October 2017 Community Calendar

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October 1
Operation Hometown Santa (10:00am - 3:00pm, 635 Masonic Lodge, 121 E. Main St., ROCHESTER)
This vendor and craft show event is free. Donations are welcome. All money collected from this event will go towards shipping and gifts that are being purchased for military servicemen and woman who are serving our country and are far from home.

Last year a group of friends, family, and Military Moms got together to send presents to an Air Force Squadron in England. Our effort was such a huge success that we learned of other service members who do not receive gifts, and would welcome presents from our hometown also. Purchasing the gifts and paying for shipping is more than our little group of Military Supporters can provide. So we are asking for your help, and trying to have fun also!!! This October we will be hosting our first fundraiser, and all the proceeds will be used to send our men and women serving overseas Christmas gifts!

Please look us up on facebook at Operation Hometown Santa:

October 2 - October 31
Rochester School District's 2017 Annual Coat Drive (40 Adloff Lane, Ste 7, SPRINGFIELD)
Local residents may help support this effort by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours from October 2nd, 2017 to October 31, 2017.

October 1 - November 15
The 3rd Terrain Biennial (Enos Park, SPRINGFIELD)
The Terrain Biennial is an international exhibition of site-specific art made for front yards, balconies, and porches. Centered in the historic village of Oak Park, IL, the 2017 Biennial will open on Sunday, October 1st and run until November 15th. This year, the Enos Park neighborhood in Springfield, Illinois will serve as an outpost site for the Terrain Biennial. From October 1st through November 15th, multiple residential sites and vacant lots will present public works of art. A map of all Terrain Biennial locations and the dates of the openings for each neighborhood will be posted to The Terrain Biennial in Enos Park is organized by Allison Lacher and Jeff Robinson. For more information, contact them at

October 1 - December 20
Matter in the Margins: Gwendolyn Brooks at 100 (9:00am - 5:00pm, M-F; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Main Library, Room 346, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
This exhibition showcases the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks (1917–2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Brooks’s papers include youthful poetry and prose, scrapbooks of pieces she published as a young woman, extensive correspondence with a significant roster of other writers, and manuscript drafts and proofs, especially after she left mainstream commercial publishing to produce her works with black-owned presses.Gwendolyn Brooks was an inveterate note-taker and self-chronicler, and the collection is filled with Post-Its, hotel stationery, and other scraps of paper on which she recorded her daily life and current events. She sketched out future plans and recorded meaningful memories in the flyleaves of notebooks and on the backs of photographs, and she interrogated others’ ideas and narratives in the margins of letters she received and books she read. Through these marginal jottings, Brooks destabilized the idea of finality: their presence transforms seemingly finished, self-contained documents into ongoing conversations and works in progress. This exhibition highlights the ways in which Brooks’s annotations bring attention to the margin as a space that matters. Here, the poet worked out the process of becoming, raising important questions about completion,authority, self-fashioning, and memory.Curated by Anna Chen; For more information, visit

Open to the public through November 12
The Big Picture: Large-Scale Paintings from the 70's, 80's and 90's (Illinois State Museum 2nd Floor Gallery, SPRINGFIELD)
Curated by Robert Sill, Interim Director of Art and History; When paintings are larger than life size, as opposed to the domestic intimacy generally found in small-scale works, they can dominate a space; they can be awe-inspiring, epic, imposing, and heroic or even evoke a sense of grandeur. These paintings are especially well-suited to the blank backdrops of large gallery walls. Drawn primarily from the ISM Illinois Legacy Collection, this exhibition is a look back at the variety of creative and innovative ways some of Illinois’ finest painters employed large-scale painting during the last quarter of the 20th century.The Big Picture presents a selection of paintings that explore some of the top stylistic and conceptual approaches to large-scale painting during these three decades featuring both abstract and figurative works. There is an enormous, eight-foot, cartoon-inspired painting by John Spear; a huge, photo-realistic painting of the artist’s studio by Kenneth Holder; and three of the largest paintings done by Chicago Imagists Ed Pashcke, Roger Brown, and Gladys Nillson. Rounding out the roster of artists selected for the exhibition are: Judith Geichman, Jim Lutes, Jerry Foley, Theodore Halkin, Michiko Itatani, Ellen Lanyon, Rosalyn Schwartz, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Ray Yoshida, Harold Gregor, and Chuck Walker.For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan, 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.

October 1
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; Menard Co. Fairgrounds, 18450 Fairgrounds St., PETERSBURG)
$4 per person; 150+ Quality vendors: antiques, vintage, salvage, produce, handmade, up-cycled, re-purposed, art, primitives, pet supplies, boutique, photography, foods, collectibles, architectural, furniture. Wine/craft beer patio. New vendors, please inquire with product info. and pictures at
We have the following community support activities at our event:
1. We are happy to honor our veterans by donating the funds to send FOUR veterans on the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight this fall. A portion of all of our admission proceeds for October 1st will be donated to pay for the entire amount of flight expenses for four veterans.
2. We also are collecting food supplies for the Menard County Food Pantry and anyone bringing donations gets in a drawing for a bazaar T-shirt.
3. The APL Mobile van will also be on-sight for pet adoptions.
Future dates will be for our Winter series Dec 3, Feb 4, and Mar 25 at the IL State Fairgrounds.

October 1
OPEN HOUSE: College of Veterinary Medicine at Illinois (10:00am - 4:00pm; College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., URBANA)
This is a free event offering more than 40 fun and educational exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. There will be lots of animals and animal-related activities for young and old. Among the animals will be cows, horses, dogs, geckos, snakes, bunnies, cats, sheep, goats, and birds of prey.
Visitors can milk a cow and see an “illustrated” horse, painted to reveal where the bones on the inside are. Live demonstrations will include the Illini Service Dogs, horse-shoeing, and dog obedience.
The college’s innovative Clinical Skills Learning Center will be open to showcase the animal mannequins, simulations, and state-of-the-art teaching equipment. This includes a life-sized model horse, which is used to teach skills in imaging, emergency medicine, and other areas. For a list of exhibits and directions, see

October 2Memorial Rehab Services Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, Conference Room B149, SPRINGFIELD) For more info call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300.

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 | |

October 3
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: Nov. 7 and Dec. 5
Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl,

October 3
$5 Breakfast (8:00-11:00am; Springfield Community Federation, 52 Brandon Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy a $5 breakfast in support of the Springfield Community Federation, the community agency in support of community health awareness and improvement! Call 217-572-1667 or 441-3422 for more information.

October 4
Going Batty for Halloween! (10:00am, Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The October preschool program will be themed Going Batty for Halloween! It will be held Wednesday, October 4 at 10 AM at the Westville Public Library. There will be bat themed stories, a craft and refreshments. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun event.

October 4
"Pathfinder: the Last Sentinel" (7:00 - 8:30pm; Auditorium of the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Guy Sternberg will present the story of what probably was the last known Indian Trail Oak in Illinois, as an example of trail marker trees once found throughout much of North America. This heavily illustrated presentation will feature a photographic record of the tree along with the steps needed to determine the likelihood that a bent tree is of aboriginal anthropogenic origin.
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 at or (217) 558-6696.

October 4
Men of Vision & Iron-Fisted Control: U of I Deans of Men Thomas Arkle Clark & Fred Turner, 1901-1967 (University Archives Sesquicentennial Speaker Series) (7:00 - 8:30pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Archives, Main Library, Room 146, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Professor Robert Schwartz explores stories of class rivalries and hijinks, student espionage, and the Deans who shaped student life at the University of Illinois from 1901 to 1967 and beyond. For more information, visit

October 4
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The feature will be a classic featuring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. The plot features a radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant, and an heiress investigating the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba. Join us for a fun filled scare. Please call the library at 267-3170 or stop in the library at 233 S. State to reserve your seat

October 4
14th Annual Multicultural Fest (10:00am - 2:00pm; outside A. Lincoln Commons on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
The annual Multicultural Fest on the Springfield campus showcases various cultures with ethnic food, entertainment and cultural exhibits.

  • Local restaurants are offering free samples of ethnic food at the event. Restaurants serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. include Clay’s Popeye’s Bar-B-Q, Flavor of India, Hunan Chinese Restaurant, Boccardi's Italian Imports, AZ-T-CA Mexican Grill and Nickey’s Place.
  • Entertainment includes a dance performance by LLCC Dance Club: Express Your Seoul, Zach Fedor from the LLCC Jazz Club on guitar and DJ Yinka who will cover music from various regions of the world such as Latin America, Asia and Africa.
  • Those providing cultural exhibits are Sol Peru, Springfield Baha’i Center, Sokol Polish Folk Dancers, Lotus Fire Belly Dancers, Indian Association of Greater Springfield, Ann Jonz, Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Registry, Mobilelink Cricket Wireless, Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County, Springfield Bonzai Society, Sister Cities Association, Springfield Commission on International Visitors and others. LLCC clubs and departments participating include the LLCC Arts & Humanities Department, Logger Activities Board, Hablamos, Agriculture Club, Gay Straight Alliance and Feminist Activist Coalition.
  • In addition to the festivities taking place on the Springfield campus, LLCC Outreach Centers will also hold events:
  • LLCC-Beardstown, 109 White Pine Ln. – Wednesday, Oct. 4, noon -- Entertainment includes an African drum presentation and dance. The event will also feature a native dress fashion show. Cultural food served will include African, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic, Irish and Italian cuisines. LLCC students will provide flags of their country to add to a banner.
  • LLCC-Litchfield, 1 Lincoln Land Dr. – Tuesday, Oct. 10, noon-1 p.m.
  • LLCC-Taylorville, 800 S. Spresser – Wednesday, Oct. 11, noon-1 p.m.
  • LLCC-Jacksonville, 32 N. Central Park Plaza – Thursday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

At each of these events, entertainment includes DJ Yinka who will showcase music from around the world. An artist will provide henna painting. Students will participate in cultural arts and crafts. Food from various cultures will be served.

October 5
Our Vibrant Community: Color with Friends (Engrained Brewing Company, 1120 W Lincolnshire Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Designs by local artists, $5
Email to register or purchase tickets here by entering the price and event in the note.

