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May 2017 Community Calendar

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May 1
Homeownership 101: Budgeting, Saving & Record Keeping (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)
"New home new budget! The power of planning, saving it for a rainy day (or a leaky roof) and what to keep and for how long."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist*
Classes are *FREE* and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

May 1
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.

May 1
Springfield Civic Garden Club ( Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., SPRINGFIELD)
Speaker Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine presents "Great European Flower Shows." FREE. Call 563-940-5735 or 217-522-4415 for more information.

May 3
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State Street, WESTVILLE)
Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for another great film.

May 3
Homeownership 101: Being a Part of Your Community (6:00pm; Habitat for Humanity, 119 E University ave, CHAMPAIGN)

"The benefits of community, joining your community, types of community involvement and community resources."
Post-purchase education is a 3 part program that focuses on topics that help both new and existing homeowners manage their most important asset.
*participants receive a detailed reference manual and maintenance checklist*
Classes are FREE and open to the public.
Call 217-819-5113 to register.

May 3
Free Downtown Architectural Walking Tours (5:30pm; Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
The free walks are held the first Wednesday of every month from May to October. People are invited to meet at the Lincoln Family Statue on the southeast corner of the Old State Capitol Plaza at 5:30 pm to embark on a 1 1/2 hour guided tour ending with a complimentary reception. During the walk, Rubano discusses architectural styles, materials and treatments that make up historic downtown Springfield.
The first walking tour on Wednesday, May 3 will include such buildings as the former Bressmer Department Store, the location of Visit Springfield, Horace Mann headquarters, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Union Station. It will end with a complimentary reception at Frankie’s Brewhaus Bar, including Frankie’s famous pulled pork sandwiches. For more information, visit downtownspringfield.org or DSI’s Facebook event page.

May 3
Pre-school Program (10:00am, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State Street, WESTVILLE)
There will be stories, and a craft. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for the fun!

May 5, 6
First Friday Event: Comic Book (6:00 - 8:00pm; MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room, The Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, URBANA)
Celebrate all things comic at this Imbibe Urbana First Friday event. Come read your favorite comic to yourself or your children. We'll also have coloring pages for those who want to color or draw their favorite superhero. The first 25 people to stop by will receive a free comic in preparation for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday. We'll have more activities then! The Library will be open until 8:00 p.m. for this
special Imbibe Urbana event!
SATURDAY- Free Comic Book Day Superhero Contest (11:00am - Noon; Lewis Auditorium, URBANA) Come celebrate your superhero skills on Free Comic Book Day. Save the city, lift weights with ease, and pick your own free comic. Come in costume to enter the costume contest! For more comics and the chance to win a prize, don't forget to visit G-Mart and the Champaign Public Library. Visit all three locations and get your passport stamped to win! #fcbd17cu
For more information, contact Lauren Chambers at (lchambers@urbanafree.org) or 217-367-4405.

May 5
5K Glow Run (7:00pm; Southwind Park, 4965 S. 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois Teen Council is hosting its second annual 5K Glow Run. Cost of the event is $30 for adults eighteen and older, $20 for students ages 18 to 12, children under 12/in strollers are free. T-shirts available for $10.
The race is benefiting the local Ronald McDonald House with all proceeds from the Run going to the maintaining the House. The Run can be for the serious runner or for a person just wanting to take a stroll for a cause. You can contact either Kelly Thompson, (217)528-3314 ext. 145 or kthompson@rmhc-centralillinois.org, or Brian Replogle at either: (217) 528-3314 ext. 147 or br@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

May 5, 6
The Habitat Women Build Days (Times vary, 1408 Hill St., URBANA)
Sign up to volunteer on our National Women Build, and 100th home for one of three shifts; Friday May 5th 12-3pm, Saturday May 6th 8-11:30am or 11:30-3pm at https://tinyurl.com/women-Build-2017
More information, contact Kelly Hill 217-819-5115 development @cuhabitat.org

May 5
3rd annual Nurses' Night Out (4:30 - 10:30pm; Decatur Masonic Temple, 224 W. William St, DECATUR)
This will be a fun filled night to show appreciation for our local nurses & medical support staff of central Illinois. This event is free to attend but you must RSVP for guaranteed prizes. Some of this year's attractions include but are not limited to:

  • "A night in the Tropics" theme w/ tropical themed appetizers & desserts.
  • Live Entertainment
  • 55 local vendors for shopping!
  • Lots of prizes & give aways!

There will be something for everyone. Registration is free at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nurse-med-staff-night-out-ticket-registration-tickets-30994826360

May 5, 6
Listen LIVE! ISO's Fantastic Finale (7:30pm; FRIDAY: Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, BLOOMINGTON & SATURDAY: Sangamon Auditorium UIS, SPRINGFIELD)
Celebrate the close of a brilliant season with Dvorak’s jubilant Carnival Overture, the ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez with the return of Grammy-Award winning Guitarist Jason Vieaux and Berlioz’s epic self-portrait of his passion for a beautiful woman in Symphonie Fantastique. A fantastic finale for everyone!
Tickets may be purchased in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at 309-434-2777 and in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160. Single ticket prices range from $5 for students (6 years +) to $60 for premium seating. Tickets for youth (5 and under) are free with a paying adult. Senior discounts are also available.

May 6
Springfield Choral Society Concert (7:30pm; : 2477 West Washington Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Choral Society will be presenting “D” is for “Simply Divine,” will feature works from master composers Maurice Duruflé, Leo Delibes, Antonin Dvorák, Claude Debussy and Frederick Delius including a set of three songs by Dvorák written for men’s voices, as well as wonderful settings of folk songs from the Czech Republic, France and England and soaring sounds from all five composers. Tickets are $15, available at the door or by calling 217-691-0033 or 217-341-1428.

