November 2016 Events

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Nov 2
Documentary Premiere: "Masterpieces- The Most Extraordinary Buildings Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright"(6:00pm; SHS Auditorium, 101 S Lewis St., SPRINGFIELD)
Please use parking lot at SE corner of building and enter by the red benches. Event is free and open to the public, doors open at 5:30pm.
In 2016, Michael Miner, a documentary filmmaker, launched The Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative. The first project of the Initiative is to reconstruct of the 1911 Banff National Park Pavilion, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Francis Conroy Sullivan, Wright’s only Canadian student. The Pavilion will actually be the second Wright structure Miner has helped re-create. He oversaw the reconstruction of the Wright designed doghouse for his film “Romanza’ in 2011.
The event is sponsored by the Dana-Thomas House Foundation, incorporated in 1983 to promote, preserve and protect the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house.

Nov 2
It's A Hoot (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
There will be stories, crafts and fun with an owl theme. Please register by calling 267-3170 or stop by the library at 233 S. State Street.

Nov 2
Gallery talk with DON LAKE and JACK EKSTROM (6:00pm; 2400 West Bradley Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)

We invite you to come, listen, and converse with Jack Ekstrom & Don Lake, Professors Emeriti of Parkland College, about Parkland College 50th: Art and Design Alumni Exhibition and reflect on the history of the Art and Design Program at Parkland College. For more information, call Lisa Costello, gallery director, at 217/351-2485 or visit the gallery website at

Nov 2
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library's November Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies selection is about an award winning classic about an idealistic small town senator who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him. It stars Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur. The movie will be held November 2 at 2 PM. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this timely movie.

Nov 4
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.

Nov 4
39th Annual International Festival: “World as One: Uniting Peoples and Cultures” (5:00pm - 8:00pm; The Recreation and Athletic Center at UIS, SPRINGFIELD) Free Admission, Food, and Live Performances

Nov 4
Blue Connection After 5 Live: Natalie Zelman & Taryn Pepping (5:00 - 7:30pm; Blue Connection 117 N. Water St., DECATUR)
Free and open to the public

Nov 4
The Allen Family in Concert (7:00pm; First Presbyterian Church, 107 North St., MORRISONVILLE)
The public is invited. A love offering with be received. For more information, call Pastor Ferrill (217) 532-2364 or Margaret (217) 229-4456

Nov 5
Law Enforcement Torch Run Trivia Knight (7:00pm; Knights of Columbus, 364)
Join us for a fun-filled night of trivia! For more information about volunteering or getting your athlete involved, please contact SOILL Sangamon/Area 17 at 217-544-3023 or email

Nov 5
Holiday Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale (8:00am - 3:00pm; Decatur Wesley United Methodist Church, 3800 E. Cerro Gordo St., DECATUR)
Join us for our 11th Annual Holiday Bazaar. Holiday Craft Items, Home Party Sales, Baked Goods and Homemade Noodles will be for sale and the Cookie Walk for the Holiday Cookies by the dozen. There will also be a Mini Health Fair and Flu Vaccinations (Insurance or Medicare Card) Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast will be served and Lunch will be Soup, Sandwiches and Desserts, served by the Church. Contact Lynn Workman 217-520-3849

Nov 5
Hearts & Hammers Game Night (6:00pm; Firefighters Postal Lake Club, 940 W Lake Shore Dr, SPRINGFIELD)
This interactive game matches local celebrities against one another on a life-sized game board for your enjoyment! Famous faces from our community will complete strange and funny tasks in their race to the finish, on this half-Monopoly and half-Chutes & Ladders board. DJ and life-sized games will be available to play after the board game is finished. $20 admission includes dinner (pulled pork or hamburger dinner with potatoes, beans and chips). Cash bar available. Tickets -

Nov 5
Mouse Races (6:00pm; Knights of Columbus Hall, 335 S. 4th St., RIVERTON)
$10 per person in advance, $15 at the door. Contact any RHS junior or test 217-303-6824 to reserve your ticket. Dinner is available for only $5: Mostaccioli, salad and garlic bread, or chili and a hot dog. Cash bar, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, Chuck O'Luck Wheel. The theme is "A Night in Gotham", so Batman wear is highly encouraged!

Nov 5
Chili Supper (4:00 - 7:00pm; American Legion Riders, Post 24, 705 Bloomington Rd., CHAMPAIGN)
Come celebrate Fall with a bowl of chili! 50/50 Drawings and Raffles! Donations Accepted. All proceeds will go to American Legacy Scholarship.

Nov 5
Shout Hallelujah Trombones (Halftime Show) (Memorial Stadium, 1402 S 1st Street, CHAMPAIGN)

Cost: $27 to $117 (football game and halftime show) In the 1962 filmed production of Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey’s The Music Man, the con man “Professor” Harold Hill explains to his noisy school audience during the show’s first act that he has come to town to organize the River City Boys Band. He asks his audience if any pool table can hope to ever compete against a gold trombone and then inquires if anyone has ever felt the electric thrill of the music of Gilmore, Pat Conway, Giuseppe Creatore, W. C. Handy and John Philip Sousa all coming to town to play on the same historic day. He then sings “Seventy six trombones lead the big parade with a hundred and ten cornets close at hand.” Henry Fillmore, every bit the colorful pitchman of America’s brass band movement as the fictional character Harold Hill, was one of the country’s most respected early twentieth-century composers of unconventional and spirited music written for the trombone and wind band. Frequently referred to as the father of the trombone smear, Fillmore’s fifteen popular novelty pieces which he later titled the Trombone Family, beginning with “Miss Trombone” (1908) and ending with his “Ham Trombone” (1929) are continually played by bands and trombone sections today for the zany enjoyment of audiences across the country. Douglas Yeo, retired professor of trombone at Arizona State University and bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the students and faculty of the School of Music trombone studios will join the Marching Illini, under the direction of Barry Houser, in a special Dad’s Day musical extravaganza dedicated to the golden sounds and technical wizardry of America’s slide trombone. Visit for more information.
Contact:, 217-333-4577

Nov 5
Korean War National Museum Trivia Night (6:00pm; Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, 9 South Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
Entry is $100 per table or $15 per individual. Space is limited. Reserve your team table by calling 523-7230 or email Top two teams will get cash prizes. BYOB. We will also have a silent auction available, with all proceeds from the event going to help support the Museum's operations and programs. Attached is the press release and event poster with more information.

