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June 2017 Community Calendar

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June 1
Heart-Healthy Cooking is offered the first Thursday of every month (5:30 - 7:00pm; Harvest Market, Nook Demonstration Kitchen, 2nd floor, 2029 South Neil Street, CHAMPAIGN) Join Carle Heart & Vascular experts and the Harvest Market dietitian as they team up to share recipes on cooking for a healthy heart at a once-a-month cooking demonstration.
Each class will feature multiple low sodium and heart heathy recipes to be shared by those who attend. Class size is limited to ¬20 persons, and reservations are required.
Reserve your spot by signing up through Harvest Market Store Events Calendar at http://www.goharvestmarket.com/store-events, or call Noah at the Carle Heart and Vascular Institute, 217-904-7063.

June 1
Low Vision Technology Fair (9:00am - 2:00pm; South Side Christian Church, 2600 S. MacArthur, SPRINGFIELD)
The fair is free and open to the public. Visitors will see the latest in low vision technology and adaptive vision aids for reading, computers, and daily living. Speakers will present on the latest treatments in eye diseases, senior fraud, and communicating with your legislator. People can get hearing and vision tested by the Lion's Club. Lewis Memorial Christian Village will be doing blood pressure checks. Lunch is included and door prizes are available.

The event is presented by the Illinois Assistive Technology Program and the Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired. scastles@iltech.org

June 1
Nurse Recruitment Event: Growing Wellness Through Gratitude (5:30 - 7:30pm; Carle Orthopedics and Sports Medicine building, 2300 S. First St., CHAMPAIGN)
Do you know a nurse who may be interested in working at Carle? Invite them to attend our special nurses’ night out. www.carle.org/nursing-open-house
Featured speaker will be Elizabeth Angelo, RN, executive director of The Carle Experience, who will share ways to improve wellbeing by incorporating elements of mindfulness and gratitude into your daily habits. Carle nurses also will participate in a panel discussion to share their work experiences, providing insight into Carle’s culture and opportunities.
Attendees will be able to tour the new Carle Orthopedics and Sports Medicine building and learn more about Carle nursing opportunities in Orthopedics, Digestive Health, Primary Care, Cancer and Patient Advisory Nursing.
Seating is limited, so reserve a space at carle.org/nursing-open-house.
Carle is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-36, 08/01/2019). A maximum of 0.5 nursing contact hours will be awarded to nurses who attend.

June 2
Mattoon Rural King to Host Farmers Market (8:00am - 1:30pm; 4216 Dewitt Avenue, MATTOON)
Mattoon Rural King will host a local farmers market at the east end of the store parking lot every Friday from June 2 to September 29. Mattoon Farmers Market was previously held at Peterson Park.

If you’re a vendor and would like to be involved, please pick up your vendor application at Mattoon Rural King. Vendor spaces are $5 per day or $100 per season. Registration fees from the farmers markets will be donated by the store to the Mattoon Community Food Center and to Coles County 4-H. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Cowger at the Mattoon Rural King: farmersmarket1@ruralking.com, 217-235-7101.

Plan to join in supporting local growers, vendors, and organizations every Friday at Mattoon Rural King!

June 2
Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago Public Reception (5:30 - 7:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 2nd Floor Gallery, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
A public reception will be held on Friday, June 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to highlight the Museum's new exhibition on pinball. The exhibition at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield will display sixteen pinball machines from the 1960s through the 1980s, nearly all designed and built in Chicago, alongside imagist paintings, sculptures and prints. Attendees at the reception will have the opportunity to play select pinball machines. The exhibition will be open through August 11, 2017. For more information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061 or (217) 782-7386.

http://www.illinoisstatemuseum.org/content/kings-queens-pinball-imagists-and-chicago-public-reception

June 2
Early Heart Attack Care & Heart Attack Prevention (10:00am - 2:00pm; Market Place Mall, 2000 Neil St., CHAMPAIGN)
Free Heart Health Screenings: Blood Pressure | Glucose | Sleep Apnea | BMI
Education: Hands Only CPR | Early Heart Attack Care | Heart Failure | Heart Healthy Diet | +much more
www.carle.org

June 2, 3
Paxton Town-wide Garage Sales (PAXTON)
Every year we have had approximately 100 SALES! Maps will be available very early Friday Morning at both Casey’s Locations and Village Pantry.

