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November 2018 Community Calendar

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October 26 - December 14
Mindful Meditation Fridays (11:30am - 12:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
The Museum invites you to join leader Mary Wolters of Green Yoga Spa in Mindful Meditation on Fridays this fall, October 26 through December 14, excluding the day after Thanksgiving, November 23. 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.

November 1 - December 17
Talecris Plasma Resources Donor Center Hosts Extended Drive to Raise Needed Goods for Local Charities (241 S. Mattis Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
Talecris Plasma Resources - Champaign is partnering with several charity organizations to provide various goods to those in need. Coats collected are being given to Salt and Light, canned goods are being donated to Eastern Illinois Food Bank, and gifts are being donated to Project Success. October 22nd - November 5th Coat Drive | November 5th – November 19th Canned Goods Drive | November 19th – December 17th Gift Drive | TPR Champaign, 217-355-9703

November 1
NASA Psychologist Dr. Suzanne Bell (7:00pm; Millikin, 2nd floor Shilling Hall, DECATUR)
NASA and its international partners are planning to send humans to Mars in the 2030s. Mission to Mars will challenge the frontiers of human collaboration as the crew lives and works in an extreme environment including prolonged isolation and confinement for the two-and-a-half year journey. Who should go on this journey? How will NASA build a team that can excel in this extreme environment? Millikin University is pleased to welcome Dr. Suzanne Bell, tenured professor of industrial and organizational psychology in the College of Science and Health at DePaul University, on Thursday, Nov. 1 as she will present her research on team composition for Mission to Mars. Dr. Bell's presentation is titled "Composing Teams that are Out of this World." Dr. Suzanne Bell and her colleagues are currently funded by NASA to research how combinations of team members interact and perform in an extreme environment similar to that expected of deep space exploration. They collect data from teams living and working in a small habitat at Johnson Space Center and use computer simulation to model which combinations of team members are likely to excel on this extreme and incredible journey.

November 2
Trivia Night (KC Hall, 2801 West Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
To benefit the Wahoos Softball Organization for a fundraiser for tournament fees, uniforms, and equipment we may need. There are 4 teams a part of this organization. The trivia night will be a general trivia night and have categories ranging from music, to movies, to sports, to history, to people and more. The cost is $20.00 a person or a $100.00 a team with a maximum of 8 on a team. We will have a 50/50 drawing, silent auction and bake sale. People can contact Jordan Edwards for a registration form, 217-691-7150, with any questions!

November 2
Fragmented Remains: Opening Reception (5:30 - 7:00pm; M. G. Nelson Family Gallery , SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Art Association (SAA) is pleased to announce the opening of Fragmented Remains in the M. G. Nelson Family Gallery featuring local artist Corrin Smithson McWhirter and Michigan based artist Nicole Maury. The exhibition will be on view from November 2nd through 24th. A reception will be held Friday, November 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with artist’s talks at 6 p.m. The gallery and the reception are free and open to the public. The media is invited to make an appointment to meet and talk with both artists on Thursday, November 1st while they install the exhibition. The work in Fragmented Remains uses deconstruction as a means of examining our relationship with space, place, and the things we call “home”. “The spaces and places we inhabit tell a story,” says McWhirter, “They are fragments of our personal narratives. As we occupy our various spaces we give and take—in both tangible and abstract ways. This work is meant to explore what that might all mean.” The M.G. Nelson Family Gallery is open Monday – Friday 9 AM to 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 3PM. Closed Sunday. For more information about this release, please contact Betsy Dollar or call the SAA 217-523-2631.

November 2
88 Bottles Around the World (5:00 - 8:00pm; Schnucks Montvale, 2801 Chatham Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$20 Donations may be made payable to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. You are invited to 88 Bottles Around the World, a special fundraiser for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Schnucks Montvale. Make a $20 donation to sample a variety of wines and foods for all your holiday parties. But that’s not all! Musicians from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra will provide LIVE music. All proceeds from this event will go to support the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and inspiring live orchestral music throughout central Illinois.

November 2
Roast Beef Dinner (5:00 - 7:00pm; Catlin United Methodist Church, CATLIN)
Serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, salad and homemade desserts. Free will offering kindly accepted.

November 2
Elkhart Explores a Different View of Illinois’ Bicentennial with a Performance of Two Faces of Illinois’ History (5:00pm; The Wild Hare Cafe, ELKHART)
Sparks will fly in this recreation of a dramatic debate between our Territorial Governor Ninian Edwards and Potawatomi Chief Gomo on Friday, November 2nd at The Wild Hare Cafe. Doors open at 5pm with dinner starting at 5:30. Tickets are $40 and reservations are required and can be made by calling 217-947-2238. Dinner will consist of Beef or Chicken Pasties Pies served with baked squash, sweet corn and rolls as well as stewed apples topped with whipped cream or ice cream topped with chocolate sauce. The program will be held not far from the place where Edward’s Trace crosses through town. This original performance is part of the official Illinois 200 Bicentennial Celebration.
Brian “Fox” Ellis is a storyteller, author and historian. He is of Cherokee descent and strives to give voice to many of the characters left out of our history books. The performance is part of a state wide tour Retracing Edwards Trace. It is funded by Humanities Illinois and the Forgotten Illinois Grant. Fox is also available for school programs while in the area. For more information please visit

November 2
Dads Weekend Open House (3:00 - 5:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Main Library - Room 346, CHAMPAIGN)
Join us in The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, November 2 from 3 - 5pm. Enjoy seasonal refreshments, impress your Dad, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon exploring the newly acquired Isaac Newton alchemical manuscript and other choice selections from the RBML’s history of science holdings. This event is free and open to the public; all are welcome.

November 2
Book Launch Party (6:44pm, Calvary Church, Hazel Dell Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
44 Lessons from a Loser is the story of Sonya Jones’ life both on and off The Biggest Loser Ranch. Sonya came within .01% of winning the 16th season of the hit NBC reality TV show, losing $250,000 by a mere fraction of a pound! In the book, Jones shares about how life is crazy, and we can either cry about it, laugh it off, pray our way through, or resort to a momentarily satisfying throat punch. The latter might feel good, but probably isn‘t in our best interest as contributing members of society. Her “life lessons” are guaranteed to elicit laughter, tears, and an overwhelming sense of gratitude that these often hysterical misadventures didn’t happen to you. The Book Launch Party, which will be live-streamed, is free and open to the public. Sonya will talk about and share stories from the book and include time for book signings. Other book launch events include a book signing at Barnes & Noble, 3111 S. Veterans Parkway, Springfield, on Saturday, November 3 from 11am-2pm and a special interview and booking signing at Calvary Church - Hazel Dell Campus, 501 West Hazel Dell Road, Springfield, on Sunday, November 4 at 9am and 10:30am. Books are already available for pre-order at and Books will also be sold at the Book Launch Party. For more information, to schedule an interview with Sonya, or any other media inquiries, visit or contact Brittany Wallin at 217.899.3155 or

November 3
Attention to Detail: A Dana-Thomas House Specialty Tour (10:15am - 12:15pm; Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Join longtime volunteer Frank Marchant on an extended tour of the Dana Thomas House. Attention to Detail explores details and stories of the House that enrich our understanding of art and architecture and the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Call the site at 217-782-6776 to reserve your place on this tour. Suggested Donation $20.

November 3
Clothes for Kids (9:00am, KOHL'S, 3707 N Vermillion, DANVILLE)
Each year, Danville schools along with the rural schools in Vermilion County are contacted by Unit #11’s Clothes for Kids chairman and the school staff selects students in need. Each officer takes their student around Kohl’s, shops with them and purchases approximately $100 on clothing items and/or shoes. The clothing items are ranked by priority by their parents so the child receives items they are in need of. This event has been in existence for decades and was formerly named Shop With a Cop. Annually, approximately 50 Vermilion County children benefit from this program. The funding for the program comes from public donations made to the Danville Police Association Charitable Association.

November 3
Naturally 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 | Nature is a beautiful work of art. Discover how to create art using objects found in your back yard. Children will be able to paint with leaves, make clay pendants, and much 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) 558-6696.

November 3
Abundance LIVE Shrimp Boil (6:00pm; Erin's Pavilion, 4965 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach and Robert's Seafood will once again host Abundance Live. This amazing event will have LIVE zydeco music (a Louisiana blend of jazz and blues) and French Quarter cuisine - an authentic low-country shrimp boil, appetizers, desserts and beverages (2 drink tickets per guest with price of admittance). To purchase tickets ($50) call 217.525.8843 or visit

November 3
SCHEELS Holiday Boutique (9:00am - 3:00pm; SCHEELS, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
FREE EVENT! Join SCHEELS home decor experts for our Holiday Boutique event! **First 100 in attendance will receive a fun surprise** From tables & shelving to mantles, trees and wreaths, see the latest trends for this Holiday Season. SCHEELS Home Decor experts available for questions and demonstration. Free hourly seminars beginning at 10 AM. SEMINAR SCHEDULE:

  • 10 AM - Showcase your mantel
  • 11 AM - Best Christmas tree decorating ideas
  • 12 PM - Christmas Inspiration for Tables and shelves
  • 1:00 PM - Not your basic Christmas wreath & Bow Tutorial
  • 2:00 PM - Showcase your mantel

November 3
Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" (2:00pm & 7:30pm; Avon Theater, DECATUR)
Transport yourself to the early days of film with the Millikin Chamber Orchestra providing live accompaniment to the classic 1921 silent film, "The Kid." As the first full-length feature film to be both directed and starred by Charlie Chaplin, "The Kid" introduces Chaplin's essential role as the Tramp, who finds an orphan that will later become his partner in crime. Single ticket prices: $10, $15 | Children's Tickets: $10 (available by phone or in person only) | Concerts of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For further information, please contact Millikin University Media Relations Coordinator Dane Lisser at 217.420.6636 or

November 3
Honor Flight Fundraiser (4:00 - 7:00pm; Freedom Hall Events Center, 915 5th St., LINCOLN)
VFW Post 1756 offering pulled pork BBQ dinner with Pulled POrk BBQ, Sandwich, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Chips, Dessert & Drink. Quarter Auction 5:00pm until all items sold. 100% of proceeds from Quarter auction will benefit Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.

