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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.

Now through March 27
The ART of Illustration (M-Th 10am-7pm; Sat 12pm-2pm. Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 Bradley Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
For The ART of Illustration, curator Liza Wynette selected 10 contemporary U.S. illustrators known for their innovative work, personal style, and varying methods of creating their originals from paintbrush and gouache through digital manipulation. The exhibition will also feature books, packaging, and animation.
Wynette, a practicing illustrator and owner of Esoterra Studio, currently teaches graphic design classes at Parkland College. Her goal in curating the exhibit was to give visitors a glimpse into the wide range of styles, techniques, mediums, and formats illustrators work in today.
Gallery visitors will encounter the illustrations of Anna and Elena Balbusso, Ed Binkley, Chris Buzelli, Marcos Chin, Tatsuro Kiuchi, Miriam Martincic, Bill Mayer, James Prosek, Ralph Steadman and Matt Wiley. Their works have been published throughout the world on such varied media as book jackets, children's books, classic novels, magazines, and newspapers including The New Yorker, The New York Times, National Geographic, Time, Rolling Stone, GQ, Sports Illustrated, The Village Voice, and The Wall Street Journal.
Gallery is closed March 17-24 | artgallery.parkland.edu | giertzgallery@parkland.edu

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

NOW THROUGH MARCH 31
Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest (Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest is open to students in grades 9 thru 12, public, private, parochial or home schooled. And a U.S. citizen or U.S. national. It is a national scholarship contest sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. For full contest and eligibility rules go to vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships
Deadline is March 31, 2018 | 217-789-4725

Now through April 26
Bistro Verde (11:00am - 1:00pm; LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
Bistro Verde, Lincoln Land Community College’s student-run café, will be open during the spring 2018 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Feb. 6. The community is invited to experience food prepared and served by LLCC culinary arts, baking and pastry, and hospitality students.

Bistro Verde will operate through Thursday, March 8 as a casual bistro and from Thursday, March 29 through Thursday, April 26 with fine dining service. Reservations are encouraged, and can be made by emailing bistroverde@llcc.edu, calling 217-786-2821 or stopping by the café during hours of business. Cash and debit or credit cards are accepted.

The café’s dining room is staffed by students from the Dining Room Operations class, and food is prepared by students in the Food Production IV class. Desserts are created by students enrolled in the Advanced Baking and Pastry and Restaurant Desserts classes, while bread is supplied by the Artisan Breads class. Students gain practical hands-on experience and learn about providing diners with high quality food and service to create a memorable dining occasion. They are taught and supervised by an experienced team of professional culinary instructors.

LLCC offers an associate in applied science degree in culinary arts and also in hospitality management and services. Certificates offered include culinary manager, first cook, and baking and pastry. LLCC also offers non-credit cooking and baking classes, as well as Bistro Verde dinners through the Culinary Institute.

More information is available at www.llcc.edu/bistro-verde.

March 1 - April 12
Leaving Loves Company (M-Th 11:00am - 6:00pm; UIS Visiual Arts Gallery, SPRINGFIELD)
Arizona-based artist Angela Ellsworth is a multidisciplinary artist. A direct descendant of Lorenzo Snow, the fifth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she looks to her former Mormon heritage in re-creating histories, both personal and cultural. She is a self-identified queer artist and feminist that lends a strong female perspective, and frequently employs traditional craft practices in the fabrication of her object-based works. “Leaving Loves Company” will feature several works by the artist, among them the exhibition namesake, Leaving Loves Company: a stunning hand cart replica, modeled on the hand-drawn carts used during the Mormon western migration. Appearing completely immaculate and potentially otherworldly, this object defies function. The interior is carefully lined with white leather with rabbit fur details. Close inspection reveals that the wood grain texture that covers the massive cart has been meticulously hand drawn in graphite by the artist. The Visual Arts Gallery is centrally located on the UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, Room 201, and is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the UIS Visual Arts Gallery website at www.uis.edu/visualarts/gallery or contact the gallery by phone at 217/206-6506 or by email at alach@uis.edu.

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
Fish Fry (5:00 - 7:00pm; American Legion Post 759, 206 W. Chestnut St., CHATHAM)
"Friday Night ‘All You Can Eat' Walleye Dinner" serving from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Post Home at 206 W. Chestnut Street, Chatham Illinois. This is an event for the whole community, the public is welcome.
The cost for the dinner is $8.50 and will include your choice of a baked potato or river fries, cold slaw, coffee or ice tea and a Free Dessert. Children's Plates featuring a choice of Chicken Tenders, Hot Dog or Fish Fillet, with chips and drink. Children 3 and under eat free.
Carry out is available. (217-483-4084)
In addition you may purchase separately: Walleye Fillet Sandwiches, Chicken Tenders, Hot Dogs and full complement of beverages.
A Free Fish Dinner will be offered to any veteran or active duty service personnel signing up as a new member or with a transfer to American Legion Post 759.

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 to June 3
Unsung Heroes (Illinois State Museum, Second Floor Gallery, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans.
Anna Heistad. Minnie Vautrin. Thomas Jones. Three ordinary people who did extraordinary things in service of their fellow man, and whom history has largely forgotten. This exhibition tells the stories of these “unsung heroes”. Anna Heistad was a nurse and settlement worker in early 19th century Chicago who rose before dawn during the Spanish flu pandemic to work with the ill. Minnie Vautrin was a missionary worker in China who sheltered thousands of women and children during the Rape of Nanking. Thomas Jones was a Navy medic who tended to his comrades’ wounds in the heat of battle. All three saved countless lives, and none of them did it for any kind of reward or glory. The exhibit will document their fascinating stories of sacrifice and heroism through photographs and personal objects, many which have never been publicly displayed. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