June 2-4, 9-10
Theatre in the Park Presents 'Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.' (8:00pm; Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site)
Featuring more than 50 area performers, ages 7-18, from Springfield, Petersburgh, Pleasant Plains, Rochester, Chatham, Athens, and Williamsville, Aladdin, Jr. is the opening musical production for TIP’s 2017 summer season. Aladdin, Jr. is unique for Theatre in the Park as a junior production. “There hasn’t been a Junior Musical for more than 10 years,” said Adam Power, director. “We started this journey last fall with the planning stages, auditioned 120 kids this spring, and cast more than 50 local kids to put together this junior production of a Broadway musical.” Tickets are $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 children under 12. Season tickets for Theatre in the Park are $120 for 10 tickets and can be used in any combination for any of the shows. For tickets call 217.632.5440 or 1.800.710.9290. Order online at theatreinthepark.net

June 3
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.

June 3
5th Annual KC Lake Club Hog Roast (4:00pm; KC Lake Club, 141 Noth LAkewood Dr., CHATHAM)
Hog roast is open to the public. There is no entrance fee. Adult dinners start at $7:00 and kids dinners start at $4.00. Pulled pork dinners with fries and baked beans. There will also be funnel cakes and lemon shakeups available for sale. Food Service 4:00 – 8:00 pm | Live Music by: Smokin J’s 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Second club past the marina on the shores of Lake Springfield. More information at kclakeclub.com

June 3
AYCE (All You Can Eat) Chili (1:00 - 3:00pm; Eagles Club #437, 2413 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
1 - 3 p.m. (Or Until Gone) Cost is $7.00 per person. We are a non-profit organization and give to a lot of charities. Our Motto is People Helping People.

June 3
Second Annual Homecoming (10:00am - 12:30pm; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, DECATUR)
Join the Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park as they celebrate their second annual Homecoming. Welcoming ceremony, nature and history hikes will begin at 10:00 AM. Well known Kathryn Harris portrays Harriet Tubman, African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and civil rights activist who guided slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Music will be provided by The 1st Pres String Band and a wiener roast takes place as 12:00 PM. For more information: Jeff Tish jtish@maconcountyconservation.org

June 3
Canoeing/Kayaking on the Sangamon River (9:00am - end; The Wyckles road access just north of the Sangamon Bridge, on the west side of Wyckles Rd.)
Enjoy canoeing/kayaking down the Sangamon River that Lincoln so loved. We will begin at the Wyckles road access just north of the Sangamon Bridge, on the west side of Wyckles Rd. at 9 AM and continue to Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial. Canoe and Kayak people are required to BYO canoes and kayaks, paddles and life jackets and can park at the Wyckles Rd access. Vans will be provided there to shuttle the groups back to their cars on Wyckles Rd. It will take about two hours to get to the Lincoln Trail Access. For more information contact: Joel Novick Joelnovick@gmail.com.

June 3
"Outside at the Museum Super Saturday" (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD) Free with Admission (Adults 19-64: $5; Members, youth, seniors, military, veterans: Free)
Come celebrate No Child Left Inside Month at the Museum. Activities will include cloud watching, nature hunts, sidewalk chalk, plein air art, and more on the Museum porch and lawn. In the event of rain, activities will be moved inside.
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.

June 3
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.

