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July 2017 Community Calendar

If you would like your event considered for the Calendar, please email your request as early as possible to Events@wics.com.

If you would like your event considered for the Calendar, please email your request as early as possible to Events@wics.com. Please include the following details within the body of the email, not as an attachment.

  • event date
  • event time
  • event location (street address and city)
  • event cost (if applicable) and who benefits from the fees/donations
  • a brief description
  • public contact information if our community has further questions

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July 1
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Care Strick: 217-494-9212
Every Saturday, through October 28.

July 1
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

July 1
Red, White, & Blue Super Saturday (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Celebrate and make art in three colors! Enjoy seeing art from the Museum's collections, making crafts, and playing games all in red, white, and blue. Super Saturdays offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and feature crafts and educational games. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061 or (217)782-7386. Museum Admission: $5 - Adults ages 19-64. Free - Members, youth, seniors, military, veterans

July 2
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; Menard Co. Fairgrounds, 18450 Fairgrounds St., PETERSBURG)
150+ Quality vendors: antiques, vintage, salvage, produce, handmade, up-cycled, repurposed, art, primitives, pet supplies, boutique, photography, foods, collectibles, architectural, furniture. Wine/craft beer patio. New vendors, please inquire with product info. and pictures at firstsundaymidwestbazaar@gmail.com
Future dates include: Aug 6, Sept 3, Oct 1

July 8
Illinois Bat Festival (9:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Illinois Bat Festival is our next big festival of the year! Celebrate the unique role of bats in the Great Lakes ecosystem as insect eaters, while dispelling myths and misinformation that generate needless fears and threaten bats and their habitats around the world.
The festival features activities for children, families, educators and conservation professionals. Presentations, speakers, live animals, hands-on activities, games for kids, and interactive exhibits provide a full day of fun and environmental education.
Additionally, please join us later that night, from 8 PM to 10 PM for Science Night at the Lincoln Memorial Garden to watch bats emerge at sunset! FREE FOR ALL!

July 8
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

July 8
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Care Strick: 217-494-9212
Every Saturday, through October 28.

July 9 -11
Fun, Faith, and Sister Buddies (Sacred Heart Convent; 1237 W. Monroe St., SPRINGFIELD)
It is not clear who enjoys the Dominican Sisters’ Faith Camp more—the junior high girls who participate or their grateful parents—but it is time for families to register their daughters for this year’s camp, scheduled July 9-11. Early registration is advised; participation is limited to 25 campers. Girls starting grades 6-9 in the fall are welcome. They’ll enjoy crafts, games, and interaction with the sisters in a safe, welcoming, Catholic environment. The girls will learn about the importance of prayer, study, and Christian service for a well-rounded faith life. The schedule includes making something, baking something, spending quiet time with Jesus in the chapel, swimming—and Sister Buddies.
Registration is $50 per child and includes a copy of The Catholic Youth Prayer Book for each child to take home. Registration forms are available at SpringfieldOP.org or from Sister Teresa Marron, OP, at 217-787-0481 or SrTeresa@spdom.org.

July 11
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: "Taking Flight" (10:00am & 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest at the Illinois State Museum. Tuesdays in June & July. 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. Free with Museum Admission. $5 - ages 19-64. Free - Youth, Members, Seniors, Military, & Veterans.
In this school bus series film, the class learns how wings and moving air cause flight as they take a ride in a model airplane.
This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each film last approximately 30 minutes. Registration only requested for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to register a group of 10 or more, contact rsvp@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-5949.

July 14, 15
Amaranth Apple Festival (Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
The Amaranth Apple is a mystical fruit in Lindsay's 1920 novel, "The Golden Book of Springfield,” which grew from seeds planted by Johnny Appleseed in the deceased (or was he?) skull/body of the fictional founder of Springfield, Hunter Kelly. Lindsay’s future Springfield shows socially and religiously awakened residents who have transformed his hometown into a utopian paradise that could serve as a guide to all of America. The money raised at the event funds DSI’s non-profit mission to champion and revitalize the downtown district. This year’s Saturday music headliner is Matthew Sweet. Organizers expect at least 25 restaurants to take part this year, with a “hint” of the mystical fruit in each bite.

