Hearing loss is a growing health issue

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 - 12:00 am

Hearing loss is a growing health issue, with an estimated 1.1 billion young people worldwide at risk of developing the condition. Prevention is crucial to reducing this trend: Limit exposure to loud noises and use ear protection when attending sporting events or concerts. Curb the use of earbud headphones for music or movies to no more than 60 minutes at a time and at 60 percent of the device’s maximum volume. And talk to your primary care physician or other health professional to get a hearing test, and obtain treatment if necessary. Common signs of hearing loss include turning up the volume on the TV or radio to levels that others find too loud, having trouble following conversations in noisy environments, or struggling to hear while on the telephone. Hearing loss can cause social isolation and make it more difficult for families to connect. The condition has been linked to lower earnings, depression, dementia and higher risk of falls. For more information about this condition, go to


Memorial SportsCare Biathlon Brigade

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 12:00 am

Memorial SportsCare Biathlon Brigade

Memorial SportsCare athletic trainers created a special 12-week biathlon training program. The training program is designed for beginners, but can be adapted for those who have participated in the biathlon previously

You’ll get a day-by-day training guide to get you ready for the Biathlon in September. We’ll meet twice a week to go over any questions or training issues you might experience. We’ll talk about how to stay motivated and what to do if you lose it! We’ll also go over nutrition and race day strategies. Then, we’ll do that day’s workout – together

The Brigade meets every Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., July 1 through Sept. 18.

Visit for info or to register.

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Location: Memorial SportsCare, 4550 W. Iles Ave., Springfield



Monday, July 20th 2015 - 12:00 am

SCHEELS Federal Ammunition Hunting Expo – Saturday, August 29 (9AM-6PM)-Sunday, August 30 (10AM-6PM)

Bring the family to SCHEELS for all the must see outdoor vendors and new equipment to get you ready for this year’s hunting season! Kids activities, entertainment, and fun for the WHOLE family to enjoy! Featuring Dock Dogs Dog Jumping, Daisy Inflatable BB Gun Range. Prizes and giveaways!

Sponsored by: Scheels, Federal Ammunition, Garmin, Plano, Under Armour, Benelli, Nikon, Mud River, Artic Shield, & Zippo.


SCHEELS 3D Archery Shoot in conjunction with Federal Ammunition Hunting Expo Saturday, August 29 8AM-1PM

Join SCHEELS and Panther Creek Bowhunters Club for a ONE day FREE shoot at the SCHEELS Federal Ammunition Hunting Expo. Bring your bow and shoot. No pre-registration required! This is a FIELD POINT ONLY shoot and NO BROADHEADS will be allowed. 3D Shoot with 10 TARGETS. Enter your SCORE CARD for a chance to WIN a $100 SCHEELS GIFT CARD!!! Hit the BONUS TARGET to try and win a $50 SCHEELS GIFT CARD! 1st & 2nd place prizes will be awarded in Men’s, Women’s, Youth, Cub & Traditional Categories.

Sponsored by: SCHEELS & Panther Creek Bowhunters Club


DockDogs Dog Jumping Competition in conjunction with Federal Ammunition Hunting Expo Friday, August 28 (10AM-3PM) – Sunday, August 30 (Sat-Sun 9AM-4PM)

Bring the whole family and your dogs to watch or participate in the DockDogs Dog Jumping competition during the SCHEELS Hunting Expo. The event format will be Outdoor Big Air, Extreme Vertical, Speed Retrieve and Iron Dog Rankings. For more information please visit: To register for the event email Discount for pre-registration.


SCHEELS Kids Klub – Archery & Camo Party Monday, August 17 6PM

Join SCHEELS to learn all about Archery; the parts of a bow, how to shoot a bow and be decked out in camo to have your picture taken. All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel. Register to win great prizes.



SCHEELS Kids Klub – Explore the Aquarium Monday, September 14 6PM

Come and learn about the fish that live in the SCHEELS Saltwater Aquarium and watch as our diver gets inside the aquarium to feed them. Register to win great prizes. All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel.


SCHEELS Kids Klub – Football Frenzy! Monday, July 20, 2015 6PM

Join SCHEELS and Capitol Chiropractic to learn the basics of football & test your skills with our football training drills. Show your pride & dress in your favorite football team apparel! All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel. Register to win great prizes.

Please meet on the back lawn.


SCHEELS Kids Klub – Back to School Bash Monday, August 3, 2015 6PM

Don’t miss the best back to school bash! Join SCHEELS and genHkids for the best back to school celebration! All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel. Register to win a prize pack from Under Armour (1 boy & 1 girl). Register to win backpacks full of school supplies.

Special guest appearance by two SNOW PRINCESSES!!



Wednesday, July 29th 2015 - 12:00 am



WHAT:           In an effort to help those in need, Molina Healthcare of Illinois will be giving away 200 personal care kits at The Salvation Army in Decatur. The event is free and open to the public. The kits will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis to the first 200 individuals (one per person) while supplies last.

Each kit will include:

·         Small package of tissue

·         2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner

·         Toothbrush

·         Toothpaste

·         Dental floss

·         Soap

·         Deodorant

·         Nail file

·         Laundry detergent

·         Bandage strips

·         Small package of cotton swabs

The giveaway aligns with Molina Healthcare’s ongoing mission of giving back to the community and serving individuals and families in need.

WHERE:        The Salvation Army

229 W. Main Street

Decatur, IL 62523

WHEN:           Wednesday, July 29, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – while supplies last

VISUALS:       200 personal care kits; individuals and families receiving free hygiene kits

About Molina Healthcare, Inc.

Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, provides managed health care services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance marketplaces. Molina serves more than 3 million members through our locally operated health plans in 11 states across the nation and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Dr. C. David Molina founded our company in 1980 as a provider organization serving low-income families in Southern California. Today, we continue his mission of providing high quality and cost-effective health care to those who need it most. For more information about Molina Healthcare, please visit our website at



Miracle Treat Day

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 12:00 am


Participating Dairy Queen or DQ Grill & Chill restaurants throughout south-central Illinois will celebrate Miracle Treat Day on Thursday, July 30 to benefit HSHS St. John’s Children’s

Hospital, one of 170 hospitals supported by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals).

Now in its 10th year, Miracle Treat Day brings awareness and raises funds for CMN Hospitals in local communities. One in 10 children in North America is treated at a CMN Hospital each year.

For every Blizzard Treat sold on Miracle Treat Day at participating locations, $1 or more will be donated to St. John’s Children’s Hospital. Like all Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaigns, donations raised will stay in the community to help local kids.

Money raised by Dairy Queen restaurants helps enhance the programs and health care services provided by St. John’s Children’s Hospital. This can range from medical equipment and supplies to funding Child Life Specialist programs and comfort items. Every dollar raised makes a difference in the life of a child.

In the last 31 years, the Dairy Queen system has raised more than $100 million for hospitals in local communities through fundraising efforts including Miracle Treat Day, the Miracle Balloon campaign and other local initiatives.

In total, 31 area Dairy Queens will be participating in this year’s Miracle Treat Day.

For more information about Miracle Treat Day, visit and connect on social media using #MiracleTreatDay.


Miracle Treat Day

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 12:00 am

Thursday, July 30th is DQ® Miracle Treat Day

Blizzard® Treat sales to benefit local kids in need

Oreo®and ROLO® Minis will be among the Blizzard® Treats served at participating Dairy Queen® and DQ Grill & Chill® locations nationwide on Miracle Treat Day to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. During the 10th annual Miracle Treat Day on Thursday, July 30th, one dollar or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. All of the funds raised stay in local communities. For more information, visit


Heaven Is For Real

Friday, July 31st 2015 - 12:00 am

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Texas Roadhouse “FREE” Lunch for Special Olympics

Friday, July 31st 2015 - 12:00 am

Friday, July 31, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The 5th Annual Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch for Special Olympics Illinois will take place on Friday, July 31, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. During this fundraiser, Texas Roadhouse (2540 W. Iles Ave, Springfield) will open their doors for a “free” lunch.

Texas Roadhouse is providing a set menu of a pulled pork sandwich, corn, fresh baked bread with honey cinnamon butter, and a non-alcoholic beverage. Springfield Police Officers will work alongside Texas Roadhouse staff to serve customers who may either dine inside or utilize the drive-thru for quick to-go service. Customers then leave a donation or “tip” for their meal, with 100% of the donations benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. We encourage business offices and others with large orders to partake by calling 217-698-5700 to pre-order. We will have everything conveniently ready for pick-up in the drive-thru.

In addition to serving meals, members of the Springfield Police Department’s Emergency Response Team will have their Rescue Vehicle (Bearcat) on display.


Central Illinois Daylily Society Plant Sale

Saturday, August 1st 2015 - 12:00 am

Members of the Central Illinois Daylily Society return to the Garden for their annual Daylily Sale! Come visit the Garden and purchase beautiful daylilies at wonderful prices.


City Offers Two Weeks of Free Electronics Recycling

Saturday, August 1st 2015 - 12:00 am

As a result of the overwhelming response to the Electronics Recycling Collection on July 18, the City of Springfield has partnered with a local vendor, BLH Computers to extend this service beginning Saturday, August 1 through the close of business Saturday, August 15 at BLH’s facility, 1832 Stevenson Drive. This free, two week program is open to residents of the City of Springfield, Monday through Friday 8:00am-6:00pm and Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm. Residents can drop off all recyclable electronics at BLH but must bring a valid form of ID to present at the time of drop off and should indicate they are participating in this program.

“We deeply regret that many residents were unable to take advantage of the drop off event at the State Fair Grounds after spending hours in line, and we would like to offer another opportunity,” said Abby Walden, Community Coordinator for the Office of Public Works. “By partnering with BLH and allowing drop-offs at their facility throughout the next two weeks, it offers residents the flexibility to recycle their electronics at a time that is convenient to them.”

Following is a list of electronic items that will be accepted at BLH. Residents are required to bring someone to help if any of the electronics require extra assistance to move and unload.

Due to the demand for this service, the City is looking into offering a similar electronic recycling program periodically throughout the year. For questions about City recycling, residents may contact the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or email

Items Accepted

– Desktop, Laptop, and Tablet Computers – LCD Monitors – Printers (for large, office printers please contact your local store) – Computer Peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.)

– CRT Televisions

– CRT Monitors – LCD and Plasma Televisions

– Non-LCD/Plasma Televisions or Monitors – Satellite and Cable Equipment – Projectors

– Projection Televisions – VCRs – DVD Players – Video Game Consoles – Radios – Speakers – Cellular/Mobile Phones – Smart Phones – Telephones (including PBX equipment) – Toner – Networking Equipment and Cables – Mailroom Equipment – Point of Sale Equipment – Pagers – Cameras – Camcorders – Power Tools (including batteries) – Fax Machines – Answering Machines – Battery Backups and Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) – Surge Suppressors and Power Strips – Power and Accessory Cables – Walkie-talkies – Ink Cartridges

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