June 3
23rd Annual Mt. Zion Community Ice Cream Social (5:00 - 7:30pm; Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1220 West Main Street, MOUNT ZION)
This family friendly event is held each year to help families in need in the Mt. Zion area. This year’s recipients are Bailey Huddleston and Jackson Scharf. There will be plenty of food, refreshments, ice cream, and desserts, plus a silent auction, “Children’s Fun Area” with marionette performances, and entertainment highlighted “The Brothers Odd”, a great local band. (For more information contact: Earleen Hartrich 217-620-3184)
-Bailey is a 16-year-old student at Mt. Zion High School, born with a rare brittle bone disease called Osteopetrosis. This has caused her bones to soften and break easily, leading to partial loss of vision, countless casts, multiple surgeries, and continual blood transfusions. Bailey had a bone marrow transplant in 2010 which did not result in the long term care that was hoped for. This spring she will undergo a new stem cell transplant at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. She and her mother, Heather will have to stay in Indianapolis for 6-12 months.
-Jackson is 9 years old and also a student in Mt. Zion. In September 2016, Jackson suffered a brain stem hemorrhage. This caused his heart to stop beating briefly which resulted in loss of speech and motor skills. Recovery and rehabilitation from his stroke has been a long and difficult process. Jackson spent 5 1/2 months in the hospital and has had 10 surgeries. With therapy and love and support from his parents Greg and Sandy Scharf, he continues to relearn speech and language.

June 4
1st Annual Riverton Knights of Columbus Car Show (10:00am; at the Hall parking lot, 401 S 4th St., RIVERTON)
2 classes: Pre-1979 & 1980 to date! 5 awards per class. "Best of Show Grand Knight" award! Plus, Show Runner Up, presented by the Council 3914 Ladies Auxiliary. This is a participant judged show. Registration 10:00am - 12:00pm, judging starts at 12:00pm! Ballots to be submitted by 1:30pm. $15 registration. Awards start around 3:30pm.
50s/60s/70s music, door prizes, 50/50 drawing.
Tasty food & cold drinks available on site!
Walleye sandwich basket with fries, shrimp basket, corndog basket, chicken strip basket. Water, Beer, Wine, Soda also for sale!
Supported by the Route 66 Car Club.
Event proceeds benefit Brother James Court.
For more information, contact DGK Steve Gand 217-502-4472, Riverton KC Hall at 217-629-7202 or RTE 66's Cruisers Car Club's D. Walker 217-528-1693

June 4
Benefit for Family of Joe Ayers (1:30 - 4:30pm; The Corner Pub and Grill, 3271 W Iles Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Joe Ayers of Rochester IL went missing on Lake Springfield in a jet ski accident on March 26th, Thanks to the tireless efforts of many volunteers and rescue, he was found on April 3rd. This tragic accident left behind his two young daughters. This benefit is for them and their education.
Silent Auction for some amazing baskets. | 50/50 drawing | $5 solo cups of Coors Light
Contact Kati Ayers at pwrlss06@gmail.com or Missy Medders at Bonposm@yahoo.com for more information.

June 4
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 July 2, Aug 6, Sept 3, Oct 1

June 5
Memorial Rehab Services Support Group (4:00 - 6:00pm; Memorial Medical Center, Conference Room B149, SPRINGFIELD)
For more info call 217-788-3461 or Memorial Rehab Services at 217-788-3300.

June 5
“Reading by Design” : Funbelievable Balloons, Inc. (10:00am, 125 West Editor, ASHLAND & 1:00pm, 555 Buckeye Road, PLEASANT PLAINS)
Prairie Skies Public Library District summer reading program “Reading by Design” gets off to an exciting start on June 5th with Funbelievable Balloons, Inc. This Central Illinois group of professional balloon artists will be entertaining all who come to the library with their unique creations. The Ashland location at 125 West Editor will have a 10 A.M. program on June 5th and a repeat program will be presented at the Pleasant Plains location at 555 Buckeye Road at 1 P.M. Come design a great start to your summer with the Prairie Skies Public Library District.

