March 2017 'Community Calendar'


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Mar 1
Preschool Program (10:00am, Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
Our theme will be lions and will include stories and a craft. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register to attend.

Now through March 10
Art of Science exhibit (Capitol Building, SPRINGFIELD)
Blending science with art, research images from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) are artistically enhanced to convey the elegance of nature, even at a nanoscale. This collection features images inspired by transformative IGB research in areas including health, food production, climate science and more, highlighting Illinois’ contributions and legacy as a leader in agriculture and biotechnology. These works demonstrate the unique beauty and fascination encountered daily in scientific endeavors.

Mar 1
Volunteer Registration for 2017 Lincoln Land Charity Championship (LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
sign up to be a part of all the fun! 2017 Tournament Dates - June 19 - 25
Contact Tanya Cooper at | (217) 670-2910

Mar 1
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
Come and join us for a great movie with great people. Call 267-3170 for info.

Mar 2
The First Years of University of Illinois Student Life With Reflections on Today (7:00 - 8:30pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois Archives, Rm 146 Main Library, 1408 West Gregory, URBANA)
University Archives Sesquicentennial Speakers Series, in collaboration with the History Department, showcases historical scholarship inspired by records found in the University of Illinois Archives.
March 2, 1868, marked the first day of class at the newly established Illinois Industrial University. Who were Illinois’ earliest students? And, how do their experiences compare to Illinois students 150 years later? Join us as Professor Gregory Behle shares his extensive research on student life in the earliest years of the University and Vice Chancellor Renee Romano reflects on Illinois student experience in 2017.
Exhibits and refreshments.

Mar 3, 10, 24
Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; K of C, 335 S. 4th St., RIVERTON) Menu: Walleye Sandwich, Walleye, Shrimp, Catfish, Baked Fish Dinners, coleslaw, choice of fries, baked potato or potato salad. Carryout orders call 629-7202 after 4:30pm. Future Dates include Feb 3; Mar 3, 10, 24; Apr 7.

Mar 3
We invite you, along with all of your girlfriends, to join us for a Ladies’ Night Out. Admission is just $5 with a portion of the proceeds going to Sojourn Shelter and Services. Music, games, and entertainment will fill the evening, with an epic ‘Ultimate Diva Performance‘ from Mahogany Knight to cap off the night! Unlock your inner diva while you enjoy our complimentary food, sip on some fine wines and spirits, as well as shopping and pampering yourself from our host of vendors including: MassageLuxe | Waterfalls Unlimted | LulaRoe | Omar's Latin Fusion Cuisine|John Geyston's Martial Art Academy | Pure Romance by Sandra | doTERRA Essential Oils | Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant | Herbalife | Patricia's In Springfield, ILs | Central Illinois Community Blood Center | Springfield Illinois YMCA | Dove Chocolate Discoveries | Lilla Rose, Inc. | Norwex | & More!

Mar 3
Sacred Heart Church Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; 208 N. Pine Street, VILLA GROVE)

Dine In, Take out, or Drive thru @ 832-8402.
All dinners include: Fresh Fried Fish, Cole Slaw, Beans, Potatoes or bag of chips, bread and margarine, dessert, and a drink.
Adults: $9.00 |12 & under $4.00 | 5 & under free
Come Enjoy a delicious dinner filled with fun
Raffle tickets available at door. Need not be present to win prizes.

Mar 3
"Relocating Innovation: Places and Practices of Future Making" Talk (11:00am - 12:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, NSCA Auditorium, 1205 W. Clark Street, URBANA)
Speaker: Lucy Suchman (Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology, Lancaster University) This talk explores the question of how we might engage both critically and generatively with the contemporary figure of innovation. I suggest as one resource the concept of location, as it has been articulated within anthropological, feminist, and (post)colonial research. I take as a starting place the premise that we cannot think about innovation separately from the political, economic, and disciplinary histories that imbue that word with its currency. More specifically, we need to attend to the ways in which the professionalization of design in the last century, in the midst of kindred projects in modernist rationalization, has included a legacy of hegemonic claims to the question of what and whose knowledges are relevant to our collective future making. Only by engaging critically with that history can we extricate ourselves from what are arguably the extraordinarily repetitive terms that have been available to us for articulating processes of change. In writing about innovation's relocation, my argument is that design needs to acknowledge the specificities of its place, to position itself as one (albeit multiple) figure and practice of transformation. Free and open to the public! For more details, see:

Mar 3
Roast Beef Dinner (5:00 - 7:00pm; Catlin United Methodist Church, 106 W Vermilion St, CATLIN)
Serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, salad, roll, and home made desserts. Freewill offering accepted. For more information pleas call 427-5566.

Mar 3
Rotary Night (Doors at 6:05pm; 1601 N. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield JR Blues v. Topeka Roadrunners. All Springfield area rotary members $5 admission at the door. | | 217-525-2589

Mar 3
Catholic School Night (Doors at 6:05pm; 1601 N. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield JR Blues v. Topeka Roadrunners. First 250 fans in attendance will receive a Springfield Jr. Blues Pennant. Your school could win $1,000! Catholic school students will receive free admission with purchase of an adult ticket at the door. The Catholic Elementary School with the highest percentage of their enrollment in attendance will receive $1,000 for their school. | | 217-525-2589

Mar 4
9th Annual Trivia Night/Basket Raffle/Silent Auction (TBA, Riverton Village Library, 1200 E Riverton Rd., RIVERTON)
This event is a major fundraiser for the library. It allows the library to purchase materials of all formats for adults and children. It also provides quality programs for children, such as the preschool program and the summer reading program for elementary students. These programs reach many of our area children, helping prevent a learning loss during the vacation months.

