March 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.

March 1
RECEPTION: A Decade of Vision and Literature (5:30 - 7:30pm; 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,, or contact the Library at 217-483-2713 for information about the art show and upcoming art events.

March 1
Roast Beef Dinner (5:00 - 7:00pm; Catlin United Methodist Church, 106 W Vermilion St, CATLIN)
Catlin United Methodist Church is having a Roast Beef dinner, Friday, March 1, 2019 from 5-7 pm. Serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, salad and homemade desserts. Free will offering kindly accepted.

March 1
Morgan-Scott CEO Trivia (5:30pm; Hamiltons Grand Ballroom, 110 North East Street, JACKSONVILLE)
Doors Open 5:30 p.m. // Catered Meal at 6:00 p.m. // Trivia Starts at 7:00 p.m. $25 per person // $200 per table (free mulligans with purchase of the whole table). The Morgan-Scott CEO Trivia night comes with a catered meal and a silent auction. The CEO Program is a college-level class that teaches local high school students about business by having them start their own. The trivia night will benefit the students of CEO and help raise money for their individual businesses. Email:

March 1-3
Illinois Horse Fair (Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
The all-breed fair and industry trade show features more vendors; wide ranging clinics including English, Western, Mounted Shooting, Working Equitation and Gaited; Fairgrounds Showdown; up and Ranch Rodeo; Breed & Sport Demos; Stallions on Parade; Horse for Sale aisles; educational seminars; and a queen pageant.
Horse Fair kicks off on Friday at 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and includes a free preview of vendors from 5-7 p.m. Illinois Horse Fair continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fairgrounds Showdown starts 5 p.m. and Ranch Rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Horse Fair concludes Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Advance ticket prices:single day tickets adult: $10.00, child (7-12): $8.50, senior 60+: $8.50, evening events (per event ticket)-Fairgrounds Showdown: $5.00, Ranch Rodeo: $8.50, 3-Day Mega Pass-adult: $26.50, child (7-12):$16.50, child (0-6): free, senior 60+: $16.50.Tickets can be purchased at well as through our Facebook page.
Weekend of Horse Fair ticket prices:single day tickets adult: $13.00, child (7-12): $10.00, child (0-6) free, senior 60+: $10.00. Evening events (per event ticket)-Fairgrounds Showdown: $5.00. Ranch Rodeo: $10.00, 3-Day Mega Pass- adult: $30.00, child (7-12): $20.00, child (0-6): free, senior 60+: $20.00.
Illinois Horse Fair is the largest all-breed horse event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Educational opportunities, world class clinicians, educators and exhibitors. Shopping includes 94,000 square feet of trade show space offering everything equestrian. Proceeds from the Illinois Horse Fair provide funding to educational scholarships, equestrian disaster relief, and equestrian advocacy throughout Illinois.

March 2
WIU 46th International Bazaar (5:00 - 10:00pm; University Union Grand Ballroom, MACOMB)
This year is the 46th Annual International Bazaar and we are excited to share the range of diverse cultures our students represent with the Macomb campus, as well as the surrounding communities. WIU is home to over 300 students from 60 countries and their food, culture, fashion and d├ęcor will be on highlighted at this event. Visit booths that represent countries from all over the world, sample authentic cuisine ranging from $1.00 to $2.50 per item, and experience world music, performances by students, and a fashion show displaying beautiful traditional clothing.
Other highlights will be a Kids Craft Corner from 5-8 p.m. and an International Marketplace for purchasing souvenirs and goods from all over the globe.
Admission is $2 for students with a valid WIU ID, $5 for non-students and $2 for youth ages 5-12. Children 4 and under are free.
For more information, visit or email
The International Bazaar is sponsored by WIU’s International Friendship Club and the Center for International Studies.

