September 2017 Community Calendar

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September 1
K of C Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; K of C, 335 S. 4th St., RIVERTON)
Menu: Walleye Sandwich, Walleye, Shrimp, Catfish, Baked Fish Dinners, coleslaw, choice of fries, baked potato or potato salad.
Carry-out orders, call 629-7202; more information at www.kofc3914.com
Future Dates: Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1 2017 | Jan 5, Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 16 2018

September 1
OPENING RECEPTION: "The World of the Invisible" Works by Lyubov Momet | Curated by Rosina Neginsky (5:30 - 7:30pm; SAA, M.G. Nelson Gallery, 700 N 4th St., SPRINGFIELD)
The exhibition will run from Friday, September 1st through Saturday, September 30th. It is free and open to the public.

An exhibition of paintings by Lyubov Momet is a glimpse into an exotic surrealistic world. Her hyper- realistic style combines mythological figures and landscapes that transport the viewer to a unique and engaging place. Many of the works mix media and materials for added dimesions to the canvases. Her work is called magical realism. Much of her work is done in series, one of the most powerful being the Temptation series depicting Eve, the serpent, and the apple.

Ms. Momet was born and educated as a fine artist in the Ukraine. Her work has been shown across Europe and is represented in private and public collections around the world. She currently lives in the Chicago area.

This exhibition was curated by Rosina Neginsky, an art history professor at University of Illinois-Springfield. Ms. Neginsky chose 45 pieces covering the artist’s career from 1990 to the present. She will be discussing her choices and insights into the work at a curator’s talk during the opening reception on September 1st at 6:00 pm. The artist will also be present at the reception.

September 1
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: Ruckas
More information: 217-789-4725

September 1, 2
Elkhart Route 66 Labor Day Weekend Celebration (ELKHART)
Festival Flyers and Map available from all shops and visitors information table. For more information and entry forms go to website www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org or Facebook page: Elkhart Illinois antiques, arts and café.
Friday 5:00 - 10:00pm kicks off the celebration featuring Original art for sale at The Country Bumpkin Shop, Bird Song Books and Vintage and Horsefeathers | Live music performed on acoustic guitars, classic strings and a jazz combo | Food available at The Wild Hare Café from 5 to 8pm
Saturday 8:00am - 10:00pm is a full day of activities for all ages and interests 8am Biscuits and Gravy breakfast served at the Fellowship Community Ctr.( old school- FCC) | 9am Swap or Shop Clothing Exchange in FCC | Live music performances throughout the Day | All day display of Antique Tractors and Engines, Motorcycles and Bicycles | All day display of Vintage Classic Cars | Street Food available all day outside The Little Foxes Shop | Blue Plate Specials served at The Wild Hare from 11 to 2pm | Slot Car Racing at Route 66 Model Raceway-- Special Races for kids and Seniors | All day painting of a Historic Wall Mural of Elkhart and Route 66 | All day Exhibition of friendly farm animals and Children's Petting Zoo | Essential Oils Classes | Story Telling by Mike Anderson at the Library | Sidewalk Chalk Drawing and Make and Take Projects for the kids | Historic Tours by wagon with commentary by Bob McCue | Cemetery Chapel Tours and Music performed on the antique church organ | BBQ contest with prize money awarded | Best Homemade Pie Baking Contest with cash prizes awarded | Grand Parade featuring a salute to our Senior Citizens | Talent Show with cash prizes awarded | Street Dance music supplied by Hi Tek Redneck

September 2
Adopt-a-Pet (10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Petco, 2721 S Veterans Parkway, SPRINGFIELD)
Benld Adopt-A-Pet, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, will hold a Pet Adoption from 12 noon to 4 p.m., and Sidewalk Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be logo t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies & caps, and assorted pet toys, merchandise and more, as well as food & drink. 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 .

September 2
Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival (12:00pm - 5:00pm; The Inn at 835, 835 S Second St., SPRINGFIELD)
Enjoy craft beer and cider, fresh oysters, offerings from several food vendors, live bands, more. Admission. sobfestival.com.

September 2
Springfield Jr. Blues Booster Club CAR WASH (10:00am - 1:00pm; Green Certified West, 2541 W. ILES AVE, SPRINGFIELD)
Car wash for donations.
Proceeds go back to the players to provide food/water/gatorade for road trips and a few team celebrations.

