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April 2017 Community Calendar

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April 1
Memorial's Sharing Wishes Hospice Gala (6:00pm; Crowne Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy an evening of dinner, music, inspiration and entertainment at Memorial's Sharing Wishes Hospice Gala. Event proceeds benefit the Sharing Wishes Fund, which helps make wishes come true for hospice patients and their families. Tickets are $90 and will be available Feb. 27, 2017 at www.SharingWishesHospiceGala.com. For information, contact Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 217-788-4700 or email Foundation@mhsil.com

April 1
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

April 1
Preschool Program (10:00am, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State Street, WESTVILLE)
There will be bunny themed books, craft and fun. Please register by calling the library at 267-3170 or stopping by the library.

April 1
WorldFest ( 12:30pm - 4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory, URBANA)
WorldFest, the Spurlock Museum’s annual celebration of international culture! This year’s event will feature music from China, Japan, and Ghana, as well as folktales from around the world. A craft for all ages will also be offered so you can take home a souvenir. The suggested donation is $5 per person. For event details, visit the Museum’s website or contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244-3355.

April 1
Ready. Set. GROW! Family expo (9:00am - 12:00pm; Garden Hills Elementary, 2001 Garden Hills Dr, CHAMPAIGN)
United Way of Champaign County’s bi-annual Ready.Set.GROW! event will be at Champaign’s Garden Hills Elementary School on Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. – noon. The free, fun family event offers information, games and prizes in an interactive environment. Activities include: • Gymnastics, story time & Touch-A-Truck • Kindergarten readiness information • Healthy snacks and prizes • Free car seat safety check
Reading, talking and playing every day are the best ways to help a child in the most important learning phase from birth to age six. Bring your whole family for a morning of fun on April 1.
Visit www.uwayhelps.org/readysetgrow or www.facebook.com/readysetgrowCU for more information.

April 1
Listen LIVE! (7:30pm; Second Presbyterian Church, BLOOMINGTON)
Join the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra on a musical promenade down the Champs Élysées. From Chabrier’s delightful Habanera and Fauer’s elegant Pavane to Ravel’s light-hearted Le Tombeau de Couperin and Debussy’s sentimental Clair de lune, this is April in Paris. Mozart’s thrilling Paris Symphony concludes this springtime stroll! Tickets may be purchased in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777. Single ticket prices range from $5 for students (6 years +) to $20 for general admission. Tickets for youth (5 and under) are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts are also available. Tickets may also be purchased the night of the concert. www.ilsymphony.org

April 1
Fried Chicken Dinner (4:00 - 7:00pm, Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 East Andrew Rd., SHERMAN)
Adults $10.00 | Children (under 12) $5.00 | Under 3 FREE
Menu: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Rolls, Drink & Dessert. Proceeds will support our youth programs and missions.

April 1
Ivan Parker with Josh Parker in Concert (6:00pm, Athens Christian Church, 1411 E Route 29, ATHENS)
$15 in advance or $18 at the door. Kids under 12 are FREE. ($12 per person for groups of 10). Send a self-addressed/stamped envelope and check payable to Karla Daubs | 504 S. Keefer St. | Mason City, IL 62664
For more information, call 217-482-5114; leave a message and we will return your call or e-mail: hankdaubs@hotmail.com

April 1
12th Annual Edible Book Festival (11:30am; Common Ground Co-op, Lincoln Square Mall, 300 S Broadway, URBANA)
Around April 1st, bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers around the world gather to celebrate the book arts and the (literal!) ingestion of culture. Participants create an "edible book," which can be inspired by a favorite tale, involve a pun on a famous title, or simply be in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc). All entries will be exhibited, documented, then EATEN! For more information, please visit http://go.illinois.edu/ediblebooks or https://www.facebook.com/CUEdibleBooks.

April 1
Bi-annual Baby and Child Gear Spring/Summer Sale (9:00am - 12:00pm; Illinois Building, IL State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Children's items for sale include: clothing, toys, shoes, books, movies, bedding, strollers, high chairs, pack n' plays, swings, etc. Entrance fee is $2.00. Bring this ad or a flyer for free entrance. Cash purchases only. Expecting multiples? Visit us on Facebook or email us at spotcmembership@gmail.com.

April 1
Nokomis Woman's Club Spring Arts and Crafts Show (9:00am - 2:00pm; Cornerstone Academy, 316 East South Street, NOKOMIS)
There will be cakewalks in the morning. The kitchen will provide breakfast rolls and lunch of chili,sandwiches and pie. Door prizes will be awarded on the hour and one must be present to win.
Booth space can be reserved by calling B.J. Tooley at 217-851-1309 for more information. The booths can offer any variety of home crafted,upscale or commercial item.
Proceeds from the craft show is used to fund the clubs many annual events including Treats with Santa, Easter Egg Hunt and My Marvelous Mother Essay Contest. The club makes donations to various community and charitable causes.

April 1
Recycled Play Day - Super Saturday and Family Event (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fun never looked this green. Join the Illinois State Museum as it kicks off Earth Month with engaging activities centered on reducing, reusing, and recycling. Participants will work together to build a giant playhouse out of repurposed cardboard boxes. Children will create a piece of art using reclaimed materials with local artist Katherine Pauley and play games provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Natural Resources. You won’t want to miss this great family event.
Free with admission to the Museum. $5 for adults ages 19-64. FREE for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up with an adult. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061.

April 1
Fish Fry to Help Fire Dept. (4:00 - 7:00pm; Community Center, Main St., LOAMI)
It will be located in the community center which is located on Main street. It is a brick building located just north of the fire department. If you have any questions regarding this event, prices, or addresses you can contact 217-685-0201.

April 1
Fairy Garden Program (10am; Westville Public Library, WESTVIlLE)
Danville Gardens will present the program with tips on building your fairy garden and its care. Patrons are encouraged to purchase their container, plants and whatever embellishments they would like, a couple of days before the program. Employees of Danville Gardens will be most happy to assist. A specialized dirt mixture will be available the day of the program for a nominal fee. Please call the library at 267-3170 for information on what to purchase and to register for this program. Let's get ready for spring and learn some great fairy garden tips with the Westville Library and Danville Gardens.

April 1
New Salem State Park Fundraiser (7:00pm; Wankel Farms Partnership Seed Shed, 18239 Kelly St., PETERSBURG)
The Town and Country Women’s Club is very excited to be hosting our first evening of mice races, mouse roulette, chicken drops, wine walls and much more! Each ticket of $10.00 includes; entrance into the event, dinner, non-alcoholic drink and dessert; additionally there will be a cash bar on site. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the first race will be at 7:00 pm.to benefit the New Salem State Park.
Checkout our Facebook page, Town and County Women's Club, for details. If you would like to donate or sponsor the event please contact Trisha Rebbe (217) 416-6407 or jlrtar2012@gmail.com

April 2
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50 , O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

April 2
Kids' Good Grief Camp (12:00 - 4:00pm; Erin's Pavilion at Southwind Park, SPRINGFIELD)
As a parent or caregiver of a child who has experienced a loss, perhaps you're wondering how you can best support your child through the grieving process.
Kids Good Grief Camp is a supportive and fun camp for children who have lost a loved one. Open to children ages 6 – 12, it's held annually each spring at Erin's Pavilion at Southwind Park.
Through Kids Good Grief Camp, children can share their experiences with other children – validating each other's feelings and lessening their sense of isolation. In doing so, they can help each other in their individual healing journeys.
Kids Good Grief Camp is an afternoon of both support and fun. Your child will learn valuable tools to help them grieve in a healthy way, while connecting with other children, making new friends, and participating in a wide range of activities.

April 3
Memorial Rehab Services Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, Conference Room B149, SPRINGFIELD)
For more info call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300.

