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January 2018 Community Calendar

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January 1
Memorial Center Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Center, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, call 788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 788-3300.

January 2
13-Week Session of GriefShare (6:30 - 8:30pm; Parish Hall at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur, SPRINGFIELD) Grief is the cost of losing a loved one. It is inevitable that during such a loss a person would experience shock or feel wounded by this sense of desertion. Grief is a process of working through the feelings of loss, and recovery is the ability to find joy in life again.
GriefShare is a non-denominational, grief-recovery program using video seminar, a workbook and a support group environment to assist people in working through the death of a beloved family member or close friend. Participants have the opportunity to be around people who understand the emotions of grieving. Learning how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and learning to face a “new normal in life” and renewing hope for the future are two of the goals of participating in GriefShare.
The 13-week fall session of GriefShare will begin on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd. at 6:30 pm. Each weekly session lasts two hours. There is a $15 fee for materials and supplies; scholarships are available to help cover the $15 fee. Childcare is available upon advance request.
For more information, to pre-register, or to reserve childcare, please contact Joleen at 217.899.9418 or trinitygriefshare@yahoo.com.

January 3
Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture: "From the Sangamon to the Rhine: The Letters and Photographs of Kent Hagler" (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public.
Rejected by the US military as a result of a childhood injury, Kent Hagler volunteered as an ambulance driver in the American Field Service. Hagler left his place at Harvard University and his family in Springfield and travelled to France to drive ambulances in support of the French army. McDonald’s talk will examine Hagler’s experiences through the lens of the letters he sent home to his family in Springfield. Hagler, still a teenager at the time, was decorated for bravery by the French and saw first-hand the impact of war. His letters are insightful, literate, and sometimes humorous; and his photographs give us a glimpse into the life of an ambulance driver as he traveled from the Sangamon River in 1917 to the Rhine in 1918. The letters also provide an interesting view of Springfield at the time. When Hagler returned home in 1919, he brought a large number of souvenirs of the war which he later donated to the State Museum. This talk aims to place these items into the context of both an individual and general history.
Each month, the Paul Mickey Science Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan, events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

January 5
K of C 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. Carry-out orders, call 629-7202; more information at www.kofc3914.com
Future Dates: Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 16 2018

January 6
From Bluestems to Bluegills Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission
Illinois is 200 years old! Enjoy crafts and activities while learning about the official symbols of our state including plants, animals, and food.
Super Saturdays offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up 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 Elizabeth Bazan, events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military and veterans.

January 6
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; 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 .

January 6
Annual Elvis Birthday Show: "The Country Hits" (3:00pm; Hoogland, 420 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring Elvis Himselvis (Rick Dunham) with full DTCB band and dancers. New show!! $17/$15 tickets on sale online or at the box office and day of show.

January 7
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 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.

January 10
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
This is a change from the normal first Wednesday of the month to give everyone time to settle into the new year. The feature will be a recent release starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin. The movie is about three lifelong pals that are desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones. They risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this comedy filled film.

January 10
BEST: "Becoming Empowered Successful Teens" and Parent Transition Support Group (6:00 - 7:30pm; Early Learning Center, 2501 S. 1st St., SPRINGFIELD)
Panel of experts "Ask the Expert: SSI/SSI, PUNS, Guardianship and TRusts" - Question and Answer session after talk. Pre-registration is required. 523-2587

January 10
Molly Schlich Film Series Preview Party (7:00 - 9:00pm; 700 N, 4th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The 27th Annual Molly Schlich Film Series will begin on January 14th! As a kick off to this event, the Springfield Art Association will host a preview party at the SAA for guests to purchase or pick up their season passes. 217-523-2631
This year, the SAA is screening an Illinois-made film, entitled Rogers Park. Kyle Henry, the film maker will be present for a Q&A session after the film is show.
The SAA is hosting this as a free event, with the help of Laurie and David Farrell. Popcorn and drinks will also be provided.
Many thanks to Springfield Clinic, as well, as the Premier Sponsor of the Molly Shlich Film Series.

January 10
Penguin Preschool (10:00am; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library Preschool Program for January will the Penguin Preschool. It will be Wednesday, January 10 at 10 AM. This is a change from our regular first Wednesday of the month to give everyone time to settle in to the new year! There will be stories a craft and fun. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register.

