Holidays
    - President's Day observes the birthdays of George Washington (Feb 22nd) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12). With the adoption of the Monday Holiday Law (which moved the observance of George Washington's birthday from Feb 22 to the third Monday in February), some of the specific significance of the event was lost and added impetus was given to the popular description of that holiday as President's Day as a day to honor all former presidents of the US, though the federal holiday is still Washington's Birthday. Annually, the third Monday in February.
     
           

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - February 18, 1930, Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory at Flagstaff, AZ. It was given the name of the Roman god of the underworld. It was considered the ninth planet of the solar system until 2006, when astronomers reclassified it as a dwarf planet.
     
           

Friday, February 19th, 2016

  • | 7:30pm - 9:30pm | Arts and Entertainment, Music, Stringds, Bethoven
    - Bask in the brilliance of Beethoven, Barber and Brahms. From Beethoven’s rebellious Coriolan Overture to the magnificent Second Symphony of Brahms, this evening is bold and beautiful. Barber’s virtuosic Violin Concerto featuring ISO’s Concertmaster Violetta Todorova is sure to impress!
    Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
    600 N Eate St, Bloomington, IL Bloomington IL 61701
    309.434.2777 info@ilsymphony.org
  • - February 19, 1945. Beginning at dawn, the landing of 30,000 American troops took place on the barren 12-square-mile island of Iwo Jima. Initially there was little resistance, but 21,500 Japanese stood ready underground to fight the last man to protect massive strategic fortification linked by tunnels.
     
           

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL. 58th annual running of the "Great American Race." The world's top drivers compete in NASCAR's biggest, richest and most prestigious motorsports event. Est attendance: 100,000.
     
           

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - So called by Native American tribes of New England and the Great Lakes because this time of year sees heavy snowfalls. Also called the Hunger Moon, because of the meager hunting at this time of winter. The February full moon.
     
           

Friday, February 26th, 2016

  • - A 1,210-pound bomb packed in a van exploded in the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 (mostly from smoke inhalation). The powerful blast left a crater 200 feet wide and several stories deep. The cost for damage to the building and disruption of business for the 360 companies with offices in the Center exceeded $591 million. Fifteen people - the fundamentalist Muslim cleric Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman and 14 of his followers were indicted for the bombing. Rahman was given a life sentence, and the others received prison terms of up to 240 years each.
     
           

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA. 88th annual Honoring film achievements of the previous year. (Nominations were announced Jan 14th) Televised live.
     
           

Monday, February 29th, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - In 2016 we add one day, February 29th, to bring our calendar more nearly into accord with the seasons. Under the Julian calendar of 46 BC every forth year was a leap year, on the assumption that it took Earth 365.25 days to orbit the sun. However, Earth's orbit period is actually 365.24219 days. For more than 1,600 years the Julian calendar was used, the calendar got out of sync with the seasons. The Gregorian calendar made just one small change: a leap day is added to the calendar every four years except for century years that are not exactly divisible by 400. Traditionally leap year is a time during which women may propose marriage to men.
     
           

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

  • | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Arts and Entertainment, Free Concert, Live Music
    - Featuring Illinois Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet
    The Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Around the Town Concerts allow you to Listen LIVE to the wonderful musicians of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in a variety of locations throughout the community. This hour long concert allows you to get to know members of the ISO in a more intimate setting. Please join us for one of these free concerts of LIVE music by a variety of ensembles from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

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    LOCATION TBD LOCATION TBD IL
    217.522.2838 info@ilsymphony.org
  • - On March 1, 1872, the first area in the world to be designated a national park, most of the Yellowstone is in Wyoming, with small sections in Montana and Idaho. It was established by an act of Congress.
     
           

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

  • | 12:00pm - 1:30pm | Arts and Entertainment, Free Concert, Live Music
    - Featuring Illinois Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet
    This concert is made possible through The Harmon Arts Grant - Town of Normal
    The Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Around the Town Concerts allow you to Listen LIVE to the wonderful musicians of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in a variety of locations throughout the community. This hour long concert allows you to get to know members of the ISO in a more intimate setting. Please join us for one of these free concerts of LIVE music by a variety of ensembles from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

    Broadview Mansion
    1301 S Fell Ave, Normal, IL Normal IL
    217.522.2838 info@ilsymphony.org

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

  • | 11:00am - 3:00pm | Health Seminars and Screenings
    - BLOOD DRIVE: "Not all heroes wear capes." Join the American Red Cross at The Workout Company, 419 Kays Drive in Normal, on Saturday March 5 from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. For an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767. Bring a photo ID or your blood donor card. All donors receive a FREE 7 DAY PASS FROM THE WORKOUT COMPANY AND ARE ENTERED IN A DRAWING FOR A FREE WORKOUT COMPANY 30 DAY EXPERIENCE AND A FREE SHAKE CARD.
    THE WORKOUT COMPANY
    419 Kays Drive Normal IL 61761
    Laura 309.454.2582 laura@theworkoutcompany.org
  • - On March 5, 1970, a skirmish between British troops and a crowd at Boston, MA, became widely publicized and contributed to the unpopularity of the British regime in the colonies before the American Revolution. Five men were killed and six more were injured by British troops commanded by Captain Thomas Preston.
     
           
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - 44th running of "The Last Great Race on Earth"* (first run March 3, 1973). 1000 miles through Alaskan Wilderness from Anchorage to Nome, AK along the historic Iditarod Trail.
     
           
  • - March 5, 1933 – On his first full day in office, President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed a national "Bank Holiday" to help save the nation's faltering banking system.
     
           

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On March 6, 1836, the anniversary of the fall of the Texan fort, the Alamo. The siege, led by Mexican general Santa Anna, began Feb 23rd and reached its climax March 6th, when the last of the defenders was slain. Texans, under General Sam Houston, rallied with the war cry "Remember the Alamo" and, at the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21st, defeated and captured Santa Anna, who signed a treaty recognizing Texas's independence.
     
           

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

  • - A day to honor women, especially working women. Said to commemorate an 1857 march and demonstration of New York, NY, by female garment and textile workers.
     
           

Friday, March 18th, 2016

  • | 7:30pm - 9:30pm | Arts and Entertainment, Music, Vaughn Williams, Walton, Parry
    - Celebrate The Last Night of the Proms in grand fashion. Get ready to queue up and wave your flags as you are transported to Royal Albert Hall for a rousing celebration of music including Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music, Walton’s Crown Imperial March, Parry’s Jerusalem and Anderson’s Irish Suite, to name a few. Audience bopping, sing-alongs, hip-hip-hoorays, whistles and car horns are all part of the experience!
    Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
    600 N Eate St, Bloomington, IL Bloomington IL 61701
    309.434.2777 info@ilsymphony.org

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - The seven days beginning on the final Sunday in Lent, Palm Sunday.
     
           

Friday, March 25th, 2016

  • | NATL - National Holidays
    - Annual day honoring the heroic recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest award that can be given by the president.
     
           

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