Mendota Area Departures

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016 -- "THE KING AND I" at Lyric Opera House, Chicago, IL

The King of Siam is an absolute ruler, but he meets his match in Anna, the feisty Welsh teacher hired to tutor his wives and children. These two strong, passionate people from two very different cultures discuss, debate, disagree, and ultimately fall in love to the tunes of some of Broadway's greatest songs. The Lyric Opera House provides a gorgeous setting for the story. You won't want to miss this popular spectacle!


Lunch will be on your own at a nearby restaurant. We anticipate returning to Lloyd's where we dined last year -- great food, great service, wide selection of menu, and they make sure you are finished in plenty of time to walk across the street to the Lyric Opera House.

Cost: $99 per ticket

Includes: Performance, motor coach transportation, taxes and all tips. (Lunch is additional.)

Pick-Up Schedule: Depart LaSalle Flying J at 8:15 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 8:45 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 9:15 a.m. (Fox Valley to be determined). Arrival at restaurant will be approx. 11:00 a.m. with the performance beginning at 1:30 p.m. Depart for home at approx. 4:00 p.m. Drop-off at Rochelle at approx. 5:45 p.m., Mendota at 6:15 p.m., and LaSalle at 6:45 p.m.



TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016 -- INTRODUCTORY MEETING IN MENDOTA FOR "TO YOSEMITE AND BEYOND"

This unique 2017 trip awaits you -- perhaps this is one area you haven't explored yet since it is one of the National Parks that is more difficult to reach, but Vista is delighted to be able to offer this 8-day/7-night adventure to our members. This 2nd in our National Park Series will begin with a flight to Sacramento and a chance to visit Old Town which was a commercial hub of the Gold Rush Era, along with a visit to the California State Railroad Museum. The following morning we board the Amtrak Train for a Sierra Nevada Rail Journey to Lake Tahoe through the beautiful snow-capped Sierra Ne-vada Mountains. Upon disembarking at Truckee, we motor coach to the South Lake Tahoe area for two nights. While there, we will visit Virginia City, Carson City, Gold Hill, and then enjoy a paddle wheeler cruise on Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay. Then you are in for a breathtaking experience at Yosemite National Park! See iconic Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point, Bridal Veil Falls, take a guided tram ride of Yosemite Valley, and tour the famous Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly called the Ahwahnee Hotel). As we travel south out of Yosemite, we will visit Kings Canyon NP, and then on to Sequoia NP to view some of the world's largest trees! Enroute to our Los Angeles airport departure, we will stop at Simi Valley for a tour of the Ronald Reagan Library and his Air Force One. Don't miss this adventure to see these iconic stops and bring a guest!

Mark your calendars for these important Intro Meetings to hear all the exciting details from Mike Campbell of Premier World Discovery. If you cannot attend one of the meetings, please contact us to register your name on our "Interested List" and we will forward the brochure.

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Please RSVP by 5-18-2016 and indicate which meeting you will attend.

Jill (815-539-1526) OR Jean (815-539-1524) / Evon (309-663-6300 X821)

Bobbi (815-562-2200 X52044) / Shelly (630-584-7100, X51338)


Mendota:

Tuesday, May 24

6:00 p.m.

Mendota Golf Course, Route 34 West, Mendota


Bloomington:

Monday, May 23

6:00 p.m.

FSB, 502 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington


Northern:

Wednesday, May 25

6:00 p.m.

Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry St., Rochelle



THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016 -- "NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT" at Theatre At the Center, Munster, IN

It's silly, it's funny, it's a full Broadway singing and dancing spectacle that you will love! Set in the Roaring 20's, you have a cast of outrageous characters in Long Island, gathered for a wedding. Of course, nothing goes as planned once wealthy playboy, Jimmy Winter, meets Billie Bendix, female bootlegger. 400 cases of gin that need a place to hide during prohibition, a Duke, a Duchess, a police chief, a Senator, Chorus Girls, and the Vice Squad make this a wacky, uproarious tribute to musical comedy. Nice Work If You Can Get It has a host of recognizable George & Ira Gershwin songs including "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" and "'S Wonderful." There's plenty of dancing and lots of humor in this screwball comedy to charm you!