June 5
Garden Walk (9:00am - 12:00pm; SPRINGFIELD)
Self-guided tour of local gardens. Maps will be available at Westminster Presbyterian Church on the day of the event. For more details, visit http://scgc-il.org/

June 6
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: "Rocks & Erosion" (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 bus turns into a boulder and the students are transformed into rocks for a lesson about erosion.
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.

June 7
Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture: "Neolithic Landscapes of Southern Germany: Integrating Insights from Excavation, Regional Survey, and Private Collections." (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Dr. Lynn Fisher, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Illinois at Springfield will present. This program is free and open to the public. For more information please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061 or (217) 782-7386.
This presentation reports on current results of a long-term German-American archaeological project investigating early farming settlements in southern Germany. The Neolithic, ca. 5400 - 2500 B.C., represents the earliest farming economies in this region. In southern Germany, this was a period of great social and economic change, characterized by movement of people, ideas, and farming practices. The archaeological data available for studying this dynamic period, however, is characterized by many gaps and empty areas. Our project combines plowzone survey, work with private collections, remote sensing, and test excavation to assess areas of Neolithic site concentrations and the gaps between them. We combine data from more than 20 years of field work in this area to address questions about settlement continuity and change in Neolithic settlement and activities. Highlights include Early and Middle Neolithic settlements and a large quarry landscape on the Swabian Alb, long thought to be devoid of early farming activities.

June 8
Music at the Museum Series: The Yellow Bellied Sap Suckers (7:00 - 9:00pm; Illinois State Museum, Thorne Deuel Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12
The Yellow Bellied Sap Suckers perform original songs and tunes inspired by the classic hillbilly, country-duo, and old-time musical traditions-and also mines this same repertoire for forgotten gems that deserve to be heard again. Based in Soldiers Grove, WI, the Sapsuckers (Nikki Grossman, guitar, fiddle, and vocals; Joe Hart, guitar, mandolin, and vocals) perform frequent concerts, as well as square and contra dances, and they are known for the light touch and sense of humor they bring to their performance. http://www.illinoisstatemuseum.org/content/yellow-bellied-sap-suckers
Music at the Museum is a monthly concert series produced by Chris Vallillo featuring the best in contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic music of all styles. Concerts are held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Museum auditorium. Tickets are available at the door. For more information on the featured acts and a full series schedule, visit www.museumconcerts.com. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061 or (217) 782-7386.

June 9
28th Annual Sarah Bush Lincoln Golf Benefit (Meadowview Golf Course, 6489 Meadowview Ln., MATTOON)
Net proceeds from this year;s event will support construction of the New Heart Center. As in previous years, the committee is planning another fun-filled day with opportunities to win great prizes on every hole. And one lucky raffle winner will walk about with a 7-day trip to Maui, Hawaii! To increase your chances, we're offering an early bird discount for advanced purchase raffle tickets! www.sarahbush.org
Contact Kimberly Lockart at 217-238-4765 for more information.

June 10
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.

June 10
Philly's 'Living the Dream' Ride 2017 (10:00am; Spanky's Saloon, MATTOON)
Once again, the friends and family of Richard "Philly" Philabaum cordially invite you to join us for the 6th Annual Philly's "Living the Dream" Memorial Ride. Registration will be from 10 am until noon at Spanky's Saloon in Mattoon. Kickstands will go up promptly at noon. Food and drink specials will be available during registration. The cost is $10 per person.

All makes/models of motorcycles and four wheel vehicles welcome! Our route this year will be close to 100 miles and include stops in Montrose, Casey, Ashmore, Hindsboro, and Arcola, before finishing back at Spanky’s Saloon.

A meal will be provided at the last stop by the celebrated?HMWHIL BBQ team "The Dry Rubbers", and entertainment will be provided by local favorite band Sleeping Dogzz. As always, there will be giveaways and prizes throughout the day, while merchandise will be available at the first and last stops. Merchandise may also be purchased before The Ride by contacting any HMWHIL Brother/Sister.
For more information, contact: sue_norton@hotmail.com

June 10
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.

