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April 2017 Community Calendar

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April 1
Memorial's Sharing Wishes Hospice Gala (6:00pm; Crowne Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy an evening of dinner, music, inspiration and entertainment at Memorial's Sharing Wishes Hospice Gala. Event proceeds benefit the Sharing Wishes Fund, which helps make wishes come true for hospice patients and their families. Tickets are $90 and will be available Feb. 27, 2017 at www.SharingWishesHospiceGala.com. For information, contact Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 217-788-4700 or email Foundation@mhsil.com

April 1
Preschool Program (10:00am, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State Street, WESTVILLE)
There will be bunny themed books, craft and fun. Please register by calling the library at 267-3170 or stopping by the library.

April 1
WorldFest ( 12:30pm - 4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory, URBANA)
WorldFest, the Spurlock Museum’s annual celebration of international culture! This year’s event will feature music from China, Japan, and Ghana, as well as folktales from around the world. A craft for all ages will also be offered so you can take home a souvenir. The suggested donation is $5 per person. For event details, visit the Museum’s website or contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244-3355.

April 1
Ready. Set. GROW! Family expo (9:00am - 12:00pm; Garden Hills Elementary, 2001 Garden Hills Dr, CHAMPAIGN)
United Way of Champaign County’s bi-annual Ready.Set.GROW! event will be at Champaign’s Garden Hills Elementary School on Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. – noon. The free, fun family event offers information, games and prizes in an interactive environment. Activities include: • Gymnastics, story time & Touch-A-Truck • Kindergarten readiness information • Healthy snacks and prizes • Free car seat safety check
Reading, talking and playing every day are the best ways to help a child in the most important learning phase from birth to age six. Bring your whole family for a morning of fun on April 1.
Visit www.uwayhelps.org/readysetgrow or www.facebook.com/readysetgrowCU for more information.

April 1
Listen LIVE! (7:30pm; Second Presbyterian Church, BLOOMINGTON)
Join the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra on a musical promenade down the Champs Élysées. From Chabrier’s delightful Habanera and Fauer’s elegant Pavane to Ravel’s light-hearted Le Tombeau de Couperin and Debussy’s sentimental Clair de lune, this is April in Paris. Mozart’s thrilling Paris Symphony concludes this springtime stroll! Tickets may be purchased in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777. Single ticket prices range from $5 for students (6 years +) to $20 for general admission. Tickets for youth (5 and under) are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts are also available. Tickets may also be purchased the night of the concert. www.ilsymphony.org

April 1
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. Proceeds will support our youth programs and missions.

April 1
Ivan Parker with Josh Parker in Concert (6:00pm, Athens Christian Church, 1411 E Route 29, ATHENS)
$15 in advance or $18 at the door. Kids under 12 are FREE. ($12 per person for groups of 10). Send a self-addressed/stamped envelope and check payable to Karla Daubs | 504 S. Keefer St. | Mason City, IL 62664
For more information, call 217-482-5114; leave a message and we will return your call or e-mail: hankdaubs@hotmail.com

April 1
12th Annual Edible Book Festival (11:30am; Common Ground Co-op, Lincoln Square Mall, 300 S Broadway, URBANA)
Around April 1st, bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers around the world gather to celebrate the book arts and the (literal!) ingestion of culture. Participants create an "edible book," which can be inspired by a favorite tale, involve a pun on a famous title, or simply be in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc). All entries will be exhibited, documented, then EATEN! For more information, please visit http://go.illinois.edu/ediblebooks or https://www.facebook.com/CUEdibleBooks.

April 1
Bi-annual Baby and Child Gear Spring/Summer Sale (9:00am - 12:00pm; Illinois Building, IL State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Children's items for sale include: clothing, toys, shoes, books, movies, bedding, strollers, high chairs, pack n' plays, swings, etc. Entrance fee is $2.00. Bring this ad or a flyer for free entrance. Cash purchases only. Expecting multiples? Visit us on Facebook or email us at spotcmembership@gmail.com.

