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March 2019 Community Calendar

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

Now through May 19
Spring Exhibit From the Subcontinent to the Prairie: Stories of Immigration and Identity (Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
The Museum is pleased to open a new exhibit exploring themes from the The Namesake (by Jhumpa Lahiri, 2003), the cornerstone of our National Endowment for the Arts Big Read in 2019. With Guest Community Curator Koeli Goel, From the Subcontinent to the Prairie: Stories of Immigration and Identity features objects and photographs loaned by members of campus and Champaign-Urbana South Asian and South Asian-American communities. Also on display are The Indian American Experience in Chicago from the National Indo-American Museum and Memories and Milestones from the South Asian American Policy and Research Institute.

March 1
RECEPTION: A Decade of Vision and Literature (5:30 - 7:30pm; The Chatham Area Public Library, CHATHAM)
The Chatham Area Public Library 10th Annual Call to Entry Juried Art Show, A Decade of Vision and Literature, will feature the artistic talents of 24 local artists. The show will feature 45 pieces of art work which will be displayed throughout the library, February 16th – April 29th, 2019, during normal library operation hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The winners will be announced at a reception held at the Chatham Area Public Library on March 1st, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the reception.
For a complete list of artists visit our website,, or contact the Library at 217-483-2713 for information about the art show and upcoming art events.

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

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

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

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

March 2
Sangamon County Fair Pre-Party (6:00 - 10:00pm; Sangamon County Fairgrounds, 316 W Birch St., NEW BERLIN)
Come and get ready for the 2019 county fair season. Our fair Pre-Party will have live music by Miles Station, food, beer and a live auction. Admission at the door.

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

March 2
Women in Art Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission | Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans
What do Gertrude Abercrombie, Juliet Kepes, and Judy Chicago all have in common? They all created art in Illinois! In honor of Women’s History Month, view and learn about the art of women from Illinois and beyond. Make art inspired by female artists and explore the rich world of women in art with crafts, games, and more.
Super Saturdays offer thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and are included with Museum admission. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact or (217) 782-6044. Sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

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

March 2
8th Annual FFA Alumni Auction (4:30p, Sullivan High School Gym, SULLIVAN)
The Sullivan FFA and FFA Alumni are having their 8th Annual FFA Alumni Auction on Saturday, March 2nd in the Sullivan High School Gym. A complimentary meal, sponsored by the FFA Alumni, is provided for all guests starting at 4:30. The Raffle Auction will also begin at 4:30. The live auction begins at 6:00 with Rudy Huber serving as our Auctioneer. An updated Auction Sale Bill can be found on the Sullivan School District Website ( )

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

March 2
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (7:00am - 11:00am; South Fork Fellowship Hall, 1431 East 100 North Road, NOKOMIS)
Hosted by Greenwood-Fairview Cemetery Association, Donations will go towards mowing and new driveway improvements. Carry Out Available | Handicap Accessible

March 2
Preview Day at University of Illinois Springfield (10:00am - 2:00pm; UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
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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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Family Event

March 2,3
‘Taste of Illinois Agriculture’ at Illinois Products Expo (10:00am, Orr Building, IL State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
The Illinois Products Expo will be open on Saturday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Admission is $5 per person; children 10 and younger will be admitted free of charge. While food sampling will be free, the beverage tastings are offered at a small cost – $5 gets you five tastings and your own wine glass to take home.
From pizza and hot sauce to skin care and bird seed, several new exhibitors will be among the more than 50 Illinois food companies, wineries, and agricultural associations taking part in the 21st annual Illinois Products Expo this weekend, March 2 and 3, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Illinois Products Expo has grown and expanded each year to become a premier showcase of what Illinois companies have to offer,” said John M. Sullivan, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. “Illinois ag is more than rows of corn and soybeans in the fields – it’s also about the thousands of food processing companies that call Illinois home. And this Expo is the perfect opportunity to learn about those operations and support small agribusinesses across our state.”
Illinois ranks first in the nation for food processing sales ($186 billion/year), and it is one of our state’s top manufacturing activities. The 2,372 food processing companies in Illinois support more than 71,000 jobs.
The food offerings, which can be sampled for free as well as purchased at the Illinois Products Expo, include fresh meat products, pizza, sauces, honey, cakes, cheeses, gourmet seasonings, and so much more – all produced, packaged, or processed in Illinois. There will also be non-food items, such as soy candles and agricultural-based soaps and lotions on display and available for purchase. You can find a complete list of participating vendors on the Illinois Products Expo website,
If an Illinois food company would like to learn more about participating in the Illinois Products Expo or any of the other programs offered by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, they can contact the Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Marketing, Promotion and Grants at (217) 557-5897.

March 3
Annual Chicken Noodle Dinner(11:00am - 4:00pm; Springfield Masonic Center, 1020 Rickard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Menu: Chicken Noodles, Green Cole Slaw or Applesauce, Roll, Dessert, Drink. $8.00 Dine in or Carry out | Tickets available at Door | 50/50 Drawing & Gift Baskets Raffle | Lalla Rookh # 218 | Order of the Eastern Star

March 5
Cedarhurst Meet & Greet (4:00 - 6:00pm; 3520 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
On-site trailer. All events are open house style. Please visit us at your convenience during the posted times. Come and meet the team at Cedarhurst of Springfield at one of our events listed above! We'll provide all information about our community and answer any questions that you may have about Assisted Living and Memory Care. Coffee & donuts provided during the morning events and desserts for our evening events. For more information, please contact Becky at 217-742-6071 or

March 5
storyteller and author Sam Quinones for T.W. Samuels Lecture (7:00pm; Millikin University, DECATUR)
Millikin University is pleased to welcome former L.A. Times reporter, storyteller and nationally-acclaimed author Sam Quinones to campus on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. for a community-wide conversation on his most recent book, "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic." Made possible by the T.W. Samuels Lecture Fund, Quinones' presentation will be held in the Bob and Deb Johnston Banquet Rooms, located on the 3rd floor of the University Commons, on Millikin's campus. The event is free and open to the public; no reservations or tickets required. For more information on Sam Quinones, visit

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

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

All registered participants will receive a 3-pack of Taylormade golf balls
SCHEELS experts along with Taylormade Fitting Expert will be on site to help you find the perfect ‘fit’. See what’s NEW with Taylormade Golf for 2019!
Exclusive Register to Win Opportunities for Participants. *Pre-registration is recommended. Call SCHEELS Marketing Office to register 217.726.6330
(Walk-ins taken on an ‘as available’ basis) *Spots are limited!

