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July 2017 Community Calendar

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July 1
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Carole Strick: 217-494-9212
Every Saturday, through October 28.

July 1
Opening: The Kreative Lounge (12:00 - 5:00pm; White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
The Kreative Lounge is an artistic workspace and social collective that is set to open on July 1st, 2017, in White Oaks Mall. The owner, Jarius Edens, is destined to inspire women in Springfield to come into the space and do what makes them happy. Women can read, study, craft, or just relax at The Kreative Lounge.

The Kreative Lounge has nearly 4,000 square feet of chic and functional space that any woman in town can use. There are rooms to hang out with chic decor and comfortable couches, a large craft room, a quiet space for taking online classes, a large classroom, conference room, and private office. There’s also free coffee, water, and snacks. In addition to the functional space and free coffee, The Kreative Lounge will host social and networking events, special workshops, and craft nights several times a month. The membership-based business has a little bit of everything for every woman in town. You can learn more about The Kreative Lounge at www.thekreativelounge.co.


July 1
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

July 1
Red, White, & Blue Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Celebrate and make art in three colors! Enjoy seeing art from the Museum's collections, making crafts, and playing games all in red, white, and blue. 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 events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061 or (217)782-7386. Museum Admission: $5 - Adults ages 19-64. Free - Members, youth, seniors, military, veterans

July 1
Springfield Jaycees Capital City Celebration (11:00am - 12:00am; Downtown Springfield)
The Springfield Jaycees Capital City Celebration on Saturday, July 1, will be the first festival to use the former YWCA block downtown. Thanks to Arch Coal-Viper Mine, this year’s signature sponsor, there will be fireworks, great music, and entertainment for all ages at Capital and 4th Street from 11am through midnight.
Fireworks will begin at dusk. Ice cold Budweiser products, liquor, and other beverages will be available for purchase as well as tasty food options from several food vendors. Merchant vendors will also be on hand throughout the day. Jaycees Kids Zone presented by LRS: Join your favorite superheroes and princesses in a fun filled day of entertainment with a pageant for boys and girls, inflatables, rock wall, Girl Scouts crafts and make your own slime. Further additions to the Kids Zone will be announced soon. The Kids Zone will open from 11am to 6pm and located on the former YWCA site. Dog Beauty Pageant presented by Parkway Veterinary Clinic : Bring your dog down for the Dog Beauty Pageant benefiting the APL at 11.30am. Broseph E. Lee presented by Bud Light at 9pm: You can expect a full-blown country-rock concert with Broseph E. Lee. Featuring current and classic country hits, each show also includes rock ballads and pop spanning the 80s to today. Other performances include the Springfield Municipal Band at 7pm, Devin Williams at 4.30pm,, and Wood ‘n’ Nickel Society at 1.30pm. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/SpringfieldJaycees/

July 2
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; Menard Co. Fairgrounds, 18450 Fairgrounds St., PETERSBURG)
150+ Quality vendors: antiques, vintage, salvage, produce, handmade, up-cycled, re-purposed, art, primitives, pet supplies, boutique, photography, foods, collectibles, architectural, furniture. Wine/craft beer patio. New vendors, please inquire with product info. and pictures at firstsundaymidwestbazaar@gmail.com
This year in conjunction with our upcoming July 2nd show, we are happy to honor our veterans by donating the funds to send at least one veteran, possibly 2, on the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight this fall.
A portion of all of our admission proceeds between now and October 1st will be donated to pay for the entire amount of flight expenses.
Future dates include: Aug 6, Sept 3, Oct 1

July 3
Memorial Rehab Services Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, Conference Room B149, SPRINGFIELD)
For more info call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300.

July 7
Spark Museum and Play Café (10:00am; Spark Museum, 142 Lincoln Square, URBANA)
Spark Museum and Play Café is a children’s museum that aims to foster innovation and creativity while providing a fun and safe space for play dates, parties, and parent-child bonding. Spark was created by a local group of museum and education enthusiasts who are passionate about innovation. Their mission is to celebrate the innovator within and understand that all children can make a difference. The museum offers diverse opportunities for creative learning through innovation education, social interaction, and active playing that promote problem solving and creative thought. For more information, visit their website http://visitsparkmuseum.com/, contact them by phone at 217-607-0524 by email at sparkmuseumcafe@gmail.com, or visit them at their location, 142 Lincoln Square in Urbana, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. or on Sunday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

July 8
Illinois Bat Festival (9:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Illinois Bat Festival is our next big festival of the year! Celebrate the unique role of bats in the Great Lakes ecosystem as insect eaters, while dispelling myths and misinformation that generate needless fears and threaten bats and their habitats around the world.
The festival features activities for children, families, educators and conservation professionals. Presentations, speakers, live animals, hands-on activities, games for kids, and interactive exhibits provide a full day of fun and environmental education.
Additionally, please join us later that night, from 8 PM to 10 PM for Science Night at the Lincoln Memorial Garden to watch bats emerge at sunset! FREE FOR ALL!

