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January 2017 'Community Calendar'

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Jan 4
PreSchool Program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library will be hosting their preschool program on January 4 at 10 AM. There will be stories and a craft featuring the book "The Mitten". Please register to attend by calling the library at 267-3170 or stopping in the library located at 233 S. State Street.

Jan 4
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00m; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The January Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies at the Westville Public Library will be shown January 4 at 2PM. The movie will be Undercurrent starring Katherine Hepburn, Robert Taylor and Robert Mitchum. Middle-aged bride Ann Hamilton (Hepburn) soon begins to suspect that her charming husband is really a psychotic who plans to murder her. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this thriller of a movie. The library is located at 233 S. State Street.

Jan 6
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 Feb 3; Mar 3, 10, 24; Apr 7.

Jan 7
Stories to Warm Your Heart (2:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory, URBANA)
Throw off the winter chill with Stories to Warm Your Heart. This family concert of folktales will be performed by Spurlock Museum resident storyteller Kim Sheahan on Saturday, January 7 from 2-3:00 pm. Admission is free. Contact: Kim Sheahan at (217) 244-3355 or ksheahan@illinois.edu.

Jan 7
Five Keys to Permanent Weight Loss (10:00am - 11:30am; Frisina Family Wellness Center, 1533 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Free seminar. Moving like a jellyfish? Are you sluggish, fatigued, have aches and pains? This seminar will teach you why you have trouble loosing weight and can't keep it off. You'll learn how to read labels and what foods cause us to gain weight; even the healthy ones. This is a free seminar and seating is limited, so call 217-787-4345 to reserve your seat TODAY! www.frisinafamilychiropractic.com

Jan 7
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. During the month of December, seniors 55 years of age can adopt a cat for $20. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

Jan 7
Super Saturday: Winter Animals (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Learn how animals adapt and change to survive the long, cold winter through games, activities, and crafts. Super Saturdays at the Illinois State Museum offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up on the first Saturday of each month from 11am-3pm. 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 is $5 for adults ages 19-64. Museum members, youth, seniors, veterans, and military personnel are free. http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/main/events.html?EventID=2671

Jan 7
Stories to Warm Your Heart (2:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
On Saturday, January 7, at 2 PM, Spurlock Museum storyteller Kim Sheahan will present the concert Stories to Warm Your Heart. Come to laugh, smile, and recharge for the New Year. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. The Spurlock Museum is located at 600 S. Gregory St. in Urbana. For more information, contact Kim at 217-244-3355.

Jan 7
Tribute Comedy Show to Kevin Meaney (8:00pm - 10:00pm; Mason City Limits Comedy Club, 114 E. Chestnut, MASON CITY)
Kevin Meaney was due to headline Mason City Limits Comedy Club on Jan. 6 & 7 before his untimely passing. The date had not been rebooked until we came up with the idea of a tribute show involving some of the local comedians who had shared our stage with Kevin as well as Doctor Gonzo telling a couple stories. There will be several video tributes played during the show by some familiar faces in the comedy world. PRICE: $12.50 cash only at the club or prepay with a cc (+$1 per) at www.mclimits.com PHONE: 217-482-5233

Jan 7
Elvis' Birthday Bash (7:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Presented by local performer Rick Dunham, "Elvis's Birthday Bash featuring Elvis Himselvis & the DTCB Band" is sure to have you dancing on your blue suede shoes! 523-2787 http://www.hcfta.org

Jan 8
Silk Reeling Workshop (12:00pm - 4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
On Sunday, January 8, from noon to 4 PM, the Spurlock Museum will host a workshop in the basics of reeling thread from silk cocoons. Equipment will be provided to the participants and will also be on sale at the end of the workshop. The workshop fee is $50; pre-registration is required. The Spurlock Museum is located at 600 S. Gregory St. in Urbana. This is the first of a series of textile-related workshops presented at the Museum by the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild. For more information, contact Kim at 217-244-3355.

Jan 8 - Feb 28
2017 Molly Schlich International/Independent Film Series (Times vary, AMC Parkway 8, Lindbergh Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
For the 26th year, the Springfield Art Association is bringing films of all genres from all over the world to Springfield for its annual Molly Schlich International/Independent Film Series. The series will feature eight films over eight weeks from Sunday, January 8th through Tuesday, February 28th. Each film will be shown three times, twice on Sunday afternoon at 1 and 4 pm and once on Tuesday evening at 7 pm. All showings are at the AMC Parkway 8 Theater on Lindbergh Boulevard. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students with IDs. A series pass can be purchased a for $50. Passes are available now, in person at the SAA, with a credit card by phone at 217-523-2631, or online at www.springfieldart.org.

