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August 2018 Community Calendar

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August 1
Lewis and Clark in the Illinois Country (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Paul Mickey Learning Series presented by Brad Winn, Site Superintendent, Lewis and Clark State Historic Site. Free and open to the public; Did you know that Lewis and Clark spent their first winter here in Illinois? In fact they spent more time in Illinois than any other state, except for North Dakota! Illinois was the "Point of Departure" on May 14, 1804. The expedition left from the eastern banks of the Mississippi River at the Wood River confluence, beginning their two and a half year journey to explore the Louisiana Territory and search for a passage to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and Clark and Illinois have a rich history together starting along the Ohio River and all the way up to the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Confluence. Site Superintendent, Brad Winn of the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, a part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will present a program retelling this often overlooked Illinois Story of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Each month, the Paul Mickey Learning Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

August 1
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
The film will be a recent release starring Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts as parents of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters 5th grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Please call the library at 267-3170 or stop by to reserve your seat for this incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story.

August 2
Annual Ice Cream Social (5:30 - 7:30pm; Governor Duncan Mansion, 4 Duncan Place, Duncan Park, JACKSONVILLE)
The evening's festivities include The Community Summer Band directed by Brett Bruchard with the national anthem preformed at 6pm. Suggest donation is $6 per person and $3 for children under 10. Includes cake, ice cream and beverage. All proceeds to benefit Gov. Duncan Mansion. Rain date: August 9

August 3
Movie in the Park: Black Panther (Kiwanis Park, 3050 Stanton St,
SPRINGFIELD) Grab your friends, children, blankets and join us for a free movie in the Park! Friday’s movie will be “Black Panther” so come out and enjoy this great family feature in the setting of Kiwanis Park. Bring the family out early to enjoy concessions by Cornett Ice Shack & Snacks! We are also bringing back the FunZone for this event. There will be games, balloon art, prizes and so much more! The FunZone will run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and the movie will begin at dusk.
Movie and Music in the Park is a free program where families and the entire community are invited to join us as we bring a big screen movie to your community parks on Fridays and we bring local musical talents to your parks on Sunday afternoons. As a convenience, concessions are available for purchase – please no outside food and drink to be allowed. These are truly great events.

August 3 - 30
IN BLACK AND WHITE: Art Meets Writing | Reception (5:00 - 7:00pm; SAA Collective, 420 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Devoid of color, but full of content, artists and writers will be partnered for a unique exhibit in black and white. 6:00 pm gallery talk and a small selection of readings.

August 3 - September 1
Biennial Shapes of Influence Exhibition at the SAA (5:30 - 7:30pm; M. G. Nelson Gallery, SPRINGFIELD)
Original works in ceramics from across the country are the focus of the Biennial Shapes of Influence exhibition at the Springfield Art Association. The exhibition runs from Friday August 3rd through September first in the M. G. Nelson Gallery on the SAA campus. The opening reception is this Friday, August 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm with awards and a juror’s talk at 6:45. This is free and open to the public.
The juror for the exhibition is internationally known ceramicist and wood fire kiln specialist Simon Levin. Mr. Levin recently relocated to the Springfield area and the SAA is thrilled to engage him in this year’s event. The Shapes of Influence exhibition is designed to showcase and celebrate contemporary ceramics. The show includes pieces by 51 different artists whose work was chosen through the judging process by Mr. Levin. (Listed below) In addition he invited Dan Anderson, Kahil Irving, Peter Pincus, and Kelsie Rudolph, all nationally recognized artists, to exhibit their work in the show as well.
The gallery is brimming with beautiful sculptural and functional ceramics. This is a unique opportunity in Springfield to experience work of this caliber and variety. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 and Saturday 10 to 3. For more information contact Betsy Dollar at the SAA 217-523-2631 or director@springfieldart.org | www.springfieldart.org

August 3, 4, 5
33rd Decatur Celebration (DECATUR)
The headliners this year include T.I., Daughtry, Gretchen Wilson, Jonathan McReynolds, and many more! As is tradition, Decatur Celebration will once again feature over 60 unique food items, three blocks of authentic arts and crafters, spectacular carnival rides, a wine and craft beer garden, the Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade, and Kids Block featuring free children’s games, shows and prizes. Admission is $10 for the weekend in advance and $15 for the weekend on site. Children 12 and under are free. On sale date will be announced via social media and the festival website.

