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August 2018 Community Calendar

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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