March 2
SCHEELS FISH FEST (9:00am - 4:00pm; SCHEELS, 3801 S MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Ages: All ages welcome | Registration: None required | Join SCHEELS Experts and Fishing Vendor Representatives for our ONE day fishing event. FREE Knife Sharpening by Joe Maddox 9am-4pm | Free Kids Activity Area (SCHEELS Training Center) | FREE Balloon Art from Hot Air Creations 11 am-3 pm | *Register to Win* $500 SCHEELS Gift Card | *Hot Buy Sales* One Day Only | Meet and Greet with Bassmaster Elite Pro Chad Morgenthaler

March 2
Women in Art 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
What do Gertrude Abercrombie, Juliet Kepes, and Judy Chicago all have in common? They all created art in Illinois! In honor of Women’s History Month, view and learn about the art of women from Illinois and beyond. Make art inspired by female artists and explore the rich world of women in art 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 or (217) 782-6044. Sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

March 2
Trivia Night Fundraiser (6:30pm; MHS Gym, 728 S. Wall St., MACON)
$10 per player, with teams of 6-10 players — paid when you arrive. Proceeds will be used for scholarships and team shirts. The event features questions in 10 categories, such as movies, music, sports, etc. Prize money for 1st - 3rd place: $200, $100, $50 | Call, text, or email Jeannine Rude at or 217-561-6174

March 2
Concordia Lutheran Open House (10:00am - 12:00pm; Concordia Lutheran Church|School|Preschool, SPRINGFIELD)
We will have donuts and hot drinks. Our school offers: Christ centered education | Family oriented, small classroom settings | We use ABeka Christian Curriculum | We are NOT Common Core Based | Computer classes and SMART board technology | Summer program for ages 3-10 | | 217-529-3307

March 2
Preview Day at University of Illinois Springfield (10:00am - 2:00pm; UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
Learn what UIS has to offer all students and get tips on admissions testing from ACT and transferring seamlessly from the Program Coordinator of IllinoisMyCreditsTransfer
Join us for breakfast, campus tour, raffle and sit in on a panel of current students
Meet faculty and find out about the ways UIS supports academic success and enriches student life.
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For prospective freshman, honors, transfer, graduate, online, and adult students.
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March 3
Annual Chicken Noodle Dinner(11:00am - 4:00pm; Springfield Masonic Center, 1020 Rickard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Menu: Chicken Noodles, Green Cole Slaw or Applesauce, Roll, Dessert, Drink. $8.00 Dine in or Carry out | Tickets available at Door | 50/50 Drawing & Gift Baskets Raffle | Lalla Rookh # 218 | Order of the Eastern Star

March 5
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

March 5
Opening Reception: "what is was" (5:30 - 7:30pm; James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College, the upper level of Menard Hall, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the print exhibit “what is was” by Lisa Lofgren Feb. 11-March 7. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception on Tuesday, March 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Lofgren’s work is informed by her role as a mother of a two-year-old and how it has affected her studio practice. She describes it as once deeply contemplative, but now fractured by the unstructured play required in raising a young child.
“The solution I have found to this conflict is the ability to work back into works started six, eight, 10 years ago and find resolution in entirely different ways than I would have discovered then,” explains Lofgren. “I am in conversation with a collection of old friends, unified by my present voice and embracing intuitive play.”
Lofgren is a printmaker, educator and founder of the community printmaking and papermaking facility Together Press in coordination with cometogetherstudios in Bloomington. She is the registrar and office coordinator for University Galleries of Illinois State University and an adjunct instructor at Heartland Community College. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from Illinois State University.
Learn more about LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at

March 6
SCHEELS Taylormade Golf Fitting Day (2:00 - 7:00pm; SCHEELS Golf Shop; 3801 S MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)

All registered participants will receive a 3-pack of Taylormade golf balls
SCHEELS experts along with Taylormade Fitting Expert will be on site to help you find the perfect ‘fit’. See what’s NEW with Taylormade 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!