Jan 8
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. During the month of December, seniors 55 years of age can adopt a cat for $20. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

Jan 10 (13-week series)
Winter GriefShare Seminar (6:30 - 8:30pm, Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. McArthur, SPRINGFIELD)
You barely survived the histle and bustle of the holidays with all the parties, the decorating frenzy, the baking marathons, and spending time with family and friends. But, now you again face the loneliness of daily life without your loved one. GriefShare, a nationally-based grief-recovery seminar allows attendees to lend support and acceptance of each other's grieving process in a safe, caring environment. The goal for this seminar is to help participants find ways to honor their loved ones while putting themselves on the path towards healing and well-being. The 13-week session begins Tuesday, January 10. GriefShare used a video seminar series, a workbook and sharing time as participants work through their stages of grief.
For more information or to registered for this event, please call 899-9418 or email trinitygriefshare@yahoo.com

Jan 11
Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum, Thorne Deuel Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Dr. Michael Wiant will present "The Story of Illinois as Told by Native American Artifacts."
On December 3, 2018, Illinois will celebrate the bicentennial of statehood. The Illinois State Museum is beginning a two-year initiative to recount the story of Illinois, not simply the past two centuries, but the vast expanse of the history of this place on the globe through the Museum’s extensive anthropology, art, botany, geology, and zoology collections. The Museum will produce an exhibit of 200 extraordinary objects—from its collection of 13.5 million—that will open in 2018. To tell the story of Native American life in Illinois, Dr. Wiant has selected artifacts from the Anthropology Section collection and will present a brief narrative on each.
Paul Mickey Science Series takes place on the second Wednesday of each month. This month's program will take place in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. A different speaker and topic will be featured each month. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061.

Jan 12
Ball Charter Open House (6:00 - 7:00pm; Ball Charter, 2530 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield Ball Charter will be accepting new student applications for K-8 until Jan 31, 2017. A lottery will be held in February to make up waiting lists for all grades. Families will be noticied in March if positions are available. If you have further questions, please call the school office at 217-525-3275.

Jan 13
Springfield Ski Club Trivia Night (Doors at 6:00pm, Trivia at 7:00pm; Columbian Hall, Knights of Columbus Club, 2200 S Meadowbrook Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$10 entry fee per player. Open to the public. Snacks provided. Dinner and drinks must be purchased on site. All profits go to the ASBURY CHILDRENS SUPPER HOUR. ACSH began in 1983 as a way to meet the need for an after school/summer nutritional meal program for the neighborhood children. Asbury United Methodist Church watched its neighborhood change from middle income families to very low income families. Their mission is to provide meals and activities in a safe, nurturing, Christian environment. They also promote education by distributing school supplies, assisting with homework, and giving nominal awards for good and improved grades.
For more information, contact: Richard Griminger at 217-787-1440 or 217-652-4363

Jan 13
TRIVIA NIGHT - Wild West (7:00pm, Parkway Christian Church, 2700 Lindbergh Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
There will be cash prizes, silent auction, raffle, refreshments. Tables of 6 - $10 per person. For more information, call Gayle Burg 217-787-4702.

Jan 14
Cookies and Canvas: Monster Mash-Up (6:30 - 9:30pm; YMCA, 701 S 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Get your little artists ready for this very special Kids' Night Out: Cookies & Canvas! Kids will paint and draw a monster from their imagination with the guidance of our art staff, but the fun doesn't stop there. In collaboration with the Pharmacy Artists' Collective, all the kids' artwork will be displayed at a special art show at the Pharmacy Art Gallery! The artists will select some of the kids' artwork and recreate it into a professional piece of art. Opening event date and time TBA. If selected, parents will have first refusal to purchase professional artwork. $15 Members $25 Public Ages 6-12 PHONE: 217-544-9846
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/192516461216557/

Jan 14
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 .