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

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

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

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

March 7
Speaker Series | The Senior Living Series: "What Not To Toss" (2:00 - 3:00pm; Williamsville State Bank, 3341 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Please join for an informative presentation on how to effectively downsize when making a residential move. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public! Kindly RSVP by March 4 to Becky Woiwode at 217-742-6071 or

March 8
Ice Jamz (7:00 - 9:00pm; The Nelson Center, SPRINGFIELD)
Spend your Friday Night ice skating with your friends and family at the Nelson Center Ice Rink! Enjoy the light show, music, games, giveaways and more! $9 without skate rentals | $11 with skate rentals.

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

March 8
“The Volcano Lover: Sir William Hamilton’s Campi Phlegraei and the Craze for Vesuvius,” a talk by Professor Gillen Wood (3:00 - 5:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 346 Main Library, 1408 W Gregory Dr, URBANA)
Thanks to a farsighted and generous donor gift, the Library has recently acquired one of the most beautiful and original books published in 18th century Britain, written by a leading scientific pioneer of the age. Sir William Hamilton’s Campi Phlegraei is the spectacular product of his decades-long study of Mount Vesuvius at a time of the volcano’s renewed activity in the 1760s and 1770s. Hamilton’s vivid letters from Naples describing his adventurous ascents of the flaming mountain launched Vesuvius into popular fame: it thereafter became a must-see on the European Grand Tour.
The richly-produced volume now in the library’s collection is a wonder worthy of the volcano itself, full of gorgeous plates depicting the Bay of Naples, the Italian countryside surrounding Vesuvius, and, of course, the volcano’s boiling summit in all its glory. But perhaps the coup de grâce of the book is the exquisite suite of drawings of volcanic rocks, which establish Hamilton, and the Campi Phlegraei volume, at the first frontier of modern geology and volcanology. The RBML lecture will tell the story of Sir William Hamilton’s brilliant and controversial life, and the remarkable constellation of talents that combined to produce the Campi Phlegraei.
This event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

March 8
"From Holland to Elkhart by way of Capetown" (Wild Hare Café, ELKHART)
Peter’s multi-faceted life began in Holland, one of eight children in the family who lived in a farming community occupied by the Nazis during the war. He will recall events of his life there prior to the family immigrating to South Africa. Once in South Africa, he completed his education receiving a degree in mechanical engineering, joined the SA navy and was assign to submarine duty running various missions during the cold war, for a time being stationed in Toulon. As a civilian Peter worked for a Cape Town firm using his engineering skills, later starting his own building and restoration business.
Dinner will be a sampling of two traditional South African dishes. Each guest with have a portion of Bobotie and Malay Chicken Curry served with rice and a variety of Sambals which are sauces and relishes that accompany these dishes. Dessert will be trifle served with a splash of sherry or vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Iced teas and coffee are included.
Additionally, Elkhart celebrates in Irish roots during the month of March, with a special drawing for the “Pot of Gold” from our merchants, and our second annual Celtic Concert to be held at the Gillett Chapel on Sunday March 24 at 2p. Please go the web site for more information on all events and reservation forms: Reservations are required and can be made by calling 217 947 2238, and the deadline for the dinner lecture reservations is March 1st 2019. The price is $40 per person which includes the meal, tax and tip and $10 to the Elkhart Historical Society.

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

March 8, 9
19th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Fundraiser (6:00 - 8:00pm; Chatham Area Public Library, 600 E. Spruce, CHATHAM)
The Friends of the Chatham Area Public Library are pleased to present this year's murder mystery play, entitled, Inhumane Resources: Death By Hiring Squad, written by Mr.Ryan Byers. Byers, a Chatham resident, attorney and husband to Library Director Amy Byers, has written the last nine of the nineteen plays for the Friends of the Library fundraiser. Local performers include: Greg Bishop, Janie Bundy, Megan Freeman, Meghan Harmon, Dan Holden, Dave Kimsey, Tom Klein, Laura Mitkos, and Rollo Saucier.
Performances are Friday March 8th at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 9th at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Tickets for evening shows are $25/person and includes dinner and a dessert. The Saturday matinee is $15/person and includes a dessert. The reservation form can be completed online via the Library's website - or can be picked up at the Friends Cafe & Bookstore. 217-483-2713

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

March 9
Camp Ondessonk's Saturday Spectacular (1:00pm; Blessed Sacrament School, 748 W Laurel St, SPRINGFIELD)
A day filled with games, food, tie-dye and much, much more! A week of summer camp packed into one day of fun! Kids will be supervised by some of Camp Ondessonk's very own staff. Cost: $35 (Includes shirt, food, and prizes. For every canned food item brought, you can get $1 off the price. Up to $5 off) Contact: email to sign up | Time- Check in- 1pm-1:30pm Check Out- 7:30pm-8pm

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

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

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

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

March 9
Glo Bingo (7:00pm; Prairie View Reception Center, 8855 State Route 4, CHATHAM)
Adults 21 and older only. Cash bar. Proceeds benefits Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County. Doors open at 5:30. $20 in advance, $35 at the door. 217-483-7999

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

March 10
Carillon Winter Concerts (2:00pm & 4:00pm; Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W Fayette Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Carlo van Ulft, the Park District's carillonneur will play a wide variety of classical, folk and popular music for the winter season. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Free and all ages are welcome. Sundays at 2:00pm and 4:00pm from Jan. 6 through Apr. 28. Wednesdays at noon through Apr. 24. 217-546-3853 |

March 11
Springfield Park District's Washington Park Preschool: What's Cooking? (5:30- 6:30pm; Washington Park Preschool, SPRINGFIELD)
Cost: $57 Resident and $67 Non-resident
Children will cook their way through winter to spring. Participants will measure and mix their own yummy snacks. We will also make a fun art project during each class. Payment will be due on the first night of the class. Please call the director to register. There is a limit of 12 in a class. Payment will be due on the first night of class. Child-only class (parent drop child off for class). Age: 3-5 | 217-546-3970

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

March 12
Research Spotlight Series: Dr. Gillen D'arcy Wood presents First Ice: The Antarctic Discovery Voyages and their Legacy (3:00 - 4:30pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library, Room 106, 1408 W Gregory Dr, URBANA)
Join us in room 106 of the Main Library. Dr. Gillen D'arcy Wood will provide a presentation on First Ice: Antarctic Discovery Voyages and their Legacy. This presentation will be hosted by the Department of English: Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE). For more information, visit

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

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

March 13
Second Annual Day of Giving, ALL IN FOR IC (JACKSONVILLE)
Illinois College will hold its second annual Day of Giving, ALL IN FOR IC, on Wednesday, March 13. All gifts made to the IC Fund on March 13 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Illinois College Board of Trustees. Funds raised will directly support student success with scholarships, improved academic programs, internships, study abroad, athletic opportunities and community engagement.
Last year’s inaugural Day of Giving was a record-setting event, attracting participants from across the country to raise more than $215,000. Illinois College President Barbara A. Farley says she hopes the college can continue building on that momentum.
Those wishing to contribute to the daylong initiative can make a gift on March 13 at More information will be available about the Day of Giving by following Illinois College on social media. All alumni, parents and friends throughout the world can get involved with the campaign and follow results in real-time online with live updates from campus and the chance to win prizes throughout the day.
For general questions about ALL IN FOR IC, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni relations at 217.245.3046 or All media requests for interviews or on-campus photo opportunities on the Day of Giving can be sent to Amy Jones at or by calling or texting 217.836.8850.

