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June 2018 Community Calendar

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June 1
Walk and Talk: At Home in the Heartland (2:00 - 2:30pm; 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. Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "At Home in the Heartland." Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Bazan, events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

June 1
Court Reception (4:00 - 6:00pm; Springfield Art Association, 700 North 4th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
This reception, to be held on the campus of the Springfield Art Association (700 North 4th Street), will introduce this year’s Beaux Arts Ball King, Queen and Court to members of the Springfield Art Association and the community. King Benjamin Robert Trask and Queen Samantha Robert Long are honored to preside over the November evening’s festivities. The 87th Beaux Arts Ball will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The Beaux Arts Ball raises funds for the SAA’s operating expenses and provides an exciting venue to honor the families and volunteers who generously support the SAA with their time and talents. Proceeds from the Ball help serve more than 100,000 people in Sangamon County and surrounding communities with high quality classes, art outreach programs, special events, lectures, and Summer Art camps. The SAA’s newest addition, the SAA Collective gallery presents the work of local artists, the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, hosts brilliant exhibits from local, national and international artists. The SAA also preserves and maintains the historic Edwards Place, the oldest home in Springfield and the Michael Victor II Art Library. For more information, visit the Springfield Art Association website at www.springfieldart.org.

June 1
J.D. Miller (7:00pm; Sanctuary of Central Christian Church, 650 W William St., DECATUR)
JD is recognized throughout the music industry as a Grammy and Dove Award winning top musical arranger, orchestrator, producer and jingle writer. For more information: asparks@cccdisciples.org

June 1, 2
Paxton Townwide Garage Sales (PAXTON)
Every year we have had approximately 100 sales. Maps will be available at both Casey's locations and Village Pantry very early Friday morning!

June 1, 2
Lincoln’s Pigs and Festival Swigs (LINCOLN)
KCBS BBQ Cook Off | Friday Night Steak Cook Off | Backyard Cook off | Kid’s Q | Craft Beer Venue | Live Music Friday and Saturday | Bags Tourney | Craft Fair

June 1-2
Legacy of Giving Music Festival (5:00pm Friday, 12:00pm Saturday, SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring 60 bands across five stages, plus a vendor fair, kids area and more. Proceeds go to charity. $5. logmusicfest.org

June 1-3, 6
MUNI: Little Shop of Horrors (8:30pm, 815 E Lake Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Directed by Laurie Barnes. 217-793-MUNI

June 2
Boat Safety Checks (9:00am - 4:00pm; Lake Springfield Lindsay Bridge, SPRINGFIELD)
Hosted by Land of Lincoln Power Squadron. Free.

June 2
Sparc Plug Charity Car Show (11:00am - 4:00pm; Bunn Headquarters, Wabash Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
All proceeds will go to Sparc. If you have any questions, feel free to contact sandy.figurski@gmail.com. Thank you!

June 2
Kick off to Summer (6:00pm; Village Park,
1200 Rail Fence Drive, SHERMAN) $10. The Blair House Band. Mock of Ages. Alcohol sales and food available. Proceeds from this ever will go to support more events for residents and families of the Village of Sherman. Prizes for "Best Dressed Rocker" and "Best Air Guitar"
Opening event for new Park . . Kids activities include magic shows, close encounters with Henson Robinson zoo, jugglers, stilt-walkers, giant bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals and more- - snow cones, drinks and food available for fee.

June 1 - 3
Heritage Days Summerfest (Little Flower School, 900 Stevenson Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Jun 1-3, 5-11pm Fri, 4-11pm Sat, 11am Sun. Annual festival hosted by Little Flower Parish and school. Three days of live music, kids' area, bags tournament, chicken-wing cook-off, mega-raffle and more. 529-4511.

June 2
Happy Camper – 2.5/5.0 Trail Race for LSCA (8:00am; Lewis Memorial Acres, 399 S Koke Mill Rd, SPRINGFIELD) Join us for LSCA’s first ever trail race at Lewis Memorial Acres. All proceeds go to Cypress Cove! You can register and find more information at lscacamp.org/race | (217) 529-2625
2.5 miler: Start time is 8:30 am – $25.00 (Shirt Included if Registered by May 17th)
5.0 miler: Start time is 8:00 am – $40.00 (Shirt Included if Registered by May 17th)
Kid’s Fun Run – Free (does not include shirt)

June 2
5th Annual KC Hog Roast (4:00 - 10:00pm, KC Lake Club, 141 N. Lakewood Dr., CHATHAM)
Great food, live music, and good friends makes for a fun afternoon at the KC Lake Club. Funnel Cakes for the kids....oh yeah, slow smoked pork cooked by our famous Chef Lee B! Pull up a seat in the pavilion with the band, sit next to the lake, or enjoy the AC inside. Drive, boat, or swim here....come enjoy a great meal with us. Open to the public. Gaming machines available for the gamers out there, playgrounds for the kids----it will be fun for the whole family. Hope to see you Saturday June 2nd...rain or shine...indoors or out...event will be on!

June 2
Traveling the Land of Lincoln 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. Summer is the perfect time for taking vacations and what better place to vacation then the great state of Illinois! Families will journey through Illinois with the help of an interactive Adventure Guide, make their very own Route 66 attraction, 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 events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

June 2
SCHEELS 3D Archery Shoot (8:00am - 1:00pm; : Panther Creek Bowhunters Club, 1 West Gilreath Rd, CHATHAM)
Join SCHEELS & Panther Creek Bowhunters for a great 3D Shoot at Panther Creek Bowhunters Club. Prizes awarded to 1st & 2nd place in the following divisions: Cub, Youth, Traditional, Women’s, Men’s Bowhunter, Mens Open and Known Distance.
Shooting Fees: Adults (18+): $12.00 | Youth (13-17 yrs.): $8.00 | 12 & under: FREE
First 100 to register each day will receive a $10 SCHEELS Gift Card
*Lunch Available for purchase on-site.

June 2
Second Annual Kitchen Tour: Lavender & Lemons, A Tour of Kitchens (10:00am - 4:00pm; BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL) Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal Invites You to tour fabulous new and remodeled kitchens in a variety of Bloomington-Normal neighborhoods. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at The Garlic Press, Hy-Vee at the Customer Service Desk, Casey’s Garden Shop, and the Olive Bin. The ticket includes location information for each site on the tour. Event books with tour maps will be available at each location on June 2, 2018.
Last year's tour was so successful we are doing it again with new houses and new experiences. Lavender & Lemons, was a tour of seven fabulous kitchens in Bloomington-Normal, organized by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Guild of Bloomington-Normal. All tour proceeds benefited the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s programs for area school children. The tour included six indoor kitchens and one outside kitchen. The tour offered attendees new and inspirational ideas to take home to their own kitchen. Some kitchens offered special displays and/or presentations.
More information will be released closer to the event date and can be found at www.ilsymphony.org.

June 3
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Silver & Gold: Time Machine (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. 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, join in songs and 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 first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

June 3
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar (Menard Co. Fairgrounds)
There will be 6 shows in Menard County, each first Sunday May through October. Once again, a primary goal of bazaar organizers is to increase shopping traffic into Petersburg businesses every month, bringing patrons back into the county for repeat business, not just on bazaar weekend but every weekend. County sales tax revenue receives a boost as well, as vendors submit a tax payment at the close of each show. Several new vendors near and far have heard about the show, and will be attending, bringing an even greater variety of food and shopping, snacks, produce, and a large variety of old treasures and brand new custom and unique handmade goods.

