Community Calendar: June 2016

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June 1
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, Westville Public Library)
The feature will be Away and Back starring Jason Lee and Minka Kelly. When a rare swan lands on his farm, a widower and his 3 children must contend with the large birds and the ambitious ornithologist who arrives to study them, a willful woman who is more interested in the avian family than the human one. This feature is in honor of Sunset Funeral Homes who sponsors one of the licenses required to be able to show movies at the library. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register to attend or stop by at 233 S. State Street to visit the library.

June 1
Everyone WINSday plus Giveaway :: (6:35pm, Springfield Sliders, 1415 North Grand Avenue E., SPRINGFIELD)
Get $2 tickets, hot dogs, drinks, and more every Wednesday! Plus, the first 500 fans get a special surprise giveaway! City of Springfield Alderman Appreciation Night.

June 2
Low Vision Technology Fair (9:00am - 2:00pm; SouthSide Christian Church, 2600 South MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
Guests will see the latest in low vision technology for reading, computers and adaptive vision aids. Dr. Robert Lowenthal, MD Ophthalmology, Springfield Eye Consultants, will talk on retinal disease and Christie Chevalier Goleman, LCSW will talk on coping with loss. Guests can get their hearing tested by the Lions Club and their blood pressure checked by Memorial Medical Center. Sponsored by the Illinois Assistive Technology Program and the Mary Bryant Home of Springfield. A free lunch is provided and guests have a chance to win some great door prizes. For more information contact the Illinois Assistive Technology Program at 217-522-7985.

June 2
Rally Towel Giveaway plus Bang for Your Buck Night :: (6:35pm, Springfield Sliders, 1415 North Grand Avenue E., SPRINGFIELD)
The first 500 fans receive a Sliders rally towel. Plus all beverages are just $1! The Avenue/North Grand Improvement Association Night.

June 2, 16, 30
Tail Waggin' Tales (3:15pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
Children can come in and read to one of the visiting dogs or cats. The animals are provided by the Vermilion County Animal Shelter. Bring the kids in and relax while they read to a furry friend.

June 6
Squash 101 at the Springfield Civic Garden Club (9:30am, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., SPRINGFIELD)
Halloween pumpkins don't just appear in October. Mac Condill of The Great Pumpkin Patch, will speak about how to successfully grow squash. Mr. Condill will talk about squash varieties and diverse ways to use them. The meeting is open to the public.

Read for the Win (10am, 1pm; Prairie Skies Public Library District, ASHLAND & PLEASANT PLAINS)

June 6 - Join Maggie Erdmann and her amazing puppets to kick-off a winning summer.
June 13 - Dr. G's BrainWorks brings the power of the mind to the library to test your winning ability to think.
June 20 - Readers with a 1st place funny bone are needed for Mr. Steve Master Facilitator of Fun.
June 27 - Rope Warrior with his amazing rope tricks for all to enjoy. See what he can do with a simple jump rope!
July 4th - Library is closed
July 11 - Hula-Hoop Playshop with Mishi Discovery Within Movement will bring a first place program to get you moving.
July 18 - PRIZE DAY (reading logs must be turned in on July 12 to be eligible)
July 25 - M&K Parties will bring their A game on July 25 for an end party.
All programs are on Mondays with 10am at Ashland location and repeated at 1pm at Pleasant Plains location.

Bright Star (6:00 -7:30pm; 13922 State Hwy.97, PETERSBURG)
Bright Star is an amazing equestrian center located in historic Petersburg. For the past few years they have provided therapeutic riding for children with disabilities. They are now expanding their services to provide support for the whole family and one way to do this is with our fantastic Friendship Club! It's a place where special needs kids get to be themselves, develop friendships, explore the world around them, and be part of something fun!
WHAT WE DO: Simple crafts, friendship-building activities, sensory activities, scavenger hunts, walks, self-esteem builders, and some great summer fun!
WHO IS INVITED: Any Bright Star Equesrian Centre riders or special needs children age 5 and up
DETAILS, DETAILS: We do need you to RSVP so we can have materials prepared. *Parents/guardians are asked to stay nearby and accessible should your child require medical attention (no extra cost for you to join us!). Sessions will be held at Lincoln Park in Springfield IL. You can sign up for one or all of the sessions!
Call : 217- 416-6407 or Email :
For more information about the dedicated group of professionals that have designed a program for children with disabilities and their families, go to!the-family-circle-program/dgd1k

June 2 - 4
Farmer City Heritage Days

3 days packed full of fun things to do!
Thursday, June 2: Starting at 5:00pm with CDAC Amusements returning with more rides than last year, DJ begins at 7pm, dance the years away with decades of music, dress up in your favorite decade and win prizes!! Cake walk during intermission.
Friday, June 3rd: CDAC Amusements start up the rides at 5:00pm and dance the night away with jury's out.
Saturday, June 5th: is jam packed, start the morning off with the Farmer City One and Only 5K race, stay and let the kids do the free kids fun run. Hungry? Stay and eat breakfast at the VFW free biscuit and gravy at 7am. The very first Heritage Days Cook off begins at 7am, smoke your meat and win prizes!! During the morning enjoy free face painting, kiddie tractor pull and Scovill petting zoo. The carnival rides begin at noon. At 1:00 pm the Farmer City Car/Tractor Show begins (registration fee is $15.00 with CASH PRIZES!!) At 5:00 pm the real fun begins; pack the downtown to see a Michael Jackson impersonator, there might even be Thriller dance lessons. Next up is Devin Clemons band at 6:30 and a free concert with SAMMY KERSHAW.
Come all 3 days and enjoy downtown Farmer City.

June 3
Be Charmed Downtown (5:00 - 8:00pm, Downtown Shops & Restaurants, SPRINGFIELD)
Every first Friday. Stop in at any of these locations, and pick up your FREE wine glass charm:
Café Brio ~ 524 E. Monroe
Inspire Art Gallery ~ 221 S. 6th St.
Mangia Italian ~ 6 Old Capitol Plz
Murphy's Loft ~ 210 S. 6th St.
Old Capitol Goods ~ 2 Old Capitol Plz
Robbies ~ 4 Old Capitol Plz
Studio on 6th ~ 215 S. 6th St. ~ "Honor our Men" ~ Meet the Artists who make our most popular men's gifts

June 3, 4
Lutheran High School Garage Sale (3:00 - 7:00pm; 8:00am - 1:00pm; 3500 West Washington St., SPRINGFIELD)
JUNE 3 (Early Bird 3-4 pm w/ $5 donation) JUNE 3 (Free admission) (4 - 7 pm) JUNE 4 (8 am - 1 pm)
It is spring cleaning time! The annual LuHi Garage Sale is the perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted items and search for deals and treasures! Please participate and support LuHi's Cross Country, Soccer, and Track & Field teams.

June 3, 4
Paxton Townwide Garage Sales

Every year we have had approximately 100 sales. Maps will be available at both Casey's locations and Village Pantry early Friday Morning!

June 3, 4
RT. 111 35-Mile Citywide Yard Sale (WAVERLY to MEDORA)
Will be taking donations to support autism group. Sponsor Rt. 111 Yard Sale Group asks that each yard sale in the area have a donation box. Questions? Call 217-960-5487.

June 3, 4
Collaboration (6:00 - 9:00pm; 711 S. 5TH Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The Pharmacy presents COLLABORATION - The Pharmacy's Sixteenth Art Exhibition, a body of work accomplished when they, as individual artists, partner creatively with another artist member or members to achieve something surprising, fun, interesting, and always innovative. Come and see the creative twists and turns that can happen when COLLABORATION occurs!
An added feature is the collorative effort of invited guest artist, Allison Lacker, Visual Art Gallery Manager at University of Illinois, Springfield, who will collaborate with Pharmacy artist, Kristen Diehl, to create an installation piece which will be exhibited in the Pharmacy Gallery's "outside triangle space."
Artistically, Allison's focus is on installation projects, objects and works on paper. When creating alone, her work ".presents a long-standing interest in adolescence, naiveté, and coming of age transitions with a focus on supplanting a structural story, factual or fictitious, with imagery and emotional archetypes." But when Allison collaborates with Kristen, what exciting end product will manifest itself? Undoubtedly it will be something not to be missed.
In addition, while viewing and visiting, enjoy the musical stylings of guitarist, Jeff Adams.

