May 2018 Community Calendar

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April 16 - May 10
Annual Student Art Show (James S. Murray Gallery, Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus. Learn more about LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery and its exhibits at

May 1
Liturgical Arts Festival Organ Recital: New Pipes/New Sounds (7:30pm; Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 524 E. Lawrence Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Organ recitalist Dan Miller will be performing on the new Reuter organ. Mr. Miller is a well known performer and composer and will play several classical works, great hymns from many faiths, and sparkling arrangements by the artist.

May 2
Springfield Poets and Writers: A Pilgrimage across the World’s Sacred Verse (6:00 - 7:00pm; Westminster Presbyterian Choir Room, 533 S. Walnut St., SPRINGFIELD)
Local Poets and Writers will present new and past poems to highlight the sacred from around the world.
Chants and Dance (7:30pm; Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., SPRINGFIELD) Chants from Jewish, Christian, Orthodox and Islamic faiths will be sung. Various songs will be accompanied by dance, candles will be lit and a song of unity will end the program.

May 2
Courting Controversy: In Search of Central Illinois’ Contentious Monuments and Memorials (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public. Controversies over historical monuments have been in the news, from Charlottesville to Johannesburg and Chapel Hill to Belfast. We may seem immune from such conflict in the Springfield area, but this presentation imagines which local heritage sites might serve as flash points in today’s renewed culture wars. Bring your ideas for preservation, relocation, counter-memorialization, and demolition. Each month, the Paul Mickey Learning Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

May 2
A Flowery Day Preschool program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
A Flowery Day will be the theme of the day. Children will have a storytime, create a craft and play a flower themed game. This will be our last preschool program until the fall so be sure to register to attend by calling 267-3170.

May 2
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The film stars Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Eisenberg. It centers around an F.B.I. Agent, and an Interpol Detective trying to track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this thrilling adventure of a movie.

May 3
Ribbon Cutting: See You CD & Vinyl (4:00pm; 208 W Main St, URBANA)
See You CD & Vinyl is a record store in downtown Urbana known for their wide reaching collection of titles. See You CD & Vinyl was established in 2015 in Downtown Urbana. "In the three years we've been open, we have developed a love for the Urbana's businesses and warm, welcoming community. It encourages creativity and is supportive of the choices you make as a business." Said Jesse Grubbs, the owner of the store. "That love and support from the community is what is allowing us to expand."
See You CD & Vinyl is moving down the street to a larger space at 208 W Main St. The space, formerly occupied by Bar M, is double the size of See You's previous location. The company plans to use the space to stock additional inventory and host events within the Urbana and music communities.

May 3, 4
Listen LIVE! to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Green Eggs & Ham (10:00am Thursday, Sangamon Auditorium, SPRINGFIELD & 10:00am & 12:00pm Friday, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, BLOOMINGTON)
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Ken Lam, is joined by Michael Boudewyns as Sam-I-Am, and Kimberly Schroeder as Madame Theodora Geiselevska in Green Eggs & Ham. This classic story will come to life with the unstoppable Sam-I-Am in a musical feast for your ears!
Tickets may be purchased in Springfield through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 or online at and in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at (309) 434-2777. Tickets are $6 per person. For classrooms and/or schools attending the concert, there should be one chaperon for every 15 students; every 16th ticket is complimentary. Go to for more information.

May 4
"Kierra's Heart" Awareness Fundraiser (5:00 - 8:00pm; Abundant Faith Christian Center, 2525 Taylor Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Kierra, passed away almost 6 months ago of a heart attack and she was only 40 years old. In honor of her for her birthday we want to bring awareness of heart disease, heart attack, and strokes to the community. Memorial Health, Central Counties Health Centers, Fit Club, and the American Heart Association are participating in the event. Please help us shine light on this event! Join us for food, fun, healthy talk and information about heart disease:
Health Screening information | Blood pressure screening | raffles | kids korner | games
Proceeds will go to the American Heart Association and the Noah & Seth Scholarship Fund
For more information, contact Shanon Allen at

May 4
Dream Center 1st Friday: Isaiah Christian (Jacksonville Dream Center Foundation, 210 W. College, JACKSONVILLE)
Free concert. Concessions include popcorn, brats, pork chops and soft drinks at a cost.

May 3 - 6
Conner Family Amusements Carnival (1:00pm - 11:00pm; White Oaks Mall, 2501 Wabash Ave, SPRINGFIELD) Families are invited out to the mall’s parking lot for fun, food and thrilling attractions. Located in the White Oaks Mall parking lot near LA Fitness, Conner Family Amusements Carnival is bringing fun for the whole family. With a wide variety of types of attractions, there’s something for everyone, ranging from kiddie rides to exhilarating thrill rides, tasty festival treats, engaging carnival games and more.

May 5
Central Illinois Wine Festival and Illinois Bicentennial Celebration (11:30am; Central Illinois Dragway, 12016 North County Road 1650E, HAVANA)
Come Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial and Wine Festival with us. Plenty of Family Activities including a Movie in the Park, Outdoor Rock Concert with the Justin Sider Band (70's. 80's, and 90's Cover Band), Bags Tournament, RC Airplane Show, and much more! Every Hour we will be celebrating a local Community and their History! Parking is only $2 per vehicle. Free Camping begins May 4th at 10:00 pm. Come Camp with us through the weekend! Wine, Beer, and food will be available for purchase. Event T-Shirts will be sold for $10 each. Souvenir Wine Glasses will be sold for $5 each. On Site ATM Machine for your convenience. Children's Playground on site. VIP Tickets on sale as well! Click for more information and registration.

