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February 2017 'Community Calendar'

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Feb 1
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
The feature will be a recent film starring Eddie Murphy in a dramatic role. "The movie tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans into fifteen years and creates a family bond that lasts forever. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this wonderful film.

Feb 1
Brown Bag Seminar: "Moral Compass" (12:10 - 1:00pm, Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 Monroe St., SPRINGFIELD)
Practical Ways to Navigate the Climate Crisis. Sister Sharon Zayac, director of Jubilee Farm, will lead you through Pope Francis' suggestions for making a positive impact on Care for our Common Home.

Brown Bag Seminars. Bring your lunch to Sacred Heart Convent; learn how you can constructively contribute to public discourse: Help dismantle racism; learn to care for creation; ground your busy life in contemplative practice. The Dominican Sisters invite you to join them for any or all of three consecutive Wednesdays starting Jan. 25. The seminars, scheduled for 12:10-1:00 p.m., will begin and end promptly to get you on your way. Each is held in Aquinas Center at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62702. Drinks are provided; bring your sack lunch and a friend! Free parking in the convent lot, entrance on Monroe St. The schedule is as follows. For more information visit springfieldop.org/brown-bag-seminars or call 217-787-0481.

Feb 1
Westville Public Library (10:00am; 233 S. State St., Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this valentine themed program that will include stories and a craft. The library is located at 233 S. State Street.

Feb 3
Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; K of C, 335 S. 4th St., RIVERTON)
Menu: Walleye Sandwich, Walleye, Shrimp, Catfish, Baked Fish Dinners, coleslaw, choice of fries, baked potato or potato salad. Carryout orders call 629-7202 after 4:30pm. Future Dates include: Mar 3, 10, 24; Apr 7.

Feb 3
Chili and Soup Supper (4:00 - 7:00pm; Pleasant Plains Masonic Lodge No. 700, Pleasant Plains Community Bldg., PLEASANT PLAINS)
Adults $7 | Children $3

Feb 4
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

Feb 4
"A Voyage of Discovery: Space and Fast Machines" (7:30pm, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will continue its 2016-17 performance season with a masterworks concert featuring performances of Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine," Milhaud's "Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra," Hovhaness' "Meditations on Orpheus," and Holst's "The Planets."
Tickets for the concert at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are $13-$16.50 and are available through 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.

Feb 4
Tickets for Local Heroes (3:00pm, State Farm Center, CHAMPAIGN)
Fighting Illini vs. Minnesota; $10 Tickets | 10 for $100 | 20 for $200. Tickets will be donated to local Fire fighters, law enforcement, EMX, military personnel, etc. and their family members. Questions? Call JEremy Thorpe at 217-300-2662 or jthorpe@illinois.edu

Feb 4
Family Valentine's Ball (6:00pm - 8:00pm; YMCA, 701 S 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for dancing, dessert, DJ, photo booth, games, face painting, crafts and more. Proceeds from The Family Valentine's Ball will go to the YMCAs Strong Kids Fund. Families may register in advance online a www.springfieldymca.org for $25 per parent/child, each additional guest is $5. Admission is also offered the evening of the event for $35 parent/child, $5 for each additional guest. Registration can also be completed at both YMCA locations.
The Springfield YMCA will host their first Family Valentine's Ball Saturday, February 4 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Downtown YMCA. Families may register in advance for $25 per parent/child, each additional guest is $5. Admission is also offered the evening of the event for $35 parent/child, $5 for each additional guest. Registration is accepted at both YMCA locations.
This event will provide dancing, dessert, a DJ, photo booth, games, face painting, crafts and more. Proceeds from The Family Valentine's Ball will go to the YMCAs Strong Kids Fund. This fund provides scholarship memberships and programming for those that cannot afford it. Last year the YMCA served 20,430 youth in a variety of programs designed to help them learn new skills, develop leadership ability, build self-esteem, develop healthy lifestyles and clarify positive values for daily living. The YMCA provided 2,949 youth and family scholarship memberships and 195 summer camp scholarship weeks to underprivileged youth. The YMCA also provided programming for individuals who are physically or mentally disadvantaged. Some of these individuals went on to compete in Special Olympics.
The Family Valentine's Ball will provide an opportunity for families to spend some quality time together. Family activities are a collaborative process to further work/life balance, deepen relationships with families, develop new skills and interests and connect to community resources. Angie Sowle, CEO of the Springfield YMCA says "We are excited about offering this family fun event. We believe that family events strengthen and nurture the potential of every child, improves family health and well-being, and provides opportunities for families to contribute and support their communities." https://www.facebook.com/events/1824010357886326/


Feb 4
"North in the Night: The Underground Railroad." (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Learn about the Underground Railroad and slavery in Illinois through activities, crafts, stories, and displays.
Super Saturdays offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up on the first Saturday of each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and feature crafts and educational games. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061.
Museum Admission: $5 for Adults ages 19-64. Society Members, Youth, Seniors, Military Personnel, and Veterans are FREE.