April 3, 4
The Pharmacy Gallery's Open Studio (6:30 - 9:30pm; 711 S. 5th Street, SPRINGFIELD) MONDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHTS
$15.00/night non-members |$10.00/night members
Drop-in to open studio drawing sessions. This is an opportunity for artists of all levels to practice and improve hand-eye coordination and figure drawing skills.
The Pharmacy will provide drawing benches,easels, support/drawing boards, and clips.
Bring your own drawing materials. If you're not sure what to bring, or don't have time to get something, there will be some community paper and drawing materials.
Model are clothed/draped for the Monday night sessions, undraped for Tuesday night sessions.
CONTACT: 801-810-9278 | info@thepharmacygallery.com | http://www.thepharmacygallery.com

April 5
Home Buying 101: Are you Ready to Buy a Home? (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"How do you buy a home? How much can you pay for a house? Mortgage payments and other costs of homeownership."
Homebuyer education and Counseling- A 6 part education program that provides an unbiased comprehensive overview of the home purchase process to help homebuyers make smart informed decisions in their journey to becoming home owners. *Participants will receive a detailed reference manual.*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 5
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State Street, WESTVILLE)
The feature will be about an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew. The film stars Tom Hanks and is based on a true story. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this wonderful film.

April 5
Hickory Glen's 30th Anniversary (2:00pm; 1700 W. Washington, SPRINGFIELD)
There is no cost for attending this event. You are invited to join the residents and staff of Hickory Glen in celebrating 30 years of service in the Springfield community. The ceremony will begin at 2:00pm with a re-dedication from the Chamber of Commerce and will be highlighted by brief remarks from prominent guests that have helped Hickory Glen become the retirement community it is today. We will be having a raffle every 30 minutes and a delicious guest chef dinner! Any questions can be directed to Meredith Marti at 217-793-0431 or marketing@hickoryglenil.com.

April 6
Champaign-Urbana Take Back the Night (6:30 pm; Lincoln Square Mall 300 S. Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Please offer you support to survivors of sexual violence by joining us in Take Back the Night, a march and speak out aimed at raising awareness around sexual violence by bringing together survivors, community members, students, and other allies during a time of day that is often associated with violence. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services (RACES) at 217-344-6298 or email allchin@cu-races.org

April 6
COVER ART Exhibit Opening (5:00 - 7:00pm; SAA Collective, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)

At the SAA Collective view the variety of Lincoln portrayals at the exhibition of all entries to the IT COVER ART competition. See which one the Illinois Times has chosen to represent the city this year! Work will be on display at the Collective through April 27th. 217-544-2787

April 6
Macon County Community Environmental Council: Spring Meeting (6:00pm; Millikin University, Leighty-Tabor Science Center, Room 208, DECATUR)
Free admission and refreshments. Macon County Community Environmental Council presents Millikin’s BluSolar, a student-run, faculty advised clean energy startup that works with 300 Below, Inc. to explore the cryogenic enhancement of monocrystalline silicon solar cells and the commercialization potential of cryogenic processing for the solar industry. Please join us as we learn about BluSolar's research and how it may impact the products we use daily. For more information contact: Judy Parrish at jparrish@mail.millikin.edu | Ros O'Conner at ROConner@mail.millikin.edu

April 7
Friday Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; Williamsville United Methodist Church, 128 E. Jones St., WILLIAMSVILLE)
Adults $8 | Children 12 & under $4 | Hot dog dinner $3
Walleye, Baked Potato or Potato Salad, Cole slaw, applesauce, dessert, drink. 217.566.3614

April 7
Feline Friday Trivia (Doors at 6:30pm, Trivia at 7:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 Woodside Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Feline Friday Trivia on Friday, April 7th is sponsored by All Cat Clinic, PC. featuring general knowledge questions by Amy Reynolds, with emcee Brock Reynolds. Tickets are $10 per person, with 10 people per team. There will be a cash prize for 1st & 2nd place teams. Tables of 10 people can be reserved by emailing TeamYoga4Cats@gmail.com.

April 7
Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; K of C, 335 S. 4th St., RIVERTON) Prices vary.
Menu: Walleye Sandwich, Walleye, Shrimp, Tilapia, Catfish, Baked Fish Dinners, coleslaw, choice of fries, baked potato or potato salad. Corndog with fries also available. Carryout orders call 629-7202 after 4:30pm. Future Dates: Sept 1

April 7
Fish Fries (5:00 - 7:30pm; Little Flower Parish Center, 900 Stevenson Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
The Men’s Club of Little Flower Parish is providing Fish Fries each Friday during Lent at the Little Flower Parish Center. One can select fish or shrimp and a baked potato or fries or Springfield’s only fish taco bar. The children’s menu also includes corn dogs, grilled cheese and cheese pizza. Serving is available from 5:00-7:30. Cost is only $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Drive thru is available behind the gym. Please join us!

April 7
Jr. Blues Easter Celebration (Doors at 6:05pm, puck drops at 7:05pm; 1601 N. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield Jr. Blues vs. Coulee Region Chill. The first 250 fans (18 & over) can enter for a chance to win a $250 airfare rebate certificate from Fly SPI. Free frisbees & koozies for fans, while they last. Mystery egg giveaway to fans 12 & under! Gilly will be giving out eggs with mystery prizes inside. www.jrblues.com | info@jrblues.com | 217-525-2589

April 7
Wyatt Burroughs Fundraiser (5:00-7:00pm; Monticello)
In downtown Monticello with WYXY giving away 4 Garth Brooks tickets. We will also have baked goods and raffles. 3 Gun Whiskey will be playing at The Pub and we will be selling food. All proceeds go to the Wyatt Burroughs Fund. For any further information, contact Paittran at 217-762-7821.

April 7, 8
Book Sale (10:00am - 5:30pm Friday, 10:00am to 1:00pm Saturday; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Prices begin at just a quarter. We have a book for every taste in romance, western, general fiction, Christian fiction, large print, non-fiction and juvenile. We have a of of great videos on VHS tape at 2 bags for $1.00. Stop on in and stock up during this kick off sale. Call 267-3170 for more information.

April 7, 8
13th Annual Festival of Quilts (9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Cunningham Children’s Home - Spiritual Life Center, 1301 N. Cunningham Avenue, URBANA)
The festival is Cunningham’s largest fundraiser and honors the tradition of the United Methodist Women, and the quilts they, and quilters from across Illinois, have donated for our kids for more than 100 years.
-The Festival includes a collection of show quilts that creatively blur the lines between conventional quilt making and fine art. Quilts of all sizes are available to purchase through a silent auction and quilt boutique. Participants may also enjoy home-baked goods from the bake sale, lunch at the café, and handcrafted items from the gift shop. Admission to the festival is a suggested donation of $5 per person and all proceeds will benefit children and youth served by Cunningham.
-This year’s event features two guest speakers. Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m., Deborah Fell will present stories of hope that inspire her work. Fell, a full time studio artist committed to the art quilt medium, is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and Art Quilt Network. Well-known quilt teacher and lecturer Sherry Fourez Sollers will present her miniature quilts on Saturday at 11 a.m. Sollers is a competitive quilter throughout the Midwest.
-The Festival of Quilts will again be a recognized gallery of the Boneyard Arts Festival, a four-day event which brings together area businesses, organizations, and artists promoting the cultural vibrancy of our community.
- Visit the event page on our website at www.cunninghamhome.org/events/festival-quilts or find us on Facebook to learn more.
Contact Person: Bernice Dallas, Event Coordinator and Volunteer Relations Specialist | e-mail: bdallas@cunninghamhome.org | phone: 217-337-9058

April 8
Jr. Blues Fan Appreciation Night (Doors at 5:05pm, puck drops at 6:05pm; 1601 N. 5th St., 1321 N Dirksen Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield Jr. Blues vs. Coulee Region Chill. First 250 fans will receive a 2016-17 Graduating Players Poster. POst game, skate with the team, Come out at help us celebrate you, the fans, with concession specials and giveaways including: a VIP box rental for the 2017-18 season, game worn jerseys, 2017-18 ticket bundles and more! www.jrblues.com | info@jrblues.com | 217-525-2589

April 8
Springfield Jaycees Annual Lawnmower Clinic (9:00am - 1:00pm, O'Reilly Auto Parts, SPRINGFIELD)
Cost: $60 which includes inspection to check filters, change spark plugs, sharpen blades and change oil as necessary (filters replaced at an additional cost)
The Springfield Jaycees is a local chapter of the United States Junior Chamber and the Junior Chamber International. The Jaycees provide individuals between the ages of 18-41 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Hy-Vee Tasting Room located at 2115 S. MacArthur Blvd. Meetings are open to interested potential members. For more information visit: www.SpringfieldJaycees.net or find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldJaycees

April 8
MVC Food Ruck 3k (9:00am - 11:00am; UIS Parking lot B & Cross Country Course)
MVC Food Ruck 3K; military inspired march & canned good drive; participants will ruck march 3K with a rucksack containing non-perishables then at the end will empty their pack and donate the food to the Central Illinois Food Bank. In effort to raise awareness for student veterans, give back to community, simulate ruck march performed by military members but with a twist/food donation, Fundraiser for MVC.
Cost: $10 with food donation. $20 without food donation. Register online with Eventbrite at http://go.uis.edu/FoodRuck3K

April 8
EASTER BAKE SALE & LUNCH TO GO (11:00am - 2:00pm; Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N. 4th St., BENLD)
Homemade dinners to go. Cabbage Rolls(Halupki), Cabbage Noodle (Halushki) & Meat filled Crepe (Blinchiki) Dinners are $8.00. Homemade Bread Rolls: Nut, Poppy Seed, Apricot, Pineapple and Baklava. Items sell out quick, pre-orders suggested, please contact Sandy Petty 217-204-1365

April 8
217 Resurrection Conference with Pastor Duane Sheriff (9:00am - 12:00pm; Abundant Faith, 2525 Taylor Avenue, SPRINGFIELD)
Abundant Faith Christian Center is hosting the 2017 Resurrection Conference on Saturday, April 8 at 9am at our 2525 Taylor Avenue Campus. This conference will have breakout sessions on FAITH, HEALING & LEADERSHIP! This year’s conference speaker is Pastor Duane Sheriff. Since this is a FREE conference, we ask that you register online at www.abundantfaith.org. Contact the Administrative Office at 217.585.4000 for more information. FREE - registration at http://www.abundantfaith.org/events/resurrection-conference-2017/

April 8
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50 , O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

April 8
Auburn Child Care's 4th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza (10:00am; 1222 W Jackson St., AUBURN)
FREE Family fun. Eggs with special prizes. Make sure to bring your basket! 3 AGE GROUPS: 0-2, 3-5, and 6-12. www.auburnchildcare.org

April 8
Capital City Improv (8:00pm; The Legacy theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, SPRINGFIELD)
We are a new group trying to fill the need for Improv in Springfield! We’ve been hosting monthly workshops and have had a wonderful turnout to every event we’ve hosted. It’s obvious that Improv has been missing from Springfield, and we want to fill the void! https://www.facebook.com/CapitalCityPlayers/ Tickets are $15, available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2898881

April 8
Finders Spring Market (9:00am - 3:00pm; Decatur Conference Center & Hotel 4101 US 36 West, DECATUR)
Ready for a Spring Break?! Grab your friends and join us for some Big Shopping Fun! Enjoy booth after overflowing booth of Fresh picked Vintage and Repurposed goods, handmade items, mid-century finds, artsy creations, indoor & outdoor furniture & décor, boutique apparel, barn & salvaged picks, one-of-a-kind treasures and lots more! Our new location for 2017 is the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. Fabulous curators from around the Midwest will fill spaces both indoors and out. Sip and Shop! A cash bar is available indoors, plus Live Music, Food Trucks, and lots of giveaways throughout the day! Big Fun! Open Rain or Shine TICKETS are just $5 at the entrance OR just $3 if you ordered in advance on our Website http://www.jumpjiveproductions.com/ Children 12 and under are Free
For more information, visit our website or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/findersmarket/

April 8
Stop, Drop, and Spin (10:00am - noon; Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
Spinning fibers into yard is a skill dating back thousands of years. The Spurlock Museum invites you to learn how to use a drop spindle at the workshop Stop, Drop, and Spin. The workshop will be led by members of the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild. The cost, which includes the spindle and fibers, is $15 for one person or $25 for two. Reserve your space by contacting Kim Sheahan at (217) 244-3355.

April 8
Bark Park Bunny Bash (10:00am; Jacksonville PetSafe™ Bark Park, JACKSONVILLE)
This Saturday, June 8th, 2017 at 10 AM we are going to be having a "tennis ball" Easter egg hunt for DOGS! Yes, for your dogs! We are trying to raise money to bring a city waterline into our dog park. For a $5 entry fee, your dog gets to hunt for a tennis ball and earn a prize! And there will be one grand prize winner. We are also featuring photos of your pet with the Easter Bunny & a pet costume contest. At the Jacksonville PetSafe™ Bark Park it's all about the dogs!
All proceeds will go towards future upgrades at the Bark Park.

April 8, 9
Decatur Train Fair (10:00am/11:00am - 4:00pm; 1 Gary K Anderson Plaza, Civic Center’s Arena, DECATUR)
The Decatur Train Fair is rolling into Decatur on Saturday, April 8th, from 10 AM until 4 PM and Sunday, the 9th from 11AM till 4PM in the Civic Center’s Arena. This year’s Decatur Train Fair will include massive model layouts, swap meets, and boxcar loads of rare model train collectibles. Looking for a great family event? Come to the Decatur Train Fair at the Decatur Civic Center. It’s fun for all ages. The April Train Fair is CO-SPONSORED by Decatur Mt Zion and Southern Model Railroad Club, with help from the Hibu and these outstanding, Civic Leaders: Neuhoff Media, Dynagraphics Fast Impressions, JTNet, NewsChannel 20, FOX Illinois and CW23. Admission: $5 (Children 12 and under free)

April 9
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

April 9
Human Library (2:00 - 5:30pm; Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B, 200 W. Green Street, CHAMPAIGN)
A Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human ‘books’ and participants in the event can ‘read’ the book--meaning they would have a one on one conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience. ‘Books’ are volunteers from all walks of life who have experienced discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the community to share and understand the experiences of others in their community. For more information, visit http://humanlibrarycu.org/.

April 9
When Praise Demands a Sacrifice (5:00pm; Union Baptist Church, 1405 E Monroe, SPRINGFIELD)
The Union Baptist Church Music Ministry &Fine Arts presents their Easter Cantata. Free and open to the public. For more information call 217-544-8120

April 9
Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast (7:30am - 12:00pm; St. Aloysius Parish Hall, 2000 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Hosted by St. Aloysius Church and Boyscout Troop 53. Tickets: $6 Adults, $4.50 Children, $23 for the family.

April 9
Christus Chorus from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota (10:30am; Our Savior's Lutheran Church & School, SPRINGFIELD)
As part of its annual tour, the 24-voice Christus Chorus will present “A More Excellent Way,” a concert of sacred music leading through the Old Testament guides in God’s way, the Way, Truth and Life of Jesus Christ, and the excellence of living out that Way in the Holy Spirit. The tour program covers a wide variety of styles, from classical literature to hymns, contemporary pieces, spirituals, and gospel music. The 90-minute concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken to support the choir’s music ministry.

April 9
Brian Free and Assurance Concert (6:00pm; First Christian Church, 210 S. 8th St. PETERSBURG)
Celebrate Palm Sunday with Brian Free and Assurance. There is no admission fee and no tickets needed. A freewill offering will be received. For more information call 217-632-2533.

April 10
Spring Raffle (WESTVILLE)
A Camelot porcelain doll will be raffled just in time for Easter! Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The doll is a certified authentic Camelot doll of which only 3500 were issued worldwide. She comes with her certificate of authenticity. Stop in today and get your tickets for the doll collector or the special little girl in your life. The drawing will be held April 10. Please call the library at 267-3170 for further information.

April 10, 11
The Pharmacy Gallery's Open Studio (6:30 - 9:30pm; 711 S. 5th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
MONDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHTS $15.00/night non-members |$10.00/night members
Drop-in to open studio drawing sessions. This is an opportunity for artists of all levels to practice and improve hand-eye coordination and figure drawing skills. The Pharmacy will provide drawing benches,easels, support/drawing boards, and clips. Bring your own drawing materials. If you're not sure what to bring, or don't have time to get something, there will be some community paper and drawing materials. Model are clothed/draped for the Monday night sessions, undraped for Tuesday night sessions. CONTACT: 801-810-9278 | info@thepharmacygallery.com | http://www.thepharmacygallery.com

April 10 -15
National Library Week (Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
The library will have fun things going on all week. Libraries Transform is the theme for this special week. Stop in and see how the library can transform you through programming, computer availability, videos and the power of reading. Be sure to visit the Westville Library and see what they have in store to celebrate National Library Week.