January 11
Music at the Museum Series: Chris Vallillo and Rocky Maffit "Oh Freedom!" (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (1/15/18) series host Chris Vallillo will take the stage and perform his show, Oh Freedom! along with master percussionist Rocky Maffit. The show features 11 pivotal songs of the Civil Rights Movement along with first person accounts of how the music was used in this epic struggle for American Freedom. This show is scheduled to be produced in a full theatrical version at Western Illinois University this coming April and will be the world premier of a fully staged version of this show.
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 p.m. 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 Elizabeth Bazan, events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

January 11
Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society Club Meeting (7:00 - 8:30pm; William M. Staerkel Planetarium, 2400 West Bradley Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
We’ll install new officers and then take a look at what the planets and Moon will offer us in 2018 using the planetarium projectors. Free for all. 217-714-7786 | http://cuas.org/events-page/ | jimwehmer@yahoo.com

January 12
Springfield Ski Club Trivia Night (7:00pm; Erin's Pavilion, Southwind PArk, 4965 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Proceeds to benefit Grounds for Grace and the Rutledge Foundation. $10 entry fee per player-table limit 6-10 players. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Team Prizes. 50/50 drawing, open bar, and snacks. For more info call Rich Bergt at 217-341-8225 or Rick Griminger at 217-787-1440. Doors open at 6 pm.

January 12
Opening Reception for ART IS EXCEPTIONAL, Celebrating Student Artists of SPS 186 (5:30 - 7:30pm; Springfield Art Association, 700 N. 4th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The work comes from Springfield Public Schools including Dubois, Feitshans, Ridgely, Owen Marsh, Laketown, Butler, Harvard Park, Lindsay, McClernand, and Lee. There will be a total of 55 two-dimensional pieces.
This exhibition celebrates the artistic accomplishments of the local K-12 student artists with special needs and it highlights the scope of the District’s visual arts programming that is available to all the students.The exhibition started Monday, January 8th and runs through Friday, January 26th. The M.G. Nelson Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. The gallery and reception are free and open to the public. For more information about this exhibition you may contact Elizabeth Marcy emarcy@sps186.org or Betsy Dollar at the SAA, director@springfieldart.org.

January 12
Paperworks Opening Reception (5:00 - 7:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
FREE
A reception will be held at the SAA Collective to view the new work of Teri Zee, Carolyn Owen Sommer, and Joan Burmeister.
Their exhibition is entitled Paperworks. The reception, sponsored by Don & Carole Walton, will be held from 5-7 PM on Janurary 12.
Light refreshments will be served and you will have the chance to see new work from many other Collective artist members.
The show will be on display through March 1 during SAA Collective hours; Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM-5 PM, and Thursday-Saturday Noon-7 PM.

January 12 - February 23
FREE! Nature Center Pre-K Fridays (9:00am - 12:00pm; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Kids age 6 and under and their families can drop by the nature center to discover self-guided activities just for little naturalists. Each week, we’ll explore a different theme. Your adventures may lead you outdoors to the nature playscape as weather permits, so come prepared! Call 217-384-4062 for more information. Themes explored depend on what current events are happening in nature at the time. To keep these programs relevant to the changing seasons, themes are announced the week before each program. Donations of $5/child are encouraged.

January 13
All You Can Eat Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (7:00 - 11:00am; The American Legion Post #73, 110 W. Franklin, TAYLORVILLE)
$5 a person (benefiting veterans programs from all wars and conflicts) Contact: Phyllis Wilson, Auxiliary President, at 217-561-6003 for more info.

January 13, 20, 27
NEW! Animal Care Helpers (9:00 - 11:00am; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Caring for wildlife in captivity is a big job. You can help nature center staff take care of the education owls, turtles and snakes during this exclusive opportunity. Help clean cages, feed and water, exercise the animals and other related tasks. All proceeds help fund the ongoing care of these animals. Group size is limited to four people on each date, and pre-registration is required. Children age 14 and under must attend with a registered adult.
Ages 6 through adult (under 15 must attend with a registered adult) Register by the early deadline for a price break!
Date E.B. Cost | Deadline Cost | Deadline Code
Jan 13 $14R/$21NR |Dec 30 $15R/$23NR | Jan 11 xxxx
Jan 20 $14R/$21NR |Jan 6 $15R/$23NR | Jan 18 xxxx
Jan 27 $14R/$21NR |Jan 13 $15R/$23NR | Jan 25 xxxx
Feb 3 $14R/$21NR |Jan 20 $15R/$23NR | Feb 1 xxxx
Feb 10 $14R/$21NR |Jan 27 $15R/$23NR | Feb 8