Mar 4
4th Annual Bacon Fest (5:00 - 8:00pm; Docker's, 120 IL Rte. 54, SPAULDING)

WHO DOESN'T LOVE BACON??!!! Get your creative cooking juices flowing and enter it to win!!!
Cant cook? NO PROBLEM!! Just show up and try the delicious bacon dishes and vote for your favorite dish!!
IT'S ALWAYS FREE TO ENTER | You may enter as many times as you wish! You may have more than one entry in a category. Until we get enough people bringing entries it will stay this way.
Categories: Appetizer/Soup/Salad | Side Dish | Entree | Dessert
Winners will include: First place each category | Best of Bacon | People's Choice
Judging will be based on the following criteria: a. Taste | b. Creativity | c. Appearance | d. Incorporation of bacon in the dish
Entries must be on site by 5. Judging will start promptly as the entries come in. Entries must be of sufficient quantity to be sampled and served to a hungry crowd. Please provide a judging dish. This dish will go straight to the judges for them to sample as entries come in. Just enough on the dish for the 4 judges to sample. Make this one for presentation and please have the name and ingredients listed in case of allergies.
1: Judges plates should be a sample size for 5 judges. Even if it's a sandwich or a slab of meat you can still make the plate look appealing and work for the plates. Cut it into quarters.
2: If you remember, last year we fed nearly 200 people. Please be sure to bring enough for a crowd as we are expecting more than that this year. The more people that are able to sample your entry the bigger chance you have of winning People's Choice.
3: If you are entering the judging please be prepared to serve for 20 mins or so. We will direct you when you come on what to do.

Mar 4
Super Saturday at the Illinois State Museum (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
"Wonder Women in History" Super Saturday. Learn about some of the amazing women from Illinois history through activities, crafts, and displays. Each month at the Illinois State Museum, Super Saturday offers free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up. 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 or (217) 782-0061.
Museum Admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64. FREE for Society members, children, seniors, and veterans.

Mar 4
Armed Services Appreciation Night (Doors at 5:05pm; 1601 N. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield JR Blues v. Topeka Roadrunners. All active and retired military $5 admission at the door.
Join us in honoring all past and present United States Military service members. | | 217-525-2589

Mar 4
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Winter Concert (7:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, SPRINGFIELD)
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony invites you to our Winter Concert featuring the Sinfonia Orchestra and Youth Symphony! Join us for an evening exploring many of the wonderful elements evident in orchestral music. Our Sinfonia Orchestra brings to the stage one of Bach’s most well-known and beloved pieces, “Bradenburg Concerto No. 4.” They will close their portion of the concert with a modern dance full of vigorous rhythms and exciting harmonies. Our Youth Symphony considers the idea of artistic inspiration. From Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony to Holst’s The Planets, the musicians will lead the audience through a variety of musical styles and experiences!
Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free to children aged 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or by calling 217-523-2787.

Mar 4
Spring Easter Shopping EGGstravaganza Craft and Vendor Fair (9:00am - 1:00pm; Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Get in the mood for Spring and start your Easter shopping early! There will be over 50 handmade crafters, direct sale vendors, a bake sale to support the 8th Grade class trip and a silent auction. There will also be will be a book sale featuring a wide assortment of paperbacks.
For more information including how to register for table/booth space, for a complete list of vendors or other questions, please visit Trinity's website at or call Kathy at (217) 622-8658.

Mar 4
Jambalaya Cookoff (Bahan's Tavern, 214 N. East St., JACKSONVILLE)
Proceeds benefit Hobby Horse House of Jacksonville. $25 team entry includes 1.5 lb andouille sausage from Jones Meats. Team supplies the rest of its ingredients. Cooking begins at 12:00pm; judging at 1:30pm; awards at 3:00pm. Public sampling at 1:30 for $5 donation. 217-243-7708 or

Mar 4
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (6:30 - 10:30am; South Fork Fellowship Hall, 1437 East 100 North Road, NOKOMIS)
Donations Accepted
Donations will go towards mowing and cemetery improvements.
This is being held by the Greenwood-Fairview Cemetery Association

Mar 4
Dr. Seuss Birthday Party (10:00am; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
Dr. Seuss would be 113 years old this year. We will celebrate his birthday with stories, crafts, games and of course, refreshments! Children 3 and up are invited to come and help us celebrate. Please register to attend by calling the library at 267-3170 or stop in the library located at 233 S. State Street.

Mar 4, 5
Illinois Products Expo (10:00am; IL State Fairgrounds, Orr Bldg., SPRINGFIELD)
Door prizes, wine garden. Taste | Sample | Purchase

Mar 5
Special Tour Opening: Medieval Irish Masterpieces in Modern Reproduction (2:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
Spurlock Museum will offer a tour of the temporary exhibit Medieval Irish Masterpieces in Modern Reproduction led by its curator, Prof. Charles Wright. The tour is free, but numbers are limited. Call Kim at 217-244-3355 to reserve a space.

Mar 5
Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (4:00pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
The Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will continue its 2016-17 performance season with a concert on Sunday, March 5, featuring the music of Arranger Staff Sergeant Scott Ninmer. The concert is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the concert in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center lobby.

Mar 6
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.

Mar 8
BEST "Becoming Empowered and Successful Teens" and Parent Transition Support Group (6:00 - 7:30pm; Illinois Assistive Technology Program, 1020 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Topic: Transition to the post secondary world. Call Roseanne at SCIL, 217-523-2587 for more info.