March 6
Excavating a Langford House at Noble-Wieting, McLean County, Illinois (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Dating to the 13th or 14th century AD, the Upper Mississippian village of Noble-Wieting in McLean County, Illinois is a nearly six-acre Langford Tradition mound and village site along the Kickapoo Creek, far from the Langford core along the upper Illinois River. The site has long been known for its unique geographic position as well as the association between Langford pottery and shell-tempered Mississippian pottery. Dr. Logan Miller, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Illinois State University will provide an overview of excavations in 2017 and 2018 in the northern portion of the site that were guided by geophysical data and revealed two partially superimposed wall trench houses.
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 or (217) 558-6696.

March 6
Westville Library Preschool Program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., SPRINGFIELD)
We will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss at the preschool program on March 6 at 10 AM. There will be stories, a craft and activity. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun event.

March 6
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Westville Library will host Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies on March 6 at 2 PM. The movie is a recent release starring Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Cher. Five years after the events of the first movie, Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother's past. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this enjoyable film.

March 7
Tales from the Vault: The Frost Trade Bead Collection (12:00 - 1:00pm; Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free, Donations Appreciated
Stephen A. Frost and his son Daniel peddled glass seed beads to Plains Indian tribes in the latter half of the 19th century, accepting cash or craftwork as payment. When Daniel took over the company in 1900, new clientele included non-Native customers on the Eastern Seaboard, who favored more intricately designed large glass beads. In 1941, Dan Frost donated 71 bead sample cards and Native American beaded objects to the Illinois State Museum. This exquisite collection is believed to be the largest of its kind in a North American museum.
The Research & Collection Center is located at 1011 E. Ash Street in Springfield. The Collections Center must be accessed from the new gate on Ash Street and approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 1/2 Streets. The 10 1/2 Street gate is closed. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

March 8
Sacred Heart Annual Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; Sacred Heart Annual Fish Fry, 208 N Pine St., VILLA GROVE)
$9.00--Adults, $4.00--6 thru 12, Free--5 & under
Dinners include: fresh fried fish, scallop potatoes, baked beans, cole slaw, dessert, and choice of drink. Dine-In, Take-out, or Drive-thru accepting orders at 217-832-8402
Quilt & Raffle Drawing tickets sold at door. Need not be present to win. website:

March 8, 9
Night at the Museum Overnight (6:30pm - 8:00am; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Registration required by Friday, February 22 | Family rate: One child and one adult: $80 for non-members, $60 for members; Additional participants $35 each for non-members, $25 each for members | $30 per person member/ groups of 10 or more | Ever wonder what happens in the Museum after everyone has gone home? A Night at the Museum Overnight is a rare opportunity for you to visit the Museum after dark. This fun-filled nocturnal adventure is open to families and groups with children ages 7-11. Take part in science experiments, create fabulous art, explore the museum, and end the night sleeping with the exhibits.
The overnight fee includes admission, activities, evening snack, and breakfast. For everything you need to know about the overnight, download the guide at Visit for registration information. For additional information contact or (217) 782-6044.

March 9
Free Choral Concert (7:00pm; Lutheran High School, 3500 W. Washington Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free. Donations benefit the students of Lutheran High School | As Lutheran High begins its 40th Anniversary of “Training Christian Leaders” in the Springfield-area community, we welcome The Kapelle from Concordia University, Chicago as they present their sacred choral program, “Songs and Praises.” Folksongs and spirituals will be featured, as well as “Benedictus sit Deus” by Mozart, “Alles nur nach Gottes Willen” by J.S. Bach, “I Will Sing to the Lord” by Carl Schalk, and “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me” by Jonathan Kohrs. 217.546.6363 |

March 9
Sisters to the Land (1:00 - 4:00pm; Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, NEW BERLIN)
Dominican Sisters welcome kids, teens, families, and adults for National Catholic Sisters Week. Young adults in the Springfield area can participate in “Sisters to the Land,” a great way to explore the Christian imperative to honor and respect Earth. The event is scheduled 1:00-4:00 p.m., Saturday March 9, at Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, New Berlin, IL 62670. Participants can try their hand at sustainable gardening, enjoy a 30-minute contemplative nature hike, and collaborate on a fun earth loom activity. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited so register early at

