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July 2018 Community Calendar

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July 1
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Time Machine (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

July 1
Time Machine: Sun, Moon, Stars, and Planets (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
This family-friendly event explores the many ways that we bring celestial objects into our daily lives. Activities include a gallery treasure hunt, an exploration of touchable objects, and a concert of sky-related folktales. Admission is free.The Time Machine touches down on the first Sunday of every month from June through August. Look for different types of programs on every Sunday of each month. Free general admission | www.spurlock.illinois.edu | (217) 333-2360

July 2
MMC Rehab Grad Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Center, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information call 217 788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217 788-3300.

July 2
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
With the help of the Challenger Learning Center from Heartland Community College learn how asttronauts travel in space. Hear about some of the most interesting places in our Solar System. Come travel the universe with us! Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld | Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-155

July 3
Gravity: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest (10:00am & 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum Admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. In this school bus series film, the students are sent into space and the school bus is turned into a planet for a lesson on gravity. Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10 am and 2 pm. This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information, or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Sarah Davis at Sarah.E.Davis@illinois.gov or (217) 782-6044.

July 3
Pack the Park Fireworks (5:00 - 11:00pm; DAWSON)
Music & Dancing at 7pm. Fireworks at dusk. Clowns, face-painting, balloons, glow sticks. Tasty food selections available from Vose Corndogs and The Dawson Fire Department. Please bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Rain date July 6.

July 4
July 4th Celebration (9:00am, Municipal Building, 2901 Leonard St., JEROME)
Parade. Candy may be passed out, but not thrown.

July 6
Walk and Talk: Bicentennial and Beyond (2:00 - 2:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "Bicentennial and Beyond: The Illinois Legacy Collection" exhibition. Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

July 7
Happy Birthday Illinois! Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans.
Illinois has a big birthday coming up, the big 200! Come to the museum for cake, activities, and games to celebrate and wish Illinois a Happy Birthday.
Super Saturdays offer thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and are included with Museum admission. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

July 8
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Docent - Led (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA) 217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

July 8
Anybody's Story: 200 Years of Illinoisans and Their Stuff (2:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets: $20 ($15 for SAA members/$15 for ISM members with a code)
When a lost tourist stumbles into the back room of an Illinois history museum, she discovers that there's a story behind even the smallest of artifacts. Anybody's Story: 200 Years of Illinoisans and Their Stuff is a series of vignettes inspired by the objects in the "Bicentennial & Beyond" exhibit at the Illinois State Museum - watching the play will literally be like watching these objects' stories come to life.
Additional performances will take place at Historic Edwards Place (700 N. Fourth St.) on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all performances are $20 ($15 for SAA members/$15 for ISM members with a code) and can be purchased at bit.ly/anybodysstory. Please check the date listed under the title to ensure you're purchasing tickets for the correct date! You can choose the date just to the left of the times by clicking "other dates..." and choosing one from the calendar. Museum Society Members, please contact Elizabeth at (217) 558-6696 or elizabeth.bazan@illinois.gov for the discount code. If not sold out in advance, tickets will be available at the door for Sunday's performance at the Museum.
This play is written and directed by Mark Beanblossom and produced by the Springfield Art Association of Edwards Place and the Illinois State Museum.

July 8 - 14
Millikin University Piano Camp (8:00am - 9:00pm; Perkinson Music Center, DECATUR)
15-18 year old students | $410 for commuter; $560 for resident
Over the course of six days, students will have the opportunity to receive private lessons from Millikin's distinguished piano faculty, to participate in technique sessions and to explore the music of Beethoven. All participating students are eligible to win Millikin University music scholarships (up to $2,000) and winners will be announced at the final recital. Instructors: Dr. Silvan Negrutiu, coordinator of keyboard studies, and Dr. Chung-Ha Kim, adjunct professor of music at Millikin. Registration Deadline: June 22

July 9-26
Lincoln Land Community College’s College for Kids (8:30 - 12:30pm; 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD) Lincoln Land Community College’s College for Kids is offering a variety of fun, enrichment activities for youth at its Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, and other partner sites this summer. Online registration is now open.
College for Kids’ traditional program for students who have completed grades K-8 will run Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 9-26. Students may register for one or more of the three weeks. Cost for each one-week session is $135. Week-long culinary sessions for grades 4-7 are $185.
Classes being offered this summer include: American Sign Language, Anime Japanese, Backyard Ballistics, Brain Games, Breakfast Baking, Camp Read-A-Lot, Candy Chemistry, Cookie Week, Cooking From Scratch, Country Creator, Dragon Genetics, Eric Carle Imagination, Finance and Success, Flight of Fantasy, Full STEAM Ahead, International Cuisine, Junior Chef, LEGO® Explorers, Powerful Potions, Rocketry, Spa Science, Space Is the Place, Speedometry, Zoo Time and more.
Space for classes is limited; early registration is recommended. For a full list of offerings and registration information, visit www.llcc.edu/youth-programs or call 217-786-2432.

