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December 2018 Community Calendar

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October 26 - December 14
Mindful Meditation Fridays (11:30am - 12:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
The Museum invites you to join leader Mary Wolters of Green Yoga Spa in Mindful Meditation on Fridays this fall, October 26 through December 14, excluding the day after Thanksgiving, November 23. During each 30-minute session, Mary will help participants bring a focus to their breathing and share tips for how to engage mindfully. Present moment awareness can be elusive, and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation, we can discover a calm amidst our to-do lists and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. No registration or special equipment is necessary, and participants may attend as many or few sessions as they like.

November 30 - December 2, Dec 7-9, 14-16, 19-23, 28-30
Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights (5:00 - 9:00pm Friday, hours may vary with future dates; Henson Robinson Zoo, SPRINGFIELD)
$7 adult | $5 kids 3-12 | FREE 2&under
www.springfieldparks.org for more information.

Now through December 20
Hurrican relief Item Collection (9:00 am – 2:00 pm M-Th, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 905 S. Russell St., CHAMPAIGN)
St. Peter’s United Church of Christ is collecting items for Hurricane Michael survivors in the Panama City, Florida area. If you wish to contribute, please see the list of items listed below. Items are being collected until December 20, 2018 (subject to change as the need arises). Please drop off all items to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 905 S. Russell St., Champaign between the hours of 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, or call the church at (217) 356-3635 to make other arrangements. Most Needed Items: ? Household cleaning items: Bleach, Detergent Formula 409 Cleaner, Tilex (lots needed), Rags, Sponges, Paper Towels, Dust Pans, Brooms, Ammonia ? Disposable cleaning gloves ? Snacks (non-perishable) – all types ? Dry & Canned Foods - Pasta, Rice, Oatmeal, Etc ? Hygiene products for men and women: Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Floss, Deodorant, Shampoo ? Baby food (non-perishable) ? Baby formula ? Diapers - all sizes ? Kids pull-ups ? Kids underwear ? Deodorant ? Bottled Water or Energy Drinks (Gatorade, PowerAde, Etc) ? Pet food – any kind ? Paper products to include plates, flatware, paper towels, napkins? Batteries, all sizes AAA thru D | If you wish to make a donation to the church, please make the check out to Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church, 3308 East 15th Street, Panama City, FL 32405. On the memo line of the check, write “Hurricane Relief – Catholic Charities”.


December 1 - 22
Children's Holiday Store (Hours vary, Fairhills Mall, 1919 W Monroe, SPRINGFIELD)
The Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery invites all children to shop at the annual Children's Holiday Store located at 1919 West Monroe in Fairhills Mall in Springfield, IL. Children, with the help of a volunteer can shop for family, friends, teachers, and even their pets. All items are $1 - $15 in price. The store is open every day December 1 through December 22. Times are Mon-Fri 4-8pm, Sat 10am-5:30pm, and Sun noon-5pm. Special daytime hours can be scheduled for groups. It's a fun shopping experience for the children and all proceeds benefit the Crisis Nursery where families can find a safe place to turn when a crisis occurs. For additional information contact the Nursery at 525-6800 or visit our website at www.miniobeirne.org.

December 1
COLLECTION: Project Warmth (9:00 - 2:00pm; White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
Alterna-Care Home Health System will be at White Oaks Mall this Saturday, 9-2 pm, upstairs at the inside entrance near Dick’s Sporting Goods. We will be collecting new and gently used bedding: sheets and blankets, twin – king; clothing: coats, socks, underwear etc., infant through adult; as well as hats, gloves, scarfs or anything that would keep you warm. All donations will go to St. Martin DePorres to benefit the needy and the homeless of our community. Call 217-525-3733 for more information.

December 1
Pictures with Santa:Illinois Saint Bernard Rescue and Leia's Hope Canine Rescue unite for Pictures with Santa! (10:00 - 3:00pm; Tails to Remember Pet Services, 3036 Peoria Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Bring your family (both furry and non) to get your picture taken with Santa. The cost will be $5 per picture.

December 1
A Ringing Christmas Concert-Bells In Motion (7:00pm; First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2100 S. Bates Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets available at the door. Adults $15, Children 12 and under $5 | Are you ready to kick off the holiday season with a fun and energetic concert? You'll be humming along and tapping your toes for days afterwards when you come to the Bells In Motion "A Ringing Christmas" concert. Join us for classics such as to For Unto Us a Child is Born from Handel's Messiah, heartwarming songs from your favorite childhood Christmas stories, and many more Christmas songs with that unique spin you have come to know and love from Bells In Motion. www.bellsinmotion.org | www.facebook.com/bellsinmotion

December 1
5th Annual Cranberry Christmas Craft & Vendor Fair (9:00 - 3:00pm; Blue Mound Civic Center, 551 N Lewis St., BLUE MOUND)
Come see us at the Blue Mound Civic Center located at 551 N. Lewis Street in Blue Mound, Illinois, on November 30th from 5-8 pm and December 1st from 9-3 pm. where we will have crafters from around the area offering handmade items for your home, family, and friends. There will be items to decorate your home such as wreaths, floral, decorative signs, wood crafts, painted gourds, wine bottle lamps, metal items, etched glass items, and more. We will also have handmade candles to add just the right festive touch. To keep you warm we will have crocheted items as well as fleece jackets, shirts, and quilts. Do you love bath bombs ...we will have those to! And for those with a sweet tooth, we will have homemade fudge, rock candy, divinity, and more. There will be various craft items from many talented vendors. We will have your favorite direct sales vendors such as Tupperware, Amway, 31 bags, Pink Zebra, Perfectly Posh, Paparrazzi, and more! So grab a friend, your mom, your sister, husband, or anyone else and come see us for your Christmas Shopping! While you are there, be sure to grab something to eat such as Chili, walking tacos, bbq, loaded nachos, and more. Cookies and Punch available as well. Hope to see you there! FREE ADMISSION!

