National Weather Service Storm Spotter Course

Monday, February 29th 2016 - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The National Weather Service will offer a free two-hour “Severe Weather Storm Spotting” class at Lincoln Land Community College on Monday, February 29 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Open to the general public, in addition to learning about the formation and tracking of tornadoes, the session will give attendees an opportunity to become official NWS storm spotters. The training program–the only one in Sangamon County in 2016–will be held in the Student Union on the lower level of Menard Hall.

Co-sponsored by the Capital Area Amateur Radio Response Team (CAARERT) and Lincoln Land Community College, there is no age limit for those who wish to attend. However, you must be at least 18 years old to receive storm spotter certification. Pre-registration is not required. Those with special needs should send a request to no later than Friday, February 19 so that LLCC can accommodate your request.

The session will be led by Patrick Bak, Senior Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Lincoln. The class will cover the formation and movement of tornadoes and other severe storms. Also included will be a discussion of personal safety considerations when severe weather is threatening.

For individuals who wish to become certified storm spotters, Bak will provide information about the types of data the Weather Service needs to better inform the public about the severity of the storm and what can be expected as it moves along its track.  Some of the observations they need reported include hail, estimated wind speed, flash flooding and tornadoes. Tornadoes have occurred in Illinois during every month of the year but the peak period is from April through June.

For more information, visit the NWS Lincoln Office “Severe Weather Spotter Training” web page at:


IPRA Rodeo

Friday, March 4th 2016 - 12:00 am



Wee-Cycle Consignment Sale

Saturday, March 5th 2016 - 8:00 am - 11:30 am




Saturday, March 5th

8am – 11:30am


St. John’s Lutheran Church Preschool

Parish Life Center

2477 W. Washington Street, Springfield

Park in main parking lot on east side of building, enter at overhang


Admission $1

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Civil War Tech – Gatling Guns

Saturday, March 5th 2016 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am
at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 North Sixth Street

This rapid fire weapon was a predecessor to the machine gun, and it was first used during the Civil War.  Using rubber bands and other household items, we’ll explore the physics behind this modern invention.  Ages 8-12 welcome.  FREE; Reservations required.


Winter Ball to benefit American Cancer Society/Relay for Life

Saturday, March 5th 2016 - 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Team Owen is a Relay for Life team & we have a big fundraiser coming up. It’s our Annual Winter Ball to benefit the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. We would appreciate it if you could add us to your community calendar or announce on your station
Time: Doors open 5:00 p.m. Dinner served at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40 for single; $70 for couple (tickets MUST BE purchased in advance)
For more information/purchase tickets contact; call Catina at 309-706-5367;; Facebook TeamOwenGrowingHope.
All profit goes to Relay For Life.
Thank you


Blarney Bash

Friday, March 11th 2016 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Blarney Bash 

March 11, 2016 • 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

LRS Hangar at Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport, Springfield
Join us for a fun-filled fundraiser benefiting
St. Patrick Catholic School. The bash includes:

  • A bounty of hors d’oeuvres and libations
  • Live and silent auction
  • Drawings and raffles
  • Live music by The Deep Hollow
  • Viewing of incredible vehicle collection

Tickets: $30/person, $50/couple; $250 table


The 2016 Blarney Bash will be held Friday, March 11 at Levi, Ray and Shoup’s Airport Hangar located at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The bash includes a bounty of hors d’oeuvres and libations, live and silent auction, drawings and raffles, live music by The Deep Hollow, and viewing of an incredible car and motorcycle collection. For the festive at heart, green attire is encouraged. Live auction items include condo stays in Florida and South Carolina and a half steer for gourmet dining. Silent auction items include a wide variety of dining and entertainment, jewelry, services, theater and sports tickets, beauty and health items, and much more.

To purchase tickets, donate items for the silent auction, or to purchase a sponsorship, go online at, email , or call the school directly at (217) 523-7670. Tickets are $30 per person, $50 per couple, or $250 for a table of ten. Donations are also welcome.


Penny “RoadQueen” Roscetti Chilli Cook Off

Saturday, March 12th 2016 - 12:00 am



Mt. Pulaski Table Tennis Tournament

Saturday, March 12th 2016 - All Day


Adult Easter Egg Hunt by the Auburn Activity Committee

Saturday, March 12th 2016 - 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Please join us for a fun filled Adult Themed Easter Egg Hunt, Doors open at 6 pm and the Hunt is at 8pm sharp. Every egg contains a prize! No bags or baskets allowed but feel free to grab as many as you can! Oh and don’t forget your flashlight as this hunt takes place in the dark! Event Location is being sponsored by Barnett Windows and Doors and Senator Sam McCann.  Please call 217-670-4370 (DeAnna Gasen) with any questions. Registration form can be found on the Auburn Activity Webpage,, or by emailing your request to Preregister price is 12 per person, or it will be 20 per person at the door the night of the event.

Britain’s Best – Last Night of the Proms – Light Classics

Saturday, March 19th 2016 - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
at Sangamon Auditorium
1 University Plaza

Celebrate The Last Night of the Proms in grand fashion. Get ready to queue up and wave your flags as you are transported to Royal Albert Hall for a rousing celebration of music including Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music, Walton’s Crown Imperial March, Parry’s Jerusalem and Anderson’s Irish Suite, to name a few. Audience bopping, sing-alongs, hip-hip-hoorays, whistles and car horns are all part of the experience!

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