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

March 14
IL History Forum: "Illinois Civil War Officers and Emancipation" (12:00 - 1:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, SPRINGFIELD)
Moderator: Civil War Historian Kristopher Teters, Western Governors University | Suggested Reading: Kristopher Teters, Practical Liberators: Union Officers in the Western Theater during the Civil War"

March 14
Self-Defense 101 (6:30 - 8:30pm; Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), Curtis Theatre Classroom, Room 2 A, 228 W Miller St, SPRINGFIELD)
Perhaps this question has crossed your mind as you read news accounts or walked across a deserted parking lot to your car after working late: Could I defend myself against an attacker. In an uncertain world, more of us want to gain self-defense skills. AWC Springfield is offering this opportunity to prepare for the unexpected. Thomas Altevogt, Ret. Marine Sergeant, CKM Certified Instructor | The public is invited. $20 per person, $10 students. Register by March 11. Registration after March 11 and walk-ins welcome but subject to additional $5 fee. To register or for more information visit

March 14
Music at the Museum: Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12 | Award-winning singer-songwriter Wil Maring and virtuose guitarist/fiddler Robert Bowlin combine their talents, smoothly blending elements from all roots music genres to create an original acoustic music all their own--oldtime and bluegrass, jazz and blues, celtic and country.
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.

Now through March 15
75 Grand Raffle (Memorial Medical Center Foundation)
To raise money to assist cancer patients and sexual assault survivors, among others, the Memorial Medical Center Foundation is launching its first-ever raffle, which will offer up to $75,000 to the grand-prize winner.
Tickets are $100 each and on sale until March 13. They can be purchased online at You can also buy tickets at the MMC Foundation office at 1000 Churchill Road in Springfield or by calling 217-788-4700.
The grand-prize drawing will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, and can be viewed live on Facebook. An early-bird drawing will be held Friday, Feb. 22, in which two winners will each receive $1,000; the winners will remain eligible for the grand-prize drawing.
The raffle will raise money for the following five funds: the Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, the Sexual Assault Survivor Fund, the Transplant Patient Assistance Fund and the Sharing Wishes Fund, which helps fulfill the wishes of hospice patients in central Illinois.
The raffle will offer 22 prizes totaling $95,000, which includes the $75,000 prize going to the grand-prize winner. Ticket sales will be limited to 2,000.

March 15
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 | |

March 15
6th Annual Blarney Bash (5:30 - 8:30pm; LRS Hangar, Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport, SPRINGFIELD)
The 6th Annual Blarney Bash, "the best St. Patrick's Day pre-party in town", Tickets are $30/person and $55/couple and can be purchased on-line at, by calling 217-523-7670, or at the door. The Blarney Bash is the largest fundraiser for St. Patrick Catholic School Proceeds from the provide scholarships to students as well as much-needed supplies and equipment. Join us for an evening of fun, food and music by Dave Littrell & Micah Walk!

March 15 - 24
This show, directed by Matthew Vala, feature the Hoogland Kids & Teens! You can order tickets by visiting, visiting the Hoogland box office, or calling (217) 523-2787.
Synopsis: Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

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

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

March 16
Bear's First Birthday Party (11:00am - 2:00pm; Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
You're Invited!!! Get ready to help us celebrate the first birthday of the zoo bears! RSVP to our Facebook event to stay updated on all the exciting and FUN activities we have planned for the upcoming birthday party and opening weekend!

March 16
Movie Matinee for Adults (3:00pm; Jacksonville Public Library, 201 W. College Ave., JACKSONVILLE)
We will be showing Won't Your Be My Neighbor? for our movie matinee for adults this month. This documentary paints a portrait of the life and work of children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." A former minister, Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance.

March 16
Get it Wright Trivia Night (7:00 - 10:00pm; Panther Creek Country Club, 3001 Panther Creek Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Unique Trivia Event to support the Dana-Thomas House Foundation. Food and beverages available for purchase. No carry-in please. $10 per person | 217-546-4431 | Advance reservations available at For additional information, contact Regina Albanese at 217-788-9452 or

March 16
Arthur 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar (ARTHUR)
March 16th will be the first Market of the Year. It will be a March Madness. The vendors are back with lots of new and exciting products. 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: April 20th, May 18th, June 15th, August 17th, September 21st, October 19th, November 16th, December 21st.

March 17
Heads Up Group [for those with a traumatic brain injury] (2:00 - 4:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, 330 S Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, contact Dave at SCIL, 217-523-2587

March 18
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

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

March 19
Colors of Cancer Kickoff (5:15pm - 7:00pm; Bella Milano, SPRINGFIELD)
Color of Cancer Campaign Kickoff | This is a very unique and fun event because for the first time, YOU can fight for the color of the cancer that has impacted you and your life! I look forward to this “friendly competition” and can’t wait to see who comes out on top come May 31st! 5:15-5:30-Check In Opens | 5:30-6:00pm- Socialize, Cash Bar Opens, Order Dinner, Pictures and Media | 6:00-6:45pm- Dinner and Short Program | 6:45-7:00pm- Q&A and Closing

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

March 20
“Music is in the Air” Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm; Prairie View Reception Center, 8865 IL-4, CHATHAM)
GAYE KICK of Springfield will delight us with her rendition of popular show tunes from movies that we love! PATTI BRAWNER of Jacksonville is a retired teaching assistant. Have you been looking for security in your life? Join us as Patti shares how she went “Searching for True Security”
Reservations & cancellations are due on Saturday, MARCH 16 | Please JOIN us on Facebook at “Springfield IL Christian Women’s Connection Groups” OR contact by phone/text Mary Jane 217-691-8883 or Judy 217-303-9768 E-mail