October 5
Free Seminar: Estate Planning (9:00 - 11:30am; Trutter Center at LLCC-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Lincoln Land Community College Foundation is presenting a free seminar on estate planning, “If there’s a will … it’s your way!” The event is for people of all ages seeking guidance on how to get estate planning started or adjusted to meet their current needs. The seminar features three local estate planning specialists presenting information on three general areas of estate matters.
Hugh Drake, partner with Brown, Hay & Stephens, will be discussing the passing of property to heirs, how to avoid probate and will and revocable living trusts.
Jennifer Stice, vice president, senior trust officer and certified trust and financial advisor at Town and Country Bank of Springfield, will share insights on making charitable bequests and the tax and financial advantages they have.
Ellen Bruce, partner with Sgro, Hanrahan, Durr, Rabin & Bruce, will address durable powers of attorney for finance, healthcare and guardianship.
Reservations for the event are requested but not required. For more information, call 217-786-2785, email or visit

October 6
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
Future Dates: Nov 3, Dec 1 2017 | Jan 5, Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 16 2018

October 6
Sangamon Watercolor Society Opening Reception (5:30 - 7:30pm; SAA Main Campus, 700 N. 4th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Contact: 217-523-2631 See the work of local watercolor artists in the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery. Enjoy light refreshments and chatting with many of the artists, who will be present. Contact: 217-523-2631 (The exhibition will be on display through October 20th)

October 6
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: Ruckas
More information: 217-789-4725

October 6, 7
Extreme Haunted Hayrides & Zombie Paintball in Riverside Park (6:00pm; 4700 N. Peoria Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Travel along the river deep into the woods in a hayrack wagon pulled by a Hearse. Scenes of horror along the way. So Scary You”ll Have Nightmares For Weeks! Zombie Paintball Rides: Load a custom double decker Paintball trailer, travel along the river deep into the woods and shoot live characters as well as targets. Paintballs are like tracers glowing in the black lights. You shoot the Zombies, They DO NOT shoot you! Every Friday & Saturday Night Starting September 29 through October 28, 2017. Gates open 6pm. Rides Start 7pm. Tickets sold till 11pm. Concessions, Bonfire, DJ Nightly. Cash Only Event-No Refunds. Ride at your own risk. To date this event has donated thousands to charity. We Thank You! Ticket prices: Hayrides $15. Paintball Rides $20. Combo $30. Express $20. Outdoor event-Weather permitting.
Located at 4700 N. Peoria Road Springfield, Illinois 62707 Just 2 blocks North of Dirksen Pkw. Off Peoria Road Turn West into Riverside Park. Find The Light!

October 6-8
DASK (Divorced And Separated Koinonia) weekend (Villa Maria Retreat Center, 1903 East Lake Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Koinonia is a Greek word that means Community. This weekend is not a seminar, not a social gathering, nor is it counseling. IT is a time to retreat, to reflect, and to heal. The weekend follows Catholic rites and traditions, but is open to people of all faiths and beliefs. DASK is a very supportive weekend environment, as everyone, including the team presenting the retreat, is or has been divorced or separated. This retreat consists of talks, discussions and Liturgical celebrations, as well as time for fun and relaxation. The retreat team will include a priest as spiritual director, and Catholic men and women who have experienced separation or divorce. Each DASK weekend begins with supper Friday evening at 5:00 PM and ends Sunday mid-afternoon. Sunday Mass will be celebrated. The cost is $110.00, which covers a shared room, board and materials; private rooms extra if available. A $50.00 deposit is required with the registration form. The remaining $60.00 is due the first day of the retreat weekend, at check-in. askkoinonia/ and website, Or email: For information on financial assistance, please call Carlos Tejeda Office for Marriage & Family Life in Springfield (217) 698-8500 x132

October 6-8
Holiday Craft Sale (9:00am; 5889 Grigsby Lane, SALISBURY)
Fri: 9 am to 6 pm Sat. & Sun 9 am to 4 pm; just off route 97, south end of town. Contact Helen Carson at 626-1738

October 6 - 8
34th Annual Youth Charity Horse Show (8:00am; Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum, SPRINGFIELD)
Class sessions beginning at 8 a.m. and running through approximately 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and is free and open to the public. The Youth Charity Horse Show, an all-volunteer organization whose mission is Kids Helping Kids, has donated its annual proceeds to an area charity and has brought riders aged 18 and under together for a fun-filled weekend of competitive showmanship and comradery since 1983. To date, the Youth Charity Horse show has donated thousands of dollars to Springfield and Central Illinois charities. This year’s charity is the Central Illinois Riding Therapy program located in Peoria, Ill., a non-profit organization that offers horseback riding lessons to people with physical, emotional, mental and/or social difficulties. For more information about the Youth Charity Horse Show log on to the Youth Show’s Web site at

October 7
A Very Harry Halloween program (10:00am, Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE) This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book. We invite children 8 and up to celebrate Harry with us on October 7 at 10 AM. There will be Harry Potter themed activities, games and refreshments. Please call the library at 267-3170 or stop in at 233 S. State Street to register to attend this event.

October 7
Art Z Studio: Grand Opening Celebration (10:00am - 9:00pm; Art Z Studio, White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
Fine art gallery location on the upper level of White Oaks Mall across from American Eagle Outfitters. Activities include: Pop Up Art Vendors | Door PRizes | Free Gift Bags to first 50 Adults | Artist Demos | Live Jazz and Blues 7-9pm

October 7
Kamp Kaleidoscope Glows Family Fun Walk (6:00pm; Southwind Park, 4964 S. 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
$25 registration fee- Includes T-shirt (if registered by 9/22/17), glow goodie bag including glow sticks.
**Registrations will be accepted at the walk but no t-shirt guaranteed**
Registration starts @6:00pm | Walk starts @7:30pm | Marked course will be 1.5 miles
Questions or needing a registration form please call Tabitha 217-793-2100 x125 or

October 7
Annual Chili Cook-off Fundraiser (12:00pm - 5:00pm; 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$7 donation includes choice of chili or soup. There will also be a silent auction and 50/50 drawing. Call 691-9156 for more information. Hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 534October 7Weaving & Spinning Demonstrations (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, SPRINGFIELD) Free with admission to Museum; Admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64. Free for Members, youth, seniors, military, veteransIn recognition of National Spinning and Weaving week, members of the Prairie Weavers Guild will demonstrate various methods of spinning and weaving at the Illinois State Museum. Guild members will be spinning wool, with examples of various kinds of yarn, and cotton from seed to thread. Visitors will be able to observe loom weaving on table, rigid heddle, inkle and potholder looms.For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan, or (217) 558-6696 or (217) 782-7386.

October 7
Mutt Strut (11:00am - 2:00pm; Jacksonville PetSafe Dog Park, 894 E. Vandalia, JACKSONVILLE)
Join in a fest and walk at Jacksonville's off-leash dog park. Free to join in the vendor fair, Luau Grill food truck, 50/50 raffle, pet costume contest, and more. Or $25 registration for dog walk to Charlie's 19th Hole and back through Nichols Park. Register at before 9/24 to get event t-shirt, doggy bandanna, and doggy towel. Registration available day of the event starting 9am (no shirt). Printed forms are available at Pet Supplies Plus. PHONE: 217-245-4178
This is a fundraiser of the Bark Park Initiative of the Jacksonville Park Foundation, with proceeds going for add-ons to the city's PetSafe Dog Park. More details at our Facebook event, or go to

October 7
3rd Annual European Style Harvest Market (9:00am - 3:00pm; Historic Downton Hillsboro around the Lincoln Plaza, HILLSBORO)
There will be vintage and handmade craft vendors , produce, and food items, children's activities, live entertainment. We will also be hosting a scarecrow making contest and Chili-Cook Off. Wristbands to taste Chili will be $5. Event information and registration forms can be found on the Imagine Hillsboro Facebook page.

October 7
16th Annual Pumpkin Festival (5:00 - 8:00pm; Springfield First Church of the Nazarene: Family Life Center, 5200 S 6th St Frontage Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Bring your entire family to our 16th Annual Pumpkin Fest! It's FREE & open to the public! A bake sale; cake walk; free food; games; inflatable bounce house & slide; and there's even hay rack rides for the kids! You'll also love the decorated pumpkin auction; face painting; and, of course, pumpkin sales! Rain OR Shine-- Any donated proceeds goes to Kids programs and camps. Information available on Facebook at & Twitter. Web address:
The Church Office phone # 217-529-6771

October 7
10th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk: Henson Robinson Zoo (7:00am - 12:00pm; Henson Robinson Zoo, SPRINGFIELD)
Hosted and led by photographer and businessmen Bob Fox. This walk will provide opportunities to photograph historical architectural items, scenic views of water and Prairie Grass Field with native wildflowers, wild animals and water foul in there natural habitat as well as exhibits of animals, birds and reptiles in the in Henson Robinson Zoo.

The walk will begin in the parking lot of the Henson Robinson Zoo and proceeding West across the historical Vachel Lindsay Bridge to one of the few Prairie Grass fields planted with native wildflowers. This short walk for Provide an opportunity for taking pictures of wild White Tail Deer that has been overtaking the area in recent years. The walk will continue back across the bridge to a boat launch ramp that will provide views of the arches and other architectural features of the historical bridge from a lake level prospective. The walk will continue East along the shoreline with opportunities for shooting pictures of waterfowl, birds, squirrels and possibly other small animals. Cross over E. Lake Shore Dr. and enter the zoo. The walk will end at noon at which time we will cross the East Lake Shore Drive to the lake park shelter #5 for an optional catered picnic lunch for $7.00. Walkers may bring their own sack lunch should they wish.

October 7
10th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk: Salem Candlelight Walk (7:00 - 9:00pm; Salem)
This is going to be a much different kind of photowalk because along with the village, the park will be holding it’s annual Candlelight Tour which begins 7:00pm and ends at 9:00pm. Here is the description from the website: October 6, 7 &8, 2017: 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Candlelight Tour. The Candlelight Tour Walk offers the ONLY opportunity to see the village at night. Period clothed interpreters will be inside many of the log homes and shops in the village to talk about life in 19th century Illinois. Gingerbread and cider will be served in the Rutledge Tavern.