May 6
American Heart Walk (8:00am; Lincoln Park, E Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Event Starts: 9:00am; Length of walk: 1 or 3 mile route *Donations accepted
More information, or to register: http://www2.heart.org/site/TR/HeartWalk/MWA-MidWestAffiliate?pg=entry&fr_id=2150

May 6
Greenview Town-Wide Garage Sales (8:00am - 1:00pm; GREENVIEW)
Maps will be available at Casey’s in Greenview starting April 28 after 5:00pm. For questions, contact Jennifer Heyen at 217-502-0040

May 6
'Seen + Felt' Opening Reception (5:30 - 7:30pm; Hoogland Center for the Arts, Club Room, SPRINGFIELD)
Seen + Felt, a striking exhibition featuring the work of three Collective artists will begin with Art Talks. Seen + Felt, on display May 5 through June 29, features the work of artists Delinda Chapman, Mary Ellen Strack, and Mary Frances. Chapman displays a series of abstract collages inspired by key words. While each piece has a unique energy, they are all grounded in a powerful use of color. Strack presents a collection of large scale abstract acrylic paintings. Her immersive pieces are all inspired by the powerful presence of nature. Frances brings texture to the table by combining found objects into three dimensional assemblages that speck to about unwanted things. This exhibition will be on display alongside a showcase of SAA Collective artists new paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography and more.

May 6
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

May 6
WILDflowers 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) “April showers bring May flowers.” Learn about the wildflowers of Illinois through activities, crafts, and games. Children will make a seed ball to plant at home, decorate a gift bag, and learn the parts of a flower.
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.

May 6
Garden Palooza (8:00am - 2:00pm; Barn 26, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Annual plant sale hosted by Springfield Civic Garden Club, features annuals, perennials, baskets, tools, garden items and more. FREE admission. 217-782-6661

May 7
International Family Equality Day (2:00 - 5:00pm; Washington Park Playground, 1501 S Grand Ave. West, SPRINGFIELD)
All over the world, more and more children are growing up in families where one or both of their parents identify as LGBTQ. Yet, each of these “rainbow families” have very different lived equality experiences, often depending not only on what country they live in but what street they live on. In some countries, our families enjoy equal rights and social recognition but in far too many others both parents and their children face overt discrimination and have to live under a constant threat of violence. In 2017, Family Equality Council will celebrate the sixth annual International Family Equality Day on May 7, 2017 with partners from all over the world. http://www.familyequality.org/get_involved/events/annual_events/international_family_equality_day

May 7
Crime Stoppers - Kickin’ the Tail Out of Crime” Shrimp Boil Fundraiser(2:00 - 6:00pm; Weebles Bar & Grill, 4136 N. Peoria Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Featuring Live Music by Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters! Join Crime Stoppers of Sangamon & Menard Counties as we raise additional funds to “Kick the Tail of Crime” at our annual N’Awlins Shrimp Boil. Feast on Cajun shrimp boil consisting of shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes and all the fixings. Your $20 entry fee/donation includes all you can eat shrimp boil, beer, tea and lemonade.
FEATURING! Celebrate the Grand Opening of Weebles sleek new outdoor music venue. Sit back and enjoy music by Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters, voted best band in Central Illinois (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016). Connect to the Crime Stoppers website at www.cashfortips.us and Facebook.

May 7
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50 , O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

May 7
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 June 4, July 2, Aug 6, Sept 3, Oct 1

May 8
Russian choral ensemble (7:00pm; United Methodist Church, 402 6th St,
PAWNEE) The public is invited to special musical event. The Russian choral ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia, “LYRA”, will be presenting a concert of Russian Folk music and Sacred songs of the Russian Orthodox Church. The concert is free but a free-will offering will be taken to help defray travel expenses. A time of cookies, coffee and conversation will follow the concert. For more information call either 217-625-4381 or 217-691-6406 or email pawneeumc@comcast.net. http://www.lyra-online.org/en/home_en.html

May 10
BEST "Becoming Empowered and Successful Teens" and Parent Transition Support Group (6:00 - 7:30pm; Illinois Assistive Technology Program, 1020 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Topic: Transition to the post secondary world. Call Roseanne at SCIL, 217-523-2587 for more info.

May 10
Concordia Lutheran School & Preschool OPEN HOUSE! (5:30 - 7:00pm; 2300 Wilshire Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Everyone is welcome to join us and see what Concordia School and Preschool has to offer. school@concordiaspfld.org We offer:

All-Day and Part-Day, Year-Round Preschool (ages 3-5).

Grades K-8 Day School with Before and After School care.

Summer program for kids Preschool through 4th grade!

Our school is Christ-centered and focuses on the basics of learning along with SMART board technology and computer classes.

We still teach cursive handwriting and we DO NOT teach Common Core.

May 10
Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Dave Baron will present stories from his book Pembroke: A Rural, Black Community on the Illinois Dunes which chronicles the history of this inimitable township and shows the author’s personal transformation through his experiences with Pembroke and its people. Baron's bookpart social, cultural, legal, environmental, and political history and part memoirprofiles a number of the colorful, longtime residents and considers what has enabled Pembroke to survive despite a lack of economic opportunities. Although Pembroke has a reputation for violence and vice, Baron reveals a township with a rich and varied history and a vibrant culture. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 782-0061. Free and open to the public.
http://www.illinoisstatemuseum.org/content/pembroke-rural-black-community-illinois-dunes

May 11
Carle Cancer Center Survivors Day Celebration (6:30 - 8:30pm; Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Avenue, URBANA)
Carle Cancer Center invites you and your loved ones to an evening dedicated to celebrating you. Event Program: 5:30 p.m. Registration, music and light desserts | 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Elizabeth Angelo | 7:30 p.m. Prize drawings | 7:45 p.m. Closing Ceremony.
This informal event is free and open to all cancer survivors regardless of where you received treatment. Reserve your seats by calling (217) 383-6846.

May 11
Music at the Museum Series: Chris Vallillo and Burr Oak String Band (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
This new series kicks off with a double billing. Chris Vallillo is Illinois’ pre-eminent prairie-poet singer-songwriter who makes the people and places of “unmetropolitan” America come to life in song. A master of bottleneck slide guitar, he weaves original, contemporary, and traditional songs and theatrical narratives into a compelling and entertaining portrait of the history and lifestyle of the Midwest.

