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April 2019 Community Calendar

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

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

Now through May 12
Exhibit: Mad Creative (Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
Breaking the Silence is a breaking and making mosaic project led by Susan Parenti, School for Designing a Society. Coordinated by Mad Creative, it was one of a series of events looking at bombardments of trauma news about sexual violence and other triggering topics around gender and power.
Mad Creative was organized by the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies and the YMCA, The Women’s Resources Center, APO-AA, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives, and independent artists and thinkers. With generous sponsorship from the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, the Department of English, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Center for Advanced Study. For more information about HGMS please visit these sites: | | Free general admission | | (217) 333-2360

April 2
“Slaves, Indentured Servants and Free Black Leaders in Our ‘Free’ State, 1818-1860” (11:00am, Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, 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.

April 2
Women Strong-Habitat Sangamon Build (5:00pm; Fresh Visions Community Church, 1551 J David Jones Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Please join us and celebrate the kickoff with Sonia and her daughters.

April 3
Paul Mickey Learning Series: “The Guardians” Film Screening (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | A visually dazzling meditation on the delicate balance between human and nature, “The Guardians” elegantly interweaves the lives of the iconic monarch butterfly with an indigenous community in Mexico. Both depend on the same ancient forest for their survival and now face an uncertain future. Migrating 3,000 miles to hibernate in the towering Oyamels, the monarch population faces collapse, hitting a record low of 33 million, down from 1 billion just twenty years ago. In the valley below, the people of Donaciano Ojeda must carve out a sustainable future in their ancestral lands now part of the protected Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Once loggers of this forest, they’ve made a radical decision to stop and to regrow it instead.
Shot over three years, this intimate documentary takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the butterfly dense mountaintops of Michoacan as the community works to build a sustainable path forward. Rarely has the communion of human and nature been told in such an evocative and surprising way, leaving viewers with a new perspective on the ecological challenges facing us all. Following the screening, the audience will participate in a question and answer session with the film’s producers via Skype.
Each month, the Paul Mickey Learning Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

April 3
The Toadally Awesome Preschool Program (10:00am, Westville Public library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Children will listen to stories about toads and frogs and create a cute frog craft to take home.

April 3
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Featuring a movie starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

“Take Back the Night” Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center (6:00- 9:00pm; Central Park, DECATUR) FREE; Join us in raising awareness in the community about sexual violence and how to prevent it. March to follow rally. Contact info: Cathy Byers at 217-428-0770;

April 4
Christian County Quilt Guild (6:30pm, Davis Memorial Christian Church, 1500 W Franklin, TAYLORVILLE)
Christian County Quilt Guild is hosting speaker Lisa Grossenheider, 25 year teacher from Jackman's and Missouri State Quilt Guild, for a seminar on free motion quilting on your domestic machine. Public is invited. Cost is free but donations accepted. Call Janet with questions 217-415-9971

April 4 - July 11
Chess: Gymnasium of the Mind (Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
The new exhibit Chess: Gymnasium of the Mind opens April 4 in the Museum’s Central Core Gallery.
The display features a variety of chess sets from around the world highlighting unique pieces, boards, and moves. This project is part of the second annual Spring Symposium held by Playful by Design, an interdisciplinary game studies consortium at the University of Illinois. The sets are on loan from local game enthusiasts David Dubin, Dan Cermak, and Judith Pintar.
Playful by Design will also host a special exhibit opening event on Thursday, April 4, 2:00–4:45 pm. At 2:00, see a demonstration of chess hacks—games that are variations of chess in pieces, board, or rules—created by University of Illinois students. At 3:00, Allen Turner of the DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media presents the keynote address. Turner is a Black/Lakota/Irish game designer, storyteller, artist, dancer, author, and performer who believes in the power of play and story as fundamental, powerful medicines that shape our sense of self, relationships, and our connection to the cosmos. A 20-year veteran of the video games industry, he has worked on projects at Bungie Software (Myth, Myth II, Oni), Day 1 Studios (MechAssault), Wideload Games (Stubbs the Zombie, Hail to the Chimp), Marvel Comics and Disney Interactive Studios (Disney’s Guilty Party, Marvel XP). The keynote will be followed by a reception.
The Playful by Design Spring Symposium will be held from April 4–6 at locations around the University of Illinois campus, including the Armory Innovation Spaces and the CU Community Fablab. This year's theme is "The Future of the Playful University." Learn more at their website. Playful by Design is sponsored by the Illinois Project for Research in the Humanities, Spurlock Museum, Illinois Informatics, CU Community FabLab, CITL, and the School of Information Sciences at UIUC.
Free general admission | | (217) 333-2360

April 5
Moms Weekend Open House at The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (3:00 - 5:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 1408 W Gregory Drive, Room 346, URBANA)
Description: Moms Weekend Spring Open House | Books on display: new acquisitions & spring-themed rare book favorites. | Our curators will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. to answer questions. Students and parents interested in rare books and special collections are encouraged to stop by! Free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

April 5
St Jude Polish for a Purpose (3:00pm - 7:00pm; Blades Hair & Nail Salon, LINCOLN)
We are having an open house for our 15 year anniversary on Friday April 5th, 2019 from 10am-7pm. On this day we are also hosting our tenth annual St. Jude polish for a purpose event from 3pm-7pm where 100% of the proceeds go to the Lincoln St Jude team running from Memphis to Peoria this summer. We are offering manicures and pedicures during this event and are welcoming anyone who wants to donate their hair to come on out and support this amazing cause! Our owner, Vanessa Komnick, her daughter who is 4 years old will be donating her hair on this day in honor of the children at St. Jude. . Please feel free to contact myself or Vanessa at 217-732-7213 or email us at for any further questions about our event.

April 5, 6
"The Gate of Horn" World Premiere (7:30pm Fri, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts & 7:30pm Sat, Sangamon Auditorium, UIS - SPRINGFIELD)
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra performs an evening of incredibly inspiring music featuring renowned pianist Sandra Wright Shen in Mozart’s highly spirited Piano Concerto No. 23, Bruckner’s life-affirming Second Symphony and the exciting world-premiere of The Gate of Horn by Illinois composer Carl Schimmel, an Associate Professor at Illinois State University, based on a poem by Louis Asekoff. The concert in Springfield will be followed by a special post-concert reception hosted by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield. Please join Music Director Ken Lam, pianist Sandra Wright Shen, composer Carl Schimmel and poet Louis Asekoff before the concert for Concert Comments. Concert Comments are Friday, April 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Sangamon Auditorium.

