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November 2017 Community Calendar

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November 1
Recital Series : LLCC Choir Concert (12:00pm, Lincoln Commons, LLCC, SPRINGFIELD) All LLCC Recital Series performances are free and open to the public.

Now through November 30
Stories of Service Exhibit (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library, 1st Floor Corridor, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
The Stories of Service exhibit is the culmination of interviews with veterans, largely from Champaign County and including current students at Illinois, about their time in the service. Veterans span all branches of the service. Interviews range from peacetime to combat and highlight the unique experiences that our veterans have both in the military and when they return home.
Posters in the exhibit are largely a series of quotes around emergent themes like contacting home, women in the military, combat, coming home, etc. A portion of the exhibit focuses on how to preserve veteran materials like letters, photos, etc. The exhibit cases include books and memorabilia from veterans. pionke@illinois.edu

November 1 through January 2, 2018
Letritia Kandle and the Grand Letar: Hawaiian Music on Illinois’ Grand Prairie (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library, Marshall Gallery, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Letritia Kandle (1915-2010), Hawaiian steel-guitarist, music teacher, creator of the first console Hawaiian guitar, and director of Chicago’s Plectrophonic Orchestra, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois as the only daughter of Charles and Alma Kandle. Like many children growing up in urban Chicago at the beginning of the twentieth century, her earliest music lessons were on the piano, but she eventually switched to Hawaiian guitar because of its growing popularity in America during the 1920s. During the late 1930s she imagined the creation of an electronic twenty-six string guitar that would use lights to provide a colorful visual display as the instrument was being played. She also wanted to be able to stand while playing it and have it produce rich mellow tones similar to the Deagan vibraharp that had been developed in Chicago in 1927. Kandle premiered her innovative Hawaiian guitar while performing with the Paul Whiteman Band at Chicago's Drake Hotel in 1937, and the performances were broadcast by WGN Radio throughout the Midwest. This exhibit of photographs, correspondence, music, and news clippings document the creation of Kandle’s Grand Letar, her career as a leading music performer and teacher, and her influence on modern steel guitar performance practice.
For more information, please visit https://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/american-music-month/.

Now through February 11, 2018
"Robert Middaugh: Machines Inherit the Earth" | "Bricks and Metaphor: Architecture as Poetic Space" | "Confluence: Friends and Contemporaries of Robert Middaugh" (Illinois Sate Museum, SPRINGFIELD)
The exhibitions highlight the career of Robert Middaugh (1935-2011), whose paintings and assemblages present strange, fantastic structures and machines inhabiting a mysterious, deserted world. Middaugh's work pulls together Surrealism, Magical Realism, and Precisionism, along with a palette of broad, flat color and precisely rendered images.
The Illinois State Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon until 4:30 p.m. The Museum is located at 502 South Spring Street in Springfield. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for children, seniors, and veterans. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan at events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or 217-558-6696.

Now through September 3, 2018
“From Russia with Love:” John Garvey’s Russian Folk Orchestra (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, CHAMPAIGN)
The University of Illinois Russian Folk Orchestra was founded in 1974 by John Garvey, who had joined the University’s Walden String Quartet in 1948 as its violist and in 1959 established the university’s jazz band program. In 1969, the jazz band toured the Soviet Union as part of the State Department’s cultural exchange program, and Garvey developed a keen interest in Russian folk music. He later returned to the USSR to study Russian folk music traditions and purchased additional folk instruments that he used to establish the Illinois Russian Folk Orchestra. The Illinois ensemble eventually served as a model for other American universities’ Russian folk orchestras by providing open depoliticized educational spaces for students to pursue their interest in Russian folk music traditions. This exhibit of folk instruments, photographs, and music provides visitors with a general introduction to Russian folk music traditions and culture that were promoted by the Soviet Union after the Russian Revolution and the folk musicians who immigrated to the United States after WWII. It also acknowledges many of the talented musicians who performed with the University of Illinois’ Russian Folk Orchestra under Garvey’s direction between 1974 and 1989 and reveals a forgotten part of the University of Illinois’ musical past. sousa@illinois.edu, 217-244-9309 | For more information, please visit https://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/american-music-month/.

Now through October 29, 2018
Illinois’ Anti-Establishment Soundscapes: Troubled Waters in 1970 (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, CHAMPAIGN)
During the late 1960s many university campuses across America experienced significant political and social turmoil. For the University of Illinois the spring of 1970 was a time of tremendous political unrest among students and faculty regarding America’s involvement in the Vietnam war, the US Department of Defense’s construction of the Illiac IV supercomputer on campus, the Champaign-Urbana police force’s killing of an unarmed African American student on the Illinois campus, and the Ohio National Guard’s shooting of four students on the campus of Kent State University. While Illinois’ students and many of its faculty frequently came together at this time to protest the Federal government’s growing political oppression and imperialism, the campus’ activists and protestors used many different music genres to convey their messages across the Urbana-Champaign campus. Music groups like the Campus Folksong Club, the Walden String Quartet, Medicare 7, 8, or 9, and REO Speedwagon as well as many faculty members from the University’s School of Music frequently lent their musical talents to support these political and social protests. This exhibit of photographs, news clippings, advertisements, protest broadsides, concert programs, graphic illustrations, and audio recordings highlight the diverse intersections of music, art, and protest on the Illinois campus during the 1970 school year. For more information, please visit https://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/american-music-month/.

November 1
Preschool Program (10:00am, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The November preschool program at the Westville Public Library will be Wednesday, November 1 at 10 AM. The program will have a scarecrow theme. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun program that will include stories, and a craft.

Now through August 2018
Sousa and Tsar Nicholas II’s Birthday: An Unexpected Tour Adventure (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street, CHAMPAIGN)
The Russian imperial capital of St. Petersburg was a major stop during John Philip Sousa’s 1903 tour of Europe. Sousa planned his St. Petersburg performances to coincide with the tsar’s birthday and the bicentennial of the city’s founding, and anticipated large audiences for these concerts because the band had never before played in Russia. What resulted, however, was a misadventure. The concerts occurred at the beginning of Russia’s annual summer vacation when most theaters and concerts halls were closed. In addition Russian music critics’ responses to his music was tepid. Sousa was intimidated by the extensive advertising throughout the city for what he initially believed to be his music rival ????, but eventually discovered that this was the Russian spelling of his own name. While the St. Petersburg performances were not well attended, the concerts did spark deep patriotism among the American diplomats who were able to attend and the Russian aristocracy and military enthusiastically received the Sousa Band’s renditions of the Imperial Russian and American national anthems. This exhibit of photographs, music, newspaper reviews, and political cartoons document Russian perceptions of America and Sousa’s music at the beginning of the twentieth century. For more information, please visit https://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/american-music-month/.

November 1
Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture: Dr. Harold Hassen and Dawn Cobb (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Dr. Harold Hassen and Dawn Cobb will present "Learning About the Past From Burial Grounds: The use of grave markers and burial grounds to understand life in western Illinois."
"Jack the black man of John McCord" is buried and memorialized in the Atkinson-McCord cemetery, north of Colchester in McDonough County. His death provides an opportunity to document and explore how burial grounds and the markers found in them inform us about the social, economic and technological changes that occurred in western Illinois during the mid-nineteenth century.
Each month, the Paul Mickey Science Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan, events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

November 1
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The feature will be a recent release. It is dramedy that follows a dog as he is reincarnated as different breeds belonging to various owners. Over the course of multiple lifetimes, the canine's existence intersects with that of a young boy who rescued him in 1962. It stars Josh Gad and Dennis Quaid. Please call the library at 267-3170 or stop by at 233 S. State Street to reserve your seat for the show.

November 1
University Archives Sesquicentennial Speakers Series: Becoming Father & Son: Robert and John Gregg Allerton and Historical Perspectives on Queer Kinship (7:00 - 8:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library, Room 146, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
All are welcome at "Becoming Father & Son: Robert and John Gregg Allerton and Historical Perspectives on Queer Kinship," a free event on Nov. 1 (7-8:30 p.m.) in the University Archives (room 146 of the Main Library). Nick Syrett's research focuses on the lives and relationship of Robert and John Gregg Allerton, donors of U of I's Allerton Park. For more information, visit http://archives.library.illinois.edu/150.

November 1
Annual Celebrity Bartender Fundraiser (5:00pm-8:00pm; The Office Sports Bar and Lounge, 1919 W. Iles Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Attendees will receive a free appetizer, courtesy of The Office from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. No cover or entry cost. Celebrities include: • John Stremserfer of the Community Foundation and Jean Winn, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. | • Dina Michaels of 101.9 The Wolf and Dr. Carl Bouy of Memorial Medical Center, 6:00 -7:00 p.m. | • Dr. Tim VanFleet and Dr. Korine Vlahos, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Additional details available via Junior League of Spingfield Facebook page. Questions can be directed to funddevelopmentjlsil@gmail.com.