November 3
Santa's Arrival at White Oaks Mall (11:00am, White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
11:00 AM Jingle Jewelry & Crafts at Kreative Lounge ($2) and Letters to Santa (Lower Level Dick's Sporting Goods Wing)
12:30 PM Santa's Arrival and Parade | (First 50 Families in line for his arrival & parade will receive a $10 giftcard from Macy's) | (Line up starts at Lower Level Anchor #1 near the Play Area)
12:45 PM Meet and Greet with Santa! (Center Court) | *We will have live music from the Mike Burnett Band, Balloon Twisting by Hot Air Creations, Holiday Crafts and Snacks. Guests may select from the following crafts: Candy Cane Antler Reindeer Ornament, Christmas Tree Craft or Color Your Own Christmas Slap Bracelet. Don't forget to stop by Macy's to see their Elf on the Shelf!!!!!! 12:30-2PM!

November 3
Holiday Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale (8:00am - 3:00pm; Wesley United Methodist Church, 3800 E Cerro Gordo St., DECATUR)
Join us for our 13th Annual Holiday Bazaar. Holiday Craft Items, Home Party Sales, Baked Goods will be for sale and the Cookie Walk for the Holiday Cookies by the dozen. Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast will be served and Lunch will be Soup, Sandwiches and Desserts, served by the Church. Contact Lynn Workman 217-520-3849

November 4
Latham United Methodist Church Fall Dinner(11:00am - 1:00pm; 241 Walnut St., LATHAM)
This is a public dinner. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, salad bar, dessert (You leave stuffed!) $9.00 adults, $4.00 children | 217 674-3749

November 4
Mostaccioli and Sausage Dinner (11:30am - 5:00pm; St. Joseph the Worker Church, 700 E. Spruce St., CHATHAM)
Adults: $8.00; Children (4-11): $4.00; Children under 4: Free | 217-725-8413 | 217-483-3772 Carry-outs available. Menu to include Mostaccioli, sausage, salad, bread, dessert & drink.

November 4
Annual Harvest Time Dinner (11:00am - 3:00pm; American Legion Post 32, 1120 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Adults $8.00 | Children 10 and under $4.00 | Benefits: Veterans and Auxiliary Programs
Dinner consists of: Beef & Noodles, Beef Tips & Rice, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Applesauce, Roll & Butter, Dessert, Ice Tea or Coffee

November 4
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Rocks & Minerals | Culture Lab (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
This fall, we’re exploring connections between nature and culture with four month-long series of programs on water, trees, rocks and minerals, and ice and snow. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, hear stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.

Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The second Sunday of each month is our feature program of the month, Discovery Days, that will bring together a range of activities and experts for a more in-depth exploration of the month’s theme. The third Sunday of each month Artful Nature offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world. All other Sundays are a Culture Lab with drop-in activities led by our museum guides. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

November 5
MMC Rehab Grad Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, SPRINGFIELD)
For more info, call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 788-3300

November 7
“A Law Unto Themselves,” Squatters and their Constitutions: Dividing the Public Domain in Early-Statehood Illinois (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)

Paul Mickey Learning Series presented by Dr. Christopher A. Schnell, Curator, Manuscripts Department, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library | Free and open to the public | Rugged individuals, lazy wastrels, self-made men, or border banditti are among the many descriptions heaped upon the Anglo-American settlers of early Illinois. These vacillations not only reflect the changing nature of history writing but also the uncertainty many early Illinoisans felt over the settlement of the federally-owned frontier. Focusing on some of the first documents produced by Illinoisansland union constitutionswe can perhaps ground a new description of these settler families more firmly. The picture that emerges suggests that many of the earliest communities in the pre-Civil War Midwest were steeped in communal action and customary laws born in the American backcountry during the decades before the Revolution.
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.

November 7
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies at the Westville Library will be November 7 at 2 PM. The feature will be a movie starring Will Smith and Helen Mirren. When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. Please reserve your seat for this award nominated film by calling the library at 267-3170 or stopping in at 233 S. State.

November 7
November Preschool at the Westville Library (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Feeling Squirrely is the theme of the November preschool program at the Westville Public Library. It will be November 7 at 10 AM. We have have squirrel related stories, and craft. Please call the library at 267-3170 or stop in at 233 S. State to register.

November 7
Reception: “Have You Forgotten Yet?” (5:30 - 7:30pm; LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the exhibit “Have You Forgotten Yet?: 100 Years Since the Armistice,” Oct. 22-Nov. 15. The public is invited to view the World War I commemorative exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception on Nov. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
“Have You Forgotten Yet?: 100 Years Since the Armistice” is a commemorative display of artifacts and photos from the extensive collection of Chris McDonald, Ph.D., LLCC professor of political science and World War I historian. The exhibit will also include photography by Elizabeth Roehrs, LLCC alum, who participates in local World War I re-enactment groups.
At the reception, Dr. Deborah Brothers and David Leitner, LLCC professors of English, will lead a reading of World War I poetry. Light refreshments will be served.
Learn more about LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at

November 8
Music at the Museum Series: Tim Grimm (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12.
Tim Grimm is a bit of a Renaissance man in the performing arts world. He has for the past 15 years, blended his love for songwriting, travel, and the storytelling of acting (theatre, film and television). His most recent recording, “A Stranger in This Time” (2017), is a collaboration with his wife Jan, and sons Connor and Jacksonthe "Family Band." In the fall of 2016, this same group recorded the single “Woody's Landlord,” which was the #1 song on Folk Radio for the year. Tim's previous recording, “The Turning Point,” produced the #1 song on Folk radio in 2014.
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.

November 8
Girl's Night Out Fair (6:00 - 8:00pm; Springfield Masonic Center, 1020 Rickard Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Girl’s On a Mission is holding a Girl’s Night Out Fair on November 8th, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will feature 20 different local vendors who will be displaying their products and will each donate a $25.00 door prize. The cost for the event is $5.00. You will receive 5 tickets to place in the drawings for the vendors of your choice. Additional tickets can be purchased. Desserts and drinks will be available for purchase also. At 7:00 p.m. we will start the games and the drawings for the door prizes. It will be an evening of shopping, games, prizes, desserts and lots of fun! All profits from the event will be donated to the Nias Orphanage in Indonesia. For a list of vendors or additional information you can visit our Facebook page – Girls on a Mission.

November 8
AAUW Springfield Branch Meeting and Public Policy Event: “The 2018 Midterm Elections - Implications for Women” (7:00pm; AFL-CIO, 534 S. 2nd St, SPRINGFIELD)
A distinguished panel of local public policy experts and advocates will address the implications of the November 6, 2018 Midterm election with regard to gender politics; public policy affecting women, women of color, and young women in particular; and the relationships between campaign finance, redistricting, and term limits on recruiting and electing women to public office. An audience Q & A will follow the panel. A brief AAUW branch meeting will be held for members after the event.
AAUW Springfield Branch welcomes its branch members and the general public to join this important and timely public policy discussion featuring:
Deborah Anthony, M.A., J.D., Associate Professor, Legal Studies, UIS, specialist in constitutional law, civil rights, employment discrimination, gender and law
Teresa Haley, State President of Illinois NAACP and President of the Springfield Branch of NAACP
Kent Redfield, Professor of Political Science - Emeritus, Institute for Legal, Legislative & Policy Studies, UIS, and Director of the Sunshine Project.
Jillian Hawkins, M.A., Assistant Executive Director, Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association and former campaign field operative.
Emma Shafer, student at Lincoln Land Community College, founder and co-leader of Students Demand Action for Gun Sense.

November 8
Spurlock Thursday Evening Openings (5:00 - 9:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St., URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum will be open late on Thursdays from 5:00 to 9:00 pm on September 13, October 11, and November 8. Visitors are invited to join us for activities and mini-tours, travel the world in the feature galleries, or dive into the history of the University in the temporary exhibit Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150.
Also featured on these evenings are 7:00 screenings in the AsiaLENS Documentary Film Series. Details on the films are on the AsiaLENS site Admission is free to the Museum and the film series. Park for free in unmarked spaces in campus lot D-22 to the east of the Museum after 5:00 pm.