March 2 to June 3
Stillness (Illinois State Museum, Second Floor Gallery, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans.
Stillness is an exhibition that celebrates the genre of still life as a reflection of our modern life. This exhibition brings together paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture created over the last 100 years from the Museum's permanent collection. The selected works draw from the significant movements and approaches to artmaking of the modern and contemporary periods. The artists have rendered their moments, real or imagined, in a variety of artistic approaches, from precise realism to gestural exuberance, all to singular effect. This tension between representation and abstraction—between holding on and letting go—is key, shuttling us between the unmoving, quiet moment and the energetic, often urgent measure of that experience.
Artists included: Macena Barton, Fred Becker, Fred Biesel, James Butler, Steven Carrelli, Elizabeth Colwell, Manierre Dawson, Michele Feder-Nadoff, Frances Foy, Gerald Frank, Susan Frankel, William Frederking, Minetta Good, Theodore Halkin, Nancy Hild, Ken Holder, Ben Mahmoud, Robert Middaugh, Jan Miller, Samuel Parker, Tom Petrillo, Carolyn Plochmann, Alejandro Romero, Frank Sadorus, Polly Scribner Ames, Flora Schofield, William Schwartz, Nicholas Sistler, Jeanette Pasin Sloan, Eric Wert, Albert Wong, Mary Agnes Yerkes
For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemueum.org or (217) 558-6696

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
Civil War Tech (10:00am - 12:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Children will get to explore 3D-printing, try on disguises, make their own maps and even help build artificial limbs for disabled people in the 2018 "Civil War Tech" series at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Civil War Tech offers hands-on activities that let children explore the intersection of history and technology.
The 2018 schedule is:
Nurses, Soldiers and Spies, Oh My!: Women played many roles during the war. Children will explore the role of nurses and learn the art of disguise, which some women used as spies or to pose as men so they could enlist. March 3, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Logistics of War: How do you feed an entire army? What does it take to ensure weapons and supplies are available when soldiers go into battle? Children learn the answers and plan logistics for armies both in 1864 and today. April 4, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (A special mid-week event for spring break.
Mapping: The Civil War created enormous demand for new, detailed maps. Students learn how that demand was met, then head outside to map an area and reproduce the map through block printing. May 5, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The free programs take place in the ALPLM's library building at 112 N. Sixth St., Springfield. To reserve a spot, visit www.PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov.
Civil War Tech, made possible by support from AT&T, is meant for children ages 8 to 12. It melds science, technology, engineering and mathematics education with history. Thousands of students have participated in Civil War Tech programs at the presidential library and at schools around central Illinois.
"Abraham Lincoln had a passion for technology and its power to change people's lives. We think using history to explain scientific principles can ignite that same passion in today's students," said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to telling the story of America's 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology. It also serves as the state historical library.
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln material, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to other aspects of Illinois history. Meanwhile, the museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors.
Learn more at www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov or by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Pkwy, 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 .

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
Quarter Auction! (12:00pm, Elkhart Christian Church Fellowship Center, ELKHART)
NAG (Needs and Goals) quarter auction, to help raise money for senior lifelines. Lunch at noon, auction starts at 1 p.m.

March 3
It's Still Art! Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission
Museum Admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans.
Whether it's a painting, drawing, or photograph, artists have created still life art for centuries. Families will enjoy making still life art, snapping a photo with a 3D still life, and exploring the new Stillness exhibition of still life art from Illinois artists.
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.

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
1st Sunday Crafternoons (1:30 - 3:30pm; Illinois State Museum Atrium, 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. Join the Capital City Arts & Crafts group for conversation while practicing handcrafts (knitting, crocheting, embroidering, cross-stitching, hand-sewing, drawing, coloring) in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Bring a personal project to work on (one will not be provided). This group is for adults to meet and share ideas, their latest projects, tips & tricks, or get help when stuck. All skill levels welcome!
This meetup is organized by an outside group. Visit Capitol City Arts & Crafts on meetup.com or Facebook, or contact capitalcityartscrafts@outlook.com for more information. On the day of the event, contact the Museum at 217-782-0979. Museum admission is required. Regular attenders are encouraged to join the Illinois State Museum Society for a year of free admission to this and other events and exhibitions.

March 4
Annual Membership Meeting (2:00pm, 807 Stewart Road, BENLD)
Benld Adopt-A- Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold it’s Annual Membership Meeting. This meeting is open to all members as well as the general public. For more information call 217.891.0502.

March 4
Jospeh Welch in Concert (4:00pm; Central Christiasn Church, 650 W Williams St, DECATUR)
Free admission to the public. Featuring piano/vocalists romatic quartets.

March 4
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.

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 6
Information Meeting for Community Gardeners (5:30pm; IDOA Auditorium, Illinois Sate Fairgrounds, Sangamon Avenue and 8th Street/Gate 11, SPRINGFIELD)
The Illinois Department of Agriculture is actively seeking individuals or families who are interested in starting their own gardens and learning more about the local foods movement.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Community Garden is located on the infield of the Illinois State Fair Grandstand race track and features 200 garden plots. Of those plots, 100 are designated for organic gardening, and the remaining 100 plots are assigned for non-organic gardeners.
“The Community Garden is an ideal place for those who might not have space at their home, but still want to grow their own fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and other plants,” said Agriculture Director Raymond Poe. “It provides a safe and friendly environment along with access to mentors to help you learn if you are a beginner gardener.”
Each plot costs $20 and can be tilled for you for an additional $10. The Department will supply water, tools, and compost free of charge. In addition, mentoring will be available from the experts at the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. Those interested in participating in the 2018 growing season are encouraged to fill out a garden application located on Department’s website. All new and returning gardeners are invited to attend our kickoff meeting on March 6th at 5:30 pm in the IDOA Auditorium, located at the corner of Sangamon Avenue and 8th Street (Gate 11) on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Here gardeners will learn about the garden requirements, the Plant-A-Row program, and will be introduced to the University of Illinois Master Gardeners.
Weather permitting the Community Garden will open on March 30th.
If you would like more information about this year’s Community Garden, visit the Department’s website or contact the Department at (217) 785-5594.