Feb 4
Annual Book Sale (8:00am - 1:00pm; Williamsville United Methodist Church, 128 E Jones, WILLIAMSVILLE, IL)
Hundreds of Books, CD's, and DVD's for all ages. Prices vary. Also, soup & chili luncheon will take place 10:30 - 1. $5 - all you can eat soup and/or chili, dessert, and drink

Feb 4 - May 7
"Just Good Art: The Chuck Thurow Gift" (Times vary. : Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
This exhibition highlights a major gift of over 100 contemporary artworks given to the Illinois State Museum in 2016 by Chicago collector and arts advocate Chuck Thurow. Mr. Thurow, former Executive Director of the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, fostered direct engagement between artists and audiences through innovative exhibitions and commissioned projects. This is a significant addition to our permanent collection of outstanding work by Illinois related artists, and is one of the largest, single donations of artworks in the museum’s 139 year history. There are 56 artists represented in this gift; 34 of which are new to our museum collection. The gift includes artworks by Dawoud Bey, Phyllis Bramson, Margaret Burroughs, Theaster Gates, Neil Goodman, Jackie Kazarian, Gladys Nilsson, Paul Sierra, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, and Karl Wirsum. Exhibtion runs from February 4, 2016 through May 7, 2017.
Time: Monday - Saturday, 9am-4:30pm, Sunday, Noon-4:30pm
For more information contact Robert Sill, Robert.sill@illinois.gov or 217-524-5744. | http://dev7.illinoisstatemuseum.org/?q=content/just-good-art-chuck-thurow-gift

Feb 5
First Sunday Cupid's Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; IL State Fairgrounds, Orr Bldg., SPRINGFIELD)
$4/person 12 & under free | Food, shopping, wine, valentine's gifts. Featuring loads of irresistible decor, crafts, art, photography, boutique and jewelry, hot food and sweet goodies, woodwork and furniture, frozen and produce, upcycled and repurposed, customized gifts and personal items, antiques, vintage, pet goods, gifts for your sweetee, and of course lots of great items inspired by little cupid. For more information visit www.facebook.com/firstsundaymidwestbazaar

Feb 5
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; at PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

Feb 6
Memorial Rehab Services Support Group (4:00pm - 6:00pm, Memorial Medical Center, Conference Room B149, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information call 217-788-3461 or 217-788-3300 and ask for Memorial Rehab Services.

Feb 6
Color w/ Friends (7:00pm - 8:30pm; Boone's Saloon)
designs by local artists. $5. https://www.facebook.com/ourvibrantcommunity/

Feb 7
Black History Month Event: White Like Me – Race, Racism & White Privilege in America (6:30 - 8:30pm; Lower Richards Treat University Center, DECATUR)
Free and open to the public

Feb 8
Brown Bag Seminar: "Contemplative Practice" (12:10 - 1:00pm, Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 Monroe St., SPRINGFIELD)
Spiritual Ground for Challenging Times. Members of the Dominican Sisters' Leadership Team will engage participants in an experience of contemplative sitting and dialogue.

Brown Bag Seminars. Bring your lunch to Sacred Heart Convent; learn how you can constructively contribute to public discourse: Help dismantle racism; learn to care for creation; ground your busy life in contemplative practice. The Dominican Sisters invite you to join them for any or all of three consecutive Wednesdays starting Jan. 25. The seminars, scheduled for 12:10-1:00 p.m., will begin and end promptly to get you on your way. Each is held in Aquinas Center at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62702. Drinks are provided; bring your sack lunch and a friend! Free parking in the convent lot, entrance on Monroe St. The schedule is as follows. For more information visit springfieldop.org/brown-bag-seminars or call 217-787-0481.

Feb 8
Opera Workshop: "Of Tricks & Trade: A Mozart Double Bill" (7:30pm; Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall)
Admission: $12-$14

Feb 9
Lincoln Land Bee Keepers Monthly Meeting (7:00 - 8:30pm; Sangamon County Farm Bureau Bldg., 2631 Beechler Court, SPRINGFIELD)
The LLBKA monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in learning more about beekeeping - from setting up your first hive to bottling honey. Discussions and demonstrations every month. Visitors are always welcome and questions are encouraged! www.lincolnlandbeekeepers.com | 217-638-0871

Feb 9
Kindergarten Round-up (6:00 - 7:00pm, Concordia Lutheran Church-School-Preschool, SPRINGFIELD)
Our school offers 'Christ-centered education' | Family oriented, small classroom settings | We are NOT Common Core based | Computer classes and SMART board tech | Summer care for preschool through 4th grade.

Feb 9
Black History Month Event: Viewing and discussion of RIZE (6:30 - 8:30pm; Lower Richards Treat University Center, DECATUR)
Free and open to the public

Feb 9
Opera Workshop: "Of Tricks & Trade: A Mozart Double Bill" (7:30pm, Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall)
Admission: $12-$14

