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January 2
Dendrochronology: Applications in Historic and Prehistoric Archaeology (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Dendrochronology, commonly known as tree ring dating, has been in use since the 1920’s. The science has broad applications to archaeology, ecology, and climatology. This presentation will discuss the tools used, the collection of cores, the analysis of cores, and one historic application.
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.

January 2
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

Tales from the Vault: Prohibition (12:30 - 1:30pm; Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St, SPRINGFIELD) Tales from the Vault Program moderated by Erika Holst, Curator of Art and History, Illinois State Museum | Free, Donations Appreciated | The 18th amendment to the US Constitution banning the production, transport, and sale of intoxicating liquors was ratified on January 16, 1919. One hundred years later, join us as Erika Holst shares liquor-related artifacts from the Illinois State Museum's collections to trace the history of alcohol consumption and the temperance movement in America, from Colonial times to the repeal of Prohibition.
"Tales from the Vault" is a collaborative program hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Museum which allows the public to discover some of the treasures from these institutions' collections. Each program will include the chance to view an artifact or document not normally on display, commentary by a staff member or local scholar, and a chance for group discussion. All programs are free and open to the public.
The Research & Collection Center is located at 1011 E. Ash Street in Springfield. Collections Center’s new Ash Street entrance must be 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.

January 5
Collections Super Saturday at the Illinois State Museum (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 | Have you ever thought about starting your own collection? Come learn about all the different things you can collect and how collections are maintained at home and in museums! You will learn how to display a collection as well as many different ways a collection can be sorted. Join the Illinois State Museum for crafts and activities all about collections!
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.

January 5
Junior Collectors Day at the Illinois State Museum (1:00pm - 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 | In conjunction with the Collections Super Saturday, view the collections of local children and teens. Collectors ages 8-16 will display their collections and tell the stories behind their fascinating objects. Collections may include coins, toys, art, sports memorabilia, and more.
Children ages 8-16 can register to display their collections by December 31 at bit.ly/jrcd2018 or by contacting Sarah Davis at events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044. The Museum will provide a table, tablecloth, and sign for each collector. No buying, selling, or trading may take place.

January 5
Benld Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, SPRINGFIELD)

January 5
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Springfield Art Association’s new studio building (11:00am, 815 N 5th St., SAA Campus, SPRINGFIELD)
This new building will house the Smith and Nickelson Metals Studio, The Baima Glass Studio and the Prairie Earth and Fire Ceramics Studio. Each studio features tremendous upgrades from the former facilities with high quality air handling, improved lighting and new equipment, for example a gas kiln in the ceramics studio, a patina station in the metals studio and a fusing and slumping kiln in the cold glass portion of studio. The equipment for the new hot glass program is all new and is still being built. The anticipated completion date is June first. We hope to have a separate hot glass studio unveiling and celebration in June. The studios in the main building of the SAA will continue to hold classes in all other media.
The vision for this building came back in 2012 as we were contemplating our 100th birthday and our goals for the next 100 years of fulfilling our mission of educating the people of Springfield in the visual arts. This new building has been made possible through the support of the entire community. We have been raising funds to achieve this facility for seven years. In addition to our named sponsors J. Chris Smith and Debra Nickelson-Smith, and Joe and Kate Baima, hundreds of people have donated anywhere from $5 to tens of thousands. Their donations have shown that this project is something that the community needs and wants. We also had the benefit of utilizing Enos Park TIF funds. Our thanks to all who have invested in this vision and stuck with us as we fulfilled it.
The importance of these new studios is not limited to the physical space and equipment. For the SAA, it represents our commitment to generating a stronger, more creative community. We are making spaces where people are learning skills; but more importantly they are being encouraged to use their imagination and nurture their creativity. These are things that are increasingly important to the future of our community; yet they're often discouraged. The SAA is the local resource to all who wish to explore and grow their creative skills. We are here for all ages and ability levels. We have scholarships and encourage those in need to apply.
We wish to thank all those who worked on the building: Walton & Associates Architects, Building Systems of Illinois, Prairie State Plumbing, Lindsey Electric, E. L. Pruitt Company, Truman Flatt & Sons, Martin Engineering, Johnson Engineering, TRB Demolition, Kirwan Environmental Management, Inc., Buckley’s Prairie Landscaping, Thornburgh Abatement, Superior Fire Protection Systems, Central Illinois Security, K.B. Consulting, and Clay Crocker.