Mar 8
ISM Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Alan Harn, Curator Emeritus, Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds, will present "The Archaeology of Dickson Mounds: Cultural Change and Demographic Variation in the Life of a Late Prehistoric Cemetery."
|||In 1927, Dr. Don F. Dickson, a chiropractor, began the scientific excavation of an American Indian mound in his father's back yard that would forever change the complexion of American archaeology. Leaving the 281 burials and accompanying grave offerings he found in place for public viewing, his in situ exhibit and museum would be the catalyst that first brought "new age" professional archaeologists to the Illinois Country and later would inspire legions of people to become students of American Indian life.
|||In the 1960s, construction of a new museum at Dickson Mounds required excavation in ten additional burial mounds at the site, resulting in the discovery of 823 more burials. Prior to this work, Dickson Mounds had been thought to contain only Mississippian period burials, but archaeologists would be surprised to discover that distinctive local groups of Mossville and Sepo phase Late Woodland people were also burying their dead there alongside the Mississippians—sometimes sharing the same grave with them.
|||The listener will be invited to step back in time via PowerPoint imagery to witness many of the dramatic changes that took place as these cultures met, exchanged ideas, and eventually blended together. Located at the margins of several major Midwestern culture areas and continuously exposed to waves of cultural change and accommodation, Dickson Mounds has opened a truly unique window to assess variability in many aspects of time-transgressive changes in lifestyle and culture, skeletal morphology, diet, disease, related health issues, and cross-cultural confederations of people who existed at the beginning of the end of prehistory.
---Paul Mickey Science Series takes place on the second Wednesday of each month in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. A different speaker and topic will be featured each month. For additional information, please contact or (217) 782-0061. Free and open to the public.

Mar 8
Learn Sign & Color w/ Our Vibrant Community (7:00 - 8:30pm; Track Shack, 233 E Laurel St, SPRINGFIELD
) Learn basic sign and color. $8. Email to register

Mar 9
"Lupus and the Blood" (6:30-7:30pm; TELEPHONE, Dial in number provided upon registration)
The Lupus Society of Illinois (LSI) will host a 1-hour educational teleconference, “Lupus and the Blood”, presented by Zineb Aouhab, MD, RhMSUS. Certified rheumatologist and long-time LSI supporter, Dr. Zineb Aouhab, will answer questions after the presentation: What are the blood tests necessary to diagnose lupus? What is anemia and how do I know if I have it? Find out these answers and many others during this engaging, informative teleconference.
“Lupus and the Blood” is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required. To register for the conference, contact the LSI at (312) 542-0002, email, or go to Registered participants will receive a toll free call-in number to dial into the conference.

Mar 10
Fish Fries (5:00 - 7:30pm; Little Flower Parish Center, 900 Stevenson Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
The Men’s Club of Little Flower Parish is providing Fish Fries each Friday during Lent at the Little Flower Parish Center. One can select fish or shrimp and a baked potato or fries or Springfield’s only fish taco bar. The children’s menu also includes corn dogs, grilled cheese and cheese pizza. Serving is available from 5:00-7:30. Cost is only $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Drive thru is available behind the gym. Please join us!

Mar 10
Around the Town Concert featuring a Woodwind Quintet (7:00pm; Moses Montefiore Temple, 102 Robinhood Lane, BLOOMINGTON)
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Around the Town Concert series allows you the opportunity to experience the acclaimed musicians of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in a variety of settings. Please join us after the concert for a special reception. Illinois Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet Featuring: Marie Bennett on Flute, Erin Mashinter on Oboe, Solomon Baer on Clarinet, Jessica Pearce on Horn, and Claire Taylor on Bassoon. The Illinois Symphony Orchestra marks its 24th season of critically-acclaimed music making in the 2016-2017 season. The ISO performs series of concerts in Springfield and Bloomington/Normal, Illinois with four Symphony Orchestra concerts, two Chamber Orchestra concerts, a Pops concert, a Holiday Pops concert and Concerts for Kids.

Mar 10
Tech Safety and The Dark Side of Digital Technology (7:00 - 9:00pm; Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)

DUE TO MATURE THEMES, FORUM IS FOR ADULTS ONLY. The Springfield East/West Circuits of The Central Illinois District-Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (CID-LCMS) is hosting. This event is free and open to the public.
Eric Szatkowski is the speaker for this evening’s presentation. Szatkowski is a former Special Agent with the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice/Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Szatkowski has an engaging demonstration about the real-life dangers of the Internet and cellphone abuse.
Topics to be covered in this evening’s presentation include: Facebook; Snapchat; Instagram; Smartphones; pornography; sexting; online gaming; cyberbullying; and, finally, how to protect your kids from the dangers lurking in cyberspace.

Mar 10
Friday Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; Williamsville United Methodist Church, 128 E. Jones St., WILLIAMSVILLE)
Adults $8 | Children 12 & under $4 | Hot dog dinner $3
Walleye, Baked Potato or Potato Salad, Cole slaw, applesauce, dessert, drink. 217.566.3614

Mar 11
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast (7:00 - 10:30am; First Baptist Church, 1602 S Prospect Ave., SAVOY)
The Rotary Club of Savoy will hold its annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast.
$5 per person and free for children under 2. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee and milk. Proceeds go to support club projects in the community like backpacks or school supplies at Carrie Busey Elementary School.

Mar 11
Art Together - Paint Lego Portraits w/ Our Vibrant Community (10:00am - 12:00pm; Twisted Deli, 330 S Grand Ave E, SPRINGFIELD)
An artsy bonding event for $25 for Adult + child paint a Lego portrait, extra child is $15. Email to register.