May 5
7th Annual Williamsville Jazz Dinner (5:00 - 9:00pm; Williamsville Junior High School Gym, WILLIAMSVILLE)
Please join the Williamsville Band Boosters for the 7th Annual Williamsville Jazz Dinner Fundraiser to be held Saturday May 5, 2018. The festivities feature live performances by the award winning Williamsville High School and Jr. High School Jazz bands. In addition, a special performance by WHS jazz band alumni, many of whom play or played in advanced college ensembles. This performance promises to create not only great music, but local music history! The event will include a silent auction with a variety of exciting items. All proceeds from the event go toward furthering the growth of Williamsville's outstanding band programs. A full meal from Poe’s Catering is part of the package, with a vegetarian meal option available from Bella Trattoria. Dessert provided by Charlotte’s Cakes. For more information:

May 5
Hidden Hymns and Heavenly Psalms (Central Baptist Church, 501 S Fourth St., SPRINGFIELD)
Three Mozart hymns, including Ave Verum, will be performed, as well as Handel’s several movement composition on Psalm 110. Tickets are $15 each for this event only.

May 5
Starting Garden Beds (10:00am; 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The Westville Public Library will host the gardening program Starting Garden Beds presented by Master Gardeners Brenda and Mike Larson. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register to attend this Spring program. Bring your questions for our knowledgeable presenters.

May 5
Land of Lincoln Bird Census (1:00 - 3:00pm; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, DECATUR)
Assist Melody Arnold, President of the Decatur Audubon Society with identifying birds found in Macon County and take part in the Illinois State Bird Count while enjoying the beautiful area where the Lincolns first lived in Illinois. Friends Of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial |

May 5
Central Illinois Bicentennial Celebration, Carnival, and Wine Festival (Central Illinois Dragway, 12016 North County Road 1650E, HAVANA)
This Tri-County Event is our First Annual “Cinco De Wino” Wine Festival and celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial at the same time. Every Hour we will be celebrating a local Municipality’s History, Present, and what the Bicentennial means to them. Free Laser Tag, Free Trivia, Free Outdoor Classic Rock Concert, Free Filming of "despicable Me 3", Carnival, Wine Booths, Baby Alpaca, There will even be pets up for Adoption, and so much more!

May 5
Emotions In Motion: 5K Run/Walks (10:00am - 12:00pm; Southwind Park, 4965 S. 2nd St., SPRINGFIELD)
Check-in time 9:00am. Emotions In Motion: 5K Run/Walks take place in communities like yours across the country, with the proceeds benefiting Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE). By participating in one of SAVE's 5K's you will be raising money for SAVE's many educational programs to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource for those touched by suicide. Depression is a treatable medical illness marked by changes in mood, thoughts, energy and behavior that affects more than 23 million adult Americans each year. It is the most common serious brain disease in the United States. To register for this event click the Register Now button to get started! Once you have registered you will have your own personal fundraising page to help you with your fundraising efforts as well as your progress! *Online registration closes at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk! Please note that walk donations are accepted until December 31st, 2018. RAISE $150 or more and you will receive a SAVE t-shirt!! All VOLUNTEERS must check in at 7:00 a.m.

May 5
St. Jude Kentucky Derby Party (3:00 - 7:00pm; Panther Creek Country Club, 3001 Panther Creek Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
$50 ticket. Join St. Jude friends and supporters for the ninth annual St. Jude Kentucky Derby Party. Come watch a live viewing of the Derby and enjoy signature cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. Place a wager on your favorite horse and win great prizes. All proceeds from this event support the St. Jude mission: Finding cures. Saving children. Rebekah Abbott | 309-566-3500 |

May 5
Together We…Eat Drink & Be Giving (6:00pm; Crowne Plaza, SPRINGFIELD)
Springfield Catholic Charities invites you to join them for the opportunity to change lives. What better way to work together then by having dinner, drinks & delightful entertainment? Entertainment includes a live auction and local celebrity karaoke competition, including NewsChannel 20's very own Rachel Pierson. Tickets are $65 prior to April 1st and $75 after, so get your tickets now. Tables are seats of 10 so buy a table for your friends at $650 prior to April 1st or $750 after. Ticket includes cocktail hour, dinner and entertainment. Can’t make the event? Purchase a raffle ticket to win $10,000 and take a chance to change lives. Raffle tickets are $20 or 6 for $100. Tickets can be purchased online at questions call Amber at 217-321-8304.

May 5
Cinco de Mayo Dogaritas with Illinois Humane and Tails to Remember (10:00a, - 2:00pm; Tails to Remember, 3036 Peoria Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
Illinois Humane will be onsite for a Pet Adoption and we will be having $3.00 Dogaritas (Alcohol free Margarita's for your pets) as a fundraiser for Illinois Humane. Meet Illinois Humane's adoptable dogs and cats and see if you can't find yourself a new friend to party away the day!

