Learn with Peoria County - Adult Community Programs
Peoria County Government is pleased to offer “Learn with Peoria County” educational presentations taking place at area libraries, Illinois Central College’s North Campus, and County facilities.
Peoria County employs experts in fields such as law enforcement, personal health and safety, emergency preparedness, recycling and sustainability, the tax cycle, and more. During these free speaking events, staff members will share knowledge in their fields of expertise, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
These educational presentations are for participants 18 years of age and older. All presentations are free, and registration may be required; please see individual event descriptions for more information on registration requirements.
If you would like to arrange for a Peoria County staff member to speak at your organization, group meeting, or place of business, please contact Gretchen Pearsall, Peoria County Director of Strategic Communications, at (309) 672-6918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Learn with Peoria County Speaker Presentations
These free drop-in presentations are for participants 18 years of age or older.
- May 28 - Situational Awareness: A Life Safety Skill at Peoria Public Library's Lakeview Branch
- In a world full of distractions, being situationally aware and attuned to our environment is not always at the forefront of our minds. Join Chief Deputy Doug Gaa of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office as he walks 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.
- Peoria Public Library, Lakeview Branch: 1137 W Lake Ave, Peoria, IL 61614
- Registration encouraged by not required: Online Registration Form
- 6:00-7:30 p.m.
2019 Adult Community Programs at Illinois Central College - North Campus
Learn with Peoria County is pleased to offer our educational presentations as part of Illinois Central College's Adult Community Programs! These free programs are open to adults ages 18 and older and are hosted at ICC's North Campus: 5407 N. University St., Peoria. Registration is required for these programs. To register, please visit www.icc.edu/acp or call (309) 690-6900.
- July 11 - Comply & Complain presented by Undersheriff Ronda Guyton and Lieutenant James Middlemas
- Learn how to do both—comply and complain—when interacting with police. Join Undersheriff Ronda Guyton and Lieutenant James Middlemas of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office for a frank and informative discussion regarding law enforcement communication concerns and tactics. The officers will go over statues and case law, examples of what to do if you are being questioned or arrested, and how to file a complaint if you believe you have been treated unfairly. To register, please visit www.icc.edu/acp or call (309) 690-6900.
- August 6 - Cyber Safety: Staying Safe on the Internet with Detective Scott Gamboe, Peoria County Sheriff's Office
- As technology continues to play such an important role in our day-to-day lives, it is important to stay vigilant against threats in the digital world. Join Detective Scott Gamboe of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office for a forensic exploration into the dangers of the Internet and how you can protect yourself against Internet scams, phishing, identity theft, and more. To register, please visit www.icc.edu/acp or call (309) 690-6900.
- September 5 - The Basics of Property Assessment: Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go? with Dave Ryan, Peoria County Supervisor of Assessments
- “Why are my property taxes so high? What the heck is the ‘Pleasure Driveway?’ Why does it look like my house is only worth 1/3 of what I paid for it? What do these abbreviations mean?” If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions while trying to decode your property tax bill, we invite you to join Peoria County Supervisor of Assessments Dave Ryan as he explains how your property is assessed and where your tax dollars go. Learn how property taxes are determined, how levies affect the total amount you owe, when you can appeal your property assessment, and more. Registration opens mid-2019 - date TBD.
- September 9 - Finding Property Information in Peoria County with Josh Thompson, GIS Manager
- If you need assistance locating property information, subdivision plats, and maps, Peoria County's Front Desk map application is available online at no charge. This workshop is designed for both intermediate and advanced computer users interested in finding information within Peoria County such as property characteristics, tax assessments, and residential sales. Interactive maps are also available through the Front Desk map application, including aerial photos, subdivision plats, streets, and topographic maps. Users can access the application on any web browser, mobile device, or computer. Peoria County's GIS manager will demonstrate how to navigate the map application in this hands-on workshop. Registration opens mid-2019 - date TBD.
- October 24 - How to Prevent a Kitchen Nightmare! with Renee Spradlin and Stephanie Streight, PCCHD Environmental Health Coordinators
- What is the difference between ‘best by’ and ‘use by’ on food packaging? How ‘overripe’ is ‘too ripe’ for this fruit? Is it safe to buy those dented cans of food on the grocery store shelf? Our own kitchens can be a high-risk environment for foodborne illness. Microscopic germs such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites can thrive in food that is improperly stored or handled. If ingested, these germs can make you, your family, and your dinner guests sick. Join Peoria City/County Health Department Environmental Health Coordinators for questions on food safety. Registration opens mid-2019 - date TBD.