April 1
Nokomis Woman's Club Spring Arts and Crafts Show (9:00am - 2:00pm; Cornerstone Academy, 316 East South Street, NOKOMIS)
There will be cakewalks in the morning. The kitchen will provide breakfast rolls and lunch of chili,sandwiches and pie. Door prizes will be awarded on the hour and one must be present to win.
Booth space can be reserved by calling B.J. Tooley at 217-851-1309 for more information. The booths can offer any variety of home crafted,upscale or commercial item.
Proceeds from the craft show is used to fund the clubs many annual events including Treats with Santa, Easter Egg Hunt and My Marvelous Mother Essay Contest. The club makes donations to various community and charitable causes.

April 1
Recycled Play Day - Super Saturday and Family Event (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fun never looked this green. Join the Illinois State Museum as it kicks off Earth Month with engaging activities centered on reducing, reusing, and recycling. Participants will work together to build a giant playhouse out of repurposed cardboard boxes. Children will create a piece of art using reclaimed materials with local artist Katherine Pauley and play games provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Natural Resources. You won’t want to miss this great family event.
Free with admission to the Museum. $5 for adults ages 19-64. FREE for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up with an adult. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061.

April 1
Fairy Garden Program (10am; Westville Public Library, WESTVIlLE)
Danville Gardens will present the program with tips on building your fairy garden and its care. Patrons are encouraged to purchase their container, plants and whatever embellishments they would like, a couple of days before the program. Employees of Danville Gardens will be most happy to assist. A specialized dirt mixture will be available the day of the program for a nominal fee. Please call the library at 267-3170 for information on what to purchase and to register for this program. Let's get ready for spring and learn some great fairy garden tips with the Westville Library and Danville Gardens.

April 1
New Salem State Park Fundraiser (7:00pm; Wankel Farms Partnership Seed Shed, 18239 Kelly St., PETERSBURG)
The Town and Country Women’s Club is very excited to be hosting our first evening of mice races, mouse roulette, chicken drops, wine walls and much more! Each ticket of $10.00 includes; entrance into the event, dinner, non-alcoholic drink and dessert; additionally there will be a cash bar on site. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the first race will be at 7:00 pm.to benefit the New Salem State Park.
Checkout our Facebook page, Town and County Women's Club, for details. If you would like to donate or sponsor the event please contact Trisha Rebbe (217) 416-6407 or jlrtar2012@gmail.com

April 2
Kids' Good Grief Camp (12:00 - 4:00pm; Erin's Pavilion at Southwind Park, SPRINGFIELD)
As a parent or caregiver of a child who has experienced a loss, perhaps you're wondering how you can best support your child through the grieving process.
Kids Good Grief Camp is a supportive and fun camp for children who have lost a loved one. Open to children ages 6 – 12, it's held annually each spring at Erin's Pavilion at Southwind Park.
Through Kids Good Grief Camp, children can share their experiences with other children – validating each other's feelings and lessening their sense of isolation. In doing so, they can help each other in their individual healing journeys.
Kids Good Grief Camp is an afternoon of both support and fun. Your child will learn valuable tools to help them grieve in a healthy way, while connecting with other children, making new friends, and participating in a wide range of activities.

April 3
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.

April 5
Home Buying 101: Are you Ready to Buy a Home? (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"How do you buy a home? How much can you pay for a house? Mortgage payments and other costs of homeownership."
Homebuyer education and Counseling- A 6 part education program that provides an unbiased comprehensive overview of the home purchase process to help homebuyers make smart informed decisions in their journey to becoming home owners. *Participants will receive a detailed reference manual.*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 5
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State Street, WESTVILLE)
The feature will be about an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew. The film stars Tom Hanks and is based on a true story. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this wonderful film.

