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February 2019 Community Calendar

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WEDNESDAYS through April 24
BINGO NIGHTS (Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30pm; Erin's Pavilion, SPRINGFIELD)
It’s a great time to come out and play Bingo with friends! Join us for a night of fun, excitement, and the chance to shout “BINGO!” Hangout and make new friends at this weekly program. You might even win a prize. Minimum of 10 people, Maximum of 30 people. For people of all abilities, ages 8+. Bingo - Cover All - Four Corners | Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more info or to sign up. Please register one week in advance. www.springfieldparks.org

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
Lincoln Presentation by Ron Spears (1:00 - 2:00pm; LLCC, L102, LITCHFIELD)
LLCC-Litchfield will host a presentation by Ron Spears, local Lincoln expert and retired judge.

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 1
SYPG Fairytale Ball (6:30 - 8:30pm; Panther Creek Country Club, SPRINGFIELD/CHATHAM
) This magical, family-friendly event includes buffet dinner, dancing and lots of fairytale fun. The price is $30 per adult and $25 for children ages 13 and under (Children must be accompanied by an adult). Tickets need to be purchased in advance by going to https://squareup.com/store/springfield-youth-performance-group.
During the evening, children will have the chance to meet Rapunzel, and dance the night away. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite fairytale character, princess/prince or in their favorite party attire. Have fun with your family at the magical ball! Please email sypg@comcast.net with any questions about the event.
The Fairytale Ball is a fundraiser for Springfield Youth Performance Group (SYPG), a non-profit, charitable organization founded in 2005 that is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the performing arts. SYPG’s mission is to encourage and cultivate the artistically talented youth in our community by giving them the opportunity to perform thereby enhancing community awareness and appreciation of the performing arts. SYPG works toward this purpose by targeting excellence in stage performances, arts education, and youth-centered programming that is facilitated by professional artists.

February 2
Concordia Lutheran Church-School-Preschool BLOOD DRIVE (10:00am - 1:30pm; 2300 Wilshire Rd., SPRINGFIELD) All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a St. Patrick's Day t-shirt. Our blood drive will provide a critical resource that helps save lives at hospitals in our community and across our region. We are currently in desperate need of all Blood Types! There will be hot beverages and donuts for donors-- please plan to join us! Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you at the blood drive. Schedule an appointment here: https://www.bloodcenterimpact.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/83220

February 2
Sugar Creek United Methodist Church Pancake and Sausage Brunch (8:00am - 1:00pm; 1022 New City Rd., CHATHAM)
Across from the Ball Chatham Elem. School, on New City Rd. All you can eat pancakes. $9.00 for adults, $4.00 for kids under the age of 12. For additional information: 217-483-2270.

February 2
APL Pet Adoption (11:00am; Petsmart, 1460 Koester Dr., FORSYTH & 3183 Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats and Dogs will be available in APL's Mobile Pet Adoption Center from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at PetSmart, 1460 Koester Dr, Forsyth, IL 62535. ; Cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart, 3183 South Veterans Parkway, Springfield.

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 2
All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Brunch at Sugar Creek United Methodist Church (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 1022 New City Rd, CHATHAM)

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
APL Pet Adoption (10:00am; SPRINGFIELD)
Cats and Dogs will be available in APL’s Mobile Pet Adoption Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m at the First Sunday Midwest Bazaar, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Orr Building, Springfield. ; Cats will be available from noon until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart, 3183 South Veterans Parkway, Springfield.

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 4
Memorial Center Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Center, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300.

February 4, 5
Auditons for "Red Sails" (7:00 - 9:00pm; LLCC, Sangamon Hall South, Room 0015, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Lincoln Land Community College Theatre in collaboration with Cutlass Artists will hold auditions for “Red Sails: Jeanne de Clisson the Female Pirate” on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 4 and 5, from 7-9 p.m. in Sangamon Hall South, Room 0015 on the LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
This new devised production about the famous female pirate will be directed by Mark Hardiman, LLCC professor of theatre, and run May 2-5 at 8 p.m. in the lower level of Sangamon Hall South. A devised production is one created by the actors, director and others in rehearsal. The text can reflect on the historical facts or even the present-day experiences of people in the show. Learn more about LLCC Theatre at www.llcc.edu/theatre.

February 5
Senior Living Workshop (2:00pm; VFW Post #755, 211 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Attention wartime veterans and surviving spouses, how will you pay for senior living? You may qualify for assistance from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs to help pay for senior care expenses. Attend our free workshop to learn about new VA regulations. RSVP 217-742-6071, seats are limited. www.VeteransFinancial.com, brought to you by Cedarhurst Senior Living.

February 5
Lincoln Re-Enactor (12:00pm - 1:00pm; LLCC, LITCHFIELD)
A Lincoln reenactor will be on site and information on local Lincoln attractions will be available.

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 6
Preschool Program: Birds are our Tweethearts (10:00am, Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Wednesday, February 6 at 10 AM, children 2-5 are invited to attend the preschool program "Birds are our Tweethearts". Program features storytime and a craft for children to make and take home: A fruit loop cereal bird feeder. Light refreshments provided.

February 6
Movie Matinee (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Wednesday, February 6 will be the Senior Movie Matinee at 2 PM. Letters to Juliet will be shown. The movie and refreshments are free and sponsored by Sunset Funeral Homes and the library.

February 6
Ice Carving Demo (10:00am, Prairie Park, ARGENTA)
On Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10am at Prairie Park in Argenta, IL we will be hosting a live carving demonstration. We would like to invite you to come out to hear about our spectacular event. We will also have the historical museum open at a warming center that day with coffee available to help take away the chill.