August 3
Walk and Talk: Bicentennial and Beyond! (10:00am, 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum, Second Floor Gallery, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "Bicentennial and Beyond!: The Illinois Legacy Collection" exhibition. Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans

August 3
6th Annual Kids Sidewalk Chalk Contest (5:30pm; 1E. Main in front og Big Grove Tavern, Downtown CHAMPAIGN)
FREE! Prizes in all 3 age categories! Pre-register at http://40north.org/sidewalk before noon Friday, August 3rd. Kids in pre-k – 8th grade will be encouraged to create their own chalk masterpieces! They will be split into the following age groups; pre-k – kindergarten, 1st – 5th, and 6th – 8th. Judges will be hard at work deciding on the winners in each age category. Chalk will be provided.
Check-in is between 5:30 and 6:30pm, drawing must be finished by 7:15pm. Winners will be announced and prizes will be handed out at approximately 8pm. Prizes include pool passes, art supplies from Art Coop, games from Dr. G's Brainworks, books from Jan Addams Bookshop, gift certificates for Red Bicycle Ice Cream, free admission to the Shedd Aquarium, gift certificate to Saltfork Paintball, Meatheads gift cards, and much much more! Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Walk-ups will be very limited. For more information and to pre-register, go to http://40north.org/sidewalk or call 351.9841. Any questions, contact Kelly at kwhite@40north.org.

August 4
Abe Lincoln Car Show Spectacular (8:00am - 4:00pm; Knight's Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Includes ground and air displays, police officer and veterans tribute, and more. Car show features all makes and models. Spectators free. 553-5271 | 546-8881

August 4
Made in Illinois Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission; Celebrate the art and agriculture of Illinois with crafts, games, and more. Super Saturdays offer thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and are included with Museum admission. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans.

August 4
ALPLM's Back to School Bash! (10:00am - 12:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
The free event features hands-on projects that show children the connection between history and technology. Kids will get to play a life-sized game of Operation on a Civil War soldier, learn how to send a message in Morse code and learn the principles behind the Gatling gun by firing a version that shoots rubber bands. Registration is not required. Contact: (217)558-8844

August 4
6th Annual Community Free Clothing Giveaway (9:00am - 12:00pm; Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 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 five years, over 2,600 bags of clothes have been filled by 1,100 people. For more information, call 217.787.2323 or visit trinity-lutheran.com.

August 4, 5
Blacks, Whites and Blues Festival (12:00pm-11:00pm Saturday, 12:00pm-9:00pm Sunday; Bourbon Street Rhythm and Ribs, 1031 E. South Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Blacks, Whites and Blues Festival features bands, food vendors, a parade, car show, three-on-three basketball tournament and a family movie night. The event is intended to foster community pride and unity on Springfield's east side.

August 5
Little Heroes Toddler & Kid Charity Competition (10:00am - 2:00pm; Gymnastics Zone 900 S Grand Ave W, SPRINGFIELD)
$15 per child benefiting Give Hope, Fight Poverty charity
CALLING ALL LITTLE HEROES WITH BIG HEARTS aged 2-10 years! We've teamed up with Gymnastics & Cheer Zone to put together a FUNdraising age-appropriate obstacle course so your child can help us save the orphans in Swaziland! There will be fun challenges, vendors and prizes! * Participants are encouraged (but not required) to set up a fundraising page -- there will be additional prizes for the children with the most donations/sponsors! And an optional opportunity to be highlighted on our social media page! * There will also be prizes for the participants in the best costumes! (Keep in mind, it will have to be something easy/safe to wear in an obstacle course). http://www.ifightpoverty.org/

August 5
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Time Machine (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

August 6
Macon County Community Environmental Council Quarterly Membership Meeting (6:00 - 7:30pm; Decatur Public Library Madden Auditorium, 130 N Franklin St., DECATUR)
Guest speaker will be Christopher Evans, Forestry and Extension Research Specialist UIUC NRES. Chris will be speaking regarding the Let The Sun Shine In ecological program being used to manage hardwoods of the Shawnee Forest. Contact: Judy Parrish jparrish@millikin.edu | Refreshments provided

August 6
MMC Rehab Grad Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, SPRINGFIELD)
217-788-3461 | 788-3300

August 6 - 9
Back to School FREE Haircuts (8:30am, The University of Spa and Cosmetology Arts, SPRINGFIELD)
Free haircuts to school age children. Walk-ins welcome. Or to schedule an appointment, call 217-753-8551

August 8
"Self Presentation from Portraits to Snapshots" (12:30 - 1:30pm; *Research and Collections Center Special Programs Room, 1011 East Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Tales from the Vault Program moderated by Erika Holst, Curator of Decorative Arts and History. Free and open to the public; How did people record and share images of themselves before selfies? See examples from the collection and learn about portraits, daguerreotypes, and photographs from the 1830s to 1930s. "Tales from the Vault" is a collaborative program hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Museum which allows the public to discover some of the treasures from these institutions' collections. Each program will include the chance to view an artifact or document not normally on display, commentary by a staff member or local scholar, and a chance for group discussion. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. All programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. *The Collections Center cannot currently be reached from Ash St. due to construction. You can access the facility's entrance on 10 1/2 St. from Laurel St.

