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September 2018 Community Calendar

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September 1
Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival (Noon to 10:00pm; The Great Pumpkin Patch, 1749A CR 1900 N, ARTHUR)
6th Annual Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, September 1st @ The Great Pumpkin Patch, Arthur, IL. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, The Harmans, Cornfields & Crossroads and Mackville. Noon to 10:00 pm. $25 adults, 16 under free with paid adult. $20 advance tickets and more information at www.mackvillebluegrass.com under the festival tab. Jamming and workshops too! 217-460-1439

September 1
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.

Pet Adoption (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD) Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption at Petco. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

September 1
Springfield Oyster & Beer Festival (12:00pm - 5:00pm; Inn at 835, 835 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
The 9th Annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival (SOB Fest) will be held rain or shine. With over 100 types of crafts beers, oysters, live bands, food trucks you’re sure to have a great time! To date the SOB Festival has donated over $75,000 to local charities. GA ticket price includes admission into the festival, 1 tasting glass and 30 tasting tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at SOBFestival.com; General Admission tickets are $30 each and VIP tickets are $65 each

September 2
Pet Adoption (12:00 - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption at PetSmart. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

September 2
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, up-cycled and re-purposed, 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!! ? :) ? :) ? :) ?
Several new vendors will be bringing an even greater variety of food and shopping, snacks, produce, and a large variety of old treasures and brand new custom and unique handmade goods. Patrons can bring food pantry donations to the information table to be entered into a drawing for a free t-shirt each month. APL Adoption Mobile will be in attendance. HONVEE will be selling a cookbook that helps female veterans enduring hardship.

September 3
Labor Day Parade (10:00am; 7th & Jefferson, SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield and Central Illinois Trades and Labor Council we be hosting the annual Labor Day Parade.

September 4
Celebrate Beyonce's Birthday with the History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library (5:00 - 7:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, History, Philosophy and Newspaper Library, 246 Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library (HPNL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will celebrate global pop icon Beyoncé’s birthday on Sept. 4 from 5 to 7PM in Room 246 in the Main Library. The event will include cupcakes, lemonade (obviously), and the world’s first library-based Beyoncé haiku contest. Janice Herrington, University of Illinois English professor and author of the poetry collection Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin, will judge the contest. A prize will be awarded to the winner. The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library’s collections support research in History, Philosophy, African American Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, and the History of Science. Other HPNL resources include vast microform collections, databases, and voluminous newspaper holdings. The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library is located in Room 246 of the Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive in Urbana, IL.

September 5
Pre-School Program (10:00am; Westville Piblic Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
Preschool age children and their parent or caregiver are invited to join us for It's a Beary Good Day at the library. Please call 267-3170 or stop in at 233 S. State Street to register for this program. There will be stories and a craft.

September 5
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Piblic Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies at the Westville Public Library will be September 5 at 2 PM. The movie is about four high school kids who discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play the game - you must survive it. The movie stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jack Black. Please call the library at 267-3170 or stop in at 233 S. State to reserve your seat for this fun romp of a film.

September 5
Saving the Heart of the World: Emergency Stabilization of Double Ditch Indian Village State Historic Site (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Double Ditch Indian Village State Historic Site is a large Mandan earthlodge village located on the Missouri River about eight miles north of Bismarck, North Dakota. Mandans lived in the village for nearly 300 years (AD 1490-1785) and were the center of an expansive trade network. Ditch enclosures, earthlodge impressions, and large midden mounds are well-preserved to this day, and the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a result of catastrophic flooding of the Missouri River in 2011, Double Ditch started eroding and human remains were uncovered. In cooperation with the Three Affiliated Tribes, the State Historical Society of North Dakota undertook a bank stabilization project in 2016 to prevent further erosion and preserve this incredible site for future generations.
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.

September 6
BINGO! Hosted by SAVE Central Illinois (6:30 - 8:00pm; Donnie B's Comedy Club, 3455 Freedom Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Help us raise funds for suicide prevention research and awareness. BINGO prizes between $50-$75!!!

