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April 2018 Community Calendar

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April 1
Easter Services (9:30am & 11:15am; Calvary Church – Hazel Dell Campus, 501 West Hazel Dell Road, SPRINGFIELD) For His followers, the resurrection of Christ turned the most hopeless of days into a day of celebration and life. Our Easter services will include live music and relevant teaching in a friendly and casual environment as we celebrate the hope that was born the day Christ rose from the grave. We also have lots planned for your littles ones, including an indoor egg hunt, in our safe and secure kids area. | 217.546.9700

April 2
MMC Rehab Grad Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Center, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300

April 2 - 6
Spring Break - Monkeying Around Art Camp (8:30 - 4:30pm; SPRINGFIELD)
Explore art, create a dance and make movement with art. $125 per week. Email to register

April 4
Jolly Jellyfish Preschool Program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
There will be jellyfish themed stories and a craft.

April 4
Lewis & Clark Job Fair 2018 (9:00am to 12:00pm; River Bend Area, 5800 Godfrey Rd., GODFREY)
Open to the public. Free to employers and job seekers. Wireless access and computers will be available. Dress to impress and bring copies of your resume! Be prepared to access websites and complete applications online. Get information on free interview attire. For more information, contact Terry Lane at 618-468-5500 or
View participating employers at

April 4
"The Comeback of Conservation in Illinois" (Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street,SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public.
Illinois is called the “Prairie State” for good reason – it once held millions of acres of native prairie in which biodiversity flourished. But over time most of the native habitat gave way to a diversity of human uses, particularly agriculture and development of infrastructure. During this period, conservationists began to study and understand how important proactive conservation and management were to sustaining biodiversity, and even human interests, such as hunting and fishing. Following enactment of several key legislative acts and agencies, including what is now the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, native wildlife and habitat in Illinois began a twisty road to preservation and conservation. Today, numerous agencies and organizations work together to conserve and manage Illinois’ native wildlife and habitat. These partnerships are key to maintaining natural resources for future generations and combating threats such as land development, climate change, and pollution. This presentation will discuss the road to modern wildlife conservation in Illinois, with highlights on initiatives that have bolstered wildlife and habitat across the state, and particularly around Springfield.
Each month, the Paul Mickey Learning Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. This month’s lecture is being held in conjunction with the “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Springfield’s Bicentennial Town Hall Series” organized by the Illinois Bicentennial Coordinating Committee of Springfield. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

April 4
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The film stars Chris Evans and McKenna Grace. This wonderful movie is about Frank Adler who is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Please reserve your seat to enjoy this entertaining film by calling the library at 267-3170.

April 6
Illinois Capital Innovation Competition Awards (5:00 - 8:00pm; UIS Student Union, SPRINGFIELD)
The awards aim to identify, celebrate and engage area innovators in the Sangamon County area and bring them together to collaborate with leaders from industry, social impact organizations and government. The deadline to submit an award nomination is March 23, 2018. Visit to learn how to apply for an award, nominate someone or to attend the event. Applicants and nominees will be divided in six different award categories—Research, Business Solutions, Healthcare, Agriculture, Community and Government Solutions and Roots (people who no longer live in the area). Nominations of individuals, businesses, or organizations that engage in innovative practice are encouraged as well.

April 6
“Reflection” (4:30 - 6:30pm, LLCC Trutter Museum, SPRINGFIELD)
The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum at Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, “Reflection,” on Friday, April 6. A reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
“Reflection” is the ninth exhibit in the museum and will feature the talents of 16 alumni of the LLCC Art program, their continued connection to the college and the faculty that inspired them. The artwork covers a variety of media, including oil and ink on panel, oil on canvas, ceramic, glass, photography, video and a three-dimensional working arcade game. Many of these art pieces will be for sale, and refreshments will be available at the event.
The show will continue to be available for viewing through May 18. Museum hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and anytime by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Janet Semanik at 217-786-2217 or visit

April 6, 7
LSCA Girls Retreat (5:00pm Friday to 4:00p Saturday; Lake Springfield Christian Assembly, 1674 Lick Creek Lane, CHATHAM)
Cost $35, includes 3 meals
A unique, workshop driven event for High School girls, you will attend sessions covering topics of Spiritual Life, Practical Life and Social life. Options range from Bible basics to baking 101 to being a Christian at University to filling out job applications to changing a tire and so much more! Learning, fun, worship, great food, and a chance to build new relationships, you won't want to miss this great weekend! This is an effort of women across Springfield, from multiple churches. We look forward to seeing you in April! You can register and find more information at | (217) 529-2625 |

April 7
Riverton K of C Trivia Night (6:00pm; Marian Banquet Hall, 335 S. 4th Street, RIVERTON)
$10 per person. Trivia Night sponsored by Riverton Knights of Columbus. Portion of proceeds to benefit Riverton After Prom program. Guests welcome to bring snacks. Food and Beverages available for purchase. Mulligans available for purchase 5 for $10 / 10 for $20. 50/50 Drawing. Call Mike Ray @ (217) 836-6945 or KC Hall @ (217) 629-7202 for further information or to reserve a table.

April 7
FREE! Anita Purves Nature Center Open House (2:00 - 4:00pm; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Center All Ages (under 15 with adult) Visit the nature center, the Friendship Grove Nature Playscape and Busey Woods during this special event to learn about the wide variety of programs and services that we offer to the community.
Dive into educational Loan Box content;
Learn about programs for schools and other groups;
Enjoy guided nature play activities at the playscape;
Sample nature birthday party activities;
Explore the multipurpose classrooms for your next room rental;
Meet the animals, and maybe “adopt” one!

April 7
Ivan Parker with Josh Parker In Concert! (6:00pm, Athens Christian Church, 1411 E Route 29, ATHENS)
Advance $15.00 Door $18.00 (12 and under free) | ($12.00 per person for groups of 10)
Send a self-addressed-stamped envelope and check payable to: Karla Daubs 504 S. Keefer St. Mason City, IL 62664
For more information, call 217-482-5114 | e-mail: | General Admission- Doors open at 5:00 PM |

April 7
Super Saturday & Family Event: Recycled Play Day (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 green fun returns to the Illinois State Museum. Kick off Earth Month with engaging activities centered on reducing, reusing, and recycling. Participants will work together to build a giant playhouse out of re-purposed cardboard boxes. Children will also enjoy environmental games and recycled art projects. You won’t want to miss this great family event. Activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up with an adult. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

April 7
Springfield Jaycees Annual Lawnmower Clinic (9:00am - 1:00pm; O'Reilly Auto Parts, 1321 N Dirksen Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
$60 which includes inspection to check filters, change spark plugs, sharpen blades and change oil as necessary (filters replaced at an additional cost) Riding Lawnmowers will not be accepted. All mowers must be in running condition prior to maintenance services. The Springfield Jaycees is a local chapter of the United States Junior Chamber and the Junior Chamber International. The Jaycees provide individuals between the ages of 18-41 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Bernie & Bettys located at 1101 S Spring St Springfield, IL 62704. Meetings are open to interested potential members. For more information, find us on Facebook:

April 7
Mostaccioli Dinner (4:00 - 8:00pm; 114 S Wells, BUFFALO)
Fundraising dinner and Sang. Co. Fire Agency T-Shirt Quilt Raffle (Drawing at 7:00pm) Ticket sales for the all fire/ems department quilt will be available up until the drawing. The quilt consists of T-shirts from every fire/ems agency in Sang. Co. You do not have to be present to win this quilt, we will call you. The meal will consist of a salad, garlic bread, mostaccioli and a drink of your choice. Adults $7, Kids $4, and 5&under for free.

April 7
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

April 7
"Muppet Babies"-themed Disney Junior Play Date (10:00am - 12:00pm; White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
During the "Muppet Babies"-themed Disney Junior Play Date event, families will participate in a variety of activities including a Color Bingo Game, craft projects and more. The fun starts at 10 a.m. near Lower Level Dick’s Sporting Goods. This event does not include live character appearances.

