May 2016 Events

Community Calendar: May 2016

If you would like your event considered for the Calendar, please email your request, along with event details (including date, time, location address, a brief description and public contact information) to

May 1
LLCC Recital Series: Paul Van Heuklom - Native American Flutes (4:00pm, LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
This is the final performance for the 2015-2016 series. All performances are held Sundays at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, and are free and open to the 217.786.2219

May 2
Memorial Rehab Services Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, Conference Room B149 on first level; SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300.

May 3
JoJo's Street Quisine Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting (9:30am - ?; 213 South 5th St, SPRINGFIELD)
Will be giving away FREE maple glazed donuts from 9:30-10:30 am and will be hosting a raffle for a PRIVATE CHEF CATERED DINNER for 20 PEOPLE.

May 4
Preschool Program (10:00am; Westville Public Library)
This will be the last preschool program until autumn. We will have stories and a craft. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun program.

May 4
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library)
The feature will star Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney, who during a manned space trip to Mars is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. Is he dead or did he survive? Come to the movie and find out! The movie will begin at 2 PM. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this award winning movie.

May 5
Cinco de Dollar! (7:30pm; Capital city Bar & Grill side theater, SPRINGFIELD)
Belly Laffs Comedy presents Cinco de Dollar! This stand up comedy show features T Robinson. We are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with half price tickets, only $5!

May 6
1ST ANNUAL SHINE A LIGHT 5K GLOW RUN/WALK FUNDRAISER (7:00pm; Southwind Park - Hope Pavilion, 4965 S. 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Presented by The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois' Teen Council. Registration before event - $30, includes t-shirt, swag bag, glow bands. Online or mail-in registration open until April 15.
The website for online registration is:
The mailing address for registration is: Attention: Teen Council, Ronald McDonald House Charities, 610 N. Seventh Street, Springfield, Il 62702.
Registration the day of the event does not include t-shirt, $40.
Funds raised will directly benefit RMHCCI and support them in continuing to help families who are far from home and enduring the stress of having a seriously ill child.
For more information: Development & Communications Coordinator Johanna Moll: 217-528-3314 x148 or email

May 6, 7
Murder Mystery Dinner (6:00pm)
Hosted by the Springfield Art Association. The premise of the murder mystery is a glittering fundraising gala hosted by the fictional Springfield Art Academy (a lighthearted spoof of the Springfield Art Association). World-renowned artist Janette Herbert is there to unveil a new painting...and so is someone who has a secret they would kill to protect. Led by Detective Tom Collins, it's up to the audience to discover "whodunit" by listening to suspects' statements and conducting interrogations. Participants are invited to dress to impress at this event! Black tie optional.
Tickets are $45 and include appetizers, wine, dinner, and dessert. They can be purchased by calling 217-523-2631 or visiting

May 7
Kitten Shower (1:00 - 3:00pm; The Lobby of the APL Spay Neuter Clinic at 1001 Taintor Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
In the next few months, APL will take in literally hundreds and hundreds AND HUNDREDS of kittens. They'll be hungry and some maybe ill and need special care. All of them will need people to care for them until they can find their fur-ever homes.
You can help the little ones out by bringing a small gift (wrapped or unwrapped) when you come out to our Kitten Shower. The event will features refreshments, door prizes, games and of course, kittens!
Get full event details and our kitten wishlist at our Facebook Page at
If you plan on attending the event, please RSVP to or call the shelter at 217-544-7387

May 7
Twin City Garden Club Annual Perennial Plant Sale (8:00am - 11:00am; CHAMPAIGN)
Parking lot of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (corner of Devonshire and Prospect) in Champaign. Perennial plants dug from our personal gardens; crafts from our own hands: concrete leaf castings, teacup bird feeders, and terrariums

May 7
Benld Adopt-A-Pet (12:00pm - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
All our cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information please call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at

May 7
Safe Family Saturday (10:00am - 1:00pm; SCHEELS)
First 500 kids get a free bike helmet. Family safety day. Games, balloon artists and much more.

May 7
Springfield Choral Society presents J.S. Bach's "Mass in B-minor" (7:00pm; Central Baptist Church, 501 S. Fourth St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Choral Society, in conjunction with the Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield, will proudly present J.S. Bach's monumental "Mass in B-minor," with full orchestra, conducted by Marion van der Loo. It will be the chorus's first performance of the work in 35 years. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door, by calling 217-787-4868 or at

May 7
Safe Family Saturday at SCHEELS (10:00am - 1:00pm; SPRINGFIELD)
First 500 kids get a free bike helmet. Family safety day. Games, balloon artists and much more.

