October 2016 Events

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Oct 1
Greenview – Town Wide Garage/Yard Sale (8:00am - 1:00pm; GREENVIEW)
Maps will be available at Casey’s starting Friday, September 23, 2016
Call Jennifer Heyen 217-502-0040 with questions.

Oct 1
2nd Annual Homecoming Hog Roast (5pm - 9pm; Pleasant Plains Community Building,206 East 4th Street, PLEASANT PLAINS)
Adult and Kids Meals, Drinks Included, Carry-Out Offered, Beer Available. For more information on these events or other Pleasant Plains Community Club Events please contact

Oct 1
Fur, Feather, Fin Fall Fling (10:00am - 6:00pm; Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Admission is free! The family friendly event will be held at the zoo! A variety of fun, family activities will be ongoing through teh day including animal programs, turtle races, carnival games, special animal treats and more! In addition, join us from 10am - 2pm for Touch a Truck, which will be held in the zoo's parking lot. There will be a variety of different vehicles for everyone to explore. 217-585-1821

Oct 1
Symposium: Medieval Irish Masterpieces in Modern Reproduction (TBA; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory, URBANA)
Our fall exhibit will be accompanied by a symposium featuring papers by leading scholars from Ireland and the United States on medieval Irish metalwork and manuscripts. The event is open to the public and will be held in the Museum’s Knight Auditorium.
The symposium will consist of nine papers in three sessions, with a respondent for each session. The first session will deal with the artifacts’ immediate institutional and broader cultural contexts. The second and third sessions will focus respectively on the metalwork reproductions and the manuscript facsimiles in relation to their “originals” in their dual medieval and modern historical contexts, and how they assert a continuity of Irish cultural heritage and national identity transcending centuries of conquest, rupture, and redefinition. Free admission. For more information, contact Professor Charles Wright at

Oct 1
Fried Chicken Dinner (4:00 - 7:00pm; Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 E. 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 and dessert.
Proceeds to local ministries and world missions. Church #: 217- 496-2338

Oct 1
Glow Bingo (5:30pm, K of C Hall)
The North Mac Public Schools Foundation will hold a Glow Bingo event on Saturday, October 1 at the K ofC hall. Doors open at 5:30. PM. Bingo starts at 7 PM. Must be 18 to attend. Over $1000 in prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Admission includes 6 bingo cards, a Glo hat, glow dabbler. There will be a cash bar and you can bring your own treats. Tickets are available by calling Country Financial Offices 217-965-5888 or 217-627-2152. There is assigned seating, so order your tickets for the number of people in your party! Proceeds from this event goes back into the z ortho Man School District I the form of grants to teachers needing assistance for materials. This is not your Grandmothers bingo. Bingo played in the dark with glow dabblers!

Oct 1
Adopt-A-Pet (12:00pm - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold pet adoptions at Petco. 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 .

Oct 1, 2
St. Michael's Parish 37th Annual Octoberfest (Exit 41, STAUNTON)
Great food and cool refreshments. Entertainment. Raffles.
Saturday: 5K Run, Registration 8am, Run 9am. Auction 10:30am -??
Sunday: Polka mass with Tamburitzans at 10am. Entertainment: Temburitzans 11am - 1pm. The Gary Moore Band 1pm-4pm. Doc Holiday 5pm - 9pm. Chicken Dinner 11am - 4pm (carryouts available until 4pm)
Professor Longhair balloon sculptures & magic shows bot Saturday and Sunday, noon - 6pm.

Oct 1 - Dec 10
Zahn Learning Center Open Hours (1:00 - 4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory, URBANA)
During ZLC OH on Saturday afternoons, visitors of many ages can create crafts inspired by special exhibits, cultural holidays, current events, and Spurlock’s feature gallery collections. Ideal for elementary age students and older, ZLC OH aims to help visitors explore world cultures by making crafts and spending hands-on time with objects from the Museum’s Teaching Collection. Programming for the fall will include Irish crafts, Day of the Dead, Diwali, and more. See the Spurlock Museum calendar of events or Facebook page for specific details.
Admission: $2 per crafter. Contact: Brook Taylor at or (217) 244-5597.