May 5
Frisina Family Wellness Center Open House (11:00am - 2:00pm; Frisina Family Wellness Center, 1533 S. Macarthur, SPRINGFIELD)
Frisina Family Chiropractic is celebrating 15 years of serving our community and we would love for you to join us! Free fun for the whole family including food and drinks, a bounce house, face painting, massages and health screenings! 217-747-4345

May 5
Priceless Pollinators 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. Bees and butterflies and birds, oh my! Celebrate Illinois pollinators with crafts, games, and more. Insects and birds from the Museum’s collections will be on display, and live butterfly releases will take place at Noon and 3:00 pm. Super Saturdays offer thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and are included with Museum admission. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696

May 5
Wild Flower Walk (10:00am - 4:00pm; ELKHART)
See the Elkhart Historical website for a reservation form at When you are ready to make your reservations, please call (217) 947-2238 and leave a message. You will receive a confirming call. The cost for all walks is $10. Private walks can be arranged for during the week or on Sunday for groups of 10 or more, please call 217 947 2238 for details and to make arrangements. If this activity makes you hunger for lunch, be sure to check the lunch option, and let us make the arrangements for you at the Wild Hare Cafe.

May 6
2nd Annual Wacky Wheelers Parade (1:00 - 3:00pm; Lincoln Park, 4th St. and E. Black Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Decorate your bike for the 3 contest categories; Best of Illinois - Creature, Oddity, History. Get a free helmet from HSHS for the group ride celebrating with prizes and popsicles. Illinois Representative Tim Butler will be the grand marshall. Rain date is May 20. Email to volunteer or be a sponsor.

May 6
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; Menard County Fairgrounds, PETERSBURG)
$4 per person. 12&under are free. 150+ quality vendors. Upcoming dates: June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7.

May 7
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.

May 7
Life U Classes Debut (Covenant Community Fellowship, 2075 N. Main, CANTON)
Life U is an ongoing offering of classes open to the community, addressing everything from basic life skills to specialized areas of expertise. As a community learning life together, Life U offers the opportunity to join with others to gain practical knowledge in an informal setting. Most classes are free. Registration is open to the public. Call (309) 647-7771 for details.

May 7
Lincoln Land Community College Big Band "How Sweet It Is" (7:00 - 8:00pm; First Christian Church, 700 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD)
The concert is free and open to the public. The band, under the direction of Jane Hartman, LLCC professor of music, will perform favorites, such as “Baker Street,” “Mustang Sally” and “Jump, Jive, Wail.” Featured LLCC student performers are Don Udey, trumpet; Brian Moore and Adam Pallai, alto saxophone; Rachel Hooker, clarinet; Jeff Milner, percussion; and Abigail Shaver, vocalist.

May 8
Macon County Community Environmental Council (6:00 - 7:30pm; Decatur Public Library, Madden Auditorium, 130 N. Franklin St., DECATUR)
Featured guest will be Laurie Rasmus of Macon County Environmental Management. Laurie will be discussing options for Styrofoam recycling in Macon County, IL. Interested in promoting conservation, preservation, restoration, and environmental awareness in Macon County? Join us for an informational meeting for a better understanding of the Community Environmental Council and its role in the community. We will discuss our current projects, such as the Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and SONA and ask for suggestions for new ones! Open to interested citizens who want to make a difference.

May 9
BEST "Becoming Empowered and Successful Teens" and Parent Transition Support Group (6:00 - 7:30pm, Early Learning Center, 2501 S 1st St., SPRINGFIELD)
"Social Skills for Children with Disabilities"
For more information contact Mary Wyman at 217 525-3060 or 217 525-3023 TDD

May 9
Contact Ministries 40 Years of Serving (11:00am - 2:00pm; 1100 E Adams St., SPRINGFIELD)
There will be refreshments served and tours offered at this Open House. Volunteer recognition at 1:00pm. Thank you for your support throughout the years. Please RSVP: | 217-753-3939 ext 14

May 9
Cheesecake Day and "Just Judy" Book Signing (3:00 - 5:00pm; Pasfield House Inn, 525 S Pasfield St., SPRINGFIELD)
Written by her son, Joseph B. Topinka, "Just Judy" is the first and only biography of Judy Baar Topinka, a committed public servant, devoted mother and pioneering Illinois leader. This biography promises to show readers how one person dedicated to public service and family can succeed while creating a lasting difference in people's lives. On May 9 from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Pasfield House Inn, readers will be able to have their copy of the book signed by Joseph B. Topinka along with celebrating Eli's Cheesecake's cheesecake day.

May 10
Music at the Museum Series: Greg Pasenko and Diane Deline (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Fee: $10 adults, $8 Museum Members and Children under 12
Diane Deline is a violinist, composer, recording artist and educator. A former resident of Springfield, IL, her jazz work has earned her the Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll “Rising Star” category four times. Diane will be joined by Chicago-based Blujazz recording artist Greg Pasenko. Pasenko is a dynamic jazz singer, guitarist, and composer who was featured at a performance for President Clinton. Together, this husband and wife team is both moving and intimate covering vocal jazz standards including tunes from “The American Songbook” like George Gershwin and Cole Porter as well as original pieces.
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 For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.