April 6
Champaign-Urbana Take Back the Night (6:30 pm; Lincoln Square Mall 300 S. Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Please offer you support to survivors of sexual violence by joining us in Take Back the Night, a march and speak out aimed at raising awareness around sexual violence by bringing together survivors, community members, students, and other allies during a time of day that is often associated with violence. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, contact Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services (RACES) at 217-344-6298 or email allchin@cu-races.org

April 6
Macon County Community Environmental Council: Spring Meeting (6:00pm; Millikin University, Leighty-Tabor Science Center, Room 208, DECATUR)
Free admission and refreshments. Macon County Community Environmental Council presents Millikin’s BluSolar, a student-run, faculty advised clean energy startup that works with 300 Below, Inc. to explore the cryogenic enhancement of monocrystalline silicon solar cells and the commercialization potential of cryogenic processing for the solar industry. Please join us as we learn about BluSolar's research and how it may impact the products we use daily. For more information contact: Judy Parrish at jparrish@mail.millikin.edu | Ros O'Conner at ROConner@mail.millikin.edu

April 7
Friday Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; Williamsville United Methodist Church, 128 E. Jones St., WILLIAMSVILLE)
Adults $8 | Children 12 & under $4 | Hot dog dinner $3
Walleye, Baked Potato or Potato Salad, Cole slaw, applesauce, dessert, drink. 217.566.3614

April 7
Feline Friday Trivia (Doors at 6:30pm, Trivia at 7:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 Woodside Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Feline Friday Trivia on Friday, April 7th is sponsored by All Cat Clinic, PC. featuring general knowledge questions by Amy Reynolds, with emcee Brock Reynolds. Tickets are $10 per person, with 10 people per team. There will be a cash prize for 1st & 2nd place teams. Tables of 10 people can be reserved by emailing TeamYoga4Cats@gmail.com.

April 7
Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; K of C, 335 S. 4th St., RIVERTON) Prices vary.
Menu: Walleye Sandwich, Walleye, Shrimp, Tilapia, Catfish, Baked Fish Dinners, coleslaw, choice of fries, baked potato or potato salad. Corndog with fries also available. Carryout orders call 629-7202 after 4:30pm. Future Dates: Sept 1

April 7
Fish Fries (5:00 - 7:30pm; Little Flower Parish Center, 900 Stevenson Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
The Men’s Club of Little Flower Parish is providing Fish Fries each Friday during Lent at the Little Flower Parish Center. One can select fish or shrimp and a baked potato or fries or Springfield’s only fish taco bar. The children’s menu also includes corn dogs, grilled cheese and cheese pizza. Serving is available from 5:00-7:30. Cost is only $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Drive thru is available behind the gym. Please join us!

April 7, 8
Book Sale (10:00am - 5:30pm Friday, 10:00am to 1:00pm Saturday; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Prices begin at just a quarter. We have a book for every taste in romance, western, general fiction, Christian fiction, large print, non-fiction and juvenile. We have a of of great videos on VHS tape at 2 bags for $1.00. Stop on in and stock up during this kick off sale. Call 267-3170 for more information.

April 7, 8
13th Annual Festival of Quilts (9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Cunningham Children’s Home - Spiritual Life Center, 1301 N. Cunningham Avenue, URBANA)
The festival is Cunningham’s largest fundraiser and honors the tradition of the United Methodist Women, and the quilts they, and quilters from across Illinois, have donated for our kids for more than 100 years.
-The Festival includes a collection of show quilts that creatively blur the lines between conventional quilt making and fine art. Quilts of all sizes are available to purchase through a silent auction and quilt boutique. Participants may also enjoy home-baked goods from the bake sale, lunch at the café, and handcrafted items from the gift shop. Admission to the festival is a suggested donation of $5 per person and all proceeds will benefit children and youth served by Cunningham.
-This year’s event features two guest speakers. Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m., Deborah Fell will present stories of hope that inspire her work. Fell, a full time studio artist committed to the art quilt medium, is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and Art Quilt Network. Well-known quilt teacher and lecturer Sherry Fourez Sollers will present her miniature quilts on Saturday at 11 a.m. Sollers is a competitive quilter throughout the Midwest.
-The Festival of Quilts will again be a recognized gallery of the Boneyard Arts Festival, a four-day event which brings together area businesses, organizations, and artists promoting the cultural vibrancy of our community.
- Visit the event page on our website at www.cunninghamhome.org/events/festival-quilts or find us on Facebook to learn more.
Contact Person: Bernice Dallas, Event Coordinator and Volunteer Relations Specialist | e-mail: bdallas@cunninghamhome.org | phone: 217-337-9058

