Friday, April 10th 2015 - 12:00 am
Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 12:00 am
Out exploring Route 66 in Illinois? Take a selfie! Be creative and capture yourself and friends at Illinois Route 66 landmarks or even more out-of-the-way harder to find sites along the road. Take your “selfie” and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #MyIL66.
Each month, the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway will select three photos to be highlighted on their social media outlets, and the photo with the most likes/comments/shares will win an Illinois Route 66 license plate and baseball hat! But it gets better…once per year, the Byway will let voters choose from the 12 monthly winners, and the photo that gets the most likes/comments/shares will win the grand prize: a basket full of Illinois Route 66 memorabilia, gift certificates, and more!
“This is a fun way to engage our travelers along Illinois Route 66 and to see how innovative they get with the pictures they come up with,” said Bill Kelly, Executive Director of the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway. “Ultimately the goal is to have folks spend more time at our attractions and along the road and this becomes an interactive way of doing so.” Kelly added that the contest, which is now officially underway, will be an ongoing campaign with no official expiration date, and that it is important that the Byway is able to verify from the photo that it was taken along Illinois Route 66. Entries can be submitted on selfieson66.com or any of the Byway’s social media platforms.
Open to US residents ages 18+. For more information, contact the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway at 217-525-9308 or visit www.selfieson66.com & www.illinoisroute66.org.
Friday, May 29th 2015 - 12:00 am
FAMILY CAMP OUTS AT HENSON ROBINSON ZOO
Bring your tent and stay the night for an evening packed with fun and activities at the Henson Robinson Zoo’s Family Camp Outs. The zoo will be offering camp outs on May 29th and July 17th. Each camp out will include a camping area, dinner, activities, night hike and breakfast the following morning.
The family camp outs will each have a theme which the activities will center around. The theme for the May 29th camp out will be dinosaurs and families will learn all about these ancient animals by visiting stations around the zoo. On July 17th the camp out will be a mystery during which families will use their sleuthing skills to solve the mystery of the zoo prankster.
Costs are $18 per adult and $13 per child for Springfield Park District residents and zoo members. Non-resident rates are $20.50 per adult and $15.50 per child. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call the zoo at (217)585-1821 for more information or to make a reservation.
Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 12:00 am
Each summer, Lincoln Library, The Public Library of Springfield, Illinois, promotes the joy of reading by sponsoring a summer reading program for kids, teens and adults. This year’s program, “Read to the Rhythm!,” kicks off at the library, 326 South 7th Street, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 and runs through Saturday, July 25. Customers are welcome to register to participate at any time during the program.
The Youth Services department will again be offering two summer reading programs – one for children ages 11 and younger and another for young adults ages 12 to 18. As reading goals are achieved, kids will be awarded prizes – the more hours read, the more prizes received. Many thanks go out to the Friends of Lincoln Library, local Wendy’s Restaurants and Marco’s Pizza for providing reading incentives and prizes.
The fun doesn’t end with enjoying great books! There are many programs for kids and teens — crafts, story times, games, and special performances including “Music Fun with Mark McKnight” (May 30, 11 a.m.), Magician Richard Landry & Snowball the Rabbit (June 23, 2 p.m.), the DePriest Puppets (July 21, 2 p.m.) and storyteller Mike Anderson (July 25, 11 a.m.). For a complete listing of events, stop by the library for a calendar or visit the library’s website (www.lincolnlibrary.info).
The adult reading program is open to anyone age 19 and over. Simply sign up to participate at the Readers’ Services Desk. Each time a book is finished, stop by to enter a prize slip for the drawings. (The more you read, the more you can enter!) There will be weekly prize drawings for a variety of gift cards and a grand prize give-away at the end of the program! Prizes are courtesy of the Friends of Lincoln Library.
Full details are available by phoning (217) 753-4900, visiting the library website (www.lincolnlibrary.info) or stopping by Youth Services, Readers’ Services, or Reference.
Monday, June 8th 2015 - 12:00 am
Bright Star Equestrian Centre is a non-profit riding stable that provides a safe, supportive learning environment for disabled and non-disabled riders of all ages. Recognizing the need for summer activities for school-age children, they are offering their first Annual Summer Day Camp starting in June for kids age 8 and up.
“We really want to provide children with the chance to have some old-fashioned outdoor fun in the summer, learning all about horses, experiencing individualized riding lessons, making creative crafts, singing songs, and making new friendships along the way!” explained Dana Ingle, Executive Director of Bright Star.
There are limited openings still available. Sessions for non-disabled riders are June 8-12; June 22-26; and July 6-10. Camp is held 10am – 3pm daily. Sessions for disabled riders are June 15, 17, & 19; June 29, July 1 & 3; and July 13, 15, & 17. Students can register for one or all sessions. Bright Star is located off Hwy 97 just 25 minutes from Springfield, near New Salem Park.
To register, visit BrightStarEquestrianCentre.com or contact Dana at 217-502-3390.
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 www.hearingloss.org.
Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 12:00 am
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 MemorialSportsCare.com/BiathlonBrigade for info or to register.
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Memorial SportsCare, 4550 W. Iles Ave., Springfield
Thursday, July 2nd 2015 - 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
at La Calia Restaurant
115 N 6th St
Mark your calendar!
For more information visit http://www.buyfreshbuylocalcentralillinois.org/#!local-flavors/c17gu or contact Molly Gleason at 217-528-1563, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 12:00 am
Lincoln Library-The Public Library of Springfield, 326 South 7th Street, will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015, and Saturday, July 4, 2015, for the Independence Day holiday.