September 2017 Community Calendar

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September 1
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
Future Dates: Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1 2017 | Jan 5, Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 16 2018

September 1
OPENING RECEPTION: "The World of the Invisible" Works by Lyubov Momet | Curated by Rosina Neginsky (5:30 - 7:30pm; SAA, M.G. Nelson Gallery, 700 N 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
The exhibition will run from Friday, September 1st through Saturday, September 30th. It is free and open to the public.

An exhibition of paintings by Lyubov Momet is a glimpse into an exotic surrealistic world. Her hyper- realistic style combines mythological figures and landscapes that transport the viewer to a unique and engaging place. Many of the works mix media and materials for added dimesions to the canvases. Her work is called magical realism. Much of her work is done in series, one of the most powerful being the Temptation series depicting Eve, the serpent, and the apple.

Ms. Momet was born and educated as a fine artist in the Ukraine. Her work has been shown across Europe and is represented in private and public collections around the world. She currently lives in the Chicago area.

This exhibition was curated by Rosina Neginsky, an art history professor at University of Illinois-Springfield. Ms. Neginsky chose 45 pieces covering the artist’s career from 1990 to the present. She will be discussing her choices and insights into the work at a curator’s talk during the opening reception on September 1st at 6:00 pm. The artist will also be present at the reception.

September 1
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

September 1, 2
Elkhart Route 66 Labor Day Weekend Celebration (ELKHART)
Festival Flyers and Map available from all shops and visitors information table. For more information and entry forms go to website or Facebook page: Elkhart Illinois antiques, arts and café.
Friday 5:00 - 10:00pm kicks off the celebration featuring • Original art for sale at The Country Bumpkin Shop, Bird Song Books and Vintage and Horsefeathers | • Live music performed on acoustic guitars, classic strings and a jazz combo | • Food available at The Wild Hare Café from 5 to 8pm
Saturday 8:00am - 10:00pm is a full day of activities for all ages and interests • 8am Biscuits and Gravy breakfast served at the Fellowship Community Ctr.( old school- FCC) | • 9am Swap or Shop Clothing Exchange in FCC | • Live music performances throughout the Day | • All day display of Antique Tractors and Engines, Motorcycles and Bicycles | • All day display of Vintage Classic Cars | • Street Food available all day outside The Little Foxes Shop | • Blue Plate Specials served at The Wild Hare from 11 to 2pm | • Slot Car Racing at Route 66 Model Raceway-- Special Races for kids and Seniors | • All day painting of a Historic Wall Mural of Elkhart and Route 66 | • All day Exhibition of friendly farm animals and Children's Petting Zoo | • Essential Oils Classes | • Story Telling by Mike Anderson at the Library | • Sidewalk Chalk Drawing and Make and Take Projects for the kids | • Historic Tours by wagon with commentary by Bob McCue | • Cemetery Chapel Tours and Music performed on the antique church organ | • BBQ contest with prize money awarded | • Best Homemade Pie Baking Contest with cash prizes awarded | • Grand Parade featuring a salute to our Senior Citizens | • Talent Show with cash prizes awarded | • Street Dance music supplied by Hi Tek Redneck

September 2
Adopt-a-Pet (10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption from 12 noon to 4 p.m., and Sidewalk Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be logo t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies & caps, and assorted pet toys, merchandise and more, as well as food & drink. 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 .

September 2
Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival (12:00pm - 5:00pm; The Inn at 835, 835 S Second St., SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy craft beer and cider, fresh oysters, offerings from several food vendors, live bands, more. Admission.

September 2
Springfield Jr. Blues Booster Club CAR WASH (10:00am - 1:00pm; Green Certified West, 2541 W. ILES AVE, SPRINGFIELD)
Car wash for donations.
Proceeds go back to the players to provide food/water/gatorade for road trips and a few team celebrations.

September 2
Parents Night Out (6:00 - 8:30pm; Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA, 4550 W Iles Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Our youngest members are an active bunch. Parents need a break. We get it at the Y, so we offer Parent Night Out. PNO is the first Saturday of each month from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Kerasotes Child Watch Room. Your kids will play, dance, and enjoy story time, and they can do it all in their pajamas. Kids age 6-12 will swim from 7-8. Pizza available$1/slice. Starting April 1, 2017 our PNO will be for ages 8 weeks through 12 years. Always the first Saturday of every month (unless it falls on a holiday.) $10 Member $20 Public

September 3
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; Menard Co. Fairgrounds, 18450 Fairgrounds St., PETERSBURG) $4 per person;
150+ Quality vendors: antiques, vintage, salvage, produce, handmade, up-cycled, re-purposed, art, primitives, pet supplies, boutique, photography, foods, collectibles, architectural, furniture. Wine/craft beer patio. New vendors, please inquire with product info. and pictures at
We have the following community support activities at our event:
1. We are happy to honor our veterans by donating the funds to send at least one veteran, possibly 2, on the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight this fall. A portion of all of our admission proceeds between now and October 1st will be donated to pay for the entire amount of flight expenses.
2. We also are collecting food supplies for the Menard County Food Pantry and anyone bringing donations gets in a drawing for a bazaar T-shirt.
3. The APL Mobile van will also be on-sight for pet adoptions.
Future dates include Oct 1

September 3
In Concert: The Allen Family (6:00pm; Beardstown Church of the Nazarene, 919 Jackson St., BEARDSTOWN)
The public is invited. A love offering will be received. For more information, call Judy Fifield at 217-416-3029

September 3
Crime Stoppers 2nd Annual "Take Flight in the Fight Against Crime" LRS Hangar Party Fundraiser (2:00 -8:00pm; Levi, Ray & Shoup Inc. (LRS) Hangar – Abraham Lincoln Springfield Capital Airport, SPRINGFIELD)
Please join the Crime Stoppers of Sangamon & Menard Counties as we raise additional funds to fight crime. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. with live music provided by two the best bands in Central Illinois, The Deep Hollow 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and The Shenanigans 4.30 p.m to 8:00 p.m.. A showcase of award winning food prepared by "Hy-Vee Market Grill" and "Field of Sweets" Food Trucks along with plenty of brews, wines and beverages for purchase. A Must See! Calling all car and motorcycle enthusiasts! Be prepared to kick-off Route 66 Festival month with style. Take a fun stroll through Dick Levi’s private collection of classic cars and motorcycles and our event.
Only $5.00 (entry fee)
Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization, funded entirely by fundraisers and donations from citizens and civic organizations. If you have any information about a crime, please call Crime Stoppers at (217) 788-842 or submit a tip by text Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $1000 for information resulting in an arrest and you remain completely anonymous. The Crime Stoppers website is
For more info:

September 3
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

September 3
All You Can Eat Breakfast (8:00am - 1:00pm; Pawnee Masonic Lodge #675, Northeast Corner of the Square, PAWNEE)
Made-to-order omelettes | Pancakes and Susage | Biscuits and Gravy | Drinks (Coffee, Milk, OJ) $9 for Adults, $5 for Children 10 & Under. Proceeds go towards a scholarship for a high school senior.

September 4
Memorial Rehab Services Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, Conference Room B149, SPRINGFIELD)
For more info call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300.

September 6
The first Fall preschool program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The theme will be fireflies and lightning bugs. Children 2 -5 and their caregiver are invited to attend. There will be stories, a craft and refreshments. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun event.

September 6
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, Westville Public Library, 233 S State, WESTVILLE)
The next Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies hosted by the Westville Public Library will be September 6 at 2 PM. The feature will be about a daring rescue attempt by the Coast Guard off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952. This film is based on a true story. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this historical thriller of a film.