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
"The Cahokia World and Mississippian Women" (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Paul Mickey Learning Series presented by Bill Iseminger, Asst. Site Manager, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Free and open to the public. The ancient urban development known as Cahokia, became the largest settlement north of Mexico. Built by people of the Mississippian culture, Cahokia’s influence was widespread throughout eastern North America. The importance of this great site and its major features will be examined, as well as the role that women played in Mississippian culture, beliefs, cosmology and mythology.
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.

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 8
Music at the Museum Series: The Matchsellers (7:00 - 9:00pm; Illinois State Museum, Thorne Deuel Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12
The Matchsellers are Warsaw, Indiana native Andrew Morris and Julie Bates of Kansas City, Missouri. Their exciting, gritty, and often hilarious stage show has been developed over four years of relentless touring across the US and Europe. Though deeply rooted in bluegrass and old time tradition, the pair’s respective backgrounds in electric blues guitar and classical violin– as well as a penchant for the absurd– offer a refreshing point of view. They have been featured on various NPR and international radio stations as well as blogs including The Bluegrass Situation, Dying For Bad Music and more.
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 Elizabeth Bazan at events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696 or (217)782-7386.

March 8 - 31
Easter Bunny Photo Experience (Lower Level, Macy's wing, White Oaks Mall; 2501 Wabash Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
In addition to regular phots with the Bunny. White Oaks Mall will also offer Caring Bunny. White Oaks Mall’s Caring Bunny™ event will offer families that have children with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Caring Bunny, the largest program of its kind, has been developed by Simon and is guided by AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community. Over 90 Simon® properties will host the Caring Bunny this season. Promotional assistance for Caring Bunny has been provided by Autism Speaks.

On Sunday, March 11 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):

• Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event.

• Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.

• Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.

Book your family's reservation with the Easter Bunny online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caring-bunny-tickets-42880907950

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, 10
Hobnob Hoopla Market (4:00 - 9:00pm; 9:00am - 4:00pm, Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building, 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Shake off the winter doldrums and join us for a happy market in the gorgeous old early 1900s Expo Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Shop from 100+ wonderful vintage & handmade vendors - all handpicked for their amazing goods and displays. You'll also find boutique clothing, early spring goodies, plenty of delicious food available, and cash bars with wine & craft beer.
Friday Night Early Bird Shopping is $10 online or $15 at the gate on March 9th. Saturday admission is $5 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free. Follow this link to get your tickets: www.eventsprout.com/event/hobnob-market-events-2018#tickets

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 9
Opening Reception: Ambience (5:00 - 8:00pm; SAA Collective, SPRINGFIELD)
The SAA Collective announces the opening of Ambience, a striking new exhibition featuring the work of David Brodsky, John Hayes, and Gary Beaumont. The artists will talk about their work in the gallery at 5:45. The public is invited to attend this free reception.
Ambience will be on display March 9 through May 3. Each artist's work is full of atmostphere but they employ three different mothods. Brodsky's photography catpure snapshots of human nature. His pieces transcends location and individual to speak about broader universal truths. Hayes' abstract and landscape paintings use the power of color and design to touch the viewer. Each piece has a sense of calm and contrast at the same moment. Beaumont combines cermaics and painting in a series of large format abstract platters. The platters incorperate traditional cermaic glases with drawing mediums incorperating the artists hand in a new way.
In addition this featured exhibition will be on displayed alongside a showcase of SAA Collective artists new paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography and more.
This exhibition is part of the PASSPORT Gallery tour, in partnership ith theSpringfield Art Association's M.G. Nelson Artist in Residence Exhibition, andThe Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space Cosmos Exhibition. If you visit all three opening on March 9th and get a stamp at each location you will be entered for a chance to win artwork.

March 9, 10
Cosmos (6:00 - 9:00pm, The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space, 711 S. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Cosmos is Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space Group Art Exhibit - Featuring artwork by Bill Crook Felicia Olin Wendy Allen M.L. Finch Vince Merriman Joan Burmeister Patricia Myers Diane DeLeonardo Diane Schleyhahn Jeff Curtis Williams Janet Sgro Jim Edgecomb Jamie McCormick James Elliott Shannon Bohlen Edward Haber Delinda Chapman Mary Ellen Strack Bernie Hatcher Timothy Donavan Russell ALSO watch for info on the PASSPORT GALLERY TOUR where you can be signed up for free to win artwork by hitting three downtown Springfield area art shows on Friday, March 9th!

March 9
A conversation with Elizabeth Bear with Q&A (2:00 - 3:00pm; Grainger Commons, Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, 1301 W. Springfield Avenue, URBANA)

Science Fiction Movie Night: Westworld (7:00pm, Illini Union 314 A, 1401 W. Green Street, URBANA) For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/141754966640153/.

March 10
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (12:30pm, Illini Union 314 B, 1401 W. Green Street, URBANA)
Science Fiction Quiz as a warm up to the movie. Movie begins at 1:00pm. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/141754966640153/.

March 10
Maple Syrup Time Demonstrations (1:00 - 2:00pm; Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Join one of the Garden's Naturalists for our annual maple tree tapping. Demonstrations will show the entire syrup- making process from tree tapping to boiling the sap down into syrup. Be sure to dress for the weather as this program is hands on, and will involve a trek to one of the Garden's many sugar bushes. Demonstrations begin at 1:00pm and 2:30pm each day. Programs start at the Nature Center and are free to the public.

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
Twin City Theatre Company Presents Broadway Backwards (7:00 - 10:00pm, Sodo Theatre, 114 S Neil St., CHAMPAIGN)
Back again after last year's successful event, Broadway Backwards hits the stage to support Twin City Theatre Company & Broadway Cares. Come out and enjoy the songs from your favorite Broadway shows with a twist! This one-night event will feature some amazing local talent, wonderful music, and a chance to bid on some of our really incredible silent-auction items. Tickets are available at www.twincitytheatreco.com or at the door. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door or at www.twincitytheatreco.com

March 10
Kingdom Foundations Ministry Training and Equipping Center (4:00 - 6:30pm; Table of Life Ministries, 2600 S 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
$15 Registration/ 8 classes $10 each | Kingdom Foundations Ministry Training and Equipping Center will begin meeting on March 10, 2018 and continue through June 23, 2018. Various classes will equip and train leaders to accomplish their spiritual goals and enhance their leadership capabilities - whether operating within their local churches and/or ministries. All are welcome to attend, especially those in leadership positions. Registration is required. Please contact Kingdom Foundations Ministry Training and Equipping Center by email: conniedheard@att.net or call 217/585-1042. See Facebook page (Connie Heard) for more details.