We will be meeting at 6:45pm in front of the Visitor’s Center near the entrance to the New Salem State Park Village. Upon entering the village, we will be able to photograph many of the buildings, not only from the outside, but also from the inside as many of them will be opened for the event.
There will be several opportunities to photograph characters in period costumes who will be in several of the buildings and will be more than happy to talk about what life was like for the those who lived in the village and may possibly reenacting some of the various duties that would have been going on at that time of the day.
Since this will be at night-time the buildings will be lit by candlelight and/or fireplaces. So, you should be prepared for taking photos in low-light photography inside the buildings, and for night-time photos outside the buildings.
This would be a great time to get some light painting shots of the village and some of the items sitting around the grounds, such as the covered wagon and wagon wheels, so make sure to bring at least 1 good flashlight with you and be prepared with a jacket if the weather prediction is calling for cooler weather that evening. A tripod may be handy outside the buildings, but probably will not be desireable inside of them as there will not be a lot of room to set them up. A monopod would probably be a better option, if you have one available.
If you have any questions, please contact me at This is Vicki’s email, but it will get a faster response to your questions than the one listed on our walk site.

For information on another Springfield photo walk, visit this website:

October 7
Coat The Community (9:00am - 12:00pm; Keller Williams Realty Office, 2441 Villiage Green Place, CHAMPAIGN)
Coat The Community Clean, gently used, winter coats (new coats would be great also!) are needed for the 14th Annual "Coat The Community" coat drive. Donations will be accepted Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at Keller Williams Realty Office (at Windsor at the Crossing).Children's coats are especially needed. The Salvation Army will assist in the free distribution of the coats to local families in need. Over the past 13 years we have collected over 8000 coats! Enter the drawing for free gift cards when you donate. Go to for more information. Hosted by The Scott Bechtel Group, Keller Williams Realty, The Real Estate Center of Illinois. 217.239.7111 | | | Facebook Event

October 7
Sangamon County Rescue Squad Chili Supper (1:00 - 7:00pm; Lake Springfield Beach House,
101 Long Bay Drive, SPRINGFIELD) Adults $7 and Child 12 & Under $3, Hot Dogs $1 extra
Come and enjoy chili (all you can eat), dessert and drink! Benefits Sangamon County Rescue Squad. Call 217-414-0129 for more information.

October 7
Susan Dana Antique and Art Fair (10:00am - 4:00pm; Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
On the lawn behind the cottages on Lawrence, across from the Dana-Thomas House. Refreshments available. For more information: 782-6776

October 7
Hoosier Ditty Band (7:00pm; 324 E. Main St., HOOPESTON)
General Admission: $15.00 per person; Opening Band: Chain Breakers. This event is being sponsored by the non-profit Save the Lorraine Foundation, Hoopeston, IL and proceeds will go toward the ongoing restoration of the historic Lorraine Theatre.

October 7
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 .

October 7
Pumpkinpalooza Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64. Free for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans.
Ninety-five percent of pumpkins processed in the United States are grown in Illinois. Learn more about this amazing crop through games, activities and crafts.
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 events@illinoisstatemuseum.orgor (217) 558-6696.

October 7
Greenview – Town Wide Garage/Yard Sale (8:00am - 1:00pm; GREENVIEW)
Maps will be available at Casey’s Starting Friday, September 30, 2017. Call Jennifer Heyen 217-502-0040 with questions.

October 7
6 x 6 inch Exhibition and Raffle (5:00 - 8:30pm; 420 S. 6th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
$10.00 provides you entrance, 2 raffle tickets and food. Explore a wall filled with stunning miniature artworks created by local artists from Sept.20 - October 7. Artists of all ages, skill levels, and media were invited to create work on 6 x 6 inch canvases. Play games, enjoy food, live music and a cash bar while taking your chance at winning the 6 x 6 art you love most. 2 raffle tickets are included in your entrance fee. More raffle tickets are available for purchase: 2 for $5, 5 for $10, or 11 for $20.00. Contacts: 217-544-2787;;

October 7
Season’s End Cookout, Music, and Stargazing (5:30pm; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, Large pavilion, DECATUR)
Free; Help us end another season with a celebration of good friends, good music, and the wonders of the universe. Hot dogs are free/bring a dish for the potluck. For more information contact: Jeff Tish - | Melody Arnold - | or call 423-7708 | Find us on Facebook.

October 7, 8
29th Annual Magic Weekend (10:00am - 6:00pm; 12:00pm - 4:00pm | 101 E University Ave, CHAMPAIGN)
• Magic Weekend is a free event designed for the family. We have LIVE magic performances, featuring our very own founder - Andy Dallas! Specific times for magic shows are TBD, and will be released on our social media platforms, so be sure to follow us! Join us for our 29th year of our most magical weekend! • Facebook:

Otober 7, 8
38th Annual Octoberfest (STAUNTON)
Saturday begins with annual 5K run (8:00am registration, race at 9:00am) Auction begins at 10:30am, includes a wide variety of sports memerobilia as well as unique and practical items and services. Besides the large variety of booths and games, Professor Longhair will perform magic shows and balloon sculptures and face painting and laser tag. Performance by "BORDERLINE on Saturday 7:00pm. Sunday will will begin with 10:00am Polka Mass, cornhole bags tournament, pet blessing, chicken dinner. Call 618-635-3140 for more information.

October 8
Recital Series : JACK’d with Jason Waddell, Aaron Gosnell, Chris Gunn, Kevin Carman (4:00pm, Trutter Center, LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
All LLCC Recital Series performances are free and open to the public.

October 8
LLCC Recital Series: JACK'd (4:00pm; Trutter Center on the LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
JACK’d is comprised of Jason Waddell, LLCC professor of music, on bass guitar and vocals; Aaron Gosnell, tenor sax, wind controller and vocals; Chris Gunn, drumset and Kevin Carman, guitar.
Music performed will include standards from the 40s to today, with styles of jazz, blues, pop, swing and funk. From "Satin Doll" to "Waiting on the World to Change," the performers hope to spread their love of music to all.
JACK'd members all have a Taylorville connection. Waddell was born and raised in Taylorville; Gunn is band director at Taylorville High School; Waddell, Gosnell and Carman all graduated from Taylorville High School.
All LLCC Recital Series performances are free and open to the public.

October 8
Ride in Honor (12:00pm; Staab Funeral Home, 1109 S 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Be a part of the 5th Annual Ride in Honor! Riders will meet at Noon at Staab Funeral Home, 1109 S. Fifth Street, Springfield, IL and the ride gets underway at 1:00 pm. Stops will include Spaulding Veterans Memorial, Camp Butler National Cemetery, Veterans Memorials at Oak Ridge Cemetery and New Berlin Area Veterans Memorial. The final stop will be Danenberger Family Vineyards in New Berlin. Bikes, cars and trucks are all welcome to support our Veterans in Honor. Proceeds benefit the construction of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Oak Ridge Cemetery. $10 for riders, $5 for co riders; More information at

October 10
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: Nov. 14 and Dec. 12
Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl,

October 10
Lunch & LEarn: Estate Planning (11:30 - 1:30; Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 524 E. Lawrence, SPRINGFIELD)
Free lunch and information including: Do I need a will? | How do I create a will? | Common misconceptions about wills | What happens if I don't leave a will? | And much more! RSVP required: or call 217-321-8304

October 10
Picturing the Law: Visual Culture and Legal Publishing (3:00 - 5:00pm; : The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Main Library, Room 346, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Featuring: Michael Widener, Rare Book Librarian, from the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School“Illustrated law books” may seem like an oxymoron. After all, law is conceptual, analytic, and—wordy. Yet the object of law is human life, and its practitioners mediate between abstract rules and the real world of people and things. This tension has given rise to a surprising figurative impulse in legal literature—to law’s picture books.

Rare book librarian Michael Widener has sought over the past decade to develop an extraordinary collection of these illustrated law books at the Yale Law School. A major exhibition of the collection, entitled “Law’s Picture Books,” is currently on display at the Grolier Club in New York City and an exhibit catalog is widely available. As a collector based in a university, Mike’s goal has been to foster curiosity and experiment. Over the past decade, he has created a unique resource for researchers in a variety of academic fields, exposing a tradition many bibliophiles—and lawyers—are unaware of.

In his talk, Michael Widener will discuss the exhibition and explore the tradition of illustrating the law in books from the Middle Ages to the present day. These books were published for many audiences, including legal professionals, law students, and lay readers; functionally, they served to symbolize, depict, teach, and beautify the law. Special attention will be paid to Italian books in order to highlight the University of Illinois’ incredible holdings of Italian imprints in the Cavagna Collection in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Mike Widener has been the Rare Book Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, since 2006. He is also on the faculty of the Rare Book School, University of Virginia, where he has taught the course “Law Books: History and Connoisseurship” since 2010. For more information, visit Contact: Eva Miller,, 217-333-3174

October 10
Information Italy Trip Meeting (5:00pm; Bistro Verde, Workforce Careers Center on LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
The Lincoln Land Community College Culinary Arts department is planning a two-week, culinary-focused trip to Italy May 27-June 10, 2018, which is open to students and the community. The trip, in conjunction with Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy, will travel to three areas: the Marche region, nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea; the food valley area of Modena and Parma, located in the Emilia-Romagna region and known for prosciutto, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese; and finally the city of Rome, the capital of Italy.
While there, various classes will be held in Italian language, culture and culinary heritage and tradition of Italy. This culinary immersion will also include meeting with culinary experts, local wine and food producers, restaurant owners and culinary entrepreneurs. Excursions to destinations with high artistic interest and natural beauty around Italy will provide a well-rounded perspective of Italian life and culture.
Interested individuals unable to attend the informational meeting may contact Nancy Sweet, director of LLCC culinary operations and programs, at 217-649-0798 or

October 11
Our Vibrant Community: Paint Frida Kahlo Sugar Skull (7:30 - 9:00pm; Track Shack Restaurant, 233 E Laurel St., SPRINGFIELD)
Come celebrate the culture and style of renowned modernistic Mexican artist, the late Frida Kahlo. Canavas, supplies, and instruction provided for $25. Will have a themed movie on, puffy and glow in the dark paint.
Email to register or purchase tickets here by entering the price and event in the note.