September 6
Our Vibrant Community: Clay Pendants (7:30 - 9:00pm, Track Shack Restaurant, 233 E. Laurel St., SPRINGFIELD)
Experiment with clay to make 3 pendants. Clay, tools and string is provided. 3 for $20. Email to register or purchase tickets here by entering the price and event in the note.

September 6
Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture: Prairie Restoration and the Challenge of Maintaining Earth’s Biodiversity on a Changing Planet (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Dr. Amy McEuen, University of Illinois Springfield will present. Free and open to the public.
Dr. McEuen and her lab’s work at the Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon restoration involves tracking the floristic quality of the tallgrass prairie restorations through time and testing whether certain plant species may be better candidates for restoration based on their geographic ranges. Dr. McEuen will discuss results from this work as well as the broader challenge of conserving biodiversity given global change. She will also highlight some of the actions all of us can take to increase habitat for the species we share the planet with.

Each month, the Paul Mickey Science Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62706. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

September 7
2nd Annual Friends of the Market Street Dinner (6:00pm; SPRINGFIELD
) Downtown Springfield Inc. (DSI) will host the 2nd Annual Friends of the Market Street Dinner benefiting the Old Capitol Farmers Market under the fall constellations at community tables placed on the Old State Capitol Plaza. Local chefs from Long Nine Junction, Cooper’s Streatside Bistro, Five Flavors/Tacology and Copper Pot Cooking Studio, all skilled in farm-to-table cuisine, will pair with vendors from the Market to prepare four wonderful courses, paired with The Wine Group wines. From the live music and centerpieces to the food on the plate, the event will celebrate all things about the market.
Proceeds offset the costs of managing and promoting the Old Capitol Farmers Market, which has been welcoming 2500-4000 people to downtown each Saturday of this season. The Market is managed by Illinois Stewardship Alliance on behalf of Downtown Springfield Inc., and the partnership has resulted in new programs such as Family Fitness, weekly Chef Demonstrations and live music programmed by Springfield Area Arts Council. The dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. and 200 seats are available. Tickets are $75 and can purchased online at or by calling (217) 544-1723. Bank of Springfield is sponsoring the dinner.

September 7
Book Signing and Reading (4:00pm, Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Lynne Heinzmann, a one-time Westville resident will be holding a book signing and reading at the Westville Public Library on Thursday, September 7 at 4 PM. Her book, Frozen Voices, is a historical novel set in 1907. In February of that year 156 men, women and children boarded the steamship Larchmont, in Providence, Rhode Island for an overnight cruise. By the morning it had sunk. The novel tells the stories of four people who boarded the ship that night. Lynne will give a brief presentation of the history included in the novel and well as read an excerpt. She will answer any questions about the book or the writing process. Copies of the novel will be available for purchase and signing. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event and meet the author. For further information please call the library at 267-3170. You may find additional information about Lynne or her book at

September 8
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: Stingray Alley
More information: 217-789-4725

September 8, 9
33rd Annual Kenney Fall Festival (Friday 6:00pm - 9:00pm; Saturday 9:00am - 9:00pm | downtown KENNEY)

Friday night's band will be Green Diamond Express.
Saturday morning begins with Biscuits and Gravy 7-9am in Kenney Community Center. Annual Jim Leathers Car Show 9-11am. Kiddie Tractor pull at 11am, Michael Morrow at 1pm. Yuke Crazies at 2pm. Dance Xtreme at 3pm. Heartland Cloggers at 4pm. Magician Christopher Bonjes at 5pm. Clinton HS M-squad and Jr. HS Dance Team at 6pm. Natu Band 7-9pm.
Other activities include mower train, face painting, bounce houses, animals, bags tournamnt, chicken dinner, food and raffle tickets.
For more info, call Debbie at 217-944-2433 or Diana at 217-944-2573

September 8, 9
Opening Reception: interconnectivity (6:00 - 9:00pm; 711 S. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)

September 9
Gospel Concert: The Chosen Ones/The Lesters (10:00 - 3:30pm; Cowden Free Methodist Church Camp, 174 N. 1550 East Rd., BEECHER CITY)
Our Church Camp is hosting a Gospel Concert Sept 9, 2017 10:00am-3:30 pm. Featuring The Chosen Ones from Manchester IL, The Lester’s From St Louis MO, and Tim Lovelace, Christian Comedian, song writer and multi-talented musician from TN. This is a all day concert with lunch served under the old fashioned open tabernacle. Located in the wooded area off Rt. 128, South of Shelbyville IL, just look for signs. Tickets are $15.00 for Concert and $6.00 for lunch. Send self-addressed and stamped envelope to M. Smith | 801 S St John St. | Bethany, IL 61914

September 9
34th Annual Clarksburg Tractor Pull (11:00am - 9:00pm; CLARKSBURG)
FUL-O-PUP 4-H Club presents. Come join in the pull or just watch. Rain or shine event with a larger tent for cover. Kids activities throughout the day! World Famous Clarksburgers for sale. Battle Creek Band at 7:00pm. Evening meal: smoked sausage and sides served at 5:00pm for donation. Evening hayride around Clarksburg.

September 9
Movie Fundraiser at Route 66 Drive-In: Dispicable Me (7:30pm; Route 66 Drive-In, SPRINGFIELD)
We are holding a family movie at Route 66 drive in in an effort to educate the community and help raise money for Living Hope Counseling Center. Cost is for adults will be 7.50, 5.00 for children between 12 and 4 and children 4 or younger are free. Contact the counseling center for more information: | Email: | Phone: 217-698-7150 | Fax: 217-698-7085

September 9
2017 Out of the Darkness Walk (12:00pm; Crystal Lake Park, URBANA)
Presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Individuals may support this cause by participating in the walk, creating a walk "team" to honor their own personal fight, or by going online to donate. For more information and registration visit:

September 9
German Oktoberfest (12:00pm - 10:30pm; Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
We would like to welcome the Springfield community to an authentic German Oktoberfest to be held Sat Sept 9th from 12:00 until 10:30pm on the Knight of Columbus #364 grounds located at 2200 Meadowbrook, We will be featuring German bands from Peoria and Quincy , German food, games, arts and crafts, kids games and of course German bier. For more information contact Dave Groesch (that's German) at . We are looking for vendors to sell arts and crafts during the event.

September 9
Chicken Dinner at Williamsville Fall Festival on the Boulevard (4:30 - 7:00pm, Williamsville United Methodist Church, WILLIAMSVILLE)

Menu includes: Fried Chicken | Baked POtato | Green Beans | Cole Slaw | Homemade Dessert | drink
Adults (3 pieces) $9
Kids 10 & Under (2 pieces) $5
Carryouts available

September 9
TRIVIA NIGHT (5:15pm; Little Lorraine Theatre, 214 E. Main St., HOOPESTON)
Sandwich, chips & cookies for $15.00, which amount includes the Trivia entry fee. Limited to 12 teams of up to 5 people each (or you can come alone and join a smaller team). $10.00/person. Free theater popcorn, cookies and a small bottled water or soda. Additional concessions available for purchase. Winning team members receive refund of entry fee. Do you know silly facts that seem to have no use in the world? Everyone has many things they know just from living every day! Come, bring a friend (or friends) and have fun with us. 20 categories, 5 questions each.
Reserve your table or ask questions by calling Marilyn at 217-840-4870 or Betty at 217-304-5308.
Presented by the Save the Lorraine Foundation. All proceeds go toward the preservation and restoration of the historic Lorraine Theatre in downtown Hoopeston.