May 11
Opening Reception: Persons of Interest (5:00 - 7:00pm; 420 S 6th St., Hoogland Center for the Arts, SPRINGFIELD)
Featured artists are Michelle Smith (Micki Smith) and Phil Locascio. In this exhibition, both artists capture portraits of people of interest. Locascio works with images of famous artists, stars, and historical figures capturing their likeness in his signature style and with a new twist. Smith, with delicate handling of drawing media, represents the Persons of Interest in her life seeking to draw attention to the amazing qualities that each possess. The gallery will also be full of new work by its over 85 exhibition artists. In addition to the works of these artists we will host the Springfield Bonsai Society - Springfield, IL. for the Biennial exhibition of local Bonsai artists. contact: 217-544-2787 |

May 11
Pine Mountain Logs (6:30pm, Boondocks, SPRINGFIELD) The Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired is trying to raise money to have new safety doors put in to help assure the safety of our residents. We would really be honored if you would come show your support. We are hosting our annual Pine Mountain Logs (which just so happens to be LA #1 cover band) in concert @ Boondocks Friday May 11th, 2018. With our Local Mary Jo Curry Band as the opening act. Doors open at 6:30 pm . Showtime is 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25.00. For any questions or to purchase tickets call The Mary Bryant Home 217-529-1611. Or check out

May 11
Canvas + Cocktails: Blind Contour Drawings (SAA, 700 N 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
$15 for SAA Members, $25 for Non-Members
At the SAA's Canvas+Coctails on May 11, you'll create a blind contour self-portrait, in the style of Picasso. Bring a bottle of wine, cheeses, and desserts with you to savor while making art in the studio. You will be able to finish the project that night. SAA will provide all art supplies and great instruction. Attendees must be 21+

May 11 - 13, 19 & 20
Revenge: Treasure Island (Sangamon Hall South on the LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Road, SPRINGFIELD)
Lincoln Land Community College Theatre in collaboration with Cutlass Artists will present the world premiere of “Revenge: Treasure Island” on Friday through Sunday, May 11-13, and Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, at 8 p.m. The performances will be staged in the lower level of Sangamon Hall South on the LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. “Revenge: Treasure Island” was written by Mark Hardiman, LLCC professor of theatre, who is also directing. This original play is the swashbuckling sequel to “Treasure Island,” a theatrical adaptation by Hardiman of the book by Robert Louis Stevenson. Tickets must be purchased in advance as no tickets will be sold at the door. Seating is extremely limited for this special event. Tickets may be purchased at General admission is $15, seniors are $12 and students with ID are $7. “It is fantastic to see this production come to life,” Hardiman says. “We are staging it as a particularly intimate and intense experience. Our audience will sit just inches from this exciting adventure.” This sequel takes place years after Jim and crew return to England. Jim and his wife are threatened by pirates who kidnap their daughter, Alexandra, and take her back to Treasure Island for the remaining cache of gold buried there. Jim and his family join forces with the famous buccaneer, Long John Silver, and a French pirate, Anne Dieu-Le-Veut, to pursue the pirates and rescue Alexandra. Heroic women save the day.

May 11
Author D.L. Dennis Dinner Lecture: "The Witwer Files" (5:30pm; Horsefeather’s Wild Hare Café, 104 Governor Oglesby St, ELKHART)
Doors open at 5:00pm. The Dinner will consist of a choice of Beef Bourguignon or Crusted Baked Chicken Breast, each entree served with mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans and a freshly baked roll…Fruit crisp or vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce for dessert, and beverage, at a price of $40, which includes the meal, tax and tip, and $10 for the Elkhart Historical Society program. Reservations are required and can be made at 217 947 2238. For more information and a reservation form please go to:
The Elkhart Historical Society is pleased to bring author D.L. Dennis to the Wild Hare Café for the May 11th dinner lecture entitled, “The Witwer Files”. The story takes place in a small Midwestern village in the early 1900’s that was terrorized by uncontrolled violence. Murders and suicides remained unsolved and unstopped as the responsible law enforcement either turned in their badges or disappeared. Come hear first-hand how the author’s grandfather arrived in the village and what circumstances occurred that changed the course of town’s future in this fascinating story inspired by actual events. Autographed copies of Dennis’s book, “The Witwer Files”, will be available along with his other books. Motivational speaking, and artwork round out the additional talents of this fascinating man, please be sure to reserve a space before the May 7th cutoff.

May 11, 12
Greenview Town Wide Garage Sales (GREENVIEW)
Some sales start on Friday as early as 9:00 .m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Map available at Casey’s in Greenview only. It tells the sales that are open on Friday and what time. Contact Jennifer Heyen 217-502-0040 with questions.

May 12
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 on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. 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.