Nov 5
Vendor/Craft Fair (8:00am - 3:00pm; Lincoln Academy,
800 Memorial Park Rd., LINCOLN) Get your holiday shopping off to a tremendous start! Over 50 vendors will be on site to give you the opportunity to find that perfectly unique gift you are looking to find for everyone on your shopping list. Enjoy concessions and a bake sale too! Your children can enjoy bounce houses and face painting! Grab bags available to the first 50 in attendance. Door prizes, drawings and other prizes with no purchase necessary!!

Nov 5
For All Ages Family Programming: C-U Folk and Roots Festival (12:00 - 5:00pm; Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Avenue, URBANA)
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music is again sponsoring a series of free family performances as part of the 2016 Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival. The performers and special activities include a noontime concert by the Cielito Lindo Family Band, a family dance lead by Neal Schlein and the Thursday Night Lincoln Square Jam music ensemble, a sing along with Cielito Lindo performing a wonderful variety of Mexican and American folk songs, Irish set dancing with Daniel Flora, and English and Scandinavian dance instruction with Jon and Sue Hanson. All of this programming is free and open to the general public during this year’s wonderful Folk and Roots Festival. For further information either email, call 217-333-4577 or visit

Nov 5
Tom Peecher Benefit Dinner (5:00pm; Sangamon County Fairgrounds)
Please contact Julie at 217-488-6540 or Susan at 217-488-6041 for tickets; Pork Chop Dinner, Live music with Scott & Kortney, Silent auction, 50/50 drawing. $20.00 in advance; $25.00 at door/Children 6-12: $10.00/ Ages 5 and under free
BACK STORY: On May 27, 2016 at 5:20 in the evening, Tom Peecher of New Berlin was on his way home from his workplace in Decatur. He was less than 2 miles from home when a deer jumped into the path of his motorcycle. Despite Tom’s protective gear, his injuries were significant. Tom suffered broken bones in both lower legs, a pelvic fracture, shoulder break, compound fracture of his left arm and dislocation of his left thumb. He endured 5 surgeries within the first 2 weeks after the accident. Tom was hospitalized from May 27 through June 20. From June 20 through August 21st, he was a patient at a rehabilitation facility in Carlinville. Tom feels blessed to finally be at home with his family in New Berlin. He continues to receive physical therapy with the hopes that he will regain use of his left arm. He is now walking short distances with a cane, but the road to recovery will be long. Tom and his wife Tara are the parents of 3 children; Tommy, Tyler and Tessa.
Tom is a longtime employee of ADM in Decatur, IL. Due to the physical nature of his job, he will be unable to return for an undetermined amount of time. A benefit will be held at the Sangamon County Fairgrounds on November 5th, to assist the family with medical and other expenses.

Nov 5
THE EXPLOSION (6:00pm; 520 South Livingston Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Band of Christians, featuring the music of RODDRICK LEMAR
PJAE - Gospel Hip Hop Artist
David Alexander - Saxiphonist

Nov 5
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 .

Nov 5
Annual Persimmon Party (10:00am - 3:00pm; Christian County Historical Society, located at the junction of Rts. 48 and 29 by the Super 8 Motel, TAYLORVILLE)
This event is in celebration of the persimmon trees located on the historical society property, a very unique and delicious fall fruit. Persimmon goodies and pulp will be for sale, as well as a Persimmon Pie Eating Contest for kids and adults at 1:00. Live music will be played between 11:00 and 3:00. We will be providing tours of our historic buildings, selling a BBQ meal, have crafts and games for kids, showcases a small petting zoo, and more! This year we will also presenting the inaugural Little Miss Persimmon Pageant at 10:00 am. This entire event is free to attend, however food and a few activities will cost.

Nov 5
Santa’s Magical Arrival (10:00am - 12:00pm; White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic this holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at White Oaks Mall. Children can visit and be photographed with Santa all season long in the mall’s Center Court. The holiday’s will officially kick off when Santa arrives at White Oaks Mall on Saturday, November 5. The arrival event, which begins at 10 a.m., will feature crafts, a chocolate milk bar, cookies, letters to Santa and more. Then, Saint Nick himself will arrive in style at noon, complete with a lifelike snow show in Center Court. Once the event is over, children are welcome to stay and take pictures with Santa. Website:
Contact: Matthew Bryant / / 317-684-7711

Nov 5-19
2016 Millikin High School Art Show (12:00 - 5:00pm; Perkinson Gallery, Kirkland Fine Arts Center)
Free and open to the public

Nov 6
Mostaccioli & Sausage Dinner (11:30am - 5:00pm; St. Joseph the Worker Church, CHATHAM)
Menu to include: Mostaccioli, Sausage, Salad, Bread, Dessert & Drink. Adulst $8, Children 4-11 $4, Under 4 FREE. Carryouts will be available.

Nov 6
Baked Turkey Dinner (3:00 - 6:30pm; K of C Hall, MORRISONVILLE)
The menu consists of Baked Turkey, Dressing, Mashed POtatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Cranberry Salad, Cake, Homed Ice Cream, Tea, Coffee, Water. $10 Adults and $5 Children. Carryouts available.

Nov 6
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; at 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 .

Nov 7
Personal Assistant Employers Group
(3:00 - 4:30pm at Springfield Center for Independent Living, or SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave, SPRINGFIELD) Call Bradley at 217-523-2587 for more info.

Nov 7
Memorial Rehab Services Support Group (4:00pm - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, Conference Room B149 on the first level, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300

Nov 9
Public Observation Night (8:00pm; Requarth Observatory, Leighty-Tabor Science Center)
Free and open to the public

Nov 9
BEST (Becoming Empowered and Successful Teens) and Parent Transition Support Group (6:00 - 7:30pm, Illinois Assistive Technology Program, 1020 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Light refreshments will be provided. Call Carolyn at 217-523-2587 with questions.

