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February 1
Winter Fridays soup & salad (5:30 - 6:30pm; Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1108 N. Daniel, SPRINGFIELD)
$5.00; ALL proceeds go to children's programs. All home-made, choice of 2 soups (1st & 3d Fri. chili), freshly made salad (varies), desserts may inc. pie, cake, dessert (varies),fresh coffee may purchase can soda.

February 1
Soup & Chili Supper (4:00 - 7:00pm; Masonic Lodge #700, 206 West 4th St., PLEASANT PLAINS)
The Pleasant Plains Masonic Lodge #700 will hold its annual Soup & Chili Supper.
Menu includes vegetable soup & chili, hot dogs, deserts & coffee, tea & water.

February 1
African-American History Month Kickoff, “Let the Journey Continue,” (12:0pm - 1:30pm; A. Lincoln Commons, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
African-American History Month Kickoff, “Let the Journey Continue,” featuring LLCC alum Kenneth Humble with the Kenny Humble Group.

February 2
Let’s Celebrate! 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 winter months can be pretty dull, but spring is on its way. Learn about late winter celebrations including Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, Presidents Day, spring solstice and more. Shake off the winter doldrums with crafts, games, and more.

Super Saturdays offer thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and are included with Museum admission. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044. Sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

February 2
Carillon Winter Concert SUNDAYS (2:00 & 4:00pm; Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Carlo van Ulft, the Park District’s carillonist will play a wide variety of classical, folk and popular music for the winter season. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Sundays at 2:00 & 4:00pm from 01/06/2019 - 04/28/2019 and Wednesdays at 12:00pm from 01/02/2019 - 04/24/2019
Carlo van Ulft, 217-546-3853, www.carillon-rees.org, cvanulft@springfieldparks.org

February 2
10th Annual Crime Stoppers Trivia Night (5:00pm; Bank of Springfield Center, SPRINGFIELD)
Doors open at 5p, trivia starts at 7p. Come out and support Crime Stoppers at Illinois' largest trivia night fundraiser. Celebrity Emcees include Sam Madonia, John Spalding and Joe Crain. Huge prizes & bonus games. Live music by Dave Litrell from 5-6:30pm. Register at www.cashfortips.us or call 217-622-9547

February 2
Refuse to Be a Victim (8:00am - 1:00pm; Riverbank Lodge, 522 S 6th Street, PETERSBURG)
Safety experts agree the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the conscious decision to Refuse To Be A Victim. You stand a much better chance of preventing criminal attack if you develop a safety plan before you need it. That is why the Refuse To Be A Victim crime prevention seminar was developed. It is a program of the National Rifle Association. This is not a firearm or physical combat self-defense instruction course.
The seminar teaches easy to understand methods you can use to increase awareness and prevent criminal confrontation. In just four hours, you will get the tools you need to develop your own personal safety strategy, including information about: The Psychology of the Criminal Mind | Home & Phone Security | Automobile & Travel Security | Personal & Technological Security | Self Defense Devices and Training Options | And more! $30.00 / $10.00 deposit | Women of all ages but recommend at least High School age. Bring your daughter or friend and you both save $5.00 | To register or for more information, contact: Rene.heath@fearnoeviltraining.com | 217-741-8912 | Fearnoeviltraining.com | https://www.facebook.com/FearNoEvilTraining

February 3
Cupid's BAZAAR (8:00am - 4:00pm; the Orr Bldg, Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
You never know what you'll find at the bazaar! But you can always count on delicious mimosas in our wine and craft beer patio, samples throughout the venue of delicious dips, sausages and sweet treats, music that makes you forget your worries and just enjoy the day, and tons of the BEST shopping in the whole midwest!! Fantastic holiday finds, boutique, jewelry, art, photography, soaps, lotions, coins, toys, home and garden decor, sewn items, crochet, handmade, recycled, upcycled, vintage, antique, collectibles, furniture, floral, wood, metal, produce, and always LOTS of surprises!! You might visit with alpacas or sometimes even adopt a pet from the mobile adoption team!! You will enjoy delicious fair "fare" like mini donuts and kettle corn even in the winter, along with homemade goodies like cinnamon rolls, cookies, pies and so much more!! Adults $4 | 12 and under are always FREE!!!