April 5, 6
15th 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 15th annual Festival of Quilts will also include a quilt auction and quilt boutique as well as a gift shop, bake sale and the Patchwork Café.
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 featured speakers include Sally Dodge and Judy Gamble. Sally’s presentation, Five Things You Need to Know to Change the Size of Your Quilt, will be Friday at 11 a.m. On Saturday at 11 a.m., Judy will present Color Theory and Uses in Watercolor Quilts. | 217-337-9058 |

April 5 - 27
Pathways to Watercolor (5:30 - 7:30pm; Springfield Art Association, 700 North 4th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Art Association (SAA) presents Pathways to Watercolor, an exhibition featuring paintings by Robert Lee Mejer, Sandy Meyer, and Rod Buffingtion. The exhibition is curated by Rod Buffington.
The exhibition will run from April 5 through the 27th in the M. G. Nelson Gallery at the main campus of the Springfield Art Association at 700 North 4th Street. A reception for the artists will be held on Friday, April 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 with all three artists speaking about their work at 6:15. The reception is free and open to the public.
Robert Lee Mejer has had a long and distinguished career as a professor of art at Quincy University as well as showing his work extensively. He states, “I am interested in the structural and expressive power of color. My work is a synthesis of collage space, flat space, and color fields. The tension created within this synthesis excites me and offers a wide range of possibilities. I aim to “present” the painting as an object and not as a representation. I strive for emotional intensity via my own voice in hopes to realize myself in a moment of time.”
Sandy Meyer, is also from Quincy, Illinois; but is currently living in Michigan. Sandy says that in her work, “Light has always been the trigger to inspiration for me. In recent years this has gone deeper into how light causes colors to change.” She has been carefully studying and documenting color and light for the last twenty years.
Rod Buffington is well known in Springfield for his watercolor paintings that utilize a collage of traditional quilt patterns. He now combines his passion for baseball with these patterns to create unique patterned works in watercolor.
The M. G. Nelson gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM and Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM.
For more information, please contact Betsy Dollar, Executive Director, at or Rod Buffington, at

April 6
Edinburg United Methodist Church Salad Luncheon (11:00am - 1:00pm; EDINBURG)
Lunch, bake sale, crafts.

April 6
Recycled Play Day Super Saturday & Family Event (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 repurposed 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) 782-6044. Sponsored by Bank of Springfield

April 6 - 21
46th Annual Spring Floral Display (12:00pm; Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Easter lilies and lush tropical foliage fill the Exhibit Hall and Conservatory.

April 6
Riverton Knights of Columbus Trivia Night (6:00pm; 335 S. 4th Street, RIVERTON)
Doors open @ 6pm, Trivia begins @ 7pm | $10 per person, maximum of 10 people per table | Come on out for a fun evening of trivia with your friends. There will be food and refreshments available for purchase. Those attending are welcome to bring snacks for your table. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be used to benefit the Riverton After Prom program. For more information or to reserve a table, please see contact information below; Mike Ray @ 217-836-6945 or | Riverton Knights of Columbus Hall @ 217-629-7202

April 6
Adopt-a-pet (Petco, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, SPRINGFIELD)
Brought to you by Benld Adopt-A-Pet.

April 6
Freudenberg Scout Campground Cleanup Day (JACKSONVILLE)
Boy Scout Troop 103, with the assistance of many friends will be hosting a campground cleanup day. Four scouts from Troop 103 and one from Troop 107 will be leading the cleanup of 4 different campsites and a long overgrown trail. There is a large field in the front of the campground where troop 103 leaders will work to remove four large, dangerous trees and remove several acres of invasive species shrubs. There will be professional foresters on site, a restoration ecologist, and possibly professors from Illinois College. The scope of this project is enormous and the timeframe makes it dauntingbut we can do it!
We have reached out to Sunbelt Equipment in Springfield and Pennell Forklift Service in Jacksonville and they have agreed to sponsor the workday with equipment, free of charge! The Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society, has agreed to feed the volunteers lunch and provide their leadership as part of their Day of Service. Former troop leaders and past Eagle Scouts will be in attendance but we want this to be big! So we need your help. Please come out and show your support for scouting and the community. There is a lot to list and not a lot of space, so if you have any questions call or email Nate Hoyle of troop 103 at (217) 491-6283 or
Here is what you need to bring:
1. Long pants (no shorts, athletic pants, yoga pants)
2. Dress for the weather (it could be 8 degrees or 80 degrees)
3. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes (preferably boots)
4. A water bottle
5. Gloves (preferably leather – I wear Kinco unlined drivers from Farm and Home)
6. Eye protection (this is a must)
7. If you plan on bringing a chainsaw you must be trained to use it: You are trained only if:
a. You are a professional Forester | b. You are an ISA Certified Arborist | c. You have done BSA Chainsaw Training
i. Otherwise you must do training on Friday 4/5/19 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the campground. Training will be provided by Nate Hoyle
8. If you meet the qualifications of operating a chainsaw, you must also provide a hardhat, chainsaw chaps, and ear protection for yourself.
9. A will-do attitude!!
There will be a designated safety person with every group and no unsafe acts will be tolerated.
There will be several troops camping Friday and Saturday night. Consider yourself invited!
Questions? Call Nate Hoyle at (217) 491-6283 or email him at

April 6
The Nokomis Women's Club Spring Craft Show (9:00am - 1:30pm; Cornerstone Academy, 316 East South Street, NOKOMIS)
There will be cakewalks in the morning. Hourly drawings will be held for door prizes to be awarded on the hour and you must be present to win. The kitchen will be open all day , breakfast rolls , chili,sandwiches,pie,drinks and chips will be available. Booth space can be reserved by calling B.J. Tooley at 217-851-1309 for more information. The booths can offer any variety of home crafted, upscale,baked goods or commercial item. Proceeds from the Craft Show is used to fund the clubs many annual events such as Treats With Santa and Easter Egg Hunt. The club makes donations to various community and charitable causes. Thank you, Susan Kimbro of the Nokomis Womans Club 217-246-6368

April 6
Ivan Parker with Josh Parker In Concert! (6:00pm; Athens Christian Church, 1411 E Route 29, ATHENS)
$15 advance, $18 at the door. 12 and under FREE. ($12.00 per person for groups of 10 or more) 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 6
Restoration Day (8:30 - 11:00am; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, DECATUR)
We are removing bush honeysuckle plus garlic mustard, mulching trails, and cleaning park facilities. Please wear gloves. We appreciate any amount of time you can give so come enjoy the signs of spring and meet new friends. The park is about 10 miles straight west of Decatur on Route 36 past Harristown to Lincoln Trail Memorial Parkway; go south four miles. The park is on the east side of the road.

April 6
The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular (7:30pm; Millikin University's Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular presents the original music of Pink Floyd like you've never seen before. Experience all of your favorite hits along with deep tracks accompanied by the iconic psychedelic images and visuals that are the band's hallmark. Driven by cutting-edge effects, full-color lasers, Hi-Def multi-screen video projection, concert quality sound and lighting effects, audiences are surrounded in an array of visual displays, choreographed to the original Pink Floyd master recordings. The perfect show for classic rock fans young and old, The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular combines the music you've loved for years with today's most advanced entertainment technology to create a rich, lush, sensory experience not to be missed. Learn more about The Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular by visiting
General ticket prices for the show are $25, $30 and $35, and children's tickets are $10. Seniors 65 and older, groups of 10 or more, and other discounts are available by phone or in person. Tickets 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.

