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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
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 .

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 2
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.

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 3 - 27
“The Living Tributary" Ceramics Show (8:00am - 4:00pm; upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College is featuring the ceramic exhibit, “The Living Tributary,” by local artist and LLCC alumnus, Kyle Kirkpatrick July 3-27. The exhibit is open for viewing Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. A closing reception with the artist will be held Wednesday, July 26 from noon-1:30 p.m. at the gallery.

Kirkpatrick’s love for the ceramic art has its roots in high school art classes. He went on to study ceramics under LLCC’s Michelle Coakes and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from SIU Edwardsville. He continues to study and practice where he can, including some additional time at LLCC.

Kirkpatrick says his work “focuses on an esoteric system of sorts. Not that it cannot be seen, but that it is disguised in our veins, within the duct work.” His artist’s statement is presented in the form of a riddle-like poem. Campus and community members are invited to view the work, read the poem and try to solve the riddle.

Explore LLCC art department programs online at www.llcc.edu/art.

July 3
Dawson Fireworks (5:00 - 11:00pm; DAWSON)
Music, dancing, free kids activities, Vose Corndogs & Fire Dept concessions.

July 6
Images of Illinois Opening Reception (5:30 - 7:00pm; SAA Collective, 420 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
The results are in and we cannot wait to share them! Join the SAA Collective and the Illinois Times for the reception and celebration of Images of Illinois 2017 Photo Contest. The exhibition will display the winning photos as well as a 4x6 print display of all 307 entries. Awards will be presented at 6 PM. Light refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact 217-544-2787, gallerydirector@springfieldart.org

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 7
Urbana Free Library Pop-up Library @ First Fridays (6:30 - 8:00pm; Main St., URBANA)
The Library is popping up where you least expect it. We're teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to create Everybody's Living Room, an outdoor spot where we'll have cozy couches and chairs and lots of great Library stuff (including comics/graphic novels, board games, popular books, and more). Stop by and get a Library card, check something out, or just relax and socialize. You also can come inside the Library -- we'll be open for First Fridays until 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact Carol Inskeep (cinskeep@urbanafree.org) or call 217-367-4405. To learn more about Imbibe Urbana First Fridays, visit their website at imbibeurbana.com.

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
Music in the Park: The Allen Quartet (6:00 - 8:00pm; Rankin Centennial Park, RANKIN)
Hot dogs, chips, soft drinks & cookies will be served starting at 5:00pm. This is a totally free public event.

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
Benefit for Bubba - James Grant (3:00 - 7:00pm, American Legion POst 32, Mess Hall, 1120 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Help us raise funds for the family of 18 yr old (Bubba) James Grant to help cover funeral expenses totaling around $8000. Bubba has been fighting brain cancer for over 4 years but sadly he's losing his battle and will soon make his journey to Heaven.
We will have food, drinks, music, bake sale, 50/50 drawing, raffle, silent auction, cash bar and anything else we might dream up before this event.
If anyone can help out with donations for silent auction, food/supplies, or your time during event we and the Grant family would deeply appreciate it. We can pick up donations or can be taken to American Legion Post 32 at 1120 Sangamon Ave. Cash donations may also be made at any Bank of Springfield branch.
Contacts - Jamie Davis 931.2266, Cathy Holdman 891.8750, Mandy Fawns and Cindy Harris 416.8425
For more info on Bubba's journey, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Support-group-for-James-Bubba-Grant-811372285587873/

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 10 - Sept 11
MONDAYS
Cancer Companions: Bringing Hope to the Journey (6:30 - 8:00pm; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church & School, Mtg. Room 2, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Cancer Companions: Bringing Hope to the Journey is 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, July 10, 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. www.oursaviors-church.org and register online.