January 6
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

January 6
Benld Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petsmart, O'FALLON)

January 8
Mammoth Story Time at the Illinois State Museum (10:00 - 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 | Woolly Mammoths lived a long time ago when Illinois was covered with ice. Learn more about these ice age creatures with stories, a craft, and objects from our collection.
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.

January 9
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.

January 9
January Preschool Program: "Winnie the Pooh" (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
"Winnie the Pooh" is the theme of the January 9th preschool program at the Westville Public Library. The program will be Wednesday, January 9th at 10 AM. There will be a story, craft and activity. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this program.

January 9
Wednesday afternoon at the movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies feature for January at the Westville Public Library will be on January 9th at 2 PM. The movie stars Dennis Quaid and Trace Adkins. It is an inspiring movie based on a true story behind MercyMe's hit song. Join us for an afternoon of watching a great movie. Light refreshments provided. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this entertaining film.

January 9 - 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

January 9-11
Three Days of Masterclasses on the Business of Music (10:00am - 2:00pm; Millikin, DECATUR)
Producer, label owner, author, entrepreneur and drummer; Martin Atkins is a 40-year veteran of the music industry and has been sharing his expertise at Millikin University as coordinator of music business since fall 2017, and this January, Atkins is offering an opportunity for the Decatur, Ill., community to get an insight into the business of music. Atkins will be hosting three days of masterclasses from Wednesday, Jan. 9 to Friday, Jan. 11. The three-day series with Atkins and guest speakers will feature classes at Millikin's University Commons as well as various locations around Decatur. The series will provide networking opportunities and sessions at places such as BLDD Architects - home to Millikin's Idea-to-Incubator hub, Linda's Music Store and Blue Brew – Millikin's student-run coffee shop.
During each day of the series, classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. covering topics such as merchandising, zero dollar marketing, packaging and distribution, touring basics and advanced ticketing strategies. The afternoon sessions will have talks on copyright basics, how to make an extra $100K and crowdfunding 101.
Additionally, those who attend will get coffee, donuts, Sloan's pizza, free upload coupons from CD Baby, and a chance to win a Protone Guitar Pedal.
Early bird tickets for all three days of masterclasses are $299 and one day tickets are available for $125. For more information about the three-day series, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3-days-of-masterclasses-with-martin-atkins-tickets-53272031079 or e-mail molly.compton18@gmail.com.

January 10
Music at the Museum Series: Autoharp Legend Bryan Bowers (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12 | For over five decades, Bryan Bowers has combined instrumental virtuosity with warmth, eloquence, and expression. Wholly self-taught, Bowers was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of fame in 1993 and was named Frets Magazine’s autoharp player of the year 5 times in a row.
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.

January 10
Springfield Parents for Students with Disability | SPSD (5:30pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S. Grand Ave., West SPRINGFIELD)
For more information contact Romona at SCIL, 217-523-2587 v/tty

January 11
4th Annual Parkway Trivia Night: Winter in the Tropics (7:00pm; Parkway Christian Church, 2700 Lindbergh Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
Cash prises | Silent auction |other fun games. Form teams of 6 players or just come alone and we'll place you on a team. Entry fee is $10 per player. Sign up by contacting Larry Werline at 815-762-5543 or lwerline@comcast.net
Be sure to wear your tropical duds. Fun for all! Flip flops optional.