June 10
Max's Memorial Golf Outing and Auction (12:00pm; The Links Golf Course, 319 Holken Brink Dr.,
JACKSOVILLE) Butch Woods of Charlie's 19th Hole has chosen the Bark Park for his annual fundraiser! We are trying to bring WATER to the Jacksonville PetSafe™ Bark Park. www.jaxbark.org
GOLF SCRAMBLE: Open to the public. Cost is $60 per person. 4 person team/ 36 team limit. $100 deposit holds your spot. Tee time is noon. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Butch: 217-473-7428 or Keith: 217-473-2236
AUCTION: Starting around 5:30pm we will begin auctioning off several items and baskets. For a listing of items that will be up for auction, visit and follow our facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/135907566937729/
The goal is to raise enough money to be able to bring a city water line into the Jacksonville PetSafe Bark Park.

June 10
The Walk to Defeat ALS (10:00am - 1:00pm; Southwind Park, 2nd St and Southwind Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
The Walk to Defeat ALS ® is the #1 way to empower yourself to lend support to those fighting and caring for someone living with ALS. The 2017 Springfield Walk will be held on June 10 at Southwind Park. Registration starts at 9:00 am and the Walk begins at 10:00 am. You can register or donate online at http://web.alsa.org/SpringfieldIL or by calling the office at 888-873-8539.

June 11
Monticello Christian Academy's 11th Annual PRAISE in the PARK (12:00 - 7:00pm; Forest Preserve Park, Route 105, MONTICELLO)
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a wonderful day of live Christian music at our 11th Annual PRAISE in the PARK! The grills will be fired up with hamburgers and hot dogs - we will also have sno cones, popcorn, fun games, balloons, and bounce houses!
Schedule to include worship and contemporary music, artists include: Crossroads Church-Monticello, Mark & Pam Fisher, Pearl Blind, Meadowbrook Community Church, Captain Keith and the Blue Potatoes, and Crossroads Church-Bement.
Come out and enjoy this wonderful fundraising event!
For more information, please call me at 217-898-5550.

June 11
Litchfield Pickers Market (9:00am - 3:00pm; 400 N State St., LITCHFIELD)
Open-air market specializes in vendors featuring items prior to 1980. Plus live music, food and more. FREE. visitlitchfield.com

June 11
The Garden Walk (2:00 - 6:00pm; DECATUR)
Event location: Various home and urban gardens in Decatur, address furnished at ticket purchase. $10 in advance and $12 day of. This is a fundraiser for the Macon County Master Gardeners, a University of Illinois Extension program.
Enjoy a self-guided tour of seven beautiful Decatur-area gardens Sunday, June 11. Explore historic gardens near Millikin University, learn about urban gardening techniques at The Good Samaritan Inn and check out what the homeowners say is the oldest tree in Decatur. To order tickets in advance, call 217.877.6042. The list of garden locations will be made available when you purchase a ticket. Tickets are available at Cedar Lake Gardens & Gifts, 3231 E. Mound Road; Farmer's Market Garden Center, 1805 N. Main St.; Mari-Mann Herb Co Inc, 1405 Mari-Mann Lane; The Garden Path, 3838 E. Lost Bridge Road.; Tournesol Tournesol, 134 Merchant St.; and Williams Greenhouse, 2890 S. Mt. Zion Road. and in Latham at Connie's Country Greenhouse, 325 2400th Ave. The Garden Walk will happen rain or shine! Contact with further questions: Brittani Garner, 217.877.6042 or bagarner@illinois.edu.

June 12
“Reading by Design”: Wild Times Exotics, Ltd. (10:00am, 125 West Editor, ASHLAND & 1:00pm, 555 Buckeye Road, PLEASANT PLAINS)
Prairie Skies Public Library District “Reading by Design” summer reading program brings Wild Times Exotics, Ltd to you on June 12th at 10 A.M. at our Ashland location at 125 West Editor and at 1 P.M. at 555 Buckeye Road at our Pleasant Plains location. This local mobile zoo offers a variety of animals for all to see. Their animal ambassadors will have all mesmerized and enthralled, so come to the library on June 12th.