September 6
“Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom” Film Screening (6:30 - 8:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public
The film Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom takes viewers across the country to hear from ordinary people in eight states who are helping transition to a clean energy future by building what is broken, rethinking what is possible, driving innovation and fighting for community access. In 50 minutes, the film explores the clean energy industry and showcases people whose lives have been changed by the renewable energy industry. The film underscores the ideas that we are not sacrificing jobs for a clean environment and supporting a clean energy future means a better, more prosperous future for everyone. A discussion will follow, facilitated by Professor Amy McEuen, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Illinois—Springfield.
Dr. Amy McEuen is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois—Springfield and holds a Ph.D. in Terrestrial Ecology from the University of Michigan. She has lectured on climate change in a variety of university courses for over a decade. She is an advocate for science and science-based policies.
This film is being shown in partnership with Springfield CLEAN (Citizens Looking for Energy Alternatives Now) and the Sangamon Valley Sierra Club. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

September 7
Matt Baird LIVE at Floyd's (6:30pm; Floyd's Thirst Parlor, 212 S 5th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
FREE EVENT | Any donations will benefit Give Hope, Fight Poverty orphans (www.ifightpoverty.org)
Matt Baird of Spoken will be performing live at Floyd's. This is a free concert (no cover charge) and any donations will benefit the orphans of Give Hope, Fight Poverty (www.ifightpoverty.org). There is a cash bar and you must be 21 to attend. 765-532-2586, anniefightspoverty@gmail.com

September 7
Opening Reception: "Redefining" (5:00-7:00pm; SAA COLLECTIVE, 420 S 6th St, SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring Dick Folse, Sheri Ramsey and Bob Dixon | Artist talks will be held in the gallery at 5:45. Refreshments will be provided. This event is FREE and open to the public. gallerydirector@springfieldart.org | 217-544-2787

September 7, 8
Williamsville Fall Festival (5:00pm Friday, 7:30am Saturday; WILLIAMSVILLE)
Friday September 7th (Free entertainment on Friday night) Knuckle Heads DJ 5-11 p.m. | Stand Up Comedian Jeremy Nunes 6-7:30 p.m. |Food Vendors-Cash Bar
Saturday September 8th | Food Vendors 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. | Craft Vendors 9-5 | Car Cruise /Car Show 11-3 | Fishing Derby 7:30 a.m. | Hypnotist JC 1:00 p.m. | FREE Kidz Zone--Bounce Houses, face and pumpkin painting, petting zoo and more. | Kids Obstacle Course 2-4 | Bungee Jump | Bingo, WWII Camp Site, Karate Demo, Soap Carving, Coloring Contest | Tour the Price-Prather House celebrating its 150th anniversary. 11-5 with music and dance. | Methodist Church Chicken Dinner 4:30 -7:00 | Off the Wall will be performing 8-11 | Food vendors and cash bar
Come join us for family fun and entertainment! Check out the event schedule on Facebook Williamsville Community Foundation.

September 7, 8, 9
The Mature Mob show, FLASH-BACK TO THE 50's (7:00pm, Sacred Heart Griffin Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets for adults $15, children under 12 free. All proceeds from the show go to Senior Services Of Central Illinois. For more info on auditions call 217-753-1465. Let's have fun.

September 8
“The Lesters” and “The Chosen Ones” (10:00am - 3:00pm; Cowden Free Methodist Church Camp, 174 N 1550 East Rd., BEECHER CITY)
All day concert and Lunch, Tickets $23.00, for tickets call 217-433-1014. Celebrate our country through song. Camp is located across from Cowden City Park in Cowden, IL.

September 8
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.

September 8
Trivia Night (6:00pm; Prairie Heart Dove Conference Center, 619 E Mason St, SPRINGFIELD)
Dreams Really Do Come True! The Pregnancy Center is bringing back another Trivia Night on September 8th!Join us for an evening of Magic, Laughter and Happily Ever After for the moms and babies we are helping! $20 per person or $160 for table of 8. Have your ENTIRE team sign up by August 28th and receive a FREE MULLIGAN!! Cash Bar | Doors open at 6:00, Trivia starts RIGHT at 7:00 | Mulligans and 50/50 available for purchase AND a prize for the best DISNEY DECORATED table! Feel free to bring you own snacks and NON-Alcoholic beverages!