Feb 10
Yoga4Cats: Be My Meowentine (6:00pm; Decatur Area Arts Council, 125 North Water St., DECATUR)
Plan a date with a shelter kitty and join us for an all-levels, Valentine's Day themed, yoga practice with adoptable cats!
Adrienne Gurley from The Studio Yoga will lead a fun, 45 minute class sure to awaken your inner kitten. Bring your mat and we'll bring the cats!
Come early to bid on silent auction items and stay after class for cat cuddling and social hour. Bring your own beverages (alcoholic or non).
Get a henna cattoo by Decatur Body Art's Arikah Peacock before or after practice. Three unique designs to choose from for a small donation.
This event benefits Project Catification at the Forever Home Feline Ranch in nearby Rochester, IL. FHFR is a 501c3 no-kill, cage-free shelter and sanctuary. For more details, visit www.yoga4cats.com.
Sponsored by: Adventure Club Decatur! Tickets available now: https://occ.sn/loesz6cm or by phone 217-423-3189

Feb 10
Book Signing (5:00 - 6:00pm, 1237 W. Monroe St., SPRINGFIELD)
Seven Springfield Dominican Sisters whose stories are told in a new book will sign copies for guests during an event at Sacred Heart Convent February 10. The main thread of the book A Sisters’ Love: The Story of the Dominican Sisters at St. Dominic’s follows the lives of Sisters Trinita Eddington and Dorothea Sondgeroth from their rural Illinois childhoods to their call to leadership at St. Dominic Health Services, Jackson, Miss., a sponsored ministry of the Springfield Dominicans.
Award-winning journalist and author Joe Maxwell was commissioned by the St. Dominic’s Foundation to write A Sister’s Love to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of St. Dominic Hospital. He tells the story of the sisters’ passion for God and how that led them to decades of fruitful service at St. Dominic’s, the only Catholic hospital in the State of Mississippi. Drawing on Sister Dorothea’s personal journals, the congregation’s archives, and dozens of interviews, Maxwell shows how personal sacrifice, prayer, and the commitment of a community contribute to the quality of life in Mississippi, from the early days of the Civil Rights Era to today.

Feb 10, 11, 12
Startup Weekend Decatur 2017 (Barnes Citizen Building, 236 N. Water St., DECATUR)

Feb 11
Elwin Church Pancake and Biscuits & Gravy Day (7:00am - 11:00am; Elwin United Methodist Church, 1260 W. Elwin Rd., ELWIN)
Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 children 6-12, FREE under 6. All you can eat. There will also be a United Methodist Women bake sale.

Feb 11
Art Together - Paint (10:00am - 11:30am; Twisted Deli, SPRINGFIELD)
Minecraft, adult + child =$25 https://www.facebook.com/ourvibrantcommunity/

Feb 11
Short Stacks for a Tall Cause (8:00am - 10:00am; Applebee's, 2554 Sunset Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 benefiting Southeast H.S. PTO. Pancake, bacon, a drink and good company with your Spartan family!

Feb 11
SAA 'Dancing with the Starz' fundraiser (5:30 - 10:30pm; Wyndham Springfield City Center, 700 E Adams St., SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets can be purchased until February 4 online at springfieldart.org/dwts. Tickets are $65 per person or $600 for a table of ten. The Exciting 2017 DWTS Line Up:
Alex Block, Senior Architect at Crawford, Murphy and Tilly dancing with Jo Campbell
Darrell Lynch, Financial Representative at Country Financial and Kiersten Lynch, Realtor for Remax Professionals, Springfield
Chris Murphy, Morning Host at WNNS Mid-West Family Broadcasting dancing with Jayne Irwin
Celeste Pankey, Resource One dancing with Harold Dameron
Rachel Otwell, Reporter and Producer for NPR Illinois dancing with Chuck Irwin
Tami Richmond, Victim/Witness Coordinator for Sangamon County State Attn. dancing with Chris Sparling
Michelle Ryan, Assistant Counsel for Illinois Environmental Protection Agency dancing with Mark Cullen
Blake Stadel, Morning Show Co-Host/Program Director for 103.7 WDBR/Capitol Radio Group dancing with Terri Hempstead
Dustin Stehling, OB/Gyn for Springfield Clinic Center for Women's Health dancing with Jan Sparling
Marty Sumner, Owner of Blue Heron Antiques dancing with JB Campbell
For more information, call (217) 544-2787 or visit www.springfieldart.org

Feb 11
Pet Vaccine Clinic (12:00pm - 4:00pm; 1203 W Morton, JACKSONVILLE)
Hosted by Farm & Home, sponsored by IL English Bulldog Rescue. Dogs and cats welcome! No appointment needed! Vaccination, nail trim, microchipping, ear cleaning and other services provided by Dr. Teresa Scheoker. NOTE: Radies registration is required for Morgan County residents and is $10 per year for altered dogs, $25 non-altered. A 3 year tag** is $25/$75 per year. No rabies tag required on cats. **Proof of rabies vaccine required to get a 3 year vaccine/tag.

Feb 11
Bad Art Day (10am; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State, WESTVILLE)
Teens and adults are invited to come at 10 AM and create something artfully dreadful. Use your imagination for your subject and supplies will be provided. The art will be hung inside the library and available for judging by the public. The categories for judging will be: the good, the bad and the ugly! Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this program. The library is located at 233 S. State Street.