April 8
MVC Food Ruck 3k (9:00am - 11:00am; UIS Parking lot B & Cross Country Course)
MVC Food Ruck 3K; military inspired march & canned good drive; participants will ruck march 3K with a rucksack containing non-perishables then at the end will empty their pack and donate the food to the Central Illinois Food Bank. In effort to raise awareness for student veterans, give back to community, simulate ruck march performed by military members but with a twist/food donation, Fundraiser for MVC.
Cost: $10 with food donation. $20 without food donation. Register online with Eventbrite at http://go.uis.edu/FoodRuck3K

April 8
Finders Spring Market (9:00am - 3:00pm; Decatur Conference Center & Hotel 4101 US 36 West, DECATUR)
Ready for a Spring Break?! Grab your friends and join us for some Big Shopping Fun! Enjoy booth after overflowing booth of Fresh picked Vintage and Repurposed goods, handmade items, mid-century finds, artsy creations, indoor & outdoor furniture & décor, boutique apparel, barn & salvaged picks, one-of-a-kind treasures and lots more! Our new location for 2017 is the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. Fabulous curators from around the Midwest will fill spaces both indoors and out. Sip and Shop! A cash bar is available indoors, plus Live Music, Food Trucks, and lots of giveaways throughout the day! Big Fun! Open Rain or Shine TICKETS are just $5 at the entrance OR just $3 if you ordered in advance on our Website http://www.jumpjiveproductions.com/ Children 12 and under are Free
For more information, visit our website or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/findersmarket/

April 8
Stop, Drop, and Spin (10:00am - noon; Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
Spinning fibers into yard is a skill dating back thousands of years. The Spurlock Museum invites you to learn how to use a drop spindle at the workshop Stop, Drop, and Spin. The workshop will be led by members of the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild. The cost, which includes the spindle and fibers, is $15 for one person or $25 for two. Reserve your space by contacting Kim Sheahan at (217) 244-3355.

April 9
Human Library (2:00 - 5:30pm; Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B, 200 W. Green Street, CHAMPAIGN)
A Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human ‘books’ and participants in the event can ‘read’ the book--meaning they would have a one on one conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience. ‘Books’ are volunteers from all walks of life who have experienced discrimination based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the community to share and understand the experiences of others in their community. For more information, visit http://humanlibrarycu.org/.

April 9
Brian Free and Assurance Concert (6:00pm; First Christian Church, 210 S. 8th St. PETERSBURG)
Celebrate Palm Sunday with Brian Free and Assurance. There is no admission fee and no tickets needed. A freewill offering will be received. For more information call 217-632-2533.

April 10
Spring Raffle (WESTVILLE)
A Camelot porcelain doll will be raffled just in time for Easter! Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The doll is a certified authentic Camelot doll of which only 3500 were issued worldwide. She comes with her certificate of authenticity. Stop in today and get your tickets for the doll collector or the special little girl in your life. The drawing will be held April 10. Please call the library at 267-3170 for further information.

April 10 - May 6
Parkland College Art, Design Student Juried Exhibition 2017 (Giertz Gallery, Parkland College, 2400 W Bradley Ave, CHAMPAIGN)

Reception: Thursday, April 13, 5¬7 p.m., Gallery Lounge, with awards ceremony at 6 p.m. and musical performance by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble
Parkland College's Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition for 2017 will be held April 10 through May 6 in the Giertz Gallery.
Audiences will enjoy an impressive body of student work in photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, and ceramics. Parkland Art and Design faculty will select approximately 180 works from among 350+ entries for this year's exhibit. Students taking art classes in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2016, were eligible to submit artwork.
Many of these works earn artistic awards, which will be announced during the exhibit's opening reception Thursday, April 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge. The Parkland Guitar Ensemble will provide music. www.parkland.edu/gallery.