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
Color with Friends (7:30 - 8:30pm; Head West Sub Shop, 7032 Kingsmill Ct., SPRINGFIELD)
Grab a sub, chat and relieve a little stress while coloring. $5 cash at event. Supplies provided. Register by emailing Rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com

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
Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture
Old Dogs…New Tricks: The Remains of Ancient Dogs Provide New Insights about Their Life, Death, and our Long-Running Relationship (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Michael Wiant, Ph.D, and Dennis F. Lawler, DVM will present. The discovery of articulated remains of dogs (Canis familiaris) in 8,500 year old deposits at the Koster site substantially changed our understanding of the relationship between wolves and humans. In this joint presentation, Michael Wiant will discuss the excavation of the Koster site, the discoveries of the dog burials, and their historical, cultural, and biological connections. ISM Research Associate Dennis Lawler will use research on modern gray wolves to illustrate the evaluation tools we have to look at bone disease and injury. He will then discuss ancient dog examples, including Koster animals, that show the impact culture and ecology can have on these pathologies and their interpretations.
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 events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061.

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 12
Red Bicycle Ice Cream Ribbon Cutting (12:00pm; The Pines at 2740 Philo Road, Suite D, URBANA)
Red Bicycle Ice Cream is an independent ice cream shop looking to combine a friendly neighborhood atmosphere with quality products. Owner Ed Mehnert offers farm-fresh, hand crafted ice cream and non-dairy sorbet from locally sourced ingredients. Using dairy products from Kilgus Farmstead in Fairbury, they make hard ice cream in traditional and creative flavors. In addition, they will offer milkshakes, sundaes, smoothies from fresh fruits and vegetables, and hot and cold brew coffee. For more information, visit their Facebook page facebook.com/redbicycleicecream, their website at redbicycleicecream.com, by phone at 217-418-9113 or by emailing Ed Mehnert at redbikeIC@gmail.com.

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 13
Choral Workshop Concert (7:00pm, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2477 W. Washington St., SPRINGFIELD)
Lincoln Land Community College is hosting a Road Scholar/Elderhostel choral program July 10-14. Twenty-five individuals from across the United States will visit Springfield to participate in “Singing in the Heart of America: A Choral Workshop.” A highlight of the week is a concert featuring music from various periods — both sacred and secular. The concert is free and open to the public.

July 13, 20, 27 & August 3
Neighbor & Citizen summer series at Chiara Center (Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, SPRINGFIELD)
$25.00 for four sessions. To learn more about this, visit www.chiaracenter.org or call us at (217) 523-0901.
To be a good listener who seeks to understand others is to become a true gift. Consider being part of a group of willing spirits who desire a compassionate setting with which to practice becoming good neighbors and citizens in our world. Over four Thursday evenings, we will visit some of the troubling aspects of our current political times, including news/media, the language of division, the downward spiral of conflict, and the uses and abuses of anger and power.
By looking at the spiritual values of paradox, listening, dialogue, and witness, we will explore making citizenship more effective, keeping balance, and finding opportunity for dialogue with neighbors. This workshop is based in part on Parker Palmer's book Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, and will include some video sessions recorded by Mr. Palmer.

July 14
Opening Reception - Inspired by Gardens (5:30 - 7:30pm; SAA Collective, 420 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
FREE; Artists were challenged to create and submit work that has been inspired by Lincoln Memorial Gardens, taking inspiration from its purpose and/or its history. Works in the exhibition were not necessarily created at or from images of the garden, but took inspiration from the locations' purpose of preserving the natural landscape. Join the SAA Collective artists, along with other local artists on July 14th. Light refreshments will be provided. Inspired by the Gardens: Lincoln Memorial Garden's at 75 Years will be on display through August 19th.

July 14
Free Swim Night and Move in the Park (6:00pm; Veteran's Memorial Pool, 2700 E. Ely, SPRINGFIELD)
It's a swim night and stay for the feature! Grab your friends, children, blankets, and join us for a free movie night in the Park! Friday's feature with be "Finding Dory", so come out and swim 6-8pm, then place your blankets and chair and stay for the movie! Come out early to enjoy concessions by HyVee Food Truck. Movie will begin at dusk.