September 8
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.

September 8
CCC Weekend-Metric Century Ride (10:00am; Gate 1, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E Sangamon, SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield Bicycle Club's Capital City Century has expanded to a whole weekend of fun! The new Metric Century Ride on Saturday, Sept. 8 is part of CCC Weekend (Sept. 7-9). The Metric Century Ride starts on 8th St. inside Gate 11 of the Fairgrounds. Metric and half metric options are available. All riders return via the longest rails to trails bridge in Illinois, part of a recent trail extension. CCC Weekend events include the Metric Century Ride, a Historic Bicycle Ride, and a Community Cycling Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8, and the 46th Annual Classic Century and a free Family Ride on Sunday, Sept. 9. Camping at the Fairgrounds is available all three days. Registrants pay a single price for all CCC Weekend events. An Early Bird discount for online registration runs through August 31. Online, mail-in and day of event registration are available. The event benefits projects and programs that make Springfield more bike-friendly. For more information or to register, visit cccweekend.org or contact us at 217-899-9175 or events@spfldcycling.org

September 8
2018 Prairie Star 5k (8:30am - 11:30am; 2171 University Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Join Campus Recreation and the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) community for the 3rd Annual Prairie Star 5k. The race begins at The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) and winds through the beautiful UIS campus. This race is family friendly and strollers are allowed on the course. We will have yard games, balloon animals and music for those at the finish line cheering on their racers. This year we will be partnering up with the Legion of Ladies at UIS to raise money for Girls on the Run of Central Illinois, a non-profit whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Registration is now open. If you are on campus you can register in person at the TRAC main office or you can follow the link on our website at www.uis.edu/campusrec The cost is $8 for UIS students and $13 for community members. If you have any questions please email Anna with the Department of Campus Recreation campusrec@uis.edu

September 8
Sherlock Holmes Society Meeting: Potluck Picnic (12:00pm; 2518 Plateau Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet on Saturday, September 8 at 12 Noon for its annual potluck picnic. We also will be viewing and discussing Michael Caine portraying our favorite sleuth in Without a Clue. This gala affair will be at the home of Curtis and Ann Meinhardt (2518 Plateau Drive, 62707 for GPS) in Springfield. Plateau Drive can be found by: going east on Sangamon Avenue, pass under I-55 (if on I-55 take the 100A East exit); go past Coke plant and Road Ranger; at railroad track veer left onto LaVerna Road; go past Iris Dale subdivision on your left; keep going; Plateau is a horseshoe street; 2518 is at the bottom of the curve. Guests are asked to bring a dish to share, serving utensils, table service, and drinks. The public is invited to attend. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387, 620-0042, or 720-0339. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to sherlock.lolopop.org.

September 8
Local DAR Chapter to Offer Genealogy Research Assistance (1:30 - 3:30pm; Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room South, 326 S 7th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Genealogy research assistance will be offered by the Sgt. Caleb Hopkins Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution . The session will provide tips to help interested individuals get started on their genealogy research or help them navigate difficult issues with their research. Experienced DAR volunteers will be available to answer questions from attendees. For more information, call 217-636-8300. Registration is not required. The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 with the mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. The Sgt. Caleb Hopkins Chapter was established in 1946 and is one of three Daughters of the American Revolution chapters in the Springfield/Chatham area.

September 8
Illinois Harvest 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. The harvest in Illinois marks the coming of fall. Families can learn about the Illinois harvest through crafts, games, and more. Create your own bean mosaic, get creative with fruit and vegetable stamping, and learn about historic harvest in Illinois through an interactive game. 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.