September 9
Ribbon Cutting at Paul A. Barker Park (5:00pm;
2008 Barnard Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
The Ribbon Cutting Event will take place on Saturday at 5 PM rain or shine, and a neighborhood block party has been organized by the Franklin Park Neighborhood Association which will include a bounce house, cupcakes, games and a movie night for the whole neighborhood to enjoy!
Paul A. Barker Park is a 26-acre piece of property that was generously donated to the Park District by the Paul Barker Trust with the intent to develop the land into a park. The Springfield Park District has worked closely with the Franklin Park Neighborhood Association to continue to develop items identified in the master plan.
For more information on this event and others going on within the Springfield Park District, please visit our website at

September 9, 10
Art Spectacular (10:00am; Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Art Fair is Free. Kids' Place is $2 per child. Art Spectacular is a multi-experience festival of art, music and children's programs. Founded by Rees Carillon Society Board Member, Barb Walker, Art Spectacular is a professionally juried fine art and craft show featuring collector- and museum-quality works of art and crafts. Over two days, Art Spectacular attracts approximately 5,500 to 6,500 attendees. The 50 participating artists are among the region's and nation's most recognized artists and artisans. In less than a decade, Art Spectacular has been ranked in "The Best 100 Art Fairs in the Country" in 2014 by Sunshine Artist Magazine; and 118 out of 600 art fairs nationally and the best in Springfield according to Greg Lawler's 2010 Art Fair Sourcebook. Works of art and crafts range from $50 to $7,500. In addition to a silent auction and gift basket raffle, the event features hourly carillon performances and other performances by local musicians.
Free Parking in the Park and surrounding side streets.
The Mission: It is our mission to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts and cast bells. At the 11th annual ART SPECTACULAR at the Carillon on September 10-11, 2016 this will be done by combining beautiful original artwork by juried artists, in a beautiful park setting, with beautiful music by local musicians and one of the world's finest carillons – for the sight and sound enjoyment of art lovers in the Central Illinois area.
Only Service Animals Allowed Up to 50 artists from across the U.S. will exhibit their work during this juried fine art show. The FREE event includes musicians and food vendors. Kids place activities are $2/child. The proceeds benefit the special events at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. Volunteers and sponsors contact The event will run on September 9 from 10:00am-5:00pm and September 10 from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

September 10
4th Annual Farm Crawl (10:00am - 5:00pm; CLINTON)
The 4th Annual Farm Crawl connects families with local family farms in DeWitt county, Illinois. Enjoy a leisurely autumn day "crawling" to each farm (okay, you don't actually crawl, just a short drive between farms). The farms will open their doors to the public on Sunday, September 10 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. In addition to demonstrations and fun activities, each farm will sell their products during the event to increase the economic viability of local, family farms! Farms on the Tour: Triple M Farm: Mariah's Mums & More |16727 Airport Rd., Clinton, IL 61727 | Phone: (217) 722-3531 | Website: | Email:
Timberview Alpaca Farm | 7910 White Oak Rd | Clinton, IL 61727 | Phone: (309) 275-4027 | Email:
You can start at either farm and spend as much time as you like and work your way through them, but expect to spend 30-60 minutes at each farm (plus a 10 minute drive time between farm). You will receive a unique experience at each farm. This is a farmer organized event -- each farm designs its activities and you will learn more about that farm's operations.
The tours and on the farm activities are free and open to families. Local school clubs and organizations will be selling a variety of homemade goods, sandwiches, fresh cooked sweet corn, and more!
The annual Farm Crawl is a great way to kick off the fall season, so mark your calendars today. |

September 10
Capital City Century (Knights of Columbus, 2200 S. Meadowbrook, SPRINGFIELD)
The Capital City Century (CCC) is a recreational ride (not a race!) for riders of all ages and ability levels. It features distance options of 10 to 100 miles over flat to rolling terrain, organized food stops, SAG service, and a post-ride party. Suggested start time: 7-10am

September 10
Our Vibrant Community: Grateful Experience Tent at Penny Lane Tribute (3:00pm - 8:00pm, 400 N. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)

September 10
Heads Up Group: for individuals with traumatic brain injuries (1:00 - 3:00pm; Lincoln Park Area 7 Shelter with Picnic Tables, SPRINGFIELD)
Important! RSVP with Dave Munroe at 217-523-2587 by Tuesday, September 5 at 5:00pm as we must order the food ahead of time and need as accurate count. Chicken will be provided. Bring your favorite dish to share.

September 10
45th Annual Capital City Century (7:00 am - 5:00 pm; Knights of Columbus, 2200 S Meadowbrook, SPRINGFIELD)
Join Springfield Bicycle Club on this annual recreational bicycle ride on the Sunday after Labor Day. Routes of 10 to 100 miles over flat to slightly rolling terrain. Special double metric (125 mile) option. Organized food stops, well-marked roads, SAG service, and a post-ride party with food and music included in cost of registration. If you still have questions, contact us at or 217-899-9175.

September 10
Fried Chicken Dinner and Raffle (11:00am - 2:00pm; Resurrection Parish of Illiopolis, 5th & Anne St., ILLIOPOLIS)
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes at gravy, green beans, slaw, applesauce, sliced garden tomatoes, bread and butter, iced tea, coffee, and choice of homemade pie or cake will be served in the air-conditioned parish hall. Children 10&under $5 | Adults $9.50
For carry out service, enter through alley off 4th st. and exit onto 5th st.
A raffle drawing featuring $1,000 in cash prizes will take place at 2:00pm (winners need not be present).
The event will also include a Country Store stocked with baked goods and craft items.
For more info, call 217-416-8546

September 10, 17
Beginning Knitting Workshop for Adults: PART 1 (1:00 - 4:00pm, Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
Have you wanted to learn to knit for years, but just never found the time? The Spurlock Museum will host a two-part, materials included, knitting workshop for adults for only $20.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have completed a cotton dish cloth for home use, as well as learned basic information on yarn and needle sizes, pattern reading, and sources for future supply purchases. The program is part of a series led by members of the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild. To register for the workshop, contact Kim Sheahan at 217-244-3355 or

September 12
Our Vibrant Community: Art Exploration for Singles (7:30 - 8:30pm; Boones Saloon, 301 W Edwards St., SPRINGFIELD)
Engage in exploring with chalk pastel and collage while connecting with your new friends. $5
Email to register or purchase tickets here by entering the price and event in the note.

September 12
Lake Land College Library Tour (2:00 - 4:00pm, Marshall Public Library, 612 Archer Ave., MARSHALL)
A Lake Land College Representative will be visiting local libraries on a regular basis to meet with people interested in learning more about options available at Lake Land. Second Tuesday of the month – Future Dates: Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12
Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl,

September 14
National Creamed Filled Donut Day (8:30 - 10:00am, The Mosaic of Springfield, 555 West Carpenter Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Please stop by in the morning to enjoy a donut and coffee on us. 8:30am-10am. For more information concerning any of the events going on, please call 217-260-0833.

September 14
27th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture (“Enduring Wars in Transpacific Memories” by Viet Thanh Nguyen) and Book Signing (1:00 - 3:30pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, URBANA)
by Viet Thanh Nguyen, scholar and author of Pulitzer Prize Winner, The Sympathizer. Nguyen’s work engages dialogue on what it means to be national, ethnic, multicultural, foreign, international, diaspora, and transnational. The Lecture will explore the conflicts and trauma brought about by war, forced migration, and the subsequent resettlement and integration of refugees in a new homeland and the memories that ensue. Visit the Mortenson Lecture page at for more information or to RSVP.

September 14
Music at the Museum Series: Patchouli (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12
The acoustic worldbeat duo Patchouli is comprised of Wisconsin songwriter Julie Patchouli and guitarist Bruce Heckles. They light up the air with sparkling acoustic sounds and their powerful contagious chemistry. Patchouli’s songwriting is “New American Folk” blending elements of folk, pop, flamenco and jazz with world beat rhythms, and their sound has been described as “the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings”.
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, 502 S. Spring Street in Springfield. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit

September 15
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

September 15
Constitution Day (12:00pm, Trutter Center, LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
Lincoln Land Community College’s Social Sciences department will host a Constitution Day presentation entitled “Presidential Pardons” on Friday, Sept. 15 at noon in the Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus. The presentation is free and open to the public. Speakers are LLCC Professors of Political Science Chris McDonald, Ph.D., and John Vinzant, Ph.D. A discussion period will follow the presentation.