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 7
Lincoln Reenactor (12:30pm; LLCC, TAYLORVILLE)
Lincoln reenactor will be on site and information on local Lincoln attractions will be available. At 1:30 p.m., a presentation will be given by Ron Spears, local Lincoln expert and retired judge.

February 7
Sparc Job Fair (9:30am - 4:30pm; Sparc, 232 Bruns Ln, SPRINGFIELD)
On site interviews will be offered with the following documentation:
Illinois Driver's License
HS Diploma or GED certificate
Social Security Card or Passport
Sparc offers competitive wages, an excellent benefit package and paid holidays. Join us on February 7th to learn more. Contact Sparc HR at 217.793.2100 ext 125

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 8
Annual Chaos Elite Comedy Night (8:00-10:00pm; Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center, 625 E. Saint Joseph St., SPRINGFIELD)
2019 Chaos Elite Girls Softball Fundraiser. Chaos Elite Girls Softball Team and Route 66 Hotel will be hosting the annual comedy/fundraising night Friday Feburary the 8th. Doors open at 8 P.M. This night of laughs kicks off with Kyle Fields followed by Bob Brackenridge. The players, coaches and parents greatly appreciate your support.

February 8
Dinner Lecture: Karl Luthin, DVM (5:00pm; Horsefeather’s Wild Hare Café, ELKHART)
On Friday, February 8th, The Elkhart Historical Society will offer their first dinner lecture of the 2019 series with the return of Karl Luthin, DVM. Karl’s lectures always fill quickly due to his extraordinary life experiences and story-telling skills.
Luthin’s talk will cover a variety of venues including stories from many of the different movies in which he has been involved, including reenacting, veterinarian services, props, and problem solving- - such as how to get a horse off the elevated platform in Chicago’s loop. Just ask Karl about his fleet of Conestoga wagons and you will get a taste of the charisma that surrounds this man.
The program will be held at Horsefeather’s Wild Hare Café, with doors opening at 5:00p. The cost of $40 per person includes a choice of entrees, Chicken Cordon Bleu or Roast Pork Tenderloin with a wine and mushroom sauce. Both choices serve d with creamy herbed potatoes, baby carrots and green beans and freshly baked dinner roll and dessert. The all-inclusive price covers the price of the meal, tip, taxes and a $10 donation to the Elkhart Historical Society for the program.
For complete menu and reservation form, please go to the website: www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org . Reservations are required and can be made by calling 217 947 2238, by no later than February 5; once confirmed checks can be mailed to The Elkhart Historical Society at PO 255 Elkhart IL, or dropped off at the Country Bumpkin Shop at 103 Gov. Oglesby St. or Horsefeather’s Wed-Sun 10a-3p.

February 8-10
Junie B. Jones, Jr. (7:00pm Fri-Sat, 2:00pm Sun; Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie’s best friend Lucille has found new best friends – and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. While in Mr. Scary’s class Junie has trouble reading the blackboard – and she may need glasses. Add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

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
APL Adoption (11:00am; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart.

February 9
Parent's Night Out (6:00pm - 9:00pm; Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Parents, could you use an evening without the kids? Well, this February you can get some time to yourselves while your kids ages 4-10 spend time playing games, making crafts, exploring the Garden after dark and making s'mores around the campfire. We will be offering Parents' Night out from 6:00pm-9:00pm on Saturday, February 9. Space is limited so registration is required. Some activities will be outdoors please dress your child appropriately* PRICE: $20/child for members and $25 for non-members. http://www.lincolnmemorialgarden.org | 217-529-1111

February 9
The Langston Hughes Project (7:30pm; Millikin University's Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Millikin University's Kirkland Fine Arts Center is pleased to present The Langston Hughes Project featuring Ron McCurdy on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes' kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite titled, "Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz."|
"Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz" is Hughes' homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a 12-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop, progressive jazz, Latin "cha cha," Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso and African drumming – a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death. General ticket prices for the performance are $25, $30 and $35 and children's tickets are $10. Tickets may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at kirklandfinearts.com. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information about Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit kirklandfinearts.com. Events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.

February 9
Quilt Program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Saturday, February 9 at 10:00 am features a program presented by members of the Vermilion Valley Quilters. Learn about how the quilt guild began, and what they're doing now! Program features speakers Victorena Stanis and Rose Walker. Quilts and other projects will be on display. Guild members will be present to answer questions.

February 9
3rd Annual Argenta Icefest (11:00am - 6:00pm; Prairie Park, ARGENTA)
Bundle up and have some fun as February 9, 2019 marks the 3rd Annual Argenta IceFest. Olympic gold medalist, Aaric Kendall along with several members of Argenta In Motion have been working hard to make this year’s event bigger and better.

Unique carvings, sponsored by local businesses and personal donations, will line the walking path at Prairie Park beginning at 11am. Live demonstrations are sure to keep you captivated as Aaric Kendall and his team from Double A Carving take chainsaws to 300lb blocks of ice and create masterpieces of art! Stroll through Prairie Park, grab a hot bite to eat from food vendors, play a game of putt-putt and take your kids on the barrel train around the park. Then as you make your way to Elm Street to see more beautiful sculptures, catch some of the action from this year’s Ice Breaker’s Challenge! Watch teams challenge each other through not so basic tests of strength and endurance.

Hop on a tram for a ride uptown to taste test and cast a vote for the winner of the Chili Cookoff at Bargenta. Take a moment to sample a variety of wine and beer while warming up around the fire pit or warm up in the Friend’s Creek Community Building as craft and sales vendors offer their wares.