July 9
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
The Prairie Skies Public Library District summer reading program will now take all to world of animals. Wild Times Exotics will bring the animal kingdom to us. This traveling zoo has a hands on program sure to delight all and a unique why to teach about the animals. Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld
Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-1553

July 9 - 13
College For Kids Summer Enrichment Program (Danville Area Community College, 2000 East Main Street, DANVILLE)
All classes are held Monday-Friday. Cost is $50 per class or stay the week for $150 with hot lunch included. Classes are held 8:30-10:20 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. and 1:10-3:00 p.m. Register Online at www.dacc.edu/cce. For more information, call: 217-554-1667 or 217-554-1668 or email commed@dacc.edu
8:30-10:20 a.m. Classes • Especially Español • Paper Isn’t Flat Anymore • Lego Robotics • Kitchen Science • Word Hard, Play Hard • Mache Mania • Unique Jewelry • Room Décor Galore • The Evolution of Hip-Hop (Grades 7-8) • Experiments, Experiments, Experiments (Grades 4-6) • Acting for Beginners (Grades 3-5) • Sew You: Brand New (Grades 4-8) • Creative Creations (Grades 3-4) • Invest in Yourself (Grades 3-6)
10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Classes • Diggin’ Dinosaurs • What’s the Matter with Matter? • Lego Robotics • Bees, Butterflies, and Bugs • Art in Motion • Game Show Masters • Spa Creations • Exploring the World of STEM Education • The Evolution of Hip-Hop (Grades 7-8) • Art from the Heart • Sew You: Part Two (Grades 5-8) • Creative Creations (Grades 5-6) • Invest in Yourself (Grades 3-6)
1:10-3:00 p.m. Classes • Ancient Egypt • Brain Busters • Lego Robotics • Build Like an Engineer • Babysitting & CPR/First Aid (Grades 5-8) • Egg-speriments and More • Geology • Inspire Your Desire to Write! • Grunge, Heavy Metal, & Punk Rock (Grades 7-8) • Artsy Math • Bubbling, Exploding, Fizzy Experiments • Exploring Martial Arts • Math Mania (Grades 7-8)

July 9-13
Vacation Bible School (9:00am - 12:00pm; Calvary Church, 1730 W Jefferson St., SPRINGFIELD)
Vacation Bible School is an action-packed week of free summer fun and learning about how God does incredible things when we put our faith in Him! For three hours every morning, your child will engage in music, stories, games, snacks, and activities while interacting with friends and trusted staff in a fun and safe environment. For kids age 3 through entering 6th grade. Register today at calvaryspringfield.org/VBS | Contact info: Phone: 2175469700, calvaryspringfield.org/VBS, lnewquist@calvaryspringfield.org

July 10, 11
Prairie Animals: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest (10:00am & 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum Admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Bison and prairie dogs, marmots, and mountain goats—they’re animals living in some unfriendly places. Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10 am and 2 pm. This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information, or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Sarah Davis at Sarah.E.Davis@illinois.gov or (217) 782-6044.

July 11
Super Hero Trivia Charity Contest for HIV Orphans (6:30pm-9:30pm; Arlington's 210 Broadway, SPRINGFIELD)
$15 donation per person or $80 per table of 6 benefiting the Give Hope, Fight Poverty charity | Have a fun Super Hero costume? Or have a brain full of useless facts? Even if you have neither, join us for a fun night complete with prizes! Super Hero Trivia Contest at Arlington's! Bring a friend (or 5) while you're at it! Give Hope, Fight Poverty will be allocating the proceeds of the evening for HIV orphan education in Swaziland, Africa. Watch this 90 second video for more information: https://youtu.be/at7Fd70LcRs
Super Hero Costume contest (not required to participate) AND trivia contest winners will win prizes! We will battle our brains in teams of 6, but if you want to sign up as an individual, you can join a pre-existing team no problem! $15 donation per individual person or $80 per team of 6 people. Contact Annie Elble Todt to RSVP. Spaces are limited to 70 people. We'd love to see you there! anniefightspoverty@gmail.com | www.ifightpoverty.org | 765-532-2586 https://www.facebook.com/events/1836904366611720/