March 20
AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation workshop (4:00 - 6:00pm; UIS Student Union, SPRINGFIELD)
RSVP required at to ensure we have enough workbooks. AAUW Work Smart helps you negotiate your salary for a new job, raise, or promotion. In every two-hour workshop you'll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play. While this workshop is targeted at women, men are also allowed to participate. Brought to you by AAUW, the UIS Career Development Center, the UIS Women's Center, and the UIS Diversity Center. Space is limited! Can’t make it in person, do the self-paced online version at |

March 21
Talk: Early South Asian and South Asian American Students at the University of Illinois (4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
Since at least 1906, South Asian students have been attending the University of Illinois. In his talk, archivist Salvatore V. De Sando will highlight some of the first South Asian students, early South Asian student organized events on campus, and early South Asian student organizations. This talk is based on original archival research, and historic campus photos will be featured to bring the story to life.
Salvatore V. De Sando is a graduate student in the College of Education and a trained archivist. For the last three years, he has been conducting research in the University Archives to find the origins and the legacies of different culture groups on campus, from immigrants to international students. He is writing a series of bibliographic guides called “Illini Everywhere,” which can be found on the University Archives’ Student Life and Culture program website
This event is part of the Spurlock’s Third Thursday Series highlighting people, places, and events in University of Illinois history.
Free general admission | | (217) 333-

March 21
Springfield Park District Board Meeting (5:30pm; Bunn Admin Offices, 2500 S 11th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Meetings will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month. All meetings are subject to change.

March 21
Momentum on Main Street Kick-Off (5:30pm - 8:30pm; Arlington’s Restaurant, 210 Broadway, Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
Energy is building in Downtown Springfield leading up to the kick-off for Momentum on Main Street, coming up on Thursday, March 21 at Arlington’s Restaurant. Momentum on Main Street is a new year-long initiative of the Downtown Springfield Inc. (DSI) Economic Vitality Committee to increase entrepreneurship and investment in the downtown area. The initiative brings together city officials, area universities and community colleges, downtown businesses owners, and stakeholders across Springfield to address the biggest obstacles facing would-be entrepreneurs and investors and to attract new small businesses and investment to the downtown area. The Momentum on Main Street Kick-Off Event will consist of an opening address by Land of Lincoln Economic Development Corporation President & CEO, Eric Berglund, followed by a panel of six successful downtown businesses who will share their entrepreneurial stories. The formal part of the event will conclude with an overview of local resources available to help launch a company, including education and financing opportunities, hosted by Innovate Springfield. The event will be followed by a networking happy hour to bring together potential entrepreneurs and investors.
5:30- 6:00 pm Doors Open | 6:00- 7:30 pm Panel & Presentation | 7:30- 8:30 pm Networking | Cash bar and dinner menu available, light appetizers provided

March 21
RECEPTION: “Flora & Fauna” (5:30 - 7:30pm, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will host the exhibit “Flora & Fauna” featuring paintings by Amy Denny and Kevin Veara March 18-April 11. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception on Thursday, March 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus. A statement by the artists about this exhibit says, “Flora and fauna are a beautiful distraction from our crisis-prone times. The ephemeral makes you stop and notice, or the moment is gone Beauty of these moments should be treasured, absorbed with the eyes, inhaled deeply.” Learn more about LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at

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

March 22
Museum After Hours: The Art of Tattoos (5:00 - 8:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Ages 21+, Fee: $15 non-members, $10 members | Tickets include 1 drink | Tattoos have served a form of personal expression and cultural identity for centuries. View the influence of tattoo artists from prehistory to modern times with a special exhibition of objects and artwork from the Museum’s collection. Place your arm through a wall and receive a mystery (temporary) tattoo. Learn about the tradition of using henna dye to make temporary body art and practice making your own designs. All tickets include a free beverage. Food and additional beverages will be available for purchase.
Thornhill will provide live music. 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 indoors.
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.

March 22, 23
Violinist Clayton Penrose-Whitmore Debuts with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (7:30pm, First Presbyterian Church, SPRINGFIELD & Second Presbyterian Church, BLOOMINGTON)
Take a stroll through the courts of France with Chevalier de Saint-Georges Ninth Violin Concerto featuring Sphinx Competition winner Clayton Penrose-Whitmore and Haydn’s Symphony No. 85, “The Queen,” commissioned for Marie Antoinette by Saint-Georges, who was recognized as the Black Mozart. Milhaud’s The Creation of the World connects the rhythmic vitality of African music with the soul of American jazz. Please join us after the concert for Coda Conversations, a post-concert discussion with musicians from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the featured guest artists, and Music Director Ken Lam. Tickets may be purchased in Springfield through the UIS Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 and in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at (309) 434-2777. General admission is $20. Student tickets are $6 (Age 6-21) with valid Student ID and students age 5 and below are FREE. Senior and group discounts are also available. Tickets prices do not include auditorium processing and/or ticketing fees.

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

March 23
“The Genius of Frank Lloyd Wright” (1:00 - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | Presented by Master Storyteller Timothy Totten | Timothy Totten, a master storyteller specializing in the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright is coming to Illinois in March. Totten has studied Frank Lloyd Wright for 30 years, visiting more than 300 Wright-designed buildings across the United States. Totten has brought his energetic storytelling style to packed rooms at Art Museums, Libraries, Theaters and Frank Lloyd Wright buildings across the United States for the past four years.
Totten’s engaging storytelling sessions and workshops about America’s best-known architect have delighted audiences again and again. Join us for this fast-paced, 90-minute fact-filled journey through the life of Frank Lloyd Wright. For additional information, please contact or (217) 782-6044.

March 23
Sangamon County Historical Society’s Sixth Annual Trivia Night (7:00pm; Christ the King Parish Hall, 1930 Barberry Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Questions, which will focus on general information, will be developed by trivia master Al Gietl. Television personality Mark McDonald will serve as emcee. The three top teams will earn cash prizes of $200 for first place; $100 for second place; or $75 for third place.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Renowned chili maker Les Eastep will sell his chili. Cookies and drinks including beer, wine, soda and water also will be available.
Individuals or couples can register at for $10 per person or $100 for a table of ten. Players can pay either online or mail a check to the Sangamon County Historical Society, Box 9744, Springfield, IL 62791-9744.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Sangamon County Historical Society programs and projects.
For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at or 217-525-1961.