August 8
Academy for Lifelong Learning summer kickoff(1:00 - 3:00pm; Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, SPRINGFIELD)
With a theme of summer ice escapades, the event includes ice sculptures, a book and puzzle exchange, cool beverages and desserts, icebreaker games and more. ALL’s summer kickoff is free and open to the public, but registration is requested by calling 217-786-2432. Current ALL members should register on WebAdvisor (via the “My LLCC” tab at www.llcc.edu) or by calling 217-786-2292.
A variety of programs and special interest groups are available to ALL members and will be showcased at the event. Programs include one-time lectures or brief series on current events, history, politics, international cultures, art, literature, technology, theatre and music. Interest groups include book lovers, writers, movie groups, game players, golfers, bowlers and bikers.
Nominal fees are charged for popular programs such as Breakfast Roundtable and Wander on Wednesday. During the monthly Breakfast Roundtable, members enjoy breakfast while hearing from a guest speaker on a topic of local interest. In the monthly Wander on Wednesday activities, members visit museums, theatres or historic sites throughout Illinois and neighboring states.
Those attending the summer kickoff event are encouraged to gather information on the many opportunities and activities open to ALL members, ask questions about membership and enjoy the festivities.
Learn more about ALL, its educational opportunities and membership at www.llcc.edu/academy-lifelong-learning.

August 9
Music at the Museum Series: Julie Christensen (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Julie Christensen, born and raised in Iowa, left school to tour with her first band, which played country rock, landing for a time in Austin, Texas before heading to LA in the early 80s for the pioneering punk-roots rock band Divine Horsemen. From there, the versatile singer-songwriter took yet another musical turn – this time into a musical partnership with Leonard Cohen from 1988-1993. She is currently touring with two outstanding musicians, Sergio Webb and Chris Tench.
Music at the Museum is a monthly concert series produced by Chris Vallillo featuring the best in contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic music of all styles. Concerts are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum auditorium. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit museumconcerts.com. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

August 8
Closing Reception for Illinois at 200 (5:30-7:30pm; Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 Bradley Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
A closing reception for Illinois at 200 will be held Wednesday, August 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery lounge. A gallery talk will take place at 6:30 pm with exhibition juror Doug Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art at the Illinois State Museum. To celebrate the Illinois bicentennial, Illinois at 200 comprises works by 44 contemporary Illinois artists and reflects the high quality and unique variety of art currently being created throughout the state. | parkland.edu/gallery | giertzgallery@parkland.edu

August 10
Yoga4Cats "Rock the Cat Box" (6:00 - 11:00pm; Timbuktu Saloon, 5843 E US Route 36, DECATUR)
Rock the Cat Box, a 90’s themed Yoga4Cats fundraising event, will be held on Friday, August 10 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm at Timbuktu. Popular Central Illinois band 90’s Daughter will be performing at 7:00 pm. The event will have live music, hand stamped jewelry from L&L Studio, silent auction, cash bar with drink specials, games with prizes, bake sale and more! Tickets are $25 and include heavy appetizers. All proceeds benefit Yoga4Cats, a local 501c(3)non-profit and foster based animal rescue. More information can be found on Facebook and at www.yoga4cats.com.

August 10
Walk and Talk: Bicentennial and Beyond! (10:00am, 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum, Second Floor Gallery, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "Bicentennial and Beyond!: The Illinois Legacy Collection" exhibition. Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans

August 10
Allerton Irish Fest (5:30pm; Allerton Park & Retreat CenterMeadow, 515 Old Timber Rd., MONTICELLO)
The Shanties will start things off with their “new Irish” music, focusing on up-tempo rowdier melodies with pop Irish influence from Gaelic Storm and Flogging Molly. The Shamrock Academy of Irish Dance, a competitive and recreational Irish Dance school based in Mahomet, will continue the festive atmosphere with a performance 7pm. Then, Tannahill Weavers takes the stage with fire-driven instrumentals, reflective ballads, and foot-stomping jigs that blend the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase, including Dragon Fire Pizza, Fusilli Tony's Italian Food, The Pop Stop, Cool Bliss Popped Bliss, and Dave's Dogs. Donations will be accepted at the gate. Guests should bring blankets or chairs. For the complete Concert Series schedule and more information visit allerton.illinois.edu or call (217) 333-3287.