May 7
Grand Prairie Friends Native Plant Sale (8:00am - 1:00pm; Inside Lincoln Square Village, downtown Urbana)
There will be dozens of prairie plants along with additional woodland species and herbs for sale at reasonable prices. Native plants provide important sources of nectar and food for native insects and other wildlife. Volunteers will be available to help you choose a variety of plants for various habitat types. For a plant list and more information visit:

May 7
Cancer Survivors Retreat-"Journey to Wellness: Life After Cancer" (8:00am - 4:00pm, Allerton Park & Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, MONTICELLO)
Seating is limited and should be reserved no later than May 1 by calling 217-383-4581.
Interactive session topics include: nutrition, faith, pet therapy, exercise, art therapy, genetics, sex and cancer. The event is free and open to all cancer survivors regardless of where treatment was received. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack will be provided, as well as on-site child care.

May 7
Mother's Day Remembrance Tribute Service (10:00am; Roselawn Memorial Park, 1735 S. Camp Butler Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
We would like to invite you and your family to join us for a memorial tribute service honoring all mothers and the important roles they have played in our lives. The brief ceremony will be led by our on-staff Certified Celebrant, Judy Woerner, and a special tribute keepsake will be given in honor of your loved one. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the Roselawn Administrative Office at (217) 525-1661.

May 7, 8
Neighbor Love Gift Bags (DANVILLE)
Neighbor Love is distributing gift bags to Danville nursing home residents this coming Mother's Day weekend. We are VERY low on volunteers AND donors, so we could really use your help. Neighbor Love is delivering gift bags and hosting a Mother's Day's party for the residents as follows:
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:30am-Noon at Danville Care Center (1701 N. Bowman Ave., Danville, IL 61832) GIFT BAG GOAL: 35
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:30am-Noon at North Logan Health Center (801 N. Logan Ave., Danville, IL 61832) GIFT BAG GOAL: 60
Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:30-5pm at Colonial Manor (620 Warrington Ave., Danville, IL 61832) GIFT BAG GOAL: 60
You can donate and register to volunteer by visiting:

May 9
"LOVE" concerts by LLCC Big Band (6:30 pm; Pleasant Hill Village, 1010 W. North St., GIRARD)
Featuring Big Band standards. Free and open to public. More info: 786.2219

May 9-28
Parkland College Graphic Design: Student Juried Exhibition 2016

View works in print, web, animation, motion design; includes May 11 reception.
A reception honoring the students will be held Wednesday, May 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge with an awards ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and a Gallery Talk scheduled immediately following.
As with all events in the handicapped-accessible gallery, the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The juried exhibit highlights work completed by students in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2015. Parkland Graphic Design and Interactive Design faculty jury the show and select the most imaginative, inspiring, distinctive, innovative, unusual and memorable pieces for display in the gallery. Then local industry professionals are invited to judge the show and select the awards. This year's judges are Kelly White, Executive Director of 40 North, and Matt Wiley, Graphic Designer at Taylor Studios.
Works in the exhibit showcase creative solutions to design problems presented to students in Parkland's Graphic Design, Interactive Design and Illustration studio classes. Expect to see traditional print media, motion graphics, logos, branding, packaging, menus, books, publications, posters, brochures, websites, video and illustration.
This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Giertz Gallery Office at 217/351-2485 or visit

May 10
UIS Lincoln Statue Unveiling and Dedication (11:00am, UIS between University Hall and Public Affairs Center, SPRINGFIELD)
UIS will host an official unveiling and dedication of The Young Lawyer, a 6'4" bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln sculpted by renowned artist George Lundeen. Join us for the celebration. Free and open to the public. A reception follows. Information at 217-206-6058.

May 10
2016 Women of Influence Reception and Ceremony (5:00 - 7:00pm; Inn at 835; 835 S. 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
This is a free event. We are celebrating the accomplishments of these individuals; Emily Becker, Kathy Germeraad, Jennifer Gill, Sr. Katherine O'Connor, Maryam Mostoufi and Georgia Winson. RSVPs are requested by calling the SBJ, but you do not have to register to attend and there are no costs associated with the event. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages are provided Viewers can find more information about the event by visiting the Springfield Business Journal website: - the SBJ phone number is 217-726-6600 and reservations or other questions can be sent to the email address of:

May 13
Butler Elementary PTO Trivia Night (7:00pm; Located at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Tables of 10 are $150; bring your own snacks.
Please register at
All proceeds will benefit Butler teachers and their classrooms.