June 4
That Jazz! A Handbell Pops Concert (7:00pm; The Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S 6th Street, Springfield)
Bells In Motion of Springfield, IL, presents a hand bell concert of your favorite pops and jazz songs such as In The Mood, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Rock Around the Clock, All That Jazz, Chattanooga Choo Choo and many others. Come and hear your favorite pops and jazz songs played on 8 octaves of hand bells and hand chimes with drum and bass accompaniment. Tickets may be purchased at The Hoogland for $15.00 in advance or at the door.
See for more information.

June 4
An Evening With: Steve Ladd, Anticipation, & Rod Nicholson (6:00pm; First Baptist Church, JACKSONVILLE)
For more information, call Chris at 217-883-1651

June 4
Art + Yoga (10:00am - 2:00pm; M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, SPRINGFIELD)
$30 for members, $40 for non-members. On the first Saturday of each month, SAA will host a yoga session. Ahh Yoga's Katherine Morgan will lead the session which takes place in the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery. Light refreshment is available prior to an art workshop. June's art project will be a bookbinding. Choose a cover and handmade paper to create your own journal. Spend a Saturday each month relaxing and creating!

June 4
7th Annual Illinois Walk for Children (10:00am; Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA, 4550 W. Isles, SPRINGFIELD)
This fun event includes a 1-mile walk, Superhero themed games, and a Meet and Greet with the official MARVEL Spiderman and Iron Man. Registered walkers who raise or donate $100 or more per child will be eligible to participate in a special VIP PIZZA PARTY with your favorite MARVEL SUPERHEROES, Iron Man and Spiderman! One parent free per child. Bring your camera and take pictures of your kids with the superheroes in front of an awesome backdrop. Register for the walk at
Prevent Child Abuse Illinois believes that we can all be Superheroes for not only our own children, but all children because every child deserves a happy childhood. We work to create superheroes in local communities by heightening adult awareness of child abuse and the commitment to resolving this issue. All money raised stays right here in Illinois.

June 4
French Fried 5K & Street Party (10:00am, Decatur Celebration - Downtown Decatur 130 E. Main St., DECATUR)
The French Fried 5k & Street Party is a 5k that's all about food, fun and family. We have combined exercise and fried foods in a way that appeals to both runners and "just for funners"! The route features tasty treats like cold beer, donuts and corn dogs, plus unique entertainment like musical performers, jugglers, costume characters, and dancers.
-Serious runners can expect to run a traditional chip timed 5K route and have the option to pick up refreshments along the way. "Just for Funners" can walk or ride in a golf cart through the route and pick up treats including beer, donuts, corndogs, pizza, ice cream, French fries and more along the way. Participants can even take a bypass route to get to the party even quicker.
-As far as what to expect expect the unexpected! Don't be surprised if you run past a 6'2" man dressed up as the tooth fairy, or a number of other humorous spectacles that have you saying, "What the ". We also encourage all participants to be creative and wear a costume for added fun!
-After crossing the finish line, participants can enjoy a "Taste of Decatur" style Street Party in Central Park featuring live music by Missconduct and food by local restaurants including Sloan's Calzones, Lincoln Lounge, Robbie's Grille, Coney McKane's, The Wharf, The Beach House, Heinkel's Meat Packing, and TKG Wing Heaven just to name a few.
-Visit to register!

June 4
Civil War Tech: Germy Germs (Student Workshop) (10:00am; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library - Classroom, SPRINGFIELD)
What exactly are germs and how do they spread disease? Today we'll learn about the fascinating and sometimes gross lives of germs. Student ages 8-12 are welcome. Space is limited, so RSVP today. Parents and siblings are welcome to participate when extra supplies are available. Civil Ware Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T.
E-Ticket must be presented for entry(printed or on digital device.) Reserve free tickets on-line at PresidentLIncoln.Illinois.Gov:

June 4
Concordia Lutheran Church-School Blood Drive (8:00am - 12:00pm; Concordia Lutheran Church-School Preschool, 2300 Wilshire Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Bloodmobile in parking lot - Walk-ins welcome, or you can set an appointment time by calling the Blood Center or go online at:
We need 20 donations to win a $250 grant for our school!
When you donate at this drive, you'll instantly receive a 16 oz. acrylic root beer mug!
All presenting donors from May 1st through September 30th will be automatically entered into a drawing for a NEW 2015 Ford Fiesta.
All presenting donors in June will be automatically entered to a $300 Gas Card!
If you have been told previously by the Blood Center that you are deferred from blood donation, please contact us at 800-747-5401 before scheduling an appointment to donate as you may not be eligible to give. If you recently gave blood, or if you have already scheduled an appointment for donation, please accept our thanks on behalf of the patients, hospitals and communities we serve.
To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with a signed parental consent form-available on our web site), weigh at least 110 lbs. and be in good health.
Concordia Bake Sale - FREE POPCORN, individually packaged baked goods, candy, drinks and bottles water! ALL Items will be priced around $1!!!!

June 4, 9, 16, 17, 22
One Destiny (1:30pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum; SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets are free (museum admission required) and are available at the theater two hours prior to the show. Performances will continue throughout the spring and summer; visit the ALPLM website for dates and times.

June 5
SCHEELS Day at the Zoo (10:00am - 6:00pm; Henson Robinson Zoo, SPRINGFIELD)
Everyone gets in FREE to the Henson Robinson Zoo all day! Special events including face painting, kids' tattoos, games and more from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Register to win SCHEELS gift cards.

June 5
Superhero Night and Baseball Bingo :: (5:05pm, Springfield Sliders, 1415 North Grand Avenue E., SPRINGFIELD)
Dress as your favorite superhero! Play Baseball Bingo presented by Caritas Bingo Hall for your chance to win fun prizes!

June 6
Memorial Rehab Services Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, Conference Room B149 on first level; SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300.

June 6-10
Barnyard Round Vacation Bible School (8:30am - NOON; Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2750 E. Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Children age 3 years through 5th graders are welcome to attend. For more information, call 217-528-5232.

June 7
Bang for Your Buck Beverage Night :: :: (6:35pm, Springfield Sliders, 1415 North Grand Avenue E., SPRINGFIELD)
All beverages are just $1!

June 7
FREE Seminar: Spinal Care Workshop (Time: 6:10 pm / lasts 1 hour, 1533 South MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
Join Dr. Frisina as she teaches you about the spine and how to make yours healthier. You should consider attending this free seminar if you have headaches, sinus issues, difficulty sleeping, neck pain, digestive issues, pain between your shoulder blades, tight muscles, arm/wrist pain, low back pain, hip/knee pain or loss of energy.
Bring your family, friends, neighbors or coworkers and call today to reserve your seat(s) 217-787-4345.

June 7
New Berlin Quarter Auction 3-in-1 (5:30pm; KC Hall, NEW BERLIN)
Finn's Fish Wagon will be serving dinner at 5:30pm. Auction to start at 7:00pm. Meals are $8. From each meal purchase, $1 will go to the New Berlin Youth Group (to help cover the cost of a youth group trip) & $1 will go to the Stockton Family to help cover the cost of medical bills. Camille, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, is an active member in the community with both the NB Youth Group, and volunteering whenever possible at school sporting events.
We ask that everyone bring a non perishable food item to help support the Loami Food Pantry with all the kids on summer break so they can help more families. In return for your non-perishable, you will get a raffle ticket to win a 25 person Fish Fry courtesy of Finn's Fish Wagon (valued at $500).
Please contact Diane Payne with questions: 217-210-1159

June 8
Kid's Day (Parents need to call us at 787-4345 to schedule an appointment for this date.)
1533 South MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, IL 62704
All new kids get a FREE Digital Spinal Report. Please do not leave your kids home with their poor posture to degenerate. Prevention is the KEY!!! Chiropractic has been shown to help kids with: colic, ear infections, breathing issues, allergies, constipation, headaches, neck and back pain, sports injuries and so much more. Call us today at 217-787-4345.

June 9-11
Chatham American Legion Homecoming (5:00pm-12:00am Thurs-Fri, 12:00pm-12:00am; Chatham Town Square 101 W. Mulberry, CHATHAM)
Three-day old-fashioned street festival with food, beverages, live music, carnival rides, family fun, and more! There will be a parade Saturday, 11th at 2pm. For more information visit,

June 10
Marian V Concert (7pm; JACKSONVILLE)
Russian- American pop artist. This is part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville music series. Come out and enjoy our free concert full of fun! For more information, please visit

June 10
Folk Dance Ensemble (12:15pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission is required.
With a beautiful array of ethnic costumes, the Folk Dance Ensemble presents a concert program of dances from more than a dozen nations, including Ukraine, Russia, Korea, Poland and Mexico and the United States. Since 1964 the ensemble has represented the United States and American culture at folk dance festivals throughout the world.