Before the show a delicious lunch will be served including a Tossed Salad, followed by your choice of a Shrimp Skewer with Garlic Butter or Grilled Chicken Breast with Pesto Cream Sauce, plus Rice Pilaf and Green Beans, and Chocolate Fudge Cake for dessert. The Theatre building also boasts the lovely South Shore Arts Gift Shop and William J. Bachman Art Gallery to peruse prior to the show. And there will be a "sweet" surprise stop on the way home!!!

Cost: $95 per person

Fee Includes: Lunch, Performance, transportation, taxes and all tips.

Pick-Up Schedule: Motor coach leaves Rochelle Petro at 9:00 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 9:30 a.m., LaSalle Flying J at 10:00 a.m. (Fox Valley TBD). We will depart the Theatre at approx. 4:30 p.m.


SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016 -- FIRST STATE BANK SHRED DAY

Where: Main Bank on Washington Street, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon



FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016 -- CANTIGNY PARK & NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOUR, Wheaton & Romeoville, IL

Have you often heard of Cantigny Gardens but are not familiar with what they are or what they contain? Join us and your guide will explain how Colonel Robert R. McCormick lived here with his family from 1936 to 1955, and you will be immersed in McCormick's legacy of journalism, history, architecture, politics, First Amendment issues, patriotism and philanthropy. We will explore both the McCormick home and the First Division Museum, and then take a break and have a delicious lunch at the Le Jardin Restaurant on the premises (on your own).


Following lunch, you are invited to weave through the beautiful gardens of Cantigny. Each garden will tell you a story, unfolding with every step. You will feel your body relax as you absorb the landscape and the landscape devours your stress. The hustle of life melts away just a few steps into the 29 acres of flourishing, blooming tranquility.


Next you will be intrigued as we make a stop at the National Weather Service in Romeoville to enjoy a personalized tour and hear all the details of weather watching, forecasting, and warnings that we hear about on the nightly news.

Cost: To be determined

Fee Includes: Museums, gardens, tour, transportation, taxes and driver tip. (Lunch is additional.)

Pick-Up Schedule: Motor coach leaves LaSalle Flying J at 7:45 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 8:15 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 8:45 a.m., and Fox Valley/Woodmans at 9:30 a.m. Depart NWS at approx. 4:00 p.m.



AUGUST -- WATCH FOR AN INTRO EVENING FOR OUR 2017 NEW YORK CITY & BERMUDA CRUISE!

More details to follow.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 -- SEMINAR: ORGANIZE YOUR RECORDS NOW

First State Bank and Vista Club are joining forces to bring a very useful seminar to Mendota. This is intended to help people be prepared to find important records NOW, and later when someone else needs them. Presented by Sonja Reece of Normal, you will hear her powerful message, receive a copyrighted handout to create your own "Grab and Go" book, and have an opportunity for Q&A. This seminar is open to everyone -- members and community -- as it is relevant to people of all ages (no small children, please).

Cost: $ 0

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Mendota Civic Center, 1901 Tom Merwin Drive, Mendota, IL

RSVP BY SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 TO ALLOW FOR SUFFICIENT SPACE.

RSVP TO: JILL 815-539-1526 or JEAN 815-539-1524 or BOBBI 815-562-2200, X52044



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 -- CELEBRATION BELLE CRUISE FROM DUBUQUE -- SAVE THE DATE

Join us for this special 5-hour cruise! We will board in Dubuque, IA and cruise to Savanna, IL You can enjoy the fabulous entertainment on board playing your favorite tunes and, of course, we can't forget the food! Their special sticky rolls and fruit will be served upon boarding, followed by the full hot 2-entrée lunch buffet. Stay inside and listen to the music or pop outside to watch the changing Fall foliage on the banks of the Mississippi River.


