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March 2018 Community Calendar

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March 1, 2, 3
"You Can't Take It With You" | Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company (7:00 - 9:00pm; 2:00 - 4:00pm matinee Saturday Parkland College Theatre Second Stage, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., CHAMPAIGN) Tickets: $12.50, available online at http://cutc.org
CUTC opens its 2018 season with this classic, award-winning stage comedy, You Can't Take It With You, directed by Jessica Elliott. A romance brings together two very different families in a fast-paced, whirlwind of whimsical humor that celebrates nonconformity and shares an optimistic message about what really matters in life. For more information: email manager@cutc.org or call 217-352-4085.

Now through March 8
“Animal Architecture/Landscape Empathy: LaDawna Whiteside” (MthruF 8:00am - 4:00pm; James S. Murray Gallery, upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
LaDawna Whiteside’s projects are based in abstraction. Pursuing an alternative sublime, Whiteside chronicles this place and time, focusing on landscape topography and animal architecture. Line by line, she considers space and layers within a ritual in making marks. Her drawings reflect the transformation from individual fibers into cloth. Read more about Whiteside, LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.

March 2
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 www.kofc3914.com | Future Dates: Mar 16 2018

March 2
Training Class on Ways to Minimize Your Risk During an Active Shooter (10:00am, Brookens Auditorium, UIS)
The UIS Police Department will be presenting a training class on ways to minimize your risk during an active shooter/active threat incident. The class will be on Friday, March 2, at 10:00am in Brookens Auditorium. The class will be approximately 1 hour in length. This class will help you prepare for an active shooter incident and for the Active Shooter Drill that will take place this semester. We have received concerns about the upcoming Active Shooter Drill and there will be NO weapons or gunshots fired during the drill.

March 2
Roast Beef Dinner (5:00 - 7:00pm; Catlin United Methodist Church, 106 W. Vermilion, CATLIN)

Serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, salad and homemade desserts. Free will offering kindly accepted. Carryout available. For more information: (217) 427-5566

March 2 - April 13
FREE! Nature Play Kids (10:00am - 11:00am; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Friendship Grove Nature Playscape, Anita Purves Nature Center Ages 3 and up with adult; all ages welcome Ready to get outdoors and welcome spring? Bring your little one to the nature playscape to participate in naturalist-led themed activities during these special times. Programs take place outdoors except in cases of severe weather; please come prepared. Drop-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is encouraged to have enough supplies for everyone; call 217-384-4062 to let us know you are coming. Donations of $5/child are encouraged. 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.

January 29 - March 26
Cancer Companions: Bringing Hope to the Journey (6:30 - 8:00pm; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church & School, Meeting Room 2, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD) www.oursaviors-church.org and register online. A ministry to current or former cancer patients, their loved ones, friends, and co-workers - Cancer Companions is beginning a 9 week session on Monday, January 29, beginning at 6:30 pm, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. This unique Christian group is open to the public and to all denominations and examines many of the tough issues Christians dealing with cancer face. For more information or to register, please contact Kim Meyer, RN, PN, CLLM by calling 217-546-4531. kimmeyerrn@hotmail.com

March 2
KC/CDA Fish Dinner at Knights of Columbus (Fridays during LENT, 5:30 - 7:00pm; Knights of Columbus, 320 East State Street, JACKSONVILLE)
Catfish, Walleye, Baked Potato, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Dessert and Drink
Adults $9 | Students $5

March 2
Little Flower Men's Club 21st Annual Lenten Fish Frys (5:00 - 7:30pm; Little Flower Parish Center/Gym, 800 E. Stevenson Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Every Friday in Lent except Good Friday. $8 Adults/ $4 kids
Includes Springfield's only fish taco bar | Soft serve Ice cream and fresh-made Donuts available for purchase. More details: http://lfmc.little-flower.org

March 2
Firefighters Fish Fry (5:00 - 7:30pm; Firefighter's Postal Lake Club, 940 W Lake Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Walleye Dinner (fried) - All you can eat is dine in only: $8 | Walleye Dinner Ticket 2016 - 6 walleye dinners anytime during lent: $40 | Orange Roughy Fillet Dinner - cooked to order: $9 | Orange Roughy/Shrip Combo - cooked to order: $12 | Shrimp dinner - cooked to order - cajun or battered: $9 | Kid's Walleye dinner: $4 | Kid's chicken tenders: $4 | Hot dog dinner: $4
Dinners include choice of baked potato or fries with cole slaw, dessert & coffee.

