Rock ‘n Ride Against Childhood Abuse

Sunday, August 2nd 2015 - 12:00 am

Aug 2, 2015 10:30 am – Aug 2, 2015 5:30 pm

Come on out for fun, and support the Mini ‘O Beirne Crisis Nursery.  Seven live bands, food/ auction.  Bike run starts at 10:30a at Kookoos and ends at Boondocks.

WHEN:  Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at 10:30a

WHERE:  Boondocks Pub- 2909 Dirksen Parkway- Springfield, IL



Sunday, August 2nd 2015 - 12:00 am


USDA Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack has declared August 2-8, 2015 as National Farmers Market Week. In celebration, Springfield-area organizations and businesses have joined forces to host a variety of special events. The week’s activities kick off on Sunday, August 2nd with a Crop Mob to provide help for a local farmer and continue throughout the week with cooking classes, a farmer’s market Paint Nite, book fair, community garden work days, and a farm-to-table progressive dinner in Downtown Springfield to top off the festivities on Saturday, August 8th. The events aim to raise awareness for Springfield’s four farmers markets and the importance that they play in creating healthy, vibrant communities.

The full schedule of National Farmers Market Week festivities and events can be found at

APL Pet Adoptions

Sunday, August 2nd 2015 - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
at PetSmart
3183 S Veterans Parkway

The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during August with cats and dogs available at various locations.  All animals presented by APL for adoption have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations.


Adoptions will be held:

  • Sunday, August 2 – cats will be available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and dogs available from noon until 3 p.m. at PetSmart.

Dogs and cats are available for adoption daily from noon until 5 p.m. at the shelter located at 1001 Taintor Rd., Springfield.

APL is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals.  APL also coordinates cruelty investigations and humane education programs as well as a low cost spay/neuter clinic adjacent to its Springfield shelter.

For additional information, call the Animal Protective League at 544-PETS (7387) or check the group’s web site at



Monday, August 3rd 2015 - 12:00 am


The Springfield Park District is currently accepting registration for its 2015 Fall Lifeguard Course at Eisenhower Pool (2351 E. Cornell St., Springfield IL).

Classes will be held August 3rd – 11th. A pre-course assessment test must be passed in order to participate in the overall Lifeguard Course. This assessment must be completed prior to the first day of class; contact Bob Barrett to arrange a test date & time.

Participants must be 16 years or older. If age 15, must have the instructor’s approval to participate in this course. The Course Fee is $220 Res/$250 NR, and will be captured once the pre-course assessment has been completed.

Successful completion of the this course will result in American Red Cross certifications in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED and potential employment with the Springfield Park District.

The Park District is excited to be able to provide this opportunity to the Springfield Community. Over the past several years we have become a great resource to obtain lifeguard certifications for persons seeking employment as a lifeguard not only with the District, but with other local aquatic centers in the area.

We encourage folks looking to enhance their employment opportunities year round with our indoor and outdoor pools to take advantage of this 2015 Fall Lifeguard Course at Eisenhower Pool!

For additional information, please contact Bob Barrett by email at or by phone at 525-8847 ext 11.


Be a Part of the Top Leadership Organization for Girls

Tuesday, August 4th 2015 - 12:00 am

Girl Scout Membership Recruitment Events in Your Area

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (GSCI) is holding membership recruitment events for girls ages 5-17 who would like to become part of Girl Scouting. Today in central Illinois, more than 19,000 girls participate in troops and Girl Scouting activities in their communities, and the number continues to grow.

Cool Off with Girl Scouts/Girl Scout Membership Recruitment This is an event open to all girls with activities relating to “Frozen”. August 4, 2015 Illini Bank Community Building 120 Illini Blvd, Springfield

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts is widely recognized as the top leadership organization for girls in the world. Today’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience, although embedded in the tradition of cookies and camping, offers girls more than ever before. Girl Scouting provides more opportunities than any other organization to help girls and young women develop their leadership potential and build practical life skills.

“Girl Scouts has evolved to meet the needs of today’s girls,” said Pam Kovacevich, GSCI CEO. “We are the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. We are the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character by providing the tools and support to young girls that feed their drive to succeed in all aspects of life. We empower and encourage them to become good stewards to the environment and their communities. There is no other organization like it in the world.”


