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October 2018 Community Calendar

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October 1
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night (6:00pm; Windsor High School, 1424 Minnesota Ave., WINDSOR)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 217-459-2636

October 1
Laker Volleyball (6:30pm; Field House, Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., MATTOON)
vs. Kaskaskia College

October 2
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night (6:00pm; Teutopolis High School, 801 W. Main, TEUTOPOLIS)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 217-857-3139

October 3
Genes that Extend Life (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD) Paul Mickey Learning Series presented by Andrzej Bartke, Ph. D. | Free and open to the public
All characteristics of living organisms, including the rate of aging and life span, are determined by a complex interplay of genetic composition and environmental influences. The common perception that longevity “runs in the family” is well supported by demographic data and studies of relatives of exceptionally long-lived people. However, the realization that a single gene can have a major impact on longevity is relatively recent. Life-extending mutations, often referred to as longevity genes, were first discovered in microscopic worms, and Dr. Andrzej Bartke’s laboratory provided evidence that they also exist in mammals. Finding such genes provides a unique opportunity for identifying molecular, cellular and organismal mechanisms of aging.
The work in Dr. Bartke’s lab focuses on how mutations affecting the production or actions of growth hormone lead to extension of the health span and a remarkable increase in longevity. Work in other labs indicates that many of Dr. Bartke’s findings in mutant mice are directly applicable to human aging. It is hoped that improved understanding of the mechanisms of aging will lead to devising interventions that can prevent or delay age-related disease, shorten period of frailty and disability, and extend life.
Each month, the Paul Mickey Learning Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

October 3
Preschool Program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
There will be mummy stories, a craft and activity. Please register to attend by calling the library at 267-3170 or stopping in at 233 S. State Street.

October 3
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The next Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies at the Westville Public Library will be October 3 at 2 PM. The film will tell the real-life story of a thwarted terrorist attack on the 15:17 train bound for Parisan attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film stars many of the real people involved in the frightening event. To reserve your seat for the movie please call the library at 267-3170 or stop in the library at 233 S. State.

October 4
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night (6:00pm; Okaw-Valley High School, 709 S. St., BETHANY)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 217-665-3631

October 5
Special performance by Ben Bedford (5:30pm; Sheedy Shores Winery, Inc. 10300 Johns Creek Road, south of LOAMI)
Special performance by Ben Bedford to benefit conservation work of the Friends of Sangamon Valley Friday October 5 at Sheedy Shores Winery, Inc. 10300 Johns Creek Road, south of Loami. Pre-party starts at 5:30pm with a sunset tour of Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary. The concert starts at 7pm next door on the Sheedy Shores patio, and features music from Ben's new album The Hermit’s Spyglass. The Soap Co. Coffee House #honeycombgrill food truck will be on hand with food for sale. Evening also features silent auction, 50/50 and cash bar. In case of inclement weather the show will go on inside the winery and/or inside the Nipper Wildlife center.

October 6
Downtown Springfield Family FunFest (10:00am - 5:00pm; Washington St. Between 5th & 6th by the Old State Capitol, SPRINGFIELD)
This is a downtown festival that is specifically geared towards children and families featuring inflatable obstacle courses & bounce houses, tons of games & activities, food trucks, appearances from some special characters, and a main stage packed with entertainment for the entire day including music, zoo animals, dance teams and much more! 100% of the profits of the FunFest go to support the programs of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and their expansion across the state.

October 6
6th Annual C-U Oktoberfest (3:00pm-12:00am; big tents at the corner of Neil and Washington Streets, CHAMPAIGN)
At 3:00 p.m., the 6th Annual C-U Oktoberfest begins. The event will take place from 3:00 p.m. to midnight under big tents at the corner of Neil and Washington Streets (parking lot area in front of the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum) in downtown Champaign. Champaign Mayor Deb Frank Feinen will be tapping the ceremonial first keg at 3:50 p.m. and will pronounce the official start of the community festival.
Patterned after the annual festival in Bavaria, the C-U Oktoberfest features live music from bands playing festive polkas, waltzes, and traditional German music...mixed in with plenty of your favorite songs. Bands will be playing beginning at 4:00 p.m. with Die Musikmeisters, The Polkaholics and The Bolzen Beer Band returning by popular demand from last year’s event. The Regent Ballroom will offer free polka lessons at 3:30 pm under the big tent so party-goers can be prepared when the music begins!
Beer from local brewers, including The Blind Pig, JT Walker’s, Destihl, Triptych, and Riggs, as well as traditional German beer will be served. Destihl and Chester’s BBQ will be selling a variety of food during the entire event including a variety of authentic Oktoberfest sausages, sauerkraut, German potato salad, schnitzel on a stick, half chickens and Bavarian-style pretzels!
To add to the festive atmosphere during both events, there will be steins, hats, beaded necklaces, sweatshirts and t-shirts available for purchase.
Party-goers are encouraged to get in the spirit by wearing their best dirndl or lederhosen (or coming as they are) and dance the night away!

October 6
Joel Kim Booster (9:00pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR) Millikin alum Joel Kim Booster '10 is one of the hottest entertainers and stand-up comedians in Hollywood today. You may recognize him from Conan, Comedy Central, or truTV. He's also one of the 2018 Forbes' "30 Under 30" in entertainment, and on Esquire's "10 Comedians to Watch" list. Don't miss his return to campus during Homecoming at Millikin University. Ticket Info: Single Ticket Prices: $10, $15, $20 | Content considered Rated R. No children's discounts available for this event. Purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in person at the ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Discounted tickets as well as handicap seats are not available online but can be purchased at the ticket office. For further inquiries, contact the Kirkland Ticket Office at 217.424.6318 or visit kirklandfinearts.com.

October 6
C-U Oktoberfest 2018 (3:00pm - 12:00am; 400 N Neil Street, CHAMPAIGN)
$5 entry fee at the gate; The C-U Oktoberfest is a fall celebration of music, beer, and food held in downtown Champaign. Patterned after the annual festival in Bavaria, the C-U Oktoberfest features live music from bands playing festive polkas, waltzes, and traditional German musicmixed in with plenty of your favorite songs. Beer from local brewers and a selection of German beers will be served. Party-goers are encouraged to get in the spirit by wearing their best dirndl or lederhosen (or come as they are) and dance the night away! Contact Information: Evan Burie, 217-356-9176, eburie@dsc-illinois.org

October 6
Rock, Mineral, or Fossil? Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission | Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. How can you tell the difference between a rock, mineral, or fossil? Come to the Illinois State Museum and find out! Families can make their own fossil, discover fossils, rocks and minerals found in Illinois, and much more. Super Saturdays offer thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and are included with Museum admission. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

October 6
4th Annual 5K Event for Children with Rare Genetic Disorder: Wade's 5K for 5P (7:00am; Lodge Park, MONTICELLO)
an annual running and walking event that supports six-year-old Wade Jones of Monticello and other children like him. Race-day registration begins at 7:00 AM, and a shorter “Kids Fun Run” will take place after the 5K race. For details about advanced registration, volunteering, sponsoring, or donating, visit the event web site at www.wades5kfor5p.com
Wade was diagnosed at four months with a syndrome called 5P- (pronounced “five p minus” or “five p” for short), also known as cri du chat (French for “cat cry”). The syndrome is caused by a missing portion of the fifth chromosome manifesting in a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities and medical complications, and it affects approximately one in 50,000 newborns in the United States.
Proceeds from Wade’s 5K for 5P- support both Wade and the 5P- Society, a national support group for families having a member with 5P-. In addition, the organizers will dedicate a portion of the proceeds to a grant program to assist local 5P- families with therapy, medical expenses, educational needs, and other necessities.
“Our original purpose for Wade’s 5K for 5P- was to raise awareness,” said Wade’s mother, Megan Jones. “It has done way more than that. Wade’s 5K for 5P- has helped to provide needed therapies and to create a support network much bigger than we ever thought possible.”

October 6
Jeep Run for Autism (10:00am; Longbranch Tavern, 110 N Main St., ATHENS)
Leaving at noon. $5 donation per person. Our spring jeep run had 71 jeeps and we raised $3,000 for autism. We will cruise around to a couple of bars and come back to the Longbranch for free food and a silent auction. We will stick to roads except to go to the Menard county fair grounds to stop in on another benefit where the jeeps will get to drive through the track. Contact Doug Rankin or Roxann Millwee for more information. 217-636-8404

October 6
Rochester Farmer's Market (8:30am - 12:30pm; Library Parking Lot, ROCHESTER)
Local produce, local honey, handmade soap and lotions, fresh pasture-raised meats, Zillion's Chili, Amish salsa, jams, fruit butters, and kettle corn. Saturdays through October 11.

October 6
Pat LaMaster Benefit (12:00pm - 7:00pm; Sanerts Auction Center, 259 Engle St., GREENVIEW)
Pat Lamaster, 42, of Petersburg has Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage 3 cancer. Benefit to help with cost of transportation and other costs relating to the many doctor appointments and chemo treatments he is to have up through Jan of 2019. Throughout the benefit there will be music by various local groups , pulled pork sandwiches with sides/dessert at a free will donations. Carry out will be available. Also will be a 50/50 drawing, a raffle for a hand made John Deer Comforter , a silent auction and live auction at 5. A account is set up at Athens State Bank. Any Cash donations or gas cards may be left at the Athens State Bank.

October 6
4th annual Sportsman’s Banquet (5:00pm; Sleepy Creek Vineyards Banquet Facility, FAIRMOUNT)
The popular Vermilion County Conservation Foundation Sportsman’s Banquet will be held Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Sleepy Creek Vineyards Banquet Facility, Fairmount; doors open at 5 p.m. This fun event is for all outdoor recreation enthusiasts who wish to support the Vermilion County Conservation District - your county parks. All proceeds stay in Vermilion County! Your ticket includes: hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. The auction, youth and adult raffles begin at 7 p.m. Limited seating is available, so get your tickets now at the Kennekuk Park Visitor Center, Danville, IL. Sponsorships available for $250, include two tickets and a 1 in 5 chance to win a gun. Adult $35; Youth $15; Couple $50. Please call 217-442-1691 for more information.