August 10
Vinegar Hill 2nd Friday Night Vendor Market and Street Fest (5:00 - 10:00pm; On the Square, Washington and Cooke Streets, MT PULASKI)
Mt Pulaski Business Association and The City of Mt Pulaski invites you to the next Vinegar Hill 2nd Friday Night Vendor Market and Street Fest on Friday, August 10th, 2018 on the square in Mt Pulaski from 5 pm until 10 pm. A family fun night filled with vendors, food, music, children’s activities, and much more. Mt Pulaski Hilltop Club is sponsoring activities for the children and their families. Other activities include a Dunk Tank (MPHS Washington DC fundraiser) and an Escape Room. Restaurants, bars, and shops on the square will be open and there will be a variety of vendors, including hand-made items, crafts, direct sales, and produce. Vendor market is open from 5 pm to 8 pm. Hypnotist Josh Meador will perform at 6 pm. Live Music playing from 7 pm to 10 pm, featuring Dyllan Martin. Grab your family and friends and come to the historic square of Mt Pulaski on Friday, August 10th, 2018. For vendor information, please email mtpulaskibusinessassociation@gmail.com. Check us out on Facebook “Vinegar Hill Market Days”.

August 11
Annual Block Party (12:00 - 2:00pm; Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
The Block Party features free food and drinks, music, and games for children including inflatables. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 217.787.2323 or visit Trinity’s website at trinity-lutheran.com.

August 11, 12
APL Adoption Event (11:00am - 4:00pm; PetSmart, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday at PetSmart. APL, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, runs an animal shelter which is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for adoptions. APL also coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs. APL also operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter. For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group’s web site at www.apl-shelter.org.

August 11
US Veterans Motorcycle Club Ride (11:30am, Y-Zoe's Bar, TAYLORVILLE)
The US Veterans Motorcycle Club is hosting a ride to benefit the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. The ride will take place on the 11th of August, Registration will start at 11:30am kickstands up at 12:30 at Y-Zoe's bar in Taylorville, IL. Cost is $10.00 per person. There will be silent auction items, Kennedy's Bad to the Bone BBQ and live Music at the end of the ride. Proceeds go to support the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight. Lets help get the veterans to Washington DC to see their memorials. More information can be found on Facebook at US Veterans MC IL, we can also be messaged their also.

August 11
Guest speaker: Don Chamberlain (2:00pm; Rock Springs Nature Center Auditorium, 3939 Nearing Ln, DECATUR)
Abraham Lincoln was connected to events involving rivers and creeks all his life. From a near-death experience as a child, working on the Ohio River, freezing his feet crossing the Sangamon River, journeying to New Orleans twice by flatboat, opposing the steamboat industry as a lawyer for a railroad, and more, these episodes shaped him in various ways. This program emphasizes how rivers and creeks played important roles in Lincoln’s life from his boyhood days to his adulthood.
Melody Arnold- melody21@hotmail.com Brent Wielt-bwielt@maconcountyconservation.org | Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial

August 11
"Lincoln in Illinois: The River Man" (2:00pm; Rock Springs NAture Center Auditorium, 3939 Nearing Ln., DECATUR)
Abraham Lincoln was connected to events involving rivers and creeks all his life. From a near-death experience as a child, working on the Ohio River, freezing his feet crossing the Sangamon River, journeying to New Orleans twice by flatboat, opposing the steamboat industry as a lawyer for the railroad, and more these episodes shaped him in various ways. This program emphasizes how rivers and creeks played important roles in Lincoln's life from his boyhood days to his adulthood. https://lincolntrailhomest.wixsite.com/friends-lth

August 11
Hammer-In and Old Tyme Tractor Show (9:00am - 2:00pm; Kitchell Park, PANA)
Parade 10:30 a.m.
Kids and adults Pedal Tractor Pull 11:00 a.m.
Tractor games 1:00 p.m.
Antique tractors, lawn mowers and equipment on display. For show information please call Donna McGlauchlen 825-5967.

August 11
City of Concord Fish Fry (11:00am - 8:00pm; Concord Park, CONCORD)
Vendors & Raffles | Games for kids | LIVE MUSIC: Shannon Wood 2:00 - 5:00, smashtag 7:00 - 9:00. Don't forget the Chapin Christian Church 5k!