May 14
5K Grow & Go (7:30am; Illinois Farm Bureau, COUNTRY Companies, GROWMARK building, 1701 Towanda Avenue, BLOOMINGTON)
The IAA Foundation announces its annual 5K Grow & Go to celebrate Illinois farm families and the important role they play in putting food on your table. Proceeds from this race benefit Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom, a program providing free resources to teachers in an effort to help students make the connection between food, fiber, fuel & farming. Bring your family & friends - the Grow & Go has something for everyone! Check us out at or call 309 557-2230. To register:

May 14
Town Wide Garage/Yard Sale (8:00am - 1:00pm; GREENVIEW)
20 miles north of Springfield on Rt. 29. Maps will be available at Greenview Casey's starting Friday, May 6, 2016. Call Jennifer Heyen 217-502-0040 with questions.

May 14
AT&T OPEN HOUSE HIRING EVENT (9:00am - 3:00pm; AT&T Rantoul Call Center, 1 Aviation Center Rd., Floor 1, RANTOUL)
AT&T is looking to hire at least 40 new employees from the central Illinois area to work out of the Rantoul Call Center.
The company is hosting an Open House hiring event on Saturday, May 14 to find call center customer service representatives. Those who have a knack for providing great customer service, innovative solutions and are tech savvy are encouraged to attend.
AT&T currently employs more than 13,000 employees throughout Illinois and offers its employees attractive benefits, products, service-discounts, on-the-job-training programs and career potential.

May 14
CAR WASH (10:00am - 2:00pm; Green Hyundai, 1200 S. Dirksen PKWY, SPRINGFIELD)
Come out and enjoy free hot dogs, soda, and popcorn. Please help us raise money for playground equipment for Saint Patrick Catholic School. Sincere thanks from After-School Enrichment Program 1st - 5th Grade Boys, St. Patrick's Warriors.

May 14
Mt. Auburn Community Garage Sales (8:00am)
Maps available at 1st National Bank and Village Fast Stop.

May 14
Remembrance Ceremony (2:00pm, the Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Hosted by the Illinois National Guard to honor the service members who lost their lives during Operations: Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. This event is open and free to the public. More information well be sent out via our Facebook page:

May 14
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony 2015-2016 Season Finale! (2:00pm; Springfield High School Auditorium)
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony invites you to our final concert of the 2015-2016 season! This performance features all of the SVYS youth orchestras: Starter Strings I, Starter Strings II, Preparatory Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra, and Youth Symphony.
We hope you are ready for an adventure! Feel the warm Spanish breeze as the Youth Symphony, under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Matthew Sheppard, plays Bizet's Carmen Suite. Travel the Isla Nublar as the Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by Diane Turek, performs John Williams' Theme from "Jurassic Park." Join the Rebel Alliance to try to destroy the Death Star as the Preparatory Orchestra, also conducted by Diane Turek, performs John Williams' Theme from "Star Wars." This concert has a place for everyone.
Tickets are sold at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for students, free for children 12 and under.

May 14
Benld Adopt-A-Pet (12:00pm - 4:00pm; Petsmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
All our cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information please call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at

May 14
Aromatherapy PlayDough (10:00 - 11:30am, Twisted Deli, SPRINGFIELD)
$20 for child and adult in advance. $25 at the door. Choose your favorite scent, favorite dye color, enjoy the morning meeting other parents and pack in a container! Leave the mess to me and eat your free cinnabon. 3 child/adult pairs minimum.

May 14, 15
Decatur Trailriders 2-Day Horse Show

Saturday, 11:00am Speed Show. NBHA and IBRA approved.
Sunday - 9:00am Fun Pleasure Show
More information: call Chuck Lee at 217-201-6996

May 15
Spring Bird Fair (9:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois State Fairgrounds, Illinois Building, SPRINGFIELD)
We usually have about 30 to 35 vendors who give educational information out about the care of exotic/pet birds. Vendors also sell bird toys, cages, feed as well as birds. We usually have about 450 or 500 paid adults through the door. All proceeds from our fairs go to organizations who have like-minded interests, who provide education and care for exotic/pet birds.

May 15
Grandson of the Duke (John Wayne) (11:00am; Clementine Memorial Church, 2075 N. 11th St., SPRINGFIELD)
We have a special guest coming. The grandson of the known actor "John Wayne" will be our Pastor for the day! He will be autographing books. 1 block south of main entrance of IL State Fairgrounds. Public is invited. For more information: Dan Wilson (217)638-1648 or Jim Peek (217)787-7312.

May 15
Hearing Loss Association of America (2:00pm - 4:00pm; SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
Call Teresity at 217-816-0898 for more info.