October 6, 7
Taylorville Chilli Cookoffs (TAYLORVILLE)
Entry forms are now available. The I-C-S will have 2 sanctioned chilli cookoffs once again: The “Chillinois” Regional Cookoff on Saturday, October 6th; and the Central States Regional Chilli Cookoff on Sunday, October 7th. Both days will feature salsa, verde, red chilli, and the new “homestyle” chilli competition. The Taylorville Chamber Chillifest “Little Chilli Bean” is open to infants to age 2 that live in Christian County. It's not a stage event, but rather a “People's Choice” event, with the public voting for their favorite baby by placing money in that child's jar that weekend. There is a 5-dollar entry fee per child. All children will receive a participation award, with a $100 Chamber gift certificate being given for first place, $75 for second place, and $40 for third place. Entry forms for both Chilli cookoffs and the “Little Chilli Bean” contest, are available on the event's web site, chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's; or at the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U-S Bank building on the south side of the Taylorville square during regular business hours.

October 6, 7
Dallas & Company's 30th Annual Magic Weekend! (10:00a, - 6:00pm & 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dallas & Co, 101 E University Ave, CHAMPAIGN)
FREE | Join us for some magical fun at Dallas & Co!

Disappear at Dallas & Company's 30th Annual Magic Weekend! Many have found Dallas & Company to be a magical place filled with unexpected items, displays, and fun. It is not uncommon when entering Dallas & Company to disappear into an enticing environment as you experience one of Champaign-Urbana's most unique shopping destinations.

Once a year, Dallas & Company becomes even more magical as magicians from all over the area participate in one of Dallas & Company's most anticipated traditions - "Magic Weekend." Live magic performances, face painting, carnival games, and surprises that will make your visit with us one you'll never forget!

This event only lasts for two days each year and then - POOF! - it's over! Not to worry, though! For the last 42 years, Dallas & Company's magic has continued through every season of the year! Experience the magic of Dallas & Company anytime, but don't miss the special magic event as we all disappear into the enchantment at Dallas & Company's free Magic Weekend tradition!

Magic performance times will be added to our Facebook page prior to the event. Facebook.com/dallasandco

October 6, 7
Dallas & Company's Haunted Room ( Dallas & Co, 101 E University Ave, CHAMPAIGN)
Ages 8+ recommended | Open Every Weekend in October | There has always been mystery around Dallas & Company, the Gorilla room, the Coffin, the Clown, the two story shaft and more. So it would not be surprising that Dallas & Company would spend over 25 years creating its Haunted Room. Strange things happen in the Dallas & Company Haunted Room. Those who dare to enter are greeted with a talking ghost, witches, zombies, skeletons and what APPEARS to be lifeless bodies. Over $40,000 worth of professional props and displays surround those who dare enter! You're only invited for a few weekends in October and we only allow you to go through once because we believe it's all your heart can stand. The Dallas & Company Haunted Room is one of the many events and promotions that makes Dallas and Company one of the most unique shopping experiences in Champaign-Urbana. See you in the FREE Dallas & Company Haunted Room Experience!

October 6, 7
OPEN HOUSE (10:00am to 6:00pm Saturday, 11:00am - 4:00pm Sunday; 803 E University Ave, URBANA)
The Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District Employees Model Railroad Club is holding an open house, Saturday, Oct 6 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, Oct 7 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. We are located in room 219, on the second floor of the CUMTD garage building located at 803 E University Ave, Urbana, IL. The CU MTD Model Railroad Club is a voluntary employee organization funded entirely by its members. This is a free event and is handicap accessible. For more information contact: Paul Yoos - pyoos1960@gmail.com or 217-649-0910

October 7
Operation Hometown Santa Fall Festival (9:45am - 3:00pm; Rochester Masonic Lodge, 635, (next to Cocoa Blue), 121 East Main Street, ROCHESTER)
What started off as a momma wanting to help out her son’s base (RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, England) receive holiday cheer has grown into a community effort to bring hometown happiness to those who are missing out because they are protecting our freedoms! Founder Debbie Yates said, “One young person said we sent him the only Christmas presents he has received. I found out that there are a ton of service men and women stationed overseas that haven't seen their family in years and some don't even get care packages from home.”
Sunday, October 7, 2018, we invite you to join our efforts to raise money to fill boxes which will be shipped to servicemen and women across the world. Opening ceremonies will begin with a flag raising at 9:45 a.m., at the Rochester Masonic Lodge, 635, (next to Cocoa Blue), 121 East Main Street, Rochester, Illinois 62563.
Festivities include a 50/50 drawing; raffles; silent auction items; and numerous vendor and craft booths, face painting by Facial Artistry; Hula Hoop Contest; and more! This 'n' That Food Truck will be on hand for lunch. There will also be a gift donation box for items such as ear buds; headphones; socks; gloves; toiletries; dry foods; etc. Please visit our Facebook Page Operation Hometown Santa for a complete listing of vendors and craft booths and a complete list of items needed for donations. These will be updated regularly. If you would like more information, would like to assist, or would like flyers, please contact Debbie Yates at 217-299-7913 or email at operationhometownsanta@gmail.com.

October 7
2018 VET MED OPEN HOUSE (10:00am - 4:00pm; University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001 S Lincoln Ave, URBANA)
On Sunday, more than 300 veterinary students from the University of Illinois will host the annual College of Veterinary Medicine Open House. There will be more than 40 exhibits and demos, and lots of animals to see. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit https://vetmed.illinois.edu/about/open-house-demos-and-exhibits/. We hope to see you there! (217) 333-2760

October 7
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; Menard County Fairgrounds, PETERSBURG)
Come celebrate our 3rd Summer Season of shows in historic Petersburg!! The grounds will be packed to the brim with loads of irresistible decor, crafts, art, photography, handmade, boutique and jewelry, a huge variety of hot food and sweet goodies, woodwork and furniture, frozen and produce, upcycled and repurposed, customized gifts and personal items, antiques, vintage, pet goods, our local wine and craft beer patio, and of course music and tons of fun!! Something for everyone!! You never know what you'll find at the bazaar!! ? :) ? :) ? :) ? $4 per person | 12 & under FREE | RAIN OR SHINE!! :-P | Vendors inquire at firstsundaymidwestbazaar@gmail.com | Include product info and PICTURES!! | Full for direct sales.

October 7
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Trees | Culture Lab (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
This fall, we’re exploring connections between nature and culture with four month-long series of programs on water, trees, rocks and minerals, and ice and snow. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, hear stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.

Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The second Sunday of each month is our feature program of the month, Discovery Days, that will bring together a range of activities and experts for a more in-depth exploration of the month’s theme. The third Sunday of each month Artful Nature offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world. All other Sundays are a Culture Lab with drop-in activities led by our museum guides. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

October 7
Sacred Time Sacred Space Open House (11:00am - 3:00pm; Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy rare public access to the stunning Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Drink in the beauty of 4,000 square feet of Gabriel Loire windows, explore the intricacies of magnificent Venetian glass mosaics. Tours and children’s activities, light refreshments. Tour times and details at springfieldop.org/chapel50. Please register to help us welcome you! Free. Donations accepted.

October 7
Reading Light: The Art & Architecture of Sacred Heart Convent Chapel (5:30 - 6:15pm; Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., SPRINGFIELD)
A lecture on the magnificent art & architecture of the Dominican Sisters’ Chapel by architectural historian Anthony Rubano, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Please register to help us welcome you! springfieldop.org/chapel50. Free. Donations accepted.

October 7
Kindness for Kenzi 5K Fun Run/Walk (12:00 - 3:00pm; St Raymond Parish Hall & KC, 303 S McElroy, RAYMOND)
Please join us in participating in a 5K Fun Run/Walk for Kenzi! All proceeds will to to Cribs for Kids. Cribs for Kids provides cribs to babies whose mothers could not afford them and educate mothers about the dangers of unsafe-sleep environments. There will be a 1 mile option as well. Registration fee is $30 (shirt included) if you pre-register before September 14. If you want to register the day of, it is $20 (shirt not included). Please see the registration form on the event page.

October 7
Solemn Evening Prayer (6:30 - 7:15pm; Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., SPRINGFIELD)
Join us in a prayer of praise and gratitude for the blessings of Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, for a half-century, the center of our shared life, our prayer life, and our vowed life as members of the 800-year-old Order of Preachers, the Dominicans. Pray with us as we chant the Psalms of the Hebrew Testament, so familiar to Jesus and his followers 2,000 years ago. Glory with us in the hymns of the Christian Testament and engage with us the preachingthe breaking open of the Word of God. Friends of all faiths welcome. Free. Donations accepted.

October 8
Triumphant Quartet in Concert (7:00pm; First Christian Church, 210 S 8th St., PETERSBURG)
The “Triumphant Quartet” will be in concert Monday, October 8 at 7:00p.m. at the First Christian Church of Petersburg, Illinois 210 S. Eighth St. In addition to their multiple awards, fans voted them the Fan Favorite Quartet in the Gospel Music field for the last nine years. No tickets are needed. A free will offering will be received. Handicapped parking and an elevator entrance is located on the east side of the Church. For more information, call 217-825-3817.

October 8
LLCC Campus Visit Day (10:00am - 12:00pm & 5:00 - 7:00pm; LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Lincoln Land Community College invites high school students and their parents, along with others interested in returning to school, to Campus Visit Day on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8. The free event is being held at the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, with two sessions scheduled, 10 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m.
“Campus Visit Day is a special event designed for individuals interested in starting or finishing a college degree or certificate, and families are welcome to attend,” explains LLCC President Dr. Charlotte Warren. “It is a great way to explore the academic and career programs that we offer, become more familiar with the campus and get important information on becoming a successful college student.”
Both morning and evening sessions feature presentations that include comments from current students and information on how to get started with the enrollment process and pay for college. In addition, brief tours are offered of Menard and Sangamon halls as well as the Workforce Careers Center.
Visitors can view exhibits and speak with LLCC representatives of academic programs and student services. Those unsure of which program area to study are invited to take a short career assessment. Prospective students can apply for admission and get FAFSA assistance during the event.
Refreshments are provided and feature baked goods from LLCC Culinary Arts. Registration for Campus Visit Day is available at www.llcc.edu/campus-visit-day or by calling 217-786-2577.