April 10
Home Buying 101: Managing Your Money & Credit (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Getting started with making a plan for your money, the importance of saving, what is a credit score and how is your credit raining, and improving your credit score."
Homebuyer education and Counseling- A 6 part education program that provides an unbiased comprehensive overview of the home purchase process to help homebuyers make smart informed decisions in their journey to becoming home owners. *Participants will receive a detailed reference manual.*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 12
Home Buying 101: Getting a Mortgage Loan (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Who can get a mortgage loan, how much will a lender loan you, and working with a lender."
Homebuyer education and Counseling- A 6 part education program that provides an unbiased comprehensive overview of the home purchase process to help homebuyers make smart informed decisions in their journey to becoming home owners. *Participants will receive a detailed reference manual.*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 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)
Topic: Transition to the post secondary world. Call Roseanne at SCIL, 217-523-2587 for more info.

April 15
6th Annual Easter Blast (10:00am - 1:00pm; Spirit and Truth Ministries, 3519 Sheffield Road, SPRINGFIELD)
This free event will start with a visit from Heartland Mini Hoofs ponies at 10:00 along with games, prizes, a bounce house, and various raffles throughout the day. Children between the ages of 1-12 are invited to participate in Easter egg hunts from 11:00am-12:30pm, with different times provided for each age group: 11:00am- Ages 1-3 | 11:30am- Ages 4-6 | 12:00pm- Ages 7-9 | 12:30pm- Ages 10-12 | Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The public may contact us at 217-717-8170 for further information or may visit us at www.satmaf.org

April 15
Wild Flower Discovery Walk (1:00 - 3:00pm; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, DECATUR) Free event. Join Naturalist Marge Evans to explore the floodplain of the Sangamon River, looking for the type of lovely spring wildflowers Lincoln would have known. Contact: Melody Arnold at melody2a@hotmail.com

April 17
Home Buying 101: Shopping for a Home (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Timeline and steps in the home buying process, types of homes and ownership, escrow explained, and what to expect at closing."
Homebuyer education and Counseling- A 6 part education program that provides an unbiased comprehensive overview of the home purchase process to help homebuyers make smart informed decisions in their journey to becoming home owners. *Participants will receive a detailed reference manual.*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 19
Home Buying 101: Keeping your home. (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Home maintenance and saving energy, record keeping (save it or shred it), and dealing with unexpected hardships."
Homebuyer education and Counseling- A 6 part education program that provides an unbiased comprehensive overview of the home purchase process to help homebuyers make smart informed decisions in their journey to becoming home owners. *Participants will receive a detailed reference manual.*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 22
Sherlock Holmes Society (9:00am; SCHEELS, 3801 MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet on Saturday, April 22 in one of the 2nd floor conference rooms at Scheels. The public is invited to attend. There will be a discussion of The Adventure of the Empty House. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to sherlock.lolopop.org.

April 23
Jean René Balekita and Bomoyi (1:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum will present a 45-minute concert by Congolese band Jean René Balekita and Bomoyi. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. The performance is part of the Museum’s Cultural Celebration Series, held on the 4th Sunday of every month. For more information, contact Kim at 217-244-3355.

April 23
Heads Up Group: for individuals with tramatic brain injuries (1:00 - 3:00pm; Denny's, Wabash Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Due to the Easter Holiday, this group will be meeting at Denny's. Call Dave at 217-523-2587 to RSVP and for more info.