June 3
Illiopolis Christian Church 2018 Annual Chicken Dinner (11:00am - 2:00pm; Christian Church, 3rd and Anne St., ILLIOPOLIS)
Carry-outs will be available until 1:30pm. Menu: fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, slaw or applesauce, drink and dessert. $10 adults, $5 children 4-10, Free 3 & under. A Country Store will also be open. Come visit with friends and enjoy the food! Questions, please call 764-3024 or 486-3901

June 3 - 8
57th International Carillon Festival (6:00pm; Washington Park, SPRINGFIELD)
The International Carillon Festival, first held in 1962, is lauded as one of the world’s most important and prestigious carillon events. The Festival has earned an unsurpassed tradition of presenting the world’s finest carillonists/carillonneurs. During the past five decades, the Festival has featured carillonists from: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States.
The Festival is presented by the Springfield Park District with the support of The Rees Carillon Society and The Carillon Belles, concerts are held each evening except for Wednesday. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner as well as lawn chairs and blankets. There is large video screen are the base of the Carillon which allows the audience to view the playing keyboard and carillonist during the performance. Fireworks on Friday June 8 at dusk (~9:15 PM.)

June 4
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677
No Cost | All welcome
The Prairie Skies Public Library District summer reading program for children from birth to senior in highschool, as of school year 2017-18, starts with a program to get everyone registered, show-off new changes to the library, and explain the summer reading program. Everyone will get a bag with everything to statrt your journey into the EVERYWHERE that READING can take you. Hot Air Creations will be on-hand to do balloon creations for those register.
Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld | Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-1553

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

June 4
Open House at the library (3:00 - 6:00pm, Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
Would you like to be a friend of the Westville Public Library? There will be an Open House at the library on June 4, 3 - 6 PM for those interested in becoming a friend of the library. Friends can help at book sales, programs, fundraising, taking books to shut ins, and other activities that would benefit the community and the library. Come in and speak with library staff and board members about joining and see what you can do to be a friend of the library! The library is located at 233 S. State Street. Call the library at 267-3170 for further information.

June 4 - 8
Preschool Arts Adventure (9:00am - 12:00pm; Perkinson Music Center, DECATUR)
Students entering preschool aged 3-5, Cost: $85.00 (t-shirt, snack and program CD are provided)
Join Professor Melissa Miller, lecturer for the Millikin School of Music, on an adventure around the world where you will discover new forms of visual art, dance, drama, instruments and song. Sing, dance, play and create at this interactive camp. Daily activities will integrate music, visual art, dance and drama. Registration Deadline: May 18

June 4 - 8
ACTIVE! Arts Adventure (9:00am - 12:00pm; Perkinson Music Center, DECATUR)
Students entering grades K-5, $85.00 (t-shirt, snack and program CD are provided)
Expanding on the success of the Preschool Arts Adventure camp, Millikin hopes to reach older students with the ACTIVE! Arts Adventure Camp. Students will experience many forms of art and incorporate them together to create meaningful understanding in an age appropriate atmosphere. Daily activities will integrate music, visual art, dance and drama. Registration Deadline: May 18

June 4 - August 3
Our Savior’s Summer Day Camp (7:30am - 5:30pm; 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd. Springfield, SPRINGFIELD)
Full-time or Part-time Slots available. For Ages 3 – Entering 1st Grade (Must be 3 by September 1, 2018 and fully potty trained.) We offer flexible camp options for busy families and are conveniently located off Old Jacksonville and Monroe. Join us for the week or do part-time by the day. Professionally staffed by Certified Teachers. Our school has been providing a summer camp for more than ten years. We offer themed weekly activities including: • Creative Play | • Jesus Time | • Outside Play and Activities | • Circle Time | • Art | • Rest Time
Cost: Full-time $135 /wk or Part-time $28/day. $80 Deposit required to hold spot. Snacks will be offered twice a day. Sack lunches are required. Pizza lunch will be offered on Fridays (additional cost). Call or email our Camp Director at 303.416.0756 abby.wiemer@oursaviors-school.org for more information or to stop by and meet us. website: oursaviors-school.org | 303.416.0756 Camp Director, Abby Wiemer

June 5
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour (10:00am&1:30pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N 6th St, SPRINGFIELD)
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov

June 5, 6
Swamps: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest (10:00am & 2:00pm; 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. In this school bus series film, the students consider the pros and cons of turning the town swamp into a new shopping mall. Along the way they learn the swamp is an important habitat and natural water filter. Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: Films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10 am and 2pm. This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information, or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Sarah Davis at Sarah.E.Davis@illinois.gov or (217) 782-6044.

June 6
Archaeology Below and Above: Recent Excavations and Architectural Studies at Colonial Ste. Genevieve, Missouri (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public. Archaeologist Robert Mazrim will discuss several years of recent archaeological and architectural studies at late 18th century sites in the town of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri along the Mississippi River. The lecture will focus on research conducted in traditional French vernacular vertical log dwellings, as well as archaeological excavations behind those buildings. Findings from the “Bolduc House” site and the “François Valle” site will be featured. 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 events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

June 6
Garden Bros Circus (4:30pm & 7:30pm; BOS Center, SPRINGFIELD)
Come see the All New GARDEN BROS CIRCUS! This year’s production is packed with breathtaking special effects, concert style lighting and 3 RINGS bursting with excitement, laughter and memories that families will cherish. We have brought the very best performers from 18 countries making up a cast of over 60 performers. GARDEN BROS CIRCUS presents a fast paced 90 minute show in a Theatrical European 3 ring setting featuring the Human Pyramid, Daring Aerial Artists, Motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, the Crazy Cossack Horse Riders, Chinese Acrobats,Contortionists, the Funniest Clowns, Jugglers as seen on America’s Got Talent, not enough room to list any more! Free children’s tickets have been distributed at all elementary schools, pre-schools, day care centers and churches. The Free Tickets are also available at sponsoring businesses in the area. First one hundred adult tickets sold online are only $12.50 at www.GardenBrosCircus.com.

June 6
History of the State Flag (2:00pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N 6th St, SPRINGFIELD)
A special program in celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial. David Joens, Director of the Illinois State Archives and author of From Slave to State Legislator, will tell about the history of the Illinois State Flag. David is a fifth generation resident of Illinois and currently lives in Springfield. He is the author of several articles on Illinois history. Free; registration required. www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov

June 6
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
The movie is a recent release about a true event when Queen Victoria began an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. It stars Judi Dench as Queen Victoria. Come in out of the heat and spend the afternoon watching a multiple award nominated film. Call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat to come in out of the heat!

June 7 - October 11
Illinois Products Farmers Market (THURSDAYS 4:00 - 7:00pm; Illinois State Fair, 801 E Sangamon Ave, SPRINGFIELD) Did you know: Illinois is 3rd in the nation for the number of farmers markets! Farmers markets serve as integral links between urban, suburban, and rural communities. Farmers markets across the country offer consumers farm-fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthy products such as: fruits, vegetables, cheeses, herbs, fish, flowers, baked goods, meat and much more. At the Illinois Products Farmers Market, we specialize in all Illinois products - from meat, cheese and produce to baked goods, candles and horticulture. Shopping here ensures you are supporting Illinois agriculture and local agribusinesses.
Each week the Illinois Products Farmers Market will feature a musical entertainment, Illinois beer and Illinois wine, and local food truck vendors. Also be on the look-out for our scheduled cooking demonstrations from LLCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program as they prepare Springfield Clinic's "Recipe of the Week." Learn more about the Illinois Products Farmers Market online at: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Consumers/IllinoisProductsFarmersMarket/Pages/default.aspx

June 7, 8, 9
30th Annual Pawnee Prairie Days (PAWNEE)
FOOD, CARNIVAL RIDES, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, AND COLD REFRESHMENTS | Carnival Rides for One Price with Wristband | Thursday, 6:00pm, Friday 6:00pm; Saturday 12:00pm & 6:00pm

June 8
Sarah Bush Lincoln’s 29th Annual Golf Benefit (Mattoon Golf & Country Club, 6700 N Country Club Rd, MATTOON)
Continental breakfast, lunch and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided; prizes on every hole. Contact Kim Lockart, 217 238-4765 or klockart@sblhs.org for more information. Prizes include: Cardinals baseball tickets, Illini football tickets, NASCAR tickets, Furniture / Home décor, outdoor living/patio items. For more information on registering or to purchase raffle tickets, contact Kim Lockart in the SBL Health Foundation at (217) 238-4765 Register online at www.sarahbush.org

June 8
Hardee's Cruise In (6:00 - 9:00pm; VIRDEN)
Bring your cars, trucks, motorcycles. Questions: 217-827-3678. Not responsible for accidents. Door prizes. 50/50 raffle. Future dates: July 13, August 10, September 14.