Don’t leave too early, as daylight fades to dusk the sculptures will take on a whole new beauty after the lighting ceremony at Prairie Park.

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
Mouse Races (6:00pm; New Salem Roots, 14305 Rt. 97, PETERSBURG)
The Town and Country Women’s Club of Petersburg will be hosting a “Mouse Race” event to help fun our parks and new trail that will be along the Sangamon River. Entry tickets $10. Early ticket purchases will be entered for drawing of door prizes. Petefish, Skiles Bank and Alliance Bank have tickets. Evening Activities: Seven Mouse Races, Mouse Roulette, Plinko, 50/50 Raffle | Available for purchase $10 for Unlimited Nacho Bar, Dessert, Coffee, Water & Lemonade. Wine selections from Dr. Ugs, craft & domestic beer from Hand of Fate.

February 9
Holy Dormition Lunch to Go (11:00am - 2:00pm; 300 N 4th St., BENLD)
Lunch Plate for $8.00, Cabbage Roll, Cabbage Noodle or Meat Crepe. Or you can buy Ala Carte. You may purchase a desert to go with your meal. We will have our delicious Poppy Seed and Nut Rolls. We also have frozen, Perogies and Pelmenie. If you would like to make sure you get what you want, you can call and order ahead of time. To place a Pre-Order Please call Sandy Petty at 217-371-9241 or 217-839-7220 please leave a Message. Or you can call Debbie Spears at 217-313-6522

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
National Bagel Day (6:00am - 5:00pm; 901 W University Ave, URBANA)
Celebrate National Bagel Day with A FREE Einstein Bros. Bagel! In celebration of National Bagel Day on Saturday, Feb. 9, Einstein Bros. Bagels is offering a FREE bagel and Shmear with purchase! This deal is part of the chain’s newly-launched “Power of the Bagel” campaign and will be available at all San Diego-area locations, excluding license stores inside of colleges, airports, hotels and hospitals. Einstein Bros. Bagels have an average of 10 grams of protein in each bagel, which is more protein than or equal to one large egg, three slices of turkey, one cup of two percent milk or two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter! Visit your local Einstein Bros. any time between open and close on National Bagel Day to get your free bagel and Shmear, plus a boost of protein!

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 10
98th Annual Lincoln-Douglass Freedom Fund Banquet (2:45pm, Crowne Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
Race Riot Commemoration: 110 Years of Putting Faith into Action

February 10
APL Adoption (12:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from noon until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart.

February 10
Benefit for KATHY Etherton (1:00 - 5:00pm; K.T.'s Korn Krib, LATHAM)
Kathy Etherton, a Blue Mound native, now living in Mt. Zion, IL is in the biggest fight of her life. Although being diagnosed with uterine cancer 6 weeks ago, Kathy remains to be her upbeat, Happy, selfless self with every test, every treatment, and every day. Spending her time baking delicious treats, loving her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; Kathy will continue to fight with the love and support of her friends and family. Come join in the fight!

February 10
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (7:00am - 12:00pm; The Van Meter Masonic Lodge, 127 S Main St., ATHENS)
The Van Meter Masonic Lodge in Athens will be hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast, just behind the historic Long Nine Museum. The breakfast includes made-to-order pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee. $8 adults, $6 children 5-12, children under 5 eat free. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to the lodge's general operating fund to be used for building maintenance, funding state and local youth organizations, and sponsorship of the Athens High School Scholastic Bowl team.

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 - March 26
Draped and Bundled: Paintings by Leeah Joo (Giertz Gallery, Parkland College)
Leeah Joo is a Korean American painter who explores themes of cross-cultural experiences. Joo’s body of complex, realistic paintings on exhibit explores different connotations of drapery as a still-life subject, filtered through the lens of an Asian American immigrant. The fabric folds and bundles lend themselves to being read as more than just simple still lifes, while their designs conflate mythological creatures found in Asian art with contemporary figures. Reception: Thursday, February 14, 5:30–7:30 p.m., with gallery talk by Joo at 6:30 p.m. and music by Cobra Lounge Trio
Additional artist lecture: Thursday, February 14 at 1:15 p.m. in Room U140 Axonometric Projection Workshop: Thursday, February 14 at 2 p.m. in Room U140: Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 217/351- 2485 to reserve your seat. (Gallery Closed: Feb. 21 and March 16–24) For more information on gallery exhibits, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit www.parkland.edu/gallery.

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 12
Lincoln's Birthday (10:00am; ALPLM, SPRINGFIELD)

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Mrs. and Mrs. Lincoln on site
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Games, crafts and History Detective for kids
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Navy Band Great Lakes Woodwind Quintet & Brass Quintet performance
Make a purchase of over $20 in the Museum Gift Shop and be entered in a drawing for a free Lincoln gift basket.

February 12
"Lincoln" Movie Viewing (11:30am - 2:00pm; LLCC, JACKSONVILLE)
LLCC-Jacksonville will have a viewing of the movie “Lincoln,” along with other activities. The public is invited to all events without charge.

February 12
"Lincoln" Movie Viewing (8:00am - 5:00pm; LLCC, BEARDSTOWN)
LLCC-Beardstown will also be holding activities from 8 a.m.-5p.m., including showings of the movie “Lincoln.” The public is invited to all events without charge.