June 10
Sarah Bush Lincoln Golf Benefit (Matton Golf & Country Club, MATTOON)
Net proceeds from the Golf Benefit will support the New SBL Regional Cancer Center. For more info, or to register, contact the SBL Health Foundation at 217-258-2511 or

June 10
Royal Court Reception (4:30 - 7:30pm, Historic Edwards Place, 700 North 4th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
This reception will introduce this year's King, Queen and Court of Le Bal De L'artiste to members of the Springfield Art Association and the community. King John William Shaver Myers and Queen Madeline Maddox Wagner are honored to preside over the November evening's festivities.
The 85th Beaux Arts Ball will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The Beaux Arts Ball raises funds for the SAA's operating expenses and provides an exciting venue to honor the families and volunteers who generously support the SAA with their time and talents. Proceeds from the Ball help serve more than 100,000 people in Sangamon County and surrounding communities with high quality classes, art outreach programs, special events, lectures, and Summer Art camps.
For more information, visit the Springfield Art Association website at

June 10
SIU Pediatrics' Annual Camp COCO Charity Golf Outing (The Rail Golf Course, 1400 S. Club House Dr., Springfield)
Four person scramble, shotgun start 12:30 p.m, lunch 11 a.m., dinner 5 p.m
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine invites golfers to register for the annual charity golf outing benefiting SIU Pediatrics' Camp COCO for area children, ages 5-17, growing up with cancer and related blood disorders.
SCHEDULE: 6:30am - AM Registration; 7:30am - Morning Flight; Noon - PM Registration; 1:00pm - Afternoon Flight; 6:00pm - Reception
Registration: $125/golfer includes driving range, bag drop, greens fees, golf cart, lunch by McCormick's Smokehouse Restaurant, dinner by Robert's Seafood Market, on-course beverages and prizes.
Sponsorships: $700/Camper sponsor, $250/Hole, $25/Golf cart.
Register by Monday, June 6 online:
Send checks payable to Camp COCO/SIU Foundation, P.O. Box 19666, Springfield, IL 62794-9666, or call 217-545-2955.

June 11
Sangamon County Fair 5K (8am; Sangamon County fairgrounds, NEW BERLIN)
3.1 mile kick off walk/run for the Sangamon County Fair! If you are 10 years or older you are welcome to join! There will be a registration fee of $30. You can visit

June 11
T-Shirt Giveaway and New Brew Night (6:35pm; Springfield Sliders)
First 500 fans receive a free Sliders t-shirt courtesy of SJR plus it's New Brew Night brought to you by Skeff Distributing.

June 11
Observation open house (9-11pm; Champaign- Urbana Astronomical Society, 926 County Rd 700E, CHAMPAIGN)
Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society under the stars for our monthly observatory open house! We utilize our 16-inch telescope to observe planets, star clusters, and the Moon. This event is free and open to all ages!
Our observatory is located between Champaign and Sadorus along County Road 700E, 1.4 miles west of I-57 and 0.8 miles south of Monticello Rd. See a map here:
CUAS family skywatches are held monthly on Saturday evening nearest to 1st quarter Moon. Exact dates and times depend on the season. Events will be cancelled if weather is unfavorable. Contact us for details and updates at, call us at (217) 351-2567, or visit our website at You can also follow us on Facebook @ Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society and on Twitter @CU_Astronomy.
Future dates include:
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 9-11pm
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 8-10pm
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 8-10pm
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 8-10pm

June 11
Living Faith Baptist Church 5K Race for the Track and Kids Fun Run (8:30am, SHERMAN Elementary School)

~Early Bird registration through April 27
~All who register by May 11 will be guaranteed a t-shirt
~Medals for all who participate in the kids fun run and fastest adult runners
~All Proceeds go to help fund the Sherman Elementary Schools new track
~For more information and to register visit the website at

June 11
25th Annual Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair (10:00am - 4:00pm; Pere Marquette State Park, Illinois Rt. 100, north of GRAFTON)
This free, fun-filled event is perfect for the whole family. Kids can participate in more than 25 educational stations to learn the skills of fishing. Some of the favorite stations at the Fishing Fair include a catch-and-release bluegill pond, where young anglers can have their photograph taken with their catch; the popular One-Cast station where everyone wins a prize; and the Bow-fishing Stations where children can shoot in a pool or at a 3-D target. Every child that completes at least seven stations will receive a prize and have the chance to catch a trout.
There is no charge to attend the Fishing Fair or to catch a fish and parking is free. No fishing license or gear is needed. For more information, call Pere Marquette State Park at 618-786-3323, ext. 1

June 11
The BIG Event (7:00pm, Danenberger Family Vineyards, 12341 Irish Rd, NEW BERLIN)
Family Service Center plans to raise more than last year with it's annual fundraiser. The event will includes food from Twyford's BBQ food, craft beer and local wine tastings, live music from Jimmy Reiner and a silent auction full of local goodies. Tickets for the Big Event are priced at $75, and are available for purchase in advance or at the door the night of the event. Tickets include a plate from Twyford's BBQ and the choice of a local wine or craft beer tasting. Tickets can be purchased online at or reserved by email to
Proceeds from the event benefit children and families served by Family Service Center through the adoption, foster care, Compass After School and community counseling programs. This year The BIG Event will host a rare and special reunion, with the return of former adoption coordinator Lorraine Scott who was an employee at Family Service Center in through the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, and one of the children who's adoption she coordinated. Both will share how Family Service Center's impact changed their lives and how our work continues to have a lasting impact in the lives of children and individuals in Springfield through the years. For more information about FSC events or services, visit or call 528-8406.

June 11
Praise Fest 2016 (11:00am; State Journal Register Building, 1 Copley Plaza, Corner of 9th and Capitol, SPRINGFIELD)
Instrumental and vocal workshops will be led by professional musicioans and vocalists beginning at 10:00am for musicians, ensemble groups, choirs, vocalists that want to enhance and improve their skills.
At noon, lunch is provided for registered participants and attendees. (Registration is $15 Adults, $5 Children under 12)
Stay for the main event at 1:00pm, a concert.

June 11
Bill Pool Fight For Life Golf Outing (11:00am; The Links Golf Course, JACKSONVILLE)
There will be food and drink, a hole-in-one contest with a new car as the prize, raffles and the auction after the golfing is complete. Auction items range from autographed sporting and musician items, to Cardinal, Cubs, and White Sox tickets and packages, to Hamilton's Catering Dinner parties for 20 people and golf packages with other miscellaneous items too numerous to list here.

June 11
Community Wide Chestnut Geo Center Fun Day (12:00pm - Dusk; CHESTNUT)
Parade, pony rides, live music, bounce house, games for all ages and a movie in the park are just some of the activities- see Chestnut Geo Center Facebook page for more information:

June 11
Music in the Park: The Worthing 10s (6:00 - 8:00pm; Rankin Centennial Park, the SW corner of Rankin, about 2 blocks north and west of the intersection of Rts 1 and 9) s
ponsored by the Rankin United Methodist Church. Hog dogs, chips and beverages will be served starting at 5:00pm. This is a TOTALLY FREE public event.

June 11
A.A.P.P. 2nd Annual Dog Walk (2:00 - 4:00pm; Athens Community Park IL)
Animal Abusive Protection Program presents their 2nd annual dog walk. $5 per dog. All proceeds go to help pay medical bills for abused and abandoned animals. You will receive a make it and take it craft, a treat for your dog, a snack for you, and raffle tickets to win prize baskets. For more information, contact Emma Wiker at 217-636-8552 or email
Make any checks payable to Menard County Animal Control.

June 11
Tolono Boy Scout Troop 55 Food Drive (8:30 - 11:30am; Route 45 & Holden St., TOLONO)
We are collecting canned goods & nonperishable food items. . The food is being collected for The Giving Place in Tolono Illinois. Please direct questions to Gidget Evans or 217-840-7769.