June 8
Walk and Talk: At Home in the Heartland (2:00 - 2:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; Free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "At Home in the Heartland." Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

June 8
Golden Age (6:00 - 9:00pm; Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 711 S. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, in collaboration with the Vachel Lindsay Home, presents GOLDEN AGE, a tribute to Springfield poet Vachel Lindsay’s 1918 Golden Book of Springfield, in which he predicted the dawning of the Golden Age in the year 2018. Pharmacy artists are creating works that rekindle Lindsay’s visionary spirit. The art experience will extend outside of the Pharmacy for a large installation in triangle building.
A short walk from the Pharmacy, the Vachel Lindsay Home (603 South Fifth Street) will feature more art by Pharmacy members as well as live music.
In our gallery, Lindsay poetry will be recited, a performance art piece will take place, and a golden ball (created by Pharmacy member artists William Crook Jr and Wendy Allen and symbolizing the enlightened spirit)will descend from the ceiling into a three dimensional replica of Springfield’s iconic buildings created by Crook.
Cabaret Vachel, a music/dance after-party, will follow the regular Pharmacy show from 9 to 11pm with a multi-media presentation of poetry, music, and kinetic performance. Music will include segments of the poem "Springfield Dreamsong". Member artist Timothy Donavan Russell’s specially composed Lindsay-inspired music will kick off the dance party, and then world dance music will finish out the evening. (801) 810-9278

June 8
Camp COCO Golf Outing (12:30pm; The Rail Golf Course, 1400 S. Club House Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Southern Illinois University Medicine invites golfers to form teams for the annual charity golf outing benefiting the Camp COCO Children’s Cancer Fund. An entry fee of $125 per player includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch by McCormick’s Smokehouse Restaurant, dinner by Robert’s Seafood Market, on-course beverages, games and prizes. Sponsorships at various levels of support, including golf carts dedicated in honor or memory of a family member or friend, also are available. Registrations postmarked by mail or received electronically by June 1 will be entered into a special prize drawing. Now in its 33rd year, Camp COCO, which stands for Children’s Oncology Camp Organization, is a summer camp sponsored by the SIU Department of Pediatrics. The camp enables kids with cancer and blood disorders as well as their siblings to spend a week enjoying typical camping activities. The COCO Children’s Cancer Fund supports the camp and other projects for young patients. Registrations are due Monday, June 4, and can be faxed to 217-545-1913. Registration can also be completed online.

June 9
Doctors Hospital 15th Reunion (2:00 - 6:00pm; Smurf's Guitars and Cadillacs, 2724 N. Peoria Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
I have organized a reunion for all former Doctors Hospital Employees, also Humana Hospital Springfield, and Springfield Community Hospital. I’m asking all that if they are able, to bring an appetizer, snack or dessert. I’m also asking that they RSVP to one of the following, 217-741-5207 (call or text) or e-mail to mert55@yahoo.com, or to join the Facebook group: Doctors Hospital Springfield, Illinois.

June 9
3rd Annual Lincoln Trail Homestead Homecoming (9:30am - 2:00pm; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, DECATUR)
Come out and join us at the 3rd Annual Lincoln Trail Homestead Homecoming and enjoy the same Sangamon River as Abraham Lincoln did. Whether you kayak/canoe down the Sangamon River, ride your bicycle through the beautiful countryside, or come by car, spend the day relaxing in this beautiful park where the Lincolns lived their first year in Illinois. Float starts at Wyckles bridge - 9:30 AM | Cookout - 12:00 PM | Music - Blake Martin and his banjo - 12:30 PM
For more information: Melody Arnold -melody2a@hotmail.com | Our Facebook page at Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial

June 9
Alice in Wonderland (1:00pm, 3:00pm, & 6:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Youth Performance Group (SYPG), an organization spotlighting young talent from the Springfield area, is performing a production of the classical children's ballet Alice in Wonderland. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Hoogland Center for the Arts box office or by calling in advance. The phone number is 217-523-2787. They are also available online at Home - Hoogland Center for the Arts (www.hcfta.org). For more information please contact Taryn Grant at (217) 553-4475 or sypg@comcast.net

June 9
2018 Uncork Urbana Wine Festival (3:00 - 10:00pm, Meadowbrook Park, 2808 S. Race St., URBANA)
Race St in Urbana, will be jam packed with midwestern wineries showcasing their remarkable wines, live local entertainment, wine basket raffles, amazing food vendors and will feature live cooking demonstrations from Dish Passionate Cuisine’s executive chef, Ben DelValley! Live Entertainment this year will consist of some of our finest local bands. The festival will begin with Andy Mo Band, who straddle Rock, Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Heavy Americana styles. Followed by Just Peachy, an acoustic trio, featuring father / daughter duo, Emma and Shawn Farbman, and percussionist Daniel Applegate, playing pop and rock favorites spanning from the 60's through today. Then, the evening will conclude with Love Sign! An acoustic, harmonic, love-tastic musical experience! Playing a variety of modern and vintage Country, Pop, and Rockabilly. More information on Uncork can be found on Facebook or on the Urbana Business Association's Website, urbanabusiness.com. Tickets are on sale now.

June 9
Springfield Youth Performance Group will present Alice in Wonderland (1:00pm, 3:00pm, and 6:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South 6th Street, SPRINGFIELD) SYPG will present Alice in Wonderland on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Hoogland Center for the Arts. Rehearsals will be held during a week-long camp from June 4 to 8, 2018. Children must be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day to attend the camp. The fee for the camp is $125 for the first child in the family and $100 for each additional child. A costume fitting will be held from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. on May 6, 2018. During the interactive camp, performers will be taught their parts for the show, learn the basics of acting and stage performances, participate in cultural enrichment, receive a camp T-shirt, and engage in other fun, child-friendly activities.
The artistic director is Caitlin Helton Scherer and executive director is Taryn Grant. For more information, email sypg@comcast.net or call 217-553-4475.

June 9
Springfield Fest (4:00 - 7:00pm; Western Oaks Baptist Church, 5345 Old Jacksonville Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Come celebrate the start of Summer with music, food trucks, euro bungy, face painting, inflatables, petting zoo, and more! This a FREE family friendly event! (217) 698-8622 | info@westernoaks.org *Food Truck menu items will be available for purchase.*

June 9
Lavendar & Laine Vintage Market (9:00am - 3:00pm; 5th St. & E. Washington, SPRINGFIELD)
Lavender & Laine Vintage Market is a one-day, open-air market that features a host of outstanding antiques, vintage, handmade and boutique clothing vendors. In addition to great shopping, visitors will also enjoy live music and great food. It’s an event for the whole family. Proceeds from entrance donations and a children’s tent area will benefit local charity The James Project. Children’s tent area will include popsicles, coloring, a face painter (10am-12pm) and a balloon artist (12pm-2pm). Admission is $5/person at the entrances (located at both 5th Street and 6th Street). Children 16 and under are free.

June 9
Music in the Park: Jake's Boys (6:00pm; Rankin Centennial Park, RANKIN)
**Hot Dogs, Chips & Beverages will be served starting at 5 p.m.** Free public event.

June 9
7th Annual Philly's "Living the Dream" Memorial Ride (10:00am; Spanky's Saloon, MATTOON)
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 over 100 miles and include stops in Tuscola, Hammond, Decatur, Shelbyville, and Windsor 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 The Bluetone Drivers. 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. Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, June 9th to help us celebrate the life of our brother and friend Richard "Philly" Philabaum. As this ride grows bigger, we acknowledge and greatly appreciate all the support from our community, family and friends. Each year we strive to greater strengthen our commitment to Philly's legacy of family, friendship and fun! We couldn't do that without all of you. We look forward to seeing all of you again for what will be another awesome Ride. Until then, be safe and remember, "four wheels move the body, but two wheels move the soul!"

