July 2018 Community Calendar

If you would like your event considered for the Calendar, please email your request as early as possible to Events@wics.com.

Please include the date of the event in the e-mail subject line and the following details within the body of the email, (not as an attachment).

If you would like your event considered for the Calendar, please email your request as early as possible to Events@wics.com.
Please include the date of the event in the e-mail subject line and the following details within the body of the email, (not as an attachment).

  • event date
  • event time
  • event location (street address and city)
  • event cost (if applicable) and who benefits from the fees/donations
  • a brief description
  • public contact information if our community has further questions (phone number, website, email address, Facebook page)

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June, 29, 30 & July 1
Sparks in the Park (ROCHESTER)
Food vendors, marketplace, arts & crafts, Farmer's Market, Fishing Derby, Beer Tent, Blood Drive, Carnival, Kids Games, Parade, Fireworks Sunday and 9:30pm. Click here for a full schedule.

June 15 – August 15
ART + BOOKS (9:00am - 5:00pm M-F; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ellen and Nirmal Chatterjee Exhibition Gallery, The Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Room 346, Main Library / 1408 W. Gregory Dr., URBANA)
This exhibition highlights creations by selected book artists and presses from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library collections: Loujon Press, Bea Nettles, Flying Fish Press, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr, Rusell Maret, and Jana Sim. The works on display range from the 1960s to the present, and feature many variations on alphabets, typeface and calligraphy, colors and photography, and structures, from seemingly simple business cards, tarot cards, posters and broadsides, to complex codex, accordions, Möbius strips and Jacob’s ladders. https://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/exhibitions-events/current/

July 1
Fireworks at the Ballpark (Dusk, W. North St. & 6th St., ATLANTA)


July 1
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Time Machine (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA) 217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

June 27 - July 15
Baby Lemur Naming Contest (Henson Robinson Zoo, SPRINGFIELD)
The Henson Robinson Zoo announced the birth of two Red Ruffed Lemurs, Varecia rubra, early this year. Now we are asking to community to come and vote for their favorite name. Zoo Guests, during their regular visit can come and see the little ones on exhibit, then before leaving they can vote on one of four names for both the male and female lemurs.

The Zoo asks that you provide a small donation with your vote to fund lemur conservation. The Zoo will match donations up to $1000 that will go to Association Mitsinjo based in Madagascar. Association Mitsinjo funds and manages community education, habitat preservation, a research in the home ranges of red ruffed and other lemur species.

Guests can visit the Zoo to vote starting June 27th and continue through July 15th where the Zoo will announce the selected names on its Facebook page. Voting participants will also receive a coupon for one free child visit for the remaining of the summer, so that they can watch the little ones grow. The Zoo will also select two voters for a special prize.

For more information on how you can get involved with our fundraising conservation efforts and helping to name our new baby lemurs! Feel free to call the Zoo at 217-585-1821 or email our Zoo Director, John Wright at jwright@springfieldparks.org

July 1
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; Menard Co. Fairgrounds)
There will be 6 shows in Menard County, each first Sunday May through October. Once again, a primary goal of bazaar organizers is to increase shopping traffic into Petersburg businesses every month, bringing patrons back into the county for repeat business, not just on bazaar weekend but every weekend. County sales tax revenue receives a boost as well, as vendors submit a tax payment at the close of each show. Several new vendors near and far have heard about the show, and will be attending, bringing an even greater variety of food and shopping, snacks, produce, and a large variety of old treasures and brand new custom and unique handmade goods.
Community Support activities at the event include:

  • APL Adoption Mobile will be in attendance.
  • patrons can bring food pantry donations to the information table to be entered into a drawing for a free tshirt each month.
  • the group HONVEE will be selling a cookbook that helps female veterans enduring hardship.

We will have music playing at every show, continuing the festive mood all year!! We also have a wine/craft beer patio in the grandstands. More show information can be found on our First Sunday Midwest Bazaar facebook page, along with our event calendar, special monthly events, vendor lists, and vendor inquiry information. Heather Piepenburg along with FSMB partners Greg and Rita Noll & Shawn Stillman

July 1
Time Machine: Sun, Moon, Stars, and Planets (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
This family-friendly event explores the many ways that we bring celestial objects into our daily lives. Activities include a gallery treasure hunt, an exploration of touchable objects, and a concert of sky-related folktales. Admission is free.The Time Machine touches down on the first Sunday of every month from June through August. Look for different types of programs on every Sunday of each month. Free general admission | www.spurlock.illinois.edu | (217) 333-2360

July 1
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

July 2
MMC Rehab Grad Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Center, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information call 217 788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217 788-3300.

July 2
Emotional Support Group (6:00 - 7:00pm; Memorial's Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W Miller, SPRINGFIELD)
Meets every other Monday. burstingbubbles.org | 335-2961

July 2
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
With the help of the Challenger Learning Center from Heartland Community College learn how asttronauts travel in space. Hear about some of the most interesting places in our Solar System. Come travel the universe with us! Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld | Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-155

July 3
Gravity: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest (10:00am & 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum Admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. In this school bus series film, the students are sent into space and the school bus is turned into a planet for a lesson on gravity. Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10 am and 2 pm. This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information, or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Sarah Davis at Sarah.E.Davis@illinois.gov or (217) 782-6044.

July 3
Adult Children of Alcoholics (5:15pm; Discovery Club, 313 W Cook St., SPRINGFIELD)
Weekly meetings every Tuesday. New attendees welcome. wisetruth@yahoo.com | 544-9049

July 3
Pack the Park Fireworks (5:00 - 11:00pm; DAWSON)
Music & Dancing at 7pm. Fireworks at dusk. Clowns, face-painting, balloons, glow sticks. Tasty food selections available from Vose Corndogs and The Dawson Fire Department. Please bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Rain date July 6.