June 11
Free guided Downtown Shop Hop and Art Walk to 13 specialty shops (1:00 - 3:00pm; 215 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Meet @ Studio on 6th at 1:00pm; Reservations appreciated, not required: 217-494-4134: Tara McAndrew book signing of "Stories of Springfield"

June 11
National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors Central Illinois Chapter 66 One-Day Mart (9:00am - 4:00pm; Wyndham Garden Hotel, 1001 W. Killarney St., URBANA)
The National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors Central Illinois Chapter 66 will hold a one-day mart on Saturday, June 11th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 1001 West Killarney Street, just off of Interstate 74 in Urbana, Illinois. Buy, sell and trade clocks, watches and related materials; those NAWCC members interested in selling can purchase tables at this event for $10.00 per table. Attendance is free and the event is open to the public. Call the Chapter 66 President at (217) 384-2455 or e-mail for more information.

June 11
5th Annual Philly's "Living the Dream" Memorial Ride (10:00am; Spanky's Saloon, MATTOON)
Help us celebrate the life of our brother and friend Richard "Philly" Philabaum.
Registration will be from 10 am until noon at Spanky's Saloon in Mattoon. Kickstands will go up promptly at noon. Food and drink specials will be available during registration. The cost is $10 per person.
All makes/models of motorcycles and four wheel vehicles welcome! Our route this year will be close to 100 miles and stop at the Iron Keg in Shelbyville, Timbuktu in Decatur, the Hammond Pub in Hammond, Sweepers in Arcola, the Boldt in Humboldt, finishing back at Spanky's Saloon.
A meal will be provided at the last stop by the celebrated HMWHIL BBQ team "The Dry Rubbers" and entertainment will be provided by local favorite "Superbad." As always, there will be giveaways and prizes throughout the day, while merchandise will be available at the first and last stops. Merchandise may also be purchased before The Ride by contacting any HMWHIL Brother/Sister.

June 11, 12
Bob Martin Memorial Pickelball Tournament (Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, 1200 W. Washington, SPRINGFIELD)
Come be part of our pickellball tournament! It will be hosted by the Illinois Pickelball Association. You can register to play or just come and watch, it's free! For more details or to register, please email

June 11-12
Blue Carpet Corridor Route 66 Celebration (Sat-8am-5pm, Sun-8am-3pm; Route 66 Welcome Center, 334 Old Rt. 66 North, LITCHFIELD)
Multi-town scavenger hunt that will begin at the museum/welcome center and it will feature stops at many famous Route 66 locations. This is a free event and for more information, visit

June 11-12
Adopt-A-Pet (Noon-4pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption at PetSmart. All our cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information please call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at

June 12
Springfield Municipal Band in Concert (7:30pm, Douglas Park, SPRINGFIELD)
These are Tuesday night concerts only! They have been a tradition in Springfield since 1936. It is a free concert, come over and enjoy a fun free atmosphere! For more information please call (217)753-0702

June 12
Disney Night and Baseball Bingo (5:05pm; Springfield Sliders)
Dress as your favorite Disney character. Plus play Baseball Bingo presented by Caritas Bingo Hall for your chance to win fun prizes!

June 13
SCHEELS Kids' Klub - Celebrate Dad (6:00pm; SCHEELS)
Make a special gift for Dad to celebrate him on Father's Day! Register to win a SCHEELS gift card to give Dad. SCHEELS loves Dad! Event is for Kids ages 4-12. All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the Ferris Wheel. More information here.

June 13
Open House and Watermelon Feast (5:30-7pm; Concordia Lutheran Church-School-Preschool, 2300 Wilshire, SPRINGFIELD)
Come and take a look! Jesus Loves Children and So Do We! Come and visit us and while you are here have a piece of watermelon! Also, meet our newest teacher!
What we offer:
Church - Divine services at 5:30pm on Saturday or 10am on Sunday,
School - Christ-Centered Education, Family Oriented, Small Classrooms, we are NOT Common Core based, Summer Program for K-4th grade
Preschool - 3-5 year old, year round, all and part day program
For more information, please call 217-529-3307

June 13
FFA Night plus Grill Giveaway (6:35pm; Springfield Sliders)
FFA Night with food and ticket specials presented by Brandt.

June 13
Read for the Win (10-11am; Prairie Skies Public Library, 125 W. Editor St., ASHLAND)
Come and test the power of a winning mind with Dr. G's BrainWorks games! Winning is free and fun, come join this friendly competition! Visit

June 13 - August 4
"Travels: Works by Chung Chak and Travis Linville"
Exhibit: Monday, June 13-Thursday, August 4, 2016
Reception: Thursday, June 16, 5-7pm: Gallery Talk at 6:30pm by Travis Linville; Music by Big Blue Stem
Artist Lectures: Thursday, June 16 at 11am by Travis Linville; Thursday, July 14 at 6:30pm by Chung Chak
Additional Lectures: Wednesday, June 29 at 11am by Chris Berti and Lisa Costello - Morocco: Pattern and Embellishment; Tuesday, July 12 at 1pm by Jody Littleton - The Study Abroad Experience

June 14
Awake and Aware / Sleep Apnea

Date/Time: All meeting times are 6:00-8:00pm in the Fritz Room, Forum.
September 13th, 2016
December 13th, 2016
Location: Fritz Conference Room, lower level of The Forum at Carle, 611 W. Park St., Urbana, Ill.
Phone: (217) 383-3198
Contact: Don Turpin
Description: The Carle Awake and Aware Support Group will meet from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Fritz Conference Room, lower level of The Forum at Carle. All meetings offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice about sleep apnea. Call (217) 326-1634 for more information.

June 14-18
75th Midwest Charity Horse Show (10:30am - 6:30pm; Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum)
One of the premier horse shows in the United States, the Midwest Charity Horse Show features American Saddlebred, Roadster, Morgan and Arabian horses and Hackney ponies. Since its inception, the Midwest Charity Horse Show, an all-volunteer organization, has donated its annual proceeds to a Springfield area charity. Camp COCO, a project of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Ill., has been selected as Midwest's beneficiary since 1988. Camp COCO is a free, week-long summer camp for children suffering from cancer, leukemia and other blood disorders. For more information about Midwest Charity Horse Show log onto

June 15
Homemade Ice Cream Social (5:00 - 7:00pm, South Fork Fellowship Hall, 1431 E. 100 North Road, NOKOMIS)
Serving sandwiches, salads, desserts, and homemade ice cream. Brought to you by Fairview United Methodist Church.

June 15
Capital 23 Block Party (11-2PM; The block of 2040 Gregory Ct. SPRINGFIELD)
Free Hot dogs, Chips, drinks.
Voter Registration table/Voter Commitment(Faith Coalition GOTV task force), Youth art activity table(Garvey/Tubman org), Free Book give away/ school book bag free raffle(Faith Coalition's Educational task force). Information booths from Sangamon Community Recourses, Randall Court Neighborhood association sign up table, 4-H Table, Shaved Ice, music, volleyball, basketball, cooling stations. We encourage anyone in Capital 23 to come and meet your neighbors and anyone who might need to register to vote.
Political information: If politicians want a table there is a 23$(Capital 23) table fee (provide own table) Request include: Mark Wicklund, and Herman Senor at this time.
We are in the process to expand the events and finalization of activities involved will conclude June 15th at Calvary Baptist Church 6pm. If you would like to assist, volunteer or donate to this civic engagement community event contact: Faith Coalition for the Common Good @ 2208 E Kansas St. Springfield, IL. 62703 Contact Shatriya Smith @217-971-1681

June 15
Book Discussion: 'All Came Home' (10:00am, Prairie Skies Public Library, 555 Buckeye Rd., PLEASANT PLAINS)
All Came Home is a true story of junior reserve officer Joe McDevitt during WWII, as told through letters mailed home to his family. Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.

June 15-19
Sangamon County Fair (7am; NEW BERLIN)
Be a part of the fun all day events at the Sangamon County Fair! Carnival, contests, and nationally recognized entertainment, agricultural exhibits, and much more! Admission is $5-25, visit

June 16
Local Flavors Dinner (Maldaner's, 222 S Sixth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Local flavors events occur on the third Thursday of each month from June through October and features seasonal ingredients sourced directly from local farmers! Hosted by Illinois Stewardship Alliance. Visit for more details.

June 16
Adlai E. Stevenson III, Book signing will begin at 6:00pm. Presentation will begin at 6:30pm.

Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum; Museum will open at 6:00pm. Museum journeys and galleries will be open
The Black Book: America Politics and History as Experienced by Five Generations of an America Family
Based on a political archive that spans five generations and more than 150 years, this collection of narratives, observations, wit, and wisdom, enlivens and informs on the family of former Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III.
Whether it is Abraham Lincoln's presidential campaign material, a Stevenson family member was a friend, contemporary, and promoter after the famous seven debates or the forewarnings of the Comprehensive Anti-Terrorism Act of 1979, much of the history of the United States is presented here from personalized views of those who experienced and influenced it.
E-Ticket must be presented for entry(printed or on digital device.) Reserve free tickets on-line at PresidentLIncoln.Illinois.Gov

June 16
Tail Waggin' Tales (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State Street, WESTVILLE)
Westville Public Library has anew time for the summer! Bring the children that would love to read to a cuddly critter from the Vermilion County Animal Shelter. Please call 267-3170 for further information.

June 16
ArtLiterations (5:30-7:00pm; H.D Smith Gallery, 420 South 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
SAA Collective along with Twelve Winter Press will host ArtLiterations on Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 5:30-7 PM in the H.D. Smith Gallery in the Hoogland Center for the Arts. This event is free and open to the public. This month will feature SAA Collective artist Jed Leber discussing the concept behind his sculptures currently on display in the Translations exhibition. Followed by poet, Shatriya Smith, reading from her book The Poem Tree. The evening will conclude with Mark Russillo and The Pastrami Combo playing their brand of cool and classic jazz. For more information visit

June 17
14th Annual Neighborhood Connection Festival & 5K Run/Walk (4:30 - 9:30pm; Springfield First Church of the Nazarene, 5200 S. 6th St Frontage Rd.)
1 mile north of Cracker Barrel. Free food: pork chop sandwich & hot dogs. Live music. Kids' games. Bake Sale. Twilight 5K Run/Walk starts at 7:00pm. Proceeds go to benefit Springfield resident Amy Earl and her fight with ALS. For info, call 529-6771 or or

June 17
Night Fishing Exhibition Reception (5:30 - 7:30pm; 700 N 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
The exhibition will run June 3 - July 2
Curator Michael Houser will be filling the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association with contemporary found object and assemblage works in the upcoming exhibition Night Fishing.
The M.G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. It is located at 700 N. 4th Street and is open free to the public. This gallery is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For more information, please contact the Springfield Art Association at 217-523-2631 or

June 17
Hooves of Hope (7:30pm, 7757 US Route 136, POTOMAC)
Hooves of Hope Corral Cinema presents an OUTDOOR, INTERACTIVE showing of SECRETARIAT! In honor of Secretariat, one of the greatest race horses in history, the theme is the Kentucky Derby. We encourage everyone to wear the fanciest, biggest, most creative hats possible and you may win a prize! We will have fun games for the whole family and delicious and refreshing concessions will be available for purchase! Please be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets as we are watching this movie in the grass! Parking will be available at the Potomac Grade School. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Gates open at 7:30 pm and the movie starts at 9 pm. Please be sure to arrive early to find just the right seat and grab some snacks for the show.

June 17
Movies in the Park: Minions (Dusks, Corner Cox Park) for more information.

June 17
David Gerald Concert (7pm; Jacksonville Music Series, JACKSONVILLE)
The David Gerald Concert is all about blues music. If you love to listen to blues music for free then come on down the Jacksonville Music Series, part of the Levitt AMP. Please visit

June 17
Chase Rice, Jon Pardi Concert (7pm; Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
American country music! For general admission, $25 and VIP, $30 party pit. It is located in the multi-purpose arena. If you love country music then this is something you cannot miss! Visit or call (217)782-661

June 17-19
Dual piano Show (Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; Hoogland Center, 420 S. Sixth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Piano act by Springfield musicians Mark Gifford and Damien Kaplan! $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors. For more information please visit or call (217)523-2787

June 17-19 and 22-26
South Pacific (8:30pm; The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Two Americans find love in the South Pacific during WWII. This wonderful musical is directed by John Sivak. You can reserve tickets for $12-14, if you want lawn seating you can buy them for $6-10. For more information please visit or call (217)793-MUNI

June 18
7th Annual Amish Country Tractor Cruise (ARTHUR)
It is a 40 mile cruise thru Amish Country on tractors returning to Arthur in the afternoon. All funds raised from the Cruise will go to the Ag Scholarship Fund for the ALAH FFA Alumni Chapter.

June 18
3rd Saturday Market (8:00am - 4:00pm; 136 S. Vine St., ARTHUR)
an indoor/outdoor market filled with creative crafts, Amish goods and unique finds. Easily located in downtown Arthur, in the brick building just behind and to the left of the Gazebo on the corner of Vine and Progress Streets. Future Dates: July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17. Lynn Workman 217-520-3849,

June 18
RHF PTSD Awareness/Suicide Prevention Walk (9am; Hope Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., SPRINGFIELD)
Walk in support of PTSD awareness and suicide prevention for veterans. Registration is at or you can call (217) 788-2310

June 18
Horace Mann Educators Night plus TV Giveaway (6:35pm; Springfield Sliders, 1415 North Grand Avenue E, SPRINGFIELD)
We're giving away a free TV! Horace Mann Educators Night.

June 18
Adopt-A-Pet (Noon-4pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption at PetSmart. All our cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information please call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at

June 18
Summer Frolic (9am-4pm; New Salem, 15588 History Lane, PETERSBURG)
Period-clothes interpreters celebrate frontier heritage with demonstrations plus "Sheep to Shawl" program, World Wide Knit in Public Day site, and more! For more information visit or call (217) 632-4000

June 18
An Evening with Savion Glover and Jack Dejohnette (8pm; Sangamon Auditorium, 1 University Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
A tour de force of percussion and rhythm. $49+ for tickets to this outstanding show. To buy your tickets or for more information please visit or call (217) 206-6160

June 18
Horses and Music (12pm-10:30pm; Refuge Ranch, 3845 Delay Road, PAWNEE)
Radon Lounge hosts two stages featuring 20 bands plus food, fun activities, and horse. Donations are welcome. For more information please visit

June 18
2nd Annual Putts for Mutts Miniature Golf Outing (11:00am - 2:00pm; Knights Action Park, 1700 Recreation Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Come out to where the action is and enjoy one or two rounds of miniature golf. The registration fee is $10 per person for one round of miniature golf, $35 for a foursome, or $15 per person for two rounds of miniature golf, $50 for a foursome. The first 100 registrants will also receive a gift bag filled with great coupons and discounts from area businesses. Hole in one prizes offered at each hole as well. Those interested in playing may register online at:
In addition to the miniature golf outing, APL will have adoptable dogs on site during the entire event as well as a raffle featuring prizes donated from area businesses. Putts for Mutts is sponsored by WDBR and Knights Action Park with all the proceeds from this fun, family event benefitting APL.

June 18 and 19
Adopt-a-Senior for Father's Day (Sat, 9:30-11am Sun, 2:45-4pm; DANVILLE)
Imagine if you were a senior citizen in a nursing home and NO friends or relatives ever came to visit younot even for holidays.
Neighbor Love wants to brighten the day of a WHOLE BUNCH of valuable seniors. Adopt-a-Senior for Father's Day is a GREAT way to let a valuable senior know that someone still loves them.
Neighbor Love is delivering gift bags to seniors at three nursing homes in Danville. The goal is to bless a total of 245 seniors. We are very low on volunteers and donors, we could really use your help.
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 9:30am-11am
Danville Care Center
1701 N. Bowman Ave., Danville, IL 61832

Saturday, June 18, 2016, 9:30am-11am
North Logan Health Center
801 N. Logan Ave., Danville, IL 61832

Sunday, June 19, 2016 2:45-4pm
Gardenview Manor
14792 Catlin Tilton Rd, Danville, IL 61834

June 18, 19
SCHEELS 3-D Archery Shoot (8:00am - 1:00pm; Panther Creek Bowhunters Club, 1 W. Gilreath Rd., CHATHAM)
All ages welcome. Registration on site each day. $12 for 18+; $8 for 13-17; FREE for 12&Under. SCHEELS 3D Archery Shoot at Panther Creek Bowhunters Club. 1st & 2nd Place Prizes for Cub, Youth, Traditional, Women's, Men's Bowhunter, Men's Open and Known Distance. Register to win great prizes including a $500.00 SCHEELS Gift Card and prizes from Plano & Nikon. First 50 people to register each day will receive a free event T-shirt. First 100 to register each day will also receive a $10.00 SCHEELS Gift Card. Lunch will be available for purchase on-site. More information here.