February 12
Lincoln's 210th Birthday Celebration (4:00 - 6:00pm; : The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, Room 246, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Join the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections and the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 210th Birthday! Enjoy light refreshments, try your hand at Lincoln-themed trivia, view a pop-up exhibit of rare and unique items, de-stress with Lincoln coloring pages, and explore library resources related to the life and legacy of our 16th president. This event is free and open to the public. To request disability-related accommodations or for more information, please contact the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections at 217-333-1777 or ihlc@library.illinois.edu. This event is supported in part by the Strategic Communications and Marketing Committee of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. For more information, visit https://www.library.illinois.edu/ihx/.

February 12
11th Annual Lincoln Lecture (9:00am; LLCC, R.H. Stephens Room of Menard Hall, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Dr. Christian McWhirter, Lincoln historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, will speak on “Music in the Life of Mr. Lincoln.” McWhirter previously served as an assistant editor for The Papers of Abraham Lincoln. Holbrook is a second-year Ph.D. student in musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his studies focus on the intersections of American music, history and politics.

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
Cedarhurst Meet & Greet (8:00 - 11:00am, Knights of Columbus, 715 E Illinois, SPRINGFIELD)
On-site trailer. All events are open house style. Please visit us at your convenience during the posted times. Come and meet the team at Cedarhurst of Springfield at one of our events listed above! We'll provide all information about our community and answer any questions that you may have about Assisted Living and Memory Care. Coffee & donuts provided during the morning events and desserts for our evening events. For more information, please contact Becky at 217-742-6071 or bwoiwode@cedarhurstliving.com

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 13
NEA Big Read: Indian Comics Chat & Chaat (12:00 - 1:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, International and Area Studies Library, 321 Main Library, 1408 W Gregory Dr, URBANA)
What's better than a leisurely hour exploring Indian comics? Reading Indian comics while enjoying FREE Indian snacks!
Come up to the International and Area Studies Library to check out a curated selection of Indian comics from our renowned South Asian comic collection. You can read as many or as few comics as you like, enjoy some of the free refreshments, get to know the South Asian Studies and Global Popular Culture Librarian, and mingle with other comics fans in attendance.
This event is part of the International and Area Studies Library's suite of programming sponsored by an NEA Big Read grant.
The complete schedule of Big Read events is online at go.illinois.edu/TheNamesake. Share and follow social media posts about events with the hashtag #BigReadCU.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read in Champaign-Urbana is a partnership of the Spurlock Museum, International and Area Studies Library at Illinois, The Urbana Free Library, Champaign Public Library, The Art Theater, Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Asian American Cultural Center, Asian Educational Media Service, Indian Cultural Society of Urbana-Champaign, and Krannert Art Museum. Some events are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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
Tales from the Vault: Love & Romance (12:00 - 1:00pm; ALPLM, SPRINGFIELD)
ALPLM Manuscripts Curator Christopher Schnell will present and discuss changing attitudes about love, romance, and relationships using textual material from the 19th and 20th centuries. Reservations are not required.

February 14
Urbana PD Bike Giveaway (10:00am - 12:00pm; 202 S Vine St., URBANA)
The Urbana Police Dept. will be offering bicycles free of charge to citizens of C-U and surrounding areas. The Urbana Police ask that each citizen be limited to one bicycle. The bicycles will be offered as is condition to interested parties. For more information, please contact DCOP Bob Fitzgerald or Community Liason Officer Amy Anderson at 217-384-2320 at the Urbana Police Dept. Email: fitzgerj@urbanaillinois.us and andersal@urbanaillinois.us

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 14
Sixth Annual Chocolate Extravaganza (7:00am - sell out, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, 1800 E. Lake Shore Dr., DECATUR)
The sixth annual HSHS St. Mary’s Auxiliary’s Chocolate Extravaganza will be held Thursday, February 14th in the hospital lobby starting at 7 a.m. until sold out. Come early to get your favorite brownies, fudge, cookies, candy or cake wrapped and ready to go. Cash, check or credit cards are accepted and valet parking will be available. You can also become a Friend of Chocolate by donating any amount and your name will be displayed showing your support of the Auxiliary.
Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each or 3 for $10 in the gift shop for a romantic getaway featuring a gift certificate for $200 to be used at Cheshire Inn in St. Louis and a $50 gift certificate to the popular Italian restaurant Favazza’s, plus chocolates and wine. A second raffle features a 3 foot tall chocolate colored stuffed horse named Coco by Melissa and Doug. Tickets are available for $1 each.
Proceeds will go toward improving updates in the Emergency Room. For additional information please call Ellen Miller 413-1879.

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 15, 16
Disney in Concert: Around the World (6:30pm, BLOOMINGTON & SPRINGFIELD)
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 season continues with Disney in Concert: Around the World, a unique combination of the legendary entertainment company’s award-winning music along with cinematic clips. Music Director Ken Lam leads central Illinois' premiere professional symphony orchestra in this pair of performances Friday, February 15 in Bloomington and Saturday, February 16 in Springfield, both at 7:30 p.m., with family friendly pre-concert activities starting at 6:30 p.m.
Under special arrangement with Disney Concerts, this performance of Disney music with clips and images feature ten different musical suites from recent animated hits like Frozen to classics like Mary Poppins. Additional titles of note include The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mulan, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Lion King.
Tickets are $21, $42 and $63. Student tickets are $6 (Age 6-26) with valid Student ID, and children under 6 are free with a paying adult. Senior and group discounts are also available. In addition to online purchases, tickets are available in Bloomington via the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777 and in Springfield via the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160. Prices exclude processing fees.