April 10 - May 6
Parkland College Art, Design Student Juried Exhibition 2017 (Giertz Gallery, Parkland College, 2400 W Bradley Ave, CHAMPAIGN)

Reception: Thursday, April 13, 5¬7 p.m., Gallery Lounge, with awards ceremony at 6 p.m. and musical performance by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble
Parkland College's Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition for 2017 will be held April 10 through May 6 in the Giertz Gallery.
Audiences will enjoy an impressive body of student work in photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, and ceramics. Parkland Art and Design faculty will select approximately 180 works from among 350+ entries for this year's exhibit. Students taking art classes in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2016, were eligible to submit artwork.
Many of these works earn artistic awards, which will be announced during the exhibit's opening reception Thursday, April 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge. The Parkland Guitar Ensemble will provide music. www.parkland.edu/gallery.

April 10
Home Buying 101: Managing Your Money & Credit (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Getting started with making a plan for your money, the importance of saving, what is a credit score and how is your credit raining, and improving your credit score."
Homebuyer education and Counseling- A 6 part education program that provides an unbiased comprehensive overview of the home purchase process to help homebuyers make smart informed decisions in their journey to becoming home owners. *Participants will receive a detailed reference manual.*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 12
Home Buying 101: Getting a Mortgage Loan (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Who can get a mortgage loan, how much will a lender loan you, and working with a lender."
Homebuyer education and Counseling- A 6 part education program that provides an unbiased comprehensive overview of the home purchase process to help homebuyers make smart informed decisions in their journey to becoming home owners. *Participants will receive a detailed reference manual.*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 12
Central Park Five Documentary (5:00 - 8:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, Club Room, SPRINGFIELD)
The Illinois Innocence Project (IIP), in partnership with WSEC/Network Knowledge and the Hoogland Center for the Arts, will host a special viewing of the award-winning Ken Burns documentary “The Central Park Five” from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.
The film chronicles the “Central Park Jogger” case from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by a miscarriage of justice, convicted in 1989 of raping a 28-year-old white woman in New York City’s Central Park. DNA evidence and a confession by a serial rapist later cleared them after the five had spent as long as 13 years in prison.
The documentary showing is a preview to IIP’s Defenders of the Innocent Event, which will feature Exoneree Yusef Salaam, one of the “Central Park Five” teenagers who at age 16 was falsely accused and wrongly imprisoned, and Yusef’s mother, Sharonne Salaam. Sharonne fought tirelessly to prove the innocence of her son and the other boys until they were fully exonerated by DNA 13 years later.
The special viewing will feature hosted hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar reception prior to the documentary start at 5:30 p.m. Intermission will include a Q&A with IIP attorneys. The story of “The Central Park Five” raises important questions about race and class, the failings of our criminal justice system, legal protections for vulnerable juveniles, and basic human rights.
Seating is limited for this free documentary showing. Reservations are recommended by contacting illinoisinnocenceproject@uis.edu or calling 217/494-0823.

April 12
BEST "Becoming Empowered and Successful Teens" and Parent Transition Support Group (6:00 - 7:30pm; Illinois Assistive Technology Program, 1020 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Topic: Transition to the post secondary world. Call Roseanne at SCIL, 217-523-2587 for more info.

April 12
Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Dr. Duane Esarey, Assistant Director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey will present "Just Outside Cahokia (There's an Ancient History of Illinois)" The history of the Mississippian people of Illinois has been understandably dominated by the story of "Greater Cahokia" - a giant three-part metropolitan area that arose near St. Louis starting around 950 AD. With the 300 year history of the southwestern Illinois Cahokian metropolis becoming well known, more attention is shifting to central Illinois in the time before, during, and after Cahokia. These are exciting times. Seven institutions are currently working out the 500-year-long Mississippian history of Central Illinois, providing information on twenty-one prehistoric towns in the mid-state. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061. Free and open to the public.

April 14
Easter Sale & Pet Adoption (10:00am - 2:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will have a variety of merchandise for sale, including Easter Baskets, Pet Apparel, T-Shirts, Baked Goods and Food and soft drinks. We will also have puppies available for adoption. All of our cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

April 14
First Annual Trunk Hop at JCP (9:00 - 11:00am; 1201 S. Dirksen Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Children 12 and under are invited to bring their Easter Basket and visit JCP under the canopy. Children can visit decorated employee vehicles for Easter Candy. Area children can also dress in their "Sunday Best" for a chance to win a random drawing of a JCP gift card. The Easter Bunny and a photo backdrop will be available for parents to take photos, free of charge. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information , contact Shelly or Megan at 217 789 0550.

April 15
6th Annual Easter Blast (10:00am - 1:00pm; Spirit and Truth Ministries, 3519 Sheffield Road, SPRINGFIELD)
This free event will start with a visit from Heartland Mini Hoofs ponies at 10:00 along with games, prizes, a bounce house, and various raffles throughout the day. Children between the ages of 1-12 are invited to participate in Easter egg hunts from 11:00am-12:30pm, with different times provided for each age group: 11:00am- Ages 1-3 | 11:30am- Ages 4-6 | 12:00pm- Ages 7-9 | 12:30pm- Ages 10-12 | Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The public may contact us at 217-717-8170 for further information or may visit us at www.satmaf.org

April 15
Wild Flower Discovery Walk (1:00 - 3:00pm; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, DECATUR) Free event. Join Naturalist Marge Evans to explore the floodplain of the Sangamon River, looking for the type of lovely spring wildflowers Lincoln would have known. Contact: Melody Arnold at melody2a@hotmail.com

April 15
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

April 15
13th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt (1:30 - 3:30pm; Enos Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Triumph Community Outreach Ministries, located at 924 North 11th Street, Springfield, Illinois, is sponsoring their 13th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will be held at Enos Park located between 7th and 8th Streets near Division and Enterprise. The event is free and children between the ages of 2-16 are invited to participate. For further information, contact Triumph Community Outreach Ministries at 217-522-5957.

April 15
The New 3rd Saturday Market (9:00am - 4:00pm; Merchant Bldg. on Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
The entrance to the Fairgrounds is South of the corner of RT 133 and Vine St. Follow the road in the Fairgrounds to the Merchant Building behind the High School at Jurgens Park. The New 3rd Saturday Market is an indoor/outdoor market filled with creative homemade crafts, antiques and unique finds. Spring is here, come spend the day in Arthur!! We have a fantastic line-up of vendors!!!! When you come to the New 3rd Saturday Market, you will be pleasantly pleased with Fusion, Honey, LulaRoe, Norwex, Pink Zebra, Real Time Pain Relief, Scentsy besides collectibles, antiques and all of our jewelry, crafts, baby items, bowl cozi, baked potato bags, embroidered items, aprons - just to mention a few items that are all homemade. Something new every month!! This is a monthly event. The hours are from 9 am to 4 pm. There is off street parking available on the Fairgrounds. Contact: Dale Bissonett, 217-254-5010, dbissonett@gmail.com
Like our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/new3rdsaturdaymarket.com
Future Dates for 2017: May 20, June 17, Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16

April 17
Home Buying 101: Shopping for a Home (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Timeline and steps in the home buying process, types of homes and ownership, escrow explained, and what to expect at closing."
Homebuyer education and Counseling- A 6 part education program that provides an unbiased comprehensive overview of the home purchase process to help homebuyers make smart informed decisions in their journey to becoming home owners. *Participants will receive a detailed reference manual.*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 17
Kids Klub - Mad Scientist Party (6:00pm; SCHEELS, Springfield)
Monday April 17 promptly at 6:00pm, join SCHEELS and the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois for some Super Science Fun! Meet in the SCHEELS Training Center on the 2nd floor of SCHEELS. FREE Event for kids ages 4-12year.