September 15
BINGO! (2:30pm, The Mosaic of Springfield, 555 West Carpenter Street, SPRINGFIELD)
All Seniors are invited. Don’t miss out on a chance to win up to $500! Refreshments will be served. For more information concerning any of the events going on, please call 217-260-0833.

September 15 - 17
The 8th Annual CU Pride and Parade (CHAMPAIGN-URBANA)
UP Center of Champaign County will present festivities startngon Friday with a special CU Comedy Fundraiser at Soma Ultralounge. Headliners include Chicago based comedian and actor Shannon Noll and Whitney Chitwood whose been featured by MoveOn.Org and OUT Chicago. Other events will be added and announced within the next two weeks:

The UP Center kicks off Saturday festivities with our FREE Family Friendly Area sponsored by and Pride Vendors at noon. This will be located in the city parking lot located at Hill & Neil Streets. This Family Friendly Area will open at 12PM and run until 6PM. Attendees will be able to peruse vendor booths and families will love all the offerings including free bounce houses, carnival style games and The Scovill Zoo Mobile Petting Zoo. New this year live performances in the Family Friendly Zone from Belly Dancing Troupes, Drag Queens, Puppeteers, Theatre Companies and Live Musicians!

The 2017 Pride Parade will step off at 4PM in Downtown Champaign. The parade will start at the corner of Main & Walnut and will proceed south on Walnut, turning west on Chester Street before turning north on Neil Street and proceeding to Washington Street where the parade will turn east and come to an end.

Also back this year, Drag Brunch with Dish Passionate Cuisine at City View located above the Illinois Terminal on Sunday September 17th at 11AM. Those who attend Drag Brunch will enjoy a full breakfast and bottomless mimosas along with a great show from local and national drag queens, some of which have been featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Tickets for Drag Brunch are $30.00 per person and are on sale NOW! Ticket can be purchased at

Support The 2017 Pride Festival & Parade There are several ways the community can get involved, either by volunteering or financially. Volunteers can get more information on donating their time to the festival at or

September 15 - 17
Mature Mob - "A Night at the Opry" (Dominican Hall Theater, Sacred Heart Griffin, 1200 W. Washington, SPRINGFIELD)
Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are $15 (children under 12 free). Proceeds from the fundraiser support Senior Services of Illinois.
If you have any questions, call 217-528-4035 or visit Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W Mason St., SPRINGFIELD.

September 16
OCRFA Ovarian Cycle (9:00am - 12:00pm, FitClub South, 3631 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD) $50 Registration | Beginners welcome | Survivors ride for free | t-shirt and gift bag included | For more infor or to make a donation to this ride, contact OCRFA's Jason Lalonde at 212-268-0819 or
Register here:

September 16
Sherlock Holmes Society: Annual Potluck (12:00pm; 2021 South Wiggins, SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet on Saturday, September 16 at 12 Noon for its annual potluck picnic. We also will be viewing and discussing Ian Richardson portraying our favorite sleuth in The Sign of Four. This gala affair will be at the home of Stephen and Lisa Stone (2021 South Wiggins, 62704 for GPS) in Springfield. This portion of South Wiggins is between Cherry Road and Ash Street to the north/south, and between MacArthur and Chatham to the east/west. Wiggins is a narrow street, so please park on the same side of the street so emergency vehicles can get through if necessary for a neighborhood emergency. Guests are asked to bring a dish to share, serving utensils, table service, and drinks. Please refrain from bringing pork products (ham, bacon, etc.). The public is invited to attend. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387, 620-0042, or 720-0339. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to

September 16
African Day (11:00am - 5:00pm; Art Zeeck Park, 220 Washington St., BEARDSTOWN)
African Day is a free event, foods and drinks are also free. African Day takes place once every year and celebrates African culture and values through dance, music, food and expositions. Email: Facebook page:

September 16
Owl Prowl (7:00 - 9:00pm; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, DECATUR)
As we consider the beliefs held by pioneers about owls, we will listen for their eerie calls, learn what they eat, understand their silent flight, and learn about talons. Bring a flashlight as we search for types of owls that Abraham Lincoln may have seen or heard. For more information contact: Jeff Tish -, Melody Arnold - or call 423-7708
Find us on Facebook.

September 16
City of Springfield Hazardous Waste Collection/Drop off Event (8:00am - 1:00pm; Illinois Sate Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Participants must enter the fairgrounds at Gate 11 and proceed to Lot 21 for collection/drop off service. This service is open to City of Springfield residents only. Proof of residency is required (i.e., driver’s license) at the time of drop off. For a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items, please go to the City of Springfield’s website or call the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255

September 16
Our Vibrant Community: Grateful Experience Tent at Meraki Healing Arts Fest (3:00pm - 6:00pm, 400 N. MacArthur Blvd., Douglas Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Participate in this community art tent at the Joe & Jerry Tribute Party. A creative installation of Rhiannon Gurley to shine light on our gratitudes - causing a ripple effect of love and abundance. A free event for all ages.
Email to register or purchase tickets here by entering the price and event in the note.

September 16
Knocker Ball MAX One-Day Tournament

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 | |

September 16
Harvest Fest Down By The Riverside (8:00am; on the square, PETERSBURG)

Hand Crafted Treasures For Sale
Quilt Raffle (Amish hand quilted, worth over $700) Homemade Pies and Cinnamon Rolls to eat or take home Baked Goods for Sale—YUM Learn to make Potholders and Lye Soap Silent Auction and Vendors, Vendors, Vendors
Proceeds are used by the Sangamon County Association of Home Community Extension. This group provides and makes items to be used by local charity groups. Items provided include but not limited to: weighted blankets for autistic children, figit quilts for Alzheimer's patients, backpacks for children taken into the custody of the state, quilts and supplies for veterans, knitted hats for newborns in the NIICU, etc.

September 16
Dream Center Bazaar (9:00am - 3:00pm, JDCF Building, 210 W. College, JACKSONVILLE)
Contact 217-473-1303 or for more information or to reserve a booth to be part of the Bazaar.

September 16
Opa Fest (11:00am - 7:00pm; St. Anthony's Hellenic Orthodox Church, 1600 S. Glenwood Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Greek Fest with Live Music, Great Greek Food & Pastries! PRICE: Free admission, PHONE: 217-522-7010

September 16
Cross Roads Box Maze (1:00 - 4:00pm; Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 E Andrew Road, SHERMAN)
Come experience a maze of cardboard that you won't believe! An entire gymnasium, a cardboard work of art that you will literally get inside of! Full of ups, downs, twists, turns, slides, dead ends! There are three ways to make it out.....find your path and collect information along the way and get a surprise at the finish.
Navigate through this maze in the dark with glow sticks! Get an event dog tag at the finish...... refreshments provided. This is an all ages event (adults you can even do this with your little ones)! $3 includes entry/glow stick and dog tag! $5 unlimited entry into the maze
Go to the event on the Sherman United Methodist Church Facebook page to see photos and videos of this getting built.

