October 2020 Joaquin Barraza, a domestic violence counselor for children and teens at Freedom House emergency shelter in Princeton, paints a group of pumpkins purple Friday, Oct, 2, for The Purple Pumpkin Project, a fundraiser for the shelter hosted by Tanners Orchard to mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Proceeds from the $6.99 purple pumpkins and any extra donations go to the shelter.Nikki Vulgaris-Rodriguez of Peoria and her 2-year-old Yorkie terrier Alex read a prayer from the program Saturday, Oct. 3, during the annual Blessing of the Animals at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Peoria. Several pet owners brought their furry companions to the church’s sanctuary for a blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.GOLF CART POKER RUN – Amy Cunningham of Secor gives the thumbs-up from the comfort of a rocker-recliner to the participants in line behind her as husband Bob tows her with his four-wheeler Saturday, Oct. 3, during the 13th Annual Secor Golf Cart Poker Run in Secor. Dozens of golf carts and other small, four-wheeled vehicles paraded through the small Woodford County town in a fundraiser for local resident Joshua Mayotte who is fighting cancer. Motorists traveled to six different houses in the small town, collecting cards for the poker run and enjoying some food, drinks and games along the way.Illini Bluffs School District #327 nurse Erica West, right, checks the temperatures of middle school students as they enter the building Tuesday morning, Oct. 6, in Glasford.Phillip Molleck, top, and Phil Molleck, bottom, of Molleck Electric drop a solar panel into place Tuesday, Oct. 6, atop the Peoria Park District’s Noble Center, 1125 W. Lake Ave., in Peoria. The 650-panel project is expected to produce 50 percent of the energy needs of the building and help save $150,000 per year over the next 20 years.Members work out in a fitness class Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Studio C Fitness in the newly-renovated Keller Station in Peoria.Jessica Litterst, owner of Moxie’s Resale Boutique, 3827 N. Sheridan Road, brings her mannequins out in front of the store Thursday, Oct. 8, to display her wares. The consignment shop has been in operation for about 8 years and offers a mix of vintage clothing, fitness and formal wear, costumes and accessories, jewelry, artwork, books and other items.The long necks of a half-dozen cranes protrude into the autumn skyline Friday, Oct. 9, next to the McClugage Bridge in Peoria. Multiple cranes are being maneuvered around the southwest side of the bridge to help construct a work platform and piers for a new eastbound span.East Peoria’s Dakota Watson chips out of the bunker on No. 14 during the Class 2A Richwoods Sectional golf championship Monday, Oct. 12, at Kellogg Golf Course in Peoria.Tamara Masters pets her dogs Vida, right, an 11-year-old Chihuahua mix, and Theodora, a 2-year-old Labrador mix while out on a walk Tuesday, Oct. 13, in her Peoria neighborhood. Masters was diagnosed with COVID-19 in August and has since recovered, but still suffers from some lingering effects including a blood clot in her lungs.FIRE DESTROYS VALUABLE COLLECTION – The charred remains of military uniforms still hang on a rack in Jerry Lance’s burned out garage Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Hanna City. A longtime collector of military memorabilia, the Navy veteran lost tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of vintage uniforms, helmets, equipment and other collectibles when a fire tore through the building.