March 2
LabEscape Anniversary Celebration! (5:00 - 9:00pm; Lincoln Square Mall, URBANA)
LabEscape, a non-profit outreach activity of the University of Illinois Department of Physics, is the world's only science-based Escape Room, described by many of our patrons as the BEST escape room they've ever done! We offer 2 exciting scenarios, at both Novice level (for Agents that have no prior experience) to Challenge (for the more seasoned Agents). In celebration of our first year open, and the introduction of our new scenario -- Return to the Lab -- we are having an open party on Friday, March 2. We'll have lots of cool things to play with in our lobby, free gifts and contests. Come say hello, eat some cake, and test your wits with a free 15-minute escape! FREE | 1 (815) 683-8193
Any donations (though we don’t solicit these) would go to support the LabEscape project, whose goal is to show attendees that Science can be beautiful, useful and accessible, and fun!

March 2, 3, 4
Illinois Horse Fair, Legends & Youth…The Trail to the Future (Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
The all-breed fair and industry tradeshow features more vendors; wide ranging clinics including English, Western, Gaited and Mounted Shooting; Fairgrounds Showdown; up and coming Country music entertainers Murphy500; Breed & Sport Demos; Stallions on Parade; Horse for Sale aisles; educational seminars; and a queen pageant.
Horse Fair kicks off on Friday at 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and includes a free preview of vendors from 5-7 p.m. Illinois Horse Fair continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Murphy500 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Horse Fair concludes Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Advance ticket prices: single day tickets adult: $13.50, child (6-12): $8.50, Senior 60+: $8.50. Evening event (per event ticket): $8.50. 3-Day Mega Pass: adult: $26.50, Child (6-12): $16.50, senior 60+: $16.50. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.illinoishorsefair.com/ticketing as well as through our Facebook page. Weekend of Horse Fair ticket prices: single day tickets adult: $15.00, child (6-12): $10.00, senior 60+: $10.00. Evening event (per event ticket): $10.00. 3-Day Mega Pass: adult: $30.00, child (6-12): $20.00, senior 60+: $20.00.
Illinois Horse Fair is the largest all-breed horse event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Educational opportunities, world class clinicians, educators and exhibitors. Shopping includes 94,000 square feet of trade show space offering everything equestrian. Proceeds from the Illinois Horse Fair provide funding to educational scholarships, equestrian disaster relief, and equestrian advocacy throughout Illinois.

March 3
FAITH Dad & Daughter Dance and Dinner! (6:00 - 9:00pm; Navy Club, 3100 Stanton St., SPRINGFIELD)

This is chance for Dad to have a Date night with his Daughter/Daughters!! Tickets are ONLY $25.00 for Dad and 1 Daughter; Dad and 2 or MORE Daughters: ONLY $45.00
Tickets are available from any FAITH board member or by contacting Jerrilyn Dixon at 217.691.1410 or Jerrilyn.dixon@yahoo.com.
(FAITH is a non-profit organization community-based program that was established to promote the participation of both parents in the lives of the children. Special emphasis will be focused toward fathers and fathers-to-be.)

March 3
Annual Trivia Night (7:00pm; Meridian High School, MACON)
$10 per person. Annual Trivia Night hosted by the scholastic bowl team. Teams of up to 10 players will work together to answer questions in categories covering music, movies, sports, history, etc. First place team wins $100. Proceeds will go toward scholarships. For more information or to enter a team, contact Jeannine Johnson at johnsonj@meridianhawks.net.