November 1
Soup & Stories: “They Call Me Q" (1:00 - 3:00pm, R.S. Stephens Room, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
“They Call Me Q" is written and performed by Qurrat Ann Kadwani. She portrays 13 characters in 60 minutes as she shares a story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between cultural pressure and acceptance into the American culture. The performance speaks to the universal search for identity experienced by immigrants of all nationalities. Lunch is provided. The events are free to LLCC students; there is a $3 fee for community members for the lunch. For more information about these events, contact LLCC Student Life at 217-786-2241 or studentlife@llcc.edu.

November 2
This Is Our Culture (6:30pm; Erin's Pavilion, 4965 S. 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
The evening will include authentic west African cuisine and experience-centered interactions with art, customs, religion, clothing, and various languages from Sierra Leone. All proceeds raised will be used to benefit the people of Sierra Leone through Lifegate. Tickets are $50 per person; only 100 are available. They can be purchased at www.thisisourculture.org.
To learn more, visit www.lifegateinafrica.org or call us at 1-844-610-5100.

November 2 - December 9
Food for Fines (Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
You must be a Westville Library card holder to 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.

November 3
UIS 40th Annual International Festival (5:00 - 8:00pm; UIS-TRAC, 2171 University Drive, SPRINGFIELD) FREE;
The longest running student-led program in the history of the University, the festival features fun and games from around the globe, cultural performances and exhibits, plus a variety of ethnic foods. This year’s festival centers on the theme “Anniversaries.”
Contact Erika Suzuki for more information: 217-206-6678 | esuzu2@uis.edu | ISS Festival Website | Facebook Event Page

November 3
K of C 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.
Carry-out orders, call 629-7202; more information at www.kofc3914.com
Future Dates: Dec 1, 2017 | Jan 5, Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 16 2018

November 3
“Loving Our Neighbor by Meeting the Need” Annual Fundraising Dinner (5:30pm; IHOTEL, 1900 S. 1st St., CHAMPAIGN)
Our featured Guest Speaker is Steve Noblett, CEO of the Christian Community Health Fellowship. CCHF is a national organization of Christian health clinics that are living out the gospel through healthcare among the poor, and includes over 370 organizations in 40 states, and has been an important partner in CCCHC’s development. Steve has been involved in pastoral leadership, church planting and leadership development in the United States, Great Britain, Central America, Africa and India. The cost is $50 per guest. Register and get your tickets here. The event will be facilitated by Jeff Trask, the co-founder of the Champaign County Christian Health Center. Dinner includes an appetizer, main dish, and dessert (cash bar available)

November 3
Roast Beef Dinner (5:00 - 7:00pm; Catlin United Methodist Church, 106 W. Vermilion, CATLIN)
Serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, salad and homemade desserts. Free will offering kindly accepted.

November 3
Go Around the World in 88 Bottles of Wine (5:30 - 8:00pm; Springfield HyVee, 2115 S MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
Travel Around the World sampling great food and fine wines from a variety of countries at 88 Bottles Around the World, a special FUNdraiser hosted by Springfield HyVee. Springfield HyVee is accepting $20 donations for this special event with all of the proceeds going to support the Illinois Symphony Orchestra! Do not miss this great opportunity to enjoy fine wine and food and support a #LIVE music.

November 3
Annual Comedy In The City Night (5:30pm; Firefighters Lake Club, 940 W Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield Pregnancy Care Center is hosting their Annual Comedy In The City Night. Entertainment provided by Fun Pianos. Cost: $50 and includes dinner. Call 217-525-5630 to reserve your spot TODAY! Evening includes dinner, music, comedy entertainment, live and silent auctions.

November 3, 4, 5
Weaving a Holiday Gift (
Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Rd, NEW BERLIN) Weave a shawl, scarf, or rug for someone special. Participants will have Sister Anita Cleary’s expert assistance to prepare looms and guide their work in this unique weekend experience. No experience necessary. Registration fee of $125 includes all materials and instruction. Non-refundable deposit of $40 required at time of registration. Eight-participant limit, children 16 and under require accompanying adult. Register by September 24. Call 217-787-6927 for details and registration. www.springfieldop.org

November 4
22nd Annual Trivia Night (6:00pm; Concordia Hall, 729 S Union St, STAUNTON)
Hosted by Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter.
Cash and Attendance Prizes | Silent Auction. Tickets are $15 per person; 6-8 people per table. Please call 217.835.2017 to reserve a table or for more information.

November 4
VFW Auxiliary #4495 Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (7:00 - 11:00am; 515 West Ave., TAYLORVILLE)
Adults $12 | Children under 12 for $3

November 4
Great Russian Nutcracker (2:00pm & 7:30pm, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University, DECATUR)
The Moscow Ballet returns to Decatur, Ill., after eight years to perform the holiday classic the "Great Russian Nutcracker". The immersive Christmas classic will feature 40 professional dancers, hand-selected area young dancers, the Millikin Children's Choir, and a full musical accompaniment from the 65-member Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) under the direction of Dr. Sergey Bogza. Learn more about the international dance company by visiting moscowballet.com.
General ticket prices for the performance are $35-$65 for adults and $10 for school age children and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at kirklandfinearts.com. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information about Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit kirklandfinearts.com. Events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.

November 4
ABUNDANCE LIVE (6:00pm; 7112 Piper Glen Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
$50 per ticket. Dinner, drinks and entertainment at Piper Glen Golf Club. For every $1.00 that we raise through our event(s) we can send $6.82 worth of medical supplies and equipment to the poor in under-developed countries around the world. More information: Leslie Collins, Development Coordinator, 217.525.8843 ext. 181; www.mission-outreach.org.

November 4
Law Enforcement Torch Run Trivia Night (6:00pm; KC Hall, 364 located at 2200 Meadowbrook Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$20/person $200/table all proceeds go to the Special Olympics IL
The Law Enforcement Torch Run Trivia Knight will include 10 rounds of trivia, a silent auction and a live auction. The top 2 tables will win a cash prize at the end of the night. There will be a prize awarded to the table with the most Patriotic decorated table. A cash bar will be available. All Proceeds from this event will benefit 600+ athletes in the Sangamon Illinois area!

November 4
Beauty and the Beast Tea Party (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
Children 6 and up are invited to attend. Children under 10 must have an adult with them. Activities will include games, a craft and a children's shortened version of the story will be read. There will even be the delicious gray stuff for refreshments. Please call the library at 267-3170 or stop in the library at 233 S. State to register for this event.

November 4
Life in Ancient Illinois Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
People have lived in Illinois for thousands of years. Learn about the lives of ancient Illinoisans and how scientists discover clues to what their lives were like. Free with admission ($5 adults ages 19-64, FREE for Members, youth, seniors, military, veterans)
Super Saturdays offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and feature crafts and educational games. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan, events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

November 4
Annual Fall Luncheon & Bake Sale (10:00am - 1:00pm; KC HALL on the square, PAWNEE)
Baked goods, luncheon with variety of soups, chili, sandwiches, pies, cakes. Drawing at 1:00pm for cash prizes. Carryout available by calling 415-8241. Hosted by Catholic Women United.

November 4
Mean Mary's Sweet Tour (7:15pm; C-U Folk & Roots Festival (at Pizza M Back Room), 206 Main St., CHAMPAIGN-URBANA)
Mean Mary performs at 7:15 pm, festival and venue admissions vary from free to $40. This Nashville based artist mixes the power of rock with the raw innocence of folk and bluegrass. From her haunting story songs to her incredibly fast banjo, guitar, and fiddle renditions, she promises a fun time geared to all ages. To contact artist direct: mary@meanmary.com | www.meanmary.com

November 4
3rd Annual Artisan and Craft Bazaar (8:00am - 2:00pm; Pleasant Plains High School, 500 North Cartwright Street, PLEASANT PLAINS)
Unique vendors include antiques, woodworking, handcrafted soaps, wreaths and home decor, boutique clothing and more! Free Admission for Shoppers! Breakfast, lunch and bake sale available! Please email plplainscommunityclub@gmail.com for more information.

