Previous | May/Jun 2016 | Next | Current IssueDigital Edition | Archives | About art & society The Buzz about Bees by Stevie Zvereva Urban beekeeping is on the rise, part of a growing international trend—and increasingly important as those indispensable pollinators have been in decline for the last decade. Willkommen zu Peoria! Jan Wright, Publisher, art & societyA path to decluttering, the benefits of community collaboration and a sister-city salute to our friends in Friedrichshafen... A Tale of Sister Cities by Jonathan WrightThe unique relationship between Peoria and Friedrichshafen turns 40 years old in 2016. Of Flavor & Fizz by Jonathan Wright & Samantha FosterCraft soda offers a return to a bygone era… the kind of drink your grandparents might once have enjoyed. Booze, Bottles and Soft Drink Parlors by Norman V. KellyPeoria’s saloons “magically” became soft drink parlors, bottling companies supplied jobs… and the city grew. Bringing Sexy Back by Stevie ZverevaPhotos by Bayou West PhotographyA new burlesque troupe seeks to revive Peoria’s vaudeville days. May/June Arts Calendar Peoria welcomes summer with open arms! Find out what is happening in central Illinois in May and June! Take 10: Matt George As CEO of Children’s Home Association of Illinois, Matt George exemplifies the best advice he says he’s ever received: Never be low-energy. The Power of Collaboration by Samantha FosterTeamwork is alive and well within some of central Illinois’ premier musical groups. 6 Myths of Decluttering by Stevie ZverevaThe KonMari way celebrates minimalism and defies organizational standards.