April 6
Buffalo Fire Protective district Mostaccioli dinner (4:00 - 8:00pm; 114 S wells St., BUFFALO)
$10 all-you-can-eat, $7 To Go, $1 hot dogs, 50cent chips. The funds are used to update equipment and fire protection gear. For any questions please contact us at 217-364-4441

April 6
14th Annual C-U Edible Book Festival (11:30am; Lincoln Square Mall, 201 Lincoln Square, URBANA)
Participants celebrate the book arts and create edible books that are exhibited, documented, and then consumed. This event is hosted by the University Library in collaboration with Common Ground Co-op and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank. For more information, visit

April 6
A Night in the Garden Dinner Auction (5:30pm; St. Aloysius School in the gymnasium, 2125 North 21st Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Doors open and cocktails are served at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, catered by McCormick’s, will be served at 6:00 p.m. The live auction begins at 7:00 p.m. and the Silent Auction closes at 8:00 p.m. Event tickets are 30.00 per person and are available through the school by calling 544-4553. All proceeds benefit St. Aloysius school students. Questions can be directed to St. Aloysius, Angie Daniels or Denise Reavis, at 544-4553.

April 6
Fried Chicken Dinner (4:00 - 7:00pm; Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 East Andrew Rd., SHERMAN)
Menu: fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, drink & dessert. Adults $10.00 Children (under 12) $5.00 (under 3 free). Proceeds will support our youth programs and missions.

April 7
WorldFest (12:30 - 5:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
Join the Spurlock Museum in the celebration of its 14th annual WorldFest event. Enjoy performances from around the world in one afternoonplus crafts for all ages! The afternoon features a variety of international music and storytelling. This family-friendly event is free and sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council. This year’s WorldFest highlights the following performers:
Murilo Mendes, a performer of the pífano, a Brazilian flute, and an expert in forró, a Brazilian genre from its northeastern region.
Ensemble Adilei, specializing in traditional polyphonic songs and chants of the Eurasian nation of Georgia.
Minu Pasupathi, leading an ensemble performing classical and light classical South Indian Carnatic Music.
Mike Speller, a teller of stories from around the world.
Free general admission | | (217) 333-2360

April 7
Adopt-a-pet (Petsmart, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, O'FALLON)
Brought to you by Benld Adopt-A-Pet.

April 7
Special Recreation visits STL Science Center (10:00am - 4:00pm; Meet at Erin's Pavilion, SPRINGFIELD)
$30 per Resident and $35 per Non-resident | Join us as we drive to St. Louis to learn all about science at the St. Louis Science Center! Spend an afternoon with friends exploring this awesome museum. We will be meeting at Erin’s Pavilion and will be providing transportation to and from the Science Center. We will also be providing lunch. Ages 8+ of all abilities are welcome. 217-503-4576 |

April 9
Celebrating Earth Story Time (10:00am - 11:00am; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with Museum admission | Admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans | Come celebrate plants, animals, and nature of all kinds with stories and a craft. Story Time is designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. On the second Tuesday of each month, visitors will enjoy picture books, a craft, and objects from the Museum’s collections. For additional information, please contact or (217) 782-6044. Story Time is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

April 9
UIS Speaker Series (7:30pm; UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library, SPRINGFIELD)
The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series will explore the politics of Mexico following the 2018 landslide election of Manuel Andres López Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement. The presentation and discussion will be led by Cristina Tapia Muro, a professor of political and social sciences at the University of Colima, Mexico.
The audience will be introduced to the political history and culture of Mexico through the 2018 election. An advocate of the working class, President López Obrador is also a critic of the Institutional Revolutionary Party that has dominated national politics. This presentation will explore the history of Mexico’s political leadership, placing emphasis on the political, social, and economic factors that contributed to López Obrador’s election, including the role of clientelism (a system of political patronage) and corruption and efforts of the current government to eradicate it.
Tapia earned a Ph.D. in economics and administrative sciences with a public policy orientation from the University of Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico. She also has a post-doctoral specialization on public policy and gender justice from the Latin American Council of Social Sciences and the Latin American College of Social Sciences, Brazil. Tapia has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on clientelism in Mexico in such venues as Estudios Sociologicos and the Asian Journal of Latin American Studies.
This event is cosponsored by the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois and the UIS Departments of Sociology Anthropology & Women and Gender Studies. Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or in advance. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit

April 9
Open Registration Prep (9:00am - 4:00pm; LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Participants can attend a New Student Orientation session, activate an online account, and meet or schedule a future appointment with an academic advisor. Lunch will be provided. “For those who have made the decision to attend LLCC, this event provides a great opportunity to get all or most of the enrollment steps completed in one day,” explains Shanda Byer, associate vice president, enrollment services. Before the event, participants must apply to LLCC at (click on “Apply Now”), submit official high school, GED and other college/university transcripts as well as SAT/ACT test scores (if available). Registration for the event is required by March 25. For more information and to register, visit

April 10
Springfield Park District Committee Meeting (5:30pm; Bunn Admin Offices, 2500 S 11th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Committee meetings will be held on Wednesday the week prior to Board meeting.

April 10
Cedarhurst Assisted Living and Memory Care April Speaker Series: Music Therapy (1:00 - 2:00pm; 1234 Centre West Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Music engages the mind, body, and soul. Put a little Spring in your step. Come hear how seniors living at Cedarhurst of Springfield will thrive through music therapy. To RSVP please call Scott Linde at 217-714-3102 by April 5th

April 10
UIS Health & Wellness Fair (11:00am - 2:00pm; UIS Recreation and Athletic Center, SPRINGFIELD)
Event is completely free. Free health screenings, prizes, samples. UIS Health Services:

April 11
RECEPTION: 51st Annual Juried Student Art & Design Exhibition (5:30 - 7:30pm; Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 West Bradley Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
Reception: Thursday, April 11, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Gallery Lounge, with awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and musical performance by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble. Parkland College's annual juried Student Art and Design Exhibition for 2019 will be held April 8 through May 4 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 2018, were eligible to submit artwork.
Many of these works earn artistic awards, which will be announced during the exhibit’s opening reception Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery lounge. The Parkland Guitar Ensemble will provide music.
Art faculty and program manager of the Art and Design program, Denise Seif, is among many Parkland art and design faculty who look forward to this event each spring, along with students.

April 11
UIS Speaker Series - “Queer Poets of Color: Undocupoets and Migrant Literary Activism” (4:00pm; UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library, SPRINGFIELD)
The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents a discussion on “Queer Poets of Color: Undocupoets and Migrant Literary Activism.” The presentation will be led by Christopher Soto, a poet based in Brooklyn, New York. The event is part of the national LGBTQ Day of Silence observed on campus. Soto will discuss queer of color poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to the age of mass incarceration with an emphasis on undocumented literary activism. During this event, students will explore the intersections of queer identities and poetry with activism as it relates to undocumented youth. Soto is the author of “Sad Girl Poems” (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016) and the editor of “Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color” (Nightboat Books, 2018). He cofounded the Undocupoets Campaign and worked with Amazon Literary Partnerships to establish grants for undocumented writers. In 2017, he was awarded The Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism by Split This Rock and he was invited to teach a Poetry and Protest Movements course at Columbia University, as part of the June Jordan Teaching Corp. He is currently working on a full-length poetry manuscript about police violence and mass incarceration. He received his master of fine arts in poetry from New York University (NYU).
This event is cosponsored by the UIS Office of Gender and Sexuality Student Services, the UIS Diversity Center, the UIS Women’s Center and the Organization of Latin American Students.
Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or in advance. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit

April 11
Springfield Park District Special Recreation Cooking Class: Easter Egg Decorating (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.