March 23
Cinderella (2:00pm, 7:00pm; Sangamon Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD)
Spectacular dancing, a beautiful score by Sergei Prokiev, a generous dose of humor and a treasured fairy tale all combine to make the Springfield Ballet Company’s production of Cinderella a can’t-miss event. Performances will be on Saturday, March 23 at 2 pm and 7 pm at Sangamon Auditorium. Advance tickets range from $17 to $37. Day of the performance tickets are an additional $5.
Each ticket includes FREE pre-show activities sponsored by Springfield Youth Performance Group (SYPG) and post-performance photo opportunity with Cinderella! Pre-show activities begin at 1 pm and 6 pm. Purchase your tickets by calling the UIS Performing Arts Center ticket office at (217) 206-6160 or online at
Cinderella, sponsored by HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, showcases the talent and diversity of the Springfield Ballet Company members and also features some amazing professional guest artists, local dancers and actors.
"Cinderella is perfect for children. It's a beautiful story with a happily-ever-after ending but adults will also love the humor and the romantic story," says Julie Ratz, SBC Artistic Director.
The Springfield Ballet Company is a civic, not-for-profit ballet company that has been entertaining and educating area audiences since 1975 and is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The Company offers three major productions at the University of Illinois at Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium each year, and also performs at festivals, schools and nursing homes throughout central Illinois. SBC is committed to providing equitable opportunities for company dancers to be trained in and to perform the art of dance, and to offer opportunities for all members of the central Illinois community to be educated and entertained.

March 23
Springfield Parents for Students with Disabilities (8:00am - 12:30pm; Southeast HS, 2350 E Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
For information, contact Ramona at SCIL, 217-523-2587

March 23
National Wild Turkey Federation- Logan County their 22nd Annual Banquet (5:00pm; Lincoln American Legion, LINCOLN)
Salt Creek NWTF is having their 22nd Annual Banquet on March 23,2019 at the Lincoln American Legion, Lincoln, IL Doors open at 5 PM Dinner will be at 6:15 PM Questions call (217) 737-6930 Large auction to be held @ 7 PM
Our group is supporting youth hunts and food plots for turkeys. Come join us!

March 23
Embrace the Music - Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (7:30pm; Rammelkamp Chapel, Illinois College, JACKSONVILLE)
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra prepare to Embrace the Music under the direction of Dr. Garrett Allman this Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 pm. The fourth concert in this year’s season is dedicated to chamber ensembles displaying the talents of symphony members and vocalists from the symphony chorale and will be held in Rammelkamp Chapel on the campus of Illinois College.
Patrons will be treated to music from the Romantic period for groups of 3, 4, 5 and 13 performers, including strings, winds, voice and piano, by such noted composers as Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Strauss and Barber.
“The chamber music concert is always one of the highlights or our season,” says Allman. “We are so fortunate to have some of the most talented musicians in the region in this orchestra and chamber music presents such a great opportunity to showcase that talent.”
Doors for the concert open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and free for children and college students. They can be purchased at County Market, at the door, or online at
Questions and media inquiries regarding the event can be sent to John Bury, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Symphony Society at 245-1181 or

March 23
Trivia Night to benefit Bright Star Equestrian Centre (6:30pm; Knights of Columbus/Casey's Pub, 2200 Meadowbrook Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Come alone, bring your BFF, or invite 9 of your smartest friends - join us for our first-ever Trivia FUNdraiser Night for Bright Star! You can register for a table of 10 or as a single or couple and we will assign you to a table. We'll accept last-minute decision makers too, so you can also register at the door starting at 6:30pm. Trivia starts at 7pm.
6 things to know:
1) Cash bar
2) BYO snacks ... OR ... Get Trivia Night specials across the hall at Casey's Pub & Grill
3) Silent auction starts at 6:30pm and will close before intermission (cash, check, or credit cards accepted)
4) Raffles for great prizes!
5) Only folks 18 and up can play
6) Mulligans can be purchased on site at registration

March 22 - 24
“Nice Work if You Can Get It” (7:00pm Friday, Saturday & 2:00pm Sunday, Lutheran HS, SPRINGFIELD)
Please come and enjoy this hilarious comedy and the amazing Gershwin music!

March 22 - 24
Millikin School of Theatre & Dance brings "Chelsea Sunrise" (7:30pm Friday/Saturday & 2:00pm Sunday, Albert Taylor Theatre in Shilling Hall, Millikin, DECATUR)
Single ticket prices for "Chelsea Sunrise" are $12 - $14, 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 are available through the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 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. For more information about Millikin's School of Theatre and Dance, visit

March 23, 24
Rail Splitter Alpaca Show (8:00am; Expo Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Saturday 8am to 5pm, Sunday 8am to 2pm | Free Admission | Alpaca Show with 200 alpacas on site, vendors, show ring competition, get your hands on alpacas | For more information contact; Alpacas of Indian Point Hills: 217-632-2590 |

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

March 24
The Finale of our March celebration of the Irish (2:00pm; Gillett Chapel, ELKHART)
Celtic and old time Appalachian music will be played by “The Hillbilly Celts”, featuring Dennis Cline, Joe Readnour, and Dan Grover. Dennis Cline, learned to play guitar and was influenced by Mississippian John Hurt’s folk music. Fifteen years ago, he added playing the claw-hammer style banjo to his many talents. Joe Readnour is a veteran piper who has played with various groups including the St. Andrew-Springfield Pipe Band for 10 years. Dan Grover a singer/songwriter played both guitar and bass with the Cactus Ranch Band, and loves to entertain. These long-time musician friends will bring a lot of music to Elkhart on Sunday March 24. The cost of the concert is $15 a person, and reservations are required which can be made by calling 217 947 2238. Reservation forms are available at the Elkhart Historical Society web site:
An Irish Lunch will be available prior to the concert at The Wild Hare Café for $15.99 from 11a-1p (sales tax and gratuity not included). Lunch will consist of Irish Beef Stew served with soda bread followed by Apple Cake topped with whipped cream and beverage of choice. The lunch is separate from the concert, but either or both can be reserved by calling 217 947 2238.

