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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
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Water | 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.

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.
DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR SATURDAY -- The following activities have been cancelled! Fishing Derby, Obstacle Course, Extreme Bungee Jump, Bounce Houses, and Car Show. ****Car Show will be held at a later date. All other events are still as scheduled.

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 RAIN DATE: 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.

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
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 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
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Water | 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.

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 - November 16
Bistro Verde (11:00am - 1:00pm; LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
Bistro Verde, Lincoln Land Community College’s student-run café, will be open during the fall 2018 semester as Bistro To Go and Bistro Grab & Go beginning the week of Sept. 11 through Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The community is invited to experience takeout soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods and specialty coffees prepared by LLCC culinary arts, baking and pastry, and hospitality students.
Bistro To Go will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lunch orders can be placed in person, at 786-2821 or at bistroverde@llcc.edu. Instructions on how to email your order can be found at www.llcc.edu/bistro-verde.
Bistro Grab & Go will be open Wednesdays and Fridays with premade lunch and snack items. No advance orders will be taken for Bistro Grab & Go.
Cash and debit or credit cards are accepted. More information is available at www.llcc.edu/bistro-verde.
LLCC offers an associate in applied science degree in culinary arts and also in hospitality management and services. Certificates offered include culinary manager, first cook, and baking and pastry. LLCC also offers non-credit cooking and baking classes, as well as Bistro Verde dinners through the Culinary Institute.

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 11
OPEN HOUSE - First Robotics Ninjaneers (5:00 - 7:00pm; UIS University Hall Lobby)
If you or someone you know is interested in joining FIRST Robotics please show up to the UIS Open House next Tuesday! This competition is for high school aged students, but we are also looking for mentors and sponsors!

September 12
Panel Discussion on Public Art in Springfield, Past, Present and Future (7:00pm; Springfield Art Association, 700 N. 4th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The panel members will be sculptor John McClarey who is best known for his bronze of Mr. Lincoln in the park across the street from the Presidential Museum; Troy Freeman of Blue Sky Studios, best known for his murals downtown of the Frank Lloyd Wright sumac design and the Farmer’s Market graphic; Allison Lacher installation artist, curator and representative of Terrain Exhibitions; and Erin Svendsen, the Education Coordinator at the Springfield Art Association who has overseen several mural projects with high school students and emerging artists in Springfield. The Panel will be moderated by Betsy Dollar, the Executive Director of the SAA.
The event is free and open to the public. Bring your questions about the future of public art in Springfield.

September 12
Teachers' Night at Kidzeum (4:00 - 6:00pm; Kidzeum of Health and Science, 412 E Adams St., SPRINGFIELD)
Kidzeum of Health and Science wants to see you at our free Teacher’s Night. Come in and get an exclusive look at the state-of-the-art exhibits and discuss school tour options. Please RSVP by September 10th. Contact Rae Slowik at Rae.Slowik@kidzeum.org or at 217-971-4435 x105 for more information and to R.S.V.P.

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 14
Of Lost Books, Spirited Countesses, and Bibliophiles: The Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection at Illinois (3:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 1408 W Gregory Dr, 346 Library, URBANA)
This talk explores some aspects of the Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection through one of its rarest and most intriguing exemplars, the “Private Misadventures of a Truly Spirited Woman, or The Life of Lady Paolina Rubbi,” printed in Lucca in 1750. The biography of the spirited Countess, written by her husband, Count Gianrinaldo Carli-Rubbi (1720-1795), had been doomed to destruction by its own author. The Count, who narrated his wife’s life shortly after her death at the age of twenty-five, judged his own work too daring and asked the editor to burn all existing copies. Only one was thought to have survived, until January 2010, when the RBML staff discovered that another copy exists, within the idiosyncratic and vast collection assembled by Count Antonio Cavagna Sangiuliani. The young heiress of a Venetian empire, the victim of medical incompetence, the beloved wife of a polymath, the protagonist of a twentieth-century novel by an Italian author, Paolina is the protagonist of an adventure for bibliophiles and book lovers.

In 1921, the University of Illinois purchased the Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection of Italian imprints and manuscripts from the descendants of Count Antonio Cavagna Sangiuliani di Gualdana (1843-1913) as part of a wider effort to establish the University as a leading center for advanced study. Estimated at over 45,000 volumes, including manuscript material dating from 1116, the acquisition of the Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection helped to increase the Library’s holdings to over half a million volumes. This exhibition celebrates the history of the collection at the University of Illinois; its collector, Antonio Cavagna Sangiuliani di Gualdana; and the extraordinary depth and breadth of the collection, newly accessible thanks to a Cataloging Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources. Contact: ottenho1@illinois.edu