June 12 - 16
Mighty Fortress Vacation Bible School (8:30am - 12:00pm; Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2750 E. Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
First day registration is at 8 a.m. Children ages 3 years through 5th grade are invited to attend. There is no charge to attend. Children will sing songs, do crafts, eat snacks, play games, and more. For more information, call 217-528-5232.

June 13
Kamp Kaleidoscope Culvers Dine Nite Event (4:00 - 8:00pm; Culver’s- 4400 W. Wabash Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Kamp Kaleidoscope provides stimulating activities and useful learning experiences for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, age 4 -21, during their summer break from school. These activities allow our individuals the opportunity to continue to grow and maintain their skills while on break and not experience “Summer Loss.” Summer Loss can be much more detrimental to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This period of loss can cause them to regress with their skills and may prevent them from being able to rebound as quick as most children.
All proceeds raised will go directly toward Kamp Kaleidoscope. The money raised will be used towards field trips, crafts, snack, outdoor equipment, indoor toys and scholarships.
Please contact Tabitha Johnson for more information. 217-793-2100 ext.125

June 13
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: "Dinosaurs" (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.
Fossils can be pieced together to discover what dinosaurs looked like and how they lived. Observing the characteristics and behaviors of some animals alive today may also give us clues.
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.

June 13 - 17
76th Midwest Charity Horse Show (10:30am; Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
The 76th annual Midwest Charity Horse Show will be held June 13-17 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Covered Arena. Performances will be held daily starting at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. One of the premier horse shows in the United States, the Midwest Charity Horse Show features American Saddlebred, Roadster, Morgan and Arabian horses and Hackney ponies.
Since its inception, the Midwest Charity Horse Show, an all-volunteer organization, has donated its annual proceeds to a Springfield area charity. Camp COCO, a project of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Ill., has been selected as Midwest’s beneficiary since 1988. Camp COCO is a free, week-long summer camp for children suffering from cancer, leukemia and other blood disorders.
For more information about Midwest Charity Horse Show log onto www.midwestcharity.com and also check out our Facebook page.

June 16
Movie in the Park: Lego Batman Movie (7:00pm; Comer Cox Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Movie and Music in the Park is a free program where families and the entire community are invited to join us as we bring a big screen movie to your community parks on Fridays and we bring local musical talents to your parks on Sunday afternoons. As a convenience, concessions are available for purchase – please no outside food and drink to be allowed. These are truly great events. For more information on this topic and any other Park District news related items, please visit our Website at www.springfieldparks.org

June 16, 17
Macon Street Fest (Friday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday 7:00am - 11:00pm, Uptown, MACON)
9 miles South of Decatur off US 51. Join the fun. Parade. Live music: Captain Geech.Shrimp, Shack Shooters, Feudin' Hillbillies. Food. Arts & Crafts. Backyard BBQ Competition, Gun raffle, Mason's Breakfast, Beer garden, Kidz zone, Dog Show, 5K Run/walk, Car Show. For additional information, MaconStreetFest@gmail.com or Macon Street Fest on facebook.

June 17
“The Forgotten War” (2:00pm; Korean War National Museum, 9 S. Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
The museum’s next event regarding “The Forgotten War”will feature Darin Miller “Gun Show-and-Tell.” He will discuss the various weapons the soldiers would have been equipped with on the battlefields of Korea. The display and presentation includes M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M1911 pistol, grenades, and more. Guests will have a chance to hold some of the demilitarized pieces talked about following the presentation.