January 14
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (8:00am - 1:00pm; St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Chatham, 700 E Spruce, CHATHAM)
Adults $5, Chrildren 4-11 $3, Children under 4 FREE. All you can eat. And bake sale. Proceeds to benefit local food pantries (Chatham and Holy Family in Springfield)

January 14, 16
Molly Schlich Independent & International Film Series: The Salesman (1:00pm & 4:00pmSunday, 7:00pm Tuesday; AMC Parkway 8, 3025 Lindbergh Boulevard, SPRINGFIELD)
$8 adults | $4 students with ID
The first film of the Molly Schlich Independent & International Film Series is The Salesman, a thrilling drama, which earned the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2017. All films during the MSIIFS are played at 1 & 4 PM on Sundays, and again on Tuesdays at 7 PM. Single tickets are available for purchase at the door. The Film Series has been entertaining and challenging movie lovers for over 25 years by bringing independent and international films to Springfield. Proceeds from the series benefit the Michael Victor II Art Library. 217-523-2631 | office@springfieldart.org | https://www.springfieldart.org/film-series.html

January 15
Forever Home Feline Ranch Wine Tasting (5:00 - 8:00pm; at It's all About Wine, 1305 Wabash Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
$15.00 at the door, includes wine sampling, food and a chance to wine door prizes. We also will have a 50/50 raffle and tickets can be purchased to win gift baskets.

January 15
Memorial March (10:00am; Community Park, JACKSONVILLE)
Please join leaders family, friends and neighbors from the entire Jacksonville community in celebrating the legacy and honoring the sacrifice of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. starting at the Memorial in Jacksonville Community Park. We will proceed along Ken Norton Way, aka S. Church St. to the historic Mount Emory Baptist Church for our presentation honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating friendship, fellowship and unity.

January 16
Sangamon County Historical Society: Italian Heritage (5:30pm; Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 S. 7th St., SPRINGFIELD)
The event is free and open to the public.
A descendant of an Italian immigrant family and Italian genealogy expert Bill Cellini Jr., of Chicago, will discuss the history of Italian immigration in Sangamon County.
Cellini frequently conducts public seminars on Italian genealogy and has provided post-graduate studies in American History at the University of Illinois Chicago. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Illinois College and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Columbia College. He is a member of the Roman Cultural Society and Italian American Studies Association.
For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at www.sangamonhistory.org or 217-525-1961.

January 17
ISM Brown Bag Lecture Series: "The Fear of Smell and the Smell of Revolution: Contemporary Olfactory Arts" (12:00 - 1:00pm; Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public. Brown Bag Program presented by Larry Shiner PhD, UIS Professor Emeritus of Philosophy.
Since the millennium, there has been an increase in the number of artists using smell in their art. Recently this phenomenon became the subject of a significant exhibition on olfactory arts at Museum of Art and Design in New York. Dr. Shiner, author of “The Invention of Art,” will present a brief survey of contemporary olfactory art and share his research in preparation for his upcoming book on the subject of olfactory art. He will discuss firsthand experiences with the art of smell, and debate the question of whether or not perfume should be considered an art form.
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 Illinois State Museum Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan, events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

January 19
Ice Jamz: Teen Night (7:00 - 9:00pm; The Nelson Center, 1601 N 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Spend a Friday Night ice skating with your friends at the Nelson Center Ice Rink! Enjoy the light show, music, games, giveaways and more! For ages 13-17. Call 217-753-2800 for more information. $11 with skate rental, $9 without.

January 20
Post Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S. Grand Ave. West, SPRINGFIELD)
Call Pete at SCIL for more information: 523-2587

January 20
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.

January 20
Happy New Year Harry Potter! (10:00am; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
Celebrate the new year with the Westville Public Library and Harry Potter. Due to demand, the Westville Library will offer a reprise of their Harry Potter program celebrating the 20th anniversary of publication. It will be Saturday, January 20 at 10 AM. There will be Harry Potter themed games, activities and refreshments. Costumes are encouraged but not required! Come and support your Hogwarts house. Please call the library at 267-3170 and register to attend this magical event.

January 20
Sherlock Holmes Society: Meeting (9:00am; Scheels, 3801 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet on Saturday, October 21 at 9:00am in one of the 2nd floor conference rooms at Scheel's. There will be a discussion of The Adventure of the Norwood Builder. The public is invited to attend. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to sherlock.lolopop.org.

