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Circus coming to Mt. Pulaski

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 12:00 am

Circus Roll-in: – watch the set-up …

the animals being unloaded & fed … the elephants helping to raise the BIG TOP

Fri., April 25, 2014 – 7:30 am … activities begin

4:30 pm Performance under the BIG TOP

7:30 pm Performance under the BIG TOP

http://kellymillercircus.com

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The 5th Annual Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 11:45 am

The 5th Annual Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer, benefiting Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is an excellent opportunity for women to join together in the fight against cancer. This unique event unites our efforts to fund cutting-edge cancer research in central Illinois.

 

The exciting event is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield, Illinois. Individual tickets are $50; tables of 10 are $500. Sponsorships are available and sponsor benefits can be reviewed by clicking on “Registration”.

 

Women who have attended past events remark that our speakers are incredible and moving. This year we are proud to present Kathleen Passanisi, award-winning motivational speaker and humorist.

 

Funds raised by the Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer are dedicated to all cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, continuing the extraordinary enterprise of our researchers.

 

We hope you can join us for an event that women value for the ability to network and to grow the gift of a powerful message.

http://siualumni.com/s/664/foundation/index.aspx?sid=664&gid=1&pgid=2391&cid=5127&ecid=5127&crid=0&calpgid=1791&calcid=3979

Piper Glen Open House

Saturday, April 26th 2014 - All Day

Come out and see our New Look!

Live entertainment – “After Sunset” @ 7pm

http://www.piperglen.com/

 

Autism Society of Central Illinois to hold Autism Awareness Walk

Saturday, April 26th 2014 - 8:30 am
at Hope Pavilion at Southwinds Park
4965 S 2nd St

Autism Society of Central Illinois to hold Autism Awareness Walk 

April is Autism Awareness Month and The Autism Society of Central Illinois (ASCI) will hold its annual Autism Awareness Walk and Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 26th at SouthwindPark in Springfield.  Registration for the Walk will begin at 8:30am and the Walk will follow at 10:00am. A program featuring music and a magic act will follow the walk.  There will be children’s activities including inflatable games, cheek art, balloon animals and much more.  A 50/50 raffle and a silent auction will be offered during the walk as well.  This event is an opportunity to raise public awareness about autism.
The Autism Society of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides summer camp, recreational opportunities and support groups for children with autism and their families.  The walk serves as a fundraiser to support ASCI programming.  Walk participants may walk free of charge or may assist with fundraising by gathering donations for their participation in the walk.    
All Autism Awareness Walk and Family Fun Day activities are offered free of charge and the event is open to the public.   For additional information contact the Autism Society of Central Illinois at 217-585-1421 or visit www.autismcil.org.  Registration/donation forms are also available on the website.  

Springfield YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day

Saturday, April 26th 2014 - 10:30 am

Springfield YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® on April 26

Aims to Help Kids Exercise Minds and Bodies

On Saturday, April 26, the Springfield Y is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. The Y’s Healthy Kids Day®, a national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, will be held at our Gus and Flora Kersotes facility from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free community event features family games, an obstacle course, family fitness classes, health screenings, Y youth program demonstrations, healthy snacks and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. There will also be a family fun run beginning at 10:30 a.m. There is a fee for the fun run of $35/family, $15/individual and $10/youth.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health.

“One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said Y CEO Angie Sowle. “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.

Foster an Early and Onging Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.

Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs. Bike rides, etc.

Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.

Lead By Example – Be a good role model – kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

 

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3rd Annual Williamsville Jazz Dinner/Dance

Saturday, April 26th 2014 - 6:00 pm
at Williamsville Jr. High
500 S Walnut

3rd Annual Williamsville Jazz Dinner/Dance
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 6 to 9:30 pm. (doors open at 5:00 pm)
Williamsville Jr. High, 500 S. Walnut St. Williamsville, IL
Ticket price $20 each which includes Dinner provide by Hickory River Smokehouse
Reserve a table by purchasing a table of ten.
To purchase tickets, visit our website at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-williamsville-jazz-dinner-tickets-9089193021  or contact Chris and Sandy Walden at (217) 544-3234 or williamsvillejazzdinner@gmail.com
The evening will also include a silent auction.