April 24
Basic Money Management (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Learn about how to achieve your financial goals, manage income and spending, and needs verse wants."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist* Presented by Busey Bank.
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 25
Save for a Dream (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Learn how to jump start your savings, saving methods & tips, and finding strategies that work for you."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist* Presented by Kathy Sweedler of University of Illinois Extension.
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 26
Investing 101 (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Learn about retirement and college planning, everyday investments, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist* Presented by Clint Cissell of Edward Jones.
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 27
The Credit Workshop (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"Learn how to obtain a credit report, solving credit problems, and credit protection."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist* Presented by Wednesday James Mueller of Navicore Solutions.
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 27
The Habitat Women Build Clinic (Lowes, 1904 N Prospect, CHAMPAIGN)
Participate with Habitat in our spring events for women! Habitat’s Women Build Program encourages women across the country to devote a day to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance in our community. Habitat Women Build will be helping to build our 100th home this spring. Learn from Lowes and Habitat staff
* How to Safely Use Hand and Power Tools
* How to Frame Walls and Roofs
* How to Install Exterior Siding
* How to Finish Interior Paint and Trim
$20 pre-registration donation to Habitat includes hands’ on clinic instruction/materials; take home bag, raffle prizes from the Women Business Council members, and light snacks provided by Rosati’s Pizza. The $20 donation goes directly to our Habitat Women Build Programs in Champaign County! Pre-Register: http://cuhabitat.org/2017/01/women-build-clinic-2017/

April 29
Homeownership 101: Home Maintenance
(10:00am; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)
"Home improvement, preventative maintenance, and to repair or replace it."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist* Presented by the City of Champaign.
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

April 29
Camp Ondessonk's Saturday Spectacular (1:00 - 9:00pm; St. Agnes School, 251 North Amos Avenue, SPRINGFIELD)
The Saturday Spectacular is a week of summer camp condensed into eight hours of fun. The This event is open to campers between the ages of 6 and 14. To register send an email with the camper’s age and name to lodge.springfield@gmail.com. We will then send you the required forms and waivers. Campers will receive their very own Saturday Spectacular event t-shirt only if they are registered before April 17. The cost of this event is $35. For every canned food item brought, you can get $1 off the price. Up to $5 off! Money raised will be donated to Camp Ondessonk's Campership Fund. If you have any questions please email lodge.springfield@gmail.com or call 217-361-7366.

April 30
2nd Annual MasterChef Springfield Fundraiser (4:00 - 7:00pm; Concordia Village, 4101 West Iles Avenue, SPRINGFIELD)
Join Concordia Village as we raise money for seniors! At this exciting second annual event, three area chefs compete for the title of MasterChef! Our chefs this year are Stephane Perrin (Concordia Village), Joseph Martin (Sangamo Club) and Bradley Mechol (Nick and Nino's). A panel of celebrity judges, including Mr. Henry Dale Smith, Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, Dr. Peter Glatz, and Mr. Paul Ogier, will decide the winner. Paul Palazzolo and Paul Wappel emcee the evening, while attendees enjoy a five course dinner, silent auction, and viewing of the competition. Tickets are $60 each, with all proceeds going to support the Concordia Village Benevolent Care program, which assists our seniors who have run out of financial resources.
For more information, visit MasterChefSpringfield.eventbrite.com
Contact information: Emily Davis at 217-993-7051 or Emily.davis@lssliving.org

April 30
Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield hosts Scholarship Auditions (1:00pm; Sacred Heart Griffin High School, SPRINGFIELD)
The Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield will award the following:
• Orchestral Students: For strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion players in Grades 6-12. One $300 scholarship and one $200 scholarship.
• Senior Piano Students: For piano students in Grades 10-12. One $300 scholarship.
• Intermediate Piano Students: For piano students in Grades 6-9. One $200 scholarship.
• Vocal Students: For vocal students in Grades 8-12. One $300 scholarship.

The Scholarship audition program is open to all students in Sangamon and surrounding counties. Students auditioning should prepare to play one selection of music of their own choosing that is up to five minutes in length. Piano and vocal solos must be memorized. Instrumental and vocal students must provide their own accompanist, if necessary.
Winners of the scholarship auditions will be invited to perform at the Central Illinois Young Musicians’ Annual Concert scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 2017, 4 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois.

How to register?Students interested in participating are asked to submit an entry application form by Sunday, April 23, 2017. The entry form is available www.ilsymphony.org. Entry applications may be submitted to Guild Contact Dee Dee Gain by emailing it to deedee.gain@gmail.com or by mailing to 2053 Cardinal Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62704. For more information, please contact Dee Dee Gain by phone at (217) 572-1372 or by email deedee.gain@gmail.com.

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