November 9
"Voice of Veterans" Event (2:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Marshall Gallery, Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Join the University Library at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018, in recognition of veterans in the armed forces. This special event will take place in the Main Library's Marshall Gallery and include remarks on behalf of the University of Illinois Air Force, Army, and Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, and from Fighting Illini Army ROTC alumnus Lt. Nick Sullivan. Also, an exhibit featuring veterans will be on display in the north-south hallway on the first floor of the Main Library. Contact: Greg Knott,

November 9-10
Menard County Annual Holiday Showcase (10:00am - 8:00pm Friday, -6:00pm Saturday; PETERSBURG, OAKFORD, ATHENS)
Event is free, carriage rides require donation of a canned good or pet item which will be donated to the Menard County Food Pantry or Menard Animal Protection. Local businesses will be open late and decorated for the holidays. Enjoy candlelight shopping, snacks, samples, carriage rides and much more! Contact Bev Leinberger at 217/632-7089 or

November 9, 10
Dynamic Pianist Alon Goldstein debuts with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra (7:30pm, First & Second Presbyterian Churches SPRINGFIELD)
Listen LIVE to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra performing Simply Strings on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois and Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM at Second Presbyterian Church. 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.
Order your tickets today for an evening of stunning and inspiring music! Tickets may be purchased in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 and in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777. General admission is $20. Student tickets available for $6 (Age 6-21) with valid Student ID. Senior discounts and group discounts are also available. Tickets prices do not include auditorium processing and/or ticketing fees.

November 9, 10
Airline (7:00pm; Lutheran High Drama Dept. 3500 W. Washington, SPRINGFIELD)
The cheapest airline in world history is Go Bananas Airline, so wretched that even the Bermuda Triangle rejects its planes. The first act introduces us to a bevy of lovely stewardesses whose boss, Smiling Jack Pott, is using the flight as their ’final exam.’ A movie producer will do almost anything to stop his leading lady from boarding the flight, and the incredible Dragbottom family is concerned that someone has been making bombs in their cellar. Toss into this unlikely group of people a guy who thinks he’s Superman, an eccentric billionaire, a rock star, a hijacker and a dancer with three feet. Then it’s ’all aboard’ for these and a large assortment of additional oddball characters for an insane flight through a terrible storm. No radar, no navigator and the pilot sold his compass at a garage sale thinking it was an egg timer. The control tower is bedlam, but eventually the flying tin can is brought safely to solid ground, except for the movie star who lands via parachute in a chicken farm. Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors/students, $3 ages 3-5 years and 2 and under is free. Reserve tickets by calling 546-6363. Come and see how this wacky flight ends!

November 9, 10, 11
Sister Act (Fri & Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:00pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Millikin University's School of Theatre & Dance will present the production of "Sister Act", with music written by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. Single ticket prices for the performance are $18-$24 and children's tickets are $10, available by phone or in-person only. 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. Millikin's School of Theatre and Dance is a nationally recognized program, offering conservatory-style training rooted in a liberal arts education. The School of Theatre and Dance's approach to education offers students valuable insight and hands-on experiences that will prepare them for professional success. Nationwide, Millikin's respected theatre alumni are routinely hired for projects in television, film and live theatre, including top Broadway shows. For more information, visit

November 9, 10
ArtZ Festival (White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
Art Z Studio is proud to curate the 1st Annual ArtZ Festival. The ArtZ Festival is a three-day event held at White Oaks Mall and will feature a selection of fine artists from the local area & beyond. *Enjoy live art demonstrations, face painting, & family friendly fun! Plus all proceeds raised in the 50/50 raffle & Silent Auction will be donated to This Able Veteran
Live Demonstrations:
1. Shelby Beverly – Live Face Painting in Food Court | 2. Janet Blain – Live Mosaic Demo | 3. Chris Young – Speed Painting Demo | 4. Kimberly Bell – Leather Work Demo | 5. Service Dog & Trainer Interaction with customers on Saturday afternoon
Fundraising Events: all proceeds go toward PTSD Service Dog provided by This Able Veteran 1. Silent Auction | 2. 50/50 Raffle | 3. Artists donating percentage of Art sales toward Dog | 4. Booth Sitters working for Tips
Artists Participating in Show: 1. Shelby Beverly Face Painting / Acrylic | 2. Julie Costa Acrylic Painting, Pastels / Photography | 3. Chris Young Acrylic & Oil | 4. Janet Blain Glass Art / Mosaics | 5. John Crisp Jr. Various Mediums | 6. Ron Ferricks Porcelain Painting | 7. Jill Morgan Textiles / Purses | 8. Drift to Clay Pottery | 9. Brittiny Brubeck Acrylic & Mixed Media | 10. Lonnie Cain Acrylic & Oil | 11. Nicole Armstrong Terrariums | 12. Ella Smith Oil & Pastels | 13. Mary Tena Norris Handmade Greeting Cards & Gift Tags | 14. Anne Bozarth Handmade Greeting Cards & Gift Tags | 15. Small Cakes Homemade Cakes & Truffles | 16. Lauren Turner Pens / Mixed Media | 17. Kim’s Leather Handmade Leather Goods | 18. Ken Tiessen Oil & Pastels | 9. Phil Laocascio Pastels 2d & 3d | 20. Lauren Ackerman Pastels | 21. Ginette Everetts Military Jewelry | 22. Lara Cottrill Textile / Mixed Media | 23. Sophia Abel Jewelry / Origami | 24. Kirk Sewell Digital Photography

November 9 - December 20
Food for Fines at the Westville Public Library (233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library is sponsoring a Food For Fines program starting November 9 and running through December 20th. You must be a Westville Library card holder to participate. Patrons may bring to the library non-perishable food that is not past the expiration date. Each plastic grocery bag full of food will be worth $10.00 and each paper grocery bag full of food will be worth $15.00 towards outstanding Westville Library fines only. Charges for lost or damaged items will not be eligible. All food collected will be donated to a local Christmas basket program for needy families. This is a wonderful way to reduce your outstanding fines and help a family have food for Christmas dinner. For further information please call the library at 267-3170.

November 10
Unicorn Dreams Tea Party (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The Unicorn Dreams Tea Party will be held at the Westville Public Library on Saturday, November 10 at 10 AM. Children 6 and up along with an adult are invited to attend and listen to a unicorn story while enjoying their "tea". There will also be a craft and other unicorn themed activities. Please call the library at 267-3170 or stop in at 233 S. State to register for this fun event.

November 10 - 14
2018 Festival of Trees: Let Heaven and Nature Sing! (David S. Palmer, 100 W Main St., DANVILLE)
Central Illinois residents can kick off the holiday season with the 22nd annual Festival of Trees November 10-14 at the David S. Palmer, 100 W. Main Street, Danville. The theme of this year’s event by OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center is Let Heaven and Nature Sing. Featured attractions include the themed trees and showcases on the arena floor, the Junior Parade of Trees, Elfin Evergreens and Gingerbread Village, Children’s Craft Area, Holiday Café, Gingerbread Bakery, Festival Stage, Main Street Raffle House and the Senior Hospitality Area. “To bring families back year after year, we want to bring back the favorites they love, and also give them new experiences,” said Angie Lazzell, Festival of Trees Event Coordinator. “We’ve got a schedule full of fun and exciting events, activities and entertainment for everyone.” General admission tickets and special event tickets are available at the David S. Palmer Arena box office, by phone at (800) 514-3849 or online at For special event details or more information on the 2018 Festival of Trees visit the event Facebook page at

November 10
Angels Among Us - Rankin United Methodist Women's Fall Bazaar (8:00am - 1:00pm; Berquist Fellowship Hall, RANKIN)
Crafts, country store, trash & treasure, coffee & rolls, lunch: soup, sandwiches, desserts.

November 10
Union Baptist Church Autumn Brunch (10:00am - 1:00pm; Union Baptist Church, 1405 E Monroe St., SPRINGFIELD)
$10, all are welcome.

November 10
Holiday Bazaar (8:30am - 3:00pm; St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 921 Madison Ave., CHARLESTON)
21st Annual St. Charles Borromeo Holiday Bazaar. Make shopping for the holidays easy and fun. Purchase craft and specialty items from more than 20 vendors. Enjoy a delicious lunch of soups and hot sandwiches. Buy baked goods and candies for holiday parties. ) Contact: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. 217-345-3332.

November 10, 11
37th Annual Little Flower Holiday Craft Bazaar (9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday, 10:00am - 2:00pm Sunday; 900 Stevenson Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Shop for your special holiday gifts during the 2018 Holiday Craft Bazaar. Over 60 unique vendor booths offering handcrafted items. Concession stand and bake sale also supports Little Flower School. Admission: Please donate non-perishable food items to feed the less fortunate. Cash donations also accepted. Kids Craft Corner: Stop by and purchase an ornament kit for children to make and take home for someone special. On Sunday, Veterans can stop by the concession stand for a free cup of coffee and donut (while supplies last).