April 7
13th Annual Edible Book Festival (11:30am; Common Ground Food Co-op, Lincoln Square Mall, 300 South Broadway, URBANA)
Drop off entries 9-11am
Public Viewing 11:30am
Awards Ceremony: 12:00
Eating the entries!: 12:30
The Edible Book Festival is all about making food with a literary flavor! Participants bake, cook or otherwise create dishes inspired by fiction or non-fiction literary works or characters. This friendly competition is open to anyone in the University & Champaign-Urbana communities, from professional pastry chefs to parents & kids who like to have fun in the kitchen. As always, public viewing is welcome! This event is co-sponsored by Common Ground Food Co-op. For more information, visit Contact: Sarah Christensen,

April 7
2018 Preservation Emporium (1:00 - 4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
Held every other year, this event gives visitors a chance to speak with members of the Preservation Working group and other campus preservation experts to discuss things they want to ensure survive for future generations, such as print and paper items, historical artifacts, analog and digital media, and more. Don't miss this biennial opportunity to learn more about how to protect your favorite heirloom! For more information, visit

April 8
Healthy Kids Running Series (4:30pm, Williamsville Park, 706 E Main St., WILLIAMSVILLE)
Healthy Kids Running Series (“HKRS”) is a national, community-based nonprofit which provides a fun, five-week running program for ages 2-14 that gets kids active, feeling accomplished and lays the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Each Healthy Kids Running Series takes place once a week and offers age-appropriate race distances. Kids compete each week for a chance to earn points, and at the end of the Series, the top boy and girl with the most points in their respective age division earn a trophy. All participants receive a finishers medal, race bag and Healthy Kids Running Series tech shirt for their achievements courtesy of Healthy Kids Running Series! Healthy Kids Running Series teaches its participants to live an active lifestyle through goal setting and dedication. To register a child, volunteer or become a sponsor, please visit our website at | Jill Giacomini: | 217-725-5968
Central IL locations include – Buffalo, IL (1st season starts this spring) | Springfield, IL (3rd season starts this spring) | Taylorville, IL (1st season starts this spring) | Williamsville, IL (4th season starts this spring)

April 8
Ginger Ale Making (3:00pm; Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Rd., CAMPTON HILLS)
Learn how to make healthy probiotic ginger ale with Debbie Rock. Bring a plastic bottle and jar with lids to take home a sample and culture. Reservations required. $20 | 630-584-8485

April 8
LLCC Choir (4:00pm; Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
directed by See Tsai Chan, in a joint concert with the UIS Chorus. The repertoire will include different styles and works from composers including Gershwin, Bach and Lauridsen. All LLCC Recital Series performances are free and open to the public. The final performance of the year will be Wednesday, May 2, when the LLCC Student Honors Recital is held at 7 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2250.

April 8
Christ in the Culture: "War Room" (6:30pm, Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Trinity Lutheran Church and School resumes its Christ in the Culture series with a discussion of the 2015 book and movie The War Room. The War Room tells the story of a well-to-do couple whose marriage is unraveling. The wife is a successful realtor whose newest client becomes a mentor to the wife in how to save her marriage. Upon the advice of this client, the wife is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. While The War Room was praised by audiences, critics were less kind to the movie. Attendees are asked to either read the book, view the movie, or both before the evening of April 8th. Questions may be directed to This event is free and open to the public.

April 8
Spring Dinner (11:00am - 1:00pm; Latham United Methodist Church, 241 Walnut St., LATHAM)
$9.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 3-11 | Beef or Chicken and noodles, salad bar, vegetable, roll, dessert, and drink. For more information:

April 8
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at

April 8
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast (7:00 - 12:00pm; Van Meter Masonic Lodge, 127 S. Main St., ATHENS)
The breakfast also includes biscuits and gravy. 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.

April 9
Food Pantry Mondays (9:00am - 2:00pm; SPD Golf Courses, SPRINGFIELD)
Bring a non-perishable food item to your favorite SPD golf course on Mondays and receive discounted rates. Most needed items: canned fruits & vegetables, canned meat, canned beans & soup, cereal, whole grain pasta & rice and peanut butter. For more information:

April 10
Patron Appreciation Day (Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
National Library Week is April 8 through the 14. To celebrate the Westville Public Library will host a Patron Appreciation Day on April 10. Patrons are encouraged to stop by and enjoy a piece of cake. A new cardholder drive will also be underway this week. People in the Westville Library District that do not hold a card are encouraged to come in and apply for a card and let us share with you what services we offer. Please bring your photo ID and 2 pieces of mail addressed to you at your current address. A survey will also be available for new and current patrons to fill out and let us know what programs or services you would like the library to offer. Please call the library at 267-3170 if you have any questions.

April 11
Craft 'n Draft: Bottle Pendant (7:00pm, Track Shack, 233 E. Laurel; SPRINGFIELD)
Personalize a bottle pendant with a variety of precious items. Ideal for teens and up. $20 a person. Includes all supplies (1 charm, necklace, bottle and items for inside bottle) plus instruction. Register by April 9

April 11
BEST "Becoming Empowered and Successful Teens" and Parent Transition Support Group (For location, contract Mary Wyman at 217-525-3060 or 3023, SPRINGFIELD)
Feeding workshop for families.

April 11
25th Annual Health Fair: "Don't Drop the Ball on Your Health" (10:00am - 3:00pm; Illini Union,
ballrooms A, B, and C, 809 S. Wright St., CHAMPAIGN - URBANA) . This event is for students and the Champaign-Urbana community. It is free for both students and the general public. The major goal of the event is to promote general wellness among the University of Illinois student populations and the Champaign-Urbana community. Last year, our event attracted over 3,500 students, faculty, and community members with over 80 interactive vendors. Vendors provide free services and screening such as blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, acupuncture, fitness tests, massages, and many more. Additionally, there will be raffle prizes, live performances, and a DJ for an exciting experience. For more information: or 217-333-2714.

April 11
Tales from the Vault: Weapons of the Civil War (12:30 - 1:30pm; *Research and Collections Center Special Programs Room, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Tales from the Vault Program moderated by Dr. Greg Kane, 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry. Free and open to the public. "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. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. All programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696 or (217) 785-0037.
*The Collections Center cannot currently be reached from Ash St. due to construction. You can access the facility's entrance on 10 1/2 St. from Laurel St.

April 12
The Effingham Unit #40 School District will be hosting a TEACH to LEAD Leadership Lab on Leadership, Creativity and Innovation in the classroom and would like for you to attend as a key stakeholder for Education. A formal invitation will be sent in the coming months.

April 12
Music at the Museum Series: Escaping Pavement (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12
There is so much life and vitality in the Americana-folk journeys of Escaping Pavement, sprung entirely from an acoustic guitar, a mandolin, and two voices. Fiery passion, wistful reflection, awestruck adventurousness, and heartstring-plucking poignancy, the duo discovers, through song, the range of human emotion and celebrates the purities of what we’ve left behind for the artifices of tech trends, drug stores, and cacophonous city centers.
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 p.m. 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.

April 12
10th Annual Chefs for PATH (6:00 - 9:00pm; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, BLOOMINGTON)
The event is a culinary competition with area chefs from Reality Bites, Biaggi's, Welbrook at Bloomington, Baxter's, and Epiphany Farms. Tickets $75, include feating on the dishes developed by each chef based upon a list of required ingredients. Sysco Foods selects and donates the required ingredients. After a votes, the top two chefs have a live, on-stage cook-off with a mystery basket. To purchase tickets, call Samantha Herrell at 309.834.0507
To celebrate the 10th anniversary the evening will begin with a champagne toast honoring the Leadership McLean County group who helped to develop the process and all the area chefs who have competed throughout the years.

April 12
Opening Reception for Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition (5:30-7:30pm; Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 Bradley Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
The opening reception for the Parkland College’s Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition for 2018 will be held Thursday, April 12 in the gallery lounge. The Parkland Guitar Ensemble will provide music. An awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. will recognize students whose artwork shows remarkable distinction. |
Parkland College's Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition for 2018 will be held April 9 through May 5 in the Giertz Gallery. Audiences will enjoy an impressive body of student work in photography, painting, drawing, metals, sculpture, three-dimensional design, two-dimensional design, color theory, and ceramics. Parkland Art and Design faculty will select approximately 180 works from among 350+ entries for this year's exhibit. Students taking art classes in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2017, were eligible to submit artwork. M-Th 10am-7pm; Sat 12pm-2pm.

April 12 - 15
everyBODY everyBRIDE designer trunk show (Michelle’s Bridal and Tuxedo, CHAMPAIGN-URBANA)
In addition to the exclusive wedding dresses that will be available to shop during this one weekend only, there will also be a 15% discount on all of the trunk show wedding gowns. This event gives brides that are between the sizes of 18 and 34 exclusive access to wedding gowns from the award-winning Essense of Australia designer line, before it is available anywhere else. To learn more visit or call us at (217) 384-7914.