February 3 - March 10
NEA Big Read: Get to Know India Program Series (1:00 - 3:30pm SUNDAYS, Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
Pack your bag for a trip to India! On Sundays from February 3 to March 10, we’re visiting sites across India and Indians living throughout the world as we explore some of the environments, histories, and cultures that make up this diverse modern nation. We’ll start in Bengal in the east and travel the length and breadth of the country before visiting centers in the global Indian diaspora.
The Get to Know India series is part of the NEA Big Read community reading program. Our book is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Each week in Get to Know India, we’ll feature a different region of India with activities that will explore the natural environment, arts, architecture, literature, language, and history specific to that area. Collect recipes for delicious dishes, complete with shopping lists with ingredients readily available in local stores. Help complete the collage of Indian landscapes and architecture in our exhibit. Dance along with songs from Bollywood films. Create art led by guest educators from the Indian community of Champaign-Urbana.

February 5
Bistro Verde: Full Service Dining for LLCC Spring (TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 11:00am - 1:00pm; LLCC, the Workforce Careers Center, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Bistro Verde, Lincoln Land Community College’s student-run café, will be open during the spring 2019 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Feb. 5 to March 7 and March 28 to April 25. The community is invited to experience food prepared and served by LLCC culinary arts, baking and pastry, and hospitality students.
Bistro Verde, located inside the Workforce Careers Center on LLCC’s Springfield campus at 5250 Shepherd Road, will offer a full-service dining experience this spring. Reservations are encouraged, and can be made by emailing bistroverde@llcc.edu, calling 217-786-2821 or stopping by the café during hours of business. At this time, the Bistro will not be offering any to-go meals. Cash and debit or credit cards are accepted.
The café’s dining room is staffed by students from the Dining Room Operations class, and food is prepared by students in the Food Production IV class. Desserts are created by students enrolled in the Advanced Baking and Pastry and Restaurant Desserts classes, while bread is supplied by the Artisan Breads class. Students gain practical hands-on experience and learn about providing diners with high quality food and service to create a memorable dining occasion. They are taught and supervised by an experienced team of professional culinary instructors.
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.
More information is available at www.llcc.edu/bistro-verde, and follow www.facebook.com/LlccCulinaryArtsAndHospitalityProgram for updates throughout the semester.

February 6
“Go to the Lands of Darkness”: Female Education on Illinois Frontier, 1820-1850 (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Between 1820 and 1850, women typically migrated to Illinois from New England and the Upper South as members of families. Without access to most professions, lines of credit, or political rights, unmarried women rarely had the means to seek opportunities in the West. Yet a handful of educated, single women answered calls for teachers. The networks and institutions they created shaped communities throughout the state and laid the foundations for the women's right movements.
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.

February 6
Carillon Winter Concert WEDNESDAYS (12:00pm; Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Carlo van Ulft, the Park District’s carillonist will play a wide variety of classical, folk and popular music for the winter season. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Sundays at 2:00 & 4:00pm from 01/06/2019 - 04/28/2019 and Wednesdays at 12:00pm from 01/02/2019 - 04/24/2019
Carlo van Ulft, 217-546-3853, www.carillon-rees.org, cvanulft@springfieldparks.org

February 6
Hiring Event (11:00am - 7:00pm; 113 W Bidwell St., TAYLORVILLE)
Gordmans, an apparel and home décor retailer that has been delighting guests for more than 100 years with bigger brands and smaller prices on trend-right merchandise, is now hiring for its new store in Taylorville. The new store is scheduled to open in March.
Gordmans is hiring for variety of positions. Interested candidates are to first apply online at gordmans.com and then visit the job fairs at the Taylorville Gordmans. Walk-ins are welcome!

February 7
Kindergarten Preview Night (6:00pm; Springfield Christian School, 2850 Cider Mill Ln., SPRINGFIELD)
A tour of the school and visit to the classrooms will follow the 30-minute presentation. Parents and in-coming kindergarteners interested in the school are encouraged to attend. Questions? Call the school office at 217.698.1933 ext. 3450 or visit www.springfieldchristianschool.org.
Springfield Christian School, an award-winning K-8 educational system located in Springfield, Illinois, offers low class sizes, instruction tailored to individual needs, and the latest educational technology to facilitate student engagement and excellence. SCS’s experienced and professional staff utilizes a rigorous Christ-centered curriculum and differentiated instruction methods to encourage students to reach their full potential. SCS challenges students to aspire to lives of character, service and leadership. SCS is fully recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education.

February 8
Winter Fridays soup & salad (5:30 - 6:30pm; Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1108 N. Daniel, SPRINGFIELD)
$5.00; ALL proceeds go to children's programs. All home-made, choice of 2 soups (1st & 3d Fri. chili), freshly made salad (varies), desserts may inc. pie, cake, dessert (varies),fresh coffee may purchase can soda.