October 11
A Very Special Afternoon with Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. (4:00 - 6:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, Room 220 & 246, Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Please join the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library on Oct. 11 from 4 to 6PM for an Open House made very special by the presence of famed printer Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.
From 4 to 5PM, the esteemed printer will do a Q&A with the audience in Room 220 of the Main Library; a special exhibit of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library's Kennedy holdings will also be on view in the space. Then, from 5 to 6PM, our guests will move with us to Room 246 to make keepsake prints (while materials last); enjoy toothsome refreshments; enjoy the genial atmosphere of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library; and purchase, if they wish, their own Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. prints.
Kennedy is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's top-ranked Printmaking MFA program. He is the subject of the documentary Proceed and Be Bold! This event is free and open to the public!
History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library: Contact: Courtney Becks,, 217-333-1509

October 12
Indulge at White Oaks Mall (6:00 - 8:00pm; White Oaks Mall, 2501 Wabash Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
In partnership with Susan G. Komen, White Oaks Mall will be hosting ‘Indulge’ on Thursday, October 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Center Court & Macy’s wing. At this event, guests can indulge in refreshments, treats, music and pink fashion with the women of Springfield and Susan G. Komen local affiliates. The fun-packed evening will also include a Michael Kors purse giveaway, swag bags and a fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors. Call for more information: (312) 470-0821

October 12
Music at the Museum Series: Bucky Halker (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12The Illinois State Museum October Music at the Museum performance will feature labor music historian and songwriter Bucky Halker and will include the songs of Woody Guthrie, Illinois Labor Songs and a few of Bucky's own original tunes.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 The Museum is located at 502 S. Spring Street in Spring field. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan, or (217) 558-6696 or (217) 782-7386.

October 13
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: Danhle Frankie
More information: 217-789-4725

October 13
Night At The Museum Scavenger Hunt (8:00 - 10:00pm; Christian County Historical Society and Museum, 300 Abe's Way, TAYLORVILLE)
The Christian County Historical Society & Museum is hosting a Night At The Museum Scavenger Hunt for Junior High and High School aged youth. Call now to register for the Scavenger Hunt and wiener roast that will be held on Friday the 13th from 8pm -10pm on the grounds of the historical society in Taylorville. Prizes will be given to the winning team. Night At The Museum t-shirts and memorabilia will be for sale in the Gift Shop. Teens will enjoy searching for the scavenger hunt items in the historical buildings. Each building will have a museum volunteer chaperoning and plenty of items to search for. Come learn more about history during this fun filled historical scavenger hunt. Can’t make this date, schedule your own Night At The Museum Scavenger Hunt for your Youth Group, Civic Group, Sorority, or other group. Call and leave a message at 217-824-6922 or email

October 13
CONCERT: "Triumphant Quartet" (7:00pm; First Christian Church, 210 S. 8th Street, PETERSBURG)
No tickets are needed and there is no admission fee. A free will offering will be received. For more info call 217-632-2533.

October 13, 14
SSHS 50th Year Homecoming Celebration (Southeast High SChool, SPRINGFIELD)
Friday, October 13th, 2017 Homecoming Game: $5 admission | 6:30 pre-game | alumni band, choir, poms and cheer honoring first class of 1968 7:00 p.m. game; Saturday, October 14th, 2017 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Celebration activities at Southeast High School
Taste of Southeast food trucks and tents | Honoring of past principals | Tours of the school with historical memorabilia | Decade tents | Interactive memorial for our fallen Spartans | Children's activities and dunk tank

October 13
17th Annual Fall Gayla Dinner and Auction (Erin's Pavilion, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, visit

October 13
Trivia Night (7:00 - 10:00pm, Jacksonville Dream Center Foundation, 210 West College, JACKSOVILLE)
Doors open and food can be purchased starting at 6:00pm. $10 per person or team of 10 for $100. Contact 473-1303 or email

October 13
Glow Yoga4Cats! (6:00pm, Decatur Area Arts Council, 125 North Water Street, DECATUR)
Tickets: $20 Advance ticket purchase recommended. If available, tickets will be $25 at the door. Call the Decatur Area Arts Council to purchase tickets (217) 423-3189 or buy online:
This event benefits Yoga4Cats, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal-related fund raising and fund distribution public charity, based in Decatur, IL.A special Friday the 13th Yoga4Cats event: Join us for an all-levels, glow yoga practice with adoptable cats!
Adrienne Gurley from The Studio Yoga will lead a fun class sure to awaken your inner kitten. Bring your own mat and beverages. Come early to get glowy and to bid on silent auction items. Stay after class for cat cuddling and social hour.
Contact Yoga4Cats to become a pre-approved adopter to take a kitty home with you. Adoptable kittens and cats are available through deCATur Fosters for Forever Home Feline Ranch.
Glow Yoga4Cats! is sponsored by The Studio Yoga.

October 13
An Illini Place: Building the University of Illinois Campus (3:00 - 5:00pm; U of I IDEA Lab, Grainger Engineering Library, 1301 W. Springfield Ave., URBANA)
University Archives Sesquicentennial Speakers Series. Lex Tate and President Emeritus Stanley Ikenberry discuss the new book An Illini Place: Building the University of Illinois Campus. This event will also feature the launch of the new Mapping History at the University of Illinois project. Supported by a gift from Brenda Pacey. For more information, visit

October 13
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (5:00 - 11:00pm; KC Hall, Meadowbrook Rd., SPRNGFIELD)
$10 Admission includes band, food, soda, Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle, merchandise sales, Wine Pull, Booze barrel.
Brian Lawson, 1 of 20 Real Men Wearing Pink, is MAKING STRIDES Against Breast Cancer & American Cancer Society. This event is a way to get donations towards the campaign. Contact Brian Lawson @ 217-741-1728 if you have any questions.

October 13
Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150 Self-Guided Tours (1:30 - 3:00pm; Campbell Gallery, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., SPRINGFIELD)
Come celebrate the people and places of our world through a self-guided tour of the Spurlock Museum. With artifacts and photos, learn about the different voices who have shaped university histories and communities through the museum’s newest exhibit Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150. Docents will be on-hand to assist as you tour the museum. An RSVP is requested but not required.

October 13, 14
Extreme Haunted Hayrides & Zombie Paintball in Riverside Park (6:00pm; 4700 N. Peoria Road, SPRINGFIELD) Travel along the river deep into the woods in a hayrack wagon pulled by a Hearse. Scenes of horror along the way. So Scary You”ll Have Nightmares For Weeks! Zombie Paintball Rides: Load a custom double decker Paintball trailer, travel along the river deep into the woods and shoot live characters as well as targets. Paintballs are like tracers glowing in the black lights. You shoot the Zombies, They DO NOT shoot you! Every Friday & Saturday Night Starting September 29 through October 28, 2017. Gates open 6pm. Rides Start 7pm. Tickets sold till 11pm. Concessions, Bonfire, DJ Nightly. Cash Only Event-No Refunds. Ride at your own risk. To date this event has donated thousands to charity. We Thank You! Ticket prices: Hayrides $15. Paintball Rides $20. Combo $30. Express $20. Outdoor event-Weather permitting.
Located at 4700 N. Peoria Road Springfield, Illinois 62707 Just 2 blocks North of Dirksen Pkw. Off Peoria Road Turn West into Riverside Park. Find The Light!

October 13 - 15
Art in the Park (times vary by day, Lindendale Park, 2005 Park Hill Dr., HIGHLAND)
The Highland Arts Council is set to celebrate world class art in the hometown atmosphere with its 14th annual Art in the Park. The two-day outdoor juried exhibit and sale of works by more than 65 professional artists will be held Oct. 13-15, 2017 at Lindendale Park in Highland, Ill., just 30 miles east of St. Louis.
Free and open to the public, Art in the Park will feature original works in a wide range of art mediums, including: painting, clay, glass, drawing/pastels, fabric/fiber, wood, sculpture, photography, jewelry, graphics/printmaking and mixed media. On Friday Oct. 13, there will be a Preview Party for those who pre-pledge money for artwork. The Preview Party is the only place you can see the art before the general public and get your own money back to spend on art at the show. Phone: 618-558-0054 | Website:
Hours: Friday: 6PM - 9PM | Saturday: 10AM - 6PM | Sunday: 11AM - 4PM

October 13 - 15
Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend (PEORIA)

October 14
Our Vibrant Community: SuperPower Paint and Costume (10:30am 0 12:00pm; Twisted Deli, 330 S. Grand Ave E., SPRINGFIELD)
Put on your favoite superhero/heroine and paint your superpower shield on canvas. We will use a superpower detector and end the party with a free yummy cookie.
Email to register or purchase tickets here by entering the price and event in the note.

October 14
Williamsville 19th Annual Christmas In The Village Craft & Vendor Show (8:00am - 3:00pm; Williamsville Community Cente, 141 West Main & The Old Bank Building, 101 West Main, WILLIAMSVILLE)
Over 30 craft and direct sales booths for your shopping convience. Fall & Christmas gift and decoating ideas. Many unique vendors with specialty items. Cooper's StrEATside Bistro food truck will be there serving breakfast & lunch until 2:00pm Open to the public. FREE admission. Will be accepting new, unwrapped toys for TOYS for TOTS. For more information, call 217-566-3357.

October 14
Introduction to Soft Pastels (9:00am - 4:00pm; SAA Visual Art Center)
This workshop provides the basics of painting with soft pastels, introducing the variety of materials that can be used to create vibrant paintings.
Pastels are extremely versatile and can be used to create anything from landscapes to florals, to portraits and abstracts. Tracey Maras, a member of the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society, is the instructor for this workshop. Contact: 217-523-2631 |

October 14
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

October 14
The 3rd Annual Foddershock Festival (11:00am - 7:00pm; West of Wise Winery, 14096 state Highway 97, PETERSBURG)
Music from 12 to 6 Featuring Brooke Thomas | Capital City Cornhole Tournament | Food from Lane's Farm and Celler | With $5.00 admission you receive a Foddershock glass. Call 217-632-6003 or for more information.

October 14
Benefit for Greg A Winters (1:00 - 4:00pm; Post 32 American Legion Hall, 1120 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Greg has stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Fundraiser to raise money to help with medical bills. 50/50, Silent Auction, Food. Call Jennifer Grant 217-481-1125

October 14
Brett Creager Memorial Youth Event (12:00pm; Sangchris Lake State Park, 9898 Cascade Rd., ROCHESTER)
The second annual Brett Creager Memorial Youth Event .. door prizes, raffles, dog and safety demos and more!! And it's free to all young hunters 15 and under.

October 14
Nokomis Woman's Club Craft Show (9:00am - 2:00pm; Cornerstone Academy, 316 E. South St., NOKOMIS)
Cakewalks will be held throughout the morning. Door prizes will be awarded on the hour. Lunch is available. To rent booth space, contact BJ Tooley at 217-851-1309 for more information. Proceeds from the craft show fund the clubs many annual events, including "Treats with Santa", "Easter Egg Hunt" and the Honor Flight Program.

October 14
Fall Festival (11:00am - 4:00pm; Jacksonville Church of Christ, 2365 W. Morton Ave., JACKSONVILLE)
This event is intended for kids in preschool through 5th grade. All children should be accompanied by an adult. There will be food, games & prizes, pumpkin decorating, face painting... and more! For more information, please call (217) 245-5001 or email You can also check us out on Facebook.