September 14, 15
Community Garage Sale (8:00am - 4:00pm; LATHAM)
The Town of Latham will be having community wide garage sales on Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th of September from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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, 16
Railroad Days (9:00am, Monticello Railway Museum, MONTICELLO)
Adults $20, Kids $10. www.MRYM.org
Come ride our vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois Terminal main lines. One of the trains will feature the Museum's restored steam locomotive 401. Ride freight and passenger trains from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Use the Caboose Hop between the Nelson's Crossing depot and the yard to visit the shops and view additional exhibits. Ride a motorcar down our tracks and experience the rails just like maintenance workers of the past. Expanded children's area, including Hodge Pedal Car rides. The Museum's gift shop is open throughout the event for all your souvenir needs. Our concession area serves delicious meals for adults and kids, chips, cold drinks and more. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day. Trains run continuously from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last train departures are around 4 p.m. each day. ALL-DAY TICKETS – ride as many times as you want! Children under 2 ride FREE with paying adult or senior. You must have a ticket to access the Museum grounds. This event takes place rain or shine. All ticket sales are final.

September 15
OPA Greek Festival (11:00am - 7:00pm; St. Anthony's Hellenic Greek Orthodox Church, 1600 S Glenwood Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Live Greek music, amazing food and desserts!

September 15
Breast Cancer Awareness Event (12:00 - 6:00pm; Capital City Elks Lodge, 1800 E Brown, SPRINGFIELD)
#1160 Sarah Price Temple #1267 is hosting our Annual Daughter of Elks Fundraiser and our annual Theme is Breast Cancer Awareness. During this event, we recognize breast cancer survivors, honor those who have passed, and give out information to those who attend. The event is free to attend. We will be having raffles and opportunities for people to donate towards a designated person who is currently battling Cancer. We will have dinners and the donation is $10. CONTACT: 217-853-6183 or email Chell670@gmail.com

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
Benefit for Michael Ater (11:00am; Coonrods, 1035 N McArthur, SPRINGFIELD)
There will be a dart tournament, 50/50 and food. This is a benefit for Michael Ater, victim of hit and run at 11th and north grand. This is to help with funeral expenses and medical bills.

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
Arthur 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar (9:00am - 4:00pm; Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
The Fall Season is here and so are our Crafters with many new novel items. The monthly Bazaar is filled with creative homemade crafts including woodworking, collectables, direct sales, unique finds and so much more.. We are located in the Merchant Building at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arthur, IL. The entrance to the Fairgrounds is just South of the corner of RT 133 and Vine St. Follow the road into the Fairgrounds to the Merchant Building (behind the high school at Jurgens Park). Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/3rdsaturdaymarketbazaar. For more information or vendor inquiry contact Dawn Verci (309) 253-6245 or email at arthur3rdsaturdaybazaar@gmail.com
While in Arthur check out the sites in and around Amish Country. This is the day for the Amish Country Tour Bike Ride.
Future Dates for 2018: October 20, November 17 and December 16.

September 15
“84” a tribute to Van Halen with After Sunset (6:00pm; Village Park Ampitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Rd., SHERMAN)
$10 gate fee. Coors Light Products, food by Fairlane Diner and Hickory River Smokehouse, Pepsi Products available. 217-496-2621, www.Sherman IL.org, Facebook @shermanil.org, info@shermanil.org

September 15
35th Annual Special Olympics Family Festival (10:00am - 2:00pm, Lake Land College, MATTOON)
More than 700 Special Olympics Athletes and 1,200 volunteers will come to the festival for a day of games, activities, fun and friendship! The day begins with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by a parade and performances in addition to many non-competitive games and activities. Throughout the day our activities and games will be going including a performance by crowd favorite Elvis Himselvis at 1 p.m. Athletes from many central Illinois counties come to SOFF for this day of non-competitive fun and games. At the start of the day they are paired one-on-one with a Friend-For-A-Day who escorts them around the tent city of games and activities. This is a unique experience. This event is one-of-a-kind and held right here in central Illinois. This year marks our 35th annual SOFF and our theme is: Jurassic SOFF. We invite you to be a part of it and share your experience with others. Representatives are available throughout the day for interviews. Athletes are also available for interviews. Please contact Sarah Greider at 217.254.9955 if you are interested in covering this event or email sarah.greider@consolidated.com.

September 15, 16
30th Annual 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

New this year is Kid Picks, our new purchase program for children 12 and under. Artists who are participating in the program will have items in their booth for sale to children for $5 and $8. This way the young art patrons can meet the artists, ask questions about their process, and have a complete art purchase experience. Also new this year, on Saturday afternoon from noon to 5 PM we are offering a raku firing event for all ages. Just $15 buys a ceramic pot that is ready for glazing. Once the pot is glazed, everyone can watch the pots being fired in our raku kilns. Raku is a dramatic process where the pot is brought up to red hot, removed from the kiln and placed in combustible materials, after it has flamed and smoked it is submerged in water to bring it back to air temperature. These extreme measures create dramatic effects in the glazes.

In a collaborative effort with the Enos Park Neighborhood improvement Association, their annual house tour with be happening on Saturday, September 15th from 1 to 5 pm so that fair goers can also have the opportunity to learn more about the neighborhood, see some of the restoration projects and see some of the homes still awaiting a new owner and some tender loving care. More information on the EPNIA House Tour can be found at www.epnia.com.