June 9
Pow Wow Car Show (12:00 to 3:30pm; City Park, MOWEAQUA)
$15 Registration 8:00am - 12:00pm. 14 classes. 50/50 Drawing | Door Prizes | Carnival Games | Music | Food
217.855.7905 for more information

June 9
Ribbon Cutting: Penguin Building (11:00am; Henson Robinson Zoo, SPRINGFIELD)
The ceremony not only concludes two years of planning and a nine-month building project to the zoo’s premier exhibit, but nearly triples the indoor space for the penguins. Zoo guests viewing has increased with over twenty feet of glass to their indoor pool. For more information on the ceremony and project, please feel free to contact the Zoo at 217-585-1821 or email our Zoo Director, John Wright at jwright@springfieldparks.org

June 10
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Silver & Gold: Docent-Led (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. 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, join in songs and 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 first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

June 10
It's a Garden Party! (2:00 - 4:00pm; Gus & Flora Kerasotes YMCA, 4550 W Iles Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
You're invited to an artsy garden party! Mural Dedication • Music • Snacks • Paint Rocks • Garden Costume Contest • and more. In 2016 Our Vibrant Community teamed up with GenHkids to create a community garden mural located at the Kerasotes YMCA (West of the building). Each Monday during the summer youths at this Y would discuss vegetables, what should the mural look like and painted it together, (secret- the most favorite vegetable is the carrot!). This garden as all gardens are a work in progress. We envision this space to be a gathering hub to see vegetables growing, to enjoy sitting outside and appreciating the art making it vibrant year-round. No charge. Donations will go towards this garden space. Garden made possible by GenHkids and Kerasotes YMCA. Mural made possible by the Springfield Area Arts Council community art access grant. Questions contact: Rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com | 217-331-2027

June 11
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
Come join the world of magic! MAGIC OF Tim Stolba will be exciting and amazing to all. Tim will have the audience in the world of magic for the hour they are at the library. Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld | Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-1553

June 11 - 15
Summer Sings (9:00am - 12:00pm; Perkinson Music Center, DECATUR)
Who (Ages): Students entering K-8th grade | Cost: $85.00 (t-shirt and snack are provided)
Join the Millikin Children's Choir staff "At the Movies" during the 2018 Summer Sings! Camp. Instructors: Millikin adjunct faculty members Christine Smith, Stephanie Rayl and Cora Herek Registration Deadline: May 11

June 12
Campus Visit Day (10:00am - 12:00pm; LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Lincoln Land Community College invites high school students and their parents, along with others interested in returning to school, to Campus Visit Day. “Campus Visit Day is a special event designed for individuals interested in starting or finishing a college degree or certificate, and families are welcome to attend,” explains LLCC President Dr. Charlotte Warren. “It is a great way to explore the academic and career programs that we offer, become more familiar with the campus and get important information on becoming a successful college student.” The event will include presentations on getting started with the enrollment process and paying for college as well as comments from current students. In addition, visitors will be able to tour areas within Menard and Sangamon halls and the Workforce Careers Center. Visitors can view exhibits and speak with LLCC representatives of academic programs and student services. Those unsure of which program area to study are invited to take a short career assessment. Prospective students can apply for admission and get FAFSA assistance during the event. Refreshments are provided and feature baked goods from LLCC Culinary Arts. Registration for Campus Visit Day is available at www.llcc.edu/campus-visit-day or by calling 217-786-2577.

June 12
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour (10:00am&1:30pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N 6th St, SPRINGFIELD)
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov

June 11 - 14
STEM Smarts (LLCC, SPRINGFIELD)
A full day camp taking place June 11-14 for grades 1-3 and 4-6. It includes all new hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities, including LEGO© We Do 2.0. Space for classes is limited; early registration is recommended. For a full list of offerings and registration information, visit www.llcc.edu/youth-programs or call 217-786-2432.

June 12, 13
Dolphins and Whales : Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest (10:00am & 2:00pm; 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. Dive beneath the ocean to discover the fascinating lives of whales and dolphins. Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: Films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10 am and 2pm. This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information, or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Sarah Davis at Sarah.E.Davis@illinois.gov or (217) 782-6044.

June 13
Victorian Underpinnings (12:30 - 1:30pm; *Research and Collections Center, 1011 East Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Underneath every beautiful Victorian gown was a complicated set of underpinnings to support it. See examples from the ISM's collection and learn about corsets, chemises, petticoats, and hoops, as well as men's undergarments.
"Tales from the Vault" is a collaborative program hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Museum which allows the public to discover some of the treasures from these institutions' collections. Each program will include the chance to view an artifact or document not normally on display, commentary by a staff member or local scholar, and a chance for group discussion. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. All programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. *The Collections Center cannot currently be reached from Ash St. due to construction. You can access the facility's entrance on 10 1/2 St. from Laurel St.

June 14
History Sparkles! (6:30pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N 6th St, SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy an evening with our historians as they share the seldom told anecdotes of four First Ladies which point to the validity of this popular refrain: "Well-behaved women seldom make history". Our newest exhibit, From Illinois to the White House, focuses on Illinois Presidents. This evening will focus on their wives, our First Ladies. Delicious desserts and beverages served all evening. $31.50 members; $35 public. www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov

June 14
16th annual Illinois Grand Bike Tour (9:00am - 2:00pm; DECATUR)
The Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park are excited to greet the participants of the 2018 Grand Bike Tour Join us June 10-15 for the 16th annual Illinois Grand Bike Tour. The 2018 route will feature central Illinois with a special focus on Abraham Lincoln history. We’ll enjoy great bicycling on quiet country roads and visit charming towns and places from Lincoln’s life in Springfield, Decatur, New Salem, and his days as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit.
Our unforgettable six-day ride will make a loop starting and ending in Clinton, with overnight stops in Lincoln, Springfield (2 nights), and Decatur (2 nights). Choose among our daily mileage options for a total ranging from 200 to 370 miles. Pick between our camping and motel options, and enjoy evenings filled with good food and fellowship with riders hailing from around the country. Proceeds benefit Ride Illinois and support our mission to make Illinois a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to ride.
Their visit gives another opportunity to publicize Macon County as the location of Lincoln’s first home in Illinois and the beginning of his road to the White House. The participants will be riding through and visiting the park between 9:00 AM and 2:30 PM. There are 240 participants this year and they cover a 20-state area. Many will be camping at Scoville Golf Course and staying at the Decatur Conference Center.

June 14
Craft 'n Draft: Paint Illinois is HOME Blocks (6:30 - 8:30pm; Bunn Gourmet, 2941 Plaza Dr, SPRINGFIELD)
As you reflect upon where your home is, ask yourself why this particular place out of the many places that you may have lived stands out as the one that feels like home. Join us in making a wood decor of our Illinois home. Rhiannon will provide instruction and supplies. You can paint the blocks in any color and font.
$20, Register by June 25 via registration link. http://tiny.cc/OVCeventregistration
Ideal for 13 years of age and up.