Oct 2
2nd Annual Breathe Deep Springfield 5K Walk (11:00am, Washington Park)
In memory of Vickie Sanders-White; Registration opens at 11:00 AM and the walk begins at 12:00 PM. This is truly a grassroots event established by Jim Bordeaux-White in memory of his wife, Vickie Sanders-White, who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in August, 2013, and lost her battle in January, 2014.
You may register or donate online at or on event day at the park.
Any questions etc. please e-mail Jim at or call (217) 416-1247

Oct 2
Adopt-A-Pet (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 pet adoptions at PetSmart. 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 .

Oct 2
Wanda Mountain Boys Concert (10:00am, Edinburg Baptist Church, 416 N Ricks, EDINBURG)
The current members are Gary O’Neal, Manager of the group, singing baritone. Gary has been involved in Gospel Music for more than 45 years. Gary has traveled with the Brashears of Russelville, Ar. His music has been recorded by The Lesters, The Dixie Echoes, the Dixie Melody Boys to name a few. Singing tenor is Rick Brown, who has also been in Gospel Music for many years. Rick has sang with Naomi and the Segos and Coy Cook and the Premiers. The newest member is Clint Everetts, singing lead, who has had a solo ministry throughout his high school and college years. He also has traveled with The Chosen Ones and has three solo recordings to his credit. The group has recently released a CD titled “The Mission Continues”. This group travels many miles singing Traditional Southern Gospel Music. They desire to uplift the Christian by sharing a positive message and a laugh or two as well as take the Gospel message to those who need to come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A love offering will be taken. For more information please contact Pastor Denny at 217-525-1978 or Ron Beesley at 217-691-6857.

Oct 3
Memorial Rehab Services Support Group (4:00pm - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, Conference Room B149 on the first level, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300

Oct 5
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library)
The movie stars Robert Downey Jr. and Charles Grodin and is about a businessman who is recruited by his guardian angels from childhood - to help them rectify their unfinished lives, as he is the only one who can communicate with them. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this fun film.

Oct 5
Monster Preschool Program (10:00am; Westville Public Library)
There will be monster stories, a craft and fun. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this program.

Oct 6
Fundraiser Exhibition (6pm, The SAA Collective gallery, SPRINGFIELD)
SAA invites the community to explore a wall filled with stunning miniature artworks created by local artists during its 6x6(x6) Raffle Fundraiser. The exhibition and raffle ticket sales will take place from Tuesday, September 20 to Thursday, October 6, 2016. The exhibition is free to view. Raffle tickets can be purchased at 2 for $5, 5 for $10, or 11 for $20. The exhibition will close with a community event on Thursday, October 6 at 6 PM, including live music from local artist and musician Jeff C. Williams, games, and refreshments. Admission to the event is $10/person and include 2 raffle tickets. Admission can be purchased at or at the door.

Oct 7
Fish Fry (4:30pm - 7:00pm; Riverton K of C, 335 S. 4th St., RIVERTON)
Carry-out orders, call 629-7202; more information at
Future Dates: 11/4, 12/2, 1/6, 2/3, 3/3/10/24 & 4/7

Oct 7
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Trivia (6:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theater 3, SPRINGFIELD)
$10 per person. Cash bar available. For more info, go to or call 217.753.8000

Oct 7
Annual Used Book Sale, Friends of UIS Brookens Library (9:00am - 4:00pm) Great selection of popular fiction, nonfiction, textbooks, cookbooks, children’s books, music and DVDs. Brookens Library, UIS campus. 206-6605. No admission charge.

Oct 8
Adopt-A-Pet (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold pet adoptions at PetSmart. 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 .

Oct 8
Pokemon Halloween Party (10am; Westville Public Library)
The Westville Public Library will host a Pokemon Halloween Party for children ages 6 and up October 8. The party will begin at 10 AM. There will be a Pokemon story, crafts and games. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this event.

Oct 8
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (8:00am; Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Join the American Cancer Society’s 5k walk to end breast cancer. Thanks to the support of so many, the American Cancer Society is there for everyone in every community touched by breast cancer, including those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face a diagnosis in the future, and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and risk reduction. Registration is free. Donations and/or fundraising is encouraged. Register at:

Oct 8
Sangamon County Rescue Squad Chili Supper (3:00 - 7:00pm, Lake Springfield Beach House, 101 Long Bay Drives, SPRINGFIELD)
Menu includes all-you-can-eat chili. Dessert, drink (coffer, tea or water). Adults $7, Children $3. Hot Dog is $1 extra. Carryout available. Proceeds to help support the Rescue Squad to purchase and maintain equipment.