April 11
Music at the Museum:Suzie Vinnick (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12
| A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Roots and Blues singer Suzie Vinnick has a voice you’ve heard a thousand times and one you’ll never forget. It soars, it growls, it whispers and it shouts from a deep, deep well of emotion. The pure joy she exudes when she picks up that guitar is so worth the show. Vinnick is a 3X Juno Nominee, CFMA Award winner, and a 10-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for songwriting, female vocalist, acoustic act and more.
Music at the Museum is a monthly concert series produced by Chris Vallillo featuring the best in contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic music of all styles. Concerts are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Museum auditorium. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

April 12
WUMC Friday Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; Williamsville United Methodist Church, 128 E. Jones St., WILLIAMSVILLE)
Dinner Includes Walleye, Baked Potato or Potato Salad, Cole slaw, applesauce, dessert, drink. Adulst $8, children 12&under $4, Hot dog dinner $3 | |

April 12
“Adventures with Birds” Dinner Lecture (5:30p; Wild Hare Café, ELKHART)
Rothering is offering a dinner lecture on “Adventures with Birds” a subject which will include more information about bird banding, learning to identify birds and much more. The dinner lecture will be at 5:30p (doors open at 5 p) on Friday April 12, at the Wild Hare Café in Elkhart, Illinois. The entrees include a herb crusted chicken breast with alfredo sauce, or beef bourguignon - - the complete menu and reservation form is available on the website: at the cost of $40 which includes the meal, tax and tip and $10 for the Elkhart Historical Society program.

April 12
American Indian Dance and Singing Exhibition by Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company (5:30 - 7:00pm; 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum invites you to an American Indian Dance and Singing exhibition by Bizhiki Culture & Dance Company. The Company was founded on the pillars of public engagement and education, with the goal of furthering peoples understanding of Indigenous cultures through interactive workshops, presentations, and exhibitions. The dedicated professionals of Bizhiki engage audiences of all ages through intricate stories, traditional and contemporary dance and song, and demonstration of traditional ecological knowledge, guiding participates to a better understanding of cultural resiliency and revitalization. The event is free and all ages are welcome. This event is co-sponsored by the Spurlock Museum and Native American House. It is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Free general admission | | (217) 333-2360

April 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20
Dead Man's Cell Phone (7:30pm; Studio Theatre, on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center at UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
Six performances will be presented in the Studio Theatre, on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center at UIS. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday performance (April 14), which will begin at 2 p.m. Show dates include Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 12, 13, 14 and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 18, 19, 20. According to the Samuel French Play Service, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is “a work about how we memorialize the dead–and how that remembering changes us–it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.” The play begins with “an incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café, a stranger at the next table who has had enough, and a dead man–with a lot of loose ends.”
Ticket prices are $14 for adults; $12 for senior citizens (65 or older with a picture I.D.); $10 for UIS Faculty/Staff; $8 for UIS students (and all other college-level students) with a valid, current i-card or college I.D. card; and $6 for 17 and under. Please note that service charges are not included in the prices above.
The UIS Theatre Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Building (VPA 127). Patrons may call the UIS Theatre Box Office at 217/206-PLAY (7529) or visit to purchase tickets online or learn more information.

April 13
AAC Easter Egg Hunt (10:00am; Pohlod Park, AUBURN)
Our contact information is and Auburn Activities Committee - AAC on Facebook. Hop on over! Free face painting, bounce house, petting zoo, donuts, Redbud Coffee. 2&under at 10:30am, 3&4 at 10:45am, 5&6 at 11:00am, 7&8 at 11:15am, 9&10 at 11:30am.

April 13 Bird Hikes (8:00am - 9:30am; Lincoln Memorial Garden, SPRINGFIELD) Join local birder Kevin Veara for our seasonal migratory bird hikes. Hikes begin at 8:00am at the Nature Center. This program is open to all skill levels and is a free event. Visit for more information.

April 13
Small Press Fest (10:00am - 2:00pm; Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S Broadway Ave, Ste 1, URBANA)
The Small Press Fest is a celebration of small presses and self-publishing, including zines, comix, and more! There will be artists and authors selling and distributing their work, a panel discussion, giveaways, and more! For more info, visit

April 13 Roasted Hot Pots and Pork (3:00pm - 9:00pm; Springfield Art Association, SPRINGFIELD) Glaze a raku pot and watch it get fired in an outdoor kiln, enjoy a hog roast dinner and listen to live music by The Pleasure Chest Blues Band. $30 admission and pot, $20 admission only, $15 children 12 and under. Price increases after noon of day before event. Preregister. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.

April 13 Spring Market (9:00am - 2:00pm; Sangamon County Farm Bureau Building, SPRINGFIELD) Enjoy shopping with friends at the Spring Market! Stop by and enjoy shopping with local vendors and grab some food while you're at it. Plants, Crafts & More! We will have some amazing vendors so mark your calendars! Bring your kids for FREE kids activities.

April 13
Vendor/Craft Fair (9:00am - 2:00pm; Crazy Horse Campground, ASHLAND)
We have Norwex, Scensty, Tupperware, Avon, Tastefully Simple, JP's Rocks, Horseshoe art, kettle korn and much more.

April 13
Save Our Streams (9:30am - 4:30pm; Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, DECATUR)
One Day Water Quality Monitoring Workshop offering a fun way to test water quality by collecting and identifying underwater insects called macroinvertebrates and becoming a certified SOS Monitor. Dress for the weather, as we will be doing the field component in rain or shine in the afternoon. Bring your own rubber boots, waders, or old sneakers if you have them (we ask that you avoid using felt soled waders.) Please bring a bag lunch and a water bottle.

April 13
$75 - ticket includes beer, wine, food - to benefit Pediatric Therapy Services at Carle. Tickets available at or Carle Center for Philanthropy at 217-383-3021

April 13
A Conversation with Frances de Pontes Peebles (2:30pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library, Room 321, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Frances de Pontes Peebles was born in Pernambuco, Brazil, and grew up in Miami, Florida. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the author of the novels The Seamstress (2008) and The Air You Breathe (2018).
Frances received a Fulbright Grant and a Sacatar Foundation Fellowship to spend time in Brazil conducting research for her first novel, The Seamstress. The novel is set in Northeast Brazil during the early 1930s, and it follows two sisters from the state of Pernambuco. Their lives take them on different, yet interconnected paths: Luzia is abducted by a band of outlaw cangaceiros and must fight to survive, while Emília marries into a wealthy family and must learn to navigate Recife’s high society.
The Seamstress won the Elle Grand Prix for fiction, the Friends of American Writers Award, and the James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Fellowship. It has been translated into nine languages and was adapted for film under the title Entre Irmãs. A miniseries version of the film aired on Brazil’s Globo network.
The Air You Breathe was named one of the best books of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews. It was also a Book of the Month pick and an Amazon Best Book of August 2018. The novel also starts out in 1930s Pernambuco, but most of the story takes place in Rio de Janeiro and in Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood. The Air You Breathe is about two friends, orphaned Dores and wealthy Graça, who as children bond over their love of music and become inseparable. Both dream of becoming a star — but Graça is the one who rises to fame, while Dores is left in the shadows.
Frances lives in Chicago with her family. She is serving as a Visiting Associate Professor of Fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop this spring.
“A Conversation with Frances de Pontes Peebles” was made possible by the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, the Center for Global Studies (with the support of a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant), and the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
This event is free and open to the public! Refreshments will be served.