April 17, 18
The Pharmacy Gallery's Open Studio (6:30 - 9:30pm; 711 S. 5th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
MONDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHTS $15.00/night non-members |$10.00/night members
Drop-in to open studio drawing sessions. This is an opportunity for artists of all levels to practice and improve hand-eye coordination and figure drawing skills. The Pharmacy will provide drawing benches,easels, support/drawing boards, and clips. Bring your own drawing materials. If you're not sure what to bring, or don't have time to get something, there will be some community paper and drawing materials. Model are clothed/draped for the Monday night sessions, undraped for Tuesday night sessions. CONTACT: 801-810-9278 | info@thepharmacygallery.com | http://www.thepharmacygallery.com

April 18
Sangamon County Historical Society program (5:30pm; City of Springfield’s Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 South Seventh St., SPRINGFIELD)
Images of Springfield in the 1960s and 1970s will be the topic. The talk will be followed by a tour of the newly remodeled Sangamon Valley Collection. The event is free and open to the public.
Authors Curtis Mann and Linda Garvert will discuss their latest book, “Images of Modern America: Springfield,” illustrating how Springfield changed in that era. They will describe how the photos, many of which taken by amateur photographers, were collected and assembled into the book.
Mann oversees the City of Springfield Lincoln Library’s Sangamon Valley Collection and serves as the Springfield city historian. Garvert, a former librarian at the Sangamon Valley Collection, retired in 2014 after 29 years of service at the SVC.
For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at www.sangamonhistory.org or 217-525-1961.

April 19
Home Buying 101: Keeping your home. (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Home maintenance and saving energy, record keeping (save it or shred it), and dealing with unexpected hardships."
Homebuyer education and Counseling- A 6 part education program that provides an unbiased comprehensive overview of the home purchase process to help homebuyers make smart informed decisions in their journey to becoming home owners. *Participants will receive a detailed reference manual.*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 19
Introduction to Bonsai (6:00 - 9:00pm; University of Illinois Extension, 700 S. Airport Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Registration: $25. web.extension.illinois.edu Introduction to the basic styles and principles of bonsai. Gain hands-on experience styling and potting your own bonsai.

April 19
A Poetry Reading by the Quintessential Poets (7:00 - 8:30pm; Lewis Auditorium, The Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, URBANA)
Come hear original work by members of the Quintessential Poets — all published writers from the Champaign-Urbana area who meet regularly to critique each other’s work. The readers will be Frank Modica, John Palen, Elaine Palencia, and Pat Simpson. This is their third reading at The Urbana Free Library, and it is open and free to the public. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Carol Inskeep (cinskeep@urbanafree.org) or 217-367-4405.

April 19
"The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon: Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature and People." (12:00pm - 1:00pm; Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
K. Douglas Blodgett, Director of River Conservation, Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, will present. Nearly a century ago, almost half of the Illinois River’s natural floodplain was isolated by levees and drained, greatly reducing or eliminating many of the ecosystem services (e.g., wildlife habitat, flood storage, nutrient processing, etc.) the floodplain had provided for nature and people. In 2007, after six years of planning, The Nature Conservancy began restoration of functional floodplain at its 6,700-acre Emiquon Preserve in Fulton County. As water returned, luxuriant native plant communities were reestablished leading to the return of wildlife including over 30 fish and 280 bird species. Through the Emiquon Partnership, the Conservancy works with partners, including the Illinois State Museum—Dickson Mounds, to provide opportunities for wildlife viewing, boating, fishing, hunting, education, and volunteerism that draw tens of thousands to the site annually. Additionally, this restoration is being used by researchers to better understand the restoration and management of floodplains and the many benefits they provide for nature and people.
Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061. Free and open to the public.

April 19
"Thriving in Life's Trials" Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm; Sangamon Prairie Reception Center, Rt 4, CHATHAM)
$15 inclusive. Special Feature: "Life on the street" - Rikki Castle is a neighborhood Police Officer for the City of Springfield. She lives in her area of service and is dedicated to her job as protector and also mentor to teens. Her story is intriguing as well as informative. Speaker: "Life is a Challenge" - Donna Fedor also attends the After Five CWC group. She will tell of the challenges she has faced in her life that includes tragic loss of family members.
Invite a friend; she'll be glad you did. Reservations and cancellations are essential by Friday, April 14. Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or email jluttrellfirst@gmail.com

April 19
SPW Open Mic (6:00 - 8:00pm; Robbie's, 4 S. Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
A Springfield Poets and Writers event. Hosted by Thea Chesley, third Wednesday of every month. FREE. Call 217-544-3611 or 217-528-1901 for more information.

April 19
UIS Health and Wellness Fair (10:00am - 1:00pm; UIS, The Recreation and Athletic Center, 2171 University Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
The event is FREE with information, interactive tables, door prizes and is available to all ages. Contact information is 217-206-6676 or mailto:uishealthservice@gmail.com or mailto:uishealthservice@uis.edu
Help educate the public about new health strategies and how to stay healthy. The American Public Health Association (APHA) serves as the organizer of NPHW and develops a national campaign to educate the public. As health professionals, we work together to encourage and teach those in our community how to improve their own health by providing them with the information and the tools to do so. Please go to www.nphw.org for detailed information on this topic.
The Health and Wellness Fair at the UIS campus is one of the ways we educate the University Community and others in Springfield and surrounding areas.

April 20
Thirds Thursday Reading Series (6:00 - 8:00pm; Sherman Public Library, 2100 E. Andrew Rd., SHERMAN)
Monthly literary event features an open mic, writing and publishing news, and featured author Ian Winterbauer. FREE. twelvewinters.com Call 217-496-2496

April 20, 21
Student Technology, Arts and Research Symposium (1:30 - 7:30pm Thursday, 9:00am - 4:30pm Friday; UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
Two-day showcase of student research and creative activities during the academic year. FREE. go.uis.edu/stars or call 217-206-7469

April 21
Basket of Hope Trivia Night (6:00pm; Palmer Room, Piper Glen, 7112 Piper Glen Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
$15 per person. Doors open at 6:00 PM, Games begin at 7:00 PM. To register call Addie at 217-523-9927 or email adelaidefarris@aol.com putting Trivia in the subject. Prizes will be: 1st - $150; 2nd - $100; 3rd - $50. Funds will be used to provide baskets filled with items which will bring smiles to those hospitalized children fighting critical illnesses.

April 21, 22
Listen LIVE! Gershwin’s Greatest (7:30pm; FRIDAY: Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, BLOOMINGTON & SATURDAY: Sangamon Auditorium UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
Throw open the windows, say goodbye to the dark days of winter, and celebrate spring with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra as it brings a thrilling season to a close. Experience George Gershwin at his best. From An American in Paris and Porgy & Bess to I Got Rhythm Variations and Rhapsody in Blue with dynamic Canadian pianist Ian Parker. This evening of Gershwin is as good as it gets!
Tickets may be purchased in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777 and in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160. Single ticket prices range from $5 for students (6 years +) to $60 for premium seating. Tickets for youth (5 and under) are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts are also available.

April 21, 22
Springfield Ceramics & Crafts Club 93rd Annual Table Setting Luncheon (10:00am - 2:00pm; 2626 South Pasfield, SPRINGFIELD)
The luncheon themed If You Can Dream It, You can Do It will be held Friday April 21st & Saturday April 22nd 10am to 2pm. Bake sale, table setting displays and exhibits of handmade jewelry, quilting, ceramics, weaving, copper enameling, stained glass, knitting, crocheting, glass etching, fused glass, painting and more. Free admission to the public. Lunch served 11:00 am to 1:30pm—Soup, sandwich, dessert, and drink for $10.00 To-go orders will be available. For more information contact Judi Nystrom at 217-725-5217, judinystrom@hotmail.com or on-line at www.springfieldceramicsandcraftsclub.org

April 22
Zombie Run (9:00am; LLCC, Cass Gymnasium, SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for a 1K hosted by Lincoln Land Community College's Student Government Association! This run is zombie-themed, so come ready for a fun-filled run. This is a fundraiser for the LLCC Food Pantry. Registration begins at 8:00 A.M. at Menard Hall. The first 30 runners to register will receive a free t-shirt. Cost to participate is $10 or a minimum of five ready-to-eat items to be donated to the LLCC Student Life Office food pantry to assist students in need of a meal during their time on campus.
Suggested ready-to-eat items include trail mix, to-go peanut butter cups, serving size cereal, mac and cheese cups, ready-to-eat tuna or chicken salad kits, easy-open cans of soup, ready-to-eat pasta or rice meals, protein or granola bars, crackers, bottled water and juice boxes. All donations should be in original packaging listing the “use by,” “sell by,” or “best if used by” date.
Any items not utilized by students will be donated to the Central Illinois Food Bank. More information on the Zombie Run is available by emailing Marie Watson, LLCC student engagement coordinator, at marie.watson@llcc.edu.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zombie-run-tickets-32304885783

April 22
Young Eagles Rally (10:00am - 2:00pm; Air Combat Museum, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, SPRINGFIELD)
EAA chapter 770, a group of local airplane pilots and aviation enthusiasts, will offer free airplane rides to kids from ages 8-17 in the Springfield area to inspire them to pursue aviation careers.