May 12
IHOPKC “One Thing” Concert (7:00 - 9:00pm; Lampstand Church, 655 S Airport Road, DECATUR)
Join us for a night of IHOPKC ONETHING Worship Leaders Justin Rizzo and Lauren Alexandria at the IHOPKC One Thing Worship Leaders Concert!! They, along with other talented musicians from IHOPKC Prayer Room, will lead us in a night of worship and prayer! Don’t miss this up close and personal time with anointed people in love with Jesus. $12, tickets available at |

May 12
Construction Celebration (10:30am, SAA, 700 N 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Art Association (SAA) is thrilled to celebrate the construction of their new studio building on their campus at 700 North 4th Street. A celebration of the construction being underway and recognition of the primary donors will take place at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 12th within the new structure. Mayor Jim Langfelder will speak at this event. This is free and open to the public.
The ground has been broken, the foundation has been poured, the walls and roof are in place and construction is proceeding at a rapid rate; but now that our primary donors are in town we want to take this opportunity to acknowledge their tremendous contribution to the community and let the people of Springfield know what is happening at their local visual art center.
Six years ago, in honor of the SAA’s 100th anniversary we set an extensive vision for the second century of arts education in Springfield. The construction of this new building that will house studios for ceramics, metals and glass is the culmination of this effort. These new spaces will increase the SAA’s capacity for our most popular classes, ceramics and metals, open up space in the existing studios for new 2D media and add a hot glass program. We believe that this building will help us fulfill our goal of generating a strong creative community in Springfield and enliven the city as a whole. We anticipate that the ceramics and metals studios will be open for classes in January 2019 for our winter semester. The glass blowing equipment is being fabricated specifically for our studio and should be in place in June of 2019, (we are still fundraising for the equipment). We could not have fulfilled this vision without the generosity of the entire community, hundreds of people from the greater Springfield area have generously donated to this effort to make the SAA the best Visual Art Center in central Illinois. We are grateful to all who are supporting our vision.
At this event we will give you a tour of the building, recognize our primary donors and celebrate our good fortune to have this new facility under way. For more information, please contact Betsy Dollar, Executive Director, at or Mary Beth Burke, Development Coordinator, at

May 12
Springfield Long Nine Vintage Baseball Club vs. Saint Louis Union (1:00pm, Center Park, 155 Long Bay Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
The Springfield Long Nine Vintage Base Ball club will be hosting their first home game of the year Saturday May 12 at 1 pm. I t will be a double header at Center Park. Free admission. Limited seating. Bring your own chair.

May 12
Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) 5K Grow & Go (7:30am; Illinois Farm Bureau Headquarters, 1701 Towanda Ave., BLOOMINGTON)
Ready, Set, Go & Grow! The IAA Foundation proudly presents its 8th 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.
Want "free" registration? Run and go the extra mile to support IAITC by becoming a 5K Grow & Go Hero, Sponsored by GROWMARK. Raise $75 or more to receive Free Registration, a "hero t-shirt" and an Ag Book to donate to the school/library of your choice and day of recognition.
Unique to the event is a 1/4 mile "Kids Race" 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 online: or send registration form with payment to: IAA Foundation PO Box 6228, Bloomington, IL 61702

May 12
3rd Annual Spring Vendor and Craft Event (10:00am - 4:00pm; Wyndham Garden Hotel, URBANA)
Free Admission and Parking | Over 40 Booths | Cash Bar with Wine and Mimosas | Food trucks | Raffle with prizes from each booth | Proceeds to benefit Champaign County Humane Society
Contact: 217-202-6827 | e-mail

May 12
Young Eagle Rally (9:00 - 11:00am; Institute of Aviation Building at Willard Airport, 1 Airport Road, SAVOY)
From 9-11 am, we will be giving rides to ~60 kids, with ~5 volunteer pilots and airplanes. Future dates are June 9, July 14, September 15, and October 13. This is a main component of our K-12 STEM outreach program, to encourage kids to think about aviation (and engineering, science, etc.) as career options, and do so by giving them airplane rides and an in depth intro to aviation.

May 12, 13
Adopt-a-Senior for Mother's Day (DANVILLE)
Neighbor Love is organizing events for seniors in Danville nursing homes this coming Mother’s Day’s weekend.
We are VERY low on volunteers AND donors, so we could really use your help. Neighbor Love is delivering gift bags to the residents as follows:
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:30-11am | Danville Care Center (1701 N. Bowman Ave., Danville, IL 61832) GIFT BAG GOAL: 50
Sunday, May 13, 2018, 4:30-6pm | Colonial Manor (620 Warrington Ave., Danville, IL 61832) GIFT BAG GOAL: 60
In our gift bags, we will be placing: - Skin Lotion (20 oz bottle) - Socks-Athletic-Reg. or XL (white or gray) - A Carnation- A Piece of fruit - A Hand Made Mother’s Day Card - A Stuffed Toy/LARGE Print WORD Search. Puzzle Book. (exact contents of the gift bag are subject to the availability of merchandise and the amount of donations received) If you would like to donate merchandise, you can drop it off at Credit Union First, 3591 N. Vermillion St. We need donors to make the gift bags possible. Our goal is to provide a total of 120 gift bags for the residents. MANY of the residents in Danville Nursing Homes NEVER have ANY visitors throughout the year. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. You can donate by visiting: | For more information, to DONATE and VOLUNTEER visit: or call Tom Sargeant at 765-400-0315

May 13
I’d Like to Buy an Enemy (4:00 - 5:00pm; First Mennonite Church, 902 W. Springfield Ave., URBANA)
Ted & Company Theaterworks presents, "I'd Like to Buy an Enemy", a hilarious and poignant satire that explores themes of justice, peace and the American way. Free admission. Contact information: 217-367-5353 (church phone) or (website)

May 14-31
Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show (M-Th 10am-7pm; Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 Bradley Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
The Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show highlights work completed by students in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2017. Parkland College 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. Local industry professionals, invited to judge the show, then select the awards. This year’s judges are Natalie Fiol, graphic designer at the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and David Michael Moore, freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and facilitator. | |