Oct 8
Chili Cook-Off (12:00pm - 5:00pm; VFW Post 10302, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Silent Auction and 50/50 raffle. $8 donation. $5 for Children 12&Under. Funds benefit 'Vietnam Veterans of America'.

Oct 10 - 30
Chili's GIVE BACK: Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (CHILI'S, ILLINOIS)

The ILEAS Foundation has partnered with all the Chili’s in the state of Illinois for “Give Back” nights where 15% of the total meal purchase when a “Give Back” night coupon is presented will be donated to the ILEAS Foundation.

Oct 11
Anita Renfroe: Flat-Out Funny Tour (6:00pm; First United Methodist Church, 2941 S. Koke Mill Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$20 Advance, $30 at the door, $40 VIP
Call (217)753-3939 ext 12; tickets sold at
All proceeds benefit Contact Ministries.

Oct 12
BEST (Becoming Empowered and Successful Teens) and Parent Transition Support Group (6:00 - 7:30pm, Illinois Assistive Technology Program, 1020 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Light refreshments will be provided. Call Carolyn at 217-523-2587 with questions.

Oct 15
Whinnie's Apple Fest (9:00am - 6:00pm; Jeffries Orchard, 1016 Jeffries Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Jefferies Orchard is hosting their annual “Whinnie’s Apple Fest” during October! It’s an all-day event on Saturday, October 15th. Come out and enjoy the freshest apples and cider around! There will be lots of Apples, Cold & Hot Cider, Popcorn, Pumpkins, Antiques and various fall activities for you and your family to enjoy! Don’t forget to have your photo taken with the star of the show, Whinnie the miniature horse! 217.487.7582

Oct 15
Adopt-A-Pet (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold pet adoptions at PetSmart. 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 .

Oct 15
Foddershock Festival 2nd Annual (11:00am - 7:00pm; West of Wise Winery, 14096 State Highway 97, PETERSBURG)
• Wine, Beer Music, Food, Pumpkins, Cornhole/Bags Tournament. • There is a $5.00 entry fee which includes a festival glass and 2 tastings. Corn hole/Bags tournament has a $10 participation fee. • Advanced Tickets-
Celebrating the bounty of the harvest. Music from 12-6 with Taylor June, Tom Irwin and the Roastineers. Hand crafted West of Wise Illinois Wines from our vineyard- Ratio Vineyard in your very own Festival glass. Craft Beer from Hand of Fate, Timotheous Brothers and Rolling Meadows Brewery. Local farm to table food from Lane's Farm and Cellar. Pumpkins and gourds from Indian Creek Farmstead. And a Cornhole/Bags tournament. Advanced tickets (with a few incentives thrown in) can be purchased on
There is a $5.00 entry fee which includes a festival glass and 2 tastings. Corn hole/Bags tournament has a $10 participation fee.
As the sign says,Wine, Beer, Music, Food and Pumpkins.....and now a cornhole/bags tournament What more could you want for a fall Saturday!

Oct 15
New 3rd Saturday Market (9:00am - 4:00pm, Moultrie-Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
The entrance to the Fairgrounds is South of the corner of RT 133 and Vine St. Follow the road in the Fairgrounds to the Merchant Building behind the High School at Jurgens Park. This is an exciting time for the 3rd Saturday Market. More vendors both indoors and outdoors. This is a monthly event. The hours will be from 9 am to 4 pm. There is off street parking available on the Fairgrounds. The New 3rd Saturday Market is an indoor/outdoor market filled with creative crafts, antiques and unique finds. This is just the start of something great. Come be a part of it and grow with us!! Stop by and see us!!!!! Contact: Dale Bissonett, 217-254-5010, Future Dates: Nov 19, Dec 17.

Oct 15
The Nokomis Woman's Club Fall Arts and Crafts Show (9:00am - 2:00pm; Cornerstone Academy,316 E. South Street, NOKOMIS)
There will be free hourly door prize drawing, which one must be present to win, cakewalks throughout the morning and the lunch counter is open offering chili, sandwiches, pie and drinks.
Contact B.J. Tooley at 217-563-2374 for information on booth space. Booths can offer a variety of home crafted, upscale and commercial item.
Proceeds from the arts and crafts show help fund the clubs' many annual events, including Treats with Santa, Easter egg hunt and "My Marvelous Mother" contest.