September 16
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, 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

September 16
Toys for Tots TRAPSHOOT (10:00am - 5:00pm; Bullet Express Firearms, 5675 W Divernon Rd, AUBURN)
Toys for Tots has again partnered with the Prudential team in Springfield to host the first annual Trap Shoot! This outing will help raise funds for the ever growing need that Toys for Tots answers every year! With your help and participation we can help ensure no child goes without a gift during the holiday season. Teams of 5 or join as an individual and we will add you to a team. $60 per shooter. For reservations and questions, please call Bullet Express at 217-585-0130 or Samual Hamra at 217-553-5243

September 16, 17
29th Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair (10:00am; SAA, 700 N. 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Paintings, drawings, prints, and photos; glass, ceramics, metal, and wood; fibers, fashion, and jewelry can all be found at the 29th Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair. This year's event is made possible by our platinum sponsor, St. John's Hospital, as well as Bunn, Troxell, and many other businesses and dedicated families. 64 artist’s booths will fill the grounds of historic Edwards Place along with artist demonstrations, a stage featuring local musicians, a children’s game area, tours of historic Edwards Place, a beer and wine tent, food vendors, and the annual used book sale. The Springfield Art Association’s campus will be hopping from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Don’t miss the fun!

This year’s fair features popular local artists Meghan Tippy Reese, Poppy Vincent, Ed Martin, the Prairie Pastel Society and the Sangamon Watercolor Society to name a few; returning favorites like Joe Mongan, Karen Pritchett, Todd Shelby, and Steve Ayers; and newcomers Peter Rujuwa (stone), Retta Henschel (glass) and Ron Mellot (photo). Other features are the beer and wine tent brought to you by Five Flavors and the artist demonstration area being incorporated into the lines of booths. A full listing of this year’s artists and their media can be found at

The annual used book sale that supports the Michael Victor II Art Library at the SAA is as big as ever this year with thousands of books to choose from for as little as a quarter a piece, plus we have a Yart Sale area with prints and posters, picture frames, and art materials.

In a collaborative effort with the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association, their annual house tour with be happening on Saturday, September 16th from 1 to 5 pm so that fair goers can also have the opportunity to learn more about the neighborhood, tour some of the restoration projects and see some of the homes still awaiting a new owner and tender loving care. More information on the EPNIA House Tour can be found at

For more information about the Edwards Place Fine Art Fair contact Betsy Dollar at or call 217-523-2631.

September 16, 17
Decatur Train Fair (10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday, 11:00am 0 4:00pm Sunday; Decatur Civic Center, DECATUR)
The Decatur Train Fair is rolling into town on Saturday, Sept 16th, from 10 AM until 4 PM and Sunday, the 17th from 11AM till 4PM in the Civic Center’s Arena. This year’s Decatur Train Fair will include massive model layouts, swap meets, and boxcar loads of rare model train collectables.
Looking for a great family event? Come to the Decatur Train Fair at the Decatur Civic Center. It’s fun for all ages.
The September Train Fair is CO-SPONSORED by Decatur Mt Zion and Southern Model Railroad Club, with help from the Hibu and these outstanding, Civic Leaders: Neuhoff Media, Dynagraphics Fast Impressions, JTNet, NewsChannel 20, FOX Illinois and CW23.

September 16, 17
Clayville Fall Festival (9am-6pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun; Clayville, Route 125, PLEASANT PLAINS)
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kid's activities, food and refreshments. Enjoy period music and audience participation entertainment throughout the weekend in a restored pioneer village. PRICE: $5 adults, $3 kids 7-12, 6 and under free
PHONE: 217-481-4430

September 16
The Fast and the Furriest 5K (7:30am; Pavilion by the Playground, Washington Park, SPRINGFIELD)
To benefit Friends of Sangamon County Animal Control. Registration open 7:30am. Participants can register the morning of the event. $40 registration fee.

September 16
Indivisible Springfield Meeting (1:00pm, Lincoln Public Library, Carnegie Room North, S. 7th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Discussing immigrations, climate change and health care. It's important to keep elected officials informed about our opinions of these current issues.

September 16
Movie in the Park – “Boss Baby” (Dusk, Ampitheatre in New Park, SHERMAN)
FREE, Public encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. Concessions available. More information at 217-496-2621 or

September 17
Beginning Knitting Workshop for Adults: PART 2 (1:00 - 4:00pm, Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
Have you wanted to learn to knit for years, but just never found the time? The Spurlock Museum will host a two-part, materials included, knitting workshop for adults for only $20.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have completed a cotton dish cloth for home use, as well as learned basic information on yarn and needle sizes, pattern reading, and sources for future supply purchases. The program is part of a series led by members of the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild. To register for the workshop, contact Kim Sheahan at 217-244-3355 or

September 17
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, 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 .

September 18
Lake Land College Library Tour (2:00 - 4:00pm, Sullivan Public Library, 2 W. Water St., SULLIVAN) A Lake Land College Representative will be visiting local libraries on a regular basis to meet with people interested in learning more about options available at Lake Land. Third Monday of the month – Future Dates: Oct 16. & Nov. 20
Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl,

September 19
Free Wellness Checks (10:00am - 2:00pm, The Mosaic of Springfield, 555 West Carpenter Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Vital signs, B/S check and listening of the lungs. For more information concerning any of the events going on, please call 217-260-0833.

September 19
Lincolnland Binga (4:30pm; American Legion, 1903 Maple St., MATTOON)
Lincolnland Binga raises fund to help support Lincolnland Hospice and its Grant-a-Wish program, Community Bereavement and to provide care for people without means. Prizes include Longaberger items and speciality items. The events includes a silent auction and an opportunity to purchase dinner, snacks and beverages. The cost is $10 with opportunities to purchase additional games. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kim Lockart 217 238-4765 or go to

September 19
Our Vibrany Community: Color with Friends (8:00 - 9:00pm; Boones Saloon, 301 W. Edwards St., SPRINGFIELD)
Designs by local Artists, $5.
Email to register or purchase tickets here by entering the price and event in the note.

September 19
Lake Land College Library Tour (2:00 - 4:00pm, Shelbyville Public Library, 154 N. Broadway St., SHELBYVILLE)
A Lake Land College Representative will be visiting local libraries on a regular basis to meet with people interested in learning more about options available at Lake Land. Third Tuesday of the month – Future Dates: Oct 17. & Nov. 21
Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl,

September 20
ISM Brown Bag Program - Alligator Gar: An Overview of History, Research, and Prospects in Illinois (12:00 - 1:00pm; Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)

Nathan Grider, IL Department of Natural Resources, will presen. The alligator gar is a “living fossil” and an important predator in freshwater ecosystems within their native range. After nearly 50 years of extirpation from our rivers, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has begun reintroducing this fish in coordination with other states. This presentation reviews the history, myths, science, and objectives of the reintroduction project in Illinois.
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 Illinois State Museum Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

September 20
Meet and Greet (5:30 - 7:00pm; The Mosaic of Springfield, 555 West Carpenter Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Please come out and meet all of our wonderful staff and our new Community Physical Therapy Department. Refreshments will be served. For more information concerning any of the events going on, please call 217-260-0833.