The Burr Oak String Band hails from Springfield and the surrounding area and offers up a crowd-pleasing mix of lively instrumentals and heart-felt harmonies. Masters of a variety of instruments and styles - old-time, raggy blues, bluegrass, folk - they appeal to a range of musical sensibilities. Burr Oak will be joined by the acoustic duo, Last Acre, who will perform some of their original songs. http://www.illinoisstatemuseum.org/content/chris-vallillo-and-burr-oak-string-band

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 217-782-7386.

May 12, 13
Elkhart Town-wide Garage Sales (8:00am-7:00pm & 8:00am to 2:00pm, ELKHART)
Maps will be available the day of at various sales and also at Gina's Talk of the Town

May 13
Mother's Day Celebration (11:00am; The Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, URBANA)

Mother’s Day Story Time 11:00 - 11:30 AM Saturday, May 13 Lewis Auditorium ::: Children ages 2 and up and their families are invited to celebrate moms with special stories and fun songs. We'll also make a special card for you to give to your mother.
Mother’s Day Cafe Concert with Almost “A” Quintet : 2:00 - 3:00 PM Sunday, May 14 Busey-Mills Reading Room ::: Almost “A” features some of the most talented and in-demand performers in the area: Dorothy Martirano (violin), Armand Beaudoin (bass), George Turner (guitar), Sam Gingher (piano and melodica), and Ricardo Flores (percussion). The musicians have strong and diverse backgrounds in classical, contemporary art music, jazz, and Latin jazz with folk, gypsy, gypsy jazz, tango, and klezmer.
For more information, contact Kathy Wicks at kwicks@urbanafree.org or 217-531-7051.

May 13
Mother’s Day Remembrance Tribute Service (10:00am; Roselawn Memorial Park, 1735 S. Camp Butler Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Mother's Day is a special day that we pay tribute to our mothers, grandmothers, wives, children or other loved ones that have touched our hearts and lives. We would like to invite you and your family to join us for a memorial tribute service honoring all mothers and the important roles they have played in our lives. The brief ceremony will be led by our on-staff Certified Celebrant, Judy Woerner, and a special tribute keepsake will be given in honor of your loved one. Light refreshments will be served. We sincerely hope that you and your family can join us for this tender reflection on the importance of these special women we have lost, but will never forget. For more information, please call the Roselawn Administrative Office at (217) 525-1661. www.roselawninfo.com

May 13
Mt. Auburn Community Garage Sales (8:00am - ?; MT. AUBURN)
Maps available at First National Bank and Village Fast Stop

May 13
Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) 5K Grow & Go (7:30am; Illinois Farm Bureau Headquarters, 1701 Towanda Ave., BLOOMINGTON)

Event Schedule: 7:30am-8:45am: Check-in & Registration | 8:30am: Cock-a-Doodle Kids Dash | 9:00am: Race Start (5K & 1 mile walk) | 9:15am: Hot Breakfast & Open House
Ready, Set, Go & Grow! The IAA Foundation proudly presents its 7th Annual 5K Grow & Go to celebrate Illinois farm families and the important role they play in putting food on your table. Learn more about our roots in agriculture while supporting a great cause. Proceeds from this race benefit Illinois Ag in the Classroom (IAITC), a program that provides free resources to teachers in an effort to help students make the connection between food, fiber, fuel & farming.
Event App: Download our "IFB Events" app at the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Amazon App store. (iphone, android and kindle compatible)
Event Logisitics: "Accurately measured course has a cross-country feel with well maintained grass, pavement and a few rolling hills. Finishing times & results provided by the Lake Run Club of Bloomington/Normal.
Pre-Registered runners receive a t-shirt and a healthy, hot breakfast after the race.
Unique to the event is a 1/4 mile "Cock-A-Doodle Kids Dash", sponsored by the IAA Credit Union, for children 10 & under. All children receive an award a healthy, hot breakfast and opportunity to take part in hands on learning activities.
Post-Race, join us for an indoor open house featuring interactive learning stations from IAITC program, hot breakfast and awards ceremony.
REGISTER: http://www.iaafoundation.org/iaaf/Events/growandgo.htm
Event Pricing: $25 entry fee if registered by May 1st | $30 entry fee after May 1st and day of race | $5 entry fee Cock-a-Doodle Kids Dash | $7 Fee Open House (friends & family access to breakfast & open house)
Email jdenny@ilfb.org | Phone 309-557-2230 | website www.iaafoundation.org

May 13
Second Annual Trivia Night (7:00pm; VFW Post 755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Rd, SPRINGFIELD)
The Korean War National Museum, located in Springfield, IL, will be hosting. . Doors will open at 6 pm, and trivia will start at 7 pm! We will also have a silent auction available, with all proceeds from the event going to help support the Museum's operations and programs. Entry is $100 per table of $15 per individual. Space is limited. Reserve your team table by calling 217-523-7230 or email tkenny@kwnm.org. top two team will get cash prizes. Cash bar, BYO food, and snacks.

May 13
Over The Edge (8:00am - 5:00pm; The Abraham Lincoln Hotel-Doubletree, 701 E Adams St., SPRINGFIELD)
Over The Edge is an event that is new to Central Illinois. Registered participants who raise $1000 will be able to rappel from the roof of the Abe Lincoln Hotel. All proceeds from this event will go to support individuals with developmental disabilities that are supported by Sparc. Participants will be assigned a rappelling time. Registration & more info: www.otecwe.com/springfield/sparc or they may call Denise Schainker at 217-793-2100 ext 145 or email dschainker@spfldsparc.org

May 13
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

May 13
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

May 13, 14
Prairie Plant Sale (9:00am - 4:00pm Saturday. 1:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday; Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Annual sale of prairie plants. FREE admission. lincolnmemorialgarden.org or call 217-529-1111 for more information.