June 14 - October 11
Illinois Products Farmers Market (THURSDAYS 4:00 - 7:00pm; Illinois State Fair, 801 E Sangamon Ave, SPRINGFIELD)
Did you know: Illinois is 3rd in the nation for the number of farmers markets! Farmers markets serve as integral links between urban, suburban, and rural communities. Farmers markets across the country offer consumers farm-fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthy products such as: fruits, vegetables, cheeses, herbs, fish, flowers, baked goods, meat and much more. At the Illinois Products Farmers Market, we specialize in all Illinois products - from meat, cheese and produce to baked goods, candles and horticulture. Shopping here ensures you are supporting Illinois agriculture and local agribusinesses.
Each week the Illinois Products Farmers Market will feature a musical entertainment, Illinois beer and Illinois wine, and local food truck vendors. Also be on the look-out for our scheduled cooking demonstrations from LLCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program as they prepare Springfield Clinic's "Recipe of the Week." Learn more about the Illinois Products Farmers Market online at: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Consumers/IllinoisProductsFarmersMarket/Pages/default.aspx

June 14
Music at the Museum: Pushing Chain (7:00 - 9:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12
Pushing Chain is Boyd Blomberg on guitar and vocals and Adam Moe on fiddle and vocals. Pushing Chain believing in strong harmonies, kazoos, and sad songs, they have been playing together since 1997, and recorded their first album in 1998. 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 museumconcerts.com. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

June 11 - 15
Summer Children's Program: Reading Takes You Everywhere (Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Reading Takes You Everywhere is the theme of the summer children's program at the Westville Public Library. The program will be June 11 - 15. Monday through Thursday, children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade will meet at 10 AM and the children 3rd grade and up will meet at 1:30 PM. Friday, June 15th all ages will meet at 10 AM for a presentation by the Vermilion County Conservation District. Our destinations include Ancient Egypt, Australia, Under the Sea and Outer Space! Reading can take you Everywhere. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun week.

June 11 - 15
Splash Canyon Vacation Bible School (9:00 - 11:30am; Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2750 E. Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Children ages 3 years through those entering 6th grade in the fall 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 11 - 15
Music Alive! Camp (1:00 - 5:00pm; Perkinson Music Center, DECATUR)
Students entering grades 5th-9th grade | $100.00 (t-shirt, snack, and program CD are provided)
Exploring musical creativity using cutting edge media technology. Students will create, record and present music using production software such as GarageBand, Finale and Ableton Live, and devices such as synthesizers, mixers and DJ equipment.
Instructors: Dr. Neal Smith, coordinator of instrumental music education at Millikin | Registration Deadline: May 18

June 13 - 15
Project A Cappella (9:00am - 5:30pm; Perkinson Music Center and Kirkland Fine Arts Center, DECATUR)
Students entering 9-12th grade | $100.00 (daily lunch, snack and t-shirt are provided) |
Project A Cappella is a three day camp, which will provide high school vocalists with an authentic a cappella experience, focused on introducing and immersing students grades 9-12 into contemporary a cappella. Mixed a capella ensemble Dissonance, who finished in fourth place at the ICCA Midwest Quarterfinals, will act as counselors and directors of the camp. Students will learn about vocal percussion and singing solos, while also performing in their own a cappella ensembles.
Instructors: Dissonance Ensemble and Millikin Staff | Registration Deadline: June 1

June 15
Rock for the Vets 2018 (5:00 - 11:00pm; Carlinville American Legion Guy Baird Post 554, 554 Ramey St., CARLINVILLE)
$10 per person (kids 5 & under - FREE) Come support your local American LEgion/VFW by jamming to the best AC/DC tribute band in the Midwest! With Josh Cerar's band, Cruise Control as the opening act. Burgers, brats, sides, beer, liquor, and soft drinks available for purchase! You don't want to miss Carlinville's first annual Rock for the Vets! Join us for a rockin' good cause. joswbrown@lc.edu | (618)468-5502 | (217) 371-9384

June 15
Free Movie Nights: "New World Order" (6:30pm; House on the Rock Church, 314 N Grant St., EDINBURG)
Popcorn and drinks provided. For more info: 217-972-3847

June 15
Walk and Talk: At Home in the Heartland (2:00 - 2:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; Free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "At Home in the Heartland." Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

June 15
"The Emoji Movie": Movie in the Park (Corner Cox Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Grab your friends, children, blankets and join us for a free movie in the Park! Come out and enjoy this great family feature in the setting of Washington Park. Bring the family out early to enjoy concessions by Cornett Ice Shack & Snacks. Movie will begin at dusk.
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 (Future event: June 24, Southwind Park)

June 15, 16, 17
Junk Drop-Off Days (Township Shed, 404 S Spring, MT. PULASKI)
You drive through. No curbside pickup. Please leave your items in the dumpsters, not outside the dumpsters. The following items will NOT be allowed: clothing | batteries | paint| paint cans | chemicals | drywall | remodeling debris | tires | riding lawn mowers | computer monitors or hard drives | televisions | fluorescent lights | freezers | refrigerators | washing machines | dryers | yard waste | electronic waste *FREE MULCH ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY*

June 16
Block Party (12:00pm; Athens New Life Baptist Church, 201 N. West St., ATHENS)
Food and refreshments will be provided. Gospel concert featuring Saved By Grace, Solid Rock, The Fishers, and The Peeks. Public is invited. For more information, call Pastor Milton Crane at 217-636-8076 or 217-454-6592. Bring lawn chairs. In the case of rain, event will be held inside of the church.

June 16
Backyard Art & Science Family Event (11:00am - 3:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with admission | Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; Free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Summer is a great time to get outside and spend time as a family. Come to the Museum for activities and demonstrations that you can do in your own backyard. Learn how you can make your backyard a habitat for wildlife, study clouds, make art on the Museum's porch walls, blow bubbles and more. A live animal display will be provided by Wildlife Prairie Park. Event will take place rain or shine. Activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up with an adult. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

June 16
10th Annual Butterfly Release (10:00am; Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W Carpenter St, SPRINGFIELD)
Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU (SCI) invites you to celebrate in an expression of hope and peace. The SCI’s butterfly release is a beautiful way to honor the living and celebrate the memory of loved ones by sponsoring a butterfly in their names. The ceremony will include the public reading of the names of those being honored and/or remembered, music, inspirational readings, and a magnificent release of butterflies. Join us Saturday, June 16 in the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU’s Thomas Garden of Hope, at the corner of Rutledge and Miller Streets in Springfield, Illinois. The emergence of a butterfly is a sign of renewal of life and its flight symbolizes freedom and happiness. The community is invited to sponsor butterflies in memory of loved ones or in honor of someone special. Your gift of $25 per butterfly/name, benefits Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU. Our mission is serving the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through medical education, biomedical research, patient care and community service. Pre-event registration is encouraged, however there will be a limited number of butterflies/registrations available the day of the event for $35. To sponsor a butterfly, call 217.545.2955 or online here.

June 16
Firefighters Lake Club Chicken Fry (4:00 - 8:00pm; Firefighter's Lake Club, 940 W Lake Shore Dr,
SPRINGFIELD) Captain Geech plays 7-10. (217) 622-0099

June 16
Lunch To Go (11:00am - 3:00pm; Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N 4th St., BENLD)
Dinners $9: Cabbage rolls, cabbage noodle & beef stroganoff, served with two sides. Nut rolls & poppy seed rolls. Frozen, ready-to-cook: Meat stuffed crepes (Russian Blinchikie), perogis (Varenikie) & Pelmenie. If you would like to pre-order anything please contact Debbie 217-313-6522 or Tatyana 217-720-5099
We will be off for the summer months of July, August and September. Returning October 20.

June 16
Stonington Summerfest 5k Run (6:45am, Pointing Field, Park, STONINGTON)
Registration 6:45am | Group stretch 7:30am | Race 8:00am | Children's race 9:00am | Registration fee $20.00
Benefits all go to Taylorville High School Cross Country program. Contact Steve Walters with questions at (217) 820 6284

June 16
ARTHUR 3RD SATURDAY MARKET BAZAAR (9:00am - 4:00pm; ARTHUR)
The Bazaar is filled with creative homemade crafts, woodworking, collectables, direct sales, unique finds and so much more. Something new each month with our 50 some vendors. See what’s new!! A monthly market held on the 3rd Saturday of the month. We are located in the Merchant Building at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arthur, IL. There is no Market in July due to the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair. Our vendors will be working hard on items for the fall and Holidays, so come in August and check us out. The entrance to the Fairgrounds is just South of the corner of RT 133 and Vine St. Follow the road into the Fairgrounds to the Merchant Building (behind the high school at Jurgens Park). Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/3rdsaturdaymarketbazaar. For more information or vendor inquiry contact Dawn Verci (309) 253-6245 or email at arthur3rdsaturdaybazaar@gmail.com | Future Dates for 2018: August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 16.