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
Craft Day (10:00am; ELKHART)
The Elkhart Historical Society announces its ongoing 3rd Saturday Art and Craft Day July 15, 2017. All three shops will be offering special classes designed to let you take away your own specially created picture, collage or skill at the end of the 2 hour class. This activity is even more fun if you include family or friends. The classes are offered twice on Saturday, at 10a or at 1p, and all of the materials needed are provided. See cost of class below which includes a donation of $5 to the Elkhart Historical Society to defray expenses.
Bird Song Books and Vintage will offer a collage class taught by Jean Tweet to which you may bring any personal items to add, thus making your creation even more special, the cost per session is $20.
The Country Bumpkin will offer an intermediate crochet class with Jamie Theobald, where you will begin a corner-to-corner afghan. Learn how to increase, decrease and how to switch colors. Cost per session is $30 Horsefeathers will feature the popular Reneé Sisk's art classes, with watercolor at 10a and acrylic class at 1p, at a cost of $30 per session. Examples of the project are available in Horsefeathers.
The Wild Hare Café offers a special "Crafters Lunch", for $10 during the 12:00pm- 1:00pm break between classes. PHONE: 217-947-2238

July 15
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.

July 15
Wacky Wheelers Parade at Sherwood (1:00 - 4:00pm; Vredenburgh Park, 100 Crusaders Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Bring your wheels to the Wacky Wheelers Parade to inventively decorate your bike for a group ride. This is an all ages, free community event to increase bicycle visibility, safety and creativity in Springfield. Rotating in neighborhoods annually. Register by emailing Rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com

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 15
3 Kings Tribute to Elvis (Doors 6:00pm, Hotel & Conference Center, 625 E. St. Joseph St., SPRINGFIELD)
For tickets, contact Elaine at 608-347-6417. VIP $40 | Platinum $30 | General $20
Featuring the Fabulour EAS Band, Chadwick Gates, Logan Ramey, and Perry Groves.

July 15
Sing in the Park (7:00 - 8:30pm; Douglas Park, 400 N. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
The Land of Lincoln Chorus will sing a FREE concert at Springfield's Douglas Park. The fabulous, nationally ranked Sound Celebration Chorus will be special guests. An ice cream social, benefiting the Food Pantry at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church will also be held.

July 15, 16
Morgan County Fair (110 N Westgate, JACKSONVILLE)
Carnival, food, talent show, pageant, livestock, tractor pulls, live entertainment Fri by Trace Adkins and Sat by Big and Rich. http://www.themorgancountyfair.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 traumatic brain injuries (2:00 - 4:00pm; SCIL, 330 S. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Call Dave at 217-523-2587 for more info.

July 16
Fairies Storytime, Rocks & Houses (3:00 - 4:00pm; Douglas Park, 500 N. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Delve into the mysteries of nature with Fairies & Gnomes story time, followed with lemonade and creating homes with a friend out of natural materials. Includes painting a rock to leave in front of their house for another to find. For all ages. $8 cash at event or ticket link. Meet at shelter on MacArthur side. Register by emailing Rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com

July 16
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 .

July 16 - 20
Vacation Bible School: 'Gadgets & Gizmos' (6:15pm - 8:30pm; Springfield First Church of the Nazarene, 5200 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
FREE For kids ages 4 through 6th grade, bring your young ones to 'Gadgets & Gizmos,' Vacation Bible School at Springfield First Church of The Nazarene! Your children will learn how we are 'Uniquely Wired, Wonderfully Made!' Moreover, they will discover everyone is 'MADE by God! MADE for a relationship with Jesus! And MADE to love others!' There will be fun & exciting music; sports, snacks, stories, crafts, & surprises, too! We hope to see your kids at VBS 2017! Invite your friends & neighbors!
For further questions: the church office can be reached at 217-529-6771

