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August 2017 Community Calendar

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August 1
Eclipse 101 with Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake (6:30 - 7:30pm; Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, URBANA) Staerkel Planetarium Director Dave Leake is helping us prepare for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. It’s coming up on August 21! Learn what causes solar eclipses, why they are so rare, and how you can safely view this amazing event. Dave Leake is the director of the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College. This program is a family-friendly event. .For more information, please contact Rachel Fuller at rfuller@urbanafree.org or 217-367-4405. http://urbanafreelibrary.org/

August 1
National Night Out to Show Support for Police Agencies (5:00 - 8:00pm; Field of Dreams, 1100 Riverton Rd, RIVERTON)
National Night out is a family-friendly, child-oriented event. The main purpose behind the event is to promote crime prevention, drug prevention, and safety awareness. The event is designed to (1) heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, (2) generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnership, and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The event has many fun and exciting activities. Events and activities include Dog Safety (Sangamon County Animal Control); Fire Safety (Riverton Fire Department); and K9 and Vehicle Rollover Demonstrations (Illinois State Police). Other activities included at the event are face painting, dunk tank, bounce houses, coloring contest, a golf ball drop contest, an area that children can try on uniforms and a children’s crafts table.
A local dance studio will be performing to kick off the event and a local radio car club will also be demonstrating their race cars. The event will end with a fireworks display courtesy of the Village of Riverton.

August 2
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
The feature will be a recent animated release about a town with no humans, just animals, a koala named Buster Moon realizes he will soon lose his theater if he cannot turn his luck around. He comes up with a plan to host a singing competition, where the winner will receive $100,000. Will this be enough to return his theater to glory? This movie is fun for all ages. Please call the library at 267-3170 or stop in at 233 S. State Street to reserve your seat for this enjoyable film.

August 2
Life and Death of the Most Luminous Stars in the Universe. (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
John Martin, Director of the University of Illinois Springfield Barber Astronomical Observatory, will present the Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. The title of his talk will be Life and Death of the Most Luminous Stars in the Universe. John will talk about his sabbatical work and the observatory’s on-going survey of luminous stars in two nearby galaxies which will soon publish its first four years of data. He will explain how data from survey images taken of galaxies M31 and M33 by the UIS 20-inch telescope in Central Illinois are improving our understanding of massive stars, supernova, supernovae impostors, and the manufacture of heavy atoms in the universe.
Each month, the Paul Mickey Science Series features a different speaker and topic. The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 S. Spring Street in Springfield. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. Free and open to the public.

August 3
Gov. Duncan Mansion Annual Ice Cream Social (5:30 - 7:30pm; the lawn of the Governor Duncan Mansion, 4 Duncan Place in Duncan Park, JACKSONVILLE)
The evening’s festivities include: The Community Summer Band, Directed by Brett Burchard with The National Anthem performed at 6:00 p.m. Suggested Donation is $6.00 per person, children under 10 $3.00 per person. Includes cake, ice cream and beverage. All proceeds to benefit the Governor Duncan Mansion. Rain Date Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 3-6
Cirque Italia (White Oaks Mall, 250 Wabash Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Cirque Italia is a unique show in every sense. After five years of consolidation, a rigorous casting selection, and over 1,000 performances nationwide; this spectacular production has become the greatest version of a “traveling circus”. Performers from all over the world are united under the magic spiral of the white and blue big top. For more information visit www.cirqueitalia.com and make sure to check all our social media accounts. Tickets can be purchased now starting at $10.00-$50.00 depending on availability. Cirque Italia offers one free child admission with every full priced paying adult ticket in levels 2 or 3. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or deals. Please call 941-704-8572 to find out the promo code for this location.

August 5
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

August 5
St Jude Run (SPRINGFIELD/PEORIA)
The 2017 St Jude Runners invite you to a community send-off as we take the first steps of our journey from Springfield to Peoria on Aug 5th. The St. Jude Springfield to Peoria Run is a fundraising event that culminates with a 76 mile, relay-style run where we join the Memphis to Peoria runners and help kick off the St. Jude Telethon held in Peoria, Illinois each year in August.
Each leg of the relay is between 1 and 4 miles. Participants can run as much or as little as they like throughout the day. Because this is a fundraising event and not a race each participant must raise a minimum of $1,000. The run is held on Saturday in the first week of August each year. http://stjuderuns.org/satellite/springfield/
More info can be found on our facebook page: St Jude Springfield to Peoria Run.

August 5
5th Annual Free Community Clothing Giveaway (9:00am - 12:00pml 515 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
This is an opportunity to stretch those “back-to-school” clothing dollars, update professional wardrobes or stock up on casual attire for work or play. Men’s, women’s, children’s and infants clothing will be available in a variety of sizes. Accessories such as shoes, coats, jackets, suits, belts, and purses will also be available.
In the past four years, over 1,300 bags of clothes have been filled by 830 people. For more information, call 217.787.2323 or visit trinity-lutheran.com.

August 5
Comic Con 17: Celebrating Comics and Fandom Since 2016 (11:00am - 4:00pm; The Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, URBANA)
Dress up in your favorite cosplay and prepare for a day full of all the pop culture and geeky things you love. Comic Con 2017 will embrace all fandoms: from dungeon crawling D&Ders to Death Note loving otakus to gamers who just want one more hour of Minecraft™ or Super Smash Bros™, and hardcore Supernatural fans who make memes for every situation. For a preliminary schedule of events, visit the Comic Con 2017 page on The Urbana Free Library website. For more information contact Rachel Fuller at rfuller@urbanafree.org or Lauren Chambers at lchambers@urbanafree.org.

August 5
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Carole Strick: 217-494-9212 Every Saturday, through October 28.