April 22
Glenwood 5K Color Run (8:00am; South Park, CHATHAM)
The Glenwood Athletic Boosters are hosting their 1st annual 5k Color Run. All proceeds go to provide financial support to all Glenwood Athletics. We currently have just over 375 registered runners and expect more to register that morning. Color Run is an event series and 5k paint race. It is an untimed event with no winners or prizes, but runners are showered with color powder, made of food grade corn starch, at stations along the run. It is a charitable event. We also have a 1 mile race for the younger kids. The race begins at 8am, so patrons should arrive early to register. For more information, or to find the registration form, click here.

April 22
Springfield’s March for Science (1:00pm; State Capitol Building, Lincoln Statue, 301 S. 2nd Street, SPRINGFIELD) This is a satellite march to the national March held the same day in Washington, D.C. and 480 cities around the world. The goal is to express support for the critical role scientific research and its applications play in our lives. What would our lives be like without the past and present contributions of science? What would our country be like if most scientific research stopped? The event will begin at the State Capitol with music at 12:30, speeches at 1:00pm, and then a march to the Old State Capitol where the City of Springfield is hosting its annual Earth Day Awareness Fair with vendors, food, and music.
Scheduled speakers:

  • Dr Amy McEuen – Associate Professor of Biology, UIS
  • Dr. Randolph Elble – Cancer Researcher and Asst. Professor, SIU School of Medicine
  • Amanda Drenth – Chicago area Science Educator and former Researcher
  • Bob Croteau – Renewable Energy Planner
  • Dr. Christine Todd – Chair, Medical Humanities, SIU School of Medicine

Come support science at this free event. All are welcome to attend. For more information about volunteering and participating in the Springfield March for Science, visit www.facebook.com/Mar4Science217/

April 22
Masterworks Concert (7:30pm, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Entitled "Symphonic Revolutionaries," the concert will feature performances of Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 3," Rautavaara's "Cantus Arcticus" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 3." A pre-concert discussion will be held on the day of the concert at Kirkland Fine Art Center, from 6:40 – 7 p.m.

Tickets for the concert at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are $13-$16.50 and are available through the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at kirklandfinearts.com. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders.

April 22
Springfield Jaycees Annual Lawnmower Clinic (9:00am - 1:00pm, O'Reilly Auto Parts, 699 W Stanford Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
Cost: $60 which includes inspection to check filters, change spark plugs, sharpen blades and change oil as necessary (filters replaced at an additional cost) The Springfield Jaycees is a local chapter of the United States Junior Chamber and the Junior Chamber International. The Jaycees provide individuals between the ages of 18-41 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Hy-Vee Tasting Room located at 2115 S. MacArthur Blvd. Meetings are open to interested potential members. For more information visit: www.SpringfieldJaycees.net or find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldJaycees

April 22
SCHEELS Day at Camp Widjiwagan (10:00am - 3:00pm; Camp Widjiwagan - 71 Weinold Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Join SCHEELS, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, and Hy-Vee for Family Day at Camp Widjiwagan! FREE Event! *Cast Iron Cooking Demos presented by Hy-Vee | *Camp Crafts | *Fishing Fun presented by IL DNR | *SCHEELS Family Yard Games | *Climb the Rock Wall | *Height and Weight Restrictions. Must sign a waiver, 18 & under must have parent or legal guardian present. | *Hands-on Archery Activities | *Bright Start Equestrian on-site. | *Free Face Painting by Facial Artistry | *Free Balloon Art by Hot Air Creations | *Hy-Vee BBQ Express ( lunch available for purchase - CASH ONLY) | *CWLP Water Conservation, Wheel of Fortune | & much much more!
Have old cell phones? In honor of Earth Day, the Girl Scouts will be collecting old cell phones to recycle through e-cycle. Bring your old cell phones to the event to be safely recycled.
*Donations for the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois welcomed.

April 22
IDNR/ICF Food Truck Festival Fundraiser in Conservation World (11:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Family fun event, featuring a variety of Fantastic Food Truck goodies, live music and drinks in the beautiful Conservation World setting. Beverages provided by Robert “Chick” Fritz Distributing, Inc. LIVE MUSIC! Mike Burnett and the Suns of Circumstance. Sponsored by Hy-Vee. Thank you for supporting the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF). For more information on the ICF visit http://www.ilcf.org
IDNR’s pond will be open to fishing – catch and release only. IDNR will have Fisheries Staff on hand to assist and answer any questions, but will not supply fishing gear or bait – bring your own gear and bait. All anglers under 16 years of age and persons declared legally disabled or blind do not need a license. Thank you Springfield Junior League for assisting with the event.
Vendors: A & J Ice Cream | Aztca Mexican Grill | Carter’s Fish & Chips | Coleman Concessions | Cooper's StrEATside Bistro | Eat Dawn’s Taco | Fields of Sweets | Fry If You Want To | Gyro King | Hy-Vee | Little Mexico | Mad Dog Concessions | Pies the Limit | Skippers Island Oasis | Sno Biz Treats | Tony’s Fried Italian Beef Wagon | Twyford’s BBQ | VOSE’S | Yumma Lumma | Shopping available at Itty Bitty Fashion Truck

April 22
Sherlock Holmes Society (9:00am; SCHEELS, 3801 MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet on Saturday, April 22 in one of the 2nd floor conference rooms at Scheels. The public is invited to attend. There will be a discussion of The Adventure of the Empty House. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to sherlock.lolopop.org.

April 22
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50 , O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

April 22
Listening to a Master Gardener: Adding Native Perennials to Your Yard (10:30 - 11:30am; Lincoln Library, 326 S Seventh St., SPRINGFIELD)
Listen to Master Gardener Sherry Park. Free. Call 217-753-4900 for more information.

April 22
25th Annual Earth Awareness Fair (1:00 - 5:00pm; 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, downtown SPRINGFIELD)
This FREE, all-ages, and family friendly event will feature 40+ exhibitors with information on environmental topics such as recycling, reuse, energy efficiency, alternative energy, native plants/ habitat, local/organic foods, and water conservation.
The afternoon will also feature live music, games, crafts, activities and programs from organizations including the Henson Robinson Zoo, a special bee presentation by Arvin Pierce, and the Springfield Bicycle Club’s Bicycle Rodeo for kids aged 5-12. Food and refreshments will also be available for purchase.
Bring your family and friend for an afternoon of fun, learning, and celebration.
For a current listing of scheduled events and exhibitors, visit the City of Springfield website at www.springfield.il.us/EarthFair or the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityof springfieldil/. Listings will be updated weekly.
Any questions, please contact Adena Rivas, Community Programs Coordinator, at 217.789.2255 or Adena.Rivas@Springfield.il.us

April 22, 23
Woodland Wildflower and Tree SAle (9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday, 1:00pm- 4:00pm Sunday; Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Annual sale of woodland wildflowers and trees. Free admission. lincolnmemorialgarden.org or call 217-529-1111

April 23
Jean René Balekita and Bomoyi (1:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum will present a 45-minute concert by Congolese band Jean René Balekita and Bomoyi. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. The performance is part of the Museum’s Cultural Celebration Series, held on the 4th Sunday of every month. For more information, contact Kim at 217-244-3355.

April 23
Heads Up Group: for individuals with traumatic brain injuries (1:00 - 3:00pm; Denny's, Wabash Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Due to the Easter Holiday, this group will be meeting at Denny's. Call Dave at 217-523-2587 to RSVP and for more info.

April 23
Spurlock Museum Performance Series: Jean René Balekita and Bomoyi (1:00pm; The Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
On Sunday, April 23, at 1 PM, the Spurlock Museum will present a 45-minute concert by Congolese band Jean René Balekita and Bomoyi. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. The performance is part of the Museum’s Cultural Celebration Series, held on the 4th Sunday of every month. For more information, contact Kim at 217-244-3355.