September 20
Springfield Housing Authority's 31st Annual Landlord Workshop (6:00 - 8:00pm; Lincoln Library, 326 S 7th St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Housing Authority's Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Program presents our 31st annual Private Landlord Workshop entitled "There's No Place Like Home." A variety of topics regarding the Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher will be presented including responsibilities, fraud, the leasing process, inspections, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) regulations, and evictions. Refreshments and prizes will be available. Landlords who bring their SHA USB Flash Drive for electronic updates will receive an extra raffle entry. For more information or to RSVP by September 13, 2017, call 217-753-5757 ext 219. Visit our website at

September 20
"WHAT IS...?" Luncheon (11:00 - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Special Feature: "What is Stonecroft?" Sandi Woodard, Regional Representative, will tell us how Stonecroft got its name and how it got started. If you ever wondered about this, now is the time to find out! Special Speaker: "What is peace?" Wanda Hansen was a top fashion model in South Africa. She shares how fame, fortune, and living in the fast lane didn't satisfy her longings.
Invite a friend, she'll be glad you did!
Reservations and cancellations are essential by Friday, September 15. Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or email

September 20
A Home of Their Own (University Archives Sesquicentennial Speaker Series) (2:00 - 4:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, NCSA Building, Room 1122, 1205 W. Clark, URBANA)
View the new documentary A Home of Their Own, celebrating the African American community's role in housing students in the 1930-50s. Deirdre Cobb-Roberts leads a panel of documentary participants in discussion. For more information, visit

September 20 - 24
Pygmalion Festival (Champaign-Urbana)
Now in it's 13th year, the organizers of PYGMALION have released the lineup for 2017. The festival will take place September 20 through September 24 in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Tickets can be purchased here:
With a lineup featuring a diverse array of indie rock, hip hop, EDM, Americana, jazz, and experimental acts, PYGMALION remains one of the most engaging and progressive events worldwide, relative to the size of its host community. PYGMALION 2017 is the culmination of five years of expansion into four new components, including TECH, LITERATURE, FOOD, and a CRAFT FAIR, simply referred to as The Made Fest. The full lineup can be viewed at
The festival kicks off on the 20th with a PechaKucha presentation that will tap the five components of the event.
For the first time in its existence, PYGMALION will be organizing and running a Hackathon on-site at Research Park at UIUC. More information about the scope of the event can be found here:

September 21
Style of Hope (6:30 pm Reception, 7:30pm Fashion Show; Bank of Springfield Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
Event tickets: $45, proceeds benefiting the children of Hope.
Style of Hope, presented by HSHS St. John’s Hospital, is like no other fashion event in Central Illinois and is in the heart of downtown Springfield! We expect over 1,000 people to turn out for this collaborative community and runway experience! This fast-paced, high-energy, exciting experience features runway entertainment from the Springfield Ballet Company’s Rock Ballet, local models representing all walks of life, a heartwarming segment with Hope youth models, clothing from local high-end boutiques, music, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a lucrative raffle and silent auction, and always new surprises! For more information: 217-525-9536 x30100,, FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

September 21
Human Library Pygmalion (5:30 - 9:30pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, URBANA)
The Human Library provides the opportunity for the community to share and understand the experiences of others in their community. During a Human Library event, a ‘reader’ (any member of the community) browses our catalog and decides to have a conversation with a book. Our books and readers consistently have a great time participating in Human Library events. Volunteers have said that they gain insight into their own stories and experiences by listening to the questions of readers. They also find connections in unexpected places- through readers that enjoy sharing their stories as much as our books, through finding that there is more acceptance after the interaction, and through the mutual understanding of being human beyond a single identity.

September 21
Opening Reception: "On My Own Time” (4:00 - 6:00pm; Trutter Museum, LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum at Lincoln Land Community College is featuring the art exhibit, “Inspired,” which features “On My Own Time” artwork created by LLCC faculty, staff and friends, Sept. 21-Dec. 7. The exhibit is open for viewing Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The museum is located in the Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. An opening reception with refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be held Thursday, Sept. 21 from 4-6 p.m. at the museum.

“On My Own Time” is a program of the Springfield Area Arts Council and is open to employees of local businesses, educational and medical institutions, and government agencies. Each participating organization’s visual arts exhibit and competition encourages and displays artwork of talented employees whose work is created on their own time, not at the workplace.

For more information on the exhibit, call 217.786.2217 or e-mail Learn more about the Trutter Museum at

September 21
Author Event: Curious Encounters with the Natural World (4:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public

Join us for a celebration of a new book by Michael Jeffords and Susan Post: Curious Encounters with the Natural World: From Grumpy Spiders to Hidden Tigers. The event will include food trucks, cash bar, music, and a book signing. A presentation by the authors will begin at 6:00 pm.

Jeffords and Post have circled the globe--and explored their neighborhood--collecting images of the natural world. From the "necking" battles of mate-hungry giraffes to the breathtaking beauty of millions of monarch butterflies at rest, the authors will share stunning photographs and their own insights, taking the audience on a tour of the diverse life inhabiting our planet.

This event is sponsored by the Illinois State Museum, Lincoln Memorial Garden, Illinois Audubon, and the Springfield Audubon Society. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

September 22
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

Septemebr 22
National Ice Cream Cone Day (2:00 - 4:00pm; The Mosaic of Springfield, 555 West Carpenter Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free ice cream cones will be given out from 2:00-4:00pm. For more information concerning any of the events going on, please call 217-260-0833.

September 22
Comic Ventriloquist Marc Rubbén (7:00pm; Historic Lorraine Theatre, 324 E. Main St., HOOPESTON)
$20 per ticket, general admission. This international Headliner mixes great Stand-up with outstanding Ventriloquism ....A Class Act....As seen in "Accidentally Famous" filmed live at the 2007 HBO Aspen Comedy Festival. Adult content without being raunchy.
Marc combines his unique stand-up comedy with onstage audience participation, and expert ventriloquism with the help of his colorful cast of characters which include: The Jamaican Rasta-Mon, Nash the Hippy, The Psychic Swami, Cletus the Redneck, and a mask that transforms an audience member into a hilarious human dummy. Marc has performed in state-of-the art 1800- seat theaters as a fly-on entertainer for Carnival Cruise Lines. He’s also a favorite headliner at select Comedy Clubs and at casino/ resorts such as EXCALIBUR Las Vegas, NV; THE SILVER LEGACY, Reno, NV; BALLY’S, Tunica, MS; IMPERIAL PALACE, Biloxi, MS; CASINO MAGIC, Biloxi, MS; LADY LUCK, Las Vegas, NV; CASINO ROYALE Las Vegas, NV. During the winter months, Marc often takes his show to the slopes at premier ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada, indulging in his passion for snowboarding. In 2007 Marc was featured in the television show "Accidentally Famous" which documented his performance at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, CO.

September 22, 23, 24
Beardstown Fall Fun Festival (On the Square, BEARDSTOWN)
For more info:
Belle of the Bend Friday Sept 22 7:00pm Queen Contest Brian Becker M.C.
Saturday Sept 23rd: 8a Pat Cowan Memorial 5K | 10a Parade | 12:30 144 Tj Army jazz band "Soldiers of Swing" | 1:30 Little Miss and Mister | 2:30 On Broadway Dance Group | 3:00 Abraham Lincoln Speech | 4:00 7 Bridges Ultimate Eagles Experience | 5:30 Kickapoo Junction | 6:30 PinFall wrestling
Sunday Sept 24th: Car/motorcycle registration starts at 8a | 9:00 to 10:30 Worship Service | 12:00 Two by Two | 1:00 Baby Contest | 2:00 Walkin with Cash (Johnny Cash impersonator) | 3:00 Sequoia Drive | 4:00 SMITHFIELD Main Act

September 22, 23, 24
International Route 66 Mother Road Festival (6-10pm Fri, 11am-10pm Sat, 11am-2pm Sun, Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
PRICE: Free admission to spectators; PHONE: 866-783-6645; More than 1,000 cool cars, live music and entertainment, performance marketplace, family fun area, food and more. Free admission to spectators.

September 23
Ronald McDonald is coming to the Library! (10:00am, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
He will present a program to let children know Reading is Fun. There will be magic, and fun and games that encourage reading. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun filled program with Ronald McDonald.

September 23
CCCC Fall Festival (10:00am - 6:00pm; Benld Park, BENLD)
Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish will be at the Benld Park for the CCCC Fall Festival, September 23, from 10 AM to 6 PM serving Cabbage Rolls, Cabbage Noodles, Gyros and Nut Rolls. We will have frozen Ready-to-Cook Pelmeni and Pierogies.