March 3
Spring Shopping EGGstravaganza Craft and Vendor Fair (9:00am - 1:00pm; Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Get in the mood for Spring and start your Easter shopping early! There will be over 50 handmade crafters and direct-sale vendors. Previous vendors have included Tupperware, Avon, Thirty-One Gifts, LuLaRoe, ME TIME Essentials and Lincoln Log Planters. There will also be a bake sale to support Trinity’s 8th Grade class as they plan for their Class Trip in May. A silent auction will also be conducted. For a complete list of vendors, for registration information or any questions, please visit Trinity’s website at trinity-lutheran.com or call 787.2323.

March 3
University of Illinois Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon (1:00 - 5:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Art Museum, Main Level, Link Gallery, 500 East Peabody Drive, CHAMPAIGN)
Despite its wide reach, Wikipedia suffers from a severe gender imbalance: since most editors are men, articles conform to men’s interests and perspectives. In an effort to change this, we are gathering a diverse group together to celebrate women’s cultural achievements.
We will provide tutorials for Wikipedia newcomers, reference materials, and snacks. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. Stop by for a little bit or stay for the whole afternoon. No Wikipedia editing experience necessary!
If you are unfamiliar with Wikipedia, you might try this training module which will help explain a lot of things about Wikipedia. Visit https://kam.illinois.edu/event/university-illinois-artfeminism-edit-thon for more information.

March 3, 4
Quincy Spring Pickers Market (Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sun 10:00am - 4:00pm; Pointe D'Vine, 276 Hwy 57, QUINCY)
This ain't your Granny's Craft Show! What will you find at the Spring Pickers Market? Art, Handmade Crafts, Vintage, Antiques, gourmet foods, repurposed finds, Spring & Garden decor, good ole junk, and much more will be displayed. Vendor booths will fill the venue with some of the best products available in the area. Featuring some of the finest vendors in the Midwest. You won't want to miss this spectacular Spring Pickers Market. An EVENT like no other. For Vendor Information email: pickervilleusa@gmail.com or call 217-883-0570.

March 4
Antique Apple Tree Grating Seminar (1:30pm; Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Rd., CAMPTON HILLS)
Make three grafts of antique apple trees to take home for planting with Dan Bussey, national expert orchardist and author. Reservations required. $30 www.garfieldfarm.org | 630-584-8485

March 4, 6
MOLLY SCHLICH INDEPENDENT & INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES: The Midwife (1:00pm & 4:00pm Sunday, 7:00pm Tuesday; AMC Parkway 8, 3025 Lindbergh Boulevard, SPRINGFIELD)
$8 adults | $4 students with ID. All films during the MSIIFS are played at 1 & 4 PM on Sundays, and again on Tuesdays at 7PM. Single tickets are available for purchase at the door. The Film Series has been entertaining and challenging movie lovers for over 25 years by bringing independent and international films to Springfield. Proceeds from the series benefit the Michael Victor II Art Library.

March 4 - May 27
FREE! Sunday Morning Bird Walks(7:30 - 9:00am; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Meet in Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot All ages (under 15 with supervising adult) Birding is an adventure for any age. Walk with Champaign County Audubon Society leaders and search for birds in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park. Learn and practice basic bird watching and identification techniques. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them or you may borrow one from the Anita Purves Nature Center with a refundable credit card deposit of $15 (pick up M-Sa 9am-4pm).

March 5
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.

March 5
Free Storm Spotter Course (6:30 - 8:30pm; LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
The National Weather Service will offer a free two-hour “Severe Weather Storm Spotting” class at Lincoln Land Community College. Open to the general public, in addition to learning about the formation and tracking of tornadoes, the session will give attendees an opportunity to become official NWS storm spotters. The training program will be held in the Student Union on the lower level of Menard Hall. Co-sponsored by the Capital Area Amateur Radio Emergency Response Team (CAARERT) and LLCC, there is no age limit for those who wish to attend. However, attendees must be at least 18 years old to receive storm spotter certification. Pre-registration is not required.
Those with special needs should send a request to Chris.Miller@noaa.gov no later than Wednesday, February 28 so that LLCC can accommodate the request.
The session will be led by Chris Miller, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Lincoln. The class will cover the formation and movement of tornadoes and other severe storms. Also included will be a discussion of personal safety considerations when severe weather is threatening.
For more information, contact Dean Butzow, Lincoln Land Community College professor of geography at dean.butzow@llcc.edu or 217-786-4923, or visit the NWS Lincoln Office “Severe Weather Spotter Training” web page at: http://www.weather.gov/Lincoln/spotter.