April 13
Alsey Baptist Church Turkey and Dressing Supper (4:30 - 7:00pm; 155 Church Boulevard, ALSEY)
Menu: Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beens, cranapple salad and dessert! Buffet style all you can eat! Adults, $8, Children $4 | All proceeds to benefit the Alsey Baptist Church | Contact number; 217-742-3253

April 13
The Friends of Lincoln Library present Paperback Book Sale (10:00am - 2:00pm; Lincoln Library, SPRINGFIELD)
Free entry.

April 13
Touch a Truck Event (9:00am - 12:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Westville Public Library is sponsoring a Touch a Truck event on April 13 from 9 AM to Noon. This fun and free family event will feature a variety of vehicles that you can see up close. Children will be able to create a craft inside the library. Take the opportunity to apply for a library card if you are a resident of the Westville Library district. Please bring a photo ID and 2 pieces of recent mail to confirm your address. The library is located at 233 S. State Street. Please call the library at 267-3170 for further information.
Children will have a chance to see a variety of vehicles up close and perhaps even get to sit in some of them. There will be emergency vehicles, construction type equipment and some surprises. Children will also be able to create a truck color scratch craft. Those attending that reside in the library district are invited to apply for their library card. Just bring a photo ID and 2 pieces of mail or other forms of identification that are current and list your name and address.

April 13 - 14
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 |

April 13 - 14
Woodland Wildflower Sale (1:00pm - 4:00pm; Lincoln Memorial Garden, SPRINGFIELD) New to the Lincoln Memorial Garden annual wildflower plant sale is a number of native shrubs that attract birds and butterflies as the spectacular American beautyberry. Additional shrubs include Serviceberry, Shrub Indigo, Spring (vernal) witch hazel, American witch hazel, Oak Leafe hydrangea, Shrubby St. John's wort, Virginia sweet spire and Spicebush. Wildflowers for sale include Wild Geranium, Golden Poppy, Virginia bluebell, Shooting stars, Leatherwood fern, Cinnamon fern and Maidenhair fern. Visit for more information.

April 14
Litchfield Pickers Market (9:00am - 3:00pm; Downtown Litchfield, LITCHFIELD) The Litchfield Pickers Market takes place every second Sunday of the month, April to October, from 9 AM - 3 PM in downtown Litchfield, Illinois. Use 400 North State Street for your GPS. This monthly market is free for visitors to attend, and with multiple entry points, parking can be found around the entire perimiter of the market. For more information, along with vendor information, log on to

April 14
Lincoln Land Chapter ABATE 30th Annual HOPE Easter Run (12:00pm; meet at County Market on Dirksen/S Grand, SPRINGFIELD)
Sign in at 12:00 - 12:45pm, KSU at 12:45pm to HOPE at 1:00pm. Go to homes 1:15 to 2:00pm. 13 homes with 5-6 youth in each home. Grab some friends and put Easter baskets together: 71 Easter Baskets. 50/50 Drawing. Contact Mary P at 217-737-6139

April 14
SYPG The Little Mermaid Auditions (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 14th.
SYPG will present The Little Mermaid on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Hoogland Center for the Arts. Rehearsals will be held during a week-long camp from June 3 to 7, 2019. Children must be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day to attend the camp. Please contact us via email prior to auditions if your child will still be attending school on June 3rd. The fee for the camp is $150 for each child. A costume fitting will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on May 5, 2019. During the interactive camp, performers will be taught their parts for the show, learn the basics of acting and stage performances, participate in cultural enrichments, receive a camp T-shirt, and engage in other fun, child-friendly activities.
The artistic director is Caitlin Helton Scherer and executive director is Taryn Grant. For more information, email or call 217-553-4475.

April 14
Adopt-a-pet (Petco, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, SPRINGFIELD)
Brought to you by Benld Adopt-A-Pet.

April 14
Mushrooms Then and Now (2:00pm; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, DECATUR)
FREE | Larry Evans, recognized expert in the field of mycology (fungi), will speak about what may have been growing when the Lincoln's lived here and ones you might find curious. Bring specimens or/and pictures as well as any questions you may have about mushrooms. There will be a short walk around the park. For more information:

April 15
Springfield Philatelic Society (7:00pm; Peace Lutheran Church, 2800 W Jefferson, SPRINGFIELD)
Door Open Around 6:30pm, Stamp Programs Monthly, Memberships Available, Scout Program Information, School Activity Information, Estate Information, Annual Fall Bourse, Kid Friendly

April 16
Spring Semester 2019 Faculty Scholarship Series: “Indonesia, Ethics of Textile Wealth, & Globalization,” (6:00 - 7:00pm; University Hall Building Room 2022, UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
All presentations are free and open to the public. Heather Dell, UIS associate professor of women and gender studies, will discuss the results from her sabbatical research, “Indonesia, Ethics of Textile Wealth, & Globalization,” from 6 to 7 p.m. on April 16 in University Hall Building Room 2022. Samples of textiles from around the world will be on display. For more information, contact Keenan Dungey, UIS associate vice chancellor for research and institutional effectiveness, at 217/206-8112 or

April 16
The Process of Harvesting History (5:30pm; City of Springfield’s Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 South Seventh St., SPRINGFIELD)
The process of harvesting political and local history will be the topic of the Sangamon County Historical Society program on Tuesday. The event is free and open to the public.
Devin Hunter, assistant professor of history at University of Illinois Springfield, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at History Harvest, a national project of gathering, recording and digitizing history-related artifacts owned by the public, which would likely have been lost or forgotten. He will talk about some of the more unusual items digitized from the two “harvests” that were conducted by his students.
Hunter has professional experience at the National Archives and Records Administration and the Pritzker Military Library and Museum in Chicago. He is a member of the State of Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Committee and the Illinois State Historical Society. Hunter earned a doctorate degree in public history from Loyola University.
For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at or 217-525-1961.

April 17
Recycle Right Illinois (12:00 - 1:00pm; Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | In honor of Earth Month, James Jennings and Melissa Silva from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will discuss recycling programs in Illinois. Their presentation will cover common recyclable materials in Illinois curbside collection, typical recycling errors, and options for less common items.
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 or (217) 558-6696.