July 12
The Art & Science of Cloth Workshop (9:00am - 12:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Ages 12-14 | The idea of using cloth to create art is centuries old: from dying fabric, to screen printing to quilting. Join us for a STEAM workshop where you can discover the ancient art of Shibori dying, printing, and experiment with natural dyes. Register online at bit.ly/2018clothws or by mail at bit.ly/2018sumreg. For additional information contact events@illinoistatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044.
Registration and fee required | Early registration by June 29: $20 Member, $30 Non-member | By registration deadline on July 8: $25 Member, $35 Non-member

July 12
Ordinary Elephant - Music at the Museum Series (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12
Husband and wife duo Crystal and Pete Damore have been performing together since 2011, but their 2017 sophomore release ‘Before I Go’ established them nationally and internationally. Ordinary Elephant captivates listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar.
Music at the Museum is a monthly concert series produced by Chris Vallillo featuring the best in contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic music of all styles. Concerts are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum auditorium. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit museumconcerts.com. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

July 13
STEM Camp for Area Students (8:30 - 3:30pm; Rochester Christian Church, 325 S Walnut, ROCHESTER)
Must register by May 1. For students entering 2nd through 7th grade. $50 per student. Area students entering 2nd -7th grade join us for a fun day of exploring, creating, and building! We will work together on science, technology, engineering, and math hands on activities. All participants should bring a sack lunch with a drink. A morning and afternoon snack will be provided. For more information and to register visit http://bit.ly/summer2018STEMcamp. Contact: Sheril Flynn and Stephanie Zeidler at rochesterstemcamp@gmail.com

July 13
Hardee's Cruise In (6:00 - 9:00pm; VIRDEN)
Bring your cars, trucks, motorcycles. Questions: 217-827-3678. Not responsible for accidents. Door prizes. 50/50 raffle. Future dates: August 10, September 14.

July 13
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" - Movie in the Park (Rotary Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Grab your friends, children, blankets and join us for a free movie in the Park! Come out and enjoy this great family feature in the setting of Washington Park. Bring the family out early to enjoy concessions by Cornett Ice Shack & Snacks. Movie will begin at dusk.
Movie and Music in the Park is a free program where families and the entire community are invited to join us as we bring a big screen movie to your community parks on Fridays and we bring local musical talents to your parks on Sunday afternoons. As a convenience, concessions are available for purchase – please no outside food and drink to be allowed. These are truly great events. For more information on this topic and any other Park District news related items, please visit our Website at www.springfieldparks.org

July 13
Walk and Talk: Bicentennial and Beyond (2:00 - 2:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "Bicentennial and Beyond: The Illinois Legacy Collection" exhibition. Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

July 13, 14
Amaranth Apple Festival (Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
Music, Arts & Food Festival named from Vachel Lindsay’s “Golden Book of Springfield”
The headlining band for Friday night, July 13 is Free Fallin – a Tribute to the Memory of Tom Petty. Saturday night, July 14, DSI welcomes the legendary "East Coast Rock 'n Roll" group John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band. Daily admission to the Amaranth Apple Festival is only $5 and special ticket packages are available now for VIP or gift-giving. Stay tuned for news on this year’s Lindsay Stage and food line-ups! Stay up to date at www.downtownspringfield.org.

July 14
Ag Alumni Reunion (5:30pm; LLCC: student union in the lower level of Menard Hall, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
This special event, hosted by current and former ag professors, provides ag alumni an opportunity to network with former classmates and faculty members and learn about program activities and plans for the future. LLCC’s agriculture program was recently named the beneficiary of an $18 million trust and is poised for growth. The reunion will include a social hour, buffet dinner and program. The cost is $20 per person, and alumni are asked to register no later than July 6 by emailing alumni@llcc.edu or calling 217-786-4612. Learn more about LLCC Agriculture by visiting www.llcc.edu/agriculture.

July 14
“Pistolgrip, Monkeyface, Wabash Pigtoe, Plain Pocketbook: Freshwater Mussels of the Sangamon River” (10:00am; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, Rail Splitter Pavillion, DECATUR)
FREE
What kinds of mussels would Abraham Lincoln have found while exploring the Sangamon River on a hot summer day? Freshwater mussels have some of the most unusual names and an amazing strategy for reproduction. Jeannie Barnes, a former interpretive naturalist for the Macon County Conservation District and now works for the Illinois Natural History Survey, will help us learn more about these interesting animals and find out how they have fared over the years.