Mar 11
“Egg”stravaganza Craft & Vendor Bazaar (8:00am - 3:00pm; Decatur Wesley United Methodist Church, 3800 E. Cerro Gordo St., DECATUR)
Welcome to our 3rd Annual Spring Craft show. Once again there will be unique crafted items and direct sales to choose from, including baked goods and cookie walk. Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast will be served and Lunch will be Soup, Sandwiches and Desserts, served by the Church. Come and join the "Egg"citement!!! Contact Lynn Workman 217-520-3849

Mar 11
Cosmic Bingo (6:00pm; Knights of Columbus Hall, 217 Limit St., LINCOLN)
$20 in advance/ $25 at the door. Price includes 6 bingo cards, glow hat&glow dauber. $5 per additional 6 cards. 50/50 drawing, pizza & snacks for purchase, cash bar. Must be 18 or older to attend. Questions: contact Jennifer Craig at 217-871-9820. Tickets available at Carroll Catholic School or Spirited Republic. Proceeds benefit Carroll Catholic School Teacher Fund.

Mar 11
ALUUC Annual Fantasy Auction: "Welcome to America!" (6:00 - 10:30pm; 745 Woodside Road, SPRINGFIELD)
There will be a silent auction! 6 - 8 PM | live auction! 8 - 8:30 PM | raffles! throughout the evening
The ticket price includes live entertainment, dancing, delicious appetizers and desserts from many ethnic traditions, as well as coffee and soft drinks. There will be a Cash Bar for those who would like wine or beer.
So many items for the silent and live auctions! Cardinals tickets, artwork, fun kayak trips, home decor, fresh-baked bread every week for a year, and soooo much more.
This really fun event is a fundraiser that supports our congregation.
Abraham Linocln Unitarian Universalist Congregation
$25.00 per person | | Church phone if you need to list one: 217-585-9550 |

Mar 11
Virden Lions Club Fundraiser Dance (7:00 - 10:00pm; KC Hall, VIRDEN)
Doors at 6:00pm. Featuring the Glendale Riders Country Western Band. Tickets $15 presale, $20 at the door. Ticket price includes soft drinks, dancing, refreshments, cash bar, 50/50 drawing, Call 217-965-5888 for ticket information.

Mar 11 - 18
March Lifeguard Course (Eisenhower Pool, 2351 E. Cornell St., SPRINGFIELD)
Classes will be held March 11th – March 18th. A pre-course assessment test must be passed in order to participate in the overall Lifeguard Course. This assessment will be hosted on March 8th. The Course Fee is $220 Res/$250 NR, and will be collected once the pre-course assessment has been completed. Successful completion of the this course will result in American Red Cross certifications in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED and potential employment with the Springfield Park District. For additional information, please contact Bob Barrett by email at or by phone at 525-8847 ext 1501.

Mar 13
Craft & Draft (7:00pm - 9:00pm, Boones Saloon, SPRINGFIELD)
$20, 1 beer and 3 crafts.

Mar 13
Sarah Bush Lincoln’s 11th annual Races for all Paces (O'Brien Stadium, EIU, CHARLESTON)
Race events include chip-timed half marathon, 10K, 5K Run/Walk, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash.
Participants can “Walk with a Doc” with Family Practitioner Bernie Ranchero, MD, in the 1-mile fun run/walk event. Additionally, US Army Veteran Blake Leitch invites other veterans to participate to honor soldiers. Register at
Costs vary depending on race event. Course support includes porta-potties, water, chocolate milk, sport drinks and fruit.
For more information, contact Laura Bollan, 217 345-6828

Mar 15
SPW Open Mic (6:00 - 8:00pm; Robbie's, 4 S. Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
A Springfield Poets and Writers event. Hosted by Thea Chesley third Wednesday of every month. FREE. 217-544-3611

Mar 15
A Chapter in the History of Reading in the Arctic: The Books of Crocker Land (4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
Adam Doskey, Visiting Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Illinois. The talk is free, and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Beth Watkins at 217-265-5485.

Mar 15
ISM Brown Bag Series Lecture: "Furnishing the Early Illinois Home" (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm; Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Presented by Erika Holst, Curator of Collections, Springfield Art Association. Learn about the furniture and decorative items that filled Illinois homes in the years before the Civil War-what they were, where they came from, and their significance to their owners.
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 or (217) 782-0061.

Mar 16
CORNBEEF AND CABBAGE WITH NEW POTATOES (11:00am - 7:00pm; Fraternal Order of Eagles #437, 2413 S. MacArthur Blvd., Town & Country Shopping Center, SPRINGFIELD)

Cost $8.00 person (menu available)

Mar 16
Presentation: Grant’s March to War: Springfield to Naples (7:00pm; Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
Mr. Greg Olson, reporter and photographer for Jacksonville Journal-Courier for many years Olson has life-long interest in American history, compiling a local history column from 1985 to 2013. From 1994 to 1998, Olson served as assistant to the executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society and he is active with the Morgan County Historical Society.
Olson will give a PowerPoint presentation that will focus on how 39-year-old Ulysses S. Grant molded the 21st Illinois Infantry Regiment, a group of eastern Illinois men, into a fighting unit and then led them on a march from Springfield, Illinois to Naples, Illinois along the Illinois River. Admission and parking are free. For additional information, please contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910.