Feb 11
War and Peace (7:30pm, Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre 3, SPRINGFIELD)
Adults $10 | Students $5 | 12 & Under FREE
Join Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra as they explore the stark contrast of war and peace. Their concert opens with “Mars, Bringer of War” from Gustav Holst’s infamous suite, The Planets. J.S. Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” follows with a strong feeling of happiness and harmony. Following Bach’s piece, the audience will hear Georges Bizet’s “L’Arlésienne Suites No. 1 and No. 2,” originally written as incidental music for the play L’Arlésienne. The play is a tragic love story and Bizet’s works do a tremendous job depicting the white-hot emotions fueling the story, as well as the beautiful landscape that is Provence, France. We hope to see you there!
www.hctfa.org | P:217.523.2787

Feb 11
"What's Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience" (7:30pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
The "What's Going On" concert is Brian Owens' tribute to Marvin Gaye, one of the true pioneers of Motown who helped shape the sound of R&B music and considered to be one of the greatest artists of all time. In light of recent events in and around Owens' hometown of Ferguson, MO, Owens says the show speaks to a heightened sense of urgency and the prophetic beauty of Gaye’s 1971 work.
"At its heart, Owens' Marvin Gaye Experience is about preservation — upholding the tradition of true soul music that is so desperately needed in our culture today,” says Owens.
Ticket prices range from $20.00-$35.00 and can be purchased online here. They can also be purchased in-person at the Kirkland Ticket office on weekdays from 10a-5p or by calling 217-424-6318.


Feb 11, 12
31st Annual Chocolate Festival (11:00am - 3:00pm; 156 EAST, GALESBURG)
The Galesburg Historical Society is holding their 31st Annual Chocolate Festival. It is happening February 11 & 12, 2017. It is an all you care to eat buffet of chocolate goodies. And of course our chocolate fountain will be back. It is a great place to bring your family or that special someone for Valentine’s Day.
The festival will be held at 156 EAST, Galesburg IL. We will be serving from 11 am - 3 pm both days. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For information on getting your tickets in advance you can contact Roger Reynolds at 309-299-4551 or email him at ready1957@gmail.com.
The majority of our chocolate is made by local volunteers. If you are interested in baking for the festival you can contact Deb Sugai at 309-344-2778 or email her at sugaied@hotmail.com. If you are a semi professional baker this is a great way to get your name out there.

Feb 12
The Chosen Ones (6:00pm, Edinburg First Baptist Church, 416 N. Ricks St., EDINBURG)
The public is invited. For more information: Rev. Dennis Hamilton at 217-525-1978

Feb 13 - March 28
Works by Alicia Henry (Giertz Gallery, CHAMPAIGN)
A solo exhibition of artwork by award-winning Parkland College alumna Alicia Henry will feature at the college's Giertz Gallery starting Feb. 13. "Home: Works by Alicia Henry" will run in the gallery through March 28. An artist's reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a gallery talk by Henry at 6 p.m. and music by Nathaniel and Friends. The same day, Henry will provide an additional lecture at 1:15 p.m. in Parkland’s Harold and Jean Miner Theatre. The exhibition, lectures, and reception are free and open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend.

Feb 14
Valentine's Day Spaghetti Dinner (5:00 - 7:00pm; 2413 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
The New Eagles 437 is having a Valentine's Day Spaghetti Dinner (spaghetti & meatballs, garlic bread and salad) for $7.00
Public Invited. For further information, contact the Eagles Club at 391-2344.

Feb 15
ISM Brown Bag Lecture: "Africa: Animals and Issues" (12:00 - 1:00pm; Illinois State Museum Research and Collection Center, 1011 East Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Richard Leary, ISM Geology Curator Emeritus, recently traveled on "safari" to southern Africa, visiting Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. He will discuss some of the issues facing animals in this region.

Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061. Free and open to the public.

Feb 15
Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture (7:00 - 8:30pm, Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Floyd Mansberger, Fever River Research, will present "The Archaeology of Racial Hatred: Springfield, Illinois." On the evening of August 14, 1908, racial tensions in Springfield ignited. During the two days of rioting, one residential neighborhood in particular--referred to by the contemporary Press as the "Badlands"--was the focus of much of the violence.
Little physical evidence of this event remains on the landscape today, however archaeological investigations conducted ahead of rail improvements resulted in the discovery of foundations of five houses along North Tenth Street destroyed by fire during the Race Riot. This presentation will feature the results of the archaeological investigations. Free and open to the public. http://dev7.illinoisstatemuseum.org/?q=content/archaeology-racial-hatred-springfield-illinois For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or 217-782-0061.


Feb 16 ONGOING
Single & Parenting (6:00pm, Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S MacArthur, SPRINGFIELD)
According to US Census Bureau single-parent families accounted for about 12 million families in 2014. As more of today's children are raised by single parents, primarily by their mothers, there is a need for single parents to meet to talk about the issues that affect single parent households. At 'Single & Parenting' classes, single parents discuss practical strategies in the areas of "Your Children and Your Fears"; "Tired and Overwhlemed"; "Conflict Resolution." Participants explore techniques to help the hurting child, deal with verbal onslaughts by the child; discipline and how to encourage a child to obey; and determine what certain emotions mean. Each two-hour class utilizes a video presentation, group discussion and personal Bible study about relationships and parenting. This 12-week winter session is free; a light meal and child care will be provided at no cost. For more information, please contact Shelly at 217.685.8099 or email trinitysingleandparenting@gmail.com | singleandparenting.org