March 10
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.

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
Kids in the Kitchen (12:00 - 3:00pm; YMCA Downtown, 701 S. 4th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Join the Junior League of Springfield at the Springfield YMCA Downtown at 701 S. 4th Street; Springfield, IL 62703 for our fun, free and educational event for children. Free parking will be available in the YMCA parking lot, across the street from the main entrance. Tokens will be provided to exit the parking lot. Street parking is also available.
Kids will learn about making healthy choices. The four activity stations will include healthy habits for eating, hand washing, exercising, and teeth brushing. The event will conclude with a dance party. Each child will receive fun giveaway items to take home as well. Children eight years of age or younger should be accompanied by an adult for the event.
The online event sign up can be completed by going to: https://facebook.com/JLSIL. Once on that webpage, participants would find "Kids in the Kitchen" in the upcoming events section. That will lead participants to the direct site to sign up. Admission is limited to the first 100 children whose registration is received by March 3rd. Questions can be emailed to kidsinthekitchenspringfield@gmail.com.

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
Adult+child Paint: Peter Rabbit & Story (1:00pm, HeadWest Sub Shop, 1124 Jefferson Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
$25
Celebrate rabbits and Springtime by painting a rabbit while listening to the story of Peter Rabbit. A memorable experience for Two. No Mess, no stress.

• $25 pay online - enter Adult+Child in notes, or cash event for two

• Additional child/adult is $15

• Aprons, supplies and a free cookie are provided.

HeadWest Subs is a local business and grateful to have our event. Feel free to grab a sub before or after painting.
More details are on www.fb.com/ourvibrantcommunity

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 14
Why Not? Wednesdays (Until 7:00pm; Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
Why Not? Wednesdays are downtown Springfield’s latest contribution to making your work-week less humdrum and more special. Many retail businesses are staying open until 7 pm every Wednesday evening for after-work shopping, which leads naturally into drinks or dinner. This Wednesday (tomorrow night) many downtown retailers are featuring St. Patrick’s Day designs for your weekend plans. As always, street parking after 5 pm is free – as it is on Saturdays and Sundays.
Some of the participating businesses include:
(Sixth Street & Washington) - Wild Rose | Urban Sassafras | Willow & Birch
(Adams Street near Café Moxo) - The Elf Shelf | Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk
(Adams Street near 7th) - Recycled Records
(5th Street) - Springfield Vintage
(Monroe Street )- Daisy Jane’s | VELE Wine Not? Wednesday Specials
(Sixth Street near Monroe) - Murphy’s Loft | The Roost | Studio on Sixth | Maldaner's Restaurant

March 14
CONNECT! Career Day (9:00am - 1:40pml LLCC, Cass Gymnasium, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
It is a career exploration event held at the LLCC main campus, here in Springfield, where students come and talk to actual people who are living the careers that they are interested in after high school. The Regional Office of Career and Technical Education (ROCTE) is hosting our annual CONNECT! Career Day event for sophomores from the 19 high schools in our region.

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 FUTURE DATES: Sept. 7

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
Free Movie Night: Divination (6:30pm, House on the Rock Church, 314 N Grant St., EDINBURG)
Free movie night will resume, running through OCtober 19 on the third Friday of the month. Jason and Jessica are expecting their first child when they receive a visit from their mysterious friend Dee. But their joy is soon overshadowed by fear, who continually whispers nightmares and horrific into Jason's mind. When the powerful angel Joshua intervenes, spiritual warfare begins for Jason and his family. Free popcorn and drinks will be served. For more information, contact Charles POrtwood at 217-972-3847 or hotrchurch@yahoo.com

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 16, 17
Q.U.I.L.T.S. Biennial Quilt Show (10:00am;Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
QUILTS of Springfield presents its 2018 biennial quilt show, "Piecing 200 Years Together" in recognition of the bicentennial celebration of the state of Illinois. The two day event will be held in the Orr building located on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. Our show includes several hundred entries as well as demonstrations, a raffle quilt, items for our 2018 charity, and vendors. Food will be available for purchase so come spend the day with us. Easy access to the facility. Sponsored by Q.U.I.L.T.S., the Springfield area quilters' guild, "Piecing Together, 200 Years in Illinois" is open to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Orr Building (via gate 9) at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Admission at the door is $7 or $10 for a two-day pass. Parking is free.
More than 400 quilts by members of Q.U.I.L.T.S. (Quilters United In Learning, Teaching & Self-Improvement) will be on display during the biennial quilt show. Viewers may vote for their favorites in 27 categories. Quilts include hand and machine pieced quilts, appliqued and embroidered quilts, baby quilts, wall hangings, miniatures, garments, and household or holiday items. There will be several display only categories for junior quilters, antique quilts and red, white and blue quilts that will be donated to the Quincy Veterans' Home following the show.
Special show activities include a display of a national touring exhibit of challenge quilts sponsored by Hoffman Fabrics, quilting demonstrations and bed turnings of antique quilts, scissor sharpening, and quilt appraisals by St. Louis-based quilt appraiser Hallye Bone (by appointment). Another event is a "2018 cent sale" of small quilted items, all proceeds to benefit the Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery. Also, a percentage of sales at the consignment shop will be donated to Mini O'Beirne. Vendors from three states will have booths during the show.
A quilt, "Spring Prairie Cabin" that was pieced and hand appliquéd by guild members is being raffled. Tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5) may be purchased at the show until the drawing Saturday afternoon. You do no need to be present to win. For more information, contact Karen Lindley at 217-652-9839 or postoaks@comcast.net. More information, including a photo of the raffle quilt, is posted online at http://www.springfieldquilts.com/2018-quilt-show.html.