Mar 16
Third Thursday Reading Series (6:00 - 8:00pm; Sherman Public Library, 2100 E. Andrew Rd., SHERMAN)
Featured author is poet Lisa Higgs, author of Unintentional Guide to the Big City. Monthly event also includes an open mic, writing and publishing news and more. FREE, 217-496-2496

Mar 17
Korean War National Museum's Irish Exhibit (12:00pm; Korean War National Museum, 9 South Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
The Irish exhibit includes the stories of martyred Irish priests and the incredible valor and bravery of the Irish soldiers in the “Happy Valley Battle,” when Irish and British soldiers selflessly volunteered to provide cover for the withdrawal of UN forces and then had to fight their way out. It also covers the Irish who received US citizenship posthumously. The Museum celebrates the special relationship that was forged, protected, and still remains strong because of the bravery of Ireland’s sons and a shared love of liberty and life. This exhibit opens March 17 in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day and will remain prominently displayed at the front of the Museum until mid-May. After that the exhibit will be integrated into the Museum’s other exhibits. The Irish exhibit's constructor, Daniel Eppel, will make a presentation at noon Friday, March 17 regarding the research and development of the exhibit. 217-523-7230

Mar 17
Fish Fries (5:00 - 7:30pm; Little Flower Parish Center, 900 Stevenson Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
The Men’s Club of Little Flower Parish is providing Fish Fries each Friday during Lent at the Little Flower Parish Center. One can select fish or shrimp and a baked potato or fries or Springfield’s only fish taco bar. The children’s menu also includes corn dogs, grilled cheese and cheese pizza. Serving is available from 5:00-7:30. Cost is only $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Drive thru is available behind the gym. Please join us!

Mar 17
Friday Night Star Parties (8:00 - 10:00pm; UIS Brookens Library, One University Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
Presentation and viewing of skies hosted by John Martin. Free.
(Weather questions, 217-206-8342 at 7:00pm or UIS Observatory on Twitter.)

Mar 17, 18
PORTA High School Musical: The Addams Family (7:00pm; PORTA HS Auditorium, PORTA)
Tickets are available at the door or at Adults are $7 and Students (K-12) are $5. If you have any other questions, email or at

Mar 17, 18, 19
Murder Mystery Dinner (6:30pm Fri/Sat, 1:00pm Sunday; Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Theme is "Good Deeds, Deadly Deeds." Presented by the Springfield Theatre Centre. $30,

Mar 17, 18, 19
Wizard of Oz (7:00pm Fri/Sat, 2:00pm Sunday; Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Presented by the Hoogland Kids, Teens and Juniors. $10, $14, $16.

Mar 18
Just Jokin' J-Ville (8:00 - 10:00pm; American Legion POst 279, 903 W. Superior, JACKSONVILLE)
Two-hour show featuring 10 hilarious comedians. $10 at door. 217-243-5145

Mar 18
Bishop Herman Tolar's Bondage Breaker Series (5:00pm; Feitshans Elementary School, 1101 S 15th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Break every chain deliverance! Sessions designed to set you free from your struggles by breaking chains of heaviness, physical torment, mental anguish, demonic vexation, worldly lust, suicidal thoughts, drugs, alcohol, destructive habits and more! We would love to know if you're coming. Please call us at 618-875-3322 if you plan to attend. "Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty...stay free!"

Mar 18
Prairieland Punishers Roller Derby (5:30 - 9:30pm; Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K Anderson Plaza, DECATUR)
Double header features Decatur's Prairieland Punishers vs Cedar Rapids' Roller Girls and Springfields Midstate Mayhem vs the Twin City Dead Ringers. $15 VIP, $10 adults and $5 Kids 12&under., 217-883-3511

Mar 18
Cabbage Dinner (11:00am - 2:00pm; Holly Dormition Orthodox Parish, BENLD)

Cabbage Roll Dinner, vegetable and bread.
Cabbage Noodle Dinner, vegetable and bread
Blinchiki (Russian Crepe), vegetable. Dinners $8.00
Homemade Nut. Poppy seed and Apricot Rolls $12.00

Mar 18
PWA LIVE Taping for FITE TV (6:30pm, Bogarts Banquet Hall, JACKSONVILLE)
Tickets $10/$6.

Mar 18
Sherlock Holmes Society (6:30pm; 36 & 40 Westwood Terrace, SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30 PM for its semi-annual film evening. We will be viewing and discussing the 1946 Holmes movie Dressed to Kill, starring Basil Rathbone. This gala affair will be at the adjoining homes of Betty Washko and Bill and Mary Denham (36 and 40 Westwood Terrace) in Springfield. Westwood Terrace is one block east of the intersection of Jefferson and Churchill, and runs to the south of Jefferson. The relevant houses are on the left about 2/3rds of the way down this one-block street. Guests are asked to bring a light snack or a favored beverage to share. The public is invited to attend. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387, 620-0042, or 720-0339. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to

Mar 18
Post Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm, SCIL, 330 S. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Call Bradley at 217-523-2587 for more info.

Mar 18
Expanding your horizons: Motivating Young Women in Science and Mathematics (8:00am, LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
At the EYH conference, 6th - 8th grade girls will participate in workshops and meet with women scientists, engineers, and other professionals in STEM careers. Girls will spend time with other girls who are thinking about their futures. At the conference, girls will have a chance to try fun activities in three workshops, discover what scientists do in a typical day, and hear first-hand about STEM careers.
Registration is requested by March 4, 2017. There is a $15 registration fee. The seminar check-in and campus tour will being 8:00am. The closing session ends at 12:45pm.
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Mar 18
Steve Hess & Southern Salvation (7:00pm; Springfield First Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3168 W. Jefferson St., SPRINGFIELD)
The public is invited. A love offering will be received. For more information, call 217-787-7089 and leave a message.

Mar 18
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

Mar 18
Cost-Free Estate Planning Toolbox Workshop (10:00am - 12:00pm; Fresh Visions Community Church, 2400 N Grand East, SPRINGFIELD)
Pre-registration is required and the deadline is Tuesday 2/28 for all attendees. Call Charlotte Johnson at 217-787-0141 or email to register.The workshop is strictly education and is cost free/open to the public.
Presenter Karen Chan: "Knowing your tools and learning how to use them makes any job easier. The same is true for estate planning. In this workshop, you’ll become familiar with a range of estate planning tools, what they do, and the terminology they use. In addition to wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, we will discuss the role that insurance, titling of property, and gifting can play. Finally, we’ll take a look at how these tools work with our tax system, including estate, income, generation-skipping and gift taxes."

