Monday, November 20, 2017

Santa Claus is Coming to Pearce

Pearce Community Center will host Santa during Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. A sausage and pancake breakfast will be served along with caroling and a visit with Santa.


Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. The advance purchase cost is $7 for people 13 and older and $5 for children 3 to 12 years. Tickets purchased at the door will sell for $10 for people 13 and older and $7 for children 3 to 12. Children 3 and under will be admitted free.


Black Friday Fitness Bash

Pearce will host its Black Friday Fitness Bash Friday, November 24 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Skip the shopping crowds and join the dynamic instructors at Pearce to burn off all the extra calories from Thanksgiving.

This special event includes five 30-minute group exercise classes including Step Aerobics from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m., Les Mills BODYPUMP from 9:00 to 9:30; Les Mills BODYATTACK from 9:30 to 10:00; Hip Hop with James from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.; and Zumba from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

The event is free and open to the everyone 15 and older.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Junior Fitness Certification

Pearce is offering Junior Fit Certification on Wednesday, November 22, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. for members ages 13 and 14. After successfully completing the class and receiving certification, young members will be allowed access to the cardiovascular room, Selectorized equipment area, and group exercise classes.

Participants will learn how to use the equipment in a safe, productive manner. Additionally, they will learn fitness etiquette, and rules.

Pearce Foundation members pay only $9; members $12. Advance registration is required.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Youth Basketball Leagues Games Begin Tomorrow!

We are very excited for the start of youth league basketball games tomorrow morning!
Big shout out to Peoria Area Veterinary Group for sponsoring our shirts and TSS Photography for sponsoring one of our courts this session. Their sponsorship helps make the league possible!
Good luck to all our players, and THANK YOU to our volunteer team coaches!




At the Intersection of Art and Water

When you think of water aerobics, you probably don’t associate it with any type of artistic endeavor. Unless you’re an artist like instructor Cathie Crawford.

Cathie teaches Aqua Fit each Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. “I like creating choreography that goes with the music,” says Cathie. “I like moving to the music as opposed to just doing each exercise eight times. I usually have one move or combination of moves for the verses, one for the chorus or refrain and then something different for the bridge or instrumental. The creative part is coming up with the right moves to fit the music. I use a little of everything, from Vivaldi to pop. My routines are seasonal as well. I have play lists for each holiday and season.”
Originally from New York City, Cathie returned to Illinois in the fall of 2004 after living overseas with her husband (three years in Jeddah Saudi Arabia and then three years in Grenoble France). Since completing her Master of Fine Art degree in 1987 from Bradley University, she has concentrated on the color reduction woodcut.
Her work has been included in more than 300 exhibitions, 25 solo exhibitions, 70 juried national shows and 15 international juried exhibitions since completing a BFA from The Ohio State University. Crawford has won over 35 awards at both the national and regional level. Her prints have been exhibited in 28 states as well as France, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and the UK.

While in Saudi Arabia, Cathie discovered water aerobics. When she and her husband returned to the US and settled in Peoria, she continued water aerobics classes and met Laura Kelly, a local water aerobics teacher who has taught at Pearce for many years. Laura helped Cathie earn her first water aerobics certifications in 2006, and she’s been teaching in central Illinois ever since.

“Pearce is an excellent facility for water aerobics,” explains Cathie. “Unlike other area fitness centers, I can have music at Pearce and there is plenty of chest-deep water, perfect for the class.” She also enjoys the size of her class. “It’s more fun with more people!”

Cathie’s art is currently on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. She is also hosting an open house at her home on November 18.




November School's Out Day Camps to the Rescue!

You've got a million things to do to get ready for Thanksgiving and guess what, the kids don't have school the day before the big holiday!

Not to worry, Pearce has got you covered. Maybe you don't typically use our School's Out Day Camp but this might be a great time to try it so you can have the day to get ready for Thanksgiving.

Let your kids spend the day off at Pearce School's Out Day Camp for students in grades K-6 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22. Before camp care is also available beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Campers will spend the day enjoying a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, swimming in the pool, and local field trips. Bring a daily sack lunch that does not require refrigeration but can contain microwaveable items and a drink, swimsuit and towel, gym shoes, and a book. An afternoon snack will be provided.

Register in advance at Pearce. Foundation members pay only $31.50 per child per day; Members $35; and non-members $55.