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July 2018 Community Calendar

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If you would like your event considered for the Calendar, please email your request as early as possible to Events@wics.com.
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  • a brief description
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July 1
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Time Machine (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

July 2
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
With the help of the Challenger Learning Center from Heartland Community College learn how asttronauts travel in space. Hear about some of the most interesting places in our Solar System. Come travel the universe with us! Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld | Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-155

July 8
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Docent - Led (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA) 217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

July 8 - 14
Millikin University Piano Camp (8:00am - 9:00pm; Perkinson Music Center, DECATUR)
15-18 year old students | $410 for commuter; $560 for resident
Over the course of six days, students will have the opportunity to receive private lessons from Millikin's distinguished piano faculty, to participate in technique sessions and to explore the music of Beethoven. All participating students are eligible to win Millikin University music scholarships (up to $2,000) and winners will be announced at the final recital. Instructors: Dr. Silvan Negrutiu, coordinator of keyboard studies, and Dr. Chung-Ha Kim, adjunct professor of music at Millikin. Registration Deadline: June 22

July 9-26
Lincoln Land Community College’s College for Kids (8:30 - 12:30pm; 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD) Lincoln Land Community College’s College for Kids is offering a variety of fun, enrichment activities for youth at its Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, and other partner sites this summer. Online registration is now open.
College for Kids’ traditional program for students who have completed grades K-8 will run Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., July 9-26. Students may register for one or more of the three weeks. Cost for each one-week session is $135. Week-long culinary sessions for grades 4-7 are $185.
Classes being offered this summer include: American Sign Language, Anime Japanese, Backyard Ballistics, Brain Games, Breakfast Baking, Camp Read-A-Lot, Candy Chemistry, Cookie Week, Cooking From Scratch, Country Creator, Dragon Genetics, Eric Carle Imagination, Finance and Success, Flight of Fantasy, Full STEAM Ahead, International Cuisine, Junior Chef, LEGO® Explorers, Powerful Potions, Rocketry, Spa Science, Space Is the Place, Speedometry, Zoo Time and more.
Space for classes is limited; early registration is recommended. For a full list of offerings and registration information, visit www.llcc.edu/youth-programs or call 217-786-2432.

July 9
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
The Prairie Skies Public Library District summer reading program will now take all to world of animals. Wild Times Exotics will bring the animal kingdom to us. This traveling zoo has a hands on program sure to delight all and a unique why to teach about the animals. Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld
Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-1553

July 12
The Art & Science of Cloth Workshop (9:00am - 12:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Ages 12-14 | The idea of using cloth to create art is centuries old: from dying fabric, to screen printing to quilting. Join us for a STEAM workshop where you can discover the ancient art of Shibori dying, printing, and experiment with natural dyes. Register online at bit.ly/2018clothws or by mail at bit.ly/2018sumreg. For additional information contact events@illinoistatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044.
Registration and fee required | Early registration by June 29: $20 Member, $30 Non-member | By registration deadline on July 8: $25 Member, $35 Non-member

July 13
STEM Camp for Area Students (8:30 - 3:30pm; Rochester Christian Church, 325 S Walnut, ROCHESTER)
Must register by May 1. For students entering 2nd through 7th grade. $50 per student. Area students entering 2nd -7th grade join us for a fun day of exploring, creating, and building! We will work together on science, technology, engineering, and math hands on activities. All participants should bring a sack lunch with a drink. A morning and afternoon snack will be provided. For more information and to register visit http://bit.ly/summer2018STEMcamp. Contact: Sheril Flynn and Stephanie Zeidler at rochesterstemcamp@gmail.com

July 13
Hardee's Cruise In (6:00 - 9:00pm; VIRDEN)
Bring your cars, trucks, motorcycles. Questions: 217-827-3678. Not responsible for accidents. Door prizes. 50/50 raffle. Future dates: August 10, September 14.

July 13, 14
Amaranth Apple Festival (Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
Music, Arts & Food Festival named from Vachel Lindsay’s “Golden Book of Springfield”
The headlining band for Friday night, July 13 is Free Fallin – a Tribute to the Memory of Tom Petty. Saturday night, July 14, DSI welcomes the legendary "East Coast Rock 'n Roll" group John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band. Daily admission to the Amaranth Apple Festival is only $5 and special ticket packages are available now for VIP or gift-giving. Stay tuned for news on this year’s Lindsay Stage and food line-ups! Stay up to date at www.downtownspringfield.org.

July 15
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Arts Exploration (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

July 16
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
Now it is time to travel back to pre-17th century Europe with Shire of Swordcliff and the Prairie Skies Public Library District. See knights battle,learn a dance , or how children played long ago. Let us travel back in time to an exciting time of knights and maidens.
Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld
Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-1553

July 20, 21
2018 Illinois Mission of Mercy (6:00am - 5:00pm; BOS Center, 1 Convention Center Plz, SPRINGFIELD)
Our fifth Mission of Mercy project has all the indications of being our biggest and best ever since we inaugurated them in Illinois in 2010. These biennial mission projects serve all children and adults who find their way to our event. The charitable dental clinic will be open on a first-come, first-served basis on July 20-21. More than 1,000 volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants, dental students and others from throughout. Illinois will come together to provide free dental care to patients who have limited financial resources or are otherwise unable to visit a dental office. Volunteers are prepared to see 1,000 patients per day, but hope to accommodate more. Dental volunteers will use 100 portable dental units to provide free basic dental care and oral surgery to patients who would not otherwise have access to necessary dental treatment. However, not all dental services are provided, and dental problems are prioritized with the most critical being treated. No false teeth will be made, but partial dentures will be made in the lab on a case-by-case basis.

July 22
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Docent - Led (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

July 23
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
The Prairie Skies Public Library District will celebrate those who have let reading take them on their journeys through the world of books. Come see the outstanding young readers in the community. Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld | Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-1553

July 23 - 27
First Gig Rock Camp! (9:00am - 5:00pm; Perkinson Music Center, DECATUR)
Register through the Decatur Park District

July 29
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Planets, Stars, and the Moon: Docent - Led (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, join in songs and stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.
Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

July 30
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
Today we celebrate all the fun, friends, and learning that was accomplished this summer. Join the Prairie Skies Public Library District staff and M & K Parties for another great finish to an outstanding summer of reading.
Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld | Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-1553

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