November 4
Sangamon River Celebration (9:00am - 8:30pm; National Sequestration Education Building at Richland Community College, DECATUR)
The Agricultural Watershed Institute and the Sangamon River Alliance are presenting 'One River Unites Us All-The Sangamon Watershed Celebration'. This is an all day event designed to interest both families and concerned citizens who are interested in the environmental health, history, and future of the Sangamon River Watershed.
The morning activities, booths, displays, and activities for kids will be from 9:00 AM to noon and are free. Afternoon sessions including lunch and con current sessions run from noon to 5:30 PM and the cost is $20. The fee for the evening events is $25 and include a reception at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:30 PM followed by keynote speaker 'Floating Through Time: The Sangamon River' by Mike Wiant from the Illinois State Museum and a concert by Tim Grimm. The fee for both afternoon and evening is $35 with advance registration. For more detailed information and to register go to www.agwatershed.org or call 217-877-5640.

November 5
St. Maurice Church Baked Turkey Dinner (3:00 - 6:30pm; K of C Hall, 600 Fuller St., Morrisonville, IL)
Baked turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, dressing, green beans, cole slaw, cranberry salad, bread & butter, homemade ice cream, and cake. Adults $10 | Children (10 & under) $5
Carryouts are available, call 217-526-4426 for more information.

November 5
Talk: “Helmets from the Sea: Military Finds from the Battle of the Aegates Islands (241 BCE)” by Andrew L. Goldman (Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
Part of the Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series
On March 10, 241 BCE, the final naval battle of the First Punic War was fought off western Sicily, where a large Roman fleet engaged an equally large Carthaginian fleet near the Aegates Islands. The ancient historian Polybius tells us how the Romans won a decisive victory and forced the Carthaginians to sue for peace shortly thereafter. Almost 2300 years later, the site of the battle has been located off Levanzo Island (in the modern Egadi Islands group), and its landscape has been carefully surveyed by RPM Nautical Foundation and Sicily’s Soprintendenza del Mare. By the end of 2014, 11 warship rams, 8 helmets and a wide scatter of artifacts had been recorded on the sea floor, at the first maritime battlefield from ancient times which has ever been explored.
This lecture will discuss the ancient battle as we understand it from surviving literary sources like Polybius and will present what the new archaeological finds have revealed about the conflict and its combatants, the early legionaries of Rome and the mercenary forces of Carthage. Fieldwork at this maritime site has not only produced some of the earliest Latin inscriptions and Roman iconographic representations ever discovered, but also a series of helmets of the early Montefortino type, what are arguably the most successful piece of equipment ever developed, in use for nearly 500 years. These mid-3rd century BCE finds are not only helping us to understand the use and production of Roman armor, but are also permitting us to reexamine the development of the Roman military during its most important, formative years under the Republic. In addition, one of the newly recovered helmets is likely to be of Carthaginian origin, a discovery that is providing new insight into how Rome’s greatest ancient adversary once waged war.
This talk is organized by the Central Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

November 5
Chicken Dinner (11:00am - 2:00pm; Knights of Columbus, 1320 N. Dye St., VIRDEN)
Adults - $10 | Kids (5 – 12) - $5 | Under 5 – FREE
Menu: Fried Chicken - Mashed Potatoes - Gravy - Green Beans - Cole Slaw - Applesauce - Roll & Butter - Coffee, Iced Tea, Soda
Call 217-965-3665 for more information

November 5
Locks for Lovely Ladies & Gents (1:00 - 4:00pm; Rene's Studio Salon, 1332 W. Edwards, SPRINGFIELD)
Come out to Rene's Studio Salon to help raise donations for 3 non-profit charities that give wigs to those in need at no charge!
Free cut's for anyone donating their hair, discount cuts for anyone not donating hair & baked goods for a tasty treat on sale!! Non-profit Charities & hair donation stipulations:
Wigs for Kids - Hair must be at least 12 inches long | Pantene Beautiful Lengths - Hair only needs to be 8 inches long. Pantene Beautiful Lengths cannot accept it if it has been permanently colored or is more than 5 percent grey. | Children with Hair Loss (CWHL) - Hair must be at least 8 inches long. They do accept chemically treated and grey hair.

November 5
Fall Dinner (11:00am - 1:00pm; Latham United Methodist Church, 241 Walnut St., LATHAM)
The Latham United Methodist Church will host a fall dinner for the public on November 5, 2017 from 11 am until 1 pm in the basement of the church. The menu consists of turkey and dressing, a vegetable, salad and dessert bar, a roll, and a drink. Adults are $9.00 and children are $4.00 (ages 3-12). Please join us. Don’t worry about the steps, there is a lift. The church is located at 241 Walnut Street in Latham.

November 5
41st Annual Mostaccioli and Sausage Dinner (11:30am - 5:00pm; St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 700 East Spruce, CHATHAM)
Adults $8 | Children 4-11 $4 | Under 4 FREE
Menu to include Mostaccioli, Saussage, Salad, Bread, Dessert, and drink. Carryouts available.

November 6
Memorial Center Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Center, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300.

November 6
Soup & Stories: Native American Heritage Month: Literature and Conversation (12:00 - 2:00pm, R.S. Stephens Room, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Sheila Walk from the Springfield Area Arts Council will be reading an excerpt from the book, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” She will be accompanied by David Tell playing the Native American flute.
Lunch is provided. The events are free to LLCC students; there is a $3 fee for community members for the lunch. For more information about these events, contact LLCC Student Life at 217-786-2241 or studentlife@llcc.edu.

November 6 - 18
2017 A.C.E. Annual High School Art Exhibition (12:00 - 5:00pm; Pekinson Gallery, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Free and open to the public.

October 3 - November 16
Knockerball MAX

A six week league will kick off on October 3, 2017 and run through November 14, 2017 (October 31, 2017 will be a bye week for all teams). In addition to the six week league, a one day tournament will be held on September 16, 2017. Contact Dan Nash: (217)416-8477 | info@knockerballmax.org | www.knockerballmax.com

November 7
"A Wicked Evening with Gregory Maguire" (7:00pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire will discuss details of his enchanting new tale "Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker." The Nutcracker ballet is a holiday tradition that remains the most popular ballet ever performed, with yearly performances by top companies around the world. Going back to the dark and whimsical roots of the tale, Gregory Maguire has authored an origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him. Maguire will host a Q&A session with audience members followed by a book signing. gregorymaguire.com/ For more information about Gregory Maguire's presentation at Millikin University, contact the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office at 217.424.6318 or visit kirklandfinearts.com.

November 7
Lake Land College Library Tour (2:00 - 4:00pm, Effingham Public Library, 200 N. 3rd St., EFFINGHAM)
A Lake Land College Representative will be visiting local libraries on a regular basis to meet with people interested in learning more about options available at Lake Land. First Tuesday of the month – Future dates: Dec. 5
Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl, cstrohl@lakelandcollege.edu

November 7
Ribbon-Cutting: Protagonist Pizza Productions (8:00am; 123 W. Main St, Suite 220, URBANA)
Protagonist Pizza Productions is a full production company producing positive video content highlighting the best and brightest of Champaign-Urbana. They create video content such as v-logs, short films, skit videos, music videos, and videos highlighting local artists. Opening their business in the heart of Downtown Urbana was very important to them as they thrive on being a part of the conversation. protagonistpizza.com

November 7
Prints as underdrawings in 16th-century French Horae (3:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Main Library, Room 346, 1408 W Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Books of Hours (Horae) were the undisputed medieval ‘bestsellers.’ They had a profound effect on European devotional, educational, and aesthetic practices. Gilles and Germain Hardouyn, active in Paris from 1491 to 1541, specialized in hybrid printed Horae that were hand-painted in imitation of illuminated manuscripts.
Printed Horae were found in libraries across Europe but Paris was the hub of production, which began in the 1480s. By 1530, more than 1600 editions had been printed. Printed Horae by the Hardouyns can look deceptively like their manuscript counterparts, with over-painted prints, supplementary painted decoration, and true miniatures. Sometimes the only indication that such books had been printed was the regularity of the typeface.
Warren will discuss why these prints imitate the effects of illuminations as well as the broader implications of this practice, which question the history of printmaking as a linear trajectory of ever-increasing media specificity.
Maureen Warren’s research interests include early modern (1500-1800) Netherlandish art and European print media more broadly. At KAM, Warren has curated exhibitions on medieval manuscripts (2016-2017) and the intersection of art and science in early modern Europe (2017). Warren completed a Ph.D. in art history at Northwestern University in 2015, where her research was supported a Kress Institutional Fellowship to Leiden University, a Scaliger Fellowship, and a Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon Fellowship. Warren has published essays in Death, Torture and the Broken Body in European Art, 1300-1650 (2015); Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print (2016); and Word & Image (forthcoming).
For more information, visit www.library.illinois.edu/rbx.