January 20
The New 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar (Merchant building at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, RT 133 and Vine St., ARTHUR)
It's a Love-a-Fair this month at the, Arthur 3rd Saturday Bazaar 9am to 4pm, Looking for a gift for that special someone stop by to shop with over 30+ Craft and Vendors. Something for everyone!! Please come join us for our Love-a-Fair Bazaar. Come spend the day in Arthur. Stop by the Arthur 3rd Saturday Bazaar on every third Saturday of the month. We are located in the Merchant building at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds. The entrance to the Fairgrounds is South of the corner of RT 133 and Vine St. Follow the road into the Fairgrounds to the Merchant Building. (behind the High School at Jurgens Park) There is off street parking available on the Fairgrounds, This is an indoor (heated building) market filled with creative homemade crafts, woodworking, collectables, direct sales companies, bake goods and unique finds and so much more. I think you will be very pleased with the fantastic line-up of vendors!!!! You will find something new every month!! After shopping the market, you may also want to check out all the different businesses in town. Follow us on Facebook at 3rd saturday market bazaar. For more information or vendor inquiry Contact: Dawn Verci (309)253-6245
Future Dates for 2018: February 17th, March 17th, April 21st, May 19th, June 16th, August 18th September 15th October 20th, November 17th, and December 16th.

January 20
Concordia Blood Drive (10:00 - 1:30pm; Concordia Lutheran Church-School-Preschool, 2300 Wilshire Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
The Central Illinoi Blood Center will be here with the Blood Mobile! Please come and help out community by giving blood. Join us for a donut and customize your favorite hot chocolate at your Hot Cocoa Bar!

January 21
Heads Up Group: for individuals with traumatic brain injuries (2:00 - 4:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S. Grand Ave. West, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, contact Dave at SCIL via 523-2587

January 21
Winter Tour Finale Concert (Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St., DECATUR)
The Millikin University Collegiate Chorale will conclude its 2018 Winter Tour. The concert is free to the public and free-will offerings are accepted. The Collegiate Chorale is an upper-class select mixed ensemble exploring all forms of choral music from five centuries of standard repertoire. The choir tours annually throughout the region. Recently, they were invited to perform for the Regional Conference of the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA). The choir's recording "From the Heart," is available on Millikin's FirstStep Records label. For more information about the Millikin University Collegiate Chorale, visit millikin.edu/choirs/collegiate-chorale.

January 21
Christ in the Culture: The Shack (6:30pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Trinity Lutheran Church and School will host a discussion of The Shack. This “Christ in the Culture” event will be held Sunday evening. The Shack tells the story of a father spiraling into depression after a family tragedy. The father receives a mysterious invitation to meet God at “The Shack”. There, he wrestles with his faith as he confronts his grief and anger towards the events in his life. The Shack is a 2007 book by Wm. Paul Young and was made into a 2017 movie starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer. The way the Holy Trinity is depicted in some rather unconventional forms sparked controversy among many church leaders at the times the book and the movie were released.
Due to the length of the movie and to allow plenty of discussion time, those interested in attending are encouraged to read the book and/or watch the movie before January 21.
This event is free and open to the public.

January 21
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; 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 .

January 21, 23
MOLLY SCHLICH INDEPENDENT & INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES: Columbus (1:00pm & 4:00pm Sunday, 7:00pm Tuesday; AMC Parkway 8, 3025 Lindbergh Boulevard, SPRINGFIELD)
$8 adults | $4 students with ID The second film of the Molly Schlich Independent & International Film Series is Columbus, an American drama set in architecturally beautiful Columbus, Indiana. All films during the MSIIFS are played at 1 & 4 PM on Sundays, and again on Tuesdays at 7PM. Single ticets are available for purchase at the door. The Film Series has been entertaining and challenging movie lovers for over 25 years by bringing independent and international films to Springfield. Proceeds from the series benefit the Michael Victor II Art Library.

January 25
Kindergarten Round-Up (6:00 - 7:00pm; Our Savior’s School, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
We invite you to learn more about our Preschool through 8th grade education during Our Savior’s Open Houses. See how Our Savior’s children receive the Three Daily Essentials: living Christ-Centered lives, building Timeless Relationships, and learning in a Culture of Excellence. Our Savior’s prepares students for leadership relationships in the church and community, their next steps in education, and life-long faith and learning success. Experience your child’s potential to soar with an “Education on Eagle’s Wings!” Please call (217) 546-4531 with questions or go to www.oursaviors-school.org.

January 25
Concordia Open House (5:30 - 7:00pm; Concordia Lutheran Church-School-Preschool, 2300 Wilshire Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Come and see what we have to offer in our small Christ-centered school.