May 13, 14
Parachute4Pets (Paxton Municipal Airport, 1650 W Ottawa Rd., PAXTON)
Yoga4Cats, in “tandem” with Illinois Skydiving Center, presents Parachute4Pets on May 13th and 14th at Paxton Municipal Airport.
Parachute4Pets offers discounted skydiving packages, online auction, door prizes and more to benefit PetNet, a not-for-profit, foster-based animal rescue. Illinois Skydiving Center will have a turbine grand caravan onsite all weekend.
Schedule your jump online at illinoisskydivingcenter.com or call 217-841-8881.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/632022440341745/
Website Page: http://www.yoga4cats.com/parachute4pets

May 14
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

May 15 - August 31
2017 Summer Reading Programs for All Ages (Urbana Free Library, URBANA)
Register online or at the Library ; This summer, make time to read the books you love and win prizes just for reading! Read books of your choice (including eBooks and audiobooks), and attend fun programs. Get ready for Reading by Design! 2017 Summer Reading Program Information Brochure

May 16
History of the Sangamon Ordinance Plant (5:30pm; City of Springfield's Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 S 7th St., SPRINGFIELD)
A history, impact and legacy of the Sangamon Ordinance Plant will be the focus of the Sangamon County Historical Society program. The event is free and open to the public. (This program was first shown in Illiopolis last September and is being brought back in Springfield by popular demand.)
Traces of the World War II bomb manufacturing complex, a factory city that rose virtually overnight on 20,000 acres of prime Illiopolis farmland in the early 1940s, have almost faded into history and view, but the plant's long-range effects remain. During its operation the plant employed nearly 10,000 individuals, most of them women, and helped pull the Springfield and Decatur areas out of the economic doldrums created by the Great Depression.
The program will include parts of a PBS television’s “Prairie Fire” documentary produced and hosted by Emmy Award winning television producer Alison Davis Wood as well as rare photos, articles and commentary.
For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at www.sangamonhistory.org or 217-525-1961.

May 17
RECEPTION: Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show 2017 (5:00 - 7:00pm; Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 W Bradley Ave, CHAMPAIGN)
The Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show will be on display at the Giertz Gallery Monday, May 15 through Thursday, June 1. A reception honoring the students will be held Wednesday, May 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge with an awards ceremony scheduled for 6 p.m. As with all events in the handicapped-accessible gallery, the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The juried exhibit highlights work completed by students in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2016. Parkland Graphic Design and Interactive Design faculty jury the show and select the most imaginative, inspiring, distinctive, innovative, unusual and memorable pieces for display in the gallery. Then local industry professionals are invited to judge the show and select the awards. This year’s judges are Maria Ludeke, Design Studio Manager at Neutral Design Studio and Ralph Roether, Graphic Designer at Champaign Park District.
This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Giertz Gallery Office at 217/351-2485 or visit www.parkland.edu/gallery.

May 17
19th Annual Central Illinois Senior Celebration (9:00am - 2:00pm; Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, SPRINGFIELD)
Free health screenings; Informational displays; Parking and Shuttle Service; Refreshments, Entertainment and Door Prizes. Free admission with a can of food for the Central Illinois Food Pantry.
CONTACT: Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland |Debbie Deopere | ddeopere@aginglinc.org | 217-787-9234 or 1-800-252-2918

May 17
Preservation Month Lecture: Early 20th Century Houses - Influence and Style (7:00 - 8:30pm; The Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium, URBANA)
Free and open to the public.
We’ll look at the great mix of architectural styles used from c. 1905 - 1940, showing evolving American ideals and international influences. As urban density occurred in companion with an expansion of the middle class, the influence of regional and national patterns of architectural standardization was encouraged by mass production and the aspiration nature of the residents who lived there. For more information, contact Champaign County Historical Archives at The Urbana Free Library by calling 367-4025.

May 17
Brown Bag Lecture Series: The Kankakee Protohistory Project (12:00 - 1:00pm; Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Mark Schurr, Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, will present "Life on the Late Prehistoric Prairie: The Middle Grant Creek Site at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. " Free and open to the public.
The Kankakee Protohistory Project is investigating late Fisher/Huber occupations in the Kankakee Valley of northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. Excavations at the Middle Grant Creek site in the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie provide new evidence of prehistoric life at the very end of prehistory.
For more information email events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or call 217-782-0061 or 217-785-0037.

May 18
Community Impact Fundraising Event (5:00 - 8:00pm; Pizza Ranch, 1001 Lejune Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
Pizza Ranch and Telephone Pioneers of America are holding a Community Impact Fundraising Event at Pizza Ranch. All proceeds will benefit the All God's Children Shall Have Shoes program that donate shoes at Christmas time to children in the Springfield area in need of a new pair of shoes or boots. Contact Paula Sullivan, at 529-1030 or email at prsullivan74@yahoo.com

May 18, 19, 20, 21
CCHS GIANT Garage Sale Drop Offs (312 W. Kirby, CHAMPAIGN)
Donations of good, usable, unbroken items will be accepted at 312 W. Kirby for sale at the 33rd annual Champaign County Humane Society GIANT Garage Sale.
May 18-19 noon to 6 p.m. | May 20 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | May 21 noon to 3 p.m.
What donations are accepted? Clothing, books, jewelry, housewares, small appliances, toys, tools, gardening supplies, holiday decorations, sports equipment, animal-care items and other treasures no longer needed. Large pieces of furniture and large kitchen appliances, windows, doors, tires, paint, chemicals and sets of encyclopedias will not be accepted, but just about everything else is needed.
Those willing to volunteer should call the shelter at 344-7297, email natalie@cuhumane.org or visit www.cuhumane.org.
To benefit homeless animals at the Champaign County Humane Society.
More info: http://cuhumane.org/NewsEvents/GIANTGarageSale.aspx or mlpayne@illinois.edu

May 18 - 21
60th Annual Pana Days (Times vary; Pana Tri-County Fairgrounds)
Four day family event includes carnival, mud drags, kiddie tractor pull, pony rides, kids games & contests, craft and food vendors and more. Thursday & Friday 5 - 10PM , Saturday 9 AM - 10 PM and Sunday 1 - 8 PM. Contact the Pana Chamber of Commerce at 217-5624240 or by email at panachamber@consolidated.net for more information.