Miller volunteers as a living historian at the Illinois State Military Museum and sits on the Illinois National Guard & Militia Historical Society board of directors. He also belongs to the Historic Reenactment Society based in Chicago and is a member of the 82nd Airborne 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Reenactment group. He has traveled throughout the country attending various World War II living history events honoring the memory of veterans. He has a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

June 17
"Blast from the Past" (7:00pm, Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza, DECATUR)
Tickets $12. Decatur Olde School Impersonators invites you to a blast from the past. Donna Summers/ Al Green/ Ray Charles / Chuck Berry / Shirley Brown / Peaches & Herb / Pattie Labelle. You don't want to miss out on this! *Full cash bar * door prizes * snacks* More information? Call 217-520-4196

June 17
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.

June 17
25th Annual Garden Walk (9:00am - 4:00pm; CHAMPAIGN)
The University of Illinois Extension Champaign County Master Gardeners are planning an exciting Garden Walk. This year, Master Gardener volunteers are celebrating the Garden Walk’s 25th year. The theme is “Mastering the Garden” and features the homes of Master Gardeners. Six homeowner gardens are showcased as well as two community gardens managed and designed by Master Gardener volunteers.
A Garden Boutique will be set up at the Idea Garden located at the U of I Arboretum on South Lincoln (just south of the corner of Florida and Lincoln Avenues in Urbana). The Garden Boutique will feature vendors selling various gardening wares, including plants, specialty trees, and unique garden decor.
Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 day of walk
Tickets will be available for sale at the following locations starting Memorial Day weekend: Champaign County Extension office Country Arbors Danville Gardens Too Illini FS Farmtown Prairie Gardens Ropp's Flower Factory - Mahomet location Schuren Nursery
Tickets are also available at: Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign Vermilion County Extension office, 3164 North Vermilion, Danville
Ford-Iroquois County Extension office, 916 W Seminary Ave, Onarga
Contact the Champaign County Extension office or Program Coordinator Ava Heap for more information: Phone: 217.333.7672
Website: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/ Email: carmien2@illinois.edu

June 17
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.

June 17
The New 3rd Saturday Market (9:00am - 4:00pm; Merchant Bldg. on Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
The entrance to the Fairgrounds is South of the corner of RT 133 and Vine St. Follow the road in the Fairgrounds to the Merchant Building behind the High School at Jurgens Park. The New 3rd Saturday Market is an indoor/outdoor market filled with creative homemade crafts, antiques and unique finds. Spring is here, come spend the day in Arthur!! We have a fantastic line-up of vendors!!!! When you come to the New 3rd Saturday Market, you will be pleasantly pleased with Fusion, Honey, LulaRoe, Norwex, Pink Zebra, Real Time Pain Relief, Scentsy besides collectibles, antiques and all of our jewelry, crafts, baby items, bowl cozi, baked potato bags, embroidered items, aprons - just to mention a few items that are all homemade. Something new every month!! This is a monthly event. The hours are from 9 am to 4 pm. There is off street parking available on the Fairgrounds. Contact: Dale Bissonett, 217-254-5010, dbissonett@gmail.com

Like our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/new3rdsaturdaymarket.com

Future Dates for 2017: Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16

June 19
“Reading by Design”: Hiroshi Tada (10:00am, 125 West Editor, ASHLAND & 1:00pm, 555 Buckeye Road, PLEASANT PLAINS)
Prairie Skies Public Library District summer reading program “Reading by Design” is proud to have Mr. Hiroshi Tada performing the Japanese cultural art of Koma-mawashi-or top spinning-for all to be amazed by. This professor of Mechanical Engineering will keep you on the edge of your seat with juggling, yo-yo and magic. Come to the Prairie Skies Public Library District on Monday June 19th at 10 A.M. at 125 West Editor in Ashland or at 1 P.M. at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains to see this program.