April 13
Can you survive the SAHBA Friday the 13th Trivia Night? (7:00pm; The Springfield Columbus Home Association/Formerly KC Hall, 2200 S Meadowbrook Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$10/PERSON 50/50 RAFFLE CASH PRIZES | 10 Players per Team. Single Players Will Be Combined to Make a Team | Phone: (217) 698-4941 Fax: (217) 698-4942 | | Have no fear. A wide range of general topics will be included.

April 13
3rd annual Teen Summer Job Fair and Resource Expo (6:00 - 8:30pm; The Boys & Girls Club’s Central Unit, 300 S. 15th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois (BGCCIL) in partnership with Sangamon Co. Juvenile Justice Council and the City of Springfield is hosting.
Job seekers can get help filling out job applications, may receive on the spot interviews, and have a chance to enter multiple prize drawings. The event features many local employers and youth service organizations. The job fair will also include food and beverages sponsored by Chick-fil-a and Heartland Coca-Cola. This event is free to attend and geared toward teenagers 16-19 who are seeking employment or volunteer opportunities. Parents are also welcome to accompany their teen participant.

April 13
15th Year Anniversary Birthday Bash (10:00am - 7:00pm; Studio on 6th, 215 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
There will be gift bags given to the first 50 guests to arrive and up to 70% off Boutique clothing. Local food vendors will be supplying food samples, as well as beverages, throughout the day. DSI and elected officials will host a ribbon cutting at 4pm which will include birthday cake from Incredibly Delicious. Studio on 6th is the original art co-op in Historic Downtown Springfield where participating local artists receive 100% of the sale of their work. Studio on 6th thanks Birthday Bash partners including Three Twigs Bakery, Custom Cup, Maldaner’s, Buzz Bomb Brewery, La Piazza Cucina Italiana, Cocoa Blue Chocolates, Incredibly Delicious, Jimmy Johns, Del’s Popcorn Shop, Mangia, and Texas Roadhouse.

April 13 - 15
Scrapbooking Retreat (11:00am Friday to 4:00pm Sunday; Ramada Inn North, 3281 Northfield Dr. SPRINGFIELD)
This retreat is a fundraiser to support a local family with an Autistic child. $150 for the weekend, including 5 meals. For more information, contact Kim Swanson at 217-494-0173

April 13, 14
14th Annual Festival of Quilts (9:00am - 5:00pm, Cunningham Children’s Home - Spiritual Life Center, 1301 N. Cunningham Avenue, URBANA)
$5 donation; Cunningham Children’s Home’s signature fundraiser, the Festival of Quilts, joins the Boneyard Arts Festival as one of more than 90 galleries showcasing the arts in Central Illinois. This year Cunningham is excited to present a collection of show quilts that creatively blur the lines between conventional quilt making and fine art. The 14th annual Festival of Quilts will also include a quilt auction and quilt boutique as well as a gift shop, bake sale and the Patchwork CafĂ©.

The Boneyard is a four-day event which brings together area businesses, organizations, and artists while promoting the cultural vibrancy of our community. As the Festival of Quilts has grown and the quilts submitted for viewing have evolved it became obvious to all who help with the event that many of our local artists are sharing their artwork through quilts.

This year’s Festival features two guest speakers. Friday at 11 a.m., Marie Samuel will present A Trunk Show of Eco-Art Collage Quilts. On Saturday at 11 a.m., Cynthia Cossu and Harris Gosselin, owners of Threads of Time in Danville, Ill., will present Threads and Needles and Machines. Oh My! phone: 217-337-9074 | e-mail:

April 13, 14
Upscale Collectible Sale (5:00 - 8:00pm Friday, 8:00am - 12:30pm Saturday, HHGregg, 2501 Wabash Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
SHOP! You will find something you want! Expect to find furniture, antiques, jewelry, tools, home decor, movies, you name it! Lots of children's items, including clothes and toys. No pre-sales. DONATE! your good quality items to APL. Please, no adult shoes or adult clothes unless new with tags attached. Children's clothes are welcome. We cannot accept computers, monitors, TVs, large mattresses or appliances. We cannot pick up donations. Drop-off (April 7-12) donations at 2501 Wabash Ave.. Pull up to the front door for drop-offs. Tax receipts provided upon request. All proceeds benefit APL's Homeless Dogs and Cats! 217.544.PETS or

April 13, 14
Illinois State Academy of Science Annual Meeting (Millikin University, DECATUR)
will host the 2018 Illinois State Academy of Science (ISAS) 110th Annual Meeting. From their founding in 1907, the mission of the ISAS has been to promote scientific research, diffuse scientific knowledge and unify scientific interests in Illinois, according to the ISAS website. Every year, the annual meeting is held at various locations throughout Illinois.
The annual meeting will feature over 200 student participants from across Illinois who will present their research through 15-minute oral presentations and poster sessions.
Poster presentations will be held on Friday, April 13 in the Griswold Center Gymnasium on Millikin University's campus from 2:30 – 5 p.m. Following Friday's poster presentations, a keynote address will be delivered by Scott McDonald, director of biofuels development for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), at 7:30 p.m. in the Bob & Debi Johnston Banquet Room, located on the 3rd level of the University Commons on Millikin's campus.
On Saturday, April 14, oral presentations will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Leighty-Tabor Science Center, Rooms 001, 115, 208, 209 and 221 on Millikin's campus. A STEM Education Workshop will also be held in Leighty-Tabor Science Center, Room 326, from 9 – 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon and awards presentations from 12:30 – 2 p.m. on the 3rd level of the University Commons.
For more information about the ISAS 2018 conference, including a schedule of events and registration information, visit or contact Dr. Travis Wilcoxen, associate professor and chair of the Biology Department at Millikin, at 217.424.6236 or by e-mail at

April 14
Project Learning Tree for Naturalists and Caregivers (1:00 - 5:00pm; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
Fee: $40; includes Project Learning Tree Family & Nature Activity Guide and resources
Facilitators: Savannah Donovan, Urbana Park District & Stacey Clementz, Champaign County Forest Preserve District Join us for an exciting professional development opportunity for anyone who works in nonformal education including Master Naturalists, scout leaders, parents, and volunteers. Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a collection of award-winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education activity guides that improve children’s environmental awareness and critical thinking skills. Each participant will receive a copy of the nationally acclaimed PLT Nature Activities for Families activity guide, with materials appropriate for ages 3-15. Come prepared to go outside in rain or shine.

April 14
Auditions for The Mature Mob (10:00am - 1:00pm; Senior Services Building,
701 West Mason, SPRINGFIELD) Auditions for singers. Contact Thomas Wilkison at for more information

April 14
St. Aloysius Annual Dinner and Silent Auction: "A Night in the Garden" (2125 N 21st St, SPRINGFIELD)

April 14
"Damaged but delivered" (9:30am - 1:00pm; Radisson Hotel, NORMAL)
There will be a buffet and we are asking a suggested donation $5.00. If you don't have it please come and share in an event that's life changing. | 309.826.7165

April 14
Spring Gala Fundraiser (5:30 - 11:00pm; American Legion Post 447, 103 E. Scroggin Ave., MOUNT PULASKI) Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation is hosting a Spring Gala Fundraiser to raise funds for Project 2 of the courthouse renovations. Tickets are $40 each and are available for purchase in Mount Pulaski at Johnsons True Value Hardware, Salt Creek Attic, Farmers Bank and Illinois National Bank. Also, tickets may be reserved and picked up at the door. Please email for more information. Only 200 tickets are available. Included in the ticket price is entrance to the Spring Gala, delicious appetizers, a gourmet dinner with tea and water, a photo booth and live music. This event is business casual attire featuring numerous silent auction items, a 50/50 raffle, a Primo Grill Master’s Kit raffle and cash bar. Live music will be provided by Sojourn Rocs from Mattoon, Illinois. From 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., they will take guests on a musical journey of rock and country music ranging from the ‘60’s to today. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to dance; this band is known for fillingdance floors! For more information, please go to their website at The Primo Grill Master Kit Raffle | The photo booth will feature fun props to make your time at the gala memorable.

