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May 2017 Community Calendar

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May 1
Homeownership 101: Budgeting, Saving & Record Keeping (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)
"New home new budget! The power of planning, saving it for a rainy day (or a leaky roof) and what to keep and for how long."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

May 1
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.

May 1
Springfield Civic Garden Club ( Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., SPRINGFIELD)
Speaker Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine presents "Great European Flower Shows." FREE. Call 563-940-5735 or 217-522-4415 for more information.

May 3
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State Street, WESTVILLE)
Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for another great film.

May 3
Homeownership 101: Being a Part of Your Community (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"The benefits of community, joining your community, types of community involvement and community resources."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

May 3
Free Downtown Architectural Walking Tours (5:30pm; Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
The free walks are held the first Wednesday of every month from May to October. People are invited to meet at the Lincoln Family Statue on the southeast corner of the Old State Capitol Plaza at 5:30 pm to embark on a 1 ½ hour guided tour ending with a complimentary reception. During the walk, Rubano discusses architectural styles, materials and treatments that make up historic downtown Springfield.
The first walking tour on Wednesday, May 3 will include such buildings as the former Bressmer Department Store, the location of Visit Springfield, Horace Mann headquarters, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Union Station. It will end with a complimentary reception at Frankie’s Brewhaus Bar, including Frankie’s famous pulled pork sandwiches. For more information, visit downtownspringfield.org or DSI’s Facebook event page.

May 3
Pre-school Program (10:00am, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State Street, WESTVILLE)
There will be stories, and a craft. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for the fun!

May 5
5K Glow Run (7:00pm; Southwind Park, 4965 S. 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois Teen Council is hosting its second annual 5K Glow Run. Cost of the event is $30 for adults eighteen and older, $20 for students ages 18 to 12, children under 12/in strollers are free. T-shirts available for $10.
The race is benefiting the local Ronald McDonald House with all proceeds from the Run going to the maintaining the House. The Run can be for the serious runner or for a person just wanting to take a stroll for a cause. You can contact either Kelly Thompson, (217)528-3314 ext. 145 or kthompson@rmhc-centralillinois.org, or Brian Replogle at either: (217) 528-3314 ext. 147 or br@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

May 5, 6
The Habitat Women Build Days (Times vary, 1408 Hill St., URBANA)
Sign up to volunteer on our National Women Build, and 100th home for one of three shifts; Friday May 5th 12-3pm, Saturday May 6th 8-11:30am or 11:30-3pm at https://tinyurl.com/women-Build-2017
More information, contact Kelly Hill 217-819-5115 development @cuhabitat.org

May 5
3rd annual Nurses' Night Out (4:30 - 10:30pm; Decatur Masonic Temple, 224 W. William St, DECATUR)
This will be a fun filled night to show appreciation for our local nurses & medical support staff of central Illinois. This event is free to attend but you must RSVP for guaranteed prizes. Some of this year's attractions include but are not limited to:

  • "A night in the Tropics" theme w/ tropical themed appetizers & desserts.
  • Live Entertainment
  • 55 local vendors for shopping!
  • Lots of prizes & give aways!

There will be something for everyone. Registration is free at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nurse-med-staff-night-out-ticket-registration-tickets-30994826360

May 5, 6
Listen LIVE! ISO's Fantastic Finale (7:30pm; FRIDAY: Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, BLOOMINGTON & SATURDAY: Sangamon Auditorium UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
Celebrate the close of a brilliant season with Dvorak’s jubilant Carnival Overture, the ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez with the return of Grammy-Award winning Guitarist Jason Vieaux and Berlioz’s epic self-portrait of his passion for a beautiful woman in Symphonie Fantastique. A fantastic finale for everyone!
Tickets may be purchased in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777 and in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160. Single ticket prices range from $5 for students (6 years +) to $60 for premium seating. Tickets for youth (5 and under) are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts are also available.

May 6
Springfield Choral Society Concert (7:30pm; : 2477 West Washington Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Choral Society will be presenting “D” is for “Simply Divine,” will feature works from master composers Maurice Duruflé, Leo Delibes, Antonin Dvorák, Claude Debussy and Frederick Delius including a set of three songs by Dvorák written for men’s voices, as well as wonderful settings of folk songs from the Czech Republic, France and England and soaring sounds from all five composers. Tickets are $15, available at the door or by calling 217-691-0033 or 217-341-1428.