March 7
Preschool Program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Rainbow Hunt will be the theme of the March preschool program at the Westville Public Library. The program will be Wednesday, March 7 at 10 AM. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register.

March 7
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The movie will be a classic film featuring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara about a retired American boxer that returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this wonderful movie.

March 9
KC/CDA Fish Dinner at Knights of Columbus (Fridays during LENT, 5:30 - 7:00pm; Knights of Columbus, 320 East State Street, JACKSONVILLE)
Catfish, Walleye, Baked Potato, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Dessert and Drink
Adults $9 | Students $5

March 9
Lenten Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; Williamsville United Methodist Church, 128 E. Jones St., SPRINGFIELD)
Dinner Includes (all you can eat): Walleye | Baked Potato or Potato Salad | Cole Slaw | Applesauce | Dessert | Drink
COST: Adults—$8.00 | Children 12 & under—$4.00 | Hot Dog Dinner—$3.00 (Future dates: March 23)

March 9
Firefighters Fish Fry (5:00 - 7:30pm; Firefighter's Postal Lake Club, 940 W Lake Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Walleye Dinner (fried) - All you can eat is dine in only: $8 | Walleye Dinner Ticket 2016 - 6 walleye dinners anytime during lent: $40 | Orange Roughy Fillet Dinner - cooked to order: $9 | Orange Roughy/Shrip Combo - cooked to order: $12 | Shrimp dinner - cooked to order - cajun or battered: $9 | Kid's Walleye dinner: $4 | Kid's chicken tenders: $4 | Hot dog dinner: $4
Dinners include choice of baked potato or fries with cole slaw, dessert & coffee.

March 9
Passport Gallery Tours (5:00 - 9:00pm; SPRINGFIELD)
Visitors will be handed a "passport" to get stamped at all three gallery locations for a chance to win artwork selected from the exhibiting artists. Each location will host a special talk or promotion at staggered times to encourage visitors to visit each location. All galleries are free and open to the public. Exhibition Details: SAA Collective | Hoogland Center for the Arts (420 S. 6th Street, SPRINGFIELD) Ambience, featuring David Brodsky (photography), John Hayes (Painting), and Gary Beaumont (ceramics) Reception Time: 5 - 8 PM | Artist Talk: 5:45 PM | For more information about this exhibition please contact Corrin McWhirter at gallerydirector@springfieldart.org or 217-544-2787
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery | Springfield Art Association (700 N 4th Street, SPRINGFIELD) | Artist In Resident Exhibition: Back from the Dead by Ginger Lukas, Contempt For A Thin Fever by Rob Thomson, and Head Like A Stone by Gene Tanta | Reception Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Artist Talk: 7 PM | For more information about this exhibition please contact Betsy Dollar at director@Springfieldart.org or 217-523-2631
The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space (711 S 5th St, SPRINGFIELD) Cosmos | Reception Time: 6 - 9 PM | Art Raffle: 8:45 PM, Artwork by artists participating in all the Passport Art Exhibitions will be raffled off to guest who get their card stamped at each gallery location. | For more information about this exhibition please contact Janet Sgro at info@thepharmacygallery.com or (801) 810-9278
Future dates: June 8, Nov 30

March 9
Little Flower Men's Club 21st Annual Lenten Fish Frys (5:00 - 7:30pm; Little Flower Parish Center/Gym, 800 E. Stevenson Dr.,
WILLIAMSVILLE) Every Friday in Lent except Good Friday. $8 Adults/ $4 kids
Includes Springfield's only fish taco bar | Soft serve Ice cream and fresh-made Donuts available for purchase. More details: http://lfmc.little-flower.org