August 11
1st Annual FREE Back-to-School Haircuts (11:30am - 5:30pm; The Hair Room, 215 N Bruns Lane, SPRINGFIELD)
Ages: Pre-K through Grade 12. By Appointment Only. Please have hair washed and combed prior to your appointment. No hair design requests please. All tips will be donated to Lincolnwood High School Choir. This event is being held in honor of Craig "The Barber" Jones. Uncle Craigy held a free haircut day at his shop for underprivileged students in our area. In his honor, we will proudly carry on this special tradition. Call Tristyn at 217-720-9299

August 11, 12
"Doors Open Illinois" (9:00am - 4:30pm Saturday, 11:00am - 4:30pm Sunday; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free admission! Museum admission will be free of charge both Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12. The Museum will extend its Sunday hours to open at 11:00 am. The Play Museum also open at 11:00 am on Sunday. Doors Open Illinois is presented in partnership with the Illinois Office of Tourism. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

August 12
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Docent - Led (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

August 12
Annual Bluegrass Jam (11:00am - 5:00pm; Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site)
It’s bluegrass time again at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Coles Co., where the annual bluegrass jam session will be held on Sunday, August 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bluegrass and traditional musicians from around the area will converge at the site for a day of jamming. While there will be no formal stage performances, informal groups of musicians converge and play at different areas along the creek at the Lincoln Log Cabin site throughout the day. Lincoln Log Cabin site volunteers will be selling hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks throughout the day, with the proceeds benefiting the historical and interpretive programs produced at the site. Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, a part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, was the last home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of Abraham Lincoln. It is located eight miles south of Charleston. For more information, call (217) 345-1845 follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lincolnlogcabin or visit the website at www.lincolnlogcabin.org.

August 12
The Women Who Farm Field Day series: CULTURAL CROPS (2:00 - 5:00pm; CHJ Umoja Family Gardens, CARLOCK)
White maize and amaranth leaves are staples of Kenyan cuisine and Janet has brought them to central Illinois on her 4 acre U-Pick farm. Janet came to the Midwest from Kenya over 40 years ago and with her came the flavors of her childhood. Explore these and other west-African crops with Janet at her McLean County farm.

  • The Women Who Farm Field Day series is BACK! Join us this summer in touring five women-led farms in central Illinois on Sunday afternoons from June through September.
  • At each event, we will take an extensive tour of a working farm, explore the skill or niche that the host farmer does best, and experience a hands-on activity to learn a new skill.
  • Delicious, fresh, local refreshments will be provided at each field day to replenish the body, cool the summer heat, and facilitate getting to know each other. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!
  • Registration costs $15 and includes a farm tour, refreshments, and a hands-on learning activity.

August 15
"Potawatomi Removals in 1837" (Noon - 1:00pm; *Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public; In the early 1800s, the presence of the Potawatomi tribe and its desire to maintain control of ancestral lands, was seen as an impediment to growth by the newly-minted State of Illinois. Finally, combination of sociological, political, and cultural differences and weather-related factors led to the removal of the Potawatomi from Great Lakes region. Though the removal efforts took several decades, two occurred in 1837: one from north central Indiana and one that started in southwestern Michigan. The latter became more populated with Illinois Potawatomi than Potawatomi from Michigan. Current research on this removal and its route, which led to both eastern Kansas and western Iowa, will be shown and discussed.
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.
*The Collections Center cannot currently be reached from Ash St. due to construction. You can access the facility's entrance on 10 1/2 St. from Laurel St.

August 16
Third Thursday Series: “The Evolution of a Vision: Reflections on the University of Illinois Press at 100” (4:00 - 5:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
The University of Illinois Press was established in 1918 as a crucial part of President Edmund J. James’s larger vision for fostering scholarly achievement and raising the University’s international profile and academic prestige. Under the leadership of just six directors over the last century, the Press has sought to fulfill this vision, working to establish and maintain an intellectual and physical presence on the Urbana-Champaign campus while adjusting as needed to dramatic changes in academic publishing.
Drawing on archival research and oral histories, Julie Laut will reflect on the challenges and successes of fulfilling James’s vision with particular focus on the people and the spaces that have created and sustained the University of Illinois Press since 1918.
Julie Laut earned her PhD in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. She works for the University of Illinois Press in outreach and development.
This talk is part of the Third Thursday Series and is held in conjunction with the Spurlock Museum’s temporary exhibit Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150. This exhibit explores the history of campus as a community of educators, researchers, and students engaged in learning, research, and public service. Learn about the contributions of a wide variety of people and groups to campus history and ways the University has changed how it relates to the people it serves. The exhibit runs through December 21, 2018.

August 17
Free Movie Nights: God's Country (6:30pm; House on the Rock Church, 314 N Grant St., EDINBURG)
A hot shot investment banker will do anything to further her career, but she finds herself in new territory when she must spend six days with a financially troubled minister and his family. Popcorn and drinks provided. For more information contact: Charles Portwood 217-972-3847 hotrchurch@yahoo.com

August 17
Walk and Talk: Bicentennial and Beyond! (10:00am, 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum, Second Floor Gallery, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "Bicentennial and Beyond!: The Illinois Legacy Collection" exhibition. Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans

August 17 - 25
Big River (LRS Theatre at the Hoogland, SPRINGFIELD)
BIG RIVER - Mark Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom. Directed by Rich McCoy and Joe-Michael Jackson. LRS Theatre at the Hoogland- August 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.; August 19 at 2 p.m. & August 24 at 8 p.m.; August 25 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Mark Twain's timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures are hilarious, suspenseful, and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel - the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck's partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck's drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; and the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family.