November 7
Ricker Library Centennial Celebration (2:30 - 4:30pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ricker Library of Architecture and Art, 208 Architecture Building, 608 E. Lorado Taft Drive, CHAMPAIGN)
Tuesday, November 7 from 2:30-4:30pm at Ricker Library of Architecture & Art (2nd floor of Architecture Building), we will have cake and refreshments as well as highlights from the library's collection related to Nathan Clifford Ricker on view in the Library. We also have some gifts to give away!
After the celebration, attend the Ricker Library Centennial Lecture: "Nathan Clifford Ricker: Establishing Architecture at the University of Illinois" by Professor Emeritus of Architectural History, Paul Kruty at 5:30pm, reception begins at 5pm. The reception will be held in Blicharski Atrium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall and the lecture will be in the Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (611 Lorado Taft Dr, Champaign, IL 61820). http://www.library.illinois.edu/arx/

November 7
Town Hall Meeting (7:00 - 9:00pm; Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green Street, CHAMPAIGN)
ACLU of Illinois Executive Director, Colleen Connell, will discuss a wide range of constitutional issues. Audience members will have the opportunity to share their opinions and concerns. The event is free and open to the public. Contact info@aclu-cu.org for more information.

November 7
Ricker Library Centennial Lecture (5:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 Lorado Taft Drive, CHAMPAIGN)
Please join us for our Centennial Lecture: "Nathan Clifford Ricker: Establishing Architecture at the University of Illinois" by Professor Emeritus of Architectural History, Paul Kruty on Tuesday, November 7 at 5:30pm, reception begins at 5pm. The reception will be held in Blicharski Atrium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall and the lecture will be in the Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (611 Lorado Taft Dr, Champaign, IL 61820).
Nathan C. Ricker was the first person in the United States to receive a degree in Architecture in 1873, he went on to become a faculty member, the Dean of the College of Engineering (which included Architecture at the time), the Head of the School of Architecture, and campus architect—designing Altgeld Hall, known at the time as Library Hall. He was a prominent figure in the formation of architecture education in the United States, even expanding the Dewey Decimal Classification for architecture. As the first student to earn a degree and one of the first faculty members at Illinois, Ricker was instrumental in building the early library collection, including his original translated volumes of important French and German treatises on architecture. These texts, along with lantern slides, photographs, and other reference materials allowed students in the Midwest to study famous examples of architecture. Upon Ricker’s retirement in 1917, the university honored him by naming the library: Ricker Library of Architecture. Art was later added to the library’s name when the Architecture program was moved to the School of Fine and Applied Arts in 1927. However, the focus on the polytechnic tradition of architecture remains central to the curriculum at Illinois and the materials originally collected by Ricker remain a vital part of the library’s collection. http://www.library.illinois.edu/arx/

November 8
Millikin Jazz Band Fall Concert (7:30pm; Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1360 W. Main St., DECATUR)
Free and open ot the public.

November 9
Becoming Empowered and Succesful Teens (6:00 - 7:30pm; The Autism Clinic at Hope, Noll Medical Pavilion, 5220 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Topic: Make and Take visual supports. Learn about the importance of visual supports and how to use them. Participants will have an opportunity to make visual support and learn resources for how to make them on their own. Fore more info, call Pete at 217-523-2587

November 9
Institute for Science Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Dr. Paul Bloom, Vice President, Process and Chemical Research, ADM (7:30pm, University Commons 3rd floor, Banquet Room B, Millikin, DECATUR)
Free and open to the public

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

November 9
Music at the Museum Series: Katie Dahl (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Singer-songwriter Katie Dahl has performed her original songs everywhere from the dusty cliffs of Mali, to the winding canals of southern France, to the cedar forests of the American northwoods. Though she’s particularly well-respected on her home turf of Door County, Wisconsin, Katie tours regularly and has earned accolades nationwide for the depth and power of her alto voice, the literate candor of her songs, and the easy humor of her live performances. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says that Katie combines “old-fashioned populism, an abiding love of the land and wickedly smart love songs, all delivered in a rich and expressive alto.”
Music at the Museum is a monthly concert series produced by Chris Vallillo featuring the best in contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic music of all styles. Concerts are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum auditorium. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit www.ginridge.com/extras/music-at-the-museum. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12

November 9, 10, 11, 12
Millikin Theatre: "9 to 5" The Musical (7:30pm; 2:00pm Saturday&Sunday Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall, Millikin Campus, DECATUR)
Tickets: $16 - $18, for more information visit millikin.edu/kirkland.

November 10
Westville Library Book Sale (10:00am - 5:30pm; 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The sale is located in the building behind the library. Just follow the north sidewalk around to the back of the library. There will be many new items on the shelves and great prices beginning at just a quarter. Stock up at this end of the year sale. The library is located at 233 S. State. Please call the library at 267-3170 for further information.

November 10
Morphology Opening Reception (5:30 - 7:30pm; 700 N 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Join the SAA and Benjamin Lowder for the opening reception of 'Morphology'; an exhibition of sculptures created by the Girard artist.
Shana Nys Dambrot of the Huffington Post wrote of Lowder's current show at Open Mind Art Space in Los Angeles-- "Exponentially greater than the sum of their parts, Benjamin Lowder’s reconfigurations of elements culled from vintage metal ads and reclaimed wood resemble mandalas, totems, and auric power portals."
Morphology will be on display from November 3-25 in the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery.
The gallery is open M-F from 9-5 and Saturdays from 10-3 and is always free to the public.

November 10, 11
15th Annual Millikin Literary Festival (7:00pm Friday, 10:00am Saturday; Pilling Chapel, Millikin, DECATUR)
Free and open to the public

November 10
Veteran's Day Salute (7:30pm; in Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
The Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will continue its 2017-18 performance season with a Veteran's Day Salute on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus.
The concert will feature guest conductor and Millikin alumnus Colonel (Ret.) Thomas Rotondi, Jr. '74, former Leader and Commander of The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own." The concert will also feature the Mayor of Decatur, Ill., and narrator Julie Moore-Wolf and vocalist Ann Borders, adjunct faculty member in the Millikin School of Music. The Veteran's Day Salute concert is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature a variety of musical selections including Scheer's "An American Anthem," Lowden's "Armed Forces Salute," "God Bless America" featuring soloist Ann Borders, and Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever."
For more information about Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit kirklandfinearts.com. Events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.

November 10, 11
Annual Holiday Sale and Chicken/Turkey Dinner (Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday 8:00am - 10:00am & 11:00am - 2:00pm; Benld Civic Center, 201 E Central Avenue, BENLD)
Carry-out will also be available. Tickets are $8 each, and may be obtained at Benld Adopt-A-Pet, 807 Stewart Rd, Benld IL, 7 days a week, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. You may also obtain your tickets by calling 217.835.2538 or 217.891.0502, or by mail, by specifying the number of tickets desired, either chicken or turkey, and mailing your check or money order to Benld Adopt-A-Pet, PO Box 72, Thayer IL 62689-0072. All ticket orders by mail must be received not later than Friday, November 3, 2017.

November 10, 11
Church Conference (6:30pm; Table of Life Ministries, 2600 South 5th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Kingdom Foundations Ministry is hosting a 2-day church conference at Table of Life Ministries on Friday, November 10th – Saturday, November 11th. Come and enjoy the fellowship, preaching and teaching. A light breakfast and lunch will be served on Saturday. Pre-registration $25.00; On-site registration $30.00. 3 ways to register: Email: conniedheard@att.net; call 217/585-1042 or register on site. Vendors are welcome. No childcare available. $25.00 Pre-Registration/$30.00 On-site Registration

November 11
Memorial’s Festival of Trees Gala (7:00pm; Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Be the first to view the new collection of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and displays during the Festival of Trees Gala. This black-tie fundraiser, featuring music and a silent auction, is held the weekend before the Festival opens to the public.
Tickets are $100 and include hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, soft drinks and dessert. A cash bar is available.
Sponsors should arrive at 5 p.m. to make their selections. The event opens at 7 p.m. to designers and the general public.
Website: https://www.memorialmedical.com/memorial-medical-center-foundation/events/festival-of-trees/gala | Contact information: 217-788-4301 | Foundation@mhsil.com

November 11
Wooden It Be Lovely (WIBL) Furniture Sale (9:00am - 12:00pm; Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, 501 South Douglas, SPRINGFIELD)
Wooden It Be Lovely (WIBL), a charity of Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, will have a huge restored furniture sale on Saturday, November 11th. Over 150 pieces of beautiful, hand painted wooden furniture, including tables, chairs, dressers, and end tables, will be available. The church established WIBL in the Spring of 2016 as a method to help low income mothers in the Springfield area who are struggling with addiction or other issues that put them on the margins of society. To date the program has assisted 18 mothers. The WIBL program provides the women income restoring used furniture, daycare for their children, a stable work environment, a job reference, life and job skills, recovery tools, as well as support from a faith community. The aim of the program is to help the women transition from the WIBL program to full time employment. By helping mothers, we help their children as well.