Jan 14
Contrasting Forms Reception (5:30 - 7:30pm, Club Room, Hoogland Center for the Arts, SPRINGFIELD)
The SAA Collective will open the 2017 season with Contrasting Forms, a stunning show featuring the work of three Collective artists. A reception on Saturday, January 14 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM will begin with Art Talks in the Hoogland Center for the Arts Club Room located on the third floor. The public is invited to attend this free reception.
Contrasting Forms, on display January 13 through March 2, features the work of pastelist Tracey Maras, bronze sculptor Wiley D. Jenkins, and painter Dan Grossmann. Maras' collection is inspired by dramatic weather created landscapes. "The theme of Contrasting Forms becomes evident," says Maras, "when we consider the play between light and dark, cool and warm colors, human-made structures and nature’s creations." Jenkins' current body of work is inspired by the force and strength of his material. He creates forms which create tension and contrast the sturdy nature of the material. Grossmann takes a more traditional approach with landscapes are skillfully crafted to address light falling over natural rock formations. His paintings depict scenes from the windswept red hills of southern Kansas, to mountain streams of North Carolina, to the rugged peaks of Wyoming's Snowy Range, to colorful rocky shut-ins of southeastern Missouri and a couple from beautiful Illinois.
This exhibition will be on display alongside a showcase of SAA Collective artists new paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography and more including work by 6 new members artists Immanuel Ahiable, Gary Beaumont, Ramona Boston, Danucha Danny Brikshavana, M Tumulty, and Marc & Wendy Zoschke.

Jan 14
Art Together - Paint Trolls w/ Our Vibrant Community (10:00am - 12:00pm; Twisted Deli, SPRINGFIELD)
An artsy bonding for adult and child for $25. Includes a cookie. Register to rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1723099994683866/

Jan 14
Women's Personal Defense Seminar (10:30am and 1:30pm; SCHEELS 2nd floor training center, SPRINGFIELD)
FREE EVENT - First 20 each session receive a $10 SCHEELS Gift Card
Join SCHEELS and Mark Commean from Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for the 1-hour Women’s Personal Defense Seminar. Learn Techniques & Personal Defense Tactics to protect yourself! In this 1-hour FREE seminar, we will cover: the importance of confident eye contact and projecting your voice, the most common places to be attacked and what to do if you are attacked and the importance of being award of your surroundings. The first 20 in each session will receive a $10 SCHEELS Gift card. Register to Win great prizes. http://experience.scheels.com/event/womens-personal-defense-seminar/

Jan 14
Art Critiques at SAA Collective (12:00pm; 420 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
FREE faciliated critiques that provide a positive, constructive, and supportive environment to artists as the work along side each other during the creative process. Each artist is encouraged and welcome to bring up to 2 of their works in progress to discuss with the group. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Jan 14
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (8:00am - 11:30am; Springfield Senior Center, 701 W Mason St., SPRINGFIELD)
All you can eat Pancake and Sausage breakfast at the Senior Center, 701 W Mason. Adults - $8; children $3 (5 and under). Serving time is: 8 - 11:30 a.m.

Jan 15
Heads Up Group (for individuals with traumatic brain injuries) (1:00 - 3:00pm; SCIL)
Call Dave at 217-523-2587

Jan 15
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (8:00am - 1:00pm; St. Joseph the Worker Church, 700 E. Spruce St., CHATHAM)
All you can eat, and bake sale. Cost: $5 Adults, $3 Children 4-11, FREE Children under 4. To benefit local food pantries: Chatham & Holy Family.

Jan 15, 17
A Man Called OVE Screening (1:00pm, 4pm, 7pm; AMC Parkway Pointe 8)
The second film of the Molly Schlich Independent & International Film Series is A Man Called Ove, based on the 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman. Ove is your typical grumpy man next door, until his new neighbors strike up an unlikely friendship with him in this heartwarming and oddly humorous film. Six weeks of film will follow A Man Called OVE through the months of January and February. Single tickets are available for purchase at the door, as well as season passes at the door or at the SAA website. $8 for adults/$4 with student ID. PHONE: 217-523-2631

Jan 15
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 .