Propelled by an award-winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.

August 18
Arthur 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar (9:00am - 4:00pm; Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
Something new each month with our 50 – 60 plus vendors. The Bazaar is filled with creative homemade crafts. See what’s new!! A monthly market held on the 3rd Saturday of the month, woodworking, collectables, direct sales, unique finds and so much more.. We are located in the Merchant Building at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arthur, IL. The entrance to the Fairgrounds is just 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 www.facebook.com/3rdsaturdaymarketbazaar. For more information or vendor inquiry contact Dawn Verci (309) 253-6245 or email at arthur3rdsaturdaybazaar@gmail.com
While in Arthur check out the sites in and around Amish Country. Future Dates for 2018: September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 16.

August 18
APL Adoption Event (11:00am - 4:00pm; PetSmart, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart. APL, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, runs an animal shelter which is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for adoptions. APL also coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs. APL also operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter. For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group’s web site at www.apl-shelter.org.

August 18
Edwards Place Garden Party (1:00 - 4:00pm; Edwards Place, 700 N Fourth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for the Edwards Place Garden Party on August 18! This event features lemonade and peach desserts, mint juleps [21+], and lawn games and crafts popular in the 19th century. When you need a break from the heat, come inside Edwards Place for a tour, included in the price of the event. Historic dress is encouraged (from any historic period of your choosing). PRICE: Adults - $20 Children - $5 Purchase here: https://76238.blackbaudhosting.com/76238/page.aspx?pid=213&tab=2&txobjid=ac850914-d061-4221-8b6f-b6b0412afe90 | 217-523-2631 | http://www.edwardsplace.org
Entertainment: 1:00 - Peaches and Bacon | 2:00 - Wild Columbine | 3:00 - Photographs with Ulysses S. Grant

August 18, 19
Union Baptist Women’s Day Luncheon & Silent Auction (Union Baptist Church, 1405 E Monroe St. SPRINGFIELD)

SATURDAY - Sis Jackie Newman of Fresh Visions Community Church will be the guest speaker, “Walking In God’s Favor” (Psalm 84:11-12) Cost$10 at the door | Silent Auction 10:00am | Luncheon 11:00am
SUNDAY - Sis Sherri Hamilton of Capitol City Church of God in Christ | Morning Worship Service begins at 11:00am

August 19
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Arts Exploration (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

August 19
The 40th Annual Mustang and All-Ford Show (8:00am; Landmark Ford, Southwest location in Prairie Crossing, SPRINGFIELD)
$20 to register a car, no charge to come and drool. Registration starts at 8:00AM, Judging starts at Noon. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Dyslexia Center. Food available on site.

August 19
APL Adoption Event (12:00pm - 4:00pm; Pet Supplies Plus, 1895 E. Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. APL, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, runs an animal shelter which is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for adoptions. APL also coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs. APL also operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter. For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group’s web site at www.apl-shelter.org.

August 19
Loco-Motion Cruise-In and Car Show (11:00am - 3:00pm; Chatham Railroad Museum, 100 N. State St., CHATHAM)
Free to spectators; $10 donation per vehicle entry.

August 19
"Farming in the Great Corn Belt: 200 Years of Challenges, Choices & Changes" (2:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public;
Explore 200 years of farming from the arrival of the earliest settlers in Illinois and the decision-making, determination, hard work, adoption of machines & technology, and financial decisions of farm families that have brought us to the modern era of agriculture. Four “eras” of changes will provide the framework including the Western Frontier (1820’s to 1850’s), The Railroad Arrives (1850’s to 1900), Information Age and Mechanization Advancement (1900-1945) and the Modern Era (post WW2 to present).
This program is part of the “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans” series held on the third Sunday of every month through October, 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar Speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. For more information, please call the Illinois State Museum, (217) 782-0979, or the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College, (217) 786-2477.