July 8
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

July 8
Kool Rides Charity Car show (4:00 - 8:00pm; Central Park, Downtown DECATUR)
The Rolling Prairie Corvette Club is sponsoring our Kool Rides Charity Car show on July 8th around central park in downtown Decatur. Our charity this year is the Macon County Honor Guard. The show runs from 4pm to 8 pm with dash plaques for the first 100 entries, top 15 plaques and best of show award. All cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome at this family event. We have DJ music and 50/50 drawing with many door prizes. For more information, contact Gordon Brenner 217-412-1731

July 8
68th Annual Ice Cream Social (11:00am - 8:30pm; LATHAM)
Call 217-674-3443 for more information. They will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Latham Fire Protection District starting with antique tractor, car, fire apparatus and emergency vehicle show. Serving will start at noon. There will be several activities during the day and the Ransom Band will entertain at 5:00pm-8:00pm.

July 8
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Carole Strick: 217-494-9212
Every Saturday, through October 28.

July 8
“Planes, Trains & Automobiles!” (10:00am - 3:00pm; Chatham Railroad Museum, 100 N. State Street, CHATHAM)
LOADS OF FAMILY FUN! Kiddie hand-powered Rail Car Rides; Barrel Train Rides; Model Railroad Layouts; Display by Sangamon Valley RC Flyers; View Vintage Automobiles and Rail Speeder Car; Bake Sale; Scoop Du Jour Ice Cream; Museum Tours. Transportation Related Trivia Contest beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Depot, cash prizes. Admission / Rides / Tours - FREE - donations welcomed. The Chatham Depot has been undergoing much needed repairs and restoration and this fundraiser is planned to raise money to complete the outside railyard displays, as well as installation of a model garden railroad to share with the community. For more information, contact Chuck Blagburn, the Event Coordinator at 217.415.3351.

July 9
Grist For The Mill (2:00 - 4:00pm; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, DECATUR)
Free
Join historian Lee Slider for a survey of early Macon County Grist Mills on the Sangamon River.
Contact Jeff Tish – jtish@maconcountyconservation.org Or 217-423-7708

July 9 -11
Fun, Faith, and Sister Buddies (Sacred Heart Convent; 1237 W. Monroe St., SPRINGFIELD)
It is not clear who enjoys the Dominican Sisters’ Faith Camp more—the junior high girls who participate or their grateful parents—but it is time for families to register their daughters for this year’s camp, scheduled July 9-11. Early registration is advised; participation is limited to 25 campers. Girls starting grades 6-9 in the fall are welcome. They’ll enjoy crafts, games, and interaction with the sisters in a safe, welcoming, Catholic environment. The girls will learn about the importance of prayer, study, and Christian service for a well-rounded faith life. The schedule includes making something, baking something, spending quiet time with Jesus in the chapel, swimming—and Sister Buddies.
Registration is $50 per child and includes a copy of The Catholic Youth Prayer Book for each child to take home. Registration forms are available at SpringfieldOP.org or from Sister Teresa Marron, OP, at 217-787-0481 or SrTeresa@spdom.org.

July 10-14
Springfield Bible Church VBS "Over the Moat" (6:00 - 8:30pm; Springfield Bible Church, 2060 Westchester Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
4 year olds - students entering 7th grade are invited.
Bible stories, songs games, crafts, snacks.
Preregister at springfieldbible.org or 787-3254

July 11
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: "Taking Flight" (10:00am & 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest at the Illinois State Museum. Tuesdays in June & July. 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. Free with Museum Admission. $5 - ages 19-64. Free - Youth, Members, Seniors, Military, & Veterans.
In this school bus series film, the class learns how wings and moving air cause flight as they take a ride in a model airplane.
This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each film last approximately 30 minutes. Registration only requested for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to register a group of 10 or more, contact rsvp@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-5949.

July 11-13
Vacation Bible School at Trinity Lutheran (6:00 - 8:00pm; Trinity Lutheran, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
The theme for this year’s VBS is “Mighty Fortress: In Jesus, the Victory’s Won!”
Activities for each evening include a story that focuses on the central theme; songs, crafts, a Bible challenge, storytelling, and games. Light snacks will also be served. Children will be grouped by the following grades: Pre-K; Kindergarten-2nd Grade; and 3rd-5th Grade.
This event is free and open to the public.
Online enrollment is available at vbsmate.com/TrinitySpringfieldIL or through Trinity’s Facebook page @trinitylutheranspfld. For additional information, please call 787.2323, email mboehme@trinity-lutheran.com or visit www.trinity-lutheran.com.