April 14
Museum Awards Banquet (6:00 - 9:00pm; Dunham Woods Riding Club, CAMPTON HILLS)
Our annual awards dinner at the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club Reservations required. $55 | 630-584-8485

April 14
Roasted (3:00 - 9:00pm; The Springfield Art Association, 700 N. 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Bring the whole family and friends out to the Springfield Art Association campus. This is a ceramic raku event. You will glaze a pot, we'll fire it in an outdoor kiln, and it will be ready to take home that night. Come watch the fire, enjoy a whole hog roast dinner from 4-7 pm, and a cash bar. Stay tuned for live music. Early Registration: Tickets $30.00 with a pot | $20.00 without pot | $15.00 child with pot | Day of the event: Tickets all $5.00 more;, 217-523-2631

April 14
Benefit Ride For Team Reed (10:30am; VFW, 513 Cedar St., SHELBYVILLE) Registration 10:30 am - 11:30 am | Kickstands up at Noon | $10 per person registration fee | All vehicles welcome!
Starts Shelbyville VFW; 1st stop Shamrock Dalton City; 2nd stop Sullivan VFW; 3rd stop Windsor Pub; Last stop Shelbyville VFW
Best hand $50 | 2nd Place $25 | Door Prizes | Meal For Purchase 4 pm - 6 pm | Silent/Live Auctions | Live Music 8 pm - 11 pm
All proceeds to benefit Scott Reed, cancer survivor. Contact Beth Logue, Benefit for Scott Reed Event Organizer - 217-855-9659
Benefit for Scott Reed (4:00 - 11:00pm; VFW, 513 Cedar St., SHELBYVILLE) Dinner provided by Possum Lodge 4 pm-6 pm | $6/Person or 2/$10
Silent Auction - 4 pm - 6pm | Live Auction - 6pm - 8 pm | 50/50 Raffle & Gun Raffle Drawings | Come & Enjoy Live Music by the Forrest Parker Band - 8pm-11pm Children 18 & under can stay until 8pm
All proceeds go directly to Scott Reed to help with medical and out-of-pocket expenses incurred over the past 5 years and ongoing. If you would like more information about this event contact: Beth Logue (Event Organizer)- 217-855-9659 or Check out the Benefit for Scott Reed Facebook page

April 14, 15
Faerie Tale (2:00pm; Sangamon Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield Ballet Company presents their spring production, Faerie Tale, sponsored by HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital. Set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn, Pytor Tchaikovsky and Riccardo Drigo, two matinee productions will be performed at Sangamon Auditorium at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Advance tickets are $33 for adults and $21 for children with day of production tickets at $38 and $26. Purchase tickets by calling the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office at (217) 206-6160 or online at A free preshow party and photo opportunity with key characters after the show will also take place each day.
The story of Faerie Tale involves storybook characters Snow White, Cinderella and their Princes traveling through the woods and finding themselves amid a fairy preparation for the wedding of Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the fairies. Among these unlikely groups flies Puck, armed with a wicked sense of humor and a love potion capable of making anyone fall for the first person they set eyes upon. What could possibly go wrong?
For more information, please contact Artistic Director Julie Ratz or Administrative Director Sally Hamilton at (217) 544-1967.

April 15
Heads Up Group for those with a traumatic brain injury (2:00 - 4:00pm; Springfield Centher for Independent Living, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, contact Dave at SCIL: 217-523-2587

April 15
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

April 15
16th Annual Italian Buffet and Silent/Live Auction (Westfair Christian Academy, 1815 W Lafayette Ave, JACKSONVILLE)
Dinner service and silent auction bidding are from 11:00 - 2:00, with live auction at 2:00. Tickets available at the door. $8 Adults $4 Child. Auction preview the evening before.

April 15
Becoming a State: The Illinois Way (2:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public. A popular local historian and writer, Tara McClellan McAndrew, will tell us about the wayward way we became a state and how our first lawmakers in Kaskaskia started from scratch in creating state government. Tara will share both facts and humor that emerge from her research. This program is part of the “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans” series held on the third Sunday of every month through October, 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar Speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. For more information, please call the Illinois State Museum, (217) 782-0979, or the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College, (217) 786-2477.

April 15
Piano Concert (4:00pm; Central Christan Church, 650 W William St., DECATUR)
Silvan Negrutiu & Samir Golescu. Free admission to the public.

April 15
Annual Boy Scout Council Pancake Breakfast (7:30am - 1:30pm; Knights of Columbus, 2200 S Meadowbrook Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Proceeds will go to Boy Scout camp improvements. Further information, contact John Kirchgesner, Lodge Adviser, at

April 15
Adult+Child Paint: Gnomes 'n Gardens (HeadWest, 1124 W. Jefferson St., SPRINGFIELD)
Gnomes are said to be guardians of secret underground treasures. Paint your garden treasure with your little one. A memorable experience for Two. No Mess, no stress. Register by April 13

$25 pay online - enter Adult+Child in notes, or cash event for two

Additional child/adult is $15

Aprons, supplies and a free cookie are provided.

HeadWest Subs is a local business and grateful to have our event. Feel free to grab a sub before or after painting.

April 17
Author to Discuss Book on Lincoln’s Judicial Circuit (5:30pm; Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 South Seventh St., SPRINGFIELD)
Abraham Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit route will be the subject of the Sangamon County Historical Society’s program. The event is free and open to the public. Retired attorney and Lincoln expert Guy Fraker will take a nostalgic look back at Lincoln’s route using modern maps and photos used in his newest book on the subject, Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judical Circuit. Fraker chaired the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition from 2013-2017 and has been a consultant and participant in a PBS documentary, Abraham Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency as well as co-curator of a permanent Prelude to the Presidency exhibit at the David Davis Mansion historical site in Bloomington.
For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at or 217-525-1961.

April 18
Art in Antebellum Springfield (Noon - 1:00pm; Research & Collections Center*, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public.
This presentation will explore the ways in which the people of Springfield accessed and experienced art in the years before the Civil War. What kind of imagery were they seeing? How did they purchase or acquire it? What did it mean to them in their daily lives? From portraits to lithographs to transfer-printed China, this talk sheds light on the role of art in the lives of everyday people in a time when mass production of imagery was just coming in to its own.
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.* For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.
*The Collections Center cannot currently be reached from Ash St. due to construction. You can access the facility's entrance on 10 1/2 St. from Laurel St.

April 18
Spring Paint Night (5:00 - 8:30pm; LRS Hangar, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, SPRINGFIELD)
Spring is in the air and Memorial Medical Center Foundation has teamed up with It’s Scrapicated to offer two seasonal designs. Choose to paint a tulip or the always-popular six-petal flower to decorate your home. The tulip design is exclusive to this event. A catered meal and paint supplies are included with the $60 registration.
Additional details: Register online at or call 210–2393 by April 13. Registration is non-refundable. | A cash bar will be available. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. | Attendees must be 18 or older. | Only paid participants will be allowed entrance to the event. | All painting materials will be provided. | Limited seats are available. | Questions? Contact the Foundation at 788–4700 or

April 18
"IT'S APRIL, NO FOOLIN'! Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm; Sangamon Prairie Reception Center, State Rt. 4, South edge of CHATHAM)
Special Feature: "All About Humming Birds" Vern Kleenworked 30 years at the Illinois DNR. As an avian ecologist, he has banded 36,000 hummers since 2000. Did you know it is illegal to keep a hummer as a pet? Come hear more about these beloved creatures.
Special Speaker: "Do you need a hero?" Theresa Rutherford comes from Plainfield tto tell us why she chose that title for her talk. She retired from Aurora University and is wife, mother, and grandmother, as well as mommy to two dogs. Reservations and cancellations are essential by Friday, April 13. Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or email

April 18
SNIP! A Collage Workshop for Adults (6:00 - 8:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $15 Museum Society Members, $25 Non-members
Join artist and Associate Curator of Art Doug Stapleton for an evening of art making and general creative mayhem. Using the art works from the STILLNESS & Gertrude Abercrombie exhibitions as inspiration, participants will create their own still life, landscape, interior, or portrait using found images cut and pasted from various sources. No drawing or painting experience needed! You will leave with a finished piece ready to tape to your refrigerator or hang on your wall!
Stapleton will guide the process of making your collage with humorous anecdotes and small pearls of artistic wisdom. Beverages, including adult beverages will be served. Limited to 20 participants. Advance registration required by Monday, April 16. Register online at

April 18-21
Chicago Coin Expo (Palmer House Hilton Hotel, CHICAGO)

For the second year in a row, over 1,000 coin enthusiasts, collectors, history buffs and curious visitors of all ages are expected to attend the Chicago Coin Expo April 18-21 to view, learn and purchase items from more than 75 dealers participating in the event. The show brings together coin experts from around the world and will feature public auctions by both Gemini and Heritage auction houses. The show is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for kids under the age of 12 with all proceeds going to the History in Your Hands Foundation, a federally recognized 501c3. Besides seeing coins minted over 1,000 years ago to coins minted today there will be something for everyone. Children will not want to miss the opportunity to see all the historic objects as well as the kid-friendly attractions at the History in Your Hands booth.