May 15
Heads Up Group (for individuals with traumatic brain injuries)
2:00 - 4:00pm at Springfield Center for Independent Living, or SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave, SPRINGFIELD. Contact Dave at 217-523-2587 with questions.

May 18
18th Annual Central Illinois Senior Celebration (9:00am - 2:00pm; Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds)
Receive information on preventative health and take advantage of more than 30 free health screenings. Learn about retirement planning, home safety and modifications, in-home services, travel, volunteer opportunities and alternative housing.
Admission free with a can of food for the Central Illinois Food Pantry.
Informational Displays, Parking Lot Shuttles, Refreshments, Entertainment and Door Prizes.
For more information, contact the Area Agency on Aging for Lincoln Land at 217 787-9234.

May 18
Glo Paint Night (6:30 - 8:30pm, KUMON Math and Science Center, 3313 Robbins Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Next to Headwest Sub shop on the West side. Grab dinner then paint. $28 pay via . $30 cash at event. Supplies provided. 5 person minimum.

May 19
BEST (Becoming Empowered and Successful Teens) and Parent Transition Support Group. (6:00 - 7:30pm at IATP; SPRINGFIELD)
Call Carolyn at 217-523-2587 with questions.

May 19
ArtLiterations (art, authors and aesthetically pleasing sounds) (5:30 - 7:00pm; 420 South 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
This event is free and open to the public.
This month will feature SAA Collective artist Corrin Smithson McWhirter. McWhirter is a native of southern Ontario, Canada. She studied sculpture and installation at the NSCAD University and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University. She currently lives in Springfield, Illinois, and works as Gallery Director for the Springfield Art Association's SAA Collective. Her current body of work, Of These Places: A Study of Everyday Spaces, she draws attention to simple elements of everyday spaces. McWhirter will discuss her work currently on display in the Translations exhibition.
Melissa Morrissey will read her recently released children's book, Einstein the Science Dog: Lost and Found. Inspired by her rescue terrier mix, her Einstein the Science Dog series is a combination of Einstein's adventures (or misadventures) combined with concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards. Melissa, a veteran educator and special education administrator, is also the author of Shawna's Sparkle and other books forthcoming from Shining Hall. Melissa will be joined by the illustrator of the Einstein the Science Dog series, Miles Wisniewski, a writer and illustrator from Chicago.
The evening will conclude with Mark Russillo and The Pastrami Combo playing their brand of cool and classic jazz.

May 19 - 21
59th Annual Pana Days (Pana Tri-City Fairgrounds)
Hosted by the Pana Chamber of Commerce, this 3-day, family-friendly event has lots to offer: carnival rides, bounce houses, pony rides, kiddie tractor pull, mud drags, Little Miss, Mr. & baby contest, kids games and contests, a large variety of vendors and flea market finds along with some great food and stage entertainment. For vendor information or more information on the weekend call the Chamber of Commerce at 217-562-4240 or email to

May 20
Cactus Flower Canvas & Cocktails (7:00 - 9:30pm, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
$10 for Members, $20 for Non-Members
The flowers of the Southwest are in bloom! Bring a bottle of wine, cheeses, or desserts with you to savor while making art in the studio. Each class is themed around a project that you will be able to finish that night. Each person gets an inspirational photo to work from with one-on-one help from the instructor. This unique experience can be a pick and choose one-time class or you may sign up for the entire session. SAA will provide all art supplies.
You must register online or by phone before the event.

May 20
Spay-ghetti and No Balls Dinner (5:00 - 8:00pm; Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 S Douglas Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Adults $8, Kids 12 & Under $3. Tickets available at the door. Dine-in or take-out (same price). Price includes Spaghetti (regular or vegetarian), salad, bread, beverage, and dessert. 50/50 raffle $2 per ticket. Brought to you by Forever Home Feline Ranch to benefit spay/neuter.

May 20, 21
Book Sale (Westville Public Library)
Friday hours are 10 AM to 5:30 PM and Saturday hours are 10 AM to 1:00 PM. Prices begin at just a quarter. Come in and stock up on your summer reading. There are mysteries, romance, western, large print, non-fiction, and children's books. VHS tapes and non-fiction books (not children's) are $1.00 a bag. Plastic grocery type bags will be provided. Shop the clearance table and specially marked book sets for great deals. The sale is located in the building behind the library. Just follow the north sidewalk around to the back between the buildings.

May 21
Steve Hess & Southern Salvation (7:00pm; Springfield Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3300 West Jefferson St., SPRINGFIELD)
Public invited. Love offering accepted. Refreshments will be served following the concert. For more information, call 217-787-7089 and leave a message.