August 6
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; Menard Co. Fairgrounds, 18450 Fairgrounds St., PETERSBURG)
150+ Quality vendors: antiques, vintage, salvage, produce, handmade, up-cycled, repurposed, art, primitives, pet supplies, boutique, photography, foods, collectibles, architectural, furniture. Wine/craft beer patio.
New vendors, please inquire with product info. and pictures at firstsundaymidwestbazaar@gmail.com
Future dates include Sept 3, Oct 1

August 6
How do I do that: Password Methodology! (2:00 - 4:00pm; 1400 Charleston Ave. Suite 230, MATTOON)
A free community computer workshop discussing password security and taking questions on any other computer/internet questions see full details at https://www.facebook.com/events/1931811580399219/
Fore more information, contact Support@gefnet.com or call 217-960-4335

August 7
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.

August 12
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

August 12
What Wild Foods Could the Lincolns Have Eaten (10:00am, Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, DECATUR)
There are many wild foods for the taking in the surrounding forest, prairie, and river. Learn about a few from naturalist Mike Bricker.

August 12
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Carole Strick: 217-494-9212

Every Saturday, through October 28.

August 13
Art Lessons for Children: Create a Pinhole Camera (2:00 - 2:45pm; Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, URBANA)
On August 21 the moon will pass in front of the sun, causing a spectacular partial solar eclipse (93% coverage). Join us for a special project -- build your own pinhole camera that can be used to safely view the eclipse. For children of all ages. For more information, please contact Rachel Fuller at rfuller@urbanafree.org or 217-367-4405. http://urbanafreelibrary.org/

August 16
ISM Brown Bag Lecture: Prelude to the Prairie (12:00 - 1:00pm, Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Joe Wheeler, US Forest Service, will present the Wednesday, August 16, 2017 ISM Brown Bag Lecture at Noon at the Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. The title of his talk will be Prelude to the Prairie.

The mission of the US Forest Service's Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, in Will County, Illinois, is the restoration back to prairie of over 19,000 acres of former Army Arsenal land. It raises the question of, "restored to what point in time?" Join Midewin archaeologist Joe Wheeler to look at the past 18,000 years of Midewin's history, highlighting the history of the land and of the people on the land.

Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696 or (217) 785-0037. http://www.illinoisstatemuseum.org/content/prelude-prairie


August 19
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

August 19
The New 3rd Saturday Market (9:00am - 4:00pm; Merchant Bldg. on Moultrie-Douglas County 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. The New 3rd Saturday Market is an indoor/outdoor market filled with creative homemade crafts, antiques and unique finds. Spring is here, come spend the day in Arthur!! We have a fantastic line-up of vendors!!!! When you come to the New 3rd Saturday Market, you will be pleasantly pleased with Fusion, Honey, LulaRoe, Norwex, Pink Zebra, Real Time Pain Relief, Scentsy besides collectibles, antiques and all of our jewelry, crafts, baby items, bowl cozi, baked potato bags, embroidered items, aprons - just to mention a few items that are all homemade. Something new every month!! This is a monthly event. The hours are from 9 am to 4 pm. There is off street parking available on the Fairgrounds. Contact: Dale Bissonett, 217-254-5010, dbissonett@gmail.com
Like our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/new3rdsaturdaymarket.com
Future Dates for 2017: Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16

August 19
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Carole Strick: 217-494-9212
Every Saturday, through October 28.

August 20
Heads Up Group: for individuals with traumatic brain injuries (2:00 - 4:00pm; SCIL, 330 S. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Call Dave at 217-523-2587 for more info.

August 21
Solar Eclipse Party for Children (11:00 - 11:45am; Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, URBANA)
Celebrate the solar eclipse with stories, songs, and a craft! For children and their families. For more information, please contact Rachel Fuller at rfuller@urbanafree.org or 217-367-4405. http://urbanafreelibrary.org/

August 21
LLCC offers select agriculture watershed management courses at no cost this fall (SPRINGFIELD)
Lincoln Land Community College is offering select courses in agricultural watershed management and horticulture at no cost this fall. Registration is currently open.
The free course offerings are in eight-week modules with evening hours. Courses include Landscape Lake Ecology and Agricultural Watershed Management, which begin the week of Aug. 21, and Landscape Lake Sampling and Conservation Practice Systems I, which start the week of Oct. 16. The availability of these courses at no cost is made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training grant.
For more information about the new agriculture watershed management and horticulture courses at LLCC, visit www.llcc.edu/watershed-management and www.llcc.edu/horticulture, or contact Bowman at 217.786.2317. To register for Springfield classes, call 217.786.2292.

August 25, 26
43rd Anniversary Celebration of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival (Downtown URBANA)
A variety of local and regional musicians and performers spanning a wide range of genres will gather in downtown Urbana. In addition to live music, the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is also widely known for its local vendors, a range of kid’s activities, the Motor Muster Car Show—and of course—delicious hot and buttery Illinois sweet corn. For more information, visit www.urbanasweetcornfestival.com.

August 26
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

August 26
FREE DAY at the Zoo! (Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Each year we offer free days at our zoo. They have traditionally surrounded events that happen a couple time each year. But this year we have an exciting NEW Free Day Program! Plan your next outing and take advantage of one of these free days! HensonRobinsonzoo.org

August 26
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Carole Strick: 217-494-9212

Every Saturday, through October 28.

August 27
Dan Adair, MD, Memorial Triathlon (7:30am; : Memorial SportsCare, 4550 W. Iles Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Memorial SportsCare and Springfield Clinic Orthopedic Group present the Dan Adair, MD, Memorial Triathlon. The triathlon includes competitive and noncompetitive courses. Adults and children of any age can compete in both the competitive and noncompetitive events, either individual or relay. For more information and registration link, visit MemorialMedical.com. Register on Active.com.

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