February 9
James Weldon Johnson (JWJ) Study Guild, African American Read-In & Artistic Expression (11:00am - 2:00pm; Union Baptist Church, 1405 E Monroe, SPRINGFIELD)
Promoting read-in and artistic expressions from local Black Springfield authors, musicians, recitations, period portrayal(s), artists, and dancers in honor of Black History Month. Kids Corner featuring storytelling and face painting. Children should be accompanied by an adult. If you are interested in participating in the 2019 Read-In call Armenta Johnson at 726-5269 no later than December 31, 2018 to obtain information for entry. Free and Open to the Public | Funds provided by the Springfield Area Arts Council and The Illinois Arts Council Agency

February 9
Coach Mac's 'The Works' Spaghetti Sauce Dinner (4:00 - 7:00pm; Oakwood United Methodist Church, Corner of N. Oakwood and E. Collett Streets, OAKWOOD)
Freewill donation will be taken. Proceeds Benefit the "Appalachia Service Project Group" mission trip this summer. For more information, contact Pastor Legg or Debbie Clow 217-354-4950.

February 9
SCHEELS Bat Demo Day (10:00am - 3:00pm; SCHEELS, 3801 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Join SCHEELS and Vendor Representatives for Bat Demo Day! Try it before you buy it! Demo the latest bats from Rawlings, DeMarini, Louisville Slugger and Easton. Exclusive Demo Day Hot Buys to get you ready for the season. First 100 will receive an exclusive event t-shirt. Register to win great prizes - including a $500 SCHEELS gift card.

February 9, 10
Prairie State Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale (12:00 - 4:00pm; Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W Fayette Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Experienced growers will be on hand to answer questions. Handouts on orchid culture and care will be available. For more information, visit our website: http://www.prairiestateorchids.org or contact Mark Morten at 217-960-5421. You can also find us on Facebook by searching for Prairie State Orchid Society.

February 11
HIV/AIDS Awareness and Testing sponsored by the LLCC Black Student Union (9:00 - 11:00am; A. Lincoln Commons, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Participants will be provided information concerning HIV/AIDS and can also be tested.

February 11
"Without Us?" (9:00 - 11:00am; A. Lincoln Commons, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
showcasing extraordinary and noteworthy inventions of African-Americans.

February 12
The Things We Share Story Time (10:00am - 11:00am; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with Museum admission | Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans | Come, celebrate African American History month at story time. Explore diversity and what we have in common through stories and 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) 782-6044. Story Time is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

February 13
Springfield Park District Committee Meeting (5:30pm; Bunn Admin Offices, 2500 S 11th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Committee meetings will be held on Wednesday the week prior to Board meeting.

February 13
Community Environmental Council Info Mtg (6:00 - 7:30pm; Decatur Public Library, Madden Auditorium, 130 N Franklin St., DECATUR)
Join us for an informational meeting for a better understanding of the Community Environmental Council and it’s role in the community. We will discuss our current projects, such as the Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and SONA, and ask for suggestions for new ones! Open to interested citizens who want to make a difference. Featured guests will be Mike Shumaker, from Midwest Fiber Recycling, discussing Decatur’s single-stream, curbside recycling program. Laurie Rasmus, from Macon County Environmental Management, will be available to answer questions concerning the Macon County Recycling Center initiative.

February 13
Movie review and discussion of “Black Panther” (10:00am & 1:00pm; Robert H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)

February 13
Talk: Melding Traditional Lifestyles, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Biology (12:00pm; Spurlock Museum, Asian American Cultural Center, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA) Join the Spurlock Museum for the talk Melding Traditional Lifestyles, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Biology by Dylan Jennings (Bad River Band, Lake Superior Ojibwe). Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is the environmental knowledge maintained by many Indigenous communities throughout the world. Tribal communities have been staunch advocates for the environment and have been successful in utilizing tribal sovereignty and treaty rights to protect forests, fish, and wildlife populations from degradation. Come and learn about the great environmental work being done by many tribal communities in the region and how traditional knowledge and science are beginning to bridge gaps of understanding. This talk will be held at the Asian American Cultural Center at 1210 West Nevada Street, Urbana. Bring your lunch to enjoy while listening.