July 12
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
This is one week later than usual due to the holiday. The feature to be shown will be a recent movie that is based on a true story. It is a 2016 film about the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American pacifist combat medic who refused to carry or use a firearm or weapons of any kind. Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor for service above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Okinawa. This movie contains very violently graphic war images which may be objectionable to some people. You may reserve your seat for this Oscar winning film by calling the library at 267-3170 or stopping in at 233 S. State Street.

July 13
Music at the Museum Series: Switchback (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots.
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 http://ginridge.com/extras/music-at-the-museum/. Tickets: $10 (at the door), $8 Museum Members and Children under 12. For additional information, please contact Karen Everingham, 217-782-5949 or 217-782-7386.

July 14, 15
Amaranth Apple Festival (Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
The Amaranth Apple is a mystical fruit in Lindsay's 1920 novel, "The Golden Book of Springfield,” which grew from seeds planted by Johnny Appleseed in the deceased (or was he?) skull/body of the fictional founder of Springfield, Hunter Kelly. Lindsay’s future Springfield shows socially and religiously awakened residents who have transformed his hometown into a utopian paradise that could serve as a guide to all of America. The money raised at the event funds DSI’s non-profit mission to champion and revitalize the downtown district. This year’s Saturday music headliner is Matthew Sweet. Organizers expect at least 25 restaurants to take part this year, with a “hint” of the mystical fruit in each bite.

July 15
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Carole Strick: 217-494-9212
Every Saturday, through October 28.

July 15
Post Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm, SCIL, 330 S. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Call Bradley at 217-523-2587 for more info.

July 15
Sherlock Holmes Society (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 in one of the 2nd floor conference rooms at Scheel’s (near the corner of MacArthur and I-72), Springfield. The public is invited to attend. There will be a discussion of The Adventure of the Three Students. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to sherlock.lolopop.org.

July 15
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

July 15
Wine Tasting and Vendors to Fight Poverty (2:00 - 4:00pm; Ansar Shrine, 630 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free. Join us for the biggest wine event of the Summer! We will be serving free wines from all over the world and some great finger foods to pair!
In addition to wine, we have joined forces with some other local entrepreneurs who will be showcasing their products. And there will be door prizes!
Some of the other items will include: Give Hope, Fight Poverty's African Artisan Direct products (www.ifightpoverty.org) | Direct Cellars | Mary Kay | Posh | Lipsense/Senegence | Rodan +Fields | LuLaRoe | Thrive | Earthen Pottery | Gingermoon | Essentials | Touchstone Crystal | It's a Wrap | Thrive | Origami Owl | Troy Rexilurs Art | Coldwell Banker | Nu skin | Ansar Shriners | K Bakery | We hope to see you there!Contact for more information: Annie Todt anniefightspoverty@gmail.com

July 16
Make Someone Smile Rally (7:00am, SPRINGFIELD/QUINCY/ATHENS)
hosted by Fifth Street Flower Shop, accompanied by numerous Motorcycle clubs, Lincoln Land Chapter of ABATE & many local volunteers will be delivering smiley mugs of flowers & donated bath products for all residents of Quincy Veterans' Home. Sign up @ 7:00am and departing at 8:30am. We will be visiting every veteran with our smiley mug & much needed comfort items. Volunteers & donations welcomed. Upon return The Boar's Nest in Athens will be providing food & festivities, including New City Road Band in appreciation of everyone's help. Donations are still being accepted. For more information, call LeeAnn at 217-522-3334 or 217-502-1831

July 16
Heads Up Group: for individuals with tramatic brain injuries (2:00 - 4:00pm; SCIL, 330 S. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Call Dave at 217-523-2587 for more info.

July 17
Solar System 101 with Cosmologist Joaquin Vieira (7:00 - 8:30pm; Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, URBANA)
In anticipation of the solar eclipse on August 21, we're exploring the skies. At this event, cosmologist Joaquin Vieira takes us on a tour of our solar system. Explore the planets, moons, and our sun, and learn some surprising facts about how our solar system works. University of Illinois Professor Vieira is an observational cosmologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois in the departments of Astronomy and Physics. This program will be of special interest to adults and young people ages 10 and up.For more information, please contact Rachel Fuller at rfuller@urbanafree.org or 217-367-4405. http://urbanafreelibrary.org/

July 18
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: "Birds" (10:00am & 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest at the Illinois State Museum. Tuesdays in June & July. 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. Free with Museum Admission. $5 - ages 19-64. Free - Youth, Members, Seniors, Military, & Veterans.
Fly with the birds and learn about their special abilities, from the fastest animal, the falcon, to eagles to owls.
This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each film last approximately 30 minutes. Registration only requested for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to register a group of 10 or more, contact rsvp@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-5949.