June 19 - 23
Reading by Design (Times Vary, Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Reading by Design is the theme of the Children's summer program at the Westville Public Library. The program will be June 19 through the 23. On Monday the 19th all children will meet at 10 AM for a program presented by the Vermilion county Conservation District entitled Designs in Nature. The rest of the week, children K-2nd grade will meet at 10 AM and children 3rd grade and older will meet at 1:30 PM. We will be doing some fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities during the week such as an egg drop, pop rockets, catapults and doodle bots. Participants must be registered, so please call the library at 267-3170 to register for some summer fun at the library.

June 20
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: "Oceans and Reefs" (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 follows a treasure map, left behind by their teacher's pirate ancestor, Redbeard. The map leads them to a coral reef where they learn about the wonders of this special ecosystem.
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.

June 21
ISM Brown Bag Lecture Series
Patrick Bredlau, Author and ISM Volunteer, will present "The Green Tunnel: A Hiker's Appalachian Trail Diary." (12:00pm - 1:00pm; Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Patrick Bredlau will share stories from his 2014 thru-hike of the entire 2185 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Bredlau published a book entitled “The Green Tunnel: A Hiker’s Appalachian Trail Diary” in 2015 based on his experiences. As a Illinois State Museum Society Member and ISM-Lockport Gallery volunteer, Patrick is graciously donating a portion of his book proceeds to the Museum Society.

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 events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061 or (217) 785-0037.

June 22
AROUND THE BLOCK II Reception (5:00 - 7:00pm; Giertz Gallery, Parkland College, CHAMPAIGN)
Works by community artists will once again feature in a summer juried art exhibition at Giertz Gallery at Parkland College. Giertz Gallery, in collaboration with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council, presents “Around the Block II: Artists from Our Neighborhood” opening Monday, June 19. The exhibit, which runs through Aug. 9, comprises works of art that reflect the caliber of creative flourish that is present in east central Illinois. Reception: Thursday, June 22, 5–7 p.m.; opening remarks with Lisa Costello, Kelly White, and juror Gisele Atterberry at 6 p.m., Music by El Guapo
Closing Gallery Talk: August 9, 6 p.m. by Gisele Atterberry

June 24
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.

June 24
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.

June 25
Heads Up Group: for individuals with traumatic brain injuries (2:00 - 4:00pm; SCIL, 330 S. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
For more information, call Dave at 217-523-2587.

June 26
“Reading by Design”: Jay & Leslie's Laughing Matters (10:00am, 125 West Editor, ASHLAND & 1:00pm, 555 Buckeye Road, PLEASANT PLAINS)
Prairie Skies Public Library District summer reading program “Reading by Design” on June 26th will have Jay & Leslie’s Laughing Matters, so prepared to snicker at the wacky humor and kid participation tricks. The Ashland location at 125 West Editor will have a 10 A.M. program and a repeat program at the Pleasant Plains location at 555 Buckeye Road will be at 1 P.M. This is nonsense to tickle the funny bones of all ages.

June 27
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: "Bats" (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.
Did you know there are more than 1,000 kinds of bats? Learn more fun and fascinating facts about these amazing creatures.
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.

June 29 - July 2
"Aluminum Overcast" (10:00am, Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport, SPRINGFIELD)
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 770 is hosting the historic B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" at the Abraham Lincoln Airport from June 29 - July 2. Attached is a flyer and a business card with more details or to post.
We will have flights (as they are booked full) from 10 am till 1 pm each day, then ground tours from 2 pm to 5 pm. Ground tours are $10 each ($20 for family - Veterans/Active Military FREE). Flights are $435 for EAA members/$475 for nonmembers.
Proceeds go to "Keep 'Em Flying", which helps cover maintenance and operations costs of Aluminum Overcast. Visit www.B17.org or call 800-359-6217 for more information.

Now until June 30
Michiko Itatani: Celestial Visions (Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Michiko Itatani is one of Chicago's most well-respected contemporary artists. This exhibition features new acquisitions of drawings and prints alongside installation-based and heroically scaled figurative paintings from the Museum’s Fine Art Collection. Contact: Robert Sill, Robert.sill@illinois.gov, 217-524-5744

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