Oct 15
Art & Craft Show (8:30am - 3:00pm; St. Joseph the Worker Church, 700 E. Spruces St., CHATHAM)
One half of net proceeds to benefit the Ball-Chatham School Titan Fuel Program. Food and drink with be available. Come do your holiday shopping with many fine art and craft items to choose from. Hope to see you there!
For more information, please contact 217-585-8079 or visit the church website at

Oct 15
Mission Night Spaghetti Dinner (5:30pm; Pasfield Southern Baptist Church, 411 West Lenox Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Mission's trip spaghetti dinner beginning at 5:30 pm. This is a fundraising dinner (love offering). Following dinner there will be a presentation by Kaitlyn Cook from her recent trip to the Dominican Republic. Samantha Gleason and Lydia Tyler, and Kaitlyn will also speak about their 2017 trip to the Dominican Republic as well as her many mission trips there. Come pray over our mission trip team, enjoy a great dinner and hear what we believe God is going to do in the next year through our mission team.
For further information, please visit our website , you can contact the church office at 217-528-6814 or you can contact Jack Sutphin, Vision Team Director, at .

Oct 15
"The Verdict" (6:30pm; Fresh Visions Church, 2400 N. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Fresh Visions Community Church will present the play "The Verdict" This play is the story about two people on trial for being Christians. Could you be found guilty of being a Christian? Vendors will be available and a Silent Auction will take place at 5:00 p.m. Price: Adults $10/Children age 10 and under $5/Family of 3 or more $20
All proceeds will be donated to the FVCC Building Fund. See our new location at 1551 J. David Jones Parkway, Springfield

Oct 15, 16
Taste of St Katharine Drexel (East Side, SPRINGFIELD)
We will be having a basket raffle!

Oct 15, 16
Lucky Tom Cat Club and Tiger's Lair CFA Cat Show (10am - 4pm; 9am - 3pm; Illinois Bldg, IL State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
There will be up to 225 cats/kittens competing in this years event. Will also have vendors of cat oriented toys, gifts and clothing. There will be shelter cats up for adoption and and exhibitors may have kittens/cats available. Local contact is: Cindy Willoughby 414-5278 or

Oct 16
The First Ladies of Springfield Fall Fashion Show & Dinner (2:00pm; Northfield Inn & Suites, 3280 Northfield Drive, SPRINGFIELD)Calvary Baptist Church Presents.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting committee member Emma D. Lewis at 217-544-1423, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a. m. to 3:00 p. m. You may also contact the following committee members for ticket request: Sylvia Carey, Angie Briscoe, Stephanie Coleman, Shiela Fayemi, and Minister Louise Fane. The program features a special tribute to “The Nation of Israel”. This fund raising event is accepting donations for a new organ for our new sanctuary. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please make checks payable to Calvary Baptist Church, memo line “First Ladies Event.” Tickets are $35.00 each, and reservations are available @ 8 per table for $280.00 payable at time of reservation.
Catherine Luster Program Chair - Email contact:

Oct 16
2nd Annual Chilli Lunch (11:00am - 2:00pm, Fellowship Hall at Third Presbyterian Church, 1030 N 7th Street. SPRINGFIELD)
The Northside Children's Community Library will be hosting. The lunch will include a bowl of tavern chilli and a baked potato bar. The cost is $7 for a bowl of chilli or for the baked potato bar. Every meal comes with a drink and dessert. If you want both chilli and a baked potato, the cost is $10. Chilli and potatoes can be purchased to go. If you have questions, please contact 217-741-3255.

Oct 16
Adopt-A-Pet (12:00pm - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold pet adoptions at Petco. 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 .

Oct 16
Heads Up Group (for individuals with traumatic brain injuries) (2:00 - 4:00pm; SCIL)
Call Dave at 217-523-2587

Oct 17-Dec 12
Cancer Companions: Bringing Hope to the Journey (6:30 - 8:00pm; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church & School, Meeting Room 2, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
a ministry to current or former cancer patients, their loved ones, friends, and co-workers at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. This unique Christian group is open to the public and to all denominations and examines many of the tough issues Christians dealing with cancer face. For more information or to register, please contact Kim Meyer, RN, PN, CLLM by calling 217-546-4531.

Oct 18
Color with Friends (6:30 - 8:00pm; Boones Saloon, 301 W. Edwards, SPRINGFIELD)
$5, enjoy happy hour and color designs by local artists. Some events require no registration. Got a question email

Oct 18
Personal Assistant Employers Group (3:00 - 4:30pm at Springfield Center for Independent Living, or SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
Call Bradley at 217-523-2587 for more info.