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 18
Art Exploration for Singles (7:30 - 8:30pm; Boones Saloon, 301 W Edwards St, SPRINGFIELD)
Engage in exploring art materials while connecting with your new friends. Only $5. Register by emailing Rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com

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 19
SAFE & SECURE Luncheon, 11:00am - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Reservations and cancellations are essential by Friday, July 14. Call Jude at 217-303-9768 or email jluttrellfirst@gmail.com;
"Security for the Weakest" Special Feature-Ryan Mobley is the Network Director for Safe Families for Children, an international movement. The help recruit, train, and mobilize people and churches to secure a safe environment for families in crisis needing help.
"Secuirty with Peace of Mind" Speaker: Donna Sembar comes from Danville to share her thoughts on "How to HAve PEace of Mind in Difficult Times." She has had many jobs including being in sales, as a clown, and a ventriloquist, not necessarily at the same time! Don't miss this one. Invite a friend, she'll be glad you did!

July 21
Free Movie Night: "Do You Believe" (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 21
Bailey Family Insurance (BFI) Family Fun Night (6:30 - 10:00pm; Sliders Stadium, SPRINGFIELD)
Save the date for Bailey Family Insurance (BFI) Family Fun Night, featuring HOPE, at the Sliders Stadium, Friday, July 21st!
Family Fun all night long: bounce house, face painting, giveaways, character appearance, photo area, carnival games and more! The kids even get to run the bases after the game! :)
Bailey Family Insurance is all about helping families and so is HOPE, so we are excited to collaborate on a spectacular evening at the ballpark! We have partnered with HOPE to get the word out about their programs as well as their new Hope Inclusion Cafe & Play. Please help them celebrate 60 years with #Give60 . Activities include: National Anthem being sung and signed, Color Guard hosted by the Boyscouts & VFW, in between inning performances, and a fundraiser for Special Olympics! Want FREE tickets? Simply get a free quote on your (home, auto, life or business) insurance from Bailey Family Insurance and we'll give you FREE tickets! (Either call or text 217-441-BFIA (2342), email info@baileyfamilyinsurance.com or stop into our office at 3013 S. 6th St). See more at baileyfamilyinsurance.com . (Or buy tickets here: http://www.springfieldsliders.com/)
More event info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1774257022865244

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
Kids Create! Workshop: Pinball Machines (1:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Ages: 8-10 | Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members | Registration deadline: July 19 |
Pinball machines are a wonderful mix of engineering and art. During this fun and creative workshop, participants will create pinball machines from recycled and found materials. Drawing inspiration from the Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago exhibition, participants will also create original art for their pinball machines and in the process will learn how the artists in the exhibition executed their works of art. They will also have time to explore the Kings & Queens exhibition and to play pinball. All materials and a light snack will be provided.
Registration at bit.ly/kidscreatepinball. For more information contact Elizabeth Bazan at events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

July 22
5th Annual Paint the Street in Downtown Springfield (noon - 10:00pm, Washington St., SPRINGFIELD)
Get inspired and join the Springfield Art Association on Saturday, July 22nd downtown Springfield for the fifth annual Paint the Street, presented by PNC. From noon to 10 pm, the SAA will block off Washington Street between Fourth and Eighth Streets and, with the help of hundreds of creative folks, transform the street into a gallery of original paintings. A six-foot square on the street is just $35 ($40 the day of the event). We provide the paint, brushes, and a water bucket; you bring your friends, ideas, and sunscreen. You may have up to six people per square. This is the perfect opportunity for a family, business, organization, book group, or friends to have some creative fun.
For the second year, there is a professional category sponsored by Green Subaru. Professional squares are $45 each and must be registered by noon on July 21st to participate in the category. There are three cash awards for professional squares: $300, $200, and $100.
There are two People’s Choice Awards for the non-professional squares, a $100 Casey’s gift card for the most money raised through votes and a $50 gift card for the most votes. Votes will be cast by phone through Gesture, after the event.
WNNS will be providing the soundtrack for the day; Coonrod Concessions, Aztca Mexican Grill, and GnB’s Italian Ice will be serving up food and PNC will have a children’s activity tent. Paint the Street raises money for the Springfield Art Association’s educational programming and operations.
For more information on this release please contact Betsy Dollar at the Springfield Art Association at director@springfieldart.org or call 217-523-2631.