October 9
Pumpkins Story Time (10:00am - 11:00am; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission | Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Whether for pies or a jack-o-lanterns, most pumpkins are grown right here in Illinois. Learn more about these big, orange fruits with stories and a craft. Story Time is designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. On the second Tuesday of each month, visitors will enjoy picture books, a craft, and objects from the Museum’s collections. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. Story Time is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

October 9
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night (6:00pm; Altamont High School, 7 S Ewing St., ALTAMONT)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 618-483-6193

October 9
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night (6:00pm; Paris High School, 14040 E. 1200th Rd., PARIS)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 217-466-1175

October 10
Laker Baseball (3:00pm; Lake Land College baseball field, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., MATTOON)
vs. Lincoln Land CC

October 10
Laker Volleyball (6:30pm; Field House, Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., MATTOON)
vs. Southwestern Illinois College

October 10
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night (6:00/7:00pm; Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond High School, 301 E. Columbia St., ARTHUR)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 217-543-2146

October 11
Music at the Museum Series: Mari Black (7:00 - 9:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12
Multi-style violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black whose energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. On stage, she creates shows that draw on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Her performances take listeners on a musical journey exploring the diversity and celebrating commonalities in the dance-driven folk music of the world.
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 pm in the Museum auditorium. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit www.ginridge.com/extras/music-at-the-museum. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

October 11
Rochester Farmer's Market (8:30am - 12:30pm; Library Parking Lot, ROCHESTER)
Local produce, local honey, handmade soap and lotions, fresh pasture-raised meats, Zillion's Chili, Amish salsa, jams, fruit butters, and kettle corn. Saturdays through October 11.

October 11
Spurlock Thursday Evening Openings (5:00 - 9:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum will be open late on Thursdays from 5:00 to 9:00 pm on September 13, October 11, and November 8. Visitors are invited to join us for activities and mini-tours, travel the world in the feature galleries, or dive into the history of the University in the temporary exhibit Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150.
Also featured on these evenings are 7:00 screenings in the AsiaLENS Documentary Film Series. Details on the films are on the AsiaLENS site http://www.aems.illinois.edu/events/asialens.htm. Admission is free to the Museum and the film series. Park for free in unmarked spaces in campus lot D-22 to the east of the Museum after 5:00 pm.

October 11
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night (6:00pm;Marshall High School, 806 N. 6th St., MARSHALL)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 217-826-2395

October 12
Canvas & Cocktails (7:00 - 9:30pm; Springfield Art Association, SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for a fun evening with friends and support Bright Star Equestrian Centre, a local nonprofit providing people with special needs and individuals recovering from trauma improve physically, emotionally, and mentally through encounters with horses in a safe and supportive environment. The SAA art instructors will be ready and able to help you create a masterpiece! BYO wine and snacks; other refreshments will be provided also.

October 12
Laker Visit Day (9:00am - 12:00pm; Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., MATTOON)
FREE - lakelandcollege.edu/visit to register | 217-234-5377

October 12
Laker Baseball (2:00pm; Lake Land College baseball field, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., MATTOON)
vs. Spoon River College

October 13
Nokomis Womans Club Fall Craft Show (9:00am - 1:30pm; Cornerstone Academy, 316 E South Street, NOKOMIS)
There will be cakewalks in the morning. Door prizes will be awarded on the hour,which you must be present to win. Lunch items are available for purchase including chili,sandwiches ,rolls and pie. Booth space is available by contacting BJ Tooley at 217-851-1309. Proceeds from the craft show fund the clubs many annual events such as Treats with Santa,and the Easter Egg Hunt. More info: 217-246-6368

October 13
Girard Pumpkin Festival (Noon; Girard City Park, GIRARD)
Food, kids' games and homemade rides 12:00pm-6:00pm | Chili cook-off and pie contest | Parade line-up at 2:30pm, starts at 3:00pm | Costume Contest | Vendors. For more information call 217-627-3441 or https://www.facebook.com/Girard-Chamber-of-Commerce-152468188115612/

October 13
Hope-a-palooza (3:00 - 7:00pm; Hope Pavilion 5220 S. 6th St. Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Join us on October 13th, 2018 from 3-7 p.m. at Hope Pavilion for Hope-a-palooza! The Brat Pack will be performing along with other entertainment. There will be many family activities, including: a gaming truck, inflatables, obstacle course, a bubble bus, and much more! There will be many food trucks, including: Engrained & Danenbergers, Twyford BBQ, Chaditos Tacos, Coopers Streetside Bistro, Another Day Another Donut, and many more! communicatinghope@hope.us

October 13
Cosmic Bingo (7:00pm; Kights of Columbus Hall, 217 Limit St., LINCOLN)
This is not your Grandma's Bingo. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Price includes 6 bingo cards, glow hat & glow dauber. $5 per additional 6 cards. Proceeds benefit Carroll Catholic School Teacher Fund. 50/50 Drawing | Cash bar | Bring your own snacks. Questions contact Jennifer Craig at 217-871-9820

October 13
Springfield Jaycees Kegs and Corks (3:00 - 8:00pm; Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy a day full of craft beer, wine, and good times. We will have music, games, and raffles throughout the day. We offer multiple ticket levels that offer something for everyone - from the Average Drinker, to the Drink Enthusiast, to the Party People Package!
Kegs & Corks is a wine and craft beer tasting festival put on by the Springfield Jaycees. This year's event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Springfield. The day will be begin at 3:00PM and will last until 8:00PM. We will have wines and beers from local and surrounding areas to taste throughout the day. Come and join the Springfield Jaycees for a day of drinking, eating, and good times!

October 13
Escape Room at the Westville Library (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library will be hosting an Escape Room on October 13 beginning at 10 AM. You must register ahead of time to reserve the time you prefer. A group may enter every hour. Groups of 3 to 6 would be preferable. Dr. Viktor Frankenstein III is interviewing for a new assistant after his previous assistant Boris suffered a mishap. You will be tasked with completing an assignment for the doctor to see if you would be a suitable candidate. You will have a 45 minute time limit. Come and see if you are up to the task! Please arrive about 10 minutes early to be briefed on the rules and your assignment. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your time.

October 13
Jacksonville Church of Christ Fall Festival (11:00am - 4:00pm; 2365 W. Morton Ave., JACKSONVILLE)
The Jacksonville Church of Christ will host a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 13th from 11am to 4pm at its facilities at 2365 W. Morton Ave. in Jacksonville, IL. This event is free to all and will be a day filled with food, fun and games for the whole family. New this year: a Mad Science station, where kids will get to do an experiment and make a fun take-home item and a free Halloween costume boutique (while supplies last). For more information, call the church office: (217) 245-5001 or go to facebook.com/jaxchurch.

October 13
Sangamon County Rescue Squad Chili Supper & Silent Auction (1:00 - 7:00pm; Lake Springfield Beach House, 101 Long Bay Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Menu includes all-you-can-eat chili, drink (coffee, tea, water, or lemonade), dessert, Adults $7 | Children $3 | Hot Dog $1 | Carryouts available. Proceeds to support in Rescue Squad in purchasing and maintaining equipment.

October 13
Free FALL FESTIVAL (3:00 - 6:00pm; Moundford Free Methodist Church, 1803 E Mound Rd, DECATUR)
Inflatables - Games - Food - Balloon Artist - Mobile Zoo - Jeff Quick & Bluerock Band 5-6pm. This will be on the Church Grounds and NO CHARGE for anything!

October 13
Memorial's Be Aware Women's Fair (9:00am - 2:00pm; Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
This event is a day devoted to women’s physical, financial and emotional health. Join us to:
Learn more about your health through free screenings
Shop for all sorts of goodies
Find out about local service organizations
Admission: $5 | A $1 off coupon is available online. 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 BeAware@mhsil.com for more information or visit BeAwareWomensFair.com.

October 13, 14
Escape Room at the Westville Public Library (Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Library will host an escape room on Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14. Saturday times have all already been reserved but Sunday is still open. Call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your time for this free escape room experience or stop in at 233 S. State. Dr. Viktor Frankenstein is in need of a new lab assistant. Can you follow the clues and find the items the doctor needs in under 45 minutes? Will you pass his interview test to be his new assistant? Come to the escape room and test your logic and luck.

October 14
16th Annual Cemetery Walk (1:00 - 3:00pm; Grove City Methodist Cemetery, GROVE CITY)
Christian County Genealogy Society is having their 16th Annual Cemetery Walk on October 14, 2018. This year we are having it at Grove City Methodist Cemetery in Grove City, IL. Cost is $10 donation for adults. This year we are featuring the infamous Emma Bond's father, Abner D Bond, Samuel J Sadler, Col. Peter Porter, Lester F Sabine, Mrs. Henshie and John C Montgomery. 217-827-9872 for more info

October 14
Kids Create! Workshop: Rock Art (1:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Ages: 8-10 | Cost: $18 for members, $22 for non-members | Registration deadline: October 9, Space is limited
You might think that painting on rocks is a modern trend, but Illinois has examples of rock art spanning centuries. Learn about rock art made by Native Americans in Illinois and make your own rock art inspired by both prehistoric and modern artists. Registration at bit.ly/kidscreaterockart. For more information contact Sarah Davis at Sarah.E.Davis@illinois.org or (217) 782-6044.

October 14
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Trees | Discovery Day (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
This fall, we’re exploring connections between nature and culture with four month-long series of programs on water, trees, rocks and minerals, and ice and snow. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, hear stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.

Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The second Sunday of each month is our feature program of the month, Discovery Days, that will bring together a range of activities and experts for a more in-depth exploration of the month’s theme. The third Sunday of each month Artful Nature offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world. All other Sundays are a Culture Lab with drop-in activities led by our museum guides. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

October 14
Fall Fun Concert (2:00 - 5:00pm; Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, MLKing room with dance floor, DECATUR)
A Fall Fun Concert featuring world class musicians: Dave Bennett from Michigan reeds and "Rockabilly" show with St. Louis musicians, Steve Lilley, Cornet; Cody Henry, trombone; Doc Majchrzak, keyboard; Joe Buerger, Drums plus bass TBA. Casual dress code Tickets $20.00 - Paypal & Visa accepted - use website www.juvaejazz.com to order in advance - tickets also available at the door. Information: Carol 217-855-8495 or Sandie 217-546-1363

October 15
ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment Community Meeting (6:00pm; Champaign Public Library, Robeson Rooms A and B (1st floor), 200 W. Green St., CHAMPAIGN)
On Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) will hold an ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment Community Meeting at the Champaign Public Library. The Affordable Care Act (also known as the “ACA” or “Obamacare”) expanded health insurance coverage to millions of Americans and created the Health Insurance Marketplace - a way for individuals, families, and small businesses to get affordable health insurance. Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace has been shortened from 90 days, down to 45 days under the Trump Administration, so it is more important than ever for consumers to get informed and plan ahead. Open Enrollment is from November 1 to December 15, 2018 for 2019 coverage. With less than a month before the Marketplace opens, CCHCC will be providing information on: the types of health insurance offered through the Marketplace, financial assistance available to make insurance affordable, and how area residents can get ready for the Marketplace Open Enrollment. Carol West, the Regional Outreach Coordinator for Get Covered Illinois, will be among the speakers providing information for consumers.