December 1
5th Annual Christmas Pancake Fest and Giving 2018 (8:30am - 11:00am; All-Purpose Room,
324 West Charles Street, BUFFALO) Come eat pancakes, make crafts, & play games! All Kids Are Encouraged to Come In Their Pajamas. Sponsored by Tri-City High School Student Council & Teddy Bear Christian Development Center | Pictures with Santa will be taken by the T-C Yearbook Staff | The admission to the breakfast is to bring a donated item from the list: (Must Be New) Scarves | Snow boots for all ages | Coats for all ages | Board games | Toys for all age’s (infant to teenager) | Pajamas for all ages | Candy for stocking stuffers | Bigger toys for all ages | Blankets – character | Canned goods | Cake mixes | Tooth brushes | Toothpaste | Soaps and Shampoos | Deodorant ----These items will support T-C families in need. More information: 217-629-8030

December 1
Artisans’ Christmas Craft & Bake Sale (8:00am - 2:00pm; Stratford Park Bible Chapel, 2801 W Kirby, CHAMPAIGN)
Artisan crafts including linens, home decor, jewelry, artwork, and stained glass made with Swarovski prisms, personal care, fresh bakery goods, homemade candies, jams and jellies, and many other items - all created with loving hands by our church ladies! More information: Christa Kennedy (217) 781-2096

December 1
Rattle the Stars presents Porrima: an art showcase for understanding mental illness and suicide. (5:00 - 10:00pm; Urbana Civic Center; 108 E Water Street, URBANA)
Rattle the Stars presents Porrima: an art showcase for understanding mental illness and suicide. The third annual event will be held Saturday December 1st 5pm-10pm at the Urbana Civic Center. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Over 40 artists will share their experiences with mental illness, trauma, and suicide through music, dance, spoken word, painting, drawing, poetry, photography, and more. Submissions are still being accepted. For info and updates, visit rattlethestars.org or follow the facebook event page at facebook.com/events/617539531958807. Porrima is sponsored by Teamsters 26 and 301, East Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council, and Flooring Surfaces.
More info: Kim Bryan (Executive Director) 217-372-4479, rattlethestars.org,

December 1
A Very VisionWay Christmas Craft & Vendor Fair (9:00am - 2:00pm, VisionWay Christian School, 1124 N Webster St., TAYLORVILLE)
Shop local this Christmas season at "A Very VisionWay Christmas" Craft & Vendor Fair at VisionWay Christian School, 1124 N Webster St, Taylorville, IL on Saturday, December 1 from 9:00am-2:00pm. Our 50+ crafters and vendors have been busy creating unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list! Free admission and free parking. Grab a few friends and make a day of it--sample some goodies at the bake sale, enjoy a delicious lunch (available from 11am-1pm), bid on amazing items at the silent auction, and shop till you drop! For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/visionwaypie

December 1
Our Savior's Youth Ministry Craft Festival (9:00am - 3:00pm; 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Handmade crafts, jewelry and more. Proceeds benefit the LCMS Youth Gathering 2019.

December 1
Decatur Christmas Parade (5:30pm, downtown DECATUR)
The Decatur Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm in downtown Decatur. It had traditionally been held the Saturday before Thanksgiving by the Jaycees. When the Jaycees announced they were not able to continue organizing the parade, Jes Younghouse of Decatur Earthmover Credit Union stepped up to keep it alive. To participate in the parade please complete the form found at decu.com/Christmasparade.

December 1
Breakfast with Santa (7:00am - 1:00pm, PAXTON)
Paxton Emergency Management Agency will be having Breakfast with Santa from 7am - 1pm December 1, 2018. We ill be serving ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancakes & Sausage, $6.00 adults $4.00 for kids 6-12/). Biscuits & Gravy will also be served . SANTA ARRIVES AT 8AM BY MOTORCADE KIDS COME EARLY BE THERE WHEN HE ARRIVES!!! Questions: (815) 644-1410.

December 1
“Village Christmas” Bazaar and Cookie Walk (9:00am - 1:00pm; Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 Andrew Road, SHERMAN)
Do your Christmas shopping and baking in one stop! Take home a Swedish Tea Ring or cookies from the Cookie Walk. Shop at craft and gift booths. Enjoy a cinnamon roll and coffee, tea, and hot chocolate from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or a turkey noodle lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free. All proceeds are used to support missions of the Women of the Sherman United Methodist Church. For more information call the church at 496-2338, Ext. 5. or Sue Burge at 496-2984.

December 1
Holiday Walk (5:00 - 8:00pm; Auburn Square, AUBURN)
This is a low cost/free admission event. We will have kid activities, direct sales vendors, food vendors, horse drawn carriage, barrel train, story time, visits with Santa and more.

December 1
Heavenly Holidays Bazaar (7:00am - 2:00pm; Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 2055 S Franklin St. Rd., DECATUR)
Homemade treats as well as homemade cookies sold by the pound are featured. Our Ladies Guild has been busy planning to include a cookie walk, luncheon, bake sale, Christmas room, cookbooks by Mt. Calvary members, and all kinds of homemade crafts. The luncheon is 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with carryouts available. This event is sponsored by the Ladies Guild. Our church address is 2055 S. Franklin Street Road, Decatur, Illinois.

December 1
Illinois Holiday History Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission | Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans | Winter is a time for celebrating the changing seasons and spending time with friends and family. Learn how the holidays in Illinois have been celebrated through the years 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) 782-6044. Sponsored by Bank of Springfield

December 1
Christmas In Petersburg (9:00am - 4:00pm; PETERSBURG)
Held in downtown Petersburg shopping district and PORTA High School. There is no charge except for horse-drawn carriage rides, which requires the donation of a food or pet item which will be donated to the Menard County Food Pantry or Menard Animal Protection. The streets will be alive for Christmas In Petersburg, Petersburg's annual Christmas celebration! There will be a craft bazaar, carriage rides, and shopping, shopping, shopping! And Santa will be here too! Contact Dawn Dodd at 217/652-5657