April 18-22
20th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival (CHAMPAIGN)

Films are screened one at a time, promoting a strong sense of community among audience members, filmmakers, guests, students and scholars – some coming from around the world. Discussion panels and other events are held at the nearby Hyatt Place in Champaign.
Festival passes are available for $150, plus processing. Festivalgoers will receive a 15 percent discount when they purchase a four-pack. Additionally, a small number of U. of I. student passes will be made available at $100 each.
All passes can be purchased through, or at the Virginia Theatre box office, 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, 217-356-9063.

April 19
“Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film” (6:00 - 9:00pm; LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
The Lincoln Land Community College Arts and Humanities Department invites the public to a free film and discussion series this spring entitled, “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film.”
This month's film will be “Your Name” (Kimi No Na Wa) (2016) – This animated film directed by Makoto Shinkai has become the highest grossing ever in Japan. It is considered a masterpiece about time, the thread of fate and the hearts of two young souls. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives, but one night they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages and, most importantly, an imprint.
The film series will be held on select Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus, hosted by Ashley Green and Paul Van Heuklom, professors of English and Joseph Hoff, professor of Spanish. In addition, the Trutter Museum will have culturally relevant artifacts from the Trutter collection on display in the reception area. Film series attendees are encouraged to come early to enjoy the art and history prior to the film showings.

April 19
"University of Illinois Wheelchair Athletics: A Tradition of Excellence” (4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
Adam Bleakney, UIUC Head Coach, Men's and Women's Track, Field, and Racing, and Stephanie Wheeler, UIUC Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, will discuss the program’s roots, its legacy, and its continuing leadership and success in wheelchair sports.
The program is part of the Third Thursday Series and is held in conjunction with the Spurlock Museum’s temporary exhibit Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150. This exhibit explores the history of campus as a community of educators, researchers, and students engaged in learning, research, and public service. Learn about the contributions of a wide variety of people and groups to campus history and ways the University has changed how it relates to the people it serves. The exhibit runs through December 21, 2018. Free general admission | | (217) 333-2360

April 19
Public Observation Nights (8:00 - 10:00pm; Requarth Observatory, Leighty-Tabor Science Center 5th Floor, Fairview Avenue, DECATUR)
Millikin University will host Public Observation Nights (PON) at Requarth Observatory each Thursday evening for the rest of the Spring 2018 semester from 8 – 10 p.m. (weather permitting). Public Observation Nights are free and open to the public. Stargazing will take place on the roof of the Leighty-Tabor Science Center on Millikin's campus under the direction of student and faculty astronomers. PONs serve as a great way for Millikin physics and astronomy students to showcase some of their work and the facilities that they use and maintain for their research. For more information, contact Dr. Casey Watson at 217.424.6271 or by e-mail at

April 19
Women Build Clinic (6:00 - 8:00pm; Lowe’s Home Store, 1904 N. Prospect, CHAMPAIGN)
This event empowers and teaches women to become more familiar with things like working with power tools and installation of flooring, among other skills. For a $5 registration fee, you can learn these skills, have light snacks by Meatheads, get hand massages by Tricochi University, all while enjoying friendship with other interested women. Register at or email Kim Gollings for more information at

April 19
View and Discuss: “Your Name” (Kimi No Na Wa) (6:00pm, LLCC Trutter Center, SPRINGFIELD)
“Your Name” (2016) is an animated film directed by Makoto Shinkai. It has become one of the highest grossing films ever in Japan and is considered a masterpiece about time, the thread of fate and the hearts of two young souls. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. One night they unexpectedly switch places, each waking up in the other’s body. This strange occurrence continues to happen randomly, and Mitsuha and Taki must adjust their lives around each other. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages and, most importantly, an imprint.
Prior to the film showing, the Trutter Museum will have culturally relevant artifacts from the Trutter collection on display in the reception area. Film series attendees are encouraged to come early to enjoy the art and history.
The event is the final installment in LLCC’s spring film and discussion series entitled “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film,” which is hosted by Ashley Green and Paul Van Heuklom, LLCC professors of English, and Joseph Hoff, LLCC professor of Spanish.

April 19-21
Arthur Quilt Show (Otto Center, South of the Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)

April 20
Free Movie: "Charge Over You" (6:30pm; 314 N Grant St., EDINBURG)
Sarah is grieving her mother’s death when she is assigned to write an essay on how the world began. Sarah begins questioning her faith, failing her classes, jeopardizing her scholarship, and seeing a mysterious bad boy who only adds to her confusion. When a transfer student takes an interest in her, however, Sarah begins to rediscover what she’s counted as lost. Free popcorn and drinks will be served. For more information contact: Charles Portwood 217-972-3847

April 20
“Dining in the Dark” (6:00pm; Illini Country Club, 1601 Illini Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The Brandt-Thomas Educational Center (BTEC) is hosting the event to support individuals in central Illinois who are blind or visually impaired. It will be a fun evening with entertainment by Phil Steinberg and good food. Lights will gradually grow dimmer throughout the meal. We will end the evening with keynote speakers and a raffle drawing with fabulous prizes going to the winners. Dinner tickets are $100 each and Raffle Tickets are $20 each. To learn more about the dinner, raffle drawing and how you can support our efforts, please contact Peggy Dyson, Executive Director at (217) 303-9062, or email at

April 20, 21
Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club Annual Table Setting Luncheon, Display and Bake Sale (10:00am; 2626 S Pasfield, SPRINGFIELD)
Display 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See the arts and crafts created by members throughout the year. Lunch 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a delicious lunch. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or from any member. Carry-outs are also available. The Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club has encouraged and supported an interest in arts and crafts through classes, special events and related programs for over 90 years. SCCC is also involved in several charitable and educational projects throughout the year. For more information: Penni Gebke, 217-494-2939 | |

April 20-22
Andrew Lloyd Weber's "The Phantom of the Opera" (7:30pm F & S, 2:00pm Sun; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Milkin, DECATUR)
The longest running musical in Broadway history comes to life on the Kirkland Stage in this collaboration between the Millikin Schools of Theatre and Dance and Music. Tickets for the performance are $20-$26 and may be purchased at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders. Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Millikin's School of Theatre and Dance is a nationally recognized program, offering conservatory-style training rooted in a liberal arts education. The School of Theatre and Dance's approach to education offers students valuable insight and hands-on experiences that will prepare them for professional success. Nationwide, Millikin's respected theatre alumni are routinely hired for projects in television, film and live theatre, including top Broadway shows. For more information, visit

April 21
26th Annual Earth Awareness Fair (1:00 - 5:00pm; Old State Capitol, SPRINGFIELD)
This free, family-friendly event will take place from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., rain or shine, and feature 40+ exhibitors, including live music, games, crafts, activities, workshops, food and refreshments, and other scheduled programming.
* For individuals who are deaf and/or hard of hearing, there will be translators at scheduled workshops as well as at other activities.
To see the complete list of exhibitors, schedule of events and activities, visit our website at or visit the City’s Facebook page. We encourage you to come out with your family and friends and help spread the word.
Questions? Please contact Adena Rivas, Community Programs Coordinator in Public Works, at 217.789.2255 or

April 21
Art Auction & Cocktail Party (6:00pm, Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 Woodside Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Admission $10 includes wine, hor d'oeuvres, coffee and dessert
For ticket info: 217-544-5040 x 18

April 21
April Showers Bring Musical Flowers (2:00 -5:00pm; Decatur Conference Center, Fountain Hall, 4191 US 36 West, DECATUR)
Juvae Jazz Society fundraiser with music for listening and dancing. Order your tickets: 217.855.8495 & 217.877.4527 Decorated Umbrella Contest | "Name That Song" Contest

April 21
Musical Variety Show (7:00pm; First Presbyterian Church, 116 E. Franklin St, TAYLORVILLE)
The singing group Harmony, comprised of talented women from Taylorville, Pana, and Springfield, is putting on a musical variety show. Harmony has been performing for over 10 years and sings a variety of music from religious to patriotic to show tunes. There is no admission charge, but a free will offering will be collected. Come and enjoy a fun night of great music!