November 11
Doug Church - The True Voice of Elvis (6:30pm; Lorraine Theatre, 324 E. Main, HOOPESTON)
All tickets $25, no reserved seating. Doors open at 6:00pm. There will be a "meet and greet" following the show. Tickets may be purchased at Hoopeston DACC, Water Dept. and Marathon, or by contacting a foundation board member. For more information, please email Carol Hicks at hckschicks@aol.com

November 11
The Springfield Jaycees Annual Beerfest (2:00 - 8:00pm; The Expo Building at the State Fairgrounds, 2562 Main St, SPRINGFIELD)
Get tickets at https://www.eventsprout.com/event/springfield-jaycees-beerfest-2017 | Beer Enthusiast $40 (Advance sales only): Includes 20 tasting tickets, souvenir beer glass, and early admission at 1PM for the tapping for special release beers. |Average Drinker $25 in advance, $30 day of event: Includes 10 tasting tickets and souvenir beer glass. Entry to event begins at 2PM, not before. | Designated Driver $7: Includes entry to the event.
There will be a collection of local and regional craft beers for your sampling pleasure along with wine vendors, local breweries, and liquor stores. Local DJ Chris Murphy will be providing music throughout the day and the Jaycees will be providing bags, Jenga and other activities on site. We encourage any true craft beer lover to purchase our Beer Enthusiast package as this grants you admission into the event an hour early for the tapping of our limited release kegs at 1PM. Souvenir glasses will be available while supplies last. There will also be a 50/50 raffle as well as a basket of booze raffled off.
This event occurs annually to help fund the ongoing charitable works of the Springfield Jaycees. The Jaycees are a leadership organization focused on empowering young people to create positive change in their communities and across the globe. Locally the Springfield, Illinois Chapter of the Jaycees put on multiple events throughout the year for the community and donate their time and talents to numerous other events and organizations.
Any questions regarding this event or sponsorship opportunities can be directed to spfldjaycees@gmail.com

November 11
Autumn Brunch (10:00am - 12:00pm; Union Baptist Church, 1405 E Monroe, SPRINGFIELD)
Hosted by Union Baptist Church Mothers Ministry, The theme is: “Giving Thanks In Everything” - 1st Thessalonians 5:18. . $10 at the door. Contact office at 544-8115 for more info.

November 11
Snowman Country Gathering (8:00am - 1:00pm; Berquist Fellowship Hall, RANKIN)
Rankin United MEthodist Women Fall Bazaar: Crafts, country store, trash & treasure, quilt raffle. Coffee & rolls 8am-1pm.
Lunch (soups, sandwiches, desserts) 10:30 - 1:00pm.

November 11
US Veterans Motorcycle Club Anniversary Party (6:00pm - 12:00am; Major Leagues, 105 N. Walnut St., TAYLORVILLE)
We are planning a silent auction, and raffle. There will be a band and food truck on site. $5 cover charge. Proceeds will go to help veterans.

November 11, 18, 25
Market IN the Square (8:00 - 1:00pm; Lincoln Square, URBANA)
The Urbana Business Association is delighted to announce the 2017-2018 season of Market IN the Square. Taking place for 16 weeks on November 11, 18 & 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, January 13 & 27, February 10 & 24, March 10 & 24, and April 14 & 21 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Market will provide patrons with the best fresh local produce, baked goods, flowers, value-added foods, arts and crafts, and so much more! In addition, throughout the market season look for live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, interactive activities, children's activities, and Facebook Give-A-Ways. For more information, make your way to the UBA. Visit www.urbanabusiness.com/market-in-the-square.

November 11, 12
35th Annual Art Fair, Craft League of Champaign-Urbana (Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., URBANA)
An Art Fair featuring the work of 33 artists exhibiting new, original works in ceramics, jewelry, photography, glass, woodworking, painting, printmaking, and basketry. The Craft League of Champaign-Urbana will present its 35th Annual Juried Art Fair, one of the fall’s most anticipated events. Admission is free. Hours will be 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Saturday and 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., on Sunday.
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.
The Craft League of Champaign-Urbana was founded in 1982 to promote awareness of fine art in the Champaign-Urbana area. The art fair has been an annual event of the CLCU for 30 years. In the first years, it was held in empty storefronts and church basements; it has been at the Civic Center in Urbana since 1986.
"We are very excited about the mix of work we have this fall. The art fair is a great opportunity to support the arts and to buy locally," said artist Beverly Fagan, speaking for the Craft League.
The Craft League website is: http://www.craftleagueofcu.org/

November 11, 12
The Annual Little Flower Craft Bazaar (9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday, 10:00am - 2:00pm Sunday; Little Flower Catholic School, 900 Stevenson Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Get your Christmas shopping started at our annual Little Flower Craft Bazaar. You can shop at dozens of vendors offering all hand-made products, snack on baked goods and check out the kid's craft zone.

November 12
Movie Viewing/Discussion: The Case for Christ (6:30pm, Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur, SPRINGFIELD)
The movie 'The Case for Christ' is based on the 1998 book by Lee Strobel. Strobel was an avowed atheist who set out to disprove the Christian faith of his wife, and, instead, became convinced of the truth of the Gospel. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 217.787.2323 or visit www.trinity-lutheran.com or email christintheculture@trinity-lutheran.com before November 12 with questions to be discussed that evening.

November 12
Benefit for Les Todd (2:00 - 7:00pm; 1804 9th St., MATTOON)
Quarter auction, raffles, live entertainment, soup & sandwich dinner. Les was diagnosed with Colon Cancer and is receiving chemotherapy treatments. Contact Gina at 217.234.2815 for more information. Benefitforlestodd@gmail.com

November 12
Fall Bazaar (11:00am - 2:00pm; United Methodist Church, ILLIOPOLIS)
Chicken and noodles, ham and beans, served with choice of salad, applesauce, hot roll or cornbread, homemade pie or cake, and beverage. Adults $9 | Children 5-12 $5 | Under 5 FREE. Children's menu: hot dog, chips, salad, dessert, and beverage. Craft and bake sale: baked goods, sewing, crochet, creaft items for sale.

November 12
"Surviving the Holidays" Seminar (1:00 - 3:00pm; Parish Hall at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur, 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 a “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.
This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is requested to insure there are enough materials for everyone. For more information or to register for this event, please call 899-9418 or e-mail trinitygriefshare@yahoo.com.

November 13
"Why Stop The Logging Decatur" (6:00 pm, Elizabeth Madden Auditorium, Decatur Public Library, N Franklin St & E Main St, DECATUR)
Macon County Community Environmental Council Biannual Membership Meeting presents...There will be a short presentation addressing the importance of preserving our natural areas, the concerns about loggin in Decatur, and an explanation of the efforts completed so far to address these concerns with the city. After the presentation, there will be a question and answer period. All invited. No cost. Refreshments served. More info: Melody Arnold -melody2a@hotmail.com

November 14
Lake Land College Library Tour (2:00 - 4:00pm, Marshall Public Library, 612 Archer Ave., MARSHALL)
A Lake Land College Representative will be visiting local libraries on a regular basis to meet with people interested in learning more about options available at Lake Land. Second Tuesday of the month – Future Dates: Dec. 12
Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl, cstrohl@lakelandcollege.edu

November 14
Vocal Jazz Concert (7:30 - 8:30pm; Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1360 W. Main St., DECATUR)
Free and open to the public

November 15
Illinois State Museum Brown Bag Lecture Program: Tara McClellan McAndrew (12:00pm - 1:00pm; the Research & Collections Center, 1011 East Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Tara McClellan McAndrew will present "How we Lied to Get Statehood and Other Funny Stories from Springfield and Illinois History." Springfield writer and history columnist, Tara McClellan McAndrew, will discuss humorous incidents from our city's and state's past, and read light-hearted excerpts from her book, "Stories of Springfield: Life in Lincoln's Town."
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 Elizabeth Bazan, events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

November 15
"The Big Game (of Life)" Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Special feature - Kay Alberts, the coordinator of Inter-Faith Volunteer Services of HSHS St. John's Hospital, presents "Safe at Home!". One of the services provided is helping transport seniors to appointments. Speaker John Burnham, author of 3 books and former pro pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles Organization presents "The Winning Pitch". He injects humor in his talk with a "strikeout pitch". Invite the main man in your life to this one.
Invite a friend, they'll be glad you did! Reservations and cancellations are essential by Friday, November 10. Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or email jluttrellfirst@gmail.com

November 15
Guitar Ensembles Concert (7:30 - 9:30pm; Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center on Millikin University's campus, DECATUR)
Free and open to the public

November 15
On Dreams and Werewolves: A Visit with Author Maggie Stiefvater (7:00 - 9:00pm; The Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, URBANA)
Maggie Stiefvater, New York Times best-selling young adult author, will be visiting the Library to talk about her new book, All the Crooked Saints, and her hit series The Wolves of Mercy Falls and The Raven Cycle.
Her books range from werewolf love stories to legends about Cornish kings, but always at the heart are impossible dreams and the lengths we'll go to follow them.
Maggie Stiefvater has held many jobs, from portrait artist to wedding musician. Now she makes her living as an author, but she also draws and composes her own music. She even plays bagpipes.
A Q&A session and a book signing will follow her talk. Copies of her books will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Lauren Chambers (lchambers@urbanafree.org) or Rachel Fuller (rfuller@urbanafree.org). You can also call 217-367-4405.