September 8, 9
Prairie Days (10:00am - 3:00pm; Christian County Historical Society & Museum 325 Abe's Way, TAYLORVILLE)
We have some awesome demonstrators coming to share their old time talents and crafts with you, including quilting, lace making, whittling, artisans, craft vendors and more, many will have their hand items for sale. We will also have Civil War interpreters, tours of the historical buildings, butter churning, candle dipping, food, fun and games. We will have a Clara Barton interpreter who was known as the Angel of the Battlefield during the Civil War and she will be here throughout the day sharing her life story on Saturday, September 8th. We will have a vendor fair with many different types of products, crafts and homemade items. We would love for you to come out and shop the vendors which helps us here at CCHS too. Vendor fees help to provided much needed income for the daily operating expenses of The Christian County Historical Society & Museum. We will be celebrating the rich history of the prairie days in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln's time riding the 8th Judicial Circuit and practicing law in our historical courthouse, along with the Civil War time period interpreters. Lunch will be sold by CCHS on Saturday and Kennedy's Bad To The Bone BBQ on Sunday. Activities for kids, historical tours and more! 10am-3pm each day, admission by donation, (some activities may have a small cost to cover expenses). We are a proud partner in the 42-county Looking for Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Vendor spaces available 217-824-6922.

September 8, 9
Fall Pickers Market (10:00am; Logan County Fairgrounds, LINCOLN)
antiques - architectural salvage - original art - jewelry & clothing - vintage & re-purposed finds - fall decor - hourly door prizes - live music - food trucks - handmade crafts | Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4.For more information: 217-883-0570 | www.PickervilleUSA.com | https://www.facebook.com/LoganCountyMarket/

September 9
Mum Fest (11:00am - 4:00pm; Triple M Farm: Mariah’s Mums & More, 16727 Airport Rd, CLINTON)
Mum Fest is a free event that connects families with a fun fall day at our farm. Purchase the perfect mum from the largest variety selection of fall mums in one location in Central Illinois! Live music, kid games, pony rides, face painting, antique tractors, food concessions, local craft and artisan vendors and more! Mum Fest 2018 promises to be a fun-filled-fall day on the farm for everyone. *Please visit our website for driving directions and a map. 217-722-3531

September 9
Tailgate Park: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers (4:00pm; ROUTE 66 DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATRE, Knight's Action Park, 1700 Recreation Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
FEATURING A TRUE TAILGATE EXPERIENCE - BRING YOUR GRILLS, FOOD ITEMS & BEVERAGES | FOR THOSE NOT INTERESTED IN A TRUE TAILGATE EXPERIENCE, CONCESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE, SUCH AS; POPCORN, PIZZA, HOT DOGS, SODAS, CANDY & COLD BEER
KICK OFF AT 7:20PM | Admission: $20.00/per Vehicle

September 9
The World’s Largest Game of Catch Benefit (1:00pm; Pleasant Plains H.S. football and soccer fields)
We are attempting to break a world record by having the largest game of catch to benefit the Lucas Family. Drake was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Hurler Syndrome shortly after birth. Hurler is a form of mucopolysaccharidosis or MPS 1, and only occurs once in every 100,000 live births. Simply put, he lacks an enzyme that breaks down large sugar molecules that build up all over the body. Hurler Syndrome is a progressive disorder that affects nearly every system of the body, most notably; the brain, bones, heart, liver, spleen, eyes, and ears...leading to short stature, facial abnormalities, and a lifespan less than 10 years without treatment. The Lucas Family has been staying in Minnesota for treatment for Baby Drake. There is no cure for Hurler Syndrome, and current treatment includes: Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) and Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT). The BMT lessens the symptoms and slows the progress. Basically, the donated cells take over and make the enzyme that is missing. ERT replaces the enzyme that is missing, but unfortunately this form of treatment does not cross the blood brain barrier, therefore it does not treat the brain.
1000 pairs (2000 individuals) needed to break the record. mtadla@ppcusd8.org

September 9
CCC Weekend-46th Annual Classic Century (7:00am; Illinois Building, State Fairgrounds, 1101 E Sangamon, SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield Bicycle Club's Capital City Century has expanded to a whole weekend of fun! The 46th annual Classic Century on Sunday, Sept. 9 is part of CCC Weekend (Sept. 7-9). the Classic Century is a recreational ride for cyclists of all ages and abilities that is always held on the Sunday after Labor Day. It features ride options of 10 to 100 miles, organized food stops, SAG service, and a post-ride party. A special double metric (125 mile) option will be offered again in 2018. In addition to the Classic Century, CCC Weekend events include a Metric Century Ride, Historic Bicycle Ride, and Community Cycling Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8, and and a free Family Ride on Sunday. Camping at the Fairgrounds is available all three days. Registrants pay a single price for all CCC Weekend events. An Early Bird registration discount for online registration runs through August 31. Online, mail-in and day of event registration are available. The event benefits projects and programs that make Springfield more bike-friendly. For more information or to register, visit cccweekend.org or contact us at 217-899-9175 or events@spfldcycling.org