October 17
Opening the Enos-Hatch Wardrobe: What a Collection of 19th Century Clothing Can Tell us About an Early Illinois Family (Noon - 1:00pm; *Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Brown Bag Program presented by Erika Holst, Curator of Art and History, Illinois State Museum | The Illinois State Museum recently acquired a large collection of 19th century clothing passed down through several generations of the Enos-Hatch family of Springfield. This talk will introduce listeners to the Enos-Hatch family and their impact on Springfield and Illinois, and explore what their clothing tells us about the people who wore it and life in the 19th century. Special attention will be given to the extraordinary wedding shirt made by Salome Enos for her son Zimri's 1846 wedding.
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 events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.
*The Collections Center’s new entrance gate is on Ash Street. The Ash Street entrance must be approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 1/2 Streets.

October 17
Laker Volleyball (6:30pm; Field House, Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., MATTOON)
vs. Lincoln Trail College

October 17
“TREATS AND TREASURES” Luncheon (10:00 - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Drive, SPRINGFIELD)

“WOODEN IT BE LOVELY?” Special Feature: Pastor Margaret Ann Jessup's mission of refurbishing and selling furniture offers hope and healing to unemployed ladies from various backgrounds.
“JOY WHEN HAPPINESS IS GONE” Main Speaker: Martha Heinhorst from Mahomet, IL, shares how she found joy during times of sadness in her life.
Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or E-mail jluttrellfirst@gmail.com

October 18
Pilgrimage Tomb of Post's Namesake (4:00 - 5:00pm; VFW Lafore Lock Post 755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
VFW Post 755 was named after Private Farley Lafore Lock who was a medic during WW1. He was assigned to the 130TH Infantry which is one of the oldest regiments in the Army, tracing its roots to pre-Revolution French militia in the Northwest Territory and continuous service since. A Springfield native who was wounded in the battle of second Somme Offensive in France and died the following day. He was cited for bravery in action. Join us for a brief remembrance. Parking at the memorials and we plan to walk about 2 blocks to his marker. Driving is permitted but please allow that for those that can’t walk as parking is limited. Bring poppies or violas too. 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

October 18
2018 Political Forum (LLCC auditorium, 1 Lincoln Land Dr, LITCHFIELD)
The Litchfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2018 Political Forum on Thursday, October 18. The Political Forum will be held in Lincoln Land Community College’s auditorium, and will begin at 6:00pm. Individuals running for State Senator, State Representative, County Sheriff, State’s Attorney, County Board, County Clerk, and County Treasurer have been invited.

October 18
Talk: Learning and Labor: How Workers and their Unions Have Shaped the University of Illinois (4:00 - 5:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
Featuring comments from longtime University of Illinois workers and labor activists, as well as labor historians, this discussion will examine the history of labor on the University campus. The panel is coordinated by Daniel Gilbert, Assistant Professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations.
This talk is part of the Third Thursday Series and is held in conjunction with the Spurlock Museum’s temporary exhibit Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150. This exhibit explores the history of campus as a community of educators, researchers, and students engaged in learning, research, and public service. Learn about the contributions of a wide variety of people and groups to campus history and ways the University has changed how it relates to the people it serves. The exhibit runs through December 21, 2018.

October 18
100th Anniversary Pilgramage to Pvt Farley LaFore Lock Grave (4:30pm; Oak Ridge War Memorials)
On Thursday, VFW Post 755 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of the soldier for who the post is named, Springfield native, Private Farley Lafore Lock. His battlefield death is honored annually with a pilgramage to his grave site in Oak Ridge cemetary. This ear also marks 100 years since the end of WWI, so this ceremony will have special significance for that reason. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony.

October 18
SAA Collective's 4th 6x6 Art Raffle (6:00 - 8:00pm; SAA Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, SPRINGFIELD)
The SAA Collective's 4th 6x6 Art Raffle event is coming up on October 18 from 6 - 8 PM. The playful event features over 140 miniature 6" x 6" artworks including 16 three-dimensional pieces. The event held at the SAA Collective inside the Hoogland Center for the Arts is free to attend and includes live music by Jeff C Williams, refreshments, additional one night only raffle prizes, and carnival games. All the artwork will be live raffled at the event at 7:30 PM Carnival games at the event include a chance to win prizes like raffle tickets or gift certificates to local businesses. Artist legend Bob Ross will be "onsite" for great selfies.
If you cannot make the event you can still participate and win. Raffle tickets can be purchased online at Springfieldart.org/6x6 until October 18 at 5 PM. You do not need to be present to win. Artwork can be viewed in the gallery through October 18 or online.

October 18
Registration open for spring 2019 classes at LLCC (LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
Registration is now open for those wishing to enroll in spring 2019 classes at Lincoln Land Community College. LLCC’s offerings include academic transfer as well as career training programs. The spring semester begins Saturday, Jan. 12, and weekday classes begin Monday, Jan. 14.
Before registering, new students should first fill out an application at www.llcc.edu (click on the blue “Apply” icon) or visit www.llcc.edu/getting-started for more information. Students may also call or visit the Springfield campus (217-786-2292) or one of the LLCC Outreach Centers in Jacksonville (217-243-6699), Beardstown (217-323-4103), Taylorville (217-786-2754) or Litchfield (217-786-3401).
Current students may register online via WebAdvisor at www.llcc.edu (click on the “My LLCC” tab). Returning students - those who have attended LLCC in the past but have not been enrolled for one or more semesters - may register online via WebAdvisor, in person or by phone.
All students may plan their spring 2019 schedule by searching available classes online. Visit www.llcc.edu/class-schedule for more information on exploring class options.
For more information, call LLCC-Springfield at 217-786-2292 or visit www.llcc.edu/registration.

October 19
LSCA's Fall Family Night Out (6:30 - 8:00pm; Lake Springfield Christian Assembly 1674 Lick Creek Lane, CHATHAM)
FREE event. Lake Springfield Christian Assembly invites you to our annualFall Family Night Out! The event will begin at 630pm with weenie roasts, hayrides and caramel dipped apples available (all free). At 730, we will put away the food and enjoy the campfire in LSCA's traditional way... a few songs and a few words and a prayer. We look forward to seeing you here! You can find more information at lscacamp.org

October 19
The Mary Bryant Home Association (11:00am - 7:00pm; AThe Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2960 Stanton Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired is holding its Annual Chili/Soup Fundraiser on Friday, October 19, 2018 at our facility, 2960 Stanton Street. Serving time is from 11A.M. to 7P.M. The price is $10.00 and includes a bowl of Zillion’s Famous Chili Bowl Chili or homemade beef vegetable soup, hot dog, dessert and beverage. Dine-in, carry-out, drive-thru and a limited delivery service is available. Orders may be placed in advance at 217-529-1614 or emailed to chili@marybryanthome.org. A silent auction and bake sale are also planned the day. The Mary Bryant Home is a certified supportive living facility serving the blind and visually impaired community since 1946. This event is sponsored by the Mary Bryant Home Association.

October 19
Sangamon River Canoe Trip (1:00 - 4:00pm; DECATUR)
Hop into a canoe and enjoy a guided adventure down the Sangamon River with Macon County Conservation District staff on Saturday, September 22 or October 20 from 1-4pm. Wear clothes that could get wet, and bring a hat and water. All other equipment, including life vests, are provided.
Must have at least one adult per canoe. $25/canoe. Must pre-register online by noon on September 21 and October 19 at MaconCountyConservation.org. Registered participants will be contacted with a meeting location prior to their canoeing day, based on river conditions.
Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur. To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road. Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available. Register online at MaconCountyConservation.org.

October 19
Boondocks Benefit Concert for Downtown Revitalization (6:30pm; 2909 N Dirksen Pkwy, Boondocks, SPRINGFIELD)
Boondocks Pub, Central Illinois’ largest live concert venue which was voted Best Nightclub of the Year by the CMAs, is hosting a benefit concert for downtown revitalization on Friday, October 19. The concert features several of the bands who were slated to play Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Amaranth Apple Festival in July. Most of the Saturday line-up of DSI’s downtown festival was unable to perform due to rain and lightning that afternoon and evening.
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door and all ticket proceeds benefit Downtown Springfield Inc.’s mission. DSI is a 501c6 non-profit working to revitalize downtown Springfield through the Main Street Four Point Approach, which ranges from filling vacancies, to adding public art, to advocating for policy solutions to parking and wayfinding issues.

October 19
YPCWho? Fall Masquerade Fundraiser (6:00pm; Cityview Banquet and Meeting Center, 45 E University Ave, CHAMPAIGN-URBANA)
Presented by the Professional MBA at GIES College of Business and The Young Professionals of Champaign-Urbana. Grab your finest mask and join us for our fall fundraiser. Our event will include dinner, dancing, a silent auction and much more. Dish catering will be providing dinner at the event. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. All proceeds support future YPCU programming. This is a semi-formal event. Buy tickets at ypofcu.com

October 20
Street Fighter V Amateur Tournament (10:00am - 3:00pm; Guest House Coffee and Pastries, 113 South Kickapoo Street, LINCOLN)
Free with pre-registration | $3 day-of | Street Fighter V Amateur Tournament (e-sports competition) Guest House Coffee and Pastries and PrimaryColours Retro Relics invite you to bring your arcade stick, Hit Box, or PlayStation DualShock 4 controller to compete in this friendly amateur event! Don't forget to bring a friend.

October 20
20th Annual Christmas In The Village (8:00am - 3:00pm; Community Center, 141 West Main & The Old Bank Bldg., 101 West Main, WILLIAMSVILLE)
30 vendors--lots of Cash & Carry Gift Ideas. FREE to the public. Food available by Cooper's StrEATside Bistro.