September 15, 16
Round The Town Golf Tournament (8:00am; Lincoln Greens Saturday, Bunn on Sunday)
Two-Day Adult Golf Tournament. Pick your own duo! Saturday, September 15th at Lincoln Greens and Sunday, September 16th at Bunn. Tee times will be from 8:00am through 11:00am. The format will be best ball on the front nine and scramble on the back nine on Saturday and scramble on the front nine and alternate shot on the back nine on Sunday. All teams will be flighted following the second round. Tournament prizes will be in the form of pro shop credit at Pasfield Golf Course and must be claimed by the start of the 2019 tournament. Please return the entry form along with payment for BOTH players to: Pasfield Golf Course, 1700 W. Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62704. Please make checks payable to “Pasfield Golf Course”.

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
Music in the Park (4:00 - 7:00pm; Washington Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Sunday’s musical concert will be Celtic Fest by The Emerald Underground, Elk Pipes and Drums, and Skibbereen. They take the stage and perform from 4pm – 7pm. your friends, children, blankets and join us for a free concert in the Park! Movie and Music in the Park is a free program where families and the entire community are invited to join us as we bring a big screen movie to your community parks on Fridays and we bring local musical talents to your parks on Sunday afternoons. As a convenience, concessions are available for purchase – please no outside food and drink to be allowed. These are truly great events. This is our final Movie and Music in the Park event of the season. For more information on this topic and any other Park District news related items, please visit our Website at www.springfieldparks.org

September 16
Concert by Karuna (2:00pm, Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum, Center for Advanced Study and Robert E. Brown Center for World Music celebrate 2018 Welcoming Week with a free performance by music trio Karuna featuring Hamid Drake (drumset, percussion), Ralph M. Jones (woodwinds, flutes), and Adam Rudolph (hand drumset, electronics, percussion). This performance is presented as part of Improvisers Exchange, the annual CAS Initiative for 2018-19 broadly exploring the field of music improvisation.
What makes Karuna's music magic is the special history and decades of shared experiences among Drake, Jones and Rudolph, who bring their unique and evolved rhythm and sonic languages to the fore, reaching to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue. Deep roots were established between Drake and Rudolph in 1969, when they met in a Chicago drum shop, started studying music together, and began performing regularly with the great Baba Fred Anderson by 1972. The 1974 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival saw Rudolph and Jones perform together in groups led by Detroit artists / mentors Kenne Cox and Charles Moore. When Drake, Jones, and Rudolph started performing together in the Moving Pictures ensemble in 1997, it was immediately clear a special chemistry was at play. Karuna reflects their ongoing research into the connection of the inner life to musical expression and speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion. Karuna EPK Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Ok8J-HeXI

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
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Water | 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.

September 16
Star Power Benefit Concert (2:00 - 6:00pm; Weebles Bar & Grill, 4136 N Peoria Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Star Power Benefit Concert for Bright Star Equestrian Centre, a nonprofit Equine-Assisted Therapy program in Petersburg. Live music by local favorites JOSH HOLLAND BAND and OFF THE WALL. Raffles, live auction of trips and sports memorabilia. Proceeds benefit Bright Star programs to help people living with disabilities and emotional trauma improve their lives through engaging in specialized therapeutic activities with horses.

September 16
Route 66 Cruisers Car and Truck Show with special guest Elvis Himselvis (11:00am - 4:00pm; Village Park, 1200 Rail Fence Rd., SHERMAN)
Free Event to the viewing public. Food by Fairlane Diner, Coors products available, Pepsi products available | Car Show : Entry registration at 9am fee applies, open to public at 11am, plenty of parking available, Elvis Himselvis to play noon to 3pm at amphitheater.
Public contact information: 217-496-2621 | www.Sherman IL.org | Facebook @shermanil.org, | info@shermanil.org

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 17
Constitution Day (7:00pm; Millikin University, DECATUR)
Millikin University is pleased to welcome former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar to campus on Constitution Day, Monday, Sept. 17, for a community-wide conversation about Illinois politics in the modern age at 7 p.m.
As part of the Doug and Diane Oberhelman Leadership Impact Series, Governor Edgar's presentation will be held in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room located on the 3rd floor of the University Commons on Millikin's campus. The event is open to the public at no cost and made possible by the Thomas W. Ewing Lecture Fund.
Additionally, Governor Edgar will speak to students in Millikin's American Political Behavior course on Sept. 17, led by Professor Amber Lusvardi, from 2 – 3:15 p.m. in Shilling Hall, Room 317. Governor Edgar will also meet with students during Millikin's Political Café held at 3:30 p.m. at the University Commons' coffee shop Common Grounds. For more information, contact Millikin Media Relations Coordinator Dane Lisser at 217.420.6636 or dlisser@millikin.edu

September 17
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night-St. Anthony (6:00pm; St. Anthony HS, 304 E Roadway Ave., EFFINGHAM)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 217-342-6969

September 18
Coffee Klatch (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Tuesday, September 18 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 Coffee Klatch will be held every Tuesday morning at 10 AM for the month of September. The library is located at 233 S. State Street. Please call 267-3170 if you have any questions.