Springfield Food Trucks Gather for Bites on the Boulevard

Tuesday, August 4th 2015 - 12:00 am

Springfield Food Trucks Gather for Bites on the Boulevard

For one evening only, a parking lot on MacArthur will be transformed into a foodie’s paradise as all of the area’s best food trucks meet up in one place. “Bites on the Boulevard” is a pop-up gathering that will let food lovers discover all of the culinary delights that roam our city streets throughout the week. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 4, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the District 23 parking lot at 1413 S. MacArthur.

“There’s been a growing number of food trucks in Springfield recently and we saw an opportunity to bring them all together to highlight this trend,” said Michael Higgins, board president of the MacArthur Boulevard Association, the event’s sponsor. “We have a variety of food trucks for everyone’s different tastes”

In addition to enjoying wide range of delicious foods, “Bites on the Boulevard” attendees will experience the food truck culture that is spreading in cities throughout the country and is the subject of several television shows on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel. As for the local food truck proprietors, the event will allow them to reach new customer and impress them with their flavors.

“We hope that this event can grow and possibly move around the city to other neighborhoods,” Higgins said.

MacArthur Boulevard has been the host of many local, pop-up style events. Earlier this summer, District 23 hosted the Market on MacArthur, an event that brought together two dozen local boutiques that sold their unique merchandise to a large crowd of shoppers. These events serve to promote MacArthur Boulevard and the surrounding area as a great place to live, work and play.
Food trucks invited to the event:
Chadito’s Mexican Grill
Cooper’s StrEATside Bistro
Dew Chilli
Fancy Pants Pops
Horseshoe Hut
MJ’s Fish and Chicken Express
Twyford BBQ

Other vendors:
Rolling Meadows Brewery
Danenberger Family Vineyards
Itty Bitty Fashion Truck


Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday, August 5th 2015 - 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Ribbon Cutting with Chamber of Commerce begins at 1:30. From 2-6 there will be an open house with food and drinks provided.


Local Flavors 2015 Dinner with Cooper’s StrEATside Bistro Food Truck

Thursday, August 6th 2015 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Now you can find farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during Local Flavors 2015! Participating restaurants will prepare a fresh, seasonal meal with produce sourced from local farmers. One lunch and one dinner will be held each month, June through October, at different restaurants across Springfield and the surrounding area. Fresh, Healthy, Delicious, Good for you, Good for the Community, and Good for the Environment.
Mark your calendar!


Cooper’s Food Truck will be set up at the Illinois Products Farmers Market at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

For more information visit or contact Molly Gleason at 217-528-1563,


The Prairie Tribute to THE KING @ LOGAN COUNTY FAIR

Friday, August 7th 2015 - 12:00 am

Join the fun.  8 Exciting Elvis Tribute Artists competing for cash prizes.  The master of ceremonines for the eveing is Fred Whobrey, president of the Elvis International Fan Club.  Also appearing- special guest – KAVAN, the world’s #1 Rock n Roll Elvis.  TICKETS $12.00


The Villas of Holly Brook Memory Care Program is International Standard

Friday, August 7th 2015 - 12:00 am

Beijing, China: Meridian Senior Living, management company of The Villas of Holly Brook in Chatham, has arranged to have the designer of its dementia care program introduce the basic concepts underlying Meridians Montessori Moments in Time program to China. One of the world’s top dementia experts, Naomi Feil, is making her first appearance in China and will be speaking at Remin University of Beijing. She is the developer of the Validation Method which is the theory used to create Meridians memory care program and currently used as the standard of memory care in over 10,000 agencies throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia. A link to Validation can be found at:

Naomi Feil will give a presentation on “The International Standard of Memory Care: Validation and Chinese Families.” This event will be held on August 7th of this year at 1:00 PM in the Rulun Lecture Hall at Remin University. Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau is sponsoring the event and the organizers are Senior Living L’Amore of Sino Ocean Island and Meridian Senior Living, ADC.

The Villas of Holly Brook in Chatham and its parent company Meridian Senior Living feel that this event is important for those involved in memory healthcare; ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to other dementia related illnesses. Meridian Senior Living and The Villas of Holly Brook want to increase the knowledge of memory care and it is an honor to help sponsor Naomi Feil to speak on her breakthrough method of Validation

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