November 16-19
Stuff a Truck (10:00am; HyVee, SPRINGFIELD)
Starting Thursday, November 16 at 10:00 AM and running through Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 PM, we'll be collecting your donations of non-perishable food items at Hy-Vee in Springfield and filling a truck parked out front provided by Two Men & A Truck. To make it easy for you to help out, we will have convenient vouchers you can use at the checkout. Vouchers will be available for you to ‘Feed A Person', ‘Feed A Couple' or ‘Feed A Family.‘ We will also happily accept donations of food items you purchase in the store or bring from home. Your donations will benefit Kumler Outreach Ministries food pantry in Springfield.

November 17
Habitat for Humanity Hearts & Hammers Game Night (6:00pm; Firefighters-Postal Lake Club, 940 West Lake Shore Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Join Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County for its third annual Hearts & Hammers Game Night Event as audience members and community celebrities navigate their way through the myriad of game spaces, complete funny tasks and take on challenges to build a “Habitat Lincoln Log House”. The player to complete the build first takes the prize! “This year’s event is more interactive than ever with audience members being a part of the game at every step,” said Executive Director Colleen Stone. “We’ll have plenty of food, prizes, and games like giant Jenga, pickup sticks and Connect Four to play prior to the kickoff of the big game and surprises.” The event is open to the public and tickets are available now. Admission is $20/person and includes dinner (taco bar, tea/lemonade/bottled water). Cash bar, heads & tails game, door prize chances, live auction and opportunities to pay to play will be available throughout the evening. The event ends at 10 pm. Sponsor tables are available by calling 523-2710, ext. 222 or individual tickets are available at: http://www.habitatsangamon.com. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County.

November 17
Millikin Jazz Showcase Dinner & Concert (6:00 - 8:00pm; Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Ave, DECATUR)
Tickets: $30, contact the Decatur Club at 217.429.4200 for reservations. For more information, contact Millikin Director of Jazz Activities, Randall Reyman at 217.433.4240.

November 17
Hearts & Hammers Game Night Event (6:00pm; Firefighters-Postal Lake Club, 940 West Lake Shore Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Join Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County for its third annual Hearts & Hammers Game Night Event as audience members and community celebrities navigate their way through the myriad of game spaces, complete funny tasks and take on challenges to build a “Habitat Lincoln Log House”. The player to complete the build first takes the prize!
Doors open at 6 pm. Admission is $20/person and includes dinner (taco bar, tea/lemonade/bottled water). Cash bar, heads & tails game, door prize chances, live auction and opportunities to pay to play will be available throughout the evening. The event ends at 10 pm. “Hearts & Hammers is a unique experience tailored for participants to have a blast while raising awareness and support for Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County,” said Board Member and Committee Chair Amy Byers. “I guarantee this is an experience you won’t find anywhere else! We hope you can join us!”

November 17, 18
Peculiar Inspirations (7:30pm; Edwards Place, 700 N. 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
When modern Springfield writer Amy Lombard is commissioned to write a play about Abraham Lincoln, she has no idea peculiar inspirations were a part of the deal! To learn more about the world of Abraham Lincoln, she visits the Edwards Place. There her imagination springs to life and suddenly her muses begin to take over! Now she has Mary Lincoln wanting to set the record straight, Thomas Lincoln just wanting to be remembered as a good dad and William Herndon wanting all the credit! Good thing Amy has Mr. Lincoln to help guide her and settle arguments. But can she write a play that does Mr. Lincoln justice and pleases the audience?
Dessert reception to follow the play. All proceeds benefit Edwards Place.

November 17, 18
Debbie’ s Underground Hair Christmas Open House (5:00 - 8:00pm, 10:00am - 3:00pm; 219 Shady Lane, GIRARD)
Shop your favorite brands and support your local business. Most items priced 60% below department store prices. In addition to Debbie's incredible handmade florals, Department 56, Jim Shore, Possible Dreams Santa, stocking stuffers, jewelry, wall art, colonial candles, toys, angels, women's accessories, and many more unique gifts.

November 17, 18
Winter Wonderland 2017 (5:00pm - 9:00pm Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm Saturday; 4681 Cresthaven Lane, DECATUR)
Celebrate the 20th year of Winter Wonderland! This event is an Open House featuring beautiful handmade wreaths, greenery, and other home decor. Enjoy warm cider and holiday music as you find your new holiday favorites. Featuring the Rae Dunn Artisan Collection. Join us for our final year! Free admission. For questions, please contact Sheila J. Watson at 217-875-1701.

November 18
Sons of the American Legion Holiday Craft Show (9:00am - 2:00pm; American Legion, Post #24, 705 Bloomington Road, CHAMPAIGN)
There will be a wide variety of handcrafted items! The SAL will be selling lunch at the event. Call for more information: 217-255-0856

November 18
Lunch to Go (11:00am - 2:00pm; Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N. 4th St., BENLD)
Dinners or Ala Carte: Cabbage Roll (Halupke),Cabbage Noodle (Halushki) & Meat filled Crepe (Blinchiki). Nut, Poppy Seed, Apricot Rolls & Baklava: Pre-Order Only. Please place your order by November 15th. We will have frozen "Ready-to-Cook" Pelmeni and Pierogis. For information and Pre-Order contact Sandy Petty @ 217-204-7938 or 217-839-7220

November 18
Town and Country Bank Santa Event (9:00am - 12:00pm; 3016 W. Wabash Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
FREE. Usher in the holidays with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Town and Country Bank! Get your family pictures taken with Santa and his sleigh and receive a complimentary digital photo. Children can participate in a variety of holiday activities and refreshments will be served. Town and Country Bank is an official Toys for Tots drop site where you can donate a new, unwrapped toy for children in need. This free holiday event is open to the public. Public contact information: https://www.facebook.com/townandcountrybank/

November 18
Holiday Pops in the Heartland (7:30pm; Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
Kick off your holidays with festive music and holiday songs. Holiday Pops in the Heartland, is truly a community affair, as the ISO is joined by the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Springfield Ballet Company, and Springfield Youth Performance in Springfield, and the Bloomington-Normal Symphony Orchestra and the Twin Cities Ballet School of Dance in Bloomington led by Guest Conductor Thomas Heuser. But that’s not all! The ISO provides the soundtrack to animated film adaptation of Raymond Briggs' classic holiday book The Snowman (www.thesnowman.com). Great fun for the entire family!
Tickets may be purchased in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 and in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777. Single ticket prices range from $20 to $60 for premium seating. Student tickets available for $5 (6 years +). Senior discounts are also available. Tickets may also be purchased the night of the concert.

November 18
The Ball Brothers in Christmas Concert (6:00pm; Mt. Pulaski Christian Church Family Life Center, 114 N Lafayette, MT. PULASKI)
Admission is free. A love offering will be accepted. Contact Information 217 792-5417 or 217 732-7080
The Award Winning Gospel Quartet Singers, The Ball Brothers, will be presenting a Christmas Concert once again this year during Mt. Pulaski's Christmas on Vinegar Hill. This unique Southern Gospel Quarter's close, smooth harmony appeals to groups of all ages with their mix of tradition and contemporary music, so bring the whole family.

November 18
Sherlock Holmes Society: Metting (9:00am; Scheels, 3801 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet on Saturday, November 18 at 9:00am in one of the 2nd floor conference rooms at Scheel's. There will be a discussion of The Adventure of Black Peter. 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 sherlock.lolopop.org.