April 17
Grand Slam Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm; Prairie View Reception Center, CHATHAM)
$15 inclusive. Kevin Corbin will speak to us about the excitement he had as a bat boy for STL Cardinals. Mary Boling of Avon, IN shares with us how you can have "Joy Through the Journey" even after you have been given terrible news.
Reservations and cancellations are due on Saturday, April 13. Please JOIN us on Facebook or contact by phone/text: Mary Jane 217-691-8883 or Judy 217-303-9768

April 17
Research Spotlight Series: The Illini Solar Car Team (2:00 - 3:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library, Room 220, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
The Research Spotlight Series is featuring the College of Engineering's Illini Solar Car Team. Come and hear the research team discuss challenges and opportunities as they create a solar car. Research Spotlight Series explores the research process of scholars across disciplines by highlighting their scholarly works.
From the moment a scholar embarks on a research project to its eventual point of completion or further continuation, she or he would have interacted with information professionals and fellow scholars in the field, worked with library and archival collections and a multitude of electronic resources and technologies. Although much is written about the end-result of such a journey, understanding the research process itself remains an exciting area of scholarship. Each Research Spotlight will highlight a scholar’s work and the author will discuss the work by addressing the following:
What factors and interests led to this research project?
What resources (people and materials) were critical to completing this manuscript?
What opportunities and challenges did the scholar encounter in the research process?
What suggestions does the scholar have for emerging scholars in this field of study?
For more information, please visit

April 17-19
8th annual STARS - Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (Times vary, UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
The three-day event showcases student research and creative activities during the academic year. Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 | 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19 | UIS undergraduate and graduate students will present their research and creative activities through short talks, poster presentations, art exhibitions, musical and theatrical performances. The symposium gives the community a chance to learn about the variety of work being done by students and gives businesses the opportunity to network with potential new talent.
Wednesday, April 17 | Business students will present their pitches and oral presentations starting at 4 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center. UIS faculty members Peter Boltuc (Philosophy) and Elham Khorasani Buxton (Computer Science) will present an Artificial Intelligence Workshop at 5:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium. Keynote Speaker David Gunkel, a professor at Northern Illinois University, will speak at 6 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium on “How to Survive the Robot Apocalypse.” Gunkel is an award-winning educator and scholar, specializing in the philosophy of technology with a particular focus on information & communication technology.
Thursday, April 18 | The Launch of the “Alchemist Review”, a literary journal, takes place in Brookens Auditorium at 5 p.m. Amina Gautier, author of three short story collections and winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award, will be reading her fiction work at 6 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium. UIS Theatre, in the Dept. of Art, Music, and Theatre, presents “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” a play by Sarah Ruhl, at 7:30 p.m., in the Studio Theatre, followed by a talk-back at approximately 9:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens (65 or older with a picture I.D.), $10 for UIS faculty/staff, $8 for UIS students (and all other college-level students). Purchase tickets by calling 217/206-PLAY (7529) or visit
Friday, April 19 | Student oral presentations will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Student Union second floor conference rooms. Art and poster sessions will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union pre-function area. A UIS Music Recital, featuring the UIS Jazz Band, will close out the symposium at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. For the full STARS schedule, visit Questions may be directed to Tammy Craig at 217/206-8379 or

April 18
Springfield Park District Board Meeting (5:30pm; Bunn Admin Offices, 2500 S 11th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Meetings will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month. All meetings are subject to change.

April 18 - May 9
Alumni exhibit “Perfect Tens” (UIS Visual Arts Gallery, Health and Science Building, Rm 201, SPRINGFIELD)
The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Program will present multiple exhibits featuring the work of its alumni and current students. All exhibits will open on Thursday, April 18, and run through Thursday, May 9, 2019. A reception for the alumni and student exhibits will take place simultaneously from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in the UIS Visual Arts Gallery and the Access Gallery. A shuttle will provide transportation between the two locations. Both exhibits are free and open to the public.
“Perfect Tens” features the work of ten UIS Visual Arts Program alumni, selected from the past ten years of graduates. The artwork will be displayed in the UIS Visual Arts Gallery, located in the Health and Science Building, Room 201. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
A perfect ten indicates a high score, or perfected condition. Visual Arts Program exhibiting alumni in “Perfect Tens” are artists that have continued their trajectory in visual arts and demonstrate notable skill, growth and sophistication in their work. The UIS Visual Arts Program faculty have selected and invited these ten exhibiting artists, as a reflection of the Visual Arts Program and to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates.
“Perfect Tens” will feature a range of media that will include painting, video, sculpture and ceramics, among others. Exhibiting artists include Brad Balster (2012), Christina Hanula (2017), Judah Johnson (2011), Skan Jolly (2012), Grace Katalinich (2017), Allan J. Masterson (2013), Abigail McKinnie (2018), Tyler Phibbs (2016), Almendra Rodriguez (2017) and Darrin Simmons (2016).
Student exhibits “(un)noticeable” and “Forthcoming”
Two student exhibits “(un)noticeable” and “Forthcoming” will be presented in the UIS Access Gallery, located in the Visual and Performing Arts Building (VPA). Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“(un)noticeable” features work by UIS Visual Arts graduating senior Tyrone Burnett. The exhibit explores the idea of a man who notices the things that are not seen. The exhibit will feature ceramic sculptures that give form to humans as emotions, stereotypes and experiences. Burnett uses symbols to represent both good and bad emotions that humans cannot see or understand, dealing with the idea of fearing what you can become.
Held in conjunction, “Forthcoming”, curated by Tyrone Burnett, will feature work by UIS students Cameron Seibert, Zoey Pritchett, Cheyenne Drink and Hasani Cannon. This exhibit will feature ceramics, painting, drawing and mixed media.
For more information on the multiple exhibits, contact the UIS Visual Arts Program at 217/206-6240 or

April 19
Springfield Park District Special Recreation: Adventure Field Trip Camps - STL Science Center (7:30am - 5:30pm; Meet at the Nelson Center, SPRINGFIELD)
$40/Resident and $50/Non-resident | Calling all explorers for our new Adventure Field Trip Camps! Instead of spending your day off of school at home alone, come join us with your friends as we travel around the central Illinois area! Cost includes admission prices and transportation to and from our various adventures. Please pack your own lunch. This day camp is offered on most Federal Holidays. Sign up for each individual day you would like to attend. Ages 4-22 of all abilities are welcome.

April 20
Arthur 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar (ARTHUR)
The secret to our Market is our Vendors. We average 50 - 60 ‘Cream of the Crop’ Vendors in handcrafted items, direct sales and baked goods at each Event. You won’t want to miss this one at the Moultrie-Douglas Fairgrounds, 220 Jurgens Parkway, Arthur, IL, inside the Merchants Building. 9 am to 4 pm. We invite you to our Facebook page. Like and Share with your friends. For more information or vendor inquiry Contact: Dawn Verci (309)253-6245
2019 Dates: May 18th, June 15th, August 17th, September 21st, October 19th, November 16th, December 21st.

April 20
Adopt-a-pet (Petsmart, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, SPRINGFIELD)
Brought to you by Benld Adopt-A-Pet.