July 15
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Care Strick: 217-494-9212
Every Saturday, through October 28.

July 15
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

July 18
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: "Birds" (10:00am & 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest at the Illinois State Museum. Tuesdays in June & July. 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. Free with Museum Admission. $5 - ages 19-64. Free - Youth, Members, Seniors, Military, & Veterans.
Fly with the birds and learn about their special abilities, from the fastest animal, the falcon, to eagles to owls.
This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each film last approximately 30 minutes. Registration only requested for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to register a group of 10 or more, contact rsvp@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-5949.

July 22
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Care Strick: 217-494-9212
Every Saturday, through October 28.

July 22
Astronomy Program (10:00am, Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
Let's prepare for the upcoming rare celestial event of a solar eclipse on August 21. Mr. David Leake of the of the Parkland planetarium and current president of the CU Astronomical Society will speak and present a demonstration. The program is for all ages. If children would like to bring a shoebox they will be able to make their own pinhole projector. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this informative and fun program.

July 22
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

July 22
FREE DAY at the Zoo! (Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Each year we offer free days at our zoo. They have traditionally surrounded events that happen a couple time each year. But this year we have an exciting NEW Free Day Program! Plan your next outing and take advantage of one of these free days! (FUTURE DATES: Aug 26) HensonRobinsonzoo.org

July 25
Annual Pork Chop Dinner at Shelby County 4-H fair (5:00 - 7:00pm)
HCE (Home and Community Education) of Shelby County is preparing or serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at this years Shelby County 4-H fair, and we would be thrilled if you would join us. The fair takes place July 23-27. HCE will be serving meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On behalf of SHELBY COUNTY HCE AND SHELBY COUNTY PORK PRODUCERS we will serve our ANNUAL PORK CHOP DINNER from 5-7 p.m. on July 25th. Tickets can be purchased at the cook shack during the fair. No advance purchase is necessary. A dinner with 1 chop is $7.00 and a 2 chop is $9.00. Each pork chop dinner is served in to-go-boxes, the meal includes potatoes wedge casserole, green beans and a dinner roll, as well as tea, lemonade and water.
Our not-for-profit organizations are happy to raise funds to benefit 4-H in Shelby County, and we would appreciate your help in our eff/rots. Plan to join us at the fair and enjoy the food we have prepared.
CONTACT: 217-682-3216. or 217-343-9684

July 25
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: "Bees" (10:00am & 2:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest at the Illinois State Museum. Tuesdays in June & July. 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. Free with Museum Admission. $5 - ages 19-64. Free - Youth, Members, Seniors, Military, & Veterans.
In this school bus series film, kids are turned into bees. When their honey is stolen by a bear, they must find a way to let the other bees know where the last field of flowers is.
This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each film last approximately 30 minutes. Registration only requested for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to register a group of 10 or more, contact rsvp@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-5949.

July 29
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Shoppers will find dozens of farm and artisan vendors providing locally grown or handmade items for sale at the intersections of 4th and Adams Streets, near the Farmers Market mural.

Thanks to the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent, this year’s Market also gives shoppers some extra services and knowledge regarding how best to prepare the produce and meat they’ll find at the Market. The Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent will house chef demonstrations every Saturday at 10 am, including Hy-Vee chefs and downtown legends like Chef Michael Higgins.

Another new feature is the Farmers Market Meal Kit program, where chefs will create take-and-make meals for purchase using ingredients sourced at the Market. These kits aim to introduce shoppers to unique, seasonal ingredients through simple to prepare, chef-tested recipes in a perfectly portioned package.

The whole family can also enjoy early morning stretches and fun with a free Family Fitness Area on Saturdays at 9 am.

SNAP users should visit the Market Booth to purchase their tokens and receive their SNAP match.

July 29
Rochester Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:00pm; Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, ROCHESTER)
It is a small market but is growing. We view it as a community opportunity for the town to come together to socialize as well as to purchase produce and other items. We will be offering produce, meat, homemade soaps, plants, flowers, bakery items and a few homemade items. For more information, contact Care Strick: 217-494-9212
Every Saturday, through October 28.

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