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
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.

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
The American Cancer Society Bark For Life (4:00 - 8:00pm; at Southern View Community Park, SPRINGFIELD)
You can still register for our event due to our cancellation because of the RAIN! The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of our Canine Caregivers. It presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer.
By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.
Register here: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/BarkForLife/BFLCY17LS?pg=entry&fr_id=83618

July 22
Refurbished Furniture Sale (9:00 - 12:00pm; Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 South Douglas, SPRINGFIELD)
Wooden It Be Lovely (WIBL), a charity of Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, will have its largest restored furniture sale on Saturday, July 22nd. Over 200 pieces of beautiful, hand painted wooden furniture, including tables, chairs, dressers, and end tables, will be available. The church established WIBL in the Spring of 2016 as a method to help low income mothers in the Springfield area who are struggling with addiction or other issues that put them on the margins of society. The WIBL program provides the women income restoring used furniture, daycare for their children, a stable work environment, a job reference, life and job skills, as well as support from a faith community. The aim of the program is to help the women transition from the WIBL program to full time employment. By helping mothers, we help their children as well. For more information, please contract Rev. Margaret Ann Jessup 217-891-0208 | www.woodenitbelovelydaumc.com | instragram: woodenitbelovelyishope

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
16th Annual Car Show (9:00am; Water Tower Park, N Oak St., NEW BERLIN)
Island Grove Fire Dept and Cool Cruisers Car Club 16th Annual Car Show. Registration 9 AM till Noon, Judging 12 till 3 PM. $15 Registration Fee, Free to the Public. Drawings and Food served throughout the day. Contact: nbigfiredept@mchsi.com

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 23
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.

July 23
Music in the Park (4:00 - 7:00pm, Iles Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Sunday’s music will feature “Stingray Alley” – this 60’s Rock & Roll band based in Springfield focuses on performing the timeless music they all started playing back in the mid-sixties. Classic songs by Paul Revere & the Raiders, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Question Mark & the Mysterians, V and Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs are just a few examples of the smooth music you will hear from these four musicians! Come out early to enjoy concessions by Hy-Vee Food Truck and pick your spot for the concert, it runs 4pm – 7pm. Throw the top down in your classic car and cruise on over to Iles Park to take in this great afternoon of throwback music! Grab your friends, children, blankets and join us for a free music concert in the Park!

Movie and Music in the Park is a free program where families and the entire community are invited to join us as we bring a big screen movie to your community parks on Fridays and we bring local musical talents to your parks on Sunday afternoons. These are truly wonderful events. For more information on this topic and any other Park District news related items, please visit our Website at www.springfieldparks.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
Johnsonville’s Big Taste Grill on Tour (11:00am - 6:00pm, County Market, 1255 W. Morton Ave., JACKSONVILLE)
Johnsonville’s Big Taste Grill (the world’s largest grill at 65-feet long) is on tour and will be in Jacksonville next Tuesday, July 25, at County Market raising money for charity. 2017 is a little different for us – The Big Taste Grill has its first ever female grillmaster, Suzy Shelstad, at the helm. We hope to grill around 2,500 to 3,000 brats, with all proceeds going to the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club. Our semi-turned-grill is 53,000 pounds and can grill up to 750 brats at one time. We have traveled around the country raising money for local charities and have raised more than $4 million since hitting the road in 1995. http://www.johnsonville.com/bigtastegrill.html

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 25
Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery 1st Annual Christmas in July FUNdraiser (5:30 - 7:30pm; Third Presbyterian Church, 1030 N. Seventh St, SPRINGFIELD)
Fun activities have been planned which include: a visit from Santa, Christmas cookie decorating, crafts and games to play, face painting, and snacks. There will also be Christmas gifts for sale. Children are $5 and parents are free. All proceeds benefit the Crisis Nursery where families can find a safe place to turn when a crisis occurs. For additional information contact the Nursery at 525-6800 or visit our website at www.miniobeirne.org.

