Cirque Du Kitty Wine Tasting

Tuesday, October 21st 2014 - 12:00 am



Grand opening of Kari Bedford Photography downtown

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014 - 12:00 am

Grand opening of Kari Bedford Photography downtown
Local photographer offers $10 head-shots for donation to local arts council

Kari Bedford Photography is celebrating its grand opening by providing the public with an opportunity for professional head-shots. The opening — on Wednesday, October 22, from noon-6:30 p.m. — will celebrate Bedford’s new downtown studio at 314 East Monroe, as well as her passion for the area.

A number of businesses have moved into the 300 block of East Monroe, transforming the block into a thriving retail and professional section of downtown. Bedford renovated the facade and interior of 314 East Monroe earlier this year. What began as a neglected storefront is now a modern studio space with a salvaged oak facade, warehouse lights, white gallery walls, and a bold, oversized window display that proclaims: “Art never asks why. Art asks why not.”

“I love being part of the revitalization of downtown Springfield,” said owner and photographer Kari Bedford.

The event is first-come, first-serve. Bedford will take photos of attendees and provide them with one, low-resolution digital file of their individual headshot in exchange for a $10 donation to the Springfield Area Arts Council. The images are suitable for business networking websites and social media.

“Many of my clients are busy parents who hire me to create portraits of their children or high school seniors, but they’ve never taken the time to commission their own professional head shot,” Bedford said. “A client approached me with the idea of providing head shots as a fundraiser. I thought it would be a great way to introduce people to the new studio while supporting the arts in Springfield.”

The first 35 people to attend the event will also receive goody bags with an array of prizes, as well as products from other downtown businesses, including Custom Cup Coffee and Sugar Jar Bakery. Local musicians will provide entertainment throughout the day. Attendees can also register to win prizes for sessions and products from Kari Bedford Photography.

A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The celebration will end with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails served from 5-6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit or contact Kari Bedford at (217)836-5623.


Contact Ministries Fall Concert with Brandon Heath and City Harbor

Thursday, October 23rd 2014 - 6:30 pm
at First United Methodist Church
2941 S Koke Mill Rd

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door


Trick or Treat Event

Friday, October 24th 2014 - 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

FREE Trick or Treat Event on Oct. 24th at Lincoln Home National Historic Site for children 12 and under!



Athens High School track team is hosting a 5k walk/fun run

Saturday, October 25th 2014 - 12:00 am

The Athens High School track team is hosting a 5k walk/fun run on Saturday, October 25. The race will start at the Athens Sports Complex at 8:00 a.m. For more information contact Shannon Swaney at the high school at 636-8314 OR go to for easy online registration.


Ride & Drive for Rescue Fun Run!

Saturday, October 25th 2014 - 12:00 am

Benefitting: Paws Care

All Vehicles Welcome!

Rain or Shine!

Saturday October 25, 2014

Registration: 11 – Noon

All kickstands up by noon

At: EZ Street – 634 E. Main Street Taylor Springs, IL

$10 Entry Donation per Rider

Food, 50/50 Drawing, Raffles, Door Prizes, Surprise Grab Bags and Shirts for sale!

*Bring a bag of dog food or canned food to receive extra door prize tickets!

Paws Care is a not-for-profit volunteer animal welfare group! Our goal is to rescue, rehome and provide better lives for abandoned, abused and neglected companion animals. We are all-volunteer organization with no paid staff.      Come join the fun and hope to see you there!

any questions… CONTACT:  217-556-2087


Sojourn Shelter & Services – Recycling Old Electronics

Saturday, October 25th 2014 - 12:00 am

Sojourn Shelter & Services is Partnering with Midwest Computer Processing to Raise Money to Fight Domestic Violence by Recycling Old Electronics.

Looking for a way to get rid of old electronics? Are your closets filled with cell phones and other gadgets? If so, please join us on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Sojourn Shelter & Services, located at 1800 Westchester Blvd., from 9:00am – Noon to recycle your old electronics.

Midwest Computer Processing will be onsite to provide a responsible recycling solution for the electronics being dropped off at the recycling drive at no cost to the donor. Midwest Computer Processing ensures all donors that all electronics are properly handled and recycled and all hard drives have their data destroyed using Department of Defense (DOD) standards which is also used by many financial institutions, medical facilities, and major corporations.


Acceptable items include:

  • Desktop Computers (Commonly referred to as the CPU)
  • Laptop Computers
  • Tablet PC’s
  • Monitors (Non CRT)
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Copiers
  • Telephone Systems
  • Cell Phones
  • Computer Related Batteries
  • Networking Equipment (Routers, Hubs, Switches)
  • Server Equipment (Servers, Rack Systems, Patch Panels)
  • Computer Related Cables (Power Cords, Printer Cables, Etc)
  • Human Interface Devices (Keyboards, Mice, Pointing Devices).
  • Point of Sale (POS) Systems
  • Smaller Consumer Grade Electronics (Radios, VHS Players, CD/DVD Players, two-way radios, etc.)
  • Televisions (Non CRT)

They do not accept:

  • Appliances (stoves, refridgerators, washers, dryers, microwaves, etc.)
  • CRT type televisions (tube type)
  • CRT type monitors (tube type)

All proceeds from the recycling drive will benefit Sojourn Shelter & Services. Questions regarding this event should be directed to Laura Kresse at 217-726-5100 ext. 213.

Sojourn Shelter & Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation that specializes in services to victims of domestic violence in Sangamon, Logan, Christian, Montgomery and Menard County. For 39 years, Sojourn has successfully helped build a community free of violence through service, leadership and education. Sojourn provides emergency shelter, comprehensive counseling and advocacy services for adult and child victims of domestic violence. Services are confidential and provided free of charge.


Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 25th 2014 - 12:00 am

Trunk or Treat

When: October 25, 4:30pm
This fun alternative to the Halloween experience is designed for kids in 4th grade or younger.  Families, have your kids wear their favorite costume and trick or treat along the rows of trunks decorated by our own FUMC members. After trunk or treating, please stay for free food and games.  We also invite you to bring toothbrushes and toothpaste for our Operation Christmas Child collection.

First United Methodist Church

2941 S. Koke Mill Road



Unity for Christ Outreach Ministries Fall Festival Fundraiser

Saturday, October 25th 2014 - 12:00 am



Wee-Cycle Kids Consignment Sale

Saturday, October 25th 2014 - 12:00 am

Wee-Cycle Kids Consignment Sale
October 25, 2014

Come shop a selection of kids clothing, toys, books, baby & maternity gear.

$1 Admission

Proceeds benefit St. John’s Lutheran Preschool

Sale to be held at:
St. John’s Lutheran Church
2477 W. Washington
Springfield, IL 62702

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