September 11
Coffee Klatch at the Westville Public Library (10:00am; Westville Piblic Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
Tuesday, September 11 at 10 AM will be the first Coffee Klatch at the Westville Public Library. Bring a friend or two and come in for some coffee and conversation in our community room. The library is located at 233 S. State Street. Please call 267-3170 if you have any questions.

September 11
Fall Fun 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. Fall is a time of colorful leaves, fresh fruits and vegetables, hayrides and more. Come celebrate this fun season 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.

September 13
LSCA Senior's Day Out (10:00am - 2:00pm; Lake Springfield Christian Assembly, 1674 Lick Creek Lane, CHATHAM)
Seniors Day Out is a day set aside for Senior adults to enjoy the LSCA Grounds. We have a great day planned. As always, the program will begin at 10am, but there will be coffee and cinnamon rolls available before the program begins. This event includes: Worship - Speaker Ken Idleman - Camp Update - Fried Chicken Lunch - Wanda Mountain Boys Concert - Tour the Grounds | You can register and find more information at lscacamp.org

September 13
Music at the Museum Series: The OK Factor (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12 | Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan, cellist and violinist of The OK Factor, have one word to describe their musical connection: lucky. The ease with which they write and perform their original music is organic, and their new-classical crossover style has caught the attention of the Minnesota music community in which they live and work. Following four years of writing, performing, and regional touring, The OK Factor is excited to share their fourth studio album, “That’s Enough of That.” 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.

September 14
Play Museum Closed for Cleaning (10:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The Play Museum children’s exhibition will be closed on Friday, September 14 for cleaning and repairs. Self-guided, interactive activities will be provided elsewhere in the Museum for children. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan at events@illinoisstatemusuem.org or (217) 558-6696.

September 15
Pet Adoption (12:00 - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption at PetSmart. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

September 15
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.

September 15
Beer & Yoga4Cats (10:00am; Decatur Area Arts Council 125 North Water Street, DECATUR)
$25 ticket | Benefits Yoga4Cats, State of Illinois licensed foster-based animal rescue and a 501(c)(3) public charity, based in Decatur, IL. Decatur Brew Works has teamed up with Yoga4Cats to offer an all-levels yoga practice led by Chuck Beck. This yoga event features adoptable deCATurFosters kitties, craft beer focused silent auction and includes a local brew at Decatur Brew Works. Bring your own mat and we will bring the cats! Contact Yoga4Cats to become a pre-approved adopter to take a kitty home with you. Tickets: $25 available at Decatur Brew Works, by phone (217) 423-3189 Decatur Area Arts Council and online: https://occ.sn/dPvtqH49

September 15
"Self-Care for Caregivers" for Caregivers of Older Family Members and Friends and Grandparents raising Grandchildren (9:00am - 1:00pm; Crowne Plaza, 3000 S Dirksen Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Keynote Speaker: Lani Muelrath, MA, Author, Mindfulness and Fitness Expert: "Stress Relief Techniques for Caregivers" | Ryan Croke, Executive Director, INCIL: "Addressing Social Isolation" | Dr. Carolyn Peck, Associate Professor, UIS: "Balance or Burnout: Caregiving Strategies That Make a Difference"
Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about helpful services and products in the exhibit hall. Lunch will be provided. Respite service may be arranged for caregivers who need it in order to attend this conference by calling the Area Agency on Aging. For registration information contact the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland (217) 787-9234 or 1-800-252-2918 | https://illinoistimestix.com/events/conference-for-caregivers
A registration fee of $20.00 must be mailed with the registration form. This fee will be refunded to attendees at the conference

September 15
Christian County Prevention Coalition Hope for Recovery / End the Trend (10:00am - 2:00pm; Kitchell Park Pavillion, PANA)
It will be a day of family, food, activities, drawings, prizes and a lot of local resources for prevention and life in recovery from addiction.