Oct 18
Artsy Tot Time (9:00am - 10:00am, Twisted Deli, 330 South Grand Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
$5, drink coffee and eat cinnamon buns with other parents while little ones (2-5 year olds) make art. Some events require no registration. Got a question email

Oct 20
FREE VIEWING PARTY: Rocky Horror Picture Show (Doors at 6pm, Show at 7:00pm; The Legacy Theatre, 101 E Lawrence Ave, SPRINGFIELD) Door prizes! Only 300 seats available, so come early! Beverages and concessions available for purchase!

Oct 20
Hearing Loss Association of America (4:00 - 7:00pm, SCIL)
Guest Speaker. After meeting: potluck. Please come and enjoy the evening with us. Please text questions to 217-816-0898 or call 217-239-1273

Oct 20-23
Fall Book Sale (Edgar Community Room, Mahomet Public Library; Rte. 150 E/1702 E. Oak St., MAHOMET)
Many thousands of books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages and interests will be offered at super-low prices. Thursday, October 20, from 5 to 8 PM is preview night for Friends only (memberships and renewals available at the door). The sale is open to the public on Friday, October 21, from 9 AM to 6 PM, on Saturday, October 22, from 9 AM to 5 PM, and on Sunday, October 23, from 1 PM to 4 PM. (217) 586-2611

Oct 21, 22
Westville Public Library Book Sale (10am; WESTVILLE)
Friday hours are 10 AM to 5:30 PM and Saturday hours are 10 AM to 1 PM. Lots of new items have been added. Genres include Christian, romance, mystery, science fiction, suspense, children's fiction and non-fiction. There is a whole section of western themed books in both paperback and hardback. The sale special is $1.00 for 2 bags of VHS tapes. Please call the library for further information. The sale is located in the building behind the library. Just follow the north sidewalk around to the back of the library.

Oct 21 - Dec 16
Mindful Meditation Series (Fridays 11:30 - 12:00 in Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
It’s the fifth anniversary of free mindful meditation practice at Spurlock. If you’ve heard good things about the benefits of mindfulness and have been wanting to learn more, this series offers a start. During each 30-minute session, Mary Wolters of Green Yoga Spa will help participants bring a focus to their breathing and share tips for how to engage mindfully. No registration or special equipment is necessary, and participants may attend as many or few sessions as they like. Free admission. Contact: Brook Taylor at or (217) 244-5597.

Oct 22
Archeology at the Farmstead (9:00am; Historic Marbold Farmstead, 21722 State Hwy 29, GREENVIEW)
FREE; Archeologist Annie Rieken will be at the Marbold Farmstead, 722 St. Hwy 29, Greenview, to perform a 'dig' of the privy (outhouse). Come and participate. Wear comfortable closed toe/heel shoes and appropriate clothing, including head cover and gloves. Volunteer archaeologists will learn of the various phases of archaeology and will fully participate in all aspects. Come & go as you please, but bring sack lunch if staying for the day. Water will be provided. Extremely rainy weather will postpone.
This is a unique opportunity to work with an well-known archaeologist and get hands-on learning. Who knows what one might find in that old privy!

Oct 22
Adopt-A-Pet (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 at PetSmart. 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 .

Oct 22
Jacksonville Mainstreet Pumpkin Festival (10:00am - 5:00pm; Jacksonville Downtown, Central Park Plaza, JACKSONVILLE)

For just $5, participants can expect activities such as:
Carnival rides (sponsored by First Christian Church)
Petting Zoo
Visits with Superheroes
Costume Contests (children and pets)
Trunk or Treat
Pumpkin Decorating, Drops, and Playland
Local Vendors
PHONE: 217-243-5678;

Oct 22
Trivia Night (6:00pm; Little Lorraine Theater, 214 E. Main St., HOOPESTON)
$10 per person. Limited to 12 teams of up to 5 people each. (or you can come alone and join a smaller team) Free popcorn and a small bottled water/soda. Additional concessions available for purchase. Winning team members receive refund of entry fee and a door prize will also be awarded. Reserve your table or ask questions by calling Marilyn Tyler: 217.397.2211 or Betty Richards 217.304.5308
All proceeds go toward the preservation and restoration of the Lorraine Theater.