July 4
Fireworks and Baseball! (6:35pm, Robin Roberts Stadium, 1415 N. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Watch the Springfield Sliders play the Terre Haute Rex and stay after the game for Independence Day Fireworks. Free admission for all service members. Email: slidersfun@springfieldsliders.com | PHONE: (217) 679-3511

July 4
July 4th Celebration (9:00am, Municipal Building, 2901 Leonard St., JEROME)
Parade. Candy may be passed out, but not thrown.

July 4
Pleasant Plains 4th of July Celebration (4:00pm, PLEASANT PLAINS)
Once again, the Pleasant Plains Community Club (PPCC) will be sponsoring the 4th of July Fireworks Show on July 4th. The PPCC will be hosting the display at Pleasant Plains High School beginning at dusk. Come out to support the annual community event. The Pleasant Plains Fire Department will also be serving food and refreshments before the show starting at 4:00 p.m.
Donation locations will be available for those of you interested in making a donation to help sponsor next year’s event.
You can also send your donation for the fireworks to PPCC, P.O.Box 385, Pleasant Plains, IL 62677.
Come enjoy the fireworks and help support the Pleasant Plains Community Club!

July 4
Fourth of July Celebration (Nichols Park, 319 Holken Brink Drive, JACKSONVILLE)
This celebration features a parade, live entertainment, kids’ activities, live entertainment, and more. Fireworks. FREE. For more information, call 243-5678.

July 4
Fireworks at Dusk (LINCOLN)

July 4
Franklin 4th Celebration (6:00 - 9:00pm; FRANKLIN)
Live Concert on the square with fireworks immediately afterwards. Bring your own cooler of your favorite adult beverages!

July 4
Independence Day Events (2:00 - 9:30pm, Lake Lou Yaeger, Marina 1: 4313 Beach House Trail, LITCHFIELD)
2:00PM: Fourth of July Boat Regatta, At the lake in front of Beach House. Dress up you and your boat in patriotic attire as you join the Friends of Lake Lou Yaeger (F.O.L.L.Y) for their annual boat parade around the lake. For more information contact andylfurman@yahoo.com
B & B Strings 6:30 PM – 9:20 PM, Firework display 9:30 PM. For more information call 866-533-5833 or e-mail: tourism@cityoflitchfieldil.com.

July 4
Staley Firecracker Road Run/Walk (6:30am - 10:00am; Nelson Park, DECATUR)
Compete in a ½ mile kids run, 4-mile or 8-mile run, or join in the 2 mile fun run/walk. Register by June 22 to guarantee a dri-fit shirt or tank. A minimum of three awards in the 4 mile and 8 mile will be given to runners. Register at Active.com, pick up an entry form at the DISC, or call 429-7750.
Time: Kids’ Run at 7:30 a.m. and Race at 8 a.m.
Check-in: 6:30 – 7:15 a.m.
Location: Nelson Park Rock Garden Parking Lot
Fee: Kids Run: $16 ($21 on race day)
All Races/Walk: $26 ($31 on race day)
Early Packet Pick-up: July 3 at the Snack Shack

July 4
Shake the Lake Concert (Nelson Park, “Horseshoe” parking lot west of Beach House, DECATUR)
Celebrate summer with live concerts in the park, presented by Dansig and held in conjunction with Neuhoff Media! Check the Decatur Park District Facebook page for updates and weather alerts. Concessions and beverages will be available for sale. No personal coolers, please.
Performance/Time: 5 p.m. - B.O.S.S. Jr. & Sr. performances | 6 p.m. - FUN DMC | Dusk - fireworks over Lake Decatur.

July 4
Fireworks at Dusk (Community Park, CHATHAM)

July 4
Clara Irwin's Strawberry PArty (5:00 - 8:00pm; Elijah Iles House, 628 S 7th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring entertainment, fresh strawberry confections, live music, games, and a group reading of the Declaration of Independence. ileshouse.org | 492-5929

July 4
Family 4th of July Celebration (5:30 - 10:00pm; Trade Winds Pub & Eatery, 1700 Recreation Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Gates open at 4:30. Live music with Take 10 from 5:30-9:30pm, then fireworks extravaganza at 9:30 pm. Plenty of seating, but feel free to bring a lawn chair.

July 4
Enos Park Community Garden Night (6:00 - 8:00pm; Enos Park Community Garden, 1022 N. Fifth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Every Wednesday, help garden and share the vegetable harvest. Free. 847-341-0591

July 4
Pickleball for Beginners (5:30-10:00pm; Iles Park, 6th & Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Learn the basics of pickleball from the Springfield Pickleball Club. Paddles and balls provided. For ages 12+, Free event. springfieldparks.org

July 5
Illinois PRoducts Farmers' Market (4:00 - 7:00pm; Illinois State Fairgrounds, The Shed, 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Shopping, health and wellness information, LIVE entertainment and more in a street party atmosphere. SNAP cards accepted. Free event. agr.state.il.us/nightmarket

July 5
Grant Goes to War: The March from Springfield (6:30 - 8:30pm; Books on the Square, 427 E Washington St., SPRINGFIELD)
Fifth in a series of 12 programs about Illinois and the Civil War. Sponsored by the Civil War Roundtables of Macoupin County and Springfield. Free event. 965-5443

July 6
Walk and Talk: Bicentennial and Beyond (2:00 - 2:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Take a journey through 200 years o