October 14
Springfield Out of the Darkness Community Walk (1:00pm; Southwind Park, 4965 S 2nd St, SPRINGFIELD)
Check In and Registration at 1pm | Walk Begins at 2pm | Event is Free |Registration and Information at:
Join Us! Walk to Prevent Suicide at the Springfield Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, October 14th at Southwind Park. When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

October 14
Chef Higgins' 5th Annual Midnight Ramble (8:00 - 11:00pm; Boone's Saloon Parking Lot, 399 W Edwards St., SPRINGFIELD)
Other cities have a moonlight ride, so Chef Michael Higgins started a Springfield version. This will be a 11 mile ride consisting of two loops. Ride the first loop alone for a 6 mile ride. Special prize for MOST TRICKED OUT BIKE -- dinner for two at Maldaners! Additional prizes from downtown restaurants. LIGHT GIVEAWAY! First 25 riders will receive flasher lights courtesy of Springfield Bicycle Club. Front and back lights required, please and thanks! Helmets and fancy lights encouraged. No one will be left behind. Children must be accompanied by adults. The ride is free, but please sign in. Non-members welcome. For more info: Tom Clark |217-726-5560 | | |

October 14, 15
A Taste of St. Katharine Drexel (5:00pm - 8:00pm; Noon - 4:00pm; Grounds of Sacred Heart Church, 13th and Cook Streets, SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for our annual parish fundraiser! Featuring food trucks, a bake sale, and a basket raffle with over 30 baskets, each valued between $100-$350.

October 15
Historical Campus Walking Tour: “Class Fights, Bootleggers, and Illicit Sex: Crimes on Campus, 1868-1968” (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., SPRINGFIELD)
History Department instructor Nathaniel Tye will take visitors to selected sites associated with crimes and civil disobedience on campus. Tours will depart at 1:15 pm and 2:30 pm.

October 15
Heads Up Group: for individuals with traumatic brain injuries (2:00 - 4:00pm; SCIL, 330 S. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Presentation by Lyle Vandeventer of the Division of Rehabilitation Services, Home Services Program. Call Dave at 217-523-2587.

October 15
Pancake Breakfast (7:00am - 1:00pm; Fire Department, LOAMI)
Pancakes to benefit the volunteer fire department.

October 15
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Pkwy & Petsmart, 3183 S Veterans Pkwy, 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 .

October 15
Piano Concert: Douglas Ashcraft (4:30pm; Sanctuary of Central Christian Church, 650 W William St., DECATUR)
Free admisttion, open to the public. Pianist Douglas Ashcraft has performed to acclaim in recitals and concerts throughout the US and Europe. A winner of prizes in many competitions.

October 16
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 – Future Dates: Nov. 20
Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl,

October 17
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 – Future Dates: Nov. 21
Public Contact Info: Chris Strohl,

October 18
"Country Fair" Luncheon (10:00am - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Special Feature: Richard Leach, our favorite auctioneer, will be saying "Hey, what do you bid?" Bring your items and your check books for another good time in bidding wars. Special Speaker: Terri Schmitt comes from Hinsdale, IL, to answer "What is the language of love?" She will bring her sense of humor into her explanation of that. Don't miss this occasion to hear both of our special guests. Invite a friends, she'll be glad you did! Reservations and cancellations are essential by Friday, Oct 13. Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or email

October 18
University Archives Sesquicentennial Speakers Series: Gay Liberation to Campus Assimilation (7:00 - 8:30pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Archives, Room 146, Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Patrick Dilley discusses his forthcoming book From Gay Liberation to Campus Assimilation: A History of Midwestern Queer Campus Organizing, with a focus on the University of Illinois. For more information, visit

October 18
Illinois State Museum Brown Bag Lecture Program: "Sourcing Lightning Whelk Shell Artifacts" (12:00-1:00pm; ISM Research & Collections Center, 1011 East Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)

Laura Kozuch, Collections Research Specialist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, will present. Dr. Kozuch will discuss her study of exotic marine artifacts from Mississippian sites, through which she seeks to more fully understand trade and shell-working technology. Currently, she is analyzing lightning whelk artifacts, shark teeth, and bead crafting from Cahokia and East St. Louis sites, as well as replicating beads made from lightning whelk shells. They are the preferred shell for making artifacts since Archaic times in the eastern half of the U.S. Kozuch has devised a method of sourcing lightning whelk shells using shell spire angles. Moreover, natural history information tells us they are from the Florida coast, based on abundance alone. These shells were not simply found on the beach, but were harvested alive by Florida coastal peoples, then bartered for Midwestern trade goods.
Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696 or (217)785-0037.

October 19
Carrollton: Everything or Nothing Tour (5:00pm; Family Worship Center, 5475 Lerna Rd., MATTOON)
This event is a free-will offering concert: general admission seating on a first-come basis. Featuring Hannah Kerr with special guest Stephen Moore. For more information, contact the church office at 217.234.6022

October 19
Talk: “Science Friction: What’s Slowing Progress in Research” by Richard Harris (4:00pm; Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., SPRINGFIELD)
Part of the CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series
Some studies suggest half of all published research findings are false, and many results from biomedical research labs can’t be reproduced by other scientists. The consequences of this are far from trivial. Most ideas for new drugs fail to pan out because the underlying science turns out to be unreliable. And US taxpayers spend over $30 billion a year to support health research. From bench scientists to journal editors to the National Academy of Sciences, efforts are being made to understand the sources of what some have referred to as the “reproducibility crisis” and find ways to improve matters. NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris will talk about this important topic and his new book in which he explores it, Rigor Mortis.
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.

October 19
Talk: An Illini Place: The Quad, by Author Lex Tate (4:00pm; Simonds Pyatt Gallery of European Cultures, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., SPRINGFIELD)
Have you ever wondered how the University of Illinois Quad came to be? On Thursday, October 19, at 4:00 pm, the Spurlock Museum will debut its Third Thursday lecture series with An Illini Place: The Quad by Lex Tate. This talk is held in conjunction with the Museum’s temporary exhibit Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150.
Finding the best location for a proposed turn-of-the-century auditorium morphed into a full-blown campus plan that defined the Urbana-Champaign campus's most noteworthy space and more. Meet a brilliant new president, a committee of creatives and a renowned architect, all players in conjuring the campus's first formal master plan that yielded not only the Quad, but ambitiously sited buildings and gardens from University Avenue to today's Taft Drive. This presentation is drawn from An Illini Place: Building the University of Illinois Campus by Lex Tate and John Franch, published by the U of I Press in May.

October 19
Fall 2017 Speaker Series: Sudhanshu Singh (7:30pm, University Commons Banquet Hall, 3rd Floor, Millikin University, DECATUR)
The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship (ISE), a signature program of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, will continue its Fall 2017 Speaker Series on Thursday, Oct. 19, with keynote speaker Sudhanshu Singh, global product manager for large mining trucks at Caterpillar Inc. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. in the University Commons Banquet Hall, located on the 3rd floor. The presentation is free and open to the public, and no tickets or reservations are required.
As part of his presentation, Sudhanshu Singh will discuss how Caterpillar large mining trucks are manufactured in Decatur, Ill.

October 19
Financial Aid Training Workshop (8:00am - 12:00pm; Trutter Center, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission will be providing a free financial aid training workshop for professionals in high schools, higher education and community-based organizations. Participants will learn about the most challenging areas of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They will discuss federal and state aid eligibility, dependency, parental information and financial information.
Attendees will also learn about current financial aid concepts, tools and resources at the state and federal levels. By analyzing and discussing case-study scenarios, participants will have the opportunity to work with other professionals in the field in order to better understand the common issues and misconceptions that arise when assisting students in navigating the financial aid process.
Registration for the workshop is required. To get more information and register, visit

October 19, 20, 21, 22
Fall Book Sale (Times vary by day, Edgar Community Room, Mahomet Public Library, 1702 E. Oak St., MAHOMET)
The Friends of the Mahomet Public Library will hold their annual Fall Book Sale in October in the Edgar Community Room of the Library. An incredible number of books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages and interests will be available at bargain prices. Dates and hours of the sale are: Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 8 PM (a preview night for Friends only (memberships and renewals available at the door); Friday, Oct. 20, 9 AM to 6 PM; Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 AM to 5 PM; and Sunday, Oct. 22, from 1 PM to 4 PM. All proceeds of the sale benefit the Library for their programming and special events and needs.
Location: Mohammed Public Library, 1702 E. Oak St. (Rt. 150), Mohammed, IL 61853, (217) 586-2611, .

October 20
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: White Lightning
More information: 217-789-4725

October 20
Not Your Grandma's BINGO (6:30pm; Knights of Columbus Hall, 217 Limit St., LINCOLN)
Over $1,000 in cash prizes. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Price includes 6 cards, glow hat and glow dauber. ($5 per additional 6 cards.) Must be 18 or older to attend. Contact 217-871-9820 with questions. 50/50 Drawing, Food & Snacks for purchase and Cash Bar.

October 20
Lincoln Home Trick or Treat Event (5:30 - 7:30pm; Lincoln Home National Historic Site Neighborhood, 426 S. 7th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Children and parents are welcome to visit the park any time between these hours and view the site in a “different light.” This year’s “Trick or Treat” event will feature a variety of activities including: candy stops at several historic houses throughout the festively decorated Lincoln-era neighborhood (the houses will not be open for tours) | • volunteers in period clothing | • a campfire re-enactment with the 114th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry of the Civil War | • Junior Ranger activity | • 1860’s era games | • Firetruck and Police car from the local stations | • Several cars from the Cool Cruisers Car Club (weather permitting) |• Ham radio | • canned food items will be collected to help families in need throughout Springfield | Contact Rodney Naylor at 217-391-3243 or Jenna Taylor at 217-391-3233 for any additional information.