December 1, 2
Franciscan Nativity Festival (12:00 - 4:00pm; Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Chiara Center will host the Franciscan Nativity Festival on Friday, November 30 from 2-7 p.m.; and Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 from noon - 4 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Festival features more than 100 Nativity Sets, many of which are new entries to the annual Festival. Chiara Center is located at 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield, IL, 62707. www.chiaracenter.org | 217-522-3387, ext. 623

December 1, 2
60th annual Vespers concert (2:00pm & 7:30pm, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University, DECATUR)
For more than 50 years Vespers (which means "evening prayer") has signaled the beginning of the holiday season with a sumptuous evening of carols, choirs and candlelight. More than 300 musicians join together for this joyous musical feast presented annually on Millikin's campus. Songs from past centuries combine with familiar carols and arrangements to create an evening of seasonal warmth for the whole family. Vespers is one of Millikin's most popular events, and has become a beloved tradition on campus and within the Decatur (Ill.) community. Tickets for Vespers are $12-$16 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. Tickets may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at kirklandfinearts.com. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders. Events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.

December 2
A Ringing Christmas Concert-Bells In Motion (4:00pm;St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1617 E. Emerson St., BLOOMINGTON)
Tickets available at the door. Adults $15, Children 12 and under $5 | Are you ready to kick off the holiday season with a fun and energetic concert? You'll be humming along and tapping your toes for days afterwards when you come to the Bells In Motion "A Ringing Christmas" concert. Join us for classics such as to For Unto Us a Child is Born from Handel's Messiah, heartwarming songs from your favorite childhood Christmas stories, and many more Christmas songs with that unique spin you have come to know and love from Bells In Motion. www.bellsinmotion.org | www.facebook.com/bellsinmotion

December 2
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Ice & Snow | Culture Lab (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
This fall, we’re exploring connections between nature and culture with four month-long series of programs on water, trees, rocks and minerals, and ice and snow. 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, hear 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 second Sunday of each month is our feature program of the month, Discovery Days, that will bring together a range of activities and experts for a more in-depth exploration of the month’s theme. The third Sunday of each month Artful Nature offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world. All other Sundays are a Culture Lab with drop-in activities led by our museum guides. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

December 2
FSMB - Christmas Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; The Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
You never know what you'll find at the bazaar! But you can always count on delicious mimosas in our wine and craft beer patio, samples throughout the venue of delicious dips, sausages and sweet treats, music that makes you forget your worries and just enjoy the day, and tons of the BEST shopping in the whole midwest!! Fantastic holiday finds, boutique, jewelry, art, photography, soaps, lotions, coins, toys, home and garden decor, sewn items, crochet, handmade, recycled, upcycled, vintage, antique, collectibles, furniture, floral, wood, metal, produce, and always LOTS of surprises!! You might visit with alpacas or sometimes even adopt a pet from the mobile adoption team!! You will enjoy delicious fair "fare" like mini donuts and kettle corn even in the winter, along with homemade goodies like cinnamon rolls, cookies, pies and so much more!! Adults $4; 12 and under are always FREE!!!

December 2
Curator Tour | The Hidden Life of Things: Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts and the Stories They Tell (2:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
Dr. Norman Whitten, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, began research with Afro-Latin Americans in the northwest coast of Ecuador in 1961, continuing with similar studies in Ecuador and Colombia through 1968. Then, with his late wife, Dorothea (Sibby) Scott Whitten he began research with the Indigenous Amazonian Canelos Quichua and Achuar Jivaroan people in 1968 and has worked with them ever since. The author and editor of many books, Norm is the president of the Sacha Runa Research Foundation, and a curator at the Spurlock Museum. He and his late wife designed and curated the Spurlock Gallery of South American Peoples, and Norm worked with Michelle Wibbelsman at the Ohio State University on The Hidden Life of Things.

December 2
Caring Santa (9:00 - 11:00pm; White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and have their photo taken with him. White Oaks Mall will make necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event.
Please join us for cookies, crafts and photos! There will be no lines, no crowds, no music but lots of fun! Best Entrance: Lower Level Mall Entrance, between LA Fitness & Macy's

December 2
Talent Show with Patch Adams MD (6:00 - 9:00pm, The Independent Media Center, 202 S Broadway, URBANA)
Patch Adams and the Gesundheit Institute is having a talent show.
Five Dollars for Admission: Talent Show | Fun Booths | Bake Sale | Silent Auction | Raffle Tickets for Prizes! | It's a fundraiser! | Questions: Caren at programming@patchadams.org

December 3
LLCC Big Band (7:00pm; White Oaks Mall Food Court, SPRINGFIELD)
November and December performances by faculty and students in Lincoln Land Community College’s music program.

December 3
MMC Rehab Grad Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300

December 4
Capital Area Concert Band (7:00pm; Trinity Lutheran School, Parish Center, 515 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
In case you haven’t heard those Christmas bells ringing to get you in the mood for the Christmas season, the Capital Area Concert Band (CACB) will perform a holiday concert. This concert is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the concert.The CACB is an intergenerational band of 60+ members, ranging in age from 18-80. The concert will include two Leroy Anderson favorites, “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival” as well as Anderson’s “Clarinet Candy” (holiday-themed but not a traditional Christmas piece). The CACB will perform a beautiful arrangement of “Greensleeves” by Alfred Reed. “Minor Alterations” challenges the audience to “Name That Carol” as traditional carols are transposed from major to minor keys. Jan Zepp, CACB member, will conduct this 2007 “Minor Alterations” piece. Three modern arrangements of other favorite Christmas carols will round out the hour-long program. For more information, contact caconcertband@gmail.com.

December 5
Let it Snow Preschool Program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
Let it Snow is the theme of the December preschool program at the Westville Public Library. The program will be December 5 at 10 AM. There will be a story, craft and activity. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this program.

December 5
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
The Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies feature for December at the Westville Public Library will be on December 5 at 2 PM. The movie stars Jimmy Durante and Terry Moore. It is a classic comedy film about two families trying to overcome their obstacles during the holiday season. Join us for an afternoon of watching a fun movie while enjoying a Christmas cookie. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this entertaining film.