March 9
Free Small Business Workshop (10:00 - 11:00am; MT. ZION)
SCORE Decatur (, mentors to America's small businesses, in partnership with the Mt. Zion Area Economic Development Corporation, will host a free one-hour workshop to aid start-up entrepreneurs on Saturday, March 9 from 10 – 11 a.m. during the Mt. Zion Expo & Taste at the Mt. Zion Convention Center in Mt. Zion, Ill. To register for the workshop, attendees may contact SCORE Decatur contact Bethany Gotts at 217.424.6296 or email

March 9
Upcoming Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge and Donut Dash (Lake of the Woods, MAHOMET)
The funds raised from the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois Region I, including Champaign, Piatt, and surrounding counties. The Mahomet Polar Plunge & Donut Dash will take place at Lake of the Woods- 109 S. Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet, IL 61853. Registration for the Donut Dash starts at 8:00 a.m. with the 5K dash kicking off at 9:00am. Polar Plunge Registration is at 10:00 a.m. with Plunging starting at noon. Plungers and Dashers may also pre-register on Friday, March 8th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods Pavilion in the same location.

March 9
SCHEELS HANDGUN DEMO (10:00am - 3:00pm; Gunslingers Indoor Range, 4045 Van Deren St., CURRAN)
Ages: Must be 21+ years old | Registration: None required | Must possess a valid FOID card or Illinois Concealed Carry License. | Join SCHEELS Experts and Vendor Representatives from Glock and Sig Sauer to demo the latest handguns. Try it Before you buy itShow specials, discounts and giveaways Hearing and eye protection required | First 25 participants receive a $10 SCHEELS Gift Card

March 10
Black Sacred Music Symposium Concert (5:00pm; Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center, 500 S Goodwin Ave., URBANA)
The concert is the culmination of a four-day-long conference dedicated to the study of Black Sacred Music traditions. Implemented in 1991 by distinguished University of Illinois professor of music and Black Chorus conductor, Dr. Ollie Watts Davis. The Black Sacred Music Symposium curricular offerings investigate the challenges of music selection, preparation and presentation. The conference focuses on strengthening musicianship and acquiring individual artistry by exploring the unique treatment the elements of vocal music by Black Americans in a choral setting. The format structure includes plenary addresses, parallel seminars, and paper sessions; evening rehearsals and interludes led by guest artists; and informal talks and testimonials from delegates who are actively engaged through scholarship, service and practice. Throughout the conference, ample time is allowed for interactions with others seeking mature understanding of the service role of music. The symposium conference and concert are hosted by the The University of Illinois Black Chorus with the support of the School of Music. General admission concert tickets are $10 and available for purchase at the Krannert Ticket Office. For ticket information, contact the Krannert Ticket Office at (217) 333-6280.

March 12
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Story Time (10:00am - 11:00am; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with Museum admission | Admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans.
Red Fish, Things One and Two, Fox in Socks, and the Cat in the Hat--Join your favorite Dr. Seuss characters for a celebration of the author’s birthday with stories and a craft.
Story Time is designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. On the second Tuesday of each month, visitors will enjoy picture books, a craft, and objects from the Museum’s collections. For additional information, please contact or (217) 782-6044. Story Time is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

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

March 13
Family History Workshops (6:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Both workshops: Members $15, Non-members $20
One workshop: Members $10, Non-members $15
Join Curator of Art and History Erika Holst for two introductory workshops on family history. Participants can choose to register for either one or both workshops, which will be held in the Museum’s classroom.
These workshops are for adults or teens attending with an adult. Registration is required by Thursday, March 7 online at or by mail at For more information, contact Sarah Davis at or (217) 782-6044.
Family History 101 | 6:00-7:00 pm | Curious about your family history? Join this workshop for an introduction to basic family history research using online databases as well as library and manuscript resources within your community. Basic comfort using a computer for online research is suggested.
Dating Old Photographs by Clothing | 7:15-8:15 pm | Knowing the approximate time period in which a photo was taken can help you identify the people in it. This workshop will teach participants to assign a decade to vintage family photographs using clues from clothing and hairstyles. Attendees are welcome to bring photographs to the class for practice.