Nov 10
SHG PREVIEW NIGHT 2016 (6:30pm; Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, 1200 W. Washington St., SPRINGFIELD)
We’ll open our doors to students and parents interested to TAKE A LOOK INSIDE SHG’s community. You’ll take a campus tour, visit classrooms, meet teachers and students, and discover how SHG will help your student succeed both academically and socially. This event is free and open to 5th-8th grade students and their parents or guardians interested in learning more about what makes Sacred Heart-Griffin a great school for students to learn and grow.

Nov 10
Lantern Walk: A lighted look of Happenstance (7:30pm; SAA Collective in the Hoogland, SPRINGFIELD)
Let by local artist, musician, and poet Jeff C Williams, Lantern Walk will take you on a tour of the Happenstance exhibition in a new light (literally). Jeff will share indepth details of the sculptire on view as well as provide his own lyrical spin to each piece. Don't miss this fun informative evening.

Nov 10
Happenstance: Found Object Sculpture Exhibition (7:30pm; SAA Collective, SPRINGFIELD)
This is not your typical gallery tour. Led by local artist, musician, and poet Jeff C. Williams, the Lantern Walk will take you on a tour of the Happenstance in a new light (literally). Jeff will share indepth details of the sculpture on view as well as provide his own lyrical spin to each piece. Don't miss this fun informative evening. For more information, call (217) 544-2787 or visit

Nov 11
Fall Concert (7:30pm; The LEgacy Theatre, SPRINGFIELD)
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony invites you to attend our first concert of the season with the Youth Symphony and Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra! 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 1-800-838-3006. All ticket prices increase $3 on the day of the event. 217-753-8000;

Nov 11
Petrolia, New Works by Kathleen Thum OPENING RECEPTION (5:30 - 7:30; M.G. Nelson Gallery at the Springfield Art Association, SPRINGFIELD)
In her statement about her most recent works, Kathleen Thum states, “In these drawings, paintings and wall installations I obsessively render a continuous line to create complex, intertwined, tubular forms. As I draw, I consider the effect of how transmitting fluids and gases, along with pressure and gravity would influence these imagined forms. The forms are layered and loosely follow aspects of linear perspective to become networks that reference the vast and intricate transportation, processing and refining systems of oil, natural gas and water as seen in our industrial landscape.” Her large scale, colorful, cut paper forms will fill the walls of the M.G. Nelson gallery at the Springfield Art Association from November 4th through November 28th.

Nov 11
Box City (5:00pm; Beginning on the Miller Quad, Millikin University campus)
Free and open to the public

Nov 11
14th Annual Millikin Literary Festival (7:00pm; Lower Richards Treat University Center, Millikin University campus)
Free and open to the public

Nov 11
Theatre and Dance: "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (7:30pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center)
Tickets: $14-$20, visit for more details.

Nov 11
Our Savior’s Veterans' Day Celebration (1:30pm; 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Our Savior's School will once again host a Veterans Day Assembly to honor and celebrate veterans. All veterans are invited to our special Veterans’ program on Nov. 11. Refreshments will be available at 1:30 pm and the program begins at 2:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
The Our Savior’s tradition of recognizing our veterans has grown each year. A focus this year is on learning about the branches of our armed services through special presentations from 7th and 8th graders as well as musical presentations of "God Bless the USA" and "God Bless Our Native Land." Students of all ages have been preparing for weeks to express gratitude and appreciation to our veterans through art, song, band performance, and graphic design in preparation for the Veterans’ Day Assembly. phone: (217) 546-4531

Nov 11, 12
GREAT WAR ENCAMPMENT 2016 (1:00pm - 4:30pm and 9:00am - 5:00pm; Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
Get a close-up view of life in the trenches of Europe during World War I. See how Illinois National Guard troops lived and fought “Over There.” The event features uniformed Living Historians, a recreated trench with WWI military equipment and battle reenactments. In addition, there will be talks on how Illinois units trained and fought and the consequences of the war. Uniformed re-enactors will demonstrate WWI combat techniques through mock battles. Admission and parking are free. For additional information, please contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910.

Nov 11, 12
Petersburg Holiday Showcase (PETERSBURG)
Petersburg Businesses will hold their annual Holiday Showcase on Nov. 11th and 12th. Area business will stay open late on Friday the 11th with Candlelight shopping to kick off the holiday season. They also will have collection places for the annual food drive with proceeds going to the local pantry. Food samples and specials will be available at most businesses. They can contact Connie at The Rose Cottage for additional information at 217-632-4392 or on Facebook.

Nov 11, 12
Bazaar in a Jar and gift Baskets Too. (Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm & Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm; First United MEthodist Church, 210 W. Church St., CHAMPAIGN)
Jars of homemade soup, handcraft items,costume jewelry, baked goods, jams, candy and more! Silent auction items to bid on. Bazaar benefits Methodist Woman mission work, for woman children, youth, global and local.

Nov 11, 12
Rummage Sale and Chicken/Turkey Dinner (8:00am - 3:00pm & 8:00am - 2:00pm; 201 E Central Avenue, BENLD)
A chicken or turkey dinner (dine in or carry out) will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, November 12th. Dinner tickets are $7.00 each and are available at the Shelter Office, 807 Stewart Rd in Benld, by calling 217.835.2538., or at the door during the sale. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

Nov 12
Lehn and Fink 20th Reunion (1:30 - 4:00pm; Knights of Columbus, 217 Limit St., LINCOLN)
A time to connect with past employees.

Nov 12
Memorial's Festival of Trees Gala (7:00 - 11:00pm; Orr Bldg, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
Black-tie gala features first viewing of 2016 Festival of Trees, plus music and silent auction. $100 includes hors d'oeuvres, dessert, wine, beer, soft drinks. 217-788-4301

Nov 12
Holiday Bazaar (9:00am - 3:00pm, Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 S. Grand Avenue West, SPRINGFIELD)
Over 30 vendors – space is still available! Call Judy McEvoy at 525-1866 for more information.

Nov 12
Holiday Craft Bazaar (9:00am - 4:00pm, Cotton Hill United Methodist Church, 5931 Cotton Hill Rd.)
Handcrafted jewelry, artwork, floral arrangements, wreaths and much more. Bake sale 9-12, lunch 11-1:30. Sponsored by Cotton Hill United Methodist Church. Proceeds from all food sales go to support church mission projects.

