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May 2019 Community Calendar

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May 1
“Bound to the Western Waters”: The Discovery of Lewis and Clark’s Long-Lost Outpost of Ft. Kaskaskia (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the Public | Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark recruited 11 men from the garrison of Ft. Kaskaskia (1803-1807) in Randolph County, Illinois, in 1803, to join their famous expedition to explore the American West. This fort has always been assumed to have been in the same location as an earlier French fort (1758-1763) of the same name. Archaeological investigations by the Southern Illinois University (SIU) archaeological field school class over the past two years, however, have revealed that, in reality, there were two separate forts with the same name. It was discovered that the previously unknown remains of the American Ft. Kaskaskia visited by Lewis and Clark about 100 yards north of the grass-covered French Fort Kaskaskia. 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.

May 1
Spring Semester 2019 Faculty Scholarship Series - "What China Can Learn from Western Political Party Laws” (7:00 - 8:00pm; PAC Conference Room F, UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
The Faculty Scholarship Series was started last year to highlight research at UIS and to share these results with the larger Springfield community. The series will conclude with Junfeng Wang, UIS associate professor of public administration, discussing “What China Can Learn from Western Political Party Laws” from 7 to 8 p.m. May 1 in PAC Conference Room F. For more information, contact Keenan Dungey, UIS associate vice chancellor for research and institutional effectiveness, at 217/206-8112 or kdung1@uis.edu.

May 1
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library will host Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies on May 1 at 2 PM. The film with be The Zookeepers Wife stary Jessica Chastain. It tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this great movie.

May 2
Tales from the Vault: World War I (12:00 - 1:00pm; Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
World War I forever changed the military, social, and economic fabric of the world. Join Dr. Chris McDonald of Lincoln Land Community College as he shares the significance behind WWI artifacts from the Illinois State Museum's collections. Special attention will be paid to the "war relics" brought home by Springfield ambulance driver Kent Hagler. http://www.illinoisstatemuseum.org/content/world-war-i
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 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. Program moderated by Dr. Chris McDonald, Lincoln Land Community College

May 4
Island Grove is having are 12th annual Blueberry Festival (8:00am - 3:00pm; HWY 301 AND CR 325 intersection, ISLAND GROVE)
Fun for everyone , there will be vendors, food , yard sale, bake sale , live music , Blueberry plants and fresh Blueberry's. Event to support are CROSS CREEK - ISLAND GROVE - LOCHLOOSA FIRE DEPARTMENT

May 4
Village of Williamsville's All Town Garage Sales (8:00am - 2:00pm; WILLIAMSVILLE)
The Village of Williamsville's All Town Garage Sales will be held May 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be a map and listing of garage sales available for pick up at several locations in Williamsville, including: Casey's General Store in Williamsville, Williamsville Village Hall, Williamsville Public Library and Museum, Williamsville Antique Mall, Williamsville State Bank and Trust, and the Village of Williamsville's website. wville-water@gcctv.com or 566-3806

May 4
Spring into Spring 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 flowers have sprung, and the birds are singing. These changes seem almost magical after the long winter months, but really nature has been preparing for spring. Learn more about the science behind the changing seasons with fun and engaging crafts, games, and activities.
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.

May 4
Puttin on the Ritz Concert (7:00pm; First United Methodist Church, 619 Kitchell St., PANA)
Tickets are $15. $12 for children 12 and under | Are you looking for something to help wipe away the last of those winter blues? Be sure to join us for an upbeat and exciting concert that is sure to leave you wanting more. Join us for songs by Joe Garland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and more. You may even hear a little John Phillips Sousa! Mark your calendars now for this fun and exciting concert! For more information email info@bellsinmotion.com or visit https://bellsinmotion.org/

May 4
Sci-Fi, Hooror and Videogame Sale (10:00am - 2:00pm; Lincoln Library, Defrates Reading Room, SPRINGFIELD)
Books, CDs, DVDs, XBox and Wii games.