November 18
Drug Take-Back event and Opioid Symposium (8:00 - 10:00am; Kirkland Fine Arts Center circle drive, Milikin, DECATUR)
Millikin University's School of Nursing, Millikin Public Safety and the Decatur Police Department will be collecting unused, outdated or expired medications during a Drug Take-Back event on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8 to 10 a.m. Medications can be dropped off at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center circle drive on Millikin's campus.
Millikin School of Nursing senior students, faculty and members of Millikin Public Safety will be on hand to supervise and assist with secure eco-friendly disposal of dropped-off medications. Expired or unused prescription medications including liquids, pills, capsules, patches, medicated ointments and lotions; over-the-counter medications and vitamins; and pet medications can all be dropped off.
In addition to the disposing of unused medications, Millikin's School of Nursing will be hosting an Opioid Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the University Commons Banquet Room B, located on the 3rd floor of the University Commons.
Lt. Jonathan Butts of the Macon County Sheriff's Office, Michael Burkham and Decatur Police Detective Chad Ramey will be the featured speakers at the symposium. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information about the Drug Take-Back event and Opioid Symposium, contact the Millikin University School of Nursing at 217.424.6348 or visit millikin.edu/nursing.

November 18
Annual Holiday Market and Cookie Walk (8:00am - 2:00pm; Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club, 2626 S. Pasfield, SPRINGFIELD)
Holiday cookies, breads, and homemade candies. Holiday craft items lovingly made by SCCC members. Variety of products from local vendors. For more information contact Penni Gebke, 217-494-2939 or Sheri Glynn, 217-971-3137.

November 18
Arthur 3rd Saturday Bazaar (9:00am - 4:00pm; Moultrie Douglas County Fairgrounds)
Arthur 3rd Saturday Bazaar is hosting the Vendor Blender and would like you to come celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with us in Arthur at the Moultrie Douglas County Fairgrounds, 9 am – 4 pm. We have 50+ vendors to help you with your Christmas shopping. We will have the following items, crafts, handmade jewelry, purses, cookware,. handbags, hand painted items, baked goods, spices, apparel, food vendors, and so much more. So, come and bring the whole family. Have your picture taken with Buddy the Elf, Olaf, Dasher the Reindeer, at Arthur's 3rd Saturday Bazaar Blender. Arthur's Annual Downtown Christmas Celebration will be going on this day also. Come spend the day Shopping and enjoy all the special activities, Amish buggy rides, a lighted parade in the evening and even a visit from Santa. Hope to see you! For more information or vendor inquiry, contact: Dawn Verci (309)253-6245

November 18
16th Annual Mansfield Winter Fest (8:30am - 3:00pm; MANSFIELD)
Join us for a fun-filled day! We will have FREE carriage rides and pictures with Santa! With over 30 vendors (from season décor to baked goods) we will have every craft vendor here for you! Coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, breakfast and lunch will be provided by our food vendors! Local village shops will also be open to help with your Christmas list! Brochures and maps will be available day of event! For more information: aozee227@gmail.com

November 18
Todd Anthony Dulaney Concert (5:30pm; Union Baptist Church, 1405 Monroe St., SPRINGFIELD)
Purchase tickets online @ Eventbrite http.//www.eventbright.com/ “A Night of Worship with Todd Dulaney”
Todd Anthony Dulaney is an American gospel musician, singer, and former baseball player. A Night of Worship of gospel music in song, an unforgettable gospel performance that you'll enjoy.
For more info: Randy Cole 217-381-7099 | rcole20022002@yahoo.com

November 18
Springfield Model Railroad Club Open House (12:00 - 4:00pm; Washinton Park Pavilion, SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Railroad Society, Inc. will host an open house Saturday November 18, 2017 from Noon to 4:00PM at our club location in the Washington Park Pavilion. Come watch passenger and freight trains make their way around the 4-scale mile layout representing the Joliet to Brooklyn Illinois route. There is no admission fee but donations are appreciated.

November 18
Dream Center Bazaar (9:00am - 3:00pm; Jacksonville Dream Center Foundation, 210 W College, JACKSONVILLE)
We will be holding a Bazaar. We will be inside and limited to first 12 pre-registered vendors. $20 per booth. www.dreamcenteril.org Call 217-473-1303 or email Jacksonvilledreamcenter@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

November 18 - 26
Memorial’s 28th annual Festival of Trees (Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 artistically decorated trees and wreaths; silent auctions for one-of-a-kind centerpieces and imaginative hand-crafted Gingerbread Village structures; 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, visit MemorialsFestivalofTrees.com or call 217-788-4301.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. For festival hours: https://www.memorialmedical.com/memorial-medical-center-foundation/events/festival-of-trees/about-festival/hours-admission
On Employee Appreciation Day, Sunday, Nov. 19, all Memorial Health System employees who bring their badge receive free admission to the Festival of Trees. Memorial Medical Center's Employee of the Year presentation takes place at 2 p.m. on the Entertainment Stage.
On Senior Day, Tuesday, Nov. 21, admission is $3 for adults 65 years old and older.

November 19
Heads Up Group {for individuals with traumatic brain injuries} Annual chili potluck (1:00pm - 3:00pm; SPRINGFIELD)
Bring your favorite side dish to go with chili! Please RSVP to Dave Munroe at 217-523-2587 no later than Monday, November 13 at 5:00pm. Call Dave for more information.

November 19
Tailgate Benefit for Tristan Reavis (12:00 - 5:00pm; Riverton Knights of Columbus, 335 S 4th St., RIVERTON)
$5 suggested donation per person. Food provided. Basket auction. Bradley DJ SErvice will spin the tunes. For more information, or to donate, contact Tracy Rutter 217-971-6377 or Christy Pryer 217-741-2751
Tristan was diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy twelve years ago. In 2011 he received a kidney from his father. The donated kidney has now failed and he is back on the kidney donor list. He now has end stage renal disease. He is unable to work at this time. Tristan has been a Riverton resident for 20 years along with his wife Melissa and their 4 children.

November 20
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Fall Concert (7:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts’ LRS Theatre)
$10 for adults, $5 for students, free for children 12 and under. svys.svco@gmail.com

November 20
Lake Land College Library Tour (2:00 - 4:00pm, Sullivan Public Library, 2 W. Water St., SULLIVAN)
A Lake Land College Representative will be visiting local libraries on a regular basis to meet with people interested in learning more about options available at Lake Land. Third Monday of the month.
Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl, cstrohl@lakelandcollege.edu

November 20
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony presents our Fall Concert (7:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, LRS Theatre, SPRINGFIELD)
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony invites you to attend our Fall Concert featuring Junior Strings, Preparatory Orchestra, and Sinfonia Orchestra! The performance, under the direction of Mrs. Diane Turek and Ms. Jean Tweet, takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 20, in Hoogland Center for the Arts’ LRS Theatre.
Enjoy traditional music such as “Shortning Bread” and “Lightly Row," along with classic symphony favorites like Bizet’s “Farandole” from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2. You will even hear exciting new modern music, including “Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space,” which is a nod to the 1950s “B” monster movies, and an aggressive, high energy piece called “Antagonist.” We hope to see you there!
Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the Hoogland Center for the Arts' box office at 217-523-2787. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children 12 and under.

November 21
Lake Land College Library Tour (2:00 - 4:00pm, Shelbyville Public Library, 154 N. Broadway St., SHELBYVILLE)
A Lake Land College Representative will be visiting local libraries on a regular basis to meet with people interested in learning more about options available at Lake Land. Third Tuesday of the month.
Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl, cstrohl@lakelandcollege.edu

November 21
The Secrets of Historic Trees (5:30pm; Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 South Seventh St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public. Two internationally prominent researchers, Glen Freimuth, Ph.D., an anthropologist from Rochester, and Guy Sternberg, an arborist from Petersburg, will explain how trees can tell a lot about the people who passed under their natural umbrella and the communities that grew around them. They will detail their research stemming from samples taken from two trees at the Lincoln Home National Park Service in Springfield, and two at the Illinois Executive Mansion that provide clues to what was on the site when Lincoln lived there and when the trees at the mansion were planted. Their findings are part of a project, partially funded by a grant from the Sangamon County Historical Society. For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at www.sangamonhistory.org or 217-525-1961.