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5K Run & Walk for INNOCENCE

Sunday, April 27th 2014 - 7:30 am

IL Innocence Project

$10 child, $15 Student. $25 adult, day of race $35

at UIS Recreation and Athletic Center

More info HERE

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HELP HOMELESS CHILDREN

Friday, May 2nd 2014 - All Day

ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL INC. OF SPRINGFIELD HOSTS CONFERENCE

AND INVITES COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION TO HELP HOMELESS CHILDREN

Members of 39 Altrusa Clubs from Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois will convene for a District Six Conference in Springfield, Illinois on May 2-4, 2014. The Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza. As these are states in which Lincoln walked, the theme will be “Tales and Trails of Lincoln”. While in Springfield, members of Altrusa International will attend conference education seminars and tour the Lincoln sites. The last day of the conference will feature “Undies Sunday.” This drive is for our community’s 800 displaced and homeless children.

Conference attendees from all three states will be bringing such donations. The community is invited to help jump start our donations by dropping off their donation of new youth underwear, t-shirts, socks or personal hygiene items at any Marine Bank lobby during the month of April. Collection boxes for donations will be available in all of the Marine Bank in lobbies in April. Join us and let’s get this drive off to a good start.

Organized in 1948, Altrusa International Club of Springfield has a long history of improving the quality of life for those in need in our community. Recent projects in Springfield include: food drives for local pantries, supporting District #186 underprivileged students, Kumler personal care kits, holiday assistance at Contact Ministries, grants for Career Assistance Program, senior center food baskets, meals for the Ronald McDonald House, Asbury’s children’s supper hour, St John’s breadline, Northside community library, as well as volunteering at numerous community events. For more information regarding Altrusa International of Springfield, please visit us on our website, http://altrusaclubofspringfieldil.weebly.com/.

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21st Annual Charlie Wells Fly-In / Drive-In Pancake & Sausage Breakfast

Saturday, May 3rd 2014 - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

21st Annual Charlie Wells Fly-In / Drive-In Pancake & Sausage Breakfast to be Held at Horizon Aviation
May 3 and 4, 2014
The 21th Annual Charlie Wells Memorial Fly-In / Drive-In Pancake & Sausage Breakfast event will be held at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport at Horizon Aviation on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, 2014, 8am to 12 noon.  The event is being co-sponsored by the Illinois Pilots Association Springfield Chapter and the Zonta Club of Springfield.  Cost is $7.00 per adult and $4.00 for children 12 to 5 and under are free.  Airplane rides may be available for $20.00 suggested donation per seat weather permitting.  A 50/50 raffle will be sold and a Zonta bake sale will take place.  The Route 66 Cruisers car club will display their cars on Saturday.  There will also be an exhibit of model airplanes along with other displays until 2 pm when we wind down.
 
Proceeds of the breakfast will be used to support scholarship programs and other service projects of the two organizations.  The Springfield chapter of the Illinois Pilots Association supports the Charlie Wells Memorial Aviation Scholarship and the Illinois Pilots Association Scholarship, both of which are awarded to students pursuing a career in aviation.  The Zonta Club of Springfield, a member of Zonta International, an international service organization whose mission is advancing the status of women worldwide, supports several local and international service projects.  Included are local scholarships for women pursuing careers in nursing and business, a  Young Women in Public Affairs award for a local high school student, contributions to local organizations that help women and children, and support of the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship program.  Amelia Earhart was a member of Zonta, and the Zonta International Foundation annually awards 35 $10,000 fellowships in her honor to women pursuing a doctorate degree in an aerospace related field.
The Charlie Wells Memorial Aviation Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Charlie Wells.  Charlie Wells started out as a crew chief in the WW II Army Air Corp.

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Springfield Civic Garden Club’s 39th Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 3rd 2014 - 8:00 am
at Illinois State Fairgrounds
801 Sangamon Ave

The Springfield Civic Garden Club is having its 39th Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to Noon in the Tech Town building on the Illinois State Fair Grounds.   Large selection of member’s perennial flowers, shrubs and houseplants for sale at reasonable prices.  Thousands of plants are priced from $1.00 to $7.00.  Garden Market with gently used garden-related items.  Silent auction and raffle of nursery plants and donated new merchandise.   Proceeds used to fund community beautification projects.  During the last five years, SCGC has given more than $25,000 in grants to not-for-profit organizations like Lincoln Memorial Garden, Dana-Thomas House and Clayville Historic Site.  Plant sale is in partnership with the U of I Master Gardeners annual herb sale and plastic pot collection drive.  For more information, visit www.SCGC-IL.org.

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