April 23
Movie Showing: Risen (7:00pm; Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
This showing is part of a two-night event for Trinity’s Christ in the Culture series discussing religion in today’s pop culture. The 107-minute movie will be shown on Sunday evening. All family members are welcome to attend although parents are advised that the movie is rated PG-13 for scenes of Biblical violence and some disturbing images. The movie depicts the political, religious and social aftershocks felt throughout the Roman Empire and the rest of the world after Easter Sunday. Viewers are invited to return on Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm for a detailed discussion of the movie (again to be held at Trinity Lutheran School).

“The story of Easter doesn’t end on Easter Sunday. It’s only the beginning”, according to Rev. Paul Hemenway, Senior Pastor at Trinity. “Two thousand years later, the world continues to feel the effects of that Easter Sunday. Believers and non-believers are still entangled in religious differences and religious persecution is at an all-time high.” Adds Bill Denham, one of the co-presenters for this discussion series, “even believers have periods in their lives where they question what they believe. It happened after the Resurrection and it happens today.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information or if you have specific questions about the movie to be discussed on Wednesday evening, please email christintheculture@trinity-lutheran.com. For more information, visit Trinity’s website at www.trinity-lutheran.com.

April 24
Basic Money Management (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Learn about how to achieve your financial goals, manage income and spending, and needs verse wants."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist* Presented by Busey Bank.
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 24
Support Zonta Club of Springfield (4:00pm - 9:00pm; Noodles & Company, 2575 W. Wabash St, SPRINGFIELD)
10% of sales will benefit this organization in our community. Dine In or Take Away. Zonta Club of Springfield is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta raises money to give out to our local community, through service and scholarships. 217-546-7400 for questions about the event.

April 24, 25
The Pharmacy Gallery's Open Studio (6:30 - 9:30pm; 711 S. 5th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
MONDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHTS $15.00/night non-members |$10.00/night members
Drop-in to open studio drawing sessions. This is an opportunity for artists of all levels to practice and improve hand-eye coordination and figure drawing skills. The Pharmacy will provide drawing benches,easels, support/drawing boards, and clips. Bring your own drawing materials. If you're not sure what to bring, or don't have time to get something, there will be some community paper and drawing materials. Model are clothed/draped for the Monday night sessions, undraped for Tuesday night sessions. CONTACT: 801-810-9278 | info@thepharmacygallery.com | http://www.thepharmacygallery.com

April 25
C-U International Jazz Day Celebration - Blowing Hot, Blowing Cool: Miles Davis, Clark Terry & the Jazz Trumpet Legacy (5:30 - 6:45pm; The Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church Street, CHAMPAIGN)
Champaign/Urbana will once again celebrate the run-up to International Jazz Day with live music and film clips at the Art Theater, the first of two free events that evening. This year’s program includes clips from two feature films: Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle as Miles Davis during a particularly turbulent period in the artist’s life, and Keep On Keepin’ On, about jazz great Clark Terry in what the New York Times called “a rare musical mentorship, captured with heart and soul.”
In addition to the films, the audience will experience Ronald Romm’s trumpet virtuosity live and hear insights from guest commentator Thomas Birkner.
For more information, please visit https://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/2017/03/30/trumpets-unleashed-for-c-u-international-jazz-day-celebration-april-25th/.

April 25
Save for a Dream (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Learn how to jump start your savings, saving methods & tips, and finding strategies that work for you."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist* Presented by Kathy Sweedler of University of Illinois Extension.
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 26
Planting Successions (12:00pm; Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Learn how to time plantings to harvest your favorite crops all season long. FREE. llcc.edu or call 217-786-4993 for more information.

April 26
Investing 101 (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Learn about retirement and college planning, everyday investments, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist* Presented by Clint Cissell of Edward Jones.
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 26
Movie Discussion: Risen (6:30pm; Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)

The April 23 showing is part of a two-night event for Trinity’s Christ in the Culture series discussing religion in today’s pop culture. Viewers are invited to return on Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm for a detailed discussion of the movie (again to be held at Trinity Lutheran School).

“The story of Easter doesn’t end on Easter Sunday. It’s only the beginning”, according to Rev. Paul Hemenway, Senior Pastor at Trinity. “Two thousand years later, the world continues to feel the effects of that Easter Sunday. Believers and non-believers are still entangled in religious differences and religious persecution is at an all-time high.” Adds Bill Denham, one of the co-presenters for this discussion series, “even believers have periods in their lives where they question what they believe. It happened after the Resurrection and it happens today.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information or if you have specific questions about the movie to be discussed on Wednesday evening, please email christintheculture@trinity-lutheran.com. For more information, visit Trinity’s website at www.trinity-lutheran.com.

April 27
The Credit Workshop (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Learn how to obtain a credit report, solving credit problems, and credit protection."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist* Presented by Wednesday James Mueller of Navicore Solutions.
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 27
The Habitat Women Build Clinic (Lowes, 1904 N Prospect, CHAMPAIGN)
Participate with Habitat in our spring events for women! Habitat’s Women Build Program encourages women across the country to devote a day to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance in our community. Habitat Women Build will be helping to build our 100th home this spring. Learn from Lowes and Habitat staff
* How to Safely Use Hand and Power Tools
* How to Frame Walls and Roofs
* How to Install Exterior Siding
* How to Finish Interior Paint and Trim
$20 pre-registration donation to Habitat includes hands’ on clinic instruction/materials; take home bag, raffle prizes from the Women Business Council members, and light snacks provided by Rosati’s Pizza. The $20 donation goes directly to our Habitat Women Build Programs in Champaign County! Pre-Register: http://cuhabitat.org/2017/01/women-build-clinic-2017/

April 29
Village of Williamsville Town-Wide Garage Sales (8:00am - 2:00pm; WILLIAMSVILLE)
Garage sales. The phone # is 566-3806 @ the Village Hall if any questions.

April 29
Citizens of Champaign-Urbana to Join in Global Climate March (2:00 - 4:00pm; West Side Park, 400 W. University Ave, CHAMPAIGN)
Concerned citizens of the Champaign area are gathering in West Side Park in downtown Champaign to demand action on greenhouse gas emissions and climate issues. With three straight years of record global temperatures and increasing dangerous weather events, the time to act on climate is now. "It is an issue of justice," says Lan Richart of Eco-Justice Collaborative, one of the event's speakers. "The consequences of climate change will be felt by today’s children and the generations that follow. One day our children’s children will ask 'What did they do once they knew?'"
All are welcome to join in demonstrating to leaders in Illinois and worldwide that there will be resistance to attacks on our people, our communities and our planet. The march will be in solidarity with the worldwide Peoples Climate Movement, which will see people around the world gather together on April 29th to protect our climate.
The C-U march will feature inspirational speeches and calls to action from speakers including State Representative Carol Ammons and State Senator Scott Bennett, music by local string band Meadowhawk, and informational tables from Prairie Rivers Network, Eco-Justice Collaborative, and others. Marchers will be called to take a variety of direct actions, such as purchasing solar power with Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0, building bee-friendly gardens with the University of Illinois Pollinatarium, or buying compost bins from the City of Urbana.
The Champaign-Urbana People's Climate March is sponsored by the Prairie Group of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and by Food and Water Watch.
For more information contact climate.march.cu@gmail.com or visit http://peoplesclimate.org/

April 29
Native Plant Sale (9:00am - 2:00pm; Commodities Pavilion, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring more than 200 species of native IL plans. Hosted by the IL Native Plant Society Central Chapter. FREE admission. ill-inps.org Call 217-782-6661 for more information.

April 29
Book & Bake Sale (10:00am - 2:00pm; Williamsville Public Library and Museum,
217 N. Elm St., WILLIAMSVILLE) There is no cost. The phone # is 566-3806 @ the Village Hall if any questions.