This talk is part of the Spurlock Museum’s 17th annual Winter Tales celebration honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. Also included in this year’s events are a talk on powwows, an educator workshop, and a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings. Visit the Spurlock Museum’s website (www.spurlock.edu) for dates and times. All events are free.

Bizhikiins is the name that was given to Dylan Jennings. He is a Bad River Tribal member and a UW Madison Alumni. In addition, Mr. Jennings is an elected Tribal Council Member for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. As an elected official, Mr. Jennings works diligently to provide opportunities for the 8,000 tribal members he serves. He serves as the appointed Council Liaison for the JOM Education Committee and is also a member of the Bad River Drug Task Force. He is a staunch advocate for education, language preservation and environmental protection.

February 14
Music at the Museum Series: The Deep Hollow (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12 | This terrific trio has been described as a "stripped-down, harmony-laden ode to Americana." The Springfield band makes it's Music at the Museum debut for a Valentine's Day concert. Micah Walk, Liz Eckert, and Dave Littrell combine great harmonies with excellent writing that propelled them to a big win in the American Songwriter Magazine songwriting contest in 2014 and an album that reached number three on the Folk DJ charts in 2016.
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.

February 14
Talk: Powwow 101 (4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum hosts the free talk Powwow 101 by Dylan Jennings (Bad River Band, Lake Superior Ojibwe). Dylan is a nationally known Traditional dancer and singer, who has served as emcee, arena director and head judge at powwows across the country. Join us as Dylan discusses powwow culture; including the variety of dance and singing styles along with their meaning and significance, and the regalia created and worn by dancers. This presentation will provide a deeper understanding of the intricacies of powwow culture across Indian Country. Come and explore the history, the contemporary practices and share a few special songs and dances with the crowd, while exploring the vibrant world of powwow in this exciting and interactive presentation.

This talk is part of the Spurlock Museum’s 17th annual Winter Tales celebration honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. Also included in this year’s events are an educator workshop, a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings, and a talk on the environmental work being done by many tribal communities. Visit the Spurlock Museum’s website (www.spurlock.edu) for dates and times. All events are free.

February 14
“Evolution of Music/Throwback Thursday” & Voter Registration Day (11:00am - 1:00pm; A Lincoln Commons, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
co-sponsored by the African-American History Month Committee and the LLCC Black Student Union.

February 15
Winter Fridays soup & salad (5:30 - 6:30pm; Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1108 N. Daniel, SPRINGFIELD)
$5.00; ALL proceeds go to children's programs. All home-made, choice of 2 soups (1st & 3d Fri. chili), freshly made salad (varies), desserts may inc. pie, cake, dessert (varies),fresh coffee may purchase can soda.

February 16
Love Local – Farm to Table Dinner (5:30pm; Bistro Five Thirty Seven, Richland Community College, 1 College Park, DECATUR)
Tickets $30/person, $50/couple
Sign up by February 1 at go.illinois.edu/dmp. Spread the love and celebrate Central Illinois’ small farms this February with Love Local, a winter harvest farm-to-table meal at Richland Community College. Enjoy a delicious, locally sourced Valentine’s Day dinner and dessert prepared by Chef Brian Tucker and RCC Culinary Arts students and meeting the farmers behind the meal face-to-face. All the ingredients for Love Local come from within 30 miles of Decatur. Supporting regional food providers encourages economic growth, benefits the environment and promotes a safer food supply. Locally grown foods also have more nutrients since they have a shorter time between being harvested and reaching the consumer. Produce grown locally travels an average of 56 miles to market while conventionally grown food travels 1,494 miles, according to a 2003 Iowa State University study. Dinner can be paired with a wine of your choice. Diners will also be able meet the farmers, growers and chefs behind their meal during dinner and ask questions about the local small foods industry. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate, please call 217.877.6042.

February 16
Integrating Tribal Sovereignty and American Indian History into the Classroom (9:00am - 12:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
Join the Spurlock Museum for an educator workshop Integrating Tribal Sovereignty and American Indian History into the Classroom by Dylan Jennings (Bad River Band, Lake Superior Ojibwe). The workshop is appropriate for K12, university, and community educators of all disciplines. For centuries, Native American Peoples have helped to shape the landscape. Treaties, tribal history and federal recognition of tribes tend to be gray areas for educators. What is tribal sovereignty? What is my role as an educator? How do I respectfully incorporate Native American values and teachings into my work? Learn about the importance of enriching your classroom with relevant American Indian values, language, and culture. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Contact Kim Sheahan at ksheahan@illinois.edu or 217-244-3355 with your questions or registration requests.