Oct 22
Autism Harvest Party and 5K (7:30am - 12:00pm; Field of Dreams, 1100 Riverton Road, RIVERTON)
Race fees are $25.00 for adults (+ 5.00 ADDITIONAL when registering the day of the event) $10 for children 13 and under A suggested donation of $3.00 per person for individuals only wishing to attend the Harvest Party Event from 10AM-noon
Come Join Teddy Bear Christian Child Development Center and the Autism Clinic as we harvest Autism one step at a time. Race Registration begins at 7:30 AM; Race begins at 9AM; Harvest Party from 10AM—Noon. Come join us for face painting, pumpkin decorating, Fun House, Costume Contest, Trunk or Treating and so many other activities. Pre Registering Race fees $25—Adults/ Children 13 and under $10. Fees increase $5 when registering the day of the event. Suggested donations for Harvest Party is $3. All proceeds go to the Autism Clinic in Springfield at Hope Institute.

Oct 22
CRF 6th Annual Pink and White Ball (7:00pm, 625 E. St Joseph St., Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center, SPRINGFIELD) CRF or "Celebrating, Remembering and Fighting"will be hosting a ball that offers cancer victims and their families an opportunity to step outside of the hospitals, the chemo therapy units into a night full of fun and excitement. The tickets for this year's ball are $10. Proceeds will go towards setting up a scholarship for a student who has a parent fighting Cancer. Also there will be a donation made in the honor of Sandra Kay Young-Williams and Regina E. Thomas to varies cancer organizations.
There will be food entertainment, information and speakers as well as our annual "In the Pink" fashion show. We are trying to offer everyone an opportunity to dance and have a ball. This is a Pink carpet affair, so come prepared to take your picture on the pink carpet. Also we will be crowning the 2016 fighter of the year. Please come out and show your support for the 2016 Pink & White Ball. Together we can make a difference. So many of us have been affected by this terrible disease.
Contact: Jaunice Reed-Walker or Sharon Williams-Coleman

Oct 22
Happy Halloween Kids Night Out (6:30pm - 9:30pm; Springfield YMCA Gus & Flora Kerasotes Branch, 4550 West Iles Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
This special night will be filled with Halloween fun! Parents enjoy an evening out while kids enjoy a safe evening out at the Y. Drop kids off age 8-12 to the Kerasotes Branch where they will play Halloween themed games and crafts, swim, make friends, and more! Bring a swim suit, towel, & a couple dollars for concessions. Oh yeah... and a costume too!
PRICE: $8 Members $10 Public Ages 8-12; PHONE: 217-679-1625; FACEBOOK:; TWITTER:

Oct 22
National Drug Take Back day (10:00am - 2:00pm; Prevention First, 2800 Montvale, Springfield)

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. On October 22, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Prevention First, the Springfield Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide residents with an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Residents are urged to bring medications for disposal to Prevention First, 2800 Montvale, Springfield, IL. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Oct 22
Witches Walk (10:00am - 4:00pm; Petersburg Square, N. Seventh St. at W. Douglas Ave., PETERSBURG)
Dress like a witch and visit local shops to find a special black cat. Specials, samples, prizes, and more. Downtown Petersburg. 632-7089. PHONE: 217-632-7089

Oct 23
SHG Shop-A-Palooza (11:00am - 4:00pm; SHG West Campus)
This is a shopping event you don't want to miss! Over 50 vendors selling their products! This includes great food and a fabulous bake sale! Come out and shop! Still accepting vendors so contact to find out more information.

Oct 23
Trinity Lutheran Church's popular "Christ in the Culture" series will examine other themes like death, immortality, friendship, and love, as they are portrayed in the Harry Potter books. The public is invited to this free event. For more information or to submit a question for discussion that night, contact:

Oct 26
Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast (Mt. Zion Convention Center, MT. ZION)

For more information about the Prayer Breakfast, Speaker and Author Wally Sparks, or ticket availability contact Chamber Administrator Becky Hamilton at 217.864.2526 or email

Oct 26
Artful Readers' Book Club (7:00 - 8:30pm; SAA, SPRINGFIELD)
The Artful Readers' Book Club is FREE and open to anyone 21 or older, but registration is requested or 217-523-2631
Join fellow art and book lovers for casual, engaging literary discussion at the Artful Readers' Book Club. Each month, we gather in the Michael Victor II Art Library at the Springfield Art Association to discuss an art-related book. Light refreshments are provided by the members of the SAA Library Committee. October's book which will be discussed on the 26th is Loving Frank by Springfield native Nancy Horan.