Mar 18
Trivia Night (6:00pm - 7:00pm; Christ the King Parish Hall, 1930 Barberry Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
The Sangamon County Historical Society’s fifth annual trivia night! Questions, which will focus on general information, will be developed by Al Gietl. Mark McDonald will serve as emcee. The three top teams will earn cash prizes of $200 for first place; $100 for second place; or $50 for third place. | Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Renowned chili maker Les Eastep will sell his delicious chili. Hot dogs, cookies, snacks and drinks including beer, wine, soda and water also will be available. | Individuals or couples can register at for $10 per person or $100 for a table of ten. Players can pay either online or mail a check to the Sangamon County Historical Society, Box 9744, Springfield, IL 62791-9744. | Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Sangamon County Historical Society programs. |
For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at or 217-525-1961.

Mar 18
Southern Gospel Concert (7:00pm, Springfield Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 3300 West Jefferson Street, SPRINGFIELD)
All are welcome - Come enjoy this FREE event. For those that enjoy music this will be an unforgettable evening!
Contact: 217-615-9781

Mar 18
The New 3rd Saturday Market (9:00am - 4:00pm, Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
The New 3rd Saturday Market at the Merchant Building on the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds!! The entrance to the Fairgrounds is South of the corner of RT 133 and Vine St. Follow the road in the Fairgrounds to the Merchant Building behind the High School at Jurgens Park.
The New 3rd Saturday Market is an indoor/outdoor market filled with creative homemade crafts, antiques and unique finds. A of hand crafted items and direct sales. Something new each month. We have a fantastic line-up of vendors!!!! When you come to the New 3rd Saturday Market, you will be pleasantly pleased with Fusion, Honey, LulaRoe, Norwex, Papparozi Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Pink Zebra, Real Time Pain Relief, Scentsy and Watkins besides collectibles, antiques and all of our jewelry, crafts, baby items, bowl cozi, baked potato bags, embroidered items, aprons - just to mention a few items that are all homemade. Something new every month!!
This is a monthly event. The building is heated in the colder months. The hours are from 9 am to 4 pm. There is off street parking available on the Fairgrounds.
Contact: Dale Bissonett, 217-254-5010,
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Future Dates for 2017: Apr 15, May 20, June 17, Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16

Mar 18, 19
Spotlight on Ice (2:00pm Sat/Sun, 7:00pm Sat.; Nelson Center Ice Arena, Lincoln Park, 1601 N. Fifth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield Figure Skating Club presents "Broadway Rhythms"

Mar 19
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.

Mar 19
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 .

Mar 19
Largest Train Show in Downstate Illinois (10:00am - 4:00pm; The Orr Bldg, IL State Fairgrouns, 801 E Sangamon Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
All aboard! See over 35,000 square feet of model trains. See several operating train layouts and explore hundreds of vendor tables to buy, sell and trade trains. Early bird shopping starts at 9am for only $10. Admission is only $5 after 10am. Children under 11 get in FREE. Free parking, too. For more information, please go to:

Mar 22
"Enslaved" Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm; Sangamon Prairie Reception Center, 8855 IL-4, CHATHAM)
Special Feature: 'A Slave to Man' by Roni Betts, one of our own, will appear as Rebecca Woods who had been born a slave, freed at 11, and resided in Springfield with the Ridgley family as a hired servant.
Speaker: 'A Slave to Myself' by Former Chair Karilyn Eastvole, who will speak on 'Getting Off the Merry-Go-Round of Worry'. She earned her degree in Social Work, is a pianist, and claims to be a 'professional volunteer'.
Invite a friend, she'll be glad you did! Reservations and cancellations are essential by Friday, March 17. Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or email

Mar 22
Artists Vent on Art Life (7:30 - 9:00pm; DH Browns, 231 E Monroe St, SPRINGFIELD)
An open discussion steered on the concerns and insights visual artists navigate through. Free event.

Mar 22
Listen LIVE: Woodwind Trio (12:10pm; McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., BLOOMINGTON)
Take a lunch break and Listen LIVE to a Woodwind Trio from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra as they perform a FREE concert on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 12:10 PM at the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, Illinois. This FREE Around the Town concert is performed in partnership with the McLean County Museum of History’s Lunch and Listen series, where you can bring your lunch and enjoy LIVE music in the Governor Fifer Courtroom. The Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Around the Town Concert series allows you the opportunity to experience the acclaimed musicians of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in a variety of settings.

Mar 23, 24
"Bio Region: Creativity in our unique space" (6:00 - 9:00pm; The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space, 711 S. 5th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring new work by Pharmacy Member Artists PLUS Sound Exhibition: Timothy Donavan Russell, Triangle space Artist: Megan Craddock, ceramic work incorporating plant life.

Mar 23 - 26
SHG Presents 'Oklahoma' (Times vary, Dominican Hall Theatre, 1200 W. Washington, SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 1 at 10:00 a.m. Reserve your tickets by visiting, or by calling 787-1595, ext. 168.

Mar 23-26
Mulan Jr. (7:00pm Fri/Sat, 3:00pm Sunday; Cantrall Intermediate School gymnasium, 155 Claypool St, CANTRALL)
Tickets at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before show time.
If you need additional information, please feel free to contact CJ at 217-341-1727

Mar 24
“Welcome Mr. Lincoln” An Evening of Music and Discovery (7:00 - 8:30pm; Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Lane, DECATUR)
Macon County Historian Mark Sorenen will speak on “Lincoln’s Illinois Photographs-Portraits Of A Prairie Lawyer” and music will be provided by the 1st Pres String Band. FREE EVENT Sponsored by the Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial

Mar 24
Spring Concert (12:00 - 1:00pm, LLCC, Lincoln Commons, SPRINGFIELD)
A Spring Concert jointly presented by the LLCC Choir, directed by See Tsai Chan, and UIS Chorus will be held Friday, March 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons. The program will include a wide variety of musical styles, ranging from opera, jazz, spirituals, to folk songs and much more.
Free and open to the public.