May 6
Greenview Town-Wide Garage Sales (8:00am – 1:00pm; GREENVIEW)
Maps will be available at Casey’s in Greenview starting April 28 after 5:00pm. For questions, contact Jennifer Heyen at 217-502-0040

May 6
Garden Palooza (8:00am - 2:00pm; Barn 26, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Annual plant sale hosted by Springfield Civic Garden Club, features annuals, perennials, baskets, tools, garden items and more. FREE admission. 217-782-6661

May 7
International Family Equality Day (2:00 - 5:00pm; Washington Park Playground, 1501 S Grand Ave. West, SPRINGFIELD)
All over the world, more and more children are growing up in families where one or both of their parents identify as LGBTQ. Yet, each of these “rainbow families” have very different lived equality experiences, often depending not only on what country they live in but what street they live on. In some countries, our families enjoy equal rights and social recognition but in far too many others both parents and their children face overt discrimination and have to live under a constant threat of violence. In 2017, Family Equality Council will celebrate the sixth annual International Family Equality Day on May 7, 2017 with partners from all over the world. http://www.familyequality.org/get_involved/events/annual_events/international_family_equality_day

May 7
Crime Stoppers – Kickin’ the Tail Out of Crime” Shrimp Boil Fundraiser(2:00 - 6:00pm; Weebles Bar & Grill, 4136 N. Peoria Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring Live Music by Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters! Join Crime Stoppers of Sangamon & Menard Counties as we raise additional funds to “Kick the Tail of Crime” at our annual N’Awlins Shrimp Boil. Feast on Cajun shrimp boil consisting of shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes and all the fixings. Your $20 entry fee/donation includes all you can eat shrimp boil, beer, tea and lemonade.
FEATURING! Celebrate the Grand Opening of Weebles sleek new outdoor music venue. Sit back and enjoy music by Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters, voted best band in Central Illinois (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016). Connect to the Crime Stoppers website at www.cashfortips.us and Facebook.

May 7
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, repurposed, 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
Future dates include June 4, July 2, Aug 6, Sept 3, Oct 1

May 8
Russian choral ensemble (7:00pm; United Methodist Church, 402 6th St,
PAWNEE) The public is invited to special musical event. The Russian choral ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia, “LYRA”, will be presenting a concert of Russian Folk music and Sacred songs of the Russian Orthodox Church. The concert is free but a free-will offering will be taken to help defray travel expenses. A time of cookies, coffee and conversation will follow the concert. For more information call either 217-625-4381 or 217-691-6406 or email pawneeumc@comcast.net. http://www.lyra-online.org/en/home_en.html

May 10
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.

May 10
Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Dave Baron will present stories from his book Pembroke: A Rural, Black Community on the Illinois Dunes which chronicles the history of this inimitable township and shows the author’s personal transformation through his experiences with Pembroke and its people. Baron's book—part social, cultural, legal, environmental, and political history and part memoir—profiles a number of the colorful, longtime residents and considers what has enabled Pembroke to survive despite a lack of economic opportunities. Although Pembroke has a reputation for violence and vice, Baron reveals a township with a rich and varied history and a vibrant culture. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061. Free and open to the public.
http://www.illinoisstatemuseum.org/content/pembroke-rural-black-community-illinois-dunes

May 11
Carle Cancer Center Survivors Day Celebration (6:30 - 8:30pm; Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Avenue, URBANA)
Carle Cancer Center invites you and your loved ones to an evening dedicated to celebrating you. Event Program: 5:30 p.m. Registration, music and light desserts | 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Elizabeth Angelo | 7:30 p.m. Prize drawings | 7:45 p.m. Closing Ceremony.
This informal event is free and open to all cancer survivors regardless of where you received treatment. Reserve your seats by calling (217) 383-6846.

May 13
Mother’s Day Remembrance Tribute Service (10:00am; Roselawn Memorial Park, 1735 S. Camp Butler Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Mother's Day is a special day that we pay tribute to our mothers, grandmothers, wives, children or other loved ones that have touched our hearts and lives. We would like to invite you and your family to join us for a memorial tribute service honoring all mothers and the important roles they have played in our lives. The brief ceremony will be led by our on-staff Certified Celebrant, Judy Woerner, and a special tribute keepsake will be given in honor of your loved one. Light refreshments will be served. We sincerely hope that you and your family can join us for this tender reflection on the importance of these special women we have lost, but will never forget. For more information, please call the Roselawn Administrative Office at (217) 525-1661. www.roselawninfo.com

May 13
Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) 5K Grow & Go (7:30am; Illinois Farm Bureau Headquarters, 1701 Towanda Ave., BLOOMINGTON)