April 29
1st Annual Spring Vendor Show (10:00am - 2:00pm; Wyndham Garden Hotel, 1001 Killarny St., URBANA)
Over 20 vendors. Parking and entry are free. Enter to win prizes from each vendor: Perfectly Posh | Isagenix | LulaRoe | Lipsense | Younique | Envy Me Boutique | Mary Kay | Tupperware | Norwex | Rodan + Fields | Pure Romance | Scentsy | Beachbody | Paparazzi | Plexus Slim | Thirty-One | Swiss Just Essential Oils | Stella & Dot | P.S. I Love You Handmade Jewelry | Bluebird Skincare | Handmade baked goods and crafts

April 29
Drug Take Back Day (10:00am - 2:00pm; Prevention First, 2800 Montvale Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. On April 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Prevention First, the Springfield Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide residents with an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Residents are urged to bring medications for disposal to Prevention First, 2800 Montvale, Springfield, IL. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information, contact: Lisa Kienzle, Prevention First. 217-793-7353, ext. 107

April 29
Homeownership 101: Home Maintenance
(10:00am; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)
"Home improvement, preventative maintenance, and to repair or replace it."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist* Presented by the City of Champaign.
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 29
Fifth Street Renaissance/SARA Center Art Auction and Cocktail Party (6:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 Woodside Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Browse beautiful artwork at reasonable prices while supporting one of Springfield's most important social service organizations. Join us at 6pm to preview the artworks and enjoy wine, beer, soft-drinks and hors d'oeuvres before bidding begins at 7pm. Admission is only $10.00. Call 494-5091 for questions or more information.

April 29
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

April 29
Springfield Jaycees Annual Lawnmower Clinic (9:00am - 1:00pm, O'Reilly Auto Parts, 1501 W Jefferson St,
SPRINGFIELD) Cost: $60 which includes inspection to check filters, change spark plugs, sharpen blades and change oil as necessary (filters replaced at an additional cost) The Springfield Jaycees is a local chapter of the United States Junior Chamber and the Junior Chamber International. The Jaycees provide individuals between the ages of 18-41 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Hy-Vee Tasting Room located at 2115 S. MacArthur Blvd. Meetings are open to interested potential members. For more information visit: www.SpringfieldJaycees.net or find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldJaycees

April 29
Autism Walk & Family Fun Day (10:00am - 1:00pm; Noll Medical Pavillion, 5220 South 6th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Walk at 11:30, weather permitting. This event is totally free to all! We will be featuring: Wild Times Exotics Indoor Petting Zoo, M&K Parties Trackless Train Rides (weather permitting), & Noonan’s Grand Rental Mobile Gaming Station (time & age restrictions for the gaming station will apply). All donations directly benefit ASCI! The Autism Society of Central Illinois works hard for Autism families in our area. ASCI provides families with sensory friendly activities, learning opportunities & support! Asci is not possible without the support and generous donations from the community! Through those donations we are able to provide autistic children and their families with events catered to them and their needs! This is our annual event and fundraiser. Community is invited to donate to ASCI individually or to sign their walk team up via our first giving site! https://www.firstgiving.com/asacic/2017-take-a-step-for-autism

April 29
Austin Cloyd Day of Service (9:00am - 3:30pm; Champaign Centennial High School, 913 S. Crescent Street, CHAMPAIGN)
In an effort to honor Austin Cloyd’s commitment to community service, Centennial High School is proud to announce the ninth annual Austin Cloyd Day of Service. Austin Cloyd grew up in Champaign-Urbana and was a member of Interact while at Centennial. She was unfortunately a victim of the (April 16, 2007) Virginia Tech shooting. The Interact Club strives to continue her legacy through community service. The public is invited to participate in this event on April 29th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Some of the organizations that may benefit from Austin’s Day are:

  • Center for Women in Transition
  • Crisis Nursery
  • Eastern Illinois Food Bank
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Champaign County Humane Society
  • Champaign County YMCA
  • Unit 4 School District
  • CU Public Health Dept
  • Lierman Neighborhood Action Committee

    Volunteers can register online at www.austinsday.com

April 29
Camp Ondessonk's Saturday Spectacular (1:00 - 9:00pm; St. Agnes School, 251 North Amos Avenue, SPRINGFIELD)
The Saturday Spectacular is a week of summer camp condensed into eight hours of fun. The This event is open to campers between the ages of 6 and 14. To register send an email with the camper’s age and name to lodge.springfield@gmail.com. We will then send you the required forms and waivers. Campers will receive their very own Saturday Spectacular event t-shirt only if they are registered before April 17. The cost of this event is $35. For every canned food item brought, you can get $1 off the price. Up to $5 off! Money raised will be donated to Camp Ondessonk's Campership Fund. If you have any questions please email lodge.springfield@gmail.com or call 217-361-7366.

April 29
SCHEELS Safe Family Saturday (10:00am 0-1:00pm; SCHEELS, Springfield)
Join SCHEELS along with HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital, Farmers Insurance - Practice of Jacob Hainsfurther, and Capitol Radio Group for Safe Family Saturday! *FREE Kids Bike Hemlets to the first 500 kids! | *FREE Lunch for the first 750 people sponsored by Hy-Vee and Subway. | *Safe, Secure Strider Adventure Zone for the little ones. | *Register to WIN a $500 SCHEELS Gift Card and his/hers Strider Bikes sponsored by Strider Bikes | Lots of games and FUN for the whole family! | *FREE balloon art by Hot Air Creations | *Meet & Greet with MOWA Sprint Car Driver, Justin Standridge | *Meet & Greet with Mr. Subman and the Subway Race Car | *Springfield K-9 demos | & much more!

April 29, 30
CFA America's Heartland Cat Show (10:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois Bldg, IL State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Up to 225 purebred and household pets will be competing in 8 rings. We will have everything from big to small, very furry to hairless, kittens to seniors. Some breeds that will be there will be Maine Coons, Persians, Cornish Rex, Siamese, Tonkinese, Abyssinian, European Burmese and British Shorthair to name just a few. Great vendors for pets and owners alike. Admission: Adults-$5 | Seniors-$4 | Children under 12--$3
Come out and see your favorite breed. Will have adoptable cats at the show. Contact 217-414-5278 with any questions.

April 30
2nd Annual MasterChef Springfield Fundraiser (4:00 - 7:00pm; Concordia Village, 4101 West Iles Avenue, SPRINGFIELD)
Join Concordia Village as we raise money for seniors! At this exciting second annual event, three area chefs compete for the title of MasterChef! Our chefs this year are Stephane Perrin (Concordia Village), Joseph Martin (Sangamo Club) and Bradley Mechol (Nick and Nino's). A panel of celebrity judges, including Mr. Henry Dale Smith, Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, Dr. Peter Glatz, and Mr. Paul Ogier, will decide the winner. Paul Palazzolo and Paul Wappel emcee the evening, while attendees enjoy a five course dinner, silent auction, and viewing of the competition. Tickets are $60 each, with all proceeds going to support the Concordia Village Benevolent Care program, which assists our seniors who have run out of financial resources.
For more information, visit MasterChefSpringfield.eventbrite.com
Contact information: Emily Davis at 217-993-7051 or Emily.davis@lssliving.org

April 30
Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield hosts Scholarship Auditions (1:00pm; Sacred Heart Griffin High School, SPRINGFIELD)
The Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield will award the following:
• Orchestral Students: For strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion players in Grades 6-12. One $300 scholarship and one $200 scholarship.
• Senior Piano Students: For piano students in Grades 10-12. One $300 scholarship.
• Intermediate Piano Students: For piano students in Grades 6-9. One $200 scholarship.
• Vocal Students: For vocal students in Grades 8-12. One $300 scholarship.

The Scholarship audition program is open to all students in Sangamon and surrounding counties. Students auditioning should prepare to play one selection of music of their own choosing that is up to five minutes in length. Piano and vocal solos must be memorized. Instrumental and vocal students must provide their own accompanist, if necessary.
Winners of the scholarship auditions will be invited to perform at the Central Illinois Young Musicians’ Annual Concert scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2017, 4 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois.

How to register? Students interested in participating are asked to submit an entry application form by Sunday, April 23, 2017. The entry form is available www.ilsymphony.org. Entry applications may be submitted to Guild Contact Dee Dee Gain by emailing it to deedee.gain@gmail.com or by mailing to 2053 Cardinal Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62704. For more information, please contact Dee Dee Gain by phone at (217) 572-1372 or by email deedee.gain@gmail.com.

Now until June 30
Michiko Itatani: Celestial Visions (Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD) Michiko Itatani is one of Chicago's most well-respected contemporary artists. This exhibition features new acquisitions of drawings and prints alongside installation-based and heroically scaled figurative paintings from the Museum’s Fine Art Collection. Contact: Robert Sill, Robert.sill@illinois.gov, 217-524-5744

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