March 16-18, 22-25
Twin City Theatre Company Presents: Nunsense II: The Second Coming (7:00pm Th - Sat, 2:00pm Sun; SoDo Theatre, 114 S Neil St., CHAMPAIGN)
The Little Sisters of Hoboken, those humble nuns with a touch of 'showbiz' flair, return in style with, NUNSENSE II: THE SECOND COMING. Presenting a high-spirited and zany 'Thank You Program' for their many supporters, the sisters sing and dance their way across the Mount St. Helens' stage, which is already dressed for the Hoboken Music Society's upcoming production of The Mikado. Tickets are $15 ($12 for students & seniors)

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
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S. Veterans Pkwy; 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 .

March 17
Southern Gospel Southern Salvation (6:30pm, Springfield 1st Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3300 West Jefferson, SPRINGFIELD)
This is a FREE event to the public! A Love Offering will be taken in support of the group. (217) 787-7089

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
St. Patrick's Day Picnic for the homeless (11:00am - 4:30pm; Enos Park, SPRINGFIELD)

March 17
Master Gardener Q&A (10:00am - 12:00pm & 6:00 - 8:00pm; Jacksonville Dream Center Foundation, 210 West College Street, JACKSONVILLE)
Free event. All Ages Welcome. If you or your child want to know how to plant & grow an herb garden, gardens for butterflies or have always wanted to TRY... this is the party for you! Class will cover bed prep, planting and upkeep. The same class will also be offered in the morning and evening. Classes will be taught by Master Gardner’s Anita Moody, Nancy Hamby, Martha Vache' and Don Pigg. Please come with questions about your planting needs. Contact Steve Cantrell at 217-473-1303 with questions.

March 17
The World’s Shortest St.Patrick’s Day Parade (5:00pm, URBANA)
The Urbana Business Association and Rewind 92.5 plan to “Make St.Pat’s Official Again” by, once again, partnering to throw The World’s Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade will begin at 5:00 PM in downtown Urbana and will run down Main St. for one block from Broadway Avenue to Race Street. At 4:00 PM, prior to the parade, and immediately following the parade, until 6:00PM Sipyard will host St.Patrick’s Day Shenanigans with 2 special beers from Riggs Beer Company and Irish favorites being cooked up from Piato To Go. The parade will be presented by Heel To Toe and will feature Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin as the parade’s Grand Marshall. This will be the second annual running of the parade.

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 17
Sherlock Holmes Society Meeting (6:30pm; Scheels, 3601 Crystal Lake Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and west central Illinois area, will meet for it's semi-annual film evening. The public is invited to attend. Guests are asked to bring a light snack or a favored beverage to share. This gala affair will be at the home of Rich and Debbie. We will be viewing and discussing the 2016 BBC Sherlock Christmas Special "The Abominable Bride" starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387. sherlock.lolopop.org

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
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Pkwy, 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 .

March 18
This Land Was Our Land: Native Americans, Globalization, and Treaties (2:00 - 4:00pm, Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Bicentennial Speaker Series presented by Dr. Michael Wiant. Free and open to the public. Clinging to the eastern seaboard and still under threat from Great Britain, the fledgling United States soon adopted a large-scale and aggressive strategy for expansion. Unfamiliar and daunting landscapes did little to stem westward expansion, and immediately Native American Nations, sole residents of the continent for thousands of years, faced an unprecedented challenge to their territory and way of life. This presentation explores the cultural transformation of the Illinois territory on the eve of statehood and how these events reverberate today.
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.

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 19 - April 5
“Herbaria and Otherwords" (8:00am - 4:00pm weekdays, James S. Murray Gallery, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception with the artist on March 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. “Herbaria and Otherwords” represents a body of work influenced by the tradition of botanical collections that was popular during the Victorian era. However, unlike standard collections, Mazrim alters and manipulates dried plant remains, adding pigment, fibers and found objects. “The use of text adds to or changes the meaning of the specimens,” says Mazrim.
Her exhibit also includes works that incorporate pages or covers from vintage books. “It is a reference to the speculation about the future demise of printed books,” she explains.
Mazrim was born in rural Minnesota but has spent most of her adult life in central Illinois. She studied art at LLCC, Sangamon State University, University of Minnesota, Arrowmont School in Tennessee and Penland School in North Carolina. Her work has been exhibited in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Seattle and throughout the Midwest.
Learn more about LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.

March 20
Developmental Disability Services Workshop (5:00 - 8:00pm; Christian County Mental Health Association Developmental Training Center/Workshop, 703 McAdam Dr., TAYLORVILLE)
This event is open to anyone seeking more information regarding services available to individuals with developmental disabilities. Representatives from community service agencies such as PUNS, Division of Specialized Care for Children, Division of Rehabilitation Services, Central Illinois Public Transit, Special Olympics, Camp New Hope and local group homes will be available in a trade show format from 5:00-6:30pm. At 6:30pm, various key service providers will begin discussing topics such as access to benefits, guardianship, and potential living arrangements for developmentally disabled individuals. Child/Adult care is available at no charge, but the individual must be pre-registered by March 16th to guarantee adequate staff. Please contact Randi Riemann at 217-526-8121 ext. 237 or Kim Barringer at 217-824-9675 to RSVP or with any questions.

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 21
"DREAMS" Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm, The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Special Feature - "I Never Dreamed We Are Related!" Maribeth Farnham will explain how to research family history and reveal some of the surprises she found during her own search for information on her ancestors. Special Speaker - "I Had A Dream" Charlene Dennis had a dream of becoming a princess which finally came true after a few nightmares. She titles her talk, "My Princess Story, and This Is No Fairy Tale." She is a retired federal government worker and now works part-time as a patient support person.
Invite a friend, she'll be glad you did! Reservations and cancellations are essential by Friday, March 16. Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or email jluttrellfirst@gmail.com

March 21
"Harriet Tubman" (Noon - 1:00pm, Research & Collections Center*, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Undoubtedly THE most famous Conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman risked her life more than a dozen times to lead scores of slaves to freedom. Despite rewards for her capture, she was never caught! Come and meet this remarkable woman from American History as she is brought to life in this first person presentation by Kathryn Harris.
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 or (217) 785-0037.
*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.