Event Schedule: 7:30am-8:45am: Check-in & Registration | 8:30am: Cock-a-Doodle Kids Dash | 9:00am: Race Start (5K & 1 mile walk) | 9:15am: Hot Breakfast & Open House
Ready, Set, Go & Grow! The IAA Foundation proudly presents its 7th Annual 5K Grow & Go to celebrate Illinois farm families and the important role they play in putting food on your table. Learn more about our roots in agriculture while supporting a great cause. Proceeds from this race benefit Illinois Ag in the Classroom (IAITC), a program that provides free resources to teachers in an effort to help students make the connection between food, fiber, fuel & farming.
Event App: Download our "IFB Events" app at the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Amazon App store. (iphone, android and kindle compatible)
Event Logisitics: "Accurately measured course has a cross-country feel with well maintained grass, pavement and a few rolling hills. Finishing times & results provided by the Lake Run Club of Bloomington/Normal.
Pre-Registered runners receive a t-shirt and a healthy, hot breakfast after the race.
Unique to the event is a 1/4 mile "Cock-A-Doodle Kids Dash", sponsored by the IAA Credit Union, for children 10 & under. All children receive an award a healthy, hot breakfast and opportunity to take part in hands on learning activities.
Post-Race, join us for an indoor open house featuring interactive learning stations from IAITC program, hot breakfast and awards ceremony.
REGISTER: http://www.iaafoundation.org/iaaf/Events/growandgo.htm
Event Pricing: $25 entry fee if registered by May 1st | $30 entry fee after May 1st and day of race | $5 entry fee Cock-a-Doodle Kids Dash | $7 Fee Open House (friends & family access to breakfast & open house)
Email jdenny@ilfb.org | Phone 309-557-2230 | website www.iaafoundation.org

May 13
Second Annual Trivia Night (7:00pm; VFW Post 755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Rd, SPRINGFIELD)
The Korean War National Museum, located in Springfield, IL, will be hosting. . Doors will open at 6 pm, and trivia will start at 7 pm! We will also have a silent auction available, with all proceeds from the event going to help support the Museum's operations and programs. Entry is $100 per table of $15 per individual. Space is limited. Reserve your team table by calling 217-523-7230 or email tkenny@kwnm.org. top two team will get cash prizes. Cash bar, BYO food, and snacks.

May 13
Over The Edge (8:00am - 5:00pm; The Abraham Lincoln Hotel-Doubletree, 701 E Adams St., SPRINGFIELD)
Over The Edge is an event that is new to Central Illinois. Registered participants who raise $1000 will be able to rappel from the roof of the Abe Lincoln Hotel. All proceeds from this event will go to support individuals with developmental disabilities that are supported by Sparc. Participants will be assigned a rappelling time. Registration & more info: www.otecwe.com/springfield/sparc or they may call Denise Schainker at 217-793-2100 ext 145 or email dschainker@spfldsparc.org

May 13, 14
Prairie Plant Sale (9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday. 1:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday; Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Annual sale of prairie plants. FREE admission. lincolnmemorialgarden.org or call 217-529-1111 for more information.

May 14
Litchfield Pickers Market (9:00am - 3:00pm; 400 N State St., LITCHFIELD)
Open-air market specializes in vendors featuring items prior to 1980. Plus live music, food and more. FREE. visitlitchfield.com

May 17
RECEPTION: Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show 2017 (5:00 - 7:00pm; Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W Bradley Ave, CHAMPAIGN)
The Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show will be on display at the Giertz Gallery Monday, May 15 through Thursday, June 1. A reception honoring the students will be held Wednesday, May 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge with an awards ceremony scheduled for 6 p.m. As with all events in the handicapped-accessible gallery, the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The juried exhibit highlights work completed by students in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2016. Parkland Graphic Design and Interactive Design faculty jury the show and select the most imaginative, inspiring, distinctive, innovative, unusual and memorable pieces for display in the gallery. Then local industry professionals are invited to judge the show and select the awards. This year’s judges are Maria Ludeke, Design Studio Manager at Neutral Design Studio and Ralph Roether, Graphic Designer at Champaign Park District.
This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Giertz Gallery Office at 217/351-2485 or visit www.parkland.edu/gallery.

May 17
19th Annual Central Illinois Senior Celebration (9:00am - 2:00pm; Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Free health screenings; Informational displays; Parking and Shuttle Service; Refreshments, Entertainment and Door Prizes. Free admission with a can of food for the Central Illinois Food Pantry.
CONTACT: Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland |Debbie Deopere | ddeopere@aginglinc.org | 217-787-9234 or 1-800-252-2918

May 17
Brown Bag Lecture Series: The Kankakee Protohistory Project (12:00 - 1:00pm; Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Mark Schurr, Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, will present "Life on the Late Prehistoric Prairie: The Middle Grant Creek Site at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. " Free and open to the public.
The Kankakee Protohistory Project is investigating late Fisher/Huber occupations in the Kankakee Valley of northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. Excavations at the Middle Grant Creek site in the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie provide new evidence of prehistoric life at the very end of prehistory.
For more information email events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or call 217-782-0061 or 217-785-0037.