Feb 17
Trivia & Auction Night (6:00pm; Christ the King Community Center, 1930 Barberry Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
There will be door prizes, a silent auction, and 50/50 raffle. Food and drink available to purchase. Cash prizes for competition. Cost: $10 per person, tables of 8-10 participants. To register, contact Jeannette McDermith at 529-8300 ext. 203

Feb 17-19
Recovery Retreat (Chiara Retreat Center, SPRINGFIELD)
Those working through a 12-step program or those in recovery are invited to attend a weekend retreat on "Process Addictions" which are growing at an alarming rate. They include co-dependent behavior, work, electronic devices, gambling and pornography to name a few of the hundreds that plague men & women. During this retreat we will: help to identify the most common process addictions, discuss how they impact our lives and recovery, and explore ways we can address them so they don’t overwhelm our lives and vital relationships.
The commuter rate is $110.00 and the overnight rate is $199.00. To register, call (217) 523-0901 and to learn more about the Chiara Center contact Dan Frachey, Program Director or visit http://www.chiaracenter.org/.

Feb 17, 18, 19
Springfield Area Home Builder's 2017 Home Expo (Times vary, Prairie Capitol Convention Center, SPRINGFIELD)
Come learn about the latest trends in home building and remodeling from over 120 local vendors. Bring canned goods to St. Martin de Porres or to the Home Expo and receive $1 off admission.
Friday, February 17th:: 3pm-8pm - SENIOR DAY, 65+ $1 off admission
Saturday, February 18th: 9am-6pm - HEROES' DAY - Firefights, police, military receive $1 off admission
Sunday, February 19th: 10am-5pm = EDUCATORS' DAY - all educators, $1 off admission
Learn more at www.BuilderEvents.com
LEGO CONTEST: register online.

Feb 18
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

Feb 18
Trivia Night (6:00pm, Little Lorraine Theater, 214 E Main St., HOOPESTON)
Limited to 12 teams of up to 5 people each (or you can come alone and join a smaller team). $10.00/person. Free theater popcorn, cookies and a small bottled water or soda. Additional concessions available for purchase. Winning team members receive refund of entry fee and a door prize will also be awarded. | Do you know silly facts that seem to have no use in the world? Everyone has many things they know just from living every day! Come, bring a friend (or friends) and have fun with us. | Reserve your table or ask questions by calling Marilyn at 217-840-4870 or Betty at 217-304-5308. | Presented by the Save the Lorraine Foundation. All proceeds go toward the preservation and restoration of the historic Lorraine Theater in downtown Hoopeston.

Feb 18
Neighbor Love: Valentine's Party for Danville Seniors (9:30am - 12:00pm, Danville Care Center, 1701 N. Bowman Ave., DANVILLE)
We are VERY low on volunteers AND donors, so we could really use your help. Neighbor Love is delivering gift bags and hosting a Valentine’s party for the residents. You can see all the details of the event by visiting: www.adoptasenior.net

Feb 18
Gospel Sing: The Redemptions and Wanda Mountain Boys (6:00pm; Sherman Church of the Nazarene, 7085 Village Center Rd., SHERMAN) Whatever your plans, don't miss out on this night of joyful singing to the Lord. A love offering will be taken. www.shermannaz.com

Feb 18
All-You-Can-Eat Mostacciolli Dinner (11:00am - 3:00pm, Dawson Firehouse, 109 N. Lewis, DAWSON)
$7.00 Dinner includes: All-you-can-eat Mostaccioli, Garlic Bread, Salad, Dessert, Iced Tea or Coffee
50-50 Tickets will also be available | Drawing at 3:00 p.m. | Need not be present to win
All proceeds go toward Dawson community events, including the annual fireworks display or the Secret Santa Shop.

Feb 18
The New 3rd Saturday Market (9:00am - 4:00pm, Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
The New 3rd Saturday Market is back in Arthur, IL. The Market has moved from the Gazebo Annex Downtown Arthur to the Merchant Building on the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds!! The entrance to the Fairgrounds is South of the corner of RT 133 and Vine St. Follow the road in the Fairgrounds to the Merchant Building behind the High School at Jurgens Park.
This is an exciting time for the New 3rd Saturday Market. More vendors both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting). This is a monthly event. The hours will be from 9 am to 4 pm. There is off street parking available on the Fairgrounds.
The New 3rd Saturday Market is an indoor/outdoor market filled with creative homemade crafts, antiques and unique finds. A of hand crafted items and direct sales. Something new each month. We have a fantastic line-up of vendors!!!! When you come to the New 3rd Saturday Market, you will be pleasantly pleased with Bath Fusion, Honey, Lilla Rose, LulaRoe, Norwex, Papparozi Jewelry, Pink Zebra, Scentsy, Summer Sausage and Watkins besides collectibles, antiques and all of our jewelry, crafts, baby items, bowl cozi, baked potato bags, aprons - just to mention a few items that are all homemade, New in February will be homemade cinnamon rolls and baked goods.
We are growing each month.. Don’t miss out!!!!! Contact: Dale Bissonett, 217-254-5010, dbissonett@gmail.com
Future Dates for 2017: Jan 21, Feb 11, Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16
http://www.facebook.com/new3rdsaturdaymarket.com