May 19
Dancing with the Orchestra! (7:30pm, Theatre 3, Hoogland Center for the Arts, SPRINGFIELD)
Come hear the heavy stomps of elephants, the roars of the royal lions, and the cock-a-doodle-doo’s of the crowing roosters as the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra brings your imagination to life with Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals.” Joined on stage by dancers from the Springfield Youth Performance Group, this piece is certain to take you and your family on a grand tour of the carnival! In addition to Saint-Saëns, the Civic Orchestra will be performing familiar dance favorites by Aaron Copland and Aram Khachaturian. We hope to see you there!
Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free to children aged 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.hcfta.org or by calling 217-523-2787.

May 19
Free movie night: Confessions of a Prodigal Son (6:30pm; House on The Rock Church, 314 N Grant St, EDINBURG)
Come join us in the showing of the film “Confession of a prodigal son” on May 19th and bring a friend.
A journey to find life’s answers. Sean as he comes of age becomes rebels and leaves home, family and father to figure out life on his own. Two years later, while still on the journey to find life’s answers, he suddenly finds himself questioning everything he thought he knew as he is confronted by a professor who challenges him to see his life as a story; a best friend walking a dangerous path; and a strong and beautiful young woman who is on her own journey to answers. Each one of these elements causes Sean to greater examine the choices he is making. The story is one of drama, laughter, relationship, faith, and redemption, ultimately asking the question, “Can broken stories have happy endings?” “A timeless message in a way every generation will enjoy.” Free popcorn and drinks will be provided. For information contact: Charles Portwood, hotrchurch@yahoo.co or call 217-972-3847.

May 19
Trivia Night (6:00pm; Little Lorraine Theatre, 214 E. Main St., HOOPESTON)
Come at 5:15pm and enjoy a pulled pork sandwich, chips & cookies for $15, including entry fee.
Bring a full team of 5 (maximum) or come alone and join a smaller team. Free Popcorn and small bottled water or soda; Additional concessions available for purchase. WINNING TEAM MEMBERS RECEIVE REFUND OF ENTRY FEE. 20 Categories, 5 Questions Each. Reserve your table or ask questions by calling Marilyn at (217) 397-2211 or Betty at (217) 304-5308. Presented by the Save the Lorraine Foundation. All proceeds go toward the preservation and restoration of the Lorraine Theatre.

May 19
Race for the Cure (5:00pm; Illinois State Capitol, 301 S 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Cost: $35 for adults ($30 with early bird discount); $20 for youths 12 and under
Opening Ceremony: 5:45pm
Event Starts: 7:00pm
Pink Fireworks: 8:45pm
More information: http://memorial.info-komen.org/site/PageServer?pagename=PIA_2016_Springfield_TR_racedayinfo

May 19
86th Beaux Arts Ball: Court Reception (5:00 - 7:00pm; Springfield Art Association campus, 700 N 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
will introduce this year’s Beaux Arts Ball King, Queen and Court to members of the Springfield Art Association and the community. King Brinton Wilkey, Jr. and Queen Taylor Badger are honored to preside over the November evening’s festivities.
The 86th Beaux Arts Ball will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017, 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. www.springfieldart.org.

May 19, 20
Spring Book Sale (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library will host their next Spring book sale on May 19 & 20. Friday hours are 10 AM - 5:30 PM and Saturday hours are 10 AM - 1 PM. Many special prices such as VHS tapes 2 bags for $1.00. Clearance books 1 bag for $1.00. General non-fiction 25 cents each or 5/$1.00. Come in and see all we have to offer. Pick up some great summer reads at a great price.

May 19, 20
Rally in the Valley (Macon County Fairgrounds, 3700 N. Westlawn, DECATUR)
presented by Prairieland A.B.A.T.E. a community organization...
May 19 - Gates open at NOON. Food and Vendors, Full Bar available all day. 7 pm is the Battle of the Bands.
May 20 - Morning Run for Brunch leaves at 10 am and returns for Bike Show and Bike Rodeo. Registration for bike show runs from noon - 7 pm. Winner announced at 9 pm. Bike Rodeo begins at 2 pm. LIVE BANDS begin at 4 pm and runs all night. Vendors, Food and Full Bar running all day/night.

A great line up of vendors!! Includes Homemade Jewelry, Guitar String jewelry, Homemade items, Glass Bottle Wind Chimes, Wood Pallet Signs, Scroll-saw Wood Works, Embroidered towels and t-shirts and many other items.

$20 entry fee covers both days. No one under 21 allowed. No outside coolers, beverages/camping available (powered sites cost extra $20 to fairgrounds). Coolers, beverages allowed for campers.

May 20
Post Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm, Illinois Assistive Technology Program, 1020 S. Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Call Bradley at 217-523-2587 for more info.

May 20
Putting the “Kick” in Our Summer Reading Kick-Off Party with Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande (3:00 - 4:30pm; Urbana Free Library, URBANA)
Read by Design when you join us for the 2017 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off with an outdoor party for everyone! Enjoy live music and a demonstration from the folks at Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music. Don't miss sidewalk chalk, games, ice cream, and lemonade. And before you leave, sign-up for one of our free summer reading clubs to make the fun last all summer long! *If it rains, the event will move to the Lewis Auditorium.

May 20 - Oct 28
Downtown Springfield Inc.’s Old Capitol Farmers Market (8:00am - 12:30pm; 4th and Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
Dr. Lucore will co-host an official ribbon cutting with Mayor Jim Langfelder and the DSI Board of Directors for the 2017 Market Season at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 20. The Iles Middle School Marching Band will kick off the festivities and the short ceremony will conclude with complimentary slices of cake provided by Incredibly Delicious for patrons. This is a big day for downtown as the Old Capitol Art Fair also opens for its two-day run at 10 am that morning at the Old State Capitol and the Springfield Pridefest kicks off with its first annual Parade at 11 am at 5th and Allen.

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.

May 20
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

May 20
2nd Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser (10:00am - 2:00pm; Chandlerville Volunteer Fire Dept., 121 N. Main St., CHANDLERVILLE)
This is how we fund our department. We do not use any taxpayer money. Catfish, Buffalo. Baked beans, Cole slaw, potato salad.