This workshop is part of the Spurlock Museum’s 17th annual Winter Tales celebration honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. Also included in this year’s events are a talk on the environmental work being done by many tribal communities, a talk on powwows, and a family concert of storytelling and traditional teachings. Visit the Spurlock Museum’s website (www.spurlock.illinois.edu) for dates and times. All events are free.

February 16
Winter Tales Cultural Performance (2:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum is pleased to welcome storyteller and musician Dylan Jennings (Bad River Band, Lake Superior Ojibwe) as he shares about the traditional lifeway of his people. Come and listen to the vibrant stories, history and songs that continue to flourish in Ojibwe Country. Spend an afternoon of fun, laughter, and adventure with traditional teachings embedded along the way. The concert is free and open to audience members of all ages.

This concert is part of the Spurlock Museum’s 17th annual Winter Tales celebration honoring the cultures of Indigenous Americans and the wisdom and practices they share with others. Also included in this year’s events are a talk on the environmental work being done by many tribal communities, a talk on powwows, and an educator workshop. Visit the Spurlock Museum’s website (www.spurlock.edu) for dates and times. All events are free.

February 16
Winter Farmers Markets (State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St., SPRINGFIELD)
The move to the new location, just a block from the outdoor Old Capitol Farmers Market, which ended on October 27th, makes fresh produce and local proteins available year round in downtown Springfield, as well as provides an additional opportunity for farmers to sell their local products throughout the winter. While it's often believed that farmers in central Illinois aren't able to grow produce throughout the winter, advances in season-extension technology, such as hoop houses, have given farmers the ability to continue to grow products even in sub-freezing environments. Some crops, like spinach and kale, even benefit from the colder temperatures, producing more sugars and a sweeter flavor.

Shoppers at the Holiday & Winter Markets can expect to find 25 local vendors selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised meats, eggs, honey, cheese, greens, carrots, potatoes, turnips, radishes, sunchokes, and winter squashes. Customers looking to pick up a Thanksgiving turkey can pre-order from Garden Gate Farm. The turkeys are pasture-raised with non-GMO feed and range in size between 14 and 35 lbs. They are priced at $4.00/lb. and can be ordered via email to dougrink68@icloud.com or by phone 815-848-3518.

In addition to farm-fresh products shoppers can find a variety of baked goods, wine, and unique local gifts. Hot lunch and smoothies featuring local ingredients will be available for purchase from Smart Natured Smoothies and kids activities will be provided by KIDDOS by Urban Sassafras, giving families an opportunity to shop while their kids play.

LINK cards will be accepted, and the Double Value Program offered by the Old Capitol Farmers Market will also be available thanks to a sponsorship from Central Baptist Church.

The church will provide a match of up to $25 for LINK recipients to use on fresh fruits and vegetables. This means LINK recipients can swipe their card for $25 and receive an additional $25 to use on produce, doubling their purchasing power and making wholesome holiday meals available to families across Springfield.

For more information about the Holiday & Winter Farmers Markets visit the www.facebook.com/oldcapitolfarmersmarket or contact Illinois Stewardship Alliance at (217) 528-1563.

FUTURE DATES: March 16, April 20

February 17
HeadsUp Group: for those with traumatic brain injury (2:00 - 4:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S Grand Ave. West, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information contact Dave at SCIL, 217 523-2587 v/tty

February 18
Matheny-Withrow PTO Fundraiser PaintNite (7:00 - 9:00pm; Godfathers Pizza, 1549 S Dirksen Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Ticket price $45, paintnite.com to purchase tickets online or contact Michelle Morris, 217-891-2838

February 19
“Showcase Your Talent – An Expression of Art" (5:00 - 7:30pm; LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
an open mic event sponsored by the LLCC Black Student Union.

February 20
Brooklyn Beginnings: The Settlement and Founders of a Historic Black Town in Southern Illinois (12:00 - 1:00pm; Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD) Free and open to the public| Brooklyn, Illinois is known as the first majority Black town to be incorporated in the United States in 1873. Nearly forty years prior, Brooklyn was one of the few settlements in the area that allowed African Americans to purchase lots and build homes. This lecture will discuss the town's unofficial founder, Priscilla Baltimore, its early residents and institutions, and its initial growth and development.
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. The Collections Center must be accessed from the new gate on Ash St. and approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 1/2 Streets. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

February 20
Soup & Stories “The Conversation” presented by Roderick “Odd?Rod” Borisade, spoken word artist (11:45am - 1:00pm; Robert H. Stephens Room, Menard Hall, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The event is free to students with a student ID and $3 for non-students. Register for this event by calling 217-786-2241.