Jan 16
Kids Klub - Train Like a Superhero (6:00pm, 2nd floor training room, SCHEELS, SPRINGFIELD)
FREE for ages 4-12. Join SCHEELS for our January Kids Klub – Train like a Superhero! Learn every Superhero’s secret weapon…karate! Dress like your favorite Superhero and join Amy Gils from Progressive Kenpo Karate to learn and train like a Superhero.
http://experience.scheels.com/event/kids-klub-train-like-superhero-karate/

Jan 17
Learn Sign w/ Our Vibrant Community (7:00 - 9:00pm; D.H. Browns Tavern, SPRINGFIELD)
Rhiannon will guide you through basic sign while you drink and laugh off this new learning experience. Includes a sign language alphabet sheet to color as we go. $8 cash at event. FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1894853380736507/

Jan 18
ISM Brown Bag Lecture: "A Quick Look at 3000 Years of Maker Spaces." (12:00 - 1:00pm; Illinois State Museum Research and Collection Center, 1011 East Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Maker spaces have increased in popularity in recent years as well-equipped, safe environments for community creativity. Joe Deken, best-selling technology author, professor, and former museum curator will speak on the long history of this new "fad." For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061.

This program is part of the ISM Brown Bag Lecture Series. On the third Wednesday of each month, a different speaker and topic will be featured at Noon. The program takes place at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash Street in Springfield, 217-785-0037 (entrance on 10 1/2 Street). Visitors are welcome to bring their own lunch. Free and open to the public.

Jan 21
Concordia Lutheran Church-School Blood Drive (10:00am - 1:30pm, Gymnasium, 2300 Wilshire Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for a donut and customize your favorite hot chocolate at our hot chocolate bar.

Jan 21
Beef and Noodle Dinner
(4:00pm - 6:30pm; Riverton United Methodist Church, 429 E. Lincoln, RIVERTON) You can eat in or carry out a meal for $8.00. Ticket price includes a hearty serving of Beef and Noodles, Green Beans, Biscuit, Dessert and Drink. Family-sized servings of Beef and Noodles are also available to carry out (while supplies last) for $10. For more information, contact the church at 629-9721.

Jan 21
Mini Maker Faire (12:30 - 4:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Join us at the Illinois State Museum for a celebration of creativity! The Springfield MakerSpace will present a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations including 3D printing, vinyl cutting, button making, paper quilling, metal stamping and more. Visitors can also enter door prize drawings.
The event will begin with an introduction to maker spaces and the available activities by best-selling technology author, professor, and museum curator Joe Deken. All make-and-take activities are suitable for adults and youth ages 5 and up. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan at events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or 217-782-0061.
This event is free with admission.
Museum admission is $5 for adults 19-64. ISM Society Members, Youth, Seniors, Military Personnel, and Veterans are Free.

Jan 21
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.

Jan 21
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 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

Jan 21
Post Polio Group (10:00am-12:00pm; SCIL, SPRINGFIELD)
Call Bradley with questions at 217-523-2587

Jan 22
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 .

Jan 23
Craft and Draft w/ Our Vibrant Community (7:00 - 9:00pm; Engrained Brewery, SPRINGFIELD)
Choose a draft beer and items from the craft buffet line to make a craft. Will be guided on creating for $20 cash or card at event. Reserve your seat by paying ticket link or email me.
January 23 @ Engrained Brewery
February 21 @ Boones Saloon
March 13 @ Mariah's Steakhouse
February and March events are posted on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ourvibrantcommunity/events/

Jan 23
Youth Forum (1:00pm - 4:00pm; Illinois REALTORS, 522 S 5th St, SPRINGFIELD)
The Land of Lincoln Youth Council will convene a diverse range of youth service providers throughout a five-county area to collaboratively identify priorities for serving youth, including cultivating new partnerships among youth service providers that could help achieve a more coordinated referral process in the future. The Youth Forum is part of the Land of Lincoln Youth Council's five-month initiative to develop a Youth Resource Mapping Guide. One tangible outcome of the process is a comprehensive online directory of your service providers in Cass, Christian, Logan, Menard and Sangamon counties. The Youth Resource Mapping Guide will help the Youth Council and partners develop new referral methods and relationships to eliminate duplication of services, locate gaps in services available to youth and leverage Federal and other resources to achieve true service integration as envisioned by the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
RSVP: Contact Cameron Sweatman at Kerber, Eck, & Braeckel LLP (KEB): 217-789-0960 or camerons@kebcpa.com

Jan 24
Five Keys to Permanent Weight Loss (6:15pm - 7:45pmpm; Frisina Family Wellness Center, 1533 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD) FREE Seminar.
Moving like a jellyfish? Are you sluggish, fatigued, have aches and pains? This seminar will teach you why you have trouble loosing weight and can't keep it off. You'll learn how to read labels and what foods cause us to gain weight; even the healthy ones. This is a free seminar and seating is limited, so call 217-787-4345 to reserve your seat TODAY! www.frisinafamilychiropractic.com

Jan 25
Brown Bag Seminar: "Dismantling Racism" (12:10 - 1:00pm, Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 Monroe St., SPRINGFIELD)
How-Tos for your business, church, or organization. Tips from Sister Marcelline Koch, OP, Dominican justice promoter, and the Springfield Coalition on Dismantling Racism.
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.

