26th annual Festival of Trees

Saturday, November 21st 2015 - 12:00 am

26th annual Festival of Trees – November 21-29, 2015

A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 trees and wreaths decorated with exquisite creativity by designers; a centerpiece and gingerbread structure silent auction; an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village; the Candy Cane Express train; the Little Elves’ Workshop craft area; Snapshots with Santa; a boutique full of unique gift items; hand-decorated gingerbread cookies; and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. The annual event raises money for health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and in the Springfield community

More info HERE


Annual Children’s Holiday Store to Benefit Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery

Saturday, November 28th 2015 - 12:00 am

Annual Children’s Holiday Store to Benefit Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery

Over 700 volunteers are needed to help staff the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery’s annual Children’s Holiday Store. The store will be open daily from Saturday, November 28th thru Wednesday, December 23rd.

This year the store will be at 3013 Lindbergh Blvd., Suite B (between Del’s Popcorn Shop and Indigo Restaurant). Volunteers 14 years of age or older are needed as greeters, wrappers, and assistants to our little shoppers. High School Students receive community service credit for volunteering. Anyone interested in volunteering can call the Nursery at 525-6800 or email Executive Director Karen Cox at

MOCN’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing emergency care for children who may be at risk or whose parents are experiencing some type of crisis. We are open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. The Nursery is located in a three-story house on North 7th Street, and opened its doors on May 15, 1989.

Nursery Programs: Infants and children from birth to age six are cared for by trained, nurturing staff in a homelike environment, free of charge. The children we care for participate in learning activities, interacting with other children and staff. Developmental and medical screenings also are provided.

Family Support: Support services from our professional staff are available 24-hours a day to help families though a crisis. Family services include —

* Crisis counseling and follow-up home visits

* Parent education classes and support groups

* Referrals for food, clothing and shelter

* Referrals for drug/alcohol treatment or domestic violence protection

* Necessities for children such as diapers and formula.


Children’s Holiday Store

Saturday, November 28th 2015 - 12:00 am



Christmas at Sugar Creek Vendor Fair

Saturday, November 28th 2015 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
at Sugar Creek United Methodist Church
1022 New City Road

Christmas at Sugar Creek Vendor Fair
Saturday November 28, 2015
10 am – 3 pm
Sugar Creek United Methodist Church
1022 New City Road, Chatham (across from Ball-Chatham Elementary School)
Come start your holiday shopping with us,.
Free admission
Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry.
60 vendors represented,  Lunch items, bake sale, used book/CD sale available. 
One-stop shopping for all your Christmas needs.
Contact info:  Suzanne Daugherty




Sunday, November 29th 2015 - 12:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting an Advent Hymn Sing on Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 220 S. 2nd Street (corner of 2nd & Monroe Streets in downtown Springfield).

The season of Advent is the three-week period before Christmas for Christians to prepare their hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus Christ. The Advent season is filled with many wonderful hymns like “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”, “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and “Hark the Glad Sound”. This is truly an “audience participation event”–attendees will be able to request their favorite Advent and Christmas hymns to sing. The Trinity Church Band will accompany the organist and pianist for some of the hymns.

Light refreshments will be served by Trinity’s Young Adult Book Club. For more information, contact Amy Zepp at or 217/638-1334 or visit Trinity’s website at



Tuesday, December 1st 2015 - 12:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church and School is hosting the Capital Area Concert Band on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield. The concert is free and open to the public. The Concert Band will perform a variety of music including classical, Big Band, marches, and “show tunes.” Some favorite Christmas carols will also be a part of the playlist to get the audience in the holiday spirit.

The Capital Area Concert Band was founded to provide an opportunity for volunteer musicians in Springfield and the surrounding community to continue to play their instruments after high school. The group currently includes over 50 musicians ranging in age from 18 to 80. The Capital Area Concert Band is open to anyone who has completed high school. Auditions are not required and there is no cost to participate. The band rehearses on Tuesday nights, September-May at Capital City Music, 3700 Wabash Avenue. For more information, e-mail


Riverton K of C Fish Fry

Friday, December 4th 2015 - 12:00 am


Franciscan Nativity Festival

Friday, December 4th 2015 - 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
at Chiara Center
4875 LaVerna Road

This annual Festival is a display of more than 100 international Nativity Sets and a tour of the magnificent St. Francis of Assisi Church that was dedicated in 1924. The Festival includes new entries each year of various artistic styles and unique stories of history. It is free and open to the public on Dec. 4 from 2-7 p.m. and Dec. 5 and 6 from noon-4 p.m.


Live Nativity Experience

Saturday, December 5th 2015 - 12:00 am

We are inviting the community to join us in a Live Nativity Experience.
Living Faith Baptist Church in Sherman, IL is hosting a Live Nativity Experience on December 5th and 6th from 5:30-7:30 pm. We are inviting cars to drive through and experience Christmas first hand from the angel visiting Mary to the baby in the manager join us in celebrating the meaning of Christmas. The church is located at 7575 W Outer Rd, Sherman IL. For further information call the church office at 217-496-2590 or e-mail


Basic Pistol Course

Saturday, December 5th 2015 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
at Springfield Shooting Center
4885 Industrial Drive

Our next Basic Pistol Course is being offered on Saturday December 5th from 9am-5pm. It counts towards 8 out of the 16 hours needed for the IL CCW permit, and is taught by an NRA and IL CCW certified instructor. The cost of the course is $125, and if purchased with the IL CCW course which also costs $125, then the combined cost for both is $225 rather than $250. For any questions, please call 217-585-7199or visit

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