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 22
Ashland Woman's Club Annual Card/Game Night (6:00 - 9:00pm; St. Augustine Catholic Hall, ASHLAND)
Come join the fun. Salad Bar Buffet | Tons of door prizes | 50/50 drawing | Ticket price is $8 | call 217-476-8817 to reserve a table by March 19. Limited tickets available to purchase at the door. Please bring your own cards or games. All proceeds go to community projects.

March 22
"Leadership from the Board Room to the Oval Office." (7:00pm; Banquet Rooms of the University Commons, 3rd level of the University Commons on Millikin's campus, DECATUR)
Millikin University is pleased to welcome award-winning historian Michael Beschloss. Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian, best-selling author of nine books, New York Times columnist and Emmy-winning contributor to NBC News and the PBS NewsHour.The presentation is free and open to the public. The event is also part of the University Commons Celebration Week at Millikin, taking place March 19-23. For more information about the event, visit millikin.edu/mevents/leadership-board-room-oval-office.

March 22
Free Community Baby Shower (5:00 - 7:00pm, Grace Lutheran Church, 714 E Capitol Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
In an effort to support new parents and expecting mothers in the community, Molina Healthcare is partnering with Community Connection Point to host a free baby shower. The event is designed to create awareness about the importance of prenatal care. Improving birth outcomes and reducing infant mortality rates can often be achieved through education and healthy choices, and this event seeks to give families expecting a baby the resources to help them get the care they need. Molina will provide educational resources on topics including breastfeeding, postpartum care and more. In addition, individuals who attend will receive a free diaper bag filled with baby necessities. The event will also feature free refreshments and games. This event is free and open to the public. All giveaways will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

March 22
Movie Viewing: "The Way" (6:00pm; LLCC, Trutter Center, SPRINGFIELD)
The Lincoln Land Community College Arts and Humanities Department invites the public to view and discuss the film “The Way". In “The Way” (2010), a father hears that his son was killed in an accident in the north of Spain while walking the over 1,000-year-old pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago. The father 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. Speaker and facilitator is Joseph Hoff, LLCC professor of Spanish.
Prior to the film showing, 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.
The event is the second installment in LLCC’s spring film and discussion series entitled “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film,” which is hosted by Ashley Green and Paul Van Heuklom, LLCC professors of English, and Professor Hoff. The final film in the spring series, “Your Name” (Kimi No Na Wa) (2016) will be shown on April 19. There is no charge to attend.

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
Theatre in the Park: 6th Annual Trivia Night (6:00pm - 10:00pm, New Salem Roots, Highway 97, PETERSBURG)
Registration opens at 6:00pm. A Silent Auction will also be held.Trivia Night helps raise funds to start the summer season. Join us for some fun and very original trivia! For more information, please contact TIP’s Executive Director, Kari Catton, at 217-899-9732 or send an email to info@theatreinthepark.net.
Interested parties are asked to sign up for a table at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054daead2eaafe3-theatre or call at 217-632-5440

March 23, 24
Pipe Dreams (7:30pm Friday; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, BLOOMINGTON & 7:30pm Saturday; Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
Pipe dreams are made of these! German organ sensation Felix Hell showcases the grandest of all instruments in Poulenc’s profound Organ Concerto and Saint-Saëns famous and spiritual Organ Symphony. The ISO pulls out all the stops, opening with the masterful arrangement of Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue by Edward Elgar. Each concert will be followed by a special post-concert reception hosted by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal and Springfield. Please join Music Director Ken Lam and Organist Felix Hell before the concert for Concert Comments. Concert Comments are Friday, March 23, 2018 at 6:45 PM in the Ballroom of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Sangamon Auditorium. Go to www.ilsymphony.org to learn more about the upcoming concert and other pre-concert activities hosted by the Guilds of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

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, $3 for children ages 2-5 years old and free for children under 2. 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
Dawson Fire Department Annual Chili Dinner (11:00am - 5:00pm; DawsonFire Station, DAWSON)
"All You Can Eat" menu includes chili or vegetable soup, dessert, coffee or tea. Soda available. Adult dinner $8 and child dinner $5. Ages 12 & under. Hot Dog and chips also available. Proceeds help support the purchase of firefighting-rescue equipment as well as training expenses for the Dawson Fire Protection District.

March 24
Easter Bake Sale & Lunch To Go (11:00am - 3:00pm; Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish; 300 N 4th St., BENLD)
DINNERS $9.00: Cabbage Roll, Cabbage Noodle & Beef Stroganoff. Served with two sides. BORSCHT (RUSSIAN SOUP) | NUT ROLLS & Kulich (traditional EasterBread) any many other Baked Goodies.
WE HAVE FROZEN "READY TO COOK": Meat Stuffed Crepe (RUSSIAN Blinchikie) | PEROGIES (VARENIKIE) | PELMENIE
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PRE ORDER ANYTHING PLEASE CONTACT: CALL OR TEXT DEBBIE SPEARS 217-313-6522 OR TATYANA MEIEKORD 217-720-5099
MAKE OUR CHURCH YOUR NEW HOME!

March 24, 25
Springfield Figure Skating Club Presents: Spotlight on Ice (2:00pm & 7:00pm Saturday and 2:00pm Sunday; The Nelson Center Ice Arena, 1601 N. Fifth Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Guest skater and 2018 U.S. National Junior Champion Camden Pulkinen will join more than 60 area skaters who will be skating to classic songs from Something Rotten, The Chocolate Factory, Sleeping Beauty, Huckleberry Finn, Super Heroes, and Little Shop of Horrors. General admission tickets available at the Nelson Center and at the door ($12 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under); On-ice-reserved chair seats available by emailing sfsctickets@gmail.com ($23 front row, $18 other rows)

March 24
Alsey Baptist Church Turkey Supper (4:30 - 7:00pm; 155 Church Blvd, ALSEY)
Adults $8 | Children uner 12 $4 | Under 3 Free. Alsey's cooking again! Buffet-style and all-you-can-eat. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranapple salad, and dessert!