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
All Out A Cappella (4:30 & 7:30pm; Unity High School's Polly Anderson Auditorium, TOLONO)
All Out A Cappella is the biggest a cappella event in downstate Illinois featuring vocal harmonies ranging from barbershop to contemporary a cappella. The concert is fun for all ages! Tickets can be ordered online at: https://unitymusicboosters.seatyourself.biz
This year’s line-up includes: No Comment A Cappella (U of I) | The Xtension Chords (U of I) | Illinois Rip Chords (U of I) | On the Brink of Normal (ISU) | Clef Hangers (ISU) | QB (Elmhurst College) | Surreal Sound (Unity HS) | Unity West 5th Grade Choir (early show only)

February 16
APL Adoption (11:00am, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats and Dogs will be available in APL's Mobile Pet Adoption Center from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Farm and Home, 2900 N. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield. ; Cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart.

February 16
2019 Adopt-a-Senior for Valentine's (DANVILLE)
Neighbor Love is delivering gift bags and hosting a Valentine’s party for the residents as follows:
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019:
9:30am-Noon | Danville Care Center, 1601 N. Bowman Ave., Danville, IL 61832 | GIFT BAG GOAL: 60
2:30-5pm | North Logan Health, 801 N. Logan Ave., Danville, IL 61832 | GIFT BAG GOAL: 50
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019:
2:30-5pm | Colonial Manor, 620 Warrington Ave, Danville, IL 61832 | GIFT BAG GOAL: 60

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 16
Getting Started as a Reenactor (1:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
Have your ever thought about becoming a reenactor? Are you curious about what reenactors do? Talk with military reenactors from the Civil War to recent periods and civilian reenactors from the Civil War. Join a group discussion at 2 pm about the steps to become a reenactor. Local reenactment groups will be present to discuss their activities. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Illinois.State.Military.Museum/
Contact: Paul Fanning (217) 761-3910

February 16
Lincoln FFA Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (8:00am - 12:00pm; Lincoln High School, LINCOLN)
Lincoln FFA is having our annual pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday February 16th from 8 AM to 12 noon. There is only a $5 entry fee and is an all you could eat breakfast. We have a silent auction that is open from 8 AM to 11:30 AM. and a live auction hosted by Ty Tucker starting at 10 AM. Donations accepted at the door. Suggested donation is $5 per person.

February 16, 17
Benld Pet Adoptions (Saturday 12:00 - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway & Sunday 12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Though the winds may blow; and even bring snow; we will hold Pet Adoptions

February 16 - April 29
A Decade of Vision and Literature (9:00am; The Chatham Area Public Library, CHATHAM)
The Chatham Area Public Library 10th Annual Call to Entry Juried Art Show, A Decade of Vision and Literature, will feature the artistic talents of 24 local artists. The show will feature 45 pieces of art work which will be displayed throughout the library, February 16th – April 29th, 2019, during normal library operation hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The winners will be announced at a reception held at the Chatham Area Public Library on March 1st, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the reception.
For a complete list of artists visit our website, www.chathamlib.org, or contact the Library at 217-483-2713 for information about the art show and upcoming art events.

February 17
ITAV OPEN HOUSE (2:00 - 4:00pm; It Takes a Village Central IL, 601 E. Main St, Suite 107, MAHOMET)
Join us for our Grand Opening at our new location! See what we're all about and how our Mission is filling the gaps for those in need in our community! If you'd like to bring a "gift" we are accepting donations of hygiene and cleaning products as well as diapers, wipes and tampons/pads. Monetary donations are always welcome. (Gifts not required to come)! Everyone is welcome!

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 17
APL Adoption (11:00am, PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from noon until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart.

February 17
16th Annual Mister Chili Man Chili Joe DeFrates Memorial Chili Cook Off (11:00am, Boondocks, 2909 N Dirksen Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
The Valley of Springfield Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Freemasons along with the Ansar Shrine Patrol invite you to come to our 16th Annual Mister Chili Man Chili Joe DeFrates Memorial Chili Cook Off - Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Boondocks, 2909 North Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL. Doors open at 11AM. Cost is $10 per person. Come on out and watch the Daytona Race on big screen TVs while munching on all you can eat Chilli Man Chili, hot dogs and competition samples. There will be a raffle prize, 50/50 drawings and a silent auction. The cooks competing in this competition will be making red chili, chili verde and homestyle chili with the winning cook qualifying for the 2019 International Chili Society World Championship Cook Off. If you or the public have any questions, they can contact the Valley of Springfield Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite at (217) 793-7728 (Monday-Friday 9am-2pm) or by email at: aasr1@comcast.net. Proceeds from this exciting event benefit Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis and the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Springfield.

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 18
Campus Visit Day: Information on college and career training (10:00am - 12:00pm & 5:00pm - 7:00pm; LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Prospective students interested in starting or restarting college or training for a new career are invited to Campus Visit Day at Lincoln Land Community College on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18. The free event will be held at the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, with two sessions scheduled, 10 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m.
“We welcome all individuals interested in learning more about our excellent academic and career training programs,” says LLCC President Charlotte Warren, Ph.D. “Family members are also invited. Get ready to explore your future at LLCC!”
Both morning and evening sessions feature information on how to enroll and pay for college, presentations by current students, and tours of the state-of-the-art Workforce Careers Center and Sangamon and Menard halls. Visitors can view exhibits and speak with LLCC representatives, take a short career assessment, apply for admission and get assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Refreshments will be provided and feature baked goods from LLCC Culinary Arts.
Registration for Campus Visit Day is available at www.llcc.edu/campus-visit-day or by calling 217-786-2577.