Nov 12
MOSTRA VII Film Series Event: A Celebration of Brazil (1:00 - 4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum will host a family event in celebration of Brazil. There will be cartoons, stories, songs, and a musical instrument craft to make and take home. Admission is free. The event is part of the MOSTRA VII Film Series. For a schedule of events, visit the Museum’s website at For more information, call Kim at 217-244-3355.

Nov 12
Gingerbread Country Gathering (8:00am - 1:00pm; Berquist Fellowship Hall)
Rankin United Methodist Women Fall Bazaar: Crafts | Country Store | Trash & Treasure | Quilt Raffle | Coffee & Rolls | Lunch: Soups, Sandwiches, Desserts 10:30am - 1pm

Nov 12
Chill & Build (10:30am - 3:00pm; HFHSC ReStore, 2744 South Sixth Street, SPRINGFIELD)
If you like pallets, projects and being creative join us at Chill & Build. At Chill & Build you’re not only having fun, you’re building into our communities by helping Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County end poverty housing. Whether you paint, build or something in between, there’s always a new project to work on and plenty of ideas to share. Space is limited, so get out your closed-toe shoes and register now - . And, don’t forget to pack a lunch.

Nov 12
Rotary Club of Springfield South’s Trivia Night (6:00pm; Knights of Columbus at 2200 South Meadowbrook, SPRINGFIELD)
Our second annual trivia night. All proceeds go to local charities and organizations. Cost is $10 per person, 10 person teams. RSVP a table to Andy at

Nov 12
Holy Family SVDP "Food Pantry" Gathering (5:00pm - 7:30pm; Knight of Columbus Hall, 310 Bryan Ave, DANVILLE)
Featuring HFS Famous Roast Beef Dinner: Beef/Noodles/Mashed Potatoes/Green Beans/Bread/Dessert/Drink
Silent Auction / Music
By donating 5 eligible food items, you receive a ticket into the drawing for a Fitbit or Cash
Adults $10.00, Kids 6 - 10 $6.00, Kids 5 and under FREE.

Nov 12
ReStore ReMix – Festive Fall Wreaths (10:30am - 1:00pm; HFHSC ReStore, 2744 South Sixth Street, SPRINGFIELD) Are you ready to decorate? Welcome guests to your home and update your décor with a festive Fall wreath made by you. Join ReStore ReMix for step-by-step help with design, materials and creating a wreath that’s perfect for your place or gift-giving. Holiday wreath ideas will also be shared. Cost is $30 and must be paid in advance at the ReStore checkout desk. This includes a wreath, instruction and additional materials. If you have a glue gun, please bring it. Advanced registration is required.

Nov 12
Dare to Be Different (9:00am - 4:00pm; The State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St., SPRINGFIELD)
Vintage Fair with vendors and fashion show in support of Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault. $3 for vintage fair admission. $20 at door, $15 adv. for fashion show admission. 217-528-5100

Nov 12
A Literary Evening (7:00pm; Edwards Place, SPRINGFIELD)
Reading was a beloved past-time in the 19th Century. The public is invited to step into the past at Edwards Place for a chance to experience this victorian pasttime firsthand. Guests will enjoy live readings of 19th century literature and prose by costumed interpreters and have the chance to participate in the readings themselves. A wine and dessert reception will follow. Tickets at $20 and can be purchased online at or at the door. Proceeds from this event benefit historic Edwards Place and the Michael Victor II Library.

Nov 12
Under the Sea Tea Party (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
Reservations are required by calling the library at 267-3170 or stop by at 233 S. State Street. Come and enjoy stories, craft and fun under the sea at the Westville Library.

Nov 12
Memorial Service (2:30pm; Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
In remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Service concludes with laying of the memorial wreath. Hosted by Springfield Chapter NSDAR. 217-789-2340.

Nov 12, 13
34th Annual Art Fair, Craft League of Champaign-Urbana (Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., URBANA)

An Art Fair featuring the work of 34 artists exhibiting new, original works in ceramics, jewelry, fiber, batik, photography, glass, woodworking, drawing, painting, printmaking, basketry, bookbinding, leather and mixed media will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13 at the Urbana Civic Center in Urbana.
The Craft League of Champaign-Urbana will present its 34th Annual Juried Art Fair, one of the fall’s most anticipated events. Admission is free.
Numerous artists, local and from afar, in more than a dozen art disciplines applied for the juried show. Exhibitors and attendees come from as far as 100 miles away, and attendance continues to increase every year.
Images are available at:

Nov 12, 13
Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Annual Show (10:00am; IL Bldg, IL State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
10am - 5pm Saturday, 10am - 4pm Sunday. Wood art on display plus vendors, show activities, drawings, seminars, and more. 217-782-6661

Nov 12, 13
Annual Holiday Market (9:00am; Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore, SPRINGFIELD)
9am - 5pm Saturday, 1-4pm Sunday. One-stop shopping for holiday gifts decorations and handmade ornaments. FREE. 217-529-1111

Nov 12, 13
St. Cabrini Christmas Mart and Bake Sale (1020 N. Milton, SPRINGFIELD)
Saturday November 12, 9am-6pm and Sunday November 13, 9am-1pm.
Gently used Christmas decorations, baked desserts and Snacks

Nov 13
"Day of Remembrance" Dedication: Gift of Hope Donor Memorial Garden (11:30am; Northeast side of Southwind Park, SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Park District has partnered with the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network to install Donor Memorial Garden within Southwind Park as an ongoing reminder of the legacy of loved ones who have given the Gift of Hope through organ, cornea and tissue donation. Join us this Sunday, November 13th at 11:30 am at the Northeast side of Southwind Park as we plan to dedicate this long awaited project with a “Day of Remembrance.” This memorial garden is a special place for donor families to honor their loved ones and reflect on their selfless gift of donation.

Nov 13
Special Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a special Pet Adoption. We will have both cats and dogs at this adoption, and all of them are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

Nov 13
Organ/Silent Movie/ Phantom of the Opera (7:00pm; Sanctuary of Central Christian Church, 650 W Williams St., DECATUR)
Free admission, open to the public. Mark Gifford has been performing on the Barton Theatre Pipe Organ in SHS since Spring of '93. It was at that first concert that Mark started what has become a tradition in Springfield - a theatre pipe organ concert full of surprises.