May 20
City Recess! (11:00am - 3:00pm; Lincoln Park, SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Park District is excited to announce that we will be hosting a FREE event at Lincoln Park this Saturday, May 20th from 11am – 3pm called City Recess – School’s Out. We are encouraging families to unplug their devices and get outside and play! It is our hope that this event will empower and motivate kids to get active and stay active all summer long with the District! Physically active children tend to become physically active adults and by participating in these programs we can shape healthy lifestyles.
School is about out for summer and we want to teach children how to get back to basics and just “play outside.” We have organized a fun-filled day of classic activities to encourage children to enjoy recreation. Children will be able to meet their local Park District and Springfield Police Officers.
The Park District Recreation areas will be on hand to man activities such as tug-o-war with our Summer Camp, basketball, lacrosse, fun with Preschool & Funshop, crafts with the Botanical Garden, summer fun and picnic info with Southwind Park, FREE Ice Skating at the Nelson Center from 11:30a – 1:30p and pass out our Summer Program Guide. Come learn about the Park District’s NEWEST Summer program – FootGolf at Bergen Golf Course! The Springfield Junior Blues, Springfield DekHockey and Springfield Disc Golf Club will be talking with and showing folks how to play their sports.
Bring some extra dollars – we will have concessions with the Jr. Blues and HyVee as well as a Henson Robinson Zoo t-shirt “sharpie tie dye station.”
For more information on this topic and any other Park District news related items, please visit our Website at www.springfieldparks.org

May 20
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 3183 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

May 20
The New 3rd Saturday Market (9:00am - 4:00pm; Merchant Bldg. on Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
Spring is here, come spend the day in Arthur!! While at the Market, you may also want to go the All Around Town Garage Sales ( May 19-20 ) in 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: June 17, Aug 19, Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16

May 20
Sherlock Holmes Society (6:30pm; SOAP CO., 66 East Central Park Plaza, JACKSONVILLE)
Pondicherry Lodge, the Sherlock Holmes Society of Springfield and the west central Illinois area, will meet for its annual Jacksonville dinner meeting. We will be discussing The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez. This gala affair will be at SOAP CO. on the Jacksonville downtown square. The public is invited to attend. Reservations and menu selections are required by May 17. To do so, please contact Robert Seufert at 742-5777 or robert.seufert@mac.edu.
For more information, or more detailed directions, please call 546-8387. To learn more about Pondicherry Lodge, go to sherlock.lolopop.org.

May 20
Lunch To Go (11:00am - 2:00pm; Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, 300 N. 4th St., BENLD)
Cabbage Rolls(Halupki), Cabbage Noodle (Halushki) & Meat filled Crepe ( Blinchiki)
Dinners $8.00. Homemade Bread Rolls: Nut, Poppy Seed, Apricot, Pineapple and Baklava. Items sale out quick.
Preorders suggested, please contact Sandy Petty 217-204-1365

May 20
Preservation Month Walking Tour: Urbana's Early 20th Century Houses (10:00 - 11:30am; Meet at the Market at the Square at the City of Urbana "booth")
Free and open to the public. Join tour leader, Matt Metcalf, Urbana Historic Preservation Commission, Co-anchor, ciLiving on WCIA, and we’ll walk into the West Urbana neighborhood to look at the great mix of architectural styles which illustrate the development patterns of a growing city. We will also look at various influences of styles versus fully developed examples of styles to see the real eclectic mix in this neighborhood. For more information, contact the Champaign County Historical Archives at The Urbana Free Library by calling 367-4025.

May 20
Prevent Child Abuse Illinois’ 8th Annual Illinois Walk For Children (9:00am - 2:00pm; Southern View Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Presented in partnership with Marvel, the Walk is the biggest fundraiser of the year for PCA Illinois and is a great opportunity for the entire community to show their support for ending child abuse in Illinois. The event features a 1-mile walk, lunch and superhero games & a special appearance with photo-ops from the official Marvel Iron Man and Spider-Man! $20 registration fee covers all this and a custom-made t-shirt (if registered at www.illinoiswalkforchildren.org by 05/06). Registration the day-of starts at 9:00am and the Walk itself starts at 10:00am. The whole thing should be done by 2:00 pm. Children 2 and under are free! All the proceeds of this event go to support the work of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois throughout the entire state. We believe all children deserve safe and happy childhoods and we all have a role to play in making it happen. Be a superhero to children this May 20th at the 8th Annual Illinois Walk For Children. Contact jgoeckner@preventchildabuseillinois.org or 217.522.1129.

May 20
American Cancer Society Bark For Life (10:00am - 2:00pm; Southwind Bark, SPRINGFIELD)
The American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. Can register the day of the event.

By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.

May 20, 21
Old Capitol Art Fair (10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm Sunday; Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
One of the most popular juried art fairs in the country. Original art, entertainment, food, children's tent and more. FREE. socaf.org

May 20, 21
Lincoln Prairie Trail Regional and the Aldo Klinghammer Memorial Chili Shuffle Regional (8:30am Saturday, 7:30am Sunday; Palomino Club, 1101 N. Webster St., TAYLORVILLE)
Double weekend chili cook-offs! World qualifier for 2017 ICS world championship. Benefit for Senior Citizens of Christian Co.
Prizes awarded each day! 8:30am Saturday - Cooks Setup/ 4:30pm - Winners & Awards. Sunday's schedule one hour earlier. Call 217-287-7262 for more information.

May 21

Sounds at Sunset: Sounds at Sunset Concert Series featuring New Souls is a free event being held on Saturday, May 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Scott Park.

May 21
Adopt-a-Pet (12:00 - 4:00pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org .

May 21
Music in the Park (4:00 om - 7:00pm, Lincoln Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Sunday’s music will be “retro rock reprised” with The Love of Lennon/Pink Zeppelin. This will be a wonderful Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin Tribute, so come out and enjoy this great family feature in the setting of Lincoln Park. Bring the family out early to enjoy concessions by HyVee Food Truck!