September 18
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night-Ramsey (6:00pm; Ramsey High School, 702 6th St., RAMSEY)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 618-423-2333

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’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 ½ Streets.

September 19
A Stitch in Time Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm, The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Special feature and main speaker Joni Wolf from Pittboro, IN will speak on "The Immanuel Quilt"
Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or email jluttrellfirst@gmail.com

September 19
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night-South Central (6:00pm; South Central High School, 800 W. Washington St., FARINA)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 618-245-3363

September 19
"Women and Ideas in Engineering" Book Talk (7:00 - 8:30pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Archives, 146 Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Please join the University of Illinois Archives from 7:00-8:30 pm on Wednesday, September 19, to celebrate the publication of Women and Ideas in Engineering: Twelve Stories from Illinois (University of Illinois Press, 2018). Based on research in the Archives, Women and Ideas in Engineering seeks to highlight the underrepresented stories of women engineers--faculty, staff, students, and alumnae--whose innovations have transformed STEM fields and a new generation of engineers. Editors Laura D. Hahn and Angela S. Wolters will be joined in a panel by several contributors to the book as well as historian Amy S. Bix from Iowa State University. We hope you will join us! Email Bethany Anderson, bgandrsn@illinois.edu, with any questions.

September 20
Benefit Reception for SCIL (5:30 - 7:30pm; President Abraham Lincoln Hotel; SPRINGFIELD)
Jim Lewis, former United Stations Attorney for the Central District of Illinois will be presenting "We the People" Advocacy for the Common Good". Tickets are $40 per person, benefitting the Springfield Center for Independent Living. To purchase tickets: https://scil-fundraiser.eventbrite.com | 217-523-2587 | Or by sending an order via mail to SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave. West, Springfield, IL, 62704

September 20
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night-Charleston (6:00pm; Charleston High School, 1615 Lincoln Ave., CHARLESTON) FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 217-639-5000

September 20
21st annual Basket Bingo and More (5:30pm; Knights of Columbus Hall, 310 Bryan Ave., DANVILLE)
The OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation’s 21st annual Basket Bingo and More event will be held Thursday, September 20 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 310 Bryan Avenue, Danville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo begins at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Illiana Alzheimer’s Alliance (IAA). “This year’s event promises to be better than ever with our committee working hard to select exciting game prizes and raffles,” said Nancy McMahon, IAA Committee Chair. “It’s a great way to spend time with friends and neighbors while also helping families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.” Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, make decisions and communicate. There is no medical treatment to cure or stop the progression of the disease. Proceeds from the event benefit the IAA, part of the OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation, to help families in the community dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Funding also supports a biennial Alzheimer’s Conference for caregivers and medical professionals. Tickets for Basket Bingo are $40 per person, which includes 12 bingo cards, one for each game. Additional game cards may be purchased for $2 each. Each guest will enjoy a taco bar, dessert, and more with their ticket. Tables of eight are available for $280 with advance reservations. Raffle tickets will be available for a chance to win prizes sponsored by area businesses. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Participants must be 18 or older to play. To make reservations for Basket Bingo and More, or to donate to the IAA, contact the OSF Foundation office at 217-442-6803.

September 20
DSI’s Art Alley II (5:30 - 9:00pm; alley between 4th & 5th St., just south of Washington St., SPRINGFIELD)
Downtown Springfield, Inc. and its volunteer Design Council invite you to witness the unveiling of downtown’s newest murals, plus enjoy a one-night, big-city gallery showing with local art, appetizers and drink in a formerly boring-ole alley.
The public is invited to DSI’s Art Alley II on Thursday, September 20 from 5:30-9 pm in the alley between 4th and 5th street just south of Washington. Admission is $10 online and $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit future public art projects, part of DSI’s program for downtown revitalization. Visit downtownspringfield.org for more details.
This year’s muralists are Jen Santarelli, Jeff Curtis Williams and artists from DEMO Project. Plus guests will enjoy music by DJ Acid Dad Crash Pad and complimentary appetizers by Augie's Front Burner. Cash bar is available.
Another popular feature of Art Alley will return again this year – the community-painted mural. Guests will once again get the opportunity to pick up a brush themselves! (See picture from last year’s community mural.)