February 18
Springfield Philatelic Society (7:00pm; Peace Lutheran Church, 2800 W Jefferson, SPRINGFIELD)
Door Open Around 6:30pm, Stamp Programs Monthly, Memberships Available, Scout Program Information, School Activity Information, Estate Information, Annual Fall Bourse, Kid Friendly

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 19
A Rare Photo History of the Illinois State Fair (5:30pm; Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 S 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
A rare photo history of the early Illinois State Fairgrounds will be the topic of the Sangamon County Historical Society program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 19 at the City of Springfield’s Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 South Seventh St. The event is free and open to the public. Tom Fitch, former Illinois State Fair Museum Foundation historian and past board member, will give a PowerPoint presentation featuring many never-before-seen old photos of the early State fairgrounds. Fitch is retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation as a Standards Engineer, after serving 34 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Illinois State University. For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at www.sangamonhistory.org or 217-525-1961.

February 19
Fact vs. Fiction: Lincoln and Kennedy (6:30pm; ALPLM, SPRINGFIELD)
Do you know about all the eerie parallels between Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy? Elected 100 years apart, both former boat captains, both replaced by men named Johnson, the list goes on — except the “parallels” are routine coincidences, exaggerations, or outright lies. Join our experts for a fun look at what’s fact and what’s fiction in this famous claim. The event features Dr. Samuel Wheeler, the Illinois Sate Historian, and John T. Shaw, author of two books on President Kennedy. Mr. Shaw will sign copies of his newest book, Rising Star, Setting Sun: Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the Presidential Transition that Changed America, at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Union Theater. Registration is required. $5 members; $8 public. Book guaranteed only when pre-purchased by Friday, February 8, 2019.

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 20
Springfield Ladies Luncheon Program (Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
$15 pay at door, however, reservations are required by Saturday, Feb. 16 | Features a delicious chef prepared lunch, fun ladies, special feature program of interest to many, & an inspirational & uplifting speaker. | 217-358-1268, 1057crystal@gmail.com

February 21
Springfield Park District Board 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 21
"Aspirations, Arts and the Future" (7:00pm; Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall, Millikin, DECATUR)
The event is free and open to the public; no reservations or tickets required. Millikin University welcomes arts advocate Ben Cameron, president of the Jerome Foundation, on Thursday, Feb. 21 for the 2019 James. W. Moore Lecture. As president of the Jerome Foundation, Cameron oversees an organization that supports emerging artists in Minnesota and New York City.

February 21
Arts Advocate Ben Cameron to speak (7:00pm; Millikin University, Albert Taylor Theatre, located on the 2nd floor of Shilling Hall, DECATUR)
Millikin University welcomes arts advocate Ben Cameron, president of the Jerome Foundation, on Thursday, Feb. 21 for the 2019 James. W. Moore Lecture. Cameron's presentation, entitled "Aspirations, Arts and the Future," will begin at 7 p.m. in Albert Taylor Theatre, located on the 2nd floor of Shilling Hall, on Millikin's campus. The event is free and open to the public; no reservations or tickets required.
As president of the Jerome Foundation, Cameron oversees an organization that supports emerging artists in Minnesota and New York City. He also served simultaneously for two years as president of the Camargo Foundation, a residency center for artists, scholars and scientists in Cassis, France, which shares the common founder Jerome Hill.

February 21
“Making Mr. Darcy: Cultural Context for the Regency Gentleman” (3:00 - 5:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Room 346, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Join us for the opening of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library's spring exhibition, “Making Mr. Darcy: Cultural Context for the Regency Gentleman,” curated by Lynne M. Thomas, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book and Manuscript Professor. Works selected for this exhibition illuminate how gentlemen contemporary to Jane Austen were educated, dressed, occupied themselves in work and leisure, participated in politics, and managed their love lives, providing additional context for Austen’s characterizations of gentlemen, both admirable and troublesome. For more information, visit https://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/.

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
Museum After Hours: Preview Night (5:00 - 8:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Ages 21+, Fee: $15 non-members, $10 members | Take a sneak peek at three new art and history exhibitions. Museum After Hours events feature live music, food, and fun. Guests can complete a make-and-take art project, meet the exhibit curators and artists, and share their own Illinois immigration story. All tickets include a free beverage. Food and additional beverages will be available for purchase.
“We are Illinoisans” tells the stories of immigrants to Illinois from the 18th century to today. “Jeanine Coupe Ryding: Coda for the Day” presents twenty-five large-scale woodcut prints of Evanston artist Jeanine Coupe Ryding. “Sing Muses: History and Allegory in Narrative Art” features art from the Museum’s collection that tell stories including myth, history, allegory and moral struggle.
Last Acre will provide live music. Drinks will include beer from Obed and Isaac's Microbrewery, wine from Danenberger Family Vineyards, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Tickets available at the door or online at bit.ly/mahfeb2018. All proceeds from this event support educational programming at the Illinois State Museum. For more information, please contact Sarah Davis at events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044.

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! 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
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.

February 23
The Amazing Max (2:00pm; The Legacy Theatre, 101 East Lawrence Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
The Amazing Max is an interactive magic show with a mind of its own. What's truly amazing is not only what happens on stage but also what happens in the audience. The enchanted look that spreads across the faces of his young (and not-so-young) fans as magician Max Darwin works miracles is hands-down astounding. Operating from the principle that "every show is unique because every child brought to the stage is unique," Max conjures a custom experience that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends.
"When you see Max perform you see how much he believes in children,” says Producer Christine Cox. “He makes them feel comfortable and works with his audience to create moments of magic that the entire family can share together”.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The entire audience is invited to a post show experience where they can meet Max immediately following the show.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.atthelegacy.com or by calling 800-838-3006. The show is recommended for children ages three (3) and up.
For more information on The Amazing Max, visit www.TheAmazingMax.com.