March 10
Hopeful Futures Gala (6:00pm; • Wyndham Springfield City Centre, 700 East Adams, SPRINGFIELD)

• $125- Benefiting the children and families of Hope.
• 6:00 p.m. Reception. 7:00 p.m. Dinner. 8:30 p.m. Dueling Pianos.
• Purchase tickets at www.advancinghope.us/hopefulfutures or by calling (217)525-9536

March 10
Mystery March (10:00am, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
Mystery March is coming to the Westville Public Library. Saturday, March 10 will feature Who's a Fraidy Kat? interactive mystery for ages 8 and up. The program will begin at 10 AM. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your detective badge and a spot in the program.

March 10
Rotary Club Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (7:00 - 10:30am; First Baptist Church, 1602 S. Prospect Ave., SAVOY)
All proceeds will benefit Rotary community and humanitarian projects locally and around the world. The church is located at the corner of Prospect and Burwash avenues.

March 10
Annual Chili Supper (4:00 - 7:00pm; Paradise Fire Station, 3287 Lake Rd., MATTOON)
Donation $5 per person. Dessert & Drink included. Door prizes & Raffles. Auction. Money raised is used to buy much needed equipment. This is our 12th year as first responders and the money is also used for our continued training and updating our equipment.

March 11
FAMILY FILM SERIES: The Eagle Huntress (2:00pm; AMC Parkway 8, 3025 Lindbergh Boulevard, SPRINGFIELD)
$6 adults | $3 children. Single tickets are available for purchase at the door. The Film Series has been entertaining and challenging movie lovers for over 25 years by bringing independent and international films to Springfield. Proceeds from the series benefit the Michael Victor II Art Library.

March 11
Bowl for Multiple Sclerosis (2:00pm; Plamor Lanes, DECATUR)
$15 entry. Entry fee includes 2 games and shoe rental. Awards to top child, male, female and team bowlers. All funds raised wil be donated to the Greater Illinois MS Society. Get your team of four registered today. Email 2kraftyevents@gmail.com | 217-330-6443

March 11 - 14
'Relationships Matter' Conference (Jacksonville Church of Christ, 2365 W Morton Ave., JACKSONVILLE)
The Jacksonville Church of Christ invites you to a conference called Relationships Matter, March 11-14, 2018, with nationally recognized speakers Jerry and Lynn Jones. This conference centers on understanding who we are as individuals and how we can build the best relationships possible in all areas of our lives. Meeting times are: Sunday, March 11 from 9 to 11:30am and 3 to 8pm and Monday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 14 at 7-9pm. The conference is free for all attendees. Childcare will be provided. The Jacksonville Church of Christ is located at 2365 W. Morton Avenue in Jacksonville, IL. For more information, please call (217) 245-5001 or go to facebook.com/jaxchurch or www.marriagematters.ws.

March 16
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 www.kofc3914.com

March 16
Firefighters Fish Fry (5:00 - 7:30pm; Firefighter's Postal Lake Club, 940 W Lake Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Walleye Dinner (fried) - All you can eat is dine in only: $8 | Walleye Dinner Ticket 2016 - 6 walleye dinners anytime during lent: $40 | Orange Roughy Fillet Dinner - cooked to order: $9 | Orange Roughy/Shrip Combo - cooked to order: $12 | Shrimp dinner - cooked to order - cajun or battered: $9 | Kid's Walleye dinner: $4 | Kid's chicken tenders: $4 | Hot dog dinner: $4
Dinners include choice of baked potato or fries with cole slaw, dessert & coffee.