March 24
All-You-Can-Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast (7:00am - 12:00pm; Van Meter Masonic Lodge, 127 S. Main Street, ATHENS)
The Van Meter Masonic Lodge in Athens will be hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, March 10, and Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. to Noon at the lodge building located at 127 S. Main Street, just behind the historic Long Nine Museum. The breakfast includes made-to-order pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee. Cost is $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for children five to 12, and children under five eat free. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to the lodge’s general operating fund to be used for building maintenance, funding state and local youth organizations, and sponsorship of the Athens High School Scholastic Bowl team

March 26
Free Senior Tax Seminar (2:00 - 3:00pm; Sikich , LLC 3201 W. White Oaks Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
FREE SENIOR HEALTH CARE TAX SEMINAR. Learn what health care tax deductions are available to you for assisted living, memory care, respite stays or adult day care. Local tax expert Larry Johnson of Sikich, LLC will be our speaker available to answer your senior health care related tax questions. PLEASE RSVP to Scott Linde by March 22, 2019 at 217-714-3102 or

March 25 - 28
Three Scout Badge Workshops at Rock Springs (Times Vary; DECATUR)
Boy Scouts are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for three badge workshops. Scouts should bring their blue cards. Each workshop is $12/scout, and open to anyone ages 10 and up. Participants should register online by noon the day before each workshop at
A Forestry workshop will be held Monday, March 25, from 1-4pm. For this badge, scouts will learn about forest management techniques, learn about watersheds, and make a field notebook. All requirements will be met.
An Indian Lore workshop will be held Wednesday, March 27, from 1-4pm. Scouts will learn the history of a Native American tribe, make a piece of clothing, and discover Native American leaders.
Finally, a Reptile and Amphibian Study will be held Thursday, March 28, from 5-8pm. Scouts will learn about several local species, why they are important, and how to care for them. This is a partial badge.
For more information about workshops for all scout groups or to schedule a workshop for your troop, visit
Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur. To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road. Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available.
15 Second PSA – Boy Scouts are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for three upcoming badge workshops, held March 25, 27, and 28. $12/scout. Register online at

March 25 - 28
Blended Learning Lifeguard Course Sign Up (Eisenhower Pool, 2351 E. Cornell St., SPRINGFIELD)
Classes will be held March 25th – 28th. A pre-course evaluation test must be passed in order to participate in the overall Lifeguard Course. Pre-course evaluations may be set-up by appointment; but the last day to be evaluated for this course will be Friday, March 22nd (4:00-5:00 pm).
The Course Fee is $275 and will be collected once the pre-course assessment has been completed. Candidates interested and willing to sign an employment agreement could, upon successful completion of this American Red Cross Course, be eligible for a $225 course fee waiver.
Successful completion of this course will result in American Red Cross certifications in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED and potential employment with the Springfield Park District.
For additional information, please contact Bob Barrett by email at or by phone at 525-8847 ext 1501.

March 26-28
Civil War Tech-Spring Break Camp (9:00am - 12:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, SPRINGFIELD)
New in 2019. Spend your mornings playing at the ALPLM Spring Break Camp. Each day will explore a different theme including Civil War Spies, Life in a Civil War Camp, and Investigating and Inventing. Recommended for grades 4-8. Advance registration required. Members: $50 (3-days) or $ 17/day |

March 26-28
Zoo Tot Classes: Amphibi-buddies (10:00am - 11:00am; Henson Robinson Zoo, SPRINGFIELD)
Resident & Member/Non-Resident Fees: $9/11.50 ($6 per each additional student) Zoo Tot Classes are a chance for you and your preschooler to share a fun and educational experience at the zoo together. Each class includes stories, animal visits, cool crafts, games, and more! Advance registration is required, and classes fill quickly. (For any class theme, please choose either the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday session). Ages 2-5.

March 27
“The Magnificently Mundane” (2:00 - 3:00pm, Visual Arts Gallery, UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, Rm 201, SPRINGFIELD)
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to announce a curatorial walkthrough for its current exhibition, “The Magnificently Mundane,” a group exhibition that presents works selected from the field of graphic design. Brytton Bjorngaard, UIS assistant professor of digital media and curator of this exhibit, will lead a walkthrough of the exhibition where she will guide the audience through the works on display and share contextual information about both the works and field of graphic design. For more information, visit the UIS Visual Arts Gallery website at or contact the gallery by phone at 217/206-6506 or by email at

March 27
Sound of Music (Sangamon Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD)
A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, produced by NETworks Presentations, is making it to Springfield on March 27th at Sangamon Auditorium as part of a North American tour. Tickets are on sale now for $89, $79, $69, $49, $42, $37 and $29 and can be purchased at, by calling (217) 206-6160 or in person at the UIS Ticket Office.

March 27
Waverly District Art Show (6:00 - 8:00pm; Waverly Elementary School, 499 W. Elm St., WAVERLY)
This will be Waverly’s 13h annual k-12th grade district art show!
The show began by fulfilling a grant requirement that asked our art department to share the works that were created when we received a kiln and kiln vent. The requirement asked Waverly to get at least 10% of our community to come and view the artworks. Even then we blew that number out of the water and currently, our district art show brings over 700 people to Waverly, who has a population of 1400!
Each child in K through 6th grades participates, as well as those students from 7th through 12th grades enrolled in art (which is 3/4 of our student body). The students exhibit both 2-D art, 3-D art and digital media.
Our seniors present a special senior exhibition that includes works from their freshmen through senior years. The seniors are available to talk during the show and will have special journals in which you can leave encouraging messages that night! This year’s seniors began with Mrs. Goodall their kindergarten year and have had her as an art instructor for 13 years! This year’s new feature is a fundraiser (2019) will be a Ceramic Paint Night! We were gifted almost 500 small casted ceramic figurines and ornaments from Mr. & Mrs. Tom Palliser that will be available for the Waverly students and families to paint for a $4 donation! All proceeds will benefit the K-12th grade Waverly Art Program and used to purchase art supplies & equipment outside of the typical allotted district funding.
Many colleges come and scout talent as well as talk to families about their child’ s future opportunities in advancing their education and skill in post-secondary education with scholarship opportunities. We rotate the colleges/universities with a fundraiser. Next year’s art show (Art Show 2020) will contain appointments for interviews from those colleges and universities.
Admission is ALWAYS free and we serve cookies and lemonade. There is a free-will donation jar at the door and all proceeds will go directly into the art program for supplies and technologies.
We will continue last year’s new feature in a digital art display! We will also have a live drawing demonstration from our high school students enrolled in our new Graphics Art Class with the district’s new laptops, drawing Waccom tablets and new open-source vector and raster software!