November 9-11
Sister Act (7:30pm F, S & 2:00pm Sun; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater; Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner | After witnessing a violent crime, night club singer Deloris Van Cartier takes refuge in a Philadelphia convent where she awaits a date in court to testify. Her values, however, are put to the test when a group of Carmelite nuns unwittingly make their way into her heart and enlighten her on the power of faith and sisterhood. Ticket Info: Single Ticket Prices: $18, $22, $24 | Children's Tickets: $10
Purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in person at the ticket office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Discounted tickets as well as handicap seats are not available online but can be purchased at the ticket office. For further inquiries, contact the Kirkland Ticket Office at 217.424.6318 or visit

November 9-11
Art Z Festival (White Oaks Mall, SPRINGFIELD)
Art Z Studio proudly hosts the First annual ART Z FESTIVAL at White Oaks Mall, a Fine Art / Craft Festival with over 150 artists, on November 9-11th, 2018. As part of the Art Z Festival it is our honor and privilege to help raise money to pay for a Service Dog provided by This Able Veteran. A trainer and service dog in training from This Able Veteran will be present at the festival on November 10 & 11th from 10 am to 6 pm. Attendees are encouraged to pet/interact with the dog but must ask the trainer first.This festival is free and open to the public. Live music, great food and fun activities make the festival a perfect family experience. Santa will be set up on the lower level next to Macy’s. For more info please visit us at

November 10
Memorial’s Festival of Trees Gala (7:00pm; Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Be the first to view the new collection of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths during the Festival of Trees Gala. This black-tie fundraiser, featuring live entertainment and a silent auction, is held the weekend before the Festival opens to the public. Tickets are $100 and include hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, soft drinks and dessert. A cash bar is available. Sponsors should arrive at 5 p.m. to make their selections. The event opens at 7 p.m. to designers and the general public. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 and can be purchased online (, by calling Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 217-788-4700 or by visiting the Foundation at 1000 Churchill Road, Springfield. Contact information: 217-788-4301 |

November 10
Pop-Up Artisan Holiday Boutique & Sweet Shop (9:00am - 4:00pm; 2626 S Pasfield, SPRINGFIELD)
Beautiful and unique craft items from local artisans and crafters will be for sale including jewelry, knitted and crochet items,baskets, ceramics and more. There will also be a cookie walk and other baked items as well as a cocoa, coffee and cider bar.

November 10
Fall Fun Furniture sale (9:00am - 12:00pm; Douglas Ave. United Methodist church, 501 S Douglas Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Wooden It Be Lovely will host a Fall Fun Furniture sale on November 10th from 9am until noon. Wooden It Be Lovely is a program that assists local women that are healing from lives of poverty, addiction, and abuse. The women are employed to refurbish donated wooden furniture as they are empowered to strive for a better life for themselves and their children. The sale will consist of over 200 pieces of refurbished furniture and accessories at reasonable prices. Each sale represents an investment in future of a mother and her children. The sale is both fun and inspiring. Come to Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, at 501 South Douglas Avenue, and support local woman in need.

November 10
Pop-Up Holiday Artisan Boutique & Sweet Shop (9:00am - 4:00pml 2626 S Pasfield, SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Ceramic and Craft Club (SCCC) will present their annual Holiday Event; “Pop-Up Holiday Artisan Boutique & Sweet Shop” on Saturday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2626 South Pasfield, Springfield.
This year’s event has several features including a Vendor Fair highlighting 11 local small business products, a CoCo, Coffee & Cider Bar plus homemade baked items, as well as candy and Mason jar soups, cookies and Coco gifts.
Unique handmade Crafts will be showcased and includes jewelry, ceramic items, ornaments, knit and crochet gifts, wreaths, plus home and holiday decor. All items have been created by Craft club members or local Artisans.
The event is free and open to the public.

November 10
Sangamon Watershed Celebration (9:00am - 7:30pm, National Sequestration Education Center Building Richland Community College, 3357 N President Howard Brown Blvd, DECATUR)
Price: The Sangamon Watershed Celebration is free except for meals. This annual Celebration spotlights the people, history, and natural resources of the Sangamon River Watershed from its headwaters upstream of Mahomet to its confluence with the Illinois River near Beardstown. As Illinois celebrates its statehood bicentennial this year, Central Illinoisans will learn about “Abraham Lincoln’s river” where he spent his formative young adult years in a homestead near Decatur and the village of New Salem. The theme of the event is “One River Unites Us All”. The schedule includes displays and activities in the morning for children, speakers in the afternoon, and an evening dinner and program. Attendees are welcome to come for part or all of the day. The evening will start with a reception at 5:00 p.m. followed by dinner prepared by Richland’s Culinary Arts Institute. At 6:15 PM, the documentary “The Sangamon River: A Sense of Place” by University of Illinois at Springfield Professor Emeritus Charles Schweighauser will be shown. Professor Schweighauser, who is an official Illinois Bicentennial Lecturer, will lead participants in a discussion following the film.

November 10
Sacred Heart Annual Spaghetti Dinner (5:30 - 7:30pm; 210 N Pine St., VILLA GROVE)
Dinner will include spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad, a choice of drinks, and choice of homemade desserts. Adults: (over 12) $7.00 | Children 5-12 $5.00 | Children under 5 FREE
50/50 cash raffle & quilt raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the entrance. Be sure to view the beautiful hand quilted bedspread designed by the Sacred Heart Quilters that will be displayed during the dinner!!

November 10 & 11
36th Annual Art Fair of Craft League of Champaign-Urbana (Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., URBANA)
An Art Fair featuring the work of 34 artists exhibiting new, original works in ceramics, jewelry, fiber, batik, photography, glass, woodworking, drawing, painting, printmaking, basketry, bookbinding, leather and mixed media will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11 at the Urbana Civic Center in Urbana.
The Craft League of Champaign-Urbana will present its 36th Annual Juried Art Fair, one of the fall’s most anticipated events. Admission is free. Hours will be 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Saturday and 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., on Sunday. Admission is free.
Numerous artists, local and from afar, in more than a dozen art disciplines applied for the juried show. Exhibitors and attendees come from as far as 100 miles away, and attendance continues to increase every year.
The Craft League of Champaign-Urbana was founded in 1982 to promote awareness of fine art in the Champaign-Urbana area. The art fair has been an annual event of the CLCU for 30 years. In the first years, it was held in empty storefronts and church basements; it has been at the Civic Center in Urbana since 1986. This will be the last year at Urbana Civic Center. The Craft League website is: .

November 11
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Rocks & Minerals | Discovery Day (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA) This fall, we’re exploring connections between nature and culture with four month-long series of programs on water, trees, rocks and minerals, and ice and snow. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, hear stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.

Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The second Sunday of each month is our feature program of the month, Discovery Days, that will bring together a range of activities and experts for a more in-depth exploration of the month’s theme. The third Sunday of each month Artful Nature offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world. All other Sundays are a Culture Lab with drop-in activities led by our museum guides. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

November 11
Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans (3:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, SPRINGFIELD)
Join us on Veterans Day as we honor our nation’s Vietnam War veterans during a special event at 3:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Union Theater. Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam veteran Al Lynch will be the featured speaker. All Vietnam veterans will receive a Department of Defense lapel pin signifying your service during the Vietnam War at the conclusion of the event. Those eligible to receive the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin include U.S. veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, as a lasting memento of the nation's gratitude. This presentation is free and entry into the theater will begin at 2:30 p.m. Veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces receive free museum admission the day of the event.

November 12
Fresh Visions Community Church 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament (4:00 - 8:00pm; Fresh Visions Community Church, 1551 J. Davis Jones Pkwy., SPRINGFIELD)
Cost: $3.00 Admission fee per person; $25.00 entry fee per team (up to 5 players); $5.00 3 point contest entry fee (All proceeds will benefit the FVCC Building Fund) Fresh Visions Community Church invites you to our Monday Night Basketball Tournament. Come out and join us for a night of fun at our 3-on-3 basketball tournament and 3 point shooting contest! General admission is $3.00 for the public and concessions will be provided. Entry fees are $25.00 per team (up to 5 players allowed), and $5.00 per individual for the 3 point contest. Prizes will be awarded to participants. Whether you're on a team or just cheering one on, we encourage you to come out and fellowship with us! We hope to see you there! For more information please contact Marcella Kincaid at 217-414-9758 or Kim Newman at 217-502-8522

November 13
Who? Who? Owls! Story Time (10:00am - 11:00am; 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. While you are asleep, owls are flying silently through the night. You might just hear one asking you, “Who? Who?” Learn more about these birds 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) 558-6696. Story Time is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.

November 13
Building Trades Career Day (9:00am - 3:00pm; BOS Center, SPRINGFIELD)
This day is for area high school students, vocational schools, trade schools, Junior College. Will include hands-on demonstrations. Representatives from the following trades will be onsite: plumbers, steamfitters, HVAC/R Techs, ironworkers Local 46, Operating Engineers Local 965, IBEW Local 193, Sheetmetal Workers Local 218, Painters Local 90, Teamsters Local 916, Carpenters Local 270, Cement Masons Local 18, Laborers Local 477, Bricklayers Local 8. For more information, please contract Andrew Fuchs 217-899-2022 |

November 13
CEC Quarterly Membership Meeting (6:00 - 7:30pm; Decatur Public Library, Madden Auditorium, 130 N Franklin St., DECATUR)
FREE | Featured guest will be Natalie Minser, of the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District. Natalie will be speaking regarding the Heart of the Sangamon partnership and its works.
Interested in promoting conservation, preservation, restoration, and environmental awareness in Macon County? Join us for an informational meeting for a better understanding of the Community Environmental Council and its role in the community. We will discuss our current projects, such as the Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and SONA and ask for suggestions for new ones!
Open to interested citizens who want to make a difference. Contact: Judy Parrish / Refreshments provided.