March 16
Spring Sensations Night Hike (7:00 - 8:30pm; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Anita Purves Nature Center & Busey Woods All ages (under 15 with registered adult) Experience the sights, sounds and smells of spring’s arrival during a nighttime hike through Busey Woods. Enjoy some fresh air and exercise, and finish the night with hot chocolate and snacks around the campfire! In the event of rain, this program may be rescheduled. Children age 14 and under must attend with a registered adult.
EB Cost | Deadline Cost | Deadline Code
$9R/$14NR |Mar 2 $11R/$17NR | Mar 9 xxxx

March 16
KC/CDA Fish Dinner at Knights of Columbus (Fridays during LENT, 5:30 - 7:00pm; Knights of Columbus, 320 East State Street, JACKSONVILLE)
Catfish, Walleye, Baked Potato, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Dessert and Drink
Adults $9 | Students $5

March 16
Little Flower Men's Club 21st Annual Lenten Fish Frys (5:00 - 7:30pm; Little Flower Parish Center/Gym, 800 E. Stevenson Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Every Friday in Lent except Good Friday. $8 Adults/ $4 kids
Includes Springfield's only fish taco bar | Soft serve Ice cream and fresh-made Donuts available for purchase. More details: http://lfmc.little-flower.org

March 16, 17
Spring Fling Vendor Fair (American Legion, 110 W. Franklin, TAYLORVILLE)
The date for the Spring Fling Vendor Fair is Friday, March 16 - 6 p.m. and Saturday, March, 17 - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.. Located at the American Legion, 110 W. Franklin, Taylorville, IL 62568. Fee - open to the public; Exhibit material and description of vendor fair - spring arts, crafts, flea market items, collectibles and home canned foods and baked goods (must have your certificates on sight). Noon meal - A corn beef and cabbage dinner will be available Saturday for $8 per person. More information - call 561-6003 (Phyllis Wilson - auxiliary president)

March 17
FREE! Canada Geese: Friend or Foe? (2:00 - 3:00pm; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Lake House, Crystal Lake Park | Age 15 and up | Whether you love them or despise them, Canada geese are a common sight around Crystal Lake Park. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, they have made an incredible rebound in the last 60 years. Join us to learn about their recovery, why they no longer migrate in the winter, and what communities and the Urbana Park District are doing to prevent them from overpopulating.

March 17
3rd Saturday Market (9:00am - 4:00pm; Merchant Building, Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
Spring is just around the corner!!!! Stop by our 3rd Saturday Market with our very talented 30+ crafters and vendors. See what they have crafted for the Spring! It’s not that far away. The building is heated. We are located in the Merchant building at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds. The entrance to the Fairgrounds is South of the corner of RT 133 and Vine St. Follow the road into the Fairgrounds to the Merchant Building (behind the high school at Jurgens Park). Follow us on Facebook at 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar. For more information or vendor inquiry contact Dawn Verci (309)253-6245. Dates for 2018: April 21, May 19, June 16, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 16.1

March 17
Nokomis Woman's Club Spring Craft Show (9:00am - 2:00pm; Cornerstone Academy, 316 E South St., NOKOMIS)
There will be cakewalks in the morning , free prize drawings on the hour and lunch is available. Lunch choices include chili,hot dogs,sausage, BBQ sandwiches, pie and breakfast rolls, chips and drinks. Booth space can be rented by contacting BJ Tooley at 217-851-1309. Proceeds from the Craft Show help to fund the clubs many projects, such as Treats With Santa and The Easter Egg Hunt.

March 17
Post-Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S. Grand Ave. West, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, contact Pete at SCIL, 217-523-2587

March 17
Visit the Easter Bunny at Dallas & Co! (10:00am - 6:00pm; Dallas & Co, 101 E. University Ave., CHAMPAIGN)
FREE for all ages! Remember to bring your cameras! 217.351.5974 dallasandco.com

March 18
FAMILY FILM SERIES: Wonderstruck (2:00pm; AMC Parkway 8, 3025 Lindbergh Boulevard, SPRINGFIELD)
$6 adults | $3 children. Single tickets are available for purchase at the door. The Film Series has been entertaining and challenging movie lovers for over 25 years by bringing independent and international films to Springfield. Proceeds from the series benefit the Michael Victor II Art Library.