December 5
Musical Showcase | The Hidden Life of Things: Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts and the Stories They Tell (4:00pm; Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, 600 S Gregory, URBANA)
Hathaways will perform an hour of traditional Andean charango music, as well as some original pieces that allow the audience to hear how the performers have blended musical traditions. Hathaways are known for their depth in songwriting, but also for the unique Andean folk influence on their music, which is evidenced most clearly by Kate's use of a petite ten-string South American instrument called the charango.?The pair has repeatedly toured and played at festivals in Peru, always to a warm reception and great acclaim for the way they infuse American pop music with Peruvian soul. Siblings Kate and James Hathaway, who head up the indie-pop band, have studied Andean music since 2006 under the tutelage of Thomas Turino, ethnomusicologist and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois.

The concert is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

December 5
Mining Stone: Exploring Cultural Significance of Mines and Quarries in the European Neolithic (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Paul Mickey Learning Series presented by Lynn Fisher, Adjunct Research Associate, Anthropology, RCC; Associate Professor, Sociology/Anthropology, UIS | Flint mines and quarries were widespread and important cultural features in the European Neolithic (ca. 5500 – 2500 BC), but varied greatly in how their form, use, and regional significance. This presentation explores the history of ideas about Neolithic mining, and places recent research in southern Germany in the context of broader questions about the cultural significance of stone as it was mined or quarried, worked, traded, and used in diverse contexts in Neolithic societies. 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.

December 6
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Broadway Musical (6:30pm; The Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
Tickets: Adult: $62.50/$52.50, Sen (55 and over): $55.50/$45.50, Child (12 and under): $42.50/$32.50 | The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.
It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain. Virginia Theatre Box Office: 217-356-9063

December 6
Love, Hope & Holidays Fundraiser (4:00 - 7:00pm; The Gables, SPRINGFIELD)
Visit the Gables for your holiday shopping on Thursday, December 6th from 4p-7p as participating merchants support Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Pink Warriors of Springfield Team! Stop by Homescapes for Treats and Toasts! Donating 10% of proceeds: Jim Wilson Interiors, Homescapes, Westside Stories, E. P. Boutique, and the Wardrobe. Register for a $100 gift card drawing at these merchants: Jos A. Banks, Tobin’s, Merle Norman, Pao. Door Prizes: Chico’s.

December 7
Laker Visit Day (9:00am - 12:00pm; 5001 Lake Land Blvd., MATTOON)
Free Meet with faculty members & other campus services Tour campus with student ambassador Visit a class in session Attend a student or parent session | Lakelandcollege.edu/visit or 217-234-5377 to register or for more information

December 7, 8, 9 & Tues-Sat until January 5
Holiday Showcase Opening Night & Kirby Winter Wellness Walk (5:00 - 9:00pm F, 10:00am - 4:00pm Sat & Sun; Allerton Park & Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Rd., MONTICELLO)
Opening Night attendees can enjoy live performances on the illuminated Kirby Winter Wellness Walk, shop from local artisans and businesses inside the Mansion, take part in the Monticello Area Arts Council’s Natural Ornament-Making Workshop, cuddle-up on a carriage ride, or enjoy local food trucks and the Greenhouse CafĂ©.
The Showcase will continue Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, from 10am-4pm. Complementary carriage rides will be offered on Saturday, thanks to a sponsorship from Monticello Main Street. Limited lunch reservations still remain at 3pm both days. The Kirby Winter Wellness Walk, which encourages the public to stay active through the winter and to experience Allerton after dark, will continue to run every Tuesday – Saturday, from 5-8pm through January 5.

December 7, 8
Madrigal Feast (7:00pm, St. Thomas More, 3901 N Mattis Ave., CHAMPAIGN)
The High School of St Thomas More Music and Drama presents the annual Madrigal Feast. Delicious food! Merriment! Christmas Cheer! $30 include 3-course meal and entertainment. Order tickets online at http://stmmusicanddrama.ludus.com

December 7, 8
Our Savior’s LIVE NATIVITY (7:00 - 9:00pm; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church & School, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy a realistic recreation of the amazing events that surround the night of our Savior’s birth when you visit Our Savior’s Church & School’s unique drive through Live Nativity. This free event features holiday lights, choirs of angels, beautiful displays, live animals, and period dressed actors. Join us December 7 & 8th between 7:00-9:00 pm. “Live Nativity started back in the 1980's. It was originally a one night eventwith the purpose of sharing the Christmas story with the community. Last year it has reached over 500 cars, presenting the story to well over 800 members of the Springfield community. Many Our Savior’s neighbors thank us and have said, ‘Our Christmas begins with Live Nativity.’” – Aaron Schroeder, Our Savior’s Live Nativity Coordinator. We invite you to join others in the community who have made Our Savior’s Live Nativity an annual tradition for their families!

December 7-9
The Nutcracker A New Stage and Dance Adaptation (Times Vary; Richland's Shilling Auditorium #1 College Park, DECATUR)
Richland Dance and Mid-Summer Moon Productions present The Nutcracker A New Stage and Dance Adaptation on December 7 @ 7pm, December 8 @ 2pm and 7pm and December 9 @ 2:30pm. The production will be in Richland's Shilling Auditorium #1 College Park Decatur, Il. Tickets are $15 and seating is reserved. Tickets may be purchased by calling 217 875-7211 ext 6170.
Based on the classic story of the Nutcracker, this original adaptation will send audience members on a magical journey with Marie and her doll Clara to the Kingdom of the Sweets. Join Richland Dance and Mid-Summer Moon Productions for the premiere of this production and make this your new family tradition!
For more information please call Maria Lightner @ 217 791-2658 or email midsummermoonproductions@gmail.com. Proceeds will be used for future productions of Mid-Summer Moon Productions and Richland Dance.

December 8
Reindeer Games Christmas Program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library will host Reindeer Games, a Christmas program for children of all ages on December 8 at 10 AM. There will be a reindeer themed story, craft and activities. A surprise or two may be found too! Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun Christmas program or stop by the library at 233 S. State Street.