Mar 24
Doc Ashton and The Root Canals (7:00pm; 324 E. Main St., HOOPESTON)
Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at DACC’s Hoopeston Extension Campus, Hoopeston City Hall, Marathon on Route 9, at the door on February 24th or reserve tickets by email at There is no reserved seating. The Methodist Church, located across the street from the Lorraine Theatre, is hosting a "meet and greet the band" meal from 5:30- 6:30. Freewill donations at the door. All sales will benefit the continuing restoration of the Lorraine Theatre. Concessions will be sold in the lobby.

Mar 24
Fish Fries (5:00 - 7:30pm; Little Flower Parish Center, 900 Stevenson Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
The Men’s Club of Little Flower Parish is providing Fish Fries each Friday during Lent at the Little Flower Parish Center. One can select fish or shrimp and a baked potato or fries or Springfield’s only fish taco bar. The children’s menu also includes corn dogs, grilled cheese and cheese pizza. Serving is available from 5:00-7:30. Cost is only $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Drive thru is available behind the gym. Please join us!

Mar 24, 25
Historical Fiction: A Comedy (7:30pm; Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Set backstage at a local production of the life of Abraham Lincoln, Historical Fiction showcases the ups and downs that come with community theater. The director, Mitch, does everything he can to keep the show running despite costume problems, questions about accuracy, and runaway method acting. It is a comedy for everyone who's ever been back stage, or at least wondered what it was like. Dessert reception and Q & A with the cast and director to follow. Performance dates are Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Edwards Place Historic Home. Tickets are $15 and will be available online, by calling 217-523-2631, or at the door. For more information visit

Mar 24 - April 15
Easter Bunny Photo Experience (10:00am - 8:30pm; White Oaks Mall, Lower Level Macy’s Wing, 2501 Wabash Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
The Easter Bunny will be at White Oaks Mall, offering families the chance to stop by the mall to visit the bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion. Guests can reserve a magical moment with Bunny online at In addition, White Oaks Mall’s Caring Bunny™ event takes place Sunday, March 26 from 9:30-11 am, offering families that have children with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience, reducing sensory triggers and creating a more comforting environment for children. Guests can even hop on the AL Express, White Oaks Mall’s trackless train that operates without lights and sounds and drives around the mall, complimentary to families.

Mar 24, 25
'Beauty and the Beast' (7:00pm Friday, 2:00pm & 7:00pm Saturday; Fine Arts Gym, Williamsville Junior HS, 500 S. Walnut St., WILLIAMSVILLE)
Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $7 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact Carrie Warren at

Mar 24, 25, 26
Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them (Times vary; Little Lorraine, 214 E. Main St., HOOPESTON)
All sales will benefit the continuing restoration of the Lorraine Theatre. Concessions will be sold in the lobby. Fri & Sat. March 24-25 -7 p.m.; Sunday, March 26, 2 & 4:30 p.m.

Mar 24
Friday Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; Williamsville United Methodist Church, 128 E. Jones St., WILLIAMSVILLE)
Adults $8 | Children 12 & under $4 | Hot dog dinner $3
Walleye, Baked Potato or Potato Salad, Cole slaw, applesauce, dessert, drink. 217.566.3614

Mar 25
Penguin in the Park 5K (8:00 - 11:00am; Fairview Park, 1455 Fairview Park Dr., DECATUR)
Penguin in the Park 5K Run/Walk will be celebrating its 12th anniversary on March 25, 2017! The Penguin, John Bingham will be making his only public appearance in 2017 at his alma mater, Millikin University, in Decatur, Illinois This is a race that embraces the Penguin in all of us — a race for the speedy, and those who want to take their time and enjoy the course!
This year will once again include the 300 meter “Penguin Dash” for the younger penguins that will take place before the start of the 5K. This is a great opportunity to include youth in a sport and activity that is life long. Make Penguin in the Park a family activity this year. Penguin Dash participants will receive a short sleeve t-shirt and goody bag along with a finisher ribbon.
Starting at 9:00am, the race takes place in Fairview Park on a rolling bike path; afterwards, we move to the post-race party inside to Millikin’s Griswold Gym for awards, warm food, and inspiration from the Penguin.

Mar 25
"All You Can Eat" Chili Dinner (11:00am - 5:00pm; Fire Station, 109 Lewis, DAWSON)
Menu includes Chili or Vegetable Soup, Dessert, Coffee or Tea. Soda available. Hot Dog and Chips also available.
Adult Dinner -$8.00
Child Dinner-$5.00(12&under)

Mar 25
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorale (7:30 - 9:30pm; Illinois College Rammelkamp Chapel, 1101 W. College Ave., JACKSONVILLE)
Thrill to music from the Silver Screen-selections from your favorite movies, performed by your Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. And for younger listeners, we present music from some of their favorite video games. PHONE: 217-243-5678

Mar 25
Pancake Breakfast (8:00 - 10:00am, Applebee's, S. Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Applebee’s on South Veterans Pkwy is teaming up with volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Association to provide a pancake breakfast on Saturday March 25 from 8:00-10:00am. Menu includes pancakes, bacon and drink. The price of tickets is $5.00. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Alzheimer’s Association office on White Oak Drive or at the door on the day of the event. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter. Cooks will be provided by Applebee’s other staffing will be by Alzheimer’s Association volunteers.