June 19
Stovepipe Sprint and Railsplitter Olympis Triathlon (8am; New Salem, 15588 History Lane, PETERSBURG)
Swim, bike, and run through an 1800s pioneer village and Lincoln's New Salem Historic site. Entry fee is $70-160. For more information please visit or call (217) 632-4000

June 19
Horse Show (All day event; Ford County Fair, MELVIN)
The Ford County Fair in Melvin kicks off today with the western horse show starting at 10 a.m. For more information go to

June 19-25
Ford County Fair (all day every day; MELVIN)
Fun and entertainment for the entire family. Canaan Smith and LOCASH highlight the fair with a concert on June 24. Other events include the queen pageant, C-Bar Rodeo, demo derby, tractor pulls, livestock shows and, of course, starting Tuesday evening, the rides on the midway. For more information go to

June 19
Adopt-A-Pet (Noon-4pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption at Petco. All our cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information please call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at

June 20
Impact of the Impasse: The ripple effect on our community and economy (4:00 - 5:30pm; The Sangamo Club, 227 E. Adams Street, SPRINGFIELD)
This event is free. Seatin gis limited. Please RSVP. Register online: or contact Bethany Jaeger: or 217-789-0960
The panelists follow:
Dr. Charles Lucore, President & CEO of St. John's Hospital;
Teresa Haley, President of NAACP Illinois;
Joan Hysler, Executive Director of MERCY Communities;
Kathi Lee, Principal of Lawrence Education Center; and
Richard Winkel, Director of the Office of Public Leadership, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois.
The event will be moderated by Jim Leach of WMAY.

June 20
Jackpot Gilt Show and Queen Pageant (starting at 5pm; Ford County Fair, MELVIN)
The Ford County Fair in Melvin gets in full swing this evening with the jackpot gilt show at 5 p.m and the Ford County Fair Queen Pageant at 7 p.m. For more information, go to

June 20-24
Read for the Win (Westville Public Library)
Divided into two age groups, this summer program starts Monday, June 20 with a guest from the Vermilion County Conservation District and all age groups are invited to attend at 10 AM. Tuesday through Friday children in grades K-2 will meet at 10 AM and grades 3 and older will meet at 1:30 PM. The program will include books talks, crafts, a field day, rain gutter yachting, water balloon baseball and lots of fun. Registration is required so please call the library at 267-3170 or stop in at 233 S. State Street. Please wear appropriate clothing as we could get dirty and wet. If swim suits are worn, please wear clothes over them. You might even wish to bring a towel on Friday.

June 21
REZOUND! HANDBELL ENSEMBLE (7:00pm, First United Methodist, 210 W. Church St., CHAMPAIGN)
This special engagement is part of the ensemble's 2016 Tour to Ring in the Land of Lincoln. The group performs a wide range of musical styles, from classical and sacred to folk tunes and original compositions, with a lively and unique sound that integrates a variety of handbell instrumentation. Rezound! members share a passion for creating exceptional music and promoting the art of this versatile instrument. The group performs a wide variety of musical styles, from classical and sacred to jazz and show tunes, with a lively and unique sound that integrates a variety of handbell instrumentation. Admission is free, donations will be accepted. More information about the ensemble can be found at or on our Facebook page. Examples of Rezound!'s musical style can be viewed on our YouTube channel at

June 21
FREE Seminar: Nutritional Shopping 101 (6:10 pm / lasts 1 hour; 1533 South MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
Learn how to properly read labels and find out what it really means to be organic, free-range and natural. Each participant should bring one thing they feel is healthy that they and or their family consume frequently. You don't want to miss this seminar!
Bring your family, friends, neighbors or coworkers and call today to reserve your seat(s) 217-787-4345.

June 22
Young Swedish Singers (7:00pm, Historic Grace Lutheran Church, 714 E. Capitol Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
The Young Swedish Singers' concert, sung mostly in English, will include gospel, hymns, and Swedish folk music. Choir members range in age from teenagers to young adults. The concert is free and open to the public, with a free will offering.

June 22
Movies in the Park: JAWS (7:00pm; Eisenhower Pool)
Ages 13&Up only, please. for more information.

June 22
Everyone WINSday plus Gun Giveaway (6:35pm; Springfield Sliders, 1415 North Grand Avenue E, SPRINGFIELD)
$2 tickets, hot dogs, drinks, and more plus a special gun giveaway!

June 22
"POWER" Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield Christian Women's Connection invites all area women to our luncheon with Special Speaker Janis Price delivering 'The Power of Personality', a fun and informative look at personality. She is a professional educator and is retured from Indiana Wesleyan University and IN University. You won't want to miss hearing this lively and funny lady. Now is the time to invite that special person you've been meaning to as to come with you for a wonderful, filling lunch and spirit-filled morning. Reservations and cancellations are essential by Friday, June 17. Call Debbie at 217-787-8246 or

June 20-24
Vacation Bible School at Our Savior's Church (9am - 12pm; 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Our Savior's Vacation Bible School is sure to be packed with songs, crafts, God's Word, and a message of strength and encouragement to our children! Go to our website to sign up online We hope you will join us for a week of fun!

June 22
Movie in the Park: Jaws (7pm; Eisenhower Pool, 2351 E. Cornell St., SPRINGFIELD)
Ages 13 and up! Part of Springfield Park District's 2016 free concert and movie series. Concessions for purchase but admissions in free! For more information please visit or call (217) 544-1751

June 23
Junior League of Springfield Summer Recruitment Event (6:00-8:00pm; It's All About Wine, 1305 Wabash Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
Join the Junior League of Springfield! JLS invites all interested women to its first summer recruitment event: a wine tasting at It's All About Wine! Enjoy a glass of wine and great conversation with the ladies of JLS. This social event is a great way to learn about how you can make an impact in the local community while gaining the skills you need to be an effective leader. Bring a friend or colleague to join on the fun! or contact Megan Hutcheson at 414-412-0461

June 23
Ford County Fair (all day event, MELVIN)
The open beef show starts at 9 a.m. today at the Ford County Fair in Melvin. It's armband night on the midway starting at 5 p.m. with armbands costing $20. Registration starts for the children's tractor pull at 5:30 with the pull starting at 6 p.m. Also at 6 p.m. the Illiana Truck and Tractor Pull lights up the grandstand. For more information visit

June 23-25
Pawnee Prairie Days (all day; PAWNEE)
Come join Pawnee Prairie Days for a fun day at the Carnival. There will also be live entertainment, food, and cold drinks! Discounted carnival ride coupons are available now. New and different events daily. For more information contact Marsha, 217-215-0830

June 23-25
Assumption Fest (Thurs, 6pm-11pm, Fri, 5pm-12:30am, Sat, 11am-12:30)
Three-day family friendly fair. BBQ festival, car show, tractor pulls, pageants, live music, carnival, bags tournament, and much more! Free admission, free parking. Call (217) 820-1690 for more details.

June 23-26
Carlinville's Geriatric Theatre comedy: Murder at the OK Corral (7:30pm; Bothwell Auditorium, Blackburn College, CARLINVILLE)
Geriatric Theatre, the senior division of Summer Repertory Theatre at Blackburn College, announced that tickets for its June 23 through June 26 performances of Murder at the OK Corral are available at CNB Bank & Trust, Carlinville Public Library, Refuge Coffee House, and online at
Tickets are $12 for adults and just $6 for children age 12 or younger for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances. However, on opening night, Thursday the 23rd, playgoers of any age can see the comedy simply by making a donation. There will be a donation jar at the door as people enter. Proceeds from the donations, like those for paid-ticket performances, go to the non-profit Summer Repertory Theatre.
The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances on June 23, 24, and 25 begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bothwell Auditorium on the Blackburn College campus. The Sunday, June 26 matinee, also in Bothwell, begins at 2 p.m.

June 24
Noteworthy (12:15pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission is required. BYU's newest acapella group, Noteworthy, delivers a power-packed concert that combines vocal percussion, humor and a tight harmony. This all female ensemble has appeared on NBC's The Sing Off and was crowned ICCA champions in 2007. The group's varied repertoire includes rock, pop, country, and jazz, and R&B, spiritual and other musical styles.