April 21
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S. Veterans Pkwy; SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

April 21
Fried Chicken Dinner (4:00 - 7:00pm; United Methodist Church, 2336 E Andrew Rd., SHERMAN)
Adults $10 | Children (under 12) $5 & under 3 are free. Proceeds will support our youth programs and missions. Menu: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Rolls, Drink & Dessert. 496-2338;

April 21
Spring Book, etc. Roundup (10:30am - 2:30pm; Lincoln Public Library, 326 S Seventh St., SPRINGFIELD)
Friends of Lincoln Library is collecting used books, CDs, DVDs and albums. People will drive up in the alley between the library and the Municipal Center West and we will help them take the books and things out of their cars. No need to come inside. Please no damaged books or text books. We will be selling the items at our June book sale. Any questions please contact Sarita Dixon 217/691-7622.

April 21
Pondicherry Lodge: Sherlock Holmes Society Meeting (9:00am; 2nd floor conference room, SCHEELS, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
The public is invited to attend. There will be a discussion of The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger. For more information, please call 546-8387 or visit

April 21
Springfield Jaycees Annual Lawnmower Clinics (9:00am - 1:00pm; O'Reilly Auto Parts, 1501 W Jefferson St, SPRINGFIELD)
$60 which includes inspection to check filters, change spark plugs, sharpen blades and change oil as necessary (filters replaced at an additional cost) Riding Lawnmowers will not be accepted. All mowers must be in running condition prior to maintenance services. The Springfield Jaycees is a local chapter of the United States Junior Chamber and the Junior Chamber International. The Jaycees provide individuals between the ages of 18-41 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Bernie & Bettys located at 1101 S Spring St Springfield, IL 62704. Meetings are open to interested potential members. For more information, find us on Facebook:

April 21
Ribbon Cutting: CUAS Observatory (3:00pm, County Road 700E, CHAMPAIGN&SADORUS)
The Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society, Inc, an affiliate group of the Champaign Park District, is pleased to announce the opening of their new observatory building in southwest Champaign County. CUAS originally built a domed observatory on this site in 1992. The dome itself has a long history, going back to 1925 on the UIUC campus. Though the 16-inch telescope in the dome has seen several major renovations, the building was small and not accessible to those with disabilities. The idea for a possible new facility was mentioned in the fall of 2014. Plans for the new building began to take shape in the spring of 2017. The club had Illini Concrete pour a slab and footings for telescopes and a company called Backyard Observatories, out of Lodi, Ohio, visited in September of 2017 to fabricate the structure in less than one week. The 24-foot by 30-foot building has a roof that rolls off on rails to reveal an observing area wide open to the sky that is over 500 square feet. Currently there is a 16-inch reflecting telescope and a 14-inch computerized telescope in the observatory, plus plenty of room to expand. Many volunteer hours by club members went into finishing the building and running power to it. The cost of building the structure came to just over $35,000 (including concrete), raised through donations.
CUAS has a long tradition of offering views of the stars and planets to the general public since its inception in 1986. Monthly open houses are held on the site each month (March through November) on the Saturday closest to the first quarter Moon. The club will have the telescopes working in both buildings on the evening of April 21 if the weather permits. The event is free to the public, though donations are accepted. If the weather is questionable, you can call 217-351-2567 for cancelation notices.
The CUAS Observatory is located 0.8 miles south of the Monticello Road on County Road 700E, between Champaign and Sadorus. Further directions and more information may be found on the club's web site at

April 21
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (9:30am - 12:00pm, Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault, 3 West Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
On Saturday April 21st, Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault is hosting the 12th annual Walk a Mile In Her Shoes-the Men’s March to Stop Sexual Violence. The event is open to everyone- but there is a twist the men participating in the march are asked to literally walk a mile in women’s high heel shoes to show their support in ending sexual violence and raising awareness in the community. Registration is at 9:30 am at Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault with a requested $35 minumum! The Men's March will kick off at 10:45 on the old state capitol square, followed by the Rally on the lawn of the New state capitol at 11:15! Join us for our after party to celebrate, which will be held at the Alamo and will start around 12:00!
Questions?Shelley Vaughan or Clare Frachey at PCASA primary phone 217-744-2560.

April 21
FREE! EarthCare Expo at the Anita Purves Nature Center (1:00pm; Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, URBANA)
All Ages (under 15 with adult)
Celebrate Earth Day as you meet Earth-friendly folks and engage with activities and displays from local Faith in Place partners. Additional fun will take place outdoors at the adjacent Friendship Grove Nature Playscape! For more information, visit and click on Events. Call 217-384-4062 with questions. Co-sponsored by the Urbana Park District and Faith in Place and C/U Interfaith Alliance.
Nature Hike in Busey Woods from 1-2pm
EarthCare Expo from 2-4pm
Short film screenings at 2 and 3pm

April 21
Lunch To Go (11:00am - 2:00pm; Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish; 300 N 4th St., BENLD)
DINNERS $9.00: Cabbage Roll, Cabbage Noodle & Beef Stroganoff. Served with two sides. Nut rolls & Poppy Seed rolls. We have frozen, ready-to-cook: Meat Stuffed Crepe (RUSSIAN Blinchikie) | PEROGIES (VARENIKIE) | PELMENIE
If you would like to pre-order anything, please contact: call or text Debbie Spears 217-313-6522 or Tatyana Meiekord 217-720-5099

April 21
3rd Saturday Market (9:00am - 4:00pm; Merchant Building, Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
Spring is just around the corner!!!! Stop by our 3rd Saturday Market with our very talented 30+ crafters and vendors. See what they have crafted for the Spring! It’s not that far away. The building is heated. We are located in the Merchant building at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds. The entrance to the Fairgrounds is South of the corner of RT 133 and Vine St. Follow the road into the Fairgrounds to the Merchant Building (behind the high school at Jurgens Park). Follow us on Facebook at 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar.
The Arthur Quilt Show is this same weekend from April 19 – 21 at the Otto Center just South of the Fairgrounds. Lots going on in Arthur. Don’t miss out!!!
For more information or vendor inquiry contact Dawn Verci (309)253-6245. Dates for 2018: May 19, June 16, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 16.

April 21
Woodland Wild Flower Walk (9:00am; Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Rd., CAMPTON HILLS)
Tour the museum's Harley Pond and Woods with staff to learn about the native environment and ecosystems of Illinois. Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Stewardship Grant restoration results featured. Reservations encouraged. $6 | 630-584-8485

April 21
"Moving Day": Walk for Parkinson’s Disease (9:00am; Southwind Park, 4965 S. 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Join us for the FIRST "Moving Day" for Parkinson's disease in Springfield at Southwind Park HOPE INSTITUTE PAVILION. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 1 mile walk will commence at 9 a.m.
The Parkinson’s Foundation mission is to make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. To help this important mission and promote the importance of movement for Parkinson’s patients, I am coordinating the FIRST Moving Day Parkinson’s walk in Springfield. Hope you can join! Together, we can make a difference.

April 21, 22
llinois Alpaca and Fiber Fest / Rail Splitter Alpaca Show (9:00am - 5:00pm Saturday, 8:00am - 3:00pm Sunday; Exposition Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Free to the Public
This is an alpaca show with nearly 200 alpacas in attendance. Come watch the show ring competition, visit with alpaca breeders and get your hands on alpacas. There will be fiber arts demonstrations and seminars throughout the weekend. There will be vendors for shopping and a food truck. This is a great family event. Free to the public. For information visit call 217-632-2590 or visit Illinois Alpaca Owners and Breeders on Facebook

April 22
"Hands On" Dulcimer Workshop (1:00pm & 3:00pm; Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Rd., CAMPTON HILLS)
Musician Dona Benkert will give introductory instruction on these unique stringed instruments. The 1pm session will cover mountain dulcimers and the 3pm session will cover hammered dulcimers. Reservations required. $25 | 630-584-8485

April 22
From Russia With Love (3:30pm; University of Illinois Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S Mathews Ave, URBANA)
the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music is bringing to campus the wonderful University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra for an afternoon of delightful music and a pre-concert talk about Russian folk orchestra traditions in America and the start of the University of Illinois Russian Folk Orchestra under the direction of John Garvey. Free and open to the public. Visit for more information. Contact: Scott Schwartz,

April 22
Cool Cruisers (1:00 - 4:00pm; Auto Zone, 2860 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Music, door prizes, cash prize giveaways, 50/50 drawing. Cars, trucks, bikes welcome. Free hot dogs, chips and soda for participants. $5 registration fee | Come out and have some fun | Proceeds donated to charities | More info contact John 891-4910

April 22
German American Club Fundraiser (2:00 - 5:00pm; Corkscrew Wine Emporium Ltd., 2613 Chatham Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$15 Advance tickets available at Engels's on Edwards, 552 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, or $20 at the door. Special Guests: National DANK President Roger and Astrid Herod. Enjoy Appetizers, Wine, Silent Auction and Wine Raffle! Hosted by DANK Springfield, Illinois Chapter. Contact Jeff Engel at 217-744-0607 for more information.