November 23
2017 Oakwood Area Food Pantry Turkey Trot (Ironwood Pavilion, Kickapoo Sate Park)
The Oakwood Area Food Pantry would like to encourage your family to start a new tradition this Thanksgiving! How many times have you thought about doing something charitable or active before overindulging in a holiday meal? Now is your chance to do just that by participating in the 4th annual Oakwood Area Food Pantry Turkey Trot. It will be a 5K course... for those of you who are not runners that is 3.1 miles. Come dressed festive and get your trot on!!
8am- Race packet pickups & Race Day Registration
9am- 5K Race Starts
10am- Awards
Tickets can be purchased at www.feedoakwood.myevent.com

November 24
Fun Frosty Friday (10:00am - 2:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 9112 N. Sixth St., SPRINGFIELD)
This is a free family event! Fun Frosty Friday is a free family event that features a roaming magician, face painting, balloon artist, Life Size Candy Land Adventure, Hot Cocoa bar, Civil War Tech, an Art Center, Prize Wheel, Barrel Train and more! Santa will be making an appearance as well! Fun Frosty Friday will be at the Presidential Library, Museum and (if weather permitting) Union Square Park. For more info visit: https://www.illinois.gov/alplm/museum/Pages/Fun-Frosty-Friday.aspx or call 217-558-8844

November 24
LIVE Reindeer at SCHEELS! (11:00am - 6:00pm; SCHEELS, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
All ages welcome. Morning Star Productions bring LIVE Reindeer to SCHEELS! http://experience.scheels.com/event/live-reindeer-scheels/
Come see Santa’s Reindeer before they are called back to the North Pole! You don’t want to miss this popular event! LIVE Indoor Reindeer Viewing | *Complimentary Viewing with Photos available for purchase. ($20 for 1-8×10 or 2 – 5×7)

November 24, 25
2017 Heritage and Holly Historical Home Tour (4:00 - 8:00pm, noon to 6:00pm; DECATUR)
Tickets are on sale for the Annual Heritage and Holly Historical Home Tour, in Decatur, Illinois. The 2017 event will be held the weekend after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 24, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday the 25th, from noon to 6:00 p.m.
All Things Beautiful, 219 N. Main Street | Dove, 302 S. Union Street and 788 E. Clay Street | Land of Lincoln Credit Union, 4850 Prosperity Place, 3130 E. Mound Road, 2890 N. Oakland Ave., 151 N. 22nd Street and 1435 N. Water Street | Novel Ideas, 480 E. Main Street | Wildflour Artisan Bakery, 256 W. Main Street (who can accept Debit/Credit cards) | To link to the online site, visit the Volunteer page on www.doveinc.org
First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 250 W. Decatur, is the first stop of the tour and a $20 day-of-event ticket can be purchased there. The tour will feature eight stops, decorated for the Holiday Season in the Historic West End of Decatur.

November 24 - February 11, 2018
"Toy Box: Inspiration Through Play" (Illinois State Museum, Second Floor Gallery, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Illinois is home to classic toys such as Radio Flyer, Lincoln Logs and TinkerToys. These, like all toys serve as templates to the imagination for children at both social and cognitive levels of development. For adults, toys are vessels for memory that contain identity, activity, and comfort. For many working artists today, a toy represents a creative opportunity to transform the object into an experience that transcends nostalgia and represents an act of discovery. The artwork featured in this exhibition comes directly from artists working across Illinois. The historic objects presented are highlights from the Illinois State Museum collections. Combined, they seek to merge the joyous occasion of imagination during play with the nurtured discipline of creating a work of art.
Participating artists include: Ava Grey Design, David Bower, Jan Brandt, Larry Brogan, Mac Blackout, Mary Carnahan, Pattie Chalmers, Kevin Coffey, Christopher Cosnowski, Stacy Lee Gee, Tytia Habing, John Kurtz, Ralph Kyyloe, Jane Labowitch,Sterling Lawrence, Joseph Milosevich, Stuart Pearson, Michael Rea, Robin Monique Rios, Jessica Segal, John Siblik, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Benjamin Stone, Frank Trankina, Ivan Vazquez, Betsy Youngquist.
Objects from the vaults of the ISM Illinois Legacy Collection will also be featured. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan, events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.
The Illinois State Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm and Sunday from 12 noon until 4:30 pm. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; Free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, veterans. The Museum is located at 502 S. Spring Street in Springfield.

November 25
Christmas at Sugar Creek Vendor Fair (10:00am - 3:00pm; Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 1022 New City Road, CHATHAM)
60 vendors | Lunch items, bake sale, used book sale | One-stop shopping for all your Christmas needs. | Free admission | Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. Call for more information: 217-725-4359

November 25 - December 23
Downtown Holiday Walks (5:00pm - 8:00pm; Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
Saturdays and Wednesday evenings from 5-8 from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23. Support Springfield's economy by gift giving from downtown's sweetly curated and one-of-a-kind shops. Plus Santa, horse-drawn carriage, History Comes Alive and more. More information at downtownspringfield.org.

November 25
86th Annual Beaux Arts Ball: The Fleur-de-lis Ball (5:30pm, Crowne Plaza Hotel, SPRINGFIELD)
King Brinton Wilkey, Jr., Queen Taylor Badger and the Royal Court will preside over this year’s Ball. The premiere sponsor of this elegant evening is the Lowery-Muller Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, and will feature the introduction of The Fleur-de-lis Court, dinner, silent and live auctions, a reverse raffle, Jewels on Ice by Denny Jewelers and dancing to the music of Kapital Sound.
The Beaux Arts Ball provides an exciting venue to honor the families and volunteers who generously support the SAA with their time and talents while raising crucial operating funds for the Art Association. Proceeds from the Ball help serve more than 100,000 people in Sangamon County and surrounding communities with high quality art exhibitions, educational outreach programs, classes, special events, lectures and camps. The SAA operates the SAA Collective Gallery at the Hoogland Center for the arts, the Michael Victor II Art Library on the main campus and preserves historic Edwards Place, the oldest home in Springfield. For more information, visit the Springfield Art Association website at www.springfieldart.org.
Tickets for The Fleur-de-lis Ball 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 15, 2017. Tickets for the dancing portion featuring music by Kapital Sound 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!

November 25
Springfield Choral Society: Handel's Messiah (7:30pm; Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 815 South Sixth Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or by calling 217-787-4868 or 217-691-0033.

November 26
FBC Nativity Tour (1:00 - 4:00pm; 1320 Arbor Drive, DECATUR)
Live music | Refreshments | Over 500 nativities displayed | fbcdecatur.com | 217.875.8034

November 28
Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology (2:00 - 7:00pm; 1204 Network Center Blvd., EFFINGHAM)
Join us for Explore Lake Land open house event! New adult students who register for a spring class during one of these events may qualify for one tuition-free class up to three credit hours! Email Chris Strohl at cstrohl@lakelandcollege.edu or call 217-234-5429 for more information.

November 28
Giving Tuesday Envelope Party (10:00am - 2:00pm; Hope Inclusion Café and Play, 3252 Ginger Creek Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Join us on Giving Tuesday for an envelope party to benefit the children and families of Hope! Bring a friend and stop by any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., grab a bite to eat on us while you visit one of our donation stations and see your support in action.

November 28
Organ Donation Informational Session (5:00 - 8:00pm; A. Lincoln Commons, LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
The Lincoln Land Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society will sponsor an information session on organ donation Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 5-8 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons on the Springfield campus. The public is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

Guest speakers will include Karen Kohnke, regional coordinator, organ/tissue donor program, Office of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White; Joe Gardner, LLCC alum who recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of his heart transplant; and Jay Landers, whose son was an organ donor.

November 29
Talk: “Potential History of the Archive: The Micro Study of a Macro Institution” by Ariella Azoulay (4:00pm; Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
Part of the CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series
Archives are interwoven with the presence of those who occupy various positions of power, authorizing them to both preserve and expose materials, as well as with the presence of those who come to leaf through those materials. Yet, archives are also sites of “potential history,” unrealized possibility that motivated and directed the actions of various actors in the past, and of a possibility that may become our own and be reactivated to guide our actions. The power and potentiality of archives brings us to the juncture of the macro and micro, large-scale power structures and smaller scale forms of civil relations and being-together that existed, and exist, at any moment in history without being shaped solely let alone exhausted by macro institutions.
This talk will draw on Professor Azoulay’s micro engagement with photographic archives of U.S. slavery and Jim Crow to argue for the civil possibilities within the macro structures and macro histories of regime-made disasters.
The CAS/MillerComm public events series brings to campus people who offer unique cross-disciplinary contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.
This Center for Advanced Study event is hosted by the Department of Communication and the Program in Art History in conjunction with the College of Education, Department of African American Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of English, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, Department of History, Department of Media and Cinema Studies, Department of Philosophy, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Krannert Art Museum, Program in American Indian Studies, Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security, Program in Jewish Culture and Society, School of Art + Design, School of Information Sciences, Spurlock Museum, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

November 29
Recital Series : LLCC Student Honors Recital (7:00pm, Menard Hall, Rm 2250, LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
All LLCC Recital Series performances are free and open to the public.

November 30
Lake Land College Main Campus (2:00 - 7:00pm; 5001 Lake Land Blvd., MATTOON)
Join us for Explore Lake Land open house event! New adult students who register for a spring class during one of these events may qualify for one tuition-free class up to three credit hours! Email Chris Strohl at cstrohl@lakelandcollege.edu or call 217-234-5429 for more information.

November 30
Millikin Community Cello Choir Concert (5:00 - 6:00pm; Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center on Millikin University's campus, DECATUR)
Free and open to the public

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