September 2
Parents Night Out (6:00 - 8:30pm; Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA, 4550 W Iles Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
Our youngest members are an active bunch. Parents need a break. We get it at the Y, so we offer Parent Night Out. PNO is the first Saturday of each month from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Kerasotes Child Watch Room. Your kids will play, dance, and enjoy story time, and they can do it all in their pajamas. Kids age 6-12 will swim from 7-8. Pizza available$1/slice. Starting April 1, 2017 our PNO will be for ages 8 weeks through 12 years. Always the first Saturday of every month (unless it falls on a holiday.) $10 Member $20 Public

September 3
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; Menard Co. Fairgrounds, 18450 Fairgrounds St., PETERSBURG) $4 per person;
150+ Quality vendors: antiques, vintage, salvage, produce, handmade, up-cycled, re-purposed, 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
We have the following community support activities at our event:
1.We are happy to honor our veterans by donating the funds to send at least one veteran, possibly 2, on the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight this fall. A portion of all of our admission proceeds between now and October 1st will be donated to pay for the entire amount of flight expenses.
2.We also are collecting food supplies for the Menard County Food Pantry and anyone bringing donations gets in a drawing for a bazaar T-shirt.
3.The APL Mobile van will also be on-sight for pet adoptions.
Future dates include Oct 1

September 3
In Concert: The Allen Family (6:00pm; Beardstown Church of the Nazarene, 919 Jackson St., BEARDSTOWN)
The public is invited. A love offering will be received. For more information, call Judy Fifield at 217-416-3029

September 3
Crime Stoppers 2nd Annual "Take Flight in the Fight Against Crime" LRS Hangar Party Fundraiser (2:00 -8:00pm; Levi, Ray & Shoup Inc. (LRS) Hangar – Abraham Lincoln Springfield Capital Airport, SPRINGFIELD)
Please join the Crime Stoppers of Sangamon & Menard Counties as we raise additional funds to fight crime. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. with live music provided by two the best bands in Central Illinois, The Deep Hollow 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and The Shenanigans 4.30 p.m to 8:00 p.m.. A showcase of award winning food prepared by "Hy-Vee Market Grill" and "Field of Sweets" Food Trucks along with plenty of brews, wines and beverages for purchase. A Must See! Calling all car and motorcycle enthusiasts! Be prepared to kick-off Route 66 Festival month with style. Take a fun stroll through Dick Levi’s private collection of classic cars and motorcycles and our event.
Only $5.00 (entry fee)
Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization, funded entirely by fundraisers and donations from citizens and civic organizations. If you have any information about a crime, please call Crime Stoppers at (217) 788-842 or submit a tip by text Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $1000 for information resulting in an arrest and you remain completely anonymous. The Crime Stoppers website is www.cashfortips.us
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1440645686026624/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22

September 3
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.

September 3
All You Can Eat Breakfast (8:00am - 1:00pm; Pawnee Masonic Lodge #675, Northeast Corner of the Square, PAWNEE)
Made-to-order omelettes | Pancakes and Susage | Biscuits and Gravy | Drinks (Coffee, Milk, OJ) $9 for Adults, $5 for Children 10 & Under. Proceeds go towards a scholarship for a high school senior.

September 4
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.

September 6
The first Fall preschool program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The theme will be fireflies and lightning bugs. Children 2 -5 and their caregiver are invited to attend. There will be stories, a craft and refreshments. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun event.

September 6
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, Westville Public Library, 233 S State, WESTVILLE)
The next Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies hosted by the Westville Public Library will be September 6 at 2 PM. The feature will be about a daring rescue attempt by the Coast Guard off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952. This film is based on a true story. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this historical thriller of a film.

September 6
Our Vibrant Community: Clay Pendants (7:30 - 9:00pm, Track Shack Restaurant, 233 E. Laurel St., SPRINGFIELD)
Experiment with clay to make 3 pendants. Clay, tools and string is provided. 3 for $20. Email to register Rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com or purchase tickets here by entering the price and event in the note.