Nov 13
Pet Photo Night (6:30pm; White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
The popular Pet Photo Night returns to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at White Oaks Mall this year. Many pet owners view their pets as an integral member of the family and are just as committed in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Pet Photo Night at White Oaks Mall will be on Sunday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. Pet Photo Nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risks to allergy sufferers. Website: Contact: Matthew Bryant / / 317-684-7711

Nov 13
Fall Bazaar (11:00am - 2:00pm; United Methodist Church, Illinopolis)
Chicken & Noodles or Ham & Beans served with choice of salad, applesauce, hot roll or cornbread, homemade pie or cake, and beverage. Adults $8.50, Children 5-12 $4, Under 5: FREE
Children's Menu: Hot dog, chips, salad, dessert, beverage. Craft and bake sale! Baked goods, sewing, crochet, craft items for sale!

Nov 13
"Surviving the Holidays" Seminar (1:00 - 3:00pm, Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. McArthur, SPRINGFIELD)
GriefShare "Surviving the Holidays" allows attendees to lend support and acceptance of each other's grieving process in a safe, caring environment. A 40-minute video featuring advice from people who have faced the holidays after the loss of a loved one will be shown. There will be time for discussion after the video. Participants will receive "Holiday Survival Guide" that contains over 30 encouraging readings, helpful charts and tips to manage the holiday season. Tips include how to treasure past family traditions while creating new traditions and how to cope with the overwhelming feelings of sadness while juggling the social events of the holiday season. The goal for this seminar is to help participants find ways to honor their loved ones while putting themselves on the path towards healing and well-being.
For more information or to registered for this event, please call 899-9418 or email

Nov 14 - 19
Make-N-Take Craft Program (Prairie Skies Public Library, Ashland, 125 West Editor & Pleasant Plains, 555 Buckeye Road)
Visit either library and make a Thanksgiving decoration for your table or get creative and try your hand at making a fantastical beast. These programs are free to the public while supplies last.

Nov 15
Autism Eats (6 - 8pm, Mariah's, 3317 Robbins Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Autism Eats is a dinner being brought to Springfield by the organization. Their website is This will be the first dinner in the state of Illinois. It is November 15 from 6-8pm at Mariah's in Springfield. It is for autistic kiddos and their loving families. The lights are dimmed. No televisions. The food is hot and ready buffet style so there is no meltdowns waiting for food to be cooked. It is geared to prevent overstimulating the kids. It is non judgemental. No need to feel you have to apologize to the other patrons for disrupting their meal when your child cries through the entire dinner because it is reserved for our families only. It's a great way to meet new families and make new friends. Tickets are $22 for adults and $16 for kids and this includes tax and gratuity. Tickets can be ordered on the website at

Nov 15
Holiday Memorial Service (6:00pm; Athens Christian Church, 1411 E. Route 29, ATHENS)
Meaningful celebration of loved ones who have passed away. Attendees encouraged to bring flower or photo of their loved one. 217-636-8463

Nov 16
"THANKSGIVING" Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Special feature: "GOOD EATS" - Charlyn Fargo, HyVee Dietitian will provide helpful information on healthy eating. Perhaps some tips on what and how to serve your own Thanksgiving meal. Be sure to invite someone new to come and hear our guest speakers.
Speaker: "LET US GIVE THANKS" - Darlene Dixon comes from Wisconsin. She will talk about being thankful, not for all things but in all things. She titles her talk, "Be Thankful No Matter What."
Reservations and cancellation are essential by Friday, November 11. Call Debbie at 217-691-7153 or Email

Nov 16
Brown Bag Lecture Series (12:00 - 1:00pm; Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Tracy Evans, Illinois State Museum Research Associate, will present "Impact of Land Management Techniques on Invertebrates: Summary of PhD Research." This program is part of the ISM Brown Bag Lecture Series. On the third Wednesday of each month, a different speaker and topic will be featured at Noon. The program takes place at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash Street in Springfield. Visitors are welcome to bring their own lunch. Free and open to the public. For more information, please call 217-785-0037.

Nov 16
"History of Clayville" (10:00am; Prairie Skies Public Library, 555 Buckeye Rd., PLEASANT PLAINS)
Charlene Bressan will be presenting.

Nov 17
ArtLiterations: art, authors and aesthetically pleasing sounds (5:30- 7:00pm; H.D. Smith Gallery in the Hoogland, 420 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and opened to the public
SAA Collective along with Twelve Winter Press will host it's final ArtLiterations. SAA Collective featured artist Bob Leffler will discuss painterly photographs on display as part of the Testimony exhibition. Author Ted Morrissey will be from his novel in progress, Mrs Saville, which is being serially published at Strands Lit Sphere. It will be dramatically interpreted by Courtney Wick, a Springfield-based writer, actor, singer, and art therapist. Morrissey is an accomplished local author of two books of scholarship and four books of fiction, including the novella Weeping with an Ancient God, named a Best Book of 2015 by Chicago Book Review. His stories and other writing have been published in more than forty journals, with new work forthcoming in Everest, Lakeview Journal, and Southern Humanities Review. The evening will conclude with Ocean State featuring Mark Russillo playing their brand of cool and classic jazz. CONTACT INFORMATON: Corrin McWhirter, Gallery Director, SAA Collective; T: 217-544-2787

Nov 17
Belly Laffs' Comedy (7:30pm; VFW POst #755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Stand-up comedy by Chris Speyrer, Jeff Govednik, Tim Laffey and host Buddah Eskew. $5 at the door.

Nov 18
Babette's Feast (7:00pm - 8:45pm; UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
Part of Fall 2016 Foreign and Independant Film Series. Free. 217-206-4703

Nov 18
Brown Bag Lecture (12:00pm; SAA)
The Michael Victor II Art Library will host a free Brown Bag Lecture given by artist and SAA Collective Gallery Director, Corrin Smithson McWhirter. Corrin will be speaking about site-responsive art, including her own creative experiences and her influences. Guests are welcome to bring a lunch to the lecture, or enjoy the complimentary treats and coffee.