January 26
Chili Cook Off (6:00 - 7:30pm; Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 E Andrew Rd., SHERMAN)
Admission is free. Vote for favorite chili with you dollars. Hot dogs, drinks and desserts provided. (217) 496-2338 | www.shermanumc.com

January 26
Capital City Fishing Has No Boundaries GLO BINGO (6:00pm; Fire Fighters Postal Lake Club, 940 W Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Games begin at 7:30pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door. Price includes 6 cards for 10 games, Glo hat, and Glo dobber. Advance tickets can be bought at Merideth Ferguson/Central Illinois Region, Modern Woodmen of America at 7036 Kingsmill Court in Piper Glen Plaza, Trends Terra Bella Salon & Spa at 101 West Walnut in Chatham or text MaryAnn Gebauer at 217-341-5747. You can also purchase online at Glo-bingo.com. Must be 18 to attend.
Fishing Has No Boundaries provides recreational fishing opportunities for disabled people. We use adaptive fishing equipment and provide accessibility to all people with disabilities. Our last event was a great success and we look forward to having more participants this year. Thank you so much for your support. All proceeds from this fundraiser go to local Fishing Has No Boundaries event in September.
Contact info is MaryAnn Gebauer 217-341-5747 Capitalcityfhnb@gmail.com capitalcityfhnb.org

January 27
LUNCH-TO-GO (11:00am - 2:00pm; Holy Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Parish, 300 N. 4th St., BENLD)
Our new menu from a new chef: Borscht (famous Russian soup) Beef Stroganoff, Cabbage Rolls, Stuffed Crepes (Russian Blinchiki), Frozen Perogies (Varenikie) and Pelmenie, Nut and POppy Seed Rolls. For pre-orders, call or text Debbie Spears at 217-313-6522 or Tatyana Meierkord at 217-720-5099. Please, help us survive!

January 26, 27
1/2 Price Book Sale (4:00 - 7:00pm, 9:00am - 3:00pm; Capital Area Career Center, 2201 Toronto Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
All proceeds benefit our Books for Babies program in conjunction with St. John's Hospital which provides a brand new book to every newborn to encourage reading to children. Open to the public. Everyone welcome. We accept cash, check, credit card, or school cehck/credit card. Teachers, please bring your tak ID number to purchase books without tax. Scholastic dollars not accepted.

January 26, 27
Listen LIVE to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (Friday at 7:30pm, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, BLOOMINGTON & Saturday at 7:30pm, Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
Feel the power of two titans of the music world. Celebrating Bernstein’s 100th Birthday, Australian violinist Adele Anthony performs his Serenade, a love dialogue between violin and orchestra. The titanic sounds of Mahler’s First Symphony is an experience not to be missed.
The ISO introduces a brand new smart phone app called EnCue by Octavo at Two Titans. EnCue is a downloadable app that provides a new concert-going experience by delivering real-time program commentary. The ISO is excited to introduce audiences to this new concert experience during the January 26th and January 27th performances of Bernstein's Serenade After Plato's "Symposium." Go to ilsymphony.org to find out how you can enjoy this unique concert experience.
Please join Music Director Ken Lam and Violinist Adele Anthony before the concert for Concert Comments. Concert Comments are Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6:45 PM in the Ballroom of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Sangamon Auditorium.

January 26, 27, 28
MZAC Revival (Times vary, 2637 S. 10th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Mt. Zion Apostolic Church Annual New Year 2018 with special guest speaker Elder Christopher Short “Revive us Again”.
Services will be held Friday through Sunday on January 26th, 27th at 7:00pm and January 28th at 11:30am. All are welcome, because everybody needs Jesus! For more information call 217-523-1325 or 217-638-8102

January 27
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 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.

January 27
Comedian/Juggler Mark Nizer (7:30pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Nizer's wild exploits have landed him on MTV, HBO's Just for Laughs, Arsenio Hall, Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians, Comic Strip Live and LA Law. He has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Hope, George Burns, John Byner, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, and Barry Manilow.
Making the impossible possible and the improbable probable, Mark Nizer has taken his one-man show to a variety of venues around the world, including The Improv, The Comedy Store, Walt Disney World, numerous college campuses, and all major cruise lines. He has also performed in thousands of opera houses, civic centers, festivals and performing arts centers including the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (three times).
General ticket prices for the performance are $15-$25 for adults and $10 for school age children and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at kirklandfinearts.com. 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. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information about Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit kirklandfinearts.com. 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.