August 19
Heads Up Group for those with a traumatic brain injury (2:00 - 4:00pm; SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Lyle Vandeventer from the Home Service Program, Brain Injury Unit will share his story and talk about the Brain Injury Program and how to apply. For more information, contact Dave or Pete at SCIL - 217.523.2587

August 20-September 22
Gallery Exhibition: 2018 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition (M-Th 10am-7pm, Sa 12-2pm; Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 Bradley Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
This annual showcase featuring the work of Parkland’s faculty artists includes sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, photography, metals, ceramics, and graphic design. | parkland.edu/gallery | giertzgallery@parkland.edu

August 22
"WHAT'S YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE?" Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, SPRINGFIELD)
"Repurposing Boxes"/"From Depression to a Life of Purpose" from Speaker/Special Feature Cathy Harvey, a stationary artist. She will speak on living a life of purpose. Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or e-mail jluttrellfirst@gmail.com

August 23
Artists Reception for the 2018 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition (5:30-7:30pm; Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 Bradley Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
An opening reception for the 2018 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition will take place Thursday, August 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and includes a gallery talk by Chris Berti and music by the Derick Cordoba Trio. During his talk at 6:30 p.m., Berti, Associate Professor of Art and Design at Parkland College, will discuss his sculptural and ceramic work featured in the exhibition. | parkland.edu/gallery | giertzgallery@parkland.edu

August 24
Walk and Talk: Bicentennial and Beyond! (10:00am, 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum, Second Floor Gallery, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "Bicentennial and Beyond!: The Illinois Legacy Collection" exhibition. Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans

August 24, 25
Old Capitol Blues & BBQ (Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
6 bands including Big Head Todd & The Monster as the headliner. BBQ competition plus 20 vendors. Domestic and craft beers, wine garden, Tito's Experience.

August 24, 25
Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club (8:00am; 2626 S. Pasfield, SPRINGFIELD)
Craft supplies for sale. Fill a bag $10 per bag and some fixed price items. More info: mkarensoltys@gmail.com | 217-793-2178

August 24, 25
2018 Urbana Sweetcorn Festival (URBANA)
On August 24 and 25, 2018, a variety of local and regional musicians and performers spanning a wide range of genres will gather in downtown Urbana for the 44th anniversary celebration of the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival. We the Animals, purveyors of dark, sparkly indie rock, will kick off the Friday night festivities, followed by Avon Dale, a Memphis based, rootsy rock band with a touch of soul. Mojo: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will then take the stage for an amazing performance of Tom Petty favorites and deep cuts. Mojo features musicians from two local bands: Decadents and the No Secret Band. Finally, 90’s Daughter’s Tribute to Boston will send us home!
Saturday Night’s line-up will feature Ant Dogg, and his unique combination of Hip Hop, Rock, R&B, and Blues. Followed by Lou Dibello Band’s great hard rock/heavy metal instrumental and vocal tunes. Lastly, New Souls will finish out the night. New Souls traffics in the best of soul, funk, R&B, neosoul, Motown and 90s jams, with expert three-part harmonies from core members Brandon T. Washington, Mike Ingram, and Cii La'cole.
In conjunction with the Main Stage acts, the One Community Together stage will provide the community with day-time entertainment. Featuring an amazing line-up that ranges from Vojedeyl Trio music and dance to all three high school marching bands coming together with a performance that will knock your socks off! In addition, the Folk and Roots stage will host many amazing bluegrass, jazz, and blues performers!
In addition to live music, the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is putting a new emphasis on local beer and wine in 2018. The festival will feature beers from local breweries and wineries in addition to local food and merchandise vendors, a range of kid’s activities, and of course—delicious hot and buttery Illinois sweet corn. For more information, visit www.urbanasweetcornfestival.com.

August 24, 25
Crafter's Treasures Sale (8:00am; Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club, 2626 S Pasfield, SPRINGFIELD)
Craft supplies for sale. Fill a bag $10/bag and some fixed-price items. August 24th 8 am-8 pm and August 25th 8 am-noon. mkarensoltys@gmail.com | 217-793-2178

August 25
End of summer fun (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library will host a sidewalk chalk contest from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, August 25. Chalk will be supplied but you may bring your own if you wish. Age group division will be 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and adult. Prizes will be awarded. If it rains the event will be rescheduled. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register or stop in at 233 S. State Street.

August 25
APL Adoption Event (11:00am - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1460 Koester Rd., FORSYTH & SPRINGFIELD)
Cats and dogs will be available in APL’s Mobile Pet Adoption Center from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Petsmart, 1460 Koester Rd., Forsyth; Cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart. APL, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, runs an animal shelter which is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for adoptions. APL also coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs. APL also operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter. For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group’s web site at www.apl-shelter.org.