March 18
Heads Up Group for those with traumatic brain injury. (2:00 - 4:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S. Grand Ave. West, SPRINGFIELD) For more information, contact DAVE via 217-523-2587

March 21
FREE! Woodcock Walk (7:00 - 8:00pm; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Meadowbrook Interpretive Center | All ages (under 15 with adult) | Discover the secret life of the bird with the upside-down brain during a guided twilight stroll. Witness why this bird has so many other intriguing names like Labrador Twister, Pop-eyed Shot Dodger and Mud Snipe. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them. We will hike through muddy and non-paved surfaces. Please, no strollers. Call 217-384-4062 by March 20 if you plan on attending.

March 22
“Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film” (6:00 - 9:00pm; LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
The Lincoln Land Community College Arts and Humanities Department invites the public to a free film and discussion series this spring entitled, “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film.”
This month's film will be “The Way” (2010) – When a father hears that his son was killed in an accident in the north of Spain while walking the over 1000-year-old pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago, he goes to Europe to claim his son’s body. Once there, he decides to complete his son’s pilgrimage to honor his son’s memory. This is the story of a man and the people he meets on the Camino de Santiago who find meaning and purpose while on pilgrimage.
The film series will be held on select Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus, hosted by Ashley Green and Paul Van Heuklom, professors of English and Joseph Hoff, professor of Spanish. In addition, the Trutter Museum will have culturally relevant artifacts from the Trutter collection on display in the reception area. Film series attendees are encouraged to come early to enjoy the art and history prior to the film showings.

March 23
Lenten Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; Williamsville United Methodist Church, 128 E. Jones St., SPRINGFIELD)
Dinner Includes (all you can eat): Walleye | Baked Potato or Potato Salad | Cole Slaw | Applesauce | Dessert | Drink
COST: Adults—$8.00 | Children 12 & under—$4.00 | Hot Dog Dinner—$3.00 (Future dates: March 9, 23)

March 23
Little Flower Men's Club 21st Annual Lenten Fish Frys (5:00 - 7:30pm; Little Flower Parish Center/Gym, 800 E. Stevenson Dr.,
WILLIAMSVILLE) Every Friday in Lent except Good Friday. $8 Adults/ $4 kids
Includes Springfield's only fish taco bar | Soft serve Ice cream and fresh-made Donuts available for purchase. More details: http://lfmc.little-flower.org

March 23
Firefighters Fish Fry (5:00 - 7:30pm; Firefighter's Postal Lake Club, 940 W Lake Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Walleye Dinner (fried) - All you can eat is dine in only: $8 | Walleye Dinner Ticket 2016 - 6 walleye dinners anytime during lent: $40 | Orange Roughy Fillet Dinner - cooked to order: $9 | Orange Roughy/Shrip Combo - cooked to order: $12 | Shrimp dinner - cooked to order - cajun or battered: $9 | Kid's Walleye dinner: $4 | Kid's chicken tenders: $4 | Hot dog dinner: $4
Dinners include choice of baked potato or fries with cole slaw, dessert & coffee.

March 23
KC/CDA Fish Dinner at Knights of Columbus (Fridays during LENT, 5:30 - 7:00pm; Knights of Columbus, 320 East State Street, JACKSONVILLE)
Catfish, Walleye, Baked Potato, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Dessert and Drink
Adults $9 | Students $5

March 23, 24, 25
“The Wizard of Oz” (7:00pm; 2:00pm; Lutheran High School, 3500 W Washington St., SPRINGFIELD)
Join the Springfield and surrounding communities as Lutheran High School students present, “The Wizard of Oz” on Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th at 7:00pm each night, and then a matinee on Sunday, March 25th at 2:00pm in Lutheran High’s All Saints Chapel and Performing Arts Center. Ticket prices are $10 per adult and $8 per student/senior. To reserve your seat, call the LuHi school office at 546-6363.

March 24
Pleasant Hill Village Easter Egg Roll (10:30am; Pleasant Hill Village, 1010 W. North St., GIRARD)
The event is free and open to ages 0-10. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the hunt kicks off right after. Call 217-627-2181 for more information.