February 23
Family Service Center will be having their Trivia Night fundraiser (6:00pm; Knights of Columbus, 2200 S Meadowbrook Rd, SPRINGFIELD)
Doors open at 6PM, Trivia begins at 7PM
Table of 10 for $100 or $10 per person. Proceeds support Family Service Center’s Foster Care, Adoption, and Counseling programs. Gather a group of your friends and join us for a night of fun competition. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Mulligans, balloon pop game, and paddle games are also available the night of the event. Make a purchase from our Wall of Wine for $15 a bottle. For more information, please contact Family Service Center at (217)528-8406 or visit our Facebook page!

February 23
Guest Speaker Annie Ruth (1:00 - 3:00pm; King of Kings Christian Assembly, 520 South Livingston Street, SPRINGFIELD)
In honor of Black History Month Celebration: Internationally Respected Artist and Arts Educator, Annie Ruth. Annie Ruth is an Award Winning Author, Visual Artist and Poet and has been exhibited in Major National and International Museums. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 217-836-8694

February 23
APL Adoption (11:00am; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at PetSmart.

February 23
SYPG's Rapunzel (1:00pm, 3:00pm & 6:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
The magic and mystery of this engaging classic children's story brought to life with music by Edvard Grieg and dynamic, brand new choreography by Caitlin Helton Scherer. Featuring more than 50 accomplished local children and youth, the beautiful story line embraces the philosophy that we should never give upon our dreams no matter how challenging the situation.
Children are also invited to join the special, free Rapunzel's Royal Preshow Party in the main lobby of the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The party begins forty-five minutes before each performance. Children can participate in crafts and have a meet and greet with the show's characters. Shows are at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.hcfta.org

February 23
Teacher Professional Development Workshop (9:00am - 12:00pm; ALPLM, SPRINGFIELD)
Explore the museum’s latest exhibit, American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times, through a guided tour and hands-on activities for your classroom. Learn how to “read” a photograph and discover new ways to use images in textbooks and online in the classroom. In this workshop participants will utilize historical images to share information and create a visual biography. Free workshop with three (3) CPDUs provided. Registration is required.

February 23
NAG Quarter Auction (12:00pm; Elkhart Christian church Fellowship and Community Center, 206 S Gillett St., ELKHART)
Donation lunch is noon - 1:00pm, paddle sales begin at noon, auction begins at 1pm. What is a quarter auction? Upon arrival, you choose a numbered paddle. As items are presented by the Auctioneer, if you want to bid you will put that required amount per paddle in a basket and the paddle in the air. If your number is drawn, you win the item. You may bid quarters or cash bills for items.

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 - May 13
Sing Muses: History and Allegory in Narrative Art (Illinois State Museum Second Floor Gallery, SPRINGFIELD)
Narrative art is art that tells a story, either a single moment in an ongoing narrative or told as a sequence of events unfolding over time. This exhibition looks at artwork from the museum’s permanent collection that narrates a story for us. How do we discern narrative action as opposed to a picture of something? In a picture, such as a still life of flowers for example, what we see is what we know of the world. Narrative takes us deeper than our recognition, opening us up to myth, history, allegory and moral struggle. Narrative art strives to tell us stories that go beyond our day to day comprehension, opening up the fields of time and space in new and surprising ways.

The Illinois State Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon until 4:30 p.m. The Museum is located at 502 South Spring Street in Springfield. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.


February 23 - May 13
Jeanine Coupe Ryding: Coda for the Day (Illinois State Museum Second Floor Gallery, SPRINGFIELD)
This exhibition presents a selection of relief prints, artist books and collages from the last 10 years by Evanston artist Jeanine Coupe Ryding. Ryding is best known for her richly layered, inventive, and often monumental, woodcut prints. Her forms and color record her observations of nature and of daily life, described in her expressive gestural cutting into the wood block plate. “I am often thinking of a three dimensional shape and then describing it as I carve the block,” the artist writes in her statement. Ryding exploits the difficult medium of woodblock carving to create a wide range of calligraphic and seemingly effortless energetic lines and shapes. Her work is a meditation on the dynamic tension between object and ground, stillness and movement.

The Illinois State Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon until 4:30 p.m. The Museum is located at 502 South Spring Street in Springfield. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.


February 23 - June 7
We Are Illinoisans (Illinois State Museum Second Floor Gallery, SPRINGFIELD)
We Are Illinoisans is an exhibition highlighting immigrants to Illinois from the 18th century to today through photos, objects, and life stories. This show will explore the evolving reasons people came to Illinois and experiences of new immigrants through the personal stories of more than a dozen people who left their home states and countries to settle in Illinois. In addition, the exhibition will include a display of ancestor photographs crowd-sourced from the people of Illinois.

The Illinois State Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon until 4:30 p.m. The Museum is located at 502 South Spring Street in Springfield. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

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 24
"Borderline" A 1930 Silent Film Starring Paul and Eslanda Robeson (3:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Avenue, URBANA)
The Sousa Archives is sponsoring a special premier performance of Renée Bakers’ new film score composed for the newly discovered silent movie, Borderline, as part of this year’s Black History Month. For more information, please visit sousaarchives.org. Contact: schwrtzs@illinois.edu, 217-244-9309

February 24
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (7:00am - 12:00pm; The Van Meter Masonic Lodge, 127 S Main St., ATHENS)
The Van Meter Masonic Lodge in Athens will be hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast, just behind the historic Long Nine Museum. The breakfast includes made-to-order pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee. $8 adults, $6 children 5-12, children under 5 eat free. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to the lodge's general operating fund to be used for building maintenance, funding state and local youth organizations, and sponsorship of the Athens High School Scholastic Bowl team.