May 15
Author Talk - Chicago: A Civic and Familial History (5:30pm; Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North, 326 S 7th St., SPRINGFIELD)
Chicago-based attorney and historian Andrew Taylor Call, great-great-grandson of industrial pioneer Jacob Bunn, will discuss his new book, Chicago: A Civic and Familial History and his family's ties to Central Illinois and Sangamon County when he speaks to the Sangamon County Historical Society. Call authored an earlier book, Jacob Bunn: Legacy of an Illinois Industrial Pioneer, published in 2005. Call holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia, a Juris Doctor from the Appalachian School of Law, and two Masters of Laws degrees from The John Marshall Law School of Chicago. For more information about the event, contact the Sangamon County Historical Society at or 217-525-1961.

May 16
Brown Bag Program: Chinese Culture in Springfield (12:00pm - 1:00pm; *Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public. The Springfield Chinese community gathers together to celebrate Chinese New Year every year. The variety of performances given reflect the great diversity of Chinese culture. In this presentation, Dr. Hong Qian will show videos of selected performances and tell stories behind them.
Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield.* For additional information, please contact or (217) 558-6696.
*The Collections Center 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.

May 16
Gallery Reception for Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show (5:30-7:30pm; Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, 2400 Bradley Avenue, CHAMPAIGN)
A reception honoring the students featured in the Parkland College Graphic Design Student Show will be held Wednesday, May 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery lounge. An awards ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Ms. M and the Jokers. The juried exhibit highlights work completed by students in Graphic Design, Interactive Design and Illustration studio classes during the current academic year, beginning with summer 2017. | |

May 17
Third Thursday Series: Inside Allerton (4:00 - 5:00pm; The Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory Street, URBANA)
Who was Robert Allerton, the creator of the English-style country house, grounds, and sculpture park in central Illinois? Author Maureen Holtz will share insights about the life and estates of Robert Allerton, called “Chicago’s Richest Bachelor” by the Chicago Tribune in 1906. Allerton’s Monticello, Illinois estate is listed as one of the state’s Seven Wonders, and his Kauai, Hawaii estate, Lawai-Kai, is now a botanical garden—both are must-see locations.
Maureen Holtz’s publishing credits include three non-fiction books and a novel. Two of them revolve around Illinois philanthropist Robert Allerton. The 2009 biography, Robert Allerton: The Private Man & The Public Gifts, was co-authored with Martha Burgin. Her 2011 follow-up coffee-table book is Allerton’s Paradises. These were followed in 2013 by her book of archival photographs: Images of America: Monticello. Her novel about a unique medical tourism concept, The Last Resort, was published in August 2014.
The program is part of the Third Thursday Series and is held in conjunction with the Spurlock Museum’s temporary exhibit Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150. This exhibit explores the history of campus as a community of educators, researchers, and students engaged in learning, research, and public service. Learn about the contributions of a wide variety of people and groups to campus history and ways the University has changed how it relates to the people it serves. The exhibit runs through December 21, 2018.

May 17
Cancer Survivors Day (5:30 - 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. The event page can be found on our website at Contact info:

May 17, 18, 19, 20
Champaign County Humane Society GIANT Garage Sale Drop Offs (12:00 - 6:00pm Th & Fr, 9:00am - 3:00pm Sat, 12:00 - 3:00pm Sun; CHAMPAIGN)

Champaign County Humane Society needs good, usable items for its 34th Annual GIANT Garage Sale. Items such as antiques, books, housewares, gardening supplies, craft supplies, sporting goods, clothing, toys and so much more are needed. Please follow this link for more information and a complete list of what to donate and what not to donate:
Contact Information: CCHS phone: 217-344-7297 | Contact Information Regarding this Email Request Only:

May 18
NoCoast For a Cure (4:30 - 7:30pm; Powerworks Fitness, CHATHAM)
Our event is to raise money for Breast Cancer. It is a 3 hour Cycle ride with a live DJ in our cycle studio. Teams of 4 ride for 45 minute each to raise money for breast cancer. The bikes never stop spinning. The music never stops spinning. Music provided by Elite DJ Service. Please register your team no later than May 8. Registration is limited to 31 teams. Registration fee includes a t-shirt for each member. Be the team that raises the most money for the CURE and receive an appreciaion swag bag, containing gift cards and other items. Teams are encourage to use the Powerworks Fitness team fundraiser page:

May 18
Westville Book Sale (10:00am - 5:30pm; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., 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 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.

May 18
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: June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14.

May 18
Disney's CoCo: Movie in the Park (Dusk, Rees Carillon, Washington Park Botanical Gardens, 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, listen to the sounds of the Rees Memorial Carillon and possibly take a tour! 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

May 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26
Theatre in the Park presents "1776" (Lincolns New Salem State Historic Site)
Theatre in the Park, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of a live performance at Lincolns New Salem State Historic Site, invites the community to attend the musical, 1776, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, book by Peter Stone, May 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. and directed by Jason Gross.
It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. 1776 is a funny, insightful and compelling drama with a striking score and legendary book.
Preshows begins at 7:00 p.m. prior to every performance.