June 17
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Silver & Gold: Arts Exploration (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA) 217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. 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, join in songs and 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 first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

June 17
Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle for Freedom (2:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Bicentennial Speaker Series presented by Jeanne Schulz Angel. Free and open to the public Illinoisans played prominent roles in antislavery movements preceding the Civil War. Understanding the wide range of motivations that might lie behind any given individual’s opposition to slavery – commitment to human rights, belief in racial equality, economic considerations, and religious convictions – is important to understanding the escalation to war. Angel explores the role that the Underground Railroad played in the lives of Freedom Seekers and includes information about several significant slavery and antislavery sites in Illinois, including sundown towns. Her presentation will demonstrate the complexity of responses to the idea of slavery in the early days of statehood and link it to the impact of human trafficking in present day Illinois. This program is part of the “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans” series held on the third Sunday of every month through October, 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar Speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. For more information, please call the Illinois State Museum, (217) 782-0979, or the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College, (217) 786-2477.

June 18
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
Come join the world of Song, Stories and a Boingy, Boingy Thing. Mike Anderson will delight and entertain you and bring giggles to all faces. Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld
Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-1553 | The Westville Library will also offer Passport to Reading beginning June 1. Children will be able to read the books of their choice or have them read to them if too young to read on their own. The minutes spent reading will be kept track of in their Reading Passport. Incentives will be offered weekly. Register for both of these programs by calling the library at 267-3170.

June 18
Sour Punch® Partners with Six Flags® for New Fan Experience (10:30am until close, 1 Great America Parkway, GURNEE)
Sour Punch®, one of America’s first sour candy brands, officially announced its partnership with Six Flags, the largest regional theme park company in the world. Sour Punch will host a fun, in-park activation on July 18 in celebration of National Sour Candy Day. During the event, visitors can enjoy family friendly games, giveaways and more. Plus, samples of their favorite sour candy will be distributed at exit on July 18, as well as on June 30 and July 14. Public contact info: (847) 249-1776 | Event cost: Daily tickets/memberships https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica/store/tickets

June 18
Springfield Golf Classic (Illini Country Club, 1601 Illini Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Registration for a foursome includes 18 holes at Illini Country Club, cart fees, on-course food and beverage stations, a culinary lunch and a premium gift. Sponsorships and raffle tickets are also available. More information about the Springfield Golf Classic and registration is available here.

June 18 - 22
Vacation Bible School at Our Savior’s Church (9:00am - 12:00pm; Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Our Savior's Vacation Bible School is sure to be packed with songs, crafts, God's Word, and a message of strength and encouragement to our children! Go to our website to sign up online http://www.oursaviors-church.org/vacation-bible-school-2018. We hope you will join us for a week of fun!

June 18 - 22
Orff the Record (9:00am - 12:00pm; Perkinson Music Center, DECATUR)
Students entering grades K-6 | $85.00 (t-shirt, snack and program CD are provided)
Students will explore the art of composition and improvisation using traditional classroom instruments, such as xylophones, drums and bells. Students will work cooperatively and individually to create their own composition inspired by literature and storytelling, in addition to learning several jazz arrangements to play on xylophones.
Instructors: Professor Melissa Miller and Millikin student Alyssa Weichel | Registration Deadline: May 18

June 18-August 8
Gallery Exhibition: Illinois at 200 (M-Th 10am-7pm; Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 Bradley Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
To celebrate the Illinois bicentennial, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College is collaborating with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council to host an exhibition highlighting the achievements of contemporary working artists from across the state. Illinois at 200 comprises works by 44 artists and reflects the high quality and unique variety of art currently being created throughout the state of Illinois. | parkland.edu/gallery | giertzgallery@parkland.edu

June 19
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour (10:00am&1:30pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N 6th St, SPRINGFIELD)
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov

June 19, 20
Digestive System: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest (10:00am & 2:00pm; 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. In this school bus series film, the class takes a field trip through Arnold’s digestive system to learn how food becomes energy. Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: Films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10 am and 2pm. This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information, or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Sarah Davis at Sarah.E.Davis@illinois.gov or (217) 782-6044.

June 20
Cotton, Violins & Shots in the Night (12:00 - 1:00pm; *Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public | While remodeling their home in ,Illinois in 1971, Ray and Pam Bruzan found a tintype photograph of a man holding two children on his lap. This photo led them on a journey into the history of Rochester that eventually became the book Cotton, Violins & Shots in the Night: A Timeline Visit to Rochester, Illinois. The Bruzans will share some of the stories and photographs from their book, which will be for sale after the presentation. Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield.* For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696. *The Collections Center cannot currently be reached from Ash St. due to construction. You can access the facility's entrance on 10 1/2 St. from Laurel St.

June 20
"Finding Peace" Luncheon (11:00am - 12:45pm; The Northfield Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Judy Dagraedt, of Ottawa will deliver "Peace in the midst of turmoil". She is a former TV host, writes music, sings, and plays various instruments. She has recorded ten albums. To top it off, she sand the Nation Anthem for the Chicago White Sox! She will also do a mini concert for us along with her talk. This will be a special program you won't want to miss. Invite a friend; she'll be glad you did! Reservations and cancellations are essential by Friday, June 15. Call Judy at 217-303-9768 or email jluttrellfirst@gmail.com

June 21
TALK- Holy Alliance: The Influence of Religion at the University of Illinois (4:00 - 5:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
The concept of “separation of church and state” has changed dramatically since the early days of the University. In the 19th century, chapel attendance was mandatory. Today, every major faith tradition in the world is represented by programming for and often by students on a pluralistic but secular campus. Join retired Alumni Association vice president Joe Rank for a presentation on this little-known thread of the University’s history.
For its first 26 years, University students were required to attend Christian chapel service every day. When the practice was challenged by a student suspended for failure to attend, the University’s policy was upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court. After the requirement was dropped, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) became a major force on campus, serving for many years as a de facto student affairs office.
In a move to create a more welcoming environment in the early 20th century, President Edmund James fostered religious diversity by inviting denominations to establish student foundations to teach for-credit, faith-based classes to University students. The first Jewish Hillel Foundation and the first residential Catholic Newman Center in the country were established on the Illinois campus. Today, the University of Illinois campus environs host the largest number of religious outreach programs in the world, representing every major faith tradition. http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/

June 21
1918 – Americans Over There (6:30pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N 6th St, SPRINGFIELD)
The future of Europe and the world hung in the balance in 1918, and that issue hung on a million and a half exuberant but inexperienced American doughboys. Presented by Dr. Mark DePue in the Museum’s Union Theater at 6:30 p.m. Free; registration required www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov

June 21
8th Annual Springfield Kids Triathlon (8:30am; Lincoln Park, 1601 N. 5th Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Registration: https://goo.gl/pXy4Rm
Mini Tri for kids ages 5-6 (Your age on race day) Starts at 8:30 am | 50 meter swim in Nelson Center Pool | .6 mile bike in Lincoln Park | .25 mile run in Lincoln Park
Triathlon for kids 6-13 - Starts at 8:45 am | 100 meter swim in Nelson Center Pool | 1.25 mile bike in Lincoln Park | .50 mile run in Lincoln Park

June 21
ABC's of HPV (5:30pm; - Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU – 315 W. Carpenter, SPRINGFIELD)
Free to parents of adolescents. - Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection that can cause various types of cancer. HPV is passed between people through skin-to-skin contact. The HPV vaccine provides protection from many cancers, such as: throat, cervical, penile, etc. Come here SIU physicians and oncologists talk about HPV and how important the vaccine is. Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to show that HPV vaccines are safe and they continue their monitoring.