Oct 27
5th Annual Gala: "Unsung African American Heroes in Central Illinois; The Ties That Bind Us.” (6:00pm; Wyndham City Centre, 700 E. Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Reception/Silent Auction: 6:00 p.m. Dinner/Program: 7:00 p.m. planned by the Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum. Call for more info: 217-638-5755

Oct 27
2nd annual FALL FLING (5:00 - 7:00pm; Wyndcrest Assisted Living, 4817 Oak Hill Road, ROCHESTER)
Haunted Garden walk, Bounce houses, face painting, refreshments, costume contest and of course CANDY!! This event is FREE and open to the public! 50/50 drawing to benefit the Rochester EMS and Fire Protection District!

Oct 27
Planning for the Future – Have You Prepared for Long-Term Care? (5:30 - 8:00pm; Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County Community Room (west entrance), 2744 South Sixth Street, SPRINGFIELD)
October is Long-Term Planning month. Many of us, and our loved ones, might require long-term care due to illness or aging. It's a topic that's especially important for women. The Heartbeat of Habitat for Humanity, proudly sponsored by Marine Bank, invites women of all ages and walks of life, to join us in a comfortable setting and bring your thoughts, ideas, and questions. Jackie Matteson of Thrivent Financial and members of Edwards Group will lead the discussion during this free session. Advanced registration is requested at

Oct 27, 28
Millikin Percussion Ensembles' Annual Halloween Concerts (Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; DECATUR)
This all-ages, family-friendly event of the season will take place in the infamously haunted Albert Taylor Theatre inside Shilling Hall on the campus of Millikin University. Guests are invited to join the ensemble in costume; best costume prizes will be awarded.
This event will serve as a fundraiser for Millikin students to attend the Percussive Arts Society 2016 International Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 9-13. For more information on Millikin's Percussion Ensembles, visit Tickets for the event are $8 (free for Millikin students only with a student ID) and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders.

Oct 28
4th Annual "Haunted Lab" (5:00 - 7:30pm; LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The Lincoln Land Community College Chemistry Club is hosting. Children will see “spooky” science demonstrations and learn about experiments they can do at home. Experiments will be conducted by club members under the guidance of Jennifer Ramm, LLCC professor of chemistry. Children are welcome to wear Halloween costumes to the event. Halloween treats will be available for purchase.
Science demonstration shows will last approximately 20 minutes and will take place in rooms 2213 and 2215 on the upper level of Sangamon Hall. Shows begin every 15 minutes at 5, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, 6, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45 and 7 p.m. Children will see bubbles, color changes, fire and much more as they learn about science. While waiting for shows to begin, children can participate in hands-on activities and face painting across the hall in room 2216.
Pre-registration is required at

Oct 28
Zoo Improv's Final Fridays Improv Show! (7-8pm, 8:30-9:30pm. SoDo Theater, 111 S. Walnut St., CHAMPAIGN)
We're bringing the Improv on the Final Fridays at SoDo Theatre through the end of the year! On the Final Friday of each month, we'll be bringing on our Kid-friendly Interactive Family Show at 7pm followed by our Furiday Night Improv Comedy Show at 8:30!
THIS month, we'll have the whole crew on stage for Halloween! Wear a costume! No-one will judge you! We're looking forward to building some entertainment with you!
Email contact@zooimprov or check out for more detials!

Oct 28
Discovery After Dark (7:00pm-9:00pm; Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
See the zoo in a different light during a guided, nocturnal tour. Advance registration required. Theme is Halloween. Residents: $7 adults, $5 children. Non: $9 adults, $7 children.

Oct 29
Ghost Stories (2:00 - 3:30pm, 7:30 - 9:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
Two ghost story concerts for Halloween will feature local favorites Dan Keding and Kim Sheahan, members of the C-U Storytelling Guild, and UIUC storytelling students. All donations and admission fees will support the Museum’s educational programs.
Gruesome, Gory, and Ghastly Ghosts and Ghouls • 2:00–3:30 PM
This afternoon family event will feature multicultural ghost stories told in the Museum’s Auditorium. The stories will be most appropriate for children grades K–6. The children will leave with bags of candy to start their trick-or-treating off right. Suggested donation: $5.
Stories from the Other Side • 7:30–9:00 PM
This ghost story concert features tales with adult themes or heightened fear factors. It is for adults only (age 16 and above). Admission: $8 adults, $6 students.