September 23
ANTI-WAR TEACH IN (1:00am - 5:00pm; University of Illinois, URBANA-CHAMPAIGN)
Hosted by (AWARE) the Anti-War Anti-Racism Effort of Champaign Urbana and (SEE) Students for Economic Empowerment UIUC, come join us for a teach-in about the dangers of US imperialism and its profit and resource fueled drives for conflict abroad.
Speakers and topics include:

  • Francis Boyle, Professor of International Law
  • Morton Brussel, Professor of Physics Emeritus
  • Carl Estabrook, Professor of Sociology, Retired (History of U.S.
  • Foreign Policy)
  • David Green, Jewish Voice for Peace (Palestine & Israel)
  • David Johnson, World Labor Hour (The Cost of War, Venezuela)
  • Vukoni Lupa Lasaga, Ph.D Candidate (Africa)
  • Father Tom Royer (El Salvador)
  • Rich Whitney Esq., Illinois Green Party (US Support for Dictatorships Around the World)
  • Paula Bradshaw, Illinois Green Party (US Interventions in Libya and Syria)

Contact: Karen Aram/Coordinator @

September 23
Pets! Family Event (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)

Free with admission ($5 adults 19-64, Free: seniors, Members, youth, veterans)
Domestic animals, and especially pets, have played an important role in human history. Come learn about pets in the past and how you and your pets can contribute to the health of the planet in the present and future. Enjoy engaging games and demonstrations, create origami art, and make a pet rock to take home.
September 23 is Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live. Visit to print a voucher for two free adult admission tickets to the State Museum. Child and senior admission is always free.
Activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

September 23
Our Vibrant Community: Art Together- Paint Emoji (10:00am - 11:30am; Twisted Deli, 330 S. Grand Ave. E, SPRINGFIELD)
An artsy bonding event for Adult + child to paint your favorite emoji or emoji statement for $25. Additional child is $15. Aprons and supplies are provided. Includes a cookie per painter. 2 for $25
Email to register or purchase tickets here by entering the price and event in the note.

September 23
Post Polio Group (12:00pm, 2323 Lynn Haven Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Carol will provide the table service, drinks and meat; please bring a dish to share. RSVP to Carol at 217-546-0507

September 23
Memorial Transplant Services 5K Run/Walk (8:00am; Washington Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Memorial Transplant Services holds a 5K Run/Walk in September to raise funds to benefit our transplant funds which:

• Assist patients with transportation expenses related to doctor visits

• Help provide lodging for patients and their family members during pre-transplant workup, the period immediately following transplant surgery and during periods of treatment for rejection

• Pay for prescription medication costs and/or co-pays

• Support program development as well as education for patients and staff

This event is a wonderful opportunity for patients and donor families to come together and share their stories. Speaking with others who have experienced the gift of a transplant is very healing for many donor families. Visit to register. If you have questions or need additional information, please call 217-588-2417 or email

September 23, 24
The 49th annual Apple ‘n Pork Festival (9:00am - 5:00pm; C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum, CLINTON)
The festival, which began with a pot of soup and a stack of sandwiches, has grown to be one of downstate Illinois’ most popular festivals. Today, the festival offers more than 25 booths featuring numerous types of old-fashioned, harvest-time apple and pork foods; tours of the home of Abraham Lincoln’s law partner and personal friend, C.H. Moore; a juried art show; large flea market; demonstrating craftsmen offering their items for sale; an antique tractor and farm equipment exhibit; meal grinding, rope making, chair caning and blacksmithing demonstrations; live musical entertainment; pony rides; tomahawk throwing; Pigs on Parade contest and much more. Admission to the festival and flea market grounds is free. For more information, go to or find our official Apple ‘n Pork Festival Facebook page.

September 23, 24
Alpaca Farm Days (10:00am to 4:00pm; 11:00am - 4:00pm | Alpacas of Indian Point Hills, 17229 VanEman St., PETERSBURG)
Free Family Event. Learn about and get your hands on alpacas. Fiber arts demonstrations. Kids activities. Shop alpacas products. | | 217-632-2590 / 217-414-0266

September 24
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, 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

September 24
2nd Annual City Wide Hymn Fest (3:30pm; Rees Memorial Carillon, Washington Park, SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Park District along with the Rees Carillon Society, Grace Lutheran, Trinity Lutheran, St. John’s Lutheran, Word & Spirit Churches and the “Project 501+” will host our 2nd Annual City Wide Hymn Fest at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon this Sunday, September 24th at 3:30 pm. This interdenominational hymn sing is free to the public and open to everyone who enjoys singing along with, or listening to, traditional musical hymns. The Trinity Summer Band will provide musical interludes.
Last year’s City Wide Hymn Fest brought over 500 people to the Carillon grounds to partake in the festivities. We have paired musical guests who will play along with the Carillonist.
The audience will be welcomed with carillon music as of 3PM. Festivities to kick-off at 3:30pm. Please bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Again, this event is free to the public.
For information about other programs of the Springfield Park District, please visit our website at

September 24
Recital Series : The River Ramblers (4:00pm, Trutter Center, LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
Lincoln Land Community College’s annual Recital Series kicks off Sunday, Sept. 24, with a performance by The River Ramblers. The recital begins at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus.
The River Ramblers is a six-piece bluegrass band that hails from Springfield and surrounding areas. The group assembled in 1987 with the commitment to maintain the traditional bluegrass sound. Members of the group include three of the band’s original members: Duane Patterson, Marc Bourne and Mike Smith. Other members are Jennifer Ramm, professor of chemistry at LLCC; Don Randle and Steve Hatfield. The band performs the music of bluegrass icons such as Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs, and has issued four recordings, which include traditional songs combined with original tunes.
All LLCC Recital Series performances are free and open to the public.

September 24
Cultural Celebration Series September Concert:Jason Finkelman (1:00 - 1:45pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
Music fills the air on September 24 at 1:00 PM, as the Spurlock Museum invites percussionist and composer Jason Finkelman to its Cultural Celebration Series. This free, family-friendly performance series highlights music, dance, and storytelling from around the world on the 4th Sunday of every month from 1:00–1:45pm.

A Philadelphia-born percussionist, Finkelman performs on African and Brazilian instruments handcrafted by African percussionist and instrument maker Adimu Kuumba. Finkelman specializes in the berimbau, a musical bow originating in Africa and recognized today in the accompaniment of the martial art capoeira. Finkelman's artistic concerns focus on improvised music, cross-cultural collaborative projects, and composition for dance, theater, and film. An accompanist for the UIUC Department of Dance since 2000, Finkelman has directed Global Arts Performance Initiatives, an outreach program of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, since 2012.

September 25 - 28
“All Lit Up” Arts and Humanities Festival (Times vary, LLCC, SPRINGFIELD & JACKSONVILLE)
– Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to the “All Lit Up” Arts and Humanities Festival the week of Sept. 25. A number of events are planned on the Springfield campus and at LLCC-Jacksonville in conjunction with Banned Books Week, a national observance celebrating the freedom to read.
With the theme of “Arts bringing light into the darkness,” the festival will feature an open mic and art exhibit, two banned books readings, a writing workshop and author readings.
After 16 years of hosting a banned books reading on campus, Dr. Deborah Brothers, professor of English, decided to expand the observance and host a multi-day festival. She is assisted by Leslie Stalter, professor of art; Dr. David Leitner, professor of English; Mark Hardiman, professor of theatre; and LLCC student Terrelle Jackson.
Monday, Sept 25: Kickoff with open mic and exhibit: “All Lit Up: Art Inspired by the Written Word,” 5:30-7:30 p.m., James S. Murray Gallery, Menard Hall.
Tuesday, Sept 26: Banned Books Reading, LLCC-Jacksonville, 32 N. Central Park Plaza, 1-2 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept 27: “Well, I'll Be Banned: 17th Annual Banned Books Reading,” 12:30-2:30 p.m., A. Lincoln Commons.
Thursday, Sept 28: Writing Workshop: "Monologues: Casting Light on Character,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Menard Hall Room 1167.
“All Lit Up: Author Readings,” 5-7 p.m., Menard Hall, R. H. Stephens Room, featuring: ? John Paul Jaramillo, LLCC professor of English | ? Jon Tribble, poet, editor at “Crab Orchard Review” and creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale | ? Dr. Ted Morrisey, Springfield-area author | ? Allison Joseph, poet, editor at “Crab Orchard Review” and creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Throughout the week: Photos will be taken of individuals “caught reading” throughout campus, and information will be shared regarding “Lincoln Land Review,” an annual compilation of student writing and artworks. More information on the events and biographies of the featured authors may be found at

September 26
Our Vibrant Community: Paint Monster Blocks (7:30 - 9:00pm; DH Browns, 231 E Monroe St., SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for this Halloween decor event making a four piece set of wooden blocks. Rhiannon will provide step by step instruction. Approximately 3.5 - 8" tall x 5.5" wide. Tickets are $25; includes supplies and instruction for one participant.
Email to register or purchase tickets here by entering the price and event in the note.