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.

May 21
Vocal Concert: Tammy Renee Harris (4:00pm; Sanctuary of Central Christian Church, 650 West Elm St., DECATUR)
Born to sing, a phrase used to describe Tammy Renee Harris. She is a broadway-style concert singer with a high energy presentation, powerful voice and charisma that amazes and entertains audiences everywhere. Accompanied by J.D. Miller. Free admission to the public.

May 21
Capital City Men's Chorus Spring Concert (4:00pm; Laurel United Methodist Church, South Grand/Walnut, SPRINGFIELD)
The title is "Why We Sing." Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. For further information, call 217-494-8859.

May 21
Heads Up Group: for individuals with traumatic brain injuries (2:00 - 4:00pm; SCIL, 330 S. Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Presentation by Lyle Vandeventer of the Division of Rehabilitation Services, Home Services Program. Call Dave at 217-523-2587.

May 21
SVYS Season Finale Concert (4:00pm; SHS Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD)
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony (SVYS) invites you to our final concert of the 2016-2017 season! This performance features all of the SVYS youth orchestras: Starter Strings, Junior Strings, Preparatory Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra, and Youth Symphony.

This concert has a piece for everyone! Under the direction of Matthew Sheppard and Diane Turek, our orchestras will cover almost every genre of music in this performance. From classical pieces by Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms to themes from movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean” to modern pieces depicting beautiful sceneries. We are certain that every audience member will find delight in our final performance of the season!

Come out to Springfield High School Auditorium on Sunday, 21 May 2017, at 4:00pm and be a part of our end-of-season celebration! Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free to children aged 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.svys.org or by calling 217-753-8000.

May 21
Spring Bird Fair (9:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois Bldg., IL State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Features breeders and specialty vendors offering a wide variety of birds and supplies. Hosted by Illini Bird Fanciers. $3 admission, free to ages 12&under. illinibirdfanciers.com Call 217-782-6661 for more information.

May 21
Springfield Jaycees Ice Cream in the Park - A Membership Information Day (12:00pm - 3:00pm; Douglas Park Shelter #3, SPRINGFIELD)
This is a family friendly event and also welcome to family friendly leashed dogs. Ice cream will be provided to potential Jaycee members and their families in attendance. https://www.facebook.com/events/1693818374245955/ For more information visit: www.SpringfieldJaycees.net

May 23
Free Education: Cancer Prevention in Children (6:00 - 8:00pm; Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W Carpenter, SPRINGFIELD)
Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois & SIU School of Medicine with funding from IDPH will have education for parents on the HPV vaccine to prevent cancer in children. Nationally recognized HPV expert, Rachael Caskey will speak as well as area physicians on this important topic in cancer prevention. Register by calling 217-545-7493. You may contact me via email or phone or Kristi Lessen, 217-545-7493, klessen@siumed.edu .

May 24
Preservation Month Workshop: How to Research your Old House (7:00pm - 8:30pm, Jean Evans Archives Room, 2nd Floor, Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, URBANA)
Bring your address and we’ll help you get started on your research! When was it built? Who designed it? Who lived there? Presenters: Alice Novak, Chair, Urbana Historic Preservation Commission; Brian Adams, Author, Joseph William Royer, Urbana’s Architect; Board of Directors, The Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County (PACA) For more information contact the Champaign County Historical Archives at 217-367-4025 or archives@urbanafree.org.

May 25
Garden Bros Circus (4:30pm, 7:30pm; Prairie Capital Convention Center, SPRINGFIELD)
GARDEN BROTHERS CIRCUS celebrates 100 years entertaining families throughout North America. Last chance to see Elephants live! ‘Motorcycle Madness’ has motorcycle daredevils somersaulting and spinning in a big Globe of Doom; Chinese Acrobats, the Human Slingshot, Racing Camels, crazy comedy with Circus Clowns, daring aerialists; cirque artists. Its 1½ hours of excitement and fun at GARDEN BROTHERS CIRCUS. First one hundred adult tickets sold online are only $9.95 at www.GardenBrosCircus.com

May 26, 27, 28
CCHS GIANT Garage Sale (former County Market, 312 W. Kirby, CHAMPAIGN)
The GIANT Garage Sale is the second largest annual fundraiser for Champaign County Humane Society. Donations of good, usable, unbroken items will be accepted at the new venue from noon to 6 p.m. May 18-19 (Thursday-Friday), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 (Saturday) and noon to 3 p.m. May 21 (Sunday).
What donations are accepted? Clothing, books, jewelry, housewares, small appliances, toys, tools, gardening supplies, holiday decorations, sports equipment, animal-care items and other treasures no longer needed. Large pieces of furniture and large kitchen appliances, windows, doors, tires, paint, chemicals and sets of encyclopedias will not be accepted, but just about everything else is needed.
The spectacular Memorial Day weekend sale runs 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 26 (Friday) and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 27 (Saturday). A $3 admission fee is charged from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday only. A $3 bag sale runs from 3-6 p.m. Saturday. A giveaway of leftovers is set for 10 a.m. to noon May 28 (Sunday), with a $1 admission.
Those willing to volunteer should call the shelter at 344-7297, email natalie@cuhumane.org or visit www.cuhumane.org.
For more information: http://cuhumane.org/NewsEvents/GIANTGarageSale.aspx or mlpayne@illinois.edu

May 27
Pet Adoption (12:00pm - 4:00pm; PetSmart, 1570 W US Highway 50 , O'FALLON)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption. All of our pets are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on shots. For more information call 217.835.2538 or visit our website at www.benldadoptapet.org.

May 27
Hog Roast (9:00am - 6:00pm; Come and join us at the Park, BUFFALO)
Sandwich, chips and a drink. Taking donations. $25 for a family of 4 or $7 per individual. 50/50 drawing. Bake sale. Kid games and much more. Call for more info: 217-341-9140

May 27
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. The program will kick off on Saturday, May 27th with Chef Ryan Lewis of Driftwood Cocktail and Eatery creating the first meal kits available for purchase. 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.