January 11, 12, 13
Barefoot in the Park (8:00pm Fri, Sat & 2:00pm Sun; Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park is a romantic comedy focusing on a pair of newlyweds, Corie and Paul, as they begin married life in a tiny, 5th-floor walkup apartment in a Manhattan brownstone. Paul is a strait-laced attorney; Corie has a far more spontaneous, free spirit. As the young couple contend with a lack of heat, a skylight that leaks snow, several long flights of stairs, oddball neighbor Victor Velasco, and Corie's well-meaning mother, they must also reconcile their own personal differences in how they approach life's challenges. Adjusting to married life isn't so easy!

January 12
Lunch-To-Go (11:00am - 2:00pm; Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N 4th St., BENLD)
Lunch Plate for $8.00, Cabbage Roll, Cabbage Noodle or Meat Crepe. Or you can buy them by serving. 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

January 12
Paint with Me Class (10:00am - 11:30am; Washington Park Pavilion Preschool, SPRINGFIELD)
$27 Resident/$37 Non-resident | Mom/Dad/Guardian join your child in this special painting class. You and your child will be painting a snowflake tape painting on canvas. Then after you finish your masterpiece, you will jointly make and eat a snowflake snack. Canvas, paints, and brushes will be provided. Please bring a paint smock to paint in. Ages 3-5.

January 13
Abraham Presidential Museum Trip (11:30am - 3:30pm, Meet at Nelson Center for pick up and drop off, SPRINGFIELD)
$25/Resident, $30/Non-resident
Come on out as we explore the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum! This program is perfect for those who have a passion for history and are looking to spend a fun afternoon with friends. We will be meeting at the Nelson Center and will be providing transportation to and from the museum. A minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 12 people. For people of all abilities, aged 14 years old. www.springfieldparks.org | 217-503-4576

January 13
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

January 13
A Fantastic Woman Screening (1:00 - 3:00pm; AMC Parkway 8, 3025 Lindbergh Boulevard, SPRINGFIELD)
$8 adults, $4 students with ID | The first film of the Molly Schlich Independent & International Film Series is A Fantastic Woman, a Chilean film which shows the challenges of a transgender woman's life after her partner's death. This film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
All films during the MSIIFS are played at 1 & 4 PM on Sundays, and again on Tuesdays at 7 PM. Single tickets are available for purchase at the door.
The Film Series has been entertaining and challenging movie lovers for over 25 years by bringing independent and international films to Springfield. Proceeds from the series benefit the Michael Victor II Art Library.
A $50/$45 pass can be purchased for the entire series on the SAA's website.

January 13
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (7:00am - 12:00pm; The Van Meter Masonic Lodge, 127 S. Main Street, ATHENS)
The Van Meter Masonic Lodge in Athens will be hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, January 13, and Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. to Noon at the lodge building located at 127 S. Main Street, just behind the historic Long Nine Museum. The breakfast includes made-to-order pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee. Cost is $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for children five to 12, and children under five 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.

January 14 - 31
“Tranquility of Nature” (8:00am - 4:00pm; upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ge’s work reflects the union of inscription/poem, calligraphy, painting and seal. She practiced Chinese calligraphy from a young age and learned the art of carving stone seals from her father.
“Chinese brush painting uses Xuan/Mulberry paper, Chinese ink, stone well and writing brush to capture the inner essence from the bamboo to mountain,” explains Ge. “Movement of the brush — quickly or slowly, lightly or heavily — along with the use of five colors of ink create the beauty and charm of Chinese brush paintings. Due to the nature of the absorbance of Xuan paper, mistakes cannot be corrected once the brush touches the paper.”
Ge studied art at the Art School of Shanghai Arts and Crafts Import and Export Corporation in the late 1970s. After coming to the United States in 1980, she worked as an IT professional for more than 20 years in Bloomington. Ge specializes in traditional Chinese brush painting with an emphasis on landscapes and nature, and has had her paintings exhibited on multiple occasions at the McLean County Art Center in Bloomington. She also participated in the 2018 Fusion Art International Art Competition in which two of her submissions were recognized and was the only female participant in the “Life of Arts” exhibition in Shanghai, China in May 2018.
Learn more about LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at www.llcc.edu/james-s-murray-gallery.