September 6
Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture: Prairie Restoration and the Challenge of Maintaining Earth’s Biodiversity on a Changing Planet (7:00 - 8:30pm; Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S Spring St., SPRINGFIELD)
Dr. Amy McEuen, University of Illinois Springfield will present. Free and open to the public.
Dr. McEuen and her lab’s work at the Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon restoration involves tracking the floristic quality of the tallgrass prairie restorations through time and testing whether certain plant species may be better candidates for restoration based on their geographic ranges. Dr. McEuen will discuss results from this work as well as the broader challenge of conserving biodiversity given global change. She will also highlight some of the actions all of us can take to increase habitat for the species we share the planet with.

Each month, the Paul Mickey Science Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62706. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

September 7
Blacktop Braggin Rights (6:30 - 9:30pm; Petersburg High School football field, PETERSBURG)
12th annual event. Admission to the game $5 - 7. This is the major fundraiser for the Menard County United Fund. This agency helps fund 18 local helping agencies and is 100% volunteer with 100% of all monies all year going right back into the local agencies. At the rival school football game between PORTA Bluejays and the Athens Warriors we give out new tee shirts with a design for a $15 donation, sell tickets to a large 50/50 drawing that night (need not be present to win), have other giveaways during the game, give a traveling trophy out to winning team after the game and support the kids! We help groups like senior transportation, food pantries, emergency funds for rent or medications, scouting, mentoring paramedic education or BLS units in the community. All very needy groups for which government grants are being depleted.

September 7
2nd Annual Friends of the Market Street Dinner (6:00pm; SPRINGFIELD
) Downtown Springfield Inc. (DSI) will host the 2nd Annual Friends of the Market Street Dinner benefiting the Old Capitol Farmers Market under the fall constellations at community tables placed on the Old State Capitol Plaza. Local chefs from Long Nine Junction, Cooper’s Streatside Bistro, Five Flavors/Tacology and Copper Pot Cooking Studio, all skilled in farm-to-table cuisine, will pair with vendors from the Market to prepare four wonderful courses, paired with The Wine Group wines. From the live music and centerpieces to the food on the plate, the event will celebrate all things about the market.
Proceeds offset the costs of managing and promoting the Old Capitol Farmers Market, which has been welcoming 2500-4000 people to downtown each Saturday of this season. The Market is managed by Illinois Stewardship Alliance on behalf of Downtown Springfield Inc., and the partnership has resulted in new programs such as Family Fitness, weekly Chef Demonstrations and live music programmed by Springfield Area Arts Council. The dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. and 200 seats are available. Tickets are $75 and can purchased online at downtownspringfield.org or by calling (217) 544-1723. Bank of Springfield is sponsoring the dinner.

September 7
Book Signing and Reading (4:00pm, Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
Lynne Heinzmann, a one-time Westville resident will be holding a book signing and reading at the Westville Public Library on Thursday, September 7 at 4 PM. Her book, Frozen Voices, is a historical novel set in 1907. In February of that year 156 men, women and children boarded the steamship Larchmont, in Providence, Rhode Island for an overnight cruise. By the morning it had sunk. The novel tells the stories of four people who boarded the ship that night. Lynne will give a brief presentation of the history included in the novel and well as read an excerpt. She will answer any questions about the book or the writing process. Copies of the novel will be available for purchase and signing. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event and meet the author. For further information please call the library at 267-3170. You may find additional information about Lynne or her book at www.LynneHeizmann.com.

September 7
Soar Like An Eagle (7:00pm; Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, Rail Splitter Pavilion, DECATUR)
Join Jack Nuzzo from the Illinois Raptor Center as he talks about eagles found in central Illinois. Jack will bring a live eagle for participants to view. For more information: Melody Arnold -melody2a@hotmail.com | Our Facebook page at Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial | Website https://lincolntrailhomest.wixsite.com/friends-lth

September 8
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: Stingray Alley
More information: 217-789-4725

September 8, 9
33rd Annual Kenney Fall Festival (Friday 6:00pm - 9:00pm; Saturday 9:00am - 9:00pm | downtown KENNEY)