February 20
SCHEELS Titleist Golf Fitting Day (2:00 - 7:00pm; SCHEELS Golf Shop; 3801 S MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
Our Golf Experts will help you find your perfect ‘fit’. See what’s NEW with Titleist Golf for 2019! Exclusive Register to Win Opportunities for Participants
*Pre-registration is recommended. Call SCHEELS Marketing Office to register 217.726.6330
(Walk-ins taken on an ‘as available’ basis) *Spots are limited!

February 21
Springfield Park District Committee Meeting (5:30pm; Washington Park Pavilion, 1400 Williams Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Meetings will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month. All meetings are subject to change.

February 22
Winter Fridays soup & salad (5:30 - 6:30pm; Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1108 N. Daniel, SPRINGFIELD)
$5.00; ALL proceeds go to children's programs. All home-made, choice of 2 soups (1st & 3d Fri. chili), freshly made salad (varies), desserts may inc. pie, cake, dessert (varies),fresh coffee may purchase can soda.

February 22, 23, 24
SAHBA 2019 Home Expo (BOS Center, SPRINGFIELD)
Come learn about the latest trends in home building and remodeling from many local vendors. Industries represented include: Builders/remodelers | roofing/ siding | flooring | home furnishings | windows, doors, garages | and many more!

February 23
Holy Family Presents Mardi Gras (6:00pm; Knights of Columbus, LINCOLN)
Dinner, dance & auction | $50 per person or $90 per couple. For tickets, call 217-732-4019 | logancountycatholic.org | Proceeds for renovation of Holy Family Church. Friday 2:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm. www.BuilderEvents.com for more info or facebook.com/SpringfieldAreaHBA

February 23
Goats + Yoga by Willow City Farm (11:00am; Lewis Memorial Christian Village, 3400 W Washington St, SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets are $40/per person and include a Bloody Mary or Mimosa! Goats + Yoga by Willow City Farm is an exciting way to practice yoga while hanging out with some adorable goats! You'll practice "barnyard poses" like cow, rooster, climbing goat, downward dog, etc, while our furry friends hang out with you, or even walk all over you. AND... What could possibly make this more fun? Enjoying a cocktail while we play! We'll have Bloody Mary's + Mimosas on hand, but feel free to BYO, too! You do NOT have to be an accomplished yogi to participate. In fact, many people choose to do a limited amount of yoga and just chill with the goats.
Tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferable. You are welcome to submit your payment here, or come into Lewis Memorial Village and submit payment in person.
If you need to change the name on your tickets, or have additional questions, feel free to call Tara @ 217-899-4562 or email info@willowcityfarm.com. Most importantly, have a great time!

February 23
“Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping” class (9:00 - 4:00pm; Taylorville Fire Station)
Family Beekeepers of Illinois will hold an “Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping” class on February 23, 2019 at the Taylorville Fire Station. The cost of the class is $50 which includes a book and runs from 9-4 p.m. To sign up for the class go to midwestmasterbeekeeper.org/ and click on Events and then on Illinois. Look for the date Feb. 23, 2019 and the Taylorville Fire House. Class size is limited to 25 so get your registration in early. For additional info contact Scott Carter 217-972-1960.

February 25
"Without Us?" (9:00 - 11:00am; A. Lincoln Commons, LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
showcasing extraordinary and noteworthy inventions of African-Americans.

February 27
African-American Food and Vendor Day (10:00am - 2:00pm; LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The event features free samples of African-American food, displays exhibiting the wares of African-American entrepreneurs and “Saxophone and African-American Poetry Improvisations” performed by LLCC retired business law professor and jazz musician Virgil Rhodes, J.D.

February 27
SCHEELS Callaway Golf Fitting Day (2:00 - 7:00pm; SCHEELS Golf Shop; 3801 S MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
All registered participants will receive a sleeve SuperSoft golf balls
SCHEELS Golf Experts along with Callaway Fitting Experts will be on site to help you find the perfect ‘fit’. See what’s NEW with Callaway Golf for 2019!Exclusive Register to Win Opportunities for Participants
*Pre-registration is recommended. Call SCHEELS Marketing Office to register 217.726.6330
(Walk-ins taken on an ‘as available’ basis) *Spots are limited!

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