January 16
Brown Bag Lecture: Fireflies (12:00 - 1:00pm; Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Join us for a dose of summer during the January Brown Bag. The Museum of Science in Boston hosted a citizen science project called “Firefly Watch” from 2008-2016. Adult firefly flashes along with information on the habitat and weather conditions of the observations were collected from more than a dozen foreign countries and 40 of 48 contiguous United States. Dr. Tracy Evans began her research as a Firefly Watch participant. Then she and her colleagues went on to use data from the publicly available database to analyze the relationship of firefly abundance to the weather variables of temperature, precipitation, and soil moisture. Dr. Evans will present general information about fireflies and the results of her research project.
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’s new Ash Street entrance must be 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.

January 17
Springfield Park District Board Meeting (5:30pm; Bunn Admin Offices, 2500 S 11th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Meetings will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month. All meetings are subject to change.

January 18
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

January 19
Benld Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petsmart, SPRINGFIELD)

January 19
Post-Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S. Grand Ave., West SPRINGFIELD)
For more information contact Pete at SCIL, 217-523-2587 v/tty

January 19
CANCELLED (This specific date is cancelled due to weather)
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.

January 20
Benld Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, SPRINGFIELD)

January 20
Public Observation Night (PON) - Total Lunar Eclipse (8:30pm - 12:00am; Requarth Observatory, Millikin, roof of the Leighty-Tabor Science Center located just off Fairview Ave., DECATUR)
The Millikin University community and the public are invited to a special Public Observation Night (PON) at Requarth Observatory on Sunday, Jan. 20 for an opportunity to witness a rare total lunar eclipse which will be visible from 10:41 to 11:43 p.m. CST. The Requarth Observatory will be open from 8:30 p.m. to 12 midnight on Jan. 20. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to dress warmly.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the full moon moves behind and into the shadow of the Earth. Because the light from the sun passes through the Earth's atmosphere, the moon appears red during a total lunar eclipse, leading to the name "Blood Moon."
For observers in the United States, the eclipse will take place between the evening of Sunday, Jan. 20 and the early morning hours of Monday, Jan. 21. The eclipse will occur during a supermoon and it will also be the last total lunar eclipse until May 2021.
The Requarth Observatory is located on the roof of the Leighty-Tabor Science Center located just off Fairview Ave. on Millikin University's campus in Decatur, Ill. Guests can use the parking lot located in front of Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
For more information, email Justin Craig, Requarth Observatory assistant, at jncraig@millikin.edu or contact Dr. Casey Watson, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Millikin, at 217.424.6271 or email crwatson@millikin.edu.
NOTE: Millikin University will host Public Observation Nights each Thursday evening throughout the spring 2019 semester from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Public Observation Nights are free and open to the public.


January 20
Heads Up Group for those with a 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

January 20
Collegiate Chorale presents Winter Tour Finale Concert (7:30pm; Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St., DECATUR)
The concert will feature music from a broad range of historical perspectives. The concert is free to the public and free-will offerings are accepted. The Collegiate Chorale is an upper-class select mixed ensemble exploring all forms of choral music from five centuries of standard repertoire. The choir tours annually throughout the region. Recently, they were invited to perform for the Regional Conference of the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA). The choir's recording "From the Heart," is available on Millikin's FirstStep Records label.

January 20
LOCAL LIVE MUSIC TO BENEFIT TAYLORVILLE (12:00 - 6:00pm; Various Venues including The Curve, Third Base, George Ranks, Crow's Mill Pub, The Blue Grouch, and Craft Beer Bar, SPRINGFIELD)
From 12-6 there will be multiple bands at The Curve, Third Base, George Ranks, Crow's Mill Pub, The Blue Grouch, and Craft Beer Bar. Bands include: Lick Creek, Off The Wall, Brandy Kristin & the Revival, Exit 52, ReMix, Winston's Weekend, Sequoia Drive, Pop Ninjas, The Get Down, Betty Whitesnake, Sunset Strip, Smooth Groove, Stone Giants, JukeRox, and Craft Beer Bar Open Mic All Stars! Get a wristband for $20 and you will be able to ride a bus from place to place with food offered at each venue! T-shirts available on the day for bragging rights that YOUR contribution helped Taylorville rebuild! Please support! Thank you to these venues for supplying the bus and food as well as donating 20%! Thanks to the bands and production for donating their time and talent! Thanks you sponsors including Chick Fritz for the generous advertising and wrist bands, Bob Ridings of Taylorville and Full Throttle for the T-shirts, Falcon Multimedia for the wonderful video promo, and EACH PERSON who COMES OUT ON JANUARY 20th AND GETS A WRISTBAND! #TaylorvilleStrong