March 24
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.

March 24
Wooden It Be Lovely (9:00am -12:00pm; Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas Avenue, SPRINGFIELD)
Wooden It Be Lovely is a program that employs mothers healing from lives of poverty and addiction. The women refurbish and paint donated wooden furniture. They are hosting a huge sale on March 24th from 9:00am-noon. The women have over 200 pieces of refurbished furniture and many items of home décor for sale at reasonable prices. Contact church office with questions or furniture donations at 546-4631.

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.
Springfield resident Kathryn Harris retired from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as its library services director and is active in community groups, but many know her simply as, “Harriet,” for her portrayals of Harriet Tubman. Harris has portrayed Tubman for 21 years for classrooms, churches and other groups throughout central Illinois as well as across the country. She has a vast knowledge of history both Illinois history and African-American history.

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 to June 10
Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape & Donna Castellanos: You're Surreal (Illinois State Museum, Second Floor Gallery, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans
Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape | Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977), a Chicago painter who created surreal and dream-like imagery, is the subject of Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape. Abercrombie developed her own unique style and color palette, and explained her paintings saying “It is always myself that I paint.” The exhibition will include over 40 of the artist’s enigmatic works of spare interiors and illusionary landscapes—which have been referred to as “psychic self-portraits.” The exhibition includes works from the private collection of Laura and Gary Maurer of Chicago and the Illinois State Museum’s Illinois Legacy Collection. Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as Landscape was organized by the Elmhurst Art Museum in partnership with the Illinois State Museum.
Donna Castellanos: You're Surreal | Elmhurst artist and educator Donna Castellanos created You’re Surreal, an interactive installation inspired by Gertrude Abercrombie’s art and life. Abercrombie’s contagious personality and extraordinary complexity provided the inspiration for Castellanos’ playful dialogue with the Abercrombie paintings on view in our galleries. Castellanos’s immersive installation is a surreal landscape and an interior domestic space. Visitors are welcomed to enter, have a seat on the sofa, don a hat or crown, and become a character in an Abercrombie inspired environment. Picture taking and sharing are encouraged! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

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
VIPKid Informational Meeting (10:00am - 12:00pm; 3019 S Dirksen Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Have you heard of VIPKid? Come join Teacher Ashley and Teacher Annie at Panera to learn more about this fast growing company and see first hand what its like to be a VIPKID teacher.
We will be leading you through the application process! No need to start the application before-hand. Just come with your laptop and any questions you may have about the job.
We will also offer time to practice key skills for teaching ESL online. This includes Total Physical Response, Energy, Phonics, Student Output, and Appropriate Language. We will go through best practices in pacing, & reward systems.
If you have any questions prior to the event, or if you are unable to make the event but you are interested in learning more about the company - please contact Annie (anniefightspoverty@gmail.com) or Ashley (arrork@yahoo.com).

March 24
"The New Queen of Bluegrass" Rhonda Vincent (7:30pm; Milikin University's Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will perform a seamlessly breath-taking, one of a kind, must see performance that reaches beyond the boundaries of Bluegrass music. An eight-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and a six-time Grammy Nominee, Rhonda Vincent has famously been crowned as "The New Queen of Bluegrass" by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincent's music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic Bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. Her latest project "Taken" features special guests ranging from Dolly Parton to Richard Marx. With over 80 awards to their name, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most celebrated band in Bluegrass. For more information about Rhonda Vincent, visit rhondavincent.com/.
General ticket prices for the performance are $25-$35 for adults and $10 for school age children and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at kirklandfinearts.com. 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. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information about Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit kirklandfinearts.com. Events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.

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
First Sunday Midwest Spring Fever Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois State Fairgrounds, Expo Bldg., SPRINGFIELD)
You never know what you'll find at the bazaar! But you can always count on delicious mimosas in our wine patio, a hot breakfast and lunch, samples throughout the venue of tasty dips, sausages and sweet treats, music that makes you forget your worries and just enjoy the day, and tons of the BEST shopping in the whole midwest!! Fantastic holiday finds, boutique, jewelry, art, photography, soaps, lotions, balms, coins, toys, home and garden decor, sewn items, crochet, handmade, recycled, upcycled, vintage, antique, collectibles, furniture, floral, wood, metal, pet treats & supplies, child and infant jewelry & gifts, and always LOTS of surprises!! You can learn about alpacas and sometimes even adopt a pet from the mobile adoption team!! You will enjoy delicious fair "fare" like mini donuts, kettle corn, popcorn, jams, salsas, smoked pretzels, produce and pickles, even in the winter, along with homemade goodies like cinnamon rolls, cookies, pies, fudge and so much more!!
Adults $4 | 12 and under are always FREE!!!

March 25
All You Can Eat Breakfast at Masonic Lodge in Edinburg (7:00am-Noon; Masonic Lodge on Eaton Street, EDINBURG) $8 adults | $5 kids 12 and under.

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 25
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S. Veterans Pkwy; 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 .

March 25
LLCC Recital Series: Brickhouse Brass and Blackwater Springs (4:00pm, Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
The Brick House Brass Ensemble consists of Wil Adams, trumpet; Vince Camille, trumpet; Austin Wilson, horn; Jason Waddell, associate professor of music at LLCC, euphonium; and Tom Philbrick, tuba. The ensemble will be performing a variety of Brass Quintet literature including classical selections and popular brass selections.
The Blackwater Strings Ensemble is comprised of Ashley Peterson Rescot, violin I; Mary Gamble Lueking, violin II; Rachel Gamble Helton, viola; and Chet Lord-Remmert, cello. The ensemble will be performing classical quartet selections with fate-based themes by the composers Schubert and Beethoven.
All LLCC Recital Series performances are free and open to the public.

