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October 2017 Community Calendar

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October 1
Operation Hometown Santa (10:00am - 3:00pm, 635 Masonic Lodge, 121 E. Main St., ROCHESTER)
This vendor and craft show event is free. Donations are welcome. All money collected from this event will go towards shipping and gifts that are being purchased for military servicemen and woman who are serving our country and are far from home.

Last year a group of friends, family, and Military Moms got together to send presents to an Air Force Squadron in England. Our effort was such a huge success that we learned of other service members who do not receive gifts, and would welcome presents from our hometown also. Purchasing the gifts and paying for shipping is more than our little group of Military Supporters can provide. So we are asking for your help, and trying to have fun also!!! This October we will be hosting our first fundraiser, and all the proceeds will be used to send our men and women serving overseas Christmas gifts!

Please look us up on facebook at Operation Hometown Santa: https://www.facebook.com/groups/705360772948036/

October 3 - November 16
Knockerball MAX

A six week league will kick off on October 3, 2017 and run through November 14, 2017 (October 31, 2017 will be a bye week for all teams). In addition to the six week league, a one day tournament will be held on September 16, 2017. Contact Dan Nash: (217)416-8477 | info@knockerballmax.org | www.knockerballmax.com

October 6
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: Nov 3, Dec 1 2017 | Jan 5, Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 16 2018

October 6
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: Ruckas
More information: 217-789-4725

October 7,8
29th Annual Magic Weekend (10:00am - 6:00pm; 12:00pm - 4:00pm | 101 E University Ave, CHAMPAIGN)
• Magic Weekend is a free event designed for the family. We have LIVE magic performances, featuring our very own founder - Andy Dallas! Specific times for magic shows are TBD, and will be released on our social media platforms, so be sure to follow us! Join us for our 29th year of our most magical weekend! • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dallasandco/?ref=bookmarks

October 13
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: Danhle Frankie
More information: 217-789-4725

October 13 - 15
Art in the Park (times vary by day, Lindendale Park, 2005 Park Hill Dr., HIGHLAND)
The Highland Arts Council is set to celebrate world class art in the hometown atmosphere with its 14th annual Art in the Park. The two-day outdoor juried exhibit and sale of works by more than 65 professional artists will be held Oct. 13-15, 2017 at Lindendale Park in Highland, Ill., just 30 miles east of St. Louis.
Free and open to the public, Art in the Park will feature original works in a wide range of art mediums, including: painting, clay, glass, drawing/pastels, fabric/fiber, wood, sculpture, photography, jewelry, graphics/printmaking and mixed media. On Friday Oct. 13, there will be a Preview Party for those who pre-pledge money for artwork. The Preview Party is the only place you can see the art before the general public and get your own money back to spend on art at the show. Phone: 618-558-0054 | Website: https://www.highlandartscouncil.org/art-in-the-park-attending/
Hours: Friday: 6PM - 9PM | Saturday: 10AM - 6PM | Sunday: 11AM - 4PM

October 20
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: White Lightning
More information: 217-789-4725

October 21
Memorial's 'Be Aware' Women's Fair (9:00am - 2:00pm, Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for the annual Memorial's Be Aware Women's Fair on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017! This event is a day devoted to women and their physical, emotional and financial health. A $1 off coupon will be available in September. Discount coupon cannot be combined with other offers. Children 12 and younger receive free admission. Participants in the American Cancer Society's annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk also get in free to the BAWF.
The Be Aware Women’s Fair is presented by Memorial Medical Center Foundation. Proceeds from this event support the Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. The fund provides financial assistance for items or services that can help meet basic needs; decrease stress; improve the healing process, such as compression gloves, wigs or pre-made meals.
Email BeAware@mhsil.com for more information or visit BeAwareWomensFair.com.

Join us to: • Learn more about your health through free screenings • Shop for all sorts of goodies • Find out about local service organizations

October 22
SHG Shop-A-Palooza (11:00am - 4:00pm, SHG West Campus, 1601 W Washington, SPRINGFIELD)
Admission $1.00
This is a great shopping event for everyone! Plan to do your shopping to buy gifts for the holidays, decorate your home inside and out. This fundraiser supports both Girls Basketball and the SHG Golden Angel Poms teams.
For more information about the event you can email. SHGShopAPalooza@gmail.com | https://www.facebook.com/ShopAPaloozaSHG/

October 27
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD) $5 Cover. Featured band: Fundamentals
More information: 217-789-4725

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