June 24
Sarah Ross Concert (7pm; Levitt AMP, JACKSONVILLE)
Come enjoy our free country-rap concert! Part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. For more details please visit or call 491-0721

June 24
Quarter Auction Fundraiser (5pm; Eagle's Lodge, 1621 N. Kickapoo Street, LINCOLN)
Doors will open at 5pm, the auction begins at 6. This event is being held by the Alzheimer's Association. Proceeds go to benefit Team Caroe Diem in memory on Grandma Elizabeth Green.

June 24
Fireworks Night (6:35pm; Springfield Sliders, 1415 North Grand Avenue E, SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for a HUGE postgame fireworks display presented by CEFCU. Bunn Night plus Prairie Skies Read to Win Night.

June 24
Ford County Fair (all day event, MELVIN)
Canaan Smith and LOCASH. Hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Ford County Fair in Melvin. Don't miss the pre-concert party with Zach Linley and the Rebel Daredevils at 7 p.m. Concert tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show and include fair admission, parking and free carnival rides for anyone 16 and under. Sally the Clown is will also be at the fair today only with her special face painting from 3-9 p.m. On the judging schedule today are the open and junior sheep show and the junior rabbit show at 8 a.m. For more information, visit

June 24, 25
Book Sale (Friday 10am-5:30pm and Saturday 10am-1pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State Street, WESTVILLE)
New items have been added, great deals in every genre. Prices begin at just a quarter. Come and check out the selection in children's, fiction, non-fiction, mystery, romance, western, Christian and large print. VHS tapes are $1.00 per plastic grocery bag. We will even supply the bag for you. Come on in and stock up on some great summer reading at a great price. Just follow the north sidewalk around to behind the library to the sale in the back building.

June 24 and 25
Mansfield Village- Wide Garage sales and Antique shops sidewalk sales (8am-5pm; MANSFIELD)
Dozens of sales, hundreds of awesome deals! Absolutely something special for everyone and something for everyone special to you. Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25, 8:00-5:00; start/end times may vary by sale. Come and enjoy our small town; maps available at each sale and local businesses (Mansfield General Store, antique stores, etc)! I-74 exit 166, just 15 miles west of CHAMPAIGN!

June 24-25
Ninth Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival (5pm; Crazy Horse Campgrounds, 2113 Crazy Horse Rd, ASHLAND)
Friday and Saturday performances and a Sunday morning gospel show. For more information about the show please visit or call 886-2089

June 24-26&30 and July 2
Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect up? (8pm; New Salem, 15588 History Lane, PETERSBURG)
Musical comedy focuses on eight children during their Catholic elementary and high school education in the 1950s. Admission for adults $15, seniors $13, children under 12 is $10. Located at the Theatre in the Park. For more detail please visit or call (217) 632-5440

June 24-Jul 17
Sister Act (7pm Wed-Thu, 8pm Fri-Sat; Motown and Broadway)
Broadway musical-comedy bases off the hit film starring Whoopi Goldberd. Score by Alan Menken features disco. Admission $23-30. For more information please visit

June 25
170th Anniversary Celebration Service (11:00am; Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 905 North Clay Ave., JACKSONVILLE)
Speaker: Revered Dr. James C. Bailey (Pastor of St. Stephens A.M.E. Church, Chicago, IL)

June 25
Uniform and Equipment Display (10:00am - 4:30pm; Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
Living Historians will display uniforms and equipment of Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines who served during World War II and discuss how service members lived and fought the war in the Pacific and European theatres. Admission and parking are free.

For additional information, please contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910. Website:

June 25
Kiddie Fun Run to begin at 8:30am.
Pre-Registration through Friday, June 17 - $20.00; After June 18 - $30.00; Kiddie Run - $10.00. Register online at or at
Runners can also register at SCHEELS Customer Service. Chip Timed Race by Stokes Race Timing. Award Ceremony to follow at 8:45 AM. Age group awards for chip timed event will be given with medals & SCHEELS Gift Cards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. Proceeds benefit Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.

June 25
Field Day/Family Day (11am-3pm; Riverton Middle School, 1014 East Lincoln St, RIVERTON)
The Springfield-based Sangamon Valley Radio Club's Field Day/Family Day. Visitors of all ages can watch amateur radio operators participate in an indoor and outdoor national amateur radio emergency communications exercise and competition, talk on the radio, learn about and try their hand at being a junior television weather forecaster, see 3-D printers in operation and other innovative ideas at a Makers Faire, and participate in special hands-on electronics and technology workshops for students ages nine and up, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Food available. For more information:

June 25
Marbold Farmstead annual Antique Show (9am-3pm; 21722 State HW 29, GREENVIEW)
Perios craftsmen, great country primitives, Americana, pottery, textiles, furniture, food in a beautiful country setting. $5 for ages 14+. For more questions or information please visit or call 968-5808

June 25
Forgotten Soldiers from Our Forgotten War (2-3pm; Freedom Center, 9 South Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
Chicago actor Frank Farrell reads several letters from his new book, Forgotten Soldiers from Our Forgotten War: Letters from Korea from 1951-1953. Audience discussion to follow. This reading will be free. For more questions or information please visit or call 523-2787

June 25
Williamson Branch Bluegrass Brand (4:30pm food, concert at 6:00pm; Salisbury Baptist Church, Byron St., SALISBURY)
Gospel and bluegrass. A love offering will be accepted. Questions, call Pastor Kevin Curry at 217-544-3207. A parking attendant will be available.

June 25
Farmers Insurance Night plus 70's Dance Party (6:35pm; Springfield Sliders, 1415 North Grand Avenue E, SPRINGFIELD)
Farmers Insurance and Springfield Education Association Night plus post game dance party with the Sliders featuring 70's music for gettin' your groove on!

June 25
Adopt-A-Pet (Noon-4pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption at PetSmart. All our cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information please call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

June 25
An Evening with Susan Werner (8pm; Sangamon Auditorium, 1 University Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
She's a singer songwriter, Susan Werner! She plays folk, rock, pop, gospel, blues, and Americana. Tickets are from $22-30. For more information please visit or call 206-6160

June 25
Through the Decades Trivia Night (7pm-10pm; Piper Glen Golf Course, 7112 Piper Glen Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Join Us For An Evening Of Great Memories Through The Decades!
8 - 10 People Per Team - $120 Per Team & Money will be collected at the door.
Cost Includes:
- One Drink Ticket
- An Evening of Creating & Saving Memories

June 25
SAA Collective (5:30-7:30pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts; 420 South 6th St. SPRINGFIELD)

The SAA Collective will open its new featured artist exhibit, Natural Forms, in partnership with the Springfield Bonsai Society.
Natural Forms, on display June 24 through August 11, features the work of local artists Catherine C. Flynn and Rick Taylor. While the artists both work in different styles they each pull on the natural world for inspiration. Flynn will be exhibiting photography and pastel paintings inspired by the variety, beauty, and environmental value of trees. "Pastels and photography each capture the light in different ways," says Flynn, "I find them wonderfully complimentary media."
While Flynn's work is representational, Taylor's paintings are much more surreal and abstract - forms and figures hidden within organic shapes. "I use organic forms in order to create images that are more analogous to the natural world and rely heavily on color and line to provide energy and a sense of rhythm," says Taylor.
Alongside these artists, the Springfield Bonsai Society will be exhibiting over a dozen Bonsai trees at the reception held on Saturday, June 25 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM in the SAA Collective gallery located inside the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South 6th St. The evening will open early with a Bonsai demonstration in the gallery at 5 PM followed by Art Talks from 5:30 - 6 PM in the Hoogland Club Room on the third floor. The public is invited to attend this free reception supported by Stray Dog Press Inc.
The gallery will also showcases new paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography and more from its 80 exhibiting artist members.
For more information, call (217) 544-2787 or visit

June 25-26
Branson on the Road (7pm Sat, 2pm Sun; Hoogland Center, 420 S. Sixth St., SPRINGFIELD)
A traveling road show in the tradition of the glory days of the Grand Ole Opry, the Louisiana Hayride and the first Branson music show. Cost- $22-30. For more information please visit

June 26
Sci-Fi Night plus Baseball Bingo (5:05pm; Springfield Sliders, 1415 North Grand Avenue E, SPRINGFIELD)
Dress as your favorite Sci-Fi character plus play Baseball Bingo presented by Caritas Bingo Hall for your chance to win fun prizes!