November 14
SCHEELS Blaze Days (9:00am - 9:00pm; SCHEELS, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
Join SCHEELS to kick off Shotgun Season! *The first 300 customers to arrive in-store on November 14th will receive a SCHEELS Blaze Days beanie, Carolina Ultimate socks and Grabber hand warmers. *Register to WIN great prizes: Danner Pronghorn Boots | $100 SCHEELS Gift Card for ammo purchase from Hornady | $100 SCHEELS Gift Card for ammo purchase from Federal Ammunition | Vortex Diamondback 10x50 binoculars | Tikka T3X Lite Rifle | Leupold VX-Freedom Scope | Absolute Outdoors Arctic Shield Boot Insulators | *Free knife sharpening by Joe Maddox 9am-5pm

November 14
Springfield Christian Women's Connection (CWC) Luncheon: "IT'S TURKEY TIME!" (11:00am - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Special Feature: Cathy Lamsargis, "The Gift of Giving" & Special Speaker: Laura Wells talks about fear, facts, and the future. Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or email

November 14
Contemplative Dialogue: Thoughtful Listening & Speaking Techniques’ (Sangamo Club, 227 E. Adams Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Life comes at us with increasing complexity and speed. Couple that with an increasingly polarized view of politics, news, values and life in general; conversations become debates and worse. AWC Springfield is excited to welcome November 14 program speakers, two distinguished, well-credentialed representatives from the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Srs. Marilyn Jean Runkel and Joan Sorge, who will share tips and methods to engage in secular contemplative discourse. The program will take place at Sangamo Club, 227 E. Adams Street in Springfield, with networking from 11:30 am to noon and the luncheon and program from noon to 1 p.m. Registration information can be found at
Pay by check or cash at the door or debit/credit online (fees apply): Members: $17 at door, $20 online | Guests/non-members: $22 at door, $25.28 online | Students: $11 at door, $13.67 online
From political skirmishes to family clashes to workplace conflicts, haven’t we all wanted just to listen and be listened to in an open discussion and find resolution?
On November 14, our speakers challenge us to slow down and approach conversation from a point of center with an open heart and mind, to suspend debate and mere problem solving to allow for creative possibilities, emerging options, and peaceful resolution. The idea is to enable any gathering/group conversation to become an experience rather than just an argument or business meeting.

November 15
Park District Meeting (5:30pm; Nelson Center, Franklin Room, 1601 N 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Notice of next scheduled Park District Meeting.

November 15
Panel: Looking Back, Looking Forward (4:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
The Spurlock Museum presents the panel discussion “Looking Back, Looking Forward” on Thursday, November 15 at 4 PM. The discussion is held in honor of the 25th anniversary of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Resource Center at the University of Illinois. The Center’s mission is to foster an environment that is open, safe and inclusive for people of all sexualities and gender identities. Panel members, including former directors/alumnae, the current director, and representatives from the Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County, discuss the history and evolution of the center and the challenges and opportunities of LGBTQ activism on the University campus and in the community.
This event is part of the Spurlock’s Third Thursday Series highlighting University history and is held in conjunction with the Spurlock Museum’s temporary exhibit Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150. This exhibit explores the history of campus as a community of educators, researchers, and students engaged in learning, research, and public service. Learn about the contributions of a wide variety of people and groups to campus history and ways the University has changed how it relates to the people it serves. The exhibit runs through December 21, 2018. Free general admission | | (217) 333-2360 | 600 S Gregory Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801

November 15
"Colors for Trombone and Wind Ensemble" (7:30pm; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Millikin University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will continue its 2018-2019 concert season with a performance of "Colors for Trombone and Wind Ensemble" on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
On Nov. 15, the Millikin Wind Ensemble will be joined by world renowned trombonist Peter Steiner for a performance of Bert Appermont's virtuosic work, "Colors for Trombone and Wind Ensemble." The concert will also feature a performance of "Fly or Die" by Gilles Rocha. For more information about Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit Events at Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.

November 16
Newton Unveiled: From Original to Digital at The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Illinois (5:00 - 7:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Room 346, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Join The Rare Book & Manuscript Library for a public viewing of Sir Isaac Newton’s “Opus Galli Anonymi.” This exciting manuscript, acquired through a generous gift from Library Friends Jim and Lionelle Elsesser, is Newton’s Latin translation of a French work on making the philosopher’s stone, with corrections and notes by the mathematician based on his own scientific work. The digital version of the manuscript will also be unveiled and remarks given from Gregory S. Girolami, The William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor of Chemistry, at this special event. Visit for more information

November 16, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Holidays at the White House (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, SPRINGFIELD)
Christmas at the White House is never a simple affair. First Lady Barbara Bush recalls her shock at learning the preparations began in February! The museum's Holidays at the White House exhibit features cards, documents and photos from Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George H. W. Bush. Free with museum admission.

November 16, 17
63rd Annual Holiday Bazaar: “Christmas Traditions” (3:00 - 6:00pm Fri, 10:00am - 3:00pm Sat; Passavant Area Hospital, 1600 W. Walnut, JACKSONVILLE)
“Christmas Traditions” is the theme as the Passavant Area Hospital Auxiliary celebrates its 63rd Annual Holiday Bazaar, Nov. 16 and 17 at Passavant Area Hospital, 1600 W. Walnut, Jacksonville. The event runs from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, in the main lobby and meeting rooms. Henry and McGuire have added several new items for purchase for the holiday shoppers. Christmas Traditions, Bazaars Through the Years is a new memory book. The memory book features the Bazaar history, its themes and logos, the co-chairs and luncheon menus, along with Christmas traditions that were submitted by many of the co-chairs. This book is limited to 50 copies and will be on sale for $20 both days of the Bazaar. In addition, there will be a special spiced gingerbread scent soy candle in a tin decorated with the Christmas Traditions logo. The candle will sell for $10. The Breakfast with Santa and the Friday Nite Fling events are sold out, but reservations remain for the Holiday Luncheon on Nov. 17. Seatings are available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. Contact Jeni Rajaguru, 314-607-5293, for reservations. Proceeds from this year’s Bazaar will be used to purchase three cardiac defibrillators, one for each floor of the hospital. For additional Bazaar details, contact the Passavant Volunteer department, 217-245-9541, ext. 3199.

November 16, 17
Hobnob Holiday Market (Friday 4-6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois State Fairgrounds, Expo Bldg at Gate 1, 801 E Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Admission is $10 Friday night for the Making Merry Party, $5 on Saturday. Hobnob Holiday Market – Festive vintage & handmade shopping at the Illinois State Fairgrounds
Whether your style is farmhouse, industrial, midcentury, or shabby you’ll find lots to love at the upcoming Hobnob Holiday Market in Springfield, IL. 100+ vendors from all over the Midwest are saving up their best vintage finds and making creative, modern handmade goods to bring to market. Seasonal boutique clothing and fresh evergreens will also be for sale.
Hobnob Market is a pop-up event created in 2012 to provide a unique shopping experience at each event. The market is curated with an eye toward mixing vintage, handmade, & repurposed goods with fresh energy and creative style. Shoppers who love to buy small & local will appreciate the handpicked vendors, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, & artisan goods.
Watch both Facebook (@hobnobmarket) & Instagram (@hobnobmarket) for vendor sneak peeks and previews of what you’ll find at the market.
And come hungry! While at The Hobnob you can enjoy delicious food from several vendors plus holiday goodies & sweet treats. Wine, craft beer, & gourmet coffee will also be for sale to sip while you shop. Kids can visit with Santa on Saturday and get a free candy cane and a Hobnob Market balloon. |

November 17
Trivia Night (6:00pm; Little Lorraine Theare, 214 E Main St., HOOPESTON)
$10 per person. Or join us at 5:15pm for a sandwich, chips & cookies for $15, includes entry fee. Bring a full team of 5 (maximum) or come alone and join a smaller team. Free Popcorn and small bottled water or soda; Additional concessions available for purchase. WINNING TEAM MEMBERS RECEIVE REFUND OF ENTRY FEE. 20 Categories, 5 Questions Each. ***We were “Sold Out” last time, so be sure to RESERVE YOUR TABLE EARLY!*** For reservations (or to ask questions), call Marilyn at (217) 397-2211 or Betty at (217) 304-5308 | Presented by the Save the Lorraine Foundation. All proceeds go toward the preservation and restoration of the Lorraine Theatre.

November 17
Fundraiser for Interveterans Council of Sangamon County (11:00am - 3:00pm; Navy Club Shop 32, 3100 Stanton Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
chilli, hot dogs, donation at the door.

November 17
Collectors Day and Artifact Identification Event (1:00 - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with Museum admission. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. In conjunction with the exhibition "Bicentennial & Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection" the Museum welcomes visitors to learn the stories of objects collected by everyday Illinoisans. Local collectors will display their best objects and speak with visitors about the stories they tell. Visitors can also bring items from home to be identified by Museum staff and other experts. The artifact identification will focus on art, antiques, anthropological artifacts, rocks, minerals, fossils, and bones. Visitors bringing photos of objects or specimens are encouraged to include a ruler or coin for size comparison. Visitors are asked not to bring live animals. Organic materials may have to remain outside the Museum. Individuals interested in displaying a collection as part of Collectors Day may apply at or contact Elizabeth Bazan at or (217) 558-6696. No buying, selling, or trading is allowed at this event. The participating experts will do their best to correctly identify objects, no guarantees are made. Due to time constraints, only one object may be able to be identified per person. Objects brought for identification will not be appraised.Free with Museum admission.

November 17
The Springfield Model Railroad Club’s OPEN HOUSE (12:00 - 4:00pm; Washington Park Pavilion, SPRINGFIELD)
All aboard! Come watch passenger and freight trains make their way around a four-scale mile layout representing railroad action in central Illinois and learn more about the hobby of model railroading. The Springfield Model Railroad Club’s open house is this Saturday from Noon to 4:00 pm. The Club’s layout is located in the basement of the Washington Park Pavilion. Admission is free, but donations to support the club are appreciated.