December 8
APL Adoptions (10:00am - 2:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats and dogs will be available in APL’s Mobile Pet Adoption Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Petco. Pet pictures with Santa will also be available. Additionally, 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.

December 8
Breakfast with Santa (8:30 - 10:30am, Springfield Masonic Center, 1020 Rickard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
The Valley of Springfield Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Freemasons of Illinois will be hosting their annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Springfield Masonic Center, 1020 Rickard Road, Springfield, IL 62704. We invite you to bring your Little Ones for a yummy breakfast, face painting, balloon animals and a visit with Santa Claus. Breakfast with Santa is free for all children, but we do request a donation from adults. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Dyslexia Center in Springfield, IL. Please come and join our holiday celebration. Reservations requested but not required: 217-793-7728

December 8
Holiday Open House (9:00am - 5:00pm; Tails to Remember Pet Services, 3036 Peoria Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for our Holiday Open House and learn what all Tails To Remember Pet Services has to offer and what we do to support our area rescue groups. Refreshments for our Human Friends and our Furry Friends. While you're here, donate to our giving tree. All money raised on our giving tree goes directly to the rescue groups which includes: The Animal Protective League, WILD (Women in Love with Dogs), Friends of Sangamon County Animal Control, Forever Home Feline Ranch, ReGap (Retired Grey Hounds as Pets), Paws for Life Springfield, Illinois Humane and the Helping Paw Project. While you're here, pick up some gifts for your pets or pet loving friends. Also Shop our vendors, including Pampered Chef, Jam Berry and others and get that perfect last minute gift.

December 8
Holiday Tour of Homes (MT. PULASKI)
The Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation Proudly Presents. Featuring the homes of: Mary Pope– 502 E. Jasper | Dorothy Loveall– 1023 Jane’s Lane, Apt 21 | Rick and LeeAnn Volle– 1002 S. Spring Street | Mike and Lynn Lakin– 311 S. Washington Street | Richard and Jo Rentmeister– 1662 900th Street | Patrick and Jo Ellen Walsh– 11 Lamplighter | St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church– 321 S. Lafayette Street | (St. Thomas will be hosting a free will donation chili and soup supper) | Tickets go on sale October 1st at Salt Creek Attic for $10.00 each, profit to benefit the Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation restoration efforts. If you have any questions please contact MPCF at mountpulaskihistoriccourthouse@gmail.com or contact us on Facebook.

December 8
St. Thomas Aquinas Church Soup/Dessert Fundraiser (4:00 - 7:30pm; St. Thomas Aquinas Church Parish Hall, MT. PULASKI)
MENU: Chili or Potato Soup, Relishes (crackers, cheese sticks, etc.) Dessert & Drinks. Carryouts are available. A freewill donation will be accepted. No tickets will be sold for this fundraiser. Dinner no included in the Tour of Home ticket. This fundraiser will be held in conjunction with the Courthouse Foundation Tour of Homes.

December 8
Springfield Jaycees Holiday Lights Parade (5:30 - 6:30pm; downton SPRINGFIELD)
Parade starts at Horace Mann parking lot on Washington St and loops around the Old State Capitol to Monroe St on 5th and 6th Streets. Free to the public. All entries must submit an entry form and payment. Entry form available at: http://springfieldjaycees.net/christmas-parade/

December 8
SCHEELS Santa Spectacular (10:00am - 2:00pm; SCHEELS, SPRINGFIELD)
Join SCHEELS as we welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus for ONE BIG DAY! Parents bring your camera for FREE photos with Santa. Special Christmas activities, decorate a cookie from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, create an ornament, games, prizes and more! FREE Balloon Art by Hot Air Creations from 10AM - 3PM (line will close at 2:30pm). Register to win a $100 SCHEELS Gift Card!

December 8
Tidings of Comfort & Joy - Dinner & Music (5:00pm or 7:00pm; The Christian County Historical Society & Museum)
$20 Advanced tickets Only | Live musical entertainment that is sure to put you in a festive mood! Dinner in the Pence Building & cookies, candy, wassail and cold punch will be served in the John Canty Morrison House or join us in the Historic Courthouse with Civil War Era music for your listening or dancing pleasure. Meal choice of Cranberry Chicken or Pork Loin Roast | Baked potato | Green beans | Salad, with warm roll
Advanced ticket will be available at the Persimmon Party Nov. 3 | Advanced tickets will be available at the following businesses starting Nov. 5th: Cottage Rose-Taylorville Square | Junction Garden Center-Pana | Historical Society Taylorville | and from any board member
For anyone that wants to only come for dancing, there is a $5.00 cover charge. For more information call 217-824-6922 | www.christiancountyhistorical.com

December 8
19th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk 8:30am - 12:00pm, Activity Center, 902 St. John Dr., SHERMAN)
The St. John Vianney Women's Society will hold their 19th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 8 from 8:30 a.m. until noon in the activity center at 902 St. John Drive in Sherman. Shoppers will be able to select their favorites from dozens of varieties of fancy Christmas cookies, candies, and breads. Cookies are sold for $6.50 per lb. and we also offer pre-packaged trays for the hurried shopper. These make great gifts. Our cookie walk is one of the largest in the area and has the reputation of "the best cookie walk around !" Everything is homemade by the ladies of our parish. The event also includes a dozen direct sale vendors at our Christmas Gift Gala ! Plus, a visit from Santa with photos. Refreshments and entertainment too! Raffle tickets are $1.00 each and you need not be present to win with several mega prizes and tons of small gifts.

December 8
Lutheran High School Music/Drama Department's annual Cookie Walk (8:00am - 12:00pm; Lutheran High School, 3500 W Washington, SPRINGFIELD) There will be a wide variety of home made cookies and candies. They will be sold for $6 per pound. All proceeds support the Lutheran High School Music and Drama Departments. email tludwig1022@yahoo.com.