October 20
Doc Ashton & The Root Canals (7:00pm; United Methodist Church,
324 E. Main St, HOOPESTON) Pulled pork sandwich, chips and dessert brought to your by Mr. B's, beginning at 5:00pm for donation to Save the Lorraine Foundation. Tickets $15 for general admission available at Marathon, Little Lorraine, Hoopeston City Hall, Hoopeston DACC and at the door. Questions? Contact Jim Richards at 217-283-6111

October 20
OPENING RECEPTION: Pedestrian (5:00 - 7:00pm; 420 South 6th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The artists will talk about their work in the gallery at 5:45. The public is invited to attend this free reception.
Pedestrian will be on display October 20 through December 7. A pedestrian by definition requires a landscape, a world to inhabit and traverse. The exhibited works of Bernie White Hatcher and Adam Perschbacher harness these interpretations in unique fashion, free of literal definition and adherent to change and innovation. Within Hatcher’s works expand our vision of landscapes and challenge the standard constructs of beauty and tranquility. They depict the relationship we maintain with the land, an observance of time and our reflection on what physically defines us. Perschbacher’s metropolitan aesthetic relies on recent advances in satellite photography and is influenced by graphic design. The sublime orchestration of societies one can now discover through modern technology is evident in subtle ways throughout the work. In conjunction with Pedestrian, the gallery is also excited to once again partner with the Capital Area Woodworkers and Lincoln Land Woodturners for Works in Woods. The exhibition feature craftspeople from both clubs will be on display October 20 through November 17. And as always these features exhibitions will be on displayed alongside a showcase of SAA Collective artists new paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography and more.

October 20, 21
Extreme Haunted Hayrides & Zombie Paintball in Riverside Park (6:00pm; 4700 N. Peoria Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Travel along the river deep into the woods in a hayrack wagon pulled by a Hearse. Scenes of horror along the way. So Scary You”ll Have Nightmares For Weeks! Zombie Paintball Rides: Load a custom double decker Paintball trailer, travel along the river deep into the woods and shoot live characters as well as targets. Paintballs are like tracers glowing in the black lights. You shoot the Zombies, They DO NOT shoot you! Every Friday & Saturday Night Starting September 29 through October 28, 2017. Gates open 6pm. Rides Start 7pm. Tickets sold till 11pm. Concessions, Bonfire, DJ Nightly. Cash Only Event-No Refunds. Ride at your own risk. To date this event has donated thousands to charity. We Thank You! Ticket prices: Hayrides $15. Paintball Rides $20. Combo $30. Express $20. Outdoor event-Weather permitting.
Located at 4700 N. Peoria Road Springfield, Illinois 62707 Just 2 blocks North of Dirksen Pkw. Off Peoria Road Turn West into Riverside Park. Find The Light!

October 21
Memorial's 'Be Aware' Women's Fair (9:00am - 2:00pm, Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for the annual Memorial's Be Aware Women's Fair on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017! This event is a day devoted to women and their physical, emotional and financial health. A $1 off coupon will be available in September. Discount coupon cannot be combined with other offers. Children 12 and younger receive free admission. Participants in the American Cancer Society's annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk also get in free to the BAWF.
The Be Aware Women’s Fair is presented by Memorial Medical Center Foundation. Proceeds from this event support the Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. The fund provides financial assistance for items or services that can help meet basic needs; decrease stress; improve the healing process, such as compression gloves, wigs or pre-made meals.
Email for more information or visit

Join us to: • Learn more about your health through free screenings • Shop for all sorts of goodies • Find out about local service organizations

October 21
CRF 7th Annual Pink and White Ball (6:00 - 10:00pm; Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center, 625 East St. Joseph Street, SPRINGFIELD)
*event cost: Cancer Survivor Free (RSVP). $10 donations for everyone else.CRF Celebrating Remembering and Fighting for Cancer gives cancer survivors and fighters a night out with their family. The Cancer fighter of survivor is crowned, IN the Pink Fashion Show, entertainment, food, College scholarship for Senior students directly affected by cancer.For more information: Jaunice Reed Walker (217) 741-6220 or jrwalker1962@gmail, Sharon Williams-Coleman (217) 381-3147 or , for tickets, ads or tshirts

October 21
Debi Dyment Benefit (2:00 - 8:00pm; Lake Press Club, SPRINGFIELD)
Debi Dyment was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, June 17, 2017. As a result Debi is currently paralyzed from the chest down and has gone through several surgeries. She has a long road ahead of her. Debi is currently in a Rehabilitation Hospital in Chicago with hopes of regaining some movement. Proceeds from this benefit will be used for medical and living expenses for Debi. Contact for more information: | Phone Number: 217-416-0080

October 21
Art and Craft Sale (8:30am - 3:00pm; St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 700 E. Spruce St., CHATHAM)
One-half of the net proceeds from the Art & Craft Sale to benefit the Ball-Chatham School Titan Fuel Program. A delicious menu of various food items will be available (Breakfast & Lunch), which will go to help improve the safety and learning technology in the Pre-School classroom. For more information: 217-725-8413

October 21
Annual Fall Festival (10:00am - 2:00pm; 2300 Wilshire Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Please join us for food, crafts, a silent auction, games, and more……Lots of FUN! Central Illinois Blood Center will be here for anyone wanting to save a life by donating blood as well! For more information, please call 217-529-3307

October 21
SCHEELS Handgun Demo (11:00am - 4:00pm; Gunslingers Indoor Range, 4045 Van Deren St., CURRAN)
Join SCHEELS and Industry Experts to try out the latest in handguns. Live fire of Glock and Smith & Wesson handguns. Hearing & Eye protection provided. FREE Event – No Registration Required . FREE Gun Cleaning sponsored by Lucas Oil. Demo Day specials, discounts and giveaways exclusive to those who attend this event. Must be at least 21 years old and possess a valid FOID card or Illinois Concealed Carry License.

October 21
The Ball Brothers In Concert! (6:00pm; Athens Christian Church, 1411 E Route 29, ATHENS)
Advance $15.00 Door | $18.00 (12 and under free) | $12.00 per person for groups of 10
Send a self-addressed-stamped envelope and check payable to: Karla Daubs |504 S. Keefer St. Mason City, IL 62664
For more information, call 217-482-5114, leave a message and we will return your call or e-mail:
General Admission- Doors open at 5:00 PM

October 21
Spaghetti Supper (5:30 - 7:00pm; Sacred Heart Church, 208 N Pine, VILLA GROVE)
Dinner will include spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread and a salad, as well as drinks and a homemade dessert.
Adults (over 12) $7 | Children 5-12 $5 | Under 5 are FREE. We will also be holding a raffle for a beautiful quilt created by the Sacred Heart Quilters.

October 21
7th annual Trivia Night fundraiser! (7:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts’ Theatre 3, SPRINGFIELD)
The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony is excited to announce their 7th annual Trivia Night fundraiser! On Saturday, October 21st, in Theatre 3 of Hoogland Center for the Arts, Russ Friedewald joins us as our host and trivia expert. The doors open at 6:00pm and trivia begins promptly at 7:00pm. We will have a cash bar and snacks available for purchase. Themed “Friday Night Lights,” this trivia event is sure to test your knowledge on a variety of topics. We hope to see you there!
Ticket reservations for tables or individuals can be made by contacting our office at 217.753.8000, emailing or online at

October 21
PADI’s Great American Dive Company hosts Underwater Pumpkin Carving (12:00pm, Mermet Springs—6724 US-45, BELKNAP)
No charge to carve, but bring your own pumpkin. : PADI (The Professional Association of Diving Instructors) dive center Great American Dive Company is bringing Halloween underwater by hosting an Underwater Pumpkin Carving on Saturday, October 21 at noon. Guests will enjoy a day filled with good food, fun and company. Questions? Call (636) 926-0880 or email

October 21
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, October 21 at 9:00am in one of the 2nd floor conference rooms at Scheel's. There will be a discussion of The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist. 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

October 21
1st annual Fall Fundraiser (11:00am; Triangle Bar and Grill, 101 Commercial St., WOODSON)
Large Item Raffle-$10 per ticket: • Henry Golden Boy Rifle | • Meat Smoker • 55” Flat Screen TV
Auction of donated items starts at 3PM by Auctioneer Mark Pennell | Food- Pulled pork sandwiches, chips, pasta salad and green beans | Place your bids on a 2017 John Deer Gator | DJ Jimmy Baxter | $5 cover at the door
All proceeds directly benefit your local EMS: training and developing our EMS staff, updating equipment and other daily operations costs.
Visit our Facebook page to view items up for auction. New items added daily. @murrayvillewoodsonEAS find us on Facebook

October 21
Petals and Bows Dinner and Auction (5:00 - 9:00pm; Virden Knights of Columbus, 1320 N. Dye St., VIRDEN)
$40 per ticket. Auction and raffle inside. Proceeds pay for needed projects and services at Pleasant Hill Village. Join us for our 21st annual Auction and Dinner Fundraiser, with great food, excellent auction items and fun music and games. Proceeds will benefit Pleasant Hill Village.
Contact: Darrin Burnett, 217-627-9502 or

October 22
SHG Shop-A-Palooza (11:00am - 4:00pm, SHG West Campus, 1601 W Washington, SPRINGFIELD)
Admission $1.00
This is a great shopping event for everyone! Plan to do your shopping to buy gifts for the holidays, decorate your home inside and out. This fundraiser supports both Girls Basketball and the SHG Golden Angel Poms teams.
For more information about the event you can email. |

October 22
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

October 22
Cultural Celebration: Sing-along of Traditional American Tunes (1:00pm; Simonds Pyatt Gallery of European Cultures, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum continues its Cultural Celebration Series with a free sing-along of American folk music for all ages. From Clementine to Home on the Range, join local folk enthusiasts Hilary Valentine and Rebecca Grosser to sing some of the traditional tunes sung at campfires, in classrooms, and from church pews around the nation. Song lyrics will be provided so everyone can participate. Hilary plays and teaches mountain dulcimer and Rebecca plays guitar and upright bass. Together, they love sharing traditional and early country songs with children and adults alike.

October 22
Historical Campus Walking Tour: “Who, What, and Where on the Quad” (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
Knowledge at Work curator Mike VanBlaricum will lead visitors around the UIUC Quadrangle, sharing information on events that took place in these iconic buildings. Tours will depart at 1:15 pm and 2:30 pm. These tours are part of the Museum’s “Quad Week” celebration, which also includes a free talk on the planning and development of the Quad by author Lex Tate on October 19 at 4:00 pm.

October 22
Masterworks concert: John Williams (2:00pm, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Lauded for masterful scores that capture the very essence of film, John Williams is considered one of the greatest composers of our time. His themes for movies including "E.T.," "Jurassic Park," "Star Wars," and many others, have become iconic in film history. The MDSO, joined by special guest violinist, Kinga Augustyn, will perform some of the most dramatic musical moments from these movies.