October 20
Walk for Freedom (10:00am - 12:00pm; Illinois State Capitol, 401 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free event; all donations will go directly towards meeting towards the needs of survivors of human trafficking. This year, Springfield will be having its second annual Walk for Freedom! This event is a chance for individuals to come together as a community to raise awareness for human trafficking both globally and locally. The event will consist of a walk approximately. 1.5 miles around downtown Springfield beginning at the Lincoln Statute. We will also have activities for individuals to engage in should they choose not to walk. People of all ages are welcome to this event, and we encourage you to join with us in the movement! Individuals can register free at http://a21.org/springfield

October 20
Dedication Celebration for the Lincoln Memorial Parkway Landscaping Project (10:00am; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, DECATUR)
Dedication of an attractive parkway leading to the Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park with grouped plantings of native tree species every half mile. Funds were raised to purchase the trees using the promotion: “In 1830 Abraham Lincoln split rails for the family’s first home in Illinois; $18.30 will sponsor a tree for the Lincoln Memorial Parkway.”
We will be holding the Bicentennial event at the Memorial Garden with a brief flag service with the Honor Guard and Boy Scout conducting a flag ceremony. Music by the Sangamon Valley High School Band. The dedication will then proceed to the Railsplitter Pavilion where the retired Honorable Judge Spears will give a short presentation. Refreshments will be served. https://lincolntrailhomest.wixsite.com/friends-lth

October 20
For the Love of 6 Adoption Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction (5:00 - 8:00pm; Sherman Church of the Nazarene, 7085 Village Center Road, SHERMAN)
Local family is adopting six Colombian orphan siblings. These brothers and sisters are living in separate houses in Colombia. Help us bring them home to live together with their forever family! Dinner: $10/10yrs & up; $5/ 3-9yrs | We're serving: BBQ pork or Italian beef sandwich, cole slaw, baked beans, chips, desserts and a choice of lemonade/tea/water | Silent auction: Terry Redlin framed prints, 7-night stay on Panama City beach, hand-stitched quilts, unique pottery and art from local artisans, custom jewelry, a variety of gift baskets to suit many tastes, essential oils, trips to Branson, AND SO MUCH MORE!!

October 20
Helping Hands Halloween 5K Hustle (8:30am; Lincoln Park, SPRINGFIELD)
registration, 8:30am | costume contest 9:30am | yoga warm-up 9:45am | race starts 10am with refreshments after race | cost $30/person | register online http://www.helpinghandsofspringfield.org/ or 522-0048 ext 5

October 20
Concordia Lutheran Church-School Blood Drive (10:00am - 1:30pm; Bloodmobile, 2300 Wilshire Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
To register for an appointment to donate, click here or call the Community Blood Center at (217) 241-7550 | Almost everyone knows someone -- family member, friend or co-worker -- who’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. Four and a half years ago, Blood Center employee, Deej (second from left), was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. We're happy to celebrate the fact that she's now in remission and continues to be an integral part of our Donor Services team. At the Blood Center, we want to do more than raise awareness - we want to make a difference. And when you donate blood or platelets, you’re helping fight cancer.

October 20
"Ebb & Flow: Music of Water and Life” (7:00pm; Blackburn College - Bothwell Auditorium, 700 College Ave #1, CARLINVILLE)
The Blackburn College Choir will perform a variety of music with a water theme, including several well-known songs such as the traditional Down to the River to Pray, made popular by the hit movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Alan Menken’s Under the Sea, from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The program will include several a cappella works, such as blues legend Lead Belly’s Bring Me Little Water, Silvy and Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain by the South African choral ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The Blackburn Voices will sing their repertoire from their upcoming Madrigal Dinners, including Giovanni da Palestrina’s Sicut Cervus, a setting of Psalm 42 “As the deer pants for streams of water.”
Admission to this concert is free to the public. For more information about the upcoming concert and other music and theatre events at Blackburn College, call (217) 854-5704 or email music@blackburn.edu.

October 20
Celebrate an evening of American Art Music with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony (7:30pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
The MDSO concert on Oct. 20 will feature all 20th century composers whose music together paints a vibrant portrait of what it means to be American. Selections include Charles Ives' "Variations on America" as well as Bernstein's overture to "Candide" and his "Symphonic Dances" from "West Side Story." Millikin faculty vocalist Dr. Ian Greenlaw will join the MDSO for a performance of Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs."
Selected students also have the opportunity to play for musical theatre productions and various community and educational events. Membership in MDSO places a high demand on students who gain hands-on experience by playing side-by-side with faculty and other professionals in a nurturing environment.
Tickets for the concert are $10-$20 and are available through the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at kirklandfinearts.com. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders. For further information, please contact Millikin University Media Relations Coordinator Dane Lisser at 217.420.6636 or dlisser@millikin.edu.

October 20
Art & Soul: A Silent Art Auction & Fine Craft Sale ( 6:30 - 9:00pm; The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space, 711 S 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Silent Art Auction | Fine Craft Sale | Hors D'oevres | Wine | Soul Music | Dancing | Suggest Donation $5 | To support adults with developmental disabilities in Springfield

October 20
Fall Trout Season Begins (Springfield Park District)
Over 58 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state of Illinois will be stocked with Fall Trout including, the Springfield Park District’s, ponds at Southwind Park and Washington Park.
This season, our partners, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will be stocking over 67,000 rainbow trout throughout the state of Illinois! To participate in this Fall’s Trout Season, you must possess a valid Illinois Fishing License with a Trout Stamp. Illinois Fishing Licenses and Inland Trout Stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, which include sporting goods stores, bait shops, and other retail outlets. For more information regarding Trout Season, please check the IDNR website at the following link: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/
The Springfield Park District encourages the public to help us celebrate this Fall Trout Season!

October 20, 21
CFA Lucky Tomcat/Tiger's Lair Cat Show (10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday & 9:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Fairgrounds, Illinois Building, SPRINGFIELD)
225 purebred and household pet cats and kittens competing in judging rings. Vendors selling UNIQUE CAT RELATED clothing, jewelry, cat toys, gifts and WONDERFUL cat trees. Cats and kittens available for adoption. Admission: $5 adults, $4 Seniors, $3 Children under 12

October 21
Trivia Fundraiser (1:00 - 4:00pm; Roots, 14307 Route 97, PETERSBURG)
Sangamon County Association of Home and Community Education is hosting a Trivia Fundraiser on Sunday. Prizes, Silent Auction, 50/50, food and FUN! Tickets are $10 or a table for $100. SCAHCE is dedicated to helping others in our community, our state and the world! For tickets or for more information contact Linda at 217-414-5666.

October 21
From Prairie to Farm to City: Music to Commemorate Illinois’ Bicentennial (2:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Bicentennial Speaker Series presented by Phil Passen | Free and open to the public | The music in this presentation, performed by singer and hammered dulcimer player Phil Passen, reflects the story of Illinois, which has been shaped not only by its land and natural features - the prairies, lakes, and rivers - but also by the many cultures that have flourished here: those of Native Americans, French, Germans, African Americans, Latin Americans, and numerous others.
Passen will begin with a melody from a Native American tribe indigenous to Illinois. His presentation will feature songs and tunes representing various ethnic communities that have contributed to life in Illinois, including a traditional French song sung regularly only in Illinois and one other place in the U.S.; a song popular among Mexican immigrants; songs of the Underground Railroad; selections representing farmers, workers, labor struggles, disasters, and tragedies; and a few blues and rock-and-roll songs. Passen will provide commentary about the histories of the selections and the contexts in which they have been sung and played in Illinois.
This program is part of the “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans” series held on the third Sunday of every month through October, 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar Speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. For more information, please call the Illinois State Museum, (217) 782-0979, or the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College, (217) 786-2477.

October 21
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Trees | Artful Nature (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
This fall, we’re exploring connections between nature and culture with four month-long series of programs on water, trees, rocks and minerals, and ice and snow. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, hear stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.

Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The second Sunday of each month is our feature program of the month, Discovery Days, that will bring together a range of activities and experts for a more in-depth exploration of the month’s theme. The third Sunday of each month Artful Nature offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world. All other Sundays are a Culture Lab with drop-in activities led by our museum guides. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

October 21
SHG Shop A Palooza (11:00am - 4:00pm; SHG West Campus, 1601 W Washington, SPRINGFIELD)
Big Green Egg raffle tickets $10 | Join us for a fabulous day of shopping. $1 entry fee. We will have Italian beef sandwiches and Avanti's Gondolas for sale, along with a bake sale featuring cakes, pies, cookies, brownies and other delicious treats! Proceeds benefit the SHG Girls basketball team and the SHG Golden Angel Poms.

October 21
Superman & Christ in the Culture (6:30pm; Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
“Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Superman!” Generations of adults and kids heard that familiar line decades ago as Superman flew into their living rooms to fight for “truth, justice and the American Way.” Updated versions of Superman have been released in the past five years. But who is “The Real Man of Steel”? That question is explored during Trinity Lutheran Church and School’s Christ in the Culture pop culture series. This event will be held on Sunday, October 21 at 6:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield. Among the topics to be covered will be the similarities and differences between Superman/The Man of Steel and Jesus Christ/The Real Man of Steel; and how the story of Superman can be used to start conversations about how Jesus is the true “God of all” who shows His strength to us in our weakness.
This event is free and open to the public. Future note: The January 2019 Christ in the Culture event will explore “the upside down” of the Netflix series Stranger Things. Date to be announced later but viewing prior to the January meeting is advised. For more information, visit www.trinity-lutheran.com or call 217.787.2323.

October 22
Laker Volleyball (6:30pm; Field House, Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., MATTOON)
vs. Shawnee CC

October 22 - 24
2018 Fall Revival (6:30pm; Fresh Visions Community Church, 1551 J. David Jones Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Pastor Roy Newman and the FVCC Family invite you to our Fall Revival! Join us for three nights of worship and the word from Springfield area pastors. Guest speakers include Pastor William D. Rosser of Pleasant Grove, Pastor Brian Mills of Hope Church, and Pastor Jerry Doss of Abundant Faith. We hope to see you there!

October 22 - November 15
“Have You Forgotten Yet?” (LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the exhibit “Have You Forgotten Yet?: 100 Years Since the Armistice,” Oct. 22-Nov. 15. The public is invited to view the World War I commemorative exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception on Nov. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
“Have You Forgotten Yet?: 100 Years Since the Armistice” is a commemorative display of artifacts and photos from the extensive collection of Chris McDonald, Ph.D., LLCC professor of political science and World War I historian. The exhibit will also include photography by Elizabeth Roehrs, LLCC alum, who participates in local World War I re-enactment groups.
At the reception, Dr. Deborah Brothers and David Leitner, LLCC professors of English, will lead a reading of World War I poetry. Light refreshments will be served.
Learn more about LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.