June 26
Music in the Park: Lady and the Sax (4-7pm; Bergen Golf Course, 2900 E. Clear Lake Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Part of Springfield Park District's 2016 Free concert and movie series. Smooth jazz plus 70s, 80s and current music by Lady and the Sax. Bring a lawn chair or blankets! Concessions for purchase. For more information please visit or call 544-1751

June 26
Springfield Municipal Band in Concert (7:30pm, Douglas Park, SPRINGFIELD)
These are Tuesday night concerts only! They have been a tradition in Springfield since 1936. It is a free concert, come over and enjoy a fun free atmosphere! For more information please call (217)753-0702

June 26
Heads Up Group (for individuals with traumatic brain injuries)
2:00 - 4:00pm at Springfield Center for Independent Living, or SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave, SPRINGFIELD. Contact Dave at 217-523-2587 with questions. (A week later than usual due to Father's Day.

June 27
Sliders Day at the ALPLM (Union Square Park, across from the Museum, SPRINGFIELD)

Featuring games with the Sliders including:
Wiffleball -Sliders will play field while guest hit ball and run bases
Hot Box - Two bases and guest tries to steal base.
Helmet Catch -Teams will try to catch bean bags with helmets that have Lincoln hat attached to top. Pitching Speed - Guest gets to pitch to a Slider in Uniform and will use a speed machine to tell how fast pitch
Craft Table - Table set up with coloring pages, word find and baseball maze
Scavenger Hunt - Baseball cards to sign and a scavenger hunt with questions about Slider players
Subway Food Table - A table set up with food for Peanuts, popcorn, Cracker Jacks and drinks
Winner Table (Sign up to win 4 tickets to a Sliders game)

June 28
Personal Assistant Employers Group (3:00 - 4:30pm at Springfield Center for Independent Living, or SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
Call Bradley at 217-523-2587 for more info.

June 28
FREE Seminar: Spinal Care Workshop (Time: 6:10 pm / lasts 1 hour, 1533 South MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, IL 62704)
Join Dr. Frisina as she teaches you about the spine and how to make yours healthier. You should consider attending this free seminar if you have headaches, sinus issues, difficulty sleeping, neck pain, digestive issues, pain between your shoulder blades, tight muscles, arm/wrist pain, low back pain, hip/knee pain or loss of energy.
Bring your family, friends, neighbors or coworkers and call today to reserve your seat(s) 217-787-4345.

June 28
Jacksonville Passavant Team Rehab and FCA Shootout (8am, Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center, Edgehill Road, JACKSONVILLE)
Largest basketball tournament in the state of Illinois! This amazing event will be held at Illinois College Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center. For more details please visit or call 243-5678

June 28
Community Possible Relay (Henson Robinson Zoo, from 8-11:00 a.m. CT, The Outlet Mentoring Program, from 11-1:30 p.m. CT, and Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. CT)
U.S. Bank is embarking on a nationwide initiative aimed to inspire 153,000+ volunteers across the country to take part in rebuilding and revitalizing their communities. Coined the Race to 153K, which represents 1,000 volunteers for every year U.S. Bank has been in business, the three-month, 12,000-mile relay will stop in 38 communities across 25 states. At every stop, the company will host a volunteer activity centered around work, home and play - the basis of the bank's new corporate giving and volunteer program called Community Possible.
-Henson Robinson Zoo, with the help of participating volunteers will work on tearing down an exhibit, painting and planting trees and flowers throughout the zoo.
-The Outlet Mentoring Program, with the help of participating volunteers will sponsor a lunch for the youth involved in their music program.
-Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County ReStore, participating volunteers will be working on various initiatives in the ReStore warehouse.
Sophia Powe; 646-215-6893;

June 29
Everyone WINSday plus Ice Cream Giveaway (6:35pm; Springfield Sliders 1415 North Grand Avenue E, SPRINGFIELD)
It's Speedy's birthday! Join Speedy and friends at the park for an ice cream giveaway courtesy of Schoeps Ice Cream! Plus $2 tickets, hot dogs, sodas and more.

June 30
Tail Waggin' Tales (10am; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State Street, WESTVILLE)
Westville Public Library has anew time for the summer! Bring the children that would love to read to a cuddly critter from the Vermilion County Animal Shelter. Please call 267-3170 for further information.


Springfield Municipal Band 'Music in the Park' (7:30pm; Location varies, SPRINGFIELD)
Our forty musicians ( brass, woodwinds and percussion) will perform concerts
--Douglas Park at 7:30 PM on Tuesdays, June 7,14,21,28; July 12, 19, 26 and Aug. 2.
-- Southwind Park at the Arches on Sundays at 7:30 PM on June 12 ( with fireworks at dusk), and at 7:00 PM on June 26, July 24 and July 31.
-- Washington Park on Jun 23 at 7:30 PM
-- Lincoln Park on June 30 at 7:30 PM
Concerts are free admission provided as a service by the City of Springfield with help from Season Corporate Sponsor, Staab Funeral Homes and donations from members of the community.
For more information, contact Brian Barstead at 652-4371.

June-August 2016 - Tuesdays only
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary (Walking Tour)(10:00am; 1:30pm, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Gateway, SPRINGFIELD)
Join us on this one-hour walking tour encompassing Abe and Mary's turbulent relationship, from a failed engagement to becoming President and First Lady. Along the way, we will reveal the places and people that helped their relationship blossom, and occasionally, drove them apart. Time: 10:00am and 1:30pm. Free, reservations are required. Reserve tickets on line.

June-October 2016 - 2nd and 4th Wednesday
Scholarship meets Showmanship (Walking Tour) (10:00am, 1:30pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, SPRINGFIELD)
Join us on a 45 minute walking tour of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Complex. See firsthand why the creator of the museum, Bob Rogers of BRC Imagination Arts, describes us as an institution where "Scholarship meets Showmanship." How does Union Station relate to Lincoln? Discover just how much history is held within the library walls. The tour will begin and end at the Information Desk in the museum. Time: 10:00am and 1:30pm. Free, reservations are required. Reserve tickets on line.

Run, Walk, Bike, Skate Club - Thursdays, March 31 - October 6, 5:45PM; SPRINGFIELD

Earn rewards as a SCHEELS club member! 5:45PM departure from SE side of the front entrance. All levels of riders, walkers, runners, and skaters welcome!
Sponsored by: SCHEELS and UPS
Dates: May 5,12,19,26 Jun. 2,9,16,23,30 Jul. 7,14,21,28 Aug. 4,11,18,25 Sept. 1,8,15,22,29 Oct. 6

3RD SATURDAYS (8:00am - 4:00pm; 136 S. Vine St.; ARTHUR) The Arthur 3rd Saturday Market is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month (Jan - Dec). It is an indoor market filled with creative crafts, Amish goods and unique finds. Easily located in downtown Arthur, in the brick building just behind and to the left of the Gazebo on the corner of Vine and Progress Streets (136 S. Vine St.). Each month, the market has new and exciting finds. It is never quite the same. With Spring here now, our outside vendors will be returning. It's an exciting time at the Market! Come and check us out!!! Dates: Apr 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17. Lynn Workman 217-520-3849,

Hearing Loss Association of America (SCIL, 330 South Grand Ave. West, SPRINGFIELD)
Contact Teresita for more information, 217-816-0898

June 1-30
C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum Annual Quilted Keepsakes Quilt Show (219 E. Woodlawn, CLINTON)
Featured quilts exhibited throughout the Victorian mansion will include antique examples from the museum's collection as well as vintage and contemporary loaned pieces from private collections. The quilts can be viewed during regular museum and gift shop hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm and 1pm-5pm on Sundays. Admission, which includes the house tour, quilt show, carriage barn, farm museum, covered bridge, gardens and grounds, is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 12-18 and ages 11 and under free. DeWitt County Museum Association members are also admitted at no charge. To arrange a large group tour, please contact the museum in advance at 217-935-6066 or

Now through June 11
The SAA Collective serves both established artists as well as emerging artists. A current call for applicants has been issued with a June 11 deadline, and details on the process can be found at

Now through Dec 31
Children's Art Contest (9:00am - 5:00pm; ALPLM, 212 N. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
On display are the selected entries to the ALPLM Children's Art Contest from throughout the state.

Lincoln Home Tour (8:30am - 4:30pm; SPRINGFIELD) A ranger will lead this guided tour of the Lincoln Home at 413 S. Eighth St., Spfld, IL
More information: or call (217) 492-4241