February 24
Percussion Ensembles' Synergy concert (4:00pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center and the Millikin University School of Music, DECATUR)
Directors Dr. Jeremy Brunk, assistant professor of music, and Professor Aaron Villarreal, adjunct music faculty, will lead the Chamber Percussion Ensembles in a program highlighting musical influences on percussion music by cultures from around the world. The Percussion Ensembles' Synergy concert showcases the distinctiveness of Millikin's interdisciplinary alliances through a collaborative concert, featuring performances by students and faculty across the College of Fine Arts. For more information about Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit kirklandfinearts.com. Events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.

February 24
APL Adoption (12:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Cats will be available from noon until 4 p.m. and dogs will be available from noon until 3 p.m. at PetSmart. Dogs and cats are available for adoption daily from noon until 5 p.m. at the shelter located at 1001 Taintor Rd., Springfield.

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 25
Cedarhurst Meet & Greet (4:00 - 6:00pm; 3520 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
On-site trailer. All events are open house style. Please visit us at your convenience during the posted times. Come and meet the team at Cedarhurst of Springfield at one of our events listed above! We'll provide all information about our community and answer any questions that you may have about Assisted Living and Memory Care. Coffee & donuts provided during the morning events and desserts for our evening events. For more information, please contact Becky at 217-742-6071 or bwoiwode@cedarhurstliving.com

February 26
As Goes Journalism, So Goes the Community (5:30pm; The Incubator, 11 West Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
The number of news reporters has been declining for years – in print and broadcast, and markets of all sizes. One need only look at the Illinois State House Press Corps, whose numbers have dwindled from several dozen full-time, year-round reporters to a handful of credentialed journalists today, or the decreased size of local media news staff, to see the trend in our area.
What’s the impact on you - and the community? Research shows that fewer journalists mean less accountability of public officials.
Reporters also find the environment in which they do their work more challenging than ever. National leaders toss around terms like “fake news.” The Annapolis Capital Gazette newsroom mass shooting reflects the growing unease some reporters feel in their own markets. Time magazine named journalists in their annual Person of the Year issue to shine a light on the global assault on truth. What’s the experience of local reporters?
AWC Springfield and NPR Illinois invite you to join the conversation on these vital issues with a panel of local journalists, including:
Jason Piscia, State Journal-Register Digital Managing Editor
Fletcher Farrar, Illinois Times Editor/CEO
Mary Hansen, NPR Illinois Multi-Media Journalist
Stacy Skrysak Newschannel 20 Anchor/Reporter
Moderator Sean Crawford, NPR Illinois Editorial Director will lead the discussion and field questions from the audience Tuesday, February 26, 5:30 p.m. at The Incubator, 11 West Old State Capitol Plaza in downtown Springfield.
The public is encouraged to attend by registering at https://forms.uofi.uis.edu/sec/1364880. There is a modest cost and attendees receive an NPR Illinois pint glass, in addition to the opportunity to join the conversation. For more information, email programs@awcspringfield.org.

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!

February 28
Civil War Fathers Book Signing and Discussion (3:00pm; Lincoln Heritage Museum, LINCOLN)
Nationally recognized author Tim Pletkovich will be featured at the Lincoln Heritage Museum in Lincoln, Illinois, on Thursday, February 28 at 3:00, where he will speak about his book, Civil War Fathers: Sons of the Civil War in World War II.
Civil War Fathers is composed of narratives of World War II veterans whose actual dads fought eighty years earlier in the American Civil War. In this absorbing book, the World War II sons talk about their lives growing up with their elderly Civil War fathers during the 1920s and '30s, and how the difficult years of the Great Depression did much to prepare them for their own military service.
Signed copies of Civil War Fathers will be available to purchase for $25.

February 28
"Birthday Social & Food Drive" to benefit Daily Bread Soup Kitchen (5:30 - 8:00pm; Broadway Food Hall, 401 N Broadway Ave., URBANA)
The public is invited to a food drive and informational social on Thursday, February 28th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Broadway Food Hall (401 N. Broadway Ave, Urbana) sponsored by the Champaign Urbana Jaycees. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food which will be donated to Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, who operate a kitchen and dining area to provide a safe and respectful environment to feed a hungry community. The Broadway Food Hall has food and drink for sale; the Jaycees will have Birthday cake available.
While at the “Birthday Social & Food Drive” we hope attendees take the opportunity to learn more about the Jaycees and talk to our current members. The Jaycees offer members ages 18 to 40 an opportunity to grow professionally through leadership opportunities, all while creating positive change in Champaign Urbana. Our new chapter chartered in February 2018, and the growing membership is excited to share the experiences and programs that have been developed.

February 28
Acclaimed writer Dr. Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez: "Into el beautiful norte: Reflections on the Browning of the Midwest." (5:00pm; Doug and Diane Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, Millikin, DECATUR)
The event is free and open to the public. Millikin University invites the local community to an eye-opening conversation with acclaimed writer Dr. Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez. Dr. Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez is an unrepentant border crosser, ex-dj, writer, painter and academic. An associate professor of creative writing and Hispanic southwest literatures and cultures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico, he has also taught and lectured at universities across the United States and in Spain.

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