March 14
Hospitality Night (5:00pm; Sacred Heart Convent, SPRINGFIELD)
Dominican Sisters welcome kids, teens, families, and adults for National Catholic Sisters Week. Sacred Heart-Griffin High School juniors and seniors will join the sisters for Evening Prayer, dinner, and a legendary (and lively!) evening of card and board games. Students register with their theology teachers in order to participate. Evening Prayer in the historic Sacred Heart Convent chapel begins at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, and is followed immediately by dinner and game night.

March 14
Music at the Museum: Mother Jones in Heaven (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12
Mother Jones in Heaven, a musical by Si Kahn, has one foot in storytelling tradition and the other in the American art of musical theater. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, legendary Cork-born “Most dangerous woman in America” Mary Harris “Mother” Jones championed the rights of workers to fair wages and safe working conditions. Mine and mill workers, child laborers and the poor were her “children.” She fought with the most powerful tools she had, her words and her ability to inspire others to action. Si’s compelling use of story and song takes us into her heart as she arrives in Heaven only to discover it looks exactly like her favorite Irish Pub back on Earth. This powerful, humorous, romantic musical reminds us that her message of people taking action together is as relevant today as it was a hundred years ago. Directed by Alice Jankell, featuring Vivian Nesbitt (Breaking Bad, The Night Shift, Longmire, Law & Order: SVU), as “Mother” Jones, with John Dillon (Art of the Song) on guitar and harmony vocals.
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 For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

March 16
Connect! (9:00am - 5:00pm; Chiara Center, 4875 Laverna Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Full-day retreat with catered lunch, snacks and materials: $99
Are you struggling to connect with others? Do you want to belong to a genuine community but are holding back and are unsure why? Would you like to overcome hurt and hate caused by injustices in the workplace and beyond? Do you want to be fully accepted by a community that you feel has or is rejecting you?
* Mindfulness * Connect deeply with others * Break-through exercises * Reflection and affirmative statements * Meditation * Beginner yoga * Group discussion * More fun surprises!
Come together in community to work on healing past hurts that may be choking out your true identity and purpose. We will plant seeds of hope as we work through any issues that may need to be buried for good so that the new you can flourish, bearing good fruit.

March 16
Westville "I Survived" Children's Program (10:00am, Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
I Survived children's program featuring the popular book series on natural disasters will be Saturday, March 16 at 10 AM. There will be activities centered around the books. Children 8 and up are invited to attend. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun and educational event.

March 19
A Matter of Balance Coaches Training (9:00am - 3:00pm; Villas of Holly Brook, 901 Medical Center Drive, MONTICELLO)
Chances are you know someone who has fallen or who is afraid of falling. A Matter of Balance is a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. Decatur Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers to help provide this program in Piatt County.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is conducted in 8 two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem–solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce fear of falling and remain active and independent.
A Matter of Balance coaches help participants become more confident about managing falls by believing that they can increase their strength, find ways to reduce falls, and protect themselves if they do fall. In addition, participants report that they have increased the amount they exercise on a regular basis.
A Matter of Balance coaches need good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability and a willingness to lead small groups of older adults. Coaches also need to be able to lead low to moderate level exercise.

March 20
A Shape in Time and Space: The Migration of the Necked Discoid Gravemarker (12:00pm; 1:00pm; Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public. Archaeologist and author Michael McNerney will discuss the results of over 22 years of field surveys and research on the humanoid-shaped, frontier-period folk gravemarker first discovered in Pope County Illinois. The study reveals the story of a uniquely shaped gravemarker brought by the first wave of immigrants to southern Illinois in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His research continued to include 14 states in the southeastern U.S. and 4 foreign countries. His talk will be based on his book of the same title that will be for sale after the presentation. 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 Street and approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 1/2 Streets. The 10 1/2 Street gate is closed. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

March 21
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.