Friday night's band will be Green Diamond Express.
Saturday morning begins with Biscuits and Gravy 7-9am in Kenney Community Center. Annual Jim Leathers Car Show 9-11am. Kiddie Tractor pull at 11am, Michael Morrow at 1pm. Yuke Crazies at 2pm. Dance Xtreme at 3pm. Heartland Cloggers at 4pm. Magician Christopher Bonjes at 5pm. Clinton HS M-squad and Jr. HS Dance Team at 6pm. Natu Band 7-9pm.
Other activities include mower train, face painting, bounce houses, animals, bags tournamnt, chicken dinner, food and raffle tickets.
For more info, call Debbie at 217-944-2433 or Diana at 217-944-2573

September 8, 9
Opening Reception: interconnectivity (6:00 - 9:00pm; 711 S. 5th St., SPRINGFIELD)
THE PHARMACY GALLERY & ART SPACE OPENING RECEPTION | FREE | OPENED TO THE PUBLIC

September 9
Gospel Concert: The Chosen Ones/The Lesters (10:00 - 3:30pm; Cowden Free Methodist Church Camp, 174 N. 1550 East Rd., BEECHER CITY)
Our Church Camp is hosting a Gospel Concert Sept 9, 2017 10:00am-3:30 pm. Featuring The Chosen Ones from Manchester IL, The Lester’s From St Louis MO, and Tim Lovelace, Christian Comedian, song writer and multi-talented musician from TN. This is a all day concert with lunch served under the old fashioned open tabernacle. Located in the wooded area off Rt. 128, South of Shelbyville IL, just look for signs. Tickets are $15.00 for Concert and $6.00 for lunch. Send self-addressed and stamped envelope to M. Smith | 801 S St John St. | Bethany, IL 61914

September 9
34th Annual Clarksburg Tractor Pull (11:00am - 9:00pm; CLARKSBURG)
FUL-O-PUP 4-H Club presents. Come join in the pull or just watch. Rain or shine event with a larger tent for cover. Kids activities throughout the day! World Famous Clarksburgers for sale. Battle Creek Band at 7:00pm. Evening meal: smoked sausage and sides served at 5:00pm for donation. Evening hayride around Clarksburg.

September 9
Movie Fundraiser at Route 66 Drive-In: Dispicable Me (7:30pm; Route 66 Drive-In, SPRINGFIELD)
We are holding a family movie at Route 66 drive in in an effort to educate the community and help raise money for Living Hope Counseling Center. Cost is for adults will be 7.50, 5.00 for children between 12 and 4 and children 4 or younger are free. Contact the counseling center for more information: https://livinghopecounselingcenter.info | Email: info@lhcc.ws | Phone: 217-698-7150 | Fax: 217-698-7085

September 9
2017 Out of the Darkness Walk (12:00pm; Crystal Lake Park, URBANA)
Presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Individuals may support this cause by participating in the walk, creating a walk "team" to honor their own personal fight, or by going online to donate. For more information and registration visit: www.CUWalk.org

September 9
German Oktoberfest (12:00pm - 10:30pm; Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
We would like to welcome the Springfield community to an authentic German Oktoberfest to be held Sat Sept 9th from 12:00 until 10:30pm on the Knight of Columbus #364 grounds located at 2200 Meadowbrook, We will be featuring German bands from Peoria and Quincy , German food, games, arts and crafts, kids games and of course German bier. For more information contact Dave Groesch (that's German) at dmgroesch@att.net . We are looking for vendors to sell arts and crafts during the event.

September 9
Chicken Dinner at Williamsville Fall Festival on the Boulevard (4:30 - 7:00pm, Williamsville United Methodist Church, WILLIAMSVILLE)

Menu includes: Fried Chicken | Baked POtato | Green Beans | Cole Slaw | Homemade Dessert | drink
Adults (3 pieces) $9
Kids 10 & Under (2 pieces) $5
Carryouts available

September 9
TRIVIA NIGHT (5:15pm; Little Lorraine Theatre, 214 E. Main St., HOOPESTON)
Sandwich, chips & cookies for $15.00, which amount includes the Trivia entry fee. Limited to 12 teams of up to 5 people each (or you can come alone and join a smaller team). $10.00/person. Free theater popcorn, cookies and a small bottled water or soda. Additional concessions available for purchase. Winning team members receive refund of entry fee. Do you know silly facts that seem to have no use in the world? Everyone has many things they know just from living every day! Come, bring a friend (or friends) and have fun with us. 20 categories, 5 questions each.
Reserve your table or ask questions by calling Marilyn at 217-840-4870 or Betty at 217-304-5308.
Presented by the Save the Lorraine Foundation. All proceeds go toward the preservation and restoration of the historic Lorraine Theatre in downtown Hoopeston.