April 20
The School of Wizardry and Enchantment (1:00 - 7:00pm; The Illinois State Fairgrounds in the Orr Building, SPRINGFIELD)
The School of Wizardry and Enchantment is a event for those whose letter never came and families who want to experience the magic together. Upon arrival at the school you will check in and each person will receive a class schedule detailing the time your classes take place. You will get a 30 minute orientation check-in period beginning at 1 pm where you will receive your schedule. From there you will be sent to 1 of 8 different classes or to Study Hall/Alley where you will be able to shop with vendors or purchase food. As first year students there will be 8 different classes for you to attend they include Potions, Divination , Magical Beasts, Defense Against The Dark Arts, Flying Lessons, Wand Making, Herbology, and a Room full of Photo ops to take pictures with. The Potions class will educate you on various potions as well as allow you to make your very own. Divination will give you a look into the future as well as teach about how it's done. In Magical Beasts you will learn about fantastical magical creatures and will even be able to take your own magical beast home with you. Defense Against the Dark Arts will teach you wand dueling and how to best dark wizards and witches. Flying lessons will teach you how to ride a broom. In Wand Making everyone will be able to craft their own personal wand. Herbology will teach you about magical plants and how to care for them. In the Photo op Room, you will be free to take pictures with all the props to commemorate your magical experience. Your professors will be experts in their field and you might even recognize a few. If you're worried about not having your school supplies fear not, the alley will have vendors that will have all the basics any wizard or witch may need as well as a ton of other magical items for sale that you'll have to see to believe.
Tickets are $25 a person or VIP package for $65. This is a limited 2000 ticket event so tickets must be purchased online and in advance. Click the Tickets tab to purchase and for more information on what the VIP package includes. This event will be 6 hours long from 1 pm-7 pm Saturday April 20th in the Orr building located at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. | 217-361-4621

April 20
12th Annual Hippy Run/Benefit (11:00am, Sign Up at Northenders VFW, 2349 Stockyards Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
KSU at 12:30, $10 per person donation at the door. All proceeds go to Vietnam Veterans vigil. Food / Fun / Friends/ Raffles / Silent Auction / Music. Food donated by Cooper's Alleyside, 3115 E Sangamon Ave. In Memory of Hippy, Hud and Pat. Contact Kim or Johnny Mike or Andrea for more info. 217-628-2013 | 691-8952 | 416-9680

April 22
Springfield Park District Special Recreation: Adventure Field Trip Camps - Peoria Children's Museum (7:30am - 5:30pm; Meet at the Nelson Center, SPRINGFIELD)
$40/Resident and $50/Non-resident | Calling all explorers for our new Adventure Field Trip Camps! Instead of spending your day off of school at home alone, come join us with your friends as we travel around the central Illinois area! Cost includes admission prices and transportation to and from our various adventures. Please pack your own lunch. This day camp is offered on most Federal Holidays. Sign up for each individual day you would like to attend. Ages 4-22 of all abilities are welcome.

April 23
Spring Semester 2019 Faculty Scholarship Series - “Governing Abroad: Coalition Politics and Foreign Policy in Europe,” (4:00 - 5:00pm; PAC Conference Room G, UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
Sibel Oktay, UIS associate professor of political science, will discuss the results from her sabbatical research, “Governing Abroad: Coalition Politics and Foreign Policy in Europe,” from 4 to 5 p.m. on April 23 in PAC Conference Room G.
All presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Keenan Dungey, UIS associate vice chancellor for research and institutional effectiveness, at 217/206-8112 or \

April 23
Join us to Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday with a talk by Professor Lori Humphrey Newcomb, "William Shakespeare, T.W. Baldwin, and the Evolution of a Collection” (3:00 - 5:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Room 346, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
In 1967, the University of Illinois Rare Book Room (as it was then called) purchased the personal collection of Professor T.W. Baldwin and his wife Regina Elisabeth Baldwin: 5,800 books from and about English and Continental schoolrooms of Shakespeare’s day. Baldwin had very clear, scientific aims for his study: to prove that Shakespeare’s grammar school education had furnished the “genetics” for every word of every play. (Three of Baldwin's books used "genetics" in their titles.)
Fifty-two years later, the aims of Shakespeare scholars have evolved in new directions. Yet these 5,800 books are still priceless as a collection. Beyond documenting a scholar at work in the twentieth-century wild, they capture how education itself evolved over centuries. Even features of the Baldwin collection that might have seemed outmoded—multiple editions of familiar titles, with layers of readers’ scribbles— prove perfectly fit for new analyses of reading and learning practices. Today, on Shakespeare's 455th birthday, we see that the Baldwin Collection, like Shakespeare’s works, does not live only in the past: its usefulness evolves with each generation of readers.
(Lecture begins at 3:30pm) This event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

April 24
Night Gallery (7:00 - 9:00pm;
SAA Collective, HD Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S 6th St., SPRINGIFIELD) The interdisciplinary event will feature a tour of the Crepusculum, featuring Joe Ciaccio, Leslie Stalter, and Mehr Tumulty, lead by gallery director Corrin McWhirter, as well as art-inspired prose by local writers Eli Brown, Shatriya Smith, Angie Tonucci, and Jeff Curtis Williams. Jeff will also be sharing his musical talents during the evening. This event is free to public event.

“The Night Gallery is a wonderful intimate experience,” says Gallery Director, Corrin McWhirter. “This will be our fourth version of this program. Musician Jeff Curtis Williams will set the atmosphere as we turn down the gallery lights and provide visitors with lanterns to explore the space in a whole new light.” Local writers will read prose inspired by the artwork in the featured exhibition Crepusculum.
Crepusculum is on display now through May 2. The exhibition is free and open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12 – 7 PM. In addition this featured exhibition will be on displayed alongside a showcase of SAA Collective artists paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography and more.

April 25
Springfield Park District Special Recreation Cooking Class: Oh So Many Omelettes (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.

April 25
Spring Semester 2019 Faculty Scholarship Series - “Abraham Lincoln and African Americans” (7:00 - 8:00pm; Student Union, Conference Rooms 225 & 226, UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
Michael Burlingame, the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, will present “Abraham Lincoln and African Americans” from 7 to 8 p.m. on April 25 in the Student Union, Conference Rooms 225 & 226. All presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Keenan Dungey, UIS associate vice chancellor for research and institutional effectiveness, at 217/206-8112 or

April 25
“Dining in the Dark” fundraiser (5:30pm; Christ the King Parish Center Hall, 1930 Barberry Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
The Educational Center for the Visually Impaired (ECVI) is hosting their 2nd annual “Dining in the Dark” fundraiser on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the Christ the King Parish Center Hall, located at 1930 Barberry Drive, Springfield, IL 62704. Proceeds will benefit programming and operations to individuals in central Illinois who are blind or visually impaired. New this year, a Kentucky Derby Theme has been added that includes horse racing for wagers, prizes, and a most creative Derby Hat contest. Lights will gradually grow dimmer throughout the meal to give patrons the experience of fading vision. We will end the evening with keynote speakers. Tickets may be purchased at the ECVI website: To learn more about the dinner or see how you can support our efforts, please contact Peggy Dyson, Executive Director at (217) 303-9062 or email at

April 25 & 26
Magic Circle Mime Company returns in Peter and the Wolf with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (10:00am at Sangamon Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD & 10:00am | 12:15pm at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, BLOOMINGTON)
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Ken Lam, will be joined by the Magic Circle Mime Company to unite symphony orchestra with visual theater for the classic children’s story of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The Prokofiev classic becomes an exciting theatrical and musical experience in this fifty-minute production. The narration is replaced by movement and the concert hall becomes the scene of action as the conductor's assistant (Peter) tries to capture a vicious wolf that threatens orchestra and audience alike. With the help of the musicians, good triumphs over evil and the concert ends in victorious celebration. Program also includes two movements from Summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Program length 50 minutes. Tickets may be purchased in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or online at and in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at (309) 434-2777. Tickets are $6 per person. For classrooms and/or schools attending the concert, there should be one chaperone for every 15 students; every 16th ticket is complimentary. For more information, call the Illinois Symphony Orchestra office at (800) 401-7222, Ext. 10 or visit

Every Thursday, Apr 25 - Sep 26
SCHEELS Biking Club & SCHEELS Running Club (5:45pm; SCHEELS 2801 S. MacArthur Boulevard, SPRINGFIELD)
All ages welcome. 17 or under must have parent present. Join SCHEELS every Thursday beginning April 25th-September 26th for Run/Bike Club. All levels of riders & runners are welcome! Bring your friends & come join us! Departure from SE Side of the front entrance. Earn rewards as a SCHEELS club member. We offer rides to accommodate novice & advanced riders! Rides vary in length. (Reminder: All participants are required to wear a helmet.)