March 22
Annual Trivia Night (6:00pm; UIS Field Station, just north of campus off West Lake Shore Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
The UIS English Department is hosting their Annual Trivia Night on March 22nd at the UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield, just north of campus off West Lake Shore Drive. Doors open at 6 pm with trivia beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $100/table (max 8 people per table) or $15/individual. Feel free to bring your own snacks. A bartender will be available throughout the event. All proceeds will be used in helping the English department provide educational events for UIS students and the community. For more information or to reserve a table, please contact Sarah Collins at 217-206-8477 or

March 23
Annual Chili Cook Off Fundraiser (12:00pm - 6:00pm; Northenders VFW, 2349 Stockyards Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Behind Halls Harley Davidson. $10 per person gets you in to taste all the great chili and a bowl of your choice. Additional bowls available - silent auction DJ playing all your favorite songs. Donations are tax deductible.

March 24
Mother-Daughter Tea & Tour (2:00 - 3:30pm; Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W Monroe St, SPRINGFIELD)
Dominican Sisters welcome kids, teens, families, and adults for National Catholic Sisters Week. Moms and their pre-teen daughters are welcome for a Mother-Daughter Tea & Tour, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W Monroe St, Springfield 62704. They’ll enjoy an interactive, kid-friendly tour of Sacred Heart Convent Chapel followed by some tea (or lemonade)—and the sisters’ secret-recipe sweets. Daughters will go home with a goody bag and one of the sisters’ secret recipes to try at home. Scheduling conflicts necessitated moving this event out of NCSW to the later date in March.

March 29
Boots & Bow Ties Annual Fundraiser (6:00pm; Sangamon County Fairgrounds, NEW BERLIN)
Senior Services of Central Illinois is having our annual Boots & Bow Ties Fundraiser on Friday, March 29, 2019. The event will be held at the Sangamon County Fairgrounds in New Berlin, IL. A Buffet Dinner will be provided, along with live entertainment by Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters, and a wine pull. Tickets are $25.00 and include the meal and entertainment. $10.00 tickets are available to those who would like to enjoy the entertainment only. The meal will be served from 6:00 PM– 7:00 PM, and entertainment from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Please visit our website at to purchase tickets online, or contact the Senior Center at 528-4035 for in person purchases.
Senior Services of Central Illinois is still accepting sponsors for this event. Levels available are Platinum at $2,500; Gold at $1,000; Silver at $500; Bronze at $250; and Friend of SSCI at $100. Please contact Senior Services of Central Illinois for more information on sponsorship opportunities, or visit our website at
To learn more about Senior Services of Central Illinois, please visit or contact Tessa French, Director of Marketing and Communications, or Carol Harms, Executive Director, at (217) 528-4035.

March 30
Penguin in the Park 5K (7:30a - 11:00a, 1455 W. Eldorado St. DECATUR)
The cost is $23 for the 5K and $13 for the Dash before March 3. Race Day registration is $35 for the 5K and $20 for the Dash. Penguin in the Park is a 5K run for runners of all levels through Fairview Park in Decatur, IL. There is also a 300 meter Penguin Jr. Dash for the littlest penguins in the family. Participants will receive a t-shirt and goody bag. The cost is is $23 for the 5K and $13 for the Dash before March 3. Race Day registration is $35 for the 5K and $20 for the Dash. Penguin in the Park is March 30, 2019 and races start at 8:30. Visit to register.

March 31
Quarter Auction Fundraiser for Central IL Bird Keepers Club (12:00pm; VFW, 915 Fifth St., LINCOLN)
Above Foxhole Pub & Grub. Doors open at 12:00pm, Auction starts at 1:00pm. Paddles can be purchased for $1 each. Help us support our many causes: Logan Co. Humane Society, Fractured Feathers, Love Without Limits & Branda Levey Wildlife Rehabilitator.