June 21
Talk: Holy Alliance: The Influence of Religion at the University of Illinois (4:00 - 5:00pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA)
The concept of “separation of church and state” has changed dramatically since the early days of the University. In the 19th century, chapel attendance was mandatory. Today, every major faith tradition in the world is represented by programming for and often by students on a pluralistic but secular campus. Join retired Alumni Association vice president Joe Rank for a presentation on this little-known thread of the University’s history.
For its first 26 years, University students were required to attend Christian chapel service every day. When the practice was challenged by a student suspended for failure to attend, the University’s policy was upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court. After the requirement was dropped, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) became a major force on campus, serving for many years as a de facto student affairs office.
In a move to create a more welcoming environment in the early 20th century, President Edmund James fostered religious diversity by inviting denominations to establish student foundations to teach for-credit, faith-based classes to University students. The first Jewish Hillel Foundation and the first residential Catholic Newman Center in the country were established on the Illinois campus. Today, the University of Illinois campus environs host the largest number of religious outreach programs in the world, representing every major faith tradition. Free general admission | www.spurlock.illinois.edu | (217) 333-2360

June 21
Finding Lost Pets Seminar (6:30 - 8:00pm; Brandt Headquarters Building, 2935 S Koke Mill Rd, SPRINGFIELD)
Free to attend! Voluntary donations will be accepted for WILD Canine Rescue and TRAP | Finding Lost Pets seminar featuring Richard Rich, Canine Recovery Expert. Richie will share his experiences in recovering lost pets and talk about what to do if your pet goes missing.
Register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-lost-pets-seminar-tickets-46250489459

June 21
Artists Reception for Illinois at 200 (5:30-7:30pm; Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 Bradley Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
A reception honoring the artists featured in the exhibition, Illinois at 200, will be held Thursday, June 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery lounge. Opening remarks will be provided by Lisa Costello, Director of Giertz Gallery and Kelly White, Director of 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council. Acoustic Mayhem will provide a musical performance. To celebrate the Illinois bicentennial, Illinois at 200 comprises works by 44 contemporary Illinois artists and reflects the high quality and unique variety of art currently being created throughout the state. | parkland.edu/gallery | giertzgallery@parkland.edu

June 21, 22, 23
Chatham American Legion 71ST Annual Homecoming (Village Square, CHATHAM)
No Admission or parking fees. The Chatham American Legion Homecoming is an old-fashioned street festival with good food, cold beverages, great bands, carnival rides and fun for the whole family. The 71st Annual festival kicks off on Thursday, June 21st at 5:00 PM. Food, concessions, live entertainment, games, and rides are featured all three nights of the Homecoming. We will be featuring a new carnival this year. There will be no $1.00 rides this year. Wrist bands will be available all three days at the Carnival ticket booths. Wrist bands will go on sale Thursday and Friday 5:00 pm at a cost of $20.00. The wrist band will allow the wearer unlimited rides from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Saturday afternoon wristbands will go on sale at noon allowing unlimited rides between 1:00 and 4:00. Thursday night's band will be "2nd Chance Band" and Friday features the "The Remix" and "After Sunset" will be providing Saturday evening entertainment. On Saturday afternoon the Homecoming will feature a Hillbilly Golf Tournament. For information on entry and time see www.chathamlegion.com. Also Saturday will include the traditional parade starting at 5:00.

June 22
Walk and Talk: At Home in the Heartland (2:00 - 2:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; Free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "At Home in the Heartland." Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

June 23
SCHEELS 5K/10K (7:30am; 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd., SPRINGFIELD)
All ages welcome. Join SCHEELS for our annual 5K/10K charity race benefiting Compass for Kids and Midtown Rotary
$25.00 pre-registration (now through June 15)
$35.00 registration (June 16 – Race Day)
Kiddie Fun Run $10.00 (Kiddie Fun Run will begin at approximately 8:45am)
Register online at: https://goo.gl/VzLDq6 or at SCHEELS Customer Service

June 23
Car Show and Art Fair (10:00am - 5:00pm; Clayville Historical Site, Route 125, PLEASANT PLAINS)
Car Show and Art Fair 10:00-5:00 & Music Festival noon-9:00 Admission $3.00 adult/ $1.00 (ages 6-12) 5 and under 6 is free.

June 23, 24
Antique Show and Farm Fest 9:00am; Historic Marbold Farmstead, 21722 State Hwy 29, GREENVIEW)
TIME: 9am-8pm Sat, 9am-3pm Sun

June 23
Paint the Street (12:00pm - 11:00pm; Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Art Association is hosting a community block party where you literally PAINT THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD! Participants / groups will purchase a 6' x 6' square of street on which they can paint anything they wish. You'll receive an event bag with paint supplies (including the tempera paint we will be using which is water soluble/washable) and giveaway goodies from sponsors. There is also a professional category, for those who wish to paint something impressive to win cash prizes (must pre-register)! Non-professional squares are all eligible to win the viewers choice contest! Regular, non-professional squares are available on the day of the event, but cost $5 more. Enjoy food vendors, other activities, and music while you paint. Visitors will enjoy this unique outdoor gallery on the day of the event, and for months to come, until Nature clears the street to prepare the canvas for next year's event. Proceeds will go toward the operations and programming at the SAA.

June 23
Whiskers 500: The Fast and the Purriest (11:00am - 3:00pm; Floyd Imports, 2320 Prairie Crossing Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Whiskers 500: The Fast and the Purriest (cat races) is a fundraising event for Meow Mobile to benefit the cats and kittens at Sangamon County Animal Control. All monies donated/raised will go to subsidizing adoption fees, medical care and keeping bonded pairs together. This is our first big event fundraiser!! Adoptable cats and kittens from Animal Control will be there to race against each other. Los Rancheros food truck, vendors and adoptable cats and kittens will be available. Rachel Pierson from Channel 55/20 will be our Master of Ceremonies. Contact: Jill Gehrmann, 217-801-6557, web page: http://www.meowmobile.org, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MeowMobile/ | email: meowmobile217@gmail.com

June 24
Spurlock Summer Sundays: Explore the Natural World - Silver & Gold: Docent - Led (1:00 - 3:30pm; Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, URBANA) 217-333-2360 | www.spurlock.illinois.edu
This summer, we’re exploring the natural world with three month-long series of programs on precious metals, planets & stars, and plants. 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, join in songs and 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 first Sunday of each month is a Time Machine that features multiple activities, presenters, and performers around the Museum. The third Sunday of each month is an Arts Exploration, offering visitors an opportunity to create a different special art project. All other Sundays feature docent-led activities such as mini-tours, scavenger hunts, and touch carts with hands-on artifacts.

June 24
Heads Up Group "for those with a traumatic brain injury" (2:00 - 4:00pm; SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
For more information contact Dave at SCIL, 217 523-2587 v/tty

June 24
Williamsville July 4th Celebration (3:30 - 7:30pm; WILLIAMSVILLE)
Fireworks at dusk. Candy, popcorn, snacks, Cooper's Streatside Bistro at 5:00pm, Melanie Dennison, Giant inflatable water slide, raffle.

June 24
Music in the Park: Harmony Deep (4:00 - 7:00pm; Southwind Park, 4965 S. 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD) Grab your friends, children, blankets and join us for a free movie and music in the Park! Sunday’s musical concert will be All 70’s Rock & Pop by Harmony Deep. 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. www.SpringfieldParks.org

June 24
All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Dinner (4:00 - 7:00pm; American Legion POst 32, 1120 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
$10.25 per person. Mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, cofee or iced tea. For more information: spfldpost32@outlook.com | 217-523-3415

June 24 - 30
Ford County Fair (329 E. Third St., MELVIN)
The Ford County Fair has been an annual attraction in Central Illinois since 1926. The fair brings agriculture, livestock, entertainment and so much more to the humble town of Melvin, Illinois and surrounding communities. We hope to see you there as we continue to celebrate over 90 years of this proud tradition. Click here for the schedule.