November 17
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society (9:00am; SCHEEL'S, 3801 S MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9 A.M. in one of the 2nd floor conference rooms at Scheel’s, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd. (near the corner of MacArthur and I-72), Springfield. The public is invited to attend. There will be a discussion of The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot. For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to

November 17
North East Community Fund Food Drive (8:00am - 4:00pm, Walmarts, DECATUR)
The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for the North East Community Fund will be held on Saturday November 17, 2018 at the two Decatur area Walmart Stores (4625 E. Maryland Drive, Decatur, 62521 and 4224 N. Prospect Ave. Decatur, 62526). Members of the two area congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be available at the entry doors from 8:00 am through 4:00 pm, distributing flyers with the list of requested items and to receive donations (in food or currency). Particularly requested items by the North East Community Fund are: Turkeys, Hams, boxed Stuffing Mix, Chicken Broth, canned French Cut Green Beans, canned Cream of Mushroom Soup, French Fried Onions, canned Whole Kernel Corn, canned Sweet Potatoes, Instant Mashed Potatoes, and canned Cranberry Sauce. These donations will be used by the North East Community Fund to create Thanksgiving food baskets for the needy. Their goal is to provide baskets for 200 families. Due to the generosity of the community, this goal has been met, and greatly exceeded, in the past. More info:

November 17
Expungement & Record Sealing Summit (10:00am - 2:00pm; Matheny-Withrow, 1200 S Pope Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Full-service assistance with filing for adult criminal record expungement, sealing and alternative forms of relief. Free legal advice from licensed attorneys, no filing fees at this event, pre-registration required, recent changes to the law have expanded eligibility. Questions? Call Sangamon County Circuit Clerk's Office at 217-753-6674
Must pre-register at IDENTI-CHECK, 3 N Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD | 217-753-4311

November 17
Annual Christmas Concert (6:00pm; Mt. Pulaski Christian Church Family Life Center, 114 N Lafayette St., MT. PULASKI)
The award winning, world traveling Gospel Quartet singers, The Ball Brothers, will once again be presenting their Annual Christmas Concert during Mt. Pulaski’s Christmas On Vinegar Hill, on Saturday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church Family Life Center located at 114 N. Lafayette St. in Mt. Pulaski. This distinctively unique Southern Gospel Quartet’s close harmony appeals to groups of all ages with their mix of traditional and contemporary music. Come and join us for a night of fun, music, and inspiration. The Concert starts at 6:00 p.m. For a front row seat, come early the doors open at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. A Love Offering will be accepted. You may call 217 792-5417 or 217 732-7080, or visit The Ball Brothers web page at for further information.

November 17
Divernon American Legion Auxiliary Bake Sale & Holiday Bazaar (9:00am - 1:00pm, American Legion Hall on the square, DIVERNON)
All proceeds to fund the Divernon American Legion Post 278. Items are new and gently used Holiday Decor.

November 17
Post Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm; Springfield Center for Independent Living, S Grand, SPRINGFIELD)
For more info, contact Pete at SCIL, 217-523-2587

November 17
CCHC 5K Turkey Trot (9:00am; Washington Park - Playground Pavilion, SPRINGFIELD)
Family oriented run/walk event. Costumes and all skill/age levels welcome. Online registration available at GetMeRegistered. Ages 13+ $20 | Children 3-12 $10 | Children under 3 FREE!

November 17, 18
Paws with Claus! (Must Reserve Session | Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm; 913 S. 6th Street, 2nd Floor, SPRINGFIELD)
Photos with Santa to benefit the APL. Pose pets, children or adults with or without Santa. $20 sitting fee payable to APL - 15 minute sessions - photo prints, holiday cards, printed ornaments & mugs available for purchase from Anna C. Pauly Photography. Portion of product purchases will be donated to the APL. Click here to register and reserve your session.

November 17, 18
Books on Stage (Hoogland Center for the Arts, SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Youth Performance Group (SYPG), an organization spotlighting young talent from the Springfield area, is presenting Books on Stage, a colorful, energetic children’s ballet, on November 17, 2018, at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and November 18, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Hoogland Center for the Arts.
See beloved children’s literature brought to life through music and movement with works from authors including Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, Margaret Wise Brown and Shel Silverstein. Watch as your favorite characters leap off the page and onto the stage! Prior to the show, there will be free, interactive activities for the children outside of Theatre Three. Danual Berkley, author of “Davy’s Pirate Ship Adventure”, will join us for book signings and storytelling. General admission tickets are only $5 and may be purchased at the Hoogland Center for the Arts box office or are available in advance by calling 217-523-2787 or by ordering online at The artistic director is Caitlin Helton Scherer and executive director is Taryn Grant. For more information, email or call 217-553-4475.

November 17, 18
Living Nativity (4:30 - 8:30pm; St. John's Lutheran Church, 2727 N. Union Blvd.; DECATUR)
Experience the best story of all - the story of Jesus! Come and see over 200 volunteers and live animals bring this amazing story to life. It is the perfect way to kickoff the Christmas season and remember what Christmas is all about. Phone: (217) 875-3656 | | (walk through 4:30 - 5:30, drive through 5:30 - 8)

November 18
11th Annual Sharon K. Miller Sherman Holiday Wonderland (10:00am - 4:00pm; Sherman Athletic Club, 300 S. 1st St., SHERMAN)
Annual benefit for the Sharon K. Miller Scholarship at IEA. Sharon was the founder of the Holiday Wonderland and former teacher at Sherman Elementary. One Stop Shopping! Open to the Public! Food available by "Flossie & Delzina's" Gourmet Grind & Gifts. Over 25 vendors with holiday decor' and gift ideas.

November 18
“There’s Something Goin’ on in Bethlehem.” (11:30am, The Festival of Trees, Orr Building, IL State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
November and December performances by faculty and students in Lincoln Land Community College’s music program kick off Sunday, Nov. 18 with the LLCC Big Band performing “There’s Something Goin’ on in Bethlehem.” The performance begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Festival of Trees in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. A performance by the LLCC Choir follows at 1 p.m.

November 17 - 25
“Holidays Through Our History,” Memorial’s 29th annual Festival of Trees - An Illinois Bicentennial event (Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 creatively decorated trees and wreaths; silent auctions for one-of-a-kind centerpieces and imaginative, hand-crafted Gingerbread Village structures; the Candy Cane Express Train; the Little Elves' Workshop craft area; Snapshots with Santa; a toy shop for kids; hand-decorated gingerbread cookies; and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. The annual event raises money for health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and in the Springfield community. Sponsored by PNC. For more information, visit or call 217-788-4301. #MemorialFOT #IllinoisProud

November 18
Heads Up Group - for those with traumatic brain injury (1:00pm - 3:00pm, SCIL, SPRINGFIELD)
Annual group potluck. Chili and beef stew provided. Bring your favorite side dish to share. Please RSVP by Tuesday November 13. For more info, contact David at SCIL: 217-523-2587

November 18
2nd Annual Thanksgiving Basket Give Away (9:30am - 12:30pm; American Legion Hall, 1800 E Capitol Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
The following organizations will be giving away and delivering thanksgiving food baskets for needy families in the Springfield, Illinois community: Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma and Omega Psi fraternities, the Masonic Lodge and the American Legioin Post 809.

November 18
Exploring Two Faces of Illinois’ History: A Conversation with Territorial Governor Ninian Edwards and Pottawatomie Chief Gomo (2:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Spend an hour with two of the most pivotal and dynamic personalities in Illinois History as portrayed by Brian “Fox” Ellis. Two hundred years ago, as the original thirteen colonies were bursting at the seams, as early pioneers came flooding over the Alleghenies, and the tribes of the east were being pushed to the west, as Illinois was struggling to become a state, there were a series of events that few folks even know about, let alone realize how pivotal these events were in forever shaping our state history and influencing our nation’s relations with Native Americans. From the War of 1812 to the burning of the French Village of Peoria and the Fort Dearborn Massacre in Chicago, this program will challenge the audience to reconsider what they think they know about Illinois’ story. First they will meet Illinois’ Territorial Governor Ninian Edwards as he speaks on his role in The War of 1812, the creation of our state constitution, and the Cahokia Council with the Indians. While Fox changes into traditional regalia, the host will lead a brief conversation to help the audience more deeply consider Governor Edward’s stories. Then they will meet Pottawatomie Chief Gomo and listen as he shares his side of the story in the rescue of the French women and children of Peoria, his relationships with the other principal chiefs of this region, including Black Hawk, and Tecumseh, The Prophet, his relationship to the Fort Dearborn Massacre, and his speech responding to the Governor. The host will then mediate a debate as the audience makes an effort to make sense of these divergent perspectives. Much of the text for this program will be taken directly from the speeches these two men delivered to each other as they squared off to determine the future of this region. Storyteller, Brian “Fox” Ellis steps into each of their shoes to bring to life a controversial story in this vital moment in the birthing of Illinois. This program explores American History unvarnished and promises to inspire a lively discussion! For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

November 18
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Rocks & Minerals | Artful Nature (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
This fall, we’re exploring connections between nature and culture with four month-long series of programs on water, trees, rocks and minerals, and ice and snow. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, hear stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.

Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The second Sunday of each month is our feature program of the month, Discovery Days, that will bring together a range of activities and experts for a more in-depth exploration of the month’s theme. The third Sunday of each month Artful Nature offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world. All other Sundays are a Culture Lab with drop-in activities led by our museum guides. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

November 18
"Surviving the Holidays" Seminar ( 1:00 - 3:00pm; Parish Hall at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S MacArthur, SPRINGFIELD)
GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays” allows attendees to lend support and acceptance of each other’s grieving process in a safe, caring environment. A 40-minute video featuring advice from people who have faced the holidays after the loss of a loved one will be shown. There will be time for discussion after the video.
Participants will receive a “Holiday Survival Guide” that contains over 30 encouraging readings, helpful charts and tips to manage the holiday season. Tips include how to treasure past family traditions while creating new traditions and how to cope with the overwhelming feelings of sadness while juggling the social events of the holiday season. The goal for this seminar is to help participants find ways to honor their loved ones while putting themselves on the path towards healing and well-being.
This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is requested to insure there are enough materials for everyone. For more information or to register for this event, please call 899-9418 or e-mail

November 20
SOUPER Tuesday! (2:00 - 6:00pm; 1615 W Washington, SPRINGFIELD)
Catholic Charities is excited to announce SOUPER Tuesday!
Did you know that St. John's Breadline is serving 40 Gallons of Made From Scratch Soup EVERY DAY 365 DAYS A YEAR?!?! We want to share with you the amazing food we are serving our guests every day. November 20th from 2:00 - 6:00 pm we will be serving up our made from scratch soup TO YOU! Suggested donation of $5 per 32 ounces of soup. Enjoy all fresh made from scratch Chili, Chicken Noodle Soup or Beef Vegetable Soup.

November 20
McClernand-Butler Military History (5:30pm; the City of Springfield’s Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 South Seventh St., SPRINGFIELD)
The military and government history of the McClernand-Butler family will be the topic of the Sangamon County Historical Society program. The event is free and open to the public. Amateur historian and genealogist McClernand Butler Crawford will talk about his illustrious families of Springfield and much more. Crawford is a descendant of Civil War Major General John A. McClernand, World War II hero Colonel McClernand Butler, and Illinois State Treasurer and County Clerk William Butler, for who Camp Butler National Cemetery is named. Crawford is a commercial banker in Carmel, Indiana. He is a member of several hereditary societies including the Order of the Indian Wars of the United States, of which he is past National Commander and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States of which he is past Indiana State Commander. For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at or 217-525-1961.

November 21
This Land Was Our Land: Native Americans, Globalization, and Treaties (12:00-1:00pm; *Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Brown Bag Program presented by presenter Dr. Michael Wiant. Free and open to the public. Clinging to the eastern seaboard and still under threat from Great Britain, the fledgling United States soon adopted a large-scale and aggressive strategy for expansion. Unfamiliar and daunting landscapes did little to stem westward expansion, and immediately Native American Nations, sole residents of the continent for thousands of years, faced an unprecedented challenge to their territory and way of life. This presentation explores the cultural transformation of the Illinois territory on the eve of statehood and how these events reverberate today.
Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield.* For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.
*The Collections Center’s new entrance gate is on Ash Street. The Ash Street entrance must be approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 1/2 Streets.

November 22
Thanksgiving Day service (9:00am; Trinity Lutheran Church downtown campus, 220 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Trinity Lutheran Church will host a Thanksgiving Day service on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Service will be held at the Downtown Campus, 220 South 2nd Street, Springfield, IL. For more information, please call the Church Office at 787.2323.

November 22
Free Dinner (4:00 - 8:00pm, Toni's Cafe, DIVERNON)
On Thanksgiving evening from 4 to 8 Toni's Cafe in divernon is giving free dinner and taking donations for Children St John's Hospital for the kids with Cancer. Please come join us.

November 23
Fun Frosty Friday (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, SPRINGFIELD)
Jumpstart your holiday season at the 4th Annual Fun Frosty Friday! This FREE family event features fun for the entire family and includes planes, trains, automobiles, face painting, balloon art and our signature LIFE-SIZED CANDY LAND ADVENTURE! The FIRST LEGO League team from Rochester, Illinois, “The Squad Zero-G” returns this year with a demonstration of engineering skill. Austin Naber, a 13-year-old Cup Stacking Champion from Indiana, is mesmerizing to watch with his quick speed and skill of cup stacking! Springfield Ballet Company will ring in the holiday season with stunning performances in the beautiful Library Atrium. Finally, what would a holiday event be without a photo with Santa and a real life Ice Princess?!?!?!

November 23
JACK’d (11:30am - 12:30pm; Festival of Trees, IL State Fairgrounds: Orr Bldg., SPRINGFIELD) A
jazz combo featuring Jason Waddell, LLCC professor of music, and LLCC students Emma Bachman and Emily Miller.

November 23
The Mall isn’t the only place to go to get great deals on Black Friday! Downtown is largely open for business and there are kid-friendly events such as Fun, Frosty Friday at the Presidential Museum.
Some shopping events of note on #BlackFriday:
Recycled Records is celebrating the area’s largest Record Store Day with new special releases and snacks starting at 9 am
Craft Beer Bar kicks off 12 Days of Christmas starting at noon
Three days of massive sales kick off Friday at 9 am at Willow & Birch Salon

November 24
It's true: if you spend $100 at a small, local business, $68 remains within Springfield’s local economy vs. only $43 from a big box store. Downtown Springfield Inc is kicking off the Old Capitol Holiday Walks on Small Business Saturday, with free horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa in the Old State Capitol starting at noon. Holiday Walks guidebooks which feature deals at stores, restaurants and bars, as well as partner activities such as Historic Sites, can be picked up for free at participating downtown shops next weekend.
Everyone is invited to the Community Tree Lighting at 5:30 pm, as we unveil the new tree designed and manufactured by Ace Sign Co.
DSI thanks all of our generous sponsors, including funds from Visit Springfield, to make the Holiday Walks a success. Holiday Walks continue every Wed. evening from 5-8 pm and Saturday from noon-5 pm through December 22. Many businesses are also keeping Sunday hours from noon to three.

November 23, 24, 25
Polar Express Pajama Party (5:30pm Fri-Sat, 1:00pm Sat, 3:00pm Sun; The Legacy Theatre, 101 E Lawrence, SPRINGFIELD)
Everybody in their jammies (you too, grownups!) as The Polar Express steams off on a journey to the North Pole! You'll be greeted by our conductors, and our dining car servers will welcome you to the cocoa party, where young travelers will enjoy some crafting and cocoa before embarking on their journey, a special screening of the film "The Polar Express." Our special guest from the North Pole will greet guests after the show; a photo is included. Advance tickets: $15, Day of show tickets: $20 | November 23 - Party at 5:30, film at 7:00pm | November 24 - Party at 1:00, film at 3:00pm | November 24 - Party at 5:30, film at 7:00pm | November 25 - Party at 3:00, film at 4:30pm

November 23, 24
LSCA and Refuge Ranch Present "Christmas Kick Off" (10:00am - 3:00pm; Lake Springfield Christian Assemby, 1674 Lick Creek Lane, CHATHAM)
Free event with Christmas trees, gifts, baked goods and treats available for a donation. Proceeds benefit LSCA and Refuge Ranch. A great way to get into the Christmas spirit as a family the two days following Thanksgiving. Hosted by Refuge Ranch and Lake Springfield Christian Assembly. Come get your Christmas trees (firs and pines starting at $25) while enjoying all the fun at camp, live animals, nativity, hayrides, hot chocolate, baked goods, and our Christmas camp store open with handmade items and gifts. All of this is a fundraiser for LSCA and Refuge Ranch. Please come support these 2 community organizations. Contact: Lake Springfield Christian Assembly | (217) 529-2625

November 24
"Christmas at Sugar Creek" Vendor Fair (10:00am - 3:00pm; Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 1022 New City Rd., CHATHAM)
Come start your holiday shopping with us. Free admission. Blood-mobile will be on site for donations. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry. 60 vendors. Lunch items, bake sale and used book sale. One-stop-shopping for all of your Christmas needs. Contact Suzanne at 725-4359 or with questions.

November 24
87th Beaux Arts Ball themed Celebration des Arts Ball (5:30pm; Crowne Plaza Hotel, SPRINGFIELD)
The Beaux Arts Ball is a unique, family-oriented fundraiser that honors the families who so graciously support the SAA with their time, talent and resources. King Benjamin Robert Trask and Queen Samantha Robert Long and the Royal Court will preside over this year’s Ball. The premiere sponsor of this elegant evening is The Lowery-Muller Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, and will feature the introduction of the Celebration des Arts Ball Court, dinner, a silent auction featuring a variety of unique packages, live music from Kapital Sound and dancing. The Golden Palette Awards, established in 2016, to acknowledge exceptional volunteer service to the arts and the SAA, will be presented as part of the evening’s festivities. The Beaux Arts Ball provides an exciting venue to honor the families and volunteers who generously support the SAA with their time and talents while raising crucial operating funds for the Art Association. Proceeds from the Ball help serve more than 100,000 people in Sangamon County and surrounding communities with high quality art exhibitions, educational outreach programs, classes, special events, lectures and camps. The SAA operates the SAA Collective Gallery at the Hoogland Center for the arts, the Michael Victor II Art Library on the main campus and preserves historic Edwards Place, the oldest home in Springfield. For more information, visit the Springfield Art Association website at Tickets for Celebration des Arts Ball are $125 for adults and $50-$75 for children. They must be purchased in advance by calling 217-523-2631. The deadline for dinner tickets is November 14, 2018. Tickets for the dancing portion, with, may be purchased at the door for $5 beginning at 9 p.m. Plan now to invite your family, friends and neighbors to be a part of this exciting traditional gala!

