January 2018 Community Calendar

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January 1
Memorial Center Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Center, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, call 788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 788-3300.

January 2
13-Week Session of GriefShare (6:30 - 8:30pm; Parish Hall at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur, SPRINGFIELD) Grief is the cost of losing a loved one. It is inevitable that during such a loss a person would experience shock or feel wounded by this sense of desertion. Grief is a process of working through the feelings of loss, and recovery is the ability to find joy in life again.
GriefShare is a non-denominational, grief-recovery program using video seminar, a workbook and a support group environment to assist people in working through the death of a beloved family member or close friend. Participants have the opportunity to be around people who understand the emotions of grieving. Learning how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and learning to face a “new normal in life” and renewing hope for the future are two of the goals of participating in GriefShare.
The 13-week fall session of GriefShare will begin on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd. at 6:30 pm. Each weekly session lasts two hours. There is a $15 fee for materials and supplies; scholarships are available to help cover the $15 fee. Childcare is available upon advance request.
For more information, to pre-register, or to reserve childcare, please contact Joleen at 217.899.9418 or

January 5
K of C Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; K of C, 335 S. 4th St., RIVERTON)
Menu: Walleye Sandwich, Walleye, Shrimp, Catfish, Baked Fish Dinners, coleslaw, choice of fries, baked potato or potato salad. Carry-out orders, call 629-7202; more information at
Future Dates: Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 16 2018

January 10
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
This is a change from the normal first Wednesday of the month to give everyone time to settle into the new year. The feature will be a recent release starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin. The movie is about three lifelong pals that are desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones. They risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this comedy filled film.

January 10
BEST: "Becoming Empowered Successful Teens" and Parent Transition Support Group (6:00 - 7:30pm; Early Learning Center, 2501 S. 1st St., SPRINGFIELD)
Panel of experts "Ask the Expert: SSI/SSI, PUNS, Guardianship and TRusts" - Question and Answer session after talk. Pre-registration is required. 523-2587

January 10
Penguin Preschool (10:00am; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library Preschool Program for January will the Penguin Preschool. It will be Wednesday, January 10 at 10 AM. This is a change from our regular first Wednesday of the month to give everyone time to settle in to the new year! There will be stories a craft and fun. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register.

January 12
Springfield Ski Club Trivia Night (7:00pm; Erin's Pavilion, Southwind PArk, 4965 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Proceeds to benefit Grounds for Grace and the Rutledge Foundation. $10 entry fee per player-table limit 6-10 players. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Team Prizes. 50/50 drawing, open bar, and snacks. For more info call Rich Bergt at 217-341-8225 or Rick Griminger at 217-787-1440. Doors open at 6 pm.

January 12 - February 23
FREE! Nature Center Pre-K Fridays (9:00am - 12:00pm; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Kids age 6 and under and their families can drop by the nature center to discover self-guided activities just for little naturalists. Each week, we’ll explore a different theme. Your adventures may lead you outdoors to the nature playscape as weather permits, so come prepared! Call 217-384-4062 for more information. Themes explored depend on what current events are happening in nature at the time. To keep these programs relevant to the changing seasons, themes are announced the week before each program. Donations of $5/child are encouraged.

January 13, 20, 27
NEW! Animal Care Helpers (9:00 - 11:00am; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Caring for wildlife in captivity is a big job. You can help nature center staff take care of the education owls, turtles and snakes during this exclusive opportunity. Help clean cages, feed and water, exercise the animals and other related tasks. All proceeds help fund the ongoing care of these animals. Group size is limited to four people on each date, and pre-registration is required. Children age 14 and under must attend with a registered adult.
Ages 6 through adult (under 15 must attend with a registered adult) Register by the early deadline for a price break!
Date E.B. Cost | Deadline Cost | Deadline Code
Jan 13 $14R/$21NR |Dec 30 $15R/$23NR | Jan 11 xxxx
Jan 20 $14R/$21NR |Jan 6 $15R/$23NR | Jan 18 xxxx
Jan 27 $14R/$21NR |Jan 13 $15R/$23NR | Jan 25 xxxx
Feb 3 $14R/$21NR |Jan 20 $15R/$23NR | Feb 1 xxxx
Feb 10 $14R/$21NR |Jan 27 $15R/$23NR | Feb 8

January 20
Post Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S. Grand Ave. West, SPRINGFIELD)
Call Pete at SCIL for more information: 523-2587

January 20
Sherlock Holmes Society: Meeting (9:00am; Scheels, 3801 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet on Saturday, October 21 at 9:00am in one of the 2nd floor conference rooms at Scheel's. There will be a discussion of The Adventure of the Norwood Builder. The public is invited to attend. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to

January 21
Heads Up Group: for individuals with traumatic brain injuries (2:00 - 4:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S. Grand Ave. West, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, contact Dave at SCIL via 523-2587

January 21
Christ in the Culture: The Shack (6:30pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Trinity Lutheran Church and School will host a discussion of The Shack. This “Christ in the Culture” event will be held Sunday evening. The Shack tells the story of a father spiraling into depression after a family tragedy. The father receives a mysterious invitation to meet God at “The Shack”. There, he wrestles with his faith as he confronts his grief and anger towards the events in his life. The Shack is a 2007 book by Wm. Paul Young and was made into a 2017 movie starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer. The way the Holy Trinity is depicted in some rather unconventional forms sparked controversy among many church leaders at the times the book and the movie were released.
Due to the length of the movie and to allow plenty of discussion time, those interested in attending are encouraged to read the book and/or watch the movie before January 21.
This event is free and open to the public.