May 21
Sherlock Holmes Society Meeting (9:00am; 2nd floor conference rooms, SCHEELS, 3801 S. Macarthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield invite the public to attend. There will be a discussion of The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to
Call 546-8387 for more information or more detailed directions.

May 21
Benld Adopt-A-Pet (12:00pm - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
All our cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information please call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at

May 21
YARD SALE (9:00am - 2:00pm Saint Patrick Catholic School, 1800 S. Grand Ave. East, SPRINGFIELD)
Please help us raise money for playground equipment for Saint Patrick Catholic School. Sincere thanks from After-School Enrichment Program 1st - 5th Grade Girls, St. Pat's Community Service Princesses. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for a chance to win a round glass-top home d├ęcor table.

May 21
Thomasboro Celebration and Street Dance (ALL DAY)

The day will start out with a 5K to support the Thomasboro Grade School PTO. Registration begins at 7am and race starts at 8. Enjoy the smells of the 2nd Annual BBQ Cook-Off. Vendor and Craft show will run from Phillips Avenue up to Main Street from 10am-3pm. In the School yard kids of all ages can enjoy the bubble guy, Laser Tag, games, face painting, bounce house and more running 10am-3pm. They can even join in on their own race at 11:30. The Car show will begin with Registration at 3 and show 4-8. Music is always a huge part of the day. On the stage from 1-2 will be Jake & Jackson, Marvin Lee will perform in the TIA hall starting at 5 and our headliner this year Ryan Ideus and the Feudin' Hillbillys will begin at 8:30. There will be food trucks and other food options available during the day. For more information go to or Thomasboro Celebration and Street Dance on Facebook.

May 21
Brew and View (6:00pm; Fluid Event Center in CHAMPAIGN)
One night only, ladies and gentlemen, you have he opportunity to partake in some of the city's finest Food Truck delicacies. And while you washing it down with a cold brew or tasty orange whip, you can enjoy the Classic Blues Brothers movie at 7:00pm. BUT don't stop there! According to Nigel, this party is an 11 (exactly one more than 10). The second half of our double feature is This is Spinal Tap! at 9:45pm. There will be auctions, several 50/50 drawings, drink specials, Food Trucks, and so much more! Don't miss out! For more information, contact Mike or call 217-359-6960.

May 21
MOTORPOOL MANIA: THE 2016 MILITARY MUSEUM VEHICLE SHOW (10:00AM - 4:30PM; Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
See an array of U.S. and international military vehicles from the iconic jeep to 21st Century equipment. Private collectors are invited to display vehicles. For more information call 217-761-3910 or visit the museum's Facebook page at
Admission and parking are free. Free registration for private vehicle collectors. For more information,

May 21
Riding For A Cure "Cowboys Against Cancer" (1:00pm; DeWitt Co. Fairgrounds, Old Rt. 51 North, CLINTON)
FREE ADMISSION. Open to the public. We will have speed events and games. Our age groups are; Lead Line 8 and under, 8 and under, 9 to 13, 14 to 17, 18 to 30 and 31 and up. Gates open at 11:00am, registration starts at 11:30am. Horse show entry fee: $20. We have a full day of fun starting with our opening ceremony at 1pm:
1. Riding for a Cure Drill Team; will perform. The drill team is made up of eight girls from the surrounding areas.
2. Posting of the colors with the National Anthem.
3. Riderless Horse to honor those that have lost their battle to cancer. A young lady will be riding one horse and leading the riderless horse that will be all tacked up (have a saddle on). In the stirrups there will be a pair of boots tied in facing backwards.
4. Riders will come in carrying twelve different colored flags. Each colored flag is to represent a type of cancer.
5. We will then ask for all that is present that has been or is presently going through cancer treatment to enter the arena. We will then have a moment of silence and a prayer.
6. Balloons will be released in hope that one day there may be a cure.
7. Running Wild trick riders will perform
After the opening ceremony is completed we will start the horse show.
There will be a silent auction. Bidding starts at 12:00pm. 50/50 Raffle. Professional face painting. All proceeds from auction will be donated to American Cancer Society.
For more information, text or call Lawrence Vinson at 217-552-4434;
Facebook group:

May 21
Art for a Cause - Get Well Cards for Children Hospital. (1:00-3:00pm at Springfield Public Library)
Free. No reservation required. Supplies are provided and supply donations are welcome.;;

May 21
SCHEELS Paddle Demo Day (10:00am - 3:00pm @ Knights Action Park)
Try it before you buy it! Hobie's, Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards, SCHEELS experts on hand to answer questions.