  • May 18, 7:00 p.m. Heavenly Harmony; 7:20 p.m. Jason Gross, Director
  • May 19, 7:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Jubilate Youth Choir; 7:20 p.m. Jason Gross, Director
  • May 20, 7:00 p.m. Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus; 7:20 p.m. Jason Gross, Director
  • May 24, 7:00 p.m. Lowder & Manning; 7:20 p.m. Jason Gross, Director
  • May 25, 7:00 p.m. Edward Donathan; 7:20 p.m. Jason Gross, Director
  • May 26, 7:00 p.m. Alan Eve; 7:20 p.m. Jason Gross, Director

Tickets are $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 children under 12. Season tickets for Theatre in the Park are $120 for 10 tickets and can be used in any combination for any of the shows. For tickets call 217.632.5440 or order online at For more information, please contact TIP’s Executive Director, Kari Catton, at 217-899-9732 or send an email to

May 19
Post-Polio Group (10:00am - 12:00pm, SCIL, 330 S Grand Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
For more information contact Pete at SCIL, 217 523-2587 v/tty

May 19
Lunch To Go (11:00am - 3:00pm; 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

May 19
2018 Sailing Open House (1:00 - 3:00pm; Clinton Lake Sailing Association at 6599 Sailboat Road, WELTON)
Are you interested in sailing? Did you know that there is GREAT sailing right here in Central Illinois? Join the Clinton Lake Sailing Association at our annual open house. You'll find friendly sailors who can answer your questions about sailing and talk about boats. Weather permitting, we'll have free sailboat rides! The Clinton Lake Sailing Association is located just West of the Clinton Lake Marina. Follow the signs!
Not sure what to bring? We suggest a fun attitude, hat, sunscreen, tennis shoes (or other non-marking shoes), and your friends and family.
What is the cost? Nothing, it's FREE!
Have questions? Please visit our Facebook page at You can also visit our website: or email

May 19
“Kiddos by Urban Sassafras” Opening (407 Adams St., SPRINGFIELD)
Downtown boutique Urban Sassafras is opening a second “Kiddos” shop at 407 Adams Street, next to Café Moxo. The shop will be open Saturdays starting on May 19, the official grand opening of the Old Capitol Farmers Market, with a possibility for open hours on Sundays once the Kidzeum opens in late July.
Shop owner Cassandra Pence Ostermeier explains that the Kiddos shop will have free interactive art activities for kids of all ages every Saturday during the Farmer’s Market. “We will be able to expand our theme of whimsical children’s décor & creative inspiration for young minds, which is currently showcased in a small portion of the main store,” said Ostermeier.
Urban Sassafras’s popular “Take & Make” project kits will be available with an expanded menu for a younger age group. “We will have a jewelry station for little girls as well, where they can make their own necklaces right in the shop,” says Ostermeier. Eventually, they hope to offer birthday parties and expand their art classes for ages 2-5.
Urban Sassafras will keep their current location on 6th & Washington that carries fine art & vintage décor. The kiddos section will still reside in the main shop and will be available during regular open hours, Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.
The Kiddos location brings the six-year-old business full circle, as it started at a location at 2nd and Broadway as a favorite stop for Market patrons.

May 19, 29
Amasong Chorus Concert (4:00pm; McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth, CHAMPAIGN)
For centuries the music of male composers has overshadowed and even silenced the musical contributions of women musicians. Nevertheless, women continued to compose! This semester, Amasong presents a concert of music exclusively written by women. There will be a silent auction/raffle of gifts donated by local businesses. Suggested admission is $15. More if you can, less if you can’t.

May 19
THE ARTHUR 3RD SATURDAY MARKET BAZAAR (9:00am - 4:00pm; Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, ARTHUR)
Over 60 vendors at the April Bazaar!!! The Bazaar is filled with creative homemade crafts, woodworking, collectables, direct sales, unique finds and so much more. See what’s new!! We are located in the Merchant building at the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arthur. 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 For more information or vendor inquiry contact Dawn Verci (309) 253-6245
The Arthur will also be having their All Around Town Garage Sales May 18th & 19th. Two great events happening in Arthur. Don’t miss out!!!
Dates for 2018: June 16, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 16.

May 19
SCHEELS Paddle Demo (10:00am - 3:00pm; Knights Action Park, 1700 Recreation Drive, SPRINGFIELD)
All ages welcome. Join SCHEELS Experts to try the latest in Kayaks, Hobies and Stand-Up Paddle Boards. Exclusive Demo Day Specials. Try It before you buy it! Register to Win a $500 SCHEELS Gift Card

May 19
Best Buy presents Hero's Day (3193 S Veterans Pkwy, SPRINGFIELD)
Your local Best Buy invites you to be celebrated for Hero's Day! The Springfield Best Buy wants to honor all heroes in our community. With food, music, special financing offers, and prize giveaways, we want to take the time to thank and honor our community: police, firefighters, armed forces, medical staff, custodial employees, state employees, all other community heroes.

May 19
Springfield Junior Blues Equipment and Merchandise Sale (9:30am - 12:00pm; 1601 N. Fifth Street, SPRINGFIELD)
The sale will include new and used equipment at discounted prices. It will also include merchandise!
Items may include: • Sticks • Helmets • Socks • Replica Jerseys • Game Worn Jerseys • T-Shirts • and More!
There will be a special code word you can enter into our app while at the sale to earn points, but you must be present to get the special code!! Be sure to download our app today and stay connected all summer!