September 20
University Stories: Documentary Shorts and Talk on Project 500 (2:30 - 3:45pm & 4:00 - 5:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
The history of the University of Illinois is filled with stories of innovation and inspiration. Join the Spurlock Museum for an afternoon highlighting some of these stories. At 2:30, we will screen 3 short documentaries about students, artists, researchers, and educators, followed by a 4:00 talk on Project 500 by Stan West.
The short documentary A Home of Their Own discusses aspects of African-American student life in the 1930s and 40s. Illinois Icons: Lorado Taft celebrates the artist who sculpted Alma Mater. Making Their Mark features the pursuits of 3 highly accomplished University women: Jean Driscoll’s leadership in training wheelchair racers in Ghana, May Berenbaum’s award-winning work in entomology, and Donna Cox’s renowned achievements in computer art.
At 4:00, journalist Stan West will mark the 50th anniversary of Project 500. In 1967, African-American students made up less than 2% of the University of Illinois population. In the fall of 1968, the University began the Special Education Opportunities Program, an early attempt to expand educational opportunities for a more diverse student population from the state. “Project 500’s Rich History and Financial Future” will include information on the origins, history, and legacy of Project 500, much of it gathered for the News-Gazette by guest commentator Terry Townsend, observations by University Illinois alumni, and personal anecdotes.
Today's events are part of the Spurlock’s Third Thursday Series highlighting University history 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.
About the films: A Home of their Own was produced by the U of I Public Affairs Video Shop. The other two documentaries are productions by Tim Hartin, Kaitlin Southworth, and Alison Davis Wood of the Big Ten Network.
About the speaker: A former foreign correspondent for the San Francisco-based Pacific News Service, Stan West remains a working journalist, reporting for the Wednesday Journal. He’s been a conflict journalist and culture reporter most of his career. A documentarian who co-coordinates the Oak Park International Film Festival, West has written and co-authored several award-winning nonfiction books including Suburban Promised Land, which won the 2010 Illinois State Historical Society Award for Excellence. This book will be on sale after the talk. He has worked for decades in broadcast and print journalism. He teaches writing, television and media literacy. Stan West received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. His thesis was on American expatriate writers in Paris and Madrid. His form was creative nonfiction. West holds a Master’s in the Teaching of Writing from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s in Rhetoric from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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 21
Mattoon Salvation Army Auction and Dinner (5:00 - 7:00pm; Salvation Army, 1300 Richmond, MATTOON)
Auction and dinner. All proceeds go to Mattoon Salvation Army table at One Stop Shopping for Christmas. Beef and noodles, potatoes, green beans, rolls, gravy pie and drink. (217) 234-3915

September 21 - 23
17th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival (SPRINGFIELD)
Celebrate the Golden Age of Route 66…the cars, the music, the food, the friend…all brought together in downtown Springfield along Illinois’ Route 66.
• Fans & Participants, send us the story of your classic car or truck. Submit your story online with photo at "My Ride My Story"
• Friday Night! Rt. 66 City Nights Cruise For Crime Stoppers presented by Sylvania Automotive
Burnout Competition Saturday
• Live Entertainment on the Hot Rod Stage
• Performance Marketplace for the restoration enthusiast - vendors on display throughout downtown
• Miss "Route 66" Pin-Up Contest - Saturday at the Main Stage
• Over 40 classes of car awards with CASI certified national judging!
• Post your "selfie" at any IL Route 66 landmark to Facebook, Twitter, or Insta with hashtag #MyIL66 to be featured on IL Route 66 Scenic Byway social media! Info at SelfiesOn66.com
• Downtown Springfield, Inc. Farmers Market - Saturday
• Cruise The Shops Poker Race brought to you by Downtown Springfield, Inc. - Saturday - $5 To Play, Sign up at 6th & Capitol
• State Capitol Photo Op! Stage a photo of your car with the majestic IL State Capitol Building as your backdrop (4th & Capitol)

September 21, 22
Mother Road (6:00 - 9:00pm; 711 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD
) Timed to coincide with Springfield's 17th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival, the Pharmacy gallery artist members exhibit new works, some inspired by that theme. The gallery, at 711 S. 5th Street, is located on Illinois's historic Rte 66 so is part of the action. Enjoy the fun. FREE and opened to the public

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
Annual Mostaciolli Dinner (4:00pm; Athens Christian Church, ATHENS)
Silent and live auction as well as mostaciolli dinner to support Dominican Republic mission trip. Tickets $9 for adults, $4 for children 4-12. Children under 4 are free.

September 22
Hot Glass, Cool Nights (6:00 - 9:00pm; SAA parking lot, 700 N. 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
From a red hot molten substance to a delicate vessel, glass blowing is a dynamic and entrancing art form. In anticipation of the Baima Glass Studio in the new community visual art center building at the Springfield Art Association, Joe and Kate Baima and the SAA are hosting a day of glass blowing demonstrations. The Hot Blown Glass mobile team from Clayton, Indiana (hotblownglass.com) will be in Springfield for a day of glass blowing demonstrations on Saturday, September 22nd. From 1 to 4 PM the demonstrations are FREE and open to the public. The event will take place in the SAA parking lot. It is a rain or shine event.
That evening, from 6 to 9 PM there will be a fundraising event, Hot Glass, Cool Nights, with more demonstrations and attendees participating in the glass work. One hands-on experience will be drawn from attendees at 8 PM. (an additional $45 will be charged for the experience) Tickets for the event are $50 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. All proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of glass blowing equipment for the new studio.
The SAA anticipates that all the equipment that is currently being built to our specifications by Matt Urban of Furnace Urbini in Bloomington, Illinois will be complete and installed in the studio next summer.
For more information about the glass demonstration day or event, please go to www.springfieldart.org or contact Betsy Dollar at director@springfieldart.org.