Mar 25
National Wild Turkey Banquet (Doors at 5:00pm, Dinner at 6:15pm; American Legion,
1740 5th St. LINCOLN) For tickets, Contact Cody at 217-737-6930
$50 for single $65 for couple $260 for Sponsor $15 for child includes(magazines through out year) $270 Sponsor couple $1000 Sponsor table includes a free gun.
There will be silent auctions! Then after the dinner a live auction will take place. Lots of pretty prints and collectables.

Mar 25
"Shop 4 MS" (9:00am - 3:00pm; Hickory Point Mall, FORSYTH)
Over 50 vendors and crafters. Raffles, bake sale, giveaways, event tshirts, 50/50 drawing, information on MS and much more. Raffles including a golf resort getaway, salon and massage package and date night out. Contact us at or call 217-358-5315 to get your tickets in advance. All event proceeds will be donated to the Greater Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Society at this year's MS Walk.

Mar 25
PWA LIVE Tapings for FITE TV (6:30pm, Lanphier High School, SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets $10/$6

Mar 26
Samba Soul (1:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
Spurlock Museum celebrates popular Brazilian music with a 45-minute performance by the band Samba Soul. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. The event is part of the Museum’s Cultural Celebration Series, a performance series held on the 4th Sunday of every month. For more information, contact Kim at 217-244-3355.

Mar 26
Picasso on the Prairie (2:00 - 4:00pm; West of Wise Winery, 14096 State Highway 97, PETERSBURG)
Picasso on the Prairie will help you bring out the artist in you. Create a Spring picture to brighten up your home or a friends. Try some of West of Wise's excellent wine. Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends or family. PHONE: 217-632-6003
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Mar 27
The Future of Healthcare: A Panel Discussion at the Champaign Public Library(6:30 - 8:00pm; Champaign Public Library in Robeson rooms A&B, 1400 W Park St., URBANA)
The Champaign County Christian Health Center will host a panel discussion on the direction of health care in the US, how it effects people in Champaign/Urbana and across Illinois, what are some of the consequences of repealing the ACA locally and statewide and what can citizens do who are worried about health care. Audience question and answer session will follow the panel discussion. Panel members include Nancy Greenwalt from Promise Health Care, Claudia Lennhoff from Champaign County Health Care Consumers, Ornella Ngamboma from the Champaign County Christian Health Center and Representative Carol Ammons.

Mar 29
Gardening Party (11:00am; CRIS Healthy Aging Center, 309 N Franklin, DANVILLE)
Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s Faith in Action group, along with Health Alliance Medicare and CRIS Healthy Aging Center are hosting their annual Gardening Party for area seniors. The party spotlights how gardening can improve overall health and wellness.
During the free luncheon portion of the event, John Bodensteiner of the Vermilion County Master Gardener’s and Susan Franklin from the Danville Area Farmer’s Market will offer tips on gardening and healthy eating. The menu of the free healthy lunch includes lasagna, sautéed veggies, garlic bread, and cobbler. During lunch, The Gardening Party will also feature CRIS’s famous Bungo, with $10 grocery gift cards as prizes, as well as other free giveaways and helpful educational handouts. Garden Party attendees will also have the opportunity to plant fresh herbs and take them home. This event is free to all area seniors. Seating is limited and reservations are required.. For reservations call (217) 443-2999 by 10:00 a.m. on March 21st.

Mar 29
The African American Student Experience at Illinois: The Early Years (7:00- 8:30pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois Archives, Rm 146 Main Library, 1408 West Gregory, URBANA)
The University Archives Sesquicentennial Speakers Series, in collaboration with the Department of History and with support from the University Library, showcases historical scholarship inspired by records found in the University of Illinois Archives.
As early as the late 1880s, African American students enrolled at the University. By the turn of the century, black student numbers continued to increase, although in small increments. Professors Tamara Hoff and Vanessa Rouillon share their research on African American experience in these earliest years on campus and in the Champaign-Urbana community. They illustrate how these students organized, networked and supported one another through social organizations (such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.) and through the local community’s educational and social outlets (specifically, the Bethel AME Church).
Exhibits and refreshments will be provided. Opening remarks by Chancellor Robert J. Jones.

Mar 31
Fish Fries (5:00 - 7:30pm; Little Flower Parish Center, 900 Stevenson Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
The Men’s Club of Little Flower Parish is providing Fish Fries each Friday during Lent at the Little Flower Parish Center. One can select fish or shrimp and a baked potato or fries or Springfield’s only fish taco bar. The children’s menu also includes corn dogs, grilled cheese and cheese pizza. Serving is available from 5:00-7:30. Cost is only $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Drive thru is available behind the gym. Please join us!

Mar 31
Listen LIVE! (7:30pm; First Presbyterian Church, SPRINGFIELD)
Join the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra on a musical promenade down the Champs Élysées. From Chabrier’s delightful Habanera and Fauer’s elegant Pavane to Ravel’s light-hearted Le Tombeau de Couperin and Debussy’s sentimental Clair de lune, this is April in Paris. Mozart’s thrilling Paris Symphony concludes this springtime stroll! Tickets may be purchased in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160
Single ticket prices range from $5 for students (6 years +) to $20 for general admission. Tickets for youth (5 and under) are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts are also available. Tickets may also be purchased the night of the concert.

Mar 31 - April 2
God Loves Marriage (PEORIA)
The Central Illinois Area of Lutheran Marriage Encounter is conducting a Marriage Encounter Weekend to be held in Peoria, IL. Marriage Encounter helps good marriages to become refreshed, renewed, and revitalized. Discover how to include God in your marriage on a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend. You can turn this weekend of discovery into a lifetime of love. The deadline for registration is March 1. However, late reservations will be taken if space is available. For further information, contract Norm and Deb Lopez at or check out our website