Nov 18
UIS Fall Showcase (7:30pm - 9:30pm; UIS Studeio Theare, One University Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring UIS Chorus, UIS Chamber Orchestra and UIS Band. Free. 217-206-6160

Nov 18
Coffee House Writing Rituals (9:30 - 11:30am; Edgar's Coffee House, 87 W Plummer, CHATHAM)
Social hour meet and greet designed to cultivate inspiration for writers. 2nd and 3rd Fridays of the month. $5-10 donation. 217-899-5247

Nov 18, 19
Christmas in the Park (4:00pm - 8:00pm Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm Saturday;
Country Place Condo Clubhouse, 1/2 mile E of Toronto Rd & 1/2 mile N of North Cotton Hill Rd., SPRINGFIELD) Featuring decorations, ornaments, small themed trees, santas, snowmen, angels, and more. FREE. 217-626-1738.

Nov 18-20
Woodhaven Hospice Festival of Trees (5-8pm Friday, 9am-1pm Saturday, 12-2:30pm Sunday; Masonic Temple, 345 W College, JACKSONVILLE)
Decorated trees, designer wreaths and swags, centerpieces, food and baked goods, music, entertainment, kids craft corner, more. $4 adults, $2 students, $1 ages 6 and under., 217-243-5678

Nov 19
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

Nov 19
Model Railroad Open House (12:00pm - 4:00pm, Washington Park Pavilion basement, SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Railroad Society, Inc. will host an open house at our club located in the basement of the Washington Park Pavilion. Come watch finely detailed passenger and freight trains make their way around the 4-scale mile layout depicting the Joliet to Brooklyn, Illinois rail route. *FREE* adimission.

Nov 19
Post Polio Group (9:00am - 12:00pm; SCIL, 330 S. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Contact Bradley with questions at 217-523-2587.

Nov 19
NEED VOLUNTEERS for 31st Annual Breadline Sunday Fundraiser (6:00am - 9:30am; 1020 North Milton, SPRINGFIELD)
For those of you not familiar with this fundraiser, we have 6,000 loaves of bread donated by Schnucks. We label and bag those 6,000 loaves of bread and the bread is then sent out to approximately 55 churches that in turn offer the bread to their congregation for a donation of $4.00 per loaf. This is a very important fundraiser for St. John’s Breadline!
The Breadline is the only place in our community where free, hot, nutritious meals are available to anyone in need – 365 days a year! In an atmosphere of hospitality, the Breadline assures that no one in our community need go hungry. We are now feeding an average of 600 people each and every day. Your help is needed more than ever!
We are asking anyone that can volunteer for an hour or two to help label and bag the bread, and/or help load the bread into church vehicles.
There is still bread available if your church community is interested in participating by offering the loaves of bread to your congregation.
Call Becki at 217-321-8323 for more information.

Nov 19
Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Holiday Craft Show(9:00am - 2:00pm; American Legion, Post #24, 705 Bloomington Road, CHAMPAIGN)
Come do your Christmas Shopping Early!! There will be a wide variety of handcrafted items! The SAL will be selling a lunch at the event. For more information, contact Chuck Mingee at

Nov 19
Remarkable Raptors Family Event (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Celebrate birds of prey—owls, eagles, falcons, and more! Children will enjoy educational games, activities, and crafts. Live bird programs will be presented by Illinois Raptor Center at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.
Museum admission is $5 for adults ages 19-64. Museum members, youth, seniors, veterans, and military personnel are free. Contact: Elizabeth Bazan,, 217-782-5993

Nov 19
(6:00pm; Mt. Pulaski Christian Family Life Center, 114 N. Lafayette St., MT. PULASKI) Admission is Free. A love offering will be accepted. For further information, please call 217 792-5417 or 217 732-7080.

Nov 19
The New 3rd Saturday Market (9:00am - 4:00pm, Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
The November 19th Market will be held in conjunction with the Vendor Blender at the Fair Grounds! This is an exciting time for the 3rd Saturday Market. More vendors both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting). This is a monthly event. The hours will be from 9 am to 4 pm. There is off street parking available on the Fairgrounds.
The New 3rd Saturday Market is an indoor/outdoor market filled with creative crafts, antiques and unique finds. This is just the start of something great. Come be a part of it and grow with us! Stop by and see us!
Contact: Dale Bissonett, 217-254-5010,
Future Dates: Dec 17.

Nov 19
Sherlock Holmes Society (9:00am, 2nd Floor Conference room, SCHEELS, 3801 MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and west central Illinois area will discuss Silver Blaze. The public is invited to attend. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to

Nov 19
Pleasant Plains Community Club Craft Bazaar (8:00am - 2:00pm; Pleasant Plains High School)
Homemade artists, up cyclers, antiques, and crafts. No admission fee! Bake Sale as well. Food/Concessions Available for purchase. For more information on these events or other Pleasant Plains Community Club Events please contact

Nov 19
Tallula Christian Church Annual Soup and Chili Supper (11:00am - 7:00pm; Tallula Christian Church, 311 N. Yates St., TALLULA)
The menu will include chili or soup, sandwich or hot dog, and coffee, iced tea or milk. In addition to our Annual Cookie Walk, we will have a "Themed Gift Basket Drawing" and a Mini Bazaar. Tickets may be purchased and used as a chance or chances of winning one or more of our fun baskets. We also will have a drawing for a 20lb Turkey. You need not be present to win any of the above.

Nov 19
2016 Illinois AMVETS Holiday Fair (11:00am - 3:00pm; 2200 S. 6th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Proceeds from the event benefit Operation Red Sleigh, which assists in providing holiday meals and gifts for veterans and active-duty service members and their families. Free admission. Please contact 217-528-4713 for additional information.

Nov 19 - 27
Memorial’s Festival of Trees (Times vary by day; Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 artistically decorated trees and wreaths; a silent auction for one-of-a-kind centerpieces; an imaginative hand-crafted Gingerbread Village with a silent auction; the Candy Cane Express Train; the Little Elves' Workshop craft area; Snapshots with Santa; a boutique full of unique gift items; hand-decorated gingerbread cookies; and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. The annual event raises money for health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and in the Springfield community.
For more information, email or call 217-788-4301.

Nov 20
Heads Up Group (for individuals with traumatic brain injuries) (1:00 -3:00pm; SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
Chili and more! Group members and family, bring something to share that goes with chili! Please RSVP by Tuesday, Nov 15, by calling Dave at 217-523-2587

Nov 20
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 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 .