December 8
Matheny-Withrow Elementary School Uniform Drive (11:00am - 1:30pm; Matheny-Withrow Elementary School, 1200 S Pope Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Donate gently used or new uniforms, size 5-16. Shirt colors: all colors | Pants: khaki, black or navy blue

December 8, 15
A Magical Day with Santa & Friends (10:00am - 6:00pm; Dallas & Co , 101 E University Ave., CHAMPAIGN)
Santa & his friends are visiting Dallas & Co on December 8th and December 15th! Mark your calendars! This is a FREE family event. Santa visits will be from 10:00am-6:00pm both days! Enjoy visiting with Santa & his friends, play holiday carnival games & more! Remember to bring your cameras!

December 9
Menard County Singers Annual Christmas Concert (3:00pm; Visitor's Center at Lincoln's New Salem Historical Site, PETERSBURG)
The Menard County Singers will be performing their annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:00 PM. The performance will be held inside the Visitors Center at Lincoln's New Salem Historical Site on Route 97 just south of Petersburg. The concert is free admission.

December 9
APL Adoptions (12:00pm; PetSmart, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from noon until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart.

December 9
Christmas Cantata (9:00am & 10:30am, First United Methodist Church, 2941 S Koke Mill Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Christmas Cantata by LLCC Choir and combined church choirs, accompanied by full orchestra.

December 9
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Ice & Snow | Discovery Day (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA) This fall, we’re exploring connections between nature and culture with four month-long series of programs on water, trees, rocks and minerals, and ice and snow. 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, hear 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 second Sunday of each month is our feature program of the month, Discovery Days, that will bring together a range of activities and experts for a more in-depth exploration of the month’s theme. The third Sunday of each month Artful Nature offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world. All other Sundays are a Culture Lab with drop-in activities led by our museum guides. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

December 9
A Calvary Christmas (4:00 & 7:00pm; Calvary Church – Hazel Dell Campus, 501 West Hazel Dell Road, SPRINGFIELD) J
oin us for a free, fun-filled night of Christmas music for all ages, activities for kids, and photo opportunities for your family and friends! Make sure to come decked out in your most festive Christmas attire and enjoy cookies and cocoa following the concert. Activities begin one hour before each concert. More info at www.CalvarySpringfield.org or by calling 546.9700.

December 11
Winter Wonderland Story Time (10:00 - 11:00am; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with Museum admission | Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans | Winter is coming! Are you ready for snowmen, warm scarves and mittens, and hot chocolate? Learn more about this magical time of year with stories and a craft. Story Time is designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. On the second Tuesday of each month, visitors will enjoy picture books, a craft, and objects from the Museum’s collections. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044. Story Time is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

December 11
SCIL Annual Meeting (6:00 - 8:00pm; Inn at 835 Pavilion, 835 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Hors d'Oeuvres, Cash bar | Feature Kate Downing - Director of Sangamon/Menard Area Regional Transit SMART | Suggested donations $25 | Everyone is welcome with or without a donation! Make your reservations today! 217-523-2587 | Please notify Springfield Center for Independent Living (SCIL) at 217-523-2587 v/tty if you need an interpreter, CART or information in an alternative format at least ten days prior to the event. Thank you!

December 12
"IT'S CHRISTMAS" Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm, The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Special Feature: “RINGING IN CHRISTMAS” - Four retired teachers will provide music using hand bells. Special Speaker: "OUR CHRISTMAS BLESSING” - Shirley Wheatley shares her life story titled "Cups of Life." Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or E-mail jluttrellfirst@gmail.com

December 13
Music at the Museum Series: Curtis and Loretta Holiday Concert (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12 | Curtis & Loretta’s music comes straight from the heart. This husband and wife duo’s extraordinary harmonies on stringed instruments of all kinds frame both their poignant original songs and traditional pieces from America and the British Isles. Whether it be on the mandocello, folk harp, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, or kazoo they deliver their own unique brand of folk singer/songwriter music to the delight of their audience. Curtis’ down-home sense of humor and Loretta’s theater background engage the audience in an experience that runs the gamut of rolling with laughter to holding back tears, with plenty of side-trips in between.
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 pm in the Museum auditorium. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit www.ginridge.com/extras/music-at-the-museum. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

December 13
Pristine Piano (LLCC - Menard Hall, Rm 2250, SPRINGFIELD)
“Pristine Piano,” a performance by Jane Hartman, LLCC professor of music and LLCC students

December 13
Holiday Open House Featuring Handmade Letterpress Greeting Cards (3:00 - 5:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Room 346, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Please join us December 13th from 3-5 pm, in The Rare Book & Manuscript Library for our Holiday Open House. This year a portable letterpress will be set up and everyone will be invited to letterpress print their own free greeting card. The paper will be provided by the Fresh Press, the University’s sustainable papermaking initiative. Students from the Fresh Press and the Noble Print Club will be at the event with their merchandise available for purchase.
Holiday-related highlights, pulled from our collections, will also be on display in our reading room. Seasonal refreshments and fresh mulled cider will be served; all are welcome. For more information, visit www.library.illinois.edu/rbx.

December 14, 15
Holiday Pops in the Heartland (7:30pm; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, BLOOMINGTON & 7:30pm, Sangamon Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD)
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Holiday Pops in the Heartland concert will feature a rare live performance with orchestra soundtrack of Raymond Briggs’ classic animated film The Snowman. Performances are Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in Bloomington and Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield. Tickets are available online at ilsymphony.org.
Originally published in 1978, The Snowman, created and illustrated by Raymond Briggs, has become one of the world’s most popular children’s books, selling over 8.5 million copies worldwide. In 1982, the book was adapted into a 26-minute animated film that has turned into a holiday classic and is back by popular demand after a successful ISO premiere last season. These performances feature Boy Soprano Harrison Faulkner of Springfield.
This festive family concert also includes such Holiday favorites as Sleigh Ride, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Skaters Waltz, The Nutcracker, Chanukah Suite and more.
The ISO, led by Music Director Ken Lam, is joined by area performing arts groups including the Bloomington-Normal Youth Symphony, Twin Cities Ballet, Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Springfield Ballet Company, and Springfield Youth Performance Group.
Fun, holiday craft activities for children will begin at 6:30 p.m. each night and the first 50 children participating will receive a complimentary copy of The Snowman.
Tickets are $20, $41 and $63. Student tickets available for $6 (Age 6-26) with valid Student ID, children under 6 are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts and group discounts are also available. In addition to online purchases, tickets are available in Springfield via the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 and in Bloomington via the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777. Prices exclude processing fees.