March 25
Largest Train Show in Downstate Illinois (10:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois State Fairgrounds, Orr Bldg., SPRINGFIELD)
See over 35,000 square feet of model trains. See several operating train layouts and explore hundreds of vendor tables to buy, sell and trade trains. Early bird shopping starts at 9am for only $10. Admission is only $5 after 10am. Children under 11 get in FREE. Free parking, too. For more information, please go to: www.springfieldtrainfair.com

March 25
Dine to Donate: Scott Reed Benerit (11:00am - 10:00pm; Texas Roadhouse, 1155 S. Route 51, FORSYTH)
Texas Roadhouse is donating 10% of food purchases whether dining in or carrying out when you mention the Scott Reed Benefit. All proceeds go directly to Scott Reed to help with medical and out-of-pocket expenses incurred over the past 5 years and ongoing. If you would like more information about this event contact:Beth Logue (Benefit for Scott Reed Organizer)- 217-855-9659 scottreedbenefit@gmail.com or Tish (at Texas Roadhouse) - 217-876-7380 or Check out the Benefit for Scott Reed Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/scottreedbenefit

March 27
Craft 'n Draft: Leather Earrings (7:00pm, DH Browns, SPRINGFIELD)
Design your own set of leather earrings. You get 1 pair with supplies and instruction for $20. Various styles. Register by March 25. http://tiny.cc/OVCeventregistration

March 27
Job Fair (9:00am - 2:00pm; Illinois Department of Employment, 757 W Pershing Rd., DECATUR)
Kelly Services is holding a job fair. Inventory, Shipping/Receiving, Auditors, and Forklift Operators. All shifts available. For an online application, call 217-615-3976. Go to www.kellycareernetwork.com for more job postings.

March 28
Youth Orchestras Concert featuring a Norwegian Youth Orchestra (7:30pm, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony and Petkov Music Studio proudly present a side-by-side concert with Musica Sinfonietta! Joining SVYS from Oslo, Norway, Musica Sinfonietta is a youth orchestra inspiring young people to play music while having fun and building friendships. Musica Sinfonietta will take the stage to perform a concert with soloist and Springfield violinist, Kamen Petkov. They will also perform alongside Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony’s Sinfonia Orchestra and Youth Symphony, as well as Kamen Petkov’s violin studio. For ticket information, call 217-523-2787 or visit www.hcfta.org.

March 28
Blessing of the Hands Ceremony (5:30am, 9:30am, 2:30pm; Lewis Memorial Christian Village Chapel, 3400 W. Washington, SPRINGFIELD)
Lewis Memorial Christian Village (LMCV) invites the community to be a part of its annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony. Held every year during Easter season, the ceremony recognizes the tremendous work undertaken by caregivers and the sacredness that they bring to their patients, clients, loved ones, and to our community. David Harmon, Chaplain at LMCV stated that the ceremony is an opportunity “to show appreciation to all caregivers, no matter where you work or what you do.” “To be appreciated and loved and have it spoken to you is a powerful thing,” he further expressed. For many, this blessing is like a cleansing, a renewing. The Blessing of the Hands ceremony will be held March 28, 2018 at three different times throughout the day. Contact Kelley Tierney at 217.787.9600 or ktierney@chliving.org for more details.

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 29 - April 1
Easter Worship Services! (Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)

Thursday, March 29 Maundy Thursday Noon & 6:30 pm (Holy Communion Celebrated) | Friday, March 30 Good Friday Noon & 6:30 pm | Sunday, April 1 Easter 6:00 am, 8:00 am, & 10:30 am | Empty Tomb Live Display Friday, March 30 4:00 pm – Saturday, March 31 10:30 pm

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)

March 30
Open Registration Prep Day (9:00am - 4:00pm; LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
This spring, Lincoln Land Community College will be providing an opportunity for future students to complete many of the tasks required before starting college. Participants can attend a New Student Orientation session, activate an online account, fill out a Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) form, take placement tests if necessary and schedule an appointment or meet with an academic advisor. Lunch will be provided. Before the event, participants will need to complete the LLCC admission form by going to www.llcc.edu and clicking on “Apply Now.” They will also need to submit high school, GED and other college/university transcripts as well as SAT/ACT test scores. Registration for the event is required and due by March 18. For more information and to register, visit www.llcc.edu/Open-Reg-Prep.

March 30
Good Friday Service (7:00pm; Calvary Church - Hazel Dell Campus, 501 W Hazel Dell Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
During His six hours on the cross, Jesus spoke just seven times, as recorded in the Bible. During this solemn service, we look into those seven sayings and what they mean to us today. We will use music and spoken word in this memorable, family-friendly service to reflect on the sacrifice Christ made for us by giving His life. Before we leave, we will share Holy Communion together, obeying the scriptural call to proclaim the Lord's death until He comes. Nurseries and kids programs will be available for children in kindergarten or younger. Elementary-aged children and older are encouraged to sit with their parents. www.CalvarySpringfield.org/Easter | 217.546.9700

March 31
Easter Services (6:00pm; Calvary Church – Hazel Dell Campus, 501 West Hazel Dell Road, SPRINGFIELD)
For His followers, the resurrection of Christ turned the most hopeless of days into a day of celebration and life. Our Easter services will include live music and relevant teaching in a friendly and casual environment as we celebrate the hope that was born the day Christ rose from the grave. We also have lots planned for your littles ones, including an indoor egg hunt, in our safe and secure kids area. www.CalvarySpringfield.org/Easter | 217.546.9700

March 31
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 31
14th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt (1:30 - 3:30pm; Enos Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Hosted by Triumph Community Outreach Ministries. Evert is free. Children ages 2-16 can participate. Contact Bishop Larry W. Harvell at 522-5957 with questions.

March 31
Russ Taff Concert (5:00pm; Urbana First United Methodist Church, 304 S. Race St., URBANA)
Russ Taff is a National Southern Gospel Singer & Recording Artist from Nashville, Tennessee. There will be a free will offering for the event. PHONE: (217) 367 – 8384 | E-MAIL: office@fumc-urbana.org

March 31
Loami Fire Department Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:30pm, Loami Community Center, Main St., LOAMI)
Please join us for the Loami Fire Department fish fry! Contact Chief Troy Johnson with any questions. 217-971-2939

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