January 20
Christ in the Culture: Stranger Things (6:30 - 8:30pm; Trinity's Parish Center, 515 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
“Stranger Things”, the popular Netflix original series, will be the featured topic of Trinity’s Christ in the Culture pop culture discussion series. Just when you think you know the story about a young boy’s disappearance, a mysterious girl’s appearance, when the sheriff doubts the mother who insists her son is still alive, and there just has to be a secret government organization involved, everything is suddenly turned “upside down” in the race to save lives. So, what Christian themes can be gleaned from this frightening, two-season show? Friendship, trust, and generations working together to save a town are just some of the topics to be discussed.
It is advised that anyone interested in attending this discussion should watch the series before January 20. For more information, visit Trinity’s website at www.trinity-lutheran.com or call 217.787.2323. This event is free and open to the public.

January 20
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (8:00am - 1:00pm; St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 700 E Spruce St., CHATHAM)
Adults $7, Children 4-11 $4, Children under 4 are Free. For $1 off advance discount, contact Rodger at 217-836-9855 | New this year: Menu will also include specialty pancakes of Chocolate Chip & Blueberry. To benefit local food pantries: Chatham & Holy Family.

January 21
Adventure Field Trip Camp at the Illinois State Museum (7:30am - 5:30pm; meet at the Nelson Center then head to Illinois State Museum, SPRINGFIELD)
$40/Resident, $50/Non-resident | Calling all explorers for our new Adventure Field Trip Camps! Instead of spending your day off from school at home alone, come join us with your friends as we travel around the central Illinois area! Cost includes admission prices and transportation to and from our various adventures. Lunch is not included so make sure you pack a lunch. This day camp is offered on most Federal Holidays. Sign up for each individual day you would like to attend. We will meet at the Nelson Center. Minimum of 10 people and maximum or 26 people. People of all abilities are welcome, aged 4-22. The 01/21/2019 Trip is at the Illinois State Museum. www.springfieldparks.org | 217-503-4576

January 21
MLK Day Celebration: Dr. Willie Rockward Presentation (3:00pm; Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room, located on the 3rd floor of the University Commons, Millikin | DECATUR)
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Millikin University welcomes Dr. Willie Rockward, president of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), for a public presentation on Monday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room, located on the 3rd floor of the University Commons on Millikin's campus. Dr. Rockward's presentation on Jan. 21 is part of Millikin University's Doug and Diane Oberhelman Leadership Impact Series. The title of his presentation is "Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, and You." The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Dr. Rockward's presentation at Millikin University, visit millikin.edu/mevents/leadership-impact-series.

January 21
MLK Community Day (9:00 - 5:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, SPRINGFIELD)
Free admission for Not-for-Profit groups who pre-register.

January 22
Community Ecumenical Memorial Pro-Life Prayer Vigil (7:00pm; Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church, 2010 Three Hierarchs Court, CHAMPAIGN)
In remembrance of the lives lost or forever impacted by abortion, we seek to bring the community together through the Community Ecumenical Memorial Pro-Life Prayer Vigil, to be held on Tuesday, January 22nd at 7:00 PM. This year’s vigil will be at Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church, 2010 Three Hierarchs Court, Champaign.
The theme this year is “Every Life is God’s Gift.” The speaker will be Laura Paulus, director of the Mary and Martha House in Chicago. We will also have a video message from Archbishop Nathaniel, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. Of special significance to many is the Candlelight Rose Procession, a time to honor and remember the precious lives lost and impacted by abortion each year since Roe v. Wade.
The vigil will be followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments at the church. We hope you will join us, and that you will extend our invitation to members of your organization or church community who may be interested in attending. There is no cost to attend the event.
For further information, please feel free to contact Shirley Kolb at 217-762-2953 or email shirley.kolb@gmail.com.