October 22
CU Jazz Festival presents the Kevin Hart /Donnie Heitler Quartet (1:30 - 2:30pm; Busey-Mills Reading Room, The Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, URBANA)
For this special performance, vibraphonist Kevin Hart and legendary pianist Donnie Heitler with team up with Crystal Rebone on bass and Jeff Magby on drums. This talented quartet will perform beloved standards as well as unique material from Kevin's CD The Road to Everywhere (which also includes performances by Donnie and Jeff). Presented in partnership with the CU Jazz Festival. For more information contact Carol Inskeep at or 217-367-4405.

October 23, 24
Statewide disAbility Expo (10:00am - 6:00pm Monday, 8:00am - Noon Tuesday; BOS Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
The Statewide disAbility Expo 2017 is free and open to the public. The Expo is a rare opportunity for people outside the Chicago area to visit with more than 110 vendors with products and information for people with disabilities, seniors, care givers, educators, providers, authorized representatives and family members. Vendors will have items such as electronic magnifiers, scooters, accessible vehicles, accessible games, caption phones, scanning pens and the Action Trackchair, a power wheelchair made for rugged, outdoor use.
The Expo also features entrepreneurs and artists with disabilities with items ranging from spices to recycled book crafts to pottery and wood turning. In addition to these vendors, a unique art experience for people of all ages and abilities is provided by Zot Artz. The art experience features an amazing group art piece created using paint rollers attached to wheelchairs and walkers for those with mobility issues, and push rollers and pogo stick stamping for individuals without mobility disabilities. Zot Artz gives everyone the opportunity to have fun creating art together regardless of age or ability.
For more information about IATP’s Statewide disAbility Expo 2017 contact Sue Castles at the Illinois Assistive Technology Program, or 800-852-5110.
For more information about the Zot Artz Art Experience go to

October 24
The Beach Boys - Live in Concert (7:30pm; Braden Auditorium, 100 N University St, NORMAL)
Cost: $42 - $82
This band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold out albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt.The Beach Boys are led by founding member Mike Love (lead vocals/chief lyricist) and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston (vocals/keyboards)—Jeffrey Foskett (guitar/vocals), Brian Eichenburger (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill of The Cowsills (percussion /vocals) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals) round out the band.

October 24
Paranormal 101: All you ever want to know about the Metaphysical & Paranormal (6:00pm; PLEASANT PLAINS)
Zitania has had paranormal experiences all her life and been active in paranormal investigating for over ten years. This a free program but seating is limited to 40, so registration is required. To register you may call either the Ashland (217-476-3417) or Pleasant Plains (217-626-2433) location. For more information about this and other programs check the library’s web page ( or Facebook page.

October 25
OPEN HOUSE: Levi, Ray and Shoup Aviation Center (4:00 - 5:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport, SPRINGFIELD)
LLCC aviation instructors and students will be on hand to guide visitors through the facility, made possible through a generous gift from Dick Levi, CEO of Levi, Ray and Shoup, Inc. The facility was constructed adjacent to the existing LLCC aviation center and provides expanded classroom and hands-on training spaces for LLCC’s aviation mechanics program.
The new center allows more students to enroll in a career program that teaches the repair and maintenance of modern engines and airframes. LLCC’s aviation mechanics students are in high demand and are often offered paid internships and jobs prior to graduation, with a nearly 100 percent job placement rate.
The only aviation mechanics program in central Illinois, students can begin in January or August. Information on enrolling in the approximately 18-month program will be available at the open house.
More information on LLCC’s aviation mechanics program is available by visiting or by contacting program director Dave Pietrzak at 217-544-4965 or

October 26
Haunt the Hill (5:00 - 8:00pm; Pleasant Hill Village, 1016 W. North, GIRARD)
Free admission, donations welcome | Welcome to our fourth annual Haunt the Hill event! Join us for an family-friendly Haunted House, with plenty of scares, great food and fun games. Costume contest for ages 0-10 as well. Contact: Darrin Burnett, 217-627-9502 or

October 26
Inside Out Project (10:00am - 3:30pm; CHASE parking lot, Washington St., SPRINGFIELD)
The downtown Springfield stop is part of the Inside Out Project, with the idea being to create a portrait of America that includes immigrants and the descendants of immigrants alike. The pictures help JR use art as an expression of standing in solidarity with Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.

On Thursday, the public is encouraged to stop by the photo-booth truck parked in the Chase Parking Lot between Frankie’s Brewhaus and the Kerasotes Building (home to Urban Sassafras and Yoga7even) on Washington Street between 6th and 7th. JR and his team will be taking photos between 10 am and 3:30 pm.

They will take pictures of anyone who comes by, print out each photo on large paper, and will affix it to the exterior walls of Frankie's Brewhaus and the Kerasotes Building. This double-wall full of local citizens’ pictures will be lacquered to withstand the elements for a few months. JR will do a mural in Champaign on Wednesday, then after Springfield on Thursday, other Illinois stops include Batavia, Naperville and Chicago.

“We’re excited to add this public art project to the downtown district, especially since it features local faces and voices. As the home to city, county and state government, downtown is also used to our share of political discussions, which we welcome as the natural meeting place for the community,” said Lisa Clemmons Stott, Executive Director of DSI.

October 26
Witches Night Out Presented by LRS (4:30 - 10:00pm; Exposition Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Witches Night out is a costume charity fundraiser by women, for women in need. The event supports three local social service agencies this year: MERCY Communities, Alzemeiher's Foundation, and the Illinois Retired Teachers Foundation. Learn more about the event and get tickets at

October 26
University Archives Sesquicentennial Speakers Series: Black Power on Campus: The University of Illinois, 1965-75 (7:00 - 8:30pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library, Room 200, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Joy Williamson-Lott shares her insights in researching and writing her seminal work, Black Power on Campus: The University of Illinois, 1965-1975. For more information, visit

October 26, 27
11th annual Halloween Concert(6:00pm; Millikin, DECATUR)
Millikin's Percussion Ensemble will perform three special concerts in celebration of Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This all-ages, family-friendly event of the season will take place in the infamously haunted Albert Taylor Theatre inside Shilling Hall on the campus of Millikin University. Guests are invited to join the ensemble in costume; best costume prizes will be awarded.
This event will serve as a fundraiser for Millikin students to attend the Percussive Arts Society 2017 International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 8-11. The convention features over 120 concerts, clinics, masterclasses, workshops and presentations given by the finest artists from all over the world. The ensemble then embarks on an annual recruiting tour with recent performances in St. Louis, Mo., Indianapolis, Memphis, Tenn., and Chicago, Ill. For more information on Millikin's Percussion Ensembles, visit

October 27
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD) $5 Cover. Featured band: Fundamentals
More information: 217-789-4725

October 27
Downtown Urbana Trick or Treating (1:00pm - 5:30pm; Downtown Urbana)
Urbana Business Association and Urbana Free Library will host a trick or treating event in downtown Urbana. Families are invited to visit 35 downtown Urbana businesses to grab a treat and take advantage of special deals in each location. Participating businesses will be represented with balloons outside of their establishment and on the Trick or Treat map that can be found online on the Facebook event page, at the Urbana Business Association or the Urbana Free Library. The trick or treating event is free and the public is welcome to attend.
For more information, visit, call 217-344-3872, or email Megan Casey at

October 27
Zombie Prom VI - Thriller on Elm Street (5:30 - 8:00pm, The Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium, 210 West Green Street, URBANA)
It's prom season at the Library. This one will be just like a regular prom, but everything will be zombified! We'll have punch, snacks, a costume contest, a photo booth, and a DJ. Show up in zombie costume and we will help with your makeup. Start planning your costume now and get ready for some zombie fun! • This special, after-hours event starts before the Library closes. Participants must be in the Lewis Auditorium before 6:00 p.m. or enter using the Elm Street ramp after 6:00 p.m. (across from Busey Bank on the north side of the Library). • A photo ID is required for entrance (school ID is fine), or with special permission from the Teen Services Librarians. • The UMS and UHS "good night rule" will be enforced.
For more information contact Lauren Chambers at or Joel Spencer at or call 217-367-4405.

October 27
"Honoring Major Kenneth Bailey: Medal of Honor Recipient” Ceremony (4:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library, Marshall Gallery, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
The University Library will host a special ceremony honoring Major Kenneth D. Bailey (1910-1942), the only Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who was a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumnus. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
The “Honoring Major Kenneth Bailey: Medal of Honor Recipient” ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017, in the Marshall Gallery of the Main Library on the Illinois campus. The ceremony’s keynote speaker is Captain Anthony Corapi, Commanding Officer of the University of Illinois NROTC.
The October 27 ceremony complements a month-long exhibit in the Main Library’s Marshall Gallery which includes Major Bailey’s Medal of Honor on loan from the Vermilion County War Museum.
For more information, visit

October 27
Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory at SCHEELS Grand Opening Celebration (4:45pm; SCHEELS, SPRINGFIELD)
Specials, Samples, FREE Balloon Art by Hot Air Creations, FREE Face Painting by Princess Chanteua & more!

October 27
Pink the Rink (7:00pm; SPRINGFIELD)
Jr. Blues v Topeka Roadrunners: The Springfield Jr. Blues are raising awareness for Breast Cancer! On Friday, October 27th, we will turn the ice PINK and play in special Breast Caner Awareness pink jerseys that will be auctioned, with proceeds going to Coach Rennette's 'Real Men Making Strides' campaign. Purchase tickets here:

October 27
Mary Bryant Home Chili Supper and Silent Auction (11:00am - 7:00pm; The Mary Brant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2960 Stanton Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The Mary Brant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired is holding its Annual Chili/Soup Fundraiser on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2960 Stanton Street. Serving time is from 11am- 7pm. The price is $10.00 and this includes a bowl of chili or homemade beef vegetable soup, hot dog, dessert and beverage. Dine-in, carry-out, drive thru and delivery is available. Orders may be placed in advance by calling 217-529-1611 or emailed to

October 27, 28
Extreme Haunted Hayrides & Zombie Paintball in Riverside Park (6:00pm; 4700 N. Peoria Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Travel along the river deep into the woods in a hayrack wagon pulled by a Hearse. Scenes of horror along the way. So Scary You”ll Have Nightmares For Weeks! Zombie Paintball Rides: Load a custom double decker Paintball trailer, travel along the river deep into the woods and shoot live characters as well as targets. Paintballs are like tracers glowing in the black lights. You shoot the Zombies, They DO NOT shoot you! Every Friday & Saturday Night Starting September 29 through October 28, 2017. Gates open 6pm. Rides Start 7pm. Tickets sold till 11pm. Concessions, Bonfire, DJ Nightly. Cash Only Event-No Refunds. Ride at your own risk. To date this event has donated thousands to charity. We Thank You! Ticket prices: Hayrides $15. Paintball Rides $20. Combo $30. Express $20. Outdoor event-Weather permitting.
Located at 4700 N. Peoria Road Springfield, Illinois 62707 Just 2 blocks North of Dirksen Pkw. Off Peoria Road Turn West into Riverside Park. Find The Light!