Nov 20
An American Ice Princess & Her Doll (12:00 - 2:00pm; Nelson Center Ice Rink 2, 1601 N. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
A fall skating event and tea party. Email with your skater's name and if they are skating with a friend, include that friends name as we will be dividing the group activities. $15 ticket price includes:

  • Skating & skate rental
  • A visit to the manicure station and oll hair station
  • tea, hot chocolate, and elegant desserts
  • a chance to win the 2016 American Girl Doll of the Year 'Lea'
  • First 100 pre-registered ticket holders only: a goodie bag and a pair of ice skates for your doll (or other favorite friend)

Be sure to check out the silent auction table! SFSC members discounted price: $10

Nov 25
Springfield Blues Black Friday (6:05pm - 9:05pm; Nelson Center Ice Arena, Lincoln Park, 1601 N. Fifth St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Blues will host a Black Friday event on Friday, November 25, 2016. Doors will be opening at 6:05pm with 1/2 off tickets all night long! $4/12&Under - $5/Students with ID - $6/Adult
Enjoy the game as Springfield plays the Topeka RoadRunners. Puck drop is at 7:05pm.
The night will feature door-busters and discounts on merchandise, future game tickets, and food items throughout the evening - so bring the family down for what is sure to be another fantastic night with fun for everyone!
Presale tickets will be available at Springfield Illinois YMCA and Qik n EZ. PHONE: 702-985-5270

Nov 25
Christmas Parade (6:00pm - 7:00pm; Central Park, JACKSONVILLE)
The parade will travel around the Downtown Jacksonville Square. Hosted by WJVO. Contact Sarah Hautala at 217.245.5119 for more information.

Nov 25
Fun Frosty Friday (10:00am - 1:00pm; ALPLM, 112 N 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Bring your whole family to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for a fun alternative to the stress and headaches of Black Friday.
"Fun Frosty Friday" offers an array of free activities the day after Thanksgiving, including magic shows (with a magical appearance by Santa Claus), face painting, games, balloon art and a life-sized Candy Land Adventure. Kids can race Hot Wheels cars, create a coded message for Santa, listen to a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Families attending Fun Frosty Friday can then go across the street and get two museum admissions for the price of one. The museum is presenting its new "Rare and Rarely Seen" exhibit, actors portraying historic characters and a visit from Civil War Santa clad in red, white and blue. The free activities in the presidential library (112 North Sixth Street, Springfield) begin at 10 a.m. They end at 1 p.m. after a balloon drop with prizes. The presidential library will also be collecting for the Sojourn Shelter, which helps victims of domestic violence. Visitors can visit the library's "angel tree" and pick decorations listing items the shelter needs. Monetary donations will also be accepted. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is dedicated to telling the story of America's 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology. The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents, photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history. The museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors. PHONE: 217-558-8844

Nov 25, 26, 27
The Polar Express Pajama Party (5:30 Fri; 1pm, 5:30pm Sat; 3pm Sun; The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, SPRINGFIELD)
PRICE: Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of show
Friday, November 25 Party at 5:30 pm, Film at 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 26 Party at 1:00pm, Film at 2:00 pm*
Saturday, November 26 Party at 5:30 pm, Film at 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 27 Party at 3:00 pm, Film at 4:30 pm

*Sensory friendly event

Everybody in their jammies (you too, grownups!) as The Polar Express steams off on a journey to the North Pole. Entering the theatre, you'll be greeted by our train conductors, and receive your special train ticket. Our dining car servers will welcome you to the preshow cocoa party, where our young travelers will enjoy some crafting and cocoa before embarking on their journey, a special screening of the film "The Polar Express."
THE STORY: Does Santa Claus exist? For one doubting boy, an astonishing event occurs. Late on Christmas Eve, he lies in bed hoping to hear the sound of reindeer bells from Santa's sleigh. Suddenly, he instead hears the roar of a steam engine outside his window. The conductor welcomes him aboard the train for an extraordinary journey to the North Pole. There, he receives an extraordinary gift only those who believe in Santa can experience. Rated PG
The cocoa party is set up as an open house; guests may arrive within the window of 5:30pm - 7:00pm for the evening events, or 1:00-2:00pm for the November 26 early event.
Our special guest from the North Pole will greet guests after the show; a keepsake photo is included with your ticket.
ALL SEATS ARE RESERVED: $15 in advance - $20 at the door
LAP PASSES: For young children who will sit on the lap of an adult, purchase the adult ticket in advance, and then purchase a $5 "lap pass" at the door.
For guests with Autism or other sensory challenges, at this screening the theatre lights are left low, and the sound is reduced. A quiet space is available in the lower level lounge for guests who may need a break during the film.
The Preshow Cocoa Party is held in the lower level Legacy Lounge. Accessibility is limited for the physically challenged (stairs). Please call the theatre to discuss your unique needs.

Nov 26
85th Beaux Arts Ball: "Le Bal de L'artiste" (5:30pm; Crowne Plaza Hotel, SPRINGFIELD)
King John William Shaver Myers, Queen Madeline Maddox Wagner and the Royal Court will preside over this year’s Ball. The premiere sponsor of this elegant evening is the Lowery-Muller Group at Wells Fargo, and will feature the introduction of Le Bal de L’artiste Court, dinner, silent auction, a $100 Golden Ticket opportunity, Jewels on Ice by Denny Jewelers and dancing to the music of Brooke Thomas and the Blue Suns.
Tickets for Le Bal de L’artiste are $125 for adults and $50-$75 for children. They must be purchased in advance by calling 217-523-2631. The deadline for dinner tickets is November 11, 2016. Tickets for the dancing portion featuring music by Brooke Thomas and the Blue Suns may be purchased at the door for $5 beginning at 9 p.m. Plan now to invite your family, friends and neighbors to be a part of this exciting traditional gala!

Nov 26
Christmas Parade of Lights (7:30pm - 9:30pm; Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
Parade starts at Horace Mann parking lot and loops around the Old State Capitol on 5th and 6th Street. This is an evening parade, so lights are required on all entries!
Parade participants need to start lining up at 5:30pm at the Horace Mann parking lot.
Bring the family out and stop by some of our favorite local restaurants and cafes to grab some hot chocolate before the parade starts!
Free to the public. PHONE: 217-341-2969

Nov 26, 30; Dec 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21
"Through the Years" Holiday Walks Downtown (Wednesdays 5pm, Saturdays 11am; Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
Shopping, Window decorations, carriage rides, santa, Christmas parade, music & carolers.