May 4
114th Regiment Civil War Encampment (10:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
LIVING HISTORIANS EXPLAIN ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD SERVICE DURING 1916 WITH PRESENTATION BY DR. CHRIS MCDONALD | Military Museum Living Historians and the 114th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry will display equipment, uniforms and weapons used by Illinois Soldiers during the Civil War. The Military Museum will have the 114th Regimental and National Colors on display for this event. Admission and parking are free. *For additional information, please contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910. Become our Facebook Fan! www.facebook.com/illinoisstatemilitarymuseum

May 4
Church's 14th Anniversary celebration (11:00am - 2:00pm; Fresh Visions Community Church, 1551 J. David Jones Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
"In celebration of our 14th Church Anniversary, Pastor Roy Newman and the FVCC family invite you to our Community Family Fun Day! Come join us for FREE food and FREE games, along with FREE health screenings and consultations provided by SIU School of Medicine. Plus so much more! We hope to see you there!"

May 4
“Slaves, Indentured Servants and Free Black Leaders in Our ‘Free’ State, 1818-1860” (5:30pm; Springfield and Central Illinois African-American History Museum, 1440 Monument Avenue, SPRINGFIELD)
The Lincoln Land Community College Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) invites the public to the presentation “Slaves, Indentured Servants and Free Black Leaders in Our ‘Free’ State, 1818-1860” by Kathryn Harris and Tara McClellan McAndrew. It will be offered free of charge. Pre-registration is requested by calling the LLCC Community Education office at 217-786-2432. The presentations are funded under the Forgotten Illinois research grant program of Illinois Humanities and sponsored through a partnership between ALL and the museum. Volunteers from both organizations assisted the speakers with research for the presentations.
Harris will share what she has learned about Priscilla Baltimore, who has been called the “Harriet Tubman of the West.” Baltimore was involved in bringing numerous runaways from the slave state of Missouri across the Mississippi River to Alton, Ill. She also fostered the establishment of the town of Brooklyn, Ill., an early African-American town that was incorporated and still in existence.
McAndrew’s previous work as a historian and writer has explored slavery in Illinois. For this grant, she looked for stories of African-Americans who were enslaved or indentured in Illinois. “Their perspectives and narratives are difficult to find because they were not often allowed to learn to read or write, or to testify in court against whites for a time, and were not featured in the newspapers during that period,” explains McAndrew. “They were considered second class citizens at best, and Illinois' laws ensured that status, which in effect, silenced them.”
By shedding light on chapters of history that are significant despite their obscurity, Forgotten Illinois is designed to engage people throughout the state in feeding curiosity about the many facets that comprise Illinois’ complex identity.

May 5
Benefit BStrong (12:00 - 6:00pm; Trails End Saloon, CURRAN)
Benefit for a 21 yr old man with Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma. He graduated from Rochester high school here locally. He is still currently going through chemotherapy and will still have treatment after depending how his chemotherapy goes. He is going through 6 months,at least, of chemo and has already had a couple of surgical procedures. We are reaching out in hope you will help with promoting this event! The suggested donation for admission is $10 per person. This includes food 12 to 4p, as well as silent auctions, raffle for 50/50 and a gun raffle, plus live music from Girl a thon, Thornhill, and Lickcreek! All of this At Trails End Salon in Curran, IL 12 to 6p.
We set up a bank account for any charitable donations at Rochester State Bank BStrong Benefit account. Email is BSTRONG4CANCER@gmail.com

May 5
March of the Women: Music for the 100th Anniversary of Suffrage (2:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Join us as Phil Passen shares music from Illinois history on the hammered dulcimer. Passen, who resides in Chicago, will play, sing, and discuss the narrative of women in society. Participants will learn the ways in which songs supported the changes sought in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For more information, contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