Feb 18
Spring Training Event - Bat Demo Day (9:00am - 5:00pm; SCHEELS 2nd floor - baseball shop; SPRINGFIELD)
FREE event
Join SCHEELS to kick off the upcoming baseball/softball season with our SCHEELS Spring Training Event. Try it before you buy it – demo that latest bats and gear. Join SCHEELS Experts and Vendor Representatives to try the latest bats from Rawlings, Easton, Wilson & Louisville Slugger. Pre-season Hot Buys and Register to Win Great Prizes! http://experience.scheels.com/event/scheels-spring-trainingbat-demo-day/

Feb 19
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petsmart,
1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON) Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

Feb 19
Courtship & Crumpets (2:00 - 4:00pm; Edwards Place, 700 N. 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Join the Edwards women in the parlors of Edwards Place for tea and crumpets as they discuss romantic relationships - from Helen Edwards's arranged marriage to Elizabeth Edwards's concerns over her sister Mary Lincoln's choice of husband, to granddaughter Eliza's tragic love affair. Learn about courtships and marriage rituals in the 19th century. Tea, scones, and desserts will be served. collections@springfieldart.org | http://www.edwardspace.org/upcoming-events

Feb 19
Heads Up Group (for individuals with traumatic brain injuries) (2:00 - 4:00pm; SCIL)
Call Dave at 217-523-2587

Feb 19
Neighbor Love: Valentine's Party for Danville Seniors (2:30 - 5:00pm, Colonial Manor, 620 Warrington Ave., DANVILLE)
We are VERY low on volunteers AND donors, so we could really use your help. Neighbor Love is delivering gift bags and hosting a Valentine’s party for the residents. You can see all the details of the event by visiting: www.adoptasenior.net

Feb 19
22nd ANNUAL GREENVIEW CIA CHOCOLATE SUNDAY (2:00 - 4:00pm, Greenview Schools all-purpose room, GREENVIEW)
Chocolate entries are due at the school by 1:30PM and judging will begin at 1:30PM. The 5 categories are cakes, pies, cookies, candy and fancy desserts. There is also a youth category for 16 years old and under. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners and everyone will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entry as the people’s choice award winner. | Admission to this winter tradition is free and there will be family fun, door prizes, music, bingo and a lot of chocolate to taste. Please check your recipes and cookbooks for an entry to bring. | A gift basket/boxed meal auction will take place around 3:15PM. As always, donations for the auction are graciously accepted. | The Greenview Civic Improvement Association is a not for profit organization that supports the operation and continued availability of the Greenview community center. | For more information, please call 217-968-7043 or 217-968-5323.

Feb 19
Breakfast at the Virden Knights of Columbus (8:00am - 1:00pm; Knights of Columbus, #2321 1320 N. Dye St., VIRDEN)
$8 Adults | $4 Children Under 10 | FREE 3 & Under
Menu includes: Pancakes |Sausage|Biscuits & Gravy|Scrambled Eggs|Coffee|Orange Juice|Milk
Proceeds will go to support the charitable efforts of the Knights of Columbus.

Feb 20
Kids Klub - Hooray for Hockey! (6:00pm; SCHEELS, SPRINGFIELD)
Free event for kids ages 4-12
Join SCHEELS as we welcome the Springfield Jr. Blues for Hooray for Hockey! Showcase your skills in the Hockey Slap Shot Inflatable. Meet & Greet with the Jr. Blues Players, meet the Jr. Blues mascot Gilly and get your picture taken and get a FREE frozen treat. http://experience.scheels.com/event/kids-klub-hooray-hockey/

Feb 21
Springfield’s 1980 Race Riots (5:30-7:00pm; City of Springfield Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 S 7th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Speaker Kathryn Harris, retired library services director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will discuss the race riots of 1908 that shocked the nationa and led to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The program will discuss why the riots developed, who caused it, and its impact then and now.
Part of Black History Month | Sponsored by Sangamon County Historical Society | www.sangamonhistory.org | 217-525-1961

Feb 21
Craft & Draft (7:00pm - 8:30pm, Boones Saloon,
301 W Edwards St, SPRINGFIELD) $20, 1 beer and 3 crafts. Drink a free draft beer and choose items from the craft buffet to create for $20. Email rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com to register. https://www.facebook.com/ourvibrantcommunity/

Feb 22
AfroLatinos: An Untaught History (5:00 - 7:00pm; Foellinger Auditorium, University of Illinois, CHAMPAIGN)
Free screening followed by Q&A with Emmy award winning director Renzo Davia. Open to public.

Feb 22
"Friendships are like a crazy quilt" Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
$15 all inclusive
"Quilters make the best friends" Special Feature: Linda Sill, who is also our main speaker, will be sharing with us her quilting tips and will showcase the quilts she has made.
Her talk is titled "Who is your best friend?" She will share with us the importance of a true friend.
Invite a friend, she'll be glad you did! Reservations and cancellations are essential by Friday, Feb 17. Call Debbie at 217-691-7153 or email gmatrammel@yahoo.com

Feb 22
Artists Vent on Art Life (7:30 - 9:00pm; DH Browns, 231 E Monroe St, SPRINGFIELD)
An open discussion steered on the concerns and insights visual artists navigate through. Free event.