May 21
CORGI - CON (12:00 - 4:00pm, Urbana Dog Park, 1501 East Perkins Rd., URBANA)
Enjoy the Corgi Convention! Join us for the 5th annual CORGI-CON. Your corgi will love a chance to run and play in a safe environment. Humans will enjoy visiting with other Corgi lovers and watching their corgis make new friends. Don't forget your cameras!
The Urbana Dog Park is a 10-acre, fenced dog park with double-gated entrances for safety, located about 1 mile off Interstate 74. (Use Exit 184, head SOUTH on US-45/Cunningham Ave.Turn LEFT on East Perkins Road and drive half a mile. The Urbana Dog Park is on the right.)
Daily admission passes are available at the dog park for non-members. Contact for the admission form. $5 per dog. Be prepared with your dogs' rabies information for the Urbana Park District's form.
Dog Park Rules:
-No puppies under the age of 4 months are allowed in the dog park.
-There is a maximum of 3 dogs per adult.
-Children must be at least 6 years old & supervised by an adult to enter.
-NO Food (people food, dog food, or dog treats) is allowed in the park.
For more info about the Urbana Dog Park:
Questions? Contact

May 21
2016 Korean War National Museum Speaker Series: History of Combat and Medical Support (2:00pm; 9. S. Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
We will be welcoming Mr. Tom Jones. Author, counselor, and speaker Tom Jones served as Senior Corpsman (Doc) 3rd Maine Long Range Reconnaissance Battalion in Vietnam. Mr. Jones, wounded in combat himself, tells the how combat wounds, weapons, and medical support, including trauma care, changed through time. For more info: 217-523-7230

May 21
Post Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm at SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave; SPRINGFIELD)
Call Bradley at 217-523-2587 for more information. Speaker Jeff Koester, Physical Therapist with HSHS.

May 21
SCHEELS Paddle Demo Day (10:00am - 3:00pm, Knight's Action Park)
Try it before you buy it! Hobie's, Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards, SCHEELS experts on hand to answer questions. Register to win a $500 SCHEELS gift card.

May 21
Arthur 3rd Saturday Market (8:00am - 4:00pm; 136 S. Vine St., Arthur, IL 61911)
Each month, the Arthur 3rd Saturday Market has new and exciting finds. It is never quite the same. With Spring here now, our outside vendors are returning. It's an exciting time at the Market! Come and check us out!!! It is an indoor/outdoor market filled with creative crafts, Amish goods and unique finds. Easily located in downtown Arthur, in the brick building just behind and to the left of the Gazebo on the corner of Vine and Progress Streets (136 S. Vine St.). Future Dates: June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17. Lynn Workman 217-520-3849,

May 21
Community Art Project at Springfield PrideFest (3:00 - 5:00pm, Downtown Springfield) FREE

Finished community art will be on display at the Phoenix Center in Springfield.

May 21
4th World Wide March Against Monsanto (URBANA)
Booth at Urbana's Market at the Square 8:00am - Noon
March at Champaign County Courthouse 11:00am

May 22
Pleasant Plains Fire Department Ribbon Cutting & OPEN HOUSE (2:00 - 4:00pm, Pleasant Plains Farmingdale Fire Station, 8001 W. State Route 125, PLEASANT PLAINS)
Everyone will be able to tour our new fire station and see our firefighting equipment as well as meet and greet our firefighters and EMTs.
The ribbon cutting will begin promptly at 2:00pm with food and refreshments to follow. The Department will also be selling 911 address signs, as well as commemorative bricks to be placed around the flag pole at the new station. Proceeds from the sale of the signs and bricks will benefit the Pleasant Plains Firefighter Fund

May 22
Playing for Food: Eastern Illinois Food Bank Benefit (4:00 - 6:00pm, 217 North Neil St., CHAMPAIGN)
The BowDacious String Band, C4A's youth fiddle band, is chipping in to help the Eastern Illinois Food Bank get a strong start to the summer. Everyone is invited, and you don't need experience dancing to enjoy this event because the very friendly and inclusive Neal Schlein will be on hand to teach everyone how the dances go. The event is co-hosted by the Community Center for the Arts (C4A) and Hyatt Place, with help from lots of musicians and volunteers. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.

May 22
Benefit for Destini Schafer (1:00 - 5:00pm, Boondocks, SPRINGFIELD)
There will be 3 live bands Rock House, Sleeping Dogz, and ZZ Trip. There is a suggested donation of $10.00 at door. Silent Auction. Food:pulled pork sandwiches and cupcakes for purchase. 50/50 drawing.
Destini is 24 years old with 3 beautiful children Jacob: 5, Bella: 3, and Noah: 8 months old. Destini was recently diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer and we are trying to help raise money for her and her family for bills, everyday expenses and whatever her insurance doesn't cover since she is unable to go to work do to being in hospital.
If you are unable to make the benefit and would like to make a monetary donation at Athens state Bank in Petersburg under "Benefit Account For Destini Schafer ". To donate any items for the silent auction, contact 217-971-1306.