May 5
Puttin on the Ritz Concert (7:00pm; Third Presbyterian Church, 1030 N. 7th St, SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets are $15. $12 for children 12 and under | Are you looking for something to help wipe away the last of those winter blues? Be sure to join us for an upbeat and exciting concert that is sure to leave you wanting more. Join us for songs by Joe Garland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and more. You may even hear a little John Phillips Sousa! Mark your calendars now for this fun and exciting concert! For more information email info@bellsinmotion.com or visit https://bellsinmotion.org/

May 8
The Unfolding Story Workshop (6:00 - 8:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $15 members, $25 non-members | Join us for a hands-on artist storybook workshop. Tell the story of your family, your life, your dreams, or something completely made-up. Participants will use the very simple design of an accordion book to create a continuous, unfolding story-board onto which a story can be written, drawn, and/or collaged. The current art and history exhibitions will provide inspiration, including visual narratives in the “Sing Muses” exhibition, artist books in Jeanine Coupe Rydings exhibit, and personal histories in “We Are Illinoisans” exhibition. The workshop will be led by Associate Curator of Art Doug Stapleton.
The book materials will be provided along with glue sticks, scissors, pencils, and some collage material. Participants can bring photographs, letters, decorative papers, and other collage material that they wish to use or share with other participants. No experience is necessary. Space is limited. Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Register by April 26 at bit.ly/artbookworkshop or contact Sarah Davis at events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044.

May 8
Home Your Own Way (10:00am; First United Methodist Church, Room 4, 2941 S Koke Mill Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
This workshop will help you Make a plan to start the conversation about where a senior loved one or you would like to age. Discover the home pitfalls that could jeopardize someone’s safety and independence. Identify the remodeling and design changes that could help an individual age in place. Recognize the technologies that could assist someone in the home and keep that individual safer, and understand the value of cultivating and maintaining that human touch.

May 9
Music at the Museum: Joel Mabus (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12 | Singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Joel Mabus is a maverick in the folk music world. He defies any easy pigeonhole. By turns, he picks a mountain banjo to accompany an ancient ballad, sings a witty song about modern life, plays a sweet Irish melody on guitar, swings a hot jazz number, and then reaches deep for a soulful expression of values in a troubled world. He tops it all with a fiddle tune or old Carter family song -- all skillfully blended into a seamless flow. One fan said “Its music from the heart that hits you right between the eyes.” http://www.illinoisstatemuseum.org/content/music-museum-joel-malbus
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.museumconcerts.com. . For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

May 9
Springfield Park District Special Recreation Cooking Class: Crazy Quesaillas (6:00 - 7:00pm; Erin's Pavilion, SPRINGFIELD)
$8/Resident, $10/Non-resident | Learn the basics of cooking! Some food will be prepared each week but not a full meal. This program is offered twice a month and participants may sign up for individual classes. Each month will have a different theme. Ages 8+ of all abilities are welcome.

May 11
Mother’s Day Remembrance Tribute Service (10:00am; Roselawn Memorial Park, 1735 S. Camp Butler Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Mother's Day is a special day that we pay tribute to our mothers, grandmothers, wives, children or other loved ones that have touched our hearts and lives.
We would like to invite you and your family to join us for a memorial tribute service on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. honoring all mothers and the important roles they have played in our lives. The brief ceremony will be led by our on-staff Certified Celebrant, Judy Woerner, and a special tribute keepsake will be given in honor of your loved one. Light refreshments will be served.
We sincerely hope that you and your family can join us for this tender reflection on the importance of these special women we have lost, but will never forget.
For more information, please call the Roselawn Administrative Office at (217) 525-1661. www.roselawninfo.com

May 11
Letter Carriers' Food Drive (8:30am - 6:30pm)
All food that is collected doing our food drive will stay local. Start time will be 8:30 am-6:30 pm. If you have any questions please feel free to call your local post office.