Feb 24
Throwback Night with Jr. Blues (Doors at 6:05pm; 1601 N. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield JR Blues v. Fairbanks Icedogs game starts at 7:05pm. Wear any Springfield JR. Blues jersey from the past 24 seasons and receive $5 admission at the door. 217.525.2589

Feb 24, 25
Listed LIVE to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (7:30pm, Sangamon Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD & 7:30pm, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, BLOOMINGTON)
You are invited to meet music director candidate Ken Lam after each concert at a special reception hosted by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal and Springfield. Listen LIVE in Beautiful Beethoven Dutch Violinist Simone Lamsma to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

Please join Guest Conductor Ken Lam before the concert for Concert Comments. Concert Comments are Friday, February 24, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Sangamon Auditorium and Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 6:45 PM in the Ballroom of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets may be purchased in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 and in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777. Single ticket prices range from $5 for students (6 years +) to $60 for premium seating. Tickets for youth (5 and under) are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts are also available. When you call, ask about our PICK 3 (Discount Code: PICK3) ticket offer.

Feb 25
Pro Wrestling Event (6:30pm, Lanphier High School, SPRINGFIELD)
PWA Live tapings for FITE TV. Tickets: Adults $10 | Kids 6-12 $6 | 5&under FREE

Feb 25
Black History Month Ebony Dance (9:00pm-12:00am; LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The event is co-sponsored by the African-American History Month Committee and the Open Door Mentorship program. Call 786-2200 for more info.

Feb 25
Try Hockey for Free (Doors at 4:00 -5:00; 1601 N. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Play hockey with Gilly and the JR. Blues players. Kids 12 & under attending the event will receive a free ticket to the game with purchase of an adult ticket. 217.525.2589
Springfield JR Blues v. Fairbanks Icedogs. Puck drops at 6:05pm. Post game skate with the team.
First 250 fans receive a Springfield JR. Blues drawstring bag.

Feb 25
Mostaccioli Dinner (4:00 - 9:00pm, Poe's on the Hill, SHERMAN)
This will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. $10 for adults and $5 for children. Meal includes mostaccioli, green beans, salad and drink. There will also be raffle items and crafts for sale. Come out for good food for a great cause!!

Feb 25
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; at PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

Feb 24, 25, 26
Steel Magnolias (8pm Fri-Sat, 4pm Sun; Hoogland Center for the Arts , 420 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
HCFTA presents "Steel Magnolias", written by Robert Harling and directed by Joe-Michael Jackson. Set in a beauty parlor in Chinquapin, Louisiana, "Steel Magnolias" illustrates how the lives of six distinctly different women interweave via the small town gossip that shadows the unending cycle of birth, marriage and death. Filled with hilarious Southern repartee, the play stars Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson as M'Lynn, Cynda Wrightsman as Clairee, Felicia Coulter as Quiser, Stella Cole as Shelby, Julie Staley as Annelle, and Carrie Kincaid as Truvy. http://www.hcfta.org/event/ecd6ffa4b1ddd09c85e5eb3cc89528d7 For tickts, call 523-ARTS. PRICE: $16, $18.

Feb 25
Springfield Area Rube Goldberg Competition (9:00am-3:30pm; Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
PRICE: Free to public
"Outlandish machines" designed by area fifth graders will be on display as Lincoln Land Community College hosts the 11th annual Springfield Area Fifth Grade Rube Goldberg Competition Saturday, Feb. 25. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. in the Student Union of Menard Hall, LLCC-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road. There is no admission fee and the public is invited to attend the competition.
A Rube Goldberg device, such as the board game "Mousetrap," is an outlandish machine designed to complete a certain task through a number of complex steps. Area fifth graders are currently developing their own unique Rube Goldberg devices for this year's competition. They receive assistance from engineer volunteers who visit classrooms and provide instruction on machines and engineering in general, along with suggestions for their "secret" Rube Goldberg.
The purpose of this event is to introduce children to the idea of pursuing a career in engineering or a closely related field. It is the only Rube Goldberg program in the nation specifically aimed at elementary age school children.
This year, 14 classrooms are participating from the following schools: Dubois Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Graham Elementary, Our Savior Lutheran, Owen Marsh Elementary, Rochester Intermediate, Springfield Christian and Trinity Lutheran-Springfield.
Last year's task entailed building a Rube Goldberg that would unload an object from a vessel or container and return it to the same vessel or container. Dan Hartman's 5th grade class from Dubois Elementary with engineer volunteers Chris Groth and Jim Michael from Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. took home the top prize. This year's competition involves building a Rube Goldberg that will "fill a cereal bowl."

Feb 25
34th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival (6:00pm, Foellinger Auditorium, University of Illinois, URBANA-CHAMPAIGN)
Hosted by the Dept. of Entomology, we will feature a live petting zoo, exotic insect displays from around the world, face painting, balloon-insects, many hands-on activities, and a display of entries from local schools for the annual IFFF art contests, with prizes to be announced at 7:00pm.
The theme of this year's festival is "Illini Alumnus Paul Hertzberg Insect Fear Films". We will show "2 Lava 2 Lantula" and "Caved In" produced by Hertzberg, as well as a Q&A with him in between the films. Mr. Hertzberg is the president of CineTel films, which has produced hundreds of horror and science fiction films.