September 15, 16
Edwards Place Fine Arts Fair (10:00am; 700 N. 4th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Join the Springfield Art Association at the 30th Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair on the historic campus of the SAA. There is fun for the whole family and over 60 booths to shop, artist demos to watch, a used book sale, Buffalo Marks and Spot scavenger hunt, music, food and more! http://www.springfieldart.org | 217-523-2631

September 15-16
Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival (Postville Courthouse, Park, VFW, The Mill, POSTVILLE)
Free admission. If you have any questions please contact Diana at 217-737-9600. www.railsplitting.com | https://www.facebook.com/railsplitting/

September 16
Illinois in Art & Literature, 1818 to 2017 (2:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Bicentennial Speaker Series presented by Laura Mueller; Free and open to the public | Art historian and educator Laura Mueller will offer a wide-ranging, illustrated presentation surveying depictions of Illinois and its people in art and literature. It will include examples representing many points in time between 1818 and the present, indicating the countless ways in which Illinois has been represented artistically throughout its history as a state. The presentation will emphasize works of visual and literary art by Illinoisans but will also incorporate works by artists and authors from elsewhere that illuminate significant aspects of life in our state.
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.

September 16
Pet Adoption (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption at Petco. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

September 16, 23, 30; October 7& 14
Healthy Kids Running Series (4:30pm; Williamsville Park, WILLIAMSVILLE) The Healthy Kids Running Series is a five week running program for kids ages 2-14. Kids compete in a race with their peers each week of the series. Join us as we encourage kids to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle, help increase their self esteem, and make new friends!
Series Details - Location: Williamsville Park | Dates: Sundays, September 16, 23, 30, Oct 7 & 14 | Time: 4:30 PM |
Divisions and Distances: Pre-K (2-3 year olds) - 50 yards \ Pre-K (4-5 year olds) - 75 yards \ Kindergarten and 1st - 1/4 mile \ 2nd & 3rd - 1/2 mile \ 4th & 5th - 1 mile \ 6th - 8th - 1 mile
Register online: runsignup.com/hkrswilliamsvilleil
Series registration ($35) includes all five races, one race each week, the HKRS T-Shirt, race bibs, a sponsor race bag, and a medal at the culmination of the five week program. Top point scorers also receive a trophy.
Single race registration ($10) is available at the park on race days. For more information, please contact Jill Giacomini at 217.725.5968 or at hkrswilliamsville@gmail.com.

September 19
Migration and Culture Change: Tracing Stone Age farmers in southern Germany 5500 - 4000 BC (Noon - 100pm; *Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Brown Bag Program presented by Dr. Lynn Fisher, Adjunct Research Associate, Anthropology, Illinois State Museum & Associate Professor, Sociology/Anthropology, University of Illinois—Springfield. Free and open to the public.
Anthropologists debate how farming became established in Central Europe—did farming populations migrate into this area from the east, or did local hunters and gatherers adopt farming methods? Whichever hypothesis you prefer, it is clear that movement of people and a complex web of cultural changes accompanied the advent of farming, as diverse pastoral and grain-farming communities adapted to the diverse landscapes of the region. This talk places recent research in southern Germany in context of broader questions about culture change and cultural diversity.
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 cannot currently be reached from Ash St. due to construction. You can access the facility's entrance on 10 1/2 St. from Laurel St.

September 21
Out of Sight - A Look Into the Night Skies of Elkhart and the Midwest (5:00pm; Wild Hare Cafe, ELKHART)
Joshua Rhoades will present the September 21st lecture offered by the Elkhart Historical Society at the Wild Hare Cafe in Elkhart. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and the dinner will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. Joshua will be speaking about the processes and techniques used to create deep-space and landscape astrophotographs and will be providing a look at the specialized equipment used, including several different types of telescopes. Joshua's unique work will be on display for viewing and for sale as he describes and explains the beautiful celestial objects that reside above our heads in the night skies of Elkhart.
The menu will consist of Heavenly White Lasagna or Out of This World Rich Irish Beef Stew. Both dinners include a Garden Salad with selections of Creamy Ranch or Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing and a hot roll. Dessert choices are Cosmic Hot Lemon Pudding and Lunar Vanilla Ice Cream and Strawberries. You may also select Iced Teas or Coffee to drink.
The cost of the evening is $40 per person which includes a $10 donation to the Elkhart Historical Society to defray expenses. Please reserve your seat no later than September 14th by calling (217) 947-2238 then visit www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org for more information and the reservation form.