November 24
Santa Stroll (9:00am - 5:00pm; Central Park, JACKSONVILLE)
Things are starting to take shape for the first ever ‘Santa Stroll' on November 24th. Julie Rowe, owner of Home Girls and ER Committee Chair for Jacksonville Main Street, has been working diligently to bring this Main Street event to the Downtown."We are hoping to bring some old-fashioned holiday spirit back to our beautifully renovated downtown. This event will be fun for both shoppers and merchants!" noted Julie Rowe. 30 businesses will be participating in the November 24th ‘Santa Stroll' event, such as Our Town Books who will be offering ten percent off and will featuring a lot of small gift offerings. Home Girls will be offering five dollars off a purchase of ten dollars or more as well as treats and drinks. Just Good Trade will also be offering five percent off total purchases. Other featured businesses that will also have special discounts and offerings for this Small Business Saturday event include: Meraki, Dunlap Liquors, Handicraft Art Co., Girls in White Satin, Market House, Taylor Mercantile, Jamie Wisdom, Rugged Charm, Saved Space, All Occasions, Inner Harmony, Main Street Trading Company, Handlebar, along with many others. Santa hats will be for sale, starting Monday, November 12th at Home Girls Boutique, Just Good Trade and Our Town Books. For $10 a hat, you will receive the discounts listed above, along with discounts to all the other participating businesses. Rhonda Femmer, owner of Just Good Trade mentions her excitement over the tradition that this year's Small Business Saturday event will bring, "I believe that this year's Santa Stroll will bring back the more traditional aspect to Small Business Saturday by making it a fun family event while supporting small businesses and the shop small initiative."A Facebook page has been created for Jacksonville Main Street's Santa Stroll which contains updated information regarding this Small Business Saturday event. Individuals are encouraged to ‘follow' the event page to keep up what's going on as more event details unfold and ask any questions they may have. For more information, call Julie Rowe at 217.473.7287.

November 25
Spurlock Sundays: Fall in Love with Nature - Rocks & Minerals | Culture Lab (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
This fall, we’re exploring connections between nature and culture with four month-long series of programs on water, trees, rocks and minerals, and ice and snow. We’ll look at the ways different cultures have used natural resources, explained natural phenomena, and found inspiration in the world around them. Examine artifacts, hear stories, and dig into sample materials. Experts from around town and campus will offer demonstrations and discussions. All programs are free and available on a drop-in schedule.

Each month has a distinct theme, with a series of programs for different ages and learning styles within those themes. The second Sunday of each month is our feature program of the month, Discovery Days, that will bring together a range of activities and experts for a more in-depth exploration of the month’s theme. The third Sunday of each month Artful Nature offers visitors an opportunity to create a unique project inspired by the natural world. All other Sundays are a Culture Lab with drop-in activities led by our museum guides. Join them for mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touchable artifacts.

November 25
All You Can Eat Fried Chicken Dinner (4:00 - 7:00pm; American Legion POst 32, 1120 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
All proceeds benefit veterans and their families. $10.25 per person. Served with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, roll, coffee or iced tea. 217/523-3415 for further information

November 26
28th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture (12:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library, Room 106, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Join the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs for a lecture, "Evaluating the Impact of Rural Village Libraries in Uganda: A Mixed-Methods Narrative," given by Valeda F. Dent, Ph.D. with contributions by Geoff Goodman, Ph.D.
Dr. Dent is Dean, St. John's University Libraries; Professor, Division of Library and Information Science; and Founder, Rural Village Libraries Research Network.
Sponsored by Center for Global Studies through support from the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI NRC Program; Diversity Committee of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library; Mortenson Center for International Library Programs; and School of Information Sciences.
For more information (and live streaming), visit

November 26 - December 13
“no cake, no trophy” (Weekdays 8:00am - 4:00pm; LLCC, 5250 Shepherd Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the print exhibit “no cake, no trophy” by Felicia Cannon Nov. 26-Dec. 13. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
“I make images of architectural spaces and objects in perspective from hand-printed patterns and textures. I use value and color relationships to make shapes that are recognizable as volumetric, but cannot be pinned down to representation. I deconstruct and reconstruct these shapes to orchestrate my own interpretation of place,” explains Cannon.
Learn more about LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at

November 27
Proust’s Letters: Website Launch (3:00 - 5:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Room 346, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
The website “Marcel Proust’s World War I Letters,” featuring a selection of letters from the years 1914-1918, is the first phase of Corr-Proust, a new digital edition of French novelist Marcel Proust’s correspondence. Caroline Szylowicz (Kolb-Proust Librarian and Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, RBML) and François Proulx (Assistant Professor, Department of French and Italian) present the website and discuss the next phases of this long-term digital humanities project, a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Université Grenoble Alpes, and the Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (Paris).

November 27
Christmas concert by CACB (7:00pm; LLCC, Trutter Center, SPRINGFIELD)
Christmas concert by the Capital Area Concert Band and LLCC Band students

November 27
Nativity Scene in the Capitol Rotunda (12:00pm to 1:00pm; State Capitol Rotunda, 2nd & Captiol St., SPRINGFIELD)
FREE | The 11th annual Nativity Scene Christmas launch service begins at 12 noon on that day. There will be wonderful local speakers and a representative from Wreaths Across America. Music will be led by members of the Lincoln Ave Baptist Church. More info: Bernie Lutchman, cell number 217-414-2435. Email is

November 27
St. John's College of Nursing Graduate Open House (4:30pm, St. John’s College of Nursing Simulation Center, 850 E Madison St., 2nd Floor, SPRINGFIELD)
St. John's College of Nursing Graduate Program Open House | Graduate specialty options offered: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration/Leadership, 4:30 pm Faculty and prospective student mixer | 5:00 pm Presentation and Q&A session | 6:00 pm Tour of the state-of-the-art simulation center | RSVP 217-525-5628 or

November 27
Illinois Symphony Orchestra Celebrates #GivingTuesday with a special giving campaign matched by two generous donors (SPRINGFIELD)
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27th and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back. The Illinois Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to inspiring our audiences through exceptional live orchestra performance and programs. Whether in a concert hall or a classroom, a church or a senior citizen center, our music engages, transforms and captivates. There is something in the ISO community for everyone. Special #GivingTuesday Offer! For every NEW or RETURNING (someone whose last gift was December 31, 2013 or earlier) donor who gives $100 or more on #GivingTuesday, the ISO will provide a voucher for one free (Zone 2) ticket for the Holiday Pops in the Heartland concert on December 14 in Bloomington or December 15 in Springfield.
Double Your Impact! The first $2,000 from NEW or RETURNING donors will be matched, thanks to the generosity of Kathy and Milt Sees and Dr. Daniel and Debra Brownstone.
To learn more about the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, go to or Like us on Facebook.
To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:

November 28
No Blue Memories: Behind the Scenes with Manual Cinema (4:00 - 6:00pm; The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Library, Room 200, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, URBANA)
Join the Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on November 28 for a behind-the-scenes lecture and reception with the actors from Manual Cinema: No Blue MemoriesThe Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. A general public performance will take place the following evening, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, in KCPA’s Colwell Playhouse. Visit for more information. Visit for more information |

November 28
LLCC Student Honors Recital (7:00pm; LLCC, Menard Hall, Rm 2250, SPRINGFIELD)
November and December performances by faculty and students in Lincoln Land Community College’s music program.

November 30
Book Sale at the Westville Public Library (10:00am - 5:30pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library will have a book sale on Friday,November 30 from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. There will be children's, mystery, romance, western and more available in fiction and a large selection of non-fiction. A great selection of videos, audiobooks and vinyl records will be available. VHS videos, cookbooks and music cassettes and CDs will be all you can fit in a plastic grocery bag for $1.00. Prices begin at just a quarter on all else. The sale is located in the building behind the library. Just follow the north sidewalk around to behind the library building. The library is located at 233 S. State Street. Please call 267-3170 for further details.

November 30
Franciscan Nativity Festival (2:00 - 7:00pm; Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Chiara Center will host the Franciscan Nativity Festival on Friday, November 30 from 2-7 p.m.; and Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 from noon - 4 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Festival features more than 100 Nativity Sets, many of which are new entries to the annual Festival. Chiara Center is located at 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield, IL, 62707. | 217-522-3387, ext. 623

November 30 & December 1
5th Annual Cranberry Christmas Craft & Vendor Fair (5:00pm - 8:00pm; Blue Mound Civic Center, 551 N Lewis St., BLUE MOUND)
Come see us at the Blue Mound Civic Center located at 551 N. Lewis Street in Blue Mound, Illinois, on November 30th from 5-8 pm and December 1st from 9-3 pm. where we will have crafters from around the area offering handmade items for your home, family, and friends. There will be items to decorate your home such as wreaths, floral, decorative signs, wood crafts, painted gourds, wine bottle lamps, metal items, etched glass items, and more. We will also have handmade candles to add just the right festive touch. To keep you warm we will have crocheted items as well as fleece jackets, shirts, and quilts. Do you love bath bombs ...we will have those to! And for those with a sweet tooth, we will have homemade fudge, rock candy, divinity, and more. There will be various craft items from many talented vendors. We will have your favorite direct sales vendors such as Tupperware, Amway, 31 bags, Pink Zebra, Perfectly Posh, Paparrazzi, and more! So grab a friend, your mom, your sister, husband, or anyone else and come see us for your Christmas Shopping! While you are there, be sure to grab something to eat such as Chili, walking tacos, bbq, loaded nachos, and more. Cookies and Punch available as well. Hope to see you there! FREE ADMISSION!