May 22
Karen Peck and New River (10:00am; First Christian Church of Petersburg, 210 S. 8th Street, PETERSBURG)
There are no tickets and no admission fee. A free will offering will be received. 3 time Grammy Award Nominated and 4 time Dove Award Winning Gospel Group "Karen Peck and New River" appeared on such prestigious stages as The Grand Ole Opry, The Gaither Homecoming concerts, Opryland Theme Park, Dollywood and Six Flags Over Georgia and many more. For more info call (217) 825-3817

May 21, 22
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair (10:00am - 5:00pm; 10:00am - 4:00pm, Old State Capitol Plaza, located at Sixth Street and Adams, SPRINGFIELD) Kate Baima, 2016 SOCAF Chair,
Set against the backdrop of the Illinois Old State Capitol building, art lovers find the Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair to be the jewel of the Midwest. This tradition of fine art has brought artists and shoppers from across the country flocking to downtown Springfield's two-day outdoor art gallery for 55 years. Free to the public, the juried fair is dedicated to top quality and media variety, keeping the more than 30,000 eager buyers coming back each year. Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glass, pottery, wood, metal, oils, watercolors, and other media.
Our popular Children's Tent will also be available for children ages 2-15 so that they may select works of art that appeals to them. All Tent art pieces are priced at $4-6.

May 21, 22
Lincoln Prairie Trail Regional and the Aldo Klinghammer Memolrial Chili Shuffle Regional (Palomino Club, 1101 N. Webster St., TAYLORVILLE)
Double weekend chili cook-offs. World qualifier for 2016 ICS World Championship. Benefit for Senior Citizens of Christian County. Prizes awarded each day for Chili, Salsa, and Verde. Aturday starts at 8:30am, Sunday starts at 7:30am. All Palomino club at 217-287-7262 for more information and registration. Official contestant rules and regulations at

May 23
Color with Friends & Family (6:30-7:30p at Fairhills Residence, 2005 W Lawrence Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
$5, no registration required.;;

May 25
Come talk to the experts (10:00am - 3:00pm; Lewis Memoria Christian Village; 3400 W. Washington, SPRINGFIELD)
Learn about veteran benefits, home care, hospice care, estate planning, caring choices, DNR, POA, POLST, and Vials of Life Medical Information.
And register to win a gift card bouquet! To learn more, contact Kelley Tierney at 217-787-9600 or

May 28
Blessing of the Boats (12:00pm, Elks Lodge 158, 409 E. Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Assembly of boats at noon. Blessing ceremony at 1:00pm. The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. While the practice is predominantly a Roman Catholic tradition, the Lake Springfield Blessing of the Boats is nondenominational and all are welcome to participate.
An event intended to promote safe boating on Lake Springfield this boating season. The Blessing of the Boats kicks off Memorial Day weekend and is part of National Safe Boating Week. Fr. Charlie Hart OFM will be the celebrant, Mayor Jim Langfelder will be the keynote speaker and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Police as well as the U.S. Power Boat Squadron will be on hand to provide free vessel safety inspections. City Water, Light and Power boat patrols will also attend and monitor a no wake zone during the event.
For details, contact Bobby Orr at 217-971-4007 or
(Rain date: Memorial Day observed, May 30)

May 28
Benld Adopt-A-Pet (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON)
All our cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information please call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at

May 28
A Spirited Stroll (1:00pm - 4:00pm)
Celebrate Memorial Day at Springfield' s Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln's Tomb and War Memorial. Free family event -- no admission charge
Activities include: Memorial Day address by Mayor Jim Langfelder; concert by the Springfield Municipal Band; Revolutionary War Patriots commemorative plaque dedication; historic and unique tree walk & children's nature activity; musicians, Wildwood Strings & Wild Columbine; cake and ice cream for sale. Contact Jenni Dahl, for more information

May 29
Benld Adopt-A-Pet Sale-abration (11:00am - 3:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
We will have a variety of merchandise, logo wearing apparel, pet toys and costumes, pet blankets, gift baskets, grab bags, etc., available, as well as food and beverages including Hot Dogs, Sloppy Joe's, Nachos Supreme, and Baked Goods. All proceeds from this sale go towards helping maintain the animal shelter. For more information please call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

May 29
5th Sunday Open Mic Gospel Sing (3:00pm; First Assembly of God Church; 26 West Cherry Street, WINCHESTER)
Public is invited. If you'd like to sing or play an instrument, come prepared. For more information, call Pastor Larry Post (309) 333-9032 or Jim Peek (217) 787-7312

May 29
Swedish Meatball Dinner (5:00 - 7:00pm; Springfield Masonic Center, 1020 Rickard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)

$7 Adults, $5 Children (12-2yrs) 2&under FREE
Come enjoy dinner (including Swedish meatballs, salad, drinks, and asst. desserts; and support Job's Daughters Bethel U.D.