December 15
29th Annual Cookie Walk (8:00am - 12:00pm, Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 S Douglas Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
8:00 am - Noon (or until sold out) Come early for best selection. Dozens of homemade cookies and candy of countless varieties, sold by the pound. Proceeds go towards local missions. 217-546-4631

December 15
APL Adoption (Green Hyundai East, 1200 S Dirksen Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats and dogs will be available in APL’s Mobile Pet Adoption Center from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Green Hyundai East. Pet pictures with Santa will also be available. [Additionally, 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.]

December 15
3rd Saturday Market Bazaar (9:00am - 4:00pm; Merchant Bldg, Moultrie-Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, 220 Jurgens Pkwy, ARTHUR)
CHRISTMAS - the most wonderful time of the year. Join on us on December 15th for the 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar from 9 am to 4 pm at the Merchant Building, Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, 220 Jurgens Parkway, to celebrate the Christmas Season in Arthur, IL. Our 50+ Vendors have created fabulous one of a kind items for that special person. Come spend the day shopping, We will see you at the Market and in Arthur! We invite you to our Facebook page. Like and Share with your friends. www.facebook.com/3rdsaturdaymarketbazaar

December 15
2nd Annual Holiday Stroll (2:00 - 5:00pm; STRASBURG)
Stroll into the holidays with the Holiday Stroll in Strasburg! The event is planned Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2-5 p.m. with a soup supper from 4-6 p.m. and the village-wide recognition celebration at 6 p.m. at the Community Center.
Maps for the Holiday Stroll can be picked up at the Community Center, starting at 2 p.m. Stamps will be given at each location. When maps are returned to the Community Center, participants will be entered into a drawing to win prizes. Visitors will also be encouraged to do penny votes for their favorite tree along the stroll.
Once that is done, stay for the free will donation soup supper, starting at 4 p.m. at the Community Center. And the annual recognition celebration for the village to honor those who volunteer all year long.
Proceeds go to the Strasburg Community Foundation Fund. All the events are sponsored by the Strasburg Community Action Network or SCAN. For more info call Angie Edwards at 217-644-3209.

December 15
A Magical Day with Santa & Friends (10:00am - 6:00pm; Dallas & Co , 101 E University Ave., CHAMPAIGN)
Santa & his friends are visiting Dallas & Co on December 8th and December 15th! Mark your calendars! This is a FREE family event. Santa visits will be from 10:00am-6:00pm both days! Enjoy visiting with Santa & his friends, play holiday carnival games & more! Remember to bring your cameras!

December 15, 16
Adopt-a-Senior for Christmas (DANVILLE)
Neighbor Love is organizing events for seniors in Danville nursing homes this December. We are VERY low on volunteers AND donors, so we could really use your help. Neighbor Love is delivering gift bags and hosting a Christmas party for the residents as follows:
12/15 | 9:30am-Noon | Danville Care Center (1701 N. Bowman Ave., Danville, IL 61832) GIFT BAG GOAL: 60
2:30-5pm | Colonial Manor (620 Warrington Ave, Danville, IL 61832) GIFT BAG GOAL: 60
2:30-5pm | Gardenview Manor (14792 Catlin-Tilton Rd. Tilton, IL 61834 ) GIFT BAG GOAL: 115
12/16 | 2:30-5pm | North Logan Health Center (801 N Logan Ave, Danville, IL 61832) GIFT BAG GOAL: 80
You can see all the details of the event by visiting: www.adoptasenior.net

December 15, 16 & 22, 23
Christmas Jump fest 2018 (11:00am; Illinois State Fair, Barn 26, 801 E Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
This year, will be the first annual Christmas Jump Fest! Will be, December 15,16 as well as the 22,23rd: There is nothing better than Jumping on bounce houses. There is also nothing, better than visiting with Santa! The doors open at 11:00 am. Santa will be present! 2:00pm until 4:00pm | Paw Patrol visits, 5:00pm - 6:00pm. Close 7:00PM. Only $10.00 Per child Jump bracelet. Door prizes: #1-Turkey Dinner give away | #2-4 tickets' to any open jump day! | #3-4 tickets to Kids jumping for Autism 2019! | #4-4tickets to Splash @ Party Wet bounce house day! | #5-1 Free Visit from any of our Character visitors. Pa, Spiderman, trolls, Mickie or Minnie Mouse. | #6 - The Big prize will be! A free 4-hour bounce house rental delivered and Pickup. $200.00 Value! | Pick up your free Raffle ticket as you enter the door. Everyone has a chance to win! Our biggest giveaway to date! We hope to see you all out there for this amazing event.

December 16
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Ice & Snow | Artful Nature (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA) This fall, we’re exploring connections between nature and culture with four month-long series of programs on water, trees, rocks and minerals, and ice and snow. 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, hear 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 second Sunday of each month is our feature program of the month, Discovery Days, that will bring together a range of activities and experts for a more in-depth exploration of the month’s theme. The third Sunday of each month Artful Nature offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world. All other Sundays are a Culture Lab with drop-in activities led by our museum guides. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

December 16
APL Adoptions (12:00pm; PetSmart, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from noon until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart.

December 16
Heads Up Group: For those with a traumatic brain injury (1:00 - 3:00pm; Supreme Buffet & Hibachi Grill, Town & Country Shopping Center, 2309 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Sunday buffet is $11.99. For more information, contact David at 217-523-2587.