April 22
Time Machine: Ancient China (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
This family-friendly event explores Ancient China with hands-on activities. Learn about calligraphy, painting, and the terra cotta soldiers of the first emperor's tomb. Look for presentations by area experts on Chinese history and culture. The Time Machine touches down on the fourth Sunday of every month through May. The next stop is historic games (May 27). Free general admission | | (217) 333-2360

April 22
Silver Screen Gala (5:30pm; Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, SPRINGFIELD)
Celebrate like a star as the Illinois Symphony Orchestra celebrates 25 years at our Silver Screen Gala starring musicians of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra with special guests Julie Staley and Pianist Cory Brown, led by Music Director Ken Lam performing some of the greatest hits of the Silver Screen. This special evening of FUN-draising will honor Isringhausen Imports and the Isringhausen Family for their many years of support and will also include dinner, live and silent auctions, and exciting entertainment all in support of LIVE music in central Illinois. Walk the red carpet, in your formal attire or as your favorite movie star. Funds raised at the Silver Screen Gala help support the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s many performances throughout the community including symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, Concerts for Kids, Around the Town Free Chamber Music Series and Music Matters! In-school education programs. Make your reservation today by calling the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at (217) 522-2838 Ext 16 or go online to

April 22
Kids Good Grief Camp (12:00 - 4:00pm, Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The death of a loved one is hard on all of us, especially children. In the past year, the Greater Springfield Community experienced several deaths of young adults and children, so many people are wondering how to talk to their kids about death and feelings of grief. The Staab Family founded Kids Good Grief Camp several years ago to assist the youngest of grievers cope with the death of a loved one.
Led by licensed therapists, Kids Good Grief Camp is a supportive and fun camp. Throughout the afternoon, children will participate in a variety of activities, including planting a tree, creating an art project, and engaging in exercises designed to help them develop skills to grieve in a healthy way. Children can share their experiences with other children – validating each other’s feelings and lessening their sense of isolation. In doing so, they can help each other in their individual healing journeys.
The event is open to children ages 6 – 12. The cost of the event is $10, but scholarships are available. For more information or to register, call 217-247-4421 or visit

April 22
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast (7:00 - 12:00pm; Van Meter Masonic Lodge, 127 S. Main St., ATHENS)
The breakfast also includes biscuits and gravy. 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.

April 24
America's Ambassadors - A Joy to the World (5:30pm; Art Theatre, 126 W Church St, & Esquire Lounge, 106 N Walnut St., CHAMPAIGN)
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music celebrates UNESCO International Jazz Day with an evening of historic films (starting at 5:30pm at the Art Theatre) and music (starting at 7:00pm at Esquire Lounge) recognizing the contributions of the U.S. State Department’s Jazz Ambassadors program which was used to enhance America’s diplomatic relationships with countries around the world. Free and open to the public. Visit for more information. Contact: Scott Schwartz,

April 24
LLCC student musicians to perform with Capital Area Concert Band (7:00 - 8:00pm; LLCC, Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The Capital Area Concert Band, comprised of community members and Lincoln Land Community College students, will perform a free concert. The band will play music ranging from Mozart to Claude T. Smith along with selections from the musicals “Chicago” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” The public is cordially invited to attend.

April 25
Central Illinois Coal Mine Subsidence: Myths, Facts & Solutions (6:00 - 8:00pm; Lincoln Library: 326 S. 7th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public. Presenters include: Mr. Dave Tucker, Curator of the Illinois Coal Museum at Gillespie | Dr. Jerry Marino, P.E., D.GE, President, Marino Engineering Associates, Inc., St. Louis, MO | Mr. Brent Guttmann, P.E., Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Mines & Minerals
Mine Subsidence is an issue on the minds of all that live and work in Central Illinois. As the coal mines of the 1800’s continue to age, the likelihood of subsidence increases. The evening’s presentations will include Illinois mining history, an overview of mining, mine collapse, surface subsidence, subsidence damage and remediation. In addition, information will be presented on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Emergency Program.
The presentation is free of charge and open to all. For more information on the presentation, please see Contact: Erin Shay,, 314-833-3189.

April 26
Contemporary Conversations: Cultural Stereotyping (4:00 - 5:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum of World Cultures’ new series Contemporary Conversations instigates conversations about contemporary cultural issues, themes, and ideas relevant to the University of Illinois and the C-U community.
The first program in the series, Cultural Stereotyping, was presented March 1. Panelists and audience members needed more time to tackle some outstanding questions and concerns, and the conversation will continue with Araceli Diaz, Assistant Director of La Casa Cultural Latina; Patrick Hammie, Associate Professor of Painting and Sculpture in the School of Art + Design; Angela Williams, Associate Director, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; and moderator Elisabeth Stone, Director of Education, Spurlock Museum. Free general admission | | (217) 333-2360

April 27
Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra Concert (7:30pm; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, SPRINGFIELD)
Part of the Liturgical Arts Festival. The Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra and Chorus will perform works works by Verdi, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bach, Elgar and 20th Century’s Leonard Bernstein from Candide and his Mass. Matthew G Sheppard is the conductor.

April 27
Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (7:30pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Student soloists will be center stage for the Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble's final performance of the 2017-18 season on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature student solo competition winners Mikaela Wattleworth (oboe), a sophomore music performance major from Decatur, Ill.; Riley McDorman (trombone), a sophomore instrumental music education major from Lisle, Ill.; and Brittany Krohn (saxophone), a junior instrumental music education major with a special education endorsement from Princeton, Ill.
The first half of the annual concert will feature the Monticello High School Band, conducted by Alison Allender. Following an intermission, the student solo competition winners will perform as soloists alongside the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Gary Shaw, professor of music and director of bands at Millikin. |

April 27
Edwards Place Bedroom Bash (6:00 - 9:00pm; SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Art Association (SAA) will reveal the newly restored second floor of Edwards Place in a unique event on Friday evening.
Mr. Lincoln may never have slept at Edwards Place; but he will greet visitors in his slippers, share a night cap and his favorite stories. On the second floor, Mrs. Edwards, Molly Edwards, and Alice and Benjamin Ferguson will show their restored bedrooms and share their stories. The servants will share their space in the attic and perhaps some Edwards Family secrets. The new SAA history room will also be unveiled. Period foods and beverages will be served. The Bedroom Bash is $50 per person/$90 per couple. For reservations please call 217-523-2631 or register at All proceeds go toward the continued preservation of Edwards Place.
Sarah Adams, the new Curator of Collections and Interpretation at Edwards Place, will be introduced. Ms. Adams joined the SAA in December and has helped complete the restoration process that was started by her predecessor, Erika Holst, who is now working for the Illinois State Museum. Ms. Adams joined us from the Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita, Kansas. She has a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Anthropology from Western Illinois University. Sarah is originally from Rushville, Illinois and is pleased to be back in Illinois, closer to her family.

April 27, 28
"IT'S A SPRING THING" (4:00 - 8:00pm Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm Saturday; Blue Mound Civic Center, 551 N. Lewis Street, BLUE MOUND)
We will have 30+ vendors featuring Wreaths, Grave Saddles, Candles, T-shirt Quilts, Embroidery, Wood Crafts, Local Honey, Homemade Fudge,and much more.
We will also have your favorite Direct Sales Representatives like Younique, Amway, Pink Zebra, Scentsy, Mary Kay, Watkins and Pampered Chef.
Pulled pork, Pulled Pork Nachos, Italian Beef, and Polish sausage will be offered by Jay's Dixie Que. So grab your Mother, Sister, Friend and anyone else you like and come see us for a fun shopping experience and while you are there enjoy some great food from Jay's Dixie Que. We look forward to seeing you!