May 29
Frank Farrell (2:00 - 4:00pm; Little Lorraine, HOOPESTON)
The actor who brought us "Walt Disney Alive" and "Love Letters" returns to the Little Lorraine for a special reading performance of his book "Forgotten Soldiers From Our Forgotten War: Letters from Korea from 1951 - 1953"
Tickets are $10 each. Purchase tickets at the door or reserve by emailing
Books available for purchase after performance.

May 31
Personal Assistant Employers Group (3:00 - 4:30pm at Springfield Center for Independent Living, or SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
Call Bradley at 217-523-2587 for more info.


FAMILY CIRCLE: HELP FOR THE FAMILY (6:30pm; Bright Star Family Services)
It will provide helpful resources and tools for the whole family as part of a wider scope of services in the future. The upcoming pilot program has limited space, and consists of three sessions conducted by the Bright Star Family Services team:
Session 1: Understanding the Culture of Autism and Other Developmental Delays
Session 2: Introduction to Parent and Caregiver Support Groups
Session 3: Tackling Tough Behaviors
Each of these introductory sessions will be approximately 1 hour long, and pre-paid registration fee of $60 per person is a combined price for all three sessions, and payable to Bright Star Family Services.* Participants will be able to enroll in the regular Family Circle Program at the end of Session 3. Sessions will be held the first three Tuesdays in May at 6:30pm. Attendees will receive beneficial information and methods at each session to put to use right away. Attendees will receive beneficial information and methods they can put to use right away!
To register or find out more information about fees and meeting location, please call Trisha Rebbe at 217-416-6407.

Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club - Thursdays, March 31 - October 6, 5:45PM; SPRINGFIELD

Earn rewards as a SCHEELS club member! 5:45PM departure from SE side of the front entrance. All levels of riders, walkers, runners, and skaters welcome!
Sponsored by: SCHEELS and UPS
Dates: May 5,12,19,26 Jun. 2,9,16,23,30 Jul. 7,14,21,28 Aug. 4,11,18,25 Sept. 1,8,15,22,29 Oct. 6

March 25 - May 13
Mindful Meditation (11:30am; Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory, URBANA)
to join leader Mary Wolters. Each session lasts 30 minutes and will be held in the Museum's Knight Auditorium. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, call Brook Taylor at 217-265-0474.

3RD SATURDAYS (8:00am - 4:00pm; 136 S. Vine St.; ARTHUR) The Arthur 3rd Saturday Market is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month (Jan - Dec). It is an indoor market filled with creative crafts, Amish goods and unique finds. Easily located in downtown Arthur, in the brick building just behind and to the left of the Gazebo on the corner of Vine and Progress Streets (136 S. Vine St.). Each month, the market has new and exciting finds. It is never quite the same. With Spring here now, our outside vendors will be returning. It's an exciting time at the Market! Come and check us out!!! Dates: Apr 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17. Lynn Workman 217-520-3849,

Now through May 2
To celebrate National Library Week the Westville Public Library is holding a contest to guess how many books are in the library. There will be two winners, one in the children's age group and an adult winner. Just stop into the library at 233 S. State to enter your guess. The winner will be drawn on May 2.

May 21 - October 29
The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Market (8:00am - 12:00pm, Logan County Fairgrounds Expo building in Lincoln)
The ALMH Market is an indoor, producer-only farmers market located at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Lincoln, IL. It features fresh produce along with extensive FREE health programming (fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, children's activities, health screenings, and more).

Now through June 11
The SAA Collective serves both established artists as well as emerging artists. A current call for applicants has been issued with a June 11 deadline, and details on the process can be found at

Now through Dec 31
Children's Art Contest (9:00am - 5:00pm; ALPLM, 212 N. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
On display are the selected entries to the ALPLM Children's Art Contest from throughout the state.

Lincoln Home Tour (8:30am - 4:30pm; SPRINGFIELD) A ranger will lead this guided tour of the Lincoln Home at 413 S. Eighth St., Spfld, IL
More information: or call (217) 492-4241

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