January 24
Capital Area Career Center Open House (5:00 - 7:00pm; 2201 Toronto Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
This open house is for prospective students for the 2019-2020 school year. CACC provides career exploration and training to over 750 high school juniors and seniors in 18 program areas. We serve students from 22 area high schools. Area high school sophomores and juniors with parents/guardians are invited to attend.

January 24
Cedarhurst Meet & Greet (8:00 - 11:00am, 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

January 25
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

January 25
Bye, Bye Bicentennial Museum After Hours (5:00 - 8:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
On the fourth Friday of each month through May the Museum will be open late for live music, food, and fun! The Bicentennial & Beyond exhibition is closing on February 3 and the public is invited to enjoy one last celebration of Illinois’ great history with the first event of the new Museum After Hours series. This first night will include a scavenger hunt with prizes, Illinois trivia, and more.
Jazz by Footprints with Virgil Rhodes will provide live music. Drinks will include beer from Obed and Isaac's Microbrewery, wine from Danenberger Winery and non-alcoholic beverages. Cooper Street will be providing their great food truck menu indoors.
Ages 21+, Fee: $15 non-members, $10 members. All tickets include a free beverage. Food and additional beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets available at the door or online at bit.ly/mahjan2019. 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.

January 25
Jr. Blues games with Special Recreation (6:30 - 9:15pm; The Nelson Center, SPRINGFIELD)
$10/Resident, $15 Non-resident | What better way to spend the night than watching hockey with friends? This fast paced game is exciting to watch and is the perfect place to meet new people. Come on out and cheer on Springfield’s Hockey team the Jr. Blues to victory! Minimum of 5 people and maximum of 15 people. For people of all abilities, ages 8 and above. www.springfieldparks.org | 217-503-4576

January 25, 26
CSO’s Clarinetist John Bruce Yeh to perform with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (7:30pm; Friday at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday at UIS Sangamon Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD)
Experience the extraordinary sounds of Scandinavia with Grieg’s mythical Peer Gynt Suite, Nielsen’s daring Clarinet Concerto with Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Clarinetist John Bruce Yeh and the triumphant Fifth Symphony of Sibelius. A night of Nordic noteworthiness you will not want to miss.
The concert in Springfield will be followed by a special post-concert reception hosted by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield.
Please join Music Director Ken Lam and Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Clarinetist John Bruce Yeh before the concert for Concert Comments. Concert Comments are Friday, January 25, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Sangamon Auditorium.
Tickets are $20, $41, and $63. Student tickets available for $6 (Age 6-26) with valid Student ID, children 5 and under are free with a paying adult. Senior and group discounts are also available. Tickets may be purchased in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts at (309) 434-2777 or in Springfield through the UIS Performing Arts Center for Sangamon Auditorium at (217) 206-6160. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone, or through the ticket office. Senior, group, or student priced tickets are not available online.

January 25, 26
Schweighart Shootout (Jefferson Middle School, CHAMPAIGN)
The Schweighart Shootout is open to the public, there is a spectator admission charge at the door ($3.00 per person kids 8 and under are free). Shooting on Friday, January 25, begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. while on Saturday, January 26, shooting begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. For more information on the tournament, contact Jason Brown at jeffersonarchery@gmail.com or call 217-841-2638.
The Schweighart Shootout, hosted by Jefferson Middle School’s Archery program, will be held Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, at Jefferson Middle School and the Champaign Park District Leonhard Center (near Jefferson Middle School). With over 750 archers registered, this archery tournament is the largest in the State besides the State tournament.