April 28
Springfield Jaycees Annual Lawnmower Clinics (9:00am - 1:00pm; O'Reilly Auto Parts, 699 W Stanford, SPRINGFIELD)
$60 which includes inspection to check filters, change spark plugs, sharpen blades and change oil as necessary (filters replaced at an additional cost) Riding Lawnmowers will not be accepted. All mowers must be in running condition prior to maintenance services. The Springfield Jaycees is a local chapter of the United States Junior Chamber and the Junior Chamber International. The Jaycees provide individuals between the ages of 18-41 the opportunity to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their community. Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Bernie & Bettys located at 1101 S Spring St Springfield, IL 62704. Meetings are open to interested potential members. For more information, find us on Facebook:

April 28
Liturgical & Sacred Art Exhibit (4:30 - 6:30pm; Springfield Art Association Gallery, 700 N. Fourth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Opening Reception for Liturgical Arts Festival. This biennial exhibition is part of the larger, citywide Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield. This year’s show is more intimate than previous years with 47 works by 32 artists from 17 different states. Twelve artists are from Illinois, four of those are from Springfield. The media include paintings, sculpture, fabric collage, weaving, photography, and handmade paper. Awards will be presented at the opening reception on the 28th at 5:30 PM.

April 28, 29
Stephen Hough Debuts with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (7:30pm Saturday, Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, SPRINGFIELD & 3:00pm Sunday, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, BLOOMINGTON - NORMAL)
Each concert will be followed by a special post-concert reception hosted by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield and Bloomington-Normal. Please join Music Director Ken Lam before the concert for Concert Comments. Concert Comments are Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Sangamon Auditorium and Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2:15 PM in Ballroom of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. Bask in the Beauty of Beethoven & Brahms!
Tickets may be purchased in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 and in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777. Single ticket prices range from $20 to $60 for premium seating. Student tickets available for $5 (6 years +). Senior discounts are also available. Tickets may also be purchased the night of the concert. Tickets prices do not include auditorium processing and/or ticketing fees. Additional information about the Illinois Symphony Orchestra is available at

April 28
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50, O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at

April 28
Workshops on Affordable Home Ownership (9:30am; Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County, 119 E University Ave., CHAMPAIGN)
Home ownership within your grasp! Hear about affordable home ownership opportunities and down payment assistance in Champaign County. Learn how to review your credit report to determine your options. Free workshops will be held at Habitat for Humanity at 9:30 am on the following Saturdays: June 23, August 25, October 13, December 8
Call Michelle to register at 217-819-5113

April 28
National Drug Take Back Day (10:00am - 2:00pm; Prevention First, 2800 Montvale, SPRINGFIELD)
Prevention First, the Springfield Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will again provide residents with an opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 28 residents are urged to bring medications for disposal to Prevention First, 2800 Montvale, Springfield, IL. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The drive-through collection at Prevention First is only one of five collection sites in Springfield. Those unable to travel to Prevention First’s office on April 28 can visit to locate a collection site convenient to them.

April 28
"A Step Closer to the Cure" (9:00am - 5:00pm; Macon Co. Fairgrounds)
Join us for a day of family fun, MS Walk, one of a kind shopping, awesome cars & trucks and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis!
Vendor Fair runs from 9:00am-5:00pm Over 50-70 crafters and small business owners selling one of a kind goods!
Walk MS begins at 10:00am where you can have a team to help raise money for MS research and programs right here in Illinois. Or just join us to walk in support of those fighting Multiple Sclerosis.
Car & Motorcycle Show runs from 12:00pm-5:00pm All money raised will be donated to much needed research, local MS programs and much more! There will be awards in several categories! Entry fee is $10 and to save time you can preregister by contacting us through email at or phone at 217-330-6443
We will also have several food trucks, Kids Korner, bake sale, multiple raffles, 50/50 drawing and much more! Join us for some family fun for a great cause!
For more information on vendor space, MS Walk, Car show or anything else please contact: | Website:

April 28
International Tabletop Day (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
International Tabletop Day, is a worldwide celebration of tabletop gaming for everyone. A variety of tabletop games will be available for the young to the young at heart! Come and play an old standard with us or leap out of your comfort zone and try a new one. There may even be a game or two from a local designer. Bring a friend, bring a neighbor, bring your family and join the gaming community for a fun morning. Call the library at 217-267-3170 to register for this entertaining community event.

April 28
Backyard Chickens (1:00pm; Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Rd., CAMPTON HILLS)
Interested in having a small flock of backyard chickens but don't know where to start? Join staff member Dave Bauer and volunteer Samira Bamberger for an introduction to raising chickens, from incubation to egg collection. Reservations preferred. $6 | 630-584-8485

April 28
Workers Memorial Day (11:00am; Hall of Flags, Howlett Building, SPRINGFIELD)
Once again the Springfield and Central Illinois Trades and Labor Council will be observing Workers Memorial Day. Every year for two decades we have come together for a brief ceremony to remember those who gave their lives in a work place accident or due to an industrial disease. We are meeting at a new location this year in the Hall of Flags located in the Howlett Building, 1st Floor on the North side of the building that faces the Capitol. After the ceremony, we will be walking across the Capitol lawn to place roses on the Workers Memorial monument on the State Capitol grounds. On behalf of the men and women of the Springfield and Central Illinois Labor Council we invite you and your family to join us in honoring your loved one at this ceremony and reception.

April 28
Spring Bazaar (9:00am - 4:00pm; Jacksonville Dream Center, 210 W College, JACKSONVILLE)
This Bazaar is free to enter and welcomes all ages. Come support some great, local entrepreneurs at the Spring Bazaar! Tastefully Simple | Paparazzi Jewelry | Pain Cream | Glass and Jewelry Resin Artwork | Soaps and Home / Wood Decors | Spring and Summer Floral Arrangements | Alan Bradiish will be doing a Demo on Apple Cider Press from 9am - 11am. Follow our Facebook page for updates about vendors & other fun things. If you are a vendor that would like a booth, message our Facebook or email for more information.

April 29
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S. Veterans Pkwy; SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at .

April 29
Dr. Dolittle Day (1:00 - 4:00pm; Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lakeshore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Interactive booths where guests learn about the animal care professions. 9 local veterinarian clinics will be participating, as well as zoo staff and volunteers to teach you about what we do to care for your animals. $5 adults, $2 children |

April 29
Springfield Youth Performance Group dance auditions: Alice in Wonderland (4:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre Two, 420 South 6th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Registration will be held from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. with dance auditions from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. There will be a brief parent meeting following the completion of auditions. Dance auditions are open to children ages 7 to 13 and numerous parts are available for both boys and girls. Children must be enrolled in a ballet class at any dance studio to audition. They will be taught choreography at the audition. All participants must arrive by the close of registration and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Girls should have their hair in a bun and wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Boys should wear a white t-shirt, black pants and black ballet or jazz shoes. Email to request an audition packet prior to April 28th. The artistic director is Caitlin Helton Scherer and executive director is Taryn Grant. For more information, email or call 217-553-4475.

April 29
APL Benefit Brunch (HyVee Market Grille, SPRINGFIELD)
We are donating 10% of our sales for the brunch to the APL, and at 17.99 a person the money can really add up. We will have the Mobile Adoption Unit there as well.

April 29
Aaron Shipman Sunday Fun Day (Firefighters Postal Lake Club, 940 W Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
This event will be a family event that includes children’s activities, such as arts and crafts, face painting, basketball, and other games. There will also be live music, food and a silent auction for the adults. Proceeds to benefit the family of Aaron Shipman as he goes through treatment for Leukemia.

April 29
2nd Annual Family Fun Day (1:00 - 4:00pm; Peace Lutheran Church, 2800 W Jefferson St., SPRINGFIELD)
This free event will have indoor and outdoor inflatables, face painting, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, an obstacle course, cotton candy, corn dogs, popcorn, sno-cones and more.
“The members at Peace have a deep desire to open the doors of the church, invite the community in and get to know their neighbors,” Interim Pastor Paul Park said. “We love giving busy families in our community a safe, fun opportunity for their little ones to run, jump, play, color and enjoy childhood.”
There is no cost for anyone to enjoy this event. However, Peace would love to prepare for your arrival. Please see for more information and follow the link to RSVP.
Peace Lutheran Church is located at 2800 W. Jefferson St. in Springfield – just off the intersection of Veterans Parkway.
We also encourage you to check out our Facebook event page where we will post updates before the event and share photos afterward. You can find us at

April 30
Liturgical Arts Festival (7:30pm; Temple B'rith Sholom, 1004 S. Fourth St., SPRINGFIELD)
This program with a panel of experts will discuss the use of design, restoration, and preservation of architecture and space to reach out to the transcendent and create a sense of the sacred.