September 22
Museum Day Live (9:00am - 4:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free admission with tickets | The Illinois State Museum is participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live. Visit smithsonian.com/museumday to print a voucher for two free adult admission tickets to the State Museum. Child and senior admission is always free. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

September 22
Dueling Pianos (904 W Lake Shore Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
$30 per person, table of 8 available for $250. What do Spice Girls, Nsync, TLC, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Dueling Pianos have in common? The 90’s! This year, we are going to be saved by the bell AND the 90’s at our annual Dueling Pianos fundraiser. Grab your slap bracelet, butterfly hair clips, jelly shoes, flannel shirt and overalls for a night of boy bands, R&B, and dance pop music on Saturday, September 22nd at 8:00 p.m. at the Firefighters Postal Lake Club in Springfield. http://gotrcentralillinois.org/event/dueling-pianos-2018/ | 217-726-9808

September 22
Laketown Document Shredding Event and Food Drive (9:00am - 12:00pm; Margo’s Meat and Produce, 3150 Stanton St, SPRINGFIELD)
The Laketown Neighborhood Association is hosting a confidential document shred event and food drive as part of its ongoing commitment to local communities. LIMIT: 15 Containers. Any paper documents containing personal information is accepted. DONATION: 2 non-perishable food items (per container) to be collected during the event. Non-perishable food collected during the event will be donated to our Laketown food pantries at Concordia Lutheran and Truth and Spirit. For more information, contact the Laketown Neighborhood Association (217)960-0348 or laketownassn@yahoo.com

September 22
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.

September 22
Biodiversity Live! Family Event (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 | Illinois has a rich biodiversity just waiting for you to explore. Join us at the Illinois State Museum and discover Illinois’ biodiversity through games activities, and crafts. Learn about famous women scientists, plant your own native plants, and more. Wildlife Prairie Park will be doing two live animal presentations at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. September 22 is Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live. Visit smithsonian.com/museumday to print a voucher for two free adult admission tickets to the State Museum. Child and senior admission is always free. Family event activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up each month and are included with Museum admission. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

September 22
Fall Festival (10:00am - 4:00pm; Benld City Park, BENLD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will have a booth at Fall Festival, Benld City Park, in Benld, Saturday, September 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will be selling our logo t-shirts, pet apparel and toys, Halloween costumes, etc., and may have a few cats and dogs as well. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

September 22
Capital City Fishing Has No Boundaries 2018 Event (8:00am; TRN Lake Club, 25 N Lakewood Dr., CHATHAM)
Fishing Has No Boundaries takes people with disabilities out on the lake fishing for a day!

September 22
Out of the Darkness Community Walk (10:00am; Crystal Lake Park, Large Pavilion, URBANA)
Walk to promote mental health awareness, support suicide prevention, honor loved ones lost to suicide. Check-in/registration 10am, walk starts at 11am. To walk, volunteer or donate: www.afsp.org/ChampaignUrbana

September 22
Toasty Cheese Restaurant Group presents: Truckin' Around the Bases, Food Truck Round Up (11:30 am - 8:00 pm, Boomer Stadium - 1999 Springinsguth Rd, SCHAUMBURG)
$10
Over the past year Toasty Cheese Restaurant Group has kept busy cooking up mouthwatering meals all over the Chicagoland area. If that wasn’t enough, we’ve also provided over 68,000 meals to disadvantaged children through our involvement with Feed My Starving Children. Toasty Cheese Restaurant Group would like to continue supporting this great cause and is happy to announce that each ticket sold for our upcoming Truckin’ Around the Bases event will provide 10 meals for children in need. Our goal is to provide at least an addition 50,000 meals. Please help us in supporting this great cause by purchasing your tickets today! For more information on Feed My Starving Children please visit: www.fmsc.org/
Join us for a run around the bases at BOOMER'S STADIUM for a day filled with great bites to eat, bands and brews – all in support of Feed My Starving Children. Indulge your food cravings by visiting FIFTEEN of the best food trucks around! We have all the bases covered with BBQ to Asian, Sweet to Savory, Tacos to Donuts - whatever you're hungry for, you'll be certain to leave the park satisfied. If that isn't enough, there will be three live bands performing and twenty vendors! So - pack up the lawn chairs, bring your appetite and maybe even your dancing shoes for a day filled with food trucks and fun!! www.toastycheese.com