October 23
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night (6:00pm; St. Elmo High School, 300 W. 12th St., ST. ELMO) FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 618-829-3227

October 23
FLU CLINIC (5:00 - 7:00pm; MP Christian Church, 115 N Washington St., MT PULASKI)
Fight the Flu, it starts with you. Anyone ages 6 months and up. Enter through the old church front doors to the sanctuary.
MUST HAVE - insurance card, including Medicare card. Cash pay is required for those without insurance. Brought to you by the Logan Country Health Department. For more information on Flu vaccines, visit CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

October 23
Wrestling for a Cure Fundraiser (3:00 - 10:00pm; Texas Roadhouse, 2540 W Iles, SPRINGFIELD)
The fundraiser is to raise money to help fight childhood cancer. 10% of your total food bill will go to St Jude's. Any one that goes to Texas Roadhouse on this night just has to show a flyer from thier phone or have one in hand and the can tell thier wait staff that they are there for wrestling for a cure. Wrestling for a cure has partnered with many local businesses to help fight childhood cancer. In the two years we have been raising money for St Jude's research hospital, we have donated just over $25,000. We have many volunteers that are local and quite a few from across the country.

October 24
Hair Wreaths & Mourning Items (12:30 - 1:30pm; *ISM Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Tales from the Vault presented by Erika Holst, Curator of Decorative Arts and History | In the 19th century, death was a part of life. People died from disease, lack of medical care, inadequate food supplies, poor sanitary conditions, farm accidents, fire, and war. To cope with this intimate experience with death, a variety of mourning practices and artifacts emerged that allowed people to both express their grief and to memorialize their loved ones. This presentation will explore mourning artifacts from the ISM's collection along with the etiquette behind them.
"Tales from the Vault" is a collaborative program hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Museum which allows the public to discover some of the treasures from these institutions' collections. Each program will include the chance to view an artifact or document not normally on display, commentary by a staff member or local scholar, and a chance for group discussion. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. All programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.
*The Collections Center’s new entrance gate is on Ash Street. The Ash Street entrance must be approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 1/2 Streets.

October 24
“Paywall” The Business of Scholarship | Movie Night and Panel Discussion (7:00 - 9:00pm; Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, #100, URBANA)
The Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit will be hosting a free community screening of “Paywall”. This programming is part of its celebration of Open Access Week (October 22 - 28). The movie screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Sheldon Jacobson (Founder Professor of Engineering), Andrew Suarez (Professor and Head of Animal Biology), David Rivier (Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology), and Maria Bonn (Associate Professor Publishing, Scholarly Communication).For more information, contact The Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing at scpub@library.illinois.edu.

October 24
2018 Refresh Leadership Simulcast (7:30am, Calvary Church, 501 W Hazel Dell Rd, SPRINGFIELD)
Back for its ninth year, the Refresh Leadership Simulcast attracts more than 10,000 attendees annually throughout the U.S. and Canada. The event focuses on how leaders can reach the next level, inspire their people and become more effective in their role. The event will be simulcast on Wednesday, October 24th at Calvary Church, 501 W. Hazel Dell Rd. in Springfield. Business leaders, human resources professionals, chamber of commerce officials and chamber members can register at RefreshLeadership.com/Simulcast. This year, tickets are being offered complimentary by Express and our sponsors Skinner, Copper & Ehmen Wealth Management, The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce as well as breakfast being provided by Chick-fil-A. As there is no cost to attend the simulcast, Express is asking for a $10 donation for our charitable partner Habitat for Humanity. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the simulcast begins at 8:30 a.m. Mark King kicks off the event and will speak on Lessons In Leadership: Competing With Creativity. In addition to being an innovation expert, King is credited with revitalizing the Adidas brand throughout North America. The lineup continues with Gen. Colin L. Powell, Secretary of State (2001-2005) presenting “Leadership: Taking Charge”. Drawing on examples from experience as a leader on the world stage, Powell illustrates precisely what it takes to be a leader, providing strategies for “taking charge” during times of great change and great crisis. Refresh Leadership concludes with Josh Sundquist. When Sundquist was training for the Paralympics, his motto was 1MT1MT (one more thing, one more time). What’s the one more thing that you could do today to get closer to becoming the best leader you can be?

October 25
Grand Opening and Envelope Celebration (4:45pm; Educational Center for the Visually Impaired, 3240 Hedley Road - Suite C, SPRINGFIELD)
October is Blind Awareness Month and the Educational Center for the Visually Impaired is celebrating with a Grand Opening and Envelope Celebration of our new facility to be held on Thursday, October 25th. The ribbon cutting will be at 4:45 and the celebration begins at 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Educational Center at 3240 Hedley Road - Suite C, Springfield. (West of Brandt Consolidated Headquarters). We invite the community to meet our educators, learn more about our free classes, devices we use, and enjoy light refreshments. A representative of the Illinois Assistive Technology Program will demonstrate some of the assistive technology devices that make life easier for the blind or visually impaired. We will have a Blind Tasting Station Experience and a demonstration of what a person sees with different visual impairments such as macular degeneration. You will have a chance to learn about the Talking Books program from our State Library.
You can support us by telling others about our services and bringing your donations to our Grand Opening to support our programs. For more information, contact Peggy Dyson, Executive Director at edcentervi@hotmail.com if you or someone you know could benefit from our services. The Brandt-Thomas Educational Center was established in September 2014 by Evelyn Brandt-Thomas in honor of her husband, Gordon Thomas. Her desire was to honor her husband and provide skill development and social interaction opportunities for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Recently, we changed the name of the Educational Center and moved to a new facility to expand our programs and services.

October 25& 26
12th annual Halloween Concerts performed by the Millikin University Percussion Ensembles (7:30pm Thursday, 6:00 & 8:00pm Friday; Haunted Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall, Millikin University, DECATUR
) The legend of the Rail Girl tells of a young girl who haunts the balcony, disturbing the lights and props for any show unless the crew leaves out three pieces of candy. Over the last 12 years, the Percussion Ensemble has certainly had their share of unexplained phenomena or mysterious encounters with the Rail Girl. Some audience members have even said they witnessed the ghost appearing in the balcony during the concert.
For more information about Millikin University's Percussion Ensembles, visit millikin.edu/percussion.
Tickets for the concert are $10 (free for Millikin students only with a student ID) and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at kirklandfinearts.com. Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders.

October 26
Organ recital and hymn sing (7:00pm; Trinity Lutheran Church, 220 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Dr. John Behnke, Emeritus Professor of Music at Concordia University Wisconsin, will be the guest organist. He will be playing Trinity's newly restored 1972 Casavant organ. Selections include "Thy Strong Word"; D Major Prelude by Buxtehude; "The Lord's Prayer"; "We All Believe in One True God"; and "Fugue on A Mighty Fortress". The Sangamon Brass Quintet will play on several selections; and "the audience" can sing along with the Trinity Adult Choir on several beloved hymns. This free concert is open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.trinity-lutheran.com or call 787.2323.

October 26
“Haunted Lab” (5:00 - 6:30pm; LLCC, upper Sangamon Hall, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Children ages five and older and their parents/guardians are invited to the free event. Pre-registration is required at www.llcc.edu/haunted-lab. Children will see “spooky” science demonstrations and learn about experiments they can do at home. Experiments will be conducted by club members under the guidance of Jennifer Ramm, LLCC professor of chemistry. Science demonstration shows will run about 20 minutes and will take place in Sangamon Hall Rooms 2213 and 2215. Children will see bubbles, color changes, fire and much more as they learn about science. Shows begin every 15 minutes at 5, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, 6 and 6:15 p.m. While waiting for shows to begin, children can participate in hands-on activities and face painting across the hall in Room 2216. Children are welcome to wear Halloween costumes to the event. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

October 26
"Of Dreams and Nightmares" Opening Reception (5:30 - 9:00pm; The Pharmacy Gallery, 711 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Of Dreams and Nightmares brings together the work of Felicia Olin and Mehr Tumulty. Felicia’s work plays on the lighter side of whimsical, with fairy tale influenced characters and animals, while Tumulty’s work delves into the macabre with ghosts and creatures that stare with piercing eyes. Together, their work tells stories of and pulls at the strings of the subconscious. This event is co-hosted by and partnered with NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS. RECEPTION AND OPENING: Friday October 26th - 5:30pm to 9pm | EXTENDED EXHIBITING HOURS: Saturday October 27th - Noon to 6pm; Sunday October 28th - 10am to 3pm

October 26, 27
A Bicentennial Travel Adventure: West Central Illinois (7:30am Friday to 7:30pm Saturday; Depart from ISM Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The Quad-Cities are a large, bi-state metropolitan area with a population of over 400,000. Among bi-state regions in the U.S., it is somewhat unique in that its population is divided almost equally between both sides. The trip will visit some key components of Quad Cities history and current character. It also will answer the questions: How did this boundary come to be? Why are there four different cities instead of one on each side? How much cross-state cooperation exists? Trip highlights include the John Deere Headquarters and Seeding Group Factory, Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island Arsenal, and a lunch cruise on the Celebration Belle paddle wheel boat.
Dr. Norman Moline is Professor Emeritus of Geography at Augustana College in Rock Island. He will join the trip in the Quad Cities to serve as an educator and guide. His specialties are historical geography, cultural geography, resource management, Illinois, and East Asia. He has served two terms on Illinois Historic Sites advisory Council. At Augustana, he founded the environmental studies program and co-founded the Asian studies program. He has directed many student programs and alumni trips. He is pleased to be the guide for this trip.
Judy Wagenblast is coordinating this trip as a Society volunteer. Judy is retired from Lincoln Land Community College where she served as Director of Community Education. She has taught communications and marketing as an adjunct instructor at four other colleges and is dedicated to lifelong learning.
For more information and registration, visit bit.ly/2018ismtrip or contact Elizabeth Bazan at events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. Fee: Double Occupancy (per person): $279 Members, $315 Non-members
Single Occupancy (per person): $329 Members, $365 Non-members
Deposit of $100 per person is due by September 10. Final balance due October 15.