Jan 27, 28, 29
The Lion King, Jr. (Times vary, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., SPRINGFIELD)
A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, "The Lion King Jr." is the story of the young lion prince Simba who spends his days exploring savanna grasslands and idolizing his father, Mufasa, while shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba's wicked uncle, takes his father's life, Simba flees the Pride Lands. Eventually Simba meets two hilarious and unlikely friends and starts anew, but when responsibility comes to find him, he must take on a formidable enemy, and fulfill his destiny to be king. TIME: 7pm Fri; 4pm, 7pm Sat; 2pm, 5pm Sun

Jan 27, 28, 29
The Lion in Winter (Times vary, The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, SPRINGFIELD)
The Legacy Theatre kicks off the new year with a gripping production of The Lion in Winter, in which audience members will literally step into a fabled world of kings, queens and medieval sword-fighting, only to find themselves in a situation much more contemporary than it seems. Three sons, one crown, and one glaring question: who will be the heir to King Henry's throne? Thus ignites age-old family tensions fueled by bad parenting and sibling rivalry.
The Legacy's production is staged in what is billed as a "stage door production," where an intimate audience of just 100 is seated directly on stage with the performers. The theatre produced Hedwig and the Angry Inch in a similar fashion a few years ago. "This is not interactive, but given their proximity, the audience will feel like a member of the royal court," says director Ed MacMurdo, "or perhaps a servant eavesdropping on this family's Christmas."
It's easy to describe The Lion in Winter in terms of contemporary TV: the setting of Game of Thrones, the inheritance battle of Empire, and the rapid verbal gymnastics of Gilmore Girls. It is 1183 and Henry II, King of England, has invited his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons, Richard, Geoffrey, and John, to spend Christmas with him and a pair of French nobles, King Philip of France and his half-sister, Alais, at Chinon Castle.
The subtext of this fraught gathering is particularly rich, as Eleanor has a history of instigating insurrection against her husband with the help of her sons, and has spent the last 10 years as Henry's prisoner. Releasing her only for the holiday, the play follows their royal reunion as it crisscrosses the ambitious paths taken by Henry's sons, each of whom believes himself to be the rightful heir to his throne.
Who will triumph? Like a medieval soap opera, dysfunction and jealousy rear their ugly heads with Christmas Eve twists that include Henry and Eleanor's on-again, off-again, love-hate relationship, as well as Henry's affair with young Princess Alais, who already has been promised to his son, Richard the Lionheart. John, Geoffrey and King Philip II of France conspire to overthrow the king, while Henry considers locking up his sons forever so he can sire a new successor with Alais.
http://www.atthelegacy.com | TIME: 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sat-Sun | PRICE: $18 advance, $22 day of; $15 seniors and children

Jan 28
NoDAPL Rally Rapid Response! Saturday (1:00pm – 4:00pm at Illinois State Capitol, 301 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
We are going to rally in rapid response to Donald Trump's executive order to complete DAPL and Keystone pipelines. This is also a call out to "Make America Great Again" by innovation and creation of Clean Energy and to move away from fracking and fossil fuels! https://www.facebook.com/events/1255635457837331/?active_tab=about

Jan 28
Trivia Night (6:00pm - 9:00pm; Christian County Senior Center, 701 W Adams St., TAYLORVILLE)
The Christian County Historical Society and Museum will be hosting a Trivia Night Fundraiser on Saturday, January 28th. Doors open at 6:00 and trivia begins promptly at 7:00 pm at the Christian County Senior Center in Taylorville. Tickets are $10 per person and teams must have a minimum of 6 participants and a no more than 10 participants. Payment may be made ahead of time at the Historical Society or day-of at the door. To reserve a table please contact us at 217-824-6922 or cchs254@gmail.com.
A BBQ meal and desserts will be available for purchase. Cash prize will be awarded for 1st and 2nd Place teams. Door prizes and prize for best decorated table will also be given.
http://www.christiancountyhistorical.com | P: 217-824-4263 | https://www.facebook.com/Christian-County-Historical-Society-809415589119349/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Jan 28
Wild Game Dinner (5:00pm; Church of Nazarene, 500 W Monroe, AUBURN)