December 19
Historic Houses of Lincoln's Illinois (12:00 - 1:00pm; ISM Research & Collections Center, 1011 East Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Brown Bag Program presented by Erika Holst, Curator of Art and History, Illinois State Museum | Free and open to the public | This talk will explore the connections Abraham Lincoln has to several historic buildings within the 42-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, all of which are open to the public. Each site links today’s visitors with a place Lincoln lived, a home of a Lincoln friend or colleague, or a spot that illuminates Lincoln’s era and legacy in central Illinois. This talk is based on Holst's book of the same name, newly released by SIU Press.
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. The Collections Center’s new Ash Street entrance must be approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 1/2 Streets. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

December 20
Talk: “The Depression-Era Hobo Experiences of UIUC Students and Faculty On the Road with Nelson Algren, William Attaway, and Harry Partch” (4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum presents the talk “The Depression-Era Hobo Experiences of UIUC Students and Faculty: On the Road with Nelson Algren, William Attaway, and Harry Partch” on Thursday, December 20 at 4 PM. During the Great Depression thousands of men and women rode the rails to survive. Among them were at least two University of Illinois graduates and one future University of Illinois faculty. All three were be deeply impacted by their experiences and drew upon them in their later artistic endeavors.
Nelson Algren, William Attaway, and Harry Partch reshaped American literature and music in the mid-20th century. As Depression-era students at UIUC, Algren and Attaway struggled to get by and took to the road in search of work and opportunity, experiences later documented in their fiction. Partch, a UIUC music professor in the late 1950s and early 1960s, transformed his life as a hobo into innovative and influential musical performances.
Drawing on published and unpublished work by all three men, University of Illinois PhD candidate Nathan Tye (History) uncovers their lives on the road and the lasting legacy of the Great Depression on the University of Illinois.
This event is part of the Spurlock’s Third Thursday Series highlighting University history 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.
Look for more Third Thursday lectures in 2019 as we bring researchers from across campus to share new insights and outcomes of their work.

December 20
Marshall Field’s Christmas (12:30 - 1:30pm; Research and Collections Center, 1011 East Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Tales from the Vault Program moderated by Betsy Dollar, Springfield Art Association | Free, Donations Appreciated | For nearly a century, Marshall Field's flagship store in Chicago dazzled visitors at Christmas time with its holiday window displays, a giant tree in the Walnut Room, and whimsical decorations, including Uncle Mistletoe and Aunt Holly. Learn about the Marshall Field's holiday artifacts in the Museum's collection with Betsy Dollar, director of the Springfield Art Association, who worked at the store making ornaments in the 1970s.
"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. All programs are free and open to the public.
The Research & Collection Center is located at 1011 E. Ash Street in Springfield. Collections Center’s new Ash Street entrance must be approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 1/2 Streets. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

December 21
Ice Jamz (7:00 - 9:00pm; Nelson Center Ice Arena , Lincoln Park, 1601 N. Fifth St., SPRINGFIELD)
$11 (with rental skates) or $9 (without rental skates)
Spend a Friday Night ice skating with your friends at the Nelson Center Ice Rink! Enjoy the light show, music, games, giveaways and more! Ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 217-753-2800, mstrieker@springfieldparks.org, www.springfieldparks.org

December 22
LUNCH TO GO (11:00am - 2:00pm; Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N 4th St., BENLD)
DINNERS $8.00 | Cabbage Rolls, Cabbage Noodle or Meat Crepe. Served with two sides Or buy A la Carte: NUT & POPPY SEED ROLLS. | WE HAVE FROZEN READY TO COOK: PEROGIES & PELMENIE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PRE ORDER ANYTHING PLEASE CONTACT: Sandy Petty at 217-371-9241 or 217-839-7220 please leave a message. Or you can call Debbie Spears 217-313-6522

December 22, 23
APL Adoptions (12:00pm; PetSmart, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from noon until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart.

December 23
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Ice & Snow | Culture Lab (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
This fall, we’re exploring connections between nature and culture with four month-long series of programs on water, trees, rocks and minerals, and ice and snow. 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, hear 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 second Sunday of each month is our feature program of the month, Discovery Days, that will bring together a range of activities and experts for a more in-depth exploration of the month’s theme. The third Sunday of each month Artful Nature offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world. All other Sundays are a Culture Lab with drop-in activities led by our museum guides. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

December 24, 25, 31
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day Holiday Services (Trinity Lutheran Church, Downtown Church Campus, 220 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)

Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve):
7:00 pm: This service is suited for families with small children and early bedtimes. This service allows families to worship together before going home to open Christmas gifts or “nestle the children all snug in their beds.” A special Trinity Children’s Choir will sing during this service.
11:00 pm: The Trinity Adult Choir will lend their voices to this more traditional Christmas Eve service. For families who like to end their Christmas Eve activities by attending services together.
Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day):
10:00 am: After opening the presents and before the Christmas feast and football games, attend a Christmas Day service filled with the joyful music and Scripture readings of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Monday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve):
6:30 pm: Before the New Year’s Eve parties begin and the crystal ball drops in Times Square, come ring out the old year by attending this New Year’s Eve Holy Communion service. For more information, contact Trinity at 217.787.2323 or visit Trinity’s website at www.trinity-lutheran.com.

December 27, 28
Holiday Hockey Clinic (5:45 - 7:15pm; Nelson Center Ice Arena, Lincoln Park, 1601 N. Fifth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Our Holiday Hockey Camp at the Nelson Center enables our travel players to improve upon their hockey techniques and abilities within a 2 day drop-in program. Each day a different curriculum will be set in the areas of skating, shooting and puck handling. 217-753-2800, mstrieker@springfieldparks.org, www.springfieldparks.org | $70/Resident; $80/Non-Resident

December 28
Interactive Movie: Eli (1:00pm; Prairie Skies Public Library District, PLEASANT PLAINS)
There will be burping, cookie eating, and singing going along with the movie. All the actions are in the movie and we will have scripts available. Come to either location to have fun and be silly at the library.

December 29
Kwanzaa Celebration (3:00 - 5:00pm; Faith Temple A.M.E. Church, 901 S 23rd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free to the community! Questions? Comtact Erica Austin 217-553-1815 or Demara Albert 217-638-9910 (Leading Youth Networking Communities)

December 29, 30
APL Adoptions (12:00pm; PetSmart, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from noon until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart.

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