July 26
Icing Luau Shirt Cookies (7:30 - 8:45pm; Location TBD, check facebook at closer date)
No bake, No mess and don't deal with the hot kitchen! Decorate large luau shirt cookies for yourself and friends. Color icings, demonstrations and container is provided. 5 cookies for $20. Register by emailing Rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com

July 27
Live Auction Preview (11:00am - 2:00pm; James R. Thompson Center Atrium, 100 West Randolph Street, CHICAGO)
The Illinois State Fair is right around the corner. This year at the fair, the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office will hold a live auction of unclaimed property on August 19 at the Lincoln Stage at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. A signed 1983 Ryne Sandberg baseball card, Chicago World’s Fair souvenir medallions, a Hohner 6 sided “paddle wheel” harmonica, and Spanish shipwreck coins from the 1622 shipwreck of the Atocha are among thousands of unclaimed property items worth $113,500 up for auction! On July 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., join the treasurer’s office in the atrium of the James R. Thompson Center for a preview of the items. The Thompson Center is located at 100 West Randolph Street in Chicago.

The treasurer’s office is the custodian of unclaimed property including lost bank accounts and safe deposit boxes. If the property goes unclaimed for 10 years, the items are auctioned to make room for incoming unclaimed items.

To learn more about the live auction, call 217.557.8567 or visit our website at www.illinoistreasurer.gov.

July 28
LMCV Trivia Night (6:00pm, Lewis Memorial Christian Village, Dining Room, 3400 W Washington St., SPRINGFIELD)
Tables of 8. Limited seating, must pre-register with KElley Tierney: 217-787-9600 or ktierney@chliving.org | Refreshments available for purchase. You may bring your own food. $10 per person, advance payment required. All proceeds will go to end alzheimers.

July 28, 29
Our Saviour's Garage Sale (6:00 - 8:00pm, 7:00am - 12:00pm; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church & School, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
We invite you to join us for great deals at Our Savior’s Garage Sale! Take advantage of this indoor collection of items for buyers! Whether you are 10 or 100 years old, we have something for you! Sunday, July 23 Drop-off of donations begins.
Proceeds benefit the OS Youth Groups’ fellowship, events, and missions.

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
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 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 .

July 29
Poker Run (12:00 - 1:30pm, Coz's Pizza, 4441 Ash Grove, SPRINGFIELD)
Central Illinois Mustang Club to sponsor a poker run on July 29th. Registration is 12:00 to 1:30 at Coz's pizza 4441 Ash Grove Springfield. Proceeds go to Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.

July 29
Benefit for Nicole (11:00am - 4:00pm; American Legion, LINCOLN)
Nicole has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer that has spread to her brain and spinal cord and she has been forced to travel to Houston, Texas for medical care. This benefit is to help assist het with the costs associated with travel and treatment. There will be drawings, gun raffels, big screen TV raffles, and an auction at the Legion. A motorcycle show starts at 11:00am with awards presented at 2:00pm. There will be a bowling tournament next door at Logan Lanes at 7:00pm. Music will be provided by DK Rae, Dick Skelton, and Shifting Gears. Contact Lori Bottrel at 217-737-0625 with questions.

July 29
July Celebration (12:00 - 8:00pm, Fraternal Order of Eagles Club #437, 2413 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Bar-B-Que, Chips & Slaw for $7.00
Sting Ray Alley Band playing from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Raffles and Door Prizes.