January 25-27
Hoogland Presents James and the Giant Peach (Hoogland Center for the Arts, SPRINGFIELD)
Rolling into the Hoogland Center for the arts this January 25-27 is Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach! Now a musical for the whole family to enjoy, this musical features a wickedly tuneful score by the team of Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen & The Greatest Showman) and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald. Directed by Shawn Smith & Matthew Vala, this production features the Hoogland Kids, Teens, & Juniors! The public can order tickets by visiting HCFTA.org, visiting the Hoogland box office, or calling (217) 523-2787.

January 26
Benld Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petsmart, O'FALLON)

January 26
3rd annual Trivia Night Fundraiser (7:00pm; American Legion Hall, 110 W. Franklin St., TAYLORVILLE)
The Christian County Historical Society & Museum in Taylorville is hosting their 3rd annual Trivia Night Fundraiser on Saturday, January 26 at 7pm at the American Legion Hall 110 W. Franklin St. in Taylorville. For more information or to reserve your table call 217-824-6922 (leave a message because we are in winter hours) or text 217-827-2779. $10 per person; teams of 6-10 per person.

January 26
Friends of Chatham Area Public Library Winter Book and Bake Sale (9:00am - 3:00pm; Chatham Area Public Library, 600 East Spruce, CHATHAM)
Priced to sell book bargains and delicious bakery treats highlight the Friends’ Annual Winter Book and Bake Sale. Proceeds from the sale support the library and various programs, e.g., home delivery of library books/materials, the adult and summer reading programs, etc. www.chathamlib.org or contact the library at 217/483-2713

January 26, 27
Amasong Chorus: Sing About It (4:00pm; McKinley Presbyterian Church, 801 S Fifth St., CHAMPAIGN)
"Modern Music" is so last century. Literally. The modern era in music began over 100 years ago. Come hear what is happening in choral music today as Amasong Chorus, moving forward, presents "Sing About It", a concert composed entirely in the 21st century. Drawing from the entire history of musical styles and unbound by any particular school of thought, these living composers create sounds as unique as they are. Suggested admission is $15 - more if you can, less if you can't.

January 27
Winter Tour Finale Concert (3:00pm; St. Patrick's Church, 407 E. Eldorado St., DECATUR)
The Millikin University Choir will present the final concert of its 2019 Winter Tour on Sunday, Jan. 27 at St. Patrick's Church, located at 407 E. Eldorado St. in Decatur, Ill. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. The concert is free to the public and free-will offerings are accepted.
The 43-voice nationally recognized Millikin University Choir will wrap up its 16-day January tour which included stops in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.
The flagship of the Millikin choral fleet, the University Choir features upper-class students from a variety of majors. To arrange coverage or for more information contact Dane Lisser, Millikin University Director of Media Relations, at 217.420.6636 or email dlisser@millikin.edu.

January 27
James and the Giant Peach: The Play; with Special Recreation (1:15pm - 4:00pm; Meet at the Nelson Center, SPRINGFIELD)
$25/Resident, $30/Non-resident | James, an orphan who lives with cruel family members, befriends insects who live inside a giant peach. Join us as we experience friendship and adventure through the play interpretation of this exciting journey. We will be meeting at the Nelson Center for pick-up and drop-off. A minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 12 people. People of all abilities are welcome, ages 8 and above. www.springfieldparks.org | 217-503-4576

January 27
Benld Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petsmart, SPRINGFIELD)

January 27
NEA Big Read: The Namesake Kickoff and Exhibit Opening (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
Join us for the opening celebration of Champaign-Urbana's 2019 NEA Big Read community reading program! We are reading The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. In this 2003 bestseller by the Pulitzer-prize-winning author, two generations of a Bengali-American family in Massachusetts struggle between new and old, assimilation and cultural preservation, striving toward the future and longing for the past. This is “a story of guilt and liberation; it speaks to the universal struggle to extricate ourselves fromfamily and obligation and the curse of history” (Boston Globe). The novel “beautifully conveys the √©migr√©’s disorientation, nostalgia, and yearning for tastes, smells, and customs left behind” (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

Visitors can enjoy activities for all ages: share the story of your name, trace your family’s journey of immigration to the United States, and design and write a postcard to loved ones. Professor Rini Bhattcharya Mehta will speak about the novel at 2:00.