January 27
2nd Annual Trivia Night (6:00pm; Christian County Senior Center, 701 W Adams St., TAYLORVILLE)
Presented by Christian County Hustorical Society and Museum. Cash prize for 1st and 2nd place. Minimum of 6 participants and no more than 10 per table. $10 per person. To reserve table, call 217-824-6922 or pay at the door. BBQ meal and desserts for sale. Door prizes. Table decorating contest! www.christiancountyhistorical.com

January 27
VOLUNTEER: Super Saturday Sort (8:30am and 12:00pm; 3040 Hamlin Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Volunteers ages 13 and older with or without a medical background are welcome to sign-up and get out of the house to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in the developing world.
No cost and those that benefit are the sick and poor around the world. We literally have TONS of medical supplies to be sorted for our partner hospitals and clinics abroad, so we're having a Super Saturday Sort. This is an opportunity to process many boxes of supplies and get a head start on orders in 2018! The more we sort, the more people we help! Volunteers will be checking expiration dates on all supplies donated and sorting into bins around the room. A medical background is not required, as this is set up to be a quick, easy sort. We'll start each shift with a hands-on training, then get to work! (Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach)

January 28
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.

January 28, 30
MOLLY SCHLICH INDEPENDENT & INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES: The Florida Project (1:00pm & 4:00pm Sunday, 7:00pm Tuesday; AMC Parkway 8, 3025 Lindbergh Boulevard, SPRINGFIELD)
$8 adults | $4 students with ID. All films during the MSIIFS are played at 1 & 4 PM on Sundays, and again on Tuesdays at 7PM. Single tickets are available for purchase at the door. The Film Series has been entertaining and challenging movie lovers for over 25 years by bringing independent and international films to Springfield. Proceeds from the series benefit the Michael Victor II Art Library.

January 29
Free Amateur Radio License Prep Course (6:00 - 8:00pm; American Red Cross Building, 1045 Outer Park Drive, SPRINGFIELD)

The Sangamon Valley Radio Club will offer a free 8-week Amateur Radio License Exam Preparation Course on Monday evenings starting January 29.
Open to the public, the sessions will be held at the Club's headquarters, Room 330, American Red Cross Building, 1045 Outer Park Drive, Springfield, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants will be able to take the Federal Communications Commission amateur radio license exam at the final session on March 26.
Instruction will also be offered to current amateur radio operators who wish to upgrade their FCC licenses from Technician to General or General to Extra Class.
Pre-registration for all participants is recommended. For more information and/or to register on-line, go to www.svrc.org/license-class-sign.html.
The Sangamon Valley Radio Club is the local arm of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), the nation's largest organization of amateur radio operators. The Club will be marking its 70th year of affiliation with ARRL in March.
SANGAMON VALLEY RADIO CLUB, BOX 9162, SPRINGFIELD, IL 62701-9162, svrc.org

January 29 - March 26
Cancer Companions: Bringing Hope to the Journey (6:30 - 8:00pm; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church & School, Meeting Room 2, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
www.oursaviors-church.org and register online. A ministry to current or former cancer patients, their loved ones, friends, and co-workers - Cancer Companions is beginning a 9 week session on Monday, January 29, beginning at 6:30 pm, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. This unique Christian group is open to the public and to all denominations and examines many of the tough issues Christians dealing with cancer face. For more information or to register, please contact Kim Meyer, RN, PN, CLLM by calling 217-546-4531. kimmeyerrn@hotmail.com

January 30
Spring 2018 Speaker Series: "Emerging Markets Offer Farm Incentives: A Walk through Kroger's, the Power of Choice and the Growing Organic Niche." (7:30-m, Banquet Room B, University Commons, Milikin, DECATUR)
with keynote speaker Lynn Clarkson, chairman of Clarkson Grain Company Inc. The presentation will focus on how new markets emerging every day are defined by cultural distinctions rather than graded physical standards. As an experienced niche market supplier, Clarkson will describe these changes, especially those surrounding organic foods, a now solid and still rapidly growing category.
For more information about the speaker series or the Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, contact Dr. David Horn at 217.424.6392, by e-mail at dhorn@millikin.edu or visit millikin.edu/InstituteForScienceEntrepreneurship.

January 31
Quarterly Meeting (1:00pm; 807 Stwewart Ave., BENLD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold it’s quarterly meeting at 807 Stewart Avenue, Benld IL, Wednesday, January 31st, at 1:00 p.m. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org

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