July 29
SOULFest (10:00am - 9:00pm; Lincoln Park, DANVILLE)
FREE Admission. Soul Garden Recovery Center is trying to raise funds for a very important purpose. They are trying to purchase a building & house on Jackson Street in Danville to be used for our first family recovery center. Soul Garden Recovery Center, a non-profit organization, has the mission of helping substance abusers find a new way of life.
At the event there will be: ? Live music all day long from local bands | ? Bounce houses and other things for the kids of all ages | ? Arts and Craft vendors | ? Delicious food vendors | ? Silent Auction | ? Community informational vendors | ? Car show | ? Lots of good clean fun!!!!
For more information contact Wendy Lambert: 217-587-9653.

July 29
Jake's Boys Music Ministry (6:00pm; Shiloh United Methodist Church, 210 South Main Street, SHILOH)
Jake's Boys will assist in our annual pie auction. Beginning at 4 p.m., pie, ice cream and cookies will be served. A free will donation will be taken. The church is on Rt. 47 N, approximately 4 miles north of Mahomet and 3 miles south of Rt 135. Please join us for an evening of music and fellowship!

July 29
South Jacksonville 2017 Celebration Parade; 10:00am; JACKSONVILLE)
The parade will travel South down Main St., turn West on Vandalia and end at Dewey Park by South Elementary School.

July 29
Diann & Butch Hoagland Memorial 5K Run/Walk (8:00am, East Park, AUBURN)
This year the Run/Walk benefits Jared’s Keepers (www.jaredskeepers.com) which is a Foundation that spreads awareness & prevention for teen self-harm and suicide. Register on-line at https://www.raceentry.com/races/diann-and-butch-hoagland-memorial-5k-runwalk/2017/register . Join us on Facebook – “Diann & Butch Hoagland Memorial 5K”. For any additional information please contact Sabrina Hoagland 217-691-9972 Sabrina.hoagland57@gmail.com or Dewaine Hoagland at 217-502-9971.

July 29
Art Together - Paint Emoji (10:00am - 11:30am; Twisted DELI, 330 S Grand Ave E, SPRINGFIELD)
An artsy bonding event for Adult + child to paint your favorite emoji or emoji statement for $25. Additional child is $15. Aprons and supplies are provided. Includes a cookie per painter. Register by emailing Rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com

July 29
Andy Dallas Magic Show (7:00pm - 10:00pm, Lorraine Theatre, 324 E. Main St., HOOPESTON)
Andy Dallas is a world-renowned magician, hypnotist, lecturer and escape artist. He’s been performing for over 30 years and is accredited with top achievements in the magic community such as being the Past National President 2006-2007 of the Society of American Magicians, M.I.M.C. title held by the Magic Circle in London, England, Order of Merlin member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and has been a part of producing youth and adult stage magic events. $20 per ticket. Proceeds benefit the Lorraine Foundation.
Purchase tickets at the Little Lorraine, DACC Hoopeston Campus, Hoopeston City Hall, and Marathon. Or, call Marilyn at 217-840-4870 until noon Saturday 7/29 to reserve your ticket.

July 29
Belly Laffs presents Jeremy Nunes (8:00pm, Capital City Bar and Grill, side theater, 3149 S Dirksen Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
• $10 at the door, $5 in advance. Show supports the performers who appear. • Local headliner Jeremy Nunes makes a rare appearance in the Capital City to perform stand up comedy. Also on the show will be special guest host Jim Leach and features Buddah Eskew and Tim Laffey. • Tickets call or text 217-741-9955 or Belly Laffs on facebook

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.

July 30
The Installation Service (10:30am, First United Methodist Church, 304 S. Race St., URBANA)
Please join us as we welcome Rev. Robert Freeman as our pastor at First United Methodist Church of Urbana. The Installation Service will begin at 10:30 am on Sunday, July 30, 2017. All are invited! (217) 367 – 8384 | office@fumc-urbana.org | http://www.fumc-urbana.org/ | https://www.facebook.com/First-United-Methodist-Church-of-Urbana-709596609228809/

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