August 25
Doug Church - Elvis Tribute Artist (7:00pm; 324 E Main, HOOPESTON)
with Change of Habit Tribute Band

August 26
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Docent- Led (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

August 26
The VojoDeyl Trio performs Czech folk music (1:00pm; Spurlock Museum, URBANA)
The VojoDeyl Trio (Radim Vojtek, Martin Deyl and Karolina Magdelena Kupczyk) from the Czech Republic will be offering a sampling of Czech folk music from their homeland at several venues during an August visit to Illinois this year. The trio will perform at the Pilsen Fest in Chicago on 18 & 19 August, and will then spend a week in Mahomet, to learn firsthand what life in America’s heartland is like. While here, they will bring a little of their own culture to our community.
Radim and Martin first met Karolina at a folk festival in Hungary in 2014 and the three have performed together on various occasions since. When Radim was approached about performing in the U.S., he proposed coming with his friends Martin and Karolina, and the VojoDeyl trio was born. A sample of their folk music can be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/i2Gr4nD2htQ.

August 26
Peace Lutheran Church Open House Ice Cream Social (2:00 - 4:00pm; 2800 West Jefferson, SPRINGFIELD)
What better way to beat the heat than an ice cream social? We are a new congregation that recently installed our first permanent pastor, Rev. Mary E. Zupansic. Please join us at 2800 West Jefferson in Springfield and tell all your friends! We have a beautiful worship space and we want to show off our newly remodeled classrooms and offices. We will serve baked treats with the ice cream and toppings (yes, we will have sprinkles!). In lieu of a free-will offering, we are asking for a non-perishable food donation for one of our outreach ministries, the Grace Lutheran Food Pantry, because hunger doesn’t take a vacation. Any non-perishable item is much appreciated, but the current need is canned soup, beef ravioli and pork and beans. For more information, please contact Linda Rice, 217-494-2658 or lrice10650@gmail.com

August 26
APL Adoption Event (11:00am - 4:00pm; PetSmart, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart. APL, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, runs an animal shelter which is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. for adoptions. APL also coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs. APL also operates a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter. For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group’s web site at www.apl-shelter.org.

August 26
Women Who Farm (2:00 - 5:00pm; Danenberger Family Vineyards, NEW BERLIN)
Join us Sunday, August 26, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. for The Land Connection’s fourth Women Who Farm Series Field Day at Danenberger Family Vineyards with Susan Danenberger. Some say quality wine grapes cannot be grown in central Illinois, but they have not met winemaker Susan Danenberger! Hundreds of Vinifera, French-American hybrid, and American hybrid vines stand as proof that high-quality grapes can be grown in central Illinois. Susan attributes the success they’ve had with growing grapes to the minerals in the meticulously nurtured soil and constant breeze keeping the vines and grapes disease free. For Susan, every bottle is a work of art that she crafts with loving care year-upon-year. Explore her vineyard, nestled in her family's Centennial farm, and learn the process of making Illinois wine. You may even get to experience traditional grape mashing if the timing is right with the white grapes! Join us for a beautiful day of vines and wines! Registration is $15 and includes a farm tour, refreshments, and a hands-on learning activity. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! Register online at https://thelandconnection.org/WWF2018.

August 28
Griefshare (6:30pm; Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Grief is the cost of losing a loved one. It is inevitable that during such a loss a person would experience shock or feel wounded by this sense of desertion. Grief is a process of working through the feelings of loss, and recovery is the ability to find joy in life again.
GriefShare is a non-denominational, grief-recovery program using video seminar, a workbook and a support group environment to assist people in working through the death of a beloved family member or close friend. Participants have the opportunity to be around people who understand the emotions of grieving. Learning how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and learning to face a “new normal in life” and renewing hope for the future are two of the goals of participating in GriefShare.
The 13-week fall session of GriefShare will begin on Tuesday, August 28 at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd. at 6:30 pm. Each session lasts for two hours. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is underwriting the cost of the $15 fee for materials and supplies. Childcare is available upon advance request. For more information, to pre-register, or to reserve childcare, please contact Joleen at 217.899.9418 or trinitygriefshare@yahoo.com.

August 31
DINNER LECTURE: The Making of a Historical Film, "Abraham Lincoln in Logan County" (5:00pm, Wild Hare Cafe, ELKHART)
This is a special official Illinois Bicentennial project celebrating President Abraham Lincoln and the local community. Elkhart Historical Society is partnering with Lincoln College and the Central Illinois Film Commission to update the film, “From Surveyor to President, A. Lincoln in Logan County.” The film will be featured at the August 31st dinner lecture in Elkhart as part of the bicentennial events planned, with video copies available to the public for purchase. The cost of the evening is $40 per person which includes a donation of $10 to the Elkhart Historical Society to defray expenses. For complete menu and reservation form, please see the website: www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org. Reservations are required and should be made by calling 217-947-2238. Seating is limited.

August 31
Walk and Talk: Bicentennial and Beyond! (10:00am, 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum, Second Floor Gallery, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "Bicentennial and Beyond!: The Illinois Legacy Collection" exhibition. Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans

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