May 11
MISSING CHILDREN'S AWARENESS DAY, Color Run / Walk (10:00am - 2:00pm; Washington Park Pavilion, SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets are $15 under age and $20 ages 18 and over! To register please visit https://www.missinginillinois.org/color-runwalk-2k
We will have with us Illinois State Police that will be administering Child ID kits & speaking on Scott's Law. We will have Illinois Crime Stoppers Association joining us with McGruff the Crime Dog!

May 11
Greenview town wide garage sale (8:00am - 1:00pm; GREENVIEW)
Maps will be at Casey’s in Greenview beginning May 3rd.

May 14
Hello Spring Story Time (10:00 - 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
The arrival of spring brings flowers, warmer weather, and baby animals. Learn more about the magic of spring with stories and a craft.
Story Time is designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. On the second Tuesday of each month, visitors will enjoy picture books, a craft, and objects from the Museum’s collections. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044.

May 15
Brown Bag Program: Homesteading: The Free Land Idea (12:00 - 1:00pm; Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Homesteading, extolled and romanticized in history, was not the rosy dream portrayed in popular literature and film. The law, meant to be simple, yet very complex and riddled with loopholes, transferred millions of acres from the public domain to private hands. With the hope that giving free people free land would increase the nation's wealth, this major legislative act passed under Lincoln’s presidency and had far-reaching implications that changed the face of the United States.
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. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

May 18
THE 2019 MILITARY MUSEUM VEHICLE SHOW (10:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
See an array of military vehicles from the iconic jeep to 21st Century equipment. Private collectors are invited to display vehicles. Admission and parking are free. *Free registration for private vehicle collectors. Visit http://ilng-history.org/wp/upcoming-events/ismmmilitaryvehicleshow/ *For additional information, please contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910.
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May 18
Post-Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S Grand Ave. West, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, contact Starla at SCIL, 217-523-2587

May 18 - 19
Special Recreation Camping Trip (2:00pm - 11:00am; Pick up and Drop off will be at Erin's Pavilion, SPRINGFIELD)
$40 per Resident and $50 per Non-resident | Spend a beautiful weekend with friends camping under the stars with the Springfield Park District! Learn camping fundamentals with this over night trip. In the case of inclement weather the camping trip will be cancelled. Ages 13+ of all abilities are welcome. 217-503-4576 | www.springfieldparks.org

May 19
Special Recreation sees 42nd Street at Hoogland (1:30pm - 4:15pm; SPRINGFIELD)
$30 per Resident and $40 per Non-resident | Join us as we watch Peggy’s journey in the Big Apple! Pick up and drop off will be at the Erin’s Pavilion as we will be providing transportation for this program. Ages 8+ of all abilities are welcome.

May 19
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

May 23
Springfield Park District Special Recreation Cooking Class: Taco Time (6:00 - 7:00pm; Erin's Pavilion, SPRINGFIELD)
$8/Resident, $10/Non-resident | Learn the basics of cooking! Some food will be prepared each week but not a full meal. This program is offered twice a month and participants may sign up for individual classes. Each month will have a different theme. Ages 8+ of all abilities are welcome.

May 24
Museum After Hours: Prohibition (5:00 - 8:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Ages 21+, Fee: $15 non-members, $10 members | Hey gangsters and dolls! We're turning the Museum into a speakeasy to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment (Prohibition). Whether you're a wet or a dry, come in your best 20's garb and enjoy live music, games and trivia, and prohibition-related objects from our collection. All tickets include a free beverage. Food and additional beverages will be available for purchase. James Armstrong will provide live music. Drinks will include beer from Obed and Isaac's Microbrewery, wine from Danenberger Family Vineyards, and non-alcoholic beverages. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets available at the door or online at bit.ly/mahmay2019. 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.

May 27 - August 4
Summer Passport Series (Illinois State Museum, 502 South Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission | Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans | This series of 5 search activities will enable families to take a closer look at the exhibits that they love. A new search will be available every two weeks starting on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day). Upon completion of each search, children will receive a stamp for their passport and a drawing entry for a prize. The program will end on August 4. Complete all 5 search activities to complete the passport!
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. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044.

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