September 22
Annual St. Jude Fundraiser (4:30 - 10:00pm; Heyworth American Legion, 203 E. Main Street, HEYWORTH)
$6 for a meal. We are having our Annual St Jude Fundraiser. We will be having a Quarter Auction 4:30p to 7p, Silent Auction 5p to 9p, Raffle Items 5p to 9p, Goulash Dinner 5p to 8p. And the FLATLAND Band from 7:30p to ??. Please come enjoy great fun, great food and a great Band. 309-829-4348

September 22
Player Piano Reveal (1:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Music Building Auditorium and Music & Performing Arts Library, 1114 W. Nevada Street, URBANA)
Join us for the Music & Performing Arts Library’s Player Piano Reveal on Saturday, September 22 at 1pm. The event will start with presentations about player pianos in the Music Building Auditorium featuring Catherine Hennessy-Wolter, PhD in Musicology from Illinois in 2016, and Mel Septon, restorer of automatic musical instruments.
A light reception will follow in the Music & Performing Arts Library and attendees will have the opportunity to see MPAL’s recently renovated piano in action. Items relating to players pianos from MPAL’s collections will also be on display.
Special thanks to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement and Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, John Wilkin, for providing the support to renovate the piano and build a dedicated new room in the Library.

September 22
A Walk for the Missing (9:00am - 3:00pm; 2nd Street & Capitol Ave. Lincoln Statue; SPRINGFIELD)
• 9AM – 1030AM: Registration begins at the Lincoln Statue on 2nd Street off Capitol. We then begin our walk after a brief welcome speech. • 10:30AM – 11AM: Walk down 2nd street to S Grand Ave and end up at our final destination. • 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Doors open to The Washington Park Pavilion at 1500 S Grand Ave in Springfield. • We will have guest participation and creating messages for the families that attend, listen to the families speak of what happened to their loved ones when they vanished. • 2:00 P.M. Memorial service for those missing and those that have been found deceased this year. This will include the President of Missing Persons Awareness Network NFP to speak, to ask for change and to remember. There will be a song, a prayer and a moment of silence. • It is $20 a person to attend with a T-shirt for the walk while they last. There are many things to purchase including the new 2018 Missing Persons Book of about 85 colored pages. https://www.facebook.com/missingpersonsawarenessnetworknfp/ | WWW.CAMPALERT.ORG

September 22
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.

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
Fresh Visions Community Church's Worship Arts Explosion (5:00 - 7:00pm; FVCC, 1551 J. David Jones Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Donations of Hats, Gloves and Socks are requested. Collection will be donated to a Local Community Organization. Pastor Roy Newman and First Lady Jackie Newman invite ALL to The Fresh Visions Community Church Worship Arts Explosion

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
Passport Registration Day (9:00am - 12:00pm; Sherman Public Library, 2100 E. Andrew Rd., SHERMAN)
Sherman Public Library, in partnership with Sangamon Co. Circuit Clerk Paul Palazzolo’s office, will offer a convenient passport registration day to the public this weekend. This service provides an easy way to obtain this important travel document. September is National Passport Awareness Month! Agents from the circuit clerk’s office will process passport applications from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Sept. 22 at Sherman Public Library, 2100 E. Andrew Rd., Sherman. Usual passport fees will apply, and applicants will receive their passports within 4-6 weeks. “The Sherman Library is proud and excited to partner with the Sangamon County Circuit Clerk’s office to make passport sign ups more accessible to our community, said Assistant Director Dawn Rutschke.”
Sangamon Co. Circuit Clerk Paul Palazzolo noted that this is a great way for his office to serve the public and make the passport application process easier for everyone. “We have worked hard to expand our services by offering passport photos now as well. For passports, the Sangamon Co. Circuit Clerk’s Office is as close to a one-stop shop as possible.”
When applicants arrive at Sherman Public Library for a passport, they must bring the following items:
• Certified copy of your birth certificate (no photocopies or hospital certificate)
• Valid photo ID
• Approved passport photo (WE CAN SNAP YOUR PHOTO)
• Certified copies of court orders for name change, custody or adoption decrees
• Two checks or money orders to pay applicable fees.
If you have any questions, please visit www.sangamonpassports.org, or call the circuit clerk’s passport office in advance at 217-747-5183.

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
ROCKBALLET ‘LOVE THE ‘90’S’ (7:00pm; Sangamon Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD)
a one night only powerhouse performance by the Springfield Ballet Company on Saturday, September 22nd at 7 pm at Sangamon Auditorium. Featuring music by U2, No Doubt and more! A vivid and exciting mix of adventurous choreography, memorable music and high-intensity dancing. Get tickets at www.springfieldballetco.org or call 217-206-6160. Rockballet ‘Love the ‘90s’ brought to you by Carrollton Bank and Valco Awards and More, promises to be an unforgettable performance.