October 28
Halloween Glo Bingo (6:00pm; Fuller Street Home Association,
600 Fuller Street, MORRISONVILLE) Morrisonville PMRA, our local sports recreation league for children is hosting a Halloween Glo Bingo, October 28th, at the Fuller Street Home Association (most commonly known as The Knights of Columbus Hall) in Morrisonville, IL (located 35 minutes south of Springfield). Proceeds go to help support our youth league sports. Doors open at 6, and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. There will be prizes for best costumes, cash bar, bring your own snacks, and hundreds of dollars in prizes. Tickets can be pitched by emailing, or by calling 217-825-4359

October 28
OKTOBERFEST AND HALLOWEEN PARTY (12:00pm; Fraternal Order of Eagles #437, 2413 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Serving Chili, Hot Dogs & Chips. Cost $7.00 person. Desserts Available for Additional Cost. Door Prizes every hour. Costumes welcome (optional). ENTERTAINMENT: 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m. - DJ - 'TYRONE' | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - 'HERE FOR THE PARTY' - Ralph & Juanita - DUO

October 28
Halloween Costume Bash (5:05pm; SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Jr. Blues are throwing the "coolest" Halloween Costume Bash on October 28th! All children ages 12 & Under will receive free admission when they wear their Halloween costume to the game! Fans can also Skate with the Springfield Jr. Blues after the game in their costumes!! Purchase tickets here:

October 28
Band Boosters Chili Dinner (11:00am - 3:00pm, Lanphier High School Commons, SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets are $5.00 and will be sold at the door.

October 28
Springfield Police and Fire Halloween Safety (4:30 - 6:30pm; Springfield Fire Station #1, 825 E. Capitol St., SPRINGFIELD)
Please Join the Springfield Police and Fire Departments for their 4th Annual Halloween Safety Event! Come in costume, learn great safety tips for Halloween, trunk or treat, explore rescue vehicles, enjoy face painting and meet McGruff the Dog!
This event is free and open to the general public. Afterward head downtown between Monroe and Jefferson on 5th and 6th Streets for the 1st Annual Halloween parade at 7:30 p.m.
**For Children Pre-K through 5th Grade**

October 28
Lunch To-Go (11:00am - 2:00pm; Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N. 4th St., BENLD)
Homemade Dinners or Ala Carte: Cabbage Rolls(Halupki), Cabbage Noodle (Halushki) & Meat Filled Crepe (Blinchiki).
Please order ahead for large quantities. PRE-ORDERS ONLY ON Nut, Poppy Seed, Apricot and Baklava. PRE-ORDERS: please contact Sandy Petty 217-204-7938

October 28
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

October 28
Halloween at the Market (8:00am; 4th & Adams, downtown SPRINGFIELD)
This festive event wraps up the 2017 market season, which saw crowds of up to 4000 shopping for local produce in the downtown district each week. Local organizations and businesses are combining efforts to create FREE, fun-filled activities for the whole family, including children and dog costume contests, hands-on activities, and special guests.

  • FREE Children’s activities will be held 9:30 a.m. to Noon in the parking lot on the Southeast corner of 4th & Adams Streets. Including pictures with Princess Belle & Cinderella!
  • Children ages 0-12 can register at the booth located in the parking lot at the Southeast corner of 4th & Adams Streets beginning at 9:30 a.m.; children’s contest begins at 11:00 a.m. There will be winners in three age categories (0-2, 3-6 and 7-12) and a Family Costume category. Prizes will be awarded to 1st $75, 2nd $50 and 3rd place $25 in all four categories. 12 Winners total.
  • 9:30-11am FREE Kid’s Activities. The Kidzeum will be onsite with a variety of fun activities. Register for the contest at the SpringfieldMoms table. Bank of Springfield will have a kids’ booth.
  • 10:00 Springfield Youth Performance Group performs with special guests The Addams Family.
  • 10:35 am Progressive Kenpo Karate done.
  • 11:00 Children’s Costume Contest for Ages 0-12 & Families
  • 12:00 Pet Costume Contest sponsored by Illinois Humane

October 28
Camp CILCA Homecoming 5K (10:00am - 2:00pm; 4124 Camp CILCA Rd, CANTRALL)
COST: $25 for the Adventure Run 5K if you sign up before September 30. $30 after.
Camp CILCA Homecoming begins with the Adventure Run 5K at 10am, followed by food trucks, craft vendors, yard games, face painting, live music, and more.
CONTACT:,, 217-487-7497

October 28
Breakfast Fundraiser (7:00 - 10:30am; Oakwood United Methodist Church, Corner of Oakwood and Collett Streets, OAKWOOD)
Free will donation for breakfast of pancakes & sausage or biscuits and gravy; craft fair items sold as priced. Proceeds used to benefit the Oakwood Area Food Food Pantry and our missions such as: Appalachia Service Project (ASP), mission outreach, disaster relief and the Fair Hope Mission in Danville, ILFor more information - Pastor Legg at (217) 354-4950

October 29
Little Flower Men's Club 67th Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast (8:00am - noon, 900 Stevenson Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Pancakes and Sausage.

October 29
Historical Campus Walking Tour: “Let There Be Music!”(1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., URBANA)
The final tour in the series will celebrate music at the U of I. The walk will include information on the Music Building followed by an introduction to Smith Memorial Hall by author Lex Tate portraying Tina Weedon Smith, for whom the building is named. The final stop will be a tour of the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music by director Scott Schwartz. Tours will depart at 1:15 pm and 2:30 pm.

October 29
2017 Annual Turkey Dinner (11:00am - 2:00pm; Illiopolis Christian Church, 204 3rd St., ILLIOPOLIS)
Carryouts will be available until 1:30pm. The menu consists of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, slaw, cranberries, drink and dessert. $9.50 for adults, $5.00 for children 3-10, children under 3 are free. Country Store will also be open. Come visit with friends and enjoy the food! Questions, please call 764-3024 or 486-3901.

October 29
Trick or Treat Street (1:00pm - 4:00pm; Erin's Pavilion at Southwind Park, SPRINGFIELD)
For children 12 and under, a free and safe place to dress up in their favorite costumes. Rain or shine. Dozens of local businesses will be on hand to provide entertainment, demonstrations, with tons of candy being handed out to all entrants. Alternative options will be available for children with food allergies. (If your business or organization would like a booth at Trick Or Treat Street 2017, please contact Mid-West Family Broadcasting Events & Promotions Coordinator, Kelly Standish at (217) 629-7077 for more information.)

October 29
Halloween in the Halls (12:00 - 4:00pm; Millikin University, DECATUR)
Millikin University's Student Housing Council (SHC) will host its annual Halloween in the Halls event on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 12 – 4 p.m. beginning in the University Commons on Millikin's campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Halloween in the Halls provides a safe, family-friendly environment for youngsters from the local community to go trick-or-treating on the campus of Millikin University via a guided tour through campus. Guided hall tours will depart every 15 minutes from the University Commons and will run until 3:45 p.m. in the residence halls.
Each hall will be themed "scary" and "non-scary" so that all attendees can enjoy the tours. This year, tours will also include visits to Millikin Greek Life houses who have decorated for community members to visit. Attendees can expect to participate in crafts and activities in the University Commons while they wait to go on tours.
The event is limited to children ages 2-14. Children should bring a goodie bag to hold treats and are encouraged to dress in costume. All children must be accompanied by a parent at all times. One adult is required for every two children. Tours are expected to last 20-30 minutes.

October 30
Trick-or-Treat at SCHEELS (4:00 - 7:00pm; SCHEELS, SPRINGFIELD)
Come dressed in your BEST costume and join SCHEELS and community partners for some Halloween Fun. Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt, Fun Games, Prizes, Candy & more! Unique Photo Opportunities. Fun for the whole family!

October 31
22nd Annual Trick n Trunk (6:00 - 8:00pm; Calvary Lutheran Church, 2055 S Franklin St. Rd., DECATUR)
Bring the children to our inside, non-scary, and safe treat gathering event. We would love to have you as our guests. Our members will be handing out donated treats from station all throughout our facility. Contact 217-428-0641 with questions.

October 31
Trunk or Treat (5:00 - 7:00pm; Our Savior's Lutheran Church and School Parking Lot, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd. SPRINGFIELD)
We are hosting this free, friendly, safe opportunity to dress up and have fun! We will have Trunk or Treat rain or shine (We will be in the Parish Hall if it rains).

October 31
Trunk or Treat (4:30 - 8:00pm; Jerome United MEthodist Church, 1570 Reed Ave., JEROME)
The event will be held in the east side parking lot. This event is friendly, free and open to the public. Contact 217-487-7059 with questions.

October 31
Trunk or Treat (5:00 - 7:00pm; Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
There will be a variety of tables/stations sponsored by Trinity ministry and fellowship groups. This event is an “all-weather” (adequate lighting, climate-controlled) event since it will be held in Trinity’s Parish Hall. Entrance is off the south parking lot, off of MacArthur Blvd.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 217.787.2323, email or visit Trinity’s website at

October 31
Halloween Spook-tacular! (7:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, LRS Theatre, SPRINGFIELD)
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony presents Halloween Spook-tacular! Children and the young-at-heart can celebrate Halloween in style this year with the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony and Civic Orchestra in a “Halloween Spook-tacular!” concert. On Tuesday, October 31st, at 7pm, join the musicians for an evening of spooks, haunts, and fantastical stories through music.
From Halloween classics like Night on Bald Mountain (made famous by Disney’s Fantasia) and Danse Macabre to the magical music of Harry Potter – and much more – this concert will be sure to thrill and chill!
Concert-goers are invited to share with the orchestras in Halloween festivity. Costumes are encouraged, and audience members are invited to join in a costume parade during the concert. Attendees will also be able to participate in a trick-or-treat at the end of the concert.
Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free to children aged 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or by calling 217-523-2787.