September 9
Ribbon Cutting at Paul A. Barker Park (5:00pm;
2008 Barnard Dr., SPRINGFIELD)
The Ribbon Cutting Event will take place on Saturday at 5 PM rain or shine, and a neighborhood block party has been organized by the Franklin Park Neighborhood Association which will include a bounce house, cupcakes, games and a movie night for the whole neighborhood to enjoy!
Paul A. Barker Park is a 26-acre piece of property that was generously donated to the Park District by the Paul Barker Trust with the intent to develop the land into a park. The Springfield Park District has worked closely with the Franklin Park Neighborhood Association to continue to develop items identified in the master plan.
For more information on this event and others going on within the Springfield Park District, please visit our website at www.springfieldparks.org.

September 9, 10
Art Spectacular (10:00am; Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., SPRINGFIELD)
10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Art Fair is Free. Kids' Place is $2 per child. Art Spectacular is a multi-experience festival of art, music and children's programs. Founded by Rees Carillon Society Board Member, Barb Walker, Art Spectacular is a professionally juried fine art and craft show featuring collector- and museum-quality works of art and crafts. Over two days, Art Spectacular attracts approximately 5,500 to 6,500 attendees. The 50 participating artists are among the region's and nation's most recognized artists and artisans. In less than a decade, Art Spectacular has been ranked in "The Best 100 Art Fairs in the Country" in 2014 by Sunshine Artist Magazine; and 118 out of 600 art fairs nationally and the best in Springfield according to Greg Lawler's 2010 Art Fair Sourcebook. Works of art and crafts range from $50 to $7,500. In addition to a silent auction and gift basket raffle, the event features hourly carillon performances and other performances by local musicians.
Free Parking in the Park and surrounding side streets.
The Mission: It is our mission to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts and cast bells. At the 11th annual ART SPECTACULAR at the Carillon on September 10-11, 2016 this will be done by combining beautiful original artwork by juried artists, in a beautiful park setting, with beautiful music by local musicians and one of the world's finest carillons – for the sight and sound enjoyment of art lovers in the Central Illinois area.
Only Service Animals Allowed Up to 50 artists from across the U.S. will exhibit their work during this juried fine art show. The FREE event includes musicians and food vendors. Kids place activities are $2/child. The proceeds benefit the special events at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. Volunteers and sponsors contact dandbwalker58@gmail.com. The event will run on September 9 from 10:00am-5:00pm and September 10 from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

September 10
4th Annual Farm Crawl (10:00am - 5:00pm; CLINTON)
The 4th Annual Farm Crawl connects families with local family farms in DeWitt county, Illinois. Enjoy a leisurely autumn day "crawling" to each farm (okay, you don't actually crawl, just a short drive between farms). The farms will open their doors to the public on Sunday, September 10 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. In addition to demonstrations and fun activities, each farm will sell their products during the event to increase the economic viability of local, family farms! Farms on the Tour: Triple M Farm: Mariah's Mums & More |16727 Airport Rd., Clinton, IL 61727 | Phone: (217) 722-3531 | Website: www.mariahsmums.com | Email: mariahandgreg@mariahsmums.com
Timberview Alpaca Farm | 7910 White Oak Rd | Clinton, IL 61727 | Phone: (309) 275-4027 | Email: Timberviewalpacas@hotmail.com
You can start at either farm and spend as much time as you like and work your way through them, but expect to spend 30-60 minutes at each farm (plus a 10 minute drive time between farm). You will receive a unique experience at each farm. This is a farmer organized event -- each farm designs its activities and you will learn more about that farm's operations.
The tours and on the farm activities are free and open to families. Local school clubs and organizations will be selling a variety of homemade goods, sandwiches, fresh cooked sweet corn, and more!
The annual Farm Crawl is a great way to kick off the fall season, so mark your calendars today. www.dewittcountyfarmcrawl.com | www.facebook.com