October 26, 27
Dracula (7:00pm; Lorraine Theatre, 324 E Main St., HOOPESTON)
The Lorraine Theatre Guild proudly announces “Dracula” by Stephen Dietz, to be performed Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 p.m. The performance is fully staged, rendered by exceptional local talent. It is premier live theatre at the restored and beautiful historic Lorraine Theatre, 324 E. Main St., Hoopeston, Illinois. Tickets for this award-winning drama, based on the Bram Stoker classic, are $12.00 per person and are available at the Hoopeston Public Library (110 N. 4th St.); the Little Lorraine Theatre (214 E. Main St.); Hoopeston City Hall (301 W. Main St.); Treasured Roots Flower Shop (702 W. Main St.) and Mr. B’s (307 E. Main St.). They are also available online at www.thelorrainetheatre.com and at the box office the nights of the performance. Specific ticket information is further available by contacting Marilyn Tyler at 217-840-4870. We will begin the show promptly at 7:00 p.m. but will open the theatre house at 6:30 p.m. The show is not recommended for children under 12 due to several scenes of mature content.

October 26, 27
Illinois State Genealogical Society 2018 Fall Conference (President Abraham Lincoln Springfield - a DoubleTree by Hilton, 701 East Adams Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Full Conference Registration, including Saturday’s luncheon with special guest Kevin Wood aka Mr. Lincoln $85 for Members, $95 for Non-Members. Banquet with special guest Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGLSM, FASG, FNGS, FUGA $40 for Members and $45 for Non-Members. Saturday only registration, including the luncheon, is also available $65 for Members and $75 for Non-Members. Early Bird pricing ends October 4, 2018. Prices increase after October 4th. Find complete program details and online Registration on our website at https://tinyurl.com/y9gzxc8c

October 26, 27
Anti-Social (7:00pm;
The High School of St. Thomas More, 3901 N Mattis Ave., CHAMPAIGN) Join STM Theatre for the World Premier of Anti-Social, a series of comedic one-act plays by Don Zolidis. Anti-Social tackles the world of social media in 8 short plays covering topics like what to do when your child's Instagram isn't garnering enough followers for your liking, or what happens when your co-worker poaches your tweet, or if you encounter trolls in real life. Performances are Friday, Oct. 26 & Saturday, Oct. 27. Both shows start at 7 at STM. $7 gets you in the door. Dress rehearsals are October 22-24.

October 26, 27
"LSCA's CYBER BREAK" A Retreat for Girls' Grades 6-8 (5:00pm Friday to 3:00pm Saturday; Lake Springfield Christian Assembly, 1674 Lick Creek Lane, CHATHAM)
Cost $50, includes 3 meals and overnight stay | The Cyber Break Retreat is a way for jr high girls to get together and have fellowship while disconnecting from the craziness and over connection to the cyber world for 24 hours. We will incorporate tough topics in our discussion (see below) while keeping our focus on scripture. It will be a time of fun, retreat, learning, games, crafts, music, dancing, and friendship, we hope to see you there! You can register and find more information at lscacamp.org | (217) 529-2625 | facebook.com/lscacamp/ | lsca@lscacamp.org
Discussion Topics:

  • Bullying and suicide awareness
  • Self respect/morals and online dating
  • Peer pressure and making right choices
  • Relationships (friends and romantic)- healthy and not healthy
  • Four dimensions of wellness
  • Serving others

October 26, 27, 28
"House of the Dead" Haunted House (6:00 - 10:00pm, 623 6th St., PAWNEE)
The Pawnee Lions Club is putting on our 2nd annual haunted house, House of the Dead. One weekend only, October 26, 27 and 28th from 6-10pm. This is a scary haunted house. Under 10 requires an adult. $5 admission. Once you enter the door to haunted house, no refunds. (We give refunds if you are unable to enter). Trunk or Treat date is Sunday October 28th from 2-5pm for the little ones. $2 admission for kids, parents free. We pass out candy with the lights on, no scares. All of the money goes back into Pawnee community with our other events and scholarships for Pawnee High School. Location - on the square in 623 S 6th St., Pawnee, IL. Please come out to our terrifying haunted house.

October 26 - December 14
Mindful Meditation Fridays (11:30am - 12:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
The Museum invites you to join leader Mary Wolters of Green Yoga Spa in Mindful Meditation on Fridays this fall, October 26 through December 14, excluding the day after Thanksgiving, November 23. During each 30-minute session, Mary will help participants bring a focus to their breathing and share tips for how to engage mindfully. Present moment awareness can be elusive, and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation, we can discover a calm amidst our to-do lists and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. No registration or special equipment is necessary, and participants may attend as many or few sessions as they like.

October 27
John O'Conor (7:30pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Irish pianist John O'Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over 40 years. Having studied in his native Dublin, in Vienna with Dieter Weber and being tutored by the legendary Wilhelm Kempff, his unanimous 1st Prize at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 opened the door to a career that has brought him all around the world.
His recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas led CD Review to say that he "by now should be recognized as the world's premier Beethoven interpreter" and his recent recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Delfs have also been greeted with acclaim.
A Steinway Artist, he is chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah Conservatory, a member of the faculty of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, a visiting professor at Showa University in Japan and also continues to teach at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.
Ticket Info: Single Ticket Prices: $20 | Children's Tickets: $10 (available by phone or in person only)
Purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in person at the ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Discounted tickets as well as handicap seats are not available online but can be purchased at the ticket office. For further inquiries, contact the Kirkland Ticket Office at 217.424.6318 or visit kirklandfinearts.com.

October 27
Restoration Work Day (8:30am - 11:00am; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial)
We are removing honeysuckle and general park maintenance. Please wear gloves. This is our last opportunity this year to improve this beautiful park. We appreciate any amount of time you can give. For more information contact: Judy Parrish, jparrish@millikin.edu | Roslyn O’Conner, ROConner@millikin.edu
Our Facebook page at Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial - Web site https://lincolntrailhomest.wixsite.com/friends-lth
The park is about 10 miles straight west of Decatur. Take Route 36 to Lincoln Trail Memorial Parkway; go south four miles. The park is on the east side of the road.

October 27
Beam me up, Scotty”—A Halloween Space Costume Star Party (5:30pm; Kennekuk County Park’s Environmental Education Center, DANVILLE)
Everyone, including aliens, are invited to Kennekuk County Park’s Environmental Education Center for our next Star Party! On Saturday, October 27th, at 5:30 PM you are invited to come dressed as your favorite alien, planet, star, or Sci-Fi space character. (Prizes will be award for kids and adults.). Costumed or not, come and hear world renowned Astro-physicist Dr. Jeff Cooke talk about the historic detection of a Gravity Wave of August 17, 2017. Hear VCCD Naturalist Lara Daring update us on the newest discoveries of the harmful effects of light pollution. (You really need to know the effects of blue LED light spectrum on your health, let alone on planets and animals). Enjoy hot apple cider, candy apples, pumpkin cookies, and then looking at the stars. Join us as Dr. Carl Wenning of the Twin Cities Amateur Astronomers guides us through the night sky! So, bring your telescope and your inner ALF or Spock and join us at 5:30 PM for our Halloween Space Costume Star Party! For more information please call Fr. SauppĂ© at 267-3334 or Lara Darling 442-1691.

October 27
Jana in Urbana: Hilarity & Harmony with Jana Stanfield (7:00 - 8:30pm; Baha'i Center of Urbana, 807 Green Street, URBANA)
$20 At The Door | $15 In Advance | Proceeds benefit Unity Church & Spiritual Center of Urbana; Billed as a night of “hilarity and harmony,” Jana Stanfield brings her music and unique sense of humor to a special performance at the Bahai Center of Urbana (807 E. Green St., Urbana), on Saturday, October 27, from 7-8:30 p.m. A multi-platinum songwriter from Nashville, Stanfield’s compositions have been performed by Reba McEntire, Andy Williams and many others, and she has shared stages with fellow performers ranging from Kenny Loggins to The Dixie Chicks. You have probably heard her music on 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, the movie 8 Seconds, and radio stations nationwide. For additional information about the concert, call Gary Masters: 217-714-3952 | For tickets, call Unity Church & Spiritual Center of Urbana: 217-328-6963 | Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/324896264943198/

October 27
2nd Annual Halloween Parade & other events (7:30pm; Downtown SPRINGFIELD
) The Parent Place, along with presenting sponsor HSHS Medical Group, will be hosting their second annual Halloween parade downtown Springfield. This is a free family-friendly event for our community. Everyone is invited to come and watch festive floats and other exciting entries in this lighted evening parade.
The parade will kick off at 7:30 pm downtown and follow the normal parade route. Parade lineup will be in Horace Mann parking lot on Jefferson St, heading down 5th Street and continue to Monroe and up 6th Street. The Parent Place is excited to announce that this year’s grand marshals will be Molly Berendt, founder and director of Compass for Kids; and Ginny Conlee, community activist and philanthropist. AM Sports Radio 1450’s Shawn Balint and WICS ABC News Channel 20’s Joe Crain are serving as emcees for this event. There will be a contest for best parade entries, including first, second and not-for profit entries. To enter, and for more information regarding this event, you may contact Bridgett at 217/753-8730. All proceeds will benefit The Parent Place.
There will be several other free, family-friendly events before the parade in downtown Springfield on October 27. Old Capitol Farmers Market will celebrate Halloween at the Market beginning at 9:30 am, with costume contests for kids, families and dogs. The Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association will be hosting Halloween at the Governor’s Mansion from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for children ages pre-k through fifth grade. There will be plenty of treats, courtesy of the Illinois Association of Wholesale Distributors, and a large pumpkin display sponsored by The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur. The City of Springfield will host their Halloween Safety Event from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Fire Station #1 at 825 E. Capitol Street for children ages pre-k through fifth grade. There will be treats and fun activities including exploring police, fire, and public works vehicles.

October 27
CRF 8th Annual Pink and White Ball (6:00pm; South Wind Park, Erin's Pavilion, S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
$20, Dinner served 6:30pm Night of educational, fun and entertainment for cancer survivors, their family and friends. Crown 2018 Fighter of the Year. Educational Scholarship information for student affected by cancer. Public is invited. CRF members, 217-741-6220, 217-381-3147 or you can pay at the door.