Feb 26
Balkan Trio Concert (4:00pm; Central Christian Church, 650 W William St., DECATUR)
Kamen Petkov on violin, Maryna Meshcherska on piano, Yona Stamatis on violin and bouzouki. Free admission and open to the public. Also performing: The Millikin Connection ft. Emily Sheffer on Clarinet.

Feb 26
Let It Be (7:00pm; Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
PRICE: $31-51
Direct from London's West End and Broadway the international hit show made its North American debut with an 8 week tour throughout Canada and the U.S during spring of 2015. The infamous show that has been seen by over 2 million people worldwide is introducing a brand new show for the 2016 touring season! Annerin Productions brings you the show that you never got to see The Beatles ever perform. Relive the past from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, with favorite hits including Hard Day's Night, Day Tripper, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Twist and Shout, Get Back, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Strawberry Fields, and imagine the reunion that never was… The end of The Beatles era was never thought to be in sight when The Beatles played their last show on the roof of Apple Offices in 1969. Imagine what would have been if The Beatles continued their journey. Enter a times capsule and turn back in time to what would have been John Lennon's 40th Birthday - October 9, 1980. For one night, the fab four come together again on stage after a decade apart performing other hits like Back in the USSR, Live and Let Die, Got to Get you into My Life, My Sweet Lord, Hey Jude, & many more hits you never got to see performed live, on top of many other classics! — Imagine a night that never happened, but which feels so surreal! The original production which established itself as one of the West End's most popular shows when it opened in 2012, also recently celebrated having performed over 1000 shows, showcased the music of the world's most successful rock'n'roll band that charted the band's meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool's Cavern Club, through the height of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces that was packed with all your favorite hits. P: 800-745-3000

Feb 26
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; at Petco, 2721 S Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

Feb 26
Life Mapping w/ Our Vibrant Community (3:00 - 5:30pm; Schnucks Montvale Community room, SPRINGFIELD)
Create a vision board using artistic, meditational and organizational skills. $35 Email rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com to register

Feb 26
New Spurlock Museum Performance Series (1:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
the Spurlock Museum will continue its new Cultural Celebration Series, a performing arts series held on the 4th Sunday of each month. The performance for February will be by the Acoustic Mayhem String Band, an Old-Time Dance Band. The performances are free, and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Kim at 217-244-3355.

Feb 27
REGISTRATION for 2017 Spring Swim Lessons (8:00am, Eisenhower Pool, 2351 E. Cornell St., SPRINGFIELD)
Lessons offered are Parent/Tot, Group, Semi-private, and private. For additional information including pricing and availability, please contact Bob Barrett by email at bobbarrett@springfieldparks.org or by phone at 525-8847 ext. 1501. www.springfieldparks.org

Feb 27
After-School Lap Swim Hours (3:30 - 5:30pm; Eisenhower Pool, 2351 E. Cornell St., SPRINGFIELD)
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Springfield Park District will be offering after school lap swim hours beginning Feb 27 at Eisenhower Pool. For additional information, please contact Bob Barrett by email at bobbarrett@springfieldparks.org or by phone at 525-8847 ext. 1501. www.springfieldparks.org

Feb 27
2017 NWS Free Storm Spotter Course (6:30pm; LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
The National Weather Service will offer a free two-hour "Severe Weather Storm Spotting" class. Open to the general public, in addition to learning about the formation and tracking of tornadoes, the session will give attendees an opportunity to become official NWS storm spotters. The training program - the only one in Sangamon County in 2017- will be held in the Student Union on the lower level of Menard Hall. Attendees must be at least 18 years old to receive storm spotter certification. Pre-registraion is not required. Those with special needs should contact Chris.Miller@noaa.gov no later than Wednesday 2/15 so LLCC can accomodate the request. http://www.weather.gov/Lincoln/spotter

Feb 27 - March 10
Art of Science exhibit (times vary; Capitol Building,
401 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD) Blending science with art, research images from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) are artistically enhanced to convey the elegance of nature, even at a nanoscale. This collection features images inspired by transformative IGB research in areas including health, food production, climate science and more, highlighting Illinois’ contributions and legacy as a leader in agriculture and biotechnology. These works demonstrate the unique beauty and fascination encountered daily in scientific endeavors. The hours are 8am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 3pm on Saturday. For info, contact outreach@igb.illinois.edu or call 217.244.0876

Feb 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.

Feb 28
Harry Potter Trivia (5:30pm, Elks Lodge, 903 N. Dunlap Ave., SAVOR)
Wanted: muggles and wizards for an evening of Harry POtter Trivia. Questions will come from both the books and the movies. 8 people to a table. Register by January 16 at $125 per table. Register after January 16 for $150. Enjoy some Butterbeer, polyjuice potion, wands and chocolate frogs. Also, 50/50 drawing, costume contest, and many more events. For information or to reserve a table, contact Jill (217) 979-1504 or jill @champaignrelay.org

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