May 18 - 21
60th Annual Pana Days (Times vary; Pana Tri-County Fairgrounds)
Four day family event includes carnival, mud drags, kiddie tractor pull, pony rides, kids games & contests, craft and food vendors and more. Thursday & Friday 5 – 10PM , Saturday 9 AM – 10 PM and Sunday 1 – 8 PM. Contact the Pana Chamber of Commerce at 217-5624240 or by email at panachamber@consolidated.net for more information.

May 20
Post Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm, Illinois Assistive Technology Program, 1020 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Call Bradley at 217-523-2587 for more info.

May 20
Sherlock Holmes Society (6:30pm; SOAP CO., 66 East Central Park Plaza, JACKSONVILLE)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet for its annual Jacksonville dinner meeting. We will be discussing The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez. This gala affair will be at SOAP CO. on the Jacksonville downtown square. The public is invited to attend. Reservations and menu selections are required by May 17. To do so, please contact Robert Seufert at 742-5777 or robert.seufert@mac.edu.
For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to sherlock.lolopop.org.

May 20
Prevent Child Abuse Illinois’ 8th Annual Illinois Walk For Children (9:00am - 2:00pm; Southern View Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Presented in partnership with Marvel, the Walk is the biggest fundraiser of the year for PCA Illinois and is a great opportunity for the entire community to show their support for ending child abuse in Illinois. The event features a 1-mile walk, lunch and superhero games & a special appearance with photo-ops from the official Marvel Iron Man and Spider-Man! $20 registration fee covers all this and a custom-made t-shirt (if registered at www.illinoiswalkforchildren.org by 05/06). Registration the day-of starts at 9:00am and the Walk itself starts at 10:00am. The whole thing should be done by 2:00 pm. Children 2 and under are free! All the proceeds of this event go to support the work of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois throughout the entire state. We believe all children deserve safe and happy childhoods and we all have a role to play in making it happen. Be a superhero to children this May 20th at the 8th Annual Illinois Walk For Children. Contact jgoeckner@preventchildabuseillinois.org or 217.522.1129.

May 20, 21
Old Capitol Art Fair (10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm Sunday; Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
One of the most popular juried art fairs in the country. Original art, entertainment, food, children's tent and more. FREE. socaf.org

May 20, 21
Lincoln Prairie Trail Regional and the Aldo Klinghammer Memorial Chili Shuffle Regional (8:30am Saturday, 7:30am Sunday; Palomino Club, 1101 N. Webster St., TAYLORVILLE)
Double weekend chili cook-offs! World qualifier for 2017 ICS world championship. Benefit for Senior Citizens of Christian Co.
Prizes awarded each day! 8:30am Saturday - Cooks Setup/ 4:30pm - Winners & Awards. Sunday's schedule one hour earlier. Call 217-287-7262 for more information.

May 21
Heads Up Group: for individuals with truamatic brain injuries (2:00 - 4:00pm; SCIL, 330 S. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Presentation by Lyle Vandeventer of the Division of Rehabilitation Services, Home Services Program. Call Dave at 217-523-2587.

May 21
Spring Bird Fair (9:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois Bldg., IL State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Features breeders and specialty vendors offering a wide variety of birds and supplies. Hosted by Illini Bird Fanciers. $3 admission, free to ages 12&under. illinibirdfanciers.com Call 217-782-6661 for more information.

Now until June 30
Michiko Itatani: Celestial Visions (Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Michiko Itatani is one of Chicago's most well-respected contemporary artists. This exhibition features new acquisitions of drawings and prints alongside installation-based and heroically scaled figurative paintings from the Museum’s Fine Art Collection. Contact: Robert Sill, Robert.sill@illinois.gov, 217-524-5744

Wednesdays, May through October
Free Downtown Architectural Walking Tours (5:30pm; Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
The free walks are held the first Wednesday of every month from May to October. People are invited to meet at the Lincoln Family Statue on the southeast corner of the Old State Capitol Plaza at 5:30 pm to embark on a 1 ½ hour guided tour ending with a complimentary reception. During the walk, Rubano discusses architectural styles, materials and treatments that make up historic downtown Springfield.
The first walking tour on Wednesday, May 3 will include such buildings as the former Bressmer Department Store, the location of Visit Springfield, Horace Mann headquarters, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Union Station. It will end with a complimentary reception at Frankie’s Brewhaus Bar, including Frankie’s famous pulled pork sandwiches. For more information, visit downtownspringfield.org or DSI’s Facebook event page.

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