New performing arts center opening in Peoria Heights

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PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill.–A ribbon cutting was held Thursday for the opening of a new performing art center in Peoria Heights.

The Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Performing Arts has been recently converted from the Kelly Avenue library in Peoria Heights. It was named after its developer Kim Blickenstaff’s mother. The celebration fell on what would have been the late Mrs. Blickenstaff’s 100th birthday.

The Senior Project manager of Blickenstaff’s KDB group Greg Birkland anticipates many local performers will be able to use the center. “We’ll have like, mini ted talks. We’ll have soft jazz concerts. We’ll have children concerts, it’s truly an arts center.”

The center’s first booked event will be a book signing for author J Ryan Stradals second novel “The lager Queen of Minnesota.” The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug 21.

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