July 14
Sherlock Holmes Society (9:00am, SCHEEL'S, 2nd floor conference room, 3801 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet on Saturday. The public is invited to attend. There will be a discussion of The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to sherlock.lolopop.org.

July 14
YouTube Star Alicia Grimes 2018 Summer Tour (10:30pm; Brothers Bar & Grill, 613 E. Green Street, CHAMPAIGN)

July 14
Latham Firefighters 69th Annual Ice Cream Social (11:00am - 8:30pm; 271 N. Macon St., LATHAM)
This year will feature Latham's own Eric Burgett and band. Eric is up & coming Nashville artist. 5-8pm.
Car show and Antique tractor, engine registration starts 11:00am. $5 fee, trophies awarded in different classes, first 50 receive dash plates. Show is 12:00 - 4:00pm, judging 2:30 - 3:00pm.
FOOD: sandwiches, ice cream, cake, and soft drinks will be served starting at 12:00pm at the firehouse. Free tickets with purchase from the food area. Prizes given away during afternoon/evening.

July 15
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Arts Exploration (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

July 15
Heads Up Group "for those with a traumatic brain injury" (2:00 - 4:00pm; SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
For more information contact Dave at SCIL, 217 523-2587 v/tty

July 15
Building Illinois: Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers Rise (2:00pm - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Beginning with 1850s railroad construction, Illinois boomed as an agricultural and industrial powerhouse. Familiar brand names, from Wrigley chewing gum to Swift and Armour meat products, covered the nation. Looking at two specific industries, this presentation will cover not only the business expansion, but the workplace tensions that followed. George Pullman was a model 19th century entrepreneur, a “rags to riches” story. Yet when he was buried, his grave was concrete reinforced, to curtail desecration. What did Pullman create and what was his legacy? Illinois led the nation in years for coal production, a vital industry that fueled 19th and 20th century expansion. At the same time, the deep dark mines were a dangerous lair, creating a widespread workers’ movement for industrial democracy.
This program is part of the “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans” series held on the third Sunday of every month through October, 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar Speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. For more information, please call the Illinois State Museum, (217) 782-0979, or the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College, (217) 786-2477.

July 16
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
Now it is time to travel back to pre-17th century Europe with Shire of Swordcliff and the Prairie Skies Public Library District. See knights battle,learn a dance , or how children played long ago. Let us travel back in time to an exciting time of knights and maidens.
Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld
Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-1553

July 17, 18
Mussels: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest (10:00am & 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum Admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. In this school bus series film, the class turns into mussels for a lesson about ocean tides and the plants and animals that live in tidal zones. Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10 am and 2 pm. This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information, or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Sarah Davis at Sarah.E.Davis@illinois.gov or (217) 782-6044.

July 18
“The Choked Voice of a Race, at Last Unloosed”: African Americans and Civil War Music (Noon - 1:00pm; *Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | One of the most fascinating, yet forgotten, stories of the Civil War is its impact on African American music. Always central to African American culture, songs became key tools for slaves, soldiers, and freed people expressing their desire for freedom and seeking to change white perceptions of their intelligence and patriotism. While these efforts were not always successful, the war nevertheless fundamentally changed African American music as it became a key element in their fight for freedom.
Christian McWhirter is the Research Historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. He is the author of Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War as well as articles and reviews in various publications. He holds a doctorate in history from The University of Alabama.
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) 558-6696.
*The Collections Center cannot currently be reached from Ash St. due to construction. You can access the facility's entrance on 10 1/2 St. from Laurel St.

July 18
The Universe from Aristotle to Einstein (Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | The Atristotelian Universe, characterized by the Earth at the center of the system, was the accepted interpretation of cosmological thought in the Western world for nearly two thousand years. In the mid-sixteenth century, Copernicus proposed an alternative explanation of observations based on the movements of the Sun, the Moon, the five known planets, and the stars which placed the Sun at the center of the Universe. The deepest implication of Aristotelianism, however, still maintained its grip not only on Copernicus heliocentric Universe but also held sway well into the twentieth century. Einstein's Theory of Relativity finally laid to rest Aristotelian thought about the fundamental structure of the Universe. The richness of these ideas will be discussed and related to our contemporary understanding of the cosmos in which we live.
Each month, the Paul Mickey Learning Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