March 28
Trivia Night to benefit Orphans of eSwatini, Africa (6:30 - 9:00pm; Arlington's, 210 Broadway, SPRINGFIELD)
We will battle our brains in teams of 6, but if you want to sign up as an individual, you can join a pre-existing team, no problem! $15 donation per individual person or $80 per team of 6 people benefits children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in eSwatini, Africa. Come have fun and win prizes! Contact Annie Elble Todt to RSVP. Spaces are limited, sign up today! We'd love to see you there! | 765-532-2586

March 28-31
“She Kills Monsters” (7:30pm & 2:00pm; McGaw Fine Arts Center’s Sibert Theatre on the IC campus, JACKSONVILLE)
“She Kills Monsters” has been heralded as “an ingenious comedy” that slips between a Midwest high school and a Dungeons & Dragons quest. The play tells the story of Agnes Evans, an Ohio high school teacher, after the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. As Agnes enters into the world her lost sister created, her playful romp through fanciful landscapes uncovers a deeper lesson. She gains a new understanding of Tilly and begins to see herself through her sister’s eyes in a way she couldn’t before her death. The dragons Agnes encounters and slays are more real than she ever imagined and reveal her sister’s hidden battles. As New York Times reviewer Eric Grode wrote, this remarkable play, will “slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.”
The play contains adult language and themes that may not be suitable for children. A pre-show cabaret reception featuring performances by members of IC’s music department will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the theater lobby. Admission is $10 general admission, $5 for students. Tickets are available online at, by calling 217-245-3471 or by email at

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

March 29
Open Stacks Night at the Music and Performing Arts Library (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Music & Performing Arts Library, 1312 Music Building, 1114 West Nevada Street, URBANA)
Join us for an after hours listening party celebrating the many women in music, and browse our large CD, DVD, and vinyl collections! Contact: 217-333-1173,

March 29
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 | |

March 29
Johnny Cash Tribute Concert starring Doug Allen Nash (7:00pm; United Methodist Church, HOOPESTON)
A free will donation dinner featuring 3 of Johnny Cash's favorite foods (chili (Crunch's), cornbread, peanut butter cookies) and potato soup will begin at 5:30 pm at the United Methodist Church (across from the Lorraine). Theatre doors open at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $28 in advance; $30 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at City Hall, Mr. B's, Treasured Roots, Hoopeston DACC, Little Lorraine, and on

March 29
Canvas + Cocktails fundraiser (7:00 - 9:00pm; Springfield Art Association, 700 North 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Educational Center for the Visually Impaired (ECVI) is pairing with the Springfield Art Association of Edwards Place to offer a Canvas + Cocktails fundraiser to benefit the ECVI on Friday, March 29 from 7-9PM. At this Canvas + Cocktails, you’ll be reverting to your childhood and using your fingers to create a colorful masterpiece through finger-painting. It is open to people with any or no level of sight, aids will be present and textural examples will be available for everyone to be able to experience the visual arts regardless of visual acuity! The event will by held at the Springfield Art Association located at 700 North 4thStreet, Springfield, IL 62702. Proceeds will benefit the ECVI programming and operations to individuals in central Illinois who are blind or visually impaired.Tickets are $35, online register at or To learn more about the event or see how you can support our efforts, please contact Peggy Dyson, Executive Director at (217) 303-9062 or email at

March 29, 30
Annual Quilt Show (9:00am - 4:00pm; Little Galilee Christian Camp, 7539 Little Galilee Rd., CLINTON)
Quilts of Many Colors, this year’s theme, will feature over 150 quilts designed, pieced and quilted by area residents and members of the guild. Categories include bed quilts, wall hangings, miniatures, holiday, crib and lap throws, clothing and potpourri.
Non-voting exhibits include the Guild Challenge, the Winner’s Showcase, a showcase of last year’s winners, and the We Care Quilts, a collection of quilts that will be donated to charity.
A special bed-turning event will be featured at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. daily. Mother and daughter, Charlotte McGee and Beth Glenn will be presenting a variety of their quilts and sharing the history of their collection in front of the stage in the activity center.
Along with the annual show, vendors will be featured in a Quilting Expo and will have supplies, fabrics and notions available for sale. In addition, quilters who have spent time cleaning out their sewing rooms will have pre-owned quilting supplies, books and more for sale in the activity center.
Patrons can eat lunch at the show between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a cost of $7, or enjoy a fun dessert bar served all day for only $3. Admission to the show is $5; 12 and under are free.
For any additional information or questions please contact Kathy Merrick or Christine Maurer

March 29 - 31
M.A.S.S. Media Productions Presents Two One-Act Plays (8:00pm Fri/Sat & 2:00pm Sun; Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theater 3, 420 South Sixth Street, SPRINGFIELD)
M. A. S. S. Media Productions examines life and death through two one acts- one a drama, the other a comedy. Directors are Abigail Cline and Preston Dodd, and runs on Hoogland Center for the Arts Theater 3 stage for one weekend only. March 29-31, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

Fridays March 29–May 3
Mindful Meditation (11:30-12:00pm; Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
The Museum invites you to join leader Mary Wolters (Green Yoga Spa) in Mindful Meditation on Fridays this spring, March 29 through May 3. During each 30–minute session, Mary will help participants bring a focus to their breathing and share tips for how to engage mindfully. Present moment awareness can be elusive, and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation, we can discover a calm amidst our to-do lists and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. No registration or special equipment is necessary, and participants may attend as many or few sessions as they like. Free general admission | | (217) 333-2360

March 30
Penguin in the Park 5K (7:30a - 11:00a, Fairview Park, DECATUR)
The cost is $23 for the 5K and $13 for the Dash before March 3. Race Day registration is $35 for the 5K and $20 for the Dash. Penguin in the Park is a 5K run for runners of all levels through Fairview Park in Decatur, IL. There is also a 300 meter Penguin Jr. Dash for the littlest penguins in the family. Participants will receive a t-shirt and goody bag. The cost is is $23 for the 5K and $13 for the Dash before March 3. Race Day registration is $35 for the 5K and $20 for the Dash. Penguin in the Park is March 30, 2019 and races start at 8:30. Visit to register.
Time: Race-day registration from 7-8:15 a.m., Penguin Jr. Dash at 8:30 a.m.; 5K at 9 a.m.
Location: The race occurs at Fairview Park, with the post-race party at Griswold Gym on Millikin University's campus in Decatur, Ill.
Extras: Everyone will receive a performance cotton 14th anniversary race t-shirt, gloves and a goody bag; 5K finishers receive an engraved Penguin medal. The post-race party will feature great food, music, awards and prizes. The race will also include chip timing.
For more information and to register, go to or contact Mandi Podeschi at Packet pick-up will take place at Staley Credit Union, located at 3330 N. Woodford St. in Decatur, on Friday, March 29 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on race morning at Fairview Park.