Nov 26
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 .

Nov 26
Christmas at Sugar Creek Vendor Fair (10:00am - 3:00pm; Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 1022 New City Road, CHATHAM)
60 vendors | Free Admission | Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry | Contact info: Suzanne Daugherty/217-725-4359/

Nov 27
First Baptist Church Nativity Tour (4:00 - 6:00pm; 1320 Arbor Dr., DECATUR)
Live music at refreshments, bring a friend or group, free nativity souvenir., call 217-875.8034 for more information. This year will mark the largest Nativity display in Illinois with over 500 displays.


Nov 18 - Dec 10
Food for Fines (Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
You must be a Westville Library card holder o participate. Patrons may bring to the library non-perishable food that is not past the expiration date. Each plastic grocery bag full of food will be worth $10.00 and each paper grocery bag full of food will be worth $15.00 towards outstanding Westville Library fines only. Charges for lost or damaged items will not be eligible. All food collected will be donated to a local Christmas basket program for needy families. This is a wonderful way to reduce your outstanding fines and help a family have food for Christmas dinner. For further information please call the library at 267-3170.

Now through June 16, 2017
"Stage Center Slides! Stories of Sousa’s Spectacular Trombonists" Exhibition (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, Harding Band Bldg., 1103 S. 6th Street, CHAMPAIGN)
After the Sousa Band trombone section’s performance to record crowds during Chicago’s Columbian World’s Exhibition in 1893, Sousa’s exceptional trombonists Arthur Pryor, Marcus Lyons, and Edward Williams established a new showmanship standard for playing trombone solos that was emulated by many concert bands throughout America. After Pryor left Sousa’s band as its trombone soloist and assistant conductor in 1903 to take over and reorganize his father’s Pryor Band, Leopold Zimmerman became Sousa’s solo trombonist. Zimmerman’s talented student, Ralph Corey, joined the Sousa Band the following year and in 1908 became the band’s principal trombonist, a position he held until 1920. Each of these world-class trombonists and the many other trombonists who played in the Sousa Band between 1893 and 1931 helped shape the unique performance role of today’s trombone in American wind ensembles. Through historical photographs, concert programs, and music this exhibit explores the different stories and musical contributions made by Arthur Pryor, Leopold Zimmerman, Ralph Corey, Frank Holton, Manuel Yingling, Edward Williams, and Marcus Lyons who both influenced America’s trombone performance practice and played for the John Philip Sousa’s exceptional band. For more information, visit Contact:, 217-333-4577

Now through July 21, 2017
"From Nickeline to Electric Oil: Early Marketing and Design Revelations for America’s Trombone" Exhibition (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, Harding Band Bldg., 1103 S. 6th Street, CHAMPAIGN)
Arthur Pryor, Ralph Corey, Kid Ory, and William “Willy” Cornish were exceptional trombone soloists at the turn of the twentieth century who brought the trombone center stage from the back seats of America’s concert and jazz bands. The instruments that these leading trombonists played on and often endorsed during this time were manufactured by such companies as C.G. Conn, Frank Holton, Henry Lehnert, F.E. Olds, C.W. Osgood, and Morceau. Each company’s latest innovation for their instruments’ new metallurgical enhancements, slide oils, water keys, mouthpiece designs, and finishes were celebrated through newspaper advertisements in music magazines, company display shops at most the country’s World Exposition Fairs, and live performances by the musicians and bands that utilized these instruments. The collaborative interaction between manufacturer and performer not only led the way for new trombone designs but also helped promote the trombone as America’s most popular instrument of the brass family. Through historical advertisements, photographs, sheet music, and music instruments from the Sousa Archives’ trombone collection, this exhibit will explore changes in American trombone design and manufacture between 1890 and 1925 to illustrate how these technological and performance enhancements to the trombone were jointly shaped by the country’s leading trombonists and the music instrument companies that continually sought the endorsements of these musicians to help market their professional and student model trombones across America. For more information, visit Contact:, 217-333-4577

Now through Sept 29, 2017
"Henry Fillmore: The Man Behind the Name" Exhibition (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, Harding Band Bldg., 1103 S. 6th Street, CHAMPAIGN)
Henry Fillmore (1881-1956) was an unconventional trombonist, composer, and bandmaster who loved circus music, American football, and his music-loving dog. The hustle of Cincinnati’s river wharfs, and his and Uncle Fred’s love of the many circuses that passed through town often distracted the young Henry from the drudgeries of school, piano lessons, and the weekly trips to church. The trombone fascinated him the most because it always led the circus’ bands, but his formal trombone lessons were short-lived and his unruly teenage humor continued to embarrass his family. Returning to Cincinnati homesick after running away with the John Robinson’s 10 Big Shows Circus, Henry’s father agreed to send him to the Miami Military Institute to complete his education. After graduating from the Institute in 1902 he was given a position in his father’s church hymnal company, but wasn’t happy unless he was playing his trombone. In 1904 Henry fell in love with Mabel May Jones, an exotic vaudeville dancer he saw performing at the St. Louis World Exposition during the family’s summer vacation and he eventually married her much to his parents’ disdain. To escape family tensions the couple joined the Lemon Brothers Circus where Henry was responsible for playing the trombone and calliope, and leading the circus band. Eventually the newlyweds returned to Cincinnati in 1905 and Henry rejoined his father’s publishing company as the manager of its new bands department and the Fillmore music instrument store. As Henry’s reputation as a band leader, trombonist, and composer continued to grow over the next thirty years, his love of the music, colorful spectacles, and ringmaster attention of the circus were continually reflected in his new compositions and performances as director of the Shrine Temple Band between 1921 and 1926, and later with his own Fillmore Band for Cincinnati’s WSAI Radio Station’s coast-to-coast broadcasts between 1927 and 1930 which featured his musical four-legged friend, Mike, the “radio hound.” This exhibit explores through photographs, original music, and sound recordings the life of Henry Fillmore and his love affair with the slide trombone. For more information, visit Contact:, 217-333-4577