May 27
No Child Wet Behind (9:00am - 12:00pm; Donovan Park - 5805 N Knoxville Ave, PEORIA)
The No Child Wet Behind 5K + 1 mile Family Fun Run + Diaper Drive will be held at Donovan Park on Saturday, May 27th 2017! Backed by the national nonprofit "No Child Wet Behind," the funds and diapers raised for this race will be donated to the local Crittenton Centers to address the diaper need in our community that plagues 1 in 3 families and contributes heavily to maternal depression and child abuse. Help us diaper baby bottoms by racing, donating diapers, or both! More info at http://www.heartlanddoulas.com/nochildwetbehind/ (All profits from the 5K and 1 mile Family Fun Run go to Crittenton Centers.)

May 27
FREE DAY at the Zoo! (Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
Each year we offer free days at our zoo. They have traditionally surrounded events that happen a couple time each year. But this year we have an exciting NEW Free Day Program! Plan your next outing and take advantage of one of these free days! (FUTURE DATES: July 22, Aug 26) HensonRobinsonzoo.org

May 27
Vessel Safety Checks (10:00 - 12:00pm; Springfield Elks Lodge #158, 409 E. Lake Shore Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
PRICE: Free
Land of Lincoln Power Squadron is offering free Vessel Safety Checks immediately before the Blessing of the Boats at the Elks Club. Verify that your boat meets all legal requirements without getting a ticket. Some insurance companies offer discounts for boats that successfully pass. 217-529-0158 http://www.llsps.org

May 27
Pie in the Sky (2:00 - 5:00pm; Jacksonville Community Garden, 641 S. Church, JACKSONVILLE)
PRICE: Free | PHONE: 217-245-4178
Pie Social and Auction - come out to enjoy pie and refreshments and support the Jacksonville Community Gardening Initiative of the Jacksonville Park Foundation. Pie auction begins at 3pm. Kid-friendly activities provided. Pie donations needed. Located at the corner of Church and Chambers, north of the Town Brook. http://https://www.facebook.com/events/1496241963780101/

May 28
History through Music (1:00pm; Lincoln Home National Historic Site, 413 S. Eighth St., SPRINGFIELD)
PRICE: Free
On Sunday, May 28, at 1:00pm, bring your chairs or blankets to Lincoln Home to listen to a "History through Music" free concert performed by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band. Following this concert, at 3:00pm, the band and members of the Central Illinois Civil War Dance Society will play 1860s music and lead a street dance. The public is invited to participate in this dance.
Attired in authentic period dress, the band members will play similar music to the music played by the 1861 Civil War era band that was formed, at State Normal University, in McLean County. During the Civil War, regimental bands were a major part of a soldier's life because they played music that reminded Civil War soldiers of home and kept their spirits high. Like the original band, today's musicians are recruited from the same geographic area in Illinois and are from all walks of life. In 1995 Gary Borling re-created this band to provide music at the David Davis Mansion, in Bloomington, IL. Since then, the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band has performed throughout the Midwest at festivals, re-enactments, historic programs, school events, and the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C.
For more information about this band visit the band's website at www.33rdband.org or www.33rdband.com. To learn more about this program and other special Lincoln Home programs call 217-492-4241 or visit www.nps.gov/liho.

May 31
Town & Gown Speaker Series: 100th Anniversary of Chanute Air Force Base (7:00 - 8:30pm; The Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium)
Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Chanute Air Force Base (1917-1993). Come hear Mark Hanson, former curator of the Chanute Air Museum, a panel of speakers from the community, and view ephemera supplied by the University to learn more about the historical significance of Rantoul's former air force base. The Town & Gown Speaker Series is sponsored by the Champaign County Historical Archives and the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of Illinois. For more information, contact the Champaign County Historical Archives at The Urbana Free Library by calling 367-4025.

May 31
Town & Gown Speaker Series: 100th Anniversary of Chanute Air Force Base (7:00 - 8:30pm; The Lewis Auditorium, Ground Floor, Urbana Free Library, 210 West Green Street, URBANA)
Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Chanute Air Force Base (1917-1993). Come hear Mark Hanson, curator at the Museum of the Grand Prairie and former curator of the Chanute Air Museum, a panel of speakers from the community, and view ephemera supplied by the University to learn more about the historical significance of Rantoul’s former air force base. For more information contact the Champaign County Historical Archives at 217-367-4025 or archives@urbanafree.org.

May 31
One Hundred Years Chanute Air Force Base (7:00 - 8:30pm; The Urbana Free Library, URBANA)
This year the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois celebrates its 100th anniversary. The base was established May 1917, following the United States’ entry into WWI and trained over 2 million servicemen and women during its 76 years of operation. In 2016, the Champaign County Historical Archives acquired the archival records from the Chanute Air Museum when it closed in Fall 2015, including photographs, scrapbooks, blueprints, base publications, and subject and history files. The Archives is celebrating Chanute’s impressive history with a variety of events during May.
We will be hosting an exhibit throughout the month of May on the history of Chanute Air Force Base and its relationship with the town of Rantoul. Come hear Mark Hanson, former curator of the Chanute Air Museum, a panel of speakers from the community, and view ephemera supplied by the University of Illinois to learn more about the historical significance of Rantoul’s former air base. Wednesday, May 31 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at The Urbana Free Library.

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

Wednesdays, May through October
Free Downtown Architectural Walking Tours (5:30pm; Old State Capitol Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
The free walks are held the first Wednesday of every month from May to October. People are invited to meet at the Lincoln Family Statue on the southeast corner of the Old State Capitol Plaza at 5:30 pm to embark on a 1 1/2 hour guided tour ending with a complimentary reception. During the walk, Rubano discusses architectural styles, materials and treatments that make up historic downtown Springfield.
The first walking tour on Wednesday, May 3 will include such buildings as the former Bressmer Department Store, the location of Visit Springfield, Horace Mann headquarters, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Union Station. It will end with a complimentary reception at Frankie’s Brewhaus Bar, including Frankie’s famous pulled pork sandwiches. For more information, visit downtownspringfield.org or DSI’s Facebook event page.

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