September 27
Family Movie Night (6:00 - 7:30pm; The Mosaic of Springfield, 555 West Carpenter Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy a movie with your loved one. All family and friends of a resident are invited to come. Popcorn, snacks, and drinks will be served. For more information concerning any of the events going on, please call 217-260-0833.

September 27
Donkey Basketball Game (7:00pm; Edinburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue,
100 E Martin St., EDINBURG) Advance tickets are $10 and will be $12 at the door. Please see any Volunteer Firefighter. 217-788-3493 or 4103 for more information. We will have free donkey rides for kids 12 and under.

September 27
Artful Reader's Book Discussion (7:00 - 8:30pm; 700 N. 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Join fellow art and book lovers for casual, engaging literary discussion at the Artful Reader's Book Club. Gather at the SAA on September 27 to discuss "Clara and Mr. Tiffany" by Susan Vreeland. Light refreshments will be provided by the members of the SAA Library Committee.

September 28
Health Fair (9:00am - 1:00pm; Pleasant Hill Village, 1016 W. North St., GIRARD)
Pleasant Hill Village will host healthcare and other vendors at a Health Fair. Among the vendors are Michelle’s Pharmacy, ITAC, the Illinois State Library Talking Books Program, Mayernich Financial, Central Illinois Blood Bank and the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, contact: Darrin Burnett or Kourtney Cox, 217-627-9502

September 29
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: Haedads
More information: 217-789-4725

September 29
Staff Picnic (2:00 - 4:00pm; The Mosaic of Springfield, 555 West Carpenter Street, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information concerning any of the events going on, please call 217-260-0833.

September 29, 30
Extreme Haunted Hayrides & Zombie Paintball in Riverside Park (6:00pm; 4700 N. Peoria Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Travel along the river deep into the woods in a hayrack wagon pulled by a Hearse. Scenes of horror along the way. So Scary You”ll Have Nightmares For Weeks! Zombie Paintball Rides: Load a custom double decker Paintball trailer, travel along the river deep into the woods and shoot live characters as well as targets. Paintballs are like tracers glowing in the black lights. You shoot the Zombies, They DO NOT shoot you! Every Friday & Saturday Night Starting September 29 through October 28, 2017. Gates open 6pm. Rides Start 7pm. Tickets sold till 11pm. Concessions, Bonfire, DJ Nightly. Cash Only Event-No Refunds. Ride at your own risk. To date this event has donated thousands to charity. We Thank You! Ticket prices: Hayrides $15. Paintball Rides $20. Combo $30. Express $20. Outdoor event-Weather permitting.
Located at 4700 N. Peoria Road Springfield, Illinois 62707 Just 2 blocks North of Dirksen Pkw. Off Peoria Road Turn West into Riverside Park. Find The Light!

September 30
The Henningsens final concert (7:00pm; Lake Land College Field House, 5001 Lake Land Blvd, MATTOON)
$5 Student tickets, $10 General Admission with Festival Seating
Tickets can be purchased here:
Come celebrate Laker Homecoming 2017 with a concert in the Field House on Sept. 30, 2017. Learn more about The Henningsens concert and all homecoming activities at Lake Land College by visiting

September 30
2nd Anual Fall Festival hosted by the SUDC Parent Organization (10:00am; WINCHESTER)
Steppin' Up Dance Company (SUDC) Parent Organization is hosting our 2nd Annual Fall Festival with activities beginning at 10:00 am. The parent organization is steppin’ up their game this year with some new activities and entertainment. The day will begin at 10 am with a vendor/craft fair, bounce house and 80ft blow up ninja warrior obstacle course (wrist bands to be purchased for bounce houses and obstacle course), and food. There will be on stage entertainment from 12pm – 3pm. We will wrap up the afternoon with a 5K color run that will start at 3pm registration will begin at 2pm. Stay tuned for the announcement of our evening events, you won't want to miss out on the fun. Keep an eye on this Facebook event page as we will be posting more information as the event gets closer.

September 30
Hoof Beats in My Heart (5:30pm; I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First Street, CHAMPAIGN)
$65.00 per person or $600/table of 10 people. There will be a live and silent auction, music, a Chuckwagon Buffet dinner that includes: Baby Back Ribs, Beef Brisket, Green Salad with vinaigrette, Baked Beans, Chipotle Cheddar Mac and Cheese, Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Rolls, Corn bread, Cake decorated for SHARE, coffee, tea, and cash bar. The food itself is worth the admission price.
There will be some tickets available at the door the night of the event. However, you can go to our website to buy tickets at and if you have trouble at all finding this, email Heide, a sweet German sounding lady, at and she can take your name and you can pay by check at the entrance the night of the event but at least you will have a seat reserved.

September 30
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

September 30
Illini Legends, Lists, & Lore: The History of U of I Varsity Athletics (10:30am - 12:00pm; State Farm Center, Legacy Club, 1800 S. First Street, CHAMPAIGN)
AS part of the University Archives Sesquicentennial Speaker Series, Mike Pearson chronicles the history of U of I varsity athletics since 1883 in his new book, Illini Legends, Lists, and Lore. Book signing to follow. Light refreshments. Enter at West Main Entrance of State Farm Center. Free parking in SW & NW Lots. For more information, visit

September 30
Fried Chicken Dinner (4:00 - 7:00pm; Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 East Andrew Rd., SHERMAN)
Adults $10.00 Children (under 12) $5.00 (under 3 free)
Menu: fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, cole slaw, rolls, drink & dessert
Call for more info: 496-2338

September 30
Trash Cleanup (8:00 - 11:30am; Decatur Lincoln Park Pavilion, W. Lincoln Park, DECATUR)
Come join us at the Decatur Lincoln Park Pavilion as we remove trash and debris that is found along the Sangamon River area. Please dress appropriately, for mud, etc. and bring gloves of you have them. If it is raining, the event will be cancelled.

September 30
OPEN HOUSE: Creative Arts Center (1:30 - 3:00pm; Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Rd, NEW BERLIN)
The Dominican Sisters welcome you to an open house at the Creative Arts Center at Jubilee Farm, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Learn about the sisters’ care for creation and opportunities for retreat or spiritual direction. (3.8 miles west of Veterans Parkway) Call Sister Sharon or Sister Anita at 217-787-6927.

September 30

GLO Bingo (Starts at 7:30 p.m.; Boondocks, 2909 N. Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield, IL.) Glo Bingo is offering over $1,000 in cash prizes on Saturday, September 30. All proceeds go to Sherman Move. $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door. Price includes 6 bingo cards for 10 games, glow hat, glow dabber. $5 per additional 6 bingo cards. You can purchase tickets online at

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