March 24
Animal Domestication (1:00pm & 3:00pm; Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Rd., CAMPTON HILLS)
Volunteer Samira Bamberger will give a lecture on animal domestication at 1pm and a more in-depth look at 3pm. A tour of the museum's heritage livestock is included. $6 per lecture. www.garfieldfarm.org | 630-584-8485

March 24
Visit the Easter Bunny at Dallas & Co! (10:00am - 6:00pm; Dallas & Co, 101 E. University Ave., CHAMPAIGN)
FREE for all ages! Remember to bring your cameras! 217.351.5974 dallasandco.com

March 24
"Meet Harriet Tubman, Underground Railroad Conductor" (2:00pm; Decatur Public Library Madden Auditorium, 130 N. Franklin, DECATUR)
Join us for an enjoyable afternoon with Kathryn Harris as she presents a living portrayal of Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and civil rights activist who guided slaves to freedom via 19 Underground Railroad trips into the South before the Civil War. Music presented by the 1st Pres String Band. Free

March 24
Penguin in the Park 5k (7:30am - 11:30am; Fairview Park, Pavilion #1, 1455 W Fairview Dr., DECATUR)
A scenic 5k (3.1 miles) through Fairview Park is a race for runners of all levels in the family. All finishers receive a finisher medal. Younger runners can enjoy a 300 meter dash. Free post-race party located at Griswold Gym at Millikin University following the race.
5K price before March 1 - $23, after March 1 - $30, price increases to $35 after March 18. Tot trot price before March 1 - $13, after March 1 - $15, price increases to $20 after March 18. Part of the proceeds go to a Millikin University scholarship and youth running programs with the Decatur Park District.

March 24
Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Family Skywatch (7:00 - 9:00pm; Champaign Urbana Astronomical Society Observatory, County Rd 700 E, CHAMPAIGN)
Our observatory is located about 2 miles south west of Willard airport. Our first open house of the year! Come and have a look at magnificent astronomical objects through our many telescopes. We recently completed a new observatory building to accommodate our ever increasing number of guests. Use our newly refurbished primary dome instrument, a 16 primary diameter mirror Cassegrain telescope. Open to the public! This is an excellent family outing. It is educational, it gets the kids outdoors and is free for all. This event is canceled in the event of bad weather, including cloudy skies. Call 356-2567 if the weather is iffy. Phone: (217) 351-2568 = Staerkel Planetarium

March 25
FAMILY FILM SERIES: Earnest and Celestine (2:00pm; AMC Parkway 8, 3025 Lindbergh Boulevard, SPRINGFIELD)
$6 adults | $3 children. Single tickets are available for purchase at the door. The Film Series has been entertaining and challenging movie lovers for over 25 years by bringing independent and international films to Springfield. Proceeds from the series benefit the Michael Victor II Art Library.

March 29, 30
"Journey of the Cross" (5:00 - 8:00pm Thursday & 12:00 - 3:00pm Friday; Elliott Avenue Baptist Church, 501 West Elliott Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Take a journey with Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to the tomb. "Journey of the Cross" is an interactive, contemplative walk-through of Christ's last hours. Come and journey at your own pace, and experience Christ's Passion in a new way. For more information - visit our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ElliottAvenueBaptistChurch), email the church (elliottchurch@sbcglobal.net), or call the church office @ 217-528-2983 (ask for Pastor Cana)

March 30
Firefighters Fish Fry (5:00 - 7:30pm; Firefighter's Postal Lake Club, 940 W Lake Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Walleye Dinner (fried) - All you can eat is dine in only: $8 | Walleye Dinner Ticket 2016 - 6 walleye dinners anytime during lent: $40 | Orange Roughy Fillet Dinner - cooked to order: $9 | Orange Roughy/Shrip Combo - cooked to order: $12 | Shrimp dinner - cooked to order - cajun or battered: $9 | Kid's Walleye dinner: $4 | Kid's chicken tenders: $4 | Hot dog dinner: $4
Dinners include choice of baked potato or fries with cole slaw, dessert & coffee.

March 30
Hope's Night at the Rink (6:00pm; Nelson Center, Franklin Room, SPRINGFIELD)
Come out and watch the Jr. Blues game and hang out with some of the kids from Hope! Hors d'oeuvres will be served. $10 per person ($5 comes back to help support the programs at Hope)

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