July 20
Camp Braveheart--navigating the lands of grief & loss. (8:00am - 4:00pm; Gateway Family Services, 7757 US Route 136, POTOMAC )
Kids 5 years old to 18 who have lost a loved one--a close friend, a caregiver or sibling are invited to join us as we uncover the various lands of grief & loss. CAMP BRAVEHEART is designed to help understand more about grief & loss, how to manage the difficult feelings associated with loss, as well as spending time with others who understand the deep pain of losing a loved one. Campers will participate in a variety of activities such as -Play therapy | -Equine Assisted Therapy | -Art Therapy
Registration includes lunch, a snack and a Camp Braveheart T-shirt. Families are invited to join the campers at 3pm for a family focused activity to celebrate and commemorate our loved ones. For more information: Like us on Facebook or call 2176490492

July 20
Walk and Talk: Bicentennial and Beyond (2:00 - 2:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "Bicentennial and Beyond: The Illinois Legacy Collection" exhibition. Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

July 20, 21
2018 Illinois Mission of Mercy (6:00am - 5:00pm; BOS Center, 1 Convention Center Plz, SPRINGFIELD)
Our fifth Mission of Mercy project has all the indications of being our biggest and best ever since we inaugurated them in Illinois in 2010. These biennial mission projects serve all children and adults who find their way to our event. The charitable dental clinic will be open on a first-come, first-served basis on July 20-21. More than 1,000 volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants, dental students and others from throughout. Illinois will come together to provide free dental care to patients who have limited financial resources or are otherwise unable to visit a dental office. Volunteers are prepared to see 1,000 patients per day, but hope to accommodate more. Dental volunteers will use 100 portable dental units to provide free basic dental care and oral surgery to patients who would not otherwise have access to necessary dental treatment. However, not all dental services are provided, and dental problems are prioritized with the most critical being treated. No false teeth will be made, but partial dentures will be made in the lab on a case-by-case basis.

July 21
8th Annual Springfield Kids Triathlon (8:30am; Lincoln Park, 1601 N. 5th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Registration: https://goo.gl/pXy4Rm
Mini Tri for kids ages 5-6 (Your age on race day) Starts at 8:30 am: 50 meter swim in Nelson Center Pool | .6 mile bike in Lincoln Park | .25 mile run in Lincoln Park
Triathlon for kids 6-13 Starts at 8:45 am: 100 meter swim in Nelson Center Pool | 1.25 mile bike in Lincoln Park | .50 mile run in Lincoln Park

July 21
Post-Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm, SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
For more information contact Starla at SCIL, 217 523-2587 v/tty

July 21
YouTube Star Alicia Grimes 2018 Summer Tour (10:00pm; Green Street Cafe, 35 E. Green Street, CHAMPAIGN)

July 22
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Docent - Led (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

July 22
NCR - Music in the Park (4:00 - 7:00pm; Iles Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Movie and Music in the Park is a free program where families and the entire community are invited to join us as we bring a big screen movie to your community parks on Fridays and we bring local musical talents to your parks on Sunday afternoons. As a convenience, concessions are available for purchase – please no outside food and drink to be allowed. These are truly great events. For more information on this topic and any other Park District news related items, please visit our Website at www.springfieldparks.org

July 23
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
The Prairie Skies Public Library District will celebrate those who have let reading take them on their journeys through the world of books. Come see the outstanding young readers in the community. Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld | Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-1553

July 23 - 27
First Gig Rock Camp! (9:00am - 5:00pm; Perkinson Music Center, DECATUR)
Register through the Decatur Park District

July 24, 25
Spiders: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest (10:00am & 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum Admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. In this school bus series film, the class shrinks to the size of spiders for a lesson on how webs are spun to catch prey. Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10 am and 2 pm. This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information, or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Sarah Davis at Sarah.E.Davis@illinois.gov or (217) 782-6044.

July 27
Walk and Talk: Bicentennial and Beyond (2:00 - 2:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "Bicentennial and Beyond: The Illinois Legacy Collection" exhibition. Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

July 28
YouTube Star Alicia Grimes 2018 Summer Tour (10:00pm; CRUDO, 116 N Walnut Street, CHAMPAIGN)

July 29
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Docent - Led (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

July 30
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
Today we celebrate all the fun, friends, and learning that was accomplished this summer. Join the Prairie Skies Public Library District staff and M & K Parties for another great finish to an outstanding summer of reading.
Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld | Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-1553

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