October 27
120th Anniversary Gala (5:00 - 9:00pm; Wyndham Springfield City Centre, 700 East Adams Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Come join us as we celebrate the rich History of Grace United Methodist Church (GUMC) during our 120th Anniversary Gala! At GUMC, "We celebrate the past and embrace the future," our Sankofa Experience. Sankofa translates to "Go back and get it" (san- to embrace; ko-to go; fa-to fetch, to seek and to take). The Sankofa bird, a bird with feet facing forward and neck turned backward taking an egg off its back, illustrates how we are not to forget the past; and return to what we have forgotten and not leave it behind, all while progressing and moving forward. By attending the event, you will be part of sending a youth off to school through our GUMC's Scholarship Fund! $50 for Adults | $35 for Students | Grace120thannivgala@gmail.com | (217)-523-3335

October 27
Pancakes & Sausage/Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast & Craft Fair (7:00 - 10:30am; Oakwood United Methodist Church, Corner of Oakwood and Collett Streets, OAKWOOD)
Event Cost: Freewill donation for breakfast. Craft and Bake Sale items sold as marked. Proceeds Benefit: Proceeds to benefit our local food pantry, the Appalachia Service Project, Fair Hope Mission in Danville, IL plus disaster relief and mission outreach. Description: Pancakes & Sausage/Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast will be served from 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM. A freewill donation will be taken for the breakfast. We will also have a bake sale and craft fair at this event. Bake sale and craft items will be sold as marked. Contact Person: Pastor Legg | (217) 354-4950

October 27
Trunk or Treat (4:00 - 7:00pm; Chatham Village Square, CHATHAM)

*Trick or treating in a safe, family-friendly environment with allergy friendly options at every station
*FREE food and beverages provided by Chatham Jaycees, Chatham United Methodist Church, and Scoop du Jour
*Spooky Stories around the fire with Chatham Area Library
This event is FREE to the public. Donations of food items for Titan Fuel will be accepted on site. Needed items include individual packages of:
-cereal or oatmeal
-fruit cups or apple sauce
-granola or breakfast bars
-. mac 'n' cheese, ramen, or Chef Boyardee dinners
-PLEASE keep donations peanut free.

October 27
Glo Bingo to benefit Forever Home Feline Ranch (6:00pm; Sangamon Prairie Center, 8855 State Route 4, CHATHAM)
$20/person in advance | $25/person at the door | Over $1000 in cash prizes! | Cash bar - food & drink available for purchase. | *Please, no outside food or drink. | Cover includes 6 bingo cards for 10 games, glo in the dark dabber, and glo hat.

October 27
The Parent Place 2nd Annual Halloween Parade (7:30pm; Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
Please join us for this free, fun, family-friendly event as floats and other special Halloween guests will parade the streets in downtown Springfield! This parade is unique as there will be dance groups, marching bands, and entries all capturing the Halloween spirit. Emcees for the event are Sports Radio 1450’s Shawn Balint and WICS News Channel 20’s Joe Crain. Please come in your costume! Proceeds from this event will benefit services at The Parent Place, which is a local child abuse prevention organization. For more information, and to enter or sponsor the parade, please contact 217-753-8730 or bhammen@tppos.org. Please visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/235742193694134/

October 27
FREE CONCERT: The Chosen Ones (6:30pm; Springfield First Seventh Day Adventist, 3300 West Jefferson, SPRINGFIELD)
A family Southern gospel group from Manchester, IL. Everyone is welcome. A free-will offering will be taken. Refreshments will be served following the concert Call 217-306-5617 with any questions.

October 27
National Drug Take Back Day (10:00am - 2:00pm; SPRINGFIELD)
Prevention First, the Springfield Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host a collection site to provide residents with an opportunity to purge their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, October 27 residents are urged to bring medications for disposal to Prevention First, 2800 Montvale, Springfield, IL. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
At the Prescription Drug Take Back event last April, the DEA reported 415.5 lbs. of prescription drugs were collected by the Springfield Police Department and Prevention First in just four hours. Nationally, the last fifteen Prescription Drug Take Back events have taken nearly 5,000 tons of pills! The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. “Unused prescription drugs can find ways to get into the wrong hands. That can be very dangerous and even tragic. By decreasing easy access to prescription drugs, we are making steps towards keeping them out of the hands of others who might misuse and abuse them,” said Karel Homrig, Executive Director of Prevention First. “Additionally, this event gives us another opportunity to educate the public about how to prevent drug abuse before it starts.”
The drive-through collection at Prevention First is only one of five collection sites in Springfield. Those unable to travel to Prevention First’s office on October 27 can visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/ to locate a collection site convenient to them.

October 27
Food Drive (1:00 - 3:00pm; HyVee, 2115 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Hy-Vee has agreed to partner up with the Springfield Park Police in assisting the Sangamon County Sheriff’s office, Green Toyota and St. John’s College of Nursing in raising 5,000 non-perishable food items and donate those items to help alleviate the fall food shortage at local food pantries throughout the Sangamon County area. Officer Michael Wells will be in charge of coordinating the event for the Springfield Park Police. Officers in full uniform and a marked squad car will be setting up a donation table outside of Hy-Vee’s main entrance on October 27th.
All proceeds from this event will be given to the Crime Prevention Unit of the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office at the Green Toyota dealership located on W. Wabash between October 1, 2018 And October 31, 2018. The District would like to thank Hy-Vee of Springfield for partnering and allowing us to set up our booth, plan to stop by next Saturday to visit with our Park Police and donate!
If you cannot make this event but still want to get involved? Food can be delivered to Crime Prevention at the Sangamon County Sheriff’s office, Green Toyota on W. Wabash or by flagging down a Deputy!
Overall questions about the Month of October Food Pantry giving can be directed to Sgt. T. Dalby Phone: 217-753-6658 or Email: travis.dalby@co.sangamon.il.us

October 27
KC Lake Club Trunk of Treat (5:00 - 10:00pm; 141 N Lakewood Dr., CHATHAM)
The kids can show off their amazing costumes, play games and get candy! We'll also have a rock wall for those venturing to climb to the top! Parents don’t have to feel left out either they can join in all the costume fun and games, including the rock wall! Fun for the whole family!!!!

October 27
Taylorville Moose Lodge Garlic Festival (720 McAdam Dr., TAYLORVILLE)
Asking for items for a silent auction. We appreciate anything you may be able to contribute to this cause, to help raise funds for the lodge. 217-287-1232 with questions. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! *Silent auction *Breakfast served from 6 am to 10 am *Wiffleball sign ups at 11 play at 12 *Bocci ball sign up at 11 play at 12 *Bagna served from 1-3 **2 styles of bagna *garlic sausage, made by Kincaid American legion, served from 3-6 *Mostaccioli, Garlic salad, and garlic bread served from 3-6 *****Tickets $10***** Bulk sausage for sale

October 28
Mall-O-ween (3:00 - 5:00pm; White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
Mall-o-ween will allow children to trick-or-treat and enjoy the holiday in a safe environment. Children of all ages are encouraged to dress in costumes and enjoy a multitude of activities throughout the mall including live music, princess pictures, and interactive games.
*Trick or Treating from 3:00PM-5:00PM
*Live Music by Lincoln Land Community College. The band, under the direction of Jane Hartman, LLCC Professor of Music, will perform up beat favorites from 3:00PM-4:30PM (Location: Food Court)
*Meet & Greet with the Springfield Jr. Blues! Join the team for a game of slap shot, fun giveaways and pictures.
3PM-5PM (Location: Lower Level near Yankee Candle)
*Princess Pictures with Fairies and Faces! Meet, pose and snap a photo with Princess Chauntea in front of her castle backdrop. 3:30PM-5PM (Location: Lower Level Macy's Wing)
*Halloween Arts & Crafts
3PM-5PM (Location: Lower Level Macy's Wing)
*Participation by individual stores may vary. Costumes should be worn only during event hours and masks are allowed only on children 12 years old and younger.*No hoodies.
*Some candy/items may contain or include traces of nuts or other food allergens. Please review all items carefully before consuming or using.

October 28
Trick or Treat Street (1:00 - 4:00pm; Southwind Park, 4965 S 2nd St, SPRINGFIELD)
Mid-West Family Broadcasting (News Talk 970AM and 94.7FM WMAY, 98.7 WNNS, 97.7 WQLZ, and WUSW US92.7) is giving children 12 and under a COMPLETELY FREE AND SAFE place to dress up in their favorite costumes at Trick or Treat Street 2018! Trick or Treat Street 2018 will be held on Sunday, October 28 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Erin's Pavilion at Southwind Park. Trick or Treat Street is a rain or shine event. SPONSORED BY THE SPRINGFIELD PARK DISTRICT, STAFF CARPET, and ILLINOIS EDUCATORS CREDIT UNION. CANDY IS COURTESY OF WAL-MART AND MARINE BANK Dozens of local businesses will be on hand to provide entertainment, demonstrations, and give out tons of candy out to all entrants. Alternative options will be available for children with food allergies. The first 1000 kids will receive a treat bag courtesy of Just Beds. Recon Tech will have their haunted trailer on site. Food will be available for purchase. 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 28
All You Can Eat Fried Chicken Dinner (4:00 - 7:00pm; American Legion POst 32, 1120 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Served with All You Can Eat- Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Vegetable, Roll, Coffee or Ice Tea. $10.25 per person. All proceeds benefit veterans and their families. 217-523-3415 for more information. spfldpost32@outlook.com

October 28
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Trees | Culture Lab (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
This fall, we’re exploring connections between nature and culture with four month-long series of programs on water, trees, rocks and minerals, and ice and snow. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, hear stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.

Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The second Sunday of each month is our feature program of the month, Discovery Days, that will bring together a range of activities and experts for a more in-depth exploration of the month’s theme. The third Sunday of each month Artful Nature offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world. All other Sundays are a Culture Lab with drop-in activities led by our museum guides. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

October 28
Quarter Auction Fundraiser for Central IL Bird Keepers Club (12:00pm; VFW above Foxhole Pub & Grub, 915 5th St., LINCOLN)
Doors open at 12:00pm and auction starts at 1:00pm. Paddles can be purchasedon site for $1 each. Not sure how the auction works? No problem! Come to our event and we'll show you how to play! So break out the piggy bank and bring your rolls of quarters.

October 30
SCHEELS Halloween Experience (4:00 - 7:00pm; SCHEELS, 3801 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Join SCHEELS and community partners for some Halloween Fun! Ages 4-12 | All store scavenger hunt | Candy, prizes, games and more!

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 or visit Trinity’s website at trinity-lutheran.com.

October 31
TRUNK OR TREAT at Our Savior’s (5:00 - 7:00pm; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church & School, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Rain or Shine (in the Parish Hall if it rains) Join us for Trunk or Treat - Wednesday, October 31, 5-7 pm in Our Savior’s Parking Lot. We are hosting this FREE, friendly, safe opportunity for children 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).

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