Upon disembarking the boat, our coach will transport us the short distance to Fulton, IL where we can experience de Immigrant Windmill. This Windmill was manufactured and pre-assembled in The Netherlands, then shipped to Fulton where it was reassembled and installed by Dutch craftsmen. It stands 100 ft. tall and is still fully operational with a set of blue basalt millstones that produce buckwheat, corn, rye, and wheat flours (available in the gift shop).

Cost: To be determined

Fee Includes: Cruise, lunch, Windmill tour, transportation, taxes and all tips.

Pick-Up Schedule: Motor coach leaves LaSalle Flying J at 6:30 a.m., Mendota Civic Center at 7:00 a.m., Rochelle Petro at 7:30 a.m. (Fox Valley TBD). We will depart Fulton at approx. 4:30 p.m., arriving in Rochelle at 5:15 p.m., Mendota 5:45 p.m., LaSalle at 6:15 p.m.



THURSDAY & FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 & 21, 2016 -- GIRLS DAYS OUT TO THE ANNUAL JEWELRY, FASHION & ACCESSORIES SHOW PLUS ANOTHER DAY OF FUN!

How do we top BINGO?!?!? You'll find out and we think you will be delighted! There are still a few things to be confirmed but here is the preliminary agenda:

Thursday: At the request of our shoppers, we have included another trip to the Jewelry, Fashion & Accessory Show in Rosemont, IL from 9:30--1:30 p.m. Following our shopping extravaganza, we will stop for lunch, a quick visit to a surprise location, then check into our hotel. You might have a few minutes to put your feet up before we travel to dinner followed by a performance at the Paramount Theatre of "Mamma Mia" featuring classic ABBA toe-tapping music such as "Dancing Queen," "SOS," "Take A Chance," and many more.

Friday: We are still confirming details but we have planned a tour at the very unique Hollywood Blvd. Cinema with its many different themed rooms and lunch while watching the movie! Other plans for the day include a Fall garden tour, a stop at a winery (can't miss this), possibly a museum, perhaps a Puppet Opera, and finishing our day with a Polynesian Luau and performance! A worldly experience and you haven't even left Illinois! More details will follow, but you can sign up now!

Cost: To be determined

Fee includes:

Pick-Up Schedule:



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016 -- FARMING & FIGHTING, Rochelle, IL

What do these two subjects have in common? Join Vista Club for this unique experience and find out! We begin our day at the new Bright Farms facility (still under construction) which is a Hydroponic Factory for growing lettuce...not your grandma's garden but very interesting. See how they produce green edibles for many grocery and specialty stores. If you have never seen a hydroponic farm, you are in for an amazing lesson.


Following our "farm" visit, you will be treated to lunch at the Flight Deck or in their hangar (depending on the size of our crowd) and a tribute to our Veterans.

Next on the agenda is a tour at the exclusive Roberts Armory where you will find an amazing collection of World War II memorabilia, vehicles, uniforms, army snow transports, LST landing boats, and so much more. They only open their doors twice per year (Memorial Day and Veterans Day) but are happy to welcome Vista members to view their vast array.

Costs:

$15 pp = Drive yourself and meet in Rochelle;

$45 pp = Use the motor coach from Mendota or LaSalle. You will be excited to see the new and the old during this very interesting day! Call today and get your name on the list.

Fee includes: Tours, lunch, and transportation if desired

Pick-Up Schedule: To be determined



DECEMBER, 2016 -- ALL VISTA CHRISTMAS PARTY

Stay tuned for more fun and camaraderie with your fellow Vista Club members from ALL branches. Last year was such a fun adventure that we decided to repeat this in 2016. Stay tuned for more details and an exact date!



For more information on the Mendota departures please contact:

Jill Becker: 815.539.1526 or jbecker@firststatebank.biz

Jean Simkins: 815.539.1524 or jsimkins@firststatebank.biz