September 23
Different Songs, Same Spirit (4:00 - 6:00pm; Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ, 1201 S Pope St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Service will provide an opportunity for churches and individuals of various denominations and races to come together to worship and praise the Lord in their own unique ways. Come and join us as we celebrate through gospel, hymns, and spirituals, contemporary, vocal and instrumental music and praise dances. Come join with us as we acknowledge our differences while worshiping God as one body. Invited performers include a bagpiper, praise dancers, choirs, soloists, quartets, drummer representing a variety of ethnic groups. Desserts will be served immediately following the service to allow attendees an opportunity to fellowship. There is no admission charge. A free will offering will be taken to support the ministry. For additional information please call Joy Burgess at 553-8093 or 523-3209

September 23
Pet Adoption (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption at Petco. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

September 29
Westville History program (10:00am; Westville Piblic Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library will host a Do You Remember Westville program on Saturday, September 29 at 10 AM. Everyone is invited to bring your memories, pictures and memorabilia about past people, places and events of Westville to share in the discussion. If you would like to write down your memories to be included in our Westville History binders for the library we would really appreciate it. We would like to make copies of the pictures also if permitted. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register to attend this trip down memory lane in Westville.

September 29
Taikoza Drums (7:30pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Roughly translated, Taiko means "big drums," and that's exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan's rich traditions to create a highly visual performance. Taikoza uses the powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. Ticket Info: Single Ticket Prices: $15, $20, $25 | 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.

September 29
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.

September 29
Pet Adoption (12:00 - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption at PetSmart. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

September 29, 30
Grief Recovery Workshop on Finding Hope and Life Again (Philo Road of Christ, 2601 South Philo Road, URBANA)
Philo Road of Christ is sponsoring a Grief Recovery Workshop on Finding Hope and Life Again provided by the Spark of Life Foundation (www.sparkoflife.org). It runs both days Saturday and Sunday Sept 29 & 30, 2018. Church is located at 2601 South Philo Road, Urbana, Illinois 61802. For more information please call the church office phone number is 217-344-1659.

September 29, 30
Alpaca Farm Days (10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday, 11:00am - 4:00pm Sunday; Alpacas of Indian Point Hills, 17229 VanEman St., PETERSBURG)
Free Family Event
Alpacas of Indian Point Hills is a working alpaca farm. We invite you learn about and get your hands on alpacas. There will be fiber processing demonstrations throughout the day. This is a free family friendly event with activities for kids. Alpaca products will be available for purchase. www.alpacasofindianpointhills.com

September 30
The Women Who Farm Field Day series: PASTURED LIVESTOCK & POULTRY (2:00 - 5:00pm; Cedar Valley Sustainable, OTTOWA)
Leaving the bustling city behind for the tranquility of the countryside, Beth and her family pioneered the CSA farm model in LaSalle County. There, she raises pastured beef, pork, and poultry, and serves as a local foods and farm activist presenting at conferences throughout the Midwest. Ramble the fields with Beth and learn what makes her farm work. Afterwards, you'll construct a mobile chicken coop and uncover tips and tricks for your farm.

  • The Women Who Farm Field Day series is BACK! Join us this summer in touring five women-led farms in central Illinois on Sunday afternoons from June through September.
  • At each event, we will take an extensive tour of a working farm, explore the skill or niche that the host farmer does best, and experience a hands-on activity to learn a new skill.
  • Delicious, fresh, local refreshments will be provided at each field day to replenish the body, cool the summer heat, and facilitate getting to know each other. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!
  • Registration costs $15 and includes a farm tour, refreshments, and a hands-on learning activity.
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