The Museum is also pleased to open a new exhibit exploring themes from the novel. From the Subcontinent to the Prairie: Stories of Immigration and Identity runs January 25–May 19. The exhibit features objects and photographs loaned by members of campus and Champaign-Urbana South Asian and South Asian-American communities. Also on display are The Indian American Experience in Chicago from the National Indo-American Museum and Memories and Milestones from the South Asian American Policy and Research Institute. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

January 28
“Personal Emergency Preparedness” (6:30 - 9:30pm; Trutter Center, LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
This workshop is free and open to the public.
In an effort to make individuals, families and communities more resilient, “Personal Emergency Preparedness” will cover several key topics in disaster preparedness including developing an individual and family emergency plan, assembling an emergency supply kit and creating an emergency communication plan. Information will also be provided on how to become involved in post-disaster recovery operations within your community.
The workshop will be led by Jess Hunter, coordinator for the Central Illinois SKYWARN Team and deputy emergency management coordinator for the Pleasant Plains Emergency Management Agency. Hunter has received training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. He has completed the national Incident Command System courses to the command and general staff level, the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), as well as numerous other courses that include auxiliary communications, exercise design, emergency planning, and emergency operation center management and operations.
This event is being sponsored by LLCC Community Education, the National Weather Service-Lincoln, and Central Illinois SKYWARN. There is no minimum age requirement to attend this workshop, but participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Please preregister for this event at www.llcc.edu/personal-emergency-preparedness. Those participants with special needs should contact community.education@llcc.edu prior to Jan. 18.

January 28
Panel Discussion: "The Intersections of Human Trafficking and Healthcare." (6:00pm; Millikin, Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room located on the 3rd floor of the University Commons, DECATUR)
The event is free and open to the public. The Human Trafficking Research Lab at Millikin University is partnering with the Set Free Movement – Macon County to host its second annual panel discussion for Human Trafficking Awareness Month entitled "The Intersections of Human Trafficking and Healthcare." The panel will feature local human trafficking experts Sara Sefried, director of human trafficking services at the Center for Prevention of Abuse; Junette Kennedy, sexual assault nurse examiner and human trafficking coordinator at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, Ill.; and Kimberly Palermo, health policy specialist at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. During the panel discussion, experts will discuss how healthcare professionals can recognize signs of human trafficking and develop action plans for identifying human trafficking victims. Attendees will also be able to support the anti-trafficking movement by bringing a donation for Grounds of Grace, a local non-profit working with trafficking victims in the local community. Those who would like to donate can bring any of the following items: toilet paper, trash bags, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, cosmetics, shampoo, lotion and/or nail polish. For more information please visit the following Facebook event page "The Intersections of Human Trafficking and Healthcare Panel" at https://www.facebook.com/events/284717108904568/ or contact Dr. Laura Dean, assistant professor of political science at Millikin, at 217.425.4699 or email ldean@millikin.edu.

January 29
Succulents Wreaths Webinar (1:30 - 2:30pm; online)
In time for Valentine’s Day, bright and textured succulent wreaths are living plant wreaths for any occasion. Join Bruce Black, Horticulture Educator, to learn about what are succulents, their biology, how to build your own wreath and how it needs to be cared for. University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening webinar series focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening and backyard food production. Attend at the Macon County Office 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. in Decatur, or the Piatt County Extension office at 210 S. Market St. in Monticello. Or, attend remotely online from anywhere with internet access. Sign up for free for the onsite sessions by January 29 at go.illinois.edu/dmp or sign up for the remote session at go.illinois.edu/fourseasons. If you have any questions, please call Vasthi at 217-877-6042 or Beth at 217-762-2191. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate, please call 217.762.2191.


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