May 19
All You Can Eat Biscuits & Gravy (8:00am - 12:00pm; Dawson firehouse, DAWSON)
Benefits annual 4th of July fireworks display.

May 20
Binding Our State Together: 200 Years of Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads (2:00 - 4:00pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free and open to the public. Bicentennial Speaker Series presented by Dr. Norman Moline. In Illinois, as in most places, people and communities have sought to connect with other places through nodes of transportation and communication for cultural, economic and political reasons. After Illinois was created, state and private companies have worked to bind our different regions together through infrastructure. Such links vastly expanded the spaces used by people and the connections between communities. They turned our state from merely a designated area on a map into a more unified, functional territory and contributed to our character and identity. Historical geographer Norman Moline will provide a broad survey of the development of Illinois’ connections since 1818.
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.

May 20
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

May 20
Mary Jo Curry Band: Music in the Park (4:00 - 7:00pm; Lincoln Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Grab your friends, children, blankets and join us for a music in the Park!
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

May 20
Benld Adopt-A-Pet 35th Anniversary Celebration (2:00 - 4:00pm; Magnuson Grand Hotel & Conference Center, 19067 W Frontage Rd., RAYMOND)
Featured speaker will be Deanna Demuzio, Mayor of Carlinville. A mere 35 years ago, a lady concerned about the plight of homeless and abused animals in the community decided to do something about it. That lady’s name is Lorraine Jackson, and what she did was to establish a haven for these animals that eventually became Benld Adopt-A-Pet. We ask that all who know Lorraine — and those who don’t, but appreciate all that she has done — join with us in showing our appreciation to a great lady, as she looks back on 35 years and, with your continued support, towards many more years to come. Cake & light refreshments will be served.

May 21
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Meet&Greet (5:00 - 7:00pm; Hyvee Market Grill, 2115 S. MacArthur Blvd, SPRINGFIELD)
This event is open to the public to bring awareness to Breast Cancer as well , as providing information about The American Cancer Real Men Wear Pink of Springfield, IL as well as recruiting volunteers for our Pampered in Pink event for Breast Cancer Survivors and Patients , and Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk. We will have Survivor registration forms for our Survivor event , as well as other pamphlets about other services and events the American Cancer Society provide. We will be raffling off a Pink Basket, and we will have other items as well as the Making Strides Championship belt where you can take pictures wearing it. Appetizers will be provided and there will be a cash bar available with special 1/2 drinks.

May 23
Gallery Talk & Tour with Susan Weininger - Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape (7:00pm; Illinois State Museum Second Floor Gallery, 502 S. Spring Street, SPRINGFIELD)
Free with registration and open to the public. Join us for an engaging tour of the exhibition led by Susan Weininger, the leading scholar and author of multiple comprehensive essays on Gertrude Abercrombie’s art and life. Ms. Weininger will discuss Abercromie's highly dream-like, symbolic paintings; love of jazz; and involvement in the art world of Chicago in the late 1930s through the 1960s. Please register by contacting Meghan Lindstrom at or 217-782-0979.
Susan Weininger is Professor Emerita of Art History at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has curated exhibitions, lectured and written extensively on Chicago artists including Gertrude Abercrombie, Ivan Albright, Tunis Ponsen, Francis Chapin, Romolo Roberti, Paul Kelpe as well as modernist Chicago art in general. She was a co-curator of Chicago Modern, 1893-1945: The Pursuit of the New (Terra Museum of American Art, 2004) for which she also contributed essays to the catalog. More recently, she curated and wrote the catalog for Gladys Nilsson: 1966-2010 at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. She has lectured on the Jewish artists in Chicago on numerous occasions, including at a symposium at the Art Institute and is currently co-curating and writing for the exhibition Todros Geller: Strange Worlds, which will open in September at the Spertus Museum in Chicago. She currently serves on the Board of the New Deal Center of Roosevelt University and on the Illinois Women Artists Project and is a docent at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

May 23
Supervisor Development Training: Best Practices for Managers & Supervisors (9:00am - 4:00pm; Illinois Chamber of Commerce, 215 East Adams, SPRINGFIELD)
In today’s environment it’s crucial that businesses provide its supervisors the proper training and understanding of how to effectively deal with employees, address misconduct and handle harassment complaints. This seminar will also make sure that supervisors have the proper knowledge to deal with any scenario.
Topics Addressed:
• Do’s and Don’ts for Supervisors- Transitioning into a new management role
• Effectively implementing and enforcing company policies
• workplace violence- recognizing and responding
• How to properly train supervisors
• Conducting harassment and discrimination investigations - AND More!
Continuing Education Credit Offered: 6 Hours HRCI, 6 Hours SHRM, and 6 CLE Credits. Price: Members $299.00/Non-Members $349.00 | | 217-522-5512 ext. 227

May 25, 26, 27
Champaign County Humane Society Annual GIANT Garage Sale (7:00am - 6:00pm Fri, 8:00am - 6:00pm Sat, 10:00am - 12:00pm Sun; CHAMPAIGN)
Event Cost: $3 until 3 p.m. on Friday, : $3 Bag Sale starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, $1