March 30
“Elizabeth Keckley: Mrs. Lincoln’s African American Dressmaker & Friend” (2:00 - 4:00pm; Decatur Public Library, Madden Auditorium, 130 N Franklin St., DECATUR)
Join us for an enjoyable afternoon with Kathryn Harris, a nationally known historian and retired library services director at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, as she presents a living portrayal of “Elizabeth Keckley: Mrs. Lincoln’s African American Dressmaker & Friend”.
Keckley began life as a slave but became skilled in the dressmaking trade. She soon became a successful seamstress and eventually bought her freedom with the help of her wealthy clientele.
Keckley settled in Washington, D.C., where she became a sought-after dressmaker to the wives of the political elite. She became Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker, confidante and companion during President Lincoln’s time in office.
Music by the 1st Pres String Band | Free Admission | Open to the Public

March 30
EAS Rocks! (5:45pm; Christ the King Parish Hall, SPRINGFIELD)
Each year the Elizabeth Ann Seton Program has their annual event that helps raise funds for programs offered by EAS that supports mothers and children in Central Illinois. Local Artists and Designers, like Felicia Olin, have worked hard on specially designed EAS Rock Rocking Adirondack Chairs. Each chair is unique! Sponsors have the opportunity to take home one of the beautifully designed Adirondack chair. Sponsorship opportunities are available but not necessary to attend! Entertainment starts at 7:00pm. For a rocking good evening with live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and more! For more tickets or more information, please contact EAS at 217-757-6025 or email us at | Tickets $50 per person |

March 30
SPARC Job Fair (9:00am - 2:00pm; 232 Bruns Lane, SPRINGFIELD)
On site interviews will be offered with the following documentation: valid drivers license, social security card, HS diploma/GED.

March 30
Free Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Expo (10:00am - 12:00pm, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green Street, CHAMPAIGN)
The health expo will highlight available information and resources as well as speakers discussing birth, pregnancy, perinatal depression, and health policy. Refreshments and prizes will also be provided. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

March 30
Zoo Tot Classes: Amphibi-buddies (3:00 - 4:00pm; Henson Robinson Zoo, SPRINGFIELD)
Resident & Member/Non-Resident Fees: $9/11.50 ($6 per each additional student) Zoo Tot Classes are a chance for you and your preschooler to share a fun and educational experience at the zoo together. Each class includes stories, animal visits, cool crafts, games, and more! Advance registration is required, and classes fill quickly. (For any class theme, please choose either the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday session). Ages 2-5.

March 30
“Elizabeth Keckley: Mrs. Lincoln’s African American Dressmaker & Friend” (2:00pm; Decatur Public Library Madden Auditorium, 130 N Franklin, DECATUR)
Join us for an enjoyable afternoon with Kathryn Harris, a nationally known historian and retired library services director at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, as she presents a living portrayal of “Elizabeth Keckley: Mrs. Lincoln’s African American Dressmaker & Friend” | Keckley began life as a slave but became skilled in the dressmaking trade. She soon became a successful seamstress and eventually bought her freedom with the help of her wealthy clientele. Keckley settled in Washington, D.C., where she became a sought-after dressmaker to the wives of the political elite. She became Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker, confidante and companion during President Lincoln’s time in office. Music by the 1st Pres String Band
Free Admission | Open to the Public | Contact: Melody Arnold

March 30
Brazilian Music Lecture-Recital (7:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
Brazilian music educator and scholar Juliana Cantarelli Vita presents a lecture-recital on Afro-Brazilian percussion genres. Her work deals with a number of different Afro-Brazilian musical genres from the northeast region of Brazil, including maracatu, côco, ciranda, and others. Juliana explores how processes of musical transmission differ in formal and informal settings, and the ways in which traditional or informal learning practices can be applied in the classroom to improve learning outcomes in general music courses. This event is co-sponsored by the Spurlock Museum, The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, the UIUC School of Music, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Free general admission | | (217) 333-2360

March 30
From Golden Cross to Buckeye - the Story of Illinois' 129th Infantry Regiment in World War II presentation (1:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
At 2 p.m., Matt LeMasters will give a presentation about the129th Infantry Regiment from Illinois. He will tell the remarkable story of how this 33rd Division unit was transferred to the Ohio National Guard's 37th Division during World War Two. The presentation includes 129th artifacts, research, documents and photographs focusing on the Bougainville Campaign of 1943-1944, the unit's first combat campaign 75 years ago. Admission and parking are free. For additional information, contact the museum at (217) 761-3910 or or visit

March 30
Jim Jam Benefit (1:00 - 6:00pm; KC Lake Club, 141 N. Lakewood Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
$10 suggested donation | Jimmy Thomas benefit to provide financial support for continued stroke recovery therapy. Multiple bands and live music jam. Food, cash bar, silent auction, 50/50 raffle. Contact Info: Kevin Hawkins, email:

March 30, 31
Sleeping Beauty (7:30pm Saturday & 2:00pm Sunday, Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus, DECATUR)
Audiences young and young at heart will be enchanted by the artistry of the Alabama Ballet's performance of Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty," accompanied by members of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO), on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus. In this classic fairytale, featured in film and bedtime stories for generations, Princess Aurora falls victim to an evil spell forcing her to sleep for a hundred years, and to be awoken only by the kiss of a prince. "Sleeping Beauty" is choreographed by Marius Petipa and features spectacular sets, vibrant costumes and the beautiful score by Tchaikovsky.
The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble comprised of faculty, hired professionals, and is open to students who successfully audition for the Millikin University School of Music. The MDSO performs the annual Labor Day Pops concert, five Masterworks concerts, advent services, and hosts high-profile guest artists and the Concerto/Aria Competition.
Single ticket prices for the concert are $35-$65. Tickets are available through the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at Kirkland Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 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.

March 31
Women's Empowerment Conference - I am Not My Sister's Keeper, I am My Sister! (3:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Pain, Power and Purpose. Come out sisters! Be empowered to make the hard decisions in your life. We can help you push through your pain, gain strength through your sorrow, and give birth to your purpose. Hear from speakers Tara Allbritton and Cassandra Austin-McDonald.

March 31
Starlight & Moonsongs (3:00pm; Cathedral of Saint Paul, 815 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Diane Dietz - soprano and Nichol DelGiorno - piano. FREE.

March 31
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (8:00am - 1:30pm; Pleasant Plains Community Building, PLEASANT PLAINS)
Suggested donation of Adult $8 Kids 12 and under $3 All you can eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, Sunday March 31, serving 8:00 am - 1:30 pm | Sponsored by Pleasant Plains Masonic Lodge 700 to assist Pleasant Plains Cub Scout Pack 302.

March 31
Pork Chop Dinner (11:00am - 2:00pm; Pawnee Firehouse, PAWNEE)
The Pawnee Boy Scout troop 73 is having a pork chop dinner on Sunday March 31 at the Pawnee Firehouse from 11-2

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