Free admission, Free dinner, door prizes.
Raffling : Matthews Z-2 Camo Bow and other items (must be present to win)
Raffle tickets :1 for $ 5.00 or 5 for $20.00
Guest Speaker: John Heingartner from Uncle Bucky hunting videos
Bring your mounts and sheds to display

Jan 28
Springfield Winter Farmers Market (9:00am-1:00pm; Third Presbyterian Church, 1030 N. Seventh St., SPRINGFIELD)
Winter blues got you down? Come get your winter greens...and reds, yellows, and oranges too, at the new Springfield Winter Farmers Market. The market will make fresh produce and local proteins available to residents all year long!
Shoppers at the Winter Farmers Markets can expect to find around 10 local vendors selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised meats, eggs, honey, cheese, greens, carrots, potatoes, turnips, radishes, sunchokes, and winter squashes. The market aims to fill in the gaps for year round availability of local food, as well as provide an an additional opportunity for farmers to sell their local products. While it's often believed that farmers in central Illinois aren't able to grow produce throughout the winter, advances in season-extension technology, such as hoop houses, have given farmers the ability to continue to grow products even in sub-freezing environments. Some crops, like spinach and kale, even benefit from the colder temperatures, producing more sugars and a sweeter flavor.
The Springfield Winter Farmers Market, is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, January 28th, 2017. The market will take place on the 4th Saturday of each month, January – April, 2017 for a total of 4 markets. These free events will be held at the Third Presbyterian Church on 1030 N 7th St. in downtown Springfield and will take place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Market dates include: Saturday, January 28 | Saturday, February 25| Saturday, March 25| Saturday, April 29 http://www.ilstewards.org/springfield-winter-farmers-market/

Jan 28
Get it Wright Trivia Night (6:00pm; Panther Creek Clubhouse, 3001 Panther Creek Dr., SPRINGFIELD) Hosted by Dana Thomas House Foundation. $10 per person. $100 per table (8-10 players). 50/50 raffle | Mulligans | Games | Cash Bar | Drinks & Snacks available for purchase | Please no outside food or drinks | Participants must be 18+

Proceeds benefit the Dana Thomas House Foundation Inc. to promote public awareness of the architectural significance of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Dana-Thomas House. For more info, contact Caren Mansfield (217)971-3371 or email cmbakerlaw@aol.com

Jan 28
PWA presents Blood, Sweat, and Tears (6:30pm, Lanphier High School, SPRINGFIELD)
LIVE Pro Wrestling. $10 Adults, $6 Kids 6-12, FREE Kids 5 & under. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2760029

Jan 29
Live in Concert: Carrollton (4:30pm, First Christian Church, 100 N Jackson St., CLINTON)
Pre-concert music by Prodigal Worship Band, Lincoln Christian University. Tickets available at iTickets.com or call 1-800-965-9324 or First Christian Church, Clinton, IL Monday – Thursday at 217-935-3139
$15 / rows 1-7
$10 / rows 8+
$8.00 / groups of 10 or more

Jan 29
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 .

Jan 31
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.


ONGOING

Now through March 10
Manierre Dawson: A Journey to Abstraction (Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Illinois State Museum proudly presents "Manierre Dawson: A Journey to Abstraction." Manierre Dawson, a little known artist from Chicago, took his own journey to non-objective painting and may even have arrived there shortly before more famous artists such as Kandinsky, Picasso, and Mondrian. This exhibit shows Dawson's artistic journey through 16 original oil paintings from the Museum's collection. Exhibition runs from December 10, 2016 through March 10, 2017. For more information contact Robert Sill at Robert.sill@illinois.gov or 217-524-5744.
http://dev7.illinoisstatemuseum.org/?q=content/manierre-dawson-journey-abstraction
Museum Admission: $5 for Adults 19-64. Society Members, Youth, Seniors, Military Personnel, and Veterans are Free.

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