Outdoor 411 for Feb. 19, 2012.
At 7 p.m. Feb. 28 the award-winning documentary “With My Own Two Wheels” will be screened at the Normal Theater in uptown Normal. The movie is a tale of the bicycle as a world-changing machine, from a health worker in Zambia for whom the bicycle is a means of reaching twice as many patients to Bharati, a teenager in India, for whom a bicycle provides access to education. Admission is $5 or a donated bike. Proceeds go to World Bicycle Relief, a global nonprofit seeking to improve people’s lives with bicycles. Visit http://worldbicyclerelief.org/ for more information. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is being co-sponsored by Vitesse, the Town of Normal and WGLT’s Good to Go initiative.
The Tri-Sharks Triathlon Club beginner’s training program will prepare participants for their first sprint triathlon at the Tri-Shark Triathlon on June 2 at Comlara Park near Hudson. The event features a 600-yard swim, 13-mile bike and 3.1-mile, or 5K, run. The program includes a training plan, classroom instruction and weekly group workouts led by local coaches and experienced triathletes. The Pup program starts from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 12 and will meet weekly on Mondays for 12 weeks at Illinois Wesleyan’s Shirk Center north classroom. To register for the Pups program and Tri-Shark Classic Race at www.tri-shark.org. Cost is $55. An informational meeting will be held at the end of February. Details TBA. For information, email Missi Adams at tchnrungirl@ yahoo.com.
Sugar Grove Nature Center presents nature photographer Tom Ulrich at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Center for Natural Sciences Room C101 at Illinois Wesleyan University, The program includes the nature of Glacier National Park and New Zealand and with a special feature on the warblers and hummingbirds of Ecuador. Ulrich is a renowned nature photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Time and other publications. All ages are invited to attend. Call 309-874-2174 to register. Admission is $2 to $7; IWU students get in free.