Oct 29
Halloweenfest 2016 (10:00am - 3:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Hosted by Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. We will have a variety of Goblin good treats for sale, including: Frankenstein Dogs, Corpse-ous Coney Dogs, Sloppy Joe’s, Nachos & Cheese, Pasta Bowls, Candy Apples, Baked Goods, Popcorn, Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, Soda and water. We will also have a variety of merchandise available, including: T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Hoodies, Gift Baskets, and pet apparel and toys. There will also be a Halloween Costume Contest for the pets, with judging beginning at noon – guillotine sharp! All proceeds from the sale of food, drink and merchandise *, benefit the neglected and/or abused animals at our shelter. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

Oct 29
Halloween Hockey Fun! (6:05pm-8:30pm; Nelson Center Ice Arena, Lincoln Park, 1601 N. Fifth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Come celebrate Halloween with the Springfield Jr. Blues! Kids 12 and under in costume get in FREE at the door and can compete in the costume contest during the first intermission. After the game there will be a trick or treat party with the team! Doors open at 5, puck drops at 6. See you all at the Nelson Center! Tickets can be purchased in advance for a discounted rate at either Springfield YMCA or any Qik-n-EZ location. PHONE: 217-525-2589

Oct 30
Halloween Trunk Or Treat (1:00 - 4:00pm; Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, 4205 W. Wabash, SPRINGFIELD)
This is a non-profit event just to bring out the families to enjoy some quality time together and with our company.

Oct 30
Fall Festival (9:00am - 4:00pm; Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, PETERSBURG)
The sights and sounds of life in the 1830s will greet visitors to Lincoln New Salem State Historic Site during the site's Fall Festival on the weekend of Oct. 29-30. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as making soap, weaving baskets, spinning wool and dyeing cloth. Experts will demonstrate the use of black-powder rifles. Visitors can see meat smoking in the historic site's period smokehouses or stop by a cabin to smell wild game being cooked. A visit to the tavern's cellar will reveal how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter. And kettle corn will be prepared over an open fire. The free event lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Lincoln's New Salem, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is a re-creation of the 1830s log village where Abraham Lincoln lived for six years. It is located along Route 97 about two miles south of Petersburg and 20 miles northwest of Springfield, and is open Wednesday through Sunday for free public tours. For more information, visit

Oct 30
Trunk or Treat/Community Meal (5:30 - 7:30pm; First United Methodist Church of Champaign, 210 W. Church St., CHAMPAIGN)
Join us dressed up in a costume or come as you are for trunk or treating, pumkin bowling, face painting, food, and more! All free! Please park in the Hill st. And Randolph parking garage so we have room for trunks.

Oct 30
Annual Turkey Dinner (11:00am - 2:00pm; The Christian Church, 3rd and Anne, ILLIOPOLIS)
Carry-outs will be available until 1:30pm. The menu consists of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, slaw, cranberries, drink and dessert. $9.50 Adults, $5 Children 3-10, Under 3 FREE. A Country Story will also be open. Come visit with friends and enjoy the food! Questions, please call 764-3024 or 486-3901.

Oct 31
Our Savior's Luther Church Hosts Trunk or Treat (5:00 - 7:00pm; 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for a friendly, safe opportunity to dress up and have fun! Held at Our Savior’s Parking Lot. We will hold the event rain or shine (We will be in the Parish Hall if it rains)

Oct 31
Confessions of a Ghost Hunter (7:00pm; Trutter Center at LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
The Free presentation brings together four area ghost hunters/Authors for this Q and A session .
Admission is a non-perishable item to the Central IL Foodbank. Books and merchandise will be available for purchase. Moderated by Laura Richter, hear from:

  • Sylvia Shults, author and Paranormal Investigator.
  • Troy Taylor; American Hauntings Author & Speaker, Haunted Tours Owner
  • Shari Cain; Paranormal Investigator, Tarot reader, Author
  • Loren Hamilyon; Paranormal Investigator, Ghost Hunting Instructor, Haunted Tours Guide

Oct 31
Trinity Lutheran Hosts Trunk of Treat (5:00 - 7:00pm; 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Trinity Lutheran Church and School will host its annual Trunk or Treat event in the school gym. This "all-weather" trunk or treat provides safe and fun environment for families to enjoy traditional Halloween "trick or treating" without having to brave "the elements" outside going trunk-to-trunk. Tables will be staffed by Trinity members giving away a variety of Halloween goodies as "trick or treaters" stroll around the gym. For more info: or call 217.787.2323

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