April 26
Trivia Night hosted by SAHBA (7:00pm; The Springfield Columbus Home Association, 2200 Meadowbrook Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
$10.00 per person with 10 players per team. Single Players will be combined to make a team. Open to the public. Proceeds to benefit Capital Area Career Center and the SAHB Foundation. Foundation Mission is to support the growth and success of individuals in the building industry through educational and community programs. Call 217-698-4941 to sign up. Visit for more information.

April 26
Museum After Hours: Science! (5:00 - 8:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Ages: 21+, Fee: $15 non-members, $10 members
Remember when Mr. Wizard, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Beakman’s World made science fun? Relive your childhood love of science with messy experiments, weird collections objects, and science trivia. All tickets include a free beverage. Food and additional beverages will be available for purchase.
Live music by Arlin Peebles and Erin Darnell. Drinks will include beer from Obed and Isaac's Microbrewery, wine from Danenberger Family Vineyards, and non-alcoholic beverages. Cooper’s StrEATside Bistro will be providing their great food truck menu.
Tickets available at the door or online at All proceeds from this event support educational programming at the Illinois State Museum. For more information, please contact Sarah Davis at or (217) 782-6044.

April 26
Trivia Night benefiting Basket of Hope (7:00pm; Christ the King Church, 1920 Barberry Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
$15 per person. Doors open at 6pm. Money raised will help purchase gift baskets for critically ill children staying in Springfield hospitals, Ronald McDonald House. RSVP by calling Addie at 217-523-9927, email at | Learn more about Basket of Hope at

April 26, 27
95th Birthday & Table Setting Luncheon (10:00am - 2:00pm; Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club, 2626 S Pasfield St., SPRINGFIELD)
The theme is celebrating 95 years with all the colors of the rainbow. Members’ arts and crafts along with creative table settings will be displayed. There will also be a bake sale. Free admission. $10.00 for lunch served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 217-793-2178

April 27
SCHEELS GOLF DEMO DAY (10:00am - 3:00pm; Knights Action Park - 1700 Knights Recreation Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
All ages welcome. Under 18 must have an adult present to sign. FREE EVENT - No registration required. Must sign a liability waiver. Try Before You Buy! Join SCHEELS and Top Golf Vendor Representatives for our annual Golf Demo Day. Exclusive Demo Day Specials for attendees! Register to win $500 SCHEELS Gift Card or Taylormade M6 Driver

April 27
Besserat's 30th Birthday Experience presents Colors of Cancer: Fashion for a Cause (2:30pm; Danenberger Family Vineyards, 12341 Irish Rd., NEW BERLIN)
Runway Fashions | Drinks | Food | Vendors | Special Performance | Live Music by Kapital Sound | Purchase tickets on Eventbrite:

April 27
Preview Day at University of Illinois Springfield (10:00am - 2:00pm; UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
Learn what UIS has to offer all students and get tips on admissions testing from ACT and transferring seamlessly from the Program Coordinator of IllinoisMyCreditsTransfer
Join us for breakfast, campus tour, raffle and sit in on a panel of current students
Meet faculty and find out about the ways UIS supports academic success and enriches student life.
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For prospective freshman, honors, transfer, graduate, online, and adult students.
Family Event

April 27
Adopt-a-pet (Petsmart, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, O'FALLON)
Brought to you by Benld Adopt-A-Pet.

April 27
Bird Banding Demonstration (The Elkhart Historical Society, ELKHART)
Professor Tony Rothering will lead what is possibly the first bird banding demonstration ever held on Elkhart Hill. Rothering who is Professor of biology at Lincoln Land Community College and a representative of the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, has been involved in bird banding for more than seven years, working closely with Vern Kleen, retired Illinois Dep. of Natural Resources Avian Ecologist. The strict protocols established by the North American Banding Council insure the safety of the captured bird, while data is recorded, and the uniquely numbered aluminum band is applied to the bird’s leg prior to its release. LLCC has had its own Bird Banding Station since 2012, the purpose of which is to record both resident and migrant bird populations during the spring and fall migration seasons, while providing educational opportunities for both students and members of the community. During the month of April, The Elkhart Historical Society hosts its annual flower and bird events walks every Saturday, with other dates available for groups of 10 or more by reservation. The bird banding demonstrations on Saturday April 27, and will be an all-day event.

April 27
Collectors Day (10:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
Illinois State Military Museum is providing space and opportunity for collectors to show off your collection. Bring your collection to the Illinois Military State Museum and put it on display for the day with other collectors. It does not have to be a military collection, it can be coins, stamps, figurines, Legos or whatever you collect. This your chance to share it with others. RSVP for space by calling 217-761-2910 or message us on Facebook. Admission and parking are free. *For additional information, contact the museum at (217) 761-3910 or or visit Become our Facebook Fan!

April 28
Heads Up Group for those with traumatic brain injury (2:00 - 4:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S Grand Ave. West, SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, contact Dave at SCIL, 523-2587

April 28
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast (8:00am - 10:00am; Xochimilco Restaurant-Northfield, 3210 Northfield Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
All proceeds benefit the students of St. Aloysius. Breakfast includes three pancakes, two sausages, and choice of coffee/juice/milk. Tickets are $6.00 each. Tickets may be purchased from the school at 2125 North 21st Street, Springfield, IL, 62702. They also may be purchased at the door the morning of the event. For more information, please contact Angie Daniels at St. Aloysius at 544-4553.

April 28
Adopt-a-pet (Petsmart, 12:00pm - 4:00pm, SPRINGFIELD)
Brought to you by Benld Adopt-A-Pet.

April 30
“Three-I Baseball & Forgotten Voices of Illinois” (11:30am - 1:30pm; UIS Student Union Ballroom, 2251 Richard Wright Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Bill Kemp, archivist and librarian at the McLean County Museum of History, will explore the Three-I professional baseball league (Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League) and how it shaped the history of professional sports in the Midwest from 1920-1940.
John Hallwas, award-winning author and editor of more than two dozen books related to Illinois history and literature and professor emeritus of English at Western Illinois University, will present “Forgotten Voices: Six Illinois Authors You Need to Know.”
The cost for the hot buffet lunch and program is $23/per person. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited. The registration deadline is one week prior to each event.
These lunch-time programs will stimulate thinking as they build upon the University’s tradition of open and intelligent dialogue.
Visit to register online. For more information, contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or email