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October 2018 Community Calendar

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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 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
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 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.

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