June 25
Reading Takes You Everywhere (10:00am; 125 West Editor, ASHLAND)
Repeated at 1 PM at 555 Buckeye Road Pleasant Plains, IL 62677 | No Cost | All welcome
The Prairie Skies Public Library District summer reading program is delighted to welcome back Clothespin Puppets. This program will excite the imaginations of all who see it. Watch as books come to life right before your eyes. Please contact either location: Ashland 217-476-3417 or Pleasant Plains 217-626-1553 checkout our website www.pspld.com or email prairie.skies.library@gmail.com for summer reading or pskiesld@gmail.com or facebook Prairie Skies Public Library District @pskiesld | Questions please call Liz Heady youth programmer at 217-626-1553

June 25 - 29
"Camp Moose on the Loose" (6:00 - 8:30pm; Springfield Bible Church, 2060 Westchester Boulevard, SPRINGFIELD)
Bring your kids out to join in on the fun and learning at Springfield Bible Church's VBS, "Camp Moose on the Loose". We will have skits, games, crafts, Bible lesson, snacks, scripture memory and prizes! Kids need to be 4 years old through those entering 7th grade. 217-787-3254

June 26
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour (10:00am&1:30pm; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N 6th St, SPRINGFIELD)
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov

June 26, 27
Dinosaurs: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest (10:00am & 2:00pm; 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. 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 to how dinosaurs lived. Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: Films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10 am and 2pm. This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information, or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Sarah Davis at Sarah.E.Davis@illinois.gov or (217) 782-6044.

June 26-28
VBS: “Splash Canyon: God’s Promise on Life’s Wild Ride.” (5:15pm - 8:00pm; Trinity Lutheran Church & School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
The evening begins with Dinner at 5:15 pm. VBS activities begin at 6:00 pm. Activities each evening include a story that focuses on the central theme, songs, crafts, a Bible challenge, snacks, storytelling, and games. Students age 3 to ending 5th grade are invited to attend. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure there are plenty of materials and supplies. Online enrollment is available at https://vbsmate.com/TrinitySpringfieldIL. For additional information, please call 787.2323, email mboehme@trinity-lutheran.com or visit www.trinity-lutheran.com.

June 28
The Art & Science of Light Workshop (9:00am - 12:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Ages 5-7 | What is light? In this fun, creative STEAM workshop kids will discover just that. Join us for a morning filled with art and science exploration. Participants will learn how to harness the sun to take a photo, how to create a rainbow, and more. Register online at bit.ly/2018lightws or my mail at bit.ly/2018sumreg. For additional information contact events@illinoistatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044.
Registration and fee required | Early registration by June 11: $20 member, $30 non member | By registration deadline on June 17: $25 member, $35 member

June 28
The Art & Science of Paper Workshop (1:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Ages 8-11 | Have you ever wondered where paper comes from or how images are printed on the page? Well then this STEAM workshop is for you! Participants will discover different ways of making paper and explore the art of printmaking. Register online at bit.ly/2018paperws or by mail at bit.ly/2018sumreg. For additional information contact events@illinoistatemuseum.org or (217) 782-6044.
Registration and fee required | Early registration by June 11: $20 member, $30 non member | By registration deadline on June 17: $25 member, $35 member

June 29
Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown (8:00pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South Sixth Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Tickets are $30 - $65 and may be purchased by phone at (217) 523-2787, at the Theatre Box Office or online at www.hcfta.org. Two of the greatest bands of all time face off in a high-energy, adrenaline-pumping musical showdown. The Fab Four, represented by tribute band Abbey Road will engage in a barrage of hits against premier Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction. It’s a face-off you won’t want to miss!

June 29
Book Sale (10:00am - 5:30pm; Westville Public Library, WESTVILLE)
Specials include VHS tapes $1.00 a plastic grocery bag and a bound series of National Geographic for $10.00. Books begin at just 25 cents! We have mystery, romance, children's, Christian fiction and Large print to choose from. We also have a nice selection of westerns in both paperback and hardback. Stop in and pick up some great summer reading. For your summer listening pleasure we have a completely new stock of vinyl records that are 25 cents each. The library is located at 233 S. State Street. The sale is located in the back building. Just follow the north sidewalk around the back to the building.

June 29
Elkhart Historical Society Dinner Lecture: Mrs. Abraham Lincoln- A Vindication” (4:45pm; Gillett Chapel on Elkhart Hill)
“Mrs. Abraham Lincoln- A Vindication” by Rev. Dr. Malcolm Shotwell, will be the June 29th lecture offered by the Elkhart Historical Society at the Gillett Chapel on Elkhart Hill. The doors will open at 4:45 pm and the performance will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. Please note, the lecture comes before the dinner, and remember the 1890’s Chapel has no bathroom facilities.
Last July Dr. Shotwell presented a dramatic monologue on “Our Neighbors, the Lincolns; A Clergyman Remembers.” He comes again as he did then, in the character of the Rev. N. W. Miner. This captivating portrayal of Rev. Dr. Noyes W.Miner will be presented as a dramatic monologue in the beautiful setting of the Gillett Chapel on Elkhart Hill, followed by dinner in the village at the Wild Hare Café in the Horsefeathers shop. The June 29 lecture will include a paper written by Dr. Miner of his feelings on the lack of respect and recognition for the wife of our 16th president, as well as reflections on Mr. Lincoln’s death and funeral. In Dr. Miner’s opinion, “no woman in the whole country has been more misunderstood and misrepresented…than the wife of our martyred president.”
The menu being offered is Beef Bourguignon or Coq au vin at a cost of $40 per person $10 of which goes to the Elkhart Historical Society to defray costs. Dinner will be held at Horsefeathers and the Wild Hare Café located at 104 Governor Oglesby St in Elkhart Illinois. Please call 217 947 2238 to reserve your seat by no later than June 22nd. Please visit www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org for more information and the reservation form.

June 29
Land of Lincoln Officials Association Golf Outing (1:00pm; The Oaks Golf Course, SPRINGFIELD)
Cost:$75 per golfer. The Land of Lincoln Official’s Association is holding it’s annual golf outing to give sports officials, coaches, athletic directors and others the opportunity to get together and socialize off the courts and fields across Illinois. The money raised will help LOLOA fund our scholarship fund. Up to four scholarships are awarded each year to high school seniors. For questions, contact Tammy Miner at 217-415-3040 or tammy_miner67@yahoo.com.

June 29
Walk and Talk: At Home in the Heartland (2:00 - 2:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; Free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans. Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "At Home in the Heartland." Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children! For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

June 29
Bicentennial & Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection PUBLIC PREVIEW (5:30 - 7:30pm; Illinois State Museum Art Gallery & Bicentennial Hall, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Opening June 30, 2018 to February 3, 2019. The Illinois State Museum will present a major new exhibition in celebration of the State's 200th birthday which will feature rare and rarely-seen artifacts from the Museum's 13.5-million-object Illinois Legacy Collection to highlight the dynamic story of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum Society invites the public to the Grand Opening Reception event Friday, June 29, 2018. Enjoy complimentary soft drinks, light appetizers, cash bar and music provided by Virgil Rhodes and his band "Footprints." Please RSVP to Leslie.Cline@illinois.gov or call (217) 782-0979.

June 29, 30 & July 1
Thunder On the Lake Boat Races (12:00pm; Bridgeview Beach, SPRINGFIELD)
Practice Friday, June 29: 12:00pm - 5:00pm & Racing Saturday June 30th and Sunday, July 1 starting at 12:00pm.

June 30
Capitol City Celebration (4:00pm - 11:59pm; 2nd St. between Jackson and Monroe Sts., Downtown SPRINGFIELD)
Celebrate Independence Day with the Springfield Jaycees at our annual Capital City Celebration in front of the Capitol Building. The Capital City Celebration is free to the public and tickets are not required. However, we'd love your support for our local vendors and the Springfield Jaycees by purchasing food and drinks. This event is funded by those sales and generous sponsors. On-street parking is available as are the various parking garages in downtown Springfield. We encourage you to arrive early. Please do not park in a lot that requires a permit. The Springfield Jaycees is not responsible for towed cars. Also, please take care when driving downtown as there will be a large number of pedestrians and children. There will be food, music, and entertainment for kids. Dog Pageant, live music, kids area, and food trucks. Fireworks at 9:30 pm. #Smashtag will be playing proceeding fireworks. Hosted by Springfield Jaycees with presenting sponsor Arch Coal-Viper Mine.



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