July 19
ISM Brown Bag Lecture Series : "Walking the Text" in the Holy Land (12:00 - 1:00pm; Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Elizabeth Bazan, Assistant Curator of Education, Illinois State Museum, will present "Walking the Text" in the Holy Land. From ancient tells to modern cities, Elizabeth Bazan will share photos and stories from her recent two-week study tour of Israel. The trip explored locations featured in Jewish literature and the Bible—from the Negev desert, to lavish houses of Herod the Great, to ancient fishing villages along the Sea of Galilee, to underground water shafts cut through the heart of Jerusalem. Bazan will relate how these locations are interpreted to visitors today and how they provide context to the region’s history.

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.

July 21
Free Movie Night: "Do You Belive" (6:30pm; House on The Rock Church, 314 N Grant St, EDINBURG)
Come join us in the showing of the film “Do You Believes” and experience the power of the cross on July 21st at 6:30pm and bring a friend. – A dozen different souls, all moving in different directions, All longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ, even if they don’t yet believe it. When a local pastor is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate. More than a movie, it is a question we all must answer in our Lifetime: Do You Believe? Free popcorn and drinks will be provided. Showing at House on The Rock Church, 314 N Grant St, Edinburg,IL. For information contact: Charles Portwood, hotrchurch@yahoo.co or call 217-972-3847. http://hotrchurchfcf.com

July 22
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Carole Strick: 217-494-9212
Every Saturday, through October 28.

July 22
The 14th Annual Business Men In Christ Charity Golf Outing (8:00am; Edgewood Golf Club, AUBURN)
Registration and breakfast starts at 7:15 am. Proceeds go to all Business Men In Christ sponsored events such as JesusFest, Powerlight at the Illinois State Fair, First Steps (formerly Lifetime Pregnancy Help Center) and more. Golfer packages include breakfast and a hot lunch catered by Hamilton Catering. The cost per golfer is $80 and pastors play for free with their own foursome. For more information and registration, contact Doug @ 217-622-6832 or Bernie @ 217-414-2435
Business Men in Christ is a non-profit ALL volunteer outreach local ministry.

July 22
Astronomy Program (10:00am, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
Let's prepare for the upcoming rare celestial event of a solar eclipse on August 21. Mr. David Leake of the of the Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College and current president of the CU Astronomical Society will speak and present a demonstration. The program is for all ages. Bring a shoebox and build your own pinhole projector. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this informative and fun program.

July 22
Cruise in Car Charity (4:00pm; Springfield Ski and Boat Club, 268 Maple Grove Lane, SPRINGFIELD)
Bring an unwrapped toy or monetary donation for Toys for Tots.
Springfield Ski and Boat Club is hosting a Cruise in Car Charity for Toys for Tots. We have called the event Christmas in July. The Smoking J’s are playing from 6-10, food available for purchase onsite, with a bags tournament starting at noon.
Call Springfield Ski and Boat Club 217-529-9090 for more information.

July 22
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

July 22
FREE DAY at the Zoo! (Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Each year we offer free days at our zoo. They have traditionally surrounded events that happen a couple time each year. But this year we have an exciting NEW Free Day Program! Plan your next outing and take advantage of one of these free days! (FUTURE DATES: Aug 26) HensonRobinsonzoo.org

July 25
Annual Pork Chop Dinner at Shelby County 4-H fair (5:00 - 7:00pm)
HCE (Home and Community Education) of Shelby County is preparing or serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at this years Shelby County 4-H fair, and we would be thrilled if you would join us. The fair takes place July 23-27. HCE will be serving meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On behalf of SHELBY COUNTY HCE AND SHELBY COUNTY PORK PRODUCERS we will serve our ANNUAL PORK CHOP DINNER from 5-7 p.m. on July 25th. Tickets can be purchased at the cook shack during the fair. No advance purchase is necessary. A dinner with 1 chop is $7.00 and a 2 chop is $9.00. Each pork chop dinner is served in to-go-boxes, the meal includes potatoes wedge casserole, green beans and a dinner roll, as well as tea, lemonade and water.
Our not-for-profit organizations are happy to raise funds to benefit 4-H in Shelby County, and we would appreciate your help in our eff/rots. Plan to join us at the fair and enjoy the food we have prepared.
CONTACT: 217-682-3216. or 217-343-9684

July 25
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: "Bees" (10:00am & 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest at the Illinois State Museum. Tuesdays in June & July. 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. Free with Museum Admission. $5 - ages 19-64. Free - Youth, Members, Seniors, Military, & Veterans.
In this school bus series film, kids are turned into bees. When their honey is stolen by a bear, they must find a way to let the other bees know where the last field of flowers is.
This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each film last approximately 30 minutes. Registration only requested for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to register a group of 10 or more, contact rsvp@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-5949.

July 29
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

July 29
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Carole Strick: 217-494-9212
Every Saturday, through October 28.

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