September 22, 23
Annual Harvest Frolic (10:00am - 4:00pm; Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, 402 S. Lincoln Highway Rd., LERNA)
Celebrate the arrival of autumn at Lincoln Log Cabin's annual Harvest Frolic on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Saturday’s activities will kick off with a 5K run or 1-mile walk starting at 7:30 a.m. Registration forms can be found by visiting www.lincolnlogcabin.org, or participants can register the day of the race beginning at 7:00 a.m. After the 5K, don’t miss experiencing 19th century life on the farm. Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms both days, and will include children's games, crafts, and hearth cooking. Visitors are encouraged to take part in the period games and activities. A number of period artisans and craftsmen will be onsite demonstrating their crafts, including woodcarving, embroidery, pottery, tinsmithing, blacksmithing, broommaking, tintype photography, dulcimer making, and millinery. Special presentations at the event will include music from the Unreconstructed String Band, nature walks with Brian “Fox” Ellis, the Grand Camera Obscura demonstration by Jon Stealey, a magic show and a puppet show, and a 19th century street performance with the Clockwork Clown, as well as dulcimer playing and storytelling with Mike Anderson. Visitors can enjoy a game of cricket, the other 19th century ball game, on Sunday only, along with a special visit from Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by George Buss of Freeport, Illinois).

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
4th Annual "Licks of Love" Fundraiser (12:00 - 7:00pm; Blue Grouch Pub, 510 Maple Ave. S, SPRINGFIELD)
$10 cover charge, includes food. Lick Creek Band performs 2-5p, Live Auction at 5p, Silent Auction, 50/50 Board; 217-527-8395

September 23
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Water | 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.

September 23
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 23
Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (12:00 - 2:00pm; Spurlock Museum, URBANA)
Last year, through Art + Feminism, more than 2500 participants created or improved over 6500 articles on Wikipedia. In connection with Art + Feminism, the Spurlock Museum, University Library, Native American House, and Women’s Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are co-sponsoring a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Inspired by women artists of the W. Dale and Jeanne C. Compton Collection of Native American Art at Spurlock Museum, the edit-a-thon seeks to update and add Wikipedia entries of Pueblo women artists from the American Southwest.

The Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is seeking high school and university students to act as peer mentors for the edit-a-thon. Peer mentors learn the basics of Wikipedia editing on Sunday, September 23. We invite all women- and girl-identified students to attend this exciting opportunity. Training will focus on Wikipedia editing and aspects of the collection we’ll be highlighting. Peer mentors are encouraged to bring a laptop if they have one available. A limited number of computers are provided. Pre-registration for this free event is required. Lunch will be provided. For additional information and to register, visit Peer Mentor Training.

Peer training is Sunday 9/23 noon-2 pm; the Edit-a-thon is Saturday 9/29 noon-4 pm.

September 23
Sons of The American Legion Fried Chicken Dinner (4:00 - 7:00pm; American Legion POst 32, 1120 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
All-you-can-eat Friday Chicken Dinner, served with mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetable, roll, coffee or iced tea. Only $10.25 per person. All proceeds benefit veterans and their families. 217-523-3415 for more information.

September 24
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night (6:00pm; Sullivan High School, 725 N. Main St., SULLIVAN)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 217-728-8311

September 25
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night (6:00pm; Newton High School, 201 West Ave., NEWTON)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 618-783-2303

September 26
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night (6:00pm; Shelbyville High School, 1001 W. North 6th St., SHELBYVILLE)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 217-774-3926

September 27
Lake Land College Financial Aid Night (6:00pm; Neoga High School, 790 E. 7th St., NEOGA)
FREE - Learn how to pay for college with Lake Land College Financial Aid Office reps. Intended for college-bound seniors and parents. 217-895-2205

September 27
Progressive Opening Reception (4:30 - 6:30pm; LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to view two art exhibits and attend a progressive opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The college’s Trutter Museum will feature “Art, Asia and Antiquities” and have hors d’oeuvres and refreshments available. The James S. Murray Gallery will showcase a faculty art exhibit and have dessert bites and coffee. The museum and gallery are located on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
“Art, Asia and Antiquities” will look at the inspirational forces behind the museum's namesake, Phil Trutter. The exhibit will include artwork by Lillian Scalzo, who taught Mr. Trutter in art classes as a boy at the Springfield Art Association, and by faculty emeritus Jack Madura and the late Jim Murray, both who were founding members of LLCC’s art faculty and taught Mr. Trutter in his later years at LLCC.
The exhibit will also include a piece by Phil’s mother, Frances Mischler Trutter, who encouraged his lifelong love of art, as well as items from Asia that are a part of the Trutter world heritage collection. The exhibit will be on display at the Trutter Museum through May 2019. Museum hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or anytime by appointment.
The LLCC faculty exhibit showcases the work of Laura Anderson, Melissa Cunningham, Ashley Dickey, Al Shull, Leslie Stalter, Emily Thompson and Thom Whalen, all currently teaching courses at LLCC this semester. The LLCC faculty exhibit will be on display in the James S. Murray Gallery from Monday, Sept. 24 through Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. The gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located on the second floor of Menard Hall. LLCC Art Department programs can be explored online at www.llcc.edu/art.
To learn more about the galleries and their exhibits, visit www.LLCCFoundation.org/what-we-do and www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.

September 27
Children's Dyslexia Center Graduation (6:00pm; Springfield Masonic Center, 1020 Rickard Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The Valley of Springfield Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Freemasons of Illinois will host our annual graduation for the Children’s Dyslexia Center on September 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Springfield Masonic Center, 1020 Rickard Road, Springfield, IL. We invite you to come and listen to the graduates’ stories as to how the staff and our program have helped them to be better students and changed their lives. The Children’s Dyslexia Center creates a personalized two year program for each student to assist them in overcoming the hurdles of dyslexia. This program is provided free of charge by the Scottish Rite Masons of Central Illinois. Our school has been in existence for more than 10 years and has graduated more than 100 students. We currently have 17 students enrolled in this program with 16 on the waiting list. Please come and join us. It would be an excellent opportunity to speak with students and staff about the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Central Illinois. dyslexialearningcenter.com | (217) 793-7728

September 28
Laker Athletic Reunion, Homecoming Weekend (5:00pm; Field House, Lake Land College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., MATTOON)
FREE EVENT - Ashli Wicker to RSVP; awicker1@lakelandcollege.edu or 217-234-5260; Volleyball game at 6:00pm

September 28
Book Sale (10:00am - 5:30pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library will have a book sale on Friday, September 28 from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. There is all new non-fiction on the shelves in both children's and adults. A large part of fiction is also new to the sale. Selection of videos, audiobooks and vinyl records will be available. VHS videos, cookbooks and music cassettes and CDs will be all you can fit in a plastic grocery bag for $1.00. Prices begin at just a quarter on all else. The sale is located in the building behind the library. Just follow the north sidewalk around to behind the library building. The library is located at 233 S. State Street. Please call 267-3170 for further details.

September 28
100 Years of Broadway (6:00pm; New Salem Roots Banquet Facility, Route 97, NEW SALEM)
Theatre in the Park presents a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of a live performance at New Salem with a “100 Years of Broadway” on Friday, September 28, 2018 at New Salem Roots Banquet Facility, Route 97, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m., dinner and concert at 6:30 p.m. This concert is directed by Kristin Wheeler, president of Theatre in the Park’s Board of Directors. “We have Broadway show songs from each decade over the past 100 years,” says Kristin Wheeler. “We will have the history of New Salem shared for each decade as well.” Performers include JB George, Phillip Heppe, Shelby Bayless, Marley Roate and Andy and Deb VanDeVoort. Tickets are $40 adults for a chicken dinner provided by Nelson’s Catering and served by members of the Board of Directors. For tickets call 217.632.5440 or order online at theatreinthepark.net. For more information, please contact TIP’s Executive Director, Kari Catton, at 217-899-9732 or send an email to info@theatreinthepark.net.

September 29
Homecoming Concert & Cruise Night (5:00 - 10:00pm; Alumni park, Lake Land College Campus, 5001 Lake Land Blvd., MATTOON) FREE -
Food trucks, vendors start at 6:00, The Boat Drunks begin at 7:00

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
Fried Chicken Dinner (4:00pm - 7:00pm; Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 East Andrew Rd., SHERMAN)
Fried Chicken Dinner, Adults $10.00 Children (under 12) $5.00 (under 3 free)
Menu: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Drink & Dessert | Proceeds will support our youth programs and missions. shermanumc@casscomm.com | 217-496-2338

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
Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (12:00 - 4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, URBANA)
Last year, through Art + Feminism, more than 2500 participants created or improved over 6500 articles on Wikipedia. In connection with Art + Feminism, the Spurlock Museum, University Library, Native American House, and Women’s Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are co-sponsoring a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Inspired by women artists of the W. Dale and Jeanne C. Compton Collection of Native American Art at Spurlock Museum, the edit-a-thon seeks to update and add Wikipedia entries of Pueblo women artists from the American Southwest.
The Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is seeking high school and university students to act as peer mentors for the edit-a-thon. Peer mentors learn the basics of Wikipedia editing on Sunday, September 23. We invite all women- and girl-identified students to attend this exciting opportunity. Training will focus on Wikipedia editing and aspects of the collection we’ll be highlighting. Peer mentors are encouraged to bring a laptop if they have one available. A limited number of computers are provided. Pre-registration for this free event is required. Lunch will be provided. For additional information and to register, visit Peer Mentor Training.

Peer training is Sunday 9/23 noon-2 pm; the Edit-a-thon is Saturday 9/29 noon-4 pm.

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
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Water | 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.

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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