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April 2018 Community Calendar

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April 6, 7
LSCA Girls Retreat (5:00pm Friday to 4:00p Saturday; Lake Springfield Christian Assembly, 1674 Lick Creek Lane, CHATHAM)
Cost $35, includes 3 meals
A unique, workshop driven event for High School girls, you will attend sessions covering topics of Spiritual Life, Practical Life and Social life. Options range from Bible basics to baking 101 to being a Christian at University to filling out job applications to changing a tire and so much more! Learning, fun, worship, great food, and a chance to build new relationships, you won't want to miss this great weekend! This is an effort of women across Springfield, from multiple churches. We look forward to seeing you in April! You can register and find more information at lscacamp.org | (217) 529-2625 | lsca@lscacamp.org

April 7
FREE! Anita Purves Nature Center Open House (2:00 - 4:00pm; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Center All Ages (under 15 with adult) Visit the nature center, the Friendship Grove Nature Playscape and Busey Woods during this special event to learn about the wide variety of programs and services that we offer to the community.
· Dive into educational Loan Box content;
· Learn about programs for schools and other groups;
· Enjoy guided nature play activities at the playscape;
· Sample nature birthday party activities;
· Explore the multipurpose classrooms for your next room rental;
· Meet the animals, and maybe “adopt” one!

April 7
Springfield Jaycees Annual Lawnmower Clinic (9:00am - 1:00pm; O'Reilly Auto Parts, 1321 N Dirksen Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
$60 which includes inspection to check filters, change spark plugs, sharpen blades and change oil as necessary (filters replaced at an additional cost) Riding Lawnmowers will not be accepted. All mowers must be in running condition prior to maintenance services. The Springfield Jaycees is a local chapter of the United States Junior Chamber and the Junior Chamber International. The Jaycees provide individuals between the ages of 18-41 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Bernie & Bettys located at 1101 S Spring St Springfield, IL 62704. Meetings are open to interested potential members. For more information visit: www.SpringfieldJaycees.net or find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldJaycees

April 8
Ginger Ale Making (3:00pm; Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Rd., CAMPTON HILLS)
Learn how to make healthy probiotic ginger ale with Debbie Rock. Bring a plastic bottle and jar with lids to take home a sample and culture. Reservations required. $20 www.garfieldfarm.org | 630-584-8485

April 12
TEACH to LEAD (EFFINGHAM)
The Effingham Unit #40 School District will be hosting a TEACH to LEAD Leadership Lab on Leadership, Creativity and Innovation in the classroom and would like for you to attend as a key stakeholder for Education. A formal invitation will be sent in the coming months.

April 13
Can you survive the SAHBA Friday the 13th Trivia Night? (7:00pm; The Springfield Columbus Home Association/Formerly KC Hall, 2200 S Meadowbrook Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$10/PERSON • 50/50 RAFFLE • CASH PRIZES | 10 Players per Team. Single Players Will Be Combined to Make a Team | Phone: (217) 698-4941 • Fax: (217) 698-4942 | www.builderevents.com | Have no fear. A wide range of general topics will be included.

April 14
Project Learning Tree® for Naturalists and Caregivers (1:00 - 5:00pm; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Fee: $40; includes Project Learning Tree® Family & Nature Activity Guide and resources
Facilitators: Savannah Donovan, Urbana Park District & Stacey Clementz, Champaign County Forest Preserve District Join us for an exciting professional development opportunity for anyone who works in nonformal education including Master Naturalists, scout leaders, parents, and volunteers. Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is a collection of award-winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education activity guides that improve children’s environmental awareness and critical thinking skills. Each participant will receive a copy of the nationally acclaimed PLT Nature Activities for Families activity guide, with materials appropriate for ages 3-15. Come prepared to go outside in rain or shine.

April 14
St. Aloysius Annual Dinner and Silent Auction: "A Night in the Garden" (2125 N 21st St, SPRINGFIELD)

April 14
Museum Awards Banquet (6:00 - 9:00pm; Dunham Woods Riding Club, CAMPTON HILLS)
Our annual awards dinner at the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club Reservations required. $55 www.garfieldfarm.org | 630-584-8485

April 19
“Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film” (6:00 - 9:00pm; LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
The Lincoln Land Community College Arts and Humanities Department invites the public to a free film and discussion series this spring entitled, “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film.”
This month's film will be “Your Name” (Kimi No Na Wa) (2016) – This animated film directed by Makoto Shinkai has become the highest grossing ever in Japan. It is considered a masterpiece about time, the thread of fate and the hearts of two young souls. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives, but one night they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages and, most importantly, an imprint.
The film series will be held on select Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus, hosted by Ashley Green and Paul Van Heuklom, professors of English and Joseph Hoff, professor of Spanish. In addition, the Trutter Museum will have culturally relevant artifacts from the Trutter collection on display in the reception area. Film series attendees are encouraged to come early to enjoy the art and history prior to the film showings.

April 21
26th Annual Earth Awareness Fair (1:00 - 5:00pm; Old State Capitol, SPRINGFIELD)
This free, family-friendly event will take place from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., rain or shine, and feature 40+ exhibitors, including live music, games, crafts, activities, workshops, food and refreshments, and other scheduled programming.
* For individuals who are deaf and/or hard of hearing, there will be translators at scheduled workshops as well as at other activities.
To see the complete list of exhibitors, schedule of events and activities, visit our website at www.springfield.il.us/earthfair or visit the City’s Facebook page. We encourage you to come out with your family and friends and help spread the word.
Questions? Please contact Adena Rivas, Community Programs Coordinator in Public Works, at 217.789.2255 or Adena.Rivas@springfield.il.us

April 21
Springfield Jaycees Annual Lawnmower Clinics (9:00am - 1:00pm; O'Reilly Auto Parts, 1501 W Jefferson St, SPRINGFIELD)
$60 which includes inspection to check filters, change spark plugs, sharpen blades and change oil as necessary (filters replaced at an additional cost) Riding Lawnmowers will not be accepted. All mowers must be in running condition prior to maintenance services. The Springfield Jaycees is a local chapter of the United States Junior Chamber and the Junior Chamber International. The Jaycees provide individuals between the ages of 18-41 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Bernie & Bettys located at 1101 S Spring St Springfield, IL 62704. Meetings are open to interested potential members. For more information visit: www.SpringfieldJaycees.net or find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldJaycees

April 21
FREE! EarthCare Expo at the Anita Purves Nature Center (1:00pm; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
All Ages (under 15 with adult)
Celebrate Earth Day as you meet Earth-friendly folks and engage with activities and displays from local Faith in Place partners. Additional fun will take place outdoors at the adjacent Friendship Grove Nature Playscape! For more information, visit www.faithinplace.org and click on Events. Call 217-384-4062 with questions. Co-sponsored by the Urbana Park District and Faith in Place and C/U Interfaith Alliance.
· Nature Hike in Busey Woods from 1-2pm
· EarthCare Expo from 2-4pm
· Short film screenings at 2 and 3pm

April 21
3rd Saturday Market (9:00am - 4:00pm; Merchant Building, Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
Spring is just around the corner!!!! Stop by our 3rd Saturday Market with our very talented 30+ crafters and vendors. See what they have crafted for the Spring! It’s not that far away. The building is heated. We are located in the Merchant building at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds. The entrance to the Fairgrounds is South of the corner of RT 133 and Vine St. Follow the road into the Fairgrounds to the Merchant Building (behind the high school at Jurgens Park). Follow us on Facebook at 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar. For more information or vendor inquiry contact Dawn Verci (309)253-6245. Dates for 2018: May 19, June 16, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 16.1

April 21
Woodland Wild Flower Walk (9:00am; Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Rd., CAMPTON HILLS)
Tour the museum's Harley Pond and Woods with staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Stewardship Grant restoration results featured. Reservations encouraged. $6 www.garfieldfarm.org | 630-584-8485

April 22
"Hands On" Dulcimer Workshop (1:00pm & 3:00pm; Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Rd., CAMPTON HILLS)
Musician Dona Benkert will give introductory instruction on these unique stringed instruments. The 1pm session will cover mountain dulcimers and the 3pm session will cover hammered dulcimers. Reservations required. $25 www.garfieldfarm.org | 630-584-8485

April 27
Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra Concert (7:30pm; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, SPRINGFIELD)
Part of the Liturgical Arts Festival

April 28
Springfield Jaycees Annual Lawnmower Clinics (9:00am - 1:00pm; O'Reilly Auto Parts, 699 W Stanford, SPRINGFIELD)
$60 which includes inspection to check filters, change spark plugs, sharpen blades and change oil as necessary (filters replaced at an additional cost) Riding Lawnmowers will not be accepted. All mowers must be in running condition prior to maintenance services. The Springfield Jaycees is a local chapter of the United States Junior Chamber and the Junior Chamber International. The Jaycees provide individuals between the ages of 18-41 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Bernie & Bettys located at 1101 S Spring St Springfield, IL 62704. Meetings are open to interested potential members. For more information visit: www.SpringfieldJaycees.net or find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldJaycees

April 28
Workshops on Affordable Home Ownership (9:30am; Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County, 119 E University Ave., CHAMPAIGN)
Home ownership within your grasp! Hear about affordable home ownership opportunities and down payment assistance in Champaign County. Learn how to review your credit report to determine your options. Free workshops will be held at Habitat for Humanity at 9:30 am on the following Saturdays: June 23, August 25, October 13, December 8
Call Michelle to register at 217-819-5113

April 28
Backyard Chickens (1:00pm; Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Rd., CAMPTON HILLS)
Interested in having a small flock of backyard chickens but don't know where to start? Join staff member Dave Bauer and volunteer Samira Bamberger